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Dec. 8th, 2014

GS Snapshot

Weekend Round-Up

It's freezing here today. -6 with a windchill of -21. Days like this I'm glad I have my own car now and the option to drive to work rather than walking! I forgot to bring milk for my tea though, so once I got to work I popped over the road to the convenience store - so, so glad for my down-filled parka! And the fake-fur-lined hood which kept the bitter wind from my cheeks!

A lazy and busy weekend all in one. Small Child went to his grandparents so M and I could get the house tidied and cleaned before my parents arrive on Friday. Saturday I hit up the local Farmer's Market for some Christmas gifts, then headed to the public library to get a library card. I got one when I first moved to St. John's and lived directly across the road from the library, but I've only been in there once in recent years and that was to hear a friend read from her (at the time) most recent book. With winter fast approaching, and a new job just up the road from the library, getting a card seemed a good idea. Whilst I didn't check out any books on Saturday, I did get 2 movies from their extensive collection : Coriolanus and In Bruges.

M was playing this weekend, so after a late lunch and some grocery shopping, he went for a nap and I settled in with my movies. Ralph Fiennes both directed and starred in Coriolanus, and as expected from someone who is considered a master-interpreter of Shakespeare, he did good. It was jarring at first to hear Shakespeare's language spoken by characters in modern dress - Fiennes set the movie in a war-torn Eastern European city - once I had locked into the rhythm of the speech I was engrossed. Gerard Butler as Aufidius was a little underwhelming - his tendancy to mutter meant I missed a lot of what he said - but Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox were superb, as was Fiennes.

After Coriolanus I went straight onto watching In Bruges. I'm not sure if it was the lateness of the hour or the kahlua and eggnog I was sipping, but I didn't find the movie as engaging as I had thought I would. The library is letting me keep it until Dec. 29, so I think I'll watch again before making judgement.

Sunday morning the movie-watching continued with the annual viewing of Love Actually with my friend Marie. Normally we get together one evening, but we could not make that work, so instead she came over in her pjs, I made oatmeal and tea, and we watched the movie and knitted. It was a great start to the day! Once the movie was done, M and I did some organising, a bit of Christmas shopping and checked out the new KFC which just opened close to the house.

Now it's Monday again. A short week for me though as I'm taking Thursday and Friday as vacation days. And it's almost midday, so today is just flying by :)
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Nov. 17th, 2014

Evenstar

Christmas! Weekend! Swimming!

This month is going by way too fast! I feel completely unprepared for Christmas, although I did at least buy some cards this weekend and made a start on cross-stitching the numbers for T's advent calendar. It only takes 10-15 minutes per number, so a couple of evenings should see them finished and then I can get the calendar assembled. Also need to remember to pick up wee gifts to go in the calendar.

The weekend was pretty non-eventful. Got groceries, ran some errands, M put the snow tires on his car, we both helped a friend get a sofa out of her house. And that was pretty much it. Bought T a Christmas Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends DVD; it's original episodes, with the models rather than animation, but it's narrated by Alec Baldwin. A little jarring to be honest.

Went swimming last night for the first time in a couple of weeks; side stroke is much harder than you'd imagine. But it was a good and productive class - probably because our usual instructor was away and the one we had is much more focused on getting us to swim, rather than just bobbing about as we all chit-chat!

Oct. 29th, 2014

Evenstar

Yikes!

I can't believe I actually remembered the password to this thing! or that my journal is still here.

I feel like asking "is there anyone out there"?! Seriously - who is still on lj? Is anyone reading this?

Mar. 5th, 2012

Evenstar

Books, movies and Baby T

Got a big box of books from amazon.ca this morning - nearly all of them children's board books for Baby T! My brother gave us an amazon e-cert for Christmas with the intention we buy toys for Baby T, but amazon.ca doesn't sell toys for some reason, so I spent it all on books instead. I can't tell you what a relief it is to add to the baby book collection as I'm getting mighty sick of the ones we have!

I spent the rest of the money on two books for me The Catcher in the Rye and Brideshead Revisited and two movies Bridesmaids and Eastern Promises. That haul wasn't ordered until yesterday, so I have another parcel to look forward to in the next couple of weeks.

Baby T is doing great. He broke the 22lb mark at just 7 months and has now started babbling and making speech-like sounds on a regular basis. He's not too keen on solid foods yet though - every time I try to give him something, whether it's baby cereal or a finger food, he looks at me as if he thinks I'm trying to poison him! Tonight I'm going to try him with mashed potato, so we'll see how that goes.

Feb. 16th, 2012

Evenstar

Reading

I decided at the beginning of the year that I wanted to read at least 1 book a month. Doesn't sound like much, but when you have an infant, then trying to find time to read is like trying to find gold dust! I figured that one book a month was a noble goal and would encourage me to read even just a few pages every day.

