I Tried Boating

“Sail away from the safe harbour” – Mark Twain

For the past few months Jamie has been obsessed with the thought of getting a boat. I never understood the whole ‘boating’ things. I own a pair a Toms and figured that was good enough.

The opportunity came for Jamie and his brother to purchase a boat and they jumped on it. They picked it up Monday, and Jamie has been smitten ever since.

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Last night I was invited to go, and I apprehensively did – I even bought a boating hat! As I mentioned on Instagram, it was the first time I was on a boat which didn’t serve dinner while touring the harbour at sunset. And you know what? It wasn’t THAT bad. I still don’t really understand the ‘obsession’, but I got a lot of sun and reading in and that was pretty cool.

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The boys had a wonderful time fishing, and they were kind enough to let me snap pictures quite often.

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Until next time…

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Document Your Life April

I am a little late on getting this up here. April was a busy month!! It is usually the kick off of Jamie and I being on the go every weekend until July.

April 1 and 3 was Jamie and my sisters’ birthday respectively, and Cristina’s birthday happened to be Good Friday, so we celebrated with family on Good Friday and then with Jamie’s family Easter Sunday. So Busy, and it was only the first week.

Aside from birthday’s I helped Jamie’s stepdad paint their living room, had a wonderful visit with my friend who moved out west and her little baby (who is a lot bigger since I saw them last!!!), drank a lot of Starbucks, had our first BBQ without having to wear a coat and boots, read a LOT of books and completed my reading goal for the YEAR!

April was a great month.

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It’s Been Awhile

“For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.” – Ernest Hemingway

It’s been awhile, since I’ve showed up over here. Which is something I seem to keep saying.. Between Christmas and New Year I couldn’t get myself on here.

But here is a recap!

Aside from my December looking like that, I have been:

//1. Binge watching Friends on Netflix. Previously I had only seen the odd episode, so starting from the beginning has been amazing. I am currently on Season 5, and just love it.

//2. I have been thinking about cutting my hair again. Last year when I donated 11.5 inches, I decided not to cut it again until the 1 year mark hit, mostly because I wanted to see how fast my hair grows. It’s been 10 months and it’s grown from my collar bone to just past my armpit. So my experiment can be over – I think. I love the length but I keep seeing pictures of shorter hair and love it. I don’t know what I will do.

//3. I have been having cream of chicken and rice soup every day for lunch for 3 weeks. Obviously not the same pot, I remake it every week since no one wants food poisoning. I love it. Best cold day meal.

//4. Speaking of Friends, why doesn’t Rachel ever wear a bra? Holy nipples in every episode.

//5. Jamie bought me Tropicana Orange and Grapefruit juice. OBSESSED.

//6. My electric toothbrush isn’t so electric anymore. I think it would be cheaper to purchase a new electric one than have to deal with batteries and replacement heads. Until I figure my shit out, I guess it’s just a boring manual brush.

//7. Jamie starts lacrosse back up on Thursday. I’m excited to take pictures. His last two weeks of fall league I had a telephoto lens and it’s amazing. Can’t wait to pull that baby out on Thursday.

//8. I’m drinking my juice. I love this juice. This juice is delicious.

//9. They just discussed Chinese food on Friends. I am so craving Chinese food. If only Jamie liked it more I could have it more frequently. General Tao get in my belly.

//10. One of my Christmas Presents from Jamie was a Kindle Paperwhite (he upgraded my other Kindle), and I am obsessed. I have umped my reading level. It makes the experience so much better. I can’t get off Goodreads, or watching book videos on YouTube. I. LOVE. READING.

Well, that catches you up on me.

 

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What has been going on in this little blogland?
What is your favourite Friends episode?
Do you like Orange and Grapefruit juice? If not, don’t tell me.
What is the best book you read in 2014.

