“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else…They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you….You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”

How great is that??

I found the quote in a recent post by blogger co-founder, Meg Hourihan.  It’s by Banksy from his Cut it Out book.  But back to Meg in a bit.

This year in order to help reel in my desire for ‘stuff’ I have made a pact not to buy a single piece of clothing for all of 2012.

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Bayfront Park, Hamilton Ontario

I am in no way delusional that I have completely abandoned my blog in the last few months.  When I went to log on this morning, I hesitated because I couldn’t quite remember the password  (red light).  So what happened that I stayed away for so long??  In the last few months, I…

  • studied for exams
  • wrote exams
  • became an aunt
  • became a Godmother
  • have been spending a ridiculous amount of time around babies
  • enjoyed Christmas with family
  • spent weeks with a knot in my stomach waiting for exam results
  • got a letter saying I PASSED my exams (what!?)
  • finally got a few things done around the house so that I feel I can start posting again.

You know how sometimes you look around your house and you realize everything is partially done and you’ve done a significant amount of work (compared to what it was before) but it all still just looks like a disaster?? Yeah.  That’s where we were for about four months.  Things have gotten much better in just the last few weeks.

It’s amazing how much work you can get done when you’re not a) completely distracted by an adorable brand spanking new baby b) so completely nervous about exam results that you want to just huddle in the corner and c) SO over a long dark winter that had barely any snow and therefore, barely any fun.
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I wish my boss was paying me to build things with LEGO.

Oh, wait.

He is.

After the initial shock of what we discovered in our floor, things moved along relatively well. Contractor’s are wonderful people, sometimes. I mean, we probably could have done something ourselves, but we have become much more realistic not only about what we can do, but what we want to do. I rather go to my job for what I went to school and pay someone else to do what they went to school for. Seems to make sense to me.

The washer and dryer came last week and the amazing men from Sears carried the dryer and the 250lb washer up our crazy-steep stairs. And not only that, they carried our old gross washer and dryer out of the basement, too!!

I don’t have any follow-up pictures but there are two possibilites of the layout. The first being the ideal, and the second being the alternative since I only actually have 1.5″ of extra space to work with (let’s hope the washer and dryer are as wide as they said they would be and that my walls are straight somewhat not crooked).  Note: I made the two walls in front transparent so it’s easier to see in.  I don’t actually have transparent walls in my house… yet.
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In a previous post I told you we were starting work on our laundry soon. Well, soon has turned into now and the work has started. Remember this beauty of a room from one of my very first posts?

Hubs and his brother, let’s call him Brohemian Rapsibling, ripped up the floor last night so that the electrician and contractor can start their work in the next few days. Let’s see what they found, shall we??
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Hubs and his Mom just left on a fun date to the CNE in Toronto – enjoying the beautiful (though seriously hot) weather.  What am I doing?  I am inside in my jammies…. about to enter into my three-day super-ultra study-a-thon.  My exams are in, just over, two months and this weekend is officially the beginning of my patented ‘oh-sweet-mother-there-are-two-months-left-and-I’ve-barely-studied’ panic mode study method.

This method worked for me for 20 years of  four levels of education, so I figure why question it now.  Panic is good for me – keeps me focused (which may not be my greastest strength… shocking, I know, says the person updating her blog about studying instead of actually already studying).  I need pressure, panic, chaos.  I know… totally messed up in the head.  Who does this to themselves??

Aaannnyway, enough procrastinating sharing my exciting weekend plans with you…. time to study.  Please go an enjoy the outdoors for me!

Random link: If you’re outdoorsy, apparently here are the top ten places you should live.  Do you?