So, Hey!

Does anyone even read this thing anymore? Where do I even begin? Well, let’s start with the most recent life development and work our way backwards, shall we? I’m going to use point form because I need to go to bed and you don’t want to hang out here all day, right? Right.

First::: Tonight I joined Crossfit. I know, I’m late to the party on this one and I’ve talked about my dislike for the price before, and I have known for awhile that I would love it if I actually bit the bullet and joined, but let’s be honest… it’s intimidating and I’m a wimp. You see, my wedding is 60 days away and it is officially crunch time. Like, for real this time. I did a short fitness assessment class tonight with the head coach (?) and I am having trouble walking. #prayforme

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Second::: Speaking of the wedding coming up, we have been having family & friends visiting for the past 3 weeks (more on that later) and we have been eating out and drinking much more than normal. I was sad to see them go, but my body needs to detox-and-a-half and it couldn’t have come sooner. The cleaner eating resolve officially started yesterday, here was our dinner of dijon glazed salmon and garlic asparagus – YUM! I don’t love salmon, it’s kind of “fishy”… I know, it’s a fish, but you know what I’m saying. Anyways this glaze made with honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and olive oil was the perfect way to make me forget what I was eating. IMG_20150331_064200

Third::: I got eyelash extensions on Monday night. I know, first Crossfit and now eyelash extensions? Since when did I start caring so much for my appearance? One word: Wedding. Unfortunately I didn’t have much to work with because I have this habit of picking off my mascara each evening while I watch tv and apparently I’m the only one in the universe who does this?! I got shamed at the eyelash place. Anyways, sometimes my real lashes come out with it, and don’t judge me right now. Here is my meager extensions, and I’m hoping mine grow more over the next few weeks and next time there is more happening up there.

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Fourth:::: Well, now for the real reason I’ve been absent from updating you all on life in a lump instead of ongoing like I should be. First, we had James’ groomsman Ben and his wife Emily come to stay with us for a couple days. Then my dad & stepmom came a couple of days later and stayed for 5 days, and then my sister came mere hours after my dad & stepmom left (!!) and then she stayed with us for a few nights. We’ve been entertaining up a storm, you guys.

My visit with my dad & stepmom wasn’t nearly long enough, I hadn’t seen them in person for 11 months so I gave them more hugs than was socially acceptable. I cried really, really hard when they left. For hours. It wasn’t cute. Here’s a picture of my dad and I at Capilano on the Cliff Walk.

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We made so many amazing memories and I’m so grateful that they were able come and visit us and get some quality time in.

When my sister came to town we had a sleepover at the Fairmont because she was doing a course there and we went to the restaurant at my work for dinner because, 50% off… duh. And you guys, the food was to die for. To DIE! 491955877 This was only half of the food we ordered but I basically dove in to the rest and forgot to take pictures. Please keep your judgements to yourself.

On Saturday night we went to Granville Island to the improv show again (we had just taken my dad & stepmom the weekend before) and it was beyond exciting because they chose me to be a judge (!!!). Exciting, right? Well that’s not even all. I also tweeted a suggestion for an improv skit, and they chose my suggestion and I got free tickets for next time. BOOM! And also my hair was really working for me if you hadn’t noticed. It was my night, it really was.

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Last::: Well, that’s as far back as I feel like recalling tonight. I had that challenging crossfit thing earlier, and blogging, and I had this annoying thing called work earlier for the WHOLE DAY, rude. And, I just really need to get to bed. I have too many responsibilities and I basically have no idea how I’m going to juggle a kid into this life of mine one day. No clue.

Comments:

WHAT IS NEW IN YOUR LIFE?! I’ve been MIA and I’m behind the times, tell me everything!

Crossfit – have you done it? Did you survive the initial assessment?

Send me your salmon suggestions. I’ve got a lot of salmon in my future from now til May 30th so help me not get bored! mmk, thanks :)

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Burnt Out

Oh, hi! I haven’t posted in a really long time, you may or may not have noticed. I have been drafting posts all over the place, but I second guess them and think they’re terrible so I never hit publish. I don’t know what my problem is lately. So, I thought I’d check in and let you know that I’m still alive and well over here.

Sometimes I find it hard to be an adult. This is a really immature statement I realize, but its hard.

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Insta-laughs & Movie Night!

Heyo! I’m feeling a little lack of inspiration today but wanted to pop in, so I thought that I’d share my favourite Instagram finds of the week. Basically, my favourite Instagram accounts are: girlwithnojob, betches,  and dilfs_of_disneyland (this last one is purely for gratuitous man candy). You should follow all of these accounts immediately (plus mine, obvi) for daily chuckles to help you get through the work day. You’re welcome.

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Forest & Urban Adventures

Raise your hand if you didn’t want this weekend to end? Yeah, me too. We had a pretty eventful weekend of exploring both forest landscapes and urban ones, in equal parts. Vancouver is a city that get’s a crapload of rain, so when we get a weekend of sunshine it means that us + everyone else in Vancouver were outdoors and soaking up the sun. Note, my family & friends in Ontario are experiencing extreme cold weather and so much snow right now. I miss them so much, but I do not miss that weather.

