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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.

New Yorker

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.


Did You Catch That?

If you paid close attention to my last post, you may have caught the word “husband”. That’s right….I got married! Finally! Today we celebrate our two week anniversary.

It was a helluva time leading up to the wedding…..trying to plan wedding during a global pandemic is not ideal. But we did it.

(And there is more (way more) to come on that later.)

Here’s a sneaky peek.


#wedding #marriage #weddedbliss #covid #pandemicwedding #life #personal #personallife

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…..HALLOWEEN

We have been having incredible weather here in Nova Scotia. In fact, it’s unusual for it to still be so hot and (occasionally) humid this time of year here. I guess it’s what you would call an Indian Summer – if we’re still allowed to say that.

Yesterday I was off and spent some time doing things around the house and outside and, although I’ve been outside consistently all summer and throughout the start of this fall, yesterday I really felt like fall had arrived. There is something in the air that really hit me. It felt warm and crisp at the same time. And it felt…eerie.

Even on my drive to meet my husband, I commented to a friend how I hadn’t realized that Fall was here and that the leaves seemed to have so suddenly changed. But that’s likely because I leave my house at 5:30 am to run every morning and it’s pitch black. And by the time I get home in the evening, it’s either nearing dark or dark. I’ve missed the metamorphosis. And yesterday I fully inhaled the transformation of nature.

Last night, hubby and I went to the theatre – the first time since pre-Covid. We were stoked to see Halloween Kills. And it did not disappoint.

I have always been bored by the original Halloween, but the loved H20 and the last Halloween from 2018. And I have been looking forward to the new installments. Michael Myers is even creepier this time around and he adds a newer spookiness to the franchise.


It has always baffled me that no one has ever thought to chop off his damn head! Even the teenagers in Scream knew to shoot ’em in the head.

After the movie, I hit the gym. My gym is located on a road in farm land, and at the start of the street is a huge corn field. And last night I was really feeling those grand old corn stalks. My entire day was filled with a cover of eeriness and creep and the corn field was along for the ride. As I was heading down the street to gym, a leaf – A LEAF!! – fell from a tree and flew toward my windshield and, not gonna lie, made my heart jump. Don’t ask me why. Just the nature of the beast of yesterday.

I have watched enough horror movies to know that nothing good is in there….

It was dark and I had the gym to myself when I arrived. As I changed into my gym clothes, it ran through my mind, as it often has, how secluded the place is and what would I do if I were faced with a terror like Michael Myers. I processed that and tried to figure out some solutions.

Later on, as I was killing my shoulders at the cable machine, I thought I heard a noise. As I turned around, fully expecting to see no one, I came face to face with……our gym administrator. I jumped. She laughed.

As I drove home, I felt the October night all around me. The air is different, the mood is different in October. Halloween is coming. The spook is here.


#Halloween #halloweenmovies #scarymovies #MichaelMyers #October #spooky #Fall #autumn #leaves #NovaScotia #horrormovies

Christmas Yule Blog- Part 6

It’s Christmas Eve!

In fact, it’s 11 o’clock on Christmas Eve and I’m lying in bed watching a Hallmark Christmas movie.

It has been the longest and shorted day. I had so much to do today.

I pass this dude daily and yearly

I worked until noon, I dropped off a gift and some cards and had a quickie visit with my cousin in law. We took a photo of our duly wrapped gifts. I was quite proud of my one-hand wrap job. Can you tell which one is mine?

I also had to stop at the store for some last minute items. Once home, I finished the 12Ks of Christmas with a run. I cleaned, made candy cane fudge, showered, wrapped more presents, did my hair (which, let me just say, is not awesome when half your hand has 100% no feeling) and make up, and dressed to the nines. Because that’s what Sandy does.

Honey Boo and I headed to my parents’ for traditional Christmas Eve dinner of Rappie Pie with the family.

When we got home, Honey Boo had to wrap gifts, so I went out for a Christmas Eve Stroll. It is a beautiful night and the temperature continues to rise (although I’d prefer to wake to a blanket of snow).

Once I got back, Santa and I put the gifts under the tree, then watched a little TV. And now I’m ready for sleep, with the kitty curled up on my lap. It’s been a good night.

Merry Christmas (Eve)

Christmas Yule Blog Part 5

It’s the last weekend before Christmas . Can you believe that? The week itself has been jam-packed, as has most of the weekend. But I got a lot accomplished, and although I feel like it’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than a week away, I’m still feeling festive.

We had our first major snowstorm of the season a few days ago, and I decided to go walking in a winter wonderland. It was a beautiful night and the snow was falling hard and . We woke up to a blanket of beautiful white snow. Unfortunately, our weather forecast is calling for mild weather and rain for most of the week, including Christmas Day. There goes our idyllic white Christmas.

