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Virgin365: day two hundred and fifty…Shin Shin Coffee


365 ONE: day 234…Happy Birthday Daddy!

Day 234: August 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Honey Pie” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Photos of Dad”

Anything to Note =

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful amazing dad!!

It is his birthday and me and my mum are in the UK and he is in Greece….which in the history of my life has never happened before. I have spent every single birthday with my father, and always made an effort to be where ever he is in the world, by his side to celebrate.

But today.

I tried so hard to find him a flight over but I failed.

I searched for days and nothing. Everything was sold out or outrageous in price! And I mean outrageous!!! Like thousands of pounds or euros – I mean even if you had lots of money it’s still not justifiable to spend such an outrageous amount of money to go just within Europe…these prices are equivalent to flying to America from Greece, or even to Australia and beyond!

This must be a combination of fuel prices, cutting back on the number of planes they have out there, that it’s August still, that the Paralympics start tonight, that people booked holidays after the Olympics ended, and pure poop against the less financially able, like us!!

Poop I say, again!!

So it’s just a little sad today as we can’t be together, and I, the travel agent in the family could not make it happen, so I feel guilty 😦

And it’s just sad as it centers around our financial crisis my family is going through and what life used to be about – just jump on a plane and go, anything for family – and now – when every penny needs to be watched or taken into consideration or justified…and I have always hated money and been money conscious but for my parents this downhill has really hurt them. And they are still just so generous and wanting to give us, give me, everything…and since I can’t fly I know my dad wanted to be here for me, with me, to give me that, and…could not.

Ugh.

I need to seriously play the lottery because I owe him the world. I hate money so much but life cannot function without it and I just wish I had it for my parents, not me. I am the eternal bargain hunter 🙂 And they come first in my eyes.

I’m sorry daddy.

Happy Birthday Loon (that is our nickname for each other, between me and my dad, which I know sounds funny and weird haha, but its Loon or Loonie, or Loonaki – Greek variations of that word!!)

I have no idea how and when that came about actually haha!! But it has nothing to do with the literal English translation of a crazy person or a bird haha! Just special nicknames for each other 🙂

Can you tell I am the ultimate daddy’s little girl???!!!!

My dad wants to come over for the birth of the little schmonkie so I will just have to organize a birthday celebration for my dad then…and get him some big presents to make up for him not being here with us today 🙂

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365 ONE: day 181…Long Day with a Cabbie Fairy

Day 181: July 7th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Hair Clip Pain”

Anything to Note =

I didn’t finish until 1am last night with expense work I had to do for a broker I do bookkeeping for every couple of months – I had to schedule a session to catch up before I leave since I will be gone for a while. It took me so long though as I realized I hadn’t been there since February as was so busy, so had a lot to do!!

Annoyingly the air was off in the office too so I was dying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For hours and hours 😦

My new shoes hurt so much yesterday and I had planned to do the rest of my walking cardio after my expense work on my way home. Granted, I had no clue I would be there so long and finish so late, and how the shoes would get worse over the day, so I realized in the midst of crunching numbers that I had to have a plan B for the rest of my cardio.

So, being the crazy person I am, I sped-walked around the office barefoot! In the dark hot aisles of the office, in the dark of the night! I was the only one in the office but there were a few across the way in the other office buildings I saw were also working late – hope they didn’t see me on my crazy office laps!

So after my office walk-a-thon I decided to cab it home. It was strange actually how there were no cabs for ages! I was on Park Avenue which usually has a lot.

I was about to give up hope when an off duty taxi stopped for me. I said I was going to Astoria and if he didn’t mind since he was off duty – he said no problem.

He seemed nice.

Then he turned on some beautiful classical music and asked me how the air felt and if it was okay for me.

That was really nice.

I noticed him going slowly over all and any bumps we hit on the way – which no cabbie does!

I am sure the little schmonkey found that nice!

And then, to top it off, he waited for me to go inside the front door before he drove off!

Which was super nice!

I think a little cabbie fairy was watching over me 🙂 And perhaps saw my bump when he picked me up?? Regardless, a nice way to end a long and hot and annoying day!


