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…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!!

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…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!!

…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.