Life Lately

Hello, Readers.

I turned 43 last Saturday. Instead of a big birthday bash (which never happens, anyway. Lol.), I opted to drag my family to my city’s contribution to the Resistance. Winnipeg Walk for Human Rights’ main purpose was to let the world know that our city, our province, our country is open to everyone. It was also our way of walking hand in hand with our Muslim brethren especially in light of what happened in Quebec. I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate the country where I live in right now. We are progressive and our sitting provincial administration, though, Conservatives still care about the very foundation this country on which it was built.

I was sure that I would get grief from my family for marching in below 10-degree weather, but actually, they expressed their gratitude for having “forced” them to go. It’s great to be out and be a part of the community for once and ever since then, my husband and I have been talking about politics more and more. I greatly appreciate this newfound point of interest because the last year and a half or so had been frustrating for me. Literally no one in my family wanted to talk about politics so I have been involved in way too many social media debates which weren’t fun at first because I was letting it get to me. Nowadays, I’ve developed a much thicker skin so trolls don’t bother me anymore.

This is me. I didn’t have a pink toque (beanie, for you Americans) so this is my version of it. I did wear a bright pink scarf, though. The walk wasn’t very far but it was certainly a cold day. And then afterwards, my husband took me to the bookstore for my birthday treat. I picked up quite a few books which I will share on my Hoarders post sometime next week.

The walk was great. I was mostly in a reflective mood. I was able to think about how different this birthday has been for me in comparison to the previous ones I’ve had. I’ve matured in some ways and regressed in some and I’m okay with that because it’s me, all me and I don’t have to be sorry for anything. I’m looking forward to what life has in store for me.

Come at me, bro.


  • Aw, what a great story. That sounds like something so awesome to do for your birthday, happy late birthday!!! Hope this year is amazing for you!

    Nereydaβ”‚ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  • Happy (belated) Birthdaaaaaaaaaaay! You’re kind of a badass for convincing your family to participate in the Winnipeg Walk for Human Rights πŸ˜€

  • Fuck the trolls, and I’m glad you got to march <3

    • I feel like that’s been my battlecry lately (fuck the trolls!). Lol.

  • Eee, you are gorgeous Joy πŸ˜€ And happy belated birthday sweetest girl. <3 So glad you had an amazing day. And so so glad you got to do something that you really wanted πŸ™‚ All the hugs. <3

  • Happy belated Birthday, Joy! I’m
    glad you were able to spend that day with your family doing a thing close to
    your heart. You know the older I get the more reflective mood I have on my
    Birthdays. Where is all that wild joy of youth?

    • Thank you, dear. <3 Sigh. I think I shed the wildness of my youth when I hit 18, to be honest.

  • Happy birthday Joy. I’m glad you decided to do something for yourself and to support other humans in our world!

  • Happy birthday! You rock! Love that you marched and I love your hat. Just make sure you have room to hold all the US blogging refugees… just kidding…. sorta? LOL Seriously… keep #resisting because I think it helps us here under Lord Dampnut’s rule. πŸ˜€

    • Come over! I have room. πŸ˜€ Hahaha! Lord Dampnut. That’s hilarious!

  • Happy Birthday and I’m happy you got to bring it in in such an awesome way. I’ve also had to develop thick skin considering all the trolls that on social media. Keep standing up for your beliefs!

    • Thanks, hun! Can’t let that shit pass us by, you know? Now more than ever, we need to do our part in correcting any falsehoods and propaganda.

  • Happy Birthday hun!! I do like that Canada seems to be progressive. It makes me envious at times of my family that lives up there. What a great way to spend time with your family, doing something you believe in so strongly.

    • It continues to amaze me when i read about the kind of things the US political parties debate about. I mean, we’re not perfect, but the government knows what’s important to Canadians (like livable wages, healthcare…etc). And thank you! <3

  • Greg Hill

    Happy birthday!! Glad you got to march. To be honest I kinda envy Canada right now, they seem a lot more secure in their progressivism where here in the States (as is obvious) it’s like two different countries. Just my take. Anyway glad you had a wonderful birthday!

    • Thanks, Greg! It also helps that we’re not tied down to bipartisanship. Canadians have several political parties to follow. πŸ˜€

  • Happy Birthday, Joy! I have a few months on you but we are pretty close in age. It looks like a great event (even with the cold).

  • Sounds like a great way to spend your birthday, well, minus the cold!

    • Hahaha! We’re used to cold but I’ve got to say that spring is coming way too early for my taste. I don’t know if I should be happy about that.

  • Happy Belated Birthday, Joy!! What a great way to spend your birthday. That’s fabulous that your family went with you and appreciated you making them go.

    Middle fingers to anyone being mean to you online. Keep being you, you’re one of the good ones.

    • Thanks, hun! Yeah, I’m not at all bothered by trolls anymore. πŸ˜€

  • Beautiful! Happy belated birthday, Joy! What a wonderful way to celebrate, too – such a great cause and to have your family there with you. I love it!

  • Omg so old πŸ˜› Kidding, kidding!! I honestly thought you were in your early to mid thirties.

    Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a good day overall despite the freezing weather and enjoy all the books you picked up πŸ™‚

  • I’m back! Happy belated birthday, Joy! I’m not that into politics but I’ve become a little more aware of things due to the craziness in the U.S. and all the politics-related tweets in my feed. I’m glad though that you’ve managed to get your husband more interested and your kids involved. We’ve been talking a little bit about racism and segregation at school due to Black History Month and it’s amazing to see what kinds of connections and questions the kids come up with.

