BACK TO SCHOOL + BOUQUETS OF SHARPENED PENCILS

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


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'Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send out a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.'  -- You've Got Mail

With heading back to school this year after being out of university for two years, I definitely need some of the essentials to get myself back into a routine that requires late nights, studying 24/7 and for all the walking to and from classes that I'll be doing. Some of my favourite picks are above and hopefully most items will be on sale this Labour Day weekend. One of my favourite quotes from You've Got Mail is above, and I always think of it at the beginning of September, visualizing a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils in a square glass vase sitting on someones desk at work. 

Today marks the first day of school for most and the first day back for me. I don't know what to expect, at all. The thought of having to make new friends terrifies me. I usually don't have a problem making friends but for some reason, I feel like in this program I'll be outside of my element. Maybe it's not the program that terrifies me but starting fresh and admitting that when it comes to most of the course content, I probably won't know a lot (but I guess that's the point in going to school). My first degree centred around literature and doing any graphic elements was all just a hobby. Now I feel like literature is getting pushed to the side and the graphic side will need to be stronger. Guess we shall see how day one goes! I'll be sure to update tonight. Hopefully I won't be too tired to get a few words out about the first day before everything blurs into sleep.  Good luck to everyone starting their first day and to those sending their little ones off for the first time! 



GOODBYE, HELLO

Monday, September 01, 2014

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In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald from one of my favourite books, life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. 

Goodbye...

days at the lake
late sunsets
drive-in movies
s'mores
road trips
canoeing
water parks
barbecues
patio drinks
ice cream treats
endless swimming
cloud gazing
barefeet
hot days
warm nights
fireworks

Goodbye Summer

Hello...

pumpkin spice lattes
changing colours
crisp mornings
falling leaves
cozy sweaters
days by the fire
hot cocoa
homemade pies
layers upon layers
winter coats
apple picking
fall festivals
pumpkin patch
apple cider
corn mazes
hay rides
caramel apples
halloween
leave piles
booties
thanksgiving

Hello Fall

PUMPKIN SPICE, LONG WEEKENDS + SCHOOL

Sunday, August 31, 2014


On my mind this weekend...

1. I chipped one of my favourite large mugs from Chapters the other day while unloading the dishwasher. Now I have to hold my mug with my right hand to avoid the chip. I'll be honest, I was slightly devastated when it happened but I'm too attached to throw it away.

2. My boyfriend now approves of Pinterest. I was pinning last night while we were watching a movie and I came across a quote that said 'Pisces love to sleep. So if your Pisces sleeps all the time, leave them be'. He is always sleeping and for long lengths of time. I read this out loud to him and he replied 'I like this pinning'. 

3. It's sunday today which normally means tedious chores like laundry, cleaning and getting things ready for the following week. But today feels like Saturday because it's a long weekend so no complaints here! 

4. Tuesday marks the first day of back to school. And this year, that includes me. I am a bundle of nerves over here making sure I have everything I need and of course, trying to figure out what I am going to wear! 

5. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are here which means that all things Fall starts oh so soon! I love summer and I definitely enjoyed my month off but Fall trumps all other seasons. There's no way around that. Enjoy those PSL while you can everyone!
I am a little late to the link up party, but to be honest, that's what happens when you have a month off. Days all blur together and the day of the week loses a bit of significance in the scheme of things. 

The Farmer's Wife

MEANWHILE BACK AT MAMA'S...

Meanwhile back at Mama's
The porch light's on, come on in if you wanna
Supper's on the stove and beer's in the fridge
Red sun sinkin' out low on the ridge
Games on the tube and Daddy smokes cigarettes
Whiskey keeps his whistle wet
Funny the things you thought you'd never miss
In a world gone crazy as this

Oh I miss yeah a little dirt on the road, I miss corn growin in a row

I miss being somebody everybody knows, there everybody knows everybody
I miss those small town routes, walkin around in muddy boots
The sound of rain on an old tin roof
It's time we head on back

Meanwhile Back at Mama's - Tim McGraw


One, I love country music. Two, I love home. There is something about the atmosphere of home that cancels all your worries and brings an immediate sense of relaxation and family. The Ranch isn't the home or the farm that I grew up on, but with all of our old furniture and relics, the smell of my Mama's cooking, and the presence of family, it has become home. While at the Ranch twice this summer visiting with friends for getaways and weddings, I took some snapshots around the Ranch that I thought I would share. Some memories and home-y memories to look back in during the winter months when I don't get up there due to the mountain passes being full of ice and snow. 










AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOUR FEET SHOULD BE DIRTY, YOUR HAIR MESSY, AND YOUR EYES SPARKLING.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

With summer coming to a close, here are some random snapshots of the great times that were had and the memories that we will hang onto when the dreary days of February seem endless and we start to long for the warm days and nights spent outside.  Happy Saturday everyone and enjoy your last weekend of summer!
< Campfires and s'mores on the river bank >

<Canoe trip on the river! >

< Need I say s'more? >

 < Waterpark adventures with this cutie pie cousin of mine >

< Clink! Clink! Surprise bridal shower for a friend >

< Another sunny day spent at the lake >

< Ice cream treats on the weekend >


AT THE RANCH

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The August long weekend feels like it was forever ago - when really only a few weeks have passed. With having a month off and tackling my endlessly long to do list, somehow sitting at a computer for any length of time seemed to be lower and lower of a priority. In hindsight, I don't regret it since I just spent the past two years at my desk job eight hours a day religiously chained to my desk and computer typing away. We all need a little freedom once in awhile. School is a mere days away when I will find myself once again attached to a computer screen for long lengths of time, but I thought before that chaos begins that maybe, just maybe I should recap what I have actually done this summer. Just in case anyone was wondering and thought that maybe I spent the last twenty-eights days staring blankly at my tv screen and never left the couch. Thankfully, that was not the case.
August long weekend two of my girlfriends and I headed up to my Mama's ranch in Summerland. All in all, it was one of those blissful trips where nothing was planned, no alarm clocks were set, mornings started with iced coffee + baileys on the porch and the evenings ended with great company and rounds of drinks and laughter until the stars came out.
Here are some snapshots of the trip and to be honest, there are less photos than I planned to take but I guess that's what happens when you're having a blast. 












THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR A ROADTRIP

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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This upcoming weekend will be my second road trip of the summer heading back up to my Mama's ranch in Summerland. I'm already dreaming of morning tea on the patio in the sun, long days at the beach reading, and evenings full of laughter, wine and s'mores. What else can one ask for as the summer winds down?
I am definitely in denial that summer is quickly coming to a close, even though Fall is my all-time favourite season, I want to hold onto what is left of summer until I officially have to let go. Thus, I will be avoiding all things Fall for the meantime.
For anyone with some last minute road trips planned this summer to take advantage of the two weeks that we have left, here is a list of things to remember when planning and going on a road trip that I know from previous experience. Enjoy what's left of your summer everyone!
  1. Always have a full tank of gas. Trust me. You never know when you'll be stuck in traffic, crawling forward inch by inch, leaving you unable to turn off your vehicle. Also, if you don't know the route you're driving very well or the conditions, it's in your best interest to top off the tank every time you pass a small town or gas station.
  2. Always have a blanket in the car. Especially in winter, if for some reason you get stuck somewhere and need to spend the night in the car, you'll be thankful then. And it's always an added bonus for passengers too who want to take a little road trip nap. 
  3. Snacks. Lots of them. 
  4. Water
  5. Check the  oil and all that jazz before you leave or ask your boyfriend or a friend who knows how if you aren't mechanically inclined.
  6. Make sure your spare tire is in good condition.
  7. Know how to change a tire. It's important, trust me. If you haven't read this post, it's a funny story.
  8. Only carpool with people you like. It can end badly otherwise.
  9. Bring more than one CD or playlist with you. Otherwise you may go crazy. 
  10. Make sure to stop every once and awhile and stretch. If you're the driver, your left leg will eventually cramp up from being in the same stationary position and it sucks. 
  11. Read and trust the signs. Highway signs are big, clear and actually correct compared to small indecipherable signs in the city that always seem to point the wrong way or come too late for you to navigate.
  12. Semi trucks are scary. My philosophy is to pass them as soon as possible or just tag along behind. Anyone remember Final Destination with that logger truck? Yeah, that still freaks me out. 
  13. Ask for directions if you need too. Google Maps usually saves the day nowadays but depending on what small town you're in, you may not have service and Google Maps may not know where you are. Which means you will need to resort to asking a local for some help. 
  14. Enjoy the adventure!
Does anyone else have any road trips planned for this weekend or the upcoming week?



