It is Christmas Eve, I woke up to frost and went out to have my haircut. The goose is now being cooked and the kids are quiet with tiredness but not too tired to sleep, yet. Gifts are wrapped and ready for the tree and stockings. I need to tidy the house up again. It is surprising how much mess and dirt accumulates within hours of cleaning, particularly with a dog that is shedding and two young kids running riot. A neat freak I am not but I do like it tidy and not stumbling on toys every second.
Christmas Day is upon us all and for those that celebrate it it is an exciting time of the year. I hope everyone celebrates it with their nearest and dearest and not spent alone as it can be a sad time for some.
Since starting my job in June I have not done much running but I can still run 5K comfortably and I would have to push 10K. The early nights don't help nor the fact that I no longer have a running partner to motivate me. Excuses do not help me neither!!!
Once Christmas is over I will get back into it as I would love to do a triathlon this coming year and perhaps 1/2 marathon too (maybe I will qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London). First things first I need to get my runners on and get my tracksuit on, yes how very eighties, LOL! Now I am showing my age. Let's hope Santa got me the Lululemon gear I asked for, because looking good in fitness gear makes you go faster, that's true right!?!
OK, I will try and experiment with that last comment.
One of my recent paintings. A colleague of mine is now a professional artist and I copied one of her paintings - The Sails. I love her style and I had to try it out. This is my mini version 10x10, I have even painted one of Gladstone Pottery which I will post later.
Oh baking, baking and more baking. Funny when you have kids and they get to an age where they can help in the kitchen my creative ability starts to kick in. Working in a corporate environment can really kick the creative side out of you but I seem to be getting a new lease on artisitic life. So, to start it off I put together a gingerbread house (never done that before) I am thinking this is more of a North American thing. Baked cookies and with the help of my eldest daughter added creative designs with icing and sprinkles. Not sure I will eat them, too sugary for me but as I type Melissa is eating the icing sugar, (I think she prefers that to the baked cookies I made, hahaha!).
I must also do more paintings, I love to paint but can not seem to get the time with work a young family and trying to keep my running program going.
I am talking a lot about me, I did not think I would be one of those people, damn the world of I.
Wow, can not believe it was May since my last blog. I have to say so much has happened and not all for the better. The recession hit us HARD financially so it has been VERY challenging over the past 7 months, and when you think you can not get more bad news I did and it just kept coming and coming. So, I am hoping Christmas will be fun and relaxed at home and the New Year will bring the whole family health, wealth and happiness. But to get there I have to make sacrifices and for me it will be hard and upsetting but sometimes we have to do these unwanted things.
In June I started a contract job, where I was involved in opening the new rail line, Canada Line. I then worked as the EA for the CEO at BCRTC, and now I have moved onto the Olympics piece of my assignment for the 2010 Winter Olympics here in Vancouver. Come end of Feb the whole thing will be over (along with my job) but the journey has been an exciting one so far and there is more to come over the next few months.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. It can only get better from here on out.
1. To complete a marathon 2. To complete a triathlon 3. Keep fit generally 4. Do yoga 5. Lots of fun bike rides with the family
1. To own a small holding (live in the countryside) 2. To see my kids grow and their kids 3. To cycle to work 4. To be 'greener' 5. Less stress in life 6. Financially secure 7. To be happy and healthy 8. Grow old disgracefully 9. Grow more herbs and veg, eat organic 10. Cook more organic food take a cookery class too 11. Hope and pray my girls find a decent man 12. To see my girls grow strong and be strong 13. Do lots of family activities 14. Get my husband away from the computer 15. Keep and live in my house in BC 16. Get a stable job 17. Get my folks and brother to move out to BC
1. To have a less violent world 2. Substainable living 3. See less cars on the road (that includes you America) 4. Better public transport 5. More car free cycling zones 6. Be happy 7. Stop computer and console games 8. Move quickly out of the recession 9. Ensure water and food is available to all 10. Reduce the amount of waste
1. To spend a romantic long weekend in Provence 2. See Paris more and learn French 3. Visit Italy 4. Spend lots of money in New York 5. See the Gorillas 6. See the African wildlife 7. Take the kids to Disney World 8. Do Las Vegas (baby)
Spring has sprung and summer is nearer. We have had the paddling pool out and the toys are outside being played with. The BBQ has been used a few times and hopefully I few more to come. Bathroom renovations are underway, 3 to do! We seem to spend a lot of time renovating. Baby Victoria is coming on leaps and bounds, Melissa just gets taller and loves to talk and play. She helped me to bake cupcakes today and they tasted great.
