Happy Wednesday Morning! Let’s have a quick Wednesday coffee date shall we?
If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that we got as far as cleaning out our pumpkins last night but didn’t actually carve them yet. One step at a time? Cleaning them out really is the worst part but now I have yummy pumpkin seeds in the oven this morning.
If we were having coffee this morning I would likely talk about work as this is the time of year when work kind of takes over my life so I spend a lot of my time thinking about and focusing on work. I would also mention that I’m taking this Friday off as a much needed break after my crazy week last week.
If we were having coffee this morning I might mention that I’m doing a 20km trail race on Sunday. It feels a bit surreal as once again I have not been training. However, this race is “flat” (with a 2-3% grade on the way out and then downhill on the way back). It’s supposed to be a beautiful area and the most fun part is Eric is doing it too! So it should be fun. But I definitely do not feel in the long-distance running / racing mindset right now.
If we were having coffee this morning I would ask if you watch The Walking Dead and if you said yes I would say omg we need to talk about it. We watched four seasons in one month you guys. No wonder I haven’t been reading much lately! Then last night we watched the first episode of season five. Eep. So gory! I can’t wait to catch up on the last two episodes of this latest season. I don’t even know why I’m so obsessed with it. It’s violent and gory but the characters are really intriguing and I find myself rooting for them and it regularly has me on the edge of my seat or clutching Eric’s hand super tight.
If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that I just got the email about NHerShoes Holiday Shred this morning and I am so excited to sign up. This shred really changed the way I workout when I did it last November/December and I’m proud to say that I have kept strength training as a regular part of my life since then! It’s changed from doing shred workouts, to at-home workouts, to classes at the Y but as of right now I fit in a minimum of three strength type workouts per week.
If we were having coffee this morning I might ask you what you’re doing for Halloween? No plans for us other than to finish carving those pumpkins and hand out candy to cute kids!
What would you tell me if we were having coffee this morning?
Happy Hump Day!
Happy Monday! A 60-hour work week that included driving 900 km and one overnight trip out of town caught up with me and there was no blogging happening in this corner of the internet last week! But I am back with hopefully a few posts this week. I don’t even have a photo to share with this post because all of the photos I’ve taken within the last week are work related!
So, here we go…
Making : plans to not make plans for the rest of November. I am ready for some serious hibernation.
Cooking : I have not been cooking much at all lately but I did buy the ingredients for three different recipes while at the grocery store this weekend.
Drinking : Water. Always drinking lots of water. I’ve also been enjoying pumpkin ale and oktoberfest beers lately.
Reading: Trying so hard to get into “Frog Music” but not having any success. I need a new book recommendation!
Wanting: to do some small house projects over the next few months.
Looking: for some new furniture for our bedroom.
Playing: not enough. Life is all about work lately but my work is also really fun and I had lots of “play” time in the summer so can’t complain.
Wasting: food! Hate food waste but I’ve been eating at so many work events lately I had to throw away some food last week.
Sewing: Ha, no sewing happening over here. Though having my grandmother in town has been amazing and she’s done two sewing projects for me.
Wishing: That I had a vacation booked.
Enjoying: my job!
Waiting: for Christmas break!
Liking: ju jubes!
Wondering: what the next year will bring.
Loving: going to the gym at lunch!
Hoping: that no more unexpected expenses come up for us so we can get our budget under control.
Marvelling: at this beautiful place that we live.
Needing: I’m getting really close to needing a new laptop. Don’t die on me now Macbook!
Smelling: this “woodfire” scented candle I got from Chapters. It’s heavenly.
Wearing: scarves and boots are out in full swing. Fall is here!
Following: it’s been fun finding high school and college friends on instagram and following along with their new lives.
Noticing: how cold it’s getting! We had to turn the heat on yesterday. Usually I try to hold out until November 1.
Knowing: that winter is coming
Thinking: about my week at work. Only a 4 day work week for me and no evening commitments. Whoo hoo!
Bookmarking: I recently favourited this article on Twitter about CBC’s news coverage during the horrific Ottawa shooting last week.
