The good and the bad

Oh hey, Jen here.

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Yeah, I’m sitting on the floor in the living room and our ceilings are STILL unfinished. SOON. I hope. I really do hope.

I’m procrastinating tonight’s workout. Just kidding, I’m waiting for the quesadilla and cereal to digest. So while I’m procrastinating…or waiting..I thought I’d share the good and the bad from today. More specifically ONE of each.

Let’s start with the bad. Fabletics. UGH. Have you seen the commercials with Kate Hudson? Yeah, the clothes look cool and some of them are pretty nice, but I was having issues with sizing and product quality, so I ended up cancelling my monthly membership. I cancelled it 9 weeks ago and still haven’t received my refund check for my last return (don’t get me started on why it had to be a check and not just a credit back to my Visa). Today’s series of phone calls to their *terrible* customer service line resulted in 1) being put on hold for 20 minutes while they retrieved a manager only to come back on the line and say the manager was at lunch; and 2) being told to please respect them for taking their time to process my refund. HA! Respect? The company insisted I return the product within 30 days of receipt, yet they can take 3592739573-237 days to give me my money?! Hmm…

Anyways, it might not all sound too terrible, but I just found their lack of knowledge and terrible script-like speech to be really time consuming/frustrating/give me a drink pleeeeeeeeease. Let’s just say there was a lot of barking back and forth.

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The good: Well, it doesn’t start out good. The rug I ordered for the nursery from Wayfair.com was delivered and Tyler messaged me when he got home saying there were quite a few dark spots on the rug and to call their customer service to see what could be done before we actually unwrap it. (talk about run on sentence!) I begrudgingly got on the phone- ready to tackle yet another potential disaster- BUT within 2 minutes, the happy lady on the other end of the line apologized for the condition of the rug and ordered another one to be delivered right away. And I don’t have to return the damaged one. WHOA. Does that ever happen anymore? They get a huge thumbs up in my book. Assuming the replacement rug is damage-free!

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Well that was a rant and a half.

Want to see some of the pictures I’ve taken with my new camera? Unfortunately, I’m still super green with all the settings, and the winter months give zero light for me to practice outdoor shots when I get home from work…SO- the dogs are my only subjects thus far. I’m ok with that.

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Ah, these guys kill me.

 

Winesday Wednesday

Oh how I wish I could participate in Winesday Wednesday this week. While in a HOT bubble bath. And eating sushi.

SOON.

And why is it *only* Wednesday? This week (actually, the last few weeks) have felt excruciatingly long because work is pretty much dead right now. I have no fear in telling you that all I do is sit at my desk for 8 hours and play Two Dots/check Instagram/check Twitter/Facebook stalk/pretend to buy things online because we are in the slowest part of our slow season and practically no work is coming in. You get comfortable enough with it, and when an email DOES pop up, it’s like SIGH Why do I have work to do, this SUCKS.

Could be worse. (Like the hole I just found in the crotch of a brand new pair of leggings I bought)

Good news though: Gas is like 75 cents a liter (about $3/gallon); I just earned a Starbucks treat reward; salads aren’t making me gag AS MUCH; and some old guy gave me a bunch of knife stickers in the Safeway parking lot last night. That last one might make more sense to Calgarians who frequent Safeway??

Let’s talk about workouts, shall we? Haha no, we probably shouldn’t. In the verrrrrrry back of my mind, I’m pretty bummed that I can’t continue to do pretty high-intensity workouts that leave me sweaty and wiped out. But most of the time, that thought is blocked with the notion that I am SUPER lucky to have these months (of baby growing) to kind of just take it easy [or as it would be said back home, circa high school years ‘mucho-take-it-eazzzzzzze’]. That said, I’ve been satisfied with days that are only comprised of 30-min at home yoga DVDs, modified-to-THE-MAX T25 workouts, and some circuit/interval workouts I put together myself. I DO miss miss miss the gym because cardio can be super lame at home. Yeah, I know there are tons of options for at-home cardio, but add in the pregnant factor, and jumping jacks and jump rope are pretty much non existent. Hint: they’re pee inducing.

