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We are Vanessa + Jess, a couple who have just moved into our new apartment on Manning Avenue. Although we take photographs for a living, we often forget to document our lives. This blog is decidated to the things we love to do, projects we start, thrifts we find and general day to day adventures. Thanks for stopping by.

BON APPETIT

Vegan Raspberry Scone

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Vanessa and I had a successful day visiting some thrift stores around St Clair and Keele today and we picked up a few new things for our place. Look forward to more updates once we figure out what we are going to do with everything!
- Jess

Vanessa and I had a successful day visiting some thrift stores around St Clair and Keele today and we picked up a few new things for our place. Look forward to more updates once we figure out what we are going to do with everything!

- Jess

Updates to my office.

I found these cool ammunition boxes at an antique store a few days ago. Im not exactly sure what Im going to do with them yet but I had to have them.

Since I moved into my apartment last year I have wanted to build a shelf for my books above the radiator and I finally had some free time to get that done. The problem I discovered after putting up the shelves is that the wall isn’t exactly straight so I added the dowels for support.

 - Jess

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Quarter Pounder Beet Burger

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*All of my books are full of dog ears to mark quotes or paragraphs I loved. I have included a few below the titles.

This Is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper: I was first attracted to this book by the title. I bought a copy and then left it on the bus (oh the irony!) so this was my second copy. I absolutely loved this book and it was a perfect introduction to this author. A humourous tale of a dysfunctional family brought together by their fathers death to spend seven days grieving under one roof.

*”I am going to be a father, just when I’ve lost my own. There are some who would see a certain divine balance in that, one soul departing to make room for another, but I’m not that guy. I don’t believe in god when I’m in trouble, the way so many people do. But at times like this, when the irony seems too cruel and well crafted to be coincidence I can see God in the details. Due to some mental hiccup I can’t explain, when I think of God, I picture Huge Hefner; a thin, angular man with a prominent chin in a maroon smoking jacket. I don’t know where that image came from or why it stuck in my head the way it did. Maybe when I was a kid I was thinking about God and I happened upon a picture of Hef in a magazine and some neurons fired and a permanent association was made. But when your vision of God is America’s horniest senior citizen in his pajamas, it’s probably fair to say that you’re not the kind of guy who sees miracles in the mundane coincidences fate lobs at your unsuspecting head like water balloons form a high terrace.”

Player One - Douglas Coupland: Written for the 2010 Massey Lecture series, the book follows an interesting structure - Five chapters, each chapter divided into five parts so the events can be told from the perspective of one of the five characters. The story revolves around an airport lobby bar which each of the characters made their way to for various reasons but become trapped together once they learn that oil prices have gone through the roof causing riots break out and a sniper to set up shop on a roof near by. Interesting concept and story - worth the read, although not my favorite Coupland piece.

The Help - Kathryn Stockett: A wonderful read. I am not sure I need to give much of a synopsis as most people are familiar with the story but I would highly recommend. The characters were so endearing (apart from Miss Hilly) and I just loved the way the story unfolded. I read this book so quickly, as I could not put it down.

When God Was A Rabbit - Sarah Winman: I always spotted this book on the ‘Heather’s Picks’ at Chapters and decided to give it a chance. It was such a beautiful story. I would have a hard time explaining exactly what it is about as it takes a few distinct turns. Taking place in England in the 60’s and then brings us to present day New York, before and after 9/11, it follows the relationship of a brother and sister from their young life to adulthood and all the hardships the two endure. Beautifully written.

*”They tumbled out, just a couple at first and then more, like wounded archers from distant ramparts. And then I saw them jump; witnessed the last seconds of their friendship and they never let go. Who reassured who? Who could do that? Was it done with words or a smile? That brief moment of fresh air when they were free, when they could remember how it was before; a brief moment of sunshine, a brief moment of friends holding hands. And they never let go. Friends never let go.”

The Flying Troutmans - Miriam Toews: What an endearing and wonderful story. The main character Hattie gains custody of her young niece and nephew after her sister is admitted to the hospital after having a mental collapse. Hattie decides to take then on a road trip to the states to try and track down their father, who’s location is unknown.  The story follows the Troutman’s road trip across the states and all their adventures together. One of my favorite reads of the last year.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson: As Jess said, we both decided to read this book at the same time just before the movie came out. Jess is a really big fan of the mystery genre which I am not but I thought it would be fun to both read the same novel. I found it to be a bit of a slow start and there are lots of characters that you have to keep in your mind but once I got going, I found it hard to put it down. I am excited to see how the other stories go.

Plan B - Jonathan Tropper: A second winner from what I think might be one of my new favorite authors. A group of 5 friends about to turn 30 are struggling with what it means to be an adult. One of the members of the group Jack, a now Hollywood actor, has developed a drug addiction so the friends to stage an intervention. When that plan fails, they come up with Plan B - kidnap Jack. The story plays out in a remote cabin in the woods where Jack is forced to go through withdraw and the friends must come to accept their fate, growing up. I absolutely loved this book. It was injected with such humour dealing with the notion of “growing up” and having a hard time letting go of the past - the memories and objects that go with it. Such great cultural references from movies to music and how you relate yourself to those things in order to define a period in time.

*”Over the years, though Vadar had weathered the storm, and managed to establish himself as the most prominent icon from the trilogy, and while I did take some comfort in that, it didn’t make me feel any less self-conscious about my purchase as I handed the teenage salesgirl my American Express card. I walked home with the mask in a bag, feeling embarrassed, nostalgic, and strangely insubordinate. When I got to my apartment, I pulled it out of the bag and put it on my kitchen table, and we just stared at each other for a little while, as if neither of us could quite figure out what the other one was doing there.”

- Vanessa

BON APPETIT

Sweet Potato, Coconut and Pineapple Soup

A few months ago I was hanging around at Value Village and I came across this amazing City of Toronto puzzle. Luckily all the pieces were there! I am planning on framing it and hanging it somewhere in the apartment once I find a good spot for it.

A few months ago I was hanging around at Value Village and I came across this amazing City of Toronto puzzle. Luckily all the pieces were there! I am planning on framing it and hanging it somewhere in the apartment once I find a good spot for it.