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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Daydream Believer

As a kid I loved to watch Nickelodeon, and one day they started playing this show from the 60's called The Monkees. We loved their humor, singing, and their weird retro outfits. We were hooked. It was weird that we loved The Monkees more than TGIF and other popular 80's kids shows, but we didn't care.
The news today that Monkees singer Davy Jones had passed away made my heart a bit heavy. He was the cute little one with the funny accent, and he was the character that intrigued me the most. In Davy's honor I blasted some Daydream Believer and sang it at the top of my lungs. I freaked out my dog, but it was totally worth it.
RIP amigo!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dynamic Warm Up

When I was a college swimmer at NMSU back in the day we had mandatory weight training with our weight coach Tony. Tony was always far to up-beat for 6am and he liked to blast the sounds of Journey at a high volume. It was honestly what I imagined hell was supposed to be like. Anyways, Tony introduced us to this way of stretching that he called The Dynamic Warm-Up. I found it way different than my usual routine of stretch...hold.....close eyes...fall asleep for 5 seconds...get yelled at. This warm up consisted of holding stretches for around 5 seconds and it even got our heart rate up. I didn't quite appreciate this new method of stretching until I researched why dynamic stretching was preferred over the static stretching routine I was use to.  It's well known in the running world that by performing static stretching (holding stretches for 30 seconds or more) you can hurt your performance, and in some cases cause injury.
Recently, while I was killing time on Twitter, Runner's World tweeted about a video they had called Dynamic Stretching. All of sudden I was flashed back to my 6am workouts and Journey started playing in my head, I had done this routine before! I followed the link and watched the video and refreshed the stretches in my mind. They had posted a Dynamic Warm-Up specifically tailored to running and I was excited to try it.
For my next scheduled 5 mile run I tried my new warm-up routine. I found that increasing my heart rate and utilizing the quick stretch routine before my run really benefited me. I felt like I was able to get into my pace rhythm faster than I usually do, and I liked that it sort of pumped me up and prepared me for my run. The results of the Dynamic Warm-up felt awesome.  The Journey songs I had stuck in my head, not so much. However, I know that I didn't really appreciate it back then, but I got to thank my old school college weight coach Tony for being ahead of the times and introducing us to dynamic stretching. Even if his choice in music wasn't so much.

Check out the Dynamic Stretching video below.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Get Out the Door Jack

This morning we woke up early and had a day of errands planned. As I made breakfast I told the Señor, "God, I need to get in a run." His response "Quit saying that and get on with it already." These were words I needed to hear. I waste so much time thinking about running it takes me forever to get out the door. I have no idea why it's so hard for me, it's such a rewarding feeling after I complete my run. It certainly beats out the feeling of not running at all.

There is a pic floating around Pinterest that says: "If you had gone running when you said you would, you would be back by now. " this saying echoes in my head before I go on a run. I'm still not perfect about getting out the door, but I'm working on it.
What helps you get out the door amigos?

Friday, February 17, 2012

iPhone club

I joined the iPhone club and so far I'm loving it. Whats even cooler is that I'm blogging from my iPhone, so maybe now you'll see post from me more frequently. For my fellow iPhone users out there, what are your favorite apps?

Have a good weekend!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love! Love! Love!

Happy Valentines Day Everyone! 
The Señor and I kept it simple and spent the day eating a good meal at our favorite taqueria and then making sushi and salmon for dinner and playing with Shed. Good times all around. 
Please enjoy the link below..
60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile. 

I hope today and everyday is filled with tons of love for you. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Dog Named Shed

It was a cold morning back in November. I had lifted the shades in our bedroom to let more light in, and saw what looked like a silhouette of a very thin dog running around our backyard. I actually had to stare for a while to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I put on my warm boots and robe and braved the cold to try and get a closer glimpse of our new visitor.  As soon as she spotted me coming near, she gave me a little growl and ran with her tail between her legs underneath our shed. I have no idea of how long she has lived underneath our shed, or how she got there.  All we knew is that she was super skinny and needed some food and water, which we gladly provided. 
1st photo
After a month of feeding her.

