Friday, June 28, 2013

~ Haute Fashion ~

Oh Friday, how I have missed you!!

The best part? It's a long weekend in Canada!!!

Yay Canada Day!!



I'm also excited to participate in some Canada Day festivities with Audrey. We don't always go all out for Canada Day but I think it will be a good family tradition to start.

Also, an update on the train situation from yesterday. They successfully moved the rail cars off the collapsing bridge.  Crisis averted. Yay!



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Finally some summer weather around here! My legs are starting to see some light!
It's still chilly in the mornings and my office is often freezing but at least the sun is out and it's warm when I leave the office for the day. Please let this continue!

Coral to the Max-i
Coral maxi skirt- Hope's
Black blazer- Jacob
White shirt- Old Navy
Coral necklace- Banana Republic
Tan Wedges- Franco Sarto
I adore this outfit! The skirt is sooooo comfortable and soft. That being said, it felt very casual and the skirt is quite thin. I paired it with this boyfriend blazer that is longer which I felt made it more professional looking. For once, when I got home from work I didn't rush to change into something else, just took off the blazer. I want to wear this skirt every day now!

Brownie Points
Purple dress- Jacob
Brown cardigan- H&M
Brown belt- ON
Tan Wedges- Franco Sarto
Necklace- Banana Republic
I don't wear a lot of brown (other than these wedges that I wear all.the.time now). I just prefer black as a neutral. This sweater is old but I like how it is gathered around the waist so it's more fitted and flattering. 

Professional Meets Fun
Black blazer- United Colors of Benetton
Fuchsia shirt- ON
Grey skirt- F21
Grey pearl necklace- Jacob
Peep toe pumps- Nine West
I've been searching for blazers for awhile when I had an epiphany- I have 2 blazers tucked away in my closet from suits that I rarely wear. They are perfect for pairing with non-suit outfits! Can't believe I forgot about them! I love how the blazer makes this skirt more professional looking than if I just wore a cardigan. 

Belted LBD
Black dress- United Colours of Benetton
Cardigan & Belt- ON
Necklace- Banana Republic
Belts are huge right now. Up until recently, I rarely wore them. They are a great way to accessorize an outfit so I've picked up a few recently. It adds just a bit of detail.

Colour Overload
Shoes- Steve Madden via Winners
Everything else- Old Navy
I love how bright and colourful this outfit is. I never thought I'd be into coloured jeans but I love them!


I've found a solution to my problem of freezing in my office every day- use a blanket on my lap!



Audrey wanted to share her new favourite sandals. She adores them! She pitched a fit the other morning since Daddy wouldn't let her wear them to the day home.

In this picture, the shoe had fallen off and she insisted on carrying it around! Her love of shoes is proof that she is mine!
"shoooz"
What are you doing to celebrate Canada Day?

Do you wear belts as accessories?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

~ Three Things Thursday ~

1. Can this city catch a break? Currently, five Canadian Pacific railway cars are slowly dropping into the Bow River, following a major structural failure of the federally inspected bridge (it was not inspected by the city). The Fire department is worried the bridge can fall into the river, and the rail cars carrying oil product could catch fire. There is a huge evacuation of nearby major roads and communities. Let's hope that no more damage is sustained to this city and no one gets hurt.


Sinking bridge



2. On a happier note, I was able to get out for a great run last night after work. My mother-in-law occasionally picks up Audrey from the dayhome early which gives me time to run some errands or just relax before going to their house for dinner. 

Yesterday was so beautiful that I took advantage of the child-free time and went for a run. It was hot but there was a pleasant breeze  wind to keep me cool. I just did a quick 4K loop.

I wore my Seawheeze shorts. The verdict? They are super cute but not good for running! They just ride up too much and I'm pretty sure no one needs to see that. I guess they will just be used as workout/casual shorts. I'm still peeved that I didn't order the long ones. Oh well.


Milo was looking for attention
3. This girl has so much personality! I just love her to bits! She makes everything better. 

Silly face


Blurry smile

Playing in the rocks

Shopping is exhausting 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

~Audrey: 16 Months~



Audrey 15 months
Audrey 14 months

Sleep: Still not the greatest sleeper. Don't worry- I'll getcha back when you are a teenager!

