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Liebster Blog Award!

Look at the shiny new award I got from Linasouid! I’m really grateful and excited about it. It always feels so nice to get an award, doesn’t it?! It’s nice to know that someone notices what you’re doing. Or what you did. Or whatever. 🙂

 

The Liebster Blog Award is all about  spotlighting newer, up-and-coming blogs that typically have less than 200 followers. That’s definitely me! Thanks so much for noticing, Linasouid!

The Rules of Acceptance:

  • Copy and paste the award on your blog
  • Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you
  • Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
  • Hope that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers

I’d like to give this award to a few bloggers I really like. I like that they’re so honest. They write in a this-is-the-way-it-is sort of way. No big frills, no sugarcoating, and no trying to be something else, or trying to make it look good. Their posts are just real. And relatable. Here they are:

  • Lori at Slow Happy Runner. The woman is amazing. I can’t even really sum it up for you. We seem to have about a million things in common. I noticed this when I read about her and I continue to notice it as I read her posts. She’s on a journey. She’s opened herself up to learning to love herself and her life in new ways, and it’s great to go along for the ride run. Yeah. She’s a runner. 🙂
  • Corrie Anne. She’s so cool that her blog name is her name. It’s quite appropriate. She posts in a very this-is-my-life sort of way. Reading her posts is kind of like looking at your friends’ Facebook profiles/pages. You get to meet her hubby and nephews, see what she’s cooking, and what her wedding was like. It’s pretty cool!
  • Amanda at Miles Gone By. She’s from KALAMAZOO! How cool is that?! Apparently, she used to hate running. Now she LOVES it. She’s done a gazillion races. Okay, not really. But a lot. Cool to see where she started, and where she is now.
  • Ashley at love and running shoes. She’s a big time snacker. That gets her 10 points right off the bat. She pushes herself to do things that are bit of a challenge. Or a big challenge. And that’s cool.
  • Natasiarose at Hot Femme in the City. She’s hilarious. Her posts are very entertaining. The kind that make you laugh, and think at the same time, “Oh, my gosh, YES!” You have to visit and read a few posts to get it.

Wordless Wednesday: Travelling Glamour Girl

Taken from a FB post

It’s Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday! The day so many people dread is over. On to the next one! Hope you’re on track and getting things done. I’m on the ball. At the same time, I’m feeling really random today. I’m just going to go with it. I hope you don’t mind randomness.

