Friday, May 31, 2013

Closing Time.

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end."

On June 20th I'll be moving from the place I've called my home for the past year. Unfortunately, I got way more attached to this place then I did to Connecticut. I found people that made me feel comfortable, welcome and even for a little while, home. 

It's been really hard to think about moving this past week. It has been the last week of classes at Annex Dance Academy (where I work and have spent a majority of my time) and I'm really sad to be leaving these people. All my co-workers and my bosses have been so great and I love them dearly. All the kids will have a special place in my heart, even if they don't remember me in 3 years. They made me feel at home somewhere where I have no family.

So here's a photo-explosion of photos of all the things I'm going to miss.

King Street. My street.

Dufflet desserts. Seriously the best thing ever.
Next to Grandma's :)

Having public transportation...

Walking to work on Saturday mornings and enjoying
the beautiful buildings.

This skyline.

The views.

Toronto is covered in amazing urban art. Unlike
anything I've ever seen.

Snowy winters.

The beer. I actually grew accustom. 

Riding the subway on a hot day with a Booster Juice!

All the good times we had together in Toronto.

This bed.

The food in Toronto is fantastic.

Oh French people.

Seriously the best indoor market ever.

My dance girls.

This chatterbox. 

My tiny but cute condo.

This place.

Selfies with some cool gals.

The munchkins at work. 


Outings with my favorite coworkers and dancers.

My subway stop.

I will NOT miss the traffic after concerts or sports games.
Or in this pictures case, Justin Bieber.

These girls (along with my coworkers) made this year
a lot more fun that I had planned.

Thank you, Annex Dance and Toronto, for making the past year one of my all time favorite years. It was the closest I've ever felt to home since I left.
I'll miss you but I'll visit :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


If there is something that I have learned since I moved to a big city, it's that you miss color. 

The other day, as the first Spring breezes started dancing through the trees, I was walking to work up Bathurst Street in downtown Toronto. As I cleared the discount home supply store, with it's windows Winter-dusty with sleepy displays of throw blankets and insulating window treatments, I caught a glimpse of something I realized I hadn't seen in a while: the color green.

It took the rest of the walk to work to realize that I hadn't seen green in ages. When you live in a city, you see brown mud and brownstone, you see gray skies and gray cement, you see black shadows and black nights. You rarely see green. Unless it's traffic lights or the green pillars in China Town. Even the green vegetables braving the outside stalls aren't truly green.

So when I saw the patch of grass, with tulips poking through, it was like I was seeing color for the first time. I still look at that place as I walk by. I still can't believe that there is something in the world that is that bright. 

Friday, May 3, 2013


I'm a pretty open person. I don't have a problem trying new things, going to strange places or meeting unusual people. But there are still a good number of things that I draw the line at. I don't like being uncomfortable, at all. And there are a few things that perpetually make me uncomfortable:

S J Pinkney

1. Heights: I honestly don't mind heights. I think everything looks amazing from super far in the sky but getting me there is a challenge. I feel so uneasy and uncomfortable in tall buildings or in planes.

2. Other couples fighting: Don't fight in front of other people, it's just A. rude and B. uncomfortable for everyone but you. But it really should be uncomfortable for you.

3. Languages I don't know: I know it sounds stupid and probably ignorant of me but when I'm in a situation where someone doesn't speak English or even in a situation where a thick accent is involved, I honestly get uncomfortable. It's mostly because I feel bad for not understanding them!

4. Being too full: I know this is random, but I hate when you eat too much then you feel uncomfortably full. It's such a shitty feeling!

5. Dealing with angry people: I am not good at dealing with angry people, especially if they are angry at me or angry at my general direction. It makes me sweaty and panic and I hate it. I had to deal with some stuff at work last night and I was so uncomfortable. I'm glad it's over but I'm honestly dreading going into work for the first time because I don't want anyone mad at me.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Imma Educate You!

It's the second day of my May blog challenge and I'm already hard pressed for inspiration. The prompt was to educate my reader on something I am good at. I think it can literally be anything. And I'm still have issues coming up with something. 

I know I'm good at things, but I'm having a problem coming up with anything I think is worth sharing. I'm not exceptionally knowledgeable on any one subject. I'm more of a Jack of All Trades, if you will. 

So instead of teaching you something, a how to, I'm going to share with you a really great song. Because it's warm outside, it's sunny and I'm in a good mood for once!

I guess you could say that I'm educating you on music ;) And love :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Story.

In efforts to spur my creativity and get myself back out there in writing, I'm going to participate in a May blog challenge. I have received 31 prompts, one for each day, and will be posting accordingly! I'm so excited for this! At the bottom of each post, I've linked to the inspiration for this blog challenge. Take some time to check out Story of my Life!

Day 1: My life in 250 words

My family via the 1990's (I'm in blue)
I was always the little girl with the big imagination. I spent my childhood in the Oregon countryside, making up stories and taking care of my pet chickens. I always loved school, inspired by reading the most. I enjoyed the work and reaped the benefits. I spent my free time playing soccer or lacrosse and practicing ballet. I mastered the chocolate chip cookie and sought the challenge of more advanced baking.

As I went into college, more terrified then I had ever been, I struggled to find my voice, my existence in the new world I had around me. I spent my first two years in school confused and lost in the theatre world but finally found my footing in journalism. College was a thrilling time. I did things I would never thought I’d do, met people who changed my life and faced many hardships as I transformed into an adult.

How a few years out of college, I’m on an amazing adventure with my long-term boyfriend, Jake, as we move across the country each year for his job. I’ve lived in some normal sounding places that in turn have shown me the complexity of human nature and American (and Canadian!) cultures.

Our next journey takes us from beautiful Toronto, Ontario to Fayetteville, Arkansas. I’m excited to see what happens to us next!