Thursday, September 23, 2010

luella mae

Welcome to the world tiny new girl!

On September 20th at 6:48pm, we had our perfect little girl Luella Mae. She was born at home with the help of 3 amazing midwives and a full soundtrack of Neko Case. 7'7 lbs and I think a good chunk of that weight is her hair.

We are exhausted, spaced out and kinda clueless but we're also probably the happiest two people around. I won't say that we are now a complete little family cuz we were absolutely a complete little family before.

I'll just say that now things are changing and that's turning out to be a pretty amazing change.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

my pregnancy survival guide

So as "the day" quickly approaches, I decided to write about the things that really got me through this pregnancy. And despite all the moans and groans I've shared throughout this whole thing, I must admit that I really did love being pregnant and think I'll miss it a bit when it's all over. Yes there's a lot about it that was hard to tolerate but most of it was really something else. I loved my round belly, if I was having a crappy day at work she'd somersault around or poke a little foot out, I loved watching my belly move around late at night, I loved lounging on the couch with Marc's hand resting on my huge belly like it was a pillow -- all in all your body does some pretty amazing things and if nothing else, you are never bored.

Anyway, to get me through the less than fun times, the following things really saved my butt:

From the Hips: This book is really the only pregnancy book you should read. Under no circumstances should you go anywhere near "What To Expect When You're Expecting" -- it's the worst book ever! "From the Hips" has lots of real stories from real women and approaches everything frankly and honestly as opposed to WTEWYE which pretty much terrifies you.

Stappj: While my morning sickness was relatively manageable compared to some other pregnant women I know, it still levelled me a few times. Stappj, which is an Italian bitter, did wonders to take the edge off the nausea. You can find it at pretty much any Italian grocery store.

Milk: Now I drink milk by the gallon at the best of times but with this pregnancy, I went through milk like nobody's business. Not only was it often the only thing I wanted to ingest but it also worked wonders on my heartburn. Oh the heartburn...

The Alpha Mom Weekly Pregnancy Calendar: If you're anything like me, you'd likely be desperate to know what's going on in your belly from week to week. These kinds of calendars are super easy to find online but often read like a medical journal and are zero fun. Amalah's calendar is honest, funny and no holds barred which is exactly what I wanted. Marc read them too actually so he could know what this tiny person was up to for the week.

Maxi dresses: Being pregnant during the hottest summer our town has had in 50 years was a challenge. A really, REALLY big friggin challenge. Needless to say, that meant that dresses were a must. For me, my feet and legs swelled up really early on in this pregnancy and showing off my newly puffed up limbs wasn't real high on my list so the maxi dress really was my saving grace. Cool enough for the summer, easy to throw on, it hid all the stuff I wanted to hide and with the right accessories they're easily adaptable for pretty much every occasion.

Pre-Natal Yoga: Of all the things that saved me, my pregnant lady yoga is really high on the list. I learned ways to sit and relax that helped my aching hips, learned ways to get the baby in the right position, learned some tricks for labour etc. But mostly it gave me an hour to just sit and breathe and, cliche as it sounds, really forget all the stress that comes with being a big fat pregnant lady.

Swimming: Whoever invented swimming should be given some kind of really big prize. Best. Thing. Ever.

Walking: I tried to walk as much as I could and surprisingly, walked to and from work right up until I was 39 weeks along. I even managed to hike through most of it -- I think we took our last hike when I was 7.5 months pregnant. Even though some days are harder than others and some walks feel like the worst idea ever, I really think they work wonders on your hips. Just keep an eye on the crazy swelling - after a walk my feet would balloon up like mad.

President's Choice De-Alcoholized Beer: Again, being pregnant during the hottest summer on record made me really miss icy cold summer cocktails and chilled beer. Thankfully one night Marc came home with some fake beer for me and my summer changed. The small pleasure of being able to crack a "beer" alongside Marc on a hot summer night did not go unnoticed.

Birkenstocks: Never in my life did I think I'd be going on about Birkenstocks on this blog. They are ugly, totally uncool, certainly not pretty or cute in any way but sadly, they became the only shoes my ultra-swollen feet could tolerate. They're crazy comfortable and soft and my feet were finally able to tolerate more than 20 minutes of walking. So my feet were happy but still totally ugly and uncool.

