I was so excited to try ordering my groceries online for pickup this weekend for the first time. Sunday is usually my grocery day but I had a ton of stuff I wanted to do to get a jump on for the week. I planned on ordering them first thing Sunday morning and then sending Tom to pick them up in the afternoon when they were ready. I swear when I was first puttering around on the website it said that you had to order them at least 5 hours before pickup so when I tried to book a time slot this morning it said I had to have ordered them before 1 a.m. of the day I wanted them. So that was disappointing, and I had to go out and get them and didn’t get anything I wanted to get done at home. I have no idea why but grocery shopping takes a minimum of 2.5 hours here. Walk over, get sidetracked in the mall, get groceries, walk home, put everything away (and clean out the fridge). It’s usually closer to 4 hours, and then there went my afternoon of productivity :(
I still haven’t bought the faux fur jacket that I liked (you can see it in the above photo from when I tried it on last week). I really want it but I also want to save for a pair of Anine Bing Charlie boots (short or regular, I’m not picky) which is such a blogger cliche (that I am totally late to because you know? Broke.) but I have liked them since I first saw them years ago and didn’t even know what brand they were. Come on this weeks’ llottery tickets, momma needs a vacation and a pair of Anine Bing boots (and if you are feeling super generous I’ll take that coat as well). Kidding, almost. I do play the lottery every week, and I would buy all those things if I won. I’ve never won anything more than $485 so I’m not holding my breathe.
The heat came back late last week and I am not happy about it. I’m just wearing my leather and sweaters out of sheer spite and protest while I slowly roast inside. Let’s hope it changes back again soon.
I recently started reading The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. From what I have read so far it is really good. It grabs your from the first page an holds on to your attention throughout. If you like time travel, and/or the medieval time period (in the time of plague) then I recommend it.
Have you read any good books lately? I’m always looking to add to my to-read pile.
I had a nice surprise when I woke on Sunday. The online site that I use to watch television shows (we don’t have cable) already had the season 3 premier of Outlander. It was a great way to start the day, but now I have to wait until next week :) I wish I could do the “wait until all the episodes are up and then binge them” thing but when it comes to certain shows I just can’t wait.
Saturday as a family (it’s usually just me and the girls because Tom works so much) went for a walk around the neighbourhood to go to Spirit Halloween, the mall, and pick up some groceries. Tom got a full dose of what it’s like to have to carry a lot of groceries home. I always bitch about it since my shopping cart broke last year but he has never experienced it in real-time. I was chuckling to myself when he was loading heavy things in to the cart like jugs of juice and such and told him it was going to suck to have to carry it home and he was like, “no, no.no. It will be alright.” so I was like, “okay dude, just don’t say I didn’t warn you.” And it did suck. and I laughed while I was doing my lamaze breathing that helps me carry the weight. I don’t think he will volunteer for that again ;) I need a new shopping cart before the winter but I can’t seem to decide on either this style or this (I’m leaning towards the 2nd because it can go up stairs). I had a big boxy one before and while it carried a lot to was a pain in the ass and didn’t turn corners very well which isn’t good for snow and slush.
I’ve tried to clean and organize my closet so my fall sweaters are now more easily accessible but it’s such an awkward configuration in there. I’d love to be able to do an Ikea closet revamp but a) we rent and I am not spending money to re-do a closet only to move in a couple of years, and b) I don’t think it would really work that well because of all the extra storage crap in there. My goal is to one day have a nicely configured closet. It doesn’t have to be a big walk-in closet (I don’t have tons of clothes, shoes, or bags), just something that looks neat and completely organized. I like this one and could probably just get 2 sections instead of three. Three would be nice though ;)
I did some good purging this week in clothes, toys, and furniture that needs to be dropped off to donate next weekend (the only time when the car is home), so now it is piled and cluttered in my front hall while it waits. It kind to makes me want to just go put everything back to get it out of site but it’s better if it goes.
This is random but I’m not looking forward to having to wear high socks again :(
It is holiday Monday and it’s the last day of summer :/ Today I am scrambling around printing off curriculum pages and organizing everything for our official “Not Back to School” school day. I think I have everything I need (except the planner I ordered from Amazon which got delayed and will be here Tuesday). I love this planner because it allows me to plan each day out in the boxes. As much as I love the computer and internet I find I feel so much more organized with a pen and paper.
