Travel Blog (Toronto/Niagara Falls): Part 3 — Food and Miscellaneous ♨

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This is exciting. We’re finally at the last part of my first ever travel blog. It’s been fun, but pretty tiring. Each blog post consisted of content that took me up to two hours to complete. Can you even imagine if they were all in one blog? This blog however will be fairly short. In part one, I talked about hotels. In part two, I talked about sights and attractions. Now for part three, I will be showing all of you bloggers some awesome stuff that I bought at gift shops, and that you can pick up, too, as well as a couple of restaurants. Let’s begin, shall we?

Restaurants 

I went to a bunch of restaurants, but these were my ultimate favourites:

And if I had to pick from one of these, I would definitely choose The Grand Buffet without hesitation. The other ones were good, but this one just can’t be beat. It can get a little pricey, it’s $40 per person not including tax, so for just two people it can come up to almost $100 with tax. However, everything is perfect. The view, the scenery, the service, the food, the way everything is prepared, etc. This buffet has everything. No, I mean it. Ask me if they have it, and the answer will be yes. I got full on calamari rings. So tasty. They had every kind of food from every kind of culture, it was amazing. Their deserts were out of this world. IT WAS JUST SO GOOD. If you’re ever in Niagara Falls, please go there. Please. You will thank me a million times. Also, a plus is, kids under the age of 12 eat for free, so it’s great for families all over. 🙂 A part that I absolutely adored about this restaurant was the chocolate fountain. Mmmm. And, they have a balcony in which you can go out and see the falls and take pictures if you’d like.

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© The Grand Buffet

The chocolate fountain having pineapple dipped into it.

The chocolate fountain having pineapple dipped into it.

Shopping

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. . . did I mention yet that I loved shopping? In my other blogs, for sure, yes. Along with all of the amazing clothes, shoes, make-up, and more from Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Claire’s, etc, I also bought a lot of unique things that I want to share with you guys. Keep reading to see. 

CN TOWER

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From the CN Tower, I got a beautiful painting. My room is full of paintings, I love artwork so much. This picture is of downtown Toronto during fall from the island. It’s hanging on my wall near one of my closets and my laptop area, so I can always look at it while I’m blogging. Then, I got an awesome change purse and some cool Canadian maple leaf earrings. 

RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM 

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The aquarium was loads of fun! I got a cool shark tooth necklace, a real one. It’s anywhere between 5 to 60 million years old. Then, I got a mood ring. Ever since I was a little kid, every time I go on a trip I buy a mood ring in whatever city I’m visiting. Weird, I know, but, it’s tradition. Why ruin it now? I also got one of those things that’s full of water and has a bunch of tiny floating items in it, and when you turn it they all swim everywhere. They’re all shaped like marine animals. I love playing with those things. Yep, it can actually keep me entertained. Then, I bought a sting ray plush. Just because it was cute. I didn’t show its pattern, but it’s pink and blue and has spirals on it. Too cute!

SPIRITUAL EMPORIUM 

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Out of all of the places, I have to say, this is the most unique store I went to. It’s called “Spiritual Emporium”, and they have everything from voodoo dolls to perfumes. So you can go there if you want to put a hex on someone, or spray on some scent that give you “magical powers”. Haha, okay, maybe not that much. But they have stones for a bunch of different things. I bought a scent for success. You spray it on whenever you want to be successful at something. So far I’ve used it twice, and it only worked one of the times. Not sure if it works, but it’s called “Moon Beezy” and it does smell nice. I also got a stone . . . I’m going to be keeping it a secret what it does. 😉 Sure hope it works! The papers are for how to clean the rock when I feel like it’s been touched by the wrong person or hexed, and the other sticky note is of a spiritual trick that a girl that worked there showed me how to do. Again, I’m keeping this one to myself.

HERSHEY’S 

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I don’t need to write a bunch to get the point across of how awesome this is. Instead, I’ll just write down in point form what I got.

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Hoodie
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Flip Flops
  • Kisses Journal
  • Scented Body Gel
  • Hershey’s Body Lotion
  • Kisses Pajamas (comfiest things ever, by the way)
  • Jolly Rancher Cherry Lip Balm

The Hershey’s things were almost $200, just for those. But they were worth it—I love every single item. 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY

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Do you see that? Let me explain to you—that is what perfection looks like, friends. It’s the best fudge I’ve ever had in my entire life. I only had it once other than this, in Stratford when I went to go see a few plays. Then I saw that they had it in one of the large malls I went to, and I jumped at the chance to get it. They have a variety of different types of fudge. They have fudge, candy apples, cookies, truffles, and basically everything you can imagine to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours. MORE, PLEASE! It’s getting me hungry, now I want more fudge . . . 😥 R.I.P to my fudge, eaten and gone so soon. I also went to this one smoothie place, and my boyfriend and I got the peach cherry flavour. Again, can I have more?


THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR READING ALL THREE PARTS OF MY FIRST TRAVEL BLOG! It was fun, and tiring, and for some reason, I wrote all three of them between 1 AM to 3 AM. Why? Don’t ask—I guess I’m just more active at those times. Plus, I got Starbucks here with me, too. That helps. Jacob and I had an amazing/lovely trip together, and we can’t wait to do more travelling with each other in the future! Also, today’s my birthday. Happy birthday to me! 😀

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

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Travel Blog (Toronto/Niagara Falls): Part 2 — Sights and Attractions ☼

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Part two of my first travel blog is finally here! Of course, three days late, but better late than never. So, let’s do this. Part one was focusing on hotels, and part two is focused on places I went and stuff. Hopefully some of you travellers will find this helpful, and if you’re around the city you can check out these different things to do. Ready? Okay. 

