Thursday, October 25, 2012

three things thursday - the roma edition

Again - just a quickie, but thought Rome was worthy of a three things Thursday.

1- While the "Italian Roast" coffee I find at home has never been my favourite, the coffee here has been amazing. A perfect cappuccino every morning for 0.70 (sometimes 1.00 euro...depends on how happy the coffee bar man is). I'm not looking forward to paying many times more for coffee once I get home.

2 - Even though it is old and dirty and doesn't always make sense, Rome is beautiful.

3 - No matter what your religious beliefs I think it would be hard not to be awed by the Vatican.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

morning and evening

My school day in two pictures:
a perfect morning cappuccino
as I come out of the metro on the way home
Can't complain.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I'm off to Italy to learn things and to eat even more things. I'm guessing I won't be posting at all, but if I do, I imagine it will be in picture form. I hope you all have a wonderful few weeks! I imagine I'll be using the "mark all as read" function on my google reader for the most part, but hopefully I can keep up with anything fun.
my friend Ariel has suggested that this isn't the place to eat in rome
(and with those two goodbyes, I have exhausted my Italian. Oh dear)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

three things thursday - the scrambling to get things done edition

Happy Thursday everyone! I'm leaving on Saturday and I'm trying to get all my reading done, figure out what to bring, hope that all goes well with checking into the apartment some classmates and I have rented...I'm sure once I get there I will be excited to be there, but right now, I'm just feeling like I have too much to do.

And since getting stuff done is sucking my creativity away - another edition of three things thursday!

Thing One: Over the last week or so, I've been getting a lot of spam comments. They are almost all for psychotropic drugs. When you're already feeling a little frazzled, getting 200 messages over the course of a couple of days asking you to buy valium or xanax will make you wonder if you should look into it.

Thing Two: Jordan is running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday! So is Suz! Good luck to both of them. I'm sad I won't be there to be Jordan's pack mule. Run Happy Suz - have a great one. Jordan - run fast and don't fall down.
sign from last year's Toronto marathon.
Thing Three: My sister started back at work this week after maternity leave - which means that Zoey is almost 1. Crazy. Go check out her adorableness over here. And since it is the season - it also means my two nephews and other niece are a year older too (seriously - all four of them have birthdays from mid-September to mid-October). Where has the time gone?

Have a wonderful day! And - should I buy the online xanax?

Monday, October 08, 2012


So about two years ago, (and I've mentioned this once before) I was hanging out at my friend Suz's place with a few people and helping them with their halloween costumes (they were headed to Salem for a halloween extravaganza). We were having fun and crafting away when I got a text message from Jordan. It read "I hit a deer carcass on the highway." I immediately texted back asking if anyone was injured (he was driving a co-worker as well) and luckily all was well, though the car wasn't drivable so they were waiting for the tow truck.

It turns out, what he thought was a deer carcass was actually a moose carcass. He was driving on the highway in the dark, came around a corner, and all of a sudden there was a dead animal in the middle of his lane. He didn't really have time to react and went right over it. Who knows if it was the angle, or the size of the moose, or what, but he really did just go over it. Yes, the moose ripped up the bottom of our car and it took a while to get everything fixed and the insurance figured out (oh the shock of the bill accidentally getting sent to us...), but by some twist of luck, our VW golf did not roll, did not skid, and just went right over the moose.

This weekend, I saw a headline in the newspaper that said "Two women seriously hurt after hitting moose near Magog." I didn't read the story because it felt too close to home. Then Jordan sent it to me with the message "could have been much worse for me" and I decided to read it. Pretty much exactly the same thing happened to these two women. Dark highway, dead moose, middle of the road. But unfortunately for these two women, the car rolled and the women were trapped inside.

So this Thanksgiving, I'm feeling sad for those women and their families (and very hopeful that they recover), but extra thankful that Jordan's incident resulted in no injuries.

