Monday, February 13, 2012

Cold water = Straight hair

I finally straightened my hair. I had to. I was the second one in the shower this morning, and after Zach turned the water heater down to save money, the water's been really cold already. I was freezing by the time I was done showering. All I wanted to do was stand under a blow dryer for twenty minutes and enjoy being warm. So I did. And as much as I hate to admit it, I think I look really really good today. Oh well.

Also, I stopped with the Oil Cleansing Method. It made my skin feel awesome, but because I couldn't do it consistently, I was breaking out. The thing is, it's time consuming. It's nine o'clock, I'm tired, and I just don't want to have to do it. So then I wouldn't, would sleep in my make up, and then my face rebelled. I've been trying a super all natural cleanser and lotion from Burt's Bees, and so far I really like it.

Working at my new job has been great so far. Very challenging, which I love. The people are very nice and helpful, and the work is interesting. Couldn't ask for more! Also, I get to sit by a window - having acutal day light is so uplifting!

We have yet to start our project of watching Musicals. We're having a hard time finding the first one on our list. This is complicated by the fact that we have late fees at every movie rental place in Madison and can't find in on Netflix. Not sure how we're going to resolve this one.

Zach has band practice tonight, so I'm planning on staying late at work and then starting to organize the house a little bit. It's really looking good, but there are always more projects to do when you're a home owner!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Great Musical Experiment

I grew up watching musicals, like, lots of musicals. I can hum the music that Eliza and the Prince danced to in My Fair Lady. I can sing every song from The King and I. When I was younger, me and my mom would decide which musical we would watch that night, not whether or not we would watch one. Because of this, it was rather surprising to me that Zach, a music major non-the-less, was severely lacking a musical film education. (side note, a song from Chicago just came on my coworker's computer) We've decided to remedy that....

I've been wanting to go as Velma Kelly for Halloween for years

We're going to go chronologically and watch all of the important musical films from the last 90 years or so. I'm really, really excited! Zach is pretty excited too, I think. I think he trusts me to pick good ones, and not make him just watch Carousel. Which brings me to the next point....there are some that we've decided to leave out due to me seeing them and hating them. I know that's not exactly fair, but I really don't want to have to watch Cats. So without further ado, here is the list:

Anything Goes1936
Some like it Hot1939
The Wizard of Oz1939
Yankee Doodle Dandy1942
Meet me in St Louis1944
Annie Get Your Gun1950
Singin' in the Rain1952
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes1953
Kiss Me, Kate1953
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers1954
Guys and Dolls1955
The King and I1956
Damn Yankees1958
South Pacific1958
West Side Story1961
The Music Man1962
Bye Bye Birdie1963
My Fair Lady1964
The Sound of Music1965
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying1967
Thoroughly Modern Millie1967
Hello, Dolly!1969
Sweet Charity1969
Fiddler on the Roof1971
Jesus Christ Superstar1973
The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975
All That Jazz1979
Victor Victoria1982
A Chorus Line1985
Little Shop of Horrors1986
Cannibal! The Musical1996
Les Miserable1998
Moulin Rouge!2001
The Phantom of the Opera2004
Walk the Line2005
Mamma Mia!2008

Then, as the piece de resistance, we're going to go see Wicked live! It seems like a good way to end the project - ending with one that's new and currently touring. Please let me know if there's something good I left out! There are a lot of these that I haven't seen myself, so I'm really looking forward to it. I've never actually seen Singin' in the Rain, if you can believe it!

I want to be Julie Andrews

Monday, February 6, 2012

Staying Motivated really hard.

So, remember my 2012 goals? I don't feel like they're going that well. The saving money part is going alright - me and the husband have been doing a really good job of budgeting. The healthy/weight loss part, though? Not so much. The hardest part for me is staying motivated and not getting frustrated. Some background....

When I was younger (8-17) I was a figure skater. For anyone who's not a competitive figure skater, or doesn't know one, let me tell you, it's a great work out! I would go to the gym to cross train, but I didn't really have to. I was in awesome shape. Naturally I didn't realize this at the time, but that's another story. Anyway, I was athletic, yada yada yada. Then I went away to college. Surprisingly, I didn't gain the freshman fifteen. I wasn't in figure skating shape, but I walked everywhere and went to the gym to socialize with my friends. Even after graduation, when I was sitting in a lab all day, I was still in pretty good shape. As far as I can tell, this happened for two reasons: I was single and so I wanted to look skinny to meet guys, and I was generally happy in a job I liked. So then I met Zach and had a major change in lifestyle. I'm not blaming him! Not at all. It's just that I had two options: 1) Go to the gym 2) Cook dinner with my boyfriend and then watch a movie together. Come on, which would you choose? Then I took a job that I hated and started eating emotionally. I also am a firm believer that stress can cause weight gain and other problems. So that was all 20 lbs ago.

To get on with the story, over the last several months I've became obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle. My goal is not to lose weight exactly, but to create healthy habits that will stick with me, and yes, also lose some weight. This has not happened yet. Like, not one pound. I know it takes a while, but man do I wish my jeans were more comfotable! So, internet, throw me a bone here. How do I stay motivated? Have you ever made a change in lifestyle that was difficult but worth it? What are some pitfalls I should look out for? For the sake of full disclosure, I'm eating a sweet potato, and apple, some whole grain crackers and water for lunch. I didn't even touch the candy bowl outside of the office.