Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

18 flights

I may not be able to walk tomorrow.

I went to my BFF’s apartment, dropped my purse and made her get ready.  She didn’t really think we were going.  Silly girl.

She lives on the 18th floor … at the end of the hall … right beside the stairwell.

You see where I’m going with this right?

Going downstairs was not bad at all.  Then we walked to the track and walked around the track 6 or 7 times.  I lost count.  At that point, it was dark and my watch said we’d been moving for more than 30 minutes so it was time to head back.

We had to pass the elevator to get back to the stairs.

I was very tempted and if it looked like it was going to come soon I would have waited.

Her stairs seem shorter than mine as I was not feeling pain when I hit the 4th floor.  But that was short-lived.

It hurt  BADLY, but I was determined not to stop and not to quit.  I kept thinking of my TV boyfriend Chris Powell when he yells at folks during their fight or flight workout.

When I returned to her apartment, I was spent.  I stretched a bit and waited for my BFF since I left her on the 6th floor.

She came in shortly after and confessed that she only made it to the 11th floor then took the elevator. :(

We hung out for a while.  Had some wine and cake.  Very counterproductive I know.

Then I came home and almost cried when I realized I would have to walk up 5 flights of stairs to go home.

I am not sure if I have ever wrote this but I am vain.  It’s true.  There are lots of things I do not for the health benefit but because it makes me look good.  Don’t judge me!! LOL

I have been procrastinating working out for most of this month.  Even after I publicly declared that I was going to get back to it.  Yeah epic fail so far.


Over the weekend my cousin came to visit and took some pictures and just sent them to me …

Sunny is not looking look her best.

So I called up my BFF and we are going walking tonight.

Nothing like “reality” to get you back in the game.

As my girls get older I am really trying to loosen the apron strings.  During the school year I send them to bed at what I deem is an appropriate hour.  I still had a bit of this power during July as they had summer school.  But lately it is a full on gong show at my place in terms of bedtime.  They are staying up later and later.  Which if they didn’t disturb me I don’t think I would care.  Many times over the past 2 weeks I have been woken up at time that really didn’t work for me.  Thursday night/Friday morning it was 4:30!?!  Colour me not impressed.

I have had many words with them and they are trying but I don’t think they realize how lightly I sleep when there is noise/light present.  Needless to say between the lack of sleep and the long hours at work I am busted.  Next week we are going into prep mode for school and everyone is going to bed before midnight.   Hopefully this will help my constant tiredness.

I am sure that exercising would help the tiredness but I have fallen off that wagon.  “Lucky” for me the elevator is out so I am forced to do a little bit more than usual climbing 4 flights of stairs every day.  I think after the elevator comes back in service I will continue to take the stairs.

My girls are complaining about my late arrivals at home.  This week alone I have put in at least 5 hours of overtime, that I don’t get paid for.  If I worked a 37.5 hour week it might not be so bad but I am already working 40 hours.  This new normal needs to stop.  I supposed it didn’t help that I took a work trip out to visit a client in London, Ontario on Tuesday.  I swear I waved Carla as I was “in the neighbourhood”. LOL

I passed my 3 month probationary period on Wednesday.  The big boss took me to lunch and we talked about my progress.  So far they are happy with me.  I am not sure I can say the same.  This is the first job I’ve been to EVER where my benefits didn’t kick in the day my probation was over.  According to another lady who has been there longer, sometimes you need to stay on management to ensure you get it.  Well at least that was her experience.  Unacceptable.

Passing my 3 months also brings a pay increase.  I am waiting to see if that will be an issue.

What I know for sure is I do like my job 70% of the time, but the level of disorganization is killing me slowly and there really isn’t any time to get organized or make changes. :(  I will continue to truck along all while still keeping my eyes open for other opportunities.

Now you are relatively caught up.  My apologies for the abandonment.  I hope you don’t have issues because of it.


So over housework

I have probably said this before but in my next life I want a housekeeper.  Someone to take over the monotony of daily/weekly repetitive household chores like laundry, cleaning and cooking.  While the girls help out it just seems like it’s never-ending.  Just when you get your home clean and nice, life happens and you get to do it all over again.

I have debated getting a cleaning lady but then I realized that I have to clean before she comes.  So really all she’s coming to do is run the vacuum … well I have kids for that!! ;)

So I am back on the decluttering bandwagon.  I still have that last box of CDs to rip.  Yes I know this has been a long ongoing saga and it’s not like there is much work to do it.  It’s just very time-consuming.  I would love to get rid of some of the many Disney movies I have in VHS but my girls still watch them.  I am not in the frame of mind to get the DVD versions yet or ever as some of the movies are not my favourites.

