Monday, October 20, 2014

I’m alive & well. Sorta.

Everyone knows that a stressful week + Jill = nothing good.  Hence, my absence last week.  I was wound up tighter than a bobbin, with my mind bouncing around like crazy, and no good blog posts could come of that.

It was the week before Car Rally.  My team won the Rally last year (unfortunately), which meant that we had the job of planning this year’s route and questions.  It’s a big job.  We’ve literally been working on it for a whole year.  And with the big day finally on the horizon, I was worrying, second-guessing, and stressing over every little detail.

On top of all that, we had a rough day last week when we received word that one of my sister’s best friends, Virginia, was trekking the Annapurna trail in the mountains of Nepal when the blizzard and avalanche hit, and she and her friend were initially unaccounted for.  I spent the day glued to Twitter, Facebook, and every news website I could find to keep updated, praying for their safety and hoping we’d hear good news.  That word finally came in the middle of the night Wednesday – Virginia was finally able to contact her family and post to Facebook and that she and her friend were safe and sound, and would be turning back as soon as it was clear to do so.  Thank God for answered prayers!

With that stress eased, I was back in Car Rally mode.  We had everything ready for the big day, and Saturday finally arrived.  Our theme was “Celebrating 2014”. I was such a big jangling ball of nerves by that day.  I swear, I don’t think I could ever get married.  I don’t handle these big events very well!

It was a pretty crappy day weather-wise, but we still had a strong turnout, with 59 cars registered and departing every five minutes all day long.  They followed our route, searching for clues and answering questions about holidays and special events during the year.  We had a fun day sending everybody off, then marking their answers when they returned.  I was so thankful to be with my friends – I honestly wouldn’t have done it with anyone else!  I think we worked really well together, and hopefully everyone enjoyed our Rally.  We had lots of positive feedback, so that made us feel good!

At the end of the day, it was a group of women that had won the Rally a few years back that won ours as well, and we are excited to see what they have in store for us next year.  We really enjoyed the last Rally they planned, so I’m already looking forward to being back in it next year!

Will we win?  Hell to the no.  Never again!  Once was enough for us! haha!

Half-way through the day Saturday, I realized my throat was starting to get sore.  Yesterday was spent pretty low-key, as I tried to fight off the sickness.  I’m still not feeling wonderful today, though the cold has never really developed.  I’m just feeling tired and achy, and I’m anxious to get home to the couch tonight!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving Confessions

Happy Friday, friends!  AND the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend… what could be better?! 

But before the turkey and the pumpkin pie and the giving thanks stuff… we must confess!

I confess… that I’ve started losing sleep over Car Rally. I didn’t think it was going to happen.  My team has been so organized and on the ball and on top of things that there is no reason to be losing sleep.  And yet, for the past few nights, I’ve lain awake long past my bedtime, staring into the dark, running over and over in my head the things that still need to be done, and how that day is going to go.  My brain can be so annoying.

I confess… that I don’t know if I’ve looked forward to a day quite as much as I’m looking forward to the day after Car Rally.  I can’t wait to be a regular Car Rallyer again next year.

I confess… that I made another loaf of beer bread this week – this time a honey whole wheat version.  Beer bread is taking over my life.  I made it simply because I was fantasizing about grilled cheese sandwiches, and wanted to try one with beer bread.  (the sandwich?  didn’t turn out so great.  but the bread was still delicious.  not as delicious as the original version I made, but still pretty good.)

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I confess… that I’m not losing any weight these days.  We’ll blame that on the current beer bread obsession.

I confess… that I placed my Amazon order this week for my Scary Movie Marathon, which I intend to hold on Oct. 25th.  I selected Stir of Echoes, Rosemary’s Baby, An American Haunting, and Disney’s The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (because it has The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on it).  I’ve seen all of them except for Rosemary’s Baby, but I hear it’s a good one.  Oddly enough, the one that still creeps me out the most is the Disney cartoon one!!

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I confess… that in the last stage of my order, it told me the expected delivery date was Oct. 29 – Nov. 4th. Clearly after the day I’ve chosen to hold the Scary Movie Marathon.  I went ahead and confirmed it anyways, because my Amazon orders always arrive earlier than the date they estimate.  Knock on wood!

