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Snacks At Work

14 Feb

Today’s post, in honour of Valentine’s Day, will be about something that is very close to my heart.

Snacks at work.

I feel very strongly about snacks at work, and have given this subject hours of thought. But for you, dear readers, I shall condense, and simply give you the Top Ten Reasons To Have Snacks At Work.

**Bonus! In honour of the holiday, you shall also receive Top Ten Snacks To Consume At Work. Lucky you!

Top Ten Reasons To Have Snacks At Work
1. They refuel you, both physically, and mentally
2. Great conversation starters!
3. If you keep your snacks in a separate area, or a fridge, the exercise to get there alone is totally worth it
4. Gives you something wonderful to look forward to
5. Can be very healthy, as in the case of my cherry flavoured Twizzlers shaped like hockey skates – cherry, of course, is a fruit
6. If you receive a rather heated email, just have a cookie and count to ten before responding
7. Some foods, like chips, make you thirsty, which can increase your water intake. And we all know you should try and get eight glasses of water per day
8. Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. Second breakfast, therefore, must be twice as important
9. If you’re spouse or partner is planning a meal that you have no interest in, you can safely fill up on other foods so you won’t be hungry and have to eat their gross shiz
10. Eating makes me feel good

BONUS FEATURE!

Top Ten Snacks To Consume At Work
1. Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies, recently on sale at your local Shopper’s Drug Mart for only $1.99
2. Quaker Oats Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – often includes five bonus Air Miles if you purchase five boxes at Metro
3. Leftovers from a catered lunch the day before – the best part is that it’s free
4. Quaker Oats Peaches N’ Cream Oatmeal – it comes with a free tip of the day!
5. M&Ms. They taste great
6. Peanut Butter and Toast. Toast in itself offers all sorts of possibilities!
7. Triscuits. Mmm!
8. Almonds. Covered in chocolate
9. Trail mix. With M&Ms
10. Champgne

Hungry, Hungry Hippo

15 Jan

I just came back from the dentist, and I’m starving. Not like, actually-actually starving (yes, I know that’s a thing, and if you’re reading this blog and about to say something about actually-actually starving, man, you are in the wrong place. Go on a news website or something).

Anyway, I’m super hungry. I didn’t have breakfast this morning, because I usually eat breakfast when I get into work, but I didn’t go to work, I went to the dentist, man! And now my mouth is numb and I have to wait, because I have stew for lunch, and it will just dribble impressively out the side of my mouth like I’m that 80-year-old drug dealer in a wheelchair with a bell on Breaking Bad.

I recently watched the Seinfeld episode where Elaine has to fast for three days for an ultrasound. Three days! I can’t even comprehend that. I wouldn’t be able to sleep, or shower (I get real nauseous in the shower sometimes, that’s totally normal, right?), or do anything. I would just be way to hungry all the time.

The point of this blog being, can someone please bring my a pizza bun that I can respectably eat. Thanks.

Jan-you-need-to-help-me-not-spend-money-ary

11 Jan

After receiving my Visa bill for this month (even though it looked like they took every Visa bill I’ve ever had, combined it, then doubled it and gave it to me), I have decided that I’m going to try REALLY HARD to not spend any money in January, and maybe February too.

Now, this is obviously going to be impossible, so I have to list some things that I most definitely will be buying that officially do not count (so don’t hassle me about them):

  1. Food. I need food to live, and I’ve been looking everywhere for that bread dipper that I bought two bottles of last night, okay?!
  2. Normal stuff I can’t get away from, ie: TTC pass, rent, phone bill, and so on and so on
  3. Trips. Now, this might seem totally counteractive, but I just got married and I’m really tired and I 100% deserve a honeymoon. Plus, I planned on doing this in 2012, so it’s really just about committing.

