Friday, 29 August 2014

Very Vivian - Almost time for school

The time has almost come - next Thursday, Vivian starts school!

Even though she'll only be 3 (stupid December birthday) she starts full day kindergarten on Thursday and I couldn't be more excited!  I think she's really ready for the challenge.  We've been talking about it a lot, and drive by her school every day.  Most of the time she seems excited about it, with only occasional instances of "No, I don't want to go to the big school."

Yes, she has a bandaid on her nose.  Don't even ask when it comes to Vivian.

Most importantly - she's got most of her gear ready for school.  She's got a fancy new lunchbox from Grandma, a bunch of new school clothes and a brand new set of Mabel's Labels so she's almost ready to go!  We still have to pick up her new backpack (she's requested a Monster High backpack) and some new indoor shoes (blue sparkly shoes, please) then it's just a matter of picking out her outfit for that first day.  I'm quite sure that I won't have any input on that decision though since Vivian kind of takes the reigns in the fashion department these days.  And most exciting is the fact that I won't be needing to pack any PullUps in her backpack for school!  Hooray!

I know who her teacher is, and I'm so excited that she's going to be with Vivian.  I can't wait to hear about all the new things she's going to learn and do - and hopefully I can keep up with packing those lunches!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Treats of the Week - Sick Treats

I seem to have been hit with the beginnings of a summer cold.  Either that or allergies, I don't know.  What I do know is I can barely stay awake and my throat is killing me.  Everyone seems to be coming down with something right now - I keep hearing about raging migraines, tummy troubles, and colds like mine.  So even though it's the Emmy's tonight, I'm planning on crawling into bed basically as soon as I hit Publish on this post.  Here are the treats that I can pull out of my foggy brain.

  • I've been catching up on as much TV as I can before the new fall season hits, so I was glad to finally finish The Walking Dead.  Of course I offset that by starting to watch Justified and Suits.  It's a vicious cycle.

  • My lovely Jenn hosted a Catan evening this weekend, and I had a blast even though I lost horribly.  Mostly because of all the fine snacks available.

  • The Wish Book is now available!  We haven't receive our copy yet, but I'm excited to see what Vivian picks out this year!
  • It's catch-up month with my equal billing plan for Union Gas, which means I got a bill for -$21.  Doesn't get much better than that.
  • I saw some kids camped out at a hilly country road on the weekend and couldn't understand what they were doing until after I'd driven by: they had an elaborate set up of lookouts so they could safely skateboard down the hill.  Not how I would spend my Saturday, but I appareciated that they were trying to be safe.
  • I really enjoy visiting The Beat Goes On, but I do find the staff to be of the ultra cool hipster variety.  I always feel like they're judging my choices, but I'm just paranoid like that.  So when I stopped in to check out the 40% off sale, I had to laugh when the guy in line ahead of me kept trying to hide a Taylor Swift CD in his stack of choices.  The was mocked by the entire store, but more for not owning his choice than for the choice itself.

Blah, I don't even know if this makes any sense.  Have a healthy week, peeps.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Outfit of the Day - Summer Concert

Obviously a summer concert calls for a new dress.  So the day before the Weezer concert I made my way to Maurice's on my lunch break to try and find something to wear.  Priorities.

I wandered around the store for a bit and couldn't find anything I liked.  Dresses were super picked over since they were on sale for 50% off.  When a sales girl asked me if I was looking for anything specific I told her of my dilemma and she grabbed this little number, promising me that it looked way better on that it does on the hanger.  She then handed me a Medium and I laughed.  "No, you can totally wear a medium, trust me." Since the clock was ticking I decided not to argue with her and just tried the dress on.

Girl knew what she was talking about.

Have you ever had the experience of trying something on and then having a complete stranger tell you how nice it looks?  It's basically the best feeling ever.  This dress just kind of hit in all the right ways, and when it was 50% off it would have been stupid not to get it.  

 Of course I had to take a picture in the change room of the dress so I could send it to Jenn.  Because that's what technology is for.

It's one of those high/lo dresses which I didn't think I liked.  I mean, it's a mullet dress.  For whatever reason though, it wasn't as awkward once I had it on.  Or maybe I just didn't care anymore because I liked it so much.

She ended up talking me into adding a denim vest, which also isn't my usual style at all, but I think it's going to be a versatile piece and I'm glad I ended up getting it.  I also added a belt for the concert because I kind of felt like the dress needed a belt.  And beer, of course.

I considered wearing my glasses just because it was Weezer and what better time to wear black rimmed glasses, but the lure of sunglasses won me over.

Dress - Maurices
Vest - Maurices
Belt - WalMart I think?
Wristlet - Target
Sandals - Target

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Belt Organizing

Welcome to the simplest, more self-explanatory organizing idea ever.  Pinterest-worthy, it is not, but I thought I would share anyway.

