Taking some time out for a travelling meat show

This past weekend I took a break from W-day madness to help out my brother we’ll call him The Brudder.

The Brudder is in the process of finishing the 4 year renovation on his house in order to sell it and move closer to the Boy and I (hooray!).  The Brudder doesn’t do details and while he LOVES demo, he doesn’t like finishing. Needless to say, there was a LOT of work.  While the boys did boy things in the kitchen like laying floor and putting together cabinets the girls did girl things upstairs including purging old clothes and dusting… lots and lots of dusting.

We got a lot done, not to say there’s still not LOTS to do – there definitely is.

In celebration we took on the town and wandered on down to the annual Guelph Rib-Fest.  Having never been to a rib-fest and also contemplating vegetarianism (or at least significantly decreasing my meat intake) this was quite the experience.

Here’s what I learned:

  1. A bloomin’ onion is HUGE and delicious, but order an extra dipping sauce.
  2. Roasted corn is also delicious but a total rip off. $4/cob? Seriously?
  3. A rib-fest is basically a travelling meat show.  Each vendor is covered in signs of towns they’ve won “best in show” at throughout this summer and last.  It’s a lot of towns. That’s a lot of meat.
  4. If you are a vegetarian Rib-Fest can still be fun and delicious.  Two words. Baked. Beans.  I thought they would just be regular ol’ baked beans. Turns out they are fabulous beans – in all the different sauces of each booth.
  5. If you are a vegetarian you could enjoy all that Rib-Fest has to offer for about $20 instead of $22/rack (multiplied by 10 vendors).
  6. Point for vegetables.

In the spirit of Rib-Fest I made up a little song.  I thought about making this my first vlog, but no dice.  I simply don’t have that kind of time. In fact you are getting a longer post because my readership (read: Brudder, Sista and Sista’s man-friend) were complaining about the lack of detail in my posts of late.  Anyway, you’ll have to put the words to whatever tune comes to mind.  The tune in my mind is country and meat festivalish.

It goes a little something like this:


Come on DOWN to the travelling meat show

We’ve got meats from all around

We take our meat from town to town

Come on Down to the travelling meat show.

Come on Down to the travelling meat show

Bloomin’ onions, fries and chow

Try the beans and you’ll say WOW!

Run on down to the travellin’ meat show.

That’s all I’ve got so far.  Maybe it should be our first dance song.

10 days left!

PS. Does this meet your standards siblings?

Is it a sign or just being nice?

I read this quote the other day on Oh She Glows

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” -Jessica Hische
Does this mean that stopping the wedding madness to make the Boy cookies for his baseball tournament this weekend is a sign that I should become a professional baker?
Or just being nice.
They were delicious by the way. Mama Pea’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dough Balls. I’m determined to cook my way through The Book… maybe I’ll take some time to tell you about it in about 15 days.


13 days to go

You Know what 14 Days means?

Let the compulsive weather forecast checking BEGIN!

22C and sunny? Perfection!

14 Days to go!

Counting it down with a bang!

I’ve turned the left over balloons from my work shower into a bursting countdown.

15 more days!!

Wordless Wedding Wednesday


Checking in with the Numbers

148 Favour Tags cut and stuck.

592 corners rounded.

18 Days to go.

Thank goodness I’m sending these out to a wonderful friend of mine to tie and finish.

Favours Check!

A Random List of Stuff I’ve Been Up To

Hello bloggy world!

Turns out I don’t really have time to post the beautiful and detailed posts that I’d love to about everything we’ve been up to lately. So here we go in no particular order:

