Saturday, June 28, 2008


Dear best friend,

hi. i miss you. I am sorry I haven't written back to you on paper, but i have hardly even had time to lurk you on the internet let alone write a letter. please excuse the delay. I will promptly back track your blog posts after this.

I hope Tofino has been treating you well. I am so excited about your bike! Do you love it? How does it feel? do you feel fast and smooth and unstoppable? Do you feel like a new woman? Have you had more "eureka" moments? Amir just bought a new bike too, this time a road bike, and we have been going on many biking adventures. Just the other night he, alex and I biked to my brother's place in Bedford and watched the fireworks on the basin! it was warm enough for shorts but the bugs were bad.

I have many stories for you but here is a funny personal one you will appreciate: I went to presto with my boss the other day while he was in town, and they now sell vitamin water . (a blessing! finally we can get it in canada!) ANYWAYS, I was holding one up to ask the girl behind the counter (who knows me, i don't remember her name but I will always be an associate of the presto gang) if she liked the flavor and DROPPED the entire bottle into a fresh pot of steve's spicy veggie soup!!!!!!! WHAT A TARD!!! I couldn't believe I did that, although I wasn't even embarassed, I just felt soooooooo bad for ruining steve's soup by something so dumb. That was a clumsy day though- I also left my work portfolio on top of my car in my driveway and drove away without realizing. Later that day after an extensive sense of panic I came home to realize all of my important work papers which had flown out onto the grassy park by my house were shredded because the city happened to chose the perfect time to mow. FUCK.

Quick follow ups on some things you may have thought about:

My vegetable garden is coming along nicely but I need to weed it. Almost everything has sprouted, especially the beans, peas, and onions.

My "new" bike has a bunk rear rim so i have to get a new one ordered in. Sucks, but it has just given me an excuse to be speedy gonzales on my road bike.

My work trip to montreal was awesome and i feel really confident about my job lately which rules.

I haven't updated my look at all lately (unlike you with that sassy new haircut) but I have updated my living room with a new fancy throw blanket to cover my sofa and an area rug.

Becky and I had a craft night last night to work on our zine because we haven't had any time at all lately to hang out. BUT SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED: we drank too much wine and then amir and erin cusack came over and while sitting on my back steps and reviewing our work to erin we accidentally left it outside for the night and IT RAINED!!!! A TRAGEDY! but now we will work extra hard to catch up on our loss. some are ok, some are salvageable. don't worry- you will receive a copy the second they leave the press.

Things with Amir are insanely wonderful and I feel happy and healthy and more in love than i have ever felt in my entire life. Maybe this is bold but it feels as though I can safely say I have found my own personal Todd/Zane/special someone. We have been enjoying lots of couple hang outs with alexis and zane and eating the best food ever and enjoying lots of wine. (me, not amir). I now can say that I occasionally drink red wine as well as white! I have even bought myself some bottles. We have all truly been enjoying and exploiting a summer in halifax but it wouldn't be the best unless you were here too. We drink to your happiness and travels every day.

I miss you oh-so much and I am so sorry I miss your calls. I am a busy lady with work so often times I am mid-meeting or something when you call. I think about you a million times a day and wish you were here. What is our time difference? Lets make a date.

I LOVE YOU. COME HOME SOON (but only if you're ready).

love always,

your best friend robyn.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quarter Life Lessons

So I get this adorable email from adorable Tori Smith yesterday:

"Forwards generally make me barf.. but this one made me smile while I was barfing.

I love you ladies.


Written By Regina Brett of The PlainDealer, Cleveland , Ohio

'To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolls over to 90 in August, so here goes: "

As tori mentioned, I myself are not much of one for forwards, but by trusting her disclaimer, I actually read the damn thing. I guess being in Montreal right now for work ( just like that I have apparently become a jet setter) has made me reflect on a life quite a bit. The listed life lessons were nothing shy of inspiring, in spite of how obvious some were. I hope one day my lessons I can pass on are things I learned as I went, and not realized after the fact.

Here are my faves with my personal commentary.....

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

I mean, seriously. We only have one shot. (although today I had my palm read and apparently I have lived a past life or a double life or some shit??) I dunno. I guess I am just sick of sweating the small stuff. If every day is miserable for you and you can't even be sincere about a single moment of the day, what's the point? But that being said, why be miserable????

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

SERIOUSLY. Yeah, it relates to number one but COME ON GUYS. H8R FR3. There are only 2 people in the world which come close to being "hated" in my world but I also just don't give a shit about them at all so that is even better than energy wasting on hating.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

easier said than done, but boy does it feel good/do good.

11 . Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

aka, CLOSURE. Learn about it, work on it. the weight of the world will be lifted from your shoulders.

13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

This one is soooo obvious but it is funny how no one thinks about it this way. it makes so much sense, doesn't it? we are individuals so it is irrelevant to live day by day to anyone else's expectations but your own.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.


