May 25, 2012

Book Club!

I finally read another book & so I'm linking up!

Last week I finished:
{via}
A grandson tries to buy the corpse of Lenin on eBay for his Communist grandfather. A failed wunderkind steals a golden cross from an Orthodox church. A boy meets his cousin (the love of his life) once every five years in the river that divides their village into east and west. These are Miroslav Penkov's strange, unexpectedly moving visions of his home country, Bulgaria, and they are the stories that make up his beguiling and deeply felt debut.
In East of the West, Penkov writes with great empathy of centuries of tumult; his characters mourn the way things were and long for things that will never be. But even as they wrestle with the weight of history, with the debt to family, with the pangs of exile, the stories in East of the West are always light on their feet, animated by Penkov's unmatched eye for the absurd.
{Goodreads}

My mom heard about this book & ordered it off Amazon (a huge accomplishment for her!) in English so that  I would read it too. I'm not normally a short-story reader but I figured this was culturally relevant so I should probably read it. At the very least, to please my mom. ;)

I'm really glad that I read it. It's not so much that I really enjoyed it all (there were some stories that I found to be somewhat pointless) but nearly every story resonated in some way. Whether it was because it reminded  me of a personal situation or I could really understand where the character was coming from, it was real to me.

Of course, the author saved the best for last and it was definitely my favourite story. I think a large part of that is that the author finally defined in English what I have been unable to define for myself for the last couple of months. A single Bulgarian word that speaks volumes.

"Yad is what lines the inside of every Bulgarian soul. It's yad that propels us like a motor onward. Yad is like envy, but it's not simply that. It's like spite, rage, anger but more elegant, more complicated. It's like pity for someone, regret for something you did or did not do, for a chance you missed, for an opportunity you squandered. All those feelings in one beautiful word."

I won't explain right now why this 'yad' has had such a hold on me for the last couple of months but it was enough of a relief to finally have it defined in a way that I couldn't, for me to be able to start dealing with it a little bit more. That in itself made this book a worthwhile read for me.
If you enjoy books or stories about other cultures, this is an easy and definitely good read that I would surely recommend!

Happy Weekend!

May 23, 2012

Not-Long-Enough Weekend

Don't know about you, but I feel this way more and more as time passes. I guess I didn't quite appreciate them since I was never one to hate school, so long weekends didn't hold the same meaning that more days to relax do now. Boy are they necessary!

For the first half of the weekend, I went home to hang out with the fam since I also didn't get to see my mom on Mother's Day last weekend. It was great to just relax and spend some time together, away from my daily routines.

I made my mom a bleached T as her gift :)
We made delicious California Rolls for dinner
And...I couldn't resist wearing my prom dress  for a bit...again [it's been 8 years]

Despite the good times, I can only spend so much time away from the city before suburbia starts to suffocate me. When I got back, dC & I went out for our first round of golf of the year. As much as I complained about the 8:16am (on my day off) tee-time, I'm glad we did it - I was getting hot & sweaty by 9am!

I only shot 45 over par. Sounds worse than it was, some of those holes were tricky!
On Monday we also celebrated our non-date anniversary - the time last year when we were both in denial that our first hangout was clearly a date. Clear to everyone but us apparently LOL

Busted out my new peep-toe flats I bought last weekend (with my yellow toesies)
Delicious drinks & apps at Moxie's for our date night
Went to see Avengers in 3D - so fun!

Our one year anniversary is coming up next month & we're taking a trip (so pumped!) but we thought this was monumental enough (and a good excuse!) to celebrate!

LOVE YOU BABE!
Look at us - must be why our Moxie's server thought we were cool enough to deserve a free dessert ;)


Cheers to next weekend!

May 17, 2012

Sock Bun Success!

I've been meaning to try the "sock bun" for a while but never get around to it. Today I did just that with the help of this fantastic video & it was a big success. I was also late for work - not because it took long (not at all!), but because I wanted to take pictures for the blog! LOL

So when I finally got into work, I told the bf I was late because I was doing my sock bun up-do.
His response?
"So...you have a sock on your head?"
Umm yeah, I guess...

Later this morning I receive the following email:

[not sure where he got the image but props!]
Ya babe, I look just like that...Hahahaha

The sock bun actually looks like this & I think I just might make it my go-to up-do! :)


Have you ever tried the 'sock bun'? Let me see!!!


May 15, 2012

Weekend Love

The weekend was as awesome as expected, and then some. That's always the case when this lovely lady comes to visit!

Our time was filled with dinner & drinks, and then some more dinner & drinks, and of course a lot of laughs & all around good times. Couldn't ask for more.

Needless to say, we made some time for shopping because you can't have girl time without shopping! I managed to control myself and only picked up these key needs:

Cute & on sale!
[ALDO]
Perfect summer tank that will match both my navy & coral skinnies! So pumped!
[H&M]
Scarves! Instead of buying new clothes, I want to accessorize more & these were so cute!
[H&M, Joe Fresh, H&M]
Despite my awesome steals, what made the weekend perfect was spending it with my 2 most favourite people in the world...

