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19. Favorite Christmas Music

19 Dec

 

Now I love Christmas music, don’t get me wrong! However, when you start to listen to Christmas music in the middle of November….yeah, you get a little burned out from it. Lesson not learned! But I still have my favorites that I like to listen to…some are traditional and some are modern takes on classic Christmas songs.

Trans Siberian Orchestra – I generally love all of TSO’s music, but these are few of my absolute favorites:

  • Mad Russian’s Christmas
  • Wizards in Winter
  • Christmas Canon Rock (All-time favorite…haha)
  • Carol of the Bells
  • The Lost Christmas Eve

Brad Paisley: Christmas – If you love Brad’s music, you’ll love this album.

  • Penguin, James Penguin
  • Away in a Manger
  • Born on Christmas Day

Kenny Chesney: All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan – Umm, its Kenny. Enough said ;)

  • All I Want For Christmas Is a Real Good Tan
  • The Angel At The Top Of My Tree
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Coldplay

  • Christmas Lights
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

And some more:

  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  • My Only Wish This Year – Britney Spears (Who knew she sang Christmas music?!)
  • Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

I clearly have an eclectic (?) taste in music…haha. I listen to pretty much anything and everything…I just love music. If you haven’t heard all of these songs, go check them out on iTunes or Amazon. It’ll definitely get you in the Christmas spirit, if you’re not already ;)

-xoxo

 

14. Holiday Fitness: Spinning

14 Dec

I love Spinning. Well, I’m biased…I teach Spin, so naturally I love it. But it really is a great workout, and I think everyone should try it! :) Its such a good cardio workout, but it also is great for cross-training, building endurance, and strengthening your legs! To top it off, its typically taught in a high-energy atmosphere and its so easy to get into the workout “groove” in a Spin class. Here’s a Christmas playlist that I made for a 30-minute holiday Spin sesh:

1. Santa Baby (Pussycat Dolls) – 3:01 Warm-up

2. Wizards in Winter (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – 3:06 Seated Flat/Sprint

a. 0:31, 1:16, 2:11

3. Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms) – 2:10 Standing Climb

4. Queen of the Winter Night (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – 3:12 Standing Climb/Run with Resistance

a. 0:28, 1:24, 2:40

5. My Only Wish This Year (Britney Spears) – 4:17 Standing Climb/Jumps on a Hill

a. 0:53, 2:11, 3:10

6. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Miley Cyrus) – 2:23 Seated Flat/Sprint

a. 0:50, 1:40

7. Wish Liszt (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – 3:42 Seated Climb/Sprint

a. 0:47, 1:52, 2:30, 3:04 (Standing Climb)

8. Mad Russian’s Christmas (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – 4:43

a. Climb 0:00-1:14

b. Sprint 1:14-1:38

c. Standing Climb 1:38-2:21

d. Sprint 2:21-2:58

e. Standing Climb 2:58-3:38

f. Sprint 3:38-3:52

g. Standing Climb 3:52-4:12

h. Sprint 4:12-4:38

9. The Angel at the Top of My Tree (Kenny Chesney) – 3:27 Cooldown

10. Let It Snow (Point of Grace) – 4:11 Cooldown

Remember to have fun…and don’t forget to stretch it out after your workout!

-xoxo

Wonderful weekend in the city

1 Dec

The trip to Charlotte, NC was amazing…a long drive though!!! 5 hours plus dealing with traffic…but we made it fun :) We got to the city around 2pm on Saturday, and after checking into the Hilton, went walking around. Strangely enough, the city was pretty much deserted! I’m not used to that…every big city I’ve been to ALWAYS has people walking around and lots of stores and restaurants open. So after wandering around and finding pretty much every store closed, we decided to watch the VT/UVA game in a nearby sports bar. That turned out to be really fun…every wall was covered with TVs so we kept up with multiple games at once and I got to see my Hokies win :) After the game, we went back to the hotel and got ready for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. The arena was only a few blocks from our hotel, so the walk wasn’t bad and it wasn’t too cold outside either. The concert was really nice, but suprisingly, not as good as I expected. Last year it was actually better…don’t quote me on this, but it seemed as though they used the EXACT same playlist for the first half of the show as they did last year. A little disappointing, but overall still a good show!

Sunday, after checking out of the hotel (by the way, this is the first hotel where I’ve seen a NOON checkout time!), we stopped at Starbucks, which always makes me happy to know that I found a guy who loves Starbucks as much as I do :) On the way home, we stopped in Concord Mills, NC…which if you don’t know, is a WONDERFUL shopping area. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area! We spent wayyy too much time and money there, but had lots of fun. I think Sunday was actually a better day than Saturday overall :) We got home super late for a Sunday night, and I did not want to go to class the next day. So I slept late, and went to 4 out of 5 classes. Can’t believe there are only 5 more days of classes to go…where did the semester go?! On that note, I should get back to my three 10-12 page papers due within a week…yikes!

-xoxo

Pretty lights in Charlotte

Hotel room at the Hilton

Super huge Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor World :)

Anticipation :)

10 Nov

I feel like I have soooooo much to do before this month is over…I sense a trend in my blog posts…they’re all about how many things I have to do! ha ha maybe I’m procrastinating a little. Good news is, the house is mainly clean for the party this weekend, so the only thing to do is cook, decorate, and convince my mom to leave the house with me on Saturday so my dad, aunt, and boyfriend can get to work decorating the house!

I’m looking forward to the Charlotte, NC trip with Michael…only 17 more days! We’re going to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra…if you have never been to their Holiday concert, you are definitely missing out!!! It is amazing and it gets you in a Christmas mood :) Unfortunately, I have a term paper, a group project, and two exams between today and when we leave. Soooo I’m going to stay busy it looks like!

-xoxo

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