Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tux Fitting and St Patrick Day Celebration

Still not feeling that great but took some meds so I could go to my tux fitting for Robert's upcoming wedding. Robert, Will, Tamar, Dallas, and George joined me in a downtown tux shop to try on our tuxedos. Unfortunately Chris (another groomsman) wasn't able to join us. Once by one we were sized for our tuxes.

While we waited I had a bit of fun trying on various other suit jackets. I came across this red one that was to small for me but man did it make me look good. I could wear this and look amazing if I didn't have to breath.

After getting fitted for our tuxes Robert took us out for lunch, joining us for lunch was Will, Dallas, Robert and myself. We walked to the local Counter for some tasty burgers.

When I got home from lunch I had a package waiting for me at my door. It was my air brush machine. I'm looking forward to playing with this but I need to find the right kind of make up to use with an air brush. I want to practice as much as possible before I use to for Wondercon or more likely San Diego Comic Con.

In the evening I wasn't feeling so hot but I couldn't miss Will's legendary St Patrick Day party. Once again I took some meds to help with the feeling crappy, put on my green plaid hat and made my way over to his place. As always there were alot of people and I did my best socialize but I really wasn't feeling great and managed to stay until about midnight.

Overall it was a good day, just wish I didn't feel so horrible.

Friday, March 11, 2016

NerdStrong Gym... My Past Week

Only managed four days of NerdStrong workout this week, Saturday CON, Sunday TEAM, Tuesday DEX and Wednesday CON. Towards the end of the week I got sick.

The week started with the final D&D Night of the Zombie King workout Chapter 5 "Realm of the Dead" For this workout we had to had to tackle the mountain of bones which consisted of 50x Seal Jacks, 25x Air Squats, 20x Single Arm Steel Club Swing to Guard, 20x Push Ups, 20x Spell casters and then finally a 10 meter heavy carry.

We had to do this set five times before moving on and taking on the Zombie King himself. To kill the Zombie King as a group we had to do 650 Burpees which we did and was successful in our quest. We also had ghosts attacking us from time to time and sending on the roll of the dice, determined what kind of minute plank we had to do.

This entire D&D workout was pretty fantastic. Thank you to coach David and coach Seely for creating it. I know we are only going to do this type of workout every once in a while since it takes a while to program and write but I'm really looking forward to the next adventure.

Sunday's TEAM Themed workout was all about Tron titled "Master Control Program". After a warm up that started with a 230 meter run, then 3 rounds of 10x Front Shoulder Raise, 10x Driver and 10x Halo then one final 230 meter run around the parking lot. We then moved to "The Grid" where we had four Rings and on each ring we had two different movements. It was a 3 minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) with a 1 minute transition. Ring One we had to do 10x Disc Chop & 10x Squat and Defend. Ring Two was 10x Curl & 10x Triceps Extension. Ring Three was 10x Thrusters & 10x In/Out Push Ups. And Ring 4 was 10x Bent Row & 10x Press. Of course all of these done with a weighted plate (disc).

We finished this workout with an awesome 10 minute AMRAP battle. We were broken up into four rings. One ring would roll a D4 and whatever number it landed on (besides it's own) that would be the ring you would attack. But that ring has a chance to deflect by rolling their own D4 and getting the of the Ring that's attacking them. If they fail then they have to do 3 Burpees while everyone else holds a plank. But if they deflect the shot back to the attacker then only the attackers have to do the burpees while everyone else rests. It was a lot of fun and a great way to end this pretty fantastic workout.

Tuesday's DEX day started with a fun Agility Ladder warm up. I love working with the agility ladder. Some of the movements come naturally but some I struggle to master. Next we moved on to DEX Walks. Coaches laid down two of the battleropes and we had to walk on them. First it was just the regular tightrope walk, then backwards tightrope walking, side shuffle (left, then right), hand over hand bear crawl, suitcase hold, front rack hold (left, then right) and finally overhead sandbell hold (left, then right). Thought it was tough it was alot of fun. Some I could manage without falling off the rope but some were a struggle with my balance.

