Thursday, December 24, 2009

carrie on

almost forgot...count down is on until May 2010 - Sex and the City: The 2nd Movie. Though this time around I can wait as this May marks the month I turn 30...oh dear! Carrie on...looking forward to the fashion and of course the ever entertaining story line. night night. back to my puzzle - but just wanted to share! Josie - date night?

Twas the night before Christmas

...and I am officially an only child. boo hoo. My dad is driving Jodie to the airport as I write, to go home for the evening and spend Christmas with Kevin, Steph and her then pick up Mitchell tomorrow morning and fly back here for Christmas evening. So this year things are going to be a little different... Previously us 'kids' would wake up at a ridiculously early time and open our then head back to sleep and wait for my parents to come and wake us then have some tea and coffee and enjoy exchanging gifts...or watching Mitchell open all his gifts from Nana and Grandpa...and then head out for a really long walk (yes that was a really long run on sentence! ha). This year instead, I am going to be waking up and pretending it's just another day in Florida (however I do get to open a gift in the morn that was delivered to me today...yay!). We are then going to lace up our golf shoes, go play a round, make our way to the movies (hmm what to see?), and pick Jodie and Mitchell up at the airport and have Christmas then have our own lil celebration on boxing day. Oh well...Christmas is about spending time with family...can't wait to see Mitchell tomorrow! safe flight!
Merry Christmas to you all. May this holiday season bring you joy, love, laughter and time with your family.
ps. Check out - It's the movie theatre where we are going to tomorrow...they had me at "you are allowed wine while watching...and comfy leather seats".
pps. Jodie and I are on a mission to complete our Christmas is our status. 1500 pieces. argh! it's actually quite addicting!

Monday, December 21, 2009


Soo every so often a friend of mine, Mrs Holly Wellon, posts extraordinary photos of her baking creations on facebook...and once I see the album is updated I get so excited to see what she comes up with next...AND today her talent in the kitchen had me in a state of awe! After making sure it was ok, I wanted to share with you all some of her baking master pieces. Here are a few pics!! (ps. She can do everything and anything, I just chose a couple of my favs...yes I love a little glam!) Holly should the day ever come you will be my gal ;) sigh...soo talented. I can't even spread on pre-made betty crocker icing without wanting to cry about the disaster. pps. we finally made it to Florida! A wee bit cold, but going to warm up soon! holla

Saturday, December 19, 2009

stranded in virginia

well it's dad and i are stranded in West Virginia at the Holiday Inn...and so it seems the rest of the world is! Last night we arrived in at 8pm after white knuckling it for 1.5 hours going 30k to find an enormous line of hopeful hotel guests. We ended up scoring a room, but there were several unlucky ones who slept in the lobby. It is a total gong show...and lucky us are here for another night as all highways are closed. oh dear. Though I have been able to knit through majority of my sweater, I have officially run out of wool and of course have found myself online while watching "The Holiday". hrmph. I am all for massive snowstorms as I feel people become united and the world slows down for a moment...we have even made a couple friends...however, when you still have 12 hours to go and are in desperate need for the sun, this isnt exactly my ideal situation. Anywho c'est la vie.
Sooo since I have all this time on my hands what should I talk about? Well these past couple weeks have of course been busy but have been extremely enjoyable (love this time of year)! December 12th marked my dad's 60th Birthday!...and of course the 7 of us celebrated in style. We booked a reservation for my parents at the four seasons, had cocktails and aps at Chris' (very clean) place, and made our way to Scaramouche. For those of you who have never been a total recommendation!! Top notch!! The food was to die for and melted in your mouth, of course wallets melt a little too, but very delish. On the 13th, the girls and I celebrated our yearly tradition of Kris Krigle exchange, though this year though we were all at Heather's, we didnt all get to be in the same place at once....but so glad we were able to the other weekend. Then to continue the weekend, Chris and I headed to the Nutcracker. Such a great way to kick off the holiday season, however, I think one of us was a wee bit tired. So peaceful to watch the ballet though, took me a bit to settle in, but it was very calming. Fav part the Snowflake princess'...and of course buying a lil' ornament to place on the tree. Then of course this past week was spent supplying and teaching and catching up with Jen. Went out for din to Libretto's on Ossington with Jen, Chris, Dave and Chris to enjoy some italian cuisine...another place to recommend and this time very feasible! I truly enjoy spending time with friends and talking about life over a glass of wine and some great food. Anywho time to close the comp and watch the rest of the movie. But here's hoping we get to leave in the morning...snow snow go away come back another day...
ps. West Virginia seems to be the home of camouflage...y'all let's go a hunting...oh dear!

