Friday, 31 August 2012

Vivian Vendredi - That Crazy Little Face

In Vivian news this week...

She got a haircut, since she doesn't like having it put in a ponytail.  My mom put it perfectly - she has no business having so much hair.  So she got the big chop.  Much easier for all around.

She's crazy about colouring.  Her new trick is to hand you a marker so you can come to the easel with her to draw.  She usually requests that you draw a kitty.  And in my case, she then freaks out because the kitty isn't up to her standards.

She loves her new Toy Story sippy cup.  She's obsessed with Buzz Lightyear right now.  The other day I was loading dishes into the dishwasher and she kept saying "Eee-ah!  Eee-ah!"  I couldn't figure out what her deal was, so I let her get what she wanted out of the dishwasher.  Turns out "Eee-ah!" is actually "Yee-ha!" because Cowgirl Jessie is on the cup, and her Cowgirl Jessie doll says that.

She hasn't been napping much at daycare.  I'm blaming it on the Blue Moon.

She's obsessed with the camera, which makes it impossible to take a decent picture of her.  They all end up being of her screaming and reaching for the camera.  I did manage to get a few pictures with the webcam though.

Yes, she is covered in cuts and bruises.  That's just how this kid rolls.

In other news - I'm going away for the weekend!  Going to Montreal for a weekend with the girls.  I'm super excited about it, but also super sad about leaving Vivian.  This will be the longest I've been away from her.  I put her to bed Thursday night and I probably won't see her again until Monday morning unless she's still up when I get home on Sunday.  As much as that kid drives me crazy, I'm definitely going to miss that crazy little face!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

50% off at Value Village? Don't mind if I do!

After missing the 50% off sale at Talize, there was no way I was going to miss it at Value Village!  I went on my lunch break, so I was pressed for time, and of course it was insanely busy with it being back to school time, so I didn't get to dig too deep.  I knew I would completely avoid the clothes because I just didn't have time to deal with trying to knock people out of the way.  Instead I managed to score pretty big on vintage sheets.

Look at all the pretty!  I got two twin sized flat sheets, two queen sized flat sheets, and a queen sized fitted sheet.  Not totally sure on all the individual prices now, but with the discount they were all between $2 and $3.50 each.  They're all in perfect condition and so pretty and super duper soft!  I love them all!

Those are the twin sheets.  I'm kind of obsessed with that purpley one on the left.

It has all these weird bird things on it.  Very weird, but awesome.

This picture doesn't really do the colours justice, but this one is the sweetest combination of yellow and pink.

Then there's my queen sized lovelies...

The palest, palest pattern on this one.  So delicate and pretty.

And I loooove this one!  Look at that pretty little scalloped trim!

And mixing it with this fun fitted sheet?  Divine.

I don't know what it is, but I love me some vintage sheets.  I've actually been using some, and they are the freaking softest sheets ever.  I love them even more than my beloved t-shirt sheets, and I really love them.  There's jut something about the idea of having a bed covered in awesome mixed and matched colourful vintage sheets that just makes me stupidly happy.

What about you?  Do you share my vintage sheet love, or do they kind of creep you out?  Any other random thrifting things that you do love?

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Fall Season 2012!

August has always been an impatient month for me.  I was always so excited to get my school supplies and back to school clothes and start the year off right.  Who cares about New Years (the most disappointing holiday of the year) give me the first day of school any day.

The other wonderful thing about September?  New Fall TV!  This year the TV schedule is kind of bananas.  Basically I'm going to spend all of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday trying to catch up with the insanity that is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  Behold the schedule that I will be attempting this year. It will be a few weeks of insanity with the DVR and watching shows online before I weed out what's going to fall by the wayside and what's going to become a permanent fixture in my TV schedule.  I included the premiere date so you can mark your calendars!

Here's a link to one of my favourite TV news sites for a full schedule if you're looking for shows that I don't watch!

Ready?  Here we go.


8:00 p.m.  

  • How I Met Your Mother  (CBS) - September 24 - I only got into this show a couple of years ago, but now I'm totally into it.  I love the creative storytelling of it, and in a world where single camera comedies are quickly becoming the norm, there's something comforting about an old-fashioned three camera operation.
8:30 p.m.
  • Partners (CBS) - September 24 - I'm still not totally sold on this show, but it gets a pass for a few weeks at least based on the timeslot.
9:00 p.m.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - September 24 - I really enjoyed this show last season, it really started to find its legs by the end of the season.  Sure it's pretty fluffy stuff, but it's funny and I love Kat Dennings!
  • The Mob Doctor (FOX) - September 17 - I've watched the trailer for this show a few times now, and I keep getting more excited for it.  I really hope it can live up to the trailer (Yay Michael Rappaport!) because otherwise my Monday nights are pretty quiet!
10:00 p.m.