Friday, September 3, 2010

mayer hawthorne

My friend Richard introduced me to Mayer Hawthorne last night and this video totally seals the deal for me. Apparently he plays all the instruments on the record himself, it's crazy catchy white-guy motown pop, and this video also show's he's quite the hapless dancer. I'm 100% sold.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

happy 90210 day!

In honour of this special day celebrating the original (and best) Beverly Hills, 90210 I bring you the classic Brenda and Kelly "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck" clip.....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

you again cast fight

Saw this on Lainey today and it's totally worth sharing! So funny and even funnier because Kristen Bell IS known to be pretty much exactly like this in real life.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

day of kelly!

Happy Birthday to my fave lady Kelly!! She's pretty much the greatest ever so her birthday is a pretty big deal. I'd say I hope you're toasting the day but I know that's a given. Please drink something icy and fruity just for me!!!

Happy Birthday!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

yurt love

I pine for a yurt somewhere fabulous therefore this picture makes me endlessly happy. Marc and I will be off together next summer with the bambina and doing some yurt camping in Algonquin Park is top o'the list.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


...the new season of Gossip Girl starts very soon packed with plenty o'gossip, silly/fabulous clothes and a seemingly alive Chuck Bass? Please tell me our bambina will allow me some quality G.G time...xoxo!!!

guess who's 2?

Happy 2nd birthday to our first furry baby!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

ah animals...

I break radio silence to bring you penguins chasing a butterfly. Pretty feel good if you ask me!

But don't worry, the butterfly escapes one hairy situation only to land in another and make a daring escape!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

day of marc

Wishing the happiest of happy birthdays to Marc - pretty much the greatest guy on the planet. Thanks for taking such good care of me these last 9 months, I know it hasn't always been a treat. You certainly make being the coolest cucumber in town look easy. For your birthday present this year, I shall birth your child.

I kid of course! Being a great wife also means I got you a great gift!! See you by the cake!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

luxury camping

I bet if more trailers looked like this more people would like camping. How could you not feel like a queen?? I, for one, might never leave my trailer. Instead handsome servants wearing tiny clothes would bring me yummy things to eat and pretty shoes to approve.

via JumpedShip

good indeed

Goodness I love this! This is the winner of Good's "Take a Picture of Someone Doing Something Good" photo contest. I would've voted for this pic 1000 times.

Monday, August 2, 2010

weekend round-up

Well not only am I coming off my weekend but I'm also coming off a weeks vacation so that would explain the lack of blogging etc. As is my norm, when I'm on vacation I tend to vacation from everything -- internet included. That means no blogging, no blog reading, no celebrity gossip perusing, very minimal email checking -- everything. The tech check-out is one of my favourite parts of being on vacation -- no hard feelings though blogland!!

Spent my week off staying pretty low-key but not really by choice. Been hit pretty hard by some third trimester nausea (which is super common but I had no idea was coming) which unfortunately laid me up on and off during the days. Not to mention it was crazy hot this week and I'm just getting too ginormous to be able to handle this heat very well. Anyway, it was still a good week off but was also a prime example of why I hate taking time off by myself and when I have nothing to do -- I just end up sitting around fussing with tiny things feeling like I'm getting nothing done. Sigh...

Anyway we kicked off my last weekend of freedom by a last minute fancy dinner at Ristorante Verdicchio. What a treat! Especially when it was so unexpected! We even got serenaded by the resident guitar and accordion players -- when they saw my giant belly they started playing a lullaby for us. It was really sweet. We're trying to take advantage of this remaining time alone before the baby comes and time is running out!!

Saturday most of our day was taken up with the most mundane errand EVER!! All I need is a double curtain rod for the nursery -- I don't want it to be black, it has to be deep enough to accommodate the depth of the original window casings in our house, and I'd like it not to be like every other piece of drapery hardware you see everywhere. After all, it is a nursery so why not find something unique right? Well apparently not. Every single double rod we found (when we found one at all that is) were either black or silver, too shallow and butt ugly. So after scouring the city for hours we came home with nothing at all. Grumble....

