Monday, 31 August 2015

Treats of the Week - Crunch Time

A week from now I'll be cursing to myself as I go back to packing lunches.  Yes, we're down to the final week of summer and it's definitely crunch time at our house.  Vivian starts at a new school on Tuesday, I start classes on Wednesday and it feels like we both have a million things to do between now and then.  I'm also under a deadline for this week (and then two more deadlines immediately after) so that is really upping the ante for this week.  It's a good thing to be busy though, so I'm trying not to complain.  Just focus on the treats, keep my head down, and just keep swimming.

  • I took Vivian to a special screening of Labyrinth in support of the upcoming Forest City ComiCon.  I was a little worried it would be too scary for her, but she did really well!  She loved seeing the cosplayers and has been talking about the Goblin King and the "big sister" all week.  Score one for pop culture education.
  • While driving in Strathroy the other day Vivian and I happened upon a horse-drawn carriage.  Certainly not what we're used to seeing in our neighbourhood.
  • Gas prices are super low right now - and I seem to be celebrating by shopping for a new car before poor Foxy bites the dust. 
  • I had a trivia night on Friday night - it was a great time with awesome people, made even better by the fact that we placed third.  I, however, was irrationally upset by this clue where they used a photoshopped image from Back to the Future II (and they also said that Back to the Future was an acceptable answer.  I was displeased.)

  • Things that are cool: getting awesome gifts for no reason from an awesome person.  Things that are even cooler: when said gift is a book about Pacific Rim.

  • My mom was in town doing some shopping the other day and it worked out that we got to meet up for lunch.  Just the two of us, no kids.  A very rare treat.
  • I have the Elon Musk book sitting on my nightstand, and I'm hoping I'll get to it at some point.  In the meantime, I'm enjoying the @BoredElonMusk Twitter feed.
  • DSW Shoes is finally open in London!  This is both wonderful and terrible news!
  • Jenn and I had a nice little random evening at Buffalo Wild Wings - they have a lovely selection of wimpy mild flavours that are right up my alley.  Also, I've been eating terribly lately.

  • Cherry tomatoes are SO GOOD right now.  Every time I'm at my mom's house she seems to have a bowl of them sitting out on the table and I end up eating the entire thing.
  • Illbury + Goose is becoming quite the rising London company.  This weekend they finally opened a brick and mortar location - conveniently located less than a block from my work!
Back to the grind, folks.  Enjoy this last week of summer - at least we have the heat.  I'll be at home proof reading like a crazy person and organizing my upcoming reading assignments.

Friday, 28 August 2015

More Art Than Walls

I've always had the pleasant problem of having more art than I have walls on which to hang it.  Whenever I see an article that's like, "Are gallery walls out?" I'm legit baffled because there's no way I would be able to hang all my beloved things if I didn't have gallery walls here there and everywhere.  I love being surrounded by things that are meaningful and awesome, what can I say?

After my recent trip to Windsor Comicon I'm in trouble though.  I love going to Artist's Alley at a comicon - you get to chat with artists and can pick up some really awesome prints for great prices.  So say hello to the pile of things currently waiting for frames.

Not from Comicon, but still hanging around...

A print from Morley.

And this great one by Rob Ozborne.

Then from Comicon...

I got this pair of prints for Vivian's room. 

And yes, I do need a Kaiju poster from Pacific Rim.  Because I'm an ADULT.

The same goes for why I need this Robin Hood poster.

I kind of wanted to buy everything from Fabled Creative.  This Godzilla print has a real Shepard Fairey vibe to it.

And of course I needed Furiosa!  They had an awesome shiny and chrome edition that was done in metallic paint, but it was too much for me.

I mean, how much more Canadian could this Gibson Quarter print be?  Captain Canuck and Tim Horton's.  Definitely needed it for the Canadiana wall.

