I have gained the “Freshmen 15”

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Getting to know a new city means a lot of things: learning the street names, meeting new people,  trying to find a new hairdresser (the hunt continues –  I went to Fiorio’s and for what I got it was way too expensive) and it also means trying all the different food…the glorious non-paleo, stomach churning, pant tightening FOOD!

In a city like Toronto which is so ethnically diverse it is literally a foodie’s paradise and my waist line is paying for it! I have been making “Adventure Lists” every week and it always includes at least one visit to a new-to-me restaurant/bakery that I usually find on Instagram. This week I tried a smorgasbord of  ciders made in Toronto, of which there are plenty and I stuffed my face until I got sick at the “Rolling Pin” with their over-the-top donuts. I regretted it almost immediately as I suffered body aches and a pounding headache within minutes of eating them – oh gluten, why do you hate me so?! But they were so beautiful and smelled like heaven so, it was almost worth it!

But hear my now – my “Adventure Lists” are getting revamped to healthier options but only after I get one of these totally amazing looking cheesecakes from Uncle Tetsu – I think they would be ‘Golden Girls’ approved!golden-girls-kitchen

Fun:

pee weeMy girlfriend Candida is always recommending movies I need to see and this weekend she threw me a curve ball with “Pee Wee’s Big Holiday”! Candida nor Pee Wee disappointed me!

It was fun, campy, sexy (thanks Joe Maganiello) and authentic to classic Pee Wee Herman movies! It’s not going to win any awards but with a 79% juicy tomato on Rotten Tomatoes, I would say it was definitely an hour and 29 minutes well spent!

We also watched “Sisters” this weekend which I was certain was going to be a total pile of hot garbage but Mama Mia, I was wrong. It is stupid, predictable and totally hilarious! Many usable one-liners and it’s a good movie for the over 40 crowd, completely relatable(ish)!

Fitness:

The more things change the more things stay exactly the same  – In Winnipeg I lived within running distance of Assiniboine Park/Zoo and now in Toronto I live withing running distance of the Toronto Zoo. Winnipeg was further but TO has something called HILLS?? It sounds and feels like hell but they keep saying it is pronounced “hills”. Because running is cheap and in my case solitary (no running partner yet but I am working on it) I have been doing it a lot more and my legs hate me…I would be lost with out my foam roller, they are cheap and a lifesaver! To quote ‘The Weeknd’ “The hills have eyes” to which I say good because I am giving you the finger mo-fo’s!

Food:

One thing I have absolutely fallen in love with since moving is Biosteel protein powder. I have tried so many kinds of whey (never soy) protein powders and wasted so much money. Either they taste synthetic, artificial or chalky. I have been adding it in almost every day and I really feel as if my insulin levels have balanced out and I feel full longer. I mix one scoop of vanilla with a handful of frozen pineapple, strawberries and almond milk and it tastes like a banana split!

Fashion:

I am obsessed with these high-neck trapeze tops from Old Navy (and pretty much every store these days). I wear them with tapered cropped pants, flats and a jean jacket! BOOM business casual!  Question: I see in the stores that culottes are making a comeback – what say you? Yay or Nay?

Be great!

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Cracks in the foundation – return to Sociology class

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I have been deliberately not writing my blog in fear of just writing about how incredibly sad I feel 24/7 and getting placed on a psych hold or worse, writing about how my life is super-awesome which would be a lie.

Here is the deal, I have cried almost every day for the past 3 months – change is hard and new is exhausting. It’s not that Toronto is the worst place on earth, far from it, it’s just I have been bogged down with guilt over leaving Manitoba, consumed by a death in the family coupled with major family stresses and then I got injured (dislocated my hand and put my back out)…it hasn’t been great.

So, how do I rally back? Thanks to a sociology class I took in 1992 at the University of Manitoba I have all the tools I need to re-group – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the rescue! When times have gotten tough in the past  I have always returned to this pyramid to find me.

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Here’s how it works – you make a list of the actual basic priorities you need to create balance in your life, you start with the base (the biggest part of the pyramid) and start building up. My basic needs are: good sleep, healthy food, working out, prayer and friendship. Once those are in place I add in adventure, sex and creativity (They are all exclusive of each other, easy does it you perverts! LOL) and so on. Then hopefully confidence and inner potential will return (I miss you old friend). None of this happens over night but it will work – here comes strict bed times, good nosh and consistent workouts, then phase 2.

Just a note to anyone who I may have lost at “prayer” -if you are a none believer that is totally cool – just try, just once, laying in bed and thinking about all the things your are thankful for – no amen necessary! It feels good to think of good things before you sleep.

On to other business!

