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a holly, jolly january 1st!

yesterday was a very fun first day of 2013!

  • a sleep-in…until 6:45 a.m.!
  • a balanced cardio/weights/stretching workout
  • the traditional watching of the rose bowl parade with dad [sidenote: no one in the family can stand watching the parade except for me and dad; our tradition of plunking down in front of the tv and viewing the spectacular floats and invigorating marching bands dates back to at least 1980! a new year’s day without the rose bowl is just not the same!].


  • the traditional cleaning of the condo casa: i gave myself 1.5 hours to power-cleanse -> that time frame proved sufficient!
  • the traditional mid-afternoon walk: yesterday was sunny and crisp -> thoroughly enjoyable and mind-clearing!
  • family + social time at uncle paul and sharon’s from late-aft to early eve, with mom and dad, cousins joel and alex -> i loved meeting up with the fam!
  • throw in some knitting, some reading, some tooth flossing, and january 1st, 2013 was an all-around great day.

on today’s agenda:

  • a noon-time catch-up visit with joanne
  • winter coat shopping -> i am seriously considering a puffy coat, i cannot believe i am typing those words


  • the store this eve: it’s run club night so it’ll be social city! love it!

what was the best thing about YOUR new year’s day? i liked how BALANCED my day felt!

Eleven for ’11!

We’ll get to the Resolutions/Goals/Plan/Hopes portion of this post in a moment.

But first, this has to be one of the mildest New Year’s Days on record: it was already eight degrees at wake-up this morning. Unfortunately, it’s rained non-stop all day, but the on the flipside, almost all of the snow is washed away:

bet there's been colder easter days!

Now, let’s take a peek at how we’ve spent 2011 so far! (Good thing we’re only a few hours in, haha!)

New things for the new year!…

new tea towels from my christmas stocking and a dishcloth from the new "bon mot" store!

and a new floor mat i picked up in toronto this week!

Over the holidays, my feet got used to being cosy when I was standing at my computer/kitchen sink area because of my festive Christmas floor mat. I’ve been on the lookout for a woven “rag” type mat for a while; my Grandma C had this style when I was little, and it brings memories of happy times with my grandparents.

New Year’s Day brings a few annual traditions: first, the condo casa gets a thorough cleaning. Blech task, but I like the fresh feeling of a grime-and-dust-free home to welcome the new year.

Then, it’s over to mom and dad’s to watch the Rose Bowl Parade with Dad! We’ve enjoyed this tradition for years. Good thing we have each other because no other family members find watching this parade even the least bit enjoyable! But we love the colourful floats and marvel to each other about the artistry and detail of the flower placement.

bring on the floats and the marching bands!


our christmas present to mom: jeggings and a tunic sweater i knit - happily, it fits perfectly!

I came home to make Recipe #39 of the Kiki Project – rank this one a success!

I often want to go sit in a coffee shop and blog…but I rarely make that happen. This afternoon was different! B and I packed up our laptops and headed over to Coffee Culture:

note the new umbrella! luv!

We scored my favourite spot, too! Right by the windows –  natural light spurs creativity!

what more could you ask for? husband+laptop+booth seat!

I love making resolutions. While today is the traditional date of setting new goals, I firmly believe that any day is a good day to change your ways if you’re feeling the vibe. The first of the month, a Monday, another holiday…I’ve used them all as fresh starting points. But since all resolution-setters are gung-ho today, I will share eleven goals for 2011. I love the concept of having 365 days ahead of us in this year! The endless possibilities of what to do with each day excite me!

So, without further ado, and in no particular order…

1. Blog every day. My blog-baby will be a year old next weekend, and this was the best new hobby discovered in 2010. I intend to wrap up the current 1970 Kiki Project this week, and unveil the 2011 version Sunday, January 9th. In 2011, I plan to work on my photography skills, and investigate using Windows Live Writer. A post per day is ambitious!

2. Travel: I am booked for an Aruba vacation for a week in March! Just like my Florida trip, this will be a solo venture, as B cannot get away from work, unfortunately. We have not been to our timeshare since 2008, and I am excited to see the developments on the island. This is the only trip I have planned thus far, but I’d love to do at least another get-away at some point this year. I have no plans for a major get-away like last summer.

3. Knit a blanket for the MCC Relief Sale…for May, 2012. I’ve contributed two blankets over the years, and would like to do another. These take a while to knit! I have a few projects in the queue right now, so realistically, by the time I finish them up, I can aim for 2012. So, the knitting will start in 2011, likely in the fall.

4. Build a set of eclectic dishes. We’ll be married 16 years in July! And we’ve used the same set of speckled grey stoneware dishes for our entire married life (most pieces we received as wedding presents). I’m just ready for a change. And I’d love to make a collection of unique plates, bowls, glassware etc for our daily use. The Meg plate and two pieces of pottery are the first items in our cupboard! In order to make a purchase, I must feel the vibe and be in love with the item. I hope to find pieces from a variety of locations, like Ikea, Pier 1, vintage shops, art sales…I’ll be on the lookout during the year!

5. Keep getting up at 5 a.m. Yup, this schedule is still clicking with me. I began getting up at this hour when the clocks went back an hour in November…except, my internal clock remained unchanged! I love the peacefulness of the early morning, and find I accomplish a lot before the day gets too old. By early eve, I’m ready for bed pretty mellow, but an early-to-bed schedule is not a problem with our lifestyle. We’ll see what happens when the clocks jump ahead again in the spring!…

6. Run a half marathon in 1:44:00 or faster. Place this resolution in the “dream big” category. Once I get my ducks in a row, I would love to run a 13.1 mile race in November. If I go under the time specified, above, I would qualify for the New York City Marathon. Go big or go home, baby!

