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?



THE LATEST 08.14.2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I have so many photos and stories to share from this summer but I haven't had a moment to just sit, and compile them all into posts. I haven't just been sitting around this whole time while I have been off. This is my month of freedom and I have been busy. 
Since I may have a broken toe, that has slowed me down quite a bit since I normally walk everywhere that I need to go so instead, I may tackle some of those posts before the summer is over. For now, here is an update on the latest and I am now off to tackle painting the trim in my bathroom. Wish me luck! I'm sure my next post will be written with me spattered in paint and exhausted. 

Making: a second cup of tea
Cooking: nothing at the moment. I try to leave all the cooking to the chef of the house, le boyfriend
Drinking: early grey tea with milk (it's an overcast and summer rain kind of day over here. that calls for tea)
Reading: The Bhagavad Gita translated by Laurie L. Patton
Wanting: someone to help me paint my bathroom today. I always get so nervous to start.
Looking: at bathroom colour palette inspiration on Pinterest for the downstairs powder room that I have taken upon myself to update *gulp* I may be thinking twice about that now
Playing: The Devil Wears Prada in the background on tv
Eating: toast with butter 
Wishing: someone would come paint and decorate my downstairs powder room for me. Anyone else always have second thoughts when decorating or redoing a room? There's too many options!
Enjoying: waking up slowly in a quiet house enjoying reading blog updates and not having a set schedule
Loving: having a quiet house these past few evenings with just the boyfriend and I
Hoping: that this toe of mine that got squished by a very large fan is not broken. It needs to fit into a pair of very high white pumps for the wedding next weekend...
Needing: to alter my dress for my friends wedding that is... next weekend? Oh dear, I need to get on that.
Smelling: summer rain. There is no better smell than fresh summer rain after a dry spell
Feeling: frazzled with how many things I want to get done before school starts on September 2 but realizing that the inevitable will happen and most won't get finished
Wearing: pajama shorts with apples on them and a metalica concert t-shirt
Following: the days on the calendar as they slowly tick closer to the first day of school
Noticing: how quiet the house is when everyone else is out at work...
Bookmarking: Sydney's (from The Daybook) family photos that are beyond stunning and capture her sweet little family that is about to grow

SUMMERLAND BOUND

Saturday, August 02, 2014


Today I'm Summerland bound with two of my besties. 

You can find us here, relaxing, drinking and soaking up the rays of sunshine at the ranch in between the hills. 

Happy long weekend! 

AS I SIT HERE RESTLESS AND WIDE AWAKE

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Today was my last day at work. To say that I had a whirlwind of mixed emotions today would be an understatement. My roller coaster of emotions started with excitement when I burst out of bed at 5:30am with more excitement than I have felt in awhile. That was followed by a rendition of 'lasts' ie. this is the last time I'll train into work, this is the last time I'll make my morning tea in the office, etc. Of course gratitude towards my coworkers for my beautiful send off and all of their best wishes, and sadness followed.
It's evening one of not having a job and I already feel lost. I have a huge to do list sitting, waiting on the inside page of this week in my agenda for me to tackle tomorrow morning after driving the boyfriend to work for 6am but I feel restless. Lost. Uncertain. Maybe these are all normal emotions but they are definitely hindering my ability to sleep this evening. Hence I have chosen to write this in the dark with only the glow of the computer, the living room clock ticking and to feel the stickiness that is a summer night with no air conditioning.
I have never been good with change. Some look towards like a beacon and they thrive on it. I do not. I thrive on the familiar, the comfortable and the known. There is definitely a sense of excitement to change but overall, not a fan. I try to avoid it at all costs usually but I figured as I get older and become an 'adult', that I need to face it head on and try and embrace it. That isn't working out too well so far since I am already having a sleepless night and restless thoughts.
Here's to hoping that mindlessly pinning will lull my eyelids to slowly droop and allow the world of sleep to cover my mind. Good night world.

