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I need a vacation.

I am so incredibly busy lately it’s been a complete whirlwind. My daytimer is crammed full and I’ve had to put in seemingly obvious things like “walk the dog” and “do laundry” because I have so much going on that I’ll forget if I don’t schedule it in. I’m doing a practicum placement, taking an extremely in-depth breastfeeding course (for health care providers) and studying for my immunization certification exam. And that’s not including stressing about my RN exam, finding a job or finding an apartment. Oh and moving. Needless to say, I’m totally exhausted. I’d love to spent about four weeks lying on a beach, frying to a nice golden brown.

For now, I continue to work away, largely ignoring the blog (because I have to eat and shower at some point) and getting in quiet time when I can. I have decided to blog when I can, about what I want, and not feel guilty. I’m too busy to feel guilty.

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Oh, those hipsters.

From Unhappy Hipsters (Original Photo: Dwell)

He sipped his tepid coffee and pondered how to tell her that, in fact, the pants made the sack dress even less appealing. (from Unhappy Hipsters)

This website is too funny. Add this to the “Evolution of the Hipster” series and you’ve got yourself an afternoon of sweet satire. Not that I don’t fall into one of the categories (cough, 2007, cough).

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Mug cozy success.

So to follow up on my post about the mug-cozy, I made one. I just forgot to create a follow-up post about it. Oops. Either way, it worked! It was fast and easy to crochet, granted the one for sale on Etsy is of much better quality. And a smaller stitch may have worked better so that less heat would escape (I crocheted mine and so there’s some pencil-sized gaps due to the way it’s stitched). But still, I made it! It’s pretty superfluous but I love it anyway. I threatened to make a Sherlock-cozy but I’m fairly certain Nick would leave me. (But only out of jealousy for not having his own cozy, I bet.)

I started it the same way that I make hats, but then backstitched to leave a space for the mug handle. It’s a stretchy stitch as well so I’ve been able to put it on a few different sized mugs. This one is a bit long so it may work better on a taller mug.

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Our much-loved mutt.

Some people are cat-people, some are kid-focused people, and some are dog-people. I am most certainly, without a doubt, firmly entrenched in crazy-dog-lady territory. I bake homemade organic dog biscuits. I go nuts over adorable dog beds and toys instead of baby stuff. I have ridiculously cutesy (and lame, to outsiders I’m sure) nicknames for him INCLUDING, I kid you not, Wuggums, Buggums, Snookeroo, Bugsy, Sherlywerly and Honkums. If I owned a house (and if Nick would allow it) we’d have about 126 well-loved and much-spoiled canines running around the place. I can’t wait until we have a stable income and place of our own so that we can adopt another dog to keep Sherlock company. I’d love to get a big dog, but since our next place is more than likely going to be an apartment, we may have to find a dog similar in size to our current mutt (about 20lbs). Or a greyhound. They’re small…ish.

My point is, if you are also firmly entrenched in crazy-dog-person territory (viva la resistance!) I invite you to check out some of the beautiful dogs available through the many rescue groups here in Victoria. Even if you yourself are not in the market for a pup, you may know a friend who is.

Some of the sites I check (too) regularly are:

Dog Bless

Mosaic Rescue

Victoria Adoptables

Mexi-Mutt Rescue

Mex-Can Dog Rescue

Furever After Dog Rescue

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Vintage dresses.

from Small Earth Vintage's Etsy Shop

I need to start sewing my own clothes again. Every now and then I’ll bust out the sewing machine and make something, and I’m always so happy with the result. But then I go months without doing it! Silly me. I’d love to have something like the dress above, but with little cap sleeves instead of the 3/4 length style. Since deciding I need to start making clothing again, I went on a little web search of some dress styles that I like. A dangerous thing happened. I found this website. DANGEROUS I TELL YOU.

from Posh Girl Vintage.com

This is beautiful, especially if you paired it with some white peep-toe flats.

from Posh Girl Vintage.com

Oh, and I have the perfect shoes to wear with this one, black peep-toe heels with satin bows on the backs of the heels.

Poshgirlvintage.com

And…ohhhh this one.

poshgirlvintage.com

Excuse me while I go hyperventilate into this paper bag.

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Ow.

from Canadian House and Home

Day one of my self-imposed pilates blitz went well. Day two, not so much. My abs hurt in places I didn’t know they could hurt. But that is a good sign, yes? I gave them a good workout and activated all those muscles that spent months in lazy slumber. Or perhaps I angered them. Yes, that seems far more likely. I’m going to do carry on with day two of pilates today in hopes that the achy muscles will be appeased with more abuse. Or something. Maybe a hot bath in a beautiful tub like the one above would help. I imagine this is all normal when it comes to getting back into shape, there’s days I’ll be sore and I’ll have to just keep stretching and working on it. Easier said than done.

Also, it hurts to laugh.

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photo by Nick Thorton (isn't he so talented?)

I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions. Not because I don’t have goals, but because NYRs seem to be things that people make and then break by the end of January. And so people expect you to break them. You’re off the hook. I have to trick myself into sticking with my goals, so I refrain from using the NYR title. Instead, I’m setting some ongoing health goals for myself. Hear that brain? HEALTH GOALS. That means you HAVE to achieve them, or we’ll both suffer.

My main goal is to do 30min of pilates every day. Pilates, you ask? Didn’t that go out of fashion in about 2003, to be replaced by hot yoga? Back when pilates was chic, I invested in the Windsor pilates dvd trio, and I have to say, it was worth it. The three workouts are of different lengths (25min, 35 min, 60min) and intensities. My goal is to try to do the 30min workout every day (or at least 5x a week). I set the goal because A) I’m lazy, B) I’m soon to be an RN and should practice what I lecture, and C) my back commonly feels as though it’s been twisted like a pretzel. So in order to strengthen my core and support my back I’m going to try to stick with this scissor-kicking, ab-crunching mania for the next few months. My hope is that once I’ve rebuilt some muscle strength I won’t groan and wince every time I bend/stretch/lie down/lean/pick up anything/do anything that requires muscle movement.

So today I began my little routine. I got myself into some comfy clothes, grabbed some water and set out to start my workout. Brightly coloured and likely overpriced yoga mat, check. Definitely overpriced but essential pilates dvd, check. Dog biting my hands and feet that flail around with every exercise move, check.

Let’s just say it was a long 30min.

For interests sake: here’s a couple interesting posts. This one is about ways to recycle an old yoga mat, and this one is how to set up your own yoga/pilates studio in your home.

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