Things I will not be allowed to spend money on:

  1. Alcohol. We have about 39,000 bottles of white wine leftover from the wedding, as well as some vodka and tequila. And I work for a beer company, so really, there’s no excuse for me to buy alcohol
  2. Clothes. There’s no getting around this one – this is where I spend my money, and yo, it is just not a good idea for me to go in any store right now (including online ones) because I have a bunch of stuff that I never even wear
  3. Books. See above – too many books that I haven’t read yet sit at home. Therefore I shall not buy!

Now, this is in no way going to be easy, but considering I really do want to go on a vacation, and I just had a wedding that cost about a bajillion dollars, no spending shall be allowed!

(Gifts, however, are totally okay. Just FYI.)

Movin’ On Up. Or At Least Downtown.

24 Jun

Ask anyone and they’ll all give you the same answer – moving sucks. It involves begging friends for help, asking the LCBO for boxes, giving up at least one weekend, and oh right, heavy lifting.

Recently I had to move – entirely unexpectedly. Our landlord decided he was selling our adorable little house (we rented the first floor and basement), and while we could stay for another few months, those few months would involve renovations, him entering at will, and people tramping through any time they pleased. Uh, yeah. We’ll move as soon as we can, thanks.

As soon as we found out, we checked our bank accounts and counted our pennies to see if we could afford to buy a house. We were pretty close – only a few hundred thousand dollars off! So, we decided to rent again.

Instead of taking the house route again, this time we decided to give in to our downtown devils-on-the-shoulders and do the condo thing. Right in the thick of things, complete with a pool, hot tub, laundry, and ahhhh, Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens right across the road.

Now – here’s my secret. I like moving. I like going through things I’ve forgotten about, I like selling things at garage sales, I like purging old clothes. I like unpacking and pretending everything is brand new, I like rearranging furniture, and I like having to buy things that we somehow overzealously threw out. It’s a huge turn on.

But while I love moving, I get that some people still think of it as the only thing in the world more painful than childbirth. That’s why I’ve assembled a few helpful tips below sure to assist you on any future move you make. I’m also available to assist in return for the going rate of beer per hour.

1. Forget spreading things out – books in half a box, topped off with sheets to make it lighter. The heavier you make a box, the more likely it is that someone stronger than you will offer to carry it!
2. Moving is prime time to throw out stuff you no longer want, like photos of your boyfriend’s ex, or those boxer shorts that you absolutely can’t stand of his. Convenient!
3. Single? Not for long! Asking hot friends to help you move is great – especially in the summer. With it being hot as Hell, all the heavy lifting will make everyone extremely sweaty. Oh, what’s that? It’s really late and the bed is the only thing left in your old apartment? Well, perhaps if you were just to spend the night for an early start the next morning…?
4. Booze! Yes, you will probably have to buy a case of beer for anyone who seriously lends a hand, but before the actual moving, it’s a wise move to consume everything in your house so that you have less to carry. Getting drunk is just sensible. It’s sensible, Mom!
5. You will build insane muscles. If you’re like me, and your boyfriend is working 15 hour days during the week you’re moving (convenient), you’ll have to do a lot of moving yourself. Now, thanks to that, I could only wear tank tops to work for two weeks because my muscles were too huge to fit into regular shirts.
6. Housewarming parties are the best parties. Any excuse to have people over to party is a good one, but a party where all your breakable stuff is already packed away, not because you don’t trust people not to steal your shiz, but because you just haven’t unpacked yet? Now that’s a great idea.
7. Discovering your new neighbourhood. You’ll need to find a new drugstore, grocery store, and local bar for sure. That’s obvious. But, moving is also a great time to go through your coupon drawer and find a coupon for $10 off food at a restaurant that wasn’t close to your old place and you’d never go to but now is only a block away.
8. Reward points, baby! Since you ate all your food, and drank all your booze, you’ll have to stock up at your new grocery store. While this will be super expensive and you’ll vow never to move again, you will require an amazing amount of reward points, be them Air Miles, Optimum Points, or Scene Visa points – so many that you’ll see free movies every day of your life from now until movies no longer exist.

