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life: housekeeping

April 25, 2011

My mum always said the best thing she ever did was hire a cleaning lady. Wilma would come every Friday. Thursday nights were a flurry of tidying (while my dad shook his head at the ridiculousness of cleaning prior to her arrival). I still remember the smell of pinesol and lemon as you walked in the door after school on friday – everything was so clean!

Finally, I got my own cleaning lady. Unfortunately she only comes once a month. So taking a page from Sherbet Blossom, here is a weekly cleaning list which I will aim to follow (though realistically I will probably be lucky to do each thing once or twice in between Talia’s visits!). I particulary love the idea of preparing and reviewing your to do list at the start and finish of each day.


– empty dishwasher

– review calendar + to do list


– load dishwasher

– prepare lunch

-review calendar + to do list

Throughout the Week:

 -vacuum & dust

– mop floors

– wipe down doors

– clean bathroom (vanity/toilet/shower)

– clean out fridge / freezer

– clean kitchen (floors/surfaces/cupboards)

– clean office (bookshelves/shoes/floor)

-clean bedroom

-clean living room


– meal plan

– grocery shop

– laundry


words: the perfect man

April 25, 2011

Oh Bob Marley. I spent my pre-teen years listing to my dad’s old Bob Marley records, thinking I was as cool as could be. Little did I know you were so wise.

from wide open spaces

see: a perfect outfit

April 25, 2011

Love love love this outfit from camp comfort. Since flagging it in my reader, I have found my thoughts wandering back to it frequently. And now my wallet has begun feeling its effects.  Last week, I purchased a chambray shirt. And mere moments ago, I bought a beautiful royal blue clutch from claire vivier.

image from camp comfort

see: save a word

November 21, 2010

I must be on a bit of a word kick lately… I came across this site this morning and I couldn’t resist. The Oxford English Dictionary is one of my favourite things. I remember baby-sitting for my old English teacher and now friend who had a condensed version of the OED. After I had put the kids to bed, I would pull down one of the four volumes from the shelf and lay it out on the coffee table. Weilding the magnifying glass that accompanied the set, I flipped open the tissue-thin pages and would scroll through the words, particularly entranced by the history of each of the words.

The Save the Words project encourage people to adopt a word that “once led a meaningful life, but now lies unused, unloved and unwanted.” Adopters promise to “use the word, in conversation and correspondence, as frequently as possible to the very best of my ability.”

I adopted: REDAMANCY (n. act of loving in return)


see: beautiful words

November 17, 2010

I have a page in my journal dedicated to words I enjoy. Looks like I’m not the only one as the ladies at so much to tell you have posted a list of the hundred most beautiful words in the English language.

Here are some of my favourites from the list….

Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Denouement The resolution of a mystery.
Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
Ephemeral Short-lived.
Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.
Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.
Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.
Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.
Languor Listlessness, inactivity.
Mellifluous Sweet sounding.
Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.
Plethora A large quantity.
Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.
Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.
Susurrous Whispering, hissing.
Talisman A good luck charm.
Wherewithal The means.
Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

life: contentment and a great outfit

November 15, 2010

Do you ever have one of those moments where you feel like you are exactly where you want to be? Where you feel totally comfortable and happy in a moment? Like everything has just come together? I had one this morning. After sleeping in and making my favourite breakfast of oatmeal with bananas and nutella and coffee, I headed to Bed in Kitsilano to pick out a duvet cover. I was wearing my new favourite outfit (see below), had a lovely conversation with the shop owner and was buying something to make our bed more cozy. Just for a moment I felt completely content in the world.

life: outdoor yoga

August 31, 2010

a perfect way to spend a sunny sunday morning – outdoor yoga on the lawns of city hall.

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