Monthly Archives: August 2014

Fit Friday Ganbarou Edition

How did you get moving this week?

I went to work, and then after work I took care of horses. I’m thoroughly bushed. Hopefully we’ll be back on it next week.

What was your go-to healthy food item or meal?

Curry’s good for you, right?

What are your plans for next week?

I’ll still be taking care of horses early next week, but that leaves at least two days to ride. So trying for two.

What song got you moving?

From the same animator that brought you the “Moses Supposes” video from my last post. If you didn’t watch that one you are seriously missing out. The music in this one is vocaloid J-pop, but those of you who run/jog will appreciate this video.

[that word “ganbarou” translates roughly to “Let’s do our best!”]

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MS: Setting a Pattern of Joy

Yesterday, Margery wrote a post about two videos about Fighting Bitterness, which you should check out because they are really great.

It got me thinking about how everyone says that the early stages of marriage are really awesome because you’re still high on all of the emotions and hormones (which, so far seems to be 100% true), and how you should make a point of making good memories to fall back on when times get tough.

I think married couples should be encouraged to make more than just good memories, but good habits as well. I mean, when we get a new car or a new pet, or move into a new place we make a point to go through certain motions everyday to be sure everything is done properly until we make them into a habit. It’s easier to do it at that stage because it is new and exciting, it doesn’t yet feel like an obligation. Much like you don’t wait to start looking behind your car when you back until after you run over something, you shouldn’t wait until times get tough to learn to forgive and appreciate your spouse. Make a point to associate tasks with good memories, so you’re more inclined to do them. This is also the best time for candid discussions about things that legitimately do bother you, so they don’t keep building until you blow over it. If you do suddenly explode, your spouse will be confused and hurt, and you will be angrier than will seem logical to anyone other than you. Ask your spouse about things you do that bother them and make an effort to work on them now, when you naturally tackle their every request with enthusiasm because you love them so. Also make a point to weed out friends who don’t respect your spouse now, rather than later. They will poison you if you don’t. They can’t hate your spouse and love you, the two of you are one flesh now, if they hate your spouse, they hate you too.

Reinforce these habits whenever you can, so it is easier to fall back on them even when times are bleak.

At the Catholic Engaged Encounter we attended, the priest told us a story about a couple who had been married a long time and got into a big fight. The wife left the husband a note saying something along the lines of, “I hate you and I’m going for a walk. Don’t forget to pack yourself a lunch, I love you” then signed with her name. She wrote “I love you” despite being incredibly angry with him. Another couple he knew had been married fifty years and people always assumed the marriage had been all roses. They surprised people with stories of hardship and heartache. When they were asked if they thought of divorce they would respond, “Murder, yes, but divorce, never!”

You’re in this for the long haul, be sure to pack the right attitude and habits.

As a bonus, here is a video sure to make you smile. It’s not simply funny or cute, but legitimately joyful. You’ll especially like it if you’re a fan of Singing in the Rain.

I promise it isn’t an AMV set to a terrible pop song.


Fit Friday Sunday Edition

How did you get moving this week?

I did manage to get in two rides this past week. I also ended up getting more exercise on account of taking care of some additional horses.

What was your go-to healthy food item or meal?

Didn’t really have anything this week I’m afraid. I’m not really in the habit of healthy eating.

What are your plans for next week?

I don’t have much hope for getting more than two rides in, since I have more horse sitting and an additional day at work in this coming week.

What song got you moving?


Requests and Suggestions

All the attention I got from my last couple of serious posts made me feel the need to hide for a bit. I’m so introverted that even internet attention wears me out. I only have serious posts that I’m working on now, so I’m going to share a few things, ask a few questions and try to give myself some more time to recoup.

For the more environmentally conscious among my readers, I’ve discovered a “green” drain cleaner which works rather spectacularly. It’s called “Drainbo”. It’s microbial, so it takes a little prep, but I think it’s worth it.

I’ve realized that what I’ve historically disliked about whole grain bread is not the taste or smell, but the fact that many whole grain breads had their flour ground by lazy cave men. I object to having large chunks of grain baked into my bread. I’d like my flour properly ground please.

