try it tuesday

This is sort of a cheating Try it Tuesday, but it’s something that I tried, that was fun, so I had to share. I just found such a fun online tool that is completely free — thanks to You Are My Fave. It’s called, and basically you can upload photos and it transforms it into a photo strip for you, just like this:
Give it a try!

house hunters

Lovely friend H bought the house of her dreams last week. So, the fact that I’ve been surfing MLS non-stop for the past week or so can be squarely blamed on her.

We love where we live now, but ultimately there are restrictions to a renter’s life … no planning big renos, no building equity, no … well, ownership. We’ve done little projects here and there, but I have the decorating/organizing/diy itch often, and there’s only so much you can do in someone else’s casa.
We’re surveying our options and counting our pennies, just in preparation for the inevitability. This isn’t the first time we’ve started on this road, but who knows, maybe it’ll end differently this time.
So, I put these questions to you, dear readers, and am happily accepting any and all advice in these matters:
1) Detached vs. semi-detached? I admit that I am already very set on this matter, but I will open it to the floor anyway.
2) Fix-er-upper vs. new construction?
3) Oil heat vs. electric heat?
4) Subdivision (0.2 acre) vs. more rural (1+ acres)?
5) What are your top “red flags” when it comes to viewing houses?
Thanks, in advance.

link love

Happy Friday, friends!
The sun has come out from behind a record 104 mm of rain yesterday. A few fun plans this weekend — TV night with friends, celebrating a lovely friend’s birthday, and a brunch meeting with the LitWits. What are you up to?
Check out a bunch of fun links here, especially the printables
A must-try local recipe
Exciting news (finally made public!) from a lovely friend

22 things i’ve never done

I am 26 years old.
And I’ve never:

1) Made a prank call.
2) Travelled further west than Ottawa.
3) Owned a dog.
4) Kept a hanging basket alive for an entire summer.
5) Been able to dance comfortably in a crowd.
6) Completely understood the rules of football.
7) Done pilates.
8) Been carried over the threshold.
9) Watched any Star Wars movies.

10) Been a contestant on a game show.
11) Gone scuba diving or snorkling.
12) Bought an entire outfit full price.
13) Bought a house.
14) Waxed my car.
15) Eaten an egg, scrambled, boiled or fried. Eww.
16) Read a book in one day.
17) Mastered driving a standard.
18) Successfully water skied.
19) Been to NYC.
20) Liked Tim Horton’s coffee.
21) Baked a pie from scratch.
22) Met a carb I didn’t like.
What are some things that you have yet to do?
Thanks, as always, to Mama Kat for the writer’s prompt.

new blog

I have something fun to share with you, friends. Starting this weekend, I have a new, professional blogging gig! In addition to being an editor for The Chronicle Herald, I am now also blogging twice a week in the Homes section. My new online column is called My Hectic Home and will feature content not unlike what you’re used to seeing here. I hope you have a chance to come by and see what’s new each Monday and Thursday!

stuff breaker

I’m having a problem with Husband. He keeps breaking my stuff. I’m not joking.

The list now includes:
– my favourite extra large ceramic bowl
– my Just Us travel mug
– my cookie jar
– the lovely white clock in our guest bathroom
– plus he dumped out my new house plant because “it was just a flower and was going to die anyway” … ah, no! It was a plant that would last forever as long as I kept it alive.

What’s a gal to do?*
*Yes, I am writing this to tease Husband. But yes, he has really broken all of these things. Good thing he’s cute.

10 things

A list of ten things you should never ask your spouse.

1) Wife to husband: Do I look fat? Really, it is completely pointless, because any man who values his sanity is always going to say, “No, of course not!” Even if you beg for the truth, he’s still going to say no.
4) Husband to wife: Are you PMSing?
5) Husband to wife, while eating a lovingly prepared dinner: Did you follow a recipe?
6) Wife to Husband: What are you thinking? I ask Husband this question all the time. He hates it. He usually says, “nothing” when I’m really looking for something.
7) Any question that criticizes your wife’s spouse’s driving.
8) Are you going to wear that?
9) Wife to Husband: Is your hair getting thinner?
10) Do you really know what you’re doing? The true answer is usually no, but if when asked this question, the askee suddenly feels the insatiable need to prove the asker wrong. In my experience, this usually doesn’t turn out well.
Thanks, as always, to Mama Kat for the writer’s prompt.

my first vlog: accents

Please pardon the air-dried state of my hair as you watch the following clip. It also didn’t occur to me, apparently, to turn on a lamp. This is my first foray into vlogging. A few of my favourites, including Amy and Leah, played along with this prompt, and I thought I’d throw my voice into the mix.

So what’s the verdict? Do I have an accent? Do you use different words?
Here’s the list of words and the questions if you want to give this a try:

Say these words:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Now answer these questions:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?