Month: September 2014

Chrysanthemum! As Fun to Spell as it is to Say. C-H-R-Y-S-A-N-T-H-E-M-U-M.

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Chrysanthemums. So happy making in Fall!

Today was a good day.

Despite the fact that Thing 1’s trumpet book was missing, searching high and low was netting zero results, and I had pretty much resigned to the fact it was never going to be seen again.

It felt like a day for getting things done and since I had the car, had some errands to run, and some ingredients to restock, I headed to Costco.

I think that Costco on a Tuesday morning is your best bet. As compared to, say, Saturday – Oh! I see! This *is* the apocalypse – Tuesday was alright.

I typically put my budget blinders on as I walk through the door and focus on the needs (as opposed to the wants). Today was no different, though the list of needs was long, so it took some time to get out of there.

I promise I can justify every single thing that went into my cart. My splurges were a few gluten free ingredients so I can be well prepared for this journey of mine.

Splurges.

That is a weird word. It’s also weird that I consider basic ingredients to be splurges. Maybe it’s the sheer volume of stuff inside Costco. I’d like a bulk sized bottle of Lemon Juice. Sure I would, but I don’t want two. Where the heck would I put it?

It just feels so … so … excessive. It is weird, isn’t it? (But I digress …)

So, basics were covered (including the awesome chicken that went into our Taco Tuesday dinner!), meal plan ingredients were procured, and I completely avoided certain parts of the store.

Who does that?!

Me.

Again. Weird.

Actually, maybe it’s less weird and more practical… possibly even wise.

 

Then I caught sight of the Mums.

Did you know I was on Mum Watch? True story.

I have been looking for the giant Costco Mums since August. I am sure that when I was in Ottawa, if I waited until September I was out of luck! So, I am not exaggerating when I tell you I was thrilled to see so many beautiful Mums just waiting to come home with me. So, I did what any wise woman, who just so happens to be trying hard to remember to put herself on her own priority list, would do.

I bought two!

 

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Safety first!

 

 

 

Tuesday was shaping up.

I came home and put everything away. Revved up the CrockPot. Put the giant Mums outside. Turned the pots. Turned them again, so they would be putting their best Mum foot forward. It was a sunny day and I felt very happy I went with my gut instinct and chose YELLOW*. It was a good choice. So pretty!

 

And then, as luck would have it, I went with my gut instinct, again, and found Thing 1’s Standard of Excellence Trumpet Book.

It was wedged between his dresser and the wall of the closet (which is where the dresser lives) because of course!

I went into the closet to assess the mess and before my heart completely stopped I saw the teeny corner of pink paper and my brain said, “Wait! Don’t die from the shock of the mess just yet. I think that is something.” (Thanks, brain! So specific of you.)

So, I reached down and pinched that little pink corner and whipped out “The King of Pride Rock“. No, no, *not* Mufasa, silly! The sheet music from band.. from last year… which is always tucked inside the trumpet book and ZOMG! THE TRUMPET BOOK!

YAY!!

Okay! I am done** with Tuesday! It’s been excellent and frankly, I do not want to tempt fate by asking for a single thing more.

VICTORY!

How sweet it is.

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Today’s sky and sun and my new Mums.

 

Now, what kind of payback can I come up with to make sure this never happens again? Thing 1 owes me. I can’t get my time back, but I am sure there’s a life lesson*** in this whole scenario.

I’m taking suggestions.

 

*Well YELL is right in there, so you have to!

**Nope. I managed to get dinner going, go for a walk with my NS BFF, and just before bedtime took the jammified Things for a little drive to return library books and DVDs we had borrowed. The last time I returned DVDs, this happened. Tonight we saw a fawn. So beautiful! It’s been a lovely day.

*** For all of us.

S.U.N.D.A.Y. (Sunny Understanding. Not Denying Autumn. You? )

Today is the first day of Autumn. Or is it?

I feel like my whole life has been a lie!!

Science. It never ceases to astound.