Lifetime Athletic Gym

Our very first day—after getting off the train and eating some nasty KFC—we stopped at a gym that was the fanciest gym I’ve ever laid eyes on in my life. Called “Lifetime Athletic”. It was incredible, and the price isn’t bad for all you get. It ranges from $80-$100.00/month per person, and there’s also family deals. We just walked inside and got a tour from one of the staff working there that day. It’s too bad that there’s not one in Windsor, because the gym I go to is really crappy in comparison, and it’s $40.00 monthly. But for those who live in the Toronto/Mississauga area, I highly recommend that you go check out this gym. It has: rock climbing, indoor pool, outdoor pool, classes, personal trainers, indoor basketball court, indoor soccer field . . . I’ll stop there. But, it’s crazy. And there’s also a restaurant inside the gym, as well as a juice bar, waiting room with HDTVs and massage chairs and get this . . . there’s a makeup/beauty store in the gym. Now that I think is going a little overboard. Click here for more details on how you can get a membership today.

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Makeup & Beauty Store

Outdoor Pool

Outdoor Pool

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And then, I had to go back a week later to this:

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© GoodLife Fitness

 

Indoor Skydiving 

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Indoor skydiving! Personally, I’m the type of person who’d rather have the real authentic deal, so this doesn’t really appeal to me to much. Besides, it really wasn’t as awesome as it looks. I was so excited to go, because it’s a big building, so you’d think you get to drop from the ceiling, right? There’s this little tube you go into and air blows you around and that’s pretty much it. It’s over $80 per person for two flights, and over $100 for four flights, and there’s also family package deals for about $180+. You also have to go through a couple hours of a course, so they can teach you what to do and how to put on your skydiving outfit properly and all the techniques and stuff. You get approximately four minutes to fly, and you get to fly twice with your package. I want to say this place is really awesome, but the truth is, it’s kinda a money waster. But if you’re looking for a few hours of fun, and want to kill some time, I’d say, check this place out for sure. Here’s their website for more information: Click here.

Movies

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This isn’t too special. Even most small cities have movie theatres. But hey, they were sure a lot fancier than the movie theatres I’m used too. They were huge and had a whole bunch of goodies in them. It was cool. I don’t want this to turn into a movie review blog, but here are the movies that we saw:

The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars 

Maleficent

Maleficent

Like I said, I don’t want this to turn into a movie review blog post but I will go over what I thought of the movies. We saw Maleficent first, and I really liked it. My boyfriend didn’t really like any of the movies, but he liked this one more than the other one, haha. Maleficent was what Sleeping Beauty should have been. All very good actors, all very beautiful, an interesting story. However it was very predictable, but that’s okay. It was definitely the better version of Sleeping Beauty, and Angelina Jolie looked awesome as for usual. 

My Rating = 7.5/10

Jacob’s Rating = 6/10

And I’ve never read the book for “Fault in our Stars”,  but I was definitely expecting something different. I was really excited to see this movie, and the whole day I bugged my boyfriend about how much fun it was going to be and jokingly he’d obviously say he wasn’t excited at all. The whole movie had one tone: depressing. Personally I believe that a good movie should have a whole variety of moods to keep the viewer intrigued. Happy, sad, angry, excited, etc. But the entire movie was basically “Oh my gosh I’m going to die life sucks” and even when the two lovers met it just felt stale. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on it at all, I think it was very well planned out and has good characters that were written strongly. But it just isn’t my cup of tea. What’s funny is my boyfriend had a cold that night, so he was sniffling every minute and at the end he said, “I tried to hold it in because I didn’t want anyone to think that I was crying.” Haha. He also jokingly called the movie “disgusting”—but he always does that, just to make me laugh.

My Rating = 7/10

Jacob’s Rating = 5/10

Hit up Flickster to discover what movies are playing in your area today. [I keep writing it “Flickerster” . .  I must be exhausted.]

Canoeing/Kayaking 

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I absolutely adore canoeing. I go several times per summer, sometimes during the fall and spring, too. I love it when you’re out on open water, hardly anything surrounding you. Everything’s calm, it’s just you and the boat and a paddle and everything’s serene and pure. Plus, I love Canadian geese! They’re little cuties, and we got so close to them! And we saw them run on water, which was also the most cutest thing in the world. I’m sorry to all my readers out there but I don’t remember what the name of this park was! But to go canoeing, you can just search up online the closest parks to the areas in which you live in. Also, if anyone knows what park this is, you can drop me a comment in the box below. We also had a BBQ, even though we burnt the corn, it was still delish. We had salted butter. Yes.

CN Tower

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Let me start off by saying that the CN Tower is definitely one of my favourite things to do when visiting Toronto. Every time I’m there, I make an effort to go at least one time. I’m not afraid of heights, but sometimes it makes me queasy. Especially when you’re on the elevator and you’re going up thousands of feet and you feel your ears popping. The whole elevator is glass. The floor, the sides, everything. It can be a little overwhelming for people who get nervous around heights, so I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone. There is also a fee to go up. The rates vary. 

