Thursday, February 28, 2013

Some Things You Just Have To Share

So I received this picture in my e-mail today and I felt it needed to be shared.

I hope it brightened your day as much as it brightened mine. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Making A Love Monkey

I came across this pattern in an email from Red Heart and he was just so adorable I decided he had to be made for Valentine's Day.  I was a little worried about it at first as I have had problems before with making things that start with a circle but you only get better by trying so I got the yarn and jumped right in.



Button Eyes Chosen by the kids

Body with heart sewn on
Head with face sewn on

I didn't have any floral wire on hand so the original plan was to use a pipe cleaner to make a poseable tail but of course when it actually came time to finish him off and sew on his tail I couldn't fine one.  So in the end I took apart an old fake flower that has been sitting on my desk for the better part of forever and used the floral wire from the stem.  Waste not want not and all that.

Finished Monkey
I think he turned out just adorable and he is much loved at his new home as you can see. 

Now, the downside to tackling the monkey and having it come out well is that Cat witnessed it and is now convinced that Mommy can make anything.  I have since received requests for a giant monkey, a pink circle blanket, a Rainbow Dash costume, a Buffy costume (okay, that one made me just a bit proud) and various other small things.

Ace requested a blanket too, no color or style requests though just that it be warm.  He is a much easier to please child. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Movie Night With The Monkeys

On Friday, as is our custom whenever they stay with me instead of going to Dad's, we had movie night.  Now this has evolved greatly since we got Netflix in the house.  It used to be Cat and Ace would each pick a movie and then we would take turns with which one would get to watch their movie first.  If the movie ran long then we would watch the other ones choice the following evening.  A fair system if you ask me. 

Now they have so many choices they decided to change they system.  Sometimes it works, sometimes (as in the case of this Friday) not so much.  The new system is some sort of crazy child democracy.  They scroll through their choices each saying what they want until they find something they both agree on.  (5 hours of classic Doctor Who anyone?)

It works great until one finds something they really want to watch (Cat and Aliens in The Attic on Friday) and the other one does not want to watch it.  So world war three breaks out, and mom has to step in to cast the deciding vote., of course picking something neither of them wanted to watch to be fair.

Guess what, we are watching Ghostbusters 2. 

At this point Cat has thrown herself on the floor and is throwing in her bid for an Oscar for most hard done by child because she did not get her own way.  (she is however still looking at the TV just in case this does not turn out to be a total crap fest as mommy was right about Spiderman) 

Ace starts going on about how he watched the first Ghostbusters and this will be fun.

Cue the pink slime and runway baby carriage, Cat is now up on the sofa quiet as a church mouse.  Never underestimate the power of anything pink on a pink obsessed toddler preschooler.  Especially evil pink slime on one also obsessed with anything sci-fi.

But wait it gets better...the best part of the movie, I had forgotten this because I hadn't seen it in so long.  The Statue of Liberty to the rescue, walking across Manhattan.

Ace asked is this where Doctor Who got the idea from?  Once I stopped shaking from laughter I answered probably not because if Moffat had of watched this if might have occurred to him that there was no logical way the Statue of Liberty could make it across Manhattan unseen.

It was a fair question though and I have to give him credit, there are a lot of times when I watch old stuff and I think things like that.  But mostly I just wonder why things now aren't better.  Like they used to be. 


Friday, February 15, 2013

Celebrating My 100th Post!

Due to life being all sorts of crazy and the monkeys bringing home what seemed like every germ under the sun I missed posting for one year anniversary of my blog on January 18, 2013.  (YAY!  I made it to one year)  So, I am making a big deal out of this instead, mind you I would have made a big deal out of this anyways.  

I am also going to take this chance to throw out a photos and stuff from things that I wanted to post over the last year but I just didn't get a chance to write a post about in a timely manner. (like Fan Expo) Something that I am going to try not to let happen this year, after all, events are not like crafts which can be posted whenever.  Also stuff that I just didn't know how to put into words, which is also something I am going to work on.  

The first two pictures are from Fan Expo 2012 in August which I enjoyed a great deal and I probably would have been more likely to blog about if I had remembered to bring my camera.  

Me and Lego Batman
 There were a lot of people who did a lot of awesome cos-play it was truly awe inspiring.  (Very sad I didn't have my cameraBut my favorite had to be this one:

Cutest Link Ever
 The other pictures are from the trip to Jamaica I took in November, it was the first real vacation I took in years and I had a very relaxing time.  Seriously, I was sleeping by 9:00 almost every night while we were there.  I have never felt so old and boring in my life, but that is what a vacation is all about right?  Doing what makes you happy?