Friday, December 11, 2009

if i were a fab coat

...this is the coat I would love to be! Kate Hudson sporting a fabulous grey fur. Ah one day. ps. her hair and choice of drink also top notch!
soo as I prepare myself for a run in the morning, I can't help but watch a little tv. Just finished watching Julia and Julie (very good!) kind of made me want to appreciate cooking. kind of. anywho as the movie finished a special on Tiger Woods terrible choices was airing on dateline. oh man oh man! Growing up in a golf family and knowing just how amazing Tiger Woods is at his sport...and also not hearing anything about his personal life other than his love for his family...I found it utterly shocking about the most recent news of his million Mistresses. pleease! what is this world coming too...and who are all these tarts that feel like he 'loved them'. He is married and cheating!! He doesn't love you! What gets me fired up is that he didn't just cheat once or twice, as far as the media knows it could be up to 11 tarty tarts. My heart breaks for Elin. To experience a heart break from your one who ends up cheating on you is truly painful...and I only hope for Elin and her children that this media frenzy puts this mess aside and lets her breath. karma will get ya every time! Anywho that's enough of that! ps. in 45 minutes bobby b turns the big 60! looking forward to celebrating in style! night night xo

Monday, December 7, 2009

on repeat

One of my fav Christmas songs...thought I would share it with y'all.
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

I believe in Santa Claus
I believe in Santa Claus
I believe there's always hope
When all seems lost
And I believe in Santa Claus.

I believe in Santa Claus
I'll tell you why I do
I believe that dreams and plans
And wishes can come true.
I believe in miracles
I believe in magic too
I believe in Santa Claus
And I believe in you.

I believe in family
In country and in smiles
I believe in turning negatives
To positives in life.
I believe in looking farther up
The farther down we get
I believe when someone hurts us
We should forgive and forget.
And I believe in Santa Claus
I believe in Santa Claus

I believe that love
Should prevail at any cost.
And I believe in Santa Claus

I believe in saying what you mean
And meaning what you say
I believe a better attitude
Can make a better way.
I believe in viewing life
As a journey that we're on
And looking at our troubles
As another stepping stone.

And I believe that everything
That it is what it's meant to be
I believe there is a God somewhere
Although he's hard to see.
I believe I am so therefore
I should do all that I can
To be a better piece
In the puzzle of God's plan.
And I believe in Santa Claus
I believe in Santa Claus
I believe there's always hope
When all seems lost.
I believe in Santa Claus.

Let the little children sing - (I believe in Santa Claus)
Let the whole world to sing with us. - I believe in Santa Claus
Let the whole world to sing with us. - I believe in Santa Claus
I believe in Santa Claus
I believe there's always hope
When all seems lost.
I believe in Santa Claus...
ps. Picture of Mitchell helping his mom decorate their tree.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

decorating december

Just before December hit, I somehow convinced Chris to dust off his Christmas decorations that I thought were all a myth and add a little Christmas spirit to his place. I was very impressed by his supplies and as a team we spruced his place up! I love love love this time of year! As Chris didn't need additional decorations I thought I would add one personal touch to his tree (keeping with his colour scheme) and add a little starbucks charm. (The picture of the tree doesn't do it justice...good ol' bb camera). Anywho I just love admiring his tree, there is nothing like being surrounded by a little Christmas loving. I feel this should be a year long tradition - decorate a tree to the season?!?! Just an idea. Continuing on...since then lots of events and memorable moments have occurred. Last weekend a bunch of us went to C5 restaurant at the ROM for Erin's birthday (totally recommend the place...rated in the top 10 i think in the tdot), and then made our way into the hammer to celebrate Dave's surprise bday. Great night...especially the company. The week then flew by with lots of supplying and teaching, and on Friday Chris and I joined some western folks at Lindsay and Will's house where we celebrated Martha, Matt, Christina, Dave and Katy's decision to move to London in January. Not much of a celebration for me, but I am excited for them as they enter into a new chapter in their lives. Might just have to make a visit. (why is it that everyone is hoo!). Then last night met up with some high school peeps to hold up a glass to Amie's 30th. 30?!? where does the time go? And today was spent sleeping in, having tea with Hennum and Box and continuing to knit my aritzia inspired wool sweater and watching the finale of my fav show Amazing Race! One year when the network allows Canadians to participate...I will be there...and racing to win! Anywho this week seems to be another busy one as this time of year always brings on gatherings, but am looking forward to celebrating my Dad's 60th birthday on Saturday and welcoming home Jen! I love December!
Ps. Florida in t-minus 12 days
Pps. Christmas cd of the moment: Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers! holla

Thursday, November 26, 2009

their back!

