Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday Loves

Here's what I'm loving this Wednesday!

  • Cooler temperatures! Finally! We still have one hot day to go - Friday is to go to 29 - but it felt so good to step out into a brisk, cool morning air today.  Once Friday is over, I'm eager to do some baking and to make spaghetti sauce.  Come on Fall!!!
  • One of my fall "cravings" has suddenly sprung up and I'm dying for a good ol' grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.  Who doesn't love a grilled cheese & tomato soup on a chilly day?  Supper tonight perhaps!
  • Oh my gosh, you guys, I WENT FOR A WALK.  Miracle.  It wasn't long, and it was depressing because I felt like I was plodding along like an old cow, but at least I went.  And while I don't enjoy feeling like a plodding old cow, I know I need to feel like that for a while before I get my mojo back. No pain, no gain.
  • I'm planning to go shopping tomorrow night and I'm planning to buy a couple of cans of pumpkin.  Let the season of pumpkin spice everything commence!!!
  • I so love Parks & Rec.  I'm reaching that part of a TV series I love where I want to watch 10 episodes every night, but I'm trying to space them out more because I don't want it to end.  I don't want to live a life without Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson and Andy and April and Ben and Tom and Donna and Jerry/Garry/Larry.  They have brought so much joy to my life.  And now I'm down to just one season left... sigh.
  • By extension, as you all know, I truly, madly, deeply LOVE Chris Pratt.  I haven't had a celeb crush like this in a long time.  When I'm done Parks & Rec, I don't know what I will do without my daily dose of Pratt... double sigh.
  • I'm totally loving the blanket I'm working on right now.  The pattern is simple and working up quickly, and I'm so pleased with the colours.  I'm hopeful it will make a little girl happy on Christmas morning! :)
  • I'm loving that it's soon time to return to "Hygge" season!!  Thoroughly enjoying cozying up by lamplight, with my Scentsy warmer going and my rock salt lamp on beside me, working on my crocheting while watching TV in the evenings.  Once these temps finally dip, I can put on my cozy leggings and sweaters, my new moccasin slippers, and really soak up the Hygge.  Can't wait for the full experience!
What are YOU loving this Wednesday? :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Random things in my brain today.

