Thankful for so much

I hope you all had a FABULOUS Thanksgiving weekend! This is my second time celebrating US Thanksgiving ever! I celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving earlier this year (in October) and couldn’t pass up the chance to have turkey for a second time before Christmas. (Really, who can say no to more turkey?) I headed down to California to attempt making turkey for the first time. Usually I get tasked with making cranberry sauce or stuffing, but this time I helped make the mashed potatoes and helped to stuff and baste the turkey!

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You’re probably wondering, “Why California?” Considering the insane prices of flights back to Canada, it didn’t make sense for me to fly home for a 4-day weekend (two of which would’ve been a write-off since I’d be traveling). If I could have, I would have gone home. Thanksgiving is one of those times of the year when it feels wrong to not be surrounded by family and friends. Since I couldn’t be with family, I chose to pay a weekend visit to some friends who lovingly bribed me with the promises of making a turkey and lots of pumpkin pie!

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This was the first turkey any of us have ever attempted to roast. It turned out pretty darn good for the first attempt! We also decided it would be a good idea to buy 4 pies (3 pumpkin, 1 apple) and 4 tubs of ice cream for six people to pig out on. Needless to say, I was in a pie-coma for the rest of the weekend. :P

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After spending a full weekend surrounded by old friends, it made me realize how lucky we all are. Not everyone gets the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones on holidays like Thanksgiving. Now, more than ever, I’m looking forward to spending more time with friends and family for Christmas.

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Om-Noming with the L&B Ladies

This past summer has been pretty amazing meeting up and hanging out with the sister duo, Syl & Sam, of Lipgloss & Black. I don’t think I ever shared this photo back in May, but I stopped by their booth at the Clothing Show in Toronto only a after returning home from my trip to Asia. Despite the sleep deprivation, we chatted up a storm about clothes and food (haha, go figure!) and made tentative plans to hang out again sometime in the summer.

Lipgloss & Black @ the clothing show

Somewhere between then and now, I ran into Sam in another city when we were both out of town and on mini vacations! How crazy is that?! Before leaving Toronto, I made sure to get in touch with these amazing ladies and we met up for lunch and some outlet mall adventures!

Lipgloss & Black: Syl
(Oh yes, I made another sweetheart shirt!)

Lipgloss & Black: Sam

Lipgloss & Black: sushi

We shopped our butts off (ok, maybe it was just me going crazy at these stores and Sylvia trying to stop me from buying every skull-printed article of clothing I could get my hands on) and hauled the goodies around in our reusable tote bags along the streets while playing a fun game of real-life Frogger trying to cross the road on multiple occasions. Let it be known that Sam is a professional at this and I should learn to trust my instincts more.

Lipgloss & Black: on the street

After a long day of shopping, non-stop talking, and singing too many Top 40s hits, we parted ways and said our goodbyes for the summer. It’s been awesome hanging out with these ladies and I am so glad to have gotten to know them over the last few months. I will definitely miss these two a ton and will have to plan more hangouts when we’re all in the same city again!

Lipgloss & Black: card

p.s. Syl & Sam made me an awesome goodbye card– how sweet are they?!
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More Goodbyes

Thank you to everyone who left such sweet comments and messages on my blog and twitter the last couple of days for Little Bear. It’s been a rough couple of mornings waking up and walking past the foyer to say my usual “Good morning, bunny-bear!” only to realize there are no floppy ears to hear those words. :(

My rounds of goodbyes don’t quite end there. A move has been in the works for quite some time now and I just booked my flight the other night and it all seems so real now. I’ve been trying to see everyone off in Toronto before I fly out because, in a couple of weeks, the Pacific Northwest will be my new home! I am still trying to fathom the idea of packing all my belongings into two suitcases. (Um, help?)

Mars Diner

One of my friends and I ended up at Mars Diner to have breakfast for dinner. Every time we meet up our day somehow revolves around food… oopsies!
Mars Diner
Growing up I always thought I would be jumping for joy the day I knew I was finally going to leave Toronto but, to be honest, I’m scared out of my wits right now! It’s scary to leave a city that I’ve lived in for the majority of my life, pack up, and start fresh somewhere else…

Anyone have some tips for preparing for such a big move?

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