Thursday, 31 May 2012

Just one foot in front of the other

I did something big today.  Something I've been meaning to do for a long time.  I signed my ass up for a 10k run.  Am I ready for it?  Nope.  Will I be ready for it?  Nope, seeing as it's this Sunday.

Yep, I'm a genius.

But, this is a big deal for me.  This is the Bluewater Bridge run.  It's 10k from Port Huron, across the Bluewater Bridge to Canaterra Park in Sarnia.  I've been wanting to do this run since 2010 and I'm finally going to do it this year.  In 2010 I was pregnant, in 2011 I was still too squishy and ended up coming down with a terrible sinus infection anyway, but this year there's no good excuse.

It's going to be hard, but I figure at least half of it has to be downhill, right?  I mean, I'm no engineer, but I'm pretty sure that's how bridges work.  The important thing is I'm doing it.  It's been important to me for years and I'm finally going to do it.

And I'm doing it for me.

I'm not trying to prove anything.  I don't care if I have to crawl across that finish line, I'm going to be proud of myself because I will reach that finish line.  I'm going to do it because running makes me happy.  It makes me feel like me.  It makes me feel strong, it makes me feel centered, it makes me feel focused.  It doesn't matter how fast I am, what matters is that I'm out there.

I might not be this positive come Monday morning though.

So now for the important question - playlist suggestions?  I'm going to need a seriously awesome playlist to keep my feet moving!  Let me know what gets you up and moving!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Knick Knack Kno

I'm noticing a trend as I continue my purge.  I don't like knick knacks.  I just don't understand them.  So it's just something that looks nice and just sits on a shelf or something?  And that's it?  And then you just admire it and dust it?

I don't understand!

And it's not that I don't like stuff.  I love me some stuff.  I just like stuff that's functional or can hang on a wall I guess.  I read all these awesome blogs and they'll have cute little dressers and mantles covered in beautiful vases and unique little collections of found objects and I just don't get it.  Maybe I'm boring, or maybe I'm just too lazy to dust anything more than what I absolutely have to (says the person who is amazed by how clear the TV is when it's not covered in an inch of dust.)

And so after much purging, here's what I'm left with in the knick knack department.


Those random chess pieces that I got at a thrift store.  I tried to spray paint them and it didn't go so well, so I'll have to get back to them.


My old whiskey jars (I got them at a yard sale a few years ago and I love them).  Please ignore the dust.  Also, my Catwoman figure that I won at Free Comic Book Day last year.


This old wooden shark.  I've considered getting rid of him many times, but sharks are cool, so he sticks around.


And this vase - a $5 clearance find at Winners about a hundred years ago.

I'm not sure - maybe it's just because Vivian is around and will literally destroy anything in her path, or maybe I'm just more of a minimalist than I thought.

What about you?  Can you resist the knick knacks?  Do you think they're just dust collectors too?

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Pop Cupcakes. Yes, "Pop" with a "P"

Have you ever heard of baking with different kinds of pop?  Someone told me once that you can combine a box of yellow cake mix with a can of Diet Coke and it will turn out good.  Then Pinterest is covered with recipes for things using Diet 7Up.  I, of course, had to investigate this.

So yesterday Vivian and I take a walk down to the store to get some Diet 7Up to go with the lonely box of cherry chip cake mix that had been sitting in the cupboard just waiting for me to bake it and eat it all.  Of course, the store had no Diet 7Up, which is too bad because the whole point of using diet pop is that it cuts down on the calories so you don't have to feel bad about eating a whole pan of cupcakes.  Now consumed with the idea of trying this out though, I settled for standard 7Up.

And so with a quick mixing of the cake mix and 12 ounces of 7Up, I had the batter.  Naturally I performed some quality control by eating a few spoonfuls before going ahead and baking it.  They turned out pretty awesome - light and fluffy and basically just taste like regular cherry chip cake, but with the tiniest hint of lemon lime.  I didn't take any pictures because it's late and I'm lazy and fighting a cold and really don't feel like going through the motions.