  • Last Thursday, the Ottawa Senators traded Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks.  Even though I knew a trade was coming - it was inevitable, nobody was even trying to deny it - I still can't believe they let the best player to ever wear the Sens uniform go.  Especially while he's just entering his prime.  Especially for a bunch of no-names I'd never even heard of. I love my Sens, I always will, but all I can do now is pray, the same as all the other fans, that this current ownership and management be dissolved.  How can they recover from this?  How can they expect anyone to respect or get over this decision?  It's incredible.  It's frustrating.  Above all, it's heart-breaking.  I have never felt so discouraged with this team as I do now.  I look towards the upcoming season bleakly.
  • Yesterday, I grabbed some bulbs of a plant that were here in the office in a box, because my mom wanted some.  They were prickly seed pods for the brugmansia plant (angel's trumpet).  One of the prickly pods "bit" me, and my finger is so sore.  I can see the little thistle or spine or whatever you call it in my finger, but I can't seem to get it even close to the surface to pull it out.  One of those things that is so teeny-tiny, and yet all-consuming.
  • Remember last week, when I said I failed at my goal of immersing myself in Jurassic Park last weekend?  Well, I was fully successful this weekend.  I watched the original on Saturday night, and Jurassic World on Sunday night.  If my Chris Pratt obsession was bad before, it's extremely serious now.  Holy sweet baby Jesus, he was a chiseled, buff, beautiful specimen of a man in that movie.  A far cry from the goofy but lovable chubby Andy Dwyer I've come to adore in Parks & Rec.  
  • Being in love with Chris Pratt has done something to me.  Triggered the loneliness factor or something? I'm not sure.  Because suddenly, I'm desperate for a boyfriend.  Or a dog.  (Yesterday, it was a boyfriend. Today, it's a dog.)  I know that this too shall pass, but for the time being, I'm just going to keep watching him in everything I can and pray this needy feeling goes away.
  • So I'm about half-way through Season 6 of Parks and Rec.  There's only 7 seasons, so I'm on the down-swing.  What to watch next?  I'm thinking Ozark, I keep hearing good things about it.  I'm also strongly considering ordering Crave TV this winter, to watch some of the shows on there that aren't available on Netflix, like The Handmaid's Tale, Letterkenney, Big Little Lies, and I think they have Game of Thrones, too.  That might be a post-Christmas investment for me.
  • Yesterday, I felt like absolute trash all afternoon.  I couldn't stop yawning, felt totally lethargic, and wished I could just put my head down on my desk and sleep.  I have no idea why.  I got lots of rest throughout a quiet weekend, no late nights, lots of zzz's.  It was baffling to me.  When I got home, I got laundry going before crawling on to my bed, put Parks & Rec on the tablet to watch, and instantly fell asleep.  I hate doing that, but it felt absolutely necessary.  I felt miserable.  I woke up feeling groggy but a bit better and proceeded with my evening..  Today, I feel back to normal.  Whatever it was, I hope it doesn't come back again this afternoon.
  • Have I complained about my pigeons on the blog?  I can't remember.  There are a million pigeons hanging out on my roof this summer.  I have a feeling they're living in the old chimney behind the church, but then come over to my roof to party every day.  There is bird shit literally everywhere.  My back deck is covered in it.  And I have googled how to get rid of pigeons, but none of the methods sound like something I can do, because I'm not going up on that roof.  On Saturday, I tried sitting out on the deck and between the pigeons and the wasps and the ungodly heat, I did not enjoy it at all.  I'm so done with summer.
  • Oh, and a quick little BB update: Remember that post I wrote about this season, and how loyal I am to the Level 6 alliance?  Well, they pissed me off last week by voting out Brett.  Tyler and Angela are starting to annoy the hell out of me.  I guess I'm still rooting for Tyler or Kaycee to win, but there is a big part of me that's starting to hope that JC or Sam can upset the apple cart.  That bunch have gotten too big for their britches.
That's all the random from me today.  Happy Tuesday friends!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Random Ramblings on a Wednesday

  • Well, I was getting all geared up for fall.  Last week, the temperatures finally dipped a bit and I was feeling it.  I was envisioning cozy days curled up crocheting, I saw a list on another blog of perfect "Fall Movies" so I ordered a couple that were super-cheap on Amazon, I ordered some new fall clothes from Rickis.  I was already daydreaming about cups of tea and pumpkin spice treats and making pots of soup.  But now, a September heatwave is upon us.  The next five days are to be hot and muggy, so I guess I'd better put my Fall excitement on hold for another little while. *sigh*
  • I've been battling a sinusy headache all week.  Just a weird sinus pressure and face-tingling on Monday, a headache that developed late yesterday afternoon and was pretty intense all evening, and then woke up with it again this morning. ugh.
  • On Saturday, I went to a moccasin making workshop with some ladies, and we had a fun day.  I found the process of sewing to be a mostly relaxing experience, with only a few meltdowns lol!  However, it was a more challenging task than I expected, and by the time the class was over, we were all going home with only one moccasin - we had to make the other one ourselves.  I was worried I'd forget the process and I was anxious to wear both of my new slippers, so I decided to dive right in as soon as I got home, for fear I'd never do it if I didn't do it right away.  That was probably a mistake.  By the time I was finished around 7 PM, my fingers ached, I had stabbed myself with the needle multiple times and I was bleeding, I had roared out loud several times, and I was exhausted.  I really hated my slippers in that moment.  Thankfully, I got over the frustration and I really like them now.  I guess the final verdict is that the end result is worth it.
  • Saturday night, my plan was to have a Jurassic Park night.  I found the original on DVD for $4.99 at Giant Tiger, and Jurassic World is on Netflix, so my plan was to watch both.  I saw the original as a kid, but I'd forgotten most of it, and Chris Pratt is in the new one - which is leaving Netflix at the end of the month, apparently - so I wanted to see it. (Chris Pratt crush still goin' strong.)  Well, after my moccasin frustration I was so wiped out that I slept through the original and didn't even bother putting on the new one.  Back to the Jurassic Park drawing board this weekend, I guess.
  • Above, I mentioned the "Fall Movies" I ordered.  Three of them that jumped out at me as being movies I've either never seen or have forgotten were Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and When Harry Met Sally.  Sleepless is on Netflix, the other two were super cheap on Amazon, so I'm excited to have a girlie Fall movie marathon one of these days in the coming weeks.

