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Ending and Beginning

So, it is the start of the new year… and as always, let’s start off by reviewing the “2011 Things I Want to do List”

1. Learn to spin my own yarn. (Nope… BUT my husband did!!! This plan has totally shifted and my husbands new found interest in spinning has made me want to leave this up to him. He is quite good at it, and I reap the benefits of hubby made handspun!)

2. Read all of the Charles De Lint  Newford series. (Nope, books were all still in boxes until November. )

3. Do more hiking.  We hiked our asses off starting in February!

4. Buy our dream house. We moved into our first home 10th, 2011! Huge, life altering amazing thing.

5. Not let the actions of others control my happiness. I worked pretty hard at this this year and I feel I made a lot of progress.

6. Can serious amounts of food from our own garden/further develop my canning skills. (Nope, but, we did not get our garden space until October so, I think it is understandable.

7. Knit a pair of socks. YES! Socks, done! See them HERE.

8. Get back into Bikram, twice a week minimum/get in shape. (Partial completion. I did a 40-day Bikram challenge and gave it my all last spring. Am I “in shape”? No. )

9. Adopt an animal from NWT SPCA. (inspired by Nicholle <3) (Sadly, no : (

10. Spend as much quality time as possible with my husband. We had an amazing year, and in particular the summer so packed full on one-on-one outdoor activities and we really got to spend a lot of quality time together.

Usually this is the part where I make my list for 2012. This year, I am not making one. I am not making one because it would be 100 things long. I have things I want to do coming out of my ears! This year I am just going to take everything as it comes and try to do as much that I want, as much as I am able.

That being said, this will be my last blog on Everyday Is Waiting for Halloween.

But it’s because my husband and I are starting a blog together, which will hopefully launch March 1, 2011. The blog will have many components, it will have much more informative and purposeful posts then this one does and hopefully people will actually want to read it.

Our new blog is called Building A Frog (I will insert a link when it launches.) Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • DIY projects
  • First house advice and questions
  • Knitting
  • Canning
  • Gardening
  • Home repair
  • Money saving ideas
  • Upcycling
  • Composting
  • Landscaping
  • Cooking
  • Thrifting
  • Baking
  • Recipes
  • Homesteading
  • Fishing
  • Sustainability
  • and our general ramblings and banter.

We hope to have guest posting from a variety of people who have some great information to share as well as some local focus and information. This si a new and exciting venture for us and we hope you will check it out once it it up.

Since I never did get around to doing a post on our new house, I am going to end off the blog with a picture of it.

Our little house on 1.04 acres of all ours.

Thanks to everyone who ever bothered to poke around in these rambling examples of my lifes goings on. It was fun : )

– Christie

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The Little Things: Summer To-Do List

Trillium, Ontario's provincial flower, are currently blanketing the forest floors. Reason enough, to get out and hike! I took this last week at Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Click to see better detail : )

I am so excited about our growing, Summer to-Do List! Phill and I both love the outdoors, hiking, camping and nature. Now that we are living back in Kingston, we have an ever growing list of things we want to do in and around the area. I grew up here, and there are lots of places I want to re-visit with my husband, as well as lots of things I never did. Sometimes when you are from a place, you see less of it then you mean to. Here is our list as it stands right now:

  • Camping, camping, camping!!! (always the top item on our list.)
  • Yurt camping at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. (We are going to check the yurts out this week when we are hiking at the park.)
  • Spelunking at the Warsaw Caves. (I did this in Grade 8 and have always wanted to go back.)
  • Day trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park  (beach and swimming on a  hot day.)
  • Upper Canada Village. (We will be there on June 10th, Phill’s birthday, for the Medieval Festival.)
  • Boldt Castle (one of my most favourite places on earth. We took Phill’s parents here last year two years ago,wow, but we have never been there just the two of us. Romantic picnic day?)
  • Phill would like to take a kayaking course. (I’d love to do this with him but I have a fear of small boats.)
  • Hiking, hiking, hiking (We started our hiking for the year in February, but we are up for plenty more. There are so many great trails in our area.)
  • Cycling (I admit it is my fault we don’t do this as much as we could. I am a wimp when it comes the bike riding.)

We have our weeks filling up already. I am looking so forward to it. Something else I also love about our list is that we have a strict rain or shine policy about it. For instance we are going to Charleston Lake on Tuesday to hike and check out the yurts, and there is a rainfall warning. Wellies and ponchos it is! (Often we like doing things even better when it rains because there are less people around!) Expect lots of pictures of our summer adventures as the weeks go on : )

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Oh, life.

General update of the happenings that make up my life.

First off, I am back to work. This both simplifies and complicates things… but we are not going to get into that.

Secondly, I have decided to go back to school. I want to shift my role in my job into something more training and developement based and I am going to be doing some upgradeing to help that along. I am both excited and nervous about this.

Now that the mundane and genereally uninteresting update is done, now we can talk about fun stuff!!!

