Monday, 30 June 2014

Treats of the Week - Non-Long Weekend

Well this is pretty much the worst Monday ever, isn't it?  Got through a lovely weekend, then back to work today and off again tomorrow.  I wish I could have taken today off and made a nice little 4-day weekend out of it, but such is life.  I'm definitely looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow though!

  • I finally bought a new bathing suit for myself and miraculously I only had to try on 3 and ended up buying the first one I tried!  Hooray for Target!
  • What made it even easier to pick out the bathing suit was taking pictures in the dressing room to text to Jenn for her opinion - ah technology.
  • I read a lot of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books when I was younger (before I graduated to Agatha Christie) and I hope one day Vivian will spend some lazy summer days reading them too.  I found these new editions at Target - I thought the covers were so pretty!  I love that they're the same stories though.

  • I saw the movie Belle this week at the Hyland and it was really great.  It was a pretty remarkable true story, and a trip to the Hyland is always my idea of a good time.  I also finally caved and bought my membership to the Hyland, so I'll be there lots this summer!
  • I tried making an iced coffee with my Keurig and it turned out very tasty!
  • Mom and I took the kids to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Sunday.  Before the movie started there was some commercial for Aveeno or something with Jennifer Aniston.  Vivian saw her on screen and said, "Hey, that's mommy!"  She earned her M&Ms for that movie.
  • After one too many fights about brushing her hair or trying to put a ponytail in her hair, Vivian finally got her hair cut off again.  It's way too hot for her to have any more hair than this - hopefully in the fall she can deal with wearing a ponytail once in awhile!

  • I was in need of a new falling asleep show on Netflix so I started randomly watching Accidentally on Purpose, some short-lived sitcom with Jenna Elfman.  I think it's only 18 episodes, and it's pretty ridiculous, but I'm actually rather enjoying it.  Perfect to have on in the background.
  • Quesadilla flavoured chips are a thing - a delicious thing.  They're mostly cheesy, and a little bit spicy.  Almost too spicy for a wimp like me, but I can deal.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

You Can Say No

I'm an accommodating person.  I think it's one of my better qualities - I'm always concerned about other people, and want to make other people feel comfortable.  Sometimes it's to my own detriment, but I think on the whole other people appreciate it.  What can I say - I'm forever the oldest child looking out for everyone else.

Because of this lovely little personality trait, I hate asking for help.  I don't like people to feel like they have to say yes to something if they don't actually want to.  To get around this, I've come up with a very simple solution that allows me to ask people things, but also gives them an out.

Are you ready?  It's pretty simple.

When I ask someone something - even if it's something simple - I'll follow it up with "You can say no."  It sounds weird, but it totally works.  See, most of the time I have no preference on things anyway.  I'm pretty happy to go with the flow.  And I want people to know that.  It is kind of crazy seeing how people will react to it.  Even in simple situations, it works.

Go ahead - give it a try sometime.  Or don't, you can say no.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Treats of the Week - Officially Summer

Summer is officially here and it's so nice, isn't it?  I refuse to complain about cutting the grass or the heat or anything even remotely-summer related.  Only good things this summer, my friends.

  • I can't remember if I've mentioned this on here yet or not, but Joe Fresh has the best tank tops right now.  They're just nice, light cotton ones that aren't too tight/too loose, too short/too long, too heavy/too light.  Even better - they're only $6 each, and you can wear a normal bra with them.  So far I have 4, and I might end up with one in every colour.
  • Impromptu Taco Bell lunches are the best kind of Taco Bell lunches.
  • The newest season of Archer is up on Netflix!  This could have happened sometime ago, but I just noticed it so it's new information to me.
  • Strawberries are out and my mom has already made jam.  So I basically intend to eat only peanut butter and jam sandwiches for the next several days.
  • Jenn and I had a lovely evening out this weekend - an evening that started out with a little of this at the VIP.

Going for the pitcher at the VIP was definitely the right choice price-wise, but not so much the right choice bladder-wise.

  • Also at the movie we encountered an employee who was walking through the lobby beatboxing.  Just randomly walking around, audibly beatboxing.  
  • Vivian has been making some serious progress when it comes to using the potty - so exciting!
  • This spinach pizza from Oh! Pizza... in Port Franks is the greatest pizza in the entire world.  I could seriously eat the entire thing by myself.

