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Ten Thought Tuesday: April 18th 2017

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  1. Yesterday was a rough night.  Amélie and Elliot spent the night engaged in what sounded like a coughing competition.  As for Charles, he decided to forgo the Pull-Ups.  So I ended up changing him in the middle of the night.
  2. I’m so over sore throats, coughing, fever and runny noses.
  3. Thanks to the fun little app Plant Nanny, I’ve managed to increase my water intake over the past few days.  Big shout out to Maggie for talking about it on her blog recently.
  4. My husband and I are getting better at squash and had quite a few really nice exchanges yesterday evening.  I’m kind of bummed though as I burned a hole through my favourite pair of leggings by sliding to hit a ball.
  5. I decided to dive into a role-playing server on WoW yesterday.  I’ve been meaning to try for a long time, but have always been afraid to.
  6. To celebrate Easter and my father-in-law’s birthday on Sunday,  my MIL reserved the chef that came to my house for my wedding.  We ate some freakishly delicious short ribs.
  7. Yesterday, I ordered some yarn online “by accident”.  Ha!  It’s 100% cotton yarn so that I can crochet some little octos for the maternity ward of a local hospital.
  8.   Today’s going to be a beautiful, albeit cold, day.  It’s a welcome change from all the rain we’ve been getting.  Now, if it could get consistently warmer, I’d be very happy!  The kids don’t mind though, so it’s all good.
  9. Charles went to the hairdresser with his dad over the weekend for a much needed haircut.  He looks so handsome now.
  10. My husband and I played bowling on the Wii with Charles a couple of days ago.  Despite our best efforts, he beat us.  Beginners luck, I suppose.

What’s on your mind thi

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Sunday Runday: Week 12

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Hello again!

First off, Happy Easter!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

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…runs are officially off the menu for a few weeks, which is a bummer.  I’ve got an appointment with a physical therapist on Thursday so I’m hoping to get some exercises to strengthen the muscles I need for a forefoot strike.  I’ve also called my osteopath to see how she can help me.  It’s kind of a bummer because the weather is really warming up, but since I don’t want to injure myself further, I figure a break is for the best.

How last week went

  • Crossfit: Yeah!  I did my session with Charles who was over-the-moon at working out with his mama (and, gosh, 4 year olds rock squats like it’s the easiest thing in the world!).  I finished with almost 7 minutes to spare and did some kettlebell to round up my workout to 20 minutes.  It felt great!
  • Squash: I unfortunately had to stop playing after 30 minutes because the pain in my left leg became so intense that I felt as though my tibia was going to snap in two if I took another step on it.  Bleh… This is pretty much the catalyst that got me to see my doctor though, so I guess it’s a good thing.  We did have a nice game though with some pretty awesome exchanges.
  • Swimming: I was reminded of the fact that I love swimming.  I swam for years before hitting adolescence and deciding to take on a more sedentary lifestyle.  I wanted to ease into it, but the workout I picked was too easy.  I ended up adding some laps at the end to get a good half-hour in the pool.  Also, since Elliot decided to get landed with the flu (poor guy, seriously, he seems to be catching everything!) and I had only 3 hours of sleep on Wednesday night, I skipped Friday’s planned session and went to bed instead.  By the way, how do you guys remember your swim plan?  I ended up doing this: IMG_3223

Week 11 plan

Sunday: Easter Sunday so the pool’s closed.  Sooooo, depending on the weather, I’ll either go out rollerblading or stay in and do some stationary biking.

Monday: Squash

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: Swim, 850m (34 laps)

  • 150m warm up, free
  • 4 x 50m, kick  – 1 slow lap, 1 fast lap, 15 sec. rest between laps
  • 4 x 100m free, 3rd lap of every set in IM order, 20 sec. rest between laps
  • 100m cool down, free

Thursday: Rest day

Friday: Swim

  • See Wednesday swim

Saturday: Crossfit

  • Strength: Pushups, 10-8-6-4
  • WOD: 15 min AMRAP
    • 20 Air squats
    • 15 lunges
    • 5 Australian pull ups

What are you doing to keep in shape this week?

Happy Sunday!

Posted in Parenting

The Time I Peed My Pants

No, I’m not talking about when I was a kid.  Though I’m sure I must have had some potty training accidents way back when, I don’t remember them.  I do, however, remember the incident that occurred about a month ago.

You see, I was getting ready to make some granola bars.  Since we had some salted caramel on hand, I was savouring a spoonful of the stuff (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!) and reading the ingredients out loud to my brother, who happened to be in the kitchen at the time.

