tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2184162711438125612017-03-20T23:41:22.334-07:00My life out of a lab coatSara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.comBlogger346125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-13972454664665202722016-06-23T03:43:00.001-07:002016-06-23T03:43:28.391-07:00It's time to start writing about life with twins.Tuesday was my first day home alone with the boys, who are now 3 weeks old.<br /><br />And it was a long one.<br /><br />And a lonely one.<br /><br />No scrap that, it wasn't lonely, because I can happily noozle my little boys all day long and not feel lonely. But it was an isolated one, I don't think I've ever been so happy to see Kevin come through the door at the end of his work day.<br /><br />So I guess for the time being, I'm a stay at home mom.<br /><br />Which probably means I should take to the internet, and write about it. Share my experiences. And dive into the mommy blogging community so maybe I don't go completely stir crazy here at home all day.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zqI6ppxbBEk/V2u81JF5QfI/AAAAAAAAFxU/u-CjCHv-adcvAWYhDSFSy2_duJne2T2PwCLcB/s1600/IMG-20160618-WA013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zqI6ppxbBEk/V2u81JF5QfI/AAAAAAAAFxU/u-CjCHv-adcvAWYhDSFSy2_duJne2T2PwCLcB/s640/IMG-20160618-WA013.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Dominic and Alexander certainly think that's a good idea!<br /><br />So here's to mommy blogging, and getting back to writing in general.Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-4311326245614675482016-02-22T17:24:00.000-08:002016-02-22T17:24:22.175-08:00Mono-Di Twins.... or why I get to have ultrasounds and OB appointments every two weeks.<span style="color: #0b5394;"><b>I wrote this post about a month ago... and then decided I wanted to make a video before I uploaded it. So that's where I've been. I'm up to 6 ultrasounds now, with many many more in our future. Twins are healthy and growing, and my baby bump is growing with them.</b></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fAmWfBZArCg/Vsuxo4zH8KI/AAAAAAAAFwE/HgCScOOF520/s1600/20weeksbabybump.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fAmWfBZArCg/Vsuxo4zH8KI/AAAAAAAAFwE/HgCScOOF520/s400/20weeksbabybump.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="color: #0b5394;">That's me at 20 weeks and I'm 21 and a half now! Anyways, on to the post!</span><br /><br />This past week has been a whirl wind for sure. We drove across Canada last weekend.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4dt_qIKYXoU/VqKmIqN6oeI/AAAAAAAAFuQ/ib6IRylHaaQ/s1600/Drive%2Bfrom%2BTBay.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="346" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4dt_qIKYXoU/VqKmIqN6oeI/AAAAAAAAFuQ/ib6IRylHaaQ/s640/Drive%2Bfrom%2BTBay.png" width="640" /></a></div>No small feat for a girl 16 and a half weeks pregnant with twins. All I can say to that is thank goodness the second trimester has meant the end of all those pesky 1st T symptoms.<br /><br />I got back to work full time (and then some) in the lab and with teaching.<br /><br />And I had an appointment to see my GP on Tuesday, my OB on Wednesday, and for an Ultrasound on Thursday.<br /><br />My 4th ultrasound to be exact.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xXog-8h5K7E/VqKoKvisjsI/AAAAAAAAFus/6jMLyECVA4o/s1600/10weeksultrasound.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="354" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xXog-8h5K7E/VqKoKvisjsI/AAAAAAAAFus/6jMLyECVA4o/s640/10weeksultrasound.png" width="640" /></a></div>That's right... I'm only 17 weeks along, and I've had 4 ultrasounds already. Keep in mind, the average pregnant woman (here in Canada at least) will usually get 2, maybe 3 ultrasounds. I'm referring to official ones, done at a radiology clinic, some OB's have portable ultrasound devices in their office and will take a peek at your babies at each visit.<br /><br />So as for the 2-3 US you typically get booked in for<br /><br />1) a dating ultrasound - if you have any reason to be uncertain about your dates, probably done between 6 and 11 weeks<br /><br />2) a first trimester screening ultrasound - also called the Nuchal Translucency ultrasound - done between 12 and 14 weeks - optional, but combined with a blood test, its a non-invasive way to determine your baby's risk for Down Syndrome and a couple other chromosomal disorders<br /><br />3) a detailed anatomy scan - usually done between 18 and 21 weeks, this is the one where most people will find out the sex of their baby, but more importantly, they will take detailed measurements of just about all parts of your baby's anatomy to make sure everything is developing ok<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-h81oqHn8zgA/VqKsroj_yYI/AAAAAAAAFu4/tzYNtXug1SE/s1600/13weeksultrasound.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="220" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-h81oqHn8zgA/VqKsroj_yYI/AAAAAAAAFu4/tzYNtXug1SE/s640/13weeksultrasound.png" width="640" /></a></div>So why have I had 4 ultrasounds already? And why do I have them scheduled every two weeks until the babies arrive?<br /><br />Because I am carrying Mono/Di twins.<br /><br />And I wanted to take a moment to explain what that means. And the best way I could think to do that was to put together a little video. So please take a minute to watch and learn a little bit more about twins.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/AS7MtMNKT9s/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AS7MtMNKT9s?feature=player_embedded" width="440"></iframe></div><br />So yeah... I'm having medium risky, Mono-di twins... who have been practicing sharing since they embedded in my uterus and grew only one single placenta.<br /><br />And as wonderful and exciting as it is to get to see my little peanuts so often, watching them grow, it's also a bit of a worrisome roller coaster for me. After each ultrasound I am so happy to see how far they've come, but as I approach the next one I begin to worry if this time they might not be growing on track, or if there may be signs that they aren't sharing as well as they should be. I won't go into specific risks, because google-ing while pregnant is a terrible idea, but Kevin and I are both involved in medicine enough to know more about those risks than we want to.<br /><br />We are also both very appreciative to be living in a part of the world (Canada) where we are receiving this very frequent screening. And without having to worry about health insurance costs. It's comforting to know that I have a great OB, and a wonderful team at the Maternal Fetal Medicine EFW clinic all on my side. To be in a city with a children's hospital and incredible NICU that hopefully we wont need. And to have loving support systems to help with some of those worries.<br /><br />So, my little Mono-Di, identical peanuts. Keep on growing, keep on sharing, and mommy and daddy can't wait to meet you guys.<br /><br />Well we can wait.<br /><br />We can wait until June.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MdGzoI9pTZI/Vsu0haF4ShI/AAAAAAAAFwQ/dTM7yfxaoUE/s1600/IMG_3783.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MdGzoI9pTZI/Vsu0haF4ShI/AAAAAAAAFwQ/dTM7yfxaoUE/s400/IMG_3783.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-18544966058409477952016-01-12T20:15:00.001-08:002016-01-12T20:15:45.516-08:00A big announcement! Finally!So like I said, <a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2016/01/ive-been-keeping-secret.html">I've been keeping a secret</a>.<br /><br />Well really, Kevin and I have been keeping a secret.<br /><br />Since November 6th to be exact.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q9EzciRA-fY/VpXEVHez7HI/AAAAAAAAFsw/F4R0NigynBw/s1600/NovemberWeekendwithKevin.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="208" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q9EzciRA-fY/VpXEVHez7HI/AAAAAAAAFsw/F4R0NigynBw/s640/NovemberWeekendwithKevin.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Because that's the Friday we found out I was pregnant!<br /><br />And although it was a big surprise for us, it was one we were thrilled about. Kevin immediately poured himself a glass of scotch, and I had a water and prenatal vitamin cocktail! We spent a beautiful weekend in Medicine Hat, enjoying each other's company, and probably the last real nice weather before winter. I laughed at the terrible names he promptly began suggesting, and I have to admit, I cried a little too (well because I am the kind of girl who cries at things). Then I headed back to my apartment in Calgary, feeling surreal about how much our lives were going to change.<br /><br />And did they ever change quickly. By the next weekend, I had all kinds of great first trimester symptoms, which only worsened over the month (although certainly nothing horrible or unmanageable). I missed Kev terribly, but he was great, putting up with me through hour long phone calls every night, and driving in to Calgary every weekend. I watched every movie about pregnancy on Netflix, and binge watched a few pregnancy vlogs on YouTube too. And we celebrated the end of the month by flying down to the Dominican Republic, to celebrate a friend's wedding.<br /><br />I'll take a moment to say, there is nothing worse than being on an all inclusive resort, surrounded by friends, all who are drinking amazing looking cocktails, and beers, and shots.... and not being able to drink any yourself.... and not being able to tell anyone why. I have never craved a beer or margarita so badly in my life!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y3OWFAd1leM/VpXHxnf9XaI/AAAAAAAAFs8/R1nwLvOgIzs/s1600/dominicanRepublic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y3OWFAd1leM/VpXHxnf9XaI/AAAAAAAAFs8/R1nwLvOgIzs/s640/dominicanRepublic.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><br />But In all honesty, I had a great trip. Enjoyed some sun, the wedding was great, we shared our secret with Kevin's parents (who couldn't have been happier), and spent some really special moments together just the two of us.<br /><br />We came back to Alberta, excitedly looking forward to our first ultrasound.... our first chance to take a look at our little peanut.<br /><br />The ultrasound was scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th, in Medicine Hat, so Kevin could sneak away from the hospital to be there for it, and like a good pregnant lady, 2 hours before hand I started slugging waters. So with a quite uncomfortable bladder, I held Kevin's hand as the tech applied gel to my belly (no real baby bump yet). He was facing the monitor, which was turned so I couldn't see it.<br /><br />And right away he must have seen the peanut on the display, because the look that came over his face was just amazing.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NparcbebTKU/VpXLdDg78RI/AAAAAAAAFtM/sUCfG19BGV4/s1600/BabyAUltrasound1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="422" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NparcbebTKU/VpXLdDg78RI/AAAAAAAAFtM/sUCfG19BGV4/s640/BabyAUltrasound1.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />And then came the next surprise.<br /><br />The ultrasound tech asked us:<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">"Do tw</span><span style="font-size: x-large;">ins run in either of your families?"</span><br /><br />And I sure am glad that I was still looking into Kevin's eyes at that moment, because I'm pretty sure I watched his brain explode.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VI2o9kv0J5w/VpXL7sKRmBI/AAAAAAAAFtU/DgHav4vYWeI/s1600/BabyBUltrasound1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="410" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VI2o9kv0J5w/VpXL7sKRmBI/AAAAAAAAFtU/DgHav4vYWeI/s640/BabyBUltrasound1.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />So the first picture shows little Peanut A. And this second one shows little Peanut B.<br /><br />There's a whole lot more to this story, and I just can't wait to finally share it with the world (I hate keeping secrets!)<br /><br />But for now I'll just end this with, as of today, I'm nearly 16 weeks pregnant with twins. We had an ultrasound earlier today, and they are both healthy and growing well. We had the joy of sharing our news with our families and friends, in person, over our holidays together in Ontario. Most importantly I finally got to tell my mom, surprising her in person, because it just didn't seem right to do over the phone. And we both can't wait for all of the joys and adventures 2016 is going to bring us.<br /><br />Things might get pretty crazy in the months (and years) ahead, but we couldn't be happier or more excited. Kevin and I know we have more than enough love to sustain us through it all, and we are glad to have the amazing support systems in the people who are dearest to us in our lives to give us the extra help we'll need.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-szwXnwgxT2M/VpXOB1x78cI/AAAAAAAAFtg/wCDqLnM8z9w/s1600/wedding%2Bphoto%2Bbooth.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="134" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-szwXnwgxT2M/VpXOB1x78cI/AAAAAAAAFtg/wCDqLnM8z9w/s640/wedding%2Bphoto%2Bbooth.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-39410518762460086952016-01-07T14:59:00.000-08:002016-01-07T14:59:11.387-08:00I've been keeping a secret...I've been keeping a secret.<br /><br />And I'm not ready to tell it yet.<br /><br />But it's all I want to write and blog about, so it's just dying to come out.<br /><br />And it's almost time to share it with you all.<br /><br />But in the mean time, writing about anything else has just had no appeal for me.<br /><br />So I'm just popping in to say a quick hello.<br /><br />And let you know.<br /><br />That this time next week, I'm going to let my secret out.<br /><br /><br />Hope the first 7 days of the new year have been treating you all well. I just know 2016 is going to be a wild and exciting year for me, and I just can't wait for all that's on its way!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qc8MinQcXp4/Vo7tJy5kfJI/AAAAAAAAFsg/t0EOEl9CNOE/s1600/img_0185_01.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qc8MinQcXp4/Vo7tJy5kfJI/AAAAAAAAFsg/t0EOEl9CNOE/s640/img_0185_01.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Also I realize you might see this picture and think that the "I'm his" means we're engaged... that's not the secret, we aren't yet. But I am his, all the same!Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-3297173190403056112015-11-10T12:15:00.002-08:002015-11-10T12:15:27.598-08:00I'm bad at posting every day... I blame Kevin.Crap! I was supposed to have been writing blog posts every day this month. Then I went to Medicine Hat on Thursday for the weekend to visit Kevin, and suddenly, no more posts.