It pains me to write this. It really does. For many, many years, Kingdom Hearts was the undisputed champion of my heart. Final Fantasy VIII, as amazing as it is, came in as a distant second. But my affection for Kingdom Hearts was simply unparalleled.
I remember going to EB Games before I even had a PlayStation 2 to look at the cover art for Kingdom Hearts. I loved everything about it. I had posters on my wall, wallpapers on my computer — even got a Kingdom Hearts blanket for Christmas one year! The love was real.
Unfortunately, Kingdom Hearts…
Cheeky Hemingway reference aside, I was pleasantly surprised with the pandemic’s effect on my creative process and the desire to be creative. I expected the whole thing to take an ugly turn. A write-off.
Don’t get me wrong — there were certainly times when I could barely contain my anxiety. Just looking out the window was a reminder of the stark contrast between how things used to be and how they were now (does anyone else hate the phrase “new normal” with the same burning passion as I do?).
The government where I live has taken strict (necessary) lockdown measures…
If you own a Dachshund, Beagle, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso or Pekingese, intervertebral disk disease (or “IVDD”) is one of those black-listed words you hope to never hear directed towards your own pet.
I know I certainly hoped that would be the case for us.
In a nutshell, IVDD is the degeneration and protrusion of the intervertebral disk that results in compression of the spinal cord or nerve. It’s painful for the animal and, depending on the severity of the situation, some dogs can lose function of their hind legs altogether.
My husband and I are camping aficionados.
We’re not experts and we don’t get out nearly as much as we’d like — the sad truth is that in 2021, we’ve already had to cancel one of our planned trips because of COVID restrictions and another one is teetering in the balance. We don’t have the fanciest gear and we definitely have a lot still to learn, but we thoroughly enjoy reconnecting with nature. We live in a big city, so taking the time to unplug and revel in the quiet rustling of the trees is an enormous treat.
When I first set out to begin my initial draft, I faced the question that plagues most writers: what word processor will I use to bring my masterpiece* to life?
The go-to for most is likely Microsoft Word. I’d venture to say that everyone in the world who has access to a computer has used Word at least once in their life, so it’s not a far cry to assume it would be the default option. I use Word every day for work. I’m familiar with it and its uncomplicated setup. It gets the job done.
But is that all…
Before I purchased my first pair of running socks, articles from a million-and-one sources bombarded me with contrasting information. Some sites claimed the socks reduced inflammation after hard workouts by X%. Others said it was a load of you-know-what.
I went into it with an open mind, not expecting much out of it besides a new, whimsical pair of socks.
I ended up getting a few pairs for my birthday. When the package arrived, the vibrancy of the colours and slick, quality feel of the fabric took me aback. I also wasn’t ready for the challenging task of just putting…
During my university years, I did a brief stint as a server. I won’t name the restaurant, but it was a BBQ, family-style chain with locations all across Canada. Most people regret telling the servers that it’s their birthday. My stay there was short, as I mentioned — probably only three or four months.
It was long enough to be disgusted with what I saw and to develop an unhealthy distrust of chain restaurants everywhere.
The brief list of horrors I’m about to share isn’t true of every eatery— it’s impossible (and unfair) to lump all sit-down restaurants together. …
I waited years to fix my teeth. All I could see in pictures was the snaggletooth that was trying to flee from my mouth, an unsightly curve to the left. It was an eyesore — constantly ruining what otherwise would have been beautiful shots.
It’s an expensive and time-consuming commitment, so it took a long time to convince myself that it was worth it. Now I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone on the fence.
My first round of treatment comprised of nineteen trays, followed by seven refinement trays. It took less than a year, but I was methodical in my…
I’m a staunch believer that if everyone worked at least one year in the retail or service industry, everyone would be much nicer to one another. Patience and understanding would prevail.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Retail and foodservice workers often get treated like trash. It’s not right. No one would like it if they did it to them, but it happens.
Why? Well, that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it?
Throughout my university years, I worked at several fast-food restaurants, one sit-down restaurant, and two retail stores. This four-year time span was enough to collect my fair share of amusing…
On January 29th, 2019, I ran the Miami Marathon. I’d trained for a good four months, and although I knew race day would bring with it drastically different weather (more on that later), I felt prepared. Excited. Giddy, even. I’d spent countless hours building up to this and in a few short days, I was going to overcome an obstacle that I, at one point, thought to be unsurmountable.
I’d been running for about a year and a half when I registered for the race. Before then, I had always subscribed to the belief that “I couldn’t run.” I had…
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