Adulthood: when it’s a long weekend but you have a bunch of things to do. Somehow the universe knows how to give us more to do on the weekend when there is an extra day of it… Thankfully the Canadian government decided to give us a day off in the middle of February, and after about 6 weeks of frigid temperatures, I will take the excuse of an extra day of not leaving the house.
We are going to Toronto to get Agnes in a little over a week, so I’ve got to get her space ready! I have most everything that she will need, other than food, but it’s time to rearrange and pack some things away that a puppy could potentially get into. Also, I logically understand that it doesn’t work this way, but I’m attempting to get as much sleep as possible right now because I know that I will be woken up on the regular by a certain tiny puppy. I also watched the Westminster Dog Show this week to get in the dog mood, and I have to ask why people are spraying hair spray at dog buttholes….
Yesterday was spent car shopping, and actually went surprisingly well! I was able to confirm that I do want that particular car, and I just have to wait for one to come into the dealership. I am not a car person- while I recognise and understand that I need a car to get to where I need to be, I don’t get enjoyment out of vehicles. Still, the process is looking good so far, and I will probably have a post up once I actually have the car, hopefully about two weeks tops! I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t shown any cars that I’m not looking at, as even when I have casually asked a dealer about a model when I’m not actively looking results in me being shown several cars far above my budget. Now just to wait! Any negotiating tips for me?
So, although I’ve got a lot on my plate for the weekend, I’m actually hoping to relax at some point, as well. (Does adulthood actually allow for relaxing? Methinks not…)
Service and Style
If you didn’t think that there was going to be a book found in my long weekend, we are of a different species. As someone who enjoys shopping, department stores might be one of my favourite places in the world. Designer clothing, quality kitchen goods, and quiet- the best place to spend a day. Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class is a look at how American department stores have affected society and the way we shop now, and I’m hoping it will by an interesting counterpoint to Overdressed which looked at the way that fast fashion affects the way we shop. While I think that we can admit that the quality of things is not what it once was, it is interesting to consider shopping for everything at Walmart vs shopping at Nordstrom- we overpay for some things but refuse to pay for others. Why is that? (As a side note, to anyone who thinks that style, fashion, clothing, and shopping are frivolous topics that only flibberty-jibbets enjoy, the depth of historical, economic, and psychological studies on the wide ranging affects of style and shopping prove far otherwise.)
Bobbette and Belle’s Lemon Tea Cakes (and other baking…)
I am going to take advantage of the time that I have at home, and I’m going to bake as much as possible. I’ve been eyeing up the Lemon Tea Cake recipe from Bobbette and Belle since the end of the summer, and now is as good a time as any to try it! I’m also trying to find an oatmeal chocolate chip breakfast cupcake if possible, but not one with a ton of ingredients. Feel free to share your recommendations! And as I usually tend to do in the fall and winter, I’ll most likely end up making cinnamon buns. There was a bakery out by our cottage that made the best cinnamon buns and I have yet to be able to replicate them- the worst thing that happens is that we have smaller cinnamon buns to eat.
So far, the plan is to get ahead by a week or two with blog posts- because I’m getting Agnes next week, I’m going to guess that I will probably be shorter on time than normal and I don’t want to put the blog on hiatus, so ahead it is! I’m liking my new schedule this year, as it gives me a little more time on the weekend where I can do whatever I want rather than having to blog- I might add in one more full post during the week and move the snapshot post to Saturday, but overall, I think I will leave two days sans post. As always, if you want to see something in particular, please let me know! As per request, I will have easy lunches/snacks to take to work, a few in-depth book reviews, and an etiquette post, and I’m happy to add more.
I’m also going to be working more on my blog social media. Despite my griping in the fall about Pinterest, I am actually putting a little bit of time into it. Nothing crazy, just fifteen minutes two or three times a week, but I am finally starting to see results there, and I would like to continue playing around there. I’m also finding that I’m really enjoying Flipboard– it is a fantastic way to find new articles to read, and an easy way to share blog posts that I’m enjoying. However, I think that I’m officially maxed out with social media for the blog with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flipboard, and Stumble Upon. (That’s nutso just to look at….) If you have a second, I have a fast poll to see what people would be interested in for the upcoming months!
What do you typically do on a long weekend?