February 27, 2015

Last 5 Things of February...

ONE 

After a busy day of work and then attending my sewing class right after supper I hadn't been on social media all day yesterday. Imagine my surprise when all of my newsfeeds were blowing up about the colour of a dress. A dress that is clearly Black & Blue! I showed the photo of the dress to my parents and they both said White & Gold and looked at me like I was cray when I said it was black & blue. It's alright though, my girl T.Swift agrees with me and that's all that matters 

I don't understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it's a trick somehow. I'm confused and scared. PS it's OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK

TWO

I made myself pajama pants last night y'all!  As in, started with a yard of fabric, cut out a pattern, and sewed them together to make myself pajamas. Albeit they are pajama pants that would fit someone two sizes larger than me because a medium pattern apparently would fit a medium sized male (which I clearly am not) but pajama pants are meant to be big, right? (Just go with it...).I'm so thankful for the weekly sewing classes that Kels and I are going too - its so much easier to learn this way than watching tutorials on YouTube. Now that I've made a pillowcase, pillow, and now pajama pants I feel like I can making anything! Ok, maybe not anything but I am feeling pretty confident in my sewing abilities.  I've already told my SIL and Mom that they will never get another store bought Christmas gift ever again - pajama pants every single year it is!

THREE

February has flown by, which is great because it means we're that much closer to Spring, but it also means that tomorrow is the last day of February and I still have almost all of my February goals to complete. Its alright though, I thrive under pressure and do my best work last minute. I'm the ultimate procrastinator and though I have plans to work on that, it just hasn't happened yet....


FOUR

I've been texting back and forth for days with my friend Scooby about the plans for Toni's Dirty Thirty in Vegas. Scooby and I went to Vegas last July around my birthday so we're both eagerly awaiting another trip back to Sin City and have already lined up a great group of friends to help celebrate Toni's last days of her 20's. Having all these ideas floating around is great but it makes me sad to think that it is still another 4 1/2 months away. Summer get here already!

FIVE

My hair has been driving me insane lately - this Winter has been brutal on drying out my skin and my hair and it just isn't pretty! My hairdresser of 4+ years moved away in the Summer and my hair has been on strike ever since, but I think its finally time to move on and get over my abandonment issues.  One of my oldest friends is an amazing hairdresser so I'm going to put my hair in her hands (literally) next week and try and get this crazy hair under control. I've been toying with the idea of getting bangs again for awhile now but I'm sooo undecided! I know its just hair and it grows back but my hair is pretty much sacred to me (hence the reason not just anyone can cut it) so I'm having the hardest time trying to decide what to do with it. I toyed with the idea of cutting quite a bit off but with my brother's wedding coming up I decided I should probably wait until after it. I don't know what to do y'all! 


Happy Friday!

February 26, 2015

Currently in February...

CURRENTLY...

Listening... to 'I Got The Boy' by Jana Kramer. I first heard it on The Highway on XM and a few days after hearing it my Dad asked me if I could find out who sang the song 'about getting the boy not the man' that he heard on The Highway and was loving (we're huge country music fans btw). I tweeted about it to Jana Kramer, she retweeted it, and it has now been favourited 31 times, one of them by Jamie Lynn Spears. I've determined that now that Jana Kramer has retweeted me and Jamie Lynn Spears favourited a tweet of mine, that I am now connected to both Britney Spears and Sophia Bush in a 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of way and we are now BFF's (just go with it...)

Eating... Baby spinach with diced cucumber and italian salad dressing. I can't get enough! I used to hate spinach so its hard to believe but I have been mega craving it lately

Drinking... Roscato wine. I received a bottle as part of a gift from one of my families at work at Christmas and finally tried it out on the weekend after I ran out of Moscato. I was surprised to find that I LOVE it. I'm definitely a fan of sweet wines, thats for sure


Wearing... Lululemon yoga pants and an oversize VS Pink hoodie (I feel like this is what I'm always wearing whenever I do a 'Currently' post...)

