July 05, 2016

...Is This Thing On?

Well, hello there! I have to admit, I'm feeling a little shy writing this post after a month long break. I know I said that my posting would be infrequent in June, but I didn't entirely plan to be so completely absent. There were a lot of things going on in June, and we had my in-laws for a good portion of the month, but overall, I think I just needed a bit of a break! It feels weird to just dive back into posting more regularly though, at least not without a little "catch-up/Hi I'm back/I missed you, did you miss me?" post. So that's what this is. To let you know I'm alive, I'm well, and I'm back! I've missed this space, and even though I tried to keep up with reading of other blogs, I've missed this community.

I also have lots of posts that are long over-due, like some book related posts and a couple of race recaps, but I will get to those in due time. For today, I thought I'd do a bit of a Currently type post, and remind everyone that tomorrow is Book Club Day and I'll be posting about The Royal We. You can read more here if you need a refresher, but I hope my absence didn't impede any of you in reading the book! I can't wait to talk about it!

Anyway...I'm not sure if I'll do a big recap of our month of June, but here's a look at what I've been up to:


I read a ton in May, and a few good books in June. Basically, I was a reading machine. Which makes sense since time I would usually devote to blogging I spent reading. It's been nice to just blast through some books that I've been wanting to read for ages. Some of my recent favourites: The Nightingale (I was a blubbery mess for two days); The Thirteenth Tale (touched my soul); and Me Before You (a reread that I enjoyed just as much, if not more, the second time around).


My eating always seems to get out of hand when we spend time with Jim's parents. More cookies and chips makes their way into my home than I would like, and I even baked more this past month than I have in the last 6 months (a baker I am not). After Jen wowed us with these Lemon Creme Crumb Bars at Bachelorette night a few weeks ago, I made them myself, and while mine didn't look that pretty, they sure were tasty. I also made these S'mores Bars on the weekend, but I wasn't too impressed with them. I'm not sure what I did wrong. I followed the recipe exactly but they didn't turn out as soft and gooey as I was hoping for. And to balance things out a bit, I made these Lemon Poppy Seed Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, but I will not be making them again. They taste ok, but I feel like I'm forcing myself to finish them now so that they don't end up in the garbage. Because said recipe called for my purchasing a $14 dollar jar of Cashew Butter and there ain't no way I'm throwing that in the trash!


I binge watched the second season of Grace and Frankie on Netflix and I'm so sad I have to wait forever now for another season. I just love this show, and I think I liked this season even more than the first. We watched a few movies while my in-laws were here, including 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and really enjoyed it. Plus, John Krasinski is in it and that should be reason enough for you to watch it!


In June, we went to Waterton for a night, Canmore for the day, new parks, the zoo and we even took Sully to his first theatre movie.


Jim's dad helped us knock off some home renos, including a new privacy screen built onto our deck, and closest organizers built into two upstairs closets and our main floor closet. It's definitely handy having a carpenter for a father-in-law! Sully's new room has been painted, the new closet built and I found curtains I really like (no easy task!). Now we just need to move him in, which I think is going to require us dismantling his crib to get it through the doorways, something I am not looking forward to!


I confess, I haven't been working out, and the last time I set foot in the gym was sometime in May. Motivation is clearly something I struggle with and it just doesn't come easy for me. I'd like to blame summer and the hot weather as I'm more likely to choose reading a book on the deck then heading down to the basement or the gym for a workout, but I know those are just excuses. I'm okay with it though. Maybe June was just an entire month for taking a break from life. Is that a thing other people experience? Sometimes when life feels like it's go-go-go, I just stop everything. I'm actually a bit amazed that I still read as much as I did, because even that hobby often sees a break from me when I'm overwhelmed by life just in general. This is starting to sound morbid and sad. Life is good; I don't really have anything worthy of complaining about. I think it's just a lack of managing my time well, and then trying to balance family time in June with me time. I will find my groove again...


My days with Sully. This has got to be the most fun age ever so far. He's a delightful little chatterbox, and his ever-expanding vocabulary continues to amaze me on the daily. He still has an epic temper tantrum here and there, but for the most part, he's a pretty easygoing toddler. Right now, his current obsession is puzzles and he will literally do them all day if I let him. I've even pulled out some more difficult ones that I was saving for when he is older, and he completes them in minutes. Over and over and over he will do them. I have to admit, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree here. I LOVE jigsaw puzzles too, and when I do allow myself to do one, I become obsessed with it!


That there was such a thing as a decluttering fairy. I feel like every corner of my house needs some serious decluttering and organizing action and I just don't even know where to start. So I don't. Nothing like dealing with a problem like ignoring it, huh?


Being back! Hopefully finding some time to spruce this page up a bit (a long overdue goal), a wedding in August, and seeing my mom in a few weeks. I haven't seen my mom in months so we are long overdue for a visit.

Tell me something fun you did in June! 

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