Thursday, June 30, 2011

I think I can...I think I can...

So you may or may not of noticed the badge at the bottom of my page or the button on the side but I have registered for the "CIBC Run for the Cure" on Oct 2, 2011. It is a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and it is a 5K/1K run/walk. I joined the Booty Camp Fitness Team so I wouldn't be alone. My former Booty Camp Fitness instructor Susan is on the team, and she is awesome, so I know she would encourage me to do my best!

I have two close family members who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and survived; my Nan (now in her mid 80's), who was diagnosed twice on two separate occasions, and her daughter, my Aunt Tena.This is my effort to spread some good Karma, I will be running so everyone can be as lucky as me.

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I HOPE TO WILL run the whole 5K...this is my new goal. Problem is I am not much of a runner..I have 94 days left to become one. I know if I have even a quarter of their strength than I can.

Run for the Cure To Do List:
  1. Create My Donation Web page & Start fundraising
  2. Dig out my old "Learn to Run" notes and read them
  3. Create a 5K route
  4. Create a Training schedule
  5. Run my ass off
Wish Me Luck!

Photography Certificate Officially Finished!


Yea! I made it through! I finally finished something! I had everything done and printed DAYS in advance!(Big accomplishment for me, usually I'm a "the night before" or "morning of" type person). A weight has been lifted! One less thing on my to do list.  I still plan on doing more courses...just for fun. The wedding one starts on Thursday...I'm excited!

Below is my written proposal and my pictures if you would like to take a look...tell me what you think!



 
The Little Things
 
Outline:

“Beauty is the promise of Happiness” – Stendhal

In today’s ever changing world, mixed with the increasingly busy lifestyle people are rarely aware of the beauty in the little things that surround them. Most people spend their commute on their smart phone, playing games, reading emails, facebooking, and texting. I want to encourage people to be more aware of their surrounding and use their smart phone to capture it.

Focus:

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it” – Confucius

I will observe my surroundings closely and determine the unlikely beauty that may often be missed in the rush of everyday life. I will focus on things that make me smile; people, buildings, objects, patterns all seen from the eye of a commuter.

Approach:

I was hoping to do most of the shooting from the queen 501 street car. I will to do some of my shooting on my morning and evening commute, However because my work commute is short I will do a complete ride of the 501 queen street route over two days. First day will involve taking test shots, making notes of points of interest, and review of test shots. Second day will be used for shooting.

Technique:

Camera: IPhone 4 - Hipstamatic 210 A
  • John S Lens
  • No Flash
  • Ina 1969 Film
General:
  • Use of negative space, patterns, people, color, lines
  • “Urban Photography” style
  • Retro finish produced primarily by the IPhone App
  • Minimal Photoshop adjustments
  • Thick, Matte Paper

Goal:

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print is the performance.” ~Ansel Adams

The Goal is to print a series of 10-12 pictures that encourages others to look around them and capture some everyday beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Put on Notice!

I have officially put on notice! My vacation from eating good and exercising is over. Last night my chest pains came back with a vengeance along with my upset stomach. Not to mention it was a super hot night last night so I spent the night dying on the couch next to the air conditioner. Not Fun!

OK...first item on the agenda....pack a healthy lunch/snacks (I was too scared to eat breakfast, I thought the pain would come back). I have bag of green grapes for a snack, Tomatoes, avocado, hummus, and half a pita for lunch. If I make it through today with out the pain returning no doctor for me...yea!

Focus....focus!...Time to get back into the groove, even though I'm slowly going down in the numbers on the scale...I know it's just muscle turning to fat..boo.

The Plan:
  • Start using "MyFitnessPal" again...track my eating
  • Drink more water...I haven't been drink hardly any water which is really bad in this warm weather
  • No more Alcohol..Not that I drank a lot, but apparently the one drink per weekend is not working out so well for me
  • More Veggies
  • No Junk
  • Exercise a least three days a week...running, fitness class, gym, bike ride, walking, golf

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Missing in action...

I haven't been posting again! At least this time I didn't have a mental break down..I've just been outside. It's been a busy few weeks even though I feel like I haven't accomplished much. I went to the gym at least once a week and have been doing some gardening and golfing...so that a little bit of exercise at least. I have completely fallen off the wagon with my healthy eating, but at least I didn't gain.

