Life Updates + Moscow Mule Recipe

Hey everyone, sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately.  Lots of exciting things happening in my life that seem to have distracted me from blogging.  As some of you may know, I am an aspiring veterinarian.  This last fall, I sent in my application for veterinary school at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.  The process of accepting applicants is quite drawn out, and I was starting to wonder if I would ever hear from them about an interview offer.  I finally got an email from the college on May 15th, and they wanted to interview me on the 25th!  I basically had to put my life on hold so that I could fly to Saskatoon for the interview on such short notice.  Although I was incredibly nervous, I felt like my interview went really well, and it was a very positive experience.  However, all applicants are ranked on their grades, and then given an interview score, these two scores are combined and only the top 20 applicants are accepted.  They only interview 40 people so the fact that I even got the chance to interview is fantastic.  I’m still waiting to hear back from the college about their final decision, which could take up to a couple of weeks.

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University Bridge over the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon

I also received some excellent news on Monday the 25th.  I entered a short story I had written into a creative writing contest recently.  My piece was chosen as the winner!  My prize is that I get to attend the “Write on the Beach” workshop hosted by the Federation of BC Writers in June, and at the workshop I get to read my piece.  I am so incredibly excited for this opportunity.  Writing has always been a passion of mine, and it feels great to be recognized for my writing.

So, I flew to Saskatoon on the 24th, had my interview on the 25th, got the good news about the writing contest while still in Saskatoon, flew back home the evening of the 25th, and was up bright and early in the morning on the 26th to ride the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike!  It’s been a crazy few days, to say the least.  My team and I successfully raised $1220 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  I surpassed my goal of raising $100 myself, and ended up raising over $500!

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And to round out this blog post (because it doesn’t already contain enough amazingness), I thought I’d include a yummy drink recipe.  Moscow mule mugs seem to be quite popular lately. Every time I walk into HomeSense, Winners, or Pier 1, I see them. They’re great for cold beverages on a hot day because they actually keep your drink nice and cool.  And of course, what better drink to have out of a Moscow mule mug than a Moscow mule itself. Here’s how I make mine:

ingredients to make a delicious moscow mule

ingredients to make a delicious moscow mule

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Moscow Mule

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • Lime wedge
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • ½ cup ginger beer (Old Jamaica Ginger Beer works best in my experience)

Method:

  • Squeeze lime wedge into mug
  • Fill the mug with ice
  • Add ginger beer and vodka
  • Mix with a stir stick and serve

Enjoy!

-Kristen

Liebster Award

I’ve just been nominated for a Liebster Award by All-Round Better Me.  This is exciting for me since it’s my first time being nominated!  In case you’re wondering what a Liebster Award is (taken from All-Round Better Me):

  • The Liebster Award is an online trophy given from one new blogger to another in which we have to complete tasks listed in the award rules.  Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:
  • – Each nominee must have under 200 followers
    – You must thank and link to the nominated blog
    – You must answer the 10 questions asked of you and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
    – You must nominate 10 blogs and tell them that they have been nominated
    – You must write a post containing the questions
    – You must include these rules in the post

I’ve been following All-Round Better Me and her blog for a while, I really love how goal-oriented she is and how honest she is when it comes to achieving those goals. Thank you again for the nomination!

Here are the questions she asked me, and my responses to them:

Who do you write for?  I’ve been told that when writing, it is best to just write for one person, and forget what all the other people think.  As long as that one person likes it, you’ve succeeded.  I try to keep that in mind while writing.  For example, when I wrote my Thailand Travel Series, I wrote it specifically for a friend who was planning a trip to Thailand.

If you had a super power, what would it be?  Being able to fly.  I used to have a lot of dreams about flying when I was younger, and something about those dreams always stuck with me.

Where are you going on your next travel adventure?

everywhere

Seriously though, this is pretty much my travel philosophy.  I don’t think I would ever turn down a trip because it was somewhere I wasn’t interested in going.  However, my younger sister is going abroad to study at the University of Aberdeen in the fall, and I would LOVE to visit her and do a whole Scotland/Ireland trip, so that will probably be my next adventure.

Do you like where you live currently?  This is kind of a loaded question for me, considering there was an attempted break in at our house today (but that is a long story for another time).  My boyfriend and I currently live in an older house that is owned by his parents.  They are planning to tear down this house to build their dream house in the very near future.  I’ve found that living in a house that you know is going to be torn down is kind of difficult.  There’s this weird mind-set I find myself in, where, for example, if I spill a drink on the floor I think, “doesn’t matter if it stains, carpets just getting torn out soon anyways.”  It’s definitely a difficult mindset to get out of.  I definitely like the neighbourhood we’re in, however.

