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.

being an adult is exhausting – a weekend recap

Happy Monday!

I kinda disappeared after posting my NYC recap last week, but it was my first full week at work post-vacation, thus meaning life kinda took over. It’s kind of funny how in just two weeks you can forget just how exhausting adult life is. Life is hard, y’all. As evidenced by my extreme crisis I had Saturday morning :

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I survived, in case you were wondering.

Let’s rewind to Friday for a second. It started off great. Friday is the easiest day for me to get out of bed in the morning, probably because it takes me the entire five days to get used to waking up at 7am, only to be ruined every weekend by allowing myself to sleep in and thus perpetuating a continuous cycle of struggle come Monday morning.

I digress.

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I was having a great hair day, the barista made my iced coffee right, all my clients showed up at work AND I got all my client paperwork done. When I got off work at 2:30 I had grand plans to get a shit ton of schoolwork and laundry done, go for a run, and obviously celebrate being home alone all weekend with a T Swizzle solo kitchen dance party.

I got home at 3 and immediately crawled into bed and napped until 5pm. On the drive home I was overcome with a feeling of exhaustion and my bed was calling my name. So, basically I got nothing done. I’m only human, people.

I managed to drag my ass out of bed to get the horse chores done, feed my dog, and fix myself some supper before Ariel picked me up to see a production of Annie at our local theatre.

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I think it’s safe to say New York has ruined all my future theatre experiences, as I can’t help but compare. However, for a little town production it was pretty entertaining. The little girl playing Annie had a hell of a voice, and I enjoyed the songs. It beat spending the night at home watching Netflix.

Saturday (after I got over my aforementioned crisis) was spent actually getting shit done. Multiple loads of laundry, vacuuming, washing dishes, running, Chemistry homework, dog walking was all completed before spending the rest of the afternoon getting coffee and baking reindeer cookies. I had a few of my friends over Saturday night, had some drinks, pizza & garlic fingers, and took 1 photo the entire evening. Bad blogger alert.

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Sidenote: I heard that you people in the US & even the rest of Canada do not know the magic of garlic fingers. TELL ME IT’S NOT TRUE. Y’all are seriously living life wrong. Come to Nova Scotia and I will enlighten you.

I went to bed waaaay past my bedtime Saturday night, and woke up waaaay too early Sunday morning. Sunday is the one day a week I allow myself to forego all productivity whatsoever and do whatever I want. Call it a should-less day, if you will.

I made myself breakfast while watching old episodes of Will & Grace. Best way to spend a Sunday morning.

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I saw a matinee of Horrible Bosses 2.

It was really good. Sequels are SO iffy, but I must say they did a pretty damn good job of living up to the first one. Jason Sudekis kills me.

Sunday evening was spent  putting up my Christmas tree and watching Frozen. Not a bad Sunday at all if you ask me. I’d show you a photo of my tree, but she’s a little crooked right now, and I have to find a way to fix her up first.

ps: I’ve now seen Frozen a grand total of 8 times. Did you hear there might be a sequel?! You best not be lying to me, Miss Menzel.

I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I’ll admit, I was hella jealous of the Instagram photos of all the food. I’m always surprised by how big of a deal y’all make Thanksgiving. My family barely has Thanksgiving dinner, it’s a tragedy really. I tthink one of you guys should host me next year and show me how it’s done 😉

#eatALLthefood.

How was your weekend? Details, please!

Did you go Black Friday shopping?! I bought a new laptop on Friday. Why are Macbooks so expensive?! It was necessary but I think I died a little.

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.

