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These weekly posts are getting later and later! Is this an omen for what is to come when I return to work?…

Anyways, things are buzzing around here as we prepare for our upcoming trip to Asia (!) and my subsequent return to work. Andy is doing more full days at my in-laws’ place in preparation and he is having a blast. Sometimes I think he has more fun there than he does at home. He also learns so much there. This week he learned to climb down the stairs backward. I would post a picture, but alas all I have are videos. 

Perhaps it’s the result of me taking an overload of pictures of Andy in his first few months, but I’m finding that I capture the little every day moments less and less. I did snap this one of Andy refusing to wear the hat I had just purchased for him. Kelvin was adamant that Andy get his own hat. This fitted Blue Jays cap seemed appropriate. Andy begs to differ. (Note the loaner stroller he’s in that they provided at the mall. It was honestly such an amazing service – I had left the stroller at home and was seriously contemplating driving home to get it)

  

On the food front, we’ve vowed to always have tortillas in the house. For peanut butter and banana roll ups. They are the bomb. For everyone. 

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Black Friday has taken our family by storm. We were at Toys ‘R Us this morning and picked up a Diaper Genie and a baby gate, both 50% off. We then ended up at Home Outfitters and got a 60-piece dinnerware set for 66% off. When we got home, the shopping continued with CMFR’s 30% sale. After mulling it over all morning, I got a 1-year subscription to Darling magazine. You can get 25% off with the discount code blackfriday15! Parental Christmas presents will likely be purchased today also. I think we have shopped enough for the rest of the year…

  
As for Andy, he continues to strengthen his legs this week. He can now stand unassisted for quite a long time, and he is learning also to slowly lower himself down from standing instead of just releasing and falling. I sometimes find him testing himself, letting his hands go a little from whatever he’s holding on to. 

  
He also gives (really wet) kisses liberally. And sometimes leaves his mouth open for long periods at a time. It’s funny but also kind of strange. 

A cool thing from last weekend – we went to the Fat Goose Craft Fair and we picked up the sweet print below from local company Ironclad Graphics. I had bid on it during a silent auction but was unsuccessful so I was thrilled that I actually was able to get one! We also got this absolutely delicious mix from Janie & Pamalamalas to add to cream cheese for dip. I can’t stop eating it. 

  
It’s going to be a busy weekend, and then we are into December next week! How time flies!

Shopping

For some reason, I tend to do most of my clothes shopping while on vacation. I don’t know what it is about being away from home that primes my shopping instinct. Maybe all those cross-border shopping trips we took when I was a child unintentionally told me that shopping at home is less fun than shopping in the States.

To add more fuel to the fire (or rather, I suppose, to douse what shopping spark was left), I got pregnant. To date, the latter half of my pregnancy was probably the time during which I had the least desire to shop. During the last 3 months, I essentially wore the same crew neck shirt from Uniqlo (I had this in multiple colours) with a cardigan and the maternity jeans I bought from Target (I had two pairs). Not knowing how my body would settle post-pregnancy was enough of a deterrent for me not to purchase anything.

I’ll be honest, at 3 months postpartum, there are still many items in my closet that do not fit me. Things are tight where they didn’t used to be, and items just don’t fall the same way. I have tried on my favourite LOFT dress (XS, purchased last year) a number of times and every time I am still not comfortable with how it fits.

Things are looking up, though. I took a trip to our local mall yesterday with Andy asleep in the stroller and managed to find not one, not two, but three things that I liked! I have been on the lookout for an inexpensive one-piece and picked up this swimsuit for only $15 at Boathouse (haven’t shopped there since high school, back when Roxy and Billabong were my go to brands). I also got this maxi dress and this shorter dress from H&M. Now to find a new pair of sandals to replace the one I have essentially worn through.

a visit to nyc

over the weekend, i got a chance to travel down to new york city. i love new york city – for its vibrancy, its food, and its many sights and sounds. normally when i travel, i like to hit up as many tourist destinations as i can, but seeing as how i did that last year during thanksgiving, it seemed time for a change. also, travelling with kelvin’s family meant tons of shopping + eating.

uniqlo at 5th and 53rd

shopping
pretty much the first thing we did when we got there was subway to the new uniqlo global flagship store. it was a BIG store, and i couldn’t really find anything in it! the main focal point of the store was the massive escalator in the middle, flanked by walls of colourful clothing and lights. we paid a visit later on in the weekend to uniqlo’s soho location too (that family loves uniqlo). because we stayed in new jersey, we were able to do some local shopping as well at garden state plaza and the container store. i love the container store. it is an organization haven. we also ended up in the lexington and 86th area, where we all bought new shoes (but more on that later).

why are mini cupcakes so overpriced?

eating
there is no shortage of delicious food in new york. every time kelvin and his family visits new york, they have their staples, but they also love to try new things. this time around, we reveled in the deliciousness that is shake shack and i got my very first taste of ippudo ramen, which they rave about all the time. i visited vancouver over the summer and went to santouka ramen, which i found delicious, but ippudo was definitely up there. and of course, we have our usual baked goods run. some cookies from momofuku (compost cookies!), little bites here and there in chelsea market, and our new find for the trip: two little red hens. this little bakery makes absolutely amazing “brooklyn blackout” cupcakes. seriously…try them.

who can resist a shackburger?

adventure
now, the best thing about travelling is that you never know what’s going to happen. this time around, our adventure came in the form of 5 inches of snow. and when i say snow, i mean wet, heavy, tree-snapping snow. new jersey was hit with a huge amount of precipitation just over the saturday we were there, and boy did that throw a wrench into the plans. combine that with us being unfamiliar with the bus route (we took the 167Q instead of the 167T back to Teaneck, and it stopped WAY too far from our hotel), and you have a snapshot of our saturday evening. picture if you will, four short figures with large bags (full of cookies from momofuku) trudging through snow along the side of a road in new jersey, improperly dressed for the weather, tired and cold. that’s us…as we trekked over the branch-strewn terrain towards the light emanating from our hotel. upon our return to the hotel, it was clear that new footwear would be necessary for the following day, since every inch of these shoes were soaked through and through. our search for shoes was originally supposed to occur at macy’s, but we found this other shoe store near shake shack (oh yeah…we went to 2 shake shack locations too…really liked to double up this trip it seems) and i bought my first pair of hunters! quite the hefty price tag, and i will pay for it over the next few months with an impossibly tight budget, but living in kingston, i think it’s worth it. rainboots are well worth it here. even kelvin bought a pair!

however, despite all the mishaps, the detours, and the unintended destinations, it was a fun trip. i still love NYC, and i can’t wait to go back yet another time.

a beautiful day in kingston

weather has been absolutely wonderful. it’s warm, it’s sunny, and there’s just a faint breeze. it makes me want to spend all my time outside! today, since i was down in the downtown area (which reminded me that i need to vote!!) i decided to go visit some of my profs at queen’s. it was so nice to see them (i’ve been down on campus a few times, but just kept missing them) and as far as i can see things around campus haven’t changed much. because it was such a nice day, i decided to sit on the bleachers by tindall and read my book. i stayed until i finished one of my short stories, then i proceeded to head to cat mall to get my jeans hemmed. i’m so excited for the h&m to open there! the frontage looks really nice, right beside sears. i think i will do a lot of shopping there. but hopefully not too much…