Friday, July 15, 2011

Raygun Shirts

Old habits die hard: eating your feelings or out of boredom, being a sun lover, poppin bottles while you bottle your emotions, exercising, really whatever your habit, it's hard to kick it!  Mine, I like love, am obsessed with graphic t-shirts especially shirts that have some smart ass remark on them or make you smirk--enter SMASH Raygun.  Raygun shirts are from Des Moines, Iowa; they screen print all of their designs on comfy American Appeal shirts and sell pretty much everything else that a boutique would have.  These shirts are awesome, classy tasteful one of a kind! If you are from the Iowa or the Midwest they will be that much better.  Thanks to their website here a few of my personal favorites to see more go to their website!
Another great thing about Raygun- shirts aren't outrageously expensive; most T's are $19!

So wrong, but So true!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Music Evolution

Music and artists evolve all the time makes you wonder why?  In the past few songs or collaborations Eminem has done, I couldn't help but to think what he throws down on tracks has changed.  I never thought I'd see the day when he worked with Rihanna and definitely Bruno Mars?!?

Eminem's album Marshall Mathers LP lyrics were intense, cruder, wittier, harder, soul-bearing and more shocking than his previous albums.  He didn't soften his voice to stay popular or to become a bigger success story- he let the world what he thought/felt and got scrutinized for it.

He recently got clean, took some time off and his album Relapse and Recovery are a new breath of fresh air if you will.  Still speaking his mind but it is less crude and in your face way.  So what changed?
  • Drugs, alcohol = sharp tongue & don't give a damn attitude? *
  • Finally come to turns with his crazy mother?
  • Kim (ex-wifey) outta his life for good?
  • Didn't have to prove himself as an artist anymore?
I think either way you look at things you can't help but notice the change in his lyrics.

Marshall Mathers LP song:

From Relapse album:

Either way I'm a fan, just really makes you wonder how an artist takes their journey and conveys it to the public- is it all a show?  Perhaps, but at the end of the day they are people who battle life everyday just like we do. He's not the only one, compare some of Rihanna's new stuff to her old or really most artists for that matter!

New collaboration with Bruno Mars

Holy Baby!

Now there have been some big babies, 10 lbs pushing the 11 lb marker--but 16 pounds!!!  On the Today Show the feature story was a 16 lb baby born in Texas!  16 pounds= a horse, a lineman, fricken huge kid an average 7 month baby.

Here's my thing; I've known some people who were born kicking and screaming at the 11 pound range and now they are hella skinny, perfectly healthy kids.  Let's be honest though for a second, what is this child's risk of getting diabetes, heart disease, or some other type of chronic illness!  He's already so big at such a young age; are his organs also over developed to support him?

This face pretty much sums
up what I'm thinking.  Things that
make you go hmm?
On a side note:  What do you think the odds of her having a 4th child who is even bigger than this one?  The mother mentioned she had big babies in the past but was expecting a 12-13 pounder. 

For the full story via Today Show check out the link!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Why I like blogging

Blogging- very nice (say in a Borat type voice)**
Gives me more than 160 characters to express myself; Gives me something to do with my time  Allows me to say what I want without having to worry about judgements or how people will respond.  Life is about censors whether you believe it or not and sometimes it is nice to be able to say "Hey, life is kinda rough right now but it'll be okay" without people blowing up your Facebook status or pointing out some hidden treasures in life. 

It's also pretty sweet to form a virtual network of friends or update family and friends across the country what cool stuff you've been up to.  Gotta problem, need a support system, want a good chuckle, have tons of thoughts and no one to listen- all great reasons to blog or read blogs. 

Side note: check out Kate Nash, she's English and a pretty catchy songwriter/singer!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

24 Hour Fitness

I've gone to a few different gyms throughout my short 22 years of life; every gym has its pros and cons.  24 Hour Fitness is no exception to this rule. 

  • Open 24/7
  • Pool/Steam room/Sauna Open 24/7 (you'd be surprised that some 24 hr gyms close these at 10pm..WTF?)
  • Free Fitness Classes including yoga, Pilates, boot camp, and some even have hip hop
  • Semi Hottie Trainers
  • Lack of stretching/abdominal work space
  • Not a single WoodWay Treadmill
  • Hip hop class not so great if you want to be challenged or may feel like you can't bust a move to the fullest for fear of judgement*
  • How Freaking Hot is in the there...Feel like a whore in church on $2 Tuesday!
1st things 1st.. WOODWAY Treadmills God's gift to the inside runner especially for those long runs!  Not joking, I tripped and fell of the back of one and still got up like a champ and continued to run.  WHY?! Because their patent rubberized belt lowered the impact on my body?  Manly for pride but you'll get my point in the following reasons.

Here's the specs
  1.  Rubberized tread averages up to 200,000 miles of use without a single belt replacement
  2.  Low-friction transportation system completely eliminates the deck
  3.  Less maintenance and reduced operating costs compared to conventional treadmills
  4.  Due to the rubberized tread- joins absorb energy during impact getting rid of the stress/shock on joints & connective tissue
  5. Great for people with Arthritis, prone to shine splints, & helped me manage my pain level during my half marathon training! 
  6. Check out a list of full benefits here!
It's worth the investment! Less maintenance, less energy consumption, makes working out more comfortable = higher memberships sold! 

2nd- Can we get some A/C in this bitch!!!

It's a known fact that I'm a sweater, I don't glisten or whatever that crap your girlfriend tries to sell you when its 100 degrees out and her makeup is melting off her face.  Working out = sweating.  However, I should not be dripping sweat after my 5 minute warm up (I'm not obese, I'm in okay shape, inappropriate). 

As a marketing standpoint, I get it- it's no different than what our high school athletic director did during winter sports- paid off the other teams turned up the furnace!  The warmer environment makes a person tired, increases sweating thus increases dehydration, & makes a person think they are working extra hard.  
In an effort to trick the average person into believing they are getting a top notch workout you raise the temp. on you A/C unit - here's a tip. 
                    Not kidding, I feel like I get heat stroke every time I'm there!

After my workout, so not impressed- feeling like death & dizzy. Awesome!
If you actually turned down the temp. these would be the consequences:
  1. less people walking around half naked- damn I know
  2. people would burn more calories b/c it takes your body more energy to warm up the air temp. to core body temp
  3. gym wouldn't reek like your brother's car after he left his wrestling gym bag in a hot car for 2 weeks
  4. decrease bacterial growth & the chances of people spreading illness
  5. would be half as humid in that bitch
  6. people might buy more PT sessions to get to the point of dripping sweat that they used to achieve
Increase my monthly fees by 5 bucks, turn on the A/C and get yourself a WOODWAY.  Hell WOODWAY's would alone increase your membership enrollments because very few gyms have them!