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Ground Hog Day & After the Party & Targets

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Some think Canada has a lot of national holidays but Ground Hog Day is not one of them, it's classified as a celebration. I am challenged to think of it's importance as something to celebrate today.

These are the paid holidays (statutory) where I live.

New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1
Family Day Monday, February 17
Good Friday Friday, April 10
Victoria Day Monday, May 18
Canada Day Wednesday, July 1
Provincial Day Monday, August 3
Labor Day Monday, September 7
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 12
Remembrance Day Wednesday, November 11
Christmas Day Friday, December 25
Boxing Day Dec 26 (observed on Monday, Dec 28)

Not paid but will be noted on my calendar

Ground Hog's Day Feb 2
Valentine's Day Feb 14
Day Light Savings Mar 8
St. Patrick's Day Mar 17
April Fool's Day Apr 1
Cinco de Mayo May 5
Mother's Day May 10
Father's Day Jun 21
My birthday July 17
Rebel's birthday Aug 11
Hubby's birthday Sept 2
Grandparent's Day Sept 13
Halloween Oct 31
American Thanksgiving/Black Fri Nov 26
Royce's birthday Dec 5

I am noting these on my calendar and will set some just for fun weight goals around them. Some of these goals may be lose half a pound between this date and the next, and some quarterly stretch targets. Not ambitious goals but something to aim for and celebrate when I hit it.

Also I will find or create some fun activities (non-food) on some of these dates - maybe a hike, bike ride, explore a town, party, etc. The last couple of years on stat holidays we have done local touristy things like staying in at a hotel downtown, and or having lunch at well-known destination restaurants. These celebrations have centered on food, so this year we need a new theme, something still to be decided.

Last night was party night. I had a meal around 5 PM (usual time) and we arrived at 7 PM, about an hour after most people. I ignored the food area and visited with friends and later found a comfy place to sit and chat, with my back to the rooms that had food. I enjoyed a glass of wine and when someone came by later with cups of Cock-A-Leekie Soup (chicken and leeks) I had no hunger or interest. I said 'it looks so good, but maybe later'. About 9 PM most people we eating and talking about what they liked best and suggested what I should try. An hour later I wandered in and surveyed the food and selected 3 things to try in small quantities. I liked the perogies, chili, and ham, but passed on the haggis and it appears most others did too.

The pomp and ceremony of the piper, the dancing, the poetry, songs, speeches all fun. There were splashes of plaid on the guests to honor the occasion and some very fine kilts.

Today I am doing returns of some clothes I ordered online. I found ordering online to be too time consuming and I was disappointed with the quality of some of the items. I am not sure I would do it again. Really I hate shopping online or in person.
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