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The CN Tower is spectacular. The views are incredible, you can practically see all of Toronto. For several years, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest building. Now, it’s the third tallest. They also have three different restaurants. Horizons, 360, and Le Café. All are pretty expensive, the most expensive is 360, then Horizons, then Le Café. Reservations are recommended. Also, I absolutely loved the gift shop there! But then again, I love gift shops anywhere! Also, you can rent rooms here for special occasions. See the website below for more details.

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THE GLASS FLOOR (aka one of my favourite parts of the CN Tower).

THE GLASS FLOOR (aka one of my favourite parts of the CN Tower).

Lying down on the Glass Floor.

Lying down on the Glass Floor.

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For more information on the CN Tower located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, click here.

Ripley’s Aquarium 

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I know I say this for basically everything, but . . . THIS WAS SO COOL! Of course I’d say that. If you know me, I’m a fish maniac and I love sharks and pretty much everything that lives underwater. Again, there is a fee to go in, but it’s around $20-$30 per person and never more. Let’s take a look at some of my fave pics, shall we?:

And as for always, here’s the website: Click here.

Another funny thing that happened, was, as I was taking pictures of the entrance and of the CN Tower, a girl was also taking pictures. We collided, and she started apologizing like I was going to kill her. She looked at me, basically screamed, and said: “Oh my God, no, no, are you okay?! I AM SO SORRY! I AM SO SORRY! ARE YOU OKAY?!” She was cute, I don’t know if I looked intimidating or she just had a bad experience, or she was just overly friendly. We’ll never know.

Lakeshore

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Now, I’m terrible with directions. Absolutely horrible. So I don’t know exactly where Lakeshore is, but I can tell you (obviously) that it’s somewhere in the Toronto area. Lakeshore is basically a suburb, but a really pretty suburb. With tons of cute restaurants, stores, beaches and a lake with boats and yachts and a bunch of birds, ducks, and geese. We went shopping (more to come in part three of my blog). I also finally tried Second Cup for the first time. I had a frozen hot chocolate, and it tastes exactly like a real hot chocolate, but cold. It was incredible. I also went shopping and got a lot of cool things (I blew two whole pay cheques on my vacay.) All I have is pictures of the adorable birds/geese/ducks we fed. It was amazing, some got so close to us. We even taught one how to jump!

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. . . and more feeding ducks at other places . . .

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What can I say? I’m a total animal lover. And I bought them their very own soft salty pretzel. ‘Cause that’s what I do.

Niagara Falls

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Also known as, one of the prettiest and most touristy towns in all of Canada! It is gorgeous here, and there is so much stuff to do. Have to be honest, this is the place where I think I blew most of my money. We did so much amazing things here, that I’ll only mention a few. What’s your favourite thing to do in Niagara Falls?! The falls? The shopping? The hotels? The food? 

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Hershey’s & Coca-Cola Store

The view from our hotel room.

The view from our hotel room.

WARNING: Shopaholics will never want to leave. Oh! And chocolate and sweet lovers, too. It’s a good world sometimes. They’re not the same store, but they are connected to each other. They’re the only ones in all of Canada, and by far, I bet they make the most money of all the stores in Niagara Falls. It’s always packed. I won’t mention it in this blog, but part three is all about stuff I bought. Stay tuned, world.

HERSHEY LOVERS, CLICK HERE!  COCA-COLA LOVERS, CLICK HERE!

Carnival Rides

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Some of the rides were on top of the hotel and some were in the downtown area of Niagara Falls. The above pictures are the views I had from some of the rides! Way too fun. They also had an arcade in the hotel. I went and played Glow Golf, and a whole bunch of other games. We were also going to stop at the 4D movie theatre, but we didn’t have time with all of the cool stuff that we were up to.

Water Park

My wristband from the water park.

My wristband from the water park.

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© Fallsview Indoor Water Park

As you can tell, I had a pretty good time here. We spent two whole days here. The water park was on top of the hotel. It rocked. It had so much to do; we were always laughing. It also had a kid’s area, and a hot tub, and an indoor and outdoor pool and tons of water slides Some of the water slides I was too afraid to go on. I ended up going on all except one, the yellow one. I met two awesome girls there that encouraged me to go on the slides. But, I plan to be back for the yellow one. And I will. 

For their official website, please click here.

And, last but not least . . . shopping!

I ❤ SHOPPING! 🙂

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Hello everyone, it’s Victoria again, thanking each and every single one of you personally for reading my blogs. Sorry these are so long. The purpose of making three parts is so it wouldn’t drag on forever. Can you imagine if all of this was in one post? Ugh. It just wouldn’t work. My hotel blog (view here) is already up, and my food blog is coming soon, where I talk about the restaurants I’ve been too and the things I’ve bought. Again, thanks so much for reading! xoxo (also, my birthday is coming up on Thursday.) 😉

Love — Victoria Hecnar

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Writer’s Hand

Writer’s Hand: not the most attractive thing in the world, but it sure is the epitome of passion and hard work. It’s got some pen marks on it from writing ferociously, trying to keep up with the writer’s thoughts. And some white-out, too, because sometimes when you’re jotting down things that quickly, words become illegible. Also some orange highlighter because you always gotta take notes. Your fingers and hands are red in some places. And if you are a hardcore writer, you’re also going to have some calluses. The more you have, shows the more you write. This is why a lot of people choose to write on computers (myself included—but I also keep a journal.) While tons of writers get writer’s block, I’m over here with my writer’s hand. Is it even normal to get pen marks high up on your forearm? Probably not, I’m just a little crazy.

