Tuesday, July 26, 2011

#top10favouritebands

In honour of the current trending tweet on twitter I decided that I have barely touched on my musicality tastes here and should share my top 10 favourite artists!

In no particular order:

1.
Fleet Foxes 
Just because their new CD is currently chilling in my car 
Favourite Song: White Winter Hymnal 
2.
Local Natives 
Taylor Rice's moustache, most epic thing ever. 
Favourite Song: Wide Eyes
3. 
Ray Lamontagne 
I'm starting to think I just love people with facial hair?
Favourite Song: (way too many) You are the Best Thing
4. 
Ellie Goulding
Cutest cutie pie
Favourite Song: The Writer 
5. 
Coldplay 
Self explanatory. 
Favourite Song: Green Eyes
6. 
Ingrid Michaelson
I like to think that she already knows me
Favourite Song: You and I 
7. 
Sufjan Stevens
Simply amazing.
Favourite Song: Decatur, Or, Round of a Applause for your Stepmother!, Chicago (of course), All the Tress of the Field Will Clap their Hands and etc. 
8. 
Dan Mangan 
My Canadian man. 
Favourite Song: Western Wind 
9. 
William Fitzsimmons 
So brilliant 
Favourite Song: Goodmorning
10. 
Laura Marling
Most gorgeous voice if I've ever heard one
Favourite Song: Rambling Man 

One of my Daily Battles

Almost every day I get home from work, scratch that, everyday in general I toy with the idea of "to nap or not to nap".

It's pretty funny actually, in the middle of thinking and starting this post I put the computer down and took a nap....a two hour nap that has now caused me so much anger. You see, napping is great and everything but it takes up SO much time and I'm a busy lady, I want to get things done, think about things. And now that I have woken up and it's back to my ordinary bed time I feel like I have wasted the night away.

No I will not stop napping but I shall plan them at more strategic times, like perhaps actually coming home from work when I'm supposed to and not an hour later. Or not starting a nap after 7:00 (or anytime even near 7:00...so confusing).

Therefore I warn you, be cautious on your napping schedule and if you even want to nap in the first place. It's a very important decision in your life day-to-day life.

I felt like this child on the inside when I woke up at 9:34pm this evening

Monday, July 25, 2011

Help! I Can't Find a Dress!

I am leaving in T minus 3.5 days and I still don't have a dress for my cousin's wedding this weekend in BOSTON! I leave work early (oh the little joys in life) on Friday to catch a plane. I am actually so excited because it's a Sunday wedding which means I have a good Friday night and all day Saturday to "relax", visit a TON of family and perhaps get a tiny bit of sight seeing in?

Anyways I've been searching and searching for weeks, maybe longer than a month for the perfect dress. I know I want a maxi but it is ridiculously difficult to find a wedding style maxi dress. There are the maxi sundresses and the maxi prom dresses but nothing in between! It probably is a hinderance that I don't like strapless dresses all that much either (I hate that gross arm pit fat you get). So to make myself feel a teensy bit better about the whole stressful ordeal I decided I could buy SOMETHING today and that something turned out to be my first ever romper. Never before have I had to contort so much to get into an outfit. How did I never wonder how people got into these things?!

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So if for any reason you have a knack for finding maxi dresses, send me a shout and fill me in on your secrets!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Long Summer Days

Tomorrow marks the start of Rock the Park 2011 here in London and this will be my 7th year as a volunteer at the 3-day event. It's pretty tiring as I work 9 hours beforehand and then head STRAIGHT to the concert and work until 11pm. It's always a GREAT time and we always keep coming back for more volunteering. I'm not even interested in the music per say, it's always a good time doing meaningless straightforward tasks like opening beer cans and bonding with others over it.

 The event is a very huge fundraiser for the Bethany's Hope Foundation which is an organization fundraising money for a cure against Metachromatic Leukodystrophy or MLD. Every year we watch videos of the children diagnosed with this awful disease and it's just horrific. It's great that we all can come together for a weekend and work our butts off for an awesome cause! Here's to a very tiring weekend where I'll end up in a coma on Sunday.

