friday, i’m in love


  • all I want these days…the 5 C’s: coffee – cherries – caprese – cheese – carbs. (and yougart)
  • this has kind of been the most perfect (for me) summer week, evah. Sunny, 22-24ºC, slight breeze. I’m so over hot and humid….oh look at that, hot and humid next week.
  • you know you’re (mostly) a full fledged adult when you have friend dates before work (HI EM!). But let me tell you, it totally started my day off on the right foot. Then I went to yoga and had a great class; maybe I’m a coffee before yoga girl instead of a warm water with lemon (ugh) before yoga kind of girl
  • is it amusing to anyone other than me (probably not) how people often use “apart” when they mean “a part”? They mean totally different things…
  • another busy weekend – at the market again on Saturday (selling cupcakes at small markets is so fun. Also, the biggest, most beautiful bouquets of flowers from a Mennonite farm for $6) and then going to see Love Letters on Sunday afternoon (starring Eric Johnson, yah, my Rookie Blue lova…swoon). It is my greatest hope I don’t weep (or fangirl) through the whole thing; the idea of love letters is so romantic and so beautiful. I can’t wait!!
  • make friends with salad! cherry tomatoes + vidalia onion + peaches + avocado + blue cheese + bacon = lunch. um, wow! like wow wow! so good! and lunch – tomato + chicken + super seedy mutligrain bun = dinner. (math is awesome. food math, awesomer. sorry if I gave you a headache sister)
  • tv things: Rookie Blue is definitely not as good as last season. Seems after seeing Katelyn last Saturday I am indeed the only person who doesn’t like Andy & Sam together. So, ah, RB, I guess you’re making everyone else happy. This girl? This girl would like some more Nick Collins. doooo itttttt.


What are you loving this week? 

style me pretty…again

y’all loved my bedroom makeover (thanks!! I still really love it, too) so I wanted to share a few other of my most favourite things in my home. Welcome to my living room and office:


livingroom1 livingroom2


SAM_1105 office3

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I wanted to show you some of the vacation photos that line my hallway, but my apartment is a bit of a cave and the hallway is essentially a poorly lit tunnel connecting the living room/kitchen and bedrooms/bathroom.

If you’ve been here it’s no secret I proudly have tons of photos and cards and postcards and prints framed (60 actually, I counted) alongside stunning canvases. The grey and pink one up there was from a student art sale; 100% original without the one-of-a-kind price tag. That SAIL canister holding my pens? As vintage as you can get. It’s a very old pipe tobacco can made in Holland I found in my grandpa’s apartment.

that time we went hiking: Grassi Lakes & Johnston Canyon

So, remember when I was in Alberta in June? And I was really pumped for hiking? And then after we hiked I kept saying “I am so happy I didn’t die on a mountain”? And you thought “haha, she’s such a cute over-reactor, like usual”.

Thing is. the struggle was real. Ok, ok, I knew (like way back in the depths of my brain) I wasn’t actually going to die, but was seriously wondering how fast your heart could beat before having a heart attack.

canmore1 goat

Oh wait wait wait – before the almost had a heart attack, we got a little lost. Not lost…on the wrong path? For the first time in history the GPS lady insisted we drive 27km around a lake instead of doing a U-turn 250m past the cutoff. Eventually we figured it out, but found this first. Oh Canmore, you’re such a gem. Also…High on a hill was a lonely goatherd. Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo. Yah, thank you Maria von Trapp, I could not stop humming Lonely Goatherd for the rest of the day.

Back to the mountain…you know when people speak of seeing an oasis in the desert just about when they’re going to pass out from dehydration? Well, I saw a deer. Except it was real. My most patient (which is so strange because in most things, kid is.not.patient) sister pushed me but let me take breaks to catch my breath every so often (aka: all the time); hands on knees, while I tried to take deep breaths, I looked over the ledge and there was a deer (one should always try to embrace beauty while attempting to regain normal heart rhythm. If you’re gonna have a heart attack on a mountain you might as well take in all the beauty in the world first…..then rethink your regular exercise abilities and wonder why 1500m inclines aren’t a staple at the gym). We walked and watched. I swear the deer knew I needed a distraction. Slow and steady. I freaking love deer now; my spirit animal!

And then…


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The best part about hiking Grassi Lakes was not knowing what the prize was. Once everything evens out – seriously it’s all uphill for 2km, there’s the most gorgeous mossy baby lake, a teeny waterfall (that’s what they call it, really it’s some water falling over 2 feet of rocks), views over the valley, another mossy baby lake, pine trees, and the freshest air.

Once the heart attack scare was over I definitely joked that I was a lot closer to heaven, so, that was a plus.

lbgrassilakes2 abgrassilakes2

(hugging the beauty and jazz hands for nature)

And then it’s 2km back down the mountain. I suspect this is what giving birth is like (ish. it’s the best metaphor I can come up with) – you push yourself until you feel like you just can’t anymore, then are presented with the most beautiful sight (or a slimey baby) and by the time you get back to the car, the pain has evaporated, you survived, feel stronger, and are so ready to do it again.

Except for baby making doesn’t happen 35 minutes later (I hope??). We, of course, had another 5km ahead of us. Stop 2: Johnston Canyon.


