Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy New Year...About time I Blogged!

Hello, and, finally, Happy New Year!

I hadn't forgotten about my blog, but simply I just hadn't had the time to put a post up. I meant to write a decent-size post about what's been going on lately, yet I kept delaying it, convinced I didn't have the time to write what I thought would probably be a lengthy post.

So, here I am now. I'm not promising a long post, but let's see how far I get....

1. Back At Work:

Yes, my maternity leave is now over and I'm back at work. The year (or, rather, the 14 months) has gone by waaaay too fast, and I now Reality is here to stay. I'm sad that Life has to go on and I must return to my job, yet, who am I kidding, I love the money. I had been officially on paid vacation since Nov 23, 2009, so getting a nice paycheque for the following 5 weeks weren't hard to take! But now I have to actually DO some work to get paid so, sigh, off to work I go!

2. Work at Work:

My life at work is super busy! I can't believe that I have been given so much work to do! I work in a laboratory and they've got me re-training for a whole friggin' month! Normally, the duties I've been assigned to do are only a one week rotation, because no one's crazy to want a whole month. Yeah, so that's what they give me! AND, to top it all off, I got zapped with the highest specimen load we've ever experienced: normally we receive 10-15 specimens a week but I friggin' got 39!!!! THIRTY NINE! No wonder I was tired last week! No breaks, just 1/2 hr lunches, but mostly 15-20 min lunches, and working overtime. There was no one more happier than me to see the weekend!

3. The Kids:

My parents have decided that they want to watch the kids while I return to work. Save your money, they said, we'll watch them. So far, it's been pretty good. I drop the kids off by 8am and arrive at work by 8:30. If I left work at the time I was supposed to, I'd be back by 4:30 to pick them up. As per #2 above, I was working a few hours of overtime last week, so I haven't exactly established a real routine yet.

I don't want to put my parents out too much, as they're technically not on my payroll, so I try to head over as early as I can get out of work. It's so different than dealing with full-time daycare like I've done in the past. I've decided to give them a monthly allowance, for them to do as they please, just as a little thank you. They're still saving me a ton of money, so what little I can give them, I'm happy. My mom already offered to beat me when I gave her the money. Nice mom, huh? LOL Yet, she hasn't tried to return the money to me since!

4. Half Marathon

Yes, this is still in the works. I have 16 weeks before the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 2, and if I want to run it, I have to start training. I ran about 50 miles in October, one run in Nov, and about 5 runs early December. I need to build a base before starting my 12 week training in a month. So I've started running at work this week. Work as somewhat leveled off and I can at least find time to hear myself think at my desk! I got myself a locker of my own in the common locker room down the hall, and can make no excuses about getting dressed for a run now.

I ran 3 miles yesterday and 2 miles today. I have another 3 miles to run and a 4-miler for my Long Run on Sundays. I plan to repeat this 3-2-3-4 pattern for the next 4 weeks until my training starts. I have been writing a running blog since I started running again in the Fall, and you can read that here. It's not the best online running blog to use, but it works for now. I've signed up for but haven't used it yet. My current running blog is set on private and I haven't really shared it with anyone, and the site can be linked to Facebook, being touted as a social training log.

Let's hope I can continue with the running and not get injured like I did with shin splints in October!


That's all I can think of right now to share. I'm sure there are tons of things I could write more about but my head is just fried! I honestly don't know how I will manage all these weeks of waking up early, getting the kids ready, going to work, coming home, racing this way and that for after-school activities, get home, perhaps cook some dinner, wash dishes, prepare for the next day, still have some Me time on my computer, and STILL get a decent night's sleep before starting the whole damn thing over again!

Deep breath...


  1. SUPER MOMMY! Great running tips too. I've been doing 4-4-4-6 in preparation for the Rock N Roll in San Diego in June. Not sure if I can do it yet though because the IMATS are at the end of the month so that would be two trips to so cal in one month. or running? hard decision since I've been enjoying training so much. You stayed home for so long! Wish we had the funds for that. I did tell the hubs that for the 2nd child, which we're planning to get preggo in 2011, I'd like to stay home longer! FMLA must be different for you there. California has great FMLA, but i think 3 months after birth isn't enough! Kudos to you for getting back into routine. and SO COOL that your parents are watching the kids!

  2. Thanks, Cam! Keep up the great work with your training. Even if you don't make it to the RNR race (I heard they're sooo much fun...hope to do one one day!) and you just head to IMATS, at least you can keep up the running to keep fit. My hubby is doing P90x right now with some buddies in the garage, and he's soo into it again! So'll give him some focus. If only he can stop eating my Weight Watchers Granola Bites I bought at Costco!...

    Maternity in Canada is 1 year long. My work tops up my pay for the first 17 weeks up to 80%, then afterwards, the remaining 35ish weeks is Employment Insurance, up to 55% of your salary, but caps at a max so if you make more than that, you're kinda screwed a bit. I hope your state eventually approves at least 6 months, which I think should be the absolute minimum.

    See you in Twitterverse! ;)

  3. Welcome back to the Working world :) That year definitely flies by but I'm so glad we get that in Canada.

    I have fabulous in-laws who watch my kids for peanuts. Thank god for grandparents huh?

  4. Thanks, Carrie! Some grandparents are simply the best! :)

  5. First time I've read your blog post. It was really interesting - I read it to the end!
    You seem rushed off your feet- get hubby to help more! Great news about your running. Grandparents are fab. However, make sure children have some educational activities to do when there, as they learn the most at a young age.
    I have booked marked and will be back.

    Nina - From UK - ENGLAND

  6. Hey, Nina

    I meant to reply earlier....but just catching up on my blog! Sorry there was nothing much for you to drop by and see since you were last here! I hope to change that...I've been blogging about my running on another site, and that's all that's been on my mind lately!

    I visited your blog and it's chock-full of interesting information! Thanks for sharing your link!