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Week In Review: Family, Journaling and Feeding the Artistic Baby

Hi friends,

I’m back with my Week In Review this week. Not sure what’s going on? Go see Meg and she’ll tell you all about it. 

 

Last week I did a number of things for my creative soul. Aka my very hungry, high maintenance artistic baby that’s in consistent need of feeding. 

I went to a coaching with a past instructor for a form of movement work that leaves me all sorts of zen and whimsical. 

I took a class (2nd week in a row) with another movement instructor. A type of work which leaves me feeling open and inspired and has my heart longing to do more.  

I also volunteer ushered for a show at a Women’s Musical Theatre Festival happening in the city, which just so happened to be the most wonderful thing for me to have signed up for. So many Canadian “celebrities” (to me), so many reunions with past fellow-artists and a lot of exciting new connections. 

 

Last week I soothed my soul with friend and family time.

I took a 24 hour vacay to Guelph to spend time with Dan and his brother. It was a much needed time of scenery change, company, and relaxation.

During which, I went on my very first trip to COSTCO! Okay so I’ve just never ever been before and have wanted to see what all this crazy hype was about for years now. I was so very excited. I assumed I would embarrass myself by taking countless pictures – me infront of the building sign, me with a 10 kilo bag of almonds, me bathing in a life sized tub of yogurt etc. etc., but apparently I was a little too focused, as the only picture I came out with was of the ginormous shopping cart. It was a big shopping cart. 

artistic baby week in review

I didn’t really need anything, of course, but I had to come out with some sort of loot. Dan and I shared a 12 pack box of Annie’s Mac&Cheese and some canned salmon, and I grabbed some organic canadian honey and some cod liver oil capsules. A pretty good deal, I do think. 

artistic baby week in review

We went out for coffee and muffins and a lovely outdoor lunch, went on a nice long hike, stalked a hilarious line of Canadian Geese (okay that was just me), sat on the deck doing absolutely nothing, ate a massive pizza and watched a movie. It was everything I needed. 

artistic baby week in review
artistic baby week in review

I also – after a number of plan changes due to airplane delays, then getting on last minute flights etc. – high taled it out to the Toronto airport to spend a couple hours with my brother and sister in law who were flying back from their honeymoon in Switzerland. We didn’t get as much time together as planned (due to flight delays), but we still had dinner and I got to see their trips pictures. It was just so nice seeing them. I’m very glad I took the shift off work, even if the plan was at a risk. 

 

Last week, since Fringe is now over, I had some extra moments of openness. Those are always kind of uncomfy when you aren’t used to them, eh? Like… “wow… what the hell should I do!?” But I think I got through them pretty well. 

I worked on my tan. Sorta. 

artistic baby week in review

I got my pencil crayons back out and did some mindless doodling. 

artistic baby week in review

I found a new window spot. Ummmmm hello bay window. 

artistic baby week in review

And treated myself to the most delicious mocha, alongside some relaxing journalling, on a rainy afternoon

artistic baby week in review

 

Last week I had success in some bucket list items and scratched off some items from my to do list

I actually made sourdough bread! REAL sourdough bread! From scratch! As in, I fed that baby more than I’ve ever fed anything, stood in my kitchen in utter confusion, threw caution to the wind and hoped for the best countless times, threw in the towel, picked the towel back up, kneaded, hoped, waited, cursed, baked and….. voila! I couldn’t believe it actually turned out.

Just like a real mother. 

artistic baby week in review

Also made this gluten free zucchini sourdough loaf.

artistic baby week in review

I put out two blog posts. One with some HA recovery updates combined with suggestions from a Traditional Chinese Medicine Dr., and a super *sweet* review of the eight best (in my opinion) cinnamon buns in Toronto!

I went to yoga, went to acupuncture, got a dr. appointment set up for next week, followed up with the two agents I’m pursuing, responded to comments, fed my babies, and cleaned up after my two latest batches of double fermented kombucha got extra excited. 

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Tell me,

What did you do for your soul, artistic baby, to do list, home, or family time last week?

Have you ever made sourdough bread? If so, I need to pick your brain. 

Have you ever been to Costco??

42 COMMENTS

  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 24th Jul 17

    Wow girl – what a week! I’m so glad you experienced the joys of Costco – which reminds me we are needing a trip soon. I love getting toiletry stuff there, paper towels, toilet paper, etc, as well as their large jars of peanut butter. Sourdough bread??? I wish you could send those babies via mail. I bet it was amazing!
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Dan and I have lots of plans to use Costco when we move in together. You definitely need someone to share those loads of toilet paper with. But if you do, what a deal!

  2. Evangeline | 24th Jul 17

    Lovely, lovely. This post screams, “I was present. I was tuned in. I was listening and acting in response to what I heard.” Costco is on my bucket list. I need to get there soon, if only (to attempt) to drive around one of those massive carts. The sourdough looks incredible. Have I mentioned how much bread means to me? Oooh and my last batch of kombucha totally exploded too. Actually it just overflowed, but exploded sounds more exciting. Maybe our scobys are connected on some microbial level.
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Exploded sounds way more fun. Exploded in fizzy volcanic fury is even better. Which is what I’m going to say mine did.

