Wednesday, 29 October 2014

If you can't be random on your birthday, then when can you be?

Today is my 32nd birthday.  And that's just great.  No major plans, but that's what happens when you grow up.  As a gift to you, please enjoy all the Empire Records gifs I could find.  Because why the hell not.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

About those fall shows...

It's been a pretty quiet season for Fall TV - all of those shows that premiered, and thus far only Manhattan Love Story has been cancelled!  I was reading a report that the networks are holding off on cancelling things not only because of DVR numbers, but also because they're wary of the lineup they have for midseason and so it may be safer to stick it out with the initial shows.

Madam Secretary - I've actually really been enjoying this show!  It's a bit of a surprise for me, but I am keeping it around.  Tim Daly in glasses?  I'm not mad at it.  The show has an awesome cast - it's one of those shows where I'm constantly saying "Oh, it's that guy!"  You know, people like Bebe Neuwirth, that luck bastard who is married to Christina Hendricks (also known as Geoffrey Arend), and Keith Carradine.  I'm a few episodes behind, but I'm sticking with it.

Mulaney - Ugh, Mulaney.  I wanted to like this show so much, but I just don't think I can do it.  I might give it one more episode, but even that is being generous.  I'm sorry Nasim Pedrad, I tried!

Gotham - So far I've been quite pleased with Gotham.  I like the direction they're heading, and I am loving the casting.  I've heard a few people complain about the overall aesthetics of the show, complaining that it's not dark enough, but it doesn't bother me.  I find the colours can be a little bright in some scenes, but I wonder if that's a stylistic choice?  That the city hasn't truly gotten as dark as it will become?  Maybe I'm overthinking it.  Probably.

Scorpion - I like this, but don't love it.  It's entertaining enough, especially to have on in the background while I'm folding laundry or something.  I don't like how they continue to hit us over the head with "They're wacky geniuses!  They think differently than the rest of us!" but I suppose that's to be expected with a new series.  It's been given a full season order now, so I'm more likely to stick with it, but I wouldn't be surprised if the episodes start to pile up on the ol' PVR.

Forever - A pleasant surprise!  I wasn't expecting much from this show, but I'm really enjoying it!  I like to say it's like a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Sleepy Hollow.  I really like the supernatural storyline, and the case of the week structure keeps things fairly light.  Plus, it's a pretty darn good looking British guy who is regularly naked in the water, so there's that.

Selfie - I don't know why everyone is hating on this show so hard.  Everyone seems to be dumping on it just because of the name.  Really, it's not a bad show.  It's not the greatest show either, but it's cute and somewhat charming, and it regularly makes me laugh.  I'm sticking with Selfie!  Maybe I'll start posting selfies while I watch Selfie - so meta.

The Flash - So my PVR screwed up and didn't record the first two episodes.  I could have looked for them online, but instead I took a risk and just watched episode three.  I didn't have a problem following it, but I'm not completely attached to it yet either.  I'll be keeping this one around though!

Marry Me - This is kind of another "like, not love" situation.  I love Casey Wilson - LOVE her.  And I definitely won't give up on the show simply because I love her that much.  But I feel like they just have a few bumps to smooth out before I can love the show.  It seems a little bit all over the place, and it seems like there are too many other wacky characters - there doesn't really seem to be a "straight man" in any of it.  Hopefully it settles into a good rhythm soon - I am loving Tim Meadows as one of Casey Wilson's dads!

Red Band Society - I watched the first episode and then bailed.  I just, I don't know.  It felt a little too try-hard for me.  I'm sure it's a great show for some other people, just not something I wanted to stick with.

The Mysteries of Laura - Same for poor Laura.  I watched the first episode and bailed.  It wasn't that it was terrible, it was just too meh for me.

Stalker - I'm enjoying this one more than I expected, but I might have to slow down on watching it since I had a super creepy dream last night about someone hiding in my basement and sneaking around my yard.

How To Get Away With Murder - Eh, I'm on the fence with this.  It has all those fun Shonda elements, but at the same time it's just not quite gelling for me.  Maybe it's the legal side that's annoying me?  Everything seems to happen ridiculously fast on the show - they're in court all the time, but also in class and working around the office.  I don't know how many hours they have in a day, but I feel like it's a lot more than I have.  I'm not loving the whole "flashforward" plot either - it's just not drawing me in.  I might give it a few more episodes, but at this point it isn't something that I look forward to watching.

