Vancouver bound

This weekend we are taking the whole show on the road to Vancouver.
We have one weekend to check out the city, and the ‘burbs and make the final decision.

Anyone have recommendations of where to look?

Neglected

Sorry dear blog, you have been sadly neglected.

I have been busy.

Mostly with running and living.

And with all this up in the air Vancouver business hanging over us I have been waiting, and waiting.

More new soon, it was my birthday today, so I have new running shoes! Review to follow.

New Goal – Half marathon!

Yes, I haven’t run my first 10K yet (in just 24 days I will), but  I have already set my next goal, half marathon!

Now, just waiting to hear if we have to leave Toronto, we won’t know until late August at the earliest, but the move will be swift if it does happen, anyone want to convince me that Vancouver will be kind to our little family?

Been quiet.

I know I’ve been quite.
Mostly it’s the sun, can’t bear to spend precious summer moments inside attempting to write something smart and witty.

I’m on track with the 10k training, getting 4-5 runs in per week including a long run, now up to 13k.

Mostly I have been enjoying Toronto, there is a possibility, a real solid possibility That we may have to move. Again.
After the hell known as living in Montreal I’m terrified of moving again, sure Vancouver is English speaking canada but building a new life, again? Packing up again, moving for Mr’s work again…. I’m not Impressed. This will be the fifth move in 11 years with this company, seems a bit much to me.
Sigh.
At least I can still run in Vancouver.

Hit the floor (10K training: Week 4)

Ah week 4. It’s been stinkin’ hot here with smog advisories (gross!)

But I did my runs.

Running goals for the week were 5k, 5k and an 8K, I did  6.5K, 6k and 8.5K.

Glad that I’m hitting the running goals, but sad that I’m still not making the swimming or yoga! I have been walking 5K on those days instead, but, I really think I would feel better if I got some more cross training in.

Sigh.

And this is what I looked like after the 8.5K

Yes that is the bathroom floor.

About two hours after my run I felt overwhelmingly HOT(and weak and nauseous) and the coldest place in the house is the bathroom floor. So that is where I collapsed. Mr. brought me a bag of frozen corn which I put on my neck for 10 minutes. Once I cooled down and ate supper I felt fine, but boy did I suffer for a little while.

 

10K training, week 3

Ah week 3. Well my parents visited week 3, I love my Dad, but me and my Mom do not get along. At. All. It’s a long tired story, but the short of it is we had many an argument, I am apparently “mean” because I won’t let her do what ever she wants with my children. They are mine, not hers. I could have an entire blog dedicated to our disfunction!

 

 

But, I did get some runs in, wasn’t perfect, but it happened:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6K walk rest 7.8K fast 5k run/walk 5.8K fast rest 5.5k run/walk

    Me Post Visit – Can you see those extra wrinkles!!

10K Training, Week 2

Week 2 is done! I stuck a bit more to my goals, but, subbed in pilates for hot yoga.

Goal:

weights 5k swim 5k hot yoga 7K Fast 4k run/walk

 

Actual:

shred it w/ weights 5K fast, 4k slow rest 5k slow pilates 7.8k Fast & hot 4K run/walk

 

I ran my long run at noon time in 30 degree plus humidity, it was HOT, and I really need a better way to stay hydrated(I ran loops around my hood and returned to drink water from the glass I left on my door step), any suggestions?

 

On Friday I went out for a friends birthday, look no yoga pants!

Me no blog.

Im exhausted.

It’s been over a week of part time single parenting. Last Wednesday it was a late night drinking event, so called “work”.

Then he left Friday morning and returned Sunday morning(exhausted from a long weekend of more “work” aka drinking). On Tuesday he left again, this time for actually genuine getting his hands dirty work. He’s taking the red eye home and will arrive Friday morning, but he will be “tired” and need to nap.

So far I have slept 2 hours since Tuesday. No kidding, and not in a row. They hate it when he travels and protest all night long, until they pass out, then the other wakes up to take over protesting.

I Know I could easily handle one baby, because they both do eventually sleep, but, if they don’t sleep at the same time… Then I don’t sleep.
I’m now waiting it out for nap time, gotta make sure I get it right today, yesterday, they didn’t nap at the same time.

Somebody pass the coffee.

One of these days, one of these guys is going to kill me.

These words still haunt.

It was the summer that I want entering my fifth year of University. 2001.

I had a fantastic job, working outside in nature, with kids. We were an eclectic group of people, artists, engineers, biologists. We were friends.

“One of these days, one of these guys is going to kill me”.

I can still see her face, she was beautiful, in that irish sorta way. Young, thin, smart, and witty. She had everything going for her.

We were at lunch, one of those rare lunches where we all had a moment to sit down together.

She was telling a story, a story that was funny, and had something to do with her boyfriend and buying apple pies from McDonald’s. She loved McDonald’s Apple pies.

I want to remember the details but I can’t, it’s all gone, with one sentence remaining.

“One of these days, one of these guys is going to kill me”.

I think we all laughed, she was laughing. I didn’t see it.

I didn’t see the pain in her eyes, I didn’t see that she meant it, I didn’t see that she was scared.

That was July.

On a cold Novemeber day I was home studying, my room mate and best friend was working the weekend shift.

She called and she couldn’t stop crying.

Our friend was dead.

She had a fight with her boyfriend.

He was drunk.

So was she.

She went home.

So did he.

But he returned with his Dad’s shot gun.

He killed her, and killed herself.

I wish I could go back in time.

I wish I saw her pain.

I wish…

Iced Coffee Protein Shake

I LOVE coffee. I mean love, love, love coffee.

My very first cup of coffee was way back in 1993, I was 15, and my best friend and we just finished watching The Hard Way for the umpteenth time (I wonder why we loved that movie so much, need to see if it’s on Netflix).

I did give coffee up for several years, all the mixed opinions on how damaging coffee is to your fertility resulted in me not drinking coffee (or severely reduced my consumption) from 2007-2009. After that last egg retrieval I got a Veneti Pumpkin Latte and it tasted soo soo good.

Now, coffee is essential to my existence.

This morning, I discovered a whole new amazing way to consume my beloved beverage.

In a protein Shake.

Nadine’s Tired Coffee Protein Shake

  • Cold Coffee
  • Milk (I used 1/2 Cup of skim milk)
  • 1 Cup of frozen Strawberries, chopped
  • Protein (I used PC Chocolate Soy protein)

Place in blender, blend and enjoy.

(Can it really be called a recipe?). Want to read another great Coffee recipe? Check out Averie’s post about iced coffee.

Big Weekend plans? I’m volunteering this Sunday at the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon

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