Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Wednesday Post

I gained this week... and last. Not a lot, but enough.

It's not really a surprise. I have had an unsatisfiable hunger for the past week or two. I haven't been binging, just eating a lot. Too much.

I also haven't been working out as much as I could. Slash - I haven't been working out at all. I have three more yoga classes to take advantage of before they expire next week. I also have my jumping classes. I really don't want to go jumping again. I will go. But I don't want to. I don't want to walk into an awkward situation. I can't stand the owner of the studio.

I don't do well in negative situations. You know how people always say "What's the worst that can happen? You get yelled at?" (or some other example), It is supposed to make you feel better about the future situation. But I don't want to be yelled at. I don't want people I don't know to be mad at me. Even if I never have to see them again. I don't want that. This lady is crazy. Please refer to my crazy lady post from last week. I'm going to back... eventually.

On Sunday afternoon I cooked up all of my vegetables before they went bad. I made a gluten free lasagna type dish. I've been having that for lunch all week. It's pretty spectacular. I also made a vegetable medley of sorts that I can do different things with. Last night it was lettuce wraps. They were good, but the filling on its own is just so good. I might have to skip the lettuce tonight.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

What I Wore This Week

Here are my fashion hits (and possible misses) for the last week. I'm trying to put more effort into my appearance each day and try new looks.
Last Friday was Fright Nights with friends. I only had 10 minutes to get ready after work, so I just threw this outfit on as fast as I could before we met up for dinner. I am wearing a black skirt, but it didn't photograph very well. I wanted to give the leopard print a bit of love since I don't end up wearing it very often. It falls into this weird category of not being quite casual enough for most occasions, but not nice enough for the nights when I am going out (mostly because it doesn't have any sequins or bling on it).

Last weekend was Thanksgiving in these Northern parts. My family was away, so I got to take part in Friendsgiving this year. I was pretty excited about it since I am usually away. I make brussel sprout casserole and all of my friends brought their A-game with the rest of the food. While my casserole was cooking, I had to move quickly to get ready for the dinner. I decided on the red pants and the lace top because something about the combination said Thanksgiving to me. It was probably the fall colours and old-timey cut of the top. I also went with straight hair because it seems like forever since I have done that.

Date Night #1: We met for drinks at a restaurant/pub. I'm more of a coffee date person for a first date, but he suggested drinks instead. A little later than I am used to. Especially for a Monday night. But I had a nice time. He seemed like a nice guy. I'm not really sure if anything will come of it though. Since it was so late on a weeknight, I decided not to go that extra mile. Yesterday's hair and a quick make-up job. I wore the same thing I wore to work and just threw on some jewelry. 

Date Night #2: Second date with a guy I met last week. A second date, guys!! It's been forever since I had a second date. Okay, not really. I had a second date with a guy last week too... Oops, forgot about that one. But before this month, I haven't had a second date in...years (hides in shame). We ended up going to a corn maze and dinner. I tried to dress for fall. It ended up being a really nice night and I didn't wear my jacket for long. I got the dress from Target (the very first time I ever went to one) a few years ago. It is still one of my favourite items in my closet. It's a little short, so leggings are a must with it. I tend to wear it more as a shirt/tunic than a dress.

Linking up with these lovelies... because I like pretty things

Shopping My Closet pleated poppy

I'd love to see what you've been wearing all week. Let me know if you would like to join me.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Jumping Predicament

A few months ago, my friend and I tried out a new exercise class called jumping. It's basically aerobics on a mini trampoline.

We both loved it and thought it was really fun. I ended up buying punch card so I would be committed to going back.

I have been telling all of my friends about how great it is and that they should join. A couple of my friends did end up joining and bought passes as well.

The thing is... it's not as great as I've been telling everyone it is.

The problem isn't the class. I still love the class. It is an intense workout in a fun environment. It's hard work, but worth it. The problem is the owner of the studio.

I have never gotten a good vibe from her. My first impression was that she was a very intense person who was very passionate about what she did. That doesn't have to be a bad thing. She spewed all of these random facts about how great the work out was to me and my friend. Most of it was complete bullshit. She told us that jumping is good for people with any type of injuries including hip injuries, and that it has been known to CURE CANCER. Yes, she said that.