17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

DECLUTTER. Get rid of that shit and get more useful, beautiful and joyful things!

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

no duh. fuck man, i lost all my shit in the firey inferno, dealt with a really bummer relationship for the most pivotal years of my life (we are great friends now btw) and i am the strongest emotionally and mentally i have ever felt.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

In the infamous words of Cameron Bell which I constantly quote: "CHASE THAT SHIT....CHASE IT.".

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

This one is something I plan on embracing which i haven't thought of before. You're right- today IS special. Every day should be celebratory and worth honoring yourself and worth feeling sexy and beautiful and empowered.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

SERIOUSLY! would you rather be a crazy old lady or an awesome old artist??

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

I think Miranda from sex and the city is proof, even if she is just a character on tv.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.


29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

and it doesn't matter.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

"give time time." I like that.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

Totally. I would pick the dead battery in my car over my brother's crumpled hood any day.

42. The best is yet to come.

isn't that exciting?!?!!?!?!?!!!!!

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

yeah, maybe you're right. I do think that sometimes it is ok to cancel if you want a night to yourself (and you shouldn't feel bad about it) but yeah, the cuter feel/look the more likely you are to linger and love it and work it and in turn, enjoy it.

so there you have it. go live life the way you always wanted. xo

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Everything's gonna get lighter even if it never gets better

The new mates of state is SOOOO good.
as if they could do wrong.


"I know it's impossible but you should try to shake it off"

What a week.

this girl just moved here:

and it makes me happy. I think she will get along just swimmingly. I hope her house isn't sketchy. living with strangers can be a shady, shady experience. HOWEVER, from
MY personal experience it was one of the best living situations I could've possibly stumble upon.

As far as events go, there were too many to keep up with.

Lets see: Friday Sarah arrived (yay yay yay!) and it was just fucking retarded. How can I really explain my night any other way??

Actually, sarah, looking back you had probably the 2 most eventful days in Halifax you could've possibly bargained for.

Back to friday, wine and cheese and olives (i ate em! 2 bites! zane and alexis's quest for a city of broadened tastes has begun) house show. how did we all drink 5 bottles of wine?? gus's pub (i won 5 bucks on slots!) willow house.
How were the oldest people at the party the rowdiest ones there? I remember us all rolling around on andrews bed. I remember zane tugging alexis's skirt down since her bum was hanging out lindsay style. (we tried to call you- you didn't answer ?:( )
I remember getting in trouble for sarah, alexis and I trying to climb out onto the roof to throw bottles off the house.

I remember nothing else. except bad decisions which lead me to not sleeping until 6am. (i wish sarah could draw on my back every night) drunk cam calmed me down

"baby, i will talk to you for 5 hours if i have to. you're just tripping out. i have a beard. i love my gf. i want babies"

"cam (sob) i love ammer so much (sob)

"baby, ammer is the best! that dude is so good. i want babies and a wife. you're a good girl and so good to everyone, you need to take care of yourself...blahblahblah)

"i know. i am not upset about that (sob) i just wanna sleep (sob)"

"did you know theres a new robyn cd??? its so good!"

at which point he changed the song and sang me the most tone-def redition of "stand back" by stevie nicks.

anyways that morning alexis, sarah and i went to the market, and to yard sales where i bought these gems for one dollar!

giddy up!

i went home and slept until 6:30. i wasted a gorgeous saturday but i was just too dead. Pony was being really cute when amir got here though:

he is getting bigger and lazier and it's good.

we went to the kelsalls for board games and eventually home for an earlyish sleep. it was nice to sleep with the window open.

this morning we (sarah, amir and i)had a spoon train before meeting becky, adam, laura and kelly for brekkie at the ardmore. it was too short.

I spoke to dave today for awhile about life and I hope things get better. I can't wait for amir and I to have a not-so-awkward meeting with him during our ontario visit.

anyways sarah and i went dress shopping for a bit today and i also bought the new mates of state cd

"can't you see the seams cut in the shoreline?"

sarah is gone. my house and heart are a little empty now. i think i will go visit papa. happy father's day! don't forget to call your dad.


freshly squeezed

and just like that, it's a citrus blast!

new dress from sweet pea!

last summer's yellow jelly shoes match perfectly!

as per lindsay's request, the yellow cutting board in question.

my new dollar store cups! probably should've washed them before taking a photo...

New tank top from THE GAP of all places. it's no secret that I love a good coral/ red-orange.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

foot fetish

I haven't bought new shoes in a long time and I have been daydreaming of platforms and complicated flats today.

oh, to be rich.