    • I think it’s becoming more and more unavoidable nowadays, isn’t it? We can run but we can’t hide. :/

  • Happy belated birthday Joy! I’m so sorry I missed it.

    What a wonderful way to have spent the day, having the family along to support a cause so dear to your heart. It must have been great to have the kids involved too, to learn about why people protest and how they can support members of the community in years to come themselves.

    The hubby and I get into quite heated discussions about politics at home, I definitely need that outlet too or I would find myself trolling the ignorant on Twitter as well. You’re positively inspirational Joy <3

    • Thanks, Kelly! *smooches* Today, he told me that I should apply for a Nordstrom credit card so I can do my part in the #GrabYourWallet movement. I had to double back and give him the side eye because I honestly don’t know who kidnapped my husband and replaced him with this much better version. LOL.

  • Happy “belated” Birthday! You definitely do no look that age (you look my age, like 30s)

  • Happy belated birthday, Joy! I turned 43 yesterday, so we can bond over that. LOL! Somehow I didn’t have you in my birthday calendar. Is it okay if I add you? Anyway, I’m glad that you got to do something meaningful and fulfilling with your day—that seems like an amazing way to spend a birthday.

    • Thanks, Nicole! Oh, absolutely! That’s great that you have a birthday calendar for bloggers. You’re so sweet!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Happy Belated Birthday. I’m glad you were able to go to the walk with your family and your husband is more open to talking about politics. I definitely talk about it more than I used too! Love your beanie! πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Lauren. πŸ˜€ I talk about it so much that my co-workers think I should be in government. Little do they know that I’m absolutely useless when it comes to the politics here in Canada. LOL.

  • I am glad you were able to have a good birthday and attend a march as well. It’s so good to be part of a community which is working towards a better life for more people. As for having someone to talk politics with, I am so glad you do now. My older sister is into journalism, and basically everyone in my family reads news, is politically active or has political opinions. I debate and discuss with them a lot, and I can’t imagine being without people to talk politics with. Especially when it comes to outrage at certain situations and actions of CERTAIN people lately…

    • It was such a great feeling. My first time being at a march so it was pretty exciting and overwhelming.

  • I toast you on your monumental birthday and wish you a great year of books and travel. We are the same age just about – I will hit 43 in September. πŸ™‚

  • Happy belated birthday Joy! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday, it sounds like your family really found it worthwhile as well. Sometimes we do need to reflect and it sounds like you’re definitely making a difference!

    • Thanks, Jeann! I choked a little when we sang the Canadian anthem. πŸ˜€

  • RO

    There comes a point in life where we need to take a stand, and it’s admirable that you’ve been doing this for quite a while. Happy Birthday! What better way to celebrate than with a bookstore trip. Yay! Hugs…

  • Karen

    Happy Birthday!

    Can I come live with you there? lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • Hahahah! Absolutely!

      Thanks for the greets!

  • I think I wished you happy birthday on instagram, but if I didn’t, Happy Birthday late! Doing that walk is so exciting to me. My sister and her friends were involved in one last week back in Kentucky. If I was younger and could still walk without having to sit constantly, I would have been right in the middle here. So I am living vicariously through others that are involved. Always fun to go to a bookstore, although now I look at the books and then request them on my Kindle-unless it’s a used bookstore. Hope you have a good week Joy!

  • kindlemom1

    Happy Birthday! Glad you got to spend it doing something you wanted and believe it. πŸ˜‰

  • Belated happy birthday πŸ™‚ that is quite the way to celebrate!

    I love how political everyone on my Twitter and Facebook feeds has suddenly become (although it’s pretty irksome that we now feel like we have to protest regularly). I was thinking about joining a political party here (the Greens, who are as left I can get) but I’m hoping to work at the next state election instead (March), we shall see how it goes (if they don’t want me, I’ll join the Greens then lol)

    • Thanks!

      And good luck with your political leanings. πŸ˜€

  • Gahh! I feel bad for missing your birthday!! I hope it was a wonderful one and wishing you all the very best for this year ahead.
    And I think your way of celebrating is absolutely the best idea ever. I love it. I hope to participate in one of the Science Marches, and I’m looking forward to experiencing that feeling you experienced.

    • Oh, don’t feel bad. It was a great day! And I got a lot of books. LOL.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    What an awesome birthday and to share that experience with your family is pretty fantastic. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. Happy Birthday!!

    • Thanks, Christina! It took a lot of guts, I tell ya. ^.^

  • Oh happy birthday lady.

  • A belated Happy Birthday!! And what a great idea to celebrate with a march and a bookshop!
    Politically I have joined a party for the first time ever this month, the Greens. Between Trump in the US and May in the UK, it’s scary times and I feel I need to be doing Something.

    • Thank you! My hands are tied because I’m Canadian so it’s not like I can do something besides trolling the trolls and do my part in correcting their “alternative facts”. LOL.

  • Happy Birthday!

  • Hey hey, foxy lady, Happy Birthday!! That’s great that the whole family joined & had a good time. Hahaha – you and the twitter trolls. They’re too easy sometimes. πŸ˜‰

    • RIGHT? I love when you hit them with facts and niceties and then they lose their shit. That’s my favourite. LOL.