MY LITTLE HELPER

Valentine’s Day has come and gone since I’ve last posted – I marked the day with my usual teaching, a committee meeting, a ski date with some of my favourite dudes, and then a non official dinner. Friends of ours have recently moved into a fantastic new place in one of my top 5 neighbourhoods of Edmonton – Bonnie Doon! We went to go check out the new place and have a nice evening with friends, and we also decided to take transit there.
The first leg was getting onto the LRT and taking it downtown for a bus transfer. Aside from the bus being somewhat late (6 minutes feels like a long time when you’re always expecting it), I was amazed by how fast it was! A 7ish minute ride later, we got off at our stop and walked 2 blocks. Don and I were both carrying bags with dinner goodies, and I was wearing my purse and ukulele. All good.
We’ve also had the fun of eating at North53 a few times this past while. It’s so delicious and they’re also a sponsor for Apricity’s Welcome, Baby! fundraiser. Thanks, guys!

We ordered the whole chicken and afterwards, when they were taking away the carcass, I asked if they could um… wrap it up so that I could make broth at home.

They made me a swan!

See? The next day, with some onions, carrots, and celery.

I don’t like to waste. And it has been super yummy to eat all week. I put some macaroni in it and call it a meal.

As the title of this post suggests, this week’s post is really about my little helper – Alice!

She’s still having some major league 2 yr old tantrums (I’d say we’re averaging 3 per day), but I am determined to weather this phase in the hopes that her crazy behaviour results in some new development or brain re-wiring. The main issue is that she wants to do everything “by MESELF”, but, as you can imagine, she’s not able to do everything herself. This makes her brim over with madness and I wonder whether or not we need to move into a house with an attic so that I could lock her in it.

Strangely enough, once we get on our way and finally leave the house, she has been a wonderful side kick to me while I’m busy doing work. Here she is, hanging out in the corner of a classroom during the 3rd of three poverty discussions I was leading last week (I’m heading up the United Way’s youth initiative).

Speaking of kids, the students at Victoria School of the Arts really impressed me! I spoke to three classes that were all engaging in different ways. In one class, a girl actually shared a personal story of her own separation from her birth parents, and the poverty she has lived in. She also revealed that she suffers from depression because of the stress of the difficulties she has had to face. She is 11 years old.

In another class, a precocious boy (another 11 yr old) jokingly said that childhood trauma isn’t so bad if you’re super rich, like how Batman is doing fine without his parents. I jumped in and pointed out that Bruce Wayne having to transform himself into Batman is actually a manifestation of his coping with his parents’ murders. And that becoming Batman, however many people he saves, isn’t really a healthy thing. Bruce Wayne has difficulties with friendships, and relationships. Then, this other eager kid shot his hand up, apologized for interrupting, and had to make sure everybody knew that Alfred the butler is an acting father figure to Batman and how that one stable relationship is part of what keeps Batman tethered to the right path. The metaphor still has me smiling.

Then, in an older class with grade 11/12s, a girl had a very progressive solution to poverty. She mused that businesses and schools could partner so that willing participants would be able to work and earn, but still somehow finish their high school diplomas with credits provided for the work they were doing. We really didn’t have time to think it out, but she essentially thought that creating an environment where people could upgrade and work at the same time, would ultimately be beneficial to such an individual, so they could increase their skill set and move onto more lucrative employment in the future. It’s easier said than done, but I LOVE IT! We discussed how we would need to move a lot of different parts to make such a program successful. Big business owners and policy makers would have to be convinced that this was a good idea, and even after then, it’s a long road before you have a system that works. The point is, poverty elimination is going to be a very long road. I’m thrilled that the kids I’m talking to are eager to invest in that journey.

After all my rambling (I’m sure you can imagine…) Alice’s treat was a ladies lunch with my Works Galaco-chair, Sydney.

And on an entirely different day, Alice was also very helpful with restocking the cheese (and trying to steal the Jacek chocolates) with Tricia at Cavern one morning.

