Friday, June 27, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things - June 27

This week I got my kids to help me around the house. Yay! 

I had to compromise, but it was worth it. I usually give them a math worksheet and 30 min. of reading daily since they are not in summer school. I told them they could forgo the homework since they were helping out.

They helped me with the laundry which was putting their own clothes away. I showed them how to do it, but they ended up shoving the clothes in the drawers causing me to have to take them all out and put them in neatly. And they left a mountain of undershirts all mixed together on top of the dresser. Nice.

Then I told them to wash and dry the dog. This time I did not help them because I wanted them to learn to do it on their own. They only interrupted me once which was pretty good. They couldn't figure out how to rinse the underside of the dog. That means they wanted me to do it. I told them to splash the water upward onto her belly or get the bucket and throw the water up there. They said that they did that, but the soap was still there. I said, "Well, keep at it," and left. No more coddling.

Usually they are drenched with water because the dog is too strong for them to maneuver in the bath tub. They were fairly dry when they were done which was impressive. Previously, they had said they wanted to take a bath with her since their clothes were going to get all wet anyway. I said, "No!" Can you imagine? It would be infection city.

When my husband came home, he asked my oldest son how it went helping me around the house. My son bent over holding his back and said, "Oh, my back hurts."
My husband said, "Why? What happened?"
My son said, "I had to lean over the laundry baskets to get my clothes, then I had to lean over to put them away, then I had to lean over to wash the dog. It was hard work."

Eye roll. Seriously?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Exercises Are Not Self-Explanatory

Yesterday, I worked out by myself at the gym since my husband was at work and his friends were working out at different times. I had my notes and my printed sheets to work with, but this is the start of block 2 of the workout, so the exercises are ordered differently.

My husband hates when we ask him what is next since he gives us printed sheets. I tell him that I don't ask what is next. I ask what the exercises mean. I'm not familiar with the names of some of the exercises. He said that they are self-explanatory, i.e., "seated bicep curl" is where you sit down and curl the arm with a dumbbell to work out the bicep. I get that.

So, I was at the gym writing all the arm exercises down (it was arm day) from the previous weeks since they were combined with other body parts prior. I know I was doing them out of order, but whatever. At least I was doing them.

I got through the exercises fine without dropping the weight on myself and such, so I decided to work out my legs since I skipped that day. I do them and get to "Bulgarian Squats." A-ha! THAT is not self-explanatory. I don't know how Bulgarians squat even if they do squat differently. There is a parallel squat, a sumo squat, and a Bulgarian squat. The toes are pointed out in one of those exercises. I don't remember if sumo wrestlers squat with their toes pointed out or not. I'm sure I did the exercise wrong because I started to feel pain somewhere down below. Maybe it was my back or knees or groin. I don't remember, so I had to stop.

I told this to my husband when he got home from work. It turns out he forgot to give me the sheet of exercises for the week. I was supposed to do more than what I did. *dark cloud over head* :(

But I just looked up "Bulgarian Squats" and "Sumo Squats" and guess what? I did them wrong! Haha! I didn't know Bulgarians squatted with one leg on a stool behind them. Who knew? I did learn, however, that sumo squats are good for the inner thighs. Good to know.

Today is cardio day, but I'm going to add those squats in just for the halibut. It'll be like an international squat day. Get it? Bulgaria and Japan. I guess it's self-explanatory now... :o/

Friday, June 20, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things, June 20, 2014

This week I'm celebrating having submitted, not one, but two drawings to Illustration Friday. Yay! I guess it sort of makes up for not participating in the weekly illustration for two weeks. The topic for the week was Mask. These are the two drawings I submitted from my art blog

Have a great weekend!