Help Fight Cancer Like A Boss

 

like-a-bossI’ll just get straight to the point.

I’ve created team “Like A Boss” for the Halton’s Extreme Race and Obstacle Scramble (H.E.R.O.S.). It’s a 5k obstacle course race that takes place on Saturday, July 19th (one week after my triathlon!) and the money raised goes towards cancer research, improving cancer treatments, preventing cancer and saving lives–and so much more.

I WANT YOU TO JOIN!

That’s right. I want you to sign up for team Like A Boss and run the obstacle course with me because life is way more fun when you do things together.

But Sharon, why is it called Like A Boss?

I’m so glad you asked. It’s called Like A Boss because you’re going to:

Run up hills, like a boss.
Splash through water, like a boss.
Take on obstacles, like a boss.
Support your teammates, like a boss.
Cross the finish line, like a boss.

And at the end of the race you’ll go home knowing you conquered obstacles you didn’t think possible while raising money to help people who are overcoming obstacles harder than any wall you’ll have to climb at the H.E.R.O.S.

So you may have a few questions, like: Do I need to be fit to race Like a Boss?

The answer is, you shouldn’t be laying around on a couch for the next six months and then think you can run it. Bad things will happen if you do that, so you should be moderately fit. BUT I will let you know that my motto is “No one gets left behind.” If you’re having trouble with an obstacle, I’m not going to leave you hanging (and you can take that quite literally because I think there are some walls we have to climb).

Even if you don’t join team Like A Boss, you can always donate and cheer us (dear gawd, I hope it’s an us and not just a me) from the sidelines.

Also, you should know I think last year there was beer involved after the race. Just in case you needed that as an incentive.

What are you waiting for? Help fight cancer Like A Boss.

Sign Up For The Team Here.

Donate Here.

 

 

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Curried Lentil Soup In Seven Simple Steps

This recipe sort of comes from Laura B. who seems to have stopped writing and it bugs me because I liked to read what she wrote. Anyway, she put this link for a lentil soup in my comments last week and it looked amazing so I decided to make it since soup is now my go-to food for the #FatBlast50. But the day I made it, I had some sort of aversion to carrots which the original recipe called for. You know that feeling when you think about a food and are all “dry heave.” That’s what I was feeling which is ironic because I’m eating carrots and hummus right now so I guess the aversion is over.

For the record I never have that aversion to wine.

Anyway, I took that recipe and made a few changes due to my temporary carrot aversion and my deep abiding love of curry (red curry FTW!) and it was a hit with our whole family. Such a hit that it’s Tuesday and I’m making the soup again because they all ate it. But this time I’m hiding it so they can’t get their little paws on it.

Curried Lentil Soup In Seven Simple Steps

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp red curry paste (or more if you want a stronger flavour – next time I’m adding more)
salt and pepper to taste
8 cups vegetable broth
2 cups of water
2 cups red lentils, rinsed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced

1) Heat olive oil in pan over medium-low heat. Saute garlic until soft. Don’t use high heat because the garlic will burn and then it tastes bitter and you’ll just have to start all over again. I know you have shit to do but just be patient with this one little step my kitchen ninja. You can be fast with the rest.

2) Stir in tomato paste, cumin, red curry paste – keep stirring for another couple of minutes. Note: there is no exactness to this recipe because I was practicing math questions with Hockey Playing Son and trying to duck out of the way of Speed Skating Son practicing his unicycling in the kitchen while the cooking was going on.

You know what? Let’s take a break for just a second. That’s what they should have chefs doing on all those Food Network shows. Never mind cooking in a grocery store or giving the chefs secret ingredients. Have them cook while doing homework with kids and answering 50 kajillion questions that have nothing to do with cooking but everything to do with Minecraft, all while cleaning the kitchen and trying to get everyone out the door to make it to extra-curricular activities on time, because that’s what’s happening when moms are trying to replicate recipes at home.

Anyhoo…back to the recipe.

3) Add in the lentils, sweet potato, vegetable broth, and water and cover with a lid.

4) Simmer for approximately 30 minutes-ish or until sweet potato chunks and lentils are soft.

5) Puree soup with an immersion blender (or with a blender). I like a smooth soup so I pureed the crap out of it. If chunks don’t make you gag, puree it less. Make it your own. This isn’t rocket science.

6) Enjoy the soup!

7) Hide what’s left from the rest of your family.

curried lentil soup

I know, WORST FOOD PICTURE EVER. But it tastes awesome. Pinkie swear.

