Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Road to Disney: It's ON!

Sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet.  
...and other times, you just have to have a friend like Tara who drags you out of {the proverbial} bed and kicks you in the butt to get you going.

So Tara didn't actually have to drag me out of bed since I now have a human alarm clock that doesn't understand the concept of sleeping in, but that right up there in running form is what happened today.
You see, Tara has this weird thing that she does where she takes me seriously.  Like, when I say, "hey, we should totally do Couch to 5K!" she actually thinks I mean it and then I end up having to do it.  Or when I say, "Disney has a princess half marathon.  We should totally run an ass-crap amount of kilometers that normal people would just DRIVE for a medal!" 
Take it easy, Gordon!
CONFESSION: Yes.  Yes, I really do want the medal. It's got sparkles and rhinestones and HEL-LO! {it was his fiftieth birthday!} it's in the shape of a TIARA! What? like I run and pee in bushes for the sheer joy of it?
Where was I going with this?  Right.  So about this Disney idea.  That happened and yesterday, I messaged her and said, "Hey! Want to go for a walk at the track tomorrow?" So today I got The Little Miss all milk coma-ed, packed up and off to the track we went.  I chilled on the gear and heavy duty milk straps (I feel very wrong calling a sports bra that, I feel like I crossed a line...) because here I am thinking we're WALKING and we get there and surprise, we're NOT walking. Whaaaat?!
We started out walking and then Tara's looking at her watch and she's announcing that it's time to start running.  So I said, okay, have fun with that, I'll meet up with you later as I continue to get my walk on and she totally shamed me into running.  
CONFESSION: Plus, apparently everyone and their grandmothers seem to have gotten the memo that today was bring a kid and stroller to the track day because there were a TON of strollers out and one of the ladies was even running.  I wasn't about to get lapped again, my friends.  Not on my watch! {I'm not sure what that means or how it relates to this topic, but read it in a really dramatic, self-sacrificing movie voice.}
So here I am running {like legit running, none of this woggling-as-fast-as-people-are-walking business} and everything's all wiggly and jiggly and I feel like I could possible leak everywhere.  Plus, pushing a stroller in front of me with both hands makes me feel like an awkward running T-Rex.

Well, that one looks like he's prancing.  Which now that I think about it is probably closer to what I looked like.  But look at his arms.  That's what my arms look like when I run with a stroller.  I'm afraid if I continue to run like that, my arms will get stuck that way.
...Also, with everyone who meets The Little Miss commenting on how much she looks like Bart, I've started to develop a little...thing.  I mention it in the video we shot to commemorate our inaugural Road to Disney run, so you might be able to notice what it is.  
Right, so with that said.  There's a video!  I thought that with my referring to it as the "Road to Disney," I could kind of make it into a thing and document the journey. 

So...that's "Day 1".  I'm not really sure if it's official because I went into it thinking we were just going for a walk and then it wasn't and well..everyone knows the mental portion is like, 90% of the run!  But no worries.  I am ON it!  I've already started the preparation and have gotten out my running and half-marathon training books and lookws up some training plans!  If Tara's really going to take my blabbering seriously and we're really going to do this {I really want that sparkly, tiara medal, y'all} then by gee golly gosh we're going to have a training plan and charts that I can check mark off!
So...okay.  This is happening.  No more talk.  We're training!  With like...real running and sweat and everything! WOW! 
Q: Do you have a workout/training/running buddy that gets you going? 
Are you the one that cracks the whip or do you fly solo?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Runners Tell All Link-up: My Running Story in 250 Words

Happy Monday, friends! (Is there such a thing!?)
During The Little Miss' morning nap, I usually sit down with my glass of iced coffee and settle in to read the blogs on my "Blogs I Love" list.  Today, I was stalking visiting my new running BFF's blog EVELINRUNS and saw that she posted her running story by participating in a link-up hosted by Amanda from The Lady Okie and Beka from Sunshine to the Square Inch.

Every month, they cover different subjects for "runners to tell all" and this month, the subject is telling your running story - but in 250 words or less! For anyone that's read any post from this blog, you would know that that is a CHALLENGE for me so I thought I would give it a shot and participate in my FIRST link-up!
Here we gooo!

