December 31, 2015

2015, You were BIG!


From top left:
Engagement Photos (April); Wedding Day (May 30 '15); Hawaiian Honeymoon (June) x 2; Purple locks (October); Wedding Day (May 30 '15) x 2; Hawaiian Honeymoon (June); Red locks (September)

Guys, it's December 31, 2015 - holy shit. I don't want to get too wordy but this past year has certainly been BIG and my instagram #2015bestnine sums it up quite well!

The beginning on the year was marked by a whole lot of wedding planning. Because I essentially pulled together the entire wedding (with small exceptions) in like four months. That's what procrastination does, folks! It was the best, worst, most daunting, most crazy and most rewarding time of my life. Seriously.

In the end, also totally worth it because our wedding day was awesome & we had a blast! After that we headed to 10 days in Hawaii and had the best honeymoon/trip ever! I totally recommend going to Hawaii to anyone - it's truly glorious and the pictures do not do it justice. I would go again - or move there - in a heartbeat!

And after that...getting back into a groove. Time with friends, family and each other doing things around the city and at home. And a lot of work time for me...I'll save that for another time. But I'm extra happy that I was lucky enough to start a new job just before year's end & I'm really looking forward to that!

I learned a lot this year - about myself, about those around me, about life, work, friendships, happiness and love. I learned...

  • about unconditional love
  • how important my family is to me
  • that hard work pays off
  • that I'm my own worst enemy, always
  • that I have to make my own happiness, no matter who else is in my life
  • that I want to travel like crazy!
  • how great it is to resurrect old friendships
  • which relationships are worth nurturing
  • which relationships to just stop trying with
  • that I don't "owe" anyone anything, and vice versa
  • to grab life by the horns
  • to stop overthinking everything (this is on-going learning, it'll take a while)
  • to let go of the past...

I'll be taking all of these learnings with me into 2016 as I make changes in my life and continue to improve myself. Can't wait!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year & a glorious 2016!

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December 29, 2015

My 2015 Year in Books

As you can see, this year was a little bit of a #booknerd fail...

It's really cute that Goodreads thinks I can read 18 books in 4 days. I can maybe finish the one I'm nearly through...

The first half of the year I spent in full wedding planning mode, including making lists & responding to emails on my commute. Even though there were days here and there that I wasn't working on that, I found it hard to follow a book when I was only reading it once a week.

Then once the wedding was over, it took me a while to get back into a regular reading groove and I really only averaged one book a month. Horrible, I know.

I really haven't been able to just sit at home and read for years, I don't know why. I only read on my commute and maybe on vacation. I'll really have to change that because I now have a new commute which prevents me from reading entirely! That's one of my 2016 resolutions. Plus actually reviewing my books once I've read them...

But regardless of the quantity, I had excellent reading quality this year and I love the fun stats that Goodreads puts together!


Did you reach your Goodreads goal, if you have one? What was your "reading year" like?

Happy reading!

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December 27, 2015

Christmas Baking 2015

Every December I bake for Christmas, as many of you likely do, and I generally make a few things. This year I think that I outdid myself by making 6 different treats with a few old favourites, and a couple of new things thrown in.

Most of the recipes are pretty standard as I've just googled them, but I'll link out to specific ones if applicable.

Shortbread Bites
This is a standard shortbread recipe, no biggie. But when I first learned how difficult it was to work with refrigerated shortbread dough (read: I'm not patient enough to let it settle to the right temperature), I stopped trying to roll it out and just started forming it into small bites. It's the best! You get way more individual servings and they're so easy to just pop in your mouth! That might not be a good thing...

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Duh. No explanation required. But I make these because they are my absolute fave! I generally dislike mixing salty & sweet but this combo is heaven! Make sure you use dark chocolate though, because milk chocolate just doesn't taste right. A few years ago, I even made these fancy drizzled ones.

Almond Shortbread with Jam
These are new to the repertoire. I wanted to replace the almond biscotti with something almond-y but not as complicated as real linzer cookies. So I found a twist on regular shortbread and sandwiched them with some homemade raspberry jam!


Sugar Cookie Swirls
I abandoned sugar cookies years ago because who the hell eats plain, undecorated sugar cookies? No one. And do I really want to deal with making and decorated with royal icing? Nope. Luckily I came across a great pin on Pinterest that lead me to this great twist [haha I'm so punny] on your good ol' sugar cookie. I also used her actual sugar cookie recipe to make sure I didn't mess anything up. I also doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough of each colour and then ended up with a million cookies. I don't know how many (I know, I should have counted) but there were a lot so feel free to go with a single dose.