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

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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! 🙂

the first week

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It’s rather ironic that I ended my last post with feeling happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time, considering I have most definitely experienced every single one of this emotions during my first week of being 22.
Monday was wonderful( first pumpkin spice latte of the season.) Tuesday I found out my dog has cancer. (Cue ALL the tears.) On Wednesday the little girl who takes riding lessons from me gave me a birthday card, and it made my whole day ( she’s 7 and a big ball of sunshine.) Between school and work I pulled a 15hour workday on Thursday. ( asleep by 10pm.)  On Friday I made dinner with Ariel and we contemplated life together (we determined we will be dog ladies together. No boys allowed.) Saturday I worked (ugh) and then all my friends came over and we got a little drunk, acted like teenagers, and generally had a damn good time ( my friends are kind of the best.) Sunday I watched a whole lot of Parenthood ( I’m an entire season behind.)

That was my last week in a nutshell. I’d like to thank everyone who left sweet comments on my Instagram post where I announced my sweet Rosie’s diagnosis. I’m not a crier, as in I absolutely hate crying, but this past week I’ve shed tears every damn day. I am happy to say that she is doing all right for now, now that she is eating again she has a lot more energy, but you can tell she’s just not her complete self.

On that note, here’s to a brand new week. Hopefully one with less tears!!

How was your weekend? Best part?

How do you cope with an animal passing away? 

playing catch up

Hi!

Do you ever go through those periods of time where it seems like everything is moving ten million times faster than you are? I’m definitely going through one of those periods right now. Combine that with the fact I can’t seem to make my eyelids stay open past 10pm this week, and you have an completely absent blogger over here. I’m just kind of living life right now, and as much as I want to be able to blog about all the interesting  ( read: completely boring ) things that happen in my day to day life, it just ain’t happening right now.

Let’s play catch up, shall we?

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Last weekend I spontaneously found myself at the Maritime Women’s ball tournament. It was one of those times where plans were brought to me two days prior to leaving. Since i’m trying to be more go with the flow, I went with it and had an amazing weekend. I haven’t played women’s ball since high school, and dare I say I prefer it to playing co-ed? I was lucky enough to play with a great group of ladies, and we ended placing 4th out of 16 teams, meaning we qualified for Nationals in Newfoundland next year. Not bad, eh?

ps: I’m #4 🙂

pps: My actual number in most everything is 12, but this was such a last minute thing I had to settle for good ol’ number 4.

It was, however, my third weekend in a row travelling/ getting next to no sleep. That would probably explain why I’ve felt like a zombie all week. I’ve also got plans for every weekend for the remainder of September as well. I’m not used to being this busy on weekends, I think I’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to sleep in, and that’s ok 🙂

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Trying to hold on to the last few days of summer with trips back to the cottage and trips for ice cream. Something tells me that tonight’s ice cream date will be the last of the season…Which makes me rather sad. I’ve already had multiple people tell me that we are supposed to get a ton of snow this winter, and I’m NOT ready. I don’t even want to think about cold weather right now.

Did you catch that I said “ice cream date”? Yeah, I went on a DATE since the last time I posted. First time in two years, guys. I’m a big girl now!

(Please shoot me. )

I still like my dogs better than I like boys. Sorry not sorry.

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Mother Nature has been killing it lately with the sunsets here. I’ve seen many a beautiful sunset while playing ball this summer, and damn if those cotton candy clouds don’t make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It’s the little things like pretty sunsets that I will miss most about summer.

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I got my Idina Menzel tickets in the mail last week! Holy happy dance. In exactly two months from today I will be on a plane headed for NYC 🙂 Pinch me!

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Can’t beat this ocean view for a morning bike ride. Ariel and I are signed up for a 20km trail bike ride on September 27th, so we have been biking as much as our schedules will allow to try to prepare ourselves for the torture. Maybe after the bike ride is over with I’ll get back on my running game. Maybe?

Yesterday I realized that I only have one weekend left of being 21. I turn 22 on Monday. I finally fit the mold of a Taylor Swift song! But really, I’m still one of those people who get excited about their birthday. 21 was a great year for me, and I’m so looking forward to what 22 has in store for me!

Maybe next week I’ll manage to get more than one post up? Maybe.

Do you still enjoy celebrating your birthday?