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A Quick Look At: Mackenzie High

So I’m pretty excited because (I’m going to call it a sneak peek) of Mackenzie High is now out. I call it that because it isn’t officially published yet, and there’s still some work left to do on it and I am still looking for a permanent publisher. But for the meantime, we have the sneak peek and I’m pretty happy with the way it all turned out. I also want to thank those who have purchased a copy of Mackenzie High and have provided me with some feedback. Everyone seems very engrossed with it and have both deep love and hatred for the characters, which is exactly how I wanted it to be. And—as mentioned before—this is only the beginning. There’s lots more to be done before Mackenzie High is released, but the journey has been awesome so far!

Here’s a look at:

The front cover . . .

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© Copyright Mackenzie High – Victoria Hecnar (2014)

The back cover . . .

© Copyright Mackenzie High - Victoria Hecnar (2014)

© Copyright Mackenzie High – Victoria Hecnar (2014)

The spine . . .

© Copyright Mackenzie High - Victoria Hecnar (2014)

© Copyright Mackenzie High – Victoria Hecnar (2014)

And, last but not least, a picture of the inside of the book . . .

 

 

© Copyright Mackenzie High - Victoria Hecnar (2014)

© Copyright Mackenzie High – Victoria Hecnar (2014)

I’ve been giving away several copies of books to my friends and family, but you can always check out my store if you click here. Soon there will be Mackenzie High merchandise available. A big thanks to everyone once more!


 

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Get Up To 50% Off On Mackenzie High

 

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Hey everyone! My book Mackenzie High is now available to buy on Lulu and Amazon (hopefully in stores soon, too.) I have given 40% off for everyone when they order Mackenzie High on Lulu! (No code necessary.) 

To gain an extra 10% off, add Mackenzie High to your shopping cart on Lulu. Then, at the checkout, use the promo code:

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For an additional 10% off! You can get Mackenzie High for 50% off! Promo code ends on July 31st, 2014 at 11:59 PM. The 40% off will still remain. Happy readings everyone, and enjoy the summer!

To Buy On Lulu For Your 50% Off Discount, Click Here.

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Mackenzie High = Complete

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Hey, everyone! It feels so great to be able to say this; Mackenzie High is officially complete! This is not the last revision, nor is this the last edition of the book. I know I still have a long way to go before Mackenzie High makes it big, but for now, this is certainly a start! This is the third time I have written a book. The first one in 2009, Five Hearts, was discarded, and rewritten as Mackenzie High in 2012, now the latest edition of Mackenzie High was written in 2014. I call Mackenzie High my first novel, though, as the characters from Five Hearts are basically the same.

Most of my novels took me only two months to write, but for this edition, I wrote for several months to make sure it’s perfect. Or, as close to perfect as it can be for now. I never have any spelling mistakes, but sometimes my grammar goes funky. And not the type like “your” or “you’re”, but sometimes I misuse words and therefore the sentence does not run as smoothly. For example, I wrote “coach” instead of “couch” and “make” instead of “made.” Yikes . . . I permitted myself to have 5 mistakes in this copy. If I find anymore then five, I swear, I’m going ape-shit on someone. There will always be fixes and new editions coming out, so the mistakes will be corrected. [I really hope it’s less than 5 this time.]

I’ve created a lot of the characters when I was eight years old; that was eight years ago. And I wrote Five Hearts when I was only twelve. So this book and its characters were there for me when I was growing up. They’ve become such an important part of my life, that I don’t know what I’d do without them. 

♥I LOVE MACKENZIE HIGH!♥

. . . and hopefully you will, too!

Mackenzie High is 665 pages at the moment. It’s such an amazing story with a really deep message, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I am so excited for my friends and family to read it. I’m giving away several copies to them! To order your own copy, you can either search “Victoria Hecnar” on Amazon or you can scroll to the top of my website, and click the “Store” button. Or, for direct access, click here.

Unfortunately, my publishers said based on the weight and material of the book, the book price had to be $55.00. But I am giving all of you a 40% off discount, dropping down the book to only $33.00! 

Mackenzie High means the world to me. In the future, I hope for it to be my career. Seriously, how cool does a world book tour sound? Answer: Very! Right now I’m just blessed to be given an opportunity to write my heart out, and I am also very thankful for being blessed with a talent of having a wild imagination, strong writing, and fast typewriting skills (LOL). Thank you so much to everyone reading this right now. Enjoy!

NOTE: MACKENZIE HIGH IS RATED 14+ FOR HEAVY LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE, DRUG/ALCOHOL RELATED CHAPTERS, SEXUAL CONTENT & PROFANITIES. 
Also note: there are no actual sex scenes in my book. Just wanted to clear that up. 
 

LOVE,

VICTORIA HECNAR

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Snails Have Feelings

Why are the snails always the first ones to die? And why do they die, one after the other? So prior to writing this blog post, I wrote one about my favourite fish, Engelbert, who passed away. There, I mentioned a few new aquatic friends that I got. Snails, one named Milly, and one named Jude. If you read the previous post, you’d know that I had a mother and a daughter snail before. The daughter snail would always ride on the mother’s shell, it was the cutest thing – then, the daughter died, and the mother refused to eat so she eventually died, too. The same thing happened; Milly and Jude were really close (I don’t know if they were relatives). And Milly died several weeks ago, and just a few days ago, Jude died, too. He again, refused to do anything, and ended up dying. This always happens to me! I absolutely love every single one of my pets, and I get really sad when they die. 

