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And So It Begins…

It was an incredibly busy weekend for me and I felt like a complete busy body having not sat still for most of it – and consuming way more chocolate and coffee than I wanted or required.  But I’m finally just sacked out on my couch getting some work done and thinking about Christmas.  Yep.  I’m already there.

I went out fairly early this morning in search of a birthday present and stores were already in full holiday mode with big crowds and long lines.  Too much for me, I will admit, on a sunny November morning – the day just after Remembrance Day.  But, here I am with another Christmas movie playing in the background while I’m working and whittling away.

I always have loved the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the holidays… I usually love the crowds and the displays and the noise (okay, maybe not so much the noise) and running into a dozen people you know.

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Via The New Yorker

And I’m there.  For the most part anyway.  But today is just too sunny for me (and maybe I’m just too tired from the hustle and bustle of the long weekend) to be venturing out to get some Christmas shopping done.  I was in and out of stores like a flash today.  I’ll have to save my energy for this coming weekend because I KNOW the hustle is coming up and fast.

~Cheers.

Intimate Conversations

I have dark hair and I’m dark complected.  My brother has blond hair and is very fair.  In the summer, I tan very easily.  I always have.  My brother does not like to be in the sun much.

A few weeks ago, I stopped by his place and he looked at me and said “Have you been tanning?”, as if almost disgusted.

I replied “No.”

He said, accusingly, “Then why are you so dark??”

I replied “I’m always this dark you freakin’ albino!!”

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Here we are in Cape Breton as wee ones.  He blends right into his white hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Sandy

Iced Coffee….and Go!

It’s that time of year again – the sun is shining bright and hot and we’re all sitting around sipping on iced coffees.

Ahhh….Iced coffee.  It can be so decadent – and often so healthy.  It can be refreshing and glamorous at the same time.

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And, thanks to Dollar Days at places like McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s (although Tim Horton’s is gross!), you can sip often and only spend your spare change.  Sipping at places like Starbucks or local artisan coffee shops can be a true indulgence (there is no Starbucks locally for me), but it’s also an indulgence on your bank account.

So many of us attempt to make our iced coffee at home.  I have been attempting to master my brew for a few years, but I have yet to perfect my home brew.

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I have blended with skim milk and coconut cream and sweetened condensed milk (not at the same time, of course), but never can get my taste buds to accept it as just right.  I have blended black with sweetener, I’ve tried flavor shots (ehmmm, no), but my iced coffee, although good, just hasn’t been as good as my local Central Perk.

So, all you Iced Coffee lovers out there….hit me up with your favorite iced coffee recipe.

~Sandy

A to Z Challenge (Z)

Z- Zealous

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I live my life with zeal.  At least I try to.  Sometimes I can be overzealous.  I fully admit this.  And really, there’s nothing wrong with that.  But, often my overzealousness can be a little too much for others to handle.  I’m still a work in progress.

~Sandy

A to Z Challenge (Y)

Y – Yellow

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My favorite color is yellow.  And I always try to live as the brightest yellow.  Yellow is a happy color.  People gravitate to yellow.  I am trying.  I am shining as brightly as I can.

Yellow

~Sandy

A to Z Challenge (X)

X – Xylitol

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I keep hearing about Xylitol in place of sugar.  But that’s a weird name, right?  Doesn’t it sound mediciney?

~Sandy

A to Z Challenge (W)

W – Weekend

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Oh what a weekend.  As I mentioned in my last post, this weekend is the Annual Apple Blossom Festival in my neck of the woods.  And, I can attest, it has been a fantastic weekend.

~Sandy

A to Z Challenge (V)

V – Valley

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I live in the Annapolis VALLEY and this weekend is the 87th Annual Apple Blossom Festival.  Which means, there are fireworks and a parade, and a fair, and tons of bands and dances and music and food and drink.  And lots of people.  Lots and lots of people.  It’s basically a homecoming for us.  I’m excited.

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Apple Blossom from days gone by

~Sandy

A to Z Challenge (U)

U – Unique

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In a world full of sheep, be unique.

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It’s okay to not go with the flow.  It’s okay to shine and to sparkle.  Smile.  Stand out.  It’s okay to go against the norm.  And with a little glisten and glitter in your eyes.

~Sandy

A to Z Challenge (T)

T – Throwing Darts

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Sometimes, people throw darts (metaphorically) to see what they hit.  Whether it’s for a potential relationship, or job interest, or gossip, or whatever.  The darts get thrown to see what gets hit.  If you’re throwing the darts, be careful of your aim.  Sometimes, those darts hit hard.

~Sandy

A to Z Challenge (S)

S – Sparkles

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One of my colleagues refers to me as “Sparkles”.  I have a sparkly personality, I’m told.  Although, I do try my darnedest to keep things light and sparkly and fun.  Although, it seems this last month or so some of my sparkle has faded.  But, it’s coming back.

Sparkles

~Sandy