I have a basket in my closet that is filled with tights and belts.  It's just a random jumble and it's stupid.  When I was cleaning out my closet the other day I realized that I had belts in there that I had completely forgotten about.  So instead of having them buried in a basket, I figured I needed them somewhere that I could actually see them.  I didn't want them clanging around on a hook on my door or anything though, so instead I just looped them all through a hanger and called it a day.  Now I can easily grab one and won't forget what ones I have in there anymore.

Life changing, I know.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Treats of the Week - Pizza and ugly couches

Somehow we seem to be rapidly approaching the end of August, which is just bizarre.  Still plenty of time for summer treats though!

  • Requesting a song that I know Jenn hates just to troll her.  Sorry, Jenn!
  • I saw "Boyhood" on the weekend and thought it was just incredible.  It hit me pretty hard because I saw a lot of my mom and my brother Matthew in the movie.  Do yourself a favour and go see it - it's really unlike anything else.
  • This is ridiculously self-indulgent, but I am still getting so many compliments on my hair, even just from random strangers.  Never fails to make me smile!
  • Jenn and I checked out the Brydges Street Market and I basically fell in love with this couch.  I wants it so hard.  Note the attached end tables.  Have you ever seen anything more glorious?

  • On my lunch break on Friday I checked out a shop near my work, where I found a Queen Elizabeth II tray that I really wanted for my Canadiana collection.  But it was $40, and I felt like that was a bit much.  Then at the Brydges Street Market I spotted the exact same tray now for $14.95 - still seemed pricey though.  So imagine my delight when I found the tray AGAIN at another booth at Brydges but this one was $6.  Total score.

  • Back to School sales are well underway, and even though Vivian doesn't need much for Back to School it's the perfect time to stock up on art supplies, and stuff around the house.  It's a great time to grab things like pillows, sheets, picture frames, and of that random houseware stuff is all on for great prices right now!
  • The best pizza in the world is from Oh! Pizza in Port Franks, but it's only around for the summer.  Since the season is winding down we ordered it for dinner at my mom's last night and she got me my own pizza so I could take home lots of leftovers, which didn't last very long.  So yummy.
  • One of the JPs at work bought a bunch of tarts and goodies for us clerks over the lunch break!

  • One of my favourite things is pushing a joke way, way beyond its limits.  I got into a pretty epic text battle yesterday of volleying a joke back and forth and it was hilarious.  I would give you more details, but it's kind of a million dollar idea and you can't steal it.
  • FINALLY there is Frozen merchandise that's a little more accessible.  I was finally able to get my hands on an "Elsa in the blue dress" that Vivian has been asking for since last November.  I'm being mean and have hidden it away until her birthday or Christmas though.

Have a treat-filled week, yo!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Lady Mary

Like so many others, I found myself hooked on Downton Abbey.  It's just so oddly addictive, I can't help it.  
My favourite part has quickly become the gifs though.  I'm not a huge gif person, but Lady Mary has the best eye rolls in the history of the world, so I assembled them here for you to enjoy.

Yup, that's the whole post.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Treats of the Week - Beer and Wandering

It's rainy out, and I'm sleepy.  It might be because of the rain, or it might be because Vivian was up a couple of times through the night and some random number decided to call my cellphone in the middle of the night.  Either way, I'm feeling lazy and blah.  The past week has had some lovely moments though, so let's focus on that, shall we?

  • I actually set aside some time last week and managed to write about six blog posts so I've got a few stashed away ready to post.  That used to be my weekly practice, but I've gotten lazy and fallen out of the habit.  It's nice knowing I have some new content ready to go!
  • Strawberry pies from McDonalds are goddamned delicious.  I won't tell you how many I've eaten recently, but I will tell you that I plan on having only protein shakes for lunch for the next few days...
  • Beertown is a new-ish place in London that I've finally been able to check out.  Now that I've been, it's become one of my favourite places.  The beer selection is crazy, and the food is that brand of slightly fancy pub fare that I always enjoy.  Of course I just pick my beers based on their names and/or labels, but my system has yet to fail me.

  • I spent a good part of Saturday just wandering - checking out some thrift stores, wandering the mall, Chapters, etc.  Just enjoying spending time being out and about with no real timeline.  My favourite.
  • It's SHARK WEEK and I know you're all just as excited as I am.  I've got basically everything recording at some point so I can squirrel it away on my external hard drive for when I need a shark special, as you do.  
  • Bachelor in Paradise is on, and it's just as ridiculous as I had hoped it would be.  Summer trash TV at its finest.
  • The new IKEA catalog is out, and even though I haven't made the pilgrimage to Burlington in quite some time I always enjoy perusing the catalog and picturing my life being so neatly organized and arranged.
  • Chris Lilley's new series started on HBO on Friday, this time focusing on his Jonah character in Jonah from Tonga.  Chris Lilley certainly isn't getting any younger, but he still manages to believably pull off playing a teenager.  I just adore his work - it's pretty amazing.

