Posted in Parenting

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Sometimes, you get up in the morning (at 5:45 no less because that’s when the baby happened to decide it was time to start the day) and you say to yourself carpe diem!  If I’m going to get up this early, I may as well make the most of my day.

Sometimes, you make a whole bunch of grand plans for the day.  Plans like:

  • doing the dishes from breakfast and your little brother’s midnight snack
  • preparing the chili for the evening’s supper
  • doing a load of laundry
  • writing an email to consumer support to get the still-under-warranty diapers fixed
  • sorting through a couple of boxes of baby clothes
  • getting lunch ready

And that was just for this morning.

Sometimes, the baby also has a bunch of grand plans for the day.  Plans like:

  • crying
  • whining
  • being held
  • wipe his runny nose all over his face
  • run a fever
  • imitate a purring kitten with every breath because he has chest congestion

Well, I managed to do a bit of dishes and I put a load in the washing machine.  But, I’m mostly doing this:

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Yup.  So, I guess I’ll be wearing the baby for most of the day.  Oh well, I can think of worse ways to spend the day.

Posted in Ten Thought Tuesday

Ten Thought Tuesday: March 28th

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  1. Do you take a look at the posts people read via your stats sometimes?  Last Sunday I noticed that someone had read my post from 2 years ago on Biaxin.  Some poor soul out there is desperately trying to find a way to get their toddler to down the darned medication.  If you’re reading this, best of luck!
  2. After practicing getting into baby bear mode for the past week, Elliot managed to pull up on his own yesterday.  He was so proud!
  3. I realized yesterday that my contact me page sends people to an email that I don’t use anymore.  I found four email that had been sent over the past year to me via the contact form.  I’m bummed because I missed out on four guest post requests that would have been really interesting.  Now, I only have to figure out how to change the address.  Does anyone have an idea how?  At worst, I’ll just contact someone at live chat.  I hear they’re life-savers.
  4. Yesterday, I finished going through all of my clothing.  I’m planning on writing a separate post on the process, but I will say this: I never thought of myself as having a lot of clothing, but oh boy, the process put things into perspective!
  5. Saturday was our weekly movie night.  We watched Moana together (am I the only one who loves this movie and who can’t seem to get the music out of her head?).  I’d seen it once before when I went to the movies with Charles and still enjoyed it thoroughly, as did everyone else!

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    Everyone is enjoying the movie.
  6. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the human body adapts.  After suffering from really sore calves for three days after doing my first transition run I haven’t had any soreness since – this despite doubling my run time to 2 min run/ 1 min walk.  I also had significantly less trouble with my breathing.
  7. The weather seems to be on a warming trend (finally!).  For the next week, the highs are forcasted to be on the plus side even dipping into the double digits near the start of next week.  P.s.: I’m doing a happy dance right now.
  8. Tonight we’re eating some chili.  Yummy!  I’m planning on trying to cook the beans in my slow-cooker, because each time I make red kidney beans, they always seem to turn out crunchy.
  9. I saw that Star Trek Beyond has come out on Netflix.  I’m eager to find some time to watch it.
  10. I received the steam mop I ordered last week.  I felt like a kid who’d just received a much coveted gift and I couldn’t wait to try it.  I am super happy with it.  I love how easy it it to clean my floors now!

What’s on your mind this Tuesday?  Feel free to comment of link up to a random thought post of your own!

Posted in Blogging

Questions and Answers

Cheila over at Pink for Days posted questions for her readers on her blog.  She encouraged us to reply in her comments section, but I decided to be a rebel and post my answers here.  I’ve written about most of these things on my blog anyways over the years (gosh, that makes me sound old).

