Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Wish list

image from here 

Dear parents,

All I want for christmas is gift certificates, cash OR:

Four Bed Pillows

Down Duvet

Large Crock pot

small wireless keyboard

Bicycle - if this is happening please talk to me first

Queen Mattress

Air pump for blow up mattress


Grey bath towels

2012 Volkswagen City Golf

External Harddrive


Table topics-


Essie nail polish

hanging terrarium -

letterpress coasters -

2012 Volkswagen City Golf (yeah?!)

Seriously though, thats it. Nothing else!


Onyon Ackim

six ways to tie a scarf

for all my male readers out there, I got your back. 

found on pinterest, originally from here

Thursday, November 24, 2011

this weekend is the american thanksgiving and I read a fair number of american based blogs who are gearing up for the holiday.

I have to say. I am extremely thankful for where my life is right now.

and you know what? I have to pat myself on the back and give myself full credit for that. I chose to make a change. I chose to take a leap of faith.

I had a lovely email with my cousin carly last night and she reminded me of how confused I was almost a year ago. I literally broke down in the bar and cried because I wasn't sure I was in love anymore. How do you know someone is the right one for you?

"You just know"

that advice stuck with me. there were SO SO SO many things i didn't know. I didn't know where I would live, how I would manage being on my own, how I could cope with the loneliness. but I knew that it wasn't fulfilling everything I needed. I knew I wasn't ready for the next steps (marriage, babies) because I couldn't commit to this person.

and the crazy thing is I see so many young women in the same predicament.

they are scared shitless of being alone and accept any company out of this fear.

and even men, I am told, struggle with this. they are scared of the unknown and would rather settle then face adversity.

because its no lie that being single is shitty. it comes with lonely nights and lots of pep talks in your head. its also easy to turn the other cheek and proclaim THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS LOVE. but thats not true either.

so my point is just this.

its your fucking life. be honest with yourself. listen to your needs. 

give it everything you have and then some. and then look at the results. look VERY hard at the results. 

make your life the best one for YOU.

this doesn't just apply to love. it can be your friendships, your relationships with family, your job, your living arrangements, your health.

make today the day you are honest with yourself and make the change you want to see.

because no ones going to do it for you, thats for sure.

I wish I could send this post to myself one year ago but my consolation is someone might read this today and really need to read this today and make it happen. please make it happen.

p.s. there is never a good time. just make it THE time.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

your heart sweats, your teeth grind

where to begin?


probably here.

you know whats weird? talking about your blog in real life. actually mostly just when people talk to me about my blog in real life. okay so i know if i can blog things then i should be able to carry a conversation about them. but somehow it always catches me off guard.

I also secretly wish everyone had a blog so i can know whats really going on with them and where their heads at.

there are things that are easier to blog about then to talk about.

and there are things I will go on and on about in real life and you will never know from reading this. granted of course, that you actually know me and we are three whiskeys deep.

sometimes I think this blog really probably only makes sense to me.

not a big concern really.

how is it midnight already?

listen to that Florence video up there, I found it on a youtube playlist and its really doing it for me right now.

still not over Son of a Preacher Man though....really not at all. track 12 on my car cd. again and again. fact.

and thats all she wrote.


and now is right on time

so so so true 

Friday, November 18, 2011

grey square designs

this puts everything in perspective. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

let the only sound be the over flow

can you believe its already the middle of November? it seems like halloween was yesterday. I'm trying not to let the holidays sneak up on me this year. 

real tree again. might even get some decorations for it WHO KNOWS? lights on lights though. white sparkly twinkely lights. 

i can remember being a kid and sitting in the living room with the lights on the tree on and every other light off. watching some of decorations turn and others with porcelain faces stare in the same direction. 

this is going to be a good winter though. I can feel it. normally I don't like winter but this year I have things to look forward to. 

I'm going to be 25 in march. twenty fucking five. 

biggest age i've ever been. 


also, most grown up sounding. there is something about 25. you enter the second half of your twenties. after this people always round you up, your grouped with the 30's now. I want to be doing things that 30 year olds do. 

is that weird? 

it is.

I want things like a condo, a non-piece of crap car, a clean apartment, a work out routine, and friends I can hang out with in my underwear.  

thats what excites me today. does this food below. its from St. Dave's Diner in lindsay and it was fucking phenomenal. 

because I was served hot coffee minutes after sitting down and everyone was given the biggest pail of water named the 'hangover cups'. and when we ordered pickles she brought us a whole dish of pickles. 

are you reading that? A WHOLE DISH OF PICKLES. hallelujah. praise the lord! do you know what I go through to get more then 6 sliced pickles on my sub? serve me a pickle appetizer we are friends forever. 