Monday, June 9, 2008


we had a picnic at the dingle tower tonight!
(please note- our delightful sunshine allowed this photo to be taken at 7pm!)

from left to right the contributions included:

ryan- cream soda
andrew- sandwiches (fake turkey with cheddar and dijon on rye, toasted)
alex & kara (team effort)- couscous salad with zucchini, red and green pepper, green onions, feta cheese and a delicious lemon/cumin vinaigrette
amir- layered mexican dip and chips
me (not pictured)- strawberries and fruit dip

a well rounded nutritious mix!
Fortunately for me I did not over eat so when Amir and I later received a call from Alexis and Zane inviting us over for wine and snacks in the yard we were glad to oblige! (yum yum bread with dipping oil, spinach salad, olives, and brie NOM NOM NOM) We learned a lot about coffee and now I just want the best coffee Zane can make me. I want the "good coffee" experience.

Show me whatcha' got Kelsall!

holy fucking shit. it's not even officially summer yet.


speaking of looking good, did I mention I got a haircut??

It may look the same to some of you, but the before and after can be described as "refined beachy disheveledment". All I did was find Alexis and Zane a home and it got me these lovely locks. I bet Alexis and Zane think "fuck, she finds us an apartment and all we had to do was give her a haircut?? ". Oh no friends, you did more than that! Aside from the tasty treats you have recently bestowed upon me, you have given me something better: friendship in real life!***

**aka, dirty dancing with Zane at retro night.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Public Gardens

Amir and I went on a date at the public gardens! I forgot how cute it was!

(i need a haircut)

the swan was trying to bite off amir's nose!

and amir tried to bite off mine!

My only regret is forgetting to bring bread for the ducks! maybe next time :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Not an outdoor cat, just a pony cat on a chaperoned adventure

Sunday, June 1, 2008

sweet like honey


I worked until 3:30, at which time I called it off a lil' early, and gardened with adam, becky and amir. we started a fantastic vegetable garden, and tomorrow we will finish planting.

then we biked to the commons for some awesome games of tips (frisbee) with friends, and biked home and made (mostly becky) the most delicious dinner of falafels.
Afterwards, we all biked over to Jessi/Justin/Kipper/Devon's house for a fun night of drinking in a shed, gossip, and drunken property analysis.
This was followed by a fun bike ride home accompanied by Jessi and Justin. He and I smashed the ice with the biggest pick known to friendship-kind.


I woke up at 11. I felt GREAT. I was well rested, not hungover, and pony let me sleep in. I did dishes, some general tidying, and then NOTHING. It was kinda grey out, so I didn't feel guilty sitting on the sofa watching HGTV and playing sudoku, and even ignoring my messy living room. I just RELAXED. It was great.

Later I picked up Amir from work and then went to his house to pick up our bikes and have a quick round 2 of meeting the mom. I offically exist. it means a lot to me. i love my bf.

Later that night amir and I both agreed that as wonderful and fun things have been lately, we needed a down night. we needed to veg. We got a WONDERFUL pizze from salvatores (gourmet hydrostone pizza joint) which had sun-dried tomatos, black olives, homemade tomato sauce, parmesan, mozza, and some other fancy cheese with a thin sesame seed crust. YUM YUM. not too greasy, and it tasted smokey and delicious. 3 perfectly mini slices made me feel full and not yucky at all. we drank ginger ale (exchanged the jenner berger "you know me so well" face) and watched into the wild. (WATCH THIS MOVIE, YOU WILL BE INSPIRED.) we cuddled and fell asleep at 11:30. it was perfect.


Amir and I woke up kinda early, like 9:30ish. We lazed in bed for an hour and i got kissed on the nose. He made me french toast and I cleaned up. We watched some sopranos, and decided to go for a bike ride. We wanted to pop by and surprise alexis and zane but they didn't answer the door. We went to a random free bike show and saw lovely cute bikes from now and then. mostly then. afterwards we saw zane on the street and he picked me up and swung me around. I surprised alexis, and it was so amazing to see them. they love their house and i don't have to worry. In fact, i even get a haircut out of it. yay!

later on amir and i accompanied alexis and zane to buy a mattress in burnside. alexis and i laid on beds and tested the cush factor (which reminds me of when sarah's mom referred to her job as a "cootchie job"). the mattress nearly fell off the roof of my car. terrible packing job by the boys at bedroom depot.

After dropping off the mr. and mrs. amir and I went for soup (curried carrot and parsnip) coffee (medium roast) and a brownie (homemade and perfect- no icing) at local joes. (i made faces at a cute asian 2 year old when her parents weren't looking. she loved it.) we visited jan bird and were going to go for a bike ride but decided that although the weather cleared up, we were too lazy. we played with pony in the yard and took pictures. I picked flowers (forget me nots and buttercups) and put them in a vase in my bathroom.

Later, the ladies came over for a clothing swap. There were dips galore- salsa, black bean and guacamole! yum yum. I love girls night, even if zane is one of the girls. i got some finds and i loved being a girlie-girl in my doll house.

The day ended by driving becky and jeannie home and running into amir who was waiting for a bus after leaving adam's (boy's action movie night). I drove him home and got a goodnight kiss. what a nice surprise and a wonderful end to the perfect weekend.

i am so in love.
this summer is going to be great.