Revolution (NBC) - September 17 - Somehow I missed this one in the first draft of the post, which is crazy because I'm super excited for this show!  Don't mess it up, NBC!


8:00 p.m.
  • New Girl (FOX) - September 25 - **This is a special episode, for that night only, not the regular timeslot.  The 8:00 timeslot will be Raising Hope the rest of the time.**  I freaking LOVE New Girl.  I miss it so much!
8:30 p.m.
  • Ben and Kate (FOX) - September 25 - Tuesdays have become this crazy night of half hour comedies, so I'm kind of planning to try them all out before settling into a regular schedule of bouncing between networks.
9:00 p.m.
  • Go On (NBC) - September 11 - I didn't catch the sneak preview of this new Matthew Perry show when they aired it after the Oympics, but I've heard good things.
  • New Girl (FOX) - September 25 - This is the real timeslot for New Girl, which poses a problem because it's also when...
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - October 23 - on!  Two of my favourite shows, in the same timeslot.  At least I get a month before I have to choose who gets primary status and who will be on the west coast feed.
9:30 p.m.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - September 11 - There has been quite a lot of controversy around this show.  You know, because it's such a terrible thing seeing a happy couple who just happen to be gay having a baby with a surrogate.  SHOCKING!  It looks like a cute show though, and I like Justin Bartha.
  • The Mindy Project (FOX) - September 25 - Super pumped for this one!  Love me some Mindy Kaling!
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - October 23 - This show kind of snuck up on me.  At first I thought it wasn't that great, but by the last episode of the first season, I was totally hooked.  If you haven't checked this out yet, give it a shot.  It has some great one-liners and always seems to make me laugh.  
10:00 p.m.
  • Vegas (CBS) - September 25 - And after all those half hour comedies, it will be time to cleanse the palate with a little Dennis Quaid drama!


8:00 p.m.
  • Arrow (CW) - October 10 - The previews for this one are still looking super promising!  Can't wait!
9:00 p.m.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - September 26 - This one still brings the laughs, and I'm interested to see how they handle this season after the twist at the end of last season.
9:30 p.m.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - October 17 - Another show that kind of snuck up on me.  It's still not one that I would be upset if I missed an episode, and it's one that I can totally sit and fold laundry or putter around while watching it (I do a lot of puttering) but it is pretty cute and entertaining.  Plus, Malin Ackerman is going to be for the second season, and Malin Ackerman always makes things better.
10:00 p.m.
  • Nashville (ABC) - October 10 - I'm not really expecting to stay on board with this one, but then again, I had zero expectations for Revenge last year, and now I'm obsessed.  Maybe this one will have similar luck in Revenge's old timeslot.  Time will tell!
American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) - October 17 - I'm not 100% sure what the timeslot is on this one, but I'm going to guess it's 10:00 p.m.  I didn't actually watch the first season, but because of their mini-series style, you can jump in for any season.  And this one looks pretty darn terrifying.  


8:00 p.m.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - September 27 - I know that not everyone is down with this show, but I find it's cute and easy to watch.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - October 4 - The final season of 30 Rock!  I actually wasn't overly impressed with last season, but I'm expecting them to pull out all the stops for this season.  More Jon Hamm guest spots, please!
  • Last Resort (ABC) - September 27 - I wasn't initially planning on watching this, but I think I'll give it a couple of episodes to see if I can get hooked on it. 
8:30 p.m.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - September 20 - Totally loved this show's first season - let's hope they can keep it up!  And bring back Jason Lee!
9:00 p.m.
  • The Office (NBC) - September 20 - Now that they've confirmed that this will be the final season for the show, I'm expecting to see some great stuff come out to send them off in style.
  • Glee (FOX) - September 13 - I have a very low tolerance for this show this season.  I'm hoping that it will be refreshed with some of the cast going off to college or whatever, but if it's just more of the same nonsense from last season, it's going to get cut.
  • Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - September 27 - If Shonda Rhimes knows one thing, it's how to do a cliffhanger.  The season finale was pretty awesome, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they move on from here.  Damn this show for making me cry!
9:30 p.m.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - September 20 - I cannot stress this enough - if you are not watching this show, you need to start.  Immediately.  So unbelievably, consistently hilarious.  Fantastic cast.  I want to be friends with them all.
10:00 p.m.
  • Elementary (CBS) - September 27 - Now that I've gotten hooked on the BBC's Sherlock, but have to wait until Fall 2013 for new episodes, I will definitely be hitting up this Jonny Lee Miller/Lucy Liu take on the classic characters.
  • Scandal (ABC) - September 27 - I almost gave up on this show in the spring, but by the end of its short first season, I was pretty drawn in.  We'll see if they can keep it up for the second season.  If you haven't checked it out, I recommend it!