  • The news of Rian Johnson being involved with Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX made me a deliriously happy nerd.
  • I got one of those little tech wallets for my evening out with Jenn, and it was probably the best $10 I've spent.  Just enough room for my  phone, some cash, and a couple of cards.  Perfect!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Very Vivian - Dance Recital Take 2

 Last weekend Vivian and Blair had their dance recital with Andrea's Dance Studio.  I kid you not, this studio is amazing.  The dance recital that Vivian was in with her other studio in May was great, really.  But this was a cut above.  I can't wait to get my hands on a DVD to rewatch some of those routines - there are some insanely talented kids there!

Of course the cutest two were Vivian and Blair - who were oh so excited to be dressed up in their costumes.  This time around Vivian had two routines - tap and jazz.  Of course that wasn't enough and she spent a lot of time wondering where her hip hop shoes were because she thought she should also be included in that.

It was so hard to get pictures of them because they couldn't stand still!  Those tap shoes are just too damn tempting.

 After their "Monkey See, Monkey Do" tap routine it was time for "It's a Small World".  Vivian was repping France for the routine and we lucked out into borrowing the perfect costume for it.  The sparkly beret killed me - I couldn't believe she left it on her head, but she just loved it.  Blair was American?  Western?  It was a little vague, but cute.  Vivian and Blair decided that she was "a cowboy girl", so that works.

 Now that we're through with this season of dance it's pretty clear that we're going to be in it for the long haul.  Vivian just loves to dance - she loves that stage.  I think next season we'll probably focus on just Andrea's Dance Studio and possibly get her dancing a couple of times a week so that she might be ready for competitions before too long.  The dream scenario is that Vivian and Blair will be able to do competitive routines together soon - I might just die from the cuteness if that happens!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Treats of the Week - Happy birthday Matt!

  • The nice lady at Starbucks actually took the time to get my name right on my order.  I'm so used to having my name spelled wrong, it was quite the treat to have it done right!

  • Compliments are always lovely.  This week I seemed to get a lot of compliments on my necklace, which is kind of weird since I've had it for so long now.  Always appreciated though.
  • I went to see Locke the other day and I really loved it.  It's a very unique movie - Tom Hardy is the only actor on screen for the whole movie, and the entire movie takes place in the car with him on the phone.  It was really well done though - Tom Hardy is amazing in it, I really recommend it.
  • I've been working hard at weaning myself off of artificial sweeteners and I finally managed to do it this week!  No more sweetener in my coffee and no more diet pop for me!  It's made a huge difference.
  • Vivian had another dance recital this week and it was amazing.  I can't say enough good things about this dance studio and the incredible talent that is there.  I'll do a whole post about that later though.  It was impossible to get a clear picture of these little tap dancers - they were so excited!

  • I went to see the season finale of Game of Thrones on the big screen at Silver City last night and it was amazing!  So much fun to see all that action on a big, beautiful screen!  I loved that they showed trailers for all the new fall TV shows too - it was pretty awesome!
In the perch seat, obviously the best.

  • Also while at the theater, Jenn and I had a super chatty little movie snack maker who asked what she wanted on her chicken burger and then let us get some guacamole on there.  Guac should be a standard condiment on everything.
  • My brother Matt turns 18 today - which is just insane.  He's so grown up and has become such an awesome person, I just love him like crazy.
  • Despite my allergies that have been killing me the last few days I managed to make it out to the driving range to hit a bucket of balls.  It was my first time swinging a club since before my surgery, so I was anxious to see how my swing was now.  I don't have to modify my swing anymore, so it's taking some getting used to but I was driving pretty good!  Bring it!

Have a week!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Treats of the Week - Binge TV

If you're like me you've probably spent a good portion of the weekend consuming the newest season of Orange in the New Black on Netflix.  Is there anything better than wasting an evening watching TV?  I don't think so.

  • In the same vein, I also burned through the first season of House of Cards this week.  So. Much. TV.
  • I was at The Beat Goes On this week to pick up some stuff and noticed that they had a section of the CDs labelled for "J to tha Lo", which entertained me to no end.  I forgot to take a picture, but trust me it's there.
  • It was Blair's 4th birthday last Thursday and they had the perfect weather for her party on Saturday.  Vivian had a great time hanging out with her cousin and all the other kids.  Plus, matching dresses.

  •  Vivian tried on her costume for her next dance recital - it's safe to say she's pretty pumped about it.