For fish (sometimes), dogs, cats, and small animals, it can be easy to tell why they passed. Illness, age, etc. For snails, I never know the reason. But, what I do know, is that every single animal has feelings. I’ve known people that think animals are “soulless”, and don’t have any feelings whatsoever. I’ve had pretty much any pet one can have, and spend tons of time with animals. I’ve learned that everything has feelings; even snails. The connections that they can make with one another and the emotional attachment they have to each other is beyond incredible. And no, they were not mates. They were the same gender and never had baby snails. So, there must be some sort of relationship between them, right? They must be able to feel some sort of emotion. It may not be quite like the relationships between humans, but everything definitely feels something. [One of my pet peeves is actually when people step on garden snails just to be cruel….grrr. Probably making a blog on pet peeves, soon. It could be interesting.]

In conclusion, losing your pets is sad, but I always look forward to getting more pets and learning more about animals! They’re awesome. 🙂 Also, sorry for not blogging much lately. Working, online courses and spending time with family/friends/Jacob is really time consuming. My new job is awesome, though; tons of fun! I’m teaching English to 13/14 year olds and am a tutor.

Hope to see ya in the blog-univerise soon,

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Victoria Hecnar xoxo ❤ 


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7 Tips To Reduce Stress

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7 Tips To Reduce Stress

Stress is one of the worst emotions to feel next to anger and depression. Stress can affect your everyday life, including your health and the way you interact with other people. Here’s 7 of my most favourite tips to reduce stress, whether it be the bad kind of stress, or the good kind. (Yes, there is a good kind; it can be a motivator to work harder at something which will later result in you feeling more confident.)


 

1.) Diagnose the problem 

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Nothing can be solved until you do this step. If you do not find out what it is that is bothering you, it can make you feel even more stress and prolong the issue. Is it something personal? Something work related? Did you have a lot to do this weekend, but you slacked off? Or are you and your best friend in a fight? You’re in charge of planning a dinner party at your house? Whatever your reason for the stress you’re feeling may be, it’s crucial to detect what it is first so you are able to target the problem directly. 

2.) Determine its size

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It’s always a good idea to ask yourself this question before taking action to deal with your stress. Is this something that will affect you in a year? How long has it been affecting you? And most importantly, is it in your reach to control, or out of your reach to control? For example, if you have three big projects due by the end of the week, that is definitely in your reach. With enough motivation you will be able to get them done, and done well. But if you’re stressed over what someone said to you, or what you said to someone, or maybe you’re stressed because your phone fell on concrete and smashed and there is no way to fix it, is not in your reach to control. Instead of taking action, you will have to find another way to cope with the stress in a healthy manner. Make sure you understand the size of your stress before proceeding.

3.) Create a plan of action

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This is my favourite way to reduce stress. Whenever I have a problem, I take out the note application on my phone and/or iPod and jot down a plan or action. This could mean anything from a timeline to a couple paragraphs explaining how you’re going to resolve a certain issue. For example:

7:00-8:00 PM = Work on Math Project

8:00-8:30 PM = Work on Science Project

8:30-9:00 PM = Break (etc, etc, etc . . . )

By listing every little thing that needs to be done, will save you a lot of pressure, stress, and is good for time management. By creating a to-do list with a timespan, you are able to set goals for yourself and when completed, give yourself a reward. If you’re going to be making a plan of action for something else, such as how you’re going to resolve a social issue, you can write a paragraph or two with steps and explain how you will resolve the issue. By doing this you can have a thorough plan made up and when you go to put it into action, you’ll never feel unprepared.

4.) Talk about it

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Whether that be a family member, a friend, a partner, or a therapist, talking about your problems is very therapeutic. To hear yourself speak the words you are thinking is helpful on its own. But by talking about it, you’re also letting your emotions run out and others to take that in. When someone sympathizes with what you’re telling them, you will feel better, too. If you are also seeking advice, make sure you go to someone who either has had the same situation as you, or someone you feel comfortable talking to. Even if it’s a small problem, and you wouldn’t mind telling the lady sitting next to you at the bus stop. Anything goes – talking about your problems helps you let go of some of that anger and stress, and allows others to give you new tips to cut down on that stress in your life.

5.) Write about it

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Much like talking about it, writing about it does the same thing except you are not letting anyone else into your thoughts. This is a much better solution for some, because they get to read what they wrote over and over again and come to conclusions on their own. Writing for many (including myself) is also like an escape from the real world; a place where you can write and say anything you want, and when you want to say it. Writing can be relaxing, and it’s almost as if you are venting to someone. If you are willing to let the cause of your stress go, then writing all of your feelings down somewhere can be a big help.

6.) Exercise

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No matter how much you hate it, you feel amazing when you accomplish a great workout! Movement melts away stress, gives you energy, and makes your endorphins pump all over your body. When you exercise, you not only feel good about yourself, but stress reduces because of the chemical that is being released throughout your body. You forget about your problems and are focusing on yourself and your workout, and the endorphins make you feel happy and strong. So, go hit up the gym!

