Friday, April 10, 2015

getting artsy...

for the last month or so, i feel like i've been seeing paint by numbers around and it kind of made me want to try one out. the only place i knew to get one was a bit further north than we typically travel by foot, so i just kept putting it off. last week, dylan told me he had a surprise for me at home. my first paint by numbers! when dylan was buying it, the lady at the store asked him how old his child was. he replied, "28" and apparently she had some weird look on her face. whatever lady, i won't be 28 for 4 more months, does that make it better?

now you should know that i have no artistic abilities whatsoever, so i definitely do not have high hopes for this. it's more just something different to do when i get home from work instead of sitting on the couch watching tv or reading a book while the weather is still kind of crummy. i had no idea that these things were so intricate and required mixing your own colours and all. my lines aren't the cleanest, but hey, i'm not expecting to hang this thing when it's done.

 so many numbers.

 it's suggested to start at the top left and work your way across. for some reason i started the opposite way.
 i'm an artist!

progress. many hours down, many more to go.

my only problem so far is that the paint doesn't quite covers the numbers, which i find a little odd and annoying. and since some colors have much more surface area, i feel like i might run out of a few, but i guess we shall see.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


it was certainly nice having a long weekend, but as usual, it went too fast. we spent friday evening with dylan's famly, saturday at the vet's office and getting haircuts, and sunday laying on the couch and eating too much food with my parents.
fresh cuts for the spring.
easter morning mimosas!
homemade cinnamon buns for easter morning.
and then flipped over to get all the yummy caramel!
a few gifts from my parents for me and dyl; make up, gift cards, chocolate, and best of all - euros!! (still ridiculously excited for our trip!)

now excuse me while i eat all of my chocolate over the next few weeks...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

catch up...

i've been consumed by work lately and haven't had a whole lot going on. the weather has been fairly crummy, with a few nice days thrown in, still limited the things we can do outdoors on the weekends. in the meantime, i'll play catch up with a few old things:

last month was my best friend's 28th birthday. 6 of us girls went out to dinner first and then met up with about 20 friends at the bowling alley afterwards. i actually wasn't terrible, if you can believe that! on a side note: me and the birthday girl were the only 2 in the huge group who had to wear wristbands to show we were actually over 19. seriously. #foreveryoung
 dylan couldn't make it because he was in ottawa for work, but he called the restaurant and had a tequila shot sent over!

 the little one.
 looking all majestic and stuff.
 slowly buying stuff for italy. we've decided on no suitcases, strictly backpacks. wish me luck.

walking around the st lawrence market one fine sunday.
 evening strolls down at the harbourfront.
 apparently dylan hates walks and beautiful sunsets.

all i can say is tgit. oh, one other thing: we have a leak in our ceiling in our den and management doesn't seem concerned. so that's awesome. maybe today they'll take more action than last night? because hello, there's like a sack of water hanging on by paint (well that's what it looks like) that's about a foot and a half wide by about 3 inches long. yay.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

dinner party...

i'm happy to report back that our first dinner party went off without a hitch and all of the food was great! Dylan bought some of the biggest chicken breast i'de ever seen and we made chicken parmesan,  garlic bread, and (store made) fresh pasta. the wine was flowing and we had ourselves a good time. sadly, the friends we had over are heading back home to england at the end of april after only two short years here. we'll probably see them once more, but this was likely the last big hurrah.
preparations begin. 
all ready.
dinner served.

after dinner board games.

while the preparations were slightly stressful, the end result was great fun. time to plan our next one!

Friday, March 20, 2015

adult world...

for as long as i can remember, or at least since we moved in together, dylan has wanted a proper dining table. we've been using a small round one (where the sides fold down) that i got when i moved out on my own in 2007. the sides were a little slanted and it was pretty crowded for the odd time we had people over for (a casual) dinner. tomorrow evening we've having 2 friends over for dinner and a night of board games. this marks our first time officially hosting people for a real, planned, sit down meal, which is kind of crazy considering we're 27/28 years old. because of this, dylan was insistent that we finally buy ourselves a new table, one where people's arms aren't bumping into each other and we can hang out comfortably as the night progresses.

since we didn't want to spend a fortune, ikea was the winner. we wandered the store until we found one we liked and said, you're the winner! the table is great for us in our condo because it easily fits 4 people (even 6 if you put 2 people on the end and that still wouldn't be cramped), but also comes with two leafs to put in the centre, which could add up to another 4 people. whether we actually have enough room to use it as a 10 seater, that's another question, but the option is there.
hmmm..we already have a packed trunk, can we get a table and 4 chairs in there?! somehow we did manage.
the joys of ikea. we started building at 10pm. i would say i lasted an hour overseeing the operations and then i was off to bed leaving dylan to do it all. i'm a great girlfriend.
we encountered some problems early on.

i heard a lot of screeching of turning screws around 1am, but when i woke up, we had a table! while i was at work, dylan did some rearranging to make the new ginormous piece of furniture work in our small space. he moved the couch down slightly, moved our bar to the den, moved a tall lamp, and moved our small table from the den to become a side table beside the couch. oh, and he added a lamp form our bedroom to said side table.

we've joined the adult world, now let the entertaining begin! 
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