No, I don’t want to buy your $5 per serving shake/meal replacement/smoothie/whatever you are selling.

Has anyone else noticed that everyone is becoming a representative of some sort of product lately? Skin care, food, kitchen supplies, make up, etc., but the most common thing I keep getting asked to buy and become a part of, is shakes. But the most common thing seems to be shakes and meal replacements, but for me, the answer is no. I get it, though. It is a REALLY tough economy right now and everyone is scrambling to find income and survive. And kudos to all the awesome people in my life that these things work for, who are on a journey of health and wellness and have created a business they love. But please understand, this is not for me. Here is why.

When I tell you I can’t afford it, I really can’t. When you say things like “you are worth the investment”, I appreciate it, and I know that that my health is important and worth a lot of effort an attention. But that doesn’t change my ability to afford it. I use my campus food bank, I budget like crazy, and there are still nights that I have gone to bed without dinner, simply because pay day was around the corner and I had no food because it all went to rent or another crucial bill. This is not the norm every night, though, so don’t worry. I still manage to eat healthy foods on a $100 or less budget per week, in Toronto, for two adult powerlifters with big appetites. We both have smoothies for breakfast that cost $1-2 per person. Mine packs about 40g protein, 10g fiber, 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, lots of fat and carbs, and an array of vitamins and minerals. Sometimes I even eat an orange or kiwi on the side which will up the vitamins and fiber too. These are dietary requirements that are specific to my needs, and meal replacements generally do not meet these needs. Also, I can’t have gluten, which is surprisingly in a lot of that stuff, and I choose not to eat much soy, because it is bad for, and aggravates, all of my weird bodily conditions.

When you say that if I join the business, it will help with my money problems, please understand that I am a full time university student with multiple part-time jobs that I enjoy- I barely have time to shower in a day, let alone participate in the constant social media presence involved in these things. I do enjoy social media, but not for posting every meal and workout I do in a day. And my part-time jobs are ones that are enhancing my life in some way, and I enjoy them.

When you say that I won’t have to step foot in the gym or cook dinners, because all workouts are done from home and dinners are a shake (for example), this does not sound appealing to me. I LOVE going to the gym and cooking. Mostly, I love eating home cooked meals. I do powerlifting, which requires a gym, unless you have your own gym, which would be incredible lol! When you say that I can get weights and modify the workouts to include them, the answer is no. I do powerlifting, it is not the same as getting some dumb bells and following a video.

So I ask that you understand that I have different interests than you, and that is ok. I am excited for you that have a business you love and are healthy and enjoy what you do. I also enjoy what I do, it just happens to be something different. I am so proud of you for working hard towards your health goals! I am also proud of myself. My goals are a little different, and that is also ok. I am looking to gain muscle mass and intense strength, which requires intense workouts at the gym and lots of calories consumed. Hence, low calorie shakes are not suited for me, and meals that cut calories are out of the question. My basal metabolic rate, which is just to maintain my body, muscle, organs, etc. at rest is a little over 1600 cal per day. Add in a workout that burns probably 700 cal AT LEAST, plus add in additional calories to create a surplus for muscle building…that is a lot of food.

So all in all, these shakes and meal replacements just do not suit my life, my goals, or my interests. They may suit yours, which again, is ok. Lets focus on encouraging one another to strive towards our goals, no matter what they are ūüôā

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Raspberry Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

The Artist got me an ice cream maker for Christmas.  I always make homemade popsicles, and had been talking about trying homemade ice cream.  Well, without an actual ice cream maker to churn it, it was not working for me.  He got me one that does not require all that ice and salt to surround the bucket, the bucket is lined with a gel and you keep it in the freezer.  Pop it out to make your ice cream, wash it, and pop it back in to re-refreeze.  SO easy and convenient.

