Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Family Picture

Mr. Ace has been gone exactly one week today.  Cat and I both miss him terribly, though she would probably chew her own arm off before openly admitting it.  It's lonely for her without him though, there's no one to help her if mommy is busy.

This picture was taken several years ago at Canada's Wonderland when they were both pretty small.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Getting Back Into Workout Mode

I have finally been cleared to start easing myself back into working out after injuring my knee.  It's a huge relief to me as since I first injured my knee in February I have not only gained ten pounds but also lost any muscle tone I ever had.  (that bothers me more than the weight)

I needed something hard enough to challenge me but easy on my knee or adaptable to be easy on my knee which instantly ruled out everything in my extensive workout DVD collection.  Enter my sad face, I tried to adapt one of the easier Yoga Booty Ballet  workouts to my needs but that did not go well.

So as more than 75% of my collection is from BeachBody I headed over to their website and went on the hunt for something low impact.  During that hunt I found several things that I would love to check out when I am back to 100% but I decided to check out Slim in 6 as it says it is low impact.

I did the first workout yesterday and I was really pleased with how challenging it was, there were parts I couldn't not make it through.  Yet, I am not quite dying from it today.  I feel ready to try it again, which is a good sign.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blogging For Books: Snack Girl To The Rescue!

I discovered Blogging For Books through an email from Random House and thought it was just my idea of the most perfect deal ever.  I could get books for free and I have to do is read them and give my honest opinion of them?  I can do that.  I am highly opinionated.

So I filled out the form, answered the many, many questions and once I was approved I went off to choose my first book.  Now there was the hard part, how did I choose from all the books there were available to read?  Luckily for me (or not so luckily depending on how you look at it) I injured my knee a few months ago and I have recently been informed that I need to keep my weight at or below what it is now while dealing with the recovery process.  So naturally the cover for Snack Girl To The Rescue! caught my eye.

Lisa Cain is the mastermind behind the popular Snack Girl site, halfway through the second chapter I subscribed to her blog.  I loved the first section of this book, she writes a very open, honest portrayal of what she has tried, what worked, what didn't, what it was like, why it didn't work.  It read like a conversation with a friend and doled out a lot of good sound advice.

Then came the recipes and the book lost it's momentum for me.  I don't know about you but I have a real love affair with food, I have been known to daydream about the lamb burgers made by a bar we frequent and I will walk MILES for the clam chowder at my favourite pub.  So a recipe book without pictures is a little hard for me to connect with.

Some of the roast vegetable recipes though were stuff I never would have thought of roasting and came out super delicious.  There's one or two more I might try but overall most of them are not for me.  The overall principals I love though.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo

We went to see Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live at Toronto's Panasonic Theatre.  Aside from feeling like massive dorks for being in the minority for being adults there without children we had a great time.  The show takes you on a journey through prehistoric Australia introducing you to various creatures brought to life as puppets by very talented puppeteers and performers.

The show was created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney Australia and is extremely interactive.  For every different creature someone is brought up on stage to get involved with the show.  Some of them even went out into the audience.  We had seats in the second row and the view was fantastic if not downright frightening at times.

The beginning of awesomeness for me was when the rain made the trees and hay bales grow. (because I am easier to amuse than your average four-year-old)  It was a very neat effect.  Then they moved on to baby dinosaurs.

Above is a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex, does that not just make you melt into a puddle of mush?

Here we have a baby Triceratops and a baby Hadrosaur, could you get an more adorable?  Well you could but I didn't get a picture of it.  They had kid from the audience come up and pet the babies.  First the babies had to check them out to make sure they were okay though.  Which mostly involved sniffing the back of their hands and being super cute.

We then got to meet Meganeura, a large dragonfly lookalike.  Let me tell you, I am a huge fan of things that eat other insects but this thing was downright terrifying.  My picture does not do it justice.  After Meganeura we got to meet Leaellynasaura.

These feisty little dinosaurs were some of the best amusement of the evening, they had a ball going at each other, our host and heading down into the audience.  After the Leaellynasuara, who were named for their discoverer's daughter, we got to see the bigger dinosaurs.  Starting with my own personal favourite:

When the Triceratops was coming out one of the puppeteers came out and said that they had lost the T-Rex, it added a nice edge of suspense to the show.

There she is peeking out from the side, and of course the announcer brings up the animosity between the two dinosaurs as now they are both on the stage.

Naturally there was a little scuffle between the two.  Once they got them pulled apart we got our first good look at the juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The detail on the puppets was just incredible, and the work done by the puppeteers really brought them to life.  If the show comes your way I highly recommend taking your kids to see it if they like dinosaurs.  I may even take mine if they come back.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Cephalopod CoffeeHouse: July

I am currently in the process of reading more than a few books this month but of the ones I finished this one was by far my favourite.  Kay never comes to mind when I speak of Canadian authors, which strikes me as being weird because I have never read anything of his that I didn't love.  A Song For Arbonne is no exception to that rule.

