Document Your Life | November 2014

“We don’t remember the days, we remember the moments” – Cesare Pavese

And just like that, November is over – which makes me so incredibly happy as Christmas is less than a month away!!

November was spent decorating for Christmas, reading books, sipping Starbucks, and having the dreaded first snowfall. Document Your Life November 2014 is up!!


It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go” – Bing Crosby

I was very disappointed in myself this year. I usually start decorating for Christmas on November 1, but the past 2 weekends have been pretty crazy around here. After two long weeks, I was finally able to start decorating. They day couldn’t have been any more perfect.

I started up the Christmas music quite loudly and was dancing around the kitchen and screaming singing the lyrics, while big chunky snow, peacefully fell from the sky. I enjoyed a coffee in a big snowman cup, and then I dictated delegated and got to work. It only took us a few hours because unfortunately we don’t have as many decorations as I like. I am a Christmas fanatic if you couldn’t already tell.

Jamie told me he will buy me a tree and decorations for our room which I am beyond thrilled about.  It looks like I will have a Christmas decorating part 2!


Later on, when it was all over, I made my sister kneel on the hardwood holding a cat down, so I could get some Christmas like bokeh of the cat. Thanks Cristina!


Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

“I love singing Christmas carols. I know every harmony to every music-hall Christmas song.” – Zooey Deschanel

I would love to introduce you to the newest member of my family… Her name is yet to be determined as I am still getting to know her. I guess I sound like one of those crunch mamas who state “we do not have a name picked out yet as we are waiting to see what her personality is like”.


Jamie so kindly gave her to me as part of my Christmas gifts! She is exactly what I wanted! I have been looking on Etsy for prettier camera straps; however I am not sold on anything. A lot of them are essentially slip covers for the strap, which means I could probably get it made for cheaper without having to pay to have it shipped to Canada.. It is kind of ironic just how much I hate paying for shipping, yet I have a degree which essentially is based on international shipments and the price (among other things) of it.

Moving forward I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas!!! I have been reading up on a lot of you and am happy to hear it was an excellent year!

Jamie and I followed our tradition of exchanging gifts with each other Christmas Eve. We are constantly moving and busy Christmas day that it is easier to exchange Christmas Eve. We also did a gift exchange with Jamie’s roommates which were a lot fun as well. His one roommate even got me my favourite bottle of wine! We had dinner with my parents and we gave them their gifts from us and Jamie got to open their gifts. We ended the evening with a Christmas movie before my mom and I went to midnight mass… Father Jerry wore a Santa Hat, and compared Joseph to a Maury Povich episode “Joseph you are NOT the father….. But he made an excellent foster father”. It was definitely the last thing I would have expected to happen at mass.

Christmas morning was very busy. I woke up early to get ready (to save time), then we did presents – lost power, and then it was restored – Jamie came and picked me up and we headed to his parents’ house for brunch and presents. We stayed until almost 1:00 before we had to take the 2 hour drive to my cousins’ house for Christmas Dinner.

I am pretty excited over all the things I received this year. My favourites have to be my newest family member, cozy socks and pjs (yes, I am 80 at heart), and gorgeous mugs! Jamie and I actually met these awesome friends a few years ago on Twitter and we send gifts every year. I almost died this year when I unwrapped two of the mugs I was drooling over!




It was definitely a busy hectic season but well worth it in the end. I am actually sad it is over. I just love Christmas.

Did you have a fantastic holiday?
What is your favourite gift?
Did you do anything special?
Did Maury ever come up into conversation at church?

It’s A Holly Jolly Christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Why hello everyone. I have no idea what has happened with me over the past two weeks. Seriously, I have no idea what I did which has caused me to not post. But, let’s move forward shall we?

I know I have mentioned so many times how much I adore Christmas time. Every little aspect of it. Decorating, music, baking, wrapping, reading, watching, I mean everything. I am Christmas obsessed. I found this cute little Christmas Tag which I thought would be so much fun to do!

I have loved reading what other people have to say for each of the questions. There is something so special of every family’s little traditions all during the same time of the year.


For any of you who have not heard of the Christmas Shoes, you can watch the full movie here, find the book here, or just listen to the amazing song right here!!

“Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please. It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size. Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time. You see she’s been sick for quite a while, and I know these shoes would make her smile, and I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight”

What is your favourite Christmas Movie?
Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?
Do you love, or do you LOVE “The Christmas Shoes”?

So It Begins…

“Oh the weather outside is frightful” – Let it Snow

It is officially the time of year which I hate, and will continue to hate until March-ish. We received our first little snow fall which didn’t just melt away. It stayed, and will more than likely stay for the next 5 months..


It might look very minor, but it is just a trap. If you are hopeful there will be a huge dumping throughout the night. You know, last winter I think our record low was with the windchill -38C (-36.4F) .. apparently -40C skin will freeze almost instantly resulting in frost bite. Sounds awful right? I would much prefer that cold to all the snow. It can get as cold as it wants, just now snow..

And so it begins. My hibernation phase. I hate being cold (if you don’t already know that). My nights will generally be the same from here on out (until it warms up)…

1) Hanging out in big sweaters… Tonight I am in my high school sweater. I actually went to “Holy Cross” when looking at the picture I thought it looked like “Holy Gross”.. Reminds me, it was a catholic school so we had uniforms and the emblem was ‘tHC’ – well a little more artistic. It was an cross, followed by ‘HC’.. at 14 it was SOOOO funny that our shirts read “THC”.. That is so embarrassing to admit. I digress..


2) Drinking Green Monsters


3) Wearing fuzzy socks


4) Watching Jamie and his roomies play playstation for hours without saying a word to each other. The speak in grunts… Guess Jamie isn’t doing too well..