What blows me away about this idea is how did someone come up with it in the first place?  Who sat down and said, "Gee, I'd love to bake a cake, but I seem to be out of eggs.  What else could I use?  Ah, yes!  This can of pop should do nicely."  Seriously, what is the thought process there?

Of course, now I'm dying to try it with my beloved Diet Dr. Pepper.  I think it could pair quite nicely with a chocolate cake, don't you?

Have you ever tried baking something with pop?  Or had to use any other crazy substitute in a pinch?

Monday, 28 May 2012

Yard sale finds and signs from the universe

I'm not a terribly spiritual person, but don't you just love it when a weird little coincidence pops up and it just makes you feel good about the world?  Last week I follow a link on Apartment Therapy to a gallery that was doing an exhibition on vintage children's chairs.  (Check it out here.)  I was immediately drawn to this lovely little set of three cube chairs.


So sweet and utilitarian!  I just loved them, but at $950 for the set of three, it was a little ridiculous.

Enter the Strathroy Town-Wide Yard Sales.  I got out to a couple of yard sales on Saturday before my allergies got the best of me (I'm pretty sure that one of my sinuses is about to explode through my cheek right now).  As I wander through one in particular, what do I spy under a table?


Boom.  The same freaking chair!  And what was the price on it?  $4!  I happily scooped it up and when the seller saw me with it, he announced that he would take $1 for it.  A DOLLAR.

It has that weird rubber part on the seat, but I'm hoping that I can scrape it off or something.  And the vintage graphics?  Come on.  Adorable!  Look at the koala on the back!


LOVE IT!

Other than that, I picked up a few vintage pillow cases.  This amazing squiggly flowery one...


 And four of these pretty yellow rose ones - and look, they have his and her embroidery!


 A masculine, dark edge on two...


And a delicate, lighter edge on the other two...


I paid $1.50 for the 5 pillowcases - another great deal!

All in all, a pretty successful Saturday - especially since I also found a McDonalds Finding Nemo toy that made a little boy at my mom's very happy.

Did you find any good deals on the weekend?  I'm pretty excited for the Kilworth yard sales on June 16th, care to join me?

Friday, 25 May 2012

Vivian Vendredi - Blah, blah, blah

First off - because of the whole camera situation the pictures of Vivian are slim picking.  I'll try to do better for next week!

Now - for this week's Vivian tidbit.  Vivian's vocabulary is really coming along now, and it's so fun to see how much she understands and how much she can say now.  What is coming out of that sassy little mouth these days?
  • "Baba" for her bottle
  • "Bibby" is her frog blanket
  • Baby
  • Mama
  • Daddy
  • Nah-nee - not sure who this is, but I think it might be Joanne, her daycare provider
  • Kitty
  • Puppy
  • "Buppies" is Bubble Guppies, her favourite show
  • "Manon" and "Binoo" when those shows come on
  • Cracker
  • Please and Thank you
  • "Dees" is shoes
  • Night-night
  • Matt
  • Uh-oh
  • Peek/Peekaboo
  • Tickle tickle
  • Ya
  • No - her new favourite
It's so funny hearing what she comes out with - even if it isn't always what I want to hear.




Thursday, 24 May 2012

Christmas in May

The most unbelievable thing has happened.

I have already bought Christmas presents.

Now, I know that this may not be a big deal to some of you out there who do all your Christmas shopping before August and have them all wrapped and under the tree by Labour Day, but for a constant Christmas Eve shopper like me, this is a big deal.

See, I'm the constant procrastinator.  Four years of university and there was only one essay that I ever wrote sooner than the night before it was due.  And the one essay that I tried to write ahead of time?  My computer crashed the night before it was due and I had to rewrite the whole damn thing the night before/morning of anyway.  So Christmas shopping definitely doesn't happen ahead of time.  My other problem is that I like giving people things way too much.  I'll come up with an idea for a gift and want to tell that person about it immediately.  If I buy it early, I want to give it to them right that second.  I'm terrible.