Obviously after that I knew right away to take anything she said with a grain of salt. It's obvious that this woman lives and breathes fitness. You can tell just by looking at her. She is incredibly tiny and strong. But it is also pretty clear that she doesn't always know what she is talking about.

It doesn't help that English isn't her first language. In my first class with her, she told us that her favourite fitness move was the plank... except that she didn't know what it was called in English. She kept spewing a bunch of different names for the move. The entire class kept telling her that it was called a plank, but she kept insisting that it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, I am extremely envious of anyone who speaks more than one language. I don't think she needs to have a perfect grasp of the language, but she should probably brush up on her terminology.

There are so many spelling and grammar mistakes in her pamphlets and on her websites that it makes my head hurt. If you are trying to start a professional and legitimate business in a language that is not native to you, you should probably get a friend to proof read your material. Heck, even if you are working in your native language, you should probably do this anyway. Just a tip.

Her English skills are actually quite problematic. In the summer the classes were filling up quite quickly, so you had to book your classes in advance. I sent her an e-mail asking her if the class was full and if there was room for me. Her response was "yes it is." That's it. I had no idea what question she was answering. I took a shot that she meant there was room for me and went to the class with no idea if I would be able to attend or not. I did end up getting in.

The last class I took, I overheard her say to her husband that she was just saying yes to everyone and had no idea if there would be enough trampolines for everyone. There were, but I was shocked at how unprofessional she was. Clearly the waiting lists to get into the class aren't as large as they used to be.

I was supposed to go to a class last night. I started feeling weird around lunch time. It was already after the time the cancelation policy goes into effect. I tried to will myself to get better so I wouldn't have to miss the class. By the time work was over I had such a bad headache that I was almost in tears and felt like throwing up. Is this a migraine? I don't even know. It wasn't fun.

I realized that there was no way I would be able to get through her jumping class. So I called her to let her know that I wouldn't be coming.

I was a little bit scared because I have seen her go off on customers who called to cancel. There were three girls who got stuck in traffic and couldn't make the class. They called to cancel just as the class was starting. At the front of the class so that everyone could hear, the owner went off at them into the phone. Telling them that they would all have to pay for the class that they were missing, even though they were just coming in for a free trial. After she hung up the phone she then proceeded to yell at us, repeating the same message that she had said to the girls on the phone.

Honestly, I felt kind of bad for her when those girls cancelled. She had a large waiting list for that class, so I could see why she was so upset. I understand why she has to have a cancellation policy. It makes sense. Most places have one.

So I called to cancel, knowing full well that I would have to pay some kind of cancellation fee. I physically could not go jumping. I suspected she didn't want me to throw up on her precious trampolines.

When I first called, she acted like it was such an inconvenience for her to have to pick up the phone. But when I was finally able to tell her that I wouldn't be able to make it to class, I got the same treatment that those girls got. She yelled and screamed at me over the phone for cancelling. After all she is trying to run a business. She is a professional woman. How dare I waste her time.

The thing is, I never said that I wouldn't pay the fee. I knew I would have to. I knew she was anal about it. So I didn't argue it. She argued for me. In the end she decided to waive the fee for me, but she was going to punch my card for the class that I missed and next time I would have to pay the fee. I am unclear on how her cancellation policy works. It's a $10.00 fee, but the punch card is $13.50 a class. Does this mean that she would normally charge someone who cancels the class fee AND the cancellation fee?

To be honest, I don't want to go back. I have done nothing but be supportive and enthusiastic about her classes, yet she has done everything she could to make me feel unwelcome.

When I first bought the punch card, she tried to punch it twice. She looked at me and said "You didn't think I would remember, but I do." I had no idea what she was talking about, and managed to convince her that I had always paid for my classes. When I was on the phone with her, she yet again confused me with someone else, and yelled at me for cancelling before.

I am in a bit of a predicament now. I have this punch card with seven classes left (okay, just six after my cancellation), but I don't want to go back. I wonder if I could sell it to one of my friends. Or just give it to them. It's a big waste of money at a time in my life when I can't afford to waste anything. But the idea of going back to one of her classes makes me want to burst into tears.

