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Riverdale Episode 6

What are you afraid of? Failing in front of people, being too much for other, hurting others, the dark?? Well this episode of Riverdale's theme is around Fear and how it is important to face your fears.

Jughead and Betty are getting closer this episode.  Jughead comes over for breakfast and aids Betty in spying on her mom and dad.  The spying pays off and Jughead and Betty discover where Polly is, so they head off to find her and find out what's happening.  Polly is in a home for disenfranchised youth and when Betty finds her, we discover that Polly is pregnant with Jason's baby.  Polly tells Betty about her and Jason's plan to run away to have the baby together and that is when Betty realizes that Polly didn't know about Jason's murder.  Betty's mom shows up and is very unimpressed with Betty being here, but Polly is absolutely distraught that Jason is dead.  In the end Polly goes missing and everyone starts to wonder if maybe Polly was the one who killed…

DNA Heritage test kits

I've been thinking of doing this for a long time, and I am curious to find out which test is the best one. I'd really like to learn about my heritage, but I'd also like to learn about my genetic disposition, I think it would be so neat to learn those things.

I've had family members who have done these tests and there results have been interesting.  According to my Aunt's test we are 8% African American (my cousin and aunt both got similar results) so it would be interesting to find out more about my mom's side of the family and see what distant family trees pop up.

I know a lot about my genetics from my mom's family but I don't have a lot from my dad's but I definitely have questions.  My paternal grandfather passed away when my dad was young and we don't know his brothers family because there was some kind of feud.  But what did he pass away from? Was it a genetic predisposition? My father passed away at 63 he had some pre existing health conc…

Riverdale Episode 5 Friday Five Edition!

This is what I would call the truth episode.  Many, many truths are revealed to most characters, and the truths that aren't revealed are deducted out by our mystery solvers.

The first truth that comes out is that the Blossoms believe that someone in Riverdale killed Jason. So they invite the whole town to Jason's memorial before they bury him in the cemetery on their property.  Everyone comes and you see some heated exchanges between Mr. Cooper and Mr. Blossom and some disdainful looks rom Mrs. Blossom to Mrs. Lodge.  It looks like the founding families of this town have a lot of unresolved issues.  What issues could be brewing between all these families?

The second truth is that Jason was acting very strangely before he went missing. He was disengaging from his friends, refusing to return phone calls and then he started selling all his stuff.  Anything that had value he was selling. There were rumours that he was selling drugs, but these were neither confirmed or denied.  All…

Scrapbooking

So I LOVE pictures, I know you can't tell from this blog a lot of the times, but taking pictures, printing and framing and putting them in albums is something I absolutely love.  A few years ago I really got into scrapbooking and I was even doing digital scrapbooking which was much cleaner and easier to do with little ones, then the company I used went under and I sort of stopped.

Recently, I was invited to join a crop club (Scrapbooking Club), I was hesitant at first, because did I really want to get back into this cutting and pasting hobby.  The truth is yes I did, I have loved every minute of it, I finished my Disneyland Scrapbook album, I finished an album for my friend and I am currently working on my Wedding Album.  I am feeling so productive and my kids love looking through them so I know it was worth it, completely and utterly worth it to get back into.

This is a hobby that allows me to be creative which was one of my goals this year.  Find a hobby that allows me to be cre…

My first Lip dub

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So I am new to being a Leadership Advisor at my school, and it's been an interesting experience. We've definitely had some rocky roads along the way but all in all it's a growing experience and I think next year it's going to be even better, but I will never forget the lessons I have learned.

The most recent lesson I have learned is that things that look easy and that people say are easy aren't actually that easy.

You look at lipdub videos online, here are a few that are really good.


They look simple, and in reality shooting them is probably the easiest part, because its a single take video, there's no editing and splicing and stuff, so once the video is taken all you have to do is put the sound on it and it's a go, what you don't see though, that's where it gets choppy.

Organizing a big group of at least a hundred people is problematic.  We had a leadership class that was about half of this number so you think each person brings one or two, should…

F*#$ing Perfect by Pink

I was out for a walk the other day, listening to my playlist when Pink's F*#$ing Perfect started playing on my headset.  I don't know why but I feel like this is the first time I have ever truly listened to this song.  I am a HUGE Pink fan, I think she is amazing and such a wonderful role model for young women, and I when I really listened to this song, this opinion was reinforced even more.

Has that ever happened for you?  You have a song that you listen to a lot and then one day you really hear the song, and the message in the song really resonates with your core beliefs?  It was such an ah-ha moment on that path as I was walking and I was like wow.

