Friday, December 28, 2012

Highlights of 2012 {part two}

Continued from yesterday....

July: I cheered the Stampede Road Race with Cori, Mr.D and I rode from Canmore to Banff, and helped Nicole celebrate her birthday.



August: we went to Whistler and Kamloops for a week with Alison and Justin, took a short visit home, ran the MEC 10K, and took a day trip to the mountains with Mr.D and Harley.
September: enjoyed the gorgeous September weather and ran the Run for Water 10k 


October: went to many CrossFit classes and ran the MEC fall river run 10k



November: ran the last chance half marathon and drove right back into CrossFit


December: ran the Santa Shuffle 5K with my co-workers and Nicole

Apparently this year involved a lot of races, CrossFit and seeing Cori at races :) Overall, it was a great year!

Tell me: how was your year?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Highlights of 2012 {part one}

I know everyone says it, but this year seriously flew by! I feel like it was just Christmas last year and suddenly here we are less than a week until Christmas. Craziness. Instead of telling you all of the things I did this past year, why not recap it with pictures?

December/January: we took a trip to the Dominican Republic with my family. Nothing beats sun and sand!

February: nothing much exciting happened this month. We had some sunny days and I spent the month trying new recipes and not eating out.  You can find some of the recipes we tried here, here, here and here.

March: nothing much exciting happened this month either. Cruz came over for a sleep over and I ran my first 5 mile race.



April: I am starting to think we don't lead an exciting life or I just don't take my pictures. Harley had another sleep over, but with his other girlfriend Gia and we hung out with Alison and Justin.

 

May: I ran the Scotiabank half marathon and PR'd! My cousin also came for a visit and we had our pictures taken by the talented Whitney.
June: I ran the Footstock half marathon in the pouring rain and we attempted to go camping in Fernie with friends.


Tell me: how was the first part of 2012 for you? Any memorable highlights?

Friday, December 21, 2012

{happy friday}

Happy Friday everyone! As of 4:30pm today, I am officially on holidays until January 2, 2013. So, so excited! 

Thank you to everyone who answered my questions yesterday...it was fun to read your answers :) While no one got a perfect score, you guys do know me pretty well :) Here are the answers :)

1. Which province did I grow up in?
c. Ontario

2. How many brothers do I have?
c. 2

3. What was my finishing time for my first half marathon?
a. 1:58

4. Do I think poop/farting is:
b. hilarious

5. Which fast food restaurant have I never ate at?
a. Taco Bell

6. Who was the very first blogger I met in person?
a. Amber

7. Where did Mr.D and I meet?
b. Mexico


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I don't know how much I'll be around over the holidays as I want to focus spending time with my family and seeing friends, so I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Three Things Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone! So close, yet so far from the weekend and holidays! The other night when I was walking Harley, I was trying to come up with a fun topic for today's TTT. I kept drawing blanks and then it hit me....why not do a post with questions and three answers about myself to see who knows this blogger well? Sure it might be a little self centered of me, but oh well. There might even be a price in it for someone if they get all of the answers correct.

  Okay, here we go:

1. Which province did I grow up in?
a. British Columbia
b. Alberta
c. Ontario

2. How many brothers do I have?
a. 0
b. 3
c. 2

3. What was my finishing time for my first half marathon?
a. 1:58
b. 2:01
c. 1:57

4. Do I think poop/farting is:
a. disgusting
b. hilarious
c. don't care either way

5. Which fast food restaurant have I never ate at?
a. Taco Bell
b. Burger King
c. Wendy's

6. Who was the very first blogger I met in person?
a. Amber
b. Alison
c. Rachel

7. Where did Mr.D and I meet?
a. Cuba
b. Mexico
c. Dominican Republic

Ok, let's hear your answers!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

An open letter or two

You can find some of my other open letters here.

Dear Christmas: how the heck are you only 6 days away?! I swear it was just the summer and now suddenly it's the end of December. I wish Christmas was as exciting as when we were kids. Nothing beat staying up late and getting up at 6am to sneak downstairs to look at what we got.

Dear man in Superstore: thank you so much for walking by while I was struggling to get a box of cereal from the back of the top shelf. I really, really appreciate your offer to help considering you were much taller than me. Oh wait, you were a jerk and didn't bother to ask. But don't worry, this shorty figured out that if she used her roll of wrapping paper, she could in fact get the cereal. 

Dear woman in Superstore: as I was struggling to pack my groceries up quickly, you insisted on rolling your cart forward into my hip time and time again. It was wonderful for you to do that...it made me want to move even faster to get out of your way. {worst experience last night if you couldn't tell!}

Dear running: I haven't shown you much love or time in the past couple of weeks, but I think I am slowly starting to fall in love with you again. I have had a couple great runs lately that have left me feeling fabulous after each one. If the weather cooperates, I think a running comeback is in the cards!