<br /><br />Totally all his fault.<br /><br />Or maybe it's because I usually write posts when I'm bored in the lab, and I tend not to be bored when I'm not in the lab.<br /><br />Oh well, here I am again, back from the Hat, back in the Lab, and back on the blog.<br /><br />Some random things.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UnmMA8F0iwM/VkI-yMhG65I/AAAAAAAAFro/KI1jZN_i3RM/s1600/Marty.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UnmMA8F0iwM/VkI-yMhG65I/AAAAAAAAFro/KI1jZN_i3RM/s640/Marty.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I've had my lego Delorean and Marty McFly in the lab next to my microscope since Back to the Future Day last month. Today Marty decided to help out a little.<br /><br />This weekend we had one day of plus 15 weather and one day of snow on my car. WTF. Get your act together Alberta. I feel like if you could just pick one and stay with it, I could get accustomed to the idea of winter. But you keep teasing me into believing I don't need a jacket when I leave the house in the morning.<br /><br />Someone stole my mail I think...or just through it out. To be fair I probably only check it every 2 weeks, but yesterday morning I went to check it, and the box was unlocked and empty. Pretty sure only one bill and a pile of fliers are missing. But still.<br /><br />For are my Calgary readers, have you seen any of 'COWTOWN' on YouTube yet?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/nhhHKeu3xN4/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nhhHKeu3xN4?feature=player_embedded" width="460"></iframe></div><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9cewL2GgMnN4C2Ro9zmkig">COWTOWN</a> is a sketch comedy YouTube show based in Calgary, and it's pretty funny. I really can't believe they only have 133 subscribers, really all of Calgary should be watching. The above video is 'the NDP buy a used car'. Here's another one about mayor Nenshi.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/p6YFfGrI1CM/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/p6YFfGrI1CM?feature=player_embedded" width="460"></iframe></div><br />Not all of their sketches are Calgary specific tho, so really anyone would probably enjoy them.<br /><br />That's all I've got for now. I'll be back posting for the days I missed over the weekend, since we did get a lot of stuff done.<br /><br />Happy Tuesday!<br /><br />Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-10500495716393939582015-11-04T16:06:00.000-08:002015-11-04T16:06:01.650-08:009 Reasons I got my flu shot today.Now that we have frost on the ground in the morning, I'd say it's just about cold and flu season. And so this year I went and got my flu shot.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bVcW0wnPHek/VjqcjWeqZhI/AAAAAAAAFrY/6SSxnq5_aEk/s1600/cold.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="486" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bVcW0wnPHek/VjqcjWeqZhI/AAAAAAAAFrY/6SSxnq5_aEk/s640/cold.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Here's 9 good reasons why I got my flu shot today.</b></span><br /><br />1) It was free, and I could get it right outside the doors of my lab. The University of Calgary does a pretty good job trying to get all of their students and staff vaccinated. If you can't get your vaccine at work like me, you can get it from many pharmacies and clinics throughout Calgary. <a href="http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/influenza.asp">Check out this link for more info.</a><br /><br />2) On average, 12,500 Canadians are hospitalized with influenza each year, and 3,500 of them will die from it. While I'm not in a particularly high risk group myself, by getting vaccinated I contribute to heard immunity and am doing my part to protect those people who at at risk.<br /><br />3) Influenza is a virus, so if I did come down with it, no amount of antibiotics (which target bacterial infections) will help me.<br /><br />4) You get a lot of bang for your buck, especially since I didn't pay for it. This year's vaccine is targeted against 3 flu strains, the mutated variant of last years H3N1, a new form of H1N1 and B/Phuket.<br /><br />5) Side effects are minimal, and risk is low. Basically you can expect to have some soreness at the injection site and that's about it. Even flu-like symptoms and fever associated with the vaccine are very rare. Some (not all) studies found a risk for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, but this was literally 1-2 in a million. Also you're much more likely to get it from the flu itself.<br /><br />6) Even if you hate needles, you can opt to get vaccinated with a nasal spray, although they usually reserve this for children.<br /><br />7) Although last year's vaccine was a miss, that's no reason to skip out on this years, which is predicted to be particularly effective. And again with little to no side-effects, there's only gains to be had here. And those gains are coming through the flu season intact.<br /><br />8) My lab is located in a building connected to Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Plus my boyfriend is a Doctor, I am literally surrounded by potential contamination with flu virus.<br /><br />9) Since development of an influenza vaccine, deaths from the flu have dropped by 99%. Very few things in medicine are as effective as vaccinations at saving lives.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rAr7VyRM_oY/Vjqbd-4UyZI/AAAAAAAAFrQ/QygDrg94cEk/s1600/vaccinationfacts.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rAr7VyRM_oY/Vjqbd-4UyZI/AAAAAAAAFrQ/QygDrg94cEk/s640/vaccinationfacts.jpg" width="470" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/2878481/Vaccine-Infographic">Source</a>.</div><br />So go out and get your vaccine, the government of Canada has ordered 12 million doses, so you shouldn't have any problem getting your hands on one.<br /><br />Oh and speaking of hands, just because you're vaccinated against a couple strains of Influenza, it's still definitely best to keep on washing your hands. Just saying!<br /><br />You can read/learn more about the seasonal flu vaccine <a href="http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/naci-ccni/flu-grippe-eng.php">here (gov Canada resourse)</a> and here<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/general.htm"> (Center for Disease Control).</a><br /><br />Still not convinced? Maybe BuzzFeed can convince you.<br /><br /><br /><div align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ClU9QKFlv9I" width="560"></iframe></div>Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-53561356935197568072015-11-03T12:20:00.000-08:002015-11-03T12:20:09.396-08:0010 life lessons I've learned from my mom, and 5 I want to teach her.Today is my mom's birthday, so Happiest of Birthdays momma! And yeah, I've already wished you a happy birthday over the phone, and on Facebook, so now you get the blog treatment. And for that I thought I'd make a list of <b>the 10 most important life lessons I've learned from you</b>. And <b>5 things I'd like you to learn from me!</b><br /><b><br /></b><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">10 life lessons from the book of Eva.</span></b><br /><b><br /></b><span style="font-size: large;"><b>1) Call your daughter every day. </b></span>Although I think you may have learned this one from Nana, since she certainly calls you every day. Since I moved away from home at 18 to go away to University in Hamilton, there aren't many days that you haven't called me...or I haven't called you. Sure sometimes we don't even say anything (what's new with you? nothing since yesterday mom), it means the world to me to know that anything important in my life, and many, many unimportant things, will be discussed with you right away.<br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-size: large;"><b>2) Always have gum.</b></span> In you purse, in your car, in your kitchen. And never hesitate to offer it around. Luckily for me, you pretty much include multi-packs of gum in every care package and gift you've ever sent me, so I pretty much never have to buy my own.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>3) You can never have too much food when you have guests</b></span>. Like any good Italian woman, you embody generosity with feeding people. For instance, when having people over for breakfast, why would you make just bacon and eggs, when you could make Bacon, eggs, a breakfast strata, french toast and pancakes, and whatever dish you found on pinterest last night. ooh and monkey bread. Oh and you probably baked cookies too. Food is an expression of love, and you always give it freely and abundantly.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>4) Friends are important, have more of them.</b></span> I totally take after my dad on the social side of things, we'd both rather spend a weekend at home with our hobbies (him: airplanes, guitar, VW Beetles, me: wool, youtube, books, anything creative/DIY) then out socializing. But my mom has always pushed me out of my comfort zone to make more friendships. And I'm glad for this, because my group of friends are very important to me, but also, I see how much my mom's friends care for her, and I know I always want that in my own life.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">5) No matter what your job is, have pride in it, and work hard at it.</span></b> Somewhere in a bin in our basement, my mom has the "Fries and Shakes" person of the year award she earned working a McDonald's in high school. My mother has more work ethic in her little finger than most people can muster in a week, and has been the biggest asset to any of the companies she has worked for. This is one of the most important examples of teaching by example, and I know Mark and I will have success in life solely by emulating you on this. Your retirement is well earned Mom.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>6) Read books, always.</b></span> For as long as I have known my mom (and I've known her my whole life), she has always taken time for herself to sit on the couch upstairs by the window and read books. I am so happy to take after you in this. Because as my living room full of bookshelves can attest to, I am not me without books. You set a daily example of the importance of reading, by doing it and loving it.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">7) Be involved in your children's education.</span></b> Whether it was coming up with grand ideas for Mark and I's orals every year, always being the first to sign up as a volunteer parent at school functions, or pushing us to strive for top grades, you were all over it. Everything about my idealistic experience of elementary school was made better because of your involvement. And then you gave me the greatest gift of all, by backing off when I moved on to high school, but still caring and encouraging me all the same.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>8) Always pack more then you think you will need,</b></span> particularly things from Shoppers. Every time I pack for a vacation, I always call you to see what I am forgetting. And when you and dad moved me in to residence in first year, sure people where shocked at how many bins we managed to unpack into my tiny dorm, but people were grateful to swing by my room, the floor's pharmacy, anytime they needed band-aides, or Tylenol, or cold meds all year. And I certainly didn't have to go to Shopper's Drugmart even once all year. I still keep a fully stocked drawer of everything I could possibly need in a pinch, and when I go on trips, I pack meds and tampons, no matter what time of the month it is, just in case!<br /><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><span style="font-size: large;"><b>9) Worrying is good sometimes.</b></span>&nbsp;A reasonable dose of worry can keep you safe. Worrying over your children, long after they've moved out of the house, lets them know how much you love them. And may sometimes prevent them from doing stupid things. Sure you can go a little bit overboard. But I find myself sounding just like you every time Kevin drives back to Medicine Hat from Calgary, and I insist not only that he drive safe (you know because if I hadn't said it, he'd probably drive reckless) but also that he call me as soon as he's home.<br /><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-size: large;">10) Family, first and always. </span></b>Mom I hope you know how blessed you are to come from such an amazing group of people as the Bruni's are. The amount of love shared between the 7 of you siblings is matched only by the level of crazy, but I wouldn't trade my family in for anything else in the world. And if sometimes I wished you and dad would have taken after your parents and provided Mark and I with a few more siblings, I never really needed them because of how close we got to be with our cousins. It is the worst thing ever to be living out here in Calgary and miss out on all of the circus that goes on with our family back home in the Soo. and I know how much you miss me too. But I still feel all of the love that comes with such a great family, and cherish every second I get to spend with you all. From my earliest childhood, our family has been the example that has lead me to know, with certainty, I want my own one day. And I know, I know, I'm almost 28, and I'm still making you wait, but I promise you'll get your grand-babies soon. (just not too soon).<br /><br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">Now it's my turn, here are 5 things I'd love to teach you.</span></b><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span><b style="font-size: x-large;">1) Hair is just hair. </b>Mom, I dyed my hair this weekend, you won't like it. You'll say why can't you just please, please for my birthday, dye it a nice brown. I think I even did that for you last year on your birthday. But mom, seriously, it's only hair, and me dyeing my hair different colours should be a lesson for you. Firstly, that it doesn't matter what you look like if you're happy about it. So dress how you want, do your hair how you want, and don't give a crap about what other people might think. If you spend your whole life worrying about how you look to other people, you'll have a hard time loving how you look to yourself.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">2) Sure black might be slimming, but don't look like a funeral at a wedding.