We did the lower and upper falls at Johnston Canyon. The whole thing (including the ink pots) is considered easy. Albertans are a bunch of dirty liars. The lower falls are indeed easy to get to; the upper falls more difficult. Not Grassi Lakes heart attack difficult (obviously stop 3 wasn’t scaling an actual mountain), but not easy as it’s rated.

Tip: do not go to Johnston Canyon when you think it may be busy. The walkways and bridges are narrow and it is very frustrating the be stuck behind painfully slow walkers, obnoxious picture takers, and children swinging sticks (yah, cause that actually happened. I was about 2mm away from pointy stick in my eye thanks to a seriously jerky kid).

It was rained twice. Which was actually pleasant and made me feel a little hardcore.

And then sister bought me ice cream. She’s the best. Also, selfie with bears. Best best!

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After that we strolled around the Delta Kananaskis and made an impromptu stop at Barrier Lake because it looked pretty.


So. Yah. Can I go back now?



friday, i’m in love


  • sister sent me that photo yesterday; spotted it on her walk by the bow river last night. look familiar? like the got-her-shit-together cousin to the spray paint heart photo I took a few weeks ago also by the bow. this kid just really gets me.
  • I’ve figured out my “you may still want to puke once in hot yoga, but at least you don’t want to puke for 55 minutes” breakfast. Well, not really breakfast, but the only thing that has made me feel ok for 10:30am hot yoga: a mug of warm water with lemon (which I think tastes horrible; I keep squeezing the lemon in before microwaving – no I do not have a kettle – and I think the trick is lemon after it’s warm) and 2 spoonfuls of yougart
  • yoga-related: I may need to go on the 15 day DL with all the other Jays with their hammy tightness. oy the hot yoga and me thinking I can still do splits; silly rabbit.
  • event planning meeting Tuesday, Dad visited on Wednesday, yoga Thursday and a busy workday, working at the market in the morning and a visit with my favourite lady lacrosse player/coach tomorrow afternoon – this week is flying by and full of good things!
  • did you know the world (outdoor) lacrosse championships kicked off yesterday? I bet you didn’t. Canada lost to the US (sigh) in the opening round-robin. let’s hope things turn around; these two will surely meet again in the semis or finals.
  •  tv things: just Rookie Blue. I was so pumped to hear they ordered 22 episodes, up from the usual 13; buuuuuut, only 11 will be on this summer then another 11 in the winter. rats. like usual, gimme more Nick – like a lot more – a lot a lot. #thesecretlifeofhavingamadcrushonsteamytvcharacters
  • serious summer question: chocolate ice cream? yes or no? maybe because I’m a senior citizen on the inside, but I’m a vanilla girl all the way. Vanilla with things, specifically PC Vanilla Fudge Crackle; the best ice cream of life. a close second: sprinkle party cake.
  • I haven’t been able to find any decent flowers at my local grocery stores. what’s a girl gotta do for some trader joes or whole foods blooms? (you know, other than live in the states)
  • more cause-i’m-an-old-lady things: it’s been in the low-mid 20s with a light breeze and glorious sunshine here this week. aka: best weather ever. San Diegoians (??) when can I come live with you? word on the street is, this is your weather year round. I will not however, cheer for your baseball team. the Giants are my westcoast team; sorry (not really). adopt me anyway?


have a lovely weekend friends…

ps: total lack of lols of the interwebz this week (other than awk girls guide to the gym, that’s still funny and i’ve read it 12x). find anything good?

the great escape

You know those people who are all “don’t run away from your problems”? I don’t like them very much. When I bought a ticket to Calgary in the middle of June I was running away; I didn’t want to be in Ontario a second more. Waiting for June 23rd was the longest 2 weeks of my life.


I don’t think running away is necessarily a bad thing. I needed to feel some happiness again. I needed to not have every conversation be about something negative. Without being all eat-pray-love, I needed some good food (hello Cactus Club and Jelly Modern) and I needed some joy.

My 6 days in Calgary reminded me of the things I love the most; the smell of roses on city streets, lilac bushes on every corner perfuming entire blocks, words and designs on sidewalks, a city skyline…

bowriver1 calskyline

13thave heart

my great escape reminded me how much I love being able to work from anywhere, especially super hipster cafes that serve fantastic coffee and have amazing records playing

analog analog

reminded me that (sisterly) date nights can be so simple but perfect, that long, aimless walks (strolls?) are kind of amazing, and thank goodness the zoo tickets were free cause zoo animals are kind of boring (but the bears, eeeep, loved the bears)

shakespeareinthepark howdy

calgaryzoo1 calgaryzoo3

reminded me that climbing 1500m straight into the air can produce a slightly alarming rapid heartbeat and a most beautiful view (more on the hikes in a few days), and for a little while you kinda feel invincible (don’t harsh my vibe actual mountain scalers)


most of all it reminded that sistertime is the most valuable thing in my life. While I’m sad we’re not in the same province, Ontario (at least my little portion) is pretty lame and I love being able to go visit Alberta. (although I’m sure we also get along better because we see each other for 4-7 days once every few months…but still, she’s my fave)