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Nerdlove at the Calgary Expo

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“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human […]

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Gratitude: The Back-in-Canada Edition

Bryan and I at the clinic after donating blood

As of tomorrow, I have been home for five weeks. The time has flown by so fast, I have barely had time to process it. It has been an interesting adjustment period. Things have been very strange, and also very not strange. Mostly strange that it isn’t strange. That I could slip so comfortably back into […]

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Portobello Mushroom Burgers – Menu Monday

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Bye Bye Burgie – Original Recipe from “Crazy Plates“ Broiled portobello mushroom burgers (as in no meat patty, just the mushroomy goodness) with sweet peppers, red onions, and a spicy, chickpea spread   Original recipe that we slightly modified from is from the excellent recipe book “Crazy Plates”, which is full of awesome low-fat recipes […]

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Spring Cleaning Extravaganza

Even though it just recently snowed again here (seriously, cut it out, Alberta!), it is April. Which means: springtime! Though fall is my favorite season, spring is undeniably charming. New life, spring buds, flowers, all that jazz. Also, for someone who suffers from depression, it means more sunshine, more light, less suffocating darkness. I usually begin […]

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The Road to Happiness

While I was in Ireland, I read Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. The basic idea is that there are things that we can do in our every day lives to make ourselves happier. Though I have actually been the happiest I have ever been lately, it was very inspiring for me, and so I […]

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All Aboard the Goal Train: 101 in 1001

Sarah over at The Chronicles of S had a very inspirational post last Friday: she is doing a 101 in 1001 challenge. Basically, 101 goals in 1001 days. I have been all about goal setting lately and I thought this was an amazing way to really light a fire under my ass. So I decided […]

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Knowing When to Pack It In: Why I’m Going Home Early

I have always been the type of person who agonizes over decisions. Even when I know what I want to do, I will think about something for weeks, from every angle, before I commit to it. This was no different. I always knew that this trip was not going to be a cakewalk. I knew […]

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Ten Lessons Learned from 5 Weeks in Ireland

As of today, I have officially been out of the country for five weeks. It has been an incredible journey so far, and I thought it was a great time for some introspection about everything that has happened. So I came up with this list of things Ireland has taught me. 1. Know your travel […]

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty is Ireland. Beast is homesickness. I have been in Ireland for 2 weeks now. Officially away from home for 2 weeks, anyway. It has been a very long 2 weeks. Don’t get me wrong. I love being in Ireland. This is a grand adventure and it certainly feels like one. Ireland is like nothing […]

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Visual Puns – a new photo series and the importance of long-term personal projects

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Last saturday was a big night for me. My photo class presented our Thesis projects to a full-house at the NAIT Shaw Theatre (Thesis being a semester long personal project where we selected our own theme and produced at least 15 images corresponding to it). My final presentation can be found below, and the high […]

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