New segment? I think so! Friday will be time for Links ‘N Drinks, the post where I share some of my favourite links of the week and share a delicious cocktail recipe for your drinking pleasure over the weekend. Brilliant, no? I’m not much of a hard alcohol kind of gal – I like my beer and wine, but I also like a light, refreshing drink. So, shall we? Links first:
1. The most wonderful collection of photos of John Krasinski. I’m still crying over the finale.
2. I’m currently obsessed with this blog. Delicious and uncomplicated recipes that aren’t too unhealthy.
Oh weekends, how I just love you so – especially when you’re extra long. It was a holiday weekend here in Canada and I made a conscious decision to enjoy it and not go into work. It. Was. Nice. From planting, to golfing, to long dinners on the patio, chatting and drinking homemade wine (more on that later), I had a very lovely weekend. Though the weather was a bit crappy, I didn’t actually mind as it made me feel a little less guilty for laying on the couch all day watching YouTube. Here are a few shots from my weekend. How was yours?
An extra Happy Birthday goes out to my friend Erica! You can read about her here! Love you, dear.
Have you told someone lately that they are lovely? Granted, some people aren’t so lovely, but those who are need to hear it. It never gets old.
I’ve had a lot of different types of jobs in my life, so I’ve shared company with a wide variety of people and personalities. I’m grateful to have had so many jobs and co-workers that I’ve been able to learn so many things from, but there’s one type of person I have a hard time embracing – a negative Nancy.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m at work for sometimes 8+ hours a day, I like to keep things pretty jovial. I get my work done and of course I am serious when necessary, but for the most part, I tend to be pretty happy at work. This happiness is challenged, however, when there’s negativity in the office.
Life is challenging sometimes, but for the most part I have it pretty darn good. So when I come into work in the morning at 8:30am and a co-worker is already bitching and complaining about something, I make a decision right then and there to tune them out. Ignoring them completely isn’t the answer, but making sure their outbursts don’t affect your mood can be tricky. It takes a little self-talk and a few reminders of the wonderful things in your own life. I have found the most effective way of ridding this negativity, is to compliment others and extend your good mood outward. It not only makes you feel good, but reminds that negative Nancy that the world isn’t ending and they shouldn’t act like it is.
I’m not much of a quote kind of gal, in fact, I scoff at most. Some might even call me a pessimist. There are those days, however, that one needs to retreat from the present and create a bit of a happy place for themselves. When something isn’t going right at work, or after an argument with a loved one, I often find myself floating into a sleepless dream. I think we have to allow ourselves that ability to escape – escape the pressing deadlines, the ringing phone, the pile of bills – and dream of a place you’d much rather be.
So dream on, dreamer. It’s good for you.
Ps. How do you like the new look? I’m not 100% on board yet, but with a little tweaking (or twerking, whatever floats your boat) I think I’ll like it!
No Soapbox Sunday post today, unfortunately. We went to a wedding last night and it’s safe to say we had a pretty good time. A headache and sore feet in the morning usually mean a night of non-stop, terrible dancing – my favourite. We had a lazy today and actually enjoyed the beautiful weather that has arrived with a walk down to the lake and a lounge in the sun.
So, to make up for my lack of a Soapbox Sunday post, here’s a few photos via my iPhone.
A very chilly first dip in the lake.
A photo from a few years ago before we started dating.
Housesitting lets me hang out with cuties like this!
Currently reading and always laughing.
The first stop on a 40 hr trip to Vancouver – Sushi… mmm.
Getting back to YouTube :)
The most handsome little boy – my pup Jasper.
So there you have it, folks! I hope you have a fantastic week. I can’t believe it’s Sunday night already. Has anyone been able to workout 3-day weekends yet? I’d really appreciate it. Kthxbye.
I do love me some YouTube and while I may not be the best at editing (yet), I still really enjoy recording, editing, and posting videos. My favourite part though are the responses! I love to make internet friends and support friends who like to blog, twitter, YouTube etc. It’s just good ol’ fashioned fun, if you ask me. Wait, were you asking me..?
So, here you go… a video of me! You get to look at my face and listen to me chat about things. Yay!
A post during the middle of the week? But this is madness? No friends, I’m just trying to be a little more organized with my little life – and it’s working.
It finally feels like spring. Though it isn’t the most attractive season what with the gravel everywhere, melting snow, and lack of any green yet, HOWEVER, it still feels very refreshing. It totally gets me motivated to actually get to the things I’ve been wanting to over the last few months and become a little more organized. Also, who doesn’t love fresh tulips? They’ve got to be one of my favourite flowers.
Yes. That is a mandolin. No, I can’t play it. But I’m learning and that’s what is important, right? Right. This ties in with the whole ‘starting fresh’ theme of this post. I received this mandolin a few years ago as a birthday present. I was eager at first and even went to lessons which I thought were vital for an instrument I have NO clue about. I took a few lessons and then my teacher quit, so I was a little turned off by the instrument and felt a little helpless.
Fast forward to now and being in a new town, meeting new people, and everything being foreign, having something that you can push yourself to improve on that is just yours is really rewarding. I’ve been teaching myself with a few “learn it” books and I’m actually quite surprised at my progress.
In short, I’m welcoming spring with wide open arms and I can’t wait for those warm, summer nights!