Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Finds!

This time it's actually Friday!  Hooray!  Time for some Friday Finds.  This week I've been doing some sewing, so these finds are all sewing-based.

V9294 Vogue Pattern

This is a new pattern from Vogue that is a reprint of a 1939 pattern.  I really like this.  It's pre-"America in WWII", but it would still totally work for that period.  I looked for this pattern the other day at Joann's, but it wasn't in stock yet.

8594 Simplicity Pattern

This is a new pattern from Simplicity.  It's not one of their vintage/retro patterns.  I'm specifically looking at C and D.  Imagine those two dresses in a tiki/Polynesian/Hawaiian print.  With summer coming, this could be a fantastic little number!

Okay....I've spent most of my free time this week working on a new venture...Lonely Hepkat Clothing.  Let me preface your link clicking by telling you that I don't have anything to sell right now.  I'm just in the design portion of this.  Soon, you'll be seeing a kickstarter to help get things moved along with production.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friday Finds! On Sunday

I guess it's time to bring back Friday Finds!  It's Sunday today, so I'm either late or really early.  Who cares, right?

Since I'm in Alaska and it's pretty cold right now, this is geared towards cold weather retro finds.

V Neck Sweater in Kiwi Green - $34.50, Rocket Originals

I love this bright green!  In the winter, I am always seeking out sweaters.  I LOVE Rocket Originals.  I have 4 of their sweaters in my closet.   I have not tried their shoes yet.  This particular sweater also comes in: black, airforce blue, claret, and mustard.

Norma Jeans - $110.67, Freddie's of Pinewood

Need some jeans for the winter?  High quality denim is where it's at.  Wear with saddle shoes, loafers, chucks, boots, or whatever you call "winter footwear".  Pair with a t-shirt and cardigan or a sweater.  If you're curious, there are men's denim over at Freddie's too.

Wildcat! - $44.27, Freddie's of Pinewood

This is a new short-sleeved sweater over at Freddie's.  I am a big fan of black and leopard print, so obviously I love this.  Imagine pairing this sweater with Micheline Pitt's bat-eye sunglasses.

La Riviera Swing Trousers - $62.25, Morello's

Morello's has a denim line of swing trousers, a dark line (Black, Black Pinstripe, Brown & Pink Stripe, Mulberry, Navy, Raspberry, Red, Rust), and a light line (Cornflower, Dogtooth, Green, Green Stripe, Lavender, Mint Stripe, Oatmeal, Pink Stripe, Stone, Turquoise, Pink, Cream).  Fabrics range in weight, so read the descriptions.  These are perfect for the office in the winter.  If you check out Morello's, be sure to check out their coats.  I have one and I love it.

Elvira Queen of Creeps T-shirt - $29.99, Retro-A-Go-Go

For those casual days, why not wear this awesome Elvira t-shirt?!  She's inspired a lot of us to put our best features forward.  Pair with retro denim!

Mid-Heel Fur Thick Plush Pumps - $30.89, New Chic

If you wear skirts to the office, you might want to consider these pumps.  They have a low heel, but still have that retro look.  They come in black, beige, and khaki.

1950s Double Collar Blouse - $48.42, Miss Bamboo

A stylish shirt to wear under a cardigan!  I love the fleck pattern.  This shirt comes in harlequin leaf, turquoise blue fleck, purple fleck, raspberry red fleck, and navy fleck.

Glamour Pants - $168, J. Peterman

These are men's 1940s trousers that are adapted for a woman's body, as per the description.  I have not tried these, but they are on my Christmas list.  They come in 19 colors!  Colors: black, bone, camel, dark camel, sage, slate, aubergine, chocolate, copper, cranberry, dark grey, lilac, Mediterranean blue, misty grey, navy, plum, sand, teal green, and walnut.

1940s Whirlaway Skirt - $92.64, House of Foxy

If you are looking for winter skirts, I urge you towards heavier fabrics such as wool, felt, or velvet.  This particular skirt (wool) comes in tweed, navy, black, red, mustard crepe, and brown check.  I also like that this has a handy pocket.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Designs, Writing, & Pageantry

I just got through a whole week of going to the gym!  I feel so much better.  I'm back on track.  I lost 7lbs this week.  I'm doing good.

