Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thanksgiving Week End (Part One)

Perhaps the reason that I'm feeling tired these days is that I'm trying to recover from the massive turkey coma, induced by the Canadian Thanksgiving Day holiday. Well, that and at least a good 18 hours of round-trip driving, 4am bedtimes, drinks, and other really delicious food and that pretty much sums up the past week for me.

It was amazing. Dev and I took off from Timmins around 7pm on Friday night, and proceeded to drive the 7 or 8 hours down to Toronto. Dev drove for the first little while, but after a few hours, we switched places at a little watering hole called The Watershed. It was here that I grabbed a can of Rockstar, a small bag of chips, and some chocolate and took over the drive. I love long drives - especially at night. I literally spent most of my time dancing in my seat, which is probably because the music that gets played on the radio stations down south from Timmins is just ... killer, and the fact that it was a Friday night most stations had on techno/rave music which kept me energized (along with the Rockstar) and I chair-danced all.night.long.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

On Derek and #KindnessIsMagic

Now, as you may or may not know, Ricky Gervais is responsible for the amazing Netflix original series, simply titled Derek. The first season is fairly short, containing only 7 or 8 episodes, but it has garnered itself a massive fanbase and Twitter following.

So, I sat down one night about two weeks ago and decided to see what the fuss was about. The first episode (which is really the pilot episode) was ... dreary, and you'll understand what I mean in a minute. The show follows a man named Derek Noakes, as he works at a retirement home called Broad Hill. Every day I spent about half an hour with Derek, and the elderly folk at Broad Hill, and was introduced to Derek's friends Hannah, Kev, and Dougie. By the end of the episode, I was crying. It was also at this pivotal moment that the phrase "Kindness is magic" was introduced. It's taken off with wild success and is a wildly used Twitter hasthtag (#KindnessIsMagic)


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Kicking Fear ... and Smoothies

Well, today I woke up feeling positive. I rolled out of bed with a groan, stumbled blearily around looking for my glasses and ducked into the bathroom to take care face washing, teeth brushing etc. etc.

Still half asleep, I grabbed my grey fleece housecoat from behind the door - it’s super comfy, has a hood and white sheep on it, I think. The hood is my favourite part. I also have a white one that has pockets on it and is covered in pink kisses - and trundled to the kitchen. I’m not normally a breakfast sort of person. Usually it consists of a cup of coffee and a granola bar. This morning however, I had it in my head that I was going to start the day with something delicious.

Now, before I go any further, I should tell you that under no circumstances am I awake early enough in the morning to prepare myself a breakfast, which is why I eat on the run. I love sleeping. I love my big, cozy, warm bed. I am not a morning person under any circumstances, so the fact that I had a plan this morning to make breakfast is … crazy.