clevermanka: default (boots and boys)
Yesterday's responses to my call for hysterectomy stories was overwhelming (in a good way) and incredibly helpful. I was touched by the care and compassion of friends and complete strangers, who shared intimate details about their experiences. I fucking love the internet.

This morning I was lying in bed, checking in with my body. I do it every morning. It's my pre-flight check to make sure nothing is so wrong that I might not make it through the workday. I...have never typed that out before, and now that I've done the equivalent of saying it aloud, I realize how bizarre it is. Who does shit like that? Me, I guess. Anyway. I was checking in and made myself aware of the near-constant slight abdominal pressure I've known about for a long time (at least a year, perhaps more). I always thought it was gas or something not sitting right or maybe I just needed to pee. It felt like menstrual cramps, but surely I wouldn't have menstrual cramps if I wasn't at that part of my cycle, right? Lying there this morning, I realized/admitted to myself, that's probably the giant fibroid. Gross.

I don't often have regrets, but I am very much regretting not wearing tights under my skirt today. I am freezing. I've got a lot going on this weekend, but hauling out the winter wardrobe on Saturday is a must. I don't have a record of when I switched out wardrobes last year, but I think this might be a record for lateness thereof. Hurray for boots, sweaters, and tights! I am not a fan of cold weather, but I least I enjoy cold weather fashion.

Here's a job I would've been really good at, y'all. But that would also mean living in a big city, so...no. Ah well! Last night at Henna Time I sold [livejournal.com profile] hdsqrl and [livejournal.com profile] radiantmephit on Hamilton, and that was great. I also started following Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter because he is fucking hilarious and I'm starting to develop such a crush on him.



This has been in my head all week so I'm sharing it with you, too. God damn I love this song so much.
clevermanka: default (post-dance)
Something I forgot to mention in my earlier posts about Con*Strict was the vid show. I la-la-la-love fanvids, and this was my first con with a vid show. It's not surprising how group watching escalated the feels--just like watching a movie or a concert with a large, receptive audience intensifies the experience.

Here's one of the vids from the Con*Strict vid show, done by one of the attending members. It was my favorite for two reasons which are not difficult to determine.



More of my fave vids from the show )

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Yesterday I wore one of my re-fashioned outfits (a dress made from pieces of four tee shirts) with a pair of bloomers underneath (just long enough for the lace to peek out from under the dress). I felt like I was in my PJs all day. I'm looking forward to having more of those in my closet. Also looking forward to the practice (from making my own) so I can start making them to sell. I'm going to need to invest in a small mannequin for that, so if anyone local sees one for cheap, let me know. This is not as outrageous of a request as it seems--Lawrence has some unlikely thrift and dumpster finds.

Speaking of style, I avoid wearing gloves as a fashion statement because I think they're a little fussy (it's hard to actually do anything while wearing them). Fingerless gloves would solve a lot of the problem, but they've always seemed so...pretentious. These might change my mind. Fuck pretentious. Those are JEWELRY. I mean, Christ, just look at those things.



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One of the reasons I've never considered becoming a yoga instructor is that the market is so glutted here in Lawrence. A conversation with [livejournal.com profile] ms_danson made me wonder about the possibility of doing a yoga podcast, though. I picture a website that has a basic dictionary of poses as well as individual pages on the site. Each page would have a list of images of the particular poses for whatever the focus of that page's series, and a link to listen or download a voice narration for the series. People could request a theme, goal, or focus for a series once a month or something. Doesn't that sound great? Now there's motivation to do a teacher training course. Someday. In my copious spare time with all my excess energy.

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Energy levels are still shit, and the ridges in my fingernails are back. The index and middle fingernails have them now, too. The thumbnails look and feel like washboards. Ugh. So demoralizing. I see Dr. Jonah on Thursday and I'm going to talk about re-upping my mineral supplements that we started decreasing two months ago. I feel like earlier this summer my energy levels were better. I'm done with waking up tired. This regressing business is for the birds.

