Saturday, April 29, 2017

Monthly Favourites - April 2017

This month has felt like the longest month of 2017 so far. Thanks to my exams being at the very end, I’ve had, arguably, too much free time. Even looking back and thinking about my favourites was a challenge. But hey, we got there, and I am happy to give you a glimpse of what this month has been for me.

1.       LaLaLand Soundtrack


If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you are missing out. I got the CD for my birthday (old school, I know), and I’ve been jamming to it in the car. I also have it playing on Spotify right now. I was always a drama kid, and this makes me so incredibly happy to listen to. The music is so fantastic.

2.       Beauty and the Beast


How could I not put this on the list? I thought this remake was so magical. Any sane person loves Emma Watson, and she adds so much to every role. I loved the music and the singing and the costumes and everything. It was magical.

3.       Ottawa

I know I JUST wrote this travel post, but this was certainly the highlight of my month. Everything is pretty much already said in the post, so take a look at that. Again, I can’t wait to go back.

4.       Grad Ball


If we’re being technical here, grad ball was in March. To be precise, it was the last day of March. Since there was no way it could go on a March favourites, I’m using it here. Grad ball was so fantastic. I had quite a few glasses of free champagne (shout out to all my friends who knew how much I love champagne), and I looked great. I love dressing up, and I hadn’t done it in a while. It was a great way to end the year surrounded with all of your friends looking so pretty.

5.       Finishing School!!!


It’s a wrap folks! Today, I wrote my last exam, and I am officially done my undergrad! Let me tell you – four years is not a long time. I cannot believe it, and I am so happy and overwhelmed and excited to see what my next step is. I wish my last exam could have been a better one to end with. The one I had yesterday was an English one, and it was with all of my friends, so I wish I could have ended yesterday. Oh well. I am DONE!

I’m leaving for a two week trip to England a week from now, so you all have to look forward to. Other than that, I get to start the best part of my job, and it is summer! I’m not working until the end of the month, so I have a week where I genuinely have nothing to do. I want to get a ton of reading done in the summer. My summer goal is to read all the books I was supposed to read for school. So be prepared for lots of book reviews!

What was your favourite part of April? 


Daniella

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ottawa

Since I’ve been back in Canada, I haven’t been travelling. So, since all of my exams have been at the end of the exam period, I took a train to Ottawa to see my best friend. Julia and I have known each other for 19 years this September. She moved to Ottawa in the fall, and I hadn’t seen her since November 11th. It was actually getting to the point where my friends here didn’t think she existed. I was so excited to visit. I could go for only three days, but it was wonderful. Canada’s capital city is stunning, and although I have been there in the past, I never really did the full tour. This time, I got to see it from the perspective of a citizen.

Day One


I’m skipping the first day I got there since we didn’t do much. I had a paper to work on while she finished work, so I sat in a cafe across the street. We had an amazing dinner, and we watched a movie.

Our first actual day together was perfectly us. It was a crummy day so what better to do than to cafe hop? I had a massive paper due that night, so that was my focus. We ended up at five different places, but we managed to do a lot of walking around Ottawa. We check out the Parliament building, and got another couple fantastic meals. It turns out Chipotle is safe for me, so we had some and it was ah-mazing – highly suggested.

Day Two


We finally got to do some exploring. We had an early morning start and did the tour of Parliament. I was checking out some paintings and walked smack-dab into a divider (sorry Justin Trudeau). My favourite part was the Parliamentary Library because it’s a library and it’s gorgeous. We intended to go to the court buildings, but we wandered the opposite way down Bank Street. We had breakfast for lunch (the best) and ended up in The Glebe which is the expensive part of the city. We wandered in and out of the stores before heading back to her house. We were supposed to go to a board game cafe, but it was too full and we were tired, so we watched TV back at the house.


