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I make so many beginnings, there never will be an end

Hey duders.

It’s a chilly, misty evening out here on the west coast of Canada, and I am wrapped in a blanket, tap-tap-tapping away at my keyboard like some kind of tapping thing.

Thank goodness that it’s Friday.

Even though it has been a short week, I am feeling the strain of everything that has been going on of late, and I still don’t think that I’ve fully recovered from three days of zero sleep, thanks to the snoring dogs of death.

OF DEATH!!!

On the plus side, I have booked three more stand-up shows, and have signed up to compete in a comedy contest starting at the end of March.

I am also hosting the Storytelling Show this weekend on Vancouver Coop Radio, and will be interviewing two ladies who are members of the city’s burlesque community. It should be a really interesting, really great chat!

In the meantime, it’s business as usual here at the home front. I’m trying to make sure that I’m getting some longer runs under my belt in the lead up to the Sunshine Coast half marathon. It’s can be really hard to get out there (and stay out there!) when the weather is such rubbish, but last weekend I did manage to run twenty-two kilometers, so I’m hopeful that I will ramp up my distance, slowly but surely.

I shall keep you posted on my progress. Also, have any of you purchased running shoes over the internet? I am in need of some new shoes, and am thinking of ordering them online.

Do let me know. And in the interim, how’s about a fry-up?

Oh I think so.

It’s in the bag.

Look at what I bought!

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I’ve had my eye on this leather doctor’s bag FOREVER. And I think these little flats are just the bee’s knees. So you can imagine how stoked I am to have them in my possession.

BUT – this purchase (which, on its own is darn fab) isn’t all that I have to report.

Oh no.

First of all, it should be noted that I nearly passed out from disbelief when I paid for these items.

This is because, (drum roll) the purse was originally $150.00 marked down to $10.00 (!!!) and the shoes, once priced at $29.00, I procured for $4.00.

HOW – !

WHAT – !

WHY – !

I PAID $16.71 FOR ALMOST TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF MERCHANDISE!!!

Now, bless my little frugal heart, I really still cannot believe it.

Sweet mother of pearl do I ever love me some Joe Fresh.

Now if you excuse me, I’ll be taking this bag and making my rounds.

Sweet cuppin’ cakes.

For Valentine’s Day, Mr. M and I woke at the crack of dawn (like every other work day) and exchanged the cards we had for each other (not quite the same as every other work day.)

He also bought us these awesome cupcakes to snack on post-dinner:

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We ate these bad boys as we slurped down some amazing Earl Grey tea, and worked through last weekend’s New York Times Saturday crossword.

(Otherwise known as pure V-Day bliss.)

Sister dear.

I was at Starbucks last night with my little sister study buddy, when low and behold, who was to come on the radio?

That brilliant relic of the 90s – MORCHEEBA!

Holy smokes. Remember this song?

Anywho, listening to this rad tune got me thinking about my brilliant big sister. She was the one who introduced me to this band (as she did with so many other musical greats – seriously, I will never, ever forget listening to Weezer’s Blue album on repeat my entire grade seven year) and it just got me thinking about all the amazing times the two of us have had together, either adventuring about on late night quests, or just hanging around cackling over old Kids in the Hall episodes.

Kate is pretty much one of the coolest, craziest, smartest, most dedicated, brave, and fearless women you will ever get the chance to meet.

I may (slightly) tower over her, but goodness knows if she isn’t my consummate protector in life.

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I also cannot tell you how many times this gal has talked me down from an all-consuming panic attack. I definitely would have not made it through my undergraduate days without her.

What a brilliant, brilliant lass.

So there you have it my sweets!

A very merry (belated) Valentine’s to you all.

I hope you all had a chance to celebrate the wonderful people who fill your days with light and love.

And maybe eat a cupcake (or two.)

11 thoughts on “I make so many beginnings, there never will be an end

  1. reguardless of whether the 20k was just over the weekend or awl@Wants, yerrawntrakk for the 1/2 M, meethynx.
    you should clone yerrself (cuzz, gosh nose, the prezzunt U is tooo bizzy!) and hire out as a BARGAIN SHOPPER. i’m not a woman (i’m fairly sure) BUT AT THOSE PRICES I TOO WANT THAT PURSE/dr. bag AND FLATS!
    betty bought me choc candyCANDYcandy and i procured the biggest bow-kay of fleurz that i could, saved the day.
    OH! try ZombieRunner(dot)com — i procured my skoras there. other than that, i’ve never bought run shooz awnLying. my usual place is to walk slowly by the 50% off tables during sidewalk sailz.

    1. Thank you for the link! I will check it out asap.

      OMG, bargain shopper as full time gig? I WANT SO MUCH. Now to figure out how to make it happen…

      Candy and chocolate? Sounds like an excellent combo! (At least you’ll never hear me complain!)

  2. Too many good things in this post! The purse, the shoes, the steal – I’m slightly envious of the deal you got on these, amazing!! Way to hold out for the save. :)
    And your Valentine’s Day sounds perfect to me. You’re right, we’re an awful lot alike with that. Sounds like your mister knew just what to do to make it memorable and happy!
    You are too stinking cute for words in that photo. It made me smile.
    I’m a little afraid of buying running shoes online so let us know how that goes. Right now I get mine from a llocal shoe shop in Bellingham where the employees actually watch how you walk and run and fit you to the shoe that works best. It’s not a bad deal but definitely isn’t as inexpensive as online bargains. I’m so excited that the longer runs are going well! You’re my hero with this marathon business, I’m seriously in AWE!
    Have the most wonderful weekend dearest, and I hope you get all caught up on rest. Much love!

    1. Thanks!! Totally my proudest shopping moment of life. (Haha!)

      I think what I’m going to do is just try and find the shoes that I’ve been using for quite awhile online – that way I can save a bit of money, but still know I’m getting a good shoe. I just get all shirty when they have drop-down menus like “width” or the like. I have no idea – regular width please!

      Hope you and J had an amazing weekend, and that the fog and rain lifted to bring you all the brilliant sun (we had some for about three hours on Sunday!) x

  3. I wish I had a cupcake right now…

    I have purchased three pairs of running shoes online, with varying success. The third time’s the charm though as the most recent purchase was the best. My advice: read customer reviews, average out the crazies, and take it seriously if multiple people say they run small (it means they run small).

  4. I understand being wary and concerned by the thought of buying running shoes online. Being an avid-crazy runner myself, I have LOVED Nike’s “barefoot running” shoes; goodness knows not the weird individual toe ones, but rather the bottom sole is very flexible and the shoe itself is very light. I would absolutely suggest them to you! I wish I could come participate in the half marathon with you but it’s so far away. Good luck in training and I wish you all the best!

    1. Thanks misses!! It’s so appreciated. Are you training for anything yourself at the moment?

      I always purchase asics cumulus/nimbus, so I’m going to try and find a pair and order it online. I am so intrigued by barefoot runners! My friend David just ran his first marathon in them. I cannot imagine! x

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