Ms. Marvel Project

Apps and goals

I hope everyone had a happy holiday and did lots of fun things with friends and family! My holiday weekend was jam-packed, and I’m starting to think forward to 2012 and all the things I want to achieve once it arrives.

The cold I had over Christmas is FINALLY starting to go away. It took its sweet time and even today my throat is a little scratchy, and I don’t have much energy. However, I have been getting gradually better over the past few days, and I’m going to be ready to throw myself into my new fitness plan once Monday hits.

I downloaded a few apps onto my iPod the other day to help me track my progress and so far, I really love them. If you too are like me and want to track everything possible in your life, maybe you’ll enjoy them as well!

1. The first app I downloaded was Way of Life, and this is my favorite of the lot. You can define as many daily habits as you want to track, for example some of mine are:

- Drinking Alcohol
– Exercising
– Taking vitamins
– Flossing
– Drinking Soda

They can be positive or negative habits and you specify what each one is, and then you begin tracking everyday whether you did or didn’t do something. If you did something good, you’ll get a green dot, and if you didn’t do it, it’ll be red. This is really going to help me see how well or not well I’m doing on things that need my attention every day.

2. Another is the type of app I’ve been trying to find for a while: Pepperplate. This allows you to enter in all your recipes and plan meals for each week. One big problem I have is getting home from work after a long, tiring day and not knowing what to do for dinner, and then succumbing to takeout. Having a meal plan will certainly help, and so will having a list readily available of all the things I know how to make.

3. The third app is nothing new to the vast majority of you, but I’ve never looked into it before because I’m just not a big reader. It’s Goodreads, and since one of my new year’s resolutions is to read more books, this will help me keep track of my progress.

I just love a good app that helps me organize my life!

If I don’t post again before tomorrow, I hope you all have a great weekend and new year and that you’re dreaming big for 2010!


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December 30, 2011 Posted by | Life, Project | , | 1 Comment

Mini vacation

My nice long, holiday-filled 5 day weekend has arrived!

Unfortunately, I’m still sick so I’m stuck on the couch for the day hoping this cold lets up enough to allow me to enjoy Christmas Eve tomorrow. I really can’t believe it’s already one day to Christmas Eve. How did that happen?

Since I’m home and not able to do much, and D still has to work, I’ve been able to spend a lot of today doing blog hops and visiting other blogs. If you’re here from a hop – welcome! I’m Lisa, a 28-year-old software engineer trying to get in shape and improve my life, documenting it all in blog form. The Ms. Marvel Project will be kicking it into high gear come the new year!

Not only are the holidays coming, but so is the end of the year. Looking back, what are you most proud of from 2011, and what would you most like to have changed?

For me, I’m most proud of taking a chance and changing jobs in August. It was a risk, and I was pretty nervous to leave the job I had been at for the past 6 years (my first real job out of college), but the risk paid off and I love my new job, new commute and the better lifestyle that has come as a result.

If I could change one thing from 2011, it would be that I would have taken better care of myself physically. I let myself get a tad out of shape and didn’t eat very well more often than not. As a result, I’ve gotten sick a few times at very inopportune moments (i.e. right now and also, here). Hence the reason for this website!


Lots of Lovin' Weekend Blog Hop

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December 23, 2011 Posted by | Life, Project | , , , | 5 Comments

7 working hours left!

Only 7 more hours of work until I get a nice long 5 day holiday weekend! Remember the days when we were kids and we got a whole week off for Christmas? Or better yet, in college when we got a whole MONTH? We certainly had it good back then.

My cold took a turn for the worse over the past 2 days, and my throat felt like it was on fire yesterday. I ended up going in to the office for a half day and then working from home for the rest of the day as well as today. So, in a way it’s almost like I got an extra 2 days of vacation, but not really because I still am working while I’m at home, not to mention the fact that I need to be resting so this cold goes away in time for Saturday’s festivities. I can’t wait to get back into the groove of working out and eating better.

Being at home and sick has given me every excuse I didn’t need to eat badly all day, and this is really not a good thing. There’s so much chocolate and holiday goodies here, and I’m not doing very well resisting  temptation. I can feel myself getting out of shape every day that goes by. I really feel that once I’m no longer sick, I’m going to throw myself into getting my body in shape and healthier. I can just picture going in for my physical in a few months and finding out my cholesterol is high again. I can’t have that happen! High cholesterol and bad hearts run in my family and I need to make that my main motivation for getting in shape. It’s not just about looking nice – it’s about so much more than that.

Anyway, all of my Christmas presents have officially arrived in the mail (I don’t think I bought a single one in a store this year!) and all but one is wrapped, so I’m basically ready to go! Christmas Eve, D and I will go to my parents house around 1 for lunch and presents amongst my immediate family. After that, all of us pack up and head out to my aunt’s house where the big crowd gathers, for lots and lots (AND LOTS) of food, presents and other festivities. We’ll stay there for the majority of the night and then D and I will come back home and probably open a few of our presents to each other.

