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… 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!!

…a single thing you do tonight.

Song of the day: Train: Hey, Soul Sister

Absolutely loving that song. Guilty pleasure like whoa.

Yesterday was a pretty good. I haven’t been feeling the best lately. I’m trying to gauge whether it’s from the crappy weather or if I’m legitimately ill. I woke up craving a McMuffin. But having an aversion to McDonalds and their crap food, I obviously didn’t want to actually get one. I scrounged my cupboards and realized that I didn’t have any english muffins, so I had to change plans a little bit. Insert eggs, cheese, and a tortilla. Indead, I had a breakfast wrap. A boring one, albeit, with only cheese and eggs, but I didn’t mind. I need to grocery shop. I don’t even have salsa; my favourite.

For lunch, a friend had me over and made me a burger, which was heaven. I love my friends; they’re the best. Anyway, I rarely eat red meat, so when I do, I cherish every bite. Also had a bit of turtle cheesecake, which was amazing. I’m feeling stuffy today though; too much dairy. Or am I still sick? It’s hard to say.

I spent a huge chunk of time cleaning and organizing my room yesterday, which was much needed. I can’t wake up in chaos and expect my day to go well. I just can’t seem to function well. So yesterday I hit up the dollar store (oooh yeah) and picked up a bunch of things like hangers and hoods and binders and other crap that I probably don’t need but which made cleaning so much more fun. I’ve become addicted to this website, which is absolutely amazing. I just get inspired and spend hours scouring my condo of everything that isn’t working. I also spend way too much money on things I don’t need which I feel will spice it up.

I had a small “dinner” before yoga in the form of a smoothie.

+ + = HEAVEN!!

Anyway, after yoga I worked late and then came home and completely crashed. I’ve been pretty dead for most of today. I’ll probably hit up yoga sometime today and spend an incredibly long and boring amount of time cleaning my condo.

Okay, off to be productive.

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!!

…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?

Song of the day: Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk

Today was absolutely beautiful. I was so thankful not to be stuck inside all day. I went out last night and intended to just go to a friend’s place for a drink or two. Well, one bottle of wine, a couple of shots, and three beers later, we closed down two different bars. Needless to say, I didn;t get up for yoga early this morning as I’d originally intended. Instead, I slept in and went for a relaxed run. It was nice to be outside and soak up the sun. I’ve been craving it after the seemingly endless, grey winter we had. The run was pretty good, but I had my breakfast smoothie (unsweetened chocolate almond milk, ice, and a banana) pre-run instead of post-run, which I think may have been a mistake. I got a bit of a cramp nearing the end. Oh well, I learned my lesson.

Had a roommate date, which was lovely. We headed downtown for lunch. I had planned to hit up a later yoga class, so I originally intended to get water and maybe a small salad or appy. But when we arrived, we were sitting on the patio, in the sunshine, and I was wicked hungry after my run, so my original plann fell out the window. Instead I got a Strongbow, and had a delicious chicked burger with avocado and mango salsa, wit h a side of corn on the cob. Oi vai, it was to die for. Legit, the salsas made it a little bit of Heaven in my mouth. Then, to top it all off, the desserts sounded amazing, so we orcered two and split them; a pina colada cheesecake and a chocolate brownie. The brownie was massive and disappointing, but the cheesecake was orgasmic.

After lunch, I proceeded to go to the gym. Not to workout, but to cancel my membership. Nothing like eating copious amounts of food then cancelling a gym membership, I say. Hah. Truth be told, I’m an avid gym-goer, but my dedication always decreases in the summer, and it’s been quite awhile since I last went, so I figured I’d just save a bit of money; we’ll see if I sway come winter. I’ve found that simply running and hitting up yoga has been enough activity for me recently. I’ve always got access to the campus pool as well, so I might head that way if I get bored in my current routine.

Anyway, although I was enjoying the great outdoors and the beautiful sun, I had to work for a few hours this afternoon. Depressing, but I guess I need to put food on the table. And so I worked for about four hours before hitting up my favourite market in the city to see what sort of interesting drinks they had out. I was shockingly thirsty; probably because I didn’t properly hydrate after last night and then proceeded to have cider at lunch. I decided to try a Kombucha Wonder Drink.

They sell them at the yoga studio and they’re quite popular. I definitely enjoyed it, but I think it would have been more satisfying if I had just finished a strenuous yoga class and needed to re-hydrate and fuel up on energy and electrolytes. I’m thinking I’d like to try to other flavours as well, just keep them around for those times when water just isn’t good enough. I also bought a Dry Cucumber Soda.

I had it later, when I got home. I don’t usually have a lot of fizzy drinks because I’m quite concerned about bone density degeneration, but I was really craving them today. I decided to write another chapter in the new novel I’m working on, and sometimes I just like to have something nice to sip on as I work. Anyway, I enjoyed the cucumber soda. It was a little odd at first, but I got used to it. It was kind of refreshing without being too strong. My roommate decided it tasted like soap… maybe a bit? I’d like to try a few of the other flavours.

Anyway, I’m home now and just relaxing a bit and trying to get some lesson planning done for tomorrow before The Amazing Race comes on. I’m rooting for the cowboys; I just love them!!

Much love!