I finally made some progress this weekend with my genealogy on my maternal side. I found a lot of information about my maternal grandfather a while ago, but my maternal grandmother seemed to be elusive. After searching every possible name, name combination, and spelling (these things can really affect what results you get) I found documentation for her baptismal certificate on ancestry and it kind of escalated from there. Building her side of the tree really showed me where my Irish heritage came from. It’s cool to see the breakdown of your ethnicity after you get your AncestryDNA test results but it’s even cooler to be able to trace back and pinpoint exactly where in your tree every part comes from. My Nana definitely was Irish though I never even realized.
Tom was out of town on Saturday night and what I thought would be a nice peaceful night of everyone going to bed early, and me being able to read for hours undisturbed turned into two kids dragging their shit in to the room and taking advantage of the empty bed. I swear to god these two even fight in their sleep. One snuggles too close and the other hauls out and hits her in her sleep. Peaceful? No.
The kijiji deal for twin Ikea beds fell through so in the meantime we flipped their Ikea Kura to the non bunk setup for Roo and the other bed is just a mattress on the floor until we get the adjustable bed for Merle. We can adjust the bed to the 2nd size so it will take up less room which is needed at the moment. I also told Roo that if she watches some tutorials and learns how to do it, she can decoupage her desk with old comics if she wants. I’m hoping to have the room all put back together before September. That may be wishful thinking though.
I’m sitting on two Zara gift cards that I got for my birthday. I can’t wait until of their fall stock completely comes in. Have you spotted any fall pieces you love yet?
Yesterday was my birthday and I turned to big 3-8. I’m not too sure how I feel about that. Nothing that I thought I would accomplish in the last year came to pass and I feel like it is a cop-out saying that I will do them this year. I should probably just cut myself some slack, but I am not very good at that. Maybe that should be something that I work on this year too ;)
For my birthday Tom and the girls gave me a whole bunch of band tees, the Nirvana Nevermind vinyl, and Zara gift cards. They know me so well ;) He said that he thought I would be disappointed with gift cards because it was a last-minute gift (his original idea didn’t pan out) but I have 9 million things in my virtual basket now and the gift is perfect.
I had a dream a while back that I had to make amends with someone who we had a falling out with a while back. Someone I promised myself I would never talk to again and I woke up feeling icky. I just found out that Tom has to talk to this person in regards to a business thing and it will mean that I have to at a minimum be socially polite to this person if I am ever in their company. It’s kind of like I had this weird premonition……I also recently had a dream that I moved to the UK; maybe that one will come true too ;)
I finally received the sheet that I needed to start making Merle’s duvet. I haven’t used my sewing machine in forever; it’s been sitting inside my closet on the floor with stuff piled on it. I am hoping to high hell that it hasn’t caused any of the settings to be messed up because I really suck at fixing it. I probably should have taken a basic sewing course at some point in my life because I am self-taught and kind of wing it. Side note: they offer a beginners sewing course for Roo’s age around here and I am starting to think it would be a good skill for her to have. It would be better for a professional to show her how to do it than me if she ever wants to attempt to make something.
Anyone have a laundry basket in their house that hasn’t been folded and put away for an extremely long time? I have one that has sat there so long (I am embarrassed to say how long) that I really need to bite the bullet. I think I need to purge the girl’s closet first though. Man, the summer is over half over and I have accomplished nothing. Bah.
Are you getting everything done that you thought you would this summer?
We went to Toronto Gem Expo this past weekend and I was pretty cool. Since Tom used to be a goldsmith and Merle loves geodes and gemstones I figured it would be fun family thing to do (plus it only cost $8 to get in). There were so many great pieces there but there was this one woman (her business is Calle I.D. Jewelry and Designs) who had the coolest, most unique, and beautiful items there. I would classify her stuff as steam punk meets fantasy and there was couple of pieces that I would have loved to buy but didn’t know how I would ever wear them. One was a beautiful Phoenix necklace, and the other was a dragon collar. We ended up buying the girls a couple of eye rings, but man those necklaces would have been statement pieces. Also I am obsessed with amber that have insects trapped in them. I kept gravitating to them and would love a huge piece like that to display at home.
My birthday is next weekend and I bought myself a trench coat. I have wanted one for a while and saw that Zara had a few just coming in for fall. I was going to just order one online but decided it was worth my time to try it on. I’m glad I did because I ended up getting the x-small instead of my regular small. While I like an oversized trench, I decided to go down in size because the small looked a little too oversized (would have looked better if I was taller) and bunched in the back when I belted it. I’m kind of really excited to wear this now so bring on rain and cooler weather.
July is almost officially over and I have completed about 50% of my Christmas shopping. Maybe more like 40% but definitely a good amount is checked off. Tom was working downtown last week and he noticed a Doc Marten outlet store so he went in. They were clearing out a ton of styles and he was able to pick himself up a really awesome pair that looks like a painting, and a Union Jack pair for Roo which I am squirrelling away for Christmas. She is going to be super excited because she was bummed when she grew out of her last pair. She actually has them on display on one of her bookshelves.