One of my favourite times of year is when you see the ol' wooden box of clementines in the grocery store! I love love love clementines! Yesterday I was in wholefoods picking up some flowers (yes I was not grocery shopping), and saw a floor stand of "cutie clementines" In the past 24 hours I think I have had half the box already! So delicious!! yum! Maybe that is why I had an awsome run this eve! Anywho for y'all that live near a wholefoods I recommend the cutie brand. Perfect in every way.
Health benefits of my lil orange friends:
Nutritionally packed, a medium size clementine is approximately 50 calories (however no one should be counting calories when eating fruit...but that's just my opinion). It's a great nutritional source of Vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium. Also packed with antioxidants, this citrus fruit has excellent health benefits.
Excellent for Vision - Research shows beta-carotene and ascorbic acid consumed daily reduces vision loss related to aging.
Citric Acid for Skin Care - This fruit is loaded with an antibacterial agent, citric acid, which helps eliminate bacteria that causes blemishes. Its juice also helps reduce fine lines because Vitamin C stimulates the skin cell's production of collagen. (holla)
Stress Reducing Aroma - The sweet aroma of this fruit is very calming. Studies show the scent triggers a neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain. When serotonin is released, it gives you a "feel good" feeling.
Enough said!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

make today a healing day

Take time for healing. Take time for what soothes your body, your mind, your soul.
Take a bath. Light a candle. Read a book. Take a walk. Get a massage (yes please). See your favourite healer if you desire. See a movie. Buy some flowers. Drink a cup of tea.
Sometimes we talk ourselves out of doing something healing for ourselves. We're too busy, too tired. But that is when we most need to take care of ourselves. Listen to your heart. What does it want? Listen to your body. What does it need? Trust what you hear.
Make today a healing day.
Then take some time and make
everyday a healing day.
- Journey to the Heart
ps. 1 month until Christmas! That is my healing thought...I will be on the beach in a couple weeks!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


So this weekend I made my 3rd ever trip to Ottawa. My first and second trip also happened not too long ago. Every visit really makes me appreciate Canada a little more - I have seen lots of the world, but have yet to really see my own country - so it's nice to be venturing out. It also makes everything much more fantastic when Chris reserved a room at the Westin on Friday night that over looked the Parliament. Gorgeous!! Saturday was spent running along the canal (which I have a future skating date with!), having lunch with some of Chris' friends, meeting Brody Carriere, and having some din and playing domino's in Smith Falls. A great escape. And now the weekend seems so long ago! But am looking forward to another great weekend ahead!
ps. I have been supplying every day since I have been signed on....and I love it!! I know I know supplying is much different than having your own class, but I am just so happy I took a leap of faith and went into teaching! :)
pps. Happy 30th Birthday to Josie! May all your dreams come true! You are an amazing friend and I wish you a lifetime of smiles and laughter! xo
ppps. My vote: Mya and Dmitry (though Derek and his partner should have been in the top 3 and would have perhaps won! - However no one tops Shawn from last year!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet November

November 18th already?! where does time go? I feel like lots has happened in the past couple weeks...but can exactly pin point what. anywho...drum roll of my fav yoga instructors, Kinndli, has now opened up her Power Yoga Canada studio in Clarkson. Great space, resembles a space I would like my 'one day in the future studio' to look like (I can dream). She opened up November 2nd...but seeing as I have been sick, and then have been trying to get my running back up to snuff I have only had my first visit today. At the moment she has a $20 special. $20 for as much yoga as you can handle for 10 days. So check out the website: for the class schedule. An FYI from me to you. See you there!
ps. Sooo on Friday night one of my good friends Kim was in town. Her and her boyfriend organized a fantastic set menu din at the lovely Grace Restaurant on College. At one point in the night, Kim and Rich went missing and came back with tears and smiles! Kim and Rich are now engaged!! What a fabulous moment! I was so happy to be a part of it. It's so lovely to witness true happiness and to see one of your good friends so much in love! Congratulations Kim and Rich! xo
pps. Kim's ring is gorgeous!!! I of course had a little try on session....sigh!

Monday, November 2, 2009

miss d&d bryce

BIG NEWS!....soo this morning I had my HR meeting with the Peel Board to be signed onto the OT list...yay!Annnd tomorrow I have my HR meeting again with the Peel Board to sign my paper work for the permanent 0.1 Planning Time (drama and dance) position! holla! I am officially going to be a Peel board teacher - south side! Though I am at the bottom of the totem little foot is in the door and I will be teaching drama and dance to the kindergartens (starting tomorrow) with the biggest smile imaginable! :)

ps. also got the h1n1 vaccine today...I know there are mixed emotions about it all, but I believe in the medical system and the act of prevention, and seeing as I am in the high risk category (female in her late 20's) I thought it would be in my best interest. my arm is a wee bit sore tho. c'est la vie!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


....after a month of straight knitting I have finished my sweater jacket! Yay! Though I can only wear it at night and only as a comfort sweater...I will wear it with pride...the hours that went into that piece was ridiculous! Now onto smaller projects!! ps. when looking at this picture...I desperately need some highlights and a tan. boo hoo...on to winter I guess!?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Allow your own inner light to guide you

There comes a time when you must stand alone.
You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams.
You must be willing to make sacrifices.
You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved.
Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged.
There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities.
Be strong enough to at least try to make your life better.
Be confident enough that you won't settle for a compromise just to get by.
Appreciate yourself by allowing yourself the opportunities to grow, develop, and find your true sense of purpose in this life.
Don't stand in someone else's shadow when it's your sunlight that should lead the way.

