An A to Z of Me.

Hello, hello!

Following in the vein of my love of lists, I though maybe a good way to talk about myself a bit would be to write a list. Since I’m an organizational freak, alphabetical seemed the best choice! Here’s the A-Z of Me:

A – Type A. Majorly. I’m constantly working on my mental flexibility, but I am hard-wired a Type A for sure!

B – Ballet dancer. I was a serious ballet dancer for over a decade of my life. I miss it, but partially blame it for my funky toes!

C – Cousin. I come from a big, loud, close, and loving family. I and very close to some of my cousins, and am proud to have them as friends and family too.

D – Daughter. My parents are AMAZING. I am so very lucky to be their daughter, and always hope to make them proud!

E – Early bird. I was not always an early bird, but I definitely am now! I work best in the morning, and I definitely struggle to stay awake in the evening… but I’m always up and raring to before 7!

F – Frenzy. My camp name and forever part of me… and it describes me pretty darn well!

G – Goal-lover! As you may have seen, I’m definitely a goal-driven person. I tend to set goals pretty consistently, and they range from very short-term (like: wash the dishes tonight) to long-term (like where I would like to live 5 years from now).

H – Hiker. No surprise to those who know me, I love being out in the middle of nowhere having a great hike. I’m not a dare-devil, but I am definitely a hiking nut!

I – Introvert. I can be chatty (surprises no one who really know me) but am truly an introvert by nature. As much as I love the people in my life, I need to re-charge with alone time pretty frequently.

J – Joker. I inherited a pretty unique and sometimes dark sense of humor, and a true penchant for playing pranks. Watch out on April Fool’s, and when I look more than a little mischievous.

K – Knitting and crochet. I am in no way good at drawing, but knitting and crochet I can do! I love to make projects for the people I love, or for myself. Hats, scarves… anything practical for the Maritime climate!

L – Love of baking. I LOVE baking. Debatably, I like the process almost as much as the end result! I find it very relaxing, and an excellent way to pass some time. Thank goodness I have places to send some of my creations to avoid eating it all myself!

M – Music. I listen to music a lot. Like, pretty much every chance I get. My tastes have changed over the years, but I always end up back at classical. Don’t judge.

N – New challenges. I am getting much better at taking on new challenges. I’ve stopped focusing on how intimidating new things can be, and have started enjoying the challenges! I love using all my skills to master (or attempt to master!) something new. Nothing feels better than feeling like you’ve truly accomplished something you couldn’t have done before.

O – Old ballerina. I did ballet for over a decade. I still miss it, but love remembering how much of an endorphin-high I would have after a full Saturday spent in the studio. I don’t, however, love how permanently messed up my poor toes are though!

P – Psychology nut. I was majoring in psychology in university and LOVED it. I have a lot of personal background and a deep interest in the area, and love to learn anything I can about how we work.

Q – Quick reader. I plow through books like there’s no tomorrow. I can finish massive amounts in a short time, which certainly comes in handy with school required readings!

R – Really voracious Reader. I will read just about anything, and will read at warp-speed. Funny story: my parents once offered when I was a kid that they would get cable if I would read fewer books. This was only a potential option because I had already read the whole young-adult section at the local library.

S – Sister. I am (and will always be in my heart and soul) a sister to an incredible human being. He passed away a little over 5 years ago, but I will be forever grateful for being able to be a big sister to someone as special as Keith.

T – Typist. I can type an accurate, and sustained, speed over 90 words a minute. Comes in handy in my new line of study/work, but also is pretty awesome for everyday use too!

U – Undeniably honest. Sometimes verging on harsh (I’m working on having a little more of a filter). I do value honesty in life, and I feel like sometimes society has moved towards being false… which serves no one.

V – Very sarcastic. Or maybe you haven’t noticed? Sarcasm is not a substitute for wit (any Downton fans here?), but it is a pretty efficient way to express certain things!

W – Writer of cards. I send cards for EVERY occasion. Getting good mail ranks near the top of my things-that-make-me-happy list, so I try to pass along the joy to others!

X – eXtreme fan. I have an obsessive personality, which manifests itself in the form of being a REALLY hardcore fan of things. Harry Potter, Breaking Bad, Hunger Games, figure skating, and reading are definitely my top fangirling areas.

Y – Yearns for travel. I LOVE to travel and have an insanely long list of places I would like to go!

Z – Zealot for punctuality. Chalk this up to my Type A personality I guess? I am chronically early for e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Drives certain people crazy, but I HATE being or feeling like I’m late. On time is verging on late for me!

