2018: AMC A-List – the movies I saw and the ones I recommend

Total cost paid for movies watched in 2018 in theatres: $297.42… total value for movies watched = $839.45

“*” indicates a movie I particularly enjoyed and would recommend.

March: $10

  • A Wrinkle in Time (10)

April: $42.97

  • A Quiet Place (12.49)
  • I Feel Pretty (12.49)
  • Avengers (17.99)

May: $45.49

  • Black Panther (5)
  • Tully (5)
  • Overboard (23)
  • Deadpool 2 (12.49)

June: $55.76

  • Adrift (14.49)
  • The Incredibles 2 (12.49)
  • *Tag (12.49)
  • Jurassic World (16.49)
  • Uncle Drew (12.29)

July:  $110.32 value… paid $20.95

  • Ant Man and the Wasp (17.99)
  • Sicario (12.49)
  • Skyscraper (12.49)
  • *Sorry to Bother You (12.99)
  • Mamma Mia (12.49)
  • Purge 2 (12.59)
  • Equalizer II (11.29)
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout (17.99)

August: $92.93 value… paid $20.95

  • Darkest Minds (12.49)
  • The Meg (free showing)
  • Spy Who Dumped Me (12.49)
  • BlackKKlansmen (12.49)
  • Alpha (12.49)
  • AXL (12.49)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (17.99)
  • Happytime Murders (12.49)

September: $96.93 value… paid $20.95

  • *Searching (12.49)
  • Predator (17.99)
  • A Simple Favor (10.99)
  • White Boy Rick (12.49)
  • House with a Clock in the Walls (17.99)
  • Life Itself (12.49)
  • Fahrenheit 11/9 (12.49)

October: $117.12 value… paid $20.95

  • Smallfoot (10.19)
  • *A Star is Born (12.49)
  • Venom (18.99)
  • First Man (18.99)
  • Bad Times at El Royale (12.49)
  • Halloween (18.99)
  • The Hate U Give (12.49)
  • Goosebumps (12.49)

November: $125.92 value… paid $20.95

  • *Bohemian Rhapsody (18.99)
  • Nutcracker (12.49)
  • The Grinch(18.99)
  • Overlord (12.49)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Crimes of Grindelwald (18.99)
  • *Creed II (12.49)
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (18.99)
  • Widows (12.49)

December:  $142.01 value… paid $38.45

  • *Spider Man into the Spider-verse (free showing)
  • *Green Book (12.49)
  • Schindler’s List (18.99)
  • Robin Hood (12.49)
  • Once Upon a Deadpool (12.59)
  • Mortal Engines (12.49)
  • They Never Grow Old (17.50)
  • Bumblebee (12.49)
  • Aquaman (17.99)
  • The Mule (12.49)
  • Vice (12.49)
Advertisements

2018 Reading Challenge Books in Review and Recommended Reads

2015 Reading Challenge Blog Post

2016 Reading Challenge Blog Post

2017 Reading Challenge Blog Post

I spent $41.41 on kindle books this year

My favorite books I read this year:

• Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis
• Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
• Memed, My Hawk (İnce Memed, #1) by Yaşar Kemal
• Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher
• Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
• Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
• Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
• The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
• The Power by Naomi Alderman
• The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
• Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
• Artemis by Andy Weir
• Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
• Geekerella by Ahsley Poston
• La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

My favorite Indie books that I read this year:

1. A Sudden Gust of Gravity by Laurie Boris
2. Sunlight 24 by Merritt Graves
3. Lakes of Mars by Merritt Graves
4. Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams
5. What Happens at by Cathy Yardley
6. Aftan Whispers by Phil Williams
7. Nocturne by Heather McKenzie

The books I read this year:

Goals and Accomplishments from 2018 and Future Goals for 2019

Goals list of 2014
Goals list of 2015
Goals list of 2016
Goals list of 2017

Goals list of 2018:

Writing:

  • Finish one novel writing project – I stopped writing this year and haven’t finished any other writing-related projects.
  • Plan and execute my children’s picture book I’ve put on hold for years – Again, haven’t worked on any writing-related projects
  • Submit to the PNWA contest – I did and I won second place in the short story contest!
  • Send Flora’s Last Chance for Magic to 20 publishers/agents/editors – I didn’t do this, but I did send it to one agent I know
  • Create Rachel’s guide to donuts in and around Seattle – haha not

Physical:

  • Handspring to Ayesha – I can do this with a spot
  • Create a demo reel – never got around to this
  • Learn a breakdance party move – I still want to do this!
  • Level up inversions at Divine – I never went consistently enough for this to happen

2019 Goals!!!

Describe yourself in 3 words: Driven, Efficient, Restless

Describe what you want more of in 3 words: Calm, Accomplished, Considerate

Theme for 2019: Minimize

 

