Days 7-11

Alas! I have been remiss! I let the business get the best of me and I lost track of my business (pronounced biznaz). Ergo I have decided to combine posts 7 through 11. I would not have written much for them and therefore feel no guilt.

7. What Sports Traditions Does Your Family Have?

Literally none. Neither of my brothers nor I regularly played sports, nor did anyone in my house watch sports growing up.

8. What new Hobbies Have you Tried Recently?

Unfortunately I have not really had the time to experiment. However, I have started making pickles and preserves for christmas presents this year!

9. Share a Recipe for Your Favourite Football-Saturday Snack.

Oh no.

10. Show us how to Craft Something to Support Your Favourite Football Team.

No, no, no, no, no, no, NO!

No sports.

Seriously Chickies.

And a bonus… 11!

Capture the Changing of the Season With Photos.

The leaves have barely started to change and I do not want to post subpar photos. I shall await my excursions out of the city to take beauteous photographs.

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6. What Fall Traditions Does Your Family Have?

September is a time for harvest. I grew up in a home where we picked apples from our wild trees, and of course everything from my mother’s garden. The next step of course would be canning everything.

There are a few cupboards in our basement that were always filled with these. Pickled beets, mustard pickles, relish, chow, salsa, apple sauce, apple butter, jellies, jams. I watched and helped when I could. I never really appreciated all of this when I lived at home, but I certainly do now. Anything homemade and canned just instantly makes me nostalgic. I love it.

Therefore I have taken it upon myself to make preserves for Christmas presents this year. Beyond the fact that this will save me a little bit of money, people always appreciate homemade food.

You won’t ever get me to stop talking about food my chickies 😉

 

5. How do you Keep Yourself Organized as Things get Busier and Busier?

Day-planners have become my everything. Currently I have two. One fits in my purse, and the other fits in my backpack. In addition I also utilize google calendars. I generally will set two notifications both 30 mins, and an hour prior to the event. This just ads an extra few reminders since I do generally remember everything.

My number one tip for anyone reading this is that as soon as something comes up- write it down. I respond better to physical copies, but find what works for you!

Bonsoir chickies!

4. Show us how you Decorate for Fall

As I continue to attempt to soak up the last few rays of summer sun my head slowly turns to look at the bag of autumnal decorations I have stashed beneath my couch. I hear them calling out to me, saying things like “Get your PSL on girl, you know you want to. Have you thought of when you’re going apple picking, you must make apple butter again. Buy the turkey!” I shudder at the thought. For as always, just beyond the golden rays of autumn lies the beast of winter, dormant still from a long summer nap.

TL;DR I am not decorating for fall until the last weekend of September.

So long my chickies!

3. Make a Fall Essentials Shopping List

“PUMPKIN EVERYTHING.” – Iliza Shlesinger, Freezing Hot

But really… as I have mentioned before September is not quite Fall in Nova Scotia, but is the start really of the province’s busiest tourist season!

We love our fall foliage y’all.

SO, in honour of this I am instead creating a fall foliage essentials shopping list!

  1. Your charger + an extra battery. If you expect to flaunt that you have been zipping around these beautiful colours you’d best be able to prove it. And in that matter…
  2. An extra SD card, you will need the space I promise. I have spent every single fall of my 23 years in this province and I will still take an absurd amount of pictures of the leaves.
  3. Textbooks. Are you going to school? No. In reality you’ll want to press at least 7 leaves you come across. There are several different types of maple, and they all end up being slightly different colours! A beech tree is a different shade of yellow from a birch tree! This is important my little horticultural friends!
  4. Flannel. To truly experience the beauty of Nova Scotia you must first blend in with the local people, sometimes referred to as bluenosers.
  5. Champagne. Celebrate the fact that every single year the leaves magically turn from green to brown. So says Chandon, so says I.

Be well my chickies!

 

2. What Fall Wardrobe Items are you Dying to Wear?

September in Nova Scotia is beautiful. It rests in perfect balance between summer and fall, and therefore my wardrobe has yet to really change from the summer.

I am however looking forward to breaking a few wardrobe items back out of my closet!

My felt hats. I don’t do well in the heat, so though I know some people can rock these no matter the season I restrict mine to the cooler weather so I don’t pass out.

