sophie’s choice

Fall is not my thing. That said, my motto is: accept and proceed; buy hand warmers and adapt.

A few people have asked what’s on my Fall must-do list and I’m quick to say nothing because I am still mourning Summer but my friend Sophie requested we try and make the most of the season. And try I shall. Here’s her list which I am going to work through… even the pumpkin stuff.

Sophie’s Fall Bucket List

  1. Drink a Fall Seasonal Drink (unironically)
  2. Wear a tartan skirt with a turtleneck
  3. Watch the sunrise
  4. Hike in the Adirondacks = Hike
  5. Go apple picking
  6. Wear a beret
  7. Watch Meghan’s must-see movies: Dirty Dancing and Pump Up the Volume (This is basically me threatening Sophie – I can’t believe she hasn’t watched Dirty Dancing!)
  8. Make butter tarts
  9. Create a Halloween costume
  10. Walk in Central Park while the leaves are changing = Any park will do
  11. Drink mulled wine or a hot apple cider (like an actual one, not powder)
  12. Weekly fall manicure = I am aiming for 1 fall manicure
  13. Drink 2L of water per day (that’s a lot!)
  14. Write letters
  15. Wear stylish outfits for one week straight
  16. Cook egg-bites (or go to Starbucks)
  17. Go to a trivia night with friends
  18. Build a cornucopia
  19. Visit with an old friend
  20. Go to high tea = or just tea, we don’t need to be fancy.
  21. Visit a museum exhibit
  22. Stroll ALL of Mount-Royal = stroll around the neighbourhood, visit stores I pass by and never go in.
  23. Cook and eat Coddled Eggs
  24. Stoke a fire

*modified for people outside of Montreal and who will not be visiting New York City any time soon.(image)

Here’s the last time I did a fall bucket list  (results)

fallish intentions

10 things I intend to do this season

  1. Finish The Office: I am on S5:E5, so I feel good about completing this one.
  2. Finish my office: The plan was to have my new office space ready for September which did not happen. I’m now aiming for Christmas – gas fireplace and all!
  3. Learn to enjoy red wine again: I took a break from it over the summer after a poor decision (don’t buy cheap American wine, don’t get the flu)
  4. But also… Complete the Whole 30 #Whole30November: I am building a team. We can do this. Who’s in?
  5. Bangs, do it! Why not? How bad can it be?
  6. Get back into daily planking: Fun fact, side planking is good for scoliosis. I have a rod so I don’t think it matters but, I am sure planking has other benefits.
  7. Design print and distribute my calendars before mid-December: Another summer goal that got bumped. Question, should I repeat the Hello theme but with new imagery?
  8. Make use of my Canada Games Centre membership and SWIM! Seriously, David is in the pool three days a week… I need to take advantage of this time.
  9. Pottery, photography, and paint: I have already started my 10-week pottery class and have made a few fun things including a deformed cat dish for my non-existent cat. There’s an online photography course I’d like to enroll in and painting is part of my office update.
  10. Choose a fall uniform: See photo above.

Tell me your goals.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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  • Thanksgiving inspiration for the one American reader I know of (my sister)
  • And rainbow pies are pretty much the most awesome thing ever
  • They’re moving. People move. We’re not… But sometimes I dream about living on the lake. Sigh.
  • This song reduces anxiety by up to 65% (I may play it on repeat until November is over)
  • Calligrafile: a curated library of trusted tools and resources for the studio and business of calligraphers, hand lettering artists, type enthusiasts, and creative freelancers
  • Red + blue = purple
  • Google Quick, Draw! Reminds me of why I did so bad in my university drawing class
  • I am feeling crafty. Teacher friends: Is it a total faux-pas to make crafts as thank you gifts for the holiday? Something like this for their desk? Should I include a bottle of wine? Or should I just go with the Lush gift pack?
  • I want to enrol in a wreath making workshop – a classy one, not a big chain store kind (because I am a snob)… I am stocking the Flower Shop but may end up following an online tutorial. Like this

Yes, I teared up watching this:

Then I watched this and had a good laugh.

