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10 Days of Halloween

Normally I like to start my celebration of Halloween early but since I was busy with studying up until this past weekend, I had to put my readying-for-Halloween on hold.   But fear not! (<<- see what I did there?)  Last night I watched my first “scary” movie of the season and I’m kicking off the 10 Days of Horror Movies

First, let’s just get one thing straight!  My version of horror movies and your version of horror movies are more than likely two very different things.  If you check out my posts from Halloweens gone by (check out THIS LINK), you will note that I have watched my share of horror flicks….and some of them have ruined my life (I’m looking at YOU Stephen King’s IT!!).  But these days I spend half the time sleeping alone and I don’t need those thoughts running through my head when I close my eyes.

So, last night I settled in with “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” starring Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison, and Guy Pearce.
I don’t think I’d ever heard of this movie before but I happened to see it advertised last weekend so I decided last night was the night.

dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark……Annnnnndddd………….it sucked.  No really, it wasn’t very good.  The best part of this file was the acting was by little Bailee Madison (what’s up with you, Katie Holmes??).  The story-line wasn’t horrendous but there were some plot holes left wide open and unexplained and the effects were…..yikes.  I expected more from Guillermo del Toro and from Guy Pearce.

I’ll take the movie for what it was: a good try at a scare….maybe aimed at a younger audience.  There were a few (very few) spots that intrigued me but for the most part it was laughable.  To be perfectly honest, I was a little embarrassed for this movie.  One and a half thumbs down.

Stay tuned to see what’s coming up next.


Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada (Thanksgiving is on Monday) when we give thanks for the Harvest and other blessings of the year.

It’s a beautiful, sunny, Fall day but, unlike so many of my friends who participated in the Harvest Marathon this morning, I’ve been studying my butt off all weekend.  It sucks.

But, I do have dinner plans tonight which involve my adorable little nephews, so I will welcome that study break.

And, although I’ve been studying half the day already, I did take some time out to make some delicious pumpkin pie tarts

MiniPumpkinPies2Can you say YUM?

Actually, what I made are Paradise Pumpkin Pie tarts.  I usually make a big pie, but, y’know, studying.

These little tastes of pumpkiny goodness step away from the traditional pies and offer a little kick.  I don’t normally share the recipe but I’ll share the one I altered today so that I could spend more time on the books (and, apparently, on this blog):

Paradise Pumpkin Pie (tarts)

1 can of pumpkin pie filling

1 block of cream cheese, softened

1-2 tablespoons of vanilla

Pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Whip topping (optional)

Tart shells or pie crusts (I don’t make this crap from scratch – but if you’re up for the challenge, give’er!)

Throw the pie filling, cream cheese, vanilla, and spice in a bowl and blend it up (I used an electric beater).  Pour into tart shells or pie crusts (top with tiny dashes of the spice if desired) and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.  Once out of the oven and cool top with whip if desired.

Aside from it being Thanksgiving, it’s also The Walking Dead premier night. I will definitely be study-breaking for that.

via AMC

via AM

In addition, I am also really, REALLY thankful for Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts.  I have no idea where you can buy these but I would be happy (and thankful) to accept donations.



Happy Thanksgiving.



In honor of the new show Stalker on CBS

Stalker on CBS

Stalker on CBS

and me getting thru the first episode (which I watched in the morning on the day of my birthday, when I knew I would be surrounded by many, many people) I thought I would post a redux of Have You Ever Had a Stalker?

There will be more to come on this topic soon.  So, stay tuned.  And in the meantime go check out StunBunny’s blog.




I’ve never pretended to be modest.

BIRTHDAY WEEKBirthday Week is finally here and I’ve already began the preparations and celebrations.

I’m very much looking forward to stuffing my face with Birthday Dinner with my family Friday night. I’ve even given the heads up that there will be no classes Friday evening because I don’t want to teach on my birthday (because I want to eat cake, obvs.).  I plan on having a glass or two of wine afterward (who’s with me?).

Saturday is the main event – after doing my shizz and picking up a friend, I have a massage mid-day, followed by drinks, Sushi dinner with my girls,


and finishing the night off by carrying the party back to a friend’s where, I’m sure we’ll continue to stuff our faces with wine and food.

Yep!  Because my friends and I like to pretend we're a lot classier than we actually are.  :D

Yep! Because my friends and I like to pretend we’re a lot classier than we actually are. :D

And Sunday my Birthday Weekend will be topped off by having a wonderful date day with my main squeeze.  I am very much looking forward to it all.

(Oh yeah….Happy Birthday to my FAVORITE sister-in-law! xoxo)


Far Away Fall Love

In my last post I talked about my Aunt Donna who is way too far away from me – living in Victoria, BC.  I miss her daily.  She sucks for being on the other side of the country.

