Yay for the afternoon off

December 11, 2008

I had a half day of vacation just hanging around, so I decided to take it today.

Left work at 12, stopped at Michael’s.

Came home for lunch.


Aren’t you proud?!? I ground the beans, frothed the milk and made the coffee! Wasn’t as good as Graham’s, but I do what I can. Sort of random, but that’s two oat banana muffins. 

I headed out to Yorkdale and was quite successful! I had a few more errands to do after that – return to Canadian Tire, Chapters, etc… I considered that my exercise today. After four days in a row, and a particularly long workout yesterday, I decided to take a day off.

Here was dinner…


Check out our new napkins! $1.97 each at Pottery Barn today. They only had two left, but ah well, they will be for the two of us! That’s why I switched out to the summer mats, so I could show off my bargain!

Here’s a close-up on dinner…


Shrimp, brown rice and carrots, with garlic, sesame oil and soy sauce!

Looking forward to CSI tonight, though Grissom leaves… I wonder what will happen to the show? 

Enjoy your evening, whatever you’re up to!


Back in T.O.

November 23, 2008

We came back yesterday from Muskoka – got the tasks done in the afternoon and it was so cold! -15!! There wasn’t a reason to stay overnight and none of us wanted to. We had an early dinner in Barrie – chicken fingers & fries – and then were back here around 7. We went out to see Bond at 8. The movie was pretty good. Entertaining, I’d say, but maybe not top-notch Bond?

Once home, I snacked on too many crackers and read my book.

This morning, we were once again awakened by the neighbour’s alarm clock. It seems she goes away on the weekend but forgets to un-set her alarm. Wouldn’t be so bad if it was music or news, but it’s the alarm beep. From 6:54 (when I first woke up) to 8:08. Eep. Nice way to wake up. Showered and dressed, I decided on breakfast. I had seen this post at Smitten Kitchen and decided today was a good day!




I had a second scone because they turned out so well! Not the most filling breakfast, maybe, but they were so tasty!

We’re off to meet a friend who is passing through town for coffee, so see you later!

Sunday evening, again

November 16, 2008

I’m back! Wow, it’s been a busy few days

Got home from work and started on my ottoman project. I cut the fabric and pinned it to size. Graham called to say he would be late, so I had a snack to tide me over.


Yum! Also had some w.w. chips.

I ran to the store for dinner and then Graham was home sometime around 8.


It was catfish with a lemon sauce – yum! I had a second roll and bought Graham the potato wedges from the prepared foods counter at Loblaws.

Graham slept in til about 9:30 and when he got up, we had waffles…


 I did have the other half of the banana too.

We’d decided to make a bunch of freezer meals, so that Graham doesn’t have to do much cooking during the week. After deciding on our recipes, we went down to the St. Lawrence Market to get the meat. You can get cuts there not found at the grocery store, for great prices. We got chuck and pork chops. We had to go to Longo’s too, for the rest.

Once home, we set about cooking! Because of the christening today, we had to run to Yorkdale for the gift. Wow, what a production that was. A half-hour just to get out of the parking lot. It was insane. We had friends coming for dinner and still had stuff to do!

In the end, we got it all done and had a great meal – bourguinon, salad, bread, wine. Great food and even better company. Sorry, no photos!

We had to resume our cooking once they left. Here is what we made:


  • Beef Bourguignon (12 meals, but ate 4)
  • Braised Chicken (8 meals)
  • Meat Loaf (8 meals)
  • Tuna Casserole (8 meals)
  • Butternut Squash Soup (6 meals)
  • Pork Chops (* did not cook, but will make 6 meals)


That’s 48 meals! Ay ay aye, lots of cooking! But, it went well and now we have lots of tasty food. In terms of cost, we spent about $160 for everything, plus a bunch of other needed items, like oatmeal, fruit and veggies, hors d’oeuvres for dinner, etc… We think it breaks out to an average of less than $3 a meal.

Up at 7:30 this morning… Graham’s nephew was being christened today and he is the godfather! We had french toast for breakfast, with left over french bread from last night.


 After church, about 20 family and friends were back at Graham’s parents’ house for lunch. I had a ham and swiss sandwich on a w.w. roll, a few pieces of smoked salmon and some desserts. 

After Graham’s parents’, we went to my parents’ house. We hung out with my sister a little, did some Wii Fit, then chatted with my mum when she came back from shopping. 

Around 5:45, we each went our separate ways – me back to the apartment, Graham to Sarnia. I have laundry in right now and will catch up on my blog reading. I’ve got Lipstick Jungle and Amazing Race also on the agenda tonight. I’m a little sad and wish we could be together – especially after a jam-packed weekend… 😦

Breakfast at 1216

September 28, 2008

Graham stopped by the Hungarian deli on Friday and got breakfast wieners. That’s not really my thing… so I had Cream of Wheat. See pics here!


We decided to change up our usual Sunday run. Graham is doing a full practice test now and I am going to Yorkdale (to Crate and Barrel) for 11 o’clock. When I get back and when Graham is done the test – around 12:30 or so – we will go out for 15k (Graham needs to catch up, so I am bumping back a little). After that, Graham will do another complete test and then we are going out for dinner with his cousin, who is in town for the weekend. Right now, I’ve got laundry in the dryer and I’m going to read some of Eclipse.

And I will leave you with latte art… sort of. Til later!

Home on a Monday!

September 15, 2008

Well, not totally relaxing… I am working from home this morning. We have a team event this afternoon and evening, so I’m home for now. I’m driving with a colleague and we have to leave around 11.

I had a coffee with Graham this morning, and am now sitting down with my breakfast.

Better get to work! I probably won’t take any food photos today, but will post late tonight when I get home. Have a great day!

Snack attack

September 11, 2008

Oh my, why did I snack so much today???

Back to breakfast first. Shhh… I decided to go to Starbucks and try the new apple bran muffin. 

The verdict? I liked it, but didn’t love it. I think it’s good to think of as a back-up, if I am too tired or lazy to pack my breakfast. But it’s not something I will crave and get excited about. I’m going to make muffins on the weekend, I think, or zucchini bread. Back to the muffin and non-fat latte – it actually held me all the way til 12:30ish, and I ate around 1. Not bad! I was also go-go-go, so I wasn’t thinking about lunch at all.

Now, to the snack attack. On my drive home, I had a half banana – left over from lunch. Then, when I got home, I poured a serving (3/4 c.) of Life cereal into a bowl, intending to eat that waiting for Graham to get home. Then I had some TJ trail mix. Then I had some BBQ chips (those have got to go!!). Then we went running. Then I had a little more TJ trail mix while making dinner. Ay ay aye! Way too much! I just can’t seem to help myself these days. Ah well, I know I go in cycles.

On to dinner. We ran, then put the pork in the oven, so it meant eating around 8:30. We had a frozen tenderloin from Costco, so I just popped that in the oven. I made Graham potatoes and I had the left over spaghetti squash, and we had some carrot sticks and celery – not many veggies in the fridge!

Graham has finally sat down for some LSAT work and I’m going to play Spider Solitaire. Tomorrow is Friday… yay! Can’t wait!

PS – Graham also ate the rest of the tenderloin! He had about 3/4 total, and I had the rest.