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Just Dance 2014

Just Dance 2014


Hello friends! It has been over a month since I started working out with the fine trainers of Advanced Wellness, and you’re probably wondering if I’ve gotten all Buffy the Vampire Slayer up over here. I’m definitely getting stronger, but I’m not quite ready to fight zombies or vampires. In addition to all the gym-going, I have been supplementing my workouts with some fun at-home exercise in the form of living room dance parties – currently facilitated by the latest in Ubisoft’s Just Dance series – Just Dance 2014.

Just Dance 2014

Okay, so the photo above isn’t me. It’s the sister. That’s the great thing about this game. It’s for everyone, and sometimes I’ll try to talk her into stopping over by suggesting that she come play the game. When that doesn’t work, cute Sasha and Sergio pictures seem to do the trick too.

Just Dance 2014It’s a game for dancers and non-dancers alike. It gets you up and moving, and sometimes it really does make you sweat. Sometimes I wish there was a mirror installed behind the television, so I could see if I’m doing anything resembling the dance moves on the screen, but for the most part, I just roll with it. It’s fun, and nobody’s judging.

I’m no stranger to Just Dance. Last year, when Psy’s Gangnam Style was the song of the season, I was obsessed with wanting to “learn” the dance moves. That’s really how I fell into this Just Dance black hole. It was a downward spiral that I could not avoid. I also had a chance to preview the game at a friend’s house. It’s one of our favorite activities after dinner parties at his house.

So how does the latest version of Just Dance compare? In Just Dance 2014, they finally have Lady Gaga songs! Hooray for making monster hands. Still no Beyonce though. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the game with new songs coming out all the time. In addition to the dancing, there’s a karaoke option if you have a microphone to plug into the Wii. While I don’t have a microphone for this (*HINT HINT* – Hi Ryan), I often catch myself singing along even when most of my attention is focused on the little pictures on the bottom right hand corner showing the next dance moves. There is also an option to compete with other dancers around the world, so it’s a more interactive experience than the previous version. If you don’t have friends or your sister coming over to dance with you, you can dance with strangers across the globe.

Overall, this version does not disappoint. I think there are still a few bugs in the game though. I’ve had it crash on me several times already. Hopefully an update comes out to fix the glitch, so I can dance uninterrupted.

Ryan has an XBOX One coming in about a week or so. My obsession with the game might mean I’ll have to save up and buy the XBOX One version… Or perhaps the next incarnation of the game when it comes out! We shall see. I kinda like that the Wii only takes into account my hand movements. If they could see how uncoordinated I am (like the Kinect can), I would probably score much lower. Lower score = sad panda.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Also, many thanks to the sister for being a willing subject of fun dancing photos!

Lady Gaga Ooh La La – Born This Way Ball

While I love listening to music, I haven’t been much of a concertgoer. When I received an email from Skype inviting me to attend Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, my heart nearly skipped a beat. My blood pressure certainly rose as I was that excited. I notified the seester right away about the show, and we got to scheming our outfits!

On the day of the concert, I took off an hour early from work to make sure we’d get to San Jose on time, even in commuter traffic. We were dressed from head to toe for the occasion and added the final touches by getting our makeup done at the local radio station’s booth.

Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball - Skype Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball - Skype

Before Lady Gaga’s performance, we got to hang out with fellow bloggers (Hi Chelsea and Mallory!) at the VIP Skype Hospitality Party where we enjoyed light bites, drinks, Skype cupcakes, a make-up station and goodie bags!

Born This Way Ball - Skype

When it was time for the show, we shuffled down from the party to our seats. Skype really hooked it up! We had an incredible view of the stage, and the crowd’s energy was contagious.

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And thankfully Lady Gaga encouraged plenty of photos and stood still enough for my Nokia Lumia 920′s low light settings. Not too shabby, right?

Lady Gaga

The opportunity to see Lady Gaga live was incredible. She gave a fantastic performance and amazed with stage design, theatrics, and costumes. I don’t think I’ll ever forget seeing and dancing to some of my favorite songs performed at such close proximity to Mother Monster!

