Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Here is a morning giggle for you. Grace loves to make Aidan laugh, and I love watching their relationship grow. There is nothing much better than genuine laughter of children.
We have snow here in Alberta this morning. I hope wherever you are you are staying nice and warm - hopefully in the sunshine!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
- It's a 'she'. A treadmill with a masculine burly name would be intimidating (sort of like going to a gym). A treadmill with an approachable 'hey come run on me!' kind of name is MUCH better.
- I thought at first I was going to name the treadmill 'Dash'. Then it arrived and I knew it needed a proper human name.
- Dash therefore has become my user name on the machine. When I ran on it on Tuesday it said 'Welcome Dash'. How nice :)
- Nate finds it comical I named myself Dash given I'm not a sprinter.
- If you are thinking/wondering the same thing, Dash is from The Incredibles. Man that kid can run!
What I don't know:
- Her name. I think it is either Lola or Milly.
I have opened up a voting bar at the top of my blog and will keep it active until this weekend. Please vote! Something that takes up so much space in my front room really deserves a title.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I was just prepping dinner and opened the fridge to grab some Salsa when I stopped dead in my tracks. That pink arrow is pointing to an orange canister filled with my prescription. One that does not need to be refrigerated. At some point after lunch, I put it 'away' in the fridge rather than the cupboard. All I could do was laugh at myself.
Since I can't control the amount of sleep I get, does this point towards needing more caffeine or more sugar?
Monday, May 24, 2010
- A stick of butter is equal to 1/2 C.
- Skor bits melt & burn on wax paper (I didn't have any parchment paper). Good thing it is a nice day out as all the windows had to be opened for this baking experiment. There was ALOT of smoke.
So, I picked up some Skor chips and some Reese's Chips instead. I'm thinking I will substitute with the Skor and see how the scones taste.
But, if you are in the US and can get Cinnamon Chips, would you consider posting some to me? Perhaps Heath chips too? I'll happily reimburse and pay for the postage. I would love to see what they are like :)
Now off to do some baking... will post back later with some photos!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
These past couple weeks while I have been adjusting to a new normal, I have been wishing/wanting to have some more of 'me' back. I had started running again and was loving it. But with 2 kids, and Nate's hours, getting out for that me time was becoming hard to do. Actually it stopped happening all together. I went and started looking at treadmills, but the cost was too hard to swallow. So, with my Mom's prompting, yesterday I picked up the phone and called a gym. I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of gyms. Gyms scream to me of sweat and big body building men. (Yes, I know this is not the truth, but it is the image I conjure up when I think 'gym'). The end result of the phone call was that they won't tell me anything about membership fees over the phone, save that the kids would also need memberships to use their childcare facility. Nice. In only a way that ridiculous can be nice.
So, being the planner that I am, I sat down with pen & paper and did the finances. Into the cost of the treadmill I factored in upcoming gifts, that with said purchase of treadmill, Nate would not need to worry about - birthday, anniversary, Christmas. Yes, I WANT this treadmill & Nate needed to be convinced. Can you see where this is going? I factored in the cost of what a gym membership would be for two years (and yes, I'd probably only go and use their treadmill, and a couple of pilates classes). In the end, it came out that it would use up a bit of our savings, but not all of it. Yes!
So when Nate got home last night from work, I presented him my written up plan. We chit chatted about it for awhile, and we landed on a YES! YES! We loaded up the kids, went back to the fitness store (where G happily walked on the treadmills) and we laid down our moola. We, as of this coming Tuesday, will be the (in my case) VERY proud owner of a treadmill. One that will be able to handle the over 20K I eventually hope to put on it week after week. I never thought I'd be a person to run on rubber - heck, I LOVE to pound the pavement. But, with two kiddos, things need to change, and I NEED to run. Now I can be with them, while getting my miles logged. I'm pumped.
Are you wondering about the contest bit? I realize this post has become sidetracked with fitness equipment ravings. Don't worry - they are hand in hand. When I ran outdoors, I used a Garmin and lovingly named it 'Speedy Gonzales'. Everytime I turn it on, a little man runs across the screen and it says 'Speedy Gonzales'. Now, the treadmill won't be able to state a name when it turns on, but I think it does still need a name. Especially since it will be taking up a large portion of our front room. And, I need your help to come up with one :)
For the person who leaves me the name for my treadmill that I end up picking, I will send you chocolate in the mail. I'd say I'd send something crafty, but I'm having enough trouble finishing up my own crafty stuff, save making stuff for others. But, you can never go wrong with chocolate - and I will keep in mind those who are Vegan & those with allergies. Just let me know if your name is picked! No fear, it will be good chocolate!
I can't wait to see what you all come up with! :)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
But, a good friend of mine put her facebook status this morning as "Carmen should put up a post" in a bit more words than that. She wanted something to read when she came home from an appointment this afternoon, and my blog has been called in to provide. So, what better way to come back and post in this space. than to show you, and tell you, about some delightful things.
Delightful thing #1 - yesterday, I was sitting in our playroom and the kids were out in the front room (don't worry, I could see them). All of a sudden I heard TONS of giggles - from both of them! I turned and looked and Grace was rolling around the floor in front of Aidan. Both were giggling without control. Aidan is absolutely enamored with Grace, and smiles and laughs with her frequently. But this was the first time they were both splitting stitches about just plain silliness. Nothing is better than a 4 month old giggling with a 3 year old. Pure joy.
Delightful thing #2 - I am working on knitting Aidan a pair of duck feet. "I wish I could have duck feet, and I can tell you why"... anybody else love that story? I believe Dr. Seuss? I have one done, and one more to go. They are sadly JUST a perfect fit, and don't have much room to grow. I am probably the only one praying on cool weather around here, just so I can get maximum wear from these cute knits!
Delightful thing #3 - I am sitting here writing to all you lovely people with a homemade latte nearby. Grace is reading, Aidan is sleeping, and we are all still in our pyjamas. A wonderful, lazy, mid week morning. Sometimes it's good just to let time pass slowly without rushing about!
What delightful things are happening for you?
Friday, May 7, 2010
- Grace's quilt. I can't remember how to sew the mitered corner, so now have to stitch rip apart the binding from the quilt (ugh!), put it on properly, then hand sew. It's been at this stage now since March.
- Socks - I have two pairs of socks now on the needles. One sock at the point where I have turned the heel, and the second still working on the leg. And no, they aren't a set. Eventually they will also need their match.
- Nate's sweater - it's been on hold since Christmas and is sitting in a bag up in our bedroom. I have easily forgotten it was there, but it's starting to egg at me to pick it up again.
What's really getting me though, is that I am part of a sock club, being shipped yarn and other goodies every few months. Now, I really shoud be knitting those socks, not just stashing the yarn - right. So there are more projects waiting to be started.
I would presume that to cure my 'itis' I probably should finish up a few things. But that is exactly contrary to what my 'itis' would like to do. Any advice? What would be your remedy?
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I am gearing up for G's 3rd birthday party tomorrow. As part of the birthday prep, we were out in our rainboots shovelling snow off of the grass. It should be around 10 degrees tomorrow. Nice enough to go outside... as long as the snow was moved a little bit to make room for some parachute games we have planned!
This has been a busy past week, getting used to having Nate away. We are getting into a rhythym though, and I hope to not be away from this space as much as I have been.
Happy Spring... er Snow to you all!