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We shopped for phones last night. It was hellish. I think I'm going to wind up with a Galaxy S6. [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick is price shopping because for what we want, it's cheaper to buy our own unlocked phones and get a month-to-month plan through T-Mobile (which is what some local friends did who are very happy with their service). I have to admit, these newfangled phones are awful pretty. And it will be nice to have a phone that doesn't randomly turn itself back on. Or refuse to disable the Mute function. But oh my goodness they're so difficult for me to use. Touch screens do not react well to my skin, and there's something about my electrical charge that makes things go a little nutty. When someone asks me to take a picture with their phone, it always turns off or goes to a different screen or something. Beyond that, though, there's my concern about having internet access 24/7. I'm honestly relieved that the Tumblr phone app is so bad because I see myself easily becoming That Person.

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Tomorrow I am a panelist for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute conference. Last year I served as a panelist on a university-wide presentation for graduate-level support staff and was in the pilot group for KU's new online catalog software (a nine-month project). I need to remember to put this shit in my end-of-year review. I don't think anyone (including myself) realizes how much I actually do around here.

Which...I guess I should do something now to prepare for tomorrow's presentation.
clevermanka: default (shake shake shake)
For you music-lovers (who, like me, carry a lot of different stuff on the iPod or whatever device), do you have those times where you scroll through your collection and go "Ugh I need to get some new music" because everything you see is just old and over-listened but you don't have the money (or motivation) to actually get some new music so you finally decide "Well okay, I haven't listened to this in ages, fine, whatever, I'll listen to this" and then after two songs you're all "Why the fuck haven't I listened to this lately? This is great!" That's what I'm feeling about Janis Martin today.



It's still rough for me to listen to this style of music too much because I really really really miss having an in-house partner-dance companion at my disposal, but it's damn fine music.

I was talking to someone yesterday about this--how I feel like we're headed toward a sort of minor dark ages. Not as bleak a distopia as that depicted in a lot of current literature and media, but I think we're on a downward slide that isn't going to improve anytime soon. It came up in the context of downloading our awareness to computers and how I used to be opposed to the idea of it for myself but now I'm not so sure. It might be nice to not be subject to the whims of this body all the time.

Hurray for new shoes! I needed new summer shoes because I am very, very tired of my Dansko Mary Jane clogs, which have been my main summer shoes (those and my Chucks) for (god) ten years. They arrived last night and I'm wearing them today. They're comfortable and cute and I like them.

Last night I got some cooking done finally.

More mobility suggestions for getting into the splits. This is mostly for me to check out later. I haven't watched the videos yet, and I admit some concern about the spelling errors, but it might have some good ideas. Speaking of hip mobility, I did some rolling out last night and wow could I tell it'd been a while. Ugh, they were so tender and stiff. They still feel tender and stiff. In fact, it feels like they're full of something. Cotton wadding? Wet sand? Something. My entire outside hip area, top to bottom from gluteus medias to front pelvic bone feels stuck and sludgy. It's gross.

But it's Friday and it's Stop Day, which at KU means offices are open but there's no classes, no exams, no nothing. It's super quiet. Nice. And I'm taking Monday off.

Pinched

Apr. 21st, 2015 09:26 am
clevermanka: default (bonecruncher)
Ugh. So yesterday I was gonna do that piriformis mobility thing but by the time I got home from work my back was so fucked I couldn't even walk very well. I spent the evening in bed with fic and a heating pad. I think I need to give it a couple days off.

The other secretary is back from her vacation today, so at least I can do my hourly walk-arounds, again. That'll help quite a bit.

I put in a request to my PCP to see if I can get a referral to the MovNat guy in KC. It's on the Missouri side, though, so I don't know if that's doomed. If I can get the referral, it'll go through my insurance which would be really nice.