Then, I finally got the flu that everybody has been having. I was fine one day and then the next I was not. UGH. Good news is that I’m never down for long (years of teaching and being sick has made my immune system really tough and quick to recover). I did, however, need to be at the AGA to see some of the students from Ben Calf Robe school.

Aaron Paquette was teaching one of the workshops and I managed to creep on his rough work. Again, the kids are always the best part – I met Portia, who was sweet enough to ask me for… my autograph! Hilarious!

FINALLY, it was also Chinese New Years this week. Lots of lucky money envelopes exchanged, my kids did dragon dances for me at dinner, and my dad brought over so many oranges for me to give to my students. Much love, all around.

Feeling lucky. Even with the tantrum management and the flu!

 
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CELEBRATE WINTER!

The main theme around here these days is celebrating winter! My sister-in-law, Renée, and I managed to get a bunch of kids together to hang out at the Winter City Shake Up. We rode on a big ice slide (FUN), the kids guffawed at a magician, and then we roasted marshmallows.
Check out the aforementioned snow slide!

The kids and I have been continuing our visits to City Hall School, you can see Alice grinning at somebody from under that desk. Getting to talk to grade 1 students has been so uplifting! They tell me about how they are good helpers in their community and ask me questions about the mayor and his family.

I was commenting to this one class about how all moms are really busy people, because we have so much work to do. One little girl in the back shot her hand up and proclaimed, “My mom is the BOSS of my house!” She then drew the conclusion that I too, must the boss of my house. YEAH!

Love it!

I have been lucky enough to get these journal entires from Mrs. Hut (city hall school teacher) afterward.
For Chamber Ball I took this HUNT AMOR prototype out for a spin – It was a big hit! So flattered to wear such a kick ass piece of jewelry.

Went to see my sister perform in the chorus for Edmonton Opera’s Magic Flute. My mom and bro happened to be in attendance as well, so it was a full-on family affair!

Then, in further celebration of winter – SKIING!

Kids had a PD day and were staying home from school one day.

Fuelling up during errands at District Co. They’re one of Apricity’s event sponsor’s (a fabulous spring party we’re throwing to raise money for Edmonton Public Library’s Welcome, Baby program).

Reading my friend’s book!

Dex has been sleeping in his Finn hat.

And, more skiing!

This time it was in the mountains. Got invited by a friend to stay at a cozy cabin, and obviously it took me less than 2 minutes to determine which weekend was free and JUMP ON THAT.

Upon my arrival home, my family came over with take-out to have a casual birthday dinner for my brother’s birthday. Since strong brows are in again, I asked my mom (makeup artist) to draw one for me…

This week I’ve been feeling under the weather, but I still rallied to go see Bears, featuring my darling friend, Bryce. At the reception, I fell in love with Jezebel the dog.

Looking forward to some down time this long weekend! Aside from work, there is actually scheduled FRIEND TIME and we’re going to take the kids swimming too.
Normal people stuff.
Yes!
 
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SO FAR, SO GOOD.

Went to the premiere of The Little Deputy, a local short film that Don and I were lucky enough to have bit parts in. It was also the perfect opportunity to reunite with my beloved, Bryce Kulak!

Amor swung by to help me out with the kids. SOLID FRIEND.

Then, Adrianne and I put on tartan in preparation for the Lassie Burns Dinner. She’s wearing my Glasgow 2014 tam and I’m wearing Don’s tie from the Lord Provost in Glasgow.

 We rode bikes to the dinner, and on the way back we had to make preparations for the rainy journey home. My jacket wasn’t rain-friendly, so I flipped it inside out.

In other news, Alice got her hair trimmed for the first time.

And had her first kiss from a non-caretaker!

The Westglen kids were extra sweet the other day, and gave the kids and I some of the best thank you cards I have seen in some time.

