• dance

    Confessions of a (Novice) Choreographer

    My love of dance has always been rooted in the act of dancing itself…actually physically moving my body through space, contorting it into sequences of what are hopefully somewhat aesthetically-pleasing shapes. The incredible mental focus and clarity that comes from dancing, where everything else in my life falls away, and it is just about the next movement, the next rhythmic touchpoint in the music. That will always be at the root of what drives my love of dance; however, I’ve…

  • lifestyle

    Running Outside the Box

    I’ve always hated running. Vivid, wheezing memories of running 4-lap tests around the sandy, high school track at Cariboo Hill will forever be seared into my subconscious. It was something that I so loathed growing up, that it was a real victory to enter into adulthood, with all the freedom of choice that entails, and leave the unwanted remnants of any kind of running hobby behind on that sandy track. Given all of that, I admit to being a bit…

  • canada,  north america,  travel

    Hiking and road tripping around Western Newfoundland

    After my 2-day sojourn on the eastern coast of Newfoundland, I flew to Gander and rented a car to make the 3.5-hour drive west. I spent one night in Corner Brook, but for the majority of my time, I was based in the small town of Rocky Harbour. In addition to my big hiking day at Western Brook Pond, I was eager to explore the other trails and sights that Gros Morne National Park and the surrounding area had to…

  • canada,  north america,  travel

    Western Brook Pond Hike in Newfoundland

    The entire impetus for my trip to Newfoundland started with Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park, and ultimately that insane view looking down into the gorge. I knew I wanted to experience that for myself and set about finding out how to make that happen. It turns out that the only way to get there is to book a guided hike, which will run you about $300 CAD. This includes the boat ride across the “pond” and taking…

  • canada,  north america,  travel

    St. John’s and Eastern Newfoundland

    As someone who craves travel, with all its trip planning and adventures in discovering new places, being grounded for the last 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult, to say the least. With all the uncertainty surrounding the new variants and rising case counts, I had pretty much written off any chance of a real vacation in 2021. But it’s been a long year, personally and professionally, and I was in need of a break to just…

  • home,  lifestyle

    Eat, play, live in a dining space

    When I was living in Chicago, I’d had an honest-to-goodness dining room, which was the site of many a dinner party and lively gathering, and I’ve sorely missed having a space to really host and entertain since being in Toronto. As such, one of the big selling features of this condo was finally having an actual dining space. Before starting the condo renovations, I dreamt of creating a banquette—that is, upholstered seating along the wall—with a long dining table. I…

  • home,  lifestyle

    A Kitchen, Transformed

    I knew from the get-go that the room that would need the most transformative work was the kitchen. Much like the bathroom, things were a little on the dated side—rickety cabinets, laminate countertop, all in variations on a beige-y theme. The little pass-through window, while somewhat charming, meant that the kitchen felt very boxed-in and closed-off from the rest of the space. It didn’t help to also have a 7′ drop ceiling, with a fairly ugly set of fluorescent lighting…

  • home,  lifestyle

    A Room of Respite (a.k.a. the Bedroom)

    As mentioned in an earlier post, when I’d first walked into what would become my bedroom, it was staged as a living room. It seemed perfectly lovely as a living room at the time, and I didn’t give it much of a second thought until I moved in and started inhabiting the space. The decision primarily came from my not wanting the adjacent room to be the bedroom. I much prefer the dimensions of this space for a bedroom, which…

  • home,  lifestyle

    A Bathroom, Refreshed

    When I started looking at condos online, I think I had it in my mind that I wanted my pick to be all shiny and finished when I bought it. Why would I want to take on that kind of work to renovate? However, when I first toured my eventual condo, I was struck not only by what was there but also by what it could be. I loved the bones of the place, a rare and spacious layout, and…

  • home,  lifestyle

    Den of Productivity

    The first room I wanted to feature was one of the first rooms I actually “finished” in the condo, as it didn’t require any renovations: my den of productivity (a.k.a. the office). I’m sure the space will evolve over the years, as my needs change–but right now, I need an office space to hunker down in for the majority of my weekdays. I hadn’t had an in-home office since I’d lived in Chicago, but with WFH as the new normal…