Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Well, I just went for lunch, which I rarely do. No, I usually sit in my window less office for 8.5 hours a day ( and only get paid for 8...) But today I decided I should go out for lunch, even if I have to go by myself, just so I can see the sunshine!
I had already decided where I was going to go, so off I went with my Shape Magazine and some paper to make todays workout plan. Well!! The place I intended on going no longer exists! But since when?! I swear it was there just last week! Well, I walked on until I decided on somewhere else to go. I picked The Pourhouse, a somewhat pretentious little bar, but in the day it was not busy and much much less pretentious. I had a sandwich and salad and Fruli, yum yum. The sandwich was an awkward size, too small to be cut in half, but still to long to be one piece. The bread was pretty hard, but it was still yummy.
On my walk back to my office, I saw two girls, each walking a French Bulldog, one of my favorites. And one was a baby!! Only 3 months old. My goodness, she was so cute, I almost couldn't contain myself.I actually asked if I could pet them, usually I don't, because I am a grown women, but the baby was just too cute! This isnt the one I saw... the one I saw was even cutter!! They have such big heads compared to their bodies!
I also though Id share some other elements of my day...with a pretty mediocre picture! My boyfriend stopped in momentarily and brought some some M&Ms, which I am currently obsessed with. Im also reading Winnie the Pooh, for book club ( its a childrens lit. theme)and I'm brushing up on my grammar ( which Im sure you can tell I need, as well, my grammar is not so good). And im drinking some yummy soda out of a glass bottle, which makes it even yummier.
Recall how I went to 'prom'. Here are some pictures of the lovely corsages I made last minute, and a picture me and my friend looking pretty good, if I say so myself
That's me with the yellow flower!!
I literally remembered a few hours before prom that we needed corsages! So i went to the grocery store and bought some roses. I trimmed the stem and glue the leaves on where I wanted them. I then wrapped about 2" of the stem in ribbon. Mine had blue ribbon, and the red one had leopard print ribbon. I stuck on some "pearl" sticky things to make them look a little nicer. An viola... last minute corsages. We stuck them on with sewing needles...which was hard, and Id recommend an alternative way!
Frozen Chocolate Bananas!!
Its finally summer over here!! It only took about 8 months, but its here!! I love, love, love ice cream and iced treats!! And, well, truth be told, they aren't always so good for me. So, why not make out own iced treats?! Like frozen chocolate bananas!
You will need:
Bananas- however many depending on how many you'd like to make
Chocolate- again, as much as depending on how much you are making. Either dark or milk chocolate will do.
Nuts- like peanuts, hazelnuts or pistachios- crushed into wee pieces.
And sticks... toothpicks, or larger.
Now, you can use the whole banana for one if you like... or you can cut the banana into 4 or 5 smaller pieces. Put a stick in the banana pieces. Place bananas in the freezer to get ahead start
Melt chocolate... your best bet would be with a double broiler, or some concoction of your own. If your feeling adventurous, add some vanilla, brandy or almond flavour to the chocolate.
Once melted coat the bananas in chocolate, entirely, then dip in nuts. Becuase the bananas are already cold, the chocolate will cool much quicker, so you have to move fast. Place banana pieces on a tray lined with wax paper. Pop back into the freezer, to set.
This picture isn't of my own frozen bananas but this is what they should look like when you make yours!!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Her Doll Face
Its a rad beauty blog!!
She is also having a giveaway, with buxon lip glosses, forever XI jewelry, hard candy items and burts bees facial scrubs. If you become her follower, you can enter... but time is running out, the draw is on June 10st, so get goin, and check her blog out!!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
1. Get another tattoo
2. Go to Japan
3. Go to Greece
4. Go back to school
5. Ride a Ferris Wheel ( really, I haven't, Im terrified of heights)
6. Pay of my credit card ( which surely will not take 5 years, or even 1 year, but Im keeping it on the list)
7. Run a half marathon ( which may eventually turn into a whole marathon)
8. Get published
9. Learn to swing dance ( now, if only I had a partner)
10. Buy an expensive, gorgeous pair of shoes
Thats all I have so far... but Im sure the other 20 will come to me shortly.
