Friday, April 30, 2010


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Two months ago I started taking a yoga class twice a week at lunch time. I know that my ideal exercise situation is a class environment, particularly one that I have to register and pay for and let me tell you, yoga is paying off! (So is the registering and paying for it – I’ve only missed two classes – one because I was sick and one because I had tickets to the Canada vs Japan semi-final sledge hockey game)

I am not flexible. I have never been flexible. I don’t ever expect to be really flexible. But, yoga, or stretchy-bendy as my co-workers call it, has made me more flexible. I’m still less flexible than the average person, but I can almost put my heels down in downward dog now! Maybe one day I’ll be able to touch my toes without bending my knees. I think I was about eight the last time I could do that!

Besides the increased flexibility, I LOVE my lunch time yoga. It makes the rest of the day so much more pleasant and calm and wonderful…I wish I’d discovered there was lunch time yoga (right in my building) a long long time ago! Oh, and the increasing muscle tone in my arms and stomach is great too! Yay! I’m getting somewhere!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Surprise Side Effects

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So, I guess I’ve been going to acupuncture for just over two months and I’ve noticed a few little extra benefits that I think are attributable to the acupuncture.

Coffee. I am drinking way less. Not that I usually drank lots of coffee, but I don’t get up in the morning and wonder whether I set the timer on the machine the night before because I really only feel like having one cup and then it’s only two or three times a week.

Sleep. I didn’t sleep poorly before. And I did get eight hours most nights because I’d force myself to bed at 10:00 so I could drag myself out of bed at 6:00. I’m still getting eight hours and I still have to remind myself eighty-three million times that it’s after nine now and you have to be in bed by ten, but I get there. I’m NOT dragging myself out of bed anymore. So I think maybe the quality of sleep has changed.

Stretch Marks. Ugh. They improved over the first six months after I had J, but that was it. Then they stopped. Nothing. And a year later I started acupuncture and now, well, WOW! The angry red marks are now much more subtle slightly pink marks. And my acupuncturist is trying a new treatment just for the stretch marks…I’m her guinea pig. She was surprised as I was that there was such a remarkable change, but she puts it down to gathering the energy in my abdomen for the hormones and that was probably just a really positive thing for the stretch marks too!

So yeah…I’d say just for the added benefits the acupuncture was worth it!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sledge hockey

I was lucky and got to go to not one, but two sledge hockey games. Alex, Rebecca, Jared and Jocelyn and I went to Italy and Norway and then I got some tickets from work and went to the semi-final between Canada and Japan.

not a zamboniThis *looks* like a zamboni, but it's not.

italy and norway
small cheerleader
italy and noraway again

ticketsSemi-final tickets

sledge hockey
thunderbird arenaThunderbird Arena all Paralympic-ed up

shootsHe shoots...

team canada
gordo's flag has a paddleGordo's flag has a paddle...could be dangerous...

canada loveEven though Canada didn't win, the Canadian fans just kept cheering and cheering. It was sad. The players were very sad. But the fans, they just kept cheering. I was with a friend who was at the women's gold medal hockey game and she said the atmosphere at this game was more charged than that one...can you believe it?

Paralympic Opening Ceremonies

torch relay
I had to go get our tickets for the opening ceremonies tonight and ran into the torch relay a few times as I walked through downtown.

still waiting
more kids

team canadaTeam Canada

gordo and his flagGordo and his flag (I think it's permanently attached to his arm!)

rick hansenRick Hansen

terry fox tributeTerry Fox tribute

lighting the flameLighting the flame

lit flame
one inspires many
shannon and alexUs. What's wrong with this picture? Oh yeah, Alex didn't get a poncho (it's okay, it was hot) and chapped lips much?

you gotta be hereYou gotta be here!

The city was still buzzing. It was great!

Gold Medal Hockey!

Soooo slow...but here they are...finally!

puppy cheering tooJ brought puppy along to help cheer

j and auntie rebeccaJ and her Auntie Rebecca

cheering flag wavingThe lady next to us had a American flag that J really wanted to the first intermission Rebecca and I ran across the street to the drug store and got J an "appropriate" flag to wave

sistersKelsey, Shannon, J and Rebecca

shadow makerThe sun came out and decided to shine right on the tv screen we could see, so this guy got up on the wall to make a shadow so we could see better

little fan
deserted broadwayBroadway was deserted. I've never seen it like this before. Not at 2:00 in the afternoon. The buses were still running and they all only had one or two people on them. CRAZY!

scoreSidney Crosby, you were my hero for a day or two

winter? really?Winter? Really? Are you sure?

deserted bridgeWe left the restaurant and went north towards downtown. For the first 10-15 minutes the bridge looked like this.

car chaosAnd then the cars started coming...And they loved J and her waving flag in the backpack on my back. She thought it was great. She waved her flag and cars honked. What could be better?

hockey fansThis is the only time you'll see Calgary and Montreal fans celebrating together (and in Vancouver)

crowdsA sea of people

more crazy outfitsWhen else would you get away with wearing this (except maybe Hallowe'en)?

we were made for this
Crazy crowds

with glowing hearts
two special flagsLast day for these two flags...tomorrow there will only be one flag there...

conked outWe went to Rebecca and Jared's and watched the closing ceremony on the big "screen" and then came home. We all felt like this.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Return from the undead

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I’m back…again…

I think that is partly the life of a mommy and partly what happens when the universe turns your world upside down and lets you live that way for a month or so, every once in a while giving you a shake like a snow globe and letting you settle back in, but still upside down.

We’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster ride, but it’s over and resolved and I think our life is planted firmly back on the ground.

And, while it meant that I just stopped posting here, I was surprised to realize that it didn’t stop some of the positive things I’ve been trying to do. I still went to yoga. I still went to the pool when there was someone to hang out with J. I still ate relatively healthy. And the bonus, when I went to acupuncture on Wednesday, my acupuncturist asked if I’d lost some weight. And when I thought about it, I have three pairs of pants that have been retired or will soon be retired because they’re too big! Yay! Even through the stress and all the unknowns, I managed to stick to my plan!

And now I’m back. I’m not sure how long this time – hopefully a while because I don’t like living upside down!


So, like, oh, five weeks ago or so I promised I'd post some pictures. But I haven't yet. I will. Eventually. I thought I posted once in March - it was a rant about the bus service after the Olympics, but it's not here. It's not even hanging out in the drafts where I often leave things.


It's a beautiful morning today, but I'm not at the park because the cub is at her grandparents until tomorrow (They had her all week. I miss her.) AND I have to wait for the fireplace maintenance guy who is coming sometime after 10. Oh well, I am hoping I'll get some spring cleaning done. HA!

And life has now calmed down a lot - we were living in a state of limbo for a while. There were some crazy thing happening and there were a lot of unknowns, but that has all righted itself - I think. We're all looking forward to life returning to normal. Or at least as close to normal as life gets for us!

So I'm back. I will be trying to post more regularly. There will eventually be gold medal hockey pictures and paralympics opening ceremony pictures and that kind of stuff. And maybe I'll get back to writing more often. I'd like that. I don't know if you'd like that, but I would.