Christmas Day, D and I go our separate ways so we can each celebrate with our individual immediate families. I will go back to my parents’ house where we open all the presents from Santa and then have our traditional Christmas turkey later that afternoon when my aunt and uncle come over to visit.

It’s a whirlwind and Christmas Eve is really the biggest day for us. I’m excited, but I hope this cold is gone by then so I can fully enjoy myself!

Well, back to finishing up my workday, watching some daytime TV and drinking my emergen-C!

How are you spending these last few days before the holidays hit?

December 22, 2011 Posted by | Life, Project | , | 1 Comment

Getting into the holiday spirit

3 more work days until Christmas!

I’m currently with D at the dentist while he gets a bad tooth checked out, so I’m writing this post from my phone. It’s my first time attempting a phone post so I’m not sure how smoothly it will go.

As of yesterday I decided to move my blog from blog.com to wordpress.com, simply because commenting on other peoples blogs and getting responses back was not going as smoothly as it could have been. Also, I’m finding that wordpress has some nice options that blog didn’t (even though I know blog is powered by wordpress).

I decided to join a Monday blog hop to help get my new url out there and it’s a cool one, so you might think about joining too:

The prompt was about holiday travel and I’m happy to say that this year I am doing none! I will just be driving between a few closeby cities to visit my family and D’s.

How about you?

December 19, 2011 Posted by | Blogging, Life | 2 Comments

Colds are not cool

Friday night, my brother came over to work on some music projects with D, and we had a little party with the 3 of us, some takeout and lots of music. The only problem there was that on Friday morning, I had woken up with a very dry/sore throat and throughout the day, it didn’t get better. By the end of the night, I was coughing and sneezing and because we were having a good time, we ended up staying up until after 1. Saturday morning, I was without a doubt sick.

Not good timing obviously, because the holidays are less than a week away now and when I get sick, I tend to stay sick for a frustratingly long time.

D is going to visit his family today, so I’ve got the apartment to myself and I plan on just camping out on the couch, maybe catching up on some dvds (I’ve got season 6 of Lost lined up) and of course, eating. Because of this new cold, I’m going to have to hold off on working out for the week so my body can recover, but maybe having to take a break will revitalize me afterward. After all, the end of the year is coming and that means new year’s resolutions. I don’t usually like to wait until new year’s to start working on new goals for myself, but since it’s already practically here, it only makes sense to use it as a brand new start.

I hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

December 18, 2011 Posted by | Life, Project | | 2 Comments

Made it to Friday

I decided to take a work from home day today. Life has been so hectic this entire month, and I just need a break, even a small one like this, in order to make it through to the end of the year. Don’t get me wrong, things have been fun — they just haven’t exactly been leisurely.

On Tuesday, we went to the last concert of the year, again in Boston. We had a much easier time than we did during our last trek into the city, and this time we went with D’s sister. We saw Dir en Grey (a Japanese metal band) and the Birthday Massacre. The show was excellent and we all had a great time.

Christmas shopping is officially done and I’m just waiting for one more package to arrive now and I can finish all my wrapping. I’m very happy to be done early enough and not have to do any last minute scrambling. I finished my gigantic photo book project I mentioned a few weeks ago as well. The reason it was gigantic was because it first involved scanning all the pictures I ever took when I was a kid… and just to give you an idea, the end total ended up being almost 1200 pictures scanned! I guess I really loved taking pictures back then!

As for the Ms. Marvel Project, I’ve gotten a little off track this past week and some of last. I suppose it’s only natural that this happened because of how much has been going on. I didn’t go to the gym at all this week and I’ve not been eating the best. Last week I got in 2 days of working out, so at least it wasn’t a total wash. I don’t know what next week will bring, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I can’t get in my usual 4 times to the gym during the week of Christmas. It is the holidays after all.

I hope all your weeks have wrapped up nicely and if you’re visiting from one of the Friday blog hops… hello! Please introduce yourself, and if you want, answer the Ms. Marvel Project question of the week: If you’re celebrating, how much holiday preparation do you have left?


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December 16, 2011 Posted by | Blogging, Life, Project | , | 3 Comments

Crazy weekend => Crazy Week

When I last posted, I was recapping my hectic weekend. Well, last weekend was nothing compared to the hectic-ness of this week. I knew it was going to be crazy, because our whole month of December is pretty booked with concerts, birthdays, holidays and getting together with friends and family.

On Tuesday, D and I went to Tori Amos in Boston. Now, before I tell you this story, I want to let you know that both he and I have lived right outside of Boston our entire lives (with the exception of the 4 years I spent in NYC during college), so you would think we’d be able to get to a landmark concert venue, right?

Wrong.

