June 10, 2017

Just a Few of my Favourite Things...


You know that goal of mine to not spend any money? Well, I've already failed at it. I stupidly thought I could go to West Edmonton mall to window shop yesterday and not spend any money. But then Sephora happened...

Not only did I break, but I broke in the most expensive store I could have done it in. I mean, I'm not upset about my purchase. If anything I'm quite happy to have another eyeshadow palette. I just probably shouldn't have gone into H&M afterwards and bought all the things.

Especially after having to fork out $325 veterinary bill this morning for Winchester. He got into something he shouldn't have and has something stuck in his throat. He's going to be fine. He got some medication to help whatever's inside him move along on its own accord. But the little bugger has had me worried about him all night.

I haven't done a favourite things post since September. But they're basically the same currently posts. But whatever, I'm doing one today.

+ Ripley. 
We got a new cat. A Tortie kitten named Ripley. She's about seven weeks old and is super rambunctious and vocal. The complete opposite of Winchester. He is perfectly happy to be left alone, whereas she whines for attention 24/7. I did make an instagram account for our kitties its ripandwin if you interested. I try to post daily.


+ Noel Fielding.
If you don't know who Noel Fielding is then I don't think we can be friends anymore. Just kidding... kind of. He's a Britsh comedian best known for his role as Vince Noir on The Might Boosh. I've been a fan of his for quite a few years, and recently re-watched his shows The Mighty Boosh and Luxury Comedy. I keep getting Boosh songs stuck in my head, specifically the Bouncy Bouncy Crimp. The other weekend while hiking Castle Mountain I was singing it and annoying the shit out of Braydon.

+ Makeup.
Besides SFX makeup I've been wearing a lot more day to day makeup. I mean I've always done a full face of makeup. But now I actually contour and highlight and all those other makeup things the beauty gurus of Youtube/Instagram talk about. I still don't understand half of the terminology or whatever, I don't think them gurus do either.

+ New music. 
Okay, so new to me music. I mentioned Kasabian a few posts back but I honestly can not stop listening to them. I've also been listening to a lot of pre-punk punk music too.  Bands like The Velvet Underground, Dirty Wurds, The Kinks, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Brian Eno. All bands and musicians which heavily influenced the 80s punk movement. Also, I've been listening to a lot of David Bowie, Tears for Fears and The Smiths.

+ Cleaning all the things!
I've been organising and donating things from my office. Mostly books, but I've also gotten rid of some of the toys and figurines I've acquired over the years. I've also been going through clothing, makeup and other knickknacks to be tossed out/donated too. Slowly things are coming along.

The little things; Video calls with Braydon + confetti poppers and still finding confetti over a month later + peppermint tea, buying new glasses + online window shopping + veggie burgers, skateboarding + rewatching Big Fat Quiz + sims 4 + having blue hair + crop tops and high waisted jeans + this song + gold boots + fresh haircuts
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April 14, 2017

Currently...


I'm currently sat at my local Starbucks watching the snow come down and cursing Edmonton's' usual April snowstorms. I'm only cursing the snow because it means my death trap of a car is far too dangerous to take on the road in these conditions and I'm stuck at home for the weekend. If you've been following the saga that is my car you'd have learned the latest update, but if you missed it, I no longer have power steering. At this point, I should just start saving for a new car...

Watching? Like everyone else, I've been watching Riverdale. The only character I like is Jughead. I honestly don't think the shows worth it for one character. Besides that, I've been watching Mighty Boosh reruns and every Fast and Furious movie that comes on TV.

Reading? The last book I read was terrible. The book before that was Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk which I would 100% recommend if you're at all interested in social media marketing.

Listening? Kasabian and random chill-hop. If you're interested I do make a seasonal playlist on Spotify with songs I'm currently digging, here is my spring playlist.

Making? This soft cookie recipe is my go-to cookie recipe. The last time I made when with mini eggs instead of chocolate chips. I also like doing walnuts, white chocolate and dried cranberries, if you're into that. This Thai Peanut Pasta recipe is pretty good too, I tried it was glass noodles and it was divine.