2019 Goals:

  1. Nail the Divine intermediate inversions combo
  2. Learn hand balancing moves (specifically a hand stand)
  3. Take more acro yoga classes
  4. Learn to make fluffy gluten free bread
  5. Finish my scrapbook
  6. Finish my health book through 2018
  7. Management/Kanban training
  8. Learn massage techniques
  9. Dog sit/walk a corgi
  10. Goat/cat yoga
  11. Volunteer at Thrill the World and perform for the 5th year!
  12. Learn Turkish (get through the 12 modules on my Rosetta Stone app)

 

Travel Dreams:

  1. Corgi Con
  2. Pole expo
  3. Blind Café
  4. Herb Farm or a Michelin-starred restaurant

2018 Physical Activity – Dance/Tennis/Acro/Fitness

2017 Physical Activity Blog Post Breakdown

2016 Physical Activity Blog Post Breakdown

2015 Physical Activity Blog Post Breakdown

How do you work out?

Pole Dancing Highlights for 2018
2. I took 92 classes total
3. I spent $1465.74 total
4. I spent 144.5 hours in class
5. I worked with 12 different instructors

Lifetime money spent (just for pole classes): $6348.55
2014 – $90
2015 – $422.21
2016 – $1777
2017 – $2594
2018 – $1465.74

Lifetime total pole classes: 365
2014 – 6
2015 – 19
2016 – 109
2017 – 139
2018 – 92

Total time spent poling: 592
2014 – 10.5 hours
2015 – 37.5 hours
2016 – 173.5 hours
2017 – 226 hours
2018 – 144.5 hours

Class Breakdown at different studios for 2018
Divine – 21/92 = 23%
Spinderella – 53/92 = 58%
P3 – 18/92 = 19%

Class Type breakdowns for 2018
Intermediate Inversions = 13
Intermediate/Advanced Spins = 6
Level 3-1 = 35
Level 2-2 = 1
“Intermediate” classes = 8
Open level drop ins = 11
Other = (pole power hour, Open choreography session) = 1
Level 3-2 = 12
Ayesha workshops = 4
Boudoir Classes = 1

In other fitness accomplishments (53.75 hours):
1. I did 3 acro yoga classes and one at home yoga class (8 hours total)
2. I went to 2 Thriller refresher classes before the Flashmob dance at Thrill the World (2 hours)
3. I went to only 4 volleyball drop ins (8 hours)
4. I took a golf lesson with my SO (45 minutes)
5. I went to 6 different 24-hour fitness classes with my SO (5 hours)
6. I spent 7 hours in the pool doing aqua classes and laps with my SO (7 hours)
7. I started playing tennis and went to the park to play 18 times with my SO (18 hours)
8. I played basketball – shooting hoops – once with my SO (2 hours)
9. I went on two scenic hikes with my SO (3 hours)

 

My favorite fitness photos:

 

Rachel’s Favorite Recipes throughout 2018

2016 Favorite Recipes

2017 Favorite Recipes

My health and my work influenced the new recipes I tried this past year. I went from working two part time jobs to working both a full time job and a part time job to finally working a full time job from home. I also had a lot of gut healing going on in 2018 and for half the year was on a strict LEAP diet. According to Emily Fonnesbeck, RD Nutrition Therapist, “The Lifestyle Eating and Performance (LEAP) program is a diet for those suffering from delayed food and food chemical sensitivities. These sensitivities can result in an immune system reaction with the release of mediators which cause pain and inflammation in the body.” I was not eating the following foods strictly for 3 months and then reducing my intake of the yellows and continuing to avoid the reds: Coffee, Salmon,  Sweet Potato, Onion, Cherry, Cocoa (Reds). Chicken, Turkey, Pinto Bean, Soybean, MSG, Cottage Cheese, Cow’s Milk, Whey, Maple, Sesame, Clam, Tuna, Wheat, Amaranth, Honeydew Melon, Banana (Yellows).

These are the recipes I have liked and used more than once:

  1. Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
  2. Gluten Free Bread
  3. Pistachio Macarons
  4. Black Bean Brownies
  5. Banana Muffins
  6. Meringue Cookies

Continue reading

Foodie Fridays: Week 2 and Week 3 LEAP diet – What it Cost

Week 2: $275.61

$7.37 2/8 Trader Joe’s cereal, fruit wrap, and hot cereal

$6.98 2/9 Fred Meyer for Cashewgurt and a mango

$11.04 2/8 Amazon cake pan for Instant Pot

$40 halfvsies at Costco for Boom Chicka Kettle Corn, Kirkland Signature beef, lettuce mix, brown rice

$97.05 Fullscript supplements: Bio-Zyme, PureLean Nutrients

$10 Flying Apron Bakery loaf of gluten free bread 2/11/18

$103.17 Fullscript supplements: Support Minerals, Amino-NR, PurePaleo Protein unflavored

Week 3: $100.74

$24 halfsies at Fred Meyer 2/16 for various groceries including my favorite pickles!

$21.29 at Fred Meyer 2/19 for dented cans of pear, applesauce, avocado, soy free Earth Balance butter, etc.

$3.45 Fred Meyer 2/21 cereal and 2 teas

$52 halfsies at Costco 2/21 for peanuts, hot dogs, eggs, kettle corn, lettuce

 

Foodie Fridays: One Week LEAP diet – What I Ate

What I spent on a week’s worth of groceries: $182.22 (one of the trips was halfsies and I also bought some bathroom supplies from Amazon). This does not include my monthly supplements.

My new favorite gluten free/dairy free finds:

 

Without further ado – a week in meals

Bonus:2018_MyfitnessPal_FoodLog_Dec23-Jan3

 

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Lafeens Donuts Ice Cream And Espresso – Burlington, WA

Lafeens Donuts Ice Cream And Espresso

Burlington, WA

320 N Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA 98233

(360) 755-0195

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: Blueberry Fritter
Signature shop donut: Bigfoot
Most popular US donut: glazed
2nd most popular US donut: Boston crème
Donut Hole: Yes

What I tried:

$7.91 total for a Glazed, Bismark, Maple Bigfoot, and Blueberry Fritter.

What to expect:

This is your stereotypical donut shop with all the classics and not much creativity. The shop even has some ice cream (they don’t make it in house).

My favorite:

I was very unimpressed with this donut shop and don’t recommend it. I would never eat another one of their donuts. They were not fresh (the donuts tasted a day old) and I bought these donuts before noon! It’s all about the donuts and theirs were underwhelming.

 

All About the Donuts: Local Donut Shop Review – Daily Dozen Doughnut Company – Seattle, WA

Daily Dozen Doughnut Company

Seattle, WA

93 Pike St #7, Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 467-7769

Review criteria:

Most popular donut at the shop: the mini-donut!
Signature shop donut: maple bacon
Most popular US donut: Not available
2nd most popular US donut: Not available
Donut Hole: No

What I tried:

$5 for the assorted half dozen

What to expect:

A line. The daily dozen is well known and everybody wants a bite! There’s always a line and they only take cash – so come prepared! They are just around the corner from the fish-throwers. They only have plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles, maple, and maple bacon.

 

My favorite:

The machine that makes the donuts is super cool and you get to watch them getting made as you wait patiently in line for a fresh donut.

2017 Physical Activity – Dance/Volleyball/Running/Bootcamp

2016 Physical Activity Blog Post Breakdown

2015 Physical Activity Blog Post Breakdown

How do you work out?

Pole Dancing Highlights:
1. I performed three times in three distinct routines (Here’s my Risky Donetta routine and Here’s my Prohibition Donetta routine)
2. I took 139 classes total
3. I spent $2594 total
4. I spent 226 hours in class
5. I worked with 20 different instructors

Lifetime money spent (just for pole classes): $4882.84
2014 – $90
2015 – $422.21
2016 – $1777
2017 – $2594

Lifetime total pole classes:
2014 – 6
2015 – 19
2016 – 109
2017 – 139

Total time spent poling:
2014 – 10.5 hours
2015 – 37.5 hours
2016 – 173.5 hours
2017 – 226 hours

Class Breakdown at different studios for 2017
Divine – 72/139 = 52%
Spinderella – 35/139 = 25%
P3 – 19/139 = 14%
Pole Camp – 9/139 = 6%
Writhe – 3/139 = 2%
Polelattes – 1/139 = 1%

Class Type breakdowns for 2017
Intermediate Inversions = 30
Basic Inversions = 19
Intermediate/Advanced Spins = 20
“Intermediate” classes = 18
Level 3-1 = 14
Level 2-2 = 11
“Advanced” classes = 7
Level 2-1 = 5
Open level drop ins = 5
Other = (pole power hour, Open choreography session) = 3
Basic Spins = 2
Level 3-2 = 2
Ayesha workshops = 2
Boudoir Classes = 1

In other fitness accomplishments:
1. I went to 51 bootcamp classes
2. I went to a single Thriller refresher class before the Flashmob dance
3. I went to only 4 volleyball drop ins
4. I went to 6 KokoFit sessions (cardio and strength in a modern gym)
5. I went to 13 Bar Method classes
6. I ran 64.2 miles and spent 11.78 hours running with my fastest mile at 9:26
7. I took my bike out twice for 24.5 miles (and commuted from my house into work once)
8. I went to 24 stretch classes
9. I went to 7 KJC Booty Dance classes
10. I took a pole silks class

 

Fitness stats:

 

My favorite fitness photos: