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Happy Friday everyone!¬† I hope the week treated everyone well ūüôā¬† John and I were out at the Calgary flames hockey game last night and didn’t get home until late so I am just going to leave you with a photo from the game.


Random Question:

Do you have a favorite sports team?


Thinking Out Loud 29/01/2014

Hi there! ¬†How are you doing today? ¬†What’s new and exciting today? ¬†I feel like I just wrote a Thinking Out Loud post, but here we go again. ¬†As always, thank you to Amanda for hosting and to everyone that participates!


  • I feel like these past few day I have had trouble fitting in everything I want to do in my free time. ¬†This includes blogging, shopping, reading, cleaning, friends… how has everything gotten so busy!? ¬†Hopefully I can start catching up on things this weekend or find someone/invent a cloning machine.
  • I am starting to get the itch to travel… the question is
  • Is it odd that the only thing keeping me from changing gyms is that I need WIFI now?
  • Speaking of the gym, I was able to get in my first run in forever this afternoon with no pain! ¬†Interesting since I felt it a little after Body Attack Tuesday night Fingers crossed that things are slowly healing.
  • I am thinking that if everything is feeling good for the next couple of weeks I will sign up again for the Calgary Half Marathon in May. ¬†I ran it last year with John and LOVED it! ¬†Now to get a better time (under 1:55).
  • I got an email from the Bay to Breakers run, in San Francisco that we signed up for, today. ¬†This is making me really excited and we will be running it over my birthday weekend! ¬†Is anyone else going to be running this? ¬†It looks like a blast.
  • I am so hooked on the Hunger Games series now. ¬†The first book is great so far and even though I have seen the movie, the book is definitely keeping me reading.
  • Our insurance company has been taking an extra payment from us since August. ¬†They will be paying us back but this will keep me on top of my finances from now on!
  • I had to take the train home after work today due to snow… I MISSED MY BIKE RIDE!! ¬†And I feel sad for my bike left in a parking garage overnight… poor thing ūüė¶Bike-to-Work_0
  • I am really excited about going to the hockey game tonight!

Well have a great Thursday and let me know what some of your random thoughts are!

WIAW 29/01/2014

Hello! Hello!

I am in a bit of a tare while I am writing this as I have just got back from an Body Attack class and still have to finish some food.  So here are my eats from Tuesday!  Thank you to Jenn for hosting this like up!

Breakfastphoto 1 photo 2A hot up of coffee followed closely by some overnight oats with sliced banana and PB.  I ate the rest of the banana as a mid morning snack!

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photo 2

This is a file footage picture but I basically had this for lunch.  In the wrap was some left over pulled chicken chilli from the weekend with some cheese.  Veggies, hummus, and some chips were enjoyed on the side.  After this plate I also chomped into an apple

photo 4(file footage again)

For a mid afternoon snack I ate one of these granola bars


(picture stolen from Amanda)

And ate a juicy orangephoto 5

Before I headed off to body attack I had a small bowl of cereal with milk.

Dinner¬†photo 3A fried egg sandwich with cheese, avocado, tomato, spinach, and ketchup. ¬†That little pickle on the side was so so good and helped bring up my salt levels ūüėČ

To finish off the night I polished off a bowl of cereal with black berries and strawberries. ¬†Why don’t I eat this more often?

wiaw dinner


1) Do you ever wish you had more hours in the day?

2) Do you have a favourite day of the week?

Looking Forward

Well if the rest of the week continues like Monday did than the weekend will be here before we know it! ¬†Time sure goes when you are busy with copious deadlines! ¬†Keeping them all straight is starting to get difficult. ¬†How was your Monday? ¬†I hope your week is off to a great start. ¬†As I am writing this I am listening to a song that makes me want to cut my ears off! ¬†Valentine or Valentines day something… worse than nails on a chalk board! ¬†And it turns out it was David Bowie….. interesting.

Well I thought it would be fun to write about what my non-work week is going to look like so far.


Made this for dinner!

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Rather than chicken, I added shrimp.  Anyone else out there love Iowa Girl Eats?

Pick up some groceries and hit up MEC for some bike gear. ¬†I am jealous of the States for having so many things we don’t have and would trade some of our stores for theirs, but NOT MEC! ¬†That store takes a lot of this outdoorsy girls money.

Eat a snack and watch Breaking Bad followed by reading (the Hunger Games) and bed!


I kind of want to hit up a body attack class but that would mean me signing up at Goodlife. ¬†It might happen…. If not, I do need to get to a mall to buy some clothes. ¬†It is actually becoming a NEED rather than a want :S I also need to start organizing some of our legal/tax documents and appliance manuals

Eat a snack and watch Breaking Bad followed by some reading and bed (this becomes a theme)


Hit up a yoga class if my leg/IT/Hip flexor feels like it’s up to it. ¬†If not I either want to finish the Hunger Games (AHHHHH SO SO GOOD) or catch up with a friend.


