2014

Happy New Year!

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As is always somewhat inevitable, over the past few weeks some time has been spent pondering resolutions.  And yes, there are things I would like to change and achieve in 2014 but since my (and everyone else’s) track record for keeping these promises hasn’t been the greatest I won’t be sharing what I wish out of the year on here.

Well one thing I will share is that I would like to read more books in 2014 and related to that get better at tracking them through Goodreads.  My account tells me that in 2013 I read 13 books, which I know is much lower than the actual number, but I can’t remember a lot of the other books I read.

Oh and I would like to keep up with my newly rekindled love of baking and really expand into fancy breads.

Wishing you and yours the very best for 2014!

 

 

killbear or bust

This past weekend the bf and I spent two nights at Killbear Provincial Park which is situated on Georgian Bay Peninsula.  It is a pretty big park with lots to do.  We spent our weekend hiking, swimming, eating, sittin’ around, and most of all just enjoying being out of the city.  This was the first time I had gone camping for a few years and although it was of the “easy” car camping variety, it was still wonderful and we both had a really good time.

Some pics below.  Click on the first one to start the slideshow!

welcome to august

“Can you believe it’s August already????”

Yeah yeah, calm down.  Summer always seems to fly by so it really shouldn’t be a surprise if it seems like the May 2-4 weekend was mere weeks ago.  These warm months are prime real estate to fill up with weekend adventures, weddings, out of town trips, and all sorts of fun stuff in the sun that we Canadians kind of can’t do for over half of the year.

But fear not, we {hopefully} have about a month or two left of pretty warm weather.  So now’s the time to really cease the day and start cramming every nook and cranny (did I get that right?!  I actually first wrote “neck and croonie”) with outdoorsy things!

Why, isn’t this weekend a perfect time to start?  Yes.  Yes it is.  It’s a long one folks so you have no excuses.  The bf and I are taking an even longer weekend and heading to Killbear Provincial Park for Sunday and Monday nights.  I am suspecting that the Monday night will be especially quiet and relaxing there once the long weekend campers with kids have hopefully departed.  Either way, it looks like a beautiful place so I am sure we will have a good time.  Friday after work and Saturday are still up a bit in the air but I am sure we will manage to get some summer-y things done, perhaps those involving a BBQ.  Maybe even some from this list. Yum!

Hope you have a great August starting with a fabulous long weekend!

How cute is this print called “Camping in the Woods” by Teagan White?

Available for purchase here

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Happy Friday of the long weekend everyone!  

Here in Canada the Victoria Day weekend (or May 2-4) is arguably the big daddy of all long weekends.  It is seen as the official beginning of summer which, this year, has been a little slow in gracing us with its presence.

For the third year in a row I am heading up North to a friend’s cottage who has graciously invited me again.  I figure I must be doing something right!

Hope you all have a great one!

source: charlieluvsyou.blogspot.ca Oh yeah, this weekend is about a Queen’s birthday also…

 

happy valentines day

I am not one to really appreciate this holiday whether I am in a relationship or not.  The whole Hallmark nature of it makes me kind of embarrassed, however I am all about any sort of non-cheesy celebration of love so let’s just scrap the commercial aspect of the whole thing and embrace the sweet sweet LOOOOOOOOOVE!  Hope you have a great, and love-filled, day!

And for one of my favorite quotes ever about love check out this post from a while back.

well that’s one way to start the year

“I think a centipede bit you, they can be kind of poisonous you know.”

“I think your cat must have licked your eye ball while you were sleeping.”

“Is it a kissing disease?”  

Above are just some of the reactions I received upon telling my friends and family (gotta love ’em) about waking up on January 2nd with an eye infection which not only made my eyeball all red and watery, but also resulted in the upper left corner of my face to become so swollen I could barely open my eye.  To be honest, I am not sure what happened, and although I believe it is most likely a more aggressive than normal form of pink eye, I think my friends’ theories are much more interesting.

Whatever the case may be, I can’t say it was the best way to start the new year, but thanks to my terrible contact lens handling regime during a few of my university years, which resulted in almost monthly eye infections, I quickly was able to get this under control based on prior experience.  Although, I must admit, that working from home that day with an ice pack over one eye most of the day was challenging in its own very special and frustrating way.

So in some sort of “a sign of things to come” way let’s just say that I can see 2013 being full of challenges, which, thanks to the years of wisdom and experience under my belt, I will be able to overcome much faster than I have been able to before.  How does that sound? Yeah, that’s what I am going with.

That, and also seeing this as a reminder to take better care to wash my hands before handling my contacts.

And now this,

happy new year!

Well here we are folks, the last day of another year. 2012 has been an interesting year for me in many ways. It certainly has been the hardest in a number of ways, but has also luckily been filled with lots of laughter, love, and fun! If nothing else, I feel like my personal relationships, with my friends especially, have been really developed in a great way over the past 12 months which has been amazing. This year I also got back into yoga and also completed the 10 day Vipassana course so on a health/spiritual level it’s been a pretty fantastic year as well.

For all of its trials and tribulations 2012 was still full of great highlights and I suppose that is all I should really be focusing on. I hope that as your year comes to a close you can also look back fondly on the last 365 days and find at least a handful of memories that make you grin like a fool. And I hope that 2013 is full of handfuls upon handfuls upon handfuls of such moments!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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welcome to december

I really like titling my first-of-the-month posts “welcome to…”  It makes me feel like I am the mayor of the month.  “Please, won’t you come in?”

According to Wikipedia, which we all know is always rock solid truth, there are 89 events that fall under the category of “December Observances”.  Sure we all know about the big guys – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, and Festivus (which totally has its own Wikipedia page by the way), but what about the lesser known December holidays?  What about Alamaba Day, Iceland’s Jól, Monkey Day, and the Night of the Radishes?  Have we become so consumed by the big guys that we have no attention span left for their lesser counterparts?

This December, why not take some time to read up on holidays and observances that don’t involve you for a change?  Unless you are too good for it that is.  I would recommend starting on a happy note with, oh I don’t know, how about Massacre of the Innocents.

It can’t be all babies in mangers, Furbies, and Rudolphs after all.  Although I do totally give you permission to make this the month of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation viewings.  Why not go ahead and just loop that movie endlessly in your house for the month? I am contemplating doing just that, or at least watching this gif for hours at a time.

probably my favorite scene..although, i don't know, the whole movie is a masterpiece

probably my favorite scene..although, i don’t know, the whole movie is a masterpiece

-The Postliminary-

If you live in Toronto (or nearby) you simply must visit the Distillery Christmas Market daaahling (running until December 16th).  I have gone for the past two years and will definitely be visiting it again this year.  There are tons of crafts, and food, and carols, and lights, and mulled wine, and a huge huge tree.  It’s kind of like Whoville is I guess what I am trying to say.