Friday, December 30, 2011

Bantu Buns

i have been trying to find different ways of styling my hair, but require the most minimal amount of work to get there. i am very much a wash and wear type of girl, but i have been feeling like i need to step it up lately, because i do know that with added effort i am a lot better looking (funny how that happens) and who doesn't want to be just a tad better looking right? to say that my mother was happy to hear me admit my latest decision would be a huge understatement. her exact words were "i have been telling you that for years!" which is true, she has. 

and so i have been surfing the internet, and by that i mean pinterest, looking at all the beautiful hairdos that i'm sure took way more time than i am willing to put into my hair. but then i came upon a few pictures of the type of curls that i do have, but only come out with some effort to get there, and effort takes time, remember reducing the time and effort is the key here. so from there i started to look into quick ways to curl my hair and with some help from a few other pinteresters... pinters... pinners (?) (i think the last one is the best) i decided i would try and put some bantu buns in my hair. 

i first did this for dennis' family christmas ever party, and it turned out pretty well, i didn't take any pictures of it, i am not wishing i had because it rocked! i did have to blow it dry after i took them out, because my hair holds moisture like it gets paid to, and helped it out with the curling iron. i am not opposed to those extra helpers, i just wanted to try and get the look a bit more low maintenace. so i decided next time i would shower at night, put product in my hair and take it out in the morning. 

well let me tell you, it work. a little more then i had expected it would. 

brace yourself....

i think i look like my mom in this picture, it's not a bad thing, she just has short curly hair. i will definitely be doing this again, after i got over the shock of my new do i enjoyed playing around with it, and all the new possibilities of thing i can do with shorter uber curly hair, rather then my long hair. but i will say this, i am glad this isn't what i have to deal with every morning.

so this last time i made didn't put product in my hair, and i made thicker buns, or less buns, whatever way you want to look at it. 

now this on the other hand, i don't mind one bit. 

and it only took me 5 minutes, yes!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

thank you sewing machine

for christmas dennis bought me these babies

*que angelic sounds of joy and praise*

i am in love with them, maybe even a little obsessed considering i have been wearing them almost everyday since.

But then this thing happened, i started thinking about all the things up in my closet that i can wear with them (and that is a lot, plus they are brown boots, they go with everything!), and i realized i needed another pair of skinny jeans. yes need. i looked over at dennis playing video games, and stated "dennis i need another pair of jeans", right away he paused his game, paused! this never happens, i swear a bomb could go off and he would never know it. anyway, he paused the game, and just looked at me, a look that said "you don't need another anything!" which is actually true, i'll be the first to admit i have a lot of clothes. but the boots! they are just screaming at me that a new pair of jeans will solve all of my wardrobe problems.

cut to later on that day.
i was upstairs in my closet trying to stuff some of the freshly washed, and folded jeans into the shelf i keep my jeans on, and to my utter dismay they wouldn't fit! maybe i really don't need any more jeans? nonsense. i took them all out, sure that if i just refolded all of them they will all fit, yes! that will do the trick. so there i am folding all my jeans and i come across a pair of rock&republics that had obviously been at the bottom of the pile for a while, since i forgot i even had them, and it hit me! i really don't need to go out and buy another pair, dennis will be so happy.

and so i turned these...

into these...

my boots, and dennis, both thank me

a change

i changed the title of our blog, which now makes it my blog.
because let's be honest, dennis isn't ever going to be posting anything.

that's all.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

back at it

today has been torture
it's my first day back at work after a week long vacation, which was magical. what isn't magical is waking up to your alarm clock, not being able to turn it off, snuggle into the little space between dennis' slightly outstretched arm, and the side of his body (which for future reference if ever needed, i call the armpit crevice)  and then fall whimsically back to sleep. nope, didn't happen, almost, but no.

instead i had to get up before the rise of the sun, rush to get ready, because remember i almost gave in, and head out the door. one bonus is that there were no cars on the road this morning, none! once at work i was greeted by 53 emails, all needing to be responded to right away, i don't even know how many voice mails, and stacks of paper work to be sorted through, and then decided what needs to be dealt with and when. but who am i kidding that kind of sounds like any regular day, i was just out of practice.

