Category: Real Life

Health Goals: Details

I mentioned I want to lose weight and get healthy in my previous post, so here’s a bit more of an in-depth look at what I’m doing to accomplish those goals.

I’m going back to portion control by means of meal prep. This is what I did when I lost 75lbs last time, and I know it works for me. My issue is not eating unhealthy so much as it is eating way too much. With mean preparation I don’t need to figure out what I’m going to eat each day, it will already be cooked. I also don’t need to worry about how MUCH of it I eat, because I have it all divided up in handy little containers. This also leaves me with more time during my days NOT focused on food, which is great because I have little time due to my kids anyway. Less chance of making unhealthy choices.


Goals n Stuff

I’m not one for resolutions, and it’s already well on the way to March, but I do have some goals I want to work on this year, so I thought I’d post them here.

  • One completed craft a month, for a total of 12. That means doubling up one month and then skipping a month is fine as long as by the end of the year I have at least 12 crafts total.
  • Track meals on myfitnesspal for at least 3 months in a row.
  • Reach below 200lbs
  • Reach gold cap in WoW on at least one character
  • Reach 80 in at least one job in FFXIV

It’s not a huge list, but I hope that makes it more reasonable to expect from myself. I might add to it as time goes on if it’s not enough of a challenge. It really depends on how much ‘free’ time I have this year (which is typically just about zero except for brief spurts when the kids are in bed, and even then I’m with my smallest every 30 minutes or so since she’s still restless and nursing these days. I constantly remind myself it’s just a phase, it’s just a phase).


An Update for 2020

We’re nearing the end of January, and I know I’ve been mostly silent for the past few months – and I’m hoping that changes. I said that in 2019 too, and I managed it for months until it all fell apart, so we’ll just see how it goes.


PostCrossing

I love getting mail. I always have. 10 years ago I learned about a thing called “postcrossing” – you sign up, request a location to send a postcard to, send it, and then (typically) get one in return. To date I’ve sent out 57 postcards and received 56 in return, from all over the world. Sometimes it has taken my postcard a bit to get there (or for me to receive it) but in most cases there hasn’t been any issues. It’s something I keep tucked away in a box, one year I’m hoping to talk to my kids about all of these different locations in the world and how we’re all sharing the earth but traditions differ. I love getting these little surprises in my mailbox and every once in a while I make sure to blog about it for those who may not have ever heard of the program before. It’s almost like having temporary penpals. I’ve also gotten some really interesting stamps from all of these letters too.


Meal Prep

Since having 2 kids mealprep has become absolutely essential in my life. I’m not one of those people who has to eat a different dinner every single night, I’m content to eat the same thing so long as it’s something I find delicious. Pictured above is chicken tika masala over rice. Dinner for myself and my husband.


Cooking? Sure! Baking? Not so Much

I am not much of a baker, I never have been. BUT I did make my husband a nice angel food cake for his birthday, covered in whip cream and strawberries. It was amazing.

I haven’t been able to get much gaming in at all, but I am slowly adding games to my laptop, and have I mentioned how much I love it?!

Probably once or twice by now..


Happy Canada Day

I’m very proud to be Canadian, and a part of this family pictured above. Be safe, and have a lovely holiday everyone!


Happy 13th Blog Birthday

That’s right, June 25th 2006 was the very first blog post I posted here. The URL may have changed, but the blog has remained pretty much the same over that time. I’ve talked about my love of gaming and I’ve done my best to keep a positive attitude about it all. Over the years I’ve tossed in some other hobbies, but I think the style has remained pretty consistent.

I’ve had numerous opportunities present themselves to me because of writing here. I’ve met some amazing people. It was because of my posts here that I got a job with Beckett Massive Online Gamer when that magazine was around. I wrote about Aion, EQ2, Wizard 101, and other games. From there I moved to working with the good people at SOE, I flew to California and met the team of Vanguard, and when Beckett MOG shut down, I landed a job with Carbine Studios. I swapped around a bit there and found myself with NCSOFT.

I eventually gave that job up and focused on starting my family and being a full time Mom, which is where I’m at now. My son is almost 3, and my daughter is almost 1. When I started the blog I was living in Ottawa Ontario. I moved to Kelowna, British Columbia – and now I live in Saskatchewan. I got married. Friends have passed away, and new friends have been made. It has been quite amazing to think back about these things.

Over 13 years I’ve made 3,482 (now 3,483 after this one) posts. Some have been thoughtful in-depth assessments of games and other posts have been nothing but a screen shot. I think that no matter what, I’ve kept true to myself.

Happy Birthday, to me. Here’s to 13 more!


Silver Fox

Spotted this little guy today as we were out at a Provincial Park. It took me a while to identify, but turns out it’s a silver fox. Cute!


Happy April Fool’s Day!

Whether you jump in and celebrate, or avoid the internet for the remainder of it, I hope you’re all safe and happy.