Wanting... a money tree to pop up in my backyard. My love of traveling combined with trying to save up money for my own home don't exactly go hand in hand

Needing... to get my ass in gear. I only have a little over 5 months before I have to be in a bridesmaid dress people! Someone send me some motivation, please

Watching... Hart of Dixie and HIMYM. I decided to give Gilmore Girls a little bit of a break because I was sad at the idea of being done the series (even though I've already seen the entire series before - it makes me sad to remember that its over)

Loving... my new Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. I've been searching for it for forever, but with Target closing up its been out of stock for months. I FINALLY found it in Wal-Mart while I was in Moose Jaw and I'm so happy I did - it's the best foundation I've tried thus far

Waiting... for Spring! Only 22 more days (but more like another 2 months around here...). Today's temperature is currently -36 with the wind chill and there's also an extreme cold warning. If someone living in Florida, Texas, etc. wants to trade me places I'd gladly do it!

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Planning... more details for Toni's Dirty Thirty. So far there's a few of us on board (even though Toni still hasn't committed - don't worry, my powers of persuasion are awesome) so I've got some exciting things in the works

Celebrating... 'my' teams win at the Scotties. The final game was a nail biter and it came down to the very last rock of the 10th end - I was so anxious it was ridiculous. Now its off to the World's which means even more curling for me to watch - yay! 


Wishing... that I had a vacation planned. It's been 3 months since my last vacation and I'm starting to go a little stir crazy! Toni and I are in the early stages of planning a quick weekend getaway to the Twin Cities to celebrate the girls birthdays (6 months later... whoops!) but I really want to book a Vegas or NYC trip :(

February 23, 2015

2015 Reading Goals...

As I mentioned in my The Best Year Yet post,  I LOVE to read. Not only do  I love to read new stories, I love going back and re-reading my favourites. Back in the day, when you had to write your name on an index card to take a book out at the library, my name would be written over and over and over again in certain books - if I love a book I can't just read it once!

Even though I usually feel super guilty when I do it, I love spending all day in bed on a weekend devouring book after book after book. When someone tells me they don't like to read this is my reaction:


Our Mama started reading to me and my siblings when we were just babies and all of us are avid readers and always have been. Yes, even my brother. He read the entire Harry Potter series before I did! We all belonged to a 'Reading Club' at our local library - each week we would check out books and then when we returned them the next week we would write the names of our books down and at the end of the year whoever had read the most books for their age category won an award. There was even a picture of us in the newspaper because of this a couple of times (I'm going to need to dig that up!). Remember, O-town is a small, small town people!

Each time I would go to the library I was always over the 8 book limit that you are able to check out (the librarian usually let me get away with it). Back then Toni and I could spend hours in a bookstore or the library just browsing all the shelves. Toni still will to this day; I, however, LOVE having a NookColour to download books onto since I can't stand clutter. I have hundreds of books on my Nook but don't have to worry about having a million bookshelves - isn't technology great?! There are still some books that I like to buy the physical copies of but I have nowhere near the collection of actual books that I once did. That tiny little bit of OCD that I have is greatful for that.

I'm also a very fast reader. If I could make a career out of reading (or typing!) fast I definitely could. It's not bragging if its true, right?  My classmates at school would take 5-10 minutes longer than me to finish reading an assignment - some would try and say that I faked reading the assignment because they couldn't believe how fast I would get it done. On the way to Texas I read Divergent from start to finish in 2 hours from Minot, ND to Bismarck, ND. Being a fast reader means that I go through books reallly fast, and then I'm once again on the hunt for a book to capture my attention.

I have to admit that as much as I love reading I'm not very adventurous when it comes to selecting books. I usually stick with the B&N Top 100 or check out what's on other people's reading lists or book club picks for the month. It takes me FOREVER to pick a book out on my Nook - if the synopsis of the book doesn't reel me in then I am moving on to the next. You cant, however, stick me into any single category of books - I don't just read romance, or science fiction, or young adult stories,etc. I read them all, as long as the story grabs my attention at first. I'm just not adventurous when it comes to taking on the classics - can you believe I've never read Pride or Prejudice or Wuthering Heights?! For an avid reader, I feel a little bit ashamed of this. 