A friend of mine offered space in a hotel room at DragonCon and I said yes but now I'm having second thoughts. It's pretty expensive. With the con badge, hotel, and airfare, it'll wind up costing more than Comic-Con (since I had free rooming for that). There's the hassle of packing up four day's worth of food again (since I won't have friends feeding me from their kitchen), the idea of spending that much time around that much people I don't know at all, and not having a definite place I can flee for solitude. I'm not sure the experience will be worth the figurative and literal price. I hate turning down the opportunity, but now that I've had a couple days to consider, I'm not sure I want to do this. Thoughts?

Fashion talk! I went thrifting with [livejournal.com profile] julii_wolfe last week because I had (not kidding) two workable office outfits for summer. I gave her the directions "camo colors and black, texture is good but no design prints, knits only, medium tops for underlayers, medium or large for overlayers." She's a good shopping partner. She found several great pieces for me (she's the one who discovered the three major finds of the day) and didn't get hurt or offended when I turned down half of the stuff she pulled. I'm wearing one of them today. I need to find a way to photograph my outfits, at least for a while, to help track and inspire different combinations. I'm still navigating myself through my new style aesthetic. It's fun.

I want to hit the KC/Independence area thrifts soon, but I'm loathe to give up a Saturday.

This morning I woke up hungry again, so I made myself an actual breakfast, with duck eggs, and am feeling okay.

And speaking of fashion, today's Tumblr is Tuesday, April 21: Coats. Appropriate for the temperatures here today.

Excelsior

Mar. 2nd, 2015 10:38 am
clevermanka: default (Respirator)
How can I incorporate this concept into my daily wear wardrobe. Yes, I am entirely serious.

Work bullshit has escalated to a ridiculous degree, so not a lot of time to be on here today.

Yesterday got away from me and I completely lost track of time. I will be posting (and backdating) my Intentional Movement Report at some point this week, along with the detailed pose sequences. I'll let you know when that goes up.

clevermanka: default (circus)
I woke up this morning dizzy with exhaustion. I literally swayed on my feet as I walked out of the bedroom. Returning to work for full eight-hour days this week was perhaps premature. There's a fellowship deadline tomorrow but I'm not sure if that's an internal deadline for department faculty review or if it's a college deadline for nominee submission. Once I hear from my boss about that I'll decide if I can take tomorrow off. I would've called in this morning but I thought the other secretary was out today (I was wrong, it's next week) and I have a website training session and an important meeting this afternoon.

That's all gonna go real well.

I assume everyone has seen this video of Sergei Polunin dancing to "Take Me to Church." I am, apparently, the only person on the planet who was...not all that impressed by it? His talent and ability are amazing, don't get me wrong, but I feel like the artistic interpretation is lacking/wrong/nonexistent. To my eye/mind, the mood swings of the choreography don't match the music and many of the overt emotional actions (like the head in hands motif, which is repeated a few times) seem cliched as performed. He's lovely, don't misunderstand, but...I'm not feeling the musical interpretation. Could be I just don't understand ballet, which is entirely possible. [livejournal.com profile] shanmonster, if you're reading this, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Because of various allergies, I can't wear lipsticks, especially ones that can be chewed/licked off (for special events, I'll use the CoverGirl Outlast stuff, but only for a few hours and I have to concentrate on not licking or biting my lips). However, for my lovelies who can wear it, this stuff looks awesome. For those of you who don't/can't wear lipsticks but like/love/are obsessed by lip balms, this brand of (plain, uncolored, unflavored) balm is the shit. I found it locally at the Community Mercantile and oh my god it's amazing. AMAZING. I'm having a difficult time bringing myself to use any of my other balms (and I have a lot of them) instead of these. My favorite is the Purely Coconut which isn't listed on the Alaffia main website which makes me very nervous and I feel like maybe I should stock up now? I have a reputation for having my favorite anything (makeup, menu items, entire places of business) being discontinued.

