dear summer, thank you.

You’re simply the best, better than all the rest.


Summer is officially over and the #100DaysofSummer results are in. Although I did not get everything done, I flew in a freaking helicopter over Hawaii!!! so I’m not complaining. Plus, I can happily say I NEVER have to slip & slide again!

  1. See Shakespeare by the Sea***** 
  2. Ride a slip & slide****: The last time I did this, I ended up in emergency with a fractured finger. This time it was only a bloody nose, bruised chest bone and utter embarrassment.
  3. Hike Cape Chignecto*** 
  4. Sleep in a tent**
  5. Dance in the rain**
  6. Go tidal bore rafting**
  7. Go to a drive-in*
  8. Go antiquing*
  9. Wash the windows*
  10. Night swim*
  11. Run and jump off a dock without knowing the temperature of the water*: #10, 11, 26 and 78 were all accomplished at once! My friends like to make things happen.
  12. Go sailing*
  13. Run in at least one race! Injuries had me worried but I managed to squeeze in 3 races and 2 relays
  14. Initiate Wine & Walk: Carrying this amazing idea into Fall.

  15. Discover a new local hiking trail: Shannon Park is beautiful at sundown.

  16. Visit an old favourite (Duncan’s Cove): For the win. 

  17. Apply sunscreen every freaking day
  18. Snorkle: Off a boat, in Maui!
  19. Have a lunch date: Two birthday, two taco dates.

  20. Have a brunch date: Edna’s!
  21. Make salsa

  22. Make peach jam

  23. Make peach pie
  24. Make rhubarb pie: Sadly not my best pies
  25. Dine at Rhubarb: Put this on your summer dining list next year
  26. Paddleboard on Lake Banook
  27. Zipline: SO MUCH FUN
  28. Visit Hopewell Rocks

  29. Frenchys with friends
  30. Eat strawberry shortcake for supper

  31. Host a Beyond Meat BBQ

  32. Surprise someone at work with a coffee: I did this on September 30. Sarah surprised her students with a puppy parade.
  33. Dinner on the waterfront

  34. Dinner on a patio: Celebrating Aimee’s 40th…

  35. And drinks to go! Keeping it classy, always.
  36. Only use the clothesline

  37. Send flowers to a friend: When you can’t be there in person.
  38. Go on a 13km run with Mike celebrating our 13 year anniversary

  39. Dine at the Quarterdeck
  40. Eat from a food truck

  41. Go for a beach walk: Black Sand Beach in Maui – Waianapanapa State Park

  42. Eat shaved ice

  43. Eat ice cream

  44. Eat a lobster roll

  45. Have a Beergarden meet up

  46. Go beachcombing

  47. Taste Nova 7 in a can: At a HFX Wanderers Game – which I highly recommend! 

  48. Drink my morning coffee outside

  49. Bike a trail

  50. Kayak a river

  51. Scoot around on a scooter
  52. Yoga outside AKA deep stretching
  53. Take a tennis lesson
  54. See a great show/concert/play: Saw David Sedaris at the Rebecca Cohn
  55. Spend some time at Conrad’s Beach

  56. Do one home improvement project: New desk, new laptop, same bad back.

  57. Hang patio lights
  58. Order a ridiculous fancy drink

  59. Get a pedicure: It was a manicure because my toes are not worthy of love
  60. Bang some bongos: Cabot Trail Relay, Team 71

  61. Try the Dole Whip at The Chickenburger

  62. Watch fireworks from my in-law’s patio

  63. See a volcano

  64. See the Pacific Ocean

  65. See a Sea Turtle: TED

  66. Hire a babysitter and go out
  67. Drift down a river

  68. Finish hooking my pillow
  69. Participate in a neighbourhood cleanup

  70. Go for a walk in Shubie Park

  71. Go for a walk in Point Pleasant Park
  72. Find a waterfall

  73. Go for a run and jump in the water right after

  74. Go prom-watching in the Public Gardens

  75. Have a Humble Pie picnic party
  76. Celebrate 40-40-10: Our trip to Hawaii was our present to each other. 

  77. Celebrate Henry’s life at his special spot on the trail

  78. Swim in the lake
  79. Swim in the ocean

  80. Swim in the river

  81. Lay in the grass

  82. Spend time with my sisters

  83. Travel by plane

  84. Explore a new state

  85. Boogie board
  86. Get my hair done
  87. Make Front Porch Peach Tea
  88. … And drink it while swinging on my front porch swing

  89. Black Loyalist Centre in Shelburne
  90. Plant some flowers
  91. Buy a beach cover-up
  92. Go on a road trip: See #93
  93. Visit Maine

  94. Visit Cape Breton

  95. Barre with babes
  96. … And go for dinner after!

  97. Go to a movie (outside?): Technically, the theatre was in an outside mall…

  98. Watch the sunrise at the ocean

  99. Watch the sunset at the ocean

  100. Play hooky: Student Strike For Climat Change

Total: 85/100 completed!

And I feel like some of the missed things can still happen this fall….

So here’s my fall list:

  1. Go antiquing
  2. Frenchys with friends
  3. Dine at the Quarterdeck
  4. Finish hooking my pillow
  5. Hire a babysitter and go out
  6. Have a Humble Pie picnic party I’m talking to you Anna
  7. Black Loyalist Centre in Shelburne
  8. Eye-roll and look in disgust at every PSL-drinking-person who says they love sweater weather.