We’ve been going to visit city hall school to talk about community with the grade 1 classes. They asked the BEST questions about the mayor and the family. Yesterday, my favourite was whether or not teaching was important to me. And, a runner up favourite question was whether Don and I slept in the same bed.
Hilarious!
I know I haven’t been posting as much, but I’m sure you realize it’s because the volume of things in my life is at an all time high. Rest assured, I am well and I am still Miss Sarah of G&B. Just with more competing priorities:)
Have a great week!
 
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THINGS TO DO FOR ME

In this afterglow of feeling very relaxed and balanced, I’ve been trying to think of ways to acknowledge and celebrate the small things more often. Usually, I feel like I’m stuck in a never ending obstacle course come marathon! There’s no time to reflect or celebrate much… since I’m always thinking about the next thing.
This week was fantastic! I’ve been catching up with all my wonderful students about holidays, and am so happy to see their darling faces again. I really, really, love them.
I’ve been making Leanne’s kale salad and have been eating it every day this week. Greens in the system is a good thing.
I’ve also begun doing something just for me. Cross Country Skiing!
XC skiing has appealed to me for a long time because it’s (supposedly) something you can do without any special trip to the mountains or much gear. The sporty stuff you see me wearing is the same stuff I bought for winter running (also new to me). The wind pants are for cycling, but we all know that when I bike, I wear regular clothes.
So early this winter, I bit the bullet and bought some wind proof insulated pants, a long sleeved running shirt thingy, and a light insulated vest, and also the same version of that vest in a jacket.
The skis, boots and poles were from last winter. I went once, had very little success with propelling myself forward, and then the winter passed without another effort.

Enter Gina this year, the brains and beauty behind Ski Life! She is a dear friend and quite amazing. And, has begun instructing others in her area of expertise: cross-country skiing!

I’ve recruited a few of my friends to take Gina’s beginner lessons with me. We went for the first time on Wednesday and everybody is HOOKED! I can’t say I’m particularly good at it, but xc skiing is so much more meditative than I ever thought. You get a rhythm. You glide!
We had a stellar time and can’t wait to do it again.
I’ve also been winter biking! It’s been so warm, I’ve been able to wear my Bano eeMee and Workhallscarf.

I’ve also been having some great meetings this week. Super interesting stuff unfolding in my orbit!

And always, I am a mom first. Getting up early to get Dex ready and off to school, and then this little monkey hangs out with me all morning until (PRAISE) child care comes to assist me with life. I am so grateful to have wonderful kids who can go with the flow and accompany their mom on all her crazy adventures.

(please note that Alice’s skirt is an amalgamation of cat faces)

Have a great weekend, all!

 
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RESTED!

I’m back from winter holidays, feeling rested and better than ever!
Something I am loathe to admit is that I need more rest. In the fall when Dexter started kindergarten and my teaching picked up again, I started to have really painful muscle tension in my shoulders and neck. Nothing new to somebody who is often sitting or also in front of a computer a lot. I figured it would go away, like it always has.
It didn’t.
After a few months, I finally broke down and went to see my Acupuncturist (don’t tell me what he does, all I know is that it works). Usually after a few sessions, I’m all better and back at it.
Not this time.
It’s strange, because it’s not like I wasn’t able to do my job or have fun or fulfil my commitments. All of that was still happening. I was just sore and achy all the time. I don’t usually sit around feeling “tired” and overwhelmed, so it didn’t feel like either of those things. Yet… I wasn’t getting better.
I decided I needed to take Dr. Jiang’s advice, which was that I simply had to rest more.
Upon relaying this to a friend (who is also a client of Dr. Jiang’s), I asked, “What does rest even MEAN?” She answered, “I think you’re supposed to watch Netflix and not do anything else at the same time.”
In an effort to follow doctor’s orders, I started cancelling things. Slowly, but surely… it worked! I graduated from Acupuncture (he’ll tell you when you don’t have to come back anymore) before Christmas, and then I’ve been coasting along ever since. Had an excellent holiday with a parade of friends, and then we took off to Palm Springs with Dan & Leanne for some warmer, dedicated relax time.
This is what it looked like, hiking around Joshua Tree National Park.
Very strange to walk all around the desert!
We rented a fantastic retro bungalow.
It had superb decor, a wonderful kitchen that we cooked out of (ate so much avocado and home made pizza), and an amazing salt water pool! We splashed daily and worked out of the home office you see below:

There were other adventures, like the boys taking a trip to the Air Museum.