Marvel's announcement of Civil War was the catalyst that began my disenchantment and triggered my emotional divorce from MCU. I mean, I'll still go see the movies (probably), but my psychological investment? Gone. This latest bullshit made me realize I'd done the right thing. Related to that, now that my investment in several fandoms (Marvel, Sherlock, Supernatural) has dramatically decreased in the past year, I think I'll start reading fashion blogs again. It's been a long time since I followed things like Fashion Week, or the seasonal designer shows. Just in time for New York Fashion Week!

In other news, I'm still not eating much/well. Three times this morning I've gone to my little fridge here at the office to look at my food options (zucchini spaghetti, chocolate chili, chicken soup, and squash curry) and every time my stomach rolls and cramps a bit and I just...ugh. I'm 90% sure it's psychological, but I just can't make myself eat. So much time and effort spent teaching myself not to eat when I'm not hungry, and of course this is the side effect.

Happy 2015

Jan. 1st, 2015 07:52 am
clevermanka: default (gas mask)
Here's hoping anyway, right?

Two besties came over last night. We ate, chat, and polished off a couple bottles that had gotten lost in the wine collection and were, miraculously, still good. I was pleased and relieved since one of them was a $40 bottle of Pineau des Charentes. We planned to watch a movie but, as often happens when we get together, spent five hours talking instead. The were gone by 10:45 and I was in bed and asleep by 11:15. Ahhhh.

New Year's resolutions were never my thing, although I think they're great when people use them as a tool to improve their lives. If you're making resolutions this year, I wish you all the best! And also, I'm nosy, so feel free to share them in the comments.

I suppose I can consider my Intentional Movement program a new resolution that I got a head-start on it last week.

Recently I've been incorporating a new style aesthetic into my wardrobe. It's a sort of post-apocalyptic look, but wearable. A little more thrift store punk and less Burning Man. In my head I think of it as "delicately grim." I made a Pinterest account to track ideas for it if you're curious. Because of that, I've been pondering another 365 photo project: taking a photo of my outfit every day. I'm worried I'll be exhausted of that by March, though. Maybe I can aim for three outfit photos a week or something? It would certainly motivate me to be more imaginative and daring with my combos. I'm always inspired by [livejournal.com profile] splix's fashion choices and combinations. It looks fun, but I don't have that varied of a wardrobe. Well, I can at least try it for a couple months and if I'm not enjoying it, nobody is going to force me to continue. One side benefit would be that the only appropriate mirror for such self-portraits is the one in my sewing room and taking a photo in there every day would certainly cause me to keep it a bit tidier.

In other news, the due South Sekrit Santa creators were revealed yesterday, so I can post a link to the piece I did for it this year: A Second Chance. I'm really pleased with this one. It used up the last of my maps of Chicago, though, and my last atlas entry for Canada. So if I'm going to continue doing these, I gotta go buy some more paper Chicago and Canada maps, which ugh. Not that they're expensive, but it seems ridiculous to buy new ephemera for my collages instead of finding them at the library book sale or thrift stores. I guess if anyone has old maps of either that they'd like to send me? The older the better, actually. Not like I have to worry about updated roads and such.

A list of all the works for the challenge are here.

Anyway. Happy New Year! I certainly wish a happy year on all of you still here and reading. I know at least a few people keep up with me here who don't even have LJ accounts so can't comment (hi, E-Dub!) and it's nice to know that I'm not shouting into a void. LJ is getting smaller and less active all the time. I know it's going to stop being a viable community eventually, but I'm sure I'll be one of the last hold-outs and I appreciate all of you who are also sticking around to the very end. Big, sexy kisses to you all.

clevermanka: default (Fetish on lap)
Today's Tumblr collection is Tuesday, December 16: Kitties.

I added four new pairs of bloomers to the shop, and the 20% off code is still active (WINTER20)!

Behind the cut is my outfit and makeup I wore to Friday's department holiday party. Clicky for the camo skirt and fake short hair )
clevermanka: default (made-up)
I just spent $75 at the Stash Tea website.


