Lately on Mostly YA Lit | Summer & Fall 2017

September 29, 2017 / 4 Comments / Blogging Life, Personal

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Hi guys, you may have noticed that things have been a bit slow around here. I wanted to give you an update on what’s been happening. It’s been a massively busy and emotional last few months, especially since I first announced that I was pregnant. So here’s what I’ve been up to.

My grandmother:

grandma-tiffWithout a doubt, the single thing that has defined the last few weeks has been my grandmother’s death. She passed away on September 1, and I’m still mourning and trying to process that last week with her. I’m so grateful that we were able to be with her when she passed, and that my whole family came from Hong Kong for the funeral.

Me, my brother, and our cousin with my grandmother a few weeks before she passed.

I don’t talk about my family much on here, but my grandmother was 92, and was a feisty, sometimes nosy, but always caring and loving person. She made the best bbq pork buns on the planet, and sewed all of her own clothes (and some other things for us, including a very beloved neon pink fleece blanket that all of us grandkids got). We’re still trying to work through some details of care for my grandfather, but this has definitely been a busy and  emotional time for us. 

All the parties and party planning:

My dear friend is getting married in November, and as maid of honour, I’ve been spending a lot of time with her getting her flowers, venue, and outfits sorted out. Very excited for the wedding, which is going to be super pretty and historical. 

Showering the bride with love (and weird headpieces!)

Here’s the spread from the bridal tea!

Aside from that, the “Best Bro” (a woman) and I put together a lovely bridal tea for herI’m super proud of the various tea sandwiches I made (cucumber, smoked salmon, egg salad, BLT) and that the scones turned out so well!

There’s still a few weeks to go, but we’ve also been working on the joint bachelor/bachelorette party – it’s a surprise for the couple, but I think it’s going to be a really fun night of cocktails and games (hopefully I won’t pass out before it ends!)

AND my baby shower is this weekend! While I know the mom-to-be isn’t supposed to help, I’m a natural event planner, so I couldn’t help but throw myself in there. I have some wonderful friends, including one of my crafty gurus, Jessica of Paper Trail Diary, helping with decor, food, games, and fun. I’m really excited to see everyone to celebrate my dear little one.

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Between all of these events, it’s been super important that we keep track of invitations, guests, and everything else. I’ve been using Paperless Post as well as other invitation sites and Google Drive for this – but I admit that my fave has been Paperless Post. The designs are so pretty, unique, and elegant (just look at those illustrations above, I used the middle one for the bachelor/bachelorette) and I love their tracking and follow-up features. Highly recommended if you have a fancier event that you’d like to get people to.

This part of my post was created in partnership with Paperless Post

My brother visiting:

Friends and family at a big barbecue we hosted for my brother and his girlfriend.

My brother and his girlfriend came and stayed with us for a few weeks at the beginning of August, and it was really fun to see them and get a chance to catch up. Even though they were really on a different schedule than we were, having them there meant we could do a big family barbecue and a lot Game of Thrones talking.

Pregnancy & preparing for baby:

My new crafting and blogging desk – its kinda messy, but its coming along. And yes, it does come with a cat.

Between getting our registry together, midwife and doctor visits, and prepping our baby’s room (meaning throwing out tons and tons of crap), it’s been a very busy summer and fall. Evan and I are still working on the last parts of converting our guest room into a home office/craft space, and getting our nursery together, but it’s coming along.

The exhaustion from the first trimester receded for a bit, but I’m back to it now that I’m in the third. I’ve been doing a ton of prenatal yoga just to try to stave off some of the aches and pains as well. I also have gestational diabetes, and the much stricter diet, along with testing my blood sugar 4x a day has been a bit hard to deal with. I’m 31 weeks today, though, so only nine more weeks to go!

Summer/Fall in the City:

Becky Albertalli, Angie C Thomas, and Julie Murphy came to Toronto! FANGIRLING HARD.

Me and my girlfriends in Chicago for my “babymoon.”

I worked at a Toronto literary festival last week – Word on the Street!

Oh look, I got to see Feist for the first time ever! An amazing singer, and she did an awesome deconstruction of “1 2 3 4”

I had my first tarot reading ever as part of my friend Danielle’s “Drawing Tarot” program.

I couldn’t not include this hilarious pic of me and Evan boating. The wind was so strong, and it was so wet that weekend!

We don’t get that many chances to go outside during the winter here in Toronto, so I’ve been taking full advantage by going to food festivals, craft fairs, book events, cottages and just trying to see as many friends as possible before winter and the baby come!


Honestly, it’s been hard to keep up with the blog and my reading. I’m looking forward to October being a bit slower, but posts on Mostly YA Lit might continue be a bit sporadic. I hope you’ll stay with me as things move forward, and I hope your fall is spectacular! Let me know in the comments what you’re looking forward to this fall!

love, tiff

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4 responses to “Lately on Mostly YA Lit | Summer & Fall 2017

    • Thanks, friend! The baby shower was great (pics soon). My grandmother…it’s an ongoing process of dealing with the grief, but I’m grateful that she lived so long and we had so much time together.

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