Monday, March 31, 2014

JUNO Fest 2014

Happy Monday everyone! And yes, I just said happy, because I had one of the most kick ass weekends in a long time and I have the Juno's to thank for that. Good GOD music is fantastic and I'm reminded of it every time I actually leave my house and go to a show.

This weekend, I went and saw my boys Take Me To The Pilot perform at The Park Theatre as part of Juno Fest. All weekend, Manitoba's best and brightest musicians took to stages across the city to showcase epic amounts of talent. 

Kristen, Caitlin and I headed out on Saturday to see Jon and crew. They were so on point, maybe the best I've ever seen them, and they dropped a new song. HOLLA. They're releasing some new tunes this spring as singles so you bet your bottoms I'll be posting them on here for everybody to enjoy, because they're the bomb diggity. 

I digress. I don't think there is anything live music can't cure. I had so much fun watching them, and some following bands, rock everyone's socks off. Also, friends make my life go round. I love my friends. I love them so hard. I know everyone always says that but I am so proud of all my friends. They're all so talented. And shout out to Kristen for almost being done her first year of Dental Hygiene.

I went to the actual Juno Awards last night but I'll be posting all of that tomorrow because it's a lot. And I'm still waiting on pictures to be e-mailed to me. So see you tomorrow kiddies!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Favorite Podcasts

I've discovered the joy that is podcasts recently. I was getting a little tired of listening to the same songs every day at work so I started expanding my horizons little by little and have now become addicted to podcasts. Here are my 4 current favorites.   

For the knowledge lover:
Star Talk with Neil Degrasse Tyson
I'm in love with this man. LOVE. Top three favorite people on this great green earth. #science

For the females:
Guys We Fucked: The Anti-Slut Shaming Podcast with Krystyna & Corinne
Hands down two of the funniest ladies I've ever listened to. You should know by now I'm vulgar and TMI all the time. So naturally this is a weekly listen for me. #doyouladies

For the movie lover:
The Flop House with Elliot, Dan, and Stuart
They review movies and go on tangents and make me laugh. 

For everyone:
The Nerdist with Chris, Jonah, and Matt
They talk with celebrities. And talk nerdy. It's pretty awesome. 

I'm currently at First Aid and CPR training. I hope your Fridays are more fun than mine. Cause this is boring as shiz. But at least I'll be able to save lives.  So you're welcome.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On Relationships & The Future

My brain is weird. Sometimes I feel bi-polar because my thoughts and emotions are always flowing from one end of a spectrum to the other. Yesterday, I confessed that I'm not sure I ever want to get married or have babies. Less than a year ago it's all I wanted and I thought I was headed that way. But I'm young and I realize I could change my mind. I'm turning 24 so what the hell do I know right? 

Commitment-phobe over here; always have been. Not just monogamy but anything that involves me making a long term decision. Just ask Andrea, she's seen it all. Why do you think it took me so long to decide what degree I wanted? I was terrified of choosing a career and feeling like that was it for the rest of my life. Moving out was a big one too, which is why I'm pretty pumped the apartments we found are month to month so I don't have to commit to a full year. My therapist? Took me over a year to find one I felt like going back to more than once. I'm maybe the worst decision maker ever. 

The only thing I can say I've 100% committed to ever in my life is playing soccer these past 12 years and this blog. 

One day, I'm feeling the feels and wishing for love and thinking "I could totally do this whole fall in love and get married thing" and the next day I'm all "Oh my god but I want to LIVE my life and pick up and go on a whim and not have to factor in anyone else's feelings". I think it's okay for me to think this selfishly right now because I spent the better part of the last 4 or so years revolving my life around one boyfriend or the other. Changing everything for them, making them my number one priority and forgetting about myself. Who I was, what I was passionate about and living in the moment. I didn't take care of myself or do many of the things that make me who I am and that is bullshit. 

All that being said, I could be singing a different tune if the right person comes along and I know that. Realistically, it will take a lot for me to switch gears and focus right now. It's going to take someone who challenges me pretty hard. For me to consider settling down, I need a partner, someone to walk beside me and support me. Not judge and scold me. I need someone who respects me and my lifestyle and my past and let's me do my thing without insecurity. At this point in my life, I'd rather do what feels good and enjoy my life instead of looking for "the one". I don't want to feel shitty about the decisions I DO make. I'm not ashamed of my actions or behaviors or personality. 

