Sunday, November 30, 2008
Crazy amount of pounding my feet have gone through this weekend. My husband now refers to me as "Happy Feet." He says that they must be happy to be able to go so far. I am not quite following the train of thought but I like the nickname.
Tomorrow I have a well deserved day off of work and am hitting the spa with my girlfriend. In between my pedicure and facial I hope to get some newborn caps knit up. Will post them up as soon as they are done. Until then, I leave you with this cookie recipe. Because really, nothing is better than cookies.
Cakey Chocolate Sandwiches
1/2 C unsalted butter
1/2 C granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 C all purpose flour
1/3 cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
1C icing sugar
1 tbsp whipping or 10% cream
In large bowl, beat butter wih sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Beat in sour cream & vanilla. In seperate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda & salt. Stir into butter mixture in two additions to make smooth dough.
Roll by 1 tsp into balls; arrange 2 inches apart on parchement lined baking sheets. Flatten into 1 inch rounds. Bake in 350 F oven until firm to the touch, 5 to 6 minutes. Let cool on pan on rack for 2 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool.
Filling: In small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Beat in sugar and cream until smooth. Spread 1/2 tsp over bottom half of the cookies. Sandwich bottom side down with remaining cookies.
Refrigerate in artight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe from Canadian Living.
I haven't tried this yet, but I think the filling would also be great with a bit of peppermint extract added. YUM!
Friday, November 28, 2008
So my question for you is, how do you go about saying to the immediate family of the lost loved one "I am here for you, I am remembering you today, and I remember who we have lost". A card just doesn't seem appropriate. Nothing seems big enough. If you have suggestions, I would love to hear them.
Now back to my chili making for dinner. Paul made awesome chili. It always makes me think of him and brings a smile to my face amidst a few tears.
*This is my second post today, stop by the one below and take a read!
My Dad & husband hard at work.
Looking down from upstairs into the front room.
Our speedbump out front. How very redneck of us!
My Uncle is a firefighter and brought Grace her very own helmet and Dalmation dog.
Here she is with her dog. This is particularly funny as when you ask her to "smile" now for the camera, this is the reaction you get.
I lived out at my Mom & Dad's for four years before leaving for University, but I forget how quiet it is. They live 20 minutes outside the city in a wooded area, and I can't hear anything but the typing of my fingers on the keyboard. Eerily nice. I hope to be back to the city with Grace tomorrow once all the carpet has been installed. Then the reno continues on our bedroom. We hope to be done by Christmas.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- Spiced Apple Cider from Starbucks
- Wearing mittens and scarves on a chilly morning
- The Kindness Bandit Adventures
- Hearing my daughter laugh
- And listening to her say new words
- Getting cards in the mail
- Hugs where you are held for a long time by a loved one
- Mini Wheats Cereal
- After Eight Mints
- A freshly laundered bed at the end of a long day
- Good friends visiting over coffee & dinner
- Fresh untouched snow
- Hand holding
What are some of your favorite things?
Monday, November 24, 2008
I know people who say that they don't talk to certain people in their family - can you tell me exactly HOW you do that? I have walked away the best I can to avoid continuing to be hurt. But, to be honest, the emotional and physical distance I have created also causes me immense hurt. I ache that the relationship isn't there, and that despite all of my efforts, I couldn't make it better. I wasn't allowed to help there to be healing. For a long time I have been saying "When do you just give up and walk away?" But I am not a walk away type person (that must be both the intuitive and the feeling part).
So there is a birthday this week. I went down to my craft table tonight and I made someone a card. And it hurt, but I didn't cry. I will have someone else deliver the letter, and part of me, the last little dwindling hope part of me, wishes that the receiver will see the heart & bravery I put into it and that they may for the first time hear "please, can we not pick up and try again?"
I have put myself back out on the line, and (for the umpteenth time) I hope it works.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
But, they aren't for sale unless perhaps you have some kids you need entertained. They are very good at that. But I don't think they will shop for you, clean your house, or beat UPS men into submission. Sorry.
My work kids Christmas party was a success. And so was my run. 26K. 2 short of my goal but still pleased.
*Have you noticed the photo of Grace on the sidebar is gone? Thank you all so much for your votes, but alas she did not make top 10. Click here to see who did!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I'll be back and refreshed on Monday, with all the nitty gritty details. Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
2. Eating yogourt is a messy business.
3. I lost my left mitt today that I just finished knitting. Very disappointed.
4. Nate wants to know when I will get to the 'Big Leagues'. He would like a v-neck knit sweater. He laughed and said he could walk around with "his wife all over him". Classy, but we both laughed.
