The Wonder Cloth… Not So Wonderful

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I watched a girl review The Magic Eraser on YouTube and I wanted to try it too.  This is a facecloth that you don’t use soap with.  You wet it and wipe your face off then rinse it off and it’s supposed to be okay for about a week before you wash it.  I went into the Bed Bath And Beyond Store at the Boardwalk plaza in Kitchener and although I didn’t find Magic Eraser, I found the Wonder Cloth instead, which does the same thing.  It cost $13.99 before taxes and felt very soft.  It did seem to take all my makeup off, but I don’t use waterproof eye makeup and I only use powder on my face instead of foundation so I don’t know how it would work on makeup like that.  All went well for about a week or two, but then my skin started to break out pretty bad.  I will stick with washing my face with soap and water.

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I made some vegetarian sushi that turned out okay.  My favourite is avocado and sprouts, but I mixed things up this time and used carrots, green onion and black sesame seeds.  It was pretty good and you don’t have a ton of dishes to take care of after.  It also makes great leftovers!

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At The CNE in Toronto

DSC00790I went to the CNE for the first time this Summer and it was pretty great.  There were a lot of fun things to see there (and eat).  I got to cross off deep fried Oreos from my Must Try This list.  Now if only I could find deep fried ice cream!

 

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Do you remember making sand castles when you were young?  I would love to do that again.  I haven’t been to the beach in forever and this will definitely be on the list of things to do when I’m there.  These people took it to a whole new level.

 

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There was also butter sculpting!!  Butter Jaba!  I was impressed.  I want to slather Jaba onto my pancakes!

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There were lots of interesting sights to see.

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Including these insane people.  They are balanced on bikes on a tight rope with a pole between them, with a dare devil woman balancing on a chair.  Then they bicycled across the tight rope.  It was sort of terrifying to watch.  I was relieved when they were finished.

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The midway is in the background but unfortunately you can’t see the rides.  There were lots that would offer chills and thrills.  We walked passed tons of games.  So many people were carrying giant stuffed animals that they had won.  The games looked easy, but when we watched people playing they kept missing.  I was feeling particularly frugal that day and didn’t play any of the games.  But then again what was I going to do with a giant stuffed animal? 

There was some great food samples there.  I think that’s what we did for lunch.  I tried the most AMAZING beer jam there.  I thought it was going to be disgusting but it was AWESOME.  I will now have to be more adventurous and try more new things.  They had an IPA beer jam and stout beer jam.  I LOVED the IPA, but didn’t care for the stout very much.  I am going to have to make this myself.  I found a recipe for it online that I will try.  I will just switch out the stout beer for the IPA.  http://growitcookitcanit.com/2011/03/17/stout-beer-jelly/ 

I also bought some new sheets there.  The recent set I bought felt like sandpaper.  I felt like I was exfoliating every night.  These were 100% cotton and felt super soft.  They dry in about an hour after coming out of the washing machine and cotton usually takes forever to dry…  so I’m not sure how altered they are..  but meh.  They will work for now.

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Drank Like A Teenager… And Paid For It

DSC00753It was a gorgeous night, warm and balmy and I got to wear a pretty dress!  My friend’s parents were renewing their vows and I went out to celebrate with them, and celebrate I did!  Somehow my wine glass just kept filling itself (I believe the guilty party was the blond in the middle).  It was a fun night, but I’m pretty sure I threw up on my handbag sometime after I got home and I spent the whole next day in bed wondering what the hell I was thinking.  It’s going to take awhile before I feel like drinking wine again.  I do plan on starting another wine kit when I get back from my vacation though, a favourite, Torrontes.

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I was playing with my nail stamper as well.  I found a nail polish I really like.  La CC.  It stayed on really well, which happened to be a few days on my fingers, which is some sort of record.  Usually polish on my finger nails is chipping the next day.

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I had a pedicure done a few weeks ago.  I go to Nails For You on Ira Needles.  They do an awesome job and give you some pretty great pampering for only $30.  I might give it a go myself, but have never used cuticle cutters before.  I went to the Sally Beauty Supply outlet in Waterloo and picked up what I needed.  I am hoping I don’t end up cutting off a toe!

