May 2008

Best of luck in Montreal, Lisa!

Well, last night I’d intended to run out to Winners to find a fancy plantpot for my desk at work, but got side-tracked when Colleeen called and asked if I wanted to catch up with her over a drink at Churchills. Eventually I had to head out to Lisa’s “Truck-Packing Party.” Actually, it was nice to catch up with a few friends, and welcome Mike D back from New Zealand. (I’d just added his blog to my blog roll on the left and he moved back and stopped updating. I’m going to keep it on for a bit in the hopes that he’ll start updating with his New Brunswick adventures – hint, hint!)It took a while to bring things down and get the truck loaded, and as a reward, we all relaxed and chatted for a bit on the front stoop before caling it a night.

So Lisa is doing her big move to Montreal today. Scott M and Mare were very generous in offering to drive her and her truck of goods to Montreal. Hopefully she’ll have a decent amount of help on the other end, and hopefully Scott and Mare will have an enjoyable weekend to themselves in Montreal. I’m sure Lisa will have all sorts of great adventures in Montreal – I wish her the best of luck!!

Hiking Weekend #1

Friday evening turned out to be a fun night out – after my nap. Colleen had invited me to join the Summer kick-off gathering for HOLA Saint John which led to enjoying some tasty beer, great company, and fun dancing!

Saturday I was up early and ran errands and got groceries. I spent the afternoon in the lobby of the Imperial helping sell season subscriptions to SJTC’s 2008-2009 season. Then, it was home to unpack my gorceries, change, and grab a quick bite to eat with Keith before heading back to the Imperial to finally get a chance to watch “To Kill A Mockingbird.” I thought that Graham made some interesting directorial choices and I thought the cast did a great job. Kudos to everyone involved – you could tell that a lot of hard work was put into it!

After the show, I caught up with Beth & Colin over a couple of glasses of wine at Happinez. It was so nice to see them!! I didn’t want to go home, but I had early morning plans to go hiking.

I picked up Sabine and we headed out to Fundy Trail to hike the Hearst Lodge loop. It’s considered a challenging trail due to lots of climbing over all sorts fo tree roots and rocks, before returning by the giant hill of a gravel road. It didn’t take us as long as we thought it would, but it turned out to be a good length for our first hike of the season. I’m already plotting my next hike…. :-)

Onesies

What is the first thing you think of when you see the word…

.. snow? White.
.. rain? Wet.
.. tornado? I think of the twisters I have seen. Scary.
.. summer love? Grease – the movie. Yeah, that’s right.
.. Jon? Crowe – a friend from high school.
.. Mike? D. – I enjoyed his blog about his adventures in NZ.
.. Shea? Lori – my cousin.
.. banana? Potassium.
.. dizzy? Being spun a whole bunch of times in a row while dancing Salsa.
.. Laura? Wolfe – who shared my birthday. I wonder how she is….
.. Juan? The Hurricaine.
.. car? My car, and the fact that my lease will be up in a few short months.
.. white? Aa blank canvass. (Where to start?)
.. peppermint? Not a fan. I prefer Spearmint.
.. New Found Glory? Is that some American catch phrase or something?
.. placebo? Meds.
.. orange juice? Acidic.
.. candid camera? Generally not funny – too embarassing for my tastes.
.. sister? Lots of people have them.
.. brother? Lots of people have them.
.. hate? Sad.
.. school? Done.
.. President? Who’s next?
.. football? Soccer!
.. rap? Meh.
.. pop? Cute.
.. rock? Energy.
.. punk? Fun.
.. sex? Enjoyable.
.. death? Inevitable.
.. baby? “Gurgle.”
.. duuude? Pardon?
.. the end? Of this post – for now.

More hiking, please.

One of my goals for this Summer is to get out and do some hiking. I always really enjoy it when I do it, and I really missed it over the last year or two. There are lots of great places to hike that aren’t too far from Saint John. Hopefully I’ll be able to convince some friends to come along with me….

