Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The 25 days of Christmas

My mom this year decided to call off Christmas. No, not in the Dickensian way you might immediately be inclined to suspect: she doesn't despise Christmas a la Scrooge. On the contrary, she loves this season. And why wouldn't she? It is, as the song goes, the most wonderful time of the year.

She decided that Christmas this year wasn't for her in the typical way so many families -- ours included -- tend to celebrate it: with lots of gifts, too much food, and over-imbibing. So she stripped away all the excess, and Christmas for our family will this year involve a healthy dinner, church, and relaxing time with loved ones.

Surprisingly, that sounded pretty good to me, and that got me thinking about what I could improve on for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. I know that, every year for at least the past decade, I have joked about the inevitable "Christmas fat": 10 pounds that I have previously resolved to stop combating, knowing it would melt off by summer's arrival.

This year, however, I thought I might play with my tacit acceptance of the Dreaded-10. Rather than make it a Christmas of excess, I have decided to make this one a Christmas of excessive health and gratitude. My plan? Twenty-five days of working out from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25. This will include moderate, healthy eating every day, gratitude for my luxury to do so, and at least 45 minutes of working out each day.

And it won't just be the gym. With so much to do in Calgary over the winter, why stop at the elliptical? There is cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to be done; an adorable little doggy to be walked through countless beautiful places; an incredible boyfriend and amazing friends with whom to try fun and exciting new things. Indeed, this city is a veritable winter wonderland, and I'm going to use my downtime to take advantage of it, as well as protest the typical over-consumption I've come to associate with Christmas.

Stay tuned for my schedule and plan. In the meantime, here's a picture of my Archie and I:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Put on your Winter Gloves

Calgary winters are known for being cold, warm, then colder still. With the fluctuating weather, it can often be difficult trying to figure out how to dress for the elements.

But thanks to one Montreal indie group, you can put on your Winter Gloves any time and the tunes will be perfect regardless of what Mother Nature decides to spring on you.

Yes, the band is called Winter Gloves, and their synth-poppy tunes and catchy licks will have you dancing your way through Calgary's streets until the snow melts.

Check them out here:


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brooklyn dad is out of this world

This video is unreal. Not only does it just a darn cool experiment, but it shows a father teaching his kids to dream big. In sending an iPhone to outer space, this dad is exploding any boundaries his kids might have when setting out to perform a little experiment -- and the results are beautiful. Getting personal here, it demonstrates to me that when we allow ourselves to ask, "What if?"and we pursue that question mark with no regard for limitation or failure, the stars are within our reach.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I don't care, take two.

So Bones and I decided to play with his new vacuum-tuberific mic tonight. He also happens to have every other instrument known to man in his home studio, so we thought we'd lay down some fresh licks and spice up Navenis' original track, "I Don't Care." We also made a jazzy new album cover. I can see this one topping the charts. Enjoy.

Follow this fancy link to hear I Don't Care, featuring Dan Bones.

Creating space

quit job,
creative writing
takes dedication
As pushing me
shaping me
goes a long way: so 
does letting go
create space for

Monday, November 1, 2010

What my boyfriend and I did for fun tonight. We sing.


Album art Option A

Album art Option B