When It’s a Long Weekend…

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.

When It's a Long Weekend....

Dog Prep

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….

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Car Shopping

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.)

Service and Style

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.

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Blogging Updates 

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? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian
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17 thoughts on “When It’s a Long Weekend…

  1. thebeasley February 18, 2018 / 6:01 am

    I voted for TV refs, but I’d also be happy to see posts about Agnes!


  2. Thewanderingdarlings February 18, 2018 / 7:25 am

    So excited about your new arrival! We’ve had our puppy for 3 weeks now and you are in for an energetic time 😂


  3. You Can Always Start Now February 18, 2018 / 7:49 am

    Sitting on the other side of the country with holiday monday! Started to snow this morning after cold and clear week. Plans are writing and blogging and staying home all day today! Enjoy the long weekend.


  4. gigglingfattie February 18, 2018 / 8:01 am

    I just found out last night that I’m not working on Monday so I didn’t have a chance to plan too much. I wanted to go to an art gallery but it’s closed! BOOO So far it’s going to be blogging things – working on organizing my upcoming support series and trying to get a jump on A to Z planning. I love extra days!


  5. thehomeplaceweb February 18, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I am awed by how productive you are! The book on department stores sounds interesting so I’ll check it out, as I have a blog soon to go up on Sears R.I.P. (I find it’s better to have 2 or 3 ahead too, less pressure.) Will you be posting the Lemon tea cake recipe? I commented on your Feb 14 post but I see it is still waiting moderation – just to mention I had nominated you for a Sunshine award, but don’t feel obligated to pay it forward, it can be time-consuming doing those things. I just wanted to share your blog. Hope your weekend is relaxing!


    • anhistorianabouttown February 18, 2018 / 11:58 am

      I just saw it!! I am writing up the post now 🙂 Thank you very much!!! (I love the focus on blogging questions- I think that no matter how long you blog for, you still want to know people’s answers). Poor Sears, it didn’t stand a chance in the end. You would think with the number of retailers going out of business that there would be someone who would be a specialist in helping them!! I’m not sure how soon I will be posting the Lemon tea cake recipe but if you want to leave your email, I can send it to you now 🙂 I hope you are enjoying Louis Riel Day/Family Day/whatever route your province has taken this weekend!!

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      • thehomeplaceweb February 19, 2018 / 9:37 am

        Re Lemon cake, no worries I’ll check your blog for it later. I will be spending the Family Day Monday figuring out my new Instant Pot pressure cooker, (a gift). I never would have been brave enough to buy something that might explode even if the box reassures me there are ten safety mechanisms built in. I still have visions of the Boston marathon……I’m sure their will be a blog on it someday!


        • anhistorianabouttown February 24, 2018 / 6:25 am

          I have been considering asking for an Instant Pot for my birthday, but it seems so overwhelming!! That was literally my thought- WHAT IF I’M JUST MAKING A COBBLER FOR DESSERT AND BLOW UP THE KITCHEN?!?! (Which is probably a stretch but that’s my brain)

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          • thehomeplaceweb February 24, 2018 / 1:08 pm

            So far I have just read the instruction book. The troubleshooting guide scared me. I think I might have the friend who gifted it to me show me how to vent it…..maybe in a few weeks when I feel braver!


          • anhistorianabouttown February 24, 2018 / 7:33 pm

            I wish more people would share their beginning experiences- most posts and reviews I read are by the pros who can make 18 different things with 5 ingredients without blinking. Show me the person like me who will struggle!!

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  6. tahenryauthoress February 18, 2018 / 10:48 am

    I know you have done tons of research but I will tell you the number one thing I did to make my life easier with my last puppy. Pocket full of treats at all times.
    good boy you came when I called, good boy you peed when I took you out. good boy you “drop it”. etc


  7. rachaelstray February 20, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    You’re cramming a lot into your long weekend!


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