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Way too busy! End is in sight!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I have 4 bio's to finish, 3 interviews are done and one to go! All by end of April! Well, actually before the end of April because I want some proof reading days and buffering days in case there is some extra work to be done!

Thursday I have a photo opp for the grand opening event where the books will be sold.

Guess what? It snowed today! A LOT! I know! It is supposed to be SPRING!

We had a little visitor in our yard this evening!

No...he did not leave chocolate eggs!

So with this crazy deadline and EASTER COMING UP, I feel like my life is on hold until the end of the month! I don'[t have much time for anything else!

I want to get 2 bio's done before Friday and the way it is going, it does not look like it is going to happen! I want to be able to take a couple of days off over Easter and spend family time NOT worrying, and yes, panicking about the deadlines!

The photo shoot will be fun I think! I really need a hair cut! No time!

I will be back to taking pics of my food soon!
Hang in there!

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GOANNA2 4/17/2014 11:17PM

    You have so much and so little time. good luck.
thinking of you. I hope you can enjoy Easter with
your family for a little. I can't believe all that snow
you are still getting. I hope you at least have a lovely
Spring and good summer. Happy Easter and try not to
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CRYSTALJEM 4/17/2014 11:58AM

    Busy... understatement of the season I think! I hear ya. Have a great weekend.

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/16/2014 5:10PM

    Oh my gosh! I can't believe it's still snowing where you live! I love the picture you posted... The bunny in the snow is so cute! I hope you have a wonderful day! Sending sunshine your way!
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ERIN1128 4/16/2014 4:45PM

    I can't believe you're getting snow in mid April!

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FITGIRL15 4/16/2014 1:12PM

    We got SNOW today too! Aggghhh? Spring? This is NOT spring! lol

Have a wonderful Easter weeknd! I know you will get it all done, Mel!
Focus and you've got it made!!!

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LIS193 4/16/2014 9:54AM

    Ah... so cute.
Good luck with all your deadlines!!

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ELSCO55 4/15/2014 10:56PM

    Poor snow bunny..

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Festivities are over!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Yesterday was DD's birthday!

Her cousins all came around for cake! I cleaned the house and had it in top shape! I was about to mop the kitchen floor and then thought, "There will be 6 kids in here eating cake, what am I thinking?" So I will mop the floor POST chocolate cake crumbs etc rather! LOL

So all the festivities are over and I can get back on The Plan!

DD asked for sushi for her birthday lunch yesterday! I obliged! Thankfully I am out of the seaweed now so no more sushi for a while! It is delicious, but takes a little work to prepare!

I have lots of Kale in stock and zucchini and bought a can of pumpkin to make my pumpkin chia pudding which I will do today!

I went to bed early last night ( 8 pm) I think I am fighting a cold!

Looking forward to a quiet day! The house is clean ( well except the kitchen floor...hehe!) and I have no where to go except the lunch duty at the school.


Tomorrow on the other hand is totally another story!

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LINDA! 4/11/2014 9:50AM

    Your DD is so cute. I am happy that she had a great birthday.

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CRYSTALJEM 4/10/2014 12:56AM

    Enjoy and be well.

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HARROWJET 4/9/2014 9:17PM

    Nice cake. Mopping the floor after the party makes more sense for sure.

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ERIN1128 4/9/2014 1:36PM

    Yummy looking cake! And good call on the mopping!

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FITGIRL15 4/9/2014 10:36AM

    Love kids birthdays! I am envious of the cake! Did you make it? Looks great!

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LIS193 4/9/2014 10:16AM

    Beautiful pic ! She is growing up so fast.. I remember seeing pic of her when she was 8 :)
Enjoy your day back on the Plan, especially the kale and pumpkin LOL (neither of which I can find down here..)

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/9/2014 9:14AM

    Awww..... Your daughter is adorable! I'm so glad to hear she had a happy birthday! I hope you have a great day!
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GOANNA2 4/9/2014 8:53AM

    Lovely cake and lovely girl. Glad she had a nice party.
Get yourself some much needed rest. The floors can
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And so another week begins

Monday, April 07, 2014

This weekend was crazy busy starting with my girls night out. Turns out DD and DS just finished their movie and the power went out!