I won't even consider wasting my time on you if you can't accept me as I am and it took me a long time to realize I don't have to change for anyone. Are there things I want to change to better myself as a member of society? Yes of course. But none of those changes will be for someone else. You don't want to date me because I'm too open, vulgar, unladylike? Cool, bro. Don't care. 
This post was going in one direction and then went completely opposite of where I was intending it to go and I'm not even a little bit surprised. My brain jumps around so much even I can't keep my thoughts straight. 

Things to take away from this post:
1) I'm terrified of committing to things
2) I don't know if I ever want to get married
3) I change my mind a lot
4) I won't date you if you're a little bitch
5) I want a partner not a crutch
6) I won't change just to get someone to date me
7) I'm a little bit too inappropriate for the majority of the male population to handle
8) I think I'm a great person

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Do You Have Something To Confess?

I confess...

...I might actually, physically die if I don't get to the West Coast this summer to visit Kailyn, Brooke and Jessi. Hoebag Hangout g-chat is the new best part of my day. Err day. Betches. 

...My internet creeping skills have been put to great use in the past week. 

...My anger has been rising slowly and silently inside and I'm having a hard time containing it this week. All my anger management techniques aren't working like they should but I can't afford to see my therapist until next month. It's a sticky situation. 

...I re-downloaded Tinder because I was super bored. And then I saw people I knew on it and was like oh yeah, that's why I deleted it. Bye. 

...I passive-aggressively crop dust the office when I'm angry and can't use my words.
...I feel less shitty about my life choices by listening to this anti-slut shaming podcast on the daily. 

...I'm not sure I ever want to get married. Or have babies of my own. But I really want to be an aunt. 

...But at the same time I think I've met my future husband. But I don't want him to be my actual husband. Or even my boyfriend. But I just feel if I were to ever change my mind, he'd make a great husband. Manfriend. Whatever. 

...My new music obsession is London Grammar and they should be yours as well. Here's my favorite song. 

...I will be attending the Juno Awards on Sunday and I'm SO excited. I love music. I love Canada. I love Canadian Music. I'M SO EXCITED TO BE THERE. For a little treat, this playlist is ALL Manitoba music which just proves my point that my city is so fricken talented. Also, my boys Take Me To The Pilot are on there, so BOOM. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Inaugural Weekly Podcast

Here are some of the things I mentioned:

Caitlin's Twitter
Lynn's Twitter

Next week, there will be wine. And talk of Jennifer Lawrence. And maybe some of our WGW stories. Thanks for listening and follow me on Sound Cloud to stay up to date.

Let us know what you would like to hear us discuss!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Another Monday, Another Weekend Wrap-up

My weekend in 10 words:

1) Girls
2) Wine
3) Work
4) The George
5) Poutine
6) Sleep
7) Netflix
8) Boys
9) Casino
10) Family

Ugh. Fine. I'll elaborate...

Girls night on Friday saw me and the ladies drink wine, eat some pineapples and gossip til we could gossip no more. While my cute little puppy niece Lola slept at our feet because she's a perfect little princess. 

Saturday I worked the morning shift with Courtney and Stacey and then I went home and napped, obviously. After my nap, I realized I was late for a little family party in Oakbank, so I skipped the shower and raced there. We had a great time, like when I fell down the stairs. True story, I fell down the stairs and now my ass is bruised to high heaven. 

From Oakbank, I went and picked up another one of my cousins and we met some more family at our favorite local dive bar, The George. Dancing, singing, drinking, people watching and all around lots of fun. Especially from the old man that looked like the McMuffin guy from Superbad, who only knew one part of one Jackson 5 song but kept singing it over and over and over in his drunken stupor. 

After The George we of course went for Poutine, because hello, we're in Canada. 

Sunday involved lots of Netflix, lots of napping and then I met up with some of the boys and we went to the casino to play Black Jack. And I was up $11 which never happens so I was pumped. And that's my weekend...

What did you get up to this weekend? Don't forget to link up with Rachael!

