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I just had the perfect weekend. I don’t mean to brag, but sometimes you just get that weekend sweet spot where you find the perfect mix of activity and lounging to leave you rested but not resenting the next day at work.

First, it helped that I had a 4-day weekend. Who doesn’t love extending long weekends with their last vacation day before year-end on May 31st. I had Friday off and Monday was a holiday and I had absolutely NOTHING planned.

My past few weekends before this one were jam packed with activities and driving. A few weeks ago I headed to my parents (about 2.5 hours away) to celebrate Mother’s Day with my lovely mom and last weekend my sister came home from Trinidad (!) and there was airport pick ups and driving home (again) and all around busyness. They were both wonderful weekends, but wonderful in the way that leaves you exhausted and totally unprepared for the week ahead.

This past weekend was none of those things.

On Friday, Matt and I took a spontaneous trip to our favourite conservation area – Mount Nemo – for a wonderful hike. The weather was gorgeous and we took the long, scenic way there which took us through a few cute little hamlets and past beautiful farmland We also saw an Aston Martin out for a drive, so that was exciting!

View from the top of the escarpment.

Matt exploring and me trying not to freak out that he’s going to fall and die.

Saturday night involved a night out dancing with friends. I danced my heart out and the aches and pains I currently feel are totally worth it. In other news, when did I get so old that a night out dancing results in days of an aching back and neck and a massive charlie horse that WON’T GO AWAY in my calf?

Sunday and Monday were spent taking lots of walks around the neighbourhood in between the thunder storms, watching Firefly and getting some housework done.

Overall, I started this Tuesday back in the office feeling refreshed and ready to work. It was a nice switch from the past couple weeks and I hope I can make it last for the whole week. Considering it’s a 4-day week, I think I can probably make that happen.


Wine and Love

Hosted and dreamed up by the lovely Nora of Walking with Nora.

Why I need wine this week:

  • All round, general crankiness and fussiness – I can’t pinpoint a specific cause, but it’s been a cranky/fussy week for me. It’s as if I’m walking around in jeans that are too small – the discomfort is so slight you can’t actually figure out what’s wrong but you know something is – except apply that to everything in my life this week.
  • The rain – this is perhaps the cause of point #1. Aside from the break we had tonight (thank the heavens!) it has been raining and gray all week. I can’t take much more of this.
  • The humidity – also related to point #1 and #2. Curly hair does not behave in humid weather and all this rain is cramping my style. I’ve already busted out the hardcore summer hair products to fight the frizz. And why yes, I do have seasonal hair care products. Doesn’t everyone?

What I have loved this week:

  • BBQs in the sun – it’s been raining pretty much all week but the sun peaked through this evening just in time for a BBQ at a friend’s place. Nothing beats sitting on the patio and enjoying some burgers.

Check me out being a BBQ queen!

  • This video:

For those that don’t know, I work in agriculture which makes this video a million times more amazing for me. We joke around in my office about covering everything in glitter and how much the farmers would appreciate that and now I have proof that they would TOTALLY love a bedazzled tractor.

  • The Hunger Games – as the next big YA series, I was totally expecting another Twilightesque book that sucks you in while making you feel ashamed because it’s so bad. But, it’s not! It sucks you in AND it’s a good story (so far, I haven’t even finished the first book yet. No spoilers!).
  • A 4-day weekend. Monday is a holiday and I’ve taken tomorrow off AND I have ABSOLUTELY nothing planned. I am beyond excited.

Wine and Love

The lovely Nora over at Walking with Nora has an awesome Thursday feature called Wine and Love. I decided to jump on board this bandwagon of awesome and join the fun.

Reasons I’m reaching for the wine bottle this week:

  • I’m beginning to develop an ear infection. It’s not full-blown yet and it’s starting to get better but it still hurts A LOT. I was under the impression that only 6 year olds got ear infections. I was wrong. Also, when you’re an adult with an ear infection, it is no longer socially acceptable to stamp your feet and whine “but it huuuuurts.” (for the record, it huuuuurts).
  • The weather. I work for a farm organization and when it does nothing but rain for days on end in the planting season, farmers aren’t happy. When farmers aren’t happy, I reach for the wine.

