So I accidentally published a draft of this post for about 1.3 seconds yesterday, and I apologize to those who got that automatic email alert fake-out. There should really be an “are you sure?” button that pops up when you hit the Publish button. I meant to hit ‘Preview’, not ‘Publish’, c’mon WordPress, if you don’t have safeguards to save me from myself, how is this going to work? I hope you don’t expect me to take responsibility for my own actions, because lawsuits like the “McDonalds Hot Coffee” case tells me someone else is always to blame for my clumsiness.

Anyhoozle, this girl needs a long weekend like nobody’s business. When was the last time we had a long weekend? Does anyone remember? I don’t. I can’t wait!!

3 day weekend

What will you be doing this weekend? Like many people, you may be attending or hosting a BBQ at some point. Therefore your schedule might be a little nuts, and you may not have time to get to the gym, or wherever you normally exercise, with all the preparations and FUN going on.

But fear not- today we are taking a page from the Chris Traeger handbook, and the world is our gymnasium.

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Read on.

8 Ways To Channel Chris Traeger at Your Memorial Day BBQ

8. Is there a pool? Jump in the pool. Pools are not just for kids.

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7. Play yard games- badminton, frisbee, frisbee golf (sorry dudes, I meant disc) bocce ball, cornhole, pétanque (can I get a high five from my fellow French majors?? Anybody play pétanque at the french department picnics? No?)

Set up any or all of these games, get a competitive person to play you, and you’ll be sweating in no time.

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6. Be the bartender. Mix those drinks, shake those shakers, toss those beers, work those arms.

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5. Will there be kids at your BBQ? Give their parents a break and offer to chase after them for a while. Kids are fast.

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4. Offer to help the host/ hostess with the food and trays. Run back and forth from the kitchen to the yard with heavy trays full of food in your arms. Your biceps and hosts will thank you. (Don’t forget to smile like Chris Traeger and thank your hosts for allowing you the pleasure of helping them)

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3. With all those yard games involving balls, frisbees and shuttlecocks going on, there’s going to be a lot of balls, frisbees and shuttlecocks stuck in trees, flying over the neighbor’s fence, rolling down the street, etc.

Be the one who chases down the balls before they roll into the sewer at the end of the driveway. Shimmy up those trees to retrieve the shuttlecocks. Everybody will applaud.

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2. Now that it’s getting late, how are you feeling? A few too many wine coolers? Awesome, walk home! The weather is beautiful, you’re drunk, leave the car where it is and walk your tipsy butt home, you party animal!

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1. DANCE.

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Just dance y’all.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!! Remember the sunscreen!!

What do you all have planned?

What’s your favorite yard game?

Welcome back to the Great 8 List, all!

Why 8 you ask? Well, in addition to rhyming so well with the word “great” (thus providing a catchy title for my countdown) the number 8 is also my lucky number. (The number 2 is my other lucky number, but two items does not a countdown make).

Also, studies prove that absolutely everybody is a little more ADD today than they were yesterday, and a little less ADD than they will be tomorrow. So a Great 8 List has all the benefits of a Top 10, without those last two things that nobody has time for anyways.

I'm too busy to tell people how busy I am

You’re welcome, blogosphere.

So, sometimes finding the motivation to exercise feels impossible, amirite? Maybe you’ve been in a rut for a little while now or maybe you’re just feeling tired today. Whatever it may be, sometimes the energy just isn’t there when we need it to be.

BUT! Think back to when you were little… remember how easy it was to find inspiration in the simplest things?

With that in mind, today’s Great 8 List is intended to remind us to keep that childlike enthusiasm throughout our adult lives in order to find inspiration in the ordinary.

So without further ado, I present:

8 Examples of Awesome People Doing Life Right:

8. Music! Forget Jagger, he’s got the moves like Mozart:

7. Bubbles! I know this is a fairly old gif, but this kid still cracks me up:

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6. Siblings! (well, at least 3 out of the 4 are having a great time together:)

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5. Photos! I bet their family reunions are a hoot:

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4. Birthdays! Remember how exciting your birthday used to be? It was the best day ever:

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3. Rain! And, in this case, rolling with the punches and making the best out of a seemingly unfortunate situation:

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2. Roller Coasters! I want to be friends with these ladies:

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1. Aaaand finally, THIS. This girl is feeling the music and the sunshine and just loving life. I absolutely love this picture:

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Question for you: What did you used to get excited about when you were a kid?

 

"Monday- one day. Tuesday- two day. Wednesday- When? What day? Thursday! The third day." -Joey Tribiani

“Monday- one day. Tuesday- two day. Wednesday- When? Huh? What day? Thursday! The third day.” -Joey Tribbiani

Happy Thursday, all! And welcome to the first installment of The Great 8 List!

Top 10 lists are good, Great 8 lists are better.

In addition to rhyming so well with the word “great” (thus providing a catchy title for my countdown) the number 8 is also my lucky number. (The number 2 is my other lucky number, but two items does not a countdown make).

Also, studies prove that absolutely everybody is a little more ADD today than they were yesterday, and a little less ADD than they will be tomorrow. So a Great 8 List has all the benefits of a Top 10, without those last two things that nobody has time for anyways. You’re welcome, blogosphere.

So without further ado, I present:

8 things to think about during your workout instead of how much pain you’re in:

8. If something has been weighing on your mind lately, try thinking about it during the most intense part of your workout. You may find that it provides a perspective free of mental clutter, resulting in a course of action.

7. How funny Kim Kardashian’s face looks when she tries to cry though all the botox and fillers:

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6A.  This is a two parter- if it was up to you, what would you name Prince William and Duchess Kate’s baby if it turns out to be a girl?

6B. And what about if it’s a boy?

5. Try to figure out what monster is going to be the next big trendy thing after vampires and werewolves use up their 15 minutes. Mummies? Frankenstein? Minotaurs??

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4. Smile. The endorphins that get released from even forcing a smile can result in a decrease in pain.

3. Get really into whatever song is playing. Whatever movement you’re doing, do it to the beat, kinda like you’re dancing. (Or, exactly like you’re dancing)

2. If you just broke up with someone/just starting something new with someone/ in the middle of something longterm/ or just single and loving it, think about how absolutely awesome you’re going to look out of revenge/ nervous excitement/keeping things fresh/or for yourself, respectively.

AND 1. If you’ve exhausted this entire list and you’re still in pain, maybe just take it down a notch. Like, maybe just ease up from a 10 to a 9. Go ahead. It’s alright. Nobody around you will notice because everybody else is too busy focusing on whether or not anyone else just noticed that they, too, just took it down a notch.