Sunday, August 26, 2012

future prepper skill goals

I finally read The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet.  I enjoyed reading it and a lot of what he says about ALL grains (not just wheat) being problematic makes a ton of sense.

Robb Wolf says with fruits such as berries they have a benefit of being eaten in that the seeds get spread around and fertilized.  Grains don't get a similar benefit from being eaten and they don't like to give something for nothing so they're going to fight back!

I noticed the last couple of times I've had rice I've felt REALLY sick for a day or two after.  So no more!

I've been thinking about some skills I want to develop this year.  These are my skill goals:

1.  Get ham radio licensed for SHTF communications.  I found a $25 course that starts Sept 18th.

2. Add a certification as a math teacher in order to increase competitiveness as a teacher job seeker in the future.  Although I enjoy my current position as an ELL English teacher I would like to increase my options of positions at as many different schools as possible in case I have to move in the next couple of years.

3.  Develop job skill for SHTF world.  I don't think I can rely on teaching alone.  I'm thinking something practical: welding, doula, locksmithing. 

What skills do you think would be valuable in a SHTF situation?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Krav Maga

It was a good day.  I came home from work and a box from full of whey protein from was waiting for me

 Today was the second day of school with the kids.  I have a lot of the same students as last year which is a lot lower stress- I already know the kiddos!

As he has the last couple of years, my boyfriend sent me flowers on the first day of school. 

So sweet
I went to my first Krav Maga class today.  I have been toying with the idea for a while now because I really like the idea of killing attackers with my bare hands or a pen lying around or whatever, so much less frilly than the other martial arts.  KRAV MAGA IS GRITTY/REAL

I finally got around to googling my city + krav maga and LO AND BEHOLD there were options.  My little hick Okie town is getting less little hick Okie all the time.

The bad: apparently there was a Groupon last week for the EXACT KRAV MAGA CLASS PACKAGE I PAID FULL PRICE FOR for 70% less :'( but at least there were plenty of newbies along with me.  I wore my new Under Armour shirt and my UA Armour Bra which is like $60 but I love it so worth it!

Krav Maga outfit

Krav Maga was a brutal class.  I've been to a boxing gym before a year or two ago and as a kid I did tae kwon do but Krav Maga is different!  It's very survivalist. They want to make you tough and get used to blows so basically for about half the class you are holding the bags and taking punches. Which sounds easy but IT'S NOT.  They don't pair up ladies with ladies!  I held the bag for some big men. I could feel the concussion of their blows through the bags.  It really hurt my chest lol and definitely knocked the wind out of me.  I thought I was going to puke for a lot of it and even thought about sitting out halfway through but I stuck it out and I'm glad I did. 

So after surviving the barrage of attacks it's your turn to attack.  I thought a lot about my ex-boyfriend.  It was very cathartic and exhausting.  I was sweating a lot by the end of class and my knuckles were raw but I bought some gloves so hopefully next time will be better!  I bought the ten class punch card at full non-Groupon price so you know I'll be back!

My mom got me twelve gallons of water.  She said she went to the dollar store and just asked for a box of 6 gallons.  They look like this:

The gallon jugs look like this:

The sell-by date is June 2014 but I imagine if I just run it though the Berkey they'll be fine after that. It's good to be closer to my prepping water goal!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dr. Mercola Pure Power Protein price increase

I've been in my classroom all week getting set up and Friday is the first day of school! Crazy.

This drought is terrible.  It sort of rained yesterday, but not a whole lot.  Lately I spend half an hour each evening sitting outside watching an episode of Girls on my laptop while watering the trees in my apartment complex.  Because of the water shortage rules in place you have to be physically with the hose in order to water so the maintenance guys don't have time to do it and corporate won't let them install a sprinkler system for whatever reason.

Also because of the drought and the rising corn prices, Dr. Mercola Pure Power Protein is having a price increase August 20, just fyi.  I'm stocking up.

