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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happiest Careers in America

Biotechnology ranked the No. 1 happiest job in America, according to CareerBliss. "In biotech, the people that they work with, and more specifically the person that they work for, tends to rank higher in terms of importance, and employees are overwhelmingly happy with those conditions," says Golledge. Biotechnology employees were also among the most happy with their daily tasks and the level of control they feel they have over that work. She adds that the field of biotechnology is currently a growth industry, which makes growth opportunities in the field another key ingredient to its workers overall happiness.
Matt Miller, CTO of Career Bliss says he was surprised at the No. 2 career on the list, customer service. But a look into the employee responses sheds some light on what might otherwise be considered a thankless job. Miller points to customer service representatives' appreciation for the amount of control they have over their daily tasks and the ability to talk to people every day. "They also tend to value their coworkers more than most industries," he says.
In contrast with biotech, where employee-boss relationships were most highly valued, for education employees, who land at No. 3 on the list, the importance of the supervisor fell to the bottom. Teachers valued (in order of importance): the work that they do, the way that they work and the people they work with. Translation: educating children, control over their daily tasks and their fellow teachers. Other career paths included in the top 10 ranking are administrative, purchasing, accounting, finance, nonprofit, healthcare and law.

Guess I have to change my major now...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fat2Fit: Post #1- The Intro

So, for the past few months I've been desperately trying to lose weight. Due to my impending enlistment in the US Navy, I have to achieve 32% bodyfat. Apparently, their standards are lower than a drunken, 30 year old virgin. However, I'm shooting for 20% Currently, I am 5'4, 170 pounds, with measurements of 13in(neck), 30in(waist) and 41in(hip). These are *my* measurements, I tend to suck it in as much as possible. By my measurements, I am 32%. However, I'm going to visit my recruiter on Monday, and if the Tape is kind I will be eligible for processing. My previous measurements were 13, 33, 43.
For my goals to be reached, my measurements would have to be: 13, 26, 36. Which places my loss-goal somewhere at -4in from my waist, and -5in from my hips.
I have counted calories, cut out different types of food, and exercised like a beast from Hell. 
This is an example of my week, for the past month or so:
Monday: Chest, Triceps, Abs
15 minute warmup of cardio of some sort, followed by thirty minutes of various chest, tricep and ab exercises. Flys, dips, and something called a pyramid burnout. This entails doing 35 crunches on the ab-lounge, then 30, 25, 20, 15 10, then 5.After that, 30-60 minutes of cardio. I usually die around 30.
Tuesday: An hour of various cardio exercises, I've grown fond of the spinning classes they offer at my local LA Fitness
Wednesday: Legs
15 minute warmup. Pretty much every variation of the squat you can think of: Regular, power, and the crazy one on the balance half-ball thing. Leg-Extendors(I call it a donkey kick machine), Abductors and Adductors. Trying to sit down to pee is torture after this exercise. Then another 30 minutes of cardio.
Thursday: More goddamn cardio. I hate that shit.
Friday: funfunfunfunfun Back and Biceps- also more Abs
Warm up,  followed by some row-type exercises, assisted pullups(I'm too much of a pussy to do the real ones yet), various curls and other torturous exercises for my arms. Then 30 more minutes of cardio. Fuck.

Anyhow, I'm sharing this with you because I've decided to make this a weekly post. I've been keeping track of my exercises in a book and will post them every Friday, along with a picture of myself so forth. 

Over the course of this blog-series, I will likely try to sample different diets, as I have yet to find the one that works best for me. From Monday, March 21st to Sunday, April 3rd, I am going to attempt the Lemonade Diet. I'm well aware that it isn't the best diet out there, but I'm trying to really kick this weight loss thing into high gear. So, be sure to check back to see how that goes.

