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Office Boccia Finals and Valentine’s Card Regifting

Big day in my building today…it was the Office Boccia finals!

If you remember, my team did not make the finals so there was no chance of us winning the coveted Office Boccia trophy. The mini trophy next to it was for the team that came in last place, and thankfully we didn’t get that! I definitely expected to.

About 20 people came to watch the semi-finals and final game, so three games in total (the two winners from the semi-finals played each other in the final). It was pretty chaotic with two games going on at once in the same office, and balls were flying everywhere.

I roped our new intern Hannah into coming with me to cheer on the finalists. I was rooting for my friend Jessica’s team from the Coaches Association of Ontario, but sadly they lost in the semi’s.

The atmosphere was exciting, and the games were intense. I am glad my team didn’t make it to the finals. We would have been slaughtered, and it would have been embarrassing.

Each game was extremely close, and in many cases decided by less than an inch.

It was serious business.

The participants did not mess around, and measuring was necessary numerous times.

In the end, the team from Ontario Blind Sports Association (aka No BS, Eh?!) were the ultimate victors, and took home the trophy and the registration money.

(I should mention that the sets of boccia balls reside in their office…maybe a coincidence, probably not).

Anyway, such a fun lunch hour, and such a great way to break up the work day. I can’t wait for the next season of Office Boccia to start! We are stepping it up next season for sure! (I say that a lot, so we will see.)

In other news, I visited my saucy little Nana after work today.

She is so ridiculously cute. I just want to squeeze her into a million pieces.

For those of you who are new to my blog, please note that my Nana is 97 and a half (she’ll be 98 in early July!). And yes, I have to bring up her age every time I mention her, because it’s amazing! LOOK AT HER SKIN! She has no age spots! She is remarkable. And still the most positive person I know.

I have mentioned before that since my Nana has moved into a home, she doesn’t get to go shopping very often. She is very frustrated by this, because up until a few years ago she lived in midtown Toronto and had a ton of shops near her. She really misses buying things for myself and her other grandchildren, and will often save things she has somehow acquired in her home to give me (socks won at Bingo, leftover cookies from meals, other random things). It warms my heart that she still tries to take care of me.

Every year my Nana gives me a card for Valentine’s Day, but sadly this year she was unable to get out to buy one for me herself. She is a resourceful woman though, and was not about to let that stop her from getting me a card.

So here is the card she gave me this year:

At first I thought she made me a card during nursing home craft time or something.

And I’m not going to lie, I immediately pictured this scene in Happy Gilmore:

But when I opened up the card…

I saw that she probably didn’t make it herself…

Nope, she regifted a Valentine’s Day card that a child had made for her, whited out the name, and replaced it with her own name written in pen. Just so she had a card to give me.

I died. I kept a straight face, but on the inside I was absolutely dying. Ohh how I love her.

She admitted it right away, she didn’t try to pass it off like she had made the card herself or anything. That would have been weird…

But man, it was funny.

And that’s not all I got!

Cookies saved from meals!

And some money too, which was very nice. But truly I would have been fine with the card and the cookies. Made my night.

My Nana kills me. She is the best!


Back to Liiiiiife, Back to Reality

And I like it!

It’s tricky getting up early again, and I actually set three alarms for myself this morning as I slept in a little bit yesterday (I guess staying up until 2am every night of your vacation and then trying to go to bed early the night before work is not the best plan).

But overall, I am happy to be back into the swing of things.

Walking into my office after not being there for two weeks was a really great feeling. I loved catching up with all my coworkers and hearing about their holiday adventures. Everyone was pretty much lazy like me, and also ready to get back to work. We all agreed that, while leisuring around all day sounds great in theory, being unproductive for too long can take its toll on you.

Actually, a lot of you feel this way, judging by your comments yesterday.

I also cleaned my office before I left it for two weeks, which I forgot, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it again!

It may not look the cleanest, but compared to how it is usually, it looks pretty good. I took a before photo before the hollies.

I really only thoroughly clean my desk and organize my office the day before any sort of vacation. I’m going to try to keep it clean, but I’ll see how that goes once things start to pick up again. You never can tell.

Being back to the grind also means back to Office Boccia! I tweeted about our game, and The Almost Runner knows what’s up.


It is, my friend, it is the life.