DD was at a sleepover and they were in the power outage region so they also had no power, but it did not seem to phase them!

I was in an area where there was power and only got home at 11:30 pm! No sense in rushing home to a dark and cold house! ;-)

Anyway the maki sushi rolls went down well!

I made some for DD for her lunch on Friday with only carrot and cucumber...she has asked for some for her birthday lunch at school tomorrow, so I guess I will be making more tomorrow! emoticon

I need to practice trying to make the rolls a little daintier! Mine are big and chunky - i like them like that and for a beginner sushi maker, I will take a while to get the hang of smaller rolls.

Anyway Sat was busy, DD had a mens breakfast, then when he got home DS and I went to support a bake sale in support of funds that go to pet rescues in the community.

Here is what DS bought ( he only bought one and I got one for his sister!) - so cute:

He paid for his with his own money! I am trying to teach him the concept of supporting good causes and giving back to the community! It wasn't hard for him to give when he was getting one of these cute minion cupcakes! LOL

Then I did errands and did housework and cleaned until dinner time. Got groceries and then was in need of a night off! DH and I wanted to go watch DIVERGENT but our babysitter was not available.

So we watched a movie at home.
Sunday morning we slept in, much needed. ( If you can call sleeping till 8:30 am sleeping in! LOL)
Then I got busy doing laundry, house work and then DH took the kids for a walk so that I could get some work done!

The Lake is still frozen and there is still piles of snow everywhere. It was 7 C and it was a sunny day!

After completing one deadline we took the kids out for dinner to celebrate with DD for her birthday! Since her birthday is on a school day we celebrated the dinner out way on Sunday night then came home and had family movie night, we watched "Rio"...DD's choice!

And that was the weekend gone!~

This morning started with a writer's group meeting and then I started working on my next deadline!

Broccoli soup for lunch!

Tonight is another lot of running around, Taking DD to piano lessons, cleaning ( my cleaning job) and grocery shopping!

Tomorrow we are having the cousins over in the afternoon to share birthday cake with DD so I have to tidy up a little more and make Sushi for DD's lunch ( as requested)

I am trying so hard not to ADD events to my calendar. Unfortunately I have things that I just have to do for my project I am working on and that means doing an interview on Thursday.

I have 2 more interviews to do before they are all done ( that will be 10 in total) and then it is a matter of getting the bio's all done by end APRIL! Hopefully I will be getting a cheque for all the work sometime soon. It has been an enjoyable project so far!

I think I am going to be ready for my bed tonight, that is for sure!
We will be up early to celebrate with DD before she goes to school I am sure!

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LIS193 4/8/2014 10:58AM

    You are one busy lady!!
Happy Birthday to your special girl! They grow up so fast...
(I can;t believe mine is 26 already!)

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CRYSTALJEM 4/8/2014 9:21AM

    Your food sounds and looks great. Yum. +16C today. Spring is officially here! I love mud!

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GOANNA2 4/7/2014 9:57PM

    You are one busy lady Mel. Wish DD a Happy Birthday
from me. You had a good night anyway at your girl's night.
Your DS is learning to give and to appreciate good causes.
You are a great teacher. I hope that the snow melts soon
so that you can enjoy a lovely Spring.
Good luck on meeting your deadlines.
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JANTHEBLONDE 4/7/2014 8:53PM

    Your sushi rolls looks awesome! Your cupcakes look absolutely adorable! You rock girl!
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HARROWJET 4/7/2014 7:52PM

    The cupcakes are cute.


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ERIN1128 4/7/2014 7:23PM

    Love the minion cupcakes!! I know what you mean about trying to keep the calendar clear - it's a constant battle!

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LINDA! 4/7/2014 5:07PM

    I am so happy that you had a girls night out. How sweet of your son to buy those for you daughter's birthday!!

