Apr 28, 2015

Forks

A couple of weekends ago, when the temperature hit an unseasonably warm 20C, there was no way that Dave and I were wasting the day, so we decided to go on a hike at the Forks of the Credit.


But, first order of business, this. I really had to pee, and they only have outhouses. After pacing around outside for a while trying to convince myself that I could hold it for a couple of hours, a really pretty girl came out of one of the outhouses and I was like, hey, if a girl that hot can pee into a deep dark hole, then so can I. 


The scenery was majestic, as usual. Although we tend to come here in the Spring when it's still mucky and there are no leaves on the trees, I still find it so beautiful. Note to self though: go hiking when it's even prettier outside.


Oh hey there!


Almost stepped on this guy. Moved him out of the path, to where it was safer. Couldn't help picturing an eagle or something swooping down and devouring him as soon as I turned my back. 



That sun was hot. And lovely. I was seriously lacking in the vitamin D department.


This is a picture of my best friend Jess standing inside a tree, taken around 15 years ago. It engulfs her (beside the tree is the very dapper Nick).


This is the same tree, 15 years later. It has definitely changed over the years hasn't it? It's too bad that it's dying. Also, can we just compare a photo taken on a roll of film to an iPhone photo? Film wins a gazillion times over in my book.


High up, although it doesn't look like it, does it.



If you look closely, you can see snow clinging to the walls of rock. That is also a waterfall. As you are hiking, you can hear the sound of that waterfall from miles away. Nature is pretty cool you know.


The many hundreds of stairs to get down to the waterfall area. Thank god we didn't have to climb back up them, as we took an alternative route back (uhhhh, we got lost and walked for a million years. In fact, we are still out there, walking. Help!)




We only made it to the smaller set of falls. We somehow bypassed the bigger falls, although how the hell we did that I'll never know. They are kind of hard to miss. But miss them we did!




Another little throwback: a picture of Dave on the bridge in 2011, and then again in 2015!



Even though we got lost and didn't get to see the big falls, we did stumble upon another river that was so gorgeous I had to stop and take a million pictures.


Of myself, duh.



How artistic Katherine. I got very dirty in order to capture this crap on film.


And there you have it.


Currently I am obsessing over my holistic nutrition degree (mainly about getting it done...so much more to go), and enjoying that there hasn't been any snow on the ground in a while (although it snowed two days ago. Nothing significant though!). YES! 

What are you all up to these days? 

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. 

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