Stumbled across this 'thought'...and though I find my life to be unfolding how I always hoped it would, it's always great to give yourself a little reminder to keep strong, confident and moving forward! Got some AMAZING news yesterday that I will definitely share when I have signed the dotted line....slowly but surely! "Life has a way of working itself out..."
ps. you know you are getting old when you go shopping for 'work' shoes and you put away the point'ies and pick up the same shoes as your mother wears....please note though my mom has killer styles in shoes I replicated the same shoes she has that are considered grandma styles - it always amazed me she owned them, but I now find myself in the same boat. Comfort over style I guess?!? oh dear!
pps. going to Whistler in 2 sleeps!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Everytime I listen to Michael Buble sing Everthing I can't help but feel happy. What an amazing song to sing to the love in your life. sigh!

You're a falling star, You're the get away car.
You're the line in the sand when I go too far.
You're the swimming pool, on an August day.
And you're the perfect thing to say.

And you play it coy, but it's kinda cute.
Ah, When you smile at me you know exactly what you do.
Baby don't pretend, that you don't know it's true.
Cause you can see it when I look at you.

[Chorus:]And in this crazy life,
and through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, You make me sing.
You're every line, you're every word,
you're everything.

You're a carousel, you're a wishing well,
And you light me up, when you ring my bell.
You're a mystery, you're from outer space,
You're every minute of my everyday.

And I can't believe, uh that I'm your man,
And I get to kiss you baby just because I can.
Whatever comes our way, ah we'll see it through,
And you know that's what our love can do.

P.s: Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Last night was spent at Christina and Dave's for some delish Indian food, and catching up with Jen! It's great to have her home, even if for just the weekend!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

....knock knock knock seasame ?!?!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Product Endorsements #5

2 things I would like to highlight this month:
1. John Freida's Sheer Blonde Tessled Tresses Fine Mix Wax: Yess it is a mouthful but I think it's great! It's great for my type of hair: thin (boo hoo), layer'ey, blonde (or trying to be) and for the person who is looking for a little weight on the tips but that doesn't weigh the rest of your hair down. Totally recommend it. Ps. I got it as a promo - and have yet to see it in my fav store SDM, so for those of you who shop else where and see it on shelves please let me know as I would like to stock up!
2. I Want that Body - with my good friend Tamilee (best known for her 80's tapes of Buns of Steel and Abs of Steel). As I am in waiting (last official week) to start hard core running again, I have been venturing out and re-visiting tapes that have helped me keep in shape. I did this tape a couple weeks ago and had troubles walking for a couple days. It has taken me 3 tries before I can do it and not have troubles the next day. Totally recommend this tape to those who need to work out everyday but sometimes need another option. Well just an fyi from me to you.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

my desk companion

it's funny how every so often I feel it necessary to open up my melody beattie book and find an excerpt about how I may or how I would like to feel at a specific time in my life...and how I feel that I should include it in an entry. I'm not sure if you all take anything from the excerpts...but if you do for just one of my million melody beattie excerpts than we are somewhat on the same page for a moment of our lives. hmmm? anywho here ya go:
Let Yourself Be Who You Are
It's difficult to be around people who are trying to be perfect - perfectly healthy, perfectly polite, perfectly poised, perfectly controlled.
Remember that being human means being imperfect, being flawed. Let yourself be. Let others be. Slouch in your chair. Eat with the wrong fork. Laugh out loud. Stand up and reveal who you are and know that you're good enough.
Stop worrying that people will find out who you really are. Instead, hope that they do. Help them by openly sharing yourself and being not what you think you should be, but who you really are.
Freedom is just a small step away - a step into self-love and acceptance.
When you take it, others will follow. And they'll be grateful you lead the way.
ps. Did anyone else notice a little Jake (from Bachelorette) sitting in the audience of dancing with the Bachelor perhaps? Heather and I think so.

whirl wind

So these past 2 weeks have been a little bit of a whirl wind...but of course a great time!!
Last weekend a group of us hit up Boobyball #8...great event! Though I think several of us could have eliminated the predrink portion of the night. Oh dear! The following night (Saturday), after sleeping in until 3pm Chris and I made our way to the ACC where we saw Keith Urban rocking it out! I think Chris was a little apprehensive about going to a country concert, but I saw him tap his feet a few times and swing a chicken arm ;) We also met up with Box and Sean (the Hodgins), for a quick catch up and drink. Side note: Keith Urban was fantastic...I couldn't stop listening to his CD last week! Totally recommend tickets to a future show. Cc and I then headed into Yorkville, where we attempted to check out Nuit Blanche. Little bit of a fizzle, but we did our fair share of walking around. I'm sure Queen St. was where it was at. My week then continued with a little bit of un-needed stress :( but fortunately I had another great weekend to make up for a not so great week. Cc and I made the cross country trek and spent a night near Smith Falls/Ottawa for our first Turkey din and then continued to drive 5.5 hours to the skoka's where we had yet another delish turkey meal. My fam was in fine form, and it was great to have Steph and her fam there, and Nana Shiraz (aka Brenda C). Hope everyone else had a great thanksgiving!
ps. I am (un)officially on the Peel OT list!! Holla!!! (Everything should be up and running in hopefully a week or so)
pps. It seems I don't know how to carry a camera around with pictures will follow some day soon.
ppps. Off to Heather's to go knit up a storm, eat some din and watch DWTS. Ahh the good ol days.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

