Monthly Archives: September 2011

One Week

Last night, I was flipping through the movie choices on Netflix, and came across the Canadian-made movie “One Week.” The movie centers around a young man who finds out he has terminal cancer and that his days are numbered. This prompts him to purchase a motorcycle and drive across Canada to buy himself time before starting cancer treatment and “becoming a patient.”

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This movie got me thinking about my own life and how I live. It really made me think how I spend almost everyday of the week waiting for it to be 4:00PM on Friday. Living for the weekend. Everything I want to do, like go for that hike, or venture out of town to spend an evening drinking Starbucks and reading books in a big comfy chair at Chapters, I put off doing during the work week.

I don’t have enough time.

I have to work tomorrow.

I need to get to bed at a decent hour (which rarely, if ever, actually happens).

I don’t live during the week. I merely go through the motions, all the while anticipating the arrival of Friday evening when I can actually begin living for two days.

So what exactly would I do if my days were numbered?

I sure as heck wouldn’t be laying on the couch, flipping through Netflix options, no matter what day of the week it is!

I would get up early enough to watch the sunrise.

I would throw my iPhone from the top of my apartment building and watch it shatter, all the while rejoicing in never having to answer another e-mail or text message. Ever. Again.

I would sit on the patio of a little coffee shop for hours with a warm mug of coffee cupped between my hands, and a pile of magazines sprawled out on the table.

I would write you a 2-page letter and finally tell you that I love you and adore everything about you. Your grey hairs. Your goofy sense of humour. Even the fact that you have absolutely no fashion sense what-so-ever. I find it all endearing.

I would stop worrying about the mileage on my truck, or how quickly I’m getting to my destination, and just drive.

I would set out in an ocean kayak and take in the smell of the sea and the surroundings. I would kayak until my arms feel like two rubber poles that can no longer go.

I would hike with my best friends and stop frequently to take pictures. No timing how quickly we make it to the top and back down.

I would sink my hands and feet into sand while looking out on a pristine body of water.

I would sit down with my parents and enjoy a glass of wine and ask them both a gazillion questions about their lives.

I would sit out on my deck surrounded by candlelight and watch the sunset.

I would kiss and let the butterflies take over.

What would you do if you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live?

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Small City Girl

Hey everyone! Happy Monday! Can’t believe another weekend has come and gone. My Saturday and Sunday were very laidback. Exactly what I needed after a crazy work week!

My Friday night on the other hand, was a little more eventful. I went with one of my girlfriends to the LMFAO and Ke$ha concert.

When I say our evening was nothing short of crazy, I mean it.

  • Witnessed domestic abuse a couple rows down from us. Thank goodness the police were there! So awkward and disturbing to see in a public place.
  • Had a beer thrown at me.
  • I ran off to the washroom in the middle of the concert (and to give my lungs a break from the plumes of pot smoke that kept blowing down from above), and apparently two seconds after I vacated my seat, a major fight broke out in the row above. I came back to find the arena hosts cleaning-up all sorts of fight debris from our row.
  • Ke$ha ended the concert by yelling at us all to “get laid.” Errr, ok…

The night overall was a crazy experience for this small city girl! I was so happy to get back to my small city apartment and snuggle up in my bed, where I was safe from flying plastic cups of beer!

Moving onto this week, I have a few “exciting” plans on the agenda, including:

  • A gluten-free baking class.
  • Jersday dinner with the BFF.
  • Shopping in Seattle this weekend.
  • A running race this weekend.

For the race this weekend, I have a choice between a 5K and a 10K. The distance I’ll end up doing ultimately depends on how ambitious I’m feeling come the end of the week. However, I’ve never run a 5K race; whereas I’ve ran plenty of 10K runs.

Which race would you go for – a “speedy” 5K run or “go the distance” with a 10K?

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Brand New

The blog name has officially been changed!

… That only took me a week.

Actually, making a blog header that I liked took a week. I went through many, many drafts. I struggled through many hours with Photoshop. And in the end, I settled with the most simple design I came up with… Go figure!

Anyways, onto today’s eats!

I was a little rushed this morning, so I brought breakfast to work with me.

A banana, gluten-free instant oatmeal, and a coffee with a touch of skim milk.

For the past month I’ve been skipping breakfast. Why-oh-why?! Even just eating a breakfast thrown together before heading out the door made me feel so much better than dealing with a growling tummy all morning!

I don’t ever eat oatmeal, and this gluten-free one reminded me a lot more of Cream of Wheat than actual oatmeal. And, it was super bland! I know the healthy living blog world is full of oatmeal love, so I’m going to have to get more creative and bring some yummy toppings with me to spice these “oats” up.

When noon rolled around, I headed home, broke-out the blender, and made myself a “bad boy” green monster.

This one is packed with an overflowing handful of spinach, chocolate almond milk, and lots of hazelnut butter and ground flax.

I’ve got a few more hours of work on the agenda, and Jerzday dinner tonight. Hope you’re all enjoying your Thursday!

What are your favourite oatmeal toppings?

What I Ate Wednesday – Tonsillitis Edition

Hey all! This is the first time I’ve decided to participate in What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW). Please note, my Wednesday eats were definitely not typical; hence “tonsillitis edition.” I normally eat at least 6x the amount of food shown, and definitely don’t consume soup and smoothies all day long ’cause that’s just so blah!! But I will take healthy, filling green monsters over a Boost or Ensure anyday! Hopefully soon enough I’ll be able to participate in the actual WIAW once my eats are back to normal.

I woke-up this morning with a sore throat. I went into work, where I had the nurse practitioner take a look at my throat. Sure enough, my tonsils are swollen, inflammed, and… gross! She diagnosed me with tonsillitis and strep throat, signed off a prescription and told me to go home, rest, get plenty of fluids, and start the treatment.

My tonsils are hugely swollen, so there was no fitting solid food down there… Trust me, I tried! (That TJ’s toaster waffle did NOT go down… Owwie!) So it’s been…

This whole container of soup:

Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies! My favourite being the Nutella Green Monster creation I made this evening… Mmmm!

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1.25 cups of vanilla almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp hazelnut butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp flax

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into blender. Blend until desired consistency – for sick peeps with sore throats, this means blended until real smooth.

And, these “babies”:

I do not like taking medication, but anything that helps to decrease the swelling that is preventing me from eating solids is A-OK with me!

I’m already starting to feel better, so I’m hoping to be able to eat some formed foods tomorrow. I don’t know how people can do purée diets… All I can think of is all the food I want to make (and eat) once I’m feelin’ better!

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