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30 Before 30: PostSecret, and other Misc

1.  30 Before 30: PostSecret

Well folks, I did it.  I sent in a postcard to PostSecret.  I selected the postcard about a year ago, and have literally been carrying it (blank) in my purse ever since.  Even when I changed purses, the postcard moved to the new bag.  I am not a person of secrets.  What I wrote can hardly even be called a secret.  But I am a person that is terrible at letting go, and terrible at forgiving, especially myself.   I wrote about something that makes me sad enough to not talk about, and by writing it down and sending it away, I’m trying to let myself let go of it. 

I actually hope my card is not published on the site.  I am not seeking a sense of community from my words.  I love reading other peoples’ secrets, but for me, the act of writing those words and dropping them in a letterbox was so much more moving than having someone else read them. 

2.  Get Moving.

Hello Ladies shared this message on Monday, and its been “running” through my head ever since (haha):

So true. I need to get myself to the gym, stat.

3.  SWAN Day, Yinzpiration, One Young World, and I’ve got nothing.

Pittsburgh is overflowing with BIG IDEAS right now. 

Last Monday, I had the fantastic and fun experience of being interviewed along with my friend Sandy for SWAN day. SWAN (Support Women in the Arts Now) Day is a multinational celebration of women in the arts, and in Pittsburgh the No Name Players take the lead in interviewing women in all ages, editing and distributing the footage to women artists, and organizing an exciting performance evening to showcase the works.  I was proud to participate as an interviewee, and Tressa and Don (the No Name Players) were so friendly and fun.  The 2013 Celebration will be on March 23, 2013, so mark your calendars now! I am so excited!

Kate of Yinzpiration is back in the swing of interviewing inspiring Pittsburghers.  Yinzpiration is one of my favorite Burgh Blogs, because it’s a concrete reminder of how devoted and hardworking 20 and 30-somethings are to making Pittsburgh and an amazing place to live, as well as a reminder that in Pittsburgh there is always opportunity and support to take your Big Idea from idea to reality.

The One Young World conference starts tomorrow in Pittsburgh, and WOW, just WOW. Delegates to that conference don’t just have Big Ideas, they have BIG IDEAS.  When I hear about the work those young people are doing, I wonder what the heck have I been doing with my life?  These delegates are tackling global issues without fear, with real results. 

I want to have a Big Idea.  I want to do something that is interesting and clever and inspirational.  I’m not talking quit my day job for an art project– I actually really like my day job, and I suck at art.  But I want to have some kind of Big Idea that makes a difference in our City, and I have absolutely no idea what to do.  I’m totally awesome at the logistics side of things, I know I can make something come to life.  I just don’t have any idea how to get that Big Idea.  I know that I have readers who have had a Big Idea, and have made it come to life. So readers, how did you get your Big Idea?

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Thursday things (self promotion, running, movies and events)

1. Hey, I know that Blogger

Queen in Heels kindly featured me in her Blogger Spotlight this week.  She shares my LOVE for shoes, and I’ve been loving her features of all the fashion week footwear!

2.  Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot

I am in week 6 of the Couch to 5k program, and although the running times are getting longer, running is getting easier.  Even when my feet feel like cement, I can manage to get through the running parts by running very slowly.  Although the longest stretch I’ve run lately is 20 minutes, I’m confident that in a few weeks I can work up to a 5k.  This is my second go-around with running (the first being about 8 years ago), with a long hiatus in between.  This time around I’m older, fatter, and busier so that can sometimes make running trickier. 

There are some very key differences between my running practices last time and this time:

Last time:

  • I ran on concrete sidewalks (a great way to get to know the city)
  • I did not stretch or warm up/cool down
  • Eventually I wound up with runner’s knee

This time:

  • I am running on the Schenley oval rubber track or on crushed limestone trails
  • There are warm ups/cool downs built into the Couch to 5k Program
  • I am actually stretching after my run
  • I have had no knee problems so far

My progress with time and distance has been slower this time, but I am at least taking better care of myself.  Instead of working toward a goal to run a specific race, I’m working toward the goal of integrating running into my life as healthy exercise. 

3. Little Cinephile in the making!

Mr. Beez and I took Baby Beez to her first movie in a real movie theater, and she LOVED it! This is not an event that was easily decided.  We weren’t specifically looking to take her to the movies, but since they are showing Finding Nemo in 3D, and since we watch Finding Nemo about twice a day, every Saturday and Sunday, we thought she’d have a lot a fun.  And she DID! She sat in my lap and quietly watched her beloved Nemo, and even kept her 3D glasses on almost the entire time.  This undertaking was significantly less stressful because we were literally the only people in the theater.  Monsters, Inc. is going to be re-released in 3D in December, and we will probably take her to that (again, Monsters, Inc. is in heavy rotation in our DVD collection), but the movie theater probably won’t be a regular occurrence until Baby Beez gets bigger.  That doesn’t change the fact that my little grinch heart grew 2 sizes bigger, seeing her love the movies as much as her mommy does!