We did some really awesome stuff, a bike tour of the Blue Mountains (complete with coffee), Dunn River Falls, a chair lift ride over the vegetation and bobsledding.  Then of course there was the just relaxing by the pool and soaking up the sun.  

Just a bit creepy no?

Learning to dance
Best coffee ever
From beginning to coffee
Seriously, isn't this thing creepy?
 Okay, that's the end of me bombarding you with pictures.  I think that picture of me and Batman is my favorite picture taken of me in a long time.  I love that dress, it's super comfy.  And it has pockets, there's just something about a dress with pockets.  

Anyhow, here's to another hundred posts, may they be interesting and keep you coming back to read.   

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

The other morning my valentine and I had a silly conversation via text (as we are prone to having every now and again) and at the end of it I thought I wish I could draw as that would make a cute little sketch.  Well I can't draw but I drew it up anyways because it is Valentine's day and he deserves something cute to show how much I love him.

For some reason, I just could not get that last one to load the right way around.  Who knows why.  Anyhow artist I am not but this is my valentine for my valentine.  Love you baby!

I also love the rest of you!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bucket List (Premade)

Okay, so I received this in my e-mail and decided that it was awesome.  Since I am horrible at following rules of any sort (plus I thought it would make a great if long winded post) here goes my answers.  Er, the original instructions are here as well. 

Bucket List - please play along -- you will be surprised at the responses. Whether you've done this before or not, be a good sport. Do it again (and take a brain break from your job for a minute)! Bucket List...Hit forward and place an x by all the things you've done, remove the x from the ones you have not, and send it to at least six of your friends (including me).  This is your life:

( ) Shot a gun
(X)  Skipped school -at least a class a day from the middle of grade 10...I was a bad, bad girl. 

( ) Watched someone die

(?)  Visited Canada -I'm not sure if this one counts as I live in Canada, but I have visited other places in Canada. 

( )   Visited Hawaii

( )   Visited Cuba

( ) Visited Europe

( )   Visited South America

( )   Visited Las Vegas

( )   Visited Central America

( )   Visited Asia

(X)  Visited Florida -between Grade 9 and Grade 10, went with a friends family.  It was an incredible time.  We went to Universal Studios, did the beach thing and a whole ton of shopping.  Everything a teenage girl loves.

( )  Visited Mexico

( )   Seen the Grand Canyon

(X)  Flown on a plane -many times, no interesting stories to tell.  :-(

( )  Served on a jury

(X) Been lost -some of the best adventures I've ever had have started by being lost. 

( )   Traveled to the opposite side of the country

( ) Visited Washington, DC

(X) Swam in the Ocean -not sure if this counts cause I can't exactly swim but I grew up on the ocean (Atlantic) so I have been in it a time or two. 

(X) Cried yourself to sleep -way more times than I can count.  Far more recently than I like. 

(X)   Played cops and robbers -I feel sad for people who didn't do this kind of stuff as a kid. 

( )    Played cowboys and Indians

(X)   Recently colored with crayons -I have small kids, I do this on a regular basis.

(X)   Sung karaoke -not often enough, and usually only under the influence of a few stiff drinks.

( )  Sung a solo or duet in church 

(X) Paid for a meal with coins only -I'm Canadian, this happens often.

(X) Made prank phone calls -sadly I did this a lot as a teenager, I am a bit embarrassed by this fact.  <hangs head in shame>

(X) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose -and it hurts D:

(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue -one of my favorite winter pastimes is chasing snowflakes 

(X) Had children -yup, a brilliant 8 year old son and a beautiful 3 year old girl.  They are my biggest source of pride and my greatest

(X) Had a pet -multiple pets over the last 31 years.  Pets are awesome.  Currently we have a fish who lives in a mason jar 

( )Been skinny-dipping outdoors

(X) Been fishing -once or twice and eaten the fish too!

(X) Been boating -yup, my dad and I used to go together.  It was one of my favorite things to do with him 
(X) Been downhill skiing -a couple of times in school.  I am alright at the skiing part but not so graceful at the getting of of the ski lift part. -_-

( )   Been water skiing

( )   Been camping in a trailer/RV

(X) Been camping in a tent -once when I was little, it was a bad experience and then the last two years over night on the Weekend to End Women's Cancers.  Not quite real rustic camping but still I slept in a tent and I was proud of myself for doing so 

(X) Driven a motorcycle/been a passenger -my other favorite thing to do with my dad

( )  Been bungee-jumping (ripcord jumping)

(X) Gone to a drive-in movie -a couple when we were kids but it's the last one I saw in my early 20's that will stand out in my mind forever.  I can no longer remember what we saw just that even though it was a terrible movie it was a great night out with friends. 