2 tid bits

First bit: Last night I finally finished "The Time Traveler's Wife". I have mixed reviews on the book, but all in all I thought it was a great read! A true love story that I could somewhat relate funny as that may sound. The first page of the novel got me hooked.
Synopsis: "The Time Traveler's Wife" is about a love that transcends time. Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler - cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry's travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to rebuild a life with her one true love." - now onto the new Dan Brown novel: The Lost Symbol

Second bit: I stumbled across a new CD that I am very much enjoying (yes I still buy Cd' my previous life music would magically appear for me). For all you Pete Yorn fans, he has a new cd out with Scarlett Johansson called Break Up. It's really good. Very Pete Yorn styles...but Scarlett 'multi talented' Johansson adds a little bit of an old 50's vibe. She is very good and'll know what I mean when you listen to it. Anywho I recommend the purchase!
Ps. Thank you Laurie for hearing my call. I can't thank you enough! xo

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


So I find these days I am a little bit of a lost soul...and the sad thing to know is, I have several friends who are sharing the same thoughts. 2 years ago I stepped off my path and evaluated my life...what do I want to do career wise, where do I see myself in 5 years, what kind of person do I want to be...and after answering those questions...I thought becoming a teacher would suit me the best. However, it seems many other people thought the same thing. As many of you might know, there are currently NO teaching jobs out there. I recently applied to a posting and got a response back saying we are going through the 700 applications we have received and will be getting back to you should you be granted an interview. excuse me? I am even on the 'frozen' eligible to hire list for the TDSB which says they aren't inviting anyone to join the supply list yet....I even had to have an interview to get on this frozen list. argh! I literally feel as if I have exhausted all options (though I will keep pushing forward)...but I now find myself re-evaluating my life again. If I can't teach...then what? Do I go back to what I know? Do I try something new (that doesn't include tuition)? What is it I enjoy doing the most? I have yet to answer that question, as I still feel the answer is working in education..but thought this excerpt was suiting or at least makes me think.
dedicated to my niagara uni friends:
Don't Hurry
Don't worry and fuss about what you're going to do tomorrow, or how tomorrow's answers will come. The way to get through a task, a day, a life is to stay in the present moment.
Racing, pushing, trying to force things forward doesn't work. Not anymore. Hurrying will not speed up the process, or the journey. In fact, if you race ahead of yourself, you may find you need to go back, return to the parts you skipped over, and go through it again fully present.
Yes, there are times we need to press on, times we need to push a bit more. But hurrying won't speed up the process. It will just keep us tense, out of step. To speed up the process, we need to fully immerse ourselves in the moment and then focus our energy, our presence, our emotions, our thoughts, our heart.
Stay in the present moment. Listen to your heart right now. Be gentle and loving with yourself right now. Be open to the guidance around you right now, guidance that will make the present moment come alive.
If you stay in your heart, stay with
yourself, stay in the present, tomorrow's
answers will come just as today's did -
naturally, gently, and on time.
ps. Needed: A job!
pps. At least I have a great weekend to look forward to...Boobyball, Keith Urban Concert and Blanche Nuit

Friday, September 25, 2009


It`s tentatively official...yesterday I signed up for the 2010 Boston Marathon! Just waiting to get confirmation in the mail. Ahhh! I NEED the support... ALL are welcome!
ps. TGIF

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sara Ciantar is in the house

This evening my musically gifted, british columbian cousin Sara Ciantar is playing with her band at Not My Dog (1510 Queen Street West). She will be on stage at 8pm (at the latest 9pm). She is fabulous!! Come one, come all to support and listen to some great tunes!

ps. today marks the first day of fall....and the first day back in the pool and in training mode. Though I was struggling this felt so good to be swimming laps and getting back into it (well kind of)! have a great day...and see y'all tonight!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

stay tuned...

