Showing posts from January, 2009


I'm so tired of meal planning. Blurgh. It's never-ending. Like laundry. Counting calories only makes it harder. It's not an excuse to quit, just a moment to whine about adding more math and planning into my life.My favorite scent right now is fruits & passion - grapefruit guava. I can't get enough of it!Our May long weekend is finally booked at Fairmont Hot Springs. Something to look forward to. It will be fun to spend the weekend with family.
Going to the gym is a humbling experience. Everyday, I surely find new ways to embarrass myself. But I keep coming back for more.
I miss Russ. It's not like I don't see him everyday, but we seem to have less time to connect lately and I sense the loss of those hours. I need to plan a date night.
Kia is feeling a bit better. She's working through it and is back in school, but now her best buddy is sick. She's joined the Drama Club and is working on the props for an upcoming play of The Princess and the …

Home with the sick one

This is only the second sick day of the school year, and for our kidlet that is impressive. She's not even that sick, but her sneezes..well, they are big and wet. Not cute little toot-like sneezes. But ones that cause her to cover her face, run for the washroom, wipe, rinse and dry.

It was a quiet weekend. The cold weather left us all fairly happy to stay home. Russ really wanted to get out into his workshop and start setting it up. He's got a few new 'guy things' for his wood working hobby and is just chomping at the bit to get out there and get working. -28'C isn't really conducive to time spent outside in a cold garage for prolonged periods of time.

I've been doing lots of reading. I'm almost done Fat Wars, which was like reading something written by my high school gym teacher. It's not your average exercise/diet book, but instead focuses on the science behind metabolism and nutrition. There were some interesting insights and recommenda…

The Urban Prep Creed

We believe.
We are the young men of Urban Prep.
We are college bound.
We are exceptional-not because we say it, but because we work hard at it.
We will not falter in the face of any obstacle placed before us.
We are dedicated, committed and focused.
We never succumb to mediocrity, uncertainty or fear.
We never fail because we never give up.
We make no excuses.
We choose to live honestly, nonviolently and honorably.
We respect ourselves and, in doing so, respect all people.
We have a future for which we are accountable.
We have a responsibility to our families, community and world.
We are our brothers' keepers.
We believe in ourselves.
We believe in each other.
We believe in Urban Prep.

During all the inauguration happenings...what stood out the most to me was the Urban Prep Academies Creed. I must thank Coach Charrise and her blog for reminding me to go check out the school website. Powerful powerful words. I used this in my talk to the Young Woman the other night regar…

The Flush

So, I've been working on getting healthier. I don't have any ulterior motives. I just want to be healthy and comfortable in my skin again. The exercise I've been doing is slowly producing more energy in my days, so yay for that. I also just started on a vitamin and mineral supplement plan. Last night I took Niacin (B3) for the first time in a long time.


For some reason when everything I read about Niacin talked about the flushing affect that accompanies it, I thought it would exclude me. "No, I won't have to worry about that," I stupidly told myself because I seriously thought I would somehow be immune. I was advised take a couple baby asprins a half hour before popping the Niacin tablet, right before bed for the best benefit. Fifteen minutes later in bed...I felt this strange sensation in my stomach and them WHAMMO -I was on fire. My skin was red like I was Hell-Boy's hornless sister. I literally went from pastey Canadian white to Mexi…


I was reading an article that features different sellers at Etsy. Today they featured an older couple, that own and run the shop Paradise Hill Designs. In the article they share how they"sat down and wrote a scenario of our ideal lifestyle. The strongest points emerging were being creative and living in a homestead setting as self-sufficiently as possible. Serendipity led us to the peaceful setting of Paradise Hill, where we have since become deeply rooted. The motto, "Do what you can with what you’ve got" inspired us to build furniture for our house, using simple tools and barn wood we found on the property. A passion for designing and creating took over and resulted in Rick handcrafting a beautiful shop and Heidi sketching original designs of functional home d├ęcor, trying her hand at woodburning and also writing songs."

This struck me today. I connect to this way of thinking and I have to admit the lifestyle they describe is one, I long for. A rustic cabin in N…

Feeling the pain

I'm working out. I've been working out a whole heck of a lot and I'm not going to lie, I'm feeling the pain. I'm trying to work out 6 days a week...which means Saturdays have been added to my routine. In my life I can think of about 5 other times I have worked out on a it's new. Plus on top of the workout, we did lots of things today; chipping ice off the driveway being one, and lots of errands around Edmonton. A stop at Planet Organic in Old Strathcona to get Steel Cut Oatmeal and what turned out to be a very expensive brown bag of vitamins, lotions and more. A stop at Sports Mart, a visit to the brand new Future Shop in the south end of town and folks, I was done. DONE like a toddler close to nap time. I don't know where this energy is that active people talk about, but dude, I hit the wall today and had to fight my natural urge to maim.

You know...I am feeling better...but right now the feeling passes quickly. Anyways, at the gym I&#…

Kia, strikes again

Me and the kidlet have been having lots of heart to heart talks lately. Grade 4 seems to be where little girls develop claws and she's gotten a few scratches in the discovery. At the end of one of our talks she said that she's been keeping the fortune cookie paper she got from my birthday dinner in her desk at school. Well, somehow this boy that sits next to her got it and read it to some kids in class. Kia told him it was hers, but he just shrugged and put it in his pocket. Instead of starting something, my little kidlet found a tiny scrap of paper, wrote out the fortune again, from memory, and then on the back wrote - "my fortune from Mom's birthday". Besides me thinking she sits beside a totally little turd, it reminded me just how incredibly sweet and awesome my kid is.


