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165 – New Year

As per usual, let’s review last year’s resolutions and how well I did with each!

  1. Lose 30lbs.
    This is going to remain on my list until I achieve it! Didn’t achieve this, but I’m not bummed. Losing weight is hard! So it remains.
  2. Expand my cooking repertoire and meal plan more efficiently. Done! The repertoire wasn’t expanded by a lot, but the meal planning went fantastically. I’ve already got January planned out!!
  3. Finish paying off our debt and GET RID OF THE DANG PT CRUISER!!! DONE! OH MY GOSH IT’S DONE! 
  4. Read more! I would say that I did this.
  5. Open Etsy shop again and create original works to sell. Did not do this, but I don’t consider it a failure.

And now, this year’s goals:

  1. Lose 30lbs.
  2. Eat out/pick up less.
  3. Stop buying pop to keep in the fridge.
  4. Finish up more of the mountains of tea in my cupboards.
  5. Read more.
  6. Dedicate more time to driving on my own.
  7. Keep up with the progress I’ve made socially.
  8. Be more active with Ginny’s school.
  9. Take care of that one thing that I don’t want to talk about. It’s red. That’s all you need to know.
  10. Take on my daily art challenges. Inktober and Drawcember were so much fun!!
  11. Journal as much as possible, if not daily.
  12. Learn to make a speed build video for youtube.

Nothing too crazy here. One thing I love about blogging is I can look back on this list so easily. Previously I would always lose it somewhere, hahaha.

So! On to 2017. 2016…you’ve been ridiculous. And that’s not even taking into account all the world stuff that went on – I’m just talking personal here.

See you next year, friends!


161 – List Writer

I’m sure this is no secret to anyone, but I’ma say it anyways: I LOVE WRITING LISTS. It’s a hobby of mine and has been for many years. Sometimes I make up my own lists but more often than not I am copying them down off the internet. This is an activity that I find to be very relaxing. Earlier in the year I purchased a pretty notebook which I have dedicated to filling with various lists, and today I’m going to share a peek inside.



The infamous list book.


Table of Contents. I simply add to it after I’ve completed each list. 

And above are some examples of what my lists look like. I try to use all capital letters, only varying from that if I’ve been writing for a really long time and need a break (which has happened only 8 times). I alternate different coloured pens just because I like how it looks. Most lists use only one colour, but that is not always the case. Just depends how creative I’m feeling.

There are a variety of topics represented but the majority would fall under Monarchies, Movies, and Characters. Basically, I write a list based on what I’m feeling in the moment. Yesterday I wrote 7 lists. They were: movies I like (which is a list I will add to), First Ladies of the USA, List of US States and when they joined, Gilmore Girls characters, countries of the world, spouses and legitimate children of English monarchs, and English monarchs. There is no rhyme or reason to any of this. It took me 3 evenings to complete my list of Popes, which took 10 pages. It was preceded by episodes of Star Trek Voyager, and followed by a list of Russian monarchs.

At this point, I am currently just filling in page 143 (I number each and every page by hand). This is list number 48. If you are weird and count the list names in my table of contents that number will be higher, but that’s because there are 6 or so pages that contain failed lists, or I was suddenly hit by artistic inspiration and had to sketch something quick.

I’m really looking forward to finishing filling this book out. Right now I’m about halfway through!

**In case you were curious, the lists I’ve previewed in the photos are:
Norwegian monarchs
Countries of the world
Harry Potter books/chapters
Voyager episodes
My Little Pony characters
AFI Villains
First Ladies
200 Movies
Spouses/legitimate children of English monarchs
Movie taglines
US states and when they joined
Russian monarchs
US presidents
Disney movies – next page is Best Picture winners
Disney movies
Best Actress winners

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158 – Guh

Having a bad day, so here’s a quiz instead of a vent.

