Category Archives: Late Night Idiocy

124 – Updates

First Thing:
Potty training continues to go well. Ginny took to it like a champ. We get the occasional accident, of course, but she is so chill about it and never hides the fact from us. We’re still not ready to train her for nighttime and naptime yet, but I’m sure when the time comes, she’ll take it pretty well.

Second Thing:
I’m OBSESSED with tea. Here is a list of the teas I have in my cupboard, because I know you’re interested, obviously.
For the Tassimo –
– Tim Horton’s Steeped Tea
– Tetley Green Tea
In Tea Bags –
– Tetley Orange Pekoe
– Lipton – English Breakfast, Mint Green Tea
– Stash – Christmas Morning, White Christmas, Holiday Chai, Decaf Lemon and Ginger
– Twinnings – Pure Camomile, Honebush/mandarin/orange, Earl Grey, Goodnight Blend, Lemon and Ginger, English Breakfast
Loose Tea –
– DavidsTea – organic mother’s little helper, organic the skinny, jumpy monkey, strawberry rhubarb parfait
– Epicure – Creme de la creme Earl Grey
– NourishTea – Canadian Breakfast
– London Tea
– Earl Grey
– Taylor’s of Harrogate – Yorkshire Gold
– Tea Squared – Kombacha Detox, Imperial Earl Grey (and I recommend Breakfast in Paris)
I have a BIT of a problem. Seriously. I had to force myself to avert my eyes as I walked through the tea section at Sobey’s today. THEY WERE ALL ON SALE TOO! Ugh. Wanty want. I drink tea all the freaking time. And I just got a rad and ginormous Little Mermaid mug, plus a cute penguin steeper. I cannot wait until we live in a proper house and I can set up a little tea section in my kitchen to display all my little tins and such.

Third Thing:
I’ve got my art mojo back! Here are my latest creations:

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I just completed a major project, have a minor one to finish up, and then I’m happy to say that I will be putting NOTHING on my plate for quite some time, other than personal works like those above. I want to really hone my talent, and really develop my personal style which I can already feel evolving. Also, stay tuned for an upcoming post about personal progress in regards to art. Also also…I need to find a way to sell some of this stuff. I’m running out of paint real fast over here.

Fourth Thing:
I went shopping on Saturday and got some great deals. Literally any time I go shopping though, I ALWAYS get deals. I am magical like that. Example: Over the Christmas holidays I went shopping with my Ma and sister and ended up bringing home a Queen sized duvet cover for $20 – originally it was $80, I believe. Well…this past Saturday? I got a Twin size duvet cover (why do I need so many duvet covers? Bryan and I don’t share a blanket in bed, and my queen-size duvet kept hanging over the side and kinda tugging me with it, as well as tangling my sheets. I swapped to a twin and life has been wonderful.) for $20 again…MARKED DOWN FROM $180!!! First of all…$180 for a TWIN? That’s stupid. Second of all, it’s super pretty and will probably look fab in Ginny’s room one day. I also took advantage of Bath and Body Works and they’re ridiculous 10 for $35 soap sale and bought a buttload of soaps. I also got my Little Mermaid mug, plus 2 Game of Thrones mugs for a steal at HMV. All drinkware was buy 1 get 1 40% off. Score. What else what else. I don’t know, but I always feel so elated once I complete a successful afternoon of shopping.

Fifth Thing:
My sister had cable re-installed in the apartment, so that is super awesome. Cable is one of those things where when I have it, I love it, but if I don’t have it, then it’s really not a big deal. But yeah…I love it. Maybe I’ll do a post on my new fav shows because so much has changed since we got rid of cable!! I am also just BEYOND thrilled to have the Food Network back. I missed you, Rachel and Bobby and Alton and Guy and Nigella and Ree…time for me to get inspired!

Sixth Thing:
In regards to my mission to have bi-weekly menus done up all the time – this has been a TRULY successful venture. We have completed one full month and are just at the beginning of a new two week period right now, which I shopped for this afternoon. We got veggies and fruit out the wazoo – and I already have it ALL chopped and bagged for easier access for snacking and cooking. Ginny wants some cucumbers? BANG! Just toss a bag at her. Speaking of Ginny, I like to ask her if there’s anything she wants and she almost always exclusively lists off different veggies and fruits. She’s such a good girl. She also usually says McDonald’s, but can you blame her? I know it’s 12:20 am right now, but I would kill for a cheeseburger. Anyways, I’ve become a boss at grocery shopping and meal planning and now prep has been added to the repertoire and seeing all those baggies resting neatly in the fridge drawers really warms my heart. I strive to be an organized person, and while there are many areas where I need to really work, my kitchen is really doing absolutely fantastic. It’s a dinky, awkward kitchen, but I make it as functional as possible. Still, I absolutely 100% cannot wait to have a proper kitchen in a house that is MINE and where I can renovate so that it suits my needs.