Lately, I have found myself to be pretty busy.  I've been working on some clothing designs and I have a few writing projects going on.  So that's pretty cool.

I've also been working on the 2018 North Pole Pin-Up Pageant.  This will be the third year that we're doing it.  That's pretty cool! 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Road Blocks

Maybe starting to workout and do things right at Christmas was a bad idea.  I feel like it's just been one thing after another.  Eating-wise, I've done pretty well.  I'll admit to a piece of toast here and there.  I will also admit to trying out the three cakes that I made earlier this week for my mom's shop. 
That's standard practice in a bakery/deli/cafe, especially with new recipes.

What have my road blocks been so far?

  • Christmas
  • New Years Day
  • Back to back birthdays, Jan. 9, 12, and 13
  • Getting harassed by my mom and uncle about working out and what I eat
  • Running my mom's shop while she was out of town for a week
  • Myself

I always include myself because I am often my biggest road block.  I need to find some motivation.

I like my gym schedule.  Cardio, Upper Body, rest, Cardio, Lower Body, weekend.  I feel like it works for me.  I keep thinking that I should do a little more and I keep hearing about hot yoga.  I found two weekend classes for hot and warm yoga, so I think I'm going to go to those.  I'll have to test them to see if it's really what I want to do.  In the past I've only been able to do maybe 6 weeks of yoga before I get really bored with it, but I've never done hot yoga.

What do my readers think?  What else should I do?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Good Morning!

I'm having a great morning!

Weighed myself (lost 2 pounds).  Went to the gym and tried out my waist trimmer - one of those neoprene things that makes you sweat more - while running for 30 minutes on the "Kilimanjaro" setting.  I came home and watched "X-Files" and "Knightfall".

Feeling good!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fashion Flop

I have NOT been doing the rockabilly thing lately.  I feel a little fat and unmotivated to dress up.  Maybe it's just the fact that I literally live right above the office.  When all you have to do is venture downstairs for work, the first thing to go is your wardrobe.  Shoot, I didn't even brush my hair today!

I hate to sound like a downer because I'm trying not to be.  It's actually part of my motivation for getting back into shape.  I would like to feel better about myself and start looking nice for work.  I'm just not going to buy a new wardrobe - I'm going to lose size and fit back into what I have.

As it is, I've been told by my family that I'm not allowed to get any of those long cardigan sweaters because they look like robes...and they know I'll live in it.   I'm totally a robe person.

I should think about short term rewards.  I like to do this when I'm serious about losing size.  I usually set my goals like:

  • Fit comfortably into a size 8 - even when bloated
  • Waist = 28"
  • Thighs down by 3"
Pick out some reasonable markers that really aren't based on time (like 1 month, 5 weeks, etc).  My rewards are not food-based.  Instead, it's like: buy a new pair of pants, spend $50 on Amazon, or something akin to that.  I mean, who doesn't like shedding fat, getting something new to wear, and feeling like a million bucks?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Summer Sausage & Veggie Soup

The key to this soup is to use homemade smoked ham hock bone broth.

Summer Sausage & Veggie Soup
1-1/2 cup Smoked Ham Hock Bone Broth
5oz Summer Sausage
1/2 head Cabbage, chopped small
1 Zucchini
2 stalks Celery
14 oz can Petite Diced Tomato

  1. Put the bone broth and cabbage into a crockpot.
  2. Cut the zucchini into long quarters, then chop up.  Add to pot.
  3. Thin cut the celery.  Cut the summer sausage into bite-size pieces.  Add to pot.
  4. Dump the can of petite diced tomatoes over everything.  Add water to fill pot.
  5. Let this cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Keeping Food Simple

I'm sitting at work waiting for people to get back to me and looking at pinterest for paleo recipes.  It occurred to me that breakfast is my laziest meal.  I'll gladly make myself a cup of coffee or two, but making food in the morning is a pain in the butt.

