C25K Week 5.5

As you know, if you read the last post, I spent last week barely being able to function because of a cold and needing to take care of my toddler while sick. Sadly, this means I didn’t have the energy to do week 6 of the C25K program. I hate myself so bad for skipping a whole week. I know I’m going to be in awful shape when I start week 6, but I couldn’t do anything about it. I did manage to go to work on Saturday, so that could count as a workout, even though I’m not registering it in the app. Wish me luck for this week!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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The Unexpected Week That Threw Me Off My Schedule

So this week has been a tough one for me. It was a long week-end so we went up to my in-law’s and came back Monday night. Already I was exhausted from the week-end, we went to many places and I never sleep well when I’m not in my own bed, but then I woke up Tuesday morning with a hint of a cold. I hoped it was just tiredness making me blow my nose so much, it tends to happen.

For some reason the week before I decided it would be a good idea to schedule two appointments on the same day. It was a hell of a day. Barely made it to my appointment in the morning, then came back home only to have just enough time to buy the things I learned I needed, make lunch, eat, then right back out the door for my second appointment. After that I needed to make another purchase and had to set my baby down for a nap afterwards. It was only around 3p.m. that I finally got time to breathe a little, in between loads of laundry.

Wednesday morning brought a full on cold to my face. I was barely functional all day, but still forced myself to clean a little. It was a very bad idea; tired myself so much that I fell asleep reading my book in the evening. Good thing my SO was home from work or else my baby would’ve been walking around the house without surveillance!

On Thursday, I was supposed to work from 5p.m. to 9p.m., but I called in sick because I was worse off than the day before. On top of every other symptom I already had, a stupid nausea came over me and stuck around for the rest of the day. Barely had any energy, and the few ounces I has were spent taking care of my child; which mean still barely any reading done. Besides, even if I would’ve had more time to read, I had the hardest time keeping my eyes open for more than a paragraph!

Friday brought a little glimmer of hope. The nausea left me alone and the headaches decided to start leaving as well. The nose is still clogged up and I can’t read for more than 10 minutes at a time without falling asleep, but I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Obviously, since I’m posting this today, it means there won’t be a review of Two Towers this week. I’ll do my best to finish it this week-end and make next week a double review week. Wish me luck!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Dryer Vent Pumpkin

Sadly, my cold kept me from being able to read my book. I kept practically falling asleep everytime I had more than a paragraph read. So today you’ll have this week’s DIY early, and hopefully you’ll have Wednesday’s review tomorrow. Enjoy!

I adore Halloween. My two favorite holidays, without a doubt, are Halloween and Christmas. I started looking through Pinterest to see if I could find some DIY decorations for Halloween and I found this awesome idea: http://adiamondinthestuff.com/2011/09/dryer-vent-pumpkin-tutorial.html and decided I could not not do it!

Ingredients:

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  • Dryer vent, mine was too big so I had to cut it with an exacto knife and pliers (I think that’s what they’re called) to cut the wires. Which ended up giving me enough to make two pumpkins!
  • Spray paint. I chose the traditional orange pumpkin XD
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Spanish Moss
  • Hot glue gun, with glue sticks of course

Step One:

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That was probably the hardest part of the whole DIY. Using the hot glue gun to glue the two sides together so it makes a circle. It must have taken me like ten times for each pumpkin before they finally glued together. The stupid glue dries up too fast!

Step Two:

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Spray paint your pumpkin. I had to do two coats.

Step Three/Final Product:

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Use the hot glue gun to glue the spanish moss and the cinnamon sticks. There’s obviously going to be some moss that falls off, unless you’re an expert with hot glue guns unlike me, but it should mostly stick there.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Kingdom Hearts, Part 10

Usualy on Wednesday I put up a review of a book or a movie, and I was supposed to post a review of the book LotR: The Two Towers, but life got in the way and I didn’t have time to finish reading it in time. So this week, we’ll switch things up a bit. Today I’m posting my gaming videos that I would usualy post on Thursday, and tomorrow I’ll post the review if I managed to finish the book. If I don’t finish the book in time for tomorrow, I’ll post Friday’s post tomorrow and the review on Friday. Hopefully it won’t get that far, but I sadly caught a cold in addition to everything going on in my life right now. I’ll explain why this week is so hectic next Tuesday. In the mean time, here’s part 10 of Kingdom Hearts where we start the search of proof to free Alice in Wonderland!

 

And as usual, here are the other videos I posted this week:

Memoria: http://youtu.be/byQciA2RvV0

Minecraft: http://youtu.be/e7gE8UcoS6w

 

What did you think of the videos?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Love at First Sight

Love at first sight is something I’ve always wanted to believe in. It was a feeling I always hoped I would experience if it existed, but never did. At least, not in the way I thought it was supposed to be.