NSR has noticed his increase in horse related knowledge. After a recent outing at the local fair he commented that he could interpret the horses’ body language and then told me if he ever got a horse, he was blaming me. Being the thinking sort, this got me musing over what kind of horse owner NSR would be. I decided that he would be the proud owner of some big, goofy, friendly horse. He wouldn’t ride often, but he would teach it all sorts of tricks, like how to play soccer and steal your hat. I told him what I thought, after which he said “I really do want a horse now”. Oops. Not what I was going for.

I have to really appreciate how God looks after me. I got a wire impaled in my tire today and wasn’t able to pull it out. Next time I stopped to check on it, it was gone and my tire wasn’t losing any air. Our landlady is rather on the ball too. We called her to tell her our outlet was making strange noises and kept kicking off. She had the electrician out promptly the next morning. I took a recording of the noise, but I don’t know how to convert it to the proper file type at present.

NSR and I decided that I’m not going to the grocery store after 6pm without him anymore, because I keep getting approached by guys who are “new in town” and are somehow oblivious to the “keep your distance” vibe I emanate when I’m alone. I really need to figure out how to politely extricate myself from these sorts of encounters, I’m not very good at that.

I also need to find someone who will trim my hair, without charging me $50 and parting my hair the wrong way while they’re at it.

I got asked for the first time whether I was NSR’s daughter. I’m surprised it took this long for someone to ask me.

As for my requests, I need slow cooker recipes. Ones that are low in sugar and carbs, and preferably high in beef content. Since I’m kind of new to cooking, please make sure that your recipes include detailed instructions. I can’t really infer what to do solely from an ingredient list.

I could use some tips as for what cuts of meat are good for what types of dishes.  I realized I had no knowledge in this area when I went to buy beef for stir fry and was sort of dumbfounded about what to get.

I’m curious whether anyone would care to see the doodles I do of my daily outfits for inspiration in regards to feminine style? I’d probably put them somewhere other than here.

Also, suggestions on how to get over a dumb “crush” I have on a vacant house that isn’t for sale and we couldn’t afford even if it was.


Fit Friday 2 for 1 Edition

How did you get moving this week?

I only got in one ride last week and only one this week, although I’m proud of Maya because she managed to keep collected while we were gaiting both times. So, noticeable improvement.

What was your go-to healthy food item or meal?

Clementines.

What are your plans for next week?

Try to work it back up to at least two rides a week. The weather has cooled down, so that helps.

What song got you moving?

This anime is called Princess Tutu, it’s presently free in dubbed format on Amazon Prime. Those of you who like The Last Unicorn will enjoy this show. No major spoilers in the AMV that I can tell, I’m halfway through the series myself.


MS: So Which Is It?

It’s “brave” and all that jazz for a teenage girl to challenge a high school’s totally sensible dress code (which is more lenient than my job’s dress code btw). People get behind that sort of thing immediately and say that dress codes like that tell girls that boys’ ability to concentrate in class in more important than a girl’s education. Not that those dress codes ever get enforced anyway, since any teacher who tells a girl her clothes are inappropriate will immediately be fired on sexual harassment charges. So no challenges are really necessary.

But the minute a company starts trying to sell clothes that that same girl claims to want to wear to school, the cries of sexism and “that doesn’t pass a dress code”, immediately ensue.

So I guess any girl who wants to wear slutty clothes to school better take some sewing classes. Because it’s totally fine for her to dress that way, but heaven forbid if a company should sell it to her.


Fit Friday It’s Too Hot Edition

How did you get moving this week?

Only two rides again this week, though one of those was mostly hill riding, so I also got a nice thigh workout. It was much too hot to ride during the middle of the week. So instead I just tended to Maya’s paddock, trimmed her tail and gave her some wormer. New wormer that I had to buy because our place lacks A/C and spoiled the tube of wormer I already had. The townhouse has definitely not stayed below 77 degrees inside.

What was your go-to healthy food item or meal?

I’m going to put Broccolini here, because I did eat it and I have to note the amusing coincidence that I found a new vegetable I liked and it turned out to be Japanese in origin.

What are your plans for next week?

Going to try for three rides next week.  Again. We’ll see how that goes.

Also going to potentially start calorie counting. Not to lose weight mind you, but to gain or at least maintain what I have now. I should be about 4 lbs heavier than I am to be within the ideal weight range for my height. I also know my fat percentage is lower than ideal too, which for women has various uncomfortable repercussions.

So if anyone who is more nutritionally literate than me has some suggestions, let me know.

What song got you moving?