  • Also above, I mentioned a Rickis order for my fall wardrobe.  It arrived yesterday and I was super-happy with about half of it.  I was a little disappointed that I ordered two plaid shirts that were both just the teeniest smidge too snug on me.  I love everything about these tops - the length, the colour, the style - but I'm afraid after washing, they'll shrink.  I looked online this morning and they are no longer available in the size larger.  I'm in a conundrum.  Keep them and try harder to lose a little weight?  (By try harder, I mean, just TRY. Like, at all.)  Or return them?  What to do, what to do...

  • Last night while I was crocheting, I put on old episodes of Unsolved Mysteries that are on Amazon Prime.  I didn't want to watch Parks & Rec because I miss too much of it when I'm crocheting.  I just wanted something fun that I didn't have to pay too much attention to.  As it turns out?  Unsolved Mysteries freaks me out as much now as it did 25 years ago.  I had to shut it off it was spooking me so much.
  • I need someone to confiscate my credit cards.  Too much spending going down lately.  Between Amazon, yarn, Rickis, and a new Halloween costume on order, I've sunk myself right back into another little hole. At this stage in the game, and with Christmas shopping coming into view, I think we can go ahead and call The Year of Saving a GIANT failure. 
  • So, I've been trying to wean myself off Facebook a bit lately.  Not giving it up altogether, but just trying to limit the number of times a day I look at it, especially at work.  I just realized that basically anytime there's down time or a quiet moment, I'm scrolling through it steady.  And far too often, I let things I see on there effect my mood.  It's a tough habit to break, though.  I find myself turning to it almost subconsciously.  How sad is that, to be so dependent on a social media platform?  As the days go by, it's getting easier.  I just give myself little pep talks.  "No, you don't need to look at FB right now.  Find something else to do.  Look for something more productive to do."  I think I'll be a happier person if I spend less time thinking and worrying about it.  
Well, that's about all that's going on in my brain today.  Happy Wednesday, friends!!

Thursday, September 06, 2018

A Re-Cap of The Fair

A week ago today, I was gearing up and getting excited, not only for a long weekend but for the annual Shawville Fair!!   I wasn't the only one who was excited.  One day last week I came in to work, and found that my friend Lindsay had left me a poem on my desk as an ode to the Fair! haha!

So the Fair opened on Thursday evening, and my mom and I made our traditional Thursday evening Old Lady Venture to the Fair.  By this, I mean that we ate supper (Mom's choice - she usually goes for Billy T's pizza, but this year she opted for Bonnie's instead), did a tour around the vendor/exhibit hall, and then headed over to the arena for the Opening Ceremonies.  This year, my Uncle Garry was honoured by the Fair board with the Dedicated Service Award, as he has been the plumber at the Fair for over 20 years.  As the presenter remarked in his speech, when you think of the Fair, you don't think of plumbing.  But when a problem with the washrooms arises, people get pretty upset about it pretty quick! haha!  My uncle basically lived at the Fair all those years, to ensure he was on-hand should any issues arise.  You couldn't ask for a man more devoted to his job.  Mom and I joined a great group of family and friends who were in attendance to see him receive his award.  I felt so proud to sit there among them all as part of his Fan Club. It was a well-deserved honour, that's for sure!!  It was a cool evening, but we still made our stop on the way out to get ice cream.  The ice cream stand always has Orange Pineapple, which I only ever see at the fair, so I always make sure to have a scoop on the first night before it runs out.  Yum!

