Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

Quick little post tonight...

Just dropping in to say hi and show a couple shots of Sammy’s Halloween costume.
I think it’s pretty cute. I changed my mind three times before deciding on a hedgehog, so I ended up starting his costume the day before and finishing it the day of...not some of my finest work but not bad for a couple hours of sewing.

He wasn’t in the best of moods and didn’t want to wear it for long but my mom and I did manage to get him out for a couple walks in the neighbourhood.

Looking forward to next year when I can take him trick or treating!

Friday, October 29, 2010


Just posting some pics i took of some random trees in our favorite neighborhood... 
...enjoy :)

(click on them to view large)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In other news...

I’m afraid my Day Zero list seems to be suffering...I can’t seem to get anything finished. I have lots of things started, and a lot more that need to get started, I just can’t seem to cross them off the list.
My latest projects is number 27. Sam’s quilt. I’ve been building the whole quilt around this pack of Heather Ross remnants...

...that I bought off this great Etsy seller. (Oh, if anyone is looking to get me a kick arse christmas gift...this is what I want!...damn...it sold)

I decided to do a twin size ticker tape quilt thinking that for my first quilt it would be relatively easy. All you do is cut the fabric and put it in it’s spot...kind of like tetris! I love tetris! And I’m quite good at it!

I couldn’t have been more wrong. I obviously know about as much about quilting as I do that mysteriously emptied Almond Joy Pieces bag on the kitchen counter. Which is to say absolutely nothing. Though I did see the dog in there earlier, sniffing about. Yeah...Seven should be questioned about that.

The first problem occurred when I started cutting the fabrics. First off, the Heather Ross fabrics I’m using are no longer in production...which makes them a tad bit on the expensive side. This meant that I spent way to much time trying to figure out where I was going to make my cuts, so as not to bugger any up and regret the cut.
I probably spent about a week just planning and cutting the 26 pieces of HR fabric. (The stash came with more pieces but they were definitely to pink for Sam's quilt...I'll save them for another project.)
I then had to decide where on the quilt to place them. This was agonizing! I wanted to make sure that I had an even spread of colour, size and pattern. After finally placing them, I went in with all my filler fabrics and tried to tetris them into their new homes. Wow...not as easy as it looks.
I’ve now been working on this quilt for over a month and I haven’t even started sewing yet! I keep hoping that the hard part is over but looking at it I think the sewing might kill me.
I start tomorrow, wish me luck!

Friday, October 22, 2010

My apologies for the lack of posts... Sam has decided that being part of the rebel alliance is over rated and has decided to try his hand at the dark side. His teething seems to be dragging on with no developments...just pain. So the poor little guy spends most of his day in tears. And when he’s not crying he’s gnawing on anything he can get his hands on, chewing away with reckless abandon and leaving a trail of slobber in his wake. You’d almost think that a giant snail lived here.

...when I started  this post almost two weeks ago...(see how long it takes me to get things done) he had no teeth...but dun dun da daaaa... he has a tooth!! Finally! Not that it’s stopped the screaming and crying, the poor guy, but at least there’s now something to show for the pain, even if it’s just a little white nubbly bit poking out of his gums. I’d post a picture if I could get one. You have no idea how hard it is to get a picture of the inside of a baby’s mouth.

In other Sam news, he’s now crawling at full speed, and man is he quick! The chaos has begun and nothing is safe. I guess this means I need to do something about the cougar sized dust bunnies that have been living under the furniture. I wouldn’t want one of them to attack Sam. 

He’s also started pulling himself up to a standing position. 

This has caused some problems, (he can get himself up but isn’t quite sure how to get himself back down.) So he’ll stand up and have fun for a bit, then realize he’s stuck. Then screams blue murder for someone to save him. Needless to say I spend a lot of my time sitting him back down just so he can get back up and I can sit him back down and he can get back up...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Reading List

So I thought maybe it was time for me to get a start on # 79.
My goal is to read twenty novels on the Random House 100 best novels, ten from the boards list
and ten from the readers list.
So I used a random number generator to pull first ten numbers from 1 - 100 for the boards list.