  1. What is your first name?  Sophie
  2. Do you have a middle name? Nope
  3. Can you tell me your age and birthday? I’m 32.  My birthday is in the first week of December (bonus points for anyone who figures out when exactly – it’s in my blog…somewhere).
  4. Where in the world are you? I’m in Eastern Canada
  5. What is your maternal language? What language do you speak at home? Do you speak any other languages? My maternal language is French.  I also speak English (duh).
  6. Are you married? If so, how many years? Did you have a big wedding? I am!  It’ll be a year on May 21st.  We had a very small wedding.  As far as I remember, there were 21 of us including, myself, my husband and our two kids (because I was pregnant with Elliot at the time).
  7. Are you single? Do you have a boyfriend? if so, how many years have you been together?  Though my husband and I have been married less than a year, we’ve been together almost 10.
  8. Are you a mom or dad? How many babes do you have? Can you tell me their first names or nicknames and ages?  I’m a mom to three beautiful littles.  Charles (4), Amélie (2.5) and Elliot (9 months).
  9. What do you do for a living?  You mean when I’m not on maternity leave?  Ha!  I’m a special ed teacher in high school.
  10. What did you study in University? Did you attend?  I studied…wait for it…Education!
  11. What’s your favorite book?  Do I really have to pick one?  Hum: Le Petit Prince, The Harry Potter series and the His Dark Materials series are among my favourites.
  12. What’s your favorite movie? I really enjoy Les Choristes.
  13. What is your favorite band or artist? I love Mauvais Sort.  I also enjoy The Civil Wars.
    If we’re talking instrumental, I’d go with James Galaway or Jean-Pierre Rampal (two amazing flutists).
  14. What is your favorite food? Oh sushi!  Definitely sushi.
  15. Do you have any hobbies?  Too many.  Gaming, crochet, running, reading, blogging, baking…
  16. What sports/activities do you practice?  I run and do some at-home crossfit-like workouts.
  17. Do you have any pets? Can you tell me their names?  Sadly no.  We had leopard geckos before having kids.  I’ve talked my husband into letting me have a dog once all our kids are in school.
  18. What time is it for you right now?  Right now, it’s 5:17pm.  But this post is scheduled for 8am tomorrow (March 27th).
  19. Why do you blog? I blog to connect with others, to comment, exchange ideas, empty my too-full mind, share the craziness that comes with having three young kiddos.  I also love writing.
  20. What do you love about blogging? Is there something you don’t like?  I love commenting and replying to comments others take the time to write.  I’m not sure if there’s anything I don’t like about blogging.

So, there you have it.  Now you all know a little more about me!

Do you have a question for me?  Leave it in the comments section and I’ll gladly answer.  If anyone else would like to post their answers to these 20 questions (or a selection of them), feel free to link your post.

Posted in fitness, Parenting

Sunday Runday: Week 9

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Hello again!

If you’re new to this series of posts, I recommend you start here to get a sense of what I’ve been up to.

How last week went

  • Runs:  My runs were really interesting!  Changing from a heel strike to a forefoot strike is going well.  My body seems to be adjusting nicely to the change.  I mistakenly did my Sunday run twice as long as it should have and my calves were on fire for the three following days.  I was also really out of breath which I found weird as I was just doing 1 min run followed by 1 min walk 10 times (though I should have done it 5 times).  After looking at my splits though, I understood why: by running at the recommended 180 steps per minute, I was doing splits of 5:50/km pace.  I have never done that before!  On Tuesday, I ran at 170 steps per minute which was better and on Thursday I ran at 160 which I found a bit slow.  I reckon my comfort zone is somewhere in between.
  • Crossfit: The Australian pull-ups…whoa!  They were hard BUT I managed to do them (which is more than I can say for my ability to do regular pull-ups).  I found it really encouraging and am looking forward to doing more!  As for the rest, I managed to finish with 2 minutes to spare in my 20 minute cutoff goal.  I was really happy as I was certain I’d never have time to finish.

Week 9 plan

Sunday: Run

  • Forefoot drills (5 minutes)
  • 15 minute run (2 min. run /1 min. walk) x 5
  • 5 minute cool down walk + stretches

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Run

  • See Sunday run

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: Run

  • See Sunday run

Friday: Crossfit!