What’s happening in your life?! Fill me in on what I’ve missed!

my weekend on PEI

Happy Tuesday! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend, I know I did! This post is going to be excessively long and quite picture heavy, so I hope you’re ready! I was initally going to try and cut it down as much as possible, but then I considered the fact that one of the biggest reasons I blog is so I have something to look back on when I am older, so I’m going to include all the details, even if it’s mainly for my own good 😉

At an ungodly hour on Friday morning, Ariel and I packed up the car and started the long road trip to Prince Edward Island for the weekend. Neither of us had ever been to PEI before, so we were both really looking forward to it! We swung by Halifax and picked up my friend’s sister before completing the rest of the trip. The drive took about seven hours in total, and we got to drive across the Confederation Bridge! The Confederation Bridge links Nova Scotia and PEI, and is the longest bridge in the world that spans across ice covered water. It’s also ridiculously long, 8 miles, and has pretty amazing views that my little iPhone photos don’t do justice!

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Once we crossed the bridge into PEI, we still had about an hour or so of driving until we reached our destination of Charlottetown, but we got immediately distracted by the Cow’s Creamery right off the bridge. Cow’s ice cream is really famous, it was voted Canada’s best ice cream, and is made from 16% buttermilk fat. Thus meaning it is delicious and was by far the best ice cream I have ever eaten. I had a scoop of Birthday Cake, so good! 

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Once we arrived at our hotel and got settled we decided to explore Charlottetown by foot for the evening. We walked around the waterfront, and through the festival grounds. PEI was celebrating 150 years of the founding of Confederation this past weekend, so there was plenty to see and do! I was amazed by how beautiful it was, such an adorable little town! The only downside was that it was freezing, so we only lasted a couple of hours of walking around outside before we had to call it quits.

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Fun fact: PEI is best know for 2 things – potatos and it’s red dirt (like the dirt in the photo above!). Even the sand on the beaches is red!

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Friday night concluded with swimming at the hotel, a very late supper at Boston Pizza, and a late night Shania Twain dance party & twerking practice. Don’t ask, just know it was hilarious. 

Saturday morning my friend Corry & his mom joined us at the hotel, and we got ready, grabbed breakfast, and headed out to the event grounds where the Shania Twain concert was to be held that evening! We arrived at the grounds around 12, and saw that there were already some people in line, so we immediately took our spot near the front of the line! They weren’t letting people into the grounds until 4:30, and the concert didn’t start until 7. So yes, we stood in line for 4 1/2 hours! Totally freaking worth it, as you will see!  We killed time by listening to Shania do her sound check, taking turns going for walks for bathroom breaks and food, playing hangman, and uh, Corry took a nap on the ground, surrounded by people. Don’t ask me how he fell asleep, but he was dead to the world for awhile there!

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Our long wait was rewarded by scoring front row at the concert. I honestly had no expectation whatsoever to get front row, so I was beyond excited that we did! 

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The time from 4:30-7 went by extremely slowly, I was soo excited for the concert to start! My legs were also starting to get tired at that point. They had an excellent DJ that played good country music during that time though, so it wasn’t too bad! A musician by the name of Trinity Bradshaw opened first.

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I had never heard of her before, but she was really great! She had an awesome sassy country twang to her, and it was clear how happy she was to be there! She played mostly her own music, and this was my favorite !

Truthfully, I hadn’t even checked prior to the concert who was opening for Shania. I only found out on the day of the concert that it was Corey Hart opening for her! Sunglasses at Night anyone? He played a lot of good, classic 80s rock and his set flew by. 

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After Corey’s performance, a whole bunch of workers came onstage to clear out the excess instruments and platforms for Shania. I should probably start by saying that Shania Twain has been my all time favorite singer since I was about 7 years old. I refused to listen to anything but her albums from the ages of 7-14, I know all the words to every single song, and her songs are my go-to songs for whenever I’m feeling unhappy. Essentially, this concert was a childhood dream come true and I just about died of excitement when she finally came on stage. 

