Friday, March 20, 2009


Ok, so other than my post about going to the shooting range the other day, I have been really inactive on my blog. But things are getting better and not so crazy hectic with work, so I have time to participate in other activities. I've gone to the gym several times this week and feel really good. Atthe gym last night, I ran for half an hour with some sprints/interval training, and then really focused on my legs. Oh man, they were so toasted. I really had to use the handrails when going down the stairs, but I am surprisingly not very sore today. A little tender, but I was expecting real I-can-barely-move-and-walk-like-a-really-old-lady-because-I-overtrained- PAIN. But that is a good sign that I am getting stronger.
I asked Meryl to send me some swim caps and nose clips (for those of you that don't know my cousin, she is a synchronized swimmer so she has lots of extras) so that I can do laps at the pool. I got the package from her earlier this week, and not only did she send me what I asked for, but an official bathing suit (her team is sponsered by speedo now, so they can't wear Nike - BUMMER =P) Adidas warmups and a team T-shirt. Plus two pairs of goggles, swim caps and the nose clip. This also sent along this really funny card of an angry looking kitty in a yoga pose trying to de-stress. haha! I love her. If things are going kinda slow in lab, I might go to the pool during lunch today... its sunny and 80!
I am also currently looking for a new place to live. I got the papers to renew my lease this week and Yikes! Rent is going up again. Ridiculous.
Outlook for the weekend: working Saturday as usual. But I might try to go to the yoga class tomorrow morning. If I miss it, then I'll go for a fun down on town lake. I've also got some crocheting to do. . . I've started a couple new little projects. Hopefully I will get to update on those in the coming week, and still as always, working on the Bliss Blanket. I did lay it out on my bed the other night, and I am 1/3 of the way through. Sheesh! I'll probably also spend some time driving around and checking out apartment complexes/ areas of town, since I will probably be leaving Far West. Maybe I will also get to make a run to Home Depot and get new spring plants for my garden boxes, they could use some brightening!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend . . . Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lethal Weapon

Or more like learning how to be lethal with a weapon. Yesterday Ryan, Jason and I went to the indoor shooting range. It is this place called Red's, and is a 100yd indoor shooting range. We rented two guns, a 9mm and a revolver (.357? don't remember what the caliber was). Anyhow, it was my first time firing a handgun, and I was, admittedly, pretty scared at first. But that is how you want to be right? I mean, its a WEAPON, with LIVE ammo. It deserves respect.
Well the guy showed us how to load them, laid down the rules and then let us go shoot. Wow, it was SO LOUD in there. It was an all brick walls, tin roof structure, so the sounds just reverberated off the walls and all throughout your body. I've shot shotguns before, and they are very loud, but outside it just doesn't seem as shocking. Every shot scared me, and I knew I was pulling the trigger! Ok, I am really painting myself to be a bit of a wuss, but go to an indoor firing range and you'll know what I am talking about. There was this guy there that was practicing with his rifle. . . WOW. crazy loud.
Anyhow, I like the 9mm much better than the revolver. It was a smoother fire, and I thought more easy to aim and actually hit the target. I felt like the revolver was kind of all over the place... or maybe it was me. We were there for about an hour and went through 4 boxes of ammo, 2 per gun. Towards the end, we did a little challenge to see who had the best aim on each of our targets, 9yds away using the 9mm. Jason did pretty well. Ryan was most the most deadly. I did alright too, all body shots (mostly gut, ouch), but it was only my second time with the 9mm. The guys, especially Jason, were shooting that one much more. I saved my target but forgot to take a picture this morning. It would have made this post much more interesting. But, if I ever have my brother or dad come out to Austin again, we'd probably go do this with them. Definitely a guy thing!