Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Favourites ver. 26

In which I post fun and favourite things from my week, semi-regularly... every-other... randomly... on Friday!  

1. I am going to New Orleans in THREE WEEKS. Holy shit. Have you been? Where should I go? What should I eat? TELLMETELLMETELLME!!! I'm afraid...

2. I made these cookies last weekend and omfgtheyweresogood. SO good. It's not fair to call them White Chocolate Cherry Cookies... because the highlights aren't limited to the white chocolate and dried cherries... but to the oatmeal! and maple syrup! and cinnamon! Do make these, you won't regret it. Note that the recipe says it yields "just over 2 dozen" and I easily got 50 cookies

eeekk I wish I still had some left!

3. We had our engagement pictures last weekend - they were such a riot! I wanted some cute pictures to put on a save-the-date card so we did a whole shoot and had a few chalkboards involved with our date displayed. We used the same photographer that we have booked for the wedding. It was nice to get to know her and get a bit of practise in front of the camera before our big day.  

One of the most normal pictures...

4. I actually did THIS last week - cleaned my make-up brushes, that is. And you know what? It was gross. Gross because the water turned so brown and terrible and I was immediately ashamed. BUT it was also awesome because it worked really well and was very quick and simple. I will be doing this again... hopefully before 5 years is up like last time...

5. HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY. You know what I'm doing this weekend. 

6. zee links fo zees week

Have a great weekend, team! We're taking down Christmas lights and WATCHING HOCKEY!!!

Monday, January 07, 2013

2012 Book Review

It was a disappointing year for books! I attribute that to the subscription to Wired magazine that my brother got me. I read just about every page of that magazine which means the rest of my reading suffered.

Books I read in 2012:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien - finished the series! It look for.ever. but was worth it. Life List item checked off!
  2. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks - I couldn't finish it. Not my style. 
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - ahhh this book was so delightful and I need to re-read it to catch all the little details. 
  4. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - I liked it but not as much as Cat's Cradle. 
  5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - oh how sad! I sobbed. 
  6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling - Hilarious. Her voice was in my head the whole time. I want to be her friend. 
  7. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides - worth the hype.
  8. Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan - the second book of the year that I couldn't finish. It's tedious and didn't take off very quickly. Yes, Gavin, I know I need to return this to you. 
  9. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman - very easy read and makes. so. much. sense. 
  10. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin - still reading this one as it travels through the months, another book that makes. so. much. sense. 
  11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - also currently reading and I can't put it down. The story unravels quickly but other parts slowly as you catch little phrase that elude to other mysteries... looking forward to seeing how it ends. 
Hits: #3 was wonderfully bizarre and #5 was intense and kept me up well past my bedtime to finish. 

Misses: #2 I will not attempt Nicholas Sparks again and #8 was too predictable.

Last year I vowed to keep better track of what I'm reading and I've accomplished this by opening a Goodreads account and keeping it up to date.

See my 2011 list here and other book chatter under the 'books' tag.

What did you read this year? What was your favourite? Add me on Goodreads

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Looking Forward

It's today, it's today! Happy new year!!

We had a wonderful party last night with some of our closest friends - played some wackadoo games and slept until noon today. A great success :)

Our crew - including Brooke who joined via telephone!

We played a ridiculous game that I learned from my brother - we call it the Cereal Box Game. The jist of it is that you put a cereal box on the ground and everyone has to pick it up with their mouth without having any body part other than their feet touch the ground. After each round you cut off a chunk of the box making it shorter and shorter until it's just a flat piece of cardboard. Reference video. Give it a go at your next party!

Enough relishing in last nights festivities - let's go forward!

Rob and I had an awesome walk today in which we discussed our goals for the upcoming year. We made several relationship and personal goals and talked about some of the fun things that are coming up this year. Discussing this while on a walk was a great ideas as we could both stay focused on the conversation - good tactic.

Some things I'm looking forward to:
  • Seeing my family more than ever! I will see my parents three times this year - quite an accomplishment as I haven't seen my dad in two years and I saw my mom twice in the same window. They will visit for my brother's wedding in May and then again for our wedding in August and then...
  • Going home for Christmas! It's happening. 
  • Duh, getting hitched. 
  • Travelling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this February - I'm going with a bachelorette party. I am excited and afraid. 
  • Seeing a lot of family in general as a result of wedding activities, will be good to get to know Rob's family a little better. 
  • I will get my P.Eng... hopefully this month, even. 
And now for some personal resolutions:
  • Listen to more music and expand music tastes - my music taste is awful these days - Rob is extremely helpful in this area.
  • Buy less things, spend more time - we don't need any more stuff - buy less stuff and instead SAVE the money or spend it on experiences - this goes for gift giving as well.
Relationship goals:
  • Act and react with good intentions - this stemmed from each of us realizing that we often don't give the other the chance to react differently (better) and pre-react to bad behaviour when the bad behaviour hasn't even come out yet. So - act with good intentions and react with good intentions. 
  • Evening, non-judgemental chats - discuss what made us happy and unhappy before bed without the goal of getting advice, simply to share. We don't need any stress before bed so we're keeping it simple. 
Despite recovering from a big night I feel like a million bucks today. Last night when everyone was leaving it was decided that the theme for 2013 will be "2013 - FUCK YEA". I love it.