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a mayan contradiction

It's just about time to wrap up 2011. A year that offered me great promises.. gave me love, freedom, sorrow, happiness and wisdom. 2012, aside from world apocolypse, promises to be even better and busier. I've mentioned my live-better plans but here is the black and white list of promises I am making to myself for the year to come. My New Year's Resolutions. Some are specific but some are simply ideas that I know following will continue to guide me along the path to happiness.

1. The top of everyone's list.. Get in Shape by March vacation!
2. Keep up with the gym 4-5 times/week.
3. Start my BFA
4. Eat Healthier
5. Socialize More! (Yes, by that I mean get fucked up whenever possible)
6. Go Skiing
7. Read more Books
8. Watch less Internet Tv...
9. Save MOnies and get a part time job
10. Send more Letters <3
11. Lay on the Beach more.
12. Climb more Mountains!
13. Turn 19 (I want this cake please)
14. Dance.

What are your 2012 resolutions?:)


holiday stuffed shrooms

It's time for a recipe. I won't bore you with the list of awesome things santa brought me like Palahniuk's Damned, Hunter Wellie winter insoles and a princess piggy bank. (All this for being nothing but naughty all year long ;) ) I'll get right the point.. of Lori's Healthy Holiday Stuffed Mushrooms!
You'll Need:
Green/Red peppers (cause christmas colors hehe)
1/2 onion (wear your shades while choppin)
lil bit of OLIVE oil
lil bit of butta
garlic salt (if you like garlic)
Tomatoes (optional)
Lots of Big Mushrooms
(Sorry about the lack of measurements.. numbers are not my friends.)
Chop up your peppers, onions, tomats and the stems from the mushrooms. Fry it up in a pan with the olive oil and butter until it soaks up the oil but not until its soggy. Stuff the mix into the shroom tops with a small spoon. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 10 minutes then broil for 5! Happy Holidays :)


health freak

After admitting that the freshman 15 is not a myth and that I have become a victim to its terrifying effects I decided to take some action. About a month ago I worked up the courage to do something I've always wanted to and joined a gym. God knows I'm pretty lazy so this is a big deal for me!!
The YMCA in Fredericton is a beautiful new building with brand new machines with built in TVs. There's nothing like a five mile run while watching What Not to Wear! My membership also includes loads of weekly classes like yoga, spinning and zumba; the use of a pool; squash and karate lessons.For only 37/month its the best decision I've made for myself! 
Going to the gym is a big step and feels great. But a lifestyle change is more about working out. I truly believe that being healthy is about making small decisions every day. Switching to skim milk and whole wheat bread came first for me. Walking instead of driving, water (LOTS OF WATER) instead of pop, an apple instead of a kit kat..Through the Holidays its not always easy but I BELIEVE IN YOUUU! (Check out the blog that I'm not ashamed to say I read daily and has inspired me beyond words in the past few months! )

Be Healthy, Be Beautiful, Be Happy and Happy Holidays <3


dormitory fouroneone

3 weeks from now, I will be moving from my cozy apartment to a dorm room for the first time in my life. I'm a pretty big comfort freak and it's really important that the space I live in reflects my personality and gives off a sense of airy calm. I love art, color, pillows and an organized mess. As for my future 6x8 cell, there may be some challenges in achieving a cozy space that doesn't feel cluttered and claustrophobic by my large quantities of books, clothing and posters.

I've been looking through interior design photos to get some ideas on how to pull my room together to create a centered and livable environment. Here's a few suggestions!

1. A central reoccurring color scheme. (Like an outfit, room accessories should 'go' together. I plan on opting for different shades of blue and green.)

2. Keep things Off the Floor (To keep a light and uncluttered atmosphere which will help you concentrate when it comes to that all nighter essay and will make your room feel bigger)

3. Hang tha Clothins (Weather exposed or in closet, if you can see all your clothing it saves a lot of time in the morning and you're more likely to dress cuter everyday instead of the same old Tommies sweater and jeans uniform!)

4. Have Fun with Lighting (Most dorms have teeny windows that don't let a lot of light in which can make your space feel even more like a prison cell.. so find something funky and within your color scheme. I chose some hanging chinese lamps from

5. Fabricz (Don't clutter the wall with friend picz.. that's what fb is for)

6. Plantz (A real plant will bring life to your room and naturally cleanse your air. Also, if you miss your pet from home it will give you something to take care of !) 

Enjoy decorating your room.. I will post pictures of my own turnout in the new year :)


pretty horror story

I watch a lot of online television.. Less of this vice will definitely be on my list of new year's resolutions. But for now, I'll indulge. My recent favorite is the new drama called American Horror Story. Based loosely around the classic Amityville Horror story and woven seamlessly and seductively with every other scary plot line you can thing of. Opening with an eery dubstep tune to scary images (I can't watch the opening by myself!) and set in a beautiful 1908 LA mansion and populated with a rebellious teen, grieving mother, adulterous husband, ginger twins with slit throats, mutilated infants, dead maids..cheerleaders.. and the best part is you have no idea who is dead and who isn't. :)

Yesterday's post made me think about albums that I can listen to from start to finish without skipping a song. When I'm driving my favorite thing is to belt out to some good ol rock and roll.. Or new rock. The Pretty Reckless is Taylor Momsen's (GG) band that you can judge all you want.. but it's so good. You can sing along, rock out, get pumped up and cry your eyes out (Just Tonight, Nothing Left to Lose). :)


damn girl where have I been jesus?

It's been a veryvery long time. Here's the jizz of my last few months since graduation (hehe). I spent 2 months in England.. check out da blogz: Now I am studying some silly courses at a University called St Thomas in Fredericton, NB and teaching an art class to lil kiddies at Madrigal Music and Art Studio. I'm still on the road to the Canadian dream and bois, it's a long road. Luckily I have the outside world to lighten the dark days of my present existence. 
Oh God, What Else? I suppose a quick note about the tunes that got me through this summer, a breakup, my travels and my daily 20 min commute to school. It's my good old pals of Mumford and Sons and their album Sigh No More including of course Hold on to What You Believe. It's a special thing when you come across an album that every single song speaks to you and how you feel. Boo hoo eh?
Beside what this post would have you believe.. I am slowly becoming a much happier person. But we all have our days.