On the rare occasion, I will go to a spin class but I’m seeing those becoming less and less frequent. The last class I went to, the instructor actually got off her bike, stood in front of me, and insisted I get my knees directly over my toes. CLEARLY not possible when I have a human in my stomach and am perched on a seat no wider than my wrist.

Confession: I actually ‘ran’ to the kitchen during one of my rest breaks in a workout TO EAT A DAMN COOKIE.

I’ll be joining a gym once again after the baby is born. THEN I will make every piece of cardio/strength equipment my bitch. I’m looking forward to it. And to squats that don’t trigger potty breaks.

Food. Hmmm, food. Correction: CEREAL. I can’t get enough of it. My weakness, my achilles heel, my love for so many years. (Moment taken to sigh and reminisce over the last few boxes consumed)

Let’s stop talking about food. But first, lemme just say that Starbucks needs to carry a larger inventory of chocolate chip cookies. Do you know how furious I’ve become over the last few weeks when I’ve actually travelled to 4+ locations just to find one? And then it’s usually the last one. You know, the crappy looking one left on the plate that no one wants. But I eat it anyway.

BABY. I think I finally get it now why people get all gushy and social media-whorish when it comes to their pregnancies and children. Sorry for ever bad-mouthing you. (I think the same thing happened to me re:weddings). I mean, I obviously haven’t met the kid yet, but HOLY HELL I have spared no expense in his nursery and am beyond giddy when I go back into his room time after time to take a peak at all the goodies we’ve gotten so far. PS: I am now broke. PPS: I can kiss new Lululemon goodbye for the next 18 years. PPPS: I don’t care, I bought some of the cutest crap to hang on the walls. (That last one is so hormonal sounding. Ugh)

DOGS. Layla is the best, but she is super impressionable and of course mimics a lot of the things Reggie does and some of our habits. Her latest thing has been peeing in the middle of the night (bet you can’t guess who she picked that up from). Reggie is just an idiot. His latest feats: eating a box of Kleenex and my latest and greatest batch of homemade salt scrub. And I can tell he’s not even sorry.

Time for a potty break.

Weekend

Hi friends. I really need to get better at posting. Meh.

What’s been going on? Same old, same old. We’ve turned into pretty boring folk as of late, and to be honest I kind of love it. Except most of that boring bit is now consumed with home reno type stuff which I could totally do without. I’ll just be really happy when it’s all done!

Friday, I left work early to head to a doctor appointment which yielded several ‘greats’ and ‘everything’s perfect’. RELIEF.

Later in the evening, I had another prenatal massage which was GLORIOUS. I always make sure to book my appointments with the same girl because she is really just so amazing. Either that, or I’ve always landed crappy masseuses in the past. (Is masseuses a word?)

We rounded out the night watching The Judge–>long movie–> then bed.

Saturday, Tyler went out to run errands then spent the rest of the day working on wiring in the basement. I schlepped all over Calgary picking up various baby items and groceries. Woof. We ended up not eating dinner until 8:30pm! Which is really weird for us since we’re senior citizens and generally eat around 5-5:30. ha!

PS: babies are expensive.

Really expensive.

Please send baby items.

I’m not joking.

Sunday was fun! Well, as fun as Sundays get when you have to head to work the next day. There was a lot of laundry/cleaning up/etc. And bacon.

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I was in the middle of doing a lower body-intense workout when the Seahawks finally decided to step up their game. Not one to miss the excitement OR my workout, I would up doing a few hundred lunges around the kitchen island.

Now you’re all caught up. Perhaps I’ll check in tomorrow and be a bit more witty.

What’s up with you? Leave a comment!

The past month

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Long time, no talk! The past month has been busy, busy, busy as my parents have been staying with us over the holidays. I’m sad to see them go but it is a bit nice to get back into the swing of things.

What have I been up to? Hmm, well I guess not a whole lot.

