5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying a Condo

Home Sweet Home Just over five years ago, we bought our first home. We chose a townhouse condo, and we figured it was perfect. Two stories, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gas fireplace. It was tucked away from the busy main street, but close to highway access. It was on the lower end of our budget; a decision we made purposefully in order to be able to afford the upgrades we wanted to do (Redo the floors upstairs, reno the kitchen, update the bathrooms). We’d be responsible for tending to the backyard, but the front lawn and other landscaping came included with our condo fees.  Past-me figured we were making a safe venture into first-time home ownership.  Man, was Past-me naive.  (more…)

Siblings

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Yesterday I went out to get bagels at my favourite bagel shop.  There used to be a lot more of them around, they are a franchise.  But they never had the franchisey feel.  Growing up, on Sunday mornings, usually after church, we would go to our local bagel place and we’d either eat in or get a dozen takeaway ones for Sunday brunch.  Our local one closed years ago and the closest one to my house is actually in another town.  But the nostalgia has me heading out there every so often for bagels. (more…)

Why I Love Basketball

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When I was 14, my dad was hit head-on by a drunk driver. We were so very lucky; my dad survived the horrific crash. He suffered broken ribs, a cracked knee and a brain injury.

At 14, I didn’t fully understand the complexity of brain injuries. I didn’t realise how big of an impact this injury would have on my dad’s life, my mother’s life and the lives of me and my siblings. (more…)

Tunes Tuesday: Lesser Known Favourites

When I brought back Tunes Tuesdays, Wendy from notthatwendy.com and I got to talking about bands and musicians and how we’ve come to love some music that may not be as well known to other people.  Maybe they’re an international band, or an indie band or maybe they used to be a big deal, but aren’t on everyone’s must-listen playlist anymore.  This gave me a great idea to share some of the musicians, bands or songs that I have discovered by chance and absolutely love.  (more…)

Listed: Fav Things to do on a Long Weekend

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It’s time for Listed, inspired by Listography.  Each Monday, I’ll be posting a list topic.  Feel free to join in.  You can share your list in the comments or in your own blog post.  If you’re blogging Listed Mondays, be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments so I can add you to my List.  Okay, onto this week’s list.  Here goes. (more…)