Being Cognizant: Bye-bye, Hair!

A series about the ways I work towards being cognizant through decisions that make me more mentally engaged with various facets of my day-to-day life. Cognizance (noun): Awareness, realization, notice, knowledge, perception. **** It’s been awhile since I wrote something for this “series,” and I am tickled by my intro – “tickled” in both the fun…

Home and the Holidays

Almost two months after my return home for the holidays, I look back on that week as a dream of sorts – it felt oh-so-normal to be back, but now it’s as though I never was. It was as though I had never been gone as soon as the plane touched down, and thus began…

Visiting Ottawa

I had some free time between shifts at work just before my mini winter vacation in December and decided to use it to go visit R.L. in Ottawa!   Obviously, we got to baking right away. I had brought some vegan baked goods with me but one cannot do with only one cookie for oneself…

NYC in Photos

Initiated by the discovery of Spongebob Squarepants the Musical (on Broadway!), we planned a whirlwind trip to New York City! ****

Pumpkin Challenge 2017: Days 26 – 31 + Farewell!

Each year, I endeavor to consume one pumpkin thing per day for the month of October. This is my 7th annual Pumpkin Challenge – welcome! **** Day 26: Pumpkin Quesadilla, HappyHealthyLife This was one of my favourite new things that I tried for this year’s challenge. I think I’ll be returning to Happy Healthy Life for…

Pumpkin Challenge 2017: Days 21 – 25

Each year, I endeavor to consume one pumpkin thing per day for the month of October. This is my 7th annual Pumpkin Challenge – welcome! **** Day 21: Pumpkin Spice Chai, Starbucks You can still try this seasonal treat! While it may scream “autumn,” this can add some visual and physical warmth throughout the winter…

Pumpkin Challenge 2017: Days 16 – 20

Each year, I endeavor to consume one pumpkin thing per day for the month of October. This is my 7th annual Pumpkin Challenge – welcome! **** Day 16: Pumpkin Cheerios, Cheerios My eyes LIT up when I saw these at the grocery store! They are made with real pumpkin and tasted like it, too! They definitely…

Pumpkin Challenge 2017: Days 11 – 15

Each year, I endeavor to consume one pumpkin thing per day for the month of October. This is my 7th annual Pumpkin Challenge – welcome! **** Day 11: Pumpkin Praline Dream Cone, Eva’s Original Chimney We took a wander down to a new spot for me in the city: Eva’s Original Chimney! This establishment has an…

Pumpkin Challenge 2017: Days 6 – 10

Each year, I endeavor to consume one pumpkin thing per day for the month of October. This is my 7th annual Pumpkin Challenge – welcome! **** Day 6: Pumpkin Chocolate, Lindor Arriving late off a flight, I was not sure what my pumpkin item would turn out to be, but I was pleasantly surprised to…

Munich, Frankfurt, Home

Finally – it is time to go home! My last stretch of airports is upon me as I fly from Warsaw to Munich. My flight in Warsaw is delayed by almost an hour and I sprint across terminals trying to catch my critical connecting flight – and I miss it. I stand in line for…

Poland: Katowice

An incredibly stressful sprint to the airport took me from Brussels to Warsaw, where I stayed for the night before heading to my final major destination: Katowice! I will admit to having lost my emotional composure multiple times between Brussels and Warsaw, and then again more intensely between Warsaw and Katowice – misinterpreting which airport…