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Monday, April 25, 2011

Had my weigh in today, and ended up maintaining at 184. This is actually good news, since my eating last week was a little under par. This was due to not preplanning my dinners as I usually did, as well as it being my first week working at the bakery. Of course I've 'sampled' quite a few of their items (All of which are dangerously delicious). Alex and I also went out for dinner and a concert last night, which was lots of fun. So I'm happy with maintaining, as I was expecting a gain. haha. This week will be better. I've started the meal plan and I've gotten the samples of the things I -really- wanted to try out of my system so I can control myself better now.

As for life in general, it's not too bad. I had lots of fun last night. It was an event called Salon Noir, which was a Victorian themed dinner/show night. Had a few bellydancers, including one troupe of five that had a girl larger than I was (Who was amaaaazing. I wish I had her confidence!), and a musician I love - Voltaire. He is bloody hilarious. Plus.. you know.. any excuse to get all decked up in Victorian gear and go out for a night is a good one.
I was fairly excited when I saw roasted chicken on their menu, but it was unfortunately served over coconut rice. Coconut is one thing that I cannot even really have near me - the smell alone can make me throw up, I hate it that much (I can't even be around people who are wearing coconut scented body lotion/sunscreen/hair product). So, I got the beef with veggies and mashed potatoes, and was pleased with the fact that it was a reasonably sized cut of meat. AND! I think Alex thought I was abducted by aliens. I've never been one for peppers or tomatoes. I've recently begun eating them in dishes because with the healthy eating comes putting healthy things in my meals and trying new things. He was out having a smoke when the food came. There was about half a tomato worth of chunks on my plate, as well as about a third of a green pepper. I tried them on their own.. and found that I don't dislike them nearly as much as I thought (Or used to, as I couldn't stand them when I was younger). When he came back, I was like "Hey Alex, watch!" and proceeded to eat a chunk of each in front of him. He stared at me for a minute and just said "..right. So who are you, and where is Raven?" lol
I also ended up caving on the dessert because it sounded too amazing to pass up - mango and Grand Marnier infused creme brulee. And I'm SO GLAD I decided to get it. Yes, it knocked my calorie count for the day out the window and back again, but I enjoyed it immensely and didn't feel guilty about it in the least. That's all that counted.

I'm also on my first recovery week of P90X. I switched today to do the core synergistics instead of yoga and will do yoga tomorrow instead, when I have more time after work. My thoughts on my first three weeks? Not as bad as I thought it would be, but some things still thoroughly kick my butt. In the best way possible. haha. I've also discovered some studs further up in my wall that are the proper 16" apart, and gotten the all clear from my landlord about there being no water pipes, wires, etc running through them there. Which means I can put up my pull up bar! Yay! The awkward studs at 21" apart that I found where I was originally trying to install the bar I've discovered are awkward because that part of the drywall was repaired. They must have just installed new studs where they could. That's fine now; no longer bothers me because I do have somewhere to put the bar. WooHoo! It shall be funny to see how lamecakes my pull up attempts are next week. haha. But I'll do a pull up soon, I'm determined to!

  
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BUTEAFULL 4/26/2011 2:07AM

    creme brulee is one of my favorites too and mango, well I'd cave as well

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Photo Blog - Day 14

Monday, April 25, 2011


Moi, taken about a minute ago on my phone. Just about to do my workout. Woo.




Day 01- A recent picture of yourself
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss
Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color
Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more
Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend
Day 11 - A picture of the album of the song I am listening to right now.
Day 12 – A picture that defines you
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of you now
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity, and the reasons why it is the biggest
Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of an exercise you can’t do, but would like to try (and then try it if you want to)
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book; why is it your favorite?
Day 24 - A picture of what I would find on your desk.
Day 25 - A picture of your favorite super hero and why
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then

  
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RAVEN_X13 4/26/2011 8:09PM

    Thanks emoticon haha

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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 4/25/2011 11:58PM

    You look HOT!!
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SINGAWOLFSONG 4/25/2011 7:28PM

    Awesome, you look like you're about to kick some ass!

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Photo Blog - Day 13

Sunday, April 24, 2011

As I have a fairly eclectic music taste, I chose two bands for this blog entry that cannot really be compared to each other.


VNV Nation. The first time I ever heard this band, I fell in love with them. Their lyrics are deep and meaningful, and take you somewhere higher in your mind (Or beyond, in some cases). I listen to them a lot, but they're very good for yoga or when I'm meditating or drawing because of the ability the music has to remove me from the physical.


