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Q & A

Hi All,

Happy Tuesday! Are you watching Biggest Loser right now like I am? Love that show

First things first, the lovely Angela from Craving Cupcakes so kindly passed the beautiful blogger award on to me. Thanks Angela! I’m supposed to list 7 random facts about myself and then pass it on to 7 other bloggers.

So here it goes.

1. I’m scared of change — but in the vast majority of situations in my life – change is a good thing.

2. For 24 years of my life I HATED olives, but I tried some black olives for the first time when I moved out west, and now I’m seriously addicted. I may occasionally eat them straight out of the jar.

3. Last year I discovered I have a B12 deficiency – definitely not the worst ailment out there – but has required getting used to taking some extra daily pills. It makes a huge difference in my attitude and energy level when I forget to take them.

4. I am beyond scared of needles. I think they are EVIL, and have been known to faint at the thought of getting pricked – which is unfortunate, because I definitely support giving blood.

5. I’m a very Type A person – overly organized, occasionally irrational, and prone to over-react about things.

6. I love traveling! Some places on my list to see in the not too distant future (*hopefully*) are: VEGAS, Italy, Greece, Australia/New Zealand, and Disneyworld!

7. Growing up I was involved in A LOT of athletics I swam competitively, ran track, played baseball, did karate (awesome stress-reliever for an angsty teenager, lol), and rode horses competitively (dressage and show jumping).

Now for the 7 bloggies I’m passing this award along to:

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers (and Happy Birthday!)
  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
  • Susan @ The Great Balancing Act
  • Lily @ Lily’s Health Pad
  • Allison @ Eat Clean Live Green
  • Syl @ Live, Smile, Run
  • Nicole @ PreventionRD

And since we’re on the theme of Q&A’s – I figured I’d quickly do the 10 on Tuesday as well.

1.  Think back a decade, do you remember what your first cellphone was? Was it as cool as Zack Morris’s phone?
I had an incredibly old-school oversized black and white Motorola phone in high school. It was nowhere near as cool as Zack Morris’.

2. What is the first children’s book you remember being read to you?
The first one I can remember is

Its still one of my favorites. Kit Pearson is a fabulous writer.

3. What was your first car? Did you love it or hate it?

First car that I drove was the family mini-van in high school. I thought it was decent – did the job of trucking us kids around pretty good.

4. Who was your hero growing up?

HOW RUDE.... nuf said

5. Think back to your first kiss. Was it everything you dreamed of?

My first kiss was during a game of spin the bottle – so really not that special.

6.  What was your first BAD hairstyle choice? (Extra points for embarrassing photos)

Ugh… I had a major mushroom haircut when I was little. My mom called it a ‘bob’ – I think I looked like a boy.

7. What was your first realistic dream? (One where you had to think “Oh dang, was that a dream?”)
I’m not sure what the first one was – but I’ve had really random realistic dreams about Ryan.

One time I dreamt Ryan stole all my makeup and woke up really mad at him.  He was all like whaaa….?

8. What was the first phobia you remember developing?
Needles (which still hasn’t gone away) and bees because I was allergic to them.

9. Which character on Sesame Street do you most identify with?
I always loved Elmo!

10. What was the hardest goal you ever accomplished?
Hrm… up till now – probably graduating with a 4.0 GPA in college. That was tough! I expect they’ll be more challenging things later down the road though.

Alrighty, well before this post turns into a novel – I’m gonna sign off. I’ll do a weekend recap tomorrow – with pictures. We headed up to Banff and Lake Louise, so there were some pretty incredible photos … and a freak blizzard in April … but that is another story for another day.

Have a great night everyone.


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Happy Earth Day Everyone!!

Were you earth-friendly today? Not gonna lie – I didn’t do the best job ever – I drove to work, and used a cardboard cup from Starbucks. I am really glad that Earth Day exists though because I believe it is important to give people (like me!) an excuse to rethink their daily habits. I have about 4 reusable travel mugs at home – I should definitely start using them more and save 10 cents off my coffee’s.

