Crossfit = Pukefit


I made a comment on my BBM today that Crossfit should be renamed Pukefit.  Woah Nelly!  I just tried my first class last night in an effort to get my sad, lazy butt off the couch and get moving and I honestly wasn’t intimidated.  I had previously run.  A lot.  I considered myself lazy but relatively fit.  I tell ya.  In the 10 minutes it took to do a few wall balls, burpees and deadlifts, I went from zero to barf in no time at all.  Ok, so I didn’t quite barf but I sure was close.  I will stick with it for now but don’t expect me to be touting the benefits of Pukefit until I actually get past the Puke phase.



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The Joy of Joy

About a year ago, a friend of mine posted a link to this site on her fb:


She posted it because the author of this blog and website was a close friend of hers from elementary school.  Although I also attended that same elementary school, Joy McCarthy and I were not in the same circle of friends as I was one year ahead of her.


As I first opened up the site, I was really proud of Joy!  How awesome is it that she has taken her interest and passion, and has created a successful business out of it?!  What struck me next were the wonderful videos, postings and recipes.  I have learned so much about health, wellness, nutrition and natural products.

I have always felt that I am somewhat of a paradox.  I want so badly to be this super healthy, fit, organic, vegetarian but there is this other side of me that loves a good burger, candy and is a little bit lazy.  That being said, Joy’s website and blog make me want to work harder and harder for myself and for the health that I really want.  It lifts me up when I am down and gets me excited about being healthier.

Expect future posts with reference to this wonderful site.  I plan on testing out every recipe on it!



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Patriotism, Hero Songs and Olympic Fanfare

For all that we criticize our Southern neighbours for, as I sit here watching the Macy’s July 4th celebration, I realize once again, that in spite of all things we veiw as being wrong with the U.S., there are many things they do right.

1.  Go Big or Go Home – No country does this better than the States.  I’ve seen it time and time again.  If they do fireworks, they do it 5 times over, non-stop for 30 minutes (they are still going as I type this).  If they ask for volunteers, thousands join in just for the cause, even if they have no idea what that cause is.  The result?  It is always big, always impressive and always worth it.

2.  Hero Songs – Nothing gets a lump going in my throat more than a good “Hero Song”.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The kind that combine just the right sappy lyrics, a carefully placed augmentation in the key and well-timed percussion to accentuate the big finish.  With all of the commercialism that rests in a simple Hero Song, I admit, I’m a sucker for what they’re selling.

3.  Fanfare – True, it doesn’t have to be olympic fanfare but again, just when you thought things couldn’t get bigger, brighter, louder, higher, it does and it works.  One of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed was sitting in a room of about 3000 people (mostly Americans) at a U.S. Marine band concert and as the band played through the medley of tunes that represented the different facets of the U.S. Armed Forces, people who were a part of those facets in the audience stood up.  Shivers.

4.  Patriotism – We often criticize the Americans for having this “in your face” patriotism (and I’m not denying this) but I often wonder if we, as Canadians identify ourselves by the patriotism we lack.  What I mean is, we define ourselves by what we are not rather than what we are.

In all of this, I certainly don’t deny how proud I am of being Canadian and I am the first to say one of my proudest moments was representing my country in one of our finest traditions on Parliament Hill BUT as Canadians, we seem often to be apologizing before we’ve even done anything.  While there is a fine line between being bold and being obnoxious, perhaps we could use a little more “boldness”, a little more fanfare and patriotism, and yes, a kickass Hero Song.


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The Weak Chin Explained

A couple of weeks ago, I was away at a cottage with some friends.  I accidentally let it slip that one of my physical turn-offs were men with weak chins.  Since then, I’ve been bothered by the fact that I may not have been totally clear regarding the so called “weak chin”.  I mean, saying that I have a general dislike for men with weak chins makes me sound shallow!  While I maintain that I am not, the weak chin is simply something I have difficulty getting past.  This weekend away had me questioning whether weak chins really bothered me.  Could I get past a weak chin if  a guy had everything else going on?  Is a weak chin a deal breaker?  In my search to find the answers to these questions, I came upon a few realizations.

What is a weak chin?

A weak chin (as so wonderfully demonstrated by Teresa during the cottage weekend), is a recessed chin that appears disproportionately smaller than a person’s nose.

Exhibit A

If you were to take a ruler and hold it vertically from the tip of this guy’s nose, there would be at least a half inch gap between his chin and the ruler.

Exhibit B

This poor guy’s chin is almost a part of his neck!

So…can a person do something to fix a weak chin? Well sure, there is such a thing as chin augmentation surgery but can a weak chin be hidden by a beard?

You tell me.

Can a person get past their weak chin and be seen as attractive by people?

Unsure? Want a closer look?

So what’s the solution? While there is no solution for my picky tastes, there is a simple solution out there for those with weak chins provided to you here, free of charge.



