Thursday, August 30, 2012

Seen on my ride

Happy Thursday everyone! I am currently hanging out in Mr.D's office waiting for him to have a break in work so he can take me to the airport :)

Today, I thought I would do something a little different and take some inspiration from Kristen. She does posts every so often of things she has spotted on her run. Every time it makes me laugh with the weird things she has spotted. On my bike ride to and from work on Tuesday, I noticed a few things...

1. A middle aged man driving a convertible listening to gangster type rap. The music was so loud that I look over to my left to see where it's coming from and he waves really excitedly at me. I quickly looked away and hoped he wasn't following me home.

2. A man with the sweetest chops! They were down to his chin and bushy too.

3. SO many bike riders not wearing helmets. Granted I was riding on the pathways at this point, but it takes one second of you being on the road and a car not paying attention for them to hit you. Be safe people!

4. It was a gorgeous day out so there was tonnes of people floating down the Bow River. I was jealous as I was sweating my balls off (if I had balls of course!) on my bike ride home.

Tell me: what have you spotted lately? Anything worth mentioning?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

{what I'm loving}

Happy Wednesday everyone! How is your week going so far? Hopefully good :)

Today, I am loving:

  • that I get to see my mom and family tomorrow! Looking forward to seeing everyone and to see the cottage that my mom bought
  • so excited for shopping at Target this weekend too! I haven't been to Target in forever.
  • that the weather has been beyond fabulous for the past couple of days. Okay, maybe a little hot for my bike ride home, but I survived.
  • Fun new nail polishes! I went to Shoppers yesterday for something completely different, but somehow two colors made it into my basket. Funny how that happens. 
  • that Mr.D came home last night with a pretty bouquet of flowers for no reason. Love that man!
  • And of course, I am loving these two faces:

Tell me: what are you loving this week?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DIY {anywhere} art

I mentioned yesterday that Mr.D and his dad put up shelves in the bathroom for me. After the shelves went up, I realized that I needed some art for the other wall. There are many tutorials especially on Pinterest, so I took a few ideas and ran with it.


  • canvas ($2 at Dollarama)
  • paints ($2 at Dollarama plus a few others that I had before)
  • painting tool or cut in half card to your desired width (ie: an old credit card)
  1. Once you have your paints picked out, put a bit of each paint in a row on your palette. I used a piece of cardboard thick enough so it wouldn't leak through.
  2. Take your cut in half card and start dipping the card into the different paints. There is no rhyme or reason, just keep dipping until you have a bunch of paint on the card.
  3. Once you have a bunch of paint on your card, start putting it onto your canvas. You can make each streak of paint whatever length you would like. I just kinda went with it to start off with it and kept going from there.
  4. Keep streaking your way across and down your canvas until you are done.
  5. Hang your art up and enjoy! ;)
Here is how mine turned out:

All my paints laid out
Working my way down the canvas

The supplies that I used
The finished product
 Overall, I am super happy with how it turned out. From start to finish, it didn't take more than thirty minutes. And the fact that it cost me $4 to make is pretty awesome too!

Tell me: have you done any cheap and easy DIY projects lately?

Monday, August 27, 2012

{weekend recap} and a race report

Happy Monday everyone! The weather sure turned around from Friday when it was cold and rainy....we ended up having lots of sun and around 23C both Saturday and Sunday.

{friday} When I got home from work, it was raining so I waited a while to take Harley for a walk. After our walk, I came home and lounged on the couch catching up The Bachelor Pad while Mr.D went to a friend's house. Pretty sure I was in bed around 10:15pm to read and it was fabulous!

{saturday} We were up bright and early (well 7:30am is pretty early for us on a weekend!) as I was running the MEC 10km. It was CHILLY that morning, but I refused to wear long pants/long sleeves in August. I ended up running in a running skirt and tank top, which worked out perfectly. The race started in Edworthy Park, which is just a short drive from our house. We leave around 8:20am for a 9am race start, which gave us plenty of time to find parking and get to the start. As we were heading to the race start, I spotted Cori in the parking lot. It was nice to see a familiar face at the race!

Yes, I am really short!