Friday night, I met up with my friend Sharon and her family.  I had purchased a ride pass this year, and I was excited to put it to use!  We went on the ferris wheel and I captured my favourite photo of the weekend:

We had a great time, as I once again stuffed my face with awesome fair treats (Billy T's pizza, the Boom Boom Chicken poutine from Big D's, and a Beavertail), and after Sharon's family headed for home, we made our way over to watch The Trews.  I admit, I wasn't a huge fan of the band going in to the show, but they turned me into one!  They were SO good!!  I downloaded a bunch of their songs the next morning and have been listening to them ever since.  As we stood watching the show, I noticed a little girl running around in front of me and realized it was my friend Priscilla's little girl.  It turns out, she was standing just a few feet in front of me, so it was nice to catch up with her too.  I also spotted on of my favourite former Sens players, Chris Neil, standing with a group of people not far from us as well, though I was too shy to go over and say hi.  I just ogled from a distance LOL!

On Saturday, Mom and I went back up to the Fair late morning, because my little buddy Sam was showing a calf in the Peewee 4H show.  I grabbed another poutine from my fave Fair food truck, Big D's - this time, I got the Kicked Up Mac poutine - and headed to the arena to watch the 4H shows.  It is so cute to watch the little ones leading their calves around.  They all do such a great job. (Even if I don't understand WHY anyone would want to drag a stubborn cow around in a ring haha!!)  After a few hours, we decided to head for groceries and go ahead home.  I decided not to go back up that night, and opted instead for a Guardians of the Galaxy Netflix night. (Chris Pratt crush is in full swing.)  It was a flop, though, because I fell asleep during the first one and didn't bother watching the second one LOL.  I need a rainy day or something to watch movies, I always seem to fall asleep these days no matter how good the movie is!

On Sunday, I went to church and out for brunch with Mom, then spent the rest of the day relaxing - crocheting, watching Parks and Rec, and napping.  In the evening, I went up with my friend Lindsay.  Yes, of course, MORE fair food!  I saved the best for last, getting my Nacho Libre poutine from Big D's (my fave!!!) and mini donuts.  That night featured the band High Valley, and they were pretty good.  I was most excited for their show, but in the end, I think I liked The Trews much better.  We still had a great evening though, enjoying the music despite the sweltering heat!!  I always enjoy touring around with Linds looking at the quilts and all the craft exhibits.  We had a fun night!

Monday was the last day of the fair, and the good news was that Caden and Danica were home from Montreal!!  As you might recall, Caden's baseball team had made the Provincials in Montreal and so they were gone all weekend.  They came home Sunday night, though, and Chris brought them to the Fair for the last day.  We went on lots of rides, ate more food (a dill poutine from the Fresh Fry Co. truck, and cotton candy), watched some of the Demo Derby, and after another hot and sticky day, we were ready for home by late afternoon.  A great way to cap off the Shawville Fair weekend!!

This week is going much better for me (aside from the fact that I don't care if I see another poutine again soon... ugh! LOL) -  as I am officially over the back-to-school sick feeling and I'm starting to get really excited for fall.  More on that soon, I promise!  I hope everyone is having a GREAT week! :)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

BB20: One of the best seasons yet!

*Warning: If you're a Big Brother fan, and you aren't caught up on your PVR'd episodes, there may be SPOILERS ahead.  Proceed with caution!!*

I know I have a few blog pals who are also fellow fans of the show Big Brother, so I thought I'd write about some of my thoughts and feelings on this year's season thus far.

Big Brother is one of my guilty pleasures.  There are only a few seasons that I haven't watched over the many years, and it's one reality TV show that I find extremely interesting: to see how a group of strangers (usually) thrown together in one house with cameras on them 24/7 interact, strategize, become friends or enemies, and work together - or against one another - in a bid to win $500,000.  There have been seasons I've really enjoyed (a few years ago, the season that had Cody, Frankie Grande, Caleb, and eventual winner Derek Levasseur immediately comes to mind), and seasons I have hated.

