Five things for the week of April 23.

Here’s what’s up this week.

1. [place] Moksha Hot Yoga. I’ve been raving about this place for almost a year now, and I’m going to keep on doing that. I’ve finally found a form of exercise that is stress relieving, fun, and feels like a workout. It’s really a perfect fitness fit for me, and I love, love, love Moksha. Have you ever done hot yoga? What do you think?

2.  [book / movie] The Help. I hate admitting to seeing a movie before reading the book, but as life gets busier and busier, my stickler self cannot stick to reading before seeing all of the time. (In fact, I’ve skipped a few books altogether in the past year, which is very unlike me. In 2006 when the Da Vinci Code was being released, I bought and read the book 32-hr before seeing the film with friends. I seem to have lost my conviction on this.) Anyway, I saw the movie when it was released last summer and just finished the book this weekend. And then I re-watched the movie. It was such a good book AND a good movie!

3. [article] Career Advice.  I’m not on the hunt for a new position, but for all those who might soon enter an interview room, here’s a fantastic article on the types fo questions you should be prepared to ask in an interview. I feel pretty savvy on this topic myself, but this list had a few suggestions I hadn’t thought of before, including questions about turnover in the role, and my favourite “Thinking back to the person who you’ve seen do this job best, what made their performance so outstanding?”.

4. [tv] Happy Endings is hilarious. Are you as addicted as I am to Happy Endings? Thank goodness Ben turned me on to this show. And, to cure the season ending blues, these GIFs were passed around on twitter this week. This one’s my fav, for sure.

PS. I kinda wish this phrase would catch on, for reals.

5. [tv] Republic of Doyle has been renewedI am so happy to hear that the CBC didn’t end up cutting ROD after the annoucement of the necessary budget cuts. Clearly, this is a moneymaker for CBC (or so I like to believe) and due to the great ratings, awesome cast and just general coolness of NFLD (right??) I know that I can look forward to another delightful season of Jake Doyle and the rest of the crew! Maybe Jill will let me guest blog every episode this time around?

Five things for the week of April 9.

I’m posting on Tuesday because I was lucky enough to have a four day weekend over Easter, which I spent relaxing with family and eating way to many things I’m not supposed to eat…. whatever. It was tasty.

1. [food] Humani-T Cafe. I got the best phone call from the folks at Humani-T Cafe last week: they had randomly drawn my gelato flavour suggestion (banana) and they were just about to put it in the mixer, and that I could stop in for a free scoop. Free? Yes please! I stopped by within hours and it was delicious, as all of their flavours are. I know I’ll be visiting them more as the weather warms up, and I’m looking forward to the opening of their second location in the new Trillium building on South Park Street. If you are interested in health food/products, delicious gelato or a speciality almond milk latte, they’ve got you covered.

2. [food] Indochine Banh Mi. Oh. my. god. I have a new favourite food (besides banana gelato), and it can be found at Indochine: Korean tacos. At $4 each or two for $7.50, they are a steal of a deal. And, they do GF, too. I can’t really say much more, because I’m practically drooling. If you’re in the area, check them out on South Park Street. You won’t be disappointed.

3. [music] Symphony Nova Scotia. I love classical music. I also love the fact that because I’m under 30 years old, I can afford the discounted TD Access Pass tickets, making the Symphony a favorite cultural event. Last Thursday I heard them perform Beethoven’s Seventh, and it was fantastic. (Fun fact: Beethoven’s seventh symphony was prominently featured in The King’s Speech.) CBC radio was on hand to record them for the Canada Live series. (And, another fun fact: Apparently Symphony NS is one of the most recorded symphonies in Canada for Canada Live.)

4. [product] Essence Nail Polish.  I found a new brand of nail polish in Shoppers Drug Mart this weekend that seems to be very cost-effective. I wanted new spring colours and for $1.49 each, the small bottles of Essence vibrant colours were cheap enough for me to take a chance on. So far, we’re three days in and no chipping!

5. [tv] Republic of Doyle post at Couchtime. My favourite Canadian show aired its season three finale this past Wednesday night, and Jill invited me to blog about the finale. Check out the post over on her blog – hopefully traffic will skyrocket and the CBC will find out and they’ll just HAVE to renew the show, despite the impending cutbacks. I need more Jake Doyle!

I love Allan Hawco … I mean Republic of Doyle.

So this one time in 2011, Allan Hawco tweeted at me.

So personal!

Swoon.

Allan Hawco, dreamboat

I love the show Republic of Doyle, and I’m a big fan of witnessing something that is produced in Canada get some fame and fortune. Well, I don’t know how much fortune the CBC really brings people, but one can wish.

Season 3 Trailer

If you’re unfamiliar with the show, here’s three great reasons to turn in:

  1. Russell Crowe is playing a guest star role this season. Apparently he and Great Big Sea’s Allan Doyle go way back. Who knew?
  2. Newfie accents. This reason is sufficient alone. I mean, who doesn’t love a good newfie accent? For more exciting newfie speak, check out this video, featuring another beloved newfie, Mark Critch.
  3. Allan Hawco tweeted at me is a sweetheart to everyone. Have you seen his twitter feed? Tune in and see what a sweetheart, er, suave dude his character Jake Doyle really is.