So let me know if you see any good sales on frames for 11x14 prints, okay?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Outfit of the Day - Jeff Goldblum

When I was in Grade 8, I remember a project where we had to make a sports card about ourselves with all kinds of facts about us.  Favourite teams, favourite foods, stuff like that.  I clearly remember writing Jeff Goldblum down under "Favourite Actor".  Now this would have been in 1996, in prime Jurassic Park/Independence Day era.  Still, it seems like a bit of an odd choice for a 13 year old.  The love of Jeff Goldblum has only increased over the years - what can I say?  I love a silver fox.

So when I saw that Clashist made the Sexy Jeff tee - a pink shirt covered in images of the Goldblum - I had to have it.  Sure it was a splurge, but it's basically the greatest shirt in the world.

It's super soft too - one of those nice, thin tees that just feels snuggly.  I imagine the real Goldblum would feel the same way.

I wore it to work for the first time the other day, and the best part was that no one even batted an eye about it.  It's apparently pretty normal for me to wear something like this at work.  I consider that to be a compliment.

 I wish I had sized down with it though.  The sizes are listed as unisex, but for some reason I thought they used American Apparel shirts which are notoriously small (seriously, I just ordered a tank top that was an American Apparel shirt in an XL and it fit me like a medium) so I got a Large.  It fits fine, but I think a medium would have been just that little bit better.  In any case, it works fine with jeans and I just tucked it in with this nice stretchy grey pencil skirt to make it less sloppy at work.

I'd say that works for business casual, wouldn't you?

Shirt - Clashist
Skirt - Old Navy
Sandals - Aldo

Monday, 24 August 2015

Treats of the Week - Summertime Slowdown

Hello, friends!  This has seemed like an oddly long week after being away for a few days and then back to work for the end of the week.  I probably should have just taken the whole week off since I ended up feeling not to great for a couple of days but that's just the way you have to learn your lessons sometimes.  It's kind of a weird time of year - we still have a couple of weeks before it's back to school time, but there aren't many summer plans left.  We're in that in between time where there is no swimming lessons, dance lessons, skating lessons, nothing.  Just a couple of weeks to relax and try to get some things scratched off of the to-do list I guess.  Still lots of time for treats though.

  • The little getaway to Niagara Falls was really nice - Vivian had a great time.  She was a perfect age to take right now since she was free to get into most places!  It was really fun to walk around with her and check out some of the wax museums.  She was crazy enough to try and talk me into taking her to one of the haunted houses but I didn't go for that, even though she assured me she would "just be really brave".

  • I've been spending lots of time working away in my home office these days, and having a cute bulletin board definitely makes it more pleasant.

  • Vivian slept in until 10am on Sunday morning!  Hooray!
  • It's no secret that I love Hello Holiday and I love seeing how they update their sign at the brick and mortar store in Omaha.  The Craft 4 lyfe!

  • I've been pretty blown away by all of the photos of Banksy's Dismaland the sheer magnitude of the project is mind boggling.  I can't see enough pictures, I'm really hoping there will be a documentary about it similar to Banksy Does New York.  Or, you know, someone can offer to take me there for a visit.  Whichever.
  • I definitely don't need any new glasses, but these ones from Indigo are GOLD AND PLAID!  

  • I went to Western the other day to get my new student card (with the worst picture ever) and pick up my textbooks.  It was so weird to be back on campus - things are so familiar but completely different.  Of course I was a giant nerd and did my traditional dry run of finding my classroom - something I've done every year since high school.
  • Jerry Melo is offering his services as an electrician.  In unrelated news, I've been ripping light fixtures out of my walls.

  • Still loving seeing all those nice cars out there with the nice weather.  I saw an Audi R8 this weekend, the second one that I've seen in London this summer.
  • When I haven't been working in my home office I've been logging hours working away at Coffee Culture and the library.  The pistachio muffin at Coffee Culture might be an alarming shade of green but it is so damn tasty!

  • Big Brother is a summer guilty pleasure that ranks right up there with Bachelor in Paradise.  It's frustrating that I don't have anyone to talk to about Big Brother though, since I don't really know many people who watch it.  It was great to find a couple of people at work who watch it though - I need people who understand me obsessing over Johnny Mac!
  • I love me some 19 Crimes wine (and it's on sale right now!) and I love collecting those corks.  I was irrationally excited to get Bigamy this time.