I decided to give sorbet a try, and the results were AMAZING! ¬†The texture was so incredibly smooth! ¬†Here is my recipe ūüôā ¬†I looked at some recipes online, and checked out Alton Brown’s recipes and tips….his recipes are my favourite. ¬†I am sure there is sort of a science behind the ratio of fruit to sugar etc. but in the end after reading all the recipes, I winged it.

1 pint fresh raspberries

2 fresh kiwis, skins removed

3-4 tbsp sugar (more or less to taste, my berries were very ripe and sweet, but sometimes they are much more tart)

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

 

Step 1: Puree fruit.  I used a Magic Bullet and it worked well.

Step 2: Add sugar and lemon juice.  Blend a few more seconds.

Step 3: Push through a fine sieve.  I had to use a spoon to stir it vigorously, and at towards the end press the pulp/seeds with the back of my spoon to squeeze out all the remaining juices.  Th result is not a juice texture or consistency however, it is quite thick.  Discard seeds and excess pulp.

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Step 4: Pour into ice cream maker and turn it on.  Churn until it is thick!  Mine took about 25 minutes, but times will vary.

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Step 5: Enjoy as soft serve, and freeze any leftovers.

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I tried a little as soft serve and it was delicious, but wanted to freeze it. This is the container ready to go in the freezer!

 

Or place mixture in freezer to harden for a more scoopable sorbet.

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My scooping marks after freezing it overnight….aren’t they beautiful?!

 

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   Frozen overnight!

 

Enjoy ūüôā

Surprises and My First Tattoo.

I get home from work on December 22nd, 2014 in the early evening, carrying my bags, binders, and change of shoes (I don’t like wearing heels driving) in my arms and fumbling through the door. ¬†Steve hands me the phone and tells me to call my mom on her cell phone ASAP, not letting me empty my hands or take of my coat and boots. His sense of urgency concerned me a little, thinking that maybe something is wrong, or something urgent is going on. ¬†I call her cell phone. ¬†She answers and says hello, and after a few seconds on small talk her and my dad emerge from our bedroom. ¬†SURPRISE! ¬†All the way from Ontario, Canada, they surprised both the Artist and myself that night. ¬†We talk often enough, that they new the Artist was home during the days and I was at work. ¬†They knew we had one car, that I used it to get to work during weekdays. ¬†Minutes before I arrived home, they had called the Artist to have him come down and let them in the front door of our apartment building, as you need a key. ¬†He thought it was a joke- he and my mother have a very sarcastic dialogue. ¬†But there they were, standing in the rain, waiting to be let inside. ¬†I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. ¬†I have never been surprised like that before- they came from SO far! ¬†It’s not like ¬†they stopped by on their way home……they drove down from another country. ¬†We were unable to make it home for the holidays for both time and financial constraints, so they came to us! ¬†They skipped all other holiday gatherings to spend the holidays with us ‚̧

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And they brought a million presents!!!

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I come from a small town, and everyone knew about the surprise. ¬†Lots of folks sent gifts for us down with them, and holidays cards as well. ¬†I know this is going to sound SO cliche, but it was a Christmas miracle ‚̧ ¬†My family doesn’t have much, but they are willing to spend what they do have one us ‚̧ ¬†I am so grateful to have such a wonderful family- there are no words.

We enjoyed some local museums, shopping, and lots of cooking. ¬†And of course, lots of cooking meant lots of eating. ¬†They even brought down a bunch of my favourite snacks from home that are unavailable here. ¬†It was very hard when they left the following weekend. ¬†There were many tears. ¬†I think I am still recovering from the post-holiday blues……

To get ours spirits up, the Artist gave me my first tattoo on New Years Day.  Actually, he gave me two!

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The one on my finger is the crown motif in Basquiat’s paintings, and the Artist has a larger version of this one his ankle. ¬†This was his first time doing a tattoo on someone else other then himself. ¬†The one on my heel is the deathly hallows symbol from Harry Potter. ¬†These are both very intimately meaningful to me in so many ways, but I am not going to divulge them on here. ¬†Instead, ask me sometime.

