Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'm going to Washington! ( + other news)

Blog Status: Ella is feeling hopefull

I can't believe it's been almost a week since my last post! I was doing so well in March and at the beginning of this month - and then I failed. I've just been so busy lately with work and a friend's upcoming wedding and other things that somewhere along the line my blogging was pushed aside. Fret not, I have returned in full swing.

I'll start off with the obvious news, I'm going to Washington.(D.C that is!) I don't remember if I mentioned it, but my father got re-married back in September and in October his wife was re-located to Washington D.C for work. I've never been to Washington, so my dad invited me down for a long weekend 2 weeks from now. I'm very excited. Although American politics really does not interest me (I'm sorry!), I am looking forward to seeing the White House, Washington's Monument and the National Holocaust Museum.

I know, you're probably all frowning at that last sentence right? I've always had a passion for World War 2 history, and the Holocaust was a big part of that. It's important to me on a personal level.

Anyway, it won't be a long trip. I'm leaving next Thursday (May 6) after work and coming home on Sunday (May 9), but any suggestions for sight seeing are more than welcome!

My other news:

My applications for the American Grad School is finally completed, in 4-6 weeks I should have my answer. I've also recently made some other decisions regarding next year that are also currently underway. All-in-all I'm feeling pretty good about the whole thing at the moment.

A friend from High School, Vee, is getting married on saturday. It's exciting because it's the first real wedding that my whole group of friends is invited to, and we're all going! I blogged about her Bachelorette party a few weeks ago, and it went off without a hitch! There were about 10 of us all together, we went out to dinner and then danced the night away.

Oh yes, I should probably also mention my date for the upcoming wedding - A certain quiet gentleman. Yup.

I know I went on a whole rant a few weeks ago about how I was done with the whole situation, and I really did mean it at the time. It just seems that everytime something like that happens, more things happen that sway me in the other direction. So I suppose at the moment the whole thing is still-on/back-on/whatever you want to call it.

I think that's it for the important news. Stay tuned for a review (and possibly pictures) of the wedding!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Favourite Childhood Toys

Kelly over at Keeping up with Kelly has a wonderful feature entitled "Top 3 Thursdays"

Every wednesday she posts a "Top 3" question and anyone who wants can answer it. I'm new to Kelly's blog so I don't know what she's done in the past, but I saw this week's post and I just knew I had to answer it.

So here are my top 3 Favourite Childhood Toys.

Without question, my number one favourite childhood toy is my teddy bear, "Bar Bar" (pronounced "Bear Bear" ...I was 4, gimme a break, the only spelling I knew at that point came from German Sesame Street) I'll even let you all in on a little secret, not only do I still have him, but he still sleeps on my bed. Yup. He's been stuffed and sewn so many different times I'm not even sure what he's made of anymore, but above all he's still my childhood teddy.

A close second would have to be My Little Pony. The original ones from the late 80's and early 90's. I L-O-V-E-D those as a kid, and I had over 100 of them plus a few houses. I spent nearly every day playing with my Ponies, drawing Ponies, reading Pony magazines or watching Pony movies. I still have them all in boxes in the basement.

Number 3 would have to be Fabuland & Playmobil.

I'm not sure how readily available Fabuland stuff was in North America. According to Wikipedia, Fabuland was a bridge between Duplo and actual Lego, but the line was discontinued in 1989, only giving me about 2 play-able years. The concept was similar to Lego but aimed more at younger children and it had an almost fairy-tale aspect to it.

Playmobil on the other hand, is still active to this day. The circus pictured down below was one of my absolute favourite sets, and I used to spend hours creating an entire circus complete with animals and acrobats.

Does anyone else remember Fabuland? Or am I slowly going crazy?

What were your favourite childhood toys?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cat People versus Dog People

Blog Status: Ella is spending a quiet night at home

I've always said there are two types of people in the world. Cat People and Dog People. I'm a Cat Person.

No offence to all you Dog People out there, but I generally don't like dogs. Cats are less work, less mess and (in my opinion) are much better cuddlers. Cats are quieter and less needy and you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn in the winter to walk them.

However, last night I came very close to falling in love with a dog.

I challenge even the most devout Cat Person to resist that face. I just wanted to eat him up and snuggle him.

Not to be outdone, I came home last night and that adorable creature up there was very angry with me. I picked her up to cuddle with her, and she could TOTALLY sniff Dog on me and let me know (with a nice sized scratch) that my associating with dogs would not be tolerated.

So readers, Are you a Cat Person or a Dog Person?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bachelorette Parties

I know it's been a while since I last blogged, this week has been pretty up-and-down for me both with work and other things, so I really haven't felt much like blogging. I'm very happy that today is the last day of the week and I'm very hopeful that next week will be much better.

Although I do have a lot to write about, I will save that for a later date. Instead, I actually wanted your imput and suggestions on something.

A friend from High School is getting married in a few weeks. It's pretty exciting because my whole group of friends is either in the wedding or at least invited to it. My Bestest is actually a Bridesmaid for this wedding, and she's been put in charge of planning the Bachelorette Party.

Being a good Best-Friend, I've lent my help and suggestions to her, but we're both very new at this. I thought I would open it up to all of you out there. We created a type of Scavenger-Hunt/Checklist of things that V (the Bride) must accomplish the night of the party.

We kept it relatively tame, putting on things like "Find a guy with a bald head, rub it and make a wish" or "Get a white t-shirt ahead of time for the bride to be and a fabric marker and have her get 50 phone numbers from guys on the shirt"

We're going to a local club for the night, so it should be a good time.

What did you/would you do at a Bachelorette Party? Any other games or ideas? Any help is apprechiated!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw: "Hello Loooover"

Soooooo I did something bad at Burberry the other day.

Remember the rain boots I first blogged about
here? Well, I finally gave in and splurged.
These pictures are from the first day I brought them home. Geez, I sound like I'm talking about a baby don't I? But aren't they pretty?

Now that I've spent a rediculous amount on boots I'm convinced it will never rain again.

don't you just love the pretty bow?

..I'm totally keeping both the box and bag forever.