So why the sudden change in character?  Simple - a freaking insane clearance sale at the Superstore.  They've had super good toys on sale for dirt cheap prices.  Play-Doh sets for $3?  A 31-piece tea set for $5?  Disney Princess dress-up clothes for $4?  A 24-piece set of Black and Decker toy tools for $4?  Sign me up.

So for now I have a growing pile of birthday/Christmas presents for Vivian, or for any other children who might need a gift.  With mom and the foster kids, you never know when you might need a last minute gift.

Of course, that all depends on whether or not I'll be able to hold out on giving them to Vivian.  Let me tell you, I have been mighty tempted to bust into that tool set with her!

So tell me - when do you do your Christmas shopping?  Are you a frantic last minute shopper, or are you stupidly organized?  Hey, sometimes last minute shopping pays off, remember?

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Probably the nerdiest post ever. Which is kind of saying something.

First, a disclaimer.  My camera is continuing to slowly die.  Now I can't see anything on the screen on the camera, so I have to be all old school and look through the viewfinder to take pictures and hope for the best.  It's a pain in the ass to say the least, and that's why my photography skills are even worse than usual.  Feel free to start up a collection to get me a new bad ass camera.

And now, your regularly scheduled blog post.

So here's the thing - I'm pretty nerdy.  I've accepted this, I feel like I own it.  But sometimes, I even out-nerd myself.  This is one of those times.  See, sometimes I like to work on a puzzle.  There's something about it that I find relaxing - finding order in chaos, working on a problem that has a solution.  It's like untangling a knot, you just have to be patient and eventually it will be sorted out.  Now, I'm also a giant Lost nerd.  So when I came across two of the series of four 1000 piece official Lost puzzles at Winners a few years ago, I had to get them.  They were on clearance!  How could I resist?  Of course, because they're Lost puzzles, there's no picture on the box to go on.  They're extra mysterious.

So anyway, I finished the first one and the second one has been in progress for quite some time.  Now that Vivian's around it isn't really practical to just bust out a 1000 piece puzzle.  So both puzzles have been safely kept in their protective rollers since moving out of the apartment.  

Then, at work a couple of weeks ago, we got all these big pieces of cardboard.  And of course my co-workers were all "Bring it home and make a playhouse for Vivian!"  I did mounted my super-nerdy puzzle instead.

They are really nice big pieces of cardboard that are all folded up, so it was nice and easy to roll out the puzzle on the cardboard and be able to just fold it and flip it as needed.  Once I flipped it face down, I just sprayed adhesive on the opposite side and closed it back up to get it all nice and stuck down.  A quick coat of Mod Podge on the other side and I was good to cut it out of the cardboard.





I know that this is like the nerdiest thing ever, but this makes me really happy to have it out in the open instead of in a tube in a closet.  And now I totally want to start working on the other one!


Oh, and yes.  There is one goddamn piece missing from the puzzle, and it's driving me crazy.  There were actually two pieces missing, but I found one in the closet, so I'm pretty sure this missing piece is just waiting to be found as well.  Fingers crossed!

So I can't be the only one who likes to kick back with a puzzle.  What's your nerdiest habit?  We're all friends here.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Essentials?

So you all remember my purging, right?  My crazy sweep through the entire house eliminating anything that I deem redundant, unnecessary, useless or just too much clutter?  Well I also got to my CDs and have edited down the collection to only CDs that I enjoy listening to in their entirety.  Seem crazy?  Well I figure that the only place where I listen to CDs is in my car, so I don't need to mess around with a CD that I only want for a couple of songs.  If I only like a couple of songs, I can just download them and be done with it.

Now, the result of only having CDs that I can listen to in their entirety is that I have a mildly embarrassing, completely bizarre collection of CDs.  And, because I seem to be unable to stop embarrassing myself on this blog, I thought I would share the ones that made the cut with you.  Judge away.

