Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

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.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Running - lack of

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.

The Sails.

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.

Seriously, has it been that long?

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.