8:00 p.m.
  • America's Next Top Model (CW) - October 19??? - I thought this show wasn't supposed to start until October, but apparently it's on right now.  Bizarre.
  • Fringe (FOX) - September 28 - I'm so glad that this show is going into its final season knowing  it's the final season.  It's been on the bubble for so long and there were so many concerns that it would get cancelled and we would never get the answers we need, but if the trailer for the final season is any indication, we are not going to be disappointed.


11:29:30 p.m.
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC) - September 15 - I haven't heard who the first host of the season is going to be, but with a looming American election and a lot of cast member shakeups, we could be in for a pretty great season.  Although, last year's will be hard to top with fantastic hosts like Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.  My one request for this season?  Please bring back Jon Hamm for the Halloween episode!  Or any episode for that matter - I can't believe he didn't host last year.  Oh, and did you know that SNL actually starts at 11:29:30 and not 11:30?  Set your DVRs accordingly if you are like me and hate missing the first few seconds of the cold open.  UPDATE - new hosts released!  The season premiere will be hosted by Seth McFarlane, so expect some singing!  Musical guest is Frank Ocean.  After that we have the awesome Joseph Gordon-Levitt with the equally awesome Mumford and Sons, then Daniel Craig and Muse!  Shaping up to be a great season already!


8:00 p.m.
  • The Simpsons (FOX) - September 30 - Yes, I still watch the Fox Animation Domination lineup.  I don't mind if I have to miss episodes here and there, but I still like to record them just in case I need something to watch.  They're like comfort food!
  • Once Upon a Time (ABC) - September 30 - While a lot of the characters annoy me, I am still a fan of this show and think that the second season will be really awesome since it appears that the whole show will be changing.
9:00 p.m.
  • Family Guy (FOX) - September 30 - Not necessarily consistent these days, but usually good for a laugh here and there.  Any time that Brian acts like a real dog it makes me laugh, plus I'm kind of a big fan of naked Peter.
  • Revenge (ABC) - September 30 - On the one hand, I'm excited that ABC has enough faith in Revenge to move it to Sunday nights, because the Sunday night timeslot is real destination TV.  You want to make sure that you're home to watch TV on Sundays.  Wednesdays?  Meh, things come up.  But Sundays you're parked on the couch.  Of course, that poses a problem because there are so many freaking shows on Sunday nights.  I need more eyeballs.
  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - September 16 - I really love this show, there's something really special about it.  HBO just really knows what they're doing - everything on this show is just awesome.  The set decoration and costumes are amazing and the writing is top notch.  No spoilers here, but after a shocking season finale for season 2, I'm anxious to see where they go next.
  • Dexter (TMN) - September 30 - I haven't been a huge fan of Dexter in the last couple of season.  Basically you could skip seasons 5 and 6 and have someone tell you what happens in the last 2 minutes of season 6 and you would be good to go for season 7.  I do really want season 7 to be awesome though and have it return to the season 4 greatness level.
9:30 p.m.
  • American Dad (FOX) - September 30 - I think I could probably miss the entire season, save for the Christmas episode.  They always go so crazy over-the-top on their Christmas episode, I'm usually left crying with laughter.  Anyone else see the one with the Bizarro Jesus?  So. Freaking. Funny.
10:00 p.m.
  • 666 Park Avenue (ABC) - September 30 - The more I see about this show, the more excited I get.  It actually kind of seems like it's kind of the feel that they were going for in Happy Town, but it just wasn't executed right for that show.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Outfit of the Day - Drinking the skinny jean kool-aid

I've been against the whole skinny jean thing since it started.  See, I always figured that skinny jeans were for skinny people.  And any time that I would even attempt to cram myself into a pair of skinny jeans, I couldn't even fit my foot through the leg of the pants.  (According to Forever 21, I have fat feet.  That's a rant for another post though.)  So I just figured that it was a fad that I would miss, and that was that.

