Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Muddling Along

If I made a list of everyone in the world I know and ranked them in order of who I would want to take care of 'sick' people, I would put my dogs higher on it then me. I am not a natural caregiver. The hand holding and being patient isn't my strength. I am the person you call if you want to get shit done. I am a doer, not a carer. So having the opportunity to take care of my parents for a few days has been a challenge.

I have broken my days into the things I need to do which include: making sure everyone has their meds, making sure everyone is fed, making sure everyone has drinks, walking the dog, and doing light housework. I have made this about doing and more than caring.

The biggest challenge is the feeding people. I am not a cook. The first night was the scariest - Mom had lamb chops out to cook, so that is what I needed to cook.  Dad showed me how to turn on the BBQ and Sam nearly died laughing walking me through the cooking of them via FaceTime. I also baked sweet potatoes, asparagus and peas.

My parents had low expectations for this meal (summed up by the following: my mom asking if I knew to lower the rack in the oven before cooking the potatoes, and Sam asking "what were they thinking?"  and "can you order a pizza instead?"). In the end dinner looked like this:


It came out better than expected. More than edible! 

Night two, I decided to play to my strengths and make a pasta dish my parents love. It turned out ok too. 


My dad also wanted ice cream so I made him a banana split. He says it isn't a real banana split because we didn't have maraschino cherries and I had to use a real cherry.


Night 3 - first roasted chicken dinner. The chicken wasn't totally cooked at the bone even though I followed my mom and the internets instructions. But enough was safe for dinner and then I cooked it more for leftovers. 


In the end, I kept my parents alive and at least didn't make things worse:)


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Fun Questions To Answer!

I love lists and questions - so when I found this, I thought it would be fun.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?  
First name no, middle name is my mom's

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?  
Really cried, October 31  

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?  
Thank god I get to type this, you will have a prayer to read it. My printing/writing combo is terrible.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?  
Salami

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?  
Only fur ones

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?  
No idea

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?  
Never:)  seriously, all the time, probably too much 

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?  
Nope - they had sort of ruptured by the time they took them out. 

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?  
No but went skydiving

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?  
I can't eat it anymore but alphabets was probably my fav.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?  
My gym shoes are the only ones I would have to and no - I am too tired

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?  
Strongest I have ever been and yes I am wonder woman

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?  
Can't eat it anymore but mint chip or chocolate peanut butter. Now plain chocolate

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?  
No idea - I will have to pay more attention

15. RED OR PINK?  
Pink 

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?  
My anxiety, which sets off my OCD and I get in a horrible cycle

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?  
Hmmmmm - I don't really have anyone I miss the most. I have moments where I miss all the people I have lost 
18. WHAT IS THE NUTRITION OR FITNESS STRATEGY THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?  
I think I am in a good place with all of this - it is just maintenance

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?  
none - bare feet! 

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?  
Steak and salad

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?  
The TV is on - my parents are watching Family Feud

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?  
Blue - probably a dark shade

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?  
Grass, chocolate, 5:30 am in the spring, beach

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?  
A coworker

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?  
I love both but live in my mountain hideaway

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?  
Football

27. HAIR COLOR?  
Natural - dark brown - current lighter brown with highlights

28. EYE COLOR?  
My father called them "shit brindle" - brown/green hazel

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?  
Nope, wear my glasses. Contacts damaged my eyes

30. FAVORITE FOOD?  
Brussel Sprouts

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?  
Neither - I like a drama with a realistic ending

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?  
Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 - Total amazing Canadian movie

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?  
Peach

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?  
Summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES?  
Hugs  

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?  
Chocolate mousse 

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?  
Strength Training  

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?  
Computer  

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?  
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson - copy given to my great grandmother's sister in 1915

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?  
Don't own one

42. FAVORITE SOUND?  
thunder

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?  
Too young to have an opinion

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?  
Not sure if it is Tokyo or Bali

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?  
I am exceptionally organized

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?  
Deep River

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?  
Rural Quebec 

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?  
Grey stone

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?  
Twlight Blue

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?  
Yes!!!! 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Practice Training At Home

As F'in Alex is on a much deserved vacation in Arizona (the poor man has had to put up with me for months now) Sam and I are using this time to practice working out without our trainer. This was always the goal, for me to learn enough to work out at home.  Once I found out FA was going to be away I worked on gather the basic things we needed to create our home gym so we could have a test run before our contract ran out.