</span></b> This lesson is one I've been telling you and my aunts, at pretty much every wedding our family goes to. On my one day wedding invitations will be the line : "No black dresses permitted. Bright colours are preferred. Navy blue is pretty much black." Or something to that extent. I think wearing black to a wedding every now and then is fine, a little black dress can be beautiful, but when all the Bruni women show up wearing black, you start to wonder who died.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">3) It's okay to do some things just for yourself.</span></b> Mom, you've been a shining example of selflessness throughout my whole life. But giving too much of yourself can leave you with nothing left. So take more time to do things just for you and for noone else. Take more days in your pjs, with your coffee, a blanket and a good book, and zero guilt that you should be doing something else. Go out and learn something new that you've always wanted to. I mean I certainly don't sit and spin wool because anyone else thinks I should. It's ok to be selfish sometimes.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">4) Get a puppy.</span></b> I feel this lesson is pretty self explanatory. But just think of how empty the house has been without Flurry. Especially now that you guys have knocked down that wall to the kitchen. A dog would be so happy in the new kitchen. Plus think of how pumped Jovi and Sadie, and Sandy would be to have a new dog cousin in the family.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">5) You can get on a plane and fly to Alberta literally any time you want.</span></b> Mom, you were last here in 2013, I think it's time you come see your daughter again. Further more, I'll extend this lesson to include flying anywhere else. Also going for a fly with dad, you married a pilot for God's sake. My point is, we miss each other, and who knows where Kevin and I will live next, but you can always come visit. Multiple times a year if you want. Don't make flying somewhere out to be a big trip, next time you wish we could spend more time together, get online and look for a seat sale.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Happy Birthday Mom.</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b><br /></b></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yGmIYrO_LXs/VjkWwuStsHI/AAAAAAAAFrA/BgX9rTPOTvA/s1600/meandmom.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yGmIYrO_LXs/VjkWwuStsHI/AAAAAAAAFrA/BgX9rTPOTvA/s640/meandmom.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br />Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-26069794506685740972015-11-02T08:00:00.000-08:002015-11-02T08:00:00.823-08:00Is the river pensive? Ask the River. Thinking about Calgary's Bow River.I got out for a run this weekend, along the Bow River Pathway here in Calgary. And it was a beautiful run for this late in the season. But I wanted to share with you one of my favourite little things about the Bow River here in town.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0v4LTNJV5kU/VjbUZUOu8mI/AAAAAAAAFqE/K1gauMx97LQ/s1600/IMG_20151031_111845.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0v4LTNJV5kU/VjbUZUOu8mI/AAAAAAAAFqE/K1gauMx97LQ/s400/IMG_20151031_111845.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Along the banks of the Bow and Elbow river, affixed to stormwater outfall signs, an artist group in Calgary poses questions about the river.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I-mN7L_Ue3g/VjbUZX8bxwI/AAAAAAAAFqU/nzsTHnFIAPI/s1600/IMG_20151031_112040.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I-mN7L_Ue3g/VjbUZX8bxwI/AAAAAAAAFqU/nzsTHnFIAPI/s400/IMG_20151031_112040.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />And you can't help but ponder the answers when you see them.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fC7Ql1z81So/VjbUZG5JuzI/AAAAAAAAFqM/OSNyTzqS5ok/s1600/IMG_20151031_114023.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fC7Ql1z81So/VjbUZG5JuzI/AAAAAAAAFqM/OSNyTzqS5ok/s400/IMG_20151031_114023.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />The signs direct you to www.asktheriver.info<a href="http://www.asktheriver.info/">http://www.asktheriver.info/</a>, where you can get a little bit of backstory. The artists in question? <a href="http://www.brokencitylab.org/">Broken City Lab</a>. and the signs were put up as a part of <a href="http://www.watershedplus.com/">Calgary's Watershed+ Program.</a>&nbsp;And you can click those links if you want to learn more about all that.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MN2VRcTLLHU/VjbUsMCSfQI/AAAAAAAAFqo/QjB5-d9GnN8/s1600/IMG_20151031_114303.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MN2VRcTLLHU/VjbUsMCSfQI/AAAAAAAAFqo/QjB5-d9GnN8/s400/IMG_20151031_114303.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />As for me, I'm just glad the signs are there, with their understated questions.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bC8z4VnDhcI/VjbUtR1cwyI/AAAAAAAAFqs/QwwzqaK6jZc/s1600/IMG_20151031_114447.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bC8z4VnDhcI/VjbUtR1cwyI/AAAAAAAAFqs/QwwzqaK6jZc/s400/IMG_20151031_114447.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />I typically run without music or company, just the sounds of my slightly wheezing breath and my own thoughts. I love that running can be a somewhat meditative process for me (in a way that sitting still often can't), and these questions can sometimes be the prompts you need for some self reflection.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_KckXxDZOik/VjbUmpjUuMI/AAAAAAAAFqc/5kxYRy4J9pw/s1600/IMG_20151031_114116.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_KckXxDZOik/VjbUmpjUuMI/AAAAAAAAFqc/5kxYRy4J9pw/s400/IMG_20151031_114116.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Why not rephrase the questions. Am I dramatic? Am I hopeless? Am I breaking? and that's enough to give you something to ruminate on for the next few kilometers.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-h7znzhUvXHI/VjbUyLALYrI/AAAAAAAAFq0/ufkG-I0GmAU/s1600/IMG_20151031_114612.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-h7znzhUvXHI/VjbUyLALYrI/AAAAAAAAFq0/ufkG-I0GmAU/s400/IMG_20151031_114612.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />So next time you're out along the Bow or Elbow River paths, keep an eye out for these signs.Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-37250699537118338062015-11-01T10:49:00.000-08:002015-11-01T10:49:26.112-08:00Happy November Folks! #NaBloPoMo15 and my Cruella De Vil costume from last nightWow, this year is just zipping buy, I cannot believe it's November already...and part of that is because the weather in Calgary this Fall has been gorgeous (Thanks El Nino). I mean no snow yet, we must still be in August! (<a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2014/09/banff-in-september-snow-storm.html">that's a reference to when this happened last September</a>)<br /><br />But there it is, November. So bring on all the #NaNoWriMo #NaNovFiWriMo #NaBloPoMo #NaPlWriMo #NaNoDrawMo hashtags.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iiPj5AeE3hg/VjY_Bdngs4I/AAAAAAAAFpY/TWibF3fIPH8/s1600/NaBloPoMo_2015.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iiPj5AeE3hg/VjY_Bdngs4I/AAAAAAAAFpY/TWibF3fIPH8/s1600/NaBloPoMo_2015.jpg" /></a></div><br />Confused yet? Yeah me too sometimes. But basically, November is the month for writing/creating more. (started with National Novel Writing Month and grew from there) And since my novel needs to be my thesis and some papers right now, I'm going to give Blogging every day a shot.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2013/10/blog-every-day-in-november-blogember.html">Of course I've tried this before. And Failed.... Hard!</a><br /><br />But I swear I'm going to pull it off this year. I swear it!<br /><br />And now without further ado, my halloween costume from last night!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wxz7My9k5nM/VjZUn8UvMmI/AAAAAAAAFpw/snWCEDAwufw/s1600/Cruella.de.vil.halloween.2015.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wxz7My9k5nM/VjZUn8UvMmI/AAAAAAAAFpw/snWCEDAwufw/s640/Cruella.de.vil.halloween.2015.png" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W-8t_tb_G2g/VjZT7VK9l2I/AAAAAAAAFpo/cWG8jS5uguk/s1600/Cruella.de.vil.halloween.2015c.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W-8t_tb_G2g/VjZT7VK9l2I/AAAAAAAAFpo/cWG8jS5uguk/s640/Cruella.de.vil.halloween.2015c.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />I love it! Awesome costume, and very classy and not costume-y at all. &nbsp;(Dress is from Topshop and coat is from Scotch and Soda).<br /><br />This isn't the first time I've dressed as <a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2015/10/halloween-from-top-to-bottom-pumpkin.html">Cruella for halloween, you can click here to see the first time</a>.<br /><br /><b>Did you guys have a great halloween? What did you all dress up as? Did you get lot's of trick-or-treaters? Let me know in the comments below! And Happy November Ya'll!</b>Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-36176476442462937462015-10-31T16:40:00.000-07:002015-10-31T16:40:01.642-07:00Halloween from top to bottom : Pumpkin Carving, Party Snacks and a Costume ThrowbackHappy Halloween folks!<br /><br />It's nearly time to get trick or treating, and this year I'm more ready than most.<br /><br />First of all, I actually got a little festive around my apartment with some decorations and a pumpkin or two.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xAGn3U9EyYA/VjVIt974zEI/AAAAAAAAFoA/GcKS4pX_-ko/s1600/Starwars.halloween.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xAGn3U9EyYA/VjVIt974zEI/AAAAAAAAFoA/GcKS4pX_-ko/s640/Starwars.halloween.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And I filmed and YouTubed the carving process of my pumpkin, it took about 55min of speed carving, the video is sped up tho (since who would want to watch that in real time?)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/amgvLDSzEx4/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/amgvLDSzEx4?feature=player_embedded" width="440"></iframe></div><br />And don't you just love this adorable cross-stitched pumpkin? After seeing these on the cover of a home and garden type magazine, I just knew I wanted to give it a try. Here's the How-To Video! No skills required.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/tvrgKL_7ZxQ/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tvrgKL_7ZxQ?feature=player_embedded" width="440"></iframe></div><br />So with my apartment sufficiently festive, I had to get my stuff together for our annual pumpkin carve off. A traditional boozing and pumpkin extravaganza. Kevin and I were very critical of the pumpkins we selected, and spent about half an hour digging through bins of pumpkins at the Co-op. These were our final 4.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6KyE993U8U4/VjVLBF2P9XI/AAAAAAAAFoM/f1sVwKDrFK8/s1600/IMG_20151024_103519.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6KyE993U8U4/VjVLBF2P9XI/AAAAAAAAFoM/f1sVwKDrFK8/s400/IMG_20151024_103519.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />During the carve off, we have two 30 minute carving periods and 4 alcoholic beverages that need to be consumed, needless to say, people have bled on their pumpkins in past years. Not this year tho. I loved the way my creepy pumpkin turned out!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ThOZsqhJml8/VjVL2Z9I5bI/AAAAAAAAFoU/Gb_dYOKFOB4/s1600/IMG_20151024_162454.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ThOZsqhJml8/VjVL2Z9I5bI/AAAAAAAAFoU/Gb_dYOKFOB4/s640/IMG_20151024_162454.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Everyone else's pumpkins turned out great too. As per usual, I've censored a few, I left the unicorns, which Kevin carved (back-story there's a prize given out for the naughtiest pumpkin) since that's just nature. (sorry mom)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1TzujASK7F8/VjVMzzOfxEI/AAAAAAAAFoo/dn4d7-JGeJg/s1600/Halloween.2015.pumpkin.carving.unlit.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1TzujASK7F8/VjVMzzOfxEI/AAAAAAAAFoo/dn4d7-JGeJg/s400/Halloween.2015.pumpkin.carving.unlit.png" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J_vwl6tDHS8/VjVMujpyo-I/AAAAAAAAFok/TJblo3w_Kzo/s1600/Halloween.2015.pumpkin.carving.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="398" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J_vwl6tDHS8/VjVMujpyo-I/AAAAAAAAFok/TJblo3w_Kzo/s400/Halloween.2015.pumpkin.carving.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />If you want to see past carve off pumpkins, you can go <a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2014/11/3rd-annual-pumpkin-carve-off.html">read my post from last year</a>.<br /><br />This year, I also stepped up my ultimate house wife game, and brought snacks and jello shooters to the party. I promptly forgot to take any pictures of the shooters, which were of the pumpkin pie and candy corn variety. Also of the massive seven layer dip. But I did remember to grab a picture of this guy.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5C4pMISNjUQ/VjVOjmDTHwI/AAAAAAAAFo0/YuyRFCKs9vM/s1600/halloween.guacamole.pumpkin.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5C4pMISNjUQ/VjVOjmDTHwI/AAAAAAAAFo0/YuyRFCKs9vM/s640/halloween.guacamole.pumpkin.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />These Halloween Guacamole Pumpkins are all over pinterest. and are super easy to make. Just whip up a large batch of your favourite guacamole. Then grab a small pumpkin (I used a pie pumpkin) and carve up the face you make when you've had a few too many tequilas. Put some of the guac in the pumpkin and spew the rest out from it's mouth onto a platter. So easy!<br /><br />Now on to my costume for this year.<br /><br />I decided to go with a recreation, inspired by a jacket I picked up on ridiculous mark-down at Scotch and Soda last Christmas.<br /><br />Here's the original childhood costume. Wasn't I just adorable!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jkEVDwO_gdU/VjVQKx8misI/AAAAAAAAFpA/7QDGb14p8K0/s1600/12200680_627531314055108_185511933_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jkEVDwO_gdU/VjVQKx8misI/AAAAAAAAFpA/7QDGb14p8K0/s400/12200680_627531314055108_185511933_n.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><br />So good.<br /><br />Here's the line up for this year.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IXow9LsyB8I/VjVQoBkVcgI/AAAAAAAAFpI/nmNa4nlYmiw/s1600/cruella.de.vil.halloween.costume.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IXow9LsyB8I/VjVQoBkVcgI/AAAAAAAAFpI/nmNa4nlYmiw/s640/cruella.de.vil.halloween.costume.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Jacket is Scotch and Soda, Dress from Top Shop, Shoes are Spring and Purse is H&amp;M. Wig is painted white with acrylic arts paint... also it's mirror reversed (oops!)