Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ten on Tuesday - For May 8th, 2012

This is the last back-post for Ten on Tuesday, and then that section is back on track! Yay!

On the 8th, the Ten on Tuesday group was talking about our Ten Favorite Comedy Movies. I don't have any favorites per-say, but here are some that I've watched recently that I enjoyed:






Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ten on Tuesday - May 29th, 2012

Today's 10 on Tuesday is 10 Goals for this Summer.

Those who know me well know that while I may not have actually vocalized them to anyone, or sometimes even to myself, I always have lots of goals at any time. Some are accomplishment based and others are simply to force me to relax - here are some of them.

1. Continue to maintain a 4 workout per week schedule. I'm giving this week a by because of the race, but for each other week I want to continue exercising 4 or more times. This means that I will follow the 4x/wk schedule that I set, and that if I miss a workout for any reason, I have to make it up within the same week.

2. Go camping at least 3x. I'd love to go camping more, but don't know if it will happen this year with Gilles (potentially) changing jobs, etc. But I don't want to go less than 3x. Two are already scheduled, and two more are in the air so I want to make sure that it happens.

3. Catch a fish. It's been forever since I've gone fishing and actually caught something. Even if it is just on the shores of the river in the city here, I would like to catch something this year.

4. Harvest vegetables from my garden. Last year I ran out of time for gardening around the same time as my wedding, so the garden suffered. I'm hoping to pull it through to fruition this year.

5. Lose another 10lbs. It sounds like a lot, but considering the amount that I'm exercising and the fact that there are still 3months until the end of summer, I am hoping that it is a reasonable goal.

6. Go to an outdoor pool. This seems like a weird goal, but I love being able to go swimming with the sun beating down on me - and despite the fact that my gym membership includes admission to a few outdoor pools in the city, far too many summers have been going by since I moved here that I haven't swam outdoors.

7. Get a tan. Again, an odd one for a goal, but I love me some nice bronze skin and am not willing to get it by fake and baking. So, the browner I can get over the summer, the longer into the winter it will last :)

8. Finish at least one craft project - hopefully Gilles' mom's scarf - I keep starting that one and frogging it, because I can't decide what pattern I want to use :P

9. Become a regular at the farmer's market. I've gone there a few times, but not nearly enough. The food is so much better, and it's such a great atmosphere.

10. Learn how to rollerblade. This has been on my list for at least 3 years now, and I'm determined that this will be the year that I learn, even if it means that I teach myself instead of Gilles teaching me. I even bought the knee and elbow pads last year (Now I just need to find some gloves...)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Thank you :)

Thank you to Gayle, over at MangoFeet. She held a contest inviting people to guess the delivery dates of her lovely sheep. I held the closest guess for Goldie, who had an adorable grey lamb with a mottled coat.

As a result, she sent me Selbuvotter, a great book on the origins of Norwegian Selbu mittens and gloves. I look forward to reading it!

10K Results!

Wow! What a rush! I can definitely see why runners become addicted - the race environment is so fulfilling.

I went into the race worried - worried about 'what if I'm last?' 'what if I start too fast and can't finish'? 'what if everyone I know runs faster than me?'

These doubts plagued me right up until race time. Actually, into race time. I was full of 'what if's'.

I lined up at my appropriate start in the chute... right near the back, behind the last time marker 'Longer than 1h15min'. My fastest clock-in time was 1h22:50. Ironically, two of my co-workers were lined up beside me (one a walker and one a runner).

It didn't take long to change my mindset. It was apparent from the beginning that - while everyone was running the same course, everyone had their own goals. It wasn't a competitive race in the sense that you are competing against the others - only in that you compete against yourself.

It was easy to get pulled into everything and get amped up - people cheering, a DJ at the start line, chearleaders, people holding signs - it was all a lot of fun - and it also made you forget how hard you were working. The first time my phone pinged to tell me my speed, I was running at 6min30/km-- way too fast. I knew it wasn't a pace I could keep up. I focused, and slowed myself down just a hair - and the next time it pinged I was at 7min/km. Better, but my usual pace was just over 8min/km. This wasn't a pace I had ever done before, which made me nervous. The next time it pinged I was at 7min30/km. Better. I felt able to maintain this pace (even though previously I had attempted the pace and thought I was going to die ;) ).