Fun:

I went Axe throwing today and it was super BAD ASS! It was harder than I thought it would be and actually a good core work-out because while you are laughing your butt off! Ok, I will admit I was a little jacked up because they had ACDC on blast and you know that fires me up!

Food:

Apparently the new super food trend to watch for is “Lucuma”. It is a fruit from Peru which looks like if a mango and an avocado had a baby.  I bought it in powder form from pulpa-de-lucumaBulk Barn ($13) and it has a very caramel-like flavour. You can use it as a sweetener in smoothies, baking and to make ice creams.  It has a super low glycemic index so insulin spikes won’t be a concern. I liked it, didn’t love it, haven’t given up on it yet.

Fitness:

I have been working out at home a lot lately which is fun because I get to play MY music crazy loud but it’s also a little lonely – I can’t wait for spring and daylight lasts past 5pm! But at the moment I am obsessed with the dumbbell squat presses. It gets me super sweaty and works the whole body!

Check out this video for technique:

Fashion:

I am in love with the white blazer with ripped jeans look! The best one I could find was at Le Chawhte blazerteau, it is a bit of budget buster at $139 but it is totally gorgeous!

http://www.lechateau.com/style/jump/Ponte+Open-Front+Blazer/productDetail/Blazers/345274/catwfr10030?navAction=jump&navCount=0&categoryNav=true&selectedColor=Off+White

Oh and as I am heading to the Cayman Islands soon I have become obsessed with rompers! Yes, rompers! It’s all in one and they feel like pajamas! I bought my first one from Old Navy http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=112879022&vid=1&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdkw=jersey-knit-romper-P112879&brandCvoSid=MDA2DT2764ZZ&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2Fproducts%2Frompers.jsp

My search for a Toronto hairdresser specializing in big hair is my task for the week! I need this mane tamed!

Be great!

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Layoffs, freelancing and job hunting.

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2015 started off with a bang in the form of a severance package! Looking back, getting laid-off on January 6th was really the least of my worries this year.

I was unemployed for exactly 2 months (January and February), picked up  contract work back at the station which laid me off in March, freelanced

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with Evanov co-hosting the morning show with Frankie Hollywood (March and April), then moved over to FIFA for the Women’s World Cup (April to July) and then transitioned over to CTV (July to present day) and even managed to squeeze in a day of work with Big Brother Canada….needless to say, come tax time things will be interesting!

This year taught me many valuable lessons; networking and being nice to people is key! Always be nice and always say yes to an opportunity because you honestly have no SKclue where it will lead you. I always wanted to work for CTV (OK, I always wanted to be Sylvia Kuzyk #swoon) and I could never get noticed until working for FIFA. If anyone had said “go work your guts out in a hot stadium while wearing a navy blue pant suit and you will get your dream” I would have never believed them! For this, I will always be thankful for FIFA because it gave me such an amazing opportunity which I NEVER saw coming! I have personally learned so much in the past 5 months at CTV that it excites me and as the rest of the world feels as if media is dying, I feel even more passionate about it.

So, what is the moral of this post??? Well, none really because who am I to give out advice but I know a lot of media people right now are struggling with their own lay-off and I 100% feel your pain. As someone who 12 months later is now finally on the other side of it, hear me when I say “You’ve got this and you will be ok!” (repeat as many times as needed until it sticks in your head). You will find out who your real friends are, who has always wanted to work with you, you will become open to new ideas and you will become a fighter! Do NOT give up, say it again “YOU’VE GOT THIS!”

On to other business.

Fun:

Wanna have fun, get sweaty and pay zero dollars? Then “like” Winnipeg Run Club on Facebook and join in on the fun. I went running with them last week and they are a great group of people who are positive and passionate about being healthy and being good global citizens! They are meeting every Thursday in January at the Pan Am pool and I believe it is free!

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That’s me in the pink hat and  jacket hiding behind Yoda!

Food:

Thanks to a tweet from Shel Zolkewich, I have fallen in love this food/gift idea from Oat Box. For $25 (taxes included and shipping) they send you a massive, beautifully decorated box with 2 very BIG bags of flavoured oats with an overnight mixing container which is insanely adorable and super on trend. Buy it now and thank me later! https://www.oatbox.com/en/

And my latest addiction is Acai puree! Holy moly this stuff is no joke! I picked up the puree at an organic health food store and mixed it with a banana and a 1/4 cup of coconut milk….insert ecstasy style groans here!

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Fashion:

Ok…this one is home fashion. For those living in the prairies this is a must have! Matt is a local guy who makes these gorgeous wood creations for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. You can reach Matt only on Instagram at “Huronwoodowork” and a single province will cost you $40!