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Prissy Prius Drivers

In life we have many expectations.  Many of them are expectations that are shared by those around us.  Every once in awhile though, we may be surprised by expectations we didn’t realize we even had.

I had one of those surprises not too long ago.  I was leaving the garage of my building, ready to drive out and run some errands.  I exited in my usual way, going straight towards the ramp.  While other traffic often drives toward the ramp from the right, the usual dance of hesitant approach to the intersection followed by a mutual agreement of who is going to go first, usually ensues. 

You can all guess what happened next.  I approached the intersection with usual caution, only to be left in the proverbial dust by…(are you ready for this?)…a Prius!

Not only was I annoyed by this rude act but even more so because it was a Prius.  I realized I had higher expectations of behaviour from someone who drove such an environmentally friendly car.  I guess I figured if people were kinder to the environment by purchasing that car, then they were generally kinder people.

Is this unreasonable?  I don’t think so.  I think that if you choose to purchase a Prius, there should be some sort of kindness questionnaire or test that you have to pass in order to drive that car.  A kind of test that would weed out the kinds of people who purchase a Prius just to make it seem like they are these high and mighty environmentally friendly people when really they are jerks like the rest of us and reserve that kind of a car for people who really are kinder and care more for everyone and everything around them.  Simply put, people who drive a Prius should be nice.


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Snuggie – Wild Side!

Anyone who knows me, knows my utter disdain for the Snuggie.  This “revolutionary” idea is simply a cheap piece of felt with two tubes attached to it. 

Now, some people would argue that some of the greatest inventions have been based on the simplest concepts. Take the hula hoop for example.  Now that’s just a plastic circle!  BUT, there are differences between that and the Snuggie.  The hula hoop was made of semi-durable plastic AND it provided entertainment and exercise that was different than any other product out there. 

The snuggie is NOT a new idea.  It is simply an extension of an already great invention – the blanket.  However, this extension is not even an improvement on the blanket because of the cheap material used.  The material is so thin, it hardly provides the weight and warmth a blanket requires.  Through many generations, people have put their heart and souls into making blankets, knitting, crocheting, sewing and yet the Snuggie can’t even provide decent quality material?

While more people may argue that the Snuggie is functional I would argue again that this ‘new’ idea is not new at all.  In fact, if I wanted the function that a Snuggie provides, wouldn’t I simply wear my housecoat backwards?  I mean, even the material of my housecoat is of better quality!

While being appalled by a friend’s purchase of the Snuggie, I actually gave it a whirl and got exactly what I expected from it.  The utter dissatisfaction of feeling the world’s cheapest material rubbing up against my skin while it in no way provided me with any sort of snuggly feeling.  I think the Snuggie would only keep a person warm simply through the fact that the toxic material (which I’m convinced may be some sort of plastic) does not breathe at all.  I’m sure if I had tried it for any extended period of time, I would be forced to rename it the “Sweatie”.

Now, if this is not bad enough, I’ve recently discovered that the Snuggie has expanded into creating different prints on its products.  I was in a Walmart when I recently saw the “Snuggie – Wild Side!” on display.  YIKES!  This thing now comes in your choice of zebra or cheetah print!  Once again, the makers of the Snuggie took it one step too far when they made the “camel print” Snuggie.  Ummmm…camel print?  It was simply a light brown Snuggie folks, not the least bit resembling a camel of any sort! 

I’m not falling for your tricks Snuggie!  Wild Side or not, I refuse to invest my money in a product that a) already exists – I have two housecoats thank you very much, and b) is made of a material so weak, I don’t even think it would be flammable.  I think if flames even came near it, the Snuggie would simply give off a quick flash of light and turn into a pile of grey, Snuggie ash.


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The Failure of “Boobquake”

So…apparently about a week and a half ago, an Iranian senior cleric by the name of  Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi stated that women are to blame for the recent earthquakes.  It is the mere act of wearing revealing clothes that sends tremors through the earth.  Ok, so it’s not quite this simple, it is the act that then leads men astray and therefore causes corruption which in turn causes earthquakes.

In one article I read about it, the author even went so far as to use the term “boobageddon”!  Now that’s one for the new vocabulary list.

Well, little did we all know, this suggestion would be put to the test.  Led by a university student, she encouraged all women to dress in a revealing way today, to see if it would in face cause a “boobquake” or even worse – “BOOBAGEDDON”!!!

Sadly, or not so sadly, it didn’t do anything.  Of course, it is not so sad because we would not want to cause anymore unnecessary destruction to the earth but wouldn’t it be great if women’s breasts had that much power??  With a quick flash or jiggle, we could cause a crack to open up in the sidewalk, a tree to blow over or even a sudden gust of wind!  Then perhaps, depending on the variety that is out there, people could have powers to do various things!  Ah, but I digress, we, as women, of course, do not have that power but I must ask…if you did have the power of “boobageddon”, what would your power be?  Feel free to respond!


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