2014 in review

Happy Monday!

Sure, it may already be five days into the new year, but I really wanted to do a 2014 recap. I had noticed last week that all I saw all over social media was how 2014 was an absolute shitfest, or “the worst year ever”. I refrained from expressing my opinion of that at the time, but as I looked back through some old blog posts from throughout the year, I realized that for me, 2014 was the total opposite of a bad year.

Sure, it had it’s truly awful moments. Like, rock bottom awful. The winter of 2013-2014 truly was the worst winter have had since I was a kid. It lasted from November to May (seriously, we had a blizzard in MAY), and it just plain sucked. The best distractions proved to be photo taking adventures (there’s no denying snow is the prettiest), award shows (recaps are my FAVE posts).

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Guys, I miss this beautiful face so much.

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In March, I set off on my very first travel adventure with my best friend. We had ten sunshine filled days exploring Vegas, we went to a fan convention, we saw the Grand Canyon. We drove ourselves from Vegas to LA. I saw the entire cast of Parks & Rec (including Amy Poehler!!) in person. It’s with this trip that I officially fell head over heels in love with travelling.

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April was filled with training for my very first 10K race, being teased by the weather with the idea of spring. May brought my first 10K. More photo adventures. The usual. May was also the celebration of my first year of blogging.

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June and July consisted of the most schoolwork/studying I’ve ever done in my life. If I had to pick a low point of the year, I’d probably choose the majority of July. July saw many a mental breakdown, tears, not enough sleep and way too much coffee. However, as all things tend to do, it passed.

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I had the entire month of August off from school, and I took advantage of it fully. I spent as much time as possible outside with my friends, teaching riding lessons, biking, riding ponies, visiting the beach, playing SO much softball, and generally enjoying time off. I fulfilled a childhood dream at the end of August when I got to see Shania Twain live in concert in PEI ( front row!!) . PEI weekend was by far my favorite weekend of the summer.

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In September I turned 22, and finally fit into that damn Taylor Swift song. I celebrated with my favorite people in the entire world, and couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. Ariel and I won a 20K bike race we had trained over the summer for, and I think I forgot to blog about it. Oh, and I started school again. (Booooo).

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October brought ALL THE FALL THINGS! However, the end of October was another low point as I suffered the loss of one of my dogs. I miss my sweet Rosie every single day, and I don’t think I’ll fix that piece of my heart that broke when she passed.

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November brought the trip I’ve been waiting for since as long as I can remember. NEW YORK! It really, truly was a dream to finally explore that city, to see Broadway shows in person made my musical theatre heart burst with happiness. I’ve had the worst kind of wanderlust ever since I got back.

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Then we have December. Which consisted of ALL the Christmas related things, multiple viewings of Frozen, drinks upon drinks upon games of cards against humanity with my favorite people, and a lot of schoolwork.

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2014, you were overall a great year. I learned a lot about myself. I did things I never ever thought I would get to do. I was inspired by new friends, overwhelmed by the love of my old ones, cried a lot, watched a lot of telelvision, surpassed a lot of physical goals, and survived the tough times.

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NYC : the full recap

It was in the middle of summer that Ariel & I decided that we could, should and WOULD be going to New York this fall. We spent an unbelievable amount of time trying to decide when the perfect time to go would be. We researched when the most tourists would be around (October & Thanksgiving week on – DUH. ), when the Christmas decorations would be up, when the weather wouldn’t be too warm, etc. etc. I think that it’s safe to say, as evidenced from the photos below, that we picked the perfect week to go. It was chilly, but not freezing. The leaves on the trees in the park were still intact and were beyond beautiful. There were tourists (like ourselves) but not too many. Except in Times Square, which was avoided as much as possible as soon as we figured that shit out.

Vacation recaps are so difficult. I’d love to write out every meticulous detail, and share every photo we took, but I think that would be just a bit much, no? I tried to narrow it down as much as possible so as to save you guys from boredom. You’re Welcome!

ps: If you missed part one & two, you’d best see those first! 

We spent a lot of time in Central Park. Atleast 5 hours walking everywhere in that beautiful place. While I liked the rushing people and the noise of the actual city, the park was really, really nice. Aside from the occasional smell of vomit, but what can you expect when you’re in NYC?
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Can we just.. take a moment to look at that?! Freakin’ amazing. 