Thanks for the picture Cori ;)
The race started promptly at 9am with an out and back route. My main goal for this race was to finish! I was so, so under trained, which is no one's fault but my own. Around 2.5-3k, I hear someone coming up behind me and it turned out to be Heather! We started chatted and decided to stick together for the rest of the race. Neither of us were properly trained, so we walked when we needed a break and even made a pit stop at a porta pottie. The race wasn't quite 10km, but we crossed the finish line in just over 57 minutes. Far from my PR, but not a personal worst either! Thank you again Heather for letting me run with helped me finish the race and I had fun!

If you are looking for a cheap (it was $15) and a smaller race, this is just for you. There is no chip timing or t-shirts, but I loved the route and don't need another race t-shirt, so it was perfect. Looking forward to the next one in October!

After the race, we headed home and I started to stain the deck. Not a fun job at all, but since Mr.D sanded the whole thing, I told him I would stain it. Half way through the staining, Mr.D's parents showed up (they were visiting for the weekend), so I took a break to catch up with them. After finishing the first coat of the stain, I headed inside for a shower. My wonderful MIL agreed to brave IKEA on a Saturday afternoon with me to return a few things and pick up some shelves. Once we got home, Mr.D and my FIL got to work at hanging the shelves and I LOVE how they turned out. Full update to come later this week :) The rest of the day was spent making dinner, getting ice cream and watching a movie.

Making progress on the first coat and the finished product
{sunday} Before Mr.D's parents headed home, we went out for breakfast to Cadence which is located in Bowness. It worked out really well because there was a car show going on and my FIL absolutely loves old cars. After breakfast, my in laws headed home and I put the second coat of stain on the deck. So glad that it's all done! 

Tell me: how was your weekend? What were you up to?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday's letters

Dear rain: please go away. I don't like having to wear pants, a sweater and a jacket to work this morning because you are making my city so cold. I refuse to put on shoes because of you though. Dear weekend: thank you for coming again! So excited to have two days off. Dear Mercato: thank you for the beyond delicious and huge meal last night! It might have been a little expensive, but so worth it for a once in a long while treat. I know that Mr. D and I will be enjoying the left overs today. Dear legs: please hold up tomorrow. I promise I'll be nice to you after that. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Random things Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone! One day closer to Friday...woo hoo. Here's my random thoughts for today:

  • I'm running a local 10k race on Saturday and am so nervous for it! It doesn't help that I haven't run further than 7km in a while. I am definitely not aiming to PR, more survive at this point.
  • I am getting so excited for my trip home in a week. My mom and I are hopefully taking a shopping trip to the States and so looking forward to hitting up Target. For my lucky friends in the States, what are the things that I MUST get from Target?
  • I had an amazing workout last night at CrossFit. I was so nervous going into the workout, but ended up loving it! See below for the workout.  I didn't use the required weight of 55lbs, but will definitely add more weight next time. If you want to know what a power snatch is watch this video.
  • we are going out for a belated anniversary dinner tonight to Mercato. So excited!
And because every post needs a picture, here are a couple from the hike we took last week in Kananaskis.

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

These are my confessions {V15}

I haven't done a confessions post in a while, so I thought I would do one today.  You can find my previous confessions here:

Too many hair products
Shaving my big toes
Must make the bed
Random chin hair 

Zero patience 

Small number of friends 

No undies 
Silly crushes
Children's toothbrush
Picky eater
Dislike for country music
First kiss
Not using the dishwasher

I confess...that sometimes I think about wanting to do a bikini body building contest. I know, it's super random! But then I start thinking about how much work it would take and how much good {aka bad} food that I would have to give up in order to get my body that way and then I think it might just not be worth it. 

This is what I am referring to:

NOT this:

So, am I totally crazy?!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Summer reads {part two}

A few weeks ago, I posted about some of the books that I've read so far this summer {find that post here}. Since I had lots of time to read while on the road trip, I somehow managed to plow through a few books. Here is what I read:

On the island by Tracey Garvis Graves
I saw this book on Meghann's book a few weeks ago and she mentioned that she couldn't put it down, so I decided to check it out. The book is about a teacher who takes a summer job tutoring a rich 16 year old boy   on a remote island. While on their way to the island, something goes terribly wrong and they find themselves on an island. I'm not really sure how I got so sucked into this book, but I really enjoyed it. 

