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…is what you want, want, want.

Song of the day: Rihanna: Rude Boy

I am actually addicted to that song right now. Love the video too. Radass. You know what else I’ve recently become addicted to? That’s right; Cougartown! I hated it when I first saw it, but now I’m obsessed. It’s absolutely hilarious. I watched the entire first season in two days. Now that I’m done with that, I’ve decided to start watching Dawson’s Creek. Despite it being a massive part of pop culture when I was growing up, I’ve never seen an episode, so I’m getting caught up now. Oh, late 90s television, how I love you. I do have to say, I enjoy the fact that the storylines are more plausable and age-appropriate. In addition, the actors actually look and act their age. Not to mention the fact that they don’t all wear ridiculously expensive designer clothes and look like walking skeletons. Loving it.

I’m still feeling sick, which is just getting on my nerves. It’s messing up my whole routine! Runs are difficult, I have trouble breathing in yoga, it’s hard to sleep at night, and when I go out, I have to leave to empty my sinuses like 90 times. Sucky. And the weather is still crap, which hurts my mood.

Okay, so I like to write lists. Essentially, I just like doing things that keep me organized, prioritized, and on-task. It’s why I have my schedule written out down to the minute. Sure, it’s a little bit anal, but I don’t really care. Anyway, so I looked over my shopping list and decided that yesterday was the day to buy a full length mirror. Indeed, I am obsessed with ‘Rude Boy’ so I need a proper mirror to dance in front of and work on my booty shakes. Well, I don’t have a lot of money and I don’t live particularly close to a cheap home store, so I hopped on the bus. Thankfully, I found a wicked cheap mirror ($10, holla!), but unfortunately, I had to cart it home on the bus. A one hour bus ride, on a full bus without a seat, while trying to balance/not-shatter a mirror is not a great way to spend an afternoon. Alas!

Hit up a couple of restaurants last night for drinks, which was fun. Tequila seemed to be on special everywhere, which always turns out to be my downfall. I love tequila, it’s delicious and fun. Also had great Thai food. What a great night. Anyway, went for a run this morning which was slow and somewhat painful as a result of being sick and being hungover. Alas!

I’ve spent most of this morning attempting to get my life in order. You know; laundry, cleaning, organizing. I have a lot more fun doing said activities when there’s more to do. I swear, I’m just bored as sin without a full-time job and school right now. Can’t wait for classes to start again. It wouldn’t be so bad if I actually had money. Then at least I could go out shopping and buy things, whether I could just buy clothes and shoes and such, or things to go like games and movies and such. Maybe today I’ll go to the library and take out some movies or soemthing. Indeed, there’s only so much free things that I can do (particularly with the weather being as it is). Yoga, running, cleaning. Good grief, I’m boring.

I can’t decide if I should go to yoga today to sweat out all the toxins from last night or if I should take it easy for worry that I may get more dehydrated. We’ll see how it all pans out.

Still haven’t seen Sex and the City 2 yet. I’ve just heard such awful things. I actually had a dream about it last night, weird I know. I dreamt that Big turned out to be gay and Carrie caught him on the night of their wedding in a big wooden tub with another guy and that Aidan just magically appeared with no reference to his wife orchild and wisked her off her feet. Let’s hope it’s better than that crazy. I love Big.

Okay, I’m gonna go decide how to live my life.

Much love!!

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…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!!

… 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.

…just another day in paradise

Song of the day: Phil Vassar: Just Another Day in Paradise

I tried out a new restaurant with friends yesterday for lunch, and I really enjoyed it. I The ambiance was really nice, and we didn’t have to line up, even though it was Saturday. I’m not going to lie; I absolutely hate waiting to get into restaurants. I don’t care how good it is; when I’m hungry, I want to eat. Plus, the places you have to line-up for are usually small and loud, so I can barely hear the company I’m with, and you can see and hear a bunch of people at the door waiting to get in and it’s just uncomfortable. That’s why going for breakfast on weekends is usually such a hassle, despite how pleasant the actual idea of it is.

Anyway, I had a vegan tofu scramble, which was delicious. Tofu mixed up with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and spinach. Served with potatoes, a green salad, and vegan bread. I’m not a vegan, so I definitely asked for buttered toast, which was delicious. One thing I really love but rarely eat unless I’m out to a restaurant is bread. I mean, really good bread. My mom always buys a delicious asiago cheese bread that I can’t get enough of. It’s the best part of coming home for the holidays (I mean, other than the wonderful company of family and friends, of course). I’ve also recently discovered a whole wheat, cranberry, raisin bread from Safeway that’s to die for. It’s a somewhat healthified version of my childhood favourite cinnamon raisin toast and a great treat.