I confess… that I wish I’d never read these 2-sentence horror stories.  A few of them creeped me out BIG time, and oddly, I don’t think of them until I’m alone in my bed in the dark.  ugh.

I confess… that I kind of can’t believe my nephew Caden is turning nine this weekend.  NINE.  My sister forwarded me this pic of him and his buddy Carter (who also celebrates his birthday this weekend), from when they turned three at daycare.  Crazy how time flies!

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I confess… that I’m really excited about my plans to go see Gone Girl tomorrow.  I loved the book, and can’t wait to see how the film adaptation works out!

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I confess…that I was very jealous that my mom beat me to the theatre to see it.  My mom.  The woman I usually have to drag to the movie theatre with me.  No fair, man.

I confess… that I’ll forgive her probably after she feeds me turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie this weekend!! ;)

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my Canadian pals, and to the rest, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)

Thanksgiving

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Wednesday Random Thoughts

The days keep marching on, and ta-da!  Here we are on Wednesday.  Which is good.  On the downward swing to Thanksgiving weekend… I’m so frigging excited for turkey!

Here’s some random Wednesday ramblings…

  • It was extra-dark this morning when my alarm went off.  My bed was extra-cozy.  And the rain pattering against my window was extra-soothing.  It was one of those I just want to stay curled up in bed instead of going to work mornings.
  • I’m not sure why, but I never actually do that, even when every inch of my body and soul yearns for it.  I blame my parents for instilling that “You never play hooky!” mindset into me.  I’m afraid even if I DID do it, my day would be ruined by my feelings of guilt.
  • But we all need one of those days every now and then, right?  A day to do nothing but bum around home, curl up on the couch with a quilt and an extra mug of coffee, no rush to get ready.  Read. Watch mindless daytime TV.  Make a pot of soup or bake cookies. An afternoon movie with a bowl of popcorn.  And then, a nap.  Why do we have to be SICK to get those days, man?
  • OK, I’m being a teensy bit dramatic.  I kind of had one of these days on Saturday.  Aside from a trip to WalMart, I lounged around, made a pot of chili, a loaf of beer bread, a loaf of pumpkin bread, and watched a movie.  Super stressful, eh.
  • Still, I keep longing for this one day in particular… Just this past spring, I woke up early on a Saturday morning to a heavy snow falling, and my plans for that morning were cancelled because of it.  I literally had nothing to do.  I snuggled on the couch, watched Retro Toon, and drank an extra cup of coffee (which I never do)… I didn’t even get out of my jammies and head to the shower until noon.  It was pure and utter bliss.
  • So yes, I guess it’s official.  I’m already wishing for a snow day.   Bring on the hate mail.
  • I have a new favourite thing, and that is beer bread.  I made it on the weekend, and it was delicious.  Even better?  SUPER easy to make.  I’m already trying to think up an excuse to make it again.  Maybe even tonight…

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  • It was Worldwide Communion Sunday this past weekend, and our minister Nancy encourages us to all bring our favourite kinds of bread, or bread that represents where we come from, to share for Communion.  I had never brought bread before because anything I’ve ever tried in the past was such a failure, and I don’t know of a bread that represents “where I come from”… But the beer bread turned out so wonderfully, I just had to take it and share it.  When asked for the recipe, I just told them there was a “secret ingredient”.  ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it’s against the rules to bring beer bread to church for Communion…
  • What does it say about me that I chose beer bread to represent me?  Probably not a good thing… lol
  • I thought last night that I was getting the flu.  I felt extra-tired all day yesterday, and mid-afternoon there was a smell – a normal “farm smell” around here that usually doesn’t even bother me – that kept making me feel nauseous.  I went home and did my usual workout, but it felt difficult.  I felt lethargic, and had to force myself through it.   Then I ached all evening, and ended up sleeping on the couch for most of the night, before moving to my bed and sleeping uninterrupted there until my alarm went off this morning.  I was almost half-expecting to wake up sick, but today I feel fine.  Go figure.
  • Of course, it would never work out that on the day I longed to lie in bed and listen to the rain hitting the window, that I would actually have reason to do so.
  • Have I mentioned lately that I’m excited for turkey this weekend?  ‘Cause I am.  Extremely excited.  I so love Thanksgiving!!

