Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

Saw this on this week and liked it! It was posted here.

Courage – It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you aren’t really living at all – you’re merely existing.  You cannot always wait for the perfect time; sometimes you must dare to jump.  Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage – just literally twenty seconds of uncomfortable bravery – and I promise you, something great will come of it.

I can honestly say, no big change I've made hasn't worked out and I can also say that no big change I've made has been comfortable! 
That's me jumping! YAY COURAGE...and JUMPING!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Feel Good = Do Good = Look Good!

Hola Everyone! Happy Monday! Today, was the last Monday at my current job! Next Monday, I'll be starting both a new job AND turning 29!! (And I reiterate, I take presents...I'm heavily food motivated as well..**HINT, HINT).

So, I came across this post today and I laughed my a$$ off. I really think you should read it. Hopefully, you have the same sense of humor as I do and then you can appreciate it more! haha. I sent it to Jackie and told her it reminded me of some of her pep talks she's given me! And it also reminds me that we all shouldn't fret so much! If you're being good to yourself and taking good care of yourself, then who the hell cares!? Yes, admittedly the guy might come across as a bit of, in my friend Kendra's words, "Delta Bravo" but the point is there!
Anyway, I suppose I went on this random post reading because well 1) work was slow and 2) because I'm currently struggling with some body image issues. Most of my friends know this about me - I definitely struggle with my big bum and my "thunder thighs" (I remember the first time I was called this was in Grade 6 gym class by a guy who I'm still friends with haha). Both have served me very well in playing rugby and now in my crossfitting but shit, sometimes... buying jeans and trying on bathing suits is a rather demoralizing task. UGH. I know I'm not the only person holding this sentiment. So, what I've been trying to do lately is, not give a f&^$ about it. I mean, take care of myself and continue being active but don't be so hard on myself. I am painfully hard on myself - I know that, and it's definitely not fair to me! I want to be able to do pull ups, lift heavy things and run my ass off. I want to be able to get on a rugby field (someday again maybe?) and be strong enough and fit enough to play. I want to be able to keep pushing myself and getting stronger and get faster and just enjoy it! I like the way I'm more energetic. I like the way my body feels... So WTF is the problem! Feel good = look good! Everyone knows happy people look better! I mean I've heard "Look good = feel good = do good" but really I think it's "Feel good = do good = look good". That's my 2 cents people!!!

Oh and one MASSIVE piece of news - my wife aka roommate for several years aka Jessie had her baby boy! WELCOME Cohen! He arrived about 10 days early just as his mommy had hoped. He's healthy and beautiful! Can't wait to meet him! xo

In other news - had a brunch on Sunday. Totally dropped the ball and failed to document it with a picture essay. But, the girls as always did AWESOME. We ate the following:
  • Spaghetti Squash Breakfast Bake - I added bacon, and yes, it's her blog again. I love her recipes, like A LOT
  • Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns (Brittany, welcome to brunch!)
  • Bacon - a ton of it because 2 people brought it! :)
  • Sweet Potato Muffins
  • Gluten Free Raspberry & Cinnamon Scones
  • Scones from Cobbs Bakery
  • Fruit Salad

Recipe updates to come soon! See a picture of something I ate below.... Shrimp Salad with sundried tomatos, kalamata olives, articoke hearts, sauteed mushrooms and onions - weird, maybe? I don't care. It tasted good.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I'll tell you why September rocks!

Happy September Everyone! September is an awesome month. I'll tell you why... It's my birthday month (I take presents). I'm celerbrating my last birthday of my 20's (GASP!). It's fall, my most favorite season ever. I am starting a new job. Big things are happening! So, in preparation for this big month, I celebrated by eating out a million times this weekend with various friends, and made a million creations in my kitchen that I have been neglecting for the last few months. I also joined a new gym and got my a$$ completely handed to me on both Saturday and on Monday. UGH - but let's not kid ourselves, I do LOVE it. OH, and the other thing that happened - I got Netflix, watched a million episodes of Breaking Bad and have decided that between cooking/baking in my kitchen while watching Netflix, I may never have to leave the house again. Perfect timing since the shittiest season ever is going to be settling in before case you're confused - I'm referring to winter. But to be fair - I plan on leaving my condo more this winter and getting my ski on!