BETTER DAYS AHEAD

Friday, July 25, 2014


I am writing this from the comfort of my bed, with the windows wide open and the fan on. Yes,  I am aware it is a Friday night, and a warm summer night at that. Some would say I should be having dinner with friends or heading out to the bar, but an early movie with popcorn for dinner and falling asleep when my eyes get heavy is sometimes the Friday evening that I need.
This week has been hectic, to say the least. I feel like it was only yesterday that I told work I was leaving at the end of July. Oh right, the end of July is six days away... That came fast. And no one tells you how exhausting it is to take two years worth of information and random factoids, and try to teach and tell those to another person. Training is difficult especially when I'm the only person who knows some aspects of my job. I'm trying my best, but I'm definitely realizing that explaining every click of your mouse or comment, is tiresome. Pretty sure I was a few more seconds of talking away from losing my voice last weekend.
Now I only have four work days left. Then it's the long weekend and my glorious month of August off. What to do?
At this point, I still don't see leaving work and not going back as reality. My brain just hasn't processed that aspect yet. I can't even think of preparing for school yet at this point. I know I should since August is going to swoop in and take off just as fast. Then I'll be sitting here writing a similar post wondering where the last month went and how I've found myself at September long weekend.
I currently don't have plans this weekend which I'm happy about. With my final four days approaching, I'm having troubles turning my brain off of work. I keep randomly thinking of something I missed or forgot to do. I just keep reminding myself, there are better days ahead. And right now, those days are Saturday and Sunday.
Happy weekend and thanks for reading!

EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to change a tire.

Before I turned sixteen and could drive, I always laughed when my mom would mention teaching me how to change a tire. The running joke was that if I wasn't with a guy who could do it, I would surely find a nice gentleman who would stop and help me out. The reality is, it doesn't always work that way but at sixteen, I believed it would all magically work out if the time that I got a flat tire ever occurred. That was my sixteen year old optimism and naivety of the world. 

I was eighteen years old when I became the proud owner of a brand new Ford Ranger in royal blue for a graduation present from my grandparents. Bye bye 1994 turquoise clunker of a pick up!

My mom has always stood behind the philosophy that you don't need a man to do everything. Thus, began my lesson on changing a tire. I have watched my parents change tires, but that didn't mean I had the first inclination as to where to start and I wasn't a fan of getting covered in mud and grease in the process.
My mom handed me the manual from my truck sitting all shiny on the driveway and said, "Good luck. I'll come out when you're finished." I stared at her with my mouth gaping open thinking 'this is a joke, right?'.I didn't have a flat tire, but this was my mom's idea of 'being prepared'.

Two hours later, after a lot of grunting, groans, whiny complaints to no one but myself and the birds in the trees who were probably laughing behind there wings, I was done. I was covered in grease and dust but I had done it. I had changed my first tire.

Word to the wise, manuals are useless. Those pictures with brief captions - they really don't tell you anything other than the fact that you don't know what you're doing. Thanks, already knew that! An IKEA manual is more accurate and helpful and we all know how confusing those little men are.

I quickly forgot about my tire changing lesson until one random summer night last year. I was driving a friend home at 12:30am after falling asleep on the couch watching a movie. We were only a few blocks down the road from the house when I could tell something was off. I turned down the music and right away knew the tire was flat from the plunk, plunk, plunk sound that was coming from the back. We had a flat tire.

Instead of panicking, my first instinct was to laugh because now five years later, my mom's changing a tire lesson was coming in handy. I hiked up my maxi skirt, tied it in a knot and proceeded to start changing the tire. I will admit, I did first make a phone call to my boyfriend's dad to see if he was nearby to help but he was obviously asleep and not answering.

A word of advice ladies, always know how to change a tire. And I mean that literally.


SUMMER IS...

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Summer is staying up late, way past your bedtime sitting outside reading a book on the patio or walking to the corner store for an after dinner ice cream treat. No one can sleep a wink when the sun is still shining in between the curtains past 9pm. 

Summer is lying down on the hot crunchy grass that has been scorched by the summer sun as the air starts to cool, gazing up at the sky as it ever so slowly fades darker and darker and the stars start to twinkle.

Summer is lying back on the dock and staring up at the clouds, picking out the animals and creatures from the clouds as they float by, temporarily giving you a shiver as the shade covers the ground briefly.

Summer is drinking water straight from the hose like when you were a kid because who has time to find a glass? There is way too much fun to be had outside and not a second of glorious sunshine can be wasted.

Summer is realizing you forgot to make and eat dinner because you were having too much fun swimming and enjoying the long summer hours.

Summer is carelessly waking up naturally with no sense of a rush or urgency to be anywhere quickly.

Summer is knotted hair still damp from the lake and skin that is tight and tanned from the sun.

Summer is being barefoot.


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?



