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What’s been going on?

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I feel like even though I’ve been posting every day, I’ve been forgetting to add a little bit of myself in my blog these days, so I thought it was time for a little catch up post on what I’ve been up to in my every day life!

1) I’ve never spent this much time in front of the computer before, getting all my online affairs (if you will) in order before I leave for Greece. I’ve practically been sitting here for three straight days scheduling blog posts, catching up with my Google Reader & soaking up as much of the blog world as possible before I leave. I don’t think I’ll be online very much (if at all) while I’m gone, so I’m overdosing a little bit now it seems.


At least the view from where I’ve been working is lovely… Must enjoy more sun ASAP.

2) Summer has been going by SO quickly, where is time going?! I feel like I haven’t been doing enough with myself, and yet I don’t really have any spare time to read and catch up on sleep and soak in the sun. I miss doing all those things, but I’ve just been cooped up at work, on my blog or I don’t know where. Stressing out a little too much though, it seems.

3) I need to get my hair cut. I haven’t had a hair cut in like… 6 months, if not more? And I usually have a shorter hair style that requires a 2-3 month trim, so right now I’m just dying to get to the hair dresser. Must make time in the next week and a half before I leave!


Short hair, I miss you so! And straight hair, I miss you too! 

4) I’m way too addicted to Twitter these days, but I’m loving it and I’m meeting so many new bloggers recently because of it. I think my favorite these days are the #SummerofHarry book club chats on Thursday nights! I’ll be missing it this Thursday, but that’s only because I’ll finally be going to see the last installment of the movie. FINALLY. About Twitter, somebody please send me help? I’m seriously tweeting like 20 times a day now that I’ve been working from home.

5) I’ve been getting re-obsessed with Harry Potter lately, which I think I’ve mentioned (and blogged) about recently. I also somehow found time to re-watch movie 6 and movie 7, so I’m all ready to go see Deathly Hallows part 2 tomorrow! The main thing I’m realizing though is that I’m appreciating the movies SO much more now than the first time that I saw them. I don’t know if it’s nostalgia, but I’m seeing them in a whole new loving light!


I’m just going to keep randomly sharing pictures of the HP cast & indulge my obsession. Plus, hi there Rupert.

6) The next week and a half is going to be all sorts of crazy for me as I finish all my preparations before leaving for Greece. I’ve never gone on such a long trip and I didn’t realize how much I had to do! I need to step it up and do things quicker because I’m really running out of time! I’m also trying to fit in as many hang outs with friends right before I leave so I don’t miss anyone too much, but I know I will anyway.

7) I have been getting out a couple nights too and I’m having a lovely time with friends. I’ve gone to a couple summer BBQ’s, I’ve spent some time with my Greece girls, my work ladies & I’m still doing lots of fitness classes. Monday night I did a Zumba class and it was a bit easier than my first one (the teacher was different) but it also wasn’t as much of a work out I found… It was however more fun. Today I’m doing another boot camp class and yoga, and on Friday I’m doing another hour of hot yoga! I’m really sad that my fitness membership expires as I leave for Greece. Must find new gym to join when I get home.

8 ) This coming Friday is FINALLY the day that I go see the Eric Stonestreet comedy show downtown with my mom (he plays Cameron on Modern Family!) He’s hosting a show for the Montreal Just For Laughs festival going on and I am seriously REALLY excited. I’m just sad that I didn’t get any Russell Peters tickets because he’s here the night before, but I guess you can’t get everything in life!

9) Some music that I’ve been loving lately: City & Colour’s latest album ‘Little Hell’, the brand new Jack’s Mannequin single ‘My Racing Thoughts’, the new Marianas Trench Single ‘Haven’t Had Enough’, Paramore’s song ‘Monster’ and anything by Automatic Loveletter. I completely forgot that when I interviewed Juliet from Automatic Loveletter I got a photo with her, and I just can’t wait to share it once the interview goes live!

10) I can’t stop staring at my blog’s colorful new layout. That’s a good thing, right? I also (this is unrelated however I don’t want more than 10 numbers on this list) found my glasses broken after my shower. They literally just fell apart, and they’re hardly 6 months old! Thank God I got contacts, otherwise I’d be totally effed. Must get those fixed ASAP, I’m blind as a bat without them & I still don’t like going out in public with contacts in- especially work! Ugh.

Somebody get me off the internet, pronto. Luckily I’ve got work to keep me busy these next few days and all sorts of fun plans, and even more things to share with you all as I prepare to leave (12 days! Ahh!)

Oh! And if you do graphic design, blog re-designs, banner designs or anything like that… Please leave me a comment! I’m looking for someone who can work with WordPress and is available to do designs. If you know any good small businesses, also let me know. The ones I’ve contacted are all booked up! Drat.