Here a sum up of my past few weeks:
  • Cleaned windows inside and out...with help from Mark
  • Cleaned entire Apartment except the spare room
  • Swapped out summer and winter clothes...gave a full garbage bag of clothes away
  • Had a golfing lesson and played 9 holes on simulator with work (we have entered into a golfing tournament)
  • Played my first round of golf ever on real course with Mark, Jenn, & Irma
  • Booked flight and hotel for CJ's & Cheryl's wedding in August
  • Booked ticket home for Christmas (I am on the ball this year!)
  • Planted some plants under my apartment windows ( hopefully this will keep the apartment cleaner!)
  • Spent some time lounging and BBQing in the "Yard"
  • Saw the movie "Bridesmaids"....Awesome!
  • Set up the BBQ at work...mmm lunch time BBQ's
  • Worked on the Photography assignment...not going very well though...my pictures are very boring....argh!

This weekend I hope start getting back on track with my eating & drinking... starting with breakfast, thinking about trying overnight oats and Smoothies. Anyone know where to find some good recipes?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

I love Skype and IPhone 4! Today I went to Toronto Island. It was a beautiful day, I sat and read up on my photography while Mark tried his hand catching the elusive (thank god!) Carp in the canals (I keep picturing the three eyed fish from the Simpsons). While I was sitting on the pier I decided to call my Mom…it is Mothers day after all. I didn’t just call her though I Skype’d her on my IPhone and I was able to show her all around and chat and the same time…it was soooo good. My Mom has never been to Toronto so it was nice to share that with her :)

Started my photography class on Saturday…I came out of it a little more confused than when I went in! I think maybe I didn’t explain my idea very well because the teacher thinks I’m doing something else…I have no idea how to explain it but I better figure it out and fast!

We had a “Yard” BBQ on Saturday it was great! So my building is a building without terraces but there is a small side yard/waste land. Last year one the the girls in the building decided to start a garden…slowly as the plants started to grow so did the collection of people who decided to hangout in the “Yard”. This is how I met most of my neighbours! We started a collection of found objects such as lawn chairs, a wagon, an old BBQ, etc...This year more neighbours are joining the “Yard” fun and we have quite a few plants in our garden already.
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Yummy…mines in the tinfoil…it’s salmon..

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The Garden…full already…I think some stuff will have to be moved once it grows a little

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Cutest little garden decoration!

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The siting area full of found objects..or freecycled things.

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As you can see we have an assortment of “Yard Dwellers” and a few are missing
Apparently a garden can grow many things including Good Times!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hump Day!

Thank God it's almost the Weekend!.... Well OK...its only hump day but that's a lot closer than it was on Monday!

The Weekend past was great...went to a movie on Friday night, "Water for the Elephants", it was awesome. I read the book and loved it so I was pleased when the movie stayed true to the book. I was a bit sceptical about going to see it because some people have said it wasn't all that good, but as long as you can get past Robert Patterson as Edward from Twilight and see him as this new character you'll be fine.

Saturday was a beautiful sunny day finally so we spent the entire day outside, we walked down to our local coffee house and proceeded to hunt down some BBQ necessities. We had a "Yard" BBQ planned with our neighbours in the afternoon and it was delish. Ribs, kabobs, sausages, pasta salad, grilled asparagus and portabellos.....and for desert Grilled pineapple with Cinnamon and brown sugar......yummmmm.

After waking up on Sunday feeling the effects of being outside all day the day before I was kinda glad it was raining. I planned out what we were going to eat this week for lunches and suppers and picked up my groceries. $20 under budget! Then spent the rest of the day watching made for TV movies...gotta love rainy days.

I think the the problem with my meal planning before was that I was trying hard to make sure everything was super healthy and I had no idea what to make for every meal! So I went back to starting small again...starting out with our regular meals; pasta, stir fry, chicken, etc; but then I added in a super healthy lunch for me. Now that I think about it none of my meals are very unhealthy...hmm maybe it's all in my head

Monday night I went to a step class at the gym and found out exactly how uncoordinated  I am...I had never sweat so much it my life! After the gym I showered off and hoofed it to the Auld Spot Pub where I met with some of the Girls from Photography. We chatted up a storm until 12am,  when I got home I think I literally died.

Tuesday after work I met with my friend Clinton that I haven't seen in 2 years we had supper at the Loose  Moose and walked around town for a bit. On the way home I stopped at my neighbours house to say Happy Birthday and drop off a card, it was 11:15pm by the time I got home.

All in all it's been a busy week...and it's only half over. I have nothing on the go tonight but I do have to spend the night brain storming about my proposal for Photography class that is starting Saturday. I still don't have a concrete idea...wish me luck..