Checking out wild animals at the zoo.

And le pièce de résistance… going to LEGOLAND and meeting Emmet!

Theme parks is definitely not something I put on the top of any of my priority lists, but the kids had such a fabulous time. I’m really glad we made the trek. The park is actually perfect for kids aged 5ish, and Alice was able to go on most of the rides too.

Most of all it was a treat to hang out with our dear friends (miss them already, as they are back in NYC), and be together as a family without entertaining anybody else. It’s so rare that Don is around to help feed kids breakfast and change diapers, or put Alice down for a nap. We were able to just be a normal family having adventures together – Ideal.
Now that I’m back and feeling like I have some manner of equilibrium happening, I’m wondering how long this will last. One thing is for sure, I’m going to continue to have and reinforce my boundaries.
Here’s to successfully achieving maximum work-life balance in 2015!
 
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy 2015, readers!

I’ve been having a most wonderful holiday. Ignoring work-related emails. Sleeping in. Watching movies.

Been running the bungalow as a flop house & bed and breakfast for all our visiting friends. We’ve been drinking mulled wine and warm our toes by the outdoor fire.

Dexter and Alice became ill! Luckily, it wasn’t serious and only lasted a few days, but there was vomit and nose bleeds and fevers. Sleepovers were cancelled. Much bedding was laundered.

We had a perfect little dinner party to ring in the new year. By perfect, I mean it was small, home cooked, and incredibly relaxed. We drank a bunch of wine and listened to our west coast friend talk about her experience in a sensory deprivation tank. Apparently it’s amazing! Everyone in attendance also identified, in their own way, that we all need to elevate self-care on our list of priorities. From lack of sleep to not exercising or eating particularly well. We all had something where we’re not taking care of ourselves.

So… I have a strange problem with new years resolutions. I find it really hard to make them! I’m a critical, analytical person all year round (blessing and a curse). When I identify that I want something to be different – I do it.

Right away.

In the effort to feel like I’ve “resolved” to do something from 2014, I’ve been focussing on some of the little short-term achievable goals I accomplished last year:

My sister and I formed mèi mei, the sister ukulele duo; Travelling carry-on only (success with 1 week in Glasgow and 1 week in NYC); Throwing a frisbee; And, learning how to stop properly on figure skates.

I’ve got lots of long term, super deep personality stuff that I’m constantly working on, but I wouldn’t put any of theses on a list of things I would consider 2015 year resolutions. That stuff is going to take more time.

For example, not being so critical and judgmental of myself and others: I often feel like I don’t fit in, alienate myself, and then feel angry about it later. I would eventually like to be one of those people you always feel warm and excited about, after meeting me. I want to always make a great first and last impression. I want people to think I am cool. I realize, I should just be myself and not worry about it. This stuff is all relative. I definitely don’t struggle with being authentic, so there’s no tension with pretending I’m something I’m not. The problem is I come on too strong. I’m direct. This is intimidating and confusing for people.

I am not patient. I need to learn not to react and get angry when people say things to me that don’t make sense. Some people don’t make sense. That doesn’t have to be my problem to fix. And, I should stop taking it personally.

So there. I’ve got plenty of little things I’ve wanted to cross off of my list of things to do. And, I’ve got hefty and lofty goals regarding my own basic programming. Some of these I will get done in the next 12 months. Some of these will likely take the balance of my lifetime. I don’t have any specific resolutions for 2015.

