Friday, 21 April 2017

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 this strange behaviour started happening when Jason started getting involved with Polly. What was Polly wanting or what were the two of them planning that had Jason behaving so strangely?

The third truth came when a box was unceremoniously deposited in the middle of Pop's Diner while Hermoine Lodge was working alone.  When the Lodge matriarch came to check on the box a snake was inside.  Looks like the South Side Serpents were not happy with her pay off and were letting her know this. Hermoine called Fred Andrews, seems there may have been some romantic interest between the two, but what will they do because they are both still married?  Why does Mary Andrews live in New York?

The forth truth that we find is that the Coopers and Blossoms had a Blood Feud dating back to Betty's Great Grandpa.  The maple business in Riverdale seems to be a booming enterprise and the Patriarch of the Blossom family murdered Betty's great grandpa and stole the business.  This is why the Coopers were so against Polly and Jason being together.  Polly was sent away after being hurt by Jason because she tried to kill herself, so obviously there are a lot of mental health issues in Polly's world.  Do those issues extend to Betty? Is the fact that they Coopers Blood Feud motive for murder to keep Jason and Polly apart forever?

The fifth truth, and a big bomb that ties into the forth truth, is that Polly and Jason were married. No one knew except Grandma Blossom.  She mistook Betty for Polly at the memorial service and asked to see the ring.  Consoling "Polly" for losing the love of her life.  Is this a modern day take on Romeo and Juliet?  What is going on in the town of Riverdale.

There were a lot of truths revealed, but as per usual, more questions came from the truths that came forth.  So what's in store for the next episodes.  Stay tuned.

*For those of you who read my blog and don't want Riverdale sorry for the multitude of posts on Riverdale lately as I try to catch up before the season finale!*

Thursday, 20 April 2017


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 creative. I have to get working on my creativity, and really start plotting out my pages but I really think this will be a great little hobby for me.

Are you a pictures person? Or do you prefer to share memories in another way?

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

My first Lip dub

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 be no problem, yeah it doesn't work that way.  Seriously, and getting other groups to want to participate to commit to being apart of everything that is a lot of background work, and I would say you need to confirm the date at least 6 weeks in advance.

Practicing and finding time to practice something like this is another hurdle.  We had a few key players that were well versed in our route, but everyone else walked through it only today, so that was difficult.  Keeping key players in all areas where they were needed but then also getting them into areas where we could showcase them, that was something I wish I had mapped out better so that it didn't seem so disorganized.

Getting the music chosen and played through the school for the video was another hurdle we had to get past.  Finding away to put the music over the intercom would have been best or having been organized with a bluetooth speaker that could  have been attached to the camera people even better.  We made due with our blue tooth speaker and a person to carry it, but again something more set up would have been better.

Getting the word out there about the Lipdub more than was done would have been even better.  That was a definite failing in the Leadership class to get more of the school involved, being more insistent that this was an event of all events that people would regret not being apart of.  Definitely working our PR angle more is going to be a big undertaking in future Leadership events.

All in all I am happy to have done it and I have a HUGE idea for our next Lipdub if we do one!!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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 times Pink felt pushed down or devalued, she states that she is still here, then she implores her listeners to not feel like they are anything less than perfect.  She wants them to know that being themselves is enough and they are perfect the way they are.

I find this interesting because even with the whole body image, and I know I am trying to lose weight and be better, but that doesn't mean I hate myself right now. If something happened today I wouldn't shame myself or think I was less of a person because I couldn't become more fit, I still love myself, but that is something I have gotten from maturing, not something young people have innately.  So you have to love yourself even if there are areas you want to improve because you are perfect just as you are in that exact moment.

You're so mean when you talk about yourself, you were wrong
Change the voices in your head make them like you instead
So complicated, look happy, you'll make it
Filled with so much hatred, such a tired game

The second verse talks about the voice in our head, that voice that we let say all those mean things about us when we look in the mirror.  Wow has that voice been ignorant to me, and if that were someone outside of me, coming from another person, I would never talk to that person again, so why do I ever put up with myself talking that way about myself.  It's hard to get out of that self-loathing, it's hard to start to feel you are worthy of self-love, but the fact is you are and everyone deserves to have self-love that is all encompassing no matter what your outward appearance is.

Done looking for the critics, cause they're everywhere
They don{t like my jeans; they don't get my hair
Exchange ourselves, and we do it all the time
Why do we do that? Why do I do that
Why do I do that?

The third verse into the final chorus talks about how outside people criticize people all the time, and how we react and try to change ourselves to fit into a mould that they think we should fit into and not the one that is our authentic self.  And the questions why do we/ I do that? almost brought me to a stop yesterday because I didn't have answer.  Really, it just shouldn't matter what people think we should be because it takes away our authentic selves, but as teenagers we put so much value into what our friends think, and it's almost a mob mentality.  If all your friends like wide leg jeans but your preference is slim boot cuts, you will look out of place in the group.  And because we don't have the confidence at that age to just be who we are we listen to what everyone else says.  This isn't true for everyone but I would hazard a guess that it affects more than it doesn't.

