Beer Exchange Day 8

I feel like you all can kind of guess what’s coming. This is the point in December where days are getting busy. We have nine (9!!!) days until Christmas and my schedule is starting to get jam-packed with plans. In fact, I’m darting off this post quickly before I go to see blog favourite, Forte Musical Theatre’s Naughty… But Nice!, enjoy my yearly festive get-together with Claire and Kendra, and then read a new play by one of my favourite new collaborators.

Beer 8 wrapped

So, you can imagine – I was looking for a little bit of consistency, familiarity, and comfort this week. Beer Eight gave me exactly what I needed as I settled in to watch another episode of Survivor. (And significantly less infuriating than last week’s episode! What a delight!) Though Austin should definitely be making that penitent face that he is making in this photo.

Beer 8 unwrapped - Sea Change Brewing Company's Prairie Fairy
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Moveology One Year Later (Fitness Friday)

Just about a year and two months ago, I wrote a glowing Fitness Friday post about Moveology. At that point, Moveology was still fairly new. The studio had only been fully open for about four months and we had no way of knowing how special it would become. 

Erin and Liz, high-fiving in Chair position.
Photo Credit: @ourliveandtimes

Look at me, high fiving a friend while doing literally my least favourite position ever. (Chair pose. It gives me the tiniest of panic attacks for reasons I cannot comprehend. But it is also so good for my hamstrings and glutes.) 

I’ve been in the boutique fitness class space for basically a decade now, working in a studio for most of it. And Moveology, as a studio, as a culture, as a community, truly embodies the fact that movement is for everyone. There is something about looking around the studio and seeing how every participant is taking a different expression of the exercise. Every instructor offers so many options and it is so easy to do what serves you on that day, in that moment. 

You don’t want to jump? Maybe you don’t want to lay flat on your back during core work? Or you hate using a booty band? Who cares! I can guarantee, whatever you end up doing won’t be easier, it will just be more right for you. Like, it’s still an amazing workout, but it’s approachable and accessible. You’ll notice I am trying really hard not to say the word “modifications”, and that’s deliberate. There’s a bit of fitness culture that suggests we modify when we “can’t” do the “full move” and that’s not what Moveology is about. It’s about giving you options and letting you take them. 

Tell Me More About Moveology Options

Erin lunging in front of Moveology neon light with 5 lb weights
Photo Credit: @ourliveandtimes

Okay, I definitely set that one up. But I think this is so cool and representative.

Lots of people like working out right after work, right? That 5:30pm class is the sweet spot.

And right now, Emma (Moveology owner/founder, incredible human being) has a different class style scheduled every day of the week. You could literally come to that time slot every week day and have a fully well rounded workout routine without even having to think about it. Check it out:

Monday – HIIT with Chloe (yes, I’ve finally done HIIT…)

Tuesday – Power with Nicole

Wednesday – Barre with Crystal

Thursday – Pilates with Emma

Friday – Move.Strength.Sweat with Emma

Maybe 5:30 doesn’t work for you. That’s okay. There are lots of options and lots of instructors that you can check out here. Plus there’s a great 3 classes for $30 deal going on!

I don’t know, y’all. It’s hard for me to explain how special Moveology is. I just know it’s keeping me sane during the holiday season. 

I do my best to post my upcoming classes on my instagram story each week. So check it out and come move with me.

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Beer Exchange Day 7

Hello and welcome to Day 14 of Blogmas, Day 7 of the Beer Exchange and another festive outing on A Flimsy Plan! Remember last year when I enjoyed a Wave Pool at my friend’s Hanukkah party? Well, Beer 7 was yet another beer that paired super well with latkes. 

Beer 7 Wrapped (Jenkins Grapefruit Ale)

All in all, it was an amazing, lowkey, party with amazing blini/smoked salmon based appetizers courtesy of Jenny, good conversation… and an adorable new baby!

Greg, Becky, Alec and Menorah
Can we all acknowledge how OVER it this little baby looks!?

Look at how cute and grownup my friends Becky and Greg look with their little boy. Can you believe that they hosted a full-on Hanukkah party at their home… and made the latkes? And provided the most delicious sugar cookies in the shapes of stars, dreidels, and menorahs? 

