March 23, 2014

this weekend

It's been a peaceful weekend off, full of couch lounging and good food.

This morning Bobby and I were watching The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network and her egg-in-a-basket looked so good that we decided to cook up a batch.






From start to finish it took about 10 minutes to make two plates (one for Bobby and one for me... sorry Maple).


Yesterday we dedicated a few hours to the guest bedroom. We still have a ways to go but it's no longer a dumping ground for random crap!



We have artwork and a chandelier to hang, plus a chair that will act as a nightstand to reupholster. Bobby's mom ended up cancelling her visit this week so now we have some extra time to design the room properly.

But for now, I think I'll go back to couch lounging with my little family. There's still plenty of weekend left to enjoy.



March 22, 2014

enough already


I saw a local newscast the other day in which a reporter walked up and down the streets of Toronto asking people their feelings about the weather. Person after person echoed the same sentiment:

"When will it end?"

"We're sick of winter."

"Enough already!"

It was funny to watch so many people - young, old, man, woman - say the exact same thing, one after another. But that only makes it all the more heartbreaking that there's fresh snow on the ground this morning.

I'm sure it will melt by nightfall but I'm also sure that everyone else felt the same stomach drop of disappointment when they looked out their windows as I did today.


When will it end?

We're sick of winter.

Enough already!


March 17, 2014

organizing


It's another very cold day. I spent much of the morning in the warmth of my office, with the dog sleeping near my feet. 

I was organizing a mountain of paperwork, including immigration and tax documents, a task that was embarrassingly long overdue. When your spouse takes you aside and explains that your car registration can't be underneath the chopping board with the sliced tomato on it, you know it's time to get your act together.


Now that the filing is done, I'm going to spend the rest of my day off tidying up the kitchen and placing artwork for Bobby to hang.

Bobby's mom will be staying with us next week and she'll be our first houseguest so we're finally being forced feeling motivated to finish unpacking and decorate the house, specifically the guest bedroom.

My mom is also coming to stay with us in May so it's important that we make that space cozy and comfortable.

Tonight I'm meeting Bobby at IKEA and we're going to pick out a bed for the guestroom. I picked up a dresser and some other secondhand furniture at Goodwill that I'm going to paint/reupholster this week as well.

Here's a before shot of the room, currently a dumping ground for stuff that has no home. I'll post photos once the room is completed in a couple of days. Stay tuned!


March 15, 2014

it never ends

March is halfway gone but winter is still lingering. 

We see life through frosted windows.


We were teased with warmer weather on Tuesday. It was a glorious 45 degrees and I drove home from work with the window rolled down.

But Wednesday dumped a foot of snow on us.

Gotta love having to take a snow brush to your front door.


The Weather Channel predicts more snow on March 20th - the "official" first day of spring.

Sorry Maple, looks like you're going to need that parka just a bit longer.



March 10, 2014

keep moving

There's a theme throughout Angels In America, Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-winning two-part play about politics and AIDS during the 1980s -- keep moving. 

God has abandoned Heaven, disgusted by the corruption of government and humanity's cruelness. People are mistreating one another, abusing power and practically everyone's dying of AIDS. The only thing to do, according to the characters of the play, is to keep moving. There's no other option.

When I first read these two plays in college, I was dumbfounded by how something that revolved so deeply around religion, politics and gay culture could speak so personally to me. But the underlying theme - keep moving - made sense.

When Bobby and I first met, we immediately bonded over our desire to leave Florida. We both agreed that the heat was stifling, the bugs were monstrous and the landscape completely lacking.

Over the years we haven't always seen eye to eye on the specifics, like where we should move or what we would do once we got there, but one thing we've always shared is the desire to move forward. Keep moving.

We both crave simplicity and peace, to live a quiet life removed from the daily grind, a life that's full of good food, laughter, dogs and financial security.

But how do you get there when there's real life, with all its messiness and uncertainty, standing in the way?

We've begun searching the internet for old farmhouses in northern Ontario and we're also educating ourselves about the cost of purchasing land and building our own little cabin in the woods. In the last year we've moved to another country and purchased our first car together. We've weathered enough storms and are ready to take the next step and purchase a house together.

It won't happen this year but we're laying the groundwork, looking toward the future and figuring out what it will take to get there. We've got to keep moving. No one ever got anywhere by standing still.

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