  • Strength: Cleans 10-10-10-10-10 (5 for each arm with a 15lb kettlebell)
  • WOD: 8 rounds
    • 10 mountain climbers
    • 10 jumping jacks
    • 5 knee push ups

Saturday: Rest day

What are you doing to keep in shape this week?

Happy Sunday!

Posted in More Than A Mom

F is for…Facial!!!

I love a good facial.  I could seriously have one every single week.  Alas, since I don’t have a money-sprouting -tree in my backyard (so sad *snif*snif*), I had to find other ways to bring happiness to the sensitive skin on my face.

The last time I had a facial was on my birthday.  My wonderful husband booked one for me (as well as a mani/pedi and a massage – you see, this is one of the many reasons I married him – so thoughtful!).  The esthetician (is that even a word in English?) I had was passionate about her job (and took a scary amount of pleasure in torturing me removing my blackheads).

While we were chatting, she mentioned that she took the time to pamper her face weekly.  “You might say that it’s part of my job to have clear skin, but I do it for me more than I do it for the expectations of the job”, she said.  When I told her that I didn’t really see how I would have time to take better care of my face she started talking about her masks: “I’m doing the dishes, I have my mask on;  I’m folding some clothes, I’ve got my mask on; I’m cleaning my house, I’m wearing my mask.  One time, I went to Tim Hortons and people were looking at me funny.  I realized I’d forgotten to take my mask off before leaving the house!”, she concluded.

Multitasking?  I can do that!  I mean, it’s not like I have to stay perfectly still and do nothing while a mask is working its magic, right?  Before leaving, I asked if she could recommend a good cream for my face, bought it and went back home.  The next day, I was researching home facials.

Through my research, I figured that I would need an exfoliant, a mask and a hydrating cream.  Since I already had the cream, all that was left was to find the other two ingredients.

Here’s my happy face routine (I try to do this every Friday as soon as all the kids are in bed)

Step 1: Open up those pores!

I start off with a washcloth that I dip in hot water.  Then, I sorta wring it out and put it over my face.

Step 2: Dead skin cells, be gone!

I then put a bit of exfoliant in my hand (pssst…by this time, my washcloth is off my face ok?) and massage it into my face (pro tip: eyeballs do not like to be exfoliated, I know this from experience!) to exfoliate and remove the dead skin cells.  Then, it’s time to wet that washcloth again to remove the exfoliant from my skin.

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I love this scrub!  It’s gentle enough to be used every day and works wonderfully.

Step 3: Schlop some mud on your face

I’ve tried a few combinations since starting my weekly facial routine, this is by far my favourite:

  • 2 tsp moroccan red clay powder
  • 1 tsp orange blossom floral water
  • 1 tsp rose floral water

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I mix the ingredients together to form a paste and spread it on my face.  Then, I let it sit for 20 minutes as I do something productive like fold some clothes, do the dishes or take up my crochet hook and watch something on Netflix (hey, that’s productive, right??.

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Smells so good!

Step 4: Clean and moisturize!

Now is the time I remove the dried clay (this is when my face thanks me as it is able to move again).  I usually hit the shower to do this, but sometimes, I just remove it with some water and a washcloth.  All that’s left after is to apply some moisturizer to my face.

Step 5…(optional but oh so satisfying)

Wait, I lied, there’s another step.  Usually, the following day, I can’t stop touching my face because it’s so soft.  Think, baby skin soft.  Yeah, it’s freaking impressive!

Do you like facials?  Do you have a happy face routine?

Posted in Minimalism

Letting Go – Part 2

This is part 2 of my series on my quest to tidiness.  You can find part 1 here.

But you see, lately, I’ve come to realize that I’m not as zen in an untidy environment as I used to.  I’m feeling myself being slowly but surely pulled towards needing my immediate environment to be tidy in order to function better.