Now before I get into it I just want to clarify that I've had many, many CDs lost and stolen over the years, so this is what's left.  Also, this doesn't include Jagger's rather extensive (and dust-collecting) CD collection, these are just mine.

Okay, ready?


  • Any and all of my Say Anything ("...Is a Real Boy", "In Defence of the Genre", Self Titled, and "Anarchy, My Dear")  They're my favourite band, and I listen to at least one of their CDs at least once a week.
  • Zebrahead - I have "Waste of Mind", "Playmate of the Year", "M.F.Z.B." and "Broadcast to the World".  If I had to narrow it down, I would only keep "Playmate" and "M.F.Z.B."
  • Panic! At the Disco.  "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out", "Pretty, Odd" and "Vices and Virtues".  "A Fever" is really the only one that I adore though.
  • My nu-metal loves - Limp Bizkit - "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water" and "Results May Vary".  Yes, I own a post-Chocolate Starfish Limp Bizkit album.  Deal with it, or I'll make you listen to my Fred Durst impression.  Linkin Park - "Hybrid Theory", "Meteora" and Minutes to Midnight".  What can I say, I love me some Mike Shinoda.  Disturbed - "The Sickness". Yup.  hed(PE) - "Blackout".  I know every word of this album, and I will terrify you by rapping along with it.
  • Swollen Members.  I LOVE SWOLLEN MEMBERS.  There, I said it.  You'll find "Balance", "Bad Dreams", "Heavy", "Monsters in the Closet" and "Black Magic".  Word.
  • Beastie Boys - "Licence to Ill", "Ill Communication" and "To the 5 Boroughs".  Am I the only one who can't stop listening to the Beastie Boys since MCA died?  It's on constant rotation in the Foxy Focus these days.
  • Gwen Stefani - "L.A.M.B."  I am nothing if not varied in my tastes.  Just wait.
  • Transplants - Self titled.  One of my all time favourite blast it in the car albums.
  • 311 - "From Chaos".  I don't know why I kept this, because I think it's scratched all to shit and barely even plays anymore.  Still love it though!
  • The Tragically Hip - "Up to Here".  Every good Canadian needs a Hip album in their collection.
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra - "Christmas Eve and Other Stories".  I don't know if Christmas albums should even count, but here it is.
  • Sprung Monkey - "Get a Taste".  One of the more random ones in there, but I love it.  Remember that "Party Like a Rock Star" song from back in the day?  This is them and I love this album.
  • The Black Keys - "El Camino".  'Nuff Said.
  • Elvis - "30 #1 Hits".  He is the king.
  • Goldfinger - Self titled.  Oh, the late '90s.
  • The Bloodhound Gang - "One Fierce Beer Coaster" and "Hooray for Boobies".  I love the Bloodhound Gang.  They're so freaking clever.  For reals, don't dismiss them as a gimmick band.  
  • Jimmy Eat World - "Bleed American".  Oh, this album is so first year university for me.  Still love it.
  • Cold War Kids - "Robbers & Cowards".  This is one of my all-time favourite atmosphere-y albums. It's the perfect CD to have on in the background when you have people over, or if you need something chill for a car ride.  Love, love.
  • AC/DC - "Back in Black".  I mean, obviously.
  • Saves the Day - "In Reverie".  Not one of my all-time faves, but I do love this band.
  • Tenacious D - Self Titled.  Never gets old!
  • Arctic Monkey - "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not".  Another great album to have on in the background.
  • Jimmie's Chicken Shack - "B.Y.O.S."  My favourite band in high school.  I wanted to go to Maryland to see them play so bad!  I have a VHS of a bootlegged concert that I bought at a flea market and I'll never ever part with it!  Also, I have "An Udderly Fowl Release" which is a compilation album from their record label, "Fowl Records".  I was never a huge fan of it, but it's not exactly something that you can pick up just anywhere, so I won't let it go.
  • INXS "The Greatest Hits".  We had "Kick" on cassette when I was growing up and Michael Hutchence had one of my favourite voices of all time.
  • Michael Buble - "It's Time" and Self Titled.  Here's something you didn't know about me - I fell asleep to Michael Buble basically every night for a long time.  He's so soothing!
  • And just for good measure, a couple of soundtracks - Juno and Walk the Line.  Can't go wrong.
So tell me - what are the embarassing CDs sitting in your collection that you just can't let go of?  Someone please tell me they still have a dusty old copy of CrazySexyCool hanging around.  I miss mine!


