Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A life lesson


All things bacon flavoured should steer clear of your mouth. That's right, put the simulated bacon bits down, my friends. Why? Because it's sacrilege to eat that junk. Bacon, the real stuff, is a gift from the holy pig gods, so eating the fake stuff is like a vicious slap in the ass for those porkers. They just don't like it. Plus, no matter what it is, you'll regret eating something that is only vaguely reminiscent of the glory that is bacon. I mean, bacon flavouring is gross, guys. It doesn't taste anything like the glorious, greasy, salty goodness it's supposed to.

To top it all off, in the news today, it turns out it was maple bacon jam that got all those cronut eating wackos sick at the CNE last week. So there you have it, fake bacon products at it again.

Save yourself the misery and just eat bacon, won't you?

**This post includes only my own views. I was not asked to rave about the deliciousness that is bacon by any bacon manufacturers or pig farmers, although I did see the holy pig gods in a dream last night.**

Friday, August 23, 2013

Craft it Forward 2.0

You-all might remember that months ago (in January) I participated in Craft it Forward. Remember? I crocheted five hats and sent them around the globe to five delightful women. If not, let me just say, I did that. Anyway, a little while back I put my name forward for a gorgeous handmade gift—pictured above on my hideously dirty work window—from Sarah over at Exploring Woods, so now I'm obligated to again craft it forward to five lucky ladies.

So here's the deal: the first five people to comment will get a special treat handcrafted by none other than me. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address and I'll be in contact with you shortly after to request your mailing address.

NOW, if you are going to comment, then that means you should also craft it forward to five other lucky ladies (or gents) who comment beneath your own craft it forward post, so the handmade goodness keeps on giving.

Deal? Awesome! Now comment away, my friends.

If you want to see what I received my first go-round and what I sent out, click here.

**And, of course, thanks Sarah for the awesome parcel. I have been using my hama bead square as a coaster at work and I have the vase hanging there, as well. I haven't yet put real flowers in, but I hope to do that before fall hits and all the flowers are dead. In the meantime, the fake flowers look gorgeous!**

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What to Wear: to a music festival

This is my terrible attempt at looking natural while dancing to the sound of Ian saying, "Ughhh... Do it better!"
By the end of the summer, I will have been to three festivals! My last one will be right here in Jasper next month. Jasper hasn't had it's own festival in six years, so it's super exciting that in a few short weeks it will be resurrected. I absolutely love the idea of spending an entire day dancing, singing, laughing and hanging out just a block away from my home. The end of the night is going to be so sweet. I won't have to drive an hour, I won't have to stagger back to my campsite, all I have to do is make the short walk home and crawl into my warm, cushy bed. How great does that sound!?

When I dress for a festival, I usually pick an outfit that will move with me all day. Something that's super comfortable, yet also cute. I wore this exact outfit (minus the hat, which I just bought at the Robson Valley Music Festival last weekend) to the Wild Mountain Music Festival in Hinton last month, and it did the trick. The hat, though, is an amazing addition to my festival garb. I am in mad love with felted anything, so this little gem had to come home with me last weekend.

Another awesome part of my getup is my fanny pack. I used to be a hater, but while I was putting this outfit together last month, I realized a fanny pack was the perfect addition to a festival outfit. By wearing one, I didn't have to worry about a purse, my wallet or cellphone. I just tuck my money and phone into my hip purse and off I went. I didn't even notice it while I was dancing!


Also, notice the glasses? They're my new ones from Firmoo. So far, of the three pairs I bought, these ones are my favourites. I love that they're blue instead of black and I'm just now getting used to the shape on my face. It's funny how you can get so used to seeing yourself in one pair and then as soon as you switch it up your brain takes some adjusting to get used to the new look.

