Monday, 15 January 2018

I Need A Spa Day

One thing I've always wanted to experience is a super extravagant spa day. I've only ever had a manicure once in my life and it was because a friend of mine worked at a salon and needed some customers to come in. I've always just felt like it was this extra lavish expense I couldn't justify to myself.

This year, though, I decided to forego having a birthday party and have a spa day instead. My birthday's so close to Christmas and often gets sidelined by snowstorms or holiday parties, so I decided to remove the anxiety of "will they show up? will people have a good time?" and just do something for myself by myself for once.

I didn't travel at all in 2017 and so I had saved up some money that I would have typically spent on a road trip, so I decided to book in for a 6 hour spa day at one of the most luxurious spas in town.

I ended up having:

  • one hour facial
  • manicure
  • pedicure
  • one hour salt & stone massage
  • full body scrub and lotion
  • fancy lunch
Honestly, a real highlight was just being able to wear a big fluffy white robe for the entire day.

I have never felt so pampered in my life and while the price wasn't exactly cheap, it's definitely something I'd like to indulge in again some time (in maybe the not so near future as my bank account still needs to recover a bit). 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

There's Glitter On The Floor After The Party

One of my resolutions for 2018 is to start writing again; whether it be music, fiction or in this blog, I just need to write more. I found an old notebook of mine from high school and I filled it entirely in a year with poems and songs - I guess that's one upside to teen angst. I can't remember the last time I wrote a song and it's been years since I wrote any kind of fiction, so here's my first attempt at writing more. I spent 2017 trying to pay off some debt (successfully...until some major setbacks landed me right back in the red) which meant that it was the first year in almost 10 years that I didn't leave the East Coast at all. In fact, the biggest trip I took was a one night visit to PEI for a friend's wedding, so I'm hoping that 2018 sees a bit more travel to scratch that itch. Overall, the year was more or less status quo throughout, although there were some exciting moments: My boyfriend and I moved in together into an amazing apartment - the first in a while that I feel like we'll be calling home for a long time, I crossed off a few items from my bucket list (new updates soon!), and had a major change at the very end of the year where I decided to leave the job I had been in for several years for something completely new and different, making the new year even more of a fresh start than usual. The first day of 2018, I looked through some old boxes I had grabbed from my parents' place and one of the items was an autobiography I wrote in 11th grade for a school project. Part of the assignment was to write out what I'd like to accomplish in the next 10 years, and while a few of those items still go unchecked (like visiting Greece and Ireland), quite a few of those I've managed to complete: I did in fact move to Halifax for university, I graduated with honours, I went to Europe, I did a cross-country road trip, I've worked in the music industry. I think 16 year old me would be pretty happy with how things have turned out. So that's what I'm using to motivate myself this year - do what I can to have 39 year old me proud of the next 10 years. I've already started a few things to try to get me closer to some lifelong goals - I've signed up to Duolingo to finally learn how to speak Spanish (apparently I'm already 18% of the way there!), created a concrete budget and savings plan to help me travel to somewhere new this year, and downloaded the Carrot Rewards app to keep me motivated and healthy. So here's to 2018...and 2028.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

I'm Going to Make It Through This Year

It's late for a wrap up post, but things have been busy and I've had a hard time trying to sum up the past year. I feel like most years, I've had at least one or two major events that really stood out and marked that year; graduations, moving to a new city, first visit to Europe, cross-Canada & US road trip, finding love. While this year had a lot of good moments, it seemed like I've finally settled into a routine and tried to work on myself, mentally, health-wise, and work-wise, rather than try to focus all my energy on one specific event. I feel healthier and more confident in myself going into 2017; I spent time looking after myself and my health (I got some insoles to help with some foot issues, I started seeing a physiotherapist to work on some issues with my jaw and my shoulders/back, and working towards fixing my persistent allergy issues, among other things!) and feel a lot more confident than I have with work and am getting a lot better at not getting as stressed about the little things. Some of the high points of the year: Went to Montreal and Quebec City with my boyfriend for our one year anniversary and had a great time. We went to A CAT CAFE and hung out with SO MANY KITTENS. We also got to see Brand New (my third time!) I was in a Taylor Swift cover band and we played a show to over 500 people; definitely the biggest crowd I ever performed for! We did 2 sets of songs and had 3 costume changes, it was a blast. I finally went to Salem for Halloween; it wasn't quite what I was expecting, but we had a good time. Plus we found the wiggly bridge, which was awesome. I went on a road trip through New England and visited a few places I had never gone to before on previous trips - Burlington, Kennebunkport, Orono, and Portsmouth. Here's to another year of growing and improving!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

I Put A Spell On You

This past Halloween I decided to skip the house parties and instead head down to Salem, MA for the weekend and finally cross off another item from my list!

