Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I understand the story of baby Storm has gone viral and is news all over the world. Wow, if I was this babies parents I don't know just what I would do. But I do know that how they have handled the media on slot so far is admiral. They have not exploited their children or had family makeovers, no instant TV stars, no commercial endorsements.
If you are not familiar with the story read the link:http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/newsfeatures/article/995846--star-readers-rage-about-couple-raising-genderless-infant
I first read the story last weekend and the husband and I had a brief discussion about it. I was intrigued by the concept of not labeling our kids the second they are born (or in many cases even before they are born). This idea of letting the child just be a child and encouraging our kids to follow their own interests.
I have two girls (yes, labeled before they were born) but I am OK with it. But I was and still am a fan of Barbara Coloroso's philosophy of child rearing, Kid's Are Worth It. The husband and I followed a lot of her ideas while raising our kids. "Its not life threatening, Its not morally threatening and it will grow out, wash out, fall out (put what ever you need here) are the words we have lived by for many circumstances. Like a few months ago when the little one wanted two black low lights (streaks) in the front part of her hair. Her hairdresser, Sam, was all for it, but let me tell you the older women in the salon were not happy. "If I let her streak her hair now what will she do when she is 15". Same at school, the vice principal was not impressed but as no dress code had been broken (yes, there is one for hair. Only natural colours are permitted) there was nothing she could do about it. Yes, she had plenty to say about it, What Ever! I would constantly repeat to myself and out loud "Its not life threatening, Its not morally threatening and it will grow out".
But I digress back to Storm. I have thought about this all week and I think the main reason a lot of people have gotten so outraged over this story is not because Storm's older brother has long hair (isn't that the latest fashion statement in the celebrity world of kids). It's not cause Storm's brother likes the colour pink. The child is 5 and unless he has been told by adults not to like it why wouldn't he. The only reason I can see for the anger is because Storm's family knows something and you don't! It's like being back in high school and hating the 'in crowd' just cause you're not in the 'in crowd'. Grow up all of you! What is between Storm's legs really is none of our business. There is no reason for you to know what sex Storm is and why do you have to know?
Todays Toronto Star has a open letter written by the Mother of Storm:http://www.thestar.com/news/article/998960--genderless-baby-s-mother-responds-to-media-frenzy. I commend you Ms. Witterick for trying to set the record straight. And hats off to you and your husband for loving and respecting your children enough to let them make decisions for themselves that are appropriate for their age. When our older daughter was young she would dress herself in layers as she wanted to be prepared for any type of weather. That meant at times she looked like the Michelin Man and at times could not sit because she had on shorts, leggings, track pants, jeans and skirts, all at the same time. But that was her and she eventually learned that having a look outside can be a good indicator on how to dress! Our younger daughter (the artist) loved to wear two different shoes, just because she liked them both. Her most memorable fashion statement was when I cut a leg off of her favourite jeans as the knee was worn through. I told her she could wear them as shorts but she refused so after only cutting the one pant leg off she insisted on having her pants back, (and wore them until she outgrew them) with one long pant leg and one short pant leg. Yes, we got many a second look and yes I would of preferred her not to wear the pants. But what would I be teaching her, "don't think for yourself, don't' express yourself, your ideas are wrong". She will get enough of that line of teaching from well meaning others. It is more important that she know that her parents accept and love her for who she is regardless.
Ms. Witterick let me share some of my experience with you. Raising kids is hard. A lot of the child rearing philosophy we share is great when they are little but it gets very tricky when other people start to have a big influence on your kids. School is a big one (I understand you are homeschooling now but you may not in the future for many different reasons) so be prepared for other adults not to think the same as you. They are not wrong, nor bad but they just have a different way of doing things and for your kids that can be confusing. Letting your kids pick their clothes out and then they go to a school that says girls can only wear pants on Tuesday and Thursdays can be very confusing for them. I remember many a discussion with the older one's teachers because she didn't want to wear her gloves in the winter. She had them in her back pack if she needed them and she had been raised with the thought if your hands get cold you know what to do to make them warm. But teachers would insist she wear them or they wouldn't let her outside. This would drive me crazy but it was a hopeless battle. Why did she not want to wear her gloves: because while having gloves on she could not pick up the pretty stones from the play ground that she wanted to show me at the end of her day.
