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  • Montreal in September



    Back in September Chad and I went for a short weekend away to Montreal and it was absolutely wonderful. We had been the previous year for Osheaga but regretted not getting to spend more time there outside of the music fest. We basically spent the weekend doing what we love to do: wandering, eating and seeing a few of the typical tourist sites. Take a few moments and enjoy Montreal with us...

    Our perfectly situated Airbnb apartment. I would kill for this much natural light in my current apartment. And what's funny is that most of the reviews of the place complained that it was too bright! 






    On our walk through Mont Royal, we stumbled upon (more like delicious baked goods scents wafted our way) Boulangerie Kouign-Amann and we had the best treats we could ever imagine. Probably one of our favourites places in Montreal now, we visited this about 3-4 times that weekend alone.... yum! 







    Poutine at La Banquise. They even had an amazing goat cheese poutine (Pictured) for those of us who can't eat any cows milk dairy! (That would be me in this scenario) 

    A simple but tasty brunch at a very welcoming place nearby to the apartment. The bagel was delicious, as one would expect in Montreal. 

    This stand has caught my eye a few times when passing through Old Montreal, it's just so quaint, and it makes me crave a freshly made smoothie. 

    We spent the afternoon at the Biodome, and it was as fun as I remember it being. Nothing like seeing monkeys, penguins and sloths all in one place! 

    Another perfect breakfast, this time at Engaufrez Vous. The most delightful waffle-sandwiches for brunch. With a side of dried fruit and homemade jam. 

    The Jean-Talon market is most definitely one of my top three favourite things in Montreal. I was completely in heaven as we wandered rows upon rows of fresh vegetables, fruits and homemade delights of every sort. I wish I lived closer and could do all of my shopping here, I have never seen so much of a selection in my life!

    And yes, because I am crazy person and so very addicted to kale, I purchased this tauntingly delicious looking head of kale and carried it back on the train with us. Let me tell you - it was worth it! 

    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • On guilt.

    Guys, I'm a really bad blogger. No matter how much I try to keep a schedule with this thing, it always seems to get away from me! As per my new year resolutions (who keeps those anyway?) I should be posting once a week. I'm really falling behind on the job with my once a month posts. I have 8 months left to do this! (And the plan is that I'll continue posting once a week from there on out...)

    Anyway! It's been a chilly Spring so far, but it's been fun. I'm getting more comfortable in my new job, and I've been trying to take my camera out as much as I can... I have quite a few rolls of film to process, so hopefully I can get those done soon and post them here! 

    Two weekends ago I bought a sweet new ride. My old bike stood by me through my first few years here in the city but it was definitely time to retire it and move on up. 
     

    How gorgeous is she? Right? Right.
     


    And here's an outtake from my most recent 52 weeks project post:

     



    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.
  • 2013

     

    For the past couple of months I've been tweaking my 30 before 30 list. I know it's a little overdone on the internet now days, but I think it will be really good for me to make a set list of goals for the next few years of my life. Keeping in that mindset, I'd like to set a few goals for 2013. I suppose you could call them resolutions, but really they are just guidelines to which I'd like to live my life by.

    1. Be on time
    I am a disaster in this area. No matter how many times and promises I've made to myself, I just can't seem to become the punctual person I'd like to be. With a bunch of new changes for this year, and friends and family that deserve to see me arrive on time, I'm making this my main goal.

    2. Read one book a month
    No matter how busy I might be, reading should never take a backseat. I have more books than bookshelf space and it's time I start reading and enjoying the books I've bought and been given.

    3. More blog posts
    I'd love to post once per week, so that is what I'll aim to achieve, and if I manage that, I'll work towards two. The more I post, the more I'll shoot and vice versa. With my new gear from Christmas, I won't have a lack of inspiration!

    4. Be completely gluten free for one month
    Keeping with the wishes of my various doctors I've been working on being gluten free, but I really need to make the final push to do it completely, and at least for one month. That way I can measure how I feel in relation to other things I'm doing. One month can't be that hard, right?

    5. Try yoga
    I need to do this, I've been all talk for far too long. I know it would be a tremedous help to my back/neck/body but I've yet to even try it. I have a yoga mat, all I need is the motivation. If I hate it, so be it - but at least I tried!

    6. Declutter
    This year I'd like to declutter my apartment. If I haven't used, worn or needed something in 6 months or more, I will get rid of it or give it away. This will encourage me to eventually live simply. (Well, a girl can dream)

    7. Project 52
    And last but definitely not least, I'm gonna try out another project - back in 2008 I did the 365 and failed somewhere around the 177 day mark. I can't believe it's been almost 5 years since then. I figure I'll go easy on myself this time around and do the 52 weeks project - taking a photo of myself once a week for 52 weeks.

     

    There you have it. We'll see how I make out - but if you catch me not doing any of these things please do feel free to scold me.


    (Top photo is my first photo for the 52 weeks project, you can view it full size and with more details here.)

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