Thursday, August 14, 2014

THE LATEST 08.14.2014

I have so many photos and stories to share from this summer but I haven't had a moment to just sit, and compile them all into posts. I haven't just been sitting around this whole time while I have been off. This is my month of freedom and I have been busy. 
Since I may have a broken toe, that has slowed me down quite a bit since I normally walk everywhere that I need to go so instead, I may tackle some of those posts before the summer is over. For now, here is an update on the latest and I am now off to tackle painting the trim in my bathroom. Wish me luck! I'm sure my next post will be written with me spattered in paint and exhausted. 

Making: a second cup of tea
Cooking: nothing at the moment. I try to leave all the cooking to the chef of the house, le boyfriend
Drinking: early grey tea with milk (it's an overcast and summer rain kind of day over here. that calls for tea)
Reading: The Bhagavad Gita translated by Laurie L. Patton
Wanting: someone to help me paint my bathroom today. I always get so nervous to start.
Looking: at bathroom colour palette inspiration on Pinterest for the downstairs powder room that I have taken upon myself to update *gulp* I may be thinking twice about that now
Playing: The Devil Wears Prada in the background on tv
Eating: toast with butter 
Wishing: someone would come paint and decorate my downstairs powder room for me. Anyone else always have second thoughts when decorating or redoing a room? There's too many options!
Enjoying: waking up slowly in a quiet house enjoying reading blog updates and not having a set schedule
Loving: having a quiet house these past few evenings with just the boyfriend and I
Hoping: that this toe of mine that got squished by a very large fan is not broken. It needs to fit into a pair of very high white pumps for the wedding next weekend...
Needing: to alter my dress for my friends wedding that is... next weekend? Oh dear, I need to get on that.
Smelling: summer rain. There is no better smell than fresh summer rain after a dry spell
Feeling: frazzled with how many things I want to get done before school starts on September 2 but realizing that the inevitable will happen and most won't get finished
Wearing: pajama shorts with apples on them and a metalica concert t-shirt
Following: the days on the calendar as they slowly tick closer to the first day of school
Noticing: how quiet the house is when everyone else is out at work...
Bookmarking: Sydney's (from The Daybook) family photos that are beyond stunning and capture her sweet little family that is about to grow

Saturday, August 02, 2014

SUMMERLAND BOUND


Today I'm Summerland bound with two of my besties. 

You can find us here, relaxing, drinking and soaking up the rays of sunshine at the ranch in between the hills. 

Happy long weekend! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS I SIT HERE RESTLESS AND WIDE AWAKE


Today was my last day at work. To say that I had a whirlwind of mixed emotions today would be an understatement. My roller coaster of emotions started with excitement when I burst out of bed at 5:30am with more excitement than I have felt in awhile. That was followed by a rendition of 'lasts' ie. this is the last time I'll train into work, this is the last time I'll make my morning tea in the office, etc. Of course gratitude towards my coworkers for my beautiful send off and all of their best wishes, and sadness followed.
It's evening one of not having a job and I already feel lost. I have a huge to do list sitting, waiting on the inside page of this week in my agenda for me to tackle tomorrow morning after driving the boyfriend to work for 6am but I feel restless. Lost. Uncertain. Maybe these are all normal emotions but they are definitely hindering my ability to sleep this evening. Hence I have chosen to write this in the dark with only the glow of the computer, the living room clock ticking and to feel the stickiness that is a summer night with no air conditioning.
I have never been good with change. Some look towards like a beacon and they thrive on it. I do not. I thrive on the familiar, the comfortable and the known. There is definitely a sense of excitement to change but overall, not a fan. I try to avoid it at all costs usually but I figured as I get older and become an 'adult', that I need to face it head on and try and embrace it. That isn't working out too well so far since I am already having a sleepless night and restless thoughts.
Here's to hoping that mindlessly pinning will lull my eyelids to slowly droop and allow the world of sleep to cover my mind. Good night world.

