Friday, September 20, 2019

Friday Favourites

First of all Happy Birthday to my Mom!  She is celebrating her birthday tomorrow. 

My plan was to get some of our fall decorations out, but it didn't happen.  But Dave did get these beautiful fall flowers on the weekend. 

I had a guest in my office this week - my bike!  When I went to the bike cage on Monday morning the door was broken and I couldn't get in.  It was fixed the next day though!

This is such a good salad and so easy to put together - kale, celery, beets cucumber, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and salmon  The dressing is just oil, lemon juice, grainy mustard, and salt and pepper. 

This is 3/4s of my law school curling team (and we texted this to our skip!).  I went to a reception this week with lots of UNB alumni - also oyster bar and wine ;). Afterwards we went to Constantine for dinner and it was so good!

Autumn colds are here, so it is time to break out my lemon drink.  I actually bought some ginger and lemon juice to keep at work (we already have honey there) and made myself one of these yesterday.  I thought about getting a fancy tonic from Fresh or Kupfert and Kim (or one of those other places) but realized all I really needed was the lemon and ginger so made my own. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Three Things

Three things going on with each of us at the moment:

(I always start with Q, so I'll go with E first this time.)

1.  He finished up his last regular soccer game this week, just two more on the weekend and then done for the season.  Honestly I was not super impressed with his club this year, but E had fun and definitely improved. 

2. He also gets to attend his t-ball banquet this weekend.  There is a good group of kids and parents from his team so it will be fun to hang out with them again.

3.  And keeping with the sports theme, E is practicing for his cross-country meet coming up in October.  This year the Grade 3s run 1.5 km and the top 50 runners get to move onto the next meet. The way home from school is about that long so twice Dave has run to pick up the kids so E could practice that distance.  He is showing promise for a top 50 finish for sure!

1.  Q is puzzle obsessed.  Luckily we have a large variety of puzzles so he always has one on the go.  Although he likes help he is pretty good at doing them himself. 

2.  His birthday is coming up and he knows it. When we mention his birthday he says "Me?!".  There are about 11 of his friends coming to his party.  I need to pick up some supplies this weekend so we will be ready.

3.  The teacher in the Sunday school nursery, who Q loved, is not back this year.  We knew she wasn't going to be back so I prepped Q on the way to church to say there would be someone new but he didn't need to get upset and he would have fun and I would be back to get him after the service.  I took him to use the bathroom when we got there and repeated what I said, and he looked and said "No crying".  So he understood and there was no crying. 

1. He is starting work on the basement. The bottom half of our basement is just an empty space and the plan was always to turn it into a TV room.

2. It his year end at work, which is always a roller coaster of emotions; the life of a salesperson!

3. Like a good dad, Dave is concentrating on sowing grass seed, adding fertilizer, and keeping the lawn watered.  It is an ongoing battle.

1. Planning, planning, always planning.  The plans for both Q's and E's birthday parties are made, just executing the plans now.  Plus we are hosting some people for Thanksgiving so will need to plan that menu too.

2. I am remembering to take my B12 vitamin each day by leaving it on my desk.  So when I get to work in the mornings and logging into my computer, I see it and remember to take it.  Not rocket science but I would never remember if I left the bottle at home. 

3. My uncle, who died a couple of years ago, was a pillar of the Halifax business community and this past weekend a plaque was unveiled on a bench on Quinpool Road to honour his memory.  The other gentleman who was honoured was also a family friend.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Media Wednesday - Currently

Mindhunter, The Office, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Regular TV
(Waiting for these to start) The Great Canadian Baking Show, Battle of the Blades, This is Us

My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music, John Bercow clips (UK Parliament Speaker of the House), Bill Hader on SNL (best is the Californians)

Library Books on Hold
Class Mom by Laurie Gelman, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan, All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

The Bridge with Peter Mansbridge, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd

News Stories
Federal election, Raptors new (female) assistant coach

Spotify Playlists
The Lumineers Radio, Sunny Day, The Phantom of the Opera (original London cast), 2000s Smash Hits

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Weekend Recap

We didn't get up to too much this weekend and it was glorious.  Our local neighbourhood street fest, the Ukrainian Festival, was going on so we went up on Friday night to check it out.

We ate at Baka and enjoyed our seats on the patio.

E tried out the rock climbing, as he has done for the past couple of years.  We ran into one of his classmates there too so we walked around with them for a bit.  Honestly though, the kids' rides didn't look that great, so we didn't plan on coming back the next day like we usually do.

E and Dave were still hungry after our small supper so they got sausages from the Kingsway Deli and E also got a lemonade, which Q got to sip on too.

Q wasn't really making it so I carried him home and took him right up to bed.  We watched Spiderman Far From Home with E and had some popcorn.

