Pre-detox jitters

this is it!!! last junk food day!

It’s detox time for me. Again.  I’ve got the ‘pre-detox’ blues.  Why?  I don’t know-this isn’t my first time!  I endure this process twice a year, with excellent results!

For some reason, this time is different and I can’t quite put my finger on it! For now, I am going to lump it under “I’m not in the right frame of mind”.  But what IS the right frame of mind?  Is it the preparation?  Is it the spiritual connection between mind and body?  Do I need to “set my intentions” as anjali_handa so eloquently wrote?

And is there ever an “ideal” time for detox?  I know that I have always missed “Canadian Thanksgiving” because of some kind of wellness/cleansing/detox situation. Is this going to be my new tradition?

Well I certainly better figure it out soon-as my anticipated start date is tomorrow.  I’ll be shopping for my “detox-friendly” foods, and thinking about all the reasons that I am really going through with this (did I mention it’s six weeks long?).  My yoga schedule is in hand, I have secured sauna/steam room time and put out the S.O.S. to joyoushealth and drjohndempster!  Hmmmm maybe I am ready!

I sense a breakthrough!

*random note* HUGE shout-outs to my mexi-CAN Paola for passing her Canadian citizenship test with flying colors!  That girl is going places!!!

School Daze!

Well…..that’s it.  There’s no turning back now

Why go back now, you ask?  Honestly, this isn’t a ‘new’ situation for me!

Don’t think I’m bragging, but school has never been a problem for me.  I’ve always had above average marks, but for some reason after high school I lost my way.  I tried community college and hated it, so I worked full time.  By age 28, I had enough of that.

I took a huge step out of my ‘box’ and joined the military.  I won’t get into the stories now but I made it through four years (think Private Benjamin).  I emerged a stronger, more focused ADULT.  My parting gift from the military was a four year education, for which I am forever grateful!  Graduation was a defining moment for me!

So why am I taking you back to my glory days?  Well, going back to school at 31 years old was NOT easy-especially when you are living on campus!  There are more stories, laughter, tears, and memories than I can count.

My point is….I pressed on then, and I’ll press on NOW-and most likely enjoy every minute of it!

As I look at my receipt from Ryerson, I am reminded of this same moment several years back….when I was looking at my invoice from the University at Buffalo.

It’s a new page, and a new chapter for me-and I can’t wait!  Project Management, here I come!

Still smiling.

p.s. Do I use too many …..?

Late night Snickerdoodle madness!

Picture this….

I am sitting on the couch with my other half watching my daily installation of Golden Girls (love that show and have requested the Box Set for the past 2 Christmases), and Dorothy brought up Snickerdoodles.  It was some kind of snarky response to Rose.  So other half remarks, “What are Snickerdoodles?”


Denim Debacle!!

I have been eye-ing the new fall fashion already-especially the denim.  Who doesn’t want a new pair of jeans?  I went into my closest looking for my latest favorite pair (Banana Republic bootcut that are just perfect-or so I think!), and came out with….. a LOT of denim!!!  Take a look:

I thought I only had 4 pairs of jeans......


morning glory anyone?

Ahhhhh Monday you always come too soon, too soon! Morning routines….got one? Here’s mine!

My Blackberry Zen chimes every weekday morning at 5:30.  After a couple of (well-deserved) snoozes, I arise….


Monday-Friday makeup

One of the main things on my ‘to-do’ list today was to get a new eyeshadow primer. My current fave, Naked Beauty by Smashbox was sold out at my local Shopper’s Drug Mart. I had every intention of trekking to Sephora to get a new one.  That is, until I decided to organize my makeup bags, and YES I said BAGS (plural).

Well of course, I have figured out that I have a lot of makeup-and it’s great stuff!  I have selected the everyday products that I use for work.  It was a lot more than I thought!  Take a peek-I have numbered it all and will talk about it that way!


breakfast anyone? Chi-ko-roo on Church!

Hey everybody gets hungry right? Even me! I have walked by this place 123425456976 times of course but have never stopped in! This morning, Chi-Ko-Roo won the draw (or the rock-paper-scissors, whichever you fancy).  Did some quick Internet researching for reviews (this place doesn’t have a website) and was a bit skeptical.  Wanting to be true to my ‘I’ll try anything once’ mentality, I took the risk.

Here’s the inside…..after arriving just past 10am:

Inside Chi-Ko-Roo

Not too shabby, right?  Perhaps because this is a former Il Fornello? Whatever the case, our friendly (and foreign) waiter, quickly brought 2 cups of coffee (smart man) and took our order.  The food came 5 minutes later, and yes I time those types of things! This may be due to myself and beau being the only people there-but awesome nonetheless!

Here is the food:

Great food….quick service, and a fancy fruit shish to finish it off! Sounds good to me!  Normally, a Sunday morning (or late morning meal) includes several mimosas but since I have training with George this afternoon (you will meet him soon), I decided against that….

Yes I will return to Chi-Ko-Roo!

p.s. If you are admiring my manicure (and you should be), you can thank Nails by Natalie.  You will meet her soon too!

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