Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Getting My Zumba On

My first attempt to go to the gym was a bust. I was going to meet with the trainer, but she cancelled. I know, I mentioned that in my previous gym post. I decided I'd go to the gym and workout anyhow. I got there and didn't go in. I won't tell you why, but it had nothing to do with my anxiety for walking into the gym for the first time.


I left there and headed to Kohl's. Shopping therapy! I needed clothing for the gym and it's just across the street. Bonus! Headed to the clearance rack and loaded up. Turns out I should've worked out before I made my purchases! HA!


My second attempt started with me pretty much dry shaving my legs and walking away with a razor burn I'm still suffering from several days later! Shaving isn't a "thing" I do often. It's just not on my radar until I'm walking out of the house with shorts on. GAH!

This week, on Monday, I dropped my oldest son off at his college class, and then headed to back down to the gym for my first class. Turns out, I wasn't ready to wear any of my new stuff. I felt like most of it was too tight. Go figure. So, I just put on a pair of shorts and grabbed an old t-shirt.

As soon as we got into the car to head to the college, I started to have anxiety. Tons of thoughts went through my head, "Will I look ridiculous?" "Will I get lost trying to figure out the moves?" "Will I be bright enough to figure out the lockers or where the towels are?" "Will I die of fatigue in the middle of the workout?"

Driving down to the gym I was thinking I should've taken a small dose of my anxiety medication that I use when I fly. I sure felt like I could've used it. I almost didn't want to get out of my car.

I got out of my car.

When I walked in, I actually couldn't even remember where the class was. Good news though, there was a stack of towels right where you check in. The guy who checked me in showed me easily where the classroom was, and I headed over.

There was a young girl sitting outside the room along with a group of a few ladies by the door. I sat down by the gal and started chatting with her. She'd only been going for a few weeks. She was very sweet. I watched the end of the Body Combat class, and it looked like one I'd be interested in. The only issue is that it's just before the Zumba class.


We walked in to class and I stood in the back. Only problem there? The back of the room is where the glass doors are that people walk by. Oh joy! I tried to scoot up a little bit. lol

The instructor got started with some really fun music, and it wasn't bad at all! In fact, my youngest and I have been doing Just Dance 3 so that I felt like I could actually move for an extended period of time. Guess what? So many moves from that "game" is what the instructor used. I probably only got lost 10% of the time. Sometimes I can only do one thing at a time. I'm either watching the instructor's hands or her feet. Unless I know the move, I can't do both. hahahahaha

I stopped for water every chance I got. Oh, and guess what? The clothing I bought at Kohl's wasn't what everyone else was wearing. I was the ONLY pasty white girl in shorts. Everyone else was in some sort of leggings. Guess who won't be wearing shorts any time soon. I really stood out, which is NOT what I wanted! Looks like I need some more retail therapy! It's for a good cause, right?

I actually really enjoyed the class. It was challenging, but it's exactly what I enjoy. I like fun music, I like to be around others, and I like to have fun while exercising! I'm looking forward to next week, believe it or not!

What do you wear when you workout?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: 34 New Original Movies For 2017

Weekends are for watching Hallmark for me! Well, I watch during the week, but I'm always looking forward to new movies on the weekend! I love tweeting during the shows as well! THAT can be fun, especially if the actors are tweeting during them, too. Check out this quote from LinkedIn:

New installments from “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Gourmet Detective,” “Aurora Teagarden,” “Murder She Baked” and “Hailey Dean Mysteries” will also premiere in 2017. “Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ original content continues to drive the tremendous growth of the network,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity. “We are excited about expanding our library of mysteries and partnering with high caliber talent such as Al Roker, Holly Robinson Peete and Kathie Lee Gifford.”

Here's a look at the movies slated for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this year. Some have already aired since we're into February already. Be sure not to miss out on the rest!

January:

Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery - Premiered 1/19/17

Stars: Jewel (“Ride with the Devil,” “Ring of Fire”) and Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”).

In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of Hughes Restoration and an expert in Victorian home restoration. Through her work, she stumbles across clues hidden in the old homes, uncovering past secrets and becoming an unlikely sleuth to crack unsolved mysteries. In the premiere movie of the franchise, Shannon Hughes gets a partner in crime-solving when her new client offers to help hammer out the details of her friend and neighbor’s untimely death. The “Fixer Upper Mysteries” movies are based upon New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle’s novels. **”Fixer Upper: Crown and Moldering” will premiere in April 2017.

