The Deers

Because two deers are always better than one!…

About The Deers

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Joce Deer

Recently moved to the Greater Chicago Area from the little old city of Halifax, NS in Canada for my partner’s job. Still don’t know what I am doing with my life at 29. Terrified to turn 30 still not knowing what I am doing. I like to read and write and delete or tear up the things I write afterwards. Reading seems safer.

Starting (and quitting) many times on my quest to fuel my body with better foods (too much sugar makes my anxiety worse), nourish my mind with meditation and mindfulness and start saying nicer things to myself. The lies my mind thinks up about myself sometimes are simply amazing. I have a stack of self help books I am trying to get through without buying any more. Never an easy task as there always seems to be another book that is going to have all the answers to my life’s problems.

Things I like; reading, fuzzy socks, tea, avocados, planning out healthy food to make (not the making it part), watching Netflix with my cat, naps, and a hot bath. Things I don’t like; too much caffeine, having to shave my legs in the summer, when a show ends and I have a mini crisis about what to watch next, living so far away from my friends and family, lack of direct flights from Chicago to Halifax and when my cat meows at me incessantly for no reason (at least no reason I can figure out).

I can’t figure out if it is easier to write when I am down or up. The down writing always seems too bleak and the up writing struggles to be more than a paragraph or two. Decisions are not my strong suit and I am always worried I am doing something wrong. Makes it hard to get very far in any venture.

Cheers to a third try on this blog!


Tracie Deer

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Tracie

I am a displaced Newfie who has spent most of my life away from home. I’m originally from Whiteway, Trinity Bay, but haven’t lived in Newfoundland year-round since I was three, moving from NFLD to Ottawa to the Middle East, and back to Canada. Having spent the majority of my life away from home makes the time I get to spend there all the more special, it really is the greatest place in the world. Expect a post, or two about that… if you’ve ever been you’ll know what I mean!  

Growing up away from home is hard, but I wouldn’t trade the opportunities to travel and experience other cultures and parts of the world for anything. The travel bug bit me early and I look forward to being able to share my future (and past?) adventures with you! 

I’m also a total theatre geek. I went to university in Toronto to study theatre production, specifically management and lighting design. A life in the theatre turned out to not be my forever but a piece of my heart will always belong to Mamet, Hellman, Bond, Panych, MacIvor, and maybe even some Shakespeare… 

I met my fiance the summer before my last year of university while volunteering at a festival of theatre design in Prague. Since then, when I’m not traveling back and forth to visit him in Belgium, I’ve spent as much of my time back home in Newfoundland as possible, working over the last two summers at a restaurant that sells the best fish and chips. I also started a business degree part-time online that I’m working on finishing, as soon as I remember how to math! 

As long as I can remember I’ve been in the kitchen – cooking with my mother, making ice cream with my grandmother, or baking myself a batch of cookies after a particularly stupid day. The kitchen has always been my place to escape from whatever else is going on in my life – the satisfaction of knowing that your custard will thicken, and your dough will rise is the greatest feeling in the world. Even though I’ve always been a baker, it never occurred to me that there are people who go to work to make bread.

Enter – Pastry School…

I’ve always enjoyed writing and this blog started for me as a way to keep my family updated with my experiences, eating and traveling my way through Europe, as I head out onto my next adventure in France – a seven month pastry masterclass that will hopefully lead to a permanent move to Europe, well as permanent as any move has been in my life! 

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