Goodbye August! Let’s sum(mer) it all up!

Oh my!! How in the world is it the end of August? I haven’t spent much time on the computer at all this summer and I feel a bit bad for my poor little neglected blog. 🙁 Thought I’d do a little catch up post to show you where I’m at!

I’ve spent most of my summer outside running! I thought I was going to be running occasionally to keep fit etc after doing the full marathon back in June but instead I’m running more than ever – sometimes 8+ hours a week which is the majority of my free time! Right now I’m training for a half marathon race at the end of October, and then I’ll take a bit of a break for winter. My online presence is almost non-existent at the moment (eek!) to the point of worrying my internet friends, in which I’m so sorry! (but so sweet to know people have thought of me!) So a goal of mine going forward is try to maintain a better balance because a social connection is also something important.

On the bright side, with all that running I get to eat far more than ever so I’ve been baking a ton and have an ever growing list of recipes to get to! 😀

I am really finding myself missing crafting lately! I got off to such a great start this year ~ that was the point of this blog after all ~ and then just faded. I feel like I’m constantly rushed and just can’t relax enough to sit down and calmly create something. I’m excited for the snow to fall again (shh!) so I get to be all bundled up with knitting needles in hand for hours on end!

So hang just a little bit tighter, I have tons of whimsical fun things to create and share with you all! xoxo

Sugar hopes you have a great rest of the summer as well (and asks if you could perhaps cut her a slice of watermelon?!)

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Ai-Kon 2019 Haul!

This past weekend was my second trip to Ai-Kon, the annual anime convention in my lovely city of Winnipeg, Canada! I went last year and was dying to go back immediately afterwards!

I was only able to go on the Friday this year because of other plans, but I was going to make my most of my couple of hours there. Fortunately my office is just a couple of blocks away so I was able to pop over at lunch to get registered (while getting caught in a torrential downpour!) and check it out quick. Then the moment it was hometime, I ran back over to get the fun started!

I decided to dress as casual Usagi Tsukino (the civilian identity of the one and only Sailor Moon!) for an extra fun-vention and so that I could sneakily wear it to work and not have to change after! I’ve always loved Usagi’s day to day outfits in the anime because they are so easy to put together, and I had everything I needed for this one and could also play undercover as Sailor Moon. Well, sort of – the odango might have given me away a little!

My big reason for going to conventions – aside from being surrounded by a sea of other happy like-minded people – is the marketplace! I’m a big collector of everything kawaii and plushie, and having it all out in front of me is my idea of paradise!

I went a bit plushie crazy and adopted *cough* 10 new friends! Unicorns and Lopeusa’s and Korilakkumas, oh my!

Hard to believe I only got TWO Pokemon things ~ Espeon and Ditto as Sylveon. There were a lot of vendors selling Pokemon plush this year, so yay for my self control because I wanted SO MANY!

My favourite find of the day was Kojika no Latte  – a little deer plush made by Amuse! I’ve been wanting her for a very long time and couldn’t even find one on ebay so I almost passed out (fawns are my favourite :3). Finding some Molang things was cool too, because I don’t have anything of him yet.

That Unicorn no Cony is MASSIVE and so snuggly. The best thing was me struggling with her half way through downtown trying to catch the bus after!

I also found these mega cute Sanrio buttons! I was so excited to find Keroppi and Chococat pins (my favourite character!).

I also picked up a blind box! It’s a Re-Ment Sanrio snowglobe. I have terrible luck with these to be honest and always get the one that I don’t really prefer… Nothing changes! I ended up getting Marroncream ~ she’s a sweet little French bunny girl which is one of the lesser known Sanrio characters. She’s actually growing on me a bit after learning more about her so I promise the initial disappointment has passed!

Last but not least, the SWEETS! *_*

I’m still working on opening them all! The Sakura Sake Kitkits are unfortunately a bit of a disappointment :/ They smell overwhelmingly like sake, but only have the faintest Sakura taste. They’re quite refreshing, but not really what I thought. Japanese Kitkats are always very hit and miss anyways ~ but I love testing them! So far, the strawberry shake sweets and the Fujiya Milky x Sanrio chocolates are my favourite.

It was a great day! Will definitely be back next year and hope to take in more of the panels and experiences over the full weekend.

As a side note, I think I might expand my blog into reviews of toys and Japanese sweets because I adore them to a ridiculous degree. So watch out! 🙂 xoxo

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I finished my first marathon!

I DID IT! Ran 26.2 miles (42 kilometers) before most people even had breakfast yesterday – and loved it!

I still kind of feel like running is my ~secret~identity, totally separate from my usual pretty pink persona! Okay, this outfit might just give me away! 😉

Here’s me the house at 5 am! I woke up at THREE and spent a groggy half an hour trying to get that darn bib on straight!!

Running has become a big part of my life and one of my favourite hobbies. As I mentioned in this post, I only started properly training last year after thinking that’d I never ever do such a silly thing. I’m a frilly dress wearing, no sweat, I actually like to KEEP my toenails kinda gal!! Or so I thought!

With hundreds of miles run and two half marathons under my belt, I was ready for the next big challenge: the FULL marathon. So for the past four months I’ve been waking up early no matter the weather (my cat hasn’t been complaining that she gets breakfast super early!), spent a record amount of time in spandex, and bruised every single one of my toenails getting ready for the big day!

It was a freezing cold morning to be standing around waiting! I look absolutely terrified here for some reason!

