Oct 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!!

Oct 26, 2014

Scary Stories That Are TRUE

This is an old one from September 2010, but no word of a lie, it really happened. Just like this:

A few weeks ago, I experienced terror in a way that I haven't since I was a kid first playing Nightmare.  Anyone remember that board game?  One of the first interactive games where you popped a video in your VCR (anyone remember VCRs?) which consisted of a scary gatekeeper-vampire-werewolf-type person who led you through the game and made you say and do certain things to win.  I DID NOT WANT TO PLAY.  Why? Because I thought the scary person on the other side of the screen could SEE ME.  That if I didn't do what he said he would somehow...punish me.  By creeping into my room at night and showing me the maggots under his hood? I don't know.  But it terrified me.

But I digress, as usual.  The incident in question from a few weeks ago is WAY scarier, and only because I am old now and can't take that kind of shock to my heart.  I thought I was going to die from the panic.  

Dave and I were fast asleep.  It was three in the morning and not a creature was stirring.  I was yanked out of a dead sleep, which, if you have never been woken up in that way, you are lucky.  It's no good.  It leaves you feeling weird, and no one's heart should beat that fast.   I laid there trying to figure out what it was that woke me up so horribly when I heard it:  piano music coming from somewhere close.  At three in the morning.  Now, keep in mind that I was still slightly asleep and thought that my mind was playing tricks on me.  But then it continued, and as my brain woke up a little bit more, I realized that there was indeed a piano playing.  At first I thought someone was listening to music somewhere.  Why in God's name they would be playing it that loudly at that time of the morning is beyond me, but I do live in a crackhead area.  Who knows what a person who is agitated and paranoid will do in the middle of the night, right?

But then I realized it did not sound like music coming from a radio, but more like PLAYING.  Someone playing the piano.  I thought to myself "Ok neighbour, I get that you like to play the piano, but REALLY?" before my brain kicked in again and reminded me that my neighbours have school age children so it most likely wasn't them.  And then, the realization:  THE PIANO PLAYING WAS COMING FROM INSIDE MY HOUSE.  Once I figured this out, it was like my brain met with the rest of my body.  A huge WHOOSH of realization that woke me up completely.  As in, my body is standing at attention: all 1,300,000 nerve endings are NOT at ease.

Someone was playing the piano downstairs.  Never mind thoughts of ghostly beings in flowing, white, old-fashioned dress; enter serial killer stage left.  The kind of serial killer who's calling card was to play a person's piano before slashing their throat.  My entire body froze. My eyes tried to see through the floor, in order to try and understand what was going on below.  I gently and as quietly as I could, tried to wake up Dave.  This only happened when I squeezed his side in a pincher grip, all the while breathing "DAVE!" out of the corner of my mouth. He finally woke up.  I whisper-breathed, "Someone is in our house, playing the piano".

Now usually it takes Dave a good long 30 minutes to pull himself out of bed in the mornings.  This time? He was up and running in a matter of SECONDS.  He ran down the stairs.  Hmm...not my first choice in handling the situation.  I mean, who RUNS towards their death?  Apparently Dave does.  I heard the music go away.  He came back up the stairs to tell me that one of our cats had pushed the self-playing button on his piano.  PIANOS HAVE THOSE?  Oh my goodness, I thought we were DEAD when it was the freaking cat all along.

Moral of the story: turn off your piano before you go to sleep at night.  And any other thing that plays music or makes a sound.  Because when your cat has a vendetta towards you, they know just how to take you out.

Sunday Mini Adventures

I had to go and buy a dress today for SOMEONE'S wedding I am going to on Saturday, so my sister came and picked me up and off we went.

But first we had to take Finnigan the dog for a nice, long walk.

The first thing he did after being let out of his crate was to go directly to the cat litter box and grab a piece of the 'candy'. Why are dogs so gross haha! This guy is only five months old and such a little sweetheart.


Those colors.

Krista and her friend.

My ladybug friend! For luck.

We went to Yorkdale Mall to dress shop, among other things, for SOMEONE's wedding next weekend (all will be revealed in due time), and this was the change room I had to try my dress on in. HA!