  • 1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? I don’t have closet doors.
  • 2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? Yes. Then I forget about them for forever and throw them out when I find them 4 years later.
  • 3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Out. We sleep with separate blankets so tucked in would be ultra annoying.
  • 4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before? Nope.
  • 5:Do you like to use post-it notes? Yes. 
  • 6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? That is the ONLY thing I do with coupons. Can’t recall ever actually using one.
  • 7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? Bees. I saw The Revenant. 
  • 8:Do you have freckles? All over ma face. I love them.
  • 9:Do you always smile for pictures? I try to. I feel like it’s important. But I rarely show my teeth as when I smile open lipped it’s crooked and I’m self conscious. 
  • 10:What is your biggest pet peeve? People being noisier than necessary.
  • 11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Not anymore. When I was a kid though. Just the same 4 numbers over and over – 26, 27, 28, 29.
  • 12:Have you ever peed in the woods? Yes. 
  • 13:What about pooped in the woods? Nope.
  • 14:Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing? Yes.
  • 15:Do you chew your pens and pencils? Not often.
  • 16:How many people have you slept with this week? One.
  • 17:What size is your bed? Queen.
  • 18:What is your Song of the week? One Day More.
  • 19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Yes. Tidbit: my favourite out of all of Bryan’s shirts is a pastel pink. Goes nice with his mountain man beard.
  • 20:Do you still watch cartoons? Yes. With Ginny, and independently. Just bought Beauty and the Beast last week, actually (which means I own 2 copies). 
  • 21:Whats your least favorite movie? Marley and Me. (I actually don’t know…but I do know I hated that movie.)
  • 22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Ha, nice try.
  • 23:If you’re a girl, bra size? If you’re a guy, pants size? 38, DD
  • 24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in? HEINZ Ketchup.
  • 25:What is your favorite food? Pasta.
  • 26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love? The Princess Bride, Ferris Bueller, Ocean’s 12, any Disney except Frozen.
  • 27:Last person you kissed/kissed you? My beautiful husband.
  • 28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout? I was a Brownie for one year. What a weird time.
  • 29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? I don’t see why the publication would want me to. So no.
  • 30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? Earlier this year.
  • 31:Can you change the oil on a car? I’m going to say yes. It would take me a while because I’d have to really think about it, but I think I could.
  • 32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket? Nope. And I would be SHOCKED if I ever did. I am a law follower. 
  • 33:Ever ran out of gas? Nope. And FYI: I know how to gas up my vehicle now, hahaha. Though I’m still terrified to pay inside so I only do prepay.
  • 34:Favorite kind of sandwich? Cold Cut Combo from Subway. 
  • 35:Best thing to eat for breakfast? Scrambled Eggies.
  • 36:What is your usual bedtime? Usually around midnight. Depends on the day. 
  • 37:Are you lazy? Oh yeah. 
  • 38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? These are the costumes I recall: Ariel (which was the one and only year I trick or treated), a cat, Mulan, Batman, a shower (attached a curtain to a large embroidery hoop that I afixed to my shoulders – SUPER proud of this one and disappointed that there are no pictures), Sirius Black, Carl from the Walking Dead.
  • 39:What is your Chinese astrological sign? Snake.
  • 40:Are you horny? Rude. And no.
  • 41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Not anymore. Most recently it was Hello. 
  • 42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs? Legos.
  • 43:Are you stubborn? I can be. 
  • 44:Who is better…Leno or Letterman? Letterman. No competition.
  • 45:Ever watch soap operas? Used to when I was a kid. Because my mom watched, not because I was weird. 
  • 46:Are you afraid of heights? Healthily so. Not a phobia or anything.
  • 47:Do you sing in the car? Duh. Of course I do. I’m a profesh.
  • 48:Do you sing in the shower? Yes. My main jams are Colours of the Wind and Part of Your World because I am a naked Disney Princess.
  • 49:Do you dance in the car? Only if the beat is sick.
  • 50:Ever used a gun? Nope. 
  • 51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? My friend’s wedding this past summer.
  • 52:Do you think musicals are cheesy? Yes, but that’s not a bad thing.
  • 53:Is Christmas stressful? As long as everything goes to plan it’s alright.
  • 54:Ever eat a pierogi? Just frozen ones.
  • 55:Favorite type of fruit pie? Apple. 
  • 56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? Teacher was the only thing I wanted to be. School killed that dream.
  • 57:Do you believe in ghosts? I don’t know.
  • 58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? All the time.
  • 59:Take a vitamin daily? No, but I have a massive jar of them in the cupboard…so close enough, right?
  • 60:Wear slippers? Sometimes. I have yet to find the perfect pair. Not that I’d wear them now anyways since like…broken ankle and whatever.
  • 61:Wear a bath robe? Sometimes. I need a new one though.
  • 62:What do you wear to bed? Jammie pants/shorts/leggings, and a t-shirt. 
  • 63:First concert? The Suspenders.
  • 64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Walmart. Only because Target betrayed me.
  • 65:Nike or Adidas? Adidas.
  • 66:Cheetos Or Fritos? Fritos.
  • 67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Spitz.
  • 68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? Nope.
  • 69:Ever take dance lessons? Nope.
  • 70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? Well, I only have a present spouse and I am going to keep him for all time. But one day I could picture him running a small business of some sort. Perhaps a Taco Bell.
  • 71:Can you curl your tongue? Yes. 
  • 72:Ever won a spelling bee? Heck yes. 
  • 73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Many many times.
  • 74:Own any record albums? A few. I bought them so that I could frame the album art one day. 
  • 75:Own a record player? Nope.
  • 76:Regularly burn incense? Nope.
  • 77:Ever been in love? Yes. And I’m in love with it. It’s better than I ever could have dreamed. 
  • 78:Who would you like to see in concert? The Who.
  • 79:What was the last concert you saw? Paul McCartney.
  • 80:Hot tea or cold tea? Hot tea. All day every day. 
  • 81:Tea or coffee? Tea.
  • 82:Sugar or snickerdoodles? I don’t know.
  • 83:Can you swim well? Not really. Please don’t abandon me in a large pond. 
  • 84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yes. 
  • 85:Are you patient? I try very hard to be. Being in and out of hospitals over the past 4 years has been helpful in this. 
  • 86:DJ or band, at a wedding? Ipod. 
  • 87:Ever won a contest? Yes. 
  • 88:Ever have plastic surgery? Nope. 
  • 89:Which are better black or green olives? Ew.
  • 90:Can you knit or crochet? I can vaguely crochet. 
  • 91:Best room for a fireplace? Basement family room.
  • 92:Do you want to get married? Ugh. Been there done that.
  • 93:If married, how long have you been married? 6 years.
  • 94:Who was your HS crush? A few guys. The main suspect was my husband. 
  • 95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Nope.
  • 96:Do you have kids? Yes, one amazing daughter. 
  • 97:Do you want kids? Not any more than what we have. 
  • 98:Whats your favorite color? Grey. 
  • 99:Do you miss anyone right now? I miss my Grandma. 

