I May Be A Slacker, But I Finished The #1800MinuteChallenge

31 May 2014

Okay, so I'm sure a lot of you know by now what the #1800MinuteChallenge is all about, but just in case you don't, it was a challenge created by Erin where you aim to complete 1800 minutes of physical activity from April 1st- May 31st. Simple as that. Or so I had originally thought.

Well, yesterday, on May 30th, with just one day to spare, I finally reached my total for the #1800MinuteChallenge and, I must say, it feels pretty darn good to see that number up there because there were quite a few times over the last few weeks that I honestly questioned whether or not I was actually going to be able to finish it. 

It's funny because this challenge was approached pretty much the same way I tackle the majority of other things in my life; with a lot of procrastination. As always, the big slacker in me thought it would be fun to see just how far I could push everything to the last minute, because with only three weeks left to the challenge, I had almost 1100 minutes left to complete. But, just like with those other things I try and do, I always pick it up a notch and work as hard as I can when I know it is desperately needed. I hate giving up on things I set out to do. Yeah, I know mom, I could make things so much easier on myself by not always procrastinating, but really, what would be the fun in all of that?

Here's a small glimpse into the last two months:
If you look closely, you'll see one picture that shows the beach and another that shows snow. Obviously the beach one was taken while running on our trip in Florida but unfortunately, the snow was here in Newfoundland during the beginning  of April. Gross, I know.

For those of you who wanted to sign up for this challenge but didn't get a chance, Erin is starting a #1000in30 challenge for the month of June, so hop on over right now and join. This was such a great challenge and, believe it or not coming from this slacker, such a great way to find some balance when it comes to exercising. Too busy one day to find the time to get outside? No problem, just do some extra time the next day....or, if you're anything like me, a lot of extra time the next week!!!!

Oh, I'm not sure if you remember or not, but me and Todd decided to turn this challenge into a competition between us to see who could reach the most minutes. Although we finished with a tie, for the majority of the challenge Todd was in the lead. I wasn't proud about this so obviously I had to do a few hikes on my own to redeem myself! Mission accomplished! ;)

An Underwear Thief + A Giveaway

21 May 2014

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I say and do a lot of embarrassing or clumsy or, downright, stupid things. Honestly, there's usually never a week goes by that I don't have some sort of story to tell Todd over dinner, or one that he doesn't witness all by himself that results in us sporadically looking back and laughing about it together months down the road. And to those stories, his first response is always the same: "only you Renee, only you". Wait, now that I think about it, if he's with me when it happens, his first response is to usually shake his head, run away, and then pretend he doesn't even know who I am. Ahh, true love right there!

So, today, I figured I would paint the picture of my most recent story.

It was Saturday afternoon and, as usual, I was trying to cram every errand that had to be done in the shortest possible time frame, aka running around like a chicken with it's head cut off or, as I prefer to call it, being efficient. I only had ten minutes before I had to pick up Charley from daycare (yup, you read that right) so I pulled into the mall close by and decided that was just enough time to quickly run in and buy the sweater I had my eye on a couple of weeks ago. I didn't want anything weighing me down and interfering with my speediness, so I left my purse in the car and grabbed my cell phone, visa, and car keys instead, and made a mad dash inside. After I made my purchase, just as I was about to leave, I noticed La Senza was having a sale, so of course I had to check it out. After all, Charley had destroyed about half of my underwear selection over the last few months and I was really not enjoying the current increase in laundry days. "Seven pairs for $28? That's a pretty good deal", I thought to myself, so around the table I went, trying to find the kinds I liked the best.

Can we just take a second and talk about underwear? If there's one thing I'm particular about, it's underwear. They can't be too high, too low, too tight, too lose, or too stringy, they have to be just right or it's pretty safe to say they'll end up in the corner of my drawer, along with all of the other uncomfortable pairs I've collected, or the extra "dainty" ones that were bought when me and Todd first started dating that rarely (see: never) make an appearance anymore. Oh you know you have those piles too!