Hiking Trails in New Brunswick
Irving Nature Park
Rockwood Park
Fundy National Park
Fundy Trail

A wee bit father away, but if camping isn’t a problem…
Mt. Katahdin at Baxter State Park in Maine
Blomiden Park in Nova Scotia
Hiking trails at Cabot Trail, Cape Breton,Nova Scotia

The best laid plans…

My plans after work were to go for a run, get groceries, make a decent dinner, and then hopefully be done in time to go see a late movie with Keith. Instead, I washed & dried my hair, puttered around the apartment for a bit, played Patapon for about half an hour, and had cereal for supper – before getting in touch with Keith and going out to pick up a case for my PSP and then going to see the late show of Speedracer. Fun movie – but it was long and it started late. Made for a late “school night”. Ah well… :-)

May 8 – 16

It was a busy week and a half – let’s see if I can sum things up…

Thursday May 8th: I can’t remember what I did. I think I still wasn’t feeling 100% though. At least I remembered to order a bouquet for mom for Mother’s Day. :-)

Friday, May 9th: I made it to Salsa class. It was okay, and it was nice to go out for a beer with Doug and Colleen and a couple of the other gals from class who were super sweet (Jennifer and Karen, I think?).

Saturday, May 10th: got groceries (including items so I could make guacamole) and then tried to go for a run. Lasted maybe 17 minutes and had to stop and walk home. Guess I was still getting over that cold. Was pretty frustrated by that. That evening I headed to Scott & Alison’s belated Cinquo do Mayo party, which was great. I barely had anything to drink and was feeling pretty mellow but I really enjoyed myself. Thanks for being such awesome hosts. It was nice to see everyone, but I’m glad I left when I did. Sleep felt awesome!!

Sunday, May 11th: I puttered around the apartment and Lisa F came over mid-afternoon. We wound up watching 27 Dresses and then went to get pad thai and then put in The Devil Wears Prada. It was nice to just hand out and watch a couple of chick flicks. I did some prep work on a design for a mural while we hung out.

Monday, May 12th: SUPER-busy day at work followed by a quiet evening in catching up with Keith. We watched the new episode of How I Met Your Mother at 9:30, but I actually thought it was one of their weaker ones.

Tuesday, May 13th: Keith and I had planned to go see SpeedRacer in the evening, but I wound up working ’till midnight. Did I mention things were crazy-busy at work?

Wednesday, May 14th: Caught up with my old co-worker Shannon at lunch. I’m so glad he’s so happy with his new job! I decided it was time to drag my butt off the couch and get up and get a run in – especially since I’d made plans to run a 10k race in Halifax on the weekend. I headed out to the Irving Nature Park and it was about 18 C out with a cool breeze from the NE. I ran the road and had an awesome run. Man, I love it there. After that, I wanted to work on the mock up for the mural but felt pretty nauseous, so I pretty much went to bed.

Thursday, May 15th: I decided to do a bit of research into why I was getting so nauseous after runs (for a few hours too)> I thought it may have been from dehydration but I’d been making a real effort to drink lots of water, but looks like it may have been from a lack of electrolytes. Had a great yoga class at lunch (taught by Jenna) that left my legs feeling like jelly for the rest of the day. That evening I was really feeling the pressure to get the mock up for the mural to a place where I wanted it, so that’s what I worked on. Keith came over and hung out and gamed a bit while I did that.

Friday, May 16th: Had a lunch meeting with the folks who want the mural. Guess they actually wanted a bit of a different take on it than I’d thought. Good to have a bit more clarity now. Back to the drawing board. After work, I stopped home to change & feed the cats, then went out to Sebastian’s to meeting up with Doug and Colleen. We had a bite to eat and then headed to our last Salsa class, which turned out to be a ton of fun. I was pretty burnt out by a full week so just went home after the class. My intention was to pack and tidy my apartment but I wound up just hitting the hay instead.

Saturday, May 17th: Hunter woke me up at 6:30 to feed him and I wound up staying up after that. I cleaned my apartment and packed and had about 10 minutes to spare before going to pick up Kristi and Anthony. We had a good drive to Halifax, despite the rain and chilly winds. After dropping out stuff off at my parent’s place, we headed into town to pick up our race packets. There were tons of folks about and tons of booths set up at the pickup area. The Running Room looked like it practically had their entire store there. With 8000 people running the Halifax Bluenose this year, it was a big event. We got our packets (awesome yellow technical shirts by the way!) and activated our chips and at that point, we all felt like we were pretty run-down and all had kinda scratchy throats. So we headed back to my parent’s place to chill. Oh – well first we stopped at Superstore to pick up a couple of things, and I treated myself to a PSP – aww yeah!! Dad made an awesome spaghetti dinner and we all stuffed ourselves, and then we wound up watching Casino Royale (which Kristi had never seen) (and I played with my new PSP) and then we hit the hay by 10 PM.