FA was a bit disappointed that I had created workouts to do while he was away. He said he was going to make some for us, but anal me had it done already. Instead I sent him my plan and he begrudgingly admitted that it was perfect. I told him that in spite of the whining and complaining I had actually been paying attention. I had created a chart of all the exercises we do at the gym that I could do at home and using a similar formula to his sessions created something.

On Sunday Sam and I officially used the home gym for the first time. We had some rules, we were not going to give each other high fives after every exercise (it is so annoying) and no being overly perky and say "you got this" or "you can do it" or "go, go, go"  a thousand times (also annoying).  I admit I prefer having someone to swear at when I kind of want to die (it isn't as fun to blame yourself), and when I had to put all the weights away and wipe everything down at the end I said "where is my servant monkey to do this for me?" This princess is not use to having to do that. But other than that it was nice to have my music, not have other people in my way, and have the flexibility of when it works for me.

Our goal is to do the 5 sessions we are missing (not on the same days/times we train as I am away for a few days at the end of this week). Our goal when we are done with FA will be to work out 2 times per week. Likely on the weekend and Wednesday mornings (freeing up my Tuesday/Thursday for work).

Now here are some pictures of the home gym:


Weight bench, treadmill, and big balls. This was taken after the workout, hence all the weights on the ground.

The weight rack with the missing weights and our bands

The step and bozo ball (bosu ball if you want to be technical) - usually stored under the pinball machine but out

The work out plan with notes on weights and reps we did - sitting on our pinball machine!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

At Least He Shows Up

One of my co-workers has recently started training at a different Anytime Fitness location then I go to, with a trainer named Alex (I know, it is weird and funny). What I have learned from her experience is that I am very lucky to have a trainer who is reliable. In the 65 sessions we have had together F'in Alex has cancelled one time last minute for being sick (that is once since August 30th so like once a year kind of) and he gave like 2 months notice to a vacation he is taking starting next week. My co-worker's Alex has cancelled/not show up last minute at least 5 times in 2 months. The excuses: sick, forgot he had an appointment, has to go to this other job and forgot, was trapped in an elevator. As they meet at 5:30 am I am wondering what appointment he has at that time?  When I shared the above quote with her she said "I bet you the voodoo doll would show up more often."  I have told her she should talk to the gym and cancel her training but she is far to nice and likely won't.  I told F'in Alex about her experience and he also said she should dump him and he got mad because it is trainers like that who give all trainers a bad name. So I guess I am lucky I have a trainer I want to create a voodoo doll for:)

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Even In My Dreams

I had a dream the other night that I was in modern day yet 1700 London England, that was really Cuba. In this dream the evil King was about to have me executed by having my head chopped off with a sword.

After giving a speech about how my impending death was unjust and good would prevail to the thousands of people who came to show their support to me, dressed in a bright green and very heavy velvet gown topped with a crown, I tearfully walked through the streets to say goodbye as I made my way to the gallows.

On my way I was stopped by a person and handed a paper bag. Inside the bag was a store bought chocolate chip muffin. In my dream, as I am being led to my death, my thoughts were, I can't eat this, it has gluten and soy and sugar. But in my dream I did think to myself that I was likely going to die, so I might as well have gluten and soy and sugar. If by some miracle I was saved, I would feel sick for a couple days, but I would be alive, so I probably wouldn't notice.  I ate the muffin.

I don't know what happened next as I woke up, with the taste of chocolate chip muffin in my mouth.

I would like to say, that if I had my choice, I would not be eating the store bought muffin as my final dessert, I find they tend to be dry. I would go for an amazing chocolate cake or brownie.

And yes, this is the level I remember my dreams most nights . . . . unless I find them very interesting I have learned to let them go as they tend to stay with me if I don't.

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