What I’m reading: “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling

This post comes to you from me, someone who likens to Belle in the sense of being a girl with her nose stuck in a book. I’ve fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to reading for pleasure. Though I’ve felt less than inclined to do all my readings for school this semester, it doesn’t mean I’ve replaced non-academic reading time with personal reading time. (I fill this time with Pinterest, if you were wondering.) But with the weather cooling down and me needing more excuses to not drive places (because who actually likes driving on the icy roads?! I have never met someone who enjoys this?), I decided to try and make an active effort to reduce Pinterest time and increase reading-for-pleasure time.

So, I recently picked up Mindy Kaling’s latest book “Why Not Me?“. I never read “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” but figured it’s better late than never to jump onto the Mindy train. Maybe it’s the change of seasons, but lately I feel like there’s a constant stream of worries on my mind, even though there’s nothing to really be concerned about in my life; I’m happy. I get into slumps of negative thoughts about myself — things I should try to become, things I coulda/shoulda/woulda said, etc. And seriously, who has time for that? That kind of self-talk is so draining, untrue and unnecessary, and I know that. Who knows what it is that’s playing with me to get me into these messes. But another big part of picking up a non-academic book again was to have a place to actively get my mind off things and to gain some perspective. I was looking at my bookshelf the other day and realized I really love female-written, essay-type reads, so Mindy’s was a natural selection to try and find comfort in.

I’m not far into it yet, but so far my favourite line is, “The truth is, it’s hard to get people to like you, but it’s even harder to keep people liking you. You’d have to bring Skittles in every day. The result of my not caring so much about what I say allows me to care more about how I say it.” Ugh. So good. I can tell Mindy and me are gonna get along real well.

Have any of you read either of Mindy Kaling’s books? What about going through bouts of anxiety? I’d love to hear more about how you get back to your regular self. Or just any good books you’ve read recently. Thanks for following along:)

Our best friend’s wedding

Near the end of September one of mine and Tim’s dearest friends, Caleb, got married to his fiance Megan. It was a great day spent at the golf course they chose for their venue, as well as in Fish Creek Park for photos. Both Tim and I were even part of the wedding party, which was pretty awesome — not many couples can say they walked down the aisle at their own wedding and at a second one, too! We are super happy for Caleb and Megan, and were really grateful to be so closely involved in their day. A few photos from their wedding, below.

Happy Halloweekend!

Happy Halloween weekend! We decided last minute to go as the Castaway gang, which basically entailed Tim yelling WILSON at the top of his lungs all night. We just went out with friends last night to celebrate and are pretty tired this morning, so we’re going on a hike… Ha! I’m guessing the night will end with us caving and buying a big box of candy and eating it while watching movies (even though I wish it was still okay for me to go trick-or-treating). Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wedding photos by Kristyn Harder

On our wedding day, Tim and I were beyond blessed to have Kristyn Harder (of Kristyn Harder Photography) take our photos. She did the most unreal job — when looking through her photos we were basically in tears! I couldn’t believe how well she captured the day — her photos are dream-like, ethereal and perfectly show the sprit of the day. Beyond her talent, Kristyn was also such a calming, fun presence to be surrounded by. She really helped make the day flow by maneuvering Tim and I through pre-picked locations, and this made time fly by and brought an ease to the day that I wasn’t anticipating. I would recommend her over and over to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. Click here to check out her blog post on our day!

Five of them

This October marked mine and Tim’s five years of being together. We felt it was a pretty big deal, as far as anniversaries go, so we headed out to the Rockies for the day to celebrate. This is the last ‘dating anniversary’ we’re celebrating, since we’re married now and stuff, and we’ll have a different anniversary! How many times can one say anniversary? Ha, sorry. We made the most of it all by being in one our favourite places, each with our favourite person.

I took advantage of one of the billions of Groupon emails that come through my inbox (even though I’ve requested to unsubscribe? Countless times?) and purchased a deal for two tickets for the gondola at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. It was the perfect time to visit — the larch trees were still sporting their signature golden yellow and it wasn’t too cold yet so we could enjoy the sights, but it was brisk enough that we had to stay close on that gondola. Not complaining about that.

^ That face. I live for that face of his. ^

That VIEW, though! The ride up took about 10 minutes and we could see Lake Louise and the Chateau Lake Louise from up there, as well as a huge chunk of the Rocky Mountain range. All this was about two hours away from our house. How? How are we so lucky?

^ One of my favourite photos of the day, by Tim. ^

Next up we visited Lake Louise to grab a bite to eat. It felt like I pulled a Mary Poppins — stepped out of the real world and into a painting. The scene was ethereal, with golds and reds and evergreen shades popping out in all directions, with toques as a necessity, and my dove and I hand in hand. We had fun capturing it all by playing around with the camera, as one does at Lake Louise.

^ Introverts need to let loose once in a while too, ya know. Ha. ^

We ate at the Chateau’s little foresty, woodland-like cafe place where they serve THE BEST hot chocolate ever (if you’re willing to hand over your life savings in exchange for a cup. Which apparently we were) and then headed over to the lake to take it all in.

^ It was ice cold! ^

After Lake Louise we thought we’d be adventurous and try driving out to Moraine Lake. It was a success! The one other time I’d been there it was so busy that we had to park in overflow parking and get bused to the lake, so being able to drive there ourselves was a welcomed surprise. Also, they close the curvy road that takes you to the lake once it gets closer to winter but apparently we missed that mark. It was a quick yet beautiful diversion from our day plan and there were hardly any other people there. We essentially had the lake to ourselves and it was like a hazy, brisk dream.

^ We quickly discovered the Moraine Lake chipmunks really like humans. ^

^ A Canadian rainbow… ^

Once we were done at Moraine Lake, Tim and I perused Banff Avenue for the afternoon, complete with a visit to Starbucks, and then headed into the grand finale of our day — having dinner at Castello Ristorante. A restaurant at the Banff Springs, Castello is a favourite luxury of mine and Tim’s. We first visited four years ago where we spent our one-year anniversary in Banff, and we’d been eager to return ever since. Like I said, it is a luxury, but we felt that our five-year was an appropriate time to make the trek back. It is the coziest, classiest and one of the most unique restaurants I’ve ever been. The ambiance is incredible — old-time crooners playing over the speakers, with a view of the Banff Springs through the windows. Both times we’ve been to Castello there’s been weddings taking in place in one of the hotel’s ballrooms, so that was fun to peek in on afterwards, too. After eating our four-year-in-the-making meal, we simply drove back home to end what was the ideal way to spend our anniversary. It was the perfect day.