Mother’s Day 2014

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As it’s been for the previous two mother’s day weekend, Doug worked on the Saturday, and as I had enough to do around the house as it was, I decided, as a way to avoid cooking, to continue our mother-daughter pre-Mother’s Day brunch.

This time, we went to Milestones rather than Cora’s. I found Milestones gave me the option of substituting all roasted potatoes with more light, mixed greens (as well as making egg white omelettes). Cora’s, as much as they boast about being healthy, fails to provide a nutrition information guide.

Sunday morning, Doug and Chaeli made some delicious coconut-flour pancakes with bacon. Coconut four, as I have discovered, is very low on the glycemic index compared to either regular flour and whole-wheat flour. It has a natural sweetness to it without any added sugar (perhaps just a couple of grams of natural sugar per 1/3 cup). The pancakes do not come out as fluffy and definitely not as sweet but still very flavourful. I will alternate between coconut flour pancake and my Blue Menu Whole Grain pancakes.

After finishing up our coffee, we started to prepare food for dinner that night over at my parents’ place. Doug marinated the sirloin roast with garlic and avocado oil and seasoned the tri-colour baby potatoes with garlic and freshly chopped rosemary. I packed whatever was needed for the salad, along with making a chunky salsa-guacamole for an appetizer/snack.

We stopped by a close-by natural trail five minutes away from my parents for a 30 minute hike – just to get some fresh air and for Hobbes to burn off some energy.

He did more than burn off his energy, though. On our way back to the car, he ran to a creek, dove onto his stomach and dragged his tummy across the sandy bottom. Before letting him back in to the van, Doug and I had to rinse him with some water bottles Doug luckily had packed. And then we had to towel him off.

After arriving back home, Chaeli gave me my Mother’s Day gift. I thought it was one of the more creative and useful mother’s day gift she ever made me. They worked on it for over a week in class – and I’ve kept it by the phone for taking notes (see above).

I also got a coupon for a spa of my choice. Doug said later, he wasn’t sure where I wanted to go but that I can let him know and he’ll go get a gift card. He says he’ll put enough on for two mani-pedi’s so I can have a pre-paid girl’s day out with B! (hey B, did you hear that? next mani-pedi is on Doug! Woohoo!)



shy’s 41st birthday – hobbes’ loot

[this is part IV of my post-christmas posts – first post can be found here, second one here, and third one here]

yes, i will be posting about some of the things my dog got for christmas even though this post is really about my birthday. but all in all, hobbes almost got more than i made out this year. and definitely more than what i got for my birthday! though the value of my birthday gifts out-weighed his.

it’s just a little sad when your dog gets more spoiled than you!

anyway, the day was somewhat uneventful as it was yesterday (boxing day). we played more board games (mainly Mille Bornes which was from santa and doug taught chaeli some D&D from her gift to him – a beginner’s starter kit).

for dinner, we went out to a local pub (a true pub with traditional pub fare and proper selection of beer on tap) with my family. i did get some shout-outs from a couple of good friends plus my extended familly from thunder-bay. when you have a birthday that falls so closely to christmas, it’s one that’s usually over-looked.

i’m thankful of the family and friends that remember my birthday, though – year after year. there’s always 2 or 3 of the same friends whom never forget. at my age, the presents mean little but the action of remembering and wishing me a happy birthday is really all that it takes to make me feel good. it only takes two words – through text, email, voicemail… whatever. i don’t ask for much more because i really don’t need anything else to make my birthday special (other than spending it with my family, of course).

anyway – i had medium-spicy wings because their wings are tasty without being breaded (too much carbs) with a side garden salad. while i couldn’t indulge in fries, i ordered a veggie and dip platter for my apps and was full walking out (without being stuffed). afterwards, my family went to dairy queen. i went across the street and got myself a coffee from tim hortons, since i can’t have any dessert at the moment.

here’s a selection of hobbes christmas loot from this year:

dog christmas presents

hobbes’ 2013 loot

  1. Greenie
  2. Moose squeeky toy
  3. Pig’s ear
  4. Hide-a-Squirrel puzzle toy
  5. Smoked bone marrow beef bone
  6. Tennis ball with tail toy
  7. Various dehydrated sticks – venison, duck and bison

boxing day 2013 – shy’s loot

[this is part III of my post-christmas posts – first post can be found here and second one here]

christmas always comes too fast – this year, with the cruise kick-starting the month of december, we didn’t have as much time to do things like baking and getting our tree up earlier. which meant less time, also, sitting around the tree. it was, i think doug, chaeli and i all agreed, something we missed.

