Sunday, March 27, 2011

Traveling Fit

It was a somewhat uneventful travel day to DC. Although I did get my first customs agent who didn't sucumb to my smile and friendly attitude. For a moment I didn't think he was going to let me into the country...the fact that I worked for an American company but out of my office in Canada baffled him and he didn't like that much. Shrug.

The flights were short: I finished reading Jerk Calfornia on one flight and saw 1/2 a movie on the other.

About an 1.5 hours after landing I made it to the hotel in a meandering shuttle. Shrug. Travel is travel. It does what it wants with your schedule. You'll have a much better relationship if you just realize she will get you there but will have her way with you first.

Some of you may or may not know that I achieved a personal milestone a few weeks back. After much struggle, I finally believe that I have a foothold on living a healthy lifestyle: daily leave-it-on-the-table exercise and well eating are now a priority and part of my personal description. As much as traveling is.

So you can imagine my concern with traveling for the next three weeks. I know myself, it's easy to get lazy and I really don't want to lose what I've achieved. Sure there is a lot of hiking planned but if I don't have that committed exercise until-you-swear-and-pant daily, I feel like I'll lose my momentum. Thankfully, in this global environment it is becoming quite the trend.

Yes, the hotel did greet me with a warm cookie but room service had this amazingly delish Mediterranean chicken salad with kalamata olives, feta cheese, chickpeas, geens, roasted peppers and other goodies. Add a large bottle of sparkling water and you have healthy in-room dining. They even give you the nutrition breakdown!

To finish off the day of travel and just enjoying my room I googled hotel room exerices and did this one ( Can I just say: mamma mia!? Yes, there was some swearing, but also some creativity as my eReader just doesn't have the weight of a book, generally the appeal with travel...who knew? Giggle.

Now to enjoy a hot bath and Anna Karina.

Tomorrow is a comfy shoe work day as we walk from the office to the Buildiing Museum and look at Lego structures, Italian lunch, and then the Tidal Basin to enjoy the cherry blossoms. The festival kicked off this weekend. Yes, I get paid to do this. It's intended to inspire our design. :)

Monday, March 14, 2011


I'm annoying, opinionated
I'm terribly shy
I'll regret not doing
And wonder just why
Around this globe I spin
Comfort gone awry
Defending endangered pleasures
Sipping reality and rye

Apprehensive to face the day
From tomorrow spilt
He's addicted to affirmations
She to digs of guilt
Swooning in a bookstore
Man not transformer built
Caring aid human
Hearts full tilt

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Have been thinking about my visit to Japan lately with the disaster that has happened there. Such a beautiful island with a remarkable people. Can't believe the trip was in 2006. It feels like yesterday. If you wanna see more pics they are here:


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Oncology on Canvas:
Expression of a Cancer Journey
Cuts heal
The same
But strong

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To all those amazing survivors out there.