Blog posts April 2010

Curves... I Have a Confession

After weeks of being pestered by my sister and my mother, I gave in and went to curves to give it a shot. I had a few misconceptions before going: First, it was for people trying to lose weight only. Second, it wouldn't be that great of a work out. While it certainly wasn't a replacement for tossing around the barbells and dumbbells, it did provide a good upper and lower body work out -- core included.

It consists of a full circuit which alternates between resistance machines and resting areas (forget what they're called). You take 30 seconds on each area before the pre-recorded voice (playing overtime of upbeat music) tells you to change stations. Every few minutes, that same recorded voice will ask you to step aside and count your pulse so you can tell how hard you're pushing yourself.

You make your way around the stations twice and you are all done. This takes about 30 minutes, then you go into the stretching contraption they have to stretch out your muscles. I'm not really a fan of that thing. A lot of the stretches don't feel natural, but I have really strange tendons and ligaments that are flexible in all the wrong ways.

All in all, it is a really fun way to work out. It's a very supportive environment and I didn't feel at all out of place being a slim, semi-fit 25-year-old there. Out with the misconception that it's just for older people trying to lose weight! It's for everyone :)

That said, I'm still on the fence about whether I would like to return to a regular gym or continue with Curves once my 30 days for 30 dollars is over... If you're interested, most Curves locations will offer you the first day free.

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Running... Aaahh

I've decided that I will run a half marathon at the end of the summer. Oh yes, I will.

My Running Log for April 21st
Today's running course: 4.7945 Km
Longest stretch of straight running:  1.3309 Km
Total time:  46 minutes... Ish

Quite obviously, I have some training to do! I've been running once or twice a month for the past few months, so I have definitely gone down hill in that respect.

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Aimee Mulins and Her 12 Pairs of Legs

A truly awesome lady. Being different isn't always a "handicap" or a disability. This woman is smart, beautiful, hilarious, and well spoken. Oh, and she is missing two legs, but you wouldn't have guessed that about this athlete by just looking at her.

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Family Planning... Day-By-Day Calendar

I was looking for Itinerary templates for Pages (iWorks application) and came across this template for a weekly/day-by-day schedule for large families. I figured this would be mighty helpful for some of you out there with larger families:

Weekly Planner For a Family

The link will bring you to a page that will show you an image of the template and a brief description. Enjoy!

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Frugal Tip... Find a Recipe Using the Ingredients You Have

My bookmarks are flooded as it is, so I thought I'd post an entry about this website so I didn't have to add it... Ha!

This website lets you do a sort-of reverse search, using a list of ingredients that you actually have. The search results will be a list of recipes that use those ingredients. This is perfect for at the end of the month when you need to use the remaining ingredients inside of your fridge before they go bad, while sparing you from having to spend more money.

Without further adeou, here is the website: Recipe, featuring a pug... Of which my mother has two and of which I may or may not have an aversion to. Darn jumping, yappy cute blobs on legs.

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May Vancouver Island Running Races 2010

Upcoming running races on Vancouver Island for the year 2010 -- the month of May. Interested in April races? See my previous entry for April Vancouver Island Running Races


Date  Location   Race Name  Distance  Race or Organization Website
1stBeaver Lake Park, VictoriaHarrier's Elk/Beaver Ultra50 Km+Elk/Beaver Ultra
1stOak Bay Track, VictoriaThe Q's Vic. Track Series #1VariousTrack Series
8thMt. TzouhalemGut Busters 1 Mt. Tzouhalem11 Km+Gut Busters
8thCampbell RiverGreen Gallop Family Fun Run5 KmShore Runners
9thSooke Seaparc Leisure C.Team X [Triathalon]MultipleSooke Sprinters
VictoriaSound & Silence Mother's D...10 KmWebsite 
15thOak Bay Track, VictoriaThe Q's Vic. Track Series #2VariousTrack Series
16thOak Bay Avenue, Victoria5th Anual Oak Bay Kool ha...13 Km+Peninsula Runners
22ndSquamishMind Over Mountain Squam...50 Km+Mind Over Mountain
Westwood Lake, NanaimoGut Busters 2 Westwood Lake11 Km+Gut Busters
30thNanaimoCBI Hustle For Hunger6 Km+No Website, Janice @ 250 729-0990
TBACampbell RiverCystic Fibrosis Foundation G...6 Km+Shore Runners

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April-May Knit Hat Pattern for KK4K

I have decided to start doing a monthly knitting pattern for us all to do together. For a great cause, too... Kozy Kaps 4 Kids. I wish they had gone with the name "Cozy Caps for Children" or something less similar to a certain elitist group, if you catch my drift... Uh... Anyway...

