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166 – Zero Tolerance

There are not a lot of things in the world that I have ZERO tolerance for. Yeah, things can be really annoying (like…really), but I can move on or ignore or whatever. But there is definitely a small handful of things that really make me MAD and today I want to talk about one that is right near the top of the list.

I have ZERO TOLERANCE for people who BRING THEIR CARTS INTO THE MCDONALD’S IN A WALMART. ZERO.

ZERO.

It makes me so mad. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM!!! There are signs!!! The glares from the other patrons could also be a huge clue!!

I see people all the time with a huge shopping cart next to their table, blocking the aisle with LITERALLY JUST A JACKET INSIDE. A JACKET!!!

SERIOUSLY.

I don’t get this at all.

And so I will continue to glare. And complain on the internet. I was gonna complain on facebook but didn’t want a debate. There is no debate. There is only ENDLESS FRUSTRATION.

Ok. Ok. Breathe. Sorry. I was at a Walmart McD’s yesterday and saw a woman with a cart that had a jacket and ONE BAG in it and I lost my chill a bit and just…needed to rant a bit.

What kind of things do you have zero tolerance for?

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165 – New Year

As per usual, let’s review last year’s resolutions and how well I did with each!

  1. Lose 30lbs.
    This is going to remain on my list until I achieve it! Didn’t achieve this, but I’m not bummed. Losing weight is hard! So it remains.
  2. Expand my cooking repertoire and meal plan more efficiently. Done! The repertoire wasn’t expanded by a lot, but the meal planning went fantastically. I’ve already got January planned out!!
  3. Finish paying off our debt and GET RID OF THE DANG PT CRUISER!!! DONE! OH MY GOSH IT’S DONE! 
  4. Read more! I would say that I did this.
  5. Open Etsy shop again and create original works to sell. Did not do this, but I don’t consider it a failure.

And now, this year’s goals:

  1. Lose 30lbs.
  2. Eat out/pick up less.
  3. Stop buying pop to keep in the fridge.
  4. Finish up more of the mountains of tea in my cupboards.
  5. Read more.
  6. Dedicate more time to driving on my own.
  7. Keep up with the progress I’ve made socially.
  8. Be more active with Ginny’s school.
  9. Take care of that one thing that I don’t want to talk about. It’s red. That’s all you need to know.
  10. Take on my daily art challenges. Inktober and Drawcember were so much fun!!
  11. Journal as much as possible, if not daily.
  12. Learn to make a speed build video for youtube.

Nothing too crazy here. One thing I love about blogging is I can look back on this list so easily. Previously I would always lose it somewhere, hahaha.

So! On to 2017. 2016…you’ve been ridiculous. And that’s not even taking into account all the world stuff that went on – I’m just talking personal here.

See you next year, friends!

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163 – No Pennies, Xmas, and Drawcember

So. In my last post I mentioned that a craft featuring pennies was forthcoming.

Nope.

Basically…pennies are A PAIN IN THE BUTTOCKS. I tried to clean my dang pennies so many flipping times and basically a small handful look shiny and beautiful and the rest are blue so. Yeah. Maybe I’ll try something again another time but for now UGH.

Instead of doing a penny craft though, I made a Nativity painting. I am ever on two quests: The first it to create a stylized Nativity that I can perhaps one day make into a print. The second is to actually purchase a Nativity, either a modern minimalist version, or a very classic old fashioned one. Anyways, I managed to paint something this year that I’m really pleased with!

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It’s simple, and (I think) pretty. I hope to expand upon this idea as time goes on. Perhaps in time for next Christmas I will have it refined enough to make prints.

And…like…it’s almost Christmas. Every year it creeps up SO FAST and every year I’m surprised by that for some reason. When I was a kid it seemed to drag, but that was probably due to school and my parents being insanely busy doing Christmas hampers and kettles and all that.

