My First Instacart Experience

I just want to start off by saying: this isĀ not a sponsored post. None of my posts are.

Okay, now that’s out of the way. When I first heard about Instacart’s recent arrival in the Buffalo area, I was intrigued, but didn’t necessarily think it was a service I’d ever use.

This week, I decided to give it a try. My husband and I both have a busy week, filled with our day jobs, plus a ton of ‘extracurricular’ stuff (side job stuff, basically). The evenings I’m free, I look forward to going home and being able to relax. I don’t terribly mind grocery shopping, but after working an eight-hour day, the last thing I want to do is go spend an hour strolling the aisles of Tops or Wegmans, then another 15ish minutes carting the stuff home and upstairs. And then you’ve still got to put everything away!

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11-Day Power Play Makes a Difference

In the course of a National Hockey League, a player will typically skate for anywhere from five to 25 minutes, with the occasional exception. Those minutes will be spread out over the 60-minute-long game, broken up into periods with a pair of 17-minute intermissions between.

Those players are professionals; they get paid to play, and train year-long to keep their bodies in top shape. When the final buzzer sounds after 60 minutes, they enjoy a meal, then go home to spend time with their families, rest, and relax.

The 11-Day Power Play was a hockey game… but it was nothing like that. This world-record breaking feat saw a group of 40 guys train for months to spend 11 straight days at the rink. Their shifts were roughly four and a half hours long, with only brief, strict 10-minute breaks for the Zamboni to resurface the ice or shovels to clean the ice every hour.

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No Hate, No Mandate Rally – Buffalo, NY January 21, 2017

16142575_10208835590951144_3929003454227523844_nAlright, so I’m a few days late with this post, but I still wanted to get some of my thoughts down for safekeeping before *too* long! This past Saturday, I attended my first real political event (aside from voting): the “No Hate, No Mandate” March and Rally right here in Buffalo, NY.

It was a very last-minute decision of mine to attend. I learned about the events through Facebook (thanks for the heads-up, social media!) and decided on probably Friday, in the midst of the inauguration, that I wanted to attend. My frustrations regarding the political climate of our country have boiled over, and I decided to put some action behind my words.

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Wedding Review: Buffalo, NY

Hello, hello, hello!

As you may have noticed – or maybe not – I got married! As a result, my name has changed & so has the URL to this blog. Thanks to the nifty WordPress, you can still visit melissakania.wordpress.com, but it’ll redirect you to my new domain: burgessmelissa.com!

Before I talk about all the wonderful experiences I had on my honeymoon trip to New England, I wanted to write up a quick post referencing some of the local (Buffalo, NY) businesses I worked with for my wedding and my after-thoughts.

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My First Rowing Class (Also, My FitBit Is Great)


IMG_4761In my continuing effort to try new things, especially in the exercise world, I went ahead and booked my first-ever rowing class at BikeOrBar this past weekend.

Did I mention it was at 9 am? On a Saturday morning?

To be fair, I’m pretty much the kind of person who can never sleep in, regardless of it being a day off from work, so naturally, I was awake before 8 am anyways. But I can’t really say I’ve ever done such a workout so early in the morning. (And yes, I know there are people out there who do spin or rowing or other exercise classes at 6 am. I can’t.)

But alas here I was, 8 am and chowing down on a bowl of Special K cereal to fuel my upcoming workout, then headed out to BikeOrBar. It was my first non-spin class there, and it honestly was a little different from what I was expecting – but not in a bad way.

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