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  • Almonte Fibre Festival 2018

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on September 12 2018

    Almonte Fibre Festival 2018

    Hey guys, first of all I want to note that this blog post is being written on Tuesday night and NOT the crack of dawn on Wednesday morning. I would like to take some credit for being proactive and getting things done in a responsible, grown up, manner but mostly I'm just an overexcited kid WITH SO MUCH TO TELL YOU!


    As you are all aware, Ashley and I were at the Almonte Fibre Festival last weekend and this is normally the place where I say "and we had a blast," (which of course we totally did) but I think we should try something new. From now on I'm just gonna say, "Ash and I were at (Insert Name Here) Festival," and you guys will just go, "oh ok, they had a blast." This way all of my blog posts won't sound the exact same and, let's be real, you guys know us! We're in our element when we're around you guys! And only with you guys. Trust me, when we're on our own, Ash and I are diehard introverts. We socialize with, maybe, five people - and that includes each other. So much so, that after extroverting for two whole days my trip home from Ottawa felt like I was crashing after weekend long bender. All I wanted to do is curl up in a foetal position in my bedroom and not come out for many, many days. I sort of did too. When I woke up at 5am on Monday morning my first thought was, "is that rain?!" and then, "that's gonna be a no for me, dawg" and then I worked from home that day
  • Summer in September & Big Shawl Knitting

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on September 05 2018

    Summer in September & Big Shawl Knitting
    How's it going everyone? It's Wednesday again! I always marvel at how fast these roll around. Every week I say this is the week that I get the blog post done BEFORE Wednesday. Guess how well that's working out for me? I cut myself slack because I usually start thinking about it on Sunday and writing it in my head is still technically writing it, right?
    Today is definitely a get things done day. I went to bed knowing that today was going to be action packed and I was so stressed about it I actually planned ahead. I packed my bag AND ironed my shirt before I went to bed and I must have had some amazing sleep because I was super alert when my alarm went off and my first thought was, "Wait. What was I supposed to do today?" Don't worry. It all came back to me pretty quickly after that.
    This morning when I woke up I also noticed that I was cold and it was dark and I immediately thought to myself, “It’s September. Make sure you dress warmly!” Today in Toronto it’s supposed to be a cool 42 degrees outside with the humidity. I was cold because in the middle of the night I got so warm I cranked the A/C all the way up.  
    I feel like September has gotten a bad rep from the times that we live in. She just wants to be Summer and we keep trying to make her Fall. When do kids go back to school? In the Fall. When is Pumpkin Spiced Latte day? In the Fall. So untrue! Also, PSL day was actually on August 28th this year instead of September 1. Everyone is just jumping the gun around here! I’ve decided to side with September on this one. The UGGS that I’ve been eyeing up recently are getting pushed to the back of the closet for another month, at least. Someone posted “happy first day of Fall!” on social media and, I’m not going to lie, I unfollowed them. September and I don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives. 
  • Fibre Spirit 2018

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on August 29 2018

    Fibre Spirit 2018
    Hey guys! how’s everyone doing? The last couple of days I’ve been scrolling through Instagram and I realized, it’s that time of year again! The kiddo’s are heading back to school and all of the mommies are posting their back to school photos. This makes me super sad because I LITERALLY FINISHED SUMMER SCHOOL ON MONDAY! I have to cram a whole summer vacation into the next five days. FIVE! And I have to work three of those. Worst summer vakay ever.
    In truth, my complaints are pretty half hearted. Next week I’m supposed to start school at York University after I randomly decided in the summer that I want to become a French teacher and I’m super excited to get started. Never mind that this morning I was scrolling through the George Brown College continuing education site perusing creative writing and photography classes. Let’s be real, idleness is not a thing I do. Five days off is probably as much as I can stand. One day soon my blog post is going to be a meditation on ‘can one person do all of the things they want to do in one lifetime’ and I’m going to invite you to weigh in. The truth is I don’t have the answer but that’s not stopping me from bounding from one thing to the other trying to make it all happen.
  • Back to Reality

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on August 15 2018

    Back to Reality
    Hey guys,
    Can you believe that a week has passed since we last spoke? I certainly can’t. That’s what happens when you’re having a good time I guess and I definitely had a good time. So much so that on Tuesday when I opened my laptop to log on to work, I stared blankly at the screen HAVING COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN MY WORK PASSWORD! I couldn`t think of it and my muscle memory completely failed me. I had to pack up my laptop and haul tush to work to have it reset. I was simultaneously annoyed that it happened and super pleased that it is possible to forget this place even after a minor amount of time away. 
    I`m also pleased to report that I completed my stint as stay at home auntie successfully. No children were broken, damaged or lost during my tenure. I have recognized that I sass them quite a bit which I don`t think I can stop doing just because it is so fun to mess with them. Mila definitely takes it in her stride and returns it with interest. Case in point, I showed her a picture of Barack Obama and said to her, “this is my boyfriend, your future uncle.” And she looked dead at me and asked, “does he know that?” I`m sure she didn`t realise how sassy that was but it was hilarious and I died with laughter. 
  • Auntie Chantal and the Little Horcruxes

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on August 08 2018

    Auntie Chantal and the Little Horcruxes

    Hey guys welcome back!  

    Guess who's on vacation this week! Yes, it is I, and I'm in Ottawa for the WHOLE week working on my stay at home auntie game.  My detractors will say that's not a real thing but you'll see.  I'm already crushing it too, even though the grilled cheese was just a little on the extra done side and I did fall for it when Mila told me she only has to eat half a sandwich.  She told me that the grilled cheese had too much cheese in it and I did, for a millisecond, wonder if she was adopted.  

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