I don’t know if you remember me saying that I was planning on getting a subscription to the Great Courses Plus and use that for part of homeschooling this year. They just sent me an email letting me know about new courses added and one of them is French. I’m so excited but his because it means that I don’t have to pay $200 now to sign Roo up for a French course. I can use this for the first half of the year and then she can take the course for the second “semester”. I wasn’t really feeling like spending that much at this time since I have to buy Level 2 for Merles Reading/Phonics books which will probably set me back $200 as well. I’m just thankful hat I was proactive years ago and bought as many pieces of curriculum in pdf form as I could so now I can use them for Merle without added expenses. I am also thankful that there is a library right across the street (like literally across the street) that we can run over to and grab any supplemental material we may need without much worry. I’ve really got to kick my butt into high gear and get these last-minute things put together. I am usually much more prepared than this.
Does anyone else feel like the summer is totally escaping from them? Also, Tom got us Popeye’s Chicken for dinner and I think my entire week of fairly healthy eating just went up in flames :(
I pretty much spent this weekend (aside from an early Sunday flea market outing) taking the teacher’s course for The Big History Project to learn how to use the site and teach it to Roo. It was about 9 hours in total if you watch all the videos and do all the activities they suggest. At the end you get a certificate to use (obviously if you are actually teacher) and a $20 Amazon gift card (if you do a short survey) which is sent to you via email within a couple of weeks after. I haven’t sat and done a course in a while and I feel a little brain overload but the course was immensely helpful and educational. I’m excited to see how well it works through the year.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public on Friday and holy crap things sell out fast. I know they say that you should jump on something when you see but things literally disappear out of your basket before you have a chance to buy it. It’s unreal. Oh, well. I have enough jeans right now anyway ;) I tend to need to try pants on first because I find sizing so all over the place so I really should avoid buying them online. I do like these and they are a great deal but I don’t need them. I was hoping to hit it up the store again on Saturday to go through it a second time and see what they have left and may have restocked but aside from taking the course I spent most of the day doing nothing but reading a book and enjoying the rain. It was nice to step away from the computer for a chunk of time.
Did I mention that I won $243 in the lottery last week? We went out for lunch and bought groceries with it. I’m a pretty exciting spender eh? ;) So I have thought about getting Kindle Unlimited; does anyone subscribe and if so is it worth it for someone who reads 2+ books a week?
Do you know what totally annoys me? When you are shopping online and see something you like but when you click on it, it isn’t the piece that they are selling; it’s just part of their styling. This happens to me on the Zara site frequently like right here. I am in love with that yellow sweater but it’s not actually for sale. I hope they end up adding it to their fall line because it is amazing. I’m sure if I was a knitter I could do it but I am totally not a knitter (and lack the desire to be so) therefore I buy.
This Saturday was busy. We don’t usually cram that much stuff into one day but because Tom had to work on Sunday we had to fit our usual Sunday errands in to Saturday. Plus, there was a small carnival down the street that we promised to take the girls to and ended up there until past 11. To say they were bouncing off the walls is an understatement. The rides at those places are soooo expensive too. I think it worked out to $6 a ride per person which makes it really easy to spend a lot of money if you want to go on every ride even though there were only 10 rides (plus a games).
I also realized that while I once was super, crazy adventurous ride rider in my youth, as an adult they give me anxiety. I was even getting anxiety on the Ferris wheel (I’ve never had fear of height issues) which is something I would have thought was great a million years ago. Is this something that happens to us as adults?
I posted yesterday that I was able to go do a walk through Nordstrom to check out all the sale items (which I posted about). We have two in the city and we went to the one in Yorkdale which is a more upscale mall. I always feel like I am not rich enough to shop at that mall which is a reason we don’t hit it up often but I like it and I have become an expert window shopper there. Tom and Roo managed to find a great deal at the Disney store though and were able to add to their Star Wars collections.
I am getting stressed out trying to figure out what to get for Roo for us homeschooling her grade 8 this year. I can’t believe she is one year from highschool. I’m know that I am outsourcing for French to an online program, and I am thinking of doing The Big History Project for history to get a complete run through before highschool starts. I’ve heard great things about it and of course we would add a lot of books that tie in to it and documentaries. I also want to get a subscription to The Great Courses Plus (the online version of The Great Courses). It’s only $19.99 a month for access to thousands of lecture videos from great professors across the world. I think if you just watched these you will have a great education. I Beta tested the site a couple of years ago and I know I would get a lot of use out of it too. I’d honestly rather watch these than tv shows (geek alert). Aside from those ideas I am feeling stumped. Merle is really easy to plan for, except she wants an astronomy course and I’m not too sure where I will find a good, age appropriate one. Maybe a telescope and a star chart? ;)
Have you watched any good historical documentaries lately that I can add to our watch list?