Rain check

Dear de G family,

It has come to my attention that each of you have been suffering with a very nasty gastrointestinal ailment this week. As none of you are physically able to participate in an egg hunt or enjoy the sweet chocolate of my gifts,  I have decided to postpone my visit to your home. I will check in during the week to see if everyone has improved.  If so,  I plan on visiting in the wee hours of Sunday,  April 27th, 2014. Please ensure that your canine is restrained and your felines are well fed. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Sincerely,

Humphrey, 
THE EASTER PIG

Kickstarter

Just a quick flyby post to ask for your help.

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As you know, my amazing sister has been working on LoveCraft, the gallery and studio space in Calgary, AB that she co-owns, for the last bit. They very close to their grand opening on May 30th. They have just put out a call for help, and I extend that call to you, my friends, family and readers.

Do you support the Arts in Canada? Do you support small Canadian businesses? Young women in business? Would you love some pretty jewelry, a custom dyed scarf, a drinking horn, or the chance to attend some workshops in Calgary? If so, please check out their kickstarter here.

Here are some samples of what you can “buy” with a pledge:

 

A sample necklace

A sample necklace

A sample of Tracy's scarves. I own a few of these and love them immensely.

A sample of Tracy’s scarves. I own a few of these and love them immensely.

How amazing would it be to drink some mead from this?!

How amazing would it be to drink some mead from this?!

Thank you so much for checking it out. <3

Two

I can’t believe it’s already time for me to write this post. Two years ago, at 5:04am, my whole world was born.

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He was stubborn. He didn’t want to leave his comfy home. It was 31 hours of labour, 17 of which was intense active back labour, and 5 hours of pushing. Finally, my big boy was born via escape hatch at 9lbs1oz.

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Two years. How is this possible?

Two

32.5lbs, 38.2″ tall.

  • Diaper Size: Pampers Cruisers 6
  • Clothing Size: 3T, squeezing into some of the bigger 2T stuff
  • Nicknames: Monkey, Baby, Little Man, Stinker, Turd.
  • Teeth: All of them, though the molars are still coming through (they keep poking out, and then receding, the jerks)
  • Had a long hard winter, including several bad colds, and a few trips to CHEO
  • Loves to dance, jump, run and spin
  • Is finally starting to talk. He doesn’t use sentences very often, but that’s ok.
  • Still loves antagonizing the animals.
  • We hang out with his best buds Gus and Wesley about once a week.
  • Very picky about his food! Chicken nuggets, bananas and french fries are his favourites
  • Is still nursing frequently
  • Loves making art. Painting is his favourite, though he loves using window markers on the patio doors too
  • Can’t get enough fresh air. Stomping in puddles is the best.
  • Is a young chef in training – Loves to help me cook.
  • Is finally starting to sleep better.
  • Loves giving kisses and hugs.
  • Loves watching kids movies, so long as they are animated and have talking animals.
  • Bubbles make him happier than anything else in the world
  • Terrible Twos in full force.

I can’t believe how grown up Liam seems these days. He has such a wonderful personality. He feels so strongly and loves spending time with us and his friends. He is such a little dude now! It’s a joy to see him interact with his friends and have them run off and play independently (He and Gus playing “nap time” is truly the cutest thing ever). He is incredibly polite and will often sign please and say thank you without prompting. He finally called Pat “Daddy” and me “Ma” (until recently, we were both Ma). He loves drumming and making music. He sings, he speaks to the animals, and he loves it when we have a busy day ahead. He’s down to one nap in the afternoon (usually b/w 11-1).

I have never been more in love, or felt more pride than I do for my monkey. I am thankful that I am able to stay home with him during the day and be a part of his growth and learning. Love you, little man. You are our everything.

Pink

So, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here is my before picture:

Me, in the waiting room of the spa, about to get my eyebrows waxed

Me, in the waiting room of the spa, about to get my eyebrows waxed

Here are my segments:

Video One

Video Two

Video Three

For those of you who can’t wait to watch, here is…the final result:

Yeah, talk about a massive change! I’m still getting used to it. It’s more work than I have ever had to put into my hair. I think I want to grow the bangs out a bit. Right now the bangs and the layers are giving me the illusion of a bowl cut/Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber:

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Honestly though, I absolutely love the colour. It’s amazing. Here’s some better pictures of the colour, before the cut:

What do you think? :D It looks very different when styled by me. My natural curl changes the shape completely, which I think I actually prefer. I may go in an get it shaped at my regular salon, so that it’s a bit more…curl friendly.

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Transition

Spring is here! Finally,  we have a beautiful warm sunny day for us to enjoy. It seems so apt that I have the last step of my makeover tomorrow.

On Thursday,  I made my way downtown and made a quick visit to the CTV studios. Had I not been so nervous,  I would have remembered to take a selfie before heading in. Instead,  I shook like a leaf,  wandered the market and tried to calm myself down with my favourite part of this beautiful city.

It’s been so long since I’ve had the time to wander the byward market. As a teen and 20something, it was my favourite place to be. Cool clothing shops, tea stores,  cafés, clubs, street vendors. It made me smile to be back.

Once I calmed down,  I went in the studios and waited to be seen. They needed to shoot a 60sec before shot for the show. I must have been quite the sight… My hair was frizzy,  blown by the spring wind.   I had no makeup, and a meh outfit. Good for a before,  right? I sat there,  on the stool,  smiling awkwardly in silence,  at a camera. Eventually,  that loooooong minute was over and I made my way to the salon.