And the numbers are...
45 - 8 - 22 - 1 - 92 - 83 - 31 - 37 - 2 - 12
then another ten for the readers list...
63 - 22 - 1 - 76 - 9 - 73 - 81 - 54 - 72 - 7

I promised myself that once the numbers were chosen I would stick with them. And man do I wish I could break my promise... though I’ve given myself a fifty page clause. If I absolutely can’t get into the novel in fifty pages I’m allowed to stop. There’s quite a few books on the lists that I’ve wanted to read but also a few that I’ve never heard of or wish I could remove from the list.

While reading the list to Mr. Snips he informed me that the author of number nine on the readers list, was the leader of world crackpot domination, L. Ron Hubbard, the guy who started Scientology. So I googled the novel only to find out that it’s not one novel but a series of TEN novels, that total 3992 pages!    *facepalm*
I’ll try, but I make no promises.

Well, without further ado... here’s the Boards List
# 45 - The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway
# 8   - Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
# 22 - Appointment in Samarra - John O’Hara
# 1   - Ulysses - James Joyce
# 92 - Ironweed - William Kennedy
# 83 - A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul
# 31 - Animal Farm - George Orwell
# 37 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
# 2   - The Great Gatsby - F.S. Fitzgerald
# 12 - The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler

And the Readers List
# 63 - The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway
# 22 - The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
# 1   - Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
# 76 - At Swim-two-Birds - Flann O’Brien
# 9   - Mission Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
# 73 - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
# 81 - The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
# 54 - Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
#72 - The Door into Summer - Robert Heinlein
# 7  - Anthem - Ayn Rand
First off, did you notice that the first number generated for each list has given me the same book? What are the odds of that? So I’ve decided that I don’t need to read it twice, instead I’ll generate another number and choose between the two lists.
So the new number is... 55. And my choices are, On The Road by Jack Kerouac from the boards list. And the readers list has given me, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. So I guess I’ll need to decide which one to read, or maybe I’ll just read both. We’ll see.

I’ve decided to start with # 73 from the readers list,

 It’s one that I’ve wanted to read for some time and just never got around to it. I’m 58 pages in and not really enjoying it but at the same time it’s not awful...so I guess I’ll continue on and see where it goes.

I’m interested to see how many of the novels I’ll actually get through. I’m an avid reader but not much into the hard and chewy novels. I’m for the most part a pleasure reader, I’m not one for the books that everyone must read, at least once, because they are a testament to the genre, or make you think, or change your life and leave you better for having read them. I read to relax, so I don’t want to have to think about or analyze what the author is writing about. Keep it light and fluffy for me please.

Now I don’t want anyone to think I’m here at home devouring Harlequin Romance novels...that’s definitely not the case. My genre is more along the Stephen King, James Patterson, Dean Koontz style of writing. Though I will admit to enjoying the occasional chic lit novel. So with this selection to read it should be interesting.

Any opinions on the chosen novels or ideas on which one I should tackle next?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Food Chain Friends!

I’ve tried my best to limit the amount of toys we buy for Sam...and I’ve tried to let family and friends know that we are trying to avoid an abundance of toys for him. I want him to have favorite toys and I don’t think that’s possible when you have a gazillion toys to choose from.

It’s been hard though, he’s our first and everyone wants to spoil him. And I will admit certain toys I just can’t resist buying for him, I’m a sucker for eco friendly wooden toys as well as cool vintage and antique toys.

I’m not a huge fan of stuffies, they need to be super cool to get clearance into Sam's room. So Sam has a huge box full of stuffed animals that probably won’t ever see the light of day. (My apologies to all who bought them, but how many stuffed animals does one little boy need?) That being said, I came across the coolest stuffed animals the other day that I had to buy for him. And I had to buy all of them. I know, I know shame on me, but look at them!