Came home from our fruitless errand and drowned our sorrows in a yummy dinner. Marc wrapped up some chicken in some bacon and tossed it on the BBQ along with some grilled sweet potatoes and some roasted corn on the cob. It totally helped to forget the frustration of the day.

Sunday we spent most of the day in the nursery attempting to put it in some kind of order. As it stood before, all of our mountain of baby stuff was "stored" on our guest bed as Marc still had woodwork to finish up in the nursery. Well with houseguests coming this weekend (for my baby shower -- EEP!) it pretty much dictated that we start moving stuff over. We moved around furniture, folded mountains of tiny clothes and blankets and just generally tried to make sense of things. Not sure if we totally accomplished that but at least the room is starting to look like maybe a baby might live there. And our houseguests won't have to fight their way to the bed in the guestroom. So that's a bonus too.

Took a break to visit the farmers market where we scored some perfect sweet plums and sugar pears -- perfection! Hit home in time for Marc to get in some gardening (farewell lettuce garden -- thanks for a great summer!!) then I made us a simple pasta dinner with a shredded zucchini and tomato sauce. Yum!!

Monday turned into a day of organizing -- organizing of epic proportions! What started as a conversation about how we hate this dilapidated lazy susan in our kitchen ended in a total kitchen re-org. The lazy susan is now totally abandoned (thank you god!) and everything has been moved around to places that make 100% more sense. Silly but I feel more productive in that kitchen already. Rewarded all our hard work with Marc's homemade grilled burgers and some ginger ice cream. Now I'm so tired I can't even see straight. Gonna hit my pj's and watch Mad Men and spend some quality time with my pillow.

Back to work tomorrow -- thanks for the long weekend love!!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

summer shoe

I love these Campers. If only my feet didn't resemble sausages at the moment....

These though? Well these little darlings might just fit someone else I can think of. Someone we might meet in about a month and a half...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

family tree

Love this idea for a family tree. Simple, unique and lovely. I might have to "add to cart."

*courtesy of Cozy Blue's Etsy shop*

vinyl cafe

In case you missed it on Sunday, this week's edition of The Vinyl Cafe was especially fantastic. Recorded on Manitoulin Island (our little island backyard), it had great music courtesy of Jim Bryson and a Dave and Morley story about losing their dog Arthur that made me cry and cry. Click here for the podcast if you feel like busting out some tissues.

portland wedding love

I know I fall in love with a lot of weddings but this one might be my most favourite wedding ever. Kelly and Joseph had a wedding in the woods in Portland and it is cut straight from the cloth of my fantasy wedding. As a little girl I never, ever dreamed of my big white wedding in a church with all the trimmings. I only ever wanted a small, homestyle wedding on the dock of our family camp. That was never able to happen as my grandfather sold the camp when I was in my early teens - something I consider to be one of our great family tragedies. But I digress.

This wedding is exactly the wedding I would have wanted.

Of course there would be dogs....

I love the idea of a wedding party travelling through the forest.

I love the way her bouquet looks like she picked it on the way to the ceremony site. I'm also ultra in love with her perfect birdcage veil.

Picnic blankets everywhere -- best idea!!

And this. This is my favourite wedding photo of all time.

Photos by the truly gifted Leah Verwey.

weekend round-up

Strange weekend I think. Typically I'd have spent this entire weekend at our city's annual music festival, the Northern Lights Festival Boreal but this year there were about 50 different things that kept me from being a festival bug for 3 days.

Friday we pretty much spent our entire evening running a pile of errands that we'd been putting off. Picked up some more flowers and herbs for the garden, bought the best skirt ever that I'm thinking I might wear for the entire rest of this pregnancy and just did a whole host of other tiny things. Got home in time for this lady to make some toast and crash out. I know, I am a wild party.

Saturday we made it out to the festival for the day at least but I was pretty under-whelmed with the whole experience. They had to change venues for this year and I just felt like it was really lacking in the atmosphere that usually makes the festival so wonderful. Being a huge fat pregnant lady didn't really help me get into the spirit of the whole thing either though so it was kinda an uphill battle for me from the start. With the extreme heat, zero shade, and no chairs I was just not a happy camper at all. I tried hard but just couldn't bring up the festival love I'm afraid. Headed home around supper time for a giant sun-stroked fueled nap and made it out again for the festival after-show at the Townehouse which perked me up considerably. A little Cuff the Duke will make any gal smile I think. Oh and we also watched Moon with our dinner -- what a great movie!!! Clearly talent does run in the Bowie family....

