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12 of 12 – January

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell , and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.  The only thing is…Chad is no longer hosting 12 of 12 on his site, and as far as I know, there is no new home for us as of yet.  Regardless, you can find Chad’s website here, including links to past 12 of 12s.

I are still participating in the monthly 12s, even without a host, just because it’s fun!  I know Kerri is too, and I’m still hoping Mike and Scully do too….  (But even if they don’t, you should still check out their blogs!)

Anyway, on with 12 of 12 for 2012!  If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

1. This is the piece of banana that was leftover from my breakfast of balkan yogurt, banana and walnuts.  I know it seems like a small piece to leave, but it just would have pushed my carbs too far past my breakfast quota.  So this piece of banana sat in my office all day…getting brown.  I was going to take another picture of it later in the day, but I forgot.  It was probably for the best.  It made it back home with me, because I hate to throw away food, but eventually I gave it to the dog.

2. When I turned on my computer (at work) there was an email waiting for me from a friend who I hadn’t heard from in a while.  Coincidentally, I had just sent him a message on Facebook the night before, but it was sent after he had sent this one.  Oooh….eerie!  As you can see, he mentions 12 of 12 in his email.  I’m still hoping to see a 12 from him someday. 😉

3.  I’ve been fighting a cold, and one of my favourite cold remedies is lemon tea.  Thank you, Sir Thomas Lipton, for helping to cure what ails me!

4.  It was new CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System) sensor day.  (Yaaaaay!)  The sensor had been inserted at home, so after the appropriate “wetting” period, I attached the transmitter.  (For those of you who don’t know, the transmitter is the white part above.  The blue part is it’s charger.)

5.  On my lunch break, I printed off a few Bingo cards for The Kid.  I figured it might be kind of fun to have her look for things around the house and put stickers on them when she found them.  The one on the left I found on a website.  The one on the right I made.  We’ve played them a few times now and it turns out she likes looking for “stuff” more than she likes looking for colours.  She’s definitely having fun with them, though!

6.  Also on my lunchbreak, I quickly popped into a nearby store for some stickers to use for the Bingo games I’d made.  While I was there I took a quick browse through the craft supplies.  I’m thinking The Kid would have fun decorating those pink tiaras.  Maybe another time…

7.  It was a very cold and very windy day.  Check out this flag flying straight out!  Brrr….

8.  This cold snap closely followed some very warm days.  Our van windows are still bearing the evidence of the warm days…especially because we ran out of windshield washer fluid.  The cold snap meant there was really no major rush to refill it (nothing splashes when it’s this cold), so we were driving around like this for a couple of days.  Ew.  (Please note that this is the edge of the windshield.  The driver’s visibility was fine – I promise!)

9.  A few weeks ago I filled out a survey about blood glucose monitors and was promised a $10 Starbucks card for my time.  Well guess what came in the mail?!  As my husband said, “Look!  It’s one-and-a-half lattés!”  Yeah yeah…  It’s not like I get them every day!

10.  Last weekend we weaned The Kid off of her soother.  She was chewing holes in them, so it was time.  It went remarkably well and we are very proud of her.  She ended up doing better with “it’s broken” than with “it’s lost”, so I “broke” it by cutting off the nipple.  She thinks the dog chewed it off.  Hey, whatever works.  She’s requested that we save the neutered binkie for her sister (who is still in my belly).  Aww….

11.  I had an appointment with my favourite esthetician, Tannis, in the evening.  She agreed to be in a photo for my 12!  I’ve got a weird face in this picture, but she looks great, so I’m putting it in anyway.  She’s the best!

12.  Last but not least, my baby belly shot for this month.  I’m just shy of 25 weeks in this picture.  I’ll have you know that I feel a lot bigger than this!

And that’s it!  Wasn’t it refreshing that this wasn’t another sick-day 12?  😉

12 of 12 – December: Home Tour

I can hardly believe it, but today is yet another sick-day 12 of 12.  We’re not sick as often as this trend might lead one to believe.  Actually, today none of us are sick – it’s the daycare provider who is sick.  But she’s sick with a strep throat that we brought into the daycare last week.  I feel really badly about that, in spite of the fact that The Kid brought it there before she was symptomatic, so we had no way to know.  Regardless, we’re home again today.

