Saturday, May 31, 2008

New garden part II

The plants are in but I still need to find some mulch to give it a finished look. The boxwood shrubs and the cone flowers came from my back yard. They weren't being appreciated in their little corners. The white flowering plant is new. It is supposed to like full sun so this should be a great location for it. We'll see how it makes out in the next few months.

It's great to be home

I got home late at night on Wednesday and had Thursday off to chill. Didn't do much on Thursday except wake up really early, walk to Tim Hortons where unexpectedly my friend met me (she was up really early too). Friend from the same plane ride home, just as happy as me to be back. Then I called home, bummed around, had my car fixed up and registered, bought some clothes (hurray spring sales), ate pizza and went to bed really early. I love Thursday in Canada.

Friday I went to work for a couple of hours, along with all my friends who also woke up really early. Did some paperwork, listened to the padre talk about watching for warning signs of behaviour changes and then went home for the afternoon. After changing into civvy clothes went to do errands. First stop liquor store- $188. Then grocery store - $191. Then plant store (aka nursery) $95. Girl`s got to take care of the basics you know. Anyway, then I chilled out for the evening. I love Friday in Canada.

Saturday is here. Woke up really early. It was raining out so I had breakfast and drank coffee for a couple of hours while surfing the internet. My TV signal isn`t working since I have to go up the ladder and point the dish, haven`t been bothered to do that yet. After a while I went out in the rain to have a peek at the yard and noticed that the rain barrel wasn`t taking in water and there was a pool of water collecting next to the foundation of my house. Searched around for a screw driver to fix the rain barrel filter and after solving the water-by-the-foundation problem decided to stay outside and do some weeding in the yard. The ground was nice and soft from the rain and the weeds came up easily. Then I moved to the front yard and put some plants in the ground from yesterday`s shopping spree. Chatted with the neighbour for a while. He`s been in Afghanistan before and didn`t think that I was weird for hanging out in the rain. Don`t know what the rest of the neighbours thought but they didn`t come out to complain so I don`t care too much.

After a while I went inside and dyed my hair (bought the dye yesterday). Like I said, girl`s got to look after the basics. Anyway, then I had a second breakfast and am working on a Kahlua and milk drink that is going down very well. The sun has come out and I think I`ll go put the rest of the plants into the ground. Here`s a before shot.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I'm home and I'll post final measurements in a couple of days once I get over the jet lag.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


30 min elliptical
30 min stairmaster

My motivation is going down. So is my appetite. My shorts and trousers are falling off despite having belts. Can't wait to go home and get some new clothes for spring. Something that fits.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Bike 30 min max HR 135 bpm
Elliptical 30 min max HR 148 bpm

Monday, May 5, 2008

Rested up

I took a couple of days off and am all rested up now. It's starting to get really hot out during the day but the nights are still somewhat cool.

Today did 30 min on bike max HR 138 bpm
Then did treadmill for 24 min 4 km max HR 165 bpm. Spent the last six minutes walking and HR recovered to 119 bpm fairly quickly.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


did 30 min elliptical and 30 min stairmaster. Slightly lower energy level today. We have visitors for the next two days so there will be a lot of driving around to the sites and talking talking talking. Hopefully there is a lot of coffee drinking too. I have managed to find ice cap equivalents at most of the places we visit. Not exactly like Tims but pretty tasty none-the-less.