adult assignments. who knew?
Some time last year, my Mom asked if I could do a DVD review for her blog and then she’d give it away. I thought it would be fun, an assignment, if you will. You can read it here if you’d like. That’s the first one I’ve done. It was fun, and as an added bonus, the trainer in the DVD sent me a tee and an aluminum water bottle. I love that tee and I use that water bottle every day at the gym, so super thanks Kara!
I’ve reviewed several since then. I’ve done Cardio Strip Tease and even have a Belly Dancing one waiting for me, and it will continue to wait for me, because I have standards of embarrassing myself, you know. My Mom picks the photos that go on her blog and I’m still a touch dumbfounded as to why she used this one:
I look irritated or confused. Or both. Because being confused can be irritating. Oh, and Claire is wearing one of Mom’s long sleeve tees as pants because it turned cold when we were hunting for Easter Eggs. Clearly, we’re geniuses.
A lot of people read my Mom’s blog. Waaaaaaay more than this little blog’ll ever see. So it’s pretty cool that I get to do this.
Today I got to review an Angie Miller DVD. It’ll go up on Sunday, but let me just say, I love my job. I love how Mom gets these DVDs and then passes them along to me, or Carly, and we get to have our way with it. I get to try them out, say what I liked and didn’t like, feel like I’m heard, and then Mom gives it away to some lucky person who will hopefully enjoy it as much as I did. Plus I get to burn calories. For fun! I burn calories for fun. And I get to swear at complete strangers! Because, obviously, I don’t sweat because I’m just sitting there. And swearing at trainers is what I do. I’m pretty sure Jillian Michaels welcomes it.
I look at it as an assignment. That way, it’s only an hour of work, not an hour of sweating my ass off. (I mean that both literally and figuratively. Zing!) That way, I’m not just feeling my thighs about to fall off, but I’m analyzing how the trainer motivates and the level of difficulty the choreography is. Then, when the 45 minutes is up, I’m sweating, a little stronger and I have a blog for Mom.
My Mom is also secretly facilitating my health whether she knows it or not. It’s every mother’s dream. Here, Sweetie. Here’s a new exercise workout to try! Go sweat some and feel good! And then I gobble it up because I’m an exercise junkie, you see, so we both win. Mom’s daughter is healthy and I’m getting my addictions fed. And today Mom fed my addiction with a new Pilates DVD. Double win.
But I take my assignments seriously. I’m a mostly stay at home mother of 3. I need to do something that isn’t baby talk and crayons. This is it. I’m good at working out. I can squat with the best of them. And I like to sweat. I enjoy the endorphin party after. Most of all, I like to think that others may benefit from me writing about it.
A girl can dream.
I mean, seriously. By me actively doing the 30 Day Shred for 30 straight days, I wrote about it on Facebook. And my friend Liz did it virtually with me, so we corresponded via Facebook. People saw it. People asked about it. And some people even tried it. Hey Aunt Emily! You rock! And that makes me feel good.
I’m an avid review reader. I won’t buy something until I’ve read others’ opinions. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that. So I like to help others, too. It’s in my nature, dammit. I’m a carer.
And an exercise junkie. But we’ve covered that already.
In other news, Claire is locally famous! Sort of. Her cute little Crosby letter made it on one of my favorite blogs, That’s Church. Go have a read.
When I showed that to Claire she said, “That’s me! That’s not your blog. I’m out there! That’s so cool!”
It was cute. So thanks, Ginny.