Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cleaning Rules

I like to say that my house is often messy, but not dirty.  It's hard to keep things in order all the time with an almost-four-year-old and two stupid cats who climb all over the furniture and lose more fur than I imagined possible.  That being said, I like to keep things tidy for when company comes over, but I have certain guidelines.

Rule 1 - My house will be clean the FIRST time you come over.  If you've never been to my house before, then I will go all-out for your first visit.  Floors will be mopped, windows cleaned, things vacuumed, dusted, bathroom sparkling, the works.  You get to see my house looking nice and clean once.  After that point, all bets are off.  The point is that you saw my home as it could/should be.  Now you know that I'm capable of cleaning, even if it doesn't appear like I've done it on subsequent visits.

Rule 2 - At any one point in time EITHER my living room, bathroom, or kitchen will be clean.  I feel like as long as one of the three is clean, I'm doing okay.  Having two or three of them clean at one time is asking for a lot.

Rule 3 - If I'm expecting a guest, I will at least make a quick effort of cleaning up the bathroom.  Even just a quick wipe with a wet wipe on the counter to make things seem presentable.  But if you come to my house and the shower curtain is pulled closed then that means that my shower is gross and hasn't been cleaned.  Closing the curtain is my way of "cleaning" that.

I can't be the only one with bizarre and irrational cleaning guidelines, right?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Thrifting Lately

I haven't been doing too much thrifting the last little while - I tend to avoid them around Halloween.  They're too busy, and picked over, and I find they don't put out as much of the regular stuff to make room for the costume stuff.  It makes sense, and I appreciate that it must be a very busy time of year for them, but I'm in it for the random treasures.  Here are the few things that I have found lately!

I scored another tray for my Wall O Canadiana that still hasn't happened yet but I'm working on picking out a paint colour.  I couldn't resist the little brassy beauty with the provincial flowers!  Plus, Mountie.  I love me a Mountie.  $2.99 at Talize for this one.



I found these book ends at Value Village and am still annoyed that they each had a different price on them - $3.99 on one and $5.99 on the other.  The logic was that one of them was in better shape than the other, but I reasoned that they're a set and should be priced as such.  They ended up giving them to me for $3.99 each, but I was still annoyed.


This bowl was one that I saw, and was immediately drawn to, but put it down and wandered away.  I have a lot of bowls (damn vintage Pyrex being so cute!) but I just couldn't stay away from this one.  I wandered on back to it and took it home - I couldn't resist that black and gold geometric detail.  I asked Vivian what we should keep in it, and she said candy.  I don't disagree.  $3.99 at Value Village.



Brass animals are becoming harder and harder to come by since they've been all the rage in the blogosphere.  I come across a lot of the usual stuff, like the swans and cats but I prefer to focus my attention on the more unusual pieces.  I thought this little pelican was unusual enough to join the menagerie.  He's in need of a good polishing, but other than that he fits right in.  $3.99 at Talize.


See?  He's chilling withe the unicorn and the dinosaur.  Totally normal.



Now this is exciting, and it wasn't even my find.  I have a friend who has a pictographic map of London, and I am basically plotting an elaborate heist to steal it.  So when he came across a similar map of Windsor at Goodwill, he was nice enough to pick it up for me.


I'm hoping that the information on the map - made by Archar Inc. out of Scarborough - will help me find a London map of my own.

I actually don't know much about Windsor - I think I've only been there once or twice.  But I do love those graphics!  Here's some of my favourite locations.




Apparently maps like these were very popular in the 70s and 80s.  I think they should make a comeback!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Walrus Yes!


If there's one thing that Kevin Smith is, it's a storyteller.  The man can weave a yarn like few others.  I love hearing him get excited about an idea and just push it to its limit, no matter how ridiculous it becomes.  That's why I love his movies, his podcasts, his books.  Last summer, I listened to Smodcast #259: The Walrus and the Carpenter, wherein Kevin and Scott Mosier discussed an ad where someone had posted seeking a roommate - but with one caveat.  The roommate had to be prepared to dress and act as a walrus.  Yes, the ad ended up being a prank, but they took that idea and by the end of the podcast Kevin had come up with an entire movie based around this insane idea, and encouraged the audience to tweet their approval for a movie with #walrusyes or #walrusno if they thought they were crazy.  The story goes that Kevin began working on an actual screenplay for the movie as a distraction while he was awaiting approval for Clerks III.  Once he realized that there was an audience for the movie and that it could be made on a small scale, with a small budget he went for it.  