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I learned very quickly that you don’t really have to do much planning in order to see things in NYC. Just throw on comfortable boots, a scarf, and head outside. Walk a few blocks and you are most likely to end up seeing something you’ve seen on TV, or on blogs, or in movies…Just EXPLORE! And that is exactly what we did.

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We loved the Museum of Natural History, the NY Public Library was absolutely insane ( I’m oddly such a geek for stunning architecture!), Rockefeller Plaza was amazing ( soooo wish the tree was lit!), Grand Central Station was smaller than we expected (?!) , I liked the Central Park Zoo, as long as I don’t think too hard about the animals stuck in a concrete jungle.

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I fell even more in love with Seth Meyers when we went to a taping of Late Night. We got front row, and were about two feet from him when he came over to talk to producers during commercial breaks. He’s adorable & hilarious. The top of 30 Rock was incredible. It’s surprisingly quiet up there, the noise of the city is muffled, and I spent a lot of time just standing there & staring like an idiot. It was an awesome moment, and we went both in the daytime & at night, just because.

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The Lion King on Broadway was incredible. The music and costumes were stunning, and I was surprised how closely it followed the movie. The Lion King has been Ariel’s favorite since she was a kid, and I’m soooo happy that she got to see it live. If/Then was my absolute favorite though. I honestly had no idea what the storyline of the play was going into it, I only bought tickets because I’d be damned if I was going to New York and didn’t see Idina Menzel on Broadway, but the plot of the play was moving, funny, heartbreaking, and thought provoking. The entire cast was spectacular, and I’m still amazed that a voice like that can come out of such a little person like Idina. I may or may not be plotting how I can get back to NYC asap and see as many shows as possible – I’ve loved theatre for so long, now I’ve got the bug and it’s all I want to do! I’ve had a lot of people ask me what my favorite part of my trip was, and I’d say the plays were my absolute favorite part.

The thing about travelling is that once you do it, it’s all you think about. Ever since I got back, all I can think about is where I’m going to go to next. I will be back to New York for sure, hopefully sooner rather than later. You can only experience a city for the first  time once, and I think I made my first time count.  I’ll stop with the photos & rambling now, kudos to you if you actually read all this & looked at all the photos!

Till next time, NYC.

Love you.

that time I ate the entire city of new york

I love food.

Guess what place has a lot of really good food?

New York City.

I don’t have a lot of options for restaurants or cafes in my hometown. Seriously, the nearest Starbucks is 3 hours away. Of course, we have like 6 different fast food restaurants, but only 2 or 3 really good (read: non fast food) restaurants. So you should be able to see why I was really, really excited for the food in New York. And it did not disappoint. I’m pretty sure I ate maybe 3 servings of vegetables the entire 6 days we were there. I was a-okay with that. Past Jenna would have NOT been okay with that, but present Jenna totally is.

Because I really love food.

We tried to experience as many of the types of food New York is famous for as possible. I didn’t realize until the end of the trip that we actually had only went to ONE sit down restaurant, where we ordered a giant pizza. We also had dollar slices of pizza at 11pm after seeing The Lion King on Broadway. Truth: I kinda like the dollar pizza better.

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On our three hour drive home from the airport, Ariel and I made a list of everything we had eaten while we were there. It was an epic list, and I kind of regret not taking photos of everything we ate. The day I went back to work my boss told me I looked “tinier” than when I went to NYC. I actually told her it was all thanks to my pizza, croissant & milkshake diet. She laughed – but I was telling the truth. I worked out in our hotel room twice while we were in NYC – if you wanna call doing some planks & squats while Ariel showered “working out”. It was very, very freeing to really not give a fuck about working out or eating healthy food. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. We walked so much every day that we were always starving come meal time.  I wanted to take advantage of the everything New York had to offer, and I’m glad I did. Sometimes you have to sacrifice health in order to just enjoy life. My advice to those wanting to stay “healthy” on vacation is to just say FUCK IT, walk everywhere instead of taking public transport, and eat ALL the food.

So we did what we do best, we ate ALL the food.

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sweet potato & black bean chili with quinoa/kale baked potato from Two Tablespoons

(I forget where we got the macaroons..somewhere in Bryant Park!)

