Jason Howard & Carmen Cusack (via: http://www.where.ca/travel/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/South-Pacific-Jason-Howard-.jpg)

I’ve spent the last week or so trying to be a little more “unplugged” than I usually am.

Sometimes I feel like I am so connected to my computer that I forget that there is a great big world away from it.  So, I’ve been making conscious decisions to reduce my time spent at my desk and to be more active. Considering that I am once again completely addicted to the Alias series this has been no easy task, but here’s where I’ve been for the last 10 days or so:

Running —  I’ve been trying to run 4 –  5 times per week since the beginning of August. Last week I finally accomplished my goal of completing a 10 kilometer run (6.2 mi) and I’m still training for my race in two weeks. Last week the weather was not my friend–running in 40°C is not my favourite, nor was drastic switch to freezing temperatures over the weekend. However, tomorrow I am jumping back in the saddle.

Visiting Family — Of the last 14 days I’ve been away for 7 of them. I spent last weekend celebrating Spart’s 28th birthday and Princess Pea’s first birthday with my family and it was a marvelous party. Peeah planned a beautiful Princess celebration and I cannot believe that my niece is a year old. She is completely and utterly perfect. She is toddling / running all over the place and is slowly adding words to her vocabulary. My favourites so far are “Wassat?” (what’s that?) and “Hi Da!” (Hi Dad). She can also say “Hi Kitty”, but not “Hi Mom”. It’s adorable.

This past weekend Mom, Dad, Spart and I made the long trek north to visit Grammy. It was so lovely to be back–even though it’s been years since I lived there and many of my best friends are gone now, it always feels like home. The weather was FREEZING, but even that was somehow comforting. It wouldn’t feel like the Great White North if the weather wasn’t crap. :)

Dating — As you know, the Hubster and I just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. Last Thursday the Hubster and I got all dressed up and rushed into The City to see South Pacific–his anniversary gift to me. (If you don’t know about my love for musicals, then you don’t know me. haha) I love love love the Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. I own all the films. I know all the songs by heart, but sure–I have my favourites. I’ve always enjoyed South Pacific, but I have to be honest–it wasn’t my favourite.

…until I saw it live.

I have no words. When I saw The Sound of Music live I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t blown away. If I’m being honest here, I preferred the film. I don’t think anyone but Christopher Plummer could ever be Captain Von Trapp for me. But South Pacific… ohhh. If you ever have the opportunity to see it live, you HAVE to go. I was blown away. The live show is a completely different experience and I have completely fallen in love with this musical.

Other than that, I’ve been reading, organizing, cleaning and getting myself ready for the school year. It really did feel nice to take a breather, but I’m ready to jump back into a teaching  / blogging / life routine with both feet. :)

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