my agenda is this…

Almost but not quite 2017. I often forget what year it is because I work on projects that are in production a year ahead of the actual year and I get confused when the new year finally arrives – I’ve been living in 2017 for months.

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I was recently at Chapter’s and was so happy to see their daily planner display – like a kid in a candy shop, it was just too much excitement. ban.do had this one, for half the price (SALE!), and I could not resist. img_6181Fun, right? In fact, their actual motto is we are serious about fun and I feel like my new planner is going to live up to it!

Here are some more pics from their website. Let me know how you plan to plan out 2017! 825466938489_hi

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psst. I am a 12-month’r and do not understand the reasoning for a 17-month planner. Since I am still happily using my current 2016 planner, I will start this one in January and rip out the 5 previous months (I can’t handle seeing all of those blank pages). Anyone else do this?

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golden girls

Saturday was the Rum Runners Relay – which is my favourite sporting event of the year.

Robyn put together a great team of 10 strong and speedy girls and in the end… after 10 legs… from Halifax to Lunenburg… the Fundy Dippers won top ALL FEMALE TEAM!img_6464

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But lets rewinds…

> The Fundy Dippers (not Diapers) came about almost a year ago after the 2015 Rum Runners Relay – we had a great mixed team but it was decided to try for an all-female team and see where we’d place.IMG_3577> Team-wear: After a strong showing on the roadways of the Cabot Trail, we decided to go with a long sleeve tee.RumRunners Tee_5 reference.eps> If you can’t run with music, make a team playlist. We blast each runner’s song from the support cars during their leg.screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-11-26-am> And what’s a race without signage! Any excuse for cutting, pasting and glitter glue.photo-2016-09-12-9-24-29-pm* * *

We had great day with great performances, tenfold. Here are a few random pics from the day!

> Robyn tackled leg 1, which started at 6:30 am. img_6447 img_6446 img_6449> Cheering / dancing for Erica on leg 2 – who’s a super mama – nursing a 3 month old 5 minutes before her start! 14485025_10101852197204477_8590867637579038469_n 14449761_10101852197174537_4164652168537448840_n img_6452 img_645014469492_10101852164365287_5933439043454846240_n> I missed most of Steph’s leg 3 because I was prepping for leg 4 (i.e. standing in line at a porta potty) but she did awesome! (sorry)

> Not going to lie, I was a little intimidated by the runners at my start14424924_10154513079138582_7918706439114028639_o> My leg ended at Queensland Beach… yes, I went in knee deepimg_6455> Andrea (“I’m not a runner” but finished with a 4:45 average pace) killed leg 514449064_10101852162793437_3170715317584808517_n> Oh holy hill at the start of leg 6. Elissa had no problemimg_6456 img_6457> Kristin finished the very hilly leg 7img_6461> Amy breezed though leg 814481914_10154513104838582_4205791758828086084_o> Amélie crushed leg 9 (injured) 14380071_10154513110358582_1666279205527321213_o> And Sabrina brought us home, smiling!14445021_10154513115803582_3704117670599872582_o

After leg 10, we drove back to Halifax for a celebratory dinner – proud of our accompaniments regardless of our standing because we didn’t know who the other all-female teams were and how they did.

Then the next day, there was this:img_6482And now we’re all like this:giphy

Cheers! img_6483

So that’s that. My goal was five race this summer and they are all done (Bluenose Half Marathon, Cabot Trail Relay, Natal Day 6 Miler, Not Since Moses 10km and the Rum Runners Relay) – now it’s fall – and the only good thing about fall is fall running when the temperatures are perfect. Lets hope for 6 more weeks of wonderful marathon training weather!

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oh oscar

The Academy Awards are ten days away! Ten! Before we pop the popcorn and the bubbly, I thought it’d be fun to check in. How is everyone doing?

A conversation with my sister – one of the only other people I know who watches more nominated movies than me:IMG_4872

Good point. Why do the Oscars not have BEST KISS… y’all remember this golden moment from the 2005 MTV Movie Awards right?

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But back to the Oscars, first, lets rewind…

Here is my previous status report from January 18 (one month ago):

58 Movies nominated (I’ve seen 13.5 – halfway through What Happened To Miss Simone?)

Movies I have already seen: Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Cinderella, Creed, Inside Out, Room, Sanjan’s Super Team, Spotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Steve Jobs, Straight Outta Compton, The Martian

8 Best Pictures (I’ve seen 5) : Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Martian, The Revenant

My favourite so far for Best Picture: Brooklyn!

My fingers and toes are crossed for: Sylvester Stallone!

Biggest surprise: Creed. I loved it. LOVED it. I have never seen a Rocky movie before but it did not matter. Michael B. Jordan, enough said.

