Today I’m sharing a couple of my favorite things from the past week.

A much needed haircut

I finally got myself to a salon and got a haircut! It’s been a long time coming. My last haircut was nearly a year before the pandemic started, in April or May of 2019. I think my hair was the longest it had ever been. The reason I waited so long to get my haircut was because of Covid. I’ve been taking a lot of precautions still (masking when I’m indoors in public spaces, doing curbside pickup of groceries, etc), so going into a salon was anxiety provoking. I kept thinking that if I waited long enough the Covid risk would go way down, but cases are currently on the rise here in Calgary, so I figured I should get it done now before it gets even worse.

I ended up going to Red Bloom, which was a new salon to me. I had checked out a few other places, and I was impressed that Red Bloom was still taking a bunch of Covid precautions. I felt as safe as I could be and thankfully my anxiety wasn’t too bad while I was there. Mariah spend some time finding out what I wanted and by the time she started cutting my hair I felt like I was in good hands. I told her that I wanted a lot of length taken off, but still long enough to get into a ponytail for workouts. There’s nothing worse than sweaty hair in your face in the middle of doing burpees.

I’m really liking how it turned out. I have super straight hair that I have trouble getting to curl. She did some beachy waves and gave me some tips on how to re-create them at home. I also bought a couple of Evo products while I was there – the Shebang-a-bang dry wax and the Icon Welder heat protector. I have another appointment scheduled with Mariah in a few months so it definitely won’t be another year or more before my next hair cut.

Sheltering Rain

The latest library book that I’ve been reading is Sheltering Rain (affiliate link) by Jojo Moyes. I’m a huge fan of Jojo Moyes. I don’t think I’ve read a book of hers that I didn’t enjoy. The same is true with this one. I’m about two thirds of the way through it and it’s really good. It’s set in Ireland. While I haven’t visited (yet), it’s definitely on my short list of places to go. It looks like such a beautiful place. It’s also the place that my parents met. They were both vacationing there and the rest is history.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Estranged from her mother since she ran away from her rural Irish home as a young woman, Kate swore a future oath that she’d always be a friend to her daughter, Sabine. But history has a way of repeating itself, and Kate now faces an ever-widening chasm between herself and her daughter. With Sabine about to make her own journey to Ireland to see the grandmother Kate abandoned, Kate is left wondering how they ever made it here, and what she can do to close the gap between them. 

For Joy, seeing her granddaughter is a dream come true. After the painful separation from Kate, she’s looking forward to having time with Sabine. Yet almost as soon as the young woman arrives, the lack of common ground between them deflates her enthusiasm. And when Sabine’s impetuous, inquisitive nature forces Joy to face long-buried secrets from her past, she realizes that perhaps it’s time to finally heal old wounds.


Tim Hortons is a Canadian staple. I know that they had/have locations in parts of the US too though. They’re a Canadian chain that’s known for their donuts and coffee. They even have their own lingo like at Starbucks. My brother always orders a “double double” which is a coffee with double cream and double sugar. They have the best hot chocolate. It’s actually my favorite place to get hot chocolates from. When I was in London and met up with a friend, I brought her a canister of Tim Horton’s hot chocolate as a thank you for showing us around London.

They call their donut holes Timbits. I think it’s been years since I last had them. I picked up a coffee for my dad the other day and decided to get him some Timbits too. I ate two of them and I had forgotten how good they are. My favorite flavor have always been the sprinkle ones and I can confirm that they’re just as tasty as I remember them to be. Hopefully it won’t be years before I have them again.

What was a favorite thing of yours from this week? Leave me a comment below telling me about it.

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Friday Favorites: Haircut + Timbits
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