I have a brother, sister-in-law and niece who live in Denmark. They’re having a baby in August and they just found out it’s going to be a girl! Anyways, this morning we were chatting via face time and my brother was showing me how his toddler is already comfortable riding a horse.
She started yelling “Go Vee, Go Vee” and then kicking in the motion people do when they’re trying to get horses to take off running.
I laughed because I thought she was confused. Three year old’s, they can get confused from time to time.
Anyways, she wasn’t confused.
She named her horse after me.
Isn’t that cute?
My brother said she named it after me because it has long blonde hair like me, so she says it looks like me.
Apparently I look like a horse.
I’m sure in her mind that’s a compliment. Me… well, let’s just say I don’t love the idea of looking like a horse. haha!
I’m so thankful for technology that allows me to connect with them on the other side of the world. Looking forward to it one day being safe for me to go there, see my niece, likely meet my new niece (as I don’t think I’ll be going before August) and my namesake… the horse with the long blonde hair.
Oh, also, when we were chatting on face time I noticed there was snow. In Denmark. In April. To the Danes who read this blog, I hope you’re enjoying your snow day. Mother nature must be confused!
This is a ‘tag’ I’ve seen going around WordPress lately. I’ve honestly seen it done so many times that I couldn’t tell you who started it. SORRY! That being said, I enjoy reading lists like these because I believe it tells you more about the person who has written them. I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the categories, so I left some out and changed two. Otherwise, the following is my addition to the ‘five things’ tag!
FIVE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN GETTING ME THROUGH QUARANTINE:
A foam roller – These are great for helping to relive muscle tightness, soreness and inflammation. The one I own I actually bought at Dollarama for $4.00. That being said, there are various types of these I’ve seen priced anywhere from $4.00 – $120.00. So if you want to spend some real money on it, it’s not hard!
Vaseline Clinical Care Extremely Dry Skin Rescue Hand Cream – My hands were getting so dry from washing them and slathering them in sanitizer 40 times a day that they were starting to crack and bleed. I think it was $3.99 at the local drugstore and it’s been a real gem for my poor hands.
Herbaland Vegan Protein Gummies – Knight was the person who actually found and bought these for me. They’re an extremely low-sugar, vegan protein snack that kind of tastes like candy. I’m not sure if you can get these outside of Canada as the company is headquartered in Vancouver, but if you can they’re definitely worth trying if you’re a fan of protein snacks.
The Ordinary Caffeine Eye Concetrate – My sister in law bought this for me after hearing me complain about stress wrinkles forming under my eyes and, while I’d never heard of this before she left it at my front door, I can without a doubt say that it’s quickly becoming the best eye cream/serum/gel that I’ve ever tried.
Thrifted Nike crewneck sweater – I actually bought this in summer 2019 at a local Thrift Store for $4.00. It’s just the perfectly comfortable, oversized grey crewneck sweater that dreams are made of.
RTS – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health – Writing, Mental Health, Self Care, Introspection
FIVE YOUTUBE CHANNELS THAT I ENJOY WATCHING:
Abandoned Urbex Canada – Run by a gutsy explorer, this YouTube channel takes a deep dive into abandoned towns, communities, homes and cultures across Canada.
Daniel Schiffer – Daniel is a self-taught videographer who uses his channel to teach, freely, the likes of videography, editing, production and all of the tricks to the trade that he’s learned over the years.
FlavCity with Bobby Parrish – The host talks a lot about nutrition, how to read ingredients lists on processed products and how to understand what’s truly in the food you’re eating. IE There’s a half dozen different terms that can be used on ingredient lists to note sugar, without actually stating that sugar is an ingredient.
Levi Hilderbrand – Levi talks a lot about what it really means to be environmentally conscious and not in the ‘buzzword’ sense of being trendy. Some of his content is a little out there for me, but a lot of his videos really make me stop and think about the choices I’m making and what’s best for the environment and for myself.
True Crime Daily – The content is exactly what the title suggests. I love this YouTube channel because of my deep fascination with true crime and desire to discover what drives people to commit crimes and do horrible things.
FIVE FOODS THAT I LOVE:
Baked sweet potato with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Cacao Nibs (if I close my eyes and think really hard about it, I can trick myself into believing they’re chocolate chips)
FIVE PLACES I’M DREAMING OF GOING WHEN IT’S SAFE TO TRAVEL AGAIN:
The Cook Islands
FIVE THINGS THAT FASCINATE ME:
Religious Fundamentalism and Extremists versus Cults
True Crime and what causes people to commit heinous acts of violence
Culture and how it differs not just from country to country but from east to west, and how different regions within the same country can be vastly different cultures
How manipulation tactics drive hyper-consumerism
If there is a difference between being good and doing good and if there’s some happy medium between the two
FIVE THINGS I STRUGGLE WITH:
Admitting when I am wrong
Seeing the brighter side to life when there’s so much bad in the world
Understanding my value
FIVE PEOPLE THAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO MEET:
I know this doesn’t really count as he’s already passed away, but I would’ve loved to have met Anthony Bourdain while he was still alive. I would’ve loved to just sit and chat about travel and culture and food and life while eating something that scared me but didn’t phase him at all. That would’ve been cool.
FIVE THINGS I WANT FOR THIS WORLD:
Progressive culture so that people don’t have to live in fear of being themselves in the truest and most authentic forms
Belief in climate change followed with effective steps moving forward to help protect the earth and not do unnecessary harm
Have you seen the ‘Five Things’ tag floating around WordPress? What are your top five? If you make a post about it, let me know and I’ll check it out!