February:

An Uncommon Grace - 2/12/17

Stars: Jes Macallan (“Mistresses”), Sean Faris (“Pretty Little Liars,” Never Back Down), Kelly McGillis (Witness, Top Gun)

Grace Conner, a military nurse formerly stationed in Afghanistan, hopes that moving to a farm in rural Ohio will help her recover from the ravages of war. Levi Troyer finds his pacifist beliefs challenged when he discovers his stepfather has been killed and his mother wounded by an unknown intruder. Levi and Grace are thrown together when she comes to his family's rescue and saves his mother's life. A deep attraction develops - even though a relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Levi belongs to the most conservative and isolated of all Amish sects - the Swartzentruber Amish. Even before meeting Grace, Levi had begun to question some of their teachings. He has considered leaving, but knows he will be banned forever from contact with his younger siblings and widowed mother - who need him to survive. He is torn between his love for Grace and his responsibility to his family. Grace considers leaving her beloved farm and reenlisting rather than continuing to live near the man she loves but cannot have. And a murderer must be caught. When lifelong allegiances are tested, can love and justice prevail?

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground - 2/19/17

Stars: Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Kristin Booth (“Orphan Black”), Crystal Lowe (“Smallville”), Geoff Gustafson (“Primeval: New World”) **Special guest stars: Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.,” “Rizzoli & Isles”), Mark Valley (“Boston Legal”), Keb’ Mo’ (Grammy award winning singer/songwriter – “Hot Pink”) and Karen Holness (Chicago). Featuring inspirational music by Grammy Winner Keb’ Mo’

March:

Aurora Teagarden: Dead Over Heels - 3/19/17

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (pictured here) (“Christmas Under Wraps,” “Fuller House”), Marilu Henner (“Taxi,” “Brooklyn 99”)

Murder She Baked 5 - 3/26/17

Stars: Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives”), Cameron Mathison (pictured below) (“All My Children”), Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”)

Hannah Swensen’s winter heats up when her pet project leads to murder. The televised Hartland Flour Bake-Off that Hannah organized is a fun diversion for Eden Lake and a great opportunity for a new baker to become a star... until one judge, high school coach Len Bishop, is killed in a bizarre hit and run with a twist. As Hannah and Detective Mike Kingston uncover suspects and unravel the mystery of Bishop's life and murder, a close call for Hannah ups the ante in their romance.

“Stay at Home Dead” (wt) Stars: Brennan Elliott (“UnREAL,” “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”) **Based on the book series by Jeffrey Allen.

Hailey Dean Mystery 3” (wt) - April 2017

Stars: Kellie Martin (pictured) (“Mystery Woman,” “Hello It’s Me”) **Based on the book series by Nancy Grace.

Here's what in development as we speak:

“The Midnight Show Murders” Al Roker Mystery Franchise


“Darrow and Darrow” Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim,” Father of the Bride)

Three generations of women aspire to share a house, a law practice and their feelings. Claire Darrow, an idealistic lawyer, fights for what’s right, regardless of whether it makes her a dime. Naomi is her estranged mother, whose view of the law is more elastic and profitable. They clash on nearly everything, but especially on the best way to raise Claire’s daughter, Louise, a bright 12-year-old with an older soul. Louise takes after her mother in brilliance but takes after her grandmother in knowing what makes people tick. The three of them make an unbeatable team.

“Emma Fielding Mysteries” Courtney Thorne-Smith (“Two and a Half Men,” “Melrose Place”)

“The Beach House” Andie MacDowell (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”)

J.L. Family Ranch 2” Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”), James Caan (The Godfather), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) Trevor Donovan (“90210”)

Gourmet Detective 4” Stars: Dylan Neal (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Brooke Burns (“The Chase”)

Is there one specific movie you're looking forward to so far?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Play The Triangle; Don't Dance

Last week, my company headed from all over the place to meet up in North Carolina to meet the people at Inmar, Inc., who bought Collective Bias at the end of 2016.

One of the things Inmar, Inc does to help integrate the companies it acquires is to have the new people do a skit, a song...something! They're a very personal company, and they want the company they bring into the family fits with them.

So, Holly Pavlika came up with a great idea to have us be the "Largest ensemble of people playing the triangle"! Isn't that the craziest thing ever? lol I mean never in my life did I ever think I'd be involved in something that had to do with breaking a record.

We learned that there were 7 pages of rules Holly had to look over, and I'm pretty sure she didn't sleep at all. Before she headed to North Carolina, she purchased a conductor baton at Juilliard because we had to have a conductor. The song she chose was "Heard it Through the Grapevine" and we had to play it for 5 minutes!

The previous record had been nearly 600 triangle players. Not too bad. We could do it with the combined people of Collective Bias and Inmar, Inc, right? It was time to get this show started!