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Silver lining

Immediately after posting my last post I wanted to take it down! I couldn’t believe I posted that out there for people to see! Moment of weakness…

But I have changed my mind, I decided to keep it there to remind me that the next time I am having a few rainy days, and I feel like I`m losing my grip, I can start again. I know it will probably take a long time to change, but I WANT to do it! I never want to feel like that again.

After reading the latest post from “Oh She Glows” I felt a little inspired, even though the issues were a little different I felt like some of the questions and answers still applied to me too. Angela is obviously a very strong woman…an inspiration…perhaps I’ll get my “Glow” back too.

I can do this…I CAN do this…Can saying that enough times make it true?

OK! The Shit List That Kicked My Ass: (doesn’t look like much when you write it down)
  1. Make pillow covers – Done and they look good..yea!
  2. Make Apron – Ok I have it cut out….it just needs to be sewed together…the hard part
  3. Meal Planning – Stumped, this is hard when you are planning for 2 and 1 is picky…perhaps I should add clean out the fridge to this list?
  4. Eat Breakfast Everyday – I can’t seem to get out of bed early enough
  5. Exercise 3 Days a Week – ha…I should of known better! perhaps I should work my way up to this one
  6. Take More Pictures – Took pictures didn’t take them off the Camera…mmm
  7. Do My Taxes – Did them today…and I’m getting money back! woot!
  8. Come up with Proposal for Photography Class – I have a couple of  ideas….nothing solid yet though…8 more days
Now just one thing at a time…what will the weekend hold?

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I added this picture just because it makes me smile…I love  my Kitties

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Rainy Few Weeks…


I have fallen behind…again. The past two weeks have flown by and I feel like everything is piling up…This is where my dilly dallying kicks into high gear. Once I have skipped one thing it feels pointless to do the next. To even think about the things that I wanted to/should do makes me tired, gives me a headache, and makes me sad…I just want to curl up in a ball on the couch. I feel like I can’t do anything…this is my fourth attempt to write this post for gods sakes! This affects everything I do and I HATE it! I know it’s self sabotage but how do I stop it?! What is wrong with me!? I feel like I’m going crazy. :(

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm in!!!!!! Phew!

Well it looks like I'm not going to have to beg for my life after all! I got an email yesterday saying that someone dropped out the course and I was first on the waiting list! Yea! The only bad news is that once my boss's found out the price of the course I think they changed their mind about paying for it...boo...back on the poor bus.

The course I signed up for is called Digital 5, the point of this course is to get you color adjusting your pictures and printing them so they turn out how you intended. I am excited about that...there is nothing worst that printing a picture and it looks nothing like it did on your computer. We have to  produce a series of photographs as if we were doing a gallery show and at the end an impartial person will judge how well our series reflect what we were trying to convey.

However what I am not excited about is that before the first class I have to have a written proposal of what I plan to do. Yikes! I am terrible with coming up with ideas...especially under pressure! First class is May 7th, that leaves 3 weeks to research...wish me luck...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Weekend Wanders

So this weekend was a busy one...

I took a step toward one of my photography goals...I signed up for my last Photography class need for my certificate! Good right?...not so good...the class was full already and now I'm on a wait list....*sigh*. I will just have to show up at the first class and see if anyone has dropped out and beg the teacher to let me in! On the bright side my boss has offered to pay for my course so I can use that money somewhere else in my budget!

Marks cousin Michael came to visit, he hasn't been to Toronto since he was a little kid so a lot of sightseeing was in order. We went to Niagara Falls on Saturday. It was a beautiful day ...warm & sunny, we walked around and of course did some gambling. I had budgeted myself $20 bucks for the Casino and I won $100 so I took it and ran...I ran right to the outlet mall and bought myself a new coat and sun glasses! I guess I probably should of saved it, that would of been the smart thing to do, but at least it was an outlet mall...more bang for my buck...right?..right..

Me at the falls...a bit over exposed...not bad for a cell phone picture
 Michael's visit wasn't just for fun he was here to pick up a European Boxer puppy from a breeder in Harley, ON. So our way back from Niagara on Saturday evening we picked him up. I forgot how much I LOVE puppies! He was very cute...until he threw up...I moved the blanket just in time to save my leg! I guess he didn't like his first car ride, but he slept the rest of the way.

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On Sunday the boys went to a raptors game leaving me to puppy sit...we played in the yard & in the park but mostly we did a lot of napping...


