Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

be confident in the person you are


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December To Do List

If you don't know by now, I love to make lists.
I'm old fashioned, i like to write on paper
and make notes to myself daily.
I couldn't live without my day planner,
or i guess i could, but i would be so disorganized.

When i make a list i am ten times more likely to fulfill
whatever it is asking. I get a little OCD about
wanting to cross things off my list.
I love being productive and there is always 
enough time in the day if you just plan accordingly!
But enough about me...

Here's a list that is actually fun and not full 
of errands or jobs.

Here's what i plan to do this Month:

  • See the Carol Ships in Ladner
  • Watch my list of Christmas Movies (see previous blog post)
  • Go ice skating at the Robson Square ice rink
  • Go see The Nutcracker Ballet
  • Go to 'Bright Nights' in Stanley Park
  • Send out Christmas cards to friends and family
  • Holiday baking with friends
  • Picture with Santa (one is never too old)
  • See the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
  • See the ArtsClub Theatre Performance of "It's A Wonderful Life"
What are some of your December traditions?


Sending out my stack of Christmas Cards

Holiday baking is never complete without Snowman shaped Rice Krispies

Seeing It's a Wonderful Life at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island

Ladner Carol Ships

Ladner Carol Ships

On repeat: Michael Buble and Mariah Carey

Maria, gratia plena

One of the first things to get me into the Holiday
Spirit has got to be Christmas Movies.
This year I watched my first one during the first few days of December
and i have basically been in the mood ever since!

This is my first December that i haven't been cramming for finals,
researching essay topics, or prepping last minute projects.
It has made a Complete difference about how i think about this time of year.
Usually i am so burnt out BY Christmas that all of the fun
holiday traditions are completely lost and more of a last minute thought/burden.

Anyway, not this year!
I have completely been enjoying the prep and craziness of December.
I've been spending so much time with family and friends.
I started my Christmas shopping so early and have nearly finished already.
I have already sent out my huge stack of Christmas cards and
actually feel organized! score.
Not to mention, Michael Buble's Christmas CD has been playing nonstop.

Anyway here is my mostly complete list of Holiday movies that i would
love to watch before December comes to a close.

Holiday Movies to See - December 2012

  1. Love Actually
  2. Elf
  3. It's A Wonderful Life -Saw it Live on Granville Island with family 
  4. Die Hard (at least ONE i can watch with the boy-apparently this is a Christmas movie..)
  5. Edward Scissor Hands
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  7. Look Who's Talking Now
  8. Miracle on 34th Street
  9. Serendipity
  10. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer 
  11. Home Alone
  12. Home Alone 2
  13. A Christmas Carol
  14. A Christmas Story
  15. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  16. Jingle All The Way
  17. The Santa Clause
  18. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  19. Nightmare Before Christmas
Okay this seems large, but i am up for the challenge.
Plus I can already tick off a few!

What are your favourite Christmas Movies?
Any more i should add to my list?
Hope your December is starting off 'merrily'!


Michael Buble - Ave Maria

ps- Ave Maria is one of my absolute favourites,
 it really reminds me of my Grandma Lorraine.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

on sleepless roads the sleepless go

December is well underway now and it is one of my
favourite months for a number of reasons.
I'll get into that more later, but for now,
I love Holiday dressing!

Dinner dates, get-togethers, girls nights, etc.

Which all call for party frocks, nylons paired with skirts,
dress shirts and a ton of accessories.
I love this time of year because people seem to 
want to dress up. I love dressing up, and rarely need
an occasion to do so, but i love how everyone else seems
to get the same vibe during the Christmas season.
Can't wait!

Check out these great holiday looks,
I'm definitely drawing inspiration from Atlantic-Pacific


all photos from Atlantic-Pacific

Jimmy Eat World - Hear You Me

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

i'm going where the living is easy

Five Things 
Current Events

Lower Manhattan 

Sunsets in Steveston

Seattle Seahawks view

Shadow's of Baby J at Granville Island

Homemade banana-blueberry muffins with oats and flaxseed

all photos my own

My Morning Jacket - Wonderful (The Way I Feel) 

are you free or are you tied up

In November i Graduated from University, I had finished in August but my
ceremony only took place a few weeks ago.
It was really nice to be surrounded by my closest family and to feel their
support of my long journey really was something to take a moment to reflect on and remember.

I wasn't sure how i would feel about it all now that it had ended...
relief? indifferent? thrilled? 
I can honestly say at one point in that day i felt each of those emotions haha

I am so lucky and fortunate to have had the opportunity to get myself through
my degree and to have a large accomplishment finally completed.
Yet, i just know that there is a lot more to my life than school. 
As there should be in my personal opinion.
While it was a struggle (to put it lightly) at some points, i really liked
being a student.
I love to learn.
I love to read, make connections, and research topics in-depth, but 
i didn't love the stress i felt while doing those things. I know that it
is all a part of it, but i have certainly be relishing my new found freedom!

Question is what's next?
Whatever it is, I cannot wait to enjoy it.
I welcome all new experiences that will help me grow more as a person
and really discover what i am all about.


all photos my own

Ps- Usually my post title is from a song that i'm listening to,
 i've decided to add the link to it 
incase anyone else feels like having a listen :-)

Miike Snow Animal