Two amazing things happened from here. 1) I kept surprising myself by how far I'd ran. I knew the course, but was more focused on the people around me than the actual course, so when I'd look to see where we were, it was a surprise to see how far we were already each time. 2) I hit my 'sweet spot' at about 8-8.5km into the race. Seriously. In the end, I beat my best time by almost five minutes. I finished in 1h18:07.

That brings me to my next decisions. I want to do a half marathon. And I want to do it before I start having kids.

I've decided I'd like to try to do the following:
- Try a Tri (triathlon) - beginning of May, 2013
- 10K - end of May, 2013
- Half Marathon - September, 2013

... I can't wait.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Pin of the Week - for May 3rd, 2012

Gluten Free Grilled Artichokes with Garlic:
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ten on Tuesday - for May 1, 2012

Today's Ten on Tuesday topic is Ten Items Pinned to your Bulletin Board.

Hi all;

As you may remember, I'm still catching up on some past posts from the time that I was away from the blog. We are getting close!

Now, our bulletin board is helpfully pinned above the side-counter in the kitchen. It is a bit of an eyesore when one walks into the house - when we own our own place I think I will post a board above the desk in the office, however it does the trick for now. That said, because it is in such a central place, it is also always a mess - there is never less than about 1000 things on the board (possible minor exaggeration). That said, it should be easy to come up with 10 things. Here we go!

1. Bills. As bills collect throughout the month, I pin them to the bulletin board and then pay them all in one fell swoop at the end of the month.

2. Reminders: Vet appointments, dentist appointments, all those stubby little reminder cards you get

3. Things we don't want to lose: ie/ Gilles' papers that he needs to bring to his electrician's exam, etc.

4. Spare keys - keys that we don't want to drag around everywhere on our keychains, but still hold enough importance that we cannot throw them out.

5. Notes - Notes to each other and little keepsakes ie/ the card that came with my valentine's day flowers

6. To-Do list - It often simply gets torn down and replaced with a new one, but it still helps

7. The recycling bin schedule and guidelines - although I still haven't quite figured out how their schedule works, so I'm just leaving the bin out and watching to see when it miraculously becomes empty

8. Decorative Pins - As soon as they come home the back disappears and they get pinned up. We have a Canada Flay, a Grad 2006, and two Beijing Olympic Games ones right now.

9. A birthday card - to be sent in the future. It is one that I wanted to send last year, but got lost before I could send it. Later I found it and pinned it up to be sent this year.

10. Lots of push-pins. :P

This was harder than I thought - Apparently I have a several multiples of the same things on my bulletin board... I think?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It's almost 10K time!

It's coming fast! I'm ridiculously excited, and I'm happy to be.

We ran our last full 10K yesterday, at a time of 1hr24min. So unless I have a ridiculous amount of energy, I won't be hitting my 1hr15min goal. That said, I'll be easily hitting both my no walking and not coming in last place goals. So there, haha.

It's almost here, and I can't wait.

And I have some exciting news to share after the race. Stay tuned!

Ten on Tuesday - May 22nd, 2012

Today's Ten on Tuesday topic is Ten Things You Wish You Liked. I find this one to be odd, because if you want to like it badly enough, you will keep trying it and eventually like it.

For example, I used to hate running, now I'm addicted. I never used to like kidney beans, now I do. I didn't like brussel sprouts, now I roast them and they're a favorite. However, I thought about it a bit more, and here are a few things that I came up with.