Any suggestions? Whats on your list?!!
Edmonton has a pretty weak ska scene, well its almost non existant if we're gonna be serious. Montreal, Victoria and perhaps a few other cities have a more thriving ska scene, and therefore can put on festivals ( in Canada that is)
I've been to the Victoria Ska Festival twice... when I was 18 and 19... so a few years ago. They have some free gigs outside, with good bands. There are ska dj's playing at certain bars, and a few bigger bands playing, which cost to get in to. The outside gigs are nice because they are all ages, and you can just lounge... or dance... in the sunshine.
This year, The Planet Smashers are the big headliner, playing July 8 at Market Square (outside). Its all ages, but has a beer garden, and you'll need to buy a ticket for this one.
There are other local bands playing, as well as artists from Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Jamaica and more. There are three free concerts this year, which is a great if you just want to check it out.
Here's a link to the site so you can check it all out for yourself:
Air Canada and West Jet are still having sales every week on flights, so if you keep an eye out, you can get one for $300 return, which ain't too shabby.
When I went I stayed at the backpackers hostel, right down town. Its cheap and convientant so check that out too
Or check out Hot Wire. They sell discounted hotel rooms... the only catch is, they dont tell the name of the hotel, only the area its in, so you can find of figure out where it might be. They are sold at crazy discounted prices though, as the hotels are trying to fill up empty rooms... so its worth a shot, you might get an insane deal!
Besides the Ska Festival, Victoria has so much else in the way of tourism. The pier downtown is always booming, the museum is one of the best Ive been to, there is an underwater submarine garden, whale watching, beaches, a Beacon Hill park, right downtown, with a petting zoo and ducks to feed. They have an abundance of great restaurants and bars. You can rent scooters, go on a carriage ride, or one of those bicycle taxis. The buchard gardens are on the outskirts of town. They are tour buses downtown you can catch if you fancy checking out the sites that way. Really, there is just so much to do. And it is a beautiful city! So, what are you waiting for?!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Lets take a look back at our own proms shall we....
I hated my dress... I felt pressured into getting it because I hadn't found one yet, and three other girls had the same style as me, my hair was horrible!!!! The stylist made me look like a gramma, and she pulled back my bands!! why oh why!?!! and my makeup was just boring... blah. I had the typical grad shoes... I really don't know why I wore anything I did... it wasn't my style, not at all.
I was late... my mom had surprised me and my high school boyfriend with a limo... oh and my borther came along for the ride too... I was the only one with a valid id, so I bought some cheap champagne and we went for a wee ride... then were late. The food was shit, of course, the awards were lame and went to all the same people... and well,. there was so much hype, for nothing... The after party was the best part, of course, and lasted all weekend at a friends acreage.
Now, this weekends Prom, will be much better!! Ill have a rad dress... although Im still not sure what I will wear... I can do my own hair and makeup very well now!! And I wont have to hang out with losers I don't care about! Instead, I'll have my perfect boyfriend... whose not so into the Prom thing, but he has to be there for work... so its almost like he's my date...
Anyways, if you have nothing to do on Saturdya, you should come!! Here is the facebook page, so you can read all about it!
For our warm up we walked to the stairs, which took about six minutes, then walked down the stairs. And then the workout began
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Ive already contacted the better business bureau, although Im not sure what they can really do. Does anyone know anything else that can be done?!
This is a very easy recipe!!! Any one can make it! Its a chickpea sandwhich filling! Again chickpeas are great for us vegetarians!
I forget the recipe card at home... so here is the recipe from memory!!
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
I celery stock, minced
1 table spoon of lemon juice
2 tables spoons of mayonnaise or veganaise.. or whatever you fancy best.