  • Articles all over the place about my appointment to this awesome job. Woot, woot! It was in one newspaper on Friday, another yesterday, and it’s posted in the news/press release section of the Ride For Hope Bahamas website. YAY! Like us on Facebook!
  • I found a crazy ridiculous recipe. For spinach lasagna. Ummm… YUMMM. And it’s made – get this – in a SLOW COOKER! What the monkey wrenches helicopter?!?! I don’t have a slow cooker, but if you do, you should definitely make this lasagna, and FedEx a piece to me. Click here for it.
  • This cell phone battery SUCKS. We went and bought a new BlackBerry last week, but I’m pretty sure it’s the one they had on display. Either they’ve already killed it, or some smart employee switched the battery out with their own. Ugh. I have to order a new one. Hellooo, Amazon.
  • Other things I’m getting from Amazon: a few nice items for Babe’s Christmas stocking (which I won’t list here in case she read this post), a multi-tool for our bikes and stuff, running things (skirts, tanks, shorts), compression sleeves (which I obviously need as my calf muscles keep reminding me)… I don’t remember the rest.
  • Saturday was great. Babe and I spent the day together. Breakfast in bed, a little shopping trip, saved a bunch of money (using a discount card, and winning a $25 gift card at a different store from a scratch ‘n’ win card), had lunch and treats, walked halfway home before someone (Babe knows) stopped and took us the rest of the way. Then we did a little lounging, loving, and then getting ready. Getting ready = showering + packing + doing hair + me envisioning all the missing that would happen once the airport drop happened.
  • I need to get started on our living room project. I think I mentioned how happy I was/am that Babe agreed to it. It’s going to be GREAT when I finish it. If only I could get STARTED. Gees, Louise. I gotta find my way to one or two store to get the necessary material.
  • I’m thinking about making the wall art for our bathroom. Our shower curtain has palm trees, and the colours are nice (tan, brown, green), and the bathmat and wastebasket are well-coordinated. We just need wall art. I’m thinking of cross-stitch. I can definitely do that, and do it right. Whenever I have the time, I’ll find a good palm tree pattern, then go to the local fabric/art-ish store to get the embroidery thread, needle, and cloth/material. Oh, and I need to run it by Babe to make sure it’s okay.
  • I need a MUG. That’s also on the Amazon list. My office is rather chilly, and I like tea and hot chocolate. It’ll all work wonderfully together once I have a mug to keep at work. I’d like it to be a NICE mug. A little oversized. And it should be, of course, GREEN. 🙂 Or purple, since that’s the dominant Ride For Hope Bahamas colour. Dark purple, light purple, green (like the one I like!), and yellow.
  • I have a lot of work to do! It’s great. It’s taking me a while because there is SO much to work on. It doesn’t help that I don’t have a landline in the office yet. OR the internet. The installation date is November 3. Ridiculous. I know. This is how it works in third world countries.
  • Babe is away. Since Saturday night. Won’t be back until next week. *sighs* Denmark is SO far away. The time difference sort of sucks, but we’re managing to communicate fairly often. Of course there’s lots of missing and stuff.
  • I’m staying at my great-grandmother’s (Ma) for the week. She lives a lot closer to where I work, and I can get drives to and from. Saving on the bus fare, and getting to sleep over an hour later. It still doesn’t make up for Babe being away.
  • On Saturday, I’ll be hanging out with our good friend. Vanessa is super cool, but oh-so-very busy. We don’t get to hang out often enough. We’re taking this Saturday to do it up. We’re probably gonna do lunch AND dinner. With wine. Yeah, we’re fancy and splurgy. Doesn’t happen often though, so it’s okay. 🙂 I’m hoping we’ll be in the area of a cool plant shop so I can get a plant for my office. How I’m going to get it here, I have no idea. I’m NOT taking a plant PLUS my bag(s) on the bus. It’ll have to be at home until I get a drive to work. Oh, wait. Ma lives sort of nearby. I can leave it at her house on Sunday when we go for FamJam, and she can drop it off whenever. YAY! I’m so smart!
  • NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) coming up. I didn’t do it this year. Maybe this year. We’ll see. Budding writers, check it out here. Challenge yourself. Write a (50,000 word) novel in one month. November, to be specific. It’s fun, especially if there are events planned in your area. I used to looove Word Wars.
  • Awesome quote from JM’s yoga instructor:  “I wish I could sit on my couch and eat cake and it would make me one with everything. But it doesn’t work that way.” Read the whole (funny) post here.
  • Willow (Smith), the hair whipping – and now fireball – daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith has a new song out. Firebaaallllll! Nicki Minaj features in it. Did you know that I REALLY like Nicki Minaj? She’s so FUNNY! Babe pointed out that she has a bit of a Caribbean sound in some of the lyrics. Particularly “fireball.” It’s true. Anyway, I like this girl. She’s so young and fresh, and APPROPRIATE. She doesn’t sing about love, sex, dating, or money. She’s staying relevant to her peers, but still giving us adults something to rock out to, and sing along with.
  • I feel like having a ruuunnn!

Sup with you? Is there anything you’ve already planned for the weekend? Tell me something random.

How to Argue Effectively

Haven’t you always wanted to know how to argue effectively? I came across this, and given my fun sense of humor, found it hilarious. I had to share it with you.

