Wisdomist Wednesday : Change

I’ve never really kept it a secret how close I am to my family.

We’re ridiculously, almost obnoxiously close .. but I love it.

My mom, dad, brother and I have more than anything else grown up together. My parents are fairly young, considering how old my brother and I are and I think that’s caused us to have a huge reliance on one-another.

They are very much my toughest critic as well as my biggest fan.

Before getting married, I was so scared all of this would change. I knew I was marrying the man of my dreams, and he is so much more than I could ever ask for.

But lately, even as I have everything – and life is pretty damn good.

I’ve missed home. A lot.

I talk to my parents, and brother daily – we see each other often …

I think the difference is, at home now … it’s so quiet. With Mr. LTSL and I having full time jobs, and us both living for evenings and weekends to just relax… I think the quietness and slow-paced nature away from work, is just something I have to get used to.

I’ve found myself having time to do other things, a whole lot more baking ( which I stinking LOVE), catch up on t.v shows … I’ve started watching Orange is the new black – I love it, but also kind of get squirmish … I’m a baby – mehh.  But besides that … that’s all I do. The mister looks forward to kicking back, sleeping in late, playing video games … and maybe going out … maybe.

I want to stinking be out all the time. While I lived with my parents, we were always doing stuff … and not even crazy stuff .. just the usual; groceries, going on picnics, visiting family; nothing fancy, nothing crazy … we were always just busy.

How strange would it be if I went out alone … I actually feel a little guilty doing that, mister man, would just rather relax at home, he IS very much a homebody. And I appreciate that, there are days where I just want to sit around in my PJs and watch meaningless TV – but then there are days, that I just want to go out, for a walk … living in the gorgeous city that I live in means there’s ALWAYS something going on.

It’s strange, I miss the chaos – I miss having something to always do – I miss running downstairs to the kitchen always being busy, or my parents sitting there sipping on their morning coffee.

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This is real life, isn’t it. I should appreciate this all, shouldn’t I. Maybe this is a lesson – a lesson to appreciate my family more and the time Mr. LTSL and I have together. Maybe I should stop complaining and ride this roller-coaster of change.

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Wisdomist Wednesday : Thankful

Remember when I used to do Wisdomist Wednesday?

I haven’t done one in a while, so I’m here … to get all wisdomy with you!!

Wisdomist Wednesday’s will also be kind of like my life update posts. That’s the thing about blogging, while I LOVE food, and experimenting with flavours – this blog is also my safe space. Which, I know … is pretty ironic since there are only about a bajillion people on the internet.

I just like the idea that I have a space to just be me, and make wicked-cool friends … like you.

Lately, life has slowed down a little (read : NOT COMPLAINING … at all).

In fact, I love it. Often, I find myself smiling more, I’m laughing a whole lot more – this sounds so sappy and you can call hallmark if you wish, but I feel like after marrying this kid – my outlook on life has changed SO MUCH!!  – for the better.

He makes me excited about the silliest of things, and appreciate every single day so much more. – go ahead, gag if you must!!

Of course, not every minute of every day is a walk in the park and filled with glitter – but life is freaking good right now … and all I can say, is

 

I AM SO THANKFUL!!  

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Mr. and Mrs. LTSL

After all of my ranting, raving, photo-taking, complaining, laughing, crying, tummy-butterflying & counting down on Facebook, twitter and Instagram

I’M MARRIED!!

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*cartwheels – cartwheels – fireworks – fireworks- sparkles – annnnd dance*

Yes, it feels that stinking good!!

The most magical day of our lives was shared with family and close friends. It was the fastest, most topsy-turvy, scream and laugh at the top of your lungs emotional roller coaster for both Mr. LTSL and I… and now, I can officially call him Mr. LTSL. It was a bitter-sweet ending of a 7-year chapter of our lives but the most welcomed once upon forever.   After partying the night away until our feet hurt, swimming in endless drinks, stuffing our faces with amazing food, and sparklering with our nears and dears, Mr. LTSL and I whisked away to paradise on our honeymoon …..

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And now we’re back.

Back to reality, routine & being our own little Twosome-familia. Which can only mean a bunch of happy-sparkly-good things.

