Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tomorrow's the big day. As you know if you've been reading this blog for a while, Mr. Baz dresses up for Halloween every year. He loves it. He really, really does. After all, Halloween is his birthday, and what better way than to get dressed up in brand new clothes?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Because I already had plans last Saturday, I couldn't go to the Sweetmama.ca Spa-a-thon, but editor Nadine said it was fantabulous. You can read about it here - and gear up for next year - but all I could focus on was THEY HAD A PSYCHIC.
Friday, October 24, 2008
The other night I decided to make Halloween cookies. Only, once I got home I realized that I didn't have a pumpkin cookie cutter, which I'm POSITIVE is either a) wrong. (I know I have one!) or b) a sign of early-onset Alzheimer's that I thought I had one and don't or have misplaced it and don't know where to look.
No problem, I thought. I'll make ghosts. Only, I don't have a ghost cookie cutter. So I tried a bunny head upside down, thinking that the ears would look like the bottom of the ghost. No such luck. It looked like a cross between a breast cancer ribbon, an upside down bunny head and a fish. So I ate them, which is when I realized that the Party Skirt cookie cutter from my Princess Cookie Cutter set, would make a perfect ghost. Voila!
The problem was, when we came back from Cape Cod, I brought a box of fudge for my Dad, who likes fudge. It was the only thing we bought, so when the customs lady asked us what we spent $10 on, we said: Fudge.
Anyway, I told my friend what happened at the border -- and the icing on the cookies has milk in it so there you go, does that mean I can't bring a cookie across the border?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My friend and fellow blogger Nadine is the superfabulous editor of Sweetmama – and this Saturday she's hosting a super sweet event for moms to raise money for SickKids. And...just for reading my blog you could win 2 free tickets to an afternoon with your mom, sister or BFF, getting pampered. What could be better than that? Here are the details:
You'll enjoy an afternoon of manicures, massages, yoga/pilates, boot camp, make up applications, and much more from some of our favourite sponsors like Gee Beauty, Dermalogica, Pilates for Life and Track Fitness! Plus there will be sweet treats provided from Flour Girls, Genuine Health, Track Snacks, and Vitamin Water.
If that's not enough, here are a few more reasons why you should buy a ticket:
1. You don't need to be a Sweetmama, or a mama, for that matter! It is just a day for women to kick back, relax and enjoy some "me" time, all for a good cause. Show your support without wearing a support bra!
2. The value of the gift bags is already over $175, so you'll more than make it back the ticket price in sweet swag!
3. Even if you can't make it that day, you should buy a ticket. Why? Because the money is for a great cause, and I will personally put your gift bag away for you so that you can enjoy it another day.
GET PAMPERED FOR A GOOD CAUSE!
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I have a new phone. It's pink. Really, that says it all. It couldn't be more perfect.
Anyone who has ever tried to call me knows that my old phone did not ring. Still, I loved this phone. It was the LG Chocolate and when it came out years ago I hinted and hinted until the Hubs bought it for me for Christmas. I loved it so much, but right from the start there were problems.
It wouldn't ring when people called. Days later I'd go to use it and I'd get a random notification that I had a missed call. Or, I'd be walking with phone in hand and get a beep that I had a new voicemail even though again, it never rang. On the few times it did ring and I actually heard it, because the ring was so quiet you basically had to be in a library or church to hear it, and I actually picked it up and tried to talk, my (apparently) pointy cheek or hair would set off the touch screen and hang up on the person. When I tried to dial in to check my messages, the keys would stick and inevitably the system would tell me I was entering the wrong password and it would hang up on me.
Needless to say, I haven't talked on my cellphone very much in the last 2 years. I'm not sure why I waited this long to upgrade. I guess it's like a favourite sweater. Even if it's pilly and out of sorts you still wear it because you love it. That's what I did. Until today when I found the shiny pink phone!
And the best part? It rings! So loud that there's a warning telling me not to put the phone near my head while it's ringing because I may experience hearing loss. I bet I could wear earplugs and still hear it ring. I could definitely wear the PINK headphones that come with it. But the even better part? When it DOES ring, all the buttons light up in PINK!
