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Snow Day in April?!?!

Yah – I never thought I’d be saying those words – but clearly I underestimated the province I now live in.  Yesterday morning we woke up to news alerts titled ‘Winter Storm to Hit Prairies’ & ‘City of Calgary Braces For 30cm of Snow’.  My first reaction was to curse out Mother Nature to Ryan, like WTF Calgary? But once I calmed down I decided to head into work and try and stay positive. I secretly think everyone in my office loves seeing my reaction to the crazy weather in this province. I call it the newbie effect. I’m sorry I will never accept that it is normal to have a blizzard on April 28th, and if that makes me a Torontonian for life then so be it. It’s just not right Mother Nature, it’s just not.

We did have to brave the weather yesterday to head out to our Administrative Professionals Thank You Lunch. I enjoyed a tasty avocado and shrimp wrap from Kilkenny’s Irish Pub. That place is HUGE, and reminds me of our local Irish pub from back home. Once I got back from lunch I sent Ryan an email that went like this: “WAHH I don’t want to go grocery shopping in a blizzard, I just want to be lazy”. Fortunately, despite the severe lack of food in our fridge, he felt the same way. So we spent last night hibernating in our warm apartment and made a quick dinner with what we had. We followed this up with some PVR catch-up of Criminal Minds (love that show) and watched Its Complicated (one of my fav movies).

Today I headed into work only to find out that two of my coworkers weren’t coming in because they live further North than me and had no power. Crazy! It’s now 3:00 and there are about 3 of us left in the office. I’m the only one left from my group though so I have to stay until 4:30. I’m just hoping the weather starts getting better so we can actually get our MUCH needed groceries later tonight. I don’t know what we’ll have for dinner otherwise, lol 😛 Anyways, it’s been a crazy crazy few days.

I just keep trying to remember that we get Chinooks in February at it goes up to +15  and everyone else in this country is jealous – that’s about the only upside I can find in all of this. I’m not bitter :P.

Anyways, I will post later today and let you know if grocery shopping was successful or not, and also *finally* get the Banff/Lake Louise pictures up – I just don’t have them on my work computer.

Hope you are all having warm and cozy Thursdays!

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Hi All,

I had a nice long post planned out for tonight – but I am so exhausted that I think I’m gonna make it a quick one and head to bed early. Work this week has been madness. I feel like I haven’t had time to sit down much since Monday, and somehow my to-do list is growing at astronomical speed :S

Anyways, my eats so far this week were pretty yumm-tastic.

Monday:

– Breakfast of almond butter and banana on a whole grain wrap. First time trying it – really impressed.

– Lunch was a sandwich with lettuce, hummus, laughing cow cheese, mustard, turkey and salami

– Dinner wasn’t eaten until 9 (worked late) but the boy kindly made me a mini pizza with olives, goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. So sweet of him.

Tuesday

– Breakfast: Green Monster with lotsa spinach, almond milk, flax seed, banana, honey, and some OJ. So yummy – I forgot ice cubes though – that would’ve made it even better!

– Lunch: Mixed Salad with Mozzarella Cheese, Zucchini, Cucumber & Tomato with Greek Dressing.

lunch preview: that's a coke zero I swear!

– Dinner: Wendy’s – FAIL! I was so excited to catch Glee and the Biggest Loser that I slacked on dinner …. oops. Did you catch either of them, thoughts?

Today

– Breakfast: Oats with Coconut Butter, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup and Almond Milk

I may be a *tad* in love with almond milk

– Lunch: Repeat of Monday’s Sandwich – Quick, Easy and Tasty.

– Dinner: Modified this recipe, subbed goat cheese for blue cheese and it was still delish – served with garlic veggies.

Fitness

Strangely this is the one area this week that I actually feel like I’m kicking butt in – here’s a recap.

Monday: 32 minute treadmill interval run for 3.1 miles. My knee was bugging me a bit so I took it a bit slower than I planned. I also stretched for 10 minutes afterwards.

Tuesday: 30 minutes on the stationary bike (reading the book I mention below), followed by 20 minutes of abs + strength training.

Today: 30 minutes on treadmill with 20 minutes of 1 minute on, 1 minute off sprints, covered 5K in about 28.5 minutes.