1 teaspoon of dill.
salt and pepper
- crush chickpeas
- add the remaining ingredients to chickpeas. mix well
- add more or less of the ingredients to your taste
Its so simple, but I absolutely love this recipe! You can add other things if you like as well, like grated carrots, mustard, cubes potatoes... the world is your oyster!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Well, the week is over and its time to share what Ive been Lusting over Lately
- This bicycle... oh how I love love love leopard print
- A bosu ball... for working out!!
- A trip to Greece...oh how Ive been longing to go to Greece, and fingers crossed, I`ll be going in December!
- Wedges!! Especially from Iron Fist
- And finally, Hello Kitty... anything! I saw a hello kitty bathtub and couch, which I would die to have... and well, probably will before I have money for such elaborate and non rational purchases
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
- Riding your bike for 10 miles, instead of driving, reduced your carbon emissions by 384 pounds!
- Riding for one hour ( or 10 miles, depending on your speed) you can burn 400-500 calories!
- Riding your bike = great cardio session!
- to burn more calories on your bike ride vary your speed and resistance; by adding a few speed bursts and tyring your hardest to bike up steep hill you'll get your heart rate up, which means burning more fat!
- bike riding for longer periods of time builds stamina
- bike riding tones your butt, quadriceps, hamstring, lower legs and even your core!
- getting your heart rate up, like when bike riding, can help lower your blood pressure and control cholesterol levels
Now that summer is finally here ( and gas prices have sky rocketed) why not get out that old bike of yours, lube up the chain, tighten the wheels, and go for a nice ride in the sunshine?!!
If you don't have a bike yet, check out United Cycle, Redbike, Kijiji, or even Canadian Tire, Walmart or SportCheck!
I'm going to get a picture of me and my bike to show you next week!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
In case you were wondering about bootcamp... this is my last month at New Body... after four months, and a heck load of money...I probably wont go back. Its nice to work out in a group, sometimes, and to meet new people, and learn new exercises, but I now feel as if I know the workouts and can do them myself... for free. The workouts are hard, but not hard enough I cant do it without a trainer. It shouldn't really be called bootcamp...cause you get to rest lots and not do things if you don't want and you don't get pushed as hard as you might think. But it was good.
Here is the link to the gyms website if you fancy a look. They offer a few other classes as well, like zumba and yoga.
Other wise... that's about it. Sorry my posts haven't been as fun as they use to be. Some people read my blogs and then make judgements about what I post or try to use info against me. Really though, its just meant to be a fun format to share my thoughts and going ons of my life. So now I feel like I need to sensor what I say, as a lot of people are scum and have no lives of their own, and therefore I feel a need to not share so much. Knowledge is power, as they say... Any type of knowledge, even tiny minuet knowledge and so my blog may be lacking lustre lately, but hey, thats the kind of world we live in... where sad little people dont know how to relax, have fun, stop making judgements and taking everything so seriously
hmmm, well have a good day... maybe Ill be back with a more fun and less harsh post.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I could eat it every day... if only it were a bit more healthy to do so...
Do you have any super tasty and perhaps healthy pizza recipes you'd like to share?! I really want to try making dough and everything... which again, I know, isn't some magical feat... Ive just never done it...and then put super yummy things in the dough and then on top of it! Like sundried tomatoes, bocconcini, maybe even some pinapple... nom nom... now I want pizza even more!! This day dreaming is not such good business for a hungry tummy... and imaginative mind. Any way here are some super yummy flavors from Funky Pickle
Roasted Garlic VeggieTM
Roasted Garlic & Feta & Spinach
Feta, Kalmata Olives, Tomato, Spanish Onions, (Pinenuts on request)
Hummus, Falafel, Veggies, Tahini Sauce - A true vegan delight! Our first cheeseless pizza with no dairy productsDid you know you can order take out from Funky Pickle? You probably did, but just in case you didn't, you now know!
Here is their website, so you can join me in salivating...nom nom nom....