      I really like your first line. Sometimes we don’t realize what we did until someone helps us realize it…. thank you <3 Wish I could send you some sourdough!!

  3. Jamie@TheMomGene | 24th Jul 17

    Okay so I LOVE Costco. I could write an ODE to Costco. I think I might look be you a little more for having visited Costco. Okay, the end.

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      I’ll take it!

  4. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 24th Jul 17

    I’ve never shopped at costco (i’ve been inside one once). I feel like it would be DANGEROUS territory for me. I’m not really good at window shopping ;D Glad you had a week that challenged you , but where you rose to the challenge!
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      There’s a possibility that you’d just get too overwhelmed and go into shell shock and not really be able to buy anything…
      That sort of happened to me.

      Sorta.

  5. Emily Swanson | 24th Jul 17

    Ok that sourdough bread looks AMAZING. Do you have the recipe for that one? Also, Costco is the best!!! Did yours have samples out when you went?

    It’s so incredibly awesome to see God’s creatures; including Canadian Geese and how they are so orderly when they fly/walk. I love how God loves order. He is so glorious!

    Also, sitting and doing nothing and just being on the porch in the middle of the summer is super important!

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      The sourdough was just a basic sourdough loaf recipe: flour, sourdough starter, salt! Haha. Those geese definitely had something going on…

  6. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 24th Jul 17

    Sounds lovely! Now I’m dying to find a mocha and a window seat to accompany some journaling. Or a deck and a massive pizza. I could go for either. And both of those breads look so. good. I went and picked blueberries this weekend while talking to my mom. Therapeutic two-fold: conversation and eating all those magical blue orbs.
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Ahhh that sounds perfect!! Two such wonderful things.

  7. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 24th Jul 17

    Costco is huge here. I’ve only been a handful of times though. I just don’t need that much stuff at once!

    I don’t really have an artistic baby, but cooking is may favorite way to relax. I love the process.
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      I think cooking is definitely feeding your artistic baby. Haha – pun not intended but totally staying. Cooking is an art AND a great way to relax!

      I kind of wish I had a huge family, or school bus of kids, so I could justify getting those massive tubs of yogurt or crates of cereal..

  8. Heather | 24th Jul 17

    I really do love Costco… and also hate it because I always walk away with things I don’t seem to need and spend way more than I mean to. Haha! I would love to make sourdough bread – I never have and I think it’s because I’ve never been sure where to start with the “starter” and then put it off. Haha!

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Ahaha. Oh, most definitely a love hate relationship. I didn’t even buy THAT much and now realize I just absolutely did not need some of what I bought. But they just get you with their tricks!!

      yeah… sourdough is no small commitment, let me tell ya…

  9. danielle | 24th Jul 17

    wow i’m having some week envy over here. seriously. your movement work sounds sooooooo like something i would dig. i want to try something like that, i must i must i must. i attended an ecstatic dance class one time and it was SO fun. i was preggo at the time so ran out of breathe, which means i must go again one day soon to experience it in the fullest. it’d be great if you could just drop over and join me, ha!
    and sourdough bread, homemade???? wha…. i’m impressed and intimidated as hell. i just love sourdough but it baffles me. i’ll leave it to you πŸ™‚
    your week sounds like it was sublime. i’ve been to Costco once to mainly buy wine with my sister in colorado, so i was distracted and trying to act cool, like a regular. LOL. the other time i went was with my hubby and we were both not sure what to do with ourselves. i guess we’ll have to try again.

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Agh! Any kind of dance or free movement class is a MUST Danielle. It seriously opens my heart and soul like nothing else. I think you need to get out to a dance class, of any kind. I’d love to join you. Or maybe we’d just go freestyle out in a meadow somewhere.

      Haha. Sourdough is not easy, and not a small commitment. I’m not sure I was prepared……

  10. Kat | 24th Jul 17

    YAY for Costco! We always spend over $100 there each time, even when we barely need anything. It’s like we go in for 2 things and come out with 10 – they just have the best deals! I personally love buying coconut oil and almond flour from there!
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Yep. I can definitely see that happening. Every time. Coconut oil is something I want to go back for when I know I need it. The tub is huge!!!

  11. Alyssa | 24th Jul 17

    I wish I had a costco around me!! I love going to coffee shops to soothe my soul. Or laying on my hammock! I did that yesterday and finished one of my books πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Ahhhhhhh you make me want to find a hammock so badddd

  12. Ellie Pell | 24th Jul 17

    I enjoy eating sourdough, so I will let you make it…and I’ll just eat πŸ™‚ I don’t know what my artistic side is, I also don’t practice. I’ve never been in a Costco either!!! I think there is one near where I used to live…but I don’t really need to buy anything too much in bulk. Was it cheaper?
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      I think you could make pretty good use of their peanut butter aisle…

      I think it was cheaper, when you look at how much you are getting. But if you are living alone, then its just not efficient to buy that much at one time.

