Monday Morning

{Making friends at the AIDS Calgary walk for life. Albeit friends dressed as sperm and condoms…}

Well, the universe seems to be telling me to slow. down. Last night, before bed, I triple checked my alarm for 5:29 a.m., turned my phone volume to high and layed out my clothes for RPM. Still, this morning, there was no sign of an alarm having ever gone off and I woke up on my own at 6:25.

I was a bit annoyed at first, thinking “crap! they’re probably on the interval track RIGHT. NOW.” But really, if you beleive in signs, which I do, this was one telling me to take the day off. To eat my breakfast peacefully. To catch up on reading. To actually do my hair.

{Long lost childhood photographs courtesy of Fareen from Food Mamma — and for that matter, reconnecting with Fareen over the blogosphere! She used to play with my brother and I when we were wee little things. Can we take a moment to note my chubby wrists, Buddha belly and floral pants? Thank you.}

{Inspiration abound for these pretties. I’ve been having thoughts of a pumpkin carving party. Roasting seeds, spicy cocktails, cozy sweaters. Anyone?}

{New Ray Bans, New outlook}

{Extra curricular activities}


Monday Morning

{A sweet and thoughtful gift from a friend – utensil earrings}

Finally. The first day of school is here. My bags are packed, my room is tidy, my color coded excel spreadsheet schedule is complete. What? I know I’m not the only one who becomes more productive with less time on their hands. With classes, assignments, and the overall looming guilt that comes with the school year, I am excited to rediscover my inner, pro-active self. Bring it on, Fall2012.

{The reading list for my Food Culture and Communication course. I’ve read half of these already for fun.}

{My favorite little person eating cake with gusto}

{First taste of Pumpkin of the season: Steel cut oats with pumpkin, cinnamon and maple syrup. Piled high with banana, craisins, dark chocolate and peanut butter}

{Discovering a long lost a gag gift from one of my best friends}

Monday Morning

{End of Summer firework festival}

That blasted cold lingered on for the entirety of last week. Rather than hitting me all at once, it came in sections. One day it was a stuffed up nose, the next, a fever, then came coughing fits, unbearable headaches, achy muscles… I would rather have it all at once for a couple of days than have it looming over me for a week but it seems that I’m back to normal now (with the exception of an annoying headache that is concentrated directly over my right eyebrow)

The cold definitely put a hold on me coming back to my normal routine after vacation. I took it easy in terms of exercise, talking long walks and focussing on reintroducing my body to yoga — it’s amazing what impact a 2.5 week break can have, everything hurt but felt amazing at the same time.

I have two full weeks until school starts up again. I have some loose ends to tie up, bills to pay, oh, and I’m living out of a laundry basket in my basement because my house is currently under renovation.

{Silky watermelon sorbet on a scorching afternoon}

{Perfect weekend weather}

{Friendly reminders at work}

{Playing this song on repeat non-stop for the entire weekend}

Monday Morning

{Finishing my morning spin class before the sun woke up}

Excuse my flakiness, since landing back in Calgary, I have been trying to bounce back from a traveller’s cold. Two days of rolling around and whining in bed, and I feel like a new woman {still slightly more snotty than most, but I digress} I am a few weeks out from the return of school. I’m so excited for this semester, I got into all of the classes I was hoping for and things look nothing but bright for the next few months. How are we just over ten days away from September!?

It’s so easy to wake up on Monday mornings with a moan and a groan. But I like to see Mondays as a clean slate, a new opportunity to make your week shine. Every Monday morning I’ll be sharing some things that make me happy in order to start my week off with rainbows and kittens.

{First taste of wine after the Crazy Sexy Diet}

{My beautiful best friend and I and our incapability of taking a decent picture together}

{Songza. Music for right now.}

{Cakebatter ice cream with sprinkles > Birthday cake. The blur represents my sugar high.}


My CSD wrap up is written and ready to post tonight! See you then : )