Monday, May 27, 2013

Maya Angelou


enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to...
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...


a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...


a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...


a feeling of control over her destiny.....
how to fall in love without losing herself..


how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship....


when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...


that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...


what she would and wouldn't do for love or more.....
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...


whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...


where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...


What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

11 months

We made a rule to have a mini count down date night on the 19th of every month leading up to our wedding. Today marks 11 months and counting.

We're in great shape!

We have our theme
We have a venue for both the ceremony and the reception
We know who is in the wedding party and what they are going to be wearing roughly
We have a cake designed
We have a DJ
I have my dress
We have been in contact with a graphic designer for invites
We have sent inquiries to potential officiants
We have started to explore photographers
And many other little details are falling into place.

About my dress. It was a bit of an overwhelming experience. I had my clippings of what I wanted and had both my mom and my dad there. And my beautiful maid of honor. It took 4 dresses. I walked out in the last once and just knew. And the moment I looked in the mirror I started to tear up. They brought out a head piece for me to try and I was crying. I looked at my dad holding back tears and that was it -- full on bawling.

I felt so beautiful and it hit me that I am getting married. And imagining him looking at me as I made my way down the aisle caused me to burst with emotion. It's eleven more months. And then I get to be his Mrs. I get to share his last name. I get to continue being part of our adventures creating our dream life. And I get to start our fairy tale looking fabulous.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Just a little meme to pass the day away

The Wish List Meme, part one  

1.) What are 3 things on your Wish list and why?   

At this exact moment, I wish I had some chocolate, I wish the work day was done and I wish it was Friday because I have next week off.

2.) What do you miss about your childhood?  

Saturday morning cartoons 

3.) What do you do on your spare time on the weekends?  

I try to read as much as I can. I am often on  the go, especially now that I balance my social life with Rainman's. It's hard to get lost in a novel for days on end and when I can, I try.

4.) What do you appreciate most in your life?  

I appreciate my life the most. Every day I wake up, alive. That's pretty awesome.

5.) Would you rather be rich or healthy? 


6.) If you could go back in time would you and why?  

Yes. But not back in my life time -- more like travelling to check out dinosaurs, write on a cave wall, hang out with Jesus.

7.) Favorite game as a child?  

I liked jumping rope and singing all of the rhymes. I have always loved board games and as a child we played Frustration and Snakes 'N Ladders a lot.

8.) What is your dream career?  

Being a lady of leisure and getting paid for it -- I mean attending the gallery openings, enjoying food and drink at trendy restaurants and hole-in-the-walls, exploring my own back yard and being paid to report on all of those things,

9.) What do you do in your free time?  

Read. Didn't we already cover this? Spare time and free time seem to be the same thing, no?

10.) Favorite clothing stores?  

Thrift Stores. I also like Jacob and Joe Fresh.

11.) What TV shows can't you live without?  

If TV went away tomorrow, I would survive. I don't mind watching series like Dexter, Mad Men, Walking Dead -- but I wouldn't die without them.

12.) 3 things you need in your life are:  

Coffee, books and  music

13.) What can't you sleep without?  

A blanket. I like feeling snug -- no matter the temperature.

14.) What are you currently a nerd for?  

Social Media platforms. I love them!

15.) What is your favorite seasoning?  

My go to would be sea salt. I like to experiment a lot though.

16.) What is your favorite wild animal?  


17.) Name 3 of your favorite childhood shows:  
The Secret World of Alex Mac

Are you afraid of the dark?

18.) If you could live as a character in a movie who would it be?  

Holly Golightly

19.) Favorite vegetable?  


20.) Favorite Fruit?  


21.) If you had a dragon what would you name it?  


22.) What do you put on hotdogs? 

I love hotdogs! Especially gourment ones. I have had peanut butter and jelly on my hotdog and just  plain mustard. My favorite topping is saurkraut. Delish! 

23.) Do you play online games?  

Does my addiction to Candy Crush count?

24.) What's your favorite way to get inspired?  

Reading lifestyle blogs, books and magazines.
Watching documentaries 
Hanging out with my friends and listening to how they are living a charm-filled life

Thursday, May 2, 2013

16 weekends of Summer

Counting from May Long weekend till September Long weekend is how I calculate summer. And now that I am a full fledged adult who works 40 hours a week, 5 out of 7 days, it doesn't leave a lot of time to soak up the summer fun.

Even though summer pleads for spontaneity, I am a planner.

And so I am beginning to rev up for a frugal and fun summer.

My hopes:

  • more bike rides --exploring my neighborhood and the neighborhood next to us, coasting down back roads, leisurely day trips, quick trips to run errands, just more time on the saddle. 
  • early morning coffee on the balcony, late night toasts on the patio. more time outside of the house in our outdoor living areas
  • recharging my soul midday during the week by enjoying picnic lunches sitting outside. kicking off my shoes to feel blades of grass between my toes
  • more fresh fruit and vegetables bought from farmers at the market or their roadside trucks.
  • popsicles. lots and lots of popsicles.
  • mini road trips around the province. stopping at those landmarks along the highway. detouring to those landmarks that are word of mouth must-sees
  • reading everything under the sun. literally.
  • waterfights and surprise water balloon attacks.
  • blowing bubbles and sidewalk chalk murals.
  • sandals, sundresses and straw hats.
There's nothing like getting high on summertime. And making the most of every single moment.