Life, Love & The Pursuit of Lee

World, Meet Pheebs


I have some news I’m dying to share with you *drum rollllllllll*….

On June 2nd we adopted our very first rescue pup!

We’ve named her Phoebe (Pheebs, for short). She’s a 7 month old Boston Terrier/Pug (or Bug as they are called) who was rescued with her 2 siblings from a  puppy mill and placed in the care of  Boston Terrier Rescue Canada (BTRC).

We drove 14 hours to Southern Ontario to pick her up and 14 more to get back home again and it was so very worth it. She fits like she has always been a part of the family.

Huge thanks to BTRC and Phoebe’s foster mom and dad, Jen & Paul, who did an amazing job with her and for choosing us to be her right family – we will never be able to thank you enough.

Over the Canada Day weekend, we took Phoebe for her first trip to the beach. Hope you enjoy the shots 🙂

For more on Boston Terrier Rescue Canada, check out their Facebook page HERE

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The Chains That Bind Us


I’ve never been one content to conform to convention.

I’ve always known it, but confess I haven’t always practiced it. Because let’s be honest: deciding to live your life ‘unconventionally’, chase your dreams, go against the respected grain, be willing to claim who you really are and act on it is hard, really hard.

Sure it’s exciting at first, even liberating to announce to yourself and the world “I’m going to do it! No more dreaming, time to do. It’s time to let the true me out of the box.”

So you get your plan together and you start working on it. Every day you feel blessed and invigorated to finally be stepping out on  The Porch, no longer afraid to face the rain and thunder outside the safety of conventional walls.

And that’s when it happens. (more…)

My Life According to iTunes


Ever wondered what the playlist/soundtrack for “Your Life: The Movie” would sound like? Of course, you have! Me too. So I declare today Random Fun Day on The Moon and we’re going to play The iTunes Shuffle Game!

Those of you who have played before know the fun we’re about to get into. Those of you who haven’t, get ready for some fun. (more…)

The List of Happy.


If you sat down right now and wrote out your List of Happy, what would be on it?

You’d probably have the big things like friends, family,career and so on. But what about the little things?

Those obscure little joys that perk up any no-good-very-bad-day and put a li’l pep back in your step. Maybe it’s a song, a flavour of ice cream, or that beloved old jacket. Maybe it’s raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, or bright copper kettles.  Though not necessarily as profound as the big things, they are no less vital in your regiment to right your world when it goes off kilter.

I know I would definitely have the li’l things on my List of Happy. 

In fact,  here’s 30 of them:

1. L-l-l-lola! There are few songs in this world that can earworm me for days and have me happy about it like The Kinks’ “Lola” can. Better than chicken soup for remedying a case of the no-good-very-bad day.

2. waking up to the smell of coffee brewing
3. knee-high boots with heels, always
4. leather jackets – find it near impossible NOT to smile from the good vibes felt when slipping into a really great leather jacket
5. Kraft Chewy Caramels – nom nom nom
6. butterfly kisses
7. Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon” album
8. red wine – especially if it’s Thursday night on The CW 😉
9. vanilla or cinnamon scented anything
10. silver and purple nail polish
11. acoustic guitar tracks and electric guitar riffs
12. bad boy antiheroes – Blame It On Han Solo 😀 (more…)

New Podcast & New Writing Adventure!


Holy Salvatores and Saltzman, moon readers! This has been an insanely busy couple of weeks for me!

Popping in quick to give you a li’l taste  of what I’ve been up to.

First off, a brand new Televixen.com TVD (“The Vampire Diaries”) podcast is HEEEERE!!

YAY!

This round I was invited in to join Vee (Vampire-Diaries.net), Connie (Blast Magazine), Lucia (HeroineTV) and Melissa (TheTelevixen.com) for a TVD Season 1 Retrospective chat and we had a crazy blast doing this one!

As a extra special treat for all our listeners, some TVD fans and bloggers joined in on the mayhem with emails and audio clips of their favourite Season One moments.

You can listen to this podcast, Chemistry With  A Doorknob (it’ll make sense, truuust me 😉 ) HERE.