5. I'm almost done the first of my 5 Christmas knitting projects, save a new left mitt I need to start.
6. I am thinking of giving up 'Ink Paper Create'. When do you make the call that something really isn't thriving?
7. I am having some friends over tonight for a Card Swap, the first I've ever done. What exactly do you do at a card swap? I'm not sure, but will find out tonight.
8. Living in a renovation is a painful process, especially when you know that some of the tradesmen don't want to be here.
9. I wish I was someone that didn't need the approval of others to feel good about oneself. Need to continue working on this.
10. I'm glad I have a blog were I can jot down some of these rambling thoughts.
What are your thoughts on these thoughts?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It started last night when I had to take a Benadryl to coax myself to sleep. Even still, I think it was at least 1 am before sleep overtook me. My alarm went at 6:30 but I dozed until 7. Thanks to the Benadryl I was left in a foggy state. Got all ready for work. The phone rings right before I go to wake Grace. This I am thankful for as it was Laurie. She was unable to take the kids as she is home with a migraine. Crap, but good that at least I hadn't woken Grace yet. What to do? I went downstairs to see if Nate could watch her. He thought perhaps for the morning but wasn't sure if he could do it all day given he is still recovering from knee surgery. Ok. Off to the car I go which is covered in snow. Sweep it all off and hit the road. 10 minutes later, I hit a major thorough fare which is at a stanstill. Not normal rush hour traffic, but seriously not moving. At this point, I give up, and go get a coffee looking all professional in my fancy winter duds, and head home. I tried to get to work, does that count?
Grace doesn't wake up until 9. In between I drink my coffee and try to create some cards. No creativity comes. Get Grace up, giving her breakfast, the phone rings with a call I must take, and someone is knocking on the door. Drywall being delivered. Get the drywall guys started, talk on the phone and Grace is wondering (as am I) what the h*ll is going on.
I leave the chaos at home and went to a friends for a playgroup. This, I am thankful for. Get home, make Grace lunch and get her off to nap. How am I spending this time you ask? I swept our plywood floor that is waiting for carpet, and vacuumed the carpet which is to be ripped out this weekend.
Perhaps none of this sounds too terrible, and I suppose it isn't. I am just sleep deprived, getting frustrated living in a renovation, and feel like the worst employee of the month. It's all about balance. Balance, balance, balance. This is the first time (and I know there will be many more) as a parent where I am unable to go into work because of my child. I just hate how it feels, and hate how I feel it makes me appear. Can I have one wish perhaps? I wish I had more help. I get oodles of help, but this morning I kept hearing an ad on the radio with a woman wishing she had an elf to make nanaimo bars and wrap gifts. If I had an elf, they would clean my house for me, get the groceries, prepare the meal plan, and do my work for me. So I could stay home with my daughter without feeling guilty.
If you had an elf what would you want them to do? Gosh, just thinking about having an elf has made my mood better. Must go find an elf this afternoon....
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Laurie her dayhome provider calls me at work shortly before 2. Laurie never calls so I knew something was up. Grace woke up from her nap and had thrown up. Great. She calls me back again after taking her temperature and while I'm on the phone with her, Grace throws up again. Of course this was the day I had packed no change of clothes for her. I leave work and head to Laurie's. Grace looks totally zonked, and both of the other kids at the dayhome are also now sick. Pure chaos I tell you. The 2 year old with a bowl, the other little one in Laurie's arms, and Grace in mine. The little ones threw up at least once every 20 minutes. Poor little tykes. Grace was so wiped that she couldn't even lift her head up. Miraculously by 4:30 Grace took a turn for the better. Started playing, wanted to eat. I call Laurie to let her know and the worse gets worst. Laurie's family was now sick. That makes six sick people in a day. Has the flu season arrived you think?
So today I'm home from work and tending to Grace who thankfully has only been sick once today. This isn't he most pleasant post is it? lol My apologies if you were eating while reading it.
I was in such a dizzy yesterday that I didn't even notice a few really sweet kind things that were done for me by my in-laws (who were visiting us this past weekend and left this morning). I discovered this morning that :
They had taken out my garbage.
Emptied Grace's diaper pail.
And the other day they shovelled my walk for me.