Tomorrow is my off day – I’m sooo looking forward to sleeping in for a bit. Nevertheless, I’m stoked that I got my butt to the gym 3 days in a row. That’s a step in the right direction.

What have you been up to this week?

*Sidenote* I recently picked up Michael Pollan’s ‘Omivore’s Dilemma’ – have you read it? So far I’m really enjoying it. I had no idea Corn was in so much of our food – apparently over a 1/4 of the supermarket is primarily corn based products. Thats a bit shocking and sad to me. What do you think about that?

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Hi Hi,

So I am writing this post pre-Sunday dinner, but suspect it will not get posted until afterwards – so I should have pictures to share with you then. We’re planning on whipping up some Pad Thai for dinner! I haven’t had Thai food in forever, and its probably my 2nd favorite type of food – next to sushi of course :).

This weekend has been pretty low-key but definitely enjoyable. It started off on a good foot, Friday night Ryan and I wandered over to the Moxie’s nearby and had drinks and split the appetizer platter  – so much food – we had loads of leftovers. The place was hopping on Friday though, I think it was because we arrived shortly after a Flames game ended so there were tons of people in Jerseys.

Saturday was another bright sunny day in Calgary, and I decided to attempt my first outdoor run of the year. One of the best parts of where we are living in Calgary is that its within a 5 minute walk to the Bow River around which are tons of walking/biking/running trails. I continue to be impressed with how conducive the City of Calgary is to an active lifestyle, and the number of people I notice exercising in this city continues to blow my mind. The run went really well, despite a few technology malfunctions. My Nike+ system kinda decided to poop out on me, so I had no idea how far I had run. My watch told me I ran for around 30 minutes, but according to the Nike+ I had only run 0.01 miles and my pace was like 3046 seconds/mile :S hrm… see what I mean – its definately on the fritz. I’m glad I didn’t let it get in the way of my run though, and now I have yet another reason to invest in a GARMIN. One day soon folks, one day soon.

Nice to run in my some of my colder weather clothes though – I actually like them more than shorts/t-shirt.

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Last night Ryan had made plans to play poker with some work people again (its becoming a bit of a routine I guess). So I took the free night as an opportunity to catch up with a few of my friends from back in London.

I can’t even tell you how nice it is to hear the familiar voice of a friend after months of being away.

Sorry, facebook/twitter and emails – just don’t even compare. I spent about an hour each chatting with a two of my friends from London. One was my old roommate who I have known for about 7 years now, and this is the first time we’ve ever not been in the same place during that time. I think we’re both adjusting to not having the other around for girl-talk and Starbucks runs. My other friend, had a baby about 2 weeks after I moved here – so I haven’t even seen him in person. Breaks my heart a bit to be missing out on such an exciting time in her life. But she had me laughing with all sorts of crazy baby stories. She sounded really happy – which was so nice to hear. Don’t you love catching up with friends you haven’t heard from in awhile?

I’m finding it a bit difficult not having much of a social circle out here, so hopefully staying in close touch with friends from home will make it easier, at least initially.

Anyways, Ryan decided to bring some of his buddies back to our place last night at like 11:30 when I was already in my jammies 😛 So I had to do a quick change into something presentable and I hung out with them for an hour or so.

Today, we got up and ran a few errands (need to get the essentials for pad thai – can you tell I’m excited yet?).  My lunch today was a leftover quinoa/chickpea/roasted veggie mix that I made for dinner last night. Its sooo yummy.

We then watched Kung Fu Panda for the 2nd time this week – I think Ryan in a little in love with that movie. After the movie, Ryan decided to whip up some homemade hummus – which he had been talking about doing FOREVER. It was really delicious and was mostly made with ingredients the average person would already have on hand. Because Angela kindly commented and asked me to share the recipe, here it is:

Ryan’s Homemade Hummus

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • juice of one lemon + one lime,
  • 1/2 cup of tahini
  • lots of olive oil
  • dash of cumin

Basically you just throw it all in a food processor and blend away, adding more olive oil, as needed. Its super easy and the cumin/lime juice mix gave it a bit of a unique smoky kick. Very tasty.

Okay so maybe I’m not going to get to the Pad Thai picture in this post – but I promise it will be in the next one. Thanks for stopping by!

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Hey Hey

So I’m still getting used to this Calgary weather – today the car told me it was +15 outside when I was driving. CRAZINESS. Its March – this is unheard of in my life. People are running and biking and all I’m seeing outside is shorts and t-shirts. Its great, I’m mildly in love.