  • After finishing the first draft of a long transcript the other day I noticed I finished with 33333 words.  Here's hoping that's a good sign that proofreading will go smoothly.

Enjoy these last days of summer, friends!  The sedum in my garden is starting to change colours already - fall isn't far away!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Old Stuff in the Summer

The thrift stores are starting to put out their Halloween stuff, which means I won't be checking them out as often.  I hate how busy they get at Halloween and how the store is taken over by the seasonal items.  I get it, and I'm glad that it's a busy season for them, but it just makes for crappy browsing.  And I am all about the browsing.

Last week I checked out the new Value Village location on Dundas East - it's nice and close to my work so it's perfect for lunch breaks.  I didn't find too much to take home with me, but I took some pictures for you guys!

I gave some serious consideration to this porthole mirror, but didn't have a place for it and balked at the price.

Even though I do not need any more glasses, I couldn't resist these two centennial mugs!  The graphics on one of them is a little crooked, I love them.  They're my new favourite water glasses.

I was pretty amused by this little valet/tie rack.  The box looked so fancy...

You could hang your ties on the little bars at the bottom and then it opened for your cufflinks and stuff.  The back of the box was angled so it would sit nicely against the wall.  I seriously considered bringing it home, but I couldn't justify it since I haven't figured out how to wear ties without looking like a young Avril Lavigne.  Believe me, I've tried.

I did have to take home the large round Florida tray though - it matches the small one I've had since high school!  I seem to be helpless at resisting the allure of a kitschy souvenir platter, I have quite the collection of them.

I hit up the Brydges Street Antique Mall the other day too, one of my usual wandering places.

I fell in love with this recipe box, because lobster.  The only thing I love more than a flamingo (which you will notice are all over that Florida tray) is a lobster.  Sadly this little box was $18, so I left it.

More of my Texaco glasses!  I love the pattern so much.  It's pretty much worn off on my mugs because I use them so often, so I should probably cave and buy more of them.

Once booth had a whole bunch of neon beer signs.  Most of them seemed reasonably priced, but were noted "as is" so I'm doubtful that they work.  I think it's pretty expensive to repair neon signs too.  It's a shame, I do love them.

You know I couldn't leave this little London Free Press tray behind!  It was $8 and I can't wait to hang it up on my London wall!

I had these coasters in my hand and put them back.  Now I'm kind of regretting it, but I never use coasters so it felt like it would just be another thing sitting around.  They were $6.

YOU GUYS - HINES MUGS FROM BECKERS!  Like I said, I need more glasses like I need a hole in my head, but come on.

I check on this pair of mirrors all the time.  They're like $30 each though, which is too much for me.  I would love them in a rumpus room though.

Yay for Canadian stamps!  I loved how nicely they were mounted, but didn't want to pay for it.

But this guy definitely had to come home with me, especially since he was only $6.  Again with the souvenir trays!  I can't get enough of them.

This little hutch would be a perfect bar - that middle section folds down to a flat surface, perfect for mixing up drinks.  It was only like $125 too.

Easily the creepiest thing in the place.

Damn, I love these pink lockers.  I mean, they're pink lockers.  Explain to me what's not to love.  They would be great in Vivian's room - they're $148 for one section though, and it wouldn't really look right unless you got at least two.

Ugh, these.  These bad boys literally stopped me in my tracks.  They're vintage paint by numbers and I've seen them around on other blogs before.  I love them, hard.  They're priced at $30 each, and I felt like it was a little steep considering they were in homemade frames and were just cardboard at the back.  I seriously, seriously thought about it though.  And there's still a good chance I'll go back.  Sigh.

That's all for those trips - let me know if you find any stray lobster or flamingo paraphernalia!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Treats of the Week - Vacation Mode

I'm out of town for a few days (please don't rob me, I really don't have anything of value) taking in the sights at Niagara Falls. Three adults, five kids. Should be interesting. So I'm blogging from my phone today and probably won't be back with anything else until Thursday. But now, treats! 

