Thursday, 28 March 2013


That one actually disturbs me a little bit.  My mom emailed it to me one day.  Thanks mom.

No week is complete without some good ginger jokes!  Yes, I can laugh at myself and the fact that I'm a ginger.  And yes, we occasionally steal souls.  No, Ron Weasley isn't my brother, Brady is.  But some of his friends call him Ron Weasley so I guess it's kind of the same thing...

Sunday, 24 March 2013


You know when you eat some deep fried pickles, spinach dip and loaded fries and then have many feelings of regret?  That's me today.

I went out for lunch with a friend, I was going to get a salad but we decided on appetizers instead.  I regretted it as soon as we left the restaurant, if not before. 

My thoughts were:
  • "My stomach hurts"
  • "I feel fat"
  • "My 40 minutes on the elliptical this morning did not burn that many calories"
  • "My body hates me"
  • "I don't think I can even stand up for the rest of the day, I must lie on the couch"
But seriously, ignoring the fact that I probably just gained 5 pounds, my body just felt disgusting.  Like there was a pile of grease slopping around inside of my stomach.  Lesson?  I'm not 19 anymore.  I can't eat like that and feel good afterwards.  My body can't handle it.  Maybe I needed to consume large amounts of alcohol prior to the grease?  That must be the key.

So next time we go out together, deep fried pickles and a salad.  (Ya right, I will forget all about my feelings of discomfort by then.  Actually I will probably forget about them by dinner time.) 


Thursday, 21 March 2013

A Professional Student

Today, while spending some time on Facebook, I noticed that a girl that I worked with while in University was apparently late for one of her classes this morning.  This girl started University a year before I did.  I did a 5 year program and graduated 2 years ago.  So by my calculations, she is on year 8 of post-secondary education.  Year 8!!!

Now if she was going to school to be a doctor or a lawyer, all the power to her!  But I remember talking to her about school back in the day, and I'm pretty sure she just keeps starting new degrees.  So of course, my first thought as an accountant is how much money she has probably spent on her education!  Gah!  I don't actually want to think about it.  Other people's financial situations stress me out about as much as my own does.

It seems that some people just get so into the student life.  They feel safe there and the University is their home.  I know how that feels.  I loved University (although I can't imagine being there for 8 years).  The real world is a scary place.  But how long do you really think that you can escape it?  Someday you have to go out and find yourself a job and make money.  And you should probably do that before you are in so much debt that it will take you the rest of your life to pay it off.

And now, for the one reason that I wish I was still in school's Harlem Shake.  (I know we are over the Harlem Shake, but I couldn't resist.)

If you can walk and talk you can go to Brock.  Clearly they can shake it too!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Random Wednesday Thoughts

  • Yesterday was only ok because I cashed in on my free birthday Starbucks.  A venti skinny vanilla latte please.  Delish!
  • Ryan and I watched the premiere of Vanderpump Rules the other night.  By that I mean that I watched, and Ryan was in the same room telling me it was stupid.  It was pretty stupid.  I love Lisa but I don't think I can do it.
  • I just finished reading The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve.  It was really good.  I read it in 2 days, which is good for me lately because I'm easily distracted.
  • I thought that winter was over.  Apparently not. 

  • I think that I must have been inspired by all of the bloggers out there because I had a bath this past weekend.  I never have baths.  Ever.
  • I keep writing half blog posts and then deciding I don't like them, which is why this is as good as we're getting today!  And even I'm bored by this so I'm just going to go to work now.

Monday, 18 March 2013

What Do The People Say?

When I was little, there was this book at my grandparents that they would always read to me.  I guess it was about sounds, but all I remember is Grandpa saying "What do the people say" and I would throw my hands in the air and say "Hooray!"

It's one of those memories that stick with you.  Something that always makes me smile when I think about it. 
I was a bit of a chubster
For my birthday, I unwrapped this tattered old book.  It was What Do The People Say!  The original version from my Grandma's house.  It's missing the cover and a few pages from the back.  I really can't believe that she still had it.  The funny thing is, this book is old school.  The line actually says "How do the people go? Hooray!"  That doesn't sound nearly as good.
Then, she found me a used copy of the book.  It's funny because I don't know when either one of them were published, but sometime between the two, they decided to change the wording of everything.  So now it really does say, What do the people say? Hooray!