Because my well of ideas for at-home photos is running dry after all these at-home 12s, I thought I’d try something different today.  I’m giving you a “tour” of our house.  Really, it’s not a tour of our house, but of things in our house.  Could be interesting, or could be boring, but it’s what I’ve got.  So first the 12 of 12 spiel, and then on with the tour.

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

1. The Kitchen:  This is our fridge.  As you can see, it has the obligatory children’s artwork on it.  The one on the bottom right is the most interesting to me.  It used to be that, when The Kid coloured, she would only colour the eyes of her colouring book characters.  Then for a brief while, this transitioned to drawing – she drew eyes.  That’s what this picture is.  She’s branched out now, but I still find it absolutely intriguing.  Then, of course, we have the finger-painting, as well as the paper dolls (which her Daddy helped her make).  Also on the fridge is our menu for the week.  With our rushed evening schedule, it’s easier to plan ahead.  You may not be able to see it, but this week’s menu includes a few “leftovers” meals, as well as one of chicken fingers and fries.  We generally eat pretty well, but it’s just that kind of week.  Oh, also there’s a fried egg on the counter.  It’s fake.

2. The Family Room / TV Room: Essentially this is the playroom.  The Kid is a bit young yet to play alone downstairs, so this is where a lot of the “hanging out” happens.  It’s a mess, so instead of a picture of the room, you’re getting a toy example, along with a short story.  This is The Kid’s first baby doll – a 1st birthday gift.  As you can see, she’s looking a little bruised.  It’s not marker or crayon or paint.  It doesn’t come off.  Our best guess (which I think is correct) is that these marks are from the purple paint on the handmade doll high-chair and crib that we got as hand-me-downs from my husband’s cousin.  They’re super cute (and were free), but all of the (toy) babies around our house are starting to look startlingly abused.  Now that The Kid is getting more and more interested in playing with her dolls, the dolls are looking worse and worse.  I think we may have to buy some new doll furniture soon.

3. The Livingroom:  This also doubles as a play room.  In fact, most of the house does.  Anyway, this year I bought The Kid her first nativity set.  This Veggie Tales one was too cute to pass up.  (For example, Baby Jesus is a baby carrot.  It doesn’t get much cuter than that!)  She loves it, and we’ve had the “privilege” of hearing the Veggie angel atop the stable singing “Away in a Manger” more times than we could have (or would have) hoped.

4. The Kid’s Room:  Surprisingly (or maybe not), this room contains fewer toys than most.  The toy pictured here is a good one, though.  It was a gift from my brother-in-law and his wife (but almost certainly the idea came from his wife).  The ladybug has coloured lights in it, and when the room is dark and you turn it on, the lights shine through the star and moon holes and make the ceiling look like the night sky.  It’s a great idea, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought of getting one for our room as well.

5. The Main Bathroom:  Yeah, you’re getting bathroom pictures.  I don’t have enough rooms in my house to skip bathrooms.  Our main floor bathroom is an interesting mixture of colours.  The walls are a sort of orangey/rusty colour, and there’s a border with green and blue in it, so I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a complementary shower curtain for this bathroom.  I finally found this one (at Zellers, so nice and cheap), that is slightly loud, but actually goes pretty well in the bathroom and makes for a fun kids’ bathroom.  And that’s the shower curtain.  (I told you this could be boring.)

6. Our Bedroom:  This is one of the few decorations up in our bedroom – my favourite of our wedding pictures.  We also have it in a larger version on our livingroom wall.  I’m wondering how long until it looks totally outdated like our parents’ wedding pictures.  (Sorry Mom. ;))

7. The Ensuite Bathroom: Another boring one, so I’ll make this quick.  This is my favourite of the Bath & Body Works holiday scents.  Mmmm….

8. The Front Entrance: Moving down to the basement, I was going to take a picture of the coat room (since I was trying to do this by room), but let’s just say it was a no-go.  So this is the entrance instead.  Generally speaking, I have (at least) a mild dislike of the whole “Country Charm” type of decor – at least for my own living space.  Still, this decoration ends up hanging in our entrance all winter every winter.  It just keeps coming back.  I really have no one to blame but myself, though.