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  • Originally, I thought Thanksgiving would be overshadowed by Car Rally doom and gloom, but as it turns out, I’m feeling really good about it right now.  We’re getting together on the holiday Monday to do some last-minute tweaking and preparing, then it will just be a matter of printing off the questions and getting ready for the big day.  “Life after Car Rally” is almost here!!
  • As it turns out, there really is no break or rest in “Life after Car Rally”.  The weekend after will be jam-packed – a birthday dinner for friends, preparing food for our church’s Harvest Supper, Scary Movie Marathon, and then attending/helping at the Harvest Supper.  Mostly fun things, but it will be busy!  Then it will be Halloween, and THEN it will be time to dive head-first into Christmas House Tour preparations. 
  • For this reason, I’m planning on doing absolutely nothing on the Sunday after Car Rally.  I’m just going to lie around and smile because Car Rally will be over.

Happy Wednesday, pals :)

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wednesday Hodge Podge – My first!

Quite a few of my fave fellow bloggers have been taking part in a meme on Wednesdays called “Wednesday Hodge Podge” – the questions often interest me, so I decided to take part for the first time today!

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. Are the leaves turning color where you live? Have they begun to fall? Will you have to rake when it’s all said and done? Is that a chore you love or loathe?

Indeed, the leaves are turning.  It seems early to me this year, but I’m happy with it all the same – I LOVE when the leaves start changing!  They are definitely falling, too.  Fortunately, I don’t have much raking to do around my place, so I enjoy the little bit I do have (if I do it at all… I’m more of a “chop them up with my lawn mower and hope they blow away” type of raker. ha!)

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2. When did you last shake like a leaf?

Hmm… good question.  Honestly, the last time I remember was the night I flipped out of bed and hurt my neck.  In the initial aftermath, I recall feeling very, very shaky.

3. After 20 seasons with the NY Yankees, Derek Jeter played his last official game Sunday afternoon.  Jeter has been described even by opponents as a class act, both on and off the field. The NFL is back in action this month too, with several players in that sport also making headlines. What are your thoughts on athletes as role models? Should a professional athlete be expected to act as role model or is that going beyond their job description? What responsibility do the organizations these athletes work for have when it comes to dealing with off the field behavior? Discuss.

I believe professional athletes do have a responsibility to be good role models.  They are worshipped and revered, and in many cases it is impressionable children and teens who look up to them.  I mean, I did it too – Wade Redden was my everything.  It’s very easy to put athletes up on a pedestal.  It might not be in their job description to uphold these expectations of them, but when they step into that spotlight, they have to know that chances are they’ve become a hero to someone, and I think they’re making enough coin to respect that and at least try to behave. 

Unfortunately, making that kind of money seems to go to some of their heads and makes them think they’re above the law.  It encourages reckless, dangerous behaviour.  Criminal activity.  It happens time and time again.  In those cases, I do believe the organizations they work for should be at least partly held responsible.  Most employers expect their employees to act like good, decent, law-abiding citizens, even when they are away from the workplace.  Why should pro athletes be treated any differently?

4. What season of the year is toughest for you in terms of your health? Why?

I guess I would have to say winter.  I’ve been fortunate to be pretty healthy for the better part of two years now, with only a few minor colds (knock on wood), but I feel like during the winter I have to be on guard, more pro-active with vitamins, Echinacea, and eating healthy to ward off flu bugs and colds that others carry.  A few years ago, I had terrible spring and summer allergies, but strangely, that seemed to be isolated to that one year.

5. The top six healthy food trends of 2014 according to Eating Well are-

clean eating (more veg, less meat, less sodium, limit alcohol and processed foods)
trash fish(you know those fish that are caught in fishermen nets and thrown back? It seems chefs are finding creative ways to make them more appetizing)
cauliflower (the new IT vegetable)
kaniwa-(essentially baby quinoa, so like quinoa only smaller)
fermentation (think pickling only with twists on flavor we’re not accustomed to)
community supported farming-(farms operating with community support/membership)

Okay-so how many of the healthy food trends for 2014 have you experienced, encountered enjoyed? Any you’ve tried and said ewwww? Any on the list you’d like to try before year’s end?