I'm telling you this because they're having a sale through the 14th. Free shipping on orders of $25 or more and 15% off orders of $50 or more. The offers are combine-able.

Yesterday afternoon I discovered I'd been called out in the departmental news bulletin regarding our holiday party, which is this Friday.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students as well as spouses, partners, and friends are welcome. There will be dancing space for kids and emeriti -- and we’ll try to keep both off the sauce. While all the English undergraduates get eyesore with study on this day strictly reserved for intense exam preparation, take a break from grading and see what Clever Manka* will wear to the party this year. Remember, nothing says “holiday” like “English Department!”

* They used my Legal Name, obviously

NO PRESSURE THOUGH.

I got a good laugh out of it because just yesterday morning I was discussing with a graduate student (who also does not read the departmental news bulletin, apparently) that I was considering weirding it up this year for the holiday party. I admit I had a crisis of confidence after hearing about the mention in the DNB, but I'm sticking with my original plan. It involves a camouflage tulle/net skirt, a sequined tank top, ankle-high Doc Marten wedges, and lots of rhinestones.
clevermanka: default (Reefer Madness)
Although I watched Pokemon when it was on the air in the mid-90s (laugh all you want, that show was great and had moments of pure, fucking brilliance which is a hell of a lot more than I can say for most product-driven kids programming), I was never in the fandom. Man oh man am I tempted to get this tee shirt, though. Bulbasaur was not my favorite, but who fucking cares. That shirt is a riot. They have shirts for all the different types, but Grass Specialized Trainer has to be one of the funniest if not the funniest (unintentional?) drug-reference innuendos I've seen on a tee shirt.

These are the best argument I have ever seen for mega-stretched earlobes. Fucking GORGEOUS.

I stayed home from work yesterday thanks to menstrual stuff. I woke up feeling actually mostly okay but just UGH exhausted and mentally unable to deal with work. By late morning the cramps had started and I was all "okay well then, excellent work on listening to your body." The only reason I'm at work today is it's Veteran's Day and if I work Veteran's Day I get twelve (12!) hours of holiday comp time to take whenever I want within the next year. I'll suffer at my desk for a day and a half of free vacation, yes.

Saturday I picked up my side of beef from Steve's Meat Market in DeSoto. For non-locals, let me first set the scene of DeSoto. It's a small-town dot on the map between Lawrence and Kansas City. Right off the highway that connects the two, and pretty much there's nothing notable about it except don't ever speed on that stretch of road because 1) small-town cops, and 2) that stretch of highway is bracketed by two big hills so it's speed trap perfection. Typical Midwestern small town. Or so you think.

I got to Steve's at 7:50am Saturday, which is ten minutes before they open. The parking lot was full and the signs were on, though, which...okay. I went in to pay and noticed there was a huge group of non-butcher-types hanging out in the back freezer/prep area. I asked (half-jokingly) if there was some sort of lesson going on. Turns out there's a local farmer who brings (live) livestock every Saturday morning for people who want to pick out their animals and take home freshly (and halal- or kosher-approved) butchered meats. NICE. Gets better, though. While I was waiting in my car for the guys to get my order together I saw a man walking through the parking lot carrying by one horn, a freshly-cut black goat head. The eyes were still slightly open, the tongue was hanging out, and there was a smooth slip of red flesh hanging from the neck. IT WAS FUCKING AMAZING. Five minutes later his female companion followed him to their truck with a bag of entrails.

Apparently the entire ethnic population of the Kansas City/Topeka area comes to DeSoto on Saturday morning to get their meat. The Steve's employee said people start lining up at 5:30am. How cool is that? One, there's a local business and a farmer interested in serving the immigrant community, two, there's enough of an immigrant community to support it, and three, it happens every week just twenty minutes east of me.

