I was against reading classics for a really long time. It was for pretty stupid reasons, too. I thought they would bore me to death and usually by the time I entertained the idea of reading the book, there was already a movie version available, so why even bother?

Title page of a copy of Pride and Prejudice

Boy, was that a big mistake. Now I’m catching up on what I like to think is required reading for anyone who wants to be a writer. My favourite classic so far is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s the story of proud and sassy Elizabeth Bennet, who does all she can not to lose her mind when she’s around her mother who’s obsessed with seeing all the Bennet girls married to rich bachelors, or lose her patience with her sister Lydia who would be right at home with the boy crazy girls of Jersey Shore, or lose her heart to Mr. Darcy who absolutely infuriates her with his prejudice towards her lower status.

Yes, there are a bunch of great movie adaptations you could watch instead (the one starring Keira Knightly is my fave), but this is seriously a book worth reading.

If classics make you turn up your nose, I suggest you pick this book up and turn your nose down at the pages instead because it really is one of the best pieces of work ever written. And if you really need something more modern to get you in the mood first, you can also check out the awesome and hilarious YouTube series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Screen shot of a scene from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Lizzie is holding up a tshirt that says "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man..."

Have you read Pride and Prejudice? What did you think? And if you haven’t why are you prejudiced against classics? (Hah! See what I did there?)

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Once upon a time, I was an event planner that loved the rush of putting together a successful event. I did it all – small fundraisers, huge charity galas, concerts for local musicians, and even a few club nights that enticed people to make tons of mistakes in the spirit of the “true university experience” (no, I’m not naming names) – and I was absolutely addicted to the high I got from being balls out stressed about everything. Come on, I can’t be the only one, right? Right?? Fine, it was a little weird…

Orange lilies in a vase

The one thing that most of my events had in common is that they had to have an amazing theme. And even though my professional event planning days are over, I still love a good theme party. Like the Waffle Fete that my friend, Miss Fit, threw just for the hell of it.

Waffles on a plate with juice, maple syrup, and fruit in the background

The day called for waffles with delicious fixings and toppings, and a side of hipster for extra iron-y.

Thick black frame glasses on a plate with tall napkin in the background

We made epic chicken and waffle sandwiches…

Picture of two waffle pieces with fried chicken, thousand island dressing, lettuce and tomato in the middle.

… and waffles with toppings like blueberries, strawberries, Nutella, caramel, ice cream, and good ol’ maple syrup.

Waffle with blueberries, raspberries, caramel syrup, ice cream, and Nutella on top

You also had your choice of water, juice, or tea, which all go perfectly with waffle delights, as well as sangria with an extra dose of vodka, which goes perfectly with – let’s be honest – anything.

Jug of white sangria beside a white pot of tea

How adorable are these Hello Kitty waffles by the way? Almost too good to eat adorable, that’s how. But I did anyway. And yes, they were purrrfect.

Hello Kitty shaped waffles made with a Hello Kitty waffle iron

What was the last theme party you went to?

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It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Would you believe me if I said that I have a good reason for my absence? How about a couple of good reasons?

Before I get into them, I wanted to share one of my little traditions with you. The night before my birthday, I always make a list of things that happened within the past year. It can be things I did, things that happened to me, and things that happened in my world that I always want to remember.

When I turned eighteen, I made a list of seventeen things. When I turned nineteen, I made a list of eighteen… you get the idea. Then, when midnight hits and I’m officially another year older, I immediately add one item to the list to complete my age. I make it a wish for the year, something that I want to happen for myself and strive for, so that when my next birthday comes, I can hopefully add that to my list of accomplishments.

I’ve been making these lists since I was in high school and it’s a great way to remind myself to always live a life worth writing – or in this case listing – about. I like to think it’ll also come in handy when I’m an old lady, married to Ryan Gosling, and have a hard time remembering my life due to Alzheimer’s… what do you mean this already happened to someone else in a movie?!

Anyway, in a few weeks, another birthday is going to pass, and these are some of the things that happened in the last four months that I’ll be putting on this year’s list:

I ran the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon – my first one ever! (Stay tuned for a post on that experience).

Karra Barron's bib for the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon

I got some sun in Vegas for a friend’s bachelorette party. Here’s the amazing view we got to wake up to every morning:

View of Las Vegas from a room in the Aria hotel

My friend Kali and I channeled our inner Sherlock Holmes for the BC Lung Association’s annual Rush Vancouver Urban Race and Scavenger Hunt.

Team Wolfpack's completed cluebook for the Bc Lung Association's Rush Vancouver Urban Race and Scavenger Hunt

I raced around in a giant hamster ball during a work event.

Karra Barron posing inside of an inflatable plastic ball

I turned rainbow for Colour Me Rad Vancouver.

Karra Barron covered in different coloured powder after running the Color Me Rad Vancouver 5K

What’s something you’ve done this year that you’d add to your Birthday List?


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