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…we’re all red inside.

Song of the day: Fire in Your New Shoes: Kaskade feat. Dragonette

Today was a fairly good day. I got to sleep in and went for a hike and a run this morning. That was lovely. Then I had a nice lunch date with a good friend who I haven’t seen in what seems like forever (although it was actually only a week). Breakfast consisted of leftover birthday cake since it was my roommate’s birthday yesterday. nothing like starting the day off sweetly. Then for lunch I had an absolutely amazing salmon sandwhich with roasted squash and apple soup. AMAZING!

I had to work during the afternoon/evening. I had planned to go to yoga afterward, but decided I would be done too late and wanted to go to bed early. So insted I decided to go to the grocery store since my fridge and cupboards are looking bare. I’ve wanted to try zucchini spirals for awhile now, so I bought a couple zucchinis and peeled one of them up when I got home. I was inspired by this post from Darya Pino from Summer Tomato. The video was really helpful since I had no idea how to actually work with squash to make pasta.

I haven’t actually steamed the spirals yet as I wasn’t feeling a big dinner this late at night. I will probably try them out for lunch tomorrow. I’m just having an apple with peanut butter before bed.

I’m not particularly exciting today, so I aplogize. Tomorrow should be a more exciting day. I like to plan things out. Make lists and such. So I’m going to do that now. Primarily for myself, so I can really see what my day holds. Obviously, it’s not really exciting to anyone else.

5:30am: wake-up

5:45am: run

6:30am: shower/get ready

7:00am: eat breakfast (fruit?)

7:15am: catch bus to work

8:00am: work

12:30pm: catch bus home

1:00pm: lunch (zucchini spirls and pasta sauce?)

1:30pm: long run

4:15pm: shower

5:00pm: yoga

7:45pm: dinner (spinach salad?)

8:00pm: catch bus to work

8:30pm: work

10:00pm: catch bus home

10:30: sleep

Okay, it’s gonna be busy, but the majority of it is all wonderful things I’m looking forward to, so it’s all good!

Good gracious, I’m boring. Okay, gonna finish this snack/dinner and go to sleep.

… is just what you need.

Song of the day: 2ge+her: Awesum Luvr

Okay, so this morning I discovered that the entire 2ge+her movie is on youtube. I freaking died of happiness. I swear, I almost forgot about that show and I didn’t know there was even a movie. Best thing ever. I can’t believe that shit exists. So amazing.

You! Plus sign! Me! Equal sign! Us!

You plus me, it doesn’t equal us! You took my car now I gotta take the bus! I thought I had a girl, that I could trust! I guess I never knew my calculus!

I’ve literally spent hours just wasting time and laughing over these. So classic.

It’s looking like today might be boring. I’m going to try to be an interesting person and find a way to spice it up. The weather still isn’t the greatest, but I think I’ll manage. It’s time to just deal with it.

Much love!!

…I don’t want to be friends

Song of the day: Lissie: Bad Romance (Lady Gaga cover)

So I’m gonna come right out and say it; I’m a total gleek. I loved the Lady Gaga on yesterday’s episode, and it reminded me of the great Lissie cover I posted above. Seriously, it’s wicked good. I also can’t get enough of the original. It’s number two on my most played on itunes. In honour of the amazing glee episode, I present you with Finn:

The weather here has been crap for the past two days and, quite frankly, it’s starting to piss me off. It’s May. I’m sorry, but May long indicates summer, there is no excuse for rain and clouds after that. If it wasn’t so damn expensive to go to school internationally, I would be gone in a heartbeat. Fingers crossed the weather gets better soon. It makes me not even want to leave my house, which is obviously not a good thing.

So word on the street is that Sex and the City 2 was completely shit, but I don’t care; I’ll be going with all my ladies anyhow. We’ll make ourselves fancy girl drinks which we’ll sneak in in water bottles and wear cute little cocktail dresses and it will be marvelous. How could it not be? I love how, even to this day, asking the question “which character from SATC are you most like?” always starts a conversation. So freaking classic.

To Kill a Mockingbird is going to turn 50 this summer. This is exciting to me, not just because it’s an amazing and classic novel, but it’s also the very first thing I ever taught as a teacher, so it holds a special place in my heart. I think I will have to find a way to celebrate, without having to go down to Alabama. Not that I wouldn’t want to go down to Alabama, more that I can’t afford to go down to Alabama. Indeed, I wish I could head down south.

I’m on an “at home vacation” right now before classes start. Not that I’m not working both jobs, it’s just that I have most of my days free. Well, it’s boring as sin. I’m trying to find things to do, but the things I want to do are all outdoor adventures and, as previously stated, the weather is crap. I swear, I cannot bring myself to drag my lazy ass up to go for a run or even bring my bottles to the depot or go to the grocery store. It’s sad, really. At least I know I’ll be hitting up yoga tonight, so it’s not like I’m being completely inactive. And it’s inside, so I wont freeze my ass off. Quite the opposite, actually.