Mom! Mom! It’s got my leg...AHHHHHH!
Haha!! Just kidding! It’s okay Mom, they’re friends, they eat each other, they’re the Food Chain Friends. It’s a complicated relationship.
Daro, a small green planet much like Earth as it was two hundred million years ago, is home to the Food Chain Friends. Let's peek into their world now... oh! there's Skitter, hopping and bopping, when Sleeth comes along.

"Fancy a game of hide and seek?" Sleeth asks. "I'm a bit bored of chasing my tail"

Skitter lights up, his pink ears standing on end. "Oh, I'd ADORE a game, Sleeth!"

"Oh," Sleeth says as he chases Skitter around. "When we're done playing, would you mind horribly if I ate you? I'm feeling a bit peckish."

"No problem," says Skitter, "I figured that's how this would end. Nice day, isn't it? Other than the cold, that is..."

"Beautiful day, Skitter. I'm sorry that you have to miss the rest of it."

This is the whole Alpha series... the big guy is Lankum, he eats Herkin, who in turn eats Sleeth, who noshes on Skitter (Sam’s favorite), who finishes the chain by eating Fraaky.
They’re like Russian nesting dolls. Each one fits neatly in the mouth of the next creature up the chain. So they only take up as much space as the biggest creature. Have you ever seen plushies this cool! I’m not entirely sure if I bought them for Sam or for me.

They also have two other series...though I was only able to find the two biggest creatures for each.
The Beta Series...

I only have Frokol the biggest guy and Vextie (my favorite). I need to find Fergel, Skoodle and Zezzel.
And for the Gamma series...

I have the big guy, Sleeb...whom I love, and the next one down, Ruffer. M.I.A. are Duddle, Meepsie and Queaky.

I’m not sure what I love most...that they’re undeniably cute, that they all have a background story or the cute names that you just want to say over and over again...whatever it is I love them!...

I mean Sam loves them, yeah... Sam loves them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day Zero - 2 More!

Quick post today...
    Just wanted to show some more pics for my Day Zero list. Number 66 on my list was to learn how to fold origami cranes. Done and done! I would only allow myself to check it as completed when I could fold the cranes without the help of the online tutorial I found, it's awesome!
check it out... (origami crane)
So here’s a shot of my first crane...

I’ve been using pages from an old dictionary, in hindsight I should have started with actual origami paper, it’s a different colour on each side, which would have made the tutorial a whole lot easier. The dictionary pages were also really thin so that made it a little more difficult as well. I”m up to about twenty so I have a ways to go still but I’m getting there.

Note to self...folding origami cranes with cardstock weight paper...not such a good idea.
They turned out great, but MAN were they hard to fold!

Two more pics to show. Number 65 on my list was to buy an ereader...specifically a Kobo.
Not sure if anyone had noticed how paranoid I am about hurting Sam...so the thought of dropping a hard cover novel or even a 754 page soft cover on him while nursing was starting to freak me out. Solution...Kobo,

I love it!! It’s simple, easy to use and best of all, light. Check out how skinny it is!

Well, I guess that’s it for now. But get ready for number 21! I’m hoping to work on that one this weekend!


Friday, August 6, 2010

It was a strange day...

I had hoped to post this last night but between Sam being fussy, my complete lack of control lurking in others blogs and the results show for cough, cough, soyouthinkyoucandance, cough, I wasn’t able to. Oh well, better late than never.

So the root of the strangeness I believe began on Wednesday. Sam turned six months (yeah!!) and had his six month check up.
The stats first... His length - 25.5 inches.
This puts him in the 10th percentile.
His head circumference - 17 inches. 25th percentile.
And lastly his weight... are you ready... okay before I give his weight lets take a look at a recent snapshot of Sam.

Yeah he’s a little chubby, but babies are supposed to be chubby. Would you want a scrawny baby? Babies are cuter when they’re chubby, and healthier too.