I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA lately. I haven’t blogged since last Wednesday *sigh* – the last week has been pretty good. I went to the gym Friday and Saturday of last week. However, on Saturday I ran 4 miles in 41 minutes (which was great) but I think I may have messed up my knee somehow because it has hurt every time I have tried to workout since (even when I’m doing lower impact training like the elliptical or biking), which worries me. So I’m trying to take a break from running this week.

I am really looking forward to this weekend though. My in-laws are visiting and I think we’re planning another trip up to Banff to see the mountains. Its raining outside right now though – which I think is giving them a bit of a false impression of Calgary  (where it rains like once every 2 months).  Its so nice to see them, we had a great dinner out at Moxies, after picking them up from the airport. Then watched Survivor, because Ryan’s mom is a HUGE fan.

I almost forgot to mention my eats for the week, I’ve made some good ones!

Cinnamon Maple French Toast & Coffee

Stir-Fried Rice & Veggies

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Pad Thai Noodles with Tofu

I promise I’ll post a longer update next time – but for now – family calls.

What did you all get up too this week? I have sooo many blogs to catch up on in my Google Reader – thats on my agenda for this weekend. I’m looking forward to reading them.

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Hi All,

So I’m not gonna lie – I’ve sucked at being active this week. Don’t get me wrong it feels nice to take a break, but I’m feeling kind of guilty about it at the moment. My original plan was to meet my friend after work Tuesday/Wednesday of this week to go to the gym – and both of those dates fell through. Bit disappointing – hopefully I can back up on the wagon this coming week.

Other than avoiding the gym this week – I’ve spent a lot of my free time cooking. I really do love it. Anyways, Tuesday night I made some yummy green cupcakes to bring into work for St. Paddy’s Day. I heart St. Patrick’s Day – really I do. Such a fun holiday, and I have so many great memories of *ahem* shenanigans that occurred on that day while I was in college. Anyways, those were a big hit at work – see, don’t they look tasty.

Mmmm... Green Cupcakes with Green Sprinkles.

We didn’t get up to anything too wild and crazy on St. Patrick evening – strangely enough – we went out for sushi for dinner. Isn’t that Irish of us? Not so much. What did you get up too for St. Patrick’s Day? After dinner we watched Couples Retreat, which had shown up from Zip.ca earlier that day. It was pretty good – not the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, but cute, nonetheless.

Then last night – I was trying to think of something productive to do and I realized we had A LOT of veggies that were nearing the “too rough looking to eat” stage, so I thought – why not? I’ll just roast them up with EVOO (haha, so Rachael Ray of me) and S+P in the oven and they’ll be good to go for awhile. It took hardly any time at all to prepare and they are delicious. I cooked up some zucchini, asparagus, red onion and green and red bell peppers.

I also talked to my parents on the phone last night for the first time this week and they had a funny story to tell me. My family’s latest dog, Jack, is from a mix breed from a rescue and is half border collie, half lab and is a little over 2 years old.

Such A Cutie

Anyways, my family’s old dogs were all labs and as much as they are loveable and great family dogs, they are not always the smartest puppies. Jack, on the other hand, is ridiculously smart. Sometimes you feel like he’s totally one step ahead of you when you are trying to get him to do something. Anyways, my mom was making dinner with my sister on Wednesday and I guess they were bickering over something and not paying attention to the dog. So Jack decided to jump on the counter, grab an entire brick of blue cheese + the wrapping and tin foil and down it in one bite. It was a $15+ brick of cheese. That wasn’t even the worst of it though – the dog has a weak stomach, so my mom and sister had to take him to the emergency vet and that was another $200+ – needless to say – most expensive block of cheese my parents have ever purchased.

Well, I guess now they’ll know better – I could’ve told them that all dogs have a weak spot for cheese. Pretty funny story, though.