Gracepoint - Full disclosure - I haven't watched this yet.  My plan was to just wait until after the whole 10-episode series has aired and then watch it as a marathon.  I'm hearing such terrible things about it though, I might just drop the whole thing so as not to tarnish my memory of the sublime Broadchurch.

Bad Judge - This is kind of my guilty pleasure show.  It's ridiculous, to be sure, but there's something about seeing Kate Walsh in this role that works for me.  They seem to be pushing it to be even more ridiculous, which is working for it.  Sometimes a show needs to decide if they're just going to go all-out bonkers or not, and that is definitely the way to go for this one.  My favourite line from last week's episode was when it was suggested that she needs to carry a gun for protection, and her response was, "Are you kidding?  You've seen me at McDonalds at the breakfast cut off, you can't add a weapon to that equation!"

A to Z - Oh it's just oh so adorable, isn't it?  I'm on board for this one, but I do feel like they're trying just a little bit too hard to be the next How I Met Your Mother.  Half hour comedies though, I do love them.

Constantine - I was pretty impressed with the pilot episode - the effects seemed decent, and the plot moved along nicely.  I liked the bit about his business cards - I hope they're able to keep that wit going.  It's also a bit of a LOST reunion with Harold Perrineau and Jeremy Davies.  It's always hard to say after only one episode - but I'm pretty hopeful about this one, especially since there isn't much else on on a Friday night.

What shows are you sticking with this fall?

Monday, 27 October 2014

Treats of the Week - Hope You Voted!

I hope everyone got out there today to cast their vote!  I was lucky enough to be able to vote online, so I got mine taken care of last week.  It will be an exciting evening of politics as the results start to roll in!

Here's the treats of the past week!

  • My Aunt Jill has been battling breast cancer, so it was some wonderful news when she texted me this picture this week.  She's finished her radiation treatments, and that's the point when you get to bang a gong at the hospital to signal that you're no longer a cancer patient, but officially a cancer survivor!  Treats don't get much better than that.

  • Pepsi Next is my new favourite thing.  I gave up artificial sweeteners a few months ago (I don't think I ever blogged about it, but I probably should) so it's been a struggle to balance my love of carbonated beverages with being a grown up and realizing that I can't just chug regular pop all day long.  Pepsi Next is sweetened with stevia and natural sugars, so it makes for a good compromise.  It's 100 calories a can, and pop is still a treat for me now, but it's nice to have a case in the fridge in case I want to have one every now and then.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron has released their first teaser trailer and it's pretty darn nerdarrific.  I love how Disney goes out of their way to remind everyone that they own all the things by using the "I Got No Strings" song from Pinocchio.

  • 'Tis the season for scary movies!  I'm not a big scary movie fan, but Jenn and I hit up the John Carpenter double feature at the Hyland on Friday night - the original Halloween and The Thing!  I had never seen The Thing before, and really enjoyed it, although my ass didn't enjoy those Hyland seats for a double feature.  I also watched Paranormal Activity:  The Marked Ones (by myself in the middle of the day so it was safe) because I have a soft spot for that series.  It wasn't the greatest, to be sure, but I really like the way they weave a continuing plot through all of the movies.
  • Sunday was a beautiful fall day, so my friend Amanda and I loaded up all the kids (her three, and I had Vivian and Lucas with me) and did the whole pumpkin patch extravaganza.  It went surprisingly well for us dragging five kids around!

  • After our pumpkin-fueled trip, we ventured to Toys R Us, because we're masochists apparently.  The clerks in the store were all dressed up for Halloween, and when we ventured into the My Little Pony section, there was a girl working who was dressed up as the Equestria Girl version of Pinkie Pie.  I got all excited and called Vivian over, "Vivian, there's an Equestria Girl here!" and Vivian was pretty impressed.  The girl was excited too, because she said not many people had understood her costume.  Costumes are infinitely better when people know who you are.
  • Sweetie, darling there's an AbFab movie coming out!  I LOVE Absolutely Fabulous - it's so hilarious! I often think to myself "Looking good, feeling great, looking good, feeling great" when I need a little boost!  I just found out that the movie is coming out, but apparently it's been long-rumoured.  I will definitely be there - with drink in hand!

Have a great Halloween, everyone!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Outfit of the Day - Knotted

This is one of those outfits that I never really could have pictured myself wearing, but here it is.  That chambray shirt I got from Target was a little bit bigger than I would have liked - which is entirely my own fault because I just grabbed it off the rack and didn't try it on.  Still adjusting to these button shirts since the surgery.  But the fact that it's just a little bit big makes it ideal for knotting.  I got the dress at Target too (uh, and the shoes.  I might have a problem.) and I'm like 80% sure it's a dress and not a nightgown.  It was on a clearance rack, so it was a little had to tell.  It's super comfy though, and the whole deal made for a good late summer/early fall kind of outfit.

The dress is cute, but just a little bit shapeless.  Knotting the top over it helps to accentuate the waist in a way that I think Stacey and Clinton would approve of.

At least, I think it works.  What say you guys?

Whole thing is from Target, top to bottom.  I need to mix it up.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cleaning Rules

I like to say that my house is often messy, but not dirty.  It's hard to keep things in order all the time with an almost-four-year-old and two stupid cats who climb all over the furniture and lose more fur than I imagined possible.  That being said, I like to keep things tidy for when company comes over, but I have certain guidelines.

Rule 1 - My house will be clean the FIRST time you come over.  If you've never been to my house before, then I will go all-out for your first visit.  Floors will be mopped, windows cleaned, things vacuumed, dusted, bathroom sparkling, the works.  You get to see my house looking nice and clean once.  After that point, all bets are off.  The point is that you saw my home as it could/should be.  Now you know that I'm capable of cleaning, even if it doesn't appear like I've done it on subsequent visits.

Rule 2 - At any one point in time EITHER my living room, bathroom, or kitchen will be clean.  I feel like as long as one of the three is clean, I'm doing okay.  Having two or three of them clean at one time is asking for a lot.

Rule 3 - If I'm expecting a guest, I will at least make a quick effort of cleaning up the bathroom.  Even just a quick wipe with a wet wipe on the counter to make things seem presentable.  But if you come to my house and the shower curtain is pulled closed then that means that my shower is gross and hasn't been cleaned.  Closing the curtain is my way of "cleaning" that.

I can't be the only one with bizarre and irrational cleaning guidelines, right?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Thrifting Lately

I haven't been doing too much thrifting the last little while - I tend to avoid them around Halloween.  They're too busy, and picked over, and I find they don't put out as much of the regular stuff to make room for the costume stuff.  It makes sense, and I appreciate that it must be a very busy time of year for them, but I'm in it for the random treasures.  Here are the few things that I have found lately!

I scored another tray for my Wall O Canadiana that still hasn't happened yet but I'm working on picking out a paint colour.  I couldn't resist the little brassy beauty with the provincial flowers!  Plus, Mountie.  I love me a Mountie.  $2.99 at Talize for this one.

I found these book ends at Value Village and am still annoyed that they each had a different price on them - $3.99 on one and $5.99 on the other.  The logic was that one of them was in better shape than the other, but I reasoned that they're a set and should be priced as such.  They ended up giving them to me for $3.99 each, but I was still annoyed.

This bowl was one that I saw, and was immediately drawn to, but put it down and wandered away.  I have a lot of bowls (damn vintage Pyrex being so cute!) but I just couldn't stay away from this one.  I wandered on back to it and took it home - I couldn't resist that black and gold geometric detail.  I asked Vivian what we should keep in it, and she said candy.  I don't disagree.  $3.99 at Value Village.

Brass animals are becoming harder and harder to come by since they've been all the rage in the blogosphere.  I come across a lot of the usual stuff, like the swans and cats but I prefer to focus my attention on the more unusual pieces.  I thought this little pelican was unusual enough to join the menagerie.  He's in need of a good polishing, but other than that he fits right in.  $3.99 at Talize.

