Monday, September 27, 2010

YAAAAAAYYYY! (New Running Shoes, Obv.)

The Mizuno Wave Creation Running Shoes cured me several years ago of terrible, horrible, very bad shin splints. Only two stores in my city carried them and at quite a bit more than the SRP. The Running Room has apparently decided to no longer sell them in their stores (or online) unfortunately. Since I'm well overdue for a new pair I decided to see if they were clearing them out on their website. I was in luck. I snagged them for about $100 less than if I'd bought them in-store. They're not the prettiest shoe but they sure do the trick.

Btw, I'm a neutral runner with high arches if you were wondering. :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Joe Fresh Nail Polish

I love nail polish. And I really love the quality, colours and prices of the Joe Fresh line. I had been keeping my eye out for the Fall polishes to hit my local store all month. The display was sort of hidden so it took me a few visits to my local Superstore until I finally spotted them. In fact, there was only one bottle missing from the display so I had my pick of all the colours. I've started with the first one pictured, and the last two: Fog, Storm and Moss. I was most excited about Fog as I've been looking for a lovely grey hue for awhile but all three are nice Autumn shades. I'm so used to wearing vibrant Summer polishes, it's kind of nice to take it down a notch into some more earthy tones.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Laugh Lines

The scar on my face from getting bit (ripped apart) by a dog as a child has joined forces with a wrinkle in an effort to horizontally conquer the right side of my face. How dare you wrinkle-scar hybrid!


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mom's 58th Birthday

We got together this week with my parents to celebrate my Mom's birthday. Dad made chocolate cake. It's from an old cookbook. It's called "Talk of the Town Cake". She's cute.

Office Chair Makeover

I've been on the search for a cushion for the office chair I scored on Kijiji for $20. So far I've bought and returned four. I think I'm going to sew one instead. I'll post pictures once I do. Until then here is a before and after on the paint job. And one with one of the silly looking little cushions.


Last week Dave and I headed to the FREX. It was the first time I'd been in ten years. FUN! We were excited to see the Wallendas high-wire act and they didn't disappoint although the fact that they do their entire act without a net made my heart race.

Bri, a twelve year old girl goes up an 80 foot sway pole and does a whole routine at the top. Thankfully, I didn't have to hold my breath and watch that since it was raining and she couldn't go up the pole.

We also caught a stage show where the highlight for us was the cat and dog show. It was dark so it's not the best picture but the dogs looked so cute walking around on their hind legs with their little tuxedo jackets.

It reminded me of the merengue dog which if you haven't seen yet you need to watch it. It is amazing and creepy all at the same time.

We ended up watching the high wire act again after dark. It looked neat under the lights. If it's possible I was even more nervous the second time around.

After the high wire show a lady shot herself out of a cannon. Seriously. Why have I not gone to the FREX in ten years? We got to see it twice and Dave managed to get it on tape. I have to say the video doesn't do it justice. She flies out of that cannon.

But I'm a bit of a homebody. Little things excite me.

I somehow forgot to mention the fact that we went on three rides and I felt nauseous afterward for six hours. I attribute it to general being an adult lameness.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Casinos and Cranes

We've been on vacation all week and have been keeping pretty busy. Yesterday we went on a little road trip to Moncton and went and checked out the new casino, went out to dinner, and did some shopping. I found the cutest little paper crane charm necklace. This isn't it, but it's very similar. I sort of love it. We came home sort of late and I immediately set up shop at the dinner table folding origami. Dave said I looked like a crazy person. I told him I was learning patience. We've been having fun.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Yee Haw!

Today I went horseback riding. Also today Gail changed her facebook status to this:

Sending a shout out to Natalie the newest bronc rider in Durham. Got bucked off today...landed back on!! Underwear full of horse manure but handled it all with grace.

Is it bad that the first thought that went through my head as I was laying on the ground (after making sure I didn't get kicked or stepped on) was "that was fun!"?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Best Caramel Sauce Ever.

I finally found a squeeze bottle for the caramel sauce I wanted to make to put on, well, everything. And despite the heat wave this week I've felt like cooking and baking. So tonight ignoring the sticky, hot weather I cooked up some sticky, hot caramel. I make it sound like I slaved over a hot stove all night. When really this recipe takes 5 or 6 minutes from start to finish. So easy, and so perfect. I can't imagine why caramel sauce recipes exist that are more difficult because I'm telling you, you cannot improve upon this recipe. I promise. Recipe courtesy of I rarely buy frozen waffles but bought some tonight on a whim. I drizzled the caramel sauce all over them for a snack. I can't wait to get some vanilla ice-cream. So so so good. So good.

1/2 cup butter (no substitutions),
1 cup brown sugar,
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream, unwhipped,
1 teaspoon vanilla extract,

    1. 1In a small saucepan melt butter.
  1. 2Add the brown sugar; whisk until combined and thickened (about 2 minutes).
  2. 3Whisk in the whipping cream, until thoroughly blended (2 more minutes).
  3. 4Mix in vanilla (if using) until combined.
  4. 5NOTE: this sauce will thicken up more when refrigerated.