Some of my favourite books include: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Girl Death Left Behind, My Sisters Keeper, The entire Harry Potter series (I can't pick just one favourite - don't make me!), The Scent of Rain and Lighting, Before I Go To Sleep, Still Alice, Bossypants, Charlotte's Web... the list goes on and on! Obviously, like mentioned above, these all don't fit into just one category. But also, as mentioned above, they're pretty common books that most have read - nothing too crazy or out there. BUT that's what I'm trying to work on!

I found the 2015 Reading Challenge on Pinterest and mentioned it in my Best Year Yet post. I think this challenge will push my out of my 'comfort zone' when it comes to selecting books and getting through them - I can't wait to take the challenge on!  I'll probably update my progress every couple of months so make sure you check back!


What is your hands down favourite book of all time? Let me know!

February 20, 2015

Curling, Curling, Curling...

Hey y'all -  long time no talk! The past two weeks have been busy but I'm okay with busy considering the weeks have flown by and its already almost March. And that means almost the end of Winter - hallelujah!!

I didn't intend to take time off from blogging - I actually have a list of topics in my phone, now I just need the time to write them! Monday was Family Day here in Saskatchewan, which meant a long weekend for most. I was away for the long weekend and took my laptop intending on getting some blog posts done during some down time. Apparently I was ridiculous in believing there would be any down time - it was go, go, go alll weekend. Though the past couple of weeks have been crazy busy they have also been great - February has been a goood month!


I attended a crafting night at the EFC last Tuesday night with Kelsey. After being in the Queen City all day to get my braces tightened, combined with the shitty road conditions on the way there, the night of crafting was much needed. I still haven't accomplished my wine/crafting nights for February yet though...


Last weekend was the start of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw. My sibings and I got our Mama tickets to the event for Christmas - Toni had a prior commitment for the weekend so it was just me, Mama, Kenton, and Kels who got away for the long weekend. Curling is tied with football for my favourite sport (you won't understand unless your Canadian) and after years and years of watching the Scotties on tv it was about damn time we were able to watch our favourites live. 

We got to Moose Jaw late Friday night and the first game was at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon. The Hot Shots competition was before the first game, where players have to make certain shots for the chance to win a 2 year lease on a vehicle, so we got to the arena early so we could take in the semifinal and final of the Hot Shots competition. My favourite curler of all time, Jennifer Jones (skip of the defending Olympic champion team thankyouverymuch), was on the ice and seeing her that close was so surreal. I was a little starstruck, I must admit.


With the Scotties being in Saskatchewan this year there was definitely no shortage of fan support. I've watched the Scotties on tv for over 20 years (!) and realize now that nothing will beat the real thing! I've been trying to convince everyone to head back this weekend for the finals (to no avail - darnit!). I think I might be thisclose to convincing my Mama that we really do need to go to Vegas for the Continental Cup next year though. Two of my favourite things at once? Sign me up! 

The hotel we stayed at was full of other curling fans. There was a shuttle that took us back and forth from the arena and on Sunday morning we were lucky enough to be able to ride the shuttle with two 'celebrities' - Mike McEwen and Brent Laing, both amazing curlers but also the significant others of two players from my favourite team. Definitely a highlight of my weekend!

Most people don't understand my love of curling and that's alright - to each their own! After this weekend the curling season will be almost over (insert sad face here) and then the countdown to football season is on! But first, I have to make it through the finals. Have I mentioned that my favourite team is actually from a neighbouring (and rival?) province? And that they may end up facing Saskatchewan in the finals? I honestly don't know what I'll do if that happens...