I went to my workout on Saturday morning, such a great way to start the day!  Dave and E did some yard work and I took Q to the Superstore to pick out his birthday cake and get a few groceries.  When we got back we had a quick lunch before Q had a nap, and we cleaned up the house, and rested a bit. 

When Q got up, we took advantage of the nice weather and went for a bike ride.  We rode for 8.9 km to a playground, and then back.  

We had a stir-fry for supper and watched a bit of Mary Poppins.  Then the kids went to bed and Dave and I watched Rocketman.

Q was up pretty early on Sunday morning, with E not far behind.  The snuggled in to watch some Paw Patrol and then the rest of Mary Poppins.  Meanwhile, I made some soup.

And folded laundry while Q played.

Then it was off to church.  It was nice to be back. 

We decided to see if Q could stay up all afternoon with no nap with the hope he'd have a better night's sleep.  The boys played all afternoon in the basement, then we watched The Secret Life of Pets 2, and then Dave and I were able to sort through the toys and get rid of some. 

Even though Q didn't nap, the parents did, even with some extra afternoon coffee!

Shrimp tacos for supper, lunches made, breakfasts ready, and bags packed.  The best kind of Sunday night!

Monday, September 16, 2019

September Resolutions - Update

Last month I wrote about my resolutions for September, as I tend to think of this time of year as a fresh start, and I wanted to update you.

Eating better -This is going well.  No alcohol since September 1, and no nighttime snacking, other than some popcorn this weekend.  Those are my two weaknesses and the things I find the hardest to give up.  I definitely feel better and stronger, so it is worth it, and also it feels good to be disciplined.

Bring my lunch - well, since I am eating healthy foods and following a reset meal plan, I am pretty good about not buying food at work.  I did meet a friend for lunch last week, but I think I made a pretty wise choice - a fish and shrimp cake with roasted cabbage and carrot salad.

Fitting in an extra workout/continuing to ride my bike - I am still riding my my bike a few days a week, even though it is getting cooler in the mornings.  That has been my extra workouts for now.

Not scrolling through social media - Not as good with this one.  Since our election has started, and TIFF was going on in Toronto, I have been very interested in Twitter lately.

Start thinking about Halloween and Christmas - We have Q's costume, and E knows what he wants to be so I need to get those things.  No thoughts towards Christmas yet, but my goal will definitely be to minimize the toys!

So I will continue with all of these and a few more as we continue on this month and into October:

Get E back into doing his chores.
Finish up decorating the kids' rooms.
Print some photos for our photo wall.
Read more books.
Keep up to date with the election coverage.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Favourites

Clean eating has resumed in full force this week. I sort of started it last week but was still eating wheat and red meat and some sugar, this week, that's all gone.   We made this delicious buckwheat sweet potato "risotto" to accompany our salmon.  Everyone loved it. 

E had his first full week of school.  He has a dictee to work on and a family math problem.  He took his Pokeman cards to school one day and now they are banned.  I'm sure he wasn't the direct cause of that, just a contributor.  Q had a good week too, including this lovely piece of art ;)

We finished up two family favourite shows this week - Amazing Race Canada and The Great British Baking Show.  The Canadian version of the baking show will be starting up soon so we will watch that together too. 

Our Federal Election has been called, and will be held on E's birthday.  Last time I made the mistake of voting in the advance polls and things changed a lot in between that and actual election day.  This is going to be a close one, so I will wait.  I mentioned last week that Peter Mansbridge has an election podcast called The Bridge.  He has released a few episodes already, they are pretty short, but provide a great source of reliable information.  He isn't telling us who to vote for, but rather how we should be thinking about the election and things to look out for.  If you are a political science geek, add this to your podcast list.

Because we finished up the Great British Baking Show, E wanted to try making donuts, so we did that last night.  It was pretty successful!

We are looking for the Bloor West Ukrainian Festival taking place this weekend.  We will go up tonight to check it all out and probably tomorrow morning as well.

Linking up with AndreaErika, and Narci.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Be nice to your body

(If you have already figured this out, bear with me, I just realized this now.)

We often think about ourselves as one complete being, our body and our mind as one.  We make choices with our brains and that dictates how our bodies respond.  I talk a lot about food, it is something I really enjoy, and for the most part I do eat pretty well.  However there are times when I not treat my body that well and yet I expect it to keep up and perform in the same way it always has.  That doesn't seem fair, does it?  I will eat too much indulgent food, drink too much alcohol, stay up too late, forget to take my vitamins/iron pills (look away Dave and Mom!), etc., and yet I still want my body to show up at peak performance.  The poor thing can hardly keep up with these bad habits. 