Anyway, this is the dress I chose. Super cute, and versatile. I will be wearing this to all the holiday gatherings this year as well. So expect to see it a lot.

All that shopping made me a hungry gal, so King of King's at Kenzo was the only answer.

I am already in my pjs and washed up and ready for bed. The Walking Dead is on in twenty minutes, and then off to bed! We have to get up early and go vote! As should everyone else in this city. We are voting for a new Mayor of Toronto, and all I pray is that another Ford does not get in there. Please god, no.

Have a lovely evening lovelies!

Oct 25, 2014


Fall has definitely hit the city. I have been absolutely loving all the colors this year and revelling in walking down the street on crunchy leaves. 

I always feel like winter is almost here (sorry deniers) when I take out my air conditioner for the season and I get the urge to tuck away everything on my deck. Which is what we did today. And found this GIANT sucker trying to get warm in the window well. I believe my oh so grown up reaction was, "GET IT OUT GET IT OUT GET IT OUT".  Why so big though? I can't deal.

The sun was going down as I was cleaning up the deck. Turning containers upside down, cleaning up any old raccoon shit (ugh so gross right), and tomorrow we buy a tarp to cover up the barbecue for the next 6 months. God I wish I was exaggerating that number. I'm not.

Dave is out for the night, so I get the house to myself. I am tidying up a bit, and then I am going to shower, get into a clean pair of pjs and just relax. And do a little of this.

And a lot of this.

What are your plans for tonight? Tell me exciting ones so I can feel like more of a loser.

Oct 21, 2014

10 Best Halloween Movies

In homage to the upcoming spooky holiday, I wanted to list MY favourite movies that I love watching at this time of year:

1. Anything Harry Potter- now I know these aren't Halloween specific, but come on...it's Harry Potter.

2. Hocus Pocus- classic.  I have always wanted to be Sarah Jessica Parker in this movie. Well, except for the dumbness. 

3. The Conjuring- This movie didn't get the best reception, but I saw it at the drive in and really liked it. So much that I watched it twice. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas- Christmas? Halloween? How about both! 

Casper- another classic in my book. I watched the cartoon when I was a kid, and I love this movie. Devon Sawa anyone? I thought he was so cute back then.

Devon now. Hmm.

Ju-on (The Grudge)- the first time I saw this movie I almost pooped my pants.

Ringu (The Ring)- pants pooping also was prevalent here.

The Birds- an actual classic. I saw this movie when I was a kid and loved it. There's no music in this movie, which is crazy! Music creates the mood, but this movie was still scary without any.

The Exorcist- I tried to watch this when I was 9 and got to the part where she pees on the rug and I was done. Too scary. Obviously I saw it after that, even in the theater when it was remastered!

The Orphanage- Super creepy. I loved this movie so so much. Check it out if you love creepiness!

What movies do you like to watch this time of year? Let me know in the comments!

Oct 19, 2014


I really wanted to see the leaves in all their glory this year, so despite the bit of rain we were experiencing yesterday, Dave and I took a drive to Mono Cliffs to see all the beautiful colors on display.

And Nature did not disappoint.

How lucky are we that we get to experience this every year? Just like Winter, Autumn is a time of reflection for me, as things go to sleep, getting ready for the next cycle in their lives.

We stumbled across a little cemetery on our travels and decided to explore. You guys know my love for cemeteries: quiet places, full of lives that were once here but are now at rest. 

So pretty.

Yay leaves!

It was so frigging cold out yesterday, but man, it felt good to be alive!

I mean, look at those colours.

At least they had full lives.

Dave was really cold.

I was certainly not dressed warmly enough.

This one made me sad.

Sometimes you need to just sit and think about the changes in your life...is your life working for you? What could be better? What can you fix? Always remember though...it can always be worse. That is my life motto.

Happy Sunday everyone! Today is about protein shakes, working out, and chilli in the crockpot that is already smelling super delicious. It's cold here today, so cozy pajamas and space heaters are what's up.

What's your favourite thing about Sundays?