• Dear Lilac Dreamer*

    This is a response to Lilac Dreamer‘s most recent post.

    You will note that midway through her post she states the following: “For instance, the fun of the chicken dance has been banned…I know, collective ‘AWWW‘…but what can ya do?”

    For those of you who do not know what the “Chicken Dance” is, please watch the following video.

    If you DO know what it is, this video is a clip from the 2003 East Coast Polka Championship Chicken Dance Finals. That’s right. I said Chicken Dance Finals. As in a contest. For Chicken Dancing. If you skipped the video, watch it now. hahahahah

    Anyway, I digress.

    If you have read Lilac Dreamer‘s post (which I recommend, she is a lovely lovely writer) you will note that she is saying that it is her duty as a bridesmaid to prevent–nay, BAN the Chicken Dance from her friend’s wedding.

    Tsk, tsk, tsk, Lilac Dreamer. For shame. Please note the following photographs:

    (you can click on photographs to enlarge them)
    This is me, opening my beaks, in my wedding dress.
    And here I am flapping my little wings.
    And finally, twisting and shaking my tail feathers.

    So. I argue that not only should the Chicken Dance be allowed at this wedding, but it should be encouraged, if not enforced. haha!! This was only one of many, many colorful dances that were performed by the masses at my wedding…

    …but you’ll learn more about that when we reach that part in Our Story*.

    Be excited.

    Vive le Chicken Dance!!!!

    Shop Girl*

  • I Heart My Shoes*

    As you know, I am a bridesmaid in Peeah’s upcoming wedding. So that means…

    …NEW SHOES! (and new dress. haha)

    I haven’t splurged and bought new fun shoes in a very long time. I actually saw them months and months ago when I went shopping for formal shoes with Dee. I picked them out for her because I thought they were fun, but unfortunately they were too expensive for my student budget.

    …until now. :)

    Two weekends ago the Hubster and I went for a stroll through a mall. There were shoe stores in this mall. I like shoe stores. I like to browse in them. And occasionally, I shop in then when I can afford it. haha

    So, I went into a store and found the SAME shoes that I picked out for Dee on sale for $15!!! After a careful model walk around the store Iiiiiii bought them! I found them on the store’s website as I haven’t taken my own picture yet. I think they are perfect for a Christmas wedding. :)

    They are to go with this dress, only in black.

    Thoughts?

    Shop Girl*

  • Time Flies*

    When K tells me it’s time to blog again, I know it’s time.

    I can’t believe it’s been almost a full week since I’ve written–I don’t think I’ve gone that long without at least posting SOMETHING in a very long time. Well let me catch you up on what has been keeping me so busy!

    Last weekend I told you that we were up at the Hubster’s parent’s home to celebrate his mom’s birthday! We went on a marvelous adventure out to St. Jacob’s, a tiny town and the home of a group of Mennonite followers. It was beautiful… I definitely want to go back and spend a full day exploring all the little towns out that way. The town was full of quaint little shops and I even saw a Mennonite woman driving a horse and buggy. It was rather exciting. haha!

    We had a glorious weekend and stayed at his parent’s until Monday, which was filled with laundry and all those little household things I didn’t do over the weekend.

    Tuesday was my errand day. After my morning run I was out and about and did a bunch of stuff I had been hoping to catch up on.

    Wednesday is market day, which means an early morning and I’m usually ready for bed by about 4pm. It also poured rain on Wednesday morning, which made work reeeeeeeeeeeally exciting for Lilac Dreamer and I. I mean reeeeally exciting. There is nothing more lovely than wet pants and feet. haha! Thankfully she is glorious and we endured the wetness. I got home, sat in a bath for over an hour, then passed out on the couch.

    Thursday was crazy busy get ready for this past weekend’s adventures. There was packing, and shopping, and baking, and cleaning, and all sorts of things that filled my day from 7am – 1am when I finally crashed into bed.

    And then, it was the weekend again. This weekend the Hubster and I travelled to B-Town to visit my family. We met up with Peeah in the City and drove up together, and after dropping the Hubs off at the library to study, she and I ran around and did errands all afternoon. We spent most of Friday night printing and preparing her wedding invitations, which look absolutely beautiful, if I might say so. :)

    Saturday morning came all too early, but I was up by 7 helping my mom prepare food for our family reunion / bridal shower day! The Hubster needed some more study time (he has exams this week) so off he went to the library while Peeah and I took over the kitchen to make food. The reunion was great! I love my extended family so it was great to catch up, and for the first time (ever) I didn’t eat until I made myself sick, even though the food was good enough to make me want to. haha!

    After the reunion everyone drove back to Grammy’s where we had a bridal shower for Peeah. I thought it went really well… there were about 25 people, lots of food, and she got some beautiful things. There was even a visit from a stripping gorilla, but hopefully I’ll be able to post the video for that shortly. Be excited.

    We drove back home late Saturday night, only to return to Muskoka again Sunday morning for another family get together. It was fun, but by the time we got back to B-Town I was tired. By the time Too Kool picked us up to drive back to the Hubster’s parent’s house, I was exhausted. But it was SO worth it. I had a blast.

    We finally rolled back into Senior’s City around 10:30 this morning. Despite the internal yelling from my exhausted body I threw on my running clothes and forced myself out the door, and I’m glad I did. I was tired, and it took me a little longer to get going, but I did 7 laps on the track today and I felt really really good when I was done.