Here are some outtakes from that activity...
We failed a bit on the roundness but also got some great marble ones from the leftover dough pieces!

Peppermint Bark
The peppermint bark is another staple and certainly a fan-favourite! I use small candy that I break up manually and I find that peppermint extract unnecessary bc the candy canes add enough flavour.
The most annoying part about this each year is figuring out the most efficient way to melt both chocolates. I usually a double boiler but that involves me watching the stove and having to use one (if not two) of my good bowls for chocolate when I could really be mixing dough in them. Pinterest to the rescue yet again with this awesome pin! Especially great because I haven't been using my Crockpot lately and it made it quite useful!


I used as many mason jars as I needed to fit all of my chocolate, filled the water just past half-way of the jars and set it to high. Here I had both chocolate wafers and broken up baking bar pieces, and both melted just wonderfully. Since I wasn't totally ready for the bark when they were melted, I just reduced my heat setting to "warm" to just maintain them. So easy! I also used this method for the pretzels and it was great.

Blitzen's Breton Brittle
I got this recipe from an old co-worker and it is definitely my personal favourite. I couldn't find the exact same recipe as mine which is fine because I actually make a few modification of my own anyway. You'll definitely get the same delicious result with this recipe and can try my variation below:

  • I don't have multiple layers of crackers. Once I've put in the whole ones, I break them up and try to cover up the holes as much as possible without creating a second layer.
  • I add the nuts before the chocolate.
  • I use sliced almonds because it's something I always have in my kitchen.
  • I use very little chocolate because I find that it's already very sweet. It's really up to you!
  • I bake for 2 minutes between each addition - butter/sugar mix, nuts and chocolate. The last bake can be longer as 2 minutes is often not enough for the chocolate to melt and be spreadable.

I know this seems like a lot and really overwhelming but it's not, I swear! All of this took one day but with help from hubby and a small nap. Plus watching a Christmas movie will dipping pretzels. My co-workers, family and friends all loved it (I really hardly eat any) so it's totally worth it.

Just remember - wax and parchment paper are your best friends! Happy baking!


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December 11, 2015

Wedding Files #3 - Guest List + Budget = Venue



The two things that will define your wedding planning are your budget and your guest list, which will lead to your biggest decision of all - the venue. Naturally, though not always the case, the longer your guest list, the bigger the budget you will need. You absolutely cannot seriously seek out a venue without knowing how many people you need it to accommodate. Nor can you evaluate an estimate without knowing how much money you have to work with.



Guest List
Start writing down  the names of everyone you want at your wedding. Get lists from both sets of parents too. Then break it down into 4 columns:
Must Attend || Nice to Have || Only if We Must || Probably Can't Make It

The 'Must-Attends' are obvious. The 'Nice to Haves' might be friends that you aren't crazy close with but would really enjoy to have at your wedding. The 'Only if We Musts' are usually family friends that you really don't have room for but your parents are mortified of offending. It really depends on who's funding this wedding so happy battling there! And unfortunately, there will always be some 'Probably Can't Make Its' from out of town but it's always great & courteous to extend an invite anyway. You might get a pleasant surprise :)

Once you comb through all columns and figure out the number of people you will definitely be inviting, reduce it by 20-30%. There will always be invite declines for various reasons, unless everyone you invite is immediate family. Keep both numbers - total & reduced - in mind when you're budgeting and scoping out venues.

Budget
You do not, I repeat, you DO NOT want to be wedding poor once this is all said and done. Near the beginning of our engagement, an already-engaged acquaintance asked us what we thought was a reasonable amount to take out as a loan to pay for a wedding. The correct answer is ZERO DOLLARS! No loans. No re-mortgaging. No spending all of your savings. It's a one-day party, people! Which is why I was totally OK with no wedding at all, but was over-ruled by my mother and then-fiance.

That being said, you want it to be amazing and unique. All of those things can be done within whatever budget you have. And parents will always help here and there, even if they can't pay for all of it. Be realistic with how much you have saved up, and can save between now and the wedding day. From all the budget 'tips' I read, we ended up loosely using the following breakdown:
  • 45-50% Reception
  • 10-12% Photography/Videography
  • 10-12% Entertainment/Music
  • 8-10% Attire (His & Hers)
  • 8-10% Flowers & Decor
  • 5-10% Misc [invites, gifts, transportation]
Anything remaining can go towards an emergency/surprises slush fund. Depending on how important certain things are to you, you can play with the numbers to balance them to your liking. So you may not be able to get that $10K dress from Kleinfeld's but I bet you can get a similar one elsewhere for a fraction of the cost!

