Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 4

Today was a little bit better maybe. I don't really trust my own estimations though, because I am starting to suspect that this DVD is designed to cause you to fall victim to Stockholm Syndrome. That article says there are three main components in developing Stockholm Syndrome:
  • A severely uneven power relationship in which the captor dictates what the prisoner can and cannot do
  • The threat of death or physical injury to the prisoner at the hands of the captor
  • A self-preservation instinct on the part of the prisoner

First of all Jillian is in a position of total power. When she says "Jump" you literally jump, and she says "jump" a lot. She is also inflicting pain on you through the tasks you must preform, but there is always the promise that if you can perform the tasks as well as Natalie and Anita you won't feel the need to cheat, and it won't be hard for you anymore. Basically if you can learn to please Jillian, your pain will be taken away from you. She says, "If you think your gonna die, watch Anita, she'll carry you through." In order to live I have to at least be as good as Anita.

The biggest tip-off though, is in the end of the workout Jillian says, "We're right here, we're doing it with you. We're all in this together." This is the culmination of Stockholm syndrome. The Discovery Health article says:

"The prisoner undergoes what some call an act of self-delusion: In order to survive psychologically as well as physically - to lessen the unimaginable stress of the situation - the prisoner comes to truly believe that the captor is her friend, that he will not kill her, that in fact they can help each other 'get out of this mess.' "

 Jillian has taken over my mind.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 3

I have decided that Jillian doesn't have a script writer, or she does have one who is just really bad. She has this surprise rant during the workout:

"So often, people think that they're not strong enough; you guys are always told, 'just take the stairs', that is a false message of lethargy that is not doing you any favors.You are capable of working out."

This is the third time I have heard it and I still cannot be sure what she is trying to say. Taking the stairs is lethargic? Taking the stairs is not a workout? I am not strong enough for the elevator so I should take the stairs instead? What does it mean?

Here's the thing though Jillian, it doesn't matter what you mean, because of this workout my legs are so sore and tired that they are like two huge bags of pudding I have to haul around all day. I can't take the stairs. The best I can do is drag myself to an elevator and hope someone kicks me in and out of it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 2

Today was harder, because I started the workout already feeling sore from yesterday. But Jillian says that is good, because that aching in my muscles in just fear leaving my body. Jillian, I just would please like to know which fear it was that left my body, because I did an inventory and they all still seem to be there.

And to be honest I don't really want to lose those fears. It's a good idea to fear bears I think.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Day 1

I could do most of the exercises without the modification, but it was highly unpleasant. I think Jillian is trying to encourage me, but I think she is mean, so her encouragement comes across more like someone poking your chubs with a stick.

I have never been so sweaty in my life.

Monday, June 25, 2012


It is an exciting time for us right now! Handsome Bryce is going to be starting a new job in July. We are really excited about it, we have both felt best about this job all along and we are so happy that they felt good about Bryce too! (Seriously though, how could they not.)

McBaby is still the best toy that we own. He is so fun, and he doesn't know how to talk back yet!

Also, we are also in the process of buying a house, hooray! We still aren't sure when we are moving, but we know it is coming soon. I have a lot of projects planned for this house once we move in. More on that later.

Also also, I have decided to try the Jillian Michaels 30-day shred, since it is on youtube. I know this is probably an ill conceived idea since I hate to exercise, but it seems like everyone else is doing shreds and insanitys and things like that so I decided to give it a try. I still have some baby chubs that I could afford to be rid of. To motivate me I will post an update on here every day after my work out so I can pretend I am accountable to the internet. If anyone wants to join me let me know and we can commiserate. See you tomorrow friends!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How to Get Cheap Children's Books

My siblings and I all love reading, and we are all good readers. I think this is due to a combination of things. First, my mom, a school teacher, taught each of us to read herself. I remember thinking it was annoying to have to go over "sound cards" over and over until I knew them all backwards and forwards, and being annoyed when my mom wouldn't ever let me guess on any words without sounding them out. I also remember it was nice to spend time with just Mom, even if it was to go over stupid sound cards a hundred times. Second, my dad always read fun "chapter books" to us every night after dinner. My mom gave me the ability to read well, but I think this time with my dad helped inspire a love of reading and discussing books. Talking about the books as we read them also helped teach us reading comprehension, which never occurred to me as a kid, it was just fun.

