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Yet another weekend has gone by way too fast. Here’s what I did:

I had a birthday date with the boyfriend Friday night. I decided I wanted to go to Devonian Gardens. It was recently renovated and re-opened over the summer, and I still hadn’t been to see it yet. If you live in the Calgary area and you haven’t been yet, you should definitely go. It’s absolutely gorgeous. While it looks awesome now, I think it’ll look even better in a year or two once the plants grow a little more – it won’t look quite as manicured as it does now. I didn’t take any photos while I was there cause apparently I was enjoying myself too much.

After we got back to the boyfriend’s place we made spaghetti and meatballs with my dad’s amazing meatballs. It was pretty tasty. Definitely a good birthday meal.


Saturday morning I went for a walk. The rest of the day was pretty laid back too. That night the boyfriend and I had a pizza and movie night and stayed in. We ended up watching The Order with Heath Ledger. He looked so young in it.

Yesterday was all about getting stuff done for the coming week – laundry, groceries, and cleaning. I also started putting together a Christmas list. I’ve been asked for it a few times already. I guess people want to get their Christmas shopping done early.

Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?

I meant to publish this post on Wednesday, but apparently I didn’t, and I was too busy celebrating to realize it. So here it is, a couple days late. Enjoy!

Birthday November 14 2012


I turn 30 today. I’ve been around for 3 decades. That’s kind of terrifying in so many ways. I never really thought I’d make it to adulthood, and it seems that I’ve arrived. Weird.

The last year has been pretty crazy.

A year ago, November 2011 I started dating my ex. He was the first guy I actually let in to know the real me. It was definitely terrifying at first, but totally worth it. I still think he’s a pretty awesome guy. He’s going to make someone very happy, and she’ll be very lucky to have him.

Yoga Mat Birthday November 14 2012

In January I took my very first yoga class. I was absolutely terrified, but I did it anyways, and ended up really liking it.

In March a family member got really sick, very fast. Almost dying sick, and we found out they had cancer. The month that they were in the hospital was crazy stressful, but at the same time, when they were allowed to come back home, it was such a relief. It makes you appreciate every day that you have with the people that you love.

Soccer Cropped Tourney June 2012

In April I started playing soccer. It was the first time I’d ever played. I was absolutely terrified, but in the end, I’m so glad I started. I had so much fun, and met some really amazing people.

In July I started dating my boyfriend. He’s kind of awesome if I do say so myself. We’ve only been together for four months, but at the same time it feels like we’ve spent so much time together already. I’m pretty glad I met him.

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In July we had to put down our dog, Bailey. I know I’ve mentioned him on the blog a couple times, and seriously, we loved him like crazy, even if he did cause trouble once in awhile a lot. The whole family was able to say goodbye – I was able to leave work early and my brother went into work late. It was so hard. Really hard, but we were able to spend an amazing 15 years with him that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Blind Bay Vacation August 2012 (1)

I went on vacation in August for the first time in years. I spent mornings on the dock by myself, and the rest of the days with some of my favourite people. Possibly the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever been on.

It’s been a pretty crazy year. There’s been some fun stuff and some losses, successes and failures. I guess you never know what’s going to happen.

I realized two things while I was at work today.

The first is that I have less than a week left in my 20’s. That’s absolutely terrifying! How did I suddenly become 30? I swear I was just turning 23. Being 30 makes me feel like I need to have everything figured out – but I’m still trying to wrap my head around that stuff.

Second, it’s November already. There’s only 46 days left til Christmas. The last few years I’ve done a little Christmas baking every week until Christmas and stash it in the freezer so that I’m not going crazy the last week or two before the big day trying to get everything done. I haven’t made anything yet. I’m feel behind already.

Christmas Baking November 8 2012

When I got home from work  I found this in the mail. I’ve since read it and marked the pages with recipes on them that I want to try. There’s a few recipes from previous editions of this magazine that I now make every year at Christmas. I’m hoping there’s one like that is in this issue.

What do you cook or bake every year at Christmas?