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Devolution Working Man Blues

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Or woman, if you will. I've been toiling at my ridiculously horribly organized job for four months now, and I'm so damned happy that I've only got three more months left. I swear, if it were much longer, I'd snap and kill someone (well, probably not, but it's getting more boring and ridiculous by the day, and I HATE seeing the same people in the store every. single. day. Get a hobby!). Please do note that I've never claimed to be a people person...

On the bright side, and isn't there always one, that means that lovely, lovely Perth is a mere three and a half months away, and I'm so excited!! Everything's booked except for accommodations, and I've got my eye on a sweet spot or two for that.

So, how'd everyone get through the holidays? I've found that having to work lunatic hours in retail is a great diet device, as it prevents you from going to enjoy booze and greasy foods at the Christmas markets pretty much, um, all the time. Santa brought me TurboJam, which I started last week, and his friend, the Pre-Christmas elf, had already left me with TurboFire and Les Mills' Combat, which I'm looking forward to immensely.

Besides that, I'm reading a very cool fairytale by Neil Gaiman, entitled Stardust, and my musical love affair with my tragically dead Aussie ghost continues strong, though the dreams have become much less frequent (if one can call gaps of six months frequent).

We're currently hosting two guest rabbits that belong to an ex-colleague of mine, and I have to admit to being somewhat out of my expertise here. However, despite a minor health scare that turned out to be nothing, at least we now know that one of the boys is really a girl. I have my suspicions about the other one... our very elderly cat had to go in for a tooth cleaning this morning, and fortunately, everything went off without a hitch. She returned, ravenous, and proceeded to scarve down half a can of cat food!

I'm also happy that last year's greeting card exchange yielded a lot of lovely Christmas cards, even though not everyone decided to send one back (lazy bastards!) and will definitely be repeated this year! So, if you want to be nearer to the pulse of Vyv Time, PM me and let's hook up on Facebook.

Ok, boys and girls... your turn!

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FUSCHIA6 1/6/2013 6:17PM

    Busy, Busy, Busy! I have 1 clean room in my house, the rest is a pit. Keep your eyes on the prize to get you through the next few months. Best of luck to you.

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ANATASHIKI 1/3/2013 3:22PM

    yay , you're back! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/3/2013 3:13PM

    Ahhh....retail....I remember it well.....that's why I work (mostly) by myself in the lab ;-)
Yay for some Chalene and Les Mills!
Books, music, rabbits, Christmas cards....you have been busy!

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The Coast Less Travelled

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Well, ladies and gents, I am happy to stop in to let you know I'm still around... seems like forever since the last post, and in fact, in digital terms, it has been. As I've offered several times, if you'd like to keep in closer touch with me, send me a DM and get with me on Facebook. Where before, I was lacking the motivation to do much blogging, I will soon lack the time.

Yes, Virginia, it's true, this kid's going back to work! Starting on August 28th, I will join the ranks of those supporting our military personnel overseas by performing important functions such as, um, cashier. Well, I wanted part-time, so this shoe fits perfectly! emoticon

Why, you may ask, would I voluntarily give up the life of luxury that has cradled me securely in my beautiful suburban home for the past two years? There can only one answer, and it's got lots to do with the fab background of my SparkPage! Vyv's headed for Oz!

After saying I would NEVER work in retail again, I'm now working in retail again in order to go to the one place in Australia I once claimed I would NEVER want to waste air fare to get to: picturesque Perth, located on the coast of sandy Western Australia. I guess the old adage goes "once a West Coast girl, always a West Coast girl", though I thought that only applied to California... emoticon Barring any odd occurrences between now and then, April 2013 should see me arguing with tanned people sporting flipflops and odd accents while trying to figure out why breakfast in Australia is twice as expensive as any posh place in the States.

