Thursday, September 30, 2010


Work has been hell this week.  That is all on that.

I have continued to read "The Happiness Project" and I am now into her month of August.  As I get further into the book, I have grown and tweaked my own project.  I am modifying my goals and challenges and making it unique to me.  I am also stealing some of the challenges from the book!  I have many of the same issues as the author.  We both have 2 young girls, work, run a household, aren't very religious, have a spouse and find it hard to make friends.  I am taking some of her ideas to push me further, but also trying a different spin on others that may not have worked for her.  I am very excited.

In 17 days it will be my and Mr. Penguin's 1st wedding anniversary!  Yes, we did things all backwards...what can I say?  We're those kind of people!!  But I wouldn't have it any other way.  I was thinking of going to the local nature spa for dips in the hot/cold pools and maybe a treatment or a steam train ride with dinner.  But we'll see what Mr. Penguin has in mind.  Whatever it is, I have baby Penguin at my parent's place for the night and Monkey is at her father's place.  It is just me and my Penguin.  Sounds perfect already.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Raw(e) - Girly

This week's theme is GIRLY.
The quality is crap (taken on my BB phone) but I thought it fit the theme perfectly...
This is baby in her 1st birthday get-up.  She loved all the attention it got her!

Head on over to Sailor &Company to link up.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Photo Roulette Friday - 10(7)

Mr. Penguin and Monkey playing in the snow at the condo. March 2008.
Photo Roulette Friday @ Mischief and Laughs!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

3 month mark!

It has been 3 months since I started my 365 photo challenge!  90 days!  I find it so interesting to go back and look over what me and my little family have accomplished in such a short time.  It definitely was a busy summer.

275 days to go!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Raw(e) - Smiles and laughter

I have two for this weeks Raw(e) challenge!
This is Monkey - taken last year at the Tulip Festival.
This is Baby Penguin - taken last month at home.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Who am I? Part I

You'd think after 'living' with myself for 28 years I'd have no problem answering that question.  But I do.  As a child who moved around a lot, I never got attached to the things around me - as they would inevitably change.  I was always the new girl, which made me shy and I was very conscious of that fact.  It prevented me from trying new things.  It prevented me from having a solid friend base - people who have known me my entire life.  It made me concentrate on not getting attached.  My constant was change.

This past year has been hard, wonderful and the beginning of something great.  With the start of the 101/1001 list and also this blog, I have attempted to push myself to find what I like, what I love and most importantly, what I want.

A lot of people I grew up with knew what they wanted to be from a young age.  They pursued the education for it and are now working in a field that they've always been interested in.  Me?  I had/have no clue.  I eventually starting saying I wanted to be a teacher, just so that I had an answer and didn't sound like a complete idiot.  But I liked the planning aspect of teaching...not the being around students all day aspect.  Not really a good match.

Thoughts to be continued...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

How to be alone.


And worth practicing.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Happiness Project

I got my book from today!  The Happiness Project is something I will be starting on January 1st, 2011.  I had purchased it last Saturday at Chapters, but having found it for HALF the cost on Amazon, I returned it and ordered a new one.  I also bought 2 more copies of it and shipped them to my BFF and Mom (and Dad - but they'll share a copy) as they want to start it with me!  I am so excited!! 

If you haven't heard about it, check out the website here.  I am slowly starting my lists and prep work involved.  Just getting half way through the book has made me realize that I do a lot of things not because *I* like them, but because they are supposed to be things I'm supposed to like.

No more.

2011 is going to be a very hard year for me.  I am about to challenge my comfort zones and push myself to take the leaps I've been avoiding (such as going to university or college, choosing a career I WANT, not just something I'm good at, and clearing my home of crap to make room for my family's memories and adventures).  I will be continuing with my health goals from previous posts as well as adding more.

Want to join us on January 1st, 2011?  We're located on Facebook here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I'm jealous.

It's an odd feeling.  Mr. Penguin and I have always had friends of the opposite sex and been fine with that fact...but this is different some how. 

This friend is NEW.  

He met her at school.  
Where he's back for his second degree.
She's a first year student.
In most - if not all - of his courses.

I know that I have nothing to worry about.  I think I may be one of the few lucky ones that their husbands have been in love with them since their first encounter (in our case - at age 16 and 17). 

But I'm still jealous that she gets to see him during the day.  
That she's the one that gets to experience this educational journey with him.
That she understands his courses in ways that I never will.
That she gets to see him experience something he loves.

It sounds silly...
But I'm still jealous.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Book

I started reading "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin today. Such an interesting read. It goes right along with my 101/1001 list, but on a grander scale.

I will be subscribing to the blog and modifying some of my 101/1001 list to reflect the tasks she completed that I want to complete in my own life.

I recommend.

ETA: I will be starting my own Happiness Project to be tied into my 101/1001 list.  Some things I will change on my list, others I will incorporate into my life on top of my list.  I am so excited for this journey!  I will have more to share once I sort my thoughts.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lot# 170

We survived our first family trip camping!  I can't wait to go again next year.  I think we'll even stay on the same lot we had.  It was close to the washrooms/showers, had a water pump on site and was somewhat private from the road.  And the park wasn't far from home either - about 2 hours.


We went with friends and our little ones.  The babies seemed to have fun.  Baby was interested in getting into everything and wanted to explore more of the site, but until she can walk she couldn't really do so.

Waving at her friend.
It drizzled a bit and we had some winds, but overall it was good weather.  A little cooler, but that just made for better snuggling time!

Hammock snuggles.
The mornings were so peaceful...

Our tents.
There were interesting things to be seen...

MUSHROOM! MUSHROOM! (no snakes...)
And baby napped REALLY well!  Her sleeping bag was great and she actually slept in it with it zipped all the way up the second night.  It was adorable - but unfortunately too dark for a photo. She napped so soundly for her last nap, that us taking down the tent around her didn't even wake her up!

Sound sleeper.
Overall a great family experience.  I cannot wait to take Monkey next year for a few days!  I love creating memories for my babies.  And for me and Mr. Penguin too.



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Raw(e) - Back to school

...or STARTING school, as it is for my big girl.

This shot was taken last Tuesday on her very first day of kindergarten.  My baby, all grown up!

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Friday, September 3, 2010


What am I waiting for?
What would I do if I weren’t scared?
What steps would make things easier?
What would I do if I had all the time and money in the world?
What is the worst, and the best, that could happen?