It occurred to me that I never got around to posting the last day of our European adventure. We climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and holy stairs, Batman! The very top level was closed the day we were there due to weather but even from the second level, the view was spectacular! It felt magical even with the announcement coming over the loudspeaker informing us that “Pickpockets are active in the tower, Pickpockets are active in the tower”. With all the steel and warning announcements, it kind of felt like we were in a spaceship under attack. Ha! All part of what made the memories we’re still laughing about months later. Oh, Paris, I heart you!
The last few weeks have been all about; trying to make the most of winter and attempting to stay positive through the freezing cold temperatures; appreciating the small stuff (like cool graffiti and children’s artwork…my favorite!); balancing working full time in a daycare with enough quiet time to myself to recover and decompress; a new hair cut and color (so good for the soul!); wheel building in glasses (!); strep throat (not so great but at least I had my sweet pooch for company); sugar cookie baking and decorating; and a much needed puppy dog haircut (my, oh my, he can get shaggy!). Life feels very day to day at the moment. Truthfully, it’s sort of how I like it. It’s the everyday stuff that really counts, don’t you think?
I’m not going to lie to you…winter is seriously starting to bring me down. With windchill warnings and bitterly cold temperatures, nothing is easy, especially taking the dog out to pee! Tomorrow it’s calling for -38 Celsius. It’s times like this that I really miss living in Australia!
On a positive note, thank goodness for warm winter coats and boots and indoor heating. I’m grateful for such things. I hope people and animals everywhere can find a warm place to lay their heads tonight.
PS. Picture snagged from a friend’s facebook page.
I snagged this picture off a friend’s facebook. It couldn’t be more true, especially when it comes to this blog! There just never seems to be enough time in a day for all the extra things I’d love to be doing and the one thing I’m learning by going back to work full time is that I can only do what I can do, and it’s not worth stressing over. I love the idea of living a life in perfect balance but I’m not so sure that’s even possible and the pressure I was putting on myself to find that unrealistic balance was just plain exhausting! So, while I will always try to make time for relaxation and fun, and blogging (of course!), I won’t make any promises that it will be on a regular basis. I’ll go with the flow and pop by when I can. I hope you understand and a special thanks to everyone who still checks in and has asked where I’ve been. You guys are the best! xoxo
We had a busy Christmas in our house. Steve’s Mom came to visit for a week at Christmas, and our friends, Geoff and Ange came to visit for New Year’s. I’m shocked at how few photos I took over the holidays this year. Luckily, thanks to my iPhone, I did manage to snap a few of my most favorite Christmas traditions; Jesse with his Christmas stocking; Steve carrying home our Christmas tree; decorating our beautiful smelling tree; seeing all the pretty decorations in our neighborhood and around the city; snow and warm winter clothes; fairy lights all over our house; posting Christmas parcels to family and friends; Steve’s delicious seafood chowder on Christmas Eve; food and wine on New Year’s Eve; time spent hanging with friends; and all around jolly Christmas cheer!
I hope you all had a very happy Christmas. From our house to yours, Happy New Year! I’m pretty sure 2013 is going to be a good one! xoxo
December was a very busy month. I started a new job, came down with a horrible ear and throat infection, and of course kept very busy with all the holiday preparations and Christmas fun. I have a few Christmas photos I’d like to share soon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d post a few photos from our recent record breaking snowstorm. Montreal was blanketed with 45cm of pretty white stuff, just after Christmas, making things feel very festive and providing a great opportunity to break in my new snow boots! The city is still working on plowing streets and sidewalks, making for tricky walking conditions, and finding a place for our dog to pee has been a challenge (very deep snow!), but it sure has been a lot of fun and the biggest snow adventure we’ve had in years!
It’s hard to believe that as of next week we’ll be back in Canada for a full year. We returned to Montreal last year to find no leaves on the trees, a chill in the air and that November bleakness I’ve always found slightly depressing. To be honest, at the time I was really questioning how we were ever going to survive a Canadian winter and life back in Canada.
This year, there’s that same grey, November bleakness creeping into town, but I’m feeling much more positive about it and appreciating all that has happened over the last year. For me, the loss of leaves on the trees and the chill in the air means we’ve come full circle and managed to not only survive life back in Canada but have truly made it feel like home once again. Life is good. I am grateful.
Have you seen the photos of Venice lately? It’s completely under water! It’s hard to believe we were only just there and now people are swimming in the Piazza San Marco! It’s crazy cakes. I first stumbled upon the photos on this blog but there are even more crazy photos here. It sure would be an adventure to be on holidays in Venice right about now!
On the ninth day of our holiday, we woke up bright and early, packed our bags, did a quick stop at the ‘Farmacia’ for allergy medication (poor Steve was VERY allergic to Venice!), stopped at a cafe for the best coffee and croissant EVER and then hopped the water bus to the train station, where we headed to Milan…
Once in Milan, we set right out to explore the city. The architecture was beautiful, as were the people. The people of Milan really have fashion mastered!
(Duomo Cathedral of Milan)
(Milan really is all about coffee, food, wine, shopping, and people watching. Not a bad way to live!)
(We didn’t have a single bad meal the whole time we were in Milan. The food really was amazing and we indulged in a bottle of wine every night. Gotta love holidays!)