10 things january

Hello mid-January. How’s everyone doing?

Here are 10 things that are on my mind right now. Feel free to weigh in.

  1. What’s Bitcoin? Should I take the time to learn or, like Snapchat, should I not bother?
  2. Should I eat poultry again? I’m liking the idea of a Sunday roasted chicken = weekday sandwiches.
  3. Prioritizing Rest & Reflectionthis was a good listen.
  4. Wonder. Watch this movie with your kid.
  5. Bulleting. Seeing this makes me really want to find time to work on my journal!
  6. Do I need to go to the Black Forest to buy my cuckoo clock or will anywhere in Germany suffice?
  7. City or country? Sarah has me questioning country life but, that house is seriously bonkers.
  8. Can I mentally and physically run the Bluenose full marathon? Kilometers 36-39 are in my neighbourhood and that’s just wrong.
  9. Aziz. Reading about this has been hard. What do you think? (this and this)
  10. What will be my February goal? January is +10,000 steps a day.

Illustration by Evgenia Makarova

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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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taking stock : january

It is Blue Monday. How are y’all handling it?

I’m cold and it feels like -16C outside but when the temperature goes low, I go high!

Literally: Yesterday, on the drive home from the ski hill, I saw a plug for these mittens in a magazine and I think I am going to order a pair. I my mom and I have (self-diagnosed) Raynauds and this winter has been especially miserable. Most mornings I can barely unlock the door when I come home from a walk and I was in tears at the gas pump a few weeks ago when I couldn’t get my hands to work. It is not a fun way to live so instead of feeling down about the situation, I am going to invest in feeling sensation in my fingers again.

Mentally: I am taking stock. Inspired by people online: (here and here) I thought it’d be fun to fill in the blanks:

January Twenty Seventeen

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Admiring 
My sister and all the women marching in Washington on January 21.

Watching 
Movies. I need to watch more movies. The Oscar nominees will be announced in 8 days and I already know I am wayyyyy behind. I did see La La Land and loved it! 

Reading
Follow me on Goodreads – it’s where all the cool kids hang

Thinking about  
The idea of shifting my work schedule next school year to accommodate after school with David.

Listening to
Podcasts. I really enjoyed CBC’s Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams

Dreaming of
Summer and family holidays.

Eating
I had ladkas this weekend – amazing! I need to get into cooking as I am feeling uninspired right now.

Drinking  
Tea is my favourite thing right now. Not red wine, I keep getting headaches.

Buying  
A lot less (it’s January so we’re working on purging over buying)

Wondering if 
A running coach is worth it (thoughts?)

Cringing  
Dealing with my iPhone problems. The damn thing is broken and I need to get it fixed but I have no desire to do so.

Smelling 
Scented candles. At what point did I become the age when you burn scented candles all of the time?

Wearing 
Socks. I got 11 pairs of socks for Christmas.

Embracing 
Henry.

Disliking 
Facebook. I have stopped clicking on links. 

Loving 
Morning walks to school with David and Henry.

Wanting 
In celebration of BLUE MONDAY, I will take this star print shirt please!

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

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