Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's up Wednesday

Linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for What's up Wednesday.

What we're eating this week...
Sunday - QMP (Queen Margherita Pizza)
Monday - Baked pork chops, beans and roasted potatoes
Tuesday - Sausage and Broccoli Soup
Wednesday - Thai Cashew Quinoa Salad
Thursday - Crunchy Beef and Mac
Friday and Saturday - Who knows?!

Our Tuesday night supper

What I'm reminiscing about...
Christmases past with my grandparents.  We had so much fun with them over the years; I can still hear them singing the Christmas hymns.  They always made family gatherings fun; they knew how to entertain!

(I guess my mom is taking the picture)

What I'm loving...
 Lenny Letter.  If you follow Lena Dunham on Twitter or Instagram then you would have heard her mention Lenny Letter, an email subscription of articles and stories with a feminist angle.  I just signed up last week so I've only received two so far.  Some are written by Lena or her co-showrunner of Girls, Jenni, but usually they are written by others.  Check it out for something different in your inbox.

What we've been up to...
Dave actually brought up Guitar Hero the other day.  I think E found the guitars when they were bringing up Christmas decorations.  It is still fun!  I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of E rocking out.

What I'm dreading...
Strapping E into his carseat with his winter clothes on.  I know you're not supposed to put kids in their carseats with their coats on, but rather cover them with blankets instead, but we have never done that unless we're taking a long road trip. I was thinking that he could move to a carseat that strapped him with the car's seatbelt rather than the 5 point harness, but now I'm not sure.  I need to do some more measuring and research to see if we can move to the bigger seat.  

(For the record he was still being strapped in when I took this picture so his straps would be better adjusted before we started driving)

What I'm working on...
Making lists and checking them twice fifty times.  I have one master list for Christmas preparation, but also a secret list for Dave's gifts, a list of books I want to suggest for next year's book club, ideas for blog posts, weekly grocery lists, and to do lists at work. Nothing gives me more joy than crossing something off a list.

What I'm excited about...
Last year I went to the Toronto Premium Outlets on Black Friday, and this year I'm going go to again.  I am going to go by myself this time and I want to be there around 6:30 am (stores open at 6).  I'm hoping to finish off my shopping and still get to work at a decent time.  I only have a few places I want to go, so hopefully I can be efficient with my time.

What I'm watching/reading...
I picked up Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand this week.  I have heard so may people recommend it I thought I would get it for an easy holiday read.  

We have also been watching a few episodes of How It's Made.  E loves it!  It is pretty interesting how they make these things, and I'd rather watch that then another cartoon.  

What I'm listening to...
Hopefully soon I'll be listening to Season 2 of Serial.  The first season really captured my attention becasue it was about high school students in 1999, crime and the justice system.  The second season doesn't have those same elements of interest, but I will listen to any story if it is told well, and I know this one will be.

What I'm wearing...
My Uggs, pea coat, lots of scarves and mittens. It is starting to get chilly, although still unseasonably warm. 

What I'm doing this weekend...
Getting and decorating our Christmas tree, attending a 3 year old's birthday party, and celebrating the first Sunday of Advent - Hope.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Ummm, Christmas!  I wrote this post last year about how we rush to get ready with a sense of panic, but that I actually love that part.  We have a lot of fun things coming up and I can't wait - family visiting, work parties for both Dave and me, visiting Santa at the mall, sending out Christmas cards, hosting our Christmas party, E's first Christmas concert at school, and then our trip to Halifax on Boxing Day.

What else is new... 
Our basement is under construction.  It currently has trenches dug by the plumbers to reroute the pipes and fix a few problems, along with piles of dirt.  It is a bit of a mess but will be "fixed" by week's end.  Fixed meaning the trenches and holes will have been filled in, but that is when Dave's work actually begins. Levelling the floor, framing walls, electrical, and on it goes. 

What's your favourite Christmas tradition?
We are hosting our 2nd annual Christmas Drop-In for our neighbours, family and friends.  It was a great way to see a lot of people all at once and we are looking forward to it again.  
Last year was the first time we hosted Christmas in our own home, we are doing it again this year.  We are borrowing some old traditions from growing up, as well as starting some of our own.  Eating oysters on Christmas Eve is my new favourite tradition.

Thanks for stopping by!

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