149 – 4 Things

Four names I go by
1. Becca
2. Rebecca
3. Mummy
4. Boo Boo

Four places I’ve lived
1. Burnaby BC
2. Toronto ON
3. Grande Prairie AB
4. Saskatoon SK

Four things I love to watch on TV?
1. Fooooood Network
2. HBO dramas
3. Old sitcoms
4. Anything Holmes, McGillivray, or Baeumler

Four places I have visited
1. Orlando, Florida
2. Whistler, BC
3. Hollywood, California
4. Campbell River, BC

Four things I love to eat
2. Chips
3. Corn on the Cob
4. Spinach Dip

Favourite drink
1. Coca Cola
2. Water
3. Tea
4. Tomato Juice (only Heinz)

116 – A Music Post

I listen to A LOT of music. And my taste is extremely VERY eclectic, as you will see. Today I’m going to share 2 things. First, my latest favourite soundtrack. Second, the latest playlist I’ve been cultivating over at my youtube account.


Hamilton. Is. AMAZING. I have listening to this cast recording approximately 85 million times since early December and I am not anywhere near being sick of it. I love unexpected uses of music and storytelling, and this definitely fits the bill. All of the music – which varies from more standard broadway tunes to hip hop to rap – is exceptional. The story as well is exceptional. I haven’t seen the musical, but listening to it is almost enough – the lyrics tell such a strong and vivid story. Alexander Hamilton never interested me before, but now I probably know way too much about him. Below are links to my favourite songs.

Alright! Next up, my playlist entitled: All the Feels. Basically, when a song gives me a strong feeling I add it to the list. I only started it about a week ago, so there are still many more songs to add yet. Let’s go.