No luck on the job front so it looks like plan B will be put into place sooner than later. Sigh!
I am enjoying the sunny weather and the longer days and enjoying taking the kids outside. I have been using my bike more too and attaching the chariot to tow my almost 3 year old. It certainly gives me a workout! Melissa is enjoying pre-school and is coming on leaps and bounds and can count up to 10 and do ABC. Victoria is teething more and more and has another tooth coming through, she is almost on the verge of crawling too and her lovely chubby baby body is slimming and getting longer and her features are peering through.
We have been to Deep Cove a few times, Melissa likes the kids park and looking at the sea. Victoria likes to roll on the grass and mum and dad enjoy a donut and coffee.
I am still job hunting which is saying something because it does not take me long to get work but this time has been hard work. I have been having interviews but not enough experience here or too much there so am a little concerned however we do have plans in place should I not get work by the end of May. The recession has hit us hard lets say!!!
So I have not posted anything for a while and thought it was time to do so. I am still running and it is going well, if I do say so myself. The kids are growing and Melissa has started pre-school and Victoria now has two bottom teeth which came through at the same time. As for the knitting well I can be a bit of a perfectionist so I have yet to complete the hat project, to be honest it has been driving me mad but I will keep trying in the hope I will get something knitted by the end of the year!
My poor kids have been sick, in and out of ER particularly as Victoria had breathing difficulties one night and was diagnosed with croup. Thankfully they were able to give her a steriod to help her with the breathing. And of course the kids then passed the cold onto us.
I have also been job hunting which has taken a lot of my time up. I will hear if I have a job sometime this week, it will be strange going back to work but it will be good for me I will miss being with the kids and spending the summer in the sun with them during the week. Oh well, needs must and I do have a certain standard of living.
I did manage to get some great purchases from Chick Pea Kids, they had a winter sale on and I got some lovely Sophie Catalou clothing and Katvig items. When I have a job I will be able to get them the latest spring/summer items. That will be the fun part.
We went to Deep Cove today. It was a lovely place will go again when we have more time. There is a fantastic donut shop there and they do nice coffee and sandwiches. Better to go when the sun is out.
I have joined up for a 10K running program which I have been wanting to do since I started running after having Melissa. With Melissa I joined a 5K stroller running group where I made friends with with other new mums, it was great. This time I will be running solo since Melissa will not stay in the Chariot long enough. However, I will take Victoria out with me when I practice because it is good for her to see her mother exercising and I want her to have the same experiences as Melissa. I think it is important to set an example to the children.
Since it has been well over a year since I last ran I know I am going to find it somewhat challenging so I think I will set up a new blog for running so I can monitor my plan.
Katvig organic clothing for children. Victoria is wearing a pale blue and orange velour all in one. It is so soft it makes her feel like a cuddly teddy bear. Melissa is wearing the cream and black cotton dress which looks great paired with black leggings.
I am loving the organic clothing. The fabric is so soft and so easy to wash and does not miss-shape.
Victoria also has a pair of Lola and Lucas pink leggings which are so adorable and great for layering in winter and thin enough for spring and summer. There are more and more organic clothing selections I can not wait to get my hands on them.
David and I have turned off cable. We are not bombarded with with constant adverts and repeat shows. That is why we have no cable and we have lots of DVD's plus we read and do other things to fill our days.
When trying to watch Lost on tv the amount of adverts made viewing challenging then they would repeat the same episode the following week and it went on and on until we became lost. So, we decided to purchase the DVD's and currently we are watching Lost.
It is a great show with fantastic actors and characters. They make unfunny moments funny! It shows how a large group form its own sub-groups, how they survive the elements and go through some strange unearthly periods. Is it a psychological experiment or is it fate that brought them to the island? Only time will tell.
Well I have done my knitting class and whilst it has been a very long time since I last knitted I have to say it is not like riding a bike. I have been practising and practising and it is somewhat fiddly and challenging. Little distractions (my kids) make it even more tasking so best to do it when they are sleeping but not when I am sleepy. Slipping stitches, making them too loose or too tight add to the frustration, however I am determined to make a hat even if it has a few flaws. If you never make a mistake you will never learn. Plus I have some beautiful coloured wool I want to use simply because you can not by home made in a shop.
So after reading the 100 Mile diet I am inspired to eat local. I plan to do my own veg garden which will also cut down our grocery bills.
