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Show-Off Extension

So I think the 21st may have been a little ambitiuos for the Kitchen Show-Off. How about we shoot for Tuesday, April 28th instead? If everyone could send me their stuff by the 27th, that would be great.

See previous post for instructions.

Happy Monday!


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The Beginning

Gettin’ There

As far as it got before I left for 5 and came back to a cleaned-off table =(

The End

I go to college. =)

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A while back (Saturday, October 25th, apparently!) I saw this post over on Cat’s blog. I remember being impressed, but thinking “Seriously…can’t afford it. Don’t even look at it.”

March rolls around and I realize that I’m running low on…everything. All of my shitty foundation/concealer is about to run out. Oh, and I need new brushes, before mine crumble to dust from being so damn old. Seriously, if I wash them one more time they may just disintegrate. So, do I:

a) Go buy some more shitty makeup that I’ve been buying just because it is cheap or
b) Pay the not-so-terrible price of $68 CDN for a Bare Escentuals starter kit from Sephora…avec brushes?

My credit card was already bursting at the seams so…why not? This finally showed up this week:

Thanks for the heads up Cat…I think I’m a mineral convert ♥.

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I absolutely *had* to be at school yesterday. No choice in the matter. Things were going down that were of at least moderate importance, and I had to drag my sick ass out the door and through the snow to be there for them.

Oh yeah, this is what my city looks like right now. Spring in Winnipeg, no big deal…

15 minute round-trip to the library on Wednesday. Saw 6 people stuck in the snow. Awesome.

Anyway, since there is some unspoken rule in my life lately that things just cannot go smoothly, my body decided that Wednesday night was to be a night of no sleep. Guess who woke up yesterday morning with a grand total of 3 hours of Z-time? Yep, that would be me. Lovely.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am a zombie when I don’t get enough sleep – especially under the 5 hour mark. Not only that, but not getting enough sleep immediately results in an afternoon urge to stuff my face with all things packed with refined sugar and fat. Think cookies, doughnuts or, failing those, chips.

I’ve spent years trying to fight these occasional urges with sheer willpower. It almost always ends in a ridiculous eating frenzy. So after waking and realizing my zombie-like state, I immediately began to panic about the cravings I was inevitably going to face. “Oh my God,” I thought, “I’m going to want to eat everything in sight and I’m going to have to stop myself and it’s going to be sooo hard! Why me? Why now?”

Then I stopped. And I thought. And I made a conscious decision to just chill and let nature take it’s course. Guess what? Not thinking about something constantly makes it easier to deal with. So what if I eat a few cookies? My life will not be ruined. I will not immediately gain 10 pounds. My pants will still fit. A cookie or two will not negate the exercise I do on a regular basis, nor the awesome foods I put in my body 90% of the time.

So would you like to know how my day went?

It was lovely. I walked around like a zombie, got some schoolwork done, and tended to my obligations. I ate a bagel for brunch, and 2 cookies in the afternoon. Pasta with broccoli and Alfredo sauce for dinner. Oh, and I was offered a Timbit that I refused without even thinking about it – because I didn’t want it.

A day of optimum nutrition? Obviously not…but I went with the flow and I have no shame or regrets. That counts for something. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it counts for a lot.

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Most people who know me know that I have been trying to quit smoking for quite some time. I’m a light smoker; about 1-5 cigarettes a day, roughly 4-5 times a week. That’s not a lot, but it’s enough to put me at risk for heart disease, lung disease, mouth disease….well, you get the point.

I started smoking when I was 14. If I could go back and give my 14-year-old self a hard kick in the ass I most certainly would. There were a few times during my teens and 20s that I quit for months at a time, but I always seem to come back to it. I don’t need anyone to tell me how stupid that is…I am perfectly aware.

I am convinced that smoking is why I’ve been sick so often this winter. I also know that when I’m smoking, it is harder for me to exercise…because my lungs just don’t wanna. I also know that you really can’t quit smoking until you are ready – and for the past week or so I’ve been thinking that I just might be ready to try again. So when I felt myself getting sick on Thursday night I thought “Hey, this is gonna suck…but now is as good a time as any to quit!”

I didn’t smoke on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. There was a situation on Monday that was extremely upsetting and I ended up having 4 cigarettes before I decided that it really wasn’t helping. Then there were 2 puffs yesterday before I decided that I really, really didn’t want it. And that was that. I had an almost full pack of cigarettes, and I just didn’t want any – which is why I think I’m ready to quit.