Ms. Witterick I commend you and your husband for raising your three kids. You have your work cut out for you and kudos to you for standing firm on your convictions. I am sure your three children will grow up in a loving supportive home and hopefully will be strong enough in themselves to reject the negative influence from the outside world. Know you are not alone in your child rearing.
To all the 'in crowd" wannabe's, Storm is not "Genderless". Storm has a gender it's just not any of your business what that gender is!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Oh yeah one more thing, a few months ago I bought two books for each of you for our next book club. I forgot to give them to you the last time I saw you.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Reading this past week about the uncertian future of Casa Loma http://www.casaloma.org/Visitor/has left me feeling sad. I understand the cost of maintaing such a huge piece of history. When Sr Henry Pellatt built the house for his wife, he wasn't thinking 50 - 100 years from now and how the stone would hold up to Canadian climate. As much as I think the man was not the wisest and a tad show offish for my taste, the Castle on the hill is one of the most unique attractions Toronto has. Tourist come to Toronto and marvel at the downtown core, the CN Tower, Our skyline which for the past few years has been a skyline of construction cranes. As condo's are being built everywhere. But if you just go a little further north on Spadina you come to this massive hill and low and behold a castle. Who would of expected it, there are comfortable old family homes surrounding it, Little Italy is just a few blocks away. It is really is breathtaking
What to do the article says tourism is down 5% a year and the cost of upkeep it to much. What can be done to spend taxpayer money wisely. Well I don't know for sure but what I do know is as a working family going to Casa Loma is something we do every few years because not much changes. Yes I get it is history and all but still it is very expensive to get in to the castle and out of the 98 rooms it doesn't feel like more then 1/3 are open to viewing. The gardens are beautiful but again only for a the summer months are they open.
What can you do to increase tourism you ask? LOWER the PRICE of admittance and why are you charging $3.00 per hour to park? Again you are just ripping off your guests. Somebody suggested using the castle as a museum of Toronto, great idea you lots of empty rooms. Open the castle up to more events, yes I know you do Wedding, and Birthdays (been to a few there and they are wonderful) but lets have some more events for the public. How about a fancy High Tea for families, Costume parties, Mystery dinner nights. Why not have actors walk work around the castle as if we are back in the time of the Pellats living there. Have them in period clothing and they are doing, discussing what ever would of been going on, on that particular day in history.
I have had a look on your website and see lots of cool things but how come I have to go to the website why are they not advertised everywhere. Lets take advantage of all aspects of media, print, radio, television, social networks.
The little one and I were at a museum house in Belleville this past summer and what they did for the kids is had a scavenger hunt sorta of. She was given a paper with clues and she had to find the different items in the house as we went along the tour. It kept her entertained and she learned about the house and asked to go to more museums. Change things up a bit, borrow items from other historical homes to show what it was like. How about some kind of reward/game for the returning visitors. And as a food person why is there know kitchen for us to see?
I don't maybe all these things have been done before but all I do know is the reason local tourist don't come back every year is because nothing changes. Lets get some fresh blood running the Castle and think outside of the box. And really the big issue for most families is the price city run tourist sites.
I might be just blowing hot air but it seems such a shame if Toronto loses Casa Loma to some developer. And then when we can look up to the hill and no longer see a unexpected castle but instead the expected construction Crane for another condo.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Soccer season is here and our first game is this holiday Monday. Why on a holiday when people are with families or at the cottage? Good luck this season! Is it just little Miss Sunshine who is playing soccer and will she be up to it?