Thursday, 17 May 2012

I'm sorry, what?

First - a little background.

When I was a kid, I loved all things paranormal and weird.  (Okay, that hasn't really changed.)  Maybe it was a little too much time spent watching "Unsolved Mysteries" or maybe it was because my grandma gave me a Reader's Digest book called "Bizarre Phenomena" when I was far too young to read it.  (I just checked, and she gave it to me for Christmas '92.  So I was 10 and reading about people spontaneously bursting into flames.  Completely appropriate reading material.)  Anyway, for whatever reason along the way, I fell in love with the Easter Island heads.  I remember going to the Thedford library to read their one book about the heads over and over again, completely fascinated by the whole idea.  Going to Easter Island is still a dream of mine.

So imagine how my mind was blown when I came across this article from Think Box.


THE HEADS HAVE BODIES

Did you know this?  My mind is totally blown.  Is yours?  It's amazing to me the things that are still out there to discover.  Who knows, maybe the Loch Ness Monster will be on the cover of People magazine next year.

Have you ever found out something like this that totally blew you away?  Were you given inappropriate books as a child?

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Let's talk about Battleship for a minute.

The summer movie blockbusters have arrived.  There are so many big movies this season that I'm super excited about.  One of those movies?

Battleship.



Boom.

Can we talk about how awesome this movie is?  First off, it's based on a board game.  And there are aliens in it.  And it stars Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker, because that casting totally makes sense.  Also, Liam Neeson is in it and I'm really hoping that he releases another Kraken.  And as if all of that wasn't enough reason to want to see it - everyone's favourite vampire, Alexander Skarsgard is in it.  And I'm pretty sure his shirt will at least get wet, if not removed completely.

What can I say, I love a movie that's so bad it's good.  (See also - Deep Blue Sea)

Who's in?  I still have BOGO coupons for the movies this month so it can be my treat!

What other movies are you pumped for this summer?  I'm also dying for the new Batman movie.  I already have plans to see it a minimum of three times in the theater.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Outfit of the Day - Please nobody say anything about "Lady in Red". I hate that song.

It's been a long time since I've done a proper Outfit of the Day post!  There's a very simple reason for that - I really haven't worn anything worth blogging about in a long time.  Now that it's getting warmer for reals, I'll have some summery stuff to show you guys.  Although, I am seriously lacking as far as a summer work wardrobe.  I might have to pull out my old trick of getting work pants hemmed into capris and then just worrying about buying new pants in the fall.  Seriously, I've done this before.

Anyway, I knew that today was going to be a particularly trying day at work, so I thought I would try to cheer myself up by wearing my red dress.  It's only the second time I've worn it (you might remember it from this post) because I'm not one to enjoy being the center of attention, and when you wear a red dress, people can't seem to help themselves and constantly comment on it.





I love this dress, but I almost feel like it could be taken in a bit through the skirt - it seems super roomy. Of course, it has pockets, so that adds to it too I guess.  And no one is taking my pockets away from me!  I also think it could stand to be a bit shorter, but maybe I just think that because of my stupid giant calves and cankles.  Whatevs.  Oh, and I also got a new bra a couple of weeks ago (I know that some of you will realize how big of a deal this is for me) and it kind of makes my boobs look insane in this dress.  Awesome.

