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Today was the BEST day ever.

Why you ask?

Because HOGWARTS is real.

No joke.

You can get your acceptance letter, enroll in Hogwarts, open a Gringotts bank account and enroll in online Hogwarts classes.

My first class will be Astronomy. You can also take Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, History of Magic, Potions and Transfiguration.

The site explains that as a First Year you take 7 classes, up until your third year and then more options will open up and you can visit Hogsmeade.

The currently have a notice on their site saying that it is running really slow, due to press they have a ton of viewers (psycho’s like me who couldn’t wait five seconds to join up) and they are working on expanding servers.

Here is the link where I found out about it.

And here is the actual Web site.

Seriously best thing ever. Now please excuse me while I go write an essay on my favorite constellation for my First Years Astronomy class.

No I’m not kidding.

Best. Day. Ever.


SPOILERS from tonight’s episode (which was AMAZING).

Originally posted on Inside TV:

[ew_image url="" credit="Kelsey McNeal/ABC" align="left"] SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and for that matter, if you’re even halfway interested in the Marvel-verse and haven’t yet seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier), do not read beyond this opening paragraph. This post contains massive spoilers concerning the plot twists and character developments in “Turn, Turn, Turn,” as well as speculation on future storylines. You’ve been warned…

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So today is Day 18 of my 30 Day push up and squat challenges that I mentioned in a previous post. Yesterday was a big day with 135 squats and 30 push ups. Today will be 75 squats and a rest day for push ups.

So I do these exercises at night usually after my evening work out or after dinner. So far I have to say it’s going pretty well. I think I had to take two days off, separately because I got home really late and was flat out too exhausted to do them.

But I have to admit, it’s really hard to do these while I’m doing other workouts.

Between Zumba (we do squats in that class!) and a weekly cardio and tone class (squats, lunges and a lot of upper body work outs) it’s definitely been a challenge. Throw in yoga and a running….I’m feeling it.

I’ve started skipping the zumba songs where we do squats because my legs are tired or it’s suppose to be my squat rest day.

In yoga on Tuesday night we were holding the warrior pose for a long time and I had to keep taking breaks because my quads were done for. Plus there were a lot of other moves where I found it hard to hold myself up because my shoulders and triceps were fatigued.

But I’m doing my best. My husband has done the last two days with me and will be doing to rest of the 30 days with me. I had to laugh when he made the push ups look so effortless. But after a three mile run, squats and our push up challenge I think he was at least mildly tired. I learned (again) never compete with a Marine for fitness, I will never ever win!

I’ll update again when I’m done. I’m absolutely enjoying these challenges. I can see and feel the difference especially in my arms. In the past I struggled with push ups, and I still do especially with the diamond push ups but I’m improving.

I’m going to have to start looking for some new challenges to do when I’m done. Any recommendations?

30 Day Challenges….

So I’ve started these challenges. Today will be Day 9 for both.

First, the 30 Day Push up challenge. In 30 days, by doing five different types of push ups, I’ll be doing 50 push ups by the end. So far so good….but my arms are definitely sore every day! After a tough last few days, I’m glad today is a rest day for push ups! Yesterday was only 15 but I can definitely tell I’m better at them than I was on Day 1!

And secondly, the 30 day squat challenge. And my legs are killing me! This challenge works you all the way up to 200 squats in four weeks through five different exercises. Yesterday was a rest day but today I have 90 to do. I’m still a little sore from two days ago so I’ll be doing those tonight!

After these challenges I plan on checking out the 30 day butt challenge. Here’s a 30 day buns, guns and abs workout that I’ll check out also.


If you’ve done a challenge like this, write it in the comments section so I can check it out!

So this was one of my favorite weeks in Hawaii, and here’s why.

My friends are awesome.

Between St. Patrick’s Day parade and dinner, hiking, DIY projects, farmers markets and more…it’s been a great week!

For St. Patrick’s Day we headed down to Waikiki to watch the parade. Then we headed to Moose McGillycuddys for lunch and green beer.

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Next we hiked to Kaiwi Shoreline trail. It was gorgeous. I’ve been to the Makapuu Lighthouse hike several times and this is just below it. For awhile it looks like you’re in a desert but once you get down to the water it’s really pretty!


It would have been a good hike to take Roxy on. It was fairly flat. It was definitely warm out, and we were there around 11 or so.

This week I also found my inner appreciation of farmer’s markets. And bonus, there are several of them in close proximity to where I live.

I love them for several reasons:

1) Inexpensive, quality produce.

2) Locally grown stuff.

3) Great place to do some people watching.

4) A chance to check out local businesses.

5) Free samples.

6) Yummy local cuisine.

7) Good place to hang out with friends.

So yeah, those are just some of the reasons while I really enjoy farmers markets. We went to one this week and last week and had some AMAZING food. Fried kale ‘sushi sliders.’ Except that I left the ahi off. Don’t they look delicious?


Bananas wrapped in okinawa sweet potatoes, fried with sugar on the outside.


Chocolate and ice creams that are made with island grown ingredients.Delicious local bread (white chocolate and blueberry).


Needless to say, I’m stuffed.

But I love that there are so many local places here that get all of their ingredients from the Hawaiian Islands. It makes it so much fresher, since everything else has to be shipped here.

Basically, my friends (pictured here and not) are awesome, and I can’t wait for some more adventures! Between board games, movies and discussions on all things femalogical and loserest and everything in between.

So answer me this in a comment below….What are some of your favorite places to check out with your friends?

And just for kicks….


And this girl:



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