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?! 

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?!

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! 🙂

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!

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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The was the last normal item on the list. Shit got kinda weird after that.

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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?

 

 

 

weekend in Halifax

Happy Monday everybody!

What. A. Weekend. 

As I mentioned in my last post, I took a little road trip up to the city ( Halifax) with Ariel from Thursday – Sunday. It was an awesome weekend, and even though I have a to-do list the length of my arm ( am I the only one that happens to when you get home from a road trip?) I’m going to take you guys through my weekend!

We left for Halifax on Thursday afternoon. It’s about a three and a half hour drive to Halifax from where I live, and it was pretty uneventful. I hate driving though, so I consider myself pretty lucky that Ariel really likes driving, so she split the drive 50/50 with me, even though she just got off a 12-hour night shift a few hours prior! 🙂

We got to the city around suppertime, grabbed some food at Pita Pit ( I really, really wish we had one where I live!) And then we went for a nice long walk at one of my favorite places in the city : Point Pleasant Park.

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Point Pleasant is a large dog park/ walking trail park in the city that is a nice change of scenery from the concrete and buildings of the city. If you take a less traveled path, you can get right on the water like Ariel and I did. It was an absolutely beautiful evening, and Ariel and I sat on the rocks watching the sailboats and listening to the waves hitting the shore for a good hour or so. It was an awesome way to start the weekend. As you can tell from our cheesy grins, we were pretty happy!

We then headed to meet up with our friend whose apartment we stayed at, and I got ready to go out to meet a friend who I hadn’t seen it awhile. It’s always nice to catch up with friends, and I got back to the apartment around midnight, before crashing hard on the couch. 

Friday morning we all got breakfast with the aforementioned friend at this amazing vegan restaurant/cafe called The Heartwood Cafe. I actually went there both Friday and Saturday, it was that good. They don’t have many breakfast/ brunch options, and only serve them on the weekend, so on Friday I got the black bean/quinoa burger and it was the best veggie burger I have ever had, hands down. Unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo, but I did get a photo of my vegan waffles from Saturday’s brunch there!

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One of my favorite parts of visiting the city is definitely the extensive food/restaurant options. I just love good food, and I must say that Halifax has a really wide range/variety of different restaurants. I have barely touched the surface of the options available! 

We spent most of Friday shopping ( the shopping in my town is terrible, so when I shop in Halifax, I mean I SHOP.) Friday evening we went out with some of our friends to a house party, before parting ways with them as they went to a rave and we went back to the apartment to relax. Shopping is exhausting to me, and spending the night being pushed around by high, sweaty people in flashing lights and loud music just wasn’t something I felt like doing. I’m extremely old, I know. 

Saturday brought more brunch, shopping, and wandering around the city with Ariel. We went to the public gardens, which is another one of my favorite places in the city.

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On Saturday afternoon, the list for GISHWHES was released. I mentioned GISWHES in my previous post, but in case you didn’t read my last post, GISHWHES is this giant, week long international scavenger hunt that my friends and I are participating in. The list of things we have to do/ find is absolutely insane. For example, this is one of the tamer to do items on our list:

Assemble a puzzle with a minimum of 50 pieces in one sitting. The video must show the box with more than 50 pieces and then you putting the puzzle together. For ease of assembly you must be wearing wool mittens or gloves throughout the assembly of the puzzle.

Thus, Saturday night Ariel and I ordered pizza, made a quick trip to the liquor store, and spent Saturday evening brainstorming ideas of how we can accomplish these tasks, with some Mindy Project for background noise. I love simple nights like this, and this scavenger hunt is definitely testing our creativity, so it was a really fun night in!

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Sunday morning we packed everything up, and headed home after grabbing some iced coffee. The drive back home is always kind of depressing, the weekend seemed to fly by so quickly! However, I am glad to be home and eat normal food again. As much as I love trying new restaurants in the city, my body always thanks me when I return home to my normal diet. I’m still dreaming about those waffles though. 

On Sunday evening we got together with our friends to knock off a couple items off the scavenger hunt list, and it was kind of crazy. I’ll probably mention the scavenger hunt a few times this week, as it will be a major part of my life this week. I’ll leave you with one final picture, of my friend sporting a fashionable TP dress, as was necessary for the scavenger hunt! Creative, no?

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What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever done a big scavenger hunt before?! 

letting it all go

Truth: Last week was really difficult.

The kind of difficult that leaves you completely and utterly exhausted come bedtime, yet leaves you sleepless because you just cannot turn your mind off.

I had never been so happy that it was Friday. I feel like I say that to myself every single Friday, but last Friday I truly meant it.

It turns out pulling 16 hour study/work days on 6 -7 hours of sleep a night are only possible for so long. Some people can run efficiently on 4-5 hours sleep, but I am most certainly NOT one of those people.

Coming up to this weekend I had no plans other than to plow through some more schoolwork. More essays, more lab reports, more studying. There’s always more. Until the moment on Friday night when I realized I hadn’t seen a single one of my friends all week. I hadn’t done anything fun since ball on Tuesday. It was right then and there that I decided I needed to, for lack of better words, chill the fuck out.

I have a tendency to get extremely stressed out near the end of school semesters. Like, ridiculously stressed out. I get so wrapped up in everything  that is happening that I completely lose it. I’m really great at dealing with stress, and you can see 😉

So this weekend I let it all go. I escaped to the woods with my friends. No cell phone service. No schoolwork. Just good friends, nature, and live music.
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On Sunday, the hottest and most beautiful day we have had in awhile, I got a lot of work done. But, I also let myself go biking with Ariel. And had dinner with my family. And ended the beautiful evening with a kayak on the lake.
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I don’t remember the last time I felt that relaxed and at peace. The past two days made a world of difference. It’s Sunday evening as I am typing this, and I feel oddly relaxed and ready to kick the upcoming week in the ass.

And as always, I am forever thankful I don’t work on Mondays. So, so thankful.

 

Are you good in stressful situations? What is your favorite way to relax?

Did anyone go see The Fault In Our Stars this weekend? How was it?!