Then I got to thinking.  I have no problem with wearing tights and leggings, and aren't those the same idea as skinny jeans?  I figured that I couldn't deal with my leg being cut off that severely at the ankle - I wanted more fabric around my ankles to balance out the whole thigh situation.  But then I got my super-cute new ankle boots (bring it on, fall!  I want to wear them!) and figured that I might be able to get away with wearing skinny jeans with those, since they would provide me with that cankel coverage that I was looking for.  Then since Old Navy had their jeans on sale (and they're still on sale!) for $19, and I had a 15% off coupon on top of that, I figured that there was no better time to try these out and took the plunge.

And I have to say, it wasn't all that bad.

Now, these aren't the most comfortable of jeans, because they have no stretch in them.  Old Navy had a style that had stretch, but the waist and crotch area were being all flonky with those, so these seemed to fit better.  What do you think?  I felt pretty comfortable in them, and they seemed to work okay with this top.  This is the weirdest top though - in person it looks really nice, and I get a lot of compliments on it, but in these pictures it looks super weird.  Maybe because the tank underneath is so much shorter?  I don't know, it bugs me.

But there you go - I've had my skinny jean kool-aid, and it's pretty tasty.  These will definitely be making an appearance in Montreal this weekend!

Jeans - Old Navy (Flirt Skinny Fit)
Top and Tank - Smart Set
Sandals - Aldo

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Vivian Vendredi - Pop culture junkie in training

It's not secret that I consider myself something of a pop culture junkie.  So of course I'm not one of those parents who are determined to keep their kids away from the TV.  There's nothing wrong with parents who don't want their kid watching TV, it just doesn't work for me.  I love watching TV, and Vivian is no different.  She's got some favourite shows (Bubble Guppies still reign supreme, but she also loves Toopy and Binoo, Mike the Knight, Manon, and she's starting to get into Dora) and has done really well at going to the movies.  I'm telling you, there is nothing cuter in the world than Vivian sitting in a dark theater with her popcorn in her lap, completely mesmerized by the movie screen.  Love it.

She has the beginnings of a little DVD collection, and it's so nice to get her to sit down and relax after her bath before it's bedtime.

A bowl of Cheezies helps too.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Thrifty Goodness!

I don't usually go for clothes when I'm in a thrift store.  I have to be in a pretty specific mood to be ready to dig through the racks looking for a gem.  Plus, it's so much easier to just head down to Lovesick where the whole store is filled with vintage goodness.  I've also been doing most of my thrifty visits on lunch breaks, so I'm on a bit of a time limit.  Today I had the urge to check out Talize.  Things were pretty picked over since they had a 50% off sale on Monday - which I missed, urgh.  But I did find some pretty awesome treasures in the men's t-shirt section.

Men's tees can be an awesome place to score some finds.  A cool t-shirt might not fit you exactly, but if it's got a good design on it, you can transform it into a pillow or a bag or even frame it.  Somehow I ended up with three awesome shirts that I can actually wear though, so it was totally my day.  Oh, and each shirt was $1.99 - total score.

First up...

My maiden name (well, actually it's still my last name since I haven't really gotten around to changing my name) is Hawkins.  My dad gets called Hawk.  My brother is Hawkx.  My sister even gets Hawks or Lil Hawks.  Me?  I'm Ashlie.  I'm not cool enough to pull off my own family nickname.  Maybe wearing this shirt will force people to call me Hawks though.  It's actually a great shirt, and fits really nicely.  Also, here's a tip - if you like wearing men's/boy's shirts like I do, you might notice that the collars can be really high and tight.  Just snip out the collar of the shirt (it's easier if you flip it inside out) and it fits much better and seems more girly.  I don't know if you can tell on the picture above, but I already clipped out the collar.

Next up...

Yay!  Remember back in January when I was missing this shirt from my collection?  After months of checking eBay, I finally found one in Talize!  Hooray!

And finally...

Ooh, I love this bad boy.  Let's take a closer look, shall we?

That's right.  A vintage men's V-neck from the Kennedy Space Center.  It's awesome.  The tag is almost completely worn away, and it's definitely vintage, not some weird replica from American Eagle or anything.  I grabbed it not even caring if it fit or not, but was very pleasantly surprised to see that it gives me that perfect vintage fit - tight in good places and loose in good places.  I love love this shirt.  Think I can pull off wearing it to work for casual Friday?

I'll be sure to do outfit of the day posts with the shirts too so you can see them in action.  I might wear the Kennedy shirt out to see a late-night viewing of The Big Lebowski tomorrow, actually.