Planning? I've been planning out an SFX look that involves flowers, to you know celebrate it being spring. Because nothing says spring like glueing fake flowers and glitter to your face and dumping a gallon of blood on your head. The problem with it is I don't have all the products I need to pull it off.

Loving? Sims4, mini eggs, the odd day I've been able to skateboard to work, reminiscing with old photos of Braydon and me, spending time with Liam, Winchester turning into a cuddle monster, video calls with Braydon almost every night, new jean jackets, planning trips and fresh cut flowers.
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November 4, 2016

Currently; a life update


Hell-o, little buddy! Who's your favourite Possum! Okay so maybe I've watched A Goofy Movie one too many times in the last month. But what can I say, I love me a good 90s' Disney movie, and A Goofy Movie is the peak of 90s Disney. You got Goofy, an angsty teenager in the form of Max and a canned cheese loving Pauly Shore. What's not to love? Goofy aside. It has been a fast moment since I last checked in. That wasn't intentional. Way back in September I had originally planned on starting posting on a regular schedule, but that never happened. Life kind of snowballed on me. And by life I mean Luke Cage premiered on Netflix and well the rest is history. I figured since my 26th birthday passed last weekend I should probably write at least something about it on this blog.

Watching? Braydon and I had Shomi, but it's ending this month and we got offered a great deal on Cable, which coincidentally is the first time I've had cable in ten (!) years. Naturally, I've taken full advantage of having a PVR to record re-runs of MASH, The Simpsons, and Destination Truth.

Reading? I just finished reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I was midway thru Sex Criminals vol 3 before Winchester destroyed it. And I purchased the new illustrated Chamber of Secrets book.

Listening? Bastille Wild World has been on repeat in my car since I bought the CD, mostly because my CD player is broken and it won't come out. I also have this playlist of my current favourites on Spotify.

Making? Does SFX makeup count as making? Because if so, I spent a good portion of my downtime in October practicing my Halloween makeup. By the end of the month, I had perfected doing latex and cotton build up to the magical point where I was able to disgust people with my skin flaps. Now to spend the next year figuring out how to top this years' make up.

Planning? I mentioned this back in September but I've been on and off planning on a YouTube channel for the last few months. I originally played with the idea way back in in 2009, but the last few months I've been super inspired by some of my favourite YouTubers to take the jump and start my own channel. Problem is, I don't know what type of videos to create.

Loving? wearing toques again, enrolling in online courses thru to UofA, wearing my hair curly, Kat Von D liquid lipstick, perfect birthday gifts from friends, the limited return of Stormy Nights to Davidstea, Paqui tortilla chips, Papermate gel pens, anticipation for Fantastic Beasts, my first pair of sweatpants, and lastly, Pizza.
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September 6, 2016

Just a few of my favourite things…


So, it's been a while. I just haven't been interested in blogging. I mentioned my disenchantment with blogging in my last post if you can remember it back in July. With winter coming I might get back into the swing of blogging again. Who knows. Anyways, since I didn't really have anything to post I thought I'd share some of my favourite things.

New Tech! So my phone contract was up and I decided to upgrade to a Samsung Galaxy s7. And I bought a cheap Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad. The phone upgrade isn’t exactly massive. I was going to wait until the new iPhone release and then upgrade to a 6s, but the major storage issue that plagues iPhones pissed me off enough that I marched into my service provider early and asked for the s7. The only reason I even decided on the phone was its camera. Priorities. Naturally, I've already smashed the back glass on the phone and taken a pretty good chunk of skin off my hand from it.

My day planner. I had been looking for a day planner for months, but I couldn’t find any at the beginning of the year. But. In July I found an 18-month student planner in Chapters on sale. While the book itself is bound to fall apart before Christmas it is helping keep track of my life better. Plus I have a lot of cool projects in the works it’s been great to keep all those ideas in one place rather than written on post-it notes and shoved in my notebook.

Magenta hair. Okay, so I'm not sold on pink hair. I think pink, especially this shade pink looks terrible on me. The contrast between magenta versus my cool toned skin makes me look redder and blotchy than I actually am. I do have purple dye, so as my hair fades I'm going to slowly dye it purple.