So every morning as I make my commute....I listen to mad dog and billie on Virgin radio 99.9...and every morning they have announce a winner to their Pay Your Bills contest. A lucky 99.9 member gets the amazing opportunity of having their bills paid for them by virgin and Yak! Amazing!! So instead of wishing I was the winner and doing nothing about it...I thought why not register and hope that one morning I will get announced on the radio to say "hey you 'erin bryce', we are going to pay your bills!!" Holla!!! So PLEASE everyone send me your good luck vibes and stay tuned to see if I win. If by chance my name does get called and I don't hear it, please call me asap!!
Here is the contest info: Virgin Radio and YAK are opening up our bank account for YOU - to PAY YOUR BILLS!
Everyone could use a little extra cash for themselves, so we're making it happen!
Register now and Virgin Radio and YAK could be PAYING YOUR BILLS!
Phone Bill?
Your new Jimmy Choo's?
That Luis Vuitton bag...
NO PROBLEM! We've got it covered!
Register up to 3 bills, and then be listening starting September 8th at 6am! Every Hour from 6 - Noon & 3 - 6, we could be calling out YOUR NAME and one of your bills! If you hear it, you'll have 30 minutes to call us back at 416-872-9999 and we'll PAY YOUR BILL!

Ps. Yes I understand by announcing this contest it will decrease my chancing of winning because of course all of you will sign up...but I believe in karma. Namaste!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

trust each moment

Trust. Trust. Trust. Again and again, that's the issue. See how much of your pain, your anguish, your tension arises simply from not trusting the absolute perfection of the present moment. I've lost my way. I'm off track. I'm somehow wrong - in the wrong place at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing. Where I'm going is a dead end. Oh, dear...
You are not off track. You haven't lost your way. You're going somewhere worth going. Somewhere magnificant beyond the ability of your mind to comprehend. By trusting the perfection of each moment, you give yourself a gift: permission to enjoy the journey.
Don't just take the trip
Let yourself enjoy the ride.
-Journey to the Heart

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What have you been up to?

As I sit here and procrastinate a wee bit, I can't help to remember a conversation Heather, her friend John and I, had after a concert. Somehow when we were chatting and the conversation lead to the question: when someone asks you, 'what have you been up to this past year?', how would you answer?... all of our automatic reactions would have been to answer "not much, you?"...but when we got more into it, we re-asked each other and came up with a more in depth and thought out answer. It was amazing to hear what we all had to say. A lot sure can happen in a year. Here is what I would say to the person questioning:
This past year I have (in no particular order)...
  • Trained and completed 3 marathons
  • Qualified for the 2010 Boston Marathon
  • Travelled for the first time to the South of France
  • Graduated from Teacher's college
  • Was a bridesmaid for the first time
  • Felt a broken heart
  • Went on my first blind date in 29 years ... and my second
  • Started to open my heart to another
  • Had champagne on top of the Eiffel Tower (yup that is one for the books)
  • Became closer to my support team
  • Started from zero ... but have been picking up the pieces slowly
  • Became an aunt to a 1 year old
  • Biked 95kms in Florida
  • ...and many more...

Poor chap who decides to ask me what I have been up to this past year. ha! Hope everyone had a great weekend! xo (What have you been up to?)

Friday, September 11, 2009


As the soot and dirt and ash rained down, we became one colour.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building, we became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hoping, we became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno, we became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength, we became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement, we spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long, we became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss, we became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss, we became one soul.
As we retell with pride the sacrifice of heroes, we become one people.
-Author unknown

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tickets go on sale tomorrow! I will definitely be there!
ps. every year the event sells out!
pps. 09.09.09 - just bought a 'cash for life' hopefully today is my lucky day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


This morning as I was making the long commute from tdot to the hammer I was listening to my fav duo Mad Dog and Billie (guest staring today)...speak to the maker of Rollasole and couldn't help but be pumped and amazed about what a great idea this new company has devised. Here is a little tid bit about the new invention....
Rollasole, roll up flats, sell for about $8 from a vending machine.
After a night of clubbing in your killer heels and you find yourself winding your way home, most women will 1. jump on the back of the nearest guy for a lift, or 2. slip off the heels and walk through the grunge to get some foot relief. (or 3 cry it out and suffer the consequences the next hoo) Now for about $8, Rollasoles can give you relief without throwing out a guy's back, or throwing away self respect. The little flats come in a tiny duffle, from a cigarette size vending machine. Matt Horan, the Sole Director, of Rollasole, was hit with this brainstorm while coming out of the drunken stupor. He was sick of giving his girlfriend piggyback rides on the way home from clubbing. The new shoes have yet to make their ways over seas to North America...but when they do I feel they will be a big hit. Some fav shoe names: Gold digger, Silver Lining, Back to Black. check out: for more information.
Ps. hope everyone had a great last weekend of the summer. sigh!
Pps. Good luck to all students and teachers. Have a great first day of school!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!
- Christian D. Larson
ps. have a great long weekend! xo

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fall Trends

While I was away travelling in France and Italy (sigh....feels so long ago), I couldn't help but watch Fashion Television when I was in down time getting ready and such...also FT no matter the country it's a universal language. Anywho thought I would report on the 2009 Fall Trends seeing as we are in September...the month of fashion! Who better to tell you about the top 3 trends than use my style icon Sienna Miller.