I took my parents up the Banff gondola to take advantage of some awesome winter views of the Rockies. I’ve been up there a couple of times before, but it was pretty cool this go around- we went on a weekday AND it was absolutely frigid, so there was hardly anyone else up top. My mom and I ventured the stairs to the highest viewpoint while my dad watched from inside.

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We baked. So on top of a growing belly, I grew my thighs a bit as well. Sidetracking: I’m totally cool with this whole getting-big-being-pregnant thing *HELLO BOOBS* except I just can’t get over how much my legs have changed due to lack of high impact cardio and the inability to get really deep into squats. Ah well, it could be worse!

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Pictured: Graham Cracker Toffee, Russian Tea Cakes, Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Banana Blueberry Muffins, Soft Baked Pretzels, Angel Food Cake, Apple Pie, Cheesecake.

You guys…….NOMS is all I can say

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We also managed to get out to a couple of our favorite restaurants in Calgary: Anejo and Wurst. Holy hell are those pleas good or what. At Anejo, we all had tacos -adobo pork and snapper are my faves-, guac, and margaritas (no margie for me WHAAAA). At Wurst, we indulges in scrumptious appies, drinks, mains, and a strudel to die for. Please note, I ate just about the entire pretzel that it probably suitable for about 4 people. WINNING.

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I also tried to workout as much as I could (while being limited almost strictly to home workouts) between naps and eating. I managed to get to a couple of spin classes mixed in with some Prenatal Vinyasa Flow workouts, modified T25 routines, and a variety of interval/strength workouts that I either wrote up on my own and got from Pinterest.

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We watched a ton of TV too, obviously. Got through all of season 1 of Blacklist, then watched The Interview, Fury, The Equalizer, and The Captive. Then about 230592309 hours of HGTV and Food Network.

A lot got done for the baby’s room as well (and basement reno). I really have to thank my parents for helping MAJORLY with both of these. They are really the best parents ever and are going to be the bet grandparents as well. Shame they live so dang far away! So, for the baby’s room: we painted, got new blinds, set up the crib, got a mattress, refinished the dresser I bought for a change table, and bought tons of other little goodies. Once it comes together a bit more, I might share some photos!

OH! And Christmas! Tyler spoiled the crap out of me. For reals. Not only did he get me another pair of diamond stud earrings, but he got me a fancy schmancy camera and some Seahawks gear! I’ve only touched the surface on learning how to use the camera, so I’ve got a lot to do before the baby arrives so I can take some Grade A photos.

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Ok, so there are the highlights from the past month. Did you miss me? I’ll be funnier next post, I promise.

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I’ve been meaning

I’ve been meaning to start typing this post for the last 30 minutes but I’ve been having waves of the nastiest hot flashes that I couldn’t focus.

You don’t care about my hot flashes though.

This past week has felt crazy busy between Christmas prepping, house prepping for my parents visit, and more house renos/improvements.

Woof, I’m tired just thinking about all of it.

But I am SO excited for Christmas, my parents and getting this house in ship shape!

We finally had the carpet installed in our basement and living room. Guess what? Layla threw up on it shortly after the installers left. Then Reggie pooped on it. Good dogs. We also sold a ton of stuff on Kijiji. Then bought MORE stuff from Kijiji. I think our house is finally coming together which is super exciting. But I’m willing to bet that once everything is finally done, we’ll be ready to move. Womp womp.

I’ve also been a baking MACHINE. Mmmm, I can’t wait for my mom to get here so we can team up and bake bake bake! So far I’ve made Peanut Butter Blossoms,  Apple Crisp, Iced Oatmeal Cookies, and Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies. I had another recipe I was planning to put together tonight, but I forgot one of the main ingredients while I was at the grocery store! Pooo.

I also went to Market Collective with my friend Susie. It was a pretty neat shopping experience- all the vendors were really unique (but a tad too rich for my blood). I managed to snag a few small goodies but I can’t tell you what they are because some of them are gifts!

