Wednesday, January 28, 2009

gone fishin' now veggin'

I haven't really gone fishing, but it's more like no more fish. I'm not allowed. My naturopath says the oceans are too polluted. What to do with my cans of salmon?? She says she feels guilty but feeds them to her cats anyway. So I've now converted to almost purely vegetarian. :( My pH is an awesome 8. Yeah!! First time ever that it's this alkaline. Thanks to my no meat, no dairy, no bread, no sugar, no nothing diet. Detoxing sucks. But I've been off chocolate for a month now and don't even crave it anymore. How come I still don't feel that great?! Oh. Must be the fact that we just had yet another winter snow storm. Another 15 cm.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

circus o burlesque a mania insania

Looking for something to do on a wintry Friday night, I came across a show by Mysterion, who calls himself the Doctor of Mentalism, to be held at the Gladstone Ballroom. Yes, a burlesque show, but peppered with strange and mysterious side-show freaks. It was poorly organized in that doors opened at 8pm, but the show didn't start til 9. By the time the show started, it was sold out and the latecomers who had managed to get in were left to stand for the 3 hour show. I'd been to a burlesque show during Luminato 2 summers ago and thought it was very well done. This time, the burlesque dancers were alright, but nothing super stunning. I was more interested in some of the other acts, which included contortionist Aiden Orange, who squeezed himself through a squash racquet, and Edward Skwirksy who demonstrated some juggling with some balls; he had previously toured with Cirque du Soleil's Quidam, and Rick, the Living Zombie (a man who basically is what appears to be the most tattooed man alive/dead. Seriously, that must hurt?!!)

Some of the other acts mentioned here for posterity's sake include:
- Sadie Spins, a girl who spun the hula hoop
- One Arm Bob, who basically only has one arm but did some pretty freaky stuff like shove a dime up his nose and then had a member of the audience stand with hand outstretched so that he could cough the dime back out.
- Kayla Pin Lynn, the human pincushion
- Anastasia, a woman who swallowed some thread in our sight, and then pulled it out of her chest.

Yup, a different night out alright.

Friday, January 16, 2009

so cold the temperature doesn't matter

It has got to be one of the coldest days I have experienced in this lifetime.
Earlier it was -18, but as you can see with this image, it's -16 but really feels like -29. Can't wait til it warms up. Even -5 would be warm by comparison!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

brr... it's cold out!

Woke up to -22, with windchill it was apparently -30. They say it's the coldest day since January 2005, which would make it the coldest day I've ever lived through since I wasn't here in the winter of '05. I bundled up like you wouldn't believe and made my way to work. It's deceiving because the sun is out, making it seem all bright and all, yet skin freezes in these conditions in 10 minutes of exposure! The walk home was just as cold and then some. What I don't get is, it was snowing! How can it snow when it's so cold out?! We are in for another treat tomorrow - a day even colder than today. Sigh.

Monday, January 12, 2009

slow-mo brain, fast paced yoga

I haven't practiced yoga for a while. Basically since the Christmas holidays. Every time I go home, it's about relaxing and chilling to the point of pure laziness. Ok, so I DID go to one yoga studio while on vacation but that was to try it out and also to eliminate the guilt of eating so much good food. So today after work, I decided to tackle a new studio downtown. I took a jivamukti class that was 1.5 hours long. Boy was that intense. Not only was a sweating, (and it was NOT a hot yoga class), but while I was in downward dog, I noticed that the seams of my pants seemed to be showing. And then I realized to my chagrin that I had put my pants on inside out. Um, that was embarrassing... oops... or should I say om??

Sunday, January 04, 2009


I was reunited with my luggage this evening! Yesterday I boarded in Vancouver and had a stopover in Calgary. Well, apparently I was one of 2 people continuing on to Toronto. But they offloaded everyone's bag, including mine. The crew changed too. When I landed, of course my bag didn't make it. I asked the guy at the counter and he told me that the bag didn't get on in Calgary. Wait a minute, I said. How could it not have been on in Calgary? It was checked in in Vancouver! So he said that everything got offloaded. I was sent home and spent all of today hoping for the bag. Of course, it shows up in the evening while I'm out doing groceries. But thank God I flew when I did. There was another snow storm today and all flights out to the US were suspended, including my sister's.