However, a short to-do list might look like this:

– Make really good blender margaritas
– Learn to drive standard (I KNOW)
– Swim more than 12 laps
– Write

All in all, I feel really lucky to have the life I do. My kids are wonderful and healthy. Both Don and I are doing work that is incredibly meaningful. My parents and siblings are so supportive of us, it makes working full time with kids possible. Ditto with having great child care providers and friends who help facilitate everything we do at home and out in the world.

I meet a lot of people who rub me the wrong way. I also get to meet people who are genuine, passionate, generous, creative, and fun! These are the people who give me energy and inspiration to get caught up in all the various things I end up taking on. They usually have big hearts and big brains.

So, more big hearts and big brains in 2015!

 
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VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS

We have been having a most wonderful time at the bungalow! There has been no shortage of company, treats, wine, and good food. We have had, and continue to have, many visitors from days of yore. Good friends from childhood, high school, and University. They have all been coming home and descending upon the bungalow in waves. I love it! And, there are more reunions to be had between now and New Years.
Since I last posted, I was still wrapping things up before holiday break. Taking my kids to the school concert on the bus. Too close to drive and park. A bit far to walk in dress clothes (that being said, we did walk home afterward).
It was a fine little affair. Thanks to the work of all the teachers who put lots of time into these productions – I know how much work it is to teach a group of children to sing a few songs!
Alice was a lively one throughout, running up and down the aisle with a few other little siblings. I figured she wasn’t being consciously obnoxious and was clearly enjoying the show, so I let her be. Later, I wondered where she had got to, and she was standing right at the front beside the teacher.
I let her be.
Then, during the very last number… a little Alice came wondering onto the stage.
OMG. I actually think I said, “OH MY GOD” and sprang to my feet. Ran down the centre aisle, then realized there was no way for me to access the side stage. I ran back, out the gym, around the side, and missed her again. She decided to go out on stage a SECOND TIME. Eventually, I secured my little one. What a night!
We had a refreshing walk home.
After my mom duties, I had some lady-at-large duties. Attended the ASSIST annual Christmas luncheon (I’m the honorary chair for their walk and run) and had the pleasure of sitting beside one of my favourite people, former city councillor, Michael Phair. We ate whole roast pig together, crispy skin and all. Delicious.
Went to Global to film a promotional commercial thingy for Bust A Move 2015 (another one of my honorary chair gigs) with the hilarious Nicola Crosby, who makes it nearly impossible to do a proper take without laughing.
Inspired by taking my kids on the bus, I decided to do it again.
Very convenient to ride to and from our holiday parties on the train, and the kids are finally getting faster at walking, so the last leg home is actually a lot of fun! Climbing up snow banks, making tracks. This is what Don and imagined when we decided to move back in 2008. Wouldn’t it be way better to walk all around town with our kids in tow instead of needing to load them up into car seats every single time you have to go somewhere?
Then, the winter fun! I’ve been working on my skating at city hall. My fine friend, Christy, has been giving me lessons.

 

House guests started arriving. It’s amazing to have so many extra people come and unbalance the ratio of adults to children. My childless friends love playing with the kids! It means I can sit back and relax while the kids have the best time, with some of my favourite people.
Later that night, we got all dolled up.

 

And mèi mei did a little performance at my friends’ casual wedding reception.

That weekend, we had so many people living at our house, I started referring to it as a fraternity.

Richard (my bestie pictured below) and I decided we would be called #chibetabeta and I’ve been posting under that hash tag for the whole week. I love living in Edmonton and I love my friends here, but my heart is so full when my oldies are back. It’s not much of a stretch to refer to them as my brothers and sisters – That’s how much I love them.

Speaking of Chi Beta Beta, we also roll out of bed and go running. Took turns pushing the stroller.

On Christmas Day, gong gong brought over tons of tiny oranges (among other things) and peeled them for all the kids.

I gifted HUNT AMOR glasses chains to my mom and sister. I am obsessed with mine, and knew they would share my enthusiasm.

