Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Very Vivian - Disney Geography

Vivian and I have a new game lately - Disney Geography!  She's been showing some interest in the globe lately, so we've been making a game of finding the locations of different Disney movies and other cartoons to help her understand.

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I've been relying on this for some of the less obvious ones, and it's actually pretty fun for me too!  Now if only we could find Arendelle somewhere on the map...

Monday, 24 February 2014

Treats of the Week - Golden Week

Everyone seems to have hit their limit.  It seems like as soon as the Olympics ended any small bit of fun that was still left in winter has gone, because I swear I've heard five or more people today say "I'm so done with winter."  People seem to be counting down the number of hockey practices left and looking forward to some solid spring cleaning.  I can't recall ever looking forward to lousy Smarch weather as much as I am looking forward to it now!  

  • It was truly awesome to watch both the men's and women's Team Canada take home the gold in hockey.  I must admit that I didn't watch as much of the Olympics this year as I have in the past, but I'm so proud of our athletes.
  • I've been recording The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and it's been nice to have the episodes to throw on in the background when I just need something to listen to.  I love Jimmy Fallon (who doesn't?) and his first week was hysterical!  Can't wait to see how Seth Meyers does tonight too!
  • With the Olympics taking up so much programming time, I've actually managed to burn through some of the stuff that was bogging down my PVR.  I made it through all of Hostages, which wasn't the greatest show ever but I did feel very accomplished having watched it all!
  • So Tim Hortons has a pretzel bagel now, which they serve with a mustard butter.  I may have squealed a little bit in the drive thru.
  • Homemade fajita night.
  • I had my book club this past week and it was so good to see everyone!  I haven't been able to make it to the last few meetings, so it was awesome to get out and have a really good discussion about the book with some really great people.  We also had our meeting at Forrat's in Byron, and any time that you can combine chocolate and coffee and booze it's a good time.
  • Vivian actually wanted her hair in a ponytail and pigtails this weekend!  She never wants anything done to her hair - maybe we're turning a corner!


  • We celebrated my sister's birthday yesterday, and today Vivian kept asking to go play with her cousin Blair and her Aunt Courtney.  I think we need to have a slumber party with Blair soon!
  • I watched Nebraska on the weekend, which means I only have 2 more movies to go before I've seen all the best picture nominees!


Friday, 21 February 2014

Very Vivian - For girls and for boys

I like to think that we have really tried to introduce Vivian to things that are outside of the typical "girl toy" bubble.  While she certainly has more than enough princesses/Barbies/My Little Ponies/etc, she also has lots of cars/superheros/gender neutral stuff.  She definitely has some girly interests, but I've always been quite proud that she will do things like pair a Spiderman shirt with a tutu.  I just want her to grow up thinking that she always has an option, that there isn't anything that isn't for her.

Then the other day, while walking through the toy section at the grocery store, she said it.

"Those are boy toys."

I'm not going to lie, my heart broke a little bit.  I'm sure it's just something that she's heard at daycare, but I hated hearing that she was dismissing an entire aisle of stuff because she thought it was for boys, and therefore not for her.

I tried to explain that toys are for kids.  Boys can play with whatever they want, and girls can play with whatever they want.  She listened, but I don't know how much sunk in.


I hope as she gets bigger she will continue to pursue things that interest her because they're interesting - not because she's trying to fit in someone else's mold.  It's just hard seeing those societal pressures starting when she's still so little!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Outfit of the Day - Casual Thursday

Things at work have been super busy lately.  Long story short, I don't get to wear jeans every Friday anymore.  Boo.  I swear, I can only manage looking like a grown-up for four days in a row before I need to dress down, so losing the casual Friday is hurting.  As a result, I've been trying to make my grown-up clothes a little bit lazier.  

If you ask me, anything paired with tights and a black skirt instantly becomes fancier.  Therefore, this.



I just couldn't spend another day in a dressy top, so I just threw on my vintage Kennedy Space Center shirt (which is one of my favourite thrifting finds ever) with a cardigan/skirt/tights deal.  I wore leopard pants to make it even more fancy - don't look at the sloppy, ridiculously comfortable T-shirt, everyone!  Focus on the fancy parts!

I tried tucking it in to dress it up a little bit more, but I didn't think it was working.



Whatever, the cardigan helped.


Sigh, I miss my jeans.

Shirt - Thrifted from Talize
Cardigan - Walmart
Skirt - Maurices
Tights - Joe Fresh
Shoes - Target

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Sleeping Shows

I'm a longstanding fan of falling asleep to the TV.  When I was in high school, I would drift off to VHS movies on my little 13 inch TV.  When I was in university I upgraded to DVDs of Friends and Sex and the City.  Now that I have Netflix, it's a whole new world of sleeping shows.

The usual bedtime view, complete with cat.


So far I've worked my way through How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, Community (a few times now), Undeclared, and now I'm working on Archer.  I feel like I need some more options for when I run out of episodes of Archer though.  I was trying to get through NewsRadio, but then stupid Netflix decided to take the series out of rotation.