So remember how I talked about how I was going to buy SlimQuick Cleanse? Well I did, and I started using it on… Sunday, I believe it was. I can’t say I’m a huge fan thus far. I got sick yesterday and I never get sick. The only thing I’ve changed is taking that bloody “cleanse”. Essentially, from the way my body reacted, I’d say I just got quite dehydrated. I knew there was obviously the chance of that, which was why i have been intaking so much water, but it still feels like there are more negatives involved that positives. So overall, I don’t really recommend it.

Okay, I’m going to attempt to be responsible about now. Maybe finish up my laundry and write a little bit.

Much love!!

… we need lies to make it through the day.

Song of the day: The Perishers: Pills

Okay, so I will fully admit that when I go to a friend’s house and use their bathroom, I take a peek in their cabinets. I think we all do. And I know people do it at my place, even though I keep the majority of all my crap all over the counters. Anyway, a lot of friends comment and ask me about all of the different pills and supplements that I take. Thus, I’m dedicating this post to all the minerals and vitamins that I take (hence the song of the day choice) and the reasons I started taking them and continue to take them.

I’ll start with the most basic: my multivitamin. I started taking it for the same reason everyone does; I wanted to make sure I was getting my daily intake of vitamins. Indeed, I do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, but I don’t always know if I’m getting everything in that I need. Since I started taking a multivitamin, I’ve noticed an overall increase in my energy, better skin, and I don’t get sick as often. All good things.

I take calcium and vitamin D two to three times a day. Females need more calcium than males due to osteoperosis worries, and pretty much all Canadians are lacking in vitamin D (particularly out here on the west coast where it’s particularly grey), which helps calcium absorption. My pills are 500mg, and the average person needs 1000 to 1500 a day. So I always have two and if I’ve had anything with carbonation to drink during the day (sicne carbonation decreases the body’s ability to intake calcium), then I’ll take a third.

Kelp. I started taking kelp because I had cut all of my hair off into a pixie cut (or what my friends liked to call my “boy hair”) and I looked up ways to make it grow. One of the things people recommended was kelp. So I started taking it without actually reading the label or doing research. A silly choice, I know. The first time I took it, I hadn’t eaten a very big breakfast and I got really quite ill. I looked it up, and it turns out kelp regulates metabolism and the thyroid, so it can make you sick if you’re having dietary problems. I stopped taking it immediately, but then did more research when I decided I didn’t want to waste a bottle of pills and could give them to someone who may benefit. It turns out kelp is wicked high in iron, which pretty much all females are lacking due to our monthly friend, and which I was lacking due to my less-than-frequent intake of red meat. Now I take kelp to insure my iron levels and just make sure my diet is always on track and I eat enough.

St. John’s Wort. I take this to keep my anxiety levels down. It’s great for depression and also people who ahve trouble sleeping, which is great for me. I’m very anxious and have had trouble sleeping for years. Since I began taking SJW, I’ve had little to no sleep problems and I’ve strayed from both binge-drinking and binge-eating, two physical manifestations of slight depression/anxiety.

B-vitamin complex. Again, I started taking this complex to increase my hair growth. I’ve kept taking it because I rarely eat meat or dairy and many B vitamins are found (and can only be found) in the products I’m not intaking. Not to mention the fact that it helps metabolize carbs, proteins, and fats. All good things.

So there you have it. Not a very exciting post, but just a quick overview of what’s in my bathroom cupboard.

…don’t you wanna see these clothes on me?

Song of the Day: Lady Gaga: Fashion

Okay, so I mentioned yesterday that I’d started watching old episodes of The City on MTV.ca. Well, I’m just gonna go ahead and say it; I watched every single episode from the first season. That’s 23 episodes. Apparently I’ve got a bit of an obsessive personality, which I guess I already knew, but not to such an extent. Anyway, I have the sudden urge to go out and buy about nine million different shades of nail polish. I mean, the clothes those women wear are phenomenal, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off Whitney Port’s nail polish. Different colours everyday, and rad shades you totally wouldn’t think would look good, but do. On my wish list right now; bright neon green/yellow. So rad.

To satisfy my craving for rad nails, I decided to just paint them a colour I already do have (while sitting my lazy ass in front of the computer screen and needing something impractical to do with my hands, of course). So I whipped out this shade I bought a few months ago. I have to say, I’m not really feeling it. I think I may take it all off and start from scratch. Or just go au natural, even though it seems like I’ve been rocking that look for what seems like forever.

Had a great run today, although I got bit by some weird bug running up the “mountain” (more like a really intense hill) by my place. The bite is right on my neck and itchy as sin. Freaking annoying. Alas.

