Our Holiday Bucket List

I cannot believe that Christmas is next week. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN!!!! Each year seems to be going faster than the year before. I remember when I was a child I would plan out how I would spend the days during the holidays. Usually it involved studying (exams were in Januray in NL) and reading. I would like to say that I have changed from that child but not so much. Sigh. I am looking forward to reading. I do have my winter TBR reading list to get through after all. And I will be studying. I LOVE photography so I LOVE studying photography as well. I have a photography book to fnish reading, editing workshops to watch and some shorter photography PDFs to read. This sure makes me sound boring.

I came up with a holiday bucket list to ensure that we did more that read and studied our holidays away. At the moment my husband is reading a text for his Masters course that starts in January. We really are soul mates. But there is more to life than reading and studying so here is our holiday bucket list.

1. Hanging out in the hot tub.

2. Re-watch The Hobbit 1 & 2 so we can go see the 3rd.

3. Cross- country ski or snow-shoe.

4. Walk in the snow on Christmas Day night.

5. Visit friends.

6. Have friends over for a meal and jin friends at theirs for a meal.

7. Bake and make a gingerbread house.

8. Bake cookies during the day on Christmas eve.

9. Host our annual New Year’s Day Levee at Chez WW.

10. Host an informal get together.

11. Re-watch all of the Star Wars movies (I have not seen the 3 new ones), the Godfather trilogy (I have not seen any of these movies). Watch the last season of Dr Who so we are all caught up for the Dr Who Christmas Day Special. If time permits we will also watch True Blood, Falling Skies and The Walking Dead.

 

12. Make a snowman.

13. Make snow angels.

14. Have a snowball fight.

This year we decided to have a low key holiday. Our hearts are still broken from losing our beloved Brittany. And in January Andrew will be starting a course towards his Masters degree. He will still be working 10 hours a week on his own time towards improving his French. And he will be working full time. The last few months have be very draining for the both of us and the next year will be insane for Andrew.

Years ago during our first time living in Petawawa we had planned to go to Toronto on Boxing Day and stay there for 5 days. We awoke to an ice storm. We quickly cancelled our trip after trying to chisel the ice off the car for an hour. And that was just so we could open the door. We soon found ourselves with a week and no plans. We curled up under blankets, lounged around in our pjs, ate lots of cookies and treats and watched the first 2 seasons of True Blood. It remains one of my favourite Christmases we have spent together. It was relaxing and fun, a time with no schedule. This year I want to re-create that. I want to live our hectic lives behind and Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

What are your plans during the holidays. Please feel free to share in the comments.

Happy Holidays.

Jody xx

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Good Reads

The days are getting shortter and the nights are getting longer. Curling up under a cosy blanket is my fave activity as a chill fills the air. As Christmas gets closer and closer the hustle and bustle of our daily lives increases it is a treat to just still and relax. To just be still and curl up and read a good book. Here are some of my most recent good reads.

 

The Shoemaker’s Wife – Adriana Trigiani. Enza and Cira first meet in the Italian Alps as children. Ciro is banished from his village and he goes to America. Ciro learns the art of shoemaking. Enza also journeys to America. The two finally meet just before Ciro leaves to fight in WWI. The Shoemaker’s Wife is a story of star-crossed lovers and the pursuit of the American dream. This is not the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn. I had to read this book before I saw the movie. Which reminds me…I still need to see the movie. This was a great book. It kept me guessing. Nick comes home to find his wife Amy missing. He soon finds himself suspected of her murder. I hated both Amy and Nick. In the end I felt that they deserved each other. Despite that, I love a great thriller and this book does not disappoint. I plan to read the rest of her books in the spring.

Monuments Men- Robert M. Edsel &  Brett Whitter (Contributor).  I am a history buff but I knew nothing about the Monuments Men. During WWII a group of museum directors, curators, and art historians  formed the Monuments Men. Their mission was to recover and save major works of art. They had no vehicles, no supplies and no budget. Most were middle aged. They were not soldiers but often found themselves just behind the front lines. I was shocked to learn how Hitler had a list of the great works of art of Europe that he wanted collected for his own great museum even before the war started. Today these great work of art can once again be seen thanks to the Monuments men.

The Hundred – Foot Journey – Richard C. Morais. Hassan Haji and his family leave their native India and move to the French countryside. His family opens and Indian restaurant across the street from a famous French restaurant. Hassan is drawn to the reasturant’s chef and French cuisine. The Hundred-Foot Journey shows us that embraced different cultures can be very rewarding. I cannot say that this is a great book but I did enjoy it.