Obviously picking out seven pairs of underwear was a chore that I didn't want to take too lightly, so after searching for a few minutes and having no luck finding the five remaining pairs, I put back the third pair I had in my hand that I was doing my latest investigation on, and continued to speed walk out of the store. My chest was out, my butt was tightened, my strides were quicker but shorter, and my arms were swinging back and forth, trying to get as much momentum going as I could. As people were looking at me as I exited the mall, I knew I looked pretty foolish myself but, "what other option did I have?" I asked myself, I was now running really really late. When I got to the car and reached for my car keys, I felt something soft in my hand and I couldn't register for the life of me what it was. That was, until I looked down and saw two bright coloured, patterned pairs of underwear staring back at me. Somehow I forgot to put back the other two pairs I had selected, and I had walked through an entire crowded mall with two pairs of underwear hanging loosely out of my left hand. What's worse, I had shoplifted without even knowing it.

Shock, panic, and embarrassment all set in at the exact same time and, before I could even think, I was sprinting back inside the mall, waving my two pairs of underwear around in circles, trying to convince anyone who crossed my path that I was innocent. When I got back to the store, I ran to the first associate I could find and, out of breath, explained to her what had just happened while waving the underwear around in circles again, but this time, at the cameras in the four corners of the store. After all, if they caught me leaving the store with them, I was going to make damn sure they were going to catch me bringing them back.

And there you have it, my embarrassing (and, not to mention, petrifying) story for this week. I think the lesson we can all take from this is....Charley should never have ate my underwear in the first place. Okay, okay, that's probably not it. The real lesson is....don't go shopping with your car keys, visa, and phone jammed into one hand because it's awkward and you won't realize if you have other things like underwear stuffed in there too.

Oh, and on a separate note, a giveaway is happening around here today and I would love for you to enter for a chance to win $50 paypal cash. I mean, just think of all the underwear you could buy out of that! :)

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My (Pictureless) Weekend

20 May 2014


 
Before you go calling me a big fat liar, I can assure you that this is the only string of evidence I have to show that I was alive and well this weekend, which is actually the furthest from how I'm feeling on this Tuesday afternoon after a three day weekend.

Normally I'd take advantage of a long weekend to make sure I'm nice and rested for a new work week, but not this time. Nope, this time I swear I did everything but that. It also didn't help that the new season of the Bachelorette was starting last night, not to mention at an hour and a half later than it's normal time. I fought my tiredness like a cranky child for hours, only to fall asleep seconds before it started.

But, back to the weekend. We spent Sunday night into our cabin with our friends where we did the normal cabin activities like barbecuing, drinking, chatting, playing games, staying up (way) too late and, then of course, waking up (way) too early. Sounds familiar, right? What wasn't normal was when our cabin at one point was taken over by a massive group of nineteen year olds who, apparently, were friends of a friend of a friend of a...and you get the idea....and then turned into a complete party place. Although I'm not quite thirty yet, this pretty much sums up how I felt after that invasion.....
 
 
The rest of the weekend was spent either getting everything ready for Sunday night, or recovering from Sunday night. And I'll leave you now with my feelings on that....
 
 
 

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Warm Up/ Five On Friday

16 May 2014

It feels a little strange coming here and not talking about Florida and not overloading these pages with sunny pictures, since that's what's been done every time the computer screen has flipped open over the last week or two. I mean, now I actually have to put my brain to use and come up with something all on my own. The horror!

But, instead of putting too much stress on that brain of mine today, I figured it was best to gradually ease back into things, so that's where, thankfully, the five on Friday comes in. I'd like to think of it as a pre-game, or a warm up exercise, if you will. 
 
ONE// Last weekend I saw the movie Neighbours and it did not disappoint. Then again, you really can't go wrong with any type of movie that gives you both Seth Rogen for comedy, and Zac Efron for, well, you-will-never-want-to-blink-again moments. If funny movies and cute boys with rock hard abs are your thing, you're gonna want to check this one out.
 

TWO//  It's Friday. Time to pick up the pace, Renee. Okay, so not only is it Friday, but it's a long weekend for me and my fellow Canadians. Americans get Memorial Day in May, and we get Victoria Day, or better known as May 24th weekend, which is strange because it rarely ever falls on the 24th. Apparently the holiday is always celebrated on the Monday before the 25th. It honestly amazes me how many times I have to use google when I come here. A lot of people use this holiday to officially start the camping season, and we're following along by spending time at our cabin with some friends. I'm super, super excited and I can't wait to get this weekend started.