Opening: I opened and finished a bag of ju jubes this weekend. Eric helped a little. So good.
Giggling: at How I Met Your Mother. Oh how that show cracks me up.
Feeling: super grateful. Life is so good.
What are you reading, playing, wishing, loving and thinking?
Happy Monday! Did I ever have a fantastic weekend. It was the perfect weekend full of activity, social time, down time and being productive.
Friday night I went to my grandparents apartment right after work and had a quick visit with them. On my way home I picked up Indian food takeout for Eric and I — so good! We watched some Walking Dead and I just chilled on the couch for an hour or so. Then I got hit by this random burst of energy and spent over an hour cleaning the house. It was totally random but I’m glad the urge hit me because then it meant the house was clean for the rest of the weekend.
Saturday morning I rolled out of bed around 7:30 – this seems to be my natural wake-up time on the weekends – and put on a pot of coffee. I had some coffee and read my book for a bit before heading to my favourite 9am hot yoga flow class. I have not been to this class for weeks and it’s my absolute favourite. We did an amazing 75-minute flow practice and I was dripping sweat. I felt so good after. Saturday afternoon I did some errands like grocery shopping and gassing up the car. It felt good to meander through the grocery store knowing I didn’t have to rush to be anywhere at a certain time. When I got home from grocery shopping I had a nice long video chat with Becky!
Later in the afternoon on Saturday Eric and I packed Chloe up in the car and hit the road. There is a hike outside of Kamloops called Battle Bluffs and I have been wanting to check it out for months! We finally made it out there on Saturday evening for a sunset hike. For any locals, the driving directions here were spot on.
This would be a beautiful hike any time of the day but at sunset it was especially stunning.
Can you believe that within a 20-minute drive and 30-minute hike from my house I am standing somewhere as stunning as this? So so lucky I tell you.
It was epic. Saturday night ended with homemade pesto-proscuitto-arugula pizza and oktoberfest beer. Totally earned after that hike!
Sunday was a pretty busy, go-go-go day but still great. It started with a 12km / 7.5 mile run along the River’s Trail in Kamloops. Even though this was a super flat run and we did 10 and 1′s it still felt pretty hard to me. I’m just not used to running on the road these days. The fall foliage was absolutely stunning. There is nothing better than fall running! And the company was pretty good too as I went with my friend Carmine and we chatted the whole time so that made the miles fly by.
I ripped home after the run, had a “shower” (aka sponge bath) and headed for a visit with Jen and miss baby Sydney as she was at her parents house for the weekend. So fun to have a quality catch-up session and of course get some baby cuddles in.
I then when straight from baby cuddling to yoga! My yoga studio is offering a new yoga sculpt class on Sunday afternoons and I’ve been dying to check it out for a couple of weeks now. It was an awesome class using 2 and 3-lb weights. The room wasn’t heated but I was dripping sweat anyways. Will definitely be trying to add this class into my schedule more regularly.
I then freshened up at the yoga studio and went straight to the movie theatre to meet my mom and brother for an afternoon matinee. We saw Gone Girl and I was so impressed. I read this book quite awhile ago, maybe two years now, so the details aren’t super clear in my head but from what I can remember they did an absolute excellent job turning that book into a movie. The movie totally made sense, followed the book (from what I remember) and was actually quite funny (in a dry and dark way).
They also kept the ending true to the book which I liked. I may be the only person in the world who liked that ending in Gone Girl but I swear it just makes sense. Any other alternative would not have worked with the messed up twists and turns of that book. It was the “perfect” ending for such a crazy book in my opinion.
Sunday night consisted of, you guessed it, more Walking Dead! We are about halfway through season 4 right now. I heard on the radio that over 17 million people tuned in for the season five premiere a couple of weeks ago and is the #1 show on television among adults 18 – 49 right now.
Sunday night also included some meal prep (making a giant salad and baking some chicken). I have an insane work week ahead of me with work events happening Tuesday through Saturday in the evening and I’m actually out of town for work on Thursday night. So I’m hoping having healthy food prepped will help me make good choices.
How was your weekend? Do you watch The Walking Dead?