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The Olympics And A Little Bit About Me!

Hi you reading this blog right now!

*waves*

Did you get here because you googled Speed Skating Blogger or Speed Skating Writer or Speed Skating Blog?

This past week has been cuh-razy in terms of the emails and pitches I’ve been receiving about the Olympics and speed skating. After the fifth one the little hamsters on the wheel in my head started running, which turned on my light bulb and I did a google search and realized that when you google any of those things, I’m the first one who comes up.

It’s a pretty niche market, apparently.

But that’s great that you’re showing an interest in Short Track Speed Skating! The Olympics tends to bring out the speed skating fans. In fact, that’s how my son got started in speed skating. Late one night during the 2010 Olympics my husband was watching speed skating and our son came out from his bedroom, saw it, and decided that’s what he wanted to do. I was sleeping so I had no idea this was going on.

I was pretty lazy back then.

Then my husband found a club close to us and signed him up. While I was quite hesitant at first (Note: If you’re signing your first born–or any born–child up for speed skating do NOT google speed skating accidents) I now know that speed skating is actually a pretty safe sport comparatively speaking.

And look at us now! Three people in my family ice skating. We bought all ice skates from skates.guru The other one is holding out with his hockey but that’s coolio because he loves it and that’s all you really want for your kids, is for them to find things in life they love, isn’t it?

But back to the pitches and stuff. Before you email me, which you totally can! I love getting emails. I’ll even make it easy for you to find my email address.

sharon(dot)devellis(at)gmail(dot)com

But before you click send you should know a few things.

First, I’m proudly Canadian! So if you ask me to cheer for the American speed skating team, it’s not going to happen. I fear I might have my maple syrup privileges taken away.

Second, I don’t write about ‘actual’ speed skating. My readers mostly come here to read about my flailing attempts to learn this sport. You would wonder if people get bored reading about my inability to do one-legged glides, but apparently not! If I started doing write ups on actual speed skating stuff, I think they might be confused.

I don’t like to confuse my readers.

Lastly, I’m all about the Short Track, Baby! (read that in a George Costanza voice). Not that I have anything against Long Track. Two of my internet buddies are avid Long Trackers and they rock the kazbah. In fact, if there was a long track oval around here, I’d probably give it a go because there would be less chance of me falling and hurting one of my fellow figure skates which quite frankly is my biggest fear whenever I get on the ice. I skate with some pretty nice people and wiping them out is on my Top Ten List of Things Not To Do.

Anyway, thanks for the google. I might not have been what you were looking or hoping for when you set out on your search, but it’s my little place on the internet and I think it’s pretty awesome.

family support

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The Juggling Triathlete

You raced in a triathlon and are feeling all bad ass. And you should! Running a triathlon is hard and you should be celebrating that bad assedness.

Now imagine swimming, biking, and running a triathlon…while juggling THE ENTIRE TIME.

That, my friends, is bad assedness multiplied by one thousand and that’s exactly what Joe Salter did. Not only did he set a World Record for being a juggling triathlete, he actually beat my triathlon running time and I was most definitely not juggling while I was running.

Although the World Record part is way more impressive than beating my triathlon running time.

His Finish Time: 1hr 57min

Swim: 1/4 Mile (21min 39sec) 402m
Bike: 16.2 Miles (1hr 42sec) 26 km
Run: 4 Miles (31min 29 Sec) 6.4 km

Placed 147 out of 246 Participants

What I love most is he’s smiling throughout. Triathlons are tough but it’s always good to be able to smile. It means you’re doing something you love.

Let’s celebrate the bad assedness that is Joe Salter, the juggling triathlete.

p.s. Life is too short not to be a little silly. Remember to always take joy in whatever you do.

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#FatBlast50

If you follow me on Twitter you may notice me using the hashtag #FatBlast50. My boot camp is hosting a 50 day challenge. No grains (except quinoa and buckwheat), no sugar (including added sugars in processed foods – fruits are okay though!), and exercise for a minimum 30-minutes a day every day, for 50 days.

Sounds kind of extreme, right? I thought so too. But I also know my eating habits needed a bit of a boost. I eat tonnes of fruits and veggies but always the same kind. My morning breakfast of toast/bagel/english muffin with peanut butter was a habit that could be kicked to the curb.  And I love my morning coffee but it had a lot of sweetened creamer in it.

We won’t even get into the wine.

