Monday, June 28, 2010

recovery weekend

Hell is finally over, or so I hope.  After being awaken around 3 a.m. on Friday I couldn't get back to bed, so I started my weekend with a lot of LOL practice.  I think they must have done something with Shen in the latest update patch because he used to be a better tank and much less squishy.

When the sun came up, I decided to hit the gym for some last minute shape-ups and tried a spinning class.  Boy, I thought I'd never sweat so much in BodyAttack, but this group cycling class they call "All Terrain" had me soaked 5 minutes into the routine.  I loved the music, but kept feeling like I couldn't go on every time the instructor cued us to increase the resistance.  I got a little wobbly coming off the bike, and my neck and shoulders were sore.  Otherwise, I felt great!  I think I will give it another try, this time sticking to instructions about upping the gear - I kinda cheated and kept the resistance about the same throughout most of the class.  It's definitely a good alternative to the high-impact BodyAttack.

After my workout I headed over to B's - I wanted him to see what I would be wearing to his cousin's wedding.  He didn't like the blue dress Michelle and I had picked out, so I went in a black chiffon dress instead.  Getting ready took longer than expected and since B's mom volunteered to do my hair, I didn't get to attend the ceremony. We did make it in time for the reception though.  It felt quite uncomfortable - I must have had way more hairspray in my hair than I'd normally use in a year and I had on makeup so thick that I had to wash my face twice to remove it all.

But it's worth it, don't you think?

I spent the rest of the weekend in Markham because I wasn't going to drive after all those glasses of wine Saturday night and I had a splitting headache on Sunday (maybe a hangover?).  It was definitely nice to not have to worry about anything - and now that mom's back from HK, I'm hoping that everything will be OK.

Friday, June 25, 2010

stint in parenting

Since Mom's in HK taking care of family matters, I had to stand in as "Mommy Junior".  And let me tell you - being Mommy Junior has not been easy nor fun.  I keep wondering how Mom does it - she must be superwoman or something!

Something's always going wrong and something always comes up - like yesterday when his bus from Wonderland came late and we ended up coming home at 6:30, only to have to rush out again to replace his glasses that were lost on a water ride.  Then Dad insisted on take-outs despite the mound of cooked food in the fridge, but changed his mind when I called him from the restuarant.  By the time I finished cooking it was already past 9:30 and I was just too drained to meet up with my friends as planned.

I am now pretty convinced that I don't want any kids - especially since I can't see myself not having to work.  It's just too stressful to have to deal with so much, and it'd made me appreciate Mom more.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

my new best friend

Friday, June 18, 2010

keeping up

I was really hoping to squeeze in a yoga class last night, but by the time I'm done with the cooking and cleaning - the class was already half way over.  I headed out to another gym that offered a BodyPump class at 8, but didn't make it neither because I had missed it by a few minutes and the class was already packed.  I still stayed for a little bit of cardio and weights, but the best part was the sauna.  I needed some "me" time and coming out of the sauna I felt much less stressed.

On top of that, I got to squeeze in some grocery shopping.  It's a brilliant idea to build a gym inside the supermarket.  I'm sure the supermarket benefits from increased sale because of the extra traffic drawn in by the gym.  I, for one, almost always do a quick lap around the supermarket after a workout and pick up a little something something - whether I need it or not.  Like that expensive block of cheese I'd splurge on, or crackers they'd put on sale (my new fave: PC's Swiss Sticks with Gruyère Cheese).  And I can always justify picking up some indulgent snacks because I've been good with going to the gym :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

what was i thinking???

It was a big mistake tonight - we should have skipped our games night when Mish couldn't make it - but we didn't, and on top of that, since I'm house-bound, we had games night at my place.  BIG MISTAKE.  I should have known it'd be better off to get some personal time to relax rather than hosting games night, and I'm sorry I didn't think it through first.  I ended up more stressed. Now I'm having second thoughts about the trip - especially now that they're suggesting to go in one car.

Or maybe it's just withdrawl symptoms - indicative of my addiction to LoL...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

i will survive...

Mom's gone back to HK for 2 weeks, so it's up to me to hold down the fort.  Lately it seems like whenever B calls, I'm always busy with food - buying, cooking, eating, or cleaning up.  And that's only part of it.  I'm forgoing the cleaning part and keeping laundry to the bare minimum - maybe I will muster up enough energy to sweep and mop before Mom comes home so she can rest for a bit after her trip.

Yesterday I ran home during my lunch hour to cook - I had forgotten to prepare something for when Kenneth comes home from school.  With that, I even had enough for his lunch today.  Last night I made beef stir-fried with tomatoes before taking Kenneth to his guitar lesson, and later on made a sweet soup with ginger and purple yam.  Both turned out great - we practically finished dinner under 10 minutes, and the sweet soup was just the thing to fend off hunger in the middle of the night.  So I guess I'm managing OK - it's just going to be a little more hectic until Mom comes home.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bootcamp Sequela?

Ever since we attended our first Bootcamp on Monday, I've been feeling a little bit off - but I can't quite put a finger on it.  It's just a general feeling of malaise, and it doesn't help that there's been thunderstorms in the afternoon for the last few days.  I really should be getting back to the gym, but with the downpour it's more likely that I'd stay in once I make it home tonight.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I am a Boot Camp survivor!

At the suggestion of my dear friend Michelle, we went for our first Boot Camp session last night!  We met up at James Garden, a gorgeous park I've only seen through the subway windows, and did a lap of running/walking mixed in with push-ups/dips and boxing drills.  It was intense, and at times I felt that I would just drop dead, but we survived, and it was so much fun!

I only realized that I had forgotten to bring socks after we got to the park, so I had to make do with my new Columbia sandals that I had picked up for our rafting trip.  These sandals were so comfortable, even with all the running and jumping we had to do!  The only drawback was that they were sandals - all the sand and twigs and leaves went in and my feet were so dirty that I had to soak and wash them twice before they were clean.

It's funny how we were taught this blocking move called the "Turtleshell", and we actually saw a giant snapping turtle lazing about on the grass on our way back.  Bootcamp was just like BodyAttack with a little bit of BodyCombat, held outdoors.  It was a nice change of pace!  I am so exhausted, however, that I don't think I'll be able to do Zumba tonight.  I hope the aches will ease up by tomorrow >.<