Tuesday, September 02, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL + BOUQUETS OF SHARPENED PENCILS


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'Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send out a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.'  -- You've Got Mail

With heading back to school this year after being out of university for two years, I definitely need some of the essentials to get myself back into a routine that requires late nights, studying 24/7 and for all the walking to and from classes that I'll be doing. Some of my favourite picks are above and hopefully most items will be on sale this Labour Day weekend. One of my favourite quotes from You've Got Mail is above, and I always think of it at the beginning of September, visualizing a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils in a square glass vase sitting on someones desk at work. 

Today marks the first day of school for most and the first day back for me. I don't know what to expect, at all. The thought of having to make new friends terrifies me. I usually don't have a problem making friends but for some reason, I feel like in this program I'll be outside of my element. Maybe it's not the program that terrifies me but starting fresh and admitting that when it comes to most of the course content, I probably won't know a lot (but I guess that's the point in going to school). My first degree centred around literature and doing any graphic elements was all just a hobby. Now I feel like literature is getting pushed to the side and the graphic side will need to be stronger. Guess we shall see how day one goes! I'll be sure to update tonight. Hopefully I won't be too tired to get a few words out about the first day before everything blurs into sleep.  Good luck to everyone starting their first day and to those sending their little ones off for the first time! 



Monday, September 01, 2014

GOODBYE, HELLO

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In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald from one of my favourite books, life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. 

Goodbye...

days at the lake
late sunsets
drive-in movies
s'mores
road trips
canoeing
water parks
barbecues
patio drinks
ice cream treats
endless swimming
cloud gazing
barefeet
hot days
warm nights
fireworks

Goodbye Summer

Hello...

pumpkin spice lattes
changing colours
crisp mornings
falling leaves
cozy sweaters
days by the fire
hot cocoa
homemade pies
layers upon layers
winter coats
apple picking
fall festivals
pumpkin patch
apple cider
corn mazes
hay rides
caramel apples
halloween
leave piles
booties
thanksgiving

Hello Fall

Sunday, August 31, 2014

PUMPKIN SPICE, LONG WEEKENDS + SCHOOL


On my mind this weekend...

1. I chipped one of my favourite large mugs from Chapters the other day while unloading the dishwasher. Now I have to hold my mug with my right hand to avoid the chip. I'll be honest, I was slightly devastated when it happened but I'm too attached to throw it away.

2. My boyfriend now approves of Pinterest. I was pinning last night while we were watching a movie and I came across a quote that said 'Pisces love to sleep. So if your Pisces sleeps all the time, leave them be'. He is always sleeping and for long lengths of time. I read this out loud to him and he replied 'I like this pinning'. 

3. It's sunday today which normally means tedious chores like laundry, cleaning and getting things ready for the following week. But today feels like Saturday because it's a long weekend so no complaints here! 

4. Tuesday marks the first day of back to school. And this year, that includes me. I am a bundle of nerves over here making sure I have everything I need and of course, trying to figure out what I am going to wear! 

5. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are here which means that all things Fall starts oh so soon! I love summer and I definitely enjoyed my month off but Fall trumps all other seasons. There's no way around that. Enjoy those PSL while you can everyone!
I am a little late to the link up party, but to be honest, that's what happens when you have a month off. Days all blur together and the day of the week loses a bit of significance in the scheme of things. 

The Farmer's Wife

MEANWHILE BACK AT MAMA'S...

Meanwhile back at Mama's
The porch light's on, come on in if you wanna
Supper's on the stove and beer's in the fridge
Red sun sinkin' out low on the ridge
Games on the tube and Daddy smokes cigarettes
Whiskey keeps his whistle wet
Funny the things you thought you'd never miss
In a world gone crazy as this

Oh I miss yeah a little dirt on the road, I miss corn growin in a row

I miss being somebody everybody knows, there everybody knows everybody
I miss those small town routes, walkin around in muddy boots
The sound of rain on an old tin roof
It's time we head on back

Meanwhile Back at Mama's - Tim McGraw


One, I love country music. Two, I love home. There is something about the atmosphere of home that cancels all your worries and brings an immediate sense of relaxation and family. The Ranch isn't the home or the farm that I grew up on, but with all of our old furniture and relics, the smell of my Mama's cooking, and the presence of family, it has become home. While at the Ranch twice this summer visiting with friends for getaways and weddings, I took some snapshots around the Ranch that I thought I would share. Some memories and home-y memories to look back in during the winter months when I don't get up there due to the mountain passes being full of ice and snow. 