I have some pretty strict rules about my sleeping shows though.  Ideally, they're half hour comedies.  I don't want to get too involved in a show - I want to be able to just zone out and drift off to sleep.  If it's an hour long show, then either I miss too much of an episode by falling asleep too quickly, or else I end up getting into it and then stay up way too late.  Half hour comedies give me the chance to get invested in one episode and then usually doze off in the second.  The show should be funny, but not too funny.  I've tried falling asleep to Seinfeld before, but I usually end up chuckling instead of sleeping.  I'm finding this problem with Archer - I don't want to fall asleep!  It also probably shouldn't be British.  As much as I love British TV, I sometimes find the accents too hard to follow if I'm too tired.

So I'm thinking next it might be My Name is Earl, or Mad About You.  Clearly this is an important decision though, and I don't want to rush it so I thought I would throw it out to my fellow sleepy TV viewers to see what you prefer for falling asleep.  I'm considering a rewatch of Friends for old time's sake, but I don't know if I can handle switching DVDs again, Netflix has spoiled me!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Treats of the Week - Happy Family Day

What did we ever do before Family Day?  It's so nice to have a long weekend in the middle of that brutal stretch between Christmas Holidays and Easter, especially in a year like this where Easter is super late.  I quite enjoyed my holiday Monday - I haven't even gotten out of my pajamas yet.  Hope you had a great holiday too!


  • In hopes of kickstarting some spring cleaning around here, I took a bunch of DVDs to The Beat Goes On this week to see about selling them.  It took less than an hour, and $60 bucks later I was quite happy with the exchange!  I'll definitely try them again in the future.
  • Those special heart shaped donuts at Tim Hortons were damned delicious.  Now if only they would bring back those tasty chocolate/cherry ones they hada  few years ago.
  • I love seeing random guys walking down the street holding a bouquet of flowers any day, but on Valentine's Day it especially makes me smile.
  • Vivian and her dad got crafty this week and came by my work for a visit and brought me an awesome heart painting for Valentine's Day.  It's now hanging up in the kitchen with one of her other fine canvases.

  • My Valentine's Day consisted of a fancy burger from Union Burger, poutine, and Magic Mike on Blu-Ray.  More than adequate.
  • I actually went out on Saturday night!  I ended up just working at a dance instead of drinking, but it was still fun to be out of the house and get to see people!
  • I spent Sunday visiting people - first to my friend Amanda's so the kids could hang out and play, then to my mom's for some pizza, then finally to my sister's.  Vivian and Blair had a blast playing together, and when I told Vivian it was time to leave, she grabbed her blanket and climbed into Blair's bed with her and announced she would be sleeping "right here".  They're due for a slumber party soon!



Thursday, 13 February 2014

Winter Thrifting

With all these cold days we've been having I've been heading out to some thrift store on my lunch break on a pretty regular basis.  I figure at least it gets me out of the office for a bit and gives me a chance to warm up my car instead of having it sit in the cold all day.  I haven't brought anything home lately, but I grabbed some pictures to show you guys!



More bowling glasses found at Talize!  I was strong and walked away.


I really liked this cute little $40 bar I found at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  It was pretty small though - maybe 4 feet wide?  Cute, but I think I want my eventual bar to be more substantial.


The perfect trunk to be turned into a coffee table.  $50, also at the ReStore.


This little leather-ish chair was pretty cute, and if there was more than one I might have pursued them a little bit more.  This one was up on a shelf, so I couldn't see how much it was, but it was also at the ReStore.


I fell for this hard.  It's framed prints of the Elgin County Courthouse and St. Thomas Town Hall.  I wanted it soooo badly, it would go perfectly with my prints of the Middlesex County Courthouse and London Armoury.  Unfortunately this was $150.  It was very nicely framed, and the prints were signed and numbered so I'm sure it's worth $150.  I just wanted it to be like $15.  


The ReStore had a whole bunch of these old bookcase dealios for $100 each.  They're not exactly the prettiest but I thought they would be awesome to build a home library.  Those flat sections in the middle are ledges to hold like magazines or something, and then they flip up for storage behind there.


This little china cabinet is pretty simple, but I really liked how plain the doors are and that it was a nice, compact size.  It could use a little cleaning up, but it's nice to see something that isn't overly ornate.  I think it was $95, it was also at a ReStore.

I need to do a big thrifting day soon - there's a bunch of places I haven't hit up in a long time and a new place in London (Modern Hipster Antiques) that I've been dying to check out!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Very Vivian - Growing Pains

All of a sudden, Vivian seems very grown up.

She has plenty of ideas about what she does and does not like.

Her language has come to the point that we can have conversations and she can tell me about things that happened to her throughout the day.

She can help out more and more around the house.  Right now she loves helping me make my coffee in the morning.

And she's just plain growing.

She's always seemed kind of tiny, but now her feet seem huge.  There's an inch gap where her pants can't quite cover her ankles anymore.  Shirts that once needed the sleeves rolled up now fit perfectly.

Yes, Vivian is in the middle of a major growth spurt.