Last summer was one of those seasons I really didn't like.  I usually peg the "hot guy" in the house as my favourite right out of the gate, and last year that was Cody.  But it turned out Cody was a bit of a jerk, and  very early on he started a showmance with Jessica, who wasn't one of my most favourite people ever.  Sadly, at the end of the season, Cody and Jessica were the only people in that house I even remotely liked.  They were a nasty group of individuals, in my opinion.  They were hateful and mean and cruel to one another on a level I don't recall witnessing before.  The one houseguest I despised the most was Josh.  When Josh didn't get his way, he would bang pots and pans and scream at the houseguest he was warring with, and then he would cry when someone tried to give it back to him.  He liked to dish it out but he couldn't take it when it was directed at him.  I literally despised this guy.  And he went on to win the whole season.  BLEH!!!!

When BB started this summer, I was tentative.  I was afraid of another despicable group like last year's.  I have been pleasantly surprised.  This is one of my favourite group of houseguests ever.  The very first night I picked Winston as my "favourite" (based on my only main criteria - looks. haha!) but Winston didn't last long in the BB house.  He turned out to not be such a great game player after all, and he was a little limp on personality.  Looks only take you so far, Winston, man. But despite the fact that my "favourite" was evicted early on, I have really, really enjoyed this season, and so look forward to episode nights.  There were only a few houseguests that I really didn't like, and most of them were evicted also very early on.  For instance, I thought Swaggy C was a total jackass, and I found Kaitlyn to be totally annoying with all her talk of "auras" and reading peoples' souls. ugh.  Didn't hurt my feelings when they said early good-byes!

The current group in the house is, in my opinion, a very lovable group.  Rockstar was really the last one left who got on my nerves, and she was sent packing two weeks.ago.  (I mean, a grown-ass woman who goes by the name "Rockstar"??  Give me a break.)  The Level 6 alliance has pretty much been running the show for weeks, and they are the side of the house I have leaned towards all along, so things have been going swimmingly for me.  They have pulled off some miraculous moves over the past few weeks, sending home members of the opposite side of the house even when they are in control.  I have squealed and clapped with glee on many occasions.  Last night Fessy broke it all down in hilarious fashion, and it truly is incredible that they messed up so badly over the past few weeks, with Bayleigh, Rockstar, and Scottie all going home while their alliance members were in power.  As Fessy said, they are the worst houseguests to ever play the game.  And yet still, somehow, I like them.

I just really appreciate how this group seems to be respectful and kind to one another. There have been a few blow-ups (Bayleigh liked to bring the fire on occasion, and I'm glad she's gone because of that), and  there's been one pot-banging session (ah, the ever-immature grown-ass woman, Rockstar), but overall this group of houseguests have just been nice to each other, and I appreciate that so much.  For example, when Haleigh was in the depths of despair the other night and walked into a room full of Level 6 members in tears, she turned to leave and they instead told her to stay. They hugged her and comforted her and were kind to her, despite the fact that she's on the other side.  They are humane, and our world so needs more people in it like this.

So I have been trying to decide, of the houseguests that remain, who I want to win.  And I honestly don't really know.  Here's a rundown of who is left in the house and my feelings on them:

Faysal -  I kind of adore big, dumb Fessy.  I just want to cuddle with him.  He's like a big giant teddy bear. But oh, boy, is a he a dummy.  He's been trying to run his side of the house for weeks, and, well... as I  mentioned, it's been nothing but backfires and catastrophes. Last week he nominated and orchestrated the eviction of one of his closest allies, all because he got jealous Scottie was going after his girl.  If Fessy didn't have Haleigh at least trying to help him, he'd never have survived this long.  She's the brains behind the operation, but she seems to have trouble controlling him.  Fessy is far more likely to listen to "the puppetmaster" JC than Haleigh, who has tried so desperately to guide him.  As he sits on the block beside his girl, he's quite likely to go home tonight, and while he might be one of the dumbest BB players of all time, I will miss him, my big cuddly teddy bear.

Haleigh - This girl has never aligned with the side of the house I root for, and yet, I cannot help but like her.  She's smart, she's sweet, and she shows lots of class for her young age.  She sits on the chopping block beside her main man Fessy going into tonight's eviction episode, and I think if they were smart they would evict her ahead of him, because she's definitely the brains behind the operation.  That said, I think they're mistakenly leaning towards evicting him tonight.  I don't know if Hayleigh can make any moves when she has no one left in her corner, but you just never know.  She's a competitor and I know she won't quit.  Plus, she seems to have Brett wrapped around her finger, and since he's a little bit brighter than Fessy, the two of them could team up and pose quite a challenge for Angela and Tyler...things could still get interesting...

JC - Most nights, JC provides the comedic relief in this house.  His accent, his trouble with the English language, and his antics have been pure entertainment.  And yet, he's no dummy.  He's been able to get these people to do ludicrous things, and so far, it's always worked in his favour.  He calls Faysal his "big dumb puppet" in the Diary Room, which will likely cause hurt feelings outside of the house when Fessy sees it, but he isn't wrong.  JC points Fessy in the wrong direction all the time, and Fessy runs with it.  He's been pretty instrumental in big things happening, and while he's remained a floater and never really joined an alliance, you never know what he might have up his sleeve going forward.  He could still make things happen.

Sam - Oh, how I wanted to like Sam.  And when we started, I really did like Sam.  She's down-to-earth, she takes no shit, and she's extremely genuine.  One of her finest moments, in my opinion, was the week she put up Haleigh and Kaitlyn and put it all on the line that she doesn't like girls like them who manipulate guys.  However, as the houseguests have come to realize, she's a weeee bit off her rocker.  My favourite crazy Sam moment was when she tried to talk Fessy into nominating his showmance Haleigh for eviction the week he was HoH.  HA!!  I honestly think they have to keep Sam around because she keeps the house clean, if for no other reason.  I think she's a sweet girl but she's probably the remaining houseguest with the least possible chance of winning (aside from Faysal who is likely going home tonight.)

Kaycee - This girl is tough,  yet she's not a meanie, and I like that about her.  She's a competitor, and one of the key "brains" in Level 6.  When it gets down to the the core group - likely her, Brett, Angela, and Tyler, unless Haleigh or JC can shake things up - you just never know what Kaycee might be able to pull out.  She can win any comp at any time, and she's strategic.  I'm very interested to see what goes down once Level 6 has to turn against one another, and where Kaycee ends up.

Brett -  Ah, Brett.  How I adore Brett.  He was originally in the "bros" alliance with my very first houseguest crush, Winston, and he's been working with Level 6 from Day 1.  Brett is competitive, sneaky, doesn't hesitate to throw out a lie no matter how outrageous it is, but he's also total comedic relief.  I enjoy Brett quite a lot.  If Haleigh stays in the house tonight, who knows what the two of them might cook up, as he's taken a shine to her and loves to drive Fessy up the wall by snuggling up to her.  Brett and Haleigh could potentially make up a power couple to go head-to-head with Angela and Tyler.

Angela - This girl is probably my least favourite of the houseguests remaining, and yet I have to respect her game, and I tend to cheer for her simply because she's in Level 6. She's played a smart game, I'll give her that.  She laid low when it was best to do so, and made big moves that left little blood on her hands when it was required of her.  She's smart, and has a great relationship with her alliance members, especially Tyler.  She just might go all the way.  Only time will tell.

Tyler - Alright.  So, as I wrote up these paragraphs about the remaining players, it became clear to me who my favourite left in the house is, and that's Tyler.  This dude has played a crazy good game so far.  He has deals made with pretty much everyone left in the house, and like Angela, has managed to make massive moves without getting much blood on his hands.  He's a competition beast, and Tyler is a dangerous threat to everyone left, but none of them realize it.  At the end of the day, he's the guy I'm rooting for most, and I think there's a VERY good chance he takes home the BB20 crown.  I can't wait to see how he fairs over the weeks leading up to finale night!