We started out strong. I had done some research and found a parking lot close by, had written down the lot’s address and meticulously written down additional walking details from that lot to the venue. I thought I was prepared for anything. Well, with Boston, you’re never really prepared for anything because it is one of the worst cities in the world (in my opinion) to navigate. The drive into the city was about 20-30 minutes tops, but as usual, as soon as you’re actually inside Boston, you completely stop moving. The phrase “dead stop” takes on a whole new meaning. So we sat in traffic for a little bit and eventually found the lot I had picked out.

Guess what? The guy running the lot wouldn’t let us park because he was closing at 10 and we would be there until later. What’s that about? So, off we went in search of another parking lot. Around and around we went, searching for anything that wasn’t a ridiculous hike to the Orpheum. We settled on a big parking garage we happened to find, that wasn’t too far from where we had started at the bad lot. At this point, it was about an hour after we had left the house.

So we parked, and then began the biggest dilemma of the night: how would we get there now?? Boston is not a city where you can just find things. You have to know where you’re going. We started off in one direction and had to stop in at a sandwich shop so we could use the bathrooms. And then wandered and wandered and wandered and wandered. To make matters worse (and I still don’t understand this), EVERYTHING was closed. It was only 7:30PM on a Tuesday night in the middle of downtown Boston and nothing was open. Not a CVS, not a Dunkin Donuts, NOTHING. We were desperately trying to find someone to ask for help at this point and we really should have asked at that sub shop, but we weren’t desperate enough yet when we were there. Oh, and did I mention it was pouring rain the whole time?

Somehow we managed to find a pizza place that still had some people working inside, doing their nightly cleanup before closing. They tried to shoo us out because they were officially closed, but we told them we were just looking for directions and the guy there helped us out. Thank God, because we were DONE by that point and D was actually arguing to go back and find our car to go home.

We got to the show around 8ish (we had left the house at 6) and once we were there, we had a great time. Tori put on a great show and did a lot of the songs that we loved.

So, if you’re ever in Boston, beware: the city is not kind and not logical, and that’s my 2 cents on the matter.


And today is blog hopping Friday! Here are some of the blog hops I joined today:

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Blog Hops Everyday and A Mommy's Blog Design Studio Friday Blog Hop

December 9, 2011 Posted by | Blogging, Life | , , | 3 Comments

Weekend in Review

I can’t believe it’s Sunday already! But in retrospect, the weekend thus far has been pretty enjoyable and also productive.

Friday was an insanely busy day at work, which I welcomed for a change. Things had been a little slow previously, but now I have a bunch of tasks and a few things that really required a lot of thought, so I didn’t even take a lunch break that day. I worked through the whole day and got a ton done. It left me feeling great when the work day was over, even though I was mentally tired.

D and I stayed in that night and played our retro Sega games again. We’re kind of hooked. If anyone is interested, this is the collection we’re playing. It was nice to just relax and spend time together, because Wednesday and Thursday were actually pretty crazy days over here.

On Tuesday night, D called me on the way home from work to let me know that the oil light had come on in his car and apparently that can mean some really bad things (his oil was full, he checked on that first) so we almost rushed off that night at 6PM to go get it checked. Instead, he took my car to work the next day and immediately after we drove it over to Sears, where they turned us away because they thought it was an electrical problem, which they don’t deal with there. This was REALLY annoying, because we had to drive about a half hour to get there, in 2 separate cars, and we immediately after had to go to our regular Wednesday night obligation, completely discouraged and not knowing what we would do about the car.

Later that night, we decided on Thursday morning, we would take the car to the dealership first thing in the morning. They opened at 7:30 and we both still had to get to work on time, so we woke up at 6:30, immediately rushed off to the dealership and then came back to the house so we could get ready to leave for work. We picked it up that night (and got good news…. the repair cost less than $200 when D was expecting it to cost $1000), then did our food and alcohol shopping to get that out of the way.

So, in summary: a whirlwind couple of days.

Saturday, D and I went to the gym first thing in the morning and I did something I’ve never done before: I did a 5K on the treadmill! I ran and walked, so it’s not like I ran the whole thing, but I was able to run for 15 of the 49:38 minutes I was on. I also followed it up with a bunch of weights.

Last night we went to our first concert of the season. D is really into metal and this was a metal show for sure. It featured As I Lay Dying, with I Wrestled a Bear Once, The Ghost Inside and Of Mice and Men. When we go to a lot of metal shows, we have to drive a good distance because most of them are located at the Palladium in Worcester (for those outside of Mass: this is pronounced “Wooster”, or if you want to say it like the natives, “Woostah”). This is a 1 hour 15 minute drive without traffic, which means when you’re coming home after a show at 11PM, you want to die.

Anyway, the show was decent and D seemed to really enjoy it. Our next concert is this coming Tuesday, when we’re going to see Tori Amos in Boston.

I also made a TON of progress on Christmas preparations and also got to catch up with one of my old college friends on the phone. Today, I’ve already gotten on the bike for 35 minutes and now I’m catching up on the internet. So, all in all, I’m pretty satisfied with the weekend.

How was yours?

December 4, 2011 Posted by | Life, Project | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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