Of course, I had awesome plans to hit the gym at school before class this morning…until I woke up with bad chest pain and difficulty breathing. Coincidence? Well, probably more related to being sick for the past 5 days than anything else, but still.

So when I brave the blizzard outside to go to the walk-in today, it might be a good time to discuss some stop-smoking strategies as well.

Is there a point to this post? No. But I’m going to be super embarrassed if I put this out there and then don’t quit….so there you go.

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…or you Big Boy Briefs, I guess!

Some things happened yesterday that really got me thinking about what it means to “Grow Up.” There are a few characteristics that I’ve come to accept as those of an adult…and these are them:

1. Handling Your Money. This one’s tricky, because there are 30/40/50/60/70/80-year-olds out there who can’t do this. So why do I consider it a mark of adulthood? Because I DO! Nahnahnah, you can’t stop me. Seriously though – I keep track of my bank account/credit cards to the cent. I have a spreadsheet. You do not have to have a spreadsheet to be a grown-up…but for the love of God, at least make sure you have your rent and bill money before paying your subscription to WOW, ok?

2. Handling Your Business. When I need to find a new place to live, get a utility hooked up, open a new bank account, whatever, I go through a very simple process. I pick up my phone, dial some numbers, talk to someone, make an appointment…and so on and so forth. I do not wait for someone else to do these things for me. I do them myself, because it is my responsibility to do so.

3. Handling Your Laundry. And your dishes. And your waste disposal. And your vacuuming. Etc. etc. etc. Again, there are 30/40/50/60/70/80-year-olds who cannot handle this concept. I do not care about them. If they have 3-week-old dishes sitting around their house growing fuzz, then they are gross – regardless of age. Gross.

My tongue is firmly planted in my cheek. Just so you know.

On the same note…a few things I wish I could go back and tell my 18-year-old self:

1. The Gritty Grotto or the YMCA have the same shit as Shapes, but for a fraction of the cost. For the love of God, do not sign up at Shapes when you could walk across campus and hit the gym there. Also, you have less chance of being hit by flying bicep sweat from some over-zealous old dude going through a midlife crises if you work out on campus. JUST SAYIN.

2. It is not always your roommate’s fault. (Sorry)

3. Do NOT get your money from Student Aid. They are the devil. Go to BMO and get a $15,000 student line of credit, followed by $10,000 every year after that. You will be way more comfortable AND they will not penalize you for working and having a savings account.

4. Just because you got good grades in high school does NOT mean you are required to go to university. There is nothing wrong with at least starting out at college. The classes are smaller, the keggers are more fun, and (shock!) you will actually meet people. And, like, know their last names. And see them in more than one class, more than 3 times a week.

5. Leave Winnipeg. As soon as possible. Actually, while you’re at it, just get out of Manitoba. You and cold weather do not get along. You are not tough enough for this shit. A fresh batch of snow on March 24th? Pfffffft. Screw that!

I obviously still haven’t taken the advice offered to myself by myself in #5. Geeeeeeez.

(Can you tell I am still home sick? This blows.)

P.S. I am now on Twitter, because I obviously have nothing better to do. Check it out here.

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I am home sick today, and therefore have nothing better to do than blog and drink tea. Lucky you!

It’s been almost a week since I gave up the scale, so I figured this was a good time to check in. Guess what? It is DIFFICULT to not weigh yourself every day when that is what you’re used to! Imagine that :P.

I’ve had a few panicky moments of “OMG, I’m going to gain weight, what the hell am I doing???” but for the most part…smooth sailing. Eating is easy. I know how to do it. Open mouth, insert food…chew. See? I’ve got it down. As long as my pants keep fitting and I keep exercising and eating the right stuff, everything will be fine.

It turns out that exercise is a lot more fun for me when there’s no pressure…which is nice. Taking my dog for a long walk can be about going outside and enjoying it…and if I decide to pick up running again this spring that can be enjoyable too. Oh, and don’t get me started on how excited I am to get out on my bike again! Exercise bikes just don’t cut it…I like the real deal. Bring on the snow/slush-free roads and bike paths so I can get going!

Unfortunately today is a dreary, windy day and I am a big sicky-poo. I’m so bored that I even took pictures to commemorate my sick day. Sad? Oh yeah.

Chicken soup for breakfast, tea with lemon/honey (and lots of it!), daytime tv and…the beginnings of egg salad sandwiches for lunch. Yeah…soup and egg salad sandwiches are all I feel like eating today, so I guess that’s how it’s gonna be.

Being sick blows.

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