As they heal, they are becoming more of a grey tone then black, and I have no idea why.  My skin is crazy, the Artist said I am like a member of X-Men.  I never get sun burns, I have very little body hair, and my skin is very oily and soft.  Like, so oily.  These tattoos have healed very well, and have caused me little inconvenience.  So we will see how they finish up!

Happy holidays ‚̧

Buffalo Wing Sauce

I LOVE a good buffalo chicken wing. ¬†My favourite is breaded and fried, loaded with tons of thick buffalo sauce that sticks to my fingers. ¬†Although, buying frozen, uncooked chicken wings in bulk at the grocery store is usually a good deal, and a cheap meal. ¬†And having them “naked” versus breaded and baked instead of fried keeps this high-fat dish at least a little healthier. ¬†We didn’t use quite exact measurements for our homemade sauce, but here is an idea of what we used. ¬†This sauce was incredible! ¬†I love vinegary, thick, sloppy sauce smothering my wings, and this was just that. ¬†In the past, making homemade sauce has been less then satisfying, rather, they have been boring and dry. ¬†The addition of white vinegar really gives it that buffalo smell and taste, and I really enjoyed the delicious difference it made compared to our other, less tasty attempts at homemade buffalo sauce.

Note: ingredients can be adjusted to taste ūüôā

1/2 cup butter (we used salted)

2/3-1 cup hot sauce (we used Frank’s Red Hot sauce which has given us the best results in terms of both a thicker texture and flavour)

2 tbsp (approx.) of white vinegar

splash of Worcestershire sauce, or to taste

dash of garlic powder, or to taste

pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)

Bake “naked” chicken wings at 350 F (or a medium temperate since ovens vary) until golden and the skins are crisp, turning once. ¬†While wings are cooking, prepare the sauce above by putting all of the ingredients in a pot over the stove, melting the butter, and stirring until all ingredients are combined. ¬†Be mindful not to overcook the wings, or the meat will be tough. ¬†There is a window between the skins being crisp and the meat falling off the bone, and the meat getting dry. ¬†This window is pretty small, or keep a close eyes on the wings. ¬†As soon as they are golden and crisp, remove them right away and toss in the sauce. ¬†Serve after tossing and eat right away while the skins are crisp.

We like each wing to be thoroughly coated, so double the recipe if making large amounts of wings.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

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Cheers!

We all have friends on Facebook whom we don’t talk to regularly, or haven’t seen in years. ¬†But I find myself smiling whenever they post something and I enjoy seeing what they are up to these days. ¬†As we get older, I am finding that life is passing me by so quickly, and friends often take a back seat in the pile of things to do and places to go. ¬†This post is dedicated to a few friends of mine who have been a huge part of my life, who I wish I got to see more often, and who have greatly contributed to this adventure we call life. ¬†I wish we had more photos together, so if you have any, I would love to see them.

Cheers.

Dear Vjay: You were such a great friend to me when we lived in Calgary, and were always there for me when I needed it the most. ¬†I had some hard times out there, and you always stood by my side. ¬†I miss our silly laughter and adventures out on the town. ¬†I remember walking to Tim Horton’s with you during our lunch break together at work (work was so much more fun with you!), and it was just a moment that I remember realizing what a lucky girl I was to have such an awesome friend.

Dear Eric: We spend an entire summer together, inseparable, going on adventures and hanging out with friends.  You were supportive, and so very caring, and I thank you for that.  I remember going to Wasaga one afternoon to a bar for some food and some drinks.  I got a Blue Lagoon, and for some reason that day really stands out for me.  Just hanging out, I felt like I could be myself around you.  Whether you put up with it, or actually liked it LOL, thank you.  You were also a great dance partner at my cousins wedding!

