Jan 15, 2016

Stormy Day

Ok this was supposed to go up a couple of days ago, but I got lazy. And it really was blizzarding outside so brain enters shut down mode once I get home from work. BUT, this is good advice for the entire winter season, so enjoy knuckleheads! 

We are currently experiencing some stormy weather here in Ontario, and although Toronto doesn't get as much snow as the surrounding areas, we did get quite a bit today!

Not quite this level, but daaammmnnn! Can you imagine?

So here are my go-to's for evenings and nights like these...once the battle of getting home from work is over and you can shed your thousands of layers. And fall face first on to the couch.

1. Make some tea (and put some alcohol in it). I find the act of making tea warms me up. I don't even need to drink it, I just dump it down the sink once its made. Just kidding!

2. If you are so lucky as to have a fireplace (I don't), then light that sucker! Or better yet, shiver on the couch under blankets until someone else comes home and does it for you! P.S- for those who have a fireplace, you are lucky lucky bastards.

3. Pajamas and thick socks are where it's at! I HATE wearing anything on me feet if I don't have to, but sometimes I will make an exception. Because...winter.

4. I am sure this is mega OLD news by now, but if you haven't crawled out from your hibernation cave (I don't blame you), some Netflix is a MUST. And the documentary, Making A Murderer, is the one to watch. Make sure to call in sick for the next day BEFORE you start watching it, because the binge won't end until the doc does.

5. And last but not least, order some good take-out. Who wants to cook dinner when their kitchen feels like -20C? (like mine does). Order good stuff, bad stuff, whatever. Just shovel that food in and then continue lying around like a piece of garbage under the blankets until its time to schlep your bones to bed. Wait a minute....that's me every night. 

What is your go-to on freezing cold, stormy winter nights? Stay warm friends!

Jan 4, 2016

2015: A Year in Photographs

Hello there! My annual year in photos (and now with video! Look at me evolving!). 2015 was a hard one, lots happened that definitely tested my ability to keep my head above the water of severe depression. BUT, the human spirit definitely fights to survive! In so many ways.

This year showed me who my heroes were. My mother, of course, who battled cancer and a subsequent pretty terrible surgery, but who did it with a smile (and a lot of drugs haha!). You are an amazing woman, one I hope to be like someday. Love you.

Dave, who I couldn't have done any of it without. Finding out my mother has cancer (in remission!) almost brought me down completely, but with Dave there I was able to keep going. He was also amazing when I went and stayed with my folks for a month to play nurse. Thanks for holding down the fort Dave, and keeping me sane.

My sister Krista, and her husband Idris. They have been through a lot this year, but have persevered! I can only imagine how hard it is not to be together for so long. Here's hoping 2016 reunites us all and our family can be whole again.

Also, my auntie Margaret, who took over for me when I needed a break from the 24/7 demands of a very sick patient, and who stepped in happily. You have no idea how much that helped me, so thank you.

I love you all so much, this one is dedicated to you!

I hope you enjoyed it! For all my other years, click below:

Thanks for being with me through it all gentle readers! I appreciate all of you visiting my tiny corner of the internet, and here's to many more years!

Happy 2016 everyone!

Jan 2, 2016

What I Got for Christmas 2015

Hello there friends! So...I debated posting this because well...no one likes a braggy pants! But, then I figured, it's all stuff that I am excited about and why not share? Besides, if you are anything like me you love this kind of shit. So here goes!

The stash! There was more to this pile, but it was mostly gift certificates, pyjamas (my fave!!!), stocking stuff which included a lot of essentials, and candy and chocolate. I am definitely a lucky, GRATEFUL girl folks. I know that there are people who are not this lucky in life.

My most exciting gift I think, was my Erin Condren! Holy crap just typing that makes me feel like the BIGGEST nerd haha! Not making fun of people who love their planners, because I certainly do. I have been wanting one of these for an entire year but couldn't afford it, so the lovely Dave got me one for Christmas. I was SO excited.

Ok! I will say yes!

I have only done one 'spread' so far (send help, shoot me), but I had so much frigging fun doing it. Not only does it let me be colourful and creative, but obviously it's main purpose is to plan and keep me on track and remind me of whats going on in life. 

Of course I can't have Christmas without getting books. I got a lot this year, and that makes me super happy! Dave pointed out though, that all the books he bought me were from the teen section at Chapters. Oh dear.

I really wanted a FAKE poofy thing for my keys. You know those $900 Michael Kors ones that all the rich ladies have? Well, I liked the look of them and wanted one. But, even if I had $900 to spend on one of those things, I just wouldn't feel right getting one (because they are real fur). Not bashing anyone who has one or something of the sort, it's just not for me! So I got a lovely $3 fake one and it makes me stupidly happy! As well as my pretty orange card holder. If I don't have to bring a wallet, I won't. Bulky things.

This thing is so frigging cool! It's a hand warmer (ummm....hello!), as well as an external charger for your phone, etc. Seriously, I'm in love with a hand warmer. You could also put it anywhere else you might be feeling frosty, just be careful ya pervs!

Ugghghhdhdhdduhiasfhu! My Bath and Body Works obsession is very real guys. VERY REAL. Especially my obsession with the Twisted Peppermint scent. I die. 

