The Liebster Award!

While I was off playing in Vegas, The Archibald Files (Mother of Dragons) nominated me for the Liebster Award.  This award is for new bloggers with less than 200 followers. It is a way to have your blog thrown out into the giant universe that is the world wide web.  Thank you, Mother of Dragons, for the nomination!

My blog started as a weight loss and health progress update report, mostly to keep myself accountable.  Along the way I collected some awesome supporters who helped keep me on track and enthusiastic.  Then, BAM!  Preggers.  FINALLY.  So the blog has morphed a bit to contain a little of everything going on in my corner of Alberta.

Here are the Official Rules for accepting the Liebster Award:

  1. Answer the questions given and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominations.
  2. Nominate 8 other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post.
  3. Link the Liebster Award photo in your blog post.
  4. No Tag backs.
  5. Nominations must have under 200 followers.
  6. You must tell all the blogs that you have nominated them.

Here are my answers to the questions I was asked.

What would you do with one extra hour in your day?

Exercise.  Since becoming pregnant, I’m exhausted and I haven’t been making time to exercise.  I’ve been focusing on getting sleep and eating well, which is OK, but isn’t enough when you’re still as overweight as I am.

What does your ideal home look like?

I totally misread this question.  I live in my ideal home, now!  The only thing missing is a pool, and that’s because I live in a place where summer is spotty at best, and non-existent at worst.  Actually, having a pool table would be fab too.  I don’t think we’ll ever get that chance though!

Who is your favourite Simpson’s character and why?

I wasn’t allowed to watch Simpsons when I was a kid/teen, so I don’t know them all really well, but as an adult when I caught some of the reruns I liked Ralph Wiggum.  Happily stupid and definitely misunderstood.

What is your go-to outfit when you just can’t be bothered?

Stretch pants!  I can clean in them, sleep in them, bike in them, shop in them, and if I had my way, I’d do everything in them.  They’re just so soft on the legs (I have dry skin) compared to any other form of pant.

Where and with who was your first-kiss?

We were in my friend’s pool playing Truth or Dare, at about 9 years old.  It’s weird to think that he has now passed away.  He was killed in a vehicle rollover at about 23, and it was a very sad time for our classmates.  Odd, how life turns out when you’re not looking.

If you could meet one celebrity who would it be and why?

You know, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Hollywood crowd and their lack of achievements when it comes to the real world, so my “heroes” as they are would be more real people.  There are so many that I would love to meet, and in fact, I may just get the chance soon!  We have an event at work coming up where Antonin Scalia, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is coming to be our guest speaker.  I can’t wait to hear him speak, and maybe we’ll even get to make his acquaintance!!

Do you prefer boobies or bum?

Both?  They symbolize different things, so I can’t pick one over the other 😛

What is your favourite recipe to cook?

I love LOVE making a delicious dessert that just looks beautiful.  I never mastered the art of making dinner look beautiful, so baking it is.

Do you prefer dogs or cats? Why?

Dogs.  Cats are smug and bipolar.  They attack you for no reason.  Slightly psycho, all of them.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

Scarlet.  I had a bunny named Scarlet O’Hare when I was a kid, and I’ve always loved that character.

The next set of questions I would like my nominees to answer are as follows:

  1.  What is one of your favourite quotes?
  2.  If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
  3.  What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
  4.  What is something you learned in the last week?
  5.  Sugar or salt? Explain.
  6.  What chore do you absolutely hate doing, and why?
  7.  If you could throw any kind of theme party, what would it be for?
  8.  What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?
  9.  If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
  10.  As we’re on a blog site – Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

I would like to nominate the following people:

You have each helped me get on my way, and I love seeing updates from you. ENJOY!!!  I look forward to reading your answers!

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Feeling Better and Enjoying Autumn

The leaves here are finally starting to turn, and today is the last “warm” day before we hit constant lower temps for Autumn.  The sunrise is coming just as I’m walking into work, and it’s just beautiful with the coloured leaves.  Autumn is definitely my favourite season.

I’ve had a cold the last few days, and it has been difficult dealing with it without being able to take cold meds.  Not great sleep and constantly blowing my nose, and I just hate it.  I’m a really terrible sick person!  Today I am beginning to feel better – I’ve only taken my daily Reactine for allergies, and although I feel congested, I feel like my symptoms are improving.  Thank goodness.

Today is my Mum’s birthday, and we’re telling her our big news via a “Happy Birthday Grandma” birthday card 🙂  She’s going to be so thrilled, I can’t wait.  She’s been waiting FOREVER for us to have children.

Happy almost-end-of-the-week!

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September = crazy

I’m back 🙂  Here’s the update:

Lil bub is now 9 weeks 5 days, and we were able to get an ultrasound picture!  We’re telling the mums in the next week, so by this time next week I won’t have to be quite so careful anymore.  Everyone else will know at Thanksgiving.