This winter will be a candle burning time as I have a couple of storage boxes to use up.

I also need to seriously look into getting a new couch for my living room.  I am waiting until I at least pass my probationary period at work.  Then I will be going on the hunt.  Diva would like a reclining couch.  I just want something comfortable that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.  Especially considering I again thought I might need to get a new fridge as mine was sounding like it was struggling to continue.  It seems that we do not always close the door properly.  Of course this usually happens at night right before we all go to bed.  So the fridge spends all night working hard to keep cool while warm air is coming in through the afar door. :(  Maybe I’ll look into getting a child safety lock for the fridge.

I now have to finish my laundry and figure out what we are going to have for dinner this week.

PGH – 8/8/14

30 Day sculpt

Since I’m starting slow, I pulled this off the shelf and dusted it off.  I am feeling my muscles again.

I am on track to hit my 10 minutes/day so far.  I must confess that I missed Monday & Tuesday.  But I worked out 20 minutes on Wednesday & Thursday to make up for it.

Sunday night I stayed up too late watching movies with my girls.

On Monday my Father said he was coming over between 8:30 – 9 am.  I woke up at 8:45 and hustled to get ready.  Then I waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And just when I was going to lay on the couch and have a little nap, the phone rang and he was here.  4+ hours late!?!  I was not impressed.

Anyhoo … he didn’t stay long and I had to get ready to pick up my Aunt and take her to a family get together.

My Aunt is usually an early to bed kinda gal and Sunday she surprised me by not requesting to leave until 11:30pm.

Needless to say I was busted on Tuesday.  So much so that I went to bed early.  Very unusual for me.

Now I just need to work on exercising first thing in the morning on the work days.  Would make my life so much easier.

Starting slow

It have been far too long since I have exercised.

On Wednesday I went out to dinner with my BFF and she declared that she had gained 10 lbs in 3 weeks and needed a partner to go walking with.  I was “voluntold” that would be me.

Friday was supposed to be our first walk but it was raining cats and dogs, it was canceled.

I intended to do something at home, but that didn’t happen.

So this morning when I got up I turned on my DVD player and did a light 10 minutes before I could change my mind.  It’s not much but I was huffing and puffing. :(  My fitness ability has dramatically dropped. :(  I gotta get it back.

One of my cousin’s had the idea to do the Toronto Zoo 10K run.  But given our lack of training … this has been deferred.  Plus it is completely booked.  We will have to get on it earlier next year.

I am publicly making the commitment to move every day this month for at least 10 minutes.  I have to get back in the routine of moving.  Time to get Project Get Healthy back on track.

2 weeks ago I bought a toaster oven on the way home from my cousin’s house.  I mulled it over for far too long as really it’s just a toaster oven.  I ended up letting price be the deciding factor.

I wanted a big toaster oven so when Diva reheats pieces of fried chicken she doesn’t burn down the house or the food.  My goal is to encourage the children to use the toaster oven instead of the regular oven.  Gotta try to keep the electricity bill down.

I originally bought this one made by Oster.

toaster oven

I meal planned and had pork loins ready to try out in it.  BUT … when I pulled it out of the box, the bottom knob was missing.  I searched the box but no luck.  This appliance was going back.

A quick look online told me my closest Wal-Mart did not have any in stock and I wasn’t sure I wanted the same model and the reviews were not that great.

Since I had to check on my Dad’s house last weekend I figured I’d stop at Wal-Mart on my way.  Well that didn’t quite work out as I was running late to meet up with a friend so I ended up at my local Wal-Mart which had 4 boxes of the model I was returning.

Anyhoo … a friend of mine recently bought a convection toaster oven which got me thinking that might be the way to go.  So I decided to check them out.  It was between two models that were the same price so I went with the one Princess said was prettier.

I picked up this one.  It also won because it claims to be able to hold a 12″ pizza.

toaster over 2

The price on the shelf was $20 more than I paid for the one I returned.  I knew convection would cost more so I was okay with it.  My girls found bottles of soda that were 2/$1 so that went on the bill as well.

I swiped my card, grabbed my new toaster oven and went home to try it out.  It worked wonderfully and my kids have used it almost daily.

Are you wondering about the title of this post?

Well it was only yesterday when reconciling my budget did I realize I didn’t have the receipt. When I looked online at my credit card statement there was the return of the broken oven and a charge for $11 less than the return.

That can’t be right.

I went to find my weekend purse and sure enough.  The receipt showed the new toaster oven was $40 less that the price listed on the shelf, $10 less than the returned oven.

I had no clue.  If you had asked me I would have told you I paid $80 for it, not $40.

I’m glad it worked in my favour but it’s scary to think how zoned out I was that day that I didn’t even notice I was getting a deal.


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