So there's my take on Big Brother 20 thus far!  If you're a BB fan, what do you think?  Who's your favourite player?  Who do you think will win?  LET'S GO!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wednesday Loves: Finding reasons to smile during back-to-school week

Back-to-school week continues around here, with a bunch of new "first day" pictures hitting Facebook this morning. Blech.  But honestly, I'm not feeling nearly as twisted up and sad as I usually do during this week.  I think part of it is we had a really full, satisfying, fun summer, and that helps.  I'm also being very conscious to keep looking for reasons to smile, doing things that make me content, and taking comfort in the little things that get me through the day.

Here's what I'm LOVING this Wednesday:

  • Waking up to the sound of rain gently pattering against my window.  It's one of my favourite sounds.  My alarm goes off half an hour before I actually have to get out of bed, so I just snuggled in and listened to the rain this morning. It was bliss.
  • The happy "back to school" reports I got from the kiddos who went back yesterday.  I haven't heard a bad one yet, so it must be OK as long as they are all OK!!  I was especially nervous for my nephew Caden, as he was starting high school and taking the bus for the first time, but it sounds like it all went smoothly.  He's such a laid-back, chill dude, I probably worried more for him than he did himself.  (but seriously... high school?!?!  It hurts my heart to think of my first-born nephew heading off to high school!! wahhhhhhhh!!!)
  • Taking time to read each evening.  On Monday night, it was overcast and drear so I snuggled in to my reading chair, turned on my rock salt lamp, and it almost felt like fall.  Last night, it was sticky hot and sunny, but after spending the day inside in the air conditioned office, I didn't mind taking the opportunity to sit out on the deck after work and soak up some of that heat while I read.
  • I'm loving my good intentions to start exercising again... and I promise, it IS going to happen soon!  Hopefully next week.  I got a Fitbit for my birthday - which is a month ago now - and the only days I've made it to 10,000 steps are the days when I cut my grass.  For some reason, the Fitbit recognizes my riding lawn mower as an "outdoor bike" and I get lots of steps in when I'm on it. Haha!  Anyways, I really want to start getting LEGIT steps in, and get my exercising mojo back.  It has been pretty much non-existant all summer.  I've used the extreme heat as a (decent) excuse, but I can't continue finding excuses.  I've gotta get my butt back in gear.
  • Totally loving Parks & Rec.  Ever since I read Amy Poehler's book, I've been wanting to watch her show.  It was the reason I invested in Amazon Prime and a Fire Stick.  I started Season 3 last night and it brings me lots of smiles and giggles when I'm watching.  I love it, just as I expected I would.
  • Oh, and Parks & Rec has brought me a new crush:  Chris Pratt.  Not sure why, but he's never really hit my radar in the celebrity crush department.  Until now.  He plays the lovable, goofy, lazy but adorable Andy.  And I'm really, really enjoying him.  I wish I knew an Andy in real life.
  • Still loving crocheting!  I'm nearing the end of another blanket that I've been working on. It's a simple continuous granny square (crooked, as usual), and as much as I enjoy how quickly they work up and how easy they are to do, I'm looking forward to trying something new once this one is done.  I have a new pattern lined up and a new shipment of yarn coming in,  and I can't wait.  It's ridiculous how much joy I now get from something as simple as yarn.
  • I'm loving that the Fair is almost here!  It's something to look forward to during this crappy crappy week.  I bought a ride pass this year, so I'm a little bit excited about hopefully going on some rides with some of my friends' kids (it's been YEARS since I went on rides at the fair, probably not since high school).  I used to love rides, but I'm a little nervous about it now, I'm not sure if I'll still like them as much as I did back then!  Truthfully, I'm most excited about the food.  God help me.  I can't wait for Big D's poutine, ice cream, beavertails, Billy T's pizza, Bonnie's barn burger, little donuts, 4H burger, and of course cotton candy... I may have to drive up for every meal over the weekend so I can cover all my bases!! haha!!
What are YOU loving this Wednesday?!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Recap: Last Wedding Weekend of the summer

This past weekend was jam-packed with lots of fun!  I've had it circled on my calendar for a long time, as it was my cousin Kenny's wedding weekend.  It's been a summer of weddings as I had four to attend, but they were well spread out - one in May, one in June, one in July, and now this one at the end of August!