All things with Nate down and out would fall to me to do. And they did them quietly, without prompting, and without a need for a thank you. But THANK YOU. What a blessing. And one thing off of my plate that I know I would not have gotten to today.
I hope this finds everyone in very healthy spirits today. If you want some really great news, check out Alicia's post and Meghan's. A baby announcement and a surgery gone well. Two wonderful reasons to celebrate.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The challenge was based off of Grace's shoes which are purple and ivory, and have a slew of wonderful words written on the bottom of them. At first I actually took a piece of purple paper and laced it with ivory ribon to look like a sneaker. However, putting that on the card staled my inspiration. But I had picked out a cute bug stamp set that was eyeing at me, so I started going with that making sure to incorporate the colours purple and ivory, as well as using one of the words - 'smile'.
Once the ladybugs were stamped on the paper (corrugated thanks to my crimper!) I realized they needed some 'punch'. I stamped them onto the pink paper, cut them out and raised them up with 'Stampin' Up Dimensionals'. I then used Crystal Effects on their bodies sprinkling some irridescent ice embossing powder over top (because for some reason I cannot find my Dazzling Diamonds). I let that dry overnight, then used my TomBow Adhesive to attach some little pink geldots for their heads. Here's a close up:
I was going to attempt this morning using the crystal effects on the word smile to glitter it as well, but alas needed to get ready for work. I may still do that though. I think it would really finish the card off.
Thank you all for your encouraging words to my post last night! I still feel completely tuckered today but am really proud of my accomplishment. The idea of running 63K in a weekend still seems absurd, but maybe an absurd that I can do. Which is pretty 'Goofy'. Har har har.
*Stop by Brandi's blog and check out the last photo (the newborn with the purple cap). This was my first hat used in a photo session!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Today I was scheduled to run 28K. 26 was my goal. I woke up in the morning to find snow and desperately wanted to stay at home with a latte in my pyjamas. I even considered while driving by a Starbucks I could just sit in there for a couple hours in my running clothes then head home. Nobody would know any difference.
But I made it to my start point, and out of the car. I headed out 13K and turned back around. (The turning point is always the best. It is a wonderful feeling to know you are headed 'home'). I got back and my Garmin told me I had run 26.03K. I was beat. But I knew I would regret it if I didn't hit the 28. What is another 2K right? Alot. Especially since I got the batty idea in my brain that running 30K would feel EVEN better (mentally, not physically). So I stopped and switched up my Itunes. At this point I was listening to song #49 of my run. How insane is that? I switched it to the Juno soundtrack (which for some strange reason I adore). And I did it. I ran 30K and was as giddy about it as a school girl.
I headed straight home, turned on my Garmin and said to Nate "Look" (with a huge amount of excitement in my voice). He looked at it and said "Wow, that's a far way". And I said "No, isn't that great! I did it!" He kissed me. And spent the next 10 minutes at least looking at me with a silly grin on his face. I am sure it was part pride and part "Oh my goodness, my wife really is crazy".
I am ecstatic. And very tired. I am pushing it out another half hour until 9 pm then I'm hitting the bed. Sleep tonight will feel SO good.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
With the run coming up so quick it also means I need to start getting my costumes assembled. I know I have mentioned them earlier in my blog, but I a too lazy to go track them down. For the half marathon I am running as the Queen of Hearts, and for the Marathon, I am going as my favorite Disney character - Gus Gus the mouse from Cinderella. I have almost all the pieces of running clothing I need, but still have to put the finishing touches together - a crown, mouse ears, a tail - you know, those sorts of important things.
I did a ridiculous amount of Googling tonight and tracked down a yellow running tank for my Gus Gus outfit, but had no luck with finding a felt crown for the Queen of Hearts. There is a link for instructions on 'Balancing Everything' so I will attempt to sew my own. I just have no idea where to find decent felt. Is it wrong I may slyly pass off this project to my Mom??
With the long run tomorrow this is just a short note as I am headed off to bed. Wish me, my sanity, my seemingly constant hunger, and my knees luck tomorrow. I know I will need all sorts of positive thoughts. Because all I had running through my head for 14K today was that his weekends mileage will be 42K, but that I still need to add on another half marathon (21K) to that come race day. Trudge, trudge, trudge.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I myself have never owned an easel. My canvases were always too big to warrant one. I would paint sitting on the floor, standing, crouching, moving from one end to the other. But I have always loved easels and the thought of my daughter having one sent me into ecstatics.
