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05 May, 2017

Rain, cupcakes, and pummelled pillows

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Training continues for my two 5Ks. As I mentioned in this recent post, the first is happening on Sunday. I have been feeling a bit glum about the weather forecast for the coming days. At this point in time it looks like it will be rainy and 8° on Sunday. I can barely run in good weather! How and I supposed to deal with the rain? Sigh.

At Mark’s suggestion, I did a wee test run this morning, since the weather conditions are about the same as we’ll see on Sunday. I did a slow jog around the block and three-point-five minutes later I was back at home: with a wet jacket and pants and a soggy disposition overall. That being said, I am really trying hard to be optimistic about the whole thing. There is no failure here, only learning and growth.

The highlight of my week: cupcake and coffee break with a friend at Cupcake Lounge in Westboro. Have you ever been? It’s a really nice place to hang out, and the cupcakes are perfection. Cake to icing ratio is critical, don’t you think?

At the Cupcake Lounge in Westboro

Awhile back I wrote a few posts inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. It has really stuck with me. Every day I’m in the habit of eating the same healthy breakfast (yay!), working on my book (yay!) and spending time on the treadmill (yay!). Other habits (eg. collapsing on the couch and spending too much time with Netflix) are not doing much for my health and general wellbeing, but I can accept that for now. You will find this strange and possibly hilarious, but one of the small habits I’ve picked up and am finding REALLY satisfying is…. punching our pillows.

Here’s where I have to ask: do you make your bed every morning? I have a checkered past in terms of bed making, and for the most part did not include this task in my morning routine. BUT THEN I started making the bed and, for extra emphasis, instead of fluffing the pillows a la June Cleaver I’ve been giving them a couple of good right hooks and a left. Perhaps I’m just channeling some extra energy or just getting out my frustrations, but it is immensely satisfying to walk away from a freshly made bed and punched-up, pummelled pillows.

I dare you to try it for a few days and report back.

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4 Responses to "Rain, cupcakes, and pummelled pillows"

1 | Claudette

May 5th, 2017 at 2:44 pm


Isn’t this weather just depressing? They’re forecasting wet snow and 5 degrees on Sun here in YYZ and one of the kids is supposed to do a double-header baseball game that day. HA! So so not fun.

Having said that, I like your idea of punching pillows. I make my bed about half the week and the rest of the time I walk by the room and feel irritated that I didn’t that day. So, the punch into the 6 pillows on the bed sounds kinda like the enticement I need to make the bed! lol…

Good luck with your run. You know, when you complete it in those icky conditions, the next run will feel so much better! Imagine how you’ll feel when you complete another run during a summer day with bird song and sunshine…you’ll look back to your first run and go “piece of cake”. :)

2 | andrea tomkins

May 5th, 2017 at 3:59 pm


LOL. Thanks Claudette. I’m trying not to let the weather get me down. At least the grass is nice and green where we are … and we aren’t flooded, ack. Maybe punching pillows is the mood saver we need more than ever? ;)

3 | A.K.

May 7th, 2017 at 8:48 pm


Congrats on working towards a new goal, everyone really should do such especially since changing your daily habits is required in order to succeed in pretty much anything these days. Consider training with some weights for best results,(even lifting five or ten lbs once or twice per week can be really beneficial)

What is so appealing about overpriced supposedly artisan pastries that cost more then usual? Seriously, same with organic tea, coffee, and specialty brewed beer. Before paying extra I would want to see actual legitimate proof, frankly not everyone can afford four or five dollars for one cupcake covered in enough sugar which would make my pancreas go on vacation for a week.

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