ballet, Barbie, Online Communities, preschoolers, Swan Lake, swimming, thankful, Weight Watchers
Well hello there Sunday!
It’s been a mostly good week over here. So, it’s easy enough for me to get my attitude of gratitude on this weekend for Lizzi’s Ten Things of Thankful Weekend Blog Hop.
- I’m thankful that it’s a balmy -4 degree Celsius outside today. And that it was -1 yesterday! Sure, that comes with a dumping of snow, but compared to what we’ve been living with for the past while here, that’s almost T-Shirt weather. And they couldn’t have asked for a better forecast for the start of Winterlude.
- The article I contributed for Ottawa Mommy Club was posted over there Tuesday. I’m thankful for the chance to submit and join in with that community. Do check it out (shameless plug, shameless plug).
- I’m thankful for Weight Watchers. I rejoined last weekend and have lost 3.2 lbs to date. Given I only really want to lose about 10, I figure that’s a pretty good start. That said, I stretched out as I was typing here just now and my eldest ran across the room, poked my bellybutton, and yelled beep beep! Cute; but it slightly dampened my minor weight loss pride. Getting back to the rejoining though, I suspect I’m also using it as a tool to feel control over at least one aspect of my life and so, by proxy, hopefully feel control over other aspects (ie: “Hi WW, here’s $60 some dollars. Fix this!“) Nothing unhealthy or “red flag-like” about that, right? Never mind. I’m just going to be thankful and not over think it. Focussing on being healthy is a nice way to steer my attention. I’ve felt pretty good all week. And I even managed to bring my lunch to work four out of five days! I put that all in the win column.
- I’m thankful for a fun night out Thursday for dinner and drinks with a friend. Saved my points; didn’t over do it; good food; good conversation; good music. Nice way to unwind. I also confirmed I still don’t like bourbon. Not even all fancied up Louisiana Speakeasy style in a cocktail. It’s important to revisit these things from time to time to make sure one’s views haven’t changed – right?
- I’m thankful to Kamerine over at Life of K who featured my blog in her “Friday Feature” series last week. Every now and then she profiles various Canadian bloggers and Friday, I was honoured and surprised to find out it was me 🙂 Have a look and cruise about her blog!
- I’m thankful for season tickets to Ballet at the NAC and the fact that I got an evening out with my girlfriend yesterday evening to go see Swan Lake performed by the National Ballet. We’ve been going together for about five years now – 3-4 ballets a year – and this was my type of ballet – ie: traditional escapist silly frilly tutus girly fun as opposed to modern “trying to make some sort of statement by kicking a soccer ball around the stage in our underwear” dance, which I just don’t “get” (I’d note the example is serious, a few years ago there was one show where the National Ballet did just that). But getting back to last night – it was beautiful. Opulent costumes; beautiful set; good dancing.
- I’m thankful for Barbie Entertainment. I mentioned at dinner yesterday that I was going to see Swan Lake with my friend and my 4-year-old perked right up and started telling me all about Odette and the whole ballet in fairly accurate and great detail. I then, of course, remembered, that we’d rented Barbie Swan Lake a number of times from the video store. Apparently she’d been paying attention. And I’m now looking forward to taking her to the ballet in a few years…
- I’m thankful for my daycare provider (I should really keep a running tally of how often she and my mother make this list). We confirmed this week that she can take my eldest for March Break AND the summer – so I don’t have to worry about the world of day camps yet – and I know she’ll enjoy herself there with her sister and her daycare friends. Her daughter made my daughter a friendship bracelet that totally made HER day. She had spare mitts for my eldest on the day she left them at home (after I handed them to her on the way out the house). And we’re off to a birthday this afternoon for one of the boys she met there. All in all a great environment for my girls.
- I’m thankful my wallet didn’t get swiped when I left it out at the pool last Sunday. In the world of “I obviously have a few too many things on the go” I took my two daughters to the wave pool last Sunday. We got changed and I dutifully locked up our coats, boots, clothes, towels and shampoo and off we went for a nice hour of splashing about. Came back to the change room to find my backpack – containing all my valuables like wallet, iPhone, iPod – sitting out on the bench where I’d left it. So very thankful everything was still there.