Reasons I’m smiling and loving life this week:

  • I found someone who is willing to go see Scream 4 with me. I have such fond (and terrifying) memories of watching the original movies camped out in sleeping bags in the friend’s living room whose parents didn’t care if we watched R movies that I can’t resist this movie for nostalgia sake. Also, who doesn’t like being scared (oh, apparently a lot of people).
  • I’m reading a great book that is slightly more refined than the trash I usually read. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some trash (well hello, sexy vampire), but it’s nice to know that I haven’t become a complete heathen.
  • I started watching Firefly and it’s awesome! Who can resist cowboys in space? (oh, apparently lots of people, people that aren’t me).
  • My sister is moving home from the Caribbean in a week! I’m excited she’ll finally be living in Canada for longer than 2 weeks!
  • This is my second post this week! It’s too soon to say I’m back in the blogging swing of things, but this is definitely a good step!

Spring cleaning is for chumps

Why do we spring clean?

Yeah, it probably makes sense from a historical perspective. I mean, spring was probably the first time the pioneers had enough light to see into the dusty corners of there homesteads.

But, we are not pioneers (in the whole historical sense) and we have something amazing called electricity which means we can peer into our dusty corners any time we so choose. So, why, I must ask, does everyone still do this whole spring cleaning thing?

The last thing I want to do on a beautiful, sunny spring day is clean.

Why don’t we have ‘winter doldrums cleaning’ where come Jan 12, everyone busts out the mop and cleans the back of their closets and corners of their crawlspaces?

Winter is such a more favourable time to clean. There is no bike ride calling you, no barbeque to resist and there certainly is no warm sunshiney t-shirt-wearing afternoon waiting for you.

But alas, resistance is futile. It’s like trying to resist bopping your head to a Justin Beiber song, it’s just not possible.

I cleaned out my closets this past weekend and have a whole laundry basket of clothes waiting to be taken to Good-Will. The bathroom cupboards are up next to endure the ruthlessness that is my cleaning style. “When in doubt, throw it out” was always my mother’s motto and I’ve adopted it as my own.

Fortunately, I’m a little more discriminating than she is. In her house if it hasn’t been used in the past 30 seconds it’s in line for the trash or give-away bin. I like to allot a much more realistic time-frame of 3 months for every day things and 6 months for seasonal gear.

I also like to adopt the more realistic plan to only clean when it’s raining. Unfortunately there is rain in the forecast for the weekend.

Have you started to spring clean?

Tentatively optomistic

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in some beautiful temperate climate like certain family-members of mine (hi sis!) you are probably aware that Spring has sprung.

Just the other day I had to close the blinds at my desk because the sun was streaming in with enough force to blind a small country. It sort of tore my up inside to close those blinds. We’ve been without a shining sun for so long that I was starting to feel like a creature of the night. When that beautiful ball of fire burst through my window so abruptly I was almost worried that I might burst into flames or worse, SPARKLE! But I didn’t.

Although I welcome every ray of sun that comes my way, I’m a little tentative about this whole spring thing. I am so pumped I no longer have to tuck my pants into winter boots and carry my ‘indoor shoes’ in my purse. I am more than excited about waking up to a room full of light and I am thrilled that my car no longer requires a 20 minute de-icing session in the morning.

But, I am tentative. I have lived in Canada far to long to be fooled by this little game. I think we’re all being tricked into a false sense of security by this wonderful weather. I think there is still a bit more snow in those clouds. Not a lot, but enough to rain on our parade, so to speak. I am determined not to be blindsided by the weather this year. My boots are still standing at attention ready to be thrust into action at the first sign of snow. My scraper is poised and ready for use against the harshness of a midnight freeze and my heart is guarded against the warm weather’s attempt to soften us.

Unfortunately, the girl I saw today walking down the street in short booty shorts and flip flops is more easily seduced by mother nature than I am. I’m concerned for her. I hope she survives the shocking revelation that she is living in Canada and it is March. I am also concerned that the bit of her butt that is hanging out of those shorts may get frostbite. I do hope she is ok.

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I'm Claire. I like to write about ridiculous things.

I love chocolate but don't think cheese and cake belong together.

I often wish it was socially acceptable to wear glitter before 10pm.

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