okay, maybe i can…

Last week I listed the 10 things I just can’t get behind… I know, it was harsh and not all of you agreed but that’s okay, we’re still friends, right? Since then, I still have not gone on a cruise or bought a minivan so my opinions rest, however, you’ll be happy to know there are

10 things I was not loving… but now I am

  1. Harry Potter > Whoa! Starting off big. I read the first book years ago and my feelings were meh… I didn’t bother with the movies either but when our basement flooded and insurance gave us a cheque to replace a pile of damaged books, I bought the full series for David. We’ve been making our way through them and we’re both big fans. #teamGryffindor
  2. Side splits > Split ends… celebrity splits… there’s nothing good about splits but then I discovered the mid-century side split floor plan.
  3. Candles > When you turn 35, it’s mandatory to burn scented candles and invest in diffusers.
  4. Black and (NAVY) Blue > I’m talking colour combinations here. I know people will want to fight about this but I am in love.
  5. Green smoothies > People talk and talk about how amazing green smoothies are and I was like gross. I love spinach but the thought of a green smoothie made me queasy. Despite my apprehension, I gave it a go and it turns out they’re great. So good that I am interested in getting one of those single-smoothie-making-machines. Any recommendations?
  6. The Office > Have you seen it? I am very picky with comedy. Don’t push me – let me ease in and discover it for myself which is why I was hesitant. Thanks Sophie for making me take the leap.
  7. Florida > Jodie and Tim talked us into joining them on holiday on Anna Maria Island a few years ago and I honestly thought it was going to be like a cruise ship but on an island instead of a boat… Flordia is for people who are either older than 60 or younger than  10… but oh how wrong I was! We’ve gone back once more and I frequently dream of moving to the cul de sac next to Courteney Cox and Busy Philipps – Cougar Town life is for me.
  8. SUP boards and downhill skiing > I am definitely not okay with rollerblading and basketball shorts but SUP boarding is fun and skiing isn’t that bad.
  9. Olives > You love them or hate them. I now love them all.  
  10. Black Coffee > Since 1994, I’ve gone from medium double-double to black. I salute the Chemex for this bold move. 

See, I am not a terrible person. I can change. What about you? I need to know what you love and hate.

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hello yellow, hello sunshine

Hello all

Leon’s Furniture has a blog called hello yellow and they launched a magazine (or catalogue?) which carries the hello branding… hello holiday and hello sunshine:

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“HERE FOR A GOOD TIME—NOT A LONG TIME—SUMMER IS A COLD COCKTAIL OF MEMORIES SHARED WITH THOSE YOU LIVE, LAUGH AND GROW WITH. AND WHILE IT’S OFTEN ROMANTICIZED, JUST LIKE REAL LIFE, IT UNFOLDS IN DIFFERENT WAYS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE.”

That’s all I am going to say about that.

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onward

Happy to be in a new year!

From everything I’ve been seeing and reading lately, it feels as though we are all very okay with saying goodbye to 2016. Great, me too… however, last year brought me another niece, some great trips, and more time spent with friends than I anticipated so I am happy about all that.

There are things that are going to suck about 2017. I have friends who are moving, jobs that are changing, a dog that is aging and family in the States dealing with the election but I am trying to stay positive and think about the good things ahead.

So with that I say onward!

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Rather than resolutions, I recently read this article in Business Insider and decided a list of lists would be a more productive way to tackle twenty-seventeen. By simply writing out the 17 lists titles and adding items and checking off items throughout the year, I will hopefully figure out what I really need to make this year special. I hope you have a great year!

My list of 17 lists for 2017

  1. Recipes to try
  2. Restaurants to try
  3. Things I want
  4. Things I wanted but didn’t buy
  5. Places to see / visit / explore in Nova Scotia
  6. Daily to-do list (always changing)
  7. Monthly to-do list
  8. Bucket list (review, update, revise)
  9. Short-term goals
  10. Long-term goals
  11. DIY /home improvement projects (review, update, revise)
  12. Post ideas
  13. Books to read
  14. Movie and shows to watch
  15. People to contact (birthdays, follow-ups, reconnects)
  16. Things to do for others
  17. Things that make me happy

Poster by Carson Ellis

psst. Does anyone else add completed item to a to-do list, just so you can check-off a few things right away?
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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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We’re spending Christmas with Mike’s parents and one of my first bonding moments with his mom is playing Monopoly… Lets just say it ended with them teaming up and me walking away yelling ‘mommy’s boy’. Tis the season! Game on.

Have a great weekend rockin’ around the Christmas tree! Love to all.

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Family illustration by Jessica Morgan

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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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Oh, and I shared this on the facebook but am doing so again here because it’s great.

Have a great weekend! 3/4 of my house is really excited about the snow… I’m getting there but not quiet ready to join them on the ski hill this weekend. Instead, I’ll wrap myself in a wool blanket and hang back in Pugwash, looking though the window at the snowy riverside while drinking coffee. I may go for a winter country-road run.img_7174

Photo above. Before the snow.

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