Monday, 26 October 2015

Treats of the Week - Birthday Week

It's common knowledge that if your birthday falls during the week you get to celebrate both the weekend before and after.  My birthday is on a Thursday this year (29th!) and therefore I started celebrating on the 22nd.  I get bonus points because my birthday is always overshadowed by Halloween, so there.  Mostly I'm just looking forward to getting through this week - I have two papers due on Wednesday that I will no doubt be finishing in the hour or so before they're due.  Once that's done it's lots o' fun this coming weekend!  Here's what kept me busy and happy in the past week.

  • I was doing my usual wandering at Value Village on Friday when I came across a veritably slew of Malta souvenirs.  I'm sure most people would pass them over, but I knew my favourite Maltan (Maltian?  Maltese?  Maltini?) Jenn would love them!  I grabbed her this little ceramic trinket box and a weird wall hanging thing - along with some brass giraffes and vintage Disney ashtrays for me!

  • The birthday festivities were kicked off last Thursday by going to see Gob at Call the Office.  I haven't seen them perform since 2001 so it was a real blast from the past.  I had an awesome time singing along way too loudly and bouncing around.  I may have been wearing a blazer, but I was a little punk at heart.
  • Mom and I took the kids out for StorySpook Gardens at Storybook Gardens on the weekend and it was awesome!  I was really impressed at how they turned everything into a not-too-spooky Halloween theme for the kids.  We lucked out with a super warm night on Saturday and managed to be there for a window of time where it didn't rain.  The volunteers were all wonderful with the kids - I really recommend it.  As an aside - don't you think it's should be Spookybook and not Storyspook?  I get what they're going for with the -ook, but "spook" and "book" have different sounds, so I feel like Spookybook flows a bit better.  End of aside.

  • Kate Spade is selling furniture now.  In related news, I need thousands of extra dollars.
  • What does it look like when you actually fall asleep in the midst of sending a text and it never actually gets sent?

  • It was the Treehouse of Horror episode on the Simpsons last night, and even though I thought the overall episode was only so-so (as they so often are anymore), the opening couch gag by Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi was AMAZING.  You can find it here.
  • Friday night was Retromania night at the Hyland, which has quickly become one of my favourite outings of the month.  I've been going pretty consistently since April.  I love getting see weird old movies on the big screen, and it's always a crowd of cool people there.  This month I ended up dragging my dude out to make it a double feature with Goodnight Mommy and then the retro showing of Mulholland Drive.  It was quite the cinema mindfuck of a night.
  • I'm a sucker for Instagram sales - especially when they're selling weirdo vintage items like sticker cards from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  • I finished watching Scrubs as my background noise/sleepy time show and have moved on to That 70s Show.  It's been so funny looking back on it - I loved that show in high school.  While watching it last night I even noticed a recipe box in the Foreman kitchen that also happens to reside in my kitchen.  Clearly, Kitty Foreman has phenomenal taste.

Happy (and safe!) Halloween, everybody!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


If your kid is like mine, then you probably have stuffed animals all over the house.  Stupid, stupid stuffies.  They're the worst of the worst when it comes to kids toys, if you ask me.  They take up so much room and they don't really do anything.  I mean, sure, Vivian loves to hug hers and watch TV or cuddle up with them to go to bed, but other than that they just take up space and get covered in cat hair. 

It was getting to the point where about half of her bed was covered with them, and one night we completely lost the iPad because it was buried under a plush avalanche.  I wanted a place to put them that would be out of the way, but still accessible for Vivian.  Also, I wanted to avoid those oh so 90s stuffed animal hammocks that ends up with the toys just being covered in dust.

Since Vivian's bed is pretty high off the ground (it's a day bed, so there's extra space to accommodate a trundle bed) I just went and got one of those under the bed wheeled boxes for them.  It's big enough that most of the bigger ones can fit in and be in something of an upright position so she can find them.  It's nice that it's shallow so they don't all just get buried and forgotten.  This way we can just slide it under the bed when she isn't using them and she can slide it back out when she needs a new buddy with her.

Simple solution - nothing groundbreaking for sure, but it has really made a difference.  I swear, she's even sleeping better now that she isn't competing for space in the bed with a million dead-eyed toys.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Treats of the Week - Voted!

It's a busy day out there, friends!  It's Election Day in Canada, the Jays are playing a do-or-die game, and Star Wars Episode VII tickets will be available for sale  It doesn't get much treatier than that!  I sincerely hope that everyone had their chance to get out there and vote!

