Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Exercise Alphabet

A really big resolution for me this year is to get back into shape, I have a lot of important events coming up and the extra 40lbs I put on over the last few months of super stress have not made me happy.  Not to mention they won't help fitting into all the expensive dresses that are already purchased.

I first saw this idea on International Geek Girls Pen Pals Club who were doing a word a day for the month of January.  I changed the alphabet up a bit as there are some specific areas that I really want to work and I am offering you a word a day for the next year.  Let's get in some extra exercise together.

A – 20 Alternating Hammer Curls

        
                                   
B – 10 Lateral Raises  

                                      

C – 1 Minute Jump Rope
                                           
D – 20 Crunches                              



E – 10 Sumo Squats  

                                           

F – 1 Minutes Toy Soliders  

                                  

G – 20 Bicycle Crunches                                    

H – 1 Minute High Knees                      

I – 20 Shoulder Width Squats                              

J – 1 Minute Butt Kicks                                                      

K – 20 Alternating Front Raises  

                                 

L – 10 Alternating Side Lunges

                        

M - 1 Minute Jogging on The Spot

N - 1 Minutes Wall Sit

O - 10 Push Ups      

P - 10 Sit Ups

Q - 20 Hip Circles

R - 30 Arm Circles

S - 20 Alternating Front Lunges

T - 25 Jumping Jacks

U - 20 Mountain Climbers



V - 20 Alternating Biceps Curls

W - 20 Narrow Squats

X - 20 Alternating Back Lunges

Y - 10 Shoulder Presses



Z - 10 Tricep Dips



Now this is not a completely body weight list, there are some exercises that free weights would be recommended for.  I look forward to getting fit with you and learning some new words starting tomorrow.                                

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Currently: January 27, 2016

Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

The Plant Nanny app on my phone, I am the worst for drinking water so trying to keep a plant alive by logging how much water I drink is very enlightening.  It took me killing a few plants but I am getting the hang of drinking enough every day.



Reading...

I have been sick for the last week so I have done very little reading which bites because I was hoping to be a lot further along on my A to Z Challenge project.  Right now I am reading and enjoying City of Blaze.



Watching...

Still watching my way through Sabrina, I am on Season Four now and I have gotten to the episodes I don't remember seeing the first time around.

Listening To...

I have been basking in the past lately, some teenage girls on the bus the other day got this song stuck in my head:



Thinking About...

As I mentioned above I have been sick since late last week so most of my thoughts have centered on why the days are so very long and if it's safe to take so much cold medication.

Anticipating...

I am looking forward to Friday as it is my day off and I really, really need to clean my house.

Wishing... 

For an early spring, the yo-yo weather is killing me.

Making Me Happy...

Pen pal letters!  I just caught up with all of my responses and it feels great.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

All I Need To Know I Learned From A Snowman

Sometimes you come across some funny stuff on the internet that just needs to be shared.

** It's okay if you're a little bottom heavy.

** Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.

** Wearing white is always appropriate.

** Winter is the best of the four seasons.

** It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.

** There's nothing better than a foul weather friend.

** We're all made up of mostly water.

** You know you've made it when they write a song about you.

** Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!

** Avoid yellow snow. Don't get too much sun.

** It's embarrassing when you can't look down and see your feet.

** It's fun to hang out in your front yard.

** There's no stopping you once you're on a roll.

** It's not the size of the carrot, but the placement that counts.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Celebrate The Small Things: January 22, 2016



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating my baby boy turning 11.






What are you celebrating this week?


Broken Things To Mend Blog Tour

Broken Things (1)


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Broken Things to Mend by Karey White

Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters?

What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia's past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.

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Review:

Broken Things to Mend dealt with some very, very sensitive issues in a fantastic way.  I loved reading it, I was sad when it was over.  Sisters sounds like the type of place that I want to live.

Pearl, the matchmaker, is a wonderful character and I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


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Author Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday; January 21, 2016



From a Whiteout Party that we went to a couple years ago. I feel like I looked so fantastic in this picture, I would kill to look like that now.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Currently: January 20, 2016

 Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...
It's only -6 out this morning! I didn't have to bundle up like some sort of barely moving snowsuit creature.  Plus I got in my morning walk, it was fantastic.  I am 2% to Rivendell now, I know it doesn't seem like a lot but given how cold it has been...



Reading...

Reading is fun, but this week I have not had a lot of time for it for some reason, the super cold has made me too sleepy I guess.  I am reading 'Becoming Us' right now, I like it but it seems to be dragging a bit now that I am close to the end.



Watching...

At the moment Bailey cat and I are all about curling up on the couch and streaming episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  I think Bailey has a crush on Salem...



Listening To...