All for this one day. I still couldn’t believe THE race day was really here when I lined up for the run and nerves almost got me! However, the loud cheering, other happy people, and the knowledge of medals and bagels at the end made me get it together!

The race itself was great. I was very well trained – but you’re still never quite sure what to expect until you’re OUT THERE on the course with only your own brain. I watched the miles pass by way faster than I thought and suddenly Pink Lightning (which I feel I was appropriately nicknamed by a spectator!) was coming through the stadium!

Here’s me a couple of hours later!

Seeing that finish line – and accomplishing what seemed to be an unrealistic life goal – was a moment that will stick with me forever. To my shock I finished in 3:52:14! I almost cried when the medal was put around my neck!

I’m beyond ecstatic right now! I’m practically still jumping up and down (except not actually my legs are like NO WAY!) I can’t wait to get back in the groove of running again, but for right now I’m enjoying just getting to lay around and getting to eat all sorts of delicious sweets!

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May Catch-up!

Apologies for the VERY delayed post – ack it’s the middle of… JUNE?! Here’s what I was up to in May!

  • I’ve been running like a mad woman – literally! I had a half marathon in early May and finished in a wicked personal best time (1:49)! Running has been most of my life actually! It’s been run, eat, sleep, repeat all in preparation for my full marathon *gasp* tomorrow?!?!?!
Sugar modelling my medal (and sweaty gear ;)) from my half!
  • It’s actually spring out now (we even had a few days well above THIRTY celsius!) so I’ve been spending a lot of time outside staring at the lovely cherry blossoms!
  • Started working on construction on my first dollhouse, which I’ve been spending weeks sanding, construction, priming, painting… making an entire mess of my room and have been loving it! I really missed being creative and coating everything in PINK!
  • I also got inspired to finally get back to working on decorating my actual house!
  • After a few years, I finally got CURTAINS! My big dollhouse finally looks like a real dollhouse now! Which that cat has not destroyed yet (even I’m SHOCKED)!
  • Game of Thrones is actually DONE! Ahh! It’s been so long since I’ve been invested in a show like that (like so many people!) No spoilers here, but I really liked how it ended.
  • I started watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to fill in the gap! Definitely NOT the same genre, but it was time for something hilarious.
  • After years and years of hmming and hawing, I bought my very first Takara Neo Blythe doll (I’m planning a proper post soon… but I’m just beaming!)
  • And saw lots and lots of rainbows!
This was at 6 am on what seemed like a super glum day! The universe always knows what you need 🙂

Hope to be a bit more active here on the blogosphere once running is done! I feel the creative bug biting again and need to put all that spare time to use! 😀

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30 things that made me very hoppy in April!

Can you believe April has already come and gone?! This month whizzed by even quicker than March and I can’t believe I’ve barely posted a thing. Wasn’t my intention to let this month run away from me, but I was on so many adventures I hardly had a second to sit down. Suppose I should do a nice catch-up and some monthly snaps here!

  1. Hoppy Easter to all those who celebrated! If not, hope you at least got lots of cheap chocolate~ I sure did!
  2. Spring means out with the dark everything, and in with the pastels and rainbows. They are EVERYWHERE and I LOVE it!
  3. Enjoyed a lovely day off of work!
  4. Spent lots of time with family!
  5. Ate a ton of good food 🙂
  6. My lovely cousin got engaged
  7. And two of my high school friends found out they are having BABIES!
  8. I celebrated one full year with my cat! Loving every second of cat mom-hood!
  9. To celebrate, I bought a cat camera. Now I spend half my day at work watching her (shh!) – it was this one here from Amazon! I definitely do recommend it.
  10. It was Administrative Professionals Day at work so my bosses got my a very nice vase of fancy flowers and took me out for lunch!
  11. Got a pretty significant raise at work as well!
  12. So splurged on a Nintendo Switch, which has been a blast!
  13. Also planning to do some more renovating on my little home! Needs some more PINK! 😉
  14. Baked about 12 dozen cookies this month. Probably ate about that many too 😀
  15. Have been running non-stop!
  16. Less than a week until my half marathon now (not super pumped that it’s going to be basically winter running though :O)!
  17. Have run further away than ever before which makes for excellent adventures.
  18. Ventured by an old mill a couple of kilometers away and it was scenic as heck.
  19. Made some new running friends and reconnected with an old high school friend who is also into running!
  20. Although the continued winter has some benefit. I’ve been enjoying being cooped up a little bit and spent ALL of last weekend playing The Sims. Nothing better than carefree days spent mindlessly laughing at the antics of little screen people!
  21. New season of Game of Thrones! *gasps darkly and full of terror*
  22. Been binge watching the Disney classics as well!
  23. I’m finding Disney so visually inspiring. Been doing some ~casual cosplay~ of the Princesses which is mega fun
  24. Found a whole new world (see what I did there…) of things to collect as well!
  25. It is apparently warming up! There was one whole day that went all the way up to 19 degrees celsius!
  26. Snow is GONE and grass is actually green
  27. Got the patio setup on my balcony
  28. Actually had a chance to sit on the patio one day so far so that was nice
  29. Almost time to break out the summery dresses!
  30. Quite excited for all of the fun warm cheery adventures to come!
Made a batch of springy rainbow chocolate chip cookies!
This was the beginning of April!
Then a couple of days ago!
Cat cam! Can you see me 😉
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