I think she even refilled it. 


I ordered pulled pork and a poutine. not my finest moment but didn't regret a second of it. 

my kind of place, St. Dave's. 

and if its your birthday, dave himself will come out and sing happy birthday for you and give you chocolate in a dish with a sparkler on top. its true. I witnessed it myself. 


Testy too

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


sway chair

how AMAZING is this chair? 

I couldn't find a price online but i'm going to go out on a limb here and say because it was designed my Marcus Krauss it costs a pretty penny. 

its called the SWAY chair. I want one. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

If it makes you happy, then it works.

an amazing apartment tour from apartment therapy

almost everything is DIY or repurposed. breath taking. I am absolutely in love with this apartment. 

my favorite things are the pendant lighting, which can be found here, all of the wood furniture, colour splashes on a neutral palette, and the artwork. oh and the wood floors, the beautiful, beautiful wooden floors.  

absolutely adore the numbered lamp. I want to try this. 

and the record photo below

Friday, November 11, 2011

things you may not know about me..

I have a big concern for clean hands. when I get home I the first thing I do is wash my hands. along the same lines...dirty fingernails give me the heeeby jeebies. can't stand them, on me or other people.

Maybelline and Avon. I have been using the same brand of concealer and eyeliner since middle school.

I did ballet (but also jazz, modern, and tap) for over ten years. I was also on my highschool curling team and curled competitively for 6 years. I even went to curling camp in the summer time.

My fuck it plan involves a huge garden, an old farm house with a wrap around porch and no cell phone.

I'd like to get a side piece tattoo but I'm worried it will stretch out and look bad when I have kids. I have one tattoo now on my ankle.

I'm wicked good at parallel parking.

I need some good ideas for lunches.

I will smoke menthols when I drink and when I drive. never when i'm drunk driving though. (kidding mom!)

I get incredibly addicted to certain songs and will listen to them on repeat all day until I move on to another song.

Tara was the name of my husky/alaskan malamute growing up, she never barked and I would get a husky in a second if I had the space for it.

There is a street near me named Clendennan. I love the way my mouth feels when I say it.

I've recently fallen for someone. I didn't think it would happen so soon but you can't plan life and when everything feels perfect its hard to deny.

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create - David Ogilvy

smart, relevant, engaging ads. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


-Finish all holiday shopping online by December 1st. 
-Buy as many handmade, local and artisan products as possible
-Design and launch before the new year
-Sell my car and buy a different one as soon as possible
-Organize all my bills and payments both online and in paper format 
-Pay off my credit card (again!)(how does it do that?!)
-Book a holiday for my 25th birthday somewhere warm and all inclusive
-Book another laser hair removal appointment (best groupon deal ever) 
-Eat healthy lunches and dinners and as many vegetables as possible
-Bake holiday cookies

Lately life has been really busy but also very fulfilling. I honestly haven't watched any of my 'shows' in about three weeks. I prefer to listen to records and get things done around the apartment, go to Pilates classes and cook real dinners in the evening. Its amazing how cutting out one thing from my priorities list can have such an impact on how much fee time I have. Its not important that I know who was the last team to arrive on Amazing Race or who Dexter's next victim was.  

I good friend cut out internet time for the same reason and although I see for him it was the same ideals, there is just NO way I could stop my internet time. BUT I can be more strategic, and use my time better. Its all about balance. 

p.s. this lovely fall weather is welcome to stay until spring! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

your part of the world

last weekend was one of those times when I just needed to get out of the city, take some deep breaths of fresh air, walk with no destination in mind, laugh until it hurt, eat home cooked food and remember what is important in life.

it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend and I took full advantage of it.

Highlights of the weekend include:

-buzz light year pinata
-learning I am kick ass at flip cup
-cap gun fights on *almost* empty streets
-early morning wake ups
-amazing coffee with kawartha dairy cream
-steamy bathrooms and sing alongs
-perfect fall weather
-a harvey's picnic
-photo-bombing horrible family photos
-AMAZING home cooked ribs
-learning to trust my heart, learning to be honest with my feelings, learning that the scariest things are usually right
-tap dancing to the radio
-playing the drums (!)
-remembering the time change and the extra hour it gave us at 2pm
-and of course spinning

its crazy how in life you can plan your destination and the route and think your going from point A to point B but life has a way of changing that on you. If you would have told me all the things that are going on in my life right now I would have told you YOUR CRAZY. all bolded with capitols. seriously.

but heres the thing.

sometimes its out of your control. sometimes the world just sets up a perfect scenario and I'm the crazy one for not exploring it.

sometimes you need to make the best out of a situation and sometimes life just hands you the best thing since sliced bread.

i'll eat mine with PB&J please.

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