Apparently you can lose a lot of weight/body fat on this program but that’s not the reason I’m doing it (and I’m going to write about numbers later on this week). For me, I want to replace some of my not-so-good eating habits with better ones. I know for a fact that I will never give up grains for the rest of my life because I’m an “everything in moderation while eating as many real foods as I can” person but if I can learn some new ways to make quinoa and beans and introduce new veggies into my life then I think that’s a pretty good thing.

Also, what I love about this is it’s not all or nothing. I’ve seen programs like this where they are all “if you cheat once you have failed.”

(a) I don’t like any program that threatens me and
(b) in my head what I hear is “Hey! I had a bad day and now I can give up and go back to my old habits.”

This program is based on a points program so if you have wheat, or sugar, or don’t exercise one day, you just lose one point for the day. No biggie. Also, I’m on Team Going Green And Getting Mean and the team leader is Stephen, one of my bootcamp instructors, and one of my most favourite people.

He angry exercises with me!

Anyway, I  apologize in advance if I annoy the shit out of you but I’m excited to see where this leads.

It's good to be prepared

It’s good to be prepared

p.s. Yesterday it led to me spending three hours in the kitchen cooking chicken, making a kick-ass sweet potato soup, and a large bowl of chickpea salad.

p.p.s. My son came down with the flu yesterday and he gave it to me so my exercise for Day 2 of the program may consist of me running to the washroom.

 

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What It’s Like To Meet Your Hockey Hero

Four months ago I received an email asking if I would be interested in being an extra in a Tim Hortons commercial. A famous hockey player would be involved but it was top secret.

I’m all about experiences for my kids, much more so than giving them ‘stuff’ so I emailed back right away explaining that I’d love to be involved but my husband works on the weekends and would it be okay if I could bring my two boys along.  BAM! Just like that my kids were going to get to experience the making of a commercial.

While my older son is the speedster in the family, my younger son is all hockey. When I told him about the commercial his eyes lit up. I wonder who the hockey player will be??? The days coming up to the shoot were almost as fun as doing the commercial itself as we tried to guess the famous hockey player.

For the record, my guess was so off-base my kids still make fun of me and yet my guess made complete sense and I stand by it.

The day of the shoot we drove to Copps Coliseum in Hamilton where we met up with Chris Read and Shannon Mishuk and her son, who would also be extras in the commercial. And just so you know, you can’t see any of us in the actual finished product, we were fans in the stands, cheering and making noise.

It was there, in the underground of the arena, we finally found out who the famous hockey player would be.

Sidney Crosby.

I know, right? I was all, “Holy Crap!” and Hockey Playing Son’s jaw almost hit the floor. I immediately texted Hockey Playing Husband and while I won’t post his, ahem, less than family-friendly response, let’s just say he was more than a little jealous.

Soon we were ushered into the stands where we worked on our acting chops, i.e. cheering. We were just up and to the left of where the players were sitting on the bench and when Hockey Playing Son saw Sidney Crosby only 20 feet away, his face lit up. As a parent it was a pretty great moment but it actually gets better.

Because during a break in filming Shannon, Chris and I were told that after lunch we would get to meet Sidney. We weren’t allowed to bring cameras and it would be a short visit but we would get to meet him -  I thought my son’s head would explode with excitement.

We were ushered into a room and about ten minutes later, Sidney walked in. He was extremely kind and friendly and spoke to everyone. When it was Hockey Playing Son’s turn, Sidney asked him about his hockey then listened to his answer while they shook hands. When Hockey Playing Son took his hand away, he looked at it like he would never wash it again, his eyes wide, a huge grin covering his face.

His hockey hero shook his hand.

While at first I was kind of sad I couldn’t take pictures I’m glad we weren’t allowed to because if I had been busy trying to document the meeting I might have replaced this amazing moment with a posed shot. I may not have a photo but seeing my son look at his hand in awe is etched into my memories and onto my heart forever. This parenting gig can sometimes be a bit tough going so to have a moment where I witnessed my son meeting one of his heroes. Well that, my friends, is priceless.

Every time we watch the commercial, even though you can’t see us, my boys are quick to point out where we were in the stands (at 1:05 we are just up and to the left of where the hockey players are coming in).

Now from January 6 to 25, 2014, Canadians can visit the Tim Hortons #JumpTheBoards app on Facebook to enter for the once in a lifetime opportunity of getting on the ice with hockey star Sidney Crosby. I’ve already entered for my son. Pretty sure he and Sidney are going to be best buds soon.

