Saturday, November 03, 2007

We Have Christmas Lights

Finally, 2 1/2 years after we moved in, we have the Christmas lights that I want, where I want them. Last year I bought lights, but it was so bitterly cold that Mike never got around to getting them up, so I returned them. And I am glad I did, because this year I found larger LED color change lights (red to blue) and we went with those.

Mike was on the super heavy duty Rona rental ladder.....our house is sooo tall with nothing for him to stand on really. I kept reminding him of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (my all time favorite Christmas movie) and Chevy Chase's escapades on the ladder. Those lights are up till they stop working, we should get a good 3 years out of them.

BTW, if anyone ever knows where I can buy a set of plastic Santa/reindeer like the ones in that movie, LET ME KNOW! I still don't have the nerve to steal the ones from Kandice's neighbor lol!
In the top picture you can see the Princess's head in the window, looks like one of those ghost pictures! She woke up from her nap and had to see what was going on!

So the lights are all hung, the Halloween decorations off the lawn, and now we have to tell Kade that the lights aren't going on for a couple weeks yet. When we put the Bumble (see below, everyone always looks at me like I am mental when I say that. Sheesh, no one love the old Rudolph claymation anymore??) then we can turn on the lights.

Ze bumble...

We had a heck of a time figuring out why Mr K's socks were getting holes in them. We have been on a basement cleaning spree, freecycling and donating like mad so we can perhaps start renos soon, which means lots of space. We brought in some outside toys, including the little tykes car. We finally figured out that he is dragging his feet on the cement and literally wearing holes into his socks.

On Mr K's Christmas list : new socks.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Don't You Just HATE Getting Caught Before The Christmas Rush?

Gap cancels shirt order after child labour report

BloombergPublished: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
NEW DELHI (Bloomberg) -- Gap Inc., the biggest U.S. clothing retailer, cancelled an order for girls' blouses Sunday after a newspaper reported that a subcontractor in India had used child labor to make the clothes.
The line was scheduled to be in stores in the U.S. and Europe before Christmas, the Observer newspaper said yesterday. Gap said it will meet with suppliers to reinforce its manufacturing policies. The newspaper's investigation found that children working in slave-like conditions in New Delhi were making garments with serial numbers matching those for a line Gap had ordered for sale later this year, the London-based Observer reported.
"Under absolutely no circumstance is it acceptable for children to produce or work on garments. It's a non-negotiable for us," Dan Henkle, the company's senior vice-president of social responsibility, said in a statement.

The company said it began a probe after being told of the newspaper investigation. Gap stopped the blouse order and sent letters to 2,000 suppliers calling for a meeting to reinforce its policy on child labor.
Gap requires suppliers to guarantee that they don't use children to produce garments, and has a team of 90 employees monitoring compliance through unannounced visits and other means, Henkle said.

Blah blah blah. It all comes down to "too bad we were caught before our Christmas rush! We could have sold all those shirts and been apologetic later!"

In case you are interested, a list of Gap companies from Wikipedia:

Gap Outlet
Love Me Gap
Love (Gap Accessories)
Old Navy
Old Navy Outlet(All stores converted to Old Navy on October 2, 2007)
Banana Republic
Banana Republic Factory Store
Forth & Towne (discontinued)
Gap Warehouse (discontinued)
Brands (discontinued)
Hemisphere (discontinued)
Pants %ff (discontinued)
Pottery Barn (sold to Williams-Sonoma)
SuperGap (discontinued)
Tagg's (discontinued)
You & You (discontinued)

Now so far, I haven't found anything on Loblaws (superstore and affiliated companies) and child labor, and I hope I won't because I love their new lines and have weaned myself off Old Navy and onto Joe the last few months. (that hurt, it REALLY hurt) HOWEVER, said lines of clothing are pretty new and I am just waiting for an expose on where these new Joe clothes are made....sigh. The article below says they are made in Asia...who knows.


Next on Mimran's plate is swimsuits, which will debut next spring. He also wants
to improve product quality while maintaining low prices. Quality, he says, can
vary with the Asian factories where the products are made, although he
emphasizes that all of them have strict manufacturing processes, respect
workers' rights and are inspected regularly.

We shall see says I....

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Betcha Can't Look & NOT be Grossed Out!!

We went to Amanda's Halloween party yesterday, and this was one of the desserts...

Cat Litter cake.

This is the only dessert I have not touched in my life. I just couldn't do it!