Fill in the Blank Friday

Totally digging this multi-layered and multi-coloured heart collage by Esther Ramirez. It’s whimsical and arty without being all ‘barfy romantic*’.

1. Waking up at the break of dawn to go shopping is my idea of: a good strategy… on any other day of the year other than Black Friday. I like having the shop to myself, no lineups, and all the sizes available.

2. If I were to go shopping today I would be on the hunt for: … dinner.

3. The best thing I ate yesterday was: “Fridge Cleaner” pasta which contained the remnants of my shopping: celery, carrots, bacon, garlic, and spaghetti tossed with beef stock and lots of oregano (because the lid accidentally fell off).

4. Something I’ve been learning lately is: that I love having a regular 9-5 job and daily office interaction with awesome humans.

5. I cannot start my day without: breakfast. I will get seriously crazy on you.

6. My nighttime attire consists of: clothes (or lack there of) that I would never wear in public.

7. I am looking forward to the weekend: so that I can recharge, make plans for the coming week, and organize all my loose ends into awesome check marks on a ‘to do’ list.

Happy Weekend internet Dudes.

Fill in the Blank Friday by The Little Things We Do.

*’Barfy Romantic’ is a descriptive phrase that needs to be added to the English language. It describes that kind of nauseating feeling that causes you to turn your head away from kissing scenes in too-cheesy romantic comedies. (Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE romantic comedies but, there is a fine line between ‘Awe’ and ‘Ugh’!)

It’s hard to think about

This Fruit Bats song got my toes wiggling.

A lot of music is reminding me of Gomez lately. My first boyfriend worked in a comic book store and he bought me their ‘Split the Difference’ album. I like it way more now than I did then.

In other news, I was crowned Mardi Gras Queen at work yesterday and I ate all the shrimp I wanted.

‘When U love Somebody’ – Fruit Bats. Via: What don’t I steal from Kavisolo?. (Also, Wow, the ‘U’ in the song name is really bothering me. Not a fan. But I guess it’s kind of cute and casual? Not really…)

Nadine Olivia

It’s time for some warmth and adventure. These images are making me so nostalgic for summertime and super dark nights around a smokey campfire with my feet up in the lawn chair just in case there are snakes nearby.

The first photo reminds me of one of my favorite parts of working as yearbook editor during my last year of high school. I had two jobs and woke up early to bike to my school and finish the book. On the way there I hoofed it up a GIANT hill just so I could ride through a tiny little wood that had a system of wooden boardwalks through it. I barely saw anyone else. I could pretend to be a hardcore mountain biker splashing through the mud and carrying my bike over broken pieces of path… It was always SO hot, so great. (Dear bike, I’m sorry I left you out all winter)

Tiny little pleasures.

Images from Nadine Olivia.

Not Quite Spring

1. I am currently obsessed with: Beautiful ladies. It’s easier to stare at a beautiful lady than to stare at a beautiful man, and oh my goodness there are so many beautiful ladies in my city.

2. Today I am: Feeling ghostly.

3. The age I am is: 22, and the age I feel is: Changing… mostly I feel 19, but sometimes I feel 45 and then the other day I went bowling and shared a super lightweight ball with a granny and I felt 65.

4. My favourite place is: transient. No one place can hold my attention or provide enough of something good to really be my favourite place. Maybe my favourite places are the ones I’m dreaming about visiting because in my head they are everything I’m looking for and are full of cheap food and great light.

5. Something I have been procrastinating is: Applying for jobs. I need a new one.

6. The last thing I purchased was: Food and snacks to keep at work for the week. Yesterday was the best lunch ever, dill and lemon tuna on spring mix leaves. It’s great working close to a grocery store.

7. The thing I love most about my home is: the light that comes into my bedroom through the wall of windows. It’s also a great place to people watch because there are wide wooden ledges to sit on and a hundred strangers always passing by. I like the ‘whooshing’ of the huge curtains opening and closing when I pull on the curtain cords. I like my gas stove that is the heart of so many delicious things.

Photo of Koray Duman’s bedroom via sfgirlbybay via The New York Times. Fill in the blank Friday run by The Little Things We Do.

Good eats

Happy Family Day fellow Canadians (Happy Presidents Day you Americans). I was super excited to eat this. And then I did and it was great.

Baby red potatoes roasted with onion and garlic and then re-fried with buttery mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, spices, chives and topped with an egg. Perfection your name is lunch.

Listening to The Zombies – You Make Me Feel Good

Sit, stay, play

I like these dogs. They live in cool houses and are big enough to scare away intruders (hopefully). In my opinion, dogs should be able to contribute to the household by being big ol’ running smiling security guards who play fetch and bark at snakes. Working dogs. It’s a thing.

I would like a dog one day. Probably.

Speaking of dogs with jobs… Did you know you can raise a puppy and do good at the same time? You can raise a Service Dog! My family and I did. His name was Kramer (yes after Seinfeld) and he was a big giant golden retriever who is now a companion for an Autistic child. It was a super fun, super feel-good thing to do, and now Kramer and his kid are insanely connected. If you’re thinking about raising a service dog and you live in Canada you can contact National Service Dogs or Autism Dog Services for more info.

Dog portraits by Winnie Au. (Also see her ‘Trekkies‘ portraits. Fun times)

Holiday Alternatives

This is a really neat ‘tree’. I don’t like the idea that you NEED a ‘real’ tree… I don’t like the idea that you NEED to BUY decorations. I don’t like the idea of HAVING to do ANYTHING. But this is a neat, awesome, romantic DIY compromise. Photo via Design for Mankind.