But then, as I was nearing the end of my description, something horrible happened: a glob of caramel detached itself from the spoon that I was holding and plummeted towards the ground.  Now, because it was the only reasonable thing to do, I tried to scream, but since I was reading, I ended up singing in an Opera-like fashion the words “sunflower seeds” (because that’s the ingredient that I was reading at the time).  At the same time, I raised my left leg to save the caramel from falling onto the kitchen floor.

I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, perhaps I had myself convinced that I would lick the caramel from my pants (in my defense, it is absolutely delicious!).  Anyways, my reaction elicited mockery on my brother’s part who had particular fun imitating me.  Needless to say, we both burst in uncontrollable laughter in a matter of seconds.

I was down on my right knee with the damp washcloth my brother had tossed me to clean my pants when it happened: I was laughing so hard that I literally peed myself a little.  Now, I could have just gotten back up, changed and moved on to other things leaving my brother in the dark about the accidental trinkle, but I didn’t.  The whole situation was so ridiculous that I couldn’t not announce matter-of-factly: “well, I’m going to go change my pants now because I just peed myself”.

As you can imagine, the uncontrollable laughter started up again.  Even now, as I think about it, I can feel some giggles bubbling up.

Do you have a funny anecdote you’re brave enough to share?

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Wednesday WIP: April 12th 2017

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Hi guys!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s TTT post, I finished Charles’ pig earflap beanie.  And, you know, though I found Charles’ choice of complementary colours questionnable at best, they all work remarkably well together.  Perhaps he’ll be a fashion designer later on?  Haha!

I’ve also progressed a bit on the scarf I was working on, though I took a break from it after Amélie found both the scarf and my scissors and “helpfully” cut my working yarn.  On the bright side, she didn’t cut into the actual scarf!  I really like the color progression and enjoy the big blocks of colours.  I’m hoping to finish it this week.

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I also started working on another little octopus a while back.  The initial hospital that I contacted hasn’t gotten back to me, but I’ve found another one who might be interested.

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I played around with this one and added an eye patch to turn it into a pirate.  I only have 5 tentacles left to crochet before I can stuff it and close it up.  I also decided to do 3 sc instead of 2 sc in each chain link of the tentacles.  It makes for a bit wider tentacles but they are also tighter.  I’m eager to finish it to compare with my other one and decide what I like best.

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

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Ten Thought Tuesday: April 11th 2017

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  1. We had an absolutely beautiful last couple of days.  Yesterday was warm enough to go out without a coat.  Elliot also got to explore the balcony for the first time.

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    And my sister-in-law wonders why I nickname this one “chubby face”.  Just look at those cheeks!
  2. Unfortunately, my shins haven’t gotten any better.  Yesterday, my husband and I had to stop our squash game after half an hour because it felt like if I tried to run one more time, my tibia would snap.  I’m so frustrated!  I sent an email to my doctor’s office this morning and I’m planning on calling my osteopath for an appointment to see if she can do something to help while I wait for my doctor to be able to see me.
  3. I finished the beanie that I was working on for Charles last week.  I’ll be posting a picture of it in tomorrow’s WIP post.
  4. Elliot has gotten really good at standing up.  He’s often letting go of one hand, he’s been using various toys and boxes as walkers and he has started cruising by holding onto the couch.
  5. I super excited to tell you that I will be sharing a guest post with you on Thursday!
  6. Income tax season is almost over.  I’ll finally stop being a temporary single mom soon!
  7. We went to see some friends over the weekend and I finally got to meet my friend’s 6 week old!  Oh gosh, baby fever came washing right over me again!
  8. This week, we’ve got slow-cooker baby back ribs, club sandwiches and homemade falafel on the menu.  Deeeeee-licious!
  9. Today’s going to be a pretty difficult day.  Charles and Amélie decided to keep themselves awake yesterday evening so they are super tired today.
  10. After keeping it at bay for a few weeks, the cold that everyone’s gotten in the house except me has finally caught up with me.  *Sigh* Oh well, with water, rest and sinus rinse, it shouldn’t be too bad overall.

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

Posted in Parenting

Sleep Walking

What do you do when the baby wakes up 45 minutes into his nap and can’t fall back asleep because he’s stuffy from yet another cold (gotta love how thoughtful Amélie and Charles are when it comes to sharing germs)?

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You make the most of a beautiful day, stick him in the woven wrap, secure a hat onto his head and go out for a nice long walk.  Win-win!