But before I get to the wedding recap, first let's go back to Friday night and my nephew Caden's baseball game.  I've been a bad auntie this summer, only make it to one of Caden's games all season (and I was late to that one, only catching the last few innings).  He was in playoffs last week, and my mom asked if I wanted to go to his game in Gatineau Friday night.  Sure, why not?  Very early on into the game, I realized they were playing against a VERY confident team.  I've never seen such a bunch of show-boats in all my life.  Of course, that rubbed me the wrong way right off the bat.  As it turns out, it was a team they've struggled against all season, a team that ended up at the top of the standings.  Caden's team was playing really well, though, and got a nice little lead early on that they just kept building on.  My sister was sitting beside me and she was a nervous wreck.  The way she was acting was equivalent to me watching the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup Finals.  LOL!  In the final two innings, the other team tried making a comeback, but the game ended 13-8 for Caden's team, much to our relief!  It wasn't until a guy walked by carrying the medals on to the field at the end of the game that I realized this game was their league Championship!! (My mom swears she told me that; I'm just as sure that she did NOT!)  So then I kind of understood why my sister was so wound up watching it. haha!!   We celebrated after the game at St. Hubert's, enjoying dinner, drinks, and a nice big chocolate brownie for Caden. :)   Because they won this all-important game, Caden and his team are now headed to the Provincials in Montreal.  Needless to say, they are extremely excited!!  The only downfall for me is that I bought a ride pass for the Shawville Fair for the first time in years, so that I could go on rides with Caden & Danica, and now they won't even be there! oops!! I'm sure they will have a memorable weekend at the Provincials though, and we hope they have a blast!!

Saturday was WEDDING DAY for Kenny & Jenna!!  I was up bright and early, watching TV, sipping coffee, crocheting... just enjoying a lazy morning.  By mid-morning, I decided to get some reading done out on the deck, as I continue to motor through the book "Three Days Missing" by Kimberley Belle.  (It's just suspenseful enough to keep me turning the pages!) 

After lunch, I took a shower, blew my hair dry, and painted my nails before putting on a movie and lying down for a quick nap.  I wanted to be well rested for the night ahead!  When I woke up, I got dressed and headed to my mom's for a pre-drink with her, Kara & Chris.  Then we all loaded into Mom's car and headed to Starborn Farms in Bristol, where the wedding was being held.

Kenny & Jenna had an absolutely beautiful wedding!!  The barn where all of the festivities took place looked stunning.  The meal was a pig roast and buffet, and the food was delicious.  The speeches were wonderful, the drinks were tasty, and there were so many little details that added to an absolutely perfect day.  We were all amazed that my mom stayed well past her bedtime, almost unheard of! haha!  We were all just having such a great time visiting and enjoying the evening.  It was just wonderful. :)
 Just married!!
 The pigs roasting
 The adorable flower girl, Annabelle :)
 Siblings :)
 Our famjam
 Inside the barn for the dinner - so beautiful!!
 Kenny & Jenna's first dance
Kara, Mom, and I with the Mother of the Groom (our niece/cousin, Patti)

Needless to say, after a night of drinking the bride's signature beverage of Gin & Juice, I was laying low yesterday! haha!!  I skipped church and slept in until 9 AM, but joined the fam for brunch afterwards before returning home to my trusty ol' couch.  I watched a bunch of episodes of Parks & Rec on Amazon Prime in between naps, and I headed to bed early to watch one of my favourite "comfort movies" - Cocktail!  Despite such a wonderful weekend, it is still my least favourite time of year, and I needed to watch something that would soothe my soul.  Tom Cruise flipping bottles through the air does that. ;)

And now, it's that dreaded day.  The last day of summer before school starts.  Literally could make me puke just thinking about it.  But I have planned an evening of more comfort and soothing for myself.  I bought a few special snacks, and I'm planning to just read, watch more Parks & Rec, last night's episode of Big Brother, crochet, and eat my treats.  I'm not going to feel good regardless, no amount of treats and my favourite things can make it go away - but I can sink into my little hole of comfort and try to get through this awful, awful week.

Wish me luck.