Which of these surprises you? Or which is glaringly obvious? Let me know something about you too!

Wishing you a great week… Love, Jenn

 

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My weekend.

Good morning! I enjoyed an absolutely awesome weekend, hope you did too! Here are some sights from the past few days.


FRIDAY!

Exploring and savouring:

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Talk about a gorgeous day! This is near home right next to a ferry!

While enjoying the view, I got to enjoy inhale this:

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Jealous? It was as amazing as it looks!

And got my fortune for the weekend:

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#Positive


SATURDAY!

Road-trip day! Saw both sides of Grand Lake, got to meet new people, and show off my old stomping grounds:

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Found: people with a sense of humour and fun!

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So this is why I used “Frenzy” in my blog name… It was once a major part of my life/identity and was my May-September alias! This is still found at my old camp, and it was so nice to get to visit it again!

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Feels like home.

Although the leaves are slower, the fields are definitely getting their autumn-colours on:

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My partner’s Mom is a pickling and preserving expert! She has done TONNES of batches so far this fall, and is starting on her crab apple jelly. We helped prep the apples… so pretty!


Sunday was a laundry/houework/be an adult day… so nothing too fun to show, but it was a great day all the same!

Did you do anything fun this weekend? See anything quirky or gorgeous?

Have a great day! Love, Jenn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love & Loathe: 1st edition.

Good morning!

So this week was a mixed one, but overall a decent transition into the school year! I’ve been pretty conscious of the things I’ve been grateful for, and loving… but as always there are always a few things that make me cringe a bit… Here’s my list of loves&loathes for the past week or so:

  • LOVE: friends that make me laugh until I literally cry. My ladies are the highlight of my days at school, and this week was no exception! We were all hysterically laughing during one lunch this week which made for a great mid-day boost and terrific ab workout!.
  • LOVE: my partner and parents; and how they know how to talk me down. In those not-so-great moments this week, I have been truly thankful for their ability to help me relax and put things in perspective. Bonus points for know exactly how to make me laugh and get me smiling!
  • LOATHE: finding something for the garbage/recycling just after the truck has been by. Always a real whomp-whomp moment and total adulting fail.
  • LOVE: no lines for the washroom – my classroom is on a floor with TONNES of women this year… and only 5 stalls. So, breaks that aren’t spent in line are a real bonus!
  • LOATHE: having <15% battery life and bringing the wrong charger to school. Enough said.
    • Sidenote: LOVE having someone bail me out by bringing me the right one!! Thanks!
  • LOVE: finding a “little community library box” in my neighborhood! (!!!) – I’ve long seen these on social media (especially Pinterest) and can’t believe I have one nearby! I am planning to drop in a book and check out the others this weekend.
  • LOATHE: being towards the end of the book and realizing it’s almost over – yep, the last 40 pages are actually the book club guide.
  • LOVE: going through my summer photos – makes me smile every time. So much to celebrate and enjoy the past few months!
  • LOVE: the weekend – need I say more?

What have you been grateful for this week? It doesn’t have to be big… it can be small, simple, and perfect all the same! Any loves & loathes you’d like to share?

Love, Jenn

Mid-week Motivation.

Happy mid-week everyone!

So I’m a nerd, as you know, which shows itself in many different ways. I love to read, watch movies/TV, learn interesting and random things, and will never miss an oppurtunity to participate in a fandom. Another of my nerdish loves is to collect quotes.

I’m pin them on pinterest, I surround myself with them at home, and I also take note of quotes I hear or see in my daily travels. I have a special book/journal I keep of all the quotes that resonate with me, or that I think have some sort of motivational or reassuring quality. I flip through it on the days I’m feeling blah or maybe not as motivated as I should be.

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Every week I try to pick one or two to use as a mantra (don’t roll your eyes… it’s just to help stay focused on my goals for that week). I have many that I go back to on a frequent basis (1st things 1st; Smile and Breathe; Just Do It) but am always on the look out for a new quote for my collection.

Being in my second week (the first full week) of school is a hectic and a little hard on my brain trying to adjust to a new routine and to new class subjects, so I currently I’m rocking “Wherever you are, be all there” as my weekly thought.

Here are a few that have really caught my eye and my attention lately:

  • How motivated are you? – repeating this when I’m rebelling from my goals helps to keep me focused on why I’m working on that item in the first place.
  • Be present – although cliché, it’s a really good piece of advice. It’s easy to blow through life and not notice it. Focus. It feels much better.
  • Don’t believe everything you think – a really good reminder for those of us who have an overactive (and sometimes overcritical) brain!
  • Choose the bigger life – remember to take advantage of the things (little or big) that pop up and could add some wonderful experience to your life. Don’t focus on being too busy, too tired, or not into it… embrace it and see what happens.