Tim Hortons #JumpTheBoards Contest with Sidney Crosby - Sidney Crosbyp.s. I wasn’t paid to write this although apparently I will get paid by the actor’s union as an extra.

p.p.s. I would have paid them for the moment they gave us.

p.p.s. That my youngest son kept this a secret for four months is nothing short of miraculous. Do you have any idea how hard it is not to tell your friends and hockey teammates that you met Sidney Crosby????

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What Defines You?

I watched this after stopping 30 minutes into my 45-minute run because, well, because…no reason. I just wanted to stop. I wasn’t feeling it today.

Now I feel foolish.

If you watch one thing today, watch this. Lizzie Valasquez will change the way you view yourself and inspire you to reach your goals no matter what they are, I promise.

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Happy Burp-aversary!

This past weekend was cuh-razy with a Capital C thanks to getting rear-ended by another vehicle on the Saturday (we’re fine! Van is fine! It’s all fine!) and the pipes bursting in our garage on the Sunday. Although the pipes bursting didn’t affect me so much as it did my husband who spent the entire day trying to clean out the damage causes by 3 gallons of water flowing every minute from 2:00am until 8:00am.  I asked him if he wanted any help but he responded with a “no” and a look on his face that said “My brain is going to explode” which would just be one more thing to clean up so I walked away and then checked on him every hour or so to make sure his brain was still intact.

In other news, it was one year ago today that I began ILuvThis Bootcamp as part of my triathlon training. Thus the Burp-aversary because we burpee up a storm in bootcamp.

Ironically, I did not love ILuvThis when I first began because it was all challenging and hurty. Then after awhile I did start to love it because it was all challenging and hurty, but also because of the people. It’s a great group–both the instructors and the people who are being made to do burpees until curse words are forming in thought bubbles over our heads, with the occasional curse word making it from thought bubble to mouth. I love that it’s different every single class and that it never gets easier. Even if I never ran another triathlon again, I would keep up with these hurty, challenging, amazing classes that kick my ass and make me smile all at the same time.

Burpees with weights and pushups and overhead presses! FTW!

Burpees For breakfast

I totally cursed while doing these.

Also, yesterday was the first day of my triathlon training. 50 minutes on the spinning bike, yo! Which sounds all bad ass except I almost threw up afterward and couldn’t walk for about 30 minutes afterwards thanks to shaky leg syndrome so I’m still the same old me.

2014 is going to be a great year, I can feel it!

As soon as we fix our garage.

p.s. I put on seven pounds over the holidays so there is going to be less burping due to eating and more burpee-ing. And yes, I’m going to copyright the word burpeeing.

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And Bam! Just Like That I’m Running A Half Marathon

I mean, I’m not going to be running it all, Bam! You need to train for that shit. It’s 21 kilometres, you can’t do it all willy nilly.

Last week I wrote about my goals for 2014 and one of them was to do the Island Girl Half Marathon Relay again. It’s my favourite race of the year for so many reasons. It’s women only, a gorgeous course, it’s flat and, OMG – getting laid jokes!

inland-girl-leiThis past year I ran it with my boot camp instructor/owner, Johanna. People were all “Are you nuts? Running a 10.5k with your boot camp instructor?” and I was all “Dudes, she’s seen me at my worst. She makes me do burpees.” But she’s super nice and is all smiley when she’s making me want to vomit so I like her. Plus she brought grass skirts to go with our leis so that makes me like her even more.

island-girl-runAnyway, it was a blast. Except for the part where I hadn’t run since my triathlon and decided I could run 10.5k with no running from July 19th to the end of September. That part was a bit hurty and I don’t recommend it at all.

PEEPS! YOU NEED TO TRAIN FOR RACES. THIS IS A LIFE RULE.

Anyhoo…I put it out there that I wanted to do the Island Girl Half Marathon Relay again and one of the speed skating moms in the stands that I sit with every week and, occasionally drink with, Michelle, texted me and said “I’ll do it with you!” so just like that I had a partner. BUT THEN the whole “I think I may have another half marathon in me” started niggling away at me and I knew I needed to do it so I asked Michelle if she was into it and she was all YES! and now we’re both going to do the Island Girl Half Marathon.

Which leads me to ask….who wants to join us? It could be a super fun run, followed by a brunch that may or may not have alcohol involved.

And by ‘may or may not’ I mean, YES IT WILL. Because we will have just run 21k and if that doesn’t justify a drink, I don’t know what does.

