• Bathing Suit Adventures*

    I didn’t post yesterday. :(

    I managed to post every day for over two months, but last night I was just too tired. I came home from school, had a two hour nap, woke up, had dinner and spent some time with the Hubs before we both passed out without meaning to. I woke up at 4am with all the lights still on, make-up still on and I was not in my jammies. I sleepily closed everything down, brushed my teeth and climbed back into bed and slept until 9am. In total I slept nearly 12 hours, and here it is, 9pm, and I’m already ready for bed again. haha! It’s March break in 7 sleeps (the Ontario version of Spring Break) and I can’t wait for a whole week of no marking, planning, teaching, duty-ing or not sleeping. Oh, how glorious it will be! I have some secret / not-so-secret plans for the week that I shall reveal to you soonish.

    I have decided that I have a love / hate relationships with Saturdays. I love them because it’s a day “off”, but then at the same time they are usually so busy to it’s not really a day off at all. haha!

    Today we woke up and got our day started around 9am (a glorious 3 hours later than usual… heaven) and decided to do some shopping. At the last minute I decided to grab umbrellas as we headed out the door, as the forecast said there was a possibility of light rain later that afternoon. As it turns out, I am brilliant. More on this later.

    Our first stop was Winners. We have had a gift card for a couple of months that I wanted to use, and I also needed a new bathing suit as I want to start taking an aqua fit class with Karog at le gym! I was sorely disappointed with their lack of selection in first, bathing suits, second, bathing suit cover ups, and third, shoes. *sigh* We decided to wander over to the mall as it was only a couple of blocks away.

    As we walked the Hubs decided to pop into Zellars as we hadn’t been in ours in years and he was browsing for a new toy he wanted. He went in to price out a Nintendo DS, and ended up enamoured with a great deal on those mini PSPs. After hemming and hawing a bit he decided to leave it and price it out at other stores. Done.

    So we strolled over to the mall. It wasn’t quite as warm as we thought, but it wasn’t raining or snowing and it was still above 0°C so we couldn’t reeeeally complain… could we? (Maybe just a little bit… it WAS 14°C yesterday! Why did it have to chaaaange?)

    I continued the bathing suit hunt in old Navy having spied a brown one I semi-liked a few weeks back. I tried on a few, but still wasn’t loving anything. I have a new shopping policy (that the Hubs loves): unless I absolutely love something–which means not having it is not an option because I have decided that I need it–I don’t buy it. It’s actually worked out really well… I am now wearing all the clothes I own, and have very few heat-of-the-moment purchases that look FAB on the hanger at the store and somehow look completely different at home. (You know the ones I mean…)

    I decided to try one more store at the mall: Sears. I remembered buying a bathing suit there a hundred years ago just before my 17th birthday (that I still have and LOVE) so I thought I’d give it a go. I actually found a brown one that was cute, but I didn’t love it for $80. I’m cheap–so sue me. Who wants to pay $80 for something that’s just going to get ruined in the hot tub anyway? haha

    I decided to give up on the bathing suit adventure for awhile and continue on our errands. I had planned to stop at the tanning salon on the way, but as we got on the bus the heavens opened and out poured the rain. Now, this wasn’t just the light drizzle that was forecasted–I’m talking full-on torrential pouring rain here. We decided to bypass tanning and go straight to Walmart. I needed a few things, so I began checking things off my list when I found the cutest white flip flops that I love and I remembered that they had a bathing suit section.

    The Hubs migrated over to the electronics section whilst I curiously walked over to the active wear section. It couldn’t hurt to look, right?

    I was SO surprised–they had several really cute bathing suits that I really liked, and I ended up buying a super cute black one for $25! I made the Hubs come and give me his vote on the two I liked best and after being yelled by a Walmart lady for standing in the doorway of the change room. Good times.

    I was so ready to get home by that point, as we had already been out for nearly 5 hours and had been all over town. As we stood huddled in the bus shelter my phone rang and I realized that I had made plans for a hot chocolate outing with a friend of mine who was in town this weekend. So I left the Hubster with all our bags and headed downtown for one last trip. We ended up chatting for over an hour in my favourite little downtown cafe before I dragged my tired little body back on the bus and headed home.

    It was a lonnnng day… and despite being invited out to a teacher candidate outing tonight, I curled up on the couch with Meg & Tom (You’ve Got Mail) and slept on his lap. I had intended to do some marking, but I think I shall do some more sleeping instead. :)

    Have a lovely evening!!

    Shop Girl*

  • Perez Hilton*

    I have a love/hate relationship with Perez. Here is why:

    I love Perez because he introduces me to new music. In the year that I have been reading his site, I’ve discovered Rhianna, MIKA, Adele, the Jonas Brothers, Paul Potts, Leona Lewis, and SO many more. I don’t know what I’d do without him.

    …at the same time his site is REALLY addicting. He posts so often which means I check it so often which means that I never get any work done because I have no self control. *sigh*

    I love Perez because though his site is primarily used to blog about celebrities, he also includes entries about things going on in the world before issues hit the major newspapers.