Top 3 trends for the Fall:
1. Fur - ok...I guess that could work...too bad my wallet can only afford faux fur
2. Sequins - yup I've always been a fan of a little glitter 3. Short Hemlines - with black opaque tights I can definitely follow this trend!
Anywho just an FYI from me to you.
ps. have become a fan of Brad Paisley - youtube him - warning: he's country
pps. Boobyball October go on sale September 10th!
ppps. going to see Keith Urban on October 3rd!

Monday, August 31, 2009


right now I am watching the CMA's and reminiscing about the surreal vacation I just went on - sigh! I had the amazing opportunity to meet Chris in Rome and really get to know what a caring and kind individual he is. We spent 2 nights in Rome, then headed to Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo and up to Paris for 2 nights. It was a trip that I joked with people that would make us or break us...and instead of doing either, it made me appreciate him. Anywho, travelling is something I can't get enough of, it's something that everyone should be fortunate enough to try to do, you really get to know more about who you are, what the world is all about, and of course it opens you up to the people around you. Highlights of the trip: it's nice in nice, bridges, gelato, croissants, princess/prince, walking europe, champagne ontop of the eiffel tower, rose, 'free' pizza, biking paris, naps, amazing race pace, yachts, pharmacy?, aggressive locals, mona, monte carlo - enough said, climbing the vatican, lounging on the beach, fireworks, amazing meals, escargo, smiles, laughs and many more! thanks for the great trip!
ps. why can't vacations last hoo! - back to the real world I guess?!

Monday, August 17, 2009

a few things

Yes I know I haven't been sharing some news, but right now there are some things I would like to keep for myself (or at least dish with the gals in my life)...anywho that being said the past couple weeks have been excellent! a wee bit exhausting, but this week is dedicated t0 catching up on lack of sleep and working out until my vacay to Italy and France. Yuppers...this Friday I am heading to meet with cc in Rome, Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo and Paris. ahh the unemployed teacher life. "when in rome"
next tid bit...Katie and Sean are officially married. They clean up well ;) Katie looked stunning (Sean you looked pretty sharp too)! It was such an amazing event....and it's so surreal witnessing one of your best friends start the next chapter in their life (especially in a shmancy bm dress!) There were many highlights of the day/night that are difficult to describe (especially being the iffy writer I am), but Maggie had an amazing speech that definitely hit home...first paragraph was shared with the guests...the rest I want to share and try to live by.
"Honour the Beginning"
Beginnings can be delicate or explosive. They can start almost invisibly or arrive with a big bang. Beginnings hold the promise of new lessons to be learned, new territory to be explored, and old lessons to be recalled, practiced, and appreciated, Beginnings hold ambiguity, promise, fear and hope.
Don't let the lessons, the experiences of the past, dampen your enthusiasm for beginnings. Just because it's been hard doesn't mean it will always be that difficult. Don't let the heartbreaks of the past cause you to become cynical, close you off to life's magic and promise. Open yourself wide to all that the universe has to say.
Let yourself begin anew. Pack your bags. Choose carefully what you bring, because packing is an important ritual. Take along some humility and the lessons of the past. Toss in some curiosity and excitement about what you haven't yet learned. Say your good byes to those you're leaving behind. Don't worry who you will meet or where you will go. The way has been prepared. The people you are to meet will be expecting you. A new journey has begun. Let it be magical. Let it unfold.
All parts of the journey are sacred and holy.
Take time now to honour the beginning.
Will post before I leave! Katie and Sean hope you are having a great honeymoon! miss ya! xo
ps. how is it August 17th already?

Friday, August 7, 2009


Tomorrow Katie, one of my best friends, is getting married to her perfect match; Sean...and I couldn't be more happier for both of them! I am so honoured to be part of their day and to be standing up with them and their dearest friends to wish them well! Katie and Sean; wishing you every happiness as you begin your life together. Love you guys! xo Can't wait until tomorrow!!
"May your love be modern enough to survive the times, and old fashioned enough to last forever!"

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Concerts: It's looking like it might be a summer of a few concerts...which is always a nice change! Xavier Rudd was awsome on Saturday night...very chill and such a great venue! This Thursday I will be heading to see Coldplay at the Rogers Centre with Heather! Holla! Row 18 on the floor! Thanks for inviting me! yay! This weekend, perhaps Sam Roberts. Tickets are sold out, but I am on the if you know anyone selling, I am in! Also another sold out venue that I was late to the punch on: Matt Nathanson is playing August 11th at the Mod Club. He is one guy I would love to see! Might have to go scalp!
Bachelorette: What was up with last night? Talk about all over the show! I was happy to see Reid back, yet he needed to step up his game. Running shoes? Also if this was the one chance for him to win over Jillian, why was he not overly confessing his love. I know...I'm sure he was paid to come back...all about the ratings..but still! Loved Kiptons attire. He had my vote. But of course, though Ed is a little dorky, I'm always in for a happily ever after!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I ran up the door, opened the stairs, said my pajamas and put on my prayers - turned off my bed, tumbled into my light, and all because he kissed me good-night! ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Forever 21