For the last couple of months we have been feeding this mystery dog and trying to convince her to come out of her home underneath the shed.  We used treats and other things to try and get her to come out, but she wouldn't budge. We had decided early on that we didn't want to call animal control on her because we thought that since she was so skittish and didn't like human contact that she might get put down right way.  I was able to get some sneak photo shots of her wondering around our backyard and I listed a found dog notice on Craigslist and the local paper, but nobody responded to the notices.  We figured until we got a response, or decided what to do with her. We thought it was better to just let her live under the shed and see if she would come around on her own time.  

It was interesting and frustrating to watch her from the back windows running around our backyard. It was interesting to see how she would bark at neighbors walking by with their dogs as if she was protecting our yard, but frustrating because she wouldn't let me get near her to hold her. She seemed like a sweet dog, but we wondered if she would ever be able to handle human contact.

This frustration got the best of me this past Tuesday. The Señor had a freezer burned steak taking up room in our fridge, so we decided to cook it up and tempt the dog out with it.  We organized a mission and called it Operation Get Shed Dog. We went out to our backyard and I tempted her with the steak while the Señor hid behind the shed. I put a trail of steak coming away from the shed and then went inside and closed the door. I watched with anticipation as the dog came out of the shed to eat yummy steak.  This is when we made our move. The Señor quickly moved and blocked the shed entrance with a cinder block. We were able to corner her and held her till she loved us! She was shaking terribly, but eventually calmed down and ate the rest of the steak. Operation Get Shed Dog was a huge success. We have had some dodgy moments with the pup as she was still really cautious around us, but she has quickly adapted and is very loving and friendly.

Today we took the pup to get scanned for a microchip at an animal clinic near by.  I'll admit I was very nervous to find out if she had a microchip or not. Over the course of a week I have grown to love this dog so much, it would be hard on my heart to give her up. I did know however, that it would be the right thing to do. So with high hopes I brought her in and the tech asked me "What’s your dog's name?" I responded quickly, saying Shed.  The tech waved what looked a huge wand over her scanning for a microchip, and didn't find one.  At this moment I gave Shed the biggest hug and tears immediately started streaming down my face.  I couldn't control myself, but I was elated to have Shed as part of our family.
So without further adieu,
I introduce you to our new four-legged friend. 
Shed Davis

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Domestically Disabled Post: Asian Steak Recipe

I can not believe I have another Domestically Disabled Post back up on the blog so soon.
This Asian steak recipe is very easy to make and taste amazing. I made it for my future Suegra (mother-inlaw) for her birthday. Ballsy right? I was praying it would come out okay and she wouldn't revoke the blessing she gave me to marry her son.  Well, it came out great, and she loved it! The Señor was a fan of it too, so it was a double plus. Toot, toot! <--That's me tootin my own horn.

I got the Asian steak recipe off Pinterest which directed me to this website:
I changed up the recipe a little bit because I don't have sherry in my kitchen, and I wasn't going to pay 10 bucks for sesame seed oil. The recipe called for two flat iron steaks. I couldn't really find this anywhere, and so I had to do an emergency Google search in the meat aisle. I was having a hard time finding the flat iron steak the recipe called for, but  Google let me know that Fat Iron Steak is actually sometimes called London Broil. Which was on sale, score! I grabbed the big hunk of meat, a thingy of ginger, and was on my way to cooking a birthday dinner.

 You can get the original recipe by clicking the link near the top of this post, but here is the recipe with my adjustments:

  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (I used red pepper olive oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons (heaping) Minced Ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons (3-5 cloves) Minced Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 London Broil
  • Garnish: 2 Tablespoons Roasted Sesame Seeds and 2 Green Onions, slivered.
  1. Gather all ingredients together – soy sauce, honey,  olive oil, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and London Broil.
  2. Whisk the ingredients in a bowl. Place the steaks and marinade in a ziplock bag and chill in the refrigerator for 3-6 hours.Grill steaks on high heat for 4 minutes on each side for medium rare steaks. Allow steaks to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Sprinkle roasted sesame seeds and green onion slivers on top to garnish.

Easy peezy amigos! Try it out and let me know how it taste! :) 

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