Who knows, maybe once I have kids of my own, I will send the book to my parents house so that they can read it with them.

Sunday, 17 March 2013


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Friday, 15 March 2013

Some Like It Hot

Yoga is something that is very important to me. I have talked about it on the blog a few times before, but today I want to really focus on it.

I first tried yoga about 3 years ago.  I came out of that class feeling invigorated and surprisingly happy.  Since then, I have tried to make hot yoga part of my weekly exercise routine.  I usually try to go once per week.  I would go more, but the studio is half an hour from home and it's just not convenient enough.  If I had a studio around the corner though, I might be an unlimited yoga, I don't do any other exercise type of person.

Some tips for hot yoga:
  • Don't expect to be good at it immediately:  like any exercise, it takes practice and you will never be perfect.  The other people in the class aren't judging, they know that everybody has to start sometime.
  • Every day is different.  Some days I feel awesome, some days I can't hold a balance posture.  Yoga makes you realize how little control you have over your body.  But on strong days, it's amazing how much control you can have.  That might not make sense to many people.
  • Hydration.  Drink a lot of water before and after class
  • Don't feel like you need to push yourself every day.  Even now, there are times when I get light headed during a class and lying down is the best thing for me at that point.
  • Don't worry about the sweat.  A lot of people tell me that they don't think they would like it because of the sweat.  I don't like to sweat either, who does?  But this sweat is cleansing and it doesn't really seem to bother me, so give it a shot!

Reasons to do yoga:
  • It's a full body workout: cardio, strength, flexibility
  • You can lose weight doing it, I have seen it happen
  • Relaxation: there's just something about it that leaves you all relaxed and happy afterwards
  • It makes your body feel good: I notice my back hurting if I haven't been to class in a couple of weeks, my whole body feels better if I go to a class
  • It makes you more aware of your body and its abilties and inabilities
Basically, I recommend yoga to everybody because you can get whatever you are looking for out of it.  It's really a mind, body and soul workout.  Also, if you want to try it, a lot of hot yoga studios have trial deals.  A month unlimited for $40, or  a week unlimited for $20.  As long as you go a couple of times, it's worth the money.  So what's holding you back?

Thursday, 14 March 2013

My Birthday Was Delicious

Tuesday was my birthday, and so in order to celebrate, we had as many delicious meals as possible. 

21 + 5 candles = 26 years old
It started on Saturday when we went to Ryan's parent's house for dinner.  Chicken lasagna and cheesecake for dessert.  I left my camera in the car, so I have no pictures from this event. 

Sunday night we went to my parent's and had ham, scalloped potatoes and a raspberry white chocolate cake.  Food is definitely the way to this girl's heart.
The cute little nugget with a clip in his hair
Pipsi and Oliver got me a new ceramic owl.  I had one before, it lived in the china cabinet and I loved it.  One day, I decided that it needed to be in a more prominent location in my house, so I set it next to the TV.  Later that day I was vacuuming, Pipsi freaked out and tried to hide behind the TV and she knocked it over.  Ryan was afraid for her life.  The new owl will have to find a safe home.

The grand finale was my actual birthday.  We went to The Keg for dinner.  I requested that Ryan not get me a gift, and instead we just go for dinner and I wouldn't worry about what the meal would cost.  So that's what we did.  I even ordered wine!  And oh the steak, it was so delicious!  He didn't fully listen, because he still got me the first 3 seasons of Scrubs on DVD.  I will let it go this time though, because I really wanted those DVDs!

Everything about my birthday was perfect.  Low key, not too much fuss, just good food and time with family.


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Laziness Justifications

I always feel like as long as I get one task accomplished on a Saturday or Sunday, that me being lazy on the couch for the rest of the day is justified.

Sometimes, the task can be fairly easy for me.  Take Saturday for example, I instructed Ryan on where to hang my picture ledges.  Activity done, time to watch Scrubs on DVD, because I have only watched the entire series twice. 

I do realize that there are no pictures in the frames.  Let's hope that I can get that accomplished before the frames sit empty for the next year.  The annoying thing about this though, is that I had this master plan to put all New York pictures in the frames.  This was because I bought this tall picture of the Brooklyn Bridge while we were in New York, and I had nowhere to put it.  Apparently that picture was too tall though, because it lasted one day before Ryan closed the door and it fell off the ledge and put a lovely gash in the floor.  Of course there was no damage to the $10 frame though.
Notice the mushrooms on the left side of the tv... I don't have to steal them anymore!
Sunday's activity was starting to pack for our trip.  Yes, I realize that we have a month to go, but I want to be prepared.  I feel that the month will fly by and all of a sudden I will have to iron 87 pieces of clothing the day before we leave.  So now I have steamed 5 of my dresses, so there are only 82 pieces to go.  Plus I have pretty much all of the clothes that I will be taking out.

As a bonus, I washed, folded and put away some clothes. 

I feel like maybe I should be a bit more ambitious with my weekends, but I figure, I have another course starting next week, so I might as well enjoy having nothing to do while I can.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

If I Were A Young Wart Hog

First of all, the title really has nothing to do with the post, but I started to type, and that's what came out.  It just felt right.

So I know I said here that I wasn't going to drop everything to travel the world...but....

No, I'm still not travelling the world.  But it's fun to think about what I would do if I did want to travel the world!  So I'm basing this on the assumption that I have a reasonable amount of money for my travels, and I will be travelling for about 3 months. 

First stop, Europe.  I wanna start out nice.  I have been wanting to go back to France.  I spent three months there in high school, but I want to experience it on my own terms.  Last time, I had to do what I was told to do, and go where I was told to go.  It was great, but I feel like I would get so much more out of it if I went again.  I would obviously go to Paris, and then I would take Ryan to Poitiers, which is where I lived last time.  Then I would spend some time in the south of France.  I think I could spend the whole three months in France, but I should probably travel elsewhere as well.  I would maybe take some short trips to Amsterdam and Germany as well.
Next stop is Italy.  Because everybody has good things to say about Italy.  Venice and Rome mostly.  I've honestly never felt the urge to go to Spain, so that's a country I would probably skip, which I'm guessing is unusual for people touring Europe!

Then I would head down to Africa.  I'm undecided about where in Africa I would go.  I would like to go to South Africa, but I also want to go to Victoria Falls.  There's this section where you can sit right at the edge of it but you are blocked in so you won't fall over.  It looks terrifying and exhilerating!  I also want to do a Safari pretty badly.  Probably a week in Africa would be enough for me. 
I guess at that point, since we are so close, we should head down to Australia.  I think that we should spend 3 weeks there.  It's a big country, that could keep us busy.  3 months isn't seeming like very long anymore.

So with my final 3 weeks, I would go to Costa Rica.  We would go zip lining, hiking through volcanoes and have some mud baths.  Oh and probably play with monkeys.  (Can you do that?)

So there's my 3 months of travelling.  It's amazing how many places I want to go.  This list doesn't even cover half of them.  I better start saving my pennies (oh wait we don't have pennies anymore, nickels!).

Monday, 4 March 2013

The Pips Turns One

Today was a special day in our house.  Well a special day for a couple of crazy cat people who think that their cat is their child.  Pipsi turned 1!

We started the day off with lots of treats.  First up was a Fancy Feast with a few extra treats in it.  Apparently she was still full when Ryan came home for lunch, she didn't even want a treat.

Then she checked out her new scratching toy.  It has a hole in the side that we can hide her toys in, she thought that was pretty neat.

Pretty sure she had the best first birthday that a cat could ask for.  We are just hoping that she keeps some of her feisty kitten behaviour for a few more years.  We don't want her to be a mature cat yet.  She did give me a bit of attitude while I was trying to get her to pose for her birthday picture.  This is the best I could get.