Friday, July 25, 2014

BETTER DAYS AHEAD


I am writing this from the comfort of my bed, with the windows wide open and the fan on. Yes,  I am aware it is a Friday night, and a warm summer night at that. Some would say I should be having dinner with friends or heading out to the bar, but an early movie with popcorn for dinner and falling asleep when my eyes get heavy is sometimes the Friday evening that I need.
This week has been hectic, to say the least. I feel like it was only yesterday that I told work I was leaving at the end of July. Oh right, the end of July is six days away... That came fast. And no one tells you how exhausting it is to take two years worth of information and random factoids, and try to teach and tell those to another person. Training is difficult especially when I'm the only person who knows some aspects of my job. I'm trying my best, but I'm definitely realizing that explaining every click of your mouse or comment, is tiresome. Pretty sure I was a few more seconds of talking away from losing my voice last weekend.
Now I only have four work days left. Then it's the long weekend and my glorious month of August off. What to do?
At this point, I still don't see leaving work and not going back as reality. My brain just hasn't processed that aspect yet. I can't even think of preparing for school yet at this point. I know I should since August is going to swoop in and take off just as fast. Then I'll be sitting here writing a similar post wondering where the last month went and how I've found myself at September long weekend.
I currently don't have plans this weekend which I'm happy about. With my final four days approaching, I'm having troubles turning my brain off of work. I keep randomly thinking of something I missed or forgot to do. I just keep reminding myself, there are better days ahead. And right now, those days are Saturday and Sunday.
Happy weekend and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW...

How to change a tire.

Before I turned sixteen and could drive, I always laughed when my mom would mention teaching me how to change a tire. The running joke was that if I wasn't with a guy who could do it, I would surely find a nice gentleman who would stop and help me out. The reality is, it doesn't always work that way but at sixteen, I believed it would all magically work out if the time that I got a flat tire ever occurred. That was my sixteen year old optimism and naivety of the world. 

I was eighteen years old when I became the proud owner of a brand new Ford Ranger in royal blue for a graduation present from my grandparents. Bye bye 1994 turquoise clunker of a pick up!

My mom has always stood behind the philosophy that you don't need a man to do everything. Thus, began my lesson on changing a tire. I have watched my parents change tires, but that didn't mean I had the first inclination as to where to start and I wasn't a fan of getting covered in mud and grease in the process.
My mom handed me the manual from my truck sitting all shiny on the driveway and said, "Good luck. I'll come out when you're finished." I stared at her with my mouth gaping open thinking 'this is a joke, right?'.I didn't have a flat tire, but this was my mom's idea of 'being prepared'.

Two hours later, after a lot of grunting, groans, whiny complaints to no one but myself and the birds in the trees who were probably laughing behind there wings, I was done. I was covered in grease and dust but I had done it. I had changed my first tire.

Word to the wise, manuals are useless. Those pictures with brief captions - they really don't tell you anything other than the fact that you don't know what you're doing. Thanks, already knew that! An IKEA manual is more accurate and helpful and we all know how confusing those little men are.

I quickly forgot about my tire changing lesson until one random summer night last year. I was driving a friend home at 12:30am after falling asleep on the couch watching a movie. We were only a few blocks down the road from the house when I could tell something was off. I turned down the music and right away knew the tire was flat from the plunk, plunk, plunk sound that was coming from the back. We had a flat tire.

Instead of panicking, my first instinct was to laugh because now five years later, my mom's changing a tire lesson was coming in handy. I hiked up my maxi skirt, tied it in a knot and proceeded to start changing the tire. I will admit, I did first make a phone call to my boyfriend's dad to see if he was nearby to help but he was obviously asleep and not answering.

A word of advice ladies, always know how to change a tire. And I mean that literally.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

SUMMER IS...


Summer is staying up late, way past your bedtime sitting outside reading a book on the patio or walking to the corner store for an after dinner ice cream treat. No one can sleep a wink when the sun is still shining in between the curtains past 9pm. 

Summer is lying down on the hot crunchy grass that has been scorched by the summer sun as the air starts to cool, gazing up at the sky as it ever so slowly fades darker and darker and the stars start to twinkle.

Summer is lying back on the dock and staring up at the clouds, picking out the animals and creatures from the clouds as they float by, temporarily giving you a shiver as the shade covers the ground briefly.

Summer is drinking water straight from the hose like when you were a kid because who has time to find a glass? There is way too much fun to be had outside and not a second of glorious sunshine can be wasted.

Summer is realizing you forgot to make and eat dinner because you were having too much fun swimming and enjoying the long summer hours.

Summer is carelessly waking up naturally with no sense of a rush or urgency to be anywhere quickly.

Summer is knotted hair still damp from the lake and skin that is tight and tanned from the sun.

Summer is being barefoot.


 

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