We decided to kick things off by playing the new Star Wars card game (by Fantasy Flight) that we had purchased on our adventure on Saturday. The card game is what's called a living card game, meaning that you can play the game with the base set that you get and never increase your cards. However, you can occasionally purchase either expansions or small booster decks. These add some additional options to game play. With the Star Wars card game, very few options are available for customizing your deck. This approach is somewhat different from card games like Magic, where you customize every card in your deck and are constantly purchasing cards so you can have the best deck possible.
Seth had watched some how to play videos online on Saturday and read the rule book as well, so he helped guide me through our first trial game.
The game wasn't too hard to learn, but, as with most card games, there are lots of steps to each player's turn and also lots of details on each card to keep track of. We, of course, failed a little at this during our first play-through, but I'm confident that we'll be able to just fine in the future.
After we concluded our game, we started work on dinner. Because I have to bring dinners to work when I work my second shift hours, Seth wanted to make me something with lots of leftovers. Solution: matzo ball soup -- yum!
The app told us that during the second quarter of the game, there would be a new Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. We had to scan the audio with the app to unlock the trailer on the phone and get experience towards increasing our rank to Ensign.
This was too good a chance to miss. We watched the game, enjoying the ads, and were easily able to scan the new Star Trek trailer when it came on television. (My new favorite dialogue. Kirk: Who the hell are you? Harrison: I am better. Kirk: At what? Harrison: Everything.)
After successfully completing our mission, we decided to make some snacks. Since I'm much better at making beverages than food, I had offered to make something exciting and new. I chose a recipe from the book Green Tea by Mary Lou Heiss. I made toasted coconut iced green tea. It was excellent -- the toasted taste of Genmaicha green tea paired really well with the coconut flavors. The tea was subtle underneath the coconut and pinapple tastes, but a very nice touch.
Seth also made his famous dip to go with our beverages. I don't usually eat chips and dip, but I make an exception for this tasty treat.
This was a very fun evening and a wonderful way to round out the end of my much enjoyed six weeks of normal work hours.
Today, before work, I got up early to do some exercise. My legs are still bothering me a slight bit (although probably now more because of how Lily slept on me two nights ago than because of anything I did). Because of this, I though I'd do a round of the Strength workout from Insanity: Asylum: Volume 1. This is a fullbody workout, but it definitely focuses more on the upper body than the lower.
I hadn't done this workout since I completed Asylum: Volume 2. This workout is no joke. As with all of Shaun T's workout, it involves a lot of push-ups. In the past, I've always had to do at least half of these on my knees due to fatigue. I was interested to see if today, having completed Asylum 2 (and the crazy Upper Body Elite workout session), I would do better.
And did I! Not only did I make it through the entire workout without dropping down to my knees once, I also kept up completely with the people on the video and didn't have to rest or miss a rep even once. My upper body strength has always been my weakest link in my fitness, so I'm very very excited to see this progress. This bodes extremely well for the Tough Mudder in May!
This weekend and today's workout have been an excellent start to the month of February. I'm planning to keep focused through my crazy work hours and make sure to spend as much time as I can with Seth.
I'm ready -- let's do this.