Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Tell me I'm not the laziest person alive

A few weeks ago, Vivian and I made play-doh for her classroom.  In the same weekend, I made 14 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange.

There are still three spoons in my dishwasher from those events.

Now, it's not that I haven't run my dishwasher since then.  Quite the contrary, I've run it a few times since then.  But those particular spoons have proven to be quite stubborn and are still not clean.  And instead of being a grownup and taking them out of the dishwasher and cleaning them properly to be done with it, I keep putting them back in the dishwasher hoping that the next cycle will finally be the one to blast that last little bit off.

It's not the grown up way of handling it, and yet I just keep tossing it back in there.  So also: stains that I seem to think will come out if I just throw them back in the wash one more time.

So this is the part where you reassure me that I'm not the laziest person alive.  That you do similar things.  I'll even give you another one - I will push crumbs/dirt/etc. under my couch to avoid cleaning it up.  I shouldn't be allowed to live on my own.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Very Vivian - Some Things Never Change

A lot of things change as your kids grow up.  Toys and books come and go, clothes are outgrown, milestones are met.  For Vivian, one thing has remained constant.






She loves that blanket as much today as she does the very first time she grabbed it.  She still sleeps with her little hand stuck in the mitts (resulting in callouses on her wrists).  The head has been sewn back on (and needs to be repaired yet again).  She cries when she finds holes in him.  He soothes her when she's upset, follows her from home to daycare and back again, and keeps her warm every single night.  He's gone from being Bibby to Blanket and she loves that green thing.

It will be a sad day when she finally outgrows her beloved Blanket.  But when that day comes, even if all that's left is a worn little green square I'll be sure to tuck it away, and show her these pictures when she's grown up to remind her how much she loved her Blanket.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Treats of the Week - Crunch Time

December 15th - crunch time!  We are closing in on the holidays quickly and I'm actually feeling pretty prepared!  After a busy weekend (which included a trip to Waterloo to pick up Vivian's big present) I am 99% done with Christmas shopping and ready to start wrapping!  If that isn't a treat, I don't know what is!

  • I participated in a Christmas ornament exchange with my fellow Ham Cats from GOMI and was so pleased when mine arrived this week!  A Ham from Ottawa sent me these perfect maple leaf ornaments - you know those will end up on the Wall O Canadiana!

  • My house is a disaster, and will no doubt stay that way for the next few weeks.  I am, however, comforted by the fact that I finally got around to getting more bags and boards this week to organize my comics - small victories!

  • The gas prices are low, low, low which makes me happy, happy, happy!
  • I have to jay walk to get from where I park to where I work, and it's often a pain in the ass.  It made me laugh this week when one of the officers stopped the cruiser to let me cross.  Of course I yelled at him that he was blatantly letting me jay walk, but it was still very nice.
  • I watched the new HBO documentary Banksy Does New York and thought it was awesome.  I love Banksy's work, and this documentary really showed how people react to his work - which is even more interesting.  I thought it was really thought-provoking, especially as to ownership of art and its perceived value.
  • This bit of chocolate ridiculousness ended up on desk this week.  That's a chocolate donut with dark chocolate filling, chocolate icing, chocolate bits on top and a piece of dark chocolate just shoved right in there.  So it's a little sweet.


  • It was Christmas dinner with the book club ladies this week!  We went out for an awesome fancy meal at Waldo's on King.  It's not very often I go out for such a fancy dinner - this is probably my one time a year - so I thoroughly enjoyed it.  And I took pictures of my salad and salmon because of course I did.



  • I saw Horrible Bosses 2 and it actually wasn't terrible!  Definitely not as good as the original, but still a lot better than I was expecting!
  • I took Vivian to Crock A Doodle to make some Christmas gifts for the grandparents.  She had a blast - we will definitely be going back.  Can't wait to pick them up and see how they turn out!


  • This video popped up in my fee a couple of times today and I cannot get over it!  Amazing.

