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  • VirginiaMiddleton.ca | MMXVI – What’s on the go?
    back into the habit Any suggestions and tips you have on how to pull this off is really appreciated I d like to blog something of interest at least once a month Maybe some low hanging fruit could be a quarterly update on how these goals are progressing Hmm 5 Learn more In 2016 I want to explore and set up some professional development options at work I ve been speaking with my communications manager and the HR manager in our faculty and we re going to talk about some different ideas and areas to focus on One program I ve started setting into motion is the mentoring program that s available which I predict will be really interesting Lenses for my iPhone 6 Photo more I love taking photos I have a SLR camera that while it isn t the latest and greatest product from Canon it can take some nice photos I also have an iPhone 5s that takes great photos as well in fact most of our annual photo calendar s photos came from photos taken exclusively from my phone I m tempted to try to pull off a daily photo challenge Nothing fancy just post one photo a day that I take with my phone I even have some fancy new little lenses that I can attached to my phone that Matt gave me for Christmas 7 Purge more Bags of clothes that I KM d Months ago I started following the KonMari Method to help organize our home I managed to get rid of over 160 lbs of clothes not to mention a lot of shoes and purses But I haven t really reorganized the clothes I still have and we haven t really started the next category books yet because I m stuck feeling like I need to have my clothes figured out So here we go I want to complete the KM process by Dec 31 2016 That 366 days and if we actually put aside some time and approach it strategically I think it s something we can do 8 No more I m not very good at saying no I ve always been something who tries to be enthusiastic whenever trying to accomplish a task project or outcome But as evidence of my lack of saying no I haven t always been able to put myself first and say no to other people so that I could say yes to myself and do things for me I need to make some tough decisions with my volunteer commitments and there are some other things I need to start saying no to when responding With more nos maybe I can accomplish the seven goals above with greater ease This is a fairly lofty list but with some planning and motivation I really think it s possible to work on all eight of these areas What do you think Any tips hints or advice Are you going to try to do more or less

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  • VirginiaMiddleton.ca | Author Archives | Page 2
    and most important friend and companion in the world Confession we currently have four bunnies that we switch out and so far she hasn t gotten suspicious except for a couple times where we magically had two bunnies and one quickly disappeared Continue reading Mommy Musing SheilasBrush Posted on March 18 2015 Posted in 2015 Birthday Family Musing Monday NL Parenting Weather YouTube Hey look Sheila I found your brush So few updates yet so much to say if I could just find the time Ah well no point dwelling on what has or hasn t happened Monday was the Mid March Holiday aka St Patrick s Day but it was also a day where a huge snowstorm hit many parts of the province Some of the folks online were insisting that Monday s storm was Sheila s Brush Some voices online felt otherwise I didn t really care what it was called beyond OMG 30 cm of snow Continue reading 52 week Money Challenge Posted on December 29 2014 Posted in 2014 Family Holidays Weight Watcher s Last year around this time I saw a number of people and Facebook pages share information around the 52 week money challenge It sounded interesting and I suggested that Matt and I give it a try Continue reading I want to read about I want to read about Select Category 2009 1 2010 12 2011 21 2012 34 2013 76 2014 11 2015 9 2016 1 Aikido 1 Baby 52 Birthday 6 blog 12 Bobble head Ted 1 books 8 Bull Pond 3 Canada Day 5 Cascade 220 2 CCME 1 Comics Images 4 communication 6 Dilbert 5 Dreams 1 email fail 3 Facebook 10 Family 41 Food 19 Friday 5 2 Friends 7 Fundraising 4 Gardening 2 Girl Guides 3 GSE

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  • VirginiaMiddleton.ca | Author Archives | Page 3
    world I have to say that coming back on a Friday was perfect because it gave me a chance to ease in and then enjoy a weekend with my little family That way this past Monday wasn t an overwhelming start to my first full week In the future I think I would do it again or even return on a Thursday Continue reading One year ago Posted on February 23 2014 Posted in 2014 Baby Family Parenting Dear Missy Moo It was one year ago that after being woken up several times throughout the night I was starting to guess that I was possibly in the early stages of labour So what s a girl to do Well I drove Daddy to a yoga class and then went on to a scheduled massage I had that morning My massage therapist was able to confirm that my back spasms which was actually back labour was likely a sign of baby on the way Since my appointment finished before Daddy s yoga class ended I of course went to Shoppers to pick up a few things and actually had to stop and lean on something a couple of times Ha ha whoops When I did pick him up I suggested he drive home since my contractions at this point were around 40 30 minutes apart and I probably shouldn t have been driving all morning And so it began We took it easy for the rest of the day and didn t go to the hospital until 7 p m and I m so glad we stayed home as long as possible It was at 3 27 a m on Sunday February 24th that you were born I remember so much from that day and I can laugh about a lot and think fondly of other things You re not supposed to brag or talk about having a good pregnancy which I did and it s basically a cardinal sin to admit if you had a good labour birthing experience which I also did But I did we did you were awesome little girl I don t think I ll ever post the nitty gritty details but if anyone ever wants to hear about your arrival I don t mind sharing the ups and downs of that day It was kind of a big deal for us because you were the prize at the end of it all First family photo Happy birthday eve baby girl It s been an amazing first year xoxo Mommy I want to read about I want to read about Select Category 2009 1 2010 12 2011 21 2012 34 2013 76 2014 11 2015 9 2016 1 Aikido 1 Baby 52 Birthday 6 blog 12 Bobble head Ted 1 books 8 Bull Pond 3 Canada Day 5 Cascade 220 2 CCME 1 Comics Images 4 communication 6 Dilbert 5 Dreams 1 email fail 3 Facebook 10 Family 41 Food 19 Friday 5 2 Friends 7