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball Tour were provided by Skype. I was not asked to write about the show, but how can I not talk about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (even months later)? All Lady Gaga-lovin’ opinions are my own, and I received no compensation for this post.

For the Honor of Grayskull…

When Ryan was gone for the weekend, I did something that I haven’t done in ages. I turned on the television. It wasn’t really for the shows that were on, but rather for the background noise. Since he’s been back, out of a habit developed over the weekend, I’ve turned the television on. I caught Dancing with the Stars. Gotta love the whirling, twirling, and crazy lifts. After that, a game show where contestants win money for someone in their life in need.

As ten ‘o clock rolled around [almost bedtime], I flipped through the stations and found Qubo’s Night Owl programming. And as the title of this post suggests, yes, She-ra was on television! I loved it as a kid, and even though it apparently only ran for two seasons [1985-1986], it’s one of those shows I remember watching. Looking at those years, it’s no wonder Ryan never watched the show. He was only one or two years old!

It’s interesting to feel that sense of nostalgia thinking about the shows I watched as a kid. They might not have even been that great, but there’s something about watching them for the first time at that age. Absolute amazement and awe, I’m sure. To name a few: Jem and the Holograms, Smurfs [obviously not the new one], the Jetsons, the Flintstones, Snorkels, Scooby-Doo, Animaniacs, Out of this World, Full House, Family Matters, Boy Meets World.

What are some of the shows you watched growing up?

Born This Way [cover]

It’s usually quite a bit of a transition from weekend mode to work mode for me, and this video brightened my Monday morning.

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Lovin’ this awesome #operationbeautiful Lady Gaga cover by @PeterHollens: http://tinyurl.com/6eq3qpg

In love with a machine…

Random thought: Why do we usually sneeze in pairs?

This past week off has been a lazy one. I’ve slept in every day. It’ll be difficult going back to work tomorrow. Today was no different. I didn’t roll out of bed until after 10am. The sister stayed the night, and so we woke up to RV preparing French toast and fried potatoes.

We like to use Hawaiian sweet rolls or pan de leche [Filipino sweet rolls] for our French toast. It gives it an extra hint of sweetness. This morning, we used pan de leche and topped them with a drizzle of condensed milk! It’s how I’ve made French toast for as long as I can remember, and I’ve since passed that information to RV. :p

Lightly crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. We sprinkled a little bit of paprika and sea salt for flavor.

It was a super low-key day. We didn’t end up meeting with friends at the coffee shop. Instead, we loafed around at home most of the day and did a late Costco run. Unfortunately since they all carry different items, we couldn’t find the udon noodles we’d picked up at the Costco in the East Bay. We picked up a rotisserie chicken to go with our otherwise vegetarian meal of hummus and baba ghanoush instead.

Before:

After:

Homemade baba ghanoush! This has got to be one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant. Another favorite is stuffed [often found at dim sum restaurants], which one of these days I will have to learn.

Homemade hummus! I soaked the chickpeas for part of the day, but it was most likely not long enough. The hummus turned out quite dry even after boiling them for what seemed like an hour. Next time I will try soaking them overnight!

I love my food processor! The last time we had Mediterranean night, I was still using the old machine. It was smaller and louder! The new one is so much better. I made plenty of everything, so I will be bringing that to work for lunch tomorrow. In fact, I made so much that both the sister and RV are bringing some to work tomorrow.

Does anyone else watch Modern Family?

It appears that there haven’t been new shows lately [at least on Hulu], so after RV dropped the sister off at home, we watched Pushing Daisies on Netflix instead. I remember a few episodes when it was on the air, but I’ve always been terrible at following shows. Considering it only lasted two seasons, we’ll be caught up in no time… even if our television habit is usually less than an hour a week! You can tell we’re a hit at parties when we don’t understand all the television references thrown at us. :/

How much television [real-time or internet] do you watch a week?

To summarize the day’s eats:

Eat in Month 2010 – 01.02.11

Brunch:
fresh carrot juice
fruit leather
fried potatoes and French toast

Snack:
leftover miso soup
quesadillas

Dinner:
chicken livers
homemade hummus and baba ghanoush w/ tortilla chips
rotisserie chicken

Dessert:
chocolate truffle + Cabernet Sauvignon port