Turn on the Jets…

Today I completed my first 5km race that I actually ran! (I did one in July 2012 with my friends while touring the Yukon)…but I didn’t train for that, or even run for that matter—we walked it! 

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My friend Michelle (below)…ran on the Toronto Pearson Runway run…at the end of September.  I saw her awesome photos, and some other friend’s awesome photos from that day…and it made me wish I could run a 5km.  It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time…and the timing just seemed right!

Michelle let me know about this race and I decided to sign up! It was held on the Downsview Airport..a perfect first 5km…it was 100% flat! Downsview Airport 5km Race_0020

…I decided to ask my friend Josefina if she’d join me.  The rest was done…just the training and trying to get so I could run longer than 30seconds! Downsview Airport 5km Race_0012I started using a couch to 5km app on my phone and I’d go out for a 30min run/walk…then walk for the rest of the hour.  I never got past the run 1 min, walk 1 1/2 min… But I loved how I felt when I was doing it!
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After Thanksgiving life got crazy with work..so I had to put the running aside, then I got a crazy cold…(which kept me out of the loop for like 10 days)… then 2 1/2 weeks ago I had my big toenail removed.  So let’s just say that my training didn’t progress as far as I’d like. Downsview Airport 5km Race_0014

Even though Josefina has a cold, and couldn’t talk very well… she came! WIthout her I wouldn’t have actually finished this thing.  She is a great pace-setter.  She’s a turtle and I’m a hare…without her, I would have really worn myself out! We ended up finishing 40:24! Downsview Airport 5km Race_0015

Even though my legs are a bit sore (in a good way)…I’m already thinking about my next 5km! Downsview Airport 5km Race_0016

…that runner high, it’s contagious! Downsview Airport 5km Race_0017 Downsview Airport 5km Race_0018 Downsview Airport 5km Race_0019

Just wanted to shout out to my friends who ran with me today… Michelle in the 8km and Josefina with the 5km….Thanks!!!

Also wanted to thank my sis-in-law for doing some practice runs with me over Thanksgiving weekend…I can’t wait to do a 5km with you! As well as all my friends that are encouraged me to give running a start.

Happy Birthday John!

HaPpY Birthday to you…
Happy birthday to YOU…
HaPpY BiRtHdAy to YOU!!

John Birthday

Hope you have a fantastic day…and have a great time in the hunting camp!

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Thanks for always being there and being the best little brother a gal could ever wish to have. Can’t wait to see you in person to celebrate together! :) luv ya, Sarah

Happy 40th Birthday Dana!!!!


HaPpY Birthday to you…
Happy birthday to YOU…
HaPpY BiRtHdAy to YOU!!

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Last month my brother surprised Dana with a 40th Birthday PIG ROAST a MONTH before her actual birthday! Friends of theirs opened up their backyard for the party!
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The pig was delicious…Samuel decided that the pig’s ear wasn’t so fantastic because there’s not a lot of meat in the ear! Dana's Pig Roast 1Another amazing reason I love being in the south is to be close to family events like this when they happen. It was so fun to be able to join in on the fun and party in person, rather than catching up over the phone! 
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Dana's Pig Roast 4Hope you had a fantastic ‘surprise’…and that your day today was extra special. 
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Welcome to the next decade…don’t worry I know you will be able to rock it!

Luv, Sarah

Meanwhile in Ontario…

It’s been a crazy-filled three months! I can’t believe it’s October 18th already.  So what’s been happening?


My move went so smoothly… my boxes from Nunavut arrived on Tuesday morning (and I dropped them off the Thursday before in Pang!). In all the things that I moved, I only broke one coffee mug–from the Department of Education. Sad but true. IMG_6074

I had a lot of switching province stuff to get under control…drivers license, health card and new plates for Milo.  During this process it was so crazy, but I finally got it all done.


The first 4 weeks were busy catching up with family and friends…trying to find an apartment, then settling in and going on a crazy shopping spree to repurchase things I sold when I left Nunavut. It was so awesome to be able to spend time with good friends…that have become family.


I got to spend 4 awesome days at my family’s cottages…catching up with cousins that were there from the states and BC as well as from various spots in Ontario! IMG_6089 IMG_6133

Then it was back to reality of getting settled before I started my new job…a trip to IKEA was a necessary evil! I had fun putting together my new couch, chair and book shelf! IMG_6237

I also went a crazy shopping spree for new clothes with my mum and sis-in-law…so much fun to invest in a fun new wardrobe! I surprised myself and added a bunch of dresses to my wardrobe. IMG_6250

My job has been amazing.  Every day I am happy, and it is confirmed that I made the right choice to move south when I did..and I am loving what I’m doing. Yes, it’s been crazy hectic at times, but I LOVE it! IMG_6312

I’m slowly adjusting back to life in the south…with cars, cell phones and wifi that’s-oh-so-fast.   LIfe lately has kept me really busy…but I’ve missed dropping by this place and sharing photos and random stories, until the next time.


Happy Birthday Gramma!!!

HaPpY Birthday to you…
Happy birthday to YOU…
HaPpY BiRtHdAy to YOU!!


You are the greatest of the Grammas!
You are the greatest I’ve ever known. You are one of the most awesome women in my life, and from your love and wisdom, I’ve grown. Happy Birthday, Gramma.Gramma2

May your every wish come true and I never want to forget to say…I love you!
Hope your day today is extra special, so happy to see you at the lake this summer!
:) Luv you heaps, Sarah

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