Monthly Archives: December 2013

#100 – Write a blog

We made it!  We have had such an amazing year, and we are so grateful for all the support and encouragement we got both from our friends and family, but also from other bloggers and online readers.  Thank you for keeping us on track, and a very special thank you to all our friends and family who were involved in crossing things off our list!

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#22 – Read a book together

We read The BFG by Roald Dahl together, which we chose after a lot of debate over finding a book we would both enjoy.  Can’t go wrong with Dahl.

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#73 – Go snowshoeing

This one has proved the most challenging to get done; twice we’ve been foiled by the weather, first by the recent ice storm and then a mild day melting all the snow in Toronto.  So today was our third attempt and we headed up to Collingwood, back to the Blue Mountain Scenic Caves and their winter Nordic Centre.

It was a beautiful day, though a mighty cold one at -16 before the wind chill.  We bundled up like 5 year-olds at recess (at least I did), and then hiked the trails.

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Details: We rented snowshoes from the Blue Mountain Scenic Caves Nordic Centre and hiked through their trails.  Information can be found here.

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#81 – Take a pottery class

After trying unsuccessfully to get into the Gardiner Museum’s drop-in clay class, we sent out a distress call to my aunt and uncle.  My uncle is an artist and a retired art teacher, and my aunt is a writer, a retired teacher and an artist as well, so in our art-related crisis, they were my first call in the hopes they might know someone who could help us out.  They did us one better by offering to teach us themselves, so we went over yesterday for a fun morning of playing with clay (followed by a delicious lunch!).  We learned how to make a pinch pot, a coil pot, slab pieces, and all about slip and scoring.

Thank you to Rob and Jill for having us over, teaching us and for lunch!  It was a lovely day.

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#54 – Frame and hang all the art in the apartment

We had collected a fair amount of art in 2012; from prints I’d bought on Etsy & Society 6, art that we had been given by my grandparents when they downsized, to hipster embroidery from my sister-in-law.  It had all been sitting in our closets, so I’ve spent some time finding frames and places to hang everything, as well as update some of the photos on our photo wall.  The print we bought back in September was the last hold-out, but it is officially all up.

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#99 – Do a random act of kindness for a stranger

Adam and I have been doing small random acts of kindness throughout the year, and were having difficulty deciding how to post them; any documentation felt like it took away from the gesture, so we didn’t take any photos.  In the end we have decided to keep the small acts to ourselves, along with the warm fuzzy feelings we got from making strangers smile.  

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#1 – Dog sledding

Yesterday we drove up to Haliburton for an afternoon of dog sledding.  It was beyond amazing and we both fell in love with it.  The whole experience was perfection, from the staff at Haliburton Forest (especially our guide Peter), to the trails and the lovely dogs.  We loved that we were allowed to play and cuddle with the dogs before we headed out and after our tour in the kennels.  We can’t wait to go back and try one of the half or full day tours!

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Details: Our tour was with Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve in Haliburton.  Information, phone numbers and activities can be found here.  The dog sledding page can be found here.   I can’t say enough good things about our experience.  From the ladies I spoke to on the phone while booking, to our guide Peter, everyone was so friendly and helpful.  We can’t wait to go back up for another dog sledding tour, and would highly recommend Haliburton Forest to anyone looking to try dog sledding.

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#19 – Have a winter picnic

We trekked out into High Park today for a winter picnic.   We brought out a can of Amy’s No-Chicken Noodle Soup, herb & garlic baguette, old cheddar, and sugar cookies.  Only thing missing was a thermos full of warm cocktails.

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#38 – Make our own beer

Last month we started making our own beer (you can check out our in progress posts here and here), and it finished just in time for the holidays.  We brought bottles to each of our families for a taste test.  Adam’s family was much more generous with their opinions than mine, and generally the feedback was “surprisingly not bad” and “it could be worse”.  It definitely tasted like beer, but it was super hoppy (some people like that), and we did something wrong in the bottling process and it was really carbonated and created a very stiff head.  Overall enough of a success that we want to give it another shot!

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Details: Brooklyn Brew Shop can be found here.  The kit we used is also available from Indigo, found here.

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