Once you've got these factors down, you can start searching for a venue! There will be other venue-specific factors that will play into your choice but those will be unique to your needs, preferences and options.It's not a bad idea to look at reviews and pictures but looking at the real deal is your best bet.

One last tip - don't set your heart on a single date (unless there's a very special reason for it) and look at date ranges within a month or time period to maximize your choices.

Now go on, start your guest list & budget. You'll only change them like, 43 times between now and the wedding... ;)


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December 8, 2015

Wishlist 2015

I decided that exactly 17 days before Christmas was the optimal time to post my wishlist for this year. You're not totally panicked about what to get me last minute, but since December seems to have dropped in on us already, you're starting to seriously think about your Christmas shopping. Amiright?!

Well I have never had such a difficult time putting together a gift wishlist. Usually it's like, I WANT ALL THE THINGS. But I'm not really that surprised - I literally need nothing at all. I certainly have all of the important intangible things - hubby, kitty, home and health - and I don't even care how cheesy that sounds. Therefore, my list is mainly "fun-to-haves" because presents are just fun in general.

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1. Pencil crayons are great, but I really want some Sharpies for my colouring book masterpieces. #adulting

2. Part of the reason that I've been looking forward to colder weather is more baths and my favourite way to take baths is with Lush bath bombs. It's so hard to narrow them down but I really like these ones.

3. I've wanted this IKEA serving set for ages and it's discontinued so brownie points if someone actually gets it for me!

4. One of the year's trends that I can totally get behind is plaid scarves like this one. Of course, I always see people wearing them and can never actually find ones I like in stores...

5. There's nothing more annoying than trying to cook from a recipe in a book or tablet and not having a proper place for it - hello, IKEA book holder!

6. I love puzzles and world maps so this seems like a perfect combo of the two! Like, how cool is this Ravensburger puzzle?!

7. A couple of years ago I got the Naked Basics palette. I absolutely hate it and I don't know if it's me, or the palette. Since then, I've experimented with my sister's endless palette collection and I totally think Naked3 is the one.

8. A black watch is really the only thing missing my from my jewellery box and this one is spectacular. I'm not a fan of bulky watches and this slim profile is so classy. Like me.

9. One of my favourite things to get for Christmas is new PJs and I absolutely heart this pair from Victoria's Secret!

Is there anything you're looking forward to getting under the tree this year?


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November 23, 2015

30 before 30

I felt that it was pretty fitting to wait until my 29th birthday to put together a 'before 30' to do list seeing as (1) I'm a serious procrastinator, and (2) I work best under pressure.

I think that most of these are fairly realistic with only a few falling in the 'wishful thinking' category. I mean, it's not like I'm including winning the lotto jackpot here, although that would be extra awesome. These are in no particular order...


Get a massage.
Try yoga.
Re-learn to crochet.
Take Mike to Germany.
Master the panna cotta.
Do more craft projects.
Use my sewing machine at least 5 times.
Learn French.
Reach my goal weight.
Meal plan regularly
Be more thankful.
Journal daily.
Keep the house tidy & clean.
Buy coffee for the person behind me in line.
Throw a dinner party.
Do a wine tour.
Take a beach road trip.
Keep in touch with friends more.
Call my grandparents more often.
Take a last-minute flight to a weekend away.
Donate blood.
Take control of my career.
Be more patient.
Create a savings plan.
Embrace the gym & follow a schedule.
Reach my Goodreads goal (again) aka read more.
Keep up with national & international current events.
Volunteer locally.
Blog more.
Host a theme party.

Stay tuned over the next year to see how I've progressed! Oh yeah and happy birthday to me!


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November 20, 2015

Operation Hair 2015

When I cut my hair back in 2013, I had fully intended on keeping it that way for a while. The whole getting engaged business put a bit of wrench in that plan as I had to start growing my hair almost immediately.

So needless to say, one of the things I was looking forward to most after the wedding - besides the free time! - was the post-wedding chop! However, since I'm allergic to hair day, I took the opportunity to play with and damage my ends before I cut them off.

So here is #operationHair2015 - blonde, red, purple...CHOP!


