Monday, October 15, 2018

Currently Reading #2

Now that I've finished the three books in my Currently Reading #1 list, I borrowed a few more from the library. While waiting for these books to arrive at my home branch, I read two other books (electronic versions) that are not pictured below. I'll update this post as I finish the hard copy books. I'm really thankful to have the time and motivation to read again.

A Tribe Called Bliss by Lori Harder
Recently, I remembered that I had started this book before I quit my job, but I didn't have enough time to finish it. I'm glad I picked it up again! There is so much in this book about self-love and finding your bliss. It's a book I needed to read, and I plan to revisit it in the future to think through or journal on the soul assignments. I'm not sure I'll be meeting with a group (tribe) to go through the tribe discussions, but perhaps one day.

The Little Book of Fika by Lynda Balslev
This was a fun little book that I read in a day (yesterday to be exact). It's full of insights, quotes, and recipes. In my search for simplicity, I've unknowingly adopted some of the Swedish ways of living described in the book, and fika is one of them. I derive so much enjoyment from my mug of hot tea each morning and evening. I also learned about the concept of lagom, which refers to moderation, simplicity, and contentment. The book defines it as "not too much, not too little--just enough" and notes that it "applies to everything, such as one's general state of being, work-life balance, and personal consumption. It manifests in many ways, including frugality, recycling, clean design, simple food, and, of course, fika." Lagom is definitely a concept I am trying to adopt into my life more and more each day.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez
This book is highly recommended by a lot of different sources. I've heard it come up so many times that I've very eager to read it.

You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
Another book that I've heard recommended over and over again. I'm hoping to "manifest money" during my time off. There's currently no part of me that wants to go back to a nine-to-five, despite my minor freak out a few days ago. I'm hoping a new path will reveal itself to me during my gap year and perhaps this book can provide some insight.

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie J. Zelinski
This book was mentioned several times in Victory Lap Retirement. My definition of "retirement" has been evolving, so I'm sure I'll find this book really interesting!

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Julienne Peeler

Hubby and I bought this 50mm Julienne Red Peeler from the Toronto Fall Home Show a few weeks ago and used it for the first time tonight. Look at our beautiful zucchini shreds! I'm in love.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Serpentine Pavilion

It's turning out to be a very artsy weekend for hubby and me! We went to #unzippedtoronto today to check out the Serpentine Pavilion. This is a travelling structure that was conceived for a client in London, and will eventually find its permanent home on the Vancouver waterfront. We've seen "unzipped" being built for months, but we hadn't heard much about it, so we weren't sure what to expect. Upon entering the pavilion, I was confused. Was this an exhibition space? Or a condominium project?

Turns out it's a bit of both. The exhibits within the pavilion focus on projects by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), an architectural firm that designs a wide variety of spaces around the world. It just so happens that BIG designed an interesting condominium project for Westbank (a real estate developer), which will eventually be built on the current "unzipped" site, and may prove to be an exciting addition to the neighbourhood.

Overall, #unzippedtoronto was an interesting combination of commerce and art that can often have a polarizing effect on people. The exhibit focuses on a narrow sliver of architectural design, but structure is pretty neat. The Serpentine Pavilion is open daily from 10am to 6pm and will be around for another month or so. There is no entrance fee, but sign up at the Unzipped Toronto website is required for entry.

Friday, October 12, 2018


Hubby's feeling much better (yay!), so we ventured out after dinner this evening to check out a new exhibit. WATERLICHT is an immersive light installation that simulates a flood to draw attention to rising water levels. Designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, WATERLICHT can be viewed at The Bentway this weekend only, from 7:00pm to 11pm. It's well worth a visit if you're in the area -- the exhibit was fascinating and much more stunning in real life.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

To Job or Not To Job

I did a strange thing today. I applied for a job. Not a fun one either. Nope, I applied for a full-time office job. A nine-to-five.