Happy holidays times, guys!  Hope you're getting ready to relax!


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Easy Steps to a Tacky Christmas Tree

Complete with a fancy image, feel free to Pin it.



  • Get out Christmas tree and decorations, anticipating a lovely evening with your 4-year old.
  • Lose the child's interest approximately 2 minutes into the process.
  • Set up the tree.
  • Curse the tree.
  • Begin by arranging the ribbon.
  • Swear you had bought more ribbon last year.
  • Begin placing ornaments on the tree in a haphazard yet encompassing manner.
  • Get bored about 2/3rds of the way through the bin of ornaments.
  • Take a pizza break.
  • Continue to hang the decorations, now with the assistance of the 4-year old.
  • Stop caring about the placement of any and all ornaments.
  • Wonder why you have such small strands of garland.
  • Attempt to arrange the garland in some sort of arachnid-like bow.


  • Fail miserably.
  • Realize that the small garland was used to decorate the TV stand last year.
  • Stop caring.
  • Declare the tree done and Christmas season officially underway.
  • Take pictures of said tree.
  • Edit a picture for the sake of sarcasm and Pinterest.
  • Tell the internet about it.




Monday, 8 December 2014

Treats of the Week - FOUR!

It seems I've somehow managed to accidentally delete last week's Treats of the Week post.  I don't even know, it's been a weird day.

In other news - today is Vivian's 4th birthday!  She had an awesome birthday weekend complete with a trip to Niagara Falls and a birthday party at the movies.  It's hard to believe that she's already four, but at the same time she just keeps getting more and more fun and hilarious with every passing day and I can't wait to see what the coming years have in store for us!

  • This kid is always a treat.



  • Like I said - her birthday part was at Cineplex to go see The Penguins of Madagascar.  I really enjoyed the movie - it proves once again that Benedict Cumberbath is incapable of saying "penguin".  Why he keeps getting cast in penguin-related things, I'll never know.

  • The movie also had a hilarious and bizarre running joke.  I won't spoil it here, but it's definitely a great one for the parents in the audience to pick up on!
  • Vivian had an awesome birthday cake for her party - a custom made Coraline cake!  You can get in touch with Julie if you're interested in ordering your own tasty and awesome cake!

  • I love it when a waitress says that she appreciates my sarcasm, and she actually means it.  Everyone should appreciate my sarcasm.
  • I've watched an unholy amount of Inside Amy Schumer in the last couple of days.  Like I watched 14 episodes in one day.  She's just dropping truth bombs all over my life.
  • Hey look - my fence is upright!  Hooray!  I was very, very fortunate this week to have some amazing help from some family members - including my dad who stopped in to fix up my fence!



  • This gif.  OMG this gif.  I don't post gifs very often (unless it's a crazy post that's only gifs) but this one had me giggling at my desk for like 10 minutes.  I can't stop watching it - I've easily watched it 50 times.  It just keeps getting funnier the more you watch it!  





Have a great week, everyone!  I'll try to avoid deleting more posts!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Vivian's Stocking Stuffers

Stockings are obviously the best part about Christmas.  I go a little crazy with stockings, 
they're just so much fun!  Little stuff is always the best, and I love wrapping every little 
thing in those stockings!  I think Vivian's stocking last year ended up spilling into a grocery 
bag, but I'm fine with it.  Stockings are the best, there are no rules!  Here's what will be 
turning up in Vivian's stocking this year in case you need any ideas for your little ones!  

(P.S. - Did I do this last year?  I thought I had, but then I couldn't find the post so I'm 
probably just losing my mind.)

Vivian's stocking stuffers

Nat Geo has really stepped up their game for kids stuff.  Not only do they have awesome encyclopedias that are kid-friendly, they have loads of fun sticker books, joke books, activity books, and simple readers.  I found Vivian a couple of their basic readers for about $4 each.  Books are always perfect for the stocking!