Pinterest has definitely been the best source for hair inspirations and here are my boards if you want to check them out:


What's the most daring thing you've ever done with your hair?

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November 12, 2015

The Wedding Files #2 - Getting Organized



Hello brides! I'm working hard to pump out a bunch of my wedding drafts from when I was resting my arm so thanks for being patient!

Today I want to talk about getting yourself organized so that you can actually really start planning out your big day!

There are many, many moving parts to planning a wedding so before you start, figure out how you're going to keep it all straight.

There are great online resources - of course, nearly everything is online these days! - which all have tips, ideas, trackers and wedding site templates. It's pretty much your free, one-stop resource shop.


We chose Wedding Wire because it has the most Canadian vendors. There were so many factors to consider and I really just needed to pick one and move on. At the end of the day, we only used to build our wedding site as well as track the RSVPs and guest list. That's not because it wasn't useful otherwise - they do have tons of tools - but I'm a plan-on-paper kinda gal.

For those who want something more tangible, you can pick up books or binders like this one from the Knot.

I received the binder from my MOH and it had a really good variety of different wedding tools - tips, ideas, trackers, templates. The best part was that it allowed me to save all of my receipts, contracts, brochures, business cares, samples, etc in one place.

But the holy grail of all of my planning was this customized notebook that I received for my birthday from my hubby shortly after our engagement:

The bottom reads #teamdcdk :)

This is where I kept all of my to do lists, reminders, vendor meeting notes and brainstorming. Plus like 42 versions of our guest list. Seriously, that was painful but I'll leave it for another post...

In the last couple of months when we were getting right into the thick of the knitty gritty, we created a wedding bulletin board with key headings to track important to-do's.



I loved it and even call it the 'Wedding Status' meeting which hubby absolutely hated HAHA I think that made me enjoy it even more LOL But it totally worked! I feel like having a quick visual reference easily accessible to both made a huge difference in not forgetting the small details.

At the end of the day, you can create your own spreadsheets, notebooks, trackers and anything else that will help you stay on top of all of the wedding craziness. It's really whatever works best for you so don't let anyone or anything try to convince you to use tools that just aren't right for you.

Curious to know what tools you guys have used, or plan to use, and why. Also, hit me up with any questions!

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November 2, 2015

My Right Arm is Back!

After nearly six weeks of physio, my right arm is finally starting to feel normal again. I'm so thankful because I thought the pain and discomfort would never end. Though there's no real diagnosis; just repetitive strain.

I've had wrist pain, or what I like to call pre-carpal tunnel, in my right wrist of the last five years or so. I get flare ups a few time a year but they only last about a week with the help of a very sexy brace, which you can also see here.


It's definitely related to my constant computer use - hey, a girl's gotta earn a living - and the associated ergonomics, but I haven't been able to figure out a set up that works for me 100% of the time.

In August, I had another flare up which has pretty much lasted me until about a week ago. Yes, seriously. I finally went to physio when I realized that this 'flare up' wasn't going away on its own and that definitely helped. But because it went on for so long, I was over-compensating with my shoulder and then it turned into a full arm pain. I was...a gimp.

So I had to give up a bunch of stuff. No, sadly going to work wasn't one of them LOL No more leisurely computer use at home, no working out, no more sleeping on my right side... I had to stop and think before everything I did to remind myself to use my left hand. It's so much harder than you realize!

Hopefully this improvement will last and I'll be able to finish all those drafts I started with my phone's voice keyboard. Those things are the best, by the way. So entertaining when they're not insanely infuriating...

Does anyone else suffer from this as well? How do you manage it - I'd love some tips!

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September 16, 2015

things i've learned about blogging

Don't confuse this with a how-to-be-a-good-blogger post. It's probably the opposite so that you can learn from my ways. Even though I've been blogging for over 5 years, with breaks of course, I haven't mastered it all and definitely still make some rookie mistakes. 



- don't ever think that you can quickly put together a [good] post 30 minutes before bed

- if it feels rushed or your heart's not in it, it will most certainly sound that way

- writing about something you think people want to read instead of something you actually care about is not going to make you feel fulfilled

- you will never be able to keep up with all of the link ups out there

- even if I'm not posting, reading other bloggers' posts still makes me feel connected and all warm&fuzzy

- getting comments = amazing feeling!

