Archive for September, 2011

The Official Month of Circe!

You might not know this, but September is my month. My birthday was the first, and I have always found that September is a month when everything’s coming up Circe! I got my very first job in September, and….well, that’s it, but that is a big one. So today I am celebrating/mourning the end of the month of Circe. So my confession is that I’m pretty superstitious.

This year the month of Circe has been pretty good; I had good luck with my surgery, and a really lovely birthday. It started with a great meal at one of my favourite restaurants, Korean Grill. Penelope and I both had Bi Bim Bap, stay tuned for more on  that on Monday. From there, we headed to the museum. It’s half price on Friday nights, and it’s a great way to see the exhibits without the crowds. In the picture above you can see me discovering an ancient Egyptian tomb. I’m an excellent archeologist!

 Penelope is a better archeologist. She found a whole mummy. She even had time to open it up and put it on display. But seriously, have you ever looked really closely at a mummy? It’s remarkable and creepy all at the same time. Even the hair was really well-preserved, super greasy and gross, but really well-preserved. Also this mummy’s toes are exposed, and that’s also pretty gross.

From there we decided to head forward through the ages to Renaissance Europe. But before we could get there we found some adorable donkeys. I  think I want a pet donkey–that will fit in my one-bedroom apartment and get along with the dog right?

Look at the little ones capering, they look so sweet and friendly, and yes, I know, these are mosaics.

We couldn’t leave until we visited one of our favourite spots in the museum from when we were kids. It took some maneuvering to find it–to be honest it was a bit of a wild goose chase–and we had to walk by some creepy taxidermied animals. But then……

There it was! The entrance to the bat cave. Yes that’s right, this is where Batman hangs out.

Alright, so there’s no Batman, but there are fake bats, and the sound of water dripping in the distance. I guess it’s better when you’re a kid.

Then we headed over to see the dinosaurs.
And on the way there, we found the wild goose.
The perfect ending to the perfect birthday, and a pretty good month.

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The Next Odyssey….

So I don’t want you to think that I’m getting cocky, because I’m not. I know my weight loss is only temporary, and that I will probably be back to my original weight by the weekend. But I am starting to think about my next adventure. I’m standing here on the precipice of something big (read: I’m sitting at my computer looking for a good excuse to put this off). The truth is that it’s time to start dating again.

It’s been such a long time since I broke up with my ex that I had sort of made up my mind that I didn’t need to date ever again. Honestly, the ex was a real handful. He bulldozed me, and it really messed me up. It’s pretty heavy baggage, and I was happy to sit here and tell myself that I would never do it again. But everyone has baggage, and it was time to leave mine behind me. And that’s why I made dating a new year’s resolution.

I actually did try…a little earlier in the year, but then that stupid suitcase got too heavy, so I dropped it and went on my merry little way. But I got brave again at the beginning of September, and I created a new profile on another, better dating site.

Online dating is weird. I’ve met a couple of guys, and some of them seem nice, but there are a lot of, shall we say, overeager people. I met one guy who asked for my real name after only 2 minutes of online chatting, after 10 minutes of chatting he was making arrangements to meet, 20 minutes after online chatting he was naming our children, and I was finished with our chat. They can’t all be like this right?

It’s weird to go from keeping myself completely closed off to deciding to open myself up to this. But people tell me there are some really nice guys out there. So I’m off to see for myself if this is true.

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weight loss exercise class

Image by ninahale via Flickr

So as you know I’ve spent the last year trying to lose weight. I’ve started taking classes, forcing myself on the treadmill, I’ve kept food diaries, and I’ve tried to focus on healthy lifestyle choices. I was going about it all wrong. All I needed to do was get dental surgery.

Yup, dental surgery was the answer. I had a gum graft a little over 2 weeks ago, and the rules you have to stick to following a gum graft are pretty strict. You have to stick to soft foods, chew on the other side of your mouth, and make sure that you are constantly rinsing your mouth so that bacteria doesn’t start to form.

The truth is that the whole process has been so unpleasant; the roof of my mouth has felt so stressed and the need to rinse with warm salt water made eating a very unpleasant option. So instead of eating I’ve been drinking. I drink a lot of Carnation instant breakfast and V8. I supplement this with ice cream and yogurt. A lot of ice cream and yogurt. The truth is that I was very worried that I would gain weight. I was worried about drinking my calories–it’s so easy to lose track–but so far, so good.

I haven’t been on a scale in more than 2 weeks, so I have no idea of what I actually weigh, but I judge my weight based on my ability to fit into my clothes, and my clothes have been fitting much better. In fact, I’ve been able to get into some clothes that I haven’t worn since before I started dating my ex.

So, having finally achieved some success with my weight loss I’m feeling pretty good. Now all I need to do is find a way to keep it off once I start eating solids again.

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