My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans

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Scrappy Saturday

on April 28, 2012

As I mentioned yesterday in my Friday Five post, today was National Scrapbook Day.  To celebrate this special scrapbook day, I went to a full day crop organized by my Creative Memories consultant, Karen.  Thirty-two of us gathered in a banquet room at the local arena and scrapbooked all day.  Some did digital scrapbooking using scrapbook software, but the majority of us did traditional scrapbooking, physically cutting pictures, papers and using stickers to embellish our scrapbook pages and preserve our family memories.

I have quite a few friends who scrapbook and have made new friends through events held by my consultant, so these days are really just about hanging out with a group of girlfriends, sharing some laughs, and getting a few pages done in the giant backlog of pictures that I have.  As is typical for me on these days, I was slow to get started.  I have not been scrapbooking regularly at all, so when I do get back to it, it takes me a bit of time to get back into the scrap groove.  I really need to try to get a couple of pages done each week. This would really help make some progress through the more than 2 years worth of photos I need to scrap, and keep me into it so that when I do go to a full day event, I can just pick up where I left off and make better use of my time.

After my slow start, I did manage to get quite a few pages done, and I’m now working on pictures from 2010.  No, that’s not a typo, I really am over 2 years behind in my pictures.  At one point, I managed to get myself only a year behind, but then before I knew it, here I am over 2 years behind again.  I need to put some serious effort into my scrapping or I will not make my goal of getting all of 2010 and some of 2011 scrapped by the end of the year!  I’m going to have to figure out a realistic strategy to meet this goal.

After my day of scrapping, the family all went out for Pho dinner.  My older son has been asking to go for Pho for about 2 weeks now, so off we went.  It was very tasty, and gave me a bit of carb load for tomorrow’s long 10 mile/16 km run. We always get the Rare Beef Pho.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Pho, it is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually with some meat or seafood, and you add bean sprouts, fresh basil, and lime juice.  We like to add some zing with hoisin and hot sauce.  Very yummy!

Today I was supposed to run 3 miles, but I woke up a bit late, so only had time to run for about 15 minutes before I had to get all my stuff organized to go to my crop.  I didn’t get the full 3 miles in, maybe half, but it felt good and at least I got a bit of a run in.

Tomorrow is long run day.  10 miles!  I’m looking forward to putting my run plan into action.  I’m going to treat tomorrow’s 10 miles as a 3 mile run, a 4 mile run, and another 3 mile run.  I’m going to visualize these 3 shorts runs and just keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I’ve got my Honey Stingers and Cliff Shot Blocs to keep me energized on my run, but the biggest factor that will get me through the run tomorrow will be my sister.  She is finally feeling better and tomorrow will be the first time we get to run together in about 5 years!  She is a much better runner than I am.  When I want to stop, she always manages to keep me going with  words of encouragement.  I like to think I help her running by forcing her to run slow on long runs. She has definite Jack Rabbit potential!

Do you have a favourite run strategy?  I’d love to hear about it.  I can use all the help I can get!

Well, it’s late and I need to get to bed.  We are heading out at 8am.  I will let you know how it goes.



3 responses to “Scrappy Saturday

  1. Looks delicious! I’ve never heard of Pho before. Good luck on the 10 mile run! I am recovering from some serious HIIT running today.


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