Sunday, 29 January 2012

Been a busy week....

Man, it seems like this past week flew by in a blur!  Had a pretty quiet week at work and managed to be fairly productive which is always a good thing!

The walking wasn't very good this week....due to very wet weather and icy sidewalks and too much going on and a cold, I only walked on Tuesday!  Poor Rocky....

I did my first weigh-in on Wednesday...lost 2 lbs!!!  Yay!!!
Starting to track on Wednesday...that means weighing and measuring...oh boy!

Went to my friend's mother's memorial service yesterday afternoon.  Cried like a baby of course...she was a great woman and the thoughts put out by the family were amazing.  My daughter cried too...she spent a lot of time at their house with her friend (grandaughter) and as she put it "I knew her like family!" which, when you think about it, is an amazing way to think of her.

This evening my choir took part in a Choral Extravaganza put on by Arts Richmond Hill at the Centre for the Performing Arts. Rehearsal at 4, pick up takeout, go home and eat, back to the theatre by 6:45, and we went on around 8:00, home by 9:30.  Both hubby and I are in the choir, so the kids stayed home...played video games and watched tv...what a life!

And so here we are...another weekend done and over with...sigh....And looking to the week ahead, I have 2 days off so in between running around to school and appointments, I should be able to relax!

Have a good one folks!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

My update on my resolve...

Just thought I would pop in and let you know how the rest of the week went...

Walked Rocky for 20 mins on the 17th, 35 mins on the 18th, skipped the 19th, 55 mis on the 20th and 40 mins today.  Not bad....he's happy!  I've noticed my back didn't hurt as much tonight as it did on Tuesday...

Food?  Well....not really keeping track yet but I am trying to eat better...made cookies for the family on Friday...baaaad for me!  LOL!

Water?  Always better M-F than the weekend unfortunately...

For now I will focus on moving.

Bought a vegetarian meal cookbook today...will have to see what tantalizes me!

I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Happy Hump day?


Happy middle of the week's all downhill from here!  Well, actually, I have Friday off so tomorrow's the end for me!  It's going to be an odd few weeks for me actually...Monday I worked an hour later, today I had to finish almost 2 hours early, Friday I am off, next week should be normal hours, then the following week I only work 3 days!  Darn bus strike and PA days...

Anyway....I quite honestly haven't been scrapping since the holidays...but, I always want to and I always look around for inspiration so that the next time the urge strikes me, I'm good to go!


Any of you who know me well know that I have struggled with my weight forever....well, sort of struggled.  Being overweight has always bothered me, but I just don't have the will power to stay away from sweets and bread products, nor do I like any type of exercise.  I am quite sedentary.
Back in 1994 I actually joined Weight Watchers and in about 6 months I lost 31 pounds and was at my lowest weight since I had become an adult.  The way it was then, they gave you a goal weight and if you had a need for a different one then you had to get a drs note, then you did maintenance and then became a lifetime member.  Well!  The weight that I was given was TOTALLY unattainable for me, which was evidenced by my 6 month plateau and total inability to get any lower no matter what I did.  So off to my dr I went, he was happy with what I had achieved and had no problem giving me a note.  Well, I think it was about 3 or 4 months after I became a lifer that we started fertility treatments and whoosh!  10 pounds over goal!  So, of course, I stopped going.
Long story short, I fell off the wagon for 6 years while I had my children and dealt with my anxiety.  My neighbours and I got out all our materials and made a pact, and in the summer of 2002 I reached my goal weight again!
Fast forward to today....I have gained so much weight body shape is different but in pictures, in my opinion, I look like a whale!  I am currently 27 lbs over my goal weight.  No, Christmas didn't help!
I will be 45 this year...impending menopause is no excuse to just let the weight continue to pile on!
So, I have made a vow to myself that I will lose 20 lbs by June 1st, 2012.  How?  I am going to get out my old selection plan info (it's what works best for me), I am going to up my water intake and I am going to walk my dog!!!  Yes, I have a built-in excuse to exercise...and he's like the energizer bunny!  LOL!
On February 1st I will start tracking again.  Until then, I am just going to watch what I am eating and make healthier choices with smaller portions so that come the 1st the measured portions won't be such a shock to my system!  And I am already walking Rocky.  Yesterday it was so cold and windy but we went for 20 mins.  Tonight was better and we did 35 mins.  My vow is 30 min/day M-F and a good hour or more once on the weekend, unless it is pouring rain or the windchill is dangerously cold (like frostbite dangerous for either his paws or my nose!).

Ok....that's enough rambling for today!

Want to see a page anyway?  This is a calendar page I made for my dad.  I made a 2008 calendar for him and this was the August page because my daughter and I are born in August.  I love this and I should have made one for myself!!

Monday, 16 January 2012

So it's Blue Monday?

I have never heard of this before but it's been all over the news today....huh....I suppose I could google it but really, I have better things to do!

Honestly, right now, the only thing I am feeling blue about is this absolutely pathetic winter we're having.  That picture at the top of my page?  It was an anomaly...and not even taken in my town!  That was the day we went for our Christmas tree, at the tree farm, about a half our north of us.  We had absolutely no snow at our house that day.  Today, it's mild and raining now and the forecast is for rain all day tomorrow.

I love snow!  No, I do not like driving in bad weather, nor do I like the bitter biting winds.  I like a snow covered ground that you can go out and play in, be it tobogganing, walking the dog, or skating on the Mill Pond (which isn't safe yet!)  Big, fat, fluffy flakes falling gently to the ground make me happy!

So, on that note....

This a page about my family skating at Mill Pond at the Winter Carnival.  (I didn't take my skates) Held the first weekend in February and I think this year will be the 46th or something like that?  These pics were taken last year!
I sure hope we can skate on the pond at this year's carnival....

