Boot Camp - 4 Down, 4 To Go

Halfway through boot camp and it's still kicking my ass. This instructor is so much tougher than the one I had last Fall. And she uses more equipment, like medicine balls. And she makes us do waaaay more Plank. I can't wait for each session to end but I'm always proud of myself when I make it through.

Still, there are a lot of reasons to love Spring boot camp. The days are longer now than they were last Fall so I have a beautiful view of the sunset as I do my ab work. There are no mosquitoes and the lilacs are in full bloom so the park has never smelled better.

So now I just have to power through the last four sessions, and figure out some way to keep the fitness up over the long weekend at the cottage. Sadly, doesn't look like we'll be having biking or swimming weather at the beach.

It's Official, I Need A Bigger Place

Mom, Kelly and I got up bright and early this morning for the Flamboro Antique Show at the Brampton Fairgrounds. This show used to be held at the Aberfoyle Antique Market but in recent years has alternated between Milton and Brampton in an effort to attract more Toronto shoppers. Big mistake. A lot of the original dealers have dropped out and the show has gone way downhill. But it wasn't all bad, I picked up this gorgeous West German vase for only $20. What a score!

Vintage W. German Vase

Because Brampton didn't sufficiently satisfy our antique habit, we headed to St. Jacobs afterward where I saw an almost identical vase for $50. I also picked up a large West German planter and a barely played Dr. Hook album.

Did you know that Shel Silverstein, who wrote most of Dr. Hook's songs, also wrote Johnny Cash's A Boy Named Sue? I just found out today when I was looking up Dr. Hook online. Silverstein's book, Where The Sidewalk Ends, was a HUGE part of my childhood.

But back to the pottery... it is now imperative that I move to a bigger place because, with the addition of this new vase, my collection has now outgrown the one and only shelf available to house it.

Vintage Pottery
Three of these pieces are actually Poole.
Can you tell which ones?


Collecting and tiny downtown condos do not mix!

I Love Boot Camp. I Hate F'n Boot Camp!

Boot camp - Round 2. Not the ideal first session today. My last meeting ran late so I didn't have time for dinner and then it rained the whole time. But at least there weren't any mosquitoes.

Have to admit, today's session was humbling. I was expecting to kick ass, on account of all the skating I've been doing, but not so. The cardio wasn't bad but my muscle strength is lacking. Ten minutes in I was checking my watch wondering when the punishment would be over. I was pleased with my initial measurements, though. I'm right where I left off last Fall. Maybe even a little better. Not bad after a semi-lazy Winter.

I only signed up for four weeks this time around so I don't want to miss a single one. Plus I'm going to do a third workout each week. Not the boot camp DVD, mind you. Probably more skating or biking.

First Antique Show Of The Season

The season has officially begun! On Saturday, I hit up the Aberfoyle Spring Special and scored a vintage West German pottery planter and a couple records, Tattoo You by the Rolling Stones and 5150 by Van Halen.

Old Stuff

West German pottery is becoming scarce so I was pleased to pick this piece up for $10. The dealer told me a collector's guide was just published (or about to be published, I'm not sure) so he thinks it's going to gain popularity and prices will jump. Good thing I started collecting it eight years ago. What can I say? I'm a trend setter.

Next weekend is the first of the Flamboro shows and just a couple weeks after that is Christie, with the May 2-4 - prime garage sale weekend - in between. I may need to move to a bigger place.

Almost All Sprouts Are Sprouted

After a little research on the good ol' interweb, I discovered that my earlier sprouts are basil which means these new ones are parsley.

Parsley

And these teeny tiny sprouts are mint. They're actually a few days older than the parsley but are so small that I could barely even see them at first.

Mint

Now all that's left to sprout are the french marigolds but I'm starting to have my doubts. Maybe I did something wrong when I collected the seeds last Fall. Or perhaps I didn't store them properly. Fingers crossed.

More Things Are Starting To Happen

My chives have sprouted! They only started poking through the dirt a couple days ago but are already outpacing the rest of my little herb sprouts.

Chives

Spring Into Shape

Turns out my sporadic workouts and half-assed attempt at the Couch to 5K program over the past few months allowed me to retain some small remnant of the fitness I had built up last Fall. I went for a skate along the lakeshore today and felt uncharacteristically strong for April. I calculated that my typical skate is about 13km and I do it in about 45-50 minutes, depending on the wind. That's roughly 16km/hour. Not bad considering my typical bike ride is one hour at an average of 20km/hour. However, it's the people more so than the terrain that slow me down on my bike. 20km/hour is about as fast as you can responsibly ride on the Martin Goodman Trail.

All this bodes well for bikini time. My goal is to lose 3-5lbs (I don't own a scale so I just go by how my jeans fit) and continue to tone up and I've signed up for another boot camp for four weeks in May to help me do exactly that. Don't get me wrong though, I love my body - always have, always will - I just want to show it off to it's best potential this Summer because I'm proud of how well I've been taking care of myself lately.

This also bodes well the Ride for Heart on June 6. It'll be my fourth year in a row riding the 50km loop and I know this will be the fittest I have ever been going into the event.

Things Are Starting To Happen

Last weekend, I started seeds for my balcony garden and a new windowsill herb garden and things are already starting to happen.

Herb Garden

These teeny sprouts growing on my windowsill are either basil or parsley. I planted both in the same planter and it's too early to tell them apart.

African Marigold Sprouts

And these little ones are a variety of african marigold called Crackerjack that will grow extra large yellow and orange blooms. I also planted french marigolds from seeds I collected last Fall but they haven't sprouted yet. I hope they do because I've never collected seeds before and really didn't know what I was doing. These are growing on the kitchen counter for now but will move to the balcony in about four weeks.

Question

Is 36 too old to wear a bikini?

When I was 10 and my mom was 36, I would feel sooooo embarrassed when her friends wore bikinis at the beach. But now I'm the same age that she was then and I'm like, "Fuck it, I'm gonna let it all hang out!"

Hmm, guess I just answered my own question.

Cacti and Succulents

My green thumb was itching today. Seeing as how it's a still too early to start on the balcony, I did a little indoor gardening instead. Here's a picture of my collection of cacti (well, cactus, there's only one) and succulents in a portion of my collection of vintage pottery. Did I mention I'm a collector?

Cactus and succulents

You know, I've never blogged about my plants before. That's about to change. This afternoon I also planted an indoor herb garden and started marigold seeds for the balcony garden. More to come on those.