Miss Teen Sunshine turns 16 this weekend (yeah) and I have not even started working on that yet. I really don't even know what to get her that would be special for her sweet 16 birthday. I do know that tomorrow morning bright and early she will be off to get her G1 Plan to be there all morning and probably even longer. and then the rest of the weekend, she is working. She has not made plans for a birthday party with her friends yet. I don't think that she really knows what she wants. She has not had a friends party for about 5 years now because she hasn't wanted one. Mr Sunshine's family will be over on Saturday for her birthday and my family probably in a few weeks. My sister is really busy at work for the next few weeks and Mr Sunshine is out of town on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Happy sweet sixteen! It's a special birthday and by this age all the kids really seem to want is money and maybe a special meal. They rarely have parties anymore. Tell her good luck with her G1. How about money towards the driver's ed. course as a gift? I don't know about that Cathy, the teenager went to many sweet 16 parties when her friends turn that milestone. And just last weekend one of the girls at school at a big formal dinner/party for 100 for her sweet 16. So it seems some do and some don't.
Is anyone watching American Idol? I have lost interest as all of my favourites have now gone home but I am sure that I will watch the finale next week. I am however really enjoying The Voice. How come you have not been blogging about it? I am not watching it. How is the show without Simon? What is the "Voice"? I have not been blogging about it because partly I forget to do so and mainly when the show is over I am just to tired and ready for bed. It was nice when I had a lot of time at my leisure to what ever I wanted to do. I really miss that. Anyhow I do not miss Simon at this point because I really enjoy Steven Tyler and J Lo. The voice is a new singing show with mentors, Christina Agulara, Celo Green, Adam Levine and country singer Blake somebody. They choose contestants based on a blind audition where they have their backs towards the contestants and only turn around during their auditions if they really like what they hear. If more then one judge turns their chair for you then you as the artist make the decision on who you would like to work with. That was round one. Each mentor now has 8 people on their team. Round two each mentor chooses two members of their team to face off with each other in singing a song that was chosen for them on stage together. At this point the mentor must eliminate one member per round. We are still in stage two. I am not sure what happens in stage three but so far I am loving the show.
I don't know why, everyone seems to be irritated about that. Irritated with what? Soccer on a holiday Monday. And if so then just don't go. If to many don't show up then they will know for next time not to schedule it on a holiday Monday. Also will the fields be OK to play. Baseball was cancelled this week for the husband because the fields are to wet.
I have spent today in the garden. What a beautiful day! I did my weigh in this morning when I got up and the Wii told me with fanfare that I lost 0.1kg! It also pointed out that I have 23 days left in my goal to lose 2kg. The Wii thinks I need to pick up my pace!!!!!!!! I have yet to go and do my exercise routine. I think after I finish gardening I will stretch out with yoga and do a few strength exercises. Breakfast was oatmeal and berries with tea. Lunch was leftover Spanish chicken/rice and mussels. Yummy! Dinner tonight is beer, wings and fries!!!!! Hmmmmm, maybe I should double up on the exercise so I can burn off dinner, lol!I am so proud of you, keep up the great work. I am considering doing some gardening this weekend, but don't hold your breath. I do plan on cleaning the carpet on the stairs as I still can smell the cat. As the weather gets warmer I am sure the smell will get worse.
Only 19 work days left for me!!!!!! Maybe me too. Has anyone been listening to the news? Ninety-eight percent in support of a strike!!!! I didn't know that, are you also in support of the strike? Sorry haven't heard anything about a strike. Well Cathy might be nice to have the summer off. Know? Yes it is getting close to the end of the school year and Yes I am looking forward to it.
I did a bit of grocery shopping and bought some German made muesli rye bread and some rice cakes and fruit. I will try to lessen my wheat gluten intake and increase my fruit intake and see what happens. I won't do a separate blog about my quest today as I just wrote about it now.