I definitely can check off “clean eating”, as I took part in a one-week Clean Eating Challenge, and have since tried to incorporate that practice as much as possible (junk food binges notwithstanding).  I’ve also pinned a bunch of cauliflower recipes to try out, but the only ones I’ve actually attempted were Creamy Cauliflower soup (yum) and mashed cauliflower (okay, but not gonna replace mashed potatoes in my world…)  I’ve heard of some local farms that have recently started offering produce boxes and programs like that, which I may look into in the future.

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6. In seven words or less, bid September adieu.

“Always lovely, cooler– but ready for October!”

7. What’s something on your October calendar that makes you happy just thinking about it?

Oh, I have too many things to pick just one!  Thanksgiving, of course.  My nephew’s birthday.  Hopefully going to see Gone Girl at some point.  CAR RALLY (and it finally being over!!!)  Scary Movie Marathon!!  And HALLOWEEN!! I’m ridiculously excited for Halloween this year!

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8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I love yoga, and PiYo, and contemplating becoming a teacher.  You might recall me talking about the dream I have of opening my own health food store.  I see my yoga practice tying in with that, as well.  Sort of creating this wellness centre type of place, nourishing body, mind & spirit.  It’s weird how I can envision myself as this “hippie” sort, sipping green tea, sharing my love for yoga and PiYo with others, meditating, practicing Reiki, making healthy foods… because truthfully, though I love all of those things, I’m the furthest thing from a zen, floaty, hippie you could ever meet.  Still, I’m drawn to that lifestyle… It is the current dream.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Randoming it up

Tuesday.  The day I share randomy stuff from inside my brain.  Enjoy.

  • I was going to write another one of those godforsaken “I need to get back on track” posts, but there’s nothing new to say on that subject.  I’ve been trying to get “back on track” for two months now, and it’s time to stop talking about it, and just DO IT.  I think I found my inspiration this morning when I was scrolling through photos on my phone from this summer, and found the ones I took of myself in a bikini right before my birthday.  I deemed my body not worthy of donning that bathing suit in public at that time.  Now, I would give anything to have that body back again.
  • Oh, trust me. 12 pounds might not sound like a big deal, but it makes a HUGE difference!
  • Step #1: No more evening and weekend snacking.  It seriously kills me, and it’s become far too commonplace in my life yet again.  (HOW do I let those chips and dip and candies and chocolate sneak back in again?!)

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  • Have I mentioned lately that I love this time of year?  Love love love.  Today is overcast and a little on the dreary side, but I’m able to look out the window across the office from my desk and see vivid colour in the trees on the far side of the sod field.  They seem extra-colourful and bright next to the grey sky.  Beautiful!

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  • That has got to be one of the biggest perks about working here:  I’m in an open-concept office with big windows all around me, and picturesque scenery at all times of the year.  I’m so lucky to have a job in the country!
  • “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift = my jam right now.

  • This is the last day of September.  I’m looking forward to October so much.  I’m ready to welcome it with open arms.  Even Car Rally.

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  • I once wrote a speech for French class in elementary school called “Mon mois favori” and it was all about how July was my favourite month of the year.  I still have to say July is a good one, but I think now it might be trumped by October and December.  And right now, all I can think about is October.
  • Two weeks ago, I accidentally bought a can of pumpkin pie filling when I meant to buy a can of pumpkin purée.  So last week I bought the can of pumpkin purée.  And now I have a can of pumpkin pie filling and a can of pumpkin purée with no plans for either one.  It’s just that time of year, y’know?

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  • PUMPKIN!!  EVERYTHING PUMPKIN!!
  • It’s only Tuesday, but I’m already looking forward to the weekend.  I have no major plans, and I have no money to do anything exciting, but I think Mother & I might go on our annual fall drive to look at leaves.  I know it kinda makes me an old lady, but I’ve really come to look forward to this outing of ours each year.
  • Fall TV.  I’m so excited about it.  So much so that I haven’t even had time to miss Big Brother!  The Voice has been fun to get back into – we all know I adore Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much I’m enjoying Pharrell and Gwen Stefani.  Survivor, The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, and I watched the first episode of How To Get Away With Murder… my evenings are extra-full with TV time!
  • With it being the eve of October, of course my thoughts keep straying to my Scary Movie Marathon, which I will hopefully be holding the weekend after Car Rally.  I’m trying to draft a list of movies to watch, but it gets trickier every year.  So far for this year I have “The Sixth Sense” and “Stir of Echoes” in mind… if anyone has any suggestions, please share!  (and keep in mind, they can’t be TOO scary. ha!)

