Another Planner Blog Post!

WP Diary

As some of you have now discovered, I am a fan of the good old fashioned paper organizer system; my Filofax is my life keeper and no iPhone will ever change that for me. Over the past 12 months or so I’ve come to discover the world of other ‘planners’ and with the help of Instagram (my new Facebook) I have been introduced to many wonderful ways of using planners/organizers/diaries and now I am one of those people who spend a Sunday evening embellishing my week ahead so I feel ready and prepared for what lies ahead. This is more important now more than ever as I see myself take on a new job soon and I want to be as organized as I can be and I have new organizers to help me do it…I just have to figure out which one to use! Yeah, I may have gone a little nuts recently but you know what? It was my birthday recently so I think I’m allowed to treat myself!

My new Websters Pages Planner My first purchase was something I have been attempting to get for a while but due to popularity and fast selling stock have not been able to get my hands on until just recently. The excitement I felt while waiting for the item to arrive was something close to what my children probably feel at Christmas time! After what felt like for ever but was only about 2 weeks, my new planner arrived from Websters Pages (bought on-line from A Cherry On Top.) A beautiful blue and white striped planner with all sorts of useful planner bits and pieces inside. I have never been, and I don’t think I will get to the stage where I am, a ‘planner addict’ so a few of the pages are lost on me but I may find use for them at some point, who knows?! Although I have a trusty purple Filofax that I am using for my day to day family life I may use this one for my new job to keep business dates and so on separate from my home plans. Right now it just sits on a shelf next to me looking lovely and ready for use.

MochiThings PlannerMy next purchase was from an on-line store I found called MochiThings and they have really lovely things to make planning easy and fun along with other great items to organize your life ranging from purse organizers to iPhone cases. I picked a fun pink dateless planner which you can customize however you want. This one I have no idea what I will do with but I will freely admit I don’t care! I just like having it and I’m sure I will find a use for it soon – unless my daughter discovered it and then we may have an issue!

Sottish Fold Sticky NoteMy final purchase, again from MochiThings, was this ridiculously cute Scottish Fold cat sticky tab. You have to build the box yourself using the handy instructions which are written in Japanese (with pictures) but once done you’re left with a very sad-looking yet adorable cat!  My daughter saw this and now she is begging for one and considering her birthday is coming up, I was on the site today ordering her own Scottish Fold kitty so she can add it to her own desk.

So there you have it; my latest collection of stuff which is adding to my clutter! My husband shakes his head but he now understands my love of all things stationery so  he doesn’t mind my weird excitement when it comes to things as mundane as paper. With warmer weather now with us and a new spring in my step after a long and dark winter, these silly objects help me feel on top on life and stronger to deal with what lies ahead. I know it may sound fickle but hey, this is my method and I’m sticking to it! If you have a favourite store where you purchase planner stuff from, I’d love to hear about them. I’m always intrigued to see the variations in styles and preference.

Have a lovely day and I hope you’re also getting beautiful sunshine and warm weather :)

*All of the items I’ve written about are my own views and I’m not getting any compensation or sponsoring for writing about this. I just like sharing my stuff with you!*

Humor from two sides

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I’m not that old, really, but I have to say I’m having a wonderful time watching TV shows from the 80’s. I recently subscribed to Shomi (Netflix wannabe) and they have so many shows from the glory days of my childhood. I’ve been watching shows such as ‘Inspector Gadget’, ‘M.A.S.K’ and ‘Cops’ to name a few cartoons but there are also comedy shows such as ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’ (Stephen fry and Hugh Laurie) which has me in stitches. It’s wonderfully British in that it’s very politically incorrect and the humor is plain stupid at times. My Canadian husband occasionally smiles and semi laughs but he doesn’t find it as funny as I do, but he knows that and has admitted he doesn’t find the show as funny as I do which proves British humor is in a league of its own.