We kind of let the thought go and continued on our hunt for a playhouse for her for Christmas. The options never seemed right though, or the cost too exorbitant.
A week or so ago we introduced Grace to Play-doh. She loves it. We spend alot of time making her balls or snakes out of it. I even attempted a snowman once but the head and body quickly got ripped apart.
Today, out of the blue, it struck me. Nate how about we buy her some art supplies and a table just her own size? He was sold and so was I. My new preoccupation is now putting together her very own art box with things that are perfect for little hands that are just learning how to craft. Anybody have any tips? I took a few classes in University on Art Therapy so I have a few great ideas rattling around but more would always be helpful.
My Mom attended the Banff School of Fine Arts and is amazing with a pencil and paper, not to mention with oil on canvas. Myself, I attended the Visual Arts program in Victoria, BC but never veered very far from chalk pastels or acrylic on canvas. My Mom stopped painting when my older brother was about Grace's age. I stopped painting a couple of years ago. Perhaps this art box of Grace's and her budding interest in art will get me going again too. I do have a canvas downstairs just waiting for some gesso. Hmmmmm.
And, just a heads up. Christmas is only six weeks away. Are you getting ready?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Then today, I am waiting in line anticipating the first taste of my first Gingerbread latte this season, and a nice gentleman asks me about my stroller. He is one of those cool looking dudes. Well dressed but in a casual way - hat backwards but with the brim bent at the right angle. Slightly unshaven. Anyways, he and his wife are expecting in April. She's a runner and they are looking for a stroller. You my friend have asked the right person. My stroller purchase was perhaps one of the most important to me and I love it. We chit chatted back and forth and then the best part. This cool looking dude wants to be a sling wearing Dad. He wants to find one with a skull on it. I am in love with babywearing (ie the new button on my blog) but to hear that a Dad wants to be one too - made my heart smile with glee. Usually Dads are all about Baby Bjorns (which is fine, just not for me) so was I ever pumped (have I said that yet) that this coolio Dad wants to be a babywearing Dad. Awesome.
My last 'little thing that is big' was two days ago. I was getting Grace dressed in the morning and was doing up her snaps on her onesie. I like to count as I go. So I said outloud 'one' and a little voice says 'one'. Then 'two' and I hear 'two'. By the time I said three she had erupted into giggles. We hear lots of words over here but these were the first numbers. Precious.
Oh wait, I'm not done! One more thing (or two). I have been 'working' with Grace on handholding as we walk. She is good with Nate (mostly because I think he holds her hand tightly) but never with me (I just want that gentle hand in hand you know?). Today at the mall, I let her down telling her she could walk outside the stroller if she held my hand. It was delightful and filled me with love. That little hand in mine, walking side by side. Melts my heart.
Last great thing - that Gingerbread latte. YUM!
For all of you who ranted with me yesterday - did you get a little pick me up too somewhere along the line? I sure hope so.
Would love to hear about the little things in your life right now which are really truly not little at all.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
My Mom - she used to tell me that it feels good sometimes to stand on the deck of their balcony and scream (they live on an acreage).
I am at work and cannot do either of those two things (and am not sure if I would anyways). But I would like to. I feel like I need to.
I feel pulled in so many flippin directions right now I might just split into many little parts. Too many projects to get done, and to many people needing little pieces of me.
Do you have something to scream about? Feel free to use this post to do so. Rant away in the comments. I'm listening and am right there with you.
*Want a more uplifting post to read? Check below...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Charming isn't it! What I was trying to have captured here is the awesome pair of mittens I finally finished! I wore them in to work today and am in love. They are warm and toasty and so individual. Not to mention they pair perfectly with my coat.
Remember the Noro wool I mentioned in yesterday's post. These are knit with them. It is amazing how differently the mittens turned out. I expected this, but didn't think they would look almost like they aren't intended for eachother. They really need the toque to pull themselves together.The second mitt went together much quicker than the first, and I managed to actually conquer the three needle bind off at the top of the mitt. Quite pleased about that. What's that? You want a pair for yourself? Best head on over and click on Grace to cast your vote for her and let me know! (oops, sorry, just had to let that slip - lol).
I also have to say I am becoming very envious of Maria Rose who has a lightbox to photograph things in. All my little projects would look so much better in a lightbox. Perhaps that should be a Christmas wish.
