Monday, March 21, 2016

Update Time ~ Settling In in My New Place

Now that I've done my Pre-Move and had The Move-Move, I've shifted focus to unpacking by settling into the my new place and setting up my new space. I attacked the kitchen first, because... you have to eat so might as well have that settled! Unpacking the kitchen went pretty smoothly, and with most things I knew very quickly what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to give away. The kitchen has been settled for 2 weeks now and feels pretty good. I did have to shift things around a few times to get the flow of having the most used things easily accessible, and it might still get shifted a bit but overall it's feeling pretty good. The one exception to that is that because it's the space where I unpack stuff, anything and everything that needs to be cleaned, decided about, stored for a moment (or a week), ends up being in the kitchen. So, it doesn't quite feel "done" even though it's...done. Ah, well. I'll eventually get there.

The weekend before last I was able to get help from my sister Jamie and her husband to do the 2 big jobs left for the space: putting the big bookcases together and getting the washroom painted. I absolutely love the washroom colour. I've never been one for matchy-poo, but I never thought of it from the perspective of everything working together, because I've never had everything work together before. I love the washroom, and everything works together. It's wonderful! I actually smile any time I think of it. It was easy to get over feeling like it was matchy-poo! For the other job of getting the bookcases together, it was quite a feat but Jamie was a superstar in figuring out how to turn the stack-of-slats to actually real life bookcases. Sadly, they were damaged in the move and there isn't too much I can do about it. I know they are only particleboard, but they are one of the nicest things I have. Luckily, now that they are all together with stuff on them the damage is less noticeable.

Speaking of stuff on the bookcases, that was my big job for the past week or so. I really was looking forward to getting my stuff up and have been quite surprized at the results. I have three bookcases, one that I dedicated for DVDs, and two for books and journals. The one for DVDs filled up very quickly. I knew I wanted certain TV series out and all film series I had, and then I only had about 2 shelves worth left of space and just kind of randomly picked movies to put there. I thought I would be all puff pigeon after and happy, but ... not really the response I actually had. I'm feeling very differently about both film and physical media these days, and I'm not all that sure how much of it I want up on the shelves. I'm sure I'll revisit it (especially as it's only about 1/4 of what I own), but for now it's not quite feeling right. One thing I do like is that I reserved one shelf on the bookcase for books read, sketchbooks and journals filled along with my "project piles", which is creative stuff I like to work on but also like to have an "away" home for, like my colouring books, my glue journal stuff and other projects.

I also spent time working on my bookcases for journals, sketchbooks and books. I first went though all the books and journals in storage, and this took longer than movies and was more challenging for me. Going into the process I thought I would be more likely and excited about unread books than read books. Boy, was I wrong. Like with film, I realized I have a strong priority on series and I have several series that I love and knew I was not only keeping but going to put up on the bookshelves. Unread books were a lot more likely to go in the donation pile, especially if their was any whiff of dust because my allergies can't take it. That's another reason this took longer, my skin started to get irritated pretty quickly and there is no reason to keep a book that's going to do that to me!

After making all the decisions on what to keep, it was time to stack those shelves and for this I was decided to pull out all the new things acquired/filled up since things went into storage so I would have everything at my fingertips when deciding what went where. I ended up with one bookshelf of journals, sketchbooks, and non fiction books and a second bookshelf of favourite fiction books including several series, some references books and two shelves of unread books that I consider my own bookstore at home. I actually love these two bookshelf and have just sat looking at them and smiling. I know that's goofy, but hey, who cares! Overall, I didn't get everything onto the shelves. I pared down a few more of the books, and ended up with 3 bags of books left, with more unread than read. I figure ones I read some from the unread shelf, I can add more from the bags I have to my "store".

But I'm left with the question of what do to do with the new (physical) books that I read. I have set up a shelf for now of books read this year, but after that.. there isn't room for them on the shelves. So what do I do? Get more bookshelves? Add them to the bag read books that I'll tuck away somewhere? Donate them? I know there is the decide-by-book way to go, but the more I think about things and deal with the physical media that I have, the more I wonder about going digital. I have a Kobo for library books, and recently bought a Kindle which I'm really enjoying. Another surprize through this process was realzing just how many books I had in storage that I ended up reading digitally which they were away. It was a fair amount. I do feel that there is something magical about the physical books, and I love that I can give a book to someone, I also feel that for me it might smart to shift to digital. There might be an experiment in order here to test this idea. We'll have to wait and see!

Until there, here is my unread "store" as it stands now. I wonder what I'll read first!

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Spring TV 2016 ~ Where to Watch TV Shows Online In Canada

It's March already? How did that happens! Well, as it is March, it's time for the Spring TV Listing, which will include shows that begin in March, April and May 2016 as well as continuting shows. There is so much out there to enjoy!

