Broken Toes

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As a child the only bone I ever broke was my arm in a roller blading accident.  It wasn’t bad, just a hairline fracture.  In my adult life it seems to be the toes.

I have broken my baby toes (the fifth toe) on each foot multiple time to the extent that I can deal with them fairly easily.  To say I am clumsy is an understatement.  My sister once claimed to me that I needed “to wear toe protectors around the house” in which I replied, “there called SHOES”.  

Last night while walking around the house, in the dark without my “toe protectors” on, I tripped over a laundry basket and broke the fourth and fifth toes on my left foot.  My toes actually went inside the holes of the basket.  

Every time I break them I will do a mental checklist of all the things I can’t do until they heal. Let’s see there is running and …  That’s all I got.  

Good thing I hate running. 

Mint Julep Masque

Made by Queen Helene.  Complexion Solution Deeply Cleans & Refreshes.  Oily and Acne Prone Skin.  8 oz tube. Image

I was in Kroger the other day looking for a new face mask and found this beauty.  I have tried several in the past: cucumber peel, charcoal masks, etc…

After washing my face thoroughly, I applied the thick green paste to my whole face and jaw line.  Right away I felt a tingling sensation all over, like I could feel my pores getting smaller the longer it was on.

After about 10-15 minutes to dry I started washing it away.  I recommend using a washcloth instead of just your palms as it does get slippery.   Once all mask residue was washed away I could see a difference in my pores and I could still feel the mint tingling. It was quite refreshing.  My face was red from the rough texture of the cloth I used but otherwise was very smooth.

Overall super happy with this product and will be using it in the future.  I recommend this to anyone with oily or acne prone skin. Of course with trying new products, also test them out in a small area first to check for a reaction.  Everyone is unique.

Growing Up Last

When you are the youngest child with siblings spread out at a good gap in age, it is hard to know when you have finally “grown up”.

My family is one of few with an intact parent marriage.  My mother and father have been married for 45 years.  I have two sisters and one brother ranging in age of 44 to 29, including myself.  

My brother, who is the eldest, was married for the first time when I was 6 or 7.  I don’t remember a lot of him at home because he is fifteen years older than me and we never shared that sibling kinship that you always hear about.  He since and re-married to my neighbor and lives across the street from me.  We, however, do not share a closeness that I would love to.

My oldest sister, who is eleven years my senior, had her first child when I was 8.  I don’t remember her living at home either, she moved out when she was 15.  She was married a few years later and moved almost an hour and a half away.  When I graduated high school, she had moved back by this point, I started working at the family business right beside her.  This is when our relationship grew.  I wasn’t mature enough to understand everything that was going on in her life but we got along.  I now feel like we have a bond that can not be broken.  She feels more like a friend than a sister, someone I choose to hang out with and not just obligated to because we share blood.

My next sister was the only one that I can remember the petty fights siblings have when you live together.  She is four years older than I and she never let me forget it.  We also worked together and shared all the details of our lives.  But after having gastric surgery a few years ago that all changed.  She is now a snob about all the weight she lost and has no time for anyone but herself.   

In 2006 all three sisters had babies, no, there was not something in the water.  My eldest sister’s daughter was first to be born in August followed by my son in September and my other sister’s son in November.  They were like triplets. 

Since then I can look back and see how I have grown up, though, it is very hard to see when you are in the process.  You think everyone just liked to tell you what to do or say.  I was never wild and crazy, just nieve.  

Now I am looking at taking on the world.  Who’s with me?

The White Princess

If you love everything Tudor related then you should watch Starz’s newest show The White Princess.   Start at the beginning of the Tudor reign in England alongside Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.  


The Tudor’s ruled for 118 years with 5 monarchs: Henry VII; his son Henry VIII; and Henry VIII’s three children, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.  They are one of the most well known ruling families in English history.

Season Finale is Sunday, May 4th at 8pm.

Game of Thrones: Book vs Show S1E2

Season 1, Episode 2: The Kingsroad
First Aired: April 24, 2011
This is not a summary of the show and/or book but a comparison to see how the books were written verse how they are portrayed in the show.
I am using a guide to help determine which chapters to stop at for this blog as I don’t want to read too far ahead.  You can find the guide I am using at Chapter Guide.