After week three!
June 2010

 A co-worker and I had recently started walking over our lunch breaks as a way to get out of the office and to stop us from spending money (since we used to go to the mall a lot!) 

On one of our walks, I happened to mention to her that I had heard about the Couch to 5K program that helps any person run 5K in a certain number of weeks. Without thinking about it, I rashly announced that we should do it – not really thinking that Tara would actually take me seriously! 

A week later, I’m wearing old running shoes I found in the back of my shoe closet and I’m not just struggling through the 60 second intervals. I had to stop. Unacceptable!

Finished Couch to 5K! Yes, I totally made completion certificates
August 2010
I would have quit except that we found a way to keep us motivated. Running gear. I was convinced that it was my shoes that was holding me back, so I got new ones. Then I was convinced that I would die so I got a heart rate monitor to keep track. We figured we’d feel more like runners if we looked more like runners so to the Nike store for running outfits! On and on! 

Expensive but it kept me going and day by day I went further and (slightly) faster! Next thing I knew, we were hitting 5K’s and then slowly tackling 10K’s! Now, we’ve got our sights set on the Disney Princess Half-Marathon in 2015! I’m on the road to Disney!

After we finished running the 5K and the 2K at the Niagara Falls International Marathon
We both even placed (and medaled!) 3rd in our age groups!
October 2013

BWAHAHAHA! 249 words! I did it! Yay me! *fist bump*

CONFESSION: It was really hard to keep the story under 250 words and it's slowly killing me that I can't share all the little stories and other details that happened in my journey to running, so if you want to read all the gory details or if you have insomnia and can't sleep, or if you have a big term paper due and doing anything else in the whole world sounds more fun than writing the paper, you can check my C25K series HERE.

Tell me your story, grab a button and link-up over HERE.  If you've arrived here from the link-up, thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you have a nice time and feel free to leave me a comment or two and I hope that you decide to come back!  I am actually loving the link-up and visiting everyone's blogs and hoping to add more to my "Blogs I Love" list!

Next month's topic for March 21st is: favourite running gear/product! I am SO IN!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Snapshot Confessionals

Happy Sunday everyone!
First off :

I couldn't post today without mentioning that! The men's Canadian hockey team takes the Gold from Sweden and that's that!  Canada sweeps the Olympics in gold medals for hockey!
Let's see how the rest of the week went:

Monday was Family day and after Sunday's tubing/birthday festivities, we spent some time with Bart's parents so they could see The Little Miss.  Besides the professional photos we had done for her newborn photoshoot, this might be one of the few family pictures we actually have together.  I'm usually the one behind the lens so this usually always happens.

Weeee! Happy Mail Day! I LOVE Happy Mail Days!  I can't believe I've only just started ordering things from Amazon.  Actually, I know why - I hate waiting for things to arrive via shipping so I'd rather pay more if I can just nip over to a store somewhere and have it ASAP.  But honestly, Amazon has been amazing so far!  I ordered this last Friday and it came on Tuesday!  
Momma Goose Teething Necklace
Focus T25

I originally went online to get my Focus T25 as Bart's {dating} anniversary/Valentine's gift to me and ended up adding an amber teething necklace.  I'd seen a bunch of FB friends talking about it previously and saw their kids wearing it, so I added it as a precaution since I'd started hearing scary stories about teething babies. I know next to nothing about amber teething necklaces...I thought the kiddos were supposed to chew on it. *LOL*

I braved a quick trip to Costco with The Little Miss and I made a beeline to my favourite section - the BOOKS!  I can never leave without at least walking slooowly down the book aisle - at least twice up and down to make sure I catch anything I missed on the first pass.  This time around, I couldn't go as slow as I wanted because I'm still nervous going out with her (even though nobody's touching her), so it was more of a whirlwind pass down the aisle and I grabbed two books for me and I can never go anywhere without picking something up for her.

