So this is my 200th blog post! Cupcakes for everyone!

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It's taken me sort of a really long time to get to this point haha, but it's been fun!

I've gone through a few different stages in this blog, but I've think I've decided that I just want this blog to be a record of my life; a few of my thoughts, but mostly the fun things I do here in Calgary and elsewhere while I travel. I would hope you can find some inspiration, as well as ideas, and tips on music, and other fun things, and some things to laugh about. Anyway, this week is going to be crazy busy! I'm moving next Saturday! I've already started packing and everything but I've still got a fair bit to do. I can't wait to show pictures of my new place! :)


NYC: an album

So I just realized I never shared this album I made back in November after my trip to New York City. I had the idea before I went and it was inspired by these two books by Elise Joy. I made the cover before I went and during my trip I took pictures mostly in landscape format because making this book was in my mind. Then just a couple days after I got back while all the pictures were still fresh on my computer I picked out a bunch of my favorites and got them printed. 

Immediately after printing, I went through them looking for themes in colours. Because I went in October, many of my pictures had green, red, and yellow (autumn!) in them. So I stopped at Michael's craft store, picked up a few pretty patterned, and plain pieces of paper in those colours.

Then I went home and I cropped all those pieces of paper into 4x6 pieces, as well as other momentos I had kept from my trip (theatre tickets, museum guides, maps, etc. I put them all into piles and grabbed my pictures and just put them in an order that I liked that incorporated all the different elements. It was super quick and fun! 

Finally I went through and stuck all the pictures back to back, journaled and added tags and labels, and finally punched the holes and put on the rings! It probably took me a few hours to do once I had all my stuff together. I really recommend this type of album. I've had so much fun showing it to everyone I know! haha Its a great way to show a bit of your experience in a simple way! I love it! 


Finally some Fun!

I feel like I haven't been doing much recently, but that's all about to change. First of all, last week my friend and I signed the lease to our new apartment! We move in at the end of February so I have lots to do - and most of it is exciting!
This weekend was great. Started it off with a concert by my favorite local artist - Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (mbf). He played a sold out concert and told us he was recording the show for a possible live album! He had a great band with backup singers, a brass trio, and 2 drummers, plus guitar players. It was fantastic. You should really check him out - he plays music that everyone can appreciate.

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Then on Saturday, my mom got free tickets to the world championship speed skating event that was here in Calgary. It was really fun to see some of the same athletes from the Olympics last year, and I had never watched speed skating in person before so it was amazing to see their speeds. And watch them glide around the entire rink just with the momentum they had after the race. Because Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988, they still have the facilities to be able to host many world class events which is sweet!!

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Then on Sunday, I went to Market Collective - a local artist market and got a cool necklace there. They also had a valentine making station! I made one for my mom! It was fun.

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Then came home and started working on a DIY home decor project for our new place! I will be sharing that later when I can show a proper before/after picture. Went out for pizza that night too! Whew! Now that's my kind of weekend!! What did you do??


Being Organized and Adult

So I'm a week into February already but I just wanted to do a recap of my January goals and set my goals for February. I like setting monthly goals - I accomplished most of my ones for January, and I hadn't even gone back to see what they were!

So here are my January goals -

- get my life organized (this goes hand in hand with packing everything I own up and moving.- still need to pack everything, but I have organized a few bits of my room. But this is definitely on my February To Do list.
- reading my next book club book - The Poisonwood Bible - didn't quite finish this in time but basically did. I really liked this book! We had a good discussion and great African themed potluck!
- go skating - only went once cuz there were a few cold snaps but I want to go again when its warm out!
- drink lots of tea/cider/hot chocolate - yup. lots.
- start planning out some of my 2011 trips -  This is happening as we speak!
- get debt free! - DONE. I am debt free as of February 1!! SOO excited about this.
- start saving for The.Big.Trip. - This is a goal for the year, not really January or February, but I have started thinking about it!
- Discover 2 new bands - Not consciously but when I think about it, I was just listening to Guster today - I like the "Do you Love me?" song.

I think I did pretty good! 

And here are my February goals - 

- start taking a weekly self portrait - I like the idea of having a documentation like this guy who took his picture daily for eight years.

- pack up room, find an apartment did that today actually!! and move out in March!
- read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - book club
- start sorting my Europe pics - I went about 5 years ago and have never printed them and I just want to put some in a plain album
- paint kitchen chairs. Pretty excited about this idea I have for our kitchen table. And start brainstorming for other decor ideas for our new place!!
- Clothing DIY project that I have in mind - we'll see if it works or not