Posted in crochet

Wednesday WIP: April 4th 2017

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Hi guys!

I’m so happy to be doing a new WIP Wednesday!  Woot woot!

I finally finished my sister-in-law’s poncho over the weekend.  I don’t know exactly why it took me so long to finish, I mean, the pattern works up very quickly.  I guess I just got caught up in a whole lot of other things (I have waaaay to many projects in my head!).

Wanna take a look?  Of course you do!

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out!  I ended up needing six skeins of yarn (I used Vanna’s choice), two for each colour.  Honestly, I had a bit of a hard time actually giving it away once I tried it on – so comfy!

Now, I’m working on two new projects.  You already know that I’m working on a pig beanie for Charles.  He’s even picked out colours for the insides of the ears (Yoda green) and snout (sunglass-worthy orange).

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Though these are, quite obviously, not the colours I would have chosen, but I absolutely love the fact that his mind isn’t blocked by conventions.

My other project, despite the fact that the weather is finally warming up, is a scarf.  I bought a Caron Cake and had been wondering what to do with it.  Then, I saw this woven tartan pattern on Tami’s blog (Tanglewood Knots) and it gave me an idea.  I decided to do my filet mesh with the cake and am planning on doing my chains in grey.  What do you think?

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What project(s) are you currently working on?  Feel free to link up to one of your own WIP posts!

Posted in Ten Thought Tuesday

Ten Thought Tuesday: April 4th 2017

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  1. Elliot is doing much better.  We’re halfway through his antibiotics and his breathing is a lot better.  This is probably why his body decided it would be a good time to start teething again.  Because…why not?
  2. Yesterday, my husband and I got out of the house to play some squash.  Once all three kids were in bed, we left.  This is one of the perks of having my brother live with us.  We’re thinking of making this a weekly thing.
  3. Today is supposed to be a run day, but I’m going to skip it.  I started having some shin pain on Sunday after my run and playing squash probably didn’t help as I’m still tender today.  I’m thinking of dropping a run altogether and replacing it with some swimming to give my legs more rest between runs and try to avoid injuring myself.
  4. Giving the kids their bath is now quite a sport.  Elliot is just so excited in the tub and keeps moving around.  Plus, now that he’s pulling up consistently, he does it in the tub as well.
  5. For the next week, we’re supposed to get rain, rain and more rain.  Yup, Spring is definitely coming!
  6. I haven’t had time to look at my reader all weekend.  I’m planning on trying to catch up today.
  7. Since Charles and Amélie are always arguing over who will get to wear the pig beanie, I decided to crochet a second one.  I’m hoping to finish it today.img_2315
  8. So, yeah, I started playing WoW again.  In an effort to not get to intense and play for hours and hours (and not have time for anything else I like to do), I’ve decided to limit my playing time to half an hour per day.  That’s what I did yesterday and it worked well.
  9. Charles is such a tattle tale, he is driving me nuts!  Are all 4 year olds this way?
  10. Sunday evening, we had some homemade fried chicken for the first time.  It was pretty good.  Do you have a favourite fried chicken recipe?  Care to share?

What’s on your mind this Tuesday?  Feel free to link up in the comments section!

Posted in fitness, Parenting

Sunday Runday: Week 10

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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:  I’m continuing to progress well on runs.  I’m very happy that I’m following a (very) progressive transition from heal strike to forefoot strike.  I can understand how some might get injured by not allowing themselves enough time to adjust.
  • Crossfit: Considering I only slept 2h  during the night between Thursday and Friday, I decided it would be better to stay away from crossfit.  I had enough trouble functioning as it was.

Week 10 plan

Sunday: Run

  • Forefoot drills (5 minutes)
  • 20 minute run (3 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 Parenting

Stupid Cold

So yeah, remember how I mentioned that Elliot wasn’t feeling well yesterday?  Well, I ended up bringing to see his doctor today because he was getting worse.  He was hardly eating, or drinking (or nursing, for that matter).  His breathing became a little laboured yesterday evening and by this morning, it hadn’t gotten better.  He’s been crying uncharistically often and he is having so much trouble getting a good rest. Poor thing.

As it turns out,  he has a gnarly infection in one ear and was starting one in the other.  Add to that the beginning of a bronchitis and you’ve got a pretty miserable baby.

Usually, we can get over colds pretty easily with saline drops, a snot-sucker and upping the humidity in his room, but oh boy did this thing progress quickly!

He’s currently on advil every 8 hours for the next 24-48h until the antibiotics kick in.  Plus we’ve got two days worth of cortisone to help out his lungs.

Tonight, he keeps waking every 30 minutes or so crying in pain.  I gave up on trying to sleep.  He is currently sleeping on me on the downstairs couch. His breathing seems to be better because he’s elevated.

Here’s to hoping he gets better soon.  I’m also crossing my fingers for this to be his last cold in a while.  It’s already his fourth and he’s only 9 months old (I guess that’s what he gets for having a loving brother and sister ha!).

 

Posted in Minimalism

Letting Go – Part 3: Clothing

This is part 3 of my journey to tidying and minimalism.  For part 1, click here.

According to Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the first step in decluttering should start with clothing.  And by clothing, she doesn’t just mean tops and bottoms, she also means shoes, bags, scarves, hats, belts and jewellery.

So, how exactly should one go about cleaning out one’s clothing according to her?  Take everything out.  She is adamant about this.  Go around your house and pick up every last bit of clothing that is hiding in a closet or box and put it all out on the bed (or the floor, or…wherever).  This is important because it allows you to actually see everything that you have.  If you’re like me, you’ll be surprised by what you own.

Then, you pick up every item in your hands and ask yourself one simple question:

Does this spark joy?

That’s it.  No “if you haven’t worn it in over a year, toss it” rule, no “keep only x amounts of this and x amounts of that”.  Nope!  Does.  It.  Spark.  Joy?

Sounds simplistic and a little bit hazy right?  But if you think about it, it makes perfect sense!  I mean, why would you want to keep something that you don’t like?  Why would you want to keep something if it doesn’t suit you well?  Because it was expensive?  Because you received it as a gift?  Because you only need to lose 10 more pounds before you’ll fit into it again?  Because you thought you’d like it (and really, really want to like it) but it just doesn’t “click” for some reason?  Because, because, because?

Personally, if I’m going to live with less (and even if I chose to live with what I had in the first place), I would much rather live with things that bring joy into my life.  Things that I love.  Not things that I keep out of guilt or any other reason.

Now, given that I have kids and not a lot of uninterrupted alone hours, I decided that instead of pulling out every single piece of clothing and putting it on the bed, I would go sub-category by sub-category.

Once I finished going through everything, all that was left to do was to put my clothing away.  Now, Kondo, suggests folding pretty much everything (except stuff like dresses, skirts and stuff that just don’t belong in a drawer) and her method seems weird (at first, at least).

She explains that she believes the best way to fold clothes is to do so in a manner that they stand up (a great tutorial for visuals like me can be found here).  The point being that when you open your drawer, you can see very quickly exactly what you have.

Curious to see how my decluttering and sorting went?  Wait ’till you see my before and after post next week!  I’ll give you a sneak peek though.  Here’s a look inside one of my drawers (it’ll also help you visualize Kondo’s method of folding):

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Welcome to my shirt drawer!

 

 

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!