Sunday I slept in like crazy, we took Sadie to the lake for a swim, ran some more errands and were home in time for the World Cup Final game. And snacks!! Yay for Spain! Ole indeed!! Finished off the night with a truly delicious dinner courtesy of Marc (he made one of Mario Batali's recipes for beef with these super yummy vinegar potatoes) and some True Blood watching.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

maxi summer

This summer I've found myself living in maxi dresses for a few reasons: 1) They will fit me through this entire pregnancy. 2) They are insanely comfortable and cool in these sweltering heat waves. 3) They allow me to sit on the ground however I please without having to worry about giving anyone a crotch shot. 4) They can be easily dressed up or down. 4) No part of the dress is squeezing me, pinching me, flying up in a wind or otherwise exposing any area of myself that has swollen with pregnancy. All in all, the maxi dress might be my summer pregnancy essential. Here are some over at Modcloth that I'm currently coveting even though I only have about 10 weeks to go.

sloppy joes

So with every pregnancy comes strange cravings and mine, while there hasn't been anything ridiculous like ice cream and pickles, I am finding myself wanting foods I never usually eat. Like hotdogs for instance. Normally I never eat hotdogs -- I don't like them, I don't agree with them on a moral level, I just generally think they're despicable. This pregnancy I've had 2, one of which I bought on the street. Go figure.

Sloppy joes is another one. Last week brought a viscious sloppy joe craving and I remembered seeing what looked like a delicious recipe in that Ellie Krieger "Foods You Crave" cookbook that I have and happen to love (blogged about in the past here and here). So out came the book and out come some pretty damn good sloppy joes -- and healthy to boot!

I highly recommend this recipe if you're looking for some childhood comfort food that's also easier on the waistline.

Recipe here!

weekend round-up

Well it was the Canada Day long weekend (not technically but yes if you were smart enough to take the Friday off) so there were lots of good times/good food/good naps to be had if you knew where to look!

Thursday being Canada Day I was found where I can be found every year and that's the annual Canada Day multi-cultural food fair (after a nice morning hike with Sadie of course). We noshed on some African stew, some Korean dumplings and some Filipino noodles and veggies and topped it off with a gigantic homemade ice cream sammich. Followed that by an afternoon of sunny patio drinks with some friends and you've got yourself a pretty decent mid-week holiday!

Friday I was off solo (Marc being one of those silly folk who did not take the day off) so after my morning conservation area visit with Sadie (again!) we hung about the house being domestic and trying to shake the pregnancy dizzies I seemed to be saddled with most of the day. Evening saw us having dinner with friends Ben and Fran (Ben's in town all week working on his next short film) and their Aussie pal Christina. A very detailed dinner conversation focused solely on ice cream sent us careening to the nearest gelato place post-dinner and thankfully we made it there with mere moments to spare before they closed up shop for the night. Summer night gelato might be the best summer idea ever.

Saturday was the beginning of our crazy heat wave. And by crazy I mean crazy. Way too hot for this gal and her baby belly to be sure!! Thankfully, Marc had early morning blueberry picking plans so he brought Sadie along with him into the bush thus tiring her out for the rest of the day. And he came back with 4 litres of berries after only 2 hours of picking! These blueberries are mostly destined to become perserved blueberries in brandy for the winter but the rest of them have been ending up in my new daily smoothie routine and some even ended up in our dinner that night -- Marc made a pretty delicious blueberry balsamic BBQ sauce concoction!

Sunday guess what? Still way too hot for this mama-to-be but a last minute invite by some friends to join them at the shady, breezy conservation area with the pooches and kidlets proved to be a nice reprieve from the stifling heat of the "city." Jeniva has a lovely Portugese water dog and a brand new 5 month old Chihuahua named Lupita that is just the cutest thing. Watching Sadie eyeball Lupita was pretty adorable I gotta say. The end of Sadie's snout is the same size as Lupita's whole face!! Anyway, Sadie decided that that day was her day to finally learn to swim and as she launched herself off a dock you could see her re-thinking her plan for sure. The thing with Sadie is that she'll happily go into the water but when she can't touch she begins flailing her front feet like she's fighting her way out of hot lava while her back legs do nothing at all and she sinks like a furry black stone. This time, after really giving herself no other option, she flailed her front feet like crazy and slowly, verrrrry slooooowly, made it back to shore, soaked and terrified, but on shore. Oh Sadie, a Labrador you are not....

