Dec 30, 2015

December at A Glance

Oh December. You have become the busiest month of my life. As I am sure it is for many many people out there. Since I got a job at the beginning of the month, it made it seem even busier than normal. Not complaining though!

I always make my rounds to friends houses, usually at the end of November/ early December, because I know how busy it will get. And this is my kick off of the holiday festivities, where drinking and eating and watching Home Alone occurs in abundance.

Dec 28, 2015

Ubisoft Holiday Party 2015

Hello there pals! I promised some fun times up ahead, and I will try not to disappoint! When I was putting this post together I realized that I didn't take a lot of pictures (doh!), So I will try to make it exciting.

I was tired that day. Like, 'I don't want to go to a party' tired. BUT, Dave took his time so I wasn't rushed either. It was nice because I worked all day, and then we ran around after work (errands) and then had to come home and get ready. I'm not good with craziness like that, I need a minute to breathe. It made for a happier Kato, and I leisurely got ready and was happy to go.

Dec 21, 2015

Oh Boy...

Fun times coming up...

Montreal Life Part 2

Okay, we are back! Back in Montreal! Exciting stuff! I love is so pretty and lovely and amazing to wander through. It has changed a lot since the last time I was there around 10 years ago. Well, Old Montreal has anyway. Still cool though!

Dec 6, 2015

Montreal Life

Hello lovies! So these next two entries are soooo old, like back in the beginning of August when Dave and I brought my sister to Montreal so that she could fly out to Morocco to spend two months over there with her husband.

Tis the Tumblr Season: Holiday Edition!

Hello my little reindeer! It's that time of year again! The time when (if you celebrate) sparkles and eggnog and trees and snow all come into being. And presents. Those too. 

Nov 4, 2015

Long Overdue...I'm Still Here!

Hello there friends!! It's been a while I know. Sometimes we need to take breaks from things to deal with this little thing called life, and I am happy to say that the level has been conquered! 

Aug 21, 2015

Happy Anniversary!

On August 19th, 2008, this little blog went live. And it has been a wonderful 7 years putting my mind, stories and pictures onto this space, never with the thought that anyone would read it! Even though I only take up a tiny corner of the internet, I just wanted to take a second and thank everyone who has liked and read this blog. 

I appreciate and love all of you! Here's to many more years! xoxoxox

Aug 17, 2015

Updates...This One Might Be Life Heavy

Hello my friends! I hope everyone is enjoying their August and the end of Summer! I know I know, bite my tongue. But it has been HOT here, like 39C with the humidex, and I don't love that kind of heat. I am more than ready for Autumn and the beautiful colours and coolness!

I have been going through the motions of life since May, and I will tell you why a little further down in this post. To say that 2015 has been incredibly stressful would be an understatement. But with good friends, family and most of all, Dave, I have been getting through.

The hipsters are taking over, take cover.

In July we tried to take in one of my sister's cats. My sister essentially uprooted her life (left her job, got rid of her apartment), because her husband was sent back to Morocco (long story). So, she had to bring her cats to my parents house to live, but this little girl, Lily, was not doing very well there. So I suggested she come to our house. All was fine for the first few days and then it was HELL. Our cats hated her and were in a constant state of stress, along with poor Lily. After a week we had to bring her back to my parents. Thankfully she is doing better now, but boy oh boy it was crazy there for a while!

It was also Dave's 33rd birthday in July, and we celebrated with some ice cream cake and canoeing. I thought these candles were cute because he is old and can only drink light beer now.

I literally got the worst sunburn of my life when we went canoeing too. Here and on my back. It was a lot of fun though!

We have had some pretty crazy storms in Ontario this summer, with a lot of tornado warnings, and even a few tornados. I was at my parent's house for a visit when these super scary warnings interrupted scheduled programming. I have never heard that before!

So, back in May, my mom went to the doctor and had some tests done because of an underlying health thing that had been going on. She was told at that time that based on experience, it could be cancer, but we had to wait for more tests to confirm. Two months later (!!!!!), our worst fears came true, and we found out that she has cancer. My mom has cancer. For those of you who have gone through this you will understand when I say that when you hear those words, everything sort of stops around you and becomes very quiet. I am sitting here trying to put it into words and I can't. 

Thankfully, surgery and potentially chemo/ radiation will make her as good as new. After two months of not knowing exactly what is going on, it's good to have a course of action now. Although surgery and all the rest is also stressful, it's still better than how the last two months have been. Early September she goes in. I will keep you all posted.

My sister took this picture as my parents were going in to find out the diagnosis. She sent it to me and I wanted to just cry. It's a sick joke that we have to watch our parents get older and sick. It isn't fair.

Everything after that share will just seem silly now! :P But like I said, going through the motions and trying to be normal definitely helps. Even when you don't feel like it. I go through wanting to sleep all the time (how I deal with stress/ depression) to just wanting to go out and do stuff. Usually the sleep wins.

And colouring helps. It's very soothing!

Cute cats definitely help. Except when they are being assholes, which we all know is 90% of the time #ilovemycatsmorethanlife

This guy too. He is my rock, and my love.

Dave and I have been vegetarian now for a few months. I was one for over 10 years and then went back to meat, but now I am back where I belong. 

We discovered a restaurant here in Toronto called Hogtown Vegan. It is so good it makes me want to weep with joy. Vegan comfort food? YEEEESSSSS. They have stuff like unchicken and waffles, and phish and chips, and the mac and cheese, good god. And no, not sponsored. I just frigging am in love with this place. Check it out if you are in Toronto, even meat eaters will love it.

We had the worst storm in recent memory here in Toronto a couple of weeks ago. Holy moly it was bad. Crazy rain and wind and the works. It was scary.

This was my street when we got home a few minutes later (we were out when it happened).

But we were good, all was well, once we re-taped up a window that has an air conditioning unit in it. The water was pouring in.

About a week and a half ago we brought my sister to the Pierre Trudeau Airport in Montreal to send her off to Morocco for 2 months. Although I am really happy for her that she gets to see her husband again after a few months apart, I am going to miss her! But, technology is awesome and with WhatsApp and texting and Facebook, it is awesome how much you can stay in touch.

I put together a little video of mine and Dave's time in Montreal. We were only there for a night and a day, so we stuck mostly to Old Montreal, where we had poutine, visited the Notre Dame Basilica, Steve's Music, and walked a bit downtown. All in all it was fun, but holy moly Dave drove for 15 hours in a matter of less than two days! He's amazing, and we were exhausted, but good to go to enjoy Montreal!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all have an amazing week!


Aug 8, 2015

Canoeing the Grand 2015

So this post is a couple (a few maybe?) weeks old. Jeez. Where does the time go? I took Dave on a canoe trip for his birthday in July, and it was awesome. We had been canoeing a couple of times before (see those posts here, here, and here), but this time we decided to go for broke and do a 20KM canoe trip. It was intense, but a lot of fun. Scroll down for my vlog of the entire day!


Oh god the brown hair. It has since been rectified.


It was a perfect day for it. Hot though. Very hot.

You don't feel it on the water though. It's nice and breezy and beautiful. Hence why I got the WORST SUNBURN OF MY LIFE DESPITE APPLYING SUNSCREEN.

Happy birthday Dave!

Ooooo we are rebellious. You aren't supposed to drink beer while canoeing with the company we go with. We say eff you to that!

An awesome day was had by the both of us. 

I guess I missed that part of my leg with the sunscreen. Oops. No I am not hairy by the way, it's dirt. Cool.

Anyways, enjoy my vlog of the day. It's a good one!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Stay tuned for our trip to Montreal, it was an emotional and pretty fun couple of days.

Love yous!!