TGIF v.37

A high of the week was Kyle being off for the week and going to visit good friends of ours in our hometown. It had been FOREVER since we had all been together, so it was great to hang out!

 

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Who can say no to this gorgeous sunset?

We had plans to go to the park and take part in the Movie in the Park event, but opted to hang out at “the farm” and have dinner and visit instead. I think it worked out better that way! Isla and Norah had a blast and slept HARD on the way home.

A low of the week was learning that we’re not allowed to chop down a tree in our front yard. The city planted it way back when our area was being developed (2002) but it attracts aphids which attract wasps which is NO GOOD. There are literally THOUSANDS of wasps in this tree because they are feasting on the aphid’s waste (or poop, if you prefer), and that waste is all over our vehicles as well. We want to chop the tree down and replace it with something else, but we’re not allowed to just hack away at it; we have to wait for a city worker to come and “assess” the situation. Ugh.

Also, I stupidly entered my address in wrong on a Zulily order and Canada Post couldn’t get their crap together and find my actually address, so it’s being returned to Zulily’s depot and I’m shit outta luck on my order. At least I’m being refunded? I’m bummed because I was excited for the shirts I ordered for Kyle and Isla.😦

An internet find I loved was this:

If you say “Rise Up Lights” is sounds like “Razor Blades” in an Australian accent.

You know you said that out loud and laughed a little😉

The best money I spent was on Isla’s new Skip Hop lunch bag. (Which she actually paid for with birthday money but I helped with the difference.) She picked the unicorn and it’s adorable!

My favourite Isla and/or Norah moment was being able to just let them play and be little while we were visiting our friends. It was great that they were able to play outside and we didn’t have to worry about traffic or strangers or any of that “stuff” that comes along with living in the city.

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The song that has been stuck in my head is “Poets” by The Tragically Hip. I’m not even a big Hip fan but with all the hype that their last cross-Canada tour has garnered, it was hard not to get one of their songs stuck in my head.

My meals of the week were:

Monday: Chicken wings in the Actifry
Tuesday: Meatballs
Wednesday: Hamburgers and hot dogs
Thursday: Salmon
Friday: To be determined … Anyone have ideas for me?

And an honourable mention goes to my amazing Eggs Benedict breakfast on Sunday morning😉

My plans for the weekend are no plans! We’ll probably just relax and enjoy Kyle’s last couple of days off before he heads back to work on Monday.

 

 

Nothing is a Given

There are things in life that are for certain: The sun will rise in the east and set in the west, the grass is green, fall weather makes the leaves on the trees change their colours. While simple, these things are a few of things we can be sure of happening, life’s little guarantees.

There are also things that while they may seem simple enough, they are not. Like conceiving. Sure, when stripped down the math is simple: Have sex, get pregnant. In reality however, there are so many other factors; Ovulation. Egg count. Sperm count. Overall health. Conceiving is so much more complex than bumping uglies.

I’ve heard many people say over and over, “When we decide to get pregnant,” as if pregnancy is a given. However, what if it takes longer than anticipated to get to a place in your career where you feel comfortable or safe to take that time off to have a baby? And just because you decide to pull the goalie doesn’t mean than you’ll shoot and score on the first try. Unfortunately, the longer we wait to try and get pregnant, the riskier pregnancy can be.

And some women struggle for months, even years, before they get those two little pink lines on that intimidating white stick. Some even have to spend thousands of dollars on fertility treatments to have a child, and even then, it’s not guaranteed that there will be positive results. It’s unfathomable to think about not being able to have a child when that’s something you’ve dreamt about for as long as you can remember, and it’s heart-wrenching.

I really do wish bringing a new life into the world was as guaranteed as the sun rising and setting and that we women were all “Fertile Myrtle’s,” but sadly it is not, and I hope those waiting for the “right moment” in their lives to start trying at least acknowledge that.We cannot just decide to have a baby, but we can decide to give it a go. The rest is up to the powers that be, fate, or faith, whichever your give your heart and soul to. Fingers crossed, if you will.

What I’m Reading: Lily and the Octopus

27276262From Goodreads.com:
This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.

My review:
I! CANNOT! RESIST! A! BOOK! ABOUT! A! DOG!

Seriously though, I spotted this book while the the bookstore a while back and made a mental note to put it on my “Want to Read” list. The description of the book didn’t reveal too much, but I was intrigued enough to purchase it for my Kobo.

Lily and the Octopus is all about the slightly awkward Ted and his dachshund, Lily, that has shown him a lifetime of unconditional love. As Lily ages, Ted is left contemplating the decisions he has and will need to make in his life.

It’s hard to go any further describing the book without giving it all away, but it it certainly tugs at the heartstrings and is relatable for all pet owners.While I didn’t find myself reaching for the tissues à la Marley & Me it still made my heart hurt because I’m a dog person for life.

Aside from my emotional attachment to Lily, I cannot say that I love loved the book. The analogies were a bit bizarre and it took me a couple chapters to figure out what exactly was going on. Really, it reminded me of something that I would read in high school and then write an analytical book report on themes and meanings and parallels.

Lily and the Octopus was a decent read and if you’re a dog lover life me, you should most definitely pick it up and give it a go. Overall, I’m giving it 3.5 stars out of 5.