Friday, 29 August 2014

Very Vivian - Almost time for school

The time has almost come - next Thursday, Vivian starts school!

Even though she'll only be 3 (stupid December birthday) she starts full day kindergarten on Thursday and I couldn't be more excited!  I think she's really ready for the challenge.  We've been talking about it a lot, and drive by her school every day.  Most of the time she seems excited about it, with only occasional instances of "No, I don't want to go to the big school."

Yes, she has a bandaid on her nose.  Don't even ask when it comes to Vivian.

Most importantly - she's got most of her gear ready for school.  She's got a fancy new lunchbox from Grandma, a bunch of new school clothes and a brand new set of Mabel's Labels so she's almost ready to go!  We still have to pick up her new backpack (she's requested a Monster High backpack) and some new indoor shoes (blue sparkly shoes, please) then it's just a matter of picking out her outfit for that first day.  I'm quite sure that I won't have any input on that decision though since Vivian kind of takes the reigns in the fashion department these days.  And most exciting is the fact that I won't be needing to pack any PullUps in her backpack for school!  Hooray!

I know who her teacher is, and I'm so excited that she's going to be with Vivian.  I can't wait to hear about all the new things she's going to learn and do - and hopefully I can keep up with packing those lunches!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Treats of the Week - Sick Treats

I seem to have been hit with the beginnings of a summer cold.  Either that or allergies, I don't know.  What I do know is I can barely stay awake and my throat is killing me.  Everyone seems to be coming down with something right now - I keep hearing about raging migraines, tummy troubles, and colds like mine.  So even though it's the Emmy's tonight, I'm planning on crawling into bed basically as soon as I hit Publish on this post.  Here are the treats that I can pull out of my foggy brain.

  • I've been catching up on as much TV as I can before the new fall season hits, so I was glad to finally finish The Walking Dead.  Of course I offset that by starting to watch Justified and Suits.  It's a vicious cycle.

  • My lovely Jenn hosted a Catan evening this weekend, and I had a blast even though I lost horribly.  Mostly because of all the fine snacks available.






  • The Wish Book is now available!  We haven't receive our copy yet, but I'm excited to see what Vivian picks out this year!
  • It's catch-up month with my equal billing plan for Union Gas, which means I got a bill for -$21.  Doesn't get much better than that.
  • I saw some kids camped out at a hilly country road on the weekend and couldn't understand what they were doing until after I'd driven by: they had an elaborate set up of lookouts so they could safely skateboard down the hill.  Not how I would spend my Saturday, but I appareciated that they were trying to be safe.
  • I really enjoy visiting The Beat Goes On, but I do find the staff to be of the ultra cool hipster variety.  I always feel like they're judging my choices, but I'm just paranoid like that.  So when I stopped in to check out the 40% off sale, I had to laugh when the guy in line ahead of me kept trying to hide a Taylor Swift CD in his stack of choices.  The was mocked by the entire store, but more for not owning his choice than for the choice itself.


Blah, I don't even know if this makes any sense.  Have a healthy week, peeps.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Outfit of the Day - Summer Concert

Obviously a summer concert calls for a new dress.  So the day before the Weezer concert I made my way to Maurice's on my lunch break to try and find something to wear.  Priorities.

I wandered around the store for a bit and couldn't find anything I liked.  Dresses were super picked over since they were on sale for 50% off.  When a sales girl asked me if I was looking for anything specific I told her of my dilemma and she grabbed this little number, promising me that it looked way better on that it does on the hanger.  She then handed me a Medium and I laughed.  "No, you can totally wear a medium, trust me." Since the clock was ticking I decided not to argue with her and just tried the dress on.

Girl knew what she was talking about.

Have you ever had the experience of trying something on and then having a complete stranger tell you how nice it looks?  It's basically the best feeling ever.  This dress just kind of hit in all the right ways, and when it was 50% off it would have been stupid not to get it.  


 Of course I had to take a picture in the change room of the dress so I could send it to Jenn.  Because that's what technology is for.

It's one of those high/lo dresses which I didn't think I liked.  I mean, it's a mullet dress.  For whatever reason though, it wasn't as awkward once I had it on.  Or maybe I just didn't care anymore because I liked it so much.

She ended up talking me into adding a denim vest, which also isn't my usual style at all, but I think it's going to be a versatile piece and I'm glad I ended up getting it.  I also added a belt for the concert because I kind of felt like the dress needed a belt.  And beer, of course.


I considered wearing my glasses just because it was Weezer and what better time to wear black rimmed glasses, but the lure of sunglasses won me over.

Dress - Maurices
Vest - Maurices
Belt - WalMart I think?
Wristlet - Target
Sandals - Target

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Belt Organizing

Welcome to the simplest, more self-explanatory organizing idea ever.  Pinterest-worthy, it is not, but I thought I would share anyway.