Moose Jaw has two big tourist 'traps' the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and the Tunnels that run underneath the downtown area connecting businesses that were used during the prohibition day. Kels had never been to the tunnels and done the tours - Kenton and I both went on class trips in Grade 8 after reading the Tunnels of Time books - so after spending some time at the casino in between draws on Sunday we went to see The Chicago Connection tour. It has been a loooong time since I was in Grade Eight so it was pretty neat to rediscover the tunnels all over again. Mama stayed behind at the casino trying to win us some big money so we could afford to stay the rest of the week at the curling event (it didn't work... haha)


Besides passing through it almost every weekend for two years in College I haven't spent much time in Moose Jaw. I was surprised to find how many good restaurant options there were and all within close range of Mosaic Place, where the Scottie's were being held. We ate supper at The Crushed Can on Sunday before the last draw after a recommendation from a lady on our shuttle ride from the hotel to the arena and it did not disappoint. I think a weekend at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in MJ is necessary so I also have an excuse to go to The Crushed Can again. We ate lunch at Brown's Social House on Monday afternoon before our last draw of the day before heading home (boooo) and not only was the food great but the Bellini I had (pictured below) was out of this world AND only $5. Win win! O-town is extremely limited on its dining options so its always nice to get to a city and enjoy a few meals out

I hope everyone elses February has been going great and HAPPY FRIDAY! Cheers to the weekend!

February 12, 2015

What's In My Makeup Bag 2015...

Two years ago I did a 'What's In My Make-Up Bag' post and linked up with one of my favourite bloggers at that time. (I was new to blogging so please pay no mind to the formatting of that post). At the time I really only wore eye makeup - eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Everything else pictured from 2 years ago was for 'special occasions' ie: when I traveled. I still have that bottle of foundation that's pictured and its over 3/4 full, so that goes to show how little makeup I wore! I mentioned in that post that I was pretty lucky with my skin - I've never had issues with acne and really never have much to complain about other than how dry my skin can get. I do have seasonal allergies (I'm allergic to the outdoors - no joke!) so sometimes I have to deal with some redness associated with my allergies, and lately with work stress and stress from life in general I have had to deal with some major baggage underneath my eyes. 

 After complaining about how bad the bags underneath my eyes were (and after my Mama said it looked like I had two black eyes) I decided it was time to do something about it. On one of my (very) few days off over the Christmas break I stumbled upon some British YouTubers that I have come to LOVE. Zoe Sugg, Tanya Burr, Niomi Smart, Louise Pentland, etc. I've been watching all of their videos but particularly love all of the makeup tutorials and beauty haul videos because they give me awesome tips on the best drugstore makeup dupes, plus great makeup tips in general. 

I received a $180 VISA gift card at Christmas so while in the Queen City at the beginning of January for an orthodontist appointment I went on a little Target makeup shopping spree. I want to play around with some inexpensive makeup before I go crazy at Sephora (though I've been known to drop a few hundred dollars there in the past...) so Target was the best place to start. One of my 30 Before 30 goals is 'Learn new makeup techniques' so actually acquiring some products was the first step. 

ALL of my makeup (aside from my Naked palettes and Kabuki brush) are jam packed into my Coach makeup bag. I pretty much have to take every single item out to be able to see what I need so it's not the greatest but it works for right now. 

Urban Decay Naked On The Run  
I just purchased this in December while at Sephora. I inititally wanted it to keep in my purse but my bag is so jam packed full of stuff right now that there's no room for it at the moment

Urban Decay Naked 2 (not pictured) and Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palettes
I've had the Naked 2 since Spring of 2013, but I dropped it on the ceramic tile in my bathroom and smashed half the colors :(  I'm not as big of a fan of the Naked 3 (I purchased it in Summer 2014) but it will have to make due - I can't justify buying the Naked 2 again when I still have half the colours left from my first one and a brand new Naked 3 

I had never really worn foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, etc so the firs step was taking recommendations from the YouTubers mentioned above, as well as some beauty bloggers, and buying a few different types of each kind to see which worked best for me


Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in Classic Beige
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment in Light/Medium 
Works SO good y'all!
Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in Buff Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Buff Beige 
Loreal True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer in Light/Medium 
Loreal Infallible Advanced Never Fail Makeup in Natural Beige
e.l.f. Essential Tone Correcting Concealer in Apricot Beige 
Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer in Light Medium 
e.l.f. Mineral Face Primer
All you need is one tiny dab of it and it covers the entire face

The only brushes I owned until my Target spree were the Sephora angled liner brush, that I used for applying my UD 24/7 eyeliner, and the brushes that came with my Naked palettes. I've just never been a makeup person!

