Archive for January, 2010

Help. Donate.

January 15, 2010

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I work in Disaster Management for the Canadian Red Cross. As you can imagine, we have been overwhelmed with donations from the community, corporations, and government.

Think about the coffee you bought this morning, your lunch date with a friend, the change you have in your pocket. Every donation, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference to those who are suffering in Haiti.

If you haven’t done so already. Donate.

Call 1-800-418-1111, donate online at or stop into your local Red Cross office.



January 9, 2010

Finally Friday….except I have to work all day tomorrow so kind of like a Thursday for me. We are offering a course through my work that falls on a Saturday from 9-5pm so I will be in class all day tomorrow. It will be good information to have for sure but Saturday? Really? There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than working on a Saturday anyway. Not. (Why can’t ending every sentence with the word ‘not’ be cool again?)

Pretty low key day today. I spent the day getting set up for previously mentioned course so that ate up my entire work day. I also spent the day forgetting to pick up birthday presents! Ooops. My bestie’s birthday party is tomorrow night and with the course tomorrow, I’ve left myself little time to shop, drop and roll. Uh oh. Can anyone swoop in and save the day and give me an ingenious idea on a thoughtful, meaningful gift for one of my favorite girls on the planet? Please?

I got inspired this morning by Amy’s post and came home at lunch to concoct a wonderful panini for lunch. Yumm. I picked up Garlic and Herb Panini bread at Sobeys, filled it up with thai chicken, old cheddar, black olives, tomato, green pepper, red onion, avocado and red pepper hummus and slapped it on the george foreman (who will forever be known on this blog as George). Delicious! Threw a side of delicious Southwest Ranch baked lays on the plate and voila! Deli quality lunch.

And….just to keep you guys guessing and to keep myself dazed and confused…I’m kinda thinking about switching back to blogspot. Where in the hell did I ever get the idea that I was technologically gifted enough to use wordpress?? No way Jose. I just want a pretty blog! With not a lot of work. Am I asking too much? Mine looks cold and sterile and blahhhhh. I’ll keep you posted on that front.

10:36pm on Thriday night and I’m curled up in bed just about to turn the light off. How thrilling is that?

How Carolyn got her groove back…

January 7, 2010

Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel after only a few hits back at the gym? I mean seriously? Why do we always let this one slide (and by we, I mean ME!) To be honest, it’s been about 9 months since I’ve been checking in to the gym religiously. Surprisingly, I haven’t gained much weight but I know I’ve definitely lost some tone and definition. But apart from all the appearance stuff….going to the gym just makes me feel great. I sleep better at night, I have more energy, I feel like I’ve had a productive day. I hope I remember this feeling next time I want to skip out on the gym. I promised myself on Monday I would be in the gym 3 times this week. So far, I have two under my belt and a yoga class at the local Yoga Outlet. Today is a busy one but I am still hoping to skip downstairs (I have no excuse not to go, the gym is literally a 15 second walk from my office door). If not I will definitely go tomorrow at lunch and since I’m pretty free this weekend, I might even go on Saturday morning too.

In other random news….

I bought a cute sweater last night to wear this weekend for my best friend’s birthday. Also, bought my first thick black belt to wear with it. I’m so behind the times but I am trying! (pictures to follow)

I’m bringing L (the new guy) to my best friend’s birthday. I have a bit of anxiety. I haven’t brought a date to a party in…..well ever. A few of my friends have already met him and think he’s great but this is the first “general introduction” to the rest of the gang. Eeek!

I also scored a super warm and comfy down filled puffy jacket this week for 50% off! I love after Christmas sales! and the best part? It’s bright pink! Perfect for the “snow bunny” look I’m going for next weekend when I hit the slopes! Speaking of slopes….I’m so excited! The plan is for us to leave next Friday for Amherst where we’ll be cozying up in this beautiful room before hitting the slopes on Saturday morning in Wentworth:

Isn’t this room amazing? I’ve definitely been sold on the idea of B&B’s rather than sterile old hotel rooms. There is always so much charm and comfort in a B&B. Not to mention the delicious homecooked breaky!