<br /><br />I'll share some photos all done up tomorrow, as I'm off to go channel my inner Glenn Close, do my makeup and head out the door!<br /><br />Happy Halloween Folks!Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-88834340148091600942015-10-29T17:30:00.001-07:002015-10-29T17:30:26.313-07:00Have you tried Pexels yet? Free Creative Commons 0 Photography, perfect for bloggers.Just thought I'd take a minute to share something I found on the old interwebs recently.<br /><br />Ever find yourself writing a blog post, but don't have the right graphic for it?<br /><br />Now you could just go with an all text post, but blog posts with pictures get 78% more views, according to a statistic I just made up.<br /><br />You could also go with the norm, do a quick google search and then find whatever picture you like, maybe link back to the original website (maybe not). &nbsp;(and let's be honest, we're all guilty of this copyright infringing method at least some of the time)<br /><br />Or you could go with stock photography.<br /><br />Stock photography, however, is not cheap!<br /><br />Shutter stock images start at $29 for 2 images.<br /><br />iStock (by getty images) runs at 3 for $36.<br /><br />And Adobe's new Stock photos are $9.99 a pop.<br /><br />Of course all of these services and more offer discounts the more images you buy, or monthly and annual pricing plans. But for the hobby blogger, well these just aren't reasonable are they.<br /><br />And yeah, you can take your own pictures, and usually I do. But sometimes you just want a great image that captures the feel of your post. And you don't want to have to pay anyone for it.<br /><br />Enter <b><a href="https://www.pexels.com/">Pexels</a></b> (it's like pixels get it!)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pt-oTWNFBiE/VjKqD2-mJSI/AAAAAAAAFl8/5ineCY-MXDU/s1600/pexels-photo-11519.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pt-oTWNFBiE/VjKqD2-mJSI/AAAAAAAAFl8/5ineCY-MXDU/s640/pexels-photo-11519.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div><br />So I stumbled across Pexels from either a blog post about it, or twitter, a few weeks back, and thought, neat. What they are is a one stop shop for high quality stock photography. &nbsp;They have over 3800 photos, and about 70 get added monthly, so probably enough to handle your regular blogging needs.<br /><br />And best of all, it's all free!!!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GT-RTGtMVdI/VjKsDfzIF6I/AAAAAAAAFmk/7ZnuDZwBkpE/s1600/pexels-photo-9816.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="264" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GT-RTGtMVdI/VjKsDfzIF6I/AAAAAAAAFmk/7ZnuDZwBkpE/s640/pexels-photo-9816.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And not just a little bit free either, all of the photos are licensed under what is called the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. Which means they are completely free, even for commercial use. And you don't have to include any attribution, or link back.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xqUaAxSE_3g/VjKr5-HCdyI/AAAAAAAAFmc/yB1hP6xyCW8/s1600/pexels-photo-12875.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="342" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xqUaAxSE_3g/VjKr5-HCdyI/AAAAAAAAFmc/yB1hP6xyCW8/s640/pexels-photo-12875.jpeg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Plus you're free to edit and change the pictures however you want.<br /><br />Like putting this valley village in a whole new setting.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2gV37reb4eg/VjKrw14LMUI/AAAAAAAAFmU/KXlptUzaUYs/s1600/village-valley.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2gV37reb4eg/VjKrw14LMUI/AAAAAAAAFmU/KXlptUzaUYs/s320/village-valley.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0QoplDDJr3A/VjK2awvhayI/AAAAAAAAFm0/j3DgVXG_Bzw/s1600/village-valley.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0QoplDDJr3A/VjK2awvhayI/AAAAAAAAFm0/j3DgVXG_Bzw/s640/village-valley.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />Or moving my brother and I from the mountains to Egypt! (traditional cheesy photoshop for the win).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-12EAhHY-gbQ/VjK5NKnAXfI/AAAAAAAAFnI/21icCCtUT9s/s1600/DSC01841.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-12EAhHY-gbQ/VjK5NKnAXfI/AAAAAAAAFnI/21icCCtUT9s/s320/DSC01841.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ev-65vk8178/VjK4vUJ4zII/AAAAAAAAFnE/js7ESHsWTlM/s1600/egypt.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ev-65vk8178/VjK4vUJ4zII/AAAAAAAAFnE/js7ESHsWTlM/s640/egypt.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Alright, clearly I've got too much time one my hands (or am just procrastinating hard on paper writing tonight), <a href="https://www.pexels.com/">but seriously check Pexels out.</a> They didn't pay me to tell you that, but I wish they had. Oh well, I'll settle for some awesome stock photos.<br /><br />PS... I'm thinking Mark and I are a little over dressed for Egypt... guess I've still got a lot to learn about photoshop! &nbsp;lolsSara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-27493223594657557242015-10-27T20:29:00.001-07:002015-10-27T20:29:47.124-07:00Learning How to Edit a Photo in PhotoshopOne of the perks of being a student well into my 20s is having access to student discount prices. And for the Adobe Creative Cloud package of software, the discount is pretty respectable.<br /><br />So I've decided to take full advantage of that, and not only have the software, but really learn how to do it.<br /><br />Then, because why not (I mean what else is a blog for), I thought I'd share the process with the world wide web (that's a three word alliteration we don't use much anymore isn't it? I mean we've pretty much dropped the www altogether).<br /><br />Anyways, Adobe has some great tutorials right on their website, so I thought I'd start there with this intro to <a href="https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/edit-photo.html">How to Edit a Photo in Photoshop CC</a>.<br /><br />And in doing so I turned this picture (as provided for the tutorial):<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TUhIKSgjfE0/VjA-Ogs8CcI/AAAAAAAAFlg/j-Fw3VTSM7Q/s1600/LighthouseOriginal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TUhIKSgjfE0/VjA-Ogs8CcI/AAAAAAAAFlg/j-Fw3VTSM7Q/s640/LighthouseOriginal.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Into this picture:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-95abRSatWy0/VjA909XigJI/AAAAAAAAFlY/gh7cDwrVbwo/s1600/LighthouseFinal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-95abRSatWy0/VjA909XigJI/AAAAAAAAFlY/gh7cDwrVbwo/s640/LighthouseFinal.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And dudes! don't I feel all professional and stuff.<br /><br />This simple 19 minutes of videos took me though the basics (like cropping, re-sizing and straightening), through how to edit out defects like magic (look the crack in the yellow base is just gone, also the dot in the sky and I moved an island), how to recolour, black and whitify and show selective colour. And more!<br /><br />Basically I feel like I can handle anyone's photo retouching needs now!<br /><br />Here's a list of keyboard short cuts I learned (mainly for the sake of writing them out again to remember them).<br /><br />z- zoom tool<br />b - brush tool<br />v - move tool<br />[ - make brush smaller<br />] - make brush larger<br />ctrl 0 - fit to screen<br />shift F5 - open fill dialog box<br />ctrl u - open hue and saturation box<br />and of course ctrl s is save<br /><br />So yeah, maybe not a super interesting post, but frig has photoshop gotten a lot more powerful then when I used to use it to make those pixel paper dolls back high school.<br /><br />don't know what I'm talking about... these things....<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hB3-8S4OEZo/VjBAkRjdJVI/AAAAAAAAFls/qOANu5DQdbU/s1600/Random%2BChallenge%2B7.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hB3-8S4OEZo/VjBAkRjdJVI/AAAAAAAAFls/qOANu5DQdbU/s1600/Random%2BChallenge%2B7.gif" /></a></div><br />Basically you just drew outfits and hair on a body shape, and there were online communities and blogs and contests and stuff.<br /><br />This is what I did on my computer until the wee hours of the morning... cause you know I was cool like that.<br /><br />Wow this post took a random turn.<br /><br />Happy Tuesday.Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-32231800356309930742015-10-26T10:38:00.001-07:002015-10-26T10:38:54.892-07:00Ninja Master Prep Food Processor Review: Chops fruit, veggies, ice and fingersLet the title of this post be a warning, things might get a little graphic.<div><br /></div><div>Once upon a time, when I was a young undergrad student, I had a magic bullet.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>And long story short, it sucked.</div><div><br /></div><div>It struggled with frozen fruit, often just spinning chunks around without blending them. Ice was another no go. And don't get me started on the time I tried to make hummus in it.</div><div><br /></div><div>So pretty much I was left with a cupboard full of cups and rims and lids and disappointment.</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fzVeyi5ofoU/Vi5fcQJn1-I/AAAAAAAAFks/VSWpaBdz0Eo/s1600/Magic.Bullet.not.so.magic.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="226" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fzVeyi5ofoU/Vi5fcQJn1-I/AAAAAAAAFks/VSWpaBdz0Eo/s400/Magic.Bullet.not.so.magic.png" width="400" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>So I let it go, and moved on to a very regular blender. Like the 19 dollar variety from Walmart. And for a while life was good. It made smoothies, soups and sauces with ease. And on the weekend? well let me just say welcome to MargaritaVille.</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4WCwZrCpsaM/Vi5g3wBfVNI/AAAAAAAAFk0/J2J0Uhfb6TU/s1600/regular.blender.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="218" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4WCwZrCpsaM/Vi5g3wBfVNI/AAAAAAAAFk0/J2J0Uhfb6TU/s400/regular.blender.png" width="400" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>But eventually I grew tired of the pain it was to clean the stupid thing. the space it took on my counter, and it's true inability to make a green smoothie. Rather than blend spinach or kale into the smoothie making it a beautiful green colour, I'd end up with a sad pink smoothie with little bits of green leaf throughout.</div><div><br /></div><div>Plus I began to dream of bigger and better things, a true food processor. Something that I could through vegetables into, without anything else and chop them up into itty bitty pieces. So when Kevin moved to Medicine Hat, I sent my blender friend with him, to start a new life making protein smoothies post workout.</div><div><br /></div><div>And last month I treated myself to a Ninja.</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_mKAE_5tu5Y/Vi5iCrhBtCI/AAAAAAAAFk8/_YcEqnnZUvU/s1600/ninja.master.prep.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="275" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_mKAE_5tu5Y/Vi5iCrhBtCI/AAAAAAAAFk8/_YcEqnnZUvU/s400/ninja.master.prep.png" width="400" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>A Ninja Master Prep to be specific. Something that could dual function as both a blender and a food processor. Something that comes apart for cleaning easily. Something that I immediately fell in love with. And on sale for only $40, how could I say no.</div><div><br /></div><div>Right away a put it to the test, and it breezed through crushing ice, making fruit smoothies and chopping onions. I pushed him further, into the world of pumpkin puree, hummus, cauliflower rice. And never an issue.</div><div><br /></div><div>It seemed those gleaming ninja blades could slice through anything like butter.</div><div><br /></div><div>And I had no idea how right I was about that.</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wN0_Fprd_p4/Vi5k157ifJI/AAAAAAAAFlI/383S0gPBwoQ/s1600/finger.stitch.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="410" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wN0_Fprd_p4/Vi5k157ifJI/AAAAAAAAFlI/383S0gPBwoQ/s640/finger.stitch.png" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>The damn thing sliced right through my finger.</div><div><br /></div><div>So now we've settled into a working relationship where I have a healthy dose of caution and respect for my ninja. He does his work for me, and I never let my guard down.</div>Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-23472077927912966622015-10-21T10:52:00.001-07:002015-10-21T10:58:12.512-07:00Great Scott Marty, it's Back to the Future Day - A tribute to my own personal Doc BrownYeah I know, if you haven't gone about your morning completely isolated from social media, or the world in general, you probably know already that it's Back to the Future Day!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wyQzJv5Qr84/VifHe9H7j0I/AAAAAAAAFj4/-8-jDEGSFJo/s1600/back-to-the-future-delorean.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wyQzJv5Qr84/VifHe9H7j0I/AAAAAAAAFj4/-8-jDEGSFJo/s640/back-to-the-future-delorean.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />That's right, it's October 21st, 2015, the date when Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly arrive in the Future. It's also the date that old Biff sees that odd DeLorean again after all those years and heads back in time with a vintage sports almanac. But everyone always forgets about Biff. Oh wait! more importantly, people forget about Jennifer... she visited 2015 too!<br /><br />Now I could write a long winded post about all of the predictions made in B2tF part II, and how some where more accurate than they could have guessed (3D movies and FaceTime) and some were not quite on target (fax machines for everyone!). But there's about a million other websites that have done that already today. Just google it.<br /><br />No instead I want to take my Back to the Future Day, and dedicate it to someone who has been the Doc Brown in my own life.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mVC-sZknNGE/VifKzkJSy9I/AAAAAAAAFkE/mn-OdF1Ghd8/s1600/meanddad.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mVC-sZknNGE/VifKzkJSy9I/AAAAAAAAFkE/mn-OdF1Ghd8/s640/meanddad.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />My dad of course! And maybe we haven't gone traveling in time together, but I would say the quote "Roads? Where we're going we don't need any roads." is wholly appropriate.