Ali's Adventures

August 31, 2012

Ten years

Filed under: Adventure,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 12:24 pm

August 31, 2002


Ten years ago, we stood together and made our vows before friends and families. In good times (we’ve had those) and in bad (we’ve had less of those thankfully), to love and honour.  There was a big party with people dear to us.

Good looking crowd.

Some of those are no longer with us, others play a less important role in our lives. But that guy standing beside me in the snazzy suit, is still the most important person in my life.

The last ten years have been filled with happy memories as we started our lives together and begun our family. Ten years ago it was the two of us starting off on a journey together. Now we have two others along for the ride.


Looking forward to our next adventures. Love always.


August 29, 2012

From acquaintances to friends

Filed under: Move — by Alison @ 5:37 pm

I like to think of myself as a friendly person. I’m happy to strike up conversations with people and am interested in what’s going on with people. I try to remember things about them and follow-up, but not in a stalkerish way. But I’ve noticed lately that I have a lot of acquaintances. People who are happy to see me when I’m around but who wouldn’t think to call on me to do something with them or if they needed something.

Like at playgroup, a mom told me she was happy to have us back after our vacation, and we chat about things when we’re there. Still, she was making lunch plans with another woman and she does a babysitting swap with a different family. We all met at the same time, what am I missing?

And another example. On Facebook with a few derby friends and we were joking about a movie night. Next thing, I notice in someone’s else status update that the movie night had actually been planned. I invited myself along, and it was a fun night. Nevertheless, they would have had just as fun a time if I hadn’t made the effort to join them, and it might not have crossed their minds that I was missing.

Neither of these scenarios hurt my feelings, but I do wonder if there’s something off-putting about me? Do I give off a “do not include” me vibe? How do I make the leap from acquaintance to friend?

I want to have the type of friends that can call each other up and make plans for that day. I want people to feel comfortable coming into my house. I like being there for people, if they need help or just want to talk.

I have these friends, but they’re far away. Some of those friendships took time to develop, but others seemed to happen rapidly. One person, who after our first meeting was pretty sure didn’t like me, now is my favourite person to have bizarre conversations with about consumption or old-time gravol. Another started as a co-worker and is now practically family.

Am I not meeting the right people? Should I make more of an effort to invite myself along or to plan things?

We’re settling in to Seattle pretty well, and I have enough going on that I’m not sitting around being bored and feeling sorry for myself. However, it would be nice to have more true friends.

August 27, 2012

Hilights of the week- August 26th

Filed under: Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 4:42 pm

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s the end of August already. The summer has gone by very quickly, as usual.

1. E’s foot was not broken. She is getting around great in her walking boot.

2. The kids toys are finally organized in their room.

3. H has started trying to use the potty. This seems like a huge breakthrough as he previously refused to even entertain the notion.

4. Flights home for Christmas are booked.

5. I tried skating on a banked track for the first time. Fun times but also very challenging.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

August 23, 2012

Disordered eating or laziness: Update #3

Filed under: Weight loss — by Alison @ 6:33 pm

There hasn’t been a lot of weight loss progress over the summer. I have maintained the 10 lb loss, and while that feels good I was hoping to have lost another 5 lbs in August. I won’t meet my September 1st target, I also really wanted to schedule a hair cut soon for my reward.

But more concerning than my hair, is my realization that my eating habits are odd. Not just unhealthy but possibly disordered. From the National Eating Disordered Information Clinic:

Disordered eating includes a wide range of abnormal eating. This includes the behaviours seen in eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, chronic restrained eating, compulsive eating and habitual dieting. It includes irregular, chaotic eating patterns. Often physical hunger and satiety (fullness) are ignored.

And Wikipedia pulls from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for their definition:

Disordered eating is a classification (within DSM-IV-TR, used in the health-care field) to describe a wide range of irregular eating behaviors that do not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder.

This seems to fit. I don’t have the behaviour patters associated with anorexia, or chronic restrained eating. But I do have irregular eating behaviours. I often eat mindlessly while I’m preparing a meal, usually some form of chocolate. I also eat beyond feeling satisfied and end up feeling sick. There have been times when I consider forcing myself to vomit because I’ve eaten too much. I am a stress eater too, and often eat when I’m bored. I also hid this from people, wrappers are stuffed deep in the garbage and I unload the groceries so that the ‘treats’ can be hidden. None of this seems ordered, but is it enough to be actually disordered.

I think for this healthy lifestyle to actual take root I need to address this and figure out a more balanced approach to food. There are two books I’m considering The Rules of “Normal” Eating by Karen Koening or Carolyn Ross’s workbook for Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating. I like the workbook concept but the first book may be more inclusive. If you have any opinions on either of the books, or another reference that you’ve found helpful, please let me know.