    …yet, though he DOES include other posts, the bulk of it IS celebrity trash that I really don’t need to fill my head with.

    I love Perez because his posts are often REALLY funny…

    …though also sometimes really inappropriate.

    I love Perez because I’m able to stay so current with celebrity gossip.

    …however I also realize that that has absolutely NO benefit to me whatsoever in the grand scheme of things and turns out to be a giant waste of time and brain space.

    I love Perez for his vast procrastination value.

    …and I hate him because he makes me procrastinate. Like right now.

    So you see, it’s a battle. I try not to check his site 10 times a day, but sometimes I can’t help it. *sigh* Oh Perez.

    Shop Girl*

  • 3000 visitors!!!!!!!!

    Wow… I completely missed it, but a few days ago my little blog passed the mark of 3000 unique visitors!!!! How freaking cool is that? I heart it greatly. Thanks for reading! :)

    Anyhoo, today I went grocery shopping, and I decided that I have mixed feelings about it. Here’s why:

    I like grocery shopping because I like food.

    I don’t like grocery shopping because we don’t own a vehicle and buying food and taking it on the bus is SO not fun.

    I like grocery shopping because I like seeing a full fridge and full shelves.

    I don’t like grocery shopping because we don’t own a vehicle and we can only go when the weather behaves. Grocery shopping in precipitation is so not fun.

    I like grocery shopping because then I can eat things other than BLTs (which we’ve been eating for the past 3 days).

    I don’t like grocery shopping because I keep wishing that someday a food fairy will appear in my house and stock my fridge for me… but it never happens. *sigh*

    I like grocery shopping because I like to eat.

    I don’t like grocery shopping because things in cans are heavy to carry. Verrrrrry heavy to carry.

    So you see it’s quite the dilemma. It’s a vicious, vicious cycle that I shall never break free of. *sigh*

    Shop Girl*

  • Spring*

    I have a love/hate relationship with spring. Sometimes I think it’s my favourite season, then I am often quickly reminded that it is not. And this is why:

    I love spring for its milder weather… the kind of weather where you can go out in a sweater without dying of summer heat. But with this milder weather comes dampness and rain which I really don’t like. So, I really only like spring on sunny days.

    I love spring because when it’s here you know that it signals the end of winter and the coming of summer. Yet, with the end of winter comes melting which equals wetness which equals wet bottoms on my pants… which is one of my biggest ever pet peeves. So, I really only like spring on dry sunny days.

    I love spring because it means that another school year is almost complete. But with spring also comes the dreaded combination of essay AND exam season which is just about the worst time of the year… ever. So really I only like spring on dry sunny days after exams are done.

    I love spring because it means Easter is coming and it’s one of my favourite holidays– both because it usually falls on or around General Conference weekend and there are always wonderfully beautiful and inspirational messages given, and from a more secular position, it usually means chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. But then I tend to eat too much too fast and feel sick. So really, I only like spring on dry sunny days after exams are over and when I don’t overeat.

    I love spring because you can see pavement and sidewalks again, which after a couple of months of trudging to the bus stop through uneven, poorly plowed, snow covered sidewalks, is REALLY exciting. But then the sidewalks are completely covered with 2 inches of the sand they’ve used in the winter when it was too cold to salt them, which equals in dirty shoes and dirty pants until the city gets around to cleaning them again sometime in May. So I really only like spring on dry sunny days after exams are done and I haven’t overeaten and my shoes are still clean.

    So… you can see my dilemma. I like it… but I don’t. I think I’ll just stay with having summer as my favourite as it eliminates most of my spring worries. Just thought I’d let you know. :)

    Shop Girl*

  • Post Secret*

    I have a love/hate relationship with PostSecret. The very first time someone sent me the link I was horrified because I didn’t really understand what I was reading. For those of you unfamiliar with PostSecret, you can view it HERE. It is described as (on the site): You are invited to anonymously contribute your secrets to PostSecret. Each secret can be a regret, hope, funny experience, unseen kindness, fantasy, belief, fear, betrayal, erotic desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything – as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. So, in a nutshell, people mail in their secrets and some are posted on a blog, and others in books, etc.

    I often wonder why I bother to read them– they are often offensive, and certainly their immediate message is not very uplifting. The ‘canvas’ of the postcard behind the message it also often offensive (ie–there was one this week that contained nudity) and the some of secrets also cause me to want to pass judgment on the writer due to their content… I’m horrible, I know. There was one this week that actually really bothered me… yet at the same time, I am absolutely fascinated by the fact that people think and feel these things and feel strongly enough about them to show them to the world. I’m positive that the site would not be so popular were it not anonymous, but apparently these secrets are mailed by the hundreds every week.

    So, I guess as much as I try not to enjoy reading them, I can’t help it. It’s so addicting. Maybe because I’ve never been in the position of many of the secret holders and it’s a quick glimpse into the problems and troubles of other people. I LOVE when a positive secret is shared– there’s usually at least one or two every week. And there are lots of sad ones… but I’m still drawn to it. I wait for it every Sunday. I don’t like it… but I love it. I’m so fickle.

    Shop Girl*

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