It’s Christmas Eve. We’ve got our big dinner tonight (us Poles do it on Christmas Eve) and gift exchange. So, I’ll say a big, fat Merry Christmas to you and spend time with the fam. You’ll excuse me if I don’t post tonight won’t you? I’ll see you soon. Merry Christmas! Hope Santa’s good to you!
|Husband and Drake the Dog cuddling|
|Baby’s little puppy feet are sooo cute!|
I don’t have a look for you to see today. I know I’m sorry. I’m working on a special project for you guys for the new year though. So you’ll forgive me right? But I thought I could at least chronicle my holidays for you.
We’re at my Mom’s house and it’s just a bunch of lazy, slow days filled with lots of Polish home cooking and cards. My family is all about the cards – we play this one game that everyone gets really competitive about. Husband and Babcia trash talk each other – through me. I have to translate their various insults to one another. It’s actually really amusing. And the best part? They trash talk, I win. Boo-ya! That’s how it’s done.
|Husband’s fabulous parenting skills.|
As I was writing this post, I went in search of Baby and Husband and found the above situation. In case you can’t tell, he’s readying Vice Magazine – not exactly child rated. She’s just sprawled on his lap looking at the picture’s. This is a common scenario in our house – him reading with her sprawled on him, or squirming all around him. I just stood there shaking my head…and then I got my camera.
|“These are not the droids you’re looking for”|
Today was the first day in 6 months that we were up before Baby. She slept in until 7:45am – I wish everyday was like this. Hopefully, her sleeping habits will only get better. I need my beauty rest – goodness knows I haven’t had any in a long time.
This morning when I came downstairs dressed to face my day, Husband looked at me and said, “Don’t take this the wrong way, because you look really nice, but you look like a Jedi.” Normally I’m not against any Star Wars reference (considering my love of all things Star Wars, Star Trek and BSG), but “Jedi” was certainly not the look I was going for. So, I stopped, focused really hard, and tried to choke him just a little with my mind just like Darth Vader…no such luck. He just stood there with a smirk on his face looking so pleased with himself. So I just kicked him in the shin instead.
Great lunch, even better company. We had two friends over for some good old Polish home cooking. They’re a fun couple who appreciate hearty food. And it was really nice to get to see them since they’ve moved to another province for the next year. That’s what I like about the holidays: everyone makes an extra effort to see one another and spend some time together.
Last night we at Movieola had a lovely Christmas dinner. During that great evening the always fabulous Eileen McCurdy pointed me towards something oh so wonderful. She introduced me to the wonders of Joe Make-up. If you’re familiar with Joe, you know that it’s a cheepy brand that doesn’t always provide great quality. And their make-up is hit and miss as well. I tested quite a few of their products today. And their blushes are fabulous (you’re right Eileen), their lip products – all of them – are great as well. But they’re eye shadows and skin (powder, etc) are a miss. Skip those. Here I’m wearing a new purchase – their red lip crayon with clear lipgloss. It goes on more sheer than lipstick but thicker than gloss. I love that in between coverage. And the best thing is everything is super cheap – which means you can try trends you’re wondering about, get out of your comfort zone, or just stock up on multiple colors all for about the price of one expensive brand. So get your lovely selves to your local Joe and stock up on lig gloss, lip crayons, lipsticks, and liners!
Today was not a good day. First off, I wasn’t feeling well. And secondly, today was a day of spats with Husband. So you’ll excuse me if todays post is not a detail filled as others. No one needs to see my dirty laundry – we all have it – but it’s not something that’s shared for everyone to see. But after much talking (some productive, some not productive) and a nap, I was feeling better and the day took a turn. By dinner time things were much better in our household.
|Baby and I wait for dinner|
After dinner while I held Baby, Husband regrouped and jumped back into his own personal war: Husband vs. The Mice. You see we have recently been invaded by an army of these time rodents. They scamper in and scamper out leaving only their droppings behind. Gross!! So a week ago we declared war and so far we’ve won a few battles but they learn from their mistakes. Oh yes! They learn…and as our enemy grows smarter so must we…
|Husband prepping the ammunition|
|One battlefield is mined with traps|
|Invading their main stronghold|
So far we’ve claimed a few of their soldiers, but the war wages on…
Oops! My tea is ready. Gotta go! Goodnight, see you tomorrow.
Last night was my night away. It was my night to rest and relax and to have time to refresh. Thanks to Husband I was booked into The Sutton Place Hotel for the night. The following was written throughout the night:
|One last cuddle before I leave|
As I left this afternoon, I felt a little pull on my heart when she looked at me with her sweet and innocent eyes. But my resolve returned when I thought to myself, “A rest will make me a better mother.” So I kissed Baby and Husband and headed out.
First stop: shopping! Arriving at the mall I remembered why it is that I don’t go to the mall. I know I said this before, but it’s because with time I forget, I go, and then I remember. I hate crowds and I hate how the mall brings out the worst in people: greed and a lack of courtesy. So, I immediately left.
