It was Aaron’s birthday last week and we had a few friends over to celebrate his special day. I attempted to make Jayscakes and then we turned the music up high and played all our favourite songs and danced late into the night, all the while saying goodbye to his 26th year and hello to his 27th.
So I got my O.P.I Axxium manicure off at Tips Nail Bar the other day. The overall Axxium experience was great. After about two weeks my nails had grown out to the point where I had to go get the polish taken off, but I’m happy to say that I didn’t experience any chips during those two weeks. I was also happy to learn that my nails had grown longer and stronger during that time as well (mainly because I wasn’t able to pick and chew at them as I tend to do).
After the Axxium was removed, I opted to get a natural manicure as seen above. I’m wearing Chanel’s “Riva” as a base with O.P.I.’s crackle polish on top. This was my first time doing crackle, and I’m still not sure if I’d wear it again, but I must say my nails have never looked more fun.
A few weeks back my boys in blue returned to what will always be the Skydome to me, and oh, it was magic. As Opening Day slowly approached, my excitement grew to the point where I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve. All consumed by these forgotten feelings of anticipation, the full wonder of baseball hit me hard as I stepped into the Dome for the first time on Friday.
Even though I spent hours upon hours last summer at the Dome (and many hours and hours the years before, too), there is still nothing that compares to the feeling I get when walking into the stadium for the first time each season. The field never looks bigger or greener or more beautiful than it does at that moment because everything is beginning and new and no strikes have yet been called or no players injured. This fresh field represents the possibility of the season that could be.
I started a new job last week (more to come on that shortly) and my boss asked me to introduce myself to my new team. In the awkwardness and fluster of that moment, all I could think to say was “I really like baseball”, which was met by much heckling from my coworkers. This response and my following inability to articulate exactly why I love baseball got me thinking. To those who don’t understand the game, baseball is an incredibly boring sport that involves a lot of standing around and an occasional running of the bases. It gestures back to an America that was but doesn’t exist anymore, and here in Canada and in the present, it’s sometimes hard to understand what bearing the sport has on us today.
But perhaps this gesture back to the past is one of the reasons why I love baseball so. The nostalgic in me remembers growing up to the sound of baseball games coming from my dad’s radio, or the look on Joe Carter’s face as he realized he’d just hit the most beautiful home run to win the Jays their second world series title. With all this said though, baseball means so much more to me than just a few emotional tugs on the old heartstrings. It is a smart game. Much smarter than just some guys hitting a few balls and then running around those bases. It is the perfect game to watch under the hottest summer sun. It’s also the perfect game to watch on a Friday night with the stadium lights bouncing bright off the field and the breeze blowing in from the lake. It’s a game that can bring a city together and on its feet.
So, people may scoff at baseball or question my love for it, but nothing can beat the feeling of standing amongst a sold out Skydome on opening night, everyone’s hearts beating out hope for the boys in blue and this city of ours.
Today my beloved boys in blue return to the Dome and I’m feeling giddy like a kid on Christmas. These outbursts of excitement seem to occur less and less as I get older, but today, today I feel so much.
I also went with Marla to Tips Nail Bar last night. We both got our first O.P.I. Axxium manicures, and boy was it quick and painless. I always seem to smudge my polish within hours of leaving the salon, but O.P.I Axxium is a gel applied to your nails that dries instantly underneath this heat light. I chose O.P.I.’s “San Tan Tonio” as my base with black half moons. The effect is gorgeous and chic and somehow resembles Sass and Piper.
I fell in love with this Deborah Lippman colour after reading about it on Lacquer Wear. It’s called “Glitter in the Air” and perfect for spring. The milky almost sheer base of the colour mixed with the pink and blue sparkles reminds me of an easter cupcake. Whimsical and girly, it is just right for the sunshine waiting in the days ahead. Deborah Lippman polishes are unfortunately only sold at Nordstrom’s in the States, but lucky for me, Karas is coming back to Canada for a visit next month. She was a dear and picked up a bottle of “Glitter in the Air” for me yesterday. So April, hurry up and get here already! I want to see my friend and wear easter on my nails!
1. Aaron’s amazing amazing AMAZING globe mobile! The idea all started when one of the cats broke it when trying to get to a window. A step by step on how he made this soon to follow.
2. Our “Little Boy Blue” makeshift television stand. We found this shelf in Aaron’s basement last month. It was greywhite and peeling and had definitely seen better days. After a quick and painless ($16!) stop at Home Depot, the shelf has been reborn. It also adds a much needed pop of colour to our neutral walls. Next step: finding items to fill it!
3. Our fireplace! The built-ins on either side provide great storage in an otherwise moderately sized living room. The built-ins originally had doors on them, but Aaron opted to remove the doors to let our rainbow of books shine through. We’re still figuring out what should be put on the mantel but we’re getting there.
4. The kitchen picture ledge! The wainscoting in this room is what originally sold us on this apartment. I want to get some antique cups and plates to put there alongside the pictures to add some colour and depth to the ledge. It’s all a work in progress!
5. My corner! Our bedroom is by far the smallest room in the house, and Aaron’s amazing but massive furniture does nothing to make it feel more spacious. However, I was able to fit a small vanity table into a corner. The table was originally a sewing table I got for cheap in Guelph a few weeks back. Aaron’s dad removed the sewing table part so it’s now just a functional, flat-topped vanity. We also sanded down the previously varnished wood to prepare it for painting (project soon to come). This corner also contains some of my favourite thrift store finds, including my light-up vanity mirror and my Seventeen “Pretty is in” mirror. The later may just be my best purchase yet.
Aaron bought me these tulips and took me out for dinner the other night to celebrate a huge and scary but exciting change happening in my life right now. More to come on that soon (and no, I’m not pregnant!).
Every day our house feels more and more like our home and every day I come home so excited to see him and our girls. There is so much love here, I can’t help but gush a little.