Our shopping is almost complete. I’m really excited because we did a lot of it online which meant avoiding those stinky crowds. I’ve hit the mall a few times over the past few weeks and it’s been ok, but when you’re still limping a bit in a space congested with people (who all seem to be oblivious to the fact that there are other people around them), it’s not so much fun.

Speaking of limping…my ankle is doing GREAT. I have my final physio tomorrow and so long as that goes well I AM DONE WITH THE DOCTORS. What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Anyways. Christmas. We leave on the 23rd to see my parents and I’m very excited. This will be the first year that my sister’s fiance is there also, so it’s going to be a fun crowd all packed into their house. I’m not super thrilled to be crammed on a double bed with Bryan, but at least I love him so snuggling won’t be the worst thing. We’re going to be hauling a full car out there, and I’m really praying that the roads are clear. We’ll leave as early as we can stand to in the hopes of making it to town before dark, but I’m not holding my breath on anything. Fortunately my parents live really close to the edge of the city, so we won’t have to traverse downtown Winnipeg after a long day of wind and snow on the prairie highways.

Back in October I participated in Inktober. This month, I decided to tackle Drawcember. Here’s what I’ve done so far!

I’m really enjoying this exercise in developing a particular style. Also snowflakes are a pain to draw over and over. I don’t even bother trying to get creative with the design of them. Also I’m rapidly running out of paper. Also also! I have sold 2 of these already which is so encouraging.

ANYHOOOOOO. That’s it for today. See ya!

 

160 – Experimenty

So Ginny going to school has changed a lot of things. Suddenly I need to figure out different meal times because school starts at 12:30 and up til now we ate at about 1. I also need to figure afternoon snacks. It’s a learning process, but we’ll figure it out. I’m thinking we need to institute a regular wake-up time for the first time, so that meals don’t end up being so close together. Since school began we’ve gone to an earlier bedtime, so waking up a bit earlier should work out. We’ll see how it works out.

Recently, I purchased a new mascara and it has turned out to be the mascara of my DREAMS and I’m in love with it. Thus, I have begun to wear makeup every day! Whaaaaaat?! I know, it’s shocking. I never wear makeup unless it’s a special occasion. But I’m really feeling this mascara, guys. And so, as an experiment this week, I’m putting makeup on every single day! I have to leave the house every day to take Ginny to school, so I may as well look fabulous doing so. I guess? Hahaha. Anyways, I typically just apply a pencil eyeliner, smudge it, then reapply a solid line – sometimes with a bit of a cateye. Then I curl my lashes and apply the mascara (Maybelline Great Lash), and dab a bit of cream under my eyes because I always have bags ALWAYS. That’s it.

I also now have a reason to get dressed every day. Which is nice and not. I basically live in my pajamas so trying to figure out clothing each day is kind of annoying. But I’m trying. But not trying too hard because I wear a jacket so nobody sees my shirt anyways. I could go without a shirt, really. I feel like topless moms are frowned upon in elementary schools though, so I probably won’t attempt that. Dignity. Respect. Class. I’m all about those.

Another recent thing/experiment: for the past month I’ve been participating in Inktober and it has been AMAZING. Being forced to draw something new each day has been great for the creative juices. I feel happier and more inspired. Initially I was certain that I would burn out after a couple days, but I’m so close to the finish line now!! I think there are a few reasons why this has been a successful venture for me. 1. I chose one subject to focus on all month, and it is one that I really like. I think had I ventured too far out of the comfort zone, I would have failed. 2. I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. Earlier in the month I had to miss a few days because of travel, but I knew that I could always catch up later (which is what I did). 3. I planned out each day in advance. I have a huge list that I get to check a name off of every day, which is very satisfying. It also makes me excited when I know a character I love it forthcoming. Planning is key!

Well. I guess that is it for today. I don’t really have a lot to say, but felt like writing a bit. I’m considering trying out a writing challenge for November. Not NANO again since I fail miserably at that every year, but just a writing prompt challenge. I love writing, but don’t do it nearly enough.

OK! BYE!