Last night I went and had a pedicure and then went to the mall and bought a new purse from Roots. I then met up with the teenager and we shopped for shoes. I am sad to say I had to buy my dressy summer sandals from Naturalizer cause it is all about the comfort and support and not so much about the style anymore. As soon as we got home (I didn't even have the door closed)the teenager blurts out to the husband "Mom spent over two hundred dollars on a purse" The two of us look at her like she is nuts. Her Dad looks at and says "So" and I say "Hello, I am all grown up and can spend my money on what ever I want". I figured the purse will last me a few years and even if it doesn't I work darn hard for my money and if I want something nice I don't mind spending the money on it. Don't worry I still can be frugal when I want (like my $7.00 tank tops from Walmart).
On a happy note my car is going in to be serviced on Tuesday. The dealership and Chrysler engineers have had some discussions and think they have figured out what the problem is. Something to do with the keyless starter. But lets see what they say when we also tell them the Air Conditioning does not work. How many problems do we have to have before we can declare this car a LEMON.
Have a great long weekend everyone! I will be thinking of you all as I go to work!!!!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
I'm getting ahead of myself. The first thing I did after I got out of bed was to go and workout on my Wii. I'm down another 0.3kg and I think I am starting to notice a slight difference in my silhouette. (I might be just imagining it, but hey, positive vibes, right!)
I started out with the 'rhythm parade' which is great for getting warmed up. I then did 'rhythmic kung-fu followed by step ups and then the obstacle course. I also did hula hoops; the advanced version; what a killer!
I cooled down with 20 minutes of yoga to stretch myself out. As I finished the older one came downstairs and he had some fun with the obstacle course and ski jumping. Hubby made my favourite breakfast. "Camping breakfast" Nothing beats bacon and eggs with a cup of tea when camping. I figured out that with the exercise my metabolism was up and active so would burn off the breakfast calories sooner! (one can hope!)
I am wondering what I will do when I have reached the twenty-first day. I believe that blogging is a great way to help keep me motivated. I don't think you will all want to continue to read about my continuing goal of better health. But I am thinking, if it keeps me honest I will continue.
I hope no one minds!
Friday, May 13, 2011
The school was expecting me and a very nice women from the front office walked me to Carolin's cafe. I met her helper and I could see that they had been hard at work for a few hours! Carolin put me to work right away, but not before she gave me a very stylish white hair net. I looked like my grandmother! She even made me tuck my bangs under the net! I need my bangs..... I have never worn my hair back off of my face! (Sunshine) Cathy, welcome to the old ladie's hair net club. I am happy that my meanager lets me keep my bangs out all the time. If she made me tuck them in, I might just have to quit. In my own defense I said yes the bangs to be covered as they were almost past her eyes, and she only needed to wear the net while prepping food, when she went to serve she did not need to wear it. I don't make the laws just try to follow them.
So, I know, get over it! I started making a tray of snickerdoodles. She didn't say anything so I think I passed. After, I started to wrap burgers. It was just like working at McDonald's again! That kept me busy up until it was time to cater the meeting. I must say here that Carolin is very easy to work for. (maybe I shouldn't say that!) She never yelled at me once! What's a snickerdoodle? It sounds as though she is a great boss, but I think that we all knew that. Snickerdoodle is a great word, go ahead say it. See it puts a smile on your face every time. And of course it taste yummy. A snickerdoodle (giggle) is a sugar cookie that has been rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
I didn't have to do much for the meeting. Lunch was set up buffet style and everyone was very impressed and told me that all of the food was very good!
After the lunch rush.......... I got to eat! I was very hungry. I had a Jamaican beef patty and some of Carolin's potato salad with a cup of tea! I had some potato salad for dinner, must say it is very good. (if you do say so yourself!!! but I have to agree, it was very good and I felt bad for not asking for a bit for Hubby.)
