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Things I Love Thursday – Jake Watching Us Game edition

Hello! Here’s an excuse to share cute pictures of Jake putting up with the gaming we do. Poor tortured soul.

Then there was that one time he just gave up and slept on the shelf.

But sometimes he comes to conventions with us!

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Things I Love Thursday – long overdue!

Oh, hello there! It’s Thursday. I used to do this much more often, so it’s time to crack on and get back into it! Let’s start with..

Excellent socks. There’s now a sock-only shop here in Toronto which has awesome stuff. I gave and received many cool socks this holiday season, among them were these:

These are my ringing in the new year socks. Yup. (I got cool stuff in my stocking from Adam)

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Next of all, I love museums! Now, shush. I know this is an obvious one, but my firey love has been stoked by my new job at the ROM and getting to visit the collections. I love museum collections so much! There’s a special feeling about them. Plus I get to see cool things:

 

All the delicious food I get to eat daily, weekly, yearly! Looking back over my Instagram feed is like a delicious feast. I’ve never been happier to be vegan and enthusiastic about cooking, and living in an amazingly vegan-friendly city. It’s why we get to enjoy delicious treats each Saturday when we visit Bunners in Kensington (who I LOVE LOVE LOVE) for a start:

Pot pie puff excitement!

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Speaking of food, this soup! OMG. I love it. Southern style black eyed bean and collards, just for new years. Plus it’s hella cold here right now.

I love this new giant scarf I got at American Apparel cheap on Boxing Day. Keeps me so warm.

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And then.. this smushface pup. N’aw.

Happy Jake-iversary!

One year ago today, we went to pick up our special little guy from a Loyal Rescue foster carer. I can’t believe it’s our one year Jake-iversary! It’s been the best time having him in our lives. We still have some ways to go for his behaviour to fully settle down (and we’re still doing training with him) but we’re getting better at working with who the little guy is and what he needs. He’s been a real trooper with adjusting to our new apartment, and going into the summer with his sporting new hairdo I reckon he’s got another excellent year ahead. If you are able, please adopt a dog (or cat, or small critter!) who needs a home, just like Jake did, and your life will be better for it, as well as theirs.

You can read other updates I’ve written this past year through the Jake tag, too. Now, onto a slew of adorable photos (and a video!) because.. well, because Jake. ❤

Hi. #jakethedog

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Okay, he's getting the hang of this now #jakethedog

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Jake, mid-jump on our walk earlier. He gets so full of energy in the snow. #dog #dogstagram

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Open up and say aaaaaaah

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Little man isn't a fan of this weather. #jakethedog

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Sup.

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I love this dude. #jakethedog

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At Adam’s parents place in Winnipeg not long after we adopted him

Snoozing on our new couch

 

Snow romp. #jakethedog #dogstagram #dog #rescue

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Photo sharing time!

Ah yes, that time when Nicole remembers all these photos snapped on her phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) that she’d forgotten about/hasn’t shared on social media. Enjoy today’s random selection!

This first one would likely break my layout because it’s a panorama, so i’ll just link to it: the view from my old apartment on the 12th floor, up in the Annex on Spadina Avenue. I like being down near ground floor in our new place because of the nice proximity to trees etc, but I do miss that old view!

A very shaggy Jake before his summer haircut

A much less shaggier Jake chilling on the couch at our new place.

In my old ‘hood, one of many neighbourhood watch signs made far more awesome. This is the best, because it’s Sheriff Truman & Agent Cooper! ❤

Lovebot gets an upgrade, Grange Park. (Now it’s covered in tags, booo.)

Armadillo Dogs? I have no idea what this installation is.

Mural near OCAD. I love the lines and how bold this is.

Floating skirts at Brookfield Place

Looking up – financial district, Toronto

Kimchi fries!! One of my memorable food adventures in recent times. Vegan and GF at http://stonebowl.ca/

 

And that’s my most recent photo memories, forgotten until I realise how many are adding up on my phone. When I get myself a nice decent camera, I’m hoping to take better quality stuff to upload to 500px instead of the everyday kind of dumping on Flickr (I should upload to social media more for that sharing!)