- blogging isn't about getting comments - it's about whatever makes your heart happy

- 'saving up' to reply to said blog comments will probably lead to you forgetting and then you will feel bad. [apologies to anyone i may currently owe responses to! LOL]

- it's OK to be more excited about receiving emails/likes/tweets from your blog than your IRL ones. trust.

- the likelyhood of you gaining blog famousity is slim, but one can dream...


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September 1, 2015

Summer, Defined

By the looks of all the "Happy September" instagrams today, most people are excited for fall. Or at least think that it's fall now, I'm not really sure. I mean, when is the definitive summer season? Like, how soon is too soon to wear white? Or drink all day on a patio? [hint: never] I feel like there's more than just one moment that I define as the start and end of summer, and since I must not be the only one who wonders about this, I've broken it down for us all. You're welcome.


Because I'm the most indecisive person ever, I kind use a mix of all these to define summer. I feel like I focus all of my "summer plans" in July and August. That's because in June I'm all like, "Yaaaaa I got lots of time! Summer's just starting!" And then it's September and I'm like, "Shiiiit, there's so much I didn't do! I guess next year...". Definitely happened this year. But the last summer hoorah, for me, is definitely Labour Day. Anything later is just desperation to hold on to summer. The #summermemories hashtag begins, as does pumpkin spice everything and cute fall outfits on Pinterest. Yeah, I see you opening a new tab to check those out right now...

No matter how you define summer, it is pretty damn short. By the time you finally get that glowing tan, you have to throw a sweater over it. When you finally get all of your friends on board for a day at the amusement park, it closes. Like I said, short. But oh, so sweet! Make the most of what's left!

How do you define summer?


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August 27, 2015

My BFF Leah [Remini]

We totally met by accident one Wednesday night. There I was hanging out on TLC waiting for my evening of Wahlburgers & Donny Loves Jenny to begin, but instead I was blessed with Leah Remini: It's All Relative. (Then I realized I was on the wrong channel...)

Basically, it's a reality show about the day to day life of Leah Remini and her family, and it's just about the best reality show I've ever seen. Probably because it's so damn refreshing to watch myself on television HAHA We're totally the same person. I mean, you have to know us both to get it but just trust me. Even my husband agrees and usually I have to pay him to agree with me.

I've been a fan of Leah's since Saved by the Bell to the point that those are probably my most favourite episodes of that entire series. I didn't watch King of Queens because I cannot fucking stand the sight or sound of Kevin James. I also somehow I missed her season on Dancing with the Stars but discovering It's All Relative reminded me just how great Leah is.


It's definitely the sarcasm. Cracking up everyone around her without even cracking a smile. It's a gift. We both have it. Leah gives zero fucks about who she offends with her humour - her mother, sister, husband, assistant, camera crew. She dishes out the truth and the people around her take it all in good fun. Honestly, her people need to teach my people how to just get over it. Plus, she's doesn't take herself seriously and I love the shit out of that.

But best of all, I make the same face when my mother says something fucking weird and foreign without my permission while in my presence...


And just in case Leah happens to read this - oh heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy *cheesing fan girl*

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August 24, 2015

The Wedding Files #1 - The Big Question

Not the, "Will you marry me?" question; the other big question.  We'll get to that.

There's a serious misconception about feelings when it comes to getting engaged and planning a wedding. You're expected to be thrilled & excited and anything less is regarded as just plain weird. I'm here to tell you that it's more than ok not to feel this way. In fact, being shocked, scared, doubtful, angry and stressed are far more likely what you'll experience once you get engaged. Along with the happy and exciting moments of course!

I most certainly felt all of the above for the twenty months we were engaged. Yes, twenty whole months. I wrote two posts about wedding planning after we got engaged, and was then MIA for eight months. It's a lot of work but it's worth it in the end. Trust me - I didn't believe it myself until the day was over but it is. You'll see!

That's why I'm starting wedding series - in the hopes that at least some of you will find my experiences beneficial. While nobody's wedding journey is the same, I found it very useful to pick and choose different people's advice and suggestions as I saw fit. I also ignored a lot of the advice because well, sometimes it's just not good advice!

So welcome to...


There are definitely some key things to do before you jump into planning but the most important one is to answer the 'big question' first:
Do you want to have a wedding?

I know how that sounds but seriously - is this what you want? You've more than likely talked to your partner about it before, but if you haven't, now is the time. Who cares what everyone else expects - your fiancĂ©, your family, his/her family, social norms - you need to know what you want! It's not necessarily a black and white yes/no to the wedding, but what you envision for yourself and where you're willing to make compromises.

