Monday, December 31, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
To be honest, I really stopped keeping track for quite some time. I was still reading, just not with as much fervour as before.
My last update can be found here, and at that time I had read twenty-one (21) books, well on my way to reaching my goal of 50 books in 2012. Sadly, it's about that time that reading took a back-burner to other things in my life. So without any further ado, here is my completed list for 2012.
1. Hunger Games
2. Catching Fire
3. Mocking Jay
5. The Perfect Christmas
6. Angels at Christmas
7. How the Girl Guides Won the War
8. The Flight of Gemma Hardy
9. Ghosts of Boyfriends Past
10. Rainshadow Road
13. I've Got Your Number
14. A Walk Across the Sun
15. Dead Reckoning
16. 50 Shades of Grey
17. 50 Shades Darker
19. 50 Shades Freed
20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
23. The Forgotten Garden
24. James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing
25. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
26. James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper
27. Whole Latte Life
28. The Snow Child
For a grand total of 28 books. Twenty-eight books is definitely impressive; but, it's not good enough. It's only 56% of my goal. Next year, I'm striving for 100%, though I'd be happy with 80%, and with the new Kobo Mini I got for Christmas, I think 80% is easily attainable.
I wish you all much success on your reading journey and I hope you'll pop in to share your reading progress in the New Year.
Friday, December 21, 2012
In all the hype about the Mayan prediction of the end of the world, we joked that my Dad would begin and end his life on the same day. I'm certainly glad this isn't true. We have many more years of birthdays to celebrate.
Wishing you lots of love on your special day, Daddy.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
The twins turned 8 on November 16th. We had originally planned to hold separate birthday parties, for the first time, on November 17 and 18. Then Boo brought home forms for Cub camp that weekend and we postponed his party until the following weekend.
Pretty decided she wanted a "spa" party this year with five of her bestest friends. We soaked feet, painted toe and finger nails, had mock "mimosas" and made homemade bath salts. The party was a hit and the girls asked if we could do it again.
I'm proud to announce that I am now a Unit Administrator for Girl Guides of Canada! If you've followed my blog at all, you'll know that I am a volunteer with this wonderful organization. I have been a member since I was a girl and I love everything Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada stand for. Providing support to the volunteers in our organization was a logical step for me and even though I've only been in the position a week, I love it! I was made for this job, or maybe this job was made for me. Either way, I feel very blessed to have been the successful candidate for the position. There is something new every day that challenges me and gives me room to grow and build on existing skills...everything I would expect from an ideal job and Girl Guides.
It hasn't all been sunshine and roses though. We are going through some growing pains at home trying to figure it all out. With Mr. Twingle travelling, we've had to arrange daycare for Pickle and after school care for the twins, but so far it's all worked out. Pickle seems to be doing well. She's even taken to napping again. Yes, my child, who gave up her naps before the age of two! I don't know if she's exhausted from the mental strain of the adjustment or because her "fends" are napping too. The only negative I've seen so far is a couple of bathroom accidents which she doesn't normally have. I'm not sure if it's regression due to the changes or if she has an infection. If it continues this week, we'll be making a trip to the doctor to rule out any medical issues.
The twins think every day is a play date with their buddies from Guiding and Scouting, so they've been fine with it. In fact, the days they don't need after school care, they whine about not seeing their friends (insert eye rolling emoticon).
So yeah...it's been a little crazy around the Twingle household and with the holidays only two weeks away, I don't see the crazy settling down any time soon.
I'm just glad I found a job I enjoy and that the kids seem to be transitioning alright, for the most part. The week before I started, the mommy guilt was revving full-force. But now that I've seen the kids are okay with the change, I know I've made the right choice.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Norine took it upon herself to put together this amazing event which showed Guide aged girls that they aren't alone in our big city. There are other girls, the same ages, doing the same sorts of things from Tai Chi to Zumba to Laughter Yoga and Curling. Not only was it a day demonstrating healthy and active lifestyle options; but, it was a day promoting Sisterhood. One of the Guide Laws is "To Share in the Sisterhood of Guiding" and this event provided and outlet to do just that.
Girls were divided into groups and rotated round-robin style through the activities, breaking for a deliciously prepared lunch of sandwiches, fruits, vegetables and a cookie for dessert. Then we continued on our day.
Norine, even had a training for the leaders planned while the girls participated in Curling. The training was about Guide ceremonies and traditions and how to bring them back into our meetings! I loved learning from my sister Guiders and hearing how they incorporate these aspects. I now have an arsenal of ideas for this and upcoming years!
Here are some photos I took of the day.
Monday, November 5, 2012
However, the sights and sounds of the approaching holiday season are already upon us. Hallowe'en hadn't even finished before the stores were putting out Christmas decorations. Now, I love Christmas. It's my favourite holiday and I can't wait to put up my decorations. But, I do think we need to wait until after Remembrance Day on November 11. Veterans and fallen soldiers deserve our respect and remembrance without interference from the highly commercialized holidays.
