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Random Rants \ Tights for pants

I used to be part of a Facebook group called Random Rants, back when groups were a thing. Whenever something or someone pissed us off we’d post to the wall and share with the rest of the group. In some ways it was kind of nice, therapeutic even, but mostly it was just hilarious. People are funny when they’re angry. Truth. Well blog friends, I’m bringing it back! (although I’m sure it won’t make me many friends.) Sometimes you just gotta get it off your chest.

“Tights for pants” is an ongoing joke with a few friends. We all work in business casual or business professional environments and seem to be constantly surrounded by girls wearing tights for pants. It’s everywhere and somehow it’s become office appropriate.

Not only that, but I’ve come to realize that what I consider tights isn’t what other people consider to be tights. I really thought it was obvious that wearing actual tights – as in pantyhose, nylons, whatever they called them in the 60s – are inappropriate as pants, opaque or not. I am apparently wrong. When people are making fun of others for wearing tights as pants are they seriously making fun of them for nylons? I can’t even begin to comment on that…

What I’m talking about when I say tights-for-pants are leggings. Yeah, I know, I’m like a prude or something, but come on, you’re at work. I don’t care how rocking your body is or how casual your office is, put on some real pants. Maybe it’s because I was taught to always dress for the job I want and not the job I have, but I just can’t get behind tights for pants in the office. Unless you work in a fitness facility, yoga studio, or a fitness apparel store, I just don’t see how they fit into a work setting.

Sure, I wear them on the weekends with a t-shirt that doesn’t quite cover my bum, but that is me time. That is lazy time. That is not work time. If you wanna rock a crop top with a sick pair of leggings on your own time, go for it. Rock it, sister. Monday morning –  put on some real pants.

I think of leggings like sweatpants. Except with sweatpants there’s no chance someone might catch a peak of your goods when you bend over.

Now I know, we live in a frozen tundra and we’re trecking to work in giant sorels and canada goose down jackets; it’s just so easy to tuck a pair of leggings into your boots and throw on a sweater. I get it. And I’m mostly ok with this. That is, as long as this sweater covers your bum. You see, more often than not, those comfy leggings aren’t nearly as opaque and you think and when you bend over to pick up the pen you dropped, your coworkers probably don’t want to see your everything (or maybe they do…but in that case, do you really want them to?).

And what’s wrong with dressing up anyway? What is so terrible about putting on a cute dress, some tights (nylons!), and a nice pair of shoes? If you’re like me, you could even hoard all your work shoes under your desk for easy access. Slip off your sorels when you get to work, slip on some pumps. Dresses have to be the most comfortable clothing ever. Seriously. If dresses just aren’t your thing (it’s cool, pants aren’t my thing. We’re all a little weird sometimes.), what about skinny dress pants? They’re thicker, warmer, and you never have to try and awkwardly bend over. Genius.

Alright, I’ve said my piece and it wasn’t particularly funny, but man do I feel better. Let’s step things up, ladies. We can do better than cotton, see-through tights for pants.

June Burpee Challenge

I’ve talked a bit about the CrossFit-style workouts I organize every week at work in the past. It’s grown quite a bit since I first started it, which makes me so excited. I love that my work lets me run these Fitness Friday workouts every week. They’re really no longer than a smoke break and are significantly more healthy. It’s also expanded to include a Yoga practice what happens a few times a week already. I haven’t checked that out yet since it happens at the same time as Fitness Friday, but I definitely would like to in the future.

For June, I’ve also decided to put a Burpee Challenge out there. I sent this out not only to those on the Fitness Friday distribution, but also to our All Staff distribution list. Fitness Friday is still a relatively small group of us and I wanted to remind everyone that they are all welcome to join us anytime and also challenge them to a month of burpees. Anyone can do burpees! They’re tough, but easily modifiable to suit any level of fitness.

The challenge started today. Yes, I realize that it’s technically still May, but since this challenge is happening with coworkers, I thought it made more sense to start it on a workday. So May 31 it is. We’re starting at 5 burpees today. From there, we’ll be adding one burpee a day until June 30. That means on June 30 we’ll be doing 35 burpees. It’s pretty simple.

I’ve also added that you can break them up into sets. So when they numbers get higher, everyone can still get them done. Obviously, your fitness will improve more from doing them all in one go, but that can be a bit intimidating. I figure doing them at all is a step in the right direction, so I wanted to make it attainable.

Anyone reading this blog is also more than welcome to join us in this Burpee Challenge as well! I’ve already challenged N to it.

If you’re not sure what a burpee is, you can check out the video below. Emad’s burpees could use some work, especially towards the end, but mine are mostly ok.

