Saturday, November 22, 2014

she really wants that vacuum cleaner

Once upon a time we had a very cool cordless Shark vacuum cleaner. Not a full size vacuum cleaner, just something small to pull out for a quick everyday once over the carpet. The kids loved it and that means this Mama didn't have to vacuum because y'all know vacuuming is my least favourite of all the household chores. When I say we used to have one of these magical Shark vacuums, I really mean we had two and we wore out both of them. Currently we have no Sharks in the house only the central vac, which I dislike with the heat of a thousand suns.

And that brings us too this morning..

Mike: Hey, did you see the new Shark cordless vacuum cleaner like we used to have?
Maya: I've seen it!!
Me: No.
Mike: It's really cool and it's cordless! We should get another one for doing this carpet.
Me: I've never seen it.
Maya: I have!!
Mike: It's only $150.
Me: Oh, only $150, huh?
Maya: I have twenty bucks you can have if that will help you out.

Friday, November 21, 2014

now what

Tonight Mike and I wrapped up watching Breaking Bad. I'm not going to lie, when we started watching this I was very much in the "What's the big deal?" camp, but by season two I was well and truly hooked. The last few episodes were an intense little roller coaster.  I was dying to know how the whole thing was going to wrap up, but now that I know...... well now what?

There is something pretty fantastic about watching shows on dvd (or bluray). Sure, it doesn't help with the whole getting to bed early thing I've been trying to do. You always want to watch just one more episode and the next thing you know it's one in the morning and you need all the coffee to get through the next day. Yep, binge watching shows is definitely the way to go. So again I ask..... now what?

What do we watch now?

Mike's suggested Deadwood or Boardwalk Empire. I was leaning towards Friday Night Lights. Or is there something else out there amazing that we have to see? The Abster and I are already working our way through Suits and I've got The Wire that I started watching and then abandoned for Breaking Bad. Shhhh, don't tell Uncle Dave.

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

lost my street cred

It's Christmas shopping season and since I am an old lady now I had to check in with one of my darling daughters about whether or not something was still in vogue with the kids, so to speak.

It went a little something like this...

Me: Hey is this still cool?
Darling Daughter: Yeah, that is still cool, but you know what's not cool? My Mom asking me if things are still cool.

And yes, she did say it with that "my Mom is so lame" eye roll.

Monday, November 17, 2014

words of wisdom

Every couple of weeks or so I write out a few words of wisdom and stick it on the side of the fridge. There's no rhyme or reason to the when or the what. It's just whatever tickles my fancy whenever the mood strikes me. I never tell the kids I've changed the quote, I just wait for them to notice. It doesn't usually take very long. Once the girls have noticed the new words of wisdom it usually sparks a discussion. Do they like it? What does it mean to them? How can/do they put those words into the every day.


This is what's up there right now. I liked this one right away. My girls will tell you I am always on them about being kind and polite. That we aren't going to like everyone in this world, but I expect them to treat everyone with respect and kindness, it's kind of my mantra and I am far from perfect at it, but I try and somedays I come out better than others. This takes all of that to the next level. It's all well and good to be kind and polite, but taking a moment to make someone else happy, for no other reason than you can..... that's a pretty beautiful thing.

I don't just do these things for the girl's benefit, but my own as well. Since I posted this on the fridge I have been trying to do exactly that... with varying degrees of success. Some days when you've cleaned the puke bowl out for the 16th time and you're operating on two hours of sleep it's not easy to take the time to try and make some one else happy, but I give it my best shot and let me tell you it is so worth it when it all comes together.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

sunday randoms

Somebody please tell me why I waited so long to start watching Suits?! It is sooo good.

Abby has recently become fascinated with the Duggar Family. In related news there is a lot of "side hugs" in our house these days.

Project Simple Christmas is well under way. The very few Christmas presents I plan on buying have been bought, more or less.

Mmmm Caramel Brulee lattes are back at Starbys. My life is complete.

I took full advantage of a somewhat quiet weekend to spend as much time as possible in my jammies with my tea watching Suits with Abby or Breaking Bad with Michael.

Keep your fingers crossed that our appointment for a new internet provider works out to our advantage. Our family has recently increased by two devices and our very low bandwidth cap is not going to cut it.

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Recently Mike and I were watching an episode of Love It or List It. It's a Mom and Abby favourite and Mike will watch it with us if we beat him to the remote. So the LIorLI couple are touring a house and the master bedroom had sliding glass doors that gave you access to the back patio.

Me: Ugh. I do not like a door to outside in the bedroom. That would be a total deal breaker for me.
Mike: Yeah, I don't like that either. It would be really drafty.

So here's where I have to stop and tell you all that as of this moment... today, the fifth of November there is a fan blowing the cool fall air all over our bedroom while we sleep. It was on last night and it will be on again tomorrow. In fact it will be on again until I threaten bodily harm with enough menace in my voice that he thinks it's a good idea to take me seriously.

Me: Drafty? How about the robbers being able to break right into the bedroom while we slept?

Honestly... too drafty. Weirdo.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

happy halloween

This Halloween I was lucky enough to spend it with one of my best girls JB at the kids' school getting ready for the highly anticipated Halloween Dance-a-thon, the school's biggest fundraiser. I was so thankful to be able to be there as Maya was presented with an iPad mini, her prize for being the school's highest fundraiser. Again, big thank yous going out to all the folks that supported her. The money will be put to very good use at our tiny school. As for Maya she was completely over the moon and had a few tears to shed after she picked up her prize. Many hours later as she was sitting on the couch she said.... Did I really win this or am I dreaming?

We did all the usual Halloweeny type stuff like carving pumpkins...


Spongebob by moi at Maya's request.


Severed cheerleader head by Abby.


The girls dressed up as a zombie and a hippie. We wandered the neighbourhood with friends until we were pretty much the last ones out there. We finally met the new neighbours (they only moved in way back in February). We secretly deposited a freaky looking clown pumpkin on another neighbour's porch. Trust me when I tell you it was so freaky I made Abby sneak it across the street. Also it should be noted that the freaky looking clown prank receiver was totally asking for it (xo JJ). And then Abby and I both lost our voices..... I guess that's karma for ya. So we wrapped up the weekend drinking a lot of tea and watching a lot of Suits and Parks and Rec.

I hope your weekend was just as awesome.