Ali's Adventures

August 17, 2011

Getting it done- In the picture

Filed under: Plans — by Alison @ 9:00 pm

When we moved into our house, I decided that the family room would have a wall of family pictures. We hung pictures but then this year after a few comments, I decided to redo the picture frames and create a more cohesive look. This led to the pictures being reframed but left to sit on the dining room table.

With our house being the site of my sister’s bridal shower last weekend, the dining room table was needed. So the pictures finally went up.


Family Memories

I think it looks fantastic, and the kids are enjoying standing on the couch pointing out the people they know in the bottom row of pictures.

A few other items on the to-do list have been completed or modified. The bathroom sink was finally replaced. We were waiting on the bathroom contractor to have a free morning to install it for us. We also reassessed our need for a new front door. Turns out we’re not ready to invest in that right now. My husband will be refreshing the paint, replacing the weather-stripping and installing a new lock. It should brighten up the entrance way for much less, and with those savings we’ll be adding a french door to the laundry room and redoing the main hall closet. Good times!

The list:

  • Replace deck
  • Replace bathroom sink
  • Fix up front door
  • Drapes for front windows and dining room
  • Fix family picture wall
  • Clean up vegetable patch
  • Plant something in vegetable patch
  • Create organized craft cupboard – supplies purchased
  • Arrange child care for the fall
  • Use restaurant gift certificates
  • Book hotel for U2 concert
  • Book hotel in Montreal
  • Book hotel in Tremblant
  • Get plans drawn up for kitchen reno project – ON HOLD
  • Stain pretty new deck
  • Landscape around pretty new deck
  • Host BBQ/dance party – invites sent

August 15, 2011

Peeking – Monday Moments

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 1:30 pm

I look into the office where my husband is working on the computer. I thought both kids were with him, but I only see her legs sticking out from beside the bookcase. She’s sitting cross-legged looking at a comic book. I peek around the corner and see him. He’s grinning up at her, with a book in his lap. So happy to be doing what his big sister is.


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August 10, 2011

Cupcakes (Desserts) of 2011- Q2

Filed under: Cupcakes — by Alison @ 1:54 pm

I had challenged myself to make the cupcakes from my “Hello, Cupcake” calendar. The first two months were a success but the second quarter has shown a serious decline in meeting the goals. There have been some tasty desserts made, I may consider it a draw.

April was a goldfish cupcake. Cute, but we were too busy enjoying these treats in France to bake any of our own.

Chocolate Nuns

In May we celebrated my younger brother’s birthday with a cupcake golf course. Appropriate for someone who just graduated from law school and passed the Ontario Bar Exams.

Not an ideal course

June cupcakes were ant covered, so we skipped those and focussed on desserts for Father’s Day. For my dad I made a pavlova.

We love a Pavlova

My husband got his favourite Chocolate Oatmeal pie.

Serve with whipped cream

June also hosted my daughter’s school fun fair. I really wanted to make beautiful cakes for the Cake Walk, so that they’d be selected early on. I was pleased with my efforts.

Flowers and simple cakes - solid options.

But this one, from a friend, really takes the cake.


Angry (yet delicious) Birds


I’ll have to step up my game next year.

August 2, 2011

Adventures in Social Media

Filed under: Adventure,Learning,Social Media — by Alison @ 6:43 pm

I recently had the good fortune to attend the inaugural Social Capital Conference held in Ottawa. I had a family commitment in the morning, so missed the first two sessions. Luckily, I was there in time for lunch.

I was sorry to miss The Words Behind the Story: The art of writing a blog. I enjoy the blogs written by both the presenters and was hoping to gain from their knowledge and experience.

The session I did attend on blog monetization was very interesting. I don’t think I’m at the stage where ads make sense for me, but other opportunities for writing were also discussed. I think the best take home message was from Rebecca – treat your blog as a résumé, make sure it reflects you.

The roundtables were probably my favourite part of the day. These were great opportunities for informal discussions on a variety of topics. Many of the sessions were held in the comfortable lounge areas, so it felt like friends chatting together rather than a formal presentation. The leads had a little blurb about the topic and then there were great facilitated discussions.

Kathy Buckworth as the closing speaker captured the mood of the conference very well. It was the first time I’ve heard her speak, and I thought her presentation was fun, while still providing insight into social media.

I’m lucky enough to be friends with some of the organizers, and I know how much work they put into the one-day event. It was a huge success and I hope they repeat it next year. The one thing missing for me was a catchy and engaging mascot.

August 1, 2011

Decaf Soy Latte – Monday Moments

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 10:00 pm

She’d already picked out her toy from the toy store, but then I saw the toy cappuccino machine and felt it needed to be added to our kitchen set.

She stands at the play kitchen, an apron folded and tied around her waist. She tells me to sit on the floor and asks “Can I take your order?”.

– Do you have soy milk? I respond.

She looks at the notepad in her hand, “Yes”.

“Okay, I’ll have a decaf soy latte.”

“With sprinkles?”

“Sure, sounds delicious.”

She whirs the machine, shakes the shaker and comes back to me with a yellow cup. “Here you go. Decaf soy latte, no whup.”


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