The main rules are that your chest needs to touch the floor and you need to jump up at the end. In the video, I’m always jumping my feet forwards and back, but you don’t have to. You can step forwards and backwards and it still counts. You also don’t have to do a push up. You can get down the floor and then worm your way back up. Check You Tube for more variations. There are plenty out there.

I made a little calendar that makes it a bit easier to understand how the challenge works. Check it out if you’re interested and leave a comment if you’d like to participate!

Have a great weekend and Happy Burpee Month!


Exciting news for me in the job world! Ok, so this isn’t exactly news since I started a week and a half ago, but I forgot to share. I’ve been with geoLOGIC Systems as a Customer Solutions Specialist for the last 8 months. Basically, my job was to answer phone calls about how to use our software and troubleshoot client issues.

In January, a position for Instructional Designer came up and I applied. We’re redesigning our training courses and the manuals that go with them. Turns out I got the job! I started the first week of February and it’s been great so far. The job itself is great. I get to edit and write as well as be a bit creative since it’s a redesign. Not only that, but there are so many little things about this job that are great. I no longer have a strictly set lunch hour. I’m also no longer tied to my desk and don’t have to check who is available before using the washroom or getting water. The freedom is unreal!

It took a couple days to transition out of solutions but I’m now moved into my new desk and mostly only working on stuff for my new position.

Christmas Parties

I realize this post is long overdue, but Christmas this year was really lovely so I’ve decided to still talk about it. Until February that is. Once February hits, I will forget Christmas until at least next November. Promise.

Our holiday festivities started in November with N’s work murder-mystery-casino-night themed party. His company is pretty small so it was just 30 people plus their spouses/dates, but it was really fun. I haven’t done a Murder Mystery in years. I didn’t really know what to expect, but they did a great job with it and it forced more interaction than normal. Once the murder was solved, they set up the tables for the casino and we gambled the rest of the night away!

N’s Christmas Party

For my Christmas Party we decided to get a room at the hotel with H and Z. Last year, they’d had a really hard time finding a cab afterwards, so we decided it wasn’t worth the hassle. The theme of our party was Hollywood Glam/the Oscars.

We started the night getting ready in the hotel room. One of my favourite things about going out was always getting ready together, listening to 80s music, and having drinks. It’s still one of my favourite parts of the night, but now that we all live on our own, we tend to just meet up at the bar. It was fun to have do it again a little bit. I’m pretty sure N & Z thought it was totally awesome too.

I even busted out the fake eyelashes!

H & I having a few pre-party drinks

Love this sparkly dress!

 Another couple joined us for a drink before we all headed down to the party together and the shenanigans began. It was the most ridiculous Christmas Party I’ve ever been to (not that I’ve been to many), but also the most fun. N and Z ended the night on the dance floor, their ties on their heads. It was hilarious.

We had a professional photographer, so I didn’t have to worry about taking pictures. (Although, I did capture a few ridiculous moments after the photographer had left. Precious.) We started off the night looking pretty classy. It’s so fun to see everyone dressed up!

Work BFF

This lovely lady is pretty awesome too!

We’d decided on food stations so there was a nice assortment of things and a less formal dining time. A lot of people weren’t sure about it, but I think it worked really well for mingling. We still had traditional tables for those who wanted them, but I was content to stand at a table and chat while I ate. I somehow managed to miss the mashed potato bar though and I’m still disappointed about that one! (Especially considering I never eat potatos anymore!)

Enjoying dinner and drinks

Gorgeous Ladies!

N & I trying to look classy

Since we had a photographer, there were lots of photos like the following. I actually kind of like it though since you can actually see my whole dress!

Things got pretty ridiculous after dinner and there are some hilarious photos. These are just a couple of my favourites.

We’re all having way too much fun!

I want to buy whatever Z is selling.

And these boys. Oh there are no words for these two…

Challenge Accepted

I am a competitive person. Seriously competitive.

Back in July, I was doing a Burpee challenge with my CrossFit box: 50 burpees a day, every day. It was brutal, but by the end of the month I was so good at burpees. I wish I could have gone back to being that good at burpees this morning.

One of my coworkers and I did our 50 burpees at the office pretty often and one of our other coworkers, Emad, said that he could do 200 burpees. We obviously did not believe him. Who does 200 burpees? (Not me. Challenge not accepted.)

So yesterday, Emad decided he was going to talk about burpees again…and somehow challenged me to 50 burpees. I’m not one to say no to stuff like this. I mean, it’s not like I love burpees or something. I just hate losing. So, challenge accepted.

I walked in this morning, threw off my jacket, sweater, sorels, and hat, and said, “Let’s do this. 50 burpees.”

This is how it went down: Emad vs Alanna

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