  • I went centrepiece shopping with a friend of my mom’s this week.  We went straight to the flower warehouse source.  It was cold. It was slightly overwhelming.  But mostly it was incredibly frustrating to see the ridiculous mark-up on glass containers, flowers and floral accessories.  I know the mark up also includes labour but seriously – $5.00 for a vase that would probably sell anywhere from $20 – $25 is craziness.
  • I keep waiting for the Boy to realize that we are getting married in 3 weeks.  He has this anxiety issue where he does not anticipate change terribly well – sleepless nights, shortish fuse, sheer panic.  So far, nothin’. So far only rolling eyes when I ask him something with slight panic a normal 3 weeks away sense of urgency to my tone. Next week his “busy schedule” includes 2 golf games and 2 baseball games followed by a baseball tournament all weekend.  Do I sound jealous or bitter? I don’t mean to I am simply anticipating when I can check off “Calm Boy down when he has w-day meltdown.”  If he could hurry up and get it over with we could all move on.
  • Yesterday I woke up and went into the kitchen to find the garbage can tipped over and garbage all over the floor. At first I thought raccoons. Then I thought – that’s crazy the Boy must have just tripped over it in his half asleep state this morning.  Turns out I was right the first time.  Our landlord is coming over this weekend to fix the screen. Can you imagine waking up to a raccoon in your house? Bah.
  • I thought we had all of our important songs picked (first dance, last dance etc. etc.) but then this weekend as we were driving home from London the Boy says “I like this song as a first dance.”  What? You couldn’t have told me this 3 months ago when I asked your opinion on this?  Now I’m trying to figure out how to get all the songs we love into the day.  And trying to focus on appreciating his interest and opinion rather than the checked off things on my to do list unchecking themselves.
  • We finally met with our priest this week to confirm all that we had to confirm and get a few questions answered.  Highlights included:
  1. His congratulations to the Boy for “robbing the cradle” when we told him our ages (we’re only 11 months apart).
  2. Him asking me to fill out the online form myself since it would just be easier that way, and when the form went all screwy saying, “this is what you get when you ask a woman to do a man’s job” (He’s lucky I love him!)
  3. The football that the Boy was able to futz with in his office
  4. His enthusiasm when we showed him we hadn’t picked 1 Corinthians as one of our readings
  5. His advice on a non-Catholic friendly wedding program: “you can write anything you want in the program but no one’s going to read it – and I just make this shit up as we go along”
  6. His Spiderman t-shirt
  • I stopped by Mary’s Yarns the other day to pick something up quickly only to find they had just received their fall shipment.  I restrained myself. But I think to fight the post-wedding blues I am going to have to take myself on a date there and stock up.  SOOO MANY THINGS! Cowl anyone? I think Lynn would definitely support that plan of therapy. Seriously, if you’re a knitter and can get yourself to Unionville – go. You won’t regret it.  And if you’re not a knitter (you should start BTW), visit anyway – there’s a reliable rumour that John Stamos is in town, so there’s that if nothing else.

That’s it. That’s all I know. Well, that and the fifty other things that are rattling around my brain. But these are the most coherent ones – which should be an indication of how the others look.

Happy weekend!

22 more days!


Are you kidding me?  OMG. I can’t believe this. I’m throwing up right now.

For reals.

Where we’ve been:

  • Showered – twice.
  • Made ONE GIANT to do list. And named it To DO before I DO!
  • We heard back from (almost) everyone.  And made the decision that if I haven’t heard from you yet – you’re not coming.  141 people total.
  • Ordered a guest book
  • Completed w-party and other VIP gifts
  • Ordered and picked up my ring
  • Had my first dress fitting
  • Bachelored and Bacheloretted
  • Went flea marketing and convinced BFF Kate to barter for me – for a BEAUTIFUL card “box”
  • Made a decision that post W-day this blog will feature Wedding Wednesdays to actually post about all these details that I don’t want to give away before the big day – that’s right more wedded bliss post wedding!
  • We had a hitch with the hotel – but Twitter saved the day! More on it later.
  • Spoke with the florist and I think things are confirmed
  • Booked a rehearsal date
  • Booked a rehearsal dinner site
  • Made all of the stationary

Where we’re going:

  • Planning the menu for the Rehearsal Dinner
  • Print all stationary
  • Coordinate and confirm all the vendors
  • Dress fittings 2 and 3
  • Meet with our Priest
  • Choose centrepieces (yeah that’s right – we’re one month away and haven’t had this conversation yet… it’s a point of contention right now)
  • Get a massage – maybe two!
  • Makeup trial
  • Hair trial
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Mani/Pedi – maybe two!
  • etc. etc. etc.
  • Get married and enjoy the day!