<br /><br />So here's to you Dad.<br /><br />Because you got me hooked on Back to the Future before I can even remember.<br /><br />Because you might not have built a time machine in our garage, but you did build an airplane there, which kind of makes me believe you can build anything in our garage.<br /><br />Incidentally, you also built the garage, and hung the roof trusses solo.<br /><br />And we never had a DeLorean in our driveway, but we did have a rotating stream of increasingly awesome Beetles.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UJV_4-oZ4lI/VifLzQxOR9I/AAAAAAAAFkM/hCC1FuzXlD0/s1600/Dadbeatle.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UJV_4-oZ4lI/VifLzQxOR9I/AAAAAAAAFkM/hCC1FuzXlD0/s640/Dadbeatle.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />And although I might shake my head and put my face in my palm every time you tell me about how another movie just copied the plot from Back to the Future (including those filmed before B2tF, which can of course be explained by time travel), you did instill in me, from a young age, a belief in the unlimited possibilities of science, and that most problems in life can be engineered away in the garage provided you have some basic tools and stop to think carefully about them.<br /><br />If Doc Brown was able to rig a train and a busted DeLorean into an 88mph time traveler, in a period before most people had access to electricity, well I suspect that if you found yourself in the same position you could too.<br /><br />Only it would be an airplane for sure.<br /><br />Anyways dad, you inspire me, in this and in many other ways. I wish I could be home in the Sault with you to marathon watch all three movies today, but I'm out here in Calgary. So instead I'll just watch them with my lego DeLorean, and call you later to make sure your 2015 has been everything the Doc and Marty hoped it would be.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-egNiXvXC1MU/VifSJohMEFI/AAAAAAAAFkc/P8OuO85IXmM/s1600/legooutatime.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-egNiXvXC1MU/VifSJohMEFI/AAAAAAAAFkc/P8OuO85IXmM/s640/legooutatime.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-38138657325188329192015-10-14T19:53:00.000-07:002015-10-14T19:53:05.170-07:00Odds of winning 1 million dollars in Monopoly at McDonald'sShort story.<br /><br />You just can't.<br /><br />And so my heart and hopes were dashed.<br /><br />The other day I was in the car with Kevin and we drove past a McD's advertising the arrival of another game season of Monopoly, and I made a confession to Kevin.<br /><br />"You know I don't believe I can win the lottery, or gambling at a casino, but I hold fast to the belief that I could maybe win the Million dollars at Monopoly."<br /><br />Two which Kevin responded something along the lines of how I didn't need to be eating that much McDonald's. I sheepishly agreed, and then proceeded to buy us McDs breakfast the next day.<br /><br />I won a small soda. That's right... not a beverage, of any size so that I could get a medium or large and the play again. Nope. A small. And that is just one of the ways Monopoly at McDonald's has gotten sh!ttier this year.<br /><br />How do I know this... well once I get an idea in y head I just can't shake it, so I spent about an hour reading the fine print, and putting together this little video last night.<br /><br />Enjoy!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/SyDt7VKGgnM/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SyDt7VKGgnM?feature=player_embedded" width="460"></iframe></div><br />So yeah... &nbsp;I guess I should just go ahead and buy some lotto tickets... it would be better for me as far as being in swim suit shape when we go to the Dominican next month.<br /><br />So to that end, I'm swearing junky take-out for the duration of this years Monopoly Game.<br /><br />Will you be collecting stamps this year?Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-88633684527573076082015-10-01T21:51:00.000-07:002015-10-01T21:51:01.171-07:00The thing about Japanese ToiletsOk, I know, this might be a strange starting point for sharing my experiences in Japan. But I still have a pile of photos and videos to sort through and organize into something I would call 'good content', rather than just mass upload pictures from my phone.<br /><br />If you are insatiably curious for a taste of Japanese non-bathroom related culture, you can check out the mini photo collages I posted during my trip on my Instagram account,&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/turner_sr/">@turner_sr</a><br /><div align="center"><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="5" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/791g0apTL_/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Japan day 5! Took the train down to Kamakura for a day of Zen Buddhist monasteries, and hiking in the mountains. Spotted some Japanese girls in traditional dress on the way back. #japan</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by Sara Turner (@turner_sr) on <time datetime="2015-09-23T08:20:33+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Sep 23, 2015 at 1:20am PDT</time></div></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script></div><br />But until then, let's talk toilets.<br /><br />First of all, at many points during my trip I thought to myself, I really need to take a picture of that toilet, but I always refrained from it because, I donno, taking pictures of toilets seems weird. But now I kind of regret not doing it.<br /><br />I encountered three types of toilet on my trip, in separate locations, and in the instance of the public bathrooms of Narita International Airport, all three types at once. Thank god for airports and choices.<br /><br />Narita airport was in fact the only point in the trip where I encountered regular old fashioned western toilets, much to my happiness. It was comforting to be able to pee without the awkward toilet anxiety of the past 10 days.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GGxjZX0MvCI/Vg4FuR5GIqI/AAAAAAAAFjA/xLXVwiDR1iw/s1600/japan.toilets.western.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GGxjZX0MvCI/Vg4FuR5GIqI/AAAAAAAAFjA/xLXVwiDR1iw/s1600/japan.toilets.western.png" /></a></div><br />For the toilet weary traveler. A bathroom stall marked with a symbol like this probably indicates a western style toilet.<br /><br />Now I sure you have all heard of the crazy <b>Techno-Toilets of Tokyo (</b>which would probably make a good band name or something). And the majority of the toilets I encountered were variations on this theme.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mvz5ab_XbFs/Vg4GcAbMx0I/AAAAAAAAFjI/QOgO-g1Ys0I/s1600/japan.toilets.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="134" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mvz5ab_XbFs/Vg4GcAbMx0I/AAAAAAAAFjI/QOgO-g1Ys0I/s320/japan.toilets.png" width="320" /></a></div><br />If you see the picture of the regular toilet, alongside the picture of the butt fountain, then elaborate toilet technology awaits you. And you should proceed with caution. Because if you think they have a thing for bidets in France, that's only because you haven't been to Japan.<br /><br />I had heard enough horror stories about toilets spraying water sky high while flashing lights and singing songs before arriving in Japan to make me avoid pressing any of the many buttons on or around my toilets there.<br /><br />Here's a sample of the kind of options you might see.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NKd7ZJKeoM0/Vg4HgSZCm-I/AAAAAAAAFjU/BxwimHmcvn0/s1600/japan.toilets.control.panal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NKd7ZJKeoM0/Vg4HgSZCm-I/AAAAAAAAFjU/BxwimHmcvn0/s400/japan.toilets.control.panal.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />And as I didn't take any toilet pictures myself, I borrowed this one from <a href="http://alaskagirlatheart.com/narita-airport-in-tokyo/">Alaska Girl At Heart</a>'s visit to Narita. But you can see that the functionality is exceedingly complex... it also raises a conundrum for me.<br /><br />You notice the blue 'Butt Fountain' button, when labeled in English it is called spray. The pink button, with the person (although more often than not it featured a woman) is labeled bidet. These two buttons were always colour co-ordinated blue and pink. Making me think, one is for girls and one is for boys.<br /><br />Which in turn makes me think that the 'Butt' portion of the 'Butt Fountain' is not a butt at all, but something rather more (in the words of Jenna Marbles) Ball-Sac-ier.<br /><br />Which then brings me to the conundrum of why they used this symbol to label the techno toilets in the women's bathroom at the airport?<br /><br />Beyond me.<br /><br />Anyways, lets get back on track, I never touched any of these buttons, preferring my toilets to be as inanimate &nbsp;as possible, but that still doesn't mean I wasn't subjected to advance toilet functions against my will.<br /><br />The first time I actually settled my wait onto a Japanese toilet (preferring of course to hover over strange toilets), I immediately launched myself back off of it. Because the seat itself activates a function, and in my moment of fear, surely the toilet was about to come to life. Turns out, sitting down on the toilets just turns on a flow of water into the bowl, for some reason.<br /><br />But still, moment of terror.<br /><br />Also, some of the toilet seats were heated. Which when you have a hotel room all to yourself, gives you the creepy sense that someone other than you was just sitting on your toilet (#toiletghosts).<br /><br />Finally, I was bemused to see that in places with high incidences of foreign tourists (hotel lobby bathrooms in particular) the bathroom stalls all featured an emergency help button. I can only assume these buttons were installed in response to confused tourists flooding the bathrooms when they inadvertently turned the sprayers on when looking for the flush. Pro-tip, the flush may be located on the wall, far away from the toilet.<br /><br />Now if that was not enough strange for you, I'd like to introduce you to the third style of toilet I encountered in Japan.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ch1Lb_ZJ3rk/Vg4L3mGHaUI/AAAAAAAAFjg/eSeB--2K4cM/s1600/japan.toilets.squatting.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ch1Lb_ZJ3rk/Vg4L3mGHaUI/AAAAAAAAFjg/eSeB--2K4cM/s1600/japan.toilets.squatting.png" /></a></div><br />If the symbol looks like this.<br /><br />This is what you can expect.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NNuAKMwhPx0/Vg4MLvtYeOI/AAAAAAAAFjo/rjB1bZKXlHY/s1600/squattypotty.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NNuAKMwhPx0/Vg4MLvtYeOI/AAAAAAAAFjo/rjB1bZKXlHY/s320/squattypotty.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Oh yeah. And in some places, like the University Hospital Research building in Nagoya, this was the only option.<br /><br />Yes I was in the women's bathroom. I double checked.<br /><br />I can tell you one thing, I was really happy to see my crazy techno toilet when I got back to my hotel that night.<br /><br />And that my friends is how you write over 860 words about toilets...which should tell you a thing or two about just how lasting an impression they left on me.Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-18950515738478095612015-10-01T01:31:00.000-07:002015-10-01T01:31:44.970-07:00Thoughts from October 1...at 1 AMI've been awake for 23 hours y'all.<br /><br />I want to say y'all there because I'm reading <a href="http://thebloggess.com/">Jenny Lawson</a>'s new book, 'Furiously Happy', and as she's from West Texas, I, as a Canadian, naturally imagine that 'Y'all' would be a thing she would say. Despite copious evidence from her books and blogs to indicate otherwise.<br /><br /><br />Wait... I googled it.... she totally says 'y'all'...y'all. (I couldn't help myself, apparently when I'm sleep deprived I think I'm funny.)<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EO7a8iOf9g8/VgzmCi3Im0I/AAAAAAAAFiM/fKkkvMrI0F8/s1600/the.blogess.yall.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="272" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EO7a8iOf9g8/VgzmCi3Im0I/AAAAAAAAFiM/fKkkvMrI0F8/s320/the.blogess.yall.png" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Anyways, I wrote about her when I read her first book (the first time) and how it left me feeling inspired to write more, and write my own one day. (<a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2014/03/women-and-their-books-or-how-one-day.html">post here</a>). And again I am certainly overwhelmed with that feeling, but not yet.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Although I really do have an idea that's been percolating for about a year in my brain.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Ironic word choice since I don't drink coffee.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Even more irony then that I am awake at now 2:00 am.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">24 hours Y'all!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So let's bring this round circle. Right now I've got the Bloggess on my mind not only because I'm reading her new book, but because in said book she talks about struggles with insomnia. And hello, 24 hours awake (which I know doesn't even remotely compare, but I'm feeling a little kindred right now).</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Also she talks about a trip she took to Japan. And I literally was just there! I mean I got back yesterday... wait technically it's Thursday now... I got back on Tuesday.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Also she talks about the seriously strange things going on with the toilets in Japan... and that my friends is a post for tomorrow.....or maybe I really just mean later today?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Anyways. The point I'm trying to get to, (you see my thought process above has all been very clear and linear to this point) is that I'm going to write more.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So thanks for the motivation Jenny. Now I'm off to tweet this post at you, so I can imagine we are internet friends or something.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Really I need to go to sleep.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">~~~~~~~</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Related side note.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kjHZVXJfSd0/VgzrVt1xAjI/AAAAAAAAFic/0W9qNrePJVQ/s1600/wake%2Bup%2Blight.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kjHZVXJfSd0/VgzrVt1xAjI/AAAAAAAAFic/0W9qNrePJVQ/s320/wake%2Bup%2Blight.