Monday, January 6, 2014

Trying for a New Outlook

I'm just going to say it - 2013 sucked.  There.  Now that that is off my chest, its time to move on to 2014!

I really am determined to have a better year.  I'm still dealing with many of my health issues from 2013 but slowly I hope to have some resolution / diagnosis.  Here's hoping!

Resolutions are not really my thing but I do like to reflect and create goals or ideas for the future.  Here are some that I am working on for 2014:

Financial:

  • Save $5,000.00.
  • Purchase a new mattress.
  • Paint my condo. 
  • Transfer out my old fireplace for a new electronic fireplace.

Books:

  • Other than the books I have requested from the library that will be coming at random times I would like to just read books that I already own.  And who am I kidding, there are a lot!

Food:

  • This is where I have already made the most changes and I just want to keep on keeping on.  I recently purchased a 12 week meal plan from YUM Universe and I'm really loving it so far.  So my plan is to keep on making more healthy meal decisions based on suggestions like YUM Universe.

Health:

  • Have more of a 'yes' attitude this year.  Be open to more things.

I purchased a daily calender from 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' and even though it is only January 6th I am really loving it.  It's totally speaking to me.  Here is today's quote:  "When you are wishing you were somewhere else, it's almost as though you are one step removed from life rather than actually being in it, open to life exactly as it is.".  Isn't that great?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Keeping me on my toes...

I have had so many changes lately life is definitely keeping me on my toes.

Let me start with the biggest:  I have discovered that my health problems for the last several years are due to severe food allergies that I have.  Now, while this is great news to know what the problem is, it is a huge deal to change my whole way of eating.

I have been forced (by my wonderful doctor) into this new world of gluten free, dairy free and egg free.  Talk about overwhelming!  I am now having to eat things I didn't even know existed - never mind know where to buy it or how to cook it.  Huge huge changes for this picky eater.  And on top of all that, weening myself off my old food caused major (and I mean major) withdrawals and made me very sick.  In fact, once we had some more test results back (and they were much worse than I or my doctor anticipated) she put me on an additional 30 day cleanse where I honestly thought I might die I was so sick.  So when you feel much worse it is very hard to get yourself excited about new food. 

I am about 3 months into my diet changes and am starting to see the light at the end of tunnel.  My doctor has assured me that my body is responding positively to everything, just slower than I had hoped for.  I am starting to feel like I have more energy and can do more than I used to.  For sure, I don't have the afternoon slump that I used to have...but I do have a long ways to go before I can say I feel great.

So with this major change I have had to delve into the vegetarian world quite a bit in order to find great dairy free / egg free recipes.  While my doctor wants me to eat meat and fish pretty much everything else I eat is vegetarian.  Let me give all you vegetarians props now because it takes a lot of creativity and planning (not to mention organization) to eat like this full time.

I am just currently working on changing over my menu plan for lunches and dinners - so if anyone has any great tried and true recipes I am all ears cause I have already had a few flops!

The other change in my life is that I am starting my own business!  Yes, I know!  I will wait and tell you all about that soon - it is very exciting!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I am still here...

...yes, it's true.  I haven't dropped off the face of the earth!  Just feels that way!

I have been feeling very uninspired these last few months.  Not loving my knitting, not feeling like baking (cause I will just eat it and who needs to add gaining weight with uninspired) and feeling quite drained.

This too shall pass!

Recently I was able to finally purchase a sewing machine (I'm expecting it to be delivered any day now).  I'm very excited however I have no idea how to sew - slight problem, I know.  In anticipation of my new sewing machine I have looked into some classes here in Winnipeg where I could learn but I was only able to find one that would teach me the basics that I need to learn and it is only scheduled on a night that I am not available.  Sheesh.  So now I am trying to find a book that could perhaps teach me step by step how to sew.  Sewing for Dummy exist?  If anyone has a suggestion I am all ears.  Or if you know of something that is good to sew for beginners, I would love to hear it.  I'm thinking pajama bottoms?

As always, if you are on Pinterest - feel free to follow me here.  Happy pinning!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Night Chit Chat

What are you...

Reading:  I am focusing on The Stone Diaries right now because I have it from the library and so I'm on a time crunch with it. Plus the library emailed me that I have another book from my wish list that is available and I have to pick it up tomorrow, so I need to get this one read.  I always try to give priority to my library books first and get them back asap.
Watching:  I am watching the Winnipeg Jets on TV right now and waiting for Downton Abbey to start in a few minutes.  I LOVE Downton Abbey so much...probably my favorite show.

Listening: Well technically I'm listening to the hockey game on TV but in terms of music I am enjoying right now, I would have to say 90s music.  I have been enjoying 90s dance parties on Songza a lot lately.  Been great to snap my mood since it has been a rough couple of weeks.
 
Baking/Cooking:  I just made this dessert yesterday for our family dinner that turned out great.  Here is the pin I got it from:  Best Ever Cobbler  

I actually made it with pears this time because I have made this with peaches many times and wanted something a little different.  Everyone thought it was delicious and wanted the recipe so that is great.

Happy you accomplished this week:  Surviving this week!  Seriously, the last two weeks have just been too much for me and I have been miserable.  This past week was sooooo looong I thought it would never end, so to make it to today is great all in itself!

Looking forward to next week:  Getting back to a more 'normal' schedule this week.  Trying to feel more like myself so I can enjoy next weekend (which is fully packed again).

Thankful for today:  I had several hours to finally put my feet up and relax.  I am getting time to blog!

*BONUS QUESTION* What chore around the house do you dread doing the most?  My most hated clean is toilets but I am fortunate that my husband cleans our bathrooms, so I guess my most hated chore would be...dusting because it always feels like it reappears just as fast as you can dust it.

Well, Carla thanks again for this great chat - have a great night everyone!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Review: Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

This was the second book I read on my holidays and found it very entertaining!  Maria wrote this book in an unusual style and it totally worked.  You get the complete picture of Bernadette, not from her, but from all the people around her, i.e. her daughter, friends, enemies, etc.

The story is technically about a woman who is having a bit of a meltdown physiologically and would normally not be a lighthearted situation but because you get to 'see' the perspective from all people watching this breakdown happening it puts it in a totally different light.  The author should get a lot of credit in how she wrote this book and how entertaining she made it and ultimately a great read!

I hope you enjoy reading this book!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Book Review: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

I have done a lot of reading so far on my holidays.  The first book I finished was The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.  Very good read!

For some reason when I read the book jacket I thought the book was going to be more about the girl she was chaperoning, because she is based on a real life person, but interesting enough it really is the story about the chaperone. 

I found her life story utterly fascinating and enchanting.  She was a woman who lived in difficult circumstances in a time when people were not understanding and compassionate and she was determined to live the best life she could and not just survive but thrive in those circumstances.

This book also covers her whole life which I enjoy.  Often books end as soon as the main issue is resolved or once someone gets married, has a child, etc. but I love it when I can get the whole picture to a story and see someone's whole life. 

I highly recommend this book and know you will enjoy reading The Chaperone!