It would seem that I am not alone in this sentiment. Shopper's Drug Mart customers voiced their opinions, about the holiday music piping through the store's PA, on the company's Facebook page and the company listened. They have ceased Christmas music until further notice.
So while I love Christmas and all it represents, I will proudly wear my poppy and remember those that have fought for the privileges we entertain today. I hope you will do the same and show your respect and thanks for our veterans and fallen soldiers.
And I will be among the masses decorating on November 12!
Have a great week.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
I wasn't too sure how photos on canvas would turn out, so I was a little skeptical about the whole thing. The Printcopia website is very user friendly and uploading you image is a breeze. In fact, my very large, high quality, digital image took less than 10 seconds to upload. That's very impressive, especially when I don't have a lot of extra time to spend online. You can even upload images from Facebook and Instagram if so inclined.
You begin you order by selecting a size. Printcopia has a range of sizes starting at 8" x 8" and ending at 30" x 40". But, that's not all; they also have a custom size selector so you're certain to get the perfect size canvas to fit your space. You can also select the canvas thickness; I went with .75" thickness to match the rest of the artwork I have displayed in our home.
Next you choose options for the sides of your canvas. You can completely customize exactly how you want your photos on canvas to look; making the piece something you'll truly enjoy.
Once you've completed all your choice selections, it's time to check out. Printcopia only accepts credit card (Visa, Amex or Mastercard) payments. So if you're like many people today and don't own a credit card, this won't be a suitable print business for you to use.
Payments aside, the check out process is quick and painless. It took me less than a minute to complete.
Once you've completed your order, the waiting is the hardest part. However, I was very pleasantly surprised when my photo on canvas arrived just a few short days later!
I'm very pleased with the quality of the canvas. My biggest decision right now, is trying to figure out the perfect place to hang it!
Disclaimer: I received a free photo on canvas in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.
Posted by Stephanie Nash at 8:08 AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My "Monday Musings" post from last week never appeared. I hit "publish" and, poof, it's gone. I can't locate it in my post archives and it certainly didn't publish. I also know I didn't delete it as there's a confirm step before doing so, unlike the publish function which is a one-click function.
So this post will be a little bit of everything thrown together; I hope you don't mind.
Last week, I wanted to share how much fun I had at a Tocara party. It seems in-home parties are making a come back; as I've certainly witnessed with my own Stampin' Up! business. But somehow, I had never heard of Tocara; and, that's probably a good thing! Tocara is jewelry. Beautiful sterling silver and stainless steel jewelry. Their line includes necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, rings and more! I managed to only purchase an anklet while at the party; but, I came out with a booking to host my own party in January 2013! I'm really excited too! Just for booking, I'm going to get $75 in FREE jewelry. The difficult part will be deciding what to get!
Saturday, the 20th, I took my Guides and Pathfinders to sell Girl Guide Cookies; which, I still have lots of by the way! It was a cold and wet day. We ended up with 9 of our 12 girls coming out and managed to sell ten (10) cases; not bad in the rain! It must have been the, very faint, rainbow that appeared on the horizon.
Posted by Stephanie Nash at 8:26 AM
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Snowball was Pretty's hamster. She asked Santa for it last year and Santa complied, sort of. You see Santa, in all his wisdom, brought a cage, food, bedding, accessories and a note. Not a hamster. The note explained that it was far too cold at the North Pole for such a small animal and it would have gotten squished on his sleigh. Instead, he brought her everything she needed and gave her $20 with instructions to tell mom & dad to take her out on Boxing Day to pick out her new friend. And that's exactly what we did.
We made sure to get the youngest hamsters available, as they do have short life-spans. We talked about proper handling and training of the hamster to make it a good and friendly pet. Pretty was ready to accept the challenge.
Sadly, last night as Pretty was getting ready for bed, she realized Snowball was missing. This wasn't uncommon for Snowball as she had escaped two previous times. I went to check the cage and begin the search when I found her in the corner of the cage, slightly buried in the bedding. I instantly knew she was gone; and I'm fairly certain Pretty saw her but went into shock and denial, hence the Snowball's missing call of panic.
I calmly took Pretty aside and told her how very sorry I was; but, Snowball was gone. Cue horrific sobbing now. Pretty was a mess. She was beside herself and wanted to know how it happened, why it happened and then "she's not dead, she's just sleeping". When I managed to convince her that she wasn't just sleeping, I left her to grieve while I got the other two kids to bed. Then I went back and we talked some more about death and how sometimes, even pets that are young, can have problems and die. I explained that just because Snowball didn't look or act sick, that she didn't have something going on inside of her we couldn't see.
Pretty then did something that surprised me and made me realize how much she is growing. She went and got the hamster care books and began reading to find out what she did wrong and what she can do to make sure her replacement hamster, "when my heart stops hurting", won't suffer from the same fate so soon. I tried to comfort her by saying she didn't do anything wrong; but, if she wanted to brush up on her hamster care, I was okay with that.
She silently cried herself to sleep and this morning is in somewhat better spirits. Snowball has been stored on ice until Mr. Twingle can be home for a funeral tomorrow. Pretty wrote a letter to Snowball this morning that we will bury with her; and she's already decided her next hamster will be named Oreo because she wants it to be a sable banded teddy bear hamster.