Before I talk about my food creations this weekend, I want to talk about this new job thing. Ok, first off - HOLY SH*T...I got a NEW JOB. I am leaving the company I've been at after almost 3 years. It's been a great experience! I've met many fantastic people who I hope to keep around for the next many years of my life. It was exactly the job I dreamed of getting at one point in my career. I wanted to work for a big, corporate company and work in downtown Calgary and well, downtown Calgary generally means Oil and yup, got my oil and gas, downtown, corporate Calgary jobola! YAY ME. I got some sweet work experience, got to even travel a bit for it which was sort of cool for a while, and even tried out the camp life in Northern Alberta which was also a good experience. I've learned a sh*t ton about myself while I've been here - both personally and professionally. In terms of personal and professional development - I'd say this is where I've had one of my first (of many more to come) serious growth spurts. I'll always value this experience and who knows, maybe I'll be back! The manager did say, "I didn't say good riddance." So, maybe I'll be crawling back if the new experience doesn't pan out!? Now, the new job - so far, leaving me with a fantastic first impression! It's a smaller company and I'll be taking on more diverse responsibilities which is exactly what I need to develop my career in Human Resources. I've gotten a "Welcome" email from all of my teammates (ok, whatever so what it's a tiny team) which makes me feel extra welcome and I am starting on my 29th Birthday. Good sign, right!? Am I nervous? Hell yes. But really, I am more excited for what is ahead. It's a new chapter of my so far, very lucky life! Work seems to be one of those areas where it always, always works out as it should. Even when sh*t hits the fan, it always works out. This too will work out! :)

So, on the list of creations this weekend:
Banana Chocolate Chip Date Bread
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yam, Butternut Squash & Lentil Soup
Sundried tomato, Spinach & Mushroom Mini Pork Loaves
Chili (minus the legumes)
Cilantro & Sunflower Seed & Chili Pesto

I'll share the soup recipe because I can remember it. I got it out of a Community Cookbook that I bought last year. Well actually, it was inspired by 2 recipes that I sort of mashed together.

Yam, Butternut Squash & Lentil Curried Soup
1 small yam, peeled and cubed
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 cup red lentils
1 yellow onion, diced
approximately 3 cloves garlic, minced (I always buy pre minced...which just reminds me that's stupid because I have a kick a$$ garlic press)
2 stalks celery, diced

2 carrots, diced
2 - 3 tbsp curry powder (or more, you decide what you like, or maybe you hate it..then don't add it)
2 - 4 cups of vegetable stock/water (I didn't measure, sorry... just eyeballed it)

Heat a pan or pot, throw in your onion, celery & garlic. Cook down until the onion is clear. Then add in your squash, carrots, and yam. Add the stock, & curry powder. Then add your red lentils, salt and pepper. Bring it all to a boil and then let it simmer until all of the vegetables are nice and soft. Leave it chunky if you like or throw it into your food processor (which holy hell I LOVE) and blend it into a nice smooth conncotion.

So, I found that the squash really took over the flavors so there was probably good reason why one recipe didn't use the squash...and one did. Depends what you like! I added lentils for protein and because they were laying around in my cupboard. And because well, I was actually asked to make some meals for the Mom - To - Be (OMGSOON) Jessie! She will be busy with baby boy so little time for eating and creating delicious food! Can you believe she didn't want presents, this is what she wanted!? Crazy girl. I loved it. Feeding people makes me so incredibly happy. FOR SERIOUS. Now, I think I'll do this for all the new moms in my life! :)

Quarterly brunch this weekend - stay tuned. I am sure the girls will blow us all away AGAIN, as always! I'm also going golfing this weekend! Coach aka Grandpa will be pleased to hear it! I owe him a status report. :) Oh and I have to pick up my new cookbook, I can't wait for my after work reading! It'll be a nice treat after my workout that will probably rape me again. (Did I mention my jeans aren't fitting my legs as comfortably lately!? :S DAMN strength training. But I also won't quit, just have to wear stretchy pants and dresses.)

I'll leave you all with a link to some fun facts about September!