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Ariel’s apple turnover & americano from Tisserie 

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My nutella croissant (O.M.G) & americano from Tisserie

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We picked up a red velvet cupcake (meh, it was ok) & a pumkin cheesecake (OMG SO GOOD) from Magnolia Bakery

(thanks for the suggestion, Kaitlin!)

 

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Roasted chesnut doughnut from Doughnut Plant

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Shroom’ Burger from Shake Shack

You MUST get a milkshake with your burger. And fries. MUST.

We walked 20 minutes in the pouring rain for Shake Shack and it was totally worth it.

 

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New Orleans Cold Brew iced coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee

This was LIFE CHANGING. I have been dreaming of this coffee since we had it.

We are ordering coffee beans from Blue Bottle ASAP.

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Vanilla & Blackberry Jam filled doughnut ( YES, PLEASE!)  from Doughnut Plant 

We also had 16 Handles frozen yogurt (so many options!), aforementioned pizza, coffee & bagels from Blue Dog Cafe right behind our hotel (highly recommend!), bagels from Ess-A-Bagel ( a religious experience. Cinnamon raisin bagel with chocolate chip cream cheese – holy crap!), Chipotle ( which we LOVE and there are none ANYWHERE near where we live.), and pastries from the deli/bakery down the street.

I realized we kind of missed a whole other thing by skipping sit down, fancy restaurants.

Next time, for sure.

For now? Please send me doughnut plant doughtnuts & bluebottle iced coffee, THANKS.

Favorite place to eat in NYC? Which city was your favorite, food wise?! 

thinking out loud thursday #18

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1.  During the holidays, Bryant Park in NYC turns into this super amazing winter wonderland type deal, equipped with outdoor skating rink, and booths with vendors selling all kinds of neat stuff. We wandered for quite awhile through there, and came across a booth selling these awesome pouches. They are made by Pamela Barsky, and they are awesome. There were so many that I wanted – so many witty phrases, but after about 20minutes or so I finally decided on the one above. Sorry not sorry about the language. You should definitely visit her Etsy shop, they make great gifts! I also love this one  , this onethis one , and this one.

2. I saw the movie Best Of Me last night and I hate that I loved it. I’m one of those people who likes to act all tough, like I don’t like romance and love is gross blah blah blah. I’m pretty good at it most of the time, but put a romantic Nicholas Sparks movie in front of me and I’m toast. It’s ridiculous. James Marsden is in this movie, and he has scruffy facial hair, so basically that should be all the incentive you need to go see this movie.

3. Today is my first day back to work in two weeks and I am sort of excited about it. I’m glad I took two days off after I got back, but I am ready to get back into a solid routine. Travelling is my favorite, but routine is what makes me productive. Also, paid vacation does not exist when you are self employed so I best be getting to paying for all the crap I bought in New York.

4. Speaking of crap I bought, I bought this AMAZE winter coat at Old Navy that I am so in love with I want to wear it everywhere. I’ve been looking for a longer, puffy winter coat for awhile and I’m glad I finally landed it. Plus, it was only $60 during their outerwear sale. Hell Yes. Joe Fresh was also like walking into heaven. I got this sweater, and a few tshirts & a skirt – all for under $60.  I also purchased makeup at Sephora for the first time ever. Does that make me a girl now? I’m really, really bad at that kind of thing and would really love it if someone would come dress me & put my makeup on every morning. Please and thank you.

5. I’m trying really, really hard to not go into full holiday mode until atleast next week but it’s SO HARD. Last year I wrote exams until Dec.20th so I really didn’t get to do much Christmas related stuff so I am beyond excited to celebrate all December long with as much holiday related fun as possible, but I also don’t want to start to early and feel like I’m dragging it out? You know? Such a first world problem. I’ve got Idina Menzel’s Christmas album all downloaded, and just sitting in my itunes, torturing me. And I came across this music video for her version of Baby It’s Cold Outside with Michael Buble and I almost died. Michael Buble is my FAVE and this video is just beyond adorable.

Also, my parents have a rule of no Christmas decorations before December 1st, so there’s that.