Tell me: anything you'd like to direct an open letter to today?



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Let's get sweaty

 A couple things first....did anyone watch the finale of Homeland and Dexter? Gah, didn't see that coming in Homeland! Same with the truth about Deb's accident. Sad that both of the shows are over for now. Second, how the heck is Christmas in a week?! Third, I will not be partaking in the blogger day of silence for the victims of the shooting in CT. I can understand wanting to show respect for the victims, but doing a post telling others not to blog does not solve the issue or help the victims. Why not donate instead? I realize others may not feel this way, but it's my blog and that's that.

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I haven't talked much lately about the workouts that I've been doing, so I thought I would do a post with a few that I've done recently. I will warn you it involves lots of CrossFit as I have barely been running.


We did this one on Saturday and it was deceivingly hard! I definitely didn't use 110lbs for the push jerk (I used 65lbs) and a purple band for the pull ups. I finished in 11:43.


 I had never had a run in with Madi before, and she is killer! I think the worst part was going from the back extensions to the squats. My lower back was screaming at me and did not want to move at all. I finished in 25:42.

This was another hard workout! I personally hate rowing, but make myself go to be better at it.  I used 65lbs for the OHS and finished in 13:59 (minus the 9 minutes of rest). 


Tell me: how have your workouts been lately? Anything good that you'd like to share? And don't tell me about your workouts between the sheets either ;)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Highlights of the weekend

Well I officially sucked at blogging again last week. Life is just so damn crazy lately and I am really hoping it slows down in the New Year. Mr.D was out of town this weekend for a funeral, so it was just Harley and I hanging out. He is good company....he doesn't talk back at all and listens to my ramblings ;) 

Oh and yesterday was Mr.D's 30 birthday...he's officially old now. Good thing I still love him :)

1. Made cookies for the pot luck at CrossFt on Sunday
2. Played with Harley in the backyard 
3. Might have gone overboard with buying new outfits for my nieces
4. My new favourite ornament. Found it at Michael's for $3
 

1. Bought myself a new hat 
2. Got groceries on Saturday night. Kind of lame, but it's so quiet then!
3. Made cheesy vegetable soup on Sunday
4. Harley and I. Had to bribe him with treats to take that picture


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

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Favorite Things Christmas Swap 2012 {link up}


Hi everyone! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated in the swap. I know it was fun to find some new to me blogs, so hopefully everyone found a couple new blogs to read.  And of course hopefully everyone was spoiled by their partners :)

I've added a link up tool to this post, so if you have had a chance to blog about your package, be sure to add to below.

Looking forward to doing it again next year!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hightlights of the weekend

Well, it's sure been quiet around this little piece of the internet lately and I apologize for that. Last Monday started off so poorly and my week just didn't improve from there. It left me with little desire to blog, but hopefully this week will be better.


1. Holiday cards are starting to arrive!
2. my new scarf that I picked up while Christmas shopping yesterday
3. A bunch of the Christmas presents I wrapped on Sunday

1. My lovely Christmas swap package from Destini
2. Harley and I. How excited does he look?!
3. Went for a run on Sunday for the first time in over a week

 My holiday package from Destini included:
  • the movie Elf
  • a Christmas mug filled with candy
  • three packages of Epicurious mixes
  • Apple cider mix
  • a Starbucks gift car
  • two candles
 I was spoiled! Thank you again Destini!
 
Also included in my weekend but not photographed was:
  • Mr. D's work party at our house on Friday night
  • two great CrossFit workouts
  • dinner with Alison & Justin on Saturday night at Salt & Pepper. Fun times!
  • a fabulous nap on Saturday afternoon
Tell me: how was your weekend?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Highlights of the weekend

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend was super snowy here...I think we got 5cm yesterday alone! Yuck. Hoping that it stops soon and the warmer weather comes back soon.

Another weekend recap in pictures:


  1.  I ran the Santa Shuffle 5k on Saturday. I ended up running it with Nicole and had a great time! (thank you for letting me join you and Penny, Nicole!) They gave you a medal AND a Lindt advent calendar. Totally worth the $25
  2. My co-workers and I who also ran it
  3. Us again
  1.  Our front yard
  2. The tree in our front yard totally snow covered
  3. Me bundled up for a walk with Harley. This is how we survive the winter in Canada :)
  1. We set up our Christmas decorations this weekend
  2. Mr. Harley and our tree 
Another highlight of my weekend that I didn't take a picture of? Absolutely killing my 1RM (rep max) of deadlifts at CrossFit yesterday. My previous PR was 175lbs and I managed to increase it to 200lbs!! So stoked about this. My next goal? Deadlift double my body weight. One day.

Tell me: how was your weekend? 

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