Long Drive? No Problem (and more)

I recently completed a lovely six hour drive. The trip actually flew by and I couldn’t believe when I was already getting close to home. I took note of the things I did to help pass the time so I could share them with you!


Pre-trip I downloaded a number of podcasts including: The Jillian Michaels Show, Sex Nerd Sandra and Vinyl Cafe Stories from CBC Radio. Podcasts keep my mind busy, and before I knew it a couple hours were already gone by!


Click on the above images to check out the iTunes page for the podcasts (images via Google).

Music (a no brainer)

My main tunes for this road trip were definitely those produced by Nicki Minaj in the form of her latest album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. This album also provides good workout tunes.


(photo via Google)

Call a Friend

Kids, remember to use a hands free device when talking and driving. I talked to my friend Denise, and an hour quickly passed before I knew it. We are both tying the knot this summer, so there was definitely some wedding talk going down. I recommend calling a friend you don’t see or talk to often. There is more to catch up on, and time will pass! I use my iPhone ear buds to talk on the phone while driving. I once heard that it wasn’t legal, and am still yet to look into it Thinking smile

Denise & Me in our university days


Travel Comrades

On this particular drive home I took note of how I normally develop travel buddies on long driving trips. I don’t mean someone who actually drives with me though. I mean the person that I play follow the leader with. When they pass I pass, or when I pass they pass. When I am the “follower” I often wonder if the person I am following thinks I am a crazy person, and if I am the person being “followed” I often wonder if someone is stalking me. My favourite part of travel camaraderie is when one of us exits off the highway and there is a possible wave of acknowledgment between two strangers, Goodbye travel friend! Enjoy the rest of your journey!

Fave Beverage

I think enjoying one of your favourite bevvys while driving is key, even more so if it is a stimulating one like coffee or sugar-free red bull. It just makes the trip more enjoyable, no? That is, until it leads you to the next point:

Bathroom Stops

These are a necessary component of road trips, but can really cramp your style. Why not time bathroom stops with snack stops, or mealtimes?


I like nuts, or granola bars. They are easy. I packed a little lunch for driving this time, which cut down on pit stops. I recommend snacks with some protein for staying power.

Prime Time for Daydreams (while staying alert, and driving safely, of course)

One of the benefits of driving long distances is that you also get a substantial amount of daydreaming done. I made a few wedding plans, among other things. It was nice since I may not have taken the time to ponder such things if I hadn’t been driving aimlessly.

Alright—> Enough road-trip business.

I just finished my four shift rotation at work and have five day stretch of freedom ahead of me. I don’t have many plans other than a hike with a friend, and tomorrow I am hosting a baby shower for a friend and co-worker (MAJOR housecleaning to ensure tonight)…(possibly with wine drinking involved). I am even considered this aerobic housecleaning my exercise for today.

One of my favourite moments at work this past rotation included an IV victory da-da-daaaaaaa.


(image via Google)

There is one Doc with whom I work that never fails to be present when I am about to attempt an IV insertion. A patient with not-so-great veins needed an IV, and of course Dr. Always Present during Ciara’s IV attempts arrived soon after to watch, right on schedule. On three previous occasions I have been unsuccessful with IVs attempts with him at the bedside. This time I was determined to prove myself, and my IV capabilities. Well did I get that IV.?? Yes. Yes I did. Damn straight.

Dr. Always Present During IVs frequently shows us cool YouTube videos. This past set he showed me a 20/20 clip about a woman who had lost both arms in an electrical accident. Talk about overcoming adversity! Here it is:

video from youtube.com

Enjoy your Sunday Smile


Road Trip

I travelled to my homeland (New Brunswick) for a weekend visit with family and friends. I had not made the journey home since August last year, so a visit was probably slightly overdue. 


Safety Note: Do not take pictures while driving. It is unsafe.

The drive to my first destination, my sister Jill’s apartment, was about 5 hours and just before arriving my insulin pump decided to go on the fritz. When I tried to dial in an amount of carbs I was eating it would scroll like a maniac through 0-300 over and over again. Then one of the buttons stopped working completely Disappointed smile I did not have back up syringes either. Oops. Typical me. I know better, and have actually gotten better at bringing back up supplies along (excuses, excuses).

When I got to Jill’s place I called the Medtronic Pump peeps, who were super helpful, and I already have the new pump at my disposal. The button problem cannot be fixed. The pump is also no longer under warranty. So it looks like I’m in the market for a new pump. I have been researching the Medtronic Paradigm VEO pump. It has automatic low suspend, handy for if you go low in the night and don’t hear/feel your alarms. It will suspend your basal for a period of time. Cool!

We picked up some syringes, to keep me going until my backup pump arrived, and then headed to The Snooty Fox for some eats. I had salmon, veggies and rice. The salmon was topped with pesto and goat cheese with a drizzle of maple syrup. I had not had this combo before but it was soooo good. I will be trying to replicate it at home for sure.



Jill had her fave, nachos topped with pickles. I sampled it a number of times. I really liked the pickles idea.

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I took the picture a bit too early.

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There that’s better!

So, to mix things up I decided to interview my “little” brother, Jake. He has recently become a fitness fiend. I figured it’s an interesting way to have a look into the 16 y/o psyche Laughing out loud


  • What is your favourite thing about being fit?

“Hmmm…. I had this memorized last night, just give me a minute. The feeling you get when you leave the gym is probably one of the best feelings in the world. I love how I don’t have to get motivated, like, when other people find that they have to make themselves go. I love going, it just comes naturally. I get mad when I don’t get to go on a day I planned to.”

“You could go to the gym with something bothering you, having a bad day, or stressed out, and you leave feeling a lot better.”

  • What initially made you start gyming it?

“A couple of summers ago I lived with my sister and trained with a professional trainer to get better at hockey, and I basically fell in love with the gym.”

  • Gym pet peeve?

“People with bad form. Ahh.. Or something getting in the way of your workout.”

  • What’s your favourite exercise?

“Ohhh…I’d say…Can I say a group of exercises?” “Compound exercises, barbell squats, and deadlifts. ‘Cause they work better than isolation exercises. For example a barbell curl.”

  • What does “compound exercise” mean?

“It’s where you use a combination of muscle groups to do a movement. Isolation means where you are focusing on one muscle.”

  • Can you teach me how to deadlift? I hurt my knee trying to the other day.


  • How much can you deadlift?

“Like my one rep max? Umm like 325 lbs”

  • What is your least favourite exercise?

“Isolation exercises. They aren’t as great for mass”

  • What is your favourite healthy food?

“My favourite pre-workout is probably some type of pasta, and my favourite post-workout is probably steak and taters. My favourite snack is probably cottage cheese”

  • Do you have a favourite protein shake mix?

“When I’m in a hurry I usually just throw in water and protein. If I have time I usually put like frozen berries, egg whites, oatmeal, ahhhhh, protein ahhhh, sometimes almonds.”

  • Favourite workout song?

“Probably the good ol’ classic..Oh what’s it called….the one by Eminem. Lose it?”

  • Who is your favourite athlete?

“P.K. Subban. He plays defence for Montreal. He is flashy. I play defence too. He plays on my favourite team. He’s good.”

  • What are your post-high school plans?

“Lately been thinking about going into Kinesiology. I don’t know what to do with it yet. Maybe a trainer or something”

And there you have it! A little Q&A with Jakey-poo.

That’s it for now! I know I have been lacking in posts lately, but I haven’t had a decent internet connection for the past few days.I may post again very soon!