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New year, new adventure

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Well my darlings, the day has arrived and I am making my way out to Toronto. It has been 13 long months since Derek moved out east and I have been hustling to find work out there to join him. With much perseverance/tears/determination and the support of my former CJOB 680 family (Charles Adler, Geoff Currier and Scott Pettigrew)  I have managed to get a toe in the door with Corus Radio AM 640. I am excited to announce I will be working as the content producer for the Jeff McArthur show, have no fear you can listen online from noon-3pm Winnipeg time…1-4pm Toronto time.

I am pumped to be returning to radio after a 3 hiatus – TV is so overrated (LOL, I love ya TV), this will be fun and I am looking forward to meeting and chatting with the peeps of TO. In the words of radio DJ Kelly Parker “Radio is great, there is no heavy lifting and you get to wear flip-flops!” Jeff’s show is a great mixture of engaging phone-filling content, sports and hard-hitting news and now, more prairie news he ever thought possible!

As for my timelines, here’s how things will play out:

  • My last day working at CTV is Dec. 24th
  • Movers come on Dec 27th
  • I start at Corus January 11th
  • and we are still debating selling or renting out our house in Winnipeg. Any and all feedback on which you think is a better option, let’s hear it!

Trust me when I say (and I am not crapping on my new city) just know Winnipeg will always be in my heart. Leaving this gorgeous, super racist, completely flawed, hockey obsessed, steeped in incredible history and filled with amazing people will always be my home.

It’s time to buy shares in Kleenex, y’all. It’s going to be a soggy Christmas! *Cue uncontrollable crying.

Be good

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#1 life-saving tip for people who live alone!

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As a part-time bachelorette there have been lots of things I have done to ensure my safety in my home; upgraded the security system, extra smoke detectors, a baseball bat under the bed, 2 blood-thirsty dogs and motion detectors all over the yard….these were all no-brainers but the one thing no one talks about is the ol’toe in the pant!

I don’t know about you but I love a good lounge pant and when I get home from work it is a race to get into my “evening wear” which essentially makes me look as ugly as possible yet lifeextremely comfortable. My lounge pants usually are a moth eaten, baggy, sweat pant with a wide leg…that was until I was walking up the stairs, caught my big toe on my bell bottoms and landed head first into the stairs. With blood pouring out of my mouth the 2 aforementioned blood thirsty dogs were looking at me like Christmas had come early. I rallied and called off the dogs and decided a change in my wardrobe was badly needed if I wanted to see to the end of 2015.

So, in an effort to prolong the need to purchase a life-alert alarm I have thrown out all my wide legged pants and now only wear a tapered pant/leggings. Learn from my bruises, nothing good ever comes from a wide-legged pant…ok, maybe disco dancing but that’s where I draw the line!

Fun:

Checked out the movie The Martian featuring Matt Damon. It Martianwas good, didn’t knock my socks off but my husband loved it. Over Thanksgiving weekend we watched the Entourage movie, it was fun if for nothing else than celeb spotting with the 100’s of cameos and the soundtrack (hello, new running music).

Fashion:

I am OBSESSED with a little bootie! I am so, so over the riding shoeboot trend and I got these on sale ($29.99) at Payless. They are super-duper comfy! Sometimes I can’t figure out how to make them work with my wardrobe then I found this great blog post on all the ways to make them work…love it! Check it out!

http://stylishlyme.com/style/20-stylish-ways-to-wear-boots/

Food:

As we in Canada just celebrated our Thanksgiving weekend, I Stuffed-Turkey-Burgers-with-Cranberry-Ketchup_390x297busted out my traditional all-in-one Thanksgiving turkey dinner burger! They are always a hit and super simple, plus if you have left-overs they freeze like a charm!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/206569/thanksgiving-flavored-turkey-burgers/

Fitness:

And if you want to work these burgers off with minimal effort…ok, that’s a lie you will get sweaty, Swiss ball hamstring curls are my fave. I do them in commercial breaks when I watch the new Muppets sitcom (so funny! If you loved 30 Rock then you will love this show!)

Do these now!

Be good!

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The question that nearly knocked me on my butt!

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It all started with a simple visit to the shoe department at Sport Check, I needed new runners (Asics as always) and the young man helping me said “how long have you been running?” which made me hit the brakes and think about it..3+17+11+6….”27 years” I replied!

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While I don’t plan on running partially nude anytime soon I so admire her ability to run without an industrial sports bra! #ClassicAtalanta

SWEET GODDESS OF RUNNING ATALANTA! How is this possible?? I started running cross country when I lived in Fishguard, Wales when I was 15 years old and then fast forward to today that makes it 27 years! Other than making chocolate chip cookies and obsessing over Saturday Night Live I really don’t think I have done anything else that long. Have you?

Running has always been my outlet to cure whatever ails me but there was a time when doctors said it was off the table forever. 4

Running with Corinne, Tammy, in winter and forever!

