Share a Smile

Halloween has come and gone.  November is here in full force, starting off with a few sunny days, and finishing the week off with some clouds, in regular November style.

My body’s a bit tired this week, but my mind is smiling from ear to ear.

We all need little pick-me-ups as the November gloom approaches.

So, here are 5 Reasons for smiling today despite fall creeping into winter:

1. Receiving mail in my new, little postbox.  

My best friend, who has made move #2 down under to Oz, is too thoughtful.  I received a lovely card welcoming me to my new home.  She has  inspired me to get back on the penpal bandwagon.  So, I’m promising her and myself to take much needed time for some old fashioned penmanship.

2. Kristin’s Backpack’s big win at TESL Ontario Conference.

Back in the summer, Kristin’s Backpack entered an ESL blog contest for TESL Ontario’s ESL Week 2011.  They decided to hand me first prize in the category with an invite to the welcome reception in order to mingle with other teachers in the field and receive a nice certificate!  No fame or fortune out of it, but I think I managed to snag in a few more readers.  Aside from the blog, I got to see what a booming field ESL is and I’m excited to be a part of it!

3. Crisp walks, sunny bike rides, and a cozy apartment 

When the clouds to decide to part, the sun shine on a cold day can feel surprisingly rejuvenating.  I am getting more comfortable biking in the city, and there’s something unique to say about getting a 30 minute ride before starting your work day, wheeling through crunchy, colourful leaves.  At the same time, evening walks, bundled with a scarf and toque, with the cold air brushing your cheeks, seems to refresh me from even the most tiring day!  After those cool walks, my warm, cozy apartment is feeling more and more like home.  Lounging on the couch with a hot cup of tea (and warm banana bread from a nearby mart) is a perfect way to relax in the new season.

4. Warm Meals with Friends

Feeling more and more like a Torontonian, it feels quite lovely to skip over across town to meet some mates for a dinner visit of delicious international food.  There’s not much better than gabbing across a table while eating a great meal.  I hope mid- week dates never go out of style (even when the snow comes)!

5.  Vacation Planning

That’s right. Team Canada-Kiwi is hitting the road again.  We decided to take advantage of some flight deals and hop over the ocean before my new job starts.  We are making the New Zealand visit for 3 weeks!  It will be a busy trip, with family and friend visits piling up.  I’m so excited to see this place I’ve heard so much about.   Seeing my Kiwi in his natural habitat will provide many more blog post topics, I’m sure.

I’d love to hear about what keeps you afloat during these dreary, post- colourful fall/pre-white winter months!

 

Photo Credits:http: Keene and Chesney County, Smithsonian Institution, National Library NZ

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Share a Smile

Halloween has come and gone.  November is here in full force, starting off with a few sunny days, and finishing the week off with some clouds, in regular November style.

My body’s a bit tired this week, but my mind is smiling from ear to ear.

We all need little pick-me-ups as the November gloom approaches.

So, here are 5 Reasons for smiling today despite fall creeping into winter:

1. Receiving mail in my new, little postbox.  

My best friend, who has made move #2 down under to Oz, is too thoughtful.  I received a lovely card welcoming me to my new home.  She has  inspired me to get back on the penpal bandwagon.  So, I’m promising her and myself to take much needed time for some old fashioned penmanship.

2. Kristin’s Backpack’s big win at TESL Ontario Conference.

Back in the summer, Kristin’s Backpack entered an ESL blog contest for TESL Ontario’s ESL Week 2011.  They decided to hand me first prize in the category with an invite to the welcome reception in order to mingle with other teachers in the field and receive a nice certificate!  No fame or fortune out of it, but I think I managed to snag in a few more readers.  Aside from the blog, I got to see what a booming field ESL is and I’m excited to be a part of it!

3. Crisp walks, sunny bike rides, and a cozy apartment 

When the clouds to decide to part, the sun shine on a cold day can feel surprisingly rejuvenating.  I am getting more comfortable biking in the city, and there’s something unique to say about getting a 30 minute ride before starting your work day, wheeling through crunchy, colourful leaves.  At the same time, evening walks, bundled with a scarf and toque, with the cold air brushing your cheeks, seems to refresh me from even the most tiring day!  After those cool walks, my warm, cozy apartment is feeling more and more like home.  Lounging on the couch with a hot cup of tea (and warm banana bread from a nearby mart) is a perfect way to relax in the new season.

4. Warm Meals with Friends

Feeling more and more like a Torontonian, it feels quite lovely to skip over across town to meet some mates for a dinner visit of delicious international food.  There’s not much better than gabbing across a table while eating a great meal.  I hope mid- week dates never go out of style (even when the snow comes)!

5.  Vacation Planning

That’s right. Team Canada-Kiwi is hitting the road again.  We decided to take advantage of some flight deals and hop over the ocean before my new job starts.  We are making the New Zealand visit for 3 weeks!  It will be a busy trip, with family and friend visits piling up.  I’m so excited to see this place I’ve heard so much about.   Seeing my Kiwi in his natural habitat will provide many more blog post topics, I’m sure.

I’d love to hear about what keeps you afloat during these dreary, post- colourful fall/pre-white winter months!

 

Photo Credits:http: Keene and Chesney County, Smithsonian Institution, National Library NZ

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
About Me


Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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Looking for some interesting reading material? Check out my Reading Picks and Bookworm post for some ideas! 

               
This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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