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Weekend Roundup: Feb 23/24

This weekend was incredibly quiet. It was snowy and grey and neither Mars or I were particularly interested in leaving our bed let alone the house.

snow alleywinter groceries

I did a little baking, making a variation of these dulce de leche chocolate banana muffins minus the chocolate but plusing some very liquid vanilla buttercream. With some a couple muffiin/cupcakes and a cup of my absolute favorite cream earl grey tea with honey and milk I spent most of Saturday reading the archives of my new favourite blog Pencil Box. I came across Katie’s blog through some references from other blogs I read and its really so wonderful. Her writing is so lovely and real, I really want to enjoy things like she does. Her photography is pretty incredible as well, I’m already trying out new photo editing techniques based on her advice. I highly recommend reading her blog for a sweet insight into life as a artistic mom of 2 in Ohio.

tea and muffins

We spent all day Sunday at our next door neighbour and good friend Jackie’s house. We were supposed to only do brunch but brunch went from eating, to doing nails, to Mars braiding Jackie’s hair to dinner. It was a nice vacation from our winter homebody-ing.

I don’t have any pictures of that day but I made crepes and thought I would share my recipe which came from a mix of advice from friends and my dad’s method. My base recipe is 1cup of flour, 1cup of milk (or water), 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of almond extract. Whisk until well blended and refrigerate for at least 30mins. Pour a small amount of batter onto a grease pan and tilt to spread the batter around as thin as possible. I use a cast iron pan and butter, or an oil (I use olive or coconut). Cook on one side until it doesn’t look raw then flip to cook the other side. Makes about 8 or 9 crepes. Serve with whatever toppings you like. This sunday we made a strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry syrup by cooking down frozen berries with maple syrup. Mixed that with yogurt and some dulce de leche and we had a really good sweet brunch. For savoury, I really like scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese wrapped in crepes with maple syrup on top.

Hope you had a nice weekend and are beating the winter doldrums.


Queer Pop

Man, I do not have enough words to say how lovely this event was. Lots of good people performed. PopMontreal and PucesPop were happening in the streets and in locations nearby. It was a beautiful late summer/early fall day. And I felt happy.

I was really nice to volunteer at a sweet event and get to meet all sorts of new people and reconnect with folks that I don’t see often or only see in party spaces. I joked that all our queer membership dues were called in for this event because so many of us were performing, dj’ing, volunteering and attending. But truthfully, it was just a fun event.

I’ll just leave it with some phone photos of the day. There are none of M performing because my phone couldn’t handle the dark when he performed.

/// Dj’s J’vlyn & Sam looking hot and spinning the latest from 7 years ago /// Classic sunny day in the Mile End /// Being artsy and honestly taking my favourite photo of a long time /// Neighbourhood flare /// Its not a queer event without massive amounts of bikes /// Pam being an excellent sound tech, organizer & babe /// Rae taking a break from organizing to do their thing on stage /// QueerPop love, aka entry stamp



Holy balls I turned 30! This is me, in the rain, hungover and excited about a giant sunflower.

/// Birthday Day!!! ///

The weekend was so very nice. I was really sick last week and I rolled into my last few days of my 2oies seriously on my last legs. My new work schedule and the amount of time I spend on the metro every day had really led to a helluva cold. I took off work early on Friday because I had a sneaking suspicion that a surprise party was brewing and I needed a nap. The surprise party was adorable. Mars gathering a few of my closest friends together for a really sweet party with family and friends skyped in, champagne, delicious food, cake, balloons, noise makers and streamers. It was lovely and he put so much work into it, it really showed. The party didn’t go late which worked fine for me because I felt like death and I got a good night sleep on Friday night, partially because M slept on the couch (he was trying really hard not to get sick).

/// an extremely fuzzy phone photo of a really delicious cheesecake ///

On Saturday I treated myself to a haircut (with Julie again). I hadn’t had a haircut since April I think. Julie cuts hair so well that it can grow out for literally ages and still look good. I also got my nails done by my friend Laura of Drop Dead Manicures. Yay, self pampering.

/// purple ombre with roses on the ring fingers and thumbs ///

I had a quiet rest of the day with Mars and then we got ready to go out to a party that he was performing at. He gave an incredible performance and then made me get up on stage at midnight to wish me happy birthday. I was totally embarrassed and totally charmed, no one has ever done anything like that for me. We spent the rest of the night dancing, were joined by my good friend Katie and rolled out very late.

