Monday, April 27, 2009

Introduction


Hello Kaili's readers, LB here to announce that Emile Oscar has arrived. At 8 lbs 14 ozs, he isn't a particular little bundle of joy, but we are very glad to have him anyway. Kaili will be back soon.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Nursery

I've refrained from posting a ton of kid's stuff over the past 38 1/2 weeks, but I thought that I'd show you a few shots of my new office, where I'll be spending a lot of my time over the next while... I love this room so much for a few reasons - it's such a personal space, we've managed to incorporate a lot of things from our respective childhoods here that have a lot more meaning than things we could find in the stores, it's exactly how I pictured it looking, whether we had a boy or a girl, and we did the whole thing for very little money... the only new things purchased were the crib and mattress, and the Eames rocker and Tintin poster - everything else was either found in parents' basements or given to us by our overwhelmingly generous family and friends.

My mom and I took basic white curtains from IKEA that I've had for years and just added the striped fabric to the edges. We also made curtain ties, a pillow and the crib skirt from the same fabric. You can also see the fabulous Orla diaper bag Liam and Shannon bought me.


We caved and bought a knock-off Eames rocker, I've always loved them and this way we can put it in the living room when we're no longer using it here. I painted the walls a very soft beigey-yellow last year and decided to keep it, an easy and neutral base for the orange, yellow and turquoise colour scheme.


This wall is my favourite thing in the nursery - it's made up of things that Liam and I had in our rooms as kids, few cross-stitches that my mother in law made, as well as a few thrift acquisitions and the kitty from Laurin. The clown in the middle hung over our change tables when we were kids and held diaper pins...


We didn't want to lose the bed from the previous guest room, so we elected to make it work. I think that it will come in handy for naps for me. The crib is from IKEA and the quilt was bought for me as a child and used by both Liam and I. The bedspread is a vintage yellow chenille, and the afghan was made by my fabulous aunt Linda. Most of the toys on the shelf are toys we had as kids...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Signs of Spring

Nothing makes me feel happier and springier than taking off my socks and wearing cute ballet flats barefoot. These were a steal at $17 from the local grocery store's Joe fresh style section. Some days they fit, other days my feet are a bit too swollen, but they always make me smile.


{Grandpapa bought the bebe a Nikon D40 for his birth present, so LB's been playing around with it a lot - we bought a 1.8 lens for it in addition to the 18-55 lens it came with, and that was the best investment we've made in a while.}

One Last Belly Shot

I'm being induced on Saturday, and while I have mixed feelings about induction, I am so excited to meet this wee lad that I can't wait to get there! I figured that it was time for a final belly shot {this is for you Tara-tara} to help remember how insanely enormous this boy got at the end, hence the induction a week early. I have loved being pregnant and have been beyond lucky, so I really have nothing to complain about. Plus, I get to have a beautiful little boy in a few days so it's all worth it.

I might not post for a few days next week, but LB will be sure to throw up a picture once he's arrived.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I Heart Orla

Thanks to the lovely Paige of I Heart You, who is also expecting a wee boy in the coming months so must be thinking about comfy and cute shoes like I am, for the link to these fabulous Orla Kiely flip flops. They will be perfect for my days spent wiling away in the lap of luxury, since as several people have so kindly pointed out to me - I'm off for a whole year with nothing to do. I'd like to point out that these people are usually without kids and don't quite get the concept of not sleeping for a year.

These flip flops are perfect for me though, and they match my fabulous Orla diaper bag.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TinTin

It's not easy to find a lot of cool French stuff to decorate a nursery with, places like Etsy abound with incredible homemade stuff, all printed in English, unfortunately. But luckily TinTin, a childhood favourite of mine, is a classic choice for any child's room, or an office or anywhere really, depending on how big a fan you are. I found this TinTin poster to be a perfect match to my nursery colours, and it's child-friendly while not being kiddish.

L'Etoile Mystérieuse, c.1942 Art Print by Hergé (Georges Rémi)

Monday, April 20, 2009

NNNNeko!

We made it to Montreal last Thursday evening to see the one and only Neko Case, despite my fears of early labour and the fact that Montreal was semi-shut down due to the fact that everyone was inside watching the Canadiens play the Bruins. It was worth all of the efforts and the whirlwind 12-hour trip, and the bebe seemed to enjoy it as much as we did - it seemed like he was dancing.

She had a screen set up as part of her stage show, and I had trouble paying attention to her during "People Got a Lot of Nerve" because the video for it is incredible. I'd love to get a bunch of stills from this video to decorate a little girl's room. Or mine for that matter. It's totally worth the 2 and a half minutes.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Plans

So it's been decided! As long as the wee bebe is happy and healthy, we are taking off on a bit of a European vacation with him this fall. I'm so excited, and it gives me something to plan for to help alleviate the fear I'm having about being detached from my work.

We're going to rent an apartment in Paris for a week {will share the info once we've booked} for LB, the bebe and me, and then he will head home to get back to work and I will head across the Channel to spend a week with Liam and Shannon in their Battersea flat for some more London fun. I'm also optimistic that October in Paris and London will be a little less wet than November in both of those cities - we've had some pretty bad timing in the past.