e.l.f. Studio Kabuki Face Brush
EcoTools Day to Night Brush Set
e.l.f. Studio Angled Blush Brush
Sephora Classic Must Have Angled Liner Brush
e.l.f. Professional Total Face Brush
e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium 
e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St.Lucia 
e.l.f. Essential All-Over Color Stick in Persimmon

e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer in Sheer
Sephora Smart Liner in Black
Benefit They're Real! Mascara
Urban Decay Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener 
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original 
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Empire and Perversion 
Tweezers (free from a giveaway at a Ladies Night Out event)
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black 
Rimmel Special Eyes Precision Eye Liner Pencil in Black Magic 
Revlon Extra Curl Lash Curler

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie and Peach Parfait 
Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Berry Bomb
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Sweet Mint
NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Brown 
Clean & Clear Night Relaxing All-In-One Cleansing Wipes 
Claw clip, backcombing comb, bobby pins, magnifying mirror 

To me all the products pictured above seem like a LOT but I know to people who are skilled with makeup that my little 'collection' is nothing! The more I play around with everything the better it looks - but it's definitely a trial and error situation. There have been a few times where I put everything on only to wipe it off a few minutes later and start all over.It's not quite as easy as some of the YouTube makeup tutorials make it look! I've really only been putting on a full face of makeup on weekends - I definitely don't have time in the mornings right now to do a full face and then have to start all over again if I hate it. But I will get there - I really want to be able to cross it off my 30 Before 30 list!

I have to know - what's your one MUST-HAVE makeup product?

February 6, 2015

Loving Lately...

Five Things I've Been Loving Lately...

1. Gilmore Girls on Netflix
I'm just starting the last season and I don't want it to be over! Though I do have 10 seasons of Friends I can finally start re-watching once I get done. I'm just not ready to say goodbye to Rory and Lorelai (again!)


2. Fruit
 I go through phases where I love fruit, then hate it for awhile after because of how much I ate while I was in the loving it phase. I'm obviously back in the loving it phase at this time. While in Yorkton we stopped at the Superstore to grab some essentials for our Girls Night and I grabbed two HUGE fruit trays - they were only $12.98 each and I couldn't pass up a deal like that. Around here those suckers are close to $30!. I'm tempted to drive back to Yorkton just for fruit. Also, I HATE cutting up fruit (aint nobody got time for that) hence the need for prepared fruit trays

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Every time I drive by Edible Arrangements while in the Queen City I remind my Mom that if I'm ever sick I NEED one. The last two times I've had surgery I wasn't able to eat solid foods for weeks afterwards so I couldn't even have my day brightened with some fruit :(

3. Hart of Dixie
I'm super late to the party on this one. As much as I love Rachel Bilson I just don't get much time to watch TV very often so I never started watching when it first came out. Scooby watched a PVR'd episode while I was there and I liked what I saw so I ordered the first season on Amazon. (Don't worry, it didn't break my spending freeze at the low price of $16.99). I can't wait for it to get here!

4. It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere Moscato
I like to try different kinds of Moscato (though Barefoot will probably always be my fav because of that low, low price tag) and while in Yorkton I found the It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere (can see the bottle in this post) Moscato in the Australia section. Now I'm just hoping I can find it somewhere close to home or I will be making a trip to Yorkton for wine and fruit 

5. EOS Sweet Mint lip balm
I've tried every other EOS lip balm and this one definitely takes the cake. I never used to think anything could replace my love for Blistex Silk and Shine but I was wrong. After giving away a few of these around Christmas I realized that my stock was low - so low that I only had the one in my purse that was basically empty left. I had a mini panic attack, searched all over 'the city' and then finally found the LAST ONE in Sobeys. I went to the Queen City a few weeks later and stocked up again. I now have one in my nightstand, one in my car, one in my purse, and one in my desk drawer at work. I will never let my stock get that low ever again!
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What are you loving lately?

February 4, 2015

February Goals...