So tonight I’m holding down the fort on my own, as Ryan is off to a poker night with his coworkers. Hopefully he’ll bring some hard earned winnings home with him. I haven’t been alone in Calgary on a Saturday night yet but I think I’ve got a pretty nice little evening planned, consisting of laundry and easy dinner, then maybe some girl-movies or a good book. I haven’t had time to myself like that in awhile – and not gonna lie – I look forward to it sometimes. Living in a such a small place can make it pretty tough not to get on each others nerves occasionally.

The earlier part of today was spent sleeping in and making a breakfast of greek yogurt +granola/cereal mix. This was followed up by some errands that included exchanging our HD box for one of these baby’s:

Yay *PVR*

Its ridiculous to say, but this little guy is gonna make my life so much better 🙂  Now I can keep up with all the talk shows and *coughs* soaps that I watched while unemployed .. tee hee hee. Thats not embarrassing. Nope not at all. What can I say – I’m a junkie for Days of Our Lives.

After errands, I headed to the gym because I was feeling too exhausted to go this morning. I ran 4.04 miles in 45 minutes – not the fastest run ever, but its the longest I’ve gone so far in 2010. In retrospect, I probably could have run outside since the weather is so gorgeous.

So one thing I’m struggling with since starting work, is what to do about lunches! I HATE buying lunch because I feel guilty about it each time. BUT I find that it is SOOO hard to come up with meals. Do any of you have good tips for planning lunches for the week?

Anyways, hope you are all enjoying your Saturdays.

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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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Happy Valentine’s!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone is spreading the love and enjoying some sweet treats!  I know I sure am – I really enjoy Valentine’s Day. My day started off great with a sweet card from the boy, full of “vouchers” for some of my favorite things.

Some of the coupons are: Redeem for one evening of controlling the remote, redeem for one admission that I’m lost and should ask for directions, redeem for one lengthy speech about how you’ve made me the luckiest man alive! Haha – too funny!

After some breakfast we headed out to run some errands. We got some groceries and still had a few gift-cards leftover from Christmas, so we also picked up one of these.

Choppy McChopperson

We were in desperate need of a food processor – we managed to find this puppy for a sweet deal (~$45) at Zellars. Its got so many little add-on pieces too, I don’t really know what to do with it. I’m looking forward to whipping up some pesto in the next week or so.

Speaking of pesto, while we were out we also decided to stop into a place called The Phoenix Grill (I think its a Calgary chain) for a quick lunch. I decided on their Garden Burger and Yam Fries *they scored major points with me for even having that as a side dish option*. Let me tell you – this burger was PHENOMENAL. I’m not a burger person usually – particularly veggie burgers – but this was a mushroom based burger topped with the usual burger toppings and the piece de resistance, PESTO. I can’t believe I’ve never used pesto on a burger before. It was amazing, absolutely amazing. Definitely give it a try the next time your craving a burger.

I think the plan for tonight is to spend the evening in. The boy is going to be making me one of his fabulous risotto concoctions for dinner. I swear, he should get paid for them – he has a magic touch, thats for sure. Mmmm… looking forward to that.

And just so I don’t forget last night’s eats, we decided on making Teriyaki Tofu Stir-Fry for dinner. I honestly can’t believe I actually talked the boy into trying tofu.


I was pretty tasty, I love anything with teriyaki sauce on it – lets be honest.

Finally, I can’t end this post without mentioning a little movie we watched yesterday that I had been hearing about for ages. Can you guess? It was…

Wow… honestly I don’t have words for this movie. It was extremely well-done and hugely informative. Watching movies like this make me seriously consider going vegetarian. Part of me says I shouldn’t because if everyone does that then the “good” farmers – who grass-feed their cows/pigs/chickens will be put out of business; but its definitely given me a bit of a reality check as to where my food comes from. In the future, I am going to look into vegetarianism a little more thoroughly – and I will FOR SURE be buying grass-fed meats and organic products wherever I can. To say the least  – I was disgusted with the politics behind food in the US. I know Canada is slightly better with food regulations – but I suspect we still have lots to improve on.

What did you think of Food Inc., if you’ve seen it?

Can any vegetarians give me some tips on your decision?

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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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