Here’s hoping my next update is full of insight and a more positive approach to food.

While the food issues exist, I am increasing my activity. I skate at least twice a week, usually three times. I’ve finished week 3 of the 200 squats challenge and I’m doing a plank a day.

August 22, 2012

Kids in the Capital Photo Challenge 4

Filed under: Kids — by Alison @ 4:44 pm

Going back in our photo archives for these ones, as our week was pretty low-key. Here are our latest photos for the Kids in the Capital ABC Photo Challenge.


They seem to end up in piles more often than the bookshelf.


With all his favourite things.

Here ‘s the rest of the list:

Join in and link up if you want to play too.

August 20, 2012

Hilights of the week- August 19th

Filed under: Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 12:58 pm

This is a day late because of exhaustion yesterday, I really can’t handle a night of no sleep.

1. E went to her school summer camp for three days and had a great time with her friends.

2. I had three fun mornings with H, including a trip to the flight museum.

3. I was able to celebrate a friend’s new job. She’s an umbrella designer, how cool is that.

4. We have good insurance coverage and the ability to choose which clinic to go to.

5. I napped yesterday afternoon.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

August 15, 2012

Outside and Swinging: Kids in the Capital Photo Challenge 3

Filed under: Kids — by Alison @ 5:39 pm

There has been very good weather here the past few weeks, and we’re spending as much time as we can outside. Here are our photos for the Kids in the Capital ABC Photo Challenge this week.


Golden Gardens Park.


Green Lake playground

Here ‘s the rest of the list:

  • Art
  • Books
  • Climbing
  • Discovery
  • Eating
  • Friends
  • Green
  • Hugging
  • Inside
  • Jumping
  • Kisses
  • Laughing
  • Mealtime
  • Night
  • Outside
  • Playing
  • Quiet
  • Riding
  • Swinging
  • Trees
  • Umbrella
  • Vehicles
  • Wet
  • Xcited (OH! Cheater!)
  • Yellow
  • Zoom

Join in and link up if you want to play too.

August 14, 2012

Unexpected Olympic consequences

Filed under: Kids,Learning — by Alison @ 5:49 pm

I love the Olympics. I generally prefer the Winter Olympics, but the 2012 Summer Olympics were fantastic. I love watching the different events, and although NBC’s coverage was far inferior to CTV’s I still managed to watch a fair bit of the Games (and way more volleyball than I ever need to see again). And because the tv was on, the kids also managed to see a fair bit more television than they normally do. This has had some very interesting results.

The Olympics brought up a lot of topics for discussion around our house. We talked about why men do 10 events in the decathlon and women do 7 in the heptathlon. About gender equality in other countries where girls might not get to play sports. The importance of nose plugs in synchronized swimming. Chinese dominance in diving and gymnastics. But there were some thing I didn’t expect to have to talk about – auto insurance and slogans.

But then yesterday as we were walking down the street we passed an Auto Repair shop, E said to me “Oh, I get it after you get [auto insurance brand] then you can get your car fixed” I agreed and assumed I missed an earlier conversation. Further down the block, there was a Subway. We decided to stop in for lunch and E said “That’s a good choice. It’s the ‘official training restaurant of athletes’

It dawned on me. Subway and the auto insurance company had been running commercials heavily during the Olympics. I guess the advertising worked, well at least on my 6-year-old.

August 12, 2012

Hilights of the week- August 12th

Filed under: Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 5:24 pm


1. Ziplining with E at the Amazon company picnic. Hard to back our when your 6-year-old is doing it too.

2. Olympics! While the coverage has frustrated me, I do love watching the Olympics. And I have made plans for viewing the 2014 Olympics.

3. Taking H to see his first movie at the theatre. We all really enjoyed it.

4. Derby. Reading this post from my friend Jess cracks me up but is such a good snapshot of practice. I’m Other Team’s Player.

5. Shalini from Reading (and Chickens) shared the story of how she met her husband. Then she asked everyone to share. My story’s there too, it involves the 1996 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

August 6, 2012

Hilights of the week- August 5th

Filed under: Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 5:03 pm

We’ve been back in Seattle for a week now, and while it was very hard to leave our families and friends behind in Ottawa, there were still some hilights this week.

1. I’ve joined the Core Group of PFM and they all seemed really happy to have me.

2. We went back to our normal playgroup on Tuesday and it was good to see our Seattle friends again.

3. Mexican Coke

4. Friends came to stay for the night, and extended it for the weekend. They were able to enjoy the hottest weekend ever in Seattle.

5. Derby scrimmage. My jamming wasn’t great, but I thought I held my own as a blocker.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

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