So now, the question is: how should I go about becoming tidy knowing that it has to be:

  1. easy (well, relatively easy)
  2. quick
  3. sustainable

I realized that the best way to keep my house tidy and easy to clean was to have less stuff.  If I have less stuff, then it’s simpler to find a spot for everything (so it’s easier to put things away where they go).  If I have less stuff, then it’s easier to dust/clean/vacuum because there are less things to move around.  If I (and the kids) have less clothing, then I’m less likely to be stuck with ridiculously large amounts of clothing to wash because I won’t be able to wait as long between loads of laundry.

I realized that the best way to keep my house tidy and easy to clean was to embrace minimalism.

So I started researching ways to gain control over all of the stuff in my house.  Now, there are a plethora of books, blogs, articles, documentaries that address the issue of minimalism.  After a fair amount of research, I found one book that had a method I found really interesting.

The book is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  It’s author, Marie Kondo presents what she has dubbed the “KonMari method”.  It’s basically a two-step process:

  1. Declutter
  2. Organize

I know, I know, you guys are probably saying :”well, duh, didn’t you know that already?”.  But the important bit is that you have to declutter everything before reorganizing your stuff.  One of my problems, being a perfectionist, is that I try to do everything at once.  But that has never worked out for me because it’s just too much to handle at once.

The other major point is how she approaches the act of decluttering.  You see, instead of tackling this task room by room, she had found that going category by category is a much more logical approach.

Following her method, I will be tackling my decluttering in the following order:

  1. Clothing
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Komono (misc. like DVDs, electronic devices, hobby stuff, cleaning supplies…)
  5. Sentiment

She works from what she has found to be the easiest to let go of to what is hardest to let go of.  Since each category is divided into sub-categories, it means that it’s something that very doable even with a baby, a toddler and a 4 year old running around the house.

I’m going to start working on clothing this week, sub-category by sub-category until I’ve reached the end of the list.  Then, I’ll tackle my kids’ clothing.  After that, I’ll be able to move on to the next category.

Guys, I’m ridiculously excited!

Look out for part 3 where I’ll go through the process of decluttering with more detail and talking about the “rule of thumb” to help decide what to keep and what to let go of.

Are you a minimalist?  How did you go about it?  How did you proceed?

 

Posted in Ten Thought Tuesday

Ten Thought Tuesday: March 21st

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  1. I want to take the time to thank three amazing bloggers for some award nominations.  Valerie, Cheila and Tami nominated me for the Liebster, Cramm and Blogger Recognition Award respectively.  I haven’t had time to post yet, but I’m working on them!
  2. I just realized that Elliot hit the 9 month mark yesterday.  How did that happen?
  3. Today, we’ve got a packed morning.  We’re in need of changing the windows to our house so my husband and I are going window shopping (quite literally ha!) after driving the kids to daycare.
  4. Tomorrow is Elliot’s 9 month well visit.  I really love his doctor (who’s actually not a pediatrician but my GP).  She’s fantastic and has taken Charles and Amélie as well.  I am very happy because I’ve never been satisfied with the previous pediatrician.
  5. Last weekend, Charles went to a sugar shack with my sister and her boyfriend.  He slept over at her place on Friday evening, then, the next day, took the subway and a coach bus to get there.  He was ecstatic because he loves the guy so much!

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    Hard to tell who’s happiest to be there!
  6. I just ordered a steam mop to replace the Swiffer and traditional mop we have.  I am ridiculously excited over the purchase and can’t wait to try it out.  I’m certain it’ll make my life a lot easier.
  7. On Sunday I ran my first transition run.  Considering I ran twice as long as I should have by accident, it went really well.  I was following the advice to run at 180 strides per minute, but will have to tone it down as it is too quick to be a sustainable pace for me currently.  I have to say though, my calves were on fire yesterday and they’re still sore today.  I’m eager to see how today’s run will go.

