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Snapshots 2

It’s been about a month since I did a “snapshots” post and the pictures are building up on my iPhone. Here’s some more extra photos from here and there over the past month. Some from Instagram and Twitter, others I got too lazy to post. But certainly a fun little snapshot into my day-to-day life!

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Archie hates it when I stare at a computer screen instead of paying attention to him.
Something he makes quite clear to communicate to me!

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Last day at the cottage. Feet up, sunbathing poodle.

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Fun fact: I’m not allowed sushi while on chemo (ie raw fish). So California rolls it is.

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My stomach is covered in bruises from the two needles I have to give myself daily.
I bruise extra easily because of the blood thinners I’m on. This is just one of the more colourful ones as of late.

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Cashew the cat was playing on my laptop keyboard.
What do you think she was trying to tell me??
Worth noting that after this photo was taken, she opened up an episode of 30 Rock.

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Snack attack: blueberries and vanilla greek yogurt on a homemade biscuit.

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Step-family portrait in a frame from Janetha.
I happen to collect elephant figurines. They’re my favourite animal!

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Water tower in Hillsborough, NB.
Severely disappointed the Animaniacs were nowhere to be seen.

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One of my favourite meals from all the farm fresh tomatoes I got:
bagel + cream cheese + tomato + S&P

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Archie is able to sense when I plan on taking him for a walk.
Even before I put my shoes on or start getting ready, he’ll jump up on this bench and try to get at his leash in the closet.

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I recently discovered I have the same haircut now as I did 20 years ago.

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But wouldn’t it be awesome if chemotherapy was like drinking a milkshake?

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My hobbies have gone from running and working out to knitting and rug hooking.

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Painting in the hospital that I think looks like Conan O’Brien, my mom in turn thinks I’m crazy.
I can’t be the only one who sees it?

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Attempt at taking cute picture with kitty leads to a kitty attack.
It’s how they show their love, right?

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Rainbow!

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Archie trying to get at his leash again.
That’s the “You finally got off the computer which means you are taking me for a walk!” face.

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Randomly had a craving for junk food the other day and bought these items at the grocery store. Only these items.
Scotsburn is the best ice cream other than Cows in the Maritimes, FYI.

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Watching Parks and Recreation with Cashew.

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Best part of baking = licking the bowl and utensils.

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A piece of the coconut cream pie I made for my mom’s birthday!
The crust was meh, but the filling was superb.

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Buddy is the most forlorn dog I’ve ever met. Always a frown and big, big sighs.

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Brunch at Calactus! Tofu rancheros with a side of potatoes.

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Brunch is my favourite time of the week! With my mom and aunt.

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Boxers take up significantly more room in bed than poodles.

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Buddy patiently waiting for Mommy to come home.

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Taken yesterday after finally getting dressed and going for a walk at 5pm. It went up to 27C!

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I will never grow tired of living in a small town surrounded by TREES!
The big city was certainly missing that.

Off to get poked and prodded this morning. Have a good one!

Undercover

I’ve had a lot of requests from people to see the more “funkier” wigs I bought just for fun. Well they finally arrived yesterday!!

I scoured Etsy for weeks with a pink or bright red wig in mind. I couldn’t decide on just one, so I bought two! I figured you can’t put a price on feeling good when chemo makes you look and feel like crap. Plus, they were actually quite cheap compared to my other more natural one.

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I love this one! Both the cut and colour of it. It’s a dark purplish-brown with bright red highlights throughout. I want this hair in real life please.

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For the pink wig I ended up going with a light honey blonde with light pink streaks, as opposed to an all-out hot pink wig. This one is actually better quality than the red one, you can style it with heat and change the part in it. But it sits a little high on my head. I may have to wait until my hair thins more so I don’t have as much bulk on top.

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Loooove the colour combo in this. I was actually planning on putting pink streaks in my real hair before the cancer thing happened. The light blonde will probably look better if I lose my eyebrows too (which are already thinning).

And for those who said I need big spy glasses to go with my spy wigs, already taken care of.

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Still working on the trenchcoat and long gloves. Can you guess what I’m being for Halloween this year?

Who said cancer can’t be fun?

From Farm To Plate

As I’ve mentioned many times already, this is my first year signing up for a Community Shared Agriculture program. At the start of the summer, I paid into the program from a nearby farm, then every Wednesday I pick up a box of vegetables that’s brought into town from that farm. It’s the best way to get farm-fresh goods without going to a market or the farm itself. It has been a HUGE benefit to have throughout this whole chemotherapy experience. For one, it saves me from going to the crowded and germ-infested market. But most of all, the vegetable box has forced me to eat vegetables when I want to eat them the least, but need them the most.

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And on Sunday, my sister and I got to tour the farm!

In about half the time it took me to commute to work in Toronto, my sister and I arrived at Amarosia farm in the small French town of Grande-Digue, New Brunswick. I like that math.

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We arrived to 26 different kinds of tomatoes on display for those of us participating in the “open house.”

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I thought this was so cool! I tried tastes of all of them, my favourite being the black cherry tomatoes. Super sweet and the perfect size for popping in your mouth.

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Then we walked all over the farm learning about the crops, how they’re harvested, and the ins and outs of organic farming.

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A lot of people were surprised by how many weeds there were between the crops. Best quote of the day came from the farm owner who said “Weeds are only a problem if you make them a problem.” Touche.

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Carrot eaten straight from the ground – so good!

I’m actually not that interested in farming and gardening myself, but the whole thing fascinated me because I love food so much. I liked seeing first hand where the vegetables I’m eating are coming from and what they look like before they make it to my weekly vegetable box. It makes me feel that much better about putting them into my healing body.

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Apart from being interesting, it was just a gorgeous day to be outside in the countryside. Once the tour was over, I wanted to check out the water off in the distance!

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The Northumberland Straight, same body of water my cottage is on.

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Sister Sara!

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What is happening in this photo? I love ridiculous candid shots like this.

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Also a good example of how I still can’t straighten my broken left arm. I always look like a tool.

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Some extra goodies brought home from the farm! That giant german striped tomato is destined for toasted tomato sandwich glory.

Some other things I’ve been doing with the CSA goodies…

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Double Tomato Bruschetta using this recipe as a guide. What makes it special is there are sundried tomatoes added to the mix. It was killer.

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Toasted on multigrain baguette, topped with CSA green onions and goat’s milk feta cheese.

We’ve also been getting a ton of cabbage, which I love. Instead of making the same ole coleslaw, this week I cooked the red cabbage.

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My family has been eating at a lot of German restaurants lately (we are part German after all). So I wanted to go the cooked route when I saw it in this week’s box. I opted for this Martha Stewart recipe over a more traditional German recipe though. Just because I like the idea of apples in it too.

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Served with my dad’s bbq pork chops, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

Overall, I’m really happy my sister and I decided to go despite the chemo fatigue that day. If the farms outside your community host “open house” days, I highly suggest you check it out! I’m always so interested in the preparation process of food, it was neat to see just how important the growing process is too.

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