5 Things About Me

Owen and I put posts together tonight, 5 things about each of us.  You can view Owen’s list here.

1.  I love Froot Loops.  In fact, I had them for dinner tonight.

As a kid, we had a family friend who worked at the Kellogg’s factory.  She often brought us cases of the damaged unsaleable cereal.  I loved it when the cases of Froot Loops came.

Froot Loops

2.  I have started watching the TV show Gossip Girl.  It is juvenile, and utterly ridiculous.  But, I love it.  So does Connor.  The two of us have had Gossip Girl marathon afternoons full of rich kid drama.

Gossip Girl

3.  I HATE, and I mean HATE doing laundry.  It is the WORST CHORE EVER!

It reminds me of being a kid, and doing the laundry for 2 adults and 5 kids.  It was the chore that never ended.

Now, I wish they would invent disposable clothing, so I never had to do laundry again!


4.  I have never been on an airplane.  Yes, that is right…  I am 36 years old, and have NEVER been on a plane.

I actually think I have a healthy fear of it now too.  The older you get, the more you hear about the tragedies, and the more you overthink the dangers of flying.  I know it is irrational, and I am sure when the time comes, I will fly somewhere.  Until then, I will happily stay grounded.


5.  Completing the Guelph Lake II Duathlon last August, was my proudest accomplishment.

I trained hard all summer to be able to race.  I ran 2-3 times a week and biked almost that often as well.  In July alone, I logged 400kms between the two.

It was a gruelling 39km race, but getting to finish line and meeting up with Erin, and realizing we had both finished the race was the best moment.  I don’t think I had ever been more proud of myself.  So much so, that I am going to race again this summer.


Toronto Pride 2013

Way back at the end of June, I headed to Toronto with Andrew, Becky and Kim for the 2013 Pride Parade.

It was a hot sunny day, full of fun, colour and flamboyance.  I have never seen so many happy people in one place before.

We spent much of the parade camped out in one spot, dodging the inevitable water gun attacks, and then headed up Church Street to enjoy some of the post parade party.


Glad to see you finally got them up, I have been waiting.Really great shots and what a fun experience for you.

May Health

This year, I decided to take part in May Health here in Guelph.  This is the second year it has run, and it was facilitated by the amazing Dr. Mark Kubert and equally incredible Dr. Julie Gill at Clear Path Chiropractic.

It was simple.  I chose something I could commit to for 30 days.  Something that would improve my health and well-being. Something that I could  be accountable for.

Then, I made sure EVERYONE knew my challenge.

The more support I could get from family and friends, the better my chances of being successful.  Of course, Twitter was a huge source of support.  The Guelph Twitter community proved to be a constant source of friendship and support.

My primary challenge for the month of May was to be active each and every day.  For me this included biking, running, walking and of course photo hikes with my camera. And, I did well.

Out of 30 days, I was out and being active for 24 of them.  Not quite the results I wanted, but far better than I expected.  In the month of may, I logged an incredible 224.2 km of activity!

This included: 9.9 km hiking, 44.5 km walking, 123.0 km biking and 46.7 km running.

Yes, there were days that I was exhausted.  And, as the month wore on, even with all the cheering and encouragement, my ambition dwindled and died out a little bit.

My secondary challenge was to stop drinking coffee.  This was a complete success, but very difficult to do.  I found that around 9:30 am, I was itching for a coffee.  With a Tim Horton’s barely a minute walk from my desk, the temptation was powerful.

I did it though.  The need for coffee is really a need to get up and outside.  Instead of coffee, I would get up and get milk.  A much more satisfying option for me.

With May Health drawn to a close, I am looking forward to June.  I am going to continue to challenge and push myself.

I want to cruise past 224.2 km.  I want to get to 250 km in June.  I want to increase the bike ride distance I can do to 25 km. (Right now, I can do 15 km comfortably.)

I also want to keep a closer eye on the food I am eating.  Unfortunately, the healthiest choices are not the easiest, and too often I find myself reaching for the easiest things.

All in all, I am really proud of myself.  May Health was an incredibly positive experience for me.  A huge thank you goes out to Julie and Mark for making this all possible, and creating the most amazing and supportive community!

Now, onto June!  It is going to be an awesome month!

P.S. Doesn’t my t-shirt kick ass?

Spring Blossoms

It has been a long hard winter.

In respects to photography, it seems my inspiration was completely lost. Carrying my camera became a crazy chore, and although I did always have it with me, most of the shots I took over the past few months were for work.

Thankfully the Spring has FINALLY arrived again, and things are looking a little more cheerful.

I am fortunate enough to have this coming week off, which is supposed to be beautiful, and will have plenty of time to get out and enjoy the Spring blossoms.

Wonderful details!

Trudging Through The Snow

I know it has been a while, but I finally got out with my camera today.

I met up with some friends at McLean’s Auto Wreckers, and trudged through the snow and cold for about an hour and a half.  It was my second winter visit to the junk yard, and this time I was very interested in all the details.

It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

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