Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Treats of the Week - Oops

So it occurred to me at about 6:30 a.m. this morning that yesterday was Monday and even though I uploaded pictures, I actually forgot to write the blog post.  I suppose it's not surprising since I finished up working on some things, closed my laptop, and crawled into bed at 9:00 p.m. with a book, which was a treat in itself.  Luckily I've just finished a major freelance project (giant weight off my shoulders!) and this is my last week of classes for the semester!  Which means I'm just two 3000 word essays away from being done for the holidays.  You know, except for the working full time part and the other freelance work I want done before the end of the year.  BUT STILL.

  • I narrowly avoided a parking ticket at my class on Thursday - like had put barely any change in the meter and left my car there for three hours and the Commissionaire was about 4 cars away when I strolled out and drove off.  Phew.
  • Trips to the movies with my girl Kimberly are few and far between, but always an awesome time.  We went to see Mockingjay Part 2 and it was really great.  We realized we're running out of series though - our thing is going to see YA novel adaptations.  Now that Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games are done we're kind of just down to Divergent. 
  • I've been trying to get my hands on one of Tim Horton's new sugar cookie donuts for weeks but they're always sold out!  I finally scored one the other day - and it was so fresh they put it in a box for me instead of a bag.  I was actually pretty disappointed with it though - but the actual sugar cookies are phenomenal.

  • A morning out with Jenn this week meant a trip to the Early Bird for this pile of deliciousness that is the Toad in a Hole.  I always seem to end up going to the Early Bird around the holidays - it never disappoints.  It's one of the few restaurants where I try something new each time too.

  • My mom has been fostering kids for something like seven years now, and it's always hard to see kids go.  This week I got an email with some new pictures of kids that lived with my mom a couple of years ago and it's so awesome to see them doing well and looking so grown up!
  • Jenn and I went to an awesome craft sale on Saturday - The Rag Bag Bazaar.  It's always awesome to see so many local vendors and find some cute things before the holidays!  I'm going to do a more detailed post later for anyone who is looking to shop local this year, but check out the cute pin that Jenn got for me (What can I say?  I like a good onomatopoeia.)

  • I also got this perfect print of the Mascot Restaurant, which is a part of the Nitty Gritty London series by artist Jen Hamilton.  I can't wait to add this to my Wall of London, and to get the others in the series!

  • I was so glad that Jenn suggested checking out CATL on Friday night at Call the Office - it was an awesome show, I'll definitely be checking them out again!  If you're in the mood for a super fun rock show you should see them too!\

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Outfit of the Day - Back in September

I have a bad habit of letting posts linger in my draft folder.  This one has been kicking around since September 28th.  At the time, I took pictures of this outfit because I thought it would be one of the last really warm days of the fall, so I took advantage of the situation to wear something summery-ish.  However, Mother Nature in all her climate change glory had a different idea and we've been given one of the warmest autumns I can remember.  It's been so nice enjoying the warmer weather - even if it's supposed to come to an end this weekend.  Now if only I'd found the time to rake my leaves...

In any event, this was the last day that I wore bare legs for the year.  Always a weird point of the season.  I get to the point of wanting to wear tights again for a change, but as soon as I start to wear them I immediately flip into "ughhhhh tights are so annoying".  Basically I just want to wear pajamas all the time.

Nothing too fancy here, but that floral top from Old Navy has been really nice for the summer.  It's perfect with skinny jeans or with a skirt, and I love that tropic flower pattern.  Of course I had to throw on the cardigan to make it more fall appropriate, but the green totally worked.  On another note, I really need a new emerald green cardigan.  I wear this one all the time and it's totally at the point of needing to be replaced.  If you see an emerald cardigan anywhere, let me know!  Damn trendy colours.

Stupid cardigan that needs to be replaced - Old Navy
Top - Old Navy
Skirt - Maurcies
Shoes - Seychelles
Necklace - House of Wenday (House of Wenday is a great little local retailer who makes cute bags and necklaces - you can find her at most festivals or at The Sentimentalist!)

Monday, 16 November 2015

Treats of the Week - Celebs in London

I'm still mostly hunkered down with school/work stuff but managed to have a pretty busy weekend with Vivian!  The holiday plans are already starting to ramp up - we've already gone to one parade and have another one lined up for next weekend.  The fact that it was 18 degrees yesterday isn't exactly helping with the holiday spirit though.

