Category: Friends

Here’s to the ladies who lunch!

Happy Thursdays are back, baby!

Today was a lovely day, filled with all kinds of good news (not all of it mine to tell, mind you, so you’ll just have to trust me) and generally speaking was a good old fashioned Happy Thursday.

What a relief!

I have to tell you Thursdays of late have not been great. From feeling blah to cruddy news to icky weather to stress to holy heck Thursday – what the what is the matter with you anyway!?!?

I was beginning to think Thursday had forsaken me.

But!

Nope.

Today was a lovely day!

Sure the weather was a bit wacky, but I live in Nova Scotia, so that’s kind of the norm – certainly this year it is, at the very least – and eventually the clouds parted and the sun did shine.

Thing 1 had an “awesome!” day at school (mostly away from anything academically related, mind you, but I’ll take it!). He saw a musical at the local High School and had a bit of a party after lunch to celebrate a milestone with some of his classmates. He was very happy that I provided a little treat for the party and that reminded me that what I do matters – even if the pay stinks. Would you like to see the treat? You would? Okay.

Here it is!

Ta da! Hamburger cookies for Thing 1. Cute, eh?

 

Thing 2 came home excited about an organized sport! I was barely able to contain myself, I was so happy. This is a sporty girl. She is body smart. She loves to move and be active and we have always tried to nurture that and encourage activities where she can develop these skills, but since we moved a couple of summers ago she seems to not want to join anything organized. We have offered and offered and offered, but nada. So when she excitedly handed me a soccer registration form today after school and just stood there smiling hopefully at me, I may or may not have squealed with delight and done happy, jumpy claps in my kitchen. (Who’s to say? It’s a mystery, really. We’ll never know for sure …) Couple this latest development with the high I am still on from the Blue Nose Marathon Youth Run last weekend and well, let’s just say I am one happy Mamma.

But wait.

There’s more!

Today, I was out to lunch!

Literally.

And! I was not alone. I was with two delightful, kind, smart, funny women – who happen to be Moms. It was really great. I needed some grown up conversation and the fact that we all managed to be able to meet in the same place, at the same hour, on the same day was nothing short of miraculous. Busy Moms are busy, y’all!

We did it! I am so happy!

And you know what? We are going to do it again. (Go, us!)

There was even talk of changing our lunch into a dinner… with wine!

I’ll drink to that!

 

A Pinch of Positivity for Peak Performance Day.

I love this song.

I love many songs, mind you, but this is the one on my radar this week.

I heard that his former bandmates kicked him out because they thought he had an “annoying voice”.

Hah!

I wonder how those bandmates are feeling about his voice these days?

It just goes to show you… you really can only do what you do.

Control you.

Live your life.

Love it too.

No matter what.

I cannot express how much I embrace the concept, but yes, by all means, sing at the top of your voice.

Happy Peak Performance Day, everyone.

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. ~Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

I hope today finds you happy, healthy and with something to look forward to.

 

 

* Realizing a “picture” is a good thing to have in every post, I went searching and found this on a fun blog about teaching piano. The picture is cute. The blog is really great. Pinterest is a blogger’s BFF. Seriously!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Today is Cinco de Mayo and at Chez Peady, this celebration of Mexican heritage, originating with The Battle of Puebla*, also kicks off “Tex-Mex Week”.

It is a favourite tradition of Thing 1 and Thing 2 and we look forward to it all year long.

We have a fairly varied diet and, since I regularly meal plan, there’s a lot of opportunity to try new food and taste yummy things from a variety of cultures.

Hands down? Mexican food and Tex-Mex win!

You already know we have Taco Tuesday in regular rotation (read: every single week until the end of time), but you might be interested to know that we also throw lots of different Mexican (or Tex-Mex) meals into the mix every now and then, too.

Right now, my main concern is that *you* might not celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or even know what it is!) and worse, that you might not have dinner plans for today!

I simply can’t have that! (Controlling, wot?)

So, though I will elaborate later tonight and throughout the week, my mission is clear.

YOU need a “Tex-Mex Week” menu.

I have a “Tex-Mex Week” menu**. Convenient, eh?

There’s no better day to share it than on Cinco de Mayo!

Ta da! Olé!

 

Fajitas are on the menu and you can totally wing it. Chicken or beef or veggie. The choice is yours.

It’s Monday! It’s Cinco de Mayo! There’s no time like the present.

Now, go!

¡Rápido!

 

I hope you are having a lovely Monday and that, no matter what the weather is outside, you have found a bit of sunshine in your day. I think that Margarita Monday**** should be a thing – especially when it is also Cinco de Mayo! What do you think?

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Do you meal plan? What’s for dinner? Do you enjoy frozen concoctions?

If you make any version of the meals on this menu, please come back and share what you made and how it turned out.

 

*You didn’t think it was Mexican Independence Day, did you? Oh dear! Nope. “Diez y Seis de Septiembre” is September 16 and is a beautiful celebration!

**Full disclosure: This is last year’s “Tex-Mex Week” menu. The Things voted to keep the same one. I took the photo today after I taped it up in my kitchen.

***This awesome sparkly graphic came from here.

****OMG-O-S-H! I really want a Margarita now because this post vanished! *tears* Thank goodness I have a live-in IT department, who is still the nicest boy I know and one heck of a brilliant person!

 

Some like it hot!

If you consider the following and think mainly about what R2-D2 is capable of accomplishing during a yoga class (hot, cold or otherwise) then you will have a pretty clear picture of what I looked like on Saturday.