- I was woken up yesterday morning at about 7:30 to the sound of little feet pitter pattering around the house. Stool being moved; cupboards being opened…. I lay in bed half asleep not thinking about it too much, until my 4-year-old came into our bedroom to inform me that she’d made me breakfast. Sure enough, there was my cereal all poured into a bowl with milk for me. Sure, it was a plastic bowl, because those were the ones she could reach, and there was a bit of mess to clean up, but the gesture made my heart smile. So I’m thankful for breakfast yesterday and the love that went into making it.
That’s it from me. Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I don’t feel the need to watch myself given this ape has already predicted the Sea Hawks will win.
Have a great week everyone!
How sweet of your daughter to make you breakfast!
So so precious for your little girl to make breakfast. #1 is it.
It sounds like you had a great week. Congratulations on your blog being featured and your weight loss. Keep going!
I remember the days when I had to line up day camps, not much fun and it must be such a relief to know that it’s all taken care of.
Have a fantastic week and look forward to hearing good things again next week:)
Yeah – I’m not looking forward to the “camp” stage of life – I’ve heard stories. So I was relieved to know I wouldn’t have to deal with it this year.
Thanks re: the weight loss – it had been feeling a wee bit like I didn’t have it in control for the past two months – so it’s nice to at least know where I stand again (and have things moving in the right direction 🙂
Michelle Liew said:
It sounds like a great week, Kerri!!
Lisa @ The Meaning of Me said:
That is really sweet…I’m trying right now to get my Hub and daughter to make me lunch, but it’s not working. 😦
Fun times with friends are great – and so important, right?
So cool that your daughter knew the Swan Lake story. Hey, even if it’s the Barbie version, it’s an introduction to something awesome!
I hear you on the temps – I was never so glad to see 32 degrees in my life! Felt positively balmy.
Have a wonderful week!
It’s funny. I was ready to HATE Barbie Entertainment when it first infiltrated my home – but, all things considered? It’s actually not bad.
And yes, I’d say time out with friends is pretty crucial for general sanity and mental health 🙂
Thanks for the kind comment!
Lizzi R said:
OHHHH That is the CUTEST THING!
Great work getting the guest post article and on losing the weight. I’m wondering whether the continual long runs aren’t working that well for me any more. Might need to change it up with sprinting or something. I like your idea about hills.
I do “hills” on a treadmill and I honestly think that incorporating those made a difference. Instead of a longer, slow steady run, what I usually do is about 5 minutes flat running, working up to my pace, and then I gradually increase the incline every 2.5 minutes until I hit about 20 minutes (and that’s HARD) – If I can maintain at my highest hill for 5 I do, if not, I don’t push it, and then I decrease incrementally from my peak in 2.5 minute chunks again – so it feels like its getting progressively easier while I’m still really doing incline work.
I have no idea what a sports trainer would have to say about the approach, but it works for me. It also helps me think about my workout in shorter sections rather than “oh my God I’m going for a 45 minute run!”
I haven’t done playing with speeds for a while – but that certainly ups the challenge/keep your body guessing function too. Good luck!
And yeah – breakfast was pretty awesome 😉
I love your list. Your daughter making you breakfast totally warmed my heart. It’s so great she was introduced to ballet at an early age. I hope she likes the real deal in a few years!
Thanks! Yeah, the breakfast thing pretty much rocked. As for ballet – I agree that’s pretty cool as well. I’m thinking maybe I’ll get tickets to the Nutcracker at the NAC for next Christmas. She’ll be 5 by then – it’ll be a late night, but I think it might work….
Aw, what sweet girls you have. As much as I don’t like breakfast in bed, I do so love the thoughtfulness of the kids who make it.
Season tickets to the ballet? Fantastic!
Yay! A ballet fan!
I always find it interesting in this link up to see what it is people zone in on. I never did ballet as a child, but I think it’s beautiful. And I like the music (I was a band geek in high school 😉
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