Goodbye, platinum blonde

May 28, 2013 § 8 Comments

I have dyed my dirty blonde hair bright platinum blonde for over 15 years, but I always knew getting pregnant would be my end point.

You can technically dye your hair while you are expecting, but the thought of all those chemicals being absorbed through my scalp every month, plus the strong dye smell turned me off. I have been weaning myself off the good stuff for over 4 months when I decided now that I’m safely into my second trimester, I should do something about my roots and sad-looking faded hair.

After seeing my friend Annie’s fun ombre ‘do, I went to see Megan at Exhibit Salon in Greenpoint. She attempted to get as close to my natural colour as possible, but ended up adding in some brown tones since I’m not sure if they make a hair dye for “colourless ash blonde”. She kept the blonde bottoms to create an ombre look (and reduce the amount of shock for me!), but toned them to fade more gradually into the darker colour now on top.

I’m still getting used to it, but I hope I decide this is something I can live with for a while because it will be so much more manageable! What do you think? Help me be okay with this, friends!

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It’s a…

May 23, 2013 § 6 Comments

Nick and I went for our second genetic testing appointment at the hospital first thing this morning. Thank goodness it was a 9am appointment, because we knew we were going to find out the sex of the mini and I don’t think either of us could stand waiting through another day without knowing what was growing in me!


From all the pregnancy myths I heard, I came to the conclusion it was a boy a little while ago. This in turn, convinced everyone else that’s what it was, including Nick. Then while in the chair, having goo pushed down on my belly with a wand, we get a peek into how much more its grown and even see some arm flails. We see a little butt. The technician says what I heard as “It’s a she!” and I freak out…

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Seth Godin does Creative Mornings

May 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I was incredibly fortunate to attend Seth Godin‘s lecture at last Friday’s Creative Mornings. The free tickets sold out in 45 seconds! And for good reason. Seth is an awesome speaker who has amazing ideas and great conversation starters about all kinds of professional topics.

Although this talk sounds like its aimed at designers, the lessons can really be applied to almost any profession (especially the music industry, industry friends!). Watch the 20 minute talk above. I promise it is well worth your time.

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16 Weeks

May 16, 2013 § 5 Comments


Being pregnant is still pretty great! I hit the four month mark yesterday, almost without realizing it because I’m bad at math. (Thanks, Nick, for pointing out that 16 weeks is the same as four months.)

My darker blonde roots continue to grow as I haven’t dyed my hair since January. I was in a bit of denial about my belly actually being visible, but I realize it’s now quite a little bump. The only cravings I’ve had so far have been for pizza at about 10pm last Monday, and french fries whenever I’m in a restaurant and smell them. Other than that, I’m very fortunate to work from home and so I’m able to make myself healthy meals all day.

The little mini is now the size of an avocado. We will (hopefully) find out the sex a week from today during our next set of tests!

There’s always money in the banana stand

May 13, 2013 § Leave a comment


Part of Arrested Development’s debut on Netflix streaming includes clever marketing events like this Frozen Banana Stand that is traveling across the country. The stand was giving away free chocolate-covered frozen bananas and supposedly the actors from the show were supposed to be hanging around.


Unfortunately, when Annie and I got there at 3:00, we waited in an enormous line for about 25 minutes then they ran out of bananas.


Womp womp. But that’s okay – all I really wanted was a photo with the stand and to check out the scene…


…It was also easy to cheer ourselves up with a visit to the Magnolia Bakery across the street.


May 10, 2013 § 8 Comments

IMG_0140This morning, one of my former co-workers and old friends at my formative company, passed away. Paul Gourlie was one of the oldest living people in Canada with Cystic Fibrosis and it was from complications with a months-long infection that ended his life.

Paul was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. From the time I started working with him, as a shy and quiet 22 year-old receptionist, he would always go out of his way to make conversation with me (even that time I was still learning everyone’s names and called him Colin by mistake). Paul was the kind of guy who would make time to stop by the desks and offices of everyone to check in and say hello. It didn’t matter if you were an intern or the CEO, he was genuinely interested in what you had going on.

IMG_1085In an office full of extreme personalities, Paul wasn’t one of the loudest, but he was definitely one of the kindest.

We’ll all miss you, Paul.

14 Weeks

May 2, 2013 § Leave a comment


Can I even tell you how thrilled I am to be past my first trimester of pregnancy? It’s not that it was particularly unpleasant – I was very lucky not to get any morning sickness – it’s just that it’s such a relief to tell you all the big news! It’s also great that the risk of a miscarriage goes down significantly and things seem to be on autopilot for the time being.

So far, the second trimester has been pretty great. I’ve been a little less tired and I don’t have to eat two lunches a day anymore. Working from home has shown even more benefits though for those sleepy and hungry days! Oh, and I just ordered some maternity clothes from ASOS. I can’t wait to not wear jeans!

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