See?  He's chilling withe the unicorn and the dinosaur.  Totally normal.

Now this is exciting, and it wasn't even my find.  I have a friend who has a pictographic map of London, and I am basically plotting an elaborate heist to steal it.  So when he came across a similar map of Windsor at Goodwill, he was nice enough to pick it up for me.

I'm hoping that the information on the map - made by Archar Inc. out of Scarborough - will help me find a London map of my own.

I actually don't know much about Windsor - I think I've only been there once or twice.  But I do love those graphics!  Here's some of my favourite locations.

Apparently maps like these were very popular in the 70s and 80s.  I think they should make a comeback!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Walrus Yes!

If there's one thing that Kevin Smith is, it's a storyteller.  The man can weave a yarn like few others.  I love hearing him get excited about an idea and just push it to its limit, no matter how ridiculous it becomes.  That's why I love his movies, his podcasts, his books.  Last summer, I listened to Smodcast #259: The Walrus and the Carpenter, wherein Kevin and Scott Mosier discussed an ad where someone had posted seeking a roommate - but with one caveat.  The roommate had to be prepared to dress and act as a walrus.  Yes, the ad ended up being a prank, but they took that idea and by the end of the podcast Kevin had come up with an entire movie based around this insane idea, and encouraged the audience to tweet their approval for a movie with #walrusyes or #walrusno if they thought they were crazy.  The story goes that Kevin began working on an actual screenplay for the movie as a distraction while he was awaiting approval for Clerks III.  Once he realized that there was an audience for the movie and that it could be made on a small scale, with a small budget he went for it.  

There are few filmmakers in Hollywood who would go out on such a crazy limb, but he did it.  The film is supposed to be bizarre and unforgettable, and I am dying to see it.

Much to my excitement, there's a chance it will be coming to London at the Hyland Cinema.  The Hyland is one of my favourite places in London, and I try to support them as much as I can.  I don't even smuggle snacks there - that's how much I love it.  They are trying to screen the movie on November 28th at 9:00 p.m., but they need to have 100 advanced tickets to make it happen.  Currently, there are 4 tickets sold.  That would be 2 tickets for me, and 2 tickets for Jenn.  So, that's where you guys come in.  Be one of the other 96 people who are going to be there that night.  Be as cool as I am.

You can pre-order your tickets here.  If they don't sell enough tickets and have to cancel, the money will be refunded so you have nothing to lose!  That night is also the retromania movie night, and they'll be showing The Matrix after Tusk, so it's basically my perfect evening. 

Come on.  It's a movie about a guy being turned into a walrus that is based off an idea from a podcast.  How do you not want to see this?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Treats of the Week - Nerdiness and More

It's been a super busy week - late nights at work, plans after work, and a packed weekend.  Not that I'm complaining - it was just one of those weeks where things kind of got piled together.  Luckily, this week is much quieter.  Now for the treats from that busy week!

  • I was at Target one evening and overheard a kid with some extreme sticker-shock.  "Whoa, this place is expensive!  $16 for a hat?  That shouldn't be more than $10!"  He was probably 8 years old.  It was hilarious.
  • Three words - Lobster Grilled Cheese.  I love me a fancy grilled cheese.
  • The leaves kind of hit maximum capacity for colour this week - everything seemed so pretty, and now the leaves are really starting to drop.  It made all the driving around much nicer!  The maple in my front yard is still green though - it always holds on forever.
  • I made it out to the good old Forest Kineto Theater to see The Maze Runner with some lovely ladies.  Only at the Kineto can you still see a movie and have a drink and popcorn for $10 total.
  • It was the very first Forest City Comicon yesterday and I am incredibly impressed with the event.  The turnout was amazing, and it seemed super well-organized.  Vivian had a blast cosplaying as Coraline, and people were so sweet to stop her and ask for her picture.  My mom came along with Lucas and his friend Kya.  It was really great to see a Comicon with kids seeing it for the first time - they were amazed at all the characters!  There was only one who scared Vivian - a Death of the Family version of Joker.  Other than that, they did great!  I wish I would have been able to check out some more stuff and see some panels, but such is life when you're trying not to lose a small child in a crowd.