Count down is officially on! Forever 21 is coming to Mapleview Shopping Centre in Burlington. Soo for those of you who don't know me...I am a HUGE forever 21 fan. I go above and beyond the call of duty to make bi-weekly to mostly monthly stops in Newmarket to hit up the best Forever 21 out there. There is one in Dundas Square but is terrible that I dont even consider it to be a legit store. Anywho, I make frequent stops there on the way up or home from the cottage and always walk away with items. Though you have to sort through a lot, you will always find something and the price point is between: $17.00 - $35.00. I would say my clothes are becoming 50% from there. Long ago are the days of Holts. Anywho, I was randomly in Mapleview Shopping Centre the other day and came across the best news I have received in awhile....Forever 21 is coming soon! October! Yay!! Thought I would share. Holla!
ps. I am well aware I am not 21 anymore :( sad but true...but there are some killer stuff in there for all ages. fyi

One martini...

two martini...three martini...Floor :)
Saturday afternoon and into the early morning we hit the town and celebrated Katie and the next chapter in her throwing her a Bachelorette party! It was definitely one for the books! We started off with some mani's and pedi's...made our way to Aradia Fitness where we strutted our stuff and learnt how to do a lil pole dancing (actually was a serious workout! hmm?) We then made our way to Water Side Inn where we stepped it up a notch and had some din, drinks, games, serious laughs, drinks, music, drinks games, and then made our way to the Bar. Of all the girls I know Katie definitely knows how to party...or at least can keep up with me ;) ha! "hey black betty rambalam..." Cheers to a great night! Looking forward to August 8th!
ps. Saw Bruno on Sunday eve...OFF SIDE...but hilarious!
pps. Happy 30th Birthday Heather! Love ya! xo

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Go for the ride of your life

The roller coaster crawled slowly upward, inching toward the first and biggest hill. And suddenly we were screaming downhill at ninety seven miles an hour. It is, they claim, the fastest roller coaster in the world. I laughed and yelled and clutched the handlebar. When the ride ended, the attendant turned to us as we were about to leave. "Would you like to go again?" he asked "It's the last ride of the night." We all shouted yes and rode the course again, the wind whipping through our hair. When the ride ended, as all rides do, we sat in our seats and cheered.
Sometimes things happen. Things we didn't expect. Things we didn't plan on. An event occurs that changes our life dramatically. The event may be good or bad, desirable or undesirable, fortunate or unfortunate. No matter how we describe it, its impact is the same. We step off our usual path and go for a roller coaster ride.
You may have begun a time of deep transformation, a journey chosen by your soul. Feel all you need to feel. Allow your thoughts to flow. Let your body shift as you go through the curves. Let yourself be transformed. Enjoy the ride, the entire experience, with all its twists and curves. Scream in fear. Cry out in joy. Laugh aloud with glee.
If you find yourself on a roller coaster,
turn it into the ride of your life.
-Journey to the Heart

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's the end of an era

There are people in this lifetime that you feel are eternal...what would the world be like with out the king of pop... without Michael Jackson? Though I have mixed feelings about the choices he made in his thing is forsure he was a music icon and will always be remembered - especially by the children of the 80's. "The sudden death of Michael Jackson jolted his friends and family, a second blow to the entertainment world after the loss of another pop icon, Farrah Fawcett, only hours earlier on Thursday. "We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only Pop music but of all music," Justin Timberlake, who was clearly influenced by Jackson, wrote on his Web site. "He has been an inspiration to multiple generations, and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones." "I can't stop crying over the sad news," Madonna says. "I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless."

Saturday, June 20, 2009


This weekend I decided to make my way up north to detox, tan, ride, relax and finish my AQ course! Other than relaxing I haven't been able to check off my list! Last time I was up the weather wasn't in my favour, and again as I sit here trying to work on my course I am finding everything and anything to do...including watching the U.S open! ha! It's pouring rain! Anywho, a couple weeks ago I was going through boxes - boxes from our Birchview house and I came across my Nothing Books. In '94 when I went to camp I started a "Nothing Book"...a book full of quotes, pictures, sayings and the odd thoughts. Not really a diary, just a creative outlet to write down some cool poems (sounds familiar). The 2 books I created stayed with me until the year 2000. It is so interesting to go through your past; especially to reminisce about the people who were such a big part of your life back then. Too funny! Anywho thought I would share one of my fav poem that made it into both nothing books.
"After awhile you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and possessing a soul. And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security, and you learn that kisses aren't contracts and parents aren't promises, and you learn to accept your defeats with your head held high and your eyes open. With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child. You learn to build your roads on today because tomorrows grounds are too uncertain for plans and future have away of falling down in mid flight and after awhile you learn that even sunshine burns if you have too much. So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure and you really have worth. An you learn and learn, with every good-bye you learn." - NIKE