We then moved on to 5 rounds of Overhead Ring Squats, Crow Hold and Static Calf Raise Hold and for a finisher we did 20x Jump Squats with Hands on Head, 2 minutes of Sit Ups and 20x Jump Squats with Hands on Head. It was nice dexterity workout.

I woke up not feeling so hot on Wednesday morning but I was hoping that this workout would kill this bug that I have. It was a CON day which meant coach Blair. This workout was titled Dragon Row, now if your a regular reader of my blog or know me personally you know I'm not a big fan of Rowing. First we started with a warm up of 2 rounds of 230 meter jog, 10x Air Squats, 10x Reverse Lunges, 10x Spiderman Plank and then 10x Ring Rows. Once we did that twice we moved on to our main workout.

For the main workout we did Team Rowing. We were grouped up into teams of three and had to row 1 minute at a time. It doesn't sound like much but coach Blair asked us to sprint which means go full speed and doing that for an entire minute is tough.. Once the first person was done then the second would go and then the third so you did get two minutes of rest between sprints. We did this for 21 minutes meaning we all did 7 minutes each. Minute 5, 6 and 7 were the a killer but we wanted to try and hit at least 5000 meters as a group. So we pushed through and my team which was Me (of course), my workout husband John and buddy Rob manged to row a combined total of 5102. We were the slowest out of the three teams in the 7am class but with rowing height really helps and all three of us are under 5'7". But the 7am class did out row the 6am class 16,187 to 15,569, not that we compete :) Though I'm not a fan of rowing, overall this was a good workout.

I had to cancel my Thursday Strength class, I woke up at 4am and felt horrible and knew there was no way I was going to make it to the gym. I hope this illness doesn't keep me from missing to much NerdStrong.. I hate missing the gym.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Captain America Trailer 2 & Being Sick

Today they released the second trailer for Captain America - Civil War. I've been super excited for this sequel since I saw the first images and this trailer has heightens my excitement, and I loved the cameo of Spiderman at the very end. I can't wait for this movie.

A few days ago I woke up with a sore throat in the morning and yesterday I woke up with that same sore throat, ear aches and over all body ache but I went to workout hoping to sweat whatever it was out of me.. well that was a big mistake as I came home yesterday feeling horrible. So this morning I opted not to go to gym (which killed me) but I knew it was best. I also only manged to stay at work for a half day before calling it a day and going home to crash. I hate being sick and I really thought I made it through this last wave but I didn't. I hear that i'll be super sick for a few days but then only be kind of sick for the next few weeks. I hope I don't miss to much gym.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Supergirl/Flash Crossover

Today CBS released this great mock up comic book/poster for the upcoming cross over of The Flash on Supergirl. The only thing I know if from this short synopsis. I figured they were going to have to be from an alternate Earth since that's been the theme in season two of The Flash and that way they can explain why she just can't show up in The Flash or Arrow universe at anytime. I'm really looking forward to this cross over as I really enjoy both of these series. And from the set pictures that were released it looked like the two main actors had a blast.

Here's the official synopsis: Kara gains a new ally when the lightning-fast superhero The Flash suddenly appears from an alternate universe and helps Kara battle Siobhan, aka Silver Banshee, and Livewire in exchange for her help in finding a way to return him home.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My New Podcast...

So I finally started moving forward once again with my new Podcast, The Geek Roundtable. Well actually it's an old podcast that I have been trying to get off the ground since 2010. It started off as an idea of my friend Jen and I and we called it Epic Geek Out. It was going to be this quick kind of debate geeky topics kind of podcast.  But both of us were extremely busy and we just couldn't get things underway so it feel by the waist side.

