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Sadly, Target is leaving the Canadian market.  I took the Bean there today and found these: #31of365

Hello Kitty floor mats

Hello Kitty floor mats

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My in-laws brought this over, since it belonged to the Dude when he was a kid.  It’s not exactly a coin bank, but when you insert a coin, the bear is supposed to dance.  Unfortunately, we think some of the parts have rusted since it no longer dances, but he’s got ideas about repairing it.  #28of365

Dancing Bear

Dancing Bear

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There’s nothing like getting a mug from a tropical place on a bitter, cold day.  #6of365

Aruba

Aruba

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Nothing makes me happier than the Post Lady knocking at my door.  Because that means we got packages!  Today’s hull?  Some earrings I ordered from Etsy that came all the way from South Korea:

Earrings

Earrings

And a free gift to boot!

And we’ve got another mug!!!  This one comes from Seattle, and the sender was lovely and sent a bar of Seattle Chocolates too!  Lovin’ it.

 

Seattle:  You Are Here

Seattle: You Are Here

 

 

 

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More mugs!

I’ve very lucky that my parents and friends like to travel and bring me back Starbucks mugs whenever they can.  My latest additions include a whole slew from Asia, where my parents enjoyed a trip.

I think that I was the one that made out like a bandit, though:  7 new mugs!

mugs

mugs

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Pipe Dreams

Have you ever had a dream that you knew you were never going to fulfill?  I have.  Mine is to be a concert pianist.  Random, right?  I played for over a decade into my teams, and even have my Grade 9 through the RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music).  We got an electric piano last year (don’t judge me!  We don’t have space for a real one!), and as much as it was exciting to be able to play again, it was also disappointing to be smacked in the face by the reality that you lose a LOT of your dexterity and technique when you don’t practice consistently.

Now I know that there are probably those of you that say that I could still get back up to speed and perform on a smaller scale, but here’s where I’m going to be completely honest with you:  I have always lacked the discipline to practice.  Practice is boring.  It really is.  But I’ve met people that can power through it and actually spend meaningful hours at it.  I wonder if now that I’m older, that that would have changed.  I’d like to get my Grade 10 (the last ‘grade’ before the teaching qualifier, the ARCT), but it’s tough, and would be very time consuming.  I think that if I set that goal though, it would at least give me a target to aim for.

Oh, and my second problem with that dream?  I’ve got stage fright.  Yeah, so that’s a big hindrance.

Another perhaps more doable dream?  I’d like to own my own pub one day.  A small neighbourhood sports pub.  I don’t really know why, except that I miss the pace of working in a restaurant.  If the Dude and I can retire around 50 years old (future article of aiming for financial independence) and LB is set for university, then I’m going to seriously look into making it happen.

Why not?  It’s good to dream big, right?

 

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Projects

Part of the problem with being home with a baby is that even though you have a lot of mental time to think about the things you want to do, you don’t actually have the physical time to do them.  Even my blogging is a jumble lately!  I think I have about 3-4 posts started, and every time I get a chance to log in and write, I think about something else I want to blog about, and start a new post, without finishing the last one.  Case in point, I added to and started a new post prior to this one, and have only one completed.  :sigh:

The list is already as long as my arm.  From scrapbooking projects, to picking photos to hang on our walls, to trying to re-org the kitchen, the list never ends.  The Dude always tells me that I should write these things down, and because it will feel like an accomplishment when I get to check something off.  The problem is, I start lists, but I never have the discipline to update and revise them, and then they become outdated, or I feel guilty when some item has been on there forever, and I just toss it.

:sigh:  I’ll get there.

Sorry for the ramble.  My mind has been everywhere lately.

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Biohazard

We had to take LB to SickKids yesterday for some appointments, and after her ultrasound, she decided to have an epic poop, right up her back.  Eeeeew.  The nurse was kind enough to give us a bag to hold her dirty shirt, but the only bags she had available were biohazard bags.  So I had to take a picture because it seemed oddly fitting for the occasion:

biohazard

biohazard

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Heading home

Although I live in Toronto now, I actually grew in a city about 40 minutes from here called Hamilton.

I still have friends there, but it seems that I rarely go back there anymore.  Funny, isn’t it?  Considering it really isn’t that far away.

I went back this past Saturday for a wedding, and as I was nearing our destination, I got a feeling more and more like I was going home.  It was really strange.  I moved away from there about 9 years ago, but it still felt so familiar.  I suppose part of it too, was that I knew that I would be seeing friends from high school, and that always makes me feel like I’m 16 again.

Does anyone else feel that way, I wonder?

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Time to see the Vet

Even though Lily is an indoor cat, we still take her to get vaccinated against rabies in case she runs out the door one day.  The first 2 times we took her to see the vet, she was great.  Walked right into the crate.  She didn’t like the ride over, but there was no fight into the carrier.

I booked her in for last Saturday at 10 am, and when I still hear the Dude downstairs at 10:05, I figured something was up.  And lo and behold, Lily was not cooperating.  She was sniffing around the crate, and even let the Dude pick her up, but would splay out her paws when he  tried to put her in.