I’m not sure yet what the plans are for this evening – Ryan mentioned that he might attempt to make homemade hummus tonight. That would probably be a delicious with the roasted veggies from yesterday.

What are your plans for this weekend?

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So today was my first day at the new job – and I gotta say I think it went pretty well. Still lots of little odds and ends to get figured out – but I guess that’s too be expected. The toughest part of first days I find is meeting like a billion people, and feeling like you don’t remember any of their names. The department I work in at the new job is HUGE in comparison to my last job – so I’m hoping I’ll learn over time.

After work I decided to hit the gym, I ran a quick 2.5 miles on the treadmill in about 27 minutes, and then hurried home to catch The Bachelor . I’m 97% sure I know who he picks (I’ve heard rumors) and suffice to say, I’m not happy with his choice. Stupid Jake.

ANNND apparently Kate Gosselin is on DWTS – umm, yah – I knew we’d never get rid of her. Also – Gotta say, having a Pussycat Doll on the show seems a TAD unfair.

In other news, this weekend was a blast – it was so lovely to see my family. I loved every minute of it. Makes me miss them so much more.

When they arrived on Friday – Ryan was working for the day, so I took them out for lunch at a bar & grill called The Amsterdam Rhino nearby, then we wandered around 17th avenue a bit and bought a necessity ….


My mom and brother were pretty pooped on Friday night from all their Olympic travels, so we stayed in and watched the games on TV, accompanied by wine and homemade Ryan risotto. My mom loved it as much as I did. It was so nice of the boy to whip up his specialty for my family. It turned out to be a pretty exciting night for Canada. We won a boatload of medals …. yeeeaaah.

Saturday morning we slept in a bit and then went out to Smitty’s for breakfast – I had a feta and portobello omelette *I felt like this was one of the better options on the menu health-wise*. Then we headed over to tour around my new place of employment as my mom wanted to check it out. We came home and spent most of the afternoon – which had sunny +8 temperatures – walking around downtown, through Kensington and by the river. I gotta say it was really hard to not join in with all the runners on the river paths on such a gorgeous day. I guarantee the next time a chinook hits – I’ll be out there – such beautiful scenery. Later in the day my brother and Ryan headed out to the Saddledome to watch a Calgary Hitmen game (minor league hockey) – I think they had a blast. Meanwhile, my mom and I did what we do best – SHOP – and eat (sushi to be exact). We had a lovely time and now I can say that I am the proud new owner of …..

Behold The Infamous Power Suit.

Thanks Mom & Dad

Sadly, my mom and brother flew out at 7 am on Sunday (take a guess at what ungodly hour we had to get up at for that one…) because they wanted to make it home in time to watch the final Canada vs. USA hockey team. Canadians … we plan our vacations around hockey games … its entirely normal, lol.

OMG… was that game sooo worth it though – I don’t even watch hockey but that was INSANE. Best Game I’ve Ever Seen. Hands Down. When Crosby scored the winning goal – Ryan actually muted the television and I could hear cars honking and people cheering in the apartments all around us. It was madness. I like to say that this is probably the closest thing to what would happen if Toronto won the Stanley Cup. My dad and Ryan however, did not appreciate the sarcasm.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend, and I’m sooo looking forward to my first week on the job. I’ll promise I’ll keep blog updates as frequent as I can, despite the fact my schedule is going to be a tad busier from now on.

Enjoy your Monday everyone.

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On A Roll

If I had to describe the week thus far in 3 words – those would be it.

So what happened to make it so awesome?

Well lets start with Monday, I had a 2nd interview scheduled over lunch. I found the 4 ladies I met with to be super friendly and nice, and they made me want the job even more. So I left that night with a pretty good feeling, and headed out to run some errands throughout the afternoon. During this time, I got a phone call from a company I had interviewed at about 2 weeks ago. Turns out that I guess the person they had in mind for the job didn’t work out and they asked if I’d be willing to speak with them again, I said sure and set it up for Tuesday morning.