How to argue effectively
By Dave Barry

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on
any topic, against any opponent. People know this and steer clear of me at
parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me. You
too can win arguments. Simply follow these rules:

Drink liquor.

Suppose you are at a party and some hotshot intellectual is expounding on the
economy of Peru, a subject you know nothing about. If you’re drinking some
health-fanatic drink like grapefruit juice, you’ll hang back, afraid to display
your ignorance, while the hotshot enthralls your date. But if you drink several
large martinis, you’ll discover you have STRONG VIEWS about the Peruvian
economy. You’ll be a WEALTH of information. You’ll argue forcefully, offering
searing insights and possibly upsetting furniture. People will be impressed.
Some may leave the room.

Make things up.

Suppose, in the Peruvian economy argument, you are trying to prove that
Peruvians are underpaid, a position you base solely on the fact that YOU are
underpaid, and you’ll be damned if you’re going to let a bunch of Peruvians be
better off. DON’T say: “I think Peruvians are underpaid.” Say instead: “The
average Peruvian’s salary in 1981 dollars adjusted for the revised tax base is
$1,452.81 per annum, which is $836.07 before the mean gross poverty level.”

NOTE: Always make up exact figures.

If an opponent asks you where you got your information, make THAT up too.
Say: “This information comes from Dr. Hovel T. Moon’s study for the Buford
Commission published on May 9, 1982. Didn’t you read it?” Say this in the same
tone of voice you would use to say, “You left your soiled underwear in my
bathroom.”

Use meaningless but weighty-sounding words and phrases.

Memorize this list:

Let me put it this way
In terms of
Vis-a-vis
Per se
As
it were
Qua
Ipso facto
Ergo
So to speak

You should also memorize some Latin abbreviations such as “Q.E.D.”, “e.g.”,
and “i.e.” These are all short for “I speak Latin, and you don’t.” Here’s how to
use these words and phrases. Suppose you want to say, “Peruvians would like to
order appetizers more often, but they don’t have enough money.”

You never win arguments talking like that. But you WILL win if you say, “Let
me put it this way. In terms of appetizers vis-a-vis Peruvians qua Peruvians,
they would like to order them more often, so to speak, but they do not have
enough money per se, as it were. Ergo, ipso facto, case closed. Q.E.D.”

Only a fool would challenge that statement.

Use snappy and irrelevant comebacks.

You need an arsenal of all-purpose irrelevant phrases to fire back at your
opponents when they make valid points. The best are:

You’re begging the question.
You’re being defensive.
Don’t
compare apples to oranges.
What are your parameters?

This last one is especially valuable. Nobody (other than engineers and policy
wonks) has the vaguest idea what “parameters” means.

Don’t forget the classic: YOU’RE SO LINEAR.

Here’s how to use your comebacks:

You say: As Abraham Lincoln said in 1873…

Your opponent says: Lincoln died in 1865.

You say: You’re begging the question.

——————–

You say: Liberians, like most Asians…

Your opponent says: Liberia is in Africa.

You say: You’re being defensive.

——————–

You say: Since the discovery of the incandescent light bulb…

Your opponent says: The light bulb is an invention.

You say: Well DUH!

Compare your opponent to Adolf Hitler.

This is your heavy artillery, for when your opponent is obviously right and
you are spectacularly wrong. Bring Hitler up subtly. Say, “That sounds
suspiciously like something Adolf Hitler might say,” or “You certainly do remind
me of Adolf Hitler.”

Source: http://home.tiac.net/~cri_d/cri/1998/argue.html

Thankful Thursday + Five Question Friday

Gotta do a two-in-one today. My internet connection yesterday (which is a wireless connection from TWO FLOORS DOWN was terrible. It was never up for more than 5 minutes. I figured I’d just save it for today before my thankfulness faded into annoyance. That wouldn’t have been good, right? Anyway, I’m hoping they come to hook up my phone line and internet today.