  • Vivian and I happened upon a great deal on Saturday!  She's really into these My Little Pony blind bags, which are usually around $3 or $4 each.  I found a Claire's Accessories that had an older series with bags for sale for $1 each, so I went to buy up a whole bunch of them.  Then the girl working informed me she had a sealed box of them in the back that I could buy at $1 each, and that way I would get a full series of the minifigures.  Sold.  I let Vivian open a bunch, and still managed to hide away a bunch more for her stocking at Christmas.
  • Speaking of Christmas - Vivian and I checked out Hallmark, intending to look at Halloween decorations, but ended up checking out the Christmas ornaments.  Vivian picked out her ornament for 2014 - Godzilla.  Because of course she did.

  • It was Treehouse of Horror last night and I thought it was a great episode!  I loved the Stanley Kubrick story - The Simpsons can still pull off some great gags!
  • I've started watching Torchwood, so slowly but surely I'm becoming a Whovian.
  • My Darth Vader print has found its way into a lovely new frame and onto my wall.  I'm not 100% sure if it's going to stay where it is yet, hence the picture of it not on the wall.

Happy week, everyone!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Very Vivian - Happy Halloween

These days I keep getting asked the same question - What is Vivian going to be for Halloween?  Luckily for me, Vivian decided on a costume months ago and has stuck with her original decision!  I couldn't be happier with what she decided on this year - she's going to be Coraline!

She loves the movie - even though it is a bit creepy.  Here's the trailer if you haven't seen it 40 times like we have...

Coraline is a great character for Vivian to look up to - she's tough and smart and saves herself.  She's also a super easy Halloween costume, which makes my life that much easier.

We've been taking lots of screencaps for different ideas...

Vivian is insisting that she shouldn't have button eyes, since (spoiler alert) Coraline never actually gets them in the movie.  This is basically the perfect Halloween costume, since it includes rain boots and a rain slicker!

I found this too-perfect cardigan a couple of months ago, and it's been in heavy rotation ever since.  Now we just need a blue wig and yellow jacket and we're all set!  I'm debating whether or not to get yellow boots.  I feel like I might be able to make just a yellow cover out of duct tape to go over her existing rubber boots.  We'll see how it goes.

She's going to get lots of opportunities to take it out for a spin - we'll be at the Forest City Comicon on Sunday, and I told her she would wear it for a little cosplay.  Then she can wear it to her skating lessons a few days before Halloween, and then again for her party at school and Halloween night!  She's even on the hunt for a perfect "Coraline stick" since Coraline has a dowsing rod in one scene.

God help me at Christmas though - she wants Coraline toys something fierce and they are next to impossible to find, unless I want to shell out a couple hundred bucks.  Only this kid.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Treats of the Week - Turkey and Other Adventures

I hope everyone had a great long weekend - I actually managed to remember that today was Monday!  It was a really long week last week, but even with a lot of work and rough nights I managed to have lots of treats as well!

  • An impromptu dinner at Earl's after a very long day at work was made all the better by their cute menus!

  • I've been watching Louie like crazy on American Netflix.  Louis CK is a god among men.  I can't get enough of the show - I've been going to bed earlier just so I can watch at least four episodes before calling it quits for the evening.
  • I've gotten into the habit of drinking chai at bedtime.  I understand it has caffeine, but it's a pretty small amount so it doesn't bother me.  Goes perfectly with Louie when I'm snuggled into bed!
  • I finally got around to requesting a new swipe card for work.  The one on the left is the old one, so I was pretty due for an update.  It's the little things.

  • The big news of the week was my trip to Adventure Rooms.  It's basically a real-life version of a locked room video game.  They put you in a room and you have 60 minutes to complete a series of puzzles and located different codes in order to escape.  It was ridiculously nerdy and fun, and I loved it.  We only managed to get about 70% of the way through the room in the allotted time (damn overthinking things!)which is apparently pretty good for a two-person team on a first attempt.  I can't wait to go back and do it again now that I have a better idea of what to expect.  I was intending on doing a full blog post about it, but you have to agree not to spill all the secrets.  
  • I finally go around to fixing my garage door so I'm all set to park in the garage now that the mornings have been a little cooler.
  • One of the justices of the peace at work referred to me as "The A Team" so I've basically decided that everyone should start calling me that all the time.
  • I had a sleepover with these two maniacs last night - it went really well, even if my house did get trashed in the process!