FLAMES GAME!!!!!!  I was given a couple of tickets to the game on Thursday night against the Sharks.  Should be a really fun night!


I hope to have a massage booked.  If not I will plan something with friends!

Saturday and Sunday

The days are pretty open so far.  I know I want to make a slow cooker pot roast plus run some errands and I know there is talk of seeing a movie.


1) Is there a particular song you can’t stand?

2) What are you most looking forward to this week?

MIMM 27/01/2014

Hey there! ¬†How was your weekend? ¬†Are you ready to hit the ground running or were you hitting the snooze button this morning? ¬†Does anyones else feel that Sunday nights are the shortest nights of the week? ¬†Mine always seemed to get consumed with prepping food for the week or doing the laundry I procrastinated doing earlier in the weekend. ¬†This weekend was really good and I feel like we got a lot accomplished so let’s take a peak into what is….

MiMMThanks again to Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for hosting!

Marvellous was…¬†Getting takeaway food, with John and a friend, from the Himalayan for dinner Friday night. ¬†As always the food was awesome and the company was great! ¬†I have never ordered the same thing twice from this place and always am so happy with my choice!

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My dad and John

Marvellous was… taking a walk in the beautiful sunshine and warm weather! ¬†I could have seriously warn a T-shirt Saturday afternoon. ¬†The paths were crowded with everyone getting out and enjoying the best day of the year!

Marvellous was…¬†Celebrating my dad’s birthday at the Szechwan house! ¬†My mom, John, and, I wanted to have a surprise dinner for my dad so we told him we were going to bbq steaks while she had already made reservations. ¬†When they showed up to our house there was no food and I told him I decided not to cook haha. ¬†He loves spicy and new foods and the Szechwan House always fits the bill. ¬†We all come away with scorched mouths saying we should put some toilet paper in the freezer ūüėČ You can order milder but we like a 2

John somehow ended up with 4 forks…photo 3

I think the heat made him a little delirious


Marvellous is… Finally trying Julie’s Egg white and oatmeal protein pancake. ¬†You should just go make one now! ¬†I topped mine with PB, berries, coconut, and a little syrup.

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Marvellous was… Catching up with an amazing friend on Sunday and hashing out life. ¬†It really was a highlight of the week. ¬†I love being able to tell her anything and everything and always come away feeling so happy to have seen her ūüôā

Marvellous is…¬†John’s slow cooker Sunday meal! ¬†Shredded chicken chilli with quinoa. ¬†I think he found the recipe on the food network. ¬†Sorry ladies, he’s mine!photo 5

I hope your weekend was just as marvellous! ¬†Have a great day ūüėÄ


1) Did you get some outside time this weekend?

2) Do you do food prep for the week on the weekend?

A day in the life

Wow guys! ¬†I loved reading all of you breakfast ideas and comments on my post yesterday. ¬†Thanks for all of you breakfast thoughts, I might try all of them in the next few work days. ¬†So how was everyone’s Friday eve? ¬†I know mine was busy busy busy but I did try to snap a few photos through out my day so I could bring you my first day in the life post! ¬†Prepare to be astounded and amazed ūüėČ But seriously I managed to take a bunch of photos so I am proud of that ūüėÄ

6 am (the ugh hour)

photo 1Yup it’s dark ūüė¶ shouldn’t I still be sleeping!? If you look really close you can see my pillow.¬†¬†I am not a snooze button person so I am out of bed pretty quick after this. ¬† I think it’s like ripping off a bandaid

6:15 (the getting ready time)photo 2

First some moisturizer. ¬†I love the “It’s Potent” by benefit and Clarins HydraQuench. ¬†It really makes my skin feel moisturized all day and the “It’s potent” make all my dark circles go away ūüėÄphoto 3

The makeup comes next with a little bit of finger creeping in.

6:20 (all dressed up WITH somewhere to go) 

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Today’s outfit features a thermal long sleeve, lulu lemon tights, ski socks, and regular socks. ¬†Don’t worry I change when I get to work. ¬†After this I usually head down and grab a nibble and publish my post I wrote the night before. ¬†Usually I get a chance to glance at the news as well.

7:00 (ANDDDDD THEIR OFF)photo 2

Usually around 7 or just before we are on our bikes and peddling to work

7:20 (deja vu)photo 3

Arrive at work…. Wasn’t I just here!?

8:15 am (starting to get Hangry)

After a quick change, check email, and get started on the work day I scrounge up some breakfast and COFFEE!  photo 4photo 5

work, work, bathroom break, work and then…

11 am¬†(snack attack!)photo 1 photo 2I feed my coffee addiction once again and munch a banana. ¬†I then decided that wasn’t enough and needed a granola bar (home made).

work, work

12:10pm¬†(I go to the gym… I work out)

The old leg is still sore so I jumped on the elliptical while watching Netflix for 40min followed by a few weights.  No picture because I always get self conscious.