And the candles, the candles. I'm tearing up right now. I've also become THE most basic bitch in the last year. At least I don't own uggs and I really don't like Starbucks? No hate, I'm on your basic side.

This smells like freaking heaven in a bottle. The first time I wore it I kept catching whiffs and I would think 'what is that DELICIOUS smell?', only to realize that it was me! ME!!!! Hyperventilating.

I also got some pretty wicked colouring books too! Because colouring is like meditating to me. You should try it! I get lost in doing it and nary a thought passes through my head...it's wonderful.

YES Hagrid YEEESSSS!!! I'll colour you later big boy!!! I almost peed when I got the Harry Potter one. Y'all know how much I love it.

Anyway, that was it! I hope you guys don't hate me now. Also, Dave, if I forgot anything, I'M SORRY!! You were amazing in the present department! As were my parents and sister and anyone else that thought of me and wanted to buy me a present. Of course I don't expect it, and I love you all!

What cool things did you guys get?

Dec 30, 2015

December at A Glance

Oh December. You have become the busiest month of my life. As I am sure it is for many many people out there. Since I got a job at the beginning of the month, it made it seem even busier than normal. Not complaining though!

I always make my rounds to friends houses, usually at the end of November/ early December, because I know how busy it will get. And this is my kick off of the holiday festivities, where drinking and eating and watching Home Alone occurs in abundance.

John was my first stop.

I also got my hair done, thank the blonde gods!

December has also become my month to get my polycythemia treatment. I needed this phlebotomy badly, I was feeling like poop at this point, so I got my 'tune-up' and was ready to go!

I ordered this phone case in the beginning of November and waited for it (im)patiently, with it being completely worth it. It still makes me happy every time it rings. God I am a nerd.

Because it has been cold (although pretty darn tropical for December...no snow and warm!!), cats have been wanting to cuddle more than usual. Of course, because he is her world, Pandorah loves her cuddles with Dave. Those feet though.

Christmas set up! It wouldn't be complete without a 'fire' and stockings.

We got a light dusting of snow early on which I was VERY excited about, and then....nothing. It was literally 10C on Christmas day or something stupid like that. And then yesterday we had a huge storm and I had to be out in it the next day and I absolutely hated it. Sigh....I am a true Canadian.

The holidays wouldn't be the same without a quick visit to my favourite Christmas house (and street!).

I was able to squeeze in a too-quick visit with Jessi and Rob and the kiddies, and it was lovely as usual. I've learned that I have the ability to sleep through anything when I visit Jess. It must be the country air/ my extreme laziness. We did do our yearly tradition of seeing the lights in Owen sound! I love it, I'll never get sick of it. It's even more fun with the kidlets!

Jess, Will, and Jackson.

OH BOY. I have become OBSESSED with Bath and Body Works. Lord help my delicious smelling soul. The Twisted Peppermint scent is the SHIIIITTTTTT. I pretty much got this entire scent line for Christmas. I smell superb, as does my house.

The tree is always a new toy for her to try and destroy. Every year.

Somewhere in December, I found time to make ugly Christmas sweater gingerbread cookies. All that work and they were gone in no time.


Oh right! And then it was my birthday. 36 glorious years on this planet. FML.

Dave did excellently this year in the cake department.

Of course I forgot to take pictures of Christmas, but I'm here to tell you that it happened! It did! It was wonderful and loud and full of family and food and all the good things that the holiday should be about.

I hope you all had a wonderful December and that you are all ready for the new year!

You are all amazing.

Dec 28, 2015

Ubisoft Holiday Party 2015

Hello there pals! I promised some fun times up ahead, and I will try not to disappoint! When I was putting this post together I realized that I didn't take a lot of pictures (doh!), So I will try to make it exciting.

I was tired that day. Like, 'I don't want to go to a party' tired. BUT, Dave took his time so I wasn't rushed either. It was nice because I worked all day, and then we ran around after work (errands) and then had to come home and get ready. I'm not good with craziness like that, I need a minute to breathe. It made for a happier Kato, and I leisurely got ready and was happy to go.

It was masquerade themed. Dave and I left everything until the last minute (as usual), so we were essentially mask-less. Dave did have a half mask that was handed out by his work, so he decided to shave his head and beard (which were crazy) to add to the disguise. It worked to! People didn't recognize him. I didn't care about a mask, I was fine being myself.

There were fairies walking around handing out vials of absinthe. I had never tried it before, and probably never will again. That shit nasty. But, also very strong, which is good if you want to be completely wasted (I did not). They were literally handing them out all night long. Also, Di is blue steel to the max.

The vials. I could only handle 1 and a half. God they were gross. Mind my gross thumb, we can't all be beauty queens.

It was a super fun night though! Music was good, company was good, beer was good. 

They also had a girl wandering around, also dressed fairy-like, with light up hoola hoops. Ubisoft goes all out man. I felt like I was in a crazy magical world. 

On the rooftop patio (where it was FREEZING!), one of the very few cold nights so far this December (I say this while a huge storm is raging outside at the moment), they had huge fire warmers and people there to read your tea leaves. I did not get mine done unfortunately, I was only there to accompany the smokers (I don't smoke!). It was a beautiful night, and a beautiful view, so I am glad I didn't miss that.

And of course there was this. Fun times, once again Ubisoft!

Did you go to any interesting parties this holiday season?

Also, I know I am late, but Happy Holidays! 

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