Dear Nicole: I know we chat often, but we don’t get to see each other much. ¬†You always know what I am going through, offer a “shoulder to rant on” when things are tough, and encourage me through everything. ¬†We have been friends for so long, it feels like just yesterday I remember seeing you come into family studies in grade 9 carrying your backpack with you everywhere ūüôā ¬†I really cherish our friendship.

Dear Pam: I looked forward to our shifts working together, and we had really good talks. ¬†I love bragging about my cool older friend ¬†to all my high school buddies ūüėČ ¬†You were always available for such good advice, life stories, and laughs.

Dear Lindsay:  You always had gum in the best flavours and were such a good partner in drama class.  Remember eating bowls of frozen cookie dough?

Dear Sam: You always made me laugh, and I looked forward to every time we got to hang out and just talk. ¬†We never ran out of things to say, and every morning when I got to school I would be looking for you to have cookies and chocolate milk with ūüôā

*Sam and Lindsay, I really loved all of our sleepovers, hangouts, lunch hours in high school, and the laughing.  Oh, the endless laughing.

Dear Adam: I have known you since we were 5.  You have been such a dear friend to me for so many years.  So many lunch hours in high school spent talking and talking and talking, especially about movies.  I think we have the exact same taste in movies.  You came to visit me when I had my tonsils out when I was going to Georgian, and remember our fun night at the GNE?  You are down right hilarious, and seriously one of my oldest, best friends.

Dear Justine: Drama class. ¬†Drama festival. ¬†The headset was on the whole time while I talked about the lighting guy. ¬†Need I say more? ūüėČ

Dear Evan:  I wish I met you at the beginning of high school instead of the end.  I loved all of our talks, hangouts, and parties together.  I remember giving you rides to farmhouse parties, talking on msn all the time, always having good talks about life and love.

Dear Sarah: My class buddy at U of Calgary! ¬†I always looked forward to class instead of dreading it because I had such a wonderful friend to sit with ‚̧

Dear Ashley: I think we set a record for the most childhood sleepovers at one another’s house. ¬†Remember when you stayed with us for a week while your mom was away?! ¬†Sneaking candy into bed and eating it after lights out.

Dear Heather: My girl guide buddy.  Again, me, you, and Ashley probably sent a record for sleepovers.  They seemed endless!  I loved your dress up trunk full of such interesting things and our bike rides to buy candy at Shell.

Dear Tom: We spent an inseparable summer together. ¬†I appreciate your friendship and I really felt like I had someone to talk to who understood what I was going through. ¬†You were always full of good advice, and I really cherish those memories we made that summer. ¬†Wasaga, Mr. Norms, bonfires, Sour Puss, surprising me at work with Iced Capps, and so many more great memories. ¬†Seriously, I couldn’t have gotten through that summer without you, and was so sad when it ended and I moved to Waterloo. ¬†Your friendship means a lot to me, and will always have a special place in my heart.

Dear Turner: Remember that time we went to see strippers in Barrie? ¬†Haha! ¬†What a night. ¬†You introduced me to, and changed my life with, cheese croissants from Tim Horton’s. ¬†I remember countless high school lunch breaks at Marriah’s, hangouts, and laughing until I cried. ¬†You are awesome ‚̧

Dear Mel: My skating buddy for so many years. ¬†I was always sad when my parents couldn’t come to an overnight competition, but secretly happy because I knew it meant a weekend with you ūüôā

Dear Tara:  Grilled cheese sandwiches at the rink and so much silliness.  I had so much fun.

Dear Emma: An inseparable summer of pizza, bike rides, renting movies, and sleepovers.  Another record for sleepovers I think.  And you had the most awesome bedroom and the coolest birthday party I had ever been to.

Dear Heather: My Georgian carpool buddy.  I seriously loved all of our talks.  When we got to school I was always a little sad that we had to get to class and stop talking lol!  You rock.