Totally saw this on Debbi's blog and stole it...because I LOVE it and it makes me happy. If I was a guy I would watch Beyonce's Single Ladies video on a tri-daily basis. Seriously, I even forced my husband to watch it and he was BORED. Um...did you not see that girl shaking her very beautiful self in what can only be described as mesmerizing ways? What is wrong with you? Yet this version is better because this guy is actually keeping up and doing what all us fans of the song are secretly wanting to with them.


At any given time there are "beeps" going off in our home. The culprit is usually coming from Russyl's work Blackberry. He works with early birds and night owls and it is not uncommon for the thing to beep after 11pm and as early as 5:30am. Clearly, he works with people who could party with vampires.

Now most of you know that I am the ears in this relationship and all sounds, squawks, sobs, bumps, buzzes, creaks and commotions fall under my designation. I like to think of this as one of the many perks Russ received when he married me, or part of his Eternal Benefits Plan. Whereas Russ has provided me with an eternity of lawn mowing, snow removal, and woodworking, my job is to listen.

I really am quite good at what I do. There was one night where we heard this loud crash and I described it as someone throwing a shopping cart over our fence at the side of the house. Well, the next day upon investigation, something had been tossed over our fence but it wasn't a sho…

Never Ending Snow Fall

I really don't have much to share. It continues to snow on a daily basis. The snow fall continues to reek havoc on Russyl's building deadlines as well as the multi-layers of packed snow and ice that has become our driveway. It's really such a bother and I think it's safe to say that the snowfall this year has officially kicked our collective butts. We go shopping and look wistfully at the snowblowers, but even they could not manage the layers of snow, freezing rain and ice that show the sediments of this winter season, so we pocket the $1000+ dollars and continue doing manual labour. I did learn that an hour of vigorous snow removal can burn 500+ calories, dependant of course on your vigorosity. Can you tell I'm desperate?

Today is all about laundry, and house keeping. Here's a parting shot of the cute one, picking her up from school yesterday. Nothing gets her down.

Quote on Fear

I thought this was an interesting quote and I do agree with it. The day Russ and I were to be married, it's safe to say, we both had a good deal of fear. In fact our bodies were overcome with fear just prior to our marriage ceremony. We stood hand in hand outside of the sealing room, completely terrified. But it was the type of fear spoken of in this quote, we knew what we were about to do was absolutely the right thing, yet we were still pretty scared of the step itself. A lifetime eternity of unknowns awaited us in marriage.

I really think there is a difference between that inner voice or prompting that whispers caution and warnings to us and fear. Fear is self doubt. Fear is the collective voice of all our lifelong naysayers chanting their doubt from the sidelines. Fear is not a still small voice, but a mocking voice. Fear would tell you that you will fail, that you don't deserve happiness, that the risk is too great, that you are unworthy. Well that is clearly cra…


I love being organized.
It is something I used to do.
It is something I used to be.

Since moving out of our small two bedroom flat, and into our smallish 4 level split, I have not really managed to live up to the word. Organization and me seem to have split ways en route to the new place. When I turned left at Sherwood Park, it hung a right and headed to Wainwright. I have been somewhat numb to our parting until recently.

You see...I miss it. I'm being taken down by a pistachio green side-split and quite frankly that is humiliating. The old adage that you can't organize clutter is true. I've tried. It can't be done. Now some of you wise readers are probably thinking of my word choice for 2009: complete and you're thinking that I am wanting to be completely organized. No, I know myself too well to utter that request. But here it is...I still love the concept of organization and I want to do better. I want to purge some of the junk we know longer need. I want to have a s…

Something I love

I have what can only be described as an obsession with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. My family just shakes their head, yet totally fed into it when they bought me the trilogy extended edition for Christmas. I have been happily devouring every minute of the 12+ hours this edition has to offer since it became mine. It is an abolute must have for any fan of the books and the movies. I can't even begin to tell you the number of Ribbon Wands that have been made to various scenes of the movie, I put the movies on that often. I can't think of a better way to pass the time while working than hanging out with my buddies from Middle Earth. I know that totally makes me a nerd. I'm okay with that.


On a Saturday, this place is absolute madness. It's like standing room only in Hell. Russ and I braved the masses today and came out victorious! Our headboard and dressers are now in the house and the confusion of assembly can begin. Not to mention the mad cleaning frenzy to make room for two dressers and a headboard in our disaster area of a bedroom, which hopefully will soon be a wonderfully organized can dream, right? was your day?

Keeks and me ventured out to go check out the big fabric sale at Fabricland, running today and tomorrow. Nice way to ring in the new year if you ask me! It was a great sale, we made some great finds, and I was able to get a hefty restocking of notions for future and current projects. Kia is really crazy about designing things and having me sew them. I would rather, she do the sewing, but I'm happy to support her venture into this little world.

The new fabric has been inspiring me to tidy my shop space and make room for a pretty display of folded fat quarters, half yards and pretty bundles of fabrics. Out with the old and in with the new, right!? ;)