For the month of April, I will be knitting "Little Cables Hat" from The Knitting Box - a knitting blog website. As much as I'd love to knit many, many hats, I am only able to set aside a small amount of time and have set my own personal goal for one cap per month.

If you are participating, please let me know so that I can link you and acknowledge your amazing selfless donation of time and wool!


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Clindoxyl Gel Dependency

Do you develop a dependency to Clindoxyl Gel? In short, no. (See bottom of entry for dependency info)

I seem to be getting a lot of traffic for the search term "clindoxyl gel dependency," so I thought I'd make a more-to-the-point post than my previous blog entries about it. Clindoxyl is a gel that usually comes in a tube and does not require refrigeration. It is a mixture of benzoyl peroxide and an antibiotic. It takes up to 6 weeks (6 full weeks!!) To see optimal results and, between weeks 0 and 6 of its use, it might seem like it's making things worse.

In my experience, Clindoxyl gel worked wonderfully. At about 4 weeks of use, my face must have been 1.5 times worse than before I started using it, but after 6 weeks of use, my skin was amazingly clear and I went on to use benzoyl peroxide for a year or two with perfect skin until it stopped working.

Do you develop a dependency to Clindoxyl Gel? In short, no. You are prescribed this gel when you have moderate acne... This acne is not generally something that can be "cured" through topical ointments or gels. However, it is something that can be maintained or controlled through topical medications. Clindoxyl works by fighting bacteria that lives deep in your skin while the benzoyl peroxide acts as an antiseptic deep in your pores to help the antibiotics reach further down and to help bring oxygen to where it's needed. Once you stop using clindoxyl, you will break out... This isn't due to a dependency of the gel, it is due to your pre-exiting acne condition which you had previously been controlling with the prescription cream.

If you are well controlled with your clindoxyl, you can try using pure benzoyl peroxide as it might be better for you financially. I used clindoxyl for about 3 months prior to switching to straight benzoyl. I purchased mine from

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Tortillas! Awesome Recipe

Tortillas are incredibly easy to make. I just whipped up a batch and froze half of it my Tupperware Freezer containers. I used this recipe:

Easy Tortillas Recipe

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/8th teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water (or so)

From this video:


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Who Put That There?

Someone parked their brand new 2010 Mazda 3 Sport in my driveway. What's that? Oh! haha... My bad. That's my car!

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I Hate Being Sick!

Knitting in bed.

Halp! I needs a tissue! :(

The last half of this month, I have had a heck of a lot of shifts! I was pretty darn happy with that. I was enjoying my one day off and preparing to go back to work for another 4 days before having my 5 days off! Score! And then, BAM! I get nailed with a pretty silly illness. I think it's a cold... A bit of a harsh cold.

I called in sick, fully expecting to go back the next day. Next day comes, and I'm suddenly taken over by an overwhelming feeling of drowsiness and weakness. I called in sick again, fully expecting to be in the next day. I wake up today -- day three of what would have been my four shifts, and I can't talk! Auhg! My throat hurts something awful right now and I have a really gnarly cough. I tried calling in sick, but I know I'm letting my boss down a lot this week. There aren't a lot of back-up LPNs for this particular shift, but... Hell. I'm sick. It's not like I can really help that... 

I left a voicemail... I wonder if she'll be able to understand it through the random voice crackles, and high pitched whines made by my frail larynx. :P

In the meantime, I've been working on my first knitted sweater! I'm guessing it will take me another month to finish since I usually only work on it during days I don't work.

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