And last but not least, something a bit different.  I didn't score these at Talize, but they're a find anyway.  I went back to Heist a couple weeks ago to get these glasses that I had passed up.  They're so freaking Don Draper awesome, I couldn't resist.  And at $10 for a set of 4, I was smitten.

That leather/copperish band around the glass can just pop right off so you can just wash the glasses.  They're so amazing - who wants to have a Scotch with me?  But not really, because Scotch is terrible.  Maybe I'll pull a Julian and walk around holding one of these bad boys with some rum and Coke.

So those are my recent finds - have you found anything good lately?  What's your favourite thrifted clothing item?  I had an awesome navy blue Hang Ten shirt with thin red stripes on it in high school, and I just loved it.  It was the absolute softest shirt ever.  Sigh.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Outfit of the Day - A moment of silence for my dearly departed shoes

When I got dressed this morning, I didn't know it would be the last time I would get to spend the day with an old friend.  But by the end of the work day, it was clear that these shoes needed to be put out of their misery.  Yes, my dear Old Navy beige wedges, the ones that went with everything and never failed to dress up a pair of jeans have fallen apart and are now resting with the garbage waiting to be taken away in the morning.  At least their last day out was with my new dress - a fun denim shirt dress dealio I got at Old Navy on the weekend.

Rest well, old friend.

Dress - Old Navy
Shoes - Old Navy (a moment of silence, please)

Friday, 17 August 2012

Vivian Vendredi - Storybook Gardens

Vivian had her first trip to Storybook Gardens last weekend, a definite rite of passage in this area.  Who doesn't have a picture of themselves sitting with Humpty Dumpty?  She had a great time chasing the kids and geese around (she's really into "duckies" right now for some reason), even though the pictures don't seem like she was having the best time.

The park's a lot different now that there's no animals - they have rides, like a ferris wheel and swings and stuff, but Vivian was too small for most of it.  Somehow I got conned into cramming myself into a flying elephant ride with three kids, don't really know how that happened.

They do have the nice, big splash pad there though.  Most of the kids were having a great time, the two boys that my mom has with her right now thought it was awesome, but Vivian and the little girl who is staying with mom were not as interested in the splash pad.

There was a lot of this...

And even more this...

But in the end, we only had minor freakouts (they were geese related) and Vivian didn't fall off any play equipment (although there were some close calls.  The girl is fearless.)

Anyone else have a kid that hates splash pads?  I can't say I blame her, I think I would have hated them as a kid too.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

I Heart Spray Paint

Remember my adorable but sad typewriter table that I was lucky enough to find at Heist?

Well I took some spray paint to it and it's looking much happier now!

I did a coat of grey primer, then a coat of a sage green colour.  In most of the pictures that I've found, old tables like this seem to be either the grey or green colour.  I almost kept it grey, but I wanted a colour to contrast with my beige $1 typewriter.

See how happy they are together?  I don't have a good place for it yet, so it's just in a corner in the basement.  One day it will have a special spot though!

See?  They're BFFs.

Done any good spray painting lately?  Or any good thrifting finds?  I went back to Heist for that fantastic set of glasses I'd seen there - maybe I'll do a post about them soon!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A Couch Potato's Review of the Olympics

You know how some people are just "Olympics people"?  I'm an Olympics person.  I can clearly remember my Grandma Millie taking me out to some gas station in the middle of nowhere to see the Olympic torch in 1988, I stayed up as late as I could in 1992 to watch the Barcelona Olympics, and then binged on winter Olympic goodness in 1992 and 1994 when the made the switch from having both summer and winter games every four years to having either one every two years.  What can I say?  I like watching weird stuff like fencing.

This year's Olympic games seemed to be oddly filled with controversy and memorable moments, so what better way to remember the London Olympics than by having all of you read all of my random thoughts?

Let's proceed, shall we?

Opening ceremonies
I loved the opening ceremonies, even though I ended up watching CTV's primetime feed, which I didn't realize until the next day had been edited.  When everyone was talking about the appearance of multiple Marry Poppins and Voldemort, I was so confused!  So boo to CTV not necessarily for editing it, because I get that, but for not airing a warning that it had been edited for time constraints.

Also, the opening ceremonies gave me a thought.  Since the ceremonies were directed by none other than Mr. 28 Days Later himself - Danny Boyle - I thought these games called for a revisit to that material.  Imagine if the Rage Virus had another outbreak in England during the freaking Olympics.  Usain Bolt is now a super fast Rage zombie, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are swimming across the Channel to spread the infection - just a rampage of  already superhumans now infected with Rage.  What a missed opportunity!  Danny Boyle, call me up.  We can still make this happen.

