Things that are awesome about summer right now










Going on a hike with the family. I actually own a magnet that says “I love not camping” but I’ve been having so much fun camping with this bunch that I might have to hide that one. We spent the weekend at Falcon Lake in a tent and had so much fun. My personal highlights was a very hot hike on the McGillivary Falls Trail which was so beautiful and a good challenge for the family. I hope to convince them to do more little hikes with me in the figure. The climb down the rocks at the end was pretty fun. And there were blueberries everywhere!  Relaxing on the beach after a long hike and a dip in the lake was a major plus. I finally got to take my new bathing suit from ModCloth out and it’s so comfy and flattering. And s’mores made with an Oreo Milka Bar. Genius. We made fires and went on walks. It was really great. I foresee lots of camping in the future for us.







The morning we left for hiking we also mostly walked and ran a little in the Color Me Rad 5k. B and I did it last year and had a lot of fun. I swear there was not as much colour as last year. The boys had so much fun getting messy though!





We just made this sweet blueberry pie. The boys really wanted to make a fancy pie after seeing one in a magazine, so I broke out my tiny cookie cutters from when I used to decorate cakes a lot and we went to town. They had trouble deciding between a triceratops or a bear on the top, but figured a bear eats blueberries so it made more sense.



On managing expectations

It’s been just over a year since my life drastically changed. Whenever I see someone I haven’t seen in a while, they ask me how things are going, and I generally say fine, or good, or awesome, depending on the day. And that’s the truth. Because early on I realized that things were never going to be like they used to be and I had to readjust my definition of fine, good & awesome (and bad and awful too) to my new reality. An awesome now might have been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day before (and I would thus move to Australia), but things are different when you are recovering from a “major spinal incident” (doctor words) and the life changing chronic diagnosis that came along with it. An awesome day now might be a day where I take half the pain meds I usually do throughout the day. Or a day when I had enough energy to get lots of things done. I feel like I should have a confetti cannon for those sorts of days, but then I’d have to vacuum.


Yesterday I was at the gym on the treadmill. I used to be able to run the whole 30 minute time limit. Now, I can run 1-5 minutes at a time, depending on so many variables. Last time it was 5 before my legs got a little tingly. Last night I was running 1 minute and by then my legs went all numb and my foot started getting a little droppy. But I can run, and that is awesome.  And that’s the part I focus on. I try not to focus on pain (unless it’s telling me something and not just general you’re sick forever sucker type pain) or set backs or realizing that my recovery has come about as far as it’s going to. I stayed away from the gym for a long time because I did not want to confront my limitations. But once I did I felt a lot better. And doing physical activity really goes a long way to building my physical and mental confidence and stamina which makes me feel a lot better.

So now, my 1 minute out of every 5 run is awesome, because in that 1 minute I am pushing myself to my limits and doing something I worried I might not be able to again. And that’s awesome. I’m not ignoring the bad, and I certainly have awful days, but in finding the positive in even things that might be considered bad goes a long way to making me feel right.


Tour de Fleece – Off to a Strong Start


I <3 the Tour de Fleece. It’s my motivation to spin lots of yarn. For those of you who do not know what the Tour de Fleece is, it’s a Ravelry-based event where you try to spin every day on your spinning wheel along with the Tour de France. You can also set personal goals within that – mine include spinning for the SweetGeorgia Summer of socks and spinning yarn for a comfy tunic type thing.


I started with the Cloud 9 Fiberworks Fluffy Merino in Candy Ache. It’s some locally dyed stuff that I picked up at the fibre festival that was really nice to work with. I went for a simple 2-ply, splitting the braid in half, starting my spinning from different ends to have more of a barber pole effect.


Yesterday I started spinning for the  SweetGeorgia Summer of Socks. I am spinning the Panda base in Stormchaser. I just love spinning with this stuff, it’s so well processed and dyed that the fibres are not very compacted so it’s very easy to draft and needs little prep. I’m spinning it fractally (you can read more here). I plan to make some plain toe up socks with this when it’s done, so I figured the fractal spinning will lend more drama to my project. I split the braid in half and spun one half from end to end yesterday. The other half I split into 8 smaller pieces and will spin them from end to end all starting at the same point. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!


Movie Time Party Fun


This article, Why Nicolas Sparks Matters Now made me realize that I really have only seen one Nicholas Sparks movie (A Walk to Remember! Mandy Moore and Shane West!) – I haven’t even seen the Notebook, even though I am pretty sure I have seen every other Ryan Gosling movie a few times (The United States of Leland is so depressing FYI).

I think it’s time to marathon watch some. I am not a huge movie watcher, but this seems like a good in the background thing to watch. The Mashrabiya Shawl/Vest/Scarf/Top is pretty easy knitting, but there is a lot of it to knit so I need some movies. I’ve been watching the first season of The Mindy Project (OMG Dr. Castellano!) I saw bits of it but did not really get into it, but the second season was sooooo good. So I am catching up. Anyways, I digress. I think this upcoming week I need to watch some cheesy movies and knit. And what better is there than movies based on Nicholas Sparks books!?! I am thinking The Last Song (pre-tongue Miley), then Safe Haven and The Last One, finishing up with The Notebook of course.