A sinus infection knocked me out for most of February, but the month was not without its highlights! (If it weren't for the sinus infection, I would not have discovered my new favourite bedtime drink)

What I was reading:

Each month I head to my local library and pick a few books off the shelf for my monthly reading. This month, I totally lucked out with three beautiful novels by women (two Canadians!)

The Break by Katherena Vermette - the story of a disturbing incident as told through the lens of multiple members of a largely Native community in Winnipeg, and a beautiful portrait of resilience.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - a post-apocalyptic tale which presents an interesting picture of society after a flu wipes out most of civilization.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh - written by a former cop, this is a UK thriller with exciting twists and turns, and heart. I couldn't put it down and devoured the second half in one sitting.

What I was watching:

We discovered Nathan For You and burned through the first few seasons. It's a comedic reality tv show and right up my alley: think a Sacha Baron Cohen character giving advice to business owners. I almost died of laughter during the Haunted House episode.

I started on Call the Midwife and enjoyed the first season - especially since the original pilot I'm writing at the moment is a historical drama. I haven't been able to stick with it through the second season though - although I love the fact that it is a female ensemble piece, the plot-lines of this medical procedural aren't enough to keep my attention at the moment.

I wasn't sure about the Queer Eye reboot, but it was the perfect February fix, especially when I was laid up with the sinus infection.


For a couple nights of the Family Day weekend, Ryan and I took a mini-trip to Hamilton. We enjoyed checking out the Farmer's Market, an indoor market with lots of light, and a variety of vendors - we were surprised to see so many prepared food vendors and a number of coffee shop stalls.

We enjoyed a breakfast of delicious donuts from Locke Street's new (and very popular) addition Donut Monster--->

which featured a combination of traditional flavours like apple fritter and brown sugar cinnamon and surprising offerings like sriracha, and pineapple sesame crunch, many of which were vegan.

We also loved catching up with family friends over good pizza and great conversation at Hamilton hot-spot Bread Bar, and enjoyed perusing the Hamilton Antique Mall which features 3 floors of booths.

Also exciting was a visit from Jenna who is currently based in Calgary and along with our other good friend Katie, we did some much-needed catching up for hours over brunch, dinner, and drinks.


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