September 2010

Remembering what it’s all about

by DaniGirl on September 29, 2010 · 4 comments

in Ah, me boys, Photography

My crazy, busy life has been even crazier and busier than normal. I have so many blog ideas that I’m dying to get out, but they dissipate like morning dew in the hot sun every time I have more than a couple of minutes in front of the keyboard.

Lucky for me, I’m still finding moments for things like this:

532:1000 A tire swing is more fun when shared with a brother

Because really, is there anything more lovely than the joy of brothers at play? Don’t forget to find moments of joy in your life — they make everything else worth while!


Found this and had to share! “Ever dreamed to go space journy with your R2D2?? Unfortunately, such a dream can’t be true at the moment. But now this tiny R2D2 can serve you Soy Sauce by your one-hand little move, leaning the R2 body a little to put appropriate Soy Sauce on Chinese or Japanese fried rice.” The only thing better than an R2D2 soy sauce dispenser? These light sabre chop sticks. OMG, I love the Internet!


It’s been a long time since I’ve put up a “yay day” post, where we can share in the big and little things that are making us happy these days. I love the yay day posts for many reasons, not least of which I love to hear what’s worth celebrating in each of your lives, and also because I think it’s important to savour the good things that happen to all of us.

I have so much to be grateful for lately, I could fill and entire week of yay days. The boys are settling in well at their new school, and I’ve made a few friends in the neighbourhood myself. I even joined the parent council, definitely a post for another day. Yesterday, my eight year old read me a book that his teacher indicated was a late-Grade 5 reading level — which puts him about two years ahead of the curve. We bought a new fridge the other day, and a new washer and dryer, too. I’m excited about work because I’m doing another speaking engagement at a Social Media in Government conference on Tuesday, and I’ll have my excellent new Mark’s makeover clothes to show off. Heck, I’m happy just because it’s Friday!

Oh, and did I forget to mention that the house is sold? *squeeeeee!!!!!!* The conditions are waived and the deal is sealed, baby!! Not quite sure what the plan is from here, but it looks like we’ll take possession within a couple of weeks, and move in mid-October.


So tell me, my darling bloggy peeps, what’s making your heart sing these days? (And, thanks to Kerry for suggesting that today would be a good day for a yay day. You’re right as usual, Kerry!)


At the Richmond Fair

by DaniGirl on September 21, 2010 · 4 comments

in Photo of the Day

Hey, did you know that once upon a time I used to take a lot of pictures? I know, you’d never know it from the blog lately. In fact, there was a while there where I didn’t even touch the camera for two whole weeks. I’ve missed it horribly!

After another showing fiasco on Saturday (we cleaned for two hours for a showing, just to be prudent even though we already had the conditional offer, only to find out that our agent had canceled all the weekend showings. And forgot to tell us. Gah!) we decided that we all needed a family day. On Sunday, we took all three boys and the Nikon to the Richmond Fair for a day of rides, games, ponies and cotton candy.

It was, by all accounts, a perfect day.

At the fair

At the fair

At the fair

530:1000 On the carousel

I almost made this last one my picture of the day, but I think when I look back on this project in 20 years, it will be the pictures of the boys enjoying themselves that will mean the most to me. But damn, this one tickles my fancy. They’ve even got matching eyeglasses. Aren’t they adorable?

At the fair

Happy Tuesday!


Talk fridgey to me, baby!

by DaniGirl on September 20, 2010 · 22 comments

in Consumer culture

In the ongoing evolution of the Great Moving Project of 2010, we have moved beyond the rush of finding, the excitement of buying, the panic of preparing and the pain of selling. While we endure the seemingly endless wait until the waiver of conditions, anticipated for late this week or early next, we now turn our attention to the thrill of acquiring new stuff to cram into the new house!

The new house comes equipped with a stove that seems fairly similar to our current one and a dishwasher. I was going to bring our well-loved high-efficiency washer and dryer with us, and buy a new fridge, but the people who are buying our place are coming from a rental and wanted all five appliances. Long story short, we now find ourselves in the market for a washer, a dryer and a fridge.

The washer and dryer are a no-brainer for me. I’m quite happy to simply reacquire the latest version of the LG front-loading washer and dryer I currently have. In fact, at one of the local appliance shops right now they have a sale on that makes them about $200 cheaper than what I paid for a set with a few less features back in 2008.

The fridge thing is another issue. Actually, it’s several issues. First, the spot for the fridge in the new house is on the small side, and the height clearance is only 66 inches. We took a good look at the cupboards over the fridge, though, and decided it would make more sense in the long run to simply have someone remove those cupboards for us so we can get a decent-sized fridge. With three teenage boys on the horizon, we’re gonna need maximum fridge capacity! I’m not sure what our current fridge is, but I think it’s either 17 or 19 cubic feet.

Who knew there were so many fridge features to consider! Freezer top-mount or bottom-mount or along the side; pull-out shelves in the fridge on some of the higher-end models; french versus full doors… there’s a lot of options! I already know I don’t want stainless steel and I don’t want a water dispenser, so that narrows things down a little bit.

