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#Metoo

The #metoo hashtag has been making the rounds on Facebook. While I support the endeavor to raise awareness of just how many women have endured sexual harassment and / or sexual assault, I won’t be adding that hashtag to my Facebook feed.

For the life of me, I can’t come up with a reason why.

Is it because a part of me doesn’t want to discuss it?
Or perhaps I’d rather not draw attention to myself that way?
Or that perhaps it’s always been “duh – ALL WOMEN HAVE”

I can’t articulate it properly lately – perhaps never.

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(LONG OVERDUE) MEXICO RECAP DAY 1

Day 1

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Waiting at our gate at YYC. (Yes, I’m wearing the same plane clothes I wore the day before.)

The next morning, we were finally on our way to Cancun. Immediately while waiting in line to check in my luggage, we both spotted a couple ahead of us who were far too fancy for the airport, especially considering the time of day it was. She was dress in a denim jacket and orange/coral pants. Her hair was perfectly coifed. But the worst offender of the two was him. He was wearing matching orange/oral boat shoes and an expensive looking cardigan. He also had the craziest left eyebrow which was extremely arched and added a nice air of money to the overall impression he was giving.

Anyway, we decided to video blog our Cancun trip which you can view below. Sorry about the bad sound quality; we didn’t realize the plane would be so noisy:

Stay tuned for Day 2!

3 Happy Thoughts: February 5

1) Today is my sister-in-law’s birthday. She’s one of my favourite people in the world.

2) I managed to curl my hair with a clipless iron today in spite of having it chemically straightened. Hair options have suddenly opened up.

3) I’ve discovered Ted Talks on Netflix. Just watched three episodes of Life Hacks and my interest is piqued.

Cereal Porn

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Wtf is the guy on the right doing to the guy on the left?

…never said this was gonna be a classy blog.

Gym Talk

Y’know how I’ve been posting a lot about working out since I started going to the gym back in March? I’ve been pretty good/diligent so far about going regularly. (Even if, by “regular”, I mean twice weekly – thrice if I’ve been good.) All this exercise has had a marked impact on not only my physical appearance (I’ve been regularly getting comments about how I lost weight – which is another post for another time) but also my health, in particular my digestion issues. Last month, I even signed up to work out with a personal trainer once a week. It’s been lovely and I’m so glad that I’ve made exercise a part of my life.

But a couple weeks ago, I got into a car accident and while everything is currently being sorted out through the insurance company, I’ve completely fallen off my gym routine. Aside from my once a week sessions with my personal trainer, I actually haven’t hit the gym at all. Yes, of course there’s lots of paperwork to sort out and lots of questions about what to do about the car and money and all those things to keep me from the gym.

In reality though, I know the real reason I haven’t been working out is that I’m sad. When I’m finally done work, I just want to crawl into bed and sleep and/or cry. The last thing I’ve wanted to do is hit the treadmill or bust my ass stair climber. It doesn’t logically add up because I know that if I’m feeling sad and stressed out, then working a good sweat will actually make me feel better both physically and mentally. But I just haven’t been able to bring myself to go and I’ve been racked with guilt about it.

Today marks two weeks of not working out regularly. And inside, I know that if I put this off s’more, I’ll never head back to the gym and my damn membership will go to waste. So this morning I finally dragged myself down to my condo’s gym. Fifteen minutes on the elliptical (ugh, I seriously hate that machine) and 45 minutes strength training, I feel infinitely better! Of course I would; I knew that I would. But damn, I never realized how much of a mental game it all is. Even just putting on the workout gear to go. I always knew that half the battle is just getting down to the gym, but now I’d say that’s the biggest battle of the whole thing. I can do a lot of stuff, even if it hurts and my body is crying for me to rest (damn you burpees!) and I enjoy the challenge. But I hate hate hate the five minutes just before getting to the gym.

Random Thoughts While Working Out: August Edition

1) The guy on the treadmill beside me today smelled like pine sol. I don’t think he quite grasps the different between deodorant and air fresheners yet. Regardless, it was kinda nice to have the pine fresh smell beside me while I ran. It was just as if I was running through a nice wood.

2) I’m not 100% sure if I have a small waist or just big hips. Usually I convince myself it’s the former, especially when I dress myself in the mornings. But other times like today when I was doing my lunges, I’m pretty sure it’s the latter. (Note: this is not written with the intention of fishing for compliments.)

3) I wear Lululemon tops frequently when I go to the gym. It’s easier because they have the built in bra and I just can’t be bothered to find a sports bra in the morning when I’m late and headed out the door. After reading some comments in some blogs (about the recent “controversy” of the company’s refusal to make clothes bigger than a size 12), I wonder if people read me as a label snob because of the brand name?

4) I know people aren’t supposed to judge others at the gym. You’re there to focus on yourself and your own improvement. But how do you keep from doing so? I find myself constantly judging everyone at the gym! The girl with perfectly coifed hair who wears only a sports bra and running shorts to work out (attention whore). The confused looking old guy on the elliptical with jeans, polo shirt and loafers on (how is he allowed on the machines like that?). The overly enthusiastic lady who’s sweating buckets and is in everyday giving 150% on the stairmaster (she needs to calm down).

Wanna See My Underwear?

Don’t get too excited, guys. It’s just the top drawer of my dresser.

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I was changing out my fall/winter clothes over to my spring/summer clothes so it was the perfect opportunity to organize my drawers which were ready to burst, I had so much stuffed in them.

A few weeks ago, I had watched a howdini video on how to organize your dresser drawers and fold your clothes. It didn’t seem too hard and made sense to me. The reason my drawers were a mess was because i’d mess up all the nicely folded clothes while looking for a specific top, etc.

And boy, did I go to town:

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Before my drawers were so filled with clothes I couldn’t even close them all the way. Now, I still have half a drawer left!

Love it! Now I wonder how long I can keep this up for?

 

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  • cold
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  • emotional
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Cauliflower & Cheese Soup

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I forgot to take a picture until I was already done and my husband was mostly done his soup. Ah well, this is the best I could do.

I just came home from a hard day’s work today and really really didn’t feel like doing any cooking and desperately wanted to order in. Alas, I remembered that I was looking to save money so it was either frozen fish sticks & french fries or get cooking. Damn.

Alas, the recipe I found was pretty easy – the hardest part being breaking up the cauliflower into little pieces. And it was pretty quick – the longest part was the 20 minutes simmering the cauliflower until it was tender. The initial recipe I used had too much cumin and spice for my taste and not enough vegetables. So I modified it to my taste.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
2-3 tsp minced garlic
1 large head of cauliflower, broken into small pieces
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
salt & pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth
4 slices prosciutto
1/2 tsp olive oil
1- 1.5 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup milk

Directions:

1) Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrots & garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent.

2) Add in cauliflower, cumin, thyme, crushed red pepper, salt & pepper. Saute for 1 minute.

3) Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low, cover & let simmer for 20-25 minutes until cauliflower is tender.

4) While soup is cook, add 1/2 tsp of olive oil to pan & cook prosciutto until crisp. Place between two paper towels to drain.

5) Once cauliflower is tender, stir in milk & cheese to soup. Use hand blender and blend until smooth.

6) Crush prosciutto over soup. Serve hot.

Yield
4 servings

*Adapted from this recipe.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all with loved ones this Christmas. I’m going to see my family tonight. Making stuffing & scalloped potatoes. Also made some chocolate and peanut butter brownies last night too. Can’t wait.

 

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