The other day in my workout class in our cool down/meditation, the instructor said to think about someone who needed your apology, and she suggested it could the person looking back at you in the mirror.  And that is when I figured this all out.  I did say I was was sorry to myself, and promised to do better.  Although my mind may be telling me I want to eat the burger and poutine (and a few beers to wash it down) I know that means my body needs to work harder to process it all, and it means I won't feel 100 percent.  So I need to make better decisions so that my entire body can benefit.  And when I do indulge, to give my body a break and not expect so much of it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Let's Look Wednesday

Today we are looking our calendars.

Here is a redacted version of my September and October calendars.  I printed these off for the purpose of this post, but I only use my electronic Outlook calendar for all of my planning. The colour coding is for your benefit ;)  Excluding the work things, my events are yellow, E's are blue, and Q's are pink. Dave and I will often send each other meeting requests so the family things get into both of our calendars. 

As you can see I have three standing meetings each week:

Mondays - Legal Review - I meet with the CFO and we review the various things I am working on
Tuesdays - Operations Meeting - The operations team reviews the current Canadian projects
Thursdays - Staff Meeting - The executive team reports on what they are working on

Some lunches and dinners with friends also on the docket, the dentist, and a golf tournament.  Swimming will be added to this list, as long as I am successful this morning with the registration.

Q and E have birthdays coming up, so they will each have a party.  We have Q's planned but I am still working on figuring out E's party.  I also add all of E's school events so I don't forget (like wearing an Orange Shirt!).

September and October are always busy months but we are glad to have a few weekends with no set plans. 

Linking up with Shay and Erika.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Weekend Recap

I started my Friday with this beautiful view of the city on my morning bike ride to work.  I often see a great view, but I had to stop to take a photo of this one!! Those clouds!

TIFF is happening in Toronto now so I went up to King Street on my lunch break and checked out the action.  I did see a famous actress but I didn't know who she was at the time.  It was Rachel Griffiths, I guess she was in Six Feet Under, but I didn't watch that.  

Then I went over to the Royal York Hotel and Ron Howard was walking around on his phone.  I know this doesn't really show who it is, but it does show you how close I was! A couple of guys stopped to talk to him and he seemed very gracious and friendly.

On Friday night we went out to the Crate and Barrel in Mississauga to check out the couch we want for our basement.  It is hard to take kids out to a store on a Friday evening but they were pretty well behaved and enjoyed playing in the rugs.

On Saturday morning we were at High Park bright and early for E's t-ball game.  Playoff started on the Tuesday previous and it was a double elimination tournament.  They lost their game on Saturday morning.

After the game, Dave took the boys home while I walked home so I could pick up some food.  We had some friends over for supper.  We spent the afternoon prepping food and cleaning the house.  We tuned into the US Open final and got to see Andreescu win, we were so excited.  We were also keeping our eye on Hurricane Dorian as it made its way into Nova Scotia.

The kids tried on a few costumes.

Because E's team lost, it meant their next game was at 1:00 on Sunday, with the possibility of another game at 5:00.  That meant we needed to do our grocery shopping in the morning and we would have to miss our first day back to church.  I was disappointed but it just didn't work out!  We hit up Costco and the regular grocery store to prepare for the week ahead.

We got Q to have an early nap before the t-ball game but I waited at home so he could sleep a bit longer while Dave and E drove to the park.  Q and I followed on the subway. These flowers at the corner of Jane and Bloor are so pretty I had to get Q to pose for a photo.

The kids won their 1:00 game so it meant another game at 5:00.  We went home between game, watched a movie, and some of us (ahem, the parents) had a quick nap.  We ate an early supper and then back to the park.  The kids played a good game but did not win, so their season was over.  They all improved so much and had fun.  

Getting a final pep talk from the coach.

The Mighty Mets!

Home for showers and bedtime.  Dave and I watched a bit of TV before trying to get to bed early.  It was a long day!

Monday, September 9, 2019

10 on the 10th

Linking up with The Bolin Bunch for 10 on the 10th (or close enough!).

Today's prompt is 10 favourite bible verses.  When I read this I didn't think I would be able to come up with 10, but I could, and it was pretty easy.  Now I do have a bible app on my phone where I have highlighted a few of my favourites over the year, so it was easy to go there and find the exact ones I wanted.   I do not read the bible on a regular basis like some others, but I consult it every once in awhile, or do a search for "bible verse about (loss, love, children, etc.)" and that leads me to the passage I want to read. 

(I'm using the King James Version wording, as that is the app I have on my phone.)

1. Hebrews 13:2 - Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

2. Matthew 5:3 - Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

3. 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

4. Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 

5. Psalm 73:26-28 - My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish; thou has destroyed all them that go awhoring from thee.  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

6. 2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight.

7. Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made unknown unto God

8. Luke 7: 11-19 - I won't write this out, but it is one of the parables.  Jesus cures 10 lepers and only one comes back to say thank you. Jesus says "Your faith has made you well". 

9. John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto  you.  Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid. 

10. John 11:35 - Jesus wept.