After eating it was clean up time. Washing up took a very, very long time! I must admit it's not my favourite job however I was very happy to let Carolin have a break so she could tend to some other tasks. At work, we do dishes all day long. It is a greasy, wet and exhausting job. Unfortunately, dishes take up a good part of the day, Be thankful Cathy cause Scott one of the parents at the school who comes in to help on these extra busy days had already done some of the dishes. You're right and I am forever grateful!
I had a good time and I was very glad that I could help! Good job Cathy! Thank you very much Cathy, I really appreciated your help. Between the regular day (the window we call it) burger day (extra 200 burgers) and the principals luncheon it was busy.
Well, its Friday and what a crazy day! Today the meanager told us told us, actually it's more like she barked at us that we have a mandatory food handling coarse to attend. She said that two of us have to go on June 17 and the other two on June the 21st. She had no other details. Not what time, where is it being held, are they paying for our gas to get there, are they paying us for our time? Anyhow, the girls at work are very upset because the 17th is our last day at work and we have a lot of cleaning to do and now two people will be stuck doing all the work while the other two are out taking the course. I really hope that I get to go to the course that day. Hey Carolin, you may know the answers to some of the above questions. Didn't you take that course in the past? Apparently, one of the girls thinks that the course will be held at the Toronto School Board somewhere on Yonge street. I think that my boss is the worst communicator ever. One of the girls started expressing her opinion on how the date of June the 17th was a very poor choice. The meanager barked once again and told her that she didn't want to hear about it and to shut up. Another pleasant day at work. But guess what, "Its Friday, Friday, Friday!" Ok Sunshine relax! I did not take the course as they have options. In Peel region they would like to make this certification mandatory to all people working in food services. Because you work at a school board the board may require it. It is not a big deal, you have a choice in Peel to take the day course and write the test at the end or do self study and then go write the test. I choice the later and got 96%. I got one question wrong and it haunts me to this day. I wrote the test right here in town beside the Mall. It only took 1 hour or two, not a biggie. I did study at home for a few weeks. If you read over the manual and answer the questions at the end of each chapter then you should be fine. Most of it is common sense and then there is the memorizing of food temperatures and fridge/freezer temperatures.
I had scheduled my now yearly ant spraying for 2:00 this afternoon. I had to get angry on the phone with the receptionist when at 2:45 the technician was still not there and I had now left work early and have been waiting for him for an hour as I got there 15 minutes early in case he got there early. I didn't want to miss him. Well ,as I was late in picking up Miss Teen Sunshine and just about to get on the highway, I see his truck on the other side of the street. I scrambled to find the head office phone number and call them and tell him to start spraying outside and I would be back in 10 minutes. Well, getting to that school late on a Friday was a disaster. It took me half an hour to get out of the parking lot. When I got home he was in his truck sleeping. Apparently, he was sick and appreciative of the nap. This all delayed me in picking up Little Miss Sunshine so I had to make a call to one of the mothers at the school who looked after her for me until I could get there. Thank goodness for that! Well now this made Miss Teen Sunshine very late for work. I don't understand how they schedule her for 3:30? Anyhow, even with all of the delays we managed to make it there by 4:20. They were told that she could not make the 3:30 shift but we would be there by 4:30.