5) Carrying on conversations with Smokey since I do not understand grunting


6) Lastly. What is a Canadian winter without our beloved Tim Hortons in festive winter cups?





+ Do you hibernate or embrace the winter?
+ What is your favourite thing to do to stay warm?
+ Serious question do you understand grunting?





Is This Real Life?

“Stupidity is also a gift of God…” – Pope John Paul II 

With Christmas quickly approaching in 31 days.. or something like that.. who is counting.. There are numerous ridiculous commercials on TV of the ‘perfect gift’. Most of these are nothing more than battery operated hell for adults – aka kid stuff. However, oddly enough we received the strangest catalogue in the mail this week. It was similar to Avon, but Avon would be the Louis V, and this would be the Walmart brand. Or (Jamie this is for you) Avon would be the NHL and this book would be the kids on the road that you have to swerve around… You know, then you have to wait 20 long seconds for them to move the damn net so you can make it down the street. 

Seriously, I thought this was a joke. I didn’t understand why anyone would 1) want 2)buy, any of the crap in this book. AND IT WAS FOR ADULTS. By adults I mean, PG stuff, this wasn’t a sex toy order book.. Can they even mail a sex toy book out? Not that I would want that.. I am going to stop. 

Moving forward, I went through the book and found the best of the worst things one can order. 


1) Fleece lined leggings$19.98. I do not understand this. Why would anyone potentially want to wear a pair? Like believe me, I totally understand it is cold in the winter, but to steep this low? I think maybe when its -30C it would be better to, oh I don’t know, wear pants? It is like people who wear leggings under shorts in the winter. There comes a time where summer clothes needs to be put to the back of the closet and forgotten about for 6 months.

2) Hot pudding mold $39.98. First and foremost, WTF is hot pudding? The image it repulsing. It looks like meatloaf with weird filler stuff, topped with a sprig of rosemary. Do you eat hot pudding? Is there a different name for it? 

3) Adult body bib $14.98. Aside for the fact she is in a full body bib and looks happy doing it, why does one need it for a plate of spaghetti with hardly any sauce? She should at least be eating ribs or something messy. Spaghetti? Really? An adult bib? 

4) P EZ – female stand up pee apparatus $12.98. I have no words.

5) Magnetic bra extender $19.98. I think maybe, as hard as it is, one needs to say “my bra is too small. I need a new one.” for $20 you can get a brand new bigger one. Why extend your too small one with a MAGNET. I would somehow contort my body and the magnet would come apart. Oh gosh, you know when you are going through security at the airport and they have you drop anything with a magnet and other stuff to be checked. “Sorry, I have a magnetic bra extender attached to my bra so it would fit, because I would rather pay $20 for that instead of a new bra”.. Do people actually do this?

6) Glow in the dark giant googly eyes $9.98. Why? Just WHY? And Why would you want to place it on a giant tree in your yard? Do people find this funny? 

7) Female kegel exerciser $39.98. Maybe this needs to be in the sex toy catalogue. 

8) One of the worst shirts I have ever seen $29.98. If you need a shirt to demonstrate how large a fish you caught was, I can guarantee the person listening to this amazing story does not give a shit. I have been that listener. I would have rather flossed with razors that had to find something intelligent to respond with. I do not need nor want a visual representation. Again, do people find this funny?

What is hot pudding?
Have you eaten it?
What is the worst thing you have seen this year? 

My [Narcissistic] Grown-up Christmas List

“Well I’m all grown-up now, And still need help somehow. I’m not a child but my heart still can dream.” – Amy Grant ‘Grown-up Christmas List’

Well, I wish my christmas list could be as selfless as the one in the song. But let’s be realistic, who doesn’t want to dive into perfectly wrapped presents? I shouldn’t lie though, everyone hates when I open things. I don’t like ripping, I take my time and carefully unwrap. You could reuse the wrapping paper I open. Weird, I know.

I am Christmas obsessed. I was finished shopping mid-October, been listening to Christmas music nonstop, even been watching some Christmas movies! I was planning on putting the tree and decorations up last weekend but since I live with a bunch of Scrooge’s I was told to wait until this weekend. They all claim to “love” Christmas, yet do not want anything up until ideally December. Wtf is up with that? Some argue it should not go up until after the American Thanksgiving – agian, WTF, we’re not even American!!

Moving on before I really start ranting, I love looking at other people’s’ wish lists. Maybe I am nosey. So I decided to share mine, just in case Jamie or my mom anyone was wondering.


1. Erin Condren life planner. I am obsessed with these!!! I really want one. However I placed it on top of a screen caption of my bucket list Pinterest board. I think I need to do a lot more before one of these will be useful/worth the money. I mean, planning out my Netflix schedule isn’t too productive.

2. Mugs! I love mugs, the cuter the better. I could not even believe how cute the ones I found were. I love the Tiffany mug, and was surprised to see it is actually from Tiffany’s! The owl and the monkey mugs I have been on the hunt for, for roughly a year or so. They are $9.00 from Pier 1… If only I had a Pier one near me, that would be awesome.

3. Newborn donkey. You can buy them on Kijiji for as little at $50. It would be the best gift ever.

4. Canon Rebel T3. Love it. Been loving it. iPhone doesn’t cut it. Totally better than a point and shoot.

5. Candles!!! I am coming to the end of my GIANT stash which I have been weeding through for a year this Christmas. I think I have about 5 candles left. Definitely need new ones!

6. Fly Shannon home, or me to Shannon. Seriously, FaceTime was cool and all in the beginning, now it is just annoying.

7. A Christmas Story shirt! Best Christmas movie EVER. The shirt is just too amazing not to have.

8. Cozy Pj’s. Love Pjs. I live in them . The snugglier the better.

What is on your wishlist?
What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Will you send me a newborn donkey?