I think that it's wonderful that I get a year off with a very generous top up from my employer and am planning on making the absolute most of it. I'm thinking of other schemes, but nothing has taken shape enough to talk about it just yet.

Lovely Swimwear

Thanks to the new issue of Real Simple, I'm daydreaming about beautiful and flattering post-bebe swimwear. The line of one pieces by Malia Mills is right up my alley - so beautiful!Malia Mills floral one-piece swimwear

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lymon

I got a friend and co-worker hooked on 30 Rock recently. Since watching it, he's taken to calling me Lemon, because I have a Lemon-type of job and spend a lot of my time fixing other peoples' messes, or preventing catastrophes from happening. I love it - I've never had a great nickname, and this one is great on so many levels, not the least of which being my massive crush on Tina Fey.

LB however believes that I'm different from Lemon in a few key ways - have my life more together, am less likely to let small things turn into an international affair, etc... so has taken to calling me Lime. And I like that one too. His other nickname for me is Tex, which I also like, but has never caught on. Maybe I'm just not a nickname kinda gal? {Which is another reason the Lemon moniker suits me...}


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Bible Stories for Adults

One of my favourite satirists, Jonathan Goldstein {host of the fabulous CBC program Wiretap}, has just released his take on some of the most famous biblical stories - my favourite is such an obvious one, the telling of the immaculate conception from Joseph's point of view, but the whole thing is hilarious. I read it in a day last week over the Easter weekend, it seemed appropriate.
It's a whole lot of blasphemous good times!

New Obsession

I've been a strict brown-bagger for most of my life - I don't understand buying my lunch everyday, that money is for things like handbags and shoes and clothes! However, these last few days I've been working early mornings to get ready for my impending year off {I know, I'm super lucky, but I'm starting to get hives at the prospect of being away from work that long!} and the packed lunch has fallen by the wayside. To avoid overindulging in terrible take out, I've been looking for fresh and healthy alternatives for lunches in the downtown core. It's amazing how crummy lunch options are downtown, considering how many people work down here - people just seem so willing to line up forever and eat mediocre to terrible food.

Anyways, ranting aside - this new place, Toss it Up, takes care of all of my concerns. Fresh salads that you make with fabulous ingredients, or you can choose one of their pre-made options, they have wraps, bulk snacks, frozen yogurt, delicious drinks, everything that you could want for lunch. It's a good thing that I'm going on leave or I'd be broke from eating there all the time! They even deliver and allow you to order online and just pick it up...

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Happy Pesach

I've been sick for a week now, apologies for the crummy posting. I'm starting to feel human again, and know that a good four-day weekend will leave me feeling top notch. I need to get better, this bebe isn't going to hang around much longer!

We had the first of the two seders last night over at LB's parents' house and it was lovely. So much food, the brisket was incredible, Daphna made her fabulous macaroons, and I managed to make a trifle that was kosher for pesach. Good ol' Martha, always coming through with the good seder desserts! I played with the recipe a bit, but it was still yummy and kosher.

These are the weeks where it's a challenge to be married to someone of a different cultural background - normally I revel in it because I never have to worry about double booking special holidays and dividing time between families, but because of where pesach falls this year, I am doing two nights of family dinners with his family, and then two more nights of dinners with mine. That's a whole lot of sitting and eating, but I shouldn't complain, I know...

Strawberry Lemon Trifle

Travel with Bebe

I am scheming about taking a month this fall and visiting Liam and Shannon in London and taking an extended holiday in Paris. Have found a few good apartment options, the challenge is to convince LB that this is in fact the brilliant idea I believe it to be...
But how much fun would that be?!??! Me and the wee one, touring around Paris, eating delicious treats, and spending time getting to know my favourite city even better...

Friday, April 03, 2009

Gumdrop Cookies

My lil' bro and I used to make these when we were little, and I've been thinking about busting out the recipe again for old times' sake... They are amazing and the oatmeal helps to balance out the sweetness. We always used baking gums, because they are small and don't need to be chopped, and are not covered in additional sugar...

Preheat oven to 350 degrees...

1 c. butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
Cream butter and sugars.

Mix together:
2 tsp. cold water
1 tsp. soda
Add to creamed mixture.

Sift together:
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Add to mixture.

Add:
2 c. oatmeal
1 c. colored gumdrops, finely cut {use baking gums}

Optional:
1 c. coconut

Spoon onto greased cookie sheets and flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Loungin'

My super sweet colleagues threw me a surprise breakfast baby shower, complete with scones and sparkling grape juice and advice on how to raise a child - don't shake it was a big one. They also totally spoiled me with this fabulous Oeuf Lounger, something that LB and I coveted long before this wee one existed...

For some ridiculous reason, they have discontinued the gender-neutral and decor-friendly brown and cream version in favour of brown and pink and brown and blue, so I'm really happy that we were able to get under the wire and get ours in this combo...