27 Nov 2015

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

Happy Friday dudes! And also Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating today, please try not to trample each other or whatever at the Black Friday sales. Whose got big plans this weekend? My apartment is in desperate-and I mean desperate-need of general cleaning and attention. I feel vacuuming is probably in my future.

It's the last weekend of on-call! Holy moly this cannot come soon enough. Three (almost four) weeks without a break is just way, way too much for me. Please cross all your fingers and toes that nobody has a baby until at least Sunday so I can sleep and get my apartment clean and make some food. Well here's some stuff from my internet travels this week for your reading enjoyment!

This song. On repeat in our apartment because we're both 1000% ready for school to be finished and dance parties are required

Oh yes, I think one of these hot toddies is definitely in order very soon

let's all get smarter 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

excuse me but this was very surprising and also made me cry a little?

for the DIY inclined: the definitive guide to decorating mugs with sharpies

attention attention Toronto is having a $5 Food Crawl and it looks like it might be pretty decent

this is exactly how I like my recipe descriptions to be written, also that punch sounds un-real. 

on the off-chance your bed sidetable isn't stacked a mile high with to-read-books here are some books to read over the holidays

5 reasons I'm not simplifying Christmas this year
"there's plenty of time for not doing stuff in January"
three cheers for bad-ass French women of years gone by because champagne! 10 things you probably didn't know about champagne 

okay seriously how good do these butternut squash falafel bowls look? way to go Sophie!

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26 Nov 2015

life lately // snowfalls and cat cuddles

Hi blog friends! It's Thursday. Actually can we just take a minute to use our #OprahVoices and say that again? It's Thursdaaayyy! I know those of you who are Stateside are celebrating Thanksgiving and eating turkey and sweet potatoes and marshmallows and whatever other literally insane foods are deemed appropriate for such a holiday (real talk: sweet potatoes and marshmallows sounds delish). Happy Thanksgiving to you! For the rest of us, let's just enjoy this cold grey day and acknowledge that it's almost the weekend. There are seven, count 'em s-e-v-e-n, more days of on-call. The light is visible at the end of the tunnel! I miraculously have a free day today: no clinic, no home visits, no phone calls. Just...quiet. I'm sitting here taking deep breaths just thinking about how delicious it is to not have anything to do. Of course, someone could have a baby or some other such thing but it's the principle of not having anything scheduled that matters, you know? Yoda and I are having a Very Serious Cuddle in front of my UV light right now. The day is already off to a good start.

On the topic of Yoda, we had our fist real snowfall the other day. Yoda sat in "his spot" by the window and was completely mesmerized by the snow...

Winter seems like it's really here. Lots of fluffy snow flakes and in the morning when I get up to leave for work there's the most beautiful covering of frost on everything. Did anyone else's parents tell them the story about Jack Frost coming in the night and putting frost on all the windows? I think about that every time I see some intricate frost-covered window pane or blade of grass. Woah nostalgia much? Nature is so rad you guys.

Now that cold weather appears to be here and getting comfortable I've started wearing this ridiculous blanket scarf every day. When I say ridiculous I mean ridiculous. It is ludicrously big and completely trendy, so I have no excuse...but it's so soft and the most excellent plaid! Also it goes with, oh, everything. Let the shameless selfies continue!

Tiff and I are making excellent use of our giant crock pot. Really the 4 quart size is far too big for just two people, but we somehow find a way to eat all the food that gets made in it. I made lentil stew this week; I just threw a bunch of stuff in and cooked it overnight. Waking up to the apartment smelling like comforting stew was pretttty great. Also this cornbread recipe? I told you about it last week, but let me tell you again: you need to make this cornbread. Tonight. Aww yiss.
Well I think that's about it from me. I hope everyone had an excellent Thursday! Until next time, xo

24 Nov 2015

gratitude challenge week 3 // family

Okay! Gratitude challenge week three! (Even though ~technically~ it is week four, ahem) First, I just gotta say: this challenge is harder than I anticipated. I have many, many thoughts about all the good things in my life. Getting them out in a coherent and timely manner? Different story. 
I confess that I've been procrastinating writing this post. Admittedly I had a completely bonkers weekend and come Sunday night all I could do was sit in my bed and half heatedly eat a box of shortbread cookies. Not exactly in peak writing form. It's not just that, though. This week I'm supposed to write about family. What a broad topic, family. It's a rather nebulous concept, isn't it? In my world that means a lot of different things. I have a few families. It's part of being a member of club Kids of Divorce. We're a strange club, but resilient. Before we ever really got the idea of Mom + Dad + Me = Family solidified in our tiny heads, our worlds expanded faster and better than it would have otherwise. We see that family is about more than just people who you're related to. Family is showing up and pushing through the bullshit. Family is helping and loving. Family is divorce and new babies and people who take you in and watch out for you. Family is people who get it. Family is also people were not related to and don't like but have to sit through Christmas dinner with because they're part of some package deal that you didn't quite pay for but is there anyway. Family has no hard outlines, it is what you make it. That's something I don't think everyone gets to learn so early in life and for that, I am grateful. Also all my families are crazy and hilarious in their own ways and at their core there is love. That's what makes it family, I suppose. For that I am also grateful. Here's to families being strange and endearing and what makes us, for better or worse, who we are.
What are you grateful for today? 

20 Nov 2015

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

drink you should make this weekend Bourbon Sour
Dudes I am thiiis close to finishing my last essay ever! What a crazy thing to contemplate after eight years of university. I'm sure I won't think about it at all once I submit it, but for this brief inbetween, it is worth considering. Who is excited about this weekend? It's practically December! People who may or may not have already put up decorations raise your hand *slowly raises hand* people who have already listened to the Phil Spector Christmas album multiple times *starts to put hand down but leaves it up* Yeahhh. Ya girl loves Christmas. Okay, I've got to get out of bed and go to rounds at the hosptial. Here's some internet-y stuff for you! Enjoy!

15 books as enchanting as the Harry Potter series

relatedly, can reading make you happier

this will always be helpful: how to craft the perfect email

Yes and Yes does it again with this fantastic post: How To Hygge (or 29 ways to survive winter)

holiday decorating ideas for small spaces, the window wreaths are really cute!

mmmm cranberry orange margaritas 

ridiculously helpful: how to master the shirt tuck

this is my kind of advent calendar

doesn't this sound like the most delicious apple cider?

I think I need this book  

in favour of glamour

made me chuckle: tweets about being a woman 

Have a great weekend! xo

PS I'm ~pretty~ into my holiday pinterest board these days...