Monday, January 27, 2014

What's a week (and a bit)?

Posted by CheapRunnerMichelle

Good morning friends…well I don’t know about ya’ll…but we really got dumped on this weekend…it’s been wicked cold this past week = no snow flurries…’cause it’s too darn cold…but that all changed on Friday night…it warmed up enough for us to wake up to this on Saturday morning:

…but Friday night wasn’t all storm…I went to the hockey game with my mom, and the Knights kicked some serious bootie, and it looks like I’m getting a free lunch again

Other than seeming to be as slow as molasses these days on the treadmill, I am very happy with how consistent I have been with my runs this month...and today I am planning in doing my longest run e.v.e.r - 15miles...wish me luck!

Now I just hope that I’ll be able to find a way to keep at it this week, as life for the next week and a half is going to be a little cray cray. Mike left bright and early this morning for Montreal for work, and he doesn’t get back until late Thursday afternoon….at which point I’ll already be on my way to the airport to head to Florida for my bi-yearly work trip…and then I’ll be home the following Tuesday. Mike and I were talking earlier this week, about the fact that this is the longest in our (almost) 14 years of marriage that we have been apart. It’s a good thing that neither one of us is very needy – oh and there’s this thing called technology these days that sure helps ya keep in touch ;)


I came across an article earlier this week and the post really got me thinking, and I am a firm believer in focusing on the really important things in life, and not to sweat the details, so I decided that I would pick a few to answer and share with you all

1. Am I doing what I really want, or what I think I should be doing?

If I had answered this question 6 months ago my answer would probably be very different. Outside of work – in which I consider to be my “real” life – I know I am really doing what I want. Maintaining an active lifestyle and being able to incorporate that with my love for travel! far as the work thing...let's just say that it's a work in progress...and leave it at that

2. When was the last time I said, “I love you,” to myself?

Now isn't this an interesting question...and if I answer it completely honestly...I'm not sure that I can say that I've ever said this to myself. Now don't get me wrong here...I 100% do love myself and my life but knowing it and saying it to yourself are two different things. I think that at the age Kennedy is at this is something I need to start discussing with her, that she needs to be telling herself. We are a very loving family and both Mike and I make sure to tell our children multiple times a day that we love them, but as Kennedy approaches life's changes...this is going to be so important for her to be able to say to herself

3. Am I looking for the good in others or am I expecting the bad?

I admit that I am a tough nut to crack, and as humans it can be easier to focus on the negative...let's just say that sometimes this is a battle within

4. Am I more concerned with how my life looks, or how it feels?

Definitely with how it feels. I feel like I am truly blessed and at peace with the fact that other than those in my inner circle (family and friends) I really 100% honestly do not care, or am not concerned with how my life looks to others. Everything I do each and every day revolves around those that mean the most to me in my life, and as long as we are living and enjoying life together - that's all that matters

5. What am I thankful for?

First and for most - a righteous and faithful God. My health, my family, my job that affords me the "extras" in life that I am thankful for ex. the ability to travel and create memories along the way

What did you do this weekend?

Your turn…you pick one to answer

PS. Don't for get today's the last chance to enter the if you haven't done so already go check it out!




  1. Second longest time apart...the longest was two weeks when I was in Scotland with my brother and Kennedy was only 6 months old. Aren't you a nice wife letting me do that!

  2. I hope the time apart for you and Mike passes quickly!!!
    I love your answer to question #4 - I can say the same thing - I don't live my life trying to please everyone around me these days (I used to and it never worked - just caused me a lot of stress!).

  3. Great article- thanks for sharing. I need to take the advice as well.

  4. these are such interesting questions! I'm going to bookmark this so I can think about these answers. hope your 15 miler went well!!

  5. I guess I didn't do a good post edit job...I knew that...duh. Yes you are welcome - wife of the year award over here ;)

  6. With "life" still continuing - I'm sure it will fly by!
    In my opinion - there is no other way to live!

  7. It really does make you staop and think - that's for sure!

  8. Thank-you Ashley! it actually went really well...was able to squeak in an extra mile to make it 16!

  9. EEK! Can't wait to hear about the 15 miler! Like seriously, I know you can do it! As for time apart, that's awesome you have been married so long and managed to not have mass amounts of time apart-- you know what they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder!

    As for those questions, I really had to think about the looking for the good or expecting the bad thing. I have really been focusing on being more positive this year and I'd like to think I'm making progress and not always waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop so to speak.

  10. Thanks actually went really well...and I ended up doing 16miles...looks like I'll be able to do the "Around the Bay" race afterall (it's a 30km race)
    Sometimes it takes a moment of reflection - to choose to look at the positive for sure

  11. Sugar Coated SheridanJanuary 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Hate that you and Mike are apart...Always hard no matter what. I don't know if it's because I'm 35 weeks pregnant or what (because generally I'm not a needy individual either) but I don't even want him out of my sight these days!!!

  12. Love this post and love you!! I wanna hear more about the 15 miles!

  13. I've been so busy with work and the kids - so that's been a nice distraction!
    ....I don't blame you one bit!

  14. Awe thanks Chelsea! went pretty awesome...I even ended up doing an extra mile just to finish the movie I was watching