There are few filmmakers in Hollywood who would go out on such a crazy limb, but he did it.  The film is supposed to be bizarre and unforgettable, and I am dying to see it.

Much to my excitement, there's a chance it will be coming to London at the Hyland Cinema.  The Hyland is one of my favourite places in London, and I try to support them as much as I can.  I don't even smuggle snacks there - that's how much I love it.  They are trying to screen the movie on November 28th at 9:00 p.m., but they need to have 100 advanced tickets to make it happen.  Currently, there are 4 tickets sold.  That would be 2 tickets for me, and 2 tickets for Jenn.  So, that's where you guys come in.  Be one of the other 96 people who are going to be there that night.  Be as cool as I am.

You can pre-order your tickets here.  If they don't sell enough tickets and have to cancel, the money will be refunded so you have nothing to lose!  That night is also the retromania movie night, and they'll be showing The Matrix after Tusk, so it's basically my perfect evening. 

Come on.  It's a movie about a guy being turned into a walrus that is based off an idea from a podcast.  How do you not want to see this?


Monday, 20 October 2014

Treats of the Week - Nerdiness and More

It's been a super busy week - late nights at work, plans after work, and a packed weekend.  Not that I'm complaining - it was just one of those weeks where things kind of got piled together.  Luckily, this week is much quieter.  Now for the treats from that busy week!

  • I was at Target one evening and overheard a kid with some extreme sticker-shock.  "Whoa, this place is expensive!  $16 for a hat?  That shouldn't be more than $10!"  He was probably 8 years old.  It was hilarious.
  • Three words - Lobster Grilled Cheese.  I love me a fancy grilled cheese.
  • The leaves kind of hit maximum capacity for colour this week - everything seemed so pretty, and now the leaves are really starting to drop.  It made all the driving around much nicer!  The maple in my front yard is still green though - it always holds on forever.
  • I made it out to the good old Forest Kineto Theater to see The Maze Runner with some lovely ladies.  Only at the Kineto can you still see a movie and have a drink and popcorn for $10 total.
  • It was the very first Forest City Comicon yesterday and I am incredibly impressed with the event.  The turnout was amazing, and it seemed super well-organized.  Vivian had a blast cosplaying as Coraline, and people were so sweet to stop her and ask for her picture.  My mom came along with Lucas and his friend Kya.  It was really great to see a Comicon with kids seeing it for the first time - they were amazed at all the characters!  There was only one who scared Vivian - a Death of the Family version of Joker.  Other than that, they did great!  I wish I would have been able to check out some more stuff and see some panels, but such is life when you're trying not to lose a small child in a crowd.

  • Vivian and I happened upon a great deal on Saturday!  She's really into these My Little Pony blind bags, which are usually around $3 or $4 each.  I found a Claire's Accessories that had an older series with bags for sale for $1 each, so I went to buy up a whole bunch of them.  Then the girl working informed me she had a sealed box of them in the back that I could buy at $1 each, and that way I would get a full series of the minifigures.  Sold.  I let Vivian open a bunch, and still managed to hide away a bunch more for her stocking at Christmas.
  • Speaking of Christmas - Vivian and I checked out Hallmark, intending to look at Halloween decorations, but ended up checking out the Christmas ornaments.  Vivian picked out her ornament for 2014 - Godzilla.  Because of course she did.

  • It was Treehouse of Horror last night and I thought it was a great episode!  I loved the Stanley Kubrick story - The Simpsons can still pull off some great gags!
  • I've started watching Torchwood, so slowly but surely I'm becoming a Whovian.
  • My Darth Vader print has found its way into a lovely new frame and onto my wall.  I'm not 100% sure if it's going to stay where it is yet, hence the picture of it not on the wall.


Happy week, everyone!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Very Vivian - Happy Halloween

These days I keep getting asked the same question - What is Vivian going to be for Halloween?  Luckily for me, Vivian decided on a costume months ago and has stuck with her original decision!  I couldn't be happier with what she decided on this year - she's going to be Coraline!

She loves the movie - even though it is a bit creepy.  Here's the trailer if you haven't seen it 40 times like we have...



Coraline is a great character for Vivian to look up to - she's tough and smart and saves herself.  She's also a super easy Halloween costume, which makes my life that much easier.