I can't drive that fast with my car because if I go over a bump too fast, then the all of the lights on the dash board turn on and the car turns off. I have to put the hazard lights on and come to a complete stop and turn it back on. About six months ago when my car was in for some other repair, they gave me a new gas cap because they said that my old one was leaking. News to me. Well, I can tell you that even with the incredibly high price of gas today no one will be syphoning from my tank because it is a lot of work to get this "new and improved" gas cap off. I have had to ask strangers at the gas station to help me get it off. Sometimes they can, sometimes they can't. I have left the gas station with no gas many times. I have had a friend help me. Her husband wasn't able to get it off but after 15 minutes she was so I put the gas cap in my pocket and immediately went to fill up. I have gone back to the place that sold us the cap and some young mechanic came out with a wrench and took it off and told me that there is nothing wrong with it. He took out some other gadget that tells them if the cap it defective and apparently it's just fine. Mr Sunshine is also a really big help. He can get the cap off quite easily and he says that it is a user problem! (funny!) He has been filling up my tank a lot. But hello, I would like be able to do it myself and he can't save me when he is away and I need gas. The last two weeks I managed with much difficulty and struggling for about 5 minutes to get the cap off at home or in a parking lot, put it in my pocket and fill up. One of my friend's theories is that it is a generic cap that just doesn't fit properly, so I may go to the dealer and see if they can order one specifically for my car if it doesn't cost that much. I am so tired now, I am going to bed. p.s. the font changed and I don't know how. Unclick the i button. (again, funny!)
It's a "user problem" funny, funny. Isn't your car fairly new? Not that makes any difference as today after school I had to get the little one to a birthday party (which I only learned about the night before while cleaning out her backpack!) for 4:00 pm. We don't normally leave the school till 4 - 4:30. So we are rushing and get in the car only for the car not to start. This time there was power but not enough to turn the engine. I called the husband (thank goodness he is on the day shift) he was just dropping the Teenager off at work and would be over soon. When he got to us he said the battery was dead again. This is the third time this has happened! One time the break lights stayed on all the time (when car was off). The dealership replaced some switch. Needless to say there is some other problem. The husband charged the battery and then we were on our way. We got to the birthday party only a half hour late. Have to say not so happy with this new car of mine.
Sunshine, you crack me up. Hey Benchers, Sunshine complains that we are all boring. Well, let me say just how thankful that I am not near as boring as she is! (you both crack me up!)
Have a good week everyone!
I went downstairs to weigh myself as soon as I awoke. Guess what...... I have lost 2kg! Yeah! I reset a new goal to lose another 2kg in a month. I like the idea of taking a month to lose a small amount of weight. I am hoping that by losing weight slowly it will stay off!
I am back now from helping Carolin. You will have to read "Catch Up Fridays" to see how it went!
I came home and relaxed with a book and a glass of water in the backyard. It was a beautiful day! I cut the lawn and put out a few garden trinkets. Dinner was courtesy of Carolin. She gave me some leftover pizza from her kitchen. It was yummy! Thank you so much!
I didn't actually exercise with the Wii today. I did input fit credits for doing dishes though!!!! I was active in the garden and I decided to reward myself for achieving my weight loss goal! I will be back on the Wii tomorrow. Only three more days to go!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
It was a good thing as I slept for two hours! I got up and put on a loaf of bread and tidied the kitchen. Dinner was tuna fish sandwiches with salad so not a lot of prep. work. I went downstairs and did a solid 30 minutes of strength exercises. Ouch!! I need to do more strength work and less yoga. The yoga is becoming easier. The Wii had me doing side planks and push ups and jack knifes and other forms of torture! I did feel pumped afterward so I guess that is the reward for today.
I am looking forward to helping Carolin at her school cafe tomorrow!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I am feeling stiff and sore. I think I can feel muscles that I didn't know I had. I think of the Wii as my own "Trainer Josh"!
After work I did the Wii body test. I lost another 0.5kg! I then ate lunch of leftover bbq pork chop with salad and some rice. I went to volunteer and did my 30 minutes of aerobics and strength and yoga after dinner. I am very tired now. I hope I sleep well.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I did another few loads of laundry and (drum roll please) 3 1/2 hours of gardening. As I sit here now I can feel myself starting to stiffen up!
Ok, I just stepped away to do 15 minutes of yoga to stretch myself out. I wonder how I will feel tomorrow? I remember I said that I was going to do strength exercises but I think the gardening was a great substitute!
Dinner was bbq'd pork chops with wild rice and a Greek salad.
Six days to go!