I hate to break it to you but it's about the marriage, not the wedding so how you two go about this wedding business will be a good indication of how you two handle 'big things' together. So before the next post I need you to go figure out what you want! 

Happy Planning!


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August 13, 2015

Guilty Until Proven Innocent - Adnan Syed

*Spoiler alert! I do discuss the case here a bit so if you think you might want to listen to the podcast, stop reading now!*

In my last post, I mentioned that during my stint away from the blog I had become obsessed with the Serial podcast. That's partially true. What I actually became obsessed with was the case of Adnan Syed and everything surrounding it.

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I didn't catch the podcast in Fall 2014 when it came out so by the time I heard about it this past winter, all of the episodes were available. I devoured them immediately. If I ever couldn't finish a full episode on my commute, I hung out in the lobby to finish them - screw being late! And if there was a cliffhanger, there was no way I was waiting for the next commute. I may or may not have listened to episode 9 in the shower with the bluetooth speaker on full blast. Priorities!

But why was I so obsessed? The case wasn't special - young girl goes missing, her body is found and the ex-boyfriend is convicted. That seems pretty standard (you know what I mean!) and we see it all the time on Dateline. It's certainly no secret that I love real-life crime shows, however I've never cared about a case beyond the episode's conclusion. Possibly because those rarely end such a cloud of convolutedness. Or injustice, whatever you want to call it.

I'm not really here to air my opinions on whether or not I believe Adnan is guilty. It's not the place and any opinion I have is just that - an opinion. What gets me most is that the conviction was based on a whole lot of circumstantial, and occasionally non-existent, evidence. It's not that I don't care about guilt because that's obviously important, but you're supposed to prove it.

That's why I am also loving the new podcast, Undisclosed. Their main purpose, by their own description, is to investigate the investigation. Not to investigate Adnan, or anyone else who may have done it. It's too late for that; like 16 years too late. But it's not too late to figure out whether what led to the conviction was proper or not. Listening really makes me regret not pursuing a law degree even more than Serial originally did because it's actually extremely fascinating to listen to.

Could Adnan have been where he is described to be at specific points in time? Does Jay's (latest) story actually work in real life? Could anyone actually recall the events of January 13, 1999, as well as the days & weeks that followed, with any reliable clarity? Is it possible that the police coerced Jay because, by his own admission in his Intercept interview, he was dearly afraid of going to prison on drug charges? Are phone records really so reliable? Was there really no way that it could have been anyone else? Did Adnan have a motive? And finally - was there any [forensic] evidence at the crime scene?

There are certainly a lot of questions, ones that may never be answered. But I absolutely love tuning in each week to try to work things out myself because that may be all I ever get. For now, I think this is probably the most fitting quote in regards to this case:

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Obviously, I'd love to hear what you think of Serial/Undisclosed/the case in general! If you're interested, you definitely must start with Serial before moving on to Undisclosed. Trust me, you'll be confused.

Happy listening!


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August 8, 2015

Fresh Start.

Oh, hey there! I can't believe you're actually here reading this... Not gonna lie - coming back here after eight months to the day feels pretty weird. And I don’t even know if I’m really back yet. It’s actually insane for me to think back to eight months ago - October! So much has happened since then…

I went on my first Vegas trip in November for my birthday, first ski trip with Mike (the ski newb), became obsessed with the Serial podcast and somehow surviving a long ass Canadian winter. Seriously - like seven months of winter is not cool.

And of course - wedding planning. I only did two posts on wedding planning, way back in March 2014 when I apparently planned on getting my shit together and doing this thing properly. Well that didn’t happen and I avoided most of it until January 2015. At that point, I realized that all I had was a venue, a dress and a photographer. *Lets that sink in* Needless to say, I was in ultra crunch mode.

Well guess what - we pulled that shit off with flying colours! But also with a lot of fighting, yelling, crying, stressing, and general freaking out. Of course, how else?

I won’t bore you with wedding details now - I hope to do separate posts for that - but I’m hoping to get back into this and my other hobbies now that my time isn’t being held hostage!

I’ve already started reading my favourite blogs again and commenting. I even gave this little blog o’ mine a refresh! So let’s see how this goes. If anything, I vow to stop posting “Hey, I’m alive...really!” posts. Two in a row is enough I think, right? Though to be fair, everything I said in my last post about going back to my 'blog roots' and find inspiration still stands true.

Cheers to new beginnings!

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