Ok, here we go! This week, I’m thankful for:

  • The good fortune I’ve had this week in getting to work on time. I decided on a time to leave the house to get the bus, and the maximum wait period for the second bus once I get downtown. It’s worked really well, and I haven’t been less than 10 minutes early on any day. YAY, me!
  • The pretty lady who gets up super early to make sure we both get breakfast, packed lunches and snacks, and out the door in time, and takes the walk (in the dark) to the bus stop with me, and takes the ride downtown (way earlier than she really needs to). How fortunate am I?!
  • New BlackBerry! YAY! It’s a work phone, so I don’t use it for personal calls (though this wasn’t stipulated), but it’s great for BBM, apps, internet access, etc.
  • A job that I like and I am happy to show up for from Monday to Friday.
  • Things to do that I actually care to do.
  • The training run done on Wednesday. Completely unexpected. A lady in the building who knows (and was sort of raised by) by great-grandmother gave me a ride, so I got home a LOT earlier than the other days, so it was early enough run with Babe.
  • Breakfast! Makes the day go so much better.
  • Cooler weather. I love sweaters and scarfs. It’s not time for them yet (not that it will get too much colder), but I’m excited about it. I also like the nice, cuddly sleep it encourages.
  • Time changing soon. It’ll be lighter in the evenings, so I could actually get back on track with running. 7pm, right now, is too dark.
  • Forever 21 order I placed. Babe and I will be getting some more work-appropriate clothes in a week or two. Yippeeeeee! Still need more, but we’re taking it step-by-step. A little bit this week, a little bit next week. By the end of the year, we should be good to go!
  • Love. Appreciation. Understanding. Kindness. Goodness. Genuine concern. Communication. Her.
  • The massive improvement in my water consumption. My body is getting used to it, now that I’ve been paying special attention to it, and sort of drinking on a schedule. Now, I’m even getting thirsty. This never happened before because my body was just so used to being dehydrated. Crazy, I know. Now, I’m finishing about 28oz. per day.
  • My body. It’s pretty nice home.

 

And now, for Five Question Friday!

1. Where do you escape to when you’ve had enough?
The shower. A nice hot shower. Or the street. For a bike ride. If I need to cry, the shower wins. If I have pent up something-or-other to get out, bike ride. When I build up endurance, I think running may be a new escape for me. I’d like to be in a place where I can run off to a family island (less developed, less commercial island of The Bahamas) for a weekend to relax, unwind, be at one with the… Something. The beach.
2. What shows are you watching this fall?
None. We still don’t have cable, and I don’t see the need for it. We were going to get it, but I’m not so sure now. It’s not like we really watch tv. And it’s easy to download tv shows, or watch them online. (I’m not even sure we’re going to get the internet.) Life is just simple and peaceful right now. Less distractions and interruptions. Unnecessary ones. I like the way it is now.
3. What was the longest roadtrip you’ve ever taken and where did you go?
From Nova Scotia to New Brunswick, I think. I don’t remember how long it took. No, wait. I took a bus from Toronto to Niagra Falls. Maybe that was longer. I don’t know.
4. Do you plan on taking your kids to Disney World?
Definitely. I plan on taking MYSELF to Disney World as well. Babe and I will probably do a Disney World trip next year. (I only went once, on the 6th grade class trip.) I’ll have to remember to ask about it and see what her thoughts are. But seriously. Who doesn’t wanna go to Disney World?!
5. What is something people would surprised to know about you?
Hmmm… That my mind makes frequent trips to the gutter?