Finding a new job has not been on my radar; however, I met up with a former coworker (and friend) for lunch today, and she told me about a job I might like at her sister's organization. I took a look out of curiosity, texted my friend, and decided to apply. I'm not sure if I applied out of fear of not working, or because I was bored, or because I needed to feel like I was doing something productive, but I went through the motions of uploading my cover letter and resume. On the application, I entered a desired start date in 2019, as I figured 2020 might look silly. I'm not ready to go back to work, but I figured I might not get it anyway. If I do, I can decide what to do later.

That was about 45 minutes ago, and I feel a bit weird now. Almost like I betrayed myself, because maybe I did.

All the evidence points to me having another moment of fear today. The negative self-talk got through, and I feared never being able to get a job again. I feared being unhireable. Because who cares that I don't want to work right now. It scares me that no one would want me.

Dang you, fear!! I'm shaking my fist at you.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cold Prevention Mode

I've been in cold prevention mode since last Friday, when hubby first showed signs of feeling under the weather. What we thought was a small case of the sniffles turned into full-on energy-zapping bronchitis, and hubby's had to stay home from work for the past couple of days. Fortunately, he is starting to feel better! I've gotten off easy so far (knock on wood) with only a bit of a sore throat yesterday and a scratchy throat today. Here's what I've been doing to battle the germs:

Gargle with salt water. My former coworker swears by gargling with warm salt water at the first sign of a sore throat. I tried it yesterday morning as soon as I woke up, and it seemed to help! I diluted 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt in about a cup of warm water. I took little sips and gargled multiple times until I was done the entire cup. Gargling with this solution brought out all kinds of phlegm I didn't even realize I had.

Drink lots of fluids. I don't drink coffee or black tea when I think I may be getting sick. Instead, I drink green tea in the morning, and then I load up on herbal infusions for the rest of the day. I've been loving steeped ginger with honey and lemon lately, but I typically rotate through different types of herbal infusions. I also drink a lot of water. On a typical day when I'm feeling healthy, I drink 8-10 cups of fluids per day. In cold prevention mode, I drink around double that.

Get plenty of rest. I'm horizontal a lot when I feel like I'm getting sick. I stay home as much as I can (when I was working full-time, I would take a sick day as soon as I thought I was getting sick, which allowed me to heal up more quickly and minimize my number of sick days), I try to get at least 8 hours of sleep, and I nap whenever I feel sleepy. If I don't feel sleepy, I'll often just lie in bed and read a book or play a game on my phone.

Do some form of mild exercise (but only in the morning). My energy levels are usually highest when I first wake up, so if I want get something done during the day, I need to do it in the morning. I've been trying to take at least 10,000 steps every day during my gap year, and I've been successful so far. Even though I've felt a bit sluggish for the past couple of days, I tend to get progressively more tired in the afternoon and evening, so I know I need to get the majority my steps in the morning.

Eat a lot of food. I'm probably in the minority with this one, but I eat A LOT when I'm sick. My appetite is voracious, and I'm not strict about how much or what I eat. Anything goes when I'm feeling under the weather. I used to eat a lot of junk, but I've been healthier since I left my job, so I've been eating loads of nutritious food lately. We've had a lot of leftover turkey, and I made turkey noodle soup in the Instant Pot yesterday.

Stay comfortably warm. I get cold easily when I'm feeling under the weather, so I'll typically throw on a cardigan or snuggle up under the covers. If I start sneezing or sniffling, I immediately cozy up with something warm.

What do you do to prevent colds? Do you have any go-to home remedies if you do get sick?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

40 of 40

It's official... I'm near the end of my Invisalign treatment! My treatment plan included 40 sets of aligners (each set worn for two to three weeks), and I can't believe I'm on 40 of 40 already. I switched to my last set of Invisalign aligners this week and went to see my orthodontist today. She took the buttons off my back teeth, and I will have a follow up appointment in December. At that time, she'll take the buttons off my front teeth, and we'll put a plan in place to transition from my last set of aligners to my retainer, which I'll need to wear overnight indefinitely. Overall, the treatment plan was very easy and relatively painless... but I'm happy I'm almost done. :)

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