life lately

Since the end of February we had snow, lost snow, got more snow and still have snow. March break brought us back to Sunday River for the third year and now that it is April, it’s time to close the book on winter. Right? Here’s life lately:

Sometimes there are big rewards for early morning adventures:Sarah and I had the most delicious lunch date:It turns out John can be as funny as his wife:Once I figured out how to tie them like this (Youtube tutorial), I really fell in love with my Bean Boots: Roaming around the elementary school: Therapy session:
We went to the Timber Lounge, which was so much fun. I started out strong and fell apart: A view from the top of Wentworth: Pancake Tuesday! My favourite holiday:  What I made with defrosted beans turned out to be much better than the original dinner. Eggs make everything better:Hanging at the eye doctor: Oh, Henry: Many good memories at Sunny Side Mall: Pizza night – David made his own pie from scratch: Boys being boys: Team QuizKnows representing Trivia night at The Anchor – hosted by Cyclone in support of Heart&Stroke: The older they get, the louder they snore: Trying to fix my stupid groin. Doing my stretches. Going to physio . Walking backwards on my treadmill – whatever it takes: Celebrating International Women’s Day by celebrating all of these amazing women:I thought I’d get a discount because my dog is a senior… Turns out the city does not care if my dog is senior – the discount would be if I am a senior. So I told the person on the phone that I am not spayed… turns out the city does not care if I am spayed – the discount would be if my dog is. I told her that their form is poorly designed. She told me, I am not the first one to say that: Kristin and I went strawberry picking last summer and she made cupcakes with her frozen berries: Are polar bears compostable? An afternoon walk around my parents property – the beavers were sleeping: David and Edith:Driving though New Brunswick: Dear Santa, thank you for these awesome goggles – they’ve served me well since 1994 but sadly I had to say goodbye:We convinced Josh and Sabrina to join us at Sunday River this year:Tough day on the slopes: Sampling the beer at the Sunday River Brewing Company : David and Ari are on this year’s trail map (with Eddie the Yeti):To reach greatness (or a good run), sometimes you need to put in the effort:It started snowing on Tuesday afternoon…… and snowed all night, giving us 20 inches of fresh powder on Wednesday:Mike had a really good Wednesday: He’s the reason why I ski: Liam, David and Ari were excited for ski school and lots of fresh powder: Hello Maine:David and Liam in the gondola:He’s the other reason why I ski:The last day on the hill tradition: We spent a night in Bangor. Sabrina and I had a date at Target and stayed until the lights went out at 10:00:On the drive home as I was catching up on news/gossip and realized Mike and Harry have the same hair style:David participated in a lifeguarding competition – he’s the third from the bottom, on his way back: They’re leaving me… the house sold so fast I din’t have time to jinx it:Still snowing:
Making supper, watching Riverdale:He’s the reason I love being home: Halifax went crazy for Burger Week – I managed to get one in before I got the flu. Amanda, Sarah and I went vegan at enVie:My sister Erin found this on Facebook and I am very confused and somewhat concerned: I had a tea date with Erica:David went to a Harry Potter party:It’s been awhile since I had a coddled egg:More snow:Mom’s chocolate chip cookie recipe: Hello sunshine

That’s a wrap. I’ll be back again.

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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


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:

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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meanwhile, elsewhere

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

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Have a lovely weekend – I am dog sitting and party planning so you know I’m happy. Plus, I was promised the snow was going to melt so there’s that.

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run with me

Some people are compulsive online shoppers (okay, that’s me) but… another thing I am compulsive about are online race registrations! Spring is coming, which means race season is fast approaching. No more excuses to hit the pavement.

Last week I signed up for the Bluenose Half Marathon and it is ten weeks away! It will be my fourth time running the Bluenose half but my twelfth(ish) half marathon so I am not too worried about the distance.

Here is some of my favourite running gear:


A. Nathan Sports Speed 2 Hydration Belt / B. Nuun Active Hydration Strawberry Lemonade drink tabs / C. Lululemon Run: Speed Shorts / D. Nike Dri-Fit Women’s Cyclone Running Jacket / E. Champion Sports Bras (cheap from Target!) / F. Saucony Kinvara Sneakers / G. Ryder Sunglasses / H. Nike + Sport Watch GPS / I. Lululemon Run: Swifty Tech Long Sleeve / J. iPhone 5c / K. TuneBand for iPhone 5c

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On a somewhat related subject, my iPhone died and I got it replaced through my Future Shop warranty*. Because they didn’t have my model in stock, I got upgraded to the 5c. Yes, a phone that works! Boo, I need to replace my cover.

What does this have to do with running? Well, I had a fantastic pink silicone skin with a spot to slide on an armband. I loved this skin and knew I’d replace it with my upgrade. When I went on the company’s website, I saw I could order just the skin for half the price! Sweet, my armband still works so I can save some money. As I proceeded to checkout, I saw my $14.99 quickly bumped up to $27 because of shipping… Argh, I curse Canadian online shopping… but I loved the product and decided to proceed.


However, the next day I received a lovely email from the company:

Hello Meghan,
Thank you for your order! I am contacting you to let you know that there is an option for you to consider that you may find acceptable and save quite a bit of shipping time. We recently began offering our iPhone 5C TuneBand packages on which reduced both the cost and delivery time for our Canadian customers. You have the option of ordering a complete iPhone 5C TuneBand package from for $29.99 (including shipping) and would receive it within just a few days.  Your order placed on our website totals around $27.00 for the individual silicone TuneBand skin and will typically take several weeks to deliver from the US. Please let me know if you would prefer to cancel this order and place one on for the complete package in order to reduce the delivery time and increase the overall value for your money.  For around $2.00 more you would receive the screen protector packs and straps as well as receiving it much more quickly.  Here is a link to the iPhone 5C TuneBand on Amazon.ca Just let me know, we’ll ship this as-is if you want to leave it in place. Thank you again for your business.
Sincerely, James A. Simpson, V.P. Sales and Marketing, Director of Customer Service, Grantwood Technology, LLC

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As he suggested, I cancelled my order and ordered it through Amazon to but I replied to James letting him know their customer service matched the quality of their product!

So happy running – whether it is a full or half marathon, 10 km, 5 km or just chasing the kids – get out and enjoy yourself.

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Photo by me, taken with my Nikon D60

* Even though they replaced my phone, I will NOT sign up for one of their warranties EVER again, just sayin.