Ok, so these SHOULD all play consecutively, and then below I have a list of who and what and why.

Writing’s on the Wall – Sam Smith
Wasn’t a Sam Smith fan until I heard this song, and even now I’m not sure I’d buy a full album. However this has moved VERY high in my ranking of Bond theme songs. It suited the tone of the movie (Spectre) so well, and I could listen to this song all day – which I did recently.

Perfect Day – Lou Reed
I don’t know exactly what it is about this song, but it makes me feel so many feelings and all of them strong. It makes me feel sad, it makes me feel in love, it makes me feel happy. I listen to this almost every single day, and have been doing so for close to a year.

Deliver Us – Prince of Egypt soundtrack
This song…it can only be described as powerful. The story it tells is one of my favourites from the Bible, and it is from one of the best animated films of all time. The music really digs in deep inside me and it conveys so much. It’s amazing how sometimes simple cartoons can leave such a mark, but this one really does.

Africa – Toto
You’re really starting to see how eclectic this list is, haha. But I just really like this song! The chorus in particular is what gets to me the most. It’s also fun to sing, even though it drives my sister crazy. She sang it with her school choir one year and so is kinda sick of it. Not me though. Love it.

Into the West – Annie Lennox
If you know me, you know that I am in love with The Lord of the Rings film series. Everything about them. I love the cast, the characters, the sets, the effects, the story, the music…and this song captures the feeling of all of it so well. Annie Lennox was the only choice for a song like this, and it’s beautiful and haunting. It makes me nostalgic for the movies. It makes me dream of riding a horse through Middle Earth. It makes me not fear death. Might sound a little dramatic, but music can make you feel things!!

The Last Goodbye – Billy Boyd
This song goes hand in hand with the previous, and the next song will join them on their walk as well. This song concluded the Hobbit series, and it was a perfect way to finish things off. Billy Boyd sang a beautiful little song in Return of the King, and bringing him back to sing this for the Hobbit films was a bit of a genius idea. His voice suits the world of Middle Earth, and this song gives me many of the same feelings as Into the West – the nostalgia in particular.

I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
I was literally avoiding listening anything to do with this guy because some friends of mine liked him a lot, and I typically have very VERY different musical tastes from them. I wish I hadn’t been dumb about that, haha. I finally gave in and took a listen and I love his stuff! In particular though, this song. Anything to do with Lord of the Rings is okie dokie artichokie in my book (you’d best not get me started of Led Zeppelin or we’ll be here a while). This song makes me want to dance, and sleep, and fall in love in Middle Earth.

*side note* I may be…a bit of a nerd. Not a bad thing. Just sayin’.

What Happens Tomorrow – Duran Duran
I freaking love Duran Duran. If I’d been born much earlier, Duran Duran posters definitely would have graced me walls. I dunno…I just love them! This is one of their more recent songs and it came out when I was in high school and addicted to much and muchmore music. I literally recorded this onto a vhs tape and would watch it all the time. Just a feel-good kind of song.

Perfect Day – Duran Duran
Yep, it’s the same as the Lou Reed one. Duran Duran covered this and I couldn’t be happier that they did. It’s a tough song to cover, but they nailed it.

California – Phantom Planet
I did not watch The O.C. But that didn’t stop me from latching on to this song. It’s great. It feels like summer and the way it builds up in places just really gels with me.

Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
I cannot get enough of this song. I just put it on repeat for like, hours. I had NO idea it was from the 50 Shades soundtrack though, lol. I would just pop the song on then go to another tab or whatever and it was days before I actually watched the video and I was rather confused for a moment. But anyways, Ellie’s voice is so unique and this song just makes me want to kiss my husband. Right on his face. His adorable face.

Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford & Sons
This was literally the first song of theirs I ever heard, and it was only because the video is so ridiculous and was recommended to me from some internet list. Seriously…watch this video. If you listen to nothing else on this list, go to this one and listen and also watch. Hilarious. Also…Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman are just…all of the yes. That beard…those folksy clothes. But anyways the song itself is FANTASTIC. Makes me want to go out and be brave.

Eternal Flame – The Bangles
This song, plain and simple, just makes me feel in love. Reminds me of when I first started dating. It brings back those early feelings of love and that makes me happy.


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