I completed my 40-Day Yoga challenge on April 22nd. My final tally was 35/40 days completed. I am really happy with that result. It was hard, but I really stuck to it and as a suprise, Phill bought me another unlimited pass for doing so well on my challenge. (Love that guy!) I am averaging 5 classes per week and am still loving it.

Our hotel rooms for Rhinebeck are booked! I am crazy excited about it already and jsut can’t freaking wait to go to the festival! We already have 2 camping trips set up for June and July and we are hoping to sneek away sometime this month as well.

We had our first mini-vacation of the year last weekend, UFC 129 in Toronto.

We had a great time and it was really cool to be a part of the first ever UFC held in Ontario and be a part of the largest UFC ever to date.

The entire fight card was great. We saw some amazing knockouts. And even though GSP is my favourite, I have to say that the Hominick/Aldo fight was my fight of the ngiht. I have to give it up to Mark Hominick, the guy is a warrior. He didn’t win, but damn did he ever not give up.

Mark's poor, poor face and head.

And as far as the George St. Pierre and Jake Sheilds fight went it was a good fight that ended the way everyone thoguht it would : ) And wow, the fan support for GSP was so amazing. Defening even. I am not very expereinced in how sporting events generally work, I only like MMA and wrestling mainly, but I would say that not much could match the hometown/country pride heard at Rogers Center that night.

We will definetly be attending any UFC that comes to Ontario from now on.

On our way home on Sunday we met up with Matt and Lara and spent the day at the Toronto Zoo, which is one of our favourite places, ever.  It was a very rainy day, but we had a great time and the Red Panda even made an appearance for us.

He is usually hiding in the trees whenever we are at the zoo.

We ended the day with some awesome Korean BBQ and then made the drive home. (We were sooo exhausted by the time we got there.)

And in knitting news, I have completed my first ever sock!

It was not as scary as I though and I am hoping to get the second one done soon.

I am going to end this blog off with a picture that makes me very happy. Sneed, Toki and Hoss are all doing great and are such great brothers. I am so very glad that we got the babies. They are bringing us so much joy and entertainment. Sneed even loves them. They are growing like monsters and I am pretty sure that we are going to have the biggest cats anyone has ever seen.

Our sweet boys.

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30 Days of Lists: Week #4… and a half.

The 30 Days of Lists project is now complete! It was very fun and very interesting. I really enjoyed sorting through my photos and seeing pictures that I had practically forgotten about. Every picture that I used in this project was taken by me with the exceptions of List #20, which is a collage of celebrities and List #28, which my husband took of me in Honduras. This has reminded me that I don’t take near as many pictures as I used to and that I should rectify that.

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30 Days of Lists: Week #3

My 30 Days of Lists Flickr set can be viewed HERE.

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30 Days of Lists: WEEK #1

I am participating in the 30 Days of Lists Challenge. I have successfully completed week 1 and it has been lots of fun. I have enjoyed getting up and checking the website for the days prompt and starting my list. Each day, the website features a few participants lists and you can find many in the flickr pool. The first week I chose to use my photography as a background for my lists. I have not decided yet, what I will use for next week.

 

30 DAYS OF LISTS: WEEK #1

 

 

 

 

 

Details of why I dislike each of these words or phrases can be read here.

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Another list, for another year. (Also, last years list re-cap.)

So, each year I make a list of 10 things I want to do/accomplish in the year to come. I don’t like to think of these as resolutions, but more as goals and achievements. Last years list went pretty well:

THINGS I WANT TO DO IN 2010

1. Swim with sea turtles

2. Knit a sweater

3. Read all of the Charles De Lint Newford books (I did not complete this, BUT, it is far in part to the fact that my books are packed away until we get the house)

4. Camp whenever possible this summer (We had 3 great camps this year. That is about average for us.)

5. Go hiking on weekends when we can’t camp this summer (We didn’t do this once. We did do some bike rides at the conservation area, but no hiking. Fail.)

6. Visit home more often (We live there now!)

7. Save money for a house (We have our down payment, but are continuing to save more)

8. Learn to spin (Didn’t get to it this year.)

9. Get rid of all the junk I don’t need (We made $280 at our yard sale and donated the rest to the CP Foundation.)

10. Eat more pie (We seriously ate more pie this year.)

So, now on to this years list!

THINGS I WANT TO DO IN 2011

1. Learn to spin my own yarn.

2. Read all of the Charles De Lint  Newford series.

3. Do more hiking.

4. Buy our dream house.

5. Not let the actions of others control my happiness.

6. Can serious amounts of food from our own garden/further develop my canning skills.

7. Knit a pair of socks.

8. Get back into Bikram, twice a week minimum/get in shape.

9. Adopt an animal from NWT SPCA. (inspired by Nicholle <3)

10. Spend as much quality time as possible with my husband.

2010 was a strange year full of huge changes and big decisions. It has been both good and bad, most definitely busy and I learned a lot. I am very excited for the things coming up in 2011. Most of these things will start when I get back to work, something that, hopefully, will be happening in the next few months.

I wish everyone a great year ahead!

May 2011 be full of love and positive things!

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