  • I've been loving the retro episodes of SNL that they've been airing before the new episode each week.  It's ridiculous how much good stuff is in those old episodes - King Tut will never get old for me.
  • Early birthday present for me - you're damn right Darth Vader will have a place of honour in my house!

Hope you've all had some adventures this week!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Outfit of the Day - All About the Chambray

I've been slacking on posting lately - you can even tell from these pictures that I actually rearranged Vivian's room at some point between these outfits.

Anyway...I picked up a chambray shirt at the end of the summer since they seem to be all over Pinterest and it was on clearance at Target for like $11.  That's how I roll.  It's nothing fancy, but I'm kind of loving how easy it is to adapt to different outfits.  These were just kind of my first attempts with it, so it's nothing fancy, but I can't wait to find some black jeggings (these are my new white whale - it's proving impossible to find some that have the perfect wash and fit) so I can keep mixing it up in the fall.

The first time I wore it I went pretty basic with the black skirt (which desperately needs to be replaced, btw) and my Converse, which are real Converse.  They're just the One Star Converse that you can get at Target.  Lately I've been taking a lot of heat about those shoes.

Option number two worked a little bit better with a belt to help out my poor stretched out skirt and some dressier flats.  Same effect, but slightly different result I suppose.

I have to give it to those Pinterest-types though, they know what they're talking about with those chambray shirts.  They are just so easy to throw on with anything and strike that perfect balance of dressy-casual.

Top - Target
Skirt - Smart Set
Top shoes - Target
Bottom shoes - Target
Belt - Um...Walmart maybe?  So fancy.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Just one of those nights...

You know those times when you're trying to do a million things at once because it's getting close to bedtime and you're thinking that if you just fold the laundry and clean up the dishes now while the kid is in the tub then maybe MAYBE you'll be able to sit down on the couch before 9:00 p.m.?  So you throw the kid in the tub and step across the hall to fold laundry (yes, I leave her mildly unattended in the tub.  I'm fine with it.) and it sounds like she's having a great time and you're feeling super productive.  So then you walk into the bathroom to get her all washed up and see that there's an inch of water on the floor stretching all the way to the bathroom door.  But you can't freak out, because then she'll start to freak out.  So instead you calmly remind her that the water needs to stay in the tub and go get a bucket and mop to clean up the water.  And then while doing so, you end up knocking a picture off the wall and it smashes on the floor.  So now you're dealing with a floor covered in water AND shattered glass.  Mop, mop, mop, wipe, wipe, wipe, pick up the glass, sweep the floor.  Throw the glass and broken frame in the garbage.  Walk back to the bathroom to get the kid washed and see that the floor is again covered in water.  Apparently Fluttershy was getting pitchers of water dumped on her on the ledge of the tub.  Seems like a great game, but no.  Now the temper gets lost - I snap at the kid, she starts to melt down.  "Please just be happy!  I want Daddy!  My heart hurts because you're just not happy at me, Mommy!"  Guilt overtakes anger and frustration.  Get her out the tub and into her jammies.  Clean up the floor once again.

You know, just a usual bathtime.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

I Say Weird Things

I like to think of myself as a fairly well-spoken person.  Sure I say a lot of dumb things and swear a little too often, but overall I like to think that I have a good vocabulary.  I love to read, and I love language.  I especially love how language changes and evolves.  I love learning new quips and phrases, and especially enjoy learning where they come from.  Lately, though, I've encountered a few instances where I use an expression that someone else isn't familiar with.  I can't say for sure if I'm using unusual expressions (very likely) or whether the people I've been talking to just haven't encountered them, but I thought it would make for a fun post to see if anyone else uses these expressions, or if any of you have new ones for me!

First up - Wheelhouse.  As in, "That's right in my wheelhouse", meaning that something is in your skill-set.  I use this one a lot, and apparently it's a baseball expression.  If a pitch is in a batter's sweet spot, or preferred area then it was considered to be in their wheelhouse.  Obviously it must go back further than that though, and have something to do with a wheelhouse on a ship, where the controls are.  Anything that I came across in my Googling seems to be a little fuzzy on the details, but that's about the long and the short of it.