Last June when I got that job offer that fell through, I ended up switching from an iPhone to a Samsung. I was going to need a new phone for the job, and when I went to replace my phone, I decided to take a leap and make the switch.
I still have the iPhone, mainly because I never took the photos off of it. Well, now that I have all this time on my hands… why not?
I am no photographer, just a girl who likes to remember moments. I tend to save my favourite photos for Instagram, so if you want to see my favourites, follow me on Instagram (shameless self promotion).
*These are in no particular order. Just some random photos that documented my days. There’s also no identifiable people in these photos, for the sake of the privacy of my family and friends. Any people you might see are strangers. Hopefully I don’t upload any photos of identifiable people though. I hate it when I wind up in the back of other’s photos so I never want to do that to someone else.
Alright, that’s enough of a photo spam for now. Next time: Germany, England, New York, Alaska and… probably a lot more of BC and Alberta. Let’s face it, the majority of my days are spent in BC and Alberta. This place is heaven on earth. What’s not to like? Well, there’s a lot not to like right now… but that’s a story for another day.
To the beautiful, brown haired, blue eyed baby girl who turned my brother from dude to dad, I love you already. I know he is going to spend his whole life chasing, protecting and admiring all that you are. And I know you’re going to be powerful beyond measure. He will raise you to always speak you mind, follow you heart and to live without fear.
Today is day one of a beautiful life. Your strong, fierce, monumentally intelligent mother will provide you everything you need to become whatever and whoever you want to be.
If I can give you one thing in this life, baby girl, I will remind you:
You will put the win in win some… lose some You will put the star in starting over and over.
And no matter how many landmines erupt in a minute be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life. And yes, on a scale from one to over-trusting, I am pretty damn naive.
But I want you to know that this world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily. But don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.
Baby girl, I’ll tell you, remember your mama is a worrier and your papa is a warrior. And you’re the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more.
It’s a brand new day and a brave new world and they are both beautiful. Welcome to the world, baby girl.
Something inexplicable happens when I step off the plane in a foreign land. Overcome with the possibilities of the unknown, I can’t help but want more.
It’s been two years since I stood at the edge of Nyhavn. Two years since I wandered the cobblestone streets and felt the gracious charm that is Copenhagen.
When I look back on my travels there is always one memory that stands out in each country I’ve visited. One moment in time that I remember above the rest. Something that stands out as a just a little bit brighter and a little bit better in my mind than all the rest. In Copenhagen it was Thai Food.
I know how that sounds. Trust me, I do. Who goes to Scandinavia to find Thai Food? Shouldn’t the best Thai food be found in Thailand?
“I can get Thai food at home!” I remember yelling at my brother as I followed him down Strøget after watching the changing of the guards at the Royal Palace.
“Trust me, sister. You haven’t ever had Thai like this before.”
Though I didn’t believe him, I reluctantly chose to follow him and my sister-in-law anyways… daydreaming of lunch at any of the Danish cafes and restaurants we passed along the way.
Very few times in my life have I had to admit that I was wrong. And oh boy, was I ever wrong about this.
Scurry Hub, an unassuming hole-in-wall restaurant with fewer than 15 seats inside, dubs itself as “Street Food” that can be eaten in or taken out. And, if you intend to eat in, good luck finding a seat. Truthfully.
From what I gathered during the hour we spent there, people in Copenhagen are also aware of just how phenomenal Scurry Hub’s food is. People continued in and out the doors the entire time we ate lunch… hoping to find a seat, realizing there weren’t seats and having to take their food with them to ensure they didn’t miss out.
We sat, we laughed, we talked and we planned the rest of our day and we ate some of the most incredible food that I’ve ever had.
‘Did we magically get the only table with four chairs?’ I asked my brother.
‘I guess so’, he laughed as he took another bite of food.
That day, that food, that restaurant will forever stand out in my mind. It was a shining reminder to myself that you cannot judge a book by it’s cover.
As we got up to continue on with our day, a group of locals was already scooping our table before my jacket was on. I remember thinking that I couldn’t blame them for doing that. I also remember thinking that I’d be back there one day.
Copenhagen is a magical city. The old-world charm I witnessed as I wandered cobblestone streets, ate incredible food, shopped in one-of-a-kind stores with salespeople who LOVED learning of my Canadian’ness made it feel like home. And, though I didn’t speak the language, know the culture or even how to read the street signs, I felt as though I belonged.
The wanderlust has hit hard in 2019. I will be back, Copenhagen. I can promise that with certainty.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VISITING COPENHAGEN:
Eat at Scurry Hub – It is THE BEST Thai food that you will ever have.
Climb the Rundetårn – The top of this tower has 360 degree views of the Copenhagen skyline. And, on clear days, you can see across to Sweden.
Visit the Nyhavn Canal – Quite possibly one of the most synonymous sights of Copenhagen, this is one instagram opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Walk. Walk everywhere – There are so many unique stores, cafes and restaurants all over the city. If you’ve got a good pair of walking shoes then I strongly encourage you to walk so that you don’t miss any hole-in-the-wall along the way.
Amalienborg Palace – Amalienborg is the winter home of the Danish Royal Family. Tourists flock to the Palace Courtyard each day to watch the changing of the guards. It’s a very ‘touristy’ thing to do. But it’s definitely a cool thing to witness if you’re up for it.
Shopping in Strøget – If you want to shop in Copenhagen visit Strøget. It’s the shopping district in the centre of the city that is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe. There’s something for everyone, no matter your tastes.