Beach volleyball uniforms

There was a lot of chatter about how beach volleyball players were no longer required to wear bikini uniforms this year, as well as a lot of frowns on some of the footage that focused heavily on the assets of the players.  Here's the thing - the Olympics are kind of inherently sexy.  You're talking about thousands of people in absolute peak form.  So yeah, there are a lot of hot asses out there.  And you know what?  If I looked like those beach volleyball players do, I would wear that freaking bikini uniform everywhere.  Dentist's office, grocery store, going to the movies, you name it.  They look amazing, so if they want to wear the bikini, awesome.  As far as it being sexist and that the men don't receive the same kind of attention, let's be honest, who the hell watches men's beach volleyball?  The women are amazing, I would much rather watch them.  Besides, I prefer to objectify the male divers and swimmers.

In a similar vein, I heard all the same rumours about all the sex that happens in the Olympic Village.  OF COURSE there's a lot of sex.  Once again, these are highly trained athletes who are super hot and under extreme stress.  Ya gotta let off steam somewhere.  So if Usain Bolt wants to party with a bunch of ladies after securing his place as the fastest man alive, who the hell cares?

Badminton controversy
People were throwing games in badminton.  It's badminton.  Let's make room for another cooler event perhaps, yes?

Phelps is a douchebag
Why were so many people rooting against Michael Phelps this year?  It was his last Olympics, and I wanted to see him win and shatter that record to become the most decorated athlete in history.  Say what you will about him, the man is a freak of nature and deserves every medal around that neck.

Ryan Lochte peeing in the pool
So Ryan Lochte admits to peeing in the pool.  Here's the thing - everybody pees in the pool.  Can you imagine how much time he spends in the pool?  I really don't think he meant that while he was in mid-breaststroke he just started peeing, but if he's in the pool for hours on end, sure he's going to pee.  I bet he pees in the shower too.  It's all pipes!  Besides, urine's sterile.

Canada gets ripped off in soccer
I only half watched this game.  Sorry, but I'm not a big soccer fan.  I don't know anything about soccer except that I think there should be a bicycle kick at least every 8 minutes to keep me interested.  But from what I understand, Canada got pretty majorly ripped off here, and that's not cool.  Bravo to our players for speaking their mind afterword and for still pulling out a bronze.

Pole Vaulting
Who decided that it wasn't enough to just jump over a pole, but you should use another pole to launch yourself into the air to do it?

Oh, NBC.  You were really digging yourself a hole for these Olympics.  Airing high-profile events on a time delay, and the spoiling the surprise of Missy Franklin winning the gold just moments before she does it.  Really, NBC?  Really?  Then you top it all off with the release of the Bodies in Motion video?  The not even veiled showcase of those sexy athletes?  Just own up to it, don't be all "It's just a celebration of the athletic form".  No.  Like I said, there are some super hot Olympians out there.  Don't be afraid of it NBC, just say it.  But did you really have to add the music?

Steeplechase is the weirdest event ever

You run, you jump over a little fence.  You run, you jump over another little fence.  You run, you jump over another little fence only now there's a puddle when you jump over it.  Repeat until finished.

Closing ceremonies
Muse was awesome, they just make my ears happy.  Eric Idle was awesome and lovely. The Spice Girls were super entertaining, Posh looked fantastic as always, and I was in love with Geri's Union Jack bustle.  I loved the fashion segment, if only to see Kate Moss looking annoyed at being there (but still amazing) and the always awesome Lily Cole.

When the Freddie Mercury part started, I was just like, "Mom, it's Freddie."  and we both stood in the living room, completely transfixed by just his image on a screen, on a screen.  The Brian May came out and we both continued to stand and smile and marvel at the awesomeness.  Then Jessie J came out and we both just frowned and walked away.  No.  Just no.  It should have been Freddie on a screen the entire time.  Or they should have done a Freddie hologram.  Tupac gets a hologram, but Freddie doesn't?  Not cool.

Rio's opening ceremonies are going to be freaking awesome.  They know how to party and make sexy people.  Is that stereotypical of me?  It's not offensive if your stereotype is awesome, right?  If they thought there was a lot of focus on people's asses in these Olympics, just wait until Rio.

What did you think of the Olympics?  Are you a junkie like me, or do you just avoid the TV for a couple of weeks?  I'm in withdrawl already!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Outfit of the Day - I'm extra tall today!