Monday, May 9, 2011
Came home and hung a few loads of laundry outside to dry. I made a loaf of bread, (in the bread machine). I also folded and put away a lot of clothes. Dinner was simple, soup and salad.
I went downstairs before dinner and did 15 minutes of aerobics and 15 of yoga. I also did some gardening outside. I figure that along with all of the up and down with the laundry I had a pretty good workout. Tomorrow, I plan to do strength training and gardening. I have yet to figure out dinner. Whatever happened to my weekly dinner menu plans?
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I came home from work today to a big breakfast prepared by all my boys! It was very yummy! We then went to visit two garden nurseries. One is Sheridan Nurseries in Mississauga and the other was Terra Greenhouses in Milton. I preferred Terra in Milton. It just seemed to have different stock and the garden centre was very organized. They also had so many staff members available to offer help.
Afterwards we went for an early dinner at a local thai restaurant, the Thai Pepper. It's a very small restaurant operated by a married couple. Very, very good food.
We returned home early enough to do some gardening. Hubby said that as it was Mother's Day I should take the day off from exercise. Well, I know me so..... I did about a 15 minute workout after gardening. It was funny though because when I turned on the Wii, it said, "why don't you take a break today (being Sunday); try not to overwork yourself!" Wow!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
After working out inside Hubby and I went outside and continued tidying the garden. It's still very wet so I am trying hard not to do much more than surface tidy so I do not compact the clay. Every year we add concrete sand to both the garden and the lawn and we are starting to see very good results. The concrete sand helps to break up the clay and it does not compact or disappear like adding earth does.
Dinner was a japanese stir fry with lots of veggies and a cup of mint green tea. I readied all of my things for work tomorrow and will now sit down with Hubby to enjoy some laps of Nascar. They are racing at Darlington and tempers are flying. Should be a good race!
Happy Mother's Day tomorrow everyone.
Friday, May 6, 2011
I did laundry for a while(yeah! fit credits!) and made a grocery list. Guess what... It's raining again!
Carolin and Sunshine and I with our Hubbys are going out for dinner tonight at a local pub. I will do some exercise after we get home.
Home now. Dinner was very nice. It's good to actually get together and see each other. I was good and ate chicken marsala with rice and a light beer. What I really wanted was chicken wings and fries with a beer! I did go downstairs and did only 15 minutes of yoga and balance games. I did the fitness test and naturally my weight was up. I was not going to do the test or exercise, however, if I stop for just one day it could spell disaster!
I will not give up!
Tonight we are meeting for dinner at a local pub. (So much for the lost weight!) They brew their own beer, too. They have a light beer which I really enjoy.
I should tell you all that yes, it's raining yet again. We seem to have one really nice day; all sunny and warm and it's surrounded by ten days of rainy weather. I hope this will not be what our summer will be like. We were spoiled last summer and frankly, I'm greedy and would like a nice long hot summer again! Anyone agree? The one sunny day we had I asked the little one if she noticed anything different. She looked around and then said "No, why?" I replied" The sun is shinning!!!" Well I guess that was all we are getting. I too am tired of the rain, rain, rain. But keep in mind cold rainy weather is good for business.
Speaking of business, the school hosted a basketball tournament Monday through Wednesday. Holy busy, I was on my own on Monday (as I didn't know what to expect with the tournament) KD came during the lunch rush and helped out, thankfully. Tuesday, my staff came in and we made it through. Thankfully, we had done a lot of baking on the Friday before in preparation for the tournament, but we still had to do some more Tuesday afternoon. Then Wednesday, once again my staff came in (thank the Lord). We were super busy all day. Our sales were three times the normal Wednesday. By the end of the day I was wiped.