My impending birthday. In two short months, I will be turning twenty-six. I might be panicking over that. It just feels like I’ve been stuck in a rut for the last three years and haven’t really done anything with myself, beyond put myself further in debt. But isn’t that what you’re early twenty are about? Figuring shit out. So all those plans I mentioned above pertain to my future. And not like, a few weeks from now, but long term. At the rate I’m going I’ll probably finish my degree ten years from now, which is whatever.

YouTube. I've been playing with the idea of starting my own YouTube channel. I mean, I've been playing with that idea for years, back when I watched Amazing Phil before Dan as a teenager. But I never really followed through with it. Lately, I've been giving it some serious thought. I think with my love of camera it was just a matter of time before I switched to video so... Maybe twenty-six will be the year I start youtube.

The little things; early morning kitty cuddles + Spotify Playlists + Pokemon Go + re-watching Dragons + picking fresh veggies from at the farm + this song + getting the happy days theme song stuck in my co-workers head + clearing out my email inbox  + preparation for the new school term + this song too + making children smile when they see my hair + my ever growing collection of pink things even though I hate pink + working closer to home + planning seasonal baking + new pens + seeing friends + experimenting with photography.
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June 1, 2016

A Rainy Day in Jasper


Please bear in mind, this is quite a photo heavy post today. I mentioned in my last post that my Mum and I took a day trip to Jasper. We started our trip bright and early, with me driving out to the farm and leaving the farm at 7 am. Honestly, we should have left earlier than 7am so we could have more time in Jasper, but whatever. Now we know. The drive itself is quite boring and long. Since we weren’t spending the night we were short on time. But in the time we had, we managed to go to four separate places, plus a bunch of roadside viewpoints.


Our first stop was Athabasca Falls. The classic stop for anyone going to Jasper. Within seconds of being at the falls, I discovered my umbrella was broken and was utterly useless at keeping my camera bag dry. But luckily it wasn’t raining enough to really need it. The best part of visiting on such a rainy day was that there was next to no crowds. Besides getting the most optimal spots for taking pictures, we didn't feel rushed to get out of anyone's way since no one was around. Because of this, I did play around with my camera setting to get the best pictures of the falls I could. I'm really starting to find the limits of my Olympus camera.



The second stop was Sunwapta Falls. My mum had never been to these falls, while I had been once during a camping trip with extended family when I was fourteen. Of all the spots we went to Sunwapta Falls was easily the nicest. Mostly because the sun came out from the clouds, but also because we did a little off path exploring and came out at the bottom of the upper falls to a nice little rocky beach away from the other tourists. While here we hiked down the short 2 km path to the lower falls. Although short, this hike felt like an eternity, we hardly saw another person on the path but could hear voices in the distance. Which were probably coming from the main area and parking lot, but felt eery none the less. We didn’t stay long at the lower falls because it did start raining again and my cameras aren’t exactly waterproof.





As we drove back to town we decided to go up towards our third stop, Pyramid Lake. On the drive up to the lake, we did see a herd of deer, which made up for all the roadkill we saw during the drive up. By the time we got to Pyramid Lake Island, a small island at well, Pyramid Lake, the weather had changed for the worse with the temperature dropping and the wind picking up. Making it a very short walk from the parking lot to the edge of the island. My pictures don't truly do Pyramid Mountain justice. The pink and purple hues of the mountain were glowing against the dark sky but look muted in all my pictures.


By the time we got to out last stop, Malign Canyon, is was outright pouring and with my broken umbrella and lack of proper attire, we definitely were not prepared. I did take a chance and took my camera bag with us while we did a short walk from second bridge to the third bridge before deciding to turn back. Due to the rain, I hardly got any pictures, not thinking to pull out my GoPro to take pictures and video instead. Next time we're in the area I would love to do the full trail and visit the teahouse at the top of the canyon.


After we got back to the car we started on the long and rainy drive back home. But not before stopping in at the Safeway way in Hinton to grab a latte from the Starbucks. It poured buckets all the way down the Yellowhead till we got to the highway 779 turn off going back to the farm. I honestly wish we had more time, and were better dressed for the weather. But I'm extremely glad to have gotten to the mountains, it makes me want to try doing more day trips this summer. I've already started compiling all the hikes I want to try in the future, like this one. Till next time, Jasper.
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