Wednesday, April 25, 2012

So I tried Hot Yoga

In an effort to tone up for the wedding, I have started taking more group fitness classes and I love them. Zumba is great. Awesome Abs is painful, but worth it. Restorative Yoga is very relaxing. I'm taking ballet classes over the summer (thank you Groupon) and recently I decided to try something that I thought would combine all of the above:

Yeah. Hot. Yoga.

What is Hot Yoga, you ask? It's a yoga classroom heated to 105 degrees. Yes. One hundred and five degrees. Have you ever wanted to try it? Here's what I thought:

The Good:
 I'll be honest and tell you that even though I thought I might die during the work out (see below), I felt AWESOME when it was over. Did you know that the human body rids itself of 1/3 of its toxins through sweat? The heat helped remove those toxins and the workout left me feeling that endorphin high we all love so much. I felt great the rest of the day and was even sore the next day from working out so hard.

The Bad:
It's really hot and really hard--at least the first time. Not only are you in 105 degree room, but you're doing a pretty intense workout! I will be honest and say that I had to take a few breaks. The studio suggests that you do not leave the room so that your body can acclimate to the temperature, so I just lied there. Everyone I've talked to says the first class is the worst, but that the classes become much more bearable with time.

The Ugly:
Where there is heat and a hard workout, there is a lot of sweat. Seriously. I'm not a very sweaty person and I was dripping. The men in front of my created a small pond around their mats. It was gross, so if you try it, I definitely recommend you bring a towel to go over your mat and then another towel to wipe off. 

J. L. bought me ten more sessions, per my request, for our anniversary, so I'll definitely be going back, but at least next time I'll be more prepared!
Even though it was tough, I'm really looking forward to going back!

How about you? Would you try it? Have you tried it? 


Nicole Jeannette

Friday, April 13, 2012

Google Project Glass: Awesome or scary? Weigh in!

Today Google released a video introducing the prototype for Google Glass, a pair of augmented reality glasses.

Watch the video and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Day at the Zoo

Last week I went out with all of the ladies in the office and our boss to lunch and the zoo! We walked around for hours just chatting and having a great time enjoying each others company.

Check out the awesome pictures I snapped!

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These are lorakeets! So pretty! You can walk into their cage and they land on you!

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More lorakeets!

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Some monkeys just hanging around

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Flamingos have the craziest legs! I could have stared at them forever! Weird? Yes. I know.

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Sleeping red panda bear!

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The like to move it, move it... despite the fact that they literally just stared at us the whole time.

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LOVE the zebras

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I don't mean to include this lady with the animals, but WOW that is a LONG pony!

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Beautiful rainbow when we left

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Some of my great coworkers

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My boss (on the right) was the only guy... lucky him! 

I think I have the best boss ever.
(I swear I'm not a brown-noser, but I truly am so blessed to have a boss who I feel really cares about his employees on a professional and personal level.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday

Today was absolutely lovely.

After church my family celebrated the holiday with some close friends over a big meal. We didn't do eggs this year (yes, I know we're too old, but they're still fun) but maybe next year!

Did you do anything fun?

Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I hope for you, like it does for me, that you remember you are wildly, hopelessly, and passionately loved by a God who wants you for who you are.

-Nicole Jeannette

Saturday, April 7, 2012

DIY Wedding Projects: 1 down, lots to go

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Check out my first wedding DIY project! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! I've got a few more up my sleeve! This week I also got our wedding cake designed and ordered, the catering figured out, and our event rentals ready to go! I'm very pleased with how everything has been going!

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This has been a pretty crazy, busy week and I feel so blessed to have such a great support system. 
These were the "just because" flowers J. L. gave me to help me through this crazy one!
Just a few more weeks to the end of the semester!

How has your week been?

Hope you have a wonderful Easter!
He is Risen!