I might just try to book classes that I know are being taught by someone else. She will most likely still be in the studio, but at least I won't have to worry about her glaring at me throughout the class.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Too Much Food

I can't believe it is not Monday. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this past long weekend. It just doesn't feel real to me. I am usually out of town for Thanksgiving, so it was quite a treat to have an extra day off that didn't include travel.

On Friday night I went to Fright Nights with my two best friends. As expected, I screamed like a little girl inside all of the haunted houses. But it was so much fun. We only made into four haunted houses (out of seven), but three of them I had never been in before so it worked out really well. I also managed to avoid the mini donuts. Pretty proud of that one. Even with going to Boston Pizza for dinner, I still managed to stick to my daily goal.

Saturday was pretty much a right off. It was Friendsgiving. I have to say, it was one of the best Thanksgiving meals that I ever had. Everyone made really amazing food. Like:
  • Turkey wrapped with bacon
  • Yams with marshmallows (first time I've ever had this combo)
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Brussel Sprout Casserole (I made it)
  • All the desserts (Pumpkin Pies, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Cookies, Rumballs and an Angel Food Cake)
I'm a pretty picky eater, so it was nice to have the whole table to choose from. My family is usually all about the unhealthy salads (potato, macaroni, etc), which I just can't do. They are also all about the mushrooms and onions who are both my enemies. Don't get me wrong, I'm going to have another really great Thanksgiving dinner with my family, I just won't be able to eat everything on the table... which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

I had so many plans for Sunday, but it didn't really work out as I expected. I had coffee with a friend right after yoga. We ended up chatting for about 3 hours. Afterwards I was starving. I ended up having my first binge in probably over a month.

I did almost okay on Monday. I was determined not to let Sunday's binge become an excuse to eat poorly for an unspecified time period. I got back on track right away. I did end up having pizza for dinner though. A friend came over and we decided to order some take away. We tried the Thai place on the corner and an Indian place down the street but neither was open. As a last resort, we headed to Little Caesar's. I was kind of excited to try the Pretzel Pepperoni pizza. I shouldn't have been. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Certainly not worth all of the calories.

I'm glad that things are back to normal. I am looking forward to getting back on track this week.

Wednesday Update
I ended up sleeping in and almost being late for work today... which means no weight in today. I'll probably step on the scale tomorrow morning. It's probably for the best. I need an extra day to digest all of that food from the extra long weekend.

Linking up with these lovelies... Because it's Wednesday

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Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday Five

1. Corn Maze
I love the fall. It's my second favourite season (obviously summer is the best). There are so many fun things to do in October... like going to a corn maze. Which is exactly what I did last night on my date. We wandered through the stacks of corn for a couple of hours in the dark. It was a lot of fun. Especially when we climbed up to the top of the bridge to get a good view. The moon was pretty special last night. It was full and orange. The picture above was taken from the bridge, but the moon was actually on the other side of the sky. My moon pictures never turn out, but no joke the light in this picture looks identical to what the moon looked like that night.
2. Keough Novak
I love love love it when BJ Novak has something to promote. Because that means that he lets his forever 16-year-old sister out of the cellar so she can simultaneously interview and make fun of him. I was pleasantly surprised to find another Keough gem was released this morning. If you are into following fake people on twitter, than I highly recommend @keonovak... and me @lessofless (not fake, but still awesome).

3. Haunted Houses
October really is the best month, isn't it? There is just so many fun adventures to be had. Tonight I am going to Fright Nights. The local amusement park puts on a bunch of different haunted houses and opens the park up for some spooky theatrics. I love going every year... Not that I do. It's more like every other year. So I am due. I also just bought a Social Shopper pass for another set of haunted houses. I can't wait to be scared out of my mind.

4. Forever
My initial reaction to the trailers for this TV show was "meh."  I don't normally watch those buddy cop mystery solving dramedies. Although I do have a minor obsession with Elementary, but that has more to do with my love for Sherlock Holmes.

Against my better judgement, I ended up watching part of an episode of Forever. It was smart airing it a week or two before all of the big shows returned, so there was pretty much nothing else to watch that night. I have loved Ioan Gruffudd ever since his Ringer days, so I enjoyed listening to his accent again. As I mentioned earlier, I also have a thing for Sherlock. Ioan's character is basically an immortal Sherlock Holmes with a senior citizen son.