Loving My Body

I read this post over at The Sin City Siren, and LOVED it. It inspired me to think of the great physical assets I have. Here’s a healthy list:

  • My hair is super short, thick, curly, and perfectly suited to ME.
  • My lips are plump. Full. No collagen or botox or whatever needed here!
  • My teeth are PERFECT.
  • My nose. It’s just cute.
  • My collar bone protrudes JUST enough. Not too much (to make me look sick). Just the right amount. I love it. Collar bones are SEXY!
  • B-cups. Hey, hey! I don’t neeeed to wear a bra. I can wear shirts with shelf bras. I can go braless. I can jump up and down and not need to hold anything. And I’m not super flat. Yay!
  • My hips are wide. Child bearing hips. Yep! That’s what they call ’em. Bring onnn the babies. Well, no. Not right this second. But you know… When it’s time. Oh, and in combination with the next item on this list, they fill the hell out of a pair of jeans and look GOOD.
  • Legs. Legs, legs, legs. I got ’em. Two of ’em. And they are THICK. My pillars of strength, I call them. Good support for the rest of me. I don’t think I’d like skinny legs much. Or at all.
  • My hands are big. For a female. Or just for a person. Haha. I can hold a LOT of stuff. Hahahaha.
  • Long torso. I have good height on me, and I’m glad it comes from my torso rather than my legs. Long legs can look kinda crazy. And require specially made pants. Screw that. I’ll take my stomach out ANY day over my pants being too short.
  • Super dark, full eyebrows. I LOVE this. They go so well with my short hair, and the next item on this list. They can be quite dramatic, or just ordinary. Whenever I go to have them waxed or threaded, the esthetician(s) compliment(s) me on my brows. They all seem to love doing my brows. They’re so easy. Full, dark, and pretty much already in the desired shape.
  • My eyes are cool. They’re sort of slanted. Kind of almond shaped. And they change colour. Well, they’re always brown. The shade changes. Sometimes they get really light. Most times they’re kind of an uncommon (to my ethnicity) medium shade of brown. My lashes are dark and plentiful (and it usually looks like I’m wearing eyeliner and mascara), so the contrast is pretty nice. When I DO wear eyeliner or mascara, the effect is crazy. My lashes often look fake, and my eye colour looks like the result of contact lenses.
  • My wrists. This is weird, I know. I just think I have nice wrists. Nice size. Sort of dainty looking. I guess I like them because they balance out the size of my hands? I don’t know. Hahaha.
  • My feet. They’re big. They help me cover a lot of ground. *nudge, nudge*
  • My back is pretty amazing.
  • I’ve got a booty! Oh, yes, I do. And it’s not the kind any pirate can take away from me. No matter how I eat, run, cycle, or pray, it’s not going anywhere. Me and this booty are together. Forever.

I was waving "Hi!" but it looks kinda weird. I like weird though. You?

Well, before you think I’m about to pleasure myself, I’ll stop there. I’m just loving my body today, as per the instructions I read here. It’s LOVE YOUR BODY DAY! With all the crap we’re being fed every day by commercials, music videos, billboards, and magazines, it’s nice – maybe even NECESSARY – to take a day to appreciate the bodies we’re in. We only get one, and we should do what we can to take care of them, and that includes LOVING them. Body hate is dangerously close to self hate. Love, love, love. Bathe in it!

I hope you take a moment to look in the mirror, and love what you see. Even if you just choose three physical attributes. See the good. See the purpose. The use. The beauty. Know that YOU are BEAUTIFUL. And you don’t need anyone else to measure your beauty for you. You decide how you feel about yourself. Carry yourself CONFIDENTLY in your body, and encourage others to do the same. Our bodies are our homes. May as well get comfy!

If you decide to post about your body lovin’, leave the link to your post in the comments. I wanna read about it! If you link back here and to The Sin City Siren, I wouldn’t be mad at ya. 🙂

Sidenote: I’m in my office. I haven’t taken the pictures yet. Well, except for the one in this post. I’ve been busy, busy, busy! So much to do. And I love it all. Ma (my great-grandmother) came by and brought lunch for me. YAY! I’m gonna enjoy that and get back to work. Enjoy your day!

Wordless (One Word) Wednesday: Happiness

This is called cheating at Wordless Wednesdays. Sue me.