Photo Courtesy of Holly Pavlika

Everyone from CB walked up to the front of the stage. We were supposed to lead everyone from Inmar, Inc. in the playing of the triangles. Off we went! Ting, ting, ting, ting to Marvin Gaye!

I started grooving in my spot. Totally getting into the song. How do you not? I mean, it's a fun song! I'm tinging my triangle, swaying to the music. Things were going great! THEN I see movement out of the corner of my eye. To my left, I see someone else having fun, and then they start to move out of the group!

YES! Someone who dances when they feel like they've just gotta move! Not only was she grooving, she started to go around the room. I knew I was going to follow her! Off I went, cutting through the group. Woo Hoo!! Totally in my element. Let's dance people!

I see one of my other friends in the group, and I wave at her to follow me. I'm thinking, "conga line!" I noticed someone else moved from the group, too. This was SO great.

Dancing and playing the triangle. All around the room. Ting, ting, ting.

Made it to the front and the song ended. Whew...hopefully everyone played their triangles. They all knew we were, the 3 of us that danced around the room. I tell ya, 5 minutes goes fast when you're dancing and playing the triangle.


As soon as I sat down, my boss, who was sitting next to me said something to the effect of, "Wouldn't that stink if we were disqualified because you guys danced?" Oh. My. Gosh! WHAT?! That question threw me off for the next couple of hours as we waited to find out the fate of our attempt.

What if the 3 of us ruined it for the entire company! One minute I've never given Guinness World Records® a thought, then next I'm absolutely petrified that I've ruined it for everyone! I was really upset. I mean, if it had just been me, who cares, but to ruin it for an entire company? UGH!

See I just danced. Nothing malicious. No bad intent. I truly didn't even think about how it could be against the rules do move. Heaven's to Betsy, the stress was terrible!

Photo Courtesy of Holly Pavlika

When they came back to announce if we had done what we set out to do, I was on pins and needles. The guy who was deciding if we made it, was up there cutting it up, making jokes. Apparently there were 11 people who were doing something other than just playing the triangle. I remember seeing 3-4 people standing in the Inmar, Inc. doing some dancing in their spots. Nothing big, just some swaying. I have no idea who the rest were. From what they were saying, the 11 of us weren't included in the count. So sad, but we made it! Whew! I didn't ruin it for everyone! 876 people counted towards the Guinness World Records®!

Then I was really bummed that moving around made it so I wouldn't be counted. And I was also feeling terrible that I did break the ranks. I decided to apologize to Holly because of all the work she did, even though what I did wasn't intended to ruin anything or cause an issue. Think before you act kids, even if it's dancing.

I found her the next morning, and I told her I was sorry for the dancing, and she was like, "What are you talking about? We were just kidding! We had that planned. hahahaha" She thought our dancing was fun. My response after spending the day before and a restless night with guilt was, "I officially hate you right now!" HA!

Photo Courtesy of Holly Pavlika

Later that night, I was sitting with the CEO from Collective Bias, and started talking to him about it, and he was saying how fun it was, and there was nothing wrong with it. I guess that was all good simply for the fact that we weren't disqualified. I have a feeling it would've been a very different scenario if we hadn't gotten it. lol

Well, he was saying that the 11 of us weren't in the count, but I told him Holly had said we were. hahahahaha I was so confused. One minute I don't think I should keep my triangle, and the next minute I'm totally keeping it and putting it in a shadow box.

We got an email from Holly this past week saying the 11 of us were in the clear, and that she and the guy, Phillip from Guinness World Records® had planned to mess with us, the rule breakers.

I've decided I'm keeping my triangle, and I'm going to be proud of the part I played in it. I guess I'll have to buy the book for 2017 once it comes out to see if our group is part of the collection of broken records.

If you could break a record, what would it be for?

© 2017 Guinness World Records Limited

Sunday, February 12, 2017

March Blogging Event: Lucky Clover

Yo, bloggers! Whatcha doing next month? Be sure to sign up for the Lucky Clover Giveaway Event! This will be brought to you by Andersons AngelsThis Mamas LifeThe More The Merrier & Woven by Words! We are excited to bring you a Fun March Event called Lucky Clover Giveaway Hop. It will run from Monday March 6, 2017 at 12:00pm EST through Monday March 20, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. It's super easy to join in on the fun of getting ready for St Patty's Day!



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Dates: March 6-20,2017

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Friday, February 10, 2017

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

There are a lot of movies my family is looking forward to this year, but at this point I think the one we're most excited for is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2!

Check out these fun posters and video! May will be here before we know it!




Like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy/

Follow GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Guardians  

Follow GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guardiansofthegalaxy/

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5th!



Who is your favorite character?

 
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