Friday, November 29, 2013

Boyfriend? That's A Funny Way To Say Netflix.

It's no secret that I watch a lot of Netflix. A lot meaning if there was a rehab for Netflix addicts my family would probably sign me right up. My sister was legitimately "worried" about me last weekend when I said no to going out with her and her friends and opted for ice cream, sweats and Netflix. No, I'm not depressed, I'm in love.



If there was a contest for how many obscure movies one can watch in a week, I would win. That's the thing about my Netflix obsession: I like to play Russian Roulette. What does that mean? It means I will click on a movie and watch it and hope for the best. I put all my trust into Netflix's ability to predict what movies I'll enjoy. And I rarely turn it off, even if it sucks. Because I have a really bad habit of needing to know the end. Worst.

Of course, I've binge watched TV Shows like it's going out of style, but lately that has taken a backseat to my exploration of the categories Netflix creates for me. Examples: "Violent Crime Thrillers", "Scary Mind Game Mysteries" and "Dark Suspensful Supernatural Thrillers". So based on my profile, I'm clearly a psycho. Gimme all the serial killer movies please. K thanks.



In the last week, here are my hits and misses on Netflix:

HITS
The Hole, The Lodger, American Mary, V/H/S 2, The Innkeepers, The Alphabet Killer, Hemlock Grove

Here's the thing, I've already seen Hemlock Grove once, but I love it that much that I'm rewatching it. It's a Netflix original TV Show. It's superb. WATCH IT!

MISSES
House Hunting, The Haunting of Amelia, Fingerprints, Elsewhere, Stalker, The ABCs of Death

The worst part about the misses is that they all looked so promising.

Maybe next week I'll watch regular movies and not be a super creep...

Hope you all have a great weekend. If you have suggestions for movies I should watch on Netflix let me know! I'm always looking for something :)


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My third and final blog bestie is none other than the beautiful Rachel of Sunshine & Sinatra. This girl is hilarious and I like to live vicariously through her. She's of the same mindset as me most of the time, which means we're generally egging on Rachael and Fallon when we should probably be telling them not to do something. Whoops! She's my little Jewish nugget and I love her to bits! 



1. Why did you start blogging?

Seasonal Depression. Kidding, to an extent. Really just hibernation. I had a stupid blog that I thought I was cool for making but didn't connect with the blog world AT ALL. I decided I wanted to do something fun and different than most of my friends (and something that involved staying indoors) and the blog world became a daily term in my life and I couldn't be happier.

2. What's your favorite part of blogging?

The friendships fo shiz. When you blog you seriously get a chance to understand EVERYTHING about someone that they wouldn't bring up to you when you first meet them in real life. And a lot of us connect on the same things. I am BEYOND thankful for the group of ladies I have met. I love my groupchat with Melissa, Rachael and Fal. Seriously they know more about my life now a days than some of my good friends. Bloggers just get eachother!

3. If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

Best advice I could ever give someone is to do things for you. If you're in a relationship and want to be near someone constantly like that's really cute trust me, I get it. But you need to focus on you because at the end of the day the only person that gives 100 and 5 shits about whats going on every second in your life is YOU. #Bye (I'm going to assume this means she was like this and would change this)

4. What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

Food. And family traditions. Each year my family and I go to Florida (hellooooo warm weather). It's seriously so great. and Stuffing? Do.Not.Pass.It.To.Me

5. What is your favorite part of New Jersey?

UGH SERIOUSLY I LOVE NEW JERSEY. This is a great question. I love the beach! Us "Joi-sey-ians" call it "going down the shore". NOT JERSEY SHORE THE SHOW. I go to a place near Atlantic City, New Jersey every summer and it just makes me so happy since I've had so many memories as a youngin' there, too!

6. Celebrity Girl Crush?

Ok well Rachael is right def Blake Lively (Xoxo, Gossip Girl), but other than that I don't really know. Probs Lauren Conrad. Her style is sassy and I want to break into her house and steal her closet. K. Awesome.

7. Share some posts with us!
I'm as single as a pringle. So I love blogging about my single girl adventures. I ran into my ex on tinder once...

My list of happy things. I can read this ANYTIME and just be like ok true I am as happy as a child at Disney. Alright who am I kidding, I still get happy at disney. 

I went on a life-changing trip to Poland and I like to share it with everyone!

I also compared Mean Girls to the World Series. So there's that. 



I also choose Hoodie Allen for this week's Back That Azz Up because he is the greatest man ever!





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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Quick, Canada, Now's Our Chance!

My fellow Canadians today is special because it's American Thanksgiving, so now is our chance to take over blogland!

MAPLE SYRUP, BACON, TIM HORTONS, IGLOOS, MOOSE, BEAVERS, POUTINE, HOCKEY, EH. 



Now that I've gotten that out of my system...

Today I want to introduce all you lovely (Canadian) ladies to my new obsession (sorry fellas you might want to tap out today, or stick around if you need gift ideas I suppose). I love painting my nails. Love it. Am I good at it? Not particularly but that's what a q-tip dipped in acetone is for. So I'm obsessed with buying nail polish. Except that ish can get expensive because I have a particular love for higher-end brands. Essie is 100% my favorite and I will one day own ALL THE COLORS. But I also like Butter London and NCLA. I don't make enough to indulge in these regularly.

Enter my favorite website: Nail Polish Canada. Just an fyi, I was not asked to do this, I just love them this much that I needed to share.

Nail Polish Canada is amazing because they have a lovely "Hot Deals" section where they discount a bunch of the polish, thus allowing me to afford my favorite brands. It ships through Canada Post and I'm not lying when I say I usually get it the next day. Oh and did I mention shipping is free with no minimum? Yeah. AWESOME.

They are having a crazy Black Friday sale right meow. Safe to say I'm stocking up even though I really don't need to. You should probably go check it out. Cause it's the bomb.

That's all for today!


Happy Thanksgiving to my American loves and Happy Normal Thursday to everyone else!



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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Brownies & The Winnipeg Humane Society

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this before but I lead a Brownies group here in Winnipeg. I was never a Girl Guide myself, but when a friend of mine approached me and asked if I'd be willing to do it with her once a week, I couldn't say no.

I love kids. Anything from babies like my Brooklyn to 10 year-olds who love crafting and giving me sass. I just love them. I used to work in retail at a children's clothing store and I think I spent more time playing on the floor with them than selling stuff to their parents.

Having a bad day? Hang out with a kid who thinks you're all that and a bag of chips. Guaranteed your mood will brighten substantially. My cousin used to nanny, and a few years back I was going through a particularly painful breakup, so I would spend almost every day with them that summer. Never gotten over a breakup faster.

Summer 2011

Back to Brownies. The girls are 7 & 8 and some of the cutest little munchkins I've ever had the pleasure of spending time with. Every Tuesday after work, I spend an hour and a half with them; teaching them, learning with them, crafting with them and, of course, being adored by them (which is the best part). It's 100% volunteering, no compensation, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Tonight, we have our first field trip. We are taking the girls to the Winnipeg Humane Society. It's an opportunity for the girls to learn about their community and what they can do to help. Sadly, many animals this Christmas will go without homes. If I could, I would bring home 8 dogs. But I can't. Tonight we will get to interact with and play with all sorts of cute, furry, little creatures. It might actually break my heart to walk out of there without one cuddled up in my arms. Every animal deserves a forever home.



I haven't ever asked for anything from my readers. But today, if you are from Winnipeg, please at least go to the website and check it out. If you can, please donate. It's unbelievable what it costs to keep the place running and without them, these poor animals would be on the street, suffering, or dead.

If you're not from Winnipeg, check out your local pet shelters and see what you can do to help. Sometimes going in once a week to groom or walk a pet is all they need.

At least think about it.



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Monday, November 25, 2013

Penis Cakes and Blogs

Monday you cruel mistress...

I had an extra hard time getting up this morning because I had such a wonderful, relaxing weekend. So naturally I decided that meant I deserved Starbucks on the way to work. I'm just so good to myself. Honestly, best relationship I've ever been in. I'm so thoughtful and generous to myself.

Anyway, my weekend started off with a much needed gathering at Jenn's apartment with Andrea and Alex. My mother reads this so I can't tell you why they made me this cake but I kind of hope that some of you figure it out. Andrea made us all wear black because we were in "mourning" for me. Also, we drank lots of wine, took some shots and ate a delicious veggie tray that Jenn prepared. My friends are the tits you guys. Love em.

in case you can't read it, it says "sorry for your loss"




SIDE NOTE: Speaking of my friends, I would really appreciate it if you could all go show some love for my dear friend Alex because I spent all afternoon Sunday getting her blog up and running. It's actually the best being able to share this with someone in my real life (not that I don't love my blog besties) but it's just really nice to have someone I see on the reg that will now understand what I'm talking about. Plus, I get to help her design it. And spend some extra time with her. So it's an all around great situation. Her first post is pretty hilarious and it revolves around Christmas shoppers. UGH. We can all agree the majority of them are the worst. So clicky clicky and go say hi!