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My before, in the spa waiting area

After an exceptionally awkward session with the esthetician (due to conversation and scolding,  not the actual service provided which was fine),  I was sent up to the hair salon.

There I was pampered and treated exceptionally well by my stylist/artist, Lindsay. First she asked me a bunch of questions about my taste,  my own style,  my life and what I’m looking for out of this makeover. Together we came up with a super exciting plan. Let’s just say it won’t be boring mom hair anymore!

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Almost 6 hours later (yes,  really), I was on my way home with drastically different hair and it was only halfway done. She only did a tiny bit of the cut and the colour. The rest will be done on Monday,  on air.

I’m still getting used to it,  and go from loving to hating it several times a day. I promise to withhold judgement until it’s all done.

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Sneak peek

Today we have a busy day ahead. I need to tidy,  because my toddler has destroyed the house (we’ve been stuck inside because he has Roseola/measles/scarlet fever/something/nothing) and get myself all ready for tomorrow morning. I have to be at the studio for 6:50 (uuuuugh),  so I want to be able to just wake up,  drink coffee and leave.

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My poor plague baby

This afternoon,  I plan on going out to the local dog park to enjoy this glorious weather and give Liam some time to run around.

Tomorrow,  assuming he’s well,  we are all going out for lunch and then a museum as a family date.

And now,  I’m off to get some work done. I’ll post a link to my segments once they are up! Wish me luck,  everyone!

Horseshoes and Haircuts

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently won another contest. Some of you are sighing at me and rolling your eyes, I can tell. Yes, I win a lot of contests. It’s because I enter an insane amount. The one I just won is only kind of a contest. It’s more of an opportunity.

CTV Morning Live is the local news morning show. I used to watch it religiously until we got rid of cable. One of their long standing featured segments is the Monday morning makeovers. They take a nominated guest and have them made over by the local Holtz Spa. I have nominated myself maybe 10 times and didn’t think much of it when I saw a tweet asking for more nominations a couple of weeks ago and responded again. Well, a couple days later I got a reply: I will be on the show, April 7th, from 7-9!

The timing is perfect, really. I had just asked Pat for a trip to the salon for my birthday in June. My poor hair is woefully neglected with money being so tight. I’m leaving my new look up to the stylists, so I’m excited to see what they do with me. In honour of this upcoming change, let’s look at the legacy of my hair:

My Childhood Hair

My hair as a child can be summarized as “Blonde, Curly and large”. My mother had pin straight black hair, so she had no idea what to do with me.

Awkward Teen Hair

In my early teens, my hair was thick, long, curly and blonde. I was super angsty and a bit goth, with an unhealthy obsession with looking like I came from a Waterhouse painting.

Then, I hit my late teens and decided to mix things up. Thus began the cycle of cutting my hair, growing it out, getting annoyed and chopping it off again. This has continued to today.

Short Hair

Longer Hair

I haven’t had many hair colours, to be honest. Maybe they will play with that? I’ve been blonde, brunette, black w/ blue and purple, dark brown, reddish brown and holy crap red.

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So, there you have it. That’s my hair.

What would you like to see me do next? :)

Rhythm – An update

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning here in Ottawa. I’m trying to get some cleaning in before the end of the weekend.

Today we are heading over to visit Liam’s Nanny,  Grammy and Aunties. We haven’t been able to visit them as much as I would like. Between busy weekends,  illness,  and pat’s classed we’ve been averaging maybe once a month.

I’ve been trying to establish more of a routine for Liam. I’ve talked about the Waldorf concept of rhythm and routine before. I think we’ve finally found a very casual rhythm that works for us:

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Mondays: Cleaning,  meal planning, groceries
Tuesdays: Arts &  Crafts
Wednesdays: Baking and tidying
Thurdays: Outdoor play
Fridays: Friends
Saturdays: Errands, tidying
Sundays: Family

We’ve also developed a bit of a routine for the day to day as well,  though this changes depending on our plans.

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-wake up
-take care of animals
-breakfast
-TV time
-play
-lunch
-nap
-activity
-make dinner
-eat dinner
-play
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I’ve been trying to integrate gentle transitions to help with these changes. So far Liam has really responded well to them. The one issue we are having is bedtime. Suddenly,  he will not go to bed for me. We are playing with the bedtime routine to see if we can’t find something that works better than what I am doing.

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I can’t believe that in less than a month my baby will be 2. Where has the time gone? We have no real plans for celebrating. If the weather cooperates we will go to the park with his buddies. If not,  I may just take him to the museum and maybe a diner for dinner. Simplicity is our motto these days (she says,  despite the pile of birthday gifts upstairs.)

In other news,  my health journey is going well. I’ve lost a total of 8lbs and 11 inches, and feel great.  With the exception of my diet coke love,  I have been really good about eating much better. I no longer crave chips or candy (I do occasionally desperately want a burger and fries). I am not starving myself and am learning about balance. I have been less sore and my digestive health has been so much better.

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Kaitlin is trying to convince me to train for a marathon (you crazy woman). We shall see ;) I haven’t done much exercise since catching my cold. I have to get back to activity before I start thinking about a marathon.

I do have some news to share,  but I’ll save that for my next post.  Here’s a teaser: My good luck has served me well again and I’ve won another contest. More details to come :)