  • Vivian finally got to meet her cousin Brody on Friday and she was so excited!  It worked out well that she needed to get some booster shots that day, so I could bribe her into getting through the shots so she could see Brody afterwards.  She was a little trepidatious at first, but quickly warmed up to him and was eager to hold him.

  • Wednesday was a beautiful day, and I got to spend it walking to the cenotaph to observe the Remembrance Day service.  This is the second year in a row that I've walked down with my coworkers and it's such a nice tradition.  The beautiful fall day was just the icing on the cake.
  • Because of the bank holiday on Wednesday I ended up getting paid a day early, which was a very welcome surprise!
  • The Mindy Project is back on CityTV!  The new episodes have been on Hulu for a while now, but it's finally on in Canada.  I'm watching last night's episode as I type this and it's so good to see everyone back!
  • Netflix has done the world a favour by bringing us W/ Bob and David.  It's so awesome - anything with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross is worthwhile.  We watched most of it on Saturday night, but still have the special to get through - I kind of want to save it since there's only 5 episodes!
  • Potentially more exciting than meeting her new cousin, Vivian and I also met Jay Baruchel on Saturday!  I got the insider info from my dude that he was shopping at Heroes.  Just out with his family being a normal person.  Initially I didn't want to bother him, but when he was browsing in the warehouse on his own I took the chance to ask for a picture.  He was very gracious and polite, even though Vivian thought he didn't really sound like Hiccup.  It's pretty weird seeing a celebrity in London, but I was so glad that he's just as nice in person as he seems in movies.

I've got another busy week this week, then things should start to ease up a bit with my last week of classes next week - at least for this semester.  I have a few posts sitting in my draft folder and am quickly closing in on my 1000th blog post so hopefully I'll be able to crack that soon!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Treats of the Week - The New Dude

It's been an exciting week since my nephew, Brody Daniel, decided to finally make his appearance on Friday.  I was hoping that he would show up on my birthday, but he had other plans.  I'm so glad that everything went well getting him here!  I got to hang out with him a little bit on Saturday and Sunday and it's safe to say I'm pretty smitten with the new little dude.

It's been a pretty busy week overall - Vivian has been in Quebec visiting family with her dad for the last few days, and I've been taking advantage of the time without her to get lots of work done since I have once again placed myself firmly in a corner, behind an 8 ball as far as deadlines go.  Again.  I'm nearing the finish line on this semester though - there's an end in sight!

  • It has been kind of a crazy week.  On Friday I was able to attend the Local Government Program Alumni Conference.  Even though I'm not an alumnus (yet), they invite students to attend.  It was actually really interesting, and the food was awesome!  Plus there were free pens, so what could be better?  I even won a door prize, and picked the sexiest option by far.

  • Speaking of the free pens, as soon as I saw how nice they were, I knew I had to score an extra one for my friend, Jen.  Jen has a weird infatuation with free pens.  The look on her face when I gave it to her on Saturday was definitely a highlight!
  • As I mentioned, I've been spending a lot of time on schoolwork lately, and Vivian has been so good to let me work when I need to.  The other night I was reading and making notes on the couch when she sweetly asked, "Mommy, when are you done with your school work?  Because I want to cuddle with you."  Of course my answer was, "Right now."
  • I had some time to kill on Friday and did what I normally do - wander around a thrift store.  I was having pretty good luck at the south Value Village, especially in the book section.  I don't always check out the books, since I already have so many and it can get out of hand quickly.  This time I found a cool old "Our Mysterious World" book from Reader's Digest (or something like that - I have several of those old Reader's Digest books about the paranormal) and two Chuck Klosterman books when I decided to hit up the children's books section.  I was really excited when I came across an Encyclopedia Brown book, and then couldn't believe my luck when I found More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  I almost left right then, but decided to keep browsing.  I didn't think I would be fortunate enough to find all three books in that series, but somehow I did!  I got Scary Stories/More Scary Stories/Scary Stories 3 for $1.49 each.  You know how much these books are going for on Amazon and eBay?  Around $80 for all three.  There's a new edition with different illustrations, but everyone wants these old ones.  It was a pretty major score!

