Two Month What?!

November 4, 2015

Hi Readers, I'm still here! 

I've been wearing sparkly outfits. 

The first one up there is DKNY for the Top 40 party

The one down below is Todoruk for EDSS.

Been riding the kids to school (they're getting really heavy).  

Early fall, Lisa came out to have an epic day on the water. The weather was unseasonably warm so we put on swim things and partied like it was going out of style. Though the whole summer was fabulous, I have to say this unexpected blip has lived on in my memory. One of the best days!

Back in the city, Alice has come to work with me all over the city. She nailed this photo shoot! 

Back at the lake, we eat big breakfasts on race day.

Fall series racing! Really fun, and sometimes COLD.  

There was the AC/DC concert, in the pouring rain.


Obviously, I've been teaching too. 

At the Period Party with some fine ladies.

Got to hear Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Mehta in concert!

My father-in-law's piece is currently on display at the U of A's museums galleries at Enterprise Square.

There was Nuit Blanche

Hanging out with the A&W bear at an FC soccer game

Alice was such a wonderful trooper, entertaining herself while I was at some leadership training for the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.  

The Apricity crew showed up to celebrate Amor and her new Kindred Collection

LEANNE was here on her book tour! Nothing like hanging with your bestie for approximately 48 hours. 

I've been visiting schools

We read books and talk about poverty in the region. 

Then my other bestie, Emma, was in town promoting Etta and Otto and Russel and James for One Book One Edmonton. I got a call to assist with some media, so of course I said YES. 

I haven't forgotten, I'm still on the bike!

On Thanksgiving weekend, we went out to close down the lake for the season. Boats out of the water, trailers winterized, and lots of Thanksgiving dinners!

The first night of that long weekend was pretty magical. We showed up on Friday and a bunch of us ended up having an epic pot luck. While we were eating and staring at the horizon, somebody commented that it was a shame nobody was photographing it, so I ran out onto the dock just in time to catch the last of the light. 

The next day featured beautiful weather for taking the boat out of the water, which involves sailing it all the way to the other end of the lake, extracting it, and taking down the mast (amongst other things). My role is to hang out with the kids at the playground while all the grunt work is happening. 

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving cabin celebration with some lake friends! My piano student's family, actually. Thanks Will, for taking our family photo. 

Back at home I was on the road again with my United Way youth initiative (outreach component). Awesome to hang out with the leadership class from Centre High! They've already got a bunch of poverty-related projects on the go - That's what I like to hear.

I was also at Rio Terrace, where an entire gym full of grade 1-6 sat respectfully and asked GREAT questions! They ranged from "How do you know when you've unleashed your inner leader?" to "When can you tell you've solved poverty?" 

Amazing kids.  

My sister-in-law's birthday party was at Basically Babies. So I showed up and sorted baby clothes. 

Then, it was off to the Banff Forum where I got to hang out with lots of super nerds (I say this with utmost affection) in a Hogwarts setting. Apparently this stairwell is haunted

It's an epic house on a BIG HILL. I believe they are called mountains.  

After a wonderful weekend of work-fun mix (a lot more work for Don, I was merely a photographer), we stole 15 minutes to go look at a waterfall before getting back home to our babies. 

Then it was off with the puffy vest and ON with sparkly dresses from DKNY
Also got the chance to see my sister in the chorus of Merry Widow By Edmonton Opera. I got pulled aside during intermission to conduct a quick interview with first-timers to the opera.

Finally, a few of my work wives from United Way came to watch me and Alice at another youth initiative gig - This time it was the gym at St. Joseph's High School! I had to bring slides and everything!

This fall has been heavy. Last year I used to feel so tired with all the various jobs, but strangely enough, I'm feeling very well at the moment! I suspect I might be even busier than before.

Maybe it's better planning. Maybe it's because I'm spending more of my time doing things I really love (meeting and talking to kids). Maybe it's because I'm slowly starting to shed the self-conscious caring about what everyone thinks and feeling misunderstood. All I know is I'm having a lot of fun despite running on high all the time.

Dexter is loving school (grade 1) and Alice is likewise a trooper. She gets dragged all over the city with me like a champ. Sits and plays with her stuffy. Eats whatever it is in her lunch bag. I'm really proud of her!

Lobster Lovers!

October 23, 2015

The wonderful people at Big Brothers Big Sisters sent me these awesome photos from last year's Lobster Lover's Gala - I really feel as though I rocked that costume:)

I've been a Big Sister mentor for the last year or so. It's a lot of fun and very educational! Wanna hear more about it? You should join us at the gala on November 6th.