Holiday today, I think a friend and I may hit up Old Navy to go on a flip flop extravaganza. Apparently they’re only a dollar right now, so we wanna get on that. Going to Old Navy is kind of an event out here. I take the bus and walk everywhere, and the mall the ON is in is just a bitch to get to. So I the plan so far is to go on our little extravagana and then lay around on the beach or on a patio and just lounge and drink frilly, girly drinks.

I sort of fell off the wagon in terms of peanut butter. As I’ve said before, I can’t be trusted to buy peanut butter as I find it so delicious that I completely binge eat it. Well, I went grocery shopping a couple days ago and one of my favourites (Kraft All Natural) was on sale for buy one get one free. It’s no Adam’s since it doesn’t have added salt, but the lack of salt is better for me and I like that it’s 750g versus 500 but still about the same price. Obviously, I couldn’t resist. I mean, it’s not like I’m not going to buy peanut butter eventually (despite my resolve), so I may as well load up and buy two for, essentially, half price. So anyway, I bought two jars. And I’m really proud of myself because, normally, I would have been finished it by now. No lie, I would have eaten the entire jar. But I’ve been good; I haven’t had a single binge. I’ve decided to start working on my self-control. I mean, I’m great at eating healthy, exercising, and making all-around good decisions, but I’m also great and making horrible decisions and over-indulging in my favourite things. It’s time to grow up and I know this is a life-skill I need to focus on.

My plan to have finished writing the first chapter by last night completely fell apart. I was too consumed by, you guessed it, crap television from MTV. I do still have a large portion of it done though, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish it by tonight and focus on chapter two tomorrow.

At least I went to yoga yesterday. I was on the fence about it because the weather was just so beautiful and I didn’t know if I would want to be stuck in a sauna indoors. I just have to remember; yoga is always the right choice. I always feel so much better afterward and am so happy I went.

Much love!!

…to when you roll the dice and swear your love’s for me

Song of the day: Finley Quaye with William Orbit: Dice

Well, I’ll be the first to say it; I’ve been wholly MIA for the past week. And I don’t just mean from the internet; I mean from life in general. I’ve been completely swamped and overwhelmed with my final days of practicum. Work and school completely took over. I didn’t have time for even my most basic exercise regime or hanging out with friends. As a result, both my physical and mental health were shot out the window. I’m feeling tired, lazy, and just plain gross as a result. Starting today, I’m kicking my life into order. I have a little over a week to shape up and it’s going to happen. These are the areas I’m going to be focusing on:

