A Few Questions

I saw these 10 quick questions on Caitlin’s Blog and loved the concept so here are my answers!

1. How many countries/states/provinces have you lived in?  I have lived in 3 provinces, Ontario, British Columbia, and now currently, Alberta.

2. What’s your favorite kind of drink? I don’t really like super sweet drinks or anything so I really enjoy vodka with soda and lime, or gin and tonics. Nonalcoholic drinks I really like sipping on Perrier with a lemon wedge or just plain ol’ water. I drink a lot of water.

3. What song are you listening to right now? Random Christmas carols on the local radio station that they make us listen to at work.

4.  What does the last text message you received say?  “Sweet thanks :)”

5. What are your nicknames?  Tawnster Monster, Tawn, Wonton, Juan/Won

6. What was the last TV show you watched? Sons of Anarchy. I ❤ Jax Teller

7. What do you need to get accomplished today?  Write out a sponsorship opportunity document for an event we are organizing for later next year.

8.  Are you a cuddler?  Sometimes. I like cuddling to fall asleep but when I am asleep I don’t want anyone touching me.

9.  Where did you get the shirt you are wearing right now?  Undershirt is from Aritzia and shirt on top is from Garage.

10. How many pairs of shoes do you own?  A lot. Mostly from my shoe hoarding from a few years ago, I don’t usually buy shoes nowadays.

Tell me: 

1. What do you need to get accomplished today?

2. Do you have any nicknames? 

xo T

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Coffee Date

I think it is time for another coffee date! <Cue cheesy music>

coffee_date1So if we met up for a coffee (hot chocolate or any kind of adult beverage) date, this is what I would fill you in on:

Can you believe that Christmas is only TWELVE days away?! And today is Friday the 13th?! Friday the 13th is slightly less creepy today though because no crazy murderer is going to be wandering around the woods in -30 weather. Jason masks have absolutely no insulation either so his face would probably be covered in frostbite within the first 30 minutes. As well, no college students in their right mind would be camping in said woods in this weather to be easy pickings for the murderer so I think we are relatively safe. I think my logic is pretty sound 🙂

Last night I worked out for the first time this week and it was glorious! I also finished all the episodes available on Netflix of the Vampire Diaries so I am kind of pouting about that. 😦

Tonight Brian and I are doing Operation Rednose. If you aren’t familiar with it, basically it is volunteers who pick intoxicated people up from the bar and give them, and their car, a ride home for no charge (but donations are much appreciated! All proceeds go to support various athletic teams in the city. We are doing it on the Prairie Baseball Academy night, because Brian is alumni). Our shift is from 9:30 pm until 2:30 am so I am a bit nervous as my bedtime lately has been 8:45 pm… I may be having some cat naps in the back of our car during the lulls.

Two things I am loving right now:

1. THIS coat! humina humina humina it is so beautiful albeit a bit pricey.

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2. This milk bottle measuring cup set. How adorable is this?!

So that’s it for me on this chilly Friday. What about you? What would you tell me about if we went for a coffee date?

xo T

Blog Etiquette

Usually I like to keep this blog positive and funny, however recently some things have been happening that I just need to get off my chest. One thing in particular is quite annoying me lately and that is blog etiquette. Kat from Vodka and Soda has written about this topic really well in her post that you can read here but lately this kind of crap has been happening more and more to me and I think it is time that I talk about it too.

As I have mentioned before, I really like reading blogs and being a creep into someone else’s life on a daily basis. Recently though I have had to unfollow quite a few blogs because of just bad blogging etiquette. I started following them, leaving comments on their posts, and checking back almost daily and in two weeks there is absolutely no reply for any of it? No courtesy post read just to see who has been creeping for the past two weeks or even a follow up comment to say thank you. It is just rude. It is like a real-life relationship where you are constantly giving and giving and the other person doesn’t even call you back to say that they got your 10 texts, 5 emails, and 2 voicemails.

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I will admit that at first I was kind of hurt. Do they just not like my photo that was beside my comment? Maybe they did check out my blog but didn’t think I was good enough to comment on so just left right away.  Then I got kind of pissed. I don’t care how many sponsored posts you do a month, or how much free stuff you get sent to you by companies to do a review on, if you have time to blog twice a day every day, then you should be smart enough to allocate time to respond to your readers comments and emails. They are taking time out of their day to care about what is going on in your life, so why can’t you do them a solid and throw a little blog love their way too? I have liked a blogger’s post or commented on one without following them back before and we were like two ships who passed by in the night. But at least we both flashed our lights at each other if that makes sense.

Needless to say, I unfollowed quite a few blogs in the past week or so. You want to know what the weird thing is? A lot of them were Canadian! In a country known for our friendliness, the bloggers are the exception. How does that make sense? I get that blogging is pretty narcissistic in nature and your ego gets stroked quite a bit but you still gotta represent Jenny from the Block you know what I mean?