My husband loves shows like ‘Trailer Park Boys’, ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ to name a few and the antics will have him rolling on the floor laughing while I sit on the sofa with a raised eyebrow attempting to see where the humor is coming from, without success. I find the ‘jokes’ just too cringeworthy to find funny as they usually involve people putting themselves into stupid situations – for example, ‘Jackass’ had me feeling so uncomfortable I had to leave the room! To me embarrassment isn’t funny but my husband argues differently so we have agreed to just accept each others tastes and be done with it. We do agree on one thing though: the UK version of ‘The Office’ is just too much! Ricky Gervais…wow! The US version, much better – Steve Carell is fabulous.

British humor can be stupid with plenty of good old fashioned potty humor which apparently appeals greatly to the British population.  Just look at shows like Monty Python, Mr Bean, Fawlty Towers and the more recent Mrs. Browns Boys; pure slapstick humor, oodles of deadpan delivery and quite a lot of self-depreciation. No subject is safe from some form of ridicule and there are times when you wince just a little while laughing followed quickly by a brief moment of guilt before brushing it off and enjoying more. And let’s not forget Satire; we love to take the utter piss out of the establishment and authority. What I also enjoy with British humor, stand up in particular, is the lack of swearing – I find a lot of stand up comedians rely on telling a story with every other word being f**k which gets a little boring after about 5 minutes! Using it sparsely makes a punchline work and the best guys know exactly when to use it.

British humor is ridiculous, something that apparently isn’t all that funny this side of the Atlantic. I was trying to explain to a Canadian friend of mine a skit I love, performed by a personal favorite of mine, Michael Mcintyre, which involved him explaining that ‘Posh’ people have a variety of words for the term ‘drunk’ and you can use any word possible and it will work – “I got UTTERLY trousered last night!” When I watched the skit originally I was in tears…I was given a complimentary laugh but I knew the story had dived! Clearly the humor gap was just too large.

Whenever I feel homesick all I do is get on the glorious YouTube and search for humor, proper British humor, and laugh without guilt! I laugh at jokes containing the exciting life of spices or posh ways to say drunk. I walk out watching someone pretending to be a grandpa and pooping in a restaurant. And yes, I will always laugh at farting. sorry, not sorry!

After the dust settles.

How the UK looks according to the 2015 General Election vote

The UK is currently gripped in an election declaration bonanza and as I write records are being set, emotions are running high and feelings range from “grim” to “astonishing”. The SNP (Scottish National Party) are sweeping through Scotland, snatching seats from all over the country, mostly from Labor, much to the joy of many firm SNP supporters. After a referendum loss, this game has been very well played. Whoever planned this should be congratulated as the SNP have made it very clear they aren’t going away anytime soon and the thought seems to be ‘If we lose the referendum, no matter; we’ll take Westminster instead!’ Their plan seems to be working and if it goes the way exit polls are saying, all bar one seat in Scotland (58 seats) will be SNP and “lions will be roaring.”

Although I live in Canada I made sure I posted my vote to ensure one person in particular had another number in their count towards victory. I don’t know if they have won although I did see a tweet in which he stated he had most likely lost his seat. To anyone else that comment might not affect them too much but for me it was a little sad because that man is my Dad. For the past 14 years my father has been an MP and he has loved his job. He has helped many people and worked hard for his constituency trying to make sure voices are heard and now, for all he has done, his thanks will be to lose his job. It’s not easy being an MP; the hours are long, you are harassed, verbally abused and a target for young punks wanting to cause mischief.  You are also regarded as though you are better than anyone else which, biased as my opinion will be, does not apply to my Dad.  On paper he is the best candidate for the job mainly because he knows the constituency and he has years of knowledge to use to his advantage but unfortunately that doesn’t count much when it comes to politics. However he is not the only one who stands to lose his job; as I sit and watch BBC Scotland various politicians are losing their jobs left, right and centre with others stepping up amongst riotous applause. The most staggering result has seen a 20 year old university student win an SNP seat.