Friday, March 21, 2014

My Week Summed Up In Mindy Kaling Gifs

Pretty much every night this week. Followed by...

Which has then turned into...

And now we've land on ...


Thursday, March 20, 2014

You guys, you'll never believe what today is. I'm not even going to make you guess, because you can't, but it should basically be a national holiday. It's Andrea's birthday!!!!


I'm so excited. Seriously this girl has been my friend for nearly 10 years now (minus the 1 ish year we were in high school and friends off but it doesn't count cause we were young and stupid. We'll call it the lost year.)

ANYWAY. I'm really lucky to have her in my life. She's smart, beautiful, funny and puts up with my shit. And there's a lot of it. Some of my best memories are with this girl and lemme tell you, there are lots. 
From the times in high school where we'd sneak out her bedroom window and roam the streets of Oakbank, ending up on the roof of the local high school and getting chased by cops. To prank calls, to girls nights, to that time I almost ate cat food in her house and we maybe laughed so hard we peed, to the sleepovers at my house, to when she had her first Halloween in the city and her candy got stolen. Musicals, which we went to a lot of together. 
To when we moved her into her apartment and drank strawberry wine on the floor, to breakups, international trips that separated us physically but never broke us apart. To shitty boyfriends, bad friends, university stress and realizing our parents make mistakes too. First real jobs, the struggles of becoming adults and holding on to who we are, nieces, loss, triumphs, engagements and baby announcements. 
SO MANY MEMORIES. We grew up together and I'm a better person for having known her. Also, I went home to my parents and found my old photo albums and scanned some real gems.

But before we get to the bigger photo dump, I'm going to tell you 5 reasons why I'm lucky to have this girl as my friend
1) She is the voice of reason. She has talked me down from some really stupid decisions. And impulse buys which thank you for saving me money. I'm the worst. 
2) She not only accepts the ridiculous shit I text her, she actually goes along with it. 

3) She has seen me at my literal worst and still manages to love me. Flaws and all. You don't find friends like that too often. 

4) She knows me better than anyone else on the planet and isn't afraid to call me on my bullshit. EVER. She sees through everything I say. I swear she's psychic. 

5) She's one of the strongest women I've ever met and I admire her for it. She's been through some really tough shit over the last few years and she's managed to keep her head on straight and still be happy. I look up to her for it. 

we were babies! 2007

Eiffel Tower 2008

The O.C. was pretty much the best bar ever when we were 19. 

Same night... 2009






Happy Birthday. I love you long time!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Is it already Humpday Confessions? I feel like I was just writing this yesterday. It's crazy how fast some weeks go and how slow and horrible others are. 

I confess...

...I think the slow fade is the most cowardly tactic ever used. If you don't want to pursue things anymore, just fucking say it people. It will save a lot of time and confusion. And also show that you at least respect the other person. "Hey, sorry but I just don't see this going anywhere." or "Hi, I don't think this is going to work and we should probably not talk anymore". WAS THAT SO HARD TO TYPE?!

...I want to go to Portland REAL bad. And I'm trying to figure out how to make that happen with my lack of funds at the moment. Cross country/ies road trip anyone?

...I went 5 whole days without washing my hair last week and it felt amazing. My hair feels so healthy this week. 

...I have a massive regular crush on Max Schneider, the Jewish man of my dreams, and I want to have his cute little Jew fro babies and stare at his perfectly chiseled jaw all day every day. 

...I have a massive girl crush on Kasey Musgraves and have listened to Follow Your Arrow approximately 35 times in the past 24 hours. 

...It took me a long time to realize it but you will NEVER make everyone happy. Focus on you and what makes you happy and don't listen to what the haters say. 

Follow your arrow wherever it points. 

I'm just going to leave you with my future husband. Max, sing us out!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I Have A Celebrity Today

One of my favorite parts of blogging is meeting other girls living the daily struggle. We're a breed of our own ladies and it's such a good feeling when you come across a blog that just speaks to you. Whether it's because you share the same experiences, are at the same place in life or have the same thoughts/feelings in your head. That's why I was mega pumped when Ashten from Always Ashten sponsored my blog for the past month. I love her. She's like a celebrity to me which sounds weird but whatever. She's great. Except she seems to think she's going to marry Leo and that's just not going to happen girl cause he's mine... Ahem. Anyway, today, I want to introduce you to one of the first blogs I started creeping on the reg. Without further ado, Ashten!