Instead of looking at various new things - most of which aren't paleo, despite their claims - I thought I'd share my favorite breakfast options with you.  Some of these can be found in my list of recipes.

  • 2 Eggs, Scrambled with leftover veggies
  • Protein Shake, basic
  • Protein Shake, pumpkin spice
  • Protein Shake, berries
  • 2 Eggs, Omelet
  • 1 slice Ham and 1 Egg with leftover veggies
  • 1 Pink Grapefruit
  • 3 Baked Eggs (egg, ham, spinach) baked in a muffin tin
  • Crustless Quiche, personal size - made in ramekin
  • Paleo Granola
  • Chia Seed Pudding, any flavor
  • Parmesan-crusted Tilapia with leftover veggies (Tilapia cooks up quickly)
  • Egg Nests
  • Paleo Cake Doughnuts (made using Simple Mills cake mix)
  • Poached Egg and Smoked Salmon on Spinach or Arugula with Mustard Dressing
  • Leftovers
Some folks are always like "fish for breakfast?!"  Yes.  I don't mind fish for breakfast.  I usually prefer tilapia or smoked salmon.  I'm in Alaska, so the majority of our smoked salmon is hot smoked, rather than cold smoked (aka Lox).  I do like both.

I used to make smoothies all the time with fruits and veggies mixed together, but I've been moving away from that.  I feel like I was getting too many carbs or something.  I don't think it was helping me.  I generally just have a basic protein shake - vanilla whey and water.  I suck it down while my coffee is brewing.  I like having it after working out.  The last few days I've been following it up with 2 eggs scrambled with leftover veggies.

If you are interested in the cake doughnuts, right now I only recommend using Simple Mills cake mix.  I've tried a few others and they just weren't as good.  I also recommend making them the night before.  You can let them cool down, then toss them into a container.  It's really nice for a quick grab-n-go breakfast.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Starting Up - Fresh Start Part 2

I feel so stupid for getting sick right at the start of my new diet and workout plan.  I mean, I really couldn't do anything once I was sick.  I also put off going to the gym until cardio day came around (tomorrow).  The first thing I want to do is make sure I'm breathing right.

Anyway, as a holiday recap - I really didn't do too bad while sick.  I came out of being sick (mostly) on Christmas Eve.  I was still going through some bad sinus drainage, but that seemed to clear up yesterday.  Today I'm totally fine. *thumbs up* I didn't over-eat on Christmas, though I easily could have.  We had WAAAAY TOO MUCH food.  I spent most of my Christmas day prepping food for appetizer trays that when dinner rolled around, I really wasn't in the mood for food.  I had a little turkey, some brussel sprouts, and a big scoop of jello.  Boring, right?

I've been binge watching 'Sherlock'...again.  Been doing some writing.  Tossed together a mock-up for a boys (tweens/teens) magazine.  Not quite sure what to do with it at this point.  I don't even have a title for it.

Christmas presents: trash can, new coat, speed bag, DNA kit, books, and a few other things.  Christmas burden: forced to co-host dinner with my parents (who are my neighbors) for about 30 or so family members.  At least not all 45 people showed up.

I'm thrilled to have an invite to a New Years Eve game night party.

I plan on getting to the gym starting tomorrow, continuing to eat right, actually log my meals again (when I'm sick I don't bother), and have a fun workout this weekend with my speed bag!  I'll also be doing some shadow boxing, kettlebell exercises, and medicine ball exercises.

Would love to hear from anyone who actually reads my blog.  What do you do for a workout?  Do combative sports (i.e. boxing, fencing, martial arts, etc) interest you?

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I ordered 'It Can't Happen Here' by Sinclair Lewis.  It came in right before Christmas.  Very excited.  I need to finish the book I'm in the middle of, then I can read it.  If you want to read it and discuss it, I'd be up for that.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I'm Sick (Has it been 2 years?)