I've been to Salem several times before (and one of those was this past August) so I was already pretty familiar with the town and what to see and do, and so was my friend, so we skipped a lot of the museums that we had already gone to but there were lots of really cool Halloween-specific activities happening that we were able to take advantage of!

The highlight was attending a screening of the 1922 silent film Nosferatu in an old church with a live organist. It was such a cool experience and one that I'd love to see more communities put on (they had also done a screening of Phantom of the Opera a few weeks prior that I wish we could've seen!)

The town is definitely overrun during the weekend - a busy street that usually takes a few minutes to walk down took us a good half hour or so due to the amount of people checking out different shops and the pop-up market, so if you're planning to go during Halloween weekend, make sure you're patience supply is full up!

Some of the highlights, other than the screening, included seeing everyone's awesome costumes, a free screening of Hocus Pocus in the town square, all the awesome pop-up shops, and Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery wax museum that has some really cool classic monsters and for the weekend, Tony Moran - the face of Michael Myers in Halloween - was there for photos and autographs!

I've still yet to do a ghost tour in Salem despite visiting several times (this past summer it was POURING rain so we skipped it and this time around we filled up the nights with activities like the screening) so I'd love to go back a fifth time to do one of those - have you done one that you'd recommend?

If I go during Halloween again, I'll make sure to book way in advance (we had a hotel about 20-30 mins away and then left early the 2nd night to stay in Portland with my friend because of the cost & availability) so that we can stay downtown and also have a lot more money saved up to get to do more of the activities like ghost walks, magic shows, and masquerade balls!

Definitely one of the best Halloweens I've had!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

E.T. Phone Home

I finally watched E.T. for the first time and holy shit you guys, that movie gets DARK. Why did no one ever mention the fact that Elliot almost dies!? And E.T. technically dies! I'm so glad I never saw this movie as a child!!

It's strange because for a lot of movies on the AFI 100 list, especially those that came out in the last 30-40 years, it feels like I've already seen them even though I haven't because they're so prominent in pop culture, but I honestly had never even heard mention of those scenes before!

Enjoyed the movie a lot, though - laughed out loud at several parts, got choked up at a few, can definitely understand why it's on the Top 100!

Monday, 22 August 2016

No Cell Phone Zone

I recently went on a road trip through New England (which was fantastic!) and took this chance to cross off my "unplug for a week" bucket list item. I'll admit to cheating a bit here - I still checked the internet a bit (mainly for address/direction/activity purposes) and texted my boyfriend a couple times a day to let him know that I had made it to my next destination safe and sound, but other than that, I didn't check social media, I didn't read any blogs, I didn't scroll through Buzzfeed for an endless amount of hours and it felt so GOOD.

I thought that I would feel anxious being so disconnected and constantly be reaching for my phone, but when I got back home, I decided to keep the no-social-media rule going for another few days because it just felt so much less stressful to not be constantly checking to see whether or not I had some notifications (especially since I wasn't worried that one of them would be work-related).

In a few weeks, I'll be heading into the busiest/most stressful time of the work year, so it felt nice to have this time to disconnect before the onslaught of texts, calls, and late night Facebook messages from people asking myriad questions.

I think I'll be taking a few days a month to just completely disconnect; especially since I won't need to rely on my phone to get me places/know where to go in a new city so I'll be able to do a true, full disconnect. And I have to say, I'm actually looking forward to the next time that I'll be able to do this for longer.

PS. Before heading out on the road trip, my boyfriend showed me how to change a tire! So that was another item I was able to cross off. Easy peasy.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Vanity Fair

I'll keep this one nice and short. Unlike Vanity Fair.

It has taken me about 3 years to finally finish this book because I kept being so bored by the book that I couldn't read more than one chapter at a time, and didn't want to pick it up. There were so many times where I'd be reading and then realize 3 pages in that my mind had wandered so much that I had no idea what I had just read.

I think some of it comes from the fact that there were so many characters with the same name so it was difficult for me to keep track of who the characters were.

I did start enjoying the book more around the last 100 pages or so, but at 806 pages, I wish it hadn't taken so long for me to start finding it interesting.

But the important thing is that I'm now one book closer to reading all the books on the 100 Books To Read Before You Die list.