Archive for the ‘Ramblings’ Category

Fantasizing About: A Romantic Prairie Christmas

December 22, 2008

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I get so caught up in the cheer and festivity of Christmas, I often forget that it’s quite a romantic holiday too. But imagine, if you will, a long ago Christmas Eve on the range. The town schoolteacher –a recent transplant from the big city–becomes trapped in her tiny cabin during a blizzard. The gruff yet gorgeous sheriff–spurned by love in the past—arrives to rescue her and ends up getting snowed in himself.

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Unable to leave the cabin until the snow stops, the schoolteacher and the sheriff circle each other warily. She thinks he is an uncouth, uncivilized cowboy. He is suspicious and awkward around her refined East Coast ways. Ruffled feathers ensue.

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But as the storm rages outside, tensions in the tiny cabin begin to thaw. She discovers in his saddlebags the love note he had written her but was too shy to deliver. He finds in her cupboard the mittens she knitted but couldn’t work up the courage to give him. They gaze at each other longingly from opposite sides of the rustic plank floor…

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Christmas morning dawns to find the skies a clear, cold blue. The warmth of a crackling fire fills the prairie cabin as our couple snuggles close. They nibble cinnamon biscuits and laugh about how they secretly loved each other the whole time. What a story they will have to tell their grandchildren!

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Can you tell I’ve read one too many romance novels? For some practical Christmas advice check out my guest post today at A Day That Is Dessert!

All images courtesy of Krakvik & D’Orazio

Fantasizing About: A Romantic Prairie Christmas

December 22, 2008

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I get so caught up in the cheer and festivity of Christmas, I often forget that it’s quite a romantic holiday too. But imagine, if you will, a long ago Christmas Eve on the range. The town schoolteacher –a recent transplant from the big city–becomes trapped in her tiny cabin during a blizzard. The gruff yet gorgeous sheriff–spurned by love in the past—arrives to rescue her and ends up getting snowed in himself.

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Unable to leave the cabin until the snow stops, the schoolteacher and the sheriff circle each other warily. She thinks he is an uncouth, uncivilized cowboy. He is suspicious and awkward around her refined East Coast ways. Ruffled feathers ensue.

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But as the storm rages outside, tensions in the tiny cabin begin to thaw. She discovers in his saddlebags the love note he had written her but was too shy to deliver. He finds in her cupboard the mittens she knitted but couldn’t work up the courage to give him. They gaze at each other longingly from opposite sides of the rustic plank floor…

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Christmas morning dawns to find the skies a clear, cold blue. The warmth of a crackling fire fills the prairie cabin as our couple snuggles close. They nibble cinnamon biscuits and laugh about how they secretly loved each other the whole time. What a story they will have to tell their grandchildren!

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Can you tell I’ve read one too many romance novels? For some practical Christmas advice check out my guest post today at A Day That Is Dessert!

All images courtesy of Krakvik & D’Orazio

Turkey Coma, Anyone?

November 28, 2008

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We’re about to hit the road for the long drive back home, so I’ll just say a quick hello and wish you all a great weekend. But I hope everyone who celebrated had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday. And I’m so excited for the holiday season to start in earnest! I have so many fun and festive delights to share in the coming weeks, so stay tuned…

Image Credit: Pernilla Hed

Thanksgiving Tag

November 27, 2008

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I’ve been tagged to share my quirks or random personal tidbits several times in the last couple weeks, by Callie at Grayson: A Different Shade of Gray, Julia at I’m All Agog, Candi at Dolce Chici, VIcki at French Essence, Erin at Apartment 34, and most recently by Brooke at Velvet and Linen. Don’t worry—I haven’t been avoiding these tags! I’ve just been saving up for a special Thanksgiving themed tag post, when I can reveal a bit about myself by sharing a few things I’m thankful for. I’m sorry not to post my funny habits—trust me, you’re all better off not knowing about those for now 🙂 So I bring you 7 things I’m thankful for…

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1. I’m thankful for the two years I spent living in Brooklyn, but even more thankful that my husband and I were able to gather the courage and conviction to move to California this past August. It can be difficult to admit when a situation isn’t working anymore, and even more difficult to change that situation. But I know without a doubt that we made the right decision for us—where else can I ride my bike and hike every day in November?

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2. I’m thankful for Smokey. She’s not my kitty—she’s my neighbour’s—but she spends all her time at my house. I recently started working from home and I’d be so lonely if I didn’t have her hogging my lap and pawing my computer mouse all day.