Speaking of odd occurrences, I recently found my very first passport from the days when the German passport was a giant, green monster. It contained my very first Australian visa (for a trip that never happened, alas) with a date of issue of 18 April 1989. I smiled, put it back in the drawer and thought no more of it until I happened onto my (expired) US passport which actually did go to Australia with me. The immigration stamp from Sydney airport was dated 18 April 2006. And here comes the kicker: my planned departure date for next year is April 17, which gets me to Perth on -you guessed it- the 18th! Teehee! emoticon

Alrighty... on the fitness front... I've been horribly slacking with the running since Frankfurt, but I hope to return to former glory once the weather gets out of these ridiculous temperatures. Unlike most of my countrymen, I do not revel in absurd hotness, even if it is August. Meanwhile, I'm going through a second round of ChaLean Extreme and having a great time. I've also been meditating again whenever I can fit in a few minutes, which always seems to give my creativity a much-needed boost.

I think that pretty much exhausts the interesting news for today. Hope you're all well!

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VW_STEPH 9/20/2012 2:17PM

    Nice to hear you're doing good! Wowy, Australia! How lovely! x

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JOANNA202 8/26/2012 5:07AM

    That's really weird about the dates. Very glad to see life is moving along in the direction you want it to. Isn't it strange how the things we want or don't want at one stage in life are completely the opposite at another time? You'll be tanned and wearing flip flops before you know it (and calling them thongs of course)!

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RUNNER12COM 8/25/2012 4:32PM

    Congrats on the new job!

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NATPLUMMER 8/25/2012 11:21AM

    Excellent!! Hmmm...once a west coast girl, always a west coast girl...does that mean I'll be moving to Australia's west coast, too ;-)

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/25/2012 10:57AM

    I almost made it to New Zealand once; Australia has been on my "maybe one day far in the future probably never happen but nice to think about" travel lists. Welcome back!

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DMF2012 8/25/2012 9:49AM

    I liked visiting Perth, along with Cairns - I remember tomatoes, Japanese food and the ever popular Vegemite offered at every meal in Australia, including breakfast. Enjoy!

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NANCYPAT1 8/25/2012 8:25AM

    Great fun post. Your blog made me smile and even laugh a little.

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Art and Relaxation

Monday, April 16, 2012

Boy, it was tough deciding on a title for this post! "The Art of Massage"? "Drawing a Blank"? You can tell I'm trying to update you on some loose ends that have been left precariously dangling in previous posts. Well then, let's dive right into it...

The most important update is, there is no update on the fitness side. I went running last Thursday and performed a phenomenal drop-and-slide down a badly paved hill that managed to cripple me from top to bottom by exploding my left knee and splitting my right elbow, not to mention the comicbook-like scratches all the way down my right arm. It looks a lot worse than it is, but I can't put pressure on anything yet, so even yoga is not an option at the moment. Fortunately, the only real casualty of the accident was my pair of running capris, but they were itching the back of my knee anyway. C'est la vie. It is but a bump in the road, right (literally!)?

As DH came back from Augsburg ill last night, I get to hang out and do artsy stuff around the house. You remember that painting I had started last week? Well, it is now finished, and I'm actually pleased with it.

Although it is inspired by some very cool aboriginal art I found online, it does not mean anything beyond being something I felt like painting. For my next watercolour project, I've decided to play around with some of the aboriginal painting techniques. For example, in Western Australia, the most common form is dot painting - exactly what it sounds like. When I started thinking dots, snakes came to mind, which in turn reminded me of a very pretty carpet python that used to live under the house of one of my friends in Brisbane. They come in beautiful patterns and clear colours, so I googled some photos to use as examples. I'm quite excited about this weekend! By then, my grandma's photo album should be finished, so I'll have time for leisurely painting.

DH has a couple of neat book readers on his iPad, so I asked him to buy me a book (my first digital book, yay!), "You can Draw in 30 Days" by Mark Kistler. On the iReader, it actually looks exactly like a paper copy. Not that I'm beginning to confuse myself with someone whose scribblings can actually be considered artistic - but I am, for the first time since, oh, kindergarten- enjoying putting pencil to paper. Here's what came out of today's lesson:

Hehe... rocks in space!!

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled posting for a recharging of the laptop... please visit us later for the final part of this post.

