Monthly Archives: August 2011
This morning we got a LATE start! There was no option of white water rafting when we rolled through Jasper, as the last run starts at 3pm.
I started out my day with a plain oatmeal from Tim Horton’s that I doctored up with some Chia seeds, Marantha Dark Chocolate Almond Butter, and some blueberries I packed with me, and an extra large green tea. (FYI: do not drink green tea on a road trip… especially when bathrooms are few and far between!!)
We lost an hour in our travels and by the time we got there it was 4pm. I had a Dairy Queen Chicken Flamethrower, and it was not that great and had WAY too much sauce on it. (sorry I didn’t take a photo… no worries you are NOT missing much!) I brought a mini skor blizzard for the road. First couple bites were Great! The rest not so much. The new mini size makes it better when you want to indulge, and tend to finish it even though your done.
When we got to Edmonton, we were off to find a UV filter for my new Nikon, and I happened to find a new sweater when walking by Artizia! It is a the TNA Lambswool sweater I coveted last year!
We got to the hotel just in time for the kids to go swimming and slide down the water slide for an hour… when I got them back up to the room, I set off to the gym to get in a half hour of cardio a jog on the treadmill and a 10 min cool down on the bike.
Then I made myself this yummy supper of Quaker 100% natural oats, chia seeds, blueberries, and some dark chocolate almond butter. I love this combo, and yes, I can have it twice a day!
Tomorrow is a busy day, and I might be a little late recapping as My kids start school tomorrow and I haven’t labeled their stuff. Since I have that knee surgeon appointment tomorrow, and we need to buy groceries and a few more items for back to school such as runners for the VERY PICKY Thing 2, we wont be home too early. Fingers crossed I am not still too fat to get my ACL reconstructed for the second time!
One Morning there was a very picky girl who was about to go off on a long journey… to see the elusive bear.
She thought about having a smoothie, but her vitamix was already packed… she thought about having a thin bun with nut butter, but it was already packed too…
She decided on some 100% Whole Grain Quaker Oats, chia seeds, a sprinkling of Kellogg’s fruit and nut muslix and a dollop of Marantha dark chocolate almond butter.
She was sad to have to leave her family and friends behind… but she happened to find a picky family to share her journeys with.
When Picky Nikki and the Picky family was just under way on their journey they discovered a giant snowflake that seemed from another world… but was made by the wonderful People of the Snow in Kitimat of Aluminum (Translated from Haisla, Kitimat means People of the Snow)On their journeys they came across a logger in Hazelton…
The Logger warned us it is addictive, that you will continue to watch till he catches a salmon, it’s as though the fishermen put you in a lullabye trance with the sound of the water rushing by.
After leaving the fishermen of Morristown, and when they were almost to their final stop of the night, the Picky Dad saw something black out of the corner of his eye.
He stopped as soon as possible and backed up on the shoulder of the trail (highway) and allowed Picky Nikki to lean over him to take these photos of the elusive bear, who had eluded them their whole trip, all but one very dark night out the window of Picky Nikki’s sister’s house.
The Mythical Elusive Black bear turned his head in the direction we were to follow, and we soon arrived in the kingdom of Prince George, BC
Every year it is our goal to see a bear on our travels, and usually our best chance of seeing them is from our vehicle on route… this year however we saw almost NO animals on our way up to Kitimat! Because of the cold rainy weather we joked they were already hibernating after only seeing the one bear in the dark front lawn of my sister without the kids we were pretty disappointed. So after scanning the sides of the road for 7+hours today we saw one! It made our day… Picky Hubby even said it was worth the HST we paid when buying the new camera in BC for the couple of good pictures we got! Well we are on the road again today, we might stop in Jasper to go white water rafting if the weather is decent and we are underway in good time. Our end destination tonight is Edmonton for one last night from home as I have an appointment with a knee surgeon I have been seeing in hopes of finally getting a surgery date tomorrow morning.
I am tired today… I feel like I went to town drinking last night, but I think it is just exhaustion! (especially since I had a half a glass of my malibu and perrier, and dumped the rest down the sink.)
For breakfast I had a smoothie of two handfuls of spinach, some oats, chia seeds, choc. protein powder, little instant coffee, summer fruit mix, and some ice. Wow that was a mouthful!
Lunch was some popcorn… yes I know, popcorn. It was of the Simply Food, sweet and salty flavour from Shoppers Drug Mart
There were hotdogs and hamburgers too…but I chose to stick to the fish and salads, as I know I have been eating BAD all week! Plus I had a bit too much samples of cake and the raspberry buttercream when I had the cake incident
This is the salad I brought. It is that Presidents choice Blue Menu stuff I talked about on the blog before, here. All I had to do is chop some spinach up finely and stir it in!
Lots of compliments on the taste, then on the easy recipe once I let my secret out of the bag!
My favourite Salad on the Table was this beauty! Avacodos, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Black Beans, and Green Onion. She said all the dressing is is some lime juice! I will have to remake this at home!
It was a very formal affair… sit down dinner
It was a great time… family, friends and food! Hubby and I left the kids after with my Mom, and played some Catan with my sister and her boyfriend… I got schooled, BAD!
We stayed up WAY TOO LATE!!
…Well I am off to finally make myself a smoothie and slowly start getting ready for the wedding. I can’t wait to see my little cousin get married!
The sun finally came out! Yay! I was able to bring my new camera out of the safety of the house, and my car to take some photos.
I spent most of the day sadly inside waiting for my sister to come over so we could go out and explore… I should have phoned her when she didn’t show up, as she fell asleep!! Err…
Supper was some Thai Halibut, Bruchetta mixture with some of the organic tortillas from Costco, and some greek veggie pizza.
My Uncle makes a mean Thai flavoured Halibut, I am going to have to get the recipe!! (Don’t worry I will share it with you…)
Tonights smorgasborg of food was due to the fact my cousin who is a hairstylist for Aveda was doing hair at my Mom’s… Making everyone Pretty for the wedding on the weekend
Funny… he doesn’t sit that still for me, OR that quiet!
Tonight is Sister Night!! I am off to go spend the night at my sister’s.
We got rid of the hubby and kids, and her BF, Whoo Hoo! I’m hoping now that we have some gum-tex we will get the fondant flower mess straightened out, and finally get some progress on this cake. Hopefully the lack of rain finally will help the crazy humidity here! (side note: my dry skin has never looked this healthy!)
Whew… I am done another day of Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30. Sometimes I wonder how I did 4 weeks straight of this program, and did not die. I am glad I got up earlier to knock this off today, so the guilt of not working out did not plague me on holidays.
Today my knees were not liking the running men move. Although my mom lives in a ranch-style house on a cement slab, so I am guessing the difference of cushioning didn’t help!
Breakfast was some Yogi Kombucha Tea with a couple drops of Vanilla Stevia…
I also had an Earth Grain Thin Bun. On one side I had some Marantha Dark Chocolate Almond butter, the other I had some of the new Sunflower butter I bought, each had a sprinkling of chia seeds. On the side I had a navel orange…. YUM!
Now off to enjoy another rainy day in Kitimat, BC!