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Feeling The Burn

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Why is this broad so happy?  I did so well hitting my 5km jogging challenge that I threw in an extra block this evening and almost hit 5.5km (5.44km to be exact).  I had a small stone in my right shoe and my left calve muscle was close to pulling for the last couple km, but I’m pretty bad ass and kept going lol.  It was also a bit of s struggle for me so I think I’ll hold it there for awhile.

Diet wise I’m not doing too bad.  I seem to have given up on being a vegan recently in favour of going back to a vegetarian which I have mixed feelings about.  So far I’m being really good about portion sizes, but snacking a little more than I should be.

Doggy is a champ and walked pretty far today.  She did a mean 5.4km (walking) herself.  I let her jump in the fountain again since she wanted to lay down really early in the walk which worried me a little bit, but once she hit the fountain she walked the rest of the way without laying down again. It wasn’t hot out at all today so maybe she is just insanely heat sensitive lately. 

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Made It To My 5Km Goal!

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I did it!  5km jog!  That might not impress most of you, but that is my personal best in the last year (I did better when I was going to the gym), but I’m back at it and kicking butt again.  I tried to make this goal almost two weeks ago and ended up pulling my lower back.  I wasn’t even very far into it.  I’m not sure what happened, but I think it’s because I made a pledge to work out regularly and whip my butt back into shape.  Every time I do that something seems to happen.  Usually a bug but this time I pulled something.  I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence, but I have been scarfing carbs like crazy and I kicked ass tonight.  It was my easiest run yet, but then again it might have been that I sat on my arse for almost two weeks and was well rested up lol  Either way, new milestone and I’m pretty damn proud of myself.  I think I might have gained 2lbs from starting to get into snacking again.  Going t have to nip that in the bud and drop those pesky pounds.  SO close to that 10lb line to cross!  That is going to have to wait for tomorrow as tonight there is a celebratory glass of wine that needs guzzling… or maybe two…

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Taming The Jungle

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So, I have polished off half a bottle of The Vegan Bootlegger’s Chardonnay and I am feeling a little tipsy, yet still able to type (not so much, but spell check is really helping out here).  So I thought I would share my experience with hair removal on the nether regions.  I went out shopping today and came home with one of those shavers that acts like a monster set of electric tweezers (30 to be exact), rotating at adjustable speeds.  This shaver cost me $40 and since I never buy electric shavers, I couldn’t tell you if that was a deal or not.  Did it work…. yes it did.  This was the cheapest one and yea, it worked well.  I had a shaver like this as a teenager and what it does is acts like a set of tweezers that spins around at varying speeds and rips the hair right out.  I don’t remember the brand I had before, but both of them worked like they were supposed to.  It was bloody folks.  The head of the shaver was bloody, I was bloody, yet, it didn’t hurt as bad as I was worried it would.   I remember the same thing happening when I was a teenager, but also remember that after using it three times, the hair is finer, there is no blood and it doesn’t hurt as much.  Perhaps I should have enjoyed the wine pre-shaving, but that sounds like potential for disaster.  Did it hurt, yea, but not so bad, I went slowly and it went faster than I thought.  I needed a few breaks and spent some time with Nick Offerman’s book Rules For Being A Man (while shaving my snootch oddly enough) until I was ready to go another round with Conair’s Diva.  I’m pretty sure 3 times is the charm here folks, but I made it through.  I tamed the jungle (crack and all), bombed enough to risk stingy shower water and feeling pretty proud of myself and my newly groomed snootchy (I left some as not so much into that prepubescent look).

On a side note, is it just me or are there others who think Kieth Mars (character on the TV show Veronica Mars) is a total dream boat?  The man does it for me.  AND I MEAN DOES IT FOR ME!!!

I wonder if I will regret this post one I wake up in the morning…  As of right now…  I just don’t give a care…

p.s How does one tag a drunken snootch post?

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Still In Agony, My Dog is Fat Again, But There is Wine

I weighed my newly lean puppy today.  She has gained some pounds back.  She has lost a bunch with resuming regular exercise and was losing too fast, so to compensate I think I ended up over feeding her.  Seems we are in the yo-yo adjustment stage.