 

So, if you want to be a super smartypants when people tell you today is the first day of Fall, you can educate them on all the fun facts you just learned. (You do click my fun links, don’t you? I mean, I wouldn’t just put something lame there.) (That’s a lie. I could possibly put something lame there, but this time I didn’t. Promise!)

I’m not saying this will get you invitations to the most happening upcoming events and parties or anything, but it might win you some respect in science-y circles. But I digress …

 

I wanted to take a minute to thank all the nice people who have encouraged me this week. Even though so many of you are far away from me, I really feel like you are here cheering me on. Whether it’s struggling with blogger’s block, dealing with Sunday stresses, trying to keep the Things on track, figuring out what’s for dinner, or making it through a Hot Yoga or Zumba class. I feel you. I know you are “Rah rah rah” ing from wherever you are and I am eternally grateful for you and your support!

I have the kindest readers. That’s a fact.

Thank you.

 

Today was Word on the Street day in Canada and there were events from coast to – well almost – coast. (I hope some year it will be right across the country.)

Here is a little bit of how it looked from the East *coughs* best *coughs* Coast!

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Look at this amazing lineup of authors! Isn’t that impressive? There were readings throughout the day along the Halifax Waterfront. If you are a word nerd at all, this is the day for you!

I* even got to hear a reading from “Listen to the Squawking Chicken” by Elaine Lui of “The Social” (@LaineyGossip in the Twitterverse, FYI). Afterwards, I had a book signed. Ms, Lui (Lainey!!!) was extremely gracious and even posed for photos with those of us who asked.

Lainey and Peady being social ;-)
I asked!

 

Isn’t that kind? I think so. In fact, I love that!

 

So, that’s it. I posted something every day for seven days and do you know what? I think my plan worked. I feel better about my little corner of the blogosphere and the fact that it is okay for me to leave things here.

I think I’ll keep it up.

I do have a lot to say.

Yes, some of it is utter silliness. I am fully aware of that fact and perfectly okay with it, too.

 

I hope you’ll stick around. I have a feeling this is going to be quite a Fall!

 

 

 

*Not just me, it was a packed house … er… tent … and lots of people enjoyed the reading and the Q & A that followed. I always had suspicions about poor Joaquin Phoenix. He was Leaf. Then he wasn’t. So many questions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y. (Silliness And Things. U R Dancing Again Yay!) (Hoo Boy!)

 

I bet you didn’t expect that?

I just did some serious chair dancing while I previewed the video. I know the quality is low, but the nostalgia-metre is extremely high! So …

It’s late! I must post this before midnight.

 

Today was a fabulous day.

I went to Zumba this morning with my NS BFF and I am *so* happy because not only have we found a new and brilliant instructor, but the location is terrific, too!

If you have ever been to a great Zumba class, the chair dancing needs no explanation.

If you have *never* been to a great Zumba class, I am sad for you.

You should totally go! Seriously. I mean it. Go sign up right now for a Zumba class.

(Oops! Heh heh! Sorry. I’m all enthusiastic and a little bit bossy because I have endorphins coursing through my veins. They are probably not just coursing, I’m willing to bet they are dancing. Just picture all those happy little mood enhancers doing a Salsa all the way to my brain. It’s pure joy, I tells ya!)

Back to the chair dancing. I am chair dancing because at the moment the rest of my body is jelly! I am sure I used new muscles today. Not just dormant ones, but brand new, never-been-used-ever, muscles.

And that is the glory of Zumba.

You really get out of the class what you put into it and when you have a great – enthusiastic – instructor with flawless cues, great music, and obviously easily modified “moves”, it is so much easier to work your butt off. Literally*.

 

After Zumba I immediately** jumped in my car and drove home to hop in the shower because I had a hair appointment to get to! (What?! Could this day get better?!) (Yes. Yes it could.)

My hair turned out great. I love it! I was way overdue for a cut (as one does) and I knew I needed a change and a lot less hair and because my stylist is actually an artist (magician?) I really didn’t have to say much. She had free reign***. That’s trust.