A few of the lads from Ontario Basketball (they have three teams, I have mentioned before – they are a force!) showed up in our office around noon to Boccia it up. It was a very important game, as it was actually the play-in to the playoffs (not everyone has a play-in, only the teams that sucked really badly during regular season play. Everyone else is automatically in.)

I talked a pretty good game, about how we had just been hustling everyone the entire time and we were going to make a huge comeback in the playoffs, so they better not get too excited about winning. But despite my trash talking (or maybe because of it), we were shut down pretty quickly. Even having the home court advantage didn’t save us. We lost 5-0. 5-0!!! We are an embarrassment.

Alligator Arms was no help, I will just say.

At one point in the first end, all the balls were around this random cart we have in our office, and one of the tech guys who works in our building, Samson, moved the cart to get a better look at where the balls were. We all freaked out and screamed “SAMSON, NO!!!!”

You can NOT move anything. The balls must be played where they lie. Even if they land in a garbage can (it’s happened). Silly Samson (it was his first time seeing an Office Boccia match).

Today was also our new intern’s first day, and her first time seeing an Office Boccia match, so we decided to let her play with us (that is not why we lost, by the way). She was pretty excited, and was all “I can’t believe you play boccia ball right in your office!”

We do! Well, we did, anyway, since that is it for us. We are officially out of the playoffs. Or we didn’t even make the playoffs. Whatever. I’m not going to be bitter.

There is always next season! I hope it starts in a month or so. And in the meantime, I plan to step up in my role as team captain and be more of a leader, so I will be calling lunchtime practices to sharpen our boccia skills. Unless I’m forced to resign. We’ll see how it plays out. Either way, I would actually like a chance at the trophy next time.

I have used that picture a bunch of times, but I need to keep the image of that trophy in my head. Eye on the prize.

Immediately after work I headed to the gym for some treadmill action. I didn’t love the treadmill today, but I didn’t hate it as much as usual so I think that is an improvement. I made it a point to really concentrate on the music I was listening to, and it really helped me to almost enjoy myself. I ended up running for about 40 minutes, which is pretty much a record for me on the treadbeast.

I only brought shorts to run in, and I didn’t want to change back into my work pants afterwards, so I just threw my coat and my boots on to head home and shower. As I was leaving the changeroom, this lady looked at me and said “Excuse me, do you have a sense of humour?”

Psh. Do I have a sense of humour.

I immediately answered “of course!”

And she pointed at my bare legs and said “LOVE. IT.”

I guess it did look pretty attractive…in the middle of winter…

I think my goldfish bag adds a little extra somethin’.

I did get a few of strange looks as I was walking out of the grocery store (where my gym is located), but hopefully those people understand that I was working the treadmill and not the corner. If not, oh well.

Anyway, I am outta here. But man, it feels good to have something to blog about again!


Weekday Update


I am a blog slacker (a blacker?). I seem to be getting out of the blogging habit! I’ve been a busy beaver this week and blogging seems to be the first extra curricular activity to fall by the wayside. Also, since I am no longer talking about my daily workouts and eats, posting every day doesn’t seem as important.

But I miss it! I want to get back into the swing of things, and there are some things that are new around here. Time for an update!

First of all, regular season play of Office Boccia is now complete, and we are moving on to the playoffs!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may already know that we play right in our offices at lunchtime against the other Provincial Sport Organizations in my building, and usually have one game a week.

(pic from last season’s Office Boccia)

We had a make-up game this week so we actually had two games.

We lost this game. But it was pretty close!

For the second game, we branched out and played in the hallway outside of our office.

As Team Captain, I made the decision to bench my boss for this game because he wasn’t playing up to par (I’m just kidding ;)), so he was the official measurer of the balls (he is circled wayyyyy down at the end of the hallway). The jack ball was thrown all the way from where I am standing taking this picture, to where my boss is measuring. It was quite a distance. And quite dangerous for people from other offices trying to get to the bathroom with balls flying everywhere.

Sadly, we lost this game too.

Out of 20 games, I think we only won 3, and I’m pretty sure we are in last place in our pool.

But not to worry, everyone makes the playoffs, so we have a chance for a huge comeback! I like to joke that we’ve just been hustling everyone this whole time and we are going to come back and own the playoff round. I want that trophy.