9. The Rec Room:  That should be in quotes – i.e. “Rec” room.  There’s no pool table, no darts, and no bar.  Just a couch, chair, TV, bookshelf, recumbent stationary bike and some other miscellaneous stuff.  One of these miscellaneous items is our didgeridoo.  We got it as a sort of wedding gift (we actually picked it out from a gift certificate that we got as a wedding gift).  You can’t see the whole thing here, but it’s actually gorgeously hand-crafted in Indonesia and was a beautiful decoration and conversation piece in our livingroom until The Kid came along and the vast majority of beautiful decorations were put away for the next few years.  I’d love to boast being able to play it, but I just haven’t figured out circular breathing.  I seriously admire anyone who can play this instrument well.

10. The Extra room / Storage Room:  It’s actually an extra bedroom or office or something (downstairs), but it’s being used for neither.  Instead, it contains extra dining room chairs, table games, the minivan seat that we’ve removed, an orphaned twin mattress (we sometimes have a lot of out-of-town family staying over at the same time and need all the sleeping space we can get), homemade pickles, CDs/DVDs, hockey equipment, golf clubs, a high chair, and this broken coffee maker.  My husband loved this coffee maker and aspires to fix it.  So we keep it.  I really want to throw it out…but he puts up with my crap, so I put up with his too.  😉

11.  The Guest Room:  This is where you stay if you come to visit us overnight.  It’s in the basement and our basement is cold, so we have many extra blankets for our visitors.  More than just these two.  (There was really nothing else to take a picture of in this room.)

12.  The Basement Bathroom:  Here is this month’s baby belly picture of me in the last room of our house.  You don’t get to see my face this time.

And that’s it for the tour!  Come back again sometime!

12 of 12 – November: Food

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

Usually my weekend 12s are a bit easier to do, because I’m not sitting in an office all day.  This time, though, my day was too busy for photo variety – but not busy with interesting going-out kinds of stuff.  It was mostly busy in the kitchen and with children.  And since I like the children in my life to remain anonymous on my blog, it didn’t leave me with a lot of photo opps other than….food!  (There are a few exceptions.)  So take a look…but don’t blame me if you’re hungry when you’re done!

1. We had my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephew (in-law?) over for the weekend, so I decided that fresh, warm cinnamon buns (of the pre-packaged bake-and-serve variety) were in order.  Since the morning is my prime bloodsugar-spike time, this did not end up being my breakfast, but later in the day I did have a convenient low (actually a few – it was a day of lows), and was able to indulge in one.  Delicious!

2.  We babysat our nephew in the morning while his mommy did some child-free shopping.  He was a very good boy, and looked so cute in his winter PJs.  Our two-year-old sure loves her little cousin, and gave us good reason to believe that she’s going to be a fantastic big sister!

3. For lunch, chicken salad…uh…salad.  One of my favourites!  For those of you who are interested, this one was made with rotisserie chicken (not recommended for low-sodium diets, unfortunately), red peppers, celery, green onion, tomato and Miracle Whip (I usually also add Bold & Spicy deli mustard, but forgot this time).  I tossed some of it in with some romaine and some spinach, added some grated marble cheddar cheese and chopped apple, and voila!

4.  Had a post-lunch low and treated with a delicious mandarin orange.

5. Still low after the orange, so I resorted to leftover Halloween candy.

6. Nap time.  Lows and pregnancy and cooking and company tired me out.

7. Supper prep.  This is hashbrown casserole in its pre-oven stages.  Doesn’t look too appetizing, does it?  Trust me, it’s fantastic when it’s done!  This was another non-low-carb part of our company-menu.  It was a good day to be struggling with lows – I got to eat more of this than I anticipated too. 🙂

8.  A pre-dinner appetizer for the group.  This is flammekueche.  I was introduced to it when I was living in France, and recently the family I lived with contacted me to tell me that they are now available in Canada!  Of course, we had to try one…and we were not disappointed!  The crust wasn’t quite as crispy as “the real thing”, but the flavour took me right back to 1999 and my summer in France.  Yum!

9. Side salad for supper.  This one is my mother-in-law’s favourite: mixed greens, feta cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, (usually red onion, but I left them out this time), and my “secret” dressing. 🙂

10.  My husband wanted me to take a picture of the meat, so here it is – seasoned, BBQed pork tenderloin.  So…darn…good.

11.  This is totally unrelated to food.  It’s my daughter’s curly ponytail.  My hair is poker straight, so sometimes I can hardly believe I produced a child whose hair could do this.  I love it, but I seriously  have no idea how to style curly hair.  I guess I’ll learn.