Top to bottom:
Hat: Festival
Glasses: Firmoo
Shirt: Bluenotes
Shorts: Warehouse One
Fanny pack: Gift from my beautiful sister
Shoes: Shoe Warehouse

Another important thing to note about festival outfits, at least around these parts, is that you never know what the weather is going to do. So be sure to have a beach bag or backpack full of layers and rain gear. I learned my lesson the hard way in Hinton and ended up wet and cold for a better part of the evening. I was much wiser last weekend and had my raincoat, pants, warm socks and even my rubber boots along for the ride, and, I'll have you know, I used each and every item.

Would you like to join us in showing off your own festival wear? Why not link up with your best festival outfit? If you can't make it this go-round, you can always link up in two weeks time when we show off What to Wear: to a baby shower.


What's your go-to outfit for a music festival?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fitz the Hugh


Have I ever told you I'm in a band? Somehow I think I've conveniently left that tid bit of information off the ol' blog. I'm not sure why, though, I mean, we're incredibly talented. We're called Fitz the Hugh, which is clever because all of the members, including myself, work at the Fitzhugh newspaper. Witty, right?

Anyway, the other day, we had our first-ever band photoshoot. I think this image, soon to be our CD art, perfectly captured the tone of our band. Did I mention we perform post voodoo folk rock.

Stay tuned for our first single, "I got salsa all over my chest."

Special thanks goes out to our photographer and guitarist, Jeremy, who so kindly stepped out of the spotlight to snap this spectacular pic.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Warm nights






After a long day at the office, sometimes it's tempting to just go home and cozy up on the couch for a marathon of TV watching. But as summer winds down, I'm forbidding myself from such lazy behaviour because, goodness knows, these warm nights won't last forever. In fact, they're already on their way out. The days are getting shorter and the warmth of the day is dissipating earlier and earlier. Fall is certainly on its way. So, to make the best of these last weeks of summer, I vow to sink my toes into the sand, eat picnics outside, swim in cold lakes and bask in the evening glow.

How will you spend the last days of summer?

Friday, August 16, 2013

I'm on a boat!


Is there anything better than getting out on a boat with your friends and a cooler full of delicious snacks and beverages? After my adventure last weekend, I'd have to say such an evening is up there with the best of them. You see, my girlfriend Courtney, the gorgeous blonde up there, just moved to town with her boyfriend Brad and Brad has a lovely little boat that used to belong to his grandfather. So last Sunday, after a scrumptious brunch and some shopping, we put on our bathing suits and hit the lake for some putting around and some swimming. It was such a gorgeous evening for it. We watched the sun make its way lower and lower in the sky before tucking itself behind the mountains. The air was warm. The water was cool. The bugs stayed away and the company was fabulous. It's days like these that I'll miss when summer turns to fall.

Oh yeah! Did you notice my new hat? I bought it that same afternoon. The girls and I all decided we wanted to go hat shopping and I was the only one to successfully find one. This baby is going to be in heavy rotation for the next few weeks, while the warm weather is still kicking around.



What are you going to miss about summer?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

WANTED


It's rodeo week in Jasper, so to show our support, my co-workers and I decorated our office with these hilarious wanted ads. Which one's your favourite?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Glasses kick: three new pairs!

I've been dying to buy new glasses for months, but for some reason the prospect of calling my optometrist to find out my prescription was enough to hold me back for all this time. Then something clicked on Monday and I said, 'Screw it! I need me some new specs, even if it means awkwardly picking up the phone for 30 seconds to give someone my name and fax number.' (Note: I do not own a fax machine. This is not 1990, folks. My work, on the other hand, does have one and yes, I do use it for personal matters from time to time. And YES, that is totally A-O-K. STOP JUDGING ME!)

So anyway, I made the call, I gave out 'my' fax number and within two minutes I had my prescription in my hand while my other hand was navigating a mouse to Firmoo. Now, of course, you-all know Firmoo as they have done ENDLESS giveaways on blogs and they have likely hounded you, as they have done me, to host such giveaways and make money off of glasses sales. But don't let such annoyances get in your way of you clicking your way over there, because, you know what, you get your first pair free... and after that, there are frames as cheap as $8 up for grabs. That's right, EIGHT FREAKING DOLLARS. Yeah, there's no denying that one of my three pairs was on sale for $8. Best purchase ever? Well, I guess we'll see when they arrive.