Yes, this is a remarkable night however I watch this and think this isn’t really politics, it’s revenge but maybe that’s what politics is all about. If my Dad loses his job, so be it – I don’t know what he is going to do with himself but he always lands on his feet so I’m not too worried, but I do feel sad that all his hard work and dedication will be thrown aside. He then has five days to clear his desk and leave without so much as a thank you. And he’s not the only only one to suffer; his secretary will also be unemployed, just like that.

The UK is poised to have another 4 years of hung parliament and who knows what, if anything, will happen. Perhaps the Conservatives will manage to gain a majority this time but it’s currently looking like they will miss that by a few seats, and judging by the zingers being flung at each party leader by each leader, no-one wants to work alongside anybody! Unless a majority can be had, there’s messy times ahead but through all this all I can think about is my Dad and I’m hoping he can pull off a win thanks to the sensible, responsible folks within his constituency and continue to serve them for another four years.

Good Luck Dad. No matter what happens I am so proud of all you have done and if things don’t work out, you and Mum pack a bag or two and come escape to Toronto to spent time with us! We’ll potter about in the garden and you can read stories to your two grandkids who love you very much, as do I.

*An update – I was about to post this when my Dad’s results came in: unfortunately he lost his seat. An end to 14 years of politics. 

It’s my first party, please be nice!

Birthday Girl

I have decided to throw a kids birthday party, a first for me, and it only took seven years to feel strong enough to commit myself to a few hours of crazy girly excitement. My daughter will soon celebrate her birthday and she has formed quite a nice group of friends so I thought it would be a good idea to invite a few over so she could revel in that wonderful childhood feeling of being special for a day because it’s her birthday. Do you remember that feeling? Waking up on the morning of your birthday and just feeling different; today was all about you, you were one year older and people would acknowledge you more than others making you feel something near to VIP status. If there was a party involved you were usually surrounded by the kids desperately trying to be your best friend so they could be invited – at least that’s what happened to me; I’ll never forget one girl being ridiculously nice to me just so she could be invited and once it was all over she returned to being a bully. She was never invited again!

Although there are 20 kids in her class there’s no way I am holding myself responsible for that many kids so we capped the number at 5, which I think is a good enough number, plus family. If everyone says ‘yes’ we are looking at a combined party of about 14 bodies so it will be a well attended party me thinks. We have also decided on a Hello Kitty themed party – surprise, surprise – so I managed to find favors that will make little girls gush with giggly excitement (thank you Party City!) I don’t want to go overboard on the theme so decorations and stuff will most likely be pink and white. As for activities my daughter has requested a Pinata, Pass-the-Parcel and Pin The Tail on The Donkey – although we’re changing that to Pin The Bow On Hello Kitty. I’m also thinking of doing an art themed game where kids each have a canvas and paint to doodle whatever for 20 seconds before changing to someone elses painting for 20 seconds, change, etc. By the end each child will have a painting that each friend contributed to. (I hope that’s a good idea because sometimes artistic talent causes meltdowns if someone else adjusts it in any way!)

As I’m planning I’m actually getting more excited than nervous; when I was originally asked if we could host a party my anxiety levels rocketed but after a good old-fashioned think through I didn’t see why my feelings should get in the way of my daughters fun. My mum hosted parties for my brother and I a few times and we always had a blast so it would be nice for my daughter to have those memories too.  Even my son is excited that his sister invited him to her party, bless him! Oh, did I mention the party is at our house? YES! We are opting to be utterly mad and host the party ourselves and not choose to be lazy and have a ‘party’ at a kids playground! Don’t get me wrong, that can be fun but there was recently a ‘party’ in which there was no reservation made at a local kids play arena and the birthday girl and mother (who was stoned into another dimension) arrived over an hour late leading to much confusion and quiet ridicule. I will attempt some form of Martha Stewart-esque party and keep my fingers crossed I’m not overstepping my abilities. I’ll let you know how it goes next week!

Next Sunday, 2-4.30pm, our house. The invites are out – it’s game on!