Eating: Much the same as last month- picky and likes variety. She loved cheese up until a couple weeks ago and now refuses to eat it, unless it's in something. Same with grapes. Just keeps us on our toes everyday.

Nursing has decreased- only once or twice every other day or so. Not completely weaned but definitely not as consistent as before.

Teething: Her eye teeth (final four) have finally cut through. She definitely had a hard time with these last four. Let's hope we get a break before the 2 year molars start coming through.

Crawling/Standing/Walking: Full on running mode. She still has the drunken swagger and has a few bruises on her legs to show for it.

Eyes: Grey/hazel. They have been looking more blue lately.

Hair: Finally coming in! It's still darker, with some lighter strands. I can't wait until I can pull it into a ponytail.

Playing: She loves being outside. She got a sandbox that she enjoys sitting IN. She drags her boots, and my shoes to the back door to go outside. She is not impressed when we have to go inside though- there have been a few meltdowns from that.

Talking: More words every day! She is great at mimicking us. She says no, cheese, down, up, out, help, dong dong (door bell), poop (TMI?), boots, shoes, go, bottle, milk, shhhh, hat, banana, bear, more, please and book. She babbles so much- totally not understandable but talks away to her self none the less..

A lot of the words aren't super clear but you can still tell what she is saying.

Sign Language: She isn't signing as much. She still signs mostly for "more", "please", "milk", "water" and "food."

Weight/Clothing: No recent weigh-ins. Still wearing mostly 12-18m clothes and size 3-4 shoes.  I'm sure she is getting taller though. Her reach is getting longer and longer!

Personality: Headstrong. She is not happy when you don't let her do what she wants.

Current Favourite Things: her sandbox, boots, her plate and spoon, shovels and the remote.

Dislikes: Having her face and hands wiped, and coming inside after playing.

Miscellaneous: Every day is more and more fun. She is so independent, yet loves it when you play with her. While I am sad she is growing up, it's so entertaining to see her develop into a little person.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

~ The Flood Aftermath ~

Slowly the city and surrounding areas are working towards cleaning up after the flood.

From the 47th floor of my downtown office building (yes, I have to work even though we are urged to stay away from downtown), it almost looks normal. Other than the fact that it looks like a ghost town- no cars on the road and very few signs of life.

Up close, that is not the case. 

Now that the water has receded to controllable, but still very high and dangerous levels, you can see the destruction that has occurred across our city.

The C-train tracks at Erlton- looks like a roller coaster.


Area of Montgomery- houses down the street are complete write-offs.
Top- after
Bottom- before



Even in a crisis there is humour.

The outpouring of volunteers has been amazing. The City asked for 300 volunteers- 3000 showed up! There are so many requests for help on social media and people are jumping to help complete strangers recover from this disaster. The shelters are overwhelmed with food and supplies donations.
Thousands of volunteers

Unfortunately, due to the flooding, the organizers of Color Me Rad have been asked to postpone the race to August 3rd rather than this upcoming weekend. Obviously this is a huge disappointment but I understand that our city's resources and efforts of all citizens are needed to help clean up our damaged city. We aren't sure yet if we will be able to participate in the race in August since we are supposed to be out of town.



Monday, June 24, 2013

~ What I did this flooded weekend ~

What an emotional weekend it was. I am so thankful that the flooding in our city has not directly impacted me to the extent that it has to so many people. My heart hurts for the people who have lost their homes and all their possessions. Together we will re-build this city.

Friday neither hubby or I were able to go to work. We followed the news all Thursday night and power had been turned off in the downtown core to prevent further issues with the transformers that were completely submerged. Public transit was (and still is) not running downtown due to the flooding. We spent much of the morning following the news and keeping up with Audrey since we kept her home with us.

We needed to go to the grocery store and Walmart for a few things. (We live quite far from the affected areas so we were not compromising the situation by being out as we stayed in our community).  The city appeared to be in a panic that we were going to have a boil water advisory or a water shortage so by 11am there was no bottled water to be found. Thankfully an advisory was never posted, just a water limit to help reduce the strain on the treatment plant that was just up from a very flooded area. It continued to pour all day long which did not help the swelling river situation at all.