We've been taking lots of screencaps for different ideas...









Vivian is insisting that she shouldn't have button eyes, since (spoiler alert) Coraline never actually gets them in the movie.  This is basically the perfect Halloween costume, since it includes rain boots and a rain slicker!

I found this too-perfect cardigan a couple of months ago, and it's been in heavy rotation ever since.  Now we just need a blue wig and yellow jacket and we're all set!  I'm debating whether or not to get yellow boots.  I feel like I might be able to make just a yellow cover out of duct tape to go over her existing rubber boots.  We'll see how it goes.

She's going to get lots of opportunities to take it out for a spin - we'll be at the Forest City Comicon on Sunday, and I told her she would wear it for a little cosplay.  Then she can wear it to her skating lessons a few days before Halloween, and then again for her party at school and Halloween night!  She's even on the hunt for a perfect "Coraline stick" since Coraline has a dowsing rod in one scene.

God help me at Christmas though - she wants Coraline toys something fierce and they are next to impossible to find, unless I want to shell out a couple hundred bucks.  Only this kid.



Monday, 13 October 2014

Treats of the Week - Turkey and Other Adventures

I hope everyone had a great long weekend - I actually managed to remember that today was Monday!  It was a really long week last week, but even with a lot of work and rough nights I managed to have lots of treats as well!


  • An impromptu dinner at Earl's after a very long day at work was made all the better by their cute menus!


  • I've been watching Louie like crazy on American Netflix.  Louis CK is a god among men.  I can't get enough of the show - I've been going to bed earlier just so I can watch at least four episodes before calling it quits for the evening.
  • I've gotten into the habit of drinking chai at bedtime.  I understand it has caffeine, but it's a pretty small amount so it doesn't bother me.  Goes perfectly with Louie when I'm snuggled into bed!
  • I finally got around to requesting a new swipe card for work.  The one on the left is the old one, so I was pretty due for an update.  It's the little things.


  • The big news of the week was my trip to Adventure Rooms.  It's basically a real-life version of a locked room video game.  They put you in a room and you have 60 minutes to complete a series of puzzles and located different codes in order to escape.  It was ridiculously nerdy and fun, and I loved it.  We only managed to get about 70% of the way through the room in the allotted time (damn overthinking things!)which is apparently pretty good for a two-person team on a first attempt.  I can't wait to go back and do it again now that I have a better idea of what to expect.  I was intending on doing a full blog post about it, but you have to agree not to spill all the secrets.  
  • I finally go around to fixing my garage door so I'm all set to park in the garage now that the mornings have been a little cooler.
  • One of the justices of the peace at work referred to me as "The A Team" so I've basically decided that everyone should start calling me that all the time.
  • I had a sleepover with these two maniacs last night - it went really well, even if my house did get trashed in the process!



  • I've been loving the retro episodes of SNL that they've been airing before the new episode each week.  It's ridiculous how much good stuff is in those old episodes - King Tut will never get old for me.
  • Early birthday present for me - you're damn right Darth Vader will have a place of honour in my house!


Hope you've all had some adventures this week!


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Outfit of the Day - All About the Chambray

I've been slacking on posting lately - you can even tell from these pictures that I actually rearranged Vivian's room at some point between these outfits.

Anyway...I picked up a chambray shirt at the end of the summer since they seem to be all over Pinterest and it was on clearance at Target for like $11.  That's how I roll.  It's nothing fancy, but I'm kind of loving how easy it is to adapt to different outfits.  These were just kind of my first attempts with it, so it's nothing fancy, but I can't wait to find some black jeggings (these are my new white whale - it's proving impossible to find some that have the perfect wash and fit) so I can keep mixing it up in the fall.

The first time I wore it I went pretty basic with the black skirt (which desperately needs to be replaced, btw) and my Converse, which are real Converse.  They're just the One Star Converse that you can get at Target.  Lately I've been taking a lot of heat about those shoes.


Option number two worked a little bit better with a belt to help out my poor stretched out skirt and some dressier flats.  Same effect, but slightly different result I suppose.




I have to give it to those Pinterest-types though, they know what they're talking about with those chambray shirts.  They are just so easy to throw on with anything and strike that perfect balance of dressy-casual.

Top - Target
Skirt - Smart Set
Top shoes - Target
Bottom shoes - Target
Belt - Um...Walmart maybe?  So fancy.