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Travel: A Weekend on the Coast

September was a busy one. We were away almost every weekend and got to do a lot of really fun things which was the most perfect way to end an amazing summer. The last weekend of September we headed out to Vancouver and The Island for a weekend away. The original reason for the trip was to pick up our brand new vehicle, well, new to us! I’m so happy to have something safe and reliable for these sketchy Canadian winters. We decided to make a weekend out of it and head to Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina on Vancouver Island for a of couple days. It was to get away for a couple days, however, it POURED rain. Now, having lived in Vancouver for 4 years you’d think I wouldn’t let a little rain get in the way of a good time. Pals, this was rain like I’ve never seen before on the Coast. It didn’t let up, even when it calmed down a bit, it was still sprinkling. We had planned to go fishing one day but the seas were definitely angry that day. So much so the ferries were cancelled. We ended up putting a few crab traps in and were treated to fresh crab for dinner that night – yum! While it wasn’t the trip we were hoping for, it was still an experience and for that, I’m grateful!

Thanks for reading. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

xo Ali

PS. Check out my latest YouTube video: Things I Liked in Sept!

Autumn Musings

Happy Tuesday, all! I hope you Canadians had a lovely Thanksgiving Weekend. Mine was nice and relaxing with a trip to the cabin on Sunday for a delicious dinner and evening of games. I should also fess up and say Sober October went through a bit of a rough time at Thanksgiving dinner. But I did mention that I’d be having a couple glasses of wine on Thanksgiving when I started this whole things. It was a rough couple of weeks in the beginning because I was going through the whole wanting what I can’t have. The bottle of wine I had on Thanksgiving sure changed that… NO WINE EVER AGAIN.

Kidding, of course. Thought I’d just check in here! I’ve been attempting to edit a September “Things I Like” video and it hasn’t been going well. Not sure what the issue is, but my clips won’t import into iMovie and I’ve just about had it. Tonight is my last attempt!

Winter is coming in my part of the world as this morning was the first morning where the car was covered in frost. I love Fall and everything about it, but I don’t love winter and the freezing cold mornings. I will learn how to snowboard this winter though, it’s my mission!

After leaving the cabin we stopped into Target for some cheeky Fall decor shopping. The thing about living in a small town is that not everything is right at your fingertips: things need to be ordered online or you need to plan ahead when you’re going into a bigger city, which I haven’t been very good at. Luckily, most fall things were on sale so it worked out in the end!

I’ve got tons of blog posts planned just seem to run out of time to do them. I bought myself to organize my YouTube and Blog schedule. Blogging and Videos are something that I really enjoy doing and I need to organize myself a bit better in order to actually create content. With a full-time job during the day, it’s hard to stay motivated in the evening when all you want to do is curl up in sweats. But alas, this is something that truly makes me happy and so it’s SO IMPORTANT to make the time for happy hobbies. :)

Hope you have a wonderful week.

xo Ali

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Dear Joey,

Can I call you Joey? I just think it suits you and those dimples a bit better, that’s all. I’ve been wanting to write you since that fateful afternoon after school when I first saw you in 3rd Rock From the sun aka best show ever. You, with your long silky hair and innocent puppy dog eyes. I knew I liked you, but it’s hard to tell just how much at age 10. Now at 25, know why you rock (…I went there). Like I said, you were (and are) so innocent and it allowed girls like me to ‘crush’ on someone that wasn’t a bad-ass, or in a boy-band, or too old. You allowed girls in band, musical theatre, student council etc., a legitimate crush because you were just a geeky boy-alien trying to make it in high school on earth. I thank you for that.

After the series was over and you had a done a few movies, most notably, 10 Things I Hate About You, you took a break. You said, “I want to educate my mind and explore a world that wasn’t in front of a camera.” Again, making it easy to love you. I supported you in this because I knew you’d come back. I know that education is important and that it’s something we would go through together, even though you’re 7 yrs older than me.

Then you came back. And boy did you EVER come back. The world was blown away by your wit, charm, and singing voice, but Joe, I knew you had it all along. I knew that those dimples weren’t gone forever and I also knew the world would discover them just as I had those many years ago. Now look at you! Besties with Zooey Deschanel, showing your muscle in The Dark Knight Rises, and being generally awesome. But recently, you’ve captured my heart again when you lipsynced SuperBass in a battle with two of my favs, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant. Your moves, your grace, your DIMPLES!

So baby J, I’m here to tell you that you’re it! You’re the one!