So to all my readers, Love yourself, Like yourself, and be YOU, because you are exactly who you are supposed to be!!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Biking and Exercise Parks

 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 them to become part of my routine.
 What are your go to exercises?  Where are your favourite places to workout?

Friday, 14 April 2017

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

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 I get very relaxed afterwards.

3. Bikini Circuit from Sugar Pop: This one is killer, like my legs hurt, my arms hurt, my back hurts afterwards, but as I get through this one it's easier to do each time.  I just have to remember to turn on some music working out with the music is a little boring.

4. Ab workout: This is just a targeted workout, basic crunches, oblique crunches, frog crunches, leg lifts, v sits.  Do each 15 times then plank for as long as I can and repeat two more times.

5. Walking at work: I have a prep in the afternoon so those days I do not bike to work I am going to take some time in my prep to walk.  Right now 40 minutes gets me to the overpass at 67th street and back, so I am hoping I can pick up the pace and get further as I do this more frequently and even turn this walking into some running!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

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 convince anyone otherwise.

Kevin Keller and his dad discuss his love life and how he is the only nice gay boy at Riverdale High School.  Kevin goes to the Drive In with Veronica,  but then he meets up with a boy and they have an intense make out session.  What's going to happen for these two, well who knows, Kevin's dad is the sheriff and the other boy is a member of the South Side Serpents....

As for Archie and Miss Grundy, well Betty put two and two together from the last episode that Archie was at SweetWater the same day as Miss Grundy and was likely with her. While Juggie is lamenting about the demise of the drive-in, Archie comes into Pops with his Dad and Miss Grundy so Betty asks to speak to him outside.  She confronts Archie who doesn't deny that he is in a relationship with Miss Grundy.  This sets Betty out to do some research, and we discover that the real Miss Grundy is an old lady who used to live in Riverdale but who has now passed away.

Who is this imposter?? Turns out her name is Jennifer Gibson and she has a gun in her car.  Betty and Veronica break into Miss Grundy's car then tell Archie what they found.  Archie then asks Miss Grundy about her past and she admits that she is using an assumed identity because she was in a abusive relationship and she is trying to stay away from him.  Betty records all she knows in her diary (Why she doesn't have a locked diary with her mother I have no idea?)

Enter Alice Cooper, and man this woman is just a bitch.  She finds Betty with Archie and Veronica and makes her leave.  Betty fights with her mom and tells her she isn't Polly and that Alice has to stop treating her this way.  Alice, suspecting something is up, snoops through Betty's room, finds Miss Grundy's gun and Betty's diary that outlines all that is going on with the kids.  Alice confronts Betty, tracks down Fred Andrews at the Drive In,  and they all go to find Miss Grundy.

Miss Grundy and Archie are at the school, about to embrace when the classroom door burst open and in struts self-righteous Alice Cooper, followed closely behind by confused Fred and ashamed Betty. The whole sordid affair comes out and Alice threatens Archie and Miss Grundy.  Betty finally steps up and tells Alice to stop otherwise she will tell everyone she made it all up and then everyone will think she finally lost it too, and that Crazy does run in the Cooper family.  Alice backs down after Miss Grundy agrees to tenure her resignation and leave town.  Archie is upset but Miss Grundy agrees and leaves the room.

Miss Grundy, I get the feeling that she is actually  a predator.  She looks all innocent and sweet, but she approached Archie that summer day slowing her car down as he was walking by, and dropping her heart shaped glasses to make eye contact.  And she does it again to another guy as she is leaving town, so was she in love with Archie as she claimed or was she taking advantage of him??

Now onto Juggie, who I love!! He is so passionate about the Drive In because this is where he works.  He tries to ask Fred Andrews not to demolish the drive in, but Fred says he can't put it off, it's work, to which Juggie replies, well you already put one Jones out of work and now you will put another.  WHAT?? Apparently, Fred Andrews is the reason Forsyth P Jones II is not working, but we haven't even met Juggie's parents.  Juggie does bring up his sister but we haven't met her yet either.

Juggie plays the final show at the Drive In, and the episodes ends with Juggie clean up the projector room.  What we see is that a cot is set up with a hot plate and Juggie has a picture of him and Jellybean on the wall.  Seems that Juggie may have been living there for sometime.  When Juggie leaves the projector building her spray paints Jughead was Here on the wall.  The South Side Serpent, that took the money for Hermoine Lodge approaches Juggie, they have a short talk, and it is confirmed by the South Side Serpent that Juggie has been living there.  Juggie tells the South Side Serpent he's not sure where he will live now but that he will figure it out, he always does and then calls him Dad.  DAD!?!?!?! This gang member is Juggie's father, this is so out of character, but so is Juggie being homeless.

What's in store for us in episode 5?