Wee Bit Wednesdays





{one} what is your dream job?
Probably something to do with working with children...but not so much teaching. Currently the plan is child law advocate...crazy I know. 


{two} how many best friends do you have?
Two. ANNND here we are photobooth style: 






{three} what’s the longest road trip you’ve ever taken?
The one that I can remember most vividly would have to be driving from London to Texas. I used to visit my family in Texas almost every summer from when I'd say I was 8 to 13. I miss it all the time, things are so different as you grow up. Weird. 


{four} if you had to do one single thing every day for the next year, what would it be?
Write in my journal. I haven't done so in a LONG time and I really miss it, I think it's taken a toll on my daily stress level. 


{five} what’s one story your family always tells about you?
One of my dad's favourite MAY be (he tells so many that I can't really think of one that stands out) once when my dad was repainting our chairs and benches in the backyard, I told him that I wanted to help and have a job too! So my dad gave me my own bucket of water and a paint brush. I "painted" EVERYTHING in the backyard with water and it was the best because I was convinced that I was actually helping out because the wood and cement get darker with water. 


{six} how did your parents pick your name?
To be honest, I've heard many stories behind my name. One was that at the time my brother LOVED Star Trek and wanted to name me after Deanna Troi. Another was that he perhaps had a crush on a girl named Deanna at school, who knows. 


Deanna Troi....ow owwww

{seven} what’s the one thing that scares you more than anything?
Not having kids. 


{eight} are you a good cook?
Um, when I want to be I can be. Pretty much only when I want to be though. 


{nine} where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Living with a beautiful, happy family of my own and being a yummy mummy.


{ten} what’s your best childhood memory?
Putting on plays/dances for the neighbourhood in my garage and selling painted rocks down door to door on my street for 10 cents. 


Monday, July 18, 2011

Mouthwatering

I dream of a large, black one.

A complicated one that I will learn how to use and be a master of it.

One that takes amazing shots every time, without fail.

One that will allow me to stop using my webcam as my main outlet.

I will use it daily, every second I have and it will capture all my favourite moments and memories.

I dream of a beautiful memory keeper.


End of a Weekend

Yesterday, I wore my first maxi dress and I definitely should have taken a picture of it! Silly me. I headed over to London's Home County Folk Festival only to be greeted than none other than Dan Mangan himself. It was pretty funny and a scene straight out of a movie. Mom, the boy and I were meandering through the little stalls when I heard a band playing awesome music. I then realized it was a song by Dan Mangan. Me and the boy both thought it was a cover but I was still loving it, it was a beautiful day, I was in a maxi dress and listening to "folk" music (whatever that is). I then listening more closely, there was no way that it WASN'T Dan Mangan, it sounded exactly like him. I peeked around the corner and got as close as I could, and it was HIM. DAN, DAN MANGAN. The man I've been constantly listening to and adoring for over a year. It was the strangest thing ever. Clearly I can't be labelled THAT big of a fan since I didn't even know he was in London....but still HUGE fan.

After he quickly finished his show we headed over to YoYo's, a "make your own" frozen yogurt cafe. One of my favourite little places here and it's always so good. After a nice break from the sun (I gloriously HATE the outdoors...) we paroozed Richmond Row, mainly looking for a dress for the wedding in Boston in just over a week but no luck. So we went grocery shopping (well Mom went grocery shopping and we got Starbucks) and headed home for some home cookin'. A might great end to a weekend that went by way too fast.




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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Last Night

Work has made me and the boy quite grumpy and tired. We've been getting so frustrated so easily and then it escalates cause we get so frustrated at ourselves for being so grumpy and angry, not cool at all. So last night we finally decided to sit down and sort it out and talk through it. By the end of it I felt like a 13 year old all over again, it was pretty funny.

We ordered in some Thai food, way, way, WAY too much of it and chowed down as much as we could. We rushed over to the movie theatre to see if we could POSSIBLY get tickets to see Harry Potter at the 10:50 show. We thought we would have to turn straight around and spend a nice night at home, yet we found ourselves SECOND in line. Awesome! So he ran over to chapters to get us some reading material (I got Love in the time of Cholera and he got The Game of Thrones). The movie was awesome, but I could barely sit through it I was so scared and worried!

For the first time in awhile we spent a few minutes just chatting in the car once we returned home, it was wonderful. As per my tweet last night I felt like I had fallen in love with him for god knows how many times this time! I am so grateful for that and that I am one of the lucky ones that can fall in love with someone over and over and over again.

My mom could tell I was being pretty grumpy on Friday, so she wrote this down and left it for me in the morning, it was a good eye opener.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Step Counters

Ours look a bit like this one
except there is no cover. 
At work, I have asked my staff to "compete" in a step counter competition. The goal is to together step across Canada by the end of the summer, which is approximately 5 million steps. This may not exactly happen...but it's been fun so far! Every morning at 9 am we all put on our step counters on our shoes and we all take them off at 4 pm. The kids at camp are LOVING it, they are always checking how many steps we have and encouraging us to step more and more and more. It's great for everyone involved.

On Tuesday we had a HUGE soccer tournament involving 7 different camps. Since I was running around so much that day I managed to step around 13300 steps, that's 13 kilometers simply walking! Amazing! Makes me think that I should add this onto my dailymile site since I have had literally no time to go for a good run lately. I'm thinking I am going to have to adjust my routine and shower in the evenings after I hopefully run, instead of showering in the morning. That way I can sleep in AND get a run in in the evenings.

On a side, yet very important note, I need some input. I am essentially have a free course or elective this upcoming fall and was wondering what random course I should take? A language? Anthropology? Political Science? Philosophy? What does everyone think?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thank Goodness

Mom is home. I've been sleepless the past while she's been in Greece due to fear of intruders and spoiled rotten cats. But now I have my mommy back AND a good night's sleep. Mom also comes with so much knowledge that I really need....like how to cut a watermelon. I need two cut for tomorrow morning and the jet lagged woman said she would do it herself. She's a saint.

Either way, I decided it's just plain ridiculous that I don't know how to cut a watermelon, so I youtubed it and found this:


Although it gets the job done, that watermelon is just HUGE and the fact that there is no sound really freaks me out. The whole time I just thought that he was going to cut a finger off or something was going to pop out at me. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 1

Green banner

Day 1 of the summer complete! After two episodes of crying the day before and a sleepless night I was ready to go at 6:00am! Got everything I needed to get done to have a smooth running first day. The kids were awesome and smart this morning which was a good sign for a great summer to come. We played a camp favourite, Mission Impossible today. 

Tomorrow we are having a Paper Plane challenge which shall involve an intense paper plane building component and a functional flying component. 

Hoping the kiddies make some planes like this. 


Friday, July 1, 2011

I Need a Haircut.

So I think I desperately need to get a hair cut now...hence my awful bangs at the moment. I am just trying SO HARD to get my hair to grow cause it's still so short in my opinion. I'm also trying to hold off until closer to the wedding at the end of July. I can already tell it's going to be a terrible four weeks for my old friend, my bangs. I condition it all the time and make sure to condition the ends super well. Then I massage the roots thinking that these things actually do anything. The thing I think only works for trying to grow hair is actually not showering at all. But this is all so frustrating I don't even feel like going into it any further. 

Last night was my last day of work before camp officially begins. So a bunch of us headed out to unwind after a long month of A LOT of hard work, stress and frustration. I was out for 8 hours last night. Never have I ever been so tired. And now I finally understand how crazy coworkers are! I feel like everyone's coworkers are always crazier than their own friends.