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The kids don’t go to school on Wednesdays. That will change for the oldest next year, when he starts going in the morning, but until then, it’s all four of us at home for the day, sleeping in and eating dry cereal from bowls as we read books and the boys play their video games, all of us in our pajamas.

It also means building forts and playing hide and go seek and afternoon naps. And having the napper crawl onto my bed once she’s awake and let me brush out and rebraid her hair before she scampers off to annoy her brothers once again.

(We’re actually getting better at the braids. She’s not a huge fan of sitting still, but now that she knows what they look like, she’s getting more willing. We did a Heidi-style braid this evening before dinner I want to try again. It almost makes up for the fact that I miss playing with my sister’s hair while we’re watching back episodes of our favourite shows after school.)

Things I’m Loving:

+ This quote (I’ve been forgetting that, lately.)

+ These self portraits (Because the person doesn’t always have to be the center of the photo)

+ Ed Sheeran’s album (The A Team and Small Bump have been on constant repeat)

+ The Offside Rules (because more football based websites is exactly what I need)

 

Naps & Braids

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Have you heard of Songza yet? (Maybe I’m just behind.) A friend of mine introduced it to me a few days ago and I’ve been using it nonstop.

It’s an app where you can choose from days of the week, times of the day, mood you’re in, genre, and then multiple playlists to find music.

For reasons I have yet to figure out, I don’t like having music on my phone and this app takes care of that. I don’t like having multiple programs open while I’m editing (like iTunes), so it also means I can find new music while giving my computer a bit of a break. Win-win.

Listen To This

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So this week was the first week that I worked on the school paper. While most of us had two articles published, I only had one (sadface) BUT! that wasn’t because of anything other than the fact that my second story is so awesome that it got pushed back until our Tuesday back (Jan. 31) so that I could do it the justice it deserves. (And up and coming athletes with Olympic ambitions deserves lots of justice).

Remember the daycare? The one with the ridiculously adorable children and the sign language? Well, I wrote a story to go with it, and then stuck a picture with it and voila! My first*  article published in a (n online) newspaper.

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The whole paper is here, if you’d like to check it out, and my story is on page four.

That should explain as to why I’ve basically been MIA. This is something so completely new and I haven’t been that drained at the end of a day in so long. Thank goodness we have the day off tomorrow for all the things I neglected to do during the week!

*actually it’s my second but the first was in a small town paper that doesn’t have a website, so I can’t flaunt that one

Things I’m Loving:

+ Blood Orange Margaritas – I don’t know if it’s because my friends are PhotoJ’s or if it’s because they’re half Mexican, but they drink tequila like water (in a classy way, of course). And I know they would love this. So, next up for Friday night drinks? 🙂

+ Houses By Night – This actually makes me think of those little Christmas villages, except DIY and cheaper. But I would totally make a set of these for my front windows and place them on the ledge inside. (Except the cat would knock them off and destroy them. 😦 )

+ Pitchside Photo – I’ve been through so many football (and for those of you who are like my father, I do mean soccer) blogs/articles/websites/etc. in the last few days I can’t even begin to tell you where I found this, but I love it. Paul shoots non-league football games, and you can really see the love that these players have for the sport.

+ Chairlift – Their second album can be streamed online for you to listen to. Do it! Do it now. Because it’s perfect for an evening with tea or hot chocolate and a good book.

His Girl Friday (but not really)

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It’s that time of year again, when the pile of assignments and exams are only outweighed by the desire for the winter break. This next week is going to be one of bottomless cups of coffee and way too many hours sitting in front of my computer, editing photographs and video to hand in before I leave next week.

However, in order to get all that footage, I got to be a guest in one of Belleville’s newest bake shops. Katerina’s Cakes & Treats opened this September and she was kind enough to let me visit for a couple of days and do some shooting. This is just a sample of what I took, and once the video’s put together, I’ll have that up here as well.

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Things I’m Loving:

+ Why Christmas Music Doesn’t Have to Suck – Bruce Handy for Vanity Fair links you to youtube videos of Christmas music that doesn’t suck. Most of it is traditional and old school (and most of them I have on my iTunes already), but it’s definitely going to be my playlist for our Christmas party next week.

+ Black Spiced Rum Eggnog – Christmas and eggnog go hand in hand. And what’s better than making your own? This recipe is a lot more simple than I thought it would be, and adds a bit of a twist on traditional eggnog.

+ Scout’s Honor Co. – A fantastic blog with minimalistic posts on stationary, postage, illustration, etc. They’re shop is set to open up sometime in the next few months, and I’ll definitely be stopping by to pick up a few things.

+ Cape Town – I love capes. My love of capes can’t be properly described. And the last one on the list is one I’d wear on a consistent basis. Hopefully I’ll have one in my possession by the end of the winter season.

Cupcakes at Christmas

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It’s been steadily getting cooler around here (and dark by five o’clock is messing with me!), and how better to stay warm than with drinks and friends? I’ve shot and (for the most part) edited my One Day on Earth piece, but I’m waiting for an okay to post it here, since it dealt with school kids. Hopefully that will come through and you guys will get to see those! I did have so much have shooting that and the project did turn out really well, and I’d like for more people to see it.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Matchbook – An online magazine, Matchbook is a girl’s ‘field guide to a charmed life’ and an absolute joy to look through. The Editor’s Wish List constantly has me adding to my ‘must have’ list.

+ A Shot Off Target – Not your usual sports blog. Football (or, you know, soccer) orientated, Vimbai focuses on how the sport has changed through the years (women’s soccer especially), how people have used it in fashion, art, and her opinion on kits. And there’s some talk of great footballers, namely their fashion sense.

+ Ailera Stone – All her photographs have such a fairytale feel to them, whether it’s a warm feeling akin to happily ever after, or cold and not quite as friendly, they’ve all got something that’s just a bit not of this world to it.

+ Once Upon a Time – The fourth episode aired this week and I’m officially hooked. The switches between the fairy tale moments and Earth moments are done spectacularly, the costumes are fantastic, and the Wicked Stepmother just always seems to have one more trick up her sleeve….

Still Quite Snowless

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