Monday, October 20, 2014


There are days when I just feel tired. Like so tired I don't even want to get out of my bed. I just want to snuggle deeper under the covers and stay there until it's dark again or its time to eat...

This whole "darker in the fall/winter" thing really makes it hard to get up in the morning. Somehow, bright day-light seems to kick my butt out of bed a lot more effectively than say, not being late for work... (Note: I am never late for work, just saying...)

This past week was especially tough with some family members in the hospital, and another with a "routine" procedure that was a little less routine than expected. What do I do when family is sick? I internalize and stress about it. I try really hard not to, but this is how distress or trauma seems to manifest itself for me. I do not cry, or get sad, but I get insides clench together and won't release until I've had an insanely long nap, or a good cathartic cry (by watching a really sad movie... this is my trigger...somehow)...

While this week was rough, it was lightened by the fact that I spent sooooo much time with family. My sister even flew in due to the seriousness of the illness surrounding us, and we got to spend some quality time with her - time that I cherish. My brother, also newly back in the province, is temporarily at home between his final masters degree and that fabulous new job I am sure he is going to get. Sibling time is always needed. We played cards, shared a few meals, argued (as only family can), and enjoyed each other's company.

I am recovering from family time and stress and trying to find a balance living in this new city! While the commute is pretty much gone (hello 20 minute walk to work!), I have little-to-no energy after work for activities. I need to change this. We need to make friends and go out and have some fun!

Does anyone else find it hard to make friends as an adult?! I mean, sure I have work colleagues who are sort-of friends, but friends who call me up to go shopping or out for coffee? Don't have any of those near by... D and I are both working on joining things, but again, energy is a factor for me and something I am working on... it could be that this week feels especially bleak, so I am hoping for a sunny disposition come tomorrow after some rest, relaxation, and maybe that good ol' cathartic cry!


In happier news, this weekend I did get to recover a bit! Saturday we slept in, went for a walk by the lake, went to the newest location of our favourite place, Stoney's, that just opened in Etobicoke (thank you sandwich gods, I needed this closer to me). To be honest, it is even better than the Oakville location, so it will become our weekend ritual yet again (sorry, D!). Have I mentioned how much I love a good chicken sandwich?

We spent the evening cuddled up, watching movies, and laughing about goodness knows what. Sunday we slept in extra late (10:30!), and had an easy day around the house, with an early dinner/late lunch of roasted chicken breast, rosemary carrots, and baked mashed potatoes (YUM), followed by an evening performance of The Book of Mormon. I have been wanting to see this show for a few years, and when I found out it was coming to Toronto, again, I made sure to get tickets this time. It didn't disappoint. My facial reactions ranged from shocked to amused to outraged to pouting to outright laughter when no one else was laughing. Can't even explain it, just go see it if you aren't too easily offended.

I do feel infinitely better today... and I didn't even have that cathartic cry!

So. Thank you for reading. I love you, whoever you are, and I appreciate you.

Cheers My Dears!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Good News....

So remember how a few months ago, I mentioned how much I loved Lofts? I think I also mentioned we had looked at a few, but hadn't set our sights on anything yet... But then... We did... And that unit sold... And then another unit in the building, pretty much identical except for the stairway was also available and we decided... Let's do it...

So... We bought a LOFT!

I know. It's crazy.

So here are a few of the pictures from Instagram that I have taken. I'm kind of crazy and unpack immediately, but it is super nice to be mostly settled. We still need to put up our artwork, get rid of the bedframe in the living room, buy a new bedframe, build a closet in the bedroom... and the little honey-do list goes on, but its all fun! All things we can do together...

We feel pretty settled, and to be honest, it is amazing how comfortable we felt right away.

We are excited to finally own some property and to actually be living downtown, not in the 'burbs!

Dear friends - please come visit us!

Some things to note:
1) 17' ceilings in the living room
2) High end finishes everywhere
3) Full bathroom and a powder room
4) European Oven (re: small, but I will deal!)
5) Liberty Village neighbourhood

Check out the pictures friends! We are pretty darn in love.

View from the Loft bedroom
The kitchen before our furniture was moved in

Bedroom .... Not a lot to see in this tiny space

Under the stairs shoe showcase

TV with some housewarming photography by my sister! 

New kitchen table! 

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Life Lately

Hello Friends!

I know, as per usual, it has been forever since I posted. Story of my life... and of this blog. The truth is I have not been quite well, and I also haven't had much time to work on this here blog at all.

Let's just say posting will continue to be erratic at best. For this I am sorry, but I appreciate all of the people who continue to stop by and to read!

I've compiled several pictures from all of the adventures I have been having including:

1) Starting a New Job
2) D's Race Car Course
3) Our friends beautiful Surprise Wedding (the BEST!)
4) D's 30th Birthday
5) Family Moments from the past 2 and a half months...

Okay - enjoy the fun pictures :)

Mother's Day 2014! At the grandparents place enjoying family time!

