Thinking Out Loud Thursday #4

Yay – Thursday!!! Β This is a busy Thursday for me as I have to work, run home to pick up Max, then rush to the university to get to the photocopy store to pick up my course pack, hopefully go for a 4-6KM run, then night class. Of course, watching Grey’s is scheduled for 9pm. Oh and I have lunch duty too – standing in a hallway for 40 minutes is what I love to do.


Linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday




#1 – Cooler Summer


Apparently the weather people have stated that because the Great Lakes were frozen for a long time – the moderating effect will not be as great and we may see a cooler summer. Is anyone else happy about this? Or just me? I find that our summers go from 21C to 30C in a couple of weeks and I really do not like the 30C days. If it is 20-25C all summer long, I am alright with that! Especially since marathon training starts July 1st!


#2 – Tutu running time!

I was asked to help lead a 1K run for girls 12 and under on Sunday. Tutus/dressing up are strongly encouraged, so I will probably be hulling this tutu out of my costume closet! I’m looking forward to it. Also, since the race is located on the path that I run on regularly, I will be running the 12+ KM home. It’s going to be a beautiful day for running!

Photo by Ian Hunter

Photo by Ian Hunter

#3 I hate commuting

I really don’t know how all of you who drive 40+ minutes to work every day do it. Now 40 minutes would be more of an average commute, as yesterday it took me 1 hour and 15 minutes to make it home. Not cool! No traffic and I am home in less than 30 minutes. Also with rising gas costs, it is just not worth it. Making me really think about what schools I put my name into for Job Search 2014.

#4 Final Grad School Paper

As I mentioned last week, I am in my very last grad school class which is basically just a class you write one final paper in (using experience and research from the courses you took before). Since it is only 6 weeks long, there isn’t much time to conduct research (passing through ethics committee would take 6 weeks) so you have to use other research/your own experiences. On Tuesday’s class we brainstormed in our groups about potential topics. Eventually I decided on “How a principal can create and maintain a program for healthy living in secondary schools for both students and staff”. As you can see, I have chosen a topic that relates to healthy living/fitness. Basically I came up with the idea because phys ed is only required in grade nine, mental health issues are on the rise and my last paper discussed how physical fitness can improve anxiety/depression, and I’ve seen first hand how much fun staff and students have had at Ottawa Race Weekend/other community races. It should be an interesting paper to write.

#5 Cinco de Mayo

We do not have Chipotle Grill in Ottawa, so on May 5th I did the next best thing and went to Mucho Burrito. I had a burrito bowl and it was delicious. Honestly, I prefer my burrito in bowl form! How about you?

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#6 Disney Cruise


In a few years we would like to take Max to Disney World – and what P suggested he really wanted to do was go on a Disney Cruise. Has anyone been on a Disney Cruise? We have never been on a cruise of any kind, so it will be fun regardless. We think we will take Max when he is about 5-6 years old. Although, because he has a huge love for all things Pixar, he would probably go nuts there right now. I just want to go on all the rides and eat all the foods.



#7 – A weird combination

Lately, when I have been eating leftover pizza for lunch, I have been putting an avocado on top and eating my pizza with a knife and fork. It makes for a quite yummy lunch. Anyone else do this or put avocado on some random foods? I could eat an avocado every day. Guess what is in my lunch bag today? An avocado for my chili!


Alright – time for work! Have a wonderful Thursday!Β 





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  1. Melanie

    Love the random train of thoughts! Lately I put baby spinach on everything – pizza, pasta – but I adore avocado too but have had bad luck with ones that are deceptively too-ripe and yuck when I get them home! You’re also making me very glad I can work form home. I used to go Bells Corners – St. Laurent and that was a disaster of traffic. During the bus strike too.
    Never been to Disney but loved our all-inclusive trip with our little one (of course he’s younger than Max) last month!
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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Ugh – the bus strike! Yeah that commute wouldn’t be fun – I find it worse to go west to east!

  2. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    No Chipotle here in Edmonton either πŸ™ I’ve never been to Mucho Burrito, but I’ve considered it on occasion… might just have to bite the bullet and check it out since I can’t make a trek to the States whenever a craving hits. And while I’ve never been on a cruise, I hear they’re pretty fantastic and I’m pretty sure that Disney would be my top choice. Either that or one of the Alaskan ones… I’ve heard those are amazing as well.
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    1. Carmy

      Oh my goodness, When Chipotle finally opened in Toronto, I went there almost weekly. haha
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      1. Rebecca (Post author)

        I would go daily πŸ˜‰ when I go to California I go nuts on Mexican!

    2. Rebecca (Post author)

      I’ve hear great things about the Alaska cruises! One day!

  3. Just D

    That looks like Chipotle!!! Ugh I haven’t had Chipotle in a couple months! Sucks!! Congrats on your Grad school paper! I just finished my Associates. Love the randomness!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      It’s a close copy of chipotle but not the same – I find the meat at chipotle to be way better!

  4. Carmy

    I’ve had my eye on a tutu for a while. They look so fun but I feel as if I’d need to train in a tutu first before race day to avoid outfit malfunctions but I’m pretty sure training with a tutu will score me some strange looks haha
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  5. Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    I eat avocado on a bunch of stuff and it never disappoints!
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    You said, “Great Lakes,” and now I’m homesick! πŸ˜‰
    Guac gives me terrible cramps πŸ™
    Your paper sounds like an excellent research idea. Phys ed only required for 9th grade. It’s such a shame that we allow our children’s bodies to be so sedentary for such a large part of the day. We should know better! recently posted…2014 Run for the Mountain 10K ~ Race RecapMy Profile

  7. Nikki

    We did a Disney cruise this winter!
    The brief answer is that it was super fun but very pricey and a little too frenetic for our tastes. We were all exhausted when we got home. There were a few mitigating factors – we went with an extended family group of 16 people and we spent an additional 4 days in Orlando after the 4 night cruise, and spent 2 of those days at Disney World.
    Don’t get me wrong, Disney cruises are amazing – they have truly thought of everything and we spent a lot of time just gaping at all of the awesomeness. At any given moment in the day or evening, there are half a dozen really cool things happening and at least two or three that you really want to attend. It is very easy to go-go-go the entire time. The food is fantastic and the crew members are second to none. The staterooms are really comfortable and have a million brilliant little features. Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island) is super amazing and the only relaxing day you’ll have – and they have a free 5K in the morning, complete with medals!
    All that said, I keep answering people’s inquiries about the trip with, “it was great, in a ‘never doing that again’ kind of way.” If we did do it, I would probably wait til our kids were 8 and 10 or so. Lots of things are age and height dependent, and lots of great things go on well into the evening, so slightly older kids are better positioned to take it all in.
    It was just a really busy vacation with little downtime, on a very crowded ship, and it was really expensive. Next vacation, we’re going back to a Beaches all-inclusive resort, which was also really fun but with a lot more relaxation and quiet.
    Email me if you want more info!


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