    And that, dear readers, is what brings me to now. I’m sorry I didn’t write, but, as you can see, it was a busy busy couple of days. The madness should subside for a little while… the only other adventure I hope to have this summer is one to River City to see Material Girl before she leaves me to live in Europe for a year. But I’ll keep you posted.

    And yes, I’m also working on the next chapter of Our Story. I’ll post it shortly. :)

    Shop Girl*

  • Seven Steps to Healthier Living and Getting in Shape*


    Laps Run: 3.5
    Laps Oprah Walked: 2.5

    I know I’ve been talking about this a lot lately, but I’ve actually had a number of people talk to me about my new attempt at exercise and healthy eating. So I thought I’d post a few tips / tricks / ideas that helped me get started.

    1. Inspiration.
    Before I could really make a commitment to exercise I needed a good kick in the pants. When I went home in the spring I realized that I was the only member of my family that didn’t exercise on a regular basis. Big Dad is an avid tennis player and hits the gym almost even morning. My Mom loves walks and goes for a brisk walk several days a week. Doodle is big time into triathlons. Peeah is a hardcore runner. Spart has been going to the gym on a regular basis after work. Teep is exercising to prepare for his police foundations course this fall, and even Choppy hits the gym from time to time. So they inspired me to want to get back into (at least) semi-shape.

    I know not everyone has a huge family like mine with 7 examples of regular exercisers. So look at your friends, heroes, celebrity figures you admire–someone that will inspire you to get in shape. That was my first step.

    2. Motivation.
    This was / is reeeeeeeally hard for me. In the past I have often had the desire to exercise, but lacked the motivation to actually go out and do it. And unfortunately, desire to exercise and actually exercising are not the same thing. haha! So, I picked something that I wanted to work towards. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it or not, but I am going to be a bridesmaid at Peeah’s wedding in December so that is what I’m working towards. I want to look and feel good by that time. Having a deadline and something to work towards motivates me to kick my butt out the door for a run.

    3. Have Realistic Goals
    This kind of ties in with my last point. Big Dad has always been a huge advocate for making goals and taking steps to achieve them. He used to sit me down and help me make a list of things I wanted to accomplish and then would help me figure out how I could do it. So, for me, my goal is not so much to become super skinny, but to feel good. I know I’ll never be 115 lbs–it’s just not my body type and it’s not really what I want. I’d like to tone my body a bit, increase my endurance and make exercise a habit so lack of motivation would no longer be a problem! Once you make a goal for yourself, write it down. Once it’s on paper it makes it real. Put it somewhere that you can see it and remind yourself of it often.

    4. Form Good Habits
    I have a lot of lazy habits I’m trying to kick. A lot of people do. I like to stay in my pajamas late into the morning if I don’t have a busy day. I like to sit on the couch and watch movies. I like junk food. So it’s easy for me to slip into a habit of doing more of these things and less of the healthier alternatives. But now I’ve started forming a new habit of making sure that I go for a run before I let myself shower in the morning. If I have a lot to do it means that I go out earlier, or if it rains like this morning, than I put other things on hold until I can get out and run.

    I’m also slowly learning to reach for a piece of fruit instead of some chocolate. I’m replacing sugary drinks with water and watching my calorie intake. It all really comes down to consciously making good choices and adjusting my body and routine to include healthier habits.

    5. Choose an Area You’d Like to Work On
    I’m one of those people who usually finds it easier to find fault with my body rather than positives. So, I made a decision to pick one area of my body that I’d like to work on and actually do it so that I can’t complain about it anymore. I’m starting with my legs. I used to have good athlete legs from my ringette / basketball playing days. I now have “I-just-graduated-from-university-where-I-sat-on-my-bum-and-did-nothing-but-write-papers-for-4-years” legs and what I like to call my “Big Thunders” (thighs). So, I started running and am already seeing results. I can already fit into a pair of pants that I haven’t seen outside of my drawer in 2 years. Once I’m on my way with that target area, I’ll include another one. I don’t need to overhaul my whole body at once! :)

    6. Start Small
    You don’t have to become a marathon runner immediately. Actually, you don’t have to run at all… find something that works for you. I enjoy the feeling of freedom and clarity I find when I’m running. For you it might be the gym, or a team sport.

    I started by walking. I was pretty out of shape in April, so I spent the spring strengthening my legs a bit by walking everywhere. I started walking instead of taking the bus as much as I possibly could. I would make excuses to get out and walk somewhere. So, by the time I was ready to commit myself to running in June / early July it wasn’t such a shock to my legs. I can already notice a difference. The thing is not to put it off. Start now.

    7. Make Good Choices
    Lastly, if you really want to see results it’s best to combine exercise with healthy eating. I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of junk food I eat because it’s not healthy for me, and really, it doesn’t do me a whole lot of good. Don’t buy unhealthy food because it’s “easy” to make. Try eating out less. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Drink more water. It gets easier when you start making it a habit to choose a healthier option.

    Anyway, that’s what I’ve been trying to do / follow. Just find whatever works for you… :)

    Shop Girl*

  • Run Run Run*

    This week I was pretty much a super star.

    I ran three days, and at least walked a fair bit the other days. I also increased my laps on the track–I can now go for 6 (3 running, 3 Oprah Walking). It feels really good. I can feel myself getting stronger each time I go! I can’t wait to have legs again. haha!!

    I’m at the Hubster’s parents home right now. We came up for the weekend to celebrate his mom’s birthday! I think we’re going on a road trip adventure tomorrow (depending on the weather). I’m excited. We always find these cool little places while we’re here.

    Anyway, I’ll update you with more tomorrow after our adventure. Have a glorious weekend!

    Shop Girl*

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