Today I am tired

“I want to go to sleep in my time machine and wake up eight hours in the future.” – Jarod Kintz

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Today I am tired. I am the furthest thing from a night owl. Jamie celebrates if I make it to 10PM – I know, I am  a load of fun! I am not one to sleep in either, once my eyes open I cannot go back to sleep – I have no idea how people can do it.

Last night, I started a book – a really great book (so far). I stayed up and read 51% of it. That is part of the reason I am tired. I probably should have stopped at 30% and got some sleep.

The other half of why I am so tired is because of Twitter. Twitter never keeps me up, but last night was different. Yesterday, across Ontario we had they mayoral election. The polls closed at 8. By roughly 8:30, Toronto had all its counselors, and the mayor elected. My little town? Well, we had technical difficulties. Our server was down which caused issues tallying the votes. I would have easily gone to sleep and found out this morning who won (because just like a sporting event, whether you watch or not it doesn’t change the score).

The tweets that were coming in were hilarious and I couldn’t seem to put my phone down.

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It took over 83 minutes for the start of the results to come in. 83 minutes.

I got a great amount of reading in – which I am happy about.

But today will be a struggle. Today I am tired.

I just hope 4 years from now we would have updated our server and at least tested it first.

Little Bookworm

“In my mind, I am this awesome, adventurous badass. But in reality I am just a bookworm that really likes wine.” – SL Jennings

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I like big books and I cannot lie.
So when I found this little book tag I had to do it.
The books made the little bookworm do it.

Favourite Childhood Book
Where could I even start? There are children’s books and novels for kids.. So..
Picture Books – Something From Nothing, Guess How Much I Love You, The Giving Tree, Stellaluna, Miss Nelson Is Missing, The Polar Express..
Novels – Anne of Green Gables, Tales Of The 4th Grade Nothing (plus the rest of the series), Frecklejuice (yes, I LOVED Judy Blume), Ramona The Brave (And the whole series), Sideways Stories of Wayside School,

Least favourite book by favourite author 
I don’t really have a favourite author. The one author I have read the most would be Jodi Picoult, the one book I despised what “Harvesting The Heart”

One I always give as a gift
The Help – Katheryn Stockett
Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas – James Patterson
The Chirstmas Shoes – Donna VanLiere

Have more than one copy
Two Kisses For Maddy – Matt Logelin

Film or TV tie in
Neither. If I read and loved the book I am far too critical and almost have to hate the movie/show. It is always ruined and never gives the book justice. In addition, I hate when people RAVE about the movie/show and are ignorant to the fact it was even a book and have no desire to read the book or even care about it. BUT if I had to pick, I would say a 13 episode series. And yes, I have been called a book snob.

Series you hate
I hate this question, I feel like people are going to easily attack me and plan my death.
Harry Potter
Twilight
Divergent
Hunger Games

Pretend to have read it
Sound and Fury – William Faulkner. I attempted to read it at least 15 times and cannot get into it.

Makes me laugh
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

Favourite fictional father
Is Atticus Finch too cliche?

Can’t believe more people haven’t read

Future classic
Based on its fan following, I would have to say “The Fault In Our Stars”

Bought on recommendation
Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig – LOVED.

Favourite cover
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Made to read at school and loved it
The Great Gatsby – Grade 11 U English

Hooked me into reading
See all the children’s books I listed. I always loved books, but the novels which really stuck out in my head from my childhood were Judy Blume’s Fudge series, Jean Little’s “Different Dragons”, and Patrick Skene’s “The Chocolate Touch”

Never finished
Too many to name. I don’t force myself to read a book I hate. If I start to think about food, or weekend plans while reading a book, or if I ‘read’ 4 chapters and have no idea what happened, I will stop reading it.

Want to be one of the characters

Would save if my house burned down
My Kindle. Aside from a few books which I still have in print, everything is on my Kindle.

Fun fact, I RARELY will read a book twice. I hate rereading something I already read. There is no surprise, the initial “love” is gone. There may only be a handful of books I have ever reread.

