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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thinking out loud thursday #19

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Christmas trees make me SO happy. Yes, she is crooked, LEAVE HER ALONE.

 

1.I totally started writing this post a week ago and then was too tired last Wednesday to finish & post it last week so this is ¬†mish mash of last week’s news and this week’s news. ūüôā

2. Idina Menzel annouced a world tour for next summer and I about died of happiness. Her site crashed immediately after she announced, so I sat anxiously, waiting to see if there was any Canadian tour dates and lo and behold there are. I immediately texted Ariel and she graciously told me that we can drive to Montreal to see Idina. I kind of have the most amazing best friend in the world, y’all should be jealous.

Update: We bought tickets!!! September 1st in Montreal, 6 rows back from the stage, baby.

For now, enjoy this version of Let It Go from the CMA Country Christmas concert from earlier this week. SO. freaking good. I loooove Jennifer Nettles a whole bunches.

4. Let’s talk about TV: uhmmm SCANDAL?!! Holy shit that winter finale was so good. I don’t know how I didn’t see that Olivia kidnapping thing coming, but I was like WTF. I was totally convinced Papa Pope was gonna come out of the closet and knife Jake when he went to get the blanket. The scene between Papa Pope & Liv was kind of heartbreaking. Liv’s mom is hella cray, and Mellie straight up TOLD Liz . Endless Love playing in the background when Charlie & Quinn were beating the shit out of each other/ doing it? I laughed SO hard. Grey’s Anatomy is all kinds of UGHHHH. Derek did the same weird thing a couple of seasons ago. Remember when he had that thing where he liked to drive really fast and recklessly? It feels like that Derek is back and it’s awful. I much prefer the happy MerDer. I’m really warming up to the Arizona storyline, I like Geena Davis’ character a lot. Clearly not enough to remember the character’s name. Oopsie. The Good Wife was spectacular as usual, Cary & Kalinda kinda stole the episode for me, the last few scenes broke my heart in two. I’m very curious to see how everything is going to play out.

5. Now, movies – who has seen Mockingjay?! I still haven’t seen it yet & it is killing me!! Also soooo pumped for¬†Into The Woods on Christmas! ¬†And Pitch Perfect 2. And Jurassic World – just so many good movies are coming out, I can’t stand it. And Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston. It’s different than what she usually does and it looks amazing!

6. Speaking of Jennifer Aniston, did you guys see the Curse Off she and Lisa Kudrow did on Jimmy Kimmel? Hilarious.

I would SLAY at a Curse Off. I really, really want to do one. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I think it would be freaking hilarious.

7. My Macbook came last night and I am already obsessed. Retina Display is SO PRETTY. Looking at my PC now is like looking through dirty glasses and it is awful. I must say I am excellent at giving myself Christmas presents.

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8. So far driving to Montreal for the concert next year are the only travel plans that I have and it is totally freaking me out. Ever since I got back from NYC, as happens every time I get home from a trip, I have spent a lot of time thinking about where I want to go next. January and February are going to be all about saving up the $$ to travel. I cannot for the life of me decide where I want to go, all I know is that I NEED to meet more blogger friends next year. I’m kind of obsessed with you guys ūüėČ

9. What are your  favourite Christmas movies ?! I need some recommendations, I feel like I watch the same ones over and over every single year, and while I love them, I need some new ones! Do share please!

10. I’m unsure as to if I am going to watch Peter Pan Live tonight, but Laura Benanti auditioning for all the parts in the play is freaking hilarious.

Thanks again to Amanda  for hosting Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Have a wonderful day lovely people!

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?! 

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?¬†

thinking out loud thursday #16

Happy Thursday!

I’m going to switch over and do a Thinking Out Loud Thursday post today instead of Blogtober! Blogtober’s prompt was favorite Halloween costume, and I didn’t have any time to go through my old photos of Halloween costumes from when I was a kid, so I’m going to join Amanda today and ramble about a whole bunch of nonsense.

1. I totally scored reserved tickets to see a taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers when I am in New York in November!! We tried to get Jimmy Fallon tickets but, as expected, they sold out within the 30seconds it took us to get to the website. Sad face. However, I’m still excited to see a taping of Late Night, because as you all know, I’ve got a huge crush on Seth Meyers. Just a little over a month left until our trip!!!

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2. Has everyone seen Gone Girl yet? If you haven’t, you should! I read the book a few months back and adored it, so I had high hopes for the movie and I was not disappointed! I found it stayed pretty true to the book, and it definitely gave me the suspensful, creepy feeling I had when I read the book! The soundtrack was a key player in that, and Rosamund Pike was delightfully creepy. That bedroom scene?! Even though I knew it was coming, it totally caught be by surprise. Speaking of movies, you should also go see This Is Where I Leave You!! The casting is perfect, and the acting is fantastic. I haven’t read the book but this movie really made me feel all the feelings, if you know what I mean. I almost went to see it twice, but the night I went to see it the second time, the projector wasn’t working so I ended up seeing Gone Girl instead. So yes, go see it!

3. As for TV, I watched a couple new pilots over the weekend that I really enjoyed, Bad Judge (with Kate Walsh) and A to Z (with people I’ve never heard of). I wasn’t expecting to like A to Z, but it really surprised me. I’m not usually one for really cutesy TV shows, but this is quirky yet cute, and drew me in. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’ll keep watching! Bad Judge was pretty funny, I’m interested to see where it goes. I love Kate Walsh, she plays the character really well. Any pilots you guys have watched and recommend? Besides How To Get Away With Murder of course! I’m really loving that show, Shonda really can do no wrong.Except for the special effects on Grey’s this year…they need to fix that shit ASAP. ¬†This is a really (albeit a bit long) interview with Shonda that I found interesting. I love that she really, truly, takes shit from no one, yet is respectful at the same time. ¬†This¬†is another article I read earlier this week that I loved, which examines how Alicia Florrick’s (Good Wife, duhhh) campaign is going to make for an interesting season. Last week’s episode was particularly good writing & editing. I’m such a nerd when it comes to that kind of thing!

4. Dragging myself away from movies and TV for a second…School, Work, school, sleep is pretty much my everyday routine. I’m forcing myself to take a slower week next week, including taking next Friday off because otherwise I’m gonna run myself straight into the ground! I’ve noticed that I’ve felt overwhelmed for about a month now, so something needs to change. I love being busy, but making time for yourself is just as important. It’s Thanksgiving this weekend over here in Canada land so I’m looking forward to a Friendsgiving, and hopefully just chilling the eff out for a bit. If this scene from last Friday repeated itself, I wouldn’t be mad!

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Truth: The time of year in which I get to watch Hocus Pocus is the BEST. Mildly obsessed with that movie.

5. And, I have to keep this post on the shorter side because I am running out of time this morning! I chose an extra 20minutes of sleep instead of writing a long blog post, sue me!

What was the last movie you saw?

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 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

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 ūüėČ

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?!