Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Confession Is Now In Session

I confess...

...I have some pretty great friends. My birthday was two weeks ago but since I was so busy with work prepping for Vancouver I didn't get to celebrate it with friends. Fast forward to last night and three of my closest friends surprised me with a belated birthday dinner! They made taco salad, homemade cupcakes and bought me the prettiest bouquet of flowers. I was genuinely shocked. It was a wonderful surprise :)!


...Brooklyn is no longer the only little lady in my life. She's now a big sister! I don't even know if I ever mentioned that Court was pregnant again but two days before I turned 25 this cute little chubster was born.




...I've never met Kailyn.. and yet you would never know it based on the below picture. Kailyn has reached new levels of creep. But I love it. Fingers crossed I can make it down to San Diego to see your pretty face and we can make this picture happen for real!


...I don't have a whole lot of confessions this week. Being sick means I spent most of my time asleep and other than my cold medicine induced LSD-trip type dreams, nothing went on in my brain.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekend Things a Day Late... Sue Me.

Ever since returning from Vancouver I have been one sick lady. You would think, it being almost May, that you wouldn't get the flu. But no, my immune system was like "LOL feel like death for the next 7 days". It's partially Andrew's fault sinc ehe was so sick when I was staying with him. It's also partially my new roomie's fault since she works at a daycare and we all know daycares are cesspools of disease. So thank you both kindly for that...

Because of my sickness, I wasn't able to enjoy much of my weekend. I really only had Sunday. Lucky for you, being sick meant lots of Netflix so I have some lovely recommendations for everyone out there!

Netflix Top Three This Weekend

1) Chris D'Elia's new standup special "Incorrigible". Dude. Is. Hilarious. I don't normally laugh out loud when watching things on my own, but I kept snorting while watching this (which was no fun cause of all the stuffy nose business).

2) Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are two of my favorite human beings and they knocked it out of the park with "They Came Together". My sister came over on Friday night and we watched it. We were in stitches the whole time.

3) Portlandia is funny whether you've been there or not. But having been to Portland, it gets about 50x funnier.

Honorable Mention: Since it wasn't on Netflix it didn't really count but Saturday night I watched a docu-series called "America's Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil". I was absolutely enthralled. I clearly need help...

Three Things I Did On Sunday

The end of my weekend was the best part. Since I'm trying my darndest to lose 50 lbs, I've been on a huge health kick. Sunday, a friend and I took her dog for a hike in a provincial park that's only 15 minutes away from my apartment. It was beyond beautiful outside and we managed to do just over 2.5 miles (maybe 3?) in about 40 minutes. Considering I've been a lazy mess for the last few days I was pretty proud of myself. Also also... I can barely last 10 minutes on the treadmill so I was extra proud of myself for this hike. It's the start of better days!

And can I just say that being at the beach when there's no water in it is truly unsettling...



Sunday night, my parents took me out for a late 25th birthday dinner. We went to Monticchio's which is my favorite Italian place in the entire city. They'd never been and they fell in love with it as well. SO many noms.


After dinner, I took to my balcony to enjoy the rest of the evening with a glass of wine and the latest issue of Canadian Living magazine. The amount of DIY projects I came up with from that one issue is astounding. Oh, and stay tuned to the blog for some of my upcoming DIY tutorials!


Side Note

Not to end things all heavy, but like a large amount of the population, Friday night was spent watching the Bruce Jenner interview after my sister left. I just want to say that I think he is a truly brave soul and it was the complete opposite of what I was expecting. Hearing his four older children voice their support and understanding melted my heart. I really hope that this opens a dialogue about the trans community in general. It's time we started talking about it and as a society open our arms and become accepting.


What did you do this weekend? Did any of you watch the Bruce special? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Vancouver Confessions

I confess...

...I did not want to come home from Vancouver. I'm fortunate that I have a job that allows me to travel and I spent 5 days on the west coast. I was also fortunate that my boss is a boss and let me take an extra day of vacation to visit with friends while out there. I got to reunite with one of my favorite people on this whole green earth. Andrew and Cam kindly let me camp out on their couch and it was nice to relax with old friends. And because Ava and Adam conveniently live across the hall I was blessed with their pretty faces as well. Oh, and the conference I was working was at a swanky hotel so I woke up to the most spectacular view. *insert heart eyed emoji here*



...I never knew how much I missed these guys til I saw them again. I mean it also helps that they fed me delicious food and we all know food is the way to my heart. Thanks again for hosting pizza night Adam & Ava!





...I normally hate cats quite a lot. Like... A LOT. But for some reason this little furball nudged his way into my affections. Probably cause he sits like a human and I think that's hilarious. Alfie is also quite Instagram famous if you like cats and that's your thing!


...it was really hard to come home to Winnipeg and fresh snow (yes, you heard me correct - FRESH SNOW) when I was leaving this behind...





...I was not prepared for the amount of walking Vancouver had in store for me and this is what my feet now look like. Note to self: never break in new shoes on vacation.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Supreme & Some Marauders

I confess...

... I bought a Fiona Goode pop doll. I'm officially one of those people. Welcome to my desk Supreme.


... I'm a straight up idiot. Yesterday, I was responding to blog comments and sent a "thanks lady!" e-mail to someone... or at least I thought I did. Nope, I had accidentally hit a button and replied to an automated ThinkGeek e-mail that was telling me the Marauder's Map was back in stock. So I literally replied to a robot. But then a magical thing happened - a customer service guy responded and said "you're very welcome!" It was about this time I decided that ThinkGeek is the best web retailer ever. So I gave them a raving review on their post-care survey. And apologized for being such a nut job.

