Weekend Update

Hello friends!

Did everyone have a nice weekend? Hopefully it was sunny where you are like it was in Montreal. As the boy is out of town, I had a productive and relaxing (I know it sounds impossible) weekend filled with puppy love, great books and fun projects. I even managed to sneak in my longest run yet (only about a month before the half marathon) and a couple amazing Moksha practices.Things I didn’t do – vacuum. Choose a picture for the blog header (I’m having such a hard time doing this – how do you pick one?? Maybe I’ll pull a Dooce and change it every month).

I’ll be posting both of my Pinterest Challenge projects this week as well as a delicious summer cake recipe. I’m excited to share them with you.  Hope your Monday is quick and painless.



Weekend to-do

I have a confession to make: I love lists. Like, loooooove them. Maybe a bit too much. Maybe a lot. At any given time you can find post-its and napkins and torn sheets in my purse covered with things to do, or get, or where I need to be, etc. You name it, I’ve listed it. So I thought it would be a good idea to raise my list obsession to the next level by posting them here on my blog. I’m going to try and do a Friday post of my weekend to do so I can stay accountable (mainly to myself).
So! This weekend. It’s going to be H.O.T. here in MTL so I’m going to try and stay outside within leaping distance of the pool.

  1. Try out the stain testers I got for the deck and PICK ONE ALREADY
  2. Head to the depot and get full size bucket of chosen stain (is bucket the right word? I don’t think so. Alas.)
  3. Pressure wash and prep the deck
  4. Start staining!
  5. Change light fixture in master bedroom (it’s been out for months and I just keep ignoring it and bumping into various things/animals on my way to the night stand lamp)

Ok so that’s not too ambitious right? Especially if I add in ‘quick dip in the pool’ between all of those items. I also need to run at least twice (I’ve got a half marathon coming up) and Moksha at least once.
Hope your weekends are productive and you’ve got your own way to beat the heat.

2010 resolutions

Long time no talk, blog. You know what I learned? Having a house is a giant amount of work. All the extra things that I love to do seem to have taken a back seat through the moving, cleaning, arranging, cleaning, cooking, cleaning etc etc you get the point. Now the year is almost over and despite my good intentions I am still no closer to being a Pioneer Woman than I was at the beginning of 2009.  So I have decided to let it go…that is my new motto for 2010. Just let it go. I have to stop dwelling on my mistakes and short-comings, and start looking at the future and where I want to be headed.

So, in that theme, I have been thinking about what I hope 2010 will hold for me and what I want to accomplish. Here is the list so far:

The small stuff (aka stuff that is quantifiable):

  • Read 100 books (this was a goal in 2009 but currently I am only on #73)
  • Finish my last 4 classes for my Master’s degree
  • Run a 10k race in under an hour
  • Learn to use my Canon properly, so I don’t have to rely on the automatic settings.
  • Keep off the weight I lost in 2009
  • Write in my blog at least once a month

The more abstract stuff:

  • Be more patient with my dog. She is never going to be a robot dog – I need to love her for her stubborness and the trouble she causes.
  • Stop wasting so much of my time. Be proactive in making a plan and sticking to it, both in my professional and personal lives.
  • Slow down and enjoy what I have. Stop trying to force my life to move in fast-forward, I have it pretty great right now and I want to be able to appreciate the life I am living now

That is all I can think of for now. This year I have really seen the value in writing down your goals, it forces you to really think about what you want and how you can get there. I know myself enough that simply thinking “Oh, I should do this or that” won’t get me to do anything at all, I will just waste more time playing bejeweled.

So, here’s to 2010, I hope it is a great year for all of you.

Crawling out from behind boxes

Just wanted to let you know that we survived! The move was stressful, and disorganized, but still fun. I don’t know how we would live without our friends or family, they were so amazing. They helped us paint, schlep boxes, clean the floors, organize the kitchen, figure out how the heck to get our pool to a normal color/consistency, etc, etc, etc.

Right now we are still in the begining stages of organization. I have a mental list a mile long of projects and renovations we plan to do once I can figure out where my tank tops are going to go, and other minor details like that.

I was sad to say goodbye to the condo, but even in one week this house already holds lots of good memories and I think we are going to be really happy here. I know I must have said it a million times in the last week, but I am NEVER moving again. If I ever talk about moving again, I will just go back and read this post and remember my vow.

I have lots of pictures for you guys. And stories, and desperate pleas for advice. However, I am now back at work and exhausted, so that will have to wait for another day.