Love you both! :)

May 14, 2012

#MusicMonday



I absolutely love re-discovering old gems and this past weekend I fell in love with this all over again...!




Here's to the first day of helping myself get out of this recent rutt... :)
#MotivationMonday

May 10, 2012

DJ got us fallin' in love again...

Last weekend was epic. I had actually forgotten just how good a weekend can be. Probably because I've been caught up with worrying about little things that either don't matter or are out of my control.

After a relaxing Friday night in, I started off my Saturday going to brunch with a friend who was in town from out west. N & I met while we were both on exchange in Germany at the same university & being the only 2 Canadian girls we got pretty close. We cooked up a storm when we hosted a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner and shared plenty of bottles of wine :)

Brunch was awesome & we decided that neither of us have changed. It was so nice to see her [and meet her new hubby] to reminisce and re-live some of the good times. I do realize how cheesy that sounds.



After brunch I rushed off to join dC for his goddaughter's Little Miss pageant. I've never been a fan of pageants , and Toddlers & Tiaras hasn't helped their case, but she was so cute & so good! Some of the girls were definitely WAY over the top - it felt like the one's entire neighbourhood came out with signs - so we cheered haaaaaaaaaaard. Because we're supportive like that. Finals aren't until next month though so I guess we'll find out if our cheering was enough then... :)

Didn't want to exploit the little divas so you get a pic of us taking a break from cheering :)

After that we did some shopping & I did some modelling...
What do you think, new career...?
Then Saturday night we decided that we were too awesome to just stay in and be lame so we decided to go to a club. Just the two of us. And it was glorious! Honestly, it was just what we needed & the night was perfect <3

DJ got us fallin' in love again...

After such a packed Saturday, Sunday was all about relaxing. Took a walk, had some ice cream and people watched at The Beaches. Also, dog-watched. SO MANY cute teacups and I want ALL OF THEM! But I digress...

Can't wait for next weekend, someone special is coming to visit!! :)


May 9, 2012

Oh, how Pinteresting! - Craft time!

It's that day of the week again...Hump Day! Oh and Wednesday, which means time to link up with The Vintage Apple!


This week I'm featuring an awesome DIY fashion project!

A few weeks ago I found this on Pinterest & became OBSESSED with trying to make one myself.
There are actually a ton of blogs/sites & videos you can use to learn/experiment with this

So last weekend I did just that!
Here's my finished shirt:
Excuse the wet spots, I had just steamed it!
I'm so so happy with the way it turned out! It's just coincidence that the cheapest top I found (for my 1st experiment) was the same colour as the example, you can use whatever colours/shirts (or scarves!) you want. It's super easy, just takes a bit of patience.

In case you are wondering, that is the [old] Montreal Expos logo as prep for our trip to Montreal this summer :) I'm definitely planning on making some more!

Has anyone tried this or thinking of trying it?!

May 8, 2012

Everyone's an addict

I would have posted about the weekend but none of my pictures are uploading so there'll be a delay on that.

Instead, here's a video of yours truly [more inebriated than I had originally thought] on a [very] mini rant about addicts. Why addicts? Because a couple of months ago I was obsessed with the show Intervention and would watch episode after episode thinking, "How are people so massively fucked!" but I couldn't get enough. My own little addiction if you will. Essentially, every shady individual was suspected to be an addict for a time after that LOL

Taken on the [new!] subway at around 1:30am
Speech bubbles courtesy of dC; he says you're welcome.

Stay tuned because there's another video in this series and the weekend post is coming!

May 2, 2012

Re-Turning a New Leaf

I do this every spring. I start feeling the result of the winter over-snacking blues & I go crazy thinking about having to wear summer clothes. Summer clothes accentuated by a muffin top.

So then I decide I'm finally going to commit to [learning to love] exercising & finally starting to eat consistently healthy, instead of just one-off healthy weeks followed by face-stuffing.

That's why I hit up a fresh produce stand after work, worked out when I got home and made this delicious salad from SkinnyTaste. Followed by vowing that I need to keep this once and for all.

Honestly, I don't know how that's going to happen. I whimpered during the entire workout and called my mom afterwards to tell her how much I hated it. I hate it. There's no other way to describe it. But it needs to happen.

The tricky part is the balance, as I'm sure you all know. Too many restrictions leads to anxiety & cheating; too much leniency makes this undertaking rather pointless.

Here's a few ways I'm going to try to get & stay on track:
- Stop waiting for a morning that I can actually get out of bed & just try to find any time to workout
- Workout at least for the bare minimum amount of time and start to enjoy it
- Make lunches ahead of time - even if that means having a cooking day the previous weekend
- Commit to using my FitnessPal
- No eating out - dC & I have set the date of our next dinner out in 3 weeks
- Find motivation - internally & externally


How do you guys motivate yourselves to stick to these tough goals?
 I would love some moral support :)