... I requested a notification when the Marauder's Map was back in stock....

... I'm really obsessed with that Carly Rae Jepsen song that features Tom Hanks in the video. Oh wait what's that? I have the video right here? Well look at that. 




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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wouldn't Change It If I Could - I'm Good

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this yesterday. It was a bit of a proclamation for my 25th birthday.


This year I strive to love myself for who I am and not try and be what I think I'm supposed to. 

I'm so sick of trying to fit in. I've spent the better part of 24 years doing that. Worrying about what other people thought, caring how I was perceived by total strangers, and living my life walking on eggshells.

I'm ready to embrace who I am. I'm a bit of a nerd, I fall in love too fast (or never enough), I'm anxious, I'm overweight and happy, I'm single and loving it, I have friends who've loved me through it all, and I'm a big effing weirdo. I'M DIFFERENT. I finally understand that it's not a bad thing. 

This year is going to be all about self-love and acceptance. I'm throwing myself into myself. I'm my own worst enemy so now I'm going to be my biggest priority. I'm opening my mind and my heart to every experience. I've started yoga and meditation to feel at peace with myself (and start my journey to lose 50 lbs), I'm writing again, I'm trying to find the good in every day, I'm trying to be a better person, and best of all I'm finally learning to love me.

How can I preach to other women (and men too!) about self-love and taking care of yourself if I don't do it? I want to be a role model for the young ladies in my life, namely Brooklyn as she starts to grow up. Be okay with who you are. You shouldn't have to force someone to love you, you shouldn't have to change to be loved, and if you love yourself then better things will follow.

I refuse to live my life for other people.

I want to leave you with a song from one of my favorite bands. The Mowgli's just released a new album today and it's a gooder. This song is literally going to be the anthem of my 25th year.



I'm going to make this year count.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fuh-fuh-fuh-Fridayyy!

Friday favourites. My favourite things. Things that are my favourite. Favourites.

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THE JETS MAKING THE PLAYOFFS! #GoJetsGo

This means that watching the game this weekend with all of my friends will be one rowdy party! Also, Ace Burpee wrote this anthem a la tune de Eminem. Winnipeg is the shiz.

 
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 Chopping off my hair

I feel so free. Goodbye long, dead, nasty locks and hello lob! My hair is so healthy and manageable now! Plus I don't feel like a teenager anymore. Turning 25 is going to feel so good on Tuesday!
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My birthday is in four days! 
 
 
I'm really excited to turn 25. I finally feel like the age I am is catching up to the age I feel inside. In the wise words of Nick Miller...
 
 
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Going to Vancouver next week!!
 
I'm going for work but I took a few extra days to visit one of my favourite human beings on this entire planet. Andrew, I'm coming for ya! <3
 
 
 
 
Linking up with Amanda today! You should too :)
 
 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Weekend & Chick Flick Friday

I confess...

...I just watched When Harry Met Sally for the first time this past Good Friday and I'm mad at myself for never having seen it sooner. It was seriously one of the best movies I've ever seen and I fell in love with Billy Crystal a little bit more than I thought I ever would.

...I followed that up with Austenland. Now I'm just waiting on my own Mr. Nobley. (Go watch it, soooo good!)



...the new book has been chosen for April for #pluckyreads Cyber Book Club and it was the one I voted for :)!

...I had three family dinners this past weekend and I have never felt so full in my life. I still have leftovers. 

...one of the family dinners was a priazzo night. So we made priazzo and gambled and drank and it was great. Great because I won two pots. So $50 makes me holla. It was also great because Jamie and I had a sleepover for the first time at my apartment and cousin sleepovers are my favorite sleepovers. 

Priazzo *heart-eyed emoji"

...my new roommate has spent the last week moving in. It's weird to not live with Anna anymore, and I already miss it, but I'm really excited for this new chapter with another good friend!

...I house/dog sat for one of my best friends last week and her dog Nova and I cuddled for three days straight. And then she tried to steal the bed...
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Next Stop, Please

I confess...

... I'm really socially awkward. I used to think it was just a little bit, and that was funny, but it has gotten so bad that it's almost crippling. I come off as a straight up idiot more times than not. Obviously the other person (or people) hardly ever knows that I've fucked up but I feel like a Grade A Moron. Case in point: The Bus Story.

A few weeks ago, I was taking the bus home from work, as I normally do.I'm generally the last person on the bus when it gets around to my stop. I have this habit where I get up the stop before mine, walk near the front, and wait. Well my usual bus driver was not driving the bus that day. So when I get up he just assumes it means I want the next stop, which is not mine. Instead of saying "oh no sorry, I'm the next one" I panicked. I felt bad that he had already slightly started slowing down. I felt too guilty to ask this man to do his job.

Now I'm rationalizing in my head why I should get off: "Well you could use the exercise, Melissa."

So I got off.

I now have a ten minute walk to my apartment, when I remember there's a shortcut between two houses on the bay behind my parking lot. I start walking into the subdivision and realize I have no idea where I am. So I walk... and walk... and it's icy. So I fall. It's snowing, I'm cold, and I finally see the path. But it's not a path... it's two feet of snow. So I trudge through it and finally make it into my apartment; I'm soaking wet, cold and pissed off.

All because I couldn't say "next stop please".

I'm the worst.

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