Posted on Dec 29, 2008 Leave a Comment
It’s been 10 years since I have embarked upon a swim practice like this one. (And just to be clear, in those 10 years I have only gotten lazier and chubbier…though that may very well change!) However! I do believe that you cannot lose that which is divinely yours. So back to the pool, back for some mileage, like the good ol days!
To give credit where credit is due, this was all Shannon Back’s idea. Shannon is a very accomplished IronWomen who has only been swimming for a few years, yet running like a cheetah forever. We started swimming together about 4 months ago at which point she would pull and kick as hard as she could, every practice, every set, every stroke. Her improvement was visibly amazing! After a “test set” of 12×100 she proclaimed that she would like to try 100×100…a week later!
Posted on Dec 22, 2008 Leave a Comment
Last Christmas my Dad gave us gift cards to MEC which we used to purchase my favorite investment ever in that co-op: Atlas RUN Snowshoes! We climbed mountains, hiked trails, jumped off snow mounds and ran races until our ankles were bruised, our feet were frozen and our smiles couldn’t smile any bigger. Oh what GREAT FUN!
Alas, this weekend the ATLAS’ came out of hibernation along with the wool socks and season’s passes to hit the trails.
Happy Winter Everyone!
Posted on Dec 8, 2008 Leave a Comment
Posted on Dec 4, 2008 Leave a Comment
She was the first to lay eyes on you. She knows how to love unconditionally, really! She sees you as the apple of her eye. It is called the incredible special love of a Mother.
I had the brilliant opportunity to head back to Toronto for a “girls only weekend” with my Mom. It was the first time we’ve been able to hang out as adults…just the two of us…for quite some time. No one to blame – life gets busy, I got married, we live on opposite sides of the country…but those are lame excuses. One thing I know for sure is that there is nothing to come between family in this lifetime. So to that point, this was the first and it certainly will not be the last Girls Weekend!
My Mom is a very special lady. She is a wonderful mix of a hip young 20-something with some dashes of a corporate 40 year old. She has endured alot in her life time and her resiliency is beyond words. She has a creative knack like no one I’ve ever met, with an eye for design and creation that could keep Home Depot in business. She treasures memories and really, really appreciates the most simple pleasures in life. She has also done a really good job at creating and maintaining the “Lynda Watkins” brand: a funky, fabulous haircut, always, beautifully manicured nails with soft hands (always moisturized!), a bag with a lil bit of everything in it in case someone needs something..and the list goes on! Above all, she is my mom and she does have that special Mom-love!
Posted on Dec 3, 2008 Leave a Comment
And I just love it!
November 1st marks the start of Christmas with retailers. My all time favorite is the Christmas Starbucks experience – wonderful tunes playing, new delicious beverages (hello gingerbread latte!), red cups that make you feel cozy and new Christmas gifts that are always perfect for a secret Santa – ha! Their new advent calendar this year was atop of my list of wishes. However, my wonderful husband gently reminded me that I don’t really need a chocolate truffle every day for the entire month. Sigh.
December 1st marks the start of Christmas in our house. The tree is up, our stockings are hung (not by the chimney, but still with care!) and Nana’s Christmas goodies are in the freezer (cautiously being rationed!). Our Christmas shopping is just about complete to ensure that we can spend the entire month diddely-boppin’ about wrapping each one with love and a corny message from Santa. December 1st also marks the start of an advent calendar…and while my sneaky man said No to Starbucks, he had secretly ordered me a most wonderful custom made advent calendar from my all time FAVORITE chocolatier, Thomas Haas. It is a wooden Christmas tree with individual compartments for each hand made treat from Thomas. The treats are delicious and the tree will last forever…what a man I have!
Posted on Nov 26, 2008 Leave a Comment
Disclaimer – what has the world come to that we now blog about blogs…it’s true…but I can’t help it! This one landed in my inbox and made me smile. Smiles are worth sharing:)
A friend was telling me about some job interviews she went on. She enjoyed them.
Of course she did, I thought. She was starring in a show, a show about her.
I wrote about this five months ago, but it’s worth boiling it down to the interview or sales call level.
One approach is to be reactive, to sit where you’re supposed to sit, have your resume appear just so, wear what you’re supposed to wear and answer each and every question in the safe and secure way.
The other approach is to put on a show. To be in charge, to lead.
When you go to Las Vegas, Penn and Teller don’t ask you what sort of lights you want, what tricks you want to see and how long the show should be. They put on their show. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. Plenty of other people do. As a result, they win. They get to do their work, their way. And they profit from their confidence.
Some bosses don’t want to hire people who have a vision, a personality and a shtick. That’s okay. You don’t want to work for them anyway.
Posted on Nov 25, 2008 Leave a Comment
I’m on a weekly muffin-making kick and really enjoy sharing these recipes with you. Hope you enjoy baking ’em!
OATMEAL CRANBERRY FLAX MUFFiNS
Preheat oven to 375.
In a small bowl, mix:
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup Milk
1/3 cup plain yogourt (not fat-free) – I used orange yogourt for a lil kick!
In a LARGE bowl, mix:
1 cup ww flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup ground flax seeds (i throw some extra non-ground flax in fro texture too!)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (& nutmeg is delish!)
1/4 tsp (of each) baking soda and salt
Whisk into milk mixture:
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted (you can substitute some applesauce in here if you’d like)
(1 cap of vanilla is my fav if you fancy.)
Pour wet over dry and mix well (very well!). You can add some nuts (peacans or walnuts) – just make sure they are finely chopped.
Will make 12 generous size muffins if you fill each muffin cup fairly full. Bake for ~20min or until toothpick comes out clean.
Only 153calories – a perfect morning, afternoon, anytime snack! DELiSH!
Posted on Nov 24, 2008 Leave a Comment
We are in a brilliant time right now… Perhaps scary for some, perhaps life-altering in fact or for those who work for an essential service (like those who fight fires) may not feel the ripples much at all. But the fact of the matter is, this brilliant time is called a Recession. DunDunDunDuuun.
Only in times of need or despair can we appreciate the fact that we live in a world of extreme excess and abundance. I think it is a wonderful time, a real blessing in fact, to be able to pare down on the excess and really appreciate the necessities.
Think back to life as a child…
While I learn everyday just how much I don’t know, I think in grade 2 I knew all I needed to know…
Live. Life. Simply.
Posted on Nov 23, 2008 Leave a Comment
In 9 months a fetus becomes a baby…
Posted on Nov 22, 2008 Leave a Comment
There is no amount of money, no distance too far, no catastrophic event nor any other human being who can come between the love that is called Family. (I’ll admit it, Christmas tunes are playing and our tree is anxiously awaiting to spring from the box it has been hiding in for the last 11months. And Christmas time is, after all, the most wonderful time of year…to be grateful for family!)