6. These are hilarious. My personal fave?

7. I got to meet Kaitlin for lunch while I was in NYC, and she was the sweetest. Truth: I was super nervous, because I always am when I meet new people, but especially because it was the first time I’ve ever met a blogger friend! Anyone who introduces themselves with a hug is a winner in my books, and we had a great chat over lunch. I’d now like to meet all of you wonderful people so if y’all could hop on a plane and get your butts here to Nova Scotia that’d be graaaaand.

8. Pretty sure my first real NYC recap, aside from this weird word vomit thing I posted yesterday, will be about all the amazing food we ate while we were there. Typical, right? I already miss NYC food, and would KILL for Blue Bottle coffee right now.

9. Uhm, can we talk about Scandal for a hot minute?  Freakin’ Papa Pope is KILLIN’ ME. It’s the way he delivers those long speeches, his diction, that just kill me. Joe Morton is a great actor, he really makes the character great. Mellie can’t catch a break can she? I was kinda liking the VP, he seemed pretty decent. I also feel like there is this weird storyline that I haven’t quite figured out yet. Like WTF is actually happening with that Liz lady, and that guy Quinn & Huck were staking out? So confusing. HTGAWM is great. As expected. Haven’t watched Grey’s yet, but apparently it was really good? The previous week wasn’t the greatest, but that’s pretty much expected with Grey’s. The Good Wife is still my fave. It’s just so good. Alicia’s speech to Peter in the back of the cab? Stop banging the help? Fucking ace. YOU GO GIRL. And if Alicia & Finn could just get together already that’d be great, thank you. The Mindy Project got picked up for the full season, so that made my life last week. I’ve got Ariel hooked on it now, which is literally a miracle because she’s not into women lead shows at ALL, so if she likes it, most anyone would.

10. I tried really hard to think of a tenth thing because my OCD didn’t want to end on an odd number but I got nothing so I’ll just thank Amanda for once again hosting Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

#TGIT! Have a good one guys 🙂

What is your fave show right now?
Have you started Christmas shopping yet? What’s your fave Christmas album?

that time i went to new york city

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I’ve been sitting here for atleast 30 minutes trying to think of how I can possibly manage to even begin to recap my trip to New York. Words are really hard, guys. Sometimes I feel like I feel things too much. I realize that sounds totally ridiculous but let me give you some perspective. The above photo is almost identical to the one that I have had as my iPad cover photo for the past two years. I didn’t realize it until I started to go through my photos, but then I realized holy fuck, I went to New York. I’ve been dreaming of this place for so long, I have a poster of the skyline in my room, and the aforementioned iPad cover photo, and now I have seen it with my own eyes. Holy fuck. 

I know that people travel all the time. People travel to much more exotic/cultural/exciting/whatever places than New York. I know that it’s no big deal to most people. However, it’s a big deal to me. While I am one of  those people who tends to dream pretty big, one of those people who aims high, who sets extraordinary standards, there is a very large part of me who constantly tells me that I will never get to do the things I want to do. I’ve wanted to go to New York for a very, very long time. I really, truly started to believe I would never make it there. A lot of it had to do with coming from my small town. I see it everyday, people who live their entire lives here, never leaving. People don’t travel, they don’t go on adventures, they most certainly don’t have blogs. They graduate from high school (or not), get a job (or not), get married (or not), have kids (always), and live out their lives here. I was convinced that I was stuck here, destined to be like everyone else in this town, never able to see the world. And let me tell you, that scared the shit out of me.

Thus, as we sat in a cab from JFK and headed into the city, as I saw all the giant buildings, the crowds of people, all the landmarks I had seen on TV/movies/ read about, I was overcome with a sense of relief mixed with utter happiness and gratitude. I felt free. Free from that little voice telling me that I will be forever stuck in my hometown, that I didn’t deserve to see the world. See? I feel too much.

New York was everything I dreamed of and more. It is completely different than anything I have ever known. I love how outrageously fast people walk, I love Central Park, I love the feeling that everyone had a sense of purpose, I love the constant activity, the busyness of it. I loved 30 Rock, the endless food options, the sense that you could never be bored there. I loved watching Broadway plays, the theatre nerd inside me died the moment Idina walked out onstage.