Sunday, May 18th: RACE DAY!! We were up at 6:30 and having breakfast at 7. Poor Anthony was feeling the effects of the new cold worse than anyone. At least Kristi and I were able to take some Advil Cold & Sinus. Once we had breakfast (awesome oatmeal thanks to dad) we all felt a lot more energized and felt at least somewhat ready for our runs. It was cool and there was a cold wind, but the sun came out and it was warming things up pretty quickly. We headed into Halifax and had just enough time to get situated before Anthony had to get lined up to start running the 1/2 marathon. Kristi and I had half an hour before our start, so we used that time to store my bag and do some stretching.

At 9:30, we were off, and we made a point of not pushing it too much at the start. We tried to treat it like we were going for an easy Sunday morning jog. I got about a kilometer in and realized that I’d forgotten to take my inhaler, but thankfully didn’t wind up needing it. There was a lot of weaving around folks. Actually most of the race was like that. I was glad for the sun at the start of the race, and the cool breeze once I got warmed up. The route was pretty hilly. It took us over the bridge into Dartmouth and up a long hill, into a little subdivision (no breeze though – ugh) and back across to Halifax. My parents came out and cheered us on at a spot by the Dartmouth Sportsplex/transit area. Kristi and I decided to walk up the bridge on our way back to Halifax, and that gave us the extra boost we needed for the last 2k, which were all a little uphill to the finish line. We even managed to punch it a bit at the very end – and we both came in at 1:09:10 with personal bests for a 10 km run! Yay!

We waited for Anthony to come in from his 1/2 marathon (he had a really tough run but still did very well) and then we headed back to my folks place to shower and put our running gear in the wash. After that, we ran into town (to MAC) and then back to my parents place to gather our things and go do an early supper at Swiss Chalet with my folks. Then it was back to Saint John. It felt good to get home and unpack and I was pretty awake, but could tell my body was tired. I stopped out to visit at Kizzy’s for a short bit before returning home to totally crash.

Monday, May 19th: Thank goodness it was a long weekend and I had the day off. I was up at a decent time and met Dan and Jay R and Keith for breakfast at Cora’s. I was feeling pretty stiff and sore and tuckered so I was thankful for a quiet day. Keith came over and hung out for a bit (as we both played games on our PSPs) and then he crashed while I headed out to the living room to continue to play Bully on the xbox360. Did I mention I was glad it was a quiet day? I didn’t want to do a darn thing. We caught the season finale to How I Met Your Mother which was very good, and then Keith headed to work and I hit the hay.

Movie Night

One of my new pairs of glasses came in and I picked them up last night. I am trying them out today and it’ll take a while to get used to the strength of the prescription – as I still feel that if I move my head, everything else moves along at different speeds. :-)

After picking up my new glasses, Keith and I grabbed dinner at Swiss Chalet and then headed to the theatre to see FilmPix’s presentation of In Bruges which was very good. I’m really glad we saw it. After that, we headed to the late show of Iron Man – which was fantastic! It was nice to see that someone finally made a superhero movie and managed to use all of the good stuff. (That said, I also really enjoyed Batman Begins.)

Recovering

I‘m getting back into the swing of things at work, and I tried to get back into doing something other than sitting on the couch last night. I went for a short jog, and it was pretty tough because I hadn’t done anything in a couple of weeks, and becuase I’m still recovering from the flu. So I spent the rest of the evening feeling rather light-headed and nauseous. Frustrating.

The Flu Week

I’m better now, but I spent last week in bed with a nasty flu, thus the lack of updates. Here are the highlights:

  • ¬†Haven’t been running or anything, of course. Heck, walking the block to work to get my laptop to take home took a ton out of me. Missed Salsa class on Friday evening too. :(
  • Thought Grace may have had a bladder infection, as she was in and out of the litterbox A LOT without doing anything. Turns out she’s fine.
  • Picked up “Bully: Scholarship Edition” for the xbox 360 and played some over the weekend.
  • Actually left the apartment and socialized Sunday evening as I headed to Lisa F’s for book club. We reviewed her pick, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon which folks seemed to either love or hate. Either way, it was entertaining and provided for good conversation!
  • May 4th is my 11-year work-iversary. Time flies!