26 Jan 2015

the weekend

Happy Monday internet friends! How were your weekends? I had a particularly friend-filled one. I had the whole weekend off. Thank goodness because the hospital was a total zoo this week. On the topic of my one true love midwifery school, I submitted my choices for The List *dramatic musical interlude* 
Quick re-cap for those who are new or wish for a re-explanation of how The List and placements work: our school gives us, it's diligent and hardworking students, a list with all the available placements. We the students choose our top four locations and then type those locations into four little boxes in some sort of black magic operating system. Then, the powers that be pour all the selections into a cauldron, perform midwitchery voodoo and then run four separate lotteries. The first lottery to match as many of us with our top choices as possible. Then, those who didn't get a match are in the second lottery for their second choice etcetera etcetera. If you get kicked out of the lottery, you didn't make an appropriate sacrifice to the goddesses and must select a new option from the remaining placements. We find out mid-February where the winds of adventure (ha) will be blowing us. 
The point is, I made my choices. Any information regarding appropriate goddess sacrifices is welcomed and appreciated...

Earlier in the week when I was texting Tiffany complaining about this or that, we decided that Friday would involve consumption of alcohol. In both our attempts to save money instead of spend it we opted to have girls night in and make margaritas and burritos. It was a wild success! We used this recipe for the drinks and used whatever we had on hand for burrito fillings. Our christmas light-lit evening was soundtracked by Jessie Ware who we're going to see in concert in March. Very friend romance. Girlmance? Womance? Either way: ovaries before brovaries. Broke midwifery student night success!   

Saturday was Toronto Fun Day with Alex! We did lots of really fun things (and, bonus, didn't spend a whole whack of money either!) In an attempt to pepper the blog with more Toronto based content I'm saving all the fun details and photos for a separate blog post. But know this: we had fun and we were in bed before midnight. There was a lot of drunken high-fiving regarding that particular success and I regret none of it. 

The weather was beautiful on Sunday and despite indeed incurring the wrath of the hangover gods I made it outside for a walk. Mostly this was to procure a fresh baguette. Which I ate all of. By myself. I started watching House of Cards and that combined with the knowledge that all the baguette belonged to me created a sort of manic sense of power. I regret none of it. 
After carb-o-rama there was curling. Sadly we lost, but (miraculously) we are in the play offs! Thank goodness we got matching toques and look like a well organized, all woman curling unit. Bad ass. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Until next time xo 

25 Jan 2015

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

Happy Sunday internet friends! It's a beautiful day in Toronto and I'm feeling confident that my hangover will abate enough for me to get outside and enjoy some of that cold, clean sunshine. Alex was in the city yesterday and we had what we were calling Toronto Fun Day. We did all my favourite Toronto things and even squeezed in a few drinks at a bar that I have been wanting to go to. Exciting blog post coming soon! Before you jump into your to-do lists and piles of laundry here's some stuff from around the internet for your reading enjoyment and the new Mountain Goats song! Enjoy!

I loved Julie's thoughts on radical friendship

the problem with meaning 
"Meaning is something you built into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you...You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life."

150 clean eating recipes for that crockpot gathering dust on your shelf

stop trying to change your life overnight

some very important news from the world of Harry Potter

this should come as no surprise at all but I totally dig this nerdy analogy to help you navigate your life

a winter survival guide tip 

from OM to OMG the totally rad science of meditation + that awesome app 

how ridiculously good does this dinner look?

cocktails emojified

the pleasures of reading to impress yourself 

mansplanation aka men explain disney movies 

22 Jan 2015

sips // the boulevardier

It's Thursday. Which is almost Friday. It's practically the weekend. Actually, it is the weekend for me, I have another hospital shift today and as yesterday's dragged on more than the third hobbit movie, I'm eagerly awaiting my days off. Which, naturally, will be celebrated with cocktails. Alex is coming in for the weekend and we will do all the things. Kind of like this. There will certainly be a trip to Bellwoods in the cards but before that, we should probably have Boulevardiers. 

The Boulevardier is a Manhattan-Negroni hybrid. It's sweet like my beloved Manhattan, but with the tasty undertones of Campari. It's a perfect drink for mixing in that brand new mixing glass you bought yourself for Christmas so you could take fancy blog photos. It's also a way to use that bottle of beautiful looking Campari that doesn't involve making negronis, which are a little bit bitter for winter. This version has double the whiskey and half the campari and vermouth. I'm a firm believer one should always opt for double whiskey anything. So here you go: The Boulevardier.   

The Boulevardier
makes one drink

1.5 oz bourbon
3/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
lemon peel 

In your mixing glass filled with ice, add bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth. Stir to combine. Pour into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel. Enjoy! 

PS Similar drinks Bourbon Manhattans, Citrus Negronis and Pink Negronis  

21 Jan 2015

Toronto // Visit Allan Gardens

Hi internet friends! How does today find you? Yesterday in midwifery school land, the powers that be released the list: a list of all the available senior placements! We will have the list in our possession for one week during which time we must make a selection of our top four choices. It's exactly the same process as last time except, somehow I'm now a senior student. More feelings on the subject will be shared in the near future...

While we were enduring the interminable wait for the list Tiffany and I decided to go to Allan Gardens. It was a beautiful day and the sun was putting on a bit of a display when we go there in late afternoon. I hadn't been to Allan Gardens since I was a kid, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover how lovely it is as a grown up. It's an old Victorian green house that houses thousands of plant species in five delightfully named areas: the tropical house, the arid house, the cool temperate house, and the tropical landscape house. Read a more about the history here.  Naturally, the plants were lovely, and stepping inside the warm humidity was a nice reprieve from the nipping cold outside. We also saw turtles, a water wheel and a delightfully cheery model train. A very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon downtown, if you ask me. Here's some photos from our afternoon. 

Until next time xo