September 2nd, 2014
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Stripe Spotting (at the cottage)!

So, you may or may not have noticed these lovely stripes throughout my photos over the years. For those living in Canada, you’re probably very familiar with them, but for those around the world, these are the Hudson Bay Stripes.

The stripes origin goes back to the 1700s (the striped blankets were typically traded to First Nations and Native Americans in exchange for beaver pelts) and today have become the epitome of the great outdoors in Canada. From kayaks (for the low price of $7,000) to scarfs to bedding to couches to coffee mugs the Hudson’s Bay has done a remarkable job branding these stripes (not to mention their social media campaign of #stripespotting), and making them a staple in the high end fashion world, as well as making regular folks, like myself, wear them with pride. (psst. I used to love seeing these stripes on people when I was traveling!).

I was going through the cottage photos this evening, when I realized how many striped items over the years I’ve collected from Christmas gifts, birthday gifts (the umbrella), spontaneous purchases (like that scarf!), or bought and gifted them for gifts just-because (Lily’s outfit), and thought I’d share the history behind them for my non-Canadian friends (who are the majority of you! As fun fact: 85% of you guys live in the U.S. of A!)

Also, here’s a beautiful collection of photos of the stripes making an appearance on another blog, or the Hudson Bay’s official striped blog, or fellow Tumblr bloggers posting their photos of the stripes.

September 2nd, 2014
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I left work at 5pm this evening and hustled my butt to the west side of the city to meet my friend Maria. Maria, who’s getting *married* this Saturday! To the the boy she met in grade five, or to the man I remember her distinctly telling me “Liz, there’s something there, there’s something there!” 

We had a pre-wedding appointment together, and then dined together over a very healthy salad, as we caught up before her big (huge!) day.  To say I’m excited for this wedding is an understatement.  Both the groom and bride are two of my closest friends, and I couldn’t have matched two people better myself. 

Besides the whole the-wedding-is-black-tie-formal, or the Italian-food, or the Maria’s stunning dress, I can’t wait to watch these two people say their I do’s. I am going to cry my face off, but I don’t even care, as I’ve been waiting for this moment for years.

After dinner I walked home through the city on this gorgeous evening, and counted my lucky stars.  The cottage last week gave me a lot of time to think, and I suppose left me thankful for all the good people, places, and events in my life. It’s a bit of an odd thing to say you feel like you live a blessed life, but I really do.  I am a lucky person in general, and, well, I appreciate that, and am thankful for it, and thankful for this couple tie the knot this weekend.

September 2nd, 2014
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And… I’m back at work.

It sort of felt like the ‘first day of school’ this morning when I woke up, especially as my team moved to a new floor (as my company is expanding so fast!) while I was away. 

I was quite worried about this, because I wasn’t there to claim a good seat, but good news - despite having a pret-ty ugly view of a construction zone, I scored *the best* desk on the new floor (woot! as we all know how desk-location in the office is very important. Very ,very important.).  

Another bonus about moving upstairs is… I’M NOW NO WHERE NEAR THE DELICIOUS OFFICE KITCHEN!!  Seriously. Those capitals are deserved because I’m soooo excited about this.  Now if I want a tasty-treat my walk of shame is significantly longer (and includes an elevator ride), so I think that will be VERY good for my naughty fingers, and hopefully I can break my office afternoon snack habit. 

Also-also, I weighed the *exact* same as I did pre and post cottage! I have a plethora of photos and stories to share with y’all, but this makes me greatly happy.  Also, the word “plethora” makes me happy. 

And with that, I must return to my work, and hopefully tonight I’ll be back with photos to share. 

August 31st, 2014
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Can’t believe this fabulous nine day vacation is coming to an end tomorrow, but feeling so thankful for each and every moment in this place, with my family.

Regular blogging will resume shortly, but until then I’ll be popping my toes in the water, or catching up on a good book, and savouring every last second of it. 💛☀️

August 30th, 2014
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Lily’s first boat ride 👊😊 #wahoo!

August 29th, 2014
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And happy Friday on the cusp of a long weekend! Oh happy day! I am still up north, living the life I would choose for my retirement, on a nine day vacation with my family, and I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxin’ time.

The weather has been fickle, however! It was gloriously hot and humid the first few days, but we got a few days of scarf & sweater weather (despite the sun still shining!), and for the rest of the week sunshine and a few clouds are promised, but rain or shine, this place is the bee’s knees.

Despite doing nothing (nothing!), the days feel busy as we move from our beds, to the lake, to the Muskoka chairs, or to the couch for a good read.

We have an excellent system here, and most meals are eaten at the kitchen table together, prepared by whose ever turn it was, which means I’ve had limited choices, but my head is still in a good place, and despite never wanting to leave, I’m excited to get back to updating my blog more, and eating healthy. (But I think I’ve been eating very balance here :) )

I also sort of miss my job and office (wha!? Right!! I know…), which is a great sign that my working life is the right one for me. I also got super close to a beautiful deer (see my Instagram for proof (username: lizclaire_)) and have spent soooooo much time with my niece, it’s been wonderful.

I’ve been taking lots of photos, I’m excited to share, and just wanted to pop in to say hello, and happy long weekend!

August 27th, 2014
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My mom & dad nailing the high seas today.

August 26th, 2014
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My favourite little lady and I before our swim today 😊☀️💛

August 25th, 2014
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A gorgeous end, to a really good day. 💛🙏

August 25th, 2014
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Monday morning; time to reflect 😃

Welcome! I'm Liz, the girl relieved the Internet has 0 calories. South African by birth; Canadian on paper. A marathoner. CrossFitter. Paleo (somewhat) eater. Traveler. Cheese lover. And I think you're great!

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