Mother and Daughter cooking away!

Hanging out with cutest dude ever!

The Mill of Kintail is so beautiful! 
A little outfit photo - my black maxi from Loft is so comfortable!!! I tied it so that I wouldn't trip over it all day

Me and my best friend... looking for Mr. Frog

And sword fighting... because that is what we do!

We had the darndest time finding Mr. Frog... 

Secret Wedding!!!!! So Amazing :) 

This event was actually a Garden Tea Party Fundraiser - so many cups!
We also recently celebrated D's 30th with Race Car Lessons *yes, I am the best girlfriend ever*

Sizing up the track

Learning the car!

Thanks for sticking around friends :) I miss you and I'll work on being inspired to share more with you!

Enjoy the summer, I'm sure I'll be back here and there!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Loft Living

It's been a while crocodiles!

Sorry, again, for all of the silence in these here parts. I have been distracted by something called a "Full Time Job", and when you add in two hours of commuting each day, it really makes it hard to find time to keep up with all of my lovely Internet friends (all 3 of you!)...

But, I digress. Today I wanted to share something a little bit more fun! I have been slightly obsessing over Loft style condos and wanted to share some pictures of my favourite places. D and I would love living in spaces like these, however, they are at the top end/beyond our price point... and its really hard for us to say yes to a place just because it has exposed duct-work! These aren't necessarily located near us, FYI, these are just gorgeous photos I found while browsing the interwebs, ya dig?

I bet generations of old are rolling over in their graves that there are people like me and D who love "unfinished" places... C'est la vie!

Okay, so on to some fancy photos, shall we?

Look at that exposed brick!!! Warning... all of these photos may have this feature... okay... moving on...

I can't even handle the balcony/staircase in this one... So rustic and gorgeous! Again, exposed brick... but I don't like the colour of it, to be honest... Note - finished walls do exist in my dreams folks :)

iLoftCondos. Toronto Lofts and Toronto Condos
SPIRAL STAIRCASE!!! Come on people - this stuff is gorgeous! Also... check out the breakfast bar/island combo... I like the use of space in this kitchen. QUESTION: How do you get your bed up that staircase when moving in? (Maybe there is an elevator?!)

Ummm this is a hotel in Montreal.. As in Canada... as in I need to go stay here! Also, those walls... People - do you understand what I find so delicious about these walls?  I love how rough and raw and ORIGINAL (looking) they are.

Floating staircases are so cool! I love the neutral colour palate of this space, the funky windows, and the exposed brick (obviously). I would just throw in some fabulously punchy coloured pieces and be living the dream... my dream!

Okay, I need to stop or else I will be so very sad. These are the places of my dreams, kids... And I think the common theme we have discovered is: exposed brick, awesome unique staircase, and exposed beams make a pretty lovely place.

I hope you are enjoying your Saturday wherever you are!


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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Health Talk 101: Chronic Disease Management

Our view from the Go Station - D took this - Beautiful :) 

Good Sunday afternoon friends! I am writing this post right before we head out to look at some condos in the city... Long story short, we have changed our house game and goals considerably since I last shared here and here, and now we're looking for a place close to where we both work! Life is funny, and it probably seems like I am super fickle, but the truth is that you just have to be open when it comes to home buying and see where the journey takes you. Our original desired location was just too expensive and too long of a commute. For the same money, we would have pretty much zero transit costs and be within a 20 minute walk to work... which for us is appealing. It also means a new funky neighbourhood to explore and new social activities to find!

BUT - that is a story for another day. I promise to keep you all up-to-date, but what I really want to share today is Chronic Disease Management... For some of you this may seem abstract, but for others I know that you can seriously relate. For someone like me, with Crohn's disease or IBS or even colitis, management is the key to a happy life. For me, that means the right diet - a balance of healthy food and not indulging too often in the greasy stuff - but it also means keeping active.

Since starting this new job, I have an interesting commute that includes a 20 minute walk from the Go station to work. This is my favourite time of the day, as I challenge myself to walk faster and faster each day. I get into work feeling refreshed and energetic, and my waistline can already see the results of consistent activity! Exercise does not always have to be a huge routine, it can mean going for a nice long walk, and working on strengthening your core. It can be yoga, or Pilates, or a quick mix of cardio and weights. I personally have been keeping to a core and strengthening routine that allows me to keep my body in check, with the addition of my daily "commute". I feel better than I have in a long time and I am happy that walking is such a big part of my life again.

Walking can sometimes be a cure all - whether you have had a bad day, or you have a lot going on, a walk can give you time to breathe in the fresh air (or semi-fresh in my case), and clear your head and realign your body. Yoga is another great tool - I personally don't practice, but I know lots of people who find this a great way to keep in shape and balanced.

At the end of the day, exercise that helps keep you balanced is a great way to manage your chronic disease, or any ailment, really.