Sunday was my actual birthday and the only thing I wanted was to go have brunch at a really great spot that I’m not going to name because its already SO busy and hard to get in there. That’s pretty much all we did too. I didn’t answer any calls except from my parents (seemed fair that they got a pass for making this birthday possible) and we just had a quite day watching movies and napping.

30 is already way different than 20 but I love it. I’m really excited for this new decade and what it will bring me. I did so much in my 20ies and had so many adventures, I’m really curious to know what my 30ies will bring.

Weekend Roundup – Feb 26

Soooo I’m a little late on this one, I know the next weekend is around the corner but I’m sitting here trying to write on my thesis and hating it, while compulsively checking my blog stats (I need to chill out on that one, I know) when I realized that I hadn’t ever written last weekend’s like I’d been planning to do on Sunday night.

From what I remember last weekend wasn’t all that exciting. I had just gotten my period and was grumpy and uncomfortable. M and I were both grumpy actually and spent most of the weekend shooting each other dirty looks and hanging out in separate rooms. Its not as dramatic as it sounds but both of us like to be left alone when we’re grumpy and in our little apartment that’s a little hard. I was also feeling SUPER emotional last weekend and would cry at a drop of a hat. It was a tough weekend, let’s just say that.

BUT, I still managed to escape the black cloud that was raining just on me a little bit.

It snowed like crazy last Friday (like it is right now) so M and I stayed home and watched tv on the internet and tried to stay warm. Which is pretty much what we did all day Saturday too. Around midnight on Saturday night we were debating whether it was worth getting out of bed  but in the end going to see Corrie‘s Nuit Blanche show won out and we threw on some clothes and headed downtown.

the only picture I took of Corrie, but its really of her partner Simon.

Nuit Blanche is pretty awesome. All sorts of galleries, music and arts spaces stay open all night and you can wander all over town looking at cool stuff and still be able to take the metro home because it runs all night too. I’ve had some good times on Nuit Blanche in Montreal but my usual lasting feeling about it is ‘overwhelmed’. I love that the whole city comes out to celebrate art and each other in the middle of the night in the middle of winter. But I hate crowds. And Nuit Blanche is crowd-ed.

Luckily Corrie’s piece was away from the really big crowds. And it was awesome. It was a re-showing of a work she did with her art partner last year, and in true Corrie style, the installation also includes a collaborative aspect with the viewer. In this case what was going on was the building of, what I’m going to call, a dream shelter. People were invited to submit (online-last year) or on the spot a dream on paper. It was then folded up and woven in with all the other dreams. I liked standing inside it and feeling like I was in a quiet space, even if I was surrounded by a bunch of other people’s thoughts. I’ve always liked secret little hiding spots so I’m biased towards loving this one in particular. I would have stayed in there all night but even if Corrie’s installation space wasn’t AS crowded, it was still pretty crowded and people kept peeking in on me and ruining the ‘secret’ part of my hiding.

M peeking out from the 'secret' spot

some of the dreams

Eventually Silvie came up and found us and convinced M and I to go on a mission with her and her friends to find a dance party happening at the Architecture Building. Which was a failure. We walked in the cold only to find the building closed up for the night. An hour early!

we had ice cream because we were pretending it wasn't cold out

I had kind of had enough of the cold and being downtown around so many people at that point. Luckily it seemed that other’s had too so we took a cab up to NDQ (new friend owned, neighbourhood bar) and chilled out with all the good people who hang out there for the rest of the night.

silvie being blurry

much wanted (needed?) drink

I was feeling pretty good for the first time that weekend.

Until I fell on the ice on the way home and twisted my ankle. Back to bad moods.

I don’t really remember if I did much of anything the rest of the weekend. I think I mostly let the winter blues overtake me and so I sulked and/or felt sad most of the day Sunday. I went to Jean Talon Market to get some groceries and fawned over some tulips that made me feel like it was possible spring was coming but didn’t have enough hands or money to take one home with me.

I decided that I had to get my sleeping back on track and went to bed early Sunday night. That’s about it. Kind of a depressing weekend all around, but what can I say? Sometimes you (I) just gotta let yourself (myself) be depressed. I can’t wait for sun, flowers, and feel goods to come back.

