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Everybody's Doing It...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

... and by "it", I mean going to the gym!

Holy smokes, the gym was PACKED today! I've never seen it like that before! It was mostly guys in their late teens and early twenties (seriously, they probably made up 80% of the people there). Is it because we're going back to school soon? Gotta look buff in your new school clothes? I can't think of any other reason. I also hope their enthusiasm wears off soon, as I hate waiting for machines! (PS - The thirty-minute limit on cardio machines applies to YOU too! Even if you're trying to lose weight! Even if you only come once a week! Even if you're allergic to exercising for less than an hour!)

Was your gym unusually packed today? Any ideas why?

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And the video that should inspire you to work out a little harder (it inspired my title!):


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    I've been going at the same time most days all summer. Today, there were probably three or four times as many people as usual. It wouldn't help to ask gym staff about it, as the sudden rush of people was obviously unexpected and abnormal.

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TOTHEFUTURE1 8/17/2011 12:34AM

    Perhaps it a time thing. Maybe you could ask if there is a suitable quiet time.

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    That's pretty funny, Little Gym Rats. My gym is usualy close to empty...it's my living room. Ah well, hope you got a good workout in. emoticon

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Jump Rope

Monday, August 15, 2011

I really love that you're trying to get in shape. I am too!


I live on the top floor of my three-floor condo. There is a fountain in front of the building, and all day it sounds like rushing water. I'm used to it.


I love the peace and quiet when the fountain gets turned off at 10:00 pm.

Unfortunately, someone has ruined every single evening that I've been home in the month of August. You see, there is a girl. A girl, with a jump rope. Maybe you'd call her a woman. And every night, when the fountain gets turned off, I have a mere thirty or forty SECONDS of quiet before she goes outside my window and starts...


Her jump rope is the old-school kind made of long plastic beads, and all I can hear in the quiet of the night is thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack...

You get the idea.

So, if YOU are an avid jump roper, may I please request that you try moving a few metres away from the nearest residential building?

Thanks so much,

Your Neighbour

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FARAWAY01 8/16/2011 1:47PM

    I wouldn't have any problem asking said girl (or her parents) to stop at 10 pm. She should be in bed anyway. Past 9 or 10 it should be quiet time for all. Go forth and make yourself heard! It's not an unreasonable request.

Oops - didn't see it was an adult - even more reason to ask her to quit it!

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Hilarious Cookbook / Axis of Evil

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I just picked up the funniest cookbook from the public library. It's got the longest title ever!

CUISINES OF THE AXIS OF EVIL And Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations

It starts with North Korea, Iran and Iraq, then goes to the NPT+3 nations (Isreal, India and Pakistan) and then to "the dashers of democracy" (Cuba, Burma and China). Each country has a full dinner-party menu represented, from appetizers to main courses to desserts to drinks! Also, there are lots of fun tidbits for you and your guests to talk about!

Sadly, few of the recipes are vegetarian. I guess those evil-doers love their meat! I might modify some in the future, or just read the book and regurgitate random facts about India's nuclear program or Castro's penchant for verboseness at inappropriate moments.

Oh, the book is written by Chris Fair.


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    Ha ha... saw an old comment! I'm passionate about traveling and volunteering in these so called "evil" countries, and trying to make a difference in the lives of people (but especially women and children) in these areas. So if my borrowing a cookbook from the library hurts someone's feelings, I only hope my financial donations, and donations of time, education and labour, can help offset that.

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YOOVIE 9/7/2011 3:50PM

    this is highly offensive to people from those areas. You should not call people evil-doers just because of where they were born.

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    Hmmm, if they're Axis of Evil, are we the Bastion of the Best?

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Call on Me...

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Where is the emoticon of someone wearing ridiculous 80s aerobics clothes?

In case I haven't mentioned before, I am mildly addicted to Ministry of Sound Pump It Up, which is a workout video that came out at least five years ago, featuring the cast of the Call on Me music video.

The whole video is on Youtube! See the warmup here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=507P9

See the music video that inspired it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_fCq

Workout videos should be fun- and funny! This one is a winner!

(PS - I like to do it in a sports bra and panties! Maybe one day I'll shell out for a thong unitard!)


Romania (Summer 2010 Wrapup)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Romania was the main focus of my holiday last summer. I spent about five weeks traveling counter-clockwise, entering the country in Iasi and looping all the way to Mamaia before flying home out of Bucharest. Here are some highlights:

The painted monasteries of Bucovina, whose frescoes have "miraculously" survived the elements for five hundred years. I visited four churches and each was more beautiful than the last.

In a town called Viseu de Sus, you can ride a steam-powered logging train into the mountains. You can take the 6:00 am train with the loggers themselves and return when they finish work for the day, or you can take a train around 8:00 am with other tourists. It is an AMAZING journey- I can't remember the last time I smelled air that fresh!

I saw Anthony Bourdain's show "No Reservations", and on one episode he visited Romania. One of his stops was a town called Sapanta (I can't write all the accents on my keyboard, but shockingly, this town is pronounced Sah-POONT-suh!), where there is a "Merry Cemetery". Here, a local carver built custom tombstones for everyone who died, using humour and poems to celebrate their lives. He has since passed, but his apprentice continues to fill the Merry Cemetery with merry tombstones!

In Sighetu Marmatiei, you can walk a few kilometres and be in Ukraine. Since Ukraine is not in the EU, vodka and cigarettes are very cheap! It was a major pedestrian crossing, and I couldn't resist the chance to walk to another country (though all I bought was a school agenda!).

There is a town called Turda near a city called Cluj-Napoca, and they have the craziest mine you'll ever visit! You walk about a kilometer down a dark tunnel to reach the shaft, where they've installed amazing, futuristic decorations and rides, like this ferris wheel. To see more (and for a look at some HOT Romanian bodies!) look at this Romanian video that was filmed in the mine: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Kl-IxU8eU

Bran Castle! This is supposedly "Dracula's Castle", though there is no evidence he ever set foot inside!

A narrow street in Sighisoara. Vlad the Impaler WAS born in this town, and you can see his childhood home. Funnily, I actually posted a photo of this alley before my trip as an example of something I might see... and I just randomly saw it!

A traditional home at the ASTRA Museum Complex near Sibiu, Romania. Romania has lots of really cool open-air museums where you can walk for hours through old homes and buildings and never see another soul.

Then I hit the Black Sea Coast, where the water was dirty and the tourists were rude. But it was, at times, atmospheric... here's the crumbling former casino in Constanta.

And no trip to Romania would be complete without a look at the Palace of Parliament, one of the largest buildings in the world. You have to see it to believe it!

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    Next year (probably October) we're planning on a trip through the Balkan states. Haven't figured out exactly where yet, but your pictures certainly inspire me to get to Romania!

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WENDYSPARKS 8/4/2011 7:51AM

    Nice pictures!!! Thank you!!!

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SPOKENWORD 8/1/2011 10:35AM

    Truly Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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