Monday, May 9, 2011
Anyway, now its over... and I want to be on the Amazing Race!!! Although, I don't think I can... so it remains in my dream box.
I just wanted to share my soft spot for the Amazing Race. This was the first season I had ever watched, and I thought it was quite good.
I had bought a new dress and didnt want to wear any tights or stockings, because its practically summer... and so...everything looked so good... my hair, my dress, my booties... and then there were my pale white legs... and so I took matters into my own hands!
I bought some gradual tanning body lotion... which is not as messy or streaky or hard to mess up as straight up tanning lotion. Well, I was going out in about 5 hours, so in that time I reapplied my gradual tanner about 6 times... mostly just to my legs...cause I figured the more I add the more tanned I will actually look, and no other body parts were being exposed in any large amount...including my feet. By the time I left to go out, my legs had a nice bronze glow. The next morning... my legs were super tanned!! And my feet were super white! I didn't put any lotion on my feet!! Oh what a silly silly girl I had been. My chest had a nice tan as well, but the rest of my torso was white... woe is me...
I managed to even it out by today though. And it doesn't even look fake! Unless you know me and know how pale I usually am...
Anyway... Im all prepared for summer now... well almost... I still need some cute summer outfits and maybe some new wedges... and sun hats!!
Friday, May 6, 2011
Ive decided I need to freshen up my look!! I really want to experiment with makeup... I don't usually... I'm pretty basic and go for a classic look. But I know think it is a good time to start using new colours, etc. Also, gosh darn, my hair is driving me crazy! I just don't know what to do with it. I don't really fancy dying it, because, for those how don't know, its naturally red. But like, actually red, not brown "red" or strawberry blond, just red, real red. And I don't want to dye it... I know when I'm old and no longer red, Ill reminisce about it. Besides its too hard to dye any light colours... Ive tried blond before, and it doesn't work. And I just grew out the black and the "purple".... so now what? And!!! I simply cannot decide if I should grow out my fringe.. ho hum... decisions decisions!
As I was checking to see if anyone had commented on any of my posts, I found one by another girl who has a blog, and she posts pictures of her rad makeup... this is what has inspired me to experiment. Here is her blog if you want to check it out:
Well, if you have an suggestions or hidden gem makeup brands, please do tell!!! No point in keeping such valuable info all to your little self, now is there?!
Well my little cats and kittens, enjoy your weekend! There are some rockin shows this weekend, you should check out...
I was going to write a post about gossiping and back stabbing 'friends' but thought better and decided not to. I suppose I should lean towards not offending my readers but embracing them, in all their differences.
I seem to be at a lose today... bloggers block, perhaps, has gotten me!
Ive noticed my post about facebook status has had little to not effect yet... time will tell.
I think today is just a boring, non challenging day, and despite it being early afternoon, my brain is yet to be in full functioning mode.... thus resulting in my block...
more later... maybe.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
I was going to post some examples for you, but didn't want to alienated anyone, so instead here are some facebook groups/pages, with people who think the same way as me
Sorry if this offends anyone. But for real, get a diary or a psychiatrist or something... just stop posting pathetic, woe is me, and backstabbing statuses
Hey have you guys been reading my lovely new blog all about vintage/retro decor. Well, in case you haven't, here's the link!
I can't believe its already May! It sneaked up on me for sure! But May means we are closer to warm, sunny weather.... and the beach... if I lived by the beach, which I don't. Sometimes I think about what it would be like to live in California... sun, sand, and surf.... ? rad gigs, shopping, bike rides, and tons of sunscreen... I don't want to get skin cancer, now do I? well, I suppose it doesn't really matter, because I don't live in California ( although I do wear sunscreen every day and recommend you do too).
Speaking of sunscreen... why not have a little lesson...
Sunscreen helps to block the suns ultraviolet radiation from your skin, which otherwise would cause damage in the form of a sunburn. Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 mins prior to sun exposure and an hour or two afterwards as well.... these are things I'm sure we all know, but just in case you didn't, you now do!