7. Keep a Gratitude Journal. In 2009, I kept an Excel spreadsheet that I updated daily with either nice things that happened to me that day, pleasantries I was able to do for others, or happenstances where you say, “coincidence? i think not!” This past year, I tracked a daily “A-Ha” moment: a thought, story, quote etc that struck me that day. I’ll go back to the Gratitude log for this year – I like to make a point of noting a feel-good moment about every day.

8. Fulfill my Coupon of the Month Xmas Gift: For Christmas, I bestowed upon Mom, Dad, and The Brother/SIL Ana a “monthly outing” certificate. For each month of 2011, I will arrange a shopping trip with mom, a breakfast/coffee break/lunch outing with Dad, and a babysitting day/evening so that the young parents can go be social without Little E or Baby C. I’ve actually already started! On Thursday, B and I spent several absolutely delightful daytime hours with the girls while The Brother and SIL Ana made use of their “January coupon,” going out for lunch and to the museum. I’ll highlight future “coupon outings” as they occur!

9. Try running in Vibrams. I now have two pairs of this minimalist style of footwear. I can walk comfortably for over an hour in them, so come warmer weather, we’ll initiate some running! Can’t say that this resolution will be completed in conjunction with Resolution #6, though!

10. Reach 100 friends on Facebook. I hesitantly joined Facebook in September (my post-Labour Day goal) and have no regrets. I actually really like this new-fangled social medium a lot. It’s not the life-and-time sucking force I feared it would be, and love how easy it is to stay connected with people. As of today, I have 71 “friends.” Without too much of an effort, I can likely make 29 more in twelve months. Mind you, I am both impressed and shocked by people who amass hundreds (literally) of contacts. One hundred would be just fine with me.

11. Cook more. After receiving both a food processor and “The Joy of Cooking” book for Christmas, I genuinely want to create some meals this year. It’s no secret that I do not really enjoy being in the kitchen. The “40 Recipes” aspect of the Kiki Project helped me expand my culinary skills somewhat; I hope to branch out from baked goods to main meals. We’ll see how this goes…just being honest with y’all!

We’re off to a movie tonight…we’ll take advantage of the mild evening to go over to The Princess! Happy New Year’s Day Night!

Welcome to the REAL New Year!

Happy New Year!

What, you didn’t realize that tomorrow is New Year’s Day?!…Well, it is in KikiWorld…


Think about it:

January 1st: We are all suffering from Holiday Overload, sick of rich food, late nights, and an overdose of friends and family. The weather is cold, the days are short and spring is in the distant future. How can we possibly be expected to feel a zeal for tweaking our lives, inventing resolutions and initiating positive change in our lives? Ick! If anything, on January 1st we should be celebrating nothing more than Return to Normalcy. New Year’s Day should be National Fruit and Vegetable Day as we detox our filled tummies as well as National DVD Day as we relax on the couch – water in hand, of course!

Now, Labour Day…HERE is a true day to celebrate TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF!!! We can feel in the air the seasonal transition from hot summer heat to cooler fall glow and incoming harvest bounty. Back to School = beginning a new era in our school children’s lives and a natural desire to return to routine for adults. Plus, Like New Year’s Day, Labour Day is also a holiday – stores are closed, no one is in school or at the office.

For years, I’ve felt that Labour Day is the TRUE New Year’s and have treated it as such by setting new goals, revisiting resolutions from eight months ago and deciding how I want to spend the remaining four months of the calendar year. There’s gotta be a Facebook page to support my philosophy, no?! Maybe there is. I wouldn’t know as I’m not on Facebook. But I will be…as of tomorrow!

Yes! I am celebrating Labour Day New Year’s by joining Facebook. Why? Well, I’ve held out til now because I have perceived Facebook to be a life-sucking force that will draw me into its clutches. I’ve envisioned myself sitting down to go on (log on? sign in? what’s the terminology here??!) Facebook and emerging from my computer-induced stupor 10 hours later. BUT. The time has come to “get with the program.”

According to this source, 42% of Canadians are on Facebook. Remember when at one time, microwave ovens and cell phones were novelty items? Then the majority acquired them and you were decidedly out of it if you did not take advantage of said item. That’s how I feel about Facebook now. I’m still reluctant, but like any other activity (TV watching, computer games, etc), I need to set time parameters with which I am comfortable, and go from there. So I’ll plug my nose, take a leap and see what happens! Maybe this will inspire me to go see this movie which, of course, would then count towards 40 Movies!

Joining Facebook helps accomplish one goal on my Labour Day Resolution List : to become more tech savvy (I totally stole this idea from BFF Debbie who mentioned it last week!). To that end, I intend to learn more about my Blackberry (I think I use about 5% of it’s intellectual capacity), to improve my blogging skills, and then do this whole Facebook thing.

Other goals? To continue with my 1970 Kiki Project which has already proven to be muchly fun and a very enjoyable project.

In the realm of Fitness, I would love to try both Bikram and Moksha yoga, then blog a comparison of my experiences. I love the heat, I love yoga (although my practice has fallen by the wayside the last three years), and marrying the two would be wedded bliss, I bet. Also, I’m going to continue to increase the amount of walking I do in my Vibrams, as long as the weather co-operates! (There will be no Vibrams-in-the-snow for this gal).

And you? If you feel the vibe to make some evolutions of your own, now’s the time! Then you can show me how to join a Facebook group-whatever for next September! 🙂

For now, I’m off to celebrate New Year’s Labour Day Eve!!!

ushering out the old year…

We spent the last day of 2009 with our favourite girls. (and our favourite brother and SIL, too). We all enjoyed a brunch outing (along with many other families, by the looks of it) in the ‘hood.


E. enjoys taking photos – here’s one of uncle b. aim just a little higher next time, E!…

...and she did!