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Food, Food, Food.. And Other Stuff

This week is too long, I can’t even handle it. Last week was a long weekend in BC so it was only a 4-day work week and that is making this week feel extra long. Help meeeee. So anyways, I wish it was Friday up in here, but alas… it’s only Thursday but I’d like to tell you about some things. Most of things things are about food.

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Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos

So, I mentioned our amazing dinner last night and I thought that it deserved its own post. I take eating very seriously, it’s truly my favourite activity. Sunday was a sunny, incredible day outside and it made us want something fresh and light for dinner, something that reminded us of Summer. I had bought some frozen shrimp awhile back and decided to whip them into something amazing, enter Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos! Check it. 

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Thawed Shrimp (I used peeled, deveined frozen shrimp)
  2. 1 Avocado
  3. 1/4 Red onion
  4. 1 Lime
  5. Fresh cilantro
  6. Chili powder
Instructions
  1. Squeeze fresh lime juice onto thawed shrimp (about 1/2 lime)
  2. Sprinkle chili powder, salt, and pepper onto shrimp.
  3. Cook in iron skillet until shrimp opaque and lightly browned
  4. Finely dice red onion, avocado, and cilantro for a fresh salsa
  5. Build an amazing tortilla!
Notes
  1. Note: We decided to make homemade tortillas out of corn flour because we like to make life more difficult. It was amazing though, and you should do it too. We used this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/corn-tortillas/
http://www.liverunsparkle.com/
 While making your own corn tortilla’s isn’t the most time efficient thing to do, it is amazing to eat something that you made with your own hands and know all ingredients. We took some corn tortillas and baked them in the oven to make healthy corn chips. Chips for dinner? Yes and yes! 

Comments: 

Tell me your favourite taco recipe?? 

Do you like shrimp? 

Ever tried your own tortillas? 

 

 

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A Valentines Day Adventure

It’s the end of the weekend, blah. I have the Sunday night blues right now because this work week ahead is going to be a busy one. Anyways, blog land is full of weekend recaps this time of the week. so, here is mine.

On Saturday, we started our Valentines Day celebration early and had exchanged valentines day cards by 7:00 AM. We both wish we could sleep in, but we just aren’t physically capable. My internal clock is so rude. I made us heart-shaped banana pancakes because, #festive. James surprised me with roses at 7AM, I think I’ll keep him.

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Long Weekend Lounging

This weekend was a long weekend in BC and I was so grateful for the extra day without stress and responsibilities. I needed it so, so badly. James and I spent 80% of our weekend in our track pants and it was glorious.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Scandal is consuming all of my free time and my every thought when I’m not watching it. I was actually at Target today and I was suspiciously eyeing everyone around me to see if I was under some kind of government surveillance. I’m telling you, its consuming me.

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Speaking of Target, all Canadian Target stores are closing and are currently in liquidation. It’s the most devastating thing to happen to me in a long time. I know, #firstworldproblems. I went to the makeup aisle in hopes of scoring some deals, and was greeted with this. Empty shelves and no produce to choose from..rude.

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In other news, in addition to spending the majority of the weekend lounging x 10 and hiking, I did a little cooking. The other day I picked up the Oh She Glows vegan cookbook from Angela’s blog. I have read her blog for years and can’t believe that I didn’t have her cookbook yet. I was flipping through it and the Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup really caught my eye because we had all of the ingredients already. that’s such a rare occurrence in our lives that I have to jump on the opportunity when it does. I made this recipe on Sunday night for James and I, and it was the perfect rainy night meal that was really filling but healthy. I subbed chopped spinach for chopped kale. I try to sneak kale in whenever possible because rumour has it it’s good for us, or something like that. 

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Don’t judge me, the one in the cookbook looked so much better but it tasted amazing nonetheless. We won’t be eating vegan everyday because cheese and meat are kind of important to us, but I could definitely get used to more meals along these lines.

Well, it’s back to the grind tomorrow morning. I have a very early one ahead of me, the party’s over.

Comments:

Did you have a long weekend?

Have you tried any vegan recipes?

Scandal – have you seen it?!

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Lighthouse Park

This weekend is a long weekend in BC and I’m loving every minute. We spent most of Saturday doing some wedding planning tasks on our laptops while having a Scandal marathon on Netflix because it was a rainy day. I can’t even stop it with this show. Does anyone else watch it? Today we decided to peel ourselves off the couch and to get some fresh air and exercise and head over to Lighthouse Park in North Vancouver. We did our first trail run / hike of 2015 and the fresh air, the smell of the forest, the scenes, it was the perfect thing to get me out of my lazy Winter funk.

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January Check In

Hi! You may remember my post on January 2nd where I posted my weight and measurements in an effort to be accountable to you all, and myself. Well, on Saturday it was the end of January which meant that it was time to check in on my weight and measurements. January was a tough month between very long work days, wedding stress, and coming down with a terrible cold, I had trouble sticking to my set workout schedule and keeping my cravings at bay so I was dreading this weigh in. I was shocked and so excited to learn that I lost 4.5 lbs and 4.25” in the month of January! Given my challenges, I’m happy to have had these results. I have some way to go but I’m excited about the progress nonetheless. Continue reading

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