just keep swimming

… When days are hot and days are cold …

Here are some of my favourite swimming prints I spotted online

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Gray Malin
(Aquafabulous)

HelloSunshine_HeloBirdie
Helo Birdie (Swimming Pool)

HelloSunshine_SamanthaFrenchSamantha French (Daughters of the sun)

HelloSunshine_OliverSpiesOliver Spies

HelloSunshine_JulitaMalinowskaJulita Malinowska (Adrift)

HelloSunshine_DavidHockneyDavid Hockney (Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures), 1972)

HelloSunshine_AnitaPhotography By Anita (Swimming POOL Photo 18 x 12 Print)

HelloSunshine_MaxWangerMax Wanger (Dip)

HelloSunshine_PedroCovoPedro Covo (Swimmer 5)

HelloSunshine_MagiPuigMagi Puig

HelloSunshine_KikiPollyKiki And Polly (All Together)

HelloSunshine_JosepMoncadaJoseph Moncada (Subtil i dolç silenci)

HelloSunshine_BethCarverBeth Carver (Blue Cap Single Tube)

HelloSunshine_NinaNolteNina Nolte

HelloSunshine_KarineLavalKarine Laval (Untitled #07 (Cascais, Portugal, 2002)

Do you have a favourite? I have a Samantha French print and I love it. I’d happily own all of her work. There’s something about water that soothes the soul… Must be in my Maritime blood.

One of my other wordy-water prints is from my favourite Halifax store, Inkwell : Salt Water PrintHelloSunshine_Inkwellpsst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg

meanwhile, elsewhere

It is pretty incredible how a change in weather can readjust your mental state of mind in a matter of minutes. We’re back on Anna Maria Island and the palm trees and good company have made me happy.

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

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When on vacation, I like to google local real estate and wonder why I don’t live here

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And then I like to book the next holiday… a (hopefully) sub four hour tour of Chicago on footBank-of-America-Chicago-Marathon

Have a lovely weekend! I know I missed this week’s Wedding Wednesday but, Jodie and I plan to check out the Anna Maria Wedding Festival this weekend and I will report back next week!

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water log

What could be more exciting than a Monday? How about a post about water on a Monday.

Here’s the thing… We all know you should drink lots of water and some people do but not me. Sure, after a run I will drink a glass but then things go downhill at about 7:00 am. It’s not that I am drinking a ton of juice or pop (because I am not) nor am I drinking coffee all day (because by 9:00 am I am done with that)… it is simply that I just don’t drink much at all.

Last year things changed… I developed a mild addiction to sparkling water. Honestly, it started when I saw images like this:

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Nice kitchen… I should put some S.Pellegrino on my counter… you know, for guests.

But I drank it all and kept buying more.

I briefly toyed with the idea of getting a SodaStream but figured it’d only enhance the addiction so I held off. Plus, I heard the carbonation is not great for your teeth long term. (fact check?)

I then invested in a fancy water bottle hoping the cost alone would guilt me into drinking more water (which it did!).DSC_0608

Our relationship lasted 1 week… then we literally broke up. I didn’t tighten the lid and it flew out of my hand. I was devastated for about 3 hours until I discovered you can order the glass bottle replacement online for $10. This was great but then I got a text from my sister:

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Yup… we are suckers for online shopping.

I love my new ceramic water jug. I doesn’t keep the water cold but it still seems fresh. I also love that it reminds me of Family Ties. Remember their kitchen?

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I tried to recreate this in my own kitchen but Mike vetoed that. He hates my ceramic water jug and has forced me to keep it in the office. IMG_1697On a happy note, I see it all day, which in the end has forced me to drink more water. I mean really, I don’t even need to stand up for a refill.

In the end, it is a win-win all around.

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breakthrough

“Perhaps I can get in the pool once a week this winter.” says me, every year, no joke. I love the idea of swimming but I just am not disciplined about doing it.

There was this one time when I got pretty serious about swimming; it lasted a few months and I managed to improve enough to ‘comfortably’ swim 1000 metres. My cousin talked me into doing a duathlon (swim 750m and run 5km) and lets say it was not pretty. You know the sympathy clap? When everyone cheers for the last one out of the pool? Yah, that was me. I managed to make up for it with my run but it was a good lesson to learn – swimming takes practice and I need more of that. Plus, legs only and breaststroke are not ideal for these events. So, will this year be the year? No promises but I can say, not everything about this post is a FAIL.

One of my to-do items for the summer was buy some art. Not sure where this came from, but likely because I have a surplus of frames waiting to be filled (thanks to a 50% off sale and having a good friend in Montreal who buys me stuff at Ikea).

So what did I buy? A print from someone I pinned a long time ago. I love her stuff, so much so, it was hard to pick one. Honestly, it came down to two things.

  1. There is a palm tree (or what I believe is a palm tree) in Breakthrough
  2. It fits one of my frames with no need for cutting, cropping or purchasing a new matte

Here is the print up on the wall – next to the portrait of Henry. In the dead of winter, while watching one of the many dreary Netflix series online (currently addicted to The Killing), I can glance over at my swimming girl and remind myself to swim more. It really is the best.

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Check out more of Samantha French’s paintings here

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