I have a basket in my closet that is filled with tights and belts.  It's just a random jumble and it's stupid.  When I was cleaning out my closet the other day I realized that I had belts in there that I had completely forgotten about.  So instead of having them buried in a basket, I figured I needed them somewhere that I could actually see them.  I didn't want them clanging around on a hook on my door or anything though, so instead I just looped them all through a hanger and called it a day.  Now I can easily grab one and won't forget what ones I have in there anymore.

Life changing, I know.



Monday, 18 August 2014

Treats of the Week - Pizza and ugly couches

Somehow we seem to be rapidly approaching the end of August, which is just bizarre.  Still plenty of time for summer treats though!


  • Requesting a song that I know Jenn hates just to troll her.  Sorry, Jenn!
  • I saw "Boyhood" on the weekend and thought it was just incredible.  It hit me pretty hard because I saw a lot of my mom and my brother Matthew in the movie.  Do yourself a favour and go see it - it's really unlike anything else.
  • This is ridiculously self-indulgent, but I am still getting so many compliments on my hair, even just from random strangers.  Never fails to make me smile!
  • Jenn and I checked out the Brydges Street Market and I basically fell in love with this couch.  I wants it so hard.  Note the attached end tables.  Have you ever seen anything more glorious?


  • On my lunch break on Friday I checked out a shop near my work, where I found a Queen Elizabeth II tray that I really wanted for my Canadiana collection.  But it was $40, and I felt like that was a bit much.  Then at the Brydges Street Market I spotted the exact same tray now for $14.95 - still seemed pricey though.  So imagine my delight when I found the tray AGAIN at another booth at Brydges but this one was $6.  Total score.


  • Back to School sales are well underway, and even though Vivian doesn't need much for Back to School it's the perfect time to stock up on art supplies, and stuff around the house.  It's a great time to grab things like pillows, sheets, picture frames, and of that random houseware stuff is all on for great prices right now!
  • The best pizza in the world is from Oh! Pizza in Port Franks, but it's only around for the summer.  Since the season is winding down we ordered it for dinner at my mom's last night and she got me my own pizza so I could take home lots of leftovers, which didn't last very long.  So yummy.
  • One of the JPs at work bought a bunch of tarts and goodies for us clerks over the lunch break!


  • One of my favourite things is pushing a joke way, way beyond its limits.  I got into a pretty epic text battle yesterday of volleying a joke back and forth and it was hilarious.  I would give you more details, but it's kind of a million dollar idea and you can't steal it.
  • FINALLY there is Frozen merchandise that's a little more accessible.  I was finally able to get my hands on an "Elsa in the blue dress" that Vivian has been asking for since last November.  I'm being mean and have hidden it away until her birthday or Christmas though.


Have a treat-filled week, yo!


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Lady Mary

Like so many others, I found myself hooked on Downton Abbey.  It's just so oddly addictive, I can't help it.  
My favourite part has quickly become the gifs though.  I'm not a huge gif person, but Lady Mary has the best eye rolls in the history of the world, so I assembled them here for you to enjoy.









Yup, that's the whole post.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Treats of the Week - Beer and Wandering

It's rainy out, and I'm sleepy.  It might be because of the rain, or it might be because Vivian was up a couple of times through the night and some random number decided to call my cellphone in the middle of the night.  Either way, I'm feeling lazy and blah.  The past week has had some lovely moments though, so let's focus on that, shall we?

  • I actually set aside some time last week and managed to write about six blog posts so I've got a few stashed away ready to post.  That used to be my weekly practice, but I've gotten lazy and fallen out of the habit.  It's nice knowing I have some new content ready to go!
  • Strawberry pies from McDonalds are goddamned delicious.  I won't tell you how many I've eaten recently, but I will tell you that I plan on having only protein shakes for lunch for the next few days...
  • Beertown is a new-ish place in London that I've finally been able to check out.  Now that I've been, it's become one of my favourite places.  The beer selection is crazy, and the food is that brand of slightly fancy pub fare that I always enjoy.  Of course I just pick my beers based on their names and/or labels, but my system has yet to fail me.


  • I spent a good part of Saturday just wandering - checking out some thrift stores, wandering the mall, Chapters, etc.  Just enjoying spending time being out and about with no real timeline.  My favourite.
  • It's SHARK WEEK and I know you're all just as excited as I am.  I've got basically everything recording at some point so I can squirrel it away on my external hard drive for when I need a shark special, as you do.  
  • Bachelor in Paradise is on, and it's just as ridiculous as I had hoped it would be.  Summer trash TV at its finest.
  • The new IKEA catalog is out, and even though I haven't made the pilgrimage to Burlington in quite some time I always enjoy perusing the catalog and picturing my life being so neatly organized and arranged.
  • Chris Lilley's new series started on HBO on Friday, this time focusing on his Jonah character in Jonah from Tonga.  Chris Lilley certainly isn't getting any younger, but he still manages to believably pull off playing a teenager.  I just adore his work - it's pretty amazing.

Have a week!