Thursday, May 26, 2022

Monthly Musings

Linking up with Holly and Patty for this month's edition of Monthly Musings.

1. Favourite summer footwear? 
Birks.  I have the leather version and I want to get the plastic ones in white so I can wear them in situations where my feet may get wet.

2. Favourite Summer Accessories? 
I was thinking of jewelry for this one, but I think my favourite accessory is a hat, mostly because it is necessary. I don't like sun on my head and face if I can help it.  I used to have a straw hat but it kind of got squished in Jamaica so I am looking for a new one so my hat doesn't always have to be a ball cap.

3. Must have summer beauty products?
I like any of the hair protectant products from Drybar. With all of the swimming, sun, and ponytails, I often feel like my hair is looking for love.  These are all pretty good. 

4. Do you have a signature summer fragrance or perfume?
No.  I don't wear perfume anyway so no change for the summer. 

5. Favourite summer outfit?
I love these shorts.  They are from Zella.  They are nice and light, are a good length, don't look too much like athletic shorts, and they have a drawstring.  I have been wearing them so far with a blousy tank top. 
(This is from Jamaica) 

6.  Favourite sunscreen products?
I only buy Ombrelle sunscreen.  Dave prefers the spray, I like the lotion, and I also bought a small bottle of the sheer stuff for under my make up.

7.  Do you prefer a one piece, tankini, or bikini swimsuit?
Tankini or one-piece.
(this one is a tankini)

8.  Do you keep your hair the same in the summer or switch up the style?
I put it up in a ponytail more often is that is what you're referring to ;) A pony tail or low bun is necessary for me when I'm wearing a bike helmet or ball cap, or when I'm swimming or sweating at all. 

9. Favourite summer nail colour?
Any dark jewel colour like a royal blue, magenta or dark purple. For my toes only, I don't get my fingernails done very often, but if I do, I go for something lighter.

10.  Favourite summer lip colour?
I don't wear lipstick, so nude I guess... :)


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

What's Up Wednesday

I just wanted to start off this post with a comment about the school shooting in Texas yesterday.  This feels like another thing where I feel like we just continue screaming into the void.  Here we go (and so quickly after the Buffalo grocery store shooting too) sending out more thoughts and prayers while the actions that could actually make a difference go undone.  I watched the announcement yesterday and it was the phrase "the families are being notified" that really got to me.  Those families will never be the same, just like the families from Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, and so many others scenes of mass gun violence.  No one wants to get the message that a loved one has died, but when it keeps happening even when the cause has been identified and the solution (even partial) is achievable and yet goes unaddressed, with people wringing their hands as if they can't possibly understand how this keeps happening, then it is all the more tragic.  There is a staunch group lawmakers who refuse to support any type of gun control, even something as simple as background checks for gun purchasers, and they carry on, unfazed.  I don't know what, if anything, will finally be the catalyst to make a change on this. So for now, join me:

Okay, onto my trivial What's Up Wednesday post. 

What we're eating this week...

Sunday - We were at the Blue Jays game so we sort of ate there and had snacks when we got home. 
Monday - Macaroni and Cheese and Wings from the freezer (stores were closed for the holiday so this is what we had in the house)
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Out
Thursday - Butter Chicken in Slow Cooker
Friday and Saturday - not sure yet, but likely something on the BBQ

What I'm loving...

Riding my bike to work. I've only done it three times, my goal is at least once a week, and I've done that.  I need to bike tomorrow though to keep my streak alive, I hope the rain stays away!

What we've been up to...
Running from sport to sport, but we're doing a good job of staying organized.  My mom was here last week and it was great to have her help.  She had to make notes to keep all of the activities straight though! 

What I'm dreading...
I was looking back at my What's Up Wednesday post from May 2021 and this section referred to the construction they were starting on our street.  Well it's a year later, and although the top and bottom of our road has been blocked off (at different times) throughout the year, they still haven't done anything in the middle of the street or near our yard, so I guess I'm still dreading that whenever it does happen. 

What I'm working on...
Finding restaurants for Montreal.  We booked one dinner and have a few ideas for our other dinner and a Sunday brunch.  There are just too many choices, it's overwhelming!

What I'm excited about...
I bought a bottle of Whispering Angel for when my mom was here, but then we never drank it (we had other rose instead), but now I'm excited to enjoy it this weekend.  It's always a nice treat. 

What I'm wearing...

The same clothes.  I realized I had drawers full of clothes and was just wearing the same things over and over so I finally weeded out the things that were just getting pushed around.  I do need a few new things, but I'll try to keep it to a minimum. 

This dress is like 10 years old, but it still works :)

What I'm watching/reading...
We just finished Severance, which was a slow burn, but I'm all in now, just in time to end the season.  Next up is Ozark and we are watching Casual. 

I'll do my May reading list on Monday, so check back then.  There is one book that I will need people to weigh in on, so I hope I find others who have read it!

What I'm listening to...
My current go to song is As It Was by Harry Styles, and that leads me into Harry Styles Radio on Spotify.  I've never really cared too much about Mr. Styles but this song has me hooked. 

What I'm doing this weekend...
Kids sports, hanging out with neighbours, and getting our herb garden set up finally.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
My trip to Montreal, my Birthday, Father's Day, church picnic, end of school, and our first camping trip.  June is always my favourite month. 

What else is new...
Dave got a new lawnmower which is pretty exciting for him.  We have had a manual push mower forever but Dave thought he needed to up his lawn game ;)

Resolutions Check-In
Not much new to report here.  I have my clothes and toys ready to donate next week, but I haven't made any food donations yet.  

Linking up with Shay.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Weekend Recap

 Busy, fun filled long weekend over here!  Dave and I went out for supper to celebrate our anniversary on Friday night.  My mom and the boys ordered Chinese food for their dinner.

Subway selfie.

First we went to the Writers Room, the rooftop restaurant at the Park Hyatt in Yorkville. 

Fantastic view.

Then we went to Bar Reyna for some more drinks and food.


On Sunday morning Dave went golfing, Mom took Q to ball hockey, and I went to E's baseball game. 

Mom and Q stopped by the playground after ball hockey.

Then we met Dave on the golf club patio for lunch. 

For those of you in Southern Ontario on Saturday afternoon, you'll know that this was just before the big storm went through.  We got the alert on our phones and we got out of there quickly after that.  Before that all happened, it was great to be back on the patio. 

We made our pizzas on Saturday night.

On Sunday we watched the F1 race in the morning, exciting race, all in all.   Poor Leclerc.

In the afternoon we boarded the subway with two other families to head to the Blue Jays game. 

I was surprised the roof was open, given the cooler temperatures and rain we had in the morning, but they had it open and it was nice. 

You may remember from Friday's post that my Blue Jays wine glass didn't make it through the last dishwasher run, so my mom and I got new ones at the game.  

On Monday morning we drove my mom to the airport and then we got McDonalds breakfast on the way home. 

Then we waited for Dave to get home from the golf course so we could go our hike. 

Our front tree is in bloom

We met some friends at Hilton Falls for an afternoon hike. 

I thought I should get a photo of us on our actual anniversary :)

Snack break!

Long weekend complete!