Scary run coming up

I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to running. Ok a big wuss. It just sounds so hard. Today’s run is 5 min warmup, 10 min run 1 min walk, 15 min run 1 min walk, 20 min run 1 min walk, 10 min run 1 min walk, 5 min cool down. Honestly, that terrifies me. I did it last year when I was training and it terrified me then too. I know I can do it so its obviously all in my head. Well. Actually that might be wrong. I’ve been a slacker.

I will let you know how it goes. Oh yeah it’s pouring out too. Fun!

Tuesdays are hard.

For some reason I find Tuesday is the worst day of the week. I wake up exhausted and feel completely off. Actually, Tuesday feels a lot like people expect a Monday too. Except Mondays for me are usually ok. Random right?

Overall today was good except for the morning. Work went by fast. Grocery shopping was busy but relatively quick. And no running 🙂 hallelujah! Running again tomorrow though.

My book today was Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis. I love the Lucky Harbour series. I can’t put them down!

Anyways enjoy the rest of your evening!

Bathroom clutter GONE

Last week, I finished reading The Happiness Project. It’s a book about a normal woman who wonders if she can be happier. She spends a year trying to be happier by focusing on different parts of her life, such as her energy, her home, her family, her interests. The book really affected me. I’ve been thinking about starting my own Happiness Project. The first step that I am taking is to start decluttering my apartment. Honestly, I like stuff. Ok I love stuff. I love getting great deals, I love having stuff around me, I love knowing that I have something. Wow I sound like a hoarder. Ok I’m not that bad. Yet.

Anyways.

One of the things she talks about is clearing the clutter and you will feel less stressed and your mind will be less cluttered. (At least that’s what I got out of what she said). I started thinking about my apartment and what areas are bothering me the most. The bathroom came to mind first. I can’t remember the last time I did anything but toss something into my under the sink cupboard. I can’t remember the last time I used much of anything that was in my wall cupboard. I figured this was a good place to start. I did some searching on Pinterest and there were a few sites that had sections related to Bathroom Organization. All recommended before and after pictures so I have those for you 🙂

Before – Medicine Cabinet

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Before – Wall Cabinet

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Before – Under the Sink
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After – Medicine Cabinet

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After – Wall Cabinet
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After – Under the sink

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I am pretty happy with it. I threw out a lot of old makeup and random air fresheners and lotions that I haven’t seen in years. I also made a pile for donating. I tend to pick up all the freebies when I stay at hotels so I have TONS of lotions and shampoos. One day I want to have a guest bathroom and be able to display them and use them but honestly, that’s not coming anytime soon.

I think I might tackle the kitchen next…dun dun dun!

It’s been too long…

I honestly didn’t realize how long it had been since I had posted anything until I checked just now to post this. I have a reminder set up in my phone to blog, but do I? Apparently not.  Anyways, here I am. How are you?

Things have been pretty crazy these last few weeks.  I went to Victoria for the first Family Day weekend ever, which was pretty awesome.  Had some family time with my grandparents and had an amazing girl’s day with one of my good friends. We went to a tea festival and hit up a fantastic spa. It was the kind of spa that you see on tv. The kind that you walk around in white robes 🙂 It was amazing. I am definitely going back there next time I feel the need to indulge a bit.

Actually, the biggest news is that I finally got a new job!! I have been searching for months to find one that 1. I wanted and 2. wanted me. And I finally did 🙂 I am now working as a Web Application Developer.  I am two weeks in and I am loving it. The work is challenging and interesting and makes me want to go to work. No more counting down the days til Friday (which at my last job usually the counting started Sunday night). So work = happy now.

One oddly great thing about my new job is the commute. I used to live only 10 minutes away from my office, and now it’s about a 40 min trek each way. You would think this was a bad thing. But no. It means I get to spend a lot more time reading. Time that really there isn’t anything else to do with. When I’m at home, I can always find something else to do. Watch TV, crochet, play with my iPad. On the train, there really aren’t any alternatives. Other than sleeping. Or playing on my phone. But I am really trying hard not to do those things lol. I just bring my Kobo with me and read. I finished Save Haven by Nicholas Sparks last week. It was actually a good book. I don’t intend to see the movie though because it looks dumb. I also read “Breaking Night” by Liz Murray. It was a very interesting read. A bit depressing at times. It’s about a girl who had parents who are junkies. She became homeless and couch surfed and basically it’s her whole journey. I recommend it.  So far this year my total book count is 13.  I am reading “The Happiness Project” at the moment and it’s good far. Kind of makes me think about what I can do about my happiness.

On the yarn front, I haven’t bought anything new in awhile and I haven’t started anything either. I am really trying to finish my knitted blanket, which thankfully is almost done. I have a case of finish-itis which is odd but awesome. I don’t want to work on anything but that blanket. I hope I can finish something else after that too.

On that note, I am going to work on my blanket 🙂

Books 1 and 2 of 2013

One of my goals this year is to read 26 books in 2013.  I am happy to report that I have been making great progress so far 🙂 I finished reading “Summer at Willow Lake” yesterday and I am 20 pages from done “Dockside”. They are both part of the Lakeside Chronicles by Susan Wiggs.  I love reading her books because they are just happy books. I felt like reading something a little less intense. Lately I have been reading murder mystery type books. I like being kept on my toes, but sometimes I just need a happy love story, and Susan Wiggs definitely delivers. I have about 6 books in the series still to read and if I read them as quickly as I have been reading these two then I will be soon done!

Best Pinterest recipe. Ever.

One of my main goals this year is to cook more. So far so good. Day 3 and no takeout yet! Here is what I have made so far:

  1. January 1: lightly floured tilapia with brown rice and edamame.
  2. January 2: bourbon crack chicken in my slow cooker. Jam rolls for dessert.
  3. January 3: grilled cheeseburger wraps.

Jan 1 was pretty basic. But good.

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Jan 2. Pinterest fail times two. The bourbon chicken was just not what I expected. I guess I expected it to be like bourbon street grill. Not so much. It was fine but I call it a fail. Definitely not crack. I did not want seconds. In case you want to try it, here’s the link to the re pie Bourbon “crack” Chicken. The second fail of the day was the jam rolls. I think this was more of a bread maker fail to be honest. The dough setting didn’t work! Nothing mixed! So I did it by hand. Here’s the recipe link: Jam Rolls in the Breadmaker

And the result:

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Jan 3 was the best. I found an easy recipe and tried it. 10 min later amazing-ness. I pretty much made it as it says except I used less of everything and smaller wraps.

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Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps
from Skinny Mom’s Kitchen
source of original recipe….

1 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I used a little more to taste)
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
pepper and salt to taste
5 flour tortillas (the larger ones)
shredded cheddar cheese
sliced tomatoes
yellow mustard

Brown ground beef in large skillet and drain. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, dried onion, and salt and pepper to the beef and simmer for 5 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese down center of each tortilla. Add a few heaping tablespoons of the beef mixture on top of the cheese. Spread some mustard on top of the beef along with some slices of tomato. Roll up tortilla burrito-style and place wraps on preheated indoor grill.