Have a great weekend. Mine’s jammed pack with goodness – The Movember Run with Henry, a Uuni night, David’s Youth Run Series wrap up party and Henry’s 11th birthday!meanwhile_elevenpsst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg

a little w(h)ine

Two years ago Sarah, Amanda and I went on a sparkling wine tour in Annapolis Valley.

It was lovely. I wrote all about it here.

I guess Trip Advisor liked the post so much they decided to steal my picture and use it for their Top 10 Nova Scotia Food and Drink Wine Tours article:

winetour-whine

A co-worker spotted Amanda in the article, screenshot and texted it to her. The oddest part about it all is that the tour the photo is linked to is not the tour we did.

What’s up with that Bruce and Trip Advisor?

That’s my beef whine for the day. Give credit when due!

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winter is coming

I dislike winter, but I think I dislike Game of Thrones More….

Still friends? Moving on.

Fall is over. Done! Did you accomplish everything on your list? I didn’t but that’s okay. After all, It is the time of year when you should be thankful for all of the amazing stuff you DID accomplish this year and start planning all of the things you will and won’t attempt to do in 2016. That list is coming… but today, I’m looking back at what happened from October 1 to December 21 – Feeling it. Falling for it

  1. Write 2-3 posts a weekYes! Mostly two but was anyone counting?
  2. Wallpaper something – No. I will keep adding this to my lists until I actually do it.
  3. Paint somethingYes! We still have not tackle our bathroom update but I painted my sister’s bathroom vanity. Chalk paint for the win.
  4. Run a marathonYes! Chicago. (warning, Chicago comes up often on this list)
  5. Rake leaves – Yes! And in all honesty, I’d rather shovel. Say it ain’t so. 
  6. Carve a pumpkin – Yes! We asked random trick-or-treaters who’s pumpkin was the best and David won. So much for the classics. 
  7. Avoid all things pumpkin flavoured. Unless in a pie – Yes! I ate a slice of pie and avoided everything else despite the marketing overload. 
  8. Visit the beach – Yes! We went for a walk on the Gulf Shore in Pugwash on a beautiful fall day.
  9. Sharpen the skates and skis – No. But we need to. The Oval is opening soon and Mike is checking the webcam at the ski hill daily.
  10. Visit the valley – Yes! Amanda and I took David to the valley in search of some pumpkins and fall foliage.
  11. Conquer a corn maze – Yes! At the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. They have nothing on the size of both the maze and the stalks in comparison to the valley. 
  12. Pick apples – Meh. We did go to the valley to pick apples but didn’t actually pick apples. We picked out apples from the local market in the valley and I did pick some crab apples off the ground of my backyard.
  13. Make apple pie – Yes! Yum. 
  14. Watch season 1 of Game of Thrones – Yes! We are on season 4.
  15. Make my 2016 calendars – Yes! I’ll show you later.
  16. Make my 2015 holiday cards – Yes! And a newsletter too.
  17. Make David’s halloween costume Yes!
  18. Dress up for halloween – Yes! I was a cowgirl.  
  19. Dye my hair pink – Meh. I bought pink hair chalk.
  20. Drink cider – Yes!
  21. Travel via train, plane, automobile (and boat) but no need to watch the movie – Yes! In Chicago
  22. Visit a new city – Yes! Chicago.
  23. Buy a souvenir – Yes! A Christmas ornament. It’s my souvenir of choice when travelling. 
  24. Visit a museum –Yes! Chicago.
  25. Throw a party – Yes! a taco party.
  26. Swim laps – No. Like wallpapering, I will keep adding this to my lists until I actually do it.
  27. Declutter & update my sock and underwear drawersMeh. I have purged. Now I need to restock. 
  28. Hike a new trailYes! It wasn’t Everest but when we visited the valley, Amanda, David and I went on a lovely little hike through a park – there were turkeys and bunnies and ducks; oh my!
  29. Try a new restaurant in Halifax – Yes! Lot Six and Temple Bar Cocktails and Kitchen
  30. Make soup – Yes! Ina Garten’s Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

24 Yeses, 3 Mehs and 3 Nos… I’ll take it as a win. I am actually excited for a new season and especially excited for a new year. Have a safe and happy holiday and may you check everything off your list!

IMG_3908Fall on the Golf Shore, Pugwash Nova Scotia. Taken with my iPhone.

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