Tomorrow I will be a bit more positive I promise 🙂

 

xo T

Treat Yourself Tuesday

Well it is time for another round of Treat Yourself Tuesday! Thanks to Becky over at Olives ‘n Wine for the link up!

TreatyoselfIt has been awhile since I have done one of these, but with the traveling I did last month I sure did a lot of treating myself!

This included sunbathing in Phoenix,

hotdog(BTW have you seen the blog Hot-Dog Legs? No? It’s hilarious)

having lots of girl time in Whistler,

photo 4(4)and over indulging in the Christmas baking that I did on the weekend.

I love the concept of this weekly link up because especially around the holidays, it is easy to get swept up in spending money, getting stressed out, and letting the weather get you down. It is important for your sanity, and for the people that are around you too, that you take some much-deserved “me time” and do something that you enjoy. Whether it be getting a hot drink and browsing a book store, having a bubble bath, spending more time at the gym, or even something as low-key as watching a cheesy rom-com. Do whatever makes you happy, because in the end the only one that will suffer if you don’t take care of yourself is you.

Have an awesome Tuesday!

Tell me: how have you treated yourself lately?

xo T

 

A Sunday of Baking

As previously warned, I did not have too much planned for this weekend other than Brian’s Christmas party and doing some baking on Sunday. The Christmas party was okay. It is always nice to have an excuse to see Brian get all dressed up (he looks really good in his new dress clothes), and a free meal is always a winner in my books. 

Saturday was filled with errands and very very cold weather. One day last week, we were colder than the North Pole. HOW IS THAT FAIR?! Saturday was one of those days where you walked outside and you could feel your nose hairs freezing. Disgusting but seriously true.

Sunday however was awesome. Jo and I conquered (yes conquered) six recipes in about three hours. Boom. I had never made any of the recipes before either so we both thought this was pretty impressive. And because we powered through all the recipes so fast, I only managed to get one photo from our whole baking day experience. 

TurtlesPathetic I know. And I call myself a blogger. 

But this photo was during the making of my favourite recipe of the day so that counts for something I think right? Yes I ended up making the Pretzel Turtles from The Pioneer Woman. This recipe is gold I tell ya, and super easy to make just a bit time consuming. I would highly recommend it, especially if you have a turtle-loving partner like I do. 

We also made homemade bits ‘n’ bites from a recipe that Jo’s mom uses all the time and is super easy as well. It is just two packets of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix with 1.25 cups of oil mixed with whatever snacks you like. We used goldfish, pretzels, shreddies, cheerios, and mixed nuts. Since we made a batch for each of us, the ratios vary because Jo doesn’t really like cereal and I do so she added more goldfish and I added more cheerios and shreddies. After mixing everything thoroughly in a roasting pan, pop it in the oven for an hour at 325 degrees, stirring every 10 minutes. 

These chocolate crackle cookies were probably the hardest recipe that we did and I am not entirely sure they were worth all the time it took to make them. They involved a lot of refrigeration time and a lot of mess with the use of icing sugar. By the time these cookies were done, I had icing sugar EVERYWHERE in my kitchen and so far the reviews on them have been “meh”. The do look pretty cool though so that is a plus. 

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We also took a stab at shortbread cookies. They took a lot of time as well and they were just okay. Neither Jo or I had ever made them before so were kind of blind when it came to desired dough consistency and things like that so they tasted like shortbread in the end, but it seemed like we were missing something when were trying to roll the dough out and make shapes. Jo used to work at a store that made their own treats so she showed me how to make caramel popcorn balls. First she made her caramel out of corn syrup and brown sugar (I think that is all she put in there, I was too busy getting icing sugar everywhere to notice the measurements) in a pot over medium-high heat. I had made a big batch of popcorn on the stove so that was already waiting for her too. She then combined the caramel with the popcorn, shaped them into softball-sized balls and put them on parchment paper to cool off.

WARNING: the caramel is VERY HOT and will stick to your hands and burn when you are trying to shape them. I helped with the first batch and maybe made about three before I chickened out. Another trick that she used to help with the stickyness/skin-burning  is to lube your hands up with butter. For real it helps even though tons of hilarious innuendos will ensue during this process. The laughter will help you forget that you are losing the first layer of skin on your hands too so that is an added bonus. 

Last but not least, the easiest recipe of all, almond bark. All we (Jo) did was melt chocolate in a double boiler (we used a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water for all of our chocolate melting) then pour the melted chocolate over almonds that are laying on parchment paper. We (Jo) also sprinkled coconut on top for a garnish and some more flavour. We also decided to make use of the North Pole weather outside and put the almond bark in the BBQ to cool down and save us some space in the kitchen. Ingenious right? We thought so.

