Tuesday, April 7

Documentary: Of Miracles and Men

Let's face the truth, I quote Herb Brooks and the movie Miracle way too much. However, that (even though it's bit weird) doesn't make me love the good 'ol Soviet hockey any less. Hands down, Tretiak and Myshkin are the best goalie pair of all times and boys like Fetisov or Kharlamov are hockey players who made history and nobody could take it away from them. Ever.

When somebody posted a like to ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary called 'Of Miracles and Men', I didn't hesitate to click the link. And after that, I didn't really care about the world for the next 103 minutes. 

The first part of the documentary shows the (not really all flashy) beginnings of players, along with the story of Anatoli Tarasov, one of the most important Russian coaches during the Soviet area. Then it moves on onto the first Canada-USSR games and - obviously - the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980.

Viasechslav Fetisov (I love how they only call him familiarly 'Slava') is re-visiting the Olympic arena with his daughter and I won't even try to hide that I had shed a tear (or two) during that part.  Then you get an inside look to the USA-USSR game with original commentary and footage.

Last part of the documentary is focused on Fetisov trying to play in the NHL... with all the struggles and obstacles because back in 1980s it was nothing but politics... and (because even sports documentaries need happy endings) it all ends as Slava hoists the Cup on the Red Square.

PS: Is Garry Bettman immortal? I guess so.

My rating: 10/10

Friday, April 3

I'm back (or maybe not really)

''I live, love, laugh and watch ice-hockey a lot, then eventually blog about it'' used to be my Twitter bio. However, lately I haven't been really living, barely laughing, the hockey season is over for my teams and this blog has been dead for as long as I can remember. And love? Love's always complicated.

Um, where to start? 

I'd really like to be an active blogger again. I miss blogging. I miss the comunity. I miss the moments when I'm trying to edit a photo and my laptop freezes. I miss the commitment. I miss many things about blogging and what goes with it, really.

And that's why I'm here. Back in the hustle. Back here. Stay tuned.

Sunday, February 1

January fitness, #30daysofyoga

Yesterday I successfully completed the 30 day yoga ''challenge'' let by lovely (and sometimes a little bit crazy.. in a good way!) Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. I had posted about it before I started, hoping it would help me not give up... and man, the start was tough. During the first two days/videos, I was getting up off the ground to look how far I was in the video literally like every 3 minutes... aka my typical yoga mindset (as I described in the article about me commiting to the challenge) - ''I hope this will be over soon''. 

On day 3, I probably twisted my back too far and my right shoulder blade was pain in the ass (and I'm not even going to censor this, I could barely move my arm)... and suprise suprise, day 4 was named 'Yoga's got your back'... Seriously?! 

However, this was probably the biggest struggle I had following the challenge, besides being discouraged by the lenght some of the videos had.. everything over 30 minutes seemed too long, not the pratice itself, but the feeling before it. Was I going to give up? Hell no. 

I've downloaded a timer app for my phone, so I didn't have to get up to check the video to know how many minutes of practise I had left. And I bought a mat. On day 28 of the challenge, but I still did. And I even woke up early a couple times to get the practise in before leaving on busy days and it felt awesome... doing yoga during sunrise, it doesn't get much better than that.

To be honest, it took me about 20 days to really get into it. After that, I didn't feel grumpy and I was doing the videos because I wanted to, not because I said I would. I was excited to do yoga. Me, the one who never finished a yoga video before without feeling discouraged. And to think that I did all the  30 workouts, circa 677 minutes - more than 11 hours of yoga in January? I'm super proud.

At first, I was not happy about day 30, because it encourages you to do a free-style practise, but it turned out as a lot of fun. As someone who's only following guides maybe I should start putting down my own workouts more often. 

Thank you, Adriene!

The only small little problem in the back of my head is that for most of January, this yoga challenge was the only thing I did workout-wise and I wanted to do much more, but now I've got a whole new month to fill up with workouts. 

Monday, January 26

DM box winter 2015

DM box is a 'beauty/lifestyle' box released every four months by DM (Drogerie Markt) - a German drug store brand. No idea about this in other countries, but here in the Czech republic it works this way: you sign up and 2000 lucky winners are picked to get this box for 149 CZK (less than 5,5€). Unlike in beauty subscription boxes, the products in this box are promised to be at least 700 CZK (>25€).

This 'winter 2015' box was third DM box released in the Czech republic and my first DM box ever. Let's have a look inside.

The box included 10 products... wrapped in a nice blue box that I don't even have anymore because my mum wanted it so bad for her office.

