Poutine & Pinot Noir - An Introduction

By Lisa Lukye

Good day, everyone! A very good day to you all!

As I type those words, I hear my Epic Antarctica Expedition leader in my mind, speaking over the intercom on the ship with her Australian accent, “Good morning everyone! A very good morning to you all!” after she played us a gentle tune (which tended to wake us up and usually had something to do with the weather or adventures we would be going on that day). I loved the greeting so much I decided to take it and use it whenever I could... because those days on the ship were probably some of the most amazing I will ever experience. To remember any part of it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and I think there’s nothing wrong with feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. In fact, I think we should search for that feeling and embrace it. If you stick around, I will probably share a story or two about other things that make me feel warm and fuzzy - like the two favourite things I like to order in restaurants, both of which happen to be in the title of this column and my personal blog.

Welcome to Poutine and Pinot Noir.

I was asked by a close friend to contribute to a new project she was working on – The Sask Press. Now, I’m not naturally a writer, so when she asked I was kind of hesitant.

“Me? Write?”

I thought back to those good old college essays and how much torture they caused me. I would have an idea; I would get started, and then a couple hours later I would still only have a couple of paragraphs, at which point I usually found myself out of arguments to support my thesis. Then I would scrap the idea all together and spend forever thinking of new ideas and even longer to get the darn thing done.

But being a travel blogger was something I always dreamed of doing… and I needed writing experience. Most importantly, my friend asked me to help her with something that she is super passionate about. So I said, “Yes!” No brainer, there.

One of the topics I will talk about in the future is getting out of your comfort zone. Taking a risk. Do something that excites the shit out of you, but also scares you just as much. Get that adrenaline pumping and chase those dreams.

I needed my own little pep-talk there. Alright. I’m doing this. I’m actually doing this. But, I think in order to start this column off in the right way, I need to set an intention. They say meditating and setting an intention for your day is one of the most important things you can do. It is my belief that when you set your intentions you open yourself up and the Universe will follow in your intentions. Basically, what you believe in, will be.

So, here it goes:

My intention for this column is to write about my personal experiences – to talk about things that make me all warm and fuzzy inside (and some of the things that make me want to run and hide) in hopes that if you don’t already know what your ‘Poutine and Pinot Noir’ is, that you search for, find it, and enjoy it like no one else is watching.



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