Hi friends! We have some exciting things happening around here. The first being that I have my first doula client! I am not going to get into any details about it, other than to say that. You can all keep your fingers crossed for me that it ends up being a qualifying birth (on average, you need 8 births to get the 3 that qualify for certification.) Also, Dave is starting his clinicals tomorrow, which is a pretty big step in his school plan. Also! We think we have found the perfect sofa for our little narrow-entrance apartment and are going to look at it tomorrow. It’s from Kijiji and I’m really excited about it and hoping it will jump start the rest of the organizing and settling in that is still left to be done around here.
But now, the reason for this post:
That’s right, another one!
A month-ish or so after we moved in, we hung curtains up on the wall (a renter-friendly way of adding a big splash of color into your living room). I did the same thing when I lived in a studio apartment and I really liked it and these curtains haven’t been used since then so I was Using What I Had, which is the number one goal around here these days. We lived with it for a while but there were some things that really bothered me about them.
I hadn’t planned on writing an election post but I was so overwhelmed with everything that happened on Tuesday that I just couldn’t stop myself.
I felt very patriotic that day.
Dave and I planned our day so we could both be home and ready to watch the returns at 6 pm. Then we found out they wouldn’t be airing anything until 7 pm. That last hour was pure torture. (We only had Wolf Blitzer to get us through.)
Okay, so here is where I try to re-cap just how my birth doula training went. This is turning out to be a pretty difficult task. The whole weekend was overwhelmingly great; I can’t remember a time where I felt so secure and connected to a room full of women who I had never met before, and each day just brought us all closer to one another. I’m not going to get into a lot of the details of what the weekend consisted of, but here is a general re-cap with a few of the key things that we learned and practiced.
Where do I even start? I guess there’s no place like the beginning.
First of all, Dave and I decided to stay in the city instead of me driving back and forth each day (and paying the $15/day parking) to save our sanity and a lot of time. So we drove up in the early afternoon on Friday and made our way to the hotel. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Toronto – a hotel Dave would have never stepped foot into 4 months ago. But the days of Starwood HotRates are long behind us now! We used Priceline for the first time and it was totally weird.
We did exactly what we said we’d do for L’halloween: pizza, beer and Hocus Pocus. It’s nice to see traditions hold strong no matter where you’re located. Dave saw our landlord with a jack o’ lantern shirt on (she’s very pregnant) but other than that we saw, like, no one dressed up. We’ve surmised that it’s the area that we live in, since before it got too late out we were driving around residential areas and there were very few houses that were decorated or even had jack o’ lanterns outside. We’ll have to remember this for next year and try to do something about it. Or we can do just what we did this year and in later years say “Remember when we lived in Brampton and no one celebrated Halloween but us?” ANYWAY.
We didn’t get around to carving pumpkins until the night before, seeing as we were away all weekend at my birth doula workshop (don’t worry, that recap post is coming soon.)
Here they are! We got BIG ones; they were the same price ($3.99) no matter how many pounds.
Today (and for the weekend) I will be spending my time at my birth doula workshop, a day that I have anticipated for months! I’m so excited to finally be starting this process and I’m eager to soak up everything that my trainer has for me. I thought I would use this post to talk a little bit about why I think doulas are important for laboring women from a feminist perspective and, most importantly, as a woman. However, I waited too long to write that post and I’m a little bit overwhelmed with everything I want to say. So, instead of that, here are some pictures and info that should hold you off until I get around to writing out everything swirling around in my head.
Usually, I go full-force with my Halloween decorations. This year, for one reason or another, I haven’t felt inspired to cover my lamps in spider webs or make ghosts out of cheesecloth and liquid starch. I felt obligated to put up at least a few decorations, for my favorite holiday. And, even if we wont be able to have any trick-or-treaters (very sad) we’ll still participate in the best of traditions: pizza, beer and Hocus Pocus. Maybe we’ll go pick out a fun-sized bag of treats to keep around in a bowl throughout November, just for kicks.
The kitchen table. It’s festive and edible!
It’s so nice to live near an Ikea again; I really took that place for granted when we lived in California. It’s so nice to be able to pop in for a quick and inexpensive lunch, pick up a 2.99 curtain rod and buzz back home. I went in on Wednesday last week, to pick up the aforementioned curtain rod, and found out that Wednesdays are the day when they do construction and bring new inventory in. The place was a mess! I decided to do a little guided shopping tour and take pictures of the stuff I really like it. And, well, here it is!
One thing I did on this trip was sit on a few couches as that is still a missing component of our new apartment. This is the Karlstad, which is a nice option and comes in lots of different configurations. Sign me up for the dark grey fabric with black and white patterned pillows!
Hey friends! I had just spent hours writing this post and then THE INTERNET EXPLODED OR SOMETHING and the post disappeared and it made me really sad. So, I took a break and watched and episode of 30 Rock and now it’s time to give it the ol’ College Try one more time. Anyway, so, I took a few days off because I was fighting a gnarly cold and couldn’t sit up, much less do something interesting enough to post about. But I’m back now!
Well, well, well…what do we have here? Another DIY(H) project? You don’t say! This one, I had been working on just a little bit at a time and I finally wrapped it up last week. Then all I had to do was hang it, take photos, write this post, format everything, lose the post to an Internet explosion, re-write and re-format everything…
Alright! So, you know when you move into a new place and it takes you some time to settle in and, therefore, time to hang up art? You want to make sure you like the furniture where it is and sometimes you have a lot more (or a lot less!) wall space, so you have to work around that. Back when I was trying to decide on art pieces for our last living room I had the idea to do something with words. Not an ~inspirational quote~ because that’s not really my style, but something more like an obscure line from a popular 80’s rap that you can’t quite place until someone sings the first part of it for you. So, I had a list of quotes already. And, for this project, I let Dave have the final word.
How do you turn that into art? Well, I saw what Young House Love (one of my most beloved blogs) did with a yard sale painting (traced and painted ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE over it) and there it was – inspiration! And since we’re Ballin’ on a Budget over here – I had a goal of spending $20 or less. Let’s see if I did it!
Here’s the space in question.
Fall food is the best food – am I right, folks? I’ll confess: I went through a week where I was calorie counting and my food was BLAH and I wasn’t inspired by any of it. Now that I’ve snapped out of that bad idea, I’ve got some food to show you!
Vegan scallopine with balsamic roasted brussels sprouts.
On actual-Thanksgiving day (Monday), Dave and I spent most of the day inside studying, unpacking and cleaning. Nothing was open and we didn’t have any celebrating to do, so we took advantage of the downtime. I suggested we get out and enjoy the nice fall weather by taking a nature walk! There are a few parks and trails near our apartment building so we layered up, I grabbed my camera and we took off!
On the way down this hill, I slipped in mud and landed right on my tush.