Farewell, Snowball. You will be missed.
"December 26, 2011" to October 17, 2012.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
And the pain isn't much better today. I have a tiny bit more mobility of my head; but, not enough to really be productive at anything.
Of course, this doesn't go over well when I have a million things to do, including laundry and mopping floors. Sadly, I've put both tasks off for too long and the house looks like a bomb went off. It also doesn't help that Mr. Twingle is two weeks into his new job which has him working from home. I feel like my daily routine is under scrutiny and that makes me uncomfortable. Not that there's anything wrong with how Pickle and I go about our day; but, I feel like if I sit down at the computer too long or watch a complete TV show that I'm failing somehow as a mom and a wife.
I know I'm just overreacting. Having us both at home is an adjustment for everyone. Realistically, Mr. Twingle hasn't been home more than 2 or 3 weeks at a time in the sixteen years we've been together. There have always been periods of him travelling and the kids and I have our routine down to a science. Having Mr. Twingle home is going to take some getting used to and there will inevitably be some growing pains along the way.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
This weekend is a time for family gatherings and delicious meals. It's also time to give thanks.
I give thanks for my wonderful family and friends, our health and the love we share. I'm thankful for a roof over my head and food in my belly. And I'm thankful for you, my readers.
I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
A brief history of Thanksgiving in Canada
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
I have been blessed with long eyelashes, but I'm always looking for that next product to make them look fuller. I was pleased to try out peptalash by Indeed Labs. I really thought, "what's the harm?, I've tried everything else".
This is the press release I received to accompany peptalash:
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We then sat around the fire to eat our tacos and discuss some of the things that are important when camping...like Be Prepared kits, fire drill protocols and more. Then the girls shared silly stories that had us all laughing and trying not to choke on our food.
Once dinner was done, and clean up had been completed, we settled in front of the fire to ward off the dampness and participate in the campfire our lone Pathfinder worked so hard on. There were lots of giggles as we acted out silly stories and made goofy noises to go along with them. Of course, a campfire wouldn't be a campfire without singing and there was lots of that. Thank goodness Sunflower warned her neighbours we'd be there; we may have been a tad loud when singing Thunderation!
Monday, October 1, 2012
There are just so many good things that happen this month and I can't wait to enjoy them all.
Last week was crazy, hence the lack of posts. Keeping up with the kids and their schedules while Mr. Twingle is away is never easy. But when you factor in the adjustment to the back-to-school routine, I felt like I was flailing.
I'm hoping this week is better. Today was a good day and it would be awesome if the rest of the week goes as well.
I feel like there is so much more I could write at the moment; but, my brain is fried after the weekend and I think I just need to head off to bed.
I promise a better post tomorrow when I fill you all in on my first Girl Guide camp of the season!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I suppose I'm a little luckier than Mr. Twingle who has had to fly to Poland with the head cold. His poor sinuses must be ready to explode.
I can only hope that this brief interlude with the back-to-school bug will boost our immune systems for the many other bugs that are bound to come home.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weekend. The Fall temperatures certainly made this mama very happy, despite the rain on Saturday.
|Right after the sting.|
|Day 2. Eye is almost swollen shut.|
Friday, September 7, 2012
I'm certain that at some point over the years, I've mentioned "Nunna". Nunna is what Pickle calls one particular Piglet stuffed toy that she latched onto at the young age of only 6 months.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Why is it the best laid plans are the ones that always fall apart? As I mentioned in yesterday's Monday Musings, the twins' bus picks up at 7:04am...otherwise known as "stupid o'clock".
In preparation for this awful hour, I went to bed early and set my alarm for 5:45, 15 minutes before we had the alarms scheduled to go off for the twins.
I guess because I was prepared to get up, Pickle decided that the day should begin at 3:30. I heard her calling out, so Mr. Twingle went to her. She asked to be tucked back in and that was it; or so we thought. Not 10 minutes later, she was up again. This time, she didn't want to sleep in her room so Mr. Twingle brought her in with us. And this is where it all falls apart.
Pickle doesn't sleep. She lays quietly for just long enough for Daddy to fall asleep again and then she tosses and turns, giggles, calls the dog, wonders where the cat went, jumps up and down, sings, pushes me out of bed and more. At 5:30, I think she's finally fallen asleep and I try to sneak out of bed to turn off the alarm so it won't wake her. I was mistaken though, as she got up fussing. Luckily, Mr. Twingle was able to settle her back down long enough for me to escape to the washroom where I had my shower and got dressed.
At 6:00, the twins got up and miraculously stayed quiet enough to not wake Pickle! They ate, got ready to wait for the bus and we were out the door by 6:50 at which time Mr. Twingle got up to come say bye to the kids. Unfortunately, Pickle also got up :\
So now, it's 9:30 and Pickle is crabby...gee I wonder why? It's going to be a long day if we can't convince her to take a nap at some point. Wish us luck.
On the other hand, the twins got off to their first day of school, no worse for wear. Here are some photos from the morning. Enjoy!