Saturday, August 30, 2014

AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOUR FEET SHOULD BE DIRTY, YOUR HAIR MESSY, AND YOUR EYES SPARKLING.

With summer coming to a close, here are some random snapshots of the great times that were had and the memories that we will hang onto when the dreary days of February seem endless and we start to long for the warm days and nights spent outside.  Happy Saturday everyone and enjoy your last weekend of summer!
< Campfires and s'mores on the river bank >

<Canoe trip on the river! >

< Need I say s'more? >

 < Waterpark adventures with this cutie pie cousin of mine >

< Clink! Clink! Surprise bridal shower for a friend >

< Another sunny day spent at the lake >

< Ice cream treats on the weekend >


Thursday, August 28, 2014

AT THE RANCH

The August long weekend feels like it was forever ago - when really only a few weeks have passed. With having a month off and tackling my endlessly long to do list, somehow sitting at a computer for any length of time seemed to be lower and lower of a priority. In hindsight, I don't regret it since I just spent the past two years at my desk job eight hours a day religiously chained to my desk and computer typing away. We all need a little freedom once in awhile. School is a mere days away when I will find myself once again attached to a computer screen for long lengths of time, but I thought before that chaos begins that maybe, just maybe I should recap what I have actually done this summer. Just in case anyone was wondering and thought that maybe I spent the last twenty-eights days staring blankly at my tv screen and never left the couch. Thankfully, that was not the case.
August long weekend two of my girlfriends and I headed up to my Mama's ranch in Summerland. All in all, it was one of those blissful trips where nothing was planned, no alarm clocks were set, mornings started with iced coffee + baileys on the porch and the evenings ended with great company and rounds of drinks and laughter until the stars came out.
Here are some snapshots of the trip and to be honest, there are less photos than I planned to take but I guess that's what happens when you're having a blast. 












Thursday, August 21, 2014

THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR A ROADTRIP

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This upcoming weekend will be my second road trip of the summer heading back up to my Mama's ranch in Summerland. I'm already dreaming of morning tea on the patio in the sun, long days at the beach reading, and evenings full of laughter, wine and s'mores. What else can one ask for as the summer winds down?
I am definitely in denial that summer is quickly coming to a close, even though Fall is my all-time favourite season, I want to hold onto what is left of summer until I officially have to let go. Thus, I will be avoiding all things Fall for the meantime.
For anyone with some last minute road trips planned this summer to take advantage of the two weeks that we have left, here is a list of things to remember when planning and going on a road trip that I know from previous experience. Enjoy what's left of your summer everyone!
  1. Always have a full tank of gas. Trust me. You never know when you'll be stuck in traffic, crawling forward inch by inch, leaving you unable to turn off your vehicle. Also, if you don't know the route you're driving very well or the conditions, it's in your best interest to top off the tank every time you pass a small town or gas station.
  2. Always have a blanket in the car. Especially in winter, if for some reason you get stuck somewhere and need to spend the night in the car, you'll be thankful then. And it's always an added bonus for passengers too who want to take a little road trip nap. 
  3. Snacks. Lots of them. 
  4. Water
  5. Check the  oil and all that jazz before you leave or ask your boyfriend or a friend who knows how if you aren't mechanically inclined.
  6. Make sure your spare tire is in good condition.
  7. Know how to change a tire. It's important, trust me. If you haven't read this post, it's a funny story.
  8. Only carpool with people you like. It can end badly otherwise.
  9. Bring more than one CD or playlist with you. Otherwise you may go crazy. 
  10. Make sure to stop every once and awhile and stretch. If you're the driver, your left leg will eventually cramp up from being in the same stationary position and it sucks. 
  11. Read and trust the signs. Highway signs are big, clear and actually correct compared to small indecipherable signs in the city that always seem to point the wrong way or come too late for you to navigate.
  12. Semi trucks are scary. My philosophy is to pass them as soon as possible or just tag along behind. Anyone remember Final Destination with that logger truck? Yeah, that still freaks me out. 
  13. Ask for directions if you need too. Google Maps usually saves the day nowadays but depending on what small town you're in, you may not have service and Google Maps may not know where you are. Which means you will need to resort to asking a local for some help. 
  14. Enjoy the adventure!
Does anyone else have any road trips planned for this weekend or the upcoming week?



 

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