Friday, August 29, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: August Edition

It's time for the always fun monthly meeting of book loving bloggers hosted by The Armchair Squid.  The idea is to share a book that you have read this month and then head out and check out what everybody else read.  It's a great way to add to your To Be Read list with books you may not have come across otherwise.

My favourite read this month comes from Canada's female literary legend, Margaret Atwood.  Having been a huge fan since the first time I read The Handmaid's Tale in high school I didn't think there was much she had written that I hadn't already devoured.  Apparently I was wrong.  

Alias Grace is a work of historical fiction based around Grace Marks a Canadian maid who in 1843 was convicted in the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear.  I read through the trial after in the Toronto Library collection and it was almost as fascinating as the book to me.  A big part of the draw to this story for me is that this happened not far from where I live, there are places talked about in the book that are still standing and I pass them on a regular basis.  Nothing like that hometown draw.

I really enjoyed that the story being told from Grace's point of view starts long before her alleged part in the murder so you get the feeling that you are getting to know her along with her doctor as you read.  I also like that Atwood never really lets you know what she thinks about whether or not Marks is guilty.  It's up to you to draw your own conclusions.  

After finishing to book I wanted to visit the Presbyterian Church and cemetery where Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery are buried.  I am familiar with the cemetery, we used to hang out in it as teenagers because it's tucked out of the way behind the church off the main street. 

Presbyterian Church, Richmond Hill ON
The Presbyterian Church was founded in 1817 however this building was not built until 1880.  The cemetery is behind it and is virtually land locked because of how the town developed around it.  It's a beautiful church inside and out.  And those are my random book facts for this month. 

Make sure you swing by and check out what everyone else is reading and let us know what you read this month that you loved too.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Cat

Since I have spent what feels like every waking minute this week at my office I thought I would post an old picture of Cat visiting Mommy at work.  Tiny and cute she was.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things

Here we are again at Friday which means it's time to look back over the week and celebrate what made it easier to get through.  This blog hop is hosted by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.  It's been another not so easy week here so counting my blessings makes it much easier on me to remember that things will get better.

- Ace is home safe and sound.

- He brought me a fancy new hat when he came home.

- Ace and I spent the afternoon at Wonderland on Wednesday and got to go on the Skyrider before they retire it on September 1.

Please visit the other bloggers who are participating and see what they are celebrating this week and then join in and tell us what you are celebrating.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Friends

One of the things I often notice when I go through my collection of pictures is that I don't have a lot of pictures of myself.  It's not an ingrained habit for me to remember to force my friends to take pictures when we are together or my family either but it is very important.  

A part of the reason why I started to do the Throwback Thursday posts was to remind myself of that so that I take more pictures with the people I love.  Even if the moment isn't picture perfect, because one day it will be.  

Today's picture is one of me and one of my closest friends from my cousins birthday party a couple years ago.  We don't get as much time to hang out as we used to because of how our lives have changed but we try.  

Do you remember to take pictures when you can? 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things

It's time once again for my favourite blog hop Celebrate the Small Things hosted by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.  This week has been full of ups and downs but I have come out of it ok in the end and looking forward to the weekend and a chance to unwind.  On my celebration list this week are:

- Ace comes home this Sunday.  Yay!

- I have made great progress with Physio and now have virtually no pain in my knee.

Visit the other bloggers that are participating and see what they are celebrating this week:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Ace

This is Ace's last Thursday away, Sunday night he comes home, thank goodness.  I love knowing that he is having fun and enjoying all these life enriching experiences but I miss him terribly.  Plus it's time to start getting ready to go back to school and I want to squeeze as much into the last few days of summer vacation with them as I can.

Today's picture is a fun summer one from Canada's Wonderland, I have a ton of those in my collection, we seem to live there in the summer.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Girl's Day Out With Cat

The good thing about Ace being away is that Cat and I have gotten to spend a lot of good quality mother/daughter time together.  Her favourite thing to do when we do this of course is to go to Canada's Wonderland because she is a die hard thrill seeker already.  Plus you can experience so many things in one day, which is fun when you are a kid.  (or an adult)

One of Cat's favorite things to do when her brother isn't there is watch ALL the shows as she is very into singing and dancing.  (what 5 year old girl isn't)  So off we went to check the schedules for what was playing when.