Saturday was FanExpo which is like Comicon but a lot larger. This one took up two separate auditoriums instead of the regular one and it was soooo crowded. We didn’t get any pictures with celebrities this year because we wanted to be able to walk around and enjoy the day instead of standing in line for hours. Also Mathew Lewis aka Neville Longbottom cancelled his appearance. Tom was able to score a couple of Christmas gifts for Merle there though while I was taking her on one of her million bathroom breaks. He found her a figurine from one of her favourite games, and a Nightmare Before Christmas, Santa Jack for her set. We also picked up a Darth Vader and Chewbacca Buddha from Modulicious for our collection (we now have Yoda, Storm Trooper, C3PO, Darth Vader, and Chewie).
I don’t know why I didn’t post this part first but the yellow sweater from Zara that I wanted came in stock. I am so stoked even though it won’t arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday because of the long weekend :/ I woke up Thursday morning and checked out the new arrivals at Zara and there it was. I immediately purchased it with one of my gift cards I have saved for this exact moment (sounds a little dramatic). I may or may not have also ordered a few sweaters for fall/winter and used up my gift card balances. I am going to be super disappointed if the yellow sweater arrives and I hate it.
For everyone that had a long weekend, I hope it was a safe and enjoyable one.
Holy crap it’s the last official week of summer holidays here and it went just as fast as it did when I was a kid. How much panicking to finish things do you think I will do this week ;) I hope what I do manage to accomplish is everything I intended but failed to do this summer. This upcoming weekend is Fan Expo which is like Comicon and has been our family tradition for end the summer for the last 4 or so years. I am assuming that Merle will want to dress like a weeping angel again. I think that is her go-to “cosplay” uniform.
Also a sign that summer is almost over is that the seasonal location of Spirit halloween is open. The girls have only been waiting since the day it closed after Halloween last year for it to open again. I’m not sure how many times you can activate a scary animatronic before getting bored of it but I am certain I am going to find out between now and Halloween. I hope that if Merle does it enough she will become desensitized to them so she doesn’t go screaming down someone’s driveway when one unexpectedly pops out at her on Halloween night like last year leaving me at the door to collect her candy. It also seems they have fully decided what they are going to dress up as, Roo wants to be a green alien possibly wearing a tie-dyed shirt (don’t ask) and Merle is going to be Wednesday Addams. I am also hoping that it isn’t too cold this year so they don’t have to wear 500 layers.
We went from hot as hell to cooler temps in the blink of an eye and this earlier than usual fall weather is making me nervous as to what winter will be like. We lucked out last winter and it was one of the mildest ones that I can remember and I am scared that this year is going to be the complete opposite just to make up for it. I guess it’s time to start pulling out the winter gear to freshen and launder it in preparation. Yikes that my mind is even contemplating that now :/ but for the last few nights the air has actually cooled down enough that the bedroom has been chilly. I’m kind of excited to be able to wear a beanie again soon though which makes hair styling easier and is my go-to winter look. I just have to remember where I stored them.
I’m going to try and finish all of my errands and running around that I need to do in preparation for next week before the weekend. I think I am even going to try and get the grocery shopping done on Friday because last year I attempted to shop on the day before school starting back up and it was a nightmare. I don’t know whatever the hell possessed me to even try it but holy crap was it chaos. The plan is to get everything done and slide in to the new week smoothly. Nothing ever goes smoothly here but I’m going to try.
Has any fall weather made an appearance where you live yet?
I figured it out guys. I managed to get two twin beds into the girls’ room. We used every small area or weird shaped wall to its best ability and believe it or not there actually seems to be more room than before. We were finally able to find an Ikea Minnen extendable bed on kijiji and the guy ended up selling it to us for only $20 which is an awesome deal. Now this week I am planning on working on Merle’s duvet, and Roo decided that she needed a new duvet too but Star Wars, so I ordered her a Star Wars Pottery Barn twin flat sheet off of eBay to make in to a duvet as well. I was going to order her the actual duvet from Pottery Barn but with shipping and fees it was going to cost me $160 (sometimes it is so expensive to get things shipped from the U.S. to Canada) and I was not paying that much for a kids duvet (or any duvet actually). The sheet cost me under $30 after shipping.
Zara has some really gorgeous pieces for fall in their Nomad line. I kind of want everything because I have two gift cards that are bringing a hole in my pocket from my birthday. I ended up buying this cardigan (In sand) and this kimono sweater (in black) to start but I want to sit back and wait to see what else is coming in.
I’m using the last two weeks of summer to really try to clean and organize the house. I feel like I completely missed the boat on this earlier in summer and I am trying to scramble around and get things done last-minute. Comicon is coming up on labour day weekend so we finish the summer with our favourite thing to do, and Tom is super excited because his idol Bruce Campbell is going to be there this year.
Are you cramming in a last-minute projects or fun this summer?