It's one of my favourite galas because I get to wear a bib:) 


September 22, 2015

Every August I get this email, letting me know that it's time to renew my domain here at G&B. Even though I'm set up for auto renew, I still get the reminder email. For the past few years, every time this email arrives, I consider retiring the 'ol blog. 

Those who like my little photos can easily find me on Instagram, right? And, past a certain point, talking about the things I've done never seems to accurately reflect how much work it all is. Sitting here and writing it all down just seems like extra work. This, on top of all the behind the scenes effort required to make life run smoothly! 

The blog is supposed to celebrate community and active transportation here in Edmonton (and during the summer, at the lake). Sure, it's a sliver of Miss Sarah's life, but sometimes there is a danger of people only thinking that I'm all rainbows and unicorns. Yes, the blog is generally a happy place! It's designed to be that way. But, it doesn't mean that there isn't a whole machine rumbling in the background, producing the show. 

Still, I find value in keeping this scrapbook of sorts. I like having a record of the stuff I'm up to with the kids. I like looking back at an old post and remembering where I was at that point. There is still something that compels me to post (albeit less frequently due to time and motivation). 

So I'm still here. And, if you're still here reading - Thank you! 



The remainder of my summer featured MORE SAILING! Fun fun fun fun fun. It's such a strange sport, but the fun of rigging up a boat and making it move because of the wind? I love it. 

We also made the annual pilgrimage to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Alice broke her arm there. 

She was climbing on us while we were laying on our blanket on the grass, and just fell down like a sack of potatoes. GREAT. So she got this back slab splint thing and had to wear it for 3 weeks. 

She's completely recovered now, and as you can see, the splint did not slow her down in the least. 

We took some sweet kids on a Mayor for a day visit to city hall. 

On a tour of the hall, we crashed the media room where they all took turns making statements. Dexter proclaimed everybody should have the day off. And, he invited them to a special party that was going to be catered by A&W, which he alleges, "Is the finest restaurant in Edmonton!" 

After city hall, we all went over to fire station no. 1

It's the only station in the city that still has poles! The kids got to climb on the trucks and see all the gear. Plus, meeting both the mascot, Sparky, and the official (though retired) fire dog - Sprocket! We also shot down pylons with the hose and ate lunch with a bunch of firefighters!

More laking. 

Ooooo! My darling Leisha (camping buddy) made a visit. 

And that was the same weekend my friend Simon, and I, took a little boat out on our own! No grown ups or teachers. 

FIBA was an absolute thrill - Go team Canada!

Alice enjoyed being a cat at the kids fringe

Hell basically froze over and I practised my swimming a whole bunch in August, in preparation for the Try-A-Tri. Hard core sporting stuff is really not my cup of tea, but I sort of committed myself in the spirit of "Yay!" for our fine city. Anybody who had a conversation with me in August heard me whine about the swimming. 

I'm sorry. 

Continued to do my fair share of pedalling around. 

Went to dinner with a view, with my Works Gala co-chair, Sydney!

Then back to water and sunshine.

Ditto to Wednesday night racing! Not a lot of wind that night, which meant lots of harassing the enemy with my chattiness.

A few weeks later, and it turned COLD. My puffy down vest wasn't even enough to deal with the bite that's now in the lake air. I have since then purchased wooly socks, waterproof wind/rain pants, and a toque. 

Ah, the cold weather extended to Edmonton for triathlon day. It was under 9 degrees... so NO SWIMMING! Part of me was a little disappointed that I would never know how I did, but a larger part of me was just happy not to swim. 

Thanks to my friend, Jess, who leant me her sweet road bike. 

The day after - Tour of Alberta

Ah! The aforementioned Jess, joining me at the CASA ride start line. Nice to bike in civvies again. 



Which, also means Alice coming to work with mommy (I'm 2016 co-chair for United Way's Campaign Cabinet, and also the lead on UW's youth initiative). It was time to talk to some fine people at the Glenrose about their campaign!

And that was just up until a few weeks ago. I'm now back at teaching (YAY!) and the kids are sometimes at school and sometimes with me during the day when I'm doing the 2nd job. There are lessons for the kids to get to, and infinite amounts of coordination required to make it all happen. 

Having a lot of fun:)

And, working a lot. 

You guys hang in there, and so will I!

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