Speaking of TheTelevixen.com, leads me nicely into my second bit of cool news.

I have recently joined the ranks of Melissa’s illustrious writing crew and am looking forward to musing in my’ moon’ way over there from time to time talking TV this season.

Check out my first article HERE

That’s all the news I have time to post today.Tonight the epic premiere of Season Two of “The Vampire Diaries“awaits.

After my mind is blown, should I recover cognitive function well enough to coherently type tomorrow, I’m almost certain you’ll be hearing ALL about it 😉

The Epic Ode To Rain: A Soundtrack For Your Journey


Epic Rain Tracks 

Recently I wrote a post called Bring On The Rain in which we talked about how mustering the courage to make a big life change can be a lot like braving a big fear of thunderstorms (which I once had).  After that post, I got to thinking more about the next leg of the journey us  ‘rain-bravers’ and ‘courage-musterers’ are about to embark on: the ultimate roadtrip. 

Deciding to take a sharp turn off your life’s presumed main highway onto its road less travelled is a big, big thing to do. As far as your-most-memorable-roadtrips go, frankly,this one’s going to take the cake. And if you’re anything at all like me, every such-epic roadtrip needs to have an epic roadtrip soundtrack. Ergo, the reason for this post. 

Below (in keeping with our rain theme) I’ve put together my soundtrack, “An Epic Ode To Rain: A Soundtrack For Your Journey “, of 20 of my favourite ‘rain’ songs’. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry and some will simply make you rock your courageous little socks off. I hope you have half as much fun listening to it as I had putting it together.When you’re done, I’d love to hear which ‘rain’ songs you would choose for your roadtrip soundtrack. 

And now, without further ado, grab your hair brushes and your air guitars, roadtrip rockstars: it’s time to rock a li’l rain. 😉 

UPDATE: Been having some issues with the player today. If you cannot see a list of songs below, CLICK the “Pop Out Player” Button  and the playlist should load fine on a new page. 

 


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Bring On The Rain!


Yes, you really can have it all. The only things you’ll need to give up are assumptions, expectations and the comfort zone that holds you back ~Chris Guillebeau

Change is a strange phenomenon. Like a fantastic thunderstorm, you can almost feel it in the air before you hear the first rumble of its imminent arrival. A lot of folks don’t like thunderstorms. In fact, many are down right afraid of them. I used to be one of those people.

Until something happened that I did not expect.

One stormy night at our small house on a small lake in the middle of small town nowhere, despite my shaking legs and adamant protests, somehow my husband managed to coax me outside to watch the terrifying spectacle. Yes, watch it.And that’s when it happened. The thing I did not expect. Standing there, under the covered porch looking out over that small lake, warm rogue splatters of rain pecking my cheeks, my legs stopped shaking. I loosened my death grip on his waist, captivated and exhilarated by the spectacle in the sky and I wondered: “Why haven’t I done this before? What on earth was I so afraid of?” In that moment, fear was vanquished. In fact, I was ready for the next one. You see, here’s the thing: once I mustered the courage to step out onto that porch, I could stand in storm, relish the rain, be thrilled by the thunder. Now anyone who is as terrified of  thunderstorms as I used to be, may think I was likely struck by lightening that night to be saying such a thing. But those of you who love thunderstorms, and especially those of you who have braved your fear to love them, know exactly what I’m talking about.

So why the long ramble about braving rain and rogue lightening bolts? Because, as I said, Change is a lot like a thunderstorm; especially a potentially life-altering Change as I believe I am about to embark on.
It’s scary at first. Your legs may even shake. All of your instincts seem to be shouting “Play it safe! Get indoors!” But for some of you, there’s a small part hidden deep down somewhere that wonders if you could, maybe, just maybe, step out onto that porch.

Committing to Change means stepping back out onto that porch every day. Braving the storm for the beautiful benefit you know can be reaped if you stick it out just a little bit longer. So here’s my challenge to you today: Find that small part hidden deep down somewhere (the part that dreams and wonders what if ),  step out onto that porch and in your biggest, loudest, bravest voice, shout to the world: “Bring on the rain!”