Archive for October, 2011

It’s Friday, which means my mom will be here (all the way from Nova Scotia) in two more sleeps!

It’s like counting down to Christmas.

The house is just about ready and I plan to try out a new recipe as part of my Cooking Homework with Lauren from Foodtrainers.

Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Scones to be exact from one of my new cookbooks that I have yet to test out.

I will let you all know how they turn out.

This weekend will also include pumpkin carving and haunted cookie house building with a friend and her two boys. I may not be back online until Tuesday since Monday is Halloween and I have a 2-year-old with a chicken suit that needs to visit the neighbourhood.

Last year he was a hamburger, and we carved a special pumpkin just for him.

In my absence I suggest you head on over to The Woven Moments and check out the new link party. I read about this on Stephanie’s blog Love Life Project and think it is a great idea. Not only do you get to share one of your favourite posts from the month but you have the potential to discover new blogs – this is always a good thing.

I chose my half-marathon recap post – what’s yours?

Have a great weekend!



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For a girl who only gets one channel (CBC) I sure do watch a lot of TV.

We have a flat screen mounted to the wall and a set of old (I’m positive they are the same ones I used in University) rabbit ears on a shelf that have to be readjusted frequently to limit the fuzziness on the screen.

Combining the old with the new – it’s what we do best.

We simply don’t want to pay for cable, especially considering the cost of high-speed internet where we live. Instead, we bought a HDMI cord and hook our laptop up to the TV when we want to watch a show. Or, if I am alone, I simply curl up on the couch with the laptop and watch the shows my husband can’t stand. I usually do this on my lunch break since I get an hour off and live a couple of blocks from where I work.

This is one of the reasons I love the Internet.

It allows me to watch many of the shows that I love or like whenever I want.

Some of my current favourites include:

Up All Night

Love this show.

It’s funny.

It has Maya Rudolph.

It has Will Arnett.

It has Christina Applegate.

Sometimes I think the reason why I like this show so much is because I can relate to it. Maybe if I didn’t have a kid it would be a different story, but since I do I am so happy this show is on the air.

My husband does not watch it.

Pan Am

When I first saw ads for this show I was not interested at all. Then I saw a commercial featuring Christina Ricci and my mind was changed. I checked it out instantly and caught up on all the episodes (3) to date in one sitting. Now I have to wait like everyone else for new episodes. Actually, I have to wait one extra day since I watch it online.

My husband does not watch it.

The Office

I liked it better with Micheal.

I liked it better when Pam and Jim weren’t a couple.

Regardless, I still watch this show every week and always laugh.

My husband does watch this show. Unless I decide to watch it without him, which is usually the case.

America’s Next Top Model

At first I thought I was going to have to miss the all-star season and I was very disappointed. Living in Canada means I can’t watch shows on their home networks so I have to rely on Canadian channels to show them online (CTV, Global, CityTV). CTV is the host for ANTM and it took them a long, long time to get the episodes online. As a result I stayed up way too late on the weekend getting caught up.

Thank you for getting your act together CTV.

My husband will tolerate it but I don’t make him watch it.

The Biggest Loser

I was sad to see Jillian go but Dolvett is a nice addition to this season.

I could take or leave Anna.

I cry more than I should admit during this show. All of them happy tears.

And like every other show I have to wait one extra day to watch it, which means I have to fight with myself to not read the recap on NBC. Sometimes I can’t resist but I will still watch the episode.

My husband does not watch it. And if he does he usually has a snack.

Degrassi: TNG

I grew up with the original Degrassi series (and own the entire series, including the movie School’s Out!) so it wasn’t a surprise that I got hooked on the next generation quickly.

It’s my guilty TV pleasure.

The original is still better. Plus, they weren’t afraid to slap their logo on some girl’s butt.

My husband does not watch it.

Blast from the past

Dawson’s Creek

I am officially obsessed with this show. I own every season and will forever be in love with Pacey.