  • I ordered the game Exploding Kittens after reading so much about it online.  It came in the mail today and came with the cutest little comic on the packing slip!  Can't wait to try out the game at the next Games Night!

  • Sometimes the best therapy is singing along with an album you love at the top of your lungs.
  • The Jays have been big news lately in their run for the World Series.  I was stuck in class for the big game on Wednesday, and it was hilarious to watch everyone trying to pay attention while silently reacting to the game being covertly watched on laptops.
  • I totally busted a clerk at the LCBO for singing along to Bryan Adams on the radio.  I was doing the same.
  • It was the Forest City Comicon yesterday and Vivian and I had a great time!  There was so much to see, it was hard to fit it all in!  I scored a poster from Chip Zdarsky, so I was pleased!

  • Friday proved to be a chaotic day when one of our trials had to go to the criminal court to be heard due to some technical difficulties at our location.  I ended up being the one to go, and even though it was an insane day it was pretty cool to be at "the big courthouse" and see how things go there.  Plus I got taken out for lunch, so all the better!

  • I might be getting ahead of myself, but with this colder weather we had over the weekend I think I've mastered the art of looking adorable in a toque.
  • I had a perfectly lovely weekend filled with drinks, movies, and good company.  I managed to get to the Hyland to see Mr. Holmes and really enjoyed it.  I also watched Eli Roth's "Knock Knock" which was sufficiently bonkers.
  • I finally made the call to Bell today to cancel my house phone since I never use it.  I actually unplugged the stupid thing months ago to see if I would even miss it.  When I called, of course they tried to talk me into keeping it.  I did like the idea of still having a landline for emergencies, so I was very pleased when they ended up talking me into keeping the landline, but saving me money on my cable and internet to completely offset the amount of having the home phone.  Hooray!
I'm off to do some work and try to stay on top of election results and baseball results!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

My Favourite Thrifting Locations


I'm often asked where I like to go thrifting since I'm always dragging home some "new to me" thing that I have decided I can't live without.  I like to joke that I don't want to give away my secrets, but of course I'm happy to share!  I decided to make up a little map to show you guys all of the places I like to go to find my new old things.

  • Talize - at Highbury and Huron is always a favourite spot to check out.  It's so much cleaner and brighter since their renovation too!  I have good luck with housewares here.
  • Back to the Fuchsia is close enough that I can walk there from work on my lunch break.  The only thing I don't like about it there is that they don't always price everything and I hate having to ask. 
  • There are two Value Villages in town and while I often find them to be a little pricey, they're always good for a wander on my lunch break
  • Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores can be pretty hit or miss.  I kind of prefer the one off of Clarke Road - since it's so off the beaten path I seem to have better luck with finds there.
  • Funky Find always has furniture that makes me swoon.  I basically want my whole house to look like their store.  Things are expensive though - he definitely knows what things are worth.
  • Memory Lane Antiques is similar.  It's a wonderful antique mall for browsing, but I always seem to fall in love with some $1200 chair.
  • Bibles for Missions is a really great thrift store, but is way out of the way for most people.  It's right at Hyde Park Road and Fanshawe Park Road, which has been extremely difficult to access recently because of construction.  They also have tricky hours - I think they usually close at 5:00 p.m., so it's even hard for me to swing in on my way out of town.
  • B&L Antiques is a new one for me, I found out about this shop when I visited their booth during the Forest City Flea.  I haven't actually been into their store yet, but I really liked the stuff they had at their booth - lots of London memorabilia.
  • Heist is awesome for weekend browsing.  They carry antique furniture, as well as reproductions and upcycled pieces.  There are a lot of industrial pieces that have been modernized with the addition of live edge wood tops and things like that.  I've found some great accessories there, and he carries Atomic Ranch magazine.
  • Attic Books is not only awesome for book lovers, but there are all kinds of old maps, photos and other ephemera if that's your deal.
  • The Sentimentalist has a great selection of vintage furniture.  I have to admit, I'm pretty lazy about digging through clothes at big chain places like Value Village so I tend to defer to vintage clothing shops.
  • Jackpot Vintage is on the map as Uber Cool Stuff since they share a space - the Jackpot Vintage stuff starts on the Dundas side and is always worth a look!
  • Brydges Street Market is probably my most frequent stop.  It's so convenient to my work, it's the perfect place to wander.  I've had a lot of really good luck there too!
  • Salvation Army at Dundas and Clarke is super clean and well organized.  I tend to head out to Argyle Mall for the Winners and try to make sure to pop in to the Salvation Army while I'm out that way.
  • Goodwill on Oxford near Highbury is my preferred Goodwill location.  This is usually where I donate my items.  Again, it's close to my work so that's where I usually check things out.  It's a pretty small location but sometimes that means that you can score on something that is easily overlooked!
I think that's all of my hotspots, at least for now!  There's always some new place coming up on my radar it seems!  If you have any favourites, please let me know! 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Treats of the Week - Thankful