Monday night, the boy and I watched in amazement (as I’m sure many other Canadians did) at these two.

So nice for these two to come away with a gold … and way to REPRESENT London, ON!

So on Tuesday, I got up early and headed downtown to meet with the company that called me Monday afternoon. Turns out they had re-thought the job description and thought I would be a better fit – so they offered the position to me. So, I was pretty excited about that. The whole time I was still thinking about when I would hear back from the company that I had the 2nd interview at – because I wanted to see if I was going to get an offer there as well.

After my morning interview/offer, I headed out for a celebratory shopping trip. What else is a girl to do? I hadn’t been to the mall in like a month, and our landlords had shutoff the water to my building that morning for plumbing repairs – so I didn’t want to go home. I bought a belt, a pair of black dress pants, 3 workout tops, and a coral cardigan. Is it just me or does Coral colored clothing look good on everyone?

On my way home, I noticed I had a voicemail on the celly and it turned out it was from the group I had interviewed with on Monday. Guess what?  They wanted to offer me a job too – CRAZINESS. Its like a month of nothing and then two offers on the same day. Ryan told me it would happen all at once, but I didn’t believe him.

Now I know firsthand, that when it rains … it pours.

Needless to say, I had some deliberating to do last night. In the end, I decided on the company that I interviewed with on Monday for a couple of reasons.  1) it is a difficult industry to get into – but once your in – you can move around easier – so there is flexibility and growth potential that way 2) the people I’ll be working with are a younger crowd and very energetic – definitely my kind of group 3) the benefits rock and 4) its full-time, permanent.

I am so relieved that I can officially declare the job search OVER – its been a stressful, long haul. But I should probably count myself lucky that – in this economy  – it only took 2 months. I officially start on Monday, however, I’m working a later shift tomorrow as they are holding an event and could use some extra help. So that’s my BIG NEWS!

I’m also really excited because my mom and brother are going to be coming into town to visit for the weekend. They have been in Vancouver for the last week or so at the Olympics and are going to make a weekend pit-stop in Calgary, on their way back East. I haven’t seen them in about 2 months now, so that will make for a fun weekend I’m sure. If my blogging is a little sparse over the next few days – the new job + family visiting will be why.

And just so I don’t forget – here’s a bit of a recap in pictures of some of my eats over the past couple of days.

Maple Salmon & Pasta w/ Arugula Pesto

I’ll upload the recipe for the pesto sauce in the next couple of days – its super simple to make.

Oats w/ Chocolate Milk *yum* & Apple Tea

Omelette FAIL - there is a reason the boy usually makes these 🙂

The only downside to all these big changes this week – is that my workouts have been suffering a bit  – I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to go sometime over the next couple of days. I think I’ll pick it up more once I get into a working routine. That seemed to be helpful last year.

Hope you are all enjoying your Wednesdays!

Have you ever had a “When It Rains … It Pours” Moment?

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Do You Believe?

image from http://www.ctv.ca

The 2010 Olympics are officially underway – did you watch the opening ceremonies?

Well it has been a while since I last blogged – it turned into a very busy last half of the week for me. Wednesday consisted of running lots of errands and returning multiple phone calls throughout the course of the day. I  managed to get 3 interviews for Thursday and Friday as a result of this. Wednesday night I had a volunteer group meeting that included dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant in town. Mmm… I love me some Chinese food.

Thursday was mainly interview prep and the two of the interviews. One job I would love – its totally my kind of people, the interview went decently, I think. The other is good for some reasons but its only a short-term contract, which I’m not in love with.

Friday, I went to the last interview in the morning, then ran some errands (ie. liquor store & groceries). I also managed to setup two interviews for early next week – things are looking up I think. In the evening, me and the boy settled in to watch the start of the Olympics.