Still doing 'Armada' on Audible, really starting to get into it now.  I listen to it while working on my current crochet project.

Thinking About...

Bridesmaid dresses, because time is a ticking away.



Anticipating...

We are taking Ace out for dinner on Friday for his 11th birthday, sadly my big excitment for the week actually is to watch my kid big out at his favourite buffet.

Wishing... 

For -2 or warmer for a few days so that I can up my miles.

Making Me Happy...

Having a solid plan in place for the A to Z challenge this year.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Currently: January 13, 2016

Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

Run Keeper.  My bloggy buddy Click's Clan is walking Middle Earth this year and I signed on to join her.  So far it's been great fun to tell my kid's as we walk somewhere my small percentage of my journey to Rivendell.

Reading...

Right now I am reading Antler Dust by Mark Stevens, it's not something I would normally pick up to read but as I am working towards something I am just going with what fits.  I really am enjoying the book though, it's got a great feel to it.  I am usually not a fan of mystery books where the reader knows what is going on but Stevens makes it work well.



Watching...
We are finally back on Jessica Jones and working our way through that.  Ritter is fantastic in this, I mean I love her anyways but she really works as Jessica Jones.



Listening To...

Armada on Audible.  I love Audible.

Thinking About...

How much more I could walk if there wasn't so much snow outside right now.



Anticipating...

Having the day off work on Friday and finally feeling better than I have in month's so that I can do something fun with it.

Wishing... 

For the feeling I have been having of more energy to continue, I have so much I would like to get done.

Making Me Happy...

Reading, blogging and my new crochet project.

Roman's Holiday Blog Tour

Roman's Holiday

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Roman's Holiday by Susan Aylworth


Four years after Roman Kincaid was catapulted into stardom as a country-western singer and A-list movie star, he is burned out: exhausted by a grueling schedule, drained by the ceaseless demands of producers and managers, weary of meeting the needs of others at the expense of his own. Leaving a sold-out show in Phoenix, he rents a car and drives north and east, landing in the Painted Desert town of Rainbow Rock.

Nearly three years after leaving her old life behind, Lottie Beale is feeding people and baking pies, managing the Kachina Café and tending secrets of her own. When circumstances conspire to give two attractive people some time alone together amid the world-class vistas of the Four Corners, they discover more than either had bargained for.



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 The heat from his body warmed her, his arm pillowed her head, his mouth hovered only inches above hers . . . “Lottie?” He leaned nearer.


“Yes,” she answered and lifted her head, closing the space that separated them until their lips finally touched.
The first kiss was brief, their closed mouths barely touching, their eyes asking and answering, but  in the next moment they were wrapped in each other—equally giving and taking, touching and claiming, discovering one another in an explosive release of the tension that had been building between them.
In a pattern older than time, their release only brought more tension. Lottie could feel it building all over her. Keen awareness of neglected body parts competed for attention with the places Roman touched, her whole body making demands with an insistence that almost frightened her. This isn’t like me, she told herself, but she hardly heard it over the humming tension that thrummed through her, making her vibrate like a plucked guitar string.
She could only imagine the fireworks that would result if she encouraged Roman to carry this through to its natural conclusion. He’s leaving soon, you know. The whisper hit home. She put one hand against his chest, lightly pushing him away. “Roman, stop.”
He drew back mere inches, swallowed, fought to get his breathing under control. “Stop?”
Review:

What an incredible book, I could almost see and taste some of the things that Susan was describing.  So fantastic! The story line was interesting and moved at a decent pace.  Rainbow Rock sounds like an incredible place, makes you want to visit for a vacation.  The descriptions of the monuments around it just adds too that desire.

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Susan Aylworth started her first book when she was nine. "It was called Buff, The Proud Stallion. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal. A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. "It's one way to live many lives at once." She lives in northern California with her husband of 45 years and two spoiled cats.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Celebrate: January 8, 2016



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating an open weekend to work on things and enjoy my children.

What are you celebrating?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: January 7, 2016


It's a little grainy but this is me in my Belle cosplay on Halloween of 2015.  I love this costume, I can't wait to wear it again come Toronto ComiCon.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What's Inside Cricut's Mysterious January Mystery Box?

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Currently: January 6, 2016

Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

Movies and sleep.  It has been so cold outside the last few days that I love nothing more than being able to curl up in bed under all the warm blankets and watch a movie.  Till I fall asleep because I never make it through a movie and Mike always has to turn them off.

Reading...

I am starting to do alphabetical reading for my A-Z Challenge this year, I find it pretty exciting to have a goal for my reading.  Currently I am doing W and Y, one real book and one e-book so that no matter where I am I have something to read.



Watching...

After seeing 'The Force Awakens' three times we are working our way through the old Star Wars movies.  We are currently in the middle of  'The Empire Strikes Back'.