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He was so tired he sat on my feet and went to sleep..this is what I saw when I looked down
Meal planning is still off to a rocky start and I only have one session left with my trainer. I asked her to help me come up with a workout schedule to keep me on track...guess we will see how that goes. I went for a run/walk today at work...my boss has decided that we should do it at least 2 times a week...which is great...nothing like getting paid to exercise! 

I'm am off to do some more meal planning and blogging research...anyone know how to put a border on a picture? :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thinking Ahead...

So I've created a budget and hopefully if all goes well I will be dept free in 6 months give or take. I don't know if anyone else has ever watched "Til' Dept do us Part" on Slice but Gail has a great set of Resources on her site and that is where I got my budget template.

I've also gathered all my papers for my taxes today and I will get them done either tomorrow or Monday. I opened an RRSP account with  my bank...I have nothing in it yet...but hey, it's a start!

Next up....Photography, Meal Planing, & Exercise Log

I currently have an Olympus 510 DSLR. When I got my camera I started photography classes at my local college and I became addicted! . Now I am just one course shy of having my photography certificate, but like everything else it seems like I will never finish it! If you want to see some of my pictures you can check out my Flickr.

Since I've been out of school for a little while I haven't been using my camera quite as much, I feel out of practice...use it or lose it! 

So guess I have two goals:
  1. Start using my camera (I plan on posting some to my Sunshine Sketches of a Little life page)
  2. and finish my certificate!
The meal planing & exercise log are going to take just a little more research.

Right now I have a fridge full of stuff that is semi-unhealthy that I need to clear out, however due to budget restraints I can't just throw it all out and start over. My biggest problem with food is portion control.....I LOVE food! so if anyone has any ideas feel free to share.

As for my exercise..I have two more training session left with my trainer then I am on my own for awhile. I am hoping that in these last two sessions I can have her help me figure out a schedule/plan that I can do on my own...the problem with that is that I am on my own...did I mention that I have no will power? On top of that I injured my Hamstrings yesterday so now I shuffle along like Sophia from the Golden Girls...hopefully it doesn't take a long time to heal!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Slowly but Surely..



I haven't given up! I’m slowly trying to organize myself to be a regular blogger. Trying to decide what I need to keep track of, goals I want to reach, areas of my life that I want to make more sense...it seems so overwhelming. Maybe I’m trying to do too much at once... I don’t know...I feeling like I’m setting myself up to fail. I’m thinking I should start smaller, pick one thing at a time. I guess I should start with the root of all my evil...a budget.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

So What's in a Name?

When I decided to write a blog I started reading about how to create one. As it turns out the name is really important...hello first stumbling block! I am not very creative and my writing skills are non-existent so this was a particular challenge. I turned once more to Google (my right hand man) ...”how to name a blog”...this came up with a wealth of sites offering up their best brainstorming ideas. A lot of them involved branding, domain names etc., but there were three tips that stood out across the board, so to make my life easier I’d thought I’d start with those:

  1. Describes Your Blog (ok so...me admitting to the world that I have a huge procrastination problem, and me trying to fix it...)

  2. Short- no more than 3-4 words (...umm... how do I shorten that...)

  3. Unique, memorable or catchy (Shit, now I’m done...)

Ok can't stop now...I can do this...Break out the Dictionary & Thesauruses!

My first attempt came up with “Proclamation of Procrastination” ...proclamation roughly means giving public notice and procrastination...well we know what that means. So pretty good eh? ...umm...not really...close though, it reminds me of people in suits....too formal, too ridged...and I’m neither. I needed word for Procrastination that didn’t sound so...evil...

So I started to think... what are some ways to say procrastinator? Dilly-dallier seemed to sick out (mainly because I think it’s a funny word and it makes me smile), so I looked it up...It’s a person who wastes time especially in indecision, a daydreamer. Great...perfect...just the word I was looking for...now to make it catchy. After some deliberation Diary of a Dilly-Dallier was the result... It’s as creative as I get...sad i know!

Monday, March 7, 2011

So it Begins...Finally!

In an effort to stop my procrastination I have started this blog... I had hoped that by telling people about my projects, goals, and ideas; by saying things out loud to people it will hold me accountable and possibly guilt me into changing my habits. At least that’s the plan...so far it is has taken me almost a year since I first set up this blog to write my first post so...um...not a good start...but I guess I have started in true dilly-dallier style. Welcome to my Blog! :)