Oh, and I get all choked up just thinking about the series finale.

Global has a bunch of episodes online so when I am at a loss for what to watch I usually pick one of those.

It never gets old.

Pacey Con! Sign me up.

Stay tuned for my next TV post: What I watch on CBC

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What a day we had on Tuesday. I actually thought I was going to have to miss the What I Ate Wednesday party (hosted by the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons) but I made it!

The day started way too early as usual.

I’m talking 5:30 am early.

I managed to keep the Doozer on the couch for an hour before he got hungry and I needed some faux coffee.

The Doozer loves to help me make coffee and I let him sit on the counter to do so.

Our coffee grinder has been missing the part you push to make it grind for a long time. We have tried buying a new grinder but nothing compares to the one we have. As a result, we use a fork to make it work.

He already knows the sequence of events required to make coffee.

I made Cinnamon Raisin French Toast using raisin bread for breakfast and served it with blueberries and real maple syrup.

At about this time I realized I was going to have to take this guy to the vet.

My husband tried to bring him to work, but after Glenn jumped in the car he yelped in pain and wouldn’t sit down. We felt it was best if he stayed home so I could keep on eye on him. Later I decided to conduct a test and told Glenn to jump on our bed. He tried and then yelped in pain and fell to the floor in a heap.

It was so sad 😦

I called the vet and they were able to fit him in later that afternoon. Glenn could walk fine it was just when he tried to jump onto something you could tell it hurt his hind legs.

I wasn’t looking forward to taking both a dog and a toddler to the vet so I called a friend to see if she could watch him while I went to GF. It was all arranged and then she had the opportunity to have a kid-free afternoon. I know first hand how important those are so I decided to suck it up and take him with me.


Let’s just say it was adventurous and there were lots of tears. At one point he threw himself onto the street as we were crossing it so we had to have a little chat on the sidewalk.

It turns out that after 7 years of running through the bush (both in the summer and the winter) Glenn has arthritis. The vet gave us some anti-inflammatories and we were on our way. I was also advised by a friend on Facebook that Glucosamine and Omega 3s will also help so I will be adding those to his treats.

Shhh, don’t tell him.

All was not lost on our trip though.

I found two new salad dressings by President’s Choice at the grocery store.

Artichoke & Asiago dressing and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus dressing. Both are also available in dip form. I was most excited about the Artichoke & Asiago dressing because it is made with yogurt, unlike the dip that is made with my most hated (and I do mean hated) food ever – mayonnaise.

I also stocked up on bubbly water.

And I decided to be a lazy cook and bought a pre-roasted chicken for supper.

It did not deserve to be photographed but tasted great on top of my supper salads.

That’s right.

There was no way I could decide between my two new dressings so I had not one but two salads for supper.

I was impressed with both of them but the Asiago won out tonight.

I also had a few (too many) date squares from the weekend.

Don’t forget to head on over and check out the other WIAW posts. Something is guaranteed to catch your eye.

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Ever since the half-marathon my running has been half-assed at best.

I blame it on the weather.

I blame it on the fact that my husband leaves early and gets home late.

I blame it on the dark mornings and dark nights.

I Blame it on the Rain.

The truth is I’m just not that motivated.

The training plan for the half-marathon kept me on track and I knew if I didn’t run then chances are I wouldn’t make it to the starting line.

Thankfully, I received a message from my training buddy Jillian the other day and it was just what I needed.

Jillian is training for the 2012 Boston Marathon. She is running as part of Team Hole in the Wall and has been working her butt off all year. She officially starts her marathon training plan the middle of November and I am going to join her. No, I do not have any plans to run a full marathon (yet) but I will use the plan as a guide for my next half-marathon.

If nothing else it will keep me on track.

I really do enjoy running but I also really enjoy having a plan to follow. I might be crazy to train for a half-marathon by following a marathon training plan but I already know I will reduce my long runs accordingly.

