taking stock : february

februaryHappy Pancake Tuesday and good riddance February! I must say however, February has been pretty good – it flew by (probably because we were away form a good part of it) and with March Break right around the corner, I feel like I got this whole winter thing under control. Turns out, embracing winter works! Let’s take time to take stock:

Inspired by
We’re watching a lot of athletes doing cool stuff on YouTube these days. Last night I introduced David to the King of Kosak! Jean-Luc Brassard

Reading
I just started 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Listening to
Missing Richard Simmons (Podcast) – I didn’t realize he was missing… It is a fascinating and sad listen. Thanks Anna!

Watching 
I watched 10 episodes of Divorce on the plane and it reminded me that I love Sarah Jessica Parker. It was an intense month for movies – I watched +20 in less than 30 days.

Thinking about
A good song for my leg of the Cabot Trail Relay. Suggestions?

Dreaming of
Spring. A little warmer. A little closer to Summer.

Eating/Drinking
Granola and yogurt right now. 
And good news, wine seems to be okay again. 

Buying  
A special gift for my sister’s big 4o coming up.

Embracing 
Time time with friends before they leave.

Loving 
Lunch dates. Call me.

Wanting 
Time to take a course or two online.

How about you? Do you stop and take stock of life lately? 

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life lately

I have a bunch of West Coast images to edit and post but first, it’s been a long time since I’ve downloaded pics off my phone. Here’s life lately:

I’m the gal who screen-captures the live stream of Oscars nomination day:img_0002

Made some protein balls for the freezer:img_0004

I skipped my usual early-morning run for an early-morning TRX circuit class with Sabrina:img_0016

A more mature version of my favourite childhood lunch. I substituted the hotdogs for veggie dogs and the Kraft Dinner for Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese:img_0019

I have the best of friends. Sarah left me a surprise in my mailbox one day:img_0020

David and Henry’s first solo adventure around the block:img_0031

A riveting night of Guess Who? My opponent was deeply concerned that I’d sneak a peak so he hid under a fort:img_0032

I signed up for the MEC race series. Race 1 was a fast hilly 10km in Point Pleasant Park. I was very happy with finishing under 48 minutes:img_0033 img_0035

We finally checked out the Seven Bays Bouldering down the street. Good times. I suck. img_0036

Lunch dates are the best. Anna and I met for a movie-chat at Indochine:img_0060

Got a little excited about a new podcast devoted to Friday Night Lights:img_0071

Sun dog and shadows:img_0076

This is January. I am met with frozen water when I return from a run:img_0077

Oh baby it’s cold (but beautiful) outside:img_0079

Planning our route for the Storm The Mountain Adventure Challenge:img_0084

Team work. We came in last place in the competitive 4-hour category which sounds bad however, there were a lot of recreational teams with lower scores (including Jill and Alex) so I’m not too upset:img_0085

This is the vegetarian portion of dinner for 5 from Tarek’s Cafe. So good:img_0089

WINTER:img_0091

What my boss texts me… which, believe it or not, is actually work related:img_0094

Sabrina stopped by with this. I am spoiled!img_0098

Jill left me this delicious carrot and sweet potato soup when I came by to babysit:img_0124

Just hanging with Edith:img_0125

Enjoying the last few days with my tulips from Sarah and Amanda:img_0126

Street art:img_0127

Morning light on Cabot:img_7443

Hedge art:img_7444

The day my sweater perfectly matched my boot liners:img_7447

January is for rice cake sales at the supermarket. I spread them with Nutella to mask the blandness:img_7449

I’m the dork who celebrates the colour of the year announcement:img_7451

Hand warmers for long runs:img_7454

Boiling and deviling eggs:img_7455 img_7457

My first (but not last) latkes with smoked salmon experience!img_7458

Lovely ladies (and me):img_7460

My dog is such a rebel:img_7459

David has changed career paths… now he wants to be a mechanical engineer or a mechanic:
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Rare moment. Our child is not screaming or whining in the ski lodge:img_7466

Happy birthday Granddad!img_7468

Reading material for January:img_7475

The tropical train car seems to have arrived in a not-so-tropical location:img_7479

To say David loves his Junior Lifeguard course would be an understatement:img_7482

Winter on the Wallace River:img_7483

Chairlift selfie:img_7486

Auntie selfie:img_7487

Loving my mom’s latest quilt!img_7489

Shooting down the hill at my parent’s:img_7491

We finished the first Harry Potter book and celebrated with the movie. According to David, the book was much better.img_7492

Cave exploring in Wentworth:img_7493

That’s a wrap. I’ll be back again.

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leap for joy

Who decided to add an extra day to February every four years. Why not August?

It is leap day and the more I think about it, the more it blows my mind. I.don’t.get.it. If you were born on February 29, 1980 – today you are NINE! That’s messed up.

I feel like I need to talk to a leaper and get their take on the situation.

Anyway, if today is your birthday. Have a happy one. You certainly deserve it! To celebrate leap day, lets send some love to the colour green, which I am loving these days:Green Leap

A. 3″ Chino Short / B. The Cambridge Satchel Company Mini Push Lock Crossbody Bag / C. Crystal Chandelier Necklace / D. Garmin 235 / E. Green Falbala Round Neck Puff Sleeve Chiffon Blouse / F. Warbler Olive Jacket / G. Skinny Skinny Sateen Jeans / H. Silk Composition Tank Top
I. Teardrop Bangle / J. Vans Slip-On SF / K. Lorelle Sunglasses / L. Wrap-Front Cami Dress in bowling green / M. Leather Laila Wedge / N. Leather Tassel Keychain / O. Chuck Taylor All Star Lovejoy / P. Cameron Dress in Swiss-Dot / Q. Sleeveless Shirt Dress / R. Womens Better Sweater 1/4 Zip Fleece / S. Summit ankle boot

And speaking of Green, Saoirse Ronan was rocking the green as my favourite for Best Dressed last night!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5599371as) Saoirse Ronan 88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Feb 2016

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5599371as)
Saoirse Ronan
88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America – 28 Feb 2016

Did you watch? I did. I wasn’t planning to but 1:00 am arrived and I realized I forgot to go to bed. I am dealing with an Oscar hangover and am disappointed with my poor score of 17/24 for predictions. I am shocked about Stallone, Gaga and the Shorts but loved when Jacob saw the droids. I still love Brooklyn and am happy for Leo… there, I said it – Like Ethan and Christian, he owns a piece of my heart.

Claire Danes is surprised as Leonardo DiCaprio takes her hand to kiss in scene from the film 'Romeo + Juliet', 1996. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

Claire Danes is surprised as Leonardo DiCaprio takes her hand to kiss in scene from the film ‘Romeo + Juliet’, 1996. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

Movie detox.

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