Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A catchall post on what I've been up to lately.
OMG the weather. Seriously? I'm dying for some sunshine. Enough of the gray skies, the rain, snow, sleet, hail, ice, mud. I could really go for some spring - the green grass, the flowers popping up... I'd even take dandelions just to have some colour. I've been thinking about going to a tanning place just for the bright lights. Maybe I should invest in one of those UV lamps.
Exciting Travel News
I booked my flight to Atlanta for next month! My brother's little girl just turned 1 and I want so badly to squish her chubby cheeks. J and Little J are excited for me; Little K is mad she isn't coming. I'm excited to see Baby E and my brother and his wife, as well as travel on my own. I've never flown on my own and J typically takes over a lot of the organizing stuff when we do travel so it'll be nice to rely on myself for a weekend.
I started going to the gym at work. It's actually across the street. It's no Movati... it's a musty basement gym run by volunteers but it's cheap, convenient, and has everything I need. I've been warming up for 5 minutes on the treadmill, doing free weights, and stretching at the end. I don't want to jinx it, but I've been going twice a week and it's working for me. I get a break at work, I work my muscles, and I'm not so sore that I can't do other things (except that first time.. oof!)
Speaking of other things, I took a bit of a break from yoga. At first it was because I was super sore from the gym (first time) but then it was just nice having that time to do nothing in the evenings. I get up so early for work that my evenings end hours earlier than they used to. I do some yogi stretching after my workouts, but I'm craving a good flow so I got on my mat last night. It wasn't enough.. I'll be back.
I think it was January when I tried a hip hop class with some friends. We went to The Flava Factory and grooved with about 50 other people. It felt very much like I expect a mob-dance would feel: so many people all crammed together doing the same moves. It was energizing and a great workout. It's a bit far for me so I went searching for something closer. I found adult hip hop classes at Selina's, a studio in Barrhaven. I tried it last week and really liked it. I'm going back tonight. They also have a barre conditioning class September - December that I'd like to try.
Man, at the beginning of the year, I was gobbling up books. I wasn't able to do much at work so I read all day. I read some really great books then and on our cruise. Then my reading slowed. I got stuck in A Man Called Ove.. I just wasn't feeling it. So when I was at the library getting Little J a monster pile of chapter books (that kid can read!), I picked up two YA fiction.
Spin the Sky is about a teenager in the US who tries out for the equivalent of So You Think You Can Dance and I loved it! Phantom Limbs is about loss - the main character lost his little brother, his best friend lost her arm. I couldn't put it down.
More recently I've been reading some .. amateur (the best word) .. books. I like to support new authors - in this case, a friend of a friend, and an Ottawa blogger - and while I'm enjoying the stories, I find the bad editing very distracting.
Because of my shortened evenings I have less time for tv too. I still find time to watch some though! On my own I watch Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, The 100. I'm still working my way through Gilmour Girls and just started This Is Us. And Dancing With the Stars is back!! J and I watch Modern Family and SNL together plus we've been watching movies here and there. We watched Passengers and Lucy and now I really want to watch more movies. I've heard Arrival is good and I'm curious about La La Land and Moonlight after the Oscars fiasco.
I also binged Workin' Moms on a sick day a couple weeks ago. It's a Canadian sitcom that's funny and sad and so true. Worth a watch, especially since you can stream it on the CBC website.
I'm taking Tiny Feet Creations on the road and gearing up for my first craft sale at the end of April. I made an Instagram account to share some pretty pictures and behind the scenes jewellery making shots. I'm still working out options for my table set up and drafting a custom order form - thanks to Forever Bears for that genius idea!
Nothing like being stuck at work to want to get away. J and I made a list of places we'd like to visit. My solo trip to Atlanta is first up, but with paid vacation leave and not being on call I feel like the world has opened up. Plus, the kids are old enough for us to travel without them. Not that they've never coming with us again, but weekend trips are very possible. I'm thinking Vegas and NYC and J has been talking about Iceland. Iceland!