  • I did get a lot of work done this weekend by hiding myself away in the library.  Typically I go to the Central Library in London since that way I'm right downtown in case I need to do anything else.  I had a problem on Sunday though, since it's only open from 1:00-4:00 and most other London libraries are closed on Sundays.  After spending $12 on parking at the hospital to visit Courtney and Brody, I wasn't too inclined to spend more on parking to go to a library on campus, but I decided to try my luck at trusty Brescia.  I haven't been back on Brescia grounds since I was there 10 years ago, but I knew they had done a big renovation on the library.  I was pleased to find that I didn't have to pay for parking (I took a chance and figured no one would be checking the meters on Sunday) and the library was so nice and bright and open.  I found myself a table and worked away all afternoon.  I'll definitely be keeping it in mind for future work sessions!
  • Our new Prime Minister has been mic dropping like it's going out of style.  I'm quite confident that Trudeaumania II will die down and we'll all hate him for something sooner rather than later, but for now it's pretty exciting to watch, and makes for entertaining gifs.

Mic Drop.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Treats of the Week - All Treats, No Tricks

It has been quite a week, friends!  I had a great birthday - 33 should be a good year!  My birthday was spent with lots of pleasant surprises and an action-packed weekend.  I really appreciated every single birthday greeting I received - even the passive aggressive one (Lauren).  Of course I've pushed myself too hard and now I'm coming down with some sort of cold/disgustingness so that's awesome.  Treats!

  • My birthday at work is always pretty awesome - I get spoiled with a decorated work area and treats that seem to just magically multiply on my desk all day.  I even got ice cream cake at my class that day, so things were definitely sweet!

  • You know what's better than raking leaves?  Mowing them all down with a lawnmower while thinking "Die, leaves!" in your head.  
  • My birthday evening was spent checking out another escape room, this time at Lost City Escape in London.  It was pretty good - and I chalked up another win.  My favourite room is still the first one I tried in Kitchener, but I'm reserving judgment until I've tried all four locations in London.
  • I love listening to the Flashback Friday track on 97.5 every Friday morning.  This past Friday was the best though since they played the classic track "C'est l'Halloween".  Hey!

  • Friday night birthday shenanigans found me at Toboggan for the first time, and it did not disappoint!  The menu was amazing - I enjoyed a flight of beer before deciding on a pint of amber, and Jenn and I got to have a tasty selection of appetizers.  I can't wait to go back - they are giving Earl's a run for their money for the title of my favourite restaurant.

  • After Toboggan we headed out for a live show of Rocky Horror, which was seriously one of the most fun things I've ever done.  I don't know if I've really talked about it on the blog, but I have a weird thing with collective experiences.  That's why I love seeing movies in the theater, why I love going to concerts, why I love seeing sports live.  There's nothing I like more than feeling like I'm a part of a crowd who are all enjoying the same thing.  The energy of it is just so overwhelming.  Being at a live show of Rocky Horror where you're encouraged to yell and boo and throw things and interact with the cast was right up my alley and I had a total blast. 

  • Even though I didn't dress up for Halloween, I did see some amazing costumes out and about.  My favourite was this one - I tried to discretely take a picture, but he started walking towards me just as I was taking it, so it basically ended up being a picture of his junk.  Can you tell what the costume is though?  It's Stupid Sexy Flanders!  "Feels like I'm wearing nothing at all!"

  • I also saw a Pinhead (from Hellraiser) riding a Segway in Strathroy.  So that's a thing.
  • My little trick or treater had an awesome Halloween.  She dressed up as Draculaura and did so well knocking on doors and using her manners.  She didn't care that it was raining, she was super pumped about the whole thing.  Plus adorable, obvs.

  • Birthday means my favourite meal - poor man's pizza!  Mom sent me home yesterday with basically an entire pan of it and it's practically all gone today.  Sigh.

  • I checked out the Brown & Dickson book party on Friday and managed to score some deals - including an incredible old book about the Middlesex County Court building.  Not only is it about the building, but it's an actual old plan for the building listing all kinds of old ideas for how they wanted to use it after it stopped being a courthouse.  It's a really cool old artifact and I'm so glad I found it!
  • I got some really great London postcards for my birthday (thanks to an Attic Books gift card which burned a hole in my little pocket immediately) that I can't wait to frame and hang up on my London wall.  I also finally pulled the trigger on ordering this vintage postcard on eBay.  I've been stalking it forever, but kept balking at the idea of spending $12 on a postcard.  I'm so glad I did though - it's my favourite Victor Aziz image and it's perfect in my collection.