We get home and WEEEEE!!! it's a Happy Mail Day again! And SO cool, it's my StrideBox subscription that I signed up for last month before The Little Miss came!  The other package is baby-related of course and bonus, I didn't even pay for it!  It was one of those free baby items that I just had to pay shipping for!  I love me some mail days.  Is it bad (in more ways than one) that I can't think of anything else to order or buy to make sure I continue to have Happy Mail Days? Baaaaad!

Next day, Mel and I managed our first "Mama and Baby" stroller walk at the track.  It's awesome how spending time and chatting with a friend makes things feel like they went so fast.  We walked around for almost an hour at a pretty leisurely pace and just chatted about new mommy kind of things.  Leisurely pace and idle chat aside, it totally didn't escape our notice when people lapped us.  It was fine.  It's our first time out after all.

CONFESSION: It kind of wasn't fine... *LOL*  And by kind of, I mean not at all...

So the next night, Bart spent some time in the evening with The Little Miss (I finally managed to get away around 8 in the evening - it's hard to just decide something and pick up and go when baby's come into the picture) and I went back to the track.  I felt a little like the old me - or perhaps I should say I tried to bring back a little of the old me and got back into my much missed rainbow kneesocks and my much more missed Skora running shoes.  I forgot I just had a baby and gained a crap-ton of weight during the pregnancy and got back into some shorts that I probably should have left well enough alone.  Meh.

Thought I'd start out with some dynamic warmups and tried to do some high knees and jumping jacks.  Everything started to jiggle and wiggle so I decided I didn't really need to warm up really...
Took it at an easy jog (read: I wouldn't let anyone walking pass me) and just got a feel for it.  
In all honesty, I think my body is doing pretty well with trying to get back into the swing of things.  I was out of breath and my legs were feeling okay, but what I didn't count on - or perhaps what I forgot - was the mental aspect of it all.  The second I started jogging, my mind was just telling me it was okay to stop.  It had every single thought and excuse for me to just stop.  I made sure that I made it past the ten minute mark and it got better and I was able to just zone out on the run.  I had one earbud in my ear but I never really like running with music because I like to pay attention to my run instead and I definitely needed to for my first time out (not including the treadmill - everyone knows the treadmill is like... a last resort kind of run - it makes things feel too easy).  
I noticed I had some work to do on my form.  When I first started out, I was overweight, but I think it was pretty well balanced.  I was overweight everywhere.  Now, I feel like most of my weight is all centered around my...center, so it's changed some things for me.  Plus, with feeling more fatigued, I noticed that I was hunching a bit more and my arms were flailing around more from side to side.  I caught myself a few times before I tried to make sure to straighten up, run tall while following Run, Eat, Repeat's 'hips, nips and chips' form.  I wanted to keep my running form as clean as I could so I didn't start back up while taking up some bad  habits.  I also concentrated on my landing and heel strikes and turnover.  In other words, I've got some things to work on to build up my endurance and speed, but I'm very glad that it doesn't feel like I'm starting right from square one.

Check out the new addition to my workout door.  I've decided that since I've slowly started up with the running again, I would wait until the six-week mark to add the T25 work outs.  I don't have a follow-up appointment set up with my OB or my family doctor (I thought I would have one, but when I called my OB's office to make one, the secretary said it wasn't necessary unless I really wanted one - read: she made me feel like I'd be a weirdo if I insisted on one) so I said that was fine.  The Little Miss has an appointment with our family doctor next week so I'll mention it then.  In the meantime, Shaun T can wait a couple more weeks for me to make sure I'm good to go without setting myself back by jumping in too soon.
I'm hoping that once I've started in on the fitness aspect of my lifestyle, the healthy eating will eventually pick up too.  Right now, I feel like I just want to eat chocolate bars and chicken nuggets for the next few months.  My mind knows it's bad, but the rest of me is practically demanding it.  
Anywho...that was here and there throughout the week.  We don't have too many things planned for next week but I'm hoping the awesome weather we've been having (it hasn't warmed up much, but the SUN has made its way out making everything sunny and bright and awesome!) stays put so that we can wander about a bit more.  We'll be heading to Melissa's neck of the woods to walk their city's track with them, otherwise, it'll be a surprise what other shenanigans I can come up with for The Little Miss and I.  Hopefully there will be more Happy Mail Days!
Q: How was your week?  Do you have anything fun planned for the coming week?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