and i’m sure hobbes didn’t like not being with us for an entire week. he was pretty insecure for about a week after we came back.

we’re trying our best to stretch out the holidays as much as we can. yesterday, was just a day of reading, playing board games and watching movies. but i asked doug if we could just quickly gather some non-perishable food items and make a quick pit-stop at a near-by community centre which red cross was using as a relief station for those who are still without power (now going on day 5).

it was the least we could do. while we have been blessed so far with hydro, just no land-line for our phone (no big deal – we still have our cell phones), there’s a lot of people who not only don’t have power but can’t afford to stay in a hotel or go out to eat everyday. they may also have no family within driving distance where they can at least seek refuge for the tim being.

i am praying this will all be over soon for these people.

here’s a sampling of my christmas 2013 loot:

christmas presents

shy’s 2013 loot

  1. Metric – Synthetica
  2. Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game series
  3. Yoga straps
  4. Cosby Show Season 5 and 6
  5. Cheese knife set
  6. Wye Oak – Civilian
  7. Jerk marinade
  8. Yoga Journal – 1 year subscription renewed

christmas day 2013 – doug’s loot

[this is part II of my post-christmas posts – first post can be found here]

christmas morning, we waited until doug came home from his shift before opening presents together. as with every year, we start with stocking stuffers, then presents from friends and family, leaving gifts to each other last.

we didn’t take too long to get through our massive pile of presents which meant we were able to have our christmas brunch at a decent time.

this year, with my diabetes, doug bought me whole grain pancake mix with no-sugar added syrup. he also cooked up some turkey sausages for me. i opted to also have a leftover slaw that is high in fibre – shredded cabbage, shredded brussel sprouts, shredded kale and radicchio. the pancakes and syrup were only a fraction of sugar and carbs of what normally would make a pancakes with maple syrup meal. i actually liked my pancakes better – i suppose i’ve become a big fan of whole grain type products. it filled me up pretty fast though.

my parents came over late in the afternoon, leaving me plenty of time to do p90x plus upper body workout, followed by the p90x plus core abs. a total of 1 hour! brutal but fun workout – i enjoyed the variety a lot. while there were moments i felt like i wasn’t going to get through a set, it didn’t feel like a real workout. yes, it was that much fun!

for our christmas feast, we went over to my aunt’s and uncle’s as per our annual tradition.

i admit – while i controlled myself with the stuffing and mashed potatos, i went WAY overboard on the turkey! with my now low-intolerance for alcohol, the 1 glass of red wine just about did me in. i was in a post-turkey, red-wine coma as my digestion started to work away. while everyone had dessert, i had my skinny cafe latte with a few more bites of turkey later on as a night time snack.

here’s just some of doug’s loot:

christmas presents

doug’s loot

  1. Maple Cinnomon Pancake & Waffle mix
  2. Canadian Team Olympic Hoody – retro 1932 Lake Placid games
  3. A Dance with Dragons (5th book in Game of Thrones series)
  4. ishuffle
  5. Body Shop Ginger Shampoo
  6. Brotherhood – Life in the FDNY
  7. Inheritance (4th book in the Inheritance Cycle)
  8. Pickeld truffles

christmas eve 2013 – chaeli’s loot

it’s time again to do my post-christmas posts, each sharing some of our loot.

we didn’t have any pre-christmas parties which ended up being ideal for us. we’ve been so busy and with all that’s been going on in my life, i haven’t really felt the christmas spirit as much. we saw some friends, but that’s about it.

christmas eve, i worked in the morning but managed to squeeze in 90 minutes of yoga and 30 minutes of p90x plus kenpo before my parents, aunt and uncle arrived with some sushi and sashimi. my aunt and uncle have had no  power for 48 hours until the night before, the  power came back on while hey were trying to fall asleep. they were lucky – so many people here had to go through christmas without power. some may not get it back until this weekend – that’s one week long and the temperature has really been dropping.

doug was working but chaeli and i managed to host an informal sushi buffet. it was nice to have my aunt and uncle over. since they moved, they don’t often get to come and see our christmas decorations.

here’s a peek at some of what chaeli got this year:

christmas 2013 gifts

chaeli’s 2013 loot

  1. Rainbow Loom
  2. Lego Friends City Park Cafe
  3. Tutti-Frutti Gel Pens
  4. Monster High Draculaura
  5. Bell bike (a gift from hobbes – he coordinated with my parents who bought her a new bike)
  6. Twilight – New Moon
  7. Despicable Me 2
  8. Cloud B Twilight Sea Turtle Nightlight