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Hope you guys are having a great week so far :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday. Let’s Confess!

Happy Friday, friends!  My favourite day of the week has come ‘round again… before the weekend begins, let’s confess, though, OK? 

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I confess… that I almost got shot - not once, but TWICE – this week.  Imagine!!!  OK, so the first time was on Saturday at the Bayshore mall, in the line for Starbucks, and it turned out it was just a little girl behind me and her balloon popped.  But for a split second, I was ready to hit the deck.  The second time, I was out for a walk one evening this week, and as I strolled around one of the quieter parts of town, I came upon a guy out shooting his BB gun at raccoons in a tree on his property.  But again – almost hit the deck.  Or shit my pants.  One or the other.

I confess… that I might need to re-think my strategy for what happens if someone starts shooting at me.  At Bayshore, Lindsay was like, “Yeah, I was looking around to where the best place was to run to!”  And my instinct is apparently to lie face-down on the floor.  Perhaps not the most pro-active approach to being shot at?

I confess… that I’m seriously contemplating renting the most recent Paranormal Activity movie tonight.  It’s come ‘round to that time of year when I start to get the itch to watch scary movies, and this one has been on my to-watch list for a while now.  This might just be the night…

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I confess… that I was SO ridiculously, irrationally happy this week when my boy Derrick won season 16 of Big Brother.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been caught up in BB hype, and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed watching a player as much as I enjoyed watching Derrick this season.  He was definitely one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen – strategically and socially.  I think he 100% deserved to walk away with the big prize, and any other end result would have been a travesty.

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Derrick winner BB16 

I confess… that my adoration for Derrick proves that I’m kind of a grown up now.  Jill, 10 years ago, even 5 years ago?  She woulda been alllllll over Cody like white on rice.  That boy is shmexy.  I won’t lie, I did enjoy him quite a lot, and I did love that he and Derrick stayed loyal to their Hitmen alliance.  But at the end of the day, I wanted the family man who masterminded everything to take home the coin, not the cutie with the perfect face and big muscles.

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I confess… that I did find Derrick to be quite attractive, though.  I felt hurt on his behalf when earlier this summer, Zingbot basically told him he was the only unattractive male in the house.  Not cool, Zingbot!  Not cool at all!

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I confess… that I’m already missing my Big Brother pals.  I really enjoyed most of the houseguests this year.  The only one that REALLY got on my nerves was Devin, and he was ousted long ago.  The likes of Zach, Frankie, Cody, Caleb, Donny, Nicole, Hayden, even Victoria, and, of course, Derrick, really grew on me and I enjoyed watching them all this summer.

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BB 16

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I confess… that I’ve been snacking so much on weekends lately that it makes me sad to think of no chips this weekend.  But I really have to re-teach myself not to buy chips anymore.  *sigh*

I confess… that one night this past week, I ate half a bag of chocolate chips.  I’m hopeless, you guys.  Hopeless!

I confess… that I’m so excited for Halloween this year.  It falls on a Friday – as you know, my favourite day of the week – and I’m already dreaming up the fun I want to get into that day.  And yes, I will be indulging in some treats.  That’s why I have to be good in the meantime… I need to deserve those treats!

I confess… that sometimes, in my head, I pretend Car Rally isn’t even happening.  I think that’s why I’m so excited for Halloween.  It’s in the life after Car Rally.  The life I can’t wait to get to…

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and if you live in an area getting the amazing weather that we’re getting, make sure you get out and enjoy this Indian Summer!! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It’s Fall, Y’all

As we all know, I’ve been itching for Fall to come basically since I finished my summer vacation, back in early August.  Of course, now that Fall is officially here, and I’m allowed to be excited about it, it’s sunny and warm and the nicest stretch of weather we’ve had since…well, since early August, probably.  So the Fall clothes and boots and pots of chili will have to wait a while yet, but my blog post today is going to celebrate Autumn anyways!

I’ve seen this Old School Blogging Fall prompt on several of my favourite blogs, so I’m joining in the fun!