Listening To...

Armada on Audible.  Have I mentioned how much I love Audible, because I do.

Thinking About...

A fitness type challenge of sorts for the blog, International Geek Girl Pen Pals is doing a word a day alphabetical challenge this month and I would love to tweak the idea a little bit and blog it.  I am working hard on dropping those pounds I put on in the last few months and I think blogging along would really help.

Anticipating...
The A to Z Challenge, I have a great idea this year and I am hoping to have a lot of fun with it.

Wishing... 

For warmer weather so that the desire to stay in bed wanes a little, I can't sleep with the heat but I can't stand leaving my warm bed when I know it is minus double digits outside.

Making Me Happy...

Postcrossing!  I love to send and receive happy mail, it makes my day when there is something other than bills in the mailbox. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Express Yourself: Scents


The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: What scent (candle, Fragrance, etc) is your favourite during Autumn?

I love me some vanilla.  Candles, perfume, bath soap.  There's just something about the scent of vanilla that feels calming and soothing.  I love it.

What's your favourite scent?



Sunday, January 3, 2016

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

If I had a choice I would pick Costa Rica.


It just looks like such a beautiful, relaxing place.  I would get a beach front property and stare at the ocean while I wrote all day.

Where is your dream location to live?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Quick 50

I was doing my morning coffee and reading of the blogs I follow one morning when I stumbled across this gem on The Princess and The Geek.  I haven't done one of these get to know you type things on here in a while and I have some new followers so I decided to snag it and play along.

Quick 50!


1) Where you named after anyone?

Yes, I got my Melissa from a little girl my mom used to babysit who passed away.

2) When was the last time you cried?

Tuesday night when I was reading.

3) Do you like your handwriting?

Sometimes, if I am not writing in a big rush.

4) What is your favourite lunch meat?

 Smoked turkey.

5) Do you have kids?

Yes, Ace 10 and Cat 6.

6) If you were another person would you be friends with you?

Yes, I am kind of awesome.

7) Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Yes.

8) Do you still have your tonsils?

Yes.

9) Would you bungee jump?

Hell no!

10) What is your favourite cereal?

Lucky Charms.

11) Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

Yes.

12) Do you think you are strong?

Sometimes.

13) What is your favourite ice cream?

Gold medal ribbon.

14) What is the first thing you notice about people?

Shoes followed pretty quickly by teeth.

15) Red or pink?

Pink!!

16) What is the least favourite thing about yourself?

I have no will power when it comes to food.

17) Who do you miss the most?

My nana.

18) What is your favourite animal?

I like cats, wild and domesticated.

19) What colour shoes are you wearing?

Black, so boring.

20) What was the last thing that you ate?

Reese Peanut Butter Cup.

21) What are you listening to right now?

The radio, I don't know the song.

22) If you were a crayon what colour would you be?

Barbie Pink.

23) Favourite smells?

English Leather.

24) Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My sister.

25) Moutain hideaway or beach house?

Beach house all the way, with a cabana boy to serve me Mai Tais.

26) Favourite sports to watch?

Hockey.

27) Hair colour?

Black turning silver.

28) Eye colour?

Brown.

29) Do you wear contacts?

When I have the time. 

30) Favourite food?

Steak.

31) Scary movies or happy endings?

Both.

32) Last movie that you watched?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

33) What colour shirt are you wearing?

Purple.

34) Summer or winter?

Summer all the way.

35) Hugs or kisses?

Like the chocolate?  Then Kisses.

36) Favourite dessert?

Coconut Cream Pie.  Yummy!

37) Where would you most like to travel?

Everywhere.

38) Computer or television?

Book.

39) What book are you reading right now?

Windowwall by Melaine Rawn.

40) What is on your mouse pad?

Heartbeat.

41) Favourite sound?

Rain.

42) Rolling Stones or Beatles?

Beatles.

43) What is the fartherst you have ever been from home?

Cuba.

44) Do you have a special talent?

Being a smartass.

45)Where were you born?

Truro, Nova Scotia.

46) Where are you living now?

Toronto, Ontario.

47) What colour is you house?

Grey.

48) What colour is your car?

If I had one it would be purple.

49) Are you musically inclined?

Like a cat in a washing machine. 

If you answer the questions let me know in the comments and I will come check it out.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things: January 1, 2016



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

Today I am grateful to celebrate the start of a new year, 2015 was a rough year, especially near the end and I am glad that it is over.

I am also celebrating the wonderful opportunities that I had to spend with family over the holidays.

My cousin had a stroke over the holidays and I am celebrating the fact that she was with family when it happened and was taken straight to an excellent hospital and will be ok.

What are you celebrating this week?