The Post Where I Complain About Being Unlucky

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Warning: This post has no pictures and lots and lots of rambling. ;)

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Well didn't I just have the unluckiest weekend ever in the get-stuff-done-for-the-baby's-room department. I did mention that I was feeling nervous and unprepared, right? In case you forgot, I'm feeling super-unprepared with an almost bare room and no baby gear yet. What if dude decides to drop in early? Uhhhhh, I'm in trouble. :S

Up here in Canada it's a 3-day weekend (yay!) since Monday is a holiday called Family Day. In my mind I was going to get sooooo many projects done. Was I wrong. Here's how it all went down:

Unlucky Event #1

After work on Friday I raced to the post office to make it there before it closed. I've been checking the mail obsessively in anticipation of the stencil I ordered a few weeks ago. (I mentioned the stencil I chose here.) I had a feeling it was going to arrive just before the weekend so that I could stencil the wall in the nursery. Alas, it did not arrive in time for the weekend. I was bummed. Way bummed. To make matters worse, Alex left at lunchtime on Friday for a boy's night in Toronto to see a Raptors game. I had to go home stencil-less and spend Friday night in my spooky house all by my lonesome. 

Unlucky Event #2

A few weeks ago I found some crown moulding ledges at Michaels to put up in the nursery. (I mentioned the plan for the ledges here.) Unfortunately, they only had two at the time and had to put in an order for two more. Since I was so bummed out about not getting the stencil, I figured that I could head to Michaels, pick up the third shelf, and then decide on the spacing and where to hang them. 'Cept when I called, the ledges hadn't arrived on the most recent truck delivery and the next truck delivery would be delayed because of the holiday. No ledges to install for another week. Boooooooooooooooooo.

Unlucky Event #3

I mentioned that I was heading on a little road trip on Saturday in the next city over to check out the first antique show of the season. I was super pumped and on the hunt for some wooden crates to use as toy bins. (I mentioned using wooden crates here.) We got to the first booth of the show and asked the price on the seller's only wooden crate. Not for sale. Huh. He pointed us in the direction of a different booth. The lady had only one crate and it was $75. Ouch.

We kept our eyes peeled and found a booth full of wooden crates just like I had dreamed about. Except the owner had put a shiny, icky varnish on every single box that made the wood practically orange. But the crates were significantly cheaper than the only other one we had seen. So, my mom agreed that if I bought some, she would take them home and strip the varnish off for me. Awwww, thanks mom. So the good news is that I did find two super cute "dynamite" boxes that I think will be the perfect size for the space. The unlucky part is that I couldn't take them home, put wheels on them, put them in Little Ninja's room, and pat myself on the back for getting a project done. All because of that nasty varnish. Oh well, at least I have a cool, crafty mom who is going to fix 'em up for me! 

Unlucky Event #4

I found the cutest fabric at one of the Fabricland locations last week. The fabric was white cotton and had large, subtle, white polka dots all over it. It was also discounted from $20 a metre to $4.50 a metre since it was a leftover summer fabric. I had taken a sample home and shown it to friends and family. They had all given me an enthusiastic go-ahead to purchase the fabric and sew up some curtain panels for the baby's room. (I mentioned the curtain panels here.) On the way home from my road trip I stopped in at the fabric store to make the big purchase. The lady unrolled the fabric and found a coffee stain that went through the whole bolt. It was also discoloured in places and definitely a no-go. I took down the product info and was determined to find the exact fabric at the other Fabricland location.

Unlucky Event #5

I drove to the other Fabricland location today in hopes that I could find my cute polka-dot fabric. Nope. Nada. Nothing. I tried to pick something else. I tried, I really did. But the choices sucked and I was grumpy. I went home fabric-less.

Unlucky Event #6

I woke up this morning determined to make the most of the weekend since I wouldn't be getting any projects done. I decided that I'd work on one of my mini-goals and attempt my first loaf of homemade bread. (I wrote about my mini-goals for the new year here.) I spent over an hour searching for a good bread recipe that I could make using my kitchenaid mixer. I followed the recipe exactly. I mixed, I kneaded, I covered the bread dough and set it in the warm oven to rise. It didn't rise. It was solid as a rock and when I tried to "punch the dough down" I nearly broke one of my knuckles. I couldn't figure out what I did wrong until I checked the expiry date on the yeast. I could've sworn I bought that recently. Doh. 

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I do have to say that even though this hasn't been the most productive weekend ever, I can't really complain because I've gotten to sleep in, shop, putter in the kitchen, drink large mugs of coffee (decaf of course), surf Pinterest all day, and spend time with the fam. I guess I'm not that unlucky after all. :)

So, how was your weekend?


  1. At least you have one more day to enjoy. Hope your projects start coming together for you soon!

  2. First, let me say that I love your writing style. It reads so smoothly - like you are sitting right across the table from me and we are having a conversation. I love it! Secondly, out of all the things that didn't work out just focus on what did. Like the fact that you have a precious little baby growing in your tummy, a baby that you will get to kiss and cuddle and love! Life's not too shabby!

  3. Maybe this convergence of 'unlucky' events is actually the universe telling you to sit down and put your feet up :-)

    I know you want the nursery to be perfect for little Ninja but you know what? Ninja won't care one bit whether it is finished or not. All he will want is a relaxed mommy :-)

  4. Ha! The comment about punching the dough made me laugh out loud. I could totally picture that! As I have done it a few times.

  5. Oh man - that's like the worst weekend ever! Here's a good bread recipe for your new yeast :)

    3 cups warm water
    1 1/2 Tblspn yeast
    6 cups bread flour
    1 1/2 Tblspn coarse salt

    Combine all and stir. The dough will be sticky. Let rise for 2 hours. This makes A LOT of dough. It can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the fridge - this is ideal if you have small children (soon, right!) and can't bother with making bread dough every day! When ready to bake, take a large fistful, knead in some flour, and let rest 30 min. Shape as desired (I have a 4-year-old girl - we mostly make hearts and butterflies - but a nice round ball will bake up just fine) and place on a parchment-lined OR cornmeal-dusted
    baking tray. Let rise again for 30 minutes. Place on middle rack in preheated oven at 450 F with a pan of water on the lower shelf (makes crust chewier). Bake for 20-25 minutes, until loaf is golden brown. Eat. Repeat tomorrow.

  6. Coffee stain throughout the whole bolt of fabric?! That's crazy unlucky!!

    I'm glad you've gotten to sleep, drink lots of coffee, & spend time relaxing with the family at least!

    Here's to hoping next weekend goes a whole lot better for you!

  7. Lynne,

    I think you might be right. I have no idea why I think that a good weekend has to be one where I get lots of projects done.... :) I think I will just relax and take it easy.

  8. Love your blog. Making a nest for your little one is what a good mommy does. Oh my, how time flies, I am a mother of three sons 43,42, & 38. Also raised a grandson from birth, who is now 20. Such fond memories of baby nurseries, toys, clothing and LOVE. Enjoy it all, such rewards.....~Happiness & Smiles~


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