StrideBox Review - February 2014

BOOM!  It's finally HERE!
Which means that I have officially joined the world of box subscriptions with one of my very own!
ABOUT | "StrideBox is a fun and exciting way to discover running products and accessories. Each month, as a member, you will receive a curated box of apparel, accessories, and nutrition products to fuel your training sessions, workouts, and races."
COST | $15/month
SHIPS TO | USA, Canada (+ $5 shipping)
Ignore the other package, it's not included with the StrideBox.  It was just a happy mail day!

I ordered my subscription on January 16th and my first box arrived today.  I'm already pumped for March to come!

The package was a little smaller than I expected, but I don't really know why I was expecting it to be any bigger.  I guess it all depends on what's inside it for the month.

Ooooh!  Aaaah!  STUFF!!!

Sharkies Turbo Energy Chews - Strawberry - Value: $2.54/pack

Pocket Fuel - Cold Brew Coffee Energy Shot - Value $1.49/packet

I've seen Sharkies and Pocket Fuel around during my various running store haunts, but have never actually tried them out before so I was excited to see these included in this month's box.  I have "Mommy and Me" track date tomorrow and am hoping to get a run or two in this week, but I'm not sure I'll be using them just quite yet as I'll have to double check what kind of energy supplement I can take while breastfeeding.  Out of the two, I'm looking forward to trying the cold brew coffee shot as I've been having this thing with coffee since my pregnancy.  The Sharkies kind of remind me of sour gummy bears or some similar candy, so it's a no brainer I'm pumped to be able to try those.  They'll definitely come in handy during my half-marathon training and trial fuel runs!

CeraSport Hydration Drink - Fruit Punch - Value $3.83

Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix - Pineapples - Value $1.95

More products I'm looking forward to trying as I've been having a love affair with hydration tablets since my pregnancy as well.  Although I've been using the Gu tablets, I haven't really found anything I'm totally loving, so I've still been on the lookout for my go-to hydrator.  I know I'm definitely not a fan of the Nuun flavor tablets I've tried or the Vega rehydrator that I bought, though for both, it could just be the flavors I'm choosing.  I tend to gravitate to the pink lemonade and citrus flavors and I have a hard time branching out, so getting samples of different flavors I wouldn't have had the courage to try is already a bonus for me.  I hope I'm not ruining it by saying that I kind of have high hopes for the pineapple Skratch!

February 21 UPDATE: So I headed over to the track today and thought I'd give CeraSport a shot and dumped it into my water bottle after going online to check if it's okay to drink while nursing.  Since the flavor is fruit punch, it was a pretty pink color.  Yeah, that's about all it has going for it.  I know that hydration drinks aren't supposed to taste like Kool-Aid, but this tasted like I melted down crayons and mixed it with water, y'all.  That was my very FIRST initial reaction.  I took a huge sip and was immediately like "OH. WTH?" after I swallowed (umm...TWSS? No?)  I kind of shook my head and thought I must have judged too quickly and took another big sip and this time, I couldn't even make myself swallow it.  I spit it back into the sink and that's the end of my acquaintance with CeraSport.  The rest of the entire bottle went down the sink and I was kind of resentful about that because that's a waste of perfectly good water I had and it takes forever to fill that bottle. OVERALL: I would not recommend this particular flavor to a friend.

CONFESSION: Prior to receiving this, I totally just placed an order for Advocare's rehydrator and Spark since it seems to be all the rage and hype these days.  I need to be in the know!  Besides, it could be the next thing that will up my game!  Did I mention that I start half-marathon training soon!? Say whaaat?

Mission Skincare Revitalizing Lip Therapy - Value $3.99/tube

Mission Skincare Foot Synergy Gel - Value $7.89/ 2oz tube

Two samples from the same company.  While I'm a fan of lip gloss and balms, unfortunately, I've already got a weakness for a particular brand as I'm quite picky about what I put on my lips (when I even remember to do so).  I am considering keeping this in my SpiBelt since the description notes that it soothes and hydrates dry, cracked, weather damaged lips.  Might come in handy since I'll be starting to run outside pretty soon.

