#PrincessBootCamp – Merida Fitness Plan

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Princess Boot Camp Merida Week Nerd Fitness

Merida is easily one of the fittest princesses Disney has in cannon. She rides a horse and shoots a bow and is just generally on the move throughout the entirety of her movie, ‘Brave.’ That’s why the life of a royal doesn’t appeal to her. She has no interest in quietly sitting and weaving a tapestry. Not when there are archery competitions to enter and wide open spaces to ride through. No, for Merida, life is about moving and seeing and doing!

So this week…just keep moving. Keep Merida in your mind’s eye and pick up a new activity when you have some down time. It doesn’t have to be a horseback ride through the Scottish Highlands. Most of us don’t have easy access to horses all the time, at least I don’t. But use what you have around you to support your fitness. Yoga doesn’t require any equipment at all, neither does running.

But if you do want to try those activities that Merida might have partaken in, here’s a look at what you can do:

Archery

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It’s not as simple as point and shoot. Archery is a skill. One that, to be honest, I am not good at quite yet. The couple of times I’ve done archery, including for Merida Week and for Hawkeye week when I was an #AvengerinTraining, hasn’t quite been enough to provide proficiency, but it’s an activity I really love doing. Lining up the target, pulling back the bow and letting the arrow fly (far, far, far away from not only the bullseye, but the target itself) is a great feeling. If you’ve never tried archery, you should!

Horseback Riding

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Horseback riding is an activity that has a lot of different levels. You can go for a jaunty trail ride, which isn’t very challenging and doesn’t really take skill. Or you can learn how to horseback ride, which takes a lot more skill and does challenge you. Any level of horseback riding is a great activity for Merida week, but it’s the actual skill that I wanted to focus on. Though this is something that you cannot obtain after one session. It really requires a lot more dedication and practice. But an intro class to horseback riding is so much fun! And if you have a place near you that is decently priced, do it!

Scottish Dancing

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Ok, this one isn’t really something we see Merida do in Brave, but as I was flipping through the Sunday paper this week, my eye caught a posting for local Scottish Dancing and hello…I had to try it. This is definitely something that could be hard to come by based on where you are located. But always try your local paper or anywhere that might post local events. You never know what treasures await you!

#NerdsLove

February is the month of love. Which often illicits a “Yuck” and an eye roll from me. Instead of my usual “down with love” attitude, I decided instead to share the things I love with my instapeeps. And the best part is that a bunch of you joined my challenge and shared the things you loved with me! Check out the hashtag #NerdsLove for more from everyone and each individual hashtag below for more specific expressions of love.

Me? I love it all! @NerdintheSand
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#NerdsloveDancing
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#NerdsloveTravel
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#NerdsloveFamily
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It’s never too late to share what you love. The hashtag #Nerdslove is not going anywhere! Do you love something? Share it!
We’re all nerdy for something.

Jane Austen Syndrome

I am by no means the first delicate female to suffer from this deep affliction. But it is, perhaps, safe to call my case one of the most severe. Long have I suffered in silence, but I cannot continue thusly. I must share with you my struggles in the hopes that you, gentle reader, may commiserate with me and perchance even share in this sickness as well, for I truly cannot be the only one out there who has experienced, what will hence be known as, The Jane Austen Syndrome.

But it’s symptoms are not so easily recognized in everyone so keenly as they are in me. Allow me to illuminate some such symptoms for you, so that you may then be able to seek the proper advisement from your local apothecary to acquire the necessary cure for such an illness as this.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to…

1. Taking long walks for no reason at all

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2. Getting constantly caught in the rain

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3. Spontaneous trips to the English countryside

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4. Learning the art of wax sealing letters

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5. Ballroom dance lessons

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6. Calligraphy lessons

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7. Piano and/or singing lessons

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8. Performing piano and/or singing skills in public at random 

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9. Taking turns around the room

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10. Discovering an affinity for high tea

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11. Wearing overly large bonnets even when it isn’t sunny out

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12. Seeking out men with names like Henry, Edward, Fitzwilliam, Charles, Edmund, George, Frederick, etc.

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13. And finally, when you start considering a double wedding….it’s all over. You are officially afflicted with The Jane Austen syndrome. Go ahead and embrace your inner petticoat!

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Zombie killing may not have been associated with Jane Austen in years past, but thanks to Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” getting the big screen treatment, that’s all about to change. Don’t miss Elizabeth Bennet and company kick serious undead ass on February 5th in theaters! Check out the trailer:

Often a Bridesmaid… not yet a Bride

So…I’ve been a bridesmaid a couple of times. And by a couple, I mean a lot. And by a lot, I mean 14. I have been a bridesmaid for 14 different brides and grooms. I’ve worn a lot of dresses and none have been white and poufy.

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Yes, the words “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” come to mind. But do you know where that phrase comes from? Check it out:

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So it was Listerine who decided that a woman’s worth was based on her hygiene and her appearance and her ability to catch a husband. Sure, it was 1924 and women weren’t quite liberated from the stereotypes yet (are we now?) But advertising tactics like this definitely didn’t help things move in the right direction.

And inevitably when I tell people I’ve been a bridesmaid 14 times, they almost always say this phrase to me. And I really hate it. It’s basically the worst. Being a bridesmaid has nothing to do with romantic relationships and whether or not you can find someone to marry and everything to do with great friendships and finding people who care about you! Being a bridesmaid really means that you are someone’s friend. A friend who they want to share their big moments with. A friend they want to stand with them on a big day like that.