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
This was another book that sucked me in and I couldn't put it down! It is about the night of a high school graduation and four high school kids are involved in an accident. After the accident, lives are changed and things come out about some of the kids that many people had no idea about. I definitely recommend this book.

At Last by Jill Shalvis
If you don't mind a little bit of a romance book, I would recommend it. It is about a woman who moves to a small town to get away from her problems in the big city and ends up finding herself falling in love when she least expected it. I personally love a good romantic book, so I quite enjoyed it. 

The Summer of Us by Holly Chamberlin
I picked this book up at Value Village in Kamloops when Alison and I went to find some new books. This was a great, easy summer read.  It is about three random women who all decide to do something different for the summer and end up renting a beach house. Although the three women are totally different people, they end up finding new friendships with each other. 

Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
This was another book that I picked up at Value Village on the recommendation of Alison. It is about four strangers that find themselves in a Greek restaurant when a sudden and unexpected tragedy strikes. The four strangers come from all different parts of the world and are in different parts of their lives, but find themselves bonding over this tragedy. I won't lie, I wasn't 100% into this book {sorry Alison!}.

Tell me: what books have you read recently? Anything good that you would recommend?

Monday, August 20, 2012

{weekend recap}

I started thinking last night that Friday, Saturday and Sunday are really the fun days of the week. Now if only they lasted longer! I have a feeling today is going to be rough for me...first day back to work after two weeks off. Wish me luck!

{friday} I spent the day doing stuff around the house and ran to the mall for a quick shopping trip. I didn't have much luck, but did find a few things. Later in the day, Lindsey and Chad came into town and stayed with us for the night. 

{saturday} In the morning, I headed to CrossFit for a workout and then took Harley for a walk. It was a gorgeous weekend weather wise and I definitely wanted to take advantage of it! After our walk, I laid out in the yard enjoying the sunshine. Lindsey and Chad survived the Spartan Race and made it back to our place in one piece with just a few extra layers of mud on them :) After they cleaned up, we headed to Original Joe's for some food. Thank you again for dinner guys! After dinner, we headed home and started to work on stripping the deck. 

Harley enjoying the sunshine
{sunday} In the morning, I went to another CrossFit class and then took Harley for another walk. It was another gorgeous day! We were able to rent a belt sander from Home Depot, so we took turns sanding it down. We are about 1/3 of the way done, which hopefully Mr.D can finish this week. I didn't think that it would take us that long to sand it, but it will be worth it in the end.

So much work!

Someone is too happy to be outside
Tell me: how was your weekend?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer Vacation 2012

Last and final recap of our vacation....does that mean it's really over already?! :(

{You can find Alison's recaps here and here}

Yesterday, I posted about our first two days in Whistler. Today we are moving onto Kamloops, BC. On the Thursday morning, we packed everything back up into the SUV and made the four hour drive to Kamloops. Luckily, there were no smoking breaks this time and lots of sleeping was done. We stayed at the Riverside b&b and it was fantastic! Gorgeous location right on the water, amazing owners and out of this world breakfast each morning. 

The gorgeous gardens
Once we unloaded the SUV again, Mr.D and I headed to meet my cousin to go float down the river. It took us just over 2 hours and it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon enjoying the sunshine.

My cousin and I
After floating, we headed back to the hotel to shuttle the boys up Rose Hill for some downhill riding. It was a crazy road up there, but produced some gorgeous views!

The boys before their ride
Gorgeous views

After the second shuttle to the top of the hill, Alison and I headed back to the b&b to shower and get ready for dinner. Little did we know how the night would turn out! Turns out that my dead Mr.D had quite the fall resulting in a broken bike and some blood. I was definitely freaking out, but glad it was just three stitches and some road rash. No urgent care clinics were open past 6pm, so we headed to the hospital. Luckily, it took only took a little over two hours to get him all fixed up :)

One right tire and one badly broken tire
Thanks Justin for fixing him up each morning!
The next day was supposed to be spent driving the boys out to Sun Peaks for some more biking, but neither were feeling quite up to it {I wonder why?!}. Instead, we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at the b&b, some relaxation and then headed to the downtown area for some lunch. The boys somehow ended up on a rooftop patio while the girls were searching for books. I think we were all slowly melting during was so hot!
Alison and I at lunch

After lunch, we headed back to the b&b for a nap for some, some sunshine and workouts for others. The best part of the b&b (besides breakfast of course!) was the dock and the rope swing. We spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine on the dock and failing at the rope swing for myself. I honestly wish that we would have video taped me on the swing because it was hilarious! 

