meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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Have a great long weekend. It’s Bluenose marathon weekend – anyone else running the half? I think it will be my sixth time running the Bluenose half! Never the full, never a fool? David and I are running in the kids 4km on Saturday – it will be his 4th time. Personally, I think watching kids run in the Bluenose is even better than the arrival gate at the airport. It’s so emotional!MeanwhileBluenoseG’luck to all – Giv’er!

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5 things

I haven’t written a 5 Things post in a long time. Why not? 5 Things going on these days…

  1. David had a big week – the Halifax Hurricanes came to his school and he made the front page of the Halifax Citizen (kind of – thanks Lindsay!). Click here. He also got new glasses (note: if you don’t want your child to choose the camouflage glasses, don’t let him see them… once he had, nothing could change his mind).IMG_4874 IMG_4890
  2. Those who know me, know I love Kraft Dinner. Call is nostalgia… or just call it what it is, deliciously good. I came across this recipe for homemade “boxed” mac & cheese and had to give it a try. Guys, it is actually good and took the same amount of time as the boxed! I used GoGo Quinoa Macaroni from Costco, which my friend Nancy introduced me to. Next time I am going to try it will regular macaroni so I can see how if really is as good as the real deal. Want the recipe? Click here
  3. Mike and I are six months short of our tenth anniversary, which means it’s the period in your marriage when all the stuff you got as wedding gifts start to break (blender and backup blender in one week!) Not great timing since I challenged myself to a smoothie-a-day in February.IMG_4796
  4. David and I signed up for the Bluenose. He’s doing the 4km run for his 4th time and I am running the half marathon. PSA: the price goes up on March 1st. Anyone else running the half? It will be my fifth time (or more?). I am also looking at fall marathon ideas… I’ll keep you posted. PS. I am selling an old Garmin. Interested?
  5. So the old saying “The grass is always greener…” is true! I had to make a ‘quick’ business call to California for a quote and ended up on the phone with the owner for 4o minutes. Turns out Nova Scotia and the Celtic Colours is at the top of his travel bucket list. He lives 40 minutes south of Lake Tahoe. Obviously I blabbed about my love for his state and all the places I’ve been. He was impressed. He also appreciated all the tourist tips for the East Coast. Why did we not discuss a house-swap?

Bonus. Here is a download to some fun Oscar Bingo Cards. Not to gloat, but I’ve watched 4 more movies since my last update (including MUSTANG!)Oscar Noms 2016 copy

That’s all! Have a great week.IMG_4895 IMG_4896 IMG_4897 IMG_4898 IMG_4899psst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg

high fives make you faster

It is race weekend in Halifax with the 11th year of the Blue Nose Marathon. There will be a lot of runners and a lot of blue noses.

David and I are running in the Youth 4km event for the second year in a row and I am excited about that. I love seeing hundreds of kids taking over the streets and having fun. I have also registered for the half marathon and it will be my fourth time running the BN Half. I’m not gonna lie, this race is challenging for me for a few reasons: It’s not the flattest, nor the easiest course and I know this because I run these roads every day! The race goes by my street … twice! Some would say familiarity is a good thing but for me, I enjoy the unexpected which is why I love running in other cities more. The Blue Nose however, is a great event and I am sure it will be lovely weekend. And with promising weather, why not get out and run or cheer?

Speaking of cheering. My favourite distraction in a race are the signs people hold up and yes, I always keep score of the best posters during a race.

If you require sign-making inspiration, my all-time favourites I’ve seen are:

  1. HIGH FIVES MAKE YOU FASTER! (it is true)
  2. Sneakers – $100, Race registration – $75, Finishing your first marathon – priceless (saw this in Philly during my first marathon)
  3. This is the last hill, I promise (saw this in PEI during my first half, and he was not lying)
  4. Worst parade ever
  5. Whine now, wine later
  6. If races were easy, they’d be called your mom (oh no you didn’t! )
  7. Who needs nipples?
  8. I’m sure it seems like a great idea 4 months ago
  9. Blisters are braille for AWESOME
  10. Go Mommy Go (just because)

Have a great long weekend, and if you are running – GOOD LUCK and Giv’er!

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Pictures from last year. It was damn cold.

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