I did some shopping on the weekend.  Some real wandering around the mall with no rushing shopping.  It was so weird, and so lovely.  One of the things that I picked up (I really didn't get a lot, but it was still a big deal) were these impulse buy shoes from Aldo.  They were on clearance ($38!) and I was being drawn to that coral colour all day, so it was just meant to be.  I wore them to work today like this, but I can't wait to wear them out in Montreal in a few weeks.  I have an awesome new blue dress that I think will look smashing with them!

Most of the time I wear flats anymore, but it is fun to wear some giant shoes like this and be extra tall for a day!

See how pretty?  How could I walk away from them?!  They are actually meant to have an ankle strap, but my big ole cankles couldn't fit in there, so off they went!  I also had to add a heel cushion since they're a 10 and just a smidge too loose without the stupid ankle strap.

Anyone else scoop any deals on the weekend?  I also randomly ordered a pair of clearance ankle boots from the Aldo website, more on that when I can wear them.  And I finally got a new pair of jeans!  Woot!  Can't wait to wear them, maybe even with the coral lovelies!

Cardigan - Walmart
Tee shirt - Smart Set
Skirt - Zellers
Shoes - Aldo

Friday, 10 August 2012

Vivian Vendredi - Is that really what I look like?

Vivian is getting to an age now where she really seems to understand everything that she does.  She's much more deliberate, and it can make things so much funnier now.

Take, for example, the other morning.  I was getting showered and dressed, and Vivian was helping me by handing me every bottle of perfume, lotion, or piece of makeup she could get her hands on and saying, "Here you go, Mommy."  Which was a huge boost to my self-esteem, let me tell you.  Then she grabbed my shirt and put it on herself.  I thought, oh how adorable.  She wants to be just like me!  Then she grabbed my glasses, and I kind of felt like she was just mocking me now.

"Mom, do you see how ridiculous you look in this same old shirt?"

She's a keeper.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Mark your calendars...

...because it's coming.

The Purge is coming to a close and is culminating in The Yard Sale.

Check out my Kijiji ad here, then come and visit me at the yard sale!

The Purge has been a really good thing for me.  Just going through things, determining what I needed, what I had too much's really amazing how much STUFF you can accumulate, and how little of it you need.  But, for me The Purge hit a point where I started to find myself obsessing over it.  That's where "purging" became The Purge.  It had a name, because it was taking up that much of my life.  I had anxiety over it, I wouldn't be able to sit still, I would look at a closet or a drawer and all I could think was "What else can I get rid of?  I can make this closet emptier.  This desk can have another empty drawer."  I was getting addicted to it, which sounds weird, but it's true.  That's just the way my personality works.  I'm one of those fun people who has an addictive personality, but instead of becoming addicted to negative substances, I get addicted to behaviours.

So, I'm purging The Purge.  And then I'll move on to the next addiction.  I'm kind of hoping that I'll get addicted to working out again.  Oh, to go back to the days of going to the gym twice in one day, or going for 3 or more hours at a time.  Sigh.  Those were the days.

But, if you're a blog reader and you're in the area, stop by the yard sale!  I would love to see you, and you can take some of my junk away with you!

Got any yard sale tips for me?  It's been a long time since I've had one.  I'm not looking to make a bunch of money, I just want the stuff gone!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

All of the outfits of the day at once! Kind of!

Last year I did a post about how I was purging clothes like crazy, and posted an inventory of my closet to prove it.  This year, with The Purge (yes, it's capitalized, and has taken on a life of its own, and will be coming to a close soon with a yard sale, and will have its own post very soon) I've gotten rid of even more clothes and have become extremely picky about what gets added to the closet these days.  I can't emphasize enough how much easier it is to have fewer clothes.  I know exactly what I have, and I know exactly what fits me.  There are fewer clothes tantrums (although there are still a few.  You know how it goes.) and I can get ready quicker because I don't have to sift through piles and piles of clothes.

So for reference sake, here's a link to last year's post, and here's what I'm working with currently.

Dresses - 10

For some reason, I didn't pull out the sweater dress with the rest of the dresses, so here it is on its own.

Ten dresses might seem like a lot to some people, but I literally wear a dress 4 days a week right now.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again, dresses are your friend.  They are super comfortable, everyone thinks you're fancy, but really you're in the laziest thing ever.  There's nothing to match, and they are super flattering if you have the right one.  Love my dresses.

Shorts - 3

Really, I could whittle this down to 2 if I needed to.  I only wear shorts on the weekends and in the evenings after work, and even then it's only if I'm actually leaving the house.  Two of the pairs are just cutoffs from hand-me-down jeans from my sister, and the third pair is a clearance find from Zellers last year.  I'm so fancy.

