Things That Make Me Smile

Although it isn’t May any longer I had so many photos that I didn’t have a chance to share so today is going to be May’s Things That Make Me Smile. So sorry about all the uncertainty with posts the last month, there was a security issue that happened mid-month and to ensure there was no issues I had to take the site down. Still working to get it fully back up so you may notice things changing for the next week but I’m trying to finish it as soon as possible. There will be another smile post next week too, so if you like my silly personal photos you are in luck. Hope you enjoy!

things that make me smile things that make me smilethings that make me smile (3)Biking down to the Clock tower and watching the sunset, especially if there is a picnic involved.
This gif I made of one of my mtlcranes in Vieux-Montreal.

things that make me smile mutek (2)things that make me smile mutekMutek weekend here in Montreal. Even better when you can dance with your shoes off in the grass while Dewalta and Mike Shannon play a great set.

things that make me smile things that make me smile (3)Brand new bikes!!! For an early birthday present Victor bought me a new hybrid bike and I am in love. He also picked one up for himself so we could ride in style together. So much better than the ancient 2nd hand bikes we’ve had for the past 2 years.

things that make me smile (2)Also these light up alien heads that I bought Victor to go with his bike.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smileHandsome men and this frog which looks cute and mysterious at the same time.

things that make me smile (2)My homemade vanilla extract (I did a post about making it here). Still letting it ruminate for a bit longer before using but it’s getting so dark now.

things that make me smile (4)Speaking of alcohol, I love sparkling cider and randomly picked this brand up one day from a local depanneur and fell in love. It’s so good, and tastes exactly like the other Quebec sparkling cider I love by Lafrance. This one comes in mini bottles instead of a big bottle though so it’s perfect picnics. I like to call it poor person champagne.

things that make me smile (1)Puffy stickers :)  I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy any more stickers until I whittled away some of my vast collection….but I couldn’t resist.

things that make me smile (2)My best thrift store haul of the year. The Hello Kitty phone was only $4! I really need to spend more time thrifting this summer.

things that make me smile (3)How could I resist these Sailor Moon stickers? (bought from Etsy)

things that make me smile (5)Dino stamps? Such a nerd. Honestly though these are the best.

things that make me smile (1)I am a sucker for pastel origami paper. I’ve been hard at work on my 3,000 crane project. Just reaching over 2,000 this past month after starting in February. I wanted to have it finished by end of June but now I am aiming more for end of July, early August. Let you know more about it closer to the date.

things that make me smile (5)I’ll end today’s post with a sunset, appropriate I thought to say the least. What better to make me smile than a bike ride and picnic ending with a beautiful view and the sound of running water? All I need for heaven on early.

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What’s In My Bike Basket?

whats in my bike basket (3) whats in my bike basket (5) copyOkay so first of all, I’m sure you’ve noticed how I have a lock tied with shoe lace to my handlebars….yah that’s my lock. I didn’t lose the key but apparently over the winter the lock rusted even though it was in a shed the whole time (wtf) so it’s impossible to open. Which I knew because I tried to open it at the beginning of summer and it took me 45minutes while it wasn’t attached to anything. That brings us to the beginning of August when Victor got it open and thought it was fine and locked my bike with it while he was riding his bike and wanted to use our other locks….it will not come off.  I had to shimmy the lock underneath the pole in our backyard that it was attached to get free my bike. We’ve tried multiple times to unlock it and it doesn’t want to move, so I’ve given up and just ride around like a bike thief with a lock attached to my bike. I know that seems nuts, but I honestly forget it’s there half the time. Oh, and this is my last “What’s In My Bike basket” post and I’m super sad about it because it’s really fun to do, but since it’s Fall now I will not be biking much and I’m also not doing Friday posts (more about this on my Monthly Review next week). It’s actually a double bike basket post because me and Victor went on a picnic and we both rode our bikes so I stashed half the stuff in his basket (which I love, milk crate on bikes always make me smile). Our baskets before heading out to the Clocktower beach in Vieux-Port:
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In our bike baskets I brought a picnic blanket to cover the table, with cherries, grapes, watermelon, cheese, crackers and salami to eat. We also had to use my bike basket to hide our beer and hard lemonade as you’re not allowed to BYOB at the Clocktower beach. I also remembered to bring the bottle opener which was a win since the last time we had a picnic Victor had to open the bottle on the cerement.  Along with picnic stuff I brought a few of my standard going out the house things like my phone, chap stick (Coke black cherry), a pen, notebook, and my read, a classic X-Men comic book. I usually also pack at least one camera besides my Nikon D7000, today I brought the Disderi Robot 3 and Agfa PD16 Clipper cameras. One camera to take photos with and the later camera to take photos of for a future post. Lastly some cat ears and paper cranes for my #mtlcrane project. It was a great picnic and I do hope I do more What’s in my Bike Basket in the future when I have more time.

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Another Year of Piknic Electronik

Another year of Piknic Electronik, another summer of dancing and having a good time out in the sun enjoying Montreal in a way you only can at Piknic. This year marks my 5th year of attending Piknic Electronik which officially kicked off on May 18th. The first weekend I’ll be going to is this weekend for my favourite event Mutek at Piknic. Beyond excited to get out there and dance with friends. I didn’t pick up a season pass this year since the line-up isn’t as stellar as it has been in the past and work likes to make me work on Sundays (boo) but I am sure I’ll be spending a good deal of time dancing my ass off there all summer. I just may not be going as often as I’d like. I thought today I’d go down memory lane and share photos from the Mutek event 2 years ago at Piknic when my friend Brent was visiting in town and a lot of my friends were still living here (miss those guys so fucking much, the old Piknic crew just doesn’t exist anymore). If you are not from Montreal but live close enough to road trip here I highly suggest checking out Piknic Electronik – it`s usually every Sunday and it`s a great atmosphere.

mutek piknic electronik (33) mutek piknic electronik (16) Usually Piknic is a bit empty if you arrive when it first opens but the second stage that day was really empty.

mutek piknic electronik (17)mutek piknic electronik (19) We managed to watch Nicholas Jarr with just a tiny crowd, it was amazing and his set was worth getting there early.

mutek piknic electronik (18) mutek piknic electronik (20) When Mathew Jonson began it started to get a bit more busy. I love the second stage because it’s pretty chill in comparasion to the main stage. mutek piknic electronik (25) mutek piknic electronik (27) mutek piknic electronik (21)mutek piknic electronik (28) The insane people I know are never dull. Give them a umbrella and….

mutek piknic electronik (29) mutek piknic electronik (30) mutek piknic electronik (31) mutek piknic electronik (34) Headed over to the main stage to watch Benoit and Sergio’s set

mutek piknic electronik (35)mutek piknic electronik (11) mutek piknic electronik (36) mutek piknic electronik (37) mutek piknic electronik (38) mutek piknic electronik (39) Benoit and Sergio are one of my fav electronic duos and this set was amazing. Mutek Piknic is always steller but this one in particular was amazing for me.

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