25 Apr 2015

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

Hi from the crazy midwifery intensive! I kind of feel like my brain is melting. I'll resurface in a few days...I think. Send brownies and wine! Here's some stuff from around the internet for your reading enjoyment.

more doodling for everyone!

three words for you: rhubarb. mint. julep.

a very serious question: can you survive the battle of Hogwarts? 

I need to eat this every night for dinner for the rest of my life

yik yak is hilarious 

for the bakers out there: when to glass or metal bakeware

I need this board game in my life

Sophie posted some pictures from when she and I were in Rotterdam, you should check them out

image via beautiful bookstores

20 Apr 2015

a good weekend

You know when you have a good weekend? Not necessarily a great, spectacular, one-for-the-books weekend but one that was full of good weather and fun people and good conversations? I had a good weekend like that. 

I drove down to Toronto on Thursday and had dinner with Simon at The Roy. It was really great to catch up over a few beers. On Friday I helped out with the midwifery school admission interviews. The interview process is called the MMI or Multiple Mini Interview and functions as follows: there are ten stations, you begin by sitting outside your fist assigned station. A bell rings and you have two minutes to read a scenario or question that is taped outside the door. At the end of the two minutes another bell rings, you go inside your station and have eight minutes to discuss the question/scenario. The interviewers are midwives, midwifery professors and consumers. It's an interesting process; it's stressful because it takes a long time (about an hour and a half) and you're nervous because midwifery school is awesome and you really want to get in, but on the other hand you get a fresh start every ten minutes, so if you're bombing one question you can save yourself the next round.
My name tag said "rotation monitor" so I had the *taxing* responsibility of making sure everyone moved onto their next station in a timely manor. It was great to see my friend Tara (who is having a baby next month!) and talk with my professors. It was also a nice reminder of how far I had come. I remember thinking that senior year was impossibly far away and yet, here I am. Just the confidence boost I needed before my intensive starts this week.

After the interviews, it was time to celebrate Pam and the occasion of her 25 years on this planet. Her venue and activity of choice was Medieval Times. The last time I attended was for my 10th birthday party and it was the best. night. of. my first decade. I was more than happy to go and celebrate with Pam (especially since tickets were buy one get one) but had mid to low expectations for the whole experience (see aforementioned 10th birthday party.)
You guys, I was not prepared for how much fun Medieval Times was. We were front row, or front ring as it were, in the Yellow Knight's section and cheered a surprising amount for a group of people in their mid to late twenties. There was some sort of skills tournament, a joust and some other plot element that I wasn't entirely clear on because I had to go to the bathroom which was 4500 miles from my seat. There was beer, there was a half chicken to be eaten with only one's hands and then there were The Knights.
Can I be real with you guys for a second? The knights were hot. Like, very attractive. More attractive than one (me) would have anticipated. I mean, hot dudes who are good with horses? Shut the front door. There was a lot of debate as to who was, in fact, the most attractive of the bunch, eventually we all agreed the Black and White Knight was fairest of them all and the most knightly.
For a two-for-one ticket deal, it was totally worth it.

For post Medieval Times libations we went to Get Well, on Dundas. Many delicious Canadian brews were drunk and a marvelous time was had by all. We wore our crowns until well after midnight and we had made certain that everyone in the establishment knew that we had gone to Medieval Times. 

The rest of the weekend was spent in Guelph. Tiffany and I ventured out for Vietnamese food and watched She's The Man. We played with the cat, ate bacon on Sunday morning and relaxed in our lovely new apartment. It was really great to get a break before things get crazy again in the near-to-immediate future.

I hope you had a good weekend, too! Until next time xo

18 Apr 2015

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

Happy Saturday! I'm recovering from a Medieval Times + birthday party induced hangover (totally worth it) and have grand plans to clean my apartment today. How is everyone's weekend? I hope you have lots of time set aside to get early-in-the-season-sunburns and maybe get accidentally day drunk in the park because it is so that kind of weekend. In the meantime, here's some stuff from around the internet for your reading enjoyment. Enjoy!

does tylenol dull emotional pain too?

5 cheap and easy ways to cheer yourself up note to Sydney: number four, number four, number four

interesting facts for people (me) who love learning facts

avoiding conversational narcissism 

hello, new favourite breakfast sandwich 

I, too, dislike the new Dove ad

cocktail wizardry

how to make your own succulent zen garden 

Have a great weekend xo

16 Apr 2015

living that Guelph life

I kind of feel like this blog is my university boyfriend: we rarely talk about school or what I want to do with my life, and whenever we're at my apartment we only hang out in my bedroom. Don't worry, in a few months we'll discover whether or not we actually have things in common with each other, or realize we're just in it because it's wildly convenient and easy.
But in the meantime: Guelph!
General overview? Things in Guelph are prettttyyy great. It's is like, really pretty here. 

Then there's good food. After submitting our final papers for our online course Tiffany and I treated ourselves to a day outside in the actual sunshine, including lunch and a beer at Ox on their beautiful patio. I'm not going to describe the levels of inner delight I experienced when I realized I could get an affordable charcuterie board ten minutes from my house, because that would be slightly douchey and embarrassing (okay but look at it, look at it.) So I'll tell you instead about the pizza and beer, because they were delicious and left us both sitting contently, if slightly sleepily, in the midday sun. Much to my delight, there's a boatload of local beers to be had in the area. Actually, the majority of food and beverages for offer in Guelph are local. It's neat. 

Speaking of beer, we somehow ended up with a surplus of alcohol in our apartment. Considering that both of our alcohol tolerance levels have fallen below any form of acceptable level #drunkofftwobeers this is unlikely to change anytime soon. You can be certain that if you were to drop by unannounced we would be able to provide you a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, like the excellent hosts that we are. Although be fair warned, I shan't be making you any fancy, expensive cocktails. We do not have a "home bar" because of student debt and the reality that we can't solve our woes with alcohol #oncalllife The point being: come on over anytime!

Adventures in cat babysitting are going great, thanks for asking. Otis loves having her picture taken. Loves it. Tiffany and I are now both cat whisperers and have successfully modified a few of the more unsavoury behaviours. Although, let's be honest, mostly Otis pretty much does whatever she wants. Including opening door knobs

When I get around to making a proper "apartment tour post" you will see our teeny, tiny tv room. There's just enough room for our two person couch and the oversized tv. We have taken full advantage of this arrangement and spent several nights eating chips and enjoying the benefits of Netflix. In addition to several Important 90s Comedies, we've watched all of Garfunkel and Oats and just started in on Daredevil. Basically, we're loving that Guelph life.

I'm off to Toronto this weekend to celebrate Pam's birthday and to help out with the midwifery school interviews (best of luck, brave women!) 

 Until next time, xo