Okay, moving on. After I had a few shots in me I was feeling pretty rowdy. And ever since then all I want to do is go out and dirty dance. So girls, we need a night out. STAT.

Saturday I went to visit Courtney out in B-town and witnessed Brooklyn WALKING. WALKING PEOPLE. I cannot even express the amount of emotions going through me when her face lit up and she started scampering towards me. She's not even my baby and I felt like a proud mama. Courtney and Jason might be my new favorite people to hang out with on a Saturday as well because they made homemade chicken fingers and that's clearly the key to my heart. And then Courtney topped it off by giving me a bottle of her homemade red wine. Hi yeah, I knew we were friends for a reason.

"hi my name is cute"

After Beausejour I went home and fell asleep at 7 pm.. and didn't wake up until 10 a.m. on Sunday. So basically I'm a sloth. 

Sunday I was a lazy bumpkin and then went to soccer. I also managed to squeeze in some Netflix. So i will tell you that you should watch The Lodger and you should not watch Elsewhere or House Hunting because they were pure garbage. I feel like I've been playing Russian Roulette with Netflix lately. But at the same time I don't care because it's the best and longest commitment I've ever made. 

Oh and one last thing. I was browsing the Tinder of course and lo and behold this pops up!


Silly app, you're not supposed to match me with my friends. But look at Dylan, he's a fox so obviously I swiped right. 

Ladies, he's single ;) 

(LOL sorry Dylan, had to). 

How was your weekend? Get up to anything more exciting than I did?



Sami's Shenanigans


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Friday, November 22, 2013

Canadian Things

Being a Canadian in a sea of American bloggers means there are a lot of things they either don't know/don't understand about life in Winnipeg or Canada in general. Over the last week or so, these things have come to my attention through group chats and video chats and I decided that for today's 5 on Friday, I would let y'all know 5 things about Winnipeg/Canada. 


1. POU-TINE

I'm sorry, but I was like poop your pants shocked when I found out that Fallon some Americans have no idea what it is. Uhm HI. It's what I assume heaven tastes like. This French Canadian dish is basically a national treasure. We even have entire restaurants (see: Smoke's Poutinerie) dedicated to different kinds of poutine (proper pronunciation is poo-tin). 



2. Weather

It really does get cold in Winnipeg. Fallon's face was priceless when I told her we don't get snow days unless there's a major blizzard and it's colder than -50C. To be fair things probably wouldn't even shut down then. I've never seen a mall here close due to weather. Apparently Kansas is filled with pansies. She looked shocked when I told her that I'm used to -40C. Big deal. Just throw on your toque, Jets gloves and parka and you're set!



3. Flow

I use it to refer to guys with longer hair. Hockey players, Football players, Soccer players... you get the idea. "He's got some nice flow going on". Apparently, my American counterparts use flow to describe everyone's favorite monthly visitor. Ew. 

4. Grand Forks, North Dakota

Winnipeggers LOVE driving down to North Dakota for weekend shopping trips. It's only 3 hours to Grand Forks. It's sweet. But some Americans don't even know where Grand Forks is... How do you not know your own country!? "It would be cheaper for me to drive to Grand Forks and fly to Chicago from there!" "...." "Uhm, do you not know where Grand Forks is?" "Nope." "Dude... North Dakota... learn your ish.. it's your country". 



5. Distance

Contrary to what they think, everywhere in Canada isn't magically an hour away from Toronto. Winnipeg is a solid 24 hour drive to Toronto. The look of confusion pretty much made my night when I had to explain that. And how it's faster to drive through the United States to get there. It's the lakes I tell ya...

That's all I have for you today. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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Last week I introduced you to my blogging bestie Fallon. A few days ago I got all mushy and told you about my blog girls. So today you get to meet Rachael! She blogs over at Pretty in Pink and she's adorable. This Ohio girl always has the nicest things to say and she's super supportive. I love her to pieces. I asked her some questions that she so kindly answered. 



1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because one of my sorority sisters did and I thought it was cool. HAHA Seriously, that's why!  I didn't know it would be such an awesome creative outlet and that I would fall in love with the blogging community.