What is your favourite season of the year?  Spring!  I’m an April baby, so that’s probably why.

If you were given $1 million dollars, no strings attached, what would you do with it?  Travel the world.  Quit my day job and write for a living.

What is your favorite post that you’ve written?  How do I pick just one??  I think my post on How to Travel in Iceland on a Budget is one that I’m most proud of.  It was one of the first posts I ever wrote, and I think I was able to provide a lot of good information (in other words, it wasn’t just a “fluff” post).

Here are some questions for my nominees:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What is your favourite flower?
  4. If you could only eat one type of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. What is your morning routine?
  6. What is your favourite item in your wardrobe right now?
  7. What is your hidden talent that not many people know about?
  8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  9. Who inspires you?
  10. What is your favourite dog breed and why?

I would like to nominate:

  1. Classic Shanelle
  2. La Vie en Rose
  3. Zara the Vizsla
  4. Whiskey Girl
  5. I Love Denham
  6. Nicole Young
  7. Emily Hart
  8. ANDIVANCE

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a blog has under 200 followers or not.  I just chose blogs that I’ve been reading a lot lately, and would love for them to answer these questions.

Cheers for now!

-Kristen

Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike

Tomorrow is my 25th birthday!  I’m not quite sure how I feel about turning 25 yet.  This last year has been somewhat of a difficult one for me, with moving to a new city, the struggles of finding a job, and the waiting game of applying for vet school for the second time.  I’m hoping that this next year brings me more success in terms of my career and figuring out what I want to do with this life of mine.

One thing that I have to look forward to next month is taking part in the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike event!  I think we all know someone who has suffered from cardiovascular disease, whether it be a relative, a friend, or even a co-worker.  One of my co-workers, who is only in his early 30s, recently suffered a heart attack.  I remember learning in second year developmental biology (don’t ask me for a reference for this one please, it was so long ago haha) that the lower your birth weight, the more likely you are to suffer from heart disease later in life.  Since I was only 4lbs when I was born, my chances of developing heart disease are much higher than most people I know.

I am currently in the fundraising stages of my campaign, and I would really appreciate any donations you can make towards this great cause.  Please visit this link to make a donation to me and my team.  I have already reached my initial fundraising goal of $100, but I know that with your help I can raise so much more.

And because no blog post is complete without a picture, here is a cute one of me with a little muley fawn taken last summer:

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Family Day on Salt Spring Island

Kurt, Penny, and I went to Salt Spring Island for the BC Family Day long weekend to stay with Kurt’s aunt, uncle, and cousins.  Kurt’s cousin Emily (of Hart + Stone) recently adopted a puppy named Ryder from the SPCA, and he and Penny had lots of fun playing together and getting into mischief.  It was my first time visiting Salt Spring Island, and I really enjoyed it.  We had such a relaxing weekend spent drinking coffee, walking the puppies through the forest and to the beach, and exploring the small town of Ganges.  With the exception of being woken up by a tick biting my bottom on our last morning- it was a very successful extra long weekend.  And of course I took some pictures to share with you all:

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To Creston and Back Again

This weekend, Kurt, Penny, and I took a trip to visit my family in my hometown, Creston BC.  It was a long car ride for Penny, but she was such a trooper.  She slept in her crate the entire way, and didn’t cry or whine at all.  This was Penny’s first time meeting my family in Creston, and there were a lot of people and animals for her to meet!  There’s Cooper- the 14 year old golden retriever; Dookie – the 9 year old, diabetic, blind, miniature pinscher; Kalli – the 3 year old lab/blue heeler cross; and Otis – the ?? year old hound/heeler cross.

Penny got along well with all of the dogs except Otis– which is okay.  I mean, we can’t expect all people to get along with all other people, so it’s understandable for dogs to not all get along.  Cooper and Dookie put up with her for the most part.  Penny is still quite a crazy, energetic puppy, and sometimes she can be a bit too much for older dogs to tolerate.

However, Penny and Kalli had a blast together!  They ran around chasing each other in the snow, and played tug for hours on end.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen either of them so tired and out of breath before.  It was great.

It was Penny’s first time really playing in the snow, and when we took her outside to run around, we noticed that her legs were a little raw and bloody.  Luckily her paws didn’t crack at all.  We just kept an eye on her legs to make sure they didn’t get too sore.  She was having so much fun, that I don’t think sore legs would have slowed her down at all anyways!

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And of course, no trip to Creston would be complete without lots of puppy cuddles!

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