One of the JPs at work got us reporters a welcome back treat - it was terribly rich but still damn good 

I made the trek to Windsor on Saturday with Jenn to check out Kevin Smith at comicon. He spoke for 4 solid hours, it was kind of insane, but awesome. I'm so glad that I finally got the chance to see him after all these years. 

I used to have a pretty hard and fast rule about not buying myself jewelry, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. I got myself this Doubleplusgood necklace from Out of Print - a nice little subtle nod to 1984. 

I've been back on a shirt making kick - my new "I know things sometimes" shirt will be perfect for an upcoming trivia night.

There are few things worse in this world than getting a Boston Cream donut only to have all the chocolate melted onto the bag. When I went through the drive-thru the other day the dude told me the donuts had just come out of the oven and were freshly glazed so he put it in a box for me. 

I've been trying to actually buy some of the art I've been admiring on Etsy after all these years, so this week I messaged the artist Rob Ozborne to see if he would do a reprint for me of a print he used to sell. He was super accommodating and shipped it out to me right away. I'm so happy with it - just need to get it in a frame! 

It was the meteor shower this past week and I managed to see a couple of shooting stars while snuggled up in a blanket in my backyard with a beer. When I was a kid I would typically be at summer camp for that week and we would sleep on the beach for the peak night of the meteor shower. Watching it in  my backyard wasn't quite as nice as that, but I'm still glad I got to watch it.

I've been making an effort to get my nails done once a week since I enjoy having them painted but hate painting them myself. Getting a polish change instead of a full manicure is a cheap alternative. I've been trying out some different spas and nail bars trying to find somewhere I could go regularly. This week I check out L'Mar on Fanshawe Park Road at Adelaide. What happens when you find an someone who will paint your nails while showing you her tattoos and talking about David Bowie's penis? You take her business card so she can always paint your nails. 

I scored a free iced cap from Tim Horton's the other day because they had made one by mistake. Yay for being in the right place at the right time. 

Have a week, everybody! 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Treats of the Week - That part of the summer

Does anyone else feel like we've hit "that part" of the summer?  You know the stage - where it seems like your weekends are all booked up and there's a million things going on so you start making plans for a few weeks from now and realize that it will be September soon and you're not ready for back to school and you start down a little panic spiral?  

Just me?

Maybe it's just that thing that August does, or the fact that I'm back to work and looking forward to a few days off next week for a little mini-vacation action, but all of a sudden summer seems to be launching into high gear.  Bring on those treats.

  • I always feel a little bit proud of myself when I try to follow a link at work and it gets blocked because it's "Tasteless".

  • I spent most of the day yesterday in Sarnia checking out the speedboat races.  It's pretty crazy to see how those things fly along the river, and we've got a sweet private area to watch them from.  Vivian had a great time collecting rocks and I got to maintain my strike tan.  Not too shabby.
  • Jenn and I had another little visit to Earls on Friday evening.  It's really the best.  This time not only did we have a waiter who was so pretty I wanted to cry, but he also made our guac at the table for us.  There's a tip for you - when you get a super hot server, order something they have to make for you at the table so you can openly stare at them a little longer.  This picture doesn't even do him justice, it was ridiculous.

  • I love these little Portuguese tarts - especially when they get left on my desk for me.

  • So I had a little bit of a splurge and went to the Samsonite Factory Outlet in Stratford to get myself a real grownup bag.  I'm under the gun on a deadline for a transcript (because I'm a terrible procrastinator) so I've been hiding out in coffee shops and libraries to try and force myself to get it done.  Having a fancy new bag definitely makes things a little easier.  It has so many compartments, and that leather is stupid soft.  It's one of those things that I'l have forever so I don't mind spending a little money on it now.

  • Canadian graffiti.  So edgy and political.

  • It was house party time on Saturday night and we obviously had the best hosts for setting this bar up for us.  It looked significantly different by the end of the night.

  • Speaking of the end of the night, drunken walks through downtown to get poutine are the best kind.
Go get your treats this week - and get some guac made in front of you because it's amazing.