The Life of K

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Father's Day Surprise ~ Family Fun Weekend

For Father's Day this year, I decided to surprise J with a trip to Montreal. The main reason: flow riding.

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Before the wave got turned on.

I got us passes to Biodome, the Insectarium and the Botanical Gardens, which we did Saturday. Sunday morning we spent an hour on the wave at Maeva before coming home. It was a whirlwind weekend but so fun! I'll share pictures from our adventures in separate posts because there are so many.

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At Biodome.

I told the kids my plan and told them to keep it a secret from their dad until the Friday before we were leaving. They were rock stars. We only told J that we had something planned for the whole weekend and that we'd be driving.

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In the Botanical Gardens.

He's no dummy and had a pretty good idea where we were going, but I think he was still surprised.

When J got home from work that Friday, the kids gave him the cards and presents they made at school plus a special card to let him know about our upcoming adventure. They had drawn a cruise ship and a wave, and all sorts of animals.

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J getting spoiled by the kids.

We were already packed and ready to go. Little J even packed for his dad - you should have seen the things he grabbed like J's grubby, working on the car shorts!

As per tradition, I asked the kids these questions about their dad. Their answers are more mature than past years and the little conversations they had are cute!

What's your dad's name? 
J (j)
J.. what's his middle name again? I forgot! (k)
How old is he?
36 (j)
35, 36? 36! 35! (k)
What is his job?
Work on a computer all day and make money. (j)
Yep (k)
What's his favourite colour?
Blue (j)
What does he like to eat?
Let's see. Does that include drink? Probably not. (j)
Is there a separate question? (k)
I actually don't know (j)
If that includes drinking I have one.. (k)
Coffee (j)
What's his favourite animal?
Meow! (Sandy, the cat)
Cat (j)
Cat (k)
What does he do when he gets home?
Looks at his phone (j)
Who is your dad's best friend?
Pike (j)
How does dad smell?
Like deodorant. Sometimes stinky. (j)
What's your favourite thing to do with your dad?
Play Minecraft (j)
Yeah (k)
What does dad always say?
Uh huh (j)
I don't know (k)
Is there anything you'd like to say to your dad?
I love you! (j then k)
Number 1 dad! (j)
I love my dad because...
He's awesome! (j)
He's my dad (k)

Happy Father's Day, J!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Skateboarding

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Missing: skateboard for mom (J has 2).

We bought the kids skateboards. We want them to be cool.

Ha.

We want them to have lots things to play with outside.

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Little K on her board.
Anyway. There's a skate park in a nearby neighbourhood that we checked out one weekend morning. We brought the skateboards, the scooters and snacks.

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Me attempting the ramp.
What we should have maybe brought was a bubble for me.

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Hanging on to the top rail.
That's right - I took a bad fall and landed on my wrist. A week and a half later when I went to the doctor, he confirmed that it was sprained and the internal swelling was causing carpal tunnel symptoms. Four weeks later I'm able to do most things, but it still gets sore if I do too much.

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Taking a break after my spill, watching the fam.
Will we go back to the skate park? Definitely. I'll invest in some wrist guards before then.

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The damage.

Monday, July 17, 2017

School Carnival

The kids' school had a year-end carnival. In past years either Little J has had karate or I've had to work, so I really liked being able to go this year with the kids. J missed out because he doesn't get home until well after 6pm, but we had fun!

We biked over and Little J immediately ran off with a bunch of friends. Little K went around and tried all the bouncy castles. Little J found us again and tried the ladder bouncy castle. He bet me a dollar he could do it first try. He fell and owes me a dollar - it's harder than it looks!

We saw so many friends and the kids raced around full of cotton candy. It was the perfect end to the school year.

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Waiting in line together.



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Little K tackles the ladder.


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Little J gets across after falling off.


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Jumping with friends.


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checking out the fire truck.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Diagnosis

Are you squeamish? he asks me. 

I'm at the doctor's office with what I think is pink eye. He's checking my ears, nose and throat because my eye isn't pink.

I'm trying not to be squeamish wondering why in the hell he's asking me. He's looking in my left ear.

Does your ear hurt? Do you spend a lot of time outside?

There's a bug in my ear, a dead one. I get the feeling my doctor is a little squeamish himself. He gets the bug out and we move on.

I don't have pink eye. I have a cluster headache. 

Try Advil or Aleve he says. I leave wishing I had pink eye and a script for antibiotics to make the pain go away.

Cluster headaches are like migraines in your eyes. They're rare: about 1 in 1000 people get them. I'm lucky: Advil was enough to take the edge off and the pain went away completely after about 24 hours.