But, please hang in with me for just one more second - did you cast a vote for Grace?? I know our chances are 1/2500 but like Laurie told me today "It's like the lottery but someone has to win!" And who knows? It could be us getting free groceries for a year. Honestly that is the prize I am most stuck on - how amazing would that be! But, I firmly believe what you get you should also give. So my dear blog readers, as mentioned below in the voting post, I plan to reward one awesome voter with some great blog candy should we make it to top 10. I know, sad but true, I have to win for you to win. But together perhaps we can get there!!! I still have to figure out what this awesome prize will be, and what I could possibly create to offer you all. Hmmmmmm. My first thought is your own personal set of Noro wool mittens, knit by me. But Sophie, would mittens in Australia make sense at anytime of year? Especially wool ones? Please get back to me on that. Bottom line though is, an awesome prize will be randomly handed out. All you have to do from tonight until November 20th is leave me a note on my post telling me you clicked on Grace's photo to the right and voted. Just remember, one IP address per day. For bonus points mention the contest on your blog with a link to vote for Grace, and you will get your name entered an extra five times for those fabulous mittens!
Ok, tired about hearing about the contest? How bout this. Last night I met up with a group of friends for dinner. The waitress takes our drink order, comes back with them a short time later, and asks me if I went to so and so Highschool. And indeed I did. She was I guess a year behind me and remembered me. It was first questioned whether that was because I did some foolish thing, but later one friend mentioned perhaps it was because I was so 'cool' given the waitress then seemed to be struggling with our table. First, our one pregnant friend. She forgot to put in her order. Everybody else's meal arrived but hers. Then she forgot another friends water. When she went to ring in our bill, I asked for $21.00 to be put on my Visa. She came back apologizing that she accidentally ringed it through first as $0.21. Would I like a quarter to correct it? My other friend had asked for $38 to be placed on her card. She rang it in as $30. I honestly can't remember the last time service was so shoty, or a waitress so obviously not at ease with a group of people. Were we that intimidating looking??
Today's post wouldn't be complete though without a mention of Remembrance Day. I am not poetic enough to do it justice, but these two are. Stop by Ted's blog and Mrs. Spit. Well worth a read. My grandmother's brother fought and died in WWI and is buried at Vimy Ridge. I think all Canadian families have somehow been touched by war, past or present. I hope you all took a moment today at 11 am to stop and reflect, and mostly to be thankful for their sacrifice so that we can have the freedom we have today, and the freedom some are at this moment, still fighting for.
*Let me each time you cast a vote for her, and I will enter in your name for some awesome blog candy!Grace's photo is officially up for voting for her as 'Calgar's Cutest Kid'. We would love it if you would take a couple of seconds to follow the link attached to the photo on the sidebar, and cast your vote for her. Photo #569 (same as the one displayed here!).
Voting contiues once a day until November 20th when the top 10 will be announced. Find out more info on my previous post here.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today I ran a half marathon after running 12K yesterday. I decided I would run today as a race and do the best I could do. As I headed to the start line, I ran into an old training partner of mine from 5 years ago. He started in on the three marathons he is training for (France and Berlin to name a couple) and the fact that he ran Boston last April and then was hospitalized and charged $13,000 because they thought he was having a heartattack. Looking back, it seemed to have been one of those conversations where it is all about the other person, and to say anything you have to try to edge it in. I got in that I was training for Goofy but that's about it. Until right before the race was to start and he asked me what pace I was running. Something I am really bad for is making excuses for myself as pre-emptives in conversation so I think people won't judge me. So I said "I'm not as fast as I used to be". He said "Why not?" I said "Because I have a daughter and work three days a week" (or something of the sort) He guffawed at me. Yes, he rolled his eyes and guffawed. He then said "Well I was going to run with you but...." and it trailed off. The rest of the sentence would have been "but you are going too slow". I checked his finishing time today. He ran each kilometer at a pace of 5:20 or so. I can only now dream of those numbers for that distance.
I chatted with Nate tonight about that conversation and this is what he told me. For the time that I now currently put into training, the times I run right now are fantastic, and times that if others put in that same amount of training as me, they wouldn't see. Thank you my sweet for pushing up my chin a bit. Then he said, that if I wanted to be faster, other things would have to give. And he reminded me of who I used to be when I made that bold statement about how my kids would view me. Here is a snapshot of who I was before August of 2006 when we became PG.
I lifted weights twice a week. I lifted these weights in an actual gym and squatted up to 100 pounds on my scrawny little legs. I even lifted weights while balancing on a ball.
In between those two days I did Fartleks or Yasso 800's. Basically speed training intervals.