My goal is to see all of the Best Pictures + Best Actors/Actress + Best Supporting Actors/Actress. Meaning, I still need to watch: 45 Years, The Big Short, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Joy, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Trumbo

The movie I really want to see: Mustang (Foreign Language Film). I read this and am intrigued.

The movie I don’t want to watch but will watch: Mad Max: Fury Road

Number of movies I watched since the nominations were announced on Thursday: 6.5

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And here is my status report from today, February 18:

58 Movies nominated (I’ve seen 30)

8 Best Pictures (I’ve seen 8) : Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Martian, The Revenant

My favourite so far for Best Picture: Brooklyn!
My prediction for Best Picture: Spotlight or The Revenant or The Big Short… I don’t know!!!!

My fingers and toes are still crossed for Sylvester Stallone but he better thank Michael B Jordan this time.
My prediction is Stallone will win however, Tom Hardy was very good. (Bad but good, you know)
Leo will win (like there is any doubt) and yes, I think he deserves it.
My prediction is Brie Larson, which I am very okay with but I may ugly-cry if Saoirse Ronan wins.
And my prediction for best supporting actress is a toss-up between Kate Winslet and Alicia Vikander. I would like to see Alicia get it.

Biggest surprise: Ex Machina – I had no desire to watch it but it was actually really good.
Most embarrassing movie I endured: Fifty Shades of Grey

I saw all of the Best Pictures + Best Actors/Actress + Best Supporting Actors/Actress.

I saw every movie that got more than one nomination.

The movie I really want to see (still): Mustang (Foreign Language Film)

Movies I will try and squeeze in: Shaun The Sheep Movie, Boy and the World, Mustang

Number of movies I watched since the nominations were announced on Thursday, January 14: 23Oscar Noms 2016 copy

Let me know your favourites and predictions. Enjoy the show.

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sweet sixteen

Did you make any resolutions? I’ve been hearing a lot of “I stopped making resolutions because it just leads to disappointment and failure” … isn’t that the point? To improve. Be mindful. I think resolutions are good for you. Yes I signed up for a gym membership and yes I will be very disappointed in myself if I don’t go but I’d rather set big expectations and goals than predict failure from day one. So call them resolutions or intentions … or better yet, things I plan to work on this year – from little to big goals – from daily tasks to year-long adventures … here are mine:

Another Year, Another List : two thousand and sixteen new year intentions

  1. Try something new and out of my comfort zone. Last year it was kickboxing. I really want to try rock climing or sailing.
  2. Start family chat (text) lines. With nieces and nephews in England and New York, it’s easy to loose track of what everyone is up to. What’s Joel’s favourite subject? What team does Evan play for? Does Celeste still like Chocolate? Is Margaret excited for big-kids school? What’s Sam’s favourite Paw Patrol dog? I want to become the aunt who knows where they are, who they’re with and what they’re doing. I may not be in my family’s faces physically but virtually I am right here.
  3. Write it down. I’m pretty good at this but not great. I need to rely on my day planner more and when I want to reach goals – make note of them so I don’t forget. Also, create a digital communication calendar for Mike and I… we tend to have no clue what we’re up to.
  4. Host a social gathering once a month. Last year we had a few great Friday Night Pizza Nights and a Taco Party and then we ended 2015 with a brunch. I love having people over. I am going to try and host 12 parties this year.
  5. Salad over fries and drink more water (this is Mike’s resolution which I am joining in on) but I’ll add to this with no potato chips and no pop which is not too hard for me. I only eat chips if they’re in front of me and I dislike pop.
  6. Learn and love to use my real camera more. Invest in equipment that will make me feel more like a pro.
  7. Buy an alarm clock and stop playing on my phone before I fall asleep or as soon as I wake up.
  8. Network. I am truly the worst self-employed person ever.
  9. The basement. Deal with it. Clean it out. Finish it. Spoiler: Mike is building a laundry room to hopefully help with this problem space.
  10. Visit a new place. TRAVEL!
  11. Ask David. Ask Mike. I am a good planner. So good that I tend to plan things because no one else does, then just tell them and get annoyed that I am always the one making plans. Mike says this is why he never makes plans. I am going to start making them make plans.
  12. Send more mail. Thank you notes, postcards, letters and a few packages tied up with string… filled with my favourite things.
  13. Donate 16 bags of stuff (i.e. purge). Organize spaces and places. I was staying at a friend’s and she has a container specifically for bandaids. It was so smart. We have one closet in our house and it’s a mess. I need to be better at this.
  14. Go to the movies. I love going to the movies but don’t go enough.
  15. Swim. Wallpaper. What’s a Meghan list without adding these two consistent fails?
  16. Pick-up from 2015: Have a plan… make plans. Stay on top of things, stay on top of seeing friends. Go places. Always have a training plan. If they don’t call you. Call them. If they don’t make plans, make them yourself!