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  • VirginiaMiddleton.ca | Author Archives | Page 42
    Fundraising 4 Gardening 2 Girl Guides 3 GSE 2012 13 Holidays 14 Introduction 1 iPad2 8 iPhone photos 3 Knitting 6 KonMari Method 3 leg warmers 1 Macro 3 Madil Yarns Kid Seta 1 Marketing 7 Meme 8 Memorial Day 2 Miranda 27 Monday Musing 1 Montreal 2 MR 4 Music 1 Musing Monday 40 NL 33 Nostalgic 21 Ontario 11 Ottawa 1 Parenting 54 Photography 19 PR 14 Products 12 Random 5 Ravelry 3 Recipes 1 Rotary 8 Running 4 Sci fi 5 Silly 9 Social Media 19 spam 4 spammers and scammers 4 St John s 16 Taiwan 11 technology 15 Tely 10 5 Test 2 Throwback Thursday 12 Toronto 20 Tourette Syndrome 6 TSFC 5 TTC 3 Tumblr 3 Twitter 6 Uncategorized 19 Vancouver 1 Weather 1 Wedding 1 Weight Watcher s 4 Xmas 4 YouTube 3 Been there done that Been there done that Select Month December 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 March 2015 December 2014 May 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 October 2012 September 2012

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  • VirginiaMiddleton.ca | Category Archives: 2015 | Page 2
    keep in mind is that he s kind of a big deal Bunny is Missy Moo s lovey her stuffie her comfort toy etc He s basically her best and most important friend and companion in the world Confession we currently have four bunnies that we switch out and so far she hasn t gotten suspicious except for a couple times where we magically had two bunnies and one quickly disappeared Continue reading Mommy Musing SheilasBrush Posted on March 18 2015 Posted in 2015 Birthday Family Musing Monday NL Parenting Weather YouTube Hey look Sheila I found your brush So few updates yet so much to say if I could just find the time Ah well no point dwelling on what has or hasn t happened Monday was the Mid March Holiday aka St Patrick s Day but it was also a day where a huge snowstorm hit many parts of the province Some of the folks online were insisting that Monday s storm was Sheila s Brush Some voices online felt otherwise I didn t really care what it was called beyond OMG 30 cm of snow Continue reading I want to read about I want to read about Select Category 2009 1 2010 12 2011 21 2012 34 2013 76 2014 11 2015 9 2016 1 Aikido 1 Baby 52 Birthday 6 blog 12 Bobble head Ted 1 books 8 Bull Pond 3 Canada Day 5 Cascade 220 2 CCME 1 Comics Images 4 communication 6 Dilbert 5 Dreams 1 email fail 3 Facebook 10 Family 41 Food 19 Friday 5 2 Friends 7 Fundraising 4 Gardening 2 Girl Guides 3 GSE 2012 13 Holidays 14 Introduction 1 iPad2 8 iPhone photos 3 Knitting 6 KonMari Method 3 leg warmers 1 Macro 3 Madil Yarns Kid Seta 1

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  • VirginiaMiddleton.ca | See ya later 2013
    of Percy Jackson series Both were easy but really fun reads Run the Tely 10 again Major success I can t help but be really proud of my Tely 10 run this year Not only did I run again but I was able to beat last year s time by over three minutes I did actually train this year which probably helped a lot and it was great to have such an nice summer so that I could pop Missy Moo into our jogging stroller and then run on the trails near our house I also enjoyed using the Run Keeper app on my phone which helped me to keep track of my pace distance and time This year s success has only inspired me to reach much higher next year details to come Unpack boxes from Toronto Sort of As I referenced to last year we moved from Toronto and back to The Rock in September 2010 And in my defence it was a somewhat fast move and we had to pack during a really busy few weeks it was chaotic to say the least While I did manage to get through a lot of our stuff there are still a number of boxes that need our attention Some of those boxes that were packed mere minutes before the movers arrived and are lacking any order or logic as to what s in them We ve been in our current home for almost three years I think it s about time we get through the last of those boxes Maybe in 2014 Sort gut childhood boxes NOPE EPIC FAIL Let s just not even talk about this one there was a whole lot of epic fail on my part I think I actually made things worse because I boxed up all of my non maternity clothes and now I need to dig them all out because I m just about back to my pre pregnancy weight a good thing but there s a lot of clothing purging ahead methinks All the same I m going to give myself a break on this one because taking care of a baby a very active one at that does actually take up a lot of time So there s always next year right Edit and sort photos FAIL This simple sounding yet rather mammoth goal was no where near met But it was primarily due to the lack of technology available My old Acer laptop that I ve had since 2007 is on it s last legs and in now way was able to do what s needed to really reorganize and purge my many many photos that are stored on multiple drives And while I started doing a photo a day in January it didn t last Maybe some other year I ll give it a while but not in 2014 I have more important things I want to focus on So there were mixed results for 2013 but overall I

