I participated in the Canadian blogger Christmas swap this year, and on Friday I got my package in the mail from Taren over at Life of Taren. It had been a long week, so it made my day when I saw that I had gotten a package. She hit the nail on the head with what she chose for me.
It’s always fun opening a box that’s come in the mail, especially when it’s so pretty.
Apparently she’d looked through my blog and found this post where I posted my favourite Christmas movies. She picked these ornaments for me cause I listed It’s A Charlie Brown Christmas as a movie that I watch every year. They’re really cute and once we get the Christmas tree up I’m sure they’ll look great on it.
I’m pretty sure these are the most fun straws I’ve ever seen. We always have an Italian Christmas Eve dinner where my dad makes an amazing lasagna. Most of the time we have Italian appetizers, wine, and Orangina. I’m pretty sure I’ll be saving these straws for the Orangina that night.
Hot chocolate is my go-to hot beverage. I’ll have tea once in awhile if I’m at a Vietnamese or Chinese restaurant, but I never make it for myself at home. I don’t drink coffee either (shocking, I know). When I saw that hot chocolate was included it was absolutely perfect.
Thanks again Taren, I couldn’t have asked for a better swap!
We had an absolutely amazing sunset. The clouds were an unreal shade of pink.
Then the snow came on Sunday and Monday. I had a very interesting drive to work Tuesday morning. Because of the strong winds there were big drifts of snow in the middle of the street. Cause I drive a sedan there were a few close calls and I’m amazed I got to work without getting stuck.
I got my Christmas cards written and sent out this week. I’m feeling pretty good about that cause last year they were late.
Why do the peanuts at Five Guys always call to me, even though I know I’m going to have more than enough to eat when my burger is ready?
Yes, there is a burger somewhere under all those fries.
Tim Horton’s has my favourite hot chocolate. Sprinkle donuts are my favourite. You can’t go wrong with two favourites at once.
I used some birthday money and bought The Sound of Music and It’s a Wonderful Life. They were a few days late in getting delivered (isn’t that always how it works when you buy something online?) so by the time they finally arrived I was pretty excited. I’ve watched the Sound of Music already. I ended up having to watch it in 3 chunks because apparently I can’t sit still for more than an hour. The plan is to watch It’s a Wonderful Life at some point this weekend. It’s going to make me cry like it always does.
What’s the weather like where you are? Hopefully it’s warmer than here!
Although this is a recycled photo, I essentially had the same breakfast of cereal, yogurt, and a mandarin orange. I also had a glass of water.
Lunch was a two parter. I started with a salad that I added some Caesar dressing to.
Then I had a cranberry lemon muffing (so so good!) with some carrots and hummus.
For dinner I had beef filled tortellini with alfredo sauce and water.
What’s your favourite kind of muffin?
Saturday I had lunch with a friend and her kids. We hadn’t seen each other in a month cause she lives in a different city now, so it was really great to spend some time with her. Since she was feeding me lunch, I offered to bring something for dessert. I decided to head over to Cob’s, and after narrowing down my choices (everything in there always looks so good), I went with an Apple-Licious.
Sunday morning I ended up at the grocery store, where I got myself an advent calendar. I can’t even remember the last time I had one, so I decided to get it. When I got home I discovered that the chocolates are pretty tiny – think the size of a M and M. On the bright side, I’ll be having chocolate every day until the 24th.
Sunday afternoon I spent some time volunteering. The group I’m working with is putting together backpacks filled with all kinds of things (transit tickets, hygiene items, gift cards, gloves) for teens who otherwise wouldn’t be getting anything for Christmas. Yesterday we were prepping everything so that the backpacks can get stuffed tonight. We’ve been working on this project since September, so it’s great to see things finally coming together.
Last night I made my Christmas list (cause adults still do that, right?). It was pretty simple this year – passes for yoga classes, money, and vanilla bean noel stuff from B&BW. It looks pretty likely I’ll get the yoga classes, so I’m pretty excited about that.
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
I managed to get a (not very good) photo of an amazing sunset Monday night. The clouds were a lot pinker than in this photo. Then before I knew it the amazing colors were done. It’s crazy to think that that kind of beauty was only five minutes long.
I had samosas and spring rolls this week. They weren’t as good as from a restaurant, but they still hit the spot. Samosas tie with butter chicken as my favourite Indian food.
I had to catch up on last week’s episode of Blue Bloods cause I was too tired to stay up and watch it. Yeah, you know it’s been a long week when you’re in bed at 7:30 on a Friday night.
