Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Papers are handed in (for better or worse...).

I'm done work at noon today.

Let the Christmas prep and holiday merriment begin.

Friday, December 14, 2012

more on running in the city

Despite that study that was published that has people claiming that running in the city makes you dumber (I haven't been able to find the actual study...but from what I gather what it says is not that it makes you dumber but rather that it means you don't get the brain gains that exercise would normally produce) if nothing else, it is really interesting. I've talked about eventful runs before - and it's really not getting much less eventful.

During yesterday's run, I helped a guy find an address after he asked if I had a "téléphone intelligent." Our interaction resulted in him telling me I shouldn't run in the middle of January because I'd catch cold (umm...it's December and it was warm enough for me to be wearing capri pants) and then trying to sell me on this new band that he's managing...that's like Mumford and Sons. This interaction also would have taken place all in the middle of the road had I not said "hey - let's move to the corner here...I'd rather not get hit by a car" because he stopped me in the middle of crossing he street.

Once that part was over, I continued my run and laughed a little bit at my "city running" because it involved smelling: bus fumes, coffee, marijuana, subway (the sandwich not the mode of trasport), cigarettes, body odour, and really strong perfume. I also got to see a decorated bike (very festive), an adorable Bernese Mountain Dog (who loved my mitten), and 3 people run the same red light. Plus, I got to pick up a baguette and run home with it. Pretty great if you ask me.

So yeah, maybe it will make me dumber, but at least city running is entertaining. And hey - for now, it's all I've got.
Any eventful runs lately?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

because it is my favourite

If everyone is going to make a big deal about 12/12/12, they should at least be singing this song.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

christmas cheer guide - a return

I have never re-published a post before, but I'm trying to finish papers and not finding it easy to think about blog posts, so I thought I'd revisit last year's Christmas cheer guide. While everyone else is publishing gift guides, I'll put out a list of how to get back into the Christmas spirit after trying to find all those gifts and standing in line.

So put on your Mannheim Steamroller and get ready to feel cheery!
(This is originally from December 6, 2011)

Even during the Christmas season, we don't always feel so cheery and filled with the holiday spirit. Maybe it was a bad day at work, winter traffic, other people being stupid, or crowded shopping mall parking lots that bring you out of the Christmas glow. Or maybe your life is just a little crazy and you're finding it a little hard to get into the spirit. If any of this applies to you this season, here are my surefire ways to get into (or back into) the holiday spirit.

1- A cup of Cheer.

red cup for the win
Even if Starbucks isn't your thing- sitting down with a nice warm cup of your favourite winter coffee, tea, or warm beverage is a nice break from all the craziness of the holidays. Throw on some music and just enjoy a few minutes by yourself or with someone you like to spend time with. Living in Liberia and aren't sure about drinking a warm beverage on a warm day? Crank up the A/C, put on a Christmas sweater, and enjoy the beverage for a few minutes. Then resume your pool sitting and sunning.

2- A Christmas Tree.
a very philly christmas
Even if I don't have one at home, sitting near a Christmas tree and looking at the decorations and the lights always puts me in the Christmas spirit. They're so shiny and pretty and it is hard not to feel happy when you're sitting in the glow of the tree (and if you're lucky, smelling pine!). Whether it is a tree as a part of the mall's Santa display or a tree in a good friend's living room, it always puts a smile on my face (even one that looks like this). Can't find a tree to look at in person? Open a bottle of Pine Sol, put on some Christmas music, and google image search "Christmas Tree." Then try not to spill the Sol as you sniff it.

3- A Christmas Movie
Can I refill your egg nog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Whether you're an Elf, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Die Hard, or Love Actually fan, a Christmas movie is ideal for Christmas cheer. The soundtracks are full of Christmas music, the sets are gloriously cheery, and in general, things work out in the end. They are feel-good movies that make you feel all warm and cuddly inside. Even Bad Santa makes you feel good for parts of it. So find a movie, grab some popcorn, and let the cheer overtake you. May I recommend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Just make sure you watch the whole way through- it is a bit of a downer if you just watch the part where society bullies the characters who are different.

4- Holidays on Ice.

No, I don't mean some sort of Disney ice capades holiday show.  If you aren't familiar with David Sedaris, you should really become familiar with him. His short stories are pithy, smart, and hilarious. Especially the Christmas ones. While I'm sure reading the book is quite nice, I recommend listening to the audio version of Holidays on Ice. He narrates the audiobook and the way he tells his own stories is practically perfect in every way. If nothing else, these will make you laugh and will make you wonder what the heck the Dutch were up to.

5- Booze it up.
cause of and solution to all life's problems
If all else fails, spike your coffee, make your egg nog a double, drink gin right out of the bottle...whatever your style, booze it up good. If it doesn't put a little cheer in your step, just drink more and you'll forget why you needed cheer in the first place. This is actually probably the best option if life has beaten that holiday spirit right out of you, but just for the sake of your health, try numbers 1 through 4 before resorting to this one.

What would be in your Christmas cheer guide?

Sunday, December 09, 2012

last day

Just one last plug to help my sister win a free pair of shoes. She's apparently running in WAAAAY to old shoes and has been spending her money on adorable sweaters for Zoey instead of new running shoes. So if you have a few spare clicks today, CLICK HERE and vote for Heather. How can you say no to this face?

Friday, December 07, 2012

on being a student who works full time II

Around this time last year, I posted the 2 views that I was seeing a lot. Well, this year doesn't look or feel much different. For the work day, I stare at my work computer, for the evening, I stare at my computer. Too much screen time, too much time on my butt, too much thinking. By the end of the day, I kind of feel like I can't even talk anymore. My last paper is due on the 23rd, but I'm leaving to go "home" on the 18th and would really like to hand it in before or very close to that date.

Aaaand...that's all I have left in my brain. Happy Friday! I will leave you with a picture of the adorable kitten that I wanted to steal from our friends last weekend. If only Jordan wasn't allergic to cats.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

a little bit of this, a little bit of that

So this will probably be a pretty random post, but I feel like that's the state of my brain these days/ I'm trying to finish up my papers for the semester and I think that's taking the last bit of brain power that I have.

First off - my truth from Thursday: #4. I actually have not seen the Gangnam style video. I saw the Glee version of it - but I haven't seen the PSY version.(I still haven't had a big mac...)

Secondly, I have never been so thankful for the lunchtime run as I have in the last few weeks (especially last week). These days, the sun is setting before 4:30 so the only chance to get outside and get some runs done in daylight has been at lunch. Pair that with some fairly stressful weeks (that I was thankful to come out of with a job) and the lunch run has been my best friend. Stepping away from my desk and into the sun (well...most days have been at least light, if not sunny) has been the perfect stress relief.

Another stress relief - red lights, wood panelling, lots of plaid, good drinks, and great friends.
Bar de Courcelle
Sure, the bar isn't always the most constructive way to deal with stress...but every so often, it works well. And I stand by my decision to have a few drinks with friends at the end of a long and stressful November.

Monday, December 03, 2012

a quick plug for my sister

I'll post tomorrow as well - but just a quick plug for my sister. She entered a contest with a running club called "Snow way I'm running in that" and she needs votes! If you're a Facebooker - please vote for her picture HERE. Bonus - you get to see a cute picture of her daughter Zoey too. And babies in toques are adorable.