Day Three

The day started off with a delicious grilled cheese sandwich from Red Door (also highly suggest). I even ended up buying another one for my dinner that night on the train. It was so good. We went for a little walk down the river and then through the Governor General’s estate. I couldn’t have chosen an uglier time to be in Ottawa. The garden we walked through was supposed to be a rose garden. Her mom’s boyfriend took us for a drive through Rockcliffe where all the Embassies are. Those homes are so stunning. They kept mentioning that some of the homes were worth more than the country they belong to and I believe it! It was a great drive, and we went to a stunning lookout stop. It was a fantastic way to end my trip.


I think I managed to get all parts of Ottawa in a mere three days. I’m planning on visiting again if I manage to get some time off in the summer. I loved Ottawa. It is so much more accessible compared to where I live, and they have a great lifestyle. Ottawa is similar to LA but not so in-your-face. They have yoga and workout studios everywhere, and everyone is genuinely interested in being healthier. You see people of all shapes and sizes taking a walk around the street and getting active. It is so refreshing. I can see why Julia doesn’t want to come back, so I’m not going to hold it against her for leaving me behind. I can’t wait for my next trip!


Please share any experiences you have in Ottawa below! 


Daniella

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Life Updates - Again

Hi everyone! Don’t mind me – I’m just digging myself out of the hole I created. This year was really hard. I’m not quite done school yet (two more exams to go), but I am so ready for it to be over. I’m currently working on getting my life pulled together again, so I thought I would share some things that have happened to me these past few months.

1.       I am currently in the process of getting my tonsils out.

This has been the true definition of a process. Do you remember at the beginning of my time in England when I was in the hospital for tonsillitis? Well, this week marked the fourth time in two years that I was in the hospital for the same problem. Basically, I have abnormally large tonsils. I’ve been trying to get referrals, but it’s been hard. An ENT specialty guy looked at my tonsils this week, so he’s trying to push a referral for me. I am so desperate just to get these things away from my body. I’m fine by the way. They did a full test on me and there is nothing actually wrong right now. I just woke up on Thursday and couldn’t swallow.
2.       I am now 22 years old!
Woo birthday! I kept my birthday low-key like normal. I had a wonderful dinner with my friends and family, and went out for drinks with what ended up being all work friends. I also have a new favourite spot to go. It was perfect for me. I had a great time, and the food was fantastic.

3.       I really have been trying to be healthier in my life.

I was doing really well on this for a while. Then I got off track the past few weeks with the end of school. I’m trying to get back into it (including blogging about it). I got a FitBit for my birthday, and I wanted to utilize that a little more. Plus, I want to go for more walks since the weather is getting nicer.

4.       I’ve started a new way of journaling.

I’ve been struggling with my mental health this year, and I recognized a need for being more positive in my life. I hadn’t been journaling in a while and also wanted to pick that back up. One of my favourite podcasts is Let it Out with Katie Dalebout. She has a book about journaling and mentions it a lot on the podcast. I picked up a few notes, and I now write with subheadings or categories in mind. I have what’s on my mind which is my opportunity to do the oh-so-important ranting, the highlight of my day, something to look forward to tomorrow and something to look forward to in general, something I’ve accomplished in the day, something someone did or said that made me smile, and the best thing I ate that day.

5.       I have some great friends that I’ve been spending all my time with.

We were going out a lot in March, but that slowed down. We recently had a wine night, but we’ve been going to yoga and stuff like that too. I finally have the group of girls to hang out with. I’m so happy and lucky to have them in my life.

6.       I got into teacher’s college!

This is the best thing that has happened to me. I’m not going to share too much about it since I haven’t quite made a decision. It’s been a long process, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. The best part about this is that I can shop for some teacher clothes! It’s so exciting!
That’s pretty much it – short and sweet. I want to expand on some of these posts in future posts. These are pretty much the biggest things I have going on. I’m in the process of writing a month’s worth of posts, so I will be catching you up on even more exciting things in my life in the near future. Stay with me!

What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you since we last spoke? Share in the comments!

Daniella

P.S. I’ve been considering getting a new blog theme, but I don’t know how to go about it. Any suggestions?