Also, I can send 2,500 text messages a month. TWENTY-FIVE HUNDRED! This is crazy, isn't it? Or is it just me? Is this how many texts teens are sending nowadays? Would my 15-year-old cousin look at this plan and say, "Hmmm.... 2500. That seems okaaaaayyyyy...., but I'll probably need to monitor how many texts I'm sending around the last week of the month just to be sure I don't go over the limit."?
Also, I can send 1,000 picture texts. I don't even know what this means. Like, if I wanted to take a picture and send it as a text message? Anyway, whatever it is, I can send 1,000 of them.
So far I have sent 3 text messages.
Text Messages Left To Date (TMLTD): 2,497
Picture Messages Left To Date (PMLTD): 1,000
P.S. An update: There is a Mr. Baz Halloween costume glitch. The item I need is nowhere to be found in Toronto except I did find it hanging on a wall in a restaurant but I don't think the owners would appreciate if I stole the item and ran home with it because then I would end up in jail and do they have sewing machines in jail?? I doubt it, so THEN how would I make the costume in time? So I didn't steal the item. Then today I had a brainwave to buy the item I need to make the item I need for Mr. Baz's costume off eBay. Except, it was going to cost $24 to ship the $6 item and wasn't guaranteed by Halloween. My last resort is New York. I'm headed there Thursday. In one of the biggest cities in the world, surely I can find what I'm looking for?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I don't like to talk politics - it's not polite and i'm all about Emily Postinessity - but on Annie Choi's blog I read that in Australia there's a little box on the ballot you can check that says "No Vote."
So, then, does this mean you get up, you find the card they sent you in the mail, you go to the polls, you stand in line, and THEN you become apathetic?
Does this make any sense? Why not just be apathetic at home, while watching Ghost Hunters International? Not that that's what I did. I'm just SAYING. It doesn't make any sense.
I'm going to check with my Down Under Experts (aka My Sister and Brother-In-Law). They are both Australian. It doesn't get much more authentic than that. Unless I were to ask Mick "Crocodile" Dundee. Which isn't an option.
Me: Is it true that there's a No Vote box on the election ballot?
Sister: Are you doing research for your next book?
Me: No. Just wondering.
Sister: Are you in a debating club?
Me: As if.
Sister: I don't remember a "No Vote" box. Their voting ballots are really long though and can be confusing but you do need to check at least one box somewhere. Not sure if you just handed in an unchecked ballot if that would essentially be a 'no vote'. Voting is mandatory for Australians.
Me: But you're Australian. What will happen if you don't go back to vote? (She lives in Vancouverland).
Sister: I notified my electoral office that I would be a non-resident when I moved to Canada and am now exempt until I return to Australia.
Me: Oh phew. What if you hadn't? What would happen then? Jail? Deportation? Loss of citizenship?
Sister: I don't know. I'll ask your brother in law.
Brother in Law: Voting in Australia is compulsory. If you don't vote you get fined $50 or $100 depending if the government officer got laid the night before or not.
Then we started talking about what Coco (their cat) and Mr. Baz (my cat) are going to dress up as for Halloween and forgot all about voting. When I hung up I realized that we didn't get to the bottom of the No Vote box though it does make more sense that there would be one if you have to go vote and really don't care, but really I'm over that topic anyway. On to Halloween costumes...
Friday, October 10, 2008
1. My friend Cat, who I used to work with over at ELLE (and who is now the editor of 2:The Magazine for Couples, has a bun in the oven and is blogging about it over at Erica Ehm's yummymummyclub.ca. Her blog is called New Freakin' Mummy and it's freakin' funny, just like her.
Sedaris first published this holiday collection in 1998, but this new version, in stores now, has six stories from his previous collections and six new stories.
If you like David Sedaris and Annie Choi (as I do), I'll bet my pumpkin pie you'll like these essays.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Labels: Nancy Drew Mysteries
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
It's no secret: I love the Real Housewives of The O.C., and I've been waiting for The Real Housewives of New York for months -- finally it's here! Tomorrow night, 10 p.m., Slice.