Mystery Photo #163

Do you know what the absolute best moment of my week was?  It was the moment that my boss crossed over the border from Canada to the USA and couldn’t use his cell phone anymore!!  His vacation started yesterday, and before he left he made our lives a living hell.  Everything was left until the last minute, and I mean everything, and then suddenly he thought that all his employees had turned into machines and that each of us could do the work of 10 people. He’s gone now though (phew!), and it’s time to start methodically cleaning up the mess.

I’m not very often at a loss for words (ask my husband LOL), but that’s about all I have to say about this week, probably because I’m simply exhausted.  Bring on the weekend!!!  Now, let’s see how smart you are.  Can you figure out this tricky mystery photo?  Ok, ready, set, go…..

Mystery Photo #163

 

P.S.  I’m 2/3 of the way through my 30 day exercise program, and I’m feeling great :).  I have kind of stalled at 7 pounds in my weight loss, but I’m not giving up!

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Mystery Photo #162

It’s Friday.  Yahoooooo!!!!!!!  This has been a very long and busy week at work, and I am really looking forward to the weekend because I’m feeling kind of brain dead at the moment.  I think a little fun and relaxation are in order, don’t you?

After watching the Golden Globe Awards recently and then hearing the Oscar nominations, we are hoping to catch a couple of movies over the weekend, specifically American Sniper and The Imitation Game, which will both appeal to my guys. Have any of you seen either one?  I also plan to enjoy some reading time, and my son, Daniel, and I are going to make it official and accept his offer of admission to Wilfred Laurier University and start his application for residence.  It is a very exciting time for him!!

Now before we let our brains recharge, it’s Mystery Photo time.  Give it your best shot.  Ok, ready, set, go……

Mystery Photo #162

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Mystery Photo #161

So, how is everyone doing with their New Year’s resolutions?  Did you make any?  I don’t usually bother with them much, but this year I overindulged well before the holiday season, during the holiday season, and even afterwards.  I stepped on the scales and realized that enough is enough.  Not only do I love food far too much, but my addiction to reading and electronics, along with my desk job, means that I also sit on my butt for far too many hours each day.

I recently started reading a book called Aging Backwards by Miranda Esmonde-White which is all about a form of exercise called Essentrics.   According to the website, “Essentrics is a dynamic workout that simultaneously lengthens and strengthens every muscle in the body, resulting in greater joint mobility and lean, long muscles”.  Miranda explains that aging happens in our cells and shows how to maintain and repair those cells and roll back joint pain and muscle loss at any age.  So, I started a 30 day challenge on her website, doing one of her 30 minute Classical Stretch workouts every day, and even though the workouts look really easy and gentle, I am exhausted (in a good way) by the time I’m done.  I’m also using an app on my iPhone to count calories, and I have really made an effort to cut out the crap and make healthier choices.  It has now been 10 days, and I have lost 6 pounds and I feel great.  Here’s hoping I can keep it up!

Now that I’m done talking about resolutions, let’s get to the mystery photo.  I will give you a hint – it has nothing to do with chocolate because of course I’m trying to stay away from that evil substance for the time being :).  Let’s see what you can do.  Ok, ready, set, go…..

Mystery Photo #161

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Mystery Photo #160

I’m a little apprehensive about posting today because I’m afraid some of you might be mad at me :(.  I mean shame on me – I missed TWO Mystery Photo Fridays!!  I do apologize if it caused trauma for any of you, but the Christmas holidays made it harder to find time to blog.  The funny thing is that for the first time ever we actually spent a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at home with just our boys, so you would think I would have had lots of time to devote to blogging since I didn’t have to entertain a houseful of people.

However, as I’m sure many of you who are parents will understand, I am starting to realize that Christmas mornings with my boys at home won’t last forever as they will eventually start their own traditions when they get married and have families of their own, so I said the heck with blogging and concentrated on enjoying every moment with my hubby and my kids.  We then enjoyed another turkey dinner with Mike’s family a couple of days after Christmas and afterwards headed to Kingston, Ontario to spend New Years with my family.  We had a great time, but there is something about getting back into the normal routines after the holidays that is always a relief.

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season too and are ready to get back to exercising your brains.  Not only is this a neat mystery photo because I think it resembles a few different items, but I also love this shot because of the clarity in the middle and the blurring around the edges.

Mystery Photo #160

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Mystery Photo #159

Groan, groan, groan!!  I think I’m going to be sick or die or both.  Last night was my office Christmas party at a restaurant called Montana’s where everything is served in very large quantities.  As the boss was footing the bill, we ate anything and everything that we could, which included two platters of appetizers, a huge main course, and a disgustingly decadent dessert.  I was, of course, very uncomfortable after I finished my meal, but I did not expect to feel so morbidly obese and ready to barf this morning.  Mike and I are walking around the house groaning in unison, and there isn’t a bathroom in the house that is safe today!!

Now that I have either turned you off your breakfast or made your stomach hurt from laughing, it’s time to play the mystery photo game.  Don’t forget to use your imagination.  Ok, ready, set, go……

Mystery Photo #159

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Mystery Photo #158

I had an unexpected day off yesterday.  A nor’easter that whipped the Atlantic coast sent snow and wind inland into parts of Ontario and Quebec.  Originally, we thought the storm was going to stay south of us, but when I headed outside to clean off my car to head to work, it quickly became obvious that Mother Nature didn’t want us to feel left out.  There was already about four inches of snow in the driveway, and heavy, sticky snow was still falling heavily.  No sooner had I cleaned off one side of my car, than the other side was totally covered again.  It was virtually impossible to clean my car off enough so that I could see properly to drive.  I did my best and headed to the highway to see what visibility was like.  My hubby had left for work about an hour before and said the visibility wasn’t bad, but conditions had obviously deteriorated because I couldn’t see much of anything down the highway.  So, snow day it was and I headed back home to curl up on the couch with a book.  Around 11:30 am the plow finally went by, and Daniel couldn’t get in the driveway when he got home from work.  So, out came the shovels for our favourite form of winter exercise.  Not!!  What really sucked was when my hubby came home and fixed the snow blower AFTER we had already cleared the whole driveway.  Oh well, the exercise was good for me I guess :).

Now that I have done my whining about the snow, we can move on to our weekly fun.  It’s time to guess the mystery photo, and trust me it has nothing to do with winter!  Can you figure this one out?  Ok, ready, set, go……

Mystery Photo #158

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People watching in Paris

Even though I have thousands of photos to share with you from our trip to Paris and the UK, my addiction to reading has been easily winning out over blogging for the last little while.  However, a travel show on TV tonight featured some familiar areas of Paris, and I was suddenly reminded of one of my favourite activities from our travels.  I love to people watch!  People watching in my own neck of the woods is interesting, but people watching in a different country is even more fascinating.  I enjoy looking for the differences and similarities in customs, clothing, and past-times.  In Paris, it became obvious that everyone enjoys spending time outside in the fresh air, whether it is to draw, play music, or just simply relax and enjoy.  Here is a selection of my favourite shots.

People of Paris 1

People of Paris 2

People of Paris 3

People of Paris 4

People of Paris 5

People of Paris 6

People of Paris 7

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