It's been a particularly beautiful Thanksgiving weekend and it was so nice to have a few days away from work to enjoy the company of good friends and family.  I hope you all had the same chance!

  • I've been rewatching Scrubs on Netflix and am nearing the end of the series.  I was so surprised to see Aziz Ansari, Taran Killam, and Eliza Coupe pop up in the 8th season!
  • Thanksgiving Sunday was spent climbing the Port Franks sand dune with the kids.  I don't know how I managed to make it to the top, but somehow I got up there!

  • I got to meet the new baby of a sweet work friend.  It's so weird seeing a tiny new baby again - but I'll get used to it soon since my new nephew is due before the end of the month!
  • I worked in Stratford on Tuesday for a French court, which is one of my favourite places to work.  The staff is always so happy to see me and I just love being in that old building.  

  • I enjoy internet glory.

  • My sister has said that my niece Blair has been sounding awfully sarcastic lately, which is apparently a quality she's picked up from her coolest aunt.
  • It was a bit of a blast from the past on Saturday as I ventured out to see Madchild.  It was quite the hip hop show, and I had an awesome time even though I was disappointed to see how much he relied on backing vocals.  I saw Swollen Members three times back in the day - time for a reunion show!

  • Some of that good company at the Madchild show.

  • I've been reading more lately, which is kind of surprising given how much reading I have to do for school right now.  It's been nice to carve out a little time here and there to read even just a chapter or two.  Right now I'm reading Voodoo Heart, by Scott Snyder.  The name might sound familiar if you're a Batman fan as he's been the man in charge of the Batman title.  This collection of short stories has been a real delight though - I love the way he crafts his stories.  And yes, I will often take a picture of a passage in a book that really resonates with me.

  • I finally got caught up on Scream Queens over the weekend and am completely in love with it.  I also watched the first episode of American Horror Story: Hotel and really enjoyed it.  It's pretty wild, but I thought the introduction sequence of Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer's characters was just awesome, especially with that She Wants Revenge song.

Hope you all have lots of leftovers to get you through this week, friends!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Treats of the Week - Full Swing

I'm definitely starting to feel the pressure of all the things now that it's October!  October is bringing me multiple writing assignments, freelance deadlines, and travel for French courts.  I'm not freaking out (yet) but I've definitely got an eye on the calendar and am doing my best to keep focused.  At least I've got my birthday at the end of the month to keep me motivated!

For whatever reason this week I took like zero pictures and made no notes about treats like I usually do.  Let's see how well my brain is working today.  Treats!

  • I made a trip out to the DSW on Saturday and actually found a pair of tall boots that I managed to zip up over my calves!  Success!  It barely works, but it works.  

  • I was downtown a lot this past weekend which was spent checking out the warehouse sale at Heroes (on for all of October and November, you should go!), Brown & Dickson Booksellers at the old Novack's building (you should go there too!), and finally going to Attic Books.  Yes, somehow I had never been to Attic Books and now I basically want everything in there to come and live at my house.
  • We got our copy of the Wish Book this week and I was just as excited as Vivian was.  There's nothing quite like flipping through the Wish Book!
  • My sister had a baby shower on the weekend, which meant that I got to eat lots of snacky foods at showers.  The snacks are by far the best part of showers.
  • My brother Brent got engaged to his lovely girlfriend Liz!  It's so weird to think of my younger brother being grown up enough to get married, but I couldn't be happier for them.  And if it means they have a destination wedding and I have an excuse to go away for a real vacation, all the better.
  • I went to see The Martian on Saturday and thought it was awesome!  The more Damon, the better.
  • I just finished folding my laundry.  Trust me, it's an accomplishment.
That's about all I can think of - my brain either needs to speed up or slow down.  Either way the answer is coffee or wine and that's just fine with me.