Later that night, we made ourselves look pretty and headed to meet my aunt for a fantastic Greek dinner. So much yummy food!

Alison and I
Mr.D and I
When I said earlier that the best part of the b&b was the rope swing, breakfasts and dock, I lied. The in ground tampoline had them all beat! Alison and I definitely had a hoot on it.

Saturday was spent driving back to Seba, catching up with Alison's family and playing a hilarious game of catch phrase. So much fun!

Gorgeous views near Jasper

The group
And just like that, the trip is over. Thank you Alison and Justin for a great road trip! Lots of memories were made (stinky farts from Mr.Black, pushing Alison in the lake, etc) and hopefully we can do another trip in the future together :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer vacation 2012: Seba and Whistler

Thank you everyone for your comments yesterday :) It was a pretty low key day for us, which included a CrossFit class, a trip to IKEA and a movie.I won't mention any names, but someone owes me an anniversary breakfast- looking at you Mr.D! We decided to do a belated anniversary dinner out next week, so I will be looking forward to that :)

Ok, back to the trip recaps! Our vacation started last Sunday when we dropped Harley off at the kennel and headed out to Alison's parents lake cabin. We spent the day soaking up the sun, playing Kan Jam, enjoying a delicious dinner and fireworks. Perfect way to spend a Sunday! We were up bright and early on Monday morning to do the drive from Edmonton to Whistler. While the boys took turns driving, Alison and I spent the time in the back sleeping, reading and talking. With a few stops along the way, we made it to Whistler in about 13 hours. First stop after unloading the SUV was Black's pub for much needed drinks.
Sleepy Alison..mwuaha!
Mr.D and Justin 
The first full day in Whistler was spent grocery shopping, shopping, running, exploring for Alison and I. The boys were off to ride the mountain. I'm still not really sure how it happened, but in the afternoon Alison and I found ourselves on a patio in the sunshine with a $10 pitcher of sangria. Best idea ever! While the girls made it back from our day in one piece, the boys weren't so lucky. Justin came back with a massive scrap on his leg and a bum ankle :( Good news was that he survived to ride another day!

The view of the base of the mountain from our room
The second day in Whistler was spent going for a walk around Lost Lake, more biking for the boys, zip lining and a delicious Mexican dinner. 

Mr.D and I 

Alison and I at Lost Lake

Us again at dinner
The boys and their huge jug of beer
Alison, myself and my crooked helmet
Mr.D and I zip lining
Our group
Lost Lake
I had never been zip lining before, but so glad that we went! I won't lie, there were a few minor freak outs on my part. Those moments included suspension bridges and walking down the stairs to do the longest zip worth it in the end when you were flying down the line above the trees and over the creek. Fun!

Overall, we loved our time in Whistler! We stayed at the Sundial Hotel, which was fantastic. It was located right at the base of the mountain and is located steps away from shopping in Whistler village. I definitely recommend it if you ever stay in Whistler.

Tell me: have you ever been to Whistler? Or have you ever been zip lining?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August 14, 2010

I know that I promised a vacation recap post today, but I figured that can wait until tomorrow. Why? Because today is an important day {well in my life}. Today is our two year wedding anniversary.  Two years since we walked down the aisle, said our vows to each other and partied the night away with our friends and family. Where the heck has time gone?!

Just a few pictures to look back on the amazing day that was our wedding:

Want to know what my absolute favorite part of our wedding was? The five minutes that Mr.D and I had alone {well and two photographers} before our ceremony. The emotion that both of us had and shared together was priceless and I wouldn't change it for the world. 


Thank you for another wonderful year of marriage. I can't believe that another year has gone by in the blink of an eye. You never fail to make me laugh, make me cry, make my smile, make me beyond happy and to support me. Thank you for being you and for being my husband.

Love you!


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