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Before, After and some Bits in Between

It’s going to be a beautiful day…. 10/07/2011

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With Thanksgiving approaching (which is by far my favorite holiday) I thought I should write down some things that I am thankful for. Sometimes it’s way too easy to get caught up in the up’s and down’s of crazy co-workers, negative comments and thoughts and so many other life events that are thrown at us each and every day.

Instead of focusing on those things and letting them take over… here’s a little bit about what I love ūüėČ

  • Fall Weather (what’s better than breaking out the fuzzy socks and DRINKING hot cocoa?)
  • Fall Colors (They’re not around for long so soak it all in)
  • Family (no matter how crazy I get… because of my crazy “work” they still love me)
  • Ummmm Turkey dinner! (why do we have to wait for Thanksgiving to have turkey?)
  • American Thanksgiving (Yes… I willingly celebrate both Thanksgivings because it is such a great holiday! Afterall… the only thing better than one Thanksgiving is TWO THANKSGIVINGS!)

 

Karma continued…. 09/21/2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well; it’s certainly been a while since I’ve written.

 

Today has been about second chances. Second’s are kind of wonderful aren’t they? The first time around is to check things out, see what you like, figure it all out and then you know.

The second time around hopefully you’ve learnt enough to have all the answers. You only choose the REALLY great dishes…. the¬†cr√®me de la cr√®me as they say.

Here’s my thing: I have a new agent to sell my house (second one)… I have a new offer on my house (second one)…. I have a home visit because I’m trying to adopt a dog (second try). Also… the people who have made the offer on the house… it’s their second time looking at it and being interested…. and the woman making the home visit… it’s the¬†second time I’ll¬†be dealing with her. AND….. tomorrow is the 22nd!!!!

….Oh…. and tonight I had two beers ūüėČ

SO…. the second time around, Karma is making sense to me. I understand why it’s all happening this way and here’s what I’ve concluded:

In life….. lose everything once. I mean all of it. house, money, job, material things, money….. everything.

This is what I’m doing and I am at peace with it. I know I will bounce back and be stronger. I know this has to happen now. Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to take a LEAP forward. Then you can begin… a second time.

Cheers…. and cheers (second chances; give it a thought)

 

Quebec City Marathon – turned to half marathon 09/06/2011

Well…. on August 27th Sean and I drove to Quebec city to see some sites and check into the hotel the day before my Marathon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I felt great about my training and was ready to run and be happy with whatever time I came out with. The hotel was beautiful with the best view they had. We puttered around the city, visited the Citadel, had some great food and really took it all in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the running expo I was looking for spibelt that I had seen on Carrots¬†N Cake ¬†(a great and inspiring blog I read) and came across a similar product called iFitness. It was absolutely perfect for carrying ID, iPhone, extra elastic’s¬†and 3 Gel’s. It didn’t bounce around at all for the race. I was also able to attach my bib right to the bottom of it.

Some other essentials I made sure I had for the race:

Shoes (duh), iPod, socks that I know protect my feet, Garmin 305.

That night I was in bed and sleeping by 10:00pm because I had to be up and ready to catch the shuttle bus by 6:30. The hotel had cute little breakfast boxes for all the runners so I had a few things from there and brought a coffee for the bus ride.

Here’s where things get interesting…. As we all know hurricane Irene affected a very large area of North America… Quebec City wasn’t ignored. As I was walking to the bus I was told that the marathon was cancelled due to high winds that were expected as well as the usual storm effects¬†that come with a hurricane. At first I was shocked… then I was sad. This was MY big run of the year. The one I’ve been training for so long.

By the time I arrived to the half marathon start line I had decided I was about to run and beat my half marathon PR.

Here’s how that went….

I beat my PR! 1:55:55 … not only that it was quite windy and there were lots of hills. I felt really proud and really good the whole way through the race.

You can see all my splits by clicking here. I’ve been taking my iPhone with me while I run and tracking everything. This time is slightly different from my official race time.

I know I look ridiculous in the photo below but I don’t care. I was beyond happy with how the run was going! Cheers!

 

Karma 08/10/2011

I like the word but it is kind of a strange one.

