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So I went wedding dress shopping with my cousin today. While I’m sure that the designers really put a lot of thought into their designs, after a while, the dresses start to look the same, especially after you’ve picked out the dress style. [I bet a lot of guys out there don’t expect to here this out of a woman] Little details begin to blend together and photos start to look the same.

Yeah, they let me take pictures, which was really cool and unexpected. Some places are afraid you’ll try to steal their designs.

After about an hour and a half and 10 dresses later, she narrowed it down to one style and two dresses. The thing is, one costs $400 and the other costs $700. Since they have the same basic dress shape, they both look about the same on her (in my humble opinion). So um, what’s the problem? Go for the cheaper one!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Here is the 4th installment of “What we can all learn from watching the Amazing Race.”

1) Long distance buses seldom arrive on-time. Ask to see about their on-time percentage.
2) Two people blocking a hockey goal doesn’t seem too hard. Just park yourselves next to each other in the middle and block those pucks
3) Taxis are almost always better than walking when you’re in a hurry.
4) When you are competing in an eating contest, make sure you let the big eater go instead.

And last but not least:

5) Try to find travel agents to book the best flights for you.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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You too can be a rock-paper-scissors champion if you live around Toronto.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Three words: Full Teeth X-rays. Three more words: Doh! Ack! Blech!

I went to the dentist today for my usual cleaning and the dental assistant looked at my chart and informed me that I hadn’t had full teeth x-rays in about 10 years. I was crossing my fingers and hoping that I wouldn’t have to have my teeth xrayed.

While I’m all for good healthy teeth and gums, I just absolutely dread this part of my check-ups. You’d think that with all the technology that we have these days that they would’ve improved the way they take dental x-rays.

I suppose some offices have those fancy machines which rotate around your head, but for a small office like the one I go to, they use those little plastic-y grey and white pieces of film with this huge x-ray “gun” that’s attached to the ceiling. I survived though, perhaps for another ten years. And hooray, no cavities.

Scarf Girl, smiling with pearly whites.

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I consider myself a decent multi-tasker, but today, I realized that I’m just a pup when it comes to multi-tasking. On the train home today, I saw a lady who was knitting AND reading on the shaky train. Now THAT’S what I call mad skillz.

It’s hard enough to read while on a train. It’s also hard enough as it is to knit. Put that all together, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. You can poke yourself with the needles and simply get dizzy from reading on the train. Heh. Kudos to the knit-read-commuter-lady.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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I was chatting with one of my friends recently, and he brought up the topic of your significant other’s friends. I always believed that when you’re in someone’s life, you’re not only involved in their life, but also in the lives of their friends. That is unless you’re this great black hole that sucks up all their time, in which case, their friends will resent you.

At any rate, in a relationship, I always look to my SO’s friends to see what they’re like. I try to see if he hangs out with fun people or boring types; with brains or with brawn; ambitious or slackers.

In relationships, often you share friends. You hang out with your friends and you hang out with their friends. Hopefully you have something in common with your SO’s friends and vice versa. I’m not saying that you have to be best friends, but at the very least, they should be able to withstand being in your precense. There’s nothing worse than when your close friends, the ones who have stuck by you over the years, can’t stand your SO.

So what do you do if you’re in this sticky situation? Do you dump your friends? Do you dump your SO? I’d say to re-evaluate your priorities. If your SO is your absolute number one priority and that you are willing to drop your current friends for some new ones who like your SO, then that is what works. On the other hand, if your circle of friends are really important to you and you want to have the best of both worlds, then I would take a step back and see why they don’t like your SO.

If just one of your friends doesn’t like your SO, I may not be so concerned. However, if they all don’t like your SO, then I would try to get to the root of the problem. Maybe they can see something that you can’t see. Afterall, when you are involved emotionally, it’s often hard to see someone truly, especially flaws.

The moral of the story? Take a step back and view it as objectively as you can. Perhaps you can put yourself in your friends’ shoes.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Okay. Here is the 3rd installment of “What we can all learn from watching the Amazing Race.”

1) Dumb luck often prevails.
2) When driving on muddy terrain, don’t stop your car or else you may get stuck and have to get towed out.
3) There’s no such thing as an alliance when you’re in a competition.
4) If you’re driving somewhere and you don’t want to get lost, hiring a taxi to drive in front of you is pretty handy.

And last but not least:
5) If you must get on a flight somewhere and fast, don’t get greedy. Go with the sure thing. Otherwise, you’re taking a big risk and may lose out in the end. 

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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So after a little bit of creative flight planning, I’ve managed to get my upcoming Portugal airfare for much cheaper than my initial searching on Expedia & Orbitz. I originally found a fare for $850-ish, which isn’t so bad considering how far I’ll be flying.
 
However, after many more hours scouring the web, and freaking out because the $850 eventually turned into $900, I settled on a flight option that costs $698 total. Woohoo! I managed to also book myself a 1-day stopover in Paris. Sure I won’t see much, but it’s just kinda cool to hit 2 countries on my first visit to Europe. Can’t wait!
 
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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So I was flipping through my Tivo to record some episodes of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and I noticed that they have a UK edition! My favorite parts of the show are really the makeovers that they do on the apartments and houses. Perhaps I secretly desire to be an interior designer.
 
Hooray, the second run of my scavenger hunt played out very well. All the teams did great althouh there were still a few clarifications that need to be made for the next one. Things can always be subject to interpretation. It’s kind of like filling out forms. Somebody always fills it out differently than the way you meant it to be.
 
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Okay, so I’ve watched another episode of the Amazing Race earlier in the evening, and here is the 2nd installment of “What we can all learn from watching the Amazing Race.”

1) Many lesser developed countries will accept US Dollars. There’s no need to wait in line to exchange money.
2) Walking 8 dogs at the same time for 1 mile is very difficult. It’s not impossible if you have a clear idea of where you need to go.
3) Ask more than one person for directions. Otherwise, you may get sent to the wrong place and lose valuable time!
4) Exploit your assets, especially if it means people will go to great lengths to help you. It could mean the difference between getting onto a ferry boat.

And last but not least:
5) Express bus is the only way to go. Usually it costs a few more bucks but it saves you tons of time.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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