Hey everyone! Happy
MoanMonday to you (let’s start this week off positively, shall we?)! It’s a beautiful day today here in Calgary, and I’m about to head into the basement to unpack boxes…SO hard with the beautiful sun! How was your weekend? Ours was great – full of good moves, good food, and great company.
Friday Mikey had his first day of work and met doctors and faculty from the Psychosocial Oncology Department at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (where he was actually treated too) and had a full day! We are so thankful God has provided this job and are excited to step into this new phase of life. While he worked, I cleaned the house a bit, did some laundry, and got my run on, a 7 mile “barefoot” blue run, to be exact!
Friday night we stayed home and enjoyed the start to our first weekend back in Calgary.
Saturday started with a sleep-in, more house cleaning, a morning workout for me, and a visit from a fun family! I enjoyed the BodyRock workout called the 300 Reps of Brutality workout (how’s that to scare you off for a workout title?!). It.was.awesome – in a brutal way. Then Heather, Roger, and their cute little girl Shawna came over for the afternoon. While Mikey and Rog went golfing, us girls spent some fun time together on the playground and around the backyard. Highlights included bocce ball, raspberry picking, and rock wall climbing with Shawna at the playground. The boys came back and we ate cherries, corn, burgers, salad, and then feasted on watermelon and Mama Pea’s Vegan Chocolate Ganache cupcakes for dessert! It was a great day.
Sunday morning rolled around early as I had planned the night before to do a long run. I think I get pumped up to run long because it’s like a mini-expedition: you think about your route, your mental state, your fuel, the clothes you’ll need, etc rather than a simple run out the door and back. I popped out of bed and enjoyed the quiet that is a Sunday morning run and 11.18 miles later, I was back at the house, waking Mikey up, and getting ready for church. Oh – I took a little photo shoot too.
Proud of my pre-heat, 11 morning miles!
Somehow finding the energy to keep jumping for some jumping shots!
After a great service at church (it’s so good to worship corporately again after being on the road and traveling for so long!), we went to Ikea. Slowly we are beginning to gather pieces for downstairs…thankful to have a handy husband:
We purchased the above bookcase that will hold some books, some kitchen items, and some miscellaneous objects; a kitchen counter top with shelves underneath; and some shelves to mount on the wall above the counter. We’re excited to continue working downstairs so that we can cook some (think: hot plate items and raw foods – lots of chopped veggies! and foods in a blender). More work to go…I should head back downstairs soon, actually!
After Mikey got the bookcase up, we were ready to head to our friend Luke and Mariena’s house for dinner. We recently went on a backpacking trip with these friends and were thrilled to see their home and meet there cute pup, Diego! Although I failed to snap any pics of Diego, I did manage to get some of the dinner we had – a raclette party! Click on the link to explore what exactly this type of social meal we had, but it’s basically a grill with a hot plate on top and a space for bread/pitas (we used naan bread) that you can load with meat and veggies and melt cheese on top. DELICIOUS! and a fun experience.
The food was fresh, real, delicious, and the company was wonderful. We dug into another Mama Pea dessert, Black Forest Brownies (with icing from the previous day’s dessert and raspberries from the garden). That with a scoop of ice cream? Delish.
Today began with another run and another fun visit from a friend (I’m sensing an incredible pattern here…). I ran 6 morning miles even earlier than yesterday and brought my phone to take pics to help slow me down – sometimes going easy is the hardest thing for me! So pictures I did snap, my pace I did keep steady. It was a great way to wake up and begin the day.
It was a beautiful morning – and it’s so great to get up early (even though I literally had to peel myself out from under the comfortable covers!)…I kept thinking to myself, “I won’t regret this once I’m out there.” And I didn’t.
Post-run I made some coffee and got breakfast going: spinach/banana/blueberry/almond milk smoothies and Quinoa Cakes from Hilary! It was great to make a fun meal out of the ordinary breakfasts I eat because my friend Joanna was coming over! She’s visiting family and took a break from her travels to connect with me; she provided more great company, good conversation, and a reminder of a kind friend this morning. Thanks, Joanna!
Quinoa Cakes – mine topped with maple syrup, blue and raspberries, and chia seeds! A power breakfast indeed! Smoothie & coffee not pictured, but you better believe they were there!
Joanna and I!
It was a truly amazing weekend that had so much goodness in it: tastes, flavors, colors, clouds, sun rays, sounds…but most of all, people. They are what count the most.
Share some highlights from your weekend! What sights/sounds/meals/people did you take in?
Well, back to the basement I go. If you’re outside today, enjoy it for me! Keep moving, eating well, and treating yourself right and remember to love people, because the rest in life is just extras. Live well & be well friends,
PS: I’ll leave you a little climbing collage I made from our trip to the coast with Cath & Dave PLUS some pics of dinner with some extended family members in Aldergrove, BC – gotta love fun times with family.