Ok. That’s enough. I’m tired. My feet are cold. Gonna go put my icy toes on Bryan’s back and hope that some of his warmth has seeped over to my side of the bed. The downside to not sharing blankets, is I have to be responsible for my own warmth. The upside? Everything else. We started the separate blankets deal just a month or so into marriage, and it was one of the best decisions. Bryan is a human space heater, and I am a human icicle so him being under my 32 blankets was not practical, nor was it practical for me to be smushed up against his hot body all night, trying to steal his warmth (I mean that hot body comment in several ways *wink wink*). So anyways…the two blankets is something I always recommend to people because it’s awesome.

NOW I’M REALLY DONE! Seriously. Once the rambling floodgates open, they really just do not want to shut.

K BYE!

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95 – Meh

I’m just in one of those moods tonight where I don’t want to go to bed. It’s 1:37 in the morning, and I’m laying on the couch watching an Australian dude play The Sims 3. This is not a good plan. I am aware of this. And yet…here I lay.

My sister is away for a few days so it’s just Bryan, Ginny, and I. It’s been nice. Not because my sister is gone and I wanted to be rid of her, but because it’s just the 3 of us and we like that. It’s been really great having my siblings live with us, but we do look forward to when we have no roommates anymore. Sarah doesn’t cramp our style at all, and neither did Philly, but I find that when we 3 are alone things are just even more chill and comfy than usual.

Anyhoo. I’ve been doing some rearranging of furniture and general tidying up. I’m highly motivated right now for a few reasons. A) It’s never a bad idea to tidy up. B) I was behind in the housework. C) Our dining room table just is a magnet for junk so I almost ALWAYS have to clear it off. D) We are having a bunch of people over near the end of the month and I want the place looking purdry. E) I dunno. Last night and today I worked on swapping two thingies (a bookshelf and a pantry cupboard), and it was a really great decision. It was a LOT of work – had to empty both units, then drag them to their new homes, then refill them more efficiently than they were before. It is so rewarding though, just seeing the difference they have made. I feel like I’ve gained space in both my kitchen and dining room, plus the pantry cupboard looks way better in the dining room, and the bookshelf looks way better in the kitchen. I don’t even know if anything I just said makes any sense. Maybe some pictures once I’ve cleaned, as well as tidied. I gotta say: the tile in our apartment sucks. Even when I mop it never looks quite as clean as I’d like, and the grout just attracts all the bits of dirt and yeah. But whatever.

So…what’s new…

I have a new plan for buying Christmas gifts this year. I really want to get it done earlyish, or at least not at the last minute so I’ve basically just been buying a Christmas gift every time we go out to a store. We’re almost done shopping for Ginny (she’s the only dude we’re getting multiple gifts for), and we’ve got a few other items added to the stash for others. I think I mentioned this before, but I got a new dayplanner and I have this huge list of folks to buy gifts for/folks to send out Christmas cards to, and I love seeing a name checked off the list.

Speaking of Christmas (and yes I realize it’s only November 2, but I’m ALWAYS thinking about Christmas because Christmas means family time and I love me my family), I’m really excited this year because it’s an Us year. We alternate Us – Reillys – Us – Taylors – Us, and so on and so forth. It’s been a good system, because it allows for time with the inlaws on both sides, but also gives us a chance to develop our own traditions, which really makes me happy. Christmas Eve, we’ll head out to the Candlelight Service at the church (one of my fav nights of the whole year…the candlelight, music, and general atmosphere always makes me cry), then return home where Ginny will get to open a gift which contains Christmas jammies, a new Christmas (or just kid-friendly) movie, and a snack. Then we’ll snuggle on the couch and watch the movie before sending Gin off to bed, at which point Bryan and I are likely to just watch Home Alone because that movie rocks. Christmas morning we’ll open our stockings in bed, then grab breakfast (I often do cinnamon buns, so they can bake while we all get dressed or showered or whatever) before settling down in front of the tree to open the gifts. We’re hoping to perhaps go see a movie in the afternoon (maybe the Peanuts movie?), and then in the evening we’ll just hang and play with our new toys and have family time. Either Boxing Day or the day after, we’ll head over to Bryan’s parents’ house to hang with them and do festive stuff there. I’m looking forward to all the Christmas fun stuff.

Ummm…yeah now I’m just procrastinating. I do that a lot, but also I don’t? Like, I used to be super bad for it when I was a teenager and in my early 20s, but typically I prefer to just get stuff done now so that I can relax later. Becca is growing up, y’all. And that is my cue to perhaps shut this here computer down and get to bed. I’m too old to be staying up this late.

I’ll write again soon, blog readers!

Oh! And Also! I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year http://nanowrimo.org/
The goal is to write a novel of AT LEAST 50,000 words. I tried a few years ago and only reached about 2000, but this year (after only one day) I’m already doing better so far. At the end of day one my total was 1898 which I think is pretty good. I’ll update here and there on my progress, and perhaps share little snippets of my story.

OKAY! I’M GOING TO BED!!!

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