Rainy Day Blues

It is finally here! My countdown is flashing a big zero and as of 3pm today I am free to move into the new house! We went over last night to do a preliminary visit. It was a little strange walking around the house all empty, seeing the refuse left over by the previous owner. So strange what people leave behind. We have lots of paint, tools, even a purse, some dried flowers, a little lamp…very odd. Tonight I am heading over there to do a major cleanup. I am hoping after the cleaning and painting is done the house will begin to feel like our house and not some stranger’s home.

We are gathering all our friends and roping them into helping us move in on Saturday. The one issue is, it is miserable weather here in Montreal. Constant, depressing, mind-numbing rain. With no end in sight. The problem with that is (other than the depression) that our two trucks on Saturday are open bed pick-ups. Rain makes them pretty much unusable. Yesterday it looked like we might luck out:


But this morning I am looking at a new, less lucky forecast:


I see you sun! Trying to peak around the corner of that dark nasty looking cloud. Please, for me, could you just try a little harder and give me some solid hours sans rain? You owe me after deserting me on my last three trips to the beach. I don’t ask you for much. I live through what feels like 11 months of cold, dark winter. Just this one day, alright? I think that sounds like a more than fair deal!

Wish me luck guys! I will be back with more pictures and painting stories and hopefully be moved into the house, at least 90%, by Monday.



Into the single digits!


I couldn’t believe it when I opened up my iGoogle page this morning, my countdown app reading a big fat 9 days until we move! It feels like we just started looking for houses and now I am facing my last weekend in the condo! I got a little sad thinking about it, I will miss my first place, the first place I signed for a mortgage and took care of my bills all on my own, the first place I decorated in my own standards and where I learned to cook for myself and figured out that yes, I can take care of myself, thank you very much! But I know the house will have all it’s own memories, equally awesome, of OUR first place together and my first lawn and (hopefully) my first dog! I am still working on this one, as the other half seems to think it is too much responsibility right now. Pshh, I say! He always is so responsible and reasonable. We balance each other out quite nicely I think, since I would have a house filled to the brim with puppies already if I could

This weekend was a nice escape from our palace of boxes. We headed out to the cottage on the coast of Maine, and filled our days with shopping, seafood, card games and white wine. It was nice to have friends together without the real responsibilities of home. The only thing I wished was that we had nice weather – it was cold and rainy all weekend. We still went for a few walks on the beach anyway, braving the cold weather for the amazing views and that great “sea” smell.

Nothing much house related today. I bought some great things for the house, but that will be another post with lots of pictures when I get myself together, maybe tomorrow. This weekend will be full of packing and running last minute errands, bank, home depot etc. Also recruiting some help for our move next weekend! I get butterflies in my stomach whenever I say that.

Hope you all had a nice long weekend (for my Canadian friends). More soon!

– C

Boxes and Business Trips


Hello friends

Time just seems to be flying by at such a crazy rate. I saw today on my Google homepage countdown box that we are down to 23 days before the big move. I am leaving on a business trip to Calgary tomorrow morning and I come home on Sunday, which means we will be out of the 20s and into the teens at that point. I am trying not to flip out in the meantime, as there is nothing I can do about it while I am on the other side of the country. I am hoping Sean feels some motivation by being left to  his own devices for 5 whole days (he is quite excited about not having to fight me for blankets for a few days at least) and he will start packing up some stuff.

I went through a blitz of packing and moving this weekend. I moved out our dining room table, which found a new home with a friend of mine as we have a beautiful wood antique table waiting for us in my parents garage. Also now joining the table in their garage are all the other boxes that I had already packed. I promptly filled up all this empty space with more and more and more boxes. The kitchen is now empty except for the essentials, food and regularly-used dishes and glasses. Ditto for the bathroom. All the DVDs (except for SImpsons and Entourage for Sean), books, and board games are packed up. And yet we still seem to have a ton of stuff hanging around. Clothes will have to wait for the last week, as who knows what I will want to wear in the next 23 days. I am not that organized!

I am now going through all the paperwork and phonecalls to make this actually happen. I have been on the phone with my insurance guy, my notary, our real estate agent and the current owner all multiple times in the last two days. If I can give you a piece of advice, only buy a house once in your life and then stay there FOREVER. That is my plan, I never want to move again. Good thing I am in love with this house! I have no pictures or interesting links because I am in a panic meltdown but soon we will be moved in and we can get to the fun part of painting and organizing and nesting.

The top picture is the place I am dreaming about, and will be visiting in two weeks time. I can’t wait to take a breather from work and packing and boxes at the beach for a weekend.

Talk to you soon.