Sunday, February 26, 2012

crocodile tears

I had a good plan for a post today.  just can't remember what that was!  maybe it's time for a list...

1.  five days of lent.  {okay, the fifth day isn't over...}  regardless, it's not been awful.  I had a couple of slip ups {mainly in the sugar department}, but the headaches are generally gone.

2.  my report cards were finished early.

3.  I didn't do any of the work I brought home with me this weekend.  I'm not really sure why I bother, other than hopeful intention.

4.  I did finish {okay, I started it on saturday AND finished it on saturday} the written portion of a podcast I was suppose to have written, submitted and recorded over a week ago {grrr!}.

5.  it snowed a mountain of white stuff this weekend.  FINALLY!  we've had almost no snow this winter, so this is kinda nice.  that said, it has taken a large measure of patience to navigate the roads this weekend.  by this afternoon, the sun was shining and sparkling off the white, white bits of loveliness.

6.  I'm watching the oscars right now.  I am a total junkie for awards shows.  and now I love octavia spencer.  L.O.V.E.

7.  I have a confession to make:  I am starting to like tea.  as an avid coffee drinker, I've never hopped on the tea train.  ever.  but because my belly has been bugging me lately, I've been drinking tea after lunch and after dinner.  I still don't love it, but I sure like it.  I take back all my words about tea being flavoured water.

8.  I can't think of another thing.  I'm going to find a picture that sums up my week...

yep.  that's my week.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


so lent starts tomorrow.

I'm trying to avoid it.  two years ago I gave up meat [all meat?  not sure.  beef for sure].  and it changed my life...well, the way I eat.  I never went back to beef.  okay, except for the random cheeseburger when the craving for mcdonalds gets to be too much.  I'm a flake.  I know.

needless, why is it that every year I feel the need to give up booze?  I did it last year, I can do it this year, right?  and what if john & I go to vegas over spring break...a mere week before easter?  EEEEEKKKKK!  for real?  then there's my sugar addiction.  I love sweets.  I love fake sugar.  I love diet coke.  I love all-organic peanut butter melted with chocolate chips and pretzels.

that said, I need this body to get me to at least 40 + 1 day.  or maybe +40.  right?  oh, and then there's the little issue of the 10lbs that I need to knock off my arse.

k.  fine.  no refined sugar.  no fake sugar.  no booze.  HOWEVER, if some miracle happens and we do go to vegas, me and my smaller arse are going to drink.  and have a dessert or three.

I can do this, right?  HEELLLLPPPPP!!!  lol

so lent starts tomorrow.  if you see me in public, just keep walking.  the first few days are going to be rough.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

jimmy no more

so, my dear friend susan did a "did you know" thing on her blog.  it was a bit of a get-to-know me {her} thing and it was really lovely.  so I asked her if I could poach the idea and of course she said yes!  yeah!!  then I started thinking about it.  there isn't a lot that people don't know about me!  shocking.  so maybe I talk a bit.  or a lot.  but maybe, just maybe I can come up with a short list.

I love to read.  okay, that's not really news.  I am totally addicted to mystery books.  they are always my first choice!

I have a venti americano every workday morning.

I don't love my kobo reader.  I prefer books with paper.

I don't love scrapbooking.  I like making other things with paper.  like cards.

I hate baths.  and love the shower.

I can't decide if I really like straight hair on me.  it always feels a bit flat and blah-ish.

and then I can't really figure out all the compliments I get after I straighten it.

I've been trying to lose 10lbs for over a year now.  apparently I'm doing something wrong.

I love chocolate.  not just any chocolate, but dark chocolate.

my closet is colour coded.

I don't think I match most days {and I usually realize this when I get to school, not when I'm getting dressed}.

my non-matching issues have lead to a closet that is half full of grey and black clothes.

I watched the entire four hours of the whitney houston funeral.  and I could recognize {and name a song of} all but one of the artists that performed.

I wish I was irish.

I feel broke all the time.

poor grammar {especially spoken grammer} drives me CRAZY!

if I had millions of dollars I'd take care of my friends and family.

sometimes I feel alone in a room full of people.

most days I like me.  other days I confuse myself.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

ship to shore pt 2

love this song.  I'm thinking it's an acquired taste.  ha!!

ship to shore

I have a new band.  or at least a new song.  gonna find that video and post it for you {maybe not in this post, since this one is HUGE}.

however, that's not what I was going to blog about today!!!  I decided this week {valentines day, in fact} that I was going to chronicle my day through iPhone pictures.  and I wanted to share them with y'all.  so on this quiet saturday morning {okay, it's afternoon already, but you know what I mean!!}, finishing a pot of coffee, watching whitney houston's funeral, and eating a half eaten bag of pepper and vinegar kettle chips, I'm going to post my day.  I'll try to explain the pictures as I go...I had started adding captions to them at the start of the day, but that stopped happening sometime around noon, I think!!

basically I used two different apps - instagram and camera+.  I like camera+ because there are some good editing tools in it...and editing pictures is FUN!

 {love my chalkboard wall!}

 {630 am.  holy dark eye makeup!!}

 {in the car right on time}

 {no lineup at starbucks}

 {every morning.  same drink.}

 {I love that the sun is up by the time I get to school}

 {I know y'all are DYING to see my classroom door!!}

 {and my action figures...}

 {'cause I'm a dork.}

 {one of my student gave me this chocolate}

 {got these "flowers" from my students, via the kindergarten kidlets!!}

 {the drawer is a bit safe right now, but not's a total hodgepodge of stuff}

 {my key ring...}

 {got this from a grade 7 boy}

 {yep.  my class went to the library.}

 {tea after lunch}

 {jr high dance.  nothing rocks v-day like watching teenagers dance!}

 {my classroom at the end of the day}

 {saw these at save-on.  I love tulips.}

 {in the car.  the sun is still shining.}

 {my favourite boots}

 {if one needs a coffee at the end of a long day, an espresso con panna is the way to go.  especially if the shots are ON TOP!}

 {finally the boots are off}

 {standing in the kitchen making dinner.  penne alfredo with italian sausage}

 {the "making dinner" drink}

 {my jewellery.  I can't cook when I'm wearing all the gear!}

 {nate's valentines day envelope}

 {ty's love box!}

 {the wine with dinner}


I think there was one more picture of me looking completely BAGGED at the end of the day, but conveniently it's gone missing!  but there you have it.  a small glimpse into my wee life.  somehow there were no pictures of small boys in their red t-shirts and red socks, nor were there any husband pictures.  alas, they ate the dinner.  and showed up with wine.  it was all good!!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

what if we could?

so, two months ago I was walking a half marathon.  a crazy race that was like the day that never ended.  and yesterday, 60 days after walking 21.1km in 3:30, I put my shoes on and walked 3.2k in 30 minutes.  and although I felt like I couldn't walk another step, it felt good to get back on the treadmill.  when all is said and done, I am up one lone pound from race day.  and all things considered, I'm okay with that.  kinda.

so I have a plan.  I turn 40 in just over five months and I have a goal.  I am going to hit the treadmill once a week for the next five weeks.  and I am going to work my ass off to be down 10 pounds in the next five weeks.  march 11th.  10 seems doable.  possible.

so, with a week of crazy just beginning, I am going to cut all fake sugar out of my diet.  and booze.  again. and I'm going to just do this thing one week at a time.  or one day at a time.  because I am just going to focus on putting healthy food into my body.  and I think that I can do five weeks of no junk.  and I'm really sure that I can do tomorrow.  and maybe that's all that matters.