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CLWALDRO 4/19/2012 3:57AM

    Road Rash! OOOOOOOOOOOOuch
It will take a few days to feel better. I am glad you are enjoying your art and having more time to do what you love. I know that in time you will be back on track with your fitness but until then just try to keep moving around the house. It will help to keep the muscles from locking up causing more pain.
I hope your DH is feeling better soon.
I admire your talent for drawing. I need a cup to trace to draw a circle or in other words the only thing I can draw is flies when I am sweaty. emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/18/2012 11:33AM

    So going forward the idea is to keep the rocks in space, or at least on the drawing pad, and not under your feet to prevent any more tumbles. Hope your injuries were not too serious & you are back to normal soon.

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JOANNA202 4/16/2012 5:21PM

    You poor battered thing! Hope you heal quickly.

Looks to me like you can already draw pretty well - no need to learn!

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NATPLUMMER 4/16/2012 12:39PM

I really like that painting :-)
That's much better looking than my doodling.

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Sparkin' It Up

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I promised to share some of the creative pursuits I've been working on, so I'm uploading a couple of pics. The first is definitely unfinished. Right now, it's simply a background to which I will add... a tree. My tree drawing skills stink, so I've been practicing a few designs on a doodle pad.

The second one is nearly finished. I still have to add a few lines to the hand, and currently, I'm debating whether to redo the background to a deeper blue (leaning towards yes, as I like it when color pops).

Besides these, I'm putting together a photo album for my grandma that will, for starters, include the Estonia pics I promised her. Unfortunately, the very cool foil letters I meticulously cut out last weekend don't stick on the fabric binding, so I need to come up with plan B (fabric paint, maybe?).

To complete the promised blog posts, look for the report on the silk paper massage later this afternoon...

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LIOCORO 4/12/2012 3:09PM

    I'd go for the deeper blue aswell. Might look good :) Looks like water colors?

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/12/2012 3:06PM

    Very cool and creative. What medium is this? I, too, am partial to the darker blue background. For the foil letters have you tried "gorilla glue" or one of those sticks to everything glues?

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NATPLUMMER 4/12/2012 11:37AM

    That's a beautiful background!! I think a deeper blue around the hand would be very nice.

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ChaLEAN Extreme Lean Circuit 2 Final

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

And... the beast is loosed! Well... first, let me say that I realize I am behind on the comments. I will be tackling those in the next couple of days!! All that yoga and meditating seems to be doing some good, I've covered my breakfast table in art supplies and am actually USING them! Maybe I'll have a pic or two of ongoing projects for you soon.

Ok, now on to Lean Circuit 2. I gotta admit, I like this one the least. It has lots of weird movement combos, like hamstring curls with a thigh toner while doing shoulder raises or anterior delt raises while squatting. Let me tell you that when you have issues with one part of the exercise, the other also doesn't exactly feel terribly effective. That's just how I see it. Here are the numbers...

Sumo Squat w/ Anterior Delt Lift w: 17.5 r: 12 (up 5 lbs from week 1)

Double Arm Row w/ Single Leg Lift w/ Band w: 20 r: 12 (up 6.5; this is def one of those weird ones)

Single Hamstring Curl w/ Lateral Raise w: 10 r: 12 (no change in weight; it takes all my concentration to actually curl my leg and not fall over)

Runner's Lunge w/ Double Arm Row w: 20 r: 12 (up 2.5)

Lateral Raise w/ Abduction w/ Band w: 10 r: 12 (up 2.5)

Plank w/ Single Arm Row w: 15 r: 12 (no change in weight; it took me this long to complete the entire exercise on my toes, though - yay!!)

Reverse Lunge w/ Lateral Raise w: 10 r: 10 (up 2.5; this was clearly easier with the lighter weight, but that's kind of not the point, is it)

Posterior Delt Raise w/ Leg Lift w: 10 r: 12 (up 2.5)

Squat w/ Double Arm Anterior Delt Lift w: 7.5 r: 12 (up 2.5; the delt lift puts too much weight into the front of my foot, thereby making it impossible for me to bend my knees very low. Yes, I have squatting issues, too. Sigh.)

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TRI_BABE 4/11/2012 9:59PM

    Great job... keep it up!

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NATPLUMMER 4/11/2012 4:26PM

    Great job!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/11/2012 1:49PM

    As usual, you are MY IDOL!

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/11/2012 12:52PM

    Kudos to you for getting through these! I have a short attention span and tend to resist exercise that feels like exercise and probably would have used the DVD as a target by this point.

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