      Maybe writing is part of your artist side? You practice that..

  13. Hannah | 24th Jul 17

    Your week sounds lovely…and that line of geese IS hilarious. My soul was pretty content after camping this weekend. And I’m fairly accomplished at regular bread baking, but I have yet to try sourdough. I just know my starter would die of neglect…and I don’t think it would start regrowing in another place like my scoby did when it suffered the same fate.

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Haha. So far – by some strange act of glory – my sourdough is carrying on. Even though I’m pretty sure I have neglected it way more than you are supposed to and am totally not following all the directions. I think if I can do it, you can do it. But its a heck of a commitment. …and you need that time to go camping so I can continue living vicariously through out.

  14. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 24th Jul 17

    Wow. This is one productive week, gal. So many lovely and enjoyable things! Adorable geese lines, beautiful hikes, bay windows (!), and amazing creative time with some creative people who sound pretty amazing as well. Hope you’re feeling on the inside as good as it looks on the outside. <3
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      The Week In Review does its job at reminding you of all the good things πŸ™‚

  15. chasetheredgrape | 24th Jul 17

    Love love love the family time! Sounds like you had a lovely week.
    I’m jealous of your trip to costco… I didn’t realise how much I would miss it until we moved to Perth where there isn’t one. We didn’t used to get too much from there but enough that it definitely made an impact moving here. Then again everything is more expensive here!

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      There’s no costcos there at all? Interesting. I could definitely see it being somewhere you and Dave would make use of. I think it’ll be better when Dan and I move in together.

  16. Sophia | 25th Jul 17

    Hi Cora- commenting after following (and loving) your blog for a couple of months, and just wanted to say how much I love your writing, way of thinking, and general life tidbits! You are a beautiful soul and I love seeing these “week-in-review” posts that emphasize self care and fam time – both are SO needed! Definitely trying to adopt some of your ways on my own journey πŸ™‚ Thank you for being such a bright light in my life right now. Have a lovely week!
    P.S. The Costco food court is wonderful, especially the chicken bakes, just for future reference… 😊

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Sophia!! This made my day! Thank you for reading and for now commenting. I hope you are treating yourself to your favorite forms of self care and self soothing this week <3

      Next time. Costco food court. Done.

  17. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 25th Jul 17

    Yum you are so talented with baking! I’ve yet to try my hand at my own gluten free bread–I’d love to try though so much cheaper!
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Its a tricky one, that’s for sure. Trial and error, as I’m learning.

  18. Miss Polkadot | 26th Jul 17

    Look at you being a wonderful patient and loving mum not only to those impressive loaves of bread – congrats on mastering sourdough! – but especially to yourself. Which I think we both know is the hardest kind of parenting to achieve.
    Spontaneous get-aways to spend quality time with loved ones , even if just short moments, says a lot about your priorities. And they’re right on. As so often, I could use to take a leaf from your book here …
    The geese are hilarious and remind me of a book I got as child – a kind of biography – about a woman who adopted several baby geese who recognized her as their mum.
    I hope this week allows for some time to tend to your artistic baby again, too.
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Ahhh you just melted my heart. Me being a mother to my babies, and to myself. Thank you <3

      Haha I love that this reminded you of your childhood book. I do wonder what the mother was saying to all her kiddies following her.

  19. Kristy from Southern In Law | 27th Jul 17

    Serious bread respect! Homemade bread is no joke but it looks like you nailed it!

    I reaaaallyyy need to try that zucchini loaf recipe!

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Holy man it is no joke. I’m definitely still learning. And making tons of mess in the mean time.

  20. Marina @ Happy Healing | 27th Jul 17

    Love this post – I definitely have to make that zucchini bread soon!!

    I’ve been to Costco but don’t have a membership… maybe I should get one πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      I could definitely see how getting a membership would be a really good investment for some! Its a dang fun, though overwhelming, place.

  21. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 30th Jul 17

    The sourdough bread is beautiful. I was at Breadsmith this morning (we got home late last night) and I saw a sign about their starter. Apparently, it’s 42 years old. Wow! That’s older than both of us, not combined since I’m getting up there. Ha.

    I love Costco. You can get some great stuff there (organic too) and their regulations to get in their stores are pretty stringent which makes me happy.

    Always have to feed the creative beast. For me right now, it’s blogging, reading, planning and MEETING new friends (hello YOU.). It was so wonderful to meet you in person last week. Thank you so much for coming. I can’t wait until we do it again.
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  22. Kaylee | 3rd Aug 17

    What a super productive week! Yay for letting those creative juices flow! It’s definitely something I struggle to honor in my own life. So claps for you!
    FIRST?!! COSTCO TRIP!?! AHHHH! Welcome to the magical (*cough* addictive) life of Costco. HAHAHA just read your question “Have you ever been to Costco?” Girl, you don’t know the half of it. It’s literally the only place I get gas.
    Eeek, also I’m slowly but surely making my way through all the unread blog posts. I promise I’ll get to reading yours soon! They look super interesting and relevant for me right now.

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