Friday, June 29, 2012

Film Friday - Festival!

For as long as I can remember, the Canada Day long weekend meant one thing in Hamilton - It's Your Festival!

Gage Park, a mere 10 minute walk from my house, hosts the anywhere-from-3-to-5-day festival that showcases the best in (through the years): tasty foods, rides, skeeball, jewelery with yin yangs, concert photos and bible quizes.

In other words, perfection.

It's Your Festival (along with Festival of Friends in August) were hands down the absolutely highlight of the summer for adolescent me.

This is actually a few years past adolescence - the summer I was 22 and just days before I chopped those dreadlocks off.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Glowing Product Review

I love summer! Since I'm a bit of an obnoxious optimist, really, I love all seasons.
But, summer! Am I right?

Since I mainly wear skirts and dresses, one of my favourite things about summer is the feeling of those first few instances of going bare legged and feeling so freeeeeee.

 For about 5 minutes. And then the dreaded leg-rubbing begins. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. It is such a bummer - an otherwise glorious day getting more and more uncomfortable because of your stupid, sweaty thighs. I've tried powder (nope), wearing shorts (they can ride up, plus are just too hot). But no more!

If you suffer from this as well, get thee to a sporting goods store and buy this:


Seriously. SERIOUSLY.
This is a life saver, a god send, a some-other-hyperbole. It's small enough to keep discreetly in your purse if you need to reapply, but usually just once is good. And it'll only run you about $7!

And really, can you put a price on a summer full of flowy skirts and no chaffing? I don't think so!

Film Friday

Yes, please.

 Photo by Monica, from ages ago on a Toronto shopping trip

Monday, June 18, 2012

10 things, 10 hundred dollars

Yesterday, while taking in the sights of this year's Car Free Day on Main St I ran into my pal Lisa who also happens to write The Sprog a mum-topic-centric blog about living in East Van and raising her lovely son. She mentioned the fact that I hadn't been blogging much (or, at all) and suggested I check out the "Monday Listicles" over at The Good Life blog.

For me, my inspiration comes in such ridiculous fits and starts - for a bit I'll have loads of ideas and then nothing. I like the idea of being given topics to write about, so I thought I would give it a try. The fact that the topic this week is imaginary shopping certainly helps.

 Lately I've had money on the brain like CRAZY. I finally decided I needed to actually start acting a little bit like a grown up and figure some shit out. So I ponied up the $25 to get my credit report (which wasn't as bad as I was expecting!), started reading a money blog regularly (The Billfold, friend to the fabulous Hairpin) and signed up at to start tracking just where all my money ends up anyways. It's been good! And depressing, but good!

Even more recently money has been a touchier (ie stressier) subject, since the summer is looming which means no work. I'm hoping I'll be able to get EI, but I'm also very wary of it (it's never worked out before), and so for now and the foreseeable future I am in mega-budget mode. Which means no fun shopping. And so, imaginary shopping ho!

 The topic this week is what 10 things I would buy with $1000 dollars.

1. I'm totally stealing Lisa's idea here; a pound of delicious French Blend tea from Granville Island Tea Company - $30

2. Two beautiful, dry aged rib eye steaks from Windsor Packing Co. on Main St - $25

3. A Buddy Belt harness in natural for Minnie Pearl - $80

4. A bunch of tasty cheese from Les Amis du Fromage - $25

5. Frye Veronica Slouch boots in bronze (swoooooon) - $370

6. Wood veneer Lolita sunglasses from Tumbleweeds Oddities on etsy - $75

7. Miniature Aga for my future dollhouse - $35

8. THIS GODDAMN DRESS from Modcloth - $290

9. A hair cut from somewhere nice in Vancouver (my old hair stylist moved away so I don't really have anywhere specific to go right now) - $65

10. A French 75 cocktail from The Cascade Room on Main St - $10

Monday, June 11, 2012

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack

My most recent obsession (aside from The Hunger Games and dollhouses**) - shotgun houses.
True Kentucky Shotgun House Power Pole and Shotgun Houses

From Wikipedia:
The shotgun house is a narrow rectangular domestic residence, usually no more than 12 feet (3.5 m) wide, with doors at each end. It was the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War (1861–65), through to the 1920s.

I listened to a super informative and entertaining (as always) Stuff You Should Know podcast all about shotgun houses. I had heard the term before, and have seen some (during my New Orleans trip) but didn't know exactly what they were. And I certainly didn't know any of their history.

The older I get the more modest my dreams become of the kind of house I would like to eventually own. Something like this would be just perfect.

**Expect to see some (hopefully) pretty amazing posts related to this topic soon!
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