Happy Thanksgiving! And if you're not Canadian - no reason not to be thankful anyway. If you want to - tell me something you're thankful for today.
Thanksgiving colours.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

three things thursday - it's october

Very random with the three things today.

Thing One: Yesterday, Leigh asked what plastic surgery we would get - hypothetically. Strangely, her choice was mine too: some sort of chin/neck surgery because my chin sort of blends right into my neck so I don't love my profile. There were actually four of us who would have a similar surgery (one of them was my sister) - do you think we can wrangle some sort of discount?*

Thing Two: I'm gearing up for my 5th and 6th courses for school. It seems a little crazy to think that at this time last year I was just about to start my courses and wasn't sure what I had gotten myself into. Sometimes I still wonder what I've gotten myself into, but it has gone fairly well. And hey - the next units are in Rome. I've never been and although it will be a very busy two weeks in Rome, I am pretty excited to go to Italy.
travel books and food books - works for me.
Thing Three: I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I decided to watch the start of the Bachelor Canada - just to see if it was any different from the American version. I didn't make it all that long but all I really noticed was that the production value is lower (which is pretty standard for Canadian television) but don't worry - the girls are just as bitchy to each other. I don't foresee me watching much more of it in the future.  It did crack me up to see Molson 67 featured prominently at the cocktail party and I also pegged him as a Quebecer pretty quickly. Something about the way he talks.

So there are my three things. Would any of you have plastic surgery? Anything fun going on in your lives?

*Seriously though - it would have to be a pretty much risk free surgery for me to actually do it. And it would have to cost next to nothing. I'm not actually willing to pay a lot of money and potentially die for something like that.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

it had to happen eventually - a race report of sorts

So I ran a race on Sunday. A 10K race. It was a bit of a goal race - I was gunning for a PR (and a pretty big one) and I had a pretty "fast for me" goal time in mind that I knew was a long shot but that I thought if things lined up, it was possible. Spoiler alert: I did not PR or hit that time. But I did have a funny experience.

The course was partially on trail/paths and partially through the streets of a suburb. It started off with the trail and path portion. Which was great for me because the first 5K is when I started to experience some lower gastrointestinal distress. This has been happening a bit to me this summer - when I was putting out a lot of effort for speed work, my GI system got a little angry. Usually it wasn't too bad, but there were a couple of times that I had to cut an interval or two short or walk for 30 seconds to "calm" my GI system. Unfortunately, this time it was happening in a race. At first I thought it was just like any other time - so I kept going. But it wasn't getting any better. So I stopped and walked for about 30 seconds, hoping that would make it go away. It didn't. I tried another walk break and again, not helpful. And that is when I was very, very thankful that I was in the woods because if I had to pull a Paula Radcliffe, at least I could have some privacy.

So once that was over, I actually felt pretty good. I had lost a lot of time and knew I probably wouldn't make it up, but that didn't stop me from at least running a decent second half of the race. I think I ran a pretty quick second 5km and the only time I got passed was at the VERY end when two people came out of nowhere with some crazy kick in their legs. In fact - I finished the race and immediately worried I was going to throw up (a sure sign of pushing hard at the end) and had to push my way through people at the finish line because I needed to get out of the crowd...just in case. And then I started to laugh. How ridiculous would it have been to have thrown up after already having to take a pit stop in the woods?

I was one of the least "bundled up" people there - and yes, I'm wearing  only one arm warmer
Do I think I would have hit my goal time if I hadn't had to stop? Honestly - I'm not sure. The course was reasonably challenging, with some of it being run on a trail that was kind of sandy. One of the hills was pretty tough and it was raining - so some of the corners were a little greasy. I do think I would have   run a personal best but I'm not sure I would have hit that magical number I was hoping for (especially because my lungs have been a bit angry the last couple of weeks). But this at least makes for a funny story right?

So yeah - I wanted to run 49:59, but instead I took a little break in the woods, ran a negative split, and finished in about 52:30. I'm sure my guts will cooperate next time right?