2. What's your favorite part of blogging?

My favorite is two fold: first, I love being able to write.  I've loved it since I was little and having a space to do it is so rewarding.  I love the friends I make on here, too.  Especially our group texts with you, Rach and Fall. I love you girls so much!

3. Why did you choose to join a sorority?

I wanted to join a sorority because I have never had a sister and I really wanted to develop that connection with other women in college.  I'm so, so grateful for it and really have enjoyed my experiences in Alpha Phi thus far.

4. What do you plan on doing once you graduate from college?

Once I graduate, I'm going to be a teacher!  I will probably be moving to Orlando area, Atlanta area, or NYC. Big things are happening!

5. What is one thing you want most for Christmas?

I'm going to Utah for a ski trip!  That's my Christmas and graduation gift from my parents because it's pretty expensive to go there.  

6. Who is your celebrity girl crush?

I love Blake Lively.  She is soooo pretty!

7. Share some of your favorite posts with us!

Guys To Stay Away From (my personal favorite of the bunch!)



I also asked Rach to pick today's #BackThatAzzUp track so enjoy and hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)


The Remedy (I Won't Worry) by Jason Mraz on Grooveshark

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Match Made in Hell - Linkup

Dating is hard. Seriously. It used to be so easy before cellphones, the internet, and social media. Sorry I'm single mom but I can't just walk to the next cave over and drag a man back with me. It ain't like that anymore.

Plus, there are a lot of rocks to sift through before you hit gold. And man have I ever sifted some big rocks lately. 

Online dating is relatively new to me. I've discussed some of my crappy dates before (here/here/here) and I'm about ready to give up. Today I want to focus on Tinder. If you don't know what Tinder is you can kindly crawl back under your rock right meow. I heard about it from a guy I work with (shout out to Dylan) and I was curious so I downloaded it. 

Tinder is what would happen if Hot or Not and Facebook had a baby. I'm not gonna lie, many a night has been spent in utter glee swiping mutts to the left and hotties to the right. Don't judge here, because I have been on a few dates with guys I've met online and they either look nothing like their pictures or the chemistry doesn't transfer out of cyber world. Attraction is the first part of dating, you don't wanna go out with someone you're not attracted to. (I'm not saying they gotta be a dime but you personally have to be attracted to them.) Tinder makes that easy. Right for hotties you wanna bone and left for the nexted bastards. 

Here are some examples of what you're most likely to come across: 

You get the comedians...
I obviously swiped right.

Baller status


The ones that make you consider becoming a cougar...

Liam Hemsworth, is that you?

And the ones that make you swipe right so fast you might get carpal tunnel...

HARD PASS


Let's take a little stroll down Melissa's Tinder memory lane. 

rush into things Richard

This guy just gets right to the point

Jon started out fine enough...

...and then went crazy. 

Apparently he didn't like my sass



I don't have time for Hey

Thomas didn't like where this night was headed. 


Is it really amazing? Is it?


Sooner or later you're bound
to match with a friend of a friend and your friend
 will take over their Tinder and try 
and troll you. So thanks for that Dylan. 

All in all it's entertaining.  I've met up with two guys from Tinder and learned two very valuable lessons. 1) Pictures can lie. 2) Don't go looking for a relationship. But it can be a lot of fun and a great way to pass the time when you're bored. Plus you get instant validation when you see that beautiful "YOU HAVE MATCHED" screen come up. Plus you'll probably hear you're hot a lot and that's nice too. 


S&S






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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Take Me To The Pilot

Last night I had the opportunity to watch one of my friends play in their kickoff show for their tour. For those of you who don't know them, you need to check out Take Me To The Pilot. They're like really good.

stolen from Facebook because Jon said I could


Winnipeg's music scene is amazeballs. Yes I just said amazeballs. I'm absolutely blown away by the talent that my city produces. And it blows my mind that I actually have the pleasure of knowing some of this talent on a personal level. I met Jon when I was 18. We had some mutual friends and I ended up dating one of his friends at the time. I also introduced him and my friend Kristen and lo and behold, 5 years later and these two are still together. Just call me Cupid. NBD.

Kristen and I actually lost touch for a few years but within the last year we've reconnected and I'm gonna get all mushy, but I'm so so so happy we did. Petty drama just wasn't worth losing a really good friend over. Learn a lesson from my mistake fellow women: protect your friendships and know who your true friends are or else you'll screw yourself. Real Friends > Fake Friends. Real friends also forgive you for being a mega bitch #thanksKristen.

circa 2008. we may need to take some updated pictures Kris...


