Friday Musings 3/23/12: Hunger Games, Stuffed Peppers, Powerlifting, Introverts

1. I went to go see the the opening night showing of The Hunger Games last night, and,  needless to say, I'm really looking forward to it.

"Wait just a minute there Stevo, didn't you just use both the past and present tense in that sentence of yours?" some of you may be asking.

First of all, don't chastise me in a condescending tone like that. Second, I'm actually writing this post on Thursday, due to the fact that I won't be getting home till past 3AM and certainly won't be up for throwing together a blog post before the Friday morning appointments at SAPT. So I thought the best way to tell you about my little jaunt over to the opening showing of Hunger Games would be to both discuss it in the past AND present tense. Did I just blow your mind?

Anyway (talking from Thursday right now), I'm realllyyyy looking forward to it. It may not hold a candle to Braveheart or Gladiator on a manliness scale, but it's going to be a fun change of pace nonetheless. I haven't gone to an opening night showing of any movie since college, so I thought The Hunger Games would be an appropriate movie to end that streak with, especially given that this was a photo I took last Fall, essentially representative of all of my Saturday mornings in November:

For those of you who haven't read it. I HIGHLY recommend it, if anything for the fact that it's "easy reading" material, and I've found that nearly every age group, and both males and females, tend to enjoy the read.

I'll keep you all posted on the movie!

2. My wife is a really good cook. Not only that, but she continually keeps me guessing with what she prepares for dinner each evening. This past Tuesday's meal was so incredible (and cool) that I wanted to share it with you all.

Enter the Stuffed Peppers:

Don't they look awesome?!? You see the recipe HERE, where Kelsey goes into detail on how to prepare them.

To you ladies and gents the crowd: You're guaranteed to woo the man or woman of your dreams by inviting them over to your place and preparing these babies. They'll be impressed by your culinary skills, I promise. AND, I'll even give you permission to take credit for the dish.

3. Jeremy Frey is one of my new favorite powerlifters. I just love how deliberate he is with everything from start to finish with his lifts. And, if there was a such thing as perfect form in powerlifting, I think Jeremy is pretty darn close.

**Check out the video for some pre-lifting inspiration (I apologize for the language in the song....I'd turn the volume down if you're at work or don't like to listen to such things)

4. At heart, I'm as introverted as they come. My wife can attest to this, as the first thing I want to do on a Friday evening - after spending the entire week surrounded by blaring music, weights crashing, and remaining the target of the myriad questions of the SAPT athletes+clients - is head to the local coffee shop (alone) and spend some time with me, myself, and Stevo, and a good book.

In fact, when I first hopped on board the "SAPT ship," Sarah and Chris (the only SAPT staff at the time) chuckled when it came up in conversation that I'm an introvert. They laughed because they, too, are introverted, and they responded with: "Wow, just what we need.....3 out of 3 staff members with introverted personalities in a business that requires 8+ hours a day with constant human interaction!"

Not to long ago, I was discussing the concept of introversion vs. extroversion with Jason, a good friend of mine,  and we were musing how, contrary to popular belief, being "good with people skills" doesn't equate to extroversion and introversion. While there are many definitions of the two personality types Jason (who is an extrovert) came up with one that I thought was pretty good:

"When you have a choice to either:

A) Be around people B) Be alone

and, more often than not, you would choose to spend time alone, you're probably introverted."

Other people have said "Depending on whether you recharge by spending time with people or spending time alone determines your personality type." I think this works in most cases, too.

Anyway, my friend (and fellow introvert), Tony Gentilcore, recently shared an awesome video on his blog by Susan Cain titled The Power of Introverts, and I thought I'd share it here for those who haven't seen it yet.

Whether you're introverted or extroverted, it will be twenty minutes well spent:

Susan is the author of a book out titled Quiet: The Power of Introverts, that I'm heavily considering picking up.

That's all, hope you all have a great weekend.

**Note: Just saw that Ryan posted a video of Jeremy Frey in his post yesterday on deadlifting. Jerk! Ah well, I guess great minds think.