Good luck and we’ll chat soon!

xo Ali (your star)

PS. I love you Steven, my live-in boyfriend!

While I love blogging oh so much, ever since I started Read Me, Dear I’ve struggled with content and direction. I’ve accepted that my blog is more ‘lifestyle’ than anything else. And so this way, I don’t necessarily need to categorize my blog into DIY, Fashion, Photography etc., and I’m comfortable with that as it allows creative freedom. There is one thing that I’m still undecided on, however, and that is just how personal do I get with readers? How much do I want people to know about me and my life that I splay all over the internet? I often wonder, if I were to get a little more personal and post serious discussions on my blog, would it grow? Would I get more readers the more in depth I get about my life? I just don’t know. Do people even care, really? Why do I think people even want to know every detail about my weekend or a DIY tip I picked up while perusing Pinterest? Because it’s not really about people… it’s about what interests me and what I think interests those around me.

I know that because I live away from my family and friends, this blog, my YouTube, Instagram, etc., allow them to feel a bit closer to me and the feeling is mutual. The internet is this glorious thing that allows us to stay connected to our loved ones despite how far away we may be. So when I post something that may be a little more personal, don’t be too alarmed. I want to test this ol’ blog out and see what it can become. Because as much fun (hopefully) it is for you to read, it’s even more fun for me to write.

Xo Ali

PS. Is there a topic I’ve written about that you’ve enjoyed and would like to see more? Maybe something I’ve never written about? Let me know. Even if it is my parents 95% pf the time, I love to read comments and connect with those who enjoy this blog.

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Happy Friday, Everyone!

Are you as sad as I am about the end of summer approaching? I remember the days of having two glorious months off of school and spending every minute of everyday outside playing. I’m pretty sure it’d be safe to say I’m not the only one who wants those days back?! It’s been quite the busy summer so I’m looking forward to a quiet autumn and evenings in. Also, I’m sleeping like a baby now that the night time temperature isn’t 30+ degrees and that’s something I can appreciate.

Anyway, it’s been a while since I’ve done a Links ‘N Drinks and so I thought, GET ON IT GIRL!

THE LINKS

  1. If this doesn’t make you laugh , then I don’t know what to tell you.
  2. If you hate the song ‘Blurred Lines’ as much as I do, then you’ll love this parody that’s actually an incredibly important statement for equality and that making a ‘joke’ out of rape and rape victims is heartless.
  3. Don’t ask me why… I was bored in a hotel room.
  4. I’ve never spent more than $10 on mascara but this one was tempting me too much. So I did it. I’m now in love. There’s no turning back. I’m late to the party, I know.

THE DRINK

  1. If you’re hanging on to summer for dear life like I am, then you’ll love the “Seed Spitter” Watermelon Beer from 49th Parallel Brewing Company. We can find it in our little town so I’m sure you can find it where you are!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m off early from work today to go house-boating! I’m beyond excited to get out of dodge and just hang out.

xo Ali

Yesterday I turned 25. Woah, life! Slow down please! I’m not whining and saying that 25 is old, because it’s not. I just can’t believe I’m here already.

I’ve always enjoyed my birthday, not for myself necessarily, but for a reason to gather and laugh and have drinks and dance – all things I love to do! The last couple birthdays, however, have been a little sad. I haven’t been able to put my finger on it, but I think it’s because life seems to be moving so quickly and I get scared it passes right by me sometimes. I have to remind myself to live in the moment and just enjoy, but it’s a lot harder than it seems.

Yesterday was a lovely day filled with puppies (not mine, unfortunately), breakfast in bed, lazing on the couch and a nice romantic dinner. We were dog-sitting a coworkers 5 month old pup who is the cutest little thing (see below and prepare for ‘awwww’ ing). I am a dog person. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about that one. I grew up with dogs and now that my childhood pups have past on, my puppy fever has gotten oh so bad. BUT, it’s a commitment and with our work schedules and the amount of weekend traveling we do, it’s not in the cards for us right now. I’m grateful I have friends and co workers who are fed up with my puppy fever and let me watch their dogs for the weekend.

My lovely boyfriend, Steve, made me breakfast in bed, which was actually my first time and it kind of rocks! We’ve had a busy summer and are away for the next few weekends so all I wanted to do today was nothing. So that’s what we did. I worked out while Steve stepped out for work for a couple hours and then the ass-to-couch-ing began. It was divine. Later, we went out for a lovely dinner at a nice little place in town and it was the perfect end to the day I turned 25. (I still can’t believe I’m 25 and I’m kind of still freaking out about it but also excited for life. So. It works. Man, life, eh?!)

