TGIF: Going Green + The Launch of Tangerine

tangerine launch

On Sunday morning, I woke up in a King-sized hotel bed in downtown Victoria. Despite the fact that friends and I had spent the night partying there – and out – for my girlfriends’ bachelorette, my internal clock woke me up just in time to watch the sunrise over the harbour. (Life without hangovers is pretty awesome, by the way.) I brewed a cup of bitter hotel room coffee in the overused single cup coffee maker, and took it with me to the deck, so both the caffeine and fresh air could energize me. If last week’s TGIF post didn’t press it home already, I love the smell of salt in the air… and I wanted to soak up every last minute of it, because that morning was the last of all my days away. A few hours later, I was on the ferry home to Port Moody, and life has been go, go, go ever since.

For starters, I have had a ton of work to catch up on. Do you know how much work gets done during a workcation in the Dominican Republic? I’ll let your imagination run wild. And in Toronto, my days are usually so meeting-heavy that I can only squeeze in a few productive hours each day. Needless to say, my work days were long this week… but I’m actually all caught up!

On top of work, I had to catch up on real life. I had appointments with both my doctor and physiotherapist. Then I had to schedule more appointments – lots of them – for physio, cold laser therapy and massage therapy. Oh, I also made an appointment to donate blood again next Thursday! (Do you know you can’t donate for 6+ months after travelling to some cities/countries? Thankfully, Cabarate wasn’t one of them.)

To stay sane, I’ve been trying to do a better job of listening to my body. After three weeks of eating takeout, I happily packed fruit and a salad for lunch every day (other than on Wednesday, when I forgot it in the fridge at home and had to order this). I’ve also been juicing like crazy, avoiding dairy and cutting way back on sugar (but more on that next week). And I’ve napped almost every day after work.

All in all, it’s been a busy but productive week. This afternoon, I need to finish up and send off my first second piece for The Globe and Mail. After that, I’m going to play around on Tangerine’s new site and start thinking about my savings goals for this year. You saw they launched on Tuesday, right? What do you think?

The low of my week was tossing and turning every single night. I need a new bed ASAP.

The high of my week was being interviewed by MoneySense Magazine for the “How I Did It” feature that will go on the last page of their June issue (which should be on shelves in May!).

A blog post I loved was Women’s Book Clubs Shouldn’t Be Wine Clubs. I’d considered joining a book club when I moved to Greater Vancouver, but found most of the descriptions for them on Meetup made them sound like nothing more than an excuse to drink with the girls. Is it time for me to start one of my own? Anyone up for espresso + intellectual conversation on a Sunday morning? Let’s do it.

The best money I spent was $111.95 on a Fitbit Flex. Yes, that was an unplanned expense. Yes, it was paid for with cash. And yes, I’m completely obsessed.

My plans this weekend include going for brunch with Krystal tomorrow, then having another girlfriend and her kids over for a swim in the afternoon. On Sunday morning, I’m going for a walk in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge Dyking District with a friend and her dog, and then I plan on doing nothing but vegging out, reading and watching the season premiere of Mad Men!

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?