4.  Pittsburgh Events

The next few days are full of awesome events around the ‘burgh.  If I had the night free tonight (which I do not, boo hoo), I would be heading over to the ToonSeum for the Hunger Action Happy Hour, benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Area Foodbank.  On Friday there is the vegan Healthy Eating Happy Planet event at the Environmental Charter School that looks pretty fun (The event website doesn’t seem to have much info, I’ve learned about the event from Alma Pan-Latin Kitchen’s Facebook page).

This Saturday, I’m SUPER excited to attend The PittsBurgher– Music and Burger festival at the Rivers Casino! Burger competition, YES PLEASE! (and tickets are available at a steep discount at LivingSocial). 

What fun things will you be doing over the next few days?

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Girls’ Night!

Mr. Beez is in New York on business, so for tonight it is just me and Baby Beez. I have the good/bad problem of being interested in WAY to many things, and being in a city that is immensely full of fantastic and interesting opportunities, so I’m constantly filling my schedule with after work things. This week’s after-work schedule, however, is blissfully empty.

I wanted to keep up with my jogging, but that’s not much of an option when it’s just Baby Beez and me. She’s a nightmare in the stroller (she gets bored after about 10 minutes) and my gym does not offer babysitting for nighttime workouts.

I came up with an idea! The weather was gorgeous and clear tonight– a perfect night for a walk! So I strapped that toddler in the baby carrier, and off we went for a long stroll through Greenfield, Schenley Park, and Squirrel Hill. The rolling hills of these neighborhoods are plenty of a workout, then strap a 25 lb squirming toddler to your back, and it’s PLENTY of exercise!  We had fun seeing deer munching on grass in the park, counting buses, and pointing out the color of cars.

Now it’s time for some Pajanimals before bedtime, zzzzzzzzz

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The New Workout Plan

Ok, so TWICE in the last week I’ve hit “publish” without the post being done.  Sorry that I suck at the internet, folks.

After the last few weeks of insanity at work, I’ve realized that I really truly need to make time for frequent exercise.  If I can make time for happy hour, I can make time for the gym.  And Baby Beez will find a way to survive if Daddy puts her to bed on gym nights instead of me.

One of my 30 before 30 goals is to visit a personal trainer 3 times.  I went for 1 personal training appointment, and the trainer ran me through some weight machines I was already familiar with, and while it was nice to have someone keeping track of my reps for me, I didn’t really learn anything or feel challenged.

I know that a personal trainer is great if you are working toward a specific goal.  What about if your goal is just to get your butt off the couch? Is it totally weird to get a personal training package just to have someone waiting for me at the gym so I HAVE to show up?

I’d like to do some group exercise classes.  I’ll start with a low goal- like 1 class each week.  The gym has a cardio/weights class on Sunday mornings that I could make, and it’s not like Baby Beez lets me sleep in anyway.

How do you hold yourself accountable for working out? What do you do to get your butt to the gym?

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Move to the Beat!

I had the epiphany yesterday that I really have no excuse to not work out.  I’ve run through these excuses so far:  the gym’s hours aren’t convenient to my schedule, and I don’t want to wake up at 5am to work out, and I don’t want to work out at lunch and get gross in the middle of the workday, and I’m too tired at night to work out at night.  Then last night I realized that Comcast offers workout videos on OnDemand.  I can exercise at home, with no equipment, at my own convenience.  All my excuses have been shot.

The only remaining excuse is that I look like a darn fool when I try to do anything that remotely requires coordination.  Sandy saw me try Hip Hop Aerobics. She can attest to this.  Mr. Beez knows how uncoordinated I am, and did not want to give up precious TV time for me to flop around the den like an injured whale.  I decided instead to do a little morning workout.  I woke up at 6am, did my little exercise video, and was still showered and dressed (and even got Baby Beez dressed and fed) and we were all out the door by 7:35. 

The video I did was one of those cardio walk things, which a lot of stepping this way and that way, and not too demanding for someone as ungraceful as myself.  I did try to do the Leslie Sansone walking videos once, but the music was SO TERRIBLE that I could not stand it any more.  On the video this morning, the instructor was not obnoxiously cheery (she only instructed the viewer to “smile!” once. It’s 6am. I AM NOT SMILING.  But she did not continue to insist, so I can live with that one instruction), and the music is just an unobtrusive beat.  It wasn’t bad. It was actually kind of fun. 

Am I the only person on earth who LOVED Mousercise?  I was a lazy kid and never actually did the exercise, but it was fun to watch Mickey in his headband working up a sweat.  My favorite exercise was this “BUGABOO” thing they did. I remember it being kind of creepy but mesmerizing.  If someone can find me Mousercise DVDs, I will exercise every day.  I may even wear legwarmers.