But this morning she posted a photo to Facebook and it seems very fitting:


Coco Chanel Love

Okay..not really Coco Chanel.

My aunt Donna – whom I love dearly and I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before – moved to British Columbia 5 years ago and broke my heart.  She’s my mom’s baby sister and is only a handful of years older than me, therefore being more like a big sister to me.  Regardless, I love her.  EVEN when she’s being a dick. ;)

This past year Donna’s had some serious health issues and spent several weeks in the hospital – twice.  We want her to come home, desperately, but since her hubs is military we have she has they have to wait to be posted back in Nova Scotia.  So we are all waiting.  Patiently.

A few months ago Donna got a new kitty – Coco Chanel – and Ms. Coco has been acting as somewhat of a therapy for Donna.  They have daily adventures (crazy cat lady, much??) and it’s great because it gets Donna out and moving and in fresh air and having fun. All of which is fantastic.  I already love Coco.

Then today Donna sent me this:

Miss Coco Chanel

Miss Coco Chanel

Fancy face kitty has a great big HEART on her chest.  She is love. And she’s healing Donna inside and out.



End of Summer

Today is the last day of August and already it feels different.  Every year at this time I get a little nostalgic.  There’s something about the end of summer and the start of September and Fall that make me feel different: a little sad, a little reflective, a little excited.

Truth be told, although I love summer and the beautiful and warm golden sun that beats down and browns my skin, there’s something in the September air that is simply different.  The air smells different, the wind blows differently, and the sun shines differently, as if it’s shining in a whole other time.  

With the end of hazy summer beach days comes the excitement of so many things to come with the next few months.

1) September is tomorrow and that means the onset of EVERYTHING PUMPKIN!!!  

Yes. Yes one can!!

Yes. Yes one can!!

From pumpkin pie to pumpkin tea and pumpkin coffee and pumpkin decorations (OMG I live for glitter pumpkins)

Glitter pumpkin

I live for pumpkin.  I love it and I’m extremely excited (since the closest Starbucks is an hour away by highway) that Tim Horton’s will be serving (finally!) even more pumpkin shizz on their menu – starting soon.  Like, maybe tomorrow.

Pumpkin Ice Capp?  Uh, yes please!

Pumpkin Ice Capp? Uh, yes please!

2) The Change in Scenery

This will soon be my skyline for the next several months.


I swear I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  The leaves have already begun to change and soon I’ll be stepping on crisp, multicolored leaves.

Who needs a red carpet when you have this at your footing?

Who needs a red carpet when you have this at your footing?

And who needs million dollar works of art when you can just look out your window?



3) Outdoor Exercising

I love running.  And I love running outside even more.  But, I’ve made the mistake of running in 32 degree summer hell heat and nearly killed myself so for the most part of summer I reserve my running for the treadmill.  Now that the cooler weather has started slowly to make its way back into my life I’ve been getting outside for runs more.  And I’ve been running boot camp outside all summer and plan to continue classes outside into October – because, really, who needs air conditioning when you have crisp fall air AND why wouldn’t you want to be outside in the colorful landscape?


4) Fall Fashion

I always loved back-to-school shopping.  I loved the colors and the textures and the plaids (oh how I loved plaids).  I loved the golds and the browns and the burgandys.  And there is something so wonderful about the relaxed sophistication of a cozy, chunky sweater.  Add a scarf, the right pair of boots and you have yourself the perfect fall outfit.

fall Coat

5) Slow Cooker Meals

There’s something comforting about being home on a Sunday, chillin’ with your loved ones or watching a movie and knowing there is a warm dinner in the slow cooker.  I really only discovered my slow cooker around this time last year and I am quite excited to use it more this coming season.

6) My Birthday is Coming!

My birthday is in October.  That is all.

No wait, that’s not all.  My birthday is in October.  I’m a princess.  Every year I celebrate birthday week. I start the countdown one month before my birthday. It excites me.  Did I mention I’m a princess???

MOM!!  Make me this shirt please!!

MOM!! Make me this shirt please!!

I also have no shame.

Bday week

7) Halloween is Coming

I love Halloween.  I love the spookiness of it.  I love Halloween movies, except, I don’t like being scared.  I’m going to try to get over myself a bit this year and watch a few mellow horror movies.  That’s my goal – to have a movie date with the man or a friend once a week and watch a scary movie.

For a good laugh at my absurdity with horror movies go read this: read this.

I am also excited to get started on my costume for this year.  Last year Blair and I won first place at a costume party and I had tons of fun putting together our costumes.  We’ll see what happens this year. 

8) Christmas is Coming

Ya-huh!  It’s that much closer now that Fall is nearly here.  I love Christmas. I love the chaos and the anticipation and the shopping and the decorating and the Spirit of it all.  Looking forward to it as always.



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