Now, as I've promised: Pictures.
March 17th, 2011:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Why Rosetta Stone Should Translate the Starbucks Menu

So, after my daily bout at the gym, I decided to stop at a neighboring Starbucks for something to drink. Normally I avoid Starbucks like the plague, for three very good reasons:
  1. I'm not a big coffee drinker. 
  2. They are extremely over-priced, and it hurts my soul to pay that much for coffee.
  3. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to order.
I mean, seriously. I'm so freaking intimidated by the whole process. You see a menu. The sizes are in crazy foreign names. People are ordering drinks that are not even on the menu. Half-caf? Non-fat? Soy milk? Chai? Latte? Espresso? Mocha? Frap? My head is spinning just thinking about it. Usually, I end up picking the most simple sounding thing on the menu, and going on my happy way with some drink I didn't really want, nor like.
The girl in front of me, with long hair and some crazy beaded, floor length Bohemian skirt, ordered a Chai, nonfat, dairy free mocha latte or some shit. I have a theory: The longer the name of your drink order, the more of a pretentious douchebag you appear to be.
I really feel like they should break it down into categories for us coffee illiterate folks, or maybe I should just stay away from Starbucks altogether.
So, I walk up to the cashier with a deer in the headlights look, and ask for a White Chocolate Mocha Frap. Grande.And let me attest:
That thing is fucking awesome.

(My reaction to the flavor.)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gotta Catch 'Em All-Why I Love Pokemon

Yesterday, after being convinced by many of my peers that it was a good idea, I went to the local Gamestop and bought Pokemon Black. Let it be known that the most recent Pokemon game I've played is Crystal(Because Fire Red doesn't count), and after I stopped playing I completely fell out of Poke-circulation. I mean, when the hell were there 649 Pokemon? I stopped counting after Celebi. 

Needless to say, it wasn't hard for me to get back in the habit. I've logged about 10 hours into the game since having bought it 24 hours ago, and as soon as I finish tying this blog, I'll likely go log in another 10 more. It's like crack, man. 
Of course the newer games are a lot different for me. I'm completely ignorant  of every creature I've encountered thus far. I mean, when Professor Whosiewhatsit was all, "Here have a Pokemon", I had no idea who to pick. I ended up choosing Tepig. (kinda disappointed by that, but none of them really "spoke" to me, ya know). Also, in my opinion the gameplay is more difficult than in the previous games (Red-Crystal), such as with Pokemon strength and weakness. I mean, a level fifteen Sauk HAMMERED all 4 of my level 18 Pokemon. Hot damn.
Really though, I'm obsessed with this stupid game already. Just like when I was 10, leveling my Tyranitar to 100 with cloned rare candies.
There are really a lot of things I love about Pokemon. The nostalgia, the competitiveness(must catch all, must have highest level, must beat all gym leaders), the cute-as-shit Pokemon... But really, my favorite thing is that anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can play it. A ten year old, a college student, American, Japanese. Anyone.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go level up my Herdier.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011



If there's a way for me to read the blogs of my followers, I'm too dumb to figure it out. But, since you guys are kind enough to follow my posts, I'd love to follow you too. <3 KTHXBAI

My Experience With iDosing

iDoser, or binaural brainwave doses, are audio files that play different frequencies in either ear. Which, supposedly, causes your brain to produce some magical, hallucinogenic third frequency. 

A friend of mine told me about this "drug", and I was extremely excited to try it. I watched as each person did a dose, and had crazy experiences. My friend who downloaded the files tried Alcohol. He said he felt like a T rex and thought his arms were lazors. My boyfriend tried Victory, he spent the rest of the night in a sweating rage, placing first in every Black Ops match he played. Another guy we were with was petting the footrest next to him, and said "I love you too baby... We'll be together some day."
Needless to say, I was fucking ready to give this a shot.
I tried one. Nothing. I tried 2 more. Nada.
I went home, 2 more after that. No dice.
At this point, I'm just kinda pissed that I can't get the stupid crap to work. 

There's one iDose called "Hand of God" that is supposedly the end all, be all, of iDoses. That is the last one I'm going to try. In fact, I'm doing it tonight. I'll be sure to come back and update you guys on how it works for me, but at this stage in my iDoser study.... They're running 0/5. 
I wouldn't waste my money.

Monday, March 14, 2011

My First Post

Well, check this shit out.
I'm a fucking blogger now. Cool beans.
Essentially, I'm going to use this blog to share information. Mostly of the random variety. How to do this, tidbits of info about that. Reviews of whatever stupid endeavor I decide to undertake. Hell, I'll probably just come on here to bitch and moan about whoever wanted to piss me off.
You know, the usual.
I'm going to do my best to keep it interesting.