*2018 not completed **2017/2018 not completed ***2016/2017/2018 not completed ****2015/2016/2017/2018 not completed *****2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 not completed. Here are my lists from 2018, 2017, 2016, 20152014

meanwhile, elsewhere

It’s Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • An Open Letter to the Female Hat-Wearing Dog From “Go Dog, Go”: Who is this guy anyway, some sort of dog hat expert??  Who cares what he thinks???  Wear a hat you love and if he doesn’t like it?  F*#% him. (The Ugly Volvo)
  • Sometimes you’re just more a polka dot gal than a stripes gal. (Bored Panda)
  • Slofies in, selfies out (Fast Company)
  • “That’s how millennials and Gen Z-ers are playing the game — it’s not about jumping up titles, but moving into better work environments… They’re like silent fighters, rewriting policy under the nose of the boomers.” (NYT)
  • “I am doing this because you adults are shitting on my future.” (The New Yorker) + Goosebumps (Instagram)
  • The Crisis for Birds Is a Crisis for Us All. The mass disappearance of North American birds is a dire warning about the planet’s well-being. (NYT)
  • The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired (Gizmodo)
  • Why Some People Become Lifelong Readers and a lot rides on how parents present the activity to their kids. (The Atlantic)
  • Tegan And Sara’s New Book Reminds Us To Take Teens Seriously (BuzzFeed)
  • Candles for every occasion including fucking meetings (Whiskey River Soaps)
  • Busted: Stop anxiously planning your meal before you even get to the restaurant (via Jill, Eater)
  • I plan on making a vegetarian-non-Trade Joe’s version of this (A Cup Of Jo)
  • Why don’t doctors trust women? Because they don’t know much about us (The Guardian)
  • So far, I’ve driven the Arizona, California, Hawaii and Massachusetts drives… maybe more? I’d have to ask my parents. (Thrillist)
  • I’m moving to higher altitude (Information Is Beautiful)

It’s the weekend! Shine bright.


10 things i don’t want to do again

I have an on-going list of things I don’t want to experience again only because I have convinced myself it was so amazing (or so awful), it’d be a shame to be proven wrong.

Are you this way? Do you go to the same restaurant every time? Always order the same thing? Travel to the same place over and over?

I’m a little of both. I love seeing new places and love checking things off the list and moving on but at the same time, we keep going back to the same ski hill every March Break because it suits our needs just fine.

Then I read the article: People Underestimate How Fun It Is to Do the Same Thing Twice – It’s common to prize novelty in leisure activities, but research suggests that revisiting the familiar can offer unexpected pleasures. (The Atlantic).

a new study suggests that this notion that having already seen it—or read it, done it, visited it—automatically precludes a second go-around might be mistaken. Repeating something, it turns out, “may turn out to be less dull than people think.

With this in mind, maybe I should reconsider these 10 things I don’t want to do again because, according to research, they may be even more awesome the next time!

  1. Rewatch Six Feet Under: This was the first show I truly binged, it felt cool to be a fan. I watched every episode and I still think about the opening death scenes. When I go, I hope it’s epic like being mauled by a mountain lion. Anyway… good show, no doubt it still holds-up. Maybe I should watch it again.
  2. The Chicago Marathon: I love Chicago. I loved this marathon and it’s very exciting that my two favourite running friends are going to run it next month – I hope they love it just as much. If they hate it, our friendship is over.
  3. Stay up all night: I went through a brief phase (a week) of hanging out with my Subway co-workers all night. Literally all night. We hung out at coffee shops and roamed around until dawn. What the heck? Why? I have no idea but Montreal makes you do crazy things.
  4. Live in Montreal: My love-hate for Montreal is so real. I love Montreal and I love that a big part of my life has included this city. I know all of the streets, tons of hidden gems and still love going back to visit but I am not sure I could ever live there again. It steals your heart then can break your heart daily.
  5. Birth a child or raise a puppy: It’s good to know your limits and for me, I am a one-and-done gal. I love my child and I love having a puppy in our lives but I am just not into multiplying.
  6. Breakfast at Cheeky’s: I loved my breakfast at Cheeky’s in Palm Springs, California so much. I often remake it but it will never be as good: Scrambled eggs with goat cheese and chives on sourdough toast with a dark roast coffee. That said, my second favourite breakfast (eggs benny at Edna’s) I will order every single time.
  7. Rewatch The Wonder Years: Winnie Cooper level affection for this show. I haven’t seen it since it aired and if I rewatched it, will I love Kevin, Paul and Winnie just as much?
  8. Dance on a speaker: I’m so happy that I experienced university-life to its fullest but there’s no way I want to relive late nights and bar hoping.
  9. Get a tattoo: I love my tiny little star tattoo and although I can see how easy you could become addicted to wanting more, I am happy with just this one.
  10. Paris: We were young, carefree and poor when we spent a weekend in Paris. Opting out of the Eiffel Tower tour because we paid for the Notre Dame view. We didn’t see everything but walked tons of miles and have some great memories. As much as it’d be amazing to see more, I can’t imagine ever reliving the experience of coming out of the metro station and seeing the Eiffel Tower right in front of my eyes.

Raise your hand if you still remember the song that played every time Kevin saw Winnie.