  • The best treat of all?  Still being able to score breakfast at Tim Horton's even though it was 12:04.  It's the little things.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Treats of the Week - Birthday Week

It's common knowledge that if your birthday falls during the week you get to celebrate both the weekend before and after.  My birthday is on a Thursday this year (29th!) and therefore I started celebrating on the 22nd.  I get bonus points because my birthday is always overshadowed by Halloween, so there.  Mostly I'm just looking forward to getting through this week - I have two papers due on Wednesday that I will no doubt be finishing in the hour or so before they're due.  Once that's done it's lots o' fun this coming weekend!  Here's what kept me busy and happy in the past week.

  • I was doing my usual wandering at Value Village on Friday when I came across a veritably slew of Malta souvenirs.  I'm sure most people would pass them over, but I knew my favourite Maltan (Maltian?  Maltese?  Maltini?) Jenn would love them!  I grabbed her this little ceramic trinket box and a weird wall hanging thing - along with some brass giraffes and vintage Disney ashtrays for me!

  • The birthday festivities were kicked off last Thursday by going to see Gob at Call the Office.  I haven't seen them perform since 2001 so it was a real blast from the past.  I had an awesome time singing along way too loudly and bouncing around.  I may have been wearing a blazer, but I was a little punk at heart.
  • Mom and I took the kids out for StorySpook Gardens at Storybook Gardens on the weekend and it was awesome!  I was really impressed at how they turned everything into a not-too-spooky Halloween theme for the kids.  We lucked out with a super warm night on Saturday and managed to be there for a window of time where it didn't rain.  The volunteers were all wonderful with the kids - I really recommend it.  As an aside - don't you think it's should be Spookybook and not Storyspook?  I get what they're going for with the -ook, but "spook" and "book" have different sounds, so I feel like Spookybook flows a bit better.  End of aside.

  • Kate Spade is selling furniture now.  In related news, I need thousands of extra dollars.
  • What does it look like when you actually fall asleep in the midst of sending a text and it never actually gets sent?

  • It was the Treehouse of Horror episode on the Simpsons last night, and even though I thought the overall episode was only so-so (as they so often are anymore), the opening couch gag by Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi was AMAZING.  You can find it here.
  • Friday night was Retromania night at the Hyland, which has quickly become one of my favourite outings of the month.  I've been going pretty consistently since April.  I love getting see weird old movies on the big screen, and it's always a crowd of cool people there.  This month I ended up dragging my dude out to make it a double feature with Goodnight Mommy and then the retro showing of Mulholland Drive.  It was quite the cinema mindfuck of a night.
  • I'm a sucker for Instagram sales - especially when they're selling weirdo vintage items like sticker cards from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  • I finished watching Scrubs as my background noise/sleepy time show and have moved on to That 70s Show.  It's been so funny looking back on it - I loved that show in high school.  While watching it last night I even noticed a recipe box in the Foreman kitchen that also happens to reside in my kitchen.  Clearly, Kitty Foreman has phenomenal taste.

Happy (and safe!) Halloween, everybody!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


If your kid is like mine, then you probably have stuffed animals all over the house.  Stupid, stupid stuffies.  They're the worst of the worst when it comes to kids toys, if you ask me.  They take up so much room and they don't really do anything.  I mean, sure, Vivian loves to hug hers and watch TV or cuddle up with them to go to bed, but other than that they just take up space and get covered in cat hair. 

It was getting to the point where about half of her bed was covered with them, and one night we completely lost the iPad because it was buried under a plush avalanche.  I wanted a place to put them that would be out of the way, but still accessible for Vivian.  Also, I wanted to avoid those oh so 90s stuffed animal hammocks that ends up with the toys just being covered in dust.

Since Vivian's bed is pretty high off the ground (it's a day bed, so there's extra space to accommodate a trundle bed) I just went and got one of those under the bed wheeled boxes for them.  It's big enough that most of the bigger ones can fit in and be in something of an upright position so she can find them.  It's nice that it's shallow so they don't all just get buried and forgotten.  This way we can just slide it under the bed when she isn't using them and she can slide it back out when she needs a new buddy with her.

Simple solution - nothing groundbreaking for sure, but it has really made a difference.  I swear, she's even sleeping better now that she isn't competing for space in the bed with a million dead-eyed toys.