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Advent #8, #9, #10, #11, #13, #14, #15, #16, but not #12

16 Dec

I had meant to update this with the advent surprises the entire way along, but it’s clearly far too easy to get side-tracked.

I’m sure that these entries are far more exciting when they’re accompanied by photos, but alas, the last several days just aren’t really picture quality. But that doesn’t mean they’re not awesome!

Day 8 was a gift from Him to me. It was a tiny frog. This little frog was lucky enough to fit in the match boxes, which few of our gifts these days do. He now sits at my desk under my computer screen and reminds me that one day I’ll croak, but until then, I’d better just keep working because time flies by. (“Croak” is totally a frog joke, but “flies” is as well, because frogs eat flies. Heyo!)

Day 9 was some lovely red bulbs for our tree for Him, courtesy of me and Ikea. If I was ever to leave Him, it would totally be for Ikea.

Day 10 was and is kind of a mystery. The gift itself was four Lindor chocolates. Great! I love Lindor chocolates. However, they were wrapped not only in colourful foil, but in mystery. Here are the questions I have that He refuses to answer:

  • Aren’t there five chocolates in the Lindor packs? Can anyone else verify this?
  • When did he go to Swiss Chalet and get a festive special?
  • I later found another Swiss Chalet coupon clearly ripped from the box the Lindor’s came in – he told me someone else gave that coupon to him – who was it?

I love nothing but a good mystery however, and anyone who knows me well will know that I am an excellent Detective, and that I’m on the case. Updates to follow.

Day 11 from me to Him brought a mini bottle of gin. I think gin is disgusting and tastes like a pine tree, so hopefully he will enjoy this all by himself.

Day 12 neither of us can remember what I received. Another mystery – though this one I’m less sure of solving…

Day 13 brought more decorations for our tree (courtesy of my boyfriend, Ikea), as well as a few for around the house. We’ve pretty much ran out of room on the tree by now – next year we’ll have to get two!

Day 14 was a fun one. We’d been talking lately about getting out to see the Second City show – Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes. I thought it was just one of those things we talked about, but that morning were two promised tickets for us!

We went to see the show and on a great Date Night, which we’ll post later. The show was fantastic and very funny – we def recommend.

Day 15 was sort of a bust. That morning I had to be at work for an interview at 6:30 a.m. – so there was no way we were getting to the advent that morning. Over dinner I found out that He had bought himself a bunch of soap that day (and without using my Optimum card – not impressed. It was even 10 times the points!). Well, turns out we should have opened the advent that morning – He got soap.

Day 16 – today! Finally! I received a mini of Smirnoff vodka, which I’m sure will nicely round out the gin I got him.

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Advent #5, #6, #7 and on and on and on…

10 Dec

Wow, things have certainly got ahead of us. I think this is just how things go in the month of December. Not only does work pick up, but our social lives do too. It seems like every night there’s something we have to do, something we want to do, and about four things we can’t do.

December 5th was a lovely relaxing Sunday. I think I babysat, but honestly, I can’t even remember. What a crazy weekend…

We, of course, did still do our Advent Calendar though! He  received some lovely red felt decorations for our holiday tree if I remember correctly. I’ll throw a photo in of our tree now that we have some cute gifts underneath.

Something funny: He was adding today’s decoration to the tree when he knocked a gift over. “What was that?” he asked himself, so I could overhear. “Oh, it was just a book.” He had knocked a gift for me over though, so now I know I received a book. Heyo! I hope it’s one of these.

Anyway, the morning of the, what are we at now, the 6th? rolls around. It’s my day off! I was thrilled. I started off the morning with an unpleasantly invasive doctors appointment. It was on College Street though, and that part’s fun. It’s always interesting to head down there. Following that, I met Him for lunch at His work. It was kind of nice and made up for my awkward morning.

After lunchy, I headed to a massage appoint at the Dove Spa. So nice. The last time I was there for a massage the guy talked too much and kept telling me that I had dancer’s legs. Super awkward. This time though, my masseuse, Yvonne, was awesome. It was a Swedish massage, which I’ve never had before, but enjoyed. My muscles are crazy messed up in my shoulders and back, so it always feels nice.

Afterwards, instead of heading home like I mostly wanted, I braved the downtown core again and grabbed some holiday gifts I needed to get (okay, and a sweater for myself).

Oh, and the Advent! That morning, let’s see – I think I received this cute St. Clair West pin. He and I had been looking everywhere for them and couldn’t find them – but apparently He did! What a sneak.

Back to work on Tuesday, ho hum. Turns out it was the last day of one of my colleagues, one I’m pretty close with, so that was sad. She was such a great person (IS a great person, she does still exist) and I really enjoyed working with her. I know she’ll do great though and will be happier, so I can’t wait to keep in touch and see what she ends up doing! We went for drinks after work with a few people and I came home kind of in the bag and He and I played Diablo II until we fell asleep. It was awesome.

Wednesday was a very busy day. After my co-worker leaving though, it did make me really think twice about my job. I love it. I love what I do, I love our clients, I love my co-workers. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for her, and I can see a few reasons why, but I do think it’s a great fit for me and this week I’ve been made to feel like I’m doing a good job, which is always nice, and especially nice in a job that you want to really do your best at.