Rise Protein+ Bar in Almond Honey - Value $2.33

The Rise 20 grams of protein bar is touted to have three simple ingredients and is gluten free and promises to help recovery after a run.  I like trying all kinds of protein bars since it's hard to find one that doesn't chew and taste like cardboard in your mouth.  Lately, Balance Bars have been my jam, but I'm always up for trying other kinds.  I usually stick them all over the place where I could get hungry - my purse, lunch bag, gym bag, glove compartment (NOT fun when done in the summer heat though), desk drawer, etc.

Safety Clip-on LED Light - Value $4.99

Lastly, some stuff from StrideBox.  A couple fun stickers that I know I'll be able to find a home for - chances are the "I {heart} 2 run" will go in my planner as well as the bacon powered one.

For this month's accessory, I had no idea what it was until I checked my product card and saw that it is a clip-on LED light.  Cool!  It just clicks on and off and clicking it twice puts into flashing mode as opposed to a steady LED pink light.  It makes me wish I didn't watch Criminal Minds or take criminal psychology otherwise I'd run outside more often with this baby.  Who knows, I wouldn't object to night running if I had someone or people to go with.  This will be handy if that ever happens!

Overall, I'm satisfied with February's box (probably since I don't really have anything to compare it to just yet!)  I paid $20.00 for February and I received approximately $21.37 in samples.  It gave a good assortment of "stuff" as in not just things to ingest and I'm glad to be trying out more hydration brands and flavors.

Can't wait to see what March's StrideBox has in store for me!

DISCLAIMER: I purchased a subscription to StrideBox personally for my own use and provided a review for fun.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  The provided links contain affiliations.  While you are under no obligation to make any purchases, should you do so by clicking on the links I have provided, I will earn a small percentage based on your purchase in commission.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

{Road to Disney} It's a DATE!

This is it.  The first official marker of my "Road to Disney" dream/goal.  Up until now it was just an idea...something akin to what people come up with when they're drunk that they think is an awesome idea, but never actually comes into fruition once sobriety sets in.
But now...

I'm sort of in a bit of a stupor.  Or in awe.  This is going to
be a real thing now!  Not just some random, far-off idea I dreamt up.  There's a date.  It's in my calendar.  I now have something official to work towards.  Not just "oh, I want to run the Disney Princess half marathon some time." Now it's: "I will be running the Disney Princess half marathon on February 22, 2015!"

Planning can really start now!
As a precaution, since I didn't know the exact dates, before I left work for my mat leave, I booked pretty much the entire month of February 2015 off of work for vacation to ensure that nobody would be able to book time off and I'd be SOL.  Now that the date is known, I can actually sit down with Bart and really plan everything out so that we know when we'd like to spend the week there and then I can free up the rest of the dates in February so the rest of the folks can book their vacations or whatever.
The next bonus with knowing the dates now (especially while on mat leave) is that we can start planning $$$!  I am under no disillusions that this won't cost us an arm and a leg, but with the right amount of time and planning ahead, I think we'll be able to find ways to save and look around for deals since this will hopefully also be our first big family vacation with The Little Miss - or "The General" as I've also slowly been getting to fondly refer to her as.
CONFESSION: Is it a bad thing that I kind of fear my own child?  I'm not sure if it's a good thing that I've slowly been looking at this super cute, tiny person with unequal mixtures of adoration, love, fear and terror.  Sometimes, she'll be looking at me and making all these cute faces or smiling and drooling and my heart is all gooey and melty and then all of a sudden, she'll get this new look about her that's like, "I'm going to annihilate your boob," or "guess what?! I just blew out my diaper and there's NO WAY in hell that you'll be able to clean me up without the shit hitting the fan. Literally!" or "Ha! Just kidding! I'm not even REMOTELY CLOSE to being sleepy! Let's do a night shift!"
Image Source: @Si11ySkitt1es on Instagram