As I mentioned yesterday my Mom arrives on Sunday. The two weeks she is here will be a great opportunity to get out for a run while her and the Doozer hang out together. This is just what I need to ignite the spark.

Because truthfully, I really, really want to go for a run!

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It was a busy but productive weekend at our house. My husband had an unexpected day off (his first in a few weeks) on Sunday and it was nice to have him home. He recently made the decision to leave his job at the local ski hill in favour of year-round employment in the forestry industry. This change means he will be home every evening and for the first time in a very, very long time he will have weekends off – yee haw! These two things alone make me very, very happy.

Except he will probably still go skiing most weekends.

This means I will still be without my husband on those weekends.

But that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.

Did I mention I don’t ski? Or snowboard? Even after working in the ski industry as a marketing and media relations rep I never took to the sport.

I think it has something to do with the gravity. I’ll stick to snow shoeing and cross-country skiing thank you very much.

But clearly I am getting off topic because all that really has nothing to do with what we did this weekend.


Saturday was spent with a very good friend and her two boys.

We walked the Riverwalk trail in the morning and then headed to GF to run a few errands and get groceries.

First stop was for coffee – decaf for me as I am still off the real stuff (note: getting sick the day I decided to stop drinking coffee was really a blessing in disguise. I was so pre-occupied with my cold symptoms that I mostly forgot about the caffeine withdrawal.)

I also picked-up some decaf beans for home.

It was nice to go to town with another adult for a change. I didn’t have to lug a toddler into every store because I had someone to stay in the truck with him.

When we got home, and after unpacking the groceries, the Doozer and I made Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

This is a Martha Stewart recipe from her cookie cookbook and I absolutely love it. I like to add coconut to the mix because for me, oats and coconut belong together.

That night my husband fell asleep on the couch and I got caught up on Pan Am and ANTM: All-stars. He got sick a few days after us so he is still fighting it off. We usually watch a documentary over on Documentary Heaven and then I fall asleep on the couch 🙂

As I mentioned above he had Sunday off. He had a few projects to complete so I took the dog and the Doozer for a walk. When we arrived home he wasn’t quite finished so I took the Doozer to the arena to watch the Pee Wee team play, and to eat fries.

He had such a fun time! He laughed every time one of the players fell or when the goalie went down to block a shot. He kept yelling Puck! Hockey! Net! Fall! throughout the entire game and I am still amazed that he sat through the whole thing.

When we came home I grabbed some lunch and then helped my husband close-up the pool for the winter.

Then it was time to bake again. I made date squares using the topping from my Raw Apple Crisp as the base but added in some coconut and used coconut butter (not oil) to hold it all together.

They are delicious. I have discovered that soaking the dates in hot water before processing really makes a difference. I froze the squares but I doubt they will last long.

Now I am in the process of de-cluttering and cleaning the house in preparation for my Mom’s arrival on Sunday. My parents live in Nova Scotia and this is her first time flying alone – we can’t wait to see Nanny!

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I am still feeling under the weather but none of that seems to matter when you have a toddler.

I’m still trying to figure out where he gets all his energy.

Or why he doesn’t nap when I clearly want one.

All that aside, I always have a blast when I spend the day with the Doozer.

We make crazy Potato Head families.

We go to the playground and play.

We bug the dog by putting grass on his back.

This is actually very out of character for our dog Glenn. Normally he would run away at the sight of the Doozer. He is finally becoming a family dog 🙂

We run through the Willow trees.

We try to squeeze ourselves through bike racks – successfully!

For good measure, we wear fedoras for family pictures (back in April).

And then we honour the late Jack Layton by growing a moustache.

Happy weekending everyone!

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Under the weather

That should actually read:

I’m sorry.

I’m sick.

Don’t hate me.

I’ll be back tomorrow but in the meantime, indulge a girl and let me know that I’m not the only one obsessed with the show that screen image is from.

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