I have actually never been to a large scale concert before in my life, but she set the bar so high I don’t think I will ever see one as good as the one she put on Saturday night. She essentially brought her Vegas show (minus the horses) to PEI. The costumes, the videos, the dancers were all beyond incredible. Her voice was spot on, she was funny and engaged the audience,  and she made sure to use the entire stage during her performance. Also, she is ridiculously beautiful, and was literally 5 feet away from me. Crazy!

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All credit for the concert photos go to my BFF, Ariel. She took about 300 photos, which I am so thankful for because God knows I was shaking too bad to take anything decent. I’m still unsure as to whether I was shaking from excitement, cold, exhuastion, or hunger! The concert ended around 11, and then came the worst part : getting out of the event ground surrounded by 22,000 people. For someone who has a big fear of getting lost in a large crowd, it was kind of my worst nightmare. However, the whole group of us was pretty giddy from what we just saw, so we made it out okay. We got back to the hotel around midnight, ate a midnight supper/snack of sushi, and then fell asleep with Man, I Feel Like A Woman stuck on permanent repeat in my head.

We unfortunately had to leave PEI pretty early Sunday morning, as Ariel had to work a night shift that night (she’s crazy). I found the ride home was so much shorter than the ride there, and it flew by. Pretty views, cupcakes, and reminiscing about the previous night helped.

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While we didn’t really get the full PEI experience due to lack of time, I still loved what I did get to see. Ariel and I are already planning to go back as soon as we can! We didn’t get to do Anne of Green Gables or even visit a beach! We also didn’t get to eat at any fun restaurants, we simply ran out of time. I don’t regret spending the whole day waiting in line though, it was completely worth it! 

Two weekends in a row of long road trips made me realize two things : 1) I love travelling so much. 2) I love being home just as much. I’m excited to have a fairly normal week, followed by  chill weekend at home to recuperate. This weekend was an awesome way to end my summer, that’s for sure! 

Here’s to an amazing September!

What did you do this weekend?

What’s the best concert you have ever been to?! I’m super curious about this one!

thinking out loud #14

Happy Thursday!

I skipped Thinking Out Loud Thursday last week, so I am more than ready to ramble about random things in my head ! As always, thanks for hosting Amanda!

1. Most importantly, Ariel and I finally booked our trip to New York! We initially had a billion issues with finding the right flights, but we finally got it all sorted out. We will be there from November 12th-17th! I am beyond excited. Seeing this email in my inbox yesterday morning made me smile really, really big. 

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If you know me at all, you’ll know that I have wanted to go to New York for a very, very long time. In fact, one of my very first posts here was about how badly I wanted to go to New York. I’m probably going to talk about my trip endlessly from now until I leave so here is your warning in advance!

2. New jam that got me through a rough day yesterday. Not even sorry, it’s so frigging catchy. 

3. Obsessed with the show Suits right now. I don’t usually go for TV shows that have male lead characters for some reason, but this show has me hooked. Love me some Harvey Specter. Also, The Emmy’s are on this Monday night and I am SOO excited. Super excited for Seth Meyers to host, and you can bet your ass I’ll have a fashion/show recap up on Tuesday! I. Love. Award. Shows.

4. For the past week or so, the air has felt a lot cooler and it’s starting to feel like fall. I AM REJECTING THIS. Fall is my favorite season, but I am NOT ready for summer to be over. I’m not even remotely ready for cooler weather. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful, the warmest day we have had in a week or so, I happened to get off work really early, so I booted it to the beach for a really, really long walk. Best way to clear my head. 

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5. I started reading the Game of Thrones books – so hooked! It’s the first book I have read in a very long time, I’m so happy that I finally feel like reading again. I think school just totally burnt me out, it took me awhile to open another book! Has anyone read Girl Boss? I really want to read it, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, I just have to buy it! 

