Monday Morning Coffee 

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I know I’ve been relatively absent from the blog over the holidays, so I thought I’d write this update post coffee break style.

If we were sitting down for coffee this morning, I would tell you that…

… We had a wonderful Christmas break with our family and friends! Kyle and I hosted Christmas dinner for all our family, and the girls had so much fun visiting with everyone. I thought for sure they would get “Christmassed out,” but they did so well.

… We’re now back to the regular grind of life. Isla goes back to school today and to dance on Wednesday, and I’m starting my next round of Administrative Assistant courses. The break from school was very welcome, but I’m happy to be getting back to a routine!

… I’m not big on making New Year’s resolutions, but I did make a goal of running at least three 5k races in 2018. The first one is happening in March, and providing I can get motivated enough in the morning to get some treadmill time in, I think I should be able to nail this goal no problem! 

… I’d also add that even if I am unable to do the 5k in March, I’ve already registered for the 5K Foam Fest in Sun Peaks that happens in June! A friend signed up with me, so we’ll be good motivators for one another! I’ve been eyeballing this race for a couple years now, so I’m super excited to finally be able to commit to it. 

… I tried online grocery shopping for the first time ever last week. I don’t know if it’s for me, but I definitely get the allure! Norah was actually quite upset that we were waiting in the truck and not going good into the store; I think she likes getting her free cookie whenever we go in. I’m contemplating writing a review of the service, so if you have any questions about it, ask away in the comments and I’ll address them in a future post!

… I’ve been finding the weather to be so wonky! We’ve gone from -17ºC to -4ºC in a matter of a couple days and my body is having a hard time adjusting. A few times now I’ve woken up sweating to death, and I’m sure my thermostat is confused by how often I keep changing it. Can we just skip to springtime already??

Well, I suppose that’s all for this morning. I hope everyone has a great Monday!!

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How was your Christmas break?

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Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a coffee date-style post, so I figured I’d do one today. So go grab a cup of the good stuff and lets make believe that if we were having coffee this morning I’d be telling you that …

… Isla has had a great first couple of days at school! Today and tomorrow she does for half-days (morning then afternoon), and then on Wednesday she has her first full day. On Thursday last week we met with her teacher and she seems great. On Friday I dropped her off for a mini-day (1.5hrs) and she was so chill about everything, from walking to school to going into her classroom. I knew she’d be just fine but I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that I have a kindergartener! Someone hold me.

… I started taking online courses to obtain a Administrative Assistant certificate. I’ve been relatively hush-hush about the fact I’m going back to school, only because when I say that people assume I’m going to a classroom and it’s tedious to explain that the courses are via distance learning. Doing things at home make it easier (and cheaper) to care for the girls and I can do my “learning” when it’s convenient for me. So far everything is going good!

… I decided to take said course to help increase my chances at finding a job. While my journalism degree and work history have provided me with some great skills that are extremely useful for the jobs that I’m after, I feel that I’m still under qualified in many ways. My hope is that having this certificate and the knowledge it will provide me with will help me land a great job in the future.

… Kyle and I booked a trip to Las Vegas next month!! We’re tagging it as our long, overdue honeymoon as we never actually had one and it’s our first trip AWAY away just as a couple. We’re staying at Caesar’s Palace and already have a couple of show tickets booked and I’m pretty excited about it all! It’s definitely needed and well deserved, in my opinion. And a big thanks to my mom for taking the girls for a few nights too!

… Kyle planted 5 tomato plants at the beginning of summer: two grape, one Roma, one heirloom and one “regular” plant. They are OUT OF CONTROL, especially the grape tomatoes! I seriously cannot keep up with picking them and we have tomatoes coming out of our eyeballs. So you know, if you want some good snacking tomatoes, come on over!

… We are redoing our deck out back and it’s going to be so amazing when it’s done! The old one was pretty useless as far as functionality goes; you could really only barbecue and sit two chairs side by side. Definitely not something we wanted to entertain on! Our new one will be much better for entertaining and just “being” on.

… I tried my hand at pickling! It’s been forever since I’ve canned anything, and I’ve always had help, but a couple weeks ago we bought a 10lb bag of pickling cukes. I’m fairly certain that Kyle had intended on just snacking on the cukes as they were, but when I mentioned maybe making a few jars of pickles he said to go for it! I managed to find this simple method and went to town! The hardest thing was finding the dill weed but thankfully there was one local produce store in town that had some still. I managed to get 8 jars out of my brine, although I probably had enough pickles for one or two more jars. Everything sealed, so lets hope in a few weeks time I have tasty pickles!

What would you be sharing with me if we were having coffee? 

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning, beautiful people! I know I’ve been pretty scarce around here lately, but I just haven’t had the itch to blog. The creative juices have been feeling a bit dried up and not much is inspiring me to write. Regardless, I figured I’d give you all an update on what we’ve been up to lately.

So, if we were sitting down for coffee this morning, I’d be telling you that …

… Isla has been loving school! She’s made some friends and so far I haven’t had any notes sent home by her teacher that she’s been misbehaving. Win!

… Norah has equally been enjoying having a bit of alone time with me while her sister is at school. Not having to share the toys for a couple of hours? Oh the joy!!

… We’ve started doing some Christmas shopping and this year is proving to be challenging. I have zero idea what Santa is going to bring the girls (they have ideas but I know Santa isn’t made out of money), and even my wish list is pretty boring. (Like, “Hmm, new towels would be nice” boring.) Maybe once Halloween comes and goes I’ll be inspired.

… We did some hardcore adulting and renewed the mortgage on our house and even pulled some equity out of it. Hurray! Time to adult more and tackle some loans. Adulting is fun, yo. ;)

… My face has been glued to the World Series playoffs, specifically the Blue Jays! We’re down 0-2 in this current series against Cleveland, so hopefully we’re able to make some magic happen this afternoon.

… I’ve started watching a few new shows on TV and I’m undecided on whether I actually like a couple of them or not. “This Is Us” is probably my favourite, but “Lethal Weapon” and “Pitch” I’m on the fence about. No one can duplicate Mel Gibson and Danny Glover’s chemistry in the Lethal Weapon movie series, and Pitch is a little too “Girl Powery” for me. I’ll give them the season to help me decide, if they last that long.

Clearly, my life is boring AF.

Please, tell me what’s new in your world!