Times Square was the worst. I hated the tourists who didn’t walk fast enough. I hated seeing the carriage horses in Central Park. I could do without the piles of garbage on the sidewalks, and the occasional fragrance of vomit that wafted through the city. I hated how the drivers seem to think that honking their horn makes traffic move any faster ( hint: IT DOESN’T ).

New York is flawed, like everything else in this world. It makes me love it more.

I’m just realizing now that this isn’t a recap at all. It’s more of me trying to give you some insight as to why I was so excited to go. Why I’m so over the top ecstatic about it. Why I’m having trouble writing about everything. Just trust me when I say it was amazing, and when I finally un-jumble my thoughts, I’ll let you in on what exactly we did there. Also, photos. I’ve got a shit ton of them.

What’s your favorite place to travel to? 

currently – novemeber 10th, 2014.

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Hey guys! First off, thank you for your sweet comments on my last post. They mean the world to me! I’ve seen this questionnaire thing around blogland for awhile now, and I thought it would be a good way to catch y’all up on whats happening over here before I peace out for another week. Maybe someday I’ll get back to regular blogging. But for now..

 

MAKING : So. Many. Lists. I’ve got two days until I fly to NYC which means my entire life revolves around finishing the shit on all my lists.
COOKING : All the kale, eggs, and salsa. I refuse to buy groceries before I travel, thus meaning I’m getting done to the bare essentials here.
DRINKING : Vanilla Americano from my faaaave local cafe. There are 6 baristas that work there and they all know my coffee order. #predictable
READING : Yes, Please. Obviously. It’s damn good you guys. I’m actually planning on doing a post on the last few books I’ve read. Eventually.
WANTING : to sleep forever. Im so, so excited for NYC but I know I’m going to be hella sleep deprived. People say “you can sleep when you’re dead” but I’m a firm believer in sleeping as much as possible while I’m alive. #partyanimal
LOOKING : For a way to add three more hours to each day. Think of all the shit you could get done in those three hours!
PLAYING : 30 Rock on Netflix. Last year I got to season 5 and then lost US Netflix for awhile so I decided I might as well start from the beginning again cause WHY NOT?
WASTING : Time. I should be packing. Oops.
WISHING : I could sleep in tomorrow.
ENJOYING : being on vacation. I haven’t taken more than 4 days off since March, so yes, I think a vacation was due.
WAITING : FOR WEDNESDAY TO COME. Tired of hearing me talk about NYC yet? Sorry not sorry.
LIKING : 1989. Still on repeat.
WONDERING : if it will snow while we are in NYC. Praying to sweet baby Jesus it doesn’t. The thing that scares me most about flying is having my flight cancelled and being stranded.
LOVING : Yes, Please. Surprise parties. Morning walks. Evening rides on my pony.
HOPING : Ariel and I have seats together on the plane.
MARVELLING : THAT IM GOING TO NYC IN TWO DAYS.
NEEDING : a physics tutor. For realz.
SMELLING : the pumpkin pie candle I have burning. I’m not over the pumpkin yet.
WEARING : beanies, ankle boots & my leather jacket. I’m so obsessed with my jacket. I also really love beanies.
FOLLOWING : Matt Bellassai on Twitter. He is HILARIOUS.
NOTICING : how so many of my fave bloggers have placed out. I MISS READING ABOUT YOUR LIVES, PEOPLE.
KNOWING : I have so much schoolwork to do. Halp.
THINKING : this has taken waaaay longer than I anticipated. I need to sleep. ( it’s 10:08pm)
FEELING : my back hurts from laying weirdly on my bed while typing this on my iPad. I hate writing blog posts on my iPad but I needed my computer to watch 30 Rock. #firstworldproblems
BOOKMARKING : I’m really into fashion bloggers all of a sudden. It’s weird.
OPENING : too many tabs. I got to a point where my iPad wouldn’t let me open any more. I have problems.
GIGGLING : Yes, Please. 30 Rock. All the cute animal vines that Ariel sends me on a daily basis. This is why she is my best friend.

And that’s it! I doubt I’ll be back here before I leave for NYC, and I definitely won’t be here while I’m in New York, so I’ll see you guys next week? I’ll be posting on Instagram and Twitter so feel free to follow me there my friends 🙂

Travel Tuesday : my best vacation

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family vacation in Florida last October!

 

The prompt for Blogtober today is your best/worst vacation.