It sounds like they are part of me now. And I'm convinced that last summer when I did have pink eye and sinusitis, the immense pressure I was feeling behind my eye was my first cluster headache. They're linked to the body's circadian rhythm and if my body gives me a headache once a year that is treatable with Advil, I'm okay with that.

Just another brick in the wall.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Playing Soccer


Little K decided she wanted to play soccer. Thankfully this was a while ago and we were able to take advantage of the early bird rate. Side note: why is little kid soccer so expensive?

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Proud girl.
Her friend wanted to play too so we put in friend requests and crossed our fingers. They ended up on the same team and are loving playing together every week. Their favourite part is snack time followed closely by post-game popsicles.

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I felt like such a mom when I was cutting up oranges to be gobbled up at half time.
I'm enjoying watching. There's something so .. predictable (? but in a good way) about little kid soccer. They don't know the rules beyond don't touch the ball with your hands and follow the ball around in a little mob. The coaches are on the field and don't only cheer on the players, sometimes they physically put them in position. It makes me laugh.

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The mob. 
Little J now wants to play so he brings a ball to the games to kick around. Maybe next year we'll have 2 soccer players.


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Sitting in the rain.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lole White Tour

Continuing with the yoga theme... let's talk about the Lole White Tour.

One of the best things about being back at work, other than the extra money coming in, is my coworkers. I really missed the social aspects of working and am loving it now. We've done a hip hop class, lunches out, barbecues, and yoga classes.

The latest was the Lole White Tour. We had a good group get together for an outdoor yoga class on the roof of the Rideau Centre. The catch? Everyone had to wear white to represent peace. And if you weren't head to toe in white, you were asked to go to the back of the class.

The class was led by Ciara who I saw for the first time at City of OM leading the acro yoga class. It was a nice flow with a guided meditation at the end. The rooftop got chilly near the end of class, but what a feeling! Being outside, everyone in white on bright yellow yoga mats, doing yoga. It was fun!

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Me with LH before class.


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A sea of white, yellow and green.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

City of OM ~ Ottawa's Yoga Festival

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It's hard to put into words the experience of attending something like City of Om. For someone who normally practices yoga at home by herself, being out in the open and surrounded by people was intense. I felt very vulnerable and the fact that I was sick just compounded things.

A quick trip to the doctor confirmed it was a cold and not strep throat like I feared, but still, I was feeling worn out heading into the day. Even so, I set my alarm and made my way to Lansdowne for the Free Spirit 5K starting at 9am.

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Free Spirit 5K.
Just by making my way across the grounds to the start of the run, I could feel the vibe of the festival. People were happy and cheerful and buzzing with energy. I walked past the great lawn, packed with early morning yogis, moving together.

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Scenic 5K.
I also felt out of place in my big, comfy sweatpants, among a sea of lu lu lemon. I put that out of my mind and hobbled my way through the 5K along the canal. On the other side, roared hundreds of motorcycles in the annual Ride for Dad so the run wasn't the peaceful experience I was expecting. I made it and when I was done I chugged my watermelon drink and I don't even like watermelon!

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My first huge class on the great lawn at Lansdowne.
After changing and dumping my running gear in the car, I met up with some friends and chatted before heading to the great lawn for the post-run class. I set up my mat and took in all in - the people, the sights, my body cooling down. It was my first hour of 5 that I would spend doing yoga that day.

I surprised myself by being able to close my eyes and follow along with the class like I was back home by myself. I was aware of the people around me, aware of the birds chirping and the traffic going by, but able to go inwards and really sink into the practice. Does that sound a little out there? Maybe it is but it felt amazing.

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Ready for inversions with yogi Phil.
My goal for the day was to try all sorts of different classes and I managed just that. I did that first class, an acro yoga class, a goddess flow, a desire map and an inversion class. Some classes I had friends with me but some I ventured into by myself. In both the acro yoga and inversion classes there was partner work and I had no trouble finding one. My acro yoga partner was a woman older than me who said some things that made me think about my journey so far and where I might like it to go. My inversion partner was a wee thing who helped get me up on my hands and cheered when I didn't fall on my face.


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Packed class with yogi Kate.
The funniest class was probably the goddess flow near the end of the day that I did with two coworkers. None of us was feeling the womanly vibe and the free-for-all dance party at the end of class was a stretch.

I was considering a 6th class but my body had had enough so I packed up and went home, my body sore and my heart full. I can't say enough about the City of Om and what it meant to me.