Sunday, May 31, 2009

Beautiful As You Feel!

Heard this song on the radio today (a beautiful Sunday!) and thought I'd share. Enjoy!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Great Start!

The weather has been beautiful around here. A lot of my early summer garden has burst into colour this past week. Irises, peonies, lilac and clematis are blooming beautifully! I'm just disappointed in my wisteria. Only one bloom this year as last fall a bit of a chopping frenzy took place to get it into some sort of shape :)

I've got some of my baskets done and today is all about getting those annuals into the ground. I also bought another David Austin rose. It's one that I had at my first place called Abraham Darby. It's an apricot colour with an intense aroma. I think I'll plant it near my kitchen window. I also managed to get in all my tomatoes and peppers so this week will be pretty lazy.

I've also managed to get in a lot of bike rides--not any runs. I hope to try for one today depending on the knees. How are you all doing with challenges and goals? Hope it's going great and that I hear from some of you :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Happy Victoria Day!

It's a holiday here in Canada. It commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria of England (hence the name) but has for years meant the offical start of the garden season! I've been visiting a few of my favourite places for plants but haven't seen as much variety--especially for annuals--that I did last year. I hope it's just early and that these next few days will bring more to the garden centres!

I did manage to snag a new David Austin rose called Pat Austin (named for his wife). If you love roses you'll know who David Austin is. I just wish I had more room! I will do a post in the future about him and some of the roses for my wish list :)

Enjoy the day!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Friday!

Well, here we are in the middle of the month. I'm glad that I've been working out more but I still think that I need to ramp up my cardio. I think I need to get back on the boring treadmill!

My eating has improved but I still get those moments--you know what I'm talking about!

I've also been trying to finish up my resume. It is so frustrating trying to find the right words! I know that it takes about 35 seconds for a recruiter to pass or skip on you. Any tips out there? I REALLY, REALLY want an interview this July!!!

Well, I'm off for an attempted run outside--it looks nice and not too windy. I hope that everyone has an awesome weekend :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


What an honour to get this award from MB at Finally Figuring it Out!
I've been seeing it on other blogs and always think how very kind and supportive so many of you bloggers are! I've had so much fun with this blogging thing and am glad to have met you all over the past year or so.
I need to choose 5 people so, drumroll please:
Tas at On My Way may not always have time to post but is always kind enough to stop by and leave an inspirational "way to go" for me.
Sherre is a lady I hope to be able to meet this July at BlogHer in Chicago. I love her active California lifestyle and wish her all the best in her pursuit of good health.
My friend Susie hasn't posted in ages and I HOPE she comes back again soon. What an awesome woman and mother she is. She took time to send me a lovely gift package with my favourite Bath and Body Works products. Love ya!
Bonnie at Thinking Thin has been super busy with a new job. I hope that you can find a place in your life to relax and get back to letting us know what you're up to!
Last but not least, Pattie. I have no idea where she's been but I know that she's one busy lady. She has had some super posts and is another person I hope to see back in bloggerland! Miss you and your super Patti-tude!
So, there is my list and MB, if you didn't already get one I'd be sending one your way too!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Does it Work?

I came across this on my MSN home page and thought I'd give you all the link if you're interested in checking it out. After all, a headline that screams Melt Away Calories in Half the Time is bound to catch my attention, that's for sure!

I think I'll incorporate these into my weight workouts. I do know that weights certainly help to get you leaner. And, after my run--or should I say "attempted" run this afternoon, I'll need to get leaner really fast! It was quite naive of me to assume that after so many months of non-running, I would be able to just tie on some shoes and run 8 miles!!!

Ah well, I've said it before and I know I have to believe that slow and steady wins the race!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

'Tis the Season for a New Challenge

I just loved joining challenges when I first started blogging and found that they really kept me motivated. I had a visit from Chubby Chick and saw that she's started a "Lose 30 Lbs. by July 4" challenge.

If you like challenges too and following the trials and tribulations of others, check it out and let's have some fun! Along with the weight loss I want to focus on making exercise part of everyday life--got my new shoes so no excuses on that front!

BTW: It can be any number you like, not specifically 30!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Exercise Hurts!

Oh boy, I forgot how sore things get when they aren't used! I tried for a run yesterday but just barely managed 25 minutes--I ended up walking for the most part. I think part of the problem is that I need new shoes. I just hate getting new shoes! I did notice in a flyer today, that Adidas are on sale at a sports store so I'll check them out later.

So, I'm sore but don't want to lose my momentum. It's a bit overcast but warm so, back on my bike and then weights in the afternoon. Do you find as you get older it gets harder to bounce back? You'd think I would learn that I shouldn't stop!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

I Did It!

Well, yesterday was my last day of student teaching and I have to say that it went extremely well. My final evaluation from both my advisor and associate were glowing to say the least.

I have enjoyed teaching so much and am so excited about my future, despite the lack of jobs, etc. I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity of going back and doing what I want to do! My advice is to not hold back from anything and don't let excuses stop you from going for your dreams.

It's a beautiful sunny spring day. I'm going to be spending my free time looking for a job, volunteering, and gardening. Oh, and I almost forgot, I'll be getting back to my fitness regimen. Too long between workouts and exercise! Hope that you all can do what you need and/or want to do also.

Convocation is in June so I'll be posting some pics of myself then. Maybe even a new profile photo ;) I'll be visiting you all soon!