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I bought one of those fancy wake up light alarm clocks today, and I am super excited to try it out. The idea is that it starts getting brighter a half hour before your alarm to mimic sunrise (important here in Calgary since we've entered the season of crappily short days) and then you wake up all magical and relaxed and refreshed.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And I'm assuming feeling like Cinderella when her bird and mice friends sign her awake.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Not sure how refreshed I'll be when it starts it's thing in 4 hours tho...so yeah, more feedback on this to follow.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">~~~~~~</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And before I forget, please go buy and read Jenny's books. They are wildly hilarious, incredibly honest, and whether or not you've ever struggled with depression, anxiety, mental health etc., I promise you will find something in her to relate to.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/lets-pretend-this-never-happened/9780425261019-item.html?ikwid=Jenny+lawson&amp;ikwsec=Home&amp;ikwidx=2"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TMZBX3lPzNk/VgztieJJTaI/AAAAAAAAFio/y0iQgCG8AdM/s400/letpretendthisneverhappened31.jpg" width="265" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/furiously-happy-a-funny-book/9781250077004-item.html?ikwid=Jenny+lawson&amp;ikwsec=Home&amp;ikwidx=0"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lNSwP-YO8Zc/VgztkHfALcI/AAAAAAAAFiw/v1JLGxSRVSM/s400/furiously-happy.jpg" width="262" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Also, holy crap! It's October already. Frig this year is flying by!</div>Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-77044539959717211392015-08-31T19:33:00.001-07:002015-08-31T19:33:36.533-07:00Netflix Canada Movie Review: Camp X-RayI watch a lot of movies on Netflix...probably too many. But you can be certain I'm getting my 8 dollars a month worth.<br /><br />Tonight I watched Camp X-Ray.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ux0wm9TDujc/VeUIJSBtpRI/AAAAAAAAFhc/S0JzYlF6dXk/s1600/Camp_X-Ray_-_Movie_Poster.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ux0wm9TDujc/VeUIJSBtpRI/AAAAAAAAFhc/S0JzYlF6dXk/s400/Camp_X-Ray_-_Movie_Poster.jpg" width="268" /></a></div><br />I had hesitated over watching this movie a couple of times in the past, mainly because of Kristen Stewart, and the topic, her being a prison guard at Guantanamo Bay (not a light topic, so not the movie of choice when you're looking for a comedy, that's for sure).<br /><br />And having watched it, I'm quite glad I did.<br /><br />First of all. Kristen Stewart, who's face I previously associated only with the emotionless, bored expressions she wore throughout the Twilight films, has really come into her own. She manages quite the performance in this movie which is centered on he year working at the infamous Gitmo. But rather than making the movie all about the controversy surrounding the detention facility, it instead uses it as a backdrop for a touching story of connection.<br /><br />Mainly between Stewart and detainee, Ali Amir, played superbly by actor Peyman Moaadi. The scenes between the two, Stewart learns to see through the cell door at a very real human being on the other side, are surprisingly moving. And use of Amir's desire to finally read the 7th Harry Potter book, quickly brings the audience around to his side too. Showing us that whether he may or may not be guilty of crimes or 'terrorism', he's still just a person.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">"Two years. Imaging, two years I'm asking you guys to give me this last book. You know what happens at the end of book six? No. I... you know, you know, me, always, always thinking that Snape is a bad guy, okay? Then I was thinking, no, actually, he is not a bad guy... he is the good guy. Then after I read the book six, I don't know what to think now.</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">You know what? I think you guys don't have the last Harry Potter on purpose. You like to drive us crazy. But I'm not going crazy."</blockquote><br />&nbsp;After this first exchange between Stewart and Moaadi, suggesting that giving the detainees the first 6 but not finale book of the Harry Potter series, I was hooked on the movie. And all the while Moaadi taught Stewart to look at him in a new light, I began to look at her in a new light. So perhaps I can stop thinking of her as just the stupid Twilight girl, and maybe as a serious actress.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FjFrjXCGqaI/VeUOXoo1OyI/AAAAAAAAFhw/BfbD8_1A85M/s1600/camp%2Bx%2Bray.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FjFrjXCGqaI/VeUOXoo1OyI/AAAAAAAAFhw/BfbD8_1A85M/s400/camp%2Bx%2Bray.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-79356044469925022752015-08-25T20:09:00.001-07:002015-08-25T20:09:48.272-07:00Market Collective's 7th Anniversary August 28-30 2015Do you have any plans for this weekend yet?<br /><br />Why not come down to the East Village and celebrate Market Collective's 7th Anniversary.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PpmJSxXhxFc/Vd0nmo5aUOI/AAAAAAAAFeM/b37-FeClc8Q/s1600/marketcollective.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PpmJSxXhxFc/Vd0nmo5aUOI/AAAAAAAAFeM/b37-FeClc8Q/s400/marketcollective.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />What's <a href="http://www.marketcollective.ca/">Market Collective</a> you say? Well you could just watch the video below. Or if you feel like reading, in short, it's an independent market intended to support local artisans and community building through the arts.<br /><div align="center"><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/30830395" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe> <br /><a href="https://vimeo.com/30830395">Market Collective</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/user2133422">reuben bullock</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com/">Vimeo</a>.</div><br />I stumbled across the market on Instagram a few months back, and have been volunteering at it since then. Because volunteering lets me go there and take in all of the artsy goodness, without shopping myself broke.<br /><br />And I will be volunteering there again this Friday and Saturday, serving up local craft beer at one of 4 bars at this weekend's market.<br /><br />That's right, I said beer, and bar.<br /><br />This weekend is the 7th Anniversary market, so they are stepping out of their usual Chinese Cultural Center and heading down to the East Village River Walk. They'll have a main tent, featuring over 100 local artisans, pretty much all of Calgary's food trucks will be there. There will be two stages, one featuring DJs and one featuring bands, and 4 bar areas, although the whole market is liquor licensed, so you can grab a beer and enjoy it while you shop. There's also a photoboth, and a bicycle scavenger hunt.<br /><br />Pretty flipping awesome sounding isn't it? And admission to the market is only $5 (and is good for the whole weekend in case you need to come back and shop some more).<br /><br />At the last &nbsp;market in July, I brought my camera to my volunteer shift, and did a walk around.<br /><br /><div align="center"><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VcSVIfTIOms" width="560"></iframe></div><br />And if you think that video is jam pack full of pinterest worthy goods, just wait for the much larger market this weekend.<br /><br />So if you're not convinced, here's 5 great reasons to attend Market Collective.<br /><br />1) How often do you get to order craft beer, riverside, and then fill up on some of Calgary's best food trucks food?<br /><br />2) When else does $5 dollars get you live music, all weekend long.<br /><br />3) As much as I hate to say it, my friend Lisa pointed out we are 4 months away from Xmas today, so why not get a head start on gift shopping, while supporting local artisans?<br /><br />4) Men, I cannot stress this enough, visiting Market Collective is absolutely the best date idea ever, so call that girl you've been texting back and forth all week and invite her to the market this weekend. You can thank me later.<br /><br />5) Even if you are on a budget, go there and shop with your eyes, chat with the artists, Instagram your favourite vendors, and maybe find a little extra creativity in your own life, and then go home and spray paint something gold and neon!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EATw832vK-E/Vd0t0WA1dUI/AAAAAAAAFec/iBUEOP_27II/s1600/MCheart.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EATw832vK-E/Vd0t0WA1dUI/AAAAAAAAFec/iBUEOP_27II/s320/MCheart.jpg" width="316" /></a></div><br />Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-77584180823602758862015-08-22T14:40:00.000-07:002015-08-22T14:40:56.477-07:00Don't be a D.N.B. , UFC, Ronda Rousey and My Fight/Your Fight<div align="center"><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: -webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width: 99.375%; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/6nONpAhESJ/" style="color: black; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">Only ONE DAY LEFT to get "Don't Be A #DNB" swag!! Last 24 hours to get yours before the apparel is gone FOREVER: represent.com/ronda (link in bio!) portion of proceeds to go to @didi_hirsch_mhs</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on <time datetime="2015-08-20T17:02:27+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Aug 20, 2015 at 10:02am PDT</time></div></blockquote></div><br />Have you seen this yet? Ronda, my favourite fighter/athelete/kicker of asses..... well actually she's more of an arm bar kind of girl, has coined the term "Don't Be a DNB" or Do Nothing B!tch.<br /><br />Here's the backstory, in her own voice (mind the curse words).<br /><br /><br /><div align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q6EgVD9-ypc" width="420"></iframe></div><br />So a little about my obsession (you might call it that) with Ronda Rousey. Once upon a time I rejected even the idea of MMA, from an outside perspective it just seemed like men beating each other senseless, in a chain link cage. And if you never watch a full fight night, or get to following any of the athletes, why wouldn't it seem like that. All of the clips and highlights that make it onto mainstream media are going to be selected for the most impact factor. Which in this case means the most blood.<script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><br /><br />So me from 5 years ago, arguing with my brother about why it UFC was just brutal, appealing to the audience's desire to see anything fight, is a far cry from the me who last month cheered her head off for Canadian Rory MacDonald in his rematch against Robbie Lawler, arguably one of the bloodiest, and best, fights in UFA history.<br /><br />So how did I pull such a 180? Well two things contributed. 1, Kevin is arguably the biggest MMA superfan ever.... seriously, I mean he doesn't read my blog, but I'm pretty sure he reads every mma blog, watches podcasts, and any time he has a minute to kill, mmajunkie is loaded up on his phone.<br /><br />So you just can't spend as much time as I do with Kevin without having some of that enthusiasm rub off on you. Not to mention that there is a fight night just about every other weekend, and we inevitably end up at Jamesons watching them.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GdQvCBihb-I/VdjGpTGlbFI/AAAAAAAAFds/WffWJzIpajo/s1600/Ronda.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="325" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GdQvCBihb-I/VdjGpTGlbFI/AAAAAAAAFds/WffWJzIpajo/s400/Ronda.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />The second thing that brought me around on MMA? Ronda Rousey, The first time I watched her fight was the much hyped Title defense against Miesha Tate, which she won handily in under a minute by arm bar. &nbsp;And Kevin filled me in on some of her details, apart from being a totally gorgeous bad-ass, she was an Olympic Bronze Medalist in Judo before sweeping the MMA world by storm. Coming into this fight she had 7 professional wins, all by arm bar, and no losses.<br /><br />Intrigued, I followed her twitter and instagram, and insisted to Kevin that we watch all of her future fights. And I'm glad I did, over her next 4 fights she diversified, with to KOs, a TKO and only one submission via arm bar. None of these fights lasted longer that a minute and 6 seconds, demonstrating just how far above these other fighters Ronda stands.<br /><br />So there's no surprise that she was ESPYs best female athlete of the year in 2014 and 2015, and ESPYs Best Fighter of the Year in 2015, winning this over Flyod Mayweather, who incidentally said of Rousey, "I don't know who he is." Really? I doubt it.<br /><br />Not to mention, that in between all her training and fights, she's had roles in Expendables 3 and the Entourage Movie, and in both roles I'd say &nbsp;Ronda showed she was capable of holding her own on the big screen as well.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/CSiMDOhtz80/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CSiMDOhtz80?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><br />So continuing my obsession, I picked up a copy of her book this summer, My Fight/Your Fight, and I devoured it in about 3 days. This is a book that, regardless of whether you give a crap about fighting or MMA, every woman should read. It's full of lessons and Ronda's day to day example of working for what you want in life, and never letting anything hold you back. &nbsp;The book is well written, which is no surprise as it's co-authored by Ronda's sister, writer Maria Burns Ortiz. Plus it's chuck full of great photography by Eric Williams, and each chapter is headed by lessons or words of wisdom from Ronda's mother.<br /><br />Surprisingly real and relatable, the book takes your through Ronda's early childhood difficultly in learning to speak, the tragic loss of her father at 8 years old, her path to the Olympics 2004 at 17 and her Bronze medal in 2008. Along the way she battles body image issues, and some really terrible boyfriends, money problems and struggling with purpose before taking on the MMA world in 2010, and proving UFC President Dana White wrong when in 2011 he said Women would never fight in the UFC.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gftyzxMcywE/VdjoPp0KS-I/AAAAAAAAFd8/GqK9Bx3Q_5k/s1600/Rousey.