Dear Jackie, Marriah, and Robyn: Oh, the laughing.  Serisously.  So.  Much.  Laughing.  We would get told to be quiet in the halls from laughing too much!  Sleepovers, out for lunch, parties, boys, high school- we went through it all.  You guys are the reason that I actually enjoyed, and survived high school.

Dear Maureen: The coolest boss ever.  Full of wisdom.  Taking me out for drinks and dancing with Jenna on my birthday.  You are so sweet and lovely.  You were so supportive to me when I needed it.  Thank you.

Dear Jenna: Taking me out on my birthday as I mentioned above. ¬†So stylish. ¬†I loved when you did my hair for my cousin’s wedding. ¬†I really loved having you as a friend in Calgary, always brightening my day with you smile.

Dear Amanda: I can’t even begin to start to write about our times together. ¬†So much time together, which was easy since we were neighbours! ¬†Bus rides to school, sleepovers, Spice Girls, singing 24/7, dances, and so much more.

If I haven’t mentioned you here, know that I am thinking about you and fondly remembering all of our good times together. ¬†Even though we have grown up, grown apart, changed, live far away, etc. I cherish everyone’s friendship. ¬†I cannot thank you all enough for being such awesome parts of my life.

How insanely lucky am I to have so many awesome friends throughout my life?!?! ¬†I really, really, hope that the universe reunites us again soon ‚̧

Until next time.

 

Top 6 Ideas for Easy Preparation of Weeknight Meals (and even packing lunches too!).

My sister and brother-in-law are very busy career folk with 2 dogs, a house under renovations, and a million other things to do, and freeze a lot of meals for quick dinners on busy weeknights.  After a recent conversation, I was inspired to share what I do for quick and easy meals, and how this preparation and routine has helped me maintain a healthy, whole foods diet (for the most part, haha!).

1. Have cooked or thawed protein in the fridge at all times.

I like to buy in bulk and freeze meat, and there is nothing worse then being hungry for dinner and having to defrost something before you can even cook it!  I like to bake 5 or 6 chicken breasts in the oven, with a simple seasoning such as salt and pepper, or some herbs.  This way, they can be doctored up later.  Add a drizzle of oil for extra flavour and juiciness.  Chill in the fridge in a container for later use.  P.S. Cutting cooked and chilled chicken is so much easier and slices SO nice.  Now you can add it to a salad for an entree-style salad, make a quick wrap, or pasta.  You could also cook a whole chicken, bone-in chicken, etc. and do the same thing.  For pork and beef, I prefer to have them thawed and even marinated for a day or two in spices or whatever, or even cut up and put on kabobs for quick grilling.  This works with chicken too.  Or with thawed meat you can cube it or slice it when raw and store in the fridge.  Sometimes cleaning and cutting the meat takes awhile, but this way, it is already done.

 

2. Make a big batch of homemade tomato sauce.

When you have tried this, you will never go back to the canned store bought kind again.  I freeze it in batches and always have one ready in the fridge.  Chicken parm sandwiches, english muffin or pita pizzas, or pastas are made super quick easy.

 

3.  Triple recipes, or just make a TON of something at once.

Put on the radio, and spend some time in the kitchen on the weekend and cook up a favourite dinner. ¬†We love pasta dishes in our house and make huge batches of them. ¬†Mac n’ cheese is really delicious for leftovers, and can easily be healthified. ¬†We will make a pasta that has 4 or 5 chicken breasts in it and a mound of veggies is on the cutting board waiting to go in. ¬†Pasta is good for leftovers and re-heats well too. ¬†If you have a microwave at work (or like cold pasta) you will have lunches for several days, or leftovers to eat anytime.