  1. Physical activity: I’ve done little more that a few yoga classes this past week, which just leave me feeling deprived. I’m one of those people who literally needs copious amounts of physical activity to function. Without it, I feel depressed, tired, and (yeah, I’ll say it) just plain fat and lazy. Having not done enough cardio or having enough variety the past week, I’m really going to step it up and fit in as much as I can in my time off. That means at least two activities a day, but hopefully three. Obviously I’ll be focusing on running and yoga, and I’ll try to throw in some swimming and maybe kayaking or hiking. I want to get back into the physical and mental state I was in while focusing on marathon training. I know I’m not as commited just to running now that I’ve thrown a bunch of other basic activities into the mix, but I’m going to whip out my old book on running (thanks for all the advice, John; you’re the best!) and start with a really basic plan, to keep my motivation up. I recieved the book a few years ago for Christmas and it really kept me on track (pun wholly intended, heheh) because I really wanted to hit my goals each day. not to mention it kept things interesting since I would mix things up between hill runs, slow runs, long runs, and so on. So we’ll see how it pans out. I’ll probably aim for a morning run to wake me up, or an afternoon run to soak up the summer sun.
  2. Detoxification: Yes, I’m one of those people who believes in detox and ridding the body of toxins and waste. And while I know all the arguments for and against things like colon cleanses (namely, that the body is already designed to deal with ridding itself of waste, so messing with it will just cause problems), I always feel significantly better after cleansing and notice it in many areas of my body (including better skin, better digestion, and far less bloating). Plus, having been wicked stressed out the past few weeks, I definitely went on a bender for the past two days and intook horrific amounts of toxins. Thankfully, bikram does a solid job of ridding quite a bit of toxins. I’ve tried my own “homemade” cleansers at home before (basically just water and sea salt), I’ve decided to go less drastic this time around. I don’t want to get dehydrated since I’ll also be doing yoga. I’m going to try the SlimQuick Cleanse.  I feel comfortable with the ingredients, and it sounds less harsh than just (essentially) making yourself dehydrated. Of course, I’ll need to ensure that I intake at least double the water that I’ve currently been intaking, so I’m going to aim for about 12 litres a day (yes, I drink a lot of water; it’s necessary for the amount I exercise and the amount I sweat; not to mention, it gives me great skin). I haven’t even gone out and bought it yet, since I’ve pretty much just woken up (thank God I barely get hangovers, because today would be brutal), but I’m going to pick it up today or tomorrow and I’ll update with how I feel about it and how it works.
  3. Organization: Okay, I’ll just admit it; I’m an organization freak. While other all my friends were reading Cosmopolitan and Elle, I was reading Style at Home, House and Home, and Home and Garden. I have every single Ikea catalogue since 1998 (and they’re all neatly piled away in an Ikea folder on an Ikea shelve, I may add). These past few weeks, the condo has become a disaster. I’ve barely had time to bathe and clothe myself, let alone clean, do laundry, or put things away. As a result, things are piled everywhere. I haven’t taken the recycling out in two weeks (this includes all paper products, metals, plastics and glass, as well as bottles and cans), I have a pile of clean laundry on my floor which has yet to be folded and put away, as well as a pile of dirty laundry threatening to overtake the hamper, and the kitchen sink is a disaster. Normally I’m a neat freak and on this stuff immediately (especially the kitchen, since I get really grossed out when anything that’s touched food is out), but I have literally not had time. My roommate is pretty much the opposite of me when it comes to putting things away, so essentially the problem has arised from me not having the time to clean up after her all week. It’s out of control and I’m going to attack it as soon as I finish this entry. I’ll hit the kitchen first and do an all-over attack. Then I’ll hit the dollar store and get a bunch of hangers, binders, baskets, etc. to organize all the things I’ve collected over the past few weeks of practicum and to get myself organized for classes starting next week. Then I’ll hit up the bottle depot downtown sometime today or tomorrow to rid the place of all that nastiness and to make a solid couple of dollars (oooh yeeeeah). It’s gonna be great. It’s sad how excited I am.
  4. Nutrition: Again, my life has fallen to pieces lately. I’ve been coping with disgusting amounts of sugar, fat, and basically shit food that I normally avoid at all costs. I’m going to have to start again with my food/drink rules. I try to avoid rules and just stick with my basic intuition, since I normally eat pretty well anyway. but I’ve completely fallen off the wagon and I need to throw myself back on and that’s going to take a huge amount of force. So I’m going to have to cut a lot of stuff out. The “no-go” foods are basic and obvious: anything refined (sugar, flour, fats), dairy, caffeine, soda, anything high in fat (basically nut butters, which is a personal issue I’ve talked about before), anything deep fried. Pretty much just unhealthy foods. I need to work on intaking a lot of water-based foods and lean protien. Think fish and veggies.
  5. Writing and reading: I want to really get a focus back on writing. I try to fit it in as often as possible when I’m in school and working, but it’s difficult. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve recently begun writing a second novel, and I want to really focus on it. I began it a few weeks ago and have yet to make much process. I’ve literally got nothing more than a basic chapter-by-chapter outline and the first few paragraphs of the first chapter. I need to sit down and plan exactly how much I’m going to write each day. Last summer I did a great job of finishing my first novel and staying on task, but I also had a job that allowed me to work on it for 10 hours a day. This week, I’d essentially like to park myself at a coffee shop (or on a patio, weather allowing) for at least a couple of hours a day to just write.

So there you have it; my plan to get back on track. As of right now, my days are loosly set up as such: wake up, run, find a coffee shop and write, swim, find a coffee shop and write, yoga, clean and organize my house, sleep. It should be good. Lots to do, but all things that I love and enjoy and will feel really positive about. I’m feeling great; I’ve got a really good feeling about this and a great energy. I suppose I’d better get off my ass and actually get into gear right now. I’ll be updating.

Much love!

PS: Can we talk about how much love I have for the summer time, even when I get horribly burnt because my sunscreen only lasts a few hours and I forgot to pack extra for an afternoon walk?

Okay, so I’ll just admit it; I can’t be trusted to buy peanut butter. I have a problem in which I binge eat it. I can’t help myself, it’s addictive. I tried to stop and it’s near impossible for me. So I do my best to just not buy it.

Well, yesterday I went grocery shopping while hungry and my favourite peanut butter was on sale (Adam’s All Natural, with salt added). Well,it was just inevitable that I would uy it. And indeed, last night before yoga I had an apple with peanut butter, then after yoga I had srawberries with peanut butter, and lo-and-behold, after this morning’s breakfast (another apple with peanut butter) I had gone through my entire 500g jar. I don’t care if it’s “all naural” or not; that’s just plain disgusting. I need to stop. No more nut butter for me. It starts right now.

In other news, I got back into the swing of things with my morning run this morning. It went well, but I got a bit tired aout halfway. Alas. Yoga tonight, we’ll see if my electrolytes remain balanced or not.