I'm going to continue with the new format of New Series at the top, then Spring Premieres right after them. Because a lot of the Winter shows are still airing, I am going to keep them listed under new and premieres. Crazy thing about changing formats, sometimes you don't realize the trickle down effect until you hit the next post. After the super-new of Spring and the new-ish of Winter, we have the tired-and-true fall start shows that are still going will be under Continuing Series. Each of these lists are alphabetical, which hopefully will make it quick and easy to find the show you are looking for. The super easiest way is Ctrl+F gives you pop up box, type title of show, hit're set!

There are lots of reality shows in the Spring with Big Brother Canada Season 4, The Voice Season 10 (!) and Survivor with a new slew of Brains, Brawns and Beauty castaways. We also have new shows to try out with the political thriller The Family, the gritty scifi series Hunters, and the new Shondaland thriller The Catch. Speaking of catches, we also get not one but two fishing shows with The Deadliest Catch and the Canadian series Cold Water Cowboys. I do love the fishing shows. Fishing and SciFi. We all have our faves. If you are looking for an earlier in the year show that has already completed, check out the Winter 2016 listing here. If you are looking for thoughts on specific shows, I'm slowing coming back from my YouTube hiatus, and now has some TV vlogs up, you can check them out over at TV Musings section on my YouTube Channel.

This list will be updated as new shows become available at their legitimate Canadian Broadcasters websites including CBC, CTV and CTV2, Global, CityTV, Space, Showcase, Slice, HGTV Canada, MTV Canada, Food Network, Discovery and History.

New Series
Spring and Winter Premieres
Continuing Series

Can't find what you are looking for? Try the individual Canadian TV broadcasters websites video pages:

The mileage can vary on how many episodes and for how long they are available to watch online. A lot of stations only have one episode available for one week after broadcast, and other stations have up to 3 weeks of episodes available. There is often an exceptions for Canadian series (or co-pros) which may have their full season (or series) available. We have better transparency here, with both CTV and Global now indicate when new episodes will be available online and how long it will be available for, and CityTV has a red banner indicating if it is expiring soon. This is a huge help for us who watch shows online.

I love that so much TV is available to watch online or via apps, but not ever show is. When this happens, the I suggest looking for it in in iTunes, Google Play Store, the Playstation Store (if you have a Playstation) to see if you can buy it. Although it's not free, the big pay off when you buy is that there are no commercials, no expiry dates and you can re-watch to your heart's desire. Occasionally, a show will also air weekly episodes on Netflix, such as the new series Shadowhunters and returning series The 100.

* A few online viewing options do not have a specific page for watching a singular show, but rather a video player for watching any of their offerings. In those cases I've put the link to the broadcasters website, as opposed to the show. Then either select the show if it's displayed prominently, or click their video library, select your show, the season and then the episode.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Move-Move!

Throughout the past month I've been moving in stages to my new place, but on the weekend the final piece landed with the arrival of my stuff that's been in storage.

When the movers arrived, I got my own page for "moving bingo" and every time a piece from storage was brought in I got to check off the called out number it represented. From 230 to 360, my boxes and dressers and bins and bags came in one (or two... or three) at a time. Little did they know that giving me a job to do made me a super happy camper. Thanks Jamie for getting this pic of me obviously happy with my checklist.

It was wild to see the things that I was anxiously awaiting, like dressers, to things I totally forgot I had like a very heavy, loud and powerful fan. There was even an item or two that I was quite certain I had already let go of. The move itself went really smoothly. I am so grateful for that, and for the fact that it was clear weather (for a February move? In Toronto? Unheard of). The movers were great, and I had a lot of great help from family including having Jamie at my side when I turned into super-weird moving day Shannon. I am also thankful to have had people helping sort what would stay, what would go, what had a new home and a few items actually got into the hands of new people via social media (thanks Karina!!). That was super cool, although also made me realize that I'm now in an older generation, as I don't feel in the know of what are new ways you can do things these days. But that's okay, because it all go sorted and I really am part of a generation that is older. Heck, I've been blogging for 10 years! That probably *is* a whole generation in it of itself.

The day continued to go smoothly, and we were able to place some key furniture and get all the boxes in one location but with all the kitchen ones pulled to the side (thanks Jamie!!). I don't have a big long unpacking plan, but I know I want to do kitchen first because it's stuff I will use right away. I find it amazing that even with everything in the apartment, it doesn't feel overly packed and I still have great comfy space to rest between working through boxes and such. Letting go of a lot of furniture really made a difference on that front.

Now that everything is here, it's tempting to have a free-for-all of randomly openings stuff (and I did peek in a few boxes), but generally I plan on taking it slow as I set things up. One reason is because I can only do so much at a time, and another is that there isn't actually any rush. Sure, I want to get stuff sorted, but I can take the time to do it.

I am still amazed that I'm finally at this point. It has taken so long, and I have had a lot of help along the way which I greatly appreciate. A big thank you to Phillips Moving and Storage for not only a very smooth move, but also for keeping my belongings safe and sound in storage. I'm going to slowly start going through stuff and setting up home, a step that I can't wait to get started on. If you want to watch the journey unfold, I've been posting a lot about it over at Instagram.

First to unpack will be The Kitchen!

December 2019 TBR

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