I also decided to depressingly talk about turning 25 .

xo Ali

Trip to Toronto!

A few weeks ago I went to Toronto. I’ve been to Toronto before but I was younger and was with my parents. This time, I went to visit my brother who has lived there for a few years. I’m also very lucky that two of my best girls met me in Toronto and needless to say, we had fun. My goal for this trip was to relax, have fun, and enjoy the company I was with. I wasn’t into the sight seeing on this trip. We ate at fantastic restaurants, saw a Jays game (they lost), ran into a beer fest (they find me, I swear!), and shopped…. Oopsie! Here are a few photos – enjoy!

PS. I’ve got a few new videos up on my YouTube Channel! Go check them out! <3

Show & Tell: New Books!

Hope you guys enjoy this one. I love to buy/collect books so I thought I’d share some new ones I’ve acquired in the last few months. What are you reading right now? What do you recommend? Also, check out my YouTube channel because you guys rock and Read Me, Dear is all about sharing!

xo Ali

On Bermuda Shorts: the ugly face of practical.

It was a Friday afternoon in the middle of a Vancouver summer. The work week was done and I was excited to meet up with my friend for dinner and drinks. At the time I was interning at a digital design agency and worked in a totally trendy office in Gastown where everyone rode their bikes or took transit and our office was completely paperless – you were shunned for using a paper coffee cup. Shunned.

It was hard enough for me to look chic on an extremely tight budget, but hipster chic? Come on. Impossible! I had to turn my awkward student wardrobe into something it wasn’t. It was a particularly hot week and I was running out of summer dresses and skirts. I opened my drawer one morning and there, buried under a pile of jeans, were black Bermuda shorts. Now, I used to LOVE Bermuda shorts growing up because my abnormally long legs didn’t look so long in them. But I was 23 and I had moved on. Or so I thought.

I looked at the clock and was already a few minutes late. I slipped on those black beauties and went on with my day. The outfit was fine for a Friday at work, the problem came after when I met my pal for dinner at a cool oyster bar. Sure, I wasn’t feeling my ‘best’ that day in terms of wardrobe choice, but you get a beer in me and I will accept and justify any choice I’ve made. 1 beer led to 3 and before we knew it, we were going out that night.

*I’d like to add that I was also carrying around my leather messenger bag with my macbook and charger in it.*

We ventured to one of our favourite spots to have another beer and continue the conversation and laughs. I’m still in my black Bermuda shorts carrying around my laptop in a messenger bag and I’m still havin’ a time. We get to drinking a few more beers and the table next to us ends up chatting us up and inviting us out a bar for some dancing. If there’s one thing Sara and I like to do together, it’s dancing like idiots in the bar. We said yes.

We get to the bar and we’re both feeling pretty good by this point. We hit the dance floor immediately and scared away the gentleman who invited us to the bar. Mission accomplished.

It was then that I looked down at my sandals and Bermuda shorts, looked at my messenger bag sitting on a stool close by and commended myself for rocking those black Bermuda shorts from morning until night. Who said they aren’t cool and practical? No one. Okay, everyone.

The point of my story is that Bermuda shorts are very practical for the office setting I’m in now and I’ve been perusing Pinterest for ways to style them, because let’s face it, they are a beautifully awkward piece of clothing.

Above: I’m now obsessed with her blog since finding this photo on pinterest. Check her out here.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo Ali

A message from an iPhone addict

Are you addicted to your phone? I am. I will say that I do go through phases where I couldn’t be bothered to check my messages right away. I’m not in one of those phases. I have my phone on me at. all. times. Granted, I need it for work and it’s wonderful for capturing moments, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to miss the end of the world if I take a 30 second pee without my phone. I was struck by my addiction last night when we were watching a movie on glaciers and global warming, which is totally my kind of documentary, and half way through the doc, even though I was totally into what was happening on screen, I picked up my phone to check twitter, Instagram, etc. Like. Come on.

I need to separate myself from the little black rectangle that seems to consume my life. I’ve got to leave my phone in the other room and quit panicking that I don’t know the up-to-date info on the Royal Baby or that the Jays lost this game too. We are so used to setting our alarms on our phones. When traveling this is a great feature, but I’ve got a traditional alarm clock for a reason. I’m vowing to leave my phone downstairs, go to bed with a book, and read like I used to.

One of my favourite authors, Robert Frost, is famously quoted for the phrase “It. Goes. On.” in regards to life. I should listen once and a while and apply this to my phone addiction.