Dress - Shabby Apple (but I got it on Facebook for $15!)
Sandals - Aldo

Monday, 14 May 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

You guys - do you know what week it is?

It's upfronts week!

Now, all of you interesting people with your social lives may not know what upfronts week is.  For me, it's that magical time of year when the networks announce which shows are being cancelled, which pilots are being picked up and what the fall schedule will be like.

Yes, that's right.  Finding out that Glee is moving to Thursdays and Happy Endings has received a full 22-episode pick up is my idea of a good time.  I seriously think that in another life I could have been a TV executive, I find all this stuff so exciting and fascinating!

There are a tonne of really exciting pilots out there, with a lot of big stars.  My DVR will be getting a workout again this year!

I'll do a full post when everything has been announced.  Until then, I'll be glued to EW and TVLine for all the latest!

What do you think?  Sound exciting to you too?  Any new shows you're looking forward to?  What career would you have had in a different life?

Friday, 11 May 2012

Vivian Vendredi - Her own playground

I was hoping I would be able to show you pictures of Vivian's new climber tonight...


And luckily I got it put together finally!  (And yes, she's in her pajamas.)

I forgot to take a full picture though, but it's this one...




Vivian loves it.  I'm so glad she finally has something that will keep her occupied in the yard.


She's doing really well with the rock climbing wall - gets herself right up there and whizzes right down her slide.




I'm so glad it's a bigger set that she'll actually be able to play with for quite a few years.  And I'm really glad that it will allow me a little more time relaxing in the backyard reading while she enjoys it!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Awkward - Public Workouts

I've mentioned before that I work in a not-so-great part of the city.  Because of this, I've gotten pretty used to seeing a lot of weird and random things.  Today was something new though.

As I was waiting on the sidewalk to cross the street at lunchtime, my coworker and I noticed a young man jogging along the sidewalk.  Nothing unusual there.  Then he dropped to the sidewalk and started doing a series of push-ups right there and then.  Not just a couple of standard push-ups either, but like a complicated series of push-ups where he would switch to one-armed and stuff.  Then he got up and jogged a bit further.  Okay, that was a little weird, but I guess it's okay.  Then he stopped jogging again and started shadow boxing.  Right there on Dundas Street, just shadow boxing and doing push-ups.

I totally wanted to follow him to see what else was involved in his little interval workout.  But you know, it's Dundas Street, you don't approach people there.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Warning - I'm going to get all swear-y

I love going to the movies.  I love paying too much for popcorn, reading a free magazine, watching 20 minutes of previews and then losing myself in a movie.  Walking out of a theatre into a dark, warm summer night is one of my favourite feelings ever.

But you know what I don't love?

When I show up in good time for a movie so I can get a good seat, then the theatre slowly starts to fill up until it's five minutes before showtime and then that theatre attendant stands at the front and tells everyone that the show is nearly sold out so if everyone could please shuffle down the row to eliminate empty seats so more people can sit together, that would be great.

Fuck no.

If I show up late to a movie, you know what I do?  I suck it up.  I sit by myself.  I sit in the shitty front seats.  Or I turn around, walk out and exchange my ticket for something else - or just walk into another theatre.  I don't expect other patrons to move their coats just so I can sit somewhere more comfortable.

Is there no order in the world?

See, there's this thing about "First come, first fucking served".  So if I show up in time to get a good seat, then there's no way in hell I should have to shuffle on down just so someone else who didn't bother to show up on time can get a decent seat.  This isn't a fucking communism theatre.  We are not all treated equally.  This is a meritocracy!  You show up early, you've earned your seat.  You show up late, you've earned a shitty front row seat with complimentary neck cramp.

Amateurs.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Fight For Your Right

As I'm sure you've heard, the music world lost Adam "MCA" Yauch to cancer on Friday.  It was such terrible news, and I'm sure it will be one of those celebrity deaths that will stay with me where I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news.  I'd just gotten back from lunch with Jenn when I saw it in my newsfeed.  I literally gasped and covered my mouth in shock.  It's just so sad - not only to lose someone so influential and who possessed such genius, but just to see someone go so young when there was so much more he could have done.