I went to Tim Horton’s with my dad for a hot chocolate and donut. I always get the one with the sprinkles. Always. I don’t know what it is, but the sprinkles make it taste better.
Breakfast was toast with margarine and strawberry jam, vanilla yogurt, and apple sauce. It’s been awhile since I last had toast for breakfast so it tasted extra good.
Lunch was a salad with tomatoes and poppy seed salad dressing that I added after I took the photo.
It was followed by some crackers and hummus. Hummus has to be one of my favourite foods.
Dinner as fish and chips. When I was in London I had an amazing fish and chips meal, so whenever I had it now it reminds me of my trip.
Does food remind you of any trips you’ve taken?
After working at one job in the morning, going to school, and then working at another job in the afternoon, I didn’t last long on Friday night before I was in bed. I was looking forward to watching Blue Bloods, but instead I was in bed by 7:30.
I spent quite a bit of time this weekend doing homework. I’m studying for a unit test, so there’s been lots of flash cards, re-reading notes, and going through the textbook. Since this unit is two chapters long, there’s a lot more to it than previous units.
For lunch on Sunday I made a white pizza. It had olive oil, Italian seasonings, garlic powder (cause everything is better with garlic, right?), and goat cheese on a homemade pizza dough. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to put goat cheese on pizza. This is the second time I’ve done it and I think it was even better than the first time.
I started The Forest a couple weeks ago. So far I’m really enjoying it. This is the second book by Edward Rutherford I’ve read, and I think he’ll end up being a favourite for me.
Sunday afternoon the Canadian women’s national soccer team took on Mexico. I’ve been looking forward to it since the last game they played against Korea at the end of October. It was a great game to watch, both teams really wanted to win. One of these days I’m going to see a game in person. The energy would be amazing!
Little did I know that there was another big game on TV the same day – the Grey Cup (the Canadian equivalent to the Superbowl). Obviously I’m not a football fan. My dad had bought some munchies for the Grey Cup, so even though I didn’t watch the game, I took advantage of the nachos, spring rolls, and samosas.
My birthday was last week. Although I’m not a big birthday person, most of the time they’re okay. This year though that wasn’t the case. It made me think about what I’ve done the last year, as well as what’s happened since my last birthday. There have definitely been some good things like deciding to go back to school, but there’s also been some tough stuff too, some really hard situations.
The day of my birthday wasn’t too exciting, I worked during the day, had dinner with most of the family (my brother was on vacation in Vegas), and had a physio appointment that evening. I have to be at work at 5:15 am, so I’m still the only one up when I leave the house. When I went to leave I found this sign at the door from my dad.
I got the above birthday card in the mail. It’s from a really good friend. Her 4 year old daughter drew me a picture in it. It’s quite possibly one of the best cards I’ve ever gotten. It makes me smile every time I look at it.
I guess I’m feeling kind of sad looking back over the last year. Lots of good things have happened, but so have a lot of bad things. It’s tough going from one hard situation to the next, right after each other. I feel worn out. I think this is going to be the year of taking care of myself. I’ll still be there for my family and friends, but I’m going to take some time out for some self-care too. More than I have been.
What do you do to cheer yourself up?
Thanks to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting!
Breakfast was cranberry granola, vanilla yogurt, a Granny Smith apple, and a glass of water. Since I’m up pretty early for work most days (my alarm goes off at 3:45 am), I’m usually still half asleep when I make my breakfast. Having something easy to put together for breakfast is pretty nice.
When I got home from work I had a salad with croutons and Cesar dressing along with a piece of sunflower seed bread. The bread was better than I thought it was going to be. I also had some water.
Dinner was a veggie burger on a multigrain ciabatta bun, carrots, hummus, and some apple sauce.
What do you like to eat hummus with?
The weeks have been flying by lately. I guess that’s what happens when you have three jobs, go to school, and volunteer.
Friday was a long day. After working at two jobs I had to make a few stops to get a couple errands done. When I got home there were some Tim Bits (doughnut holes for my non-Canadian readers) waiting for me. I ended up eating some while watching Blue Bloods. They were delicious.
Saturday there was a snowfall warning cause we were supposed to get a big dump of snow. It was really snowy and windy for most of the day, so I didn’t make it to yoga. I was feeling lazy and didn’t feel like cleaning the snow off the car and leaving early to get to class in time.
Most of Sunday I spent doing chemistry homework. I forgot how endless school feels sometimes. No matter how much I get done, there’s always an assignment I could be working on or something I could be reading.
What was the weather like for you the last few days? What did you do over the weekend?