So here are some of the lyrics to the song and my thoughts on those lyrics:

Pretty, pretty please, don't you ever, ever feel
Like you are less than, less than f####' perfect
Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel like you're nothing
You're f$$$$' perfect to me

So after the intro that details the different t…

Biking and Exercise Parks

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In trying to stay active and healthy with exercise I made it my goal to be active to some degree every day for 30 days. I have a workout plan that I am following that is a full body Bikini workout and some yoga that I am doing as well.  But some days you need to rest your muscles to prevent injury so I need other things to do!! Enter my beautiful and active children!!

One day when I was really dreading doing any kind of workout Leigham wanted to go for a bike ride. Usually he goes with his dad as I put Teddy to bed, but this night Teddy wanted Dad so I got to go on the Bike Ride!! We rode around our neighbourhood and headed to the Exercise park, which is one of Leigham's favourite parks to go to.
 I was able to get a 30 minute bike ride in as well as 15 minutes of circuits on the equipment on the park.  It was a moderate workout, but for me that's all I need sometimes. Just something so I am not being lazy, and as I do these little workouts more and more it's easier for …

Friday Five: 5 Exercise Routines I'm doing right now

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I love Pinterest and if you check out my Pinterest account you will notice two things. I am not always on Pinterest but I got in waves and pin pin pin then nothing for months.  But I do have a lot of exercise routines that I use when I am working out at home.

Here are the current ones I am using at home:

1. Biking around my neighbourhood and too work. It is just over 5 kilometers to my school.  On the way there it's a slight incline then a lot of hills down into a final flat stretch.  The way home we bike up out of the river valley.. it's killer on the legs, but we've never done it before and we made it all the way without stopping and walking the bikes so I am going to call that a win

2. 12 Yoga poses to get a good stretch: I found this on pinterest and it really has no instructions so I am just going through the poses holding them for 5 deep slow breaths then repeating the sequence another time up to three times.  It's a great stretching routine and I really like that…

Riverdale Episode 4

I LOVED that this episode revolved around the Drive In.  A nostalgic relic from the past that I still think most families enjoy partaking in.

Jughead is the main character of this story along with the South Side Serpents, and Archie and Miss Grundy.  Let's start with the south side Serpents.

The South Side Serpents are a biker gang in Riverdale.  The generally take over territory in the south area but they have been hanging out at the Drive In a lot. We find out the Hermoine Lodge has dealings with the Serpents for her husband, and that she has also given a bag of cash to the Mayor for her help in purchasing the Drive In property.  The South Side Serpents are hanging around the Drive In at the behest of Hiram Lodge to bring the property value of the Drive In down so he can purchase the land for a business deal.  It has worked and Lodge Industries or a private LLC that he owns is now the owner of the Drive In.  It is set to be demolished the next day and Juggie was not able to con…

Western Development Museum: Saskatoon

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Last time we were in Saskatoon I took the boys to the Western Development Museum.  I hadn't been to the Western Development Museum since I can't even remember if I've gone since I became an adult.  So the boys and I head off to see Boomtown. There are so many fun little things to see, Leigham had been here about a year ago so he remembered a lot of what we saw.  Theodore had been too, but he still enjoyed walking through all the exhibits.  I explained what I could and we listened to the different sound clips.  I think the boys favourite was the North West Royal Mounted Police room.  We listened to all the sound clips there.

 Leigham liked to show off his muscles and how strong he was, he figured he could work in the stable or blacksmith shop.
 We really liked the train too, it was huge! I mean it's probably regular size but it seems huge.  They also have model trains and the boys loved those, Theodore didn't want to leave we had to haul him away while he had a tan…

Drowning Lessons

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I am a firm believer that everyone should know how to swim so I make my boys take swimming lessons.

Chandler was a bit of fish and he did so well growing up.  At one point I thought he might be a life guard but then we got behind on lessons and that never happened.  He did finish up to level 10 just didn't got for his Bronze Cross and stuff. I don't worry about him and water.

Leigham and Teddy, though, well that's a different story.  I take them swimming and Teddy loves the water, Leigham was more like my brother and would wear a life jacket to play on the beach in case someone splashed him.

So for three years Leigham has been in swimming lessons and he's finally coming along, he's still scared to put his face in sometime but since he's had goggles he's improved immensely.  He struggles with his back float and back glide, my brother did too, and if you ask my brother it's because they are too dense with muscle mass.  Leigham is now taking Level 2 for…

Wouldn't you know it!!

I complained in a previous post how I find it very difficult to get up and work out in the morning.. and what happens???  I wake up extra early and could have worked out but I decided not to.

I did however get a workout in and feel great. It was after work and I finished the workout I had done the day prior adding more reps and man do I feel it!

I love feeling sore like this though and I know it is all worth it in the end.

Last week here is my workout break down and my weight difference:

Weight Difference: down .5 lbs

Workouts: Sunday 46 minutes of Aerobics and Yoga, Monday 25 minutes of Aerobics and 9000 steps, Tuesday 40 minutes of swimmng, Wednesday biking and the exercise park circuits (45 minutes), Thursday rest day but I did 7101 steps, Friday went for a walk for 40 minutes, Saturday played soccer with the boys for 20 mins.

Five Pop Culture Phenomenons I just don't get

The other day on EW Morning Live they were talking about things in Pop Culture that everyone loves but you just don't get.  I heard some weird comments, but some I was like ok yeah I get it, so I thought I would dedicate this Friday Five to the Five Pop Culture Phenomenons I just don't get.

1. You know those movies about fighting in Space with different planets and stuff, Yeah Star Wars, not episode 4, 5 or 6 but 1, 2, 3, 7, 8..... yeah those extra ones we've been making I just don't get it.  Here's the truth, I love the original Star Wars shows, episodes 4, 5 and 6 are amazing.  I love how when you watch all three you can see the story, the happiness of part four, juxtaposed to the darkness and bleak future in the fifth to the feeling of hope in the sixth.  Plus the 6th has the Ewoks, have there ever been a cuter race of beings??  I am particularly fond of the Ewoks, but these other Star Wars movies that have come out, I saw episode 1 and I just don't get it. …

When do you exercise??

More than anything else in my life that confounds my schedule is my exercising.  I want to be a morning exerciser, get up before dawn and do sun salutations as the sun rises, seriously this is a dream, like a bucket list item.  And it doesn't matter how hard I try, or how much I plan for it, it just never really happens.

I don't know why it is, maybe I stay up to late watching television, or maybe I just like to sleep until the time I was born.  I was born at 7:08 am and when I don't set an alarm clock I generally wake up at this time.

I have gone weeks trying to get up at 5:30 and all that's happened is I get grumpy, I really want to be a morning exerciser but it just doesn't fit my schedule then.

The only time it's going to fit my schedule is going to be in the early afternoon or early evening.  Maybe in three years when my young boys are older and can be trusted alone and to get ready for school this can change, but my reality is that exercising in the mo…

Riverdale Episode 3

How often do your comic book heroes come to life?  Well in this day and age almost always, and now we have this wonderful show bringing to life the characters of the Archie Comics universe.

We've found that the Jason Blossom didn't actually drown but was shot in the head. Episode three opens with Cheryl explain that Jason's disappearance was all an elaborate ruse that Jason and Cheryl concocted to allow Jason to escape his parents.  Cheryl is coming clean about Jason faking his own death and now we know that the July 4h gunshot means nothing and really has no correlation to the murder.

Betty is again at odds with her mother. As Alice is the owner and reporter on the local newspaper, she is definitely taking the murder of a teen in her town to new levels. She wants to make sure that she is on top of every story and makes all these crazy claims.  Then she calls Betty a Lois Lane type, which sends Betty to want to reboot the Blue and Gold.  The Riverdale High newspaper.  And …

Riverdale Episode 2

I started trying to watch this series with my husband, but then it gets me way behind on my blogging so I am watching it on my own then again with him.  I actually like it enough to do that.

So in episode one all the players were introduced and we found out that many had secrets to hide.  I love a great mystery and I really want to know who the murderer is, and who is hiding more than they are letting on.

After the recap of the first lesson we come in to the narration of Jughead giving his overview at what has been happening with the residence of Riverdale.

Archie is living with a guilty conscience, he and Ms Grundy heard a shot but didn't tell anyone about it.  And really why would they have, it happened July 4th and they didn't know at that time that Jason was missing, so Archie needs to give himself a break, but he does need to give Betty some space if he wants to have a friendship with her again. Also I know that it happens that teachers fall for their students, gross gag …

Where oh Where has she gone

I know I'm not consistent, it's what kills my blog.

I know I need to be more consistent with sitting down to read, but my bed is so comfortable.  Like so utterly comfortable that to not be in it after work is really difficult. And then once I get into bed it would take a crowbar to get me out.

I'm taking April by storm.

I am going to really focus on myself and building a schedule that gives time to my kids and time to my own interests.

That's my trouble is that I give way more of my time to my kids and to just finding excuses to not do things than I do to doing those things I know make me feel good.  So here we go.  30 days of healthy eating, 30 days of exercising, and 30 days of writing.  Even if it's just an update on the exercise routine I did that day.