January In Review

January 30, 2015 21 Comments

January In Review

I’m taking inspiration from Jessica’s January post and doing a little recap of my own. I have to say that 2015 has been pretty great so far. I made a couple of resolutions at the beginning of the year that I think I’ve stuck to pretty well. My first goal was to keep exploring. This includes everything from getting outside as much as possible to challenging myself and trying new things. My second goal was less thinking, more doing. I can be a bit of a daydreamer and that can really affect my productivity. I’ve been finding it really helpful to sit down every Sunday and plan out my week in advance. So far I’ve been able to stick to my schedule and I’ve even started scheduling blog posts for the first time ever! I have lots to look forward to in February, including my first trip back home since I moved, but first, here’s a little recap of what I got up to in January.


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I participated in a 10 day yoga challenge on instagram hosted by Erin Motz. I didn’t win, but I’m trying not to take that personally, Erin.



What I'm Watching1. The Killing / 2. The Bachelor / 3. The Mindy Project

I don’t know why I waited so long to start watching The Killing, but now that I’ve started, I can’t stop. I wasn’t familiar with either of the main actors, but they both do an incredible job and have amazing chemistry together.



I dare you not to like this! It’s just one of those songs that makes you feel really good.



Reading January1. Tell It Slant by Brenda Miller & Suzanne Paola / 2. Orlando by Virgina Woolf / 3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 I’m currently reading/studying all of these books for school, but I can’t complain because I love them all. I’ve read Jane Eyre before, but I don’t mind an excuse to read it again. Has anyone seen the movie version of Orlando? I’m planning to watch it this weekend.



1. 5 Reasons Our Relationship Should Have Been Doomed

2. 7 Signs Your Dog is Living Like A Boss

3. Christmas at the Valentin Imperial Maya

4. 8 Items That Are Keeping Me Warm (& Stylish) This Winter

5. 5 “Oh Shit!” Travel Moments



Duncan's Cove Brooke

My favorite memory was our day at Duncan’s Cove. There’s just something about the great outdoors that makes me feel alive. I always feel so refreshed after one of our hikes along the coast. It doesn’t hurt that we always stop and grab a Mishoo’s pizza on the way home.

What did you get up to in January? What are you looking forward to next month? 



January 28, 2015 37 Comments

Batman and Wolverine

Many years ago, a girlfriend and I went to the theatre to watch The Prestige. In case you’re unfamiliar, it was that movie where Batman and Wolverine played dueling magicians. It had already been out for a long time and we were pretty excited to find that we were the only ones there. We picked out the best seats in the place and got comfortable. Shortly after the previews started, two other people walked in. One of them was wearing a bowler hat and a long cape. This wasn’t something you saw every day in our small city, but it was incredibly appropriate for the movie and I’m all about personal style. We were a bit bummed that we couldn’t say we had the theatre to ourselves anymore, but we really couldn’t complain. But then they came and sat down right next to me. To make things even more awkward, the one wearing the hat and cape turned and stared at me for an uncomfortably long time.




We could have just moved, but I didn’t want to make a big deal of it. The staring continued periodically throughout the entire movie and I just sat there, ready to pull out my wand and cast a stunning spell at a moment’s notice. Maybe they were just waiting for the perfect opportunity to pull a coin from behind my ear.


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Have you ever had any awkward encounters at the movie theatre? 

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5 Reasons Our Relationship Should Have Been Doomed

January 26, 2015 46 Comments

5 Reasons Our Relationship Should Have Been...DoomedAaron and I have been together for almost 7 years thanks to a solid foundation of rap music, bad dancing, long-distance, booze, lies, and food poisoning. Isn’t that how all the best relationships start?


1. We met at a bar and the first song we danced to was “Shake That Ass For Me” by Eminem feat. Nate Dogg. I was out at one of the local clubs with my girlfriends when I spotted Aaron. I recognized him from the gym I worked at and I always thought he was cute, so I strategically placed myself next to him at the bar. My plan worked because he offered to buy me a drink and soon we were terrorizing the dance floor. I know I’m getting older because I heard “Shake That Ass For Me” on the radio the other day and I was shocked and appalled.