Next Friday Carolin is putting me to work! I'm looking forward to it. I wonder what kind of boss she will be????? Hey Carolin, what should I wear? Do I have to use a hair net? What time should I report for duty? Do I need to bring anything? Yes, I am expecting you next Friday. Please come for 10:00 am. While in the kitchen yes you will need a hairnet and hat. It is our normal Friday busy, plus we are responsible for making an extra 150 - 200 burgers for preorderd lunches. They need to be assembled and wrapped. Also we have a luncheon for 45 - 50 people to serve. I want you to help with prep and to serve the luncheon. You will do great, I am not (too) concerned.
Hubby came home a few days ago to tell me that he had to go to Vienna and Venice for work! Hmmmmm, just what kind of job is this? Well, the trip has been temporarily postponed. I think it was all just wishful thinking!
The Teenager has started her summer job, so far she is enjoying it. She tells us her crew (she is lead) is in charge of removing the weeds from the boulevards. But they are only to remove the weeds that grow in the mulched area and they are to pull the weeds but not pick them up. Another crew is responsible for picking up the weeds! She says since it is early in the season and not all the summer staff had started yet there isn't much to do.
(Sunshine) Cathy I am looking forward to hearing all about your work experience with Carolin. I am sure that you are going to have a great time and that you will be impressed watching her in action.
Everything else is same old same old around here. Have a great mothers day and talk to you all next week.
See you all next week! Take care. Here's hoping I lose a bit more weight!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Dinner was a hodgepodge of leftovers. I had oatmeal with berries.
I did the weigh in portion of the Wii before I ate and now I am going to go and do my exercise portion. I think I will do both yoga to stretch out and some balance games. How does 30 minutes sound?
Until day eleven...
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Dinner was bbq'd (natch) hamburgers and a BIG salad.
Tomorrow is my Friday at work and I hope it doesn't rain as I would like to be outside. Today was beautiful and I was working all day long....inside.
On to tomorrow!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
On the way home I stopped by Oceans, my favourite grocery store. They sell groceries from all points on our planet. Tonight I am making a stir fry of Basa fish with baby bok choy with grated carrots and minced red peppers. I am serving it with Japanese Udon noodles and salad with miso dressing. Yummy!
Oceans has a take out section so I succumbed and bought some lunch. It was good, however I need to watch my salt intake. I can feel myself bloating.
I promptly fell asleep after lunch. I need to set an alarm as I woke up two hours later feeling like hell! This is where my mind won. I plied myself off of the couch and went downstairs where I did a solid 30 minute Wii aerobic workout. I finished it with a few yoga stretching poses and now I feel great!
Monday, May 2, 2011
At work, in four hours I walked more than 8000 steps. Can I count that as daily exercise or is that just extra on top of my 30 minutes of daily exercise? Hmmm.
I did come home and log the steps in my Wii. The Wii has a spot to log steps and even waist size among other things. I have yet to even look as my waist size. It just seems to be getting bigger instead of trimmer. I know, give it time. I did a 15 minute yoga routine and a basic body balance test. I am getting steadier.
I am watching my portion sizes. It's really hard to do when you love to cook and really enjoy the taste of food. This is a time when I wish Hubby and I weren't good cooks, lol! After my exercise I put on a pot of homemade chicken soup. I then had lunch of oatmeal with fruit. I hope I have time for a cup of tea!
Today is a long day because our younger son is playing in the Peel Honour Band Concert tonight. He has been at practices for a while now and tonight is the culmination of all the kid's efforts. It should be really great. Only thing is the concert ends at 10pm. Which means.... no sleep for me tonight. I don't even have time for a nap today as I have to leave to take him to his last rehearsal.
Time to go. Day eight tomorrow!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I was planning to take the day off as work this morning was very physical! I spent over two hours pushing passengers up and down long bridges and along long carpeted hallways. I was very sweaty by the end of my shift. Then after I came home and tidied up, Hubby and I and some friends went to the Good Food Festival. We ate lots and lots of samples! Yummy!
It was after we came home from the Festival that I guilted myself onto the Wii for 30 minutes.
Only one problem so far. I seem to be slowly gaining weight??????