November 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
This weekend, for the first time since Nick and I were married, my parents came to visit us in Brooklyn!
And although they’ve come to visit us three times now, this was the first time they were able to be here with no agenda, no plans, and not have to even venture into Manhattan. It was so nice to show them our neighbourhood and give them an idea of how we live here.
They arrived Friday evening, so we made dinner at home and hung out on the couch, drinking a bottle of wine from my favourite neighbourhood wine shop, just talking. On Saturday, after a bagel breakfast, we walked to Williamsburg and had lunch at Smorgasburg. I took my Mom to Dalaga (my favourite!) where she got to buy a cute sweater and scarf. We had a tasty dinner at Habitat and spent another night in, chatting on our comfy couch that has convinced them they need a sectional for their cottage ;)
This morning, we had brunch at Brooklyn Label and walked around Greenpoint, then to McCarren Park and back. It was such a beautiful, warm Fall day!
Since I got my sense of humour from them, I knew they’d appreciate our “Live Chicken Laughter” sign.
They should be landing back home in Toronto right about now. Thanks for coming to visit, Mom & Dad! We hope you liked Greenpoint and that you come back again real soon.
June 29, 2012 § Leave a Comment
It looks like Canada’s birthday present is a makeover! Bruce Mau Design was recently approached to participate in a “Redesigns” series and they’ve decided to tackle the entire country of Canada for an image facelift.
“Canada has an image problem in the US. When Americans think of Canada, stale and often cliché ideas and imagery come to mind. Images like maple syrup, hockey, snow and lots of it. These images don’t pay homage to the intellectual, creative and social contributions that Canada makes as a country on a global scale. These clichés do not accurately depict the 21st Century Canada.
In our redesign, we begin with an assertion that Americans simply don’t understand Canada. Our view is that Canada doesn’t need a redesign; rather, Americans need to be educated.”
I personally have a lot of fun with these silly Canadian stereotypes – I’ve been asked everything from “do you have Halloween in Canada?” to “who is the president of Canada?” – but I’m very interested in this campaign and hope that soon I’ll see a well-designed billboard in Times Square promoting my home country.
March 27, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I was out with a friend for dinner last week and something he said stuck with me – “You’re lucky to be able to be proud of where you are from”. You see, he grew up in New Jersey. When you live in New York, most people don’t like to brag, let alone talk, about being from Jersey. I’m sure The Jersey Shore has not helped this particular situation (no pun intended), but it’s unfortunate nonetheless. I’m pretty outspoken about being Canadian and being from Toronto and Winnipeg, but I think no matter where you grew up, you should be proud of it. Find at least one great thing about your hometown and let everyone know about it. Now that I’m in America, I think of myself as an unofficial Canadian ambassador. We could use more unofficial ambassadors of Ohio, Calgary, Africa, or even New Jersey!
Are you proud of your hometown?
March 19, 2012 § 3 Comments
I flew up to Toronto on Wednesday to spend 5 days with some of my favourite Canadians!
For the first time since I moved to New York, I stayed with my sister for the majority of my visit. I was happy to get in so much time with her and her adorable family. I was reminded how much work it is – and how exhausting it is – to take care of two tiny ones all day long for three days straight. Oh, and did I mention they have a seven week-old puppy?
I mean, geez. How could I have missed Biscuit the puppy’s cutest month? I couldn’t. It was great timing for feet-biting cuteness.
Wednesday night, we had a bit of a party at the Martins’ in Oshawa. My parents and brother Ryan and his wife Suzanne came over for dinner…
…We had birthday cupcakes for Mom…
…and we played in the park afterwards.
Look at Jillian’s hilarious little face and firey hair. You need to zoom in on this one – she’s having the best time!
It was so nice to get to see so much of Jenn. I love spending time with the kids, but my favourite parts of the visit were at night when they’d be in bed and we’d drink wine and talk. She’s so strong and is such an amazing mom. For those who have been asking, she’s doing much better than you’d ever think after the worst thing happened last month.
After spending a “girls’ night” with Jenn and my Mom at the cottage on Friday night, I said goodbye to family and took the train into Toronto for the weekend. I stayed at Julia and Jay’s place, but since they were at a wedding Saturday night, I spent the evening (and night and early morning) with two of my favourites, Sarah and Karen.
We went to Woodlot, a tasty and extremely popular new Toronto restaurant, and then a few bars on Dundas Street. Guest appearances by Rob Blyth, Tami Noa Levy, and Stephen Bowles happened then we ended up at Sarah Townson’s house for St. Patrick’s festivities with Amy, Emillie, Damian, and Bettie! I stayed out way past my bedtime, but it was so nice to see everyone! Don’t you love it when you don’t have to sit and catch up, instead you embrace the moment and laugh and joke like old times? I sure do.
Toronto, you are the best. Please never change so I can come back every few months and love you again!
Now what you really came for… OBLIGATORY PUPPY PHOTOS!
August 22, 2011 § 1 Comment
January 9, 2011 § 2 Comments
I’ve been noticing more and more lately that there are a few topics that get me ranting. Things I’m passionate about, that I have a lot to say about, and things I think more people need to know about. These are all positive rants and include the following topics:
If I’m in a room with strangers and forced to interact, you can bet it will only take ten minutes or so for me to bring up the fact that I’m Canadian. I don’t even do this on purpose, I just find that it comes up in many conversations. “Oh, actually, I’m not that familiar with state capitals because I’m from Canada”, “Zed, yes, the letter. Oh, right. I mean zee. Sorry, I’m from Canada”, “The coldest weather I’ve ever experienced was minus 50 degrees. Celsius. I don’t know what that is in fahrenheight. I’m Canadian”.
They look scary, but I’m so glad I made myself learn how to use a neti pot last fall! You can overcome colds much faster by using one, relieve allergies, and when used on a day-to-day basis for no reason in particular, you still feel amazing after you’ve used it. The first time I succeeded in pouring water into one nostril and out the other, I felt a ridiculously huge sense of accomplishment.
What? You haven’t tried yoga? Get over your self-confidence issues and do it! No one’s looking at you anyways, they’re all too busy trying not to fall over. This is something anyone at any age, body type, or athletic skill level can do. You’ll feel even better after than that last neti potting.
Different than just talkin’ up Canada. I’d still live in Toronto if it weren’t for my American counterpart. I love the city and think it’s worth a visit to anyone. Last week alone, I convinced two coworkers to plan trips there. I should work for the tourism board!