  •  Sleeping in on a Saturday morning - heaven.
  • I have one sad little peony plant (bush?) in the front yard that usually only yields one or two blooms.  I've got one right now and am hoping there will be more, but that one bloom is worth it.
  • Being reminded of the awesomeness that is the Vanilla Ice opus, "Ice Ice Baby"
  • I got hooked on the Blendoku app on the weekend - such a random game, you just have to put different colours in order.  Just one of those randomly addictive things.
  • Mom and I took the kids for a trek by the river to climb a sand dune.  Love that view.

Have a week!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Outfit of the Day - Randos in the Parking Lot

There's been a lot in the news recently about feminism and the way women's bodies and clothing is viewed by men.  A lot of it was triggered by the events in Santa Barbara and the #yesallwomen movement, and pushed even farther by the string of schools having concerns over girls and dress codes.  The main message that's coming through is that women and girls are still being taught that dressing in a certain way sends a certain message.  This cannot continue - men and boys need to be taught that women and girls are more than their bodies and more than their clothes.  Unfortunately, it's a tough lesson to learn, and one I had my own experience with today.

I park about a block away from my work and have to walk through another parking lot.  My work is in a rough part of town, and I'm pretty used to people talking to me along to way.  Sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it doesn't.  This morning as I was walking to my building I noticed a man talking to another man in a car.  No matter, I'm just walking along, head down, sunglasses on, just trying to get to work at 8:00 a.m.  Once I walked by him I could hear him behind me asking, "Are you going to pay a ticket, or going to work?"  I ignored him the first time, but when he asked again I stopped to talk to him thinking that he might just be wondering what time the building opened.  I told him I was going to work, and joked that I was lucky that day, no ticket for me.  Instead of wishing me a nice day or something similar, he says "Are you allowed to dress like that in a court?"  Um, excuse me?  I tried to make a joke out of it, always a bad idea.  "What, I don't look nice?"  He went on to explain that he thought since it was a court it was all "Yes, Your Honour/No, Your Honour."  I told him I wear a robe in court and he started talking about a nearby coffee shop instead.

So yeah.  A man went out of his way to not only approach me and comment on what I'm wearing, but also to go so far as to ask if I was allowed to be dressed like that.  Insinuating that there was something inherently wrong or shameful about how I was presenting myself.  I've been dressing for work for a long time now, and I feel like I do a decent job of it.  I try to look presentable, but comfortable and suitable to the situation.  The point is, it is no one else's concern how I choose to present myself and my body.  And the fact that he was approaching me from behind can only lead me to believe that something about my ass was so concerning to him that he just had to go out of his way to comment on it.  I didn't feel unsafe in any way, but the audacity of some people just blows me away.

Guess what - I dress how I want to dress.  No one gets to tell me otherwise.  My ass in a tight skirt will always be allowed.

Skirt - Old Navy
Top - Maurices
Sandals - Target

Monday, 2 June 2014

Treats of the Week - Cool Kids and Taco Bell

 It's been a lovely week - I hope yours has been as well!
  • I got invited to lunch with the self-described "cool kids" at work.  I'm not sure how cool they actually are, but it was nice to come along for some sushi!
  • I finally decided to wear a dress that had been languishing in my closet since last summer.  One of three dresses that I bought for a wedding last summer, I hadn't even taken the tags off.  I thought it might be a little dressy for work, but it felt so nice to wear it finally and I got so many compliments!  Hooray!
  • I had a crazy Taco Bell experience (aren't they all?) where I was waiting in the drive-thru line forever while the staff were running around trying to decide if they were closing or not.  In the midst of the chaos I made eye contact with another befuddled customer waiting at the front counter where we exchanged shrugs and expressions of confusion.  Always so fun and bizarre having little exchanges like that.
  • Driving home when a summer storm is imminent and making it into the house before the rain starts.
  • Going to the drive-in for the first time this summer - A Million Ways to Die in the West was made all the more fun by being able to breathe in the night air.
  • Mom and I took the kids to the beach on Sunday and they had a blast, even though the water is still far too cold for my tastes.

  • I actually have a bit of a tan already - unheard of.  My pasty skin barely knows what to do with itself.
  • Meals on a patio will never stop being enjoyable on a warm night.
  • I finished the most wonderful book - Love, Dishonour, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff.  If you have some time, do yourself a favour and read this one.  It's a quick read and definitely worthwhile.