Growth spurts are funny with kids.  The other day she fell asleep on the couch from 3:30-5:30 and I thought we were going to have a terribly late night.  Instead she was asking to go back to bed at 8:15.  She's tired, and whiny, and hungry.  Even though she needs so much more sleep she's been waking up through the night crying because her legs hurt, or just waking up because she needs a snack.  It hasn't been uncommon for her to go to bed with a snack and then wake up two or three times through the night looking for something else.  And that's after eating a good dinner.  She's finally starting to eat meals and now I can't feed her enough!


Looks like this sleepy face will be getting an all-new spring wardrobe at this rate!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Treats of the Week - Acts of Kindness in the Cold

Some weeks this post is really hard to write.  Other times it's really easy.  I never really know if it's because sometimes I do a better job of keeping track of all the treats than others, or if it's really that there are some weeks that are that much better.  This past week I seemed to encounter quite a few little acts of kindness that made me smile, and I also did a good job of writing them down before I forgot.  Long story short, I feel like this is a long post.


  • While shovelling all of this stupid snow the other day a gentleman in a tractor stopped to help clear the heavy, deep snow from the end of my driveway.  Much obliged, kind sir.
  • I overheard a young man offer to help an older lady carry her groceries to her car.  For reals, it was so kind.
  • The old man in line ahead of me at Canadian Tire gave me his Canadian Tire money after he made his purchase.  It was only 10 cents, but it was a sweet gesture.
  • Vivian has been asking EVERY SINGLE DAY for an Applejack and Pinkie Pie Equestria Girl.  If your kids aren't into the whole Equestria Girls thing, don't get them started.  After much searching, she was finally gifted the two she was longing for.  She was thrilled!
  • The Sochi Olympics are underway and Canada is already golden.  Go Canada!
  • Potential Big Bang Theory spoiler alert - but Sheldon and Amy's kiss was the cutest thing ever.
  • I stayed in my pajamas until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.  It was awesome.
  • I went to see The Veterans of SNL with some girls, and had a great time!  I wish that Tim Meadows had had a longer set, but other than that I really enjoyed it.  Rob Schneider was surprisingly political - and was wearing a suit!  It was a really fun night, I hope to keep seeing more stand-up comedy!
  • Waiting until the last possible minute to do my laundry feels strangely decadent.  Like I've been lazy for the longest possible amount of time.
  • I saw The Lego Movie on the weekend and yes, it's true.  Everything is awesome!
  • I got a belated Christmas present and it's the greatest thing ever!  A breakfast sandwich maker.  It seems a little silly, but it's so great.  It cooks your egg and toasts your English muffin all in one handy little device.  Between that and my Keurig I'm practically living like the Jetsons.  It might not look especially appetizing, but it's my new favourite thing.  Come over for breakfast!


Monday, 3 February 2014

Treats of the Weekend - Groundhogs are arbitrary

So apparently Wiarton Willie saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of this icy, icy hell.  If only he hadn't seen his shadow and we could look forward to an early spring...you know, in mid-March, which is six weeks away.  I don't know why we bother with Groundhog Day anymore.  Any real Canadian knows that the first true sign of spring is when Rrroll up the Rim to Win begins!


  • I drove by a school the other day where there was some construction going on.  Putting an addition on the school or something.  There was, of course, a big chain link fence around the construction site that butted up to the kids school yard.  There, at the fence, were about six little faces pressed right up to the fence watching a backhoe dig away.  It was adorable.
  • The Forever 21 at Masonville Mall is finally carrying their plus sized line!  As someone who can't even manage to cram their fat feet into a pair of sandals there (seriously, they cut off sizes at 9) I am very happy to be able to find the occasional item there.
  • Vivian's dad and his band were featured in the London Free Press recently.  You can see it here.  My mom saved a copy of it from the newspaper for Vivian to see when she's older.  We showed it to her, but she initially didn't seem too impressed.  Then when two of mom's kids came home from a visit she grabbed the newspaper and ran up to them both to show them.  Once she was satisfied that everyone had seen it she brought it back to me and said, "My showed everybody."  She was quite proud.
  • I went to see Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure on Friday night with some most excellent companions.  The movie is entirely ridiculous, but in a very fun way.  I always enjoy watching old movies on the big screen, there's just something awesome about watching a movie with a bunch of people who already love the movie.  The funniest part came when Jenn and I were both hit with the sudden realization that PUDDING USED TO COME IN ALUMINUM CUPS.  I looked for a screencap, but couldn't find one with pudding.  Here's an old ad though.  Seriously, it blew both of our minds, we had completely forgotten about that ever being a thing, and found it so funny that we both realized it at the same time.

  • We went to see Disney on Ice on Sunday, and Vivian had an awesome time.  She sat so well through the whole thing, she's at a really good age to do stuff like that.  She cried when we had to leave though, she wanted to stay with Stitch.  Which is weird, because she has never even seen Lilo and Stitch.  In any event, even though we were gouged HARD by the concessions booth ($26 for a popcorn and a sno-cone!) she had a great time, and that's what really matters.
  • I finally got my dishwasher fixed and my bathroom exhaust fan fixed.  Just little fixes, but it's so nice to have those crossed off the list!