What’s The Big Hairy Deal?...

Aug 1, 2015 by

  Just under 5 years ago, I went from long curly locks and fringe to this in a matter of moments:     I had always wanted to try short hair before I finally went for the big chop, and I wanted to do it while I was young, since short hair seems to be the go-to cut for women of a certain age. Leave it to me to be contrary. It is kind of weird to look at these pictures because despite having wanted short hair and having kept it for many months, I don’t think of myself as a short hair gal. That girl almost doesn’t look like me. The original haircut was inspired by Carey Mulligan and this cute ‘do. Since my head/face is not the same shape as hers, my hair dresser...

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All The Liebe

Jan 14, 2015 by

Wow! If I’ve done my math correctly (and we should never trust my mental math), this is the third time I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. Last year, I was nominated twice and answered 22 questions in one go, and this year, Kristen from A Gypsy Breeze put me in her list of nominees. I’m going to break the rules here and not nominate anyone or come up with my own questions (only because I’ve done these relay type posts a number of times) but I will answer the questions! Just a little gratuitous rambling. Here are the 11 questions. 1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Lord have mercy on us all right now. I’ve lived in Canada (Winnipeg and Waterloo), and I’ve lived in...

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Three Things I Love About Madrid...

Jan 9, 2015 by

Madrid, the heart of Spain. There is no end of things here to love, places to go, sights to see. There’s art galore, quiet parks tucked away in this metropolis, cafes to satisfy all cravings and quirky neighbourhoods to get lost in. There’s food and festivals and antiques and all the shoes a person could ever want. So how does a gal go about picking just three favourite things? Well, let me try…   1. Endless cafe hopping     Whether you’re looking for a cafe con leche, the best red velvet cake, a stiff cocktail or a vermouth & tapas, Madrid has it all. The bar and cafe scene is unending; some people have their favourites, but whenever I’m in Madrid, I never sit in one spot for long. A beer here, a...

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Again And Again And Again

Nov 29, 2014 by

I was actually nominated twice(!) to participate in this blogger contest relay, once by my friend Rika (Cubicle Throwdown) and once by the lovely Shing (The Culture Map). These are two blogs that I LOVE, and the ladies behind the content are equally charming and magnetic, so to be nominated by them is an honour! The gist is that I am to write about 5 places I would love to return to as part of Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There contest. I then tag 5 bloggers to carry on the race to the finish line. The prize is an iPhone 6, and since my phone is just about tapped in all regards, this would be a good one to win. It’s perfectly wonderful to fall so in love with a place to want to visit again...

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Reflecting On A Few Things: Optometry School Is Like…...

Nov 20, 2013 by

  At the beginning of my first year in optometry school last September, one of the upper years told me, “Optometry is like jail. You have to do your time, but you will get out.” It wasn’t until this year that I understood firsthand what he was telling me. Optometry at Waterloo is a four year program, and I am almost finished my first term of second year. At this point in the program, I feel like I am in the middle of a gymnastics foam pit, trying to climb through and over piles of mushy foam to get out. It’s not easy. I might have landed a perfect spinning, tumbling leap to get into the pit, but getting out is another consideration altogether. I don’t write this to complain or speak negatively of...

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The Pictures Are The Same – The Story Is Different...

Oct 2, 2013 by

What do you do when you visit a place again and again? During my trip to Madrid this summer with Saj, I found myself compelled to take photos of the landmarks we saw, the buildings we walked past, the neighbourhoods we visited, the countless beers we sipped. As we went about our business, I realised I already had a lot of these photos – of these same places and these same activities. I can no longer tell you how many times I’ve walked through the Plaza Mayor, or glimpsed the royal palace, or laid in the grass in el Parque del Buen Retiro. I can’t tell you how many afternoon beers I’ve enjoyed in the hot Spanish sun, or how many times I’ve visited La Reina Sofia and enjoyed Picasso’s Guernica. I don’t mean to sound...

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