The first time I saw my SO, I’m ashamed to say I thought he was stuck up, pretty much only because of how he was dressed and how he talked. Then I started talking to him (we would cross paths at a club in college) and I learned he wasn’t stuck up. He was actually quite a funny guy. But I only thought of him as a friend, since at the time I was going out with another guy. When I became single again, me and my SO started talking more often and made plans to hang out during the summer. Back then he was four hours away for an internship, but we didn’t last until summer before seeing each other. He came down about halfway through his internship to spend a weekend with me and that’s when we officially became a couple.

Obviously, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t feel the “love at first sight” phenomenon, but I much more liked having my SO be a friend before a lover. It made it so much easier being myself around him since he already knew how I was naturally. Lucky for me, I still got to experience love at first sight three years into the relationship.

We had a baby. There is no feeling comparable to what you feel when you see your baby for the first time. It’s such an overwhelming feeling, very hard to describe. Of course you start loving your baby way before you give birth to him, but it’s not quite the same love. When you’re baby is not yet born, you love the idea of him. Once he is in your arms and you hear him screaming and the idea of a baby becomes so real, this little being suddenly holds all your heart; and you don’t even know him yet!

I have never felt love at first sight towards my SO, but right now I feel like nobody has experienced true love at first sight until they’ve held their baby in their arms for the first time. There’s no better feeling in the world, and I get to feel it all over again every time I look at my son.

 

Did you experience the “love at first sight” phenomenon with your SO and/or your baby?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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C25K Week 5

Day 1: Monday

Today went well. A bit of pain in the legs and a lot of sweating, but I wasn’t too exhausted after the workout. I feel like I’m starting to get back in shape even though I don’t always feel like doing the workouts. I just need to put it in my weekly routine and I will eventually stop having to kick myself in the butt to get up and jog.

Day 2: Wednesday

A bit brutal, lots of pain in the back of my ankles but maybe that’s because of how I jog. Not sure. The jogging periods felt endless, though they only lasted 8 minutes with 5 minute walks in between. I’m proud of myself for going through it. I wasn’t sure I would. At the second jogging period, I was ready to give up, but I pushed myself and made it. I’m dreading the next workout though. It’s going to be the first workout without any walking intervals. Friday I will jog for 20 minutes; no stopping.

Day 3: Friday

The 20 minutes jog without stopping. Huge challenge for me, but I made it through. Strangely enough, I wasn’t as breathless as I thought I would be at the end; it’s more my legs that didn’t like me at all. They were killing me so bad at the end! When I finally sat down, I felt the throbbing ten times more than during the cool down. I’m extremely proud of myself though for finishing it. Next Friday, we had two minutes; it’s going to be a 22 minutes jog without intervals.

 

How was your week?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Loot Crate, September

I know I said last month would be the last Loot Crate, but when I signed up for Arcade Block it signed me up for the October loot since September was full and Loot Crate’s loot for September sounded awesome so I couldn’t resist. I should have though.

Here’s this months theme:

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I was told there would be Star Wars and Firefly loot in there. Who could resist that?! I should have.

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First up is a Tribble from Star Trek, made by Quantum Mechanix, which is basicly just a ball of fur… I guess it could be considered awesome for Trekkies, but I’m not one so this was a huge waste (except for the fact that my son enjoyed it for 2 minutes)

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Next up is an Alien re-action figure, made by Funko & 20th Century Fox. What in the world am I supposed to do with that?

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Then there’s some Firefly money (yay?) made by Quantum Mechanix, a Star Wars retro arcade magnet (…seriously?) by Loot Crate Labs & Lucasfilm ltd., Halo Escalation #1-3 digital editions from Dark Horse Comics and some Pop Rocks.

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Finally something slightly exciting! A 9×27″ Star Wars Poster of Han Solo in carbonite. Where in the world am I going to put this though?

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The last slightly exciting thing is this Vinyl Mal action figure which is 3″ tall… and of course we have the collectible pin.

 

I was yet again quite disappointed with this months loot. When I heard there would be Star Wars and Firefly content in there, I was so excited. But yet again they didn’t take advantage of the potential of their theme and we ended up with almost crap. October’s theme is Fear, which I would be very excited about since we are the month of Halloween and I’ve heard great things about last year’s October loot, but with how disappointing they’ve been this last couple of months, I don’t think they’ll be doing something incredible this year. Besides, I already payed for the October’s Arcade block, so I can’t subscribe to Loot Crate this month.

 

What did you think of this months loot?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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LotR: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, released in December 2001, is obviously based on the book of the same name written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Watching this movie was less painful than expected. Of course there are the usual skip of chapters and changing bits and pieces of the book, but it was less obvious than many other movies based on books. The perfectionist that I am noted down every bits that was different from the book, but I managed to narrow it down to about four big changes that I didn’t like.

The first one is concerning the beginning. If you’ve read the book and watched the movie, you’ll know what bothered me. They changed many parts of when Frodo is on the road after leaving Bag End, which is two chapters long. But the worst part is, after those two chapters, they actually arrive at Brandywine (if I remember the name right) and their road from there to Bree is four chapters long. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’ve been robbed four whole chapters. You could say that there’s not much going on in those four chapters, but it’s not quite true. Not to spoil too much of the story, for those few that still haven’t read the book, but they face near death experiences twice in those four chapters. I’ll let you decide if it was a good choice they left it out or not. Oh and a little note, they don’t actually get chased by a Black Rider at this point of the book. They hear them coming twice, but both time they hide and don’t get caught.

