Weekly Gathering #4

A random collection of random things from the past week!


I can’t believe we not only got a decent family picture, but we also got our Christmas cards away ON TIME! That deserves a big glass of wine on its own.

Christmas Card 2014


I did a guest post over at The Loudmouth Lifestyle this week to help celebrate the launch of Loud Ladies. Read about Loud Ladies here and check out my guest post here!

Loud Ladies


This isn’t exactly new, but Juan Mann aka “The Free Hug Guy” came up in conversation the other day and it reminded me of this music video. Have you heard of him? Probably. He was on Oprah. www.freehugscampaign.org


Brooke & Mom
Yesterday was my beautiful Mom’s birthday and I can’t wait to celebrate in Mexico!! Love you! The picture is staying up.

I can’t believe that Christmas is only five days away! Happy Holidays to you all!!

Interactions With Strangers #2

is that a bananaI used to work at a clothing store. The mornings were always really slow and I enjoyed opening the store by myself. It gave me plenty of time to make sure the sweaters were folded correctly and the hangers were an equal distance apart. One day, I was enjoying one of those quiet mornings when my first customer walked in. She seemed like a lovely lady and was very quiet and polite. She was looking for a simple black t-shirt and took the first one I showed her without even trying it on. She quickly paid and was walking out of the store when she stopped abruptly and turned around. She walked back up to the counter where I was standing and without saying anything, handed me a banana from her bag and walked back out.


Maybe I just looked really hungry that day or maybe it was just a nice gesture, but there was no way I was eating that banana. Sure, she seemed like a nice lady and all, but all I saw was this ↓

witch apple

A few days later, one of my coworkers got so hungry that she dared to eat the famous banana. It turns out that it was just a regular banana and apparently a pretty tasty one at that. Maybe I shouldn’t be so skeptical, but I still wouldn’t eat that banana.

So, would you have eaten the banana?

sources here, here and here!

Cozy Cabin Getaway – Bay Of Fundy

family picture

One of the great things about living in Halifax is that it’s super easy and fairly inexpensive to escape to a cozy cabin right on the ocean. This was our second time staying at the Bay of Fundy Ocean Front Cozy Cabin and we will definitely be back. Kevin and Janice are amazing hosts and I appreciate their tradition of welcoming guests with a shot of Fireball! You can tell that a lot of love has gone into their cabin and it is filled with fun quirks and surprises that I won’t give away. One of my favorite things is their impressive music collection. For our second visit in a row, I got to prove that I still know all of the words to pretty much every Garth Brooks song. Lucky Aaron and Koda!

Apart from a little beachcombing, we spent most of our stay on the couch in front of the fire. We listened to music, played cards, and watched Harry Potter and The Santa Clause. We almost decided to stay another day, but alas, real life was calling.

If you’re ever planning a trip to Nova Scotia, I can’t recommend this cabin enough. Be sure to check it out on Airbnb!

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