It stopped raining briefly in the evening so we had a 'smores roast in the backyard. We managed to only have a couple before the rain started again.

Roaring fire

Roasting some marshmallows

'Smore with a Reese cup. Yum!

Making 'smores using the tinfoil method.
Turn out much better this way.

Saturday the rain stopped for most of the day. Hubby spent much of the day working from home since his company was quite affected by the flooding.

We went for a run in the early afternoon. We were eaten alive by mosquitoes! We had to stop halfway through to re-apply bug spray. We planned to go to the park on our way back so that Audrey could play but she fell asleep on the run!

Hydrating before our run

There is rarely any water in this valley- it flooded the pathway

In the evening, we had our Half Marathon Clinic wrap up BBQ. The mosquitoes were horrendous again but we had lots of fun hanging out with our friends. The little girls had a blast playing with the rocks, running around and hanging out with some of the older girls. It was a nice break from following the news.

mmmm, hot dog!
Audrey has always wanted a big sister!

Audrey & Emily playing with rocks

"Helping" Dad chop wood

On Sunday we met up with our running friends to do 7K. It was a beautiful morning. It was so great to run with people again!

We went to Tim Horton's for breakfast after and then headed home to follow more news. We did a few things around the house, and hubby changed my oil.

It was looking like returning to work on Monday was highly unlikely with all the news reports. A bunch of people were allowed to return to their homes to assess the damage and see if their houses were habitable. There weren't any reports on the return of power to office buildings and all public transit to downtown is still unavailable. Only a couple roads into the downtown core are now open.

In the early evening, I received an email from work saying that the office will be open on Monday. We have power. Obviously, getting downtown will be difficult due to the lack of transit and only a few routes open so it should be make for an interesting commute.

It will take weeks and months for things to get back to normal but for now we will try to resume our daily activities.

Can the rain stop now please??

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Calgary Flood of 2013

By now, I'm sure you have heard about all the flooding in the city (and surrounding areas) that I live in is currently experiencing. 

There are two rivers running through the city that rose to unprecedented levels, crested and flooded many areas that are outside of the flood plain zones in the last couple of days. 

10th Street bridge leading into downtown


It is heart wrenching to see so many areas that I frequent are completely under water. Thankfully I live far from the rivers and my home is safe and dry. However, 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Slowly, they are allowing people to return to their houses, although many of them are uninhabitable or have much clean up to do. 

Much of the Calgary Zoo sits covered in water. Only four animals had to be re-located off site and the rest have been moved around to higher ground. There had been many rumours that the lions had been re-located to the city's court house, which is an emergency back up plan, but has not been necessary. 

The Calgary Zoo 

Both hubby and my offices are downtown and we were unable to go to work on Friday due to the evacuation of the entire downtown core, which is on an island between the two rivers. The power still remains off in many of the affected areas and we have been advised that it is unlikely we will be able to return to work downtown until the middle of next week, best case scenario. All the bridges to downtown are closed- they need to test the integrity of the structures before they allow them to be re-opened. The C-train is not running in the downtown area due to flooding. Several of the train tunnels are full of water so until the water recedes they won't be accessible, assuming the tracks haven't been damaged from the water. 

In less than 2 weeks, the Calgary Stampede "The Greatest Show on Earth" is scheduled to open. The Stampede Grounds are largely underwater. The Saddledome, the home of the Calgary Flames, and where many concerts are held, has water up to the 14th row. The entire lower portion of the building is unsalvageable. What this means for the building, I don't know but it definitely won't be fixed in time for the Stampede. 

Apparently the show must go on.

The Stampede Grounds were the start and finish site for the Calgary Marathon/Jugo Juice 10K that I PR'd in last month. I still can't believe that roads I was running on- the underpass that I had to sprint to catch up to Cori on around 8K is full of water. The finish line is a huge, unrecognizable swamp. 



Finish line was close to the stage in the middle of the picture.
View of Stampede part from the east
Centre Street Bridge- we ran over the lower deck during the Calgary Jugo Juice 10K

The flooding was also in other areas of the city that were close to the river. Parts of the SW and SE were hit hard. 