Friday morning I was up early to get to the city for an appointment with my surgeon. Normally I would have spent the rest of the day shopping malls and enjoying the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers. But covid-19 had everything on lockdown, so I have not been able to do any City shopping this year.

That being said, Honey Boo and I were out today to get some shopping done and we work throwing into the middle of hustle and bustle and hectic shoppers. I really miss the good old days before online shopping closed most of our local stores.

Yesterday my friend Amy came over and helped me wrap presents because I’m not fully capable of doing it on my own even the star after surgery. She brought her daughter and I set up a hot chocolate bar for them. We had a great afternoon of wrapping and enjoying Christmas treats.

last night last night Honey Boo and I enjoyed a nice date night. We had mulled wine and watched a Christmas movie together. It was nice to Cozy up in front of the Christmas tree and relax. The weekends are never long enough, especially at Christmas there is always way too much to do.

By the way, if you haven’t tried mulled wine, I highly suggest it.

Right now I’m cozied up on the couch with a Hallmark movie, in front of my Christmas tree, and finally relaxing again. I wrapped more presents tonight and I’m still not done. But, there are still several days ahead of me before Christmas, and I know I will eventually complete all of my tasks. Of course, by then, Christmas will have zoomed by.


Yule Blog Part 4

One thing I look forward to every year is an abundance of Christmas parties and Christmas get-togethers. Whether it’s dinner and drinks at a pub, staff parties with cocktails and fancy dresses, or a good old-fashioned home party, I look forward to them every year. Unfortunately, because covid-19 has screwed up 2020 for the most part, our Christmas festivities have been thrown down the toilet: no House Parties, no real staff parties, and no big get-togethers have got me feeling a little bit blue. Or, let’s be honest, a lot blue.

But, they don’t call me the social butterfly for nothing. As I already mentioned, last week Honey Boo and I got together with some friends for a Christmas dinner of sorts. And this weekend I had organized an intimate evening with some colleagues and Friends at the local Cider House.

There was a small group of us, and we were mostly dressed to the nines, as if you would expect anything less. We had drinks and dinner, and plenty of laughs and stories. It was exactly what I had wanted for the evening.

Especially since I was not able to have my annual Christmas party, which has always been such a big hit in the past. We had a great time and I felt very festive. I think that’s what we all needed.

In addition to not being able to have my Christmas party, we’re not able to have our family party either. As I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. But as we’re pretty much in the second wave of the pandemic, it makes sense to keep our Gatherings small. So that 2021 can see us move past this pandemic.

Tell me how you’re celebrating. Are you having your parties? Are you getting together with your loved ones? How are you coping for Christmas?


Yule Blog Part 3

The last two days it has been snowing. Yesterday morning I woke up to a winter wonderland in my backyard. Although I am hardly ready for winter, the snow does make things feel a little bit more festive.

This morning on my way to work I decided to stop for a peppermint mocha at the little coffee bar in my town. It seemed like the proper hot drink to have this morning with the falling snow. And peppermint mochas always make me feel like Christmas.

One of my colleagues brought in a bunch of treats this morning, Christmas cakes and mulled cider. I had a small taste of cider and it was so Warm & Cozy that I skipped over to the liquor store on my lunch break and picked up a bottle of spicy red wine. I love a good glass of red wine on cold nights, and mulling a spicy red sounds delightful.

But let’s be honest, even a glass of red wine would be great.

What makes you feel festive?


Yule Blog Part 2 – Weekend Kickoff

It’s officially December!  It’s officially the holiday season!   

This weekend was my official Christmas Kick-Off!   

Friday night I had a wonderful date with a friend.  We grabbed some take-out, had some wine, and watched a Hallmark movie.  She even started a fire and we had a cozy little girls’ night. 

Saturday afternoon I spent some hours Christmas shopping. With the second wave of Covid in full effect, I wanted to put a little dent in the gift department before we potentially go into lockdown again. I also got a bunch of decorations and Sunday I spent a good portion of the afternoon putting up my tree and decorating. Of course, within the hour the cat knocked the tree over….not because she is a full-on ass….She used it as leverage to get to the window (we took her chair).

I did my best…

So, outside of the weekend and working, I’ve been doing a little bit more shopping and indulging in Hallmark movies. Eventually I’m going to have to start wrapping these presents, but as it stands I still don’t have full use of my hands post-surgery. My mom suggested gift bags but I’ve already bought oodles of wrapping paper.

And now the weekend is almost here. I have more shopping to do, and Christmas get-togethers to get too. Hopefully covid-19 will not prevent us from celebrating.


It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…..