The other two days I took Yoga classes or Pilates.
I took one day off - Saturday.
Sunday I ran long. Up to 36K when training for marathons.
And all week I ate, slept and breathed running. I focused on the types of shoes I wore, what I ate, what I drank. Times have changed. I now eat, sleep and breathe in my role of being a Mom. I think about what Grace eats, what she wears, where she plays, and I help her grow in language and skill.
And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. So, you runners out there who haven't seen me in awhile - things have changed. I have changed. So you can ***** it up your ***** your non comments about my speed. I am PROUD of my time I ran today and am PROUD that in the very busy crazy life I lead, that I at least have a bit of time devoted to pounding the pavement.
I ran my slowest half of my life today in just over 2:01. But I ran my FIRST half marathon as a Mom today of 2:01 and I am so dang proud.
And as for how I wish my kids to define me when they are older and asked what their Mom does? I'm not sure. It may be something as easy as "She works downtown" And you know what? I am ok with that. Because if they are asked what I enjoy doing, they will have a whole slew of answers. One of them I hope will still be running.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Today Nate and I took the plunge and entered a photo of Grace into a local radio stations contest entitled 'Calgary's Cutest Kid'. The contest is being held on Vibe 98.5 and runs from November 10th until the 20th.
See that new photo on the sidebar? That's my little cutie, and the photo we submitted of her for the contest. Starting on Monday we need your help (and any other bloggers you would like to recruit) to vote my daughter in as the cutest kid in Calgary!
You are allowed one entry per IP address per day. Please don't over vote or we may be disqualified (eek!). If you have a computer at work, and at home, we wouldn't mind at all having you submit two votes that way for us! ;)
AND, if you really agree with us that Grace is pretty darn cute, if you would like to forward this to other family & friends and have them support us, we would love it.
Here is some of the loot that is up for grabs for the winning entry:
A 3-year lease on a 2008 Honda Odyssey from Okotoks Honda(Approx Value $28,000) Groceries for a year from Sobeys(Approx value $5000)
Spa Packages for Mom and Dad from Newbury Spa(Approx Total Value - $7500)
Clothes for a year from Kiddo and Co.(Approx. Total Value $1500)
Family portraits for the next 5 years from Shutterbug's Photography(Approx.Total Value $3000)
A playhouse from Qualico Communities(Approx Value $5000)
Not bad heh?! That is over $50,000 worth of prizes!
Thanks in advance for your help! Grace and I appreciate all the votes we'll get!
*On Monday I will post up a link to the photo header so you'll know exactly where to go :)
I know, a little inconspicous. But some of you who read this will also be receiving one so best to keep most of the secret revealed. These would be the invites to my company's upcoming Christmas party. I am making 70 of them (gasp!). They are turning out to be really beautiful. I will post up a true image on Wednesday once they are distributed around the office.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Grace has one FULL of awesome board books.
Even Nate has one full of strange sci-fi things I admit I will NEVER read.
And now I have one! Here are a few of my favorite books that it holds:
1. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
2. Fall on Your Knees- Anne Marie MacDonald
3. Defining your own Success (Breastfeeding after a Breast Reduction) - Diana West
4. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
* Yes, #3 is on my bookshelf and I am not ashamed to say I did have a reduction for medical reasons, back in 2002. I included it on my list above because it really helped me in the months leading up to Grace's birth and for many months after. A good read if you are in that spot. Or feel free to e-mail me with questions. I don't mind chatting about it.
Three delicious new books hit my mailbox yesterday though and I am smitten with them. For our December book it is 'Christmas Chronicles' by Jeff Guinn and holds such treasures as 'The Autobiography of Santa Claus', 'How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas' and 'The Great Santa Search'. I am waiting until December 1st to delve into it (and am anxiously looking forward to that date to do so!).
Then there are the two trilogy series of Griffin & Sabine. YUM! I tore into the first two books yesterday and only stopped because of the late hour. This is a series of postcards sent back and forth between two people. The artwork is great, and you even get to open up envelopes to take out letters to read. SO good.
So my friends, what is on your bookshelf that you absolutely love?
*This is my second post today. Please scroll down to see the first.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
And what is a birthday (if even just a half of one) without a treat? I sent her off to the dayhome with these:
The recipe calls for a TON of chocolate chips. I only put in a third and it seemed to be lots. I will just keep telling myself that they have to be semi good for the kids, given there are Rice Krispies in them (har har har).