Hopefully one of those helped to give you a little mid-week boost! Any quotes you’d like to share with me? I’m always wanting more!!

Love, Jenn

 

Weekend Away.

I love to travel, but don’t often have the chance to get out-of-town… so it should come as no surprise that any excuse to get away is going to be seized! A couple of weeks ago, I spent Thursday-Sunday on the go which was an awesome treat! The official reason was the wedding of a very close cousin to her awesome partner; luckily enough for me, the weekend also included some time away, new memories, and lots of laughs!

Thursday was spent preparing for the road trip, and also checking more things off my school to-do list. I was able to finish my pre-school medical paperwork, and found a gift for the newlyweds! My partner and I hit the road early, and were able to enjoy the day. We love spending time together (we are in a long-distance relationship a fair bit of the time), and find that exploring the back roads in our part of the world provides some beautiful scenery, a chance to talk, and a chance to just enjoy the company!
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FRIDAY

The crew for the weekend away was myself, my parents, and my partner. Any apprehension about travelling with both my parents and partner quickly vanished after the first few minutes in the car together… we’re a close group! The plan was to hit the road early and explore the coast on Friday, spend Saturday enjoying the city life and at the wedding, and then return home on Sunday. I was so lucky to not have to drive (thank you so much Dad!!), so I got to spend the drives enjoying the gorgeous road-side scenery.

So Friday morning we crammed the bags into the trunk, piled into the car, and hit the highway. We stopped not long into the drive to get some gas for the car… and some caffeine for the passengers. We then drove for a couple of hours before stopping to stretch our legs and grab a snack before driving through to our 1st destination. I will also be honest, I have one of the world’s smallest bladders… so of course there were also some stops to pee along the way!

Our first destination was Lunenburg, NS. It is home to the Bluenose (look it up!), some gorgeous hillside architecture… and clearly some residents with a terrific sense of humour:

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Next stop was Mahone Bay, NS. It was a pretty town with a beautiful inlet harbour. I didn’t snap any pictures, but know why it is such a beloved place. The shops were all very focused on local art, goods, and character. I would recommend a stop, and hope to get back for their Pumpkin-People Festival at some point!

The definite winner for me on Friday was Peggy’s Cove. I cannot believe that I had never been, and loved every second of our stop there. I grew up in a coastal village, so the smell and feel of the salt in the air was invigorating and relaxing all at once! If you have the chance to visit, it is well worth the drive! The Atlantic Ocean is breathtaking, the waves are stunning, and the little community is such a reminder of how small coastal towns started. Also… get the homemade ice cream (the Mexican chocolate was incredible!! Hands down the BEST ice cream I’ve ever had… which says something!)

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SATURDAY

Saturday morning and early afternoon were spent exploring and enjoying life in Halifax. We hit the road early to check out the Halifax Seaport Market, then took a walk through the city to explore some new and old sights.

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Top left: Public Gardens Bandstand / Top Right: View of the Halifax skyline from Dartmouth  / Bottom R+L: Halifax Public Library (gorgeous!)

That afternoon was spent getting glammed up for the wedding, and then the evening was spent celebrating! It was an incredible event and I was so excited to help the wonderful Bride and Groom celebrate!! They had an event that was perfectly them and super enjoyable for everyon! They are two wonderful people (individually and together), and I wish them a lifetime of happiness together!


SUNDAY

Here’s where I have to be honest… we got up early again and pretty much hit the road. We stopped for breakfast just outside the city, and I then unintentionally slept for pretty much the entire return trip (this grandma needs her rest)!


I thoroughly enjoyed almost every minute of the trip (an AC-less room the 1st night was a little painful!) and can’t wait to explore more with this crew!

Have a wonderful week, and hope to be back with a new post on Wednesday. Love, Jenn

September Starts.

Inadvertant neglect of this space… chalk it up to everything that has been changing for the fall! Oddly enough, that was what I want to “talk” about today.

I see September as the time of year that things really change. It’s the perfect time to shake up and re-assess the old, and find a routine that fits not only your life but the goals you’ve set. I’m not a New Years Resolution-er… because January is seriously not the right time to start anything around here. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s sh*tty. Nope.

See, I’m a September Goal Setter. The weather is still awesome: beautiful days and cool nights. The ability to cook without needing an ice pack strapped to you (no A/C for this chick). It’s when everyone experiences a shift in their schedules, and the lazy and layed-back summer-attitudes get packed away with the beach towels.