Running with Corinne, Tammy, in winter and forever!

years ago I developed a rare liver condition which resulted in the valves in liver to stop working, my liver would swell to twice it’s size, push my ribs out and put pressure on my heart and lungs. It was painful and exercise was out of the question with running being the worst (it would put my liver into seizure which meant sedation at the hospital). During the year long wait for surgery, then recovery and then post-op life running still was off the table but with lots of rehab and altering my running form (I now run slightly hunched over which somehow cradles my liver) I am happy to say that running is back into my weekly routine which makes me DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY! Cheers to 27 more years of running…you hear that knees, 27 more years please!!!

Fashion:

To honour my 27th run-aversary I bought these AMAZING tights Jordyn_P_Cherry_grandefrom Home Run Sports http://lbswear.com/collections/pant/products/jordyn-legging

They are new to Winnipeg, Canadian made and crazy comfy! The sizes run big so you will go down a couple (I love that!).

Food:

I am loving pureed cauliflower these days but I will warn you, running with 4 days worth of cauliflower in your colon is the best way to have your fastest run time ever!! TOOIIIILLLLEEETT!!!!!!

Try this super yummy banana chocolate chip paleo muffin recipe..so many almonds!! http://www.paleonewbie.com/paleo-banana-nut-chocolate-chip-muffins/

Fun:

I am obsessed with the app “Sky Guide”. You hold up your phone to the sky and it shows you all the constellations, their names, planets and it is set to some sweet soothing music. It’s like being at the Planetarium right in your own backyard for only $1.99

Fitness:

If you wanna be inspired and find fun places to do sit-ups around Winnipeg then you must follow Lindsay Somers on Twitter (@lindsaysomers). She has been going around town and filming herself doing all sorts of different abdominal exercises in front of recognizable places and I LOVE IT! Get inspired with Lindsay!

Have a great week my friends!

Be good!

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The ultimate 2015 insult and I might be living it…proudly!

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Do you like pumpkin spice lattes (PSL)? YES

Do you wear big chunky scarfs with boots and a plaid shirt? YES

Do you go to Vegas and think you are the first person from your city to ever go there? OF COURSE!

Well, I hate to break it to you but you are what is called “a basic bitch!” Yup, deal with it, this is your new lot in life!

According to Urban dictionary “a basic bitch” is:

Someone who is unflinchingly upholding of the status quo and stereotypes of their gender without even realizing it. She engages in typical, unoriginal behaviors, modes of dress, speech, and likes. She believers herself to be unique, fly, amazing, and a complete catch, when really she is boring, painfully normal, and par.

One of my co-workers called me this (in a loving manner, stand down HR) after I described my up-coming weekend and at first I had no idea what they meant but now I pride myself of being one bad ass basic bitch. Here are 50 signs you too might be basic:

http://www.popsugar.com/love/Signs-Youre-Basic-Bitch-35935521?crlt.pid=camp.MfJbC8C2pAsl#photo-35935521

and your basic bitch playlist:

http://www.popsugar.com/love/Songs-Basic-Bitches-36051106?crlt.pid=camp.fNlHMDa5vTQW

Here are the things that currently make me basic..

Docs on HBO to check out:

I am Chris Farley. It is a great doc about the life of Chris Farley I_am_Chris_Farley-and how so many of his iconic characters got developed and undoing. The more I see interviews with Tom Arnold I realize he has some substance.

Going Clear. It is all about  Scientology and it is mind boggling, sad and ultimately frustrating.

Soaps I love more than I should:

Just in time for fall Bath and Body Works has completely captured the season with Marshmellow Pumpkin Latte. SO GOOD.

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=60934436&cp=12587004.12936131.4191863

But if you prefer all natural then you must try (even if you are a big kid) the Rocky Mountain Soap Company kids Root Beer Foaming wash.

http://shop.rockymountainsoap.com/collections/natural-soap/products/kids-root-beer-foaming-wash

Fitness fun:

I signed up for my first ever “virtual run”…you sign up, they send you a race bib, you run the distance you signed up for, send in your time and then you get sent a very cool MERMAID medal. All the money goes to water.org check it out:

https://virtualstrides.com/quest-for-the-golden-pearl/

And on my wish list right now is to try sprints with a parachute. parachute runningHave you tried this? It looks super fun and challenging! I spotted a post from a friend in Toronto who has done it at their gym…this needs to be done!!

Oh and I want this bra more than I want 17 corgi puppies!!! It has a built in spot for your phone!!! YES!!! It’s from TFL Apparel.

The TLF™ Catalyst Bra features a back pocket and sleek laser detailing for breathability and convenience. This High Impact sports bra gives you great support and keeps you on the go even during the most extreme workouts.:

So those are all my super basic bitchiness for the week – enjoy!

Be good!

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