Here are some of my eats over the past couple days.

Wednesday morning breakfast

Wednesday lunch: Leftover Carrot Ginger Soup *yumm*

Thursday breakfast: Pumpkin Oats

Friday Night Olympic Dinner: Rachel Ray's Spinach & Artichoke Mac n' Cheese

Another one - just for good measure!

The Mac n’ Cheese is sooooo good! Highly recommend it. We also made black bean and lentil soup on Thursday night – which I forgot to capture – AGAIN. It was also really yummy, and I had no idea how high in fibre/protein lentils are until I checked out the package. We’ll definitely be making it again, and we have lots of leftovers – so I will try and document it again whenever that gets eaten.

So, what did you guys think of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics? I not gonna lie – I think I enjoyed pre-Olympic coverage in Canada more than the opening ceremony. It definitely had its good parts, but I found a good portion of it to be quite dry. I just thought they should’ve made it more upbeat. Nevertheless, I’m excited to watch the games. My dad is visiting my aunt and uncle’s family in B.C. and they are going to watch the women’s mogul competition later today. Lets hope Canada gets a GOLD!

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So as I mentioned before I’m becoming a bit of a soup guru this week. Last night’s eats consisted of Moroccan Chicken Salad in a pita, and my mom’s Carrot Ginger Soup.

You know what I find so funny, I used to HATE and I mean HATE any variety of olives. I refused to eat things with them, or picked them off – but I recently tried a black olive at family dinner over Christmas, and I was suddenly totally in love. Last night when I was making the pitas, I might have eaten a sizable amount straight out of the jar – probably a little weird, I know – but what can I say, I adore them. I think its the salt factor – I heart salt.

I forgot to document my mom’s soup, but I’ll probably have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow – so I’ll snap one then. Anyways, I’m sure she won’t mind if I share the recipe.

Carrot Ginger Soup

  • 2 tbsp margarine or olive oil
  • 1 med. Onion chopped
  • 5 cups sliced carrots — I grated mine, which is HARD WORK, ps btw
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 vegetable or chicken bouillion cubes or sachets — I just used stock instead of the cubes/water
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ to ¾ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg

– In large saucepan melt becel or medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes or until softened. Add carrots, water and bouillion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until carrots are very tender.

– Puree soup in blender in batches until smooth. Return to saucepan. Add milk, ginger, pepper and nutmeg. Heat through on low but do not boil (milk curdling = icky).


It was pretty tasty, I really like ginger, and don’t use it nearly enough. I find it so refreshing, and it actually feels like it makes my stomach happy.

Today, I woke up bright and early with a plan to head downtown to the branch of our gym that we went to over the weekend. I made pretty good time and pounded out a good 2 mile hill interval workout in around 30 minutes, keeping the incline in the 5-10 range. I left feeling refreshed and wandered around downtown for a little bit doing some window shopping. I got outside just in time to see the C-Train I needed to catch pass me, so I just decided to trek it home. I did make a small detour on the way to the store where I had found the fabulous Greek Yogurt last week. Unfortunately though, they were all out – Calgary must have gotten the memo that they were carrying it. Such sadness 😦 oh well.

This afternoon I got a call from the Greyhound Courier people saying I had a package. This was a mystery to me, as I didn’t know anyone was planning on sending me anything. Turns out my aunt from B.C. sent me a little Valentine’s Day/Welcome to the West Coast present. She’s such a sweetheart. It had some baking pans, corn on the cob holders, godiva chocolates, fancy gluten free crackers AND homemade peanut butter m&m cookies…YUMM. I love care packages they make me so happy. I need to start sending more to my friends from home so that they don’t think I forgot them!

Anyways, gotta run now – I’m gonna go watch Ellen on American Idol. I don’t usually like that show – but I love her – so I’m willing to give it a shot.

P.S. In other Ellen news, if you haven’t seen this already – go watch – its hysterical.

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