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    Notice the funky shape of the shoes? That’s what makes them so comfortable! No more scrunched up toes.
  8. I’m not sure what I want to eat for supper tonight.  What are you guys eating?
  9. I had my first taste of matcha tea on Sunday.  It was peach-flavoured, it was iced and it was yummy!  I’m seriously considering buying some to make at home.
  10. Over the weekend, we went to the library to get some new books.  I’m so happy because I’m rediscovering my love of reading.  I picked up the second tome of the Deathnote manga.  What are you currently reading?

What’s on your mind this Tuesday?  Feel free to comment of link up to a random thought post of your own!

Posted in Parenting

Wild Thing

I mentioned in a previous post that I don’t kill spiders (or other insects for that matter).  This means that we have a few resident eight-legged friends hanging around in the corners of some rooms of the house.  My children have grown, hum…accustom to them? fond of them?…I’m not quite sure which word would best describe their relationship to our household spiders.  Anyway, during each meal, Charles and Amélie look up at the junction between the ceiling and the walls of the dining room to find out which of the spiderweb hammock one of our resident arachnids is chilling in.

Usually, they find the spider and then go back to their meal.  This morning, however, something unexpected happened.  After spotting the resting spider, their attention was drawn to another spot on the ceiling.  I followed their gaze and saw a spider taking a leisurely stroll on the living room ceiling.  We watched it as it approached a helium-filled balloon and then, to their utter surprise, let itself fall to the ground.

With a sense of urgency in his voice, Charles immediately asked me where the spider was.  Now, if you think that it was because he was afraid of the spider, think again.  The simple fact is, he was concerned about its well-being.  I assured him that the spider was fine and then proceeded to place it inside an overturned glass bowl.  Charles came close to observe it and together we watched as it crawled inside the bowl.  We got a good look at its legs and pincers and abdomen.  Then, we brought it downstairs to relocate it to the garage.

As we were coming up the stairs, Charles’ boundless curiosity and scientific mind decided to hook up:

Mom, that spider was weird wasn’t it.  It was walking around instead of sleeping and hiding like all the other spiders.  Is it because it was a wild spider?

Haha!  I guess that means all of the other spiders in the house are pets?  Oh well, at least they’re low maintenance!

Posted in Minimalism

Letting Go – Part 1

For those of you who don’t know me very well yet, let me tell you a bit about myself.  I can appear to be full of contradictions.

I am, for instance:

  • Untidy but organized;
  • Calm yet intense;
  • An avid procrastinator and and equally big perfectionist

When I was a child (and a teen…and a young adult still living at my parents’ house), the state of my room would drive my mom nuts.  Like seriously nuts.  I still remember one instance in which my room was so untidy that even my dad came downstairs to help me regain control over it.  Eventually, my mom decided that in order to save her own sanity, she’d ask me to keep the door to my room closed.

But you know what?  I could find anything in my room.  It was an organized mess.  My mom once told me that she had trouble organizing her thoughts if the physical things around her weren’t in order.  In my case, I had to organize what ever was going on in my head to be able to organize the things around me.  Since I can be kind of intense and get into a whole bunch of projects at once, it would take quite a bit of time before my head was organized enough to be able to tackle my room.

I’ve never had trouble living in an untidy environment.  If you were to come into my house without previously announcing your visit, you’d probably wonder how I can find anything (or walk around without stepping on any toys, or sit on the couch without sitting on any clothes, or, or, or…).

I’ve always been able to totally chill even if there were some dirty dishes (or clean ones that had to be put away).  I’ve never had a problem with seeing loads of clean laundry sitting in the hamper, waiting to be folded and put away.  Floors needed to be swept (or vacuumed, or mopped)?  Bah!  It can wait.  Table needed to be wiped down?  Meh, I’ll take care of it later.  Bed not made?  Who cares, I’m going to sleep in it tonight anyways!  Clothes littering the floor (right beside the hamper, I might add)?  Not a problem, I mean, I’m going to pile them on the floor on Saturday to wash them anyways.

You get the picture, right?

