Saturday, 30 January 2016

Favourite Places

I will e the first to admit, I spend way too much time online.  It is almost scary how accurate that quote to the left is.  That is literally me.  Every night.

I do spend alot of time on Facebook, Instagram.  Pinterest.  Etsy.  Ravelry. Blogger. Twitch...  Wow that list is getting a lot longer than I had originally intended.

I watch several shows online too - since I do not have a PVR.  The sites I use are either Netflix or Couch Tuner, and occasionally Primewire.

Where do you spend the majority of your online time?

Friday, 29 January 2016

Flick4Friday: Top War-time Movies

I always loved my Flick4Friday feature that I had on my previous blogs, so when I was asked if I would be doing a similar feature on this blog, I was only too happy to oblige.

I recently joined a new (?) social network called Letterboxd.  I love it there.  I haven't met or talked to anyone, but I am loving the concept of it... it is a place to keep track of all the movies I watch.

I have never really been big on war movies but it was the HBO series, Band Of Brothers (I did not watch the original airing... I believe it was 2014 when I actually watched this mini series) that made me watch a few.  You will notice this is only a Top Five List (because I haven't seen many movies of this genre) and the majority of the movies are recent (again, because I never had an interest in this genre).

For a more detailed look at these movies, please visit my Letterboxd List.

:: Top5 War-Time Movies ::
  1. Band of Brothers
  2. Unbroken
  3. Fury
  4. Against the Sun
  5.  The Imitation Game
What is on your list of must-see war-time movies? Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Saucy Dog and Friends!!


A house isn't a home with a pet... or two... or three... or six?!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have undoubtedly seen some of the adventures of my Saucy Dog.  No... his name is not Saucy Dog.  That's just his online persona.

This little man - next to my son - is one of the most important males in my life.  He is the one that has always been there for me.  And his is the smiling face I am greeted with every morning.

Since he is a tiny long-haired chihuahua, he accompanies us many places.



Next is our Colossal Kitty.  This large fella is part Mainecoon... and certainly is a hefty kitty.
He and I truly have a love-hate relationship.


And then we have Kooky Kitty.  She is the youngest of our bunch.  And she quite possibly may be insane (or possibly inbred).  Either way, we love her for all her uniqueness.






And lastly - meet our critters... Hook, Rumple and Romeo, my little gerbils.





We certainly do have a full house full of love!


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Inspiration

The Bloggerhood wants to know who or what inspires me.

I find this to be a tricky question because there isn't just one thing in my life that creates inspiration.

My children inspire me everyday... To be a better person and a better mother; To give them the best of me at all times.

My mother inspires me often through her cooking.

My sister is an inspiration.  She was a teenage mother and I am so impressed and proud of how far she has come.

I could just keep going with this list...
What inspires you?




Monday, 25 January 2016

Sunday, 24 January 2016

I Don't Like People...

It's not that I am antisocial.  I just don't really like people.  People ruined that for me.

I do like celebrities though.  Well, I like TV and movies.  Or maybe I just like having something to watch while I eat popcorn?!

Okay - back to the topic at hand... five of my favourite famous people, as requested by the Bloggerhood, in no particular order:

Joshua Gates.  I seriously love this man.  I think I have seen every show he has ever done.  I'm not entirely sure why I find him so captivating.  I think he has a dream job -- traveling around the world discovering things... yes please (minus the talking to people part)!

Ryan Reynolds.  Let's just take a moment and appreciate all the fine acting this man has done.  And ya know, I will even accept the Green Lantern in it's flawed goodness (It's Ryan Reynolds in an animated skin-tight green suit - just shut-up and watch!).  Reynolds has been a favourite of mine for as long as I can remember.  And now that Deadpool is coming out I am in fangirl heaven!! My favourite actor and my favourite Marvel character... as one?! *faints*

Zak Bagans.  I think Zak is one celebrity I could actually handle meeting.  He is fascinating and his work with the paranormal is superior to other ghost hunters.  I have enjoyed all of his books as well.

Along those lines, before Ghost Adventures, came Paranormal State. I truly admire Ryan Buell. Years ago he came out of the closet, which could not have been an easy decision because of his close work with the catholic church.  Since then, he has battled cancer, and gotten married to his co-star.  I tune in weekly to Twitch and watch him and Surgey on their paranormal gaming channel.

 For the last one on my list, I am going to say the cast of Supernatural! I love this show, and the whole cast -- they make me laugh.




Saturday, 23 January 2016

There's a Song for That...

 I listen to a lot of music.  All the time.

My computer is constantly playing a playlist.  Even when I am not home... I'm sure my dog likes music as much as I do.

I don't have one genre of music I prefer... well, I don't listen to opera often; but I wouldn't say that I despise it either - I mean, Phantom of the Opera is just magical!

I'm not sure I could even begin to narrow my list of favourites down... so how about the first 4 songs on my current playlist?  That sounds good to me!

Sorry.  I'm not saying I am a huge fan of the Biebs...  but there are a few songs that I have added to my playlist despite the disgust of my eldest daughter.  Sorry recently hit the top of my list.  Every song reminds me of someone, and after receiving a drunken phone call one night, this song was eerily similar to what I was told in that call.  No worries there, dear readers - I hung up on him!

Song number two -- Honey, I'm Good!  I need to find me a man like the one described in this Andy Grammer song...

