July 31, 2013

blate!

Last night I had a blate [bloggy+date] with my favesie, bree!
She, sweetly enough, wrote about it so head on over to her blog to check it out...and see the only picture that was taken all night.
We'll take more next time...which will be sooner than a year from now :)

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July 30, 2013

Lushin', Lovin', Lakin'

This past weekend was quite eventful!

Friday started off with Toronto's Annual Beerfest. We've attended the last couple of years with our group of friends but this year wasn't nearly as much as prior. Not sure why but I still can't complain about many-a-refills of this...

Saturday we headed out of town for the  wedding of one my university friends She looked stunning & I can't believe these are the only two pictures that I got! This is just my ceremony dress (that we were late for thanks to traffic) :(


On our way back on Sunday we stopped off in Oakville since we realized neither of us had been there. It's right by the lake & I'd heard great things about it's little downtown. It was definitely a cute little place - totally felt like Niagara-on-the-Lake.


I love busy weekends filled with lots of fun instead of los of responsibilities...Ah, adulthood...

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July 29, 2013

Sleepless Sundays mean Sleepy Mondays

I don't for a second think that I hate Mondays more than anyone else. In fact, I'm certain I'm in the majority [obviously]. But the last couple months, Mondays have been extra awful for me.

I get the.worst.sleep. ever on Sunday nights. Starting at 4/4:30AM, it is endless tossing and turning with my brain going full-speed even though my body is still dead tired. It usually starts as a fairly vivid dream which then turns into crazy thoughts that keep me from falling back asleep. That is, until about 6:30AM...20 minutes before my alarm.

More often than not, it's work-related which is why I dread Mondays at work more than I usually would. Even at my old job that I hated. Before I even roll out of bed, I'm stressed to the max about what the day has in store. Because this has been going on for a while now, the dread even starts on Sunday nights. I'm sure that actually makes it worse.

I really want to avoid taking any sleeping pills but this pre-Monday tension is killing me. Starting Monday off on the wrong side of the bed is bad enough, but I'm a strong believer that Monday sets the tone for the week so I haven't been the happiest of campers.

So if anyone has any suggestions as to how I can battle this Sunday-night-insomnia, I'm all ears!

Until then...happy sleepy Monday....
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July 26, 2013

Book Club - 7.26

It's time for Book Club with Heather & Katie!


This week I'm reviewing:

At 320 pages, Janet Evanovich's novel is not exactly lean, but it is tightly wound. Stephanie Plum fans will rejoice as their heroine picks her way through a motley cast of deadbeats and lowlifes to solve sordid (and assorted) crimes. On hand, too, are Steph's raucous entourage of friends, relatives, and heartthrobs; past, present, and future.

New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!
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Thoughts:
I'm back to the Plum series! This book was actually fantastic - it was definitely a page-turner and you'd never think this was Evanovich's thirteenth book in the series, meaning it didn't seem like she had a hard time bringing the story together. If you're reading and feel like the series is getting too slow, or much, or anything for you, don't stop! Keep reading! You'll be rewarded :)

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July 22, 2013

#MusicMonday

Killer beat. Love it.



Happy Monday & cheers to surviving the week!

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July 19, 2013

Book Club - 7.19

It's time for Book Club with Heather!


This week I'm reviewing:


This is the story of how a haughty former sorority girl went from having a household income of almost a quarter-million dollars to being evicted from a ghetto apartment... It's a modern Greek tragedy, as defined by Roger Dunkle in The Classical Origins of Western Culture: a story in which "the central character, called a tragic protagonist or hero, suffers some serious misfortune which is not accidental and therefore meaningless, but is significant in that the misfortune is logically connected."

In other words? The bitch had it coming.



Thoughts:
This book was really great and I think part of it is because it was all true, more or less. I believe Lancaster made small changes to the facts but it's all based on her life. Truly hilarious. But also a bit scary how things transpired. Really makes you think about what you have in your life.
I may or may not also have seen a bit of me in Jen and her relationship with her boyfriend-then-husband. Overly-dramatic, competitive to a fault, know-it-all (at work & outside of) with a great guy who somehow tolerates it all...or brushes it off, whatever the case may be.
I can't wait to read some of her books, hopefully they're just as great!