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I actually titled the e-mail "Very Important Christmas List" Might as well make it easy on the guy right?
Are you in full fledged Christmas mode now that November is here? I am doing great at picking up gifts for the kids on our list (because honestly, shopping for the wee ones is so much fun). But I'm really stuck with my hubby. Is it just me that struggles with gifts for men, or do you too?
If you are reading this and in the States today. Please vote. I can't wait to see the result tonight. Oh, and check out Molly's post today. It made me giggle out loud. I have requested an Obama puppet of my very own ;) Do you think I will actually get one? Me neither, but it was worth asking.
Monday, November 3, 2008
In no particular order:
Erin - for so willingly cancelling our hotel on Saturday night and our spa day on Sunday, so that our weekend away could turn into just a quick night away. And for doing all the driving, so that for just a few hours, I could just sit. (A novel concept). A second thank you for watching Grace for me for three hours on Sunday so I could go running yet again.
Alicia (& Keith) - a big thank you for adjusting your work schedules so that you could pick up Grace from the dayhome on Thursday night, so that I could be with Nate in Banff for his surgery. A special thank you that despite that we made it home in time and could have gotten her, that you were still willing to do it for us so our lives would be a little less crazy. And a third thank you, for coming over on Saturday night and watching Grace so that I could do my whirlwind mountain trip with Erin.
Lil - without even blinking Lil offered to also come over with Alicia on Thursday night (and picked Alicia up!) so I could do my run with Erin.
So ladies, without you, my training would not have happened this past weekend. And I feel EXTREMELY blessed, that I have you all in my life (& that Grace has such wonderful Aunties!). I honestly could not say thank you enough.
Ok, Oscars are done. But I still have one more thing to address. It's this post. Do you remember it? I had just come back to work and was feeling rather frazzled. Frazzled probably isn't even an appropriate enough word. I was gently reminded of this post this morning by my friend Laurie (Grace's dayhome provider). I think I caused Laurie some undue stress that it was her dayhome that was causing me such agnst. I realized I haven't spoken much about how I am managing (& how Grace is doing) now that we are two months in to our new routine. I am very pleased to report, that Laurie is absolutely amazing. Work has been so easy going with the hours I can do, and the day to day shuffle, really doesn't feel so crazy anymore. I have mastered the crockpot, and the art of making enough food on my days at home, that we have lots of leftovers for the Monday to Wednesday grind. And really, how could I not be at ease? When I get to Laurie's, and the first thing my bean wants is 'down' and she runs to hug Nathan, Laurie's little guy. I couldn't ask for anything more. Laurie you are a godsend. Have no fear. As I said this morning, I'm just an overly emotional person.
If you've made it through all that, here's the fun bit for you all. The 'blind' people are coming this morning to my home. Nate and I haven't had window coverings in our home for six years. That is as long as we have owned our home. The only rooms with blinds were the bedrooms (ours actually up to last night, still had the originals from the previous owners. Trust me, they were nasty). All the others were cheap buys at Rona or Walmart. The Hunter Douglas blinds soon to arrive today, will feel like I am living in luxury. If I would have posted this last night, I would have only had two reasons why I really need blinds. Now I have three.
1. When our new windows went in and we still had our ensuite bathroom (now it is just an empty room with framing) there were no blinds, and when I showered in the cube stall, all the neighbours could see me naked. I took to throwing a towel over the shower stall, and quickly dashing from the shower to the sink afterwards.
2. Our downstairs bathroom faces our neighbours window (whose blinds have always been closed - thank goodness our neighbours have decency and have blinds). They were always closed until Saturday. I got up from going to the washroom, looked over, and the blinds were open and someone was sitting there - OMG!
3. Last night, I took the nasty 80 blinds down in our master bedroom to prep for the new wonderful blinds to arrive today. That left me with glowing street lamps shining into our bedroom all night. Picture this. I slept with earplugs in, and those eye covers for sleeping in airplanes. Very sexy, I know.
I may be raving about the fact that I have blinds for at least the next six years to come. Such a lovely little luxury (and I think my neighbours will be oh so thankful).
*What do you think of my new blog colour? I have tried to simplify a few things so that it is less scattered. I also updated all my race results. One more race to go before Goofy!
*I just realized I never posted this yesterday. I ran 24K on Sunday. Weekend total of 34K. Half the distance I need to do in Disney (jaw dropping is totally appropriate here). Very scary indeed.