Just a basketball trophy painted to look like boccia balls. Still, you get your name engraved on it and it lives in your office until the next season of Office Boccia. Kind of exciting.

Besides boccia, this week has been filled with lunch dates.

My coworker Lexy (who is on maternity leave) dropped by yesterday with her baby Hudson for a little lunch date with my coworker Beth and I.

Hudson is just getting cuter. I have crazy love bursts for that little guy. He is awesome.

We had to get our token picture in front of our office Christmas tree, as Lexy and I have one of us from every year.

And this is the one of us from two years ago…

Aww, we have grown up :).

Today I had a working lunch date with my communications group, which consists of other employees in my building who are also in the communications marketing role.

We usually meet once a month or so, and today we decided to include a festive lunch to celebrate the holidays.

You may recognize Laura on the far right from my post about the cookie club in our building. She made her amazing double chocolate cranberry cookies AGAIN.

I ate about six of them, and that is no exaggeration. I couldn’t stop. Story of my life with cookies…

And that was after this:

Swiss Chalet festive special! I get this once a year and it includes chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes (or you can get salad or fries, but I like to go all out), and a dinner roll. Quite a lot for lunch, but I rolled with it.

So that’s what’s been going on with me…a lot of lunch dates, and a lot of boccia ball (and some work and also workouts thrown in).

And Ando and I put our Christmas tree up on the weekend.

I feel like we were the last people in the world to do this. But it’s finally up, and I am feeling festive!

So now you are all caught up. I hope you guys have all been having a great week!


Feeling Thankful Friday

Hellooo you cheeky minxes.

It’s Friday, and I am thankful for the weekend.

Actually, I found myself feeling thankful for a lot of things throughout the day today.

First of all, I am so thankful for all of your comments on my cartoon post yesterday about almost getting arrested for “sneaking” on the subway. Those drawings do take a lot of time, and sometimes I wonder when I hit Publish if I am the only person who will find them funny. I obviously find that story really funny, but with those types of things, I wonder if it’s a “you had to be there” kind of funny.

So thank you for commenting, and saying that you laughed :). It seriously made my day. I wondered if maybe you were all just humouring me, and you didn’t find it that funny…but then I heard my boss killing himself laughing in his office this afternoon so I went to investigate, and he was reading that post. So I was thankful that I heard someone’s reaction to it, and it was everything I hoped it would be.

I am thankful that all of my coworkers eat really healthily, and we don’t have junk food lying around on a daily basis to tempt me.

But I am also thankful for coworkers birthdays, and the treats that come along with them.

I am thankful for honey dip doughnuts (my FAVE!), and I am thankful that even though I am 28, I am not too mature to make my doughnut into a honey dip mustache for my own amusement.

I am thankful for office boccia ball, and the exhibition game we played today at lunchtime that helped break up my day. It was a lot of fun.

I was not thankful that my team lost.

I am thankful that I heard about a new group that has formed in my building called the Cookie Club, where we get together every Friday in a fellow Provincial Sport Organization’s office, hang out for 20 minutes or so, and eat cookies. Um, sounds like my kind of club for sure.

I was thankful for that delicious lemon shortbread cookie that one of the girls from Softball Ontario made (look, it’s a softball cookie!). So, so good.

Whoever’s office has been designated as the meeting place that week (it rotates around), is in charge of making the cookies, and I am thankful that everyone has signed up to host until mid-January. So until then, all I have to do is show up and eat cookies.

And I am thankful that I don’t know the people in the Cookie Club very well yet, and they don’t know about my blog, so they don’t know that I am a cookie monster and I am going to show up and eat all their cookies. Muahahaha.


I am thankful for BodyPump. I ate two giant cupcakes and a cookie yesterday, three cookies and a doughnut and a half today, and was feeling a little blech, but BodyPump this evening made me feel healthy and strong.

Fiiiiiine, not quite.

I am thankful for Druxy’s salads!

Ohh how I love them. Perfect lunch.

I am thankful that I have a really busy day tomorrow, so I can feel absolutely zero guilt about laying around in my sweatpants tonight with a glass of red wine and watching movies.

And I am off to get started on that, so I hope you all enjoy your evening!

Anything in particular you are feeling thankful about today?