1. Putting away groceries.
2. Cleaning up supper.
3. Making the bed.
4. Raking leaves. (Bagging them specifically).
5. Paying bills.
6. Going to the dentist
7. Washing dishes
8. Picking weeds
9. Shovelling snow
10. Lifting weights

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pin of the Week - for April 26th, 2012

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Ten on Tuesday - May 15th, 2012

Hi everyone;

Even though I'm still catching up on previous weeks entries, I've decided to add back in the Ten on Tuesdays as they come, so that they can be posted on the main 'Ten on Tuesday' page on Carole Knits' blog.

Today's topic is: Ten Items on your Spring To-Do List

This one is easy! It is more of a year-round to-do list, but here's what it holds right now.

1. Hold a garage sale. It will take place this weekend, so this one won't be on the list long. Next!
2. Wash curtains. They need to be de-cat haired. Next!
3. Dryclean my drycleaning list. Yup. Next!
4. Order Wedding photos. Scheduled for June 9th. Is that still spring? Next!
5. Run a 10K. I know, not really a to-do list item, but takes more time than one to train, so it counts. Next!
6. Learn how to swing dance. Yup. Next!
7. Knit a scarf. Yeah. Project from the winter. A little behind. Next!
8. Buy a new dress. Have an awards gala in June that I need one for. Next!
9. Plant lettuce. I've planted the rest of my "garden" (more details to come) but forgot to buy lettuce seed. Next!
10. Be the very best. Like no one ever was. To catch them is my real quest. To train them is my cause. I will travel across the lands. Searching far and wide... Umm wait... what? Okay okay.
10. Trim the trees. We have a lot of trees. And a lot of vehicle scratching by said trees.

How's that for a list? What do you need to get done this spring?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ten on Tuesday - for April 24th, 2012

Today's Ten on Tuesday subject is Ten Great Things about Coming Home from Vacation.

Here we go...

1. Coming home to a clean house. I like to clean right before I leave, because it's so refreshing to come home and have nothing to do but take care of what you brought with oyu.

2. Sleeping in your own bed. Vacations are great, but there is something about coming home and sleeping on that familiar firmness with the familiar sheets and pillows.

3. Being near your friends. Depending how long you were gone, it will be nice to see all of your friends again. I'm sure you've missed them.

4. Less stress on pets. Whether you took them with you, kennelled them or left them at home, it is always less stress on your pets for you to be at home with them.

5. Eating your own food. While it's great to have other people cook for you, eventually you want what you want, when you want, and the way that only you make it.

6. Tackling the load of work waiting for you. Unless you have no co-workers or don't work an office job, you will have a literal mountain of work waiting for you when you get back. While it won't be fun to start tackling it, it will lift a weight from your shoulders to have it done.

7. Seeing how your yard has changed. Most of my travelling is done in the summer, which means that my garden grows and blossoms while I'm gone, and surprises me with each change when I get back.

8. Not having to live out of a suitcase. Clean laundry. Easily accessible items. Not having to lug everything around. Need I say more?

9. Playing with the picture. I am a mental scrapbooker. Meaning, I'd love to scrapbook but it is expensive and time consuming and I don't have time. But I have lots of beautiful mental scrapbooks :)

10. The comfort of having everything in its place. Maybe this has to do with the 8th point. Maybe it is an OCD thing. But I love knowing that everything is clean, in its place, and most importantly - in my control. There is a loss of control that comes with being on vacation that feels so good to set back on the shelf upon return.

Happy Mother's Day

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Monday Treasures - for April 23rd, 2012

Today's Monday Treasures features 19th Birthday (Canada's drinking age) presents. While I'm not going to promote running around getting trashed, there are a lot of cute ways to celebrate this 'coming of age' point in someone's life. Here are some ideas:

1. Mustache Flask  - The Hair of the Dog

2. 'Big Girl' Greeting Card - Heather's Handmade Creations

3. Mason Jar Cocktail Glasses - Eat Pray Sew

4. Silver Leaves Martini Glasses - Nevena Art Glass

5.  Designated Driver Keychain - Original Impressions

6. Retro Magnet  - Angelic Aspirations

7. Beerday card - Serendipity DesignWorks

8. Mustache Bottle Opener - Bierton Creation

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