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3. I’m thankful that I got to be a bride. My husband and I were first married in a civil ceremony in 2007, and I didn’t think that I would get to wear the dress, carry the bouquet, have the party, take the photos. I tried to tell myself that I didn’t want those things, but I’m so glad to have been convinced otherwise! Our August wedding was such a joyous occasion, and I’m so grateful to the friends and family members that helped make it happen. As an aside for those who have asked, I haven’t posted our ‘official’ wedding photos because they may be published in a magazine…but you can imagine how it’s killing me not to share them right away!

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4. I’m thankful for my best and oldest friend Jessica. She and I have been egging each other on since we were twelve years old, and even though thousands of miles separate us today she still knows me as though she was right here with me. Not to mention that she was the best maid of honor a girl could ask for!

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5. I’m thankful for my mother, who raised me to be the creative, determined and…um…unique individual that I am today.

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5. I’m thankful for my strong and able body. I’ve not always been as nice to it as I could have been, and sometimes I’m still not always kind (too much ice cream, not enough veggies!) but it gets me where I want to go and for that I feel blessed.

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6. I’m thankful for my husband, my partner in crime and in life! He challenges me every day to be a better person, he’s the best snuggler, and he’s so darn cute. Not to mention how clever he is…check out his mad photoshop skills in my new banner!

7. Finally, I don’t have an image for this one, but I cannot express how thankful I am to all my fellow bloggers and readers for stopping in each day to say hello. When I first started to blog, one thing that I didn’t expect was how important the community aspect of blogging would become to me…and now, it’s what keeps me going. I am constantly amazed by the warm and openhearted people that I meet every day through this medium. Thank you for touching my life.

I feel very shy about tagging people by name, so if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! I’d love to know what you’re thankful for on this day—whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving here in America or not. Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Top Image Credit: Sharyn Cairns

Thanksgiving Tag

November 27, 2008

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I’ve been tagged to share my quirks or random personal tidbits several times in the last couple weeks, by Callie at Grayson: A Different Shade of Gray, Julia at I’m All Agog, Candi at Dolce Chici, VIcki at French Essence, Erin at Apartment 34, and most recently by Brooke at Velvet and Linen. Don’t worry—I haven’t been avoiding these tags! I’ve just been saving up for a special Thanksgiving themed tag post, when I can reveal a bit about myself by sharing a few things I’m thankful for. I’m sorry not to post my funny habits—trust me, you’re all better off not knowing about those for now 🙂 So I bring you 7 things I’m thankful for…

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1. I’m thankful for the two years I spent living in Brooklyn, but even more thankful that my husband and I were able to gather the courage and conviction to move to California this past August. It can be difficult to admit when a situation isn’t working anymore, and even more difficult to change that situation. But I know without a doubt that we made the right decision for us—where else can I ride my bike and hike every day in November?

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2. I’m thankful for Smokey. She’s not my kitty—she’s my neighbour’s—but she spends all her time at my house. I recently started working from home and I’d be so lonely if I didn’t have her hogging my lap and pawing my computer mouse all day.

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3. I’m thankful that I got to be a bride. My husband and I were first married in a civil ceremony in 2007, and I didn’t think that I would get to wear the dress, carry the bouquet, have the party, take the photos. I tried to tell myself that I didn’t want those things, but I’m so glad to have been convinced otherwise! Our August wedding was such a joyous occasion, and I’m so grateful to the friends and family members that helped make it happen. As an aside for those who have asked, I haven’t posted our ‘official’ wedding photos because they may be published in a magazine…but you can imagine how it’s killing me not to share them right away!

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4. I’m thankful for my best and oldest friend Jessica. She and I have been egging each other on since we were twelve years old, and even though thousands of miles separate us today she still knows me as though she was right here with me. Not to mention that she was the best maid of honor a girl could ask for!

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5. I’m thankful for my mother, who raised me to be the creative, determined and…um…unique individual that I am today.

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5. I’m thankful for my strong and able body. I’ve not always been as nice to it as I could have been, and sometimes I’m still not always kind (too much ice cream, not enough veggies!) but it gets me where I want to go and for that I feel blessed.

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6. I’m thankful for my husband, my partner in crime and in life! He challenges me every day to be a better person, he’s the best snuggler, and he’s so darn cute. Not to mention how clever he is…check out his mad photoshop skills in my new banner!

7. Finally, I don’t have an image for this one, but I cannot express how thankful I am to all my fellow bloggers and readers for stopping in each day to say hello. When I first started to blog, one thing that I didn’t expect was how important the community aspect of blogging would become to me…and now, it’s what keeps me going. I am constantly amazed by the warm and openhearted people that I meet every day through this medium. Thank you for touching my life.

I feel very shy about tagging people by name, so if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! I’d love to know what you’re thankful for on this day—whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving here in America or not. Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Top Image Credit: Sharyn Cairns

Please Vote Today

November 4, 2008

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Please vote today. But don't vote because your family tells you to, because a celebrity tells you to, because I tell you to.

Vote because in the not so distant past, great battles were waged and great sacrifices made for our right to cast a ballot. Vote because in the not so distant present, many citizens of the world are still denied that right. Vote because we are blessed to live when and where we do.

Vote because you can.

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Image Credits: 1. The DC Traveler 2. Slate

Please Vote Today

November 4, 2008

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Please vote today. But don't vote because your family tells you to, because a celebrity tells you to, because I tell you to.

Vote because in the not so distant past, great battles were waged and great sacrifices made for our right to cast a ballot. Vote because in the not so distant present, many citizens of the world are still denied that right. Vote because we are blessed to live when and where we do.

Vote because you can.

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Image Credits: 1. The DC Traveler 2. Slate

Pudding for Everyone! I’ve Been Tagged!

October 5, 2008

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Amanda from Swish and Swanky—the most stylish blog south of the Equator—has tagged me! I have to list six details about myself… but first the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged me.
2. List the rules.
3. Tag six fellow bloggers.
4. Leave them a comment so they know they’ve been tagged.

Okay, my 6 details:

1. I’ve had a zillion weird and random jobs over the years, but perhaps the craziest was when I worked as an elf for a shopping mall Santa…and yes, I had to wear a little hat with a bell on the end of it.

2. I also used to work as a Pilates instructor but freaked out and stopped teaching when a woman in one of my classes had one of those stretchy exercise bands snap up and hit her in the face. The incident made me realize I had no idea what I was doing, despite months of instructor training, and I didn’t want to be responsible for someone’s injury…

3. I was a Barista at the Starbucks next door to Toronto’s swankiest hotel—which meant we had a constant stream of movie stars coming in for their coffee. I’ve always thought it would be funny to do an expose on celebs’ favourite Starbucks drinks…for example Mike Meyers drinks his cappuccino made not with steamed milk but with steamed CREAM! Ew!

4. If the hubster would let me, I would eat soup for dinner every night. There’s just something so comforting and satisfying about soup. And I always feel just full enough, not hungry but not stuffed, after eating it. Plus vegetables taste much better in soup than by themselves, so it’s a great way to get your vitamins! My favourites include broccoli cheddar, black bean, and pistou, a french soup that has pesto stirred into it.

5. The part of my appearance that I like best is my hair; it’s naturally blonde and very straight, and when I take care of it properly I think it looks quite nice (if I do say so myself). My least favourite part (at the moment, anyhow—it rotates) is my skin. I’m at that stage where I still break out like a teenager but also have started to lose my youthful glow. Pimples and wrinkles at the same time? Great. Just great.

6. I want a pet REALLY REALLY badly. But our landlord doesn’t allow them. However, if I had my way, I would get two longhaired miniature daschunds and would name them ‘Linus von Puppenstein’ and ‘Otto von Puppenstein’.

I’m going to tag:
1. Georgia at Jorjah-B
2. Chris at Reverie
3. Rochelle at Rochelle S. Ryan
4. Jen at Raising Granola
5. Vanessa at Paper Chick
6. Last but not least, my BFF Jess—only a week in the blogosphere and she’s already taking it by storm!

And for no reason other than I felt like it, above and below are a little eye candy from Gentl and Hyers

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Crazy Day…

August 25, 2008

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Today’s one of those days when posting just isn’t an option—especially considering that the cable guy only just came to hook up our internet! Between the wedding and the move, things around here are nuts…but I promise to post something great tomorrow. In the meantime please feel free to explore the archives. And have a sweet day!

Image courtesy of Kate French/Sarah Kaye

San Francisco or Bust

August 15, 2008

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Well, here I go: the big transcontinental move. A last-minute change
in plans has me driving across the country instead of flying. Just
rolling with the punches, I suppose. I do love a good road
trip—though I’m sure mine won’t be nearly as urbane as the one in
this photo!

Thanks for the good times, New York. California here I come!

Image courtesy of Jo Tyler/Sarah Kaye Represents