Use this code for 10% off:  PRM071146

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dominican Republic photos part 1

Well we've been home now for a week so here's some Dominican Republic photos.  We had a great time in the 2 weeks we were there!  We did the north coast (i.e. not Punta Cana).

My boyfriend's more of the type to just want to relax at an all-inclusive on vacation while I am a former fearless backpacker turned paranoid old lady so it was an interesting mix.  I think eating street food is delicious and a must-do while he does not partake but he was a good sport about the things I wanted to do.  And he didn't have to twist my arm too hard to hang and gorge and laze at an all-inclusive ^_^

First we flew into Santiago, the 2nd largest city in the Dominican Republic:

cigar factory in Taburil

Then we took a gua-gua which is the local bus.  Basically picture your standard 15 person passenger van, but with extra people and cargo crammed inside.  The most people we saw in one gua-gua was 24 ^_^  3 dudes were literally hanging out the door

gua-gua ride
Prepper side note: can you imagine this happening in the United States? What if gas gets to $5.... $10... $15 a gallon? I think this is the future... even here :o

Then we went to Tubagua Eco-Resort and stayed in a palapa with no walls:

our palapa
View from Tubagua
There was not much to do there during the day except hike and relax.  So we went on a hike to some waterfalls:

 Hiked through cow fields

Played a lot of card games and Monopoly and watched part of Good Burger because my boyfriend had never seen it (he's never seen Citizen Kane either)

My boyfriend found a great deal on an all-inclusive resort on the beach nearby so we stayed there for a couple of days to recoup

the pool
the beach
We took a day trip to Paradise Island.  Which is this tiny little island with 6 grass huts (no bathrooms)

arriving at Paradise Island
Went snorkeling (We prefer diving but DR is not that great for either)

and enjoyed some beach time

At this point my seemingly indestructible waterproof smashproof digital camera died because the charger exploded when I had it plugged in and hit the switch in the hotel room (lol).  BUT the best part of the trip is yet to come!   (Hint)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

call me coach

School starts in less than a week! In addition to my regular teaching duties, I am the assistant tennis coach at school this year. 

I played tennis competitively in middle and part of high school but I haven't picked up a racquet in 4 years.  Yikes.

SO I thought I was start up drills again.  There are supposed to be ladies' drills on Saturday morning at the local racquet club so I got up and put on my lululemon pow pink pacesetter skirt with my pop orange cool racerback and was ready to hit the ball around!

pop orange cool racerback and pow pink pacesetter skirt

I got there half an hour early and I was turned away because the spaces for the drills were full!  It filled up an hour before the drills started and it's first-come first-served so unless I get there more than an hour early it looks like I'm out of luck!  I was irritated and hopped up on Vega so I went to the gym.  Oh well.

Not a total loss as I did get my old racquet restrung at the pro shop.  The woman working there asked me what my USTA rating was and I was like:

Please buy me this:

Friday, August 10, 2012

The New Rules of Lifting Stage 2 update

 I finished Stage 2 of The New Rules of Lifting for Women yesterday.  WOW after taking 2 weeks off I was really feeling it!  I got tired, fast, and I don't know if it was the Bulgarian split squats or the deadlifts, but today my glutes are the sorest they've ever been.   

Because I'm still acclimating to these workouts I think I'll do one workout each of A + B before moving on to stage 3.  I'll see if I can work an inch or two of my vacation off, then I'll post my measurements ;]

I went to my first Zumba class with a friend.  It was a lot of fun!  I've been wanting to take Latin dance classes forever but I don't have a partner so this is a good solo venture.  I'm going to find a place closer to home and try to go once or twice a week.  I need more cardio in my life.

Monday, August 6, 2012

back ugh

After 24 hours of traveling we are back home.  The Dominican Republic was fantastic but two weeks of eating and drinking in ~vacation mode~ i.e. eating too much sugar and gluten with zero yoga or gym time has taken its toll :s


time to get back into the swing of things!