I did something stupid today.  I forgot I had taken out my wallet out of my bag and left it on the counter at home.  Unfortunately, I didn’t remember until I was checking out at the grocery store.  I had walked there in a stiff, sore, awkward walk as I’m still dying from the squat challenge video I did on Monday.  I ended up waddling home, grabbing my wallet and trying again lol.  I ended up picking up some roasted, salted seaweed snacks.  I freakin LOVE those things!  Doesn’t matter what brand either!  They are so delicious!

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The packaging is horribly wasteful I’m afraid. I am going to have to learn to make my own.  I can’t imagine it being too difficult.  Brush nori sheets with oil, salt and then roast I bet.  I adore nori!  I will have to make some more avocado and sprout sushi.  Does anyone have a good sauce they like to dip their sushi in?  I have only ever eaten the plain rolls.  I made sushi with quinoa before and it was pretty good but didn’t stay together as well.  The raw foodist parsnip sushi I made in the past was kind of nasty lol.  For dinner tonight I am going to make some vermicelli, tofu spring rolls, but am currently lacking the energy.  Right now I am thoroughly enjoying a much deserved glass of red wine.  The Vegan Bootlegger’s Bloodless Bloody Merlot in fact ;)

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Rain, Bank, Bizarre Palm Plants and Squat Challenge Videos

 

 

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It’s been raining off and on pretty heavy in the Kitchener/Waterloo area for a couple days now.  There was a break in the weather right on time to try Tanuki on a longer walk.  She made it 6.67km today.  I took her with me to the bank and on the way home it started to pour rain so we stopped at Froyo for hoards of dairy and sugar (even I caved to this and we ended up splitting it) until the rain stopped again.  She was waddling a lot the other day, but today she did great and the waddle didn’t show up very much at all.

Along the way we walked passed this amusing sign outside a store in Waterloo on King St:

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I’m willing to take the risk….

There is a large plant where Union and Rusholme come together.  It looks like something you would see in the tropics.  I don’t know how it survives the Winters here, but I hope it continues to as I love it and it’s different.  I should bring a daiquiri and watermelon and sit under it on a hot day!

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So last night I did Fitness Blender’s Squat Challenge and holy crap am I ever feeling that today!  Evey time I want to sit down I have to lean back, grab the chair in my hands and lower myself down.  I’m a little scared about how tomorrow is going to be!  My colleagues had to hear about it every half hour or so all day long as well.  It was like it was a major annual event lol.  But I guess in a way it was… because that’s about how often I work out.  I am pretty proud I did the video.  And I DID THE VIDEO… all of it!  My usual fitness video strategy is so sit through most of it and watch it that way while eating snacks and occasionally getting up and participating.  This could possibly be why I am having trouble sitting down today…  Here’s to working out on a regular basis! And doing the video!  THE WHOLE VIDEO!!!

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A New Friend

 

Having a spot of tea with my new friend.

A new arrival came in the mail!  If you are familiar with the movie “The Labyrinth”, one of my favourite movies of all time, then you will know who this little guy is and why we are having tea together on a disgustingly hot day (hence, the sweaty bitch face).

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The worm came from Amazon.ca and came in under a week.  Shipping was free, but it did cost $34.99 after taxes.  Buying a stuffed animal does not fit into my whole minimalist approach to life, but I couldn’t resist the little guy.

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Local Foraging

It is soooo hot again today!  All I really feel like doing is laying down with a book (and wow am I ever craving mint oreo icecream!).  Tanuki remembered the water fountain from yesterday well.  She cried when we walked passed it on the other side of the street.  I am not immune to puppy cries and caved again and let her jump in.  She didn’t want to get out.  Even being soaked from head to toe the dog was tired and wanted to lay down a lot near the end of our walk (she was pretty much dry at this point).

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Too hot out!

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Time for a rest

Along the way home I always pass a mulberry tree.

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They were ready to pick. After taking Tanuki home I came back with a big bowl and went at it.  I don’t think many people know what kind of tree it was and I got a lot of curious looks.  I hope they never figure it out lol.  I like having this tree to myself!  One woman stopped by and grabbed a handful on her way by.  I hope she doesn’t let the secret out!  I picked a mother load of mulberries!

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They are beautiful and delicious!

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I am going to just eat most of them, but dehydrate a bunch and make chocolate with some too I think.  I’m not sure what else…  Any ideas?

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