Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Looking for Signs

Sometimes I have a thought about something I want to do or buy or somewhere I want to visit and I suddenly get all these indications that tell me to just DO IT.

It can be as simple as contemplating which movie I want to see and then seeing an ad for one that is in the running. Obviously I will go to that one.

I have an idea of a place I want to visit in the Spring. It started off as, "This sounds like a cool city AND it's safe". Then it transitioned to, "Wow, another photo on Pinterest of it....Oh! Someone I follow on Twitter is there...A reader emailed to comment on a post and they LIVE there". 

Now I have no doubt that it's where I'll go. Of course, I still manage to make it difficult by over-analyzing soccer schedules (I always try to go to a game when visiting another country) and contemplating dates. It doesn't matter WHEN I go, I know I'll love it. Yet, I need to torture myself a bit. 

The wanderlust is starting to poke through again...

Monday, 20 October 2014

Movie: The Hundred Foot Journey

I FINALLY went to see The Hundred Foot Journey last weekend and I was delighted by it. It's such a sweet storyline that includes food and love -- my two favourite things!

The scenery is uh-mazing. I did some research afterwards and discovered the town I fell in love with is actually Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in Southwest France. I definitely need to get back there!

And, of course, the love story is just the sweetest....

Have you seen The Hundred Foot Journey? Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Did you know...

...I recently downloaded the Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can't Ignore, but I can't bring myself to start reading it yet
...my five year old niece kicks my ass every time we play Memory
...Retinol has become a part of my nighttime routine
...searching for Purple Fountain Grass has become a part of my weekend routine
...the thought of "getting ready" is daunting to me
...I am now cable-free
...I have never watched Lost In Translation
...my mom has bought me "Margarita" socks, which I wear hiking or to the gym
...my trip-planning for next year has been hijacked -- twice -- by over-thinking which soccer matches I'd like to catch
...all of the scents created by Vancouver Candle Co. smell amazing to me
...small living spaces fascinate me

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Luscious Libation: Reverse Manhattan

Yesterday, I came back to the city just in time for a combo class at Kondi (I haven't done a TRX class in about 10 days, so consider my ass kicked), some light cleaning and some admiring of my new mirror before I switched into Fall "hunker down" mode. Naturally, I opted for a bourbon-based cocktail while doing some writing...

PiDGin taunted me with a photo of a Reverse Manhattan a few days ago and I'd been craving one ever since. I'm a firm believer that you should just satisfy the hunger, otherwise you eat, or drink, around it. Yes, my willpower is admirable.

What You'll Need for ONE
1.5 ounces of Sweet Vermouth (Rosso)
0.5 ounce of Bourbon
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
garnish with orange peel or a maraschino cherry

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vermouth, bourbon and bitters, shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish accordingly.

Enjoy -- Let me know if you like it!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday's Five

Why not go into the long weekend thinking about FIVE things I'm grateful for? Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


Amazing friendships


Fabulous wine


Finding a lifestyle balance after my diagnosis


Americano + donut breaks on a sunny day in October.



I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend!