August 29th, 2014
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And happy Friday on the cusp of a long weekend! Oh happy day! I am still up north, living the life I would choose for my retirement, on a nine day vacation with my family, and I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxin’ time.

The weather has been fickle, however! It was gloriously hot and humid the first few days, but we got a few days of scarf & sweater weather (despite the sun still shining!), and for the rest of the week sunshine and a few clouds are promised, but rain or shine, this place is the bee’s knees.

Despite doing nothing (nothing!), the days feel busy as we move from our beds, to the lake, to the Muskoka chairs, or to the couch for a good read.

We have an excellent system here, and most meals are eaten at the kitchen table together, prepared by whose ever turn it was, which means I’ve had limited choices, but my head is still in a good place, and despite never wanting to leave, I’m excited to get back to updating my blog more, and eating healthy. (But I think I’ve been eating very balance here :) )

I also sort of miss my job and office (wha!? Right!! I know…), which is a great sign that my working life is the right one for me. I also got super close to a beautiful deer (see my Instagram for proof (username: lizclaire_)) and have spent soooooo much time with my niece, it’s been wonderful.

I’ve been taking lots of photos, I’m excited to share, and just wanted to pop in to say hello, and happy long weekend!

August 27th, 2014
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My mom & dad nailing the high seas today.

August 26th, 2014
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My favourite little lady and I before our swim today 😊☀️💛

August 25th, 2014
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A gorgeous end, to a really good day. 💛🙏

August 25th, 2014
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Monday morning; time to reflect 😃

August 24th, 2014
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I was sitting by the window this evening, reading a book when I looked up and saw the unique sky outside. I grabbed my camera, ran down to the water, as I told my family over my shoulder, be right right, I’m going for a sunset kayak.

And boy, am I pleased I did! I was the only person out there, as the sun worked its magic and the loons called to each other across the lake. The water was like glass, and a single stroke pushed me a few meters as I sat there and admired this gorgeous country.

I smiled the entire time, so blessed. 🙏💛

August 23rd, 2014
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Thankful 🙏 #family #vacation

August 23rd, 2014
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Wahoo! This post is brought to you from the back seat of a packed car, with two dogs and a baby as my seat mates, and bumper-to-bumper traffic (and we’re about 10 minutes in - so wahoo for that).

Anywho, I had a crackin’ Friday night; laundry, cleaning & packing (plus a healthy dinner thrown in there too), in anticipation for a week up north, with lots of family and friends. Rain or shine, I’m so excited for the next week off (despite having my work laptop with me, sigh…). Oh, and on that note, I’m tempted to blog the next week, as my goal is to have a balanced, healthy eating week. :)

August 22nd, 2014
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8am Friday meeting where I presented = a success! Woot! Now I just have to make it until 5pm, before my vacation kicks in!! 


August 21st, 2014
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I’m going to sneak this blog post in, before this day’s end, as I’m on quite the blogging roll lately. Yes? No? Right…

I knew I was meeting a friend for dinner tonight at the Queen and Beaver (a lovely old pub in Toronto), which meant I purposely ate very healthy throughout the day:

Breakfast: Apple & cheese,
Morning snack: greek yogurt
Lunch: Small chicken salad & some nuts

As 5pm sharp I zoomed out of the office, and headed to my old office for a wonderful catchup with my old boss (he wants me to head back to The Bank, which I find so flattering, but of course, I love my current job way too much. Anywho…). After coffee with him, I headed to the Queen and Beaver to meet a friend. A friend who was once more than a friend (if you get what I’m sayin’ *wink wink*). So, so slowclap for me on this one, as we have successfully transitioned to friends, and the feelings all around are just so good; friendly. (This is particularly good, because rarely I have managed to say friends with guys I’ve dated.)

He had already eaten dinner, and as I *hate* eating alone, I decided to skip dinner, and just drink two pints. Which yup, is a TERRIBLE idea. Especially as I felt myself getting way too tipsy, way too fast. So I asked him to split some fries with me to tide me over. (I figured $6 fries over an $18 salad was the better choice!) When I got home I painted my nails (for reals, I am addicted.), but felt my tummy grumble while I sat on the couch, and so in the name of listening-to-my-body-(not-my-head)  I made myself scrambled eggs (with feta, olives, and tomatoes).

And now, here I am. I have no idea if this was a normal day, eating wise, or not. But given my circumstances, I did what I could, and can now go to bed knowing I didn’t go too overboard (or skip a meal).

Tomorrow is Friday, which I, for one, am super excited about! I have an 8am(!!!!!!! gah !!!!!!) meeting with my boss tomorrow, and then have zero plans after work, except to do laundry, clean my apartment, and pack, as I’m on vacation at the cottage all of next week (where I am going to do my best to continue my healthy eating goals!)  I’m also really tempted to LEAVE MY SIM CARD in the city! As in, completely disconnect myself from the Internet for a week, but quite frankly, the thought of that sounds hard, so we shall see…

(Also, the #ALSChallenge is all over the place, and I just want to note how I watch each and every one I see, and it warms my heart, as it’s such an awesome campaign, for such a worthy cause!)

Welcome! I'm Liz, the girl relieved the Internet has 0 calories. South African by birth; Canadian on paper. A marathoner. CrossFitter. Paleo (somewhat) eater. Traveler. Cheese lover. And I think you're great!

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