So what do you think of my selections? Did I do you proud?

***If my slight against Firmoo's bothersome, never-ending emails didn't make things clear, let me just say that this post is full of my unsolicited (well, they were solicited, but I didn't gain from such solicitation, as I didn't respond to a single email) opinions. I'll let you know if I'm still satisfied when these babies arrive in my mailbox.***

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Being an introvert: with solitude comes great ideas



I had intended to post something totally different today, but then my girlfriend sent me this video. Once I watched it, I just knew I had to share it, because there's no way I'm the only one who carries a book or a notebook with me at (nearly) all times, and I know for sure that I'm not only blogger who has a pretty thick streak of introversion running right through me. In fact, I'd guess that about 70 per cent of bloggers, if not more, are introverts. I'd say, we're introverts with a small streak of extroversion. I mean, we do, after all, share our lives pretty openly on the internet. That takes a certain level of extroversion, if you ask me.

But, back to introversion...

After watching this video, I realized this week alone I have apologized more than once for needing a break—just a few moments for myself. You see, if I'm being honest, I'd tell you that I find socializing a wee bit exhausting. Don't get me wrong, I love chillin' with my friends and going out on adventures and chattin' it up with strangers (occasionally). But, after doing all of those things and doing them for days on end, I need some me time. I need to recharge with a good book or a journal entry or a craft project or a solo walk in the woods. I need to let my brain rest. I need to turn off the endless stimulation and just think for myself. Sometimes I feel guilty for taking the time to do such things. But this video reminded me of the importance of self reflection and autonomous thought, and it reminded me that we are all different and we need to embrace those differences and harness the power that comes with them. For me, that means taking a night off, reading a book and drinking a cup of tea while the world continues to spin around me. Who cares if I missed that awesome band, I'll catch the next one. In the meantime, I gave my brain a breather—an opportunity to formulate creative ideas of its own. Now that's magic!

Are you an introvert?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hand-me-down dress



Last month, while my girlfriend was packing up her life for a month of festival hopping, she came across this dress in her closet, and the next thing I knew, she was at my work dropping it off, saying something along the lines of "This dress is perfect for you. You have to have it."

Never one to turn down worn in duds, especially ones that come from a pal with great taste, I took this baby home and wore it the very next day, and immediately it's become one of my favourites. There really is nothing better than hand me downs from someone who knows your style and your size... and who just happens to have a similar style and size. For me, this dress is so much more than a piece of clothing, it's a piece of Lisa. It's something I can pull out of my closet and wear when I'm missing her beautiful little face and it's something I can wear confidently, knowing that she hand selected it for me.

I remember all my girlfriends with older sisters used to complain when they were forced to wear hand me downs. I don't think I ever complained. There is something so special about wearing another person's clothes. It's like you get to take all of their experiences with you on your own journeys.


What are your thoughts on hand me downs?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Rafting! (photos galore)

Here they are, folks! A few photos from our epic adventure down the Kootenay River last weekend. This was our second year taking part in Captain Dave's annual raft trip. He's being taking his kids down the river for the past 20-some years and last year we were graciously invited along, and now we've been invited for life. Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself!

This year was just as amazing as last. In fact, in some ways I would say it was even better (if that's possible!). This time I knew what to expect, so I was able to leave the mandatory first-time-butterflies at home, and I knew what to pack and what not to pack so I was prepared for any weather.


This is the island where we slept the first night. Ian and I picked a quiet little spot for our tent. It was sitting close to the river so when we finally hit the hay, we were lulled to sleep by its rushing sounds.


This was our view when we woke up the next morning. Ah nature! Now, if that didn't make you jealous, wait until you see my breakfast. Om nom nom...