Have a week!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Let me tell you a secret...

I'm going to let you in on the greatest product ever.  It will change your life.  It will turn you into an addict.  It will make you flip your hair around like a crazy person.

This is Herra Protect Hair Perfume.

And no, this isn't sponsored or anything, although I wish to crap it was because I go through this stuff like crazy and could really use a sponsorship.  I'm just telling you about this out of the goodness of my heart because it's amazing.

I don't use any hair product.  So when my mom gave me a bottle of this in my stocking at Christmas, I wasn't too pumped.  Sure it smelled pretty, but does my hair really need perfume?  It seemed a little odd, and excessive.  My sister was all over it because she's a smoker and likes to have it to freshen up her hair, but I wasn't as into it.

Then, for whatever reason, I started spraying it on my hair.  Just a couple of spritzes after I blow dry it, nothing too crazy.  And what's that?  It smells CRAZY GOOD.  Like to the point that I constantly get people saying that I smell good and then I shake my head around like a lunatic saying that it's my hair.  It also makes your hair nice and shiny and healthy-looking and smooth and awesome and it's just heaven in a freaking bottle.

Now I go through bottles like mad, and if I happen to forget to spritz some on at the start of the day I feel naked and exposed.  It's terrible, I'm such an addict.  Jenn even saw me getting ready one day and commented on how ceremonial I was with this stuff.  I then assaulted her with an explanation of how awesome it is.

Seriously, track some down.  Or come and smell my hair, it's amazing, I promise.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

How to go to a concert with Ashlie and Jenn

Yes, it's time for another exciting edition of Adventures with Ashlie and Jenn.  Which is apparently a thing, since people have specifically told me that they enjoy reading my posts where I detail our random adventures.  Our big night out of this summer was going to Rock the Park to see Weezer - for the first time for both of us.  The odd thing about Jenn and I is that even though we both love to see concerts, and clearly love to hang out together, we have only been to a couple of concerts together.  For whatever reason, this one is going down in the history books as a fantastic evening.  Everything just came together and the stars aligned and we had an amazing time.  And luckily for all of you, I was drunkenly making notes on my phone so that I could blog about the whole experience.  Yay me.

The plan of doing a blog post about the evening basically went down like this: as soon as we entered the beer tent (and each got two beers and took an acceptable amount of pictures of ourselves, obviously) I noticed a couple having a public fight.  But my favourite kind of public fight - the kind where you're trying to fight someone quietly so everyone around you doesn't realize that you're fighting.  This is my absolute favourite part about going to concerts, so I zeroed right in on them and pointed them out to Jenn.  Jenn noted that she never notices couples fighting, but always ends up spotting couples making out in public.  We immediately realized that we would need to keep track of the different types of people and experiences that only happen at concerts and that there would be a blog post happening.

Also, after taking multiple selfies together Jenn commented how nice it is to have such a long-armed friend around for that purpose.  I have mad reach, yo.

Another common concert occurrence for me is the push-by.  It doesn't matter where I'm standing, I am always in the lane of travel for everyone else there.  I'm constantly getting pushed around, but it's only because I actively get out of people's way.  Jenn stands her ground and therefore never gets pushed.  We're an odd couple.

If someone knocks your nearly-full beer out of your hand, just stare at it on the ground for about 90 seconds while the guilty party apologizes profusely.  Eventually they will just hand you a drink ticket to make up for it.  That's a Jenn fact.

We noticed some girls beside us who consistently had cold drinks on hand and we were somewhat mystified by it.  Turns out they had a drink mule - they were each taking turns making the run back to get drinks for them all.  Genius.

Boobs are bound to spill out of a shirt at some point.  Not mine, they are on lockdown.  But eventually, at pretty much any concert you're going to see some boobs.

I'm forever a people-watcher.  I love finding interesting people in a crowd and zeroing in on them, just wondering what their story is.  Lucky for you all, I started taking pictures of my favourites that evening.

This guy is basically the most perfect hipster I have ever seen.  I wish you could see his entire outfit - black skinny jeans, shoes no socks, striped tank under that denim shirt.  Amazing.  How long did it take him to grow his hair like that?  Is his name really Darrell, but he tells everyone that it's Atticus?  So many questions.

This guy had the most fascinating assortment of tattoos I've ever come across.  They all seemed so random - and there were just so many!  See that there on his neck?  Not only does he have Don Cherry's autograph on his neck, it's also beside cherries.