MY SCARVES. I have a slight addiction possibly…. Now normally I will wear a scarf every single day of the year, but this summer was just far too hot and humid for that to be conceivable! Especially the beautiful autumnal one pictured below. Thick, warm, and oh so cozy.

My rain boots. I learned the hard way my first winter in Halifax, five years ago, that waterproof boots are an absolute must. I purchased my hunters (pictured below) the next September, and my Isla Jacobsen’s this past September. If there is any amount of moisture on the ground you can rest easy in the fact that I will be out stomping in one pair or another of my rain boots. They are most certainly my number one must-have of fall, winter, and spring in Nova Scotia!

 

So long my chickies!

1. Share Your Favourite Coffee Drink Recipe

I am rather barebones when it comes to drinking my daily coffee. Two milk, one sugar.

I have also restricted myself to only 1 or two cups of coffee a day due to a few different reasons. So in lieu of a coffee drink I would love to share with you a recipe for a blueberry fog!

I work as a barista at an independent cafe here in Halifax and our teas are sourced from The Tea Brewery, an amazing local micro-blender! There had been a day when I was first being trained that I had felt completely coffeed out, and although a good cappuccino is always worth it I could tell I was starting to get jittery. One of my managers suggested this in lieu of an espresso boost*!

In a very large mug place a serving of the Nova Scotia Blueberry Tea in the strainer of your choice. Add an inch and a half of boiling water, a pump of vanilla syrup and allow to steep for a couple minutes. Steam approximately 10oz of soy milk (use half soy and half whipping cream if you want a real treat) until hot and frothy. Remove strainer or bag from water, add steamed soy, and enjoy your fog!

So long chickies!

*Nova Scotia Blue is a black tea so there is still of course caffeine in the drink itself.

September Blogging Challenge

Challenge Accepted! (Albeit 5 days late…woops)

I have decided to be more proactive with my life. I will continue to walk everywhere, I will start cooking more food at home, I will start making things again (be it sewing, or christmas presents), I will get stronger, and finally, I will start maintaining this blog like I always said I would.

So here is the challenge I came across on Pinterest!

I will be posting the first 4 posts momentarily and picking up with the 5th tomorrow afternoon (after a wine-tasting and vineyard tour!).

I hope you enjoy my chickies!

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24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear

Warning:Curves Ahead

This morning, as I was perusing my Facebook timeline, I happened upon an article that a lovely friend shared. It was entitled “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”, and it triggered Maximum Eye-Rollingfrom everyone who took the time out to read it.

Written by Kallie Provencher for RantChic.com, this “article” (I use the term loosely) highlighted things such as “leopard print”, “graphic tees”, and “short dresses” (because “By this age, women should know it’s always better to leave something to the imagination”). Kallie, it seems, has a number of opinions on what women over 30 should and shouldn’t be doing, having also penned “30 Things Women Over 30 Shouldn’t Own” and “20 Pictures Women Over 30 Need To Stop Posting Online”. (What is this magical post-30 land where women are suddenly not allowed to do or own so many things?!)

Motivated by Kallie’s “article”, I decided to…

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Reflection

Edit: I have removed all previous personal writings as I feel they do not reflect what I want his blog to become.

Looking back at the little I did write on this blog has helped my affirmation in the fact that I struggle with mental illness.

Previously the top post on my blog was a post written about the semi-colon project and the author’s personal struggle with mental illness whilst having the appearance of someone completely sound. All of my previous posts are to do with my procrastination, my sleep deprivation, and my home-sickness. My second year in Halifax was not a good year for me in most ways. I gained weight, I lost touch with friends in the same city as me, I slept through life, failed most of my classes, and truly felt alone for the most part.

My second year did have some good I can look back on though. I solidified a friendship with someone I count as one of my best friends, I pledged a sorority, and although I am no longer active I can say that I will always have someone there for me, just as I will always be there for those girls, I started choreographing for my school’s dance collective.

It was a year of serious ups and downs, from successfully choreographing 3 routines to sleeping through a final exam because I couldn’t summon the will to get up.

I am an ever-changing person. It does no good for me to try to forget this year, but to use it as something to reflect on and recognize the warning signs of an oncoming bout of depression or anxiety.

Hugs and kisses.