The Thanksgiving Countdown Begins…

fall-leaves-images-4The leaves are falling, which means the Canadian Turkey Day is just around the corner!

Only 3 weeks away and still lots to be done!

And this year, I’m already stressed out!

Well, because I start my new job next week and I also have my French classes twice a week. And on top of that, this year, thanks to my fiancé, we’re having 10 people over.

That’s 2 more than I’ve ever had for a sit-down dinner. Our table fits 8 and that’s a little cramped, and now we have 2 more guests that we’re not sure where to put.

And I want to paint the feature wall before guests arrive.

But that’s okay, that’s the fun of hosting what hosting is all about. Getting all flustered and then figuring it all out. I hope.

When I’m stressed about something, I go into the “Always Be Prepared” mode, a motto from my scouting days. I try to get as much done before the event actually happens. In fact, if preparing the turkey now were an option, I would do it. Because there is nothing more I hate than to leave everything to the day of.

So today, we went to Ikea, Value Village, and the Dollarama to pick up anything we might need for the party. Napkins, some funnels, a baster, fabric for a table runner and possibly pillow covers, some other things we might need. We also stopped at the Le Chateau outlet for some new work clothes. And I scored a brand new Banana Republic jacket at VV for $40 worth $160.

In regards to the table dilemma. We have 3 options:

1) Buy a whole new other table which I think is a waste since we only have sit-down dinners a few times a year, and less often for a party of 10. It would also be a crime to get rid of our current table. They don’t make them like that anymore, or if they do, they’d cost you an arm and a leg. It’s very charming and heavy. Like an older Italian man.

2) We might have to do buffet style, but I’ve always disliked using my lap as a table and trying to figure out where to put my drink. On the floor or between my legs which is beside my plate?

3) Then we talked about making a table that is the same height and width so we can put them together just for the day and use for something else the rest of the year. This is the solution I like best, but anything can happen.

By the way, I was so excited today when I saw that the pumpkins had arrived in Safeway, and even though it’s a little early, we bought one. One huge ass one. And the best thing is that they weren’t marked for price, and the self-checkout was charging $6.99 for them regardless of size at the moment. It was a steal. I also got three little pumpkins for decoration and I might get more later, but for now I need to make to-do lists. Lists that tell me what I can do weeks before, days before and day of. And maybe a list of lists I have.


Hey animal lovers, what creatures are these?


They’re called Coatis! Did you get it right? Don’t be too upset if you didn’t, before I knew what they were called, I called them the Chupacabras.

As a diehard animal lover, I know lots of strange animal facts. I know a rabbit isn’t a rodent (contrary to popular belief), a mousedeer isn’t a mouse or a deer, and I can spell tarsier and platypus correctly. And yet my first trip to Mexico, I was blown away by these creatures!

It was the first time I’ve ever seen or heard of this animal and to see a creature in real life that you’ve never seen in photos is a great feeling unlike any other. It was like when I saw my first platypus in Australia when I was 4 years old – completely mind blown. My fiancé thought I was crazy, but what does he know? He gets excited over cell phone cases.

Anyway, aren’t they adorable? They are part of the raccoon family and can be kept as pets. If a red panda and a ring-tailed lemur had a baby, it would look something like a coati.



My No Poo Fail

Almost every person on a no poo regime tells you that it’s not for everyone and I regret to tell you that I’m one of the “not-for-everyone” group. If you’re not sure what the no poo regime is, you have been living in a closet under the stairs like Harry Potter can find out more about it here and here. I tried the no poo hair regime for exactly two weeks on and off. I would have continued and I’m sure I would have loved it even more. But I just couldn’t. Why? Did you call me lazy??? How dare…well, That’s part of it, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Seriously, I really wanted this to work, I even bought the Costco pack of baking soda (see picture proof of baking soda pyramid above) and I even made little bottles for the solutions. So if you’re thinking of going no poo, please read what I have to say before you go to Costco.

About 4 days in to no poo, I went for a swim and washed my hair with baking soda. The first thing the very next day, I cheated on Mr. No Poo with Mr. Shampoo and Mr. Conditioner. Then I went back to Mr. No Poo, and then I cheated again after camping and never went back to him. Here’s why:

1) For swimming, the baking soda and vinegar just didn’t extinguish the chlorine smell the way my shampoo and conditioner did. And if I can smell the chlorine, I bet there was some residue in there which is why I cheated the very next day

2) For camping, I went without showering for about 4 days and I just felt really gross and I wanted to smell like peaches and coconut. I did use vinegar to eliminate the campfire smell and then I conditioned with my regular conditioner. Vinegar eliminates the smell of fire, but not chlorine surprisingly (which conditioner does). I guess it has to do with the earthiness. Vinegar can dispel/balance the earthy smell of fire, but it works with the chemical smell of chlorine, and coconut conditioner helps soften that smell. Maybe? 

3) Because I go to the gym/pool so often, I prefer the convenience of miniature shampoo bottles, rather than premixing the solutions. And bringing the full amount of baking soda and vinegar would just add weight to my already heavy gym bag. And I have really long hair (up to my waist). It’s just more convenient with the store bought stuff. Yes, this whole point can be said in one word, “laziness.”

4) Like point #3, I’ve grown fond of the smell of shampoo and conditioner. It’s comforting.

Conclusion: No poo is not for me, sadly 😦  That being said, I do like it when I was only it and I hope to try it again someday, maybe in the winter time when I’m less active.

Hopefully, this post will help some of you out there, and for the other no-poo-failures, you are not alone.