We didn’t travel much when I was a kid. The first time I went out of the province was when we went to Florida for the first time when I was 12. It’s really only been the past year or so that I have realized how much I love travelling, and how many places there are that I want to go! Therefore, I can honestly say that I have never had a bad vacation. I’ve been on 4 family vacations to Florida, I’ve been to Vegas & L.A with my best friend, PEI with a group of friends, and that’s pretty much it for long road trips/flying. Isn’t that sad?! I know I am super lucky to have even had the chance to travel that much, but I cannot wait for more! This may be getting ahead of myself and jinxing it, but I believe my upcoming NYC trip will be my best vacation yet. I’ve wanted to explore New York for so long, and I’m beyond excited I finally am going to get to do it!

Every vacation I’ve taken so far has been really special to me. I’ve loved every trip to Florida we have taken because we don’t often spend that much time together as a family, and I never realize how much I love it until we are all together. My Vegas/LA trip was amazing because it was my first time flying without my parents, the first trip I’ve taken with just my best friend, and we got to experience SO MUCH STUFF that was just incredible. PEI fulfilled a childhood dream of mine, and I got to explore a really beautiful province/town!

I’m so excited for adventures ahead!

 

Tell me, where is your favorite place to visit/vacation?! 

Helene in Between Blogtober

Blogtober14 : day four & five

Happy Sunday!!

Yup, we are only five days in and I have already failed at blogging every day. Womp, womp. I’m not even going to try to make up an excuse as to why I didn’t blog yesterday. I simply didn’t want to, so I didn’t! Since I missed yesterday’s prompt of my favorite instagram photo, I’ll just quickly jump to what I narrowed down as my three favorites :
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1) For obvious reasons. My best friend & I at the Grand Canyon last March. Trip of a lifetime to say the least. I wrote about our Vegas & L.A trip here, here and here 🙂

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2) My friend Corry & I, waiting in line at the Shania Twain concert last month. Chosen because it cracks me up that he fell asleep on the concrete in the middle of a huge crowd of people. I wrote about the concert here!

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3) Because this is my happy place.

These are all pretty recent photos from my Instagram. Looking far back into my Insta photos made me realize how embarrassing my earliest Insta posts were. I must say I’ve gotten much better since the beginning, feel free to follow me!

And now for today’s prompt : my fall bucket list!

Fall is by far my favorite season, so like the rest of the world I started doing fall related things at the beginning of September!! Thus, I’ve put a strike through the fall shit I’ve already accomplished !

1. Paint pumpkins 

2. Bake pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, drink ALL the pumpkin spice lattes & try a Tim’s pumpkin pie doughnut

3. Pick apples in the Valley

4. Go shopping for fall/winter clothes

5. Watch Hocus Pocus

6. Go whale watching (weird, I know, but I’ve always wanted to go!)

7. Attend a Halloween Party

8.Candy. Corn.

9. Go hiking & take photos – the colors in the fall leaves are my favorite!

10. Host Friendsgiving! ( This is happening next weekend, as Canadian Thanksgiving is next weekend!!)

That’s all the things I can think of that I really want to do! And as I read it over, it looks very, very similar to Helene’s hilarious “Basic Girl’s Fall Bucket List” . I’m not even ashamed one bit!

What’s on your fall bucket list?!

#Blogtober14 : Day One

Happy October!

I came across #Blogtober14 earlier in September, and because I am either a) an idiot or b) want to post more regularly, I decided it would be a good idea to participate. Let’s be honest, it’s most likely option a). I’ve never really blogged on the weekends before, and my schedule seems to be more insane with each passing week, but I am going to give it my best shot. The prompts for each day can be found on either Helene or Taylor’s blogs, and if you are also participating, leave me a comment, I’d love to check out your posts!

The prompt for October 1st is If you won the lottery you’d…

I’m going to take it upon myself to assume that this hypothetical lottery is big, like 50million or something insane like that. Aside from the obvious things like paying off my own debt, my parents debt, my best friends debt, and making a donation to charity, if I won the lottery I would most definitely take a year and live the gypsy life. I’ve travelled more in 2014 than I have ever had the chance to previously, and I have come to realize just how much I both love it and need to do it.  I want to explore every piece of the world possible, I want to experience different cultures and history, I want to try all the food (typical). I would take some solo trips, and some trips with whoever wanted to tag along with me! Who’s in?