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July 18, 2013

Summer Blockbuster Review #4 - This Is The End

Checkout  Reviews #1#2 & #3 too!

This Is The End


The trailer for this was hilarious so I was totally on board with seeing it. Then I heard great reviews & was even more pumped. Then I heard why it had good reviews... 
"If you liked Pineapple Express & Superbad, you're gonna love this!"
Umm, didn't like Pineapple Express even though it was playing in the background & definitely did not bother watching Superbad. 
"Oh ok...Knocked Up?" Hated it.
"Then don't go see this movie." Great.
Well dC really wanted to see it & I had commited to it so I went with extremely low expectations. Granted, the weird Rogen/Franco/McBride isn't my cup of tea but overall it was a lot fun & a lot of laughts. Jonah Hill & Michael Cera made up some of my favourite parts & nothing beats the ending. Go watch it just for that! So I guess I'm giving it more than one star...

dK's rating
dC's rating
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July 17, 2013

Oh, How Pinteresting! - 7.17

I've become obsessed with cutting my hair.

I've known for a while that 2013 would be the year I chop it all off [again] - even when I did & re-did my ombre - but lately I want to do it sooner rather than later.

Partly because my hair has just become so...limp & lifeless, for lack of a better description. I'm sure it would help if I trimmed it but I refuse to spend $60-70 on hair that I know I'm going to chop off in a few months.

The dilemma - how short?!?!?!?! And why are there so many bob styles?!??!? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE!?

It is truly torturing me & I would love your thoughts on this! These are only some of the latest ideas, so you can check out the full pinboard here.












Thanks to Michelle for the linkup!

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July 16, 2013

Bluffing

I don't find that Toronto is a city with much to do, regardless of the season. Unless you are willing to spend a lot of money. I'm sure many people will disagree but I've visited too many European & American cities to think otherwise.

That being said, Toronto is right on the lake & there are some nice parks along the shore. Since we were close to the Scarborough Bluffs this weekend, and at Bree's recommendation (thanks lady!), we decided to check it out.

I'm not 100% sure we were in the right spot - there seem to be several entrances to the park - but we parked by the marina and made the small trek towards the lake.

Luckily we were able to find a patch of shade on which to sit & kill about 2 hours just relaxing and some tanning for me. dC doesn't need to tan.










Zoomed in so you can see the sailboats on the water *I wish*

And yes, the hat & scarf were necessary since my fave is super sensitive to sun and my shoulders were already burnt from the driving range before that. I'm not just posh. But I'm that too. For real.

Overally, it was enjoyable but unfortunately too far to make this a regular summer outing :(

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July 12, 2013

Nail Files - 7.12

Linking up with my girl Jennie for...

This week I specifically did my nails in support of Jennie seeing as she's the new host of this linkup & all. It's not that I don't always enjoy painted nails, but I just never have the time!


I remembered this polish being more coral and less red but I may be getting confused with the my Sally Henson version - 'cause you know, I have almost the same colour in multiple brands.
And then I was impatient and made a boo boo so used the sparkles to cover it up. Honestly, I love the sparkly thumb for some reason - potentially moreso than the ring finger accent! *gasp*

Can't wait to check out all the linked up manicures!

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July 11, 2013

Je t'aime, Montreal!

Our long weekend trip to Montreal was short but very, very sweet.
Since we did the touristy thing last year, this time around we got to do a lot more relaxing.

On Day 1, by the time we arrived, got to our hotel & settled in, it got much later than I expected so we just went out for dinner & post-dinner activities.
Dinner mojitos

Tapas!

Notre Dame at night

Feist kicking off the Jazz Festival!

Day 2 was way chillier than I packed for so it started off with some warm-clothes shopping! Followed by this loveliness...
Smoked meat sandwiches!

Met Mario :)

Watched some live Jazz bands

Beautiful, delicious macarons

Random festival shenanigans

<3



This city is so artsy

High rollin' at the Montreal Casino...in their Aladdin display

Day 3 was finally gorgeous and totally worth the wait! We walked Old Montreal [my fave!] and relaxed in the sun...

Jacques Cartier Place in Old Montreal - my favourite



Panorama

Beach time!


Last night at the Jazz Festival...yes, I also bought a pair of shoes at 11 PM

Silly & handsome :)

Great end to a great trip!

À la prochaine, Montreal!
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