Apr 17, 2015

When Life Hands You Lemons....

Oh wow. Apparently I am super angry about how large this strawberry is. I'm not sure why I had such a mean look on my face, but there you have it.

Also, hello friends! It's been a teeny while, hasn't it? It's Spring, which means that allergies are starting to knock me off my ass, but who cares boring blah blah.

Yum. Or are they? I feel like the very first time I tried these, maybe around 3 years ago, I thought they were SOOOOO delicious, and now every time I eat them I'm like why did I spend $3 (per macaron) for something that just tastes like air in my mouth? I'm so conflicted.

Although this black one (flavour was vanilla) made my soul happy. I like eating black things (insert pervy comment here).

Because black things make your tongue look like this!

Following the black trend, I also bought this cheese, which was super aged and delicious. I only really like cheese that is so old it feels like it is cutting your tongue off. Because it's sharp, get it?

Plus it looked really cool when you cut into it.

This one has been by my side non-stop lately. We are in bed, her favourite time ever.

She really likes watching her stories at the end of the night. I was watching a YouTube video...her current fave is Trisha Paytas.

She will cut you if you try to get her away from her man. She looks like a demon!

I got to finally meet Jess' baby boy Will! Oh my god he is so frigging cute I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was such a special day, and I got to have my baby fix and then give him back when I was done....perfect.

Before I got my hair done.

After. Funny story, I had been awake for 30 hours when I took this picture. I was dying.

Last weekend we drove to a super fancy restaurant in Cambridge to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday. I can't believe she is 60...I know it's young, but still. I remember her at 35, clearly. I was 10. Holy cow!

The room that we were put in at the restaurant overlooked the Grand River which was so nice: it was as if you were sitting right on top of it. Many jokes were cracked about how I should go and have myself a drink. See blog post here for more details.

She had a great time. Old friends and family usually create an atmosphere of awesomeness so I am glad that everyone came.

I got a letter from my best friend a couple of days ago. We haven't written to each other since we were about, oh....12? It made my day so much. We used to be epic letter writers back in the day. We would write around 15 pagers to each other, with stickers and pictures that we would draw to each other, and holy crap it brought back a flood of memories. She is in Port Hardy, B.C right now, working on a fishing boat (my little adventurer!), so what better time to start writing letters again? Makes me stupidly happy.

Along with her letter, she also sent me this Cool Ranch Doritos pouch. These used to be our thing when we were young ones...so awesome. I almost cried!

So of course I went right out and bought a gazillion fun stickers. I just need crayons and I am set! Be prepared for it Ciara, be very prepared!!!

I bought this notebook because well, look at it. It's magnificent. Plus, I wanted a notebook and a pen to throw into my purse so that when I am waiting for things or sitting in the car, I can pull this out and write random crap, instead of always grabbing my phone or my iPad. Why not be creative instead? I need a break from all forms of social media I think. 

That's kind of what I have been up to the past couple of weeks. I have been continuing my schooling and working very hard at that as well. Some life decisions have been made, so all in all, things are looking up.

Mar 15, 2015

Getting Lost

Happy Sunday once again everyone! I hope everyone is happy and healthy and enjoying the slow (but inevitable) buildup to Spring! I know I am. 

I have also calmed down a little in regards to the fact that I lost my job. It's always a huge stress when you don't really know when you are going to get money again. In my case, I applied for EI, and they can take forever getting your money to you. But, oh happy day, they didn't make me wait TOO long, so it's a bit of weight off my shoulders knowing that I will have a regular income coming in again.

And it gives me some breathing room to think about what's next. And those thoughts may lead to big changes, which is always a bit scary, but also exciting! So, stay tuned for the journey, I need all the support I can get!

In the meantime, with the warmer weather showing it's face, Dave and I have been hopping in the car on the weekends and going on adventures.

Which lead us to little stores out in the middle of nowhere. Places that make their own hours and don't need to follow the rules. 

Getting lost and just driving with no real destination has led us to places we have been before, and to many that we haven't! It's neat to just drive and end up somewhere familiar and be like, "that's so weird that THAT way led us here!"

Oh hey there. Just exploring this old ruin from the 13th Century. Yeah right, I wish.

So winter weary and feeling winter heavy. Time to shed the extra layer and let the light in.

Saw the DeLorean out and about today. Pretty neat.

These roads that we take are always so beautiful. I need to apply that to the paths that I take in life and not get so down on myself when I fail at something. Failure teaches us lessons, and I have been ignoring those lessons for a long time. Not this time. I hear you loud and clear universe!

Getting back on track. Feeling less like a train wreck, and more like the old, strong me. So woohoo for that! I think it just took a little sunshine and a lot of reflection (and moping and lying on the couch watching shitty movies for a couple of weeks).

The new chapter is beginning. 

Mar 1, 2015

Hello March!

Happy Sunday everyone, but more importantly, happy March 1st! I don't know about you guys, but as a lover of winter it feels strange for me to say (and feel) that I am completely done with the cold and snow, and have been for quite some time now.