1 - L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection concentrated serum for perfect skin
2 - Balea Bodybalsam Protect with Nordic cranberry
3 - Dove Advanced Hair Series volumising shampoo for fine, flat hair
4 - Rimmel Skin Perfection Lasting Finish foundation, shade 100 Ivory
5 - Dermacol Aroma Ritual shower gel with Irish coffee aroma
6 - Alverde Eye catcher - mascara
7 - Maxi Vita food supplement with vitamin C, acerola, rosehip and zinc
8 - Wasa thin crisps with rosemary and sea salt
9 - Chimpanzee quick mix shake with honey, cereals and cococa
10 - Kotex ladies' pads and a Ria slips sample. It's not in the photo, but if you really wanted to see it, have a look here.

To sum up my impressions: 234UZFSDGJWOEFWKRG!
So excited. I'm not sure how good or bad all of the beauty products will work, but the only 1 thing I didn't like when I first opened the box was the shower gel - because I hate the smell of coffee. At second check, the mascara brush looks a bit weird, but maybe it will be ok? Who knows. I can imagine some people won't be this delighted, but I am a really happy girl who got a box full of cool produtcs. And it was a bargain.

Tuesday, January 20

Hockey in Kenya

When I talk to people and we stumble across the stereotypical ''ice-hockey is only played in cold places'' opinion, I usually have to stop and explain how it is. Yes, ice-hockey is also played in countries  like France, Spain, Mexico, India... or Kenya. Need a proof? Watch this:

I love the passion that shines out of the video. You can't fake it. It's not only a hockey thing, but you can clearly say whether a person is passionate or not. These guys have so little and they get so much out of it. It's all about you attitude. Yes, it's an expensive sport, the cost of it is a worldwide problem, but you don't need the best equipment in the universe to play for fun. A pair of skates to lace up, a stick  to grab and a puck to drop. And a heart that beats for the game. Nothing else.

Tuesday, January 6

Movie: Fury (2014)

At the begining of December, my friend and I went to cinema to see Fury. I'm a fan of history and I have seen countless amount of war movies and documentaries and I really wanted to see this film. To be honest, sitting in the cinema seat, after first couple of minutes I quickly turned to ''I'm not sure if I want to see this''... but after I figured out it was war at it's rawest form, my mind switched to ''this is fucking awesome'' (it's my blog I can swear if I want to) and I was enjoying every minute of it.

 ,,I had the best Assistant Driver in the entire Ninth Army in that seat. Now I got you. I promised my crew a long time ago I'd keep them alive. You're getting in the way of that. It ain't like the newsreels up front.'' is one of the first lines in the film. A tank crew gets a new boy and they're going straight to the front. The problem is that the boy is not a fan of the war. However, he learns how things work real quick. 

It's not a movie for everyone, but you're gonna enjoy it if you like: 
x dead people 
x watching people killing other people 
x Star Wars
... because there really isn't much more. Except a love story twist and eventually a happy ending. As I said, it was hard to swallow at first, but I ended up loving it. Wouldn't necessarily want to see it again, but it's a great film. Minus the 'reality' factor missing at some scenes. I read a review of one guy counting down how many shots Brad Pitt actually survived in the movie and couldn't help but laugh.

 ,,Best job I've ever had.'' 

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2713180/ 
My rating: 9/10

Friday, January 2


I didn't really make any resolutions for this year, as I know it's all about myself and my mindset and the changed number in the calendar won't change my attitude, but I've stumbled across the thought of trying to find my way to yoga.

And boom, Adriene from Yoga with Adriene is starting a 30 days of yoga series today (January 2). I almost jumped off my chair when the introduction video (below) poped up in my subscription box - this is my chance. I've tried yoga many times and I was always full of all the feelings yoga should not give you - like impatience, sadness, almost up to the point of anger. I'm not sure if I've ever actually finished a yoga video all the way to the last minute. Yoga is just not my thing. However, I know the benefits of yoga and I really want to suck up this challenge and complete it. 

Aaand, since goals are always better with friends, I'd like to challenge you - as you're reading this - to participate in this challenge too. A little yoga has never killer nobody, right?

All of the videos will be up on Adriene's Youtube channel and it's all competely free. No excuses!

Wednesday, May 28

The story behind my blog's name

I've wanted my blog name to briefly describe myself, so everybody knows who I am without reading a word from my posts and get a hint of want to expect at the same time. 

'Heels' stands for my girly self. Even thought I'm not a girly-girl at all, I enjoy all the little pros and cons of being a girl. I love to wear high heels and I never leave the house without my nails painted. I also think the 'fitness/health' part of my blog belong to this category because to look good and feel good is mostly a women's bussiness.

'Hockey' is... well, even if I never went to a hockey game ever again for the rest of my life, there would still be a bunch of years that I spend watching hockey games, talking about games or being excited about games. That's just a part of my life that can't be erased. Not to mention that I plan my life around the hockey season schledule.

'History' was my favourite subject back at school and a topic that I'm really interested in. I used to read books about historical events, I watch historical documentaries, especially about WWII and from history, I also love the period of 18th century in Russia. 'History' in the name of this blog also represents the fact that I blog about my everyday life and every single step doesn't only affect my future, but also creates the past.

And I love the fact all three start with an H.