I'm not going to lie -- I'm a bit of a Taylor Swift fan.  Wildest Dreams reminds me of someone who shall remain nameless.  There is always that one that got away, right?

Want to Want Me has been on my playlist for quite some time!  And I must say, I prefer the duet version by Jason Derulo and Luke Brian!  If you haven't heard it, what are you waiting for?!  And yes, you have to sing along.   It is a requirement for this song.





Friday, 22 January 2016

I Don't Drink Coffee... Much

I have never been a big coffee drinker.
That is until my doctor told me not to drink it.

I know -- insane childish logic there... as soon as I am told I can't have it - I decide I can tolerate a cup every now and then.  I do not like regular coffee though - it has to be flavoured (caramel or french vanilla, please) or mixed with something.  My daughter came up with a wonderful creation the other day -- half a cup of decaf coffee (I figure decaf is more acceptable then full strength coffee), half a cup of milk, a spoonful of brown sugar and a heaping spoonful of our homemade hot cocoa mix.  I'm not sure what you would call this creation - perhaps a Caramel Mocha of sorts? - But is it delicious!!

Tea on the other hand is a complete different story!  I love tea.  Black tea.  White tea.  Green tea.  Oolong tea.  Kombucha tea (I'm learning to make my own!).  Roobios tea.  Milk tea. Herbal tea.  Iced tea. I guess you could say I am an avid tea drinker.  While I do enjoy sugar in my coffee creations, my Papa always taught me that adding sugar to tea ruined the taste.  It is acceptable to add milk - or honey if you are feeling under the weather, but never EVER sugar. I have failed my grandfather in that aspect with my daughters as they will only drink it with sugar.  I wish Papa was here to instill his wisdom on them...

When it comes to alcoholic beverages - while I do not partake often, or much at a time - I do enjoy rum based drinks.  Pina Coladas would be near the top of my list.  Oh who am I kidding?! I am a fan of pretty much any "girlie drink".


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Do I Smell Food?!

The going joke in my family is that we only get together to eat.  I'm totally serious - we love food that much.  And it is  not uncommon for certain members to only show up to a gathering when there is the mention that food will be served.  This weekend alone, we are having a party just to try out a new fried dill pickle recipe.  That's just how we roll.

With that said, I am not a glutton - but I really am not sure I can narrow my likes down to two as suggested by The Bloggerhood Challenge.

I have a huge sweet-tooth.  I love desserts and chocolate. 

And potatoes.  I don't think I could live without potatoes... mashed potates, baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, fries, chips... mmmmm.

I think one food that always makes me (and my children) come running is my mothers rice pudding.  Seriously, her rice pudding is the best one I have ever tasted.  She doesn't make it too often though, and that is likely a good thing because it is difficult to stop at one bowl.  Come to think of it, pretty much everything my mother makes is delicious.  Her dill pickles are to die for!

 I can't really narrow it down to another favourite food.  Can I say breakfast?  I would prefer to eat breakfast over other meals... but not at "breakfast time".  Breakfast generally occurs too early for me!


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

10 Day Bloggerhood Challenge

Over at The Bloggerhood a 10 Day Back to Blogging Challenge has been posted; since I am easing myself back into blogging, a Back to Blogging Challenge sounds like something that I need in my life.  While I can't guarantee I will complete every Bloggerhood monthly challenge, this one feels right.

So, what is Should I Blog That primarily about?

I think this is something I struggle with greatly when it comes to blogging.  I already own a crochet blog (two actually). And it is easy to narrow does topics for those blogs... I mean.. they are CROCHET blogs.  I'm not going to be posting pictures of my latest vacation on them.

I have owned the "Should I Blog That" blogger domain since college.  After having children I felt I had outgrown the title - but just couldn't bring myself to delete it.  I loved the concept I had for the title.  Should I Blog That??  Literally - is that something I should blog about...

Once I had wanted to be a Mommy Blogger - I guess technically I am - I'm a Mom, and I blog... but this isn't a typical "mommy blog".  I do not plan on blogging constantly about my children.  Yes, they are a HUGE part of my life... but this is my blog; my little piece of the Internet that allows me to get away from mommyhood.  In all likelihood, the occasional post about my children may pop up, but that is not what with blog is about.

This blog is about me...  whatever that means.  Let's just hope I keep up with it this time.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Goodreads -- Not Great in 2015

It would appear that I didn't do well with my Goodreads Book Challenge for 2015... I completed a mere 24% of my challenge, only reading 6 books.

But this is a new year and I vow to to better this year!  I've even gotten my children involved. First things first, is to find a good series to start with.  Recommendations?  Anyone??

I think I may start with the Bane Chronicles.  I absolutely LOVED the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, so I anticipate these to be a good (and quick) read as well.



Monday, 18 January 2016

Back in the Blogosphere

I will admit, I haven't been the best blogger.


My intentions were good, but I believe moving to my own domain was not necessarily the best move.

So here I am, back and joining the wonderful world of Blogger.

Do people even use the word "blogosphere" anymore??  Perhaps I am aging myself with that term.

Still following me through my blogging blunders - great!  New to my blog - welcome!  I do hope you come back for more.  Although I will admit, I don't have an exact plan for this blog - I'm just going to see where it takes me.

Grab a hot drink - it's cold out... it is winter in Canada afterall - and enjoy your stay!