A Little Bit of Life Lately – May 11, 2014

May is turning out to be a crazy busy month! I spent last week panicking about everything I need to get done but now I’m sort of resigned to the idea that it will just be a month where I’ve always got something to be doing.

Some of the crazy busy has been work, but lots of it has been of our own doing. Jon has started a couple of batches of wine so now the house has a particular smell while it ferments. Every time I come home I always wonder why my house smells so terrible and then I remember the wine.

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He’s also been out using his wood shop in the garage and making things on his lathe.

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I volunteered to make costumes for the school play (Peter Pan a Returns) so a lot of my time when I’m not at work has been spent making costumes. I’ve finished tic-toc and Nana the dog, and still have mermaid costumes left.

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I’ve been still trying to get my pesky calf muscle to stop being so stiff so I have been visiting the chiro and the physio. This week I had my first experience with needling and it was not something I enjoyed. I didn’t mind the needles going in but as soon as he wiggled them around I became dizzy and nauseous. I’m a bit of a fainter so I spent the rest of my appointment with my feet up in the air recovering.

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I’ve got some exercises and stretches to do, so I finally got around to purchasing an exercise ball. It’s great for my weightlifting as I can finally do the ab exercises in NROL.

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I also bought some new running shoes over the weekend. To help with the calf tightness I’m trying a shoe with a larger drop (8mm) and a little more cushioning. I haven’t tried running in them yet but switched over my RoadID so I’m all ready.

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It still isn’t really spring here but I’m tired of waiting for better weather (when did I become such a softy?). The sun was shining today so even though it was only around +10C we went for a ride and surprise, surprise, I felt so much better after. We did a loop around Nose Hill and now I’m excited to go do some walking there next weekend.

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And finally, I’ve been trying to cook more. I feel like I always need snacks around and have become obsessed with these baked apple chips. They are so easy to make – just slice an apple on the mandolin (no need to core it!), sprinkle with cinnamon and bake on cookie sheets for a few hours. I can only fit about 2 apples worth into the oven so I’ve also been using the dehydrator to make larger batches.

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Lots going on but so much of it is fun stuff that makes me happy so I can’t really complain too much!

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