Richard got Adventure Time DVDs for the children, and they have been running around wearing Finn’s hat.

In our quest for relaxation, we set a goal of watching the (original) Star Wars trilogy over the holidays. Mission accomplished. Then, we built an elven Miss Sarah avatar and started playing Dragon Age.

Chi Beta Beta health initiatives are still going strong – We all went swimming.

And people are abiding by my Lebowski Protocol. It means wearing your robe a lot.

Around all the visiting and friends, Alice has taken ill! She is still having a grand time and being as lively as ever, but she was burning up with a fever last night. Her coughing sounds like a dog barking. At other times she sounds like Gollum. Good news is, she is doing much better after her sleep.

And that’s the gist of life on our end. A steady stream of people and treats, with lots of down time. Entertaining comes with its own work, but seeing all these wonderful old friends is something I definitely wouldn’t give up for anything. Thank goodness for dishwashers and vacuums.
This down time has been a very good reminder that being horizontal while watching a movie is not time wasted. It’s a treat to hang out with Chi Beta Beta without any makeup on. And, it’s super fun having my kids around all day!

Alas, I’ll be back to share more from the 2nd half of this vacation period. But first, I’ve got to actually get dressed because we’re venturing off site for supper tonight. Hope your holidays have been fun and restorative as well! 

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LIFE LATELY (AND OVERDUE)

Readers! You still there?
I won’t bore you with the finer details of why I’ve been away. I respect your intelligence and will operate under the assumption that you know what being busy is like.
I do have some cute photos to share with you!
And… cue blog post:
Up above you see Dexter and Alice dressed up for the first time, at the same time. Super fun to get them decked out in some holiday finery, though I still try to keep this stuff relatively low key. It’s cute to see other boys in kindergarten tuxedos or toddler wedding gowns, but my philosophy is they’re just going to grow out of it so… anything that is classic and hand-me-down-able. Check!
Dex and Alice attended their first Snowflake Gala, and it was a pretty fun time. Particularly the part where all these other super moms & dads were feeding food to the kids and taking them to play! There was a candy bar, balloon animals, Mr. Potato Head, and video games. Suffice to say it was not surprising when Dexter broke down into tears when it was time to go home. Sorry, dude!
At another time, we were full on winter folk during a snowy downtown excursion. It was our first giant dump of snow in the city, rendering all roads and driving a complete nightmare. Luckily, we just decided to walk and take the bus and train.

While Dex was off at school, Alice came with me to do some work one morning. We were visiting City Hall School that day to take in a presentation on homelessness for a grade 6 class. Research and inspiration for my youth initiative with the United Way in the new year.

My sweet babies are also being very cuddly this winter.

BOOM. Then I was in Vancouver, visiting with one of my best and oldest friends.

 

 

We were there for the Grey Cup!

YESS Champions Day came and went…

 

More time at city hall. Alice is always working hard.

 

And in the realm of random things I do for myself, my friend Christy has been giving me skating lessons. My objectives were to learn how to stop without random scraping my pick all over the place, with the subsequent spinning out of control. I am happy to report that the “STOP” initiative has been a success! My big takeaways from skating lessons have been 1. Bend your knees and 2. Use your edges.
SCIENCE.

 

A few neighbours and I joined forces to do a neighbourhood carolling party. I played piano and sang with two guitarist neighbours, and it was incredibly jolly. Bonus was the hostess this year had a gorgeous grand for me to enjoy.

 

My kids are currently into playing dress up.
Also, watching Scooby Doo.

 

 

Amidst it all, there is still this.

 

I’ll see if I have it in me to pop out a holiday post (obviously I’ll try) once this week wraps up. I particularly want to do a post on saying NO and other goals for the new year! Until then, stay warm, play safe (party season is upon us), and don’t forget to spread the cheer this holiday season! 
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LIFE AND A LITTLE LRT

Last weekend, one of the legs of my journey was on LRT. Winter was still mild and I could get away with a cape! This is no longer the situation. Lots of snow here, but we’re shovelling and layering up like the Northerners we’re meant to be.
Inside, Alice is really into her stuffies. She likes to be their mom and group them into families and put them down for napping… it’s REALLY CUTE. She also sings random songs to them, with no lyrics.