 

4. Prep all your produce.

Wash, cut, and prepare all the fruits and veggies (including lettuce and greens) in your fridge store in containers (which also makes for easy snacking, I find I am much more likely to grab them if they are ready to go).  For lunches, I even take it a step further and portion them into baggies for small lunch containers for the week.  That way, all the work is done and I plop them into my lunch bag.  And having peppers and mushrooms sliced and washed already, and lettuce clean and dried, cuts dinner prep time way down.  I even sometimes do things 2-ways, for example, I will cut carrots into sticks for snacks and side dishes and also shred some for salad toppings.  Words cannot describe how useful it is to have a fridge full of washed and prepped fruits and veggies.  If I have edamamme, I will cook it and do the same thing (it is good hot or cold, or added to salad or stir fry).  Or I will have a can of beans or chick peas rinsed and ready in a container for salads and topping any dish basically.

 

5. Cook up a batch of rice.  A big one.

With your veggies already prepared and meat thawed, you can stir fry it all together and then serve over rice for such an effortless, yet delicious dinner.  I find rice re-heats well, in my opinion.  Or make a curry, which is really easy, yet really hardy, and serve with rice.  And combine leftover cooked rice with leftover cooked chicken, you get an amazing homemade chicken fried rice.  I even like our homemade, healthier version better then take-out now.  We almost never buy it out anymore.

 

6.  Use the slow cooker for everything.

Casseroles, meat, roasts, sauces, etc.  It does the work all day and you come home to a delicious meal!  For extra fast meals, do something all-in-one, like pork loin with potatoes/onions/carrots, seasoning of choice, and voila.  You could even add a side salad or corn on the cob for something extra.

Now I bet all of this sounds like a ton of work, and just really not do-able at all. ¬†But I don’t have every single example above ready in my fridge. ¬†My rule of thumb is: always have cooked or at least thawed protein available and abundant, and prep all produce. ¬†One week I might have a ton of cooked chicken breast and rice in the fridge, the next week might be more grilling with side salads, and the next week might be making loads of 1 or 2 dishes for leftovers.

I pick a day when I have some time, put on my favourite radio station (oldies or NPR usually) and head into the kitchen on a Sunday afternoon. It’s very relaxing, because there is no time frame, I am not starving, and can putter around. ¬†Or the Artist and I will do it together one night, and catch up, be silly, or have really great talks about life, or all of the above. ¬†Being in the kitchen together is one of our favourite ways to spend time together. ¬†Sometimes we even take it a step further; the Artist will prepare a big dinner with tons of leftovers, and I will prep all the produce for the week, and we will pour drinks, turn up the tunes, eat the dinner by candle light, and make a mini-date out of it.

When these are all prepared, and I even pre-portion for lunches (so I literally grab my lunch from the fridge and plop it in my lunch bag in the morning), I eat a lot healthier and a much more balanced diet.  We are less likely to resort to junk or take-out when we get home tired after a long day because we can make something delicious and homemade in minutes.

The fastest meals, I would say in 15 minutes or less, would be: entree-style salads, tacos (using already cooked meat or beans), quesadillas, wraps, and grilled kabobs.

On the more medium side of things, in about 20 minutes, you could have: grilled meat, stir fry (less time probably if you use cooked meat instead of sautéing), pita or flatbread pizza, or grilled paninis.

And in about 30 minutes, you could make: spaghetti, chicken fried rice, any pasta dish, prepare pizza dough ahead of time by rolling it in desired shape(s) and freezing (you could even cook it for a few minutes to help it hold its shape) for taking pizza at home to the next level, spicy orange chicken with cashew nuts (or any Asian dish that doesn’t involve battering and frying the meat before starting), or larger cuts of meat including larger cuts of bone-in meat either grilled, or oven roasted.

In 30+ minutes: mac n’cheese casserole, sweet and sour chicken (or Asian dishes that include battering and frying meat), Mongolian style stir fry with Sriracha sauce, and of course things in the slow cooker. ¬†These just mostly require time for cooking and don’t need as much attention other then checking or stirring during this time.