I am currently eating my greasy spoon dinner: mango + pineapple chicken with fried plaintain and steamed broccolie on rice. Yummy!
|My hotel room|
|View from my hotel room|
Next stop: Checking in. My hotel room is really nice, and clean and orderly. I like that. I appreciate a tidy room. After scoping it all out I went for a run in the health center. It was great to run without thinking about Baby or what I need to get done today. Following a hot shower I turned on CSI (love it!) on the flat screen in my room. And reached over to open my little bottle of wine – oh crap! – I realized that it has a cork and I have no corkscrew.
I was not to be barred (pardon the intentional pun) from having my wine! After 1/2 and hour of picking at it and destroying 1/2 of it, I pushed the rest of the plastic cork inside the bottle. And Ta-Da! Wine! *and an entire bathroom splashed with wine from he ordeal* But WINE! And Chocolate! And trashy magazines! I wonder how they’re doing at home a little. It feels a little wrong to be away and enjoying myself so much. I feel almost as if I’m going to get caught doing something bad. But after a little too much wine (I’m a notorious lightweight) I cuddle into bed and to sleep.
|Coffee in the morning|
Good morning! Other than one interruption I slept 9 hours. Oh glorious sleep! All you parents out there know what I’m talking about. Coffee in the room, breakfast outside and then back to the hotel for another workout. If you haven’t caught on, I like to workout. It’s amazing how much energy I have – I forgot this is what it’s like when you sleep.
My facial at Pure+Simple is delightful. The woman pampers me with a neck, head, and arm massage. And my face feels refreshed, cleaned and mosturized. The soothing sounds, and smells are almost enough for me to fall asleep again, except that I don’t want to miss a moment of this luxury.
Heading home I was refreshed and eager to see my family. I had missed them, but enjoyed the break. Everyone was happy to see me: the Dog jumped on me, Baby squirmed with joy, and Husband kissed me. I’m glad I went away. I’m glad to be home.
|Some of my favorite things|
“I got a feeling, that tonight’s gonna be a good night. That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night. I gotta feeling!” That’s right, tonight I’m checked into a swanky hotel thanks to Husband and I get a whole 24 hours to do what I want – which is mainly shop, sleep and relax. I’m leaving just after lunch today, and coming back mid afternoon tomorrow. In honor of the relaxing theme. I chose the above outfit because it’s easy, comfy and relaxed. Nothing bunches or pinches – no suffering for fashion here!
I’m going to enjoy my break from Baby. Love her to death but if I don’t get a break, that “death” might happen to me sooner than I like. I invite you to check back soon to read all about my exploits in freedom.
It’s so cold here in Toronto, or perhaps it’s just my imagination because I think that anything below 10 degrees celsius is cold. But even Drake the dog wants to go inside after only 10 minutes galavanting about; so, it can’t all be in my head right?
This was today’s on air look and the best part is that it’s super comfy! The soft jersey knit dress is the most relaxed thing ever. And I love the detail of the asymetrical hem. It adds a little interest into what would otherwise be a very boring outfit.
However, I couldn’t go without adding a little glitz to the whole thing – I don’t like to be too monochromatic. So I added these statement earrings. I love the intricacy and size of these, but I like that they still manage to be elegant because of the solid silver look.
The best thing about today though? Even though it’s so cold and bitter and I hated being out, something great happened. After coming home frozen, I warmed up with a bowl of homemade soup (made by Husband) and opened an early birthday present. What was it you ask? A night for me at The Sutton Place Hotel – just for me. No baby to keep me up and no one to ask anything of me. I’m going to sleep, eat, sleep, run, sleep, and sleep. He’s giving me a whole 24 hours of uninterrupted peace and rest. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. That’s one good man for you. Can’t wait! It’s this Thursday, December 16. You betcha I’m going to blog all about it.
My co-worker, the always lovely Eileen McCurdy, has been wanting to see me in this dress since I showed her the online store picture. But I recently told her why I could not wear it to work for her to see, and after giggling at me she said, “Blog about it.” So Eileen this one’s for you!
The dress is one of my latest acquisitions from ShopRuche and I must say that I absolutely love it! But here’s the problem (and it’s one I should have thought of earlier, but it probably wouldn’t have stopped me from buying the dress): it’s got a high neck and back zipper. Now why is that a problem you ask? Simply this: I can’t wear it to work or for more than a few hours at a time. Why you ask again? Because as a nursing mom I need to pump milk at work or when I’m out for longer times spans, and this dress doesn’t allow that. I need easy access to my boobs! So that’s why I can’t wear this dress to work, and why it must remain in my closet unworn until I stop nursing. I can’t be striping down to my knickers in the bathroom and playing with back zippers. I need to be able to whip those puppies out whenever and wherever I need to!