Hi, I’m back! From Easter!
I made a brief 24 hour trip back to my hometown over the weekend and all I can say is, my goodness, that was the most productive 24 hours of my life. I can’t believe how much I accomplished! Before I get into the details, THIS SONG:
Have you heard it? Miguel. Chill and edgy. Smoke with me babe.
Easter story time: I pulled up at my parents house blasting NWA around noon on Friday, and the next thing I knew, there was a baby in my arms and waffles in my face.
Surprise, I had a baby while I was in Canmore. Just kidding. It’s Luke Skywalker! He belongs to my sister. He was born last month and spent the first few weeks in the hospital. This was my first time holding him.
You can read the story below in a journal that one of the nurses started for him. She’s a living angel. What a sweet, thoughtful thing to do, hey?
I can’t. I get all choked up every time I read it. Look how tiny his hands are compared to mine. I wish Nurse May would come tuck me into bed every night and whisper, “You is smart… you is kind…”
Is this the part where I’m supposed to say I want a baby, too? Before you get too excited, let’s look at this message/reminder I received from my BFF Ryan:
Hahahaha!!! He’s probably right. I’m cool with being the fun auntie that takes him shopping for cigarettes and beer. Kidding. (Or am I?) I purposely say stuff like this because it makes my Mom embarrassed and anxious. One of the first things she said to me when I got home was, “You’re not actually out running with cougars and bears, are you? I’m so worried!”
“That’s exactly what I’m doing. Every single day.”
Aside from family time, I bought new shoes with a gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket…
OH YES I DID. Nike high tops. My dream is to be a Nike ambassador some day. It won’t happen.
I went to Costco. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I’m too scared to visit any of the Calgary locations. The thought of a Calgarian Costco crowd makes me break out into anxiety-hives. I can’t do it, friends. Not unless a bodyguard comes with me.
Here’s what I bought:
Salmon, whole chickens, Haas avocados, yogurt, Happy Planet thai coconut soup, baby kale, spinach, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, almond butter, frozen blueberries & strawberries, Natures Path Qia ‘cereal’….
PICKLES, all purpose gluten-free flour, chia seeds, ALT larabars. Best $175 I ever spent. $170 of my bill was for the larabars. Man, are those things ever delicious. Have you tried ‘em?
I bought a vehicle. A Toyota RAV-4, which will suit my rocky mountain lifestyle much better than the car I’ve been driving. What I “really” want is a masculine Toyota 4 Runner or an FJ Cruiser, but my wallet wants something that’s good on gas, so I went with a Rav. I like that they’re starting to resemble the Lexus RX, and no longer have the tire on the back.
I’m basically the best customer you could ask for. I walked into the dealership and said, “I need a Rav 4.”
Them: “Ok, do you want to test drive it?”
Me: “No. I’ll take a white one.”
I was in and out of there within an hour. Efficiency has always been my strong suit. Before I left my old job, my boss asked for my stem cells based on that reason. I think that’s the best compliment I’ve ever received.
No. Scratch that. I prefer the “compliment” a friend paid me the other day. He described his dog as, “Like you! Fierce and destroys stuff.” Was he insulting or describing me? Both?
The first thing I did after arriving home on Saturday was head down to my sanctuary. Guys, I live in a postcard. Sometimes I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Some of my favourite moments are when people ask where I’m visiting from, and I happily tell them, “I live here!”
Another favourite weekly encounter I look forward to is the man at the gas station who says, “Enjoy the rest of your vacation!” to me. Every. single. time. I’m there at least twice a week, plus I’ve introduced myself. Hahahaha.
The North Coast Naturals Easter Bunny bestowed a new box of goodies upon me. I’m a huge fan of their plain whey protein powder, and this time I’m sampling vanilla and chocolate whey, along with their brown rice protein. Plus more hemp seeds, which I use in everything. Smoothies, salads, yogurt bowls, baking, etc.
Remember back in the day when I used to get all spazzy about ensuring my protein powders were unsweetened and unflavoured? “RAAAWWW my favourite flavour is nothing!!” I think I’m over that now. Canadian friends: the great thing about North Coast Naturals is that it’s not hard to come by – I’ve found it for sale in Bulk Barn and the natural foods section of Great Canadian Superstore/Loblaws. If I had to pick a favourite NCN product, it would probably be the whey protein. It doesn’t contain a bunch of weird fillers, nor does it upset my stomach.
One of my go-to healthy breakfasts is this bad boy:
- A scoop of whey
- Heaping scoop of North Coast Naturals Daily Cleanse
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- A piece of fruit (banana, pear or blueberries are my top picks!)
- A handful of mixed, raw nuts & seeds
- Unsweetened coconut milk
- Pinch of salt, to bring out the flavour. Arman knows what’s up.
I eat this 2-3 times a week and it’s great for travel, too. Just mix all the dry goods in a to-go container and add the fruit and coconut milk when you’re ready to eat!
Have you tried any North Coast Naturals products? What’s your favourite one? If not – whatcha waitin’ for?!
Why haven’t you come to visit me yet.
What do you usually eat for breakfast? I need new ideas.