Thinking Out Loud // 08.07.2014

Hello friends!  I’m joining up again with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her “Thursdays are for…Thinking Out Loud” series.  What’s in it for me?  A brain dump.  What’s in it for you?  Total randomness!  Enjoy!

First of all…where in the world has this year gone???  I absolutely cannot believe it’s August already and that I’ve lived in Canada now for almost eight months.  Ay-yi-yi.

Wicked.  I saw the musical Wicked last night for the first time…and absolutely LOVED it!!!  It was surprisingly funny – I don’t know what exactly I was expecting – but I was laughing every 10 minutes.  The actors and actresses had amazing voices and their on-stage chemistry was highly entertaining.  “A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous characters: the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows the tale of green-skinned Elphaba through the life-changing events that eventually label her “wicked.” Fun for the whole family, Wicked is a tale about love, friendship and trust that reveals that there are two sides to every story.” { Source }


‘The Zoo Run’ Run.  Last week I, on a whim, signed up for this local 5K run held by The Running Room.  This was the inaugural race (1 of a projected 20-year partnership!) and the proceeds were dedicated to “The Land of the Lemurs.”  Since I haven’t been on a training plan, or really focusing on running, I wanted to use this run as my “base” for achieving a sub-25 minute 5K.  What I did not realize, however, was that it was more of a “fun run” – not timed,  nor an accurate course distance.  Since it’s all for a good cause…I wasn’t upset.  The course was supposed to start and finish in the parking lot to the north of the zoo entrance, but after hearing the zoo director give her thanks for our support, she then walked everyone a good quarter-mile to the “start” – which was the tunnel that led into the zoo.  She said: Get Ready – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – Go!  And that was the start.  The extreme positives for the race was that I felt the course was appropriately marked and well-staffed!  The course wound in, out, and around all the zoo exhibits, with a few loops and one turn-around.  The pathways were marked in sidewalk chalk with arrows…and any time the route looped or turned, there were guides telling us where to head next.  For me, I started normal, which is ~ 8:30-8:45/min pace, and was immediately in the top 10 runners.  To put it in perspective, there were just over 300 signed-up for the race.  Before the first mile, I had passed two people, and in the second mile, I was passed by three people, and in the final mile, I passed another person.  So…I was passed by 3 people – but I also passed 3 people, so my position never changed.  I was the 3rd female, and 9th person overall.   Unofficially…because towards the end, as we ran back through the tunnel, they were handing out bottled water.  Some people slowed – some people stopped – but everyone was confused because the official end was another quarter-mile ahead in the parking lot.  There was no timing, no tracking, no way to tell how one finished.  I only know I was the 3rd female and 9th overall because I counted from the lead runner at our last turn-around point.  I went all the way to the parking lot…but stopped my time at 2.7 miles.  Overall – it was a fun run….but if I were to run it again, I would like to run with a few friends and enjoy the animals along the way.  Needless to say, I still need to find a local 5K to use as my “base race” for a sub-25 5K.


Charcut Roast House.  Last week I went with some friends to a new-to-me restaurant downtown for lunch.  The Charcut is located in Hotel Le Germain and their claim to fame is: “Made fresh from scratch, our menu changes daily.”  Another reason this location became popular is because of their “Lunch All At Once” menu option, which states that you are in and out in 45 minutes.  They accomplish this by bringing out your whole meal at once.   There are two daily options for this: Soup, Sandwich, and Cookies or Salad, Daily Rotisserie, and Cookies.  My friends both chose the soup and salad, while I chose the salad and rotisserie (which was brisket…and divine!)  Our meals also came with Parmesan cheese fries…ABSOLUTELY DELISH!  And then you get a lil’ brown bag with 2 chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  The portions are PERFECT for lunch!


Canadian Medical.  I don’t know how I forgot to mention this earlier…but I finally got in to establish a primary doctor here in Canada a few weeks back.  I was having a lil’ bit of a hard time, because the way the system works here is that you call a 1-800 number to get a list of doctors in your area who are accepting new patients.  I tried the number twice, and both times I was given a short list of names of doctors who were 1)  NOT accepting new patients, or 2) were working on walk-in basis only, or 3) accepting patients who had a NEED to see a doctor, not just to get a primary established.  This was difficult for me, because in the States, you always have a primary doctor.  In theory, here in Canada you need a primary in order to see any specialist…but technically you can go into any walk-in clinics to get the majority of your ailments looked at.  My experience with walk-ins or Quick Cares in the States were always quite pricey.  Long story short, a Canadian friend asked her doctor if he was willing to accept us as new patients, and he agreed!  Referrals = awesomeness.  The weirdest part for me was walking in and NOT having a co-pay.  I just told them my name, waited about 10 minutes, and saw the doctor.  And the doctor was AWESOME in taking the time to just get to know me.  I did not have to fill out a million forms – we just chatted, and if I said something that sparked his interest, he jotted it down in the computer.  We chatted briefly about the differences between Canadian and American medical systems, and he wanted to know how a few things were handled there.  For example, at what age did they recommend mammograms, and how often did I get my woman’s exam – things like that.  Then he wanted to know my family history, any issues I wanted to talk about, and ended on a talk about my running and fitness.  He did ask me to get some blood work done, just to check my thyroid system because I’m HOT all the time.  He said…just in case.  I love it.  And even though the appointment took less than 20 minutes, I didn’t once feel rushed or like his attention was not on me.


What’s on your mind?




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