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a rockin’ wednesday night

Hey friends!

How’s everyone’s week going so far?

As the title of this post implies, mine has been pretty rockin’ so far … literally (yes, I know that was lame).

My friend Jess and I went rock climbing at Coyote Rock Gym in Ottawa last night!

we rock!

we rock!

I was super excited, since this was my first time rock climbing … unless you count the time that I beat my brother to the top of the rock wall at Canada’s Wonderland when I was 10, but I think this is different.

After signing a waiver, one of the friendly guys at the gym showed us the ropes (again, lame pun intended). He helped us get our harnesses on, and taught us how to tie the proper knots in our ropes to keep us safe and sound. This was the part of the night where we learned that knot tying is not one of my skills … to say the least. Jess on the other hand, is a knot tying pro!

He then taught us how to safely belay one another, and stood with us for a couple of climbs to make sure we were doing things right. From then on, we were on our own!

Coyote Rock Gym has belaying walls for different skill levels, from a smaller wall with rocks shaped like turtles and happy faces, to higher more advanced walls.

this one wasn't made up of farm animals and happy faces ...

this one wasn’t made up of farm animals and happy faces …

on top of the world ... or the wall.

on top of the world … or the wall.

They also have walls for bouldering – which is climbing without a harness or a belayer. These walls are obviously a lot shorter – closer to the ground in case of falls!

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Jess and I tried a little bit of everything – belaying, bouldering, and attempting to climb walls that we by no means could climb.

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don’t be intimidated by her muscles, she’s actually very nice.

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just hangin’ around

We were there for a few hours and it was A LOT of fun, and a way better workout than I expected, I might add! By the end of the night my entire body was jell-o, and my foam roller came in handy this morning to say the least!

I definitely want to go back to Coyote soon … and I’ll have to bring Jess along so that I have someone to tie my knots!

Have you ever been rock climbing? Did you love it or hate it?

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my life lately

My second blog post already? look at me go!

Since we’re friends now, and the official introductions are out of the way, I thought that today might be a good day to tell you all about my life lately.

Let me just let the elephant in the room out of the bag … is that how the expression goes? I think the cat might be the one in the bag. Either way, what I’m trying to say is this: I’m currently unemployed.

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For the last month or so I’ve been out of work. This isn’t some sort of big dramatic deal, I wasn’t fired or anything … my contract was up at my last job (my very FIRST post-university) and it was time to move on. SO, since then, I’ve been working on finding another and I happen to be rather excited to see whats in store, but, as can be expected, it’s taking me a little while to find myself a new gig.

Why, you ask, am I telling you all about this when this is only our second date? When I’m still supposed to be trying my darndest to impress you?

Well, because it’s a big reason why I started this blog!

Like I said in my first post, I’ve wanted to start a blog for quite some time now, but having all this extra free time on my hands really gave me the extra push I needed to get this thing started! I can talk and talk about how truthfully excited I am to see what job I’ll be doing next, but trust me when I say that excitement does not take away from the fact that being unemployed can get rather BORING.

You’ll learn, as this relationship progresses that I’m a girl that strives on STRUCTURE. I like to have a plan and a routine and right now, I’m obviously lacking all of the above.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have the extra time to do some of the things that I couldn’t do before (like hitting the gym outside of peak hours?), but I decided in the first week or two or being home alone (during a canadian winter i might add – don’t get me started about feeling stir crazy!) that I needed a hobby. So here it is folks!

look ma! I'm at the gym taking pictures of myself because no one's around to think that's weird!

look ma! I’m at the gym taking pictures of myself because no one’s around to think that’s weird!

what's that? you don't want to get out of bed and go out there? yeah, me either.

what’s that? you don’t want to get out of bed and go out there? yeah, me either.

I might also mention that being home (and bored, did I say that already?) has also lead me to on certain occasions thinking that eating an entire box of Triscuits is the ultimate cure to boredom … it isn’t. I’m hoping that this blog will help with that tiny issue as well, in keeping me accountable to all of the world (yes, I know that I’m exaggerating a tad about my “reach” here).

boredom busters? nope. delicious? heck yes.

boredom busters? nope.
delicious? heck yes.

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I solemnly swear to confess to anyone reading if I ever eat an entire box of Triscuits ever again. Or an entire box of anything for that matter.

Can you even wait?

Ok, the bottom line here is that I’m stupidly excited to get started with this whole blogging thang, and I’m grateful that I now have the time to get it started. Bring on the trial and error (I’ve got the time)!

Is anybody out there? If you are … leave me some tips!

pleased to meet you!

They say first impressions are everything. I guess I better not blow it!

I thought for my very first blog post, it would be fitting to teach you all a little bit about the “blogger” (I think its fair I keep using quotation marks until I get the hang of this – yes?).

Ready? Here are some fun facts about yours truly:

  • It took me over a year to finally start this blog. When I started to talk about other bloggers like they were my friends, and ending most sentences with “I could totally blog about this”, people started insisting.
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reason enough to blog?

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  • I have a lot of favorite blogs. They’re all my favorites for different reasons, and they all inspired me to start this one.
  • I don’t eat red meat. There’s no political reason for this, I just don’t like it.
  • I eat a lot of chicken. A lot a lot of chicken.
  • I don’t eat tomatoes, or anything “tomato-esque” except ketchup. This is due to the inhumane way our tomatoes are treated … just kidding, I just don’t like tomatoes.
  • I must sound like the pickiest eater. I kind of am, but I’m much better than I used to be. I went through a phase as a child where I only ate canned mushrooms. I’d like to think I’ve come a long way.

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  • My favorite workouts are circuits and intervals. Quick and sweaty for the win!

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  • My favorite food is french fries. But that’s OK because my second and third favorites are fruits and vegetables.
although i usually prefer my vegetables minus the sticker

although i usually prefer my vegetables minus the sticker

  • I live with a boy. He’s kind of great though.

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  • I used to live with a lot of girls. They’re all kind of great though.

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  • I have two younger brothers, and two parents (hi mom and dad!), they’re all also kind of great.
my whole fam-damily

my whole fam-damily

  • I’m constantly trying to soak up as much information as I can about fitness, nutrition and health in general. So help me! and I’ll help you. Yes, let’s help each other!

Well, I think that’s enough about me for today. It’s only our first date after all. Gotta keep the mystery alive 😉

Is anybody out there? Tell me a fun fact about you!