I found it particularly sad because The Beastie Boys were that band for me that I have always wanted to see live, but never had the chance.  Now I never will.  Do you have a band like that?  That number one band on your list that you've always wanted to see in concert?  It's funny how it works out - it may not necessarily be your favourite band, or the one you listen to the most, but for one reason or another there seems to always be one band that stands above the rest that you just know would be amazing live.

Sigh.

Goodbye, MCA.





Friday, 4 May 2012

Vivian Vendredi - Fashion Plate

Further evidence of Vivian's newfound fashion sense.  If you leave shoes out - she will try to put them on and then throw a fit because they're too big.

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Yes, she is wearing bathing suit bottoms over her pants.

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Who knows how much worse she'll be as a teenager...

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Outfit of the Day - High Heels

Vivian has discovered playing dress-up.  And of course, she has gravitated to those ridiculous plastic high heels.  The annoying little shuffling clip-clop sound of her wandering around in them is almost worth it when you see how cute she is.









It was really worth it when she fell flat on her face while wearing them.  I'm a terrible person, but it was hilarious.

Shoes - Who the hell knows, they're pink and plastic
Pajamas - Children's Place

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Me and Natalie

I'm not the type of person who gets mistaken for other people.  I never get told that I look like anyone else except for my mom and my sister - and that doesn't even happen very often.  (For the record, we get told we all sound alike all the time though.)  I never hear, "Oh, you look just like so and so!"  I assume it's because my staggering beauty only comes along once in a lifetime.

In fact, I've only been told that I look like one celebrity - Natalie Dormer.  Not sure who that is?  I wasn't either.  But her most famous roles would be that she played Anne Boleyn on The Tudors (which I still haven't seen, but am dying to) and she is currently playing Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones (the badass who doesn't want to be A queen, she wants to be THE queen).

So let's contrast and compare, shall we?

Here's me...


Yes, a shining beacon of class and beauty right there.

And here's Natalie Dormer...



Shockingly, there seem to be a lot of pictures where she's doing a weird thing with her mouth - it seems to be a bit of a signature thing.  Maybe that's why my coworkers thought we look alike?


Now just for clarification - the above picture is not me, that's Natalie Dormer.  I know, it's confusing.

What do you think?  I don't see the resemblance, but I'm told it's mostly in the eyes?  More importantly - do you get told you look like anyone famous?  Who would play you in a movie of your life?  And more importantly, how awesome is season two of Game of Thrones?

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Now what do I do with this?

I'm painting something again.  I won't tell you what though - you can discuss it amongst yourselves and I should have a reveal post later this week or early next week.

But yeah, I'm painting.  Because I'm purging stuff, I'm trying to get around to painting or doing whatever to all that stuff I picked up over the last year.  Either I'll do something with it, or I'll get rid of it at a yard sale.

So in order to paint this item, it needed to be primed first.  I'm not a big fan of priming in general, but this one needed it.  Luckily, I had been purging things in the garage and found a gallon of primer in there from the old owners.  Score.

Or so I thought.

I went to pry it open tonight and could not get the lid off.  So I did what any rational person would do - attacked it with the claw of the hammer until I ripped a hole in it and managed to get the lid off that way.


See that hole?  Can you believe that people have told me I'm rammy?

So once I got into the can I realized that not only was it separated (which I expected) but it had basically turned to concrete.


You can't really tell, but I'm pressing that stir stick in as hard as I can and it's not giving at all.  Blech.

So now I have a can of set concrete with some slime on the top.  Awesome.  I hate having things like this that aren't easily disposed.

But I did manage to get a coat on my item - I had some leftover plain white paint, so I just used that instead.  I'll be back soon with a reveal!