1:30pm (Hangry!!!!!!!)photo 3oops…. uhhhh on the plate was a wrap stuffed with black bean chilli and cheese with veggies and a few Food Should Taste Good chips. ¬†This was pretty awesome but I went back for a square of chocolate and a handful of caramel corn. ¬†Our work kitchen is a very dangerous place.

work, work, bathroom break, work

3pm… I am pretty sure there was a snack somewhere in there

5pm (I’m freeeeeeeeeeee ūüėČ actually I don’t mind work!)

Hopped on the bike to pedal home into the sunset!  WOOOOOO it was so pretty!

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6:00pm (Hangry!)photo 2

John headed off to Yoga, so I was on my own for dinner.  I decided to go with an omelette (only half shown), toast with PB and fig jam, carrots, celery, and humus.  A little random but very delicious.  I am not going to lie, I have been grazing since dinner.

7pm (A sad time)

I headed off to the Library to pick up my copy of the Hunger Games only to find the library closes at 5pm on Thursday. ¬†5pm? ¬†really? @#$% oh well I also had to make a stop for groceries so it’s not all a waist. ¬†For a bonus strawberries were on sale!


Time to shower off the days grime and give the hair a good wash followed by folding some clothes that had been sitting in the dryer for a few days


Writing up this blog post with a cup of tea and a chocolate


heading down to watch an episode of Breaking Bad


Reading news/blogs and going to sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Well, that about sums up my day. ¬†If you’ve made it to the end you deserve a cookie ūüėČ

I hope everyone has a great Friday and an amazing weekend!


1) What is your favourite part of the day?

2) How many hours do you work a day?

Thinking Out Loud Thursday 23/01/2014 Bye Bye Bieber

Hello there! ¬†How is everyone today? ¬†How has your week been so far? ¬†My week has absolutely flown by and I can’t believe that Friday is tomorrow. ¬†When did that happen. ¬†I am starting to feel like a broken record saying that but it is so true.

Anywho, let’s move onto…Thinking-Out-Loud

Thanks to Amanda, over at Running with Spoons, for hosting. ¬†If you haven’t been to her blog your really should.

1) I think I am going to do a day in the life post on Friday.  I feel like I am really not taking as many (read ANY) photos as I would like.  I think that this would be the right push, plus I think it would be fun

2) The spin bike at the gym and I are becoming friends while I work through this IT band injury.  I used to get so board on it but now I really enjoy playing around with the gears.

3) Work has gotten really really busy these last couple of weeks so I am really enjoying curling up at the end of the day to blog.  It is really nice to reflect on your day and how you felt throughout it.

4) I have been a member of YMCA gym for a few years now but I am starting to think about switching over to Goodlife. ¬†I keep getting cold feet every time I go to cancel my “Y” membership. ¬†I feel like I am a turn coat and keep having second thoughts but I really want a gym with more classes and Goodlife offers the Les Mills ones!

5) It snowed again on Tuesday night, so John and I had to take the train into work Wednesday morning. ¬†When we got on I noticed it was really quiet and no one was saying anything. ¬†I guess everyone had a bad case of the Wednesday blues? ¬†It just so happened that I had a great sleep, was wide awake, and chatting up a storm with John. ¬†After a few stops I started to feel really awkward holding a conversation with everyone else being so silent. ¬†Train=depressed overly tired people? ¬†I kinda wanted to shout “LIFE ISN’T THAT BAD PEOPLE”!

6) I need to find a new portable breakfast food. ¬†I am getting board of overnight oats and my yogurt bowls. ¬†Anyone have any good ideas? ¬†Also are smoothies good after being refrigerated for a few hours? ¬†I don’t want it to separate and go all weird if I do take one to work.

7) This weekend is looking like good weather for a run…. too bad my leg hurts. ¬†It is going to be hard not to be tempted to hit the trails. ¬†But I do think that the IT band issue is responding well to rolling and heat. ¬†I might have to book a massage for sometime soon to.

8) I am actually looking forward to my TV time at the end of the day. ¬†How old lady is that sounding!? ¬†I love being in my Pj’s with a snack, cup of tea, and Breaking Bad. ¬†Obsessed…ya I guess but that’s okay.

9) I have the first Hunger Games book waiting for me at the Library. ¬†I can’t wait to get my hands on it. ¬†I actually hope we get a cold snowy day on the weekend so I can curl up with a book but I don’t think that’s in the cards, see thought 7

10) And now the curser is just blinking at me….so I will leave it at that.

Have a great Thursday everyone!  Except for Bieber, have fun in jail for putting innocent people at risk.  Never was a fan of you.


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