slow and steady was the game today.... but i just don't want to be playing at all.

currently i am...


this actually pretty accurately depicts how i am feeling. focused on what i am doing, everything else just sort of seems like a blur. except when i stop and think for a second, it all goes away and 5 minutes have passed without a single remembrance of what just happened.

but the up side?
everyone except myself had vacated the office by two o'clock. this gives me a chance to put my ipod on as loud as it can go, and listen to some of the new music i got for christmas.

but when i get home i am looking forward to having a cup of this...

this is the best hot chocolate ever, ever! den bought me some of their vanilla bean hot choc mix the other day, i think it might be time to crack that sucker open.

Friday, December 23, 2011

let there be light!

i love our little apartment, what sold me on it in the first place was the warm, homey feel you have when you are here.i don't know exactly what it is, maybe the shade of beige the walls, the earth tones that are everywhere, maybe the two over sized, out of this world comfortable couches your butt has ever had the privilege to site upon, possibly a combination of all three and some more. it's definitely a place i love to come home to, i just feel happy.

but nothing is perfect, our little nest has it's downfalls.

this thing called winter we are going through has a nasty side affect other then cold, snow, ice, car crashes, stress, ahhh... you know how it goes. i think this is what i hate most about winter, shorter days, less light, leaving for work in the dark, AND coming home in the dark, awful. that big yellow thing in the sky just doesn't seem to want to come out and see the light of day. (that's funny cuz the sun is what gives us the light of day, ha!). seriously, i think i am just as excited for dec. 21st as i am for the 25th.

if you have ever been in our living room around sunset, or soon thereafter you know how dark it gets in here, and how quickly, it happens so fast sometimes i swear i start seeing spots while my eyes are trying to adjust to the lack of light. so far we have only had one lamp in the room, and unfortunatly i chose one for the pretty factor it has, and not for functionality. it is a gorgeous lamp, i mean, i did personally pick it off the shelf at homesence.but the shade hardly lets out any light, it's more of a redish glow, that only makes it the armrests of the couches on either side. no bueno.

well don't worry beacause this problem has been fixed! we took a trip to ikea on wednesday to finally rescue our eyes from over exherting themselves while trying to look at anything after 4:30pm.

here is out new floor lamp peaking out from around our fat christmas tree. this guy works wonders!

we also got some lamps for our bedroom. you know the movie p.s. i love you? ok well if you don't go watch it now! oh and bring a box of tissues.but if you have... well you know the turning off the light, then running into things problem they had, we totaly had the same problem. it was a frustrating situation to be in. well there will be no more stubbing toes in our house, because we have lamps, and we l.o.v.e. them!

atleast it can only keep on getting better right?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

what makes me laugh

one day i was at work, a day a long time ago, it was late summer i believe. that's not the point though. while i was at work i heard my phone chime in my desk drawer, i used to not be able to tell if it was a email chime, tm chime, fbook alert chime (or any other chime) because of the muffle that is caused by the fact my phone is in a drawer. that problem has now long since been solved. that's also not the point, but in itself is a good point, it's really handy know the different chimes.

so, my phone chimed, i looked at it, it was from dennis. he doesn't email me all that often, so i thought it was something possibly important, i opened the message and all it says is "read from the bottom". so i scroll down, all the way to the bottom, when i got there i found a picture of what appeared to be a form of some kind. i started to read it, went up to the next, and then up to the next, i kept going until i caught myself reaching up to wipe away the tears that were forming from my laughter.

i was going through some pictures on my phone tonight when i came across those images in the email that i had saved. they put a smile on my face again, and i'm sure it will do the same to anyone else who reads them.