And for all of these examples, having prepped produce will come in handy for easy and quick side dishes and salads.  For example; grilled peppers, corn on the cob, steamed broccoli, roasted asparagus, raw veggie platter with hummus, and never ending combinations of salads.  And to keep things as healthy as possible, choose whole wheat options, make your own marinade instead of using a bottled one, and be aware of how much sodium and sugar you use so that you can adjust to fit your needs/wants.

I hope this was helpful ūüôā

 

A Glimpse of the Day I Turned 25.

This 4th of July, I turned 25.  Yikes.  25.  Life is moving so fast.

The Artist asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday.  There are so many fun things to do on a budget in St. Louis, but all I ever want is just some good, quality time together.  I had been wanting to go bowling for awhile, so we decided to incorporate that into our day, and there is so much good food around here of which I have a hard time choosing where to eat, I asked the Artist if he would pick the restaurant and then not reveal it until right before we left.  That in itself is a great birthday gift, haha, because I can never make a choice and am always overwhelmed by the oh-so-many delicious options.  It was SO nice to not even have to think about where to eat!  He decided on one of our favourites: Mission Taco.  Read about the extreme levels of awesome they have here, https://emilyandherartist.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/moving-food/

But even after we made these plans, I told the Artist that I didn’t care if they didn’t happen or if we ended up doing something else, that if the night organically led us elsewhere, or nowhere other then the couch, I wouldn’t mind. ¬†The Artist and I spend a lot of quality time together on a regular, daily basis, and we are always going out on dates and doing fun things. ¬†So my birthday was like any other day when you boil it down. ¬†Even if we both have a busy day, we always take some time together, even if it is just a few minutes. ¬†Sometimes we will chit-chat and snuggle and giggle before we go to sleep, or sometimes we will take time out of our busy days to cook together, which always brings about great conversations. ¬†This is a quality about our marriage that I just love; we don’t use special occasions as a “reminder” to do something nice for one another or to go out on a date. ¬†Actually, the last 2 years we weren’t even in the same city on Valentine’s Day, and we did our own little thing weeks earlier. ¬†But on that day, we knew we were thinking of the other, and that is enough ‚̧

My birthday ended up including a delicious breakfast of chocolate pancakes and bacon, sleeping in late, a great after-breakfast conversation about our favourite actors (which included Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell, among so many others), a present, drinks, bowling, RummiKub, and tacos.  I have been loving the TV show Orange is the New Black, and really want to read the book.  But all the libraries around here have pretty large waiting lists, and each person have have the book for up to 3 weeks!  I was so disappointed when I discovered this, because I have such a craving to read it!

To my surprise, when I opened my birthday present, was a brand spanking new copy of Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. ¬†It smelled amazing. ¬†I even fanned the pages a little because there is just something about the shininess and smell of a brand new book that is just so satisfying. ¬†We usually use the library to read books, or get them for a quarter a piece at thrift stores or library book sales and in used conditions, so this brand new copy of my very own is such a treat ūüėÄ

He also got me new sunglasses because I broke mine and my backups are scratched like crazy, and then took me to the new candy shop that just opened down the street to pick out some candy. ¬†He gets me. ¬†He pointed out Sour Patch Peaches to me because he knows how much I LOVE peach candy, (a very specific flavour, I know, haha) and I couldn’t resist. ¬†I also picked out some taffy, a cherry jolly rancher stick (which is awesome because that is the only flavour I like and didn’t have to buy a whole pack to get a handful of cherry candies), and what I was most excited about: the Harry Potter Chocolate Frog.

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Then onto a blueberry lemonade Smirnoff slushie, tacos and bowling.  I grew up with 5 pin bowling with tiny balls, so this intimidating 10 pin stuff was hard!  My goal of zero gutter balls went out the window in a hurry.  But it was fun, and we will be back.

 

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When we came home, we decided to play RummiKub, which is one of our favourite games. ¬†We turned on some oldies music, ¬†and of course, I won ūüėČ

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We finished the night with some silly pictures, and watched Corner Gas in bed.

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Perfection.

What a wonderful life I have ‚̧