A little magical sounding… like if the world does revolve around karma then things could get really exciting at any moment! In an earlier post (Shake it up) I talked about the house I have for sale and how much I would really love to sell it; well…. I have an offer!!! I turned 30 on July 17th and dreamt of the most amazing gift… the sale of my house.

By the 19th I had a offer. Now, I’m not holding my breath because it’s pending the sale of their house. So then I started to think that karma is starting to kick in!

I haven’t lost all hope but today I received an email from my agent saying my neighbors are telling potential buyers I got a $12,000 reduction because of an asbestos problem. This isn’t the reality AT ALL of what happened in the closing of the sale when I bought the house but I can see how it might affect buyers. They will want a price reduction too.

So….. karma…. what have I done to upset you??

Do you believe in karma?

 

Dogs… and stuff

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I really love dogs; I am a dog person… as opposed to a cat person!

I had a golden doodle named Zoey and a Standard poodle names Max. Absolute best friends 100% of the time! I was reminded of them yesterday during my 15km run…

I set out at around 5:30 and felt really great. It was warm out but I had my little back pack filled with water and felt prepared. Little did I know I would later be chased by two little dogs.

It really isn’t me that I worry about when a dog looses it and comes for me. It’s the dog I worry about because they bolt into the road and a car could be coming. I’ve basically resolved that the best method to avoid them jumping and attacking is to turn my back to them and tuck in my arms. Oh and stop running.

What do you do when you’re chased by a dog?

 

We judge ourselves…. 07/25/2011

…by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

On July 17th I turned 30.

Nothing feels any different except for the fact that I’m not waiting on any epic and life-changing birthdays any time soon. Life goes on and that day gets further and further behind you.

When someone turns 30 are they expecting something to happen? Should something happen? Is there a line drawn somewhere that indicates where you should be in your life?

In my 30 years here on earth I’ve achieved and accomplished quite a lot. I have a great job, I have a house, car… I am extremely healthy, I¬†run marathon’s, I have¬†wonderful boyfriend that loves me and takes care of me…who I love and take care of as well.

…..but; I currently live at my mother’s house because of where my job is in relation to my house… and the fact that I can’t sell the house.

Does that mean that I failed the test and I’m below that line?¬† Do any of the other things I’ve accomplished mean anything towards being above the line?

I’m hard on myself…. I am REALLY hard on myself. Sometimes I forget about all the things I’ve done in my life and only focus on what is right in front of my face.¬† I love my mother and I don’t know where I’d be at this moment without her help… however this is not exactly where I thought I’d be at thirty.

On the other hand… Travelling the world with Scouts Canada… fundraising in order help build homes and bathrooms in third world countries…. seeing children there smile; that is no small accomplishment. My point here is not to toot my own horn… it’s to remind everyone (myself included) that the people around you are seeing the whole picture. They are not judging solely on where you are today but also on where you’ve come from. I’m talking about the people around you that know you and love you for who you are and what you went through to become that person.

Stand up, Smile, Be Strong.¬† Breathe…..

Remember that it is not who you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you are.

El Salvador..... feels peaceful

 

Canada day Weekend 2011 07/04/2011

As of June 30th I’m on vacation until July 11th! Yay!

I did some running around in the afternoon after finishing work at noon and then drove up to Petawawa. I’m spending most of the week here with Sean.

When I arrived we decided to rent the last few Harry Potter movies to be prepared for the last movie that’s coming out soon. The man at the desk at Blockbuster was making the most rediculous jokes… “Going for the full pot”? Had to laugh at that one!

We’ve been watching one movie each night.

On Friday morning we starting moving a mound of dirt where we want to plant a vegetable garden and for the first time in my life I pulled my back. I now understand the pain of pulling one’s back. I’ve never quite gotten it before but no only is it painful… it renders you useless. I couldn’t do anything to help and felt terrible. In addition to that I am on a pretty strict running schedule until the end of August. I was able to rest my back for about 2 1/2 days and then yesterday I managed a 10km. It was really slow but felt great. I’m less worried and think I’ll heal fine. Ill just have to pay attention to what I’m doing.

Moving the mound of dirt for the garden

It was an extremely HOT day

My feet got a little dirty

So many veggies to choose from!

In the end we even had a few flowers

Closing off a great day with a little fire