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Holiday Highlights

Hellohello! I am checking in after a week off from blogging. Hope everyone had a good Christmas! I am finally starting to come through the other side after getting chemo last Wednesday. I also stopped taking Prednisone last Friday, so between the chemo side effects and withdrawals, I’ve been feeling pretty crappy. Here are some of the holiday highlights though!

Finally got my Christmas picture of Buster! He got so spoiled this year. All of my family members bought him gifts (a coat, booties, treats, and toys), not to mention nonstop love and cuddles from all the people in the house.

Archie however, kind of hated this Christmas. I think that cute spaniel ruined it for him. Poor poodle.

We had snow for Christmas! It’s all melted by now, but I hope it comes back soon. As much as I love warmth, I love my seasons. Cold and snowy ones included.

My dad bought the third-last Christmas tree in Moncton on Dec 23rd. It is so ugly. It looks even wider decorated!

My middle sister (I have two older sisters) came home from Quebec! I love having all of us girls together. Until we start drinking at arguing that is (joking!) (mostly!).

My oldest sister who used to live in Ottawa lives at home with me now. I keep her well fed, she keeps the house clean, ha.

We played games on Christmas Eve. I won, thanks to the help of my little teammate. Buster mostly just tried to catch and eat the dice.

For Christmas brunch we had baked French toast with sugared pecans. Usually we do a ham, egg, and cheese casserole thingy, but I can’t eat ham or cheese this year because of the drugs I’m on. Don’t even get me started on how lame it was to have food restrictions over Christmas…

And of course, on Christmas morning we opened gifts! Packed in reused gift bags over the years.

How sweet of Buster to get me something. Ha!

My step-siblings stopped by in their Christmas peejays. I’ve got five teenage step-siblings – three on my mom’s side and two on my dad’s side. It’s kind of ridiculous, but I also love being part of a big family.

Last but not least, my contribution to Christmas dinner, a pumpkin trifle! Recipe found here. I would definitely recommend this as a recipe to try, it was a fun way to change up our usual fruit trifle. Usually I make closer to half of the Christmas dishes, but this year I was just too sick and fatigued. The cooking is my favourite part so I was bummed to miss out on it!

Overall, this Christmas gets a solid “okay.” One of my grandmothers went into the hospital Christmas Eve after falling at home. She is fine, nothing is broken, but she is quite shaken up. I of course was sick from chemo and drug withdrawals. I usually take a lot more photos but didn’t feel inclined to do so this year, as I honestly don’t really care to remember the Christmas I was sick, bald, and had a swollen face.

Most of all, I am looking forward to the New Year. To put 2011 and all of its crappiness behind me. To start fresh chemo-free. The worst of my last chemo is behind me and I’ve got nothing but new days ahead of me to feel better and better. Four weeks until the PET scan to see if there’s any signs of remaining cancer. Please start crossing your fingers now!

Mum’s The Word

Heyheyhey! Thanks SO much for the caring comments on my last post. They seriously mean the world to me.

One of the greatest things about being home again is being so close to my parents. I haven’t lived in the same city as them since I hightailed it outta here after my highschool graduation seven years ago.

But this past weekend, I truly appreciated being so close. I was able to spend the night at my mom’s and wake up with her on Mother’s Day.

Okay, technically, we did not wake up together. I was out running in the rain when she woke up. I wanted to take advantage of the trails by her house. I’ve finally worked up to a 5k again! Took three months after surgery to get there.

But I promise you, I made a big brunch for her as soon as I walked in the door.


I spied some ham in the fridge so I made her a Monte Cristo sandwich. Essentially a ham & cheese sandwich where the bread is french toast. You may recall I had a 900 calorie version of this sandwich in Toronto. I’d say my version at home was only 350-ish calories without the maple syrup. Take that.


Part of Mother’s Day was also spent at my new favourite cafe in the city – Cafe Clementine on St. George.


GOOD espresso, German sweets, paninis and other goodies. Plus, I’m a sucker for the hippie decor.


Mint iced tea. So happy it’s iced tea season again. Iced drinks > hot drinks imo.


Mother and daughter…


…and mother and daughter!! All you can see in this photo is HAIR. Hahaha. Blame my  Scottish Papa.


Oh yes, and there was a Mother’s Day pie. But this gem deserves its own post. Any guesses on what it may be? *Hint: It features slices of fruit*

It’s The Little Things

Taking a shower for so long your fingers get wrinkly.

Being in the presence of loved ones, doing nothing but enjoying their company.

Going outside without mittens for the first time.

Finding that shirt you thought you lost last year.

Eating a banana, avocado, or mango on it’s day of perfect ripeness.

Days where your hair magically falls into place without being styled.


Being seated in a restaurant right away and getting the best table there.

Having amazing home baked bread, then turning it into French toast.


Knowing that even when there are a million things to complain about, there are still things over the course of the day that can bring you a little slice of happiness.