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So how was your weekend? Did you do any holiday baking? 

xo T

Back In The Groove

Well now that I am caught up on both recaps from my trips I am slightly embarrassed by how little I have to blog about. I really am not exciting as you all think I am but I try 🙂 This week I think it being dark when I leave work is really messing with me as I have been going to bed at like 8 or 9 each night and actually being super tired when I get to bed. Wild woman I know right?

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This weekend sounds like it will be pretty low-key with one of the highlights being Brian’s work Christmas party is tonight (free dinner FTW!) and it is at a place that I haven’t been to in a really long time so I am looking forward to it.

My friend Jo and I decided that we wanted to channel our inner Martha Stewart this weekend and do some holiday baking this weekend as well. So far I am dead set on making this amazing deliciousness via The Pioneer Woman:

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Don’t they look awesome? And they sound super easy so that is a bonus in my books. I am at a loss for what else I want to make though. Brian always tells me to bake more but he never helps me eat it so I think the best things to look into making would be things that freeze well and nothing fudge. I hate fudge. It makes my teeth ache and tastes like I am chewing on straight sugar *shudder*. I was thinking maybe shortbread cookies of some sort or something? Any suggestions would be appreciated as I have been looking for recipes but I keep getting distracted by shiny objects on the internet.

Uhhh did anyone else know that shortbread is only made out of 3 ingredients? Butter, brown sugar, and flour. I think I could make these easily but I don’t know if I could eat them knowing what little nutrients they are made out of. Just reading the directions makes my ass feel bigger already :/

So tell me:

1. What do you like to bake during the holidays? Got any good recipes you can throw my way? 

2. Do you have any weekend plans that make mine sound super lame? 

Have a great weekend!

xo T

Whistler Recap

So after my holiday in Phoenix I only had one full day at home to see Mika, do laundry, and pack for Whistler. Like I mentioned before, I was going for a work trip but I wrangled Windy and Christina to come with me to keep me company. I bribed them with shopping and girl talk so it was a win-win all around. (I may have also bribed them with chocolate…)

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After flying to Vancouver then traveling by skytrain and bus, we were finally reunited with Christina and began our drive up to Whistler. Nothing says “I miss you” like an up close and personal photo while you are driving….

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photo 4(3)We spent a lot of time trying out different Whistler restaurants (we only went to one restaurant more than once and that was just because they had good food and played Shaggy on repeat). We also did some touristy things but mostly we did a lot of eating #noshame.

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photo 3(6)The highlight of the food experience for me was a Mexican restaurant that we tried out. At first we weren’t sure if they were open so we stood outside for a few minutes peering in, but after walking in we realized all the tables were around the corner and they were mostly full! Windy ordered a cilantro margarita that was surprisingly good! We weren’t really sure what to expect but it tasted like blended cilantro with ice and some tequila….so I guess exactly what you would expect it to taste like. I ordered the verde enchiladas that were amazing but I was starving at this point so I could have just ate refried beans in a bowl and been convinced that I had an authentic Mexican restaurant experience.

PicMonkey Collage2Christina had to leave a day early because she had to be a grown up and go do some actual work (lame right?) so Windy and I checked out the hot tub at our hotel (the pool was closed :() and then went to a really cool sushi place that was off the beaten path for dinner on our last night there. Windy said it reminded her of Tokyo just from the decor and the lighting which I thought was pretty cool, and the prices were ridiculously cheap which was even more awesome. An order of California roll (8 pieces) was only $4.50! Plus we got to have some really good quality sister time 🙂

Funny story about the hot tub: it was so hot that our pale Scandinavian skin turned lobster red and I could only muster going in up to my knees so while I was sitting on the ledge, and Windy was in the hot tub, a man with his little baby came in. The baby was in an orange onesie with an ‘m’ on it, fashioned after the M&M candies so I said to Windy that she looks like an M&M and how cute that was. For some reason Windy didn’t see the ‘m’ on the onesie and thought I was referring to looks and that I thought the baby looked like Eminem the famous rapper. So she responded with “No I think she looks like a Kardashian!” We didn’t figure out this miscommunication until we went back to the hotel room and Windy was so confused why I thought the baby looked like a white rapper. Nevertheless it gave us a laugh!

photo 4(4)Being back in Vancouver both made us really nostalgic and reminisced a lot about our life on the Sunshine Coast before we moved to Southern Alberta. I mean how can you not miss this view:

photo 1(5)When I finally got home after a very early wake up call to catch the shuttle back to the airport (we had to be on the bus by 5:50 am yuck), I was so happy to see my little family. I have always loved traveling but nothing compares to your own bed and pillow.

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xo T