Trip home was fabulous, my little nephew is just the CUTEST little guy.  I hope our lil bub ends up as smart as that kid, and as adventurous.  He’s so brave (probably too far, lol) and loves cuddles.  It was awesome to see my extended “family” and friends, even just for a couple of days.  This week is crazy work and cleaning, mum’s birthday, and then packing for another trip on the weekend!  Ermagherd.

I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving.  Every year I’m grateful for all the things that have gone on, but this year in particular I’m extra grateful 🙂

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It’s going to be an exciting week.

Today I am going for first ultrasound to hopefully confirm lil bub’s presence and age.

Then we go for my husband’s celiac testing to hopefully confirm or deny if he really does have the disease.  His blood testing indicated 95% likelihood, but I’m still hoping for a negative through the endoscopy.  We shall see.

Then we go to Montana’s for a delicious dinner as poor hubby isn’t allowed to eat or even drink water until it’s done this evening!

Last but not least, we go home and I pack for my little trip back home to visit my family!  Hubby can’t come, which is sad, but at least he’ll have a few days without my nagging self to enjoy the peace and quiet.  I’m flying out tomorrow and surprising them – my mom is already out that way, so she’s grabbing me from the airport.  The family is already expecting her, but not me! WOO!

Now to just make it through the next few hours until I can leave…

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Our New Trees Survived Snowtember 2014!

If you haven’t heard about the weather in Alberta, Canada, you won’t know what I mean.  Take a second to look up “Calgary weather” on your favourite search engine, and you’ll see what’s been going on up in here. CRAZY!


I didn’t really know what was causing it, but the amount of snow we got (starting September 8, grrrrr) has made massive amounts of damage to trees around the city.

Gavin Young / Postmedia News

Crystal Schick / Postmedia News

And I felt a little stupid, because every year we get more snow than that all winter, and the trees don’t collapse.

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I couldn’t figure it out.  Turns out that (thankfully) each year the snow falls AFTER the leaves are off the trees.  The snow falls on bare branches, and not much of it collects unless it turns to ice.  This time, all the leaves were still attached (and not even turned dry and colourful yet), so the leaves collected WAY more snow than the branches ever would, and the weight of it all broke half the trees in town.  Just nuts.

The moral of this story is to shed weight before winter so that the snow doesn’t bog you down and break you… or something like that.

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One Lovely Blog – September 2014


Well this is a surprise!  Weight2lose2013 nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award.  A supportive follower whose blog is always entertaining and/or refreshing for me to read, it is an honour to be nominated by him.  Thank you for your encouragement!

Here are the rules:

  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.   Check!
  2. You must list the rules and display the award.   Check!
  3. You must add seven facts about yourself.   Check!
  4. You must nominate other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated. This award has no restrictions as to who you can nominate.   Check!
  5. You must follow the blogger who nominated you.    Check!

Here are the 7 facts that define me right now:


  1. I’m a gamer nerd – I met my husband on World of Warcraft.  We’re now married 5 years!
  2. I make jewellery out of chainmail rings. Lovely Links
  3. I also make things out of cross-stitch, such as Christmas ornaments!
  4. I have worked in offices since I was 19, most predominantly law offices.  My favourite area of law was medical malpractice.  The stuff you learn about and the stories you see are just unbelievable.
  5. We’re expecting our first child next Spring, and I’m worried about the transition from working to staying at home.  I’m sure I’m going to love it, but I’ve always had a job and been productive, and I’m worried that I’ll feel useless and lonely most of the time.
  6. I’m also a huge book nerd.  I love nothing more than to be reading a book and relaxing (which explains my weight, haha…)
  7. If money were no object and I could do anything for work, I would want to be a nurse.  In law, I don’t really get to help people.  Or a teacher?  That’s helping people too.  I could never fully retire – I want to be around others.

Here are a few of the bloggers that make my day awesome:

b marie Photography

Behind the Onesies

Fat to Fit

Laura’s Losing It

My Side of Ordinary

Cate the Okay

Exactly Erin

There are so many bloggers that pop up on my feed and just make me joyful, but I can’t keep listing forever.  Please take a second to pop over and see these blogs for yourself.  Happy (snowy!) Monday!

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I love you, Alberta, truly I do.  But days like today (and the next 3) I am not entirely sure why I still live here.  It is only September 8, and yet you insist on snowing on us.  Rain x 15mm, then snow then sleet then rain then snow again.  It’s a little overdoing it, don’t you think?

On a good note, the guys got our fence mostly done by the time the weather swooped in yesterday evening.  And on a second good note, our two new trees have got plenty of rain in the last 12 hours.  I only hope that they get enough of that water before it all freezes on them!  I guess it will then thaw for a few more weeks, but I’d just hate for them to end up stunted thanks to AB weather.

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