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And yes, I would most definitely go back to the Grand Canyon!

What would you do if you won the lottery?!

Helene in Between

thinking out loud thursday #15

Hi!! Happy Thursday!

Can we take a second to acknowledge how I’ve been absolutely nailing the whole blogging thing this week?! 4 posts in a row baby. Give me an award or something! K thanks.

It seems like its been forever since I’ve done a Thinking Out Loud Thursday, and at work today I realized how much shit I want to ramble about today. Thanks again to Amanda for hosting! Ready for randomness?!

1. First off, Scandal is on tonight, as I discussed yesterday. I’m already dreaming of this evening, glass of Bailey’s in hand, anxiously awaiting for Olivia Pope to come back into my life. SNL Promos were also released yesterday and I realized how freaking excited I am for Chris Pratt to host. I love that man.

I also really love Kate McKinnon.

That reminds me, I had a client today who asked me what I was going to be doing in New York, and I briefly mentioned that I would love to get tickets to a taping of Jimmy Fallon and he said he didn’t like Jimmy Fallon. It took every ounce of self control not to freak out. WHO DOESN’T LIKE JIMMY FALLON?! He’s had so many good videos lately!

sidenote: uhmmm how awesome was Barbra Streisand last week?! Maybe that makes me 60 years old or something for saying I love Barbra Streisand but damn she was great.

TURN DOWN FOR TUT

Basically everything Jimmy does is hilarious and you should watch the show every single day.

/End Rant

2. Despite my absolutely insane schedule right now, I’ve made the time to go for quite a few gallops in the field. Both solo and with Ariel. There’s nothing like coming home from a long day and saddling up and just chilling out for a bit. No better way to clear my head.

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3. My brother turned 17 last Wednesday. SEVENTEEN.  We are five years, two days apart, and always been super close. I’m a lucky girl to have a brother like him.

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4. My Aunt got me this Grumpy Cat mug for my birthday and it cracked me up. She is literally a crazy cat lady, and I love her for it. Ignore the fact I desperately need a mani & my arm looks like a man’s arm.

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5. Speaking of Grumpy Cat, did you see that Aubrey Plaza is going to be the voice of Grumpy Cat in a Lifetime movie?! I’m not sure why a Grumpy Cat movie is necessary, but I cannot think of a more perfect person to voice it.

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6. I’m doing the tour de New France this weekend! I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m doing a 20km mountain bike race with Ariel & her paramedic friends this coming Saturday. While Ariel and I have been training all summer, we did a practice trail ride as a group last Friday morning. Holy. Hell. Ariel and I have mostly been doing road training, with a few dirt roads thrown in there. However, the ride last Friday was INSANE terrain. I felt like I was literally rock climbing with my bike at times. It was a really beautiful ride though, a 12 km out and back trail, with the turn around point at a beautiful lake. I got SO muddy it was ridiculous! The picture doesn’t even do it justice. I can’t wait to see what kind of views New France will bring on Saturday, even if I am likely going to die.

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7. We have literally only had one day of rain for the entire month of September. There have been a couple rainy nights, so we aren’t in a drought or anything, but the weather has just been beyond phenomenal. There is nothing better than waking up to sunshine every single day (even if I’m not loving the chillier weather), and beautiful sunsets every night. I. Love. Fall.

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8. Speaking of fall, I laughed waaaay too hard at both of these.

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9. I went running the other day for the first time in about a month. I had forgotten how much running hurts. I think I’ll get back into a regular running routine after this weekend. I have been biking a lot to try and prepare for New France, so running had fallen to the wayside. I’m still planning on running a half marathon at some point, but at this point I think I will end up waiting until next spring. I really, really wish I had a training buddy!

10. Ariel and I are planning on jumping headfirst into fall this weekend with a viewing of Hocus Pocus, pumpkin painting/carving and some sort of pumpkin recipe. I’m ready! We are also planning to go see This Is Where I Leave You this weekend, has anyone seen it? The cast is awesome, and it looks really good!

And that’s all I have to ramble about! There’s a 99% chance I won’t be posting tomorrow, so I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 🙂