Weekend Anthology ~ January 2017

Winter has firmly grasped her icy, damp hands on our home here on Haida Gwaii. To compliment the chilly days we’ve consumed a lot of hot chocolate, turmeric smoothies. I spend my nights cozying up by the fire catching up on Game of Thrones. Can anyone say girl power Aria, Sansa and Daenerys?

So back to reality…. this week has been a cycle of keeping the house warm, chopping kindling, and readjusting back to work. It’s also a time of trying to be healthy again. The lazy days, abundant food and social invites of December are a fading memory as I shake off the cobwebs and gear up for a crazy summer at work. I’ve been drinking loads of water and focusing on wellness. I’m hoping 2017 is going to be a year of awesome health and happiness for my family, so bring on the turmeric and lunch time walks. Maybe I’ll even start running again. This fall I’m hoping I can see some Palm Trees IRL and grow some freckles. Where is your favourite palm tree place?  Read more

Motivation Monday: Define your Happy Place

Do you have a place that makes you feel like this fantastic vintage Drum magazine cover?
Do you have a place that makes you feel like this fantastic vintage Drum magazine cover?

Some sad news on Sunday, September 18 led me to my happy place. Weird right. As in how can the sad face, bring on the happy face? Answer: a big hit of nostalgia.

South African Kwaito star Mandoza died last night and after shedding a couple of tears I wound my way down the a slightly dusty, not-very-well-maintained path of musical memories. I clicked through a half dozen of Mandoza’s biggest hits of the early 2000s on Youtube, feeling the need to dance and laugh and cry as I remembered one of my happy places. Where is your happy place? I have many, one of them is central Johannesburg, speakers blasting Mandoza surrounded by people laughing and moving.

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The Mid-Week Anthology ~ August 2016 ~

Can't get enough of the AESTATE wall tapestries.
Can’t get enough of the AESTATE wall tapestries.

I miss doing these curated lists. But frankly, the interwebs cruising has not happened much these days. We’re settling into our new place, developing in our new life rhythms and hanging out with old (visiting) friends and getting to know new island buds. This summer has been fantastically, exhaustingly, excitingly busy. Our neighbour warned us that there was literally a-festival-a-weekend here on Haida Gwaii, and she was not joking.

My summer highlights so far? Swimming at Gray Bay,  remembering my inner activist during the Buffy St. Marie set at Edge of the World, watching the Clan Together Born pole go up and watching our son scramble for parade candy. We thought we would be doing a lot more campfire cooking this year but believe it our not our rainforest-fringed island home is experiencing a level 3 drought. It’s green here with pretty major swatches of brown, so there are not a lot of campfires these days.

And now onto some sweet stories, recipes and fixations.

We found a sweet off-grid glamping getaway during a misty, fun weekend in Masset, BC. More about our stay at North Beach Cabins coming soon.

My new favourite Society 6 shop the AEState: think tropics, cacti & buffalo.

Story-listening: thanks to Jallian at Savoir There for her podcast recommendation for The Moth.

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