It doesnt hurt that I’ve been a student for the past 4ish years. This obviously causes drastic changes to my lifestyle, but also means that it’s when I start considering it to be my “real life” again. I find the January semester/term change can be a good time to re-assess the goals I’ve decided on in September, although I find starting anything during W*nter (don’t say it!) is just too hard for me personally. I will say though, that even during my time working, I still found September to be my optimal routine-shake-up time!

I’m a firm believer that changing things when starting a new schedule is the perfect time. Being able to re-evaluate before any change happens and decide what you want to accomplish can help you build it in and not notice such a huge shift in your life. Now… goal setting is a huge (HUGE!) area. I am not going to even attempt to broach that topic today. Do some quick research (I love the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting acronym!) and maybe start small and set a new one or two for yourself!

So enough rambling… still reading? Here are the areas/goals I’m working on this September:

  1. School-related goals:
    1. Staying on top of the paper – my school program is famously high in paper. I found that last year I would have a mountain of stuff that needed to be hole-punched and filed away (I don’t use binders… there’s just way too much material to be carting around every day). This year: I’ve set the goal to get the papers under control every day. I’ve brought an expandable file folder with me to school with a file for each course, so at least that way the papers are grouped as they should be to make it faster at the end each day.
    2. Get as much done on Fridays as possible – so this is a theoretical goal that I will test over the first few weeks to see if it makes sense for me long-term. I found that last year I spent way too much of my valuable Sunday time working because I would just come home Fridays and avoid the work. This year: I’m going to plow full-steam ahead when I get home to at least start my massive amount of homework.
    3. Actually study – alright, I know this is obnoxious. As well as I did last year, I am truly going to try to review more and get those marks as high as possible.
  2. Fitness-related goals:
    1. Drink 64oz (aound 1.8L) of water a day – this is for a couple of reasons. I’ve been getting a lot of headaches this summer, and I think most of it was my lack of attention to drinking enough in the heat and humidity. I also know from experience that when I focus on drinking enough every day I feel like I have a little more energy, I don’t break out as much and I’m not hangry all.the.time… I’ve got the tools to help me track and stay motivated with this goal. If only I didnt have to pee every 30 seconds (although that helps with the next goal!!)
    2. Never spend a break sitting – so I’m a student. In an office-based career path. Sitting is an unfortunate and unavoidable part of my life, and probably will be for many years to come. Last year I felt so much better when I focused on getting up every break we had between classes and going for a walk. I usually do loops of our building and go up and down the floors at the same time. Not ideal, not huge, but at least enough to get the blood flowing again.
    3. Move EVERY day – A couple of years ago (how??) I was in an amazing routine of walking, running, or strength training just about every day. I felt (and looked, if I may say so myself) incredible and way more comfortable. Everything hurt less, I had more energy, and I was definitely rocking a confidence boost. I want to get back there. Given my schedule, I may not be able to go all.out.every.time but at leats I can remind myself that taking 30 or 40 minutes to work on the physical (walking, yoga, whatever) will be so worth the effort.
  3. Life-related goals:
    1. Blog consistently – I’m aiming for 2-3 times a week, but will have to re-visit this goal occasionally to make sure it’s realistic. To help: I’ve made a list of things I want to write about on my phone (so I can add to it anytime I think of something), have outlined a few posts, and know that once I settle into a routine of writing it will start to flow much easier.
    2. Focus on my attitude and thought pattern – I’ve spent the last year and half really working on my outlook and conscious thought pattern. I won’t go in-depth on that now, but it was something that I very much needed and am sincerely proud of how far I’ve come with it. I will say though, that I need to renew focus on it every now and then when I catch myself inadvertently reverting to old habits. I’m looking forward to keeping a happy, positive, and enthusiastic midset over this term.
    3. Cook and bake more – as the summer heat wanes, I can’t wait to be able to cook and bake more. I love to do both, and hope to meal-plan and prep consistently over the term. I have started compiling some new recipes to try, and am always an enthusiastic crock-pot user. I find bakng to be relaxing, so I look forward to trying a few new things and making the usual favourites. Added benefit of school: I can easily share the goodies so I don’t end up being olbigated to eat them all myself!

So there they are. I’ll check in with my progress and thoughts as the fall goes on. Hope that this fall is as awesome as I’m thinking it will be!

Love, Jenn

PS – Fun Fact for the Day… I LOVE 3s. Multiples and groups of 3s are my favourite numbers general (nerd alert on that one!), so you’ll tend to see that most of my lists employ 3s in some fashion.