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  • VirginiaMiddleton.ca | Category Archives: 2013
    avoidable Look who just found Bunny Unfortunately he s behind bars Over the last few weeks we ve been struggling with naps and bedtime Apparently sleep is so not cool with the kids these days Little miss actually gets quite mad It s pretty funny and I can t help but laugh when I see her stomping in her crib But that s caused poor Bunny to be the receiver of our daughter s wrath She will literally swing Bunny around while holding onto the nummy She ll toss him to the other side of her crib and then crawl over and get him Most recently she s been actually throwing Bunny out of her crib Once this happens she s even more upset because now she s all alone I ve even gone so far as to give her one Bunny and then poke the second one in a back corner of the crib but she s caught on to that and will often toss the back up Bunny before evicting the one she s holding A few days ago when attempting to have her nap I gave her Bunny like always and took a blanket bear that s a similar concept to Bunny It didn t go well This is what happens when you throw something away without evaluating the consequences It seems that both Bunny and the bear have big heads that do not easily slip between the bars of the crib Poor poor Bunny If you have seen a Bunny like ours please let me know I m trying to track down one that s exactly the same The brand is Blankets and Beyond for Carter He does not have a rattle inside his head and his blanket is pink and his head is white with pink on the underside of his ears We have a couple blanket bunnies that are similar but I would really really like to get another exact copy ThrowbackThursday come ride with me Posted on January 9 2014 Posted in 2013 Family Nostalgic Throwback Thursday Because it s still early January in my opinion at least I m compelled to share this photo for ThrowbackThursday Grandma and Papa Radford It s my favourite photo of my paternal grandparents Grandma s birthday was January 3 and every year I think of her this year was no different Her birthday was always the final party for my father s family during the holidays My father is one of three children so they each took a day to host Christmas Eve Boxing Day and Grandma s birthday Grandma s birthday was our evening to have everyone over and it was a nice way to finish off the holidays This photo was taken before I was born during a family trip to Disney World that involved my grandparents my parents and brother and my uncle Dad s brother aunt and their three children There s just something about this photo that I love It s

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  • VirginiaMiddleton.ca | Category Archives: technology
    up in your business while you were struggling to drag yourself towards something shiny I suspect that she ll be crawling very soon and then we ll be in trouble Luckily we already have the baby gate installed because our friends were visiting last week with their 13 month old And also thanks to their little guy our kitchen is on the way to being fairly baby proof although we have a few things left to do but that ll come in time Click Those special moments Posted on April 2 2013 Posted in 2013 Montreal Ontario Photography technology Toronto My camera and I have a very sordid relationship I love it very much but it doesn t always get the attention it deserves Then when it receives lots love from me I don t know what to do with all of the photos I ve taken I m OCD likes to take over when I m processing photos I bought a copy of Lightroom back in 2011 and it was a mixed blessing I have lots of great tools and editing magic at my finger tips but it s easy to get hung up on needing every photo to be perfect I struggle with that but am working through it I also have a very hard time deleting photos and there s a good reason for that But there are those moments where you and your camera are in sync There s something about the lighting the composition and the timing It s like the universe comes together and says Quick take a photo Now Click Wow And you re so happy you did In no particular order here are just a few photos I ve taken that are on my Flickr account that I care dearly about I have so many more I ll try to share more soon Continue reading There s an app for that Posted on January 26 2013 Posted in 2013 Baby Parenting Social Media technology A couple of months ago I discovered an app called RunPee And the name is fitting it tells you when you can run and go pee during a movie and not miss important scenes or climatic points This is a major plus when you ve paid a small fortune to sit in a dark theater with a bunch of strangers And it s conveniently available for Android Apple and Windows mobile phones for free Score Continue reading How do you take your social media coffee Posted on October 3 2012 Posted in 2012 Facebook Meme Social Media technology Tumblr Twitter Saw this on Facebook Thanks for sharing Micaela AKA Caela rue Social media networks explained with coffee Continue reading I want to read about I want to read about Select Category 2009 1 2010 12 2011 21 2012 34 2013 76 2014 11 2015 9 2016 1 Aikido 1 Baby 52 Birthday 6 blog 12 Bobble head Ted 1 books 8 Bull Pond 3 Canada Day 5 Cascade

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