Thursday, February 23, 2012

Great Fitness Videos

As I get older, my tolerance for attending group fitness classes at the gym is lower and lower. For one thing, I have become less of a "rah rah" person. I used to be really great at it! Now, I like peace and quiet during my down time because I have so little of it. For another, I don't want onlookers to criticize me when I go for the coffee cup instead of the water bottle during breaks.

I therefore have been spending less time at the gym and more time in front of my TV with DVDs.

I swore I'd never like Yoga, but now I am crazy about it. It's really changed my body and my outlook. And, it does make you stronger.

Some of the best fitness DVDs I have been using recently for yoga include, Patricia Moreno's Cardio Burn Yoga -- one short and one long workout. You will sweat! Another is Trudie Styler's Weight Loss Yoga. I can actually follow along and do most of the poses.

The other is CRUNCH's Fat Burning Yoga. I love the poses and feel exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.

As a Spinning fitness instructor, I am pretty picky. If you're interested in dipping your toe into a Yoga workout, these DVDs are for you.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Perfect Crime

The afternoon before Super Bowl, I was driving my mom around, and we decided to stop at Dunkin Donut's drive-through to get some coffee. I pulled up, and after waiting for about 7 minutes, no one came through on the loud speaker. I thought that was odd. So, I dialed them on my phone.

When the woman answered and I asked if their drive-through was not functioning, she said the store was closed because they had run out of product. Well I thought, Super Bowl traffic had done them in. But, this was very strange. Why would she not get on the speaker and tell me that rather than making us wait?

I thought nothing of this until I was driving home after visiting with my mom. Then it occurred to me: what if the store was being robbed and that is why no one came on the drive-through speaker to take my order? What if there were hostages? What if, what if? My mind was racing.

I pulled over and dialed them again. The same woman answered. I asked her, "are you open or closed today"? She repeated the same thing to me as before. I quietly asked her if she was ok. She sounded odd and said, "yes why do you ask"? I asked her if the store was being robbed and if she or her employees were in trouble.

She then laughed loudly and told me they were fine. She went on to explain that a large crowd had come in this particular day, and that they had nothing left. She thanked me very much for calling back and caring.

Ok, I think I watch too much CSI New York, Revenge and the like. To me, this would have been the perfect crime at the perfect time. I felt a bit silly but am glad I called just in case.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Don Draper and Eileen Worcester

What I am loving about having had the Super Bowl in town is that everyone was seeing celebrities. Starbucks next door to my office is all a-buzz over the "sightings". One of the rappers was in there last week. I saw him but did not realize who he was. One customer who was in yesterday said she and her daughter ran into Adam Sandler at a hole-in-the-wall downtown restaurant. He was very friendly and gracious to them.

One of the best stories came from a high school friend who is also my media rep at a local radio station, Eileen Worcester. She called and told me that she ran into and had her photo taken with "Don Draper" -- you know Dreamy Don from Mad Men.

What are the odds?

Eileen said not only was he a nice guy, he let her take a photo with him!

Super Bowl Halftime: What Was MIA Thinking?

Super Indy. Super Giants. Super Madonna. Super commercials. What a fantastic Super Bowl week!

So, what happened to MIA with her halftime "bird"? Is she so insecure that she had to pull a stupid, selfish stunt in front of millions of people to draw attention to herself? How sad. If I were the NFL, I would not pay her for her performance -- because of that on-purpose "wardrobe malfunction". Give me a break!

Well, if her goal was to draw attention to herself, it worked, however, she was not to outshine the rest of the festivities. And, she certainly did not outshine Madonna. I grew up listening to her music, and she never ceases to surprise. I thought the theme and the costuming were unbelievable (and tasteful). And, if Madonna fell backwards like people are saying? I am sure it was the tall, tall spiky boots -- not her age.

I am so proud to live and work in Indianapolis. The organizing committee and volunteers just did an amazing job! I worked for both the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and was on staff two years for the 1987 Pan American Game here in Indy. These events did not hold a candle to the excitement that was generated this week.

Friday, February 3, 2012

TGIF 46!

Super Bowl 46 (I am not good with Roman numerals!). Wow Indianapolis, fantastic job! I am so proud to live here in this great city. I am also super proud of Alison Melangton and her dedicated staff and army of Super Bowl volunteers.

What a great ride this week has been. We ventured downtown Monday night for dinner at the Hyatt Regency Eagles' Nest, which was totally refurbished in time for the Big Game. What an incredibly beautiful, starry night! As the restaurant twirled around 2 times while we dined and sipped our drinks, we had magnificent views of NFL Super Bowl Headquarters at the newly constructed JW Marriott, Lucas Oil Stadium and the crowds below listening to bands and milling around to soak it all in.

Above is the view from dinner of the beautifully lit JW Marriott with it's Super Bowl Roman numerals and the Lombardi trophy adorning its glass windows. Breathtaking!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"Inside" With George Clooney

I love James Lipton.

Being a graduate of PACE University in New York, I am especially fond of his show, "Inside the Actor's Studio" -- since it's part of PACE. I am an avid fan and never miss an episode that airs. I love to learn about actors, actresses and what makes them tick when they entertain us on the big screen. As PACE students, we always got the chance for tickets to the shows' tapings, but I missed it every time I was in NYC. Bummer!

As I sat by my fireplace last night surfing for something to watch on the tube, I noticed a 2-hour episode for this show. I was elated, and even more so when George Clooney appeared on my screen. I like his movies. He's a very talented actor. And, yes, he is gorgeous to look at. But, that's where it ended. I never understood why everyone continuously "oohed and awed" over him.

Now I get it. In addition to his acting capabilities, what really surprised me was his depth of talent for directing and producing. Quite impressive! I am more wowed by these accomplishments by than his looks (or his home in Lake Como).