Also, Michelle is a running Ninja. So, watch out.

running-ninja

 

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How Supperworks Can Save Your Butt

Next week I start triathlon training. I was supposed to start this week but decided not to put the added pressure on myself and just hang out with the boys. Unfortunately, this year I have the added challenge of not having an actual trainer and I’m spending way more time at the rinks than I did last year so until the end of March my schedule is tight. As in tighter than a toddler’s lips when you’re trying to pry a penny out of his mouth.

Before I write anything else I will tell you that I received six free meals from Supperworks for this post BUT keep reading because…

1) I was actually one of the very first Supperworks customers in their flagship store. I don’t remember how I stumbled across it but I did and I’ve been using it ever since. It was a lifesaver when my boys were a toddler and a baby and I had postpartum depression. At that point, cooking wasn’t high on my list of priorities, getting through the day was. So it’s been over seven years of me using Supperworks.

2) Supperworks is my gift of choice for friends. This past year alone I gave a Supperworks gift card to not one, but two friends, who had babies–because cute outfits are, well, cute, but healthy meals when you’re sleep deprived are da bomb! And a few years ago I got a bunch of meals from Supperworks to give to my friend whose daughter was in the hospital but still had another little one at home to take care of. She was going back and forth between the hospital and home and we all know the rule of parenting is that you still have to feed your kids no matter what is going on in your life.

3) I have never actually made a meal inside the Supperworks store.

*insert needle scratching across record sound here*

Say what?

Yes, Supperworks has an option where you can pay an additional $25 to have them make the meals you choose and you just pick them up. It’s the option I’ve always used because it’s essentially saving me two hours of my time, and my time is worth $12.50 an hour.

I’m big on serving my family healthy food. I bulk cook and freeze and my slow cooker is my best friend. But for those times when life gets in the way, Supperworks has saved my butt more times than I can count.

Also, I “may” have told my husband on more than one occasion that I cooked a meal when it was actually Supperworks.

*shrugs shoulders*

The Congratulations note is how they present meals to families who have just had a new baby.

The Congratulations note is how they present meals to families who have just had a new baby.

p.s. Supperworks has been nothing short of fabulous when it comes to Speed Skating Son’s food allergies. They were always on top of the ingredients and I once received a phone call from the owner because the ingredient list on some buns that were included in a meal had changed and weren’t guaranteed to be nut-free anymore. She had been preparing a meal, saw the change and phoned to let me know she would be including rice instead of buns. 

p.p.s. When we went to pick up the food my boys discovered there is ‘Bring Your Child’ sessions available so we’ll be going as a family in January to make some meals – it will be a first for all of us!

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My Song For 2014

Last year my song was ‘Inner Ninja’ which seemed appropriate. Especially this part:

It’s a feeling that you get in your lungs when you run
Like you’re runnin’ outta air and your breath won’t come
And you (uh) wheezin’, gotta keep it movin’
Find that extra (uhn) and push your way through it.

There was a lot of wheezin’ in my life last year.

Finding my word for 2014 was easy but it took me awhile to find my song. Then I sort of stumbled across it one day as I surfed the net because I am beyond easily distracted and the moment I heard it I knew this was the one because, well, it’s perfect. Everything about it, from the lyrics to the beat to the dancing (also, Minions, hello!) makes me feel happy and that’s what I want for 2014–for me, my family, and my friends.

To be happy.

What’s your song for 2014?

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Goals: Improving

Last year was a big year for me. I mean, holy shit, I learned how to swim–without paramedics involved! And part of me is how would I ever even top that and the answer is, I’m not even going to try.

I read this amazing book in less than 24 hours called “The Little Book Of Talent: 52 Tips For Improving Your Skills” and I’d recommend it for anyone trying to learn or improve a skill. From music to sports, it lays out simple things you can do to increase your skill set.

It’s been eye-opening and a book I think everyone should read. It’s also the whole reason I’ve decided that this year my goals are to simply improve. 2013 was about giving me a base, this year is about working on each of the sports I’m doing–speed skating, running, biking, swimming–and improving on each one. Improve my stride, improve my strokes, improve my skating. There are no leaps and bounds this year, simply me improving slowly but surely.

Oh, and I signed up to do an Olympic distance triathlon in July, so there’s that too. And possibly a sprint triathlon in September. I’ve also been tossing around the idea of another half marathon which I swore I’d never do again but the idea is niggling at me so I may have to do it.

I’ll also be doing a spring 10k run (not sure which one so if you’re doing one, let me know and I may just join you). And I’ll be doing the Island Girl Half Marathon relay again in September so I’ll need a partner.

