Trying to Stay on Top of Running

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I got lazy about my running when I started my new job because I spent far more time on my feet than I had since working at Taco Bell as a teenager. I went through a time period where I had to get to work at 6:30, which made running before work a crazy idea, and I was so tired all of the time that I just couldn’t find the inspiration to get out and exercise.  But I missed the feel of moving my body and sweating and feeling the ground beneath my feet.  When the stresses in my work and personal life brought me to a breaking point I realized that one thing I desperately needed was to make myself start running again. It wasn’t going to fix everything, but at least I could use running to channel some of my whacked out emotions and energy into something positive.  Conversely being tired from physical work helps quiet the weird voices in our heads that give bad advice.

Patience runs a couple of miles with me twice a week again, and she’s not impressed with the change.  I go for a four-ish mile run on Sunday mornings alone since I can get a better workout by myself now (my physical abilities are actually higher than the dog’s at this point!). It hasn’t actually solved anything, but I can sense the calm and satisfaction every time I manage another run.  It’s not a solution for everything, but while I run my mind can clear, and I just am in the moment.  We all need that, and I’m glad I’ve found one way for me to tap into it.

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‘The Arcs: Volume 1’ Now Available on ComiXology!

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LOS ANGELES, CA – August 19, 2015 – Fanboy Comics (FBC) is excited to announce that The Arcs: Volume 1 is now available for sale through ComiXology!

The Arcs is an epic and gritty graphic novel that follows the seven Archangels of Heaven.  After God has abandoned Earth, the Archangels are forced to protect humanity against the rising legions of Hell. Can they pull themselves together to defeat Lucifer and his demons, or are they destined to suffer their own fall from grace?

The digital trade paperback was created and written by Michael D. Poisson, illustrated by Matt Jacobs (The Boys, Prototype), lettered by Oceano Ransford (The Molting), and features cover coloring by Carlos Badilla (The Authority, Hack/Slash). Printed copies of The Arcs: Volume 1 are also available for sale in the Fanboy Comics Online Store.

Be sure to pick up your copy of The Arcs: Volume 1 on ComiXology today to discover what Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, Top Cow President and COO) calls, “They Livewith angels and demons.  Like much from Fanboy Comics, this book isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you want something with some gravitas and an interesting take on religious mythology, definitely give this book a shot.”

For more information on The Arcs: Volume 1, please visit www.thearcscomic.com or http://www.fanboycomics.net. The Arcs may also be found on Facebook, Twitter (@TheArcsComic), and Goodreads.

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About Fanboy Comics
Fanboy Comics (FBC) is a comic book publisher and an online community supporting other creators and fans through daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts that span the pop culture spectrum.  FBC seeks to provide an outlet for up-and-coming artists and writers with a desire to create new works and media. By facilitating in-house collaborations and providing support and empowerment, FBC hopes to enable the production of professional and marketable creator-owned works.  Fanboy Comics’ graphic novels, Something Animal, Identity Thief, The Arcs, Fearworms: Selected Poems, and Penguins vs. Possums, are available online at www.fanboycomics.net.

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I Did A Pub Crawl Last Night

Okay, so said pub crawl was a fundraiser for local animal welfare organization, Austin Pets Alive!, but I am not feeling particularly creative or verbal after four pints of beer and a bus ride home with a driver who seemed to hit every bump on the road and jostled me around in my seat (yes, I wanted to puke at a few points).

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Let’s just say it was a lot of fun, I got a free pint glass from Independence Brewery, and I know my registration fee is going to a good cause.
Now I’m going to take Sunday to let my brain try to get back into fighting form, so I can faced work tomorrow!

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Ladies’ Night Out and Phara’s


  

Wow, these photos ended up *huge*, but thanks so much to Cori (one of Liora’s Mayura Blue student troop members) for being a good sport and snapping several photos of my outfit!

The belly dance performances at Ladies’ Night Out were lovely, and it was awesome to see the different styles of the various instructors at Austin Bellydance.  Bahaia has a more Spanish inspired style (at least for the choreography her student troop did) while the others added their own twists such as Kirsten’s (I think that’s right) wonderful Gothy number to a pop song.  Afterwards we did a sample Zumba number with Tara, who will be teaching classes at the studio on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings…Okay, I may have to budget for this, too, because I felt so energized and positive even though I had to try to avoid popping out of my top on some of the more extreme moves.  We mostly milled about and just danced a little or chatted after the Zumba, and I connected with a more experienced dancer, Chantal, who decided she wasn’t ready to go home after the event wrapped up around 10:30 (I was awkwardly trying to mirror her dance moves, which was a little hilarious since I’ve only had eight weeks of bellydance plus I was in heels!).  I decided to throw caution to the wind and join her to hit up Phara’s on North Loop (ironically, across from Vulcan Video and Forbidden Fruit when I was trying to have a relatively family friendly evening!).

Phara’s is a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah bar that also has live music and a belly dancer out on the patio.  It is also BYOB, and Chantal happily stopped for a bottle of white wine on the way.  I had been careful about drinking too much because my depression has been problematic recently, but I did have a small amount, which might explain how I allowed Chantal to shove me on the dance floor with the professional dancer!  I tried mirroring her moves but mostly just went with the music.  Keep in mind that I was the only person on the dance floor besides the pro at this point, so everyone was watching me twirl (that skirt is amazeballs for swirling around your legs) and clomp on the dance floor.  I finally coaxed Chantal out, and gradually more people joined us.  By the time the music was done we were sweaty and exhausted, but it had been so fun!  For once I didn’t worry about how I looked as I danced I just went with it.  We ended up taking a taxi back to North Austin since Chantal didn’t feel safe to drive, and I finally got home around 1AM.  Wow!  Definitely more crazy than my usual!

I’d like to go back to Phara’s again, but I also need to go out dancing regularly.  The endorphin rush was wonderful, and I think it will help with my stress and depression if I can get that feeling more often.  Besides sometimes you need to just let loose and not worry too much…even if you can’t wear a bra with your top, so you’re at risk of popping out as you bounce around the floor!

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Cafe Shimmy August 2015

I went out to the Cafe Shimmy show at Casa de Luz last night, and it was absolutely amazing. I got to see my instructor and her student troop perform the stuff I’d seen bits of in rehearsals before my beginner class as well as the other three Austin Bellydance instructors. Several other Austin belly dance performers showed up as well to bravely improv to music selected by the organizer, Najla!

The dancers for last night’s show were:
Aurora
Lisa La Mar
Najla
Sherry

Guests dancers:
Jamie Lynn
Liora plus a group of her Mayura Blue student troop
Angela Sparks
Lily & Bahaia

I wanted to tag all the photos with the dancer’s name, but my photos are not cooperating. Najla started (I wasn’t able to snag any photos), Jamie Lynn was second, I believe Liora and Mayura Blue were next, followed by Lisa, and then a dancer who’s name I didn’t catch (bad blogger!). Angela is the sword dancer, and Lily both danced alone and with Bahaia at the end. Liora and Mayura Blue had a second number about halfway through the program as well. As the only large group they’re easy to pick out.

Unfortunately, I sat in the third row since I didn’t intend to take photos, so my shots are not great (Jamie Lynn’s piece was particularly hard for me to get photos of hence the one really crappy pic). Try to ignore the heads and backs of the people in the first row using a real camera and not just a cell phone and enjoy the sparkly pretty!


  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

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It’s Been Another Crazy Week

I hate that I keep putting off real blog posts, but work is getting more intense again.

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So I’m not quite as bad as the image, but somehow I’ve become more important to many things yet again. My boss tells me I’m doing fine, but I sometimes think I’m disastrous. However, I know that as long as my boss is happy things are good. I’m just enough of a perfectionist to want everything to work exactly the way it should, which is impossible when you’re dealing with the real world!

After my social butterfly weekend with ‘Ant-Man’ and the BPAL meet and sniff on Friday and Saturday nights respectively I’m retreating into my cave and avoiding most human interactions to actually recharge. I’m going to need to be on my A game on Monday, so I need to actually use the weekend to recoup rather than run myself ragged. I did emerge for yoga class and a trip to Wal-Mart and HEB for supplies (I now have a standing fan to move between my computer room and bedroom), and I’ll hit belly dance class tomorrow, but everything else is hermit mode. I didn’t even shower today…

Is it time for me to start trying to grow a beard? Geez!

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So I Saw ‘Ant-Man’

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Last night I did something I haven’t done in all my years of geekery…I joined a large group of other nerds, geeks, and non-mainstreamish types to view a movie for us in the theater. I’ve done mass viewings of geek media in other people’s homes, but I’d never owned my geek pride publicly outside of a convention. It was both overwhelming and cool, but since I might not have seen Ant-Man in theaters without the push I’m glad that the Austin Geeks and Gamers meet up had the event!

I was actually felt a little out-geeked when I first met up with the group before the movie. Many people were chatting about comic book topics I knew nothing about and other geek things I’d heard of but had no opinions on. I felt very, very mundane since I had no thoughts to share. However, I did manage to connect with a couple of other women who were definitely geeks but related to comic book movies more like I did (plus one of them was just really vivacious and happy to share lots of thoughts about anything and everything).

Hanging out at Baby A’s afterwards was a lot more fun because we could share thoughts on the movie itself, and my end of the table moved to all sorts of fandom topics from Farscape to Stargate SG-1) to the horror of the Star Wars Christmas Special to Game of Thrones. It probably helped that we’d been stuck in a theater with each other for about 2 1/2 hours as well, so we’d decided that no one would actually bite unless asked very, very nicely! I was exhausted when I got home, but it’s good that I forced myself out to be social even if I looked more weird Goth than geek in my BPAL babydoll, shorts, black and white striped tights, and Mary Jane style flats.

But what did I think of the movie? To be honest Ant-Man will not stand out as one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, but it’s fun enough to be worth seeing on the big screen. I saw it in 3D, but I think that’s definitely optional. Nothing is so amazing that I would have missed seeing it on 2D. If you have a problem with ants this is NOT the movie for you…there’s a lot of stuff with tiny Ant-Man and his insectoid friends. The first hour felt really, really slow, but when it picked up I stayed focused and didn’t feel like I needed to check the time. I agree with my other viewers that it’s a solid B or B+ movie; it won’t stick with you long, but it’s a decent addition to the MCU. Hopefully, later installments with Ant-Man will keep up the momentum of the second half of the film.

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