Beachy keen!

beaches

Hey travellers!

Living in Winterpeg, as it’s so often and lovingly referred, is awesome…but long winters and extreme weather can take its toll on you. Today, we got our first taste of winter – though the flurry action we saw today didn’t stick, I know we’re not far from icy, snow-covered days. Romantic in December (I’m a sucker for a white Christmas), by January, I’m usually over it.

So how do Winnipeggers get over the cold? Well, we’re pretty hearty folk and we don’t just survive in winter – we thrive. We skate, we play hockey (okay, I’m excluded from the “we” here, but in general, this is all true!), we build snowmen, and go sledding (both of which I can do!). But we also like to escape to tropical getaways!

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With the knowledge that winter is on its way (possibly sooner than I’d like), I can’t help but dream about sunny destinations where there’s nothing but beach for miles, unlimited piña coladas by the pool, and time to relax. Each year, my parents typically head out on  a week-long all-inclusive vacation (my sister and I were spoiled when we were younger and often got to go along! Alas, usually I’m left here now! Sad!) – life goal: get a good job that will allow for me to go on an all-inclusive vacation in the winter.  Just the other day, my mom told me about a good deal on flights to Hawaii and I straight up told her she wasn’t allowed to go without me. I’ll pay my own way. I’ll squish into a suitcase (I’m short, I’ll fit). Whatever it takes.

With that said, because I’m wearing slippers, pjs, and am cuddled up in front of a fire (okay, it’s not that cold out, I just like being cozy), here are the tropical destinations I’m dreaming about. Maybe one day, I’ll get there!

Beachy Getaways – Top 10 Destinations

  1. Hawaii. No mosquitos, really pretty, volcanoes, enough said.
  2. Jamaica. Apparently the rum is delicious. Worth it.
  3. Barbados. The heroine of my one of my favourite childhood books, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is from Barbados. I used to want to be her, so I should probably go to Barbados. Am I right?
  4. The Bahamas. Why not?
  5. Bora Bora. I just want to, okay!
  6. Tahiti. It just sounds exotic and I need to go.
  7. Fiji. Well, Fiji Water is a thing for a reason.
  8. Santorini, Greece. This one is happening for sure. I don’t know when, but it’s been on my list forever.
  9. Barcelona, Spain. I’d like to go again. And again. And again.
  10. Tofino, British Columbia. Manitobans love Tofino. I’d like to check it out.

Honestly, I could go on and on. Thailand. Belize. Mexico. It all sounds go to me! So, who’s with me? Where would you like to go on your next winter vacation? Do you like it hot or do you prefer to stay in the winter spirit with some alpine adventures? I’d love to hear from you!

Until next week, stay warm!
Katrina

‘Tis the Season

December is almost here! 

I’ve been waiting for December for a while now. Not only do I get a break from school but I also get to enjoy Christmas baking, Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas sweaters….

I think you get the point. I love Christmas. I’ve been wearing my reindeer sweater since October. I quote Elf year round. This is the season I live for. Honestly.

Elf - giphy.com
Elf – giphy.com

I have several traditions I uphold each year (tree decorating! baking! craft sales! choir concerts! Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate!) and one such tradition is working my way through my Christmas movie list. I watch the same set of movies every year sometime between the beginning of November (I watched Love Actually on November 9 – don’t judge) and the end of December, and I haven’t gotten sick of any titles yet.

I enjoy a variety of storytelling forms – from books to blogs, and TV shows to film – and I thought I’d interrupt our regular programming to talk about Christmas movies. Get excited!

Here’s my current list:

  1. The Grinch – both the animated classic and the Jim Carrey version
  2. Home Alone – I stick to the first two but I watch them every year without fail
  3. Elf – if you haven’t seen it, you’re a cotton-headed ninny-muggins
  4. The Family Stone – probably one of my all-time favourites!
  5. The Holiday
  6. Little Women – not technically a Christmas movie, the first scene is set at Christmas-time
  7. Muppets Family Christmas (this is TV special from the 1980s and it’s amazing! My sister, a tech whiz, found it online and we now have our very own DVD copy to replace our recorded VHS tape hehe)
  8. Muppets Christmas Carol
  9. While You Were Sleeping
  10. Serendipity
  11. Four Christmases
  12. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – it’s so bad but so good!
  13. You’ve Got Mail – this is another one that isn’t technically a Christmas movie but the Christmas scene has always stuck with me so I watch early on in the Christmas movie marathon
  14. Arthur Christmas – watched it for the first time last year, so this one’s new to the list
  15. And of course, my favourite recorded TV specials from the 90s: Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Little Match Girl

This year, I plan on adding National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to the list because I confess I haven’t seen it yet!

I plan on getting the marathon started tonight – what’s on your Christmas movie list? Let me know!

Happy First Advent!
– Katrina