7.) Rest

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Like stated at the beginning of this article, being tired can cause stress. Whether it’s because you only got two hours of sleep, you aren’t eating right, or it’s your T.O.M, being tired can make you feel very irritable and angry. Although getting 8 hours of sleep is a myth, because everyone needs a different amount of sleep, you still need to be rested in order to perform properly. Not only does it cause stress, it also makes all of your problems feel ten times the size that they really are. Have you ever had a really bad day, went home, took a nap, woke up, and then realized that there was nothing really to be cranky about to begin with? If you’re ever feeling stressed and exhausted, go take a much-needed nap. Your body and mindset will thank you later.


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Goodbye Engelbert

Engelbert’s Official Eulogy: It’s never easy when a pet dies. Especially one that you have formed such an emotional connection with. This post is about my fish. Before you call me crazy for loving a fish so much, I just want to say that he was more than a fish to me; he was more like a dog. (As crazy as that sounds). A pet is a pet no matter what . . . mostly, I don’t form an emotional connection with my pet fish, but for Engelbert, I had. He was born late August 2012 and lived until May 4th, 2014. 

The story starts off with me going to PetSmart on September 7th, 2012, to pick up some new fish. I had a fish named “Santa’s Favourite Elf” (don’t ask me why – me and an old friend named it) that had died, and I needed new ones. I bought a whole bunch of fish, including black goldfish and gold mystery snails. Then, a worker there came up to me and said: “Hi, we have a fish with only one eye and we can’t sell it, and nobody wants it, so do you want it? It’s free.” I was like, okay, cool, free fish! She showed me it, and at first I thought it was pretty ugly ’cause y’know one eye and everything. He didn’t lose it in a fight, he just was a very sick and mutated fish. His eye was actually still there, just dug really, really deep into his body so of course he was unable to use it. So there I am, I’m off with my new fish and whatever. I get home, put them in a tank. Within a month, every single one of the fish in there except for Engelbert was dead. (Also, I named him Engelbert because at the time I thought he needed an ugly name to fit him . . . That was so mean, he’s like the cutest fish ever) One of the black goldfish literally jumped out of the tank (stupid fish), and I found him on the floor, all dried up, with his tail sticking in the air. He must’ve been flapping around out of the water. He had a brother or sister, and then they died a week later. They stared out into the spot where he had jumped out, it was pretty sad. Fish have good relationships with each other and feelings, too. We don’t give fish enough credit. They’re not smart but they are way smarter than we give them credit for. Did you know fish can actually see in colour? Not many animals can. Fun fact. Anyway, caring on. Then the snails died. One was a mom and one was a daughter, it was so cute. The daughter would ride on the mom’s shell everywhere around the tank. But then, the daughter died, and the mother was so distraught she refused to come out of her shell so eventually she died, possibly from starvation because she refused to eat. I think there was other fish, too, but anyway, there was Engelbert. My brother and I had a mini contest going. He told me Engelbert would be the first to die, and I said, he’d be the last. I won. Woo-hoo. His tank was directly beside my bed, and I had the honour of being able to watch him almost 24/7. I even wrote a blog post over a year ago on my old blog about him. Soon, his infectious happiness just seemed to grow on me.

Engelbert was the happiest fish I have ever seen. Seriously. The healthiest fish I have ever had will just sit there staring off into nothing and only swim around when necessary. Engelbert was in pain half of his life, yet he loved food. And he was a smart cookie. I would show him his food, and he would swim in circles, flip around. Food excited him, it was so cute. My mom and I referred to him as a “dog”. That’s how he acted around food. Also, he loved money. If you put a bill up to his tank, he’d get really excited. Also if you waved to him – he loved people. Sometimes it looked like he even waved back.

Here is some of the conditions that he had and miraculously recovered from:

  • One eye missing
  • Poor swimmer
  • Excessive bloating 
  • Scales turning red, purple, and even black (he’s naturally a very bright orange fish)
  • Skin peeling off excessively
  • Internal and external bleeding
  • Weird tumorous looking bumps all over his body
  • Weird white spots all over his body
  • Cataract in one eye (as you all know, cataract is something you do not recover from. Once you have it, you have it for life unless you get immediate surgery on it. Engelbert’s whole eye turned pure white. No black. He couldn’t see and was completely blind; it was creepy to look at. A few days later and his eye was back to normal.)
  • Very weak immune system (which would lead to bacterial infections, and sickness)
  • Dropsy (a fatal bacterial infection that you do not recover from – this is how he died.)
  • And more

I used to call him my “miracle fish”. I still do. You know Finding Nemo, where Dory says: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming swimming swimming”? I also used to say that Engelbert was the one who invented that quote, because it just related to him so much. When he turned purple and bled and skin peeled, he would swim around more than any of the other healthy fish. He loved to swim. Sorry, Dory. Engelbert did it better.