A Survey? Well, Yes Please

So there is this survey that has been circulating the blog world that I have been interested in doing (I love surveys), but the rules are you must be tagged in someone’s survey on their blog to fill it out (or I guess you could just do it anyway, but I would feel weird doing it if no one asked me to).

I just noticed that my ol’ pal Steph from Lunges and Lunch (who I actually have the ultimate pleasure of knowing in real life, she is good friends with my friend Dawn) tagged me in this survey, days ago.  No, a week ago!  When I took a break from blogging over the long weekend, this included reading other blogs, so I missed it!  Well I am back, and I was tagged, so at least one person wants to see my responses…so here they are:

Name 3 things sitting next to you right now

I’m home now, but I prepared this part at work today, so a lot of random stuff…

My Desk

To pick three, I’ll say:

  • My new water cup!  I love that thing.  Definitely helps me to get my 8 ounces.
  • A football stress relief thing that I scored from our hotel sponsor.  Has come in pretty handy over the last two weeks actually.


  • An old pic of two of my work’s part-time Special Project Coordinators, Peter and Brian (who I have mentioned before) from waaaaaaay back (like 30 years ago) that I think is funny.  It never fails to brighten my day.

Peter & Brian

To give you something to compare that to, here is Brian now:

Brian & I

And Peter:

Big Pete

Name 2 foods you can’t live without

Now this is tricky… I don’t like to play favourites when it comes to my food.  I would say peanut butter, but for this question I am going to throw that in the condiment category, so my two foods would be cheese and cookies.

A life without cheese and cookies is unthinkable.  I don’t think I could survive.


Name 2 things you can’t live without

Hair ties.  If I do not have a hair tie around my wrist, all I am thinking about is where am I going to get my next hair tie?!  They might as well be drugs, I am addicted to them.

Doubled Up, To Be Safe

And, as sad as it is to say, My iPhone.  I never thought I would be addicted to a cell phone (I used to be really anti them).  But it’s not the phone part I love so much, it is everything that came with it.  My iPhone seriously changed my life.  It’s good for Words With Friends (and a lot of other word games I love, like Boggle)…

Words With Ando

My running app…


And tons of others, like my list app for grocery shopping.  Plus, iTunes!


I feel like I have a laptop with me at all times.  It’s beautiful.

Name 2 people you can’t live without

I was hoping to avoid the cheesefest… but since you asked, Andrew, and my bestie Lisa 😀


And of course the rest of my fam.  And Ando’s awesome fam.  And all my pallies.  And I probably couldn’t live without my coworkers either.  Or my kitty cats.

Ze Kitties

Name 1 thing you did today

I had planned on doing this survey over my lunch, but instead I was lured downstairs to watch the semi-finals and finals of Office Boccia!

2011 Boccia Champs from KidSport Ontario

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know my team was not in the finals, however, our coworker/traitor Mike’s team was, so all my coworkers and I went down to cheer them on because if they won they promised to bring us along to the social they got to have with the registration money (and there was talk of LaserQuest or paintballing).  I was disappointed when they lost in the semi’s, but I stuck around for the cake.

Boccia Cake!

So funny that someone actually made a cake in the form of boccia balls.  Those little boccia balls were delicious.  Butter cream icing, my very fave, just like my Nana’s!


The games were extremely exciting actually.  I was all pumped up and I wasn’t even playing.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.  Oh hey, and you know who else didn’t make the finals?  Ontario Basketball ;).

The last round was a nailbiter for sure, and it came down to two pretty close balls…

Better Measure...

But KidSport were the ultimate victors, and are the new office boccia force to be reckoned with.  It was a fun lunch hour, for sure.

Name 2 things you learned from the healthy blogging community 

Um, that it is an actual blogging community.  I only read about two blogs on a regular basis when I started my blog, so I didn’t realize how many blogs there were.  There are thousands.

Also, healthy bloggers are all so supportive of each other!  Everyone is sharing recipes, workouts, and healthy living tips…it’s awesome!

That’s it!

But now I must spread the love and tag three peeps.  I am choosing three of my new favourite blogs, so hopefully these ladies take part!

Lisa @ Lisa Letting Go

Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission

Carrie @ Confessions of a Registered Dietician

And now for the rest of you.

  • What are two things you can’t live without?
  • What are two foods you can’t live without?