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&  What was your favourite children’s book?
& What book covers do you think are beautiful?
& Do you reread books?

Would Your Past Self Be Proud Of Who You Became?

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” – Unknown

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Last Wednesday I started and finished a book. It was by no means an incredible read, it wasn’t all that well written, I hated the characters, really I didn’t like much of the book. I did however, like the idea of it. It made me think. It made me really ponder my life.

The book (which I wouldn’t recommend) was titled “What Alice Forgot”; the premise of it was that Alice fell, hit her head, and forgot the past 10 years of her life. She was shocked with how her life had turned out and the things which her future self now likes/does/has.

I am 22 years old, if I forgot 10 years of my life, I would think I was 12. Would that 12 year old be proud of who she became, or would she be mortified? Would she have changed anything in the past 10 years to prevent the current outcome? Is there anything she wouldn’t want to remember of the past 10 years?

I feel like it is almost too hard for me to think about forgetting the past 10 years just because I am still pretty young. Your teenage years are supposed to be the most pivotal; so anything that happened during those years truly shaped who I have become.

Overall though, looking back, there is nothing which happened which I wouldn’t want to remember. It is all those little things who made me. So without those moments, memories, experiences, who would I be?

What about you? Would your past self be proud of who you became? Is there anything you would like to forget? Is there anything you would like to change?

Jenna wrote a letter to her future self, she filled it with everything she hoped the Jenna in 10 years would be. In the end she just wanted her future self to be happy.

Happiness seems to be the biggest want that people have for themselves.

I think wondering if your past self would be proud of who you be came is slightly might not matter, as long as you are happy and are surrounded by the people you love, what else really matters?

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+ What do you think your past self would think of what you became?
+ If you could go back would you do anything differently?
+ What is one thing you hope of for your future self?

An Embarrassing New Addiction

“Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.” – Margaret Atwood

I would first and foremost like to start by saying this is not as embarrassing as the time I was featured on “My Strange Addiction”. So, Jamie has a play station. The only games he plays (or has) are sport games. How boring. For a few years when he would play them, I would most likely read, or if not I would be on pinterest. One day he asked if I wanted to play – it was hockey – everyone know that I hate sports, SO I did not have any fun. I then told him I would not play again unless it was a Mario game.. 

Flash forward a little bit, I was doing some research and learned that since Nintendo owns Mario, you can only get his games for a Nintendo device. Huge disappointment. I remembered my sister had a Nintendo DS lite which she used to play with all the time and there was a Mario game…. Reluctantly I asked her to borrow it, and she looked at me like I was insane as she climbed onto a chair and searched in the back of her closest for the relic. I played her game for 3 or 4 days when I remember way back in 2000, my dad brought home one of those jumbo Nintendo 64 devices with a game (Super Mario 64) which I absolutely loved. I played it every day for months, and then became introverted and just read books the rest of the time. I remember loving that game!!! 

I did some research, and would you believe you can get that exact game for the DS? WHAT! So, out I went and got the game. I was so embarrassed going into the gaming store, I acted like I had not idea what this game was (which was a total lie as I read everything about this game). At the check out, to emphasize it wasn’t for me, I asked for a gift receipt – genius!! 

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I came home and I couldn’t wait to open this baby up. The weirdest thing through everything, was how large the packaging is in comparison to the actual game. Much like a bag of chips – open the bag and it’s only half full..

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I started playing this on Thursday, and have hardly put it down since. My sister is constantly making fun of me, telling me I should have been obsessed with the DS when I was 13 instead of reading. She said something along the that my childhood was deprived as I am just discovering this now, and books then where it should have been reversed. 

I do not feel like I was deprived at all, I adore reading and I am grateful my love started at a young age as I was able to grow up with characters. I would have to say though, it would have been nice to take a break from reading every now and then and played these games.
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Do you play video games? 
Have any games you think I would like?