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gftyzxMcywE/VdjoPp0KS-I/AAAAAAAAFd8/GqK9Bx3Q_5k/s400/Rousey.jpg" width="263" /></a></div><br /><br />Overall, Ronda is just a shining example for hard work and determination, for never letting your gender hold you back and breaking stereotypes about the kinds of strength women can have. &nbsp;So read the book, watch her fight again in January at UFC 195, and follow her advice and Don't be a DNB.Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-74648628641665680782015-08-18T21:13:00.001-07:002015-08-18T21:13:48.840-07:00SeaWheeze 2015 - Best yet or Biggest Bust?This past weekend, runners flocked from all around the world to Vancouver to take part in Lululemon's 4th annual SeaWheeze, and this year, I didn't.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MlMgPmLqRck/VdP1i6W3OHI/AAAAAAAAFcY/r12Pg9gJG44/s1600/seawheeze14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MlMgPmLqRck/VdP1i6W3OHI/AAAAAAAAFcY/r12Pg9gJG44/s320/seawheeze14.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2013/08/seawheeze-2013-road-to-my-first-half.html">You can read about my first half marathon at the 2013 SeaWheeze here.</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2014/09/lululemon-seawheeze-2014.html">And my repeat performance at the 2014 race here.</a><br /><br />If you read those two posts, you'll see that clearly I loved my time at both races, even despite chafed thighs and blistered heels. Plus throw in some post run heat stroke.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YCRBHSacmjk/VdP22-XcJqI/AAAAAAAAFcg/5F1wmxPK3vQ/s1600/lulugif.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YCRBHSacmjk/VdP22-XcJqI/AAAAAAAAFcg/5F1wmxPK3vQ/s1600/lulugif.gif" /></a></div><br />And clearly I love just about everything to do with Lululemon.<br /><br />Plus why not go for a three-peat?<br /><br />Well I made my decision not to run the 2015 race shortly after crossing the 2014 finish line. And why?<br /><br /><b>Well because registration for the August 16 race went on sale almost a full year earlier on Sept 10</b>.<br /><br />Based on my experience registering for the 2014 race, I assumed correctly that registering would be a nightmare of wait screens and long loading times. If I was lucky to get through and purchase a spot (at the non-trivial price of $128 dollars) before all 10015 spots sold out (which they did in less than 8 hours), I'd have to commit myself to traveling to Vancouver for the race weekend a year later.<br /><br />Turns out I was right to assume it was better not to commit to something like a race so far in advance, as I ended up invited to a wedding for that same weekend, 4 provinces in the wrong direction.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ncH6ciq4q0Y/VdQCUhaAJmI/AAAAAAAAFc8/L0vnnPGCCT8/s1600/sarahwedding.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ncH6ciq4q0Y/VdQCUhaAJmI/AAAAAAAAFc8/L0vnnPGCCT8/s320/sarahwedding.jpg" width="234" /></a></div><br />However, for &nbsp;2374 people who paid there $128 dollar dues, turns out they may have committed too soon. All they have to show for it? A pair of limited edition shorts mailed out a couple months before race day.<br /><br /><a href="http://raceresults.sportstats.ca/display-results.xhtml?raceid=26821">That's right, according race results posted at sportstats.ca</a>, only 7641 people embarked on the race this weekend. &nbsp;That's down by nearly 600 from 2014, and by over 2500 from 2013. &nbsp;For comparison's sake the 2014 race registration opened (<a href="http://www.mylifeoutofalabcoat.com/2014/01/a-quick-word-about-registering-for-races.html">or tried to</a>) in January, as did the 2013 registration, although it didn't sell out until a month later.<br /><br />You see, for a race targeted at young women, registering 6 months before race day is probably reasonable. That far out, you likely have received save the dates for weddings you want to attend, any major vacations are if not planned at least in the works, and you should probably know whether you're not going to be 8 or 9 months pregnant on race day.<br /><br />Plus 6 months out, in chilly January, is enough time before race day to get you but off the couch and start a running plan, but not so far in advance that you will be over the idea of running such a long distance before race day.<br /><br />So it's no surprise that so many runners just didn't make it to the starting line on race day. With 11 months between registration and race day, that's plenty of time for some pretty legit reasons to not run to pop up, and that's before you factor in sheer laziness.<br /><br />And furthermore, it's not surprising that Lulu is holding off on announcing registration for the 2016 race. With race day attendance dropping at this rate, they may need to shake things up.<br /><br />But will they really?<br /><br />Let's look at it from a business perspective. Lululemon essentially managed to sell a $54 pair of shorts to 2374 people for $128 bucks. Meanwhile, an event staffed and prepped for 10,015 people, only needing to serve a little over 3/4 of that, well you can damn sure bet those runners who did attend had a better experience than if all the race day line-ups were 25% longer. So surely they all went home raving about the SeaWheeze.<br /><br />Maybe Lulu should just ride the hype of this years race (like they did last year), to sell out next year's registration spots (which have I mentioned? Are non-transferable/or refundable), as soon as possible. With any luck, only 5000 runners will actually make it to the race course.<br /><br />Wonder what they did will all those left-over finishers medals? <a href="http://www.ebay.ca/sch/sis.html?_nkw=lululemon%20seawheeze&amp;_itemId=281347929229">Maybe they ended up on eBay, along with the contents of the "exclusive" SeaWheeze pop-up store.</a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eJcjDr3HKhk/VdQATMH676I/AAAAAAAAFcw/bkWUTaDUlzw/s1600/seawheezemedalsebay.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eJcjDr3HKhk/VdQATMH676I/AAAAAAAAFcw/bkWUTaDUlzw/s640/seawheezemedalsebay.png" width="627" /></a></div><br /><br />Yep, there they are now.<br /><br /><br />At the end of the day tho, I do really wish I could have run this year, the race day/weekend in fact is a blast. So who knows, maybe next year things will pan out differently and I'll run. One's things for sure, I won't be registering, and then not attending, and then paying some $40 - 150 (seriously if someone buys that one I'll die!) for a medal so I can make pretend that I did.<br /><br />Until then, I'll leave you with some of that addictive Lulu crack that we all know and love, here's this year's SeaWheeze Race recap!<br /><br /><br /><div align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C93eVbvvPic" width="560"></iframe></div>Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-56139481808396389892015-08-04T22:37:00.001-07:002015-08-04T22:37:19.136-07:00Calgary Hail Storm August 2015I had really short sleeps the last two nights, so when I finished up what I was working on in the lab today around 2, I thought maybe I should head home early and have a nap.<br /><br />I'm really glad I did, &nbsp;because the 5PM commute was interrupted today by a massive hail and thunderstorm, flooding streets, damaging vehicles and leaving many without power.<br /><br />Me? I was rudely awoken from my nap by a freakishly large bomb of thunder. And I say bomb, because in my sleepish state I woke out of bed to rush to the window to see what happened. Only to see clear skies, with a wall of grey on the horizon and moving fast. Moments later I heard my landlord shouting at someone to move their car quick.<br /><br />Then the rain came in sideways. After rushing downstairs to late to move my car without getting soaked by rain and pummeled by hail, I grabbed my camera and filmed a little bit of the storm.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/huWsRxA_fBA" width="560"></iframe></div><br /><br />Hopefully all of you guys here in Alberta stayed safe and dry.Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-37369785626322630512015-07-30T18:50:00.004-07:002015-07-30T18:51:31.660-07:00Runners QuestionnaireSo as these questionnaires tend to make their way around the blogosphere, I found this one over at <a href="http://www.living-mint-green.com/2015/07/29/as-if-you-didnt-know-enough-about-me/">Living Mint Green</a>, and thought, that looks fun.<br /><br /><strong>1. Would you rather run along a beach path or along a mountain trail?</strong><br /><strong><br /></strong><strong><br /></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XMOqfNlsr04/Vbq-uNm5kHI/AAAAAAAAFZs/9Gx2Nf7QtDc/s1600/IMG_2144.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XMOqfNlsr04/Vbq-uNm5kHI/AAAAAAAAFZs/9Gx2Nf7QtDc/s640/IMG_2144.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><strong><br /></strong>This is a tough question, because in my mind, beaches are for sand and sun and swimming. And a mountain trail, well that's hiking not running right? (and I know, you can trail run, but I'd rather take it slower and take it all in). But I do love running alongside water, particularly fresh water. Here in Calgary I mostly run on the river paths. The photo above shows the water front in my home town, Sault Ste. Marie, where I ran a 10 km last summer, alongside the shores of the St. Mary's River.<br /><br /><strong><strong>2. If you could choose the flavour of Gatorade at your next race’s aid station, what would it be?</strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o3Qd6yWb8aI/VbrD8R2QfAI/AAAAAAAAFZ8/dBBbUxbQ9jM/s1600/gatorade-vs-water.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="325" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o3Qd6yWb8aI/VbrD8R2QfAI/AAAAAAAAFZ8/dBBbUxbQ9jM/s400/gatorade-vs-water.png" width="400" /></a></div><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong>Water, the flavour I prefer is water. In fact I steer clear of sports drinks in general. As for the most part our bodies are actually incredible at maintaining hydration through quite a lot of exercise. If you're interested, CBC Marketplace did a great evaluation of sports drinks and the 'need' for them last year. (<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/sports-drinks-unnecessary-counterproductive-for-most-people-1.2517424">read about it here</a>) And found that generally your kidneys are great, and although you might lose water volume, your blood electrolytes and glucose don't change at all during about an hour of heavy exercise. In fact they found in an elite cyclist, it took over two hours of intense cycling before there was a measurable drop in electrolytes or glucose. Add to that the fact that most sports drinks have more sugar than soda and more salt than french fries and no thanks! So if I'm running 15 km or less, it's just water for me, thank you very much. And when I've done my two half-marathons? I grabbed a half banana from the halfway point aid station.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong>3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?</strong></strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ws3CBqdz79c/VbrGfvahIeI/AAAAAAAAFaI/WsuLg1W-gjQ/s1600/lulugif.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ws3CBqdz79c/VbrGfvahIeI/AAAAAAAAFaI/WsuLg1W-gjQ/s320/lulugif.gif" width="320" /></a></div><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong>I'd take it to Lululemon for sure.... even though I clearly don't need anything else from there.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong>4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and then decide how far and fast you want to run?</strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KznJlEaeIxk/VbrHjPjsxcI/AAAAAAAAFaQ/Nt1bHrcvfvE/s1600/DSCF0562.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KznJlEaeIxk/VbrHjPjsxcI/AAAAAAAAFaQ/Nt1bHrcvfvE/s400/DSCF0562.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong>I wish I could sit down and follow a training plan, but I haven't managed to commit seriously to one yet. So I am for sure more of a just go out and run kind of runner.<br /><br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>5. Would you rather start your run with an uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with a downhill and end with an uphill?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>I usually prefer the uphill to be in the middle of my run, if it's right at the beginning, I may not be warmed up enough, and I may push too hard, and then the rest of the run goes to crap. If it's at the very end I just want to cry. So the middle is very good.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ciHrcf6GUys/VbrIpi4zGdI/AAAAAAAAFaY/JxpVBaCh_8U/s1600/uphill-running.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ciHrcf6GUys/VbrIpi4zGdI/AAAAAAAAFaY/JxpVBaCh_8U/s320/uphill-running.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Here I am smiling despite have just trudged up the hill behind me on km 9 of a 10 km run.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>6. When you can’t run, what kind of cross-training do you do?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--FiB8FOWIYA/VbrJXk1W9xI/AAAAAAAAFag/YZw_dFk5944/s1600/KristaYoga03.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--FiB8FOWIYA/VbrJXk1W9xI/AAAAAAAAFag/YZw_dFk5944/s640/KristaYoga03.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>Yoga. I have flirted with kickboxing/martial arts in the past as well. And what ever workouts Kevin puts me through at the gym, which usually leave my body feeling like jello the next day.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>7. What is your preference – out and back, point to point or loop runs?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5AIRKVdVtto/VbrKMKtbFyI/AAAAAAAAFas/047rHgHoC50/s1600/DSCF0004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5AIRKVdVtto/VbrKMKtbFyI/AAAAAAAAFas/047rHgHoC50/s640/DSCF0004.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Loop runs for sure, and the running paths along the rivers here and Calgary are perfect for this. Run down one side, cross on one of many pedestrian bridges. Run back along the other side. It's almost like a there and back, but the paths are different on either side.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be…?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bqYQGWyR2eY/VbrLLt2-E8I/AAAAAAAAFa0/fD_VYsFljBw/s1600/bwimd-black_1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bqYQGWyR2eY/VbrLLt2-E8I/AAAAAAAAFa0/fD_VYsFljBw/s400/bwimd-black_1.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />Oh my <a href="http://ca.shop.runningroom.com/accessories/armbands-waist-pouches/body-wallet.html">Body Wallet from The Running Room</a> for sure. It's simple. there's no velcro to fiddle with, it stays in place and it doesn't get too sweaty and gross. I hate having things on me when I run, and usually never bring a phone or ipod. But just before my first half, I new I wanted to run with music, and with a 10 min/1 min timer, so I needed something to keep my ipod on me. And this is the perfect simple solution. Plus just throw it in the wash after a race!