Ah, I’m so boring because I don’t feel like adding any pictures. And I totally forgot what else I was going to type. Better get back to catching up on my recorded episodes of Kourtney and Khloe, My Five Wives, and AFV. Quite the variety if you ask me!

Tell me, what are you baking around the holidays? I’d love some ideas for something new to add to my list this year! 

 

Minted.

Hey friends! How are things going for you so far this holiday season?? Who’s done with holiday shopping? (If you are, shame on you overachiever!. Also, I’m jealous)

Anyways, just popping in today to share with you a pretty neat site, Minted- an online stationary store powered by a global community of designers. The people from Minted got in touch with me and wanted to see if I’d like to explore their entirely new families of products (what? not just stationary you say? Exactly. How cool is that?!) So of course, I checked out the site to see what they had to offer.

Sidenote: Baby L is making his debut in 4 months and I’ve been scouring online shops to find a good assortment of prints/art to hang in the nursery.

Sidenote #2: Minted just so happens to offer a variety of Nursery Wall Art that is right up my alley!

Here are some of my favorites from the Nursery Wall Art section:

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Animal World Map limited edition art print by Jessie Steury

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Play All Day, Sleep All Night by Lisa Nelson

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We will Rock You by Tami Bohn

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Squirrel House limited edition art print by Krista Messer

There are so many options even just within this category! You can have them customized to include your child’s name, color preference, etc.

Ok, so once I was done ogling over all the art I want to buy for the baby’s room, I decided to head on over to the holiday section to sneak a peak at some holiday cards. (After briefly passing by home decor, FABRICS, gift wrap, the list goes ON!)

*IF* I were to send out cards this year, I would totally opt for these: ornament cards! What a neat idea- those who celebrate Christmas can hang it on their tree, and those who don’t can include it in their holiday card holder collection. Better yet, you can choose the backing (photo vs no photo)

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Tis The Season Chalkboard Holiday Ornament Cards

Well that didn’t take long to find the one I want. If you’re interesting in browsing other types of holiday cards, postcards, photo cards or ornament cards check out this page.

Ok, brain just went back to baby things. On to birth announcements! Some that I like:

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I have to stop now because I think I could just about share every template they have to offer. And I just noticed they also do calendars and baby books. Dying.

Have you ever used Minted? What did you get? Please excuse me while I go back and choose another 350927352 prints I want for the baby room….

 

It’s December!

It’s December and I’m super freaking happy because the next month consists of cookies and candles and food and presents and CHRISTMAS MOVIES.
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I’ve already burned through a ton of 3-wick candles and managed to whip up large batches of peanut butter blossoms and iced oatmeal cookies.

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1-800-SUGAR-RUSH.

What have I been up to, hmmmm…..

I put on real clothes for a wedding

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I did yoga at home with Layla (lately she has been stuck to me like glue and follows me wherever I go. As I type this, she is laying under my chair with her chin resting on my foot.) ALSO- my workouts have started to pick up again! I’ve added more interval training back in because I think my body- even going through this HUGE change- was getting ‘settled’ with my workouts. I have had a ton of energy and have really felt great.

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I bought a ton of baby crap. It’s both overwhelming and exciting. So far, we have a crib, pack n play, stroller, car seat and dresser (that my mom and I will be refinishing!)

This is also currently en route to my house:

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Tyler didn’t get it at first, but I bought it as soon as I saw it because it’s hysterical. Probably because I know Spanish and he knows French. Hashtag language barrier.

Also, can we please talk about how my SON (WHOA SO WEIRD TO TYPE THAT) is going to be a dual citizen before me? No fair.

T-minus 136 days until I can refer to this chart:

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My Christmas spirit animal is THIS LADY

I think 90% of my xmas shopping is online this year. Downside of this? It takes approximately 472 days for ANYTHING to ship in Canada. Oh well.

Speaking of online shopping, does anyone have any Etsy shops they recommend? I am literally obsessed

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with Etsy and could buy just about everything. Please leave comments with any recommendations!!