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!

Final Stretch

August 13, 2015

And just like that, it's the middle of August. 

After the last post, I finally started to really decompress and feel like it was okay to relax. I don't go through life feeling intense anxiety or stress... but, I must hold the products of all my endeavours somewhere on a cellular level. My body is always waiting to DO something or go out and interact with people. It's good practice to try and stay put! Although all that is soon coming to an end. 

At least I have lots of memories of sailing time to tuck away! We'll be going out during the fall too, though I doubt it will still be shorts and swimsuit weather. 

In and around lake time, I hurry back into the city for the odd work thing. This one time, Amor and I were shooting a photo and doing an interview for EEDC's new magazine. They were featuring a coveted Edmonton item, and chose my HUNT AMOR sunnies chain. So we drank punch at Three Boars and talked about Edmonton; creating stuff; and our friendship, with the editor. 

 Other meetings included Apricity regrouping to come up with a plan for this 2015-16 year. Board meetings are better avec moules frites par CafĂ© Bicyclette.

Don has had a bit of time off for summer vacation, and we've been hanging out nonstop with the kids. Most of it has been at the lake, but I was happy to capture the boys at Iconoclast in late July.

We took my little sister and the kids to KDays! Shelby convinced me to go on the Fireball, which was super fun at the time, and later left me with a splitting old-lady headache.

 Then, we took our trailer out on the road.

We went south.

 Ended up in gorgeous Drumheller! I had been once when I was 11 years old (choir tour), and remember almost nothing about it. Returning with kids aged 36, 6, and 3 - It was splendid fun!

We obviously climbed some hoodoos (Alice is fearless), and set up a great double camp with our trailer in combination with our friends' vintage Sprite. My friend Leisha is the queen of camp. Her little trailer was like Mary Poppins' carpet bag. More and more amazing treasures kept emerging from inside and the kids were in heaven.

Want to wash some dinosaurs? No fear, auntie Leisha will produce a whole washing station complete with child-sized apron.

Want to play store? Auntie Leisha has a cash register inside, and is ready to help you merchandise all the camp items on a picnic table.

Puppet show? Got it.

Excavation tools for finding fossils? DONE.

 Having wonderful and amazing friends means I had a lot of time to do this.

We did take several joyous walks.

Including this one climb up from a suspension bridge, around sunset. It was completely glorious.

Back at home, my friends organized and threw me a 90s Hip Hop birthday party at The Common, complete with ridiculous outfits (hello spandex, shoulder pads, and adidas) AND Moonshine Doughnuts!

Back at the lake, Alice tried out her new swimsuit.

On one particularly adventurous day, we did a big sail down to the completely opposite end of the lake in order to have some fun times with family friends.

Turns out my student was also hosting a bunch of her soccer friends, so Dexter obviously felt as though he was quite at home with the ladies.

Alice is riding her bike.

And I got to meet Taylor Swift - Totally unplanned and last minute.

She is very warm and gracious, with lots of energy and enthusiasm for her fans!

 I um... sort of had a really good time at that concert.

Admittedly, I was somewhat over the moon when she told a mini story to the next night's crowd. My friend with very fast reflexes caught it. Apparently Don and I were nice to meet too (phew)!


There has also been Folk Fest; lots of reconnecting for the fall (United Way youth initiative); catching up with some friends and (gulp); training for the try-a-tri for when the International Triathlon Union is here at the end of the month. I got roped into doing it quite by accident, and now I feel too ashamed to drop out. 

Who knew that front crawl was so hard? Oh, I did. That's why I never do front crawl and rarely swim (I'm great at splashing around and floating). 

Now, I'm in trouble. 

But, I'm going to practice a bit and see what happens. 

Pray for me. 

And hold onto every wonderful day of summer we have left!

Time Flies!

July 14, 2015

How has it become the middle of July?!

It feels like yesterday, that the Works Gala wrapped. I immediately embarked on some self-care (getting more sleep, seeing my acupuncturist, doing my annual with the doctor) and banking a bunch of time at the lake. 

Even with all the restorative measures, I only now feel like I am beginning to decompress. Phew!

But, what a gala it was! Thanks to Coup Boutique for lending me a gorgeous outfit to wear. It worked perfectly for my piano playing during the gala's reception. 
Thanks also to Pose Salon who made sure Sydney (my darling co-chair) and I  were photo ready.

The amazing Cory Christopher struck again.

And, we were treated to performances from Capital City Burlesque!

It was a delightful party with many components - I had a splendid time! This is me fan-girling on Emma and Kim after The Wet Secrets performed. 

 And finally, this is me falling asleep on the train ride home *yawn*

Rolled out of bed the next morning, put on my new summer uniform (rompers for the win), and got myself out onto the deck of our boat.

 Then it was back into town to host the year end recital for my students. Afterward, Don and I took a spin over to have a celebratory "you did it" dinner!

Oh, and then there was FIFA. Amazing energy in that stadium of ours - I was so proud of Edmonton!

When we're in town, I've been taking the kids to splash on these hot days.

And when we're out at the lake, the kids do this:

While I learn about flaking the jib.

Being off work for the summer means I can cook again. Have been dying to try this recipe from my dear bestie's book, Good and Cheap.  Get yourself a copy! When you purchase one, a second copy is given to a person or family in need.

My kids enjoyed a Debussy children's concert at city hall, as part of Alberta Pianofest. They were unable to sit still, so they were given these awesome t-shirts to colour while listening.

Been biking to have overdue lunch with my friends.

Dragged the kids onto the LRT with me, to get down to 104 Street.

Where we went to Rostizado for the filming of You Gotta Eat Here!

Don was supposed to come too, but he was caught up in a meeting that ran very late. As a result, I teamed up with Works Gala co-chair, Syd. We did a nice little urban family routine!

And, she was super handy while I was getting interviewed about Rosti-Pollo. I don't anticipate I'm going to be looking all that classy while stuffing spicy rotisserie chicken into my shiny & sweaty face. Both the temperature and food were hot that day, and with the extra lights from the camera crew... oh gosh.

 The kids ate tons of churros and nursed their food comas on the way home.
We got bubble tea in an effort to beat the summer heat.

And, more time out on the water!

In this photo, I think I was just about ready to tack.

 Alice has been pretending to be a surrogate mother to any dog she can lay her hands on.

Back home, the kids got to have a visit to Fort Edmonton.

Plus, they came with me to my fitting at CRUZ. Bamboo Ballroom is celebrating its 10th birthday by having a design competition at the Latitude 53 patio party on July 23rd! Essentially, a bunch of us have been asked to team up with a local designer, and people can bid on what we're wearing (silent-auction style) that night. The winner will get the same dress made in their size, and all proceeds will go to the Junior League of Edmonton.

Finally, I was lucky to be in gorgeous flowy DKNY linens during today's United Way shoot.

Working out in the sun can be brutal, but linen is such a hot weather luxury. It was amazing, flying behind me on my bike ride home! Natural air conditioning.

Each visit to the lake leaves me with a darker tan (despite my copious application of sunscreen), but I can't stay away from the water! 

Hope you're enjoying the sunny days, even with the intensely hot temperatures. Summer is flying by so quickly, you have to enjoy as much of it as you can! 

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