Condo building in the SW


Deerfoot and Glenmore junction- SE
I could share many more pictures and stories of people affected by the flooding in southern Alberta. It's devastating. It will taken months, if not years to clean up and restore the affected areas to their previous state. Many people are displaced from their homes and have lost everything. So far only 3 people died from the flooding. 

Thankfully Calgary is known it's community spirit. People are coming together and offering their help wherever they can. Strangers are opening their homes to people hit the hardest; people are organizing food and supplies for the shelters; people are bringing food and coffee to those volunteering to keep the areas safe and helping to evacuate people. The city is banding together in this extreme time of need. The clean up is going to be intense but it is already being organized. 


Thursday, June 20, 2013

~ Three Things Thursday ~

1. I am starting to feel like a broken record. I am so sick of this never-ending rain! Didn't we get enough in May? June is usually our highest rainfall month and it's no exception this year.

In Canmore, a small town about 45 minutes from my house, is under a state of emergency from the heavy rainfall and resulting mudslides. The TransCanada has been closed in several locations and people are stranded on the road or even at home without power.

Source
I am thankful that the storm is only affecting my hair and not my house.


2. I am not good with change and I hate confrontation. This is not a good combination because it usually means I have a hard time dealing with issues. I just let them go on forever, build up anger and resentment until I finally burst. I'm really trying to work on this in a few areas in my life. It's really hard to get out of my comfort zone though. It's kind of like running actually. In order to get faster, you need to run faster. In order to change something you don't like, you have to change something. It's all up to me.

source

3. This picture was taken on the C-train (LRT). It's one of the newer trains, which suck because the seats are so small. Unless you are a 10 year old girl, it's very uncomfortable to sit next to people. You can see the man's arm on the left is overlapping on the other seat. There isn't enough butt & shoulder room. Considering that it's mostly adults riding the train (I think?) it's a horrible design.

Anyway, there is this sign above the window that says

 "Please help strip for assistance. Penalty for misuse"

Does anyone else immediately think of "striping?" There is a pole right in front of the window. I'm pretty sure they are referring to 'in case of an emergency' and removing the window to use as an exit. Couldn't they have used better wording?

It's not the best picture since I was trying to be discreet.


Does anyone else think this is weird? 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

~ Training Update & Upcoming Races ~

My training for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon in August is going well. I've been using my training app which has been a great way to keep track of my workouts. I don't usually do the workout they suggest each day because I am partial to running on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. It works well for my schedule and I figure as long as I get the runs in it doesn't really matter which day of the week they are.

I've only done yoga once in the last 2 weeks so I'm planning on doing that tonight.
I've done the Jillian Michael's Shred-It with Weights a few times and I love it! I just wish I had more time to do it!
I did my 4.5K run last night at 8pm which is not an ideal time but the weather was gorgeous, and A was in bed.
My long runs are still lacking so I need to ensure I start upping my distance now. I'm planning on meeting the running group on Sunday for 10K-ish since we are finally free on a Sunday morning for once! I miss my buddies!

Color Me Rad is coming up in 10 days!



I'm still trying to decide on my outfit. I need to put it together this weekend- no last-minute rushing around for me! I also need to figure out what we are doing with Audrey for the race since both hubby and I are participating. Should probably get on that...

Any tips on what to wear for the race? Other than all white.
Will the colour wash out of my clothes? I'd hate to ruin some of my favourite running gear but I also don't want to chafe from wearing cheap cotton.


The following weekend is the Stampede Road Race 5K that I am doing again with my sister. We have a whole bunch of friends and some family doing the Half that day so we will likely stick around to cheer everyone on. I'm hoping for great weather like last year!



Our plan is to just race for fun. No real time goals.

I've also added another Half Marathon to my 2013 race list.


I'll be doing the Harvest Half Marathon again in October. This is probably one of my favourite half marathon routes so I'm looking forward to running in Fish Creek Park again. I highly recommend this race- sign up quickly though since it sells out a few months in advance.

Some of my favourite race photos from last year ever- taken by Howard.
Best pacer/photographer ever!


My favourite running photo ever!
How's your training going? 
Are you doing Color Me Rad?