Alas, he had to re-schedule.  This made him very upset.  More upset at her than I’ve ever seen.   But gradually, he came to forgive her.  After all, who could resist this face for long?

 

Lily

Lily

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It’s been a long road…

Nothing makes time stop like having a kid.  The Dude and I welcomed our baby girl, we’ll call her LB, back in February, and it has been a roller coaster ride ever since.

Perhaps some day I will blog about the whole experience in that first month, but today is not that day.

Since I am currently on mat leave (a whole year here in Canada), I’m going to try to get my butt in gear again, and revive this blog.  I’ve been wanting to write an update for a while, but have been distracted (I wonder why?), but have finally decided to write from the iPad.  So my apologies upfront while I get used to posting from here, and trying to figure out how to get my pictures up.

The Dude recently got me to start using Dropbox, so cross your fingers that I don’t mess this up too much…

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Well, 2013 closed out with a bang.  And not necessarily the good kind either.  I suppose since we had a fairly undramatic year, Mother Nature decided to step in and make a statement.

Like a lot of people in Toronto, we lost power on the 22nd of December due to the ice storm.  It was mighty cold.  We were out for about 48-hours, and as much as I was complaining about it (we also lost power over the summer for 48-hours), in hindsight, we were fortunate that it was relatively short.  It looked like there were a whole lot of people who lost it straight through until days after Christmas.

I was mentally getting ready to bail and drop Lily the Cat off with my parents and check into a hotel when it came back on.  We were able to stay warm for the most part, but you know there’s an issue when the cat decides to sleep under the covers too.  And she wears a permanent fur coat!

Ice storm dramas aside, we had a nice Christmas with the families.  This year, we had Christmas Eve with my side of the fam, and Christmas day with the Dude’s.  It was quite surreal to be driving through Toronto to see everything encased in a thick layer of ice.  While we were going up the Don Valley Parkway, I said to the Dude that it looked like Narnia =)

Click here for some of the beauty and destruction.

 

 

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So when the Dude and I moved in together a few years ago, neither of us came with any Christmas decorations.  We decided that instead of getting the house all done up in one shot, I would add one decoration every year.

This year, my original thought was to get some more lights and line the windows facing the main street.  As I was wandering through Canadian Tire, I noticed this:

Neon Pig

Neon Pig

Look, I get the reindeer, and the Santa’s, and even Snoopy ice skating, but a neon pig?  How’s that supposed to make me think of Christmas?

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I used to really like collecting things.  I don’t really know why.  Postcards, shotglasses, things like that.  But now that I’m older and have moved a few times, and share a house with the Dude, real estate is at a premium, and I no longer have the space to house these things.

I’ve been slowly paring down on my belongings over the last 3 years, and just did another stint in the spring.  But now that we’re expecting Baby 1, it looks like I have to do it again.  And for those of you who think that my minimalist Dude is asking me to do so, he is not.  I suppose his non-hoarding ways have rubbed off, and I just don’t feel the need for more STUFF.  ESPECIALLY with a baby on the way and all the things that come with that.  I just no longer feel attached to so many material things, and have gotten really good at just keeping things that have nostalgic and sentimental value.

Which is why when we were in California over the summer, I decided that WE should have a mug collection!  For display purposes!  I know that there are tons of people out there who don’t like the new ‘You are here’ collection from Starbucks, but I like that they are simple and stackable.  (A friend does collect the Global Icon ones and they are really cool).  So I’m starting to collect the city mugs for display in our kitchen.  Up until yesterday, I only had 5, but now I have 2 more!

Mugs

Mugs – Thanks, cousin!

 

My cousin and her husband just came back from LA and Hawaii for their 10th anniversary, and brought me back more mugs.  The collection is growing!

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Fallen off the wagon

It’s true that my updates have dried up over the last few weeks (months?).  It has been a busy summer for good and bad reasons, and things have finally gone back to somewhat normal.  Hopefully I’m back on the blogging wagon for good, but the 365 unfortunately has suffered.  I’ll try my best to catch up, but due to the goings-ons (?), there are significant holes…

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I was starting to catch up…-ish, but because of the deluge from yesterday (we’re in Toronto), we’ve had no power at home for almost 24 hours, and the end is not in sight yet, so I’ve hear.  (Sorry for the run-on sentence!).  Hopefully it comes back soon!

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A kid sized robot.  Pretty cool looking, actually.

#84:

iRobot

iRobot

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I realize that times are tough, but since when did ‘Home Depot’ become a fertility clinic?

#80:

Whaaa...?

Whaaa…?

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I can’t say that I’m a huge mega-fan of musical theatre, but I totally jumped at the chance to see ‘Book of Mormon’ when the Dude suggested it.  It was hilarious!

#73:

Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon

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Catching the sunset on my way home from a run with my friend.  Love that the days are getting longer.

#70:

Sunset

Sunset

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