Somehow this show has found a place in my heart. It's the relationship between Henry and Abe that gets me. I love them. I thought the Sherlock knock off would annoy the hell out of me, but I actually find it endearing and it is helping me get my fix until Elementary is back on my screen. I also can't get enough of that accent. I actually went back and binge watched Ringer last weekend because I wanted more Ioan in my life.

5. Friendsgiving
I'm having my turkey dinner on Saturday with my friends. I am so excited to finally be able to take part in it. Most years my family has Thanksgiving in the Okanagan with my mom's family, but that's not happening this year. Don't get me wrong. I love Thanksgiving in the Okanagan. I love going to the last Farmer's Market of the year and buying tons of beautiful vegetables to cook for out big dinner. But I also love my friends and I am excited about making new traditions with them. 

Fashion Friday - Fall Birthdays

Dinner Party Glam
I had yet another birthday to go to last week. It was pretty low key. Just a sit down dinner at a local restaurant. I was excited to break out my new studded leggings from Forever 21. I bought them last month, but this was the first opportunity I had to wear them. My top is also from Forever 21. I bought it about four years ago and I still love it now.
Close up of my studded leggings from Forever 21
The sweater I have had even longer. I bought it from Value Village a very long time ago. I love it because it is easy to dress it up or down. It has gold buttons on it that give it a more formal, almost military vibe.

Outfit 1 - Rejected (too Summery)
Outfit 2 - Winner
Saturday night meant yet another birthday (that was FOUR birthday parties in the span of eight days). We went to a Mexican restaurant and then to a pub afterwards. As per usual, I tried on several outfits before making a final decision. I decided on the first maxi dress and was about to leave when I had doubts. At the last minute I decided that my outfit didn't feel right for an October event, so I wore the second outfit instead.

Keeping it casual
Sunday afternoon I had another date. We went to a cute little pizza place that also has a crazy collection of board games available. The date went really well. I was also pleased with my date outfit. I was originally going to wear a dress, but then I decided to keep it more casual.

Linking up with these lovelies... because I like pretty things

Shopping My Closet pleated poppy

I'd love to see what you've been wearing all week. Let me know if you would like to join me.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

It's Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies

It's easy to fall into a certain pattern when blogging. Everything comes up roses, and any lemons just don't get written about. I would like to think I am a pretty positive person most of the time, but sometimes you get a batch of lemons and instead of making lemonade, you just want to throw them against the wall.

Sorry Phil, today is a lemon throwing day.

Last month my strata voted whether or not to increase the fees and if we should replace the roof. I knew the roof would need to be fixed, but my real estate agent led me to believe it would be a few years away. He is also the strata President, so I figured he knew what he was talking about. He was probably just lying to me to make the sale.

I had to miss the meeting, but I have been waiting on my tip toes to find out if the motions were carried. I finally got the letter today. Both were. Which means my strata fees have gone up 250% of what they once were. To make matters worse, they decided to backdate the fees so I have to pay for the last two months as well.

This comes just after I decided that I can finally swing a trip to Europe. I'd cancel it, but the plane tickets are already bought.

I feel like I can never get a leg up.

To make a bad day worse, when I got home from the gym, I found out that the guy who parks next to me (our spots share the space between two pillars) just bought a giant truck. I pretty much get parking anxiety in the best of circumstances, I don't know how I am going to handle parking next to that monster every day.

I feel like I have no one in my life that I can talk to... about anything. My friends don't get it. They think my life is perfect because I was able to buy a place... Even though they could as well, they just don't want to *lower* themselves to buy something similar to what I bought. But I get it. I don't even like listening to my problems. I don't want to sound ungrateful. I know that things could be a lot worse... but sometimes I just want a different life.

It's Thanksgiving in a few days. I am most thankful that there is an extra paycheque this month because I get paid bi-weekly. I might just be able to squeak by because of it. Especially since I am going to lose a pay period and a bit next month due to my vacation.

I am worried about when I get back from my trip. I know I can get by, but I will have to cut the extras. Extras like yoga and aerobics classes. I am lucky right now because I have a bunch of punch cards to a couple different studios saved up. But I will probably use all of those up in the next few weeks before I go away. And then it is Christmas. It just never ends, does it?

And so ends the song of the smallest violin.