DIY Mason Jar Travel Cup

DIY Mason Jar Travel Cup.  Love this! And I was seriously contemplating buying one of those $10 inserts.  I’ve been using mason jars as travel mugs for my smoothies and water glasses for years.


Change of plans…



Under a bridge in the Prairies…

Just when you think you’ve got it all worked out, life has a way of reminding you that you’re not always in control.  I slipped and fell on the wet, wooden patio on Saturday and then basically overworked on Sunday to the point of major pain in my hand.  They don’t know if it’s broken or a tendon/muscle thing so I have to go back for more x-rays in about a week.  Until then, it’s goodbye to all my jobs, yoga, bike riding and now typing with one hand.  Writing and cooking are an almost impossibility with this plaster splint.  Just hoping it’s a short-term injury.  Sunday was NOT a good day overall and I even capped it off with an argument with my mother-in-law.  I suppose this time off will: a) give me some time for reflection and b) as my best girl J told me, maybe think about slowing down a bit?  We’ll see…but until this is off, and unless it’s replaced with a cast, please accept my blogging hiatus for a week or two.  😦

August Update…

                                                                                                                                                           Source: Uploaded by user via Leslie on Pinterest

I realize that I haven’t really posted any sort of personal update for a while and I guess it’s just because it’s been a little bit difficult to put it all down succinctly, once too much time has passed.  So I will endeavor here to let you all know what I’ve been up to for the past month and what I am aiming for, for the next month or so!

As mentioned before, this hasn’t been quite as successful a summer, money wise as last year.  The bad weather start to the summer means we were rained out on a lot of events that were previously quite busy for us.  But the summer has slowly picked up and the weather is improving (now that summer is almost over!) and we aren’t doing horrible by any means.  I would be lying if I said that this slower progress hasn’t affected my mood or outlook, though.  I have had a lot of discouragement and worry about how much money we are saving and what we are going to do with it once the summer is over.  More on this in a minute…

So, partially because of this slow start, and partially because I always seem to like to have my plate full to the point of brimming, I have taken on a few more odd jobs here and there.  For starters, I have been doing some childcare for a very good friend of mine who is in town for the summer.  She has two little boys (3 months and 2 years) and I have been with them three days a week.  They keep me very busy for the brief amount of time I am there each day, and they are adorable.  It’s been great getting to know their little personalities and I will be missing them when they go back to NYC very soon!

I work the odd day here and there for a locally made ice cream shop, at a beautiful location down by the river.  This is quite a relaxing place to be and not difficult at all.  I’ve met a lot of great girls down there, and the owners are lovely people who I am happy to help.

Finally, I have just begun to work at a brand new cooperatively run cafe.  I am super pumped to be working for a cooperative, and gain experience working in that kind of environment.  It’s also great for me to work for a cafe from its start up point.  I would love to have a cafe and shop one day (if I ever settle down in one place), and it’s so cool to work with people who are like-minded, politically and socially.  Eco-conscious with a focus on local, handmade and vegetarian, this is one cool place! 

So basically what this amounts to is that I am very busy this month.  All creative projects have gone on the back burner and I’m kind of taking a hiatus this month from all my sewing and crafting to make some coin! Which irritates me as I was kind of starting to get on a roll, but I still have some time before we leave to do some more work.  I have spent some time working on a logo and it’s basically done, but my dilemma lies in the fact that once we leave the country again, it’s kind of hard for me to sell on my Etsy shop.  If I sell something, and I am overseas, it’s kind of tricky getting someone else to handle it for me back at home.  

Regarding this overseas business, that is a situation no more clear to us than at the beginning of the summer.  Particularly because it’s too early to tell how our savings will be by the end of the summer.  This is further complicated by the fact that we need to have reserve funds to set up wherever it is we choose to settle down and work next.  At this point I can’t really for see us coming back here again for another summer, but I didn’t see it before this summer either and yet, here I am.  The prospect of teaching English somewhere isn’t the most exciting for me, as I mentioned before, but if it affords a life less ordinary, then maybe that’s something I just have to suck up.  There are far worse jobs.

I do really miss Japan these days…

Vegan Food Swap-August Edition!

Well, due to aforementioned camera issues, I wasn’t able to get a good photo of my vegan food package that came in the mail the other day.  I was very excited to receive a package from Becks McCarthy, of Crunchy Can Feel Good!  

Becks was very sweet and concerned about my Oral Allergy Syndrome since I usually request no raw items, but it’s really not a big deal.  It’s more of an uncomfortable/painful inconvenience, but it’s not life threatening, so far!  Anyway, she sent me such a good mix of things, it’s a shame I can’t show you a photo, so instead I’ll just tell you what was in it:

  • A huge bag of mixed sprout seeds and a cute little mason jar with cheesecloth for sprouting (that unfortunately broke due to Canada Post).  I grow sprouts all the time though, so I have a jar at the ready at all times! 
  • A bag of vegan gummy worms-no gelatin! Yay!
  • Fiesta Coconut Cream
  • Roads End Organics Vegan Alfredo Sauce
  • Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste (it’s like this girl knows me!)
  • A postcard from Victoria
  • Cute little clothespins for sealing up bags etc.

Thank you so much Becks! You and your blog are awesome! If anyone out there wants to join the Canadian Vegan Food Swap, check out this website for more info!

A Day at the Fair…

Oh petals! What to do?!  The autofocus on my camera just conked out and stuff I’m reading online said that it could be dust or a dirty sensor but I can’t figure out how I clean this.  I really hope that is all that it is.  It’s probably still under warranty but barely! Crappy!! Anyway, in the meantime, while I figure this out, enjoy my photos (pre-camera crap out) of my day at the fair…