Archive for May, 2011

May 31st, 2011

Getting Prepared

I have just less than four weeks left at work, everyone finally knows I’m leaving and it’s been very strange talking about my new career path. For awhile now it’s just been something I’ve been doing on my own and only discussing it with a few people but now that everyone’s inquiring it’s feeling much more real.

I’m in the middle of working on the website so I’m getting content prepared and mapping out the details I need. Starting a home-based business is pretty awesome as there is little overhead! Woo hoo! I still feel like I have so much to do but right now the website it the most important thing! I can’t wait to show you all!!!

However, at this stage I feel like I’ll never be completely prepared to open a business. I keep thinking I’m missing something or that I should be doing more and more until I get nervous and overwhelmed and threaten to push my launch date. It’s during these times that I remind myself to just breathe. No, I probably won’t be totally prepared but I’ll be prepared enough. There’s only so much I can do until the actual needs of my business present themselves. I almost opened this business three years ago but got scared and instead went back to school to procrastinate! It’s time to put on my big-girl panties and get to it and the more I think about the more excited I get and the fear is just on the back burner.

30k Training Update

The week: I had to miss last Wednesday’s 6k due to family being over. I was hoping to squeeze it in between coming home from work and before they came but that just didn’t happen. I did get out for my 5k on Friday however and ran strong!

I figure that since my long runs are usually the more eventful of the runs that I’d do something fun every Monday and highlight it for ya’s! I always enjoy my long runs, it’s the chance to spend time with myself and seeing as I go first thing Sunday morning it’s also a chance to get some quiet time out in nature.

Long Run

The distance: Originally I was to go out for 14k but for reasons I shall reveal shortly, it was decreased to 13k.

The fuel: I filled my Camelbak with a packet of eLoad and brought a new fuel with me! I saw the Gu Watermelon Chomps in an ad in Runners World several months back and thought it was genius! Why didn’t anyone else think to have watermelon flavoured fuel?! Just the thought of it sounds soooo refreshing for when you’ve been running your tail off for an hour and a half! Sadly, I was concerned as it only came in the Chomps and I’m old with sensitive teeth and afraid of the sugar killing them. But my lack of common sense, my best friend raving about them and my own curiosity got the best of me and I bought a packet. I always carry an “emergency” gel packet so I figured if it killed my teeth I could always switch to my gel for my second fuel stop.


I’m happy to say there was no need! They didn’t hurt my teeth (although I felt a slight twinge while eating the very last one) and they tasted amazing! Oh my gosh! Will I convert to Chomps full time? Not sure yet but they’re an option. I’m not really a fan of actual eating while I run as it takes longer than I’d like but perhaps the friendly makers of Gu will come out with a gel version (pretty please!).

Top 5 Tunes: I rocked out to a live version of Shoot To Thrill by AC/DC which always leaves me air guitaring in the most populated of places. I also rocked out to Kissed It (featuring Velvet Revolver) by Macy Gray, Under Pressure by David Bowie + Queen, Filthy/Gorgeous by Scissor Sisters and Testify by Rage Against The Machine.

The highlights: Totally got a bit lost! I thought I knew exactly where I was going and then it turned out I didn’t. I grabbed my phone out of my pack and found the map of where I was but with me being in a park the GPS was wonky. I thought I knew how to get to where I needed to go but somewhere (I still can’t quite figure out how it happened), I ended up back where I started!

I’m usually alright with maps and such but I seriously have no idea what happened! At least I didn’t get completely lost but instead of the fabulous scenic loop that I had planned, it was an out-and-back and ended up cutting my route short by a kilometre.

The thoughts:

“I’m gonna ROCK this 14k today! The morning’s bright and beautiful, my gadgets are all full on battery power and everything’s going to be great!”

“How did I miss Divadale Dr.?! Are there rows and rows of pink houses and shaved poodles with died hair and diamond bling?!”

” Can’t WAIT to run through Taylor Creek again! It’s been almost a year!”

“OMG! These watermelon Chomps are AWESOME!!!”

“Where the hell am I?!?”

“How in the hell did I end up back at the rehab clinic?! I’m pretty sure I’m on the opposite side of the clinic!!!!”

“I’m so confused…”

The feelings: I think my thoughts reflect my feelings! I went from feeling super confident and ready for a wonderful almost two hour long run through the parks to being SO confused.

Physically I felt really good. There was one point where I thought I felt a twinge on the inside of my right lower leg but it went away super quick.

The pic: This was taken about five minutes before I realized I wasn’t where I thought I was. I just LOVE knowing that there are little gems like these trails in the middle of Toronto!


May 27th, 2011

Scarves Galore!

I don’t think bootcamp ever get any easier!

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FIT CHICKS Sergeant Laura had us doing partner work last night and it was a doozy! You would think that working with a partner was easier but I give a resounding “Heck, no!” to that one. Burpees, squats (squats and more squats), tricep dips on one leg, football runs, mountain climbers and vicious ab work was all done, many of it made harder with our partners! BUT, partner work is always more fun and we were laughing up a storm, playing coach to eachother and pushing harder. GREAT night! I can’t believe there are only two classes left!

Knitting Happens

So remember several months ago when I said I needed to start doing things that I enjoyed instead of wasting my “me” time and said I was going to pick up knitting again? Knitting and other hand hobbies really help me to wind down and relax. I’m sure it’s the repetitive nature of it but it’s one of the only things that helps my mind to stop swirling and just relax. So I knew that with all the crazy changes happening soon, I’d need to put some serious relaxation techniques in place!

So, I did! I went out the day after my final paper was due and bought several skeins of ridiculously expensive but beautiful yarn and a two pairs of new needles. I promptly sat down, started at the beginning of Stich ‘N’ Bitch and got to work remembering how to knit. A week later I made this fun, chunky tri-coloured alpaca scarf!


This was my first time incorporating different colours, I think I still need more practice but I think it turned out pretty well for my first shot in three years!

Then I got to work on the second practice scarf from the book to remind how to purl and made this gorgeous baby pink, super merino wool long scarf which I loooove!


I think I may keep this one for next winter! It’s so versatile and taught me how to know my knits from my purls just by looking at the stitch!

Finally, over the weekend I finished the last practice piece and this time it was a fun bandana!


This was to teach me how to increase my stitches (I started from the smallest point and worked my way up) which took a bit of practice but I got the hang of it pretty quick. My only issue with this piece is that the straps are a bit flimsy, I wouldn’t tie it very tightly around my head for fear of the straps pulling loose.

Just before I finished the bandana I knew I had to have a piece to start on when I was done so I browsed through the patterns in the same book and decided on Zeeby’s Bag so that not only can I become a master at basic knit stitches but also to start learning how to create blocks and sew them together to create something a bit more elaborate (like a pre-cursor to sweater making) but without it being overly complicated yet.

I think this will make for a fun bag to take to the market for a few veggies or just wander about with!


If you could knit, or you DO knit, what would you want to make the most?

For me, I actually took up knitting so I could make cool bags, I also wanted to learn how to make scarves, hats and mittens to donate to the homeless (this is still a goal of mine).