6. Still rolling with the only wash/brush my hair every three days thing. Hella low maintenance, which is excellent because I am lazy. The salon I run my massage therapy business out of is really big into Moroccan Oil products, thus meaning I have a ton of them and loooove them. I use the light oil treatment in my damp hair, and the frizz control mousse in my damp hair, throw it into a bun overnight, shake it out the next morning, hairspray and then I’m good to go for three days. The products are a little pricey, but totally worth it. The bottle of oil lasts be a good six + months, a little goes a loooong way.

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7. I’m headed to Truro on Friday for a weekend long ball tournament. I went last year and it was a blast, so I’m praying to baby Jesus the weather holds up and we don’t end up playing in the pouring rain. Have I mentioned how much I love playing ball? because I really do. 

I hope you all have a great day, and a fantastic weekend!

Are you ready for fall yet? Or are you still holding on to summer like me?! 

unplugged weekend

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Happy Monday!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, I know I did! 

Jules had a really great post last week about unplugging. While the majority of posts I’ve read about unplugging from technology are about how it is necessary (which I think it is at times), and how everyone should do it, I appreciated Jules’ presentation of what I, and most likely a lot of other people, are thinking. While I can appreciate the fact that unplugging is a great thing, I am torn – I also love being connected with people all of the time. It has allowed me to form relationships that I otherwise never ever would have had the opportunity to form. 

However, this weekend was the first time in awhile I truly unplugged for a bit- and it was great! On Saturday afternoon I headed out to the woods, at my family’s lakeside cottage. A bunch of my friends joined me around suppertime, and we had an amazing evening just talking and drinking around a campfire. However, for most of Saturday afternoon I was all by myself out there. There is virtually no cell service out there, so after snapping a couple photos, I turned my phone off for the rest of the day. I sat in the sun and read my book. No music, no cell phone distractions, and just the sounds of the lake and birds. It was definitely the most relaxed I’ve felt in a really long time. 

It was also really great that all my friends weren’t glued to their phones all night either. It’s been said a million times in a million articles, how this generation is missing out on so much because when a group of people hang out together they are not truly paying attention to what the other people are saying because they are distracted by their phones. Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes it’s not, but I will admit it was nice not to have any phones around. 

By Sunday afternoon I was ready to return to the real world, but felt refreshed from the momentary breather from social media and my phone. I liked the temporary break, but I also don’t think my phone/social media “addiction” is truly hindering my life in any way. I’m fascinated by how far technology has come, and I appreciate it. 

Do you think unplugging is overrated?

What did you do this weekend?!

 

 

 

 

a love letter to the ocean

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“The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea.”

― Isak Dinesen

 While the above quote may be one of the most well known and perhaps overused quotes, it is still one of my absolute favorites, because I believe it to be true. 

Maybe it is because I have been lucky enough to grow up, and have spent my entire 21 years,  surrounded by the ocean that I am so fascinated by it. There is nothing quite as simultaneously beautiful, mesmerizing, and intimidating as the ocean. I love the smell of the air as you travel closer to  the coast, the smell of the salt water and fresh air mixed together in the wind. I love the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. I love the way you can see for what seems like forever in the distance when you look at the ocean, like there is nothing past it. I love the way the ocean can be so seemingly calm one day, and yet  the next it can be angry, violent, and threatening. I love the feeling of diving into the ocean, headfirst in to a wave. I love the feeling of coming back up to the surface and feeling the sting of the saltwater in my eyes. I like how the ice cold temperature of the ocean makes me feel clean and refreshed.

 I’m scared of the ocean because it is mysterious – it is impossible to tell what lies in there. I fear the ocean because it is unpredictable and unforgiving, it will not hesitate to swallow you up. I’m intimidated by the ocean because it is really difficult for me to wrap my mind around how truly huge it is. All in all, these fears are outweighed by my love, and I respect rather than fear the ocean.