Changes to the story:

  1. Jorah and Viserys talk about Jorah’s crimes and why Ned Stark would want him.  This part is in Eddard’s point of view in the book while speaking with the King out on a hunt.
  2. Cersei visits Catelyn and Bran while Bran is still unconscious.   She recounts how she lost her first born son, to the fever.  This scene does not take place in the book, at least not at this time.
  3. While Jon Snow is at the Blacksmith getting “Needle”, Arya’s sword, Jaime Lannister thanks Jon for joining the Night’s Watchmen very sarcastically giving Jon a first hand account of how the Lannister’s really are.
  4. We find out that Jon Snow is 17 in the show when Catelyn reminds Ned that is was 17 years ago that he rode off with Robert and came back with another woman’s child.  Now she is worried as he rides off again.  Jon is only 14 in the book.
  5. Ned and John part ways, Jon to the wall and Ned to King’s Landing. Jon asks about him mother and Ned promises to tell him about his mother the next time they meet.  Nothing like this has been said in the book but if you have watched the show before or read any of the books you know that this is one promise that is not kept.
  6. Rickon is 6 on the show while only being 3 in the book.
  7. Jon arrives at the wall.
  8. Catelyn visits the window/tower that Bran fell from.  She finds a blonde hair that leaves her to believe that it was the Lannister’s.  She then visits Bran and leaves a dreamcatcher of some sort.  None of this is in the book.
  9. Bran awakes when Lady, Sansa’s direwolf is killed.
Key scenes missing from the Show:
  1. While out of a hunt with the Ned, the King talks about Tywin Lannister killing Rhaegar Targaryen’s wife and children as a token of fealty.  This is also when Ned learns that Jaime has been given the role of new Warden of the West after the death of Jon Arryn.  The King is telling Ned that he indebted to the Lannister’s.
  2. On the journey to the wall, Tyrion Lannister recalls seeing the giant dragon skulls in the castle at King’s Landing after the Mad King was killed.  He recounts Aegon Targaryen and his sisters unleashed the three dragons 300 years ago when the kingdom were still separated to Jon Snow.  This battle was called Field of Fire and created the 7 kingdoms with a Targaryen King.
  3. Tyrion is bitten by Ghost, Jon Snow’s direwolf.
  4. Sansa meets Ser Barristan Selmy and Lord Renly (the King’s brother) both King’s Knights as well as Ser Iily Payne.
  5. Bran dreams of a three eyed crow.  It teaches him to fly instead of falling to the ground.  Once he learns to fly, he can see Jon on the wall, Sansa crying, the Dothraki and more.  The crow then pecks him in the forehead and Bran wakes up.
  6. Bran names him direwolf Summer.
  7. Daenerys thinks that life is so rough with Drogo that killing herself might be the only way out.  One night she dreams of dragons again but instead of seeing Viserys with the Dragons, she sees herself.  After that life gets easier.
  8. Viserys is mad that Daenerys has commanded him.  He yells at her and she in turn pushes him.  A Dothraki warrior cracks a whip around him neck to stop him from retaliating.  She then commands that he is stripped of his horse.  This in the eyes of the Dothraki is lowest of the low.  Daenerys now understands that he will never be King of the 7 kingdoms.
  9. Daenerys learns that she is with child.  This did not happen in this episode for will in future episodes.

There are other missing scenes but are not critical to the flow of the story.

This episode includes the chapters Tyrion I, Jon II, Eddard II, Tyrion II, Catelyn III, Sansa I, Eddard III, Bran III and Daenery III (Chapters 9,10, 12-17, 23) from the book Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Point of views have been swapped around in the timeline of the show.
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Game of Thrones: Book vs Show S1E1

Season 1, Episode 1: Winter is Coming
First Aired: April, 17, 2011
This is not a summary of the show and/or book but a comparison to see how the books were written verse how they are portrayed in the show.  Like the first book in the series, Game of Thrones, the show starts out the same way, The Night’s Watchman. This introduces the first White Walkers in a thousand years.