(X)  Done something that could have killed you -doing things that could have killed me is how I spent most of my late teens and early twenties.

( ) Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life

(X) Rode an elephant -when I was little at the circus.  I didn't get to do the whole allotted ride time though because my younger cousin was scared and wanted off.

( )   Rode a camel

(X) Eaten just cookies or cake for dinner -it's a regular occurance, anytime I am left unattended.

( )   Been on TV

( )   Stolen any traffic signs

(X) Been in a car accident -when I was about 8 months pregnant with Ace.  It was one of the scariest experiences of my life. 

( )   Been in Hospital in past 24 months

( ) Donated blood

( )   Gotten a (speeding) or any other type of ticket in the past 12 months  HONESTLY!!!

(X) Gotten a piercing - ears

(X) Gotten a Tattoo

(X) Driven a four door vehicle

( )   Ever owned your dream car

(X) Been Married

(X)  Been divorced

(X) Fell in love

(X) Fell out of love

( )  Paid for a stranger’s meal

( )  joined a book club

It's not really much of a Bucket List now that I have made it all the way through it.  It's just a bunch of stuff really.  There are far more interesting things on my actual Bucket List, which I will get around to posting one of these days. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Don't Panic....

So there I was working away this afternoon when I got a call from the daycare.  Now don't take what I am about to say in the wrong way at all.  I like these people.  They take awesome care if my kids, they are nice and most important of all my kids love them.

Me:  ".....Melissa speaking how can I help you?"

Daycare: "It's A from XYZ." 

So, automatically I think something is wrong with my kid because why else would the daycare be calling? 

Me: "Hi, A"

Daycare: "Did you pick up Ace from school today?"

Me: "Um, no..."

Daycare: "Well, he didn't get off the bus and the kids aren't really sure if he was on the bus or..."

Me(trying to keep the panic out of my voice): "What do you mean he didn't get off the bus?"

Daycare: "Don't panic, I'll just call the bus company..."

Me(interrupting): "I dropped him off this morning, he got on the bus.  Why didn't he get off the bus?"

Daycare: "DON'T PANIC!  I am going to call the bus company and call you back."

Okay what the hell?  You just told me you don't have my kid and you want me to not panic?  The fact that I am not screaming is about all the not panic you are going to get.  And that is only because my boss happens to be standing like three feet away from me. 

So I spend 7 of the longest minutes of my life explaining the situation to my boss as apparently he is interested in knowing why it looks like my head is going to explode and she calls back.

Me: "......Melissa speaking."

Daycare: "Melissa, he fell asleep on the bus."

Me: "Oh, thank god."

Daycare: "He will be back here shorty, I am going to go out and have a word with the bus driver."

Me: "Thank you.  I'm glad he's okay."

I am sure any parent who has ever had a child go MIA for any length of time knows the horrible things that go spinning through your head in that time.  Ugh, what a horrible addition to my afternoon.  But the important thing is that he is safe and sound, although probably getting sick because who can fall asleep on a school bus? 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Scarf....Finished At Last

FINALLY!!!  This project took me forever and multiple restarts.  The first came about because I notice a quarter of the way through that there was a massive curve going to what was supposed to be my straight scarf.  The second come about when I was almost finished.  (sorry Mike)

I decided that I really hated how it looked, and yes I know "It's not for me, so does it really matter how I think it looks?"  YES, yes it does!  We all have an inner perfectionist no?  That little voice in our heads that says it's not good enough.

Anyhow, here would normally be the part were I would link to the site where I found the original pattern but the link no longer works.  (sad face)  So instead I am going to link to a similar pattern that I found here.

Of course I ended up doing something different but hey, that's just how I roll.  So here is my Doctor Who inspired scarf.  I like it, it's cute.  (mostly I like that it is done and I can do other stuff)  More importantly the person I made it for likes it and that's really what matters.

Now to finish that blanket I started for the BFF for Christmas...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Reading Challenge Book Review: As I Lay Dying

This style of writing has never been one of my favorites to read, all that jumping about from one point of view to another tends to make for a choppy story.  And in this case a confusing one, which I think may have been what Faulkner was going for because the situation is one where everything would be in turmoil but hey I am not an expert.

It is a very well told story and it has some very heart touching moments in it.