Burial Rites – Hannah Kent. It is 1829 in Iceland. Agnes is found guilty of murdering her master. She is sent to live on a remote farm as she awaits her execution. Burial Rites is based on actual events. This novel is as haunting as the Icelandic landscape. Agnes is different than most women and everyone believes that she is a cold-blooded murderess. But as the family and the local priest get to know Agnes they begin to doubt eveything they have heard and wonder if she is innocent. The perfect book for a wintery day.

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt. I am comflicted about this book. It was a great book but it was painful to read about  theo’s self destructive ways. I struggled through those parts but the ending gave closure and made it all worth while. When Theo is thirteen his mother is killed in a bombing attack. His father does not want him. Theo struggles to overcome guilt, to find his place in the world and to come to terms with the loss of his mother.

 

What are some of your recent good reads? I love hearing what others are reading. Please feel free to share in the commets.

Happy Reading.

~ Jody

Good Reads | The Young Adult Edition

I may be a few years beyond my teen years but I still love some great young adult reads.

 

Divergent series – Veronica Roth. This was a book club pick. We wanted to read it before we saw the movie. I still have not seen the movie. I need to get on that. Even though we had only picked the first book in the trilogy we had all read all three of the books. This nevers happens. The series was interesting and a very easy read. We all had to finish it to find out what happened in the end.

Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia &  Margaret Stohl. This was another book  club pick. One of those books to read before the movie books. I could not put this book down. Filled with lots of Southern personality. Ethan’s world will never be the same after he meets Lena (a caster). Ethan soon discovers a world full of casters (both light and dark), seers, incubases and sirens. Ethan tries to save Lena from becoming a dark caster. The rest of the books in the Caster Chronicles are on my winter TBR list.

Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children and Holllow City – Ransom Riggs. This series takes you away to another world. Filled with wonderfully scary pictures. A group of peculiar children set out to save the world. I cannot wait for the third book in this series.

Flavia de Luce series – Alan Bradley. Flavis is a young girl living in her family’s ancestral manor home in post WWII England. Flavis spends her days learning chemisty in her uncle’s Victorian chemistry lab. She has a fascination for piosion and love to solve local murers. Delightfully charming. I am addicted to this series.

The Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska – John Green. These were both book club books. We choose two for that month in case some did not fel like reading a book about kids dying with cancer ( The Fault in Our Stars). It was my first time reading John Green. I read The Fault in Our Stars first. As soon as I finished it I started Looking for Alaska. John Green captures teen angst with incredible skill, understanding and compassion. These books are so different but equally as good. I have added the rest of John Green’s books to my TBR list.

 

365 Project

It has been a few weeks since I posted an update on my 365 project.

It has been a few weeks since I posted a 365 project update. So curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and spend some time with me.

27 October 2014

Fall is coming to an end.

 

28 October 2014

Chilly days and long nights call for a fab supper.

 

29 October 2014

This sums up my feelings for today.

 

30 October 2014

A few leaves are left clinging to the branches.

 

31 October 2014

I left my Halloween candy shopping to the last minute. This is why.

1 November 2014

We awoke to a dusting of snow this morn.

 

2 November 2014

Andrew and his childhood friend Jeff walking in the woods they used to play in a little boys.

 

3 November 2014

Rainy day.

 

4 November 2014

Another rainy day, sigh.

 

5 November 2014

Fall day exploring the countryside.

 

6 November 2014

Sea urchins and the ocean have a hold on my heart and soul.

 

7 November 2014

Today we went to Stratford, the Canadian edition. When we lived in England we lived 20 minutes away from Startford-Upon-Avon. This quaint town reminded me of a town in England.

 

8 November 2014

For the past month we have spent way too much time in the car. Today we are once again spending a few hours in the car. Tonight we are heading into Toronto for a show.

 

9 November 2014

We move way too often for me to have many house plants. I love having live plants so today I brought a Christmas cactus home.

 

10 November 2014

Stormy sky, beautiful light and golden fall fields. Swoon.

 

11 November 2014

This year my husband is home from Afghanistan. I am so proud of him.

 

12 November 2014

My goal for the new year is to start using this vintage German completely manual camera

 

13 November 2014

I LOVE my IPSY bag this month.

 

14 November 2014

Today I got to experience my first lake effect snowsqualls. It sure is pretty.

15 November 2014

This pretty snow seems to be staying.

16 November 2014

The last light of the day.

 

Thank you for checking out my last few weeks in images.

~ Jody

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