Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Foodie Penpal!

Hello Everyone!
Yes, it's been a while! I'm really sorry. I've been a busy bee lately and haven't had a lot of time to sit and write something half decent. Life is good! I've been getting out and about and getting more than my fair share of socializing!

A couple weekends ago, I ran 2 races in one weekend! They were both awesome. I ran another trail race and also ran Mud Hero! I would VERY strongly recommend them both! It was awesome! And they both kicked road running's butt anyday! I haven't been running all that much and didn't sleep much before the Mud Hero race but all and all - very happy with how everything went.

So, now down to biz-nass! FOODIE PENPAL time! What!? You jerks still haven't signed up? Have I taught you nothing!? Get on it, this is all you have to do:
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
- Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

This month, I sent a package off to a nice girl living in Quebec named Thea! In return, I got an AWESOME package from Tarrah! You can check out her blog over here. She sent me the following:
Black Bean Tortilla chips - awesome with salsa and even hummus
Cocoa Savi Seeds - I have yet to try
Elevate Me Protein Bar - also haven't tried it yet
Raw Vegetable Crackers - which I polished off with some hummus and veggies

SO GOOD! Thank you Tarrah!!  :)

On a slightly more serious note - I was out hiking with one of my fav people, Snolin (whoomgmightgettobemyroommate) yesterday. It was an incredibly beautiful day and the views were wicked! Poor Stephanie got dragged along on a hike that she wasn't expecting. I didn't remember the grade on the mountain being so high but regardless, she did AWESOME. Anyway, there was a climbing accident really, really close to us. Had we hiked a few hundred meters further, we likely would have witnessed it. We were so close that we actually ran into the guy who called it in and watched the helicopters circle to drop the Rescue Team in. It really shook us both up and we turned around to leave early. We found out after we got home that 2 climbers died in that accident. It's heart wrenching. Now, what is the point of sharing this sad story? I go out often. I sometimes go with a group and I've even been known to go alone. I go out with a "head down, ass up" sort of mentality and to be honest, don't think a lot about what I'm doing. I take for granted that I can just hike around a mountain and sometimes fail to remember that what we are doing is in fact, really f*&$ing dangerous. It put into perspective that I need to be more careful and more cautious - that I really need to be keeping my wits about me. Accidents can happen very quickly to even the most experienced people! My thoughts are with the guy who had to witness the tragedy and my thoughts are with the families of those who are going to be dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy for a long time! Please everyone - BE CAREFUL! xo
Hiking Canada Day Weekend! Crypt Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park (Photo courtesy of Larrissa & Skye)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Oh Rugby, How I've Missed You!!

Seriously!? Could things get better for me? Sometimes I think so... and then I give my head a shake, kick my own ass and realize things aren't so frickin' bad! I say this because I had another waytoomuchfun weekend! OMG. Friday started off hanging with my an old friend and some of his friends for Day #1 of Stampede. I don't usually partake in the festivities but I've broken my own rules this year and have joined in like a dirty shirt. Friday started when they cooked us a massive breakfast and then we hit Nashville North (AKA Smashville North) and then I went to the Chuckwagons with some other friends of mine. Along the way, Lisa met up with me and we were lucky enough to run into one of our former teammates, Lydia! That girl is AWESOME. I had an opportunity to patch up another very missed friendship and hope that it is on the mend again. I missed you! You know who you are... xoxo

So much love here! Kyla, Lydia & Lisa!
Ok - so in reference to the title... Rugby. Ahhhhhh..... For 12 years (I think), rugby was my life. I would spend the winters training to get fit for the summers and then I would spend the summers playing rugby. It was 3 - 4 days a week, a game almost every weekend and then a party with my club mates every weekend. I quit playing in 2010 when my body decided that it couldn't withstand 80 minutes of rugby every weekend anymore. I have had 2 ACL reconstructions thanks to rugby, and always said 2 surgeries was my max! I am still, madly in love with the sport but have had to let my body take the very much needed break. Anyway - this weekend, I dusted off my cleats and played in the Stampede 7s Rugby Tournament. When I started with the Calgary Rams Rugby Club in 2004 - this tournament was tiny. Through the hard work of many of my friends and teammates, the tournament has grown to host about 60 teams from all over the world! It was AMAZING to see. I am so proud of all of their hard work! My team and I played 3 games and I had so much fun. I felt so at home in my cleats and back out on the pitch. A small part of me is pondering coming out of retirement.

Our Tournament Team
I was talking to a friend of mine who I played university rugby with. She too is retired because her doctor told her that she couldn't have any more concussions. We were talking yesterday about how, yes - we both miss the sport but more than missing the sport... you miss that sense of community you get with being a part of a team and a part of a club. I feel like the people that I've known at rugby are friends for life and people that will always be my friends no matter the time that passes. I feel like they would have my back and I theirs, just like in a game! I've made so many really amazing friends through all of my years of sports and in particular rugby. There is something really special to me about having had the experiences I've had and I will always hold the memories and the people close to my heart! xo

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Canada Day!

Hello Peeps,
Super short one tonight because I'm WAY too tired from a really great weekend in Waterton Lakes National Park hiking & camping. I'll write this week & share some of our fire cooked meals & snacks. Mmmmmm.....

But, read this today and loved it...I found it at Daily Love.

"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to-letting a person be what he really is."

- Jim Morrison. Morrison was an American poet, singer, songwriter, writer, and film director. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of The Doors.
En Route to Crypt Lake - AMAZING!