Still no cord!

December 30, 2008

I can’t find it anywhere! I will be at my parents’ tomorrow and will take one of theirs, I think. That’s the good thing about being a Canon family! 😉

Here’s a recap in words. Hope it’s not too boring..

December 24th
Half a day of working from home, last minute errands at the mall, to Graham’s parents’ for about 4pm. We had traditional fish dinner with his mum & dad, grandmother, sister & boyfriend & baby and family friend. They follow the Czech tradition of Jezisek (aka Baby Jesus) who comes on Christmas Eve with a gift. From Jezisek (aka Baby Jesus) (aka Graham’s parents’) I got a L’Occitane set. It’s great!

Christmas Day
We opened presents from each other. I got these boots! I love them!! 
We were at my parents’ for about 9:30 and had breakfast, then more gifts. My highlights were a running jacket from my sister, a printer and helmet (for skiing) from my parents’ and many other things! I spent a little time at Graham’s during the day and then had a great turkey dinner with my family.

Boxing Day
It was super-chill… we just relaxed and went back out to Mississauga to see family friends.

December 27, 28, 29
Highlights of these days were having Graham’s 2 year old nephew sleep over [craziest part? I woke up around 4:30 and he was standing at the end of the bed, staring at me!], a little shopping, a great movie [Transsiberian… what a nail biter!] and unfortunately some bad news. My grandfather fell and broke his pelvis. He had surgery yesterday and is now recovering in hospital. We (my sister and I) went to visit yesterday and Graham and I will go before going to Europe tomorrow. Scary and very sad, seeing him so frail in the bed and still a loopy from the medications. We are keeping good spirits though.

Well, this morning had a solid run. I am feeling puffy all over and this morning decided that the holiday eating has ended!! We’re going to the land of fatty foods (Czech Republic), so I have to make sure to get in lots of fruits and veggies today and tomorrow, so I can carry my good eating on to our trip and into the early New Year.

I will be back with a trip run-down later today and maybe photos if I can finally find the cord! 


Missing camera cord :(

December 28, 2008

Long time, no post, I know! But I can’t find my camera cord… I will return when I find it!

What have I been up to? (part 2)

December 24, 2008

Ok, where did I leave off!

Saturday night’s dinner with Graham’s parents and grandmother was excellent! Perfectly cooked duck, wild rice and salad. Our desserts were very tasty too. Graham’s dad brought these flowers…



Sorry, no other pictures from dinner!

On Sunday, we had a big moving day. Our sofa had to be returned to its rightful owner (we were only borrowing it), so we took that down to meet the moving truck at Graham’s sister’s house (where her friend was storing her belongings). We ate lunch/spent the afternoon there, then went to my parents’ in Mississauga. Graham and I got in a chilly run outside – our first one of the fall/winter! We moved my parents’ old sofa in around 11:30 that night. Long and tiring day!

Monday was uneventful at work and to look forward to our upcoming trip, we had a cheese fondue dinner!


I probably had about 15 pieces or so… and about three servings of salad. 

I finally finished Casino (soooo good!) and packaged up peppermint bark for my co-workers.


Sorry about the mess there in the background.

Tuesday was a snowy day – another one! I had to run an errand around lunch time so I got a salad from Tucker’s. Look at this box of salad!


I always get dressing on the side, but never have any. They “chop” the salad and I find it doesn’t need dressing. I always get Nicoise, minus the olives (added cucumber instead).

It was really snowing, so we all left work around 4. Graham and I had some errands to do, before heading down to his sister’s for dinner. We got there late, because of the snow and traffic, but had a nice roast beef dinner. 

Then it was back up and over for a Christmas party at the house of one of my co-workers. The snow was really bad and it took us so long to get there. But I’m glad we did – a really nice way to truly start into Christmas! We were home around 12:15.

This morning, I am “technically” still working, but from home. Headed downstairs for a run right at 8 and got in 5.1 miles. Graham and I used up some stale bread for French Toast…


Ok, gotta run! I have some things to wrap up before vacation can truly start. See you later for a Christmas Eve post!

EEP! I’m sorry!

December 23, 2008

I know I haven’t posted in a few days – Sunday and Monday were crazy, and today will be as well! Then tomorrow’s Christmas Eve!

Hope you’re all doing well. I’m going to try to write a post at work today, so I can upload it later with pictures.

See you then!

What have I been up to?

December 20, 2008

Dinner last night was quiet and tasty.


I took a photo of one assembled jam cookie for you to see. All the rest will be put together right before giving them.


Meh, not the best at all. The recipe was from the Martha Stewart Christmas special magazine. I won’t even bother posting it. I was disappointed.

This morning, I had French Toast. Three pieces. Yum.


Graham had an omelette, but I’m not a big fan of eggs.

We went out for errands, getting ready to have Graham’s parents and grandmother for dinner.

For lunch, we bought “Montreal” bagels. They were quite good – fairly close in taste to true Montreal bagels. I think I’ll get them again!


Back later with a dinner recap!

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

December 19, 2008

It really is! My Friday has been pretty low key, but I’ve been outside a few times and the snow just keeps piling up!



Making my list, while on the computer and eating my “regular” weekday breakfast. I set out for Yorkdale soon after… where I managed to get pants and a shirt for myself. How does that happen?!?

Then I came back home to drop off my bags and set out for the grocery store and a few other stops.



That’s PB&B (peanut butter and banana), along with a clementine. I also had some Goldfish as I made this…


Mighty tasty! The recipe is here

Had a few more errands and now I am in for the night. Graham made it home safe and sound, but is eating at his parents’, so I’m alone for dinner. I had grand plans for the two of us, but they don’t really suit 1… guess I will just make a sandwich, or something.

I have cookie dough chilling, so that’s next on the list!

Ta ta for now!

Best Holiday Movie (in my opinion)

December 18, 2008


[Todd and Margo Chester, the Griswold’s yuppie neighbors, appear

Todd: Hey Griswold. Where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big? 
Clark: Bend over and I’ll show you. 
Todd: You’ve got a lot of nerve talking to me like that Griswold. 
Clark: I wasn’t talking to you. 



Ellen: What are you looking at? 
Clark: Oh, the silent majesty of a winter’s morn… the clean, cool chill of the holiday air… an asshole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer… 
[Eddie, in the driveway, is draining the RV’s toilet
Eddie: Shitter was full. 
Clark: Ah, yeah. You checked our shitters, honey? 
Ellen: Clark, please. He doesn’t know any better. 
Clark: He oughta know it’s illegal. That’s a storm sewer. If it fills with gas, I pity the person who lights a match within ten yards of it. 




Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark? 
Clark: Oh, Eddie… If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now. 



Clark: Russ, go get the hammer. 
Ellen: Clark, what do you need a hammer for? 
Clark: I’m gonna catch it in the coat… And smack it with the hammer. 



Clark: The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath. 



Margo: I hope he falls and breaks his neck. 
Todd: Oh, I’m sure he’ll fall. But I don’t think we’re lucky enough for him to break his neck. 



Clark: Whew, it’s warm in here. 
Mary: Well you have your coat on. 
Clark: Ah yes I do, why is that? 
Mary: Because it’s cold out. 
Clark: Yes it is, it’s a bit nipply out. I mean nippy out, what did I say, nipple? Huh, there is a nip in the air. 

I could go on…

(all quotes and image from