Wednesday’s advent featured some yummy nummy Lindt chocolates. I kept teasing Him that he must have eaten a Festive Special sometime recently, but He won’t own up to it. We’ll see. We headed to the Gap to use the second last of these sweet 40 per cent off coupons I had. I had about five of them, and turns out I can never find anything I like – but He ends up getting great deals week after week. Figures.

Thursday was another crazy but good day. This morning I gave Him some razors. Not the most thrilling Advent, but damn those things are expensive! I would be happy to find $17 in the calendar, so I’m assuming He was happy to find those razors. I had minor surgery that morning which was, again, totally unpleasant. I won’t go into details, but I bet you it was just as fun for the dr. as it was for me.

That evening was my work’s holiday party at the Capital Event Theatre. It was killer! Our name was on the marquee when we arrived and the drinks were flowing. Dinner was great, the door prizes were fab, and the company was even better. The DJ’s however, sucked! We were all putting in a few requests, nothing super crazy, so I asked for some Styx – Come Sail Away. Kind of fun at an office holiday party. The DJ made a face, so I said okay, or Mr. Roboto, whatever. Well, they did end up playing it and at first it was awesome – as the only person who knew the words, I was killing it! Dancing and singing, it was like I WAS Mr. Roboto… until they cut me off! Before the first chorus one of the DJ’s came on the mike and said “These are your requests so you’d better start dancing.” What? Then they went into a different song… super weird and no one was impressed. The night still killed though and reassured my earlier thoughts this week that this is the place for me.

TODAY – finally! This morning I got this cute High Five pin. Not only is it cute (and we can pretend the squirrels are ratties dressed up as squirrels), but it was reminiscent of my recent award at work for hard work – we call them High Fives. Super cute.

Work today was all over the place – ups and downs. I did get to travel with our client Virgin Mobile’s Hot Santa to a location – and let me tell you – if you haven’t seen Hot Santa and his gang, I suggest you get out in Toronto and take a look. Follow their Twitter and you’ll find them – totally worth it, trust me!

Got home from work to our third Christmas card this season – the first being from my grandma, the second from my aunt, and today’s from my parents. I also received a letter from my friend Rob in England – such a joy! He writes a hilarious letter that man does, and it makes me miss him. He’s totally one of those dudes that just, I don’t know, he’s always on and he’s the kind of person you always want to be around and everyone likes. It was a great surprise!

That’s all for now folks – we promise not to wait so long for an update next time!

(On a side note – I keep my camera in the drawer with the extra candles, and damn it smells good!)

Advent #3 & #4

4 Dec

With all the craziness going on the M household lately, we’ve been doing our Advent calendar all wild.

Day 3 was on track and was opened before work yesterday. He received a bar of Dove soap hidden underneath the kitchen sink. The man has sensitive skin, folks.

Day 4 for me was a great one – a mini Worst Case Survival book. Ever since my best friend (the one who started me on the calendar actually – she is responsible for many a great thing in my life) turned me onto the books in high school, I’ve kind of wanted one. I’m also a pretty paranoid person in general, so I think it will be very handy for me to know how to splint a fractured leg.

In case you’re dying with curiosity – the party we were preparing for went off smashingly. The house is still a bit of a mess, but as with the best parties, we ended up with more food and wine than we started with. Totally worth cleaning up a few chairs and dishes in our opinions. We hope everyone had fun and we really enjoyed (me) getting to see people outside of a work setting and (Him) getting to know the faces of people I talk about all the time.

To leave you with, last night I was at the Virgin Mobile Live presents Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’s concert for work. It was fantastic stuff. I hadn’t heard of the group before preparing for the show for work reasons, but I’m so glad I got to go. There are so many of these guys on stage and they put on a fantastic show, that as one guy said, “was like being at church.”

You can see what you missed here:

Advent #1 & #2

1 Dec

For Christmas a few years ago, I copied my friend Rachel’s idea of making an advent calendar. She had made a beautiful one for her niece, Grace, out of decorated matchboxes. I loved the idea, and wanted to make one for Him.

Patience, however, is not one of my strong suits, and while I followed through with the project, it didn’t turn out nearly as awesome and well-executed as Rachel’s. Regardless, it was done.

I carried around a matchbox in my purse that entire holiday season, buying only gifts that could fit inside. The next year, I decided that He and I should alternate days. He outsmarted my by writing tiny notes in his boxes, leading me on treasure hunts across the apartment. It was a lot of fun, and a great way to start every morning in December!

We’ve decided to start the advent again, trading for each other.

This morning marked His Day 1 (I always like to end up with a gift on the 24th). I’d been teasing Him all November, telling Him we’re getting a Christmas tree December 1st. Well, He got one all right. Straight from Ikea!

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It’s not much, but we’ll improve upon it, we promise.

Because of our big holiday party tomorrow night, He allowed me to open my advent today – Day 2. Unbeknownst to me, He had installed Diablo II for Mac on my computer… amazing. I’m a big computer game nerd and I love Diablo. I bought my own only about two years ago for my own laptop after Dad told my again I could not have his copy. Then I got a Mac and my dreams were crushed.

I’m ecstatic at the thoughtfulness of this gift, and as a matter of fact, am headed to kill some skeletons and bad guys right about – now.

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