But you see, lately, I’ve come to realize that I’m not as zen in an untidy environment as I used to.  I’m feeling myself being slowly but surely pulled towards needing my immediate environment to be tidy in order to function better.  I realized that this change has kind of creeped up on me since having my first child.  I mean, it’s not just me that I have to organize now, I need to organize my days with the kids as well.

But, you know, I think I’ve found a solution and I’m going to share it with you…in part 2.

Are you a tidy person or do you live in an organized mess?  Have you always been that way?

Posted in fitness, Parenting

Sunday Runday: Weeks 7 & 8

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Hello again!

If you’re new to this series of posts, I recommend you start here to get a sense of what I’ve been up to.

So, you guys probably noticed, but I completely forgot to post my weekly Sunday Runday post last week so I’ll be covering 2 weeks in this one.

How week 6 went

  • Runs: Runs weren’t too awesome.  Since I didn’t do my usual Sunday run on account of stuffing my face at the sugar shack, I was kind of thrown off.  I did manage to do 2 runs out of 3 though, so not too bad.  I’ve been really needing a break from Winter so I actually did one of my runs outside (never mind that it was raining and freezing!).  It went pretty well considering.  I managed to run 21 minutes straight, but had to walk for about a minute when I turned onto an icy street.  Once I cleared the ice, I finished my run.
  • Crossfit: I didn’t too it.  Hey, I’m only human, right!?!

Week 7 plan

Sunday: Run (C25K, week 7, day 3)

  • Brisk 5 min warm up walk
  • Run: 25 min. jog
  • 5 min cool down walk

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Run (C25K week 8, day 1)

  • Brisk 5 min warm up walk
  • Run: 28 min. jog
  • 5 min cool down walk

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: Run (C25k week 8, day 2)

  • See Tuesday run

Friday: Crossfit!

  • Strength: Weighted squats (weights next to hips) 8 – 8 – 8 – 8 – 8
  • WOD: 10 minute AMRAP
    • 10 jumping squats
    • 10 jumping back and forth
    • 10 air squats
    • 10 plank side crunches

Saturday: Rest day

How last week went

  • Runs:

I’ve been having trouble with these.  My heart just doesn’t seem to be in the game these days (of course, the fact that we got slammed with 50cm of snow in 18 hours when all of the previous snow had almost all melted doesn’t help).

On Tuesday, I went out despite the raging snowstorm.  I decided to run for 15 minutes instead of the 25 I was supposed to do because I didn’t want to stay too long.  I also did a 5-10 minute test run with my new shoes.  They are “zero drop” shoes which means that my heal isn’t higher up than my forefoot.  I’m planning on transitioning from a heal-strike run to a forefoot strike style of running and I need to do so slowly to avoid any injuries.  I filmed myself so that I could analyze my run and correct any forms issues.

On Thursday, I went outside and shoveled my side of the driveway (which took about 40 minutes).  Our fantastic neighbour was kind enough to remove most of the snow from my driveway with his snowblower, but he couldn’t remove it where I was parked.  By the time I was finished, I had no desire to go out and run!

  • Crossfit: It went really well!  I can now definitely feel like I’m more in shape than I was about two months ago.  I’m less out of breath and I feel as though I’ve got more muscle tone.

Week 8 plan (this coming week)

I’m  stopping the C25k program to be able to transition from a heal-stike to a forefoot strike using this guide.

Sunday: Run

  • Forefoot drills (5 minutes)
  • 10 minute run (1 min. run /1 min. walk) x 5
  • 5 minute cool down walk + stretches

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Run

  • See Sunday run

 

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: Run (C25k week 8, day 2)

  • See Sunday run

Friday: Crossfit!

  • Strength: Australian pull-ups 5-5-5-5
  • WOD: 4 rounds
    • 10 box jumps
    • 15 wall balls
    • 50 singles (jump rope)

Saturday: Rest day

What are you doing to keep in shape this week?

 

Happy Sunday!