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Maki Sushi rolls!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Yesterday went well, I had a ginger cookie for breakfast ( it has molasses in it which is high in iron! I told myself! LOL)

Then for lunch had carrot ginger soup! (The Plan)

Dinner was a salad with pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and fake crab. ( It's actually white fish flavored to taste like crab)

I am down 0.4 Lb this morning! (total down 2.4 lbs since April 1)
I bought the fake crab for making Maki Sushi rolls today for a girls night out!

Here I am all set up to begin:

Here is the finished product!

I also made "inside out" this

I made these for my daughter since she does not like Avocado and I am sending them to her at lunchtime at school! She will be so surprised!

I have a couple of deadlines I am working on so have to maximize the time!

DD is going to a sleepover birthday party tonight, fortunately I know the family REALLY WELL so I am not worried.

DH and DS are going to watch a movie at home! He has requested popcorn! LOL

I am going out with some of my swimteam friends, hosted at a home and we are bringing "appetizers" it will be a light meal!

Have a great FRIDAY everyone!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/16/2014 10:48AM

    Wow, I'm impressed.

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GOANNA2 4/5/2014 7:28AM

    The maki rolls look so yummy. I love molasses so It
will be worth trying with the ginger cookie.
Have fun at your gathering tonight. i hope your daughter
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ERIN1128 4/4/2014 12:09PM

    Cool on the sushi rolls!

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JAVAFLOWER 4/4/2014 11:56AM

    I think I might try adding a touch of molasses TO my carrot ginger soup!!!

Your Maki Sushi Rolls are so pretty!!!
and look yummy too!

thanks for sharing!!!


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JANTHEBLONDE 4/4/2014 11:46AM

    Your sushi rolls look yummy, yummy, yummy! I am so proud of you! You are such an inspiration! Congratulations on your 2.4 pound weight loss! Way to go girl!
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LIS193 4/4/2014 10:54AM

    They look wonderful!! Have a fun time out tonight and enjoy the appetizers..
You have done great the last 3 days!!

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After one day back on THE PLAN

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

After being back on "The Plan" this morning the scale reported a 1 pound loss!

This was yesterday's lunch:

Snack was low sodium potato chips!

Dinner was the spicy coco sauce with veggies and bismati rice! ( I LOVE THAT MEAL!)

This morning I am trying THE PLAN's version of Bullet Proof coffee .....made famous by the star of DIVERGENT (Shailene W) .

By the way I SO WANT TO SEE THAT MOVIE!!! My daughter wants to read the books now! I read them all before she did! LOL, but she is turning 12 next week and perhaps I will buy her the books?

I cant' find grass fed butter, so am making my own version.

Had an important meeting at DS's school this morning to decide his placement for next year! Glad it is over with, it went well and I am proud of my boy for taking the high road and choosing the right path and not the easy path! He will stay in the gifted program at the gifted school another year. Although we made the decision together as a family we wanted him to choose for himself. He did the right thing!

I have some deadlines coming up, so I have a lot of work to do. I will be keeping busy!

Next week is DD's birthday but we already had a party, we will just be celebrating on the day as a family!

I have a small cake for her in the freezer.

Look who showed up in our front yard this morning....maybe spring finally HAS sprung?

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GOANNA2 4/3/2014 8:07AM

    Congratulations on your boy's right decision.
Happy writing to you and completing your deadlines.
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NAN111 4/2/2014 9:04PM

    You're doing so well! Keep it going!

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JAVAFLOWER 4/2/2014 1:40PM


Thanks for the inspiration!

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LIS193 4/2/2014 11:10AM

    emoticon Great re-boot!!
Congrats to your DS for sticking with the gifted program - he won't regret it.. ok maybe when he has to do extra homework but not in the long run :)

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FITGIRL15 4/2/2014 11:01AM

    Congrats, Mel! Great results!

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CRYSTALJEM 4/2/2014 11:00AM

    Glad the plan is working! Still waiting for spring to really show up here. More snow forecast for tonight - up to 4cm. yuck.

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/2/2014 10:46AM

    I am so proud of you starting the plan again! You are such an inspiration to me! Your food on the plan sounds and looks absolutely awesome! Congratulations on losing 1 pound! You rock girlfriend!
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