I have been on the bike, with parka and mukluks.

Snuggling with baby Alice.

Planning The Works Gala (30th Anniversary)!

Touring lots of Edmonton’s literacy agencies, like the COW Bus!

What a fabulous program for kids in dense areas, who might have barriers getting to a library on a weekly basis. This bus has it all! Stories, games, puppets… and wonderful people facilitating the programs.

I had to take a selfie with Pete the Cat.

Have I ever mentioned that I’m a Big Sister? I was matched last June and my “little” (she is taller than me) and I have been hanging out ever since. The agency was having their annual Lobster Lovers Gala last weekend, and invited me to speak about my experience.
I also put on their lobster costume prop at the Photo Booth.

I also stopped by PARK to ogle my spring Bano eemee coat that is coming soon! Can’t wait to feel like Uma Thurman from Kill Bill.

Oh, and my most darling HUNT AMOR was also showing! Epic stuff.

Amidst it all, Sable had a birthday!

And, Alice raided my lipstick. Horrifying.

Look forward to more pictures with snow! I’ve got lots to photograph now:) 

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ALL AROUND TOWN

I have no idea why, but ever since it has snowed, I’ve been riding more.
What’s up with that?
Admittedly, they’re short trips to and from the train station and neighbourhood coffee shop, but there is something really great about breathing in the crisp air. I love it!
This makes it difficult to get along with people who only know how to complain about the weather. GET A COAT! And, maybe some mukluks? When we were super cold last week I wore double socks and a toque. All good. Even walked Dexter to school with Alice in the stroller. Add some snow pants to the equation and you’re laughing!
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My darling friend who designs HUNT AMOR needed her collar back for a photo shoot last week. She has a solo show at PARK this weekend and I can’t wait to see her new pieces on the runway! While I had the collar out for pick up, Alice put it on and starting lounging around the house with her crazy style. I took her photo. Including the yogurt face.

Don and I were sad to miss the launch of the WREATHS at Cory Christopher’s (we were called to a dinner with the new University of Alberta president). But, we stopped in after the party ended to take a picture with our beloved LEGO wreath.

You can go to the link and vote for it to be your favourite! The wreath that gets the most votes will have $2,500 donated to their charity of choice. Ours is iHuman. You can buy it too, with the online auction situation.
I will have you know that Cory assisted with all the other wreaths. Ours was built from scratch without such assistance. And with no glue! If you were to throw all those wreaths on the ground and break them. There is only one where the creators could re-build without assistance.
Can you tell? I am feeling SO COMPETITIVE about this.

In a strange twist of fate, Don and I actually had some time off on Saturday afternoon. TIME. OFF.

I spent mine having brunch with a friend (WHAT?!) and then ran errands with Don.

Yeah, you heard me. Ran errands. With Don. It was amazing!

Then we came home and I got all dolled up for the evenings events. There were several stops. Upon arriving home I put on a lounging t-shirt and had a night cap. That’s what Saturday night looks like.

Next day, we hosted brunch for some of Dexter’s school friends. They destroyed the house while I drank mimosas.

Then, it was off to the Eskimos game! It was hella cold, but we went all bundled up like true northerners. I was really jealous of the people with skidoo suits! Now I know what to do to up my winter game.

Speaking of games, I’ve got my fingers crossed that we win against Calgary next week… then it’s off to the GREY CUP!

Change of wardrobe, and then mei mei arrived for the SIMONS gig.

We had a splendid time visiting with friends and carolling for a private shopping party. A percentage of proceeds from sales that evening went to Youth Empowerment & Social Services (YESS), to whom I am an honorary patron.
And that was some of my weekend! Now, back to the grind.
 
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