151 – The Weekend

 

It was a busy weekend! Here’s what we did…

It began on Thursday, really. My best bud Erin picked me up bright and early so we could pick up the flowers for her wedding. She is an amazing florist and the bouquets were STUNNING. I helped her with flowers for a few hours before heading home to prepare for the bachelorette party that night. We rented a stretch SUV limo which was the bomb diggity and the party was so fun. It was my first time at a party like that so, it was a pretty cool experience.

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Friday, we finished up flowers, decorated the church (I had to stay home with Ginny and couldn’t help til later), and then rehearsed! It was the fastest rehearsal I’ve attended, but wedding’s aren’t exactly complicated. That night I climbed into bed exhausted, but didn’t fall asleep for hours and then kept waking up all night before finally waking for realsies just before 7.

flowers.pngOn Saturday, my best friend got married and that has filled me with so much joy. Any time a friend gets hitched it makes me happy, but when it’s your bestie, the happiness is certainly multiplied. I was caught off guard by just how over-the-top elated I was (and am) for her. Her wedding was beautiful – charming decor, lovely music, fun people. And I was even able to make my speech without falling over or crying TOO much. That was a biggie for me. I’ve never spoken in front of so many people before. But I was determined to do it for my friend. It was such a wonderful, fun, amazing day, and Bryan and I finished it off by eating cheeseburgers in bed before falling dead asleep until 9:30 the next morning.

 

The Sunday after the wedding was a tough day. Coming down off the high of the wedding was interesting, and I had almost no downtime because we had to throw together a very rushed birthday party for Ginny. I feel awful that we didn’t do a proper party for her this year. It was so half-hearted, I felt sick, I felt cranky, and she was extra toddlery in her behaviour. However! The thing to remember with kids is: they don’t care. As long as you love them and show them that love, it is very simple to make them happy.

So in the end it was a family party. Both sets of grandparents, 2 uncles, 1 aunt, and 1 unky. We had dinner at Red Lobster, which Ginny is crazy about – and she ordered Kraft Dinner…weird kid. Then we all went back to the apartment where we had some balloons and cake (Frozen themed) and presents. Ginny was overjoyed. She had so much fun! My stress over the lack of real party was dumb. I should have just let things happen and be content. It was definitely weird though, not having certain people at the party.

I can’t believe she’ll be 4 tomorrow. Where the heck has the time gone?! I know everyone always says that but it’s just so weird.

146 -A Magical Bridal Shower

On Sunday, we celebrated my bff Erin by throwing her a magical Harry Potter themed bridal shower. For months we kept the theme a secret as we slowly accumulated decorations and nifty ideas. The party needed to be obvious in its theme, yet accessible to non-fans. As such, no games required any knowledge of the world of Harry Potter, and we kept things quite light.

So here’s what we did! Lots of DIY decor and fun Harry Potter props that I already had. Erin loved it and felt the love we had for her. It was a good time, and a modest success – which is what I was hoping for with my first attempt at planning a bridal shower. Now I’m just super stoked to plan the bachelorette party!! I…I love planning things. My gosh, do I ever.

 

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133 – More Tea

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Today I’m drinking Jumpy Monkey from DavidsTea. I’m hoping the bit of coffee in it will help perk me up a bit. I’m not doing too poorly today, but I feel like I need a little something something.

Ginny and I just got home from our first visit to the park this spring. She had a blast, I thought it was alright, and we didn’t get too chilly. Also, she was incredibly well-behaved. Often when it’s time to head home, she puts up a huge fight but that was not the case today. She dutifully held my hand and didn’t fuss when I wouldn’t carry her.

In art-related news, I’ve got a few projects on the go. Still working on my CS Lewis piece, I have a couple colouring pages I’m working on, and I’m currently drawing a portrait of Liam Hemsworth for my sister to give to her co-worker.

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In other news…well there isn’t really any other news right now. We lead boring lives around these here parts. We watch TV, we eat, we sleep…that’s about it. I WILL have a post coming soon though, about the new Bible I recently purchased, and in a few months I will hopefully have a post about the bridal shower I’m throwing for the my best bud.