As I was writing out what we’ve done I was feeling like we’re still about 6 weeks out, not 4 – it’s coming but we still have some time.  But as I’m listing all the things to do… the panic it’s coming.  Not that there’s too much to do just that it’s coming – really quick.  4+ weeks is NOT a lot of time. Luckily I’ve got lots of help. And a master To Do list.  So I’m telling the panic to bugger off – we’ll get it done.

It will be fabulous and by 4:00pm on Saturday September 10th – I’ll be able to cross #5 off my 101 in 1001 list – Say I Do.

We’ll be married.  That’s all that matters.

Bachelor and Bacheloretting

I figure I should get this post in before my ONE MONTH TO GO update.  OMG I can’t believe this.

We are officially bachelored and bacheloretted.

I can’t show pictures… those are FAR too incriminating.  But I can tell you the basics of what went down:

For Him:

The day started early and was kicked off with a round of golf in Hamilton.

For Her:

A relaxing morning with Sista.

For Him:

A brief but apparently “awesome” boat cruise through the Toronto harbour.

For Her:

Making and dropping 50 chocolate chip cookies.

For Him:

A LOT of beer and a swim in Lake Ontario (just sayin’ there MUST have been a lot of beer involved – that water is GROSS!)

For Her:

A blind taste-test of wine.  All the girls brought their favourite bottle of red, and one for the bride (that’s me!) Sista called it “I need a drink my husband’s a dink!” party.  Now I have a bunch of drinks for when my future husband is driving me crazy! The winner – Straight Up Red!

For Him:

Checking in to the hotel – you’ll notice these boys haven’t had anything to eat yet.  Boys.

For Her:

Delicious dinner at Bistro Seven Seven in Alliston.  OMG if you are anywhere near Alliston or even if you’re not – make your way there! It is so good! (You’ll note that the girls were not crazy and DID schedule eating).

For Him:

The Bar. (Seriously I don’t know how they made it that long)

For Both:

Slumber party with great friends! Brother reported back that he learned the Boy is a “cuddler” haha!

Okay, so her bachelorette was not crazy.  There were no strippers (as far as I know there weren’t any at his either – and whether it’s true or not I’m happy to believe it!) but there was good times had by all on both sides.

We are bachelored and bacheloretted and ready for some seriously good times on September 10th!

One Giant To Do List

About 3 weeks ago I had a major “OhmygodwehavesomuchtodoIdon’tevenknowwheretostart” panic attack.

I told my friend over at A Handmade Story that I was basically freaking out and since she did all of this last year she had some words of wisdom.  Make a master to do list.  I liked the idea, but I didn’t really know where to start.  Enter Todoist.com

There’s a handy video to show you how to get started.

And get started I did. I think at the most I’ve had 110 things on my “To Do Before I Do” list.  I’ve been crossing things off and adding more things in as I think of them. And right now I’m at about 70. The tags for the list are brilliant.  I can essentially make sub-lists of “email” “visit” and “call” or “shopping” “rehearsal” and “ceremony.”  I have assigned tasks to other people – but kept them on my list using tags like “mom” “boy” or “wparty.”

 I’ve had a couple new subscribers lately that found me searching for wedding blogs, so for them I say – use todoist. The Knot, and Martha Stewart to do lists are good, but what I was finding as we get closer is there are 5 things that need to be done before I can cross off one thing from either of those checklists. I felt like I was spinning my wheels – doing all of this w-day stuff without getting to move forward in my list, very overwhelming.

But Todoist isn’t just for w-dayers.  I have Todoist lists for “Around the House”  “The Twenties Roar” and “Groceries.”  Better yet, I’ve got an iPhone app for it so I can keep my Todoist list on my phone. Though I must say, the iPhone app could use some work – you can’t sort by the tags on the app. Boo.

Anyway, I thought I’d check in and say – I’m still here. I’m just up to my eyeballs in w-day.  I’ve got some posts to come I just need some time to write them.  Blogging time is coming up… I’ve added it on my to do list!

*FYI I have not been compensated in any way for my review of Todoist, I just came across it and think it's cool. So I thought I'd pass it along.  If you find this post Todoist - feel free to compensate me - I won't mind.