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Sunday Runday: Week 11

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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 run (yup, I ran only once) was pretty difficult.  I managed to do 4/5 intervals, on the other interval, I needed a longer walking break.  I also ended up with some pretty persistent shin pain, which is why I skipped my two other runs.  From what I’ve read, I’ve ether got shin splints or a stress fracture.  Until I can see a doctor, I’m going to lay off running for a while.  When I do start again, I’m going to return to C25K so that I can get longer walking breaks and give my lungs a chance to adjust.  I also think I’m going to have to start taking my inhaler again.  Yup, fun times.
  • Crossfit: After catching up on my sleep, I was soooo ready for this.  Again, it went really well!  I even managed to finish before the 20 minute mark, yay!  Since things are going so well, I’ve decided that starting on week 13, I’ll do 2 crossfit sessions instead of one per week.  I’ve also decided, that when I finish with time to spare, I’m going to do some kettlebell work (because it’s so darned fun!) until I reach the 20 minute mark.
  • Squash: my husband and I decided to take up squash again!  Since my brother is at home on Monday evenings, it’s easy for us to get out of the house once the kids are down for the night.  This is going to be a weekly occurrence, yay!

Week 11 plan

Sunday: Swim, 1/2km (20 laps)

  • 100m warm up, any stroke
  • 4 x 25m kickboard, 20 sec. rest between laps
  • 6 x 25m free, 20 sec. rest between laps
  • 4 x 25m free (sprint laps), 30 sec. rest between laps
  • 50m cool down, any stroke

Monday: Squash

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: Swim, 1/2km (20 laps)

  • 100m warm up, any stroke
  • 4 x 25m kickboard, 20 sec. rest between laps
  • 6 x 25m free, 20 sec. rest between laps
  • 4 x 25m free (sprint laps), 30 sec. rest between laps
  • 50m cool down, any stroke

 

Thursday: Rest day

Friday: Swim, 1/2km (20 laps)

  • 100m warm up, any stroke
  • 4 x 25m kickboard, 20 sec. rest between laps
  • 6 x 25m free, 20 sec. rest between laps
  • 4 x 25m free (sprint laps), 30 sec. rest between laps
  • 50m cool down, any stroke

Saturday: Crossfit

  • Strength: Overhead squat, 5-5-5-5-5
  • WOD: 5 rounds
    • 5 pushups
    • 15 crunches

What are you doing to keep in shape this week?

Happy Sunday!

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Letting Go : Clothing (Before & After)

Hiya!

I thought I’d do a “before & after” post of my clothing to document my progress (to check out the actual process, click here)

Most of my things were concentrated in three (no wait, four actually) spots in my room: my side of the closet, a dresser, a night stand (or whatever those things are called) and boxes under my bed.

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Now, I’ve never considered myself as someone who had a lot of clothing.  For the most part, I hate shopping for clothes.  This is why when I find a shirt or pair of pants that I like, I typically buy 2 or 3 in different colours (or not) and move on to other, more interesting things in my life.  And had you asked me how many tops and bottoms I had, I probably would have said about 20 tops and 5 bottoms.  It turns out, I was wrong.

Excluding hoodies, pajama tops (because only toddlers wear those to go out of the house) and maternity tops, I had 47 of them.  Forty-seven shirts.  I don’t need 47 shirts.  Case in point, when I’m lazy and skip a week washing my clothes, I would flip through 3-5 shirts before finding one that I liked (or liked more than the other things that my closet offered me).  Once I was done sorting, I ended up with 30 tops (and here’s the kicker) including maternity tops – most of which I can wear as everyday tops.

I cut the number of dresses I had in half and did similarly with my pants and sho

es.  I realized that I’d been hanging on to so many pieces of clothing because I felt guilty of letting go.

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Yikes!  As it turns out, this ended up filling two ginormous trash bags.  One went to the trash, the other to a donation center.

As of right now, all of my clothing is together.  I managed to store my maternity wear alongside my regular clothes without a problem.  Though I can’t wear my maternity pants (I can still wear all of my other maternity stuff), it doesn’t bother me that it’s in my drawers instead of being stashed under my bed.  I enjoy the ease of this.  I also enjoy opening my drawers and closet (notice the space between the hangers now!) and seeing quickly what I have.  Now that I’m done with my clothing, I know I’ll be able to let go more easily in the future whenever I find something that doesn’t spark joy anymore.

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I’ve also decided that I wanted to change the type of clothing I bought.  Purging the things in my home to only be surrounded by things that I love has gotten me thinking of the imprint I’m leaving in this world.  I would like to work towards living in a better world and leaving a smaller imprint.  This is why I’ve decided that from now on, I want to purchase sustainable, eco-responsible clothing for myself.  It’s odd, I’ve never been one to love buying clothing.  But this change in vision on my part has gotten me excited about it!

Next, I tackle the kids’ clothes.  Afterwards, I’m moving on to books.

Thanks for reading! 

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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!

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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!