Thursday, December 31, 2009

Resolutions for 2010

Inspired by Rebecca's post I have decided I should also write down some of my resolutions for the new year. I usually never bother with any since let's be serious, when do you ever see them through?  But this year I'm feeling kind of inspired, so here we go:

1. Become a runner and run in the Sun Run.  This is inspired by the fact that two different people I know who run marathons have mistaken me for a fellow runner.  I'm feeling like 'Hey, I could be a runner.' Now all I need is a pair of running shoes.

2. Do yoga once a week.

3. Buy reusable bags for carrying produce and use them.

4. Learn how to use J's camera so I can start putting better pictures on this blog. I'm not sure how he'll feel about that one:)

5. Finish reading Anna Karenina. Ha! Yeah two years after I started I still don't see that happening.

6. Learn how to make something new on my loom and buy a double heddle kit.

7. Stay in the moment as much as I can.

Happy new year to all!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Relaxing

Sitting in my robe still at 1:30 pm, drinking coffee. I am definitely making the most of this vacation. Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Almost there...

I can feel it, I'm on the home stretch.  14 hours more of work to go and I'm on vacation!  One whole week of absolutely nothing to do (as in nothing I have to do) in lovely, chilly Kamloops.  This month has flown by and I can hardly believe that I find myself here on Christmas Eve morning.  Returning to shift work, job interview travels, working overtime, last minute Christmas crafts, Christmas baking, and throwing our family's Christmas dinner yesterday, not to mention trying to find some time to visit with friends and family.  It has been a full month. 

But even all that work has not dampened my festive spirit.  One of my favourite things this past couple years has been inventing new traditions with James.  Even though this is only our third married Christmas, I get excited about watching It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, or giving each other ornaments every year. 

The problem is, although I like to dream about doing these things, I'm not so good at executing them.  After decreeing that exchanging ornaments should be a tradition so we could build up our measly ornament collection, I promptly forgot all about it the next year.  James, wonderful husband that he is, did not forget.  This year, having been shamed by my poor performance last year, I was set on finding the perfect one... but is it possible to find cute ornaments outside of craft fairs?  I couldn't.  And I forgot to look at the one craft fair I went to this year.  Oops.  And as for It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, well I'm working all night.  Unless I can convince James to stop by work, it isn't going to be happening.  But that's OK, they'll be plenty of time for our Christams traditions after Christmas is over.

So what are some of your favourite new or old traditions?
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

And then there were two.



A post for Rachel.

Yup, now I have a baby Le Creuset.  Oh my.  My mom kindly bought me a 2-something qt french oven for Christmas.  When she discovered that I had just bought my own, she thought she would have to return it and get me a different gift.  I kind of thought that I would want to return it too.  That is until I opened up the box and cried out 'I'm keeping it!'.  It was just way too pretty and cute to return.  But since I had already opened the gift up, Mom let me take it home early.  Merry Christmas to me!

Monday, December 14, 2009

My favourite place to stay...



A week ago I was in Edmonton for a job interview.  Definitely NOT fun.  But I did get to spend the night at Rachel's place, and she is perhaps the best hostess in the world.  Fresh towels and macaroons from the Duchess bakery waiting on my pillow.  Treats from Trader Joes, wine, and The Duchess waiting to keep me full while knitting.  And of course, a fantastic dinner with great conversation that helped me forget I was in for a long, stressful day the next morning.  Thanks Rach!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some Christmas-y thoughts...

Can someone explain to me how the heck it is already December 12?  This month is just flying by, and every day when I turn another box around in my advent calendar, I think to myself 'Nooo!  Not another day gone... I want it back!'.  OK, maybe I'm being slightly melodramatic, but I really wish I could be savoring this season a bit more before it's over and we're back to our dreary lives in January.

Work has been hectic this week (nights, overtime), plus flying to Edmonton (so so so cold) for a couple days also contributed to the whirlwind feel.  But even so I've managed to put up our cute new tree, listen to approximately 20 hours of Christmas music (or so it seems), send out 80% of my Christmas cards, and watch the super awesome movie The Santa Clause with dear friends while eating goodies imported from Trader Joes.  Here's to squeezing in some Christmas wherever you can!

In the meantime, while stuck at work, I've been dreaming up gifts for people with a little help from my blog roll.  A Cup of Jo has been posting the greatest gift ideas, along with the cutest gift categories. 

Gift Guide Part #2: Your Husband Who Smells Like Musk and Tells You Bedtime Stories Every Night.

Gift Guide Part #6: Your British Dad Who Makes Peppery Soups and Isn't Scared of Anything (Even Really Scary Things). 

Was talking about these last night with Rebecca, while her adorable son slept in the other room.  And today, what category should appear on A Cup of Jo?

Gift Guide Part #7: Your Lovely Friend Who Just Had an Adorable Rosy-Cheeked Baby.

 I've also been mentally setting my Christmas table with a little help from frolic!


Doesn't this just make you want to throw a Christmas breakfast?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Oh Celestial Seasonings

Sipping tension tamer tea out of my christmas mug... a great way to end the day.  But does anyone else find the illustration on the cover of the tea a little odd?  Am I supposed to feel like the princess?  Is the tea the princess?  Pretty sure my tension is the dragon.  Anyway it makes me laugh every time, which reduces my tension, so I guess it's doing its job.



Oh, and if you've never heard about my trip to the Celestial Seasonings tea factory, ask me to tell you sometime.  It is a wonderful, magical place and there is a whole room filled with mint that makes your eyes water and clears out your sinuses when you step in.  Plus, you can try any kind of tea you want.  Plus, the factory is on Sleepy Time Drive... how cute is that?

Feels like old times...

Well after being a day worker for the past three months, I have returned to shift work.  I was really looking forward to my first day off during the week to get started on my Christmas activities.  Christmas cards, decorating the house, knitting, shopping... but instead it was a day of studying for a test I have to take next week.  Yuck.  Although it really took me back to my student days, because 5 years ago this was exactly what I would have been doing at the beginning of December.  Sitting around in PJs all day, thinking about how great it will be when the studying is over and the fun can begin.

Still, I managed to bring up our decorations from storage, so the advent calendar is up even though it's not filled with any goodies yet.  Let the countdown begin!