So to honour the upcoming season of Spring, here are 10 reasons why I cannot wait for the season to change.

1. Daylight Savings - YES!!! It stays lighter longer, what else can I say? Next weekend (March 8), it's time to change those clocks!

2. Changing of the seasons - there is just something about the changing of the seasons that I love so much. It's invigorating and inspires me creatively.

3. Spring rain - what can possibly be better than spring rain (I mean, besides a really good thunderstorm)? It melts the dirty snow and grows the pretty flowers. Sold.

4. Fruit comes back into season - possibly my favourite on this list. Fruit starts tasting good again, and stops costing an arm and a leg! Yay!

5. Putting away those bulky winter clothes - if you live in a place that has stupidly frigid winters (like I do), then you will completely understand this one. No explanation needed.

6. Going on long drives - It's amazing to hop in your car and go for a drive just to look at the scenery, and listen to music with the windows rolled down. I can stare at that pretty spring green all day. It's a nice change from the winter white!

7. Being outside - That's pretty much it. Being outside more, enjoying the grass and the trees and flowers. Spring is an explosion of colour and smells that I look forward to every year. Despite my allergies.

8. Cooking outside - Less dishes. Beer. 

9. Sitting on patios - even though it's still kind of chilly at night, the ones who just can't wait to sit on a patio and drink beer (me), do it anyway. Preferably wrapped in blankets. This one right here is my dream patio.

10. Starting new - why not use a new season to start something new in your life? Take a class, make a fresh start. Change what you don't like, along with the change of the season. Why not?

And on that note, I hope you are all surviving the end of winter, only 20 more days until Spring so hang in there! 

What are your favourite things about Spring?

Feb 25, 2015

Just Keep Moving

One of the last pictures I took of myself at work.  I'm not going to go off on a rage-filled rant about what went down (even though I want to),  just know that they told me one thing and did another. So I can't help but feel mad, hurt, and sad about what happened. But, it is what it is and it's another life lesson tucked into my pocket to not let people walk all over me. I've been in the working game for a long time and have never been treated like that before. But, it's not my first time at the rodeo, and most likely won't be my last.

I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something. And that thing is that I can't work for other people's gain anymore. It's time for ME. I'm tired of helping other people make money. The only trick now is to find out what might work for me and go for it, hard. Time to stop being afraid and use my brain again, get out of drone mode. 

One silver lining of being unemployed is that I don't have to go outside if I don't want to. With the amount of snow we have been getting and the temperatures keeping on at a steady -25C (-13F, and that's WITHOUT the windchill factored in), it's kind of a blessing to be able to stay inside. 

And the amount of sleeping I have been doing switches from being pretty intense to non-existent. So that's always cool to deal with.

And although I am quite lucky that I don't HAVE to go outside right now, after a couple of days I get stir crazy and force Dave to take me on long drives to out in the middle of nowhere so we can walk around in the snow and freeze our asses off. He's such a sweet man, that one.

A V-Day card I sent out to a few choice people that I love the most.

Another one of my stir crazy adventure ideas: let's find a green house to hang out in so we can pretend like it's summer.

Don't I wish!!!

It seems lately that on our many drives, it starts out being sunny and gorgeous for such a cold day:

And then in the blink of an eye it's crazy storming and white outs and madness. Cool weather Ontario (and the rest of the world too, I know how crazy it's been!)

Went to John's last weekend to visit him and his cat children. Had a blast as usual, Drank too much, ate too much...you know how it is.

Shit! This is going to be weird, but do any of you remember Michael Alig and the Club Kids? If you don't look it up...some pretty interesting stuff. Anyway, Michael Alig was charged for the murder of Andre "Angel" Melendez back in 1996. I was 16, and I remember following this story back then.  Macaulay Culkin even starred as Michael in the 2003 film Party Monster. Like I said, pretty interesting stuff.

This Honey Trap invitation to one of Michael's last parties that he threw as a club promoter before his arrest was up for grabs on Twitter (by Michael himself who got out of jail early last year), if you answered one his questions correctly.

Guess who got the answer right? Now before you think that John is some weirdo who enjoys collecting murderer paraphernalia, cool your jets people. He has just always had a deep interest in pop culture and the Club Kids were a huge part of the 'scene' back in the 90s. And ok fine, he is a bit of a weirdo.

But I guess that makes me even more of a weirdo for yelling "HOLY SHIT THAT'S COOL!" when he showed it to me. No shame.

And now we are back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Ugh. The face of someone who is unaware of the hangover she would experience the next day.

My cats are frigging weirdos. Pandorah just stares into the space heater, as if she is praying to her gods in there.

Sometimes she stands there for so long, she falls asleep like that. Strange bird (ha!)

And on that note, a strange picture of yours truly to end a truly strange post. 

I feel like there are many changes in the air. Perhaps 2015 will be the year that our lives become completely different, who knows? It's time to dig deep inside this mess of a mind, and figure out who I want and need to be. 

Scary stuff, but so is the alternative of staying the same.

Stay warm loves!

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