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© Finding Nemo 2003

Again, he was just a fish, yet Engelbert always surprised me, and never failed to inspire me. We were almost together for two years, and it’s been a good one. I would always fear the way he died. I’m not religious, but even I prayed that Engelbert would just die a peaceful, painless death at an old age. He had a happy life, that’s for sure, and enjoyed life’s simple pleasures (of being a fish, anyway). His bloating would come and go, but about two months ago, he started becoming so bloated, I thought he would explode. His natural bright orange colour faded away into a pale, sick-looking yellow colour. His scales puffed out and became filled with a white liquid and his whole body was bleeding from the inside and out. Every day he would be bleeding and it was really hard to watch. It looked really painful, yet still, that little guy refused to give up. My friend told me, “If he’s still swimming it means he’s still fighting and not ready to die”. And that really kept me going and felt good. Although he was very large and had difficulty swimming, he still did it, and loved it – especially the food part. Then, weeks and weeks went by. The tank got filthy, he looked even more sick. He couldn’t even swim. I think he died because dropsy is the process of having a weak immune system, so the fish’s body can no longer process water, and it gets built up inside of you – so I think he died by having his insides crushed, which makes me feel even more sad. He was such a happy fish and did not deserve any of that to happen to him. I’m not saying any fish deserves it, but, especially not him – he loved life as a fish and was always so happy and didn’t stop fighting until he couldn’t fight anymore. A few weeks ago, (the weekend of May 4th), he stopped swimming. I would show him the food, you could see his eye dance but he couldn’t move to eat. He tried so hard, he just couldn’t move. He couldn’t swim. He couldn’t get up for food. And if I tried waving to him, he would try his hardest to swim away and avoid eye contact, almost as if he was ashamed of being seen looking like that. It was so sad. It pains me to say this, but, it was better off this way. I couldn’t keep seeing him in pain day after day. So finally, on May 4th, I was writing some of my book and I reached over on my bed to look at the rough copy of it for notes and his mouth was clamped shut, so I knew he stopped breathing.

Whenever a pet or someone I know dies, I just want to get in the funeral and out as soon as possible. I still feel bad about this, but, I didn’t really do anything special for his death. We flushed him in the toilet, and I said a couple nice words. In my head, I was ranting off into paragraphs (sort of like this). So I guess this is kind of late, but, this is for you, Engelbert! It was really hard to say goodbye because I didn’t want to. Not for years to come. He was my special little fish and I loved him with all of my heart. ❤ 

Then, I felt even worse because I heard a lot about people burying their favourite fish, not flushing them. I felt so guilty because since he meant soooo much to me, I had myself going: “Why didn’t I bury him? I’m such a terrible person.” Then my dad and boyfriend helped me a lot by saying: “Engelbert would have wanted to be in the ocean where all of the other fish are. The water is where fish belong, not in the ground. Water is their habitat, where they’re meant to be, and where they want to be.” Now I feel way better. (And then my boyfriend was saying how dirty the water is that there could be some kind of nuclear distortion in the water that would make him come back to life as a super fish. Haha, he’s insane.) 

So I miss seeing him next to me every night, I miss being able to watch his happiness, I miss being able to become happy by being with him, and I miss him overall. Sometimes I blame myself and I know I shouldn’t. I loved him so much and hopefully he knew it. I had to spend several nights with his dirty water in an alone, empty tank beside my bed which made matters worse. Now, I have new fish to live on in his memory. I will miss you, Engelbert! This blog post is for your memory as well.

I could go on much longer, but I’ll just leave it with this: Thank you so much, Engelbert. For teaching me to be strong when I feel weak, for teaching me to keep moving when I didn’t want to do anything, and for inspiring me to always be happy. ❤ You were my favourite fish and will always be my favourite fish, and I will never forget you. Hopefully you are somewhere in fishy heaven right now reading this and dancing around happily. 🙂

Rest in paradise, Engelbert. I will miss you. ♥

Rest in paradise, Engelbert. I will miss you. ♥

 

Engelbert and I September 2013.

Engelbert and I September 2013.

 


Hopefully, this section of my blog will be more happy. I will always love Engelbert the most, but, meet the new gang!

After Engelbert died, I made a resolution to buy fish of his same kind to live on his memory. Unfortunately they had no pure Engelberts. They mated his type with a black fish so they have black tails. Still, they’re replicas of Engelbert . . . and cuties! They are best friends. They swim together, follow each other, they do everything together. They are the closest fish I’ve ever seen and it is too cute. The snails are also getting really close! And the fish are still babies. Soon they will look exactly like Engelbert, but with two eyes and a black tail! Also the fish treat the snails nicely, which is awesome. Never had fish other than Engelbert that treated the snails without aggression. 😛 Meet Chocolate, Chip, and snails, Milly, and Jude! (Oh, also, I know they look like reflections. That’s how much they look alike and how close they are! NONE of these pictures are reflections of a fish. All of these pictures have two fish in them. 🙂 )

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And last but not least, the rest of my entourage . . .

 

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THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR READING!

REST IN PEACE TO ENGELBERT, A BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, CUTE, HAPPY FISH!

2012-2014 (In Our Hearts Forever♥)

(and thanks to Chocolate and Chip and all other pets and humans who have helped me through it. Couldn’t have done it without you!) 🙂

Love forever,

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Answering Questions

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Because, what’s a blog without some Q&A’s?!


What was the highlight of your week?

I honestly do so much throughout the week that I can’t really remember everything I did. 
Whose car were you in last?

My mom’s and I was driving it.

What colour shirt are you wearing?
Gray. It’s from American Eagle and it’s Jacob’s. ❤

How long is your hair?
I don’t measure it, but I would say almost 30 inches, maybe around 20? It reaches past by butt and I’m 5’6”, so you do the math.

Last movie you watched?
Romeo and Juliet (the 1996 one.)