This weekend I said goodbye to my fall decorations and my pumpkins (well, not all of them), and started getting in the Christmas mood. Although I’ve been watching Hallmark movies for a couple of weeks, I felt it was too early to be festive. But that all changed this weekend.
Friday night kicked off the Holiday season in my little town with the Torchlight parade, accompanied by Santa, an outdoor holiday market, and lots of lights and decorations. I was super excited to go to this. Last year I had been planning to do this, got together with one of my girlfriends for a pre-parade dinner, but came down with the worst flu I’ve ever experienced and had to bail early.

And so I had to forego my big celebratory plans for last year. But this year, I vowed to get down and participate in at least part of the festivities.

I headed into town meet up with a friend. I roamed around, took in the lights in the scenery, got a glimpse of the parade, and then headed into the Holiday Market, a setup of local artists and proprietors. There was also hot chocolate booth, Iron Works, Santa’s elves were out handing out candy canes.

Saturday afternoon I got some Christmas shopping done with my BFF. We grabbed lunch and spent a few hours filling our carts good Christmas gifts, wrapping paper, tags, etc. We had a great afternoon and I’m looking forward to doing more Christmas shopping in person rather than online. I’ve always loved the hustle and bustle of the shopping malls at Christmas time. But right now Covid is creeping up again, but I am hoping we can get through the holiday season without another shut down.

Last night Honey-Boo took me out for dinner. Walking into the restaurant was like walking into a Hallmark Christmas movie. The restaurant owner loves Christmas, and she goes full out with decorating. It was a quaint dinner in a perfect atmosphere. And I wanted to take so many decorations home. Especially the Jingle Bell lamps. Which she made.

This morning I woke up really early. Way too early for a Sunday morning. But I got up and watched Christmas movie while I sipped candy cane coffee. Eventually I worked on packing up the fall decorations and unpacking the Christmas decorations. Next week my plan is to put up the Christmas tree. I’m still down to only one hand oh, so I will need some help from Honey Boo. But we will get it done.

A week ago or so I watched a movie called Christmas Yule Blog, about a woman who blogs about her Christmas festivities. I thought that was a great little idea, and my plan is to have my own little Yule Blog here for the next month. I’m hoping to take you on a journey of Christmas parties, Christmas cocktails, Christmas traditions. And anything else I can think of. So think of this post as Yule Blog Part 1.

And let’s hope that covid does not ruin our Christmas plans. Keep wearing your masks, keep washing your hands, keep your distance. Be kind, be considerate. And stay safe.



Halloween Movie Watching Part 3 and 4

I had an accident almost two weeks ago. And had surgery on my right hand last Friday. That being said, although I haven’t really been able to type about it, we have continued our Halloween movie watching.

One of the movies we recently watched was called Haunt.

This movie, brought to you by the people behind A Quiet Place, is about a group of people who go to a haunted house attraction at a warehouse. Only to find out that the haunts are real and the people behind it, for lack of better terminology, are deranged lunatics. The movie ended up being better than I expected. It’s a Shudder original so if you subscribe, I recommend watching it.

Number 2: Spellbinder

A while back I had read about a movie starring Kelly Preston. Apparently this movie, from the 80s, is hard to come by because #1. It is about Witchcraft and #2. Kelly Preston appears nude. Apparently Kelly’s cult, also known as scientologists, have done everything to ensure this movie is not seen.

But I found it!! To be honest, I don’t know what the scientologists are so afraid of. Because it seems like it’s pretty on par with their little “religion”. Regardless, aside from the cheesy acting, the movie was pretty good, and had a little twist at the end.


#halloween #scarymovies #kellypreston #witchcraft #shudder #spellbinder #haunt

More Must Haves

I had surgery last Friday, a week ago today. In fact, this time last week I was still in surgery. But that’s beside the point. The point is that I’m not working, and have been home dilly-dallying. I watched a few movies, including the new Charlie’s Angels. There is a scene early in the movie where Kristen Stewart is at a boxing gym talking to her colleague, and she is wearing the most drop dead gorgeous lipstick.

I love this shade. And I have been on the hunt for it. I started Googling right away, and came up with several different suggestions. One of them being Ruby Woo by MAC.

I’m not sure if this is accurate. Because Ruby Woo looks a little bit too red, and the lipstick in the photo / movie definitely has a blue undertone. When I did some dupe looking oh, I came up with number 111 by Kate for Rimmel.

Which, I’m not going to lie, I think I like better. It’s definitely a closer match than the Ruby Woo. But, I went to several stores before I actually found it, and when I did, it’s not the same colour. It is more of an orange red. Again, the lipstick I’m looking for has a blue undertone. So now I’ve been on the hunt for Ruby coloured lipsticks.

it has become my mission in life to find a suitable lipstick that closely resembles the lipstick Kristen Stewart is wearing in Charlie’s Angels. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know. I am on a mad hunt. I may also be a little bit bored.

But seriously, I am here waiting to hear from you.