Friday, 13 January 2012

A week already?!?

Wow...I can't believe I haven't posted this week...I guess I was busier than I thought, which I suppose is what happens when you get back to normal routine!

Well, this week I was fortunate to be off work early on both Monday and today, plus today was a pj day so I was super comfy all day!!!!  The rest of the week was pretty normal...except for the fact that a dear friend's mother passed away early Wednesday morning, and it would have been her 73rd birthday on Thursday.  Wednesday night the four of don't know who "the four of us" are!  LOL!  Well, there's me, my bf/son's godmother Gina, Corrie and Donna-the one whose mother passed.  We have been pretty tight for years and have supported whoever needs it at the time, and we have a blast hanging out, drinking, man-bashing and processing what we are living at the time together.  Anyway, Corrie decided that the 3 of us should go see Donna on Wednesday evening to hold her up.  We did, we toasted her mom with Bailey's, and we just talked.  So then Thursday my daughter and I went to high school info night and had our tour and what not while my son was at cadets and my hubby rested-he was sick.

So no, I haven't scrapped in the past week, but I still have more to show you!

These pages weren't meant to be virtually identical, but I was I was doing them I realized I could do this with the supplies I had, and, in the end, it will be easy for the kids to claim their own page later wen we divvy things up!

So, that's it for today....and, if the universe is willing, I will scrap something sometime this weekend!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Christmas has left the building!

And that's it for another year...all the decorations have been put away (except for a few stragglers that I just found-oops!) and the tree is at the end of the driveway to be picked up on Monday.  Our living room looks so big right now!  And tidy...but I'm sure that won't last long :)

Tomorrow, it's back to the reality of our for Gregory, ballet for rest for mom and dad!

Tonight I had hoped to scrap, but after a day of un-decorating, cleaning, and sqwaking by Elysia I decided to sit with my tea and watch The Smurfs with Elysia.  A pretty good family movie!  Maybe I can scrap sometime this weekend...we'll see!

I'll leave you with another page I made at the Crop for the Cure in November...
In honour of the end of the Christmas season!  The paper is an unknown leftover bit I had in my stash put together with a piece of Bazzil to make a 12x12.  Seam covered with ribbon, Thickers and Slice lettering, journal spot cut out with my Slice as well.  Reindeer embellie is a rubbery stick-on from Dollarama!

Have a good one!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy Thursday?

Well, I made it through my first 2 days back...granted they were quiet with very few toddlers present but still, considering I am usually off for two full weeks it was quite the change for me to work those days!
I have to admit though, I am looking forward to getting back to if only those damn town buses would get back to work then I wouldn't have to leave an extra 10 mins early to drive my son to his buddy's for a ride every morning!!!!!!!!!  (They have been on strike since October 24th....40,000+ regular riders affected, some have lost their jobs.  Parents driving the kids to and from school means they are out of the office more = less productivity.  Enough is enough!!!)  Anyway, the kids need to get off their electronics and be humans again!  LOL!  We've had no snow to speak of se we haven't been able to get out to play much...sucky winter break!

So today I will NOT be scrapping...I have a to-do list a mile long to be covered in the next 2 days and unfortunately scrapping is not on it.  Maybe I can reward myself Friday night with a session?  LOL  I have to get it all done first!

Anyway, I will leave you with this page...never posted anywhere before....I made it at the Crop for a Cure put on by Veronica in November.

I hope you can see it all right...these pics were taken on our annual pumpkin trip.  We went to an area that backed onto the forest and I had them pose!
The leaves are chipboard, I inked them with distress ink then I used distress stickles on top.  Turned out ok!

Have a great day!!

Monday, 2 January 2012

All finished!

I have successfully completed the Scrapbook Star online crop!  It's all posted over there, but I will post them all here for you too!

This one was inspired by an ATC by Glenda.

This is my mother-in-law at her surprise 65th.  The challenge was to put the title on the picture.

The challenge on this one was to be interactive.  Worked well for me making all these flaps because there are sooo many pictures of this party!

This challenge was for a multiphoto layout..not a problem for me!

We were asked to make a card!  So I did one for the next staff birthday on the 10th.

This was a scraplift!

So was this!  Thanks Barb!

Christmas layout challenge....

Sketch challenge by Fleur.

Shirley's new technique...This is Larry and I at the RH Santa Claus parade.

Colour challenge...kraft and white plus whatever else....I had to dig through scraps to find this bit of kraft paper...Larry said Torrie looks like I cut and pasted her onto the picture!  I like how this turned out.

Song title or I have Vogue in my head!

Use sheet music...I printed this sheet off the internet.  This pic goes way back to Gregory in grade 1!

Use music themed paper...thanks Elysia!  We found this piece in her scraps and it worked perfectly on this page!

So that's what I have been up to for the last 24 hours.  Feels good!

Back to work tomorrow for a couple of days....Elysia is coming with me.  Have a good one folks!!

I have my mojo....

Watch this space, and the Scrapbook Star online crop for what I have created in the last 24 hours!

I just wish I had more ink in the printer because the pics I have are not speaking to me....I suppose I could go into the old pictures (from my childhood) if I run out!

Sunday, 1 January 2012


Happy New Year!!!!!!!

So I was right! At 12:52am one of us was a wee bit tipsy...ok, was me!!!  We had a fine time last night and arrived home very late (try 3am!) and then of course I had to give Rocky some I went to bed about that means I got up this afternoon!  12:15 to be exact...and although I have planned to scrap the day away, I am finding it hard to get going.  Maybe I should get dressed?  I may feel motivated then...