 

Moksha Yoga in Bedford had an open house on Saturday April 26, 2014 as a way of celebrating their one year anniversary and offered FREE classes all day long. How amazing is that? I had been driving by their big billboard for a month or so and every time I’d think to myself, ‘I should really see if I can rope NS BFF into going with me to try a class.’ and then ‘SQUIRREL!’. The thought would vanish in a swirling cyclone of all the other more important or pressing things that actually needed doing and I’d be no closer to trying hot yoga. Until I’d drive by the giant billboard the next time and go through pretty much the exact same sequence. (Billboards work, by the way, in case that isn’t apparent, but I digress…)

Then out of the blue on the 24th my NS BFF sent me a link to the Open House schedule and once I opened that e-mail, it was a done deal. I *had* to do it!

Aren’t best friends just the best for the way they read our minds, dare us to be different and encourage us to step *way* outside of our comfort zones? I think so.

It’s a positive kind of peer pressure. I can’t say no and she can’t back out because she started it. Forget the fact that I have been threatening to rope her in – in my mind – for over a month. I’ll just let her think it was her idea and go along with it. *grins*

So it was decided we were definitely going to a class on Saturday, but then the trouble was deciding which class. I’ll spare you the ridiculousness we went through trying to decide. Honestly. It should not have been that complicated. We were tired last week. Let’s just leave it at that. Suffice it to say that at 8:30 (AM!) on Saturday we were headed to a yoga studio to take in our very first yoga class. It was a seventy-five minute class. Oh, and you should know it was also in a very hot room and we were to be “silent”.

*blank stare*

I’ll just wait here while that sinks in.

Yup. Me. Seventy-five minutes. Silent.

There were many, many, many challenges during this, my very first, yoga class, but above all else not talking was the hardest.

No giggling. No joking. No witty banter with my NS BFF. No asking questions! Heck, we could barely make eye contact for fear of bursting out in uncontrollable belly laughter.

 

Challenge extended.

Challenge accepted.

Mission accomplished.

Achievement unlocked.

 

I *totally* did it and as per the manifesto I did not die. (Go me!)

In retrospect, a seventy-five minute hot yoga class in a silent room is probably not the best choice for a newbie. On the other hand, it really was something completely new and since remedial yoga is not a thing, one really must embrace the idea that everyone – no matter how amazing now – once had a first time and also felt awkward and confused.

I absolutely loved the energy of the people who are running Moksha Bedford. Our instructor was excellent. I believe that they believe deeply in what they do. You can feel that when you speak with them. I was made to feel comfortable and welcome and that means a lot!

There is a tank shirt hanging in the entryway that reads “Practice Makes Practice”. I think this sums up the philosophy of the kind folks at Moksha… perfectly.

 

Balance is tricky at the best of times… take away my orthotics and well.. tip me over and pour me out!

Yoga Poses
Dog

All kidding aside, who wouldn’t like to have this kind of power, strength and fitness? Wow!

Holy Ashtanga! Amazing!

 

So, have you tried anything new lately? Are you a fan of yoga? Do you practice yoga on a regular basis? What advice would you give to someone about to attend their very first class? Do you like your yoga regular or extra crispy?

http://www.bitrebels.com/geek/star-wars-yoga-the-illustrated-edition/

**Seriously, “Downward Facing Cake” I laughed for far too long. I make no apologies.

Happy Earth Day!

It’s Earth Day and I am just about to head outside for a walk with my NS BFF. Apparently we are going to take a new-to-me path. It’s a good thing I trust her, or I might be worried.

Oooh! I like how it’s all mapped out! It speaks to the control freak in me. (There is also a QR code speaking to the geek in me!)

Earth Day is a great day to recommit to reconnecting with nature.

Remember when you used to just go outside and play? Do that again.

It doesn’t matter if you are tired. You can be tired outside.

It doesn’t mater if you are anxious. You can be anxious outside.

Though, I am willing to bet you won’t be as anxious when you are out there as you were when you were inside dwelling on it.

That’s the thing about nature. It just makes everything better, calmer, more reasonable.

Isn’t it time we all go outside and play?

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Thursday needs a kick in the pants!

And so do I!

You might be surprised how often Calvin & Hobbes could be credited with giving me the best life advice and spiritual guidance.

Remember way back* in the beginning of this blog how I swore I’d be better. I’d be kinder to myself and I would improve my life in as many ways as possible, not the least of which being my fitness level and over all health? Mmm hmm.

Easier said than done**.

My feet have been rather stOOpid*** of late and that has made walking difficult – forget any attempt at a C25k program which I really, really want to do. I have decent shoes, I have orthotics, I am really good about remembering to stretch before starting my day. Despite my best efforts and plans, my left foot is being a complete and utter jerk. It hurts. A lot.

So much so, that I have not walked, for fitness sake, with my NS BFF all week. Not good.

But that’s no biggie, you might be thinking, there are LOTS of things you can do for exercise without your feet.

It’s true. There are.

Have I been doing those things? No. No I haven’t.

I have been having a bit of a pity party. “Pity? Party of one?” *raises hand* Ugh.

It happens. It’s okay. I’m over it. It’s time to kick into gear.

Thank goodness I have friends who support and love me – just the way I am.

Thank goodness I have a husband who loves me, laughs at my jokes, tolerates the awful puns and always makes me feel like I can do whatever I want (even when I am not so sure).

Thank goodness both of the above have wicked awesome senses of humour and willingly share their own “funny ha ha” as often as possible.

 

 

 

Guess what’s for dinner tonight at Chez Peady!

Not even kidding.

 

Oh, and don’t worry, I promise you I’ll “earn” mine.

 

 

* All those years months weeks ago.

** Time for a reboot****

*** Plantar Fasciitis – OW! Don’t think I missed your little dig, there, Wikipedia. 70%. *sighs*

****Or a reeeeaaaaalllyyy big boot in the hindquarters!

 

Of course, Calvin & Hobbes (everything) was drawn and written by Bill Watterson and is the property of Universal Press Syndicate, an Andrews McMeel Universal company.