i’m home.

a lot of things make me happy, but near the top of the list is getting to spend time with sister. her new home is so beautiful, not like anyone doubted it. i’ll take some pretty pictures of it while i’m here. keep an eye on her blog to see the finished product and read about her inspiration for the spaces.

the madness that goes hand-in-hand with any visit home started this morning. after brunch and home goods shopping with mum, sister and i decided to go on a little adventure – it’s what we do. neither of us had been to the waterfalls in hamilton, and after suggesting to erin that she check them out on her visit we thought it might be a good idea to see a few of them for ourselves. we settled on two of the tallest waterfalls in the area. sadly, they left much to be desired. in order to get our money’s worth (parking was $10), we decided to explore more of the trails along the gorge. it was pretty with lush green trees and the faint smell of citronella and citrus. overall underwhelming, but at least we can say we’ve done (some of) it.

the rest of my trip is packed with visits: dad, girlfriends, grandma. i’ll also have some serious alone time with my city; it’s been a while since i’ve had time to do nothing and anything in toronto.

may long has always felt like the unofficial start of summer, and it definitely kicks of fireworks season. i often wander to the bow river to watch the canada day fireworks in calgary, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a to-do about victoria day there. it’s always been a thing in toronto and i’m looking forward to watching them on monday night.


what are you doing this (long) weekend?

living alone is great. it really is one of my favourite things. i’ve commented to a few friends lately that one of my biggest fears about a serious relationship is learning how to cohabitate again – saying that, i would like someone to split the rent with. one thing i have also realized that i’m missing from living alone and being single is touch. if you know me, you know i’m a touchy person. i want to hold everyone’s hand. but in the society we live in, touching is not a common practice; it’s reserved to only your significant other. i went for lunch with two girlfriends on tuesday and the friend on my side of the booth began to rub my back. i was in immediate shock and holding back tears. it was a really nice feeling, and one that i haven’t experienced in quite a while.

speaking of tears – because that’s what we do around these parts – i decided to look at the AARCS website on the weekend, and cried over all the puppies that are looking to be adopted.

did you know that march 20 is the international day of happiness? that’s monday! to celebrate MindWell-U is giving away 10 free spots in the science-based 30-day mindfulness challenge if you tweet them and tell them what you’re thankful for. their evidence-based approach is said to lead to less stress, more joy and peak performance. sounds pretty great to me. i’m always a firm believer of the universe giving me signs and lately, i’ve been looking into meditation and mindfulness as a way of working with anxiety, and then i find out about this. thanks, U! you’ve always got my back. there is a meditation studio that just opened a few blocks from my condo that i want to try out as a complement to the stuff i do on my own.

my hand is almost healed. it’s not a constant nuisance anymore and i can do progressively more things with it. we’re at three weeks. i think i can get back to fitness things that involve my hand, but should probably try a few pushups or planks at home before i go full bore.

i’m not too big on st. patrick’s day. instead, my plans today will be avoiding those partaking in heavy alcohol consumption. so, like, groceries and maybe ikea. the museum is free on sunday for some reason, so i think i’ll be taking myself out on an afternoon date.

oh and studying and assignment writing. i’m really happy that i have less than a month left of school.


what’s up this weekend?

i’ve been daydreaming about filling my entire apartment with flowers. my living room is so bright and airy, it’s so welcoming of plant life. i have two plants and a cactus and almost bought 17 teeny succulents in little pots yesterday from the market. if i have any secret admirers, message sister for my address and feel free to send along beautiful blooms.

tangentially, if this rich individual would also like to buy me a new car and pay for my adult braces (which i might need), that would be really neat.

on the flower note, i really can’t wait for spring and all of the wildflowers to be in bloom. so many hiking plans, and with my full weekends free i actually have the time to enjoy allthemountains!

follow-up from last week: i sprained a few ligaments down the pointer finger/thumb side of my hand, but the good news is that i didn’t break anything in my hand says the x-ray. the pain is pretty strong, but the swelling is going down. my paw is multi-coloured, but i know it’s healing. i’ll be back to boxing in no time.

are you noticing people are becoming oversensitive about, well, everything? i mentioned a general company policy to someone on instagram the other day (from the work account) and they responded back to tell me how attacked and hurt they felt by that. i could only shake my head.

the skin on my face is so ridiculously dry, no matter how much moisturizer i put on. someone help! i’ve been trying to fix it, and then a report on 660 news radio this morning talked about how dry skin makes your skin age faster, and i freaked out a little in my car. there was a great deal of rearview mirror glancing at my dry, flaky forehead.

this weekend we’ll be celebrating Jen’s 30th and sunday is full of fitness plans. i’ll be the one in the corner protecting my mitt.


what’s up for the weekend?