Archive | June, 2011

Day Three – Spa Day!

30 Jun

This morning involved another early morning trip to the gym. I should be careful; this could be habit forming. I’m surprised at how sore I am, especially in through my shoulders, from doing the yoga class yesterday. So, today I hopped on the elliptical machine for 35 minutes of sweating my butt off with a little help from the Black Eyed Peas.

Afterward, I had just enough time to come home and shower and go back out to Avalon for a pedicure! Orange is a summery colour, right? Every time I get in that chair and they hand me those sample colours, I always have such a difficult deciding. It can be worse than being at a restaurant with a really big menu. I’m sure I’ve made life altering decisions in less time than it takes me to decide what colour I want on my toes for the next few weeks. The women who did my pedicure ended up being someone Savanna has babysat for in the past and even though we had met once before, it took us a good twenty minutes to figure it out. She did such a fabulous job that I booked my next pedicure for nearer the end of the summer. I never book a pedicure ahead of time!

After my pedicure, I had just enough time to rush home and get my things for a noontime meeting at school. I worked with my colleagues from 12:00 – 2:30 and I must say it is nice to work like this without feeling rushed. We left with some self imposed homework to complete before we meet again, which won’t be for another three weeks plus.

The way I’ve been writing it probably sounds like I don’t have teenage children. Savanna is off counseling camp at Caton’s Island for most of the summer and Seldon has been spending most of his time with friends. He actually had a sleepover three nights in a row with the same friend. Monday and Tuesday at his friend’s house and last night they were here. They generally hide in the basement and play video games all evening and come up when they’re hungry.

Tonight should be relaxing. Seldon is gone to the cottage with his grandparents, so Glenn and I have the evening to ourselves. I must admit, I’m looking forward to it.

Tomorrow’s adventures include picking Savanna up to spend the weekend with her. I know she’s feeling a little homesick and I’m really looking forward to seeing and spending some time with her. Here’s hoping she’ll give me at least a few minutes before going off to find her friends. Ah, to be fifteen again. Actually, I wouldn’t want that at all! But, I do want to give my favourite fifteen year old a great big hug!


Day Two – Challenging Myself

29 Jun

I’m not sure if counting each of my days this summer is such a good idea. It could end up being depressing and distressing as the days left become fewer than the days already spent. If nothing else, it’ll keep me accountable to myself for how I spend my days. I’d hate to waste a single day of vacation!

This morning I got up earlier than yesterday, thinking I’d have a few minutes with my husband before he left for work, but found I was home alone. I had completely forgotten that he was going to the dentist and had to call him to find out where he was. So, I killed almost an hour reading email, checking facebook, my blog stats, etc. over breakfast. Then I got ready to go to the gym. I was going to Yoga for 10:15, but I had to pack to shower at the gym because with only 45 minutes after the class to get to my 12:00 meeting downtown, I didn’t have time to come home.

The Yoga class was interesting, and unlike any other exercise I’ve done. I sweat, eventually, but it wasn’t easy. The instructor would come out into the class to correct our poses (mostly mine) and at one point when I was modifying something I just couldn’t hold she asked, “Is it your knees?” I honestly had no idea what it was. I said, “No, I’m just not strong enough to do it.” I don’t even remember now what ‘it’ was, but she chuckled and said, “No worries,” and moved on. I didn’t need to do a yoga class to let me know that I’m not very flexible, but I must say I didn’t feel embarrassed by what I couldn’t do. I put my all into it, and pushed myself to do everything, even though some of it completely missed the mark. It’s not vigorous exercise, but challenging just the same. I’m going to add this to my list of classes I want to keep doing and challenge myself to continue to improve.

Showering at the gym was something new for me. I never understood why someone would do that unless they absolutely had to, but today I had to and it was easier to deal with than I imagined. I brought my own shower gel, and shampoo but they even provide that stuff. Next time, if there is a next time, I’ll remember my deodorant.

Tonight we’re planning on dinner out with friends; usually we go out on our own, so I’m glad for the company. Tomorrow’s adventures include an early morning trip to the gym, a much needed pedicure and an afternoon working with a couple of colleagues on a Canadian Authors unit for the fall. I know it hasn’t even been a week, and I’m working on the fall already. Hopefully it’ll reduce some of the start-up stress in September.

Day One – My summer has 62 days!

28 Jun

One of the items on my 40 Before 40 list is to spend at least a half hour writing every day this summer. Today is day one. When writing, a half hour goes by so quickly. I may not write a blog post every day, but write I will! It is a long term goal to write a novel, and I will start that this summer, but I certainly won’t finish it. Half an hour is barely enough time to compose a blog entry.

Today was a busy first day of summer vacation. Of course I slept in! But, what defines sleeping in has changed over the years. I slept in until 8:15 and I wish I had gotten up earlier. I was stuffed up and I tossed and turned from 6:00 until I got up. I might as well have gotten up at 7:00. This morning I went to the gym, then took Seldon to the optometrist and shopping for sandals and a watch. This afternoon I had a mammogram and went to the insurance office. Now it’s a little after 3:00 and I’m rewarding myself with a cup of coffee and a little laptop time.

With all of my time in waiting rooms today I started reading Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom. There were two quotes from what I read today that I think are poignant enough to share:

“The most inspirational man I knew only reached his potential by helping a child reach his.” (pg. 39)

“…faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.” (pg. 44)

I have a long reading list for the summer. They are, in no particular order (after the first two):

  1. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
  2. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  3. Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
  4. Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  5. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  6. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  7. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
  8. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  9. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

If I read them all it’ll be at about the rate of one book a week. My idea of summer fun=as much time as possible spent reading in a deck chair.

Tomorrow’s adventures include trying Yoga for the first time. I’m excited to do that. Any Fredericton Goodlife members want to join me?

#1 Get a Really Short Haircut

23 Jun


No, I haven’t forgotten my 40 Before 40 list. But, the clock is ticking. So, for my first haircut of the summer I thought it would be appropriate to complete the first item on my list. I will admit, I wasn’t sure about cutting it all off. My last short haircut was eight years ago, and today I got it cut even shorter than it was then. Halfway through the cut I wanted to scream, “Wait, what are you doing? Put that back! Stop!” But, from the first big snip, I knew there was no turning back.

When it was almost done my stylist started exclaiming, “Oh, you’re going to love this… it’ll be so easy to do… Oh, how cute!” And, all I could think was yeah, it’s not your hair. You just don’t want me to freak out right here, right now. But, I also realized she did exactly what I had asked her to do, and that was to cut it REALLY short! (Tammy, do you ever wonder what’s going on in your client’s brain when they get really quiet near the end of a dramtically different cut? Well, now you know.)


Glenn really likes short hair on women, and is always encouraging me to get it cut. But, I was even concerned he would think it was just too short. I shouldn’t have worried, he loved it! And, so did both the kids, which really shocked me. I thought Seldon would hate if for sure. I’m the only one who is still not convinced. I didn’t freak out our anything, and I know that my hair grows quickly. So, if I decide I don’t like it, all I have to do is wait… it’ll grow back.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the dramatic change, and I don’t dislike the cut. I just haven’t decided if I like it any better than the way I had my hair before. Who knows, the ease of caring for and styling it may win me over in a matter of days. I’m sure that, just like the hair itself, it’ll grow on me.

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