Friday, October 21, 2016


I weighed myself yesterday since for the past few weeks I have not been even remotely trying to be good and my clothes really fit wierd...aaaaaand I have gained 5 Lb in the last few months - I am unhappy about that. So...since I have no desire to buy new stuff, I will be focusing on losing those 5 Lb by christmas (where hopefully I won't eat them all back in one go ahem). Yeah I know I said that was the plan last month but you gotta just get back on the wagon and start again with this sort of thing. More importantly, my mood is sinking with winter coming and the lack of light and I know how much eating well and exercising helps me with that. I have been walking to work but I could be doing more. I've just been staying up late (while drinking and snacking) and sleeping in instead. If I want to fight off the depression that likes to creep up on me since I started taking tamoxifen I need to take better care of myself. Plus I can't eat like I'm working out if I'm not. It doesn't work that way. I have the metabolism of a sleeping sloth so I have to watch myself - I was told one of the best things I can do to keep myself cancer free is to maintain my weight and be healthy, so I really want to look after myself better.

Because I'm worth it.

I also have a whole bunch of fun winter projects to look forward to. I want to reorganize my pantry (no really this is a good thing), do some sewing, knitting and canning for christmas gifts and spend some time getting the basement back in order after the whole chimney removal thing.

On a totally other topic - I discovered yesterday that tuna salad on bread with a slice of apple is a rather heavenly lunch. So good I had it 2 days in a row. Yum.

This weekend I have to rake the whole yard since the snow melted and it hasn't rained lately...I figure it's my last chance to do so before winter hits for real so I have yard work to do. I also have about 15 Lb of apples to juice and try to make cider out of...I was going to make pies but cider seems like more fun. I won't fortify it with sugar like I did last time and hopefully it won't be so crazy I have a wine kit to get started so I'll get on that on sunday too so I have some nice Pino Grigio at Christmas.

Only a few hours left before I can be home for the weekend. I'm looking forward to it. Tasty meals, snuggles and reading in the bath with a glass of wine - I am definitely looking forward to that.
Have a nice weekend!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

get by with a little help from my friends

This was a great weekend. I am exhausted. I slept little. But...I am no longer crushed by the annoyances of the life I live and refilled with energy and happiness from some quality times spent with some lovely people.
There was pumpkin spice ale.
And a friend's new kitten.
And brunch and an afternoon with my bestie H.
And noodle bowls.
And dancing with lasers by J...
And then ....technobreakfast after a night of fun with friends at C's house, where E made delicious frittata for us all and we sipped coffee and Bailey's and pina coladas and ate sweet potato hashbrowns with them while we laughed and smiled and enjoyed the company of each other before bumbling home all happy and fed to a day of naps and ginger tea.

Now I just need some coffee to stumble through today and get home to a nap and all will be well I think.
Life is good peoples. Life is very good.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Torpid. that's me. somnolent even. meh.

This whole week I've been meh and ravenously hungry 24/7. 

I don't know if  it's the cold cloudy weather or what but seriously. Meh. I am looking forward to the weekend and working out next week. For now I'll stick to just not eating everything I see and go from there. I actually got coffee and timbits today (donut holes). I don't even really like donuts...yeah it's that kinda day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

hooray for bebe

Yay I'm an auntie again!
J's sister had a little guy named Logan yesterday and he is just a cute little mellow guy. I'm stopping by the hospital after work on my way to volunteer at CFCR for their pledge drive tonight to see him and I'm very excited. They've been trying for a long time to have a little one and we have all been waiting for him very excitedly. The first boy on J's side too. Finally....too much girliness at times. This will balance things out. Hooray. We plan to bury him in Wolverine stuff :) Hee hee...

Thanksgiving was marvelous. It snowed insanely all weekend up at Dad's (about a foot was there already and another foot fell while we where there). I had a nice visit with Dad and cooked turkey stuffing and gravy for 25 people. Everyone brought something and we ate until we groaned and drank wine and watched the Blue Jay's win at baseball and had a great visit with all of Dad's friends who live up there. We popped in at J's parents for supper on the way home (because really, we were wasting away from lack of food...) and after a nice visit we were quite happy to get back to our home. The cats have forgiven us and have been quite snuggly.

It's like early winter and I'm not amused. I can still walk to work since it's only about -4, but soon I will have to stop and I suppose that I'll start coming into workout in the mornings instead when that happens. With the winter wind it's pretty darn chilly now. I loathe taking the bus and it'll be a bit less painful if I make my mornings useful. Being able to run and workout there in the winter and use the pool for laps some mornings goes a long way to keep me sane once the winter cold comes. I feel like I've been cheated out of fall so I hope we get a melt before winter stays for good...if only so I can rake a bit and get the yard ready for winter.