1. What Fall traditions do you have? When I think of Fall, I think of our family Thanksgiving dinner, and Car Rally (dreading it this year, but it’s still tradition…), my nephew Caden’s birthday (October 14th), and Tub Rave.  I think of busting out my favourite “cold weather” recipes.  I think of the drive my mom and I have been taking the past few years to look at the beautiful changing leaves in our area.  And I think of decorating my house with pumpkins and gourds and leaves, then getting ready for Halloween – especially my Halloween Movie Marathon!

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Thanksgiving 2011 – one of the warmest Thanksgivings I ever remember!!

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2013 Car Rally winners…ugh…

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Caden’s 8th birthday party (2013)

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One of the first Tub Raves!

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Mom & I on our Fall Drive in 2011

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Halloween 2013 at MVT

2. What is your favorite fall recipe? I’m a big fan of the pumpkin-spiced-everything (had my first Pumpkin Spiced Latte on Saturday!  And probably my last, because there are no damn Starbuckses around here!) – but truthfully, I really haven’t gotten into the pumpkin recipes that my Pinterest feed is full of.  I’d have to say my favourite recipes to make in the Fall are spaghetti sauce, chili, and many different kinds  of soups.  I tried out the Creamy Tomato Soup with Homemade Cashew Cream the other night – not only was it delicious, it used up a great amount of the tomatoes from my sister’s garden!


3. What is a favorite Fall photo (or photos) you’ve taken?

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This was taken a few years ago when Mom & I went for a “Fall Drive” – at the Ragged Chute

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Last year for my nephew’s birthday, he and his buddies went Ziplining – and the scenery up there was beautiful!

4. Football – love it or hate it (maybe it steals your hubby away)? I want to be a Football fan.  And now that we have a CFL team back in Ottawa again, you would think the door would be wide open for me to finally become a fan.  But so far, it hasn’t really happened.  I really love the idea of watching football all day on Sundays, but the truth is, I usually just fall asleep. I DO love Grey Cup and Superbowl Sundays, but that’s pretty much because I like the food… I guess aside from Friday Night Lights, I’ve never really become a true fan.  And I have no hubby to steal away, so that’s not a problem!

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5. What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?  There was nothing more exciting that putting the costume on on Halloween night!  Mom usually made our costumes when we were really young. I liked the year I was a pumpkin – what an ordeal, filling that thing with balled up newspaper!  And one year I went as Bart Simpson, I remember that one being pretty cool (thank God for older male cousins who were done with their Bart masks!)

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6. Pumpkins or Ghosts or both? I guess I’d go with pumpkins, since I have an abundance of them floating around my house right now (little fake ones, I mean.)  I do have some Halloween decorations to put out after Thanksgiving, but the only ghosts are the little window clings.  Which no one will even see because my windows are so frigging dirty.  I do love a good ghost story, though.

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7. What’s your favorite fall fashion item (boots? scarves? sweaters?, etc.) Honestly, I love it all.  The leggings and the big comfy sweaters and scarves and button-down shirts and boots… I just LOVE my fall wardrobe, and I can’t wait to bust it all out!

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8. Is “leaf pile jumping” your thing or not? Can’t say I’ve ever really done it.  And, as my beloved Jimmy Fallon warned the other night, it could be dangerous.  There could be sticks and branches mixed in there.  BUT I do love walking through crunchy leaves – just love that sound and that smell!

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9. Is “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” a must-watch at your house? I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever watched the whole thing before.  I must try to find it on the dish this year. I do make a point of watching as many scary movies as I can during the month of October, though!

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10. What are you going to be for Halloween this year (or your kids…)? I don’t know if I’m going to dress up this year – I did last year, but only Lindsay and I did in the office, and she’s on mat leave, so I don’t want to be the only one dressing up… If I do, it’ll be a last-minute, dig-through-Mom’s-tickle-trunk, as usual, costume.  And I don’t have kids to dress up, but I LOVE seeing my friends’ kids trick-or-treating!  They are always SO cute!!

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Lindsay & I on Halloween last year
 

Well, there…now I’m REALLY ready for the fall weather to kick in!  The next six weeks are just jam-packed with fun autumn activities, and I can’t wait! :)