Monday, January 2, 2012

#2 Lie on a bed of Nails

The second item on my list of 30 things to do before I'm 30 was to lie on a bed of nails.
A lot of people said "huh?" when I told them that particular goal and I'll admit, it does seem a little odd until I explain.
You see, I happen to work at a science centre where this is a science demonstration that they do for the public on a regular basis.

And since my job is awesome, this is the type of thing that takes place on a Friday afternoon before a long weekend.
The conversation went a little something like this
"hey guys, wanna help me out with something if it's not too busy this afternoon?"
"Sure, what's up?"
"I want to lie on the bed of nails so I can scratch it off of my list"
"Awesome, we'll totally help you!"
(Ok, I may have paraphrased that a little bit... because I'm pretty sure that I'm the only one at work who uses the words 'awesome' & 'totally'... in the same sentence at least.. haha)

Anyway, the interpreters (who actually do this as part of their job - jealous? Me too! They also get to make fire balls... who knew science was fun!) hooked me up and showed me how to lie on the bed without slitting my wrists - that turned out to be a helpful tip! haha

Here's the proof!

Dun dun dunnn!

It looks a little intense doesn't it... good thing I was working with professionals ;)

My friends & colleagues, Geoff & Brianna touching the nails to prove that they're real - trust me, they're real!

Close up!

Geoff demonstrating how to get onto the bed of nails... that was the most stressful part!


I'm super proud of myself.. lol
Also, please note the tshirt (not my normal work wear, I promise, I was wearing a sweater over it but I took it off so it wouldn't look like I was cheating) it says
 "WARNING If zombies chase us, I'm pushing you" it's funny... cause it's true!

So... I get to check #2 off of my list SWEET!
Annnd... I'm pretty sure that this makes me a superhero... those 'science people' tried to explain it by talking about pressure and weight distribution... but I like my explanation MUCH better.
The science demo they do is really neat though, there's this whole thing where they break a cinder block over someones chest with a sledgehammer... on the bed of nails! (I opted out of that - I'll leave that to the professionals)

I bet the question you're all dying to ask is, "did it hurt?" and the answer is.... drum roll please...
not really.
LOL (talk about anticlimactic eh?)

It didn't actually hurt, but I was very aware of the nails, especially in my back. My bottom half was fine cause I had jeans on and there's a little more... cushioning... shall we say...
my back is a little bit bonier - (there's that whole spine thing for starters) so when I laughed - and I was laughing a lot, it made me more aware of the nails. But I wouldn't say it actually hurt.

Here's a neat picture of the back of my tshirt, it had the indents from the nails in it.
Yep, this means that I'm pretty much Super (Wo)Man ... I've long suspected it but now I have proof of my invulnerability.

So there ya have it, #2 checked off - BAM!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Well hello 2012!
It's nice to meet you!

 I decided to end 2011 by counting down my top 10 highlights of the year... then I made some goals for 2012, I'll share mine if you share yours! ;)
Here are my 10 best moments from this year.

10. Discovering my deep love for Toms shoes 

 9. Cancelling our cable (I feel so much more productive and ... smart! Haha. We still have a few channels though)

8. Discovering banana ice cream
 - for instructions on how to make this delicious dessert check out my post in June 2011.

7. Spending a week in Cuba with my love and some friends

6. My family reunion, seeing some of my long lost cousins was wonderful

5. My contract position being extended to a full time position – happy day! We (Ruth, my supervisor and I) held hands on the sidewalk and jumped up and down. Haha
Like this... but without the ties... and longer hair, because we're women... but similar to this... except that we were holding both hands and jumping... hahaha
(If only I had a personal photographer to follow me around and capture these moments!)

4. Tommy & Shauna’s wedding

3. Doing yoga for the first time – I seriously feel like it was life changing... it felt like coming home.
Yep.... this is totally NOT me... this person is 'representing' the type of yoga that I've started practicing - she just looks better doing it! haha

2. Jenni & Chris’s wedding

1. Sarah & Ryan’s wedding

Bonus # 11 - being introduced to Pinterest - I'm seriously in love!! lol

I'm not really one for resolutions, because I feel like they are usually focused on what you don't want - for example, stop biting your nails, giving up junk food, stop waisting time, etc.
So I like to set goals and since I already have all kinds of goals set for this year (until Sept 28th anyway) I thought I'd try to keep them to a minimum.

Here are my 2012 goals:

1. Husband and I are going to do a cleanse for the month of January - his idea! I'm all for it.
We're following this one, check it out!

2. Another joint goal, we've decided to run the 5k in the Blue Nose Marathon.
Now we just have to start running.. haha

3. I'm going to make an effort to post here more often.

There you have it, my highlights of 2011 and goals for 2012. I hope you all take a moment to look back on 2011 and savour the successes then plan for more in the coming year.