Smencils are pretty awesome - all the fun of smelly markers, without the mess!  They've got special holiday scents which are perfect, especially since the full sets are a little pricey.

Pens and Notebooks

Vivian has been all about pens and notebooks lately.  She's been filling them up like crazy, so I made sure to grab a bunch of cute notebooks when I found some on clearance at Target.  You can never have too many on hand!  She also keeps stealing my Batman pens, so I might have to get her some Wonder Woman ones of her own.  She has a Monster High projector pen too and thinks it's just awesome, so a new projector pen just might find its way in there as well!


Vivian is crazy about blind bags.  She wants a new My Little Pony one every time we go to the grocery store.  Good thing I scored an awesome deal on a whole box of them back in October, I have a bunch tucked away.  You can find them for practically anything now - I want to get her some Lego blind bags as well.


I like sneaking some educational stuff in there too!  These Smarty Pants flash cards from Melissa & Doug seem cute and fun!


Similar to the blind bags are the mystery minis.  The toys are a bigger scale and have better detail.  Plus since she doesn't get these very often they will be even more exciting in her stocking!


Arts and craft supplies of any kind are awesome stocking stuffers!  


Kids love flashlights.  It's like a rule.  When I was a kid, we were allowed to open our stocking stuff first and play with that until it was a decent time for mom and dad to get up and do the rest of Christmas morning.  One year, we all got little flashlights in our stockings, which we of course put to good use creeping around the living room checking out the presents.  We weren't quite as sneaky as we thought though, since all of the flashing and "whispering" (seriously, anyone who knows me and my brother and sister knows that we're incapable of whispering) woke them up anyway.


I don't really get these things, but Vivian loves Shopkins.  They're like little food with faces or something?  I don't know, I think she found out about it on YouTube or something.


Yes, I would take apart a multi-pack of Play-Doh so I could wrap each tub individually for the stocking.  This is normal behaviour.

Mittens 

I think Vivian might have to get about 20 pairs of mittens in her stocking the way we've been running through them.  We have a whole lot of single mittens at this point, not many pairs.  It's nice to mix in some practical stuff - this also applies to socks and things like bubble bath and body wash.


Vivian loves her Calico Critters, and has a weird thing for pandas right now, so a little panda family will just be perfect in her stocking.

I'm sure there's some other stuff, but that's what I could come up with off the top of my head.  Basically anything that is smaller than a shoebox is fair game for a stocking, if you ask me.  And don't forget the candy!  Candy is basically required in a stocking.  How else can you have peanut butter cups for breakfast on Christmas morning?

(PS - the formatting is all messed up on this, probably since I uploaded the image from Polyvore.  I don't know, I'm too lazy to try and fix it.)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

London Landmarks

So now that the office has been painted, I'm one step closer to getting the Wall O' Canadiana done.  Just need to frame a few things and it should be good to go.  As I've amassed items I've realized that I can have a Wall O' Canadiana and a Wall O' Londonana.  I love having bits of local history - and I want to start collecting Victor Aziz postcards to add to the London collection.  The other day, I was at Talize looking for some frames and came across this little sketch of the London Airport for $2.99.  I thought it would fit in just perfectly - not only was it a London landmark, but it was also in a wooden frame, which was what I was looking for.


So then imagine my surprise and delight a couple of days later when I headed over to Value Village looking for more wooden frames and came across this similar sketch of Eldon House.





Now this one is a little different - it says "From the CFPL Radio Print Collection" in the lower right corner, which is exciting because now I want to know how many are in this series since I obviously want them all.  I asked my friend Dan about them, since he's worked for the London Free Press for years, but he didn't know anything about them either.  I may have to make some trips to a couple of libraries to see if I can dig up any information about this print collection.  In the meantime though I thought I would see if any of you internet people know anything about it - have you ever seen anything similar?  Maybe your parents have some?  Or your grandparents?  If so, I'm coming over to steal them.