Why did you start blogging?

I was feeling rundown with my job and lack of social life in ATL, so I started a blog to fill the creative outlet I felt I was missing. I had blogged off and on for years but this time I decided to get serious about it. 

What's your favorite part about blogging?

Watching people connect to what I write is the best part of blogging. I can't tell you how good it feels to have someone comment on one of my posts and say "Yes! This is EXACTLY how I feel!" It makes me feel like I'm not alone in some of the random, weird things that I feel/think.

Favorite thing about living with Tessa?

Not having to pay all the rent by myself. Just kidding, kinda. Tessa and I have been friends since we were 12, so we know all the same people, come from the same hometown and know basically everything about each other. It's nice to be around a constant reminder of home, and someone who gets where you came from.

Your dog is adorable, why the name Warner?

Warner is named after my favorite football player, Kurt Warner. I've always admired Kurt's work ethic and kind heart, and when I met him in 2008 he was the nicest man. Warner is a spunky, kind and loveable guy just like his namesake.

What's your worst habit?
I put myself down CONSTANTLY. It's actually a really big problem; one I'm working to fix daily. 

Advice to anyone moving to another city/state for a job?

Make friends outside of work. Seriously. And sign up for frequent flyer miles. 

Always Ashten

If you want to get to know Ashten just a little bit better (which you should, cause she's amazing), you should go check out her post on the Definition of Beauty. Seriously, this girl says all the words I'm thinking but can't put down myself. Or, if you are a single girl like myself, go check out this post. Are you a Carrie or a Josie? Last but not least, Ashten hosts Vlog Like A Boss which is one of the best linkups I've ever seen. I love putting a voice to bloggers' faces! So scurry on over to her blog and fall in love like I have. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

First off, the 1/8th of me that is Irish is really feeling St. Patrick's Day this year. Basically my office is super lucky I have such amazing art skills....

My weekend was pure perfection. Friday night was spent at Ikea with the girls and Anna and I managed to pick up some cheap coffee and end tables for the apartment. We consider that a huge win. As well as an entire dinnerware set. BOOM. We were driving home and reminiscing how four years ago we used to be getting ready for a sloppy night and here we are four years later excited because of Ikea and a quiet night in. Oh how things have changed. We ended up falling in love with a couch the next day and realizing we had nowhere to store it for 2 months so that was a sad day. We're still not over it because it was the most

Saturday night my baby cousin Taylor turned 18! 7 down 1 to go... Almost all of us beautiful cousins are now of legal age. As you can see below we took a wonderful cousin picture to commemorate the night. 

Okay so I wasn't actually there, but isn't my family hot? Love em. I was at home with baby Brooklyn and my girls having dinner before we joined my family at the Tavern for drinks. As soon as we got there we made Tay take a muff dive which was hilarious. If I could make the video work I'd post it here. Poor girl. I had such a great night out with my cousins! We hardly ever get all together. I always see one or two of them at a time so it was nice that all 7 (sorry Tanner you're too young) of us had a night out. 

I woke up the next morning with quite the hangover so naturally the only way to fix that was to make some Butter Chicken and then go back to sleep all afternoon. 

After my nap it was time to go to the Jets game with my sister! I hadn't been to a game yet this year, so when the people I was house sitting for offered me a game from their season tickets, I obviously said yes and called my sister right away. 

And it was the game to end all games. 5 points within the first period and our Jets winning 7-2. Wildcard spot pleassseeeee be ours! I have little faith that we'll make playoffs but I will be such a happy panda if we do! I love hockey. I'm your typical Canadian. And in Winnipeg, we live and breathe hockey because we were without the NHL for so long. Oh and also Doc Walker sang our national anthem and I was so pumped because DUH DOC WALKER. They're basically one of the best Canadian Country Music acts to ever grace the international music stage. And it reminded me that the Junos are only 2 weeks away and I cannot wait to go with miss Caitlin. With that I'm going to leave you with my favorite Doc Walker song that I've had on repeat all morning. 

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

The Rachael Way