My other fantastic Saturday accidental experience: We were supposed to see Interstellar with a friend for his birthday, but it was sold out by the time we got there. Since we'd driven to KC for the movie, we decided to see something instead and picked Big Hero 6. You guys. YOU GUYS. This movie was so much better than the previews, which who the hell produced those boring previews? It's not just a movie about a kid who builds a robot. It's not actually about that at all. It's a superhero origin story with a diverse, multi-racial cast that boasts a bi-racial main character. Really, really good movie. It was released two days after the ten-year anniversary of The Incredibles and I can't think that was accidental. It is such a perfect successor to that film. See it. Ignore the cute but lackluster preview. See the movie. See it in the theater if you can, too, because the animation is gorgeous.

Then Sunday [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick and I went clothes-shopping to get things I can't find at the thrifts: leggings, jeans, thermals, etc. Y'all I am so excited about his winter wardrobe. I've finally sold him on the idea of wearing skirts (okay, kilts) most of the time, and he looks really good in them. But...winter. So I spent a lot of time searching the web for men's leggings and running tights and had no luck finding stuff we both agreed on and thought looked comfortable. And then I realized, why the hell am I looking for men's tights for him? So we picked up a few pairs of XL women's heavy jersey tights which I then took in about four inches at the waist and voila the guy has tights to wear under his kilts this winter.

AND THEN ALSO I got to help pick out clothes for one of our guy friends who has decided he wants to start dressing nicer. He's not on board with skirts (which is fine--not everyone is), but I explained to him the basics of pairing and layers (neutral colors, texture, overwash jeans are your friends) and he found a few things he liked enough to start with. He also gave me the green light to shop for him when I go to thrift stores. Whee! Good times.

Today's Tumblr collection is Tuesday, November 11: Sherlock Dolls. For those of you not in the know, Big Chief Studios released dolls based on the BBC Sherlock Holmes and John Watson earlier this year. You can imagine the shenanigans people got up to with those. Click at your peril.
clevermanka: default (it's hell)
Kansas is so, so, so, so fucked you guys. SO FUCKING FUCKED I can't even. I feel sick to my stomach. What in the hell is wrong with people. I can't fathom how/why so many people would vote to re-elect a man who is destroying this state.



I am just ignoring all that for now because there is nothing I can do about at the moment so I'm going to talk about STYLE.

When I put outfits together, I am generally more pleased with outfits that give me a varied silhouette. I don't like the way I look in straight leg trousers. I much prefer things that narrow at the knee--leggings with boots, or slim pants that tuck in, or even trousers that cuff high to show off funky socks or ankle boots. This is becoming more and more true as I gain more mass around my midsection. With this in mind, I've decided that I'm going to ignore the fact that knickers might have passed out of fashion a couple years ago and pick up some corduroy and wool trousers from the thrifts to alter into below-the-knee knickers. This'll also be a great time to use some of the funky accent buttons I've had in my stash for a few years. Putting cute buttons on the cuffs will look charming.

I also have a few sweaters that are too small for me now, but I love them and am not willing to give them up so I'm going to do some surgery on them, too. I plan to open up the sleeves down the outside from shoulder to wrist, and the sides from armpit to waist. Then I'll grommet them and lace them up. Funky way to add a couple sizes to a garment, eh? Hurray for still having tons of grommets left over from my bodice-making days. I even have two sizes of each color (0 and 00 in gold, black, and silver tones), so I can do smaller grommets down the sleeves for variation.

The state of Kansas might be going down the toilet, but at least I'm gonna look good.
clevermanka: default (boots and boys)
I planned to touch up my roots last night. Coloring my hair takes six hours, even though I just do the roots since the henna/indigo combo is so permanent I haven't had to do anything to the length of my hair since I started this carnival ride in...2009? Yeesh. Anyway. It's a process and last night I didn't have the energy to finish the second step, the indigo, so I went to bed with the henna still on my head, all cling-wrapped and be-hatted. I'm sure everyone is waiting for the tragic end to this story, but I can't tell you because I don't know yet. [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick is still asleep and I don't want to wake him by rinsing in the kitchen sink (rinsing in the shower is a nightmare). I'll have had this stuff on my head for 12+ hours by the time I rinse. I usually leave it on for three. This is going to be interesting. Not just to see the darker color deposit, but the actual rinsing will be a challenge since a lot of it is dried out. FUN.