Weekend roundup – Feb 19

I don’t tend to write very much on the weekends, unless I’ve decided that I’m treating the weekend as a weekday and am home in front of my computer all day. That was not the case at all this weekend though, so….no writing. I’ve decided to get the ball rolling on this new blog idea and start a weekend roundup routine. The idea is to write some things that made me happy over the weekend, what I did, made, saw, wore, whatever. I guess I should have taken more pictures while it was sunny out (maybe I’ll add them later), but I got into a stupid fight with my boyfriend today and was too busy grumping around to think about blogging. I’m still struggling to figure out what my niche is in the blogging world, but some of my favourite blogs are ones that let me into people’s lives and inspire me to make things, get out in the world, take pictures, and be happy about what I have. So, that’s the model I’m going for. Here it goes then, the Weekend Roundup #1

It was gorgeously sunny this weekend, and warm (for February), above 0 celsius! I just wanted to be outside, this prairie girl cannot get enough of her sunshine. Montreal tends to be a bitter grey jerk in the winter so I try and take advantage of the sun every time it decides to come out so I go play as much as possible. I always feel like I’m wasting the day if I don’t.

blue skies above our apartment. My office window is the top right. The whole place looks much better in the summer when I've replaced the ripped fabric privacy guard by the way.

I had been wanting to go thrifting for a little while now to find some brighter things for my wardrobe. I tend to wear a lot of black and grey in the winter and that, combined with the weather, was counteracting my vitamin D suppliments. The boyfriend (Marseau, for future reference) and I decided to make a day of it So after a lovely brunch at le Pick Up (our favourite diner/depanneur – quebecois for corner store), where I had my usual crepe stuffed with eggs, bacon and cheese smothered in maple syrup, and he had his usual vegan pulled pork (I refuse to feel guilty about that), we hit up a bus to the Mile End to look over those vintage stores that pick out all the cool things for you. Luckily for Marseau he knows just what he likes and got a few nice things. I, as per usual, struggled with what I like and ended up with a really weird shirt and my usual assortment of accessories which include vintage silk scarves and brooches. I’m the hardest person I know to shop for.

in my new hot air balloon vintage scarf

The rest of the afternoon was spend finishing my book, the Tiger’s Wife (which was so good by the way. It balances my love of myths, with politics and good story telling), all the while listening to Marseau put together his dj debut mix for a Girls Rock Camp – Montreal fundraiser party. The theme was soul music. We headed down to the venue late, and although Marseau was hella nervous he did really awesome! I danced my ass off, sweated even though it was a really cold night and enjoyed myself immensely. Also, I was really really proud of my guy for his stellar first party. I stayed on stage with him most of the night. He didn’t ask but I like to think I was giving some physical support.

my friend Em J killing it as a go go dancer. Also my favourite shot of the night

Marseau grooving to his own music

Today, I stormed out of the house after our dumb fight but ended up having a nice day of in out in the sun. I bought some groceries at Jean Talon Market, my favourite spot in the whole city. Wandered around, I found a store nearby that sells home crafting stuff, thereby taking me one step close to my desire to make herbal remedies. Have you seen this book from Microcosm by the way? I’m in love with it and want to make every.thing. from it!

I came home to a bunch of stressful emails from the organization I’m doing a contract for. Apparently they wanted me and the other writers to make a lot of changes, thereby changing the entire nature of our work. I’ll post the link to our work when its done by the way. All of us have a tenuous relationship to this organization so there was a lot of skepticism. I spent the rest of the night re-writing and refusing to re-write instead of having a make-up cuddle with my boyfriend. Deep sigh.

I also didn’t get to make this (over at my new favourite blog – Smitten Kitchen), which I was really excited about.

flatbread with honey, thyme and sea salt

This coming week is mostly going to be about marking mid-terms for the prof I’m working for, though I’m really hoping to get some serious work done on my thesis. And maybe a side trip to Halifax?? I do have a professional hair cut scheduled though, which I haven’t had done in over a year (I always just get my friends to cut my hair) that I’m kind of excited about. I’m growing out my hair and was thinking of taking this picture in.

That was my weekend. I’m going to try and resume my small things project tomorrow. I don’t want to give it up, I’m just trying to figure out how it will live on this site. Its kind of boring without pictures right? And so short….Whatever, I’ll figure it out tomorrow. Time to shut off the screens for the night. Looking forward to figuring out what to post tomorrow!