 

Later, I survived being trapped in the busiest <insert name of major brand name retailer> I have ever seen. I tried to convince myself that it was just the grocery section and went about my business, but no, it was in fact insane. I thought I would never get out! Every cash was open and operating and there was a long line at each one. I had four measly items, three of which were the same,so technically I had two measly items and yet it took me nearly 30 minutes to get checked out.

I had an over the shoulder tweet creeper**** behind me, to boot! *shudders*

 

By the time I actually got to my door, I was feeling pretty pooped.

Then I walked though the door and was greeted by this!

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Yup. Today was a fabulous day.

 

 

 

*Well, in all hopes, literally.

**After chatting with my NS BFF and our super new Zumba instructor and her BFF who was in the class because BFFs do these things. BFFs are the best, no?

***And now I have highlights! Whee!

****Just stop that.

 

 

F.R.I.D.A.Y. (Five Random Items Demonstrated And Yackety-Yakked)

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I made it to Friday, but it’s very late and so I will be brief.

1. According to my kind readers there are, in fact, seven days in a week. So I will be back here tomorrow and again the next day to keep my promise.

2. The 5k I mentioned yesterday is the – wait for it – 2nd Annual Food Run.

3. I enjoy irony*.

4. I couldn’t figure out the remote** controls for the TV/DVD/AppleTV/DVR today and so currently I am watching the next Suits***.

5. The above fact is causing me extreme discomfort. *twitch twitch*

 

*I loathe ironing, however.

**I mean, really!!! Who the heck designed those teensy Apple remotes and why the heck are they clones of each other?! They are identical, save for the small fact that one controls the MacMini and one controls Apple TV so if you locate the wrong one well… Good luck, Charlie! *harumphs*

***As in, I missed one. AACK!!! This is so not okay!

****Monkey tacos. *snorks* http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/im_so_random.png

 

T.H.U.R.S.D.A.Y. ( Thankfully, Here. Up. Ready. Start Day. Awesome! Yay!)

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This is day four of a week long challenge to myself to write and post something every single day for a week*. So far, so good!

Following through. Hmm! I think I am onto something here, people!

Yesterday I vowed to sit less and today I sat less. Yay, me!

I thought a surefire way to sit less was to also vow to get on a treadmill and walk a good walk.

I haven’t been exercising regularly at all, all summer, except for the usual summer stuff like playing at the park and swimming and does it ever show. Not just in the way I look (ugh!), but also in the way I feel. I haven’t been very energetic and that doesn’t feel very good.

I am usually a pretty perky Peady. Positive (borderline Pollyanna**) outlook. Cheerful. Happy. Even keeled.

What I notice most about skipping the daily walk or Zumba or Yoga, even, is that I have had that yucky, anxious, feeling a lot more. Not good.

It certainly didn’t help that summer started off with some pretty sad news and that the world went crazy all summer. However, there’s no denying the science that tells me if I move more everything will be better. So, since I am a fan of science, I have decided that the time has come for me to jump back in with both feet (even if they are being especially stOOpid these days) and make myself feel better.

Being a control freak, I enjoy the idea that I am in charge, here. So, I am just going to go with that for now.

About that jumping in with both feet… I may or may not have signed up for a thing*** at a place with the stuff.

Maybe. Who’s to say? It’s a mystery, really.

 

I tied my sneakers (the hardest part of working out.. or so I have heard) and grabbed my water and hit the treadmill. The plan was to walk 20 minutes. No pressure. Just do it.

Well, I felt better than I expected and so I kept speeding up the ‘mill. That’s good because then, of course, I can go further in a shorter period of time and ultimately it will not be getting dark by the time I finish the thing at the place with the stuff. *thumbs up*

The 20 minute mark came and went (W00t!) and I kept going.

Then all of a sudden, just past the 25 minute mark the treadmill stopped. OUCH! What the heck?!?

It could have been really bad. It wasn’t. Thank goodness.

If cameras had been running you could be reading the blog of the next YouTube sensation. Mishaps like this one are the fodder of viral videos!

