Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Routines

Someone posted this on Facebook last week and I really liked the graphics. I always do better with a routine, so I am trying to get back on schedule.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cooking on the Big Steel Keg

So we got a new BBQ. It's awesome.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Humans

I just finished reading this great novel by Matt Haig and love, LOVED it! I highly recommend it.

For 87 reasons check this out (I think there were 97 in the book), like I said, I just finished it.

Smart. Funny. Earnest.

And there is a dog.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

If You Change Your Mind...

... I am listening to ABBA right now.

I decided that I would focus on pet stories over at see with your nose and I will start posting all the other stuff of life over here. Good thing I didn't delete it all!

Remember that time... *Originally posted June 6/14 on see with your nose*

... we listed our house, sold it within a week, bought another a week later, had the closing date on the new house 5 days before our wedding which was to be hosted in the back yard of the house we sold, made most of the food for our wedding, cleaned up, packed up and moved 5 days after we got married?!

Well, we haven't done all of this yet, but the house selling and buying has happened. The wedding is 2 weeks from tomorrow and we get possession of the new place in a week and a half.

I think that when all of this is over we will take a deep breath and have a long nap!

When in Doubt, Tuna Melt! *Originally posted May 5/14 on see with your nose*

It's been a really busy/crazy couple of weeks. And I have to admit my food choices have erred on the comfort/easy side. Especially on days when J is working in Toronto.

This was a tasty meal after a day of painting on Easter weekend to get ready for listing the house. Mmmm... I love nachos.

This was breakfast on the day of our open house to avoid any cooking smells in the house.

And this was one day last week, when we were waiting to hear about the offer on the house. My new dinner motto was born, 'when in doubt, tuna melt.' You can't beat it.

Sold! *Originally posted May 5/14 on see with your nose*

What I Did On My Easter Weekend *Originally posted April 25/14 on see with your nose*

Well folks we have decided to blow the coop and move to Guelph. Much closer to work for J and a nice little city to boot. So in addition to preparing our home to host our wedding in just under 2 months the past week has been a mad dash to get all those little jobs that we have been procrastinating on done; like floor transitions, filling holes and painting the 'pet room', planing doors, quarter round...

That is what I did on Easter weekend.

Since the house hit the market Wednesday we have had 10 showings with more booked for this afternoon, tomorrow and Sunday. You check out the listing here.

We are pretty attached to this little yellow house, but it is time for a change. If you know anyone looking for a great little spot. Send them our way.

Out Like a Lamb *Originally posted April 4/14 at see with your nose*

Just a little look back at March. Our Finnegan cat is still missing and it is pouring rain this evening, but it looks like spring has arrived...
An attempt to let Charlie's ear moisture dry up.

A rare sunny, March day lounging on the deck...

...with Charlie.

Resting up, with a new XXL Chuck-It ball.

Finally feeling like cooking something...


The last (fingers crossed) hurrah of winter.

Some sewing projects to get on with.

Some blue skies and...

... beautiful mornings.

Mad About Bridget *Originally posted April 3/14 at see with your nose*

I was on quite a run of horror stories with The Lake at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman, The Daylight Gate - Jeanette Winterson and Hollow City - Ransom Riggs, that when I had a library notification that Mad About the Boy was available, I put a book mark in Hollow City and dove, headfirst, into the latest instalment of Bridget.

I must admit that I enjoyed the previous books and that the films are on my annual (at least, along with Notting Hill, Imagine Me and You, About A Boy and obviously Love Actually) watch list.

Mad About the Boy didn't disappoint. I could picture all of the Bridget mishaps as the unfolded and loved her stories of using Twitter.

I hope they do a third film.

Definitely worth the read. Now, back to peculiars, hallowghasts and Nazi occupied Europe.

The Hibernation Continues *Originally posted March 11/14 at see with your nose*

It was a weekend of hunkering down and ignoring these last days of winter. I finished reading We Are Water and had another book waiting for pick up at the library. I was up in the wee hours reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman. It reminds me a lot of Coraline. I had to read into the wee hours because I was finding it to be quite creepy. I still think American Gods is my favourite of his books.

When winter ends I promise there will be a little more variety on the blog, but for now the hibernation continues.

The End of Your Life Book Club and Other Good Reads

*Originally posted Feb 26/14 at see with your nose *

I recently read The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe with my book club. When I saw it on out list I thought that the title suggested a great premise. When I picked up the book and looked at the back and read Memoir, my heart sank just a bit. It was going to make me cry. And it did. It also made me laugh, made me think of my dad and if possible, it made me love books even more.

The number of days below freezing, the icy sidewalks and my tendency toward hibernation have created a perfect storm of reading opportunity this winter. That handy feature that tells you 'people who read this also read...' led me to some great reads.

It may have been the end of Summer of early fall when I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This one made me cry too and is my book club pick for this Spring. (It also made me add Looking for Alaska to my 'To Read' list) Next I read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I cried in this one too, but loved it! I made J read it and she loved it too. So much so, that after accumulating library fines we still ordered our own copy. Then came The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison. It made me laugh! And made me think of all the spectra that we fall along as complex human beings and about how you can't help who you love.

The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker was a great read weaving love, lore and turn of the century New York.

Next I revisited a couple of old favourites; A Wrinkle In Time and Written on the Body.

The children's classic re-read was sparked by the death of a close family friend. And it made me think about him and about how comforting books can be. Reading old favourites feels like catching up with an old friend. Jeanette Winterson is one of my top five authors of all time and Written on the Body is a favourite of hers. The sadness in it seemed to fit with the cold, dark winter days.

Our January book club pick was The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, which I must admit I didn't finish. I did enjoy the discussion about women and creativity that came out of it, but the book itself was one I was able to put down. That led the The End of Your Life Book Club, mentioned above and then I was on to the March pick; Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander. It was funny, sarcastic, hopeful, devastating... It was also the third book mentioned in this post (The Fault in Our Stars, The End of Your Life Book Club, Hope: A Tragedy) that had some reference to Anne Frank's diary which I must admit I haven't read and is now in the bedside queue.

Just ahead of Anne Frank are; A Pigeon and A Boy by Meir Shalev, which was a gift from J's uncle who visited recently from Israel and Wally Lamb's latest We Are Water. I have started both and am enjoying both. So let the reading continue!