casual fridays.

as much as i love routine, it can put me in a sour mood if i don’t get a break every so often. doing the same thing day in and day out is very taxing on my energy and excitement for life. it’s definitely where i found myself just a few weeks ago. it was nice knowing i had a week off and lots of sister time.

i miss toronto in the most visceral way most days, but it’s even stronger after a great visit. usually when i head home it’s a whirlwind of commuting between family and friends in multiple different cities in southwestern ontario. this time i drastically reduced the number of visits i was going to entertain and greatly benefited from it. i had a good amount (there is never enough) of sister time and got to spend a few hours with grandma. she even waited a whole five minutes before she grilled me on when i was moving home, and why i wasn’t married.

not only did i get more quality time with the incredible people in my life, i also got free hours to wander aimlessly in the city i love. i visited new spots and some of my old favourites, with my camera and a latte in hand. playing tourist in your own city is always fun. next time i’ll jump on a double decker red bus for a proper tour, and then go up the CN tower. it’s something i should probably do in calgary, too. might help me appreciate the city more. i have some ideas but “what to do in calgary” articles often include leaving calgary and going to the mountains, which doesn’t say much for the city.

i’m back now with a new appreciation for lots of things, and a very strong desire to wander in the sunshine and enjoy some mountain life. i’m only kicking around calgary for two weeks before i jet off again to meet sister in boston. sadly, after that, i don’t have any set plans yet for my next far-off adventure…but the strong potential of vegas in september for Katey’s bachelorette.

this weekend calls for laundry, grocery shopping, and a little fun – can’t go cold turkey on that.

what’s up for your weekend?

casual fridays.

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?

casual fridays.

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?