I’m pretty sure this bad boy is going to feel like heaven after a day of falling on my butt on the slopes. I have never even had a pair of skiis on, let alone a snowboard. Any active skiiers or snowboarders wanna take pity on me and give me a few life saving tips?

That’s it for me today kids! I hope you all have a great day!!

Jingle Blues….now Bells?

January 5, 2010

You know what I don’t love?

People who only blog every few months and call themselves Bloggers. Pfffft. Who do they think they are? Oh wait…..that’s me. I’m one of those people. Geez Carolyn, get your act together will ya? Seriously! You LOVE’s soothing and relaxing, you love your blog friends…they are supportive and hilarious, blogging keeps you on track….put down the Starbucks Latte….

Oddly enough I have been following all of your blogs religiously without commenting so I don’t feel like I’ve even missed a beat of all the amazing, wonderful things that are going on in everyone else’s life. But then I realized that not commenting just makes me a creepy stalker….


I’m a little lost. Don’t know where to start or end. I have basically been living on a rollercoaster of emotion (and food!) for the past few weeks. The Holidays kind of threw me a bit but overall it was so good to spend time with family and friends. I ate lots, had lots of yummy wine and cheese, listened to classic Oak Ridge Boys Christmas music (yup, it’s tradition in my family!) and then on New Year’s…when I finally spent some down time with good friends…I realized something pretty amazing. Life is what you make it. Sounds so simple doesn’t it? But it’s SO true. Since then my attitude has completely changed. I’m ready now. Ready for whatever comes my way. Ready to take control of my life again. Ready to regain the things I love (hello, bloggers!). I’m me. And I’m going to be the best me I can be. I know I’m getting all self-help on you guys but it’s so refreshing to have an optimistic outlook again. I’ve missed me.

So what else is new in my life?

Well…since you asked I am excited about my new life and want to share…

  • I’ve started seeing someone pretty fantastic. He’s sweet and generous and super romantic. It’s a bit of a slow beginning since we’re both coming from failed relationships so there have definitely been some rocky moments but you know what the good thing about that is? We’ve both learned something from those relationships and we know what we want and what we don’t want. He makes me laugh uncontrollably and surprises me with simple, thoughtful gifts. He knows what he wants and won’t settle for anything less. He’s independent and opinionated but more than willing to take advice and laugh at his own expense. He’s confident but not at all cocky and my friends think he is as wonderful as I do. Ok. So that is that. Promise I won’t turn this into a dating site!
  • I recommitted myself to a healthy lifestyle. Yesterday I finally reunited with the gym. And I hit up a yoga class last night at the local yoga studio (loved that!) I’ve promised my friend that I would go with her once a week and she never misses a class so neither will I.
  • It feels sooo good to be eating well again. My body is silently thanking me. I dont’ have an operating scale so hard to tell how much I am up in weight from my Holiday binges but I am guessing a solid 7-9 lbs.
  • I’ve got an incredibly exciting getaway planned for next Friday. L (*previously mentioned new man) and I are taking a trip to good ol Nova Scotia and hitting the slopes in Wentworth. We’ve got a night booked at a gorgeous Bed and Breakfast and a “Learn to Snowboard” lesson for 10am on Saturday morning. Excited really isn’t the word. Speaking of Nova Scotia – we did sneak away the weekend before Christmas to hit up a Sons of Maxwell concert in Halifax and stayed at the most amazing B&B. It was absolutely breathtaking with all of the Christmas decorations. Wow! The Waverley Inn – highly recommend it. We dined at Opa and it was delicious! They have a desserty appetizer there call Baked Feta and it is seriously heaven. PS – Jamie…I totally thought I saw you there and get a little excited for a minute but then she walked by me and it definitely wasn’t you! 😦

Well you ladies have probably had enough of me now…don’t worry, I won’t be gone long….promise!