I hope you all had a nice weekend. I sure did. I should go and make myself useful :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

september whirlwind

So what's up? :)
I've been off and insanely busy until now and so amidst all the madness I just didn't post. LOTS to do at work plus J and I helped friends who are opening a float tank (sensory deprivation tank) business decorate the ceiling in their lobby with fabric and lighting (blue and fabric over the tiles and white draped like waves with twinkling blue lights behind it- it looks AMAZING. I am so proud. We get paid a bit and get a bunch of free floats out of it. I'm excited to try a float - never have before.

Then I helped a friend with first aid and harm reduction at their weekend music festival which was a blast - one last chilly weekend being a twit with friends. This past weekend was a day trip to a craft fair out of town with my best friend and then a hot tub party at anothers that night, with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Run for the Cure bright and squeaky early on sunday AM. I made it to all of them and thoroughly enjoyed myself. My team the Scientits raised ~$1200 this year. It's less than last year but we had a lot of team members who couldn't come this year and we all had a lot of obligations this year that kept us from fundraising as aggressively as last year so I am happy with what we raised. I managed to raise nearly all of that myself so I am proud. You do what you can when you can.

Now? turns out it's Canadian thanksgiving this weekend. Whew. That snuck up on me! I'm actually looking forward to things slowing down massively now that fall and winter are here. J has been really stressed out lately and I've been trying to help him with things and with his projects along with all I regularly do, but he was there when I needed him so it's time to pay it makes for an exhausted me, rather unhealthy quick meals, fewer workouts and very little getting done around the house tho. It's been a bit maddening so I am welcoming the slowdown to come.The weekend up at my dad's should be nice and relaxing. We will be having all the local neighbors over for supper sunday. Everyone brings something and we do the turkey and stuffing and it's always a great time. Usually 25 people or so. It's a family tradition my Mum started that is still going and I'm proud to help dad with the cooking to keep it going.

We had a freak storm this week. Up to 20 cm of snow in some places and 50 kph winds...for 2 days but then it's supposed to melt and be warm again until the end of the month. We're breaking temperature and snow records. I had to dig out my winter boots waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay early. Um....yay? Not amused. But hey - this is October in Saskatchewan. Anything goes...

I admit to slacking off with a lot of my workouts in September because of being so damn busy. I also drank too much during the week (I usually delegate booze to the weekends). Sleep won out as a priority. Liquor won out as a stress reliever. I'm not proud of that...but it was what it was. Thankfully now that things have calmed down I'm back at it though. I was running the last while but with this weather bullshit I'm doing some bodyrock intro bootcamp workouts inside until it warms up a bit. Just keeping at it. Bit by bit. :)

Hope you've all been happy and that all is well with you. I'm off to get some science done. Later taters.

Friday, September 16, 2016

New toy

Here's some photos from the last week or so of work. After the chimney was carried out by J, the hole was framed in by Dad and then I sanded and mudded and painted until you'd never know it was ever there.
And then the fridge came. Hee hee.
It's awesome...

Tonight J is picking me up and we're going camping up at Baldy lake and hiking Gems lakes with some friends. One last camp out of the summer. It'll be a bit chilly but with good friends and a fire I think we'll have a fine time. Have a good weekend!!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Your Momma!

Ran across this where you are supposed to copy, paste, and fill in the answer.
I'll have to ask my dad to check if I'm right, but it sure brought back some happy memories thinking up the answers to these:

1. She is sitting in front of the TV, what is she watching?
Edge of Night, or Magyver, Unsolved Mysteries or Murder She Wrote. She didn't watch much TV other than these or the news.

2. Usually what dressing does she eat on her salad?
thousand island dressing

3. Name a food she hates.
brussel sprouts and hot spicy foods

4. You go out to eat and have a drink, what would she drink?
tea or coffee

5. Favorite music to listen to?
Simon and Garfunkel, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Abba and the radio

6. What is her nickname for you?
Little One or Heatherbeeee

7. What is something she would collect?
Photos and articles about the Royal Familyand Precious Moments figurines

8. What would she eat everyday?
toast and jam

9. What would she never wear?
short skirts or high heels

10. What is her favorite sports team?
The Saskatchewan Roughriders...but only because she felt like she should to be a good Sask girl :)

11. What is something that you do that she wishes you wouldn't do?
Work late, dress like a tomboy and walk home late alone

12.You bake her a cake for her birthday, what kind is it?
angel food cake with lemon pudding and cool whip icing

13. Favorite animals?
dogs altho she was allergic to most of them

14. What could she spend all day doing?
crocheting, picking berries or working in the garden

Hug your Mum for me today....I miss mine and wish I could.