<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>9. Do you ever see wild animals while out for a run?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-b6uIZ1Wv-tU/VbrL9BoipPI/AAAAAAAAFbA/Y91nBGBwxqA/s1600/dog-sized-rabbit.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="271" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-b6uIZ1Wv-tU/VbrL9BoipPI/AAAAAAAAFbA/Y91nBGBwxqA/s400/dog-sized-rabbit.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Of course, Alberta's dog-sized jack rabbits are everywhere in this city.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?</strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><br />Not a chance.... no picture for this one either.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>11. If you could have one meal ready and waiting for you each time you got home for a run for the next 30 days, what would that be?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1OekGlk8vwE/VbrMlXsuSPI/AAAAAAAAFbI/AKCKEnHh0pg/s1600/smoothiebowl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1OekGlk8vwE/VbrMlXsuSPI/AAAAAAAAFbI/AKCKEnHh0pg/s320/smoothiebowl.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://thegreedyveganbeast.com/tag/smoothie-bowl/">(image source)</a></div><br />Oh a smoothie bowl for sure, with some added protein and tones of granola on top!<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>12. Capris or shorts…what do you run in most often?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AfmCWxKejIQ/VbrNuNnZxpI/AAAAAAAAFbU/gdFhtqe-jSg/s1600/seawheeze.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AfmCWxKejIQ/VbrNuNnZxpI/AAAAAAAAFbU/gdFhtqe-jSg/s640/seawheeze.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>I do wear my shorts to run quite a bit....even tho I have to admit, I do get chafing between my legs....so you know that's fun.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start feeling like it’s warmed up and ready to go?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><br />Once I get past the first 2 km, I get into a grove. Sometimes that first km makes my body cry out with "you could be sitting on a couch! why are you doing this crazy thing." You just have to get past that, then it feels great.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H7d_haLzHXY/VbrOvAERX5I/AAAAAAAAFbc/6yt2yODna-Q/s1600/DSCF0721.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H7d_haLzHXY/VbrOvAERX5I/AAAAAAAAFbc/6yt2yODna-Q/s640/DSCF0721.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><br />Yeah this picture has nothing to do with this question, but I'd rather sit there than on any couch, no matter how comfortable.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>14. What do you do with your key when you run?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>Sometimes in my pony tail, sometimes in my bra, sometimes in a pocket... but only if I know I can trust that pocket.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IMA8UJVFm8s/VbrS3Tddz_I/AAAAAAAAFbo/k7qh__PTVAM/s1600/IMG_20150730_193441.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IMA8UJVFm8s/VbrS3Tddz_I/AAAAAAAAFbo/k7qh__PTVAM/s400/IMG_20150730_193441.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />For instance, I one trusted this pocket to my two keys, and it took then about 2 km to wear a hole in the mesh and fall out. Which I didn't notice but luckily I was running on a busy path and a nice lady grabbed them and stopped me.<br /><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>15. If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br /></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RnzuMYxCKBc/VbrTnlwfelI/AAAAAAAAFbw/Ev3jvg7MIGg/s1600/DSCF1897.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RnzuMYxCKBc/VbrTnlwfelI/AAAAAAAAFbw/Ev3jvg7MIGg/s640/DSCF1897.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><br />Maybe color me rad... because it's only 5 km, and all just for fun, and you can drink in the beer garden before and after your race, and then throw coloured powder at people, and have purple snot, and there was a band too. So maybe next summer, especially if I can get Kevin to do it with me.<br /><strong style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></strong>Besides, I already have the fanny pack.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;</b> <b>&nbsp;</b> <br /><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b>That's all for now folks! Happy Thursday, the weekend is so close now!</b>Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-58272832348385524982015-07-29T21:11:00.003-07:002015-07-29T21:11:54.381-07:00Hi blog, it's been a while.....cause you know, YouTubeYeah, I know..... I haven't been posting lately. And I guess I have a couple of reasons for that.<br /><br />1) Writer's block... too many ideas, never enough time.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-29Vpz8bETsc/VbmbTR1nd3I/AAAAAAAAFZE/6dRdTeofGLM/s1600/keep-calm-and-write.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-29Vpz8bETsc/VbmbTR1nd3I/AAAAAAAAFZE/6dRdTeofGLM/s320/keep-calm-and-write.jpg" width="221" /></a></div><br />This is a type of writer's block that I seem to get. And I'm not sure I realized it until I saw a vlog in which another blogger talked about it.<br /><br />This is when you have a great idea for a specific blog post or project, one that will require some time and effort. And you end up so focused on that idea, that you just can't seem to write anything else until you deal with it.<br /><br />Unfortunately sometime's those ideas don't pan out, or sometimes the full weekend day required to devote to the project just doesn't seem to come around. I mean let's admit it, life is super busy.<br /><br />So I've been a bit idea blocked. I've got things in the works, and for a while, I've been so hung up on the need to execute them, that I've neglected to write the simple, easy posts.<br /><br />2) The Tour De France.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--c6u5ZlVpHc/VbmZSgBjsUI/AAAAAAAAFY4/QZHqx1Mkdrs/s1600/Tour%2Bde%2BFrance%2Bclimb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--c6u5ZlVpHc/VbmZSgBjsUI/AAAAAAAAFY4/QZHqx1Mkdrs/s400/Tour%2Bde%2BFrance%2Bclimb.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Ok, so let's be honest, the this is all I've watched/seen/cared about the Tour.... this year or any year. Those crazy switchbacks are the final climb, and considering how hard of a time I have riding my bike up the hill to Foothills Hospital on my way into work in the morning. When I saw this picture on facebook the other day my jaw dropped.<br /><br />So, if I care so little about the Tour de France, why has it been getting in the way of me writing a blog post? Well there's this little thing in the fibre community called the Tour De Fleece. The idea here is to get out your spindles and spinning wheels and spin every day that the tour rides. And so I've been putting all of my extra time in the evenings into spinning more than usual. So I haven't been reading blogs. And reading blogs is one of the things that puts the most fire under my ass to make me write in my blog.<br /><br />3. YouTube.<br /><br />And not just watching it!<br /><br /><div align="center"><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL3sseqBaEnpJ0KB165sxQkDAqiKHIjtD-" width="560"></iframe></div><br />That's right people, I took the plunge and started posting videos to YouTube with a vengeance.<br /><br />So I have been a major fan of YouTube for the last year, driven in part by the fact that I gave up cable TV about a year ago, and instead invested in an HDMI cable to connect my laptop to my TV. But also by the quality and quantity of content available, all for free. I mean 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. It's just pure probability that some of it has to be great to watch. But the creators behind some of YouTube's greatest channels (I mean , the Holy Trinity of Grace, Mamrie and Hannah, along with a pair of Greens, you've got yourself a full house there alone).<br /><br />In addition, a number of great bloggers have gone vlogger. And from my point of view, why not, bigger audiences (More than 1 billion people watch YouTube) and lets face it, people are lazy, why read when you can watch? (OK I still like reading, but I can't really knit while I read blogs...or not nearly as fast). So I have to admit, a few times in the past I've sat down and tried to film a vlog... only to delete it without showing it to anyone.<br /><br />But then I discovered Knitting Podcasts, these fearless women (and some men too) were sitting down in front of their lap tops, all around the world and talking, unedited, into &nbsp;their cameras, sharing their knitting progress, and stories from their lives. And thousands of people were tuning in. Thousands!<br /><br />So I thought to myself, well I have a moderately functional camera. I have a tripod. And I have access to student pricing on Adobe Creative Cloud (which incidentally I do in fact use for editing figures for work) and so I have all the power of Premier Pro at my disposal, and the will to use it. In addition, I've watched enough youtube to have ideas about how I would want to edit and create videos. Finally, here in the world of yarn, is something I am comfortable enough to talk into the camera about.<br /><br />So I've been &nbsp;filming a spinning vlog each day of the Tour De Fleece, and am now in the process of editing and uploading everything. So if you have any interest in taking a gander, you can watch the video above.<br /><br /><br />Which brings me back around to.....<br /><br />4. Writer's block.... for video creation.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N6SmsJfrvnI/Vbmi7iUWl8I/AAAAAAAAFZU/g9l1eclPHjI/s1600/YouTube-logo-full_color.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="199" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N6SmsJfrvnI/Vbmi7iUWl8I/AAAAAAAAFZU/g9l1eclPHjI/s320/YouTube-logo-full_color.png" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Because holy crap YouTube is addictive, you get the ball rolling. You post a couple videos, people start watching them. You get some likes, &nbsp;you watch you subscribers start to go up, and you just see the potential for more. You begin to carry around a notebook for all of the many ideas for videos you could make. And suddenly you run the risk of being so full of ideas that you actually fail to create them.<br /><br />But so far I've still been filming, and some of what I've filmed so far is intending for right here on this blog! &nbsp;So get ready to see some great content here in the very near future.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKYTgJR3i2KwqZPzBdonsKg">So you can subscribe to my channel to see these video as soon as they are uploaded.</a><br /><br />Or (much life with my separate blog for yarn stuffs) <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChwizS8Vs652dgA8GdIqW1g/featured">you can subscribe to my yarn lab channel for everything fibre related.</a><br /><br />Cheers!Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-218416271143812561.post-74439996086991443052015-06-18T09:24:00.003-07:002015-06-18T09:24:48.473-07:00Book Review: All the light we cannot see.A few months ago, we were at my knit night book club and trying to decide on our next book. Anthony Doerr's 'All the Light We Cannot See' came up as a suggestion, and although we did not pick this book, when I found it on 2 for 20 at the airport in Vancouver a while later, I picked up a copy.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/all-the-light-we-cannot/9781501104565-item.html?ikwid=all+the+light+we+cannot+see&amp;ikwsec=Home&amp;ikwidx=0"><img border="0" height="387" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G_CTwp_o8Jg/VYLsXaYVMdI/AAAAAAAAFV8/ss2nDFrje48/s400/all-the-light-we-cannot-see.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />I just finished reading this book on Monday night and I have to tell you, not only is it a page turner, it's a beautiful book.<br /><br />Doerr takes us back to Nazi occupied France and shows us the live of two young people during the war. Marie-Laure, a blind girl from Paris, who's father is the locksmith for the Natural History Museum, and growing up exploring there has given her a wonder for the world despite her blindness.<br /><br />With the Nazi's on their way into France, Marie-Laure's father escapes the away from Paris to go live with his recluse uncle in the Breton town of Saint-Marlo by the sea.<br /><br />Meanwhile in a mining town in Germany, the exquisitely white-blonde haired, blue eyed Werner is growing up with his younger sister in an orphanage run by a French speaking nun. Werner is a boy who is always asking questions, and when he finds a broken radio in the trash and fixes it his path is set. Soon he becomes the go-to boy in town for fixing electrical appliances and radios. A talent which is so remarked upon that it earns him a place in a prestigious academy for the Hitler Youth, and finally into the war against his will.<br /><br />Throw in a Diamond cursed with the power to keep the owner alive forever at the cost of the lives of those around you, and a crazed Nazi gem collector and you've got all you need for an intriguing tale.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;">“What do we call visible light? We call it color. But the electromagnetic spectrum runs to zero in one direction and infinity in the other, so really, children, mathematically, all of light is invisible.”</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</span></blockquote>I enjoyed this book from page one through to the end. Marie-Laure and Werner are characters to fall in love with. However, it was the character in Marie-Laure's great uncle Etienne that really captured my heart, in him and in 'the Professor' you have someone who is so committed to sharing science and understanding about our world with anyone who is tuning in, that they are willing to risk anything.<br /><br />So this summer, grab a copy of All the Light we Cannot See, and I promise you won't be able to put it down.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="background-color: white; color: #181818; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;">“A line comes back to Marie-Laure from Jules Verne: Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”</span></blockquote>Sara Turnerhttps://plus.google.com/109870240139100667471noreply@blogger.com1