Just saying.

exercise-to-stimulate

p.s. Yes, I’m going to keep writing but I’m not always going to be putting it out on social media, depending on how I feel. I don’t want to be a part of the ‘me me me’ stuff that’s happening and just want to get back to basics so, you know, sometimes I’ll put it out there, sometimes I won’t–but I’ll always be writing. Feel free to stop by anytime. I enjoy your company.

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If A Blog Falls In The Forest

If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?

I haven’t been writing much but not because I don’t have anything to write about. It’s partially because I’ve been busy–the combination of helping out on the ice for speed skating, creating the no tech or t.v. rule at my house, Christmas, Hockey Skating Son getting a paper route which in turn means I have gotten a paper route, and all the other day-to-day stuff–have combined to make my fun writing come last.

By the way, I’m not complaining. Being on the ice with the speed skating kids and then hanging in the stands with the speed skating moms is pretty much the best part of my week every week. The no tech or t.v. thing has been great for our family, and the newspaper route has allowed me to learn many things about my youngest son that he wouldn’t have shared with me otherwise.

But also, the other part of me not writing is because I’m beginning to wonder if it’s pointless, really. I’m on the internet for my job every single day and there is SO. MUCH. STUFF. out there. The conversations of Twitter past have been fading away and my stream is now all  “Me! Me! Me! Click Me!” I see people competing to get page views with their pinnable images and clickable headlines. Blogging is big commerce and people want their cut. I’m not slamming it, I’ve done all of the above too.

But I’ve been putting off writing anything because I’m not sure I see the point to it anymore. Does it even matter if I write about training for a triathlon? Or if I was finally able to do a one-footed glide in a straight line at speed skating (for the record, nope, I’m still working on it).

I mean, who really cares right? These stories that I write….seriously, who the fuck cares that I went for a run or learned how to swim?

(By the way, these are all rhetorical questions, you don’t need to answer them).

This is my mindset right now. I never set out to monetize Speed Skating Mom, it was just my place to tell stories, and I’ve pretty much kept it that way. I’m just not sure there’s a point to my continuing to write about this stuff and I’m struggling with it and how or if I should continue.

You know….questions that I don’t have answers to right now.

I guess this will be a ‘to be continued’ thing.

blog-falls-in-the-forest

 

 

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What Really Matters

Yesterday I was stressed out because I lost $200 worth of gift cards that were going to be presents for peeps in my life that I love. I had put them all into one envelope to, you know, keep them safe and that clearly didn’t work out so well. And before you leave me advice on what to do:

Yes, I have looked everywhere.
Yes, I have not looked in hopes that maybe they are hidden somewhere and it would pop into my head.
Yes, I have called the stores, and
Nope. Nothing they can do. Once they’re gone they are gone.

So, yes. Yesterday, I was stressed. And I belittled myself and felt that sick to my stomach feeling when you totally screw up.

Today I was at a viewing where I offered my condolences to a dad who will be burying his son tomorrow. I watched a slide show of images that could very well have been my own two sons. Two brothers being silly, birthday pictures, a little boy growing through the years.

And now he’s gone.

I get it. I get caught up in it too. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the gifts, the wrapping, the visiting, the baking and cooking–the losing of gift cards.

But it doesn’t matter–none of it. What matters are the people in your life who you love.

Take those moments with your people and wrap them in your heart. It is the only gift that matters.

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Trying Stuff: You Decide

A few weeks ago Columbia sent me this jacket:

Whirlibird Interchange JacketIt’s the Whirlibird Interchange Jacket and I’ve pretty much worn it every single day, especially when I’m at the rink either helping out on the ice or sitting in the stands while my son has his speed skating practice. I sometimes even wear it when I’m working at my desk because, yes, I AM always that cold.

I received the jacket as part of the Columbia #TryingStuff campaign. Apparently a 40+ year old woman attempting speed skating and triathlons caught their eye and they want to encourage you to get out and try stuff this winter.

Hibernation is for wussies!

The last post I wrote about Trying Stuff, I wanted y’all to try volunteering because most sports can’t be run without the amazing people who volunteer their time and expertise to help make your child’s experience the best it can be.

But, you know what? This time I want you to decide what you’d like me to try while wearing my new jacket that’s NOT BLACK. I’ll warn you in advance that last year I attempted snowboarding which means that one’s off the table.

So offer up some suggestions and let me know what I should try. If it’s within reason, Imma gonna do it.

Because damn it, we should all Just Try.

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