FAREWELL PARTY

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Well, it's official. I move in a week! My basement is filled with boxes and my room is slowly starting to get packed up. I've begun scouring all around the house for things that belong to me, and I've started to do a little bit of home shopping. Next week is going to be the big haul, and I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time at home furnishing stores (Bed, Bath & Beyond anyone).

A couple of nights ago I had some of my friends over for a (rained out) barbeque. It was definitely the most low-key dinner I've had, but it was good all the same! It was so nice to get them all together one last time. My oh my am I ever going to miss them!

THE STAMPEDE ROAD RACE: 10KM

A couple of months ago when I was in quite possibly the best physical shape of my life, I suggested to Gabi that we run a race while she was back in Calgary this summer. She agreed, and we were both pumped to train. Well, of course life got in the way. I went on two trips and she was busy with school/work etc., so we both did quite little training. We ended up deciding to do The Stampede Road Race (Stampede being the Calgary Stampede - hooray 10 days of drunken cowboys and skanks running around the city, not). Today was the big day! We got up bright and early to be at the track by 7:30 (my mum started her half marathon at that time), and Gabi and I started our 10k at 8. I had a lot of fun with it! I'm excited to do a lot of running once I move to Victoria and hopefully even run some races there (with more training)!

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This photo doesn't really have anything to do with OUR race (although my dad took this photo and I am apparently somewhere amongst the runners), but I sure do like it anyway.
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I keep getting asked what I listen to when I’m at the gym or on a run. Last night I made up a wicked playlist for my race. It’s four hours long, so I only got to listen to the first portion of it, but here’s an idea. A lot of it is definitely not the most upbeat music and it’s definitely not Top 40, but it gets me going.
Workout Playlist

Codes and Keys - Death Cab for Cutie
Changing - The Airborne Toxic Event
First of the Year (Equinox) - Skrillex
Meyrin Fields - Broken Bells
Dystopia - YACHT
Go Home, Get Down - Death From Above 1979
Black Night - Dodos
Underneath the Sycamore - Death Cab for Cutie
The First Single - The Format (album version)
Crushin’ - Police Academy 6
Cinema - Skrillex (Benny Benassi Feat. Gary Go)
Rocketeer - Far East Movement
Your Love - Youngteam
Will Do - TV on the Radio
Young Blood - The Naked and Famous
Sister Wife - Alex Winston
Grounds For Divorce - Elbow
Miss You - Foster the People
If We Don’t Make It We’ll Fake It - Death From Above 1979
Rock N’ Roll - Skrillex
Pickin’ Up the Pieces - Fitz & The Tantrums
Lotus Flower - Radiohead
Le Deux - Hollywood Undead
Second Chance - Peter, Bjorn and John
The Pedestrian Boogie - The Bloodsugars
Audience - Cold War Kids
The King And All Of His Men - Wolf Gang
Fader - The Temper Trap
My Body - Young the Giant
Staircase - Radiohead

I would be lying if I said that I listened to all of this on my run
today. In fact, the entire hour consisted of solely Skrillex with the addition of two DCFC songs at the end. Hey, it’s good pump up music.

CANADA DAY CALLS FOR GRILLED PIZZA!

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Alright, this post is a little bit delayed. Instead of getting drunk or going to see the fireworks like everyone else in our age demographic, Haley and Gabi came over to my house for some eats. I made grilled pizza (Sauteed corn, fennel, onion and goat cheese & pesto, mozza, prosciutto and arugula), peach and red onion salad & sangria, as well as some banana ice pops for dessert. We spent the evening out on my back porch chatting and smoking shisha. Haley got a little camera tutorial from Gabi and took the grand majority of these! All in all, it was a good night and I'm super glad that we decided to chill out instead of go out.
It's starting to heat up like crazy here in Calgary. It was my first day sitting out in the sun today, and of course I burned. Surprise, surprise! I'm excited to be able to spend more days outside (with my friends hopefully) once I'm finished work! Who knows if I'll even have time between packing. Fingers crossed!

I am mildly obsessed with charts right now. Here's a few silly ones:

There are some more on my Tumblr as well!

Pizza Dough
Ingredients:
1 cup (110F) water
2 1/4 tsp yeast (1 packet)
1 tsp honey
3 cups whole wheat floue
1 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp salt

Preparation:
1. In a bowl, add water, yeast and honey. Let sit 5 minutes until foamy.
2. Add flour, olive oil and salt. Add water as needed.
3. Oil a large bowl. Place the dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap and/or a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise in a warm area for about an hour or until doubled in size.

Prosciutto Grilled Pizza (Adapted from A Zesty Bite)
Ingredients:
Olive oil
Pesto (store bought is fine)
1/4 lb Prosciutto
1 cup arugula
Mozzarella cheese
Preparation:
1. Heat barbeque on MEDIUM.
2. Roll out the dough so that its nice and thin and drizzle some olive oil on the top. Brush so that it covers the entire pizza.
3. Cover the grill with aluminum foil and coat with olive oil.
4. Lay the dough on the grill, oil side up. 5. Let it cook until it bubbles up and is slightly brown. The bottom should have light grill marks.
6. Remove dough from grill. Change grill heat to LOW.
7. At this point you'll add your toppings. First spread on your basil pesto, leaving about a half inch for the crust. Top with sliced mozzarella.
8. Put back onto grill and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes.
9. Once the cheese has melted, remove from the grill and top with long strips of the prosciutto and arugula.


Corn and Fennel Grilled Pizza (Adapted from Honest Fare)
Ingredients:
1 can whole kernel corn
1/2 red onion
1 fennel
Reduced fat goat cheese
Preparation:
1. Dice onion and fennel.
2. Saute corn, onion and fennel over MEDIUM heat on stovetop until veggies are cooked through (this shouldn't take long - just eyeball it).
3. Heat barbeque on MEDIUM.
4. Roll out the dough so that its nice and thin and drizzle some olive oil on the top. Brush so that it covers the entire pizza.
5. Cover the grill with aluminum foil and coat with olive oil.
6. Lay the dough on the grill, oil side up. 7. Let it cook until it bubbles up and is slightly brown. The bottom should have light grill marks.
8. Remove dough from grill. Change grill heat to LOW.
7. At this point you'll add your toppings. Spread the goats cheese first, followed by your veggies.
8. Put back onto grill and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes.
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