Monthly Round Up | May

by - May 31, 2017

My oh my, (or should I say May oh my) I can't believe it's already the end of another month! I swear this year has just gone by so fast, it's unbelievable to think we are one month away from being halfway through 2017. I'm really just going to need time to slow the heck down, because I've got a lot of stuff I want to do this summer, and with the way things are going, I'm not so sure I'm going to have enough time to do it all!

Anyways, I decided to bring back the monthly round up posts, because maybe there are some nosy people out there, who like me, enjoy reading about what other people get up to in their lives. But also, I am sort of selfishly bringing them back because I want to be able to look back on these memories as well! So here is what I got up to in the month of May:

At the beginning of the month I moved out of my parents house, and into a beautiful apartment downtown. I decided that for the summer I wanted to be closer to work and not have to commute an hour and a half, plus with it being Canada 150 this year, I knew that being downtown for the summer was sure to be a very fun time! While unfortunately I don't have a picture of my actual apartment - I'm still working on organizing and unpacking as I am a professional procrastinator, please enjoy this picture of me painting in my new apartment. I'm really lucky to have found such a lovely place to sublet, that is full of natural light and open space for me to set up my paints, and spend an entire afternoon listening to music, enjoying the sun on my face, and painting donuts instead of eating them!

May also marked the start of another Tulip Festival here in Ottawa. Each year more than a million tulips bloom in flower beds across the city, and Ottawa gets just a little brighter! I actually just recently learned the significance of our tulips and the festival this year, and I have to say I'm a little disappointed in myself for not knowing this sooner. To give you the elevator pitch version of the story, back during the Nazi invasion, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands took refuge in Ottawa, and while here gave birth to her third daughter. However to ensure that the child hold Dutch nationality, the hospital in Ottawa was temporarily declared Dutch soil. Once the Princess and her family returned to the Netherlands, she sent many gifts back to thank Ottawa and the Canadian people, one of which was 100,000 tulip bulbs. This gift is known as the "Tulip Legacy", and now because of it, we get to enjoy a stunning bloom of these flowers every single year!

I did a little bit of travelling this month. Some of my best friends and I took our first road trip together and went to Quebec City for the long weekend. I'd never been to Quebec City before, and so it was absolutely lovely to get a chance to explore what is known as the most Europe-like city that Canada has to offer! I loved the cobblestone, and the brightly coloured buildings and doors. You guys know me, any chance to pose in front of a door and I'm there. It was also a great way to get some extra steps in, since most of Old Quebec is elevated, and let me just tell you that I climbed a lot of stairs! The girls and I had such a blast together, we took many pictures, ate lots of delicious food, and laughed so much I almost peed. So blessed to have such a great group of girls, and I can't wait for our next trip together!

Finally I went to a concert last week, for the first time in months! A friend of mine ended up having an extra ticket to The 1975, and invited me to go with her. I have to admit I wasn't a huge fan of the band before attending, I knew a few of their songs and enjoyed them, but didn't listen to them all that much. But I have to say after that concert, I am definitely a new fan! They just put on such a fun, laidback show, which really showcased their talent! Matty provided us with some pretty impeccable dance moves, and whoever designed the lighting for the concert deserves a raise, because believe me when I tell you that it was next level!

And there you have it, May's monthly round up! I'm sad to see another month go, but excited for all that June has in store!

Much Love,
Spenser xx

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