Things to do and see in NYC?

February 27th, 2010 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

So, only about 10 days til I leave for Manhattan, (will be staying march 9th-17th)

Any and all suggestions welcome.  I’m busily knitting myself a wool dress and leg warmers and spending more time organizing what I’m going to wear, than actually plan what I’m going to do for 8 days .  How girly of me.  Anyway, if you’re familiar with the city, gimme some recommendations ;)

And btw, here’s the event page for the opening of the show (the reason I’m going to NY in the first place) if people are interested in showing up to say hi and see some of my work in large print format.

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on the road..

February 23rd, 2010 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

I’m very picky about what photos I choose to share..  travel photos in particular..

I typically set out on excursions around iceland and return with 2, 3 photos that I find good enough for sharing on flickr or adding to my website. These two , for instance, were the result of a middle-of-the-night trip to Jökulsárlón (6 hour drive from my home) last July, where my goal was to arrive at sun-up (around 4:15 am) and have the place to myself (which i succeeded in doing)

These next are outtakes from the same trip,  and while they’re not up to my usual standards, seen together they give a nice idea of the scenery one may encounter when driving around Iceland. (all but the last one, of the horses, are taken at night/very early morning)

I have loads of outtakes like this from various trips, more later..

A few places i defintely recommend visiting, in no particular order (google will help you find them, i’m sure):

Snæfellsnes, Jökulsárlón, Dettifoss, Gullfoss, Goðafoss, Þingvellir, Vestfirðir (the West-Fjords), Austfirðir (the east coast), Þórsmörk, Landmannalaugar.

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I do love a challenge..

February 20th, 2010 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

Those who’ve followed my flickr or facebook page for a while probably know i’m a bit obsessed with staying in shape.  Instead of diminishing as i’ve gotten older, my interest in weightlifting, yoga, running and nutrition has instead increased,  in tandem with the realization that I somehow have reached the age of almost 32, even tho I feel very much 23, and probably will continue doing so until 45 or so.   Funny thing is, i’m in far better shape now than I was when i was 16 or 17,  aside from my lower back problems, which ironically stem from a weighlifting accident 5 years ago.

But I digress.

The point of this post (the first in far too long, i apologize)   was to point out two great websites I came across last week.  Both have encouraged me to add some variety and serious ass kicking to my workouts.  It seems that no matter how hard you feel you’re pushing yourself, you can always push harder.

Now, this first site i’m going to mention is a fitness blog called bodyrock.tv. (click the logo below)

Zuzana is this insanely fit Czech girl who generously shares free fitness and nutrition tips, including very detailed workouts that can be done at home, in less than half the time that it would take to go to the gym.  Also, they’re seriously hard.  I’ve so far done two of her routines,  and they left me begging myself for mercy (which of course was not granted until the last grueling rep was complete) .  I will admit, when my friend first sent me the link to her “sexy beast” workout, i was sitting at the computer in a bad mood eating Ben & Jerries ice cream, hungover and mourning the loss of my purse which had been stolen the night before,(along with my keys, phone and some cosmetics) and really did NOT feel like watching this chick with her boobs spiling out of her tank top, so I closed the window.  An hour later my curiosity got the better of me, and i reopened the link and realized that despite her obvious and blatant sexiness,  this girl knows her workouts.  This blog was just what i needed to yank me out of my selfpity and get me seriously psyched to try out some new moves.

I tried the before mentioned sexy beast routine, substituting the last exercise (which i was unable to do because of my back acting up) with 6 30 second sets of hanging knee raises.  And then I added on 6 sets of dumbell shoulder presses , done in the same way as the others, just to ultimately murder my arms.  The entire workout was done in less than 25 minutes and i was sweatier than after an hour lifting weights at the gym.

I also did the 550 rep killer workout, and it needs no further description.

This second site i’m going to mention is the 100pushups program.  (Click the image below )

This is awesome.  I’ve had a love-hate relationship with pushups since i was 12 or so.  I could do 100 nonstop when i was 13, and would take these phases off and on where i’d do pushups all the time, and then stop doing them completely and hate them.  When this site was pointed out to me, i was in a sortof in-between phase.  I managed 45 on the initial test, so was able to start on week 3 (column 3).  After one week of the program I  managed 60 nonstop today, on my second test.  Very encouraging.   In fact, I found this program so logical and sensibly set up, that I decided to use the same approach to my pull-ups.  Now, unlike most people, I happen to have a pull-up bar installed at home.  I can do 10 from a dead hang, military style, but i’ve been stuck at that number for over a year.   My goal is to reach , i dunno.. 15-18 at some point.  Because that would be totally awesome and kickass.

In my next post, i’ll be discussing my upcoming trip to NYC in March, where I’ll be taking part in an exhibition as part of my reward for winning the peoples choice in that ArtistsWanted contest.  I’ll include details about the show, for anyone who’s nearby that would be interested in seeing it and perhaps saying hi to me in person.  Ciao for now.

(the picture above, and the one at the top of this post were both taken today , (feb 20th) to see if my extra enthusiastic workouts of the last few months have been paying off at all)

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