My husband and I have found a great butchers called Hopcott in Pitt Meadows, they have a farm next door where their beef comes from and they guarantee no added hormones or anti-biotics, same for the chickens. Hopcott also supply locally produced seasonal fruit and veg.
Eating local and more importantly fresh food that has not travelled for months sounds like a nutritional step forward.
Another book that I could not put down. This was a great easy read. Not preachy at all about the way people should live. It's about learning to live off the land finding produce within a 100 mile radius of their home, it also provides stats and some interesting history and facts.
A few thing that would have made this book particularly useful is if they had listed local farmers/producers and added a few more recipes or maybe this is something they are working on and will publish another book. Even their website does not list these things.
What I thought was pointless in this book was Alisa talking about her relationship with J, there are passing comments of her getting 'itchy feet', it was not at all necessary and a bit of a strange thing to add to a book such as this. Having said that I highly recommend reading this book.
If it was not for the book club I would not have picked this up but I am so glad that I have. It is an absolutely riveting read, I could not put the book down. I can not believe how women and royal women at that are treated even today by a culture where men dominate. Of course it is the point of view of a princess but even so she tells stories of those she meets from different classes and societies. Some of the things that go on within the royal family is harrowing and not for the faint hearted, it explains what mothers will do for the basics in life.
The eagerness for being greener has started off with a bang. I have sorted vigurously through the recycling and made sure we use the green bin, blue bin and garbage appropriatley. The girls have a few toys I purchased from the local store which are organic in everyway. The soft MiYim toys are adoroable using organic materials and colouring. Victoria has a stroller toy, a soft blue elephant which she can squeeze to hear it sqeak and touch its ears to hear the russeling. I got both the girls a Fairytale plush toy each, baby pink bunny named Victoria and a pink hippo which name is missing!
Melissa is into elephants, bunnies and trains, so I have a few books with elephants and bunnies and she has a wooden toy train that has been painted with non-toxic paint.
Victoria has Sophie the Giraffe made by Vulli. It is toxic free and she can wrap her fingures around the neck and legs with ease. Vulli have started to increase their product line which is great news.
I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year but I am willing to make an exception for my kids future and the future of the planet. You guessed it, become that little more greener. I do the recycling but I could be better at it. It would help if the garbage company did more pick ups and took glass (what am I paying them for?). Anyway, it infuriates me that many companies still insist on using copious amounts of packaging which places a huge amount of pressure on the amount of garbage and the consumer has very little say in the matter. Particularly, the Canadian government do not look after the consumer which has become more evident since I have been living here, but I could go off on a tangent with this subject matter. I am not going to bore you with statistics, most are manipulated but by looking at nature you can see the changes in the environment, you do not need to number crunch to see what is happening in front of your face. Plus there are so many websites our there impressing us with their magnificent number skills.
I intend to take baby steps and I started these steps a while back. Things like purchasing items with little packaging. Toys are the biggest culprit for vast quantities of packaging, it took me five minutes to unravel a small toy car for my eldest daughter over Christmas. Look for local produce, my husband and I have found a local groceries that sell good quality meat and veg, little carbon footprint and as organic as it can be. If we can walk to it we do, since moving house we live in a neighbourhood that has a fabulous mall with everything one needs. A few grocery stores, a couple of hairdressers, Indian and Chinese food, sandwich shop, coffee shop, drug store, plus more and we have a great rec centre too, all in walking distance. Not only will it reduce our carbon footprint, it is already helping us to get fitter, fresh air is never a bad thing and great for the kids and the dog. It also save us money on petrol/gas, in fact we fill our car up every other week as opposed to once or even twice a week. I take public transport to work and my husband works from home. I think more companies, particularly those predominantly desk based should allow employees to work from home a few days a week, again helping the environment, it increases productivity (I get more done working from home) and reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.
We have switched our bulbs to energy saving bulbs, all of them. We switch lights off when we are not using them, even though our toddler thinks it is great to turn them on and off whenever we are not looking. Taking the plugs out of sockets, the TV, DVD, stereo, coffee machine, microwave, they all consume energy when plugged in and not in use. It will also reduce our bills. Using less plastic bags and use less water. It never ceases to amaze me that England is far more densely populated compared to Canada yet Canadians are on a par with America and China in relation to the amount of energy used.
We all need to help and eventually there will be no turning back, those greedy fat cats (oil companies and car manufacturers on particular) wanting to keep themselves 'fat' need to look outside of their little world and realise there will be no world left if they do not slow down.