As I mentioned earlier, diet has a great impact on how I feel every day. There are certain foods I know will make me feel sluggish or acidic, so I tend to avoid those - but I certainly do not completely deprive myself of the things I love. I have a wicked sweet-tooth which I have managed to control over the years, and giving myself a little treat every once in awhile (ahem, daily) makes a huge difference in me sticking to the rest of my "diet". As with many chronic diseases, I am not trying to lose weight, I am simply trying to manage my health in a way that keeps my energy levels, and my spirit, high!

Before I go, I had another thought. Chronic Disease Management isn't something you have to do alone. A great support system, and people who take the time to understand, makes a huge difference. So, if you know someone who is going through a life-long ailment, take the time to understand what they are going through. Your support and understanding makes their lives a lot easier and takes away a little of the stress that comes along with these types of diseases. Surrounding myself with good people has made a world of difference and its the friends who do not judge me or my choices that really help me the most.

So friends - do you know anyone who has a chronic disease or something they are dealing with? How do you help or deal with it? I really want to know!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Good News and Thanks to the Universe

Good Saturday Morning Friends!

My morning walk...
Please excuse the little break we had there - I promise I have reasons... and they are good ones!

Firstly, thank you for your interest in my Housing related posts... those will continue as D and I continue the House Buying Process. We actually met with our realtor last week and went over our options... To be honest - its so easy to narrow down what you know WON'T work for you versus what WILL work for you... SO we are in that process. We also have to reconsider location... which factors in our transit time... So many factors! In fact, our awesome realtor has already emailed me a list to look at and because of how busy I have been this week... I haven't even opened it yet. I feel bad, but I just haven't had the time or focus to look in the evenings because...

This week I started a new job! The hiring process was incredibly fast - nothing like what I was used to, to be honest. But I met the deadline I had set for myself, so THANK YOU Universe for helping to facilitate that.

This week I was training with the woman who is leaving... She is so cool that I wish she was staying. But alas, that would defeat the purpose for me, y'know, getting the job and all! I'm excited to be working a consistent schedule again and I think I will actually enjoy this role... so that in itself is exciting. D works about two blocks or so from my new office so mid-day hugs are always on the menu and that makes me happy!

I have somehow reset my internal clock, however, to wake me up at 6:30 everyday... even though I can actually sleep until 7:30 and not be rushed... Why body? Why? It probably doesn't help that I go to bed at 9:30 every night...

Your evenings really are shorted when you work until 5:30/6... walk to the train station... wait for the train... ride the train... drive home from the station... and before you know it, it's 7:30 or something crazy and you have to cook dinner and then ... SLEEP! I will adjust and figure it all out again. I used to be on a different schedule where I'd get home by 5:30 so the evenings seemed endless! However, these things change! Learn and Adapt is the real lesson of the day.

Okay - some of these thoughts may seem jumbled... I apologize, its only 7AM! I'm off to get ready for work!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cheers to the Good Times

Soaking in the sunshine and the warm breeze
Life lately has felt incredible positive, happy, and blessed. I am so thankful for the opportunities and exciting things that come our way, and how when you ask the universe something... and you really mean it... it really just might happen.

But today is not the day for that story. Today, I want to share some of the fun and the light and the happiness that April has encompassed.

Flowers always put a smile on my face, so I am always happy to gift them to other people. These were for my mum's belated birthday celebration - I think everyone enjoyed the dose of spring they added to the kitchen. 

I made her this yummy chocolate buttermilk cake with browned butter frosting (from Chatelaine)... 

Along with some cupcakes with peanut butter frosting to mix things up!

For dinner, we made fish tacos with an avocado and cilantro cream sauce - so delicious!

The view near our apartment on an evening walk. D requested a snap of this shot as we walked home... so pretty!

A Sunday walk by the water - visiting a new place that we may just call home in the next few months!

New Shoes! I got these at Brown's and I love them. D bought them for me actually. I am always looking at this style of shoe and I finally found some that were extra cute and comfortable. Still trying to figure out what dresses/skirts look good with them, but skinny jeans? YES! (I feel a little like Elvis when I wear all black and then these shoes... its awesome)

Dark purple polish and a sparkly accent nail to make everything feel happier. I can't stop checking out my nails!

Splitting frozen yoghurt at the new YoYo's by our apartment. A great find - and a great thing for us to share. The red velvet was my favourite, while D actually liked vanilla for once... (He is a chocolate fan to infinity and beyond)

I have been eating salads like a madwoman lately - they are just so fresh and delicious. This was a recent creation for dinner with D. I love how you can use the same ingredients but make very different salads with a few small changes/preparations. 

It has been a very long time since I have worn a tie... but on this day... for this occasion... it just felt so right. Ties are like my instant confidence booster and they make me feel so dapper... I think this week I was a little menswear inspired with the tie and the new wingtip shoes... 

Date night last night at Stoney's... If you live near HAVE TO GO. (Sorry for shouting...)

All of these pictures just remind me what a journey life is and how it is important to find happiness in the little things... What makes you happy?

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