Set in a matriarchal country enamored with troubadours it starts with a woman on her way to visit someone when she is "taken hostage" by someone who turns out to be her paramour.  Then the story jumps forward and changes characters and you her story bit by bit which is both slightly annoying and absolutely brilliant.

Overall I would say it's a great read if you like historical fantasy type books.  If you want to check out what the other bloggers read this month head to The Armchair Squid where the list  lives.  Happy reading everybody!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Ace

With Ace leaving to go to Calgary this morning I have been spending the last few days being super sad, sappy mom and going through old pictures.  I have found some super adorable ones and it is amazing to see how much they have both grown up.

Naturally since he is going to be gone for a few weeks I am going to be all misty-eyed and nostalgic and posting old pictures of him.

This one is from a picnic at Centre Island two years ago.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things

It's once again time for my favourite blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things hosted by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.   I have a few small things to be happy about on my radar this week.

1) I found the perfect pink fabrics for my Pinkie Pie costume.

2) I lived through my first physio therapy session for my knee.

3) I picked up a pair of super cute white flats for Saturday night for $3.

What are you celebrating today?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Cousins

Here's a picture from the mid-eighties at some point.  I am particularly fond of it as I am looking at my cousin Nicole instead of the camera and therefore you can't see how horrendous my glasses are.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Weird Al Is My Hero

Weird Al's Word Crimes brought joy into my life this morning.  My good friend Shane alerted me to this songs existence on Facebook this morning and I have listened to it a few times since with great joy.  It is by far my favourite Blurred Lines parody.  

I look forward to going home and showing it to Ace, he is a big fan of parody songs.  What's your favourite song parody?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Songs of Summer

I am a big lover of music (as you may have noticed) so  when I stumbled on this blog hop hosted by The Armchair Squid, Servitor Ludi, and Subliminal Coffee I jumped right on board.  Music is a powerful memory trigger and there's nothing quite like it bring back thoughts of people and places long pushed to the far corners of ones mind.

The first song that comes to mind when I think of summer is 'Surfin' Safari' from the Beach Boys.  Many moons ago, when I was in Grade One, at the end of the year we did a variety show of sorts and my group did this song.  Looking back on it now I am grateful I grew up before the time of cell phones as someone's parents probably would have put that out on Facebook or their blog or something and then it would have been out there FOREVER.

The second song that came to mind was Whigfield's 'Saturday Night' which brings back warm, fuzzy memories of summer in high school.
Another song that reminds me of summer in my high school days in Aqua's 'Barbie Girl', which both dates me and says I had not the greatest taste in music.
A huge part of the summer when I was in my teens was the endless hours I spent at Canada's Wonderland.  The summer I was 14 there was this live show there we were obsessed with, we watched almost every performance everyday we were there.  So we saw it maybe 150 times that summer, we knew it at least as well as the performers.  The one song that they did that always brings back those memories for me is Chic's 'Le Freak'.
The fifth and final song on our journey of song that remind me of summer is Rob Zombie's 'Dragula'.  For me it's the anthem of countless summer music festivals.  Frolicking in the sun, dancing on me seat and generally having a rocking good time.

I hope you enjoyed this musical trip down memory lane with me and that you'll check out the other bloggers participating in this blog hop:

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things

This week I am in a very celebratory mood because I FINALLY had my MRI done on my knee on Wednesday.  No results yet but soon, soon.  Which means every little thing makes me super happy.

In other fabulous news my friend Candice invited me to a 'white out' party on July 19 which is some sort of event where you have to wear all white.  Since I own absolutely nothing white this gives me the perfect excuse to buy this dress I have had my eye on for weeks but didn't want to buy (even though it was really affordable) because I never wear white.  YAY!

Check out the other posts or join in over at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Cephalopod CoffeeHouse: June

So it is my new decision to not to sign up for this until I actually have the post written because every time I do something comes up that stops me from posting on time.  Blah!

For the first time in a long time I actually did a lot of reading this month, and for the most part kept up with blogging about it.  (go me)  I did however sneak in a graphic novel that I rather loved and haven't told you guys about yet.

Being that I am a massive Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, I have had these sitting on my bookshelf forever.  I haven't read them for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because I wasn't ready yet.  I was still mourning the show that was.  That being said, I am glad I FINALLY started reading them.

I am not super in love with the style of art work, but who am I to judge, I can barely draw stick people.  The story line did it's job and drew me back in though, right back to those good ole days with the gang from Sunnydale.

I can't wait to read the rest of them.

Find the rest of June's review's at The Armchair Squid the keeper of the list.