Today is another Friday vacation day for me! Woo! These four day work weeks are THE BOMB I tell you what. I'm not sure what I want to do today. Work on the car or do some art? I'm leaning toward the art because I bought my 2015 Moleskine planner this week and I'm itching to collage it. I wasn't entirely happy with the job I did on my 2014 planner, and I look forward to liking next year's better.

I also might go shoe shopping today. Dansko has a new model out and I'm in love with it.



Aren't they lovely? I wish I could wear less...practical? shoes to work, but since I often walk to work (and then walk while I'm at work, and soon will be standing a lot at work), cute kitten heels and non-supportive flats just won't work. Also, I can't wear regular heels even if they're comfortable because I'm terrified to walk down the (fairly steep) hill on my way home from campus in them. I tried once, and nearly slid--on completely dry pavement. Downhill in heels is a treacherous thing.

There's a local store in town that has them and I want to try them on to make sure that back part won't rub my ankle uncomfortably. If it fits well, I am strongly tempted to buy in every color even though two of the four colors are teal and purple--colors that don't generally make their way into my wardrobe, but I have to admit that on shoes they look pretty snappy. Since I wear mostly neutrals anyway, accent shoes would be a fine addition to my wardrobe. Anyway, I am rambling about shoes. NOBODY CARES, MANKA.
clevermanka: default (Default)
Putting this here for later: Spine Stabilization: How Your Core Should Be Working. Lots of anatomical descriptions and a self-test for spinal stabilization. And have a partner article: How to Unlock Your Athletic Potential Through Good Posture.

My exercise program this week looks kind of nuts.

Overhead Squats (5x5) 25#
Power Snatch (5x5) 15# -> 45#
Front Squat (5x5) 55#
Power Clean/Push Jerk combo (5x5) 35# -> 55#
Super set of One-Arm dumbbell presses 5x10 each arm 10# each arm and T-Bar rows, 4x12 153 -> 25#

But when I did it last night it seemed really easy. Maybe the trainer bar I was using wasn't the standard 15#? Not sure. But I finished up feeling like I could have done more and this morning I feel like I didn't do a workout at all, so I'm thinking I'll up some of those weights on Thursday. Except for the front squat. I'm a little irked at that low front squat weight, but in light of my recent SI joint unhappiness I'm making my peace with it. Look at that Power Clean/Push Jerk number, though. My last set I'm doing five reps at fifty-five pounds. Just a few months ago, the max I could get over my head with one rep was sixty pounds. I'm repping at almost my former max. And I might rep at my former max this week! Boo-yah.

Thanks to [profile] etcet, here is Tom Hiddleston on Top Gear. Some behind the scenes shots here. And of course a gif set. My baby is a really good driver. Who is surprised? Nobody is surprised.

Oh my god an electric pressure cooker. And oh my god, I can make bone broth in this thing? Sign. Me. The Fuck. Up. Seriously. I am putting this on my wishlist NOW.

I would look so fucking good in this top.

Then there's this.


And now I have an admissions committee meeting that's going to last most of the morning. Good times.
clevermanka: default (punch it)
Putting this here for later: Spine Stabilization: How Your Core Should Be Working. Lots of anatomical descriptions and a self-test for spinal stabilization. And have a partner article: How to Unlock Your Athletic Potential Through Good Posture.

My exercise program this week looks kind of nuts.