Once they meet up with Strider and leave for Rivendell, there’s one night where they have a huge encounter with the Black Riders. In the movie, it’s a full on fight between the Riders and Strider, but not in the book. In the book, Strider tells everyone to get closer to the fire. I suppose it’s because the Black Riders don’t like fire. But then Frodo gives in the urge of putting on the ring and that’s when the Riders see exactly where he is and they go for him. In the heat of the moment, Frodo screams something in another language and strikes the closest Rider’s feet with his sword, which surprises the Rider and makes him stab Frodo. Because they weren’t expecting resistance, they leave immediately after that.

Now this next point is something that I’ve struggled with movies based on books for a while now. The scene in Rivendell where Boromir talks to Aragorn and touches the broken blade doesn’t happen in the book. Aragorn actually carries the broken blade with him. You could think they put that scene in there to give a bit of background info on some things, but those things they want to explain get explained later on when they’re in the Council. If only they had done the council almost to the fullest (honestly, even I wouldn’t watch through Gandalf’s story!), everything would’ve been explained like in the book and for the same amount of time.

Next up is near the end of the movie. The part when Frodo takes off the ring after being attacked by Boromir is done all wrong. Strider is not supposed to see Frodo after that. Frodo decides to leave for Mordor without his friends and puts the ring back on to get a boat without them seeing him. While he gets back to where they are, they actually separated to search for him since it’s been a while since he left to think. When Aragorn reaches the top of the mountain where he thought Frodo might have gone to, he hears the Horn of Gondor and rushes to find Boromir to aid him. He arrives too late and only finds Boromir nearly dead with many dead orcs surrounding him. Before dying, Boromir tells Aragorn how he tried to take the ring from Frodo, then informs him that the orcs captured Merry and Pippin.

The only thing I have to add to this long review is the same thought I keep repeating: Why do you cut scenes from the book if you’re going to add some of your own? If they didn’t put every part where we saw Saruman preparing his army, or if they hadn’t added scenes to “explain” details that would’ve been explained anyway if they had gone by the book, they would’ve had plenty of space to put scenes of the book that people would’ve actually wanted to see. I understand it’s a long book and they can’t possibly put every detail in it, and I’m not asking them to, I’m just saying it would’ve taken them the same amount of time to do a short version of the four, nearly six, chapters they skipped instead of adding scenes that aren’t in the book.

 

What did you think of the movie, compared to the book?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Book Review

 

Solicitation From Companies

In this day and age, there are a million ways for companies to know what’s going on in your life; and when you’re having a baby you get a lot of attention from them. Not just companies, but people too.

I remember when I was pregnant we were looking at houses. We began by looking at houses sold by their owner, so they were the ones giving us the tour of the house. Every house we looked at, they kept asking a thousand questions about my baby. “When are you due”, “Is it a boy or a girl”, etc. But the one thing they did that annoyed me the most was use the fact that I was pregnant to try to sell us the house. Every one of them showed us a bedroom or a study and said “this could be the baby’s room! You could do this or that in it and it would be perfect for the baby!” or they would say stuff like “You could be in the kitchen making dinner while watching the kids in the living room”. It annoyed me so bad that I completely lost the will to look at other houses while pregnant.

Then there’s the companies. You subscribe to one little thing on the internet that involves babies and suddenly your email box is full of emails from a thousand companies wanting to talk to you about their products. Or you get an email per month giving you some information about your growing baby. I also found myself receiving products by mail that I never asked for.

But it’s once you’ve given birth that it gets worse. You suddenly get called by every fricken insurance company wanting to talk to you about their program for newborns and how it’s free for the first year of his life. I must have gotten a call from about 5 different companies about it. I hate how they try to take advantage of the fact that you have a child to make money. I almost got screwed over by so many of them. You’re at your most vulnerable state. You’ve given birth not even a week ago and they call you talking about how you have to get insurance for your baby in case this or that happens to him. They pry on your sudden need to protect this human being to make you sign absurd contracts you wouldn’t even consider in your normal state of mind. Good thing I had the sense to tell them I would talk to my SO first. He’s the one that kept telling me not to go for it.

Sadly, you get annoyed by all of this, but as soon as you try to avoid it all, you get a visit from the F.B.I asking you questions to see if you’re a terrorist. That’s right. It didn’t happen to me, but I read a story about a woman that, when she learned she was pregnant, she asked all her family and friends not to mention it on the web. She started only paying cash and avoiding everything that involved leaving a trace on the web that she was pregnant. Since she wasn’t on the government’s radar anymore, she got a visit from the F.B.I because they thought she was making a bomb or something. It’s crazy isn’t it?

 

What do you think about this?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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