I’ve decided we need to change the phrase. Out with the old and in with the new!! Spread the word. Tell your friends. The new phrase is “Often a bridesmaid, not yet a bride!” Say it with pride. Say it with confidence. And know that if you are a perpetual bridesmaid, like me, then it’s only because you are wanted and you are loved and you are someone’s friend. And that is a wonderful thing.

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5 Fandom Friday

Top 5 Christmas Songs to Spread Cheer

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Happy Friday, my lovely nerds!! Today’s topic for blogversation from The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick is My 5 Favorite Christmas Songs to Spread Cheer. I actually tend to listen to more melancholy, pensive Christmas music for some strange reason. “Where Are You Christmas?” by Faith Fill,  “Mary, Did You Know” by Penatonix, “Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews, “Some Children See Him” by James Taylor.

But when it comes to spreading Christmas cheer, these are the ones I like to listen to:

#1 – Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) by Chris Tomlin

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I love plain, old Joy to the World as much as the next person. But this version is so fun and uplifting. It just makes you want to raise your hands and praise God for the holiday season. Especially because the holidays can easily become stressful and all about traveling and presents and weather and such. I like to put this song on and just jam out to words that express what Christmas is really about. And Chris Tomlin is such a dynamic worship leader that you can’t help but smile while listening to it.

#2 – Snow by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney

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Ok, I hate snow. But I loooove the movie White Christmas. It is one of the movies I watch every year to get me in the spirit. Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing about Snow is one of my favorite moments in this musical. (Sisters is my other favorite moment!) Yes, there are 4 people in the picture, but Vera-Ellen was not a singer. So Rosemary Clooney did some of the vocals for her while Trudy Stevens dubbed the rest. Vera-Ellen was a dancer though and an amazing one at that!! If you’ve never seen and love happiness and singing and warm fuzzy feelings than go watch it today.

#3 – Christmas Is All Around by Bill Nighy

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Love Actually may be a Christmas movie, but it’s one I tend to watch year round cause it fits into the romantic comedy genre. But Christmas is All Around is a song that is fun and a little silly and perfect for spreading holiday cheer.

#4 – Welcome Christmas from How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon

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Speaking of holiday cheer, Welcome Christmas is a song that just creates all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always had a soft spot for cartoons. Perhaps it’s the Dabu Dorays and the Fabu Forays. Perhaps it’s all those Who’s coming together to show that what they really care about is being together, not all the toys and trimmings and material things. Whatever it may be, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic that I’ve been watching since I was little and is one I look forward to sharing with my own kids one day.

#5 – Feliz Navidad by Michael Buble feat. Thalia

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There is one voice that just immediately gets me in the Christmas spirit. He could be singing Blue Skies or Fever and it’d still make me wanna trim a tree. Michael Buble just has one of those melt in your heart voices and his Feliz Navidad featuring Thalia is fun and jazzy and something you can dance to as you bake Christmas cookies and drink that egg nog!

What songs get you ready for Christmas?

Bachelorette Madness: Round 1

READ WITH CAUTION!!!

Here we have a 2 for 1 special. 2 winning representations of the human male specimen in 1 fabulous night of bachelorette party fun.

Being the single girl in the group usually leads to shennanigans like this:

It all started with dare cards and the Joshua Tree in midtown. The bride was given a deck of dare cards to bestow to each of us throughout the night. And being the faithful entourage, we were enlisted to comply.

I was given the card that said “Kiss the cutest guy at the bar (chosen by your friends)” Of course I get this card!! It’s my lot in life to be the girl who makes out with the stranger at the bachelorette party. But if we’re being completely honest… I’m pretty much always game for a bit of a make out with a complete stranger, especially for pure entertainment value.

I agree to let this occur seeing as how my motto is “What the bride wants, the bride gets.” (within reason)

So we all proceed to scan for someone good looking and game for a laugh. Enter TDH. Tall, dark, and handsome. I point him out, the girls approve, so I approach. Basically I say “I’m with this bachelorette party, we have to do crazy dares and here’s mine.” And I show him and his buddy the card. His buddy backed away with his hands in the air in total fear of this card. (How attractive and manly of him.) But not TDH. He grabs, dips and kisses me in front of the bridal entourage. Mission accomplished!

Except after this I expected to just walk away. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am…sir. But no. TDH had to be a stage 5 clinger. King of the Klingons. Really? You couldn’t just accept a little fun and move on? He needed my number. Wanted to go back to my place. Asked where I lived. And why I didn’t live closer. Kept giving me these little peck kisses, like we were married or something. Pulled me over to dance a few times. Wouldn’t leave it alone. I didn’t really kiss this guy for an intimate, relationship connection. It’s a game. And a bar going man like this should know how to play! End of story!!!

 

Enter SDA (short, douchey, a-hole) This guy was really cute. Came up to our table and started dancing (non-creepily) with all of us. The life of the party. And he kinda looked like Hodgins from the TV show Bones. All in all cute. I hadn’t said 2 words to the kid when he and his buddy walk up to me with this gem:

– SDA: “So.. we going back to your place?” (pointing to his buddy, to himself and to me)

– Me: “No….?”

– SDA: “Come on, you can have us both!”

– Me: “Neither of you could handle me so again I’m gonna go with NO!”

-SDA: (sensored for grandmas and moms the world over) “Come on, I’ll F*&@ your brains out.”

-Me: ………………………………………..

Baffled. Shocked. Appalled. And wondering if that has ever actually worked. Now I’m not at these places to meet Mr. Right or anything and thank God I’m not. Because he clearly never goes to bars. Or clubs. Or to karaoke on Tuesday night. I’ve yet to encounter a man that doesn’t completely rip apart my hopes and dreams about what a man should be. But the search continues!