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the weekender

Hi guys!

How is everybody? How was your weekend?

I know, I know, I’m about three days too late right? Well, I’m sorry, but I’ve been catching up on sleep and vegetable consumption since MY weekend. Oh yes, it was a good one, and, even though it’s already Wednesday, I’m going to tell you all about it!

You know those weekends that you look forward to all year long, and as soon as they’re over you’re counting the days until the next one? For me, those weekends are usually birthday weekends … my birthday, my best friends’ birthdays, my dog’s birthday. You get the picture, I love birthdays.

Well, this weekend I hosted … you guessed it … a birthday party for one of my best friends!

Meet Tara:

ain't she a beauty?

ain’t she a beauty?

Tara’s 24th birthday is actually this coming weekend, but she’s up and leaving me for ENGLAND in a few days, so we bumped up the party and made it a joint happy birthday/bon voyage.

she's already got the accent down pat ... she'll fit right in!

she’s already got the accent down pat … she’ll fit right in!

I don’t even want to get started about how sad I am that this babe is leaving me. She’s been in Ottawa with me since the very beginning! We were roommates for about 4 years, and she’s always been my partner in crime (and also I like to borrow her clothes, so what?). It’s going to be a crazy adjustment to have her anywhere but here, but I am so super proud of her. She’s hopping over the pond to work at a graphic design firm in London! She’s SO talented – she even designed the header for this very blog. Impressive right?

Okay, now I’m going to move on or I’ll have to change the title of this post to something much darker and depressing.

Alrighty, so where were we? Right, Tara’s birthday shenanigans! We actually started Saturday off with a girl’s trip to a local spa called Le Nordik. About 12 of us girls spent a few hours relaxing in what they call their “nordic baths”, which are pretty much a series of baths, saunas, and steam rooms. Besides the challenge of keeping a group of 12 girls quiet (we got shushed in both official languages quite a few times), it was an awesome day!

we looked a little bit like this, except it was very snowy, and our towels were frozen solid.

we looked a little bit like this, except it was very snowy, and our towels were frozen solid.

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After the baths, we all headed home and struggled to fight the urge to nap (am I the only one to which the term “power nap” doesn’t apply? I prefer the term “coffee and baileys”), and got all gussied up for the partay!

I should probably mention that another reason this weekend made me so giddy was because we had two special out of town visitors (not that my in town visitors aren’t special …).

This is Amanda:

she's pleased to meet ya!

she’s pleased to meet ya!

Amanda was actually also my roommate for our last semester at the University of Ottawa (along with 4 other lovely ladies, one being Tara. Still following?), and then she deserted me (do you see a theme here?) to run off to teacher’s college in Toronto. I still love her though because she comes to visit.

This is Tori:

I should probably mention that I'm the other person in these photos, in case that isn't clear ...

I should probably mention that I’m the other person in these photos, in case that isn’t clear …

Tori is actually one of my oldest friends in the whole wide world. Not in the sense that she herself is very old, because she isn’t, but in the sense that I’ve known her the longest … since the 6th grade to be exact!

SO, it was so exciting to see some friends that I hadn’t seen in a long while, and to celebrate with friends that I see all the time too!

There were cupcakes!

7 mini cupcakes have less calories than 1 normal sized cupcake, yes?

7 mini cupcakes have less calories than 1 normal sized cupcake, yes?

I made these myself using my fail-proof secret recipe: 1 box cake mix + 1 can diet soda. In this case I used Diet 7up, but if your cake is chocolate you could also use Diet Coke! Seriously, if you haven’t tried this yet – do it! It saves you having to add the oil and the eggs, and its so simple and delicious! So delicious in fact, that I’m eating one right now.

proof that i'm a genius cupcake chef.

proof that i’m a genius cupcake chef.

Actually, now that I think about it, I think I got this idea from Alyssa over at Life of Blyss! Genius!

Even though for me, the cupcakes were the highlight of the night (kidding, kind of), the entire night was such a blast!

me and the lady of the hour.

me and the lady of the hour.

some lovely ladies and my couch. ps. world! meet kaylie (on the left) and emily (on the right), they're lovely!

meet my friends: Kaylie (on the left) and Emily (in the middle), they’re lovely!

some lovin'

some lovin’

i'll just throw this out there one last time .. please don't leave me!

i’ll just throw this out there one last time .. please don’t leave me!

The night ended with a slumber party (if you’re wondering where that guy I live with was during all of this, he, intelligently, found some males and escaped for the evening) and the next day was spent going out for breakfast and laughing way too hard, getting ourselves some ice cream, watching 10 consecutive episodes of New Girl (love my girl Zooey), followed by a viewing of Pitch Perfect (so funny!).

super kid for amanda, cookie dough for moi.

super kid for amanda, cookie dough for moi.

Definition of the perfect Sunday? I think yes!

Since then, like I said, I’ve been catching up on sleep and exercise and vegetables (and also that one last cupcake … ) and all those other important things. I promise that I didn’t lie when I told you those things were priorities for me, but sometimes birthdays, slumber parties and cupcakes are even more important, agreed?

Whew! That was a long one! If you can remember how your weekend was spent (I know 3 days is a stretch!), tell me all about it!

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