After lunch we all shopped a little bit downtown before my roommate and I headed down to a restaurant on the water to meet some friends for afternoon drinks. It was pretty sunny out yesterday with just a few patches of clouds, so it was great to sit out on the patio in the sun and enjoy a couple of drinks. I have to say; patios and refreshing drinks may be my favourite part of summer. Oh, and the lack of shame that comes with indulging in country music as well. The wind picked up heavily nearing the end of the visit however, and we all got chilled and did a complete 180 from having a wonderful time to wanting to leave immediately. Alas, it was lovely while it lasted.

I just got back from my morning run. It was actually pretty difficult. As I mentioned yesterday, I completely fell off the wagon of life last week and, as a result, I haven’t actually been for a run since Monday morning and, even though I consider myself to be in good shape, I was feeling the burn this morning. I had difficulty breathing and had to stop twice to walk, which is rare for me. Ahh, time to step up my game.

Much love!

Katie

PS: Can we talk about the fact that I just recently discovered that MTV.ca airs all the old episodes of their crap TV shows like The Hills and Laguna Beach? I’ve never even followed these shows and now I find myself addicted. It’s sad, really. I’m about to watch an episode of The City before heading downtown to meet friends.

…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?

…you’re drug is a heart-breaker.

Song of the day: Mozella: Say It Ain\’t So.

Well, I have to say, I’m really stoked that it’s the weekend. I had a pretty solid week, but it was falling apart toward the end of it and I was just feeling really overwhelmed. I went out Thursday and Friday night, which crushed my plans to go to yoga both days, so I was really craving it this morning. Indeed, it was a really great class; super full but still relaxing.

I went to my first official BBQ of the season last night, which was much loved. Sausage, corn on the cob, and fresh fruit. It was wonderful. Not to mention all my wonderful friends.

Today was not as nice as I wish it was, but I still decided to walk downtown and wander around all the shops and boutiques. I didn’t buy much; just some hangers (I’m in the process of cleaning and organizing my mess of a room) and some summer-y accessories. In case it was difficult to tell, I’ll just come right out and say it; I love summer. An intense amount. It’s actually somewhat worrisome. I want to live somewhere in which it’s perpetually summer all year round. I just have to wait until I’m finished school and I can head south.

Anyway, I bought some fun flower hair clips and a pretty purple nail polish. I feel wicked girly, which doesn’t ahppen often. It’s sort of weird, I feel like I have two blatent extremes going on inside of me. For the most part, I’m rather tomboyish, but then there are times when a freakish girly urge with overwhelm me and I won’t want to do anything other than watch Sex and the City, paint my nails, and drink pretty drinks with muh ladies.

Anywho, I’d better quit my procrastination and get on top of this room-cleaning business as I’m having people over in just a couple hours for a potluck.

Much love.

PS: Let’s just take a moment to watch a clip of the beauty that is this Japanese game show.

… and you, you can read me anything.

Song of the day: Peter Gabriel – The Book of Love

So yesterday at yoga was terrible. I mean really terrible. I went numb. I couldn’t feel my fingers or face and couldn’t even lay with my palms upwards because I couldn’t move them. Nothing like that ahs ever happened to me before, so I legit freaked right out. I stayed in the room, but afterward I asked the instructor what in the heck was going on. My answer? Likely dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance.

Wanting to fix myself up, I decided to hit up sources of high potassium and sodium. So, for dinner I had a banana, a flax bar (which I bought from my favourite grocery store and likely won’t try again; it was far too butter-y and sugar-y for my liking), and one of these juiceboxes:

I had the mango flavour, which was delicious. I’ve also had pineapple and acai, which are also great. I’ve become a huge fan of coconut water lately, but it’s difficult to find. Particularly 100% without cane juice or other fruit juices added. Not to say that the added sweeteners make it in any way bad, I’d just like to avoid them. I’m thinking I should try hitting up China Town and seeing if there’s any in some of the shops down there.

Anyway, yoga went much more smoothly today. I skipped my morning run to keep from loosing too much water via sweat, and then took the class really easily and slowly. Albeit, my postures weren’t great depth-wise, but I felt much better throughout and didn’t go numb, which is always a positive!

I skipped out on a few opportunities to hit up some bars downtown tonight. I’m just not feeling it. Lately, with work and school piling up, I get home at night and all I want to do is crash. It’s about a quarter past nine right now and I’m feeling like I’ve been up hours past my bedtime. God, I’m an old woman at 23.

Okay, I’m going to peace out. I have to teach early tomorrow morning and I think I’m ready to jump back into my morning run-routine after the positive vibes from tonight’s yoga. Which also means I’ll have to do my laundry, crap. I may be up an extra hour. I might need a miracle for that.

Much love!!