I am just happy that I am not hurt. I can’t figure out why the silly treadmill stopped, but I took my surviving this ridiculousness as a sign that maybe it was time to stop for today.

Thanks Universe!

I’ll be back!

 

 

*Is a week 7 days or 5? Is this a week week or a work week? I don’t get paid, so is this even work? Oh! So many questions! Tell you what. You tell me if this week is 5 days or 7 days and I will oblige. Yes. This is a limited time offer for you to be the boss of me. Don’t get used to it. Control freak, remember? It may never happen again. Go ahead and leave a comment. I’ll follow through. We both know I can!

**Lies! All lies! I am so far past the borderline I have started my own Pollyanna Parliament!

***A 5k run/walk (WALK!). Crazy? Oh, yes. Yes, I am!

****Find Snoopy here: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/b1/78/c9/b178c9bf20eec5b4bb981a019b1b45c6.jpg

W.E.D.N.E.S.D.A.Y. (Whee! Exciting Daily News! Every Single Day A Yarn.)

You didn’t think I could do it, did you?

Well, I did.

So, nyah!

Oops! Sorry. No no. Not you. I know you knew I could. Just a little internal dialogue – with myself.* Whoopsiedoodle!

 

It’s getting late, though, so a speedy post must be posted post haste!

 

I have swollen feet and it is really annoying. I need to stop sitting so much. I never used to sit! I used to use a laptop and when I did I stood all the live long day.

Weird, right? I mean when someone says, “laptop”, you think, “lap”, and you need to sit to have a lap, so what the heck do I mean I stood? This makes no sense!  What gives?!?

Well, my laptop was a hand me down and lived a long and happy life, but had been dying for a couple of years. My live-in IT department kept it going, despite it’s age, for years beyond when other people would have sent it to the big Motherboard in the sky. He even managed to bring it back from the dead a few times. It was pretty cool! On more than one occasion I was all, “It’s ALIVE! It’s ALIVE!“.

The last time, though… well, we had a long talk and a DNR order was signed. It was time to let nature take its course and let my poor little MacBook go. It would, in a perfect world, be reunited with it’s Daddy and rest peacefully after a long happy life of working hard (tweeting and such).

So, since my laptop died I have been using a desktop and (while I am thankful to have a computer to use) that is not good!

I mean, it’s good, but it’s bad, you know?

 

Hrrmmm.

 

How can I make this clear?

OH! I know! Look! Look at number 10, specifically. See? Lisa would not lead me ashtray .. er .. astray.

I have to quit!

 

So, at the risk of freaking out like last time, I really have to start moving more and get my butt in gear!

And that’s my Wednesday takeaway in a nutshell**.

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*Well who else would I be talking to, internally? My liver? My stomach? Actually, that second one is a pretty likely scenario, but I digress …

**And I do mean NUTshell. Oy!

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T.U.E.S.D.A.Y. (Today U Earned Some Daily Affirmation, Yo!)

Tuesday is quickly drawing to a close, and so, before I break my promise to myself, I am going to whip this little post out faster than Indiana Jones on a train full of snakes.

I had something in mind for today, but the internet web toobz were not helpful. Also, NBC and/or Lorne Michaels and/or Al Franken and/or his “people” are very serious about hiding anything worth watching of Stuart Smalley and his awesome “Daily Affirmations”.

So this picture will have to do.

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My plan was to share a really excellent video from Saturday Night Live of Al Franken as Stuart Smalley with former NBA phenom Michael Jordan. Highly enjoyable!

I gave up trying to find it when it became clear to me that the only YouTube videos were made by people who will clearly never be brain surgeons (or camera(wo)men for that matter). Seriously. I had earthquake eyes from trying to watch all the shaky camera action, but I digress … If you ever happen upon it, feel free to share it with me.

Then, I remembered this …

… and my day was made.

 

Aren’t we all just looking for our own internal little curly haired girl* in the mirror?

I think so.

Thanks for reading. I really appreciate it!

 

 

*Jessica is now a teenager. Yup. I hope she knows that she has made a lot of people smile.