We discovered that the British Invasion show was starting shortly so we got our souvenir cup filled up and grabbed a seat nice and close to the stage.  We went on a magical journey through five decades of British contributions to music.  It was a lot of fun, Cat's favorite part was the dancing whereas I was in love with all the costumes.

Afterwards we went on some rides, in particular the Flavourator which we had to go on three times in a row because she want to sit in the purple barrel.  Which lead me to tell her about the time when we were in Grade Eight and went to Wonderland on a Science and Math field trip and went on The Fury (which now lives in dismantled ride heaven) 38 times in a row.  For Science!  (or because the ride operator was really cute....we were 13)

Then it was time for weird picture posing.  I have more pictures on my phone of Cat posing with strange inanimate objects than are really healthy, and it's all her idea.

Cat wanted to get her face painted but I refuse to pay their prices for face painting, it's highway robbery.  We compromised on a glitter tattoo because it would at least last for a couple of days.  She wanted a dancing fairy but they had run out of that stencil so she ended up with a butterfly.

Afterwards we played a round of Mini-golf.  I have to tell you, if you run into Cat somewhere and she invites you to play mini-golf, don't do it.  She is a horrible cheat.  Forget about putting her own ball into the hole if she misses, she picks yours up and moves it on you.

The last show we saw for the day was Dimensions which is a cirque type show and really quite interesting.  Cat had a great time, she didn't get to met the cast members she wanted to though.  :(

So that was our super fun day without Ace at Wonderland.  Thanks for coming along with us.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Ace

Week two of Ace being away is under our belt and we are surviving.  In some ways having only one kid is so much easier but in a lot of ways Ace makes things easier on both Cat and I because he helps so much. Cat's bored while Mom's making dinner?  No problem, he can read with her or show her something neat in his new National Geographic.  Without crutch I have to come up with ways to entertain her while I cook, so she has been having cooking lessons, we have had some seriously over spiced fish but other than that it is going well.

Today's picture of Ace is from when he first got his glasses, what an adorable little monkey he was then. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things

It's that time of the week again, time to look back and celebrate the little things that brought joy into my life this week.  This wonderful blog hop is hosted by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

- I didn't work the long weekend thanks to my fabulous co-worker Marion, I hope she knows how I much I appreciate her working for me.

Please check out what everyone else is celebrating this week:

Blogging For Books: Dear Luke, We Need To Talk, Darth

My second book choice for Blogging For Books was John Moe's Dear Luke, We Need To Talk, Darth.  This sounded like such a fun book to me, I am a huge fan of written correspondence, my pen pals regularly get pages (yes pages) of me rambling about absolutely nothing.  Well almost nothing, Cat's doll preference, annoying moms at parties, cosplay plans, you know the same stuff I blog about but in more detail.  So I somehow assumed that a book about fictional pop culture correspondences would be interesting.  

You know what they say about making assumptions.

I just didn't love this book and I feel bad for not liking it.  If I had read it ten years ago I probably would have loved it, or at least parts of it.  There are certain parts of it I would have still felt were a waste of my time to read.  

The thing that didn't work about this book for me is that I am an Internet addict, so I read a great deal of pretty witty pop culture correspondence stuff EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Things like Texts From Superheros, some of which are brilliant and stick with you days or weeks later.  It's my opinion that if you are going to make a book out of these things than all your stuff needs to be that witty, this is not up to that level.

That's not to say that there weren't great parts in there, because there were, they just seemed to be very spread out.  There were somethings in there that just seemed to be filler too, that struck me as a little weird.  

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

Friday, August 1, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things

It's time once again for the Celebrate The Small Things Blog Hop hosted by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

- Cat and I spent a fun filled day out at Wonderland with no stress.

- I found a great costume for Cat for Fan Expo in the markdown section at the party store.

- I found great the perfect photo albums to house my expanding postcard collection on sale.  (I think there's a trend, I can't resist a good sale)
-we went to see Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds last which was a great show but more importantly a fantastic night out

Check out the other participating bloggers at the links below: