wake me up when september ends

September has just flown by! Where do I start? Since the last time I posted, I…

1. Added a customizable print to INK ! STOMP, inspired by a custom request:

2. Met (and then passed) my sales goal of 50 for the summer, on August 29th. OPA!
3. Packed up my work tools and all the rest of my things to my new home 2.5 hours away.
4. Welcomed some awesome freshmen to my Alma Mater during Orientation Week:

5. Celebrated an anniversary with the best boyfriend in the world:

Taken on his birthday, July 2011.

6. Began the adventure of cooking for oneself (including learning to peel potatoes! Super exciting.)

7. And started listening to Florence and the Machine’s forthcoming single on repeat:


And that’s it for now!




RIP Jack

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

– Jack Layton

bird man: joyful music

It’s not Monday, but I wanted to share this gem that I stumbled upon many months ago. I remember that feeling of euphoria the first time I heard his music, and it still makes me smile.

And then there’s also this video, where a guy with a fake beard joins in dancing at around 2:10.


My grade 6 English teacher used to have a folder labelled “Ketchup” that had old worksheets for kids that missed a class and needed to do some catching up, and since then I’ve always thought it was a funny trick of a pun.

Anyway, what have I been up to? I was fortunate enough to find a job at a wonderful periodontal office, helping out at planning some seminars in the fall, creating some patient education brochures, and  generally solving certain problems which arise daily. It’s stimulating and challenging, and I’m really enjoying it!

That keeps me busy 9-5 most days, and the rest of time I’m reading, working on a few crafty projects (which I can’t talk about just yet…it’s top secret!), and preparing to move back to Kingston at the end of the month. It’s insane how close September is – only about 2.5 weeks away – and how much my routine is going to change again.

In other news, Dots and Loops has opened in Lunenburg! Check out their beautiful store pictures here. Many congratulations to Melanie and Stephen.

Lastly, to make up for the music I missed this Monday, one of my favouritest songs:

east coast

My dad and I had such a lovely time the last 6 days in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Beautiful fresh air, forested hills for miles, and the blue ocean. We started off in Halifax…

Spent a morning at the lovely Peggys Cove…

Before heading to picturesque Lunenburg, where we took a whale-watching tour.

The whales were too quick for my camera, I’m afraid, but here are some beautiful harbour seals…

Spent some time watching the tides at Hopewell Rocks off the incredible Bay of Fundy.

Drove over Confederation Bridge to the breath-taking Prince Edward Island, where we visited the Green Gables and met…Sir John A.?

And finished back in Halifax, at the Maritime Museum.

All in all, it was just awesome: awesome sights, awesome food, and awesome locals (especially a lovely 80-year-old great-grandmother we met just as we were leaving the ship in the last photo, oh my). Thank you, Canada’s beautiful East Coast, for your hospitality.

swagger monday

Rozzi is so talented and has so much swagger that she could literally  sing out my e-mails and I would be mesmerized.” Word.

This awesome video is found via HelloGiggles, a hip new website that’s filled with awesome articles of all kinds (entertainment, beauty, Illustrated Tweet of the Day, and cool projects like this Video Chat Karaoke!)


Photo by Ryan Coleman

Shortly after returning from my vacation, I was invited up to my boy’s lovely camp (Northern Ontario slang for cottage) with his family and family friends to celebrate his 19th birthday.

Up there on shores of Lake Huron, I spent five peaceful days without neither internet access nor running water. I finished three books (finally catching up with my yearly reading goals), floated on the lake, and just sat on the porch listening to songs from the 70s. I even woke up before 8am without an alarm! Bliss — well, except for the mosquitoes.

But I am back home now, a bit more tanned and a lot more rejuvenated. And the good news is I do have a few posts of things I want to share, including those East Coast photos I keep talking about!

Let’s make August a good month.