I had the best meal of my life last weekend. A beet burger from Communitea, which is one of my favourite lunch spots in Canmore. Their menu is centred on healthy, plant based dishes and I’m currently on a mission to try everything. Generally, veggie burgers aren’t worth getting excited about – they usually taste like nothing! I’d yet to try a one that didn’t leave me saying, “Well for a veggie burger, it’s allright… I guess?”… as a single tear slowly trickled down my cheek.
NOT THIS ONE. Oh no… The Upbeet burger is fantastic. Since it was such a beautiful day, I opted for take out so I could enjoy my lunch in the sun. As I was about to take my first bite, a little old lady sat down next to me and said, “My goodness! What is THAT? It looks delicious. Do you mind if I sit with you?”
“I’d love it if you sat with me!”
She pulled a bag of cookies out of her purse and offered one to me, then asked what I was “doing with my life in Canmore”. I quickly briefed her: “Well, I landed a dream job in one of my dream locations, so I guess you could say I’m building something amazing here.” She patted my arm and said, “Good for you sweetheart, good for you.”
What a sweet soul. Don’t you love that?
Back to my burger. I miss it, and really want another one but I can’t. Not until I’ve tried everything on the menu. I’ve already decided I’m ordering pad thai next time.
I bought new kicks to use on the trails. They’re not technically trail shoes, but I think they’ll do. Truthfully, I don’t really buy into all of the ‘bells and whistles’ running shoes claim to offer. I find that I’m able to avoid a lot of common running injuries by wearing a minimalist shoe. If I can feel the connection with the ground, it doesn’t affect my natural gait. But I need something with a bit more shock absorption for when I’m running up mountains and dodging tree roots and boulders with a cougar on my back.
I discovered my feet are small enough to fit into a size US Youth 6, which saved me about $60. Yay!
I wore them to the gym the other day. You know what’s awesome? A man entered the gym while I was working out and I could tell just by his choice of footwear that he was going to start WOD’ing. And he did. He was wearing those Crossfit Reebok booty things. Whatever they’re called. I don’t know, I’m not Rich Froning.
You know what else is awesome? I failed to notice that the (squiggly!!) barbell I was using didn’t have clamps securing the plates in place, and when hoisted it onto my back, plates flew in either direction. I’m amazing. I seem to cause a path of destruction everywhere I go. It’s a gift, really.
Lately, one of my favourite pastimes is chillin’ at the Bow River near my house. It’s a quick two minute walk from my backdoor, through the trees, to a small sandy beach. I sat out there for two hours on Sunday afternoon daydreaming, collecting rocks and wandering around. I’d like to have a picnic down there soon. With a non-tree, non-cake, real life friend. Maybe this weekend. My Easter plans are all up in the air right now.
AHHH it’s so beautiful. Heart can’t handle it. Even if I don’t have a friend to picnic with, I plan on spending Easter Sunday there walking around barefoot and eating Mini Eggs.
Remember how I was saying I gained some weight because I was eating too much sugar? I was doing really well with eating ‘mostly’ clean, but then Easter week arrived with PMS and I’m out of control again. It seems like every time I turn around one of my favourite desserts is taunting me. Chocolate cake, brownies, butter tarts, blondies… SIGH. And I have zero willpower, nor do I really want to. Seriously though – it needs to stop. I mean it this time! (Not really.) I’ve been getting raging headaches and what feels like an ulcer in my stomach.
Look what sugar made me say:
Me: “Hey your PO is signed! Come get it! Bring mini eggs!”
Coworker: “But I thought you hate having candy in the office?”
Me: “I do, but it’s Easter week and I love chocolate!”
Ten minutes later, these were in my greedy little hands:
I’m possessed by a sugar demon. See those boxes in the background? They’re filled with TRUFFLES.
An Easter miracle occurred. The WIFI at my condo is working again and now I can catch up on everything I’ve missed for the past couple months. I’m binge watching Vanderpump Rules. New weekend plan: catch up on my stories.
There is a Jax lookalike who works at crazy weed here in Canmore. Yep. Jen and I looked at each other and at the same time said, “Do you watch Vanderpump Rules?”
Thanks to Amanda for hosting the Thinking Out Loud linkup/party/random ramblings! I can’t believe she’s on TOL #74. I lost count after 5.
How should I exorcise the demon? Please don’t say a juice cleanse. That’ll make it worse. I’m certain I’ve already given myself type-2 diabetes. I’m thinking a raw-vegan-paleo life cleanse would be ideal?
What are you doing for Easter? I need to make a quick overnight trip home to visit my family – Luke Skywalker has arrived and I want to squish him! Plus I gotta pick up my bikes, bird, spring clothes and a box of goodies North Coast Naturals sent me! (I don’t have a real address yet – I live in the woods.)
What TV shows do you binge watch? Do you like Vanderpump Rules?