Sugar cookies. Boring but delicious

We kept the evening mostly lowkey, for obvious reasons, but I did take the beat to drink Beer 7. And to find out more about it, follow me through the cut…

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Mindfulness During the Festive Season (Wellness Wednesday)

Like many moments of providence on this blog, today’s Wellness Wednesday comes at exactly the right time. Today, I actually wrote a little column for the resident newsletter at work about how to keep study momentum going during the holiday season. And I’m about to settle in to do a couple of more hours of work tonight. (Emergency situation, not my norm… don’t feel bad for me, though! These things happen!) All that to say, Wellness things are on my brain. And this brain needs a little mindfulness during the festive season.

Mindfulness During the Festive Season Splash image w Christmas tree
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Beer Exchange Day 6

Beer 6 wrapped

It’s sort of delightful kismet that I’m posting about Beer 6 today. As you may be able to tell from the above photo (if you’re a Full Circle Theatre super fan and follow our YouTube channel), Beer 6 was enjoyed while I was live streaming! On Sunday night, a group of Riverona performers got together to play some games and chat about the show to raise awareness of our IndieGoGo Campaign. And tonight our campaign closes! Such synergy! 

But this post is not about Riverona. You have already read enough posts about that show. (And you’ve definitely read more in the future.) This post is about Beer 6… well, technically Beer 4, but I drank it as Beer 6 because of Weir reasons. Anyway, I’m not going to overcomplicate it. Just follow me through the cut!

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Granary Road

Artisan Collective at Granary Road

Y’all! We’re almost halfway through Blogmas (unless I decide to actually for once, for real, do it all the way until December 31… that seems ambitious). Let’s celebrate today, not tomorrow which is the actual halfway point. I say this because tomorrow is a Beer Exchange post, which requires much less thought. And this post is about a favourite Blogmas topic – a holiday market! Specifically, the Christmas market at Granary Road.

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Beer Exchange Day 5 (and a Friendmas Party!)

You know when you have one of those life experiences that makes you stop and think “We’re the grownups now”? I fully just had one of those last night. It was nothing serious, nothing life-changing. In fact, it was something I have done lots of times in the past. Together with friends of the blog, Megan and Hans, I went to a Friendmas party at our friends’, Scott and Dee’s, place.

I know. I really hyped this up and it’s just a fun holiday party.

But here’s the thing. I distinctly remember always going to a yearly holiday party that one of my dad’s coworkers put on when I was a kid. I remember a table of snacks, peanut butter marshmallow squares, adults wearing Christmas sweaters, and singing Christmas songs while his wife played the piano. And this party felt very much like that. (Minus the singing with the piano. I feel like very few people are actually that wholesome.)

But, you know. We talked about mortgages and our to-go easy meals for weekdays. We played a (modified) version of Name that Tune. There were cute outfits and holiday-themed sweaters everywhere. People brought their very well behaved dogs! Dee and Scott put together a super aesthetic selection of delicious snacks (peanut butter marshmallow squares not pictured but definitely included).

Oh! And I drank Beer 5!

Beer 5 wrapped (Cabin Brewing's Escape Plan)
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Fun Holiday Things To Do Alone

fun holiday things to do alone image

Long time readers of this blog know that one of the key tenets since the beginning has been getting comfortable with your own company and doing things alone. I started the blog not long after going through both a major romantic breakup and a major friend breakup. I needed to learn how to be there for myself. And, now, my friends? I do so enjoy my own company. So deeply, in fact, that today’s post is all about fun holiday things to do alone.

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Beer Exchange Day 4

My beautiful friends! Today has been so much of a day. So good, but very energy consuming. We had a major work retreat at the Jubilee Auditorium today with a ton of great knowledge transfer, resource discussion, and QI exploration. 

Also, I delivered an hour long presentation on effective communication to reduce cognitive load and supporting struggling learners to a type of audience I’ve never presented to before. 

Also also, I found out that a poster presentation abstract I submitted to an international congress in April was accepted. (It’s times like these that I am so glad that I have the blog. It will one day be so nice to have a record of exactly which day all of this happened, so I don’t have to rely exclusively on my memory.) 

But it’s also days like today where I am so glad that I have the Beer Exchange as a content avenue during Blogmas, so I don’t have to come up with something new to write about today with my very tired brain.

So without further ado, let’s get into it! Beer 4, here we come!

Beer 4 Wrapped
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Holiday Plays in Calgary

It’s Day 7 of Blogmas and it is snowy out. I guess we all knew this was coming eventually, but it feels like a night for hibernation. So, while you’re hibernating, feel free to read this post and make plans for a night when you are ready to leave the house. Because this post is all about Holiday Plays in Calgary.

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