I’ve already decided I want a bottom-mount freezer, and I am toying with the idea of that “french door” style, like this one. I was all ready to go with an LG, but I was peeking at a couple of the GE Profile models in the showroom, and they seemed to have a bit more solid feel to them, and an extra pull-out basket in the freezer that I liked.

So here’s where we play “ask the bloggy peeps” again. What do you love and hate about your current fridge? What features do you covet, or find useless? I’m especially curious to know if any of you have the “french door” model and find that the doors don’t close well — maybe because they’re lighter than a traditional fridge door, but they don’t seem to seal themselves as well and I’m worried the boys won’t remember to push them closed all the way. And pull-out shelves in the fridge compartment — worth getting?

I’m also wondering if it’s worth the effort to pull out the small bit of wall that marks the edge of the fridge’s space in the kitchen to give us the extra inch we’ll need to move from a 19 cubic foot to a 22 cubic foot fridge. It may mean the side of the fridge impedes into the doorway into the kitchen by half an inch or so, but may well be worth it for the extra space. Thoughts?

Brands, features, loves, hates or cautionary tales? C’mon bloggy peeps, talk fridgey to me!


It went something like this:

*ring ring*


Hey, Universe, it’s DaniGirl calling.

Oh hey, DaniGirl! Whattup?

Oh, you know, the usual. Crazy week here, even crazier than our normal kind of crazy.

Yeah, I hear ya. I’ve been a little busy myself.

Yeah, that’s kind of why I called. I wanted to talk to you about your mischievous ways.

Who, me?

Yes, you! You’re messing with me again! You know we’ve been trying to sell the house for three weeks now, and you know we’ve been absolutely killing ourselves keeping the place in perfect condition.

It’s true, I’ve been very impressed with the improvements to your housekeeping skills. Another couple of weeks and you’ll have that whole bedmaking thing down pat.

Yeah, well, we’ve certainly had a lot of practice. With just shy of 20 showings, you figure maybe two or three hours of cleaning per showing, that’s a good 60 or 70 hours invested in cleaning the house in the past three weeks.

Sounds like a full time job.

It really has been. So, that’s kind of what I was thinking about, that maybe there was a little intentional irony on your part yesterday.

I thought you’d be happy with how that all came out!

Oh, don’t get me wrong, we’re thrilled. But seriously? When the doorbell rang a half an hour before the scheduled appointment, I didn’t even hear it because I was still vacuuming the bedrooms. It was the dog barking that alerted me to the fact that someone was on the porch.

Yeah, the dog was pretty excited. I can’t believe you stuffed her in the garage.

Well what was I supposed to do? They showed up early, and I had been running late. There were still breakfast dishes in the sink, and the vacuum cleaner was sprawled across the bedroom floor. At least I’d started by cleaning the bathrooms and made sure all three toilets were flushed!

It was nice that they didn’t make you leave the house.

Yeah, that was nice. It was kind of fun eavesdropping on them while I put on my shoes to go wait on the porch. When I heard her say, “Ooo, it’s big!” I was feeling pretty good. I was feeling a little less good about being trapped on the porch in the pouring rain on such a miserable day, though.

Well, they didn’t leave you out there for long, at least.

True enough, and it was kind of nice chatting with them. I know I probably should have just kept completely quiet, but I couldn’t help but fawn over their adorable little 3 mos old baby.

So since it all worked out in the end, what exactly are you complaining about?

Hey Universe, don’t play coy with me. You know perfectly well what I’m talking about. I follow the conventions set forth by the stager and the real estate agent and the whole house-selling machine to a “T” for three painful weeks, and the first time I accidentally break the rules, we get an offer. What’s up with that?

Just keeping you on your toes, DaniGirl. And you’d best not mess with me, if you want this conditional sale to firm up so you can move to your fancy new house in Manotick.

Um, yeah, I see your point. Okay, Universe. Thanks for the, um, lesson. I think. Have a nice day!

Bye, DaniGirl.


A love letter to Mark’s

16 September 2010 It IS all about me

Dear Mark’s (formerly known as Work Wearhouse), You couldn’t have known when you invited me and a handful of other bloggers and journalists for an amazing makeover day just how badly I needed the break. In fact, my schedule lately has been so insane that I first missed the deadline to reply to your offer, […]

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Will Survivor hold the key to selling our house?

15 September 2010 Life, the Universe and Everything

I have mentioned before how Survivor seems to be tied inextricably up in my childbearing years. From the summer of my first pregnancy (that ended in miscarriage) during the debut season in 2000, to watching the first episode of the first Survivor All Stars season in 2004 from my hospital bed after Simon’s birth, to […]

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The State of the Mom Blogosphere

14 September 2010 How I love the Interwebs

Sorry, I still don’t have time for a proper blog post today, but I received this from my old friends Cooper and Emily at the Motherhood and thought you might be interested: You’re invited to join a live chat on “The State of the Mom Blogosphere,” hosted by some of the most influential mom bloggers […]

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Five things I’ve learned while selling this house

11 September 2010 5 things

There’s barely been time to tweet lately, let alone blog. Although the craziness of back-to-school week has subsided, there is no end yet on the horizon for the craziness that is selling this house. It’s been two weeks since it was listed and we’ve had a dozen appointments so far to see it, but we’ve […]

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