New Tattoo !

 Got a new tattoo on Monday inked by the amazing Alexandra Fische. I'm so thankful to have found such an awesome artist through the Philly Vegan Facebook group when I got here.  Great conversation; inspiring aesthetic; insatiable work ethic. 

The new design is the sister to the one Alex inked for me in 2018.  

This is the new ink from Monday. A little lighter/calmer. Intended to be the nicer of the two dark sisters. I love the spiders.


Cruella and the American Diversity Problem

 I watched Cruella in the theater today. It was fantastic! Definitely my favorite Disney film now. I’m really enjoying the villain series. This one even topped Maleficent in my option. Emma Stone portyaed the role beautifully. But what brought it together was the ambiance of the whole film. The costumes, the artistic wardrobe designs, the 60s style where old-school traditional met with new rock grunge. Truly magnificent. I also appreciate how the writers dealt with trauma. They were careful not to oversimplifying or over correct the outcome. That hair, omg. Spectacular!

The extended musical preview of In the Heights got me to thinking about diversity in the US today. So many cultures mixed throughout the states, yet we are often referred to as a great Christian nation. Why do so many people here have to normalize their own outlooks and lifestyles on others? It’s expected that everyone is to accept that churches exist to help the poor, but often the same members shun those that don’t share the same political opinion, or dietary desires, or sexual orientation. So many things. And there are so many different types of churches too. I would challenge any of the southern Baptist churches I grew up around to prove that all their beliefs are the same, yet they shun others who are different. I feel like I expanded more on this in my head, but I want to keep the post short, I just don’t understand why more Americans aren’t accepting of others beliefs. 


Doctor Who and gels

 Watched Doctor Who with a friend tonight. It’s so weird rewatching episodes from so long ago. It surprises me how much I forget. Tonight we watched the episode where (spoilers) the Doctor gets married. Such a great episode! Can’t wait for Clara though. My absolute favorite companion. 

Also got my nails done today. I really like the color!

I think the salon I sent to did a decent job but they seemed to be in a big hurry. I might try another salon next time to see the difference. 


Uh... hey...

 Uh... hey... so it's been a while. I guess I should really start blogging again. 

So many incredible things have happened since I last updated. It'd take forever to update, so I'm just going to pick up from here as if this is a new thing. So... reset button... 

I've been keeping a journal for the past month or so and it's been pretty therapeutic.  I figured I'd start blogging again as well to document various things going on in life.

Today I found a possible connection in our family tree for William Elliott (father of Nancy Elliott (wife of Jonathan Merrill (son of Benjamin Merrill))).  This is great news because we were about to remove Nancy's parents because we didn't have enough evidence.  But I found a probate record from 1814 which linked to some details of a will from 1791 which could be tied to an immigrant passenger manifest from 1774. Wouldn't that be great if they tie together?!  I'll have mom double-check my work. I could be missing something. 

Genealogy is fun. It's a mystery with puzzles and having to make some guesses to try to tie things together and then search for the evidence to back that up.  So, the opposite of science. Lol.


So I haven't done a very good job keeping this up.

Lots of reasons and excuses, but suffice it to say that the stress of many other things got to me.

Back to it then.

The idea over the next three months is to cut out sugar again. No sweets. I'll be tracking stats and food again starting tomorrow to measure any progress.

Not ready to cut out artificial sweeteners yet. 


Daily... Uh, Yeah, Well About That...

My body is no where near ready. I'm kind of embarrassed actually. Only 5 reps each and for the next 4 days I could feel my legs burning. To the point that I knew if I tried more of the excercises that I'd collapse. 


So, new plan: start weekly, but add 1 rep each week; I can always add more days if (nah! WHEN!) my body adapts. 

As for the walking, I've steadily hit 20k steps daily. Today was tough though. I only had 5 minutes to spare after going to Tennessee to pick up the girls.

Oh, and my work shoes aren't cut out for it. I have blisters now from walking at work through breaks and 1x1s.

New work shoes are needed. Ones that look classy and wear well for walking.


Small "Success" and "Always Hungry"

My caloric intake today was through the room. Breakfast, Large Popcorn for lunch [I know, my guilty pleasure], and a home-cooked meal for dinner... with dessert.  Almost 2800 calories, yet with the exercise, I'm still almost 900 in the green. Zoinks.

20k steps a day is no joke.

Anyway - I hit the exercises tonight for the first time.  Much much tougher than I though.  "Easy" should not be in the title of the program BuzzFeed put out. Ended up doing about 5 reps of each.  Except for the pushups and the side planks. 2 and 1 respectively.

On my way to the movies today, I was listening to Science Friday today and caught a eerily timed article about a "new diet." To be fair, it's not billed as a diet but rather a way to re-train or "reprogram" fat cells.  The author/doctor makes the claim that calorie intake is not the real problem, it's more about how fat cells are engaged.  Looks like I'll have a new book to read to add to the list of suspect "fad" diets I have on the list.  I remain skeptical, but he is an MD with a PhD and has at his disposal entire facilities and staff to aid in his research so his title, experience, and passion warrant a bit of research on my part if I wish to partake in some sort of dietary change with the sole purpose of moving myself out of the "obese" category.

On the bookshelf (soon) is "Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently" by David Ludwig, MD, PhD