here's a few of my favorites


i don't know exactly where this came from, or where it originated, it was some kind of chain mail that has found it's way to den. basically i don't know where, or who to give the appropriate credit, but i would if i could. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

what i did

this past summer, i think it was august, dennis and i were outside taking out the trash or something, and standing right next to a "no scavenging" sign was this tall beauty, it just screamed "i'm so useful". i looked at it, and thought you know what coat rack, you are so useful! you belong in my house. so i picked up that coat rack taller then myself, carried it triumphantly up three flights of stairs, down two very long hallways, and it was mine.

this was what it looked like fresh off the street...

street coat rack wasn't my favorite look, so i decided it needed a bit of a revamping.

and so this is what i did...

i took off all the hooks, and sanded all the dark stain off as much as i could.
it sat outside for a few months while i finished my cross stitch.
then i brought it inside, and apologized profusely for neglecting it.
once we made up i got back to work.

it took me a while to decide what i wanted to do colour wise, i cycled through a lot of ideas. but eventually i decided what i wanted.

on saturday i spray painted the hooks outside on the porch.

once it got too dark outside i brought them in to dry, and went upstairs to paint.
notice the plant pot? i used the soil to hold the screws upright so i could spray paint them. genius!

street curb, to a nice warm corner in our little home. not too bad.

next? moving all those bags onto the rack. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

it's here, and it may come

it's time to pull up your socks (or just put some on all together), put on boots that make it over your ankles, and actually zip up your jacket when you go outside, because winter has officially hit calgary. i will be the first to admit i didn't like seeing a pile of white snow on top of my car this morning, but how much can we complain really, it is after all the last day of november. we had a good run.

and now something way more exciting, that with your support may become a reality.

so my company, well not my company, but you know what i mean. anyway the company that i work for has extensive connections to all different areas of the business market, let me try to esplain it to you. harvard property management (who i work for) is owned by a family owned and operated company call the hill companies, they (the hills) own different business such as harvard developments (who prop. man. work closely with for obvious reasons), harvard energy, harvard investments, blah blah blah and harvard broadcasting. you have heard of x92.9 right? of course you have, well we own that. i totally feel awesome when i say we own that, kind of like it is my company. holy cow, ok , anyway.... well harvard is petitioning to get a new radio station in calgary called my 95.3, it will be a adult contemporary station, featuring artists that you may find on stations like 95.5, but not as much pop music. basically giving more of a variety to what is on our radio stations. i don't know about you but it drives me nuts what i change the station to get away from an annoying song, but hear it on three others at the exact. same. time.

this station is still in the beginning stages, and any help offered would be great! you can go to the website by clicking here and submitting an application of support.

(sorry if there are many spelling mistake, i'm at work, and it's time to go home!)
(aka, i was in a rush)

Friday, November 25, 2011

done, and done.

i have been working on this little cross stitching project of mine for a while now. when i say little i actually mean very large, and a while is more like a really long time, im talking almost a year now. it has been comsuming almost all free the free time i have. i come home from work, cross stitch, saturday morning afternoon and evening, cross stitch. it was non stop people. but don't feel bad for me (feel bad for dennis if you must), because i am done! i working my little tail feather off last night to finish it up, i barely even talked to dennis, i feel bad now that i think about it, but it was for a good reason.

it was kind of strange, i finished my last stitch, looked at it with so much pride, and then thought to myself.... now what?

it didnt take me long to remember to pile of other projects that i am promised to get to. some even spanning almost a year ago too.

well here it is, the spoils of all my heard work. i'm sure my knuckles will be thanking me as well. seriously i no long wonder why people of an older generation suffer from joint pain in the fingular area.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

not doing so well

so one of the reasons that we (mostly me) decided to start this blog was so that we would have more incentive to take pictures of the happenings in our little world, and the completely fascinating (not really) things that we have been up to. i was doing really well at first, but then i got back into my old habit of never remembering to bring our camera anywhere, and the odd time that i did remember, i just forgot to use it. funny how that works right? and then as a result of my forgetfulness, i end up having to relying on the photos taken by others, and then having them sent to me.