That means it's also really time to start putting that into action.
Seriously, though.  Am I really going to run a stupid-ass-crack amount of kilometers? For fun!?  ...and like, pay to do it?
Yes. Yes, I am.
CONFESSION:  Actually, if all goes well and I win the lottery sometime soon, I seem to be planning to run a LOT of stupid-ass-crack amounts of kilometers...and from coast-to-coast!  Because that event schedule has also included the 2015 Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend as well.
CONFESSION-WITHIN-A-CONFESSION: Aaaactually, to go even further...I'm actually looking at the 2014 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 miler.  I mean...doesn't it seem like a good idea to try out a shorter distance first before jumping in for the entire thing?  I mean, if I can eventually get to running 10 miles, what's another 3.1 more, right?! *LOL*  It's also funny because I talk like it aint a thang to run 10 miles when I can't even get half a mile in right now.  Details, details...
But seriously though...
LOOK at that price!  For $421.64 USD/person, Tara and I could totally nip on over for a weekend and get a 10 miler in.  Easy peasy.  I didn't say the cost wouldn't be worth it for three days, but that's why I said I was hoping to win the lottery sometime soon, didn't I?  Note to self: Should probably look into starting to buy some lottery tickets if I'm hoping to win it...
Okay, so maybe the 10 miler isn't all that realistic or feasible or financially sound, but it's a nice goal to aim for if circumstances changed/allowed for it.  At the end of the day, I've got my sights set on 2015 and no matter what Disney adventures (if any) awaits me in 2014, I will get "crowned" my tiara and my little girl will see her mommy cross that finish line (whether or not she comprehends it is beside the point).
So there it is.  I've officially begun my journey on the road to Disney...

In order to really make things a reality, I think it's time to get some goals down and written out on here:

My Goals On My Road to Disney
  • Start saving up - start putting money aside every week and/or month to put towards registration, flight and hotel bookings, etc.
  • Remember: Fail to plan, plan to fail.  Start researching and planning: accommodations (hotel vs. villa rental), race weekend details, training plans, etc.
  • TRAIN! It's time to really get those running shoes on and start clocking some mileage!
I can't wait to meet the Catherine who crosses the finish line at the Princess Half...personally, I think she's going to be pretty awesome.  I know I'll like her already!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Family Day Fun

I think in the good, ol' US of A today is President's Day, yes?  Up here, we don't have a president and apparently the Prime Minister isn't cool enough to get a holiday dedicated to him/herself, so we had a full February of all work and no extra day of play.
I guess all the cold and days cooped up inside only to leave when it was already dark out got to everyone and it was decided that we needed a long weekend in February to break up the depressing state of it all.  Seasonal affective disorder is a real thing, you know!
So, in 2008, it was a done deal and Family Day became a thing!
Since Family Day began, our family has begun a tradition of going to a local tubing park and bombing down a hill for fun on an air filled donut.  Each year, because of work schedules (apparently some companies don't believe in Family Day and still make people work - you're ruining families, yo!) there's always been a few family members who couldn't make it.  This year, it worked out very well because everyone was able to come and it was right around my dad's birthday so we celebrated that too!
All bundled up and ready to go!
My niece Tiana and her godmother, Dawne from Dawne Aliza Blog

If Bart and I had wanted to, we could have gone tubing with everyone else as The Little Miss was in good hands.  Lola wasn't about to share her with anyone!  We didn't end up going though as we both took one look up the hill and just felt tired already *LOL*

Obvi, my brother is a male model.  He's got posing down to a science.

Apparently getting dragged around on the patio is way more fun than going down the tubing hills that the kids' parents paid for.

It was SUCH a good day!  Bart and I hung out in the chalet with Ava and kept nice and toasty warm while everyone else froze their butts off up on the hills *LOL*  It was actually a really nice day though, it's been quite a while since we've seen the sun, so as you can see, nobody looked like they were complaining about the weather.
I saw that someone on my Facebook posted that their son told her at bed time that he wished every day could be family day and that kind of made me want to say that every day SHOULD be family day - just like every day SHOULD be a version of Valentine's Day.  But I guess I shouldn't take it so literally.  It's hard to always focus on just spending time and having a dedicated day of fun with family and friends when every day life can quickly take over.  Don't I know it, when I'm home all day and I can look up and realize that the day is over already.
Q: So how about you?  If you're in Canada, how did you spend family day?  Otherwise, how was your weekend?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Snapshot Confessionals

Hoping that I'll be able to keep up with a weekly "dump" of some of the pictures off of my iPod.  Beginning in January, I cleared off ALL the photos from it and not even done February and I already have 816 photos *LOL*
So here we go!