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129 -Tea Time

I’m sitting here in my living room, cup of tea in hand, and kind of wishing I had someone to chat with. Things have been…thingy, lately. Since I do not have another adult here to talk to, and Ginny is seriously occupied possibly flooding the bathroom, I shall blog.

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Look! I even got dressed for this event. My new Old Navy clothesies. A sweater to match my mug.

Things with Ginny were very seriously HARD for a couple months. Those difficulties aren’t just disappearing now, but the load does seem to have lightened. Basically, she has been testing the boundaries, seeing how far she can push us. She would refuse to eat, refuse to listen, refuse to stop pestering. The constant pressure is finally subsiding and I can finally breathe again!

And look! Look how cute she is.

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She’s the sweetest little girl. Ever.

She’s also just being a boss at potty training. We rarely need to deal with accidents, and she herself has decided that naptimes can be done sans pull ups. Most days, she also wakes up either dry or with evidence of only one nighttime peepee. So that is GOOD. I’m very nervous to take the pull up away completely, as laundry is complicated, but I’ve been stockpiling clean bed sheets for her in preparation. And of course, we have a rubber thingy over the mattress.

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Our tax return came in! Bryan and I decided that it was time for a new bedroom TV, so we picked up a 40″ that was $100 off regular price! Score! Plus, as per my request, it is a smart TV. I’m very happy to finally be able to watch Netflix and movies in bed without having it be a whole production of input switching and awkward computer/xbox controls. And since we were over by Best Buy anyways, I also slooped into Old Navy and bought some jeggings (which are identical to a pair I already own and I loooove them), some short-people skinnies which aren’t that skinny but I like ’em, a tshirt, and a sweater. OH! And an Easter dress for Ginny. I’ll have to be sure to take pictures of her in it, because she’s just the sweetest thing.

In other news! I’m working on an art piece that will be auctioned off in support of refugees coming to Saskatoon. The theme is Literary Heroes, so I chose to depict CS Lewis and his amazing creation, Aslan. The Narnia series is by far one of my favourites, and has always held a very special place in my heart.

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Well. This was just a short visit. My tea is getting cold so I’d better gulp it down before I forget about it. It was a pleasure chatting with you! #dorkalert

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121 – Update Randomnicity

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So yeah. That’s me up there. Un-brushed hair, wearing my husband’s Assasin’s Creed shirt (it glows in the dark, btw). I dunno. Life has been weird lately.

I’ve been in such a rut for the past few months. Wonderful things have happened, and wonderful things are in store for us, but that is not necessarily the recipe for being 100% happy. My family is good. My home is good. The weather is good. I’m just blue.

How has this made an effect in my life?

I have done zero personal art in 2016. Zero. I do have a project in the works, but it’s not something I would have have done on my own. This is good! It’s good to be challenged artistically, and this will turn out super cool in the end. But…in my spare time, I haven’t even been doodling. None. Which is weird. So, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see when that finally picks up.

I’ve been feeling lousy in the parenting department. Now, I’m going to stop you right here. Do NOT say, “But Becca, you’re a GREAT mom!” I know this. I know that I provide my child with everything she needs, and some stuff she doesn’t. I make life fun for her. I give her so much love she doesn’t know what to do with it all. HECK! I’ve even finally POTTY TRAINED HER (more on that in another post)! But sometimes, no matter how well things are going, and certainly no matter how many times people compliment your parenting abilities, you still feel like a poop. Lately, I’ve been feeling like a poop. I’m positive every parent feels this way once in a while. Just gotta get through it. Having a child like Ginny, who is intelligent and kind and loves to show me love really helps.

I’ve been eating my feelings again. Ugh. Gotta stop. This blog is truly a testament to my failures in the food department. Every few months I make a sweeping declaring that things will change, but IT IS SOOO HARD!! Still. I am perpetually working on it, and will continue to do so. I’m not discouraged, just frustrated.