Okay, okay, his weight...
drrrrrrrrrrr...(drum roll for effect)...
19.6 lbs.
Which puts him in the 77th  percentile.
So he’s a little bigger than average...I like to think he’s playing catch up for being a preemie and is an overachiever.
Yeah, that’s it.
His doctor has assured us though that his weight is perfect, we don’t need to worry about it at all. But if one more person asks me what I’m feeding him or says “wow you’re a fat baby!”,
I might just snap.

All the rest of his test were great...developmentally he should be at a 4 and a half month old level...being a prem, (we go by his gestational age until he’s two instead of his actual birthday) but he’s hitting all his 6 month milestones...so he’s obviously a genius. That must come from my family...(I don’t know...lots?, the   door, what does Raid kill?...CARS!)(sorry inside jokes) anyhoo,
my fat chubby genius also had another round of needles.
One in each leg.

He did really well with them, I think it’s harder on me then him. I’m the one who has to hold him down while the doctor jabs him in the thighs.
He screams like he’s...

I don’t know, maybe...


Then he cries, the kind of cry that says, “Mooooom, hu hu how could you let her dddo that to mu mu meeeeeee!!?”
A big hug from me, and a bit of a sway while singing on top of spaghetti and he’s fine. But i'm scarred for life.

So back to the strangeness, my thoughts are that the combination of our daily schedule getting messed up, the humidity and the shots made him a little off yesterday. His timing was off all day, he wouldn’t stop eating and he was very tired. (On a side note, why is it that babies fight so hard to stay awake when they are so miserably tired?) But despite all that I managed to fold and put away three baskets of laundry, clean out the freezer, swiffer the livingroom, dust the livingroom, and clean the bathroom. And by clean the bathroom I actually mean clean the bathroom. Not just the toilet. The floor got washed, and the sink. I cleaned the mirror and got rid of all the junk that had been slowly accumulating everywhere. I will admit though that I didn’t have time to do the tub and shower...maybe today.
I also managed to squeeze in 10 more origami cranes and printed off 13 more fonts.
( #’s 56 and 67 on my list)
And I still had loads if time to play with Sam!
Now that I think about it maybe it wasn’t Sam that allowed me to get so much done...maybe I somehow just managed my time better? Is that possible? And while we’re talking about chocolate chips...
(In case you missed it, that was my awesome segue. See how I'm all smooth and natural-like)

Number 71 on my list is to bake 20 different flavours of cupcakes. So this is number 1. I will admit it’s not my finest work...and definitely not worthy of Cupcake Domination. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted great...but it was a mix. I needed fast. So I threw chocolate chips into a white cake mix and frosted with store bought icing. I know, I know, I’m a fraud. But in my defense they were tasty and quick...which is what I was going for. But a little tip for those using store bought frosting...go easy on it, it’s very sweet.
I used way to much and we ended up scraping a fair bit off.
They next cupcakes on my list will be from scratch...I promise.
I’m thinking maybe something with Oreos, mmm Oreos.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day Zero - 3 Down!

So one of my Day Zero items was to photograph and blog about my finished goals...
I’ve finished three so far. The first one done was the photo album of Sam for Mr. Snips grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. And I forgot to take a finished picture...doh! I’d considered taking a random shot of a photo album I have here to post, but somehow that seemed wrong. Probably not the best way to start this project off. So although I didn’t get the shot, Mr. Snips grandparents loved the photo album and that was enough to make me happy.

The next goal off my list was to get a library card. Done.
This may get me into trouble...I now have access to the library’s whole catalog online...I can just order what I want and some lovely librarian collects my books and has them ready for me when I get there. Sweet!

The third goal off my list was to take my Mom out for lunch and pay for everything. So last Monday instead of our usual routine (ham and cheese buns from Dutch Toko or olive loaf from the Market, then back to my place), we went to the Wooly.
 The food was great, we split the Arrow Selection
 and the kids nachos and cheese. And Sam had a nice cold glass of water.
 We had a lovely time and decided to have lunch there every Friday...a nice way to balance out our picnic Mondays.

