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Subject:30 day challenge - day 3
Time:08:58 pm
So Maria signed up for this 30-day challenge at yoga.  The idea is that every day for a month you go to a(n insanely intense) yoga class.  Now, the studio isn't located anywhere that's convenient for me to get to after work, so I'm not able to join in the challenge, but I decided instead to meet the challenge in my own way by exercising every day for the month of November.

Summer was active but also loaded with beer and junk food,  September was ok as I biked to work and biked a lot on vacation, but October was terribly sedentary.  Aside from the breast cancer run at the beginning of the month (5km in 36 minutes) I did nothing.

And thus, the challenge in the thirty day challenge - get my flabby self moving every day for thirty days.  Sunday was an intense yoga class, made painful by the harsh candy hangover my body was experiencing.  Yesterday was a 30 minute run through parc Maisonneuve (plus this insane 13 km walk I did by accident).  Today, 20 minutes of swimming.  Tomorrow I'm going to brave a night time run.

This challenge will be made further challenging next weekend when I meet up with Joanna in New York.  The queen of fitness and personal torture has already scouted yoga studios and recruited her brother-in-law for boot-camp like runs through central park.  If I don't die, it will be a fun weekend!

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Time:2008-11-04 07:26 am (UTC)
"The queen of fitness and personal torture has already scouted yoga studios and recruited her brother-in-law for boot-camp like runs through central park."

I need a friend like that in Ottawa. I hit a limit with how far I can push myself withone someone chasing me down
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nora
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Time:2008-11-04 01:40 pm (UTC)
Jo's great for that.. our friendship solidified when we signed up for the same tortuous spin&trim class in 4th year. Unfortunately she's moved to Calgary now so I need to find my motivation elsewhere.
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Subject:Really random question
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Time:2008-12-07 02:23 am (UTC)
Hello,
My name is Justin I am moving to Montreal in a couple weeks. I was vaguely searching "lionel-groulx apartments" as well as the plateau and came by your LJ post asking about moving...like I said ...this is random...I am assuming you found a place...Are you on the plateau? How do you like it versus Lionel-Groulx? I do architecture and photography on the side...I'm guessing these are both cool neighborhoods...but I'd be interested in getting someone elses insight..
Anyway...thanks if you can help...
jmb_db [at] yahoo dot com
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nora
Subject:Re: Really random question
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Time:2008-12-07 02:33 am (UTC)
Hi Random Justin.
Yah I moved over the summer and bought a place in the east end. I've lived all over Montreal. Lionel Groulx was cool because it was close to the canal and the market. while the plateau is cool because it's really the heart of night life and culture.

Where are you moving from? What'S the most important thing in a neighbourhood for you? I guess you're lucky, you messaged me on a Saturday when I'm watching movies and kind of bored *lol* so I'm all for helping random strangers on the internet.
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Subject:Re: Really random question
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Time:2008-12-07 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm moving from Boston. I don't even have work lined up yet...and...not the best french speaking person you'd meet...which is why I was thinking west of the city...plus I love Atwater Market. Have close friends right on the canal in Pointe St Charles...gritty...but I imagine it's cheep. But...when I think about where I'd LIKE to live...I think somewhere that I can park my car easily/safely enough...have shops and a decent local bar nearby. I'm expecting it's going to be a little while before I can get settled into the city...so I didn't want to move to an area that might be, for lack of better words...discouraging...to the whole moving to Montreal thing...
Congrats on buying a home...Old/New place? How much % do they typically require down in Canada?
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Subject:Re: Really random question
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Time:2008-12-07 04:27 am (UTC)
If you want parking, then Ct Charles might be ab etter bet for you, just because you've got a lot more houses and a lot fewer bars. I can't think of any good local bars in the area, but lots of restaurants - from the standard greasy spoon that hasn't changed since the 50s to fare influenced by the immigrant populations. Fun times.

You know where is AWESOME to live, but I've never had the oppotunity? Jean Talon market. It's a traditionally Italian area but it's a mish-mash of different cultures. The market itself is 100 000 times better than Atwater and there's a life that's not limited to the university crowd. On the metro, good busses, not too far from the plateau and the MARKET... oh man... this place is heaven.

I've never been to Boston, but one of my school friends has just moved there. I'm hoping to make a road trip in the spring or something. As for the house thing, I bought a "condo" (a word I still cringe at) They recently changed the laws to require 5% down, but up untill this fall 0% was still an option... granted only crazy people went that route but it was an option.

So what made you choose to come to MTL?
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Subject:Re: Really random question
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Time:2008-12-07 04:45 am (UTC)
I think I went to one of these greasy spoons..."The Green... something or other"...can't remember. Bad smoked meat.

Why Montreal??? I love Montreal. My father's family is from Quebec...Gaspe to be more exact...but have some family in Montreal. I also have an old collegue that lives there...who hopefully will be able to help me get a job. I'm getting a sense the recruiters don't look to long at pure anglophone CV's.

A few summers ago I was up visiting my aunt and I brought my bike with me. I travelled up and down Rue Rachel from her house in St. Leonard to my friends in Pt St Charles...I loved that part of the city..Rue Rachel on the Plateau.

Anyway...I do architecture...when I'm not laid off from doing architecture...which is currently where I am at the moment...and I just thought that if I had to ride out a crappy economy I'd rather do it in a city that I actually like...Boston is ok...but after 12 years I'm ready to move on. And with the possibility of going back to school for something different...Montreal just seemed like a cool place to be.
You speak french I'm sure. Do you see any english only speakers in the workforce up there...argh...

Jean Talon market is fun...I agree. How accessible is it?
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nora
Subject:Re: Really random question
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Time:2009-01-13 11:45 pm (UTC)
hmmm.. I forgot about this thread... did you decide on a palce to live?
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Subject:Re: Really random question
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Time:2009-01-19 04:40 pm (UTC)
Been in town for a little over two weeks. I am waiting to hear back from a landlord on my application - Two Bedroom in Petite Bourgogne for only 830/month heat included. I would be very excited to hear that I got it!
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