Monday, August 22, 2011

...thoughts on a final letter

Jack Layton's last letter to Canada

Reading Jack Layton's last letter to Canada this morning stirred something up.

If, God forbid, I am ever in the same situation as he was, I'd like...

- to be so aware of my position and my surroundings, instead of lost in a haze of fear.
- to be so focused on what needs to be done, instead of dwelling on what has happened.
- to think about others, instead of worrying about myself.
- to be a source of encouragement for those around me, instead of wallowing in despair.
- to be able to be so optimistic about the future, instead of begging or bargaining for more time.
- to be as thankful, instead of bitter.
- to have as much dignity and class.
- to feel only the hope, the love, and the optimism.

The reason that this letter stirred something up is because not only is it an inspiration about dealing with the end of life, but more so, how to live a good life, each and every day.

RIP Mr. Layton

Saturday, August 20, 2011

...a new favourite

I have a lot of favourites in life. 

Favourite television shows, movies, and books. 
Favourite restauarants, stores, and areas of the city to shop in. 
Favourite fruits, vegetables, cereals, and drinks. 
Favourite kinds of pens, post-its, and mechanical pencils (I'm a stationary nerd.) 
Favourite times of day, days of the week, months, and seasons. 
Favourite websites, blogs, and magazines.
Favourite holidays and people. 

One of my latest favourites is an accessory.  After seeing a giveaway on Kelly Purkey's blog, I immediately went to Basil the Cat's etsy shop and bought myself an inital necklace.

Left = from Basil the Cat's etsy.  Right = the silver M necklace that I purchased

It shipped quickly; it was in a very cute, sturdy package; and I love it completely.  The chain is pretty delicate, so I'm not wearing it every day - plus I'm a bit of an accessory junkie, so it's rare that I wear the same necklace for several days in a row.  But I LOVE this one.  It's a great length and just a bit more of a personal touch than most necklaces.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

...the best Mexican restaurant within three hours of this city

Paradiso in Grand Forks.

Two weeks ago, I sent a text to a friend of mine and asked if she wanted to go for lunch the following week.  She said sure, then asked where. 

My response?  "Grand Forks"

Now, she's pretty easy going, and also on vacation, so she was completely game.  And we proceeded to plan a bit of a shopping day, based solely around a fantastic lunch at Paradiso. 

Don't mind the bite of food already missing....I couldn't wait.

I order the Taco Grande.  It's one of the most basic items on the menu; a ground beef taco with rice, about a pound of cheese, and some lettuce and sour cream on the side.  I've yet to actually finish the whole thing, and it's only $7 (I'm not going to get into the serving size vs price discussion....but come on). 

The shopping that day was pretty good as well.  I found a piece of metal wall art that I first saw in Edmonton months and months ago (but couldn't bring home at the time) and some great deals on back to school stuff.  But really.....the food was totally worth the drive down alone.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

...summer shot #4

A few weeks ago, I found this awesome candy-kabob.  How adorable is the octopus and the green fish?

(I'd comment on how the candy actually tasted, but two pieces down the kabob and there was a human hair literally embedded in a piece of the candy.  Not just on it, but right through it.  *gag*)

Monday, August 15, 2011 favourite time of day

For most of July, I was getting up earlier than I had for the past year and making the drive across the city to take a university course.

And almost every day, this was my view....

Driving across the city at 7:30 in the morning is a completely different experience than driving across the city even two hours later.  Most people driving at that time in the morning are doing so with a bit more purpose; trying to get to work or an appointment on time, so traffic moves...which I love. 

But the best part is really just the air.  It's cleaner and clearer that early in the morning than later on in the day.  I'm not sure if it is the temperature or the lack of traffic or something else.  But it's really calming, even when you're making a 45 minute drive (possibly on very little sleep).

Now that the course is done, I've gotten in the typical summer habit of staying up later and sleeping a good portion of the morning away.  And part of me misses those clear early morning drives.

Monday, August 1, 2011

...what August is all about

August is for:

- sleeping in
- lunches on patios
- keeping things simple
- keeping things clean
- increasing my distance
- listening to my body when it needs a rest
- two musicals
- lots of appointments
- zip lining (good lord help me...)
- eating ice cream
- continued purging of needless things
- preparing to go back to work
- watching movies
- new sewing projects
- taking lots of pictures
- hanging up art that will finally be framed
- farmers' markets
- amazing Mexican food only two hours away
- trying new recipes
- painting
- reconnecting with old friends
- breathing it all in