365 ONE: day 13…lucky or unlucky?

Day 13: January 21st, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Running Up Stairs

Dance of the Day was = “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog, now referred to as = “Bathtub Hangover”

Anything to Note =

It is hard to do a video when you need to be quiet. I knew I had to still do my improvised acting upload and my cousin was in the apartment on the phone, so went into the bathroom and lay down in the bathtub….as you do….haha….and then decided to just record. I need a friggin’ way to keep the ipod upright, and be able to follow me, and track, and basically move on its own!!! As I keep checking to see if I am still in frame, which is distracting and noticeable. I wonder if they have invented the flying personal camera yet?? Note to self….invent that! 🙂

I decided on a slower song tonight as opposed to my usual Euro Techno Dance rave! I was just feeling a little slow (yes, you may insert your laughter AT me here). I thought perhaps it would be a good way to rest my body or even try something not so hectic but I craved a faster beat. I guess I look at the dancing criteria as not only enjoyable but also as some sort of part to the fitness element, so I quickly realized that I wasn’t getting enough of a challenge in….then I turned into a crazy person, with twists and weird movements to make sure I felt something, like a mini workout! It transformed from an enjoyable dance to a “let’s add this movement here as it’s working on my sides, and let’s add this move here even though it’s double time”!!!

I took the bus back home tonight from Manhattan to Queens and I just must have been on auto-pilot as sat down at the back. Then a few seconds later I hopped up and scared the crap out of the people behind me! I am not allowed to sit on public transportation!!! CRAP! I just forgot that the bus is public transportation as been used to the subway for these last 13 days. On the subway it’s engrained to not sit, but on the bus, as its so infrequent, I just had a moment! Yes, another SLOW moment!!! But, thank god I suddenly remembered as that was indeed a close call!! WOW!

I also realized that we were crossing the water and pondered to whether I was supposed to be on tip-toes then as essentially its the same as in the subway tunnel crossing the water. I hesitated but then decided to do it anyway. It wasn’t very long – way shorter on the bus, but way bumpier!!! I just felt like I had to do it. Who am I, seriously?????

Hello, nice to meet you, I’m Crazy Cathy….or Zoe…that doesn’t fit…Zingy Zoe? Zoe the Zulu? Zaney Zoe? d). All of the above.


365 ONE: week one done and 51 to go!!!

Day 7: January 15th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I SURVIVED ONE WEEK ON MY 365 CHALLENGE….and that sounds amazing and deserving of a t-shirt…until you hear the fact there are 51 to go! HOLY COW! FIFTY-ONE! That’s a heck more hell to go through, boo 😦 Boo. And another big boo 😦 😦

Cardio today was = Speed Walking/Loom Movement Training

Dance of the Day was = “When Love Takes Over (Feat. Kelly Rowland)” by David Guetta

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog, that I to refer to as = “Push More”

Anything to Note =

Today was friggin’ FREEZING!! Why I decided to do speed walking today as part of my cardio meant I had to trek out to the far west side of Manhattan for rehearsal and back, trying to push forward with the frostbite and wind eating my face off!! I tend to walk to rehearsals for Loom on the days I have it as its way faster than taking a million trains. It’s just easier to weave and zig zag down – and I am an excellent NYC walker if I say so myself…I walk everywhere! But, my legs were completely numb today!!!

I got let out of my first rehearsal early today and had a bit of time before my other rehearsal so I decided to go to the office to do some work and also do some 365 criteria. I walked in though to someone also in the office on a sunday annoyingly so my plans had to change a little. There is a little room before you enter into the women’s bathroom that has a large full size mirror and couch and so many criteria were completed there! Including my dance of the day – which was AMAZING!! I got to do it in front of the mirror with my ipod as high it could go since no one was around and that was super super fun! I have to say that I do look like a crazy person when dancing! Like I am on some super energetic crack drug!! I also held my breath so I could hear as much of the music as possible I guess as was super out of breath when done haha!!

(Do you notice how many times I used the word “super”….something must be super wrong with me today!) 🙂

Methinks there should be an office rave in this small bathroom! How many people can you fit in the little room? Not a joke – let’s break a Guinness record and try it! Speaking of that, I should look up and see if I can get a Guinness record for any of the things I will be completing for a year…if I make it! I always wanted a record!

So….it’s been a week also of fruit and veg, and I said I would do only a week of this, and so, to keep my word, tomorrow I get to continue the criteria of eating healthy – and I am trying super hard to resist the urge to do a week of something else….in my past I have done odd things like a week of just sushi, a week of just cereal, and my favourite….a whole week of just tasti-de-lite!! I LOVED IT!!

Nope, I’m going to try to do it properly as I have 51 weeks to go so I can’t hurt my chances of not making it all the way!!

I do think I deserve a pat on the back though for making it through a whole week! Don’t I? It’s been tough and I’ve been grouchy, but I feel strong and ready to take on another week!

Ugh.