Well a very happy Friday going out to you. First of all, let’s get to the storm issue here in the Bay Area. Yesterday, nearly everything in San Francisco was closed. We had rain and wind, and Dave and I were without power for almost three hours in the morning. We were home all day due to the closures, but it didn’t really seem that bad outside in our particular neighborhood. Let me tell you something, you don’t realize how much you rely on power, until you don’t have it. No hot tea with your breakfast? No WiFi? No light in the dark small bathroom? No way to charge your phone? Oh how the list goes on. Somehow we were able to make it through those trying times, although a few tears were shed. And as expected, Dave’s work holiday party was cancelled, so we didn’t get to do that last night either. Nonetheless, once the power was back up-and-running, I had plenty of time to blog and to create a workout for you guys, which I plan to share next week.
Now, every single Friday, I like to share my “Friday Favorites,” and today is no different. Let’s get cracking!
My favorite delivery of the week: Flowers
Fresh flowers. Yes! I received a knock on the door on Tuesday, and it was a friendly fellow from BloomThat, a new San Francisco-based start-up offering “ridiculously fast flowers” via a website or app. Dave had a display of fresh tulips sent my way in congratulations for a lot of hard work I’ve been putting into all my fitness endeavors as of late. It was super sweet and a total surprise. He’s pretty good to me …
Here’s the very pretty Pixley arrangement that was hand delivered to me this week.
I actually didn’t want to take the flowers out of the lovely burlap wrap shown above, but I did, and I also tried to add the bow to the vase to keep the magic alive. The flowers are still displayed nicely in our living room for all to see (well for the two of us to see). And having them there reminds me how much I love having fresh flowers at home. I rarely get them unless there is a special occasion, and I certainly don’t buy them for myself. Once we move into a larger and lighter place, I hope to stock up on a fresh display of buds more frequently. It sure brightens the mood, as well as the room.
My favorite new music app: Spotify
Okay, I’m a little late to the party here, but I’ve finally started using Spotify, and I love it. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been teaching more freestyle bootcamp classes, in which I create the workout and provide my own playlist. That means I need to be up on the latest tunes out there and put together music that will drive a good workout. Although I’ve been teaching group fitness for more than six years, all of those years were spent teaching Les Mills formats and licensed music has always been provided to me. While having the music given to me is easy, I’m actually really enjoying finding my own.
I signed up for the free 30-day trial of Spotify Premium, and because providing music is now part of my line-of-work, I’ll continue with the $10-a-month service. I’ve had so much fun looking up the music I need, but it’s majorly time-consuming. For some of the high-intensity work in the bootcamps, I’ve been using a lot of Dubstep and EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Maybe I’ll share a playlist or two soon, because I know many of you like to have good tunes to work out to. Oh and speaking of music, check out this post I wrote a few months ago on how Music makes you work harder when you exercise.
My favorite new toiletry: Naked Dry Shampoo
This week, I received a lovely complimentary care package from Herbal Essences as a Klout Perk. Inside was some sample-sized hair products and a full-sized dry shampoo from the Naked product line. I’ve mentioned before that I live for dry shampoo. For someone who works in fitness and gets sweaty nearly every single day, there’s no way I can wash my hair after every workout. And that’s where dry shampoo comes into play.
I’ve tried quite a few brands of dry shampoo, and this Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo is the best smelling yet. I’m loving the hint of a little grapefruit and mint. If you’re a fan of dry shampoo, check this one out. Oh, and if you’ve never used dry shampoo, it’s so easy. Just spray it at your roots, rub it around and brush your hair. So fresh and so clean without any washing involved. Trust me!
My favorite YouTube video
I know you guys have heard “The 12 Pains of Christmas” song. Well, that little jingle makes me laugh every time I hear it. And this weekend, Dave and I came across a music video for it, which does not appear to be the original, but is still pretty funny. Enjoy!
My favorite reads of the week
The Internet has a lot of good stuff going around and some of it exists here on A Lady Goes West. Hey, you’ve got to be your own biggest fan, right? Let’s take a look at what happened this week on the ole’ blogger:
- Parties and fitness. — Christmas party fun and my weekly workouts
- Technology and Christmas cards. — Getting creative with my new high-tech toy
- Food, food and more food. — Eating, napping and eating again
- And the first-ever edition of a fun series. — Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud
And two more great links … I’m very excited to share that A Lady Goes West has been featured as one of the “Top 20 San Francisco-based Bloggers” on TripAdvisor’s FlipKey site. And I’m also excited to be quoted in this piece on The Active Times about “Get Fit in 2015: Expert Tips for Getting Fit in the New Year.” It was a good week!
That’s all I’ve got for you today, guys! Tonight I’m teaching BODYPUMP, tomorrow morning I’m teaching BODYATTACK, and on Sunday morning I’m teaching an outdoor bootcamp. I sure plan to have a little fun in between all of that group fitness. I hope you have some fun too. And we have to make it count, because not only are there only two more weekends until Christmas, but this is also Dave and my last weekend in San Francisco until the New Year. Wow!
Read more Friday Favorites
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha and blog events
- Dining, the city and gift ideas
- POPSUGAR, sweets and such
- A bunch of fun stuff
- e-book, food, picnic and tunes
- A link, a superfood and a mask
- Pants, shoes, food and links
- Dining, protein and goodies
- Shopping, events and a book
- A gym bag, pumpkin and juices
- Workout gear, a top and a massage
- prAna, a watch, tea and more
- Tasty stuff and gift sales
- Decor, bars, boots and a drink
Questions of the day
What is something that you’ve discovered lately? Do you have anything good planned for the weekend? When was the last time you received flowers? What for?