Monday, April 7, 2014

Life Right Now

Life has been good lately. Work is going well, the band is kicking ass, and some exciting things have happened lately.
As I mentioned in my last post I got to check something off my 30 before 30 list... A Trip to LA!
While we enjoyed the trip together LA was not necessarily our favorite place to visit. Too much traffic, too much smog, the people weren't very nice.....
But I saw a few interesting things...
The Friends set at Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers tour was by far my favorite thing that we did! We saw The Big Bang Theory Set, Two and a Half Men set, Pretty Little Liars outdoor sets (I've never seen the show but I hear its a hit), amazing costumes and cars from movies and all sorts of interesting things! 50 bucks well spent!
Marilyn Monroe's Burial Site
I was amazed how small the cemetery was and hidden behind office buildings like it was nothing special. A legend is behind that wall!
Ella Fitzgerald's Star
Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russel's Handprints and Signatures
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes....
I would have sworn by this for many, many moons...
But then I switched over to the dark side....
( glad I went completely dark as opposed to the mousy brown/blonde I was sporting in LA-barf!)
And I'm not having any trouble with the gentlemen....
Or gentleman is at were.
The Rockstar and I celebrated 100 shows together a couple of weeks ago!
It took us just over one year and lots of blood, sweat, and tears but we got there and now well beyond! Our every Wednesday gig had a cake made for us to celebrate. It tasted as amazing as it looked!
Besides the band we are doing beautifully together as a couple and just last week we adopted a two year old dog (American Bulldog mix of some variety...we think perhaps Boxer or hound) who we named: Ruckus.
We had no idea we were going to adopt a dog. One day while I was at work the Rockstar decided to go play with shelter dogs for a few hrs. When I got off he asked if I wanted to meet him at the SPCA... I love animals so I happily cruised up there after work. We met this guy and loved him instantly. He could already sit and shake he was so mild mannered and happy for any affection. We left him there that night but talked about him a lot. The next day we took the girls to meet him and he was so good with them that we decided it was time to make him family. Upon bringing him home we also discovered he is already potty trained. Score!
Life with Ruckus this past week hasn't been all rosy blooms, love him though we do. Its been a major adjustment for us and by us, I mean the cat. Poor Roxy has been in hiding for most of this week and is just now acting as though she might be able to tolerate being around the rest of us with a dog in the house. In one particularly tense moment she may have bitten the Rockstar's hand so hard trying to get away from the dog that it bled all day and swelled up to almost twice its size. In another tense moment of trying to get past the cat with the dog on a leash I may have face planted in the laundry room and bruised my knee and my collar bone....whatever. Small price to pay for puppy love.
Speaking of animal love. A week and a half ago I decided to convert to full-on vegetarianism. I was about 90% of the way there anyway but then we watched a little documentary called Earthlings.

Life changer.
Not only is it devastating but it also clearly depicted how sickly the animals that we consume are before they are slaughtered. They have cysts and open sores, they live in their own filth and are so miserable that ingesting their misery has to have a negative impact on us (too new-agey for ya?)
 In my opinion ( and we all have to form our own) that just can't be good for us.
It really hasn't been difficult. Like I said, I was most of the way there anyway.
While I was making changes I also squashed my diet coke habit. Haven't had a diet coke in almost 2 weeks!
Over the holidays, for the first time since I dropped the 60lbs I lost, I allowed myself to put on "Christmas Fat" ... about 9lbs of it. It was "fun" to eat anything I wanted for awhile. It was not fun to feel like a heffalump. I've been focusing my efforts back on losing it. My workouts, paired with the recent changes to my diet have already taken about 4.5 lbs off in the past couple of weeks. I would like to lose 5 more by mid-May and continue to tone up, because I'll be off to....
I've never been and I am so pumped to party it up poolside!
And that, in a nutshell is life right now...
How about you?
Much Love Always!
Amber Lane