Overhead Squats (5x5) 25#
Power Snatch (5x5) 15# -> 45#
Front Squat (5x5) 55#
Power Clean/Push Jerk combo (5x5) 35# -> 55#
Super set of One-Arm dumbbell presses 5x10 each arm 10# each arm and T-Bar rows, 4x12 153 -> 25#

But when I did it last night it seemed really easy. Maybe the trainer bar I was using wasn't the standard 15#? Not sure. But I finished up feeling like I could have done more and this morning I feel like I didn't do a workout at all, so I'm thinking I'll up some of those weights on Thursday. Except for the front squat. I'm a little irked at that low front squat weight, but in light of my recent SI joint unhappiness I'm making my peace with it. Look at that Power Clean/Push Jerk number, though. My last set I'm doing five reps at fifty-five pounds. Just a few months ago, the max I could get over my head with one rep was sixty pounds. I'm repping at almost my former max. And I might rep at my former max this week! Boo-yah.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] etcet, here is Tom Hiddleston on Top Gear. Some behind the scenes shots here. And of course a gif set. My baby is a really good driver. Who is surprised? Nobody is surprised.

Oh my god an electric pressure cooker. And oh my god, I can make bone broth in this thing? Sign. Me. The Fuck. Up. Seriously. I am putting this on my wishlist NOW.

I would look so fucking good in this top.

Then there's this.


And now I have an admissions committee meeting that's going to last most of the morning. Good times.
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Baby steps of progress in Ukraine.

I want this tape like burning.

I am not gonna lie, I have always been a fan of skinhead fashion and this critique of the new Doctor's look makes me happy even though I have no plans to watch the show. Because bringing back this sort of style? YES PLEASE.

[livejournal.com profile] mckitterick found in the attic an ancient old Microsoft ergo keyboard that did not have tea spilled in it, so I brought that to work this morning and now have something that isn't horribly killing my wrists to use, so YAY! Of course, I also have about eighty zillion things to do for work today, so BLAH.

At least I can type information into my spreadsheets in comfort.
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Baby steps of progress in Ukraine.

I want this tape like burning.

I am not gonna lie, I have always been a fan of skinhead fashion and this critique of the new Doctor's look makes me happy even though I have no plans to watch the show. Because bringing back this sort of style? YES PLEASE.

[personal profile] mckitterick found in the attic an ancient old Microsoft ergo keyboard that did not have tea spilled in it, so I brought that to work this morning and now have something that isn't horribly killing my wrists to use, so YAY! Of course, I also have about eighty zillion things to do for work today, so BLAH.

At least I can type information into my spreadsheets in comfort.

Peace out

Dec. 3rd, 2013 09:22 am
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My life:





The cat at 1:40 is one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen. I've seen gifs of it, but the whole clip is even better.

I finished my DSSS project early! WOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I'm so so so happy with it. God I hope the recipient likes it. IZ NERVOUS.

Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, December 3: 1910s Fashion.

Peace out

Dec. 3rd, 2013 09:22 am
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My life:





The cat at 1:40 is one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen. I've seen gifs of it, but the whole clip is even better.

Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, December 3: 1910s Fashion.
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Oh. Why, hello there completely new style inspiration/obsession. I just happened to stumble on this website while doing some hunting for my next Tumblr collection (1910s fashion) and I just...I just...I...



I spent about half an hour saving images. Look at the layering. She has descriptions of what elements are used to create each look and pages upon pages of line drawings for the different articles of clothing used to create each ensemble. I'm tempted to just print out the whole damn website.

WEEPING FOR THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL

Speaking of wardrobe items I shall never own, I recently found (completely by accident) the boots that started me on my search for the perfect black boot. I saw them worn on someone's fashion blog and every online shoe store was either sold out or didn't have them at all. I emailed the blog owner and she said they were a couple years old. I looked for those fuckers for a year before I gave up and bought my Ariats, which never fit me right, and then asked [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick to buy me the Borns this year, which are gorgeous, but they aren't the dream boots. I don't regret many things in life but DAMN I regret that I didn't find these before ordering the Borns.

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