Updated: November 4

Guys, I keep getting older. How is this happening. Ahhhhhhh.

I have some thoughts on 32, that I’ll churn out…eventually…once the move I’m in the midst of wraps up. Until then, some new stuff to keep this year interesting! I’ve opted to remove categories this time around; if any of the items tickle your fancy and you want to do one with me, let me know!

  1. Wander two new-to-me neighbourhoods in Toronto
  2. Throw a dinner party (or brunch)
  3. Go to a drive-in theatre
  4. Go for dinner at Winterlicious or Summerlicious in Toronto
  5. Do five chin-ups. Preferably on the monkey bars at Santa Monica.
  6. Take a dance class
  7. Have a proper high tea
  8. Try my luck at batting cages
  9. Become a mentor…or a mentee! Or both!
  10. Read 33 books (follow along with my progress on Goodreads)
  11. Do a half marathon. Holy crap.
  12. Take a letterpress class
  13. Design and print my own stationery
  14. Seriously learn French…I live with someone who is bilingual, this is ridiculous woman
  15. Stand-up paddleboarding in Toronto or elsewhere
  16. Work on my flexibility. Recommitting to yoga should help.
  17. Go trail running
  18. Go to Quitters Coffee
  19. Learn the lyrics to No Diggity
  20. Invest in myself. Want a nice lipstick? Want to take a course? Want to sit and read a book for an afternoon and neglect other nagging responsibilities? I want to say yes to myself more.
  21. Say no to others. On the flipside, learning to say no. Avoiding the burnout hole I keep tumbling into.
  22. Have a beach picnic
  23. Go on an epic hike
  24. Do a whiskey flight
  25. Bake some bread from scratch
  26. Take a baking class
  27. Go to a Detroit Tigers game with Victoria and Tom
  28. Finally go to Stones Place
  29. Travel to a city or country I’ve never been to
  30. Grow (some) of my own food – I finally have access to a proper backyard!
  31. Create a gallery wall for our new place with our favourite travel memories
  32. Make and sell something (crafty? wordy? We shall see)
  33. Most importantly, on February 26, 2017, look back on 33 and realize it was pretty awesome!




After much deliberation, I decided to keep the goal-setting party going and set some lofty aspirations for 32! I changed up some of the categories for this year and a few stragglers from 31-for-31 made a return. I think it has the potential to be a pretty stellar year. Here we go…


1. Go to Peru
2. Go camping (have to keep my s’more skills on point)
3. Explore somewhere new in Toronto once a month
4. British passport (update: applying!)
5. Photograph cherry blossoms (nature’s candy floss)
6. Visit a vineyard
7. Go to Raptors game
8. Go to a driving range (this will be an adventure for Steve moreso than me)
9. Go to a First Friday at the ROM or First Thursday at AGO

Arts and Crafts

10. Take an art class
11. Learn all the lyrics to “I Wish I Was a Little Bit Taller”
12. Do something crafty once a month
13. Bake a lemon meringue pie from scratch
14. Go to a concert with my dad (Robert Plant! So aaaaamazing)
15. Watch 10 films from AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films


16. Hold a plank for 3 minutes
17. Run a 10K in 1 hour
18. See a physiotherapist and work on hip and knees
19. Take a dance class
20. Hold crow pose for 10 counts (this will involve core strength developing from #18 and the ability to stop falling on my face)

Sam Time

21. Read four books I should have by now (Lolita…was a difficult read)
22. Commit to getting published
23. Complete a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle(this…was an experience)
24. Write and send letters
25. Make an epic fort in my living room

Personal and Professional Growth

26. Volunteer
27. Dig out my French notes and get back to basics
28. Take a course in InDesign and PhotoShop
29. Master lipstick
30. Learn how to give my bike a tune up
31. Redesign my blog

32. Most importantly, on February 26, 2016, look back on 32 and realize it was an awesome year. And continuing with tradition – resist the urge to end up face-down in a cake.

Let’s go.

(updated February 28)

Sunday Seven – Kick Out the (NYC) Jams

Next Friday I’m checking a big one off my travel bucket list – I’m going to NYC! In preparation I’ve been shuffling through my CDs (yes, some of us still use those) and MP3s (not totally behind the times) and listening only to bands from New York City. It turns out that a LOT of great sounds have come out of there. Initially I thought it would be easy to gather a list of 7 songs that have always made me want to go to NYC.

It was not easy. Here’s 7…

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Ten for the Decade(ish)

I’ve been back at work for just about a month at this point, and the most wonderful thing happened.


As much as I got quite accustomed to being a thrifty traveller (there’s an upcoming post about that, by the way), my bank account was getting very, very lean. And it was hard to daydream about my next adventure when I was (and still am) eyeballs-deep in budgeting boring everyday stuff such as transit passes and rent deposits.

So I got discouraged. I fell into a bit of a monotonous cycle and kept putting off updating this blog, figuring that no one was reading it anyway. But then another wonderful thing happened. I looked at my stats, and realized that people DO read this blog. Therefore, my broke ass should keep writing and planning.

One of the greatest things that I’ve learned from all the various backpackers I’ve met is that adventures never have to end. Some people are lucky enough to spend large chunks of time travelling, while others may take smaller vacations. It doesn’t matter. Some of my greatest memories stem from a long weekend exploring a city and day trips. It’s only important that you never stop. I may have complained about my senior citizen roommate from South East Asia, but I was really impressed that she was pushing 80 and not slowing down. So to ensure that I keep going, I decided to put my travel wish list to paper. Or a computer screen. I may have completed my first bucket list, but that just means it’s time for a bigger bucket!

And so, my “Ten for the Decade (ish)”, meaning things I hope to complete before I’m 40 (ish):

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Working My Way Through the Bucket List

Ah, Laos. I’ll forgive you eventually for making me so ill (which I am still – just won’t quit). For how could I stay angry with a place that allowed me to check two items off my bucket list? I sat and did a whole lotta nothing for two days on the boat (yes I’d wanted to do three, but realistically there is no way I could sit and do nothing for three days, as all of you who know me could attest). And then, after climbing Mount Phousi (part of “let’s go bananas with exercise and forget about the heat” day – aka the day where my stomach died), I sat and watched the most spectacular sunset over the Mekong River.

Laos has been a lot of fun. So laid back and charming, with small villages, locals that greet you with a smile, friendly and ADORABLE animals and beautiful scenery. Sadly I had to skip out on tubing due to my wonky stomach, and I wasn’t able to access my bank account until the day before leaving (always bring more money than you think you’ll need, and CHECK with your bank that your card is valid in the country you’re visiting, which “grandma” didn’t), I was never really stressed about it, and I think this was due to the calm attitudes of the locals. And the deep pockets of my trip buddies!

We wrapped up our last night in the country tonight with a few rounds of bowling in Vientiane. A great deal at 10,000 kip per game (which works out to roughly $1.20 Canadian including shoes), you’ll all be pleased to know that my bowling skills have not improved whatsoever during my time away. In fact, they may have worsened. At one point I nearly flew down the alley with the ball after stumbling over the slippery floor. Which really should come as no surprise.

Thanks Laos for the great hospitality! If you’re ever in this neck of the woods or are looking for a snapshot of what Asia used to be like, check it out.