And the other side of his neck?  A grenade, with the pin beside it.  Also, Maple Leaf.  Because obviously.

These two were quite the pair - the manic pixie dream girl and her potentially gay best friend.  They were best friends with everyone in the crowd - dancing like maniacs, shaking asses around, at one point she was on his shoulders while he yelled at everyone to "High five this girl!!!"

Another concert certainty is that there will always be people around you willing to share...things.  If you are the type who are interesting in sharing...things with people in crowds at concerts.

At one point there was a girl behind us who was freaking out on her boyfriend.  Like trying to throw punches freaking out and he was trying to restrain her while the crowd just kind of backed away and gave them space.  This was all happening directly behind Jenn and I, but Jenn had no idea because I was making myself a human wall behind her so that she wouldn't get hit.  This is what tall friends do for their short friends.

The port-a-potty situation is always interesting at outdoor concerts like this.  Typically they're a messy affair with long lines.  This was an amazing event though - lots of facilities and they were reasonably clean with the nice portable sinks too.  My favourite part of them was the death match that ensued as people tried to make sense of the chaos though, because when a bunch of drunk people are standing in very loose "lines" facing a row of port-a-potties, eventually people are going to start racing to a stall the second the door opens.  There was cheering, there were accusations of cheating, it was quite the party.  

A key part of the concert-going experience is predicting the set list.  Jenn and I are pretty good at it, and thus were able to leave the busy beer tent when we sensed it was the lull in the set before they powered through the end.  We managed to hit up the port-a-potty death match and then slip out to about halfway back on the general admission side to hear the last few songs and then bolt out of the park ahead of the crowd, like the bosses we are.

Wearing a vest can make for an excellent leash when you're trying not to lose each other in the crowd.

I was dumb and took my sunglasses into the park even though I knew I would have to deal with them all night (I didn't bring a purse because only amateurs bring purses to something like this).  They're like $7 sunglasses, so I figured if I lost them then it wouldn't be the end of the world.  As we were making our way out of the beer tent, fighting through the crowds I dropped my sunglasses, felt myself kick them in the dark, and still managed to grab them without losing a step.  Quite the accomplishment, especially considering I think I had about 6 beers in me at that point.

Oh yeah, and most importantly we enjoyed the show and I took such wonderful pictures of the actual band as these gems...

Nailed it.

I've been called out for failing to mention anything about the beautiful and talented Tegan & Sara who opened for Weezer.  It was also my first time seeing them and they put on a really fantastic show.  Also, having them at the event meant that Jenn and I both had some very friendly ladies in the crowd chatting us up a that was fun.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Treats of the Week - August Slow Down

It's been kind of an odd week - both busy and not much happening at the same time.  Just busy doing regular stuff, I suppose.  Or maybe it's just that point of the summer - we're into August and things feel lazy, but also like the clock is ticking as September approaches and brings all those changes.  Either that or it was just one of those weeks where I didn't really write down treats as I thought of them and now it's Monday night and I can't think of anything.  Either way.

  • Brave Miss Vivian got her ears pierced, and despite the look on her face here, she loves them and did really well.  She cried for a bit afterwards, especially when we Facetimed her dad to show him.  It was all her idea (and Aunt Courtney's) and I've bee impressed that she's left them alone.  I was completely predicting that she would be pulling at the constantly.

  • I finally busted out my sewing machine this weekend, and after much swearing I even kind of, sort of got it threaded and running.  Vivian's blanket was in need of some repairs, and I managed to get through that okay.  I'll have to have some more practice before taking on anything more challenging though!
  • I finished season 2 of House of Cards, and enjoyed it quite a bit more than the first season.  Productivity!
  • I saw some good movies - both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (or DOT POT Apes as I am so fond of calling it) and Wish I Was Here.  I kind of jumped on the chance to see Wish I Was Here after realizing it was playing at the Rainbow in London.  Just one of those smaller movies that I didn't expect to catch in theatres, so it was great to go see it!
  • Nachos and snacky food - always my favourite.
  • I've been rewatching Mixology, which is awesome for when you need something to throw on in the background.
  • I got an early birthday present from my mom in the form of two lovely people who came by to do all of the grunt work that needed done in my yard that I couldn't manage on my own.  They were amazing - they ripped off my old deck, cleared out all the brush that had accumulated around the shed, weeded and tidied up gardens, and limbed up some trees.  Mom decided this was a necessary birthday present since she declared that it was starting to look like no one lived here because of the state of the yard.  That is, however, a ridiculous statement since Domino's gets delivered here on the regular, so obviously the neighbours know someone lives here.

Former deck!

Have a week!