Third, we always had a bunch of books in the house, big tall shelves with hundreds and hundreds of books. Now that we have little McBaby I want him to love reading too. I am going to make him go over sound cards a hundred times and never guess at new words. Handsome Bryce will get the fun job of reading exciting chapter books. But that leaves the issue of bookshelves filled with books. You guys, kid's books are crazy expensive! I thought about getting book lots on Ebay, but I didn't like not knowing what books I would be getting for $50.

Then one day I checked at DI. Deseret Industries is a second-hand store, and job training program, run buy the LDS church. There are a lot of them in Utah, but they are all over the world. They have all kinds of things there, including children's books. Not just grubby, crusty, sticky books, but nice clean barely used, or even unused books! They are all about 75 cents too! Some of the bigger books or nice board books are $1.50, but on average I spend less than a dollar per book there. And they have good books! Here are the ones I have bought so far:

Dr. Suess books:
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham (someone stuck papers in this book for a project or something, grrrr, but they steamed off.)
Ten Apples up on Top
The Foot Book
The Tooth Book

Golden Books:
The Pokey Little Puppy (One of my favorites)
Scuffy the Tugboat
The Monster at the End of This Book (One of Bryce's favorites)

Other Books:
Arthur's Tooth
Arthur's Birthday
Something Special
Sammy the Seal
Paddington Bear
Manners Time
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

And it only cost about $14 for all of them! I am kind of a snot about second-hand stores because they all have a certain "smell" not really a dirty smell, just a second-hand smell. (I know, it's snotty.) So I have to clean the books with Lysol so they won't get their cooties on my baby. But for such a good deal I can now afford extra cans of Lysol and my baby can read lots of books with me!

I am betting other thrift stores have similar book collections. If you want to get books there you are going to have to be prepared to hunt. There will be no blue-haired, coffee-scented Barnes and Noble employee to look titles up on the computer. But you also won't have to pay for said employee's next dye-job, so that's a plus. Don't be afraid to investigate, happy hunting!

Friday, June 08, 2012

Savory Campfire Snack Peppers

Our good friends, Lauren and Sam, invited us over to make s'mores with their new fire-pit. I really like s'mores, but after I eat one I am so overloaded with sugar that I feel like a languishing s'more-slug-beast:

Also known as "Smore the Hutt". I need something savory to counteract the sugar-rush before I can consume anymore of the melty marshmallowyness. That is why I invented "Campfire Pepper Poppers" behold:

I do not love jalapenos, but I know other people do, so I got five of them. For me and the people who like to eat food that does not ignite your mouth on fire I got a bag of those adorable party peppers. I also used an entire block of cream cheese, and about 1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese (I wouldn't use less than sharp, because the cheddar flavor will get lost). I was worried that cooking would cause the cheese to become a melty slurry that would run out of the peppers so I crushed up half a package of saltines and added them to the cheeses.

I also added some cilantro because I like green specks in my food.

The little peppers have hardly any seeds, but when there were some I just stuck my knife in and rotated it around to hollow them out.

Next I used a butter knife to stuff them with the cheese mix. I put a dab of cheese on the little pepper tops to keep them on, because I thought they would help keep the cheese in.

It turns out that the crackers made the cheese thick enough that the hats were not needed, and everyone just fed them to the dogs. The peppers take a little while to cook, but they also taste good raw so most people snacked on an uncooked pepper and praised my genius whilst waiting for their other pepper to roast. It was a good combination.

Out of all my inventions this one of the least sinister and the most successful I think. (Although it does allow you to eat exponentially more s'mores without sugar-slug overload, so maybe it IS sinister.) Anyway, we will be having these at many more campfires to come!