Okay I’m done now, I swear. How have you all been? 

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My experience with fitness classes (so far)

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I am not an active person. For as long as I can remember, sports and gym classes and just overall exercise were my least favorite things to do. When I was little, my brother would run off to his championship soccer games and I would either sit happily in the bleachers to watch or stay home even happier with a good book.

My mom never forced me into any kind of sports teams either. I know some parents require their kids to do this, and maybe that’s not the worst thing ever, but my mom just wasn’t one of those people. She preferred to let me do the things I love, so she fueled my love for books and writing instead.

I don’t know which situation I would have preferred had I been given the chance, but the point is that it made me grow up to love the things that I pursued when I was younger, and hate the things that I avoided (exercise).

Now that I’m old enough to make my own decisions and figure these life things out for myself, I realize that I can make exercise a part of my life in a way that I enjoy, and not in a way that is forced upon me like in elementary school and high school when I was forced to take gym class.

In an effort to find what my “exercise thing” is, I joined a fitness gym called Cielo Studios with one of my best friends two weeks ago. So far I’ve taken four different classes, basically the four main ones that they offer. The one I’m avoiding is pole dancing (because realistically, no.) but I thought I’d just share my opinions of these classes, from the perspective of someone who would vacuum and do dishes before any kind of physical activity on a normal basis. Okay that might not be true, but still. You get the point.

1. Zumba 

The first class I took was a Zumba class, and I think it nearly killed me. I’m exaggerating obviously, but it was quite a bit harder than I had expected. I kept up pretty well, but the one thing I wasn’t expecting was to not actually be able to follow the dances. The teacher was lots of fun however her choices for dance moves were a bit tough, especially for an uncoordinated person like myself. There were a few moves that I just had to wait out because I genuinely had no idea what she was doing, but the ones that I did gave me a really great work out. The hour FLEW BY and before I knew it she was ending the class and I was like wait, what? Already? I would definitely do that again. I think what I need is to do the same class over and over again until I can follow all the dancing, and then it would be the perfect work out.

2. Boot camp 

The morning after Zumba, I hauled my sore butt back to the fitness center for the class I was most scared about. I honestly, genuinely without any exaggeration here, nearly passed out halfway through this class. I took a good 5 minute break because the work out was just too much for me. I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to finish, but I knew that if I could just get back into it I would feel so amazing after. I was 100% right. I think I was in an easier boot camp class, but thank God for that because I felt like she worked us really hard. Some of the moves were actually so amazing and while I was doing them and slowly dying from the inside out, I was thinking to myself that this is going to hurt a whole lot tomorrow. But in a good way. And was I right or WHAT.

3. Yoga & Meditation

I took this class 15 minutes after I finished boot camp. My friend and I thought it would be a good idea to relax our muscles a little bit and give yoga a shot. I actually really enjoyed it, although it was really hard on my muscles. They already felt super overworked and some of the poses in yoga you have to hold for a couple minutes and I had a lot of trouble. I never realized just how strenuous yoga can be if you’re not flexible enough for it. What I did learn from yoga though is that I really want to be more flexible and I want to take more time out of my schedule to do these kinds of work outs. I left there feeling really great about myself after 2 hours of pushing myself really hard, but I was tired as hell.

The next day I could hardly walk, but that’s besides the point. It’s my own fault for denying myself exercise for so long.

4. Hot Yoga 

I think this may have been my favorite class. I was expecting to like it the least out of them all, but it was the greatest experience ever and I’m just looking for another day to go back. It’s been two days since I took this class and I’m still feeling the burn through my abdomen and the backs of my legs. I felt SO amazing after leaving and I knew it was a much better work out than I realized, without all the unnecessary feelings of wanting to throw up/pass out/curl up in a ball. I mean yeah, you sweat a whole lot, but leaving there I’m pretty sure I’ve never felt better.

Final verdict on fitness classes so far: I’m loving them! I’m always pumped to get there and see what it’ll be about, and the time ALWAYS flies by. I feel amazing afterwards and it boosts my motivation to eat healthier. Plus after a good work out all I want to eat is something really good, so that helps.

I also think that it’s important to choose a good studio. I really lucked out with this one I think. I don’t know much about fitness studios but I know that the teachers at mine are really amazing and they take the time to talk to you, get to know your name and they’re just overall super friendly. The atmosphere is also incredibly inviting. It’s so calm and peaceful, plus they serve this amazingly delicious tea in a gorgeous room before and after all classes. If it wasn’t so expensive I think I’d get a membership there for good, instead of this one month unlimited thing!

What are your fitness class experiences? Any favorites?