It means:

  • I’m BACK TO BLOGGING… I’ve missed you good-looking kids!!
  • I’m back in the kitchen – a brand spanking new kitchen …. With countertops you’ve never seen … and a balcony that I can get natural light from ( WINNING LIFE!!)
  • I’ve got tons of new kitchen gadgets and tools and trays to make fine and dandy things for you.
  • I can mail things to my home-famila to eat instead of keeping them in my home ( mwhahaha – super sneaky, but ohhh so good)
  • This is real life … not just a weekend home … but my everyday, come home before the sun sets, warm cookies fresh from the oven, getting comfy on the couch home!!
  • I get to experiment with new dinner ideas for two – learning to cook small quantities is an art … I’m not an artist … aka if you’re ever in my hood … stop on by neighbor-rino and feel free to highjack my refrigerator or cookie jar(s) !!
  • And of course I saved the best for last WE HAVE A DISHWASHERwooo hoooooooo!! 

Soo… I made dinner for us, just the two of us as our little two-some familia for the first time last night – nothing crazy, nothing fancy, but La-deee-daaahhh … guess who offered to do the dishes??

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You mean, I get to cook, and get craycray in the kitchen – and you’ll do the dishes?!? HOLY JIMMY-JAMMIES I love this man!!

I can’t wait – be sweet ladies and gents

Xo

This Girl, That Guy and Their City

If you like me on Facebook, or follow me on Instagram it’s no secret that I’m a true Toronto girl at heart. I’m always spreading the word of what’s happening – new culinary corners – the best of the best in the city.

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I take pride in my city, I love what we stand for, I crave the sweet smells of our delicious restaurants, my ears light up on Friday evenings during the summer, when the bag pipe player begins his song at the bottom of bay street, my eyes glaze over as soon as I walk into St. Lawrence market — I love every nook and cranny – so much to explore, with never a dull moment in site.

And though I’ve traveled quite a bit, seen different towns – been to larger cities – nothing quite compares to our skyline –quite gets me as excited as exploring queen west – heading down to liberty village – or getting a little chic in Yorkville. I guess it all started when I was little … we would always come downtown to just hang out … no real purpose in mind, just to relax and spend some quality time together as a famila. And we did. 

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We would wander around for hours … find ourselves in the strangest places … once we stumbled into the Roy Thomson Hall for free and caught a show, because it was their anniversary – tons of memories and totally ingrained in who I am as a young lady.   

Ironically, I grew up for the most part in the suburbs and only really started spending the greater part of my time downtown Toronto when I began working.

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Until now… 

This girl. That guy. Our City.

Our home. Our new chapter. Our Happily ever after

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I can’t wait. 

And this also means good news for you crazy cupcake loving kids – it means I’m so much closer to normalizing my life – I’m closer to being back to blogging regularly, back to crazy concoctions … except this time, it will be in my —  our — kitchen.

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Happy Birthday Batman <3

I’m deeming July Birthday month at LTSL … we’ve got another one today – – and this one is extremely near and dear to my little Grinch heart… today we celebrate my personal superhero’s birthday.

Faster than superman

Stronger than the incredible hulk

More sly and cunning than Batman

Dooo dooo doooo doooooooo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR.LTSL!!

I have a little secret to share with you folks about my dear Mr.LTSL – – when we started dating he would make silly little jokes about how he’s a superhero and would whisk me away if ever I was in danger (cheesy – yes – – did I buy into it and love every second of it – yes!) as time went on, instead of deterring him from this ultra-ego – – I think I’ve only made it worst.  

But today I’m here to say my love – – you will always be my knight in shining armor. You have used your superpowers to cast a spell on me, and I don’t want it to ever end. I’m flying among the stars when you’re by my side. I’ll keep this short and sweet by simply saying, I love you and I’m thankful that I have your constant support and love in my life. I’m floored by your smile, mesmerized by the look in your eyes and intrigued by your intellect. Loll, your friend hit the nail on its head when he said “I choose right” loll ha ha ha – – I sure did. I’m truly blessed, that you and I have each other.  You’ve managed to make me the happiest girl in the entire world, and together – – I know we are unstoppable.

For your 25th birthday, I have so many wishes and dreams for you – I want to see you take over the world;  see you succeed –  see you continue to fall in life – and for us to continue building our life together. But of all of this – – most of all, I wish you complete contentment, with yourself and those around you. I wish you laughter, the respect you deserve and everlasting love. I can’t wait to grow old with you, laughing with each other and at each other.

How can I not love this goof-ball ❤

I’m proud to be your girlfriend and all that you believe in. I had never allowed myself to know what true love was like, or that happily ever after was something that every girl could have. But you changed all of that for me. You weren’t kidding when you said I was dealing with a different kind of man this time around. You’re not just a different kind of man – you’re an exceptional man.

I love you, my knight in shining armor. Here’s to celebrating today, and for the rest of our lives and we grow old, grey and little bit more crazy – –  happy birthday

Xoxox