Kibosh.  As in, "To put the kibosh on something", meaning to put an end to something.  I was surprised when I used this expression at work when I was talking to a lawyer.  I thought it was a super common phrase, but apparently it's not.  I fully expected it to be a Yiddish phrase, but evidently it isn't.  It seems to be of unknown origin, although there is a lot of speculation about it being derived from some old Irish or English expressions.

Disco Nap.  As in, "It's going to be a late night, I'm going to need a disco nap!", meaning taking a nap in the afternoon or early evening for the express purpose of being able to party longer that evening.  Again, something that I say all the time (although it's more likely that a disco nap for me will just turn into an entire night of sleeping on the couch instead) but every now and then I encounter someone who isn't familiar with it.

Gong Show.  This one is a little different because I know the expression and use it often, and most people seem to understand it as well.  However, the other day one of the justices of the peace at my work mentioned the court being a real gong show and then apologized to me because he thought I was too young to understand the expression.  Sadly I am not too young, I am quite familiar with Chuck Barris and The Gong Show - which seems to be the granddaddy of so many reality TV shows we have today.  The Gong Show was a talent show where judges would bang a gong if the act was too terrible.  The Gong Show is widely remembered for being absurd and over-the-top, so now to refer to anything as being a real gong show is basically saying it's something that rhymes with musterbluck.  That's another expression I throw around at work a lot - anyone else?  See also: clown shoes.  Often used as "It was just fucking clown shoes."

Good Stuff Charlie.  I'm pretty sure I came up with this expression.  I have no idea where it came from - I just started saying it this summer.  "Yeah, it was good stuff Charlie!" Just a nice catch-all for when things are good I guess?  Often interchangeable with "good news Charlie".  I don't know, maybe it will catch on.  Good stuff Charlie and text-chicken - we need to get these out there into the world, people!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Treats of the Week - Autumn Adorable

Yes, it's October and everywhere you look there are scarves and leaves and girls in boots and leggings.  It's a magical time of year to be sure.  The schedule around here has gotten much busier with the start of swimming and dance lessons, which means I have had a very whiny little girl on my hands.  Hopefully we all get settled in to the routine soon.

Now the treats!

  • Jenn and I managed to snag a table at The Mascot on their final day for one last cheeseburger and fries.  I had every intention of taking a picture of our last meal, but I got too excited and ate it instead.  I'll miss you, Mascot.
  • I was told that my enthusiasm was infectious while I was waiting in line at the LCBO - part of that might have been because I got carded, which always calls for an enthusiastic reaction.
  • My cousin posted this on Facebook this week, good to see I'm not the only hilarious Hawkins on the interwebs.

  • I went to the Lost Soul Stroll this past weekend.  This made my third outing to the event.  It was much different this year than in past years - much less strolling involved.  We did get to see inside the old Bud Gowan Antiques Store, which was pretty interesting to see.  The good company and coffee spiked with Baileys definitely made it a good evening though.
  • I'm sorry, I have to be a total asshole and mention the smell of fall air.  I just love it, I know it's a cliche but I don't care.
  • In related news, I felt the need to text this picture of myself to Jenn because I thought I looked "Autumn Adorable".  The treat here is more that Jenn is actually willing to put up with things like that than that I was actually looking cute.

  • I finally received the custom onesie I had made for my friend's baby!  I was so frustrated that it didn't come in by the time of her baby shower, but I'm glad it finally got here and looks awesome!

  • I went to see Gone Girl on Sunday with some lovely friends.  The whole plan was to sneak out to see it at a Sunday matinee when it wouldn't be as busy, but apparently everyone had the same idea because the theater was packed.  I had read the book already, so I wasn't stunned by the movie but I enjoyed it.  I can't say it's my favourite Fincher movie, but it's definitely worth seeing and made for a fun afternoon!
  • A Friday evening spent parked on my couch with a pizza and a PVR loaded with shows made for a pretty perfect night.  

Have a treaty week, guys!