Iced Earth. Also absolutely amazing, and another band I can connect with via their music somewhere other than the physical. The best albums that I've found for this are Framing Armageddon and The Crucible of Man, though I love all of their work. Much fun to mosh to, and I'm determined to see them live even if I have to sacrifice something to have it happen. haha (I also have a groupie-esque crush on Jon Schaffer because of his music. Shh)




Day 01- A recent picture of yourself
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss
Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color
Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more
Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend
Day 11 - A picture of the album of the song I am listening to right now.
Day 12 – A picture that defines you
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of you now
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity, and the reasons why it is the biggest
Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of an exercise you can’t do, but would like to try (and then try it if you want to)
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book; why is it your favorite?
Day 24 - A picture of what I would find on your desk.
Day 25 - A picture of your favorite super hero and why
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then

  
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RAVEN_X13 4/25/2011 3:55PM

    I highly recommend VNV, they're amaaaazing.

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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 4/24/2011 10:17AM

    I like Iced Earth, but my boyfriend LOVES them. Never heard of the other one, but I'd like to check them out. :o)

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Photo Blog - Day 12

Saturday, April 23, 2011


A part of nature. And in this particular lifetime, an object of feminine power. One that strives to exist in harmony with other living things, be they plant or animal. Because although I may be larger than some of the other parts of nature, I am not better than they are. Nor do I have the right to try and exhibit power over them to bend them to my will.




Day 01- A recent picture of yourself
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss
Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color
Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more
Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend
Day 11 - A picture of the album of the song I am listening to right now.
Day 12 – A picture that defines you
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of you now
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity, and the reasons why it is the biggest
Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of an exercise you can’t do, but would like to try (and then try it if you want to)
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book; why is it your favorite?
Day 24 - A picture of what I would find on your desk.
Day 25 - A picture of your favorite super hero and why
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then

  
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ANALOGY 4/24/2011 9:47PM

    How beautiful! Thanks for posting (and thanks to the friend feed for pointing me here).

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GEMINIAN1 4/24/2011 7:15PM

    Too cool

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FATROCKSTAR 4/24/2011 1:25PM

    Great ideas-you rock! Normandy

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Photo Blog - Day 11

Friday, April 22, 2011


Loooove this band. It's listening to music like this that makes me wish I was born earlier, just so I could have been around for its hayday.
I did, luckily enough, have the opportunity to see the Sisters of Mercy in concert a few years ago. I was perusing upcoming concert listings and actually had to stop, look away, look back, and immediately buy my ticket. I had an amazing time, despite going with someone who was less than desireable to be around and had no appreciation for the music itself. Though that could have been said for most of those in the "Goth" scene that were around my age. While they talked about how "Goth" and "hardcore" they were with their Cradle of Filth and Good Charlotte without ever really knowing the roots of the entire subculture, I was off not giving a shit in my little bubble, listening to the bands I was always drawn to such as Joy Division, Sisters, Bauhaus and Alien Sex Fiend. This is another reason I get along with people older than me. haha.




Day 01- A recent picture of yourself
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss
Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color
Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more
Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend
Day 11 - A picture of the album of the song I am listening to right now.
Day 12 – A picture that defines you
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of you now
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity, and the reasons why it is the biggest
Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of an exercise you can’t do, but would like to try (and then try it if you want to)
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book; why is it your favorite?
Day 24 - A picture of what I would find on your desk.
Day 25 - A picture of your favorite super hero and why
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then

  
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PINUPMODEL23 4/22/2011 12:58PM

    I have a great story about Sister of Mercy.
My friend Fernando was a club promoter here in SF and was responsible for organizing the Sisters show that came through here in about 2000 or so.
So, it's the night of the show and the band comes out , but Andrew Eldritch doesn't. Something like 15 minutes go by and he is STILL in his dressing room.
The crowd is getting anxious, so my friend Fernando goes back there to check on Eldritch.
Eldritch is sitting at a table in his dressing room with a mound of methamphetamine the size of a baseball.
He's shaking all over.
Fernando is like, "Hey Andrew, everything alright? The crowd is going crazy out there waiting for you!"
He says, "Give me just a minute", arranges the meth into a GIANT line and then does it all in one sitting.
Fernando said he had never seen one person put so much up their nose at one time in his life.


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CRISM18 4/22/2011 12:44PM

  very nice....

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