a perfect example of this happened this past saturday. my parents hosted a surprise party for dennis' big 2-4. i am so glad that my mother is the party planning queen (seriously were you at my wedding? all her) because i fail miserably when it comes to planning anything.

thanks to all who came to celebrate with us, and a huge thanks to my parents and cassie for planning, decorating, and providing such yummy snacks, honestly for doing pretty much everything.

photo credit and mad emailing skills go to cassie

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

warm fuzzies

now that we are back home from the warmth of mexico, it is time to start getting back to the reality of living in canada. and that reality is being cold. all. the. time. at least for me it is, dennis can wear a long sleeve shirt, throw on a hoodie and still complain he is too warm. ok maybe that was a stretch, but it seems like that sometimes.

another reality i had to come home to was work. now don't get me wrong i love my job and i wasn't dreading going back to it, i just wasn't quite ready to turn my brain back on. so when i am not catching up on a week's worth of emails i am wasting my time snooping around here.

i can spend hours day dreaming up different outfits, and just falling in love with things that when i am honest with myself, i admit i will never actually wear them.

here are a few pieces that make my heart warm, when every other ligament in numb.



all of these pictures are from the  ModCloth website, go check it out.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

so scurrrrrred

what scurs you?
this past hollows holiday we all had the opportunity to stop and think about the things in this world that scare us, embrace them, and even face those deep fears by dressing up as them. it's a stick it to the man kind of thing. maybe?

last weekend we were invited to a mystery dinner party, we all got characters to learn and take on as our own identity for the evening. dennis was Manny something, a disco singer extraordinaire. me? I was Polly Esther Stuffincup. who is that you ask? well since your wondering, she is a slut. the whore of Babylon even, her costume suggestion was "a skirt that is way too short, and a low cut tight shirt".....ya that sounds like something i could whip up, no problem. she is only 19 years old so i hope that is why they chose to give me the part, and not for anyother reason.....

thankfully, the party was cancelled. i was having a dreadful time trying to come up with a outfit to properly portray miss polly.

the next night, we made our way down to my parents house for a party my little (younger maybe more appropriate) sister was hosting. she totally decked out the place, it looked aaaaaawesome.

here are some snappy snaps i took.

oh, dennis and i decided to go a bronx people, since he was familiar with the dress code, and brought home some fitting pieces from his mission.

i decided to go with a pregger belly, because well... it seemed fitting. apparently it looked pretty real, i even stumped my own mother for a moment.


 but that's not scary you're saying to your self, and yes i agree with you. but you know what it scary?
packing is scarey. atleast it is if you are me, or in any proximity to me while the packing is taking place, it's like your worst hair day on crack.

                                                             to me, this is a daunting sight. 
                                                             it can stop me dead in my tracks.
                                                             and paralyze me for hours.

this is the current state that it is in
maybe tomorrow it will be better

Monday, October 31, 2011

i've been....

day dreaming of being here

and taking long walks down this beach

to say that i am excited to leave on saturday at 8:20 am, is totally an understatement
i am almost jumping out of my skin

i have spend the majority of my day (not working) looking at the resort's website
just kidding about the not working thing, i have been swamped almost all day, i just take mental holidays every now and then.

4 days!

now i just need to pack.....

Monday, October 24, 2011

little things that make a big difference

today something wonderful happened.
we got a new dishwasher.
see, isn't that wonderful?
well it is to us, and by us i mean me.

just take a look at this thing of beauty

i'm in love

it even has that "new appliance smell", it's kind of like the new car smell, but since we dont have one of those, yet, this one is better.

after it was installed, i started thinking how lucky we are to have one. how easy this one appliance makes our life, and to be honest how much it helps keep our little kitchen clean.
then my mind went to our washer and dryer, that one is a true life saver. i couldn't imagine having to take extra time, and money, to do our laundry. it is so nice to just be able to throw a load in, carry on with loading the dishwasher, then what.... i dont even know, i suddenly have so much time on my hands.


and now for another little precious thing...

that would be little baby lincoln tucked into dennis' sweatshirt.