So this is what running for me looks like right now in the winter.  Whenever I can get the Little Miss to stay napping for more than five minutes, it's a mad dash to get changed and downstairs and to get going.  Instead of counting the seconds slowly tick by as I run, I now stare at a baby monitor eagle-eyed for any movement #momproblems? I also feel like a mommy version of a peeping tom? Just me?

Chewy also makes sure he keeps an eye out for her too, which gives my heart the warm fuzzies because up until a few days ago, I feel like he was still pretending she didn't exist.  Bart and I are still half expecting him to jump into The Little Miss' bassinet one of these days, but he's proving is wrong!

You know I'm all about my electronic gadgets, but I've always - and will always - have a thing for planners and journals and basically anything stationery like.  No matter how advanced technologically, I still love me some pen and paper!  Also, now that I no longer have an umbilical cord attached to myself and a computer, I'm not as on top of things as I used to be - forgetting which bills need to be paid, which days money is coming out of my account, etc. So I totally splurged a minimal amount on a new, paper planner.  I say a minimal amount because if I was truly living it up, I would have totally gotten an Erin Condren life planner and adddd all the bells and whistles. But alas, I don't have $75 PLUS another $45+ more dollars in shipping in order to totally to all out on a paper planner, so I went "poor man's Erin" and got a planner from Plum Paper Designs. I'm kind of really excited for it to get here because I swear, I love filling out planners! (Actually, in random facts about me moment, I seriously have a thing for filling out forms and surveys too).

Valentine's Day and I just happened to look out the window to check if it was snowing and saw what looked like two hearts in our driveway.  If Bart didn't leave the house at ass-crack am when it's still pretty much pitch dark outside, I'd think he was trying to be all romantical.  As it turns out, it was not intentional even though he insists that it was and he's just that awesome.

Bart wanted to give me a break from The Little Miss and took her for a bit while I nipped over to Babies 'R' Us and ended up at Home Sense. Turns out, even when I'm getting a break from her, she's on my mind and I miss her so much that all my thinking of her turns in to shopping FOR her.

Target dollar spot finds!  I am such a sucker for any cute paper products.  I'm totally being all creepy and planning out my days with my free planner until my Plum Paper to get here. I'm using the dollar spot finds as little additions on my planner.

I am still always alert for anything running-related when I'm out.  These are reflective wrist snap-on bracelets which I think is kind of totally cool.  Makes me want to run outside at night now so I can justify the quick purchase.  Unfortunately, I took a psych course with a focus on getting inside a serial killer's head, so it's pretty much guaranteed that my nighttime running will be limited.

In this case, why buy anything when you can get the milk AND the cow for free.  If you're not one for analogies, I'm the cow.

I think this is one of the main reasons why Chewy has decided to acknowledge her - he understands that together, they have a common frenemy and it's mommy.

That's it from me today! All the rest of the pictures are just endless shots of her face with minute changes in her expression that only her own mommy will ever really care about, and the rest are still of her face, but with some part of my boob - or should I call them udders since we've established my milk cow status - photobombing her. #aintnobodywanttoseethat

This weekend is a long weekend for us Canadians with family day on Monday, otherwise known as "let's make up a holiday long weekend to break up the long and depressing winter that makes Canadians less nice" day.  As per family tradition, we are all meeting up to go tubing, except this year, The Little Miss and I will be hanging out at the chalet watching everyone trudge uphill (read: I'll be stuffing my face with French fries while she's hopefully sleeping). We normally go on the actual holiday Monday, but this year, a lot of family is working the night shift so we will be going today instead!

Q: What do you have going on for the rest of the weekend?
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