I rarely get sick.  My sister was kind enough to share her germs with me.  That sore throat turned into a sinus thing.

I feel like I'm tethered to something underwater....kind of like a floaty feeling but also firmly in place.  I would like to thank TheraFlu and Delsym for this little adventure in fuzzy skin feelings and mental fog.

Also, thanks Stash Tea for the Moroccan Mint, my go-to work tea.

I would like to report that I have gone for almost 15 minutes without reaching for a kleenex.

What sucks?  I'll tell you what sucks: You live above the office in one of two apartments, your boss/dad lives in the other, and you're not allowed to "go home sick".

It's okay.  I have 2 whole months of paid vacation time saved up.  At some point, I will go on vacation and it will be glorious!

I'm disappointed in myself for getting sick.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ugly Christmas Sweater & Bad Poetry

At lunch today, I'm hosting an ugly Christmas sweater & bad poetry reading.  Anyone who reads poetry gets a free cookie.  It will run from 11am-1pm, strictly during lunch!

I'm really hoping that people show up to read some poetry.  Otherwise it's just going to be me reading....I don't know....William Blake or Lord Byron or something.  I know those poets aren't bad.   Maybe I'll look for Christmas poetry or something.

This will be going on at Red Couch, 309 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 36-hour Bug

I am not thrilled about having caught some sort of bug from my sister.  It's nothing terrible - just a sore throat and a light pressure on my upper chest.  Luckily, around lunch time today, I felt it lift a bit.  I've been drinking hot liquids all day.  I have my go-to cold/flu drink.  I try to drink this as soon as I get an inkling that I might have something.  It usually helps out and I can rarely say that "I'm sick".  You don't have to continually drink it through the day.  I generally drink it in the morning and in the evening.

Stop It In It's Tracks - Bug Buster
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 TBSP Raw Honey
1/2 tsp Ginger
Hot Water

1. Mix everything together and drink it as hot as you can stand it.

The unfortunate part is that this morning at 3:30am, I really didn't feel like getting up for my second cardio day this week.  I feel so lazy.  I have high hopes for Friday's lower body day.

I have almost everything in and wrapped for Christmas!  I have one thing that hasn't arrived, but it should be here by the 22nd.  I try pretty hard to make sure I get people stuff they're really going to like.  OR, if I think they deserve something equivalent to poop in a box, I get them something that they really weren't hoping for or that's not too exciting, but is simply basic and useful like: a book for those who don't really like to read or a new pair of jeans for someone who doesn't necessarily need a new pair.  I mean it's useful and they get to open something on Christmas, but it's full of disappointment.  lol   Don't mess with someone born on Krampus Night!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 2: It's Great!

I'd like to report that it's the end of Day 2 and it's going great!  I am eating a lot of food (thanks veggies) and I am pretty full all the time, despite aiming for 1200 calories.  After this post, I'm going to have an evening snack of a satsuma while I drink a pot of tea.

Today was upper body day.  I hate getting spaghetti arms at the gym, but that happened.  lol   I don't feel like I over did it.  I just haven't done all of those exercises, all at once, for a while.  I am looking forward to my day off tomorrow and the next two days of working out.

Food-wise, I put on a beef-pumpkin chili this morning.  I make a pretty fierce no-bean chili.  I think it's one of my top favorite paleo meals.  You can find a few versions of the recipe under the RECIPES tab, up top.

For anyone who is curious as to my personal macros: 120g Protein, 40g Fat, 90g Carbs.

I'm keeping my carbs restricted to grain-free, potato-free, legume-free, low sugar/low starch fruits and veggies.  Yikes, right?!  My body does not like any kind of potato (even sweet potato) - so I'm okay with that.  No grains?  I hate it when people ask if that means "gluten free".  No.  It means "no fucking grains" and includes: wheat, barley, corn, rice, quinoa, and all the other grains of the world.  I also am not supposed to eat legumes, such as: peanuts, all beans, soy, lentils, and peas.  For the most part I'm cool with it, but I tend to cheat when it comes to Mexican restaurants.