I digress. Back on topic. Jon is the drummer. A really good one too.

via  also the girl who takes these pictures is super talented. 


I love seeing people doing what they love. So I really hope you have fun on tour. Keep on living the dream bros!

a nice little throwback 


The video below was shot in a bar in my neighborhood. A real Transcona treasure. And the bar that I actually met Jon for the first time! (And where Kristen and I spent many a night when we were 18).



For more of their music visit their Youtube page. 

So for all my Western Canadian readers you should probably go see them. They'll be coming to a city near you!



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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Happiness Can Be Found Even in the Darkest of Times

I've talked about my depression and anxiety here before. Generally, the tone of this blog is upbeat because that's what I try really hard to be. I'm not an optimist by nature. I'm a realist. Some say cynical or pessimist, but honestly, I just see things how they are. I have dreams but I have a hard time believing in them.

Chances are, my depression affects my outlook on life. I don't want to be this way, so I try extra hard to spin things positively. On the outside, it looks like it's working. On the inside, not so much. It's absurd how often my mood can change in a day. In a DAY. Not a week, or month. A day. I go from being ecstatic about painting my nails to miserable because I got an answer on Jeopardy wrong. This isn't a joke; the smallest things can have an effect on my mood. Can you imagine what it's like when something big hits me? Rejection, embarrassment, failure? Unreal.



Why am I telling you this? Because some people have a hard time understanding why I'm being so cranky, snapping, shutting them out, ignoring everyone. I swear to Zeus it's not you (it might be but chances are it's not). There are things people do when I get like this that are so counterproductive it's not even funny. Even though you think you're helping you may be making it worse. There are some things I need you to not do when I'm in a low.

1. Saying things like it's going to be okay. It might be, but at that moment, it's not. Saying it makes me feel worse because things are not okay yet.

2. Telling me you know how I feel. You don't. I don't expect you to, but you don't. So don't say it.

3. Making me feel lazy for not getting out of bed. Guess what? In my head I'm already telling myself I'm a useless slob so reminding me that laying in bed in the dark isn't okay and that I need to get off my ass makes it worse. Instead, suggest something to do. Tell me you want me to come play cards or a game or watch a movie. Chances are you'll have a better success rate in getting me out of bed.

4. Having a bad poker face. I sound crazy, I'm aware. But if you can't hide your confusion/disgust/judgement that is etched across your face while consoling me it might be better that you don't come near me at all.

5. Telling me if I think positive then it will get better. You know what I hear when you say that? "It's your fault you're like this. Just start acting happy and you'll be happy". One of the worst things you could ever say to me.

This past week and a half has been bad again. I was doing really well for awhile and thought that it would last. And then bam. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Sunday, I was awake for maybe 7 hours total. The rest of it I was sleeping. Being inside my head gets exhausting and I get lost in it. I get lost in my thoughts and end up in an endless loop. So I sleep. I sleep so I don't think.

The worst is that while I'm lonely and miserable all I can think about is that I'm alone and miserable. So I start going down that path and all the things I hate about myself come to the surface and I decide that MUST be why I'm alone. No one will ever love you yada yada yada. As hard as I try to tell myself I'm kick ass and someone should be so lucky to be with me, I don't believe it. I tell myself anyway, because if I don't, I'm letting the dark win.

The other side effect of this is that I become needy. I reach out to anyone who will pay attention to me to distract me. I text everyone and their mother so that I can talk and not think. If you're one of those people, I'm really sorry. I swear I'm not generally this clingy or needy. I swear I'll stop.

This week has been a struggle. I'm working extra hard this week to turn things around. Writing helps. A lot actually. And sharing helps too. Because I need you to know it's not you. I need you to know I need you to help me. And I need you to know I appreciate every single person that this has been hard on and that you still haven't left me.

Weeks like these are fewer and fewer. Two years ago this would last for months. Now it lasts for days. Major improvement.

While I am moving in the right direction and am usually happier than I ever have been since getting things under control, I'm still not "normal". Then again, what is normal? Everyone's reality is different.



I don't want to let my illness dictate my life. After years of letting it push me around, I've finally become strong enough to fight back and learn how to live with and above it. I choose not to let it cripple me. I choose to take actions to heal. I choose to be honest and open about this because somewhere out there, someone is struggling with it like I was and it's nice to know you're not alone.

I don't want your pity. I don't need it. I pity myself enough most days. I want your understanding. I just want you to know. Don't pity me because what doesn't kill you gives you something to write about? #writersmind


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