12.  And lastly, the classic “pregnant shot in bathroom mirror taken with iPhone”.  Perhaps I’ll include a belly photo in each month’s 12 so you can watch me grow!  I’m currently about 16 weeks.  With my last pregnancy it took until about 5 months for me to have a belly this size.  Oof.

That’s all!

12 of 12 – September (Better Late Than Never)

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

This may be my tardiest 12 ever and for that I do apologize.  My week somehow managed to completely get away on me.  But here they (finally) are:

1. This is my fancy toothbrush.  It spins and jiggles and really does quite a nice job of cleaning my teeth.  The best thing about it, though, is that it was free.  FREE!  One day a few weeks ago, I was grocery shopping at Superstore, and after the cashier rang up my groceries, she said, “You’ve qualified for a free gift because you’ve spent over $200 today!” (It was an expensive trip.)  And then I was given this toothbrush.  It even came with a spare head!  Yes!  It pays to spend too much at Superstore!

2.  My work bag was a little too full in the morning.  That’s my lunch bag you see poking through.

3. I spent a few days this week doing a food log for my dietitian to do a quick check of whether I’m still getting “all the right stuff” in my diet, even though I eat (mostly) low-carb and don’t eat many grains.  Here you see my typical breakfast.

4. I had an acupuncture appointment over the lunch hour and managed to get a needle picture.  I think this point is P.6.  She put a bunch in my back, this one in my arm, and a couple in my leg.  Then she left me alone to nap.  Ahhh….

5. I had a meeting that required me to connect my laptop to a projector in our meeting room.  I borrowed a nice long network cable from a co-worker (thanks Angela!) who told me it was great for moving around the room if I needed to.  The only problem was that I couldn’t untangle it any better than what you see above.  So my computer and I stayed pretty stationary.

6. Snack time!  I love these.  Mmm….

7. This is one of the best kid-related inventions (other than the diaper) of all time.  It’s a snack cup with a rubbery top so little fingers go in but little Cheerios don’t come out when it’s dropped or turned upside down.  Awesome.

8. I got these lilies from my wonderful husband last week.  They were beautiful then and they’re still going strong!

9. I had a small incident with my usual lancing device (for bloodtests – I don’t joust) so I used this backup Microlet2 that I had from my CDE.  I literally had to make at least 10 attempts before I was able to draw blood with this thing.  The needle was just bouncing off my calloused fingers.  Bayer, you need to put a stronger spring in these things.  Just sayin’.

10.  Yogurt.  In a tube.  Frozen.  Need I say more?

11. Making my lunch for the next day.  I weigh my food.  Not every single thing, because some things I just know and can eyeball by now, but some I can’t.  My fancy scale has a food database in it, which is great, and came with a book of all the codes, but since I don’t regularly require the code for things like swordfish, I decided to make a list of the foods I do normally eat.  As you can see, my list is well-used.

12.  Playing my current favourite iPad2 game before bed – Cleopatra’s Pyramid.  It’s solitaire, it’s addictive (to nerds like me), and once they hook you, they charge you to play the more advanced levels.  (Bastards!)  The busty sphinx is a bit odd, though.  (Crossing my fingers that someone now finds my blog via the search term “busty sphinx”.  I’ll be watching…)

13 of 12 – August

Yeah, you read right.  I cheated.  Since I actually did stuff on the 12th this month (as opposed to so many previous 12s done from home), I had a lot of trouble narrowing my pictures down to just 12.  Let’s just call it a baker’s dozen. 🙂

This month I used Camera+ on my iPhone, so any effects you see in the pictures below are from that fun app.

Also, I’d like to point you in the direction of my friend Genifer, who did her first 12 of 12 this month!  Actually, she only did 11, but it’s her first time.  Go check her out.

Now the schpiel:

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

1. Part of my breakfast – blackberries!  Yum!  I ate them with yogurt and walnuts.  Delicious!

2. This is my friend Lauren.  We went to Starbucks for coffee on her break.  See that smile on her face?  It’s pretty much always there, and is one of the reasons that a lot of people are going to miss her when she moves to Ontario in a few weeks. 😦

3. On the way back from Starbucks I popped in to HMV quickly for these two CDs.  I didn’t have any CDs from either of these ladies, so I’m trying them out.

4. It was United Way Bingo Day at work.  Bingo Day always happens on a Friday when I’m not working, but this time I was actually working on Bingo Day!  Unfortunately I didn’t win.  I still had 2 squares left (for blackout) when the winner was called.  Booourns.

5. This is Kerri.  Kerri and I met through 12 of 12, and found out that we live in the same city, so we’ve been trying to meet up for 12 of 12 for a few months already and this time it finally worked out!  We met over the lunch hour and took a walk around downtown Winnipeg for some shots.  Don’t forget to check out her 12 here!  She actually managed to get a picture of the two of us together!

6. We walked by the fountains on Memorial Ave, but my pictures of them didn’t turn out well.  These are the stones leading up to the fountain.  You can see the water from the fountain pool in the cracks (although not in this picture).

7. Silhouette of the Golden Boy (atop the Legislative Building) in the golden sun.

8. The Vaughn Street Jail (no longer a jail).

9. The Winnipeg Clinic.  It looks like it belongs in either the 70s or the Jetsons.  Or both (i.e. someone watching the Jetsons in the 70s…?)  I see a couple of doctors here.

10. This is my friend Richard.  He consented to a picture for my 12, but did not consent to posing for one, so I was forced to play paparazzi and try to take a surprise candid photo with an iPhone camera that is not very paparazzi-esque.  Anyway, we went to Tim Hortons (I’m not usually a 2-coffees-per-day girl, but it was Friday so I made an exception).  He may or may not be levitating a donut in this picture.

11. The waiting room of the Youville Diabetes Centre.  I had an appointment there after work.  There’s a Flickr site for pictures like these, but I haven’t posted this one yet.  Maybe I will.

12. Ran to Costco for a few things after supper.  Oh Costco….Christmas in August?  Is this not just a little ridiculous?

13. Stewing about fragrances.  I’m looking for a new one and tried a few during the day.  This one is a definite contender, but by bedtime I could hardly smell it on me anymore and my husband couldn’t smell it at all, so I’m not sure it’s the right one for me.  Also in the running is Hugo Boss XX.  Still not sure, though…

That’s all!  Hope you enjoyed them!

12 of 12 – July

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.  

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

Unfortunately, and coincidentally, today’s 12 is going to be (yet again) another sick-day 12.  I’ve come down with a nasty cold/flu and was unable to drag my sick ass into work this morning.  I’m crossing my fingers for August – no more sick-day 12s!  Ugh!

1. My buddy for the day.  Thankfully they make some of the boxes somewhat attractive now.  It’s alternate had a stupid bunny on it.  Lame.

2. Breakfast: Balkan yogurt with pineapple and walnuts.  It’s my yummy low-GI breakfast that keeps my bloodsugar from spiking first thing in the morning.  It’s in a Ziplock container because I had made it the night before, thinking I’d be eating it at work today.

3. My Neti Pot.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  Today it didn’t.  If you’ve never seen one before, let me tell you how it works:  pointy end goes in one nostril, head is tipped to the side over the sink, water (a saline solution) goes in one side and (hopefully) out the other.  It’s an uncomfortable process, but when it works it’s awesome.  Today my nose was so plugged that it just ran down my throat.  Yuck.

4. My teapot.  (Not to be confused with my Neti Pot.  Ouch!)  I’m a hard-core tea drinker when I’m sick.  Today’s tea was lemon.

5. I had brought my laptop home last night, so even though I was taking a sick day, I did do some work.  These were sitting beside me at the table and distracting me.  But really, who wouldn’t be distracted by cute buggy binoculars?!

6.  Murphy napping in a sunbeam.  I was jealous.

7.  Lunch: mixed greens, leftover roast beef, red onion, red pepper, feta, pecans, blueberries and balsamic vinaigrette.  Like my breakfast, it was also packed to be eaten at work.

8.  I watched some TV at lunchtime, but the pictures I took of the TV screen had too much glare on them, so this picture of me holding the remote will have to do.

9.  It was a gorgeous day, so I sat outside for a bit.  This is our little vegetable garden.  We’re growing beans (green and yellow), spinach, dill and asparagus.  (Remember the asparagus seeds from last month?)

10.  Sitting in my lounger in the sun reading my Women’s Health magazine.  Mmm…salads!  Love ’em!

11.  My sky.  Love that blue!

12. I did the dishes after supper and had to take a picture of this beast.  It’s a two-man Henckels, and it is fantastic!

That’s all.  Time for this sicko to go to bed!