Changes to the story:

  1. Bran learning how to shoot an arrow, more of a filler in the show to introduce the Stark family before the news of Jon Arryn’s death has reached them.
  2. Jon Arryn’s funeral with Jamie and Cersie Lannister speaking about how Jamie should be the next Hand of the King.  This is something that Bran overhears later in the book in the broken tower after we know a little more about the Lannister’s.
  3. Tyrion Lannister’s whorehouse scene.  Not part of the book and I don’t really see a reason for it this early in the show.
  4. Sansa Stark tells her mother Catelyn that she really likes Prince Joffrey.  In the book we know that she likes Joffrey from sewing class. We do not know if she ever spoke to her mother about her feelings towards the prince.
  5. Eddard Stark asks Benjen Stark about the boy he killed for abandoning the Night’s Watchmen.  He then tells Benjen about the White Walker sighting. Not part of the book, or at least at this point.
  6. Sansa Stark’s meets the Queen at the feast and we learn that she is 13 in the show, 11 in the book.
  7. In the scene where Catelyn Stark gets a message from her sister, she is the one who does not want Ned to become the Hand of the King.  She mentions Ned’s father and brother and how they did not come home after serving the King’s call.  In the book this scene is reversed.  Ned is the one who doesn’t want to leave fearing for a repeat in history.  This scene changes the character descriptions as Catelyn is seen as a strong woman in the book, Ned is made to look like the hardened warrior in the show.
  8. Daenery’s wedding skips a few chapters ahead and is shown in this episode.  It follows the book, however, the consummation is rushed and violent compared to the book.
  9. The King thanks Ned for becoming the Hand of the King.  Nothing in the book even implied that he had given the King an answer at that time.
 Key scenes missing from the Show:
  1. Ayra and Jon watching the Stark boys play fight with the Princes.  This gives us a first glance at Joffrey’s temperament but is missing at this time in the show.

There are other missing scenes but are not critical to the flow of the story.

Ages are not what they seem in the show.  The book states that Jon Snow and Robb Stark are both 14 while Daenerys Stormborn is only 13.  Sansa Stark is 11 (13 on the show), Arya Stark is 9 (11 on the show), Bran Stark is 7 (10 on the show),  and Rickon Stark is 3.

This episode includes the chapters Prologue, Bran I, Catelyn I, Daenerys I, Eddard I, Jon I, Arya I, Bran II and Daenerys II from the book Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Point of views have been swapped around in the timeline of the show.

I am using a guide to help determine which chapters to stop at for this blog as I don’t want to read too far ahead.  You can find the guide I am using at Chapter Guide.

 

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Game of Thrones

Like every other action show lover out there, I loved watching Game of Thrones.  I have missed the last few seasons and instead of binge watching everything I missed I decided to just read the books, like a fool I might add.

I have downloaded it onto my kindle and plan to sort through this complex world that I have come to love.  Not sure if it will be something I will get through but I have had this on my bucket list for some time.

Wish me luck!

Day 3 – Couch to 5K

I am using the 5K Runner app from FITNESS22 LTD on my iPhone for this bucket list goal.
Week 1/ Day 3

5 min warm-up

1 min run + 1.5 min walk (8 times)

5 min cool down

Total time: 30 mins

Before: Well rested and ready to hit Day 3.  I choose a small, flat area that I would run in today to help me concentrate on breathing.  This is something that I had trouble with on Day 2 with the hills.

Afterward: Still feeling pumped.  I feel like I could have ran for longer and my pace was faster today at 1.62 miles. I did something different this time.  During the walking portions of the exercise I would slow my pace and concentrate on relaxing again so I could run a little hard on the next round.  Averaging 18 minutes is not bad for walking most of the time.  This will increase as I go and I can’t wait until I can hit my first mile without stopping.

Day 2 – Couch to 5K

I am using the 5K Runner app from FITNESS22 LTD on my iPhone for this bucket list goal.

Week 1/ Day 2

5 min warm-up

1 min run + 1.5 min walk (8 times)

5 min cool down

Total time: 30 mins
Before: I’m not really feeling it today because I have walked so much this last week, 37 miles.  That’s almost 10 more miles than I walk normally in a week. I may need to find a partner in crime that can keep me on track for this goal. 

Afterward: Started out good.   I decided today to run in a different area and had not taken into account all of the inclines of my new route.  I knew I was in trouble around the halfway mark.  I won’t lie, I didn’t run but 7 of the rounds and ended up walking the last round.  I still felt like I had accomplished more than I did last time and will choose my next route a little wiser.   I now feel like I was hit by a truck.  Can’t wait for the next round. *Note sarcasm.