Things I love Thursday – getting back into the swing of it.

The last couple of weeks have been a bit here and there as far as a routine for me. There hasn’t been much time for regular posts except maybe for the TILT ones. I think I will hold off on the Digital Dozens for the next little while to give myself some space to post about some other stuff in the meantime as inspiration strikes.

For instance, about.. Hot Docs!! One of my favourite film festivals. We didn’t get a pass this year because we couldn’t justify the time/money cost, but I’ll be seeing 4 films which I’m excited about. Tonight I’ll be going to see The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron SwartzI may do wrap-ups as the festival goes, or one reivew post at the end. We shall see.

I love to drink hard cider. Especially as it’s warming up. And especially Angry Orchard, which we can’t find here in Ontario – so we drank a bunch while we were in Niagara Falls NY, and brought some home to Toronto! Mmmm. Apple ginger is my fave.

As much as I loved being away for the Gathering of Friends, it’s nice to be back at home in my own bed, my own space, with my wee family. Although I don’t think things will be any less busy for the next little while, I still have home as my oasis. The upcoming search for a new place to live come June stresses me a little in this respect, because there is imminent upheaval.. I just have to hope our new place will be as homey!

I love Apiecalypse Now bakery! It’s easy to on a Thursday, when they open for the weekend and are posting pictures of all the treats.. mmm. But also, I love that I can buy ready-meals from them that are made with care, that are delicious, have fun labels, and that also benefit some charities! Like the delicious BBQ soy ‘pulled pork’ I grabbed out of the freezer for sammies earlier this week – a portion of the proceeds went to  sponsoring Joachim the pig at Cedar Row Sanctuary! If only I hadn’t missed all the Easter goodies last weekend. Read an awesome review over here.

Photo credit: Apiecalypse Jen.

 

What are you loving today, internet friends?

Things I Love Thursday Time!

Well, with the stupidly weird “10c one day, -17c the next” sort of business the weather is pulling here, it’s hard to be happy about much. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cold weather – it’s just the flip flopping it keeps doing that is disheartening! However, there are always some shiny things to be happy about despite that – and even if it takes a little effort to think of them, it’s really worth it.

  • Even though it was super brisk this morning, Adam & Jake walked me to work. It’s so much nicer than trudging in on my own!
  • Tonight Adam and I are going to see the Veronica Mars movie! We failed utterly in getting the rewatch (or first time around watch for Adam) done, but we did the highlights of season 2 and have watched about 1/3 of season 3. I am super excited to see the movie, much more than I realised!
  • I’ve been having a good social media week. Lots of good discussion, interaction and generally lovely people. Which I don’t feel happens much for me now on Twitter.
  • Getting excited to attend some of the Gathering of Friends game con next month – I can’t be there as much as last year, so I’ll have to squeeze in lots of fun and games for the weekends I do go.
  • Hosting game nights, or taking games to friends’ places for gatherings. It’s been a very gamey couple of weeks for us! I love it.
  • QUIZ UP!! This trivia app is now available on Android, and I can’t stop playing it! There are so many categories it’s hard to stop swinging about them all, but I’ve been really enjoying the Parks & Rec category, and actually kicking butt in both the Canada and Australia categories! Woo! I urge you to give it a go if you have a compatible device.
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And after the last couple of quite busy weeks/weekends of social gatherings and whatnot, I love that this weekend I actually have nothing planned. Oh my gosh introvert fuel cells, we’ll fill you up by golly. Enjoy your weekends, folks!

A Jakey Milestone

6 months ago, we were settling in to our first evening at home with Jake. I am so happy to have this little dude in our lives, words can’t describe. Even though he’s sometimes a bit of a butt, I can’t help but look at that face when he crawls up beside me in bed for a snuggle and melt into a big softy.

So I end the year with my two dudes, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Give your loved ones – furry or not -a  big cuddle tonight.

Two dudes on a walk