Who were you with?
Jacob.

Last thing you drank?
Iced coffee from Tim Horton’s.

Are you happy right now?
Very; but a little stressed because I have a lot to do and more blogs to write.

What did you say last?
“Okay. Bye!”

Where is your phone?
On my bed.

What colour are your eyes?
Chocolatey brown.

Spell your name without vowels:
Vctr Lnn Hcnr

Do you have any pets?
Yep!

Dog: Belle,

hamster: Hammie,

fish: Engelbert and Donatello,

and frog: Fredward. (Had a frog named Tealittle but died last month, R.I.P)

Favourite vacation?
Somewhere that’s warm, plenty to do, and is adventurous. Some of my fave in the past were going to West Edmonton Mall (Alberta), Florida, and Toronto.

What do you dislike currently?
The fact that I have so much to do and so little time to do it. It’s already past midnight and I have plans in the afternoon tomorrow. 😡

What are you listening to?
Nothing at the moment. Last song though was “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé.

If you could have one thing right now what would it be?
Ten billion dollars.

What is your favourite scent?
I can’t pick one scent. There are so many. The top of the list would be anything that smells like cookies, chocolote, strawberry, and/or vanilla. And sweet candy-esque smells. Oh, and I love Nicki Minaj’s perfume they smell good. I also like the way my boyfriend smells. 

Who makes you happiest?
Jacob and Yasmin. ❤

What were you doing at midnight last night?
Working on my novel or watching TV.

When is your birthday?
August 21st, 1997 at 8 AM ish.

Who has the same phone as you?
So many people. But my case makes it the cutest.

Last time you went swimming in a pool?
A few weeks ago at the gym. I used to have my own pool but I moved in November. 😦

Do you read your horoscope?
Sometimes. I used to every day on Facebook but the app had a glitch so I stopped. It was so accurate though, it was scary. But the best book overall for horoscopes is “The Element Encyclopedia of Birthdays” by Theresa Cheung. It’s actually amazing.

Where was the last place you bought something?
A caramel frappuccino last night at Starbucks.

How do you feel about your hair right now?
My hair is so beautiful. Sometimes I get bored of it, though. I really want to dye it and get a wavy perm. No way I’m cutting it though.

Do you bite your nails?
No I take such good care of my nails. I cut them every Friday night and take care of my cuticles daily. Not too big of a fan of nail polish, though. I do bite the skin around my nails. And I’m doing it right now. F**k. 

Do you have any expensive jewellery?
Yes.

How fast have you driven a car?

No more than 60 km/h. I’m still a G1 license only, unfortunately. ‘Till November when I get my car.

Have you ever smoked? 

Never have, never will. I enjoy keeping my money and lungs healthy thank you.

What was or is your favourite subject in school? 

Even though I have a 90% average, I actually don’t even like school . . . I guess science, if I had to pick one.

Dream Job?

Best selling author for my books.

Where does most of your family live?

Ontario, Canada.

Are you an only child or do you have siblings?

I have an older brother.

Would you consider yourself to be spoiled?
Oh yes.

What was the first thing you thought when you woke up?
Crap, I have so much shit I gotta do today.

Do you drink?
Sometimes, but not to get drunk, I don’t like drinking in that sense. Once in a while I will have a drink because of the occasion or I like the drink itself.

Do you have any children?
No but I definitely want some when I’m married to my soulmate. ❤

Did you take a nap today?
Nope, had a ten hour sleep so I’m good.

Who has the same birthday as you?
Hayden Panettiere.

Ever met anyone famous before?
Yes. Not worldwide fame but still with fame. And I’m meeting Oprah in September so then that will be a big yes.

Do you want to be famous one day?
Hell yes. Mackenzie High definitely has that potential.

Any Pet Peeves?

  • After I’m done cleaning the kitchen, and people put their dirty dishes in the sink rather than the dishwasher.
  • When I’m trying to focus, and some loud and/or annoying noise ruins it.
  • People who blast their music so other people can hear it (in cars, their house, on the bus, etc.) It’s rude, man.
  • When people chew with their mouths open.
  • Messes, especially when I fixed them up.
  • Things that are unorganized or not to my liking. I have OCD, okay?

Do you like Britney Spears?

Never met her in person. As for her music, some songs are good, but I wouldn’t call myself a fan.

What is your least favourite chore?
Call me crazy but I actually don’t mind chores. I like doing the dishes and having a clean house. I guess dusting, though. It’s boring.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Many. Please don’t make me count.

How many piercings do you have?
Five.

What’s the stupidest thing you ever did with your cell phone?
My old phone used to unlock and call people automatically, so I would always be with my boyfriend and I’d accidentally call my mom, most of the time she wouldn’t pick up so there would be like a half an hour long voice-mail of us talking haha.

Do you wish you could move?
No, I like where I live. Obviously I want to travel and stuff, but I don’t mind it at all.

If you could be anywhere right now where would it be?
On a world book signing tour with my boyfriend and mom.

Are you happy with your life?
Yes, I am so thankful for everything in my life and who I am. I would never want to be anyone else.

What is one regret in your life?
I went through an immature phase in grade nine. Though I don’t really consider it a regret, because everything in life brings you to who you are today. Still, I was an annoying-ass fourteen year old.

cdadsfdsfdsThanks for reading! Love, Victoria Hecnar.