2. We lived in different cities. By the time I moved to Aaron’s home city, he had already moved a couple hours away for university. Apparently he came home a lot on weekends and holidays because I started seeing him everywhere.  I saw Aaron at the gym I worked at, the coffee shop I worked at, when I was out for drinks with friends, that fateful night at the bar, and even at the hospital (that’s a story for a different time). So, either Aaron and I were meant to be or one of us has been dating their stalker for almost 7 years.

3. I puked on Aaron on our first official date. Don’t blame this one on the alcohol. It was actually much worse than that. Before my first date with Aaron, I met up with a girlfriend and we shared a crab & cheese dip that didn’t sit well with me. It resurfaced later in the evening when Aaron and I were cuddling on the couch. He still has the shirt that I marked my territory all over. Memories.

4. Aaron went on a five week trip to Australia and New Zealand right after we started dating. Five weeks might not seem like a big deal, but for a new couple, that might as well have been 5 dog years. I mean, Aaron was away for my birthday and our two monthaversary. That was a HUGE deal!

5. Aaron lied about his age. The night we met, Aaron was 23. We’ve been together for almost 7 years year and Aaron is 27. That doesn’t quite add up. It’s not like I pulled a Monica or anything, but it was still a surprise! Fun Fact: Both of my long-term relationships have been with guys one year younger than me.

How did you and your significant other meet? 


Off-Season Adventures

January 23, 2015 29 Comments

Off-Season Adventures

I haven’t talked about resolutions on my blog, but one of my goals is to continue to get outside as much as possible. We did a lot of exploring last year because everything was so new and I don’t want that to stop now that we’ve been here for awhile. While I’m not crazy about the cold, winter is actually one of my favorite times to explore the beaches and trails because they’re so quiet and have a different kind of beauty this time of year. I shared Duncan’s Cove with you earlier in the week and now I’m going to share three more of our favorite adventure walks that make getting out in the winter a little bit easier.

1. Atlantic View Trail – Lawrencetown Beach

Lawrencetown Beach is where you’ll find all the surfers. It’s also the starting point of the Atlantic View Trail where you can climb your way to an amazing view. This is the first hike we ever did in Nova Scotia and it’s still one of our favorites. You can see more of Lawrencetown Beach from our camping trip last summer.

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2. Crystal Crescent Beach

Crystal Crescent Beach is a collection of 3 white-sand beaches. There are boardwalks connecting the first two beaches and a hiking trail that covers 10 km of wilderness each way, so there’s plenty of opportunity to explore both the coastline and the woods.

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3. Martinique Beach

Martinique Beach is the longest white-sand beach in Nova Scotia and also the best place to do a little beachcombing. We’ve picked up a few things that are now proudly displayed on our book shelf, including our first and only sand dollar.

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Do you have any adventures planned for the weekend?


7 Signs Your Dog Is Living Like A Boss

January 21, 2015 37 Comments

7 Signs your Dog is Living Like a Boss

It’s no secret that Aaron and I are a couple of suckers. Koda figured us out a long time ago, but we don’t mind because, well, just look at her!


1. They wait for you to come and boost them onto the bed. They could jump up on their own, but why would they?

2. They sleep with a pillow, preferably yours.

3. You sleep in strange positions and stay very still so that you don’t disturb their sleep.

4. You drive to the farther Tim Hortons because the workers there give out extra Timbits and sometimes even bacon!

5. They walk away from their food bowl when given dry kibble. Their palate is much more refined and you can do better than that.

6. They don’t get up from the couch when you get home. Bosses wait for their people to come to them.

7. You were going to have peanut butter on your toast, but there was only enough left for the Kong. You didn’t really want peanut butter anyway, or that full slice of cheese.

Does your dog live like a boss?