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January 29, 2016
January

The first month of 2016 has come and gone. We are reminiscing on some of our favourite things and moments from January!

Dana

Travel

January has been an exciting month for me! I tagged along with my husband on one of his work trips to Orlando and we’ve been staying in Disney, one of my favourite places. Earlier this week, I ventured off on my own and explored Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Thanks to Danielle’s recommendations, I saw some awesome shows! Tomorrow, we will be visiting Magic Kingdom!

On the Disney bus, headed to Hollywood Studios!

On the Disney bus, headed to Hollywood Studios!

Music

Florence and the Machine released tour dates for this Spring, and we were lucky to score a couple. I’m very excited to see Of Monsters and Men who are on the tour as well. Now I’ve been catching up and listening to the new albums.

Hobbies

As I mentioned last week, I’ve brought along a new knitting project on this trip, which has been my focus. Knitting another sweater is definitely more time consuming, so I’ll be working on this for a few more weeks too.

Food

Ryan and I are also loving the Mexican food, and we were able to try another new one in Hamilton called, Mesa. We are looking forward to going back in the next few weeks with some of our new Hamilton friends. The chimichanga was my favourite, so I plan on getting that again! In Orlando, we’ve been trying lots of different craft beers. The World of Beer has an amazing draft and bottle selection, as well as some great appetizers including this giant pretzel!

Giant pretzels and craft beer in Orlando

Giant pretzels and craft beer in Orlando

Home

The house has felt very empty since all of the Christmas decorations came down. I’ve been trying to think of some artwork to hang above our couch and also some new plants I want to purchase. If you missed it, Danielle wrote a great post on plants for apartment living, so I’ll be referencing that to help me decide.

Danielle

Hobbies

Every year I like to pick up new skills and grow my interests and hobbies. This year I’m starting early as I’ve recently starting learning and practicing embroidery stitches. Embroidery is certainly a beautiful craft and believe it or not, is also used to be a traditional skill that women had, both princesses and paupers. So I’m happy to see a small resurgence in this art that compliments other skills in my repertoire like sewing. The great thing about learning this skill is there are tons of resources both online on YouTube and from my local library. Having these at-hand makes this easier to pick up and more enjoyable. I might add that this is a nice hobby during these colder months!

January

First time attempting embroidery – I need to practice

Music 

These past couple months I have really been enjoying music apps including Songza, which is now Google Play and Spotify. I opted to created accounts for both (free versions) to try them out. These are great for several reasons. First they are a better alternative to radio when listening to music at home or at work. Next, I like the way they have playlists that tailor to either your mood or genre preferences. Next, many times the curated content exposes you to music you have never heard before, as opposed to the way most music sources these days overplay the same stuff. Finally they also have app versions so you can play music on-the-go with your smartphone and even in your car with Bluetooth. This means I can go everywhere and have great music always at the ready.

Food

January has been the month of spicy and flavourful Mexican food for me. There’s really no reason for it other than a consistent craving that seems to creep up around Friday evenings… So mush so that we can boast fajita Fridays in our home! Though last Friday we opted for nachos instead. The Mexican mania doesn’t end there. I’ve also tried a local Mexican restaurant on James Street, near my work called Mezcal Tacos & Tequila. I may even end up making multiple trips there before the month is through.

January Food

Homemade Nachos topped with sautted kale!

Reading

I have spent January reading books I got for Christmas including Makeup by Michelle Phan, which I did a book review for last week. Now though I’m reading Underground in Berlin, a story of a young Jewish women who survived not only World War II in Germany, but who lived right in Berlin by going underground. This book is an autobiographical story from Marie Jalowicz Simon, as told to her son for the first time shortly before she passed away. It is certainly an interesting and detailed account that reveals a whole new side to this time and history. She is a brave heroine in her story and I admire her resilience, desire to survive and intelligence that both gets her in trouble and saves her. A great read for those who love memoirs and history.

Home

Recently we made a small, but significant upgrade to the decor in our bedroom. Simple as new curtains from HomeSense may be, the effect is dramatic. The curtains have great coverage and creates a dark room for better sleep. Also, the dark grey curtains also look great with our yellow and grey bed set. It has made me realize the importance of investing in good drapery!

 

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