Now. On to other stuff.

My hair continues to grow. Obviously. It pleases me greatly whenever I brush it out after a shower, to see the length creeping down my chest. Pretty soon I’ll be at Mermaid Level, meaning I won’t need to wear a shirt anymore since my hair will hide the bazongas. I mean, I’ll still wear a shirt because it’s winter…but I will have the option not to.

Please realise that I’m kidding.

Hmm. What else to talk about. Well in July I’ll be standing up with my BFF at her wedding as her Maid of Honour. I’m pretty nervous for speech-making, and event planning, but I’m also very excited. The dresses are SMOKIN’, guys. We ladies are gonna look hawwwt. I’d like to shed a few inches for the wedding, which I think is a reasonable and attainable goal. My hope is to outshine the bride. Just kidddddding. She’s going to be STUNNING. I can’t wait to share the deets of the shower and bachelorette on here though. Hopefully after the wedding (if I remember to take photos). I have some pretty lofty, pinterest worthy ideas going on in this noggin of mine.

OH MY GOSH! I ALMOST FORGOT TO MENTION!! I quit biting my nails. Again. Haha. I’m a pro at quitting now. I’m just not a pro at staying quitted. I know that’s not a word. I don’t care.

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La la laaaa la la laaa laaaaaaaaaaa. What next what next.

My husband is probably the best guy ever.

My daughter is THE most awesome kid I’ve ever known. She’s hilarious and so much more brilliant than I could have ever imagined. You always hope you’ll have a smart kid, but I am just gobsmacked that I ended up with one of THE smartest kids ever. She can do a bit of simple addition now, can write 90% of her letters from memory, can read the words Cat and Fish, is a pro at writing her name, and can also type her name. Ginny is a natural at video games and computers, and is in love with the world of Peppa Pig.

Oh my gosh! And I registered her for pre-kindergarten! Whaaaaat! I know. Crazy that we’ve reached this point. Prayers and kind thoughts are VERY much appreciated, as we won’t know if she is accepted until June, and then we still have to officially register her in September. I’ll write more about the registration experience another day.

Well. I guess that’s it for today. Just felt like an update was in order. I know my rambly posts are liked, but I do hope to have a tad more structure next time. Toodles, y’all!

118 – Present Day Things

Just a list of things going on right now:

  1. I’m growing my hair out. It’s an awkward process. I refuse to cut it until it’s long enough that it won’t feel like I’m moving backwards, but the last cut I got was an asymmetrical bob so it’s growing weird. Anyways, I’m taking steps to really care for my hair now. Because I know you’re dying to hear about it, this is my hair care routine: I shower when I can. Sometimes it’s every day, sometimes it’s every 3 days – just depends what I’ve been doing and what I will be doing and how the kid is behaving. I shampoo my scalp, focusing on the roots and really massaging my head. Rinse, and then condition the ends, leaving my scalp alone. Until a couple weeks ago I applied my shampoo and conditioner both the same way, but since starting to do roots vs ends, I’ve noticed a bit less frizz. Finally, I put on a hair mask for 2-3 minutes. My hair is soft and healthy, though it obviously needs a trim. I use Dove shampoo/conditioner and a L’Oreal mask.
  2. I’m doing a major spring clean. We’ve been overdue for some junk-purging and I’m feeling really motivated at the moment. I’ve already tackled a few problem areas with success, but I still have so much more to get done.
  3. Tonight we’re going to see The Hateful Eight. I love me a good Tarantino.
  4. Potty training continues to not be successful, though I would not call it a failure.
  5. We are just about out of debt!!! And that means we can get a new car (finally!) and begin saving to buy a house. I can’t wait to buy a house. This blog will get a heck of a lot more exciting when it happens. I’ma DIY the snot out of my home.
  6. Ginny and I are watching The Little Mermaid right now, and it warms my heart seeing her love Ariel so much.

Well…I guess that’s it. Just felt like blogging.