Saturday, June 30, 2012

She gets it from her momma...

This would be a cute picture if my mom had her eyes open! But we are in front of the Carpenter Theater after seeing Idina Menzel perform (Broadway performer in Rent and Wicked for those of you who do not know). I also find it funny to stand just next to my mom in pictures because I get my "build" from my dad (no petite-ness in me, sorry)! But she does share in my delight of the New York STAGE!

A blurry clip of Idina singing "Defying Gravity" from Wicked.

She at one point came so close that I could see her pores! Mom got the good seats. Very fun to be in front of a legend- if only it was longer:)! Thanks, Marge!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Young 'uns

The MBK 2011-2012 Counseling Team!

For the first time in 4 years (?) the whole team is returning for the next school year. Seems a small feat, but in our school turnover is big, and as is visible, our team has undergone many changes in the last few years (hence the age range). We skew towards the all important 24-36 viewing demographic now! Why do you think our lunch conversations revolved around The Bachelorette and celeb gossip? Advertisers would be proud. I also want to point out that I am NOT the shortest, I just wasn't wearing heels:)! This was taken at a retiree's tea at The Jefferson Hotel.

Happy Summer (again)! I just love to say it...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

10,000 Steps

I am always reading about new ways to be active and healthy. I found an article earlier this week about the #1 fitness tip a trainer would give to someone wanting to be in great shape. His tip? Walks 10,000 steps a day (equivalent to about 5 miles). I had always heard about this number but never thought that it was that essential to a fit lifestyle as long as you are active on a regular basis. Well, one of my PE teachers had a stash of pedometers that I borrowed, and I have been tracking my steps since last Thursday. What I have found is that is is very easy to get to 10,000 steps IF you work out. However, most days at work, I only walk 3,000 steps, so if I didn't exercise in the evenings, I would get no where near the magic number. Also, having something track how much I am walking does make me consciously get up and walk around more, so I think it is good for people to wear. Sometimes you don't realize how little or how much you are doing, so it is nice to keep in check.

Now I want to get even fancier and get one of these:

Cool, right? It's nice to try something new for the summer when your normal routines are harder because of the heat (at least in Virginia). So I am focusing more on overall movement than killing myself at the butt crack of dawn to get my cool-ish run in!

And with that, my summer officially begins at 4 pm today! Year  two- CHECK. Can't wait for 8 weeks "off" even though I sure am keeping busy with other jobs this year!