So far I'm doing well - January saw me devour all three books in The Lord of the Rings, and That Forgetful Shore by Trudy Morgan-Cole. I say devour - to be honest I'm not a huge fan of the fantasy genre, so whilst I raced through The Fellowship of the Ring, I found my interest waning as The Two Towers progressed and by the time I hit The Return of the King I was having a hard time caring whether Frodo and Sam made it or not.

Things picked up as I picked up That Forgetful Shore. Morgan-Cole is a local author and I loved her By The Rivers of Brooklyn about Newfoundlanders (specifically the women-folk) who moved to New York during the heydays of skyscraper building. That Forgetful Shore follows the lives of Triffie and Kit from childhood through to their golden years against the backdrop of the First World War, when Newfoundland was a Dominion of Britain. Morgan-Cole writes strong female characters and has an uncanny ability to bring bygone eras to life in an honest fashion.

Next up was Lament of the Dove by the lovely and talented annathepiper about which I shall say nothing more than it was incredible and if anyone can bring me over to the fantasy side, it will be Anna! I read this work as one of Anna's beta readers - hence the lack of a review - but once it's published and all you lucky folk are able to get your hands on a copy, then I will be hounding you to do so!

Currently I'm reading The White Rabbit by Bruce Marshall about one of the most famous members of the French Resistance during the Second World War. After organising all the separate factions into one army, The White Rabbit (F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas) was captured by the Gestapo and despite all they did to him never revealed any of his intricate knowledge of the Resistance. I'm about a third of the way through, and although the subject matter is interesting, I find Marshall to be a somewhat self-conscious writer. He's a little too aware of the important story he's been tasked to tell and it shows through on occasion.

Feb. 14th, 2012

Smiling Hotch

Cardy Goodness

Thank you so much esprit_de_glace for my holiday card which arrived today :)

Feb. 12th, 2012

Evenstar

Rain, rain go away...

In a nice change from all the snowstorms we've had recently, we're currently being battered by rain and gale-force winds. The kitchen window is leaking and water is coming up through the basement floor sigh, but at least we won't have to shovel our way out of the drive. We did need to move the litter tray as apparently Whiskey refuses to swim to answer the call of nature!

Did some shopping for Baby T yesterday - managed to score an umbrella stroller for $10 thanks to the clearance rack and also picked up some booties that actually fit his chubby little feet. We sensibly bought our groceries yesterday as well which means we have no need to leave the house today. Mike suggested a Tim's run, but as we would likely have been drenched just running from the house to the car, I declined. I'm not that desperate for tea and a chocolate chip muffin!

Feb. 2nd, 2012

Evenstar

February Already?

Feeling pretty proud of myself right now - managed to get a file that was attached to an e-mail onto my Kindle with no tears, cursing or hair-pulling :) As I'm not the least bit technologically inclined, this makes me happy.

Had another snowy day today - apparently we've had more than 200cm of snow so far this winter - looking at the pile of stuff in my backyard, this does not surprise me. However, all this snow means that Baby T and I have not left the house since Monday, and unless the city does a better job on the roads tomorrow, Friday isn't looking good. Saturday we're forecast another dumping. Sigh. It could be Sunday before Baby T and I emerge. (I don't have an issue with taking Baby T out in the snow, it's just hard to push a stroller through the stuff)

I have to say, January went by awfully fast. Normally I wouldn't complain, but each month gone, is a month closer to when I have to go back to work and my time with Baby T is severely curtailed. Not looking forward to that.

Jan. 31st, 2012

Evenstar

Weather Bomb

Wow. It is nasty out there. They forecast 8-10cm of snow. What they didn't forecast was the high winds. School buses have gone off the road, the RNC is recommending people stay off the roads in the Northeast Avalon, regular buses are avoiding hills. Glad I can just stay home. Wish M was home too - I hate the thought that he has to drive back in to town. He's a super-safe driver - it's the other idiots on the road that worry me.

Baby T and I are having a quiet day. In fact Baby T has slept most of it away. I'm guessing it's the weather - he always seems to get a little quieter when the weather changes. Not that I'm complaining - I'd rather that than him get all hyper!

Jan. 30th, 2012

Evenstar

Losing my mind!

Thank goodness for LJ - just had to go back through my posts (well, only the late December ones, which was easy thanks to the calendar feature) to find out when M and I got engaged! We're still not married, for those of you who are interested, but neither one of us could remember how long we'd been engaged. Since December 2008, again for those of you who are interested.

'Twas another glorious day here, so Baby T and I took a walk to the drug store/post office as we're likely to be housebound tomorrow thanks to the 8-10cm of snow they're forecasting. I don't mind being out in the snow, but snow clearing here sucks and it's difficult to get about with a stroller. We'll definitely leave the house Wednesday (swimming) and Thursday (clinic) so no need to worry about cabin fever.

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