Seriously, these people know how to prepare campfire food. There wasn't a hot dog in sight the whole weekend. There weren't even marshmallows. And who needs them when you have a gourmet meal three times a day? I sure didn't. If I had to pick, I'd say my favourite meal was our lunch on day two. We had this amazing carrot ginger soup and sandwiches with roasted vegetables, goat cheese and rare roast beef. Now that's good eating!






All in all, it was a fantastic trip. We had rain on day two, but it came at the perfect moment as we were all standing around our lunch time fire, warming up with bowls of soup. We had gorgeous sunshine and I managed to get away with a tan rather than a burn (yay for remembering sunscreen!). We enjoyed the vocal cords and picking fingers of Ian and Mishelle, who each took turns serenading us as we made our way down the river. We shared laughs around the campfire and took dips in the ice cold water.

For me, trips like this one are what make life worth living. I just love spending time with great people, drinking beers in the sunshine, getting wet, sleeping in my tent, getting dirty, smelling of campfire, singing along to good tunes and eating delicious food. Seriously this raft trip encompasses all the great things in life and I am so thankful that I've been invited along the last couple of years. It's just too good to miss.

Have you ever been rafting?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

What to Wear: in a thunderstorm


We have been having plenty of thunderstorms around my parts lately, in fact, we even had one while we were out rafting last weekend. I don't think I've ever been afraid of storms, but I can see why you might be. They are mighty powerful and the rumbling of the thunder sure is ominous.

When I dress for a thunderstorm, I think of practicality. I pull out a raincoat and my rubber boots and off I go. Now, that is of course, if I'm not avoiding the rain by opting to hang out in my PJs with a good book or movie. (I think a storm is the best excuse for a lazy day in. Don't you?)


Ian and I had hoped to do something super creative and hilarious for this prompt (think a rain slicker and buckets of water), but I couldn't get my hands on the perfect rain suit, nor did we have the time with all of the rafting and working we've been doing the last five days. Oh well, when we're back with What to Wear to a music festival on Aug. 22, maybe we'll pull a rabbit out of the hat for all of you.

What's your go-to thunderstorm outfit?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Kootenay adventure


There are so many stories to tell and there are so many photos to show, but because I took an extra day off to go on my epic rafting adventure, I haven't even had a moment to think about editing photos or writing about the amazingness that was my weekend. Please bear with me and in the meantime enjoy this photo of my pals rafting down the Kootenay.

How was your weekend, friends?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Rafting down memory lane


On this day last year, Ian and I went out for lunch with our pal Sam. While we were enjoying our delicious meals, we got on the topic of our weekend plans. Almost immediately we found out Sam's were significantly more exciting than ours; he was about to drink beers, sing songs and raft down the Kootenay River for three days. Ian and I were instantly jealous—emotions we didn't hide well. So, before we knew it, Sam was on the phone arranging for us to join the crew. A year later and we're on the invite list—not the last minute one, the one for cool kids.

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I'm seriously losing my mind with excitement right now. I cannot wait to get back on the water. I cannot wait to drink in the sunshine. I cannot wait to crawl into my tent and sleeping bag and to cook every meal over the fire. Seriously, this is going to be a RAD weekend. I promise to report back with more photos and tales when we return. I'll be away from the computer until Tuesday, so don't panic when I don't post on Monday.

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Happy long weekend everyone. I hope you have equally as exciting plans, and if not, 
just hijack your friend's adventure. It worked out for us.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hello Flo

I should probably assume everyone has seen this AMAZING tampon commercial already, but in case there's even one person out there that's missed it, I had to post it today. It's really just too hilarious and brilliant to miss. The little girl's acting is awesome. The fact that she uses the words period, vagina and vadge makes me LOL all over the damn place and I also ADORE the "menstruation demonstration". I wish my summer camp was a little more like this and a little less hush hush about lady parts and inner workings.

Anyway, enough talk. Check out the video and have yourself a giggle.


Now, was that not the best?