Here's a pic of Sadie before she decided to launch herself off the dock. Back when she was having fun with the whole swimming thing.

So all in all, a pretty great weekend if not a little on the warm side. Boo to back to work!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

hot Bunny Radio Playlist for July 1st -- Canada Day!

CKLU 96.7 fm
6-8pm (18:00-20:00)

italics denotes a new release
* denotes Canadian talent

Our annual Canada Day show!! All our fave new and old Canuck greats!!

  • The Beauties -- Tired Fired Blues -- The Beauties *
  • Broken Social Scene -- Chase Scene -- Forgiveness Rock Record *
  • Royal Canoe -- Saw An Arrow -- Co-Op Mode *
  • Forest City Lovers -- Keep The Kids Inside -- Carriage *
  • The Acorn -- Cobbled From Dust -- No Ghost *
  • The Salteens -- Don't Break My Heart -- Moths *
  • Eric's Trip -- Run Away -- Forever Again *
  • Sarah Harmer & Jason Euringer -- Blue Moon of Kentucky -- Songs for Clem *
  • Jason Collett -- Sorry Lou -- Here's to Being Here *
  • Cuff the Duke -- Take My Money and Run -- Cuff the Duke *
  • The New Pornographers -- Failsafe -- The Challengers *
  • The Sadies -- A Simple Aspiration -- New Seasons *
  • The Constantines -- The Long Distance Four -- The Constantines *
  • Danny Michel -- Tennessee Tobacco -- Valhalla *
  • Hayden -- The Van Song -- In Field and Town *
  • The Wooden Sky -- Call If You Need Me -- If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone *
  • Gordon Lightfoot -- Steel Rail Blues -- Gord's Gold *
  • Immaculate Machine -- You Destroyer -- High on Jackson Hill *
  • Feist -- Past in Present -- The Reminder *
  • The Statues -- Fine Tuned -- Aux *
  • The Band -- Ophelia -- Best of the Band *
  • Sunparlour Players -- John Had a Bell & Whistle -- Hymns for the Happy *
  • Teenage Head -- Tearin' Me Apart -- Teenage Head with Marky Ramone
  • Jim Guthrie -- You Are Here ( Do You Exist?) -- Now, More Than Ever *
  • Nathan Lawr -- Bury Me Blues -- Secret Carpentry *
  • Joel Plaskett -- Every Time You Leave -- Three *
  • Rock Plaza Central -- Anthem for the Already Defeated -- Are We Not Horses? *
  • Amy Millan -- I Will Follow You Into the Dark -- Masters of the Burial *
  • The Weakerthans -- Confessions of a Futon-Revolutionist -- Fallow *
  • Chad VanGalen -- Molten Light -- Soft Airplane *
  • Julie Doiron -- Yer Kids -- Woke Myself Up *
  • Two Hours Traffic -- Close Up To Me -- Isolator *
  • Metric -- Stadium Love -- Fantasties *
  • The Queers -- Punk Rock Girls -- Don't Back Down *
  • The Arcade Fire -- Keep the Car Running -- Neon Bible *

happy canada day!

Hope everyone is as happy as this guy is on Canada Day!! Mine is going pretty darn great if I do say so myself! Bit of a lay around this morning with Marc which has been pretty rare these days considering usually by the time morning rolls around my bladder is well-past "explosion" mode. Followed that by a great morning hike with Sadie where she managed to get good and muddy then washed off nice and clean in the lake, back home to freshen up and walk downtown for our annual multi-cultural food fair (where we stuffed my patriotic face full of African stew, Korean dumplings, Filipino fried noodles and veggies and a very Canadian giant ice cream sammich), then on to sunny patio drinks with some friends, home for a quick nap then off to do my annual Canada Day edition of Hot Bunny Radio.