Jeans - 2

I am gearing up to buy a new pair of jeans.  I usually refuse to spend more than $50 on a pair of jeans, but any time that I have spent more, I've never regretted it.  I used to have a pair of Gap jeans that I loved, so I think I'm going to get another pair.  I'm still cheap though, so I cashed in my Airmiles for a $25 gift card and am patiently waiting for their jeans to go on sale for back to school.

 TeeFury shirts - 5

I really cut down this collection since last year.  I find that the fits of their shirts really varies depending on what colour it is, so I pared it down to only my favourites.  I could even take this down by 2 more if I really wanted to.

Shirts that aren't tee-shirts - 8

For those days at work when I'm not wearing a dress.  Looking at this, I could even get rid of a couple that are no longer favourites.

Plain tee-shirts - 7

The black one is long-sleeved, but I figured this was an easier way of doing the categories.  The black shirt is also the only one that isn't from Smart Set - my favourite place for plain tees.

Cardigans - 5

A relatively modest collection of cardigans!

Sweaters - 1

I didn't even realize that I only had one sweater sweater.

"Goodies" - 2

You know, hoodies that are good enough to be seen out in public.  The Dharma sweater isn't even a hoodie, but it still counts.

Suits - 2

The brown one doesn't quite fit right now, but I'm not going to get rid of a suit until I'm absolutely sure that I won't wear it anymore.

Work/dress pants - 2

I've actually been meaning to get rid of one of these pairs too, the pair on the right are pretty ancient.

Winter shorts - 2

I love my winter shorts.  I can't wait to start wearing them again!

Skirts - 10

Again, it may seem excessive, but I rarely wear pants to work anymore.  And two of those skirts are too small for me right now, but they're really nice pencil skirts from Club Monaco that I got on an insane sale and can't bear to get rid of them yet.  Maybe I'll get mono or something and will be able to wear them again.

Schlubby hoodies - 2

Why would I need more?  One to wear, and one to be washed.  Done.

Pajama/workout/sloppy stuff - 9 tee-shirts, 1 long sleeved shirt, 1 jogging pants, 1 sloppy shorts, 1 sloppy capris

Really, if I could, this is what I would be wearing all the time anyway.

Tights - 13 pairs

I don't think I showed my tights and stuff last time.  I like to store them in a box, so I can just take the whole thing into the bathroom with me in the morning when I get dressed instead of digging around in the dark trying to find the pair that I want.

Heels - 4 pairs

Yes, my once-mighty shoe collection has been drastically cut.  Most of them were either cheap and falling apart, or uncomfortable, or just didn't fit after having Vivian.  So this is what I'm down to.

Flats - 4 pairs

Impressive, right?  And they probably all need to be replaced.  I wear them to death, and never buy expensive ones.

Running shoes - 3 pairs

Left to right - every day shoes (that are totally full of holes and desperately need to be replaced), actual running shoes, sloppy ancient shoes for yard work/camping/whatever

Boots - 2 (kind of)

My winter boots, that I wear constantly and should be able to get another winter or two out of, and then my Doc Martens, that I haven't actually worn in at least 10 years, but I can't bring myself to get rid of them.  They are a part of "the archives".  Also, notice something missing?  Those black high-heeled boots that I wore constantly last winter?  Well, they weren't in the greatest shape anymore, and I really needed to replace them.  I knew that if I kept them around until I found new ones though, I would end up spending another winter wearing them.  So I bit the bullet and just threw them out in the summer when I wouldn't miss them to force myself to get something new.  It's a good trick.

Coats - 4

Left to right - spring/rain jacket, heavy winter jacket used only for shovelling snow and blizzards, vintage handmade jacket that I don't think fits me anymore but I can't get rid of, leather jacket that I wear constantly even though I say every year that I'll buy myself a decent winter jacket.

Sandals - 1

My beloved sandals.  They're held together by a safety pin (for reals), but I loves them.  I'm still kind of hoping that I can get another summer out of them (which would make it 5 summers that they survived) but we'll see how that plan pans out.

So there you go - my entire wardrobe, except for stuff in "the archives".  And even looking at this, I can see a few items that I might toss.  This is actually a really good method for getting rid of clothes.  Something about seeing them all laid out really puts things in perspective of what you do and don't need.  Does it still seem like a lot?  I'm becoming a little obsessed with getting things down to the absolute bare necessities.