29 Aug 2014

sips // dark and stormy

Good things come in threes. 
Like long weekends and movie trilogies. The third movie in a trilogy is essential. It carries a lot of weight on it's shoulders. How could we have forgiven Robert Zemeckis if he had left us with only Back to the Future and Back to the Future Two? Or if Richard Linklater hadn't told us if Jessie and Celeste stayed together in Before Midnight? Or why it was necessary for someone to phone Neve Campbell and say "Hello, Sydney" prompting years of people coming up behind me and repeating that sinister line right in my ear while congratulating themselves on their originality. That's not important. You know what is? Alcohol. Alcohol on a long weekend. 
Consider this the third instalment of Alcohol + Ginger Beer + Lime Juice. 

The summer started with a popular drink that most people have heard of: Moscow Mules. That's ginger beer and vodka. A safe choice. 
Then there was the Kentucky Mule. A drink made slightly more dangerous by how ridiculously delicious it is and the fact that bourbon and ginger beer are much better together than they are separate. A true love story. 
And now we're here. The third story. The third cocktail. The Dark and Stormy. It's the perfect tumultuous finish to summer. It's smooth and slightly exotic tasting, but also familiar. I recommend using some seriously delicious rum and your juiciest limes. You know you want to try one...

Dark and Stormy
makes one drink
1.5 oz black spiced rum
4-5 oz ginger beer
1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add the lime juice and ginger beer. Stir slightly to combine. Add the rum and garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

PS Drinks with similar ingredients Moscow Mules & Kentucky Mules

26 Aug 2014

midwifery // third year approaches

Remember last year when I was soooo excited for school to start?

RIP that time of hope and optimism. 

Third year is the midway struggle. I'm too far in to turn back but I also know I have the same amount of time to do all over again before I finish. 

This year is already starting off on an ominous note with the school emailing us a friendly reminder that we have a 900 page manual to read before labour day and an exam after a week long intensive.

Perhaps I'm being dramatic, just stressing over nothing. But in my defence: 
I have had a cold for over a week.
My pelvis hurts.
My knee is inflamed.
I'm an 80 year old woman trapped in a 25 year old body. Help me.

So, uh yeah, I'm feeling just a teeny bit of stress.
I'm 85% certain that I've forgotten every single thing I learned in the past two years. Where does the baby come out? What do I do with my hands?

I'm sure it will be fine.
We're only getting thrown into situations where were being judged and evaluated literally constantly.

Midwives are, generally speaking, a kind group of women who are sympathetic to the terror thrill of being a midwifery student. Do doctors and nurses harbour similar sentiments?

Uh my hunch is that'd be a big

Let's also have a moment of silence for all the midwifery student's social lives that are now coming to a frantic and tragic end. 

Don't worry, it totally doesn't get weird when we spend too much time with each other

Cheers to higher education. Follow your dreams children!

25 Aug 2014

summer weekend

Well that was a delightful weekend! School starts a week tomorrow so I'm making a conscious effort to enjoy my free time while it lasts. It is easy to do that when I have nothing but wonderful friends and a lovely family and live in a place that is made for going places and doing things. 

We celebrated Matt's birthday by going to the Caledonian. An excellent place to go for drinks and adventures in eating haggis. I brought the birthday hats more as a joke than anything else, but our server apparently loved having tables with a birthday person because not only did she insist that we wear the hats but she took our photo and brought free dessert. Matt, who loathes public attention, was obviously super pleased. 

I had my high school friends over for brunch. Between us we had enough food to feed a small army. There was french toast, bacon, baked eggs, scones, cinnamon buns, berries, coffee and mimosas. Sharing a meal with these guys is not for the faint of heart. At one point Emily told us that we needed to hurry up and eat more because she had already had her cinnamon bun and why were we taking so long? We ate almost everything and basically had to lie on the floor afterwards. Perfect brunch. 

On Saturday I spent several blissful hours on my couch watching Doctor Who. Before the much anticipated series 8 premier, they showed the 50th anniversary special and The Day of the Doctor, which I totally did *not* cry while watching. It's always sad to go through a regeneration (I still don't think I've recovered from David Tennant leaving) but overall the new doctor seems to have a lot of promise.  

I made my annual wall calendars and am feeling *slightly* more prepared for school to start up again

Tiffany and I made a valiant attempt at getting school work done. T-minus 8 days until third year starts!

Naturally there were cocktails. I tried my hand at making Vespers. My mom and I ended up having to share one between us because that amount of alcohol for one person seemed maybe a bit much for Sunday night, but they were delicious. Delicious and potent. 

She's alright, I suppose.

Anddd I saw this, which was excellent. 

Have a great Monday!

23 Aug 2014

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

Happy Saturday! I'm planning on having a low key weekend, some reading, some netflix, some more wishing Lee "Ned the Pie-Maker" Pace was my bf. I just started re-reading the third book in the Outlander series (I finished the second one while I was at the cottage and forgot how good it was! Such drama, very excitement, wow.) My friends from high school are coming over for brunch today. Love those guys. We're definitely having mimosas. Well since I spent far too much time reading the internet here's some of it for you! Enjoy stuff from around the internet for your reading enjoyment.

I present to you: The Nostalgia Machine. You're welcome.

this is a fantastic idea

5 ways to refresh your blog

speaking of hitting refresh I think I may try this DIY hair conditioner 

the inner monologue of someone with writer's block

if anyone wants to come over for breakfast I could be talked into to make these scones, just sayin'

the difference between intuition & resistance  

I am the worst at this: why it's so hard to catch your own typos

how one man destroyed the food network

fall is the perfect time to start a juicy new book: 23 contemporary authors whose books are sadly not gracing the best seller's lists

I was genuinely surprised that this driving maneuvre is safer than not!

More evidence that I am in no way prepared to be a parent

dear this smoky eggplant dip get into my mouth asap

friendship 101 for grown-ass women

totally, one hundred percent fascinating: the three ring birthing circus

if you were in the market for a back to school DIY project try this one

Have a great weekend!

photo by me