I guess that’s all for now...
but I’m getting ready to take on numbers 66 and 67...
so get ready for the cranes!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The "I Didn't List'

I have lists...lots of lists. I have a to do list for every room in our house, I have lists for sewing projects, painting ideas, birthday presents to buy and birthday presents to make. A perpetual Christmas gift list that I’m constantly adding things to and removing things from. I have cleaning lists, general to do lists,  shopping lists, wish lists, books to read lists, books to buy lists, things for Sam lists. Lists on my laptop, on receipts, in notebooks, on random scraps of paper...you get the idea.
I’m a serial lister, which isn’t a problem, I love making lists and they keep me organized, the problem is I never seem to do the things on the lists.
My "to do" lists look more like  "I didn't" lists. I really need to stop making lists and start doing the things on my lists.
So to help me with my obsession what do I do...

I join Day Zero...

a site that encourages you to make a list...

a big list.

Crazy right?
Lets fix my serial listing by making another list. Surprisingly it seems to be working. The idea is to make a list of 101 things you want to do in 1001 days. I joined July 23rd and I’ve already completed 3% of my list. I know it doesn’t seem like much but for me it’s big...I’ve had lists for years that never get anything checked off. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I have a deadline to finish everything or the fact that my list is out there for the world to see, but whatever it is I’m finally getting things done...and I seem to be more motivated to get things done! Here’s my list, check it out...
                                                                      my day zero list

One of the things on my list is to photograph and blog about everything I complete on my list...so be prepared for some random posts on random things. I’m hoping it will help me get in the habit of posting on a more regular basis, as well as helping me improve my photography skills...let me know how I’m doing!!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Sam's Vomitorium...

...where first you binge and then you purge.
Then you do it all over again.
So Sam spent most of yesterday alternating between eating, throwing up and screaming.  
We had a very long day outside on Saturday and I think that contributed to his overall crankiness.
Our outdoor excursion started at 11:15 when we left to meet my Mom and check out Art On The Street...
I wasn’t really impressed with the art this year. And if definitely felt weird being there and not having a booth. But I’m glad I decided not to apply this year...there’s no way I would have had enough time to put together enough new pieces to sell. Needless to say we weren’t there for very long.
We then traveled over to the Wooly for some lunch.

 After lunch we decided to walk over to Nana’s for a visit but stopped on route at Mom and Dad’s new place to snap a few pics. 
Can’t wait for them to move in!!
We finally made it to Nana’s where after some fish watching, Sam went swimming for the first time.
Not really sure how that went, he alternated between great big smiles and looks of sheer terror. We’ll try again another day.
By five o’clock we were more than ready to get home, so Mom walked with us down to the bus stop. Where we waited, and waited and waited some more. We finally decided to just walk home, despite the ominous thunder and black clouds. We made it home in an hour, with no rain, and that include a stop to chat with some friends that I hadn’t seen in months.
All in all a great day...long, but great. So although Sam wasn’t in the sun at all I think the heat was a little to much and that led to the cranky barfy baby that was Sam yesterday. 
I had hoped to stay home and recoup...
(I wasn’t as smart as Sam staying out of the sun and now look like a partially boiled lobster), 
but Mr. Snips had already told his mom we would come over for lunch. 
We got lucky and Sam made it through a few hours without projectile vomiting...till we got home. 
Then it started up again, the barfing and nonstop crying. So I decided it was time for a bath in hopes that it would calm him down and he’d go to sleep.

It Worked!!
For a few hours anyway...I nursed him and put him to bed, and he slept for a whole four hours. So I got two hours of sleep, before getting up to nurse him again.  Then got up an hour later to sing him back to sleep and an hour after that because a thunderstorm (that Sam slept through) woke me up. And an hour after that to nurse him again...you get the idea. 
So now I look like a sleep deprived boiled lobster. 
But it’s been a fairly good day today so far...touch wood.
Sam has closed the Vomitorium.  

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mother of the Year

So although I’ve only been a mom for just over five months now, I’m expecting my mom of the year award any day now.