In regards to SPF- sun protection factor- the higher the SPF the more projection you will get. Note that the SPF is not related to the time of solar exposure, rather there are various other aspects to think about- skin pigment, time of day, location...
Basically, the higher the SPF the better and the more regularly it is applied is even better.
Here are some fancy sunscreens you may like to try:
1. Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Stick. SPF 30- Ive used this one and love it! It has some shimmer in it so its great for summer.You can easily apply it to the forehead, cheeks, nose and lips. It compact so you can take it wherever you go and reapply as needed
2. LaVanilla The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 face cream- a 100% natural, chemical free, moisturising sunscreen. Why not give it a a go?
3.Ultralight by Lush SPF 10-15- a body and face lotion with a light SPF, good for those days with a love UV index.
4.Neutorgena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55- made with helioplex, which offers ultra protection from the suns rays.
5.La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL tinted cream SPF 50 - created for the face and has a high SPF ( did I mention that super ultra high SPF should not always be trusted as research doesn't prove them to be any better than 30-50 ). This guy goes on light and non greasy, and for the price, you better expect it not to!
All these sunscreens can be found at Sephora ( online or in store) and Shoppers Drug Mart. Certain ones can be found at the grocery store or other pharmacies, I just know for sure they can be found at either of the two mentioned.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
In other news, not only did I see the film, but I also read the novel.... Water for Elephants. I actually enjoyed both... even if it is a love,fantasy plot, made all the more romantic being set in the 1930's and with a circus. It broke my heart the way they treated the animals... and although standards have improved in the past 80 years... animals are still mistreated in the circus. They are still carted onto trains and subjected to very hot weather and not enough food and water. In fact, tigers still die of heart exhaustion, when the train is not on schedule and therefore doesn't stop to water them. Elephants are still taught to do the same tricks on balls, and can and do break there legs because of the strain and there fore are put down because the pain is just too much. When we will ever learn? And why cant we find enjoyment elsewhere... instead at the hands of animals forced to perform silly tricks for humans. The circus doesn't need to drag around exotic animals with it... animals who really belong in the jungle in Africa or elsewhere.
If you want to do some reading up on animal cruelty in the circus, here are some informative links. Perhaps next time the circus rolls into town you'll think twice about going. Once you discover how baby elephants are treated, by brute force and violence, to learn tricks to entertain, you wont ever want to go to the circus again... at least not one which has animals.
Well, I didn't plan to go on about circus animal cruelty...but it made me so sad how they treated poor Rosie ( in Water for Elephants). I think you should all read the book and perhaps see the film as well. Its quite sad, in many ways, but also a really good story.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Conservative won the majority vote :( They took 40%, the NDP took 31% and the Liberals took 19%
NDP won over 100 seats, which makes them the official opposition
Stephan Harper is the new conservative Prime Minister.
Jack Layton is the official opposition leader; he was also re-elected in the Toronto-Danforth riding. The NDP won most of its seats in Quebec with 58 and Ontario with 22.
Elizabeth May, of the green party, is the party's first ever elected Member of Parliament.
The majority vote in Alberta was conservative, no surprise there. They won 27 seats, while NDP won 1 and the liberal won zero. Alberta's Premier is Ed Stelmach.
Please do comment if Ive gotten any of this info wrong... and comment with your opinions, etc.
Monday, May 2, 2011
1. Yoga Instructor
2. Professional Blogger
3. Writer at a Fashion Magazine
4. Personal Shopper
5. Buyer... for a clothing store, or some where like Lush
6. Model ( Although it would be hard at times, you get to wear pretty clothes and have your hair/makeup done for you)
7.Wife to a wealthy man... yah, yah, whatever, you know you'd love it too
8. Ballroom Dancer
I'm sure there are tons of other fun and pleasant jobs but that all I can think of at the moment. So, then, what are some jobs you think you be lovely to have?!