Monthly Archives: January 2014

No-Brainer

no-brain·er (nō′brā′nər)

n. Informal

Something so simple or easy as to require no thought.

I live a block and a half from a curling club and until this winter I’d never thought much about it.

A few years ago we were invited to a curling birthday party for my father-in-law. Rhys and Amelia were instantly hooked. It was only the second time I’d attempted, what I like to call, ice bowling (because that’s the extent of my knowledge and experience…throw a rock down an ice lane and knock a bunch of other rocks out of the way) but my husband curled a little bit while growing-up (and I must be a true Canadian because I remember thinking repeatedly that he looked really hot while curling at the birthday party).

Last winter I became aware that there were curling classes for kids and this winter I decided to enroll Rhys and Amelia. They were ecstatic. For two months I’d walk them over and sit in front of the window on the first level of the club and watch them slip all over the ice (actually Amelia slipped all over the ice, Rhys was bumped up an age bracket because he caught-on so fast). Then, after two months, they had their Christmas party on the second level and my mind was blown…they have a huge second level with tables and chairs and a dance floor and TV’s and a bar!!

So let me get this straight…what they’re saying is that I can pay $60 for Rhys and $45 for Amelia (because she’s a sibling) for them to go and be supervised while having a hoot for an hour, they get snacks after each session, a Christmas party, a wind-up party, $25 in gift certificates for the curling store (each), I can go and sit and get myself a rum and coke and all of this is only a block and a half away from our house!?

That folks, is what I call a no-brainer.

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Today’s Solution

It’s so cold here. With the windchill the temperature is dipping to -40. Too cold.

Why do people live in Winnipeg!?

The winter weather has been getting to me. I can’t even take Eli out for some fresh air.

Today’s solution to the winter blues? An extra dose of vitamin D, Chili powder in my French press coffee, Buena Vista Social Club and dancing around the kitchen.

I need some warmth and spice in my life. Belize is looking more and more inviting every day.

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Three Things for 2014.

I’m trying really hard to not come up with an overwhelming list of things that I’d like to work on or change this year. It’s become instinctual, around this time, to start tallying-up all of my personal failures of the past 12 months or bad-habits that I continued to partake in and make a mind-numbingly long list of New Years resolutions.

I decided this year, instead of starting off with a whole slew of reasons why I’m not “up to par”  I would just make a simple mandate to myself, one that would encompass the many things I hope to engage in and improve upon this year.

So, for 2014 I hope to take more risks, be adventurous and live creatively.

I’m excited to see how these three things will pan out.

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