In 2012 I revived the idea but Epic Geek Out name was taken so I changed the name to The Geek Roundtable and I also tweaked the concept a little bit. My former co-host Jen was busy with her own podcast and her family so I asked my friend Charles to co-host it with me. I even created a promo and was moving forward when life got in the way once again and this podcast went on the back burner.

I tired again briefly in 2015 to get something going, I even sent out a surveys to my friends to see which topics they would be interested in taking about but work got extremely busy and I let it go.

Now 2016 I am determined to get this podcast off the ground. I enlisted about 40 of my friends/Nerdstrongers to be guest hosts. I've set up a date to record the first few episodes. This actually might happen... now I take that back.. this will happen.

My previous co-host Charles moved on to his very own podcast so I decided to only have guests hosts that were local. It just makes things easier all round and I like the feel of the podcast when people are in the same room interacting.

Here's a description of my new podcast The Geek Roundtable: It starts with 10 minutes of the latest geeky news, we then move into our group discuss and/or debate. Here we have four to five guests discussing or debating one geeky topic. For example an episode topic of discussion could be Lord of the Rings (movies) or a debate could be Original Star Trek vs New Star Trek. It's a causal discuss/debate, it's as though you are sitting around with friends chatting. Each episode will run from 30 to 60 minutes long and they will be released twice a month 1st and 15th. If you're interested in joining in the fun and live in the Los Angeles area drop me a line on Facebook, Twitter or leave a comment here. I don't know exactly when the first episode will be out but I'll keep you all posted.

This will be produced by my Geekyfanboy Productions.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hufflepuff Pride & Magic in America

I signed up for Pottermore way back when they were beta testing the site and I was sorted I was sorted into Gryffindor. I was okay with that.. I know I'm a Hufflepuff and proud of it but I have a fondness for Gryffindor. So the site revamped itself a while back and I finally got around to being resorted. It's a brand new test for sorting and this time around I got HUFFLEPUFF!!! I'm super excited that I was sorted into what I feel would be my house if I attended Hogwarts.

Speaking of Pottermore Mrs Rowling is releasing a bunch of new stuff about Magic in America.. it's inprepreation for the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which comes out in December of this year.  Check out the cool video below.. and then go check out Pottermore HERE.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

My Fourth Visit to Hogsmeade

Today I was suppose to go on a hike in Malibu Canyon to the MASH site with fellow NerdStronger but we were rained out. So after my NerdStrong workout.. I headed to... you guessed it.. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood.

Joining me once again was my friend Lauren, she was suppose to go on the hike as well so instead we decide to go back to Hogsmeade, this would be her second time and my fourth time. About a half hour later my best bud Will joined us and then we accidentally ran into another friend of mine Keri who also joined our group and finally joining our group was my buddy Brett. This was Keri, Will and Brett's first time here so like with yesterday it was fun showing everyone around this magical place.

We actually ran into quite a few NerdStrongers today.. first coaches David and Christy in one of the shops, we then ran into fellow NerdStronger Josh with his girlfriend in another shop. And when when we stopped by the Three Broomsticks to grab a bite to eat we ran into coaches Andrew and Marla and their adorable baby son Stryder. We all sat together and enjoyed the environment when David and Christy showed with their tray of food and joined us. Then more NerdStrongers showed up, Dafna, Stephanie, Kiki, Emily and her husband came walking out of the Three Broomsticks and join our table... it was pretty awesome. And just as quickly as we all come together we all broke apart.

This was going to be the first time I was going to be able to stay in the park past night fall.. so I was going to be able to see Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle in the dark and all lite up and I have to say I was not disappointed. It was pretty amazing.

Had another amazing time, it was so cool to see so many friends there. I'm not sure when I'll be able to come back again as my schedule is crazy for the next few weeks and then it opens to the public which means it will be even busier on weekends and since it closes at 6pm during the week I can't go after work. But knowing me I'm sure I'll be visiting Hogsmeade again in no time at all.

You can check out more of my pictures from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood HERE.