It all started last week... Sam and I moved in with my Mom and Dad for a few days when the thermostat reached almost 40̊ inside and my underwear started feeling like saran wrap.
We left Mr. Snips and Seven to fend for themselves while we retreated to the air conditioned comfort of my parents place.
Sam had been especially cranky from the combination of sticky, nasty heat and the joy that comes with teething. But within a few hours at my parents place he was feeling great!
I thought “perfect time to try him on some rice cereal.” So I mixed up a tiny little bit and gave it a shot... He did fantastic!
I was surprised at how well he did with a spoon, I was even more surprised when he held the spoon on his own and put it in his mouth.
“Remember at this point he was only five months old.”
I quickly turned to grab my camera to document this momentous display of wonderment when he jammed the spoon down his throat and immediately started choking.
Can we say Panic?!  
So after what seemed like an eternity of Sam coughing and gagging, “but in reality was probably only a couple seconds,” he stopped. Perfectly fine...and ready for more cereal.
Needless to say, I didn’t get the shot, but here’s one of him enjoying the cereal.

Then today I left Sam in his crib so I could tackle Mt. Laundry, and perhaps scratch some other things off my to do list. He was happy as a clam and naked as a jaybird...with the exception of his diaper. I learned the hard way to never leave him naked on his own. While I expect him to pee while naked, he seems to think it’s a great time to drop a load. He’ll go for two days without pooping then as soon as his diaper is off and I turn my back...blam!, poo everywhere!
But I digress, He’d been in his crib for about ten minutes since the last time I poked my head in to check on him. I was in the kitchen baking chocolate chip cookies, when I noticed how quiet things had got in his room. When I went in to check on him I found this...

I use a change pad mattress in his crib to keep him from rolling over in his sleep and suffocating...(can we say paranoid). He’d managed to shuffle his way up to the top of the pad and had his head tilted off the pad and precariously close to the suffocating stuffed animals of doom at the top of his crib. (Note to self “remove all stuffed things and blankets from crib...stat.”) He’d also managed to get one side of his diaper undone, and we know what happens when his diaper comes off!

Then, just to prove my point, while writing this post I had him in front of me on the floor playing on his jungle gym mat, he decides it’s time to really show me how well he can roll over. So from his back he rolls onto his stomach and then he just kept on going...and quickly I might add. Right off the mat onto his back again and onto the uncarpeted floor, with a thump and a few tears.

My mother of the year trophy is in the mail right?

Monday, July 12, 2010

World Cupcake Domination...

So the quest continues, in this edition of WCD I tackle some super fantastic Dutch Chocolate Raspberry cupcakes.
Made for my Mom for her Un-Birthday today. ( I was in the hospital this year over her birthday.)
The cupcakes turned out quite good if I do say so myself, nice and moist and flavourful. With fresh raspberries inside!
Still trying to figure out how to keep the berries from sinking to the bottom of the cupcake while baking... any ideas?...
Anywho, keeping this short today but I promise I will try and post a little more regularly from now on...notice I said "try"

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Canada Day!!
I'll try and be back with a full post soon.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Today I woke to the thumping of Sam throwing his legs in the air and slamming them back down on his mattress.
Today I have dirty dishes in the sink and the carpet in Sams room needs to be vacuumed.
Today the sweltering heat has given us a break and I wish I could find the time to spray paint this little piggy bank for Sam.
Today the convenience of granola bars isn’t cutting it and I would love a big steak salad.
Today Sam just wants to do squats...over and over and over again.
Today Mr. Snips called from work in the middle of the day...okay it was just to get my dad’s number but it was still a nice surprise.
Today the lawn desperately needs to be cut and Seven won’t go on it to do her business.
 Today I have barf on my pants and a little bit in my hair.
Today I have brushed my teeth, but it's past noon and I still need a shower..
Today, despite all this, I’m the happiest woman in the world.
Today Sam rolled over on his own for the first time...and I got it on video!
Today...right now... Sam is curled up in my arms having a nap...and i've never loved anything more.
        Don’t be surprised if your dreams come true today...
                  mine have...
            There’s magic in the air!