THREE// I could not find the Cards Against Humanity game anywhere around here so I had to order it online and it could not have arrived at a better time. I've heard so many good things about this game, so I can't wait to break it out this weekend and see just what kind of people me and my friends really are...although I'm pretty sure I already know the answer. Your secret is safe with me, guys!
 

FOUR// Since we've returned home from vacation, we have been making it a priority to teach Charley how to run with us. For a dog that is horrible at leash walking, this isn't as simple as it sounds and, in fact, sometimes it has been pure torture. Luckily we started using a Halti and it is now like we have a brand new spanking dog. We take her with us in the evenings, and not only do we get a great run in, but Charley is now guaranteed to get out as well. What's that saying, again? Happy wife fur momma equals happy life?

FIVE// Last night, me and my friend did a three hour hike and my body was not prepared, at all, for what I put it through. By the end of the hike we were practically jogging back to the car because of how cold and sore we were. But, nonetheless, it was a great way to catch up and I never get sick of seeing views like this. Take that, #1800minutechallenge.
 

 
Well, that's all I got for today. How did I do all on my own?

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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Florida: Disney World Time In Orlando (The Final Half)

14 May 2014

In case you missed:

Well, this is the last of the vacation recap posts so I'm sorry to those of you who love them. Sorry, me!! It's been over a week since we've been back (that's it??) and, already, my memory is a little foggy on this last part of our trip. See, that's one of the main reasons why I love sharing it all here, because who knows what I would even remember in a few months time.

Our next stop in Orlando was Universal. I guess technically my title isn't one hundred percent accurate because Universal isn't really considered Disney World. But when you live over 2000 miles away (you better believe I just had to google that), you kind of lump them all together in your head. 


Universal is made up of two parks, Universal Studios and Islands Of Adventure, and we tackled both of them on the same day. Up first was Universal Studios. From the moment we stepped inside, we knew we were going to loooove this place because there were so many exciting things to see around every corner. The streets, all based on the separate designs of three different cities (Hollywood, New York, and San Fransisco), was enough to grab your attention, let alone all of the crazy details and the movie/tv characters that you would see along the way. We were honestly in awe the entire time.

And the rides, oh the rides. I loved the 3-D ones, the ones where you feel like you're flying around in the middle of all the action, but yet you don't even leave your seat. So much fun! If I had to pick my all time favourite, the Transformers ride would probably win. Scared shitless the entire time...all while never moving. 


Oh, and before we left Universal, I was sure to leave a lasting impression with all of the Shrek characters. It all had a little something to do with Fiona complimenting me on my ring and her telling me to show Donkey, and me showing Shrek instead. "You really think that's Donkey?" was said in the best Eddie Murphy voice and it sure gave everyone there lots and lots of laughs!


The second part of the day was spent at Islands of Adventure. Even though we never stopped for a second earlier that day, this park continued to keep us going with lots more fun. The water rides were my favourite and it may have had something to do with getting drenched on such a hot, hot day.

Truth!

After spending over ten hours at Universal, it was finally time to call it a day. The next day, since it was going to be another scorcher, we decided to do a water park. With so many water parks to choose from, we picked the Typhoon Lagoon, known for the biggest wave pool in North America. I wish I had of known that little fact first, before I swam right up to the front and got sucked under water for, what felt like, a good five minutes. After that, I decided the back of the pool with the rest of the kiddies was the best place for me. Actually, that's a lie, the best place for me was definitely on the lazy river. I could have stayed there the entire day, regardless of how prunish my hands and feet were starting to look.


And that concludes the recap. But picture lots of eating, lots of shopping, more road tripping, and then roaming the streets of downtown Tampa to get the full effect on how we spent the last couple days of our vacation. That reminds me, if you are ever in the Tampa area and looking for a great place to eat, check out Jackson's Bistro. It was one of our favourite restaurants during our whole trip and you can not beat the incredible view. It was the perfect way to spend our last night in Florida.

Now I'm off to look for a tube and a lazy river. I'm thinking maybe I should start looking for some sunshine and some warmer temperatures first though. I guess beggars really can't be choosers...

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Happy Mothers Day Mom, From The Three Of Us

11 May 2014

Over the last thirteen years, my mom would always say that she had three children; me and my sister and her four-legged baby, her cat, Abby. For those of you who have pets of your own, I'm pretty sure you know exactly what she's talking about. Your animals become such a huge and important part of your life that you honestly can't imagine the day when they're no longer part of it anymore. Well, we all have a heavy heart today on this Mothers Day because, as of yesterday morning, my mom no longer has that third child of hers. 

So, instead of coming here today and telling my mom how much she means to me and how much I love her, I wanted to tell her some things that Abby would tell her, if she could only tell them to her herself. 


I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you that the best part of her day was sleeping on your head every single night.

I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you that she appreciated the daily amount of yogurt she was given, and how happy she was when you would switch to a new flavour after she would get sick of the other kind.

I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you how patient you were when you couldn't go to the kitchen without her following you, just waiting to get lots and lots of treats.

I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you that she loved learning the game of fetch with twist ties at a very early age.

I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you thanks for never getting mad at her when she would throw up fur balls on the rug or scratch the arms of the couch so bad that you had to hide them with towels.

I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you, that although she thought she was pretty sneaky, she always knew that you would find out about her jumping on the table whenever you left the house. 

I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you how much she loved winning hide and go seek every time she knew she had to leave the house in her carrier. 

I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you, that although she hated the car rides, she was so happy that you would take her whenever you would spend time in town with us. That reminds me, I'm pretty sure she would probably say sorry for meowing louder than the radio during those car rides.

I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you how much unconditional love you gave her over these last thirteen years.

And I'm sure, Mom, she would tell you that she had the best life, and it was all because of you....her mom.

Happy Mothers Day, Mom...from the three of us!!
 
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Florida: Disney World Time In Orlando (The First Half)

09 May 2014

In case you missed part one and part two.



Where do I even start with our time spent in Orlando? For those of you who have been, you know how much there really is to see and do in Orlando. We spent 5 nights there and, by the time we left, there was still so much more that we could have done. Granted, we decided not to do any of the Disney parks on our last two days though, and opted instead for some shopping and squeezing in whatever relaxation time we could before it was time to go home. Oh, I would like to mention that now after going to Disney World, my appreciation level for my parents taking me when I was a kid has sky rocketed because I never fully realized just how much patience, money, and energy that was needed to go there. Trust me, it's totally worth it, just don't forget that those three things are pretty pretty important when you visit! ;)

We parted ways with my family Saturday afternoon and drove the couple of hours to our hotel in Kissimmee, grabbed some food (just from my end though, poor Todd and his stomach bug), scouted out the nearest outlet mall, and then went to bed early because Magic Kingdom was up first on our list in the morning. I honestly didn't think we were going to make it there because Todd was still not feeling well the next morning...at all. What a trooper that boy was though, because not only did he say he was going, but he said we were going to have an excellent time regardless. So, off we went (while loving him even more)....








.....on the hottest day of the year. Okay, that probably isn't true, but if Florida gets any hotter than the day we tackled Magic Kingdom, oh my lord, I can't even imagine. I just can't. Thank goodness for inside air conditioned rides and the (cutest) cold treats along the way.









We did the majority of the rides that were there (yup, even the kiddy ones) and Splash Mountain and Space Mountain were our two favourites. They were actually pretty scary, but now saying that, I'm becoming such a big whimp lately. Definitely not how I remembered them as a kid!

Later in the afternoon we made sure to catch the parade. I'm telling you, if you ever want to instantly feel like a kid again, this is the place for you. Within a half a second of seeing all of the Disney characters, my giddy child like behaviours were quickly on display.







Magic Kingdom was so much fun, and it really is such a pretty and magical place. In hindsight, one thing that we did oh so very wrong was walking around in circles all day and not taking a straighter path. I think we were just so excited that whenever we looked down at our map and saw something that sounded really fun, regardless which direction it was in, we went there. Because Magic Kingdom is huge, you can imagine at the end of the day how much walking this added up to. I thought me and Todd were going to have to play rock, paper, scissors to determine which one of us was going to carry the other one out, although I think the chances were pretty good that I was going to be the one lugging him out. He was exhausted!




My favourite!

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