i’ve been inviting all sorts of positivity into my life for a while now and with each passing day, i can actually see how it has been affecting my outlook and daily energy. there is just far too much negativity out there and it seems complaining is the popular thing to do nowadays. no thanks, i have no interest in that! i’m all about smiling, and laughing, and twirling, and hugging, and telling people how much i adore them. i have plenty of time for all of that good stuff!

saying that, this week has shown me that i need a lesson in managing my expectations. all this positivity allowed me to get my hopes too high for a few things. as sister says, “low expectations.” maybe even a bit lower than that. i’m feeling a bit emotional about it all today, but know the only option is to just keep being me.

do you name things? last night at the barre body studio’s five-year anniversary party, i planted a succulent – that included a buried intention and a crystal of my choosing – with the help of one of their great instructors. “her name’s Ophelia,” Hilary exclaimed! yes, that’s definitely her name. it made me think, i have named my vehicles (Suby and Mable) and named my laptop and phone (Otis and Goldie), why haven’t i named my plants? how unlike me. now that i’ve welcomed Ophelia to the family, i’ll have to go back and name my three other plants in the living room.

i have a few very fun days ahead of me. i’m checking into the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel tonight for a weekend staycation, and then going to The Bash wedding event with H and more of her lovely girlfriends on sunday – after brunch, of course.

what are you up to this weekend?

looking back at photos of san francisco are both warming and cruel. but when it feels like -32 you have to daydream a little. it also has me looking at flights.

have you defrosted, friends? this week has been all frozen boogers and eyelash icicles (which, i must admit, are rather pretty).

this cold weather has me craving mac&cheese so badly. the homemade kind that i haven’t made in years, but probably should because it’s so delicious, but you know, not the healthiest, and there is absolutely no way to enjoy it in moderation. you can’t. you just can’t. you have to make the largest pot of it and eat it until you need to take a nap. maybe it’s for the best the forecast is warming up. let me know if you want to come over for mac&cheese.

to be honest, since being home all i can think of is really great food. calgary is catching up in terms of new and different restaurants, but the abundance of killer cuisine available in toronto makes me so happy. i ate very well with friends during my visit. i think my favourite combination is talking to great people while eating delicious food. that’s the kind of stuff that fills my tank.

are you a new year goal setter? i’m not, but i did take some time as the calendar switched over to reflect on the year and set my sights forward. i’m feeling a lot of pleasure from slowing things down, keeping things simple and embracing the ride. i’ve got my positive pants on, but they are still realistic pants. tres fashionable and maybe the only pair of pants that still fit me.

poor erin is sick again, which means no catching up nor scrumptious french food tonight, but we’ll take a raincheck. this weekend is made for resting, finishing the numerous organizing projects i started during the week, some friend time and some baby cuddling. i know, i know but when it belongs to one of your dearest friends, babies might be kinda cute.

what are you up to this weekend?

happy birthday, katey! who knew meeting a gal from woodstock in grad school would lead to so much laughter, so many great adventures and me moving across the country? we’re celebrating tonight – along with the first day of stampede – at the cowboy’s tent. yaaaaahoooo! and in good stampede fashion, we’ll be drinking gin in the afternoon to get ready for the madness. while i’m not much of a stampede or country music person (or drinker), i am a birthday person and will always happily celebrate katey.

saying that, i’m actually headed to the grounds at least two more times over the week. monday, irene and i will be testing out some midway food, and ange and i are going to the chuckwagon finals on sunday. yahoo, all over the place! and while my cowboy boots kill my feet – i went for beauty instead of function when purchasing them, stupidly – i’m more concerned about what to wear in the 32-degree heat. i’m not really a daisy dukes and crop top kinda gal, but that’s all the weather is calling for.

i then get to wake up way too early on saturday after my gin-soaked evening to head to the mountains, but to hike i’d happily not sleep. it’s been too long since i’ve been in the rockies and can’t wait to get on the trail with erin and her mum. we have 16km planned, and it’s going to be a scorcher!

on sunday i plan on doing absolutely nothing. besides all the excitement of today and tomorrow, i’m also running on zero sleep for no other reason than my body hates me. think happy sleepy thoughts for me!

what are you up to for the weekend? any locals stampeding?