This week has been flying by. The weather has been spectacular here in Edmonton and we’re enjoying at least a few days of true autumn. The mornings begin really crisp and cool and then the afternoons are sunny and warm and illuminate the changing leaves. I walked home from work yesterday under blue skies, in 22C, and couldn’t wait to lace up my shoes and hit the pavement for a run through red, orange, and yellow trees. I ran a lovely 7 miles as the sun was setting and it gave me such joyous time to think, yet clear my mind. Funny how running manages to do both. I’m joining fellow Edmontonian Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!
- It’s super hard to believe that this weekend we head into October and we’re less than two weeks away from Canadian Thanksgiving. I am possibly heading to our family friends’ farm just outside the city for Thanksgiving, which is a pig farm. As someone who tends to eat a majorly plant-based diet, with the exception of fish and eggs, it’s so ironic that I will be staying there for Thanksgiving. Speaking of Thanksgiving, I really want to try making these vegan pumpkin pie tarts from Oh She Glows! They look so good!
- I don’t seem to be able to find enough time to read all of the books on my ‘to-read’ list right now. I am on a serious reading kick (that has happily lasted for months now) and my colleagues continue to give me excellent suggestions, making my list longer and longer and I struggle to find to the time to get through them! Mind you, I could give up watching reruns of The Office sometimes. My current read is “I thought it was just me (but it isn’t)” by Brene Brown. It’s powerful and her research exploring shame fascinates me.
- The Edmonton Film Festival is almost here and there are short films I’m super excited to see and hope I can make work with my schedule. One of them is ‘No Reservations’ which was written and directed by Trevor Carroll. According to this CBC article, “A new short film is using comedy to imagine what it would look like if the roles in Standing Rock, N.D., were reversed. No Reservations tells the story of a First Nations company given approval to run a pipeline through a white, suburban neighbourhood.” You can watch the trailer HERE!
If you like that one, I HIGHLY recommend ‘Babakiueria’ which is an Australian film from the 80s. It is a look at colonization if it were white people who had inhabited the land before it were colonized.
- I am starting to coach a Bantam girls hockey team in spin dryland training next week and I’m very excited! It’s going to be fun to switch up my regular spin classes with something new and to coach some energetic young girls. Though I’ve been teaching for a while now, every session, every new class is an opportunity to try something new, be a bit more positive, challenge people, find new ways to praise people and push them to surpass limits they had perceived themselves to have. It’s really awesome and I’m so grateful I get to do it. I just need MY legs to survive 3-4 spin classes a week!
- One of my colleagues is a foster mom for service dogs-in-training through the Alberta organization DogsWithWings. She told me about this program and her role as a foster mom when our team went out for lunch on Monday and I have been seriously considering applying to be a part of this program – in some form or another. To attempt to convince me more, at least I think that’s what she was trying to do, she brought the dog in to work yesterday afternoon. I COULD NOT FOCUS. The hardest part was having to ignore him when he’s wearing his vest and working.
I am really excited to be at home this weekend. After spending three of four weekends in the mountains this month, I’m itching for some downtime and to spend lots of time tackling my growing reading list. I have a massage, pool party, and running on my schedule this weekend so you could say I’m in for a relaxing couple of days!
What have YOU been up to?
Do you have a dog? Any other pets?