Your turn, please let me know what your goals for the year are.

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As for last year, how did I do? Well I know one thing I did not do was ‘eliminate and add something each month’, which is why #3 on this year’s list is write it down. 

Here is a look back at my 10-UP Resolution List for 2015 :

  1. Exercise: Train for another half or full marathon?? Try new classes?? It was a great year of trying to stay healthy and happy – some great team events (Cabot Trail, Rum Runners) another Bluenose half and the Chicago Marathon. I think I’ll aim for a few more races in 2016 but besides running, I am loving all of the nights at Cyclone with the girls!
  2. Join a group: Right now I am thinking of joining Centre for Women in BusinessAnyone want to join with me? I did not join a group but I joined a second committee (Bare All For The Barre). Maybe 2016 will be the year I join a group. 
  3. Cook more / experiment more. We are in a food rut so I got this book for Mike. I am also going to get back into writing out a meal planning calendar. It works for us when we actually stick to it. I’d say yesish to this one. I am trying new things in the kitchen (like cinnamon rolls) but we still don’t write things down or experiment enough. I can say however some of my new favourite recipes were discovered last year! 
  4. Pizza nights will start! Details to come. We did do this and had a great time. I totally recommend hosting parties with a loose-ended theme.
  5. Keep up with the blogging. Or quit blogging. Figure out if this is all worth it. I’m still here so obviously I did not quit. I have had a fun year of writing and am loving a lot of the positive feedback and comments lately. Always looking for ideas to write about.
  6. Travel. Family fun in the sun. Maybe a ski trip? Florida, Sunday River Maine, Chicago. We like the USA.
  7. Swim. Haha I say this but am already doubtful. Nope. Not in a pool.
  8. Cut back on online shopping / impulsive spending. Paypal is not always a pal. I can thank the sad state of the Canadian dollar for my success. This Christmas was the first time my sister has returned from the States without a collection of online purchases made by me. 
  9. Read more decent stuff, less facebooking and way less iPhoning. I have really enjoyed my Friday Meanwhile Elsewhere posts – it has forced me to read more articles and stories and I spend very little time on Facebook these days.
  10. Have a plan… make plans. Stay on top of things, stay on top of seeing friends. Go places. Always have a training plan. If they don’t call you. Call them. If they don’t make plans, make them yourself! I am proud of this one – I am by no means a social butterfly but I made a big effort in 2015 to do stuff with friends. When we renovated our house a few years ago I made a point to have a space that was good for entertaining so I’ve been trying to make good on my word.

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Number six on my list for 2016 is learn and love to use my real camera more … I have already started working on this project with Shannon and am excited to share more pictures and plans with you in the year ahead. Speaking of the year, here is my 2016 Calendar. Hot off the press and cutting board. I still have a few to deliver.

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holiday snaps

I hope everyone is enjoying a bit of holiday cheer. I am taking a bit of a break from my home-office and computer but wanted to share a few photos from December. Two of David’s cousins are in town from New York so it has been fun to see the kids together. I will be back with some Friday Finds and my 2016 bucket list … but until then, have a good one!

1The great tree hunt of 2015. Unlike Clark Griswold, we have no problem going to the local lot. David got his own tree this year.2We made a heck of a lot of shortbread cookies
3.1My favourite view in December
3.2An early Christmas at the Ackerman’s. Your eyes are not playing tricks, that is half-a-tree!
3.3David squeezed in a morning at soccer camp session. He loved it.
4I may only go once a year but when I do, I make sure to find the cutest church out there.
5What’s Christmas without matching PJs?
6David and Margaret are adding raisin buttons to the cookies for Santa.
7 8A little quality control.
9Christmas Eve. Erin, Jill (and Sam) played some beautiful holiday songs on the piano for us.
10If I can’t have a white Christmas, I’ll happily take +15 degrees and sunshine. Perfect weather for an 8km run with Alex and Allie.
11Jill’s friend made a plate of amazing sweets for our Christmas dessert.
12Boxing day hike in Wentworth.
13Rocks do not work as great tripods. You get the picture – a big family walk.
14Better late than never. David and I drove around looking at the Christmas lights in Halifax. Photos by David.
15Dinner with the Hulk and Darth Vader.
16Turns out suitcases with wheels were a big hit for all three kids this year. They all loved them.
17 18 19And finally, the three sisters had a pasta night at Jill’s house. Margaret and David helped.

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