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.  










Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Favourites


What a busy week.  It was back to school on Tuesday.  E seems to be having a good week, but as is typical, we don't get a ton of detailed reports from him.  You can check out our full photo shoot from my post yesterday.

E had t-ball playoffs on Tuesday and they won!  So that means his next game is on Saturday morning.  



The game was at Sorauren Park for a change so Q enjoyed watching the trains go by.

I bought the boys a fun cookie to celebrate back to school.  I got them at the Coffee Tree but they were made by Mad Batter Bakers.  I only got a photo of Q with his dinosaur cookie, but E's was a school bus and he got to take it to school with him. 

On Wednesday we didn't have anywhere to be after supper so we just walked down the park.  Q brought the chalk box with him.


One of my favourite Canadians, Peter Mansbridge, is back with his own podcast called "The Bridge".  He plans to release an episode almost daily as we lead up to our federal election. He will address the current election issues.  I miss him on the National (although I have no problem with the new hosts, they do a fabulous job) and I am excited to hear his voice again. 

The kids have new rooms and I went golfing this week but I have no good pictures of those things (#bloggerfail).  E's bedroom is still missing a desk and both boys need something on their walls, so I will share photos of their rooms later when we have those things done. 

Happy Friday!

Linking up with AndreaErika, and Narci




Thursday, September 5, 2019

First Day of School

And E is off to Grade 3!!  We started our day with eggs, scones, and fresh berries.  E had to be woken up but he was happy to get going.  He even did his hair for the first day.  

Then to the front steps to take some photos.  




And the requisite photo by the chalk board.





I quickly dropped off Q at school and then came back so Dave and I could walk E to school.  We ran into our neighbours and walked up with them.  E found his Chickadee magazine on the way out the door so he and B read through it as they walked. 



Chaos in the playground as everyone was lining up.  E was happy to see his friends and he has lots of buddies in his class.

Comparing new lunch boxes. 


Our usual routine for the first day of school involves walking up to get him so we have lots of time for the full debrief on the way home, and we usually have macaroni and cheese for supper.  However this year, E had his first t-ball playoff game at 5:30 so we had to drive to pick up both kids and we had quesadillas to use up the leftover chicken.   

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Weekend Recap

We were excited to see this guy on Friday!  He spent the week with Dave's parents and we went down to get him on the weekend, and spend some time there, along with Dave's cousins.  We did some hot dogs over the fire when we got there, and had a fairly early night.

The next morning we went to the beach.  The plan was for Dave's cousin's dog to swim a bit.  He is a rescue dog from Mexico with a few nerve and joint problem, so swimming should be his preferred exercise, but he is still warming up to it.

The water was very high and we were only able to find this small patch of beach to play on.  We didn't bother to get the kids into their swimsuits since we weren't sure how long we would be there.  They did get fully wet though, the waves were rough but super fun. 





We went back to the house and got cleaned up and headed into downtown Sarnia.  We at at the Tin Fiddler and enjoyed their back patio.  This guy fell asleep in the car so was a little sleepy and cuddly when we sat down to eat. 

Playing on the "lawn" while waiting for our food.

After that we walked down to the Refined Fool Brewery.  We have visited here many times and it is always fun.  We played a few games and sampled a few brews.


Q and I went home (along with Dave's mom) while the rest of the group did some errands.  We all had a nap.  Then Q joined me on the couch and we watched Incredibles 2. 

Some playing the yard when E got home. 

A few friends came over to celebrate Dave's mom's birthday and we had lots of good food, including some birthday cake, of course!

After everyone went home and Q went to bed, we all stayed up way too late watching the tennis and the Great British Baking Show. 

Dave and cousin Jamie

The next day was Sunday and we didn't get up to too much.  It was raining so our plans to for a sail were thwarted.  Instead we went for a couple of walks, played a new board game, ate the leftover food from the party, and rested.  We also hunted down the flies that had gotten into the house, everyone had a swatter.

We did go down to the yacht club after supper to watch the fireworks. 

Checking out Grandma and Papa's boat.




A beautiful night to be by the water.




We went home on Monday morning to get ready for the week.  After switching the boys' rooms, I had to swap the clothes in their dressers, so also took this opportunity to weed out clothes that don't fit anymore.  While I was doing all of that, Dave took the boys up the street to get a few things for supper.  While Q was napping, E went over to his friend's house and then we didn't see him for the rest of the afternoon they took him for a bike ride and then fed him supper.  He had a great time on his last official day of summer vacation.