There is something about riding my bike for miles along the coastline with my best friend that makes me feel utterly happy. That distinct saltwater and fresh air smell is present the entire time, the sun is beaming down, and hearing seagulls and light waves along the shore makes me feel calm, relaxed, and consciously aware of my heart pounding and my muscles screaming at me as we bike up the winding roads and hills. The little beach houses nestled in the hills, all with ocean views make me wish I lived there, and could see those views every day. The tourists milling around the lighthouse, our destination, make me smile because I’m so happy they are experiencing the beauty of my little town. Sitting on the giant rocks that surround the lighthouse, staring at the ocean, my mind blank except for a single thought: I’m so happy. 

Okay, maybe that thought was actually I’m so fucking happy right now, but that didn’t seem as deep. 

Anyway, point being that I had one of those so- called Aha! moments. I realized that even though even though everything may not be perfect ( faaar from it ) in my life right now, I’m okay with all the imperfections. The imperfections are what makes it interesting. And in that moment I realized I was truly happy, and it proves that I don’t need perfection to be happy. This realization, coming from a self proclaimed, life long perfectionist, is kind of a big deal. 

So yeah, I would say that the ocean, while it may be a bit of a stretch to say it cures anything, it damn well helps me in more ways than one. 

the perfect summer weekend

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I know I did! In fact, I was an excellent blogger this weekend and took a ton of photos, so I hope you are ready for a marvelous, photo filled post. 

Friday started off wonderfully, with a sunny 5k run morning run. I had a really, really long work day on Thursday, and thus had a super easy work day on Friday. I had the chance to sleep in a little bit, eat a good breakfast, and then head out on a run. It was hot and sweaty, but I feel like I’m finally getting my running groove back. 

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You know those women who look sweaty yet perfectly put together without a hair out of place after they finish running? I’m not one of those women. The look on Rosie’s face cracks me up,  I swear she loves me, despite her less than enthused expression.

 Friday evening marked the end of GISHWHES, so most of the day was spent running around, trying to get as many of the tasks done at the last minute. We did some weird stuff. Also, some not so weird stuff. One of the not so weird tasks included getting my grandmother to teach us how to knit. She hates having her photo taken, but she took one for the team. I adore her.

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All in all it was pretty good way to spend a Friday night. 

I had to work Saturday morning, and since I went to bed super late Friday night, I woke up exactly thirty minutes before I had to be at work. Cue panic. Luckily I only had to be at work for a couple hours, so it didn’t really matter that I didn’t brush my hair. 

Saturday afternoon was spent riding the ponies with Ariel. One of my absolute favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon

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After riding, we went into town and picked up Subway for dinner, and ingredients to make white chocolate blondies. Fun fact: I hadn’t had Subway in over three years, since I became a vegetarian. I used to be super picky about my vegetables, so I thought I wouldn’t be satisfied by a veggie sub. I’ve become much more adventurous when it comes to vegetables in the last year, so I finally decided I would eat a veggie sub. Now all I want are veggie subs. I’m weird!

We spent the evening watch Game of Thrones, the movies Neighbours (helloooo Zac Efron’s abs), and drinking. 

Sunday was another beautiful day, so naturally we decided to head to the beach. 

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Truth: I’ll never understand people who go to the beach just to lie there on blankets in the sun. YOU’RE MISSING THE BEST PART OF THE BEACH. Ya gotta go jump around in the waves! Even though its freezing, you just gotta run straight in and let yourself go numb. You regain feeling in your extremities about five minutes after you get out, I promise. 

The rest of Sunday was spent walking puppies, brushing ponies, watching more Game of Thrones (we are obsessed right now, and I’m about to start reading the book as well!), and watching Divergent for a second time. 

 

All in all I had an awesome weekend, and for once I have a pretty chill Monday ahead of me. This never happens, so I’m going to take advantage of it!

 

Best part of your weekend?

Do you like to tan at the beach or go swimming?