There you have it my friends – eight wonderful tips and helpful thoughts about moving! I didn’t make it ten because I still have to unpack from my own move. Instead, how about you tell me other helpful tips? Or at least, you know, come help me unpack or something…

Cake or Cupcakes?

10 Jun

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Makin’ some bakin’ for my bridesmaids as we plan my wedding today!

Free Times = Good Times

7 Jun

Having never been to the Free Times Cafe before, we were pretty wowed. Okay, I take that back – He had been before, to see our friends the Free Whiskey String Band play, but he didn’t have any food or drink, so really, it doesn’t count.

We went tonight as we were walking home from Honest Ed’s, and started to get hungry. It looked good, it smelled good, so we had a seat. We decided to do our olde money-saving non-fatties trick of splitting a meal, and decided on an organic beef burger (meat straight from Kensington Market ya’ll) with an egg bun, sweet potato fries and a pitcher (okay, two) of Mill Street Organic.

The burger – yo, it was the best. It was all falling apart, just like I like it, and only having half totally filled us up. The fries were good, “really crispy!” like our hilarious waitress said, AND, He found a sweet deal on Yelp that entitled us to a free latke – my favourite! Even better, our waitress gave us TWO free latkes! It was the best.

Our friend Pat showed up once it started to rain, and we moved inside for another pitcher as they planned His bachelor party (oh yeah, we did tell you WE ARE GETTING MARRIED, right?).

Then we walked home, got a new nose piercing for me from Blu God, and figured out our garbage shoot.

If I said stuffing like, “Winning!” then tonight would totally be a Win.

Thursday on College

7 Jun

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Freetimes Cafe. Not free beer though.

Fatty Fatty Rice-A-Lot

7 Jun

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Attention Readers, We Are Experiencing Minor Delays

9 Jun

Wow – we are so, so sorry. One of the most important things they taught us at school (I clearly didn’t find too much of it invaluable), was that if you’re going to have an online profile, you’d better learn to keep your online profile.

As in don’t start a blog and then stop it.

Oops.

But hey, we’ve been busy. Super busy actually – we’ve both been working some crazy hours as of late, and our social calendar is pretty much booked solid. We’ll fill you in on all of our fun activities, including the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten (it was AWESOME), we promise.

In the mean time, please excuse me. I have to get back to work.

Babysitting – Not Just For Teens

15 May

Okay fellow readers – I’m about to get real explainy here. As we all know, I babysit. No, I’m not 12. But, a lot of people do ask me why I do it – why I dedicate hours outside of my well-paying, satisfying, and very full-time job, to caring for small, pooey little beings that on occasion, cry, throw-up, or poo.

Here is why:

  1. I like it. Babysitting is fun. My mom used to administrate child care centres, so I pretty much grew up in day care. After I was old enough to not need to go anymore, at around the age of 10 or 11, I began to help out after school or in the summer, and would watch kids in the infant or toddler room. I’m an only child, so I’ve never felt like I had to take care of kids or anything – it’s always been fun. Kids are hilarious (and pooey), and they keep me entertained.
  2. It’s super easy. Some people get freaked out with kids and think it’s a lot of work, but honestly, you’re just playing with them. Full-day gigs can be really, really tough, and a lot of work, but most babysitting jobs you’re just there for a few hours to play with the kids, get them ready for bed, and then you’re free to watch their cable TV, eat their grapes, and enjoy some time by yourself.
  3. Oh my goodness man, the money! Babysitting can pay between $15-$20 an hour, and because it’s not crazy difficult, you’re basically making additional pocket money to play with some really cool kids toys (honestly, they have some sweet stuff now), and hang out. You go home, and you also sometimes have some really good jokes to share, or some golden lines like this one, courtesy of the four-year old I watched Friday night: “If my bum was my head, I would have poo coming out my mouth.” Me: “Yes, but you don’t have poo in your mouth.” Kid: “No, but sometimes throw-up, and throw-up is brown.”
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