Does anyone else feel like they blinked and suddenly January was over? I swear just yesterday it was Christmas! I did alright on my January Goals, though I definitely could have done better. Lets take a look back at my January Goals and see my progress

1. Finish up a few 'loose end' posts from last year (aka my Texas and Vegas trips).
DONE(ish)! I finally posted my Texas recap (8 months later...) and I have my Vegas trip posts in their final drafts, just have to figure out when to schedule them to be posted, but I am chalking this one up as a win since I FINALLY got my Texas recap up. That post took at least 10 hours of writing and editing! Crazzzy.  I will NEVER wait that long to do a vacation recap ever again!

2. Set up my new blogging space.
SO close to being done. I just haven't found a chair that I LOVE yet so that part isn't quite finished. I'm hoping that when I go to the Queen City next week for my orthodontist appointment that I'll be able to find one at Target and that it will be on sale (since Target is leaving us - waaaahhh!)

3. Get an oil change for Eleanor. 
DONE! I bought the oil while in the Queen City at the beginning of the month and my Dad changed it for me a couple days later. I normally get it done by a company in town but my Dad insisted he needed to do it this time - only to realize my car is really difficult and he had to tear apart half my engine just to get it changed. Sooo I'll be going back to the company in town the next time I need an oil change

4. Send out 5 forms of snail mail. 
Okay, so they are still waiting in my purse to actually be dropped off at the post office but the fact that they were ready to go by the end of the month is making this one count as a win

5. Have a wine/crafting night with Kelsey.
Still no dice on this. We did get together with a group of people for a beginners sewing class but since it took place in a church the wine may have been frowned upon...

6. Complete my work 'to do' list of projects whittled down  and also learn to delegate some of these projects.
I'm (slowly) getting there. Everytime I cross something off though, another two things get added on to it. Story of my (work) life

7. Have a mini freezer meal making day. 
The whole 'spending freeze' thing really messed this one up. I have a certain amount set aside each month that I'm able to spend during the freeze, aside from my regular monthly payments/bills, but spending it on groceries did not seem like any fun so I didn't buy any, and thus, I couldn't make an freezer meals 

8. Form a habit with my new fitness routine. 
I was really looking forward to it at the beginning of the month and then I lost all motivation after only a few workouts. Having my FitBit really helps me to make sure I'm at least moving around a bit through the work day though, so that's a plus!


9. Update my 30 Before 30 list. 
In the process of updating my 30 Before 30 list I somehow made it so it no longer links to it from the 30x30 link at the top of the page and I have NO idea how to fix it :(  I also posted a 28 Before 28 list - you can check it out here

10. Work on a new monthly budget for 2015. 
Done! After a LOT of calculating I think I finally have it all figured out. Sadly, it doesn't look like 'Project Down Payment' will be completed this year but its looking pretty good for Spring of next year (knock on wood!)
Since February is a short month I'm aiming for only 8 goals this month, though I REALLY hope that come March I have crossed every single thing off my goals (a girl can dream!) I'm carrying over a few of my January Goals that didn't get completed because I would really like to get these done and off my To Do list

1. Send out 5 forms of snail mail.
Getting snail mail is the best, and I love sending it in hopes that I can put a smile on someone's face when they get their mail. My friend Mallory sent me some snail mail last week and I was so excited to get it!

2. Have a wine/crafting night with Kelsey AND Nikki/Mallory.
Kels and I are attending a craft night at the EFC next week, maybe we'll sneak some wine in and make this our wine/crafting night. January was too crazy for Nikki, Mallory and I to get together but I'm hopefull that we can make something work this month

3. Purchase the perfect chair to complete my new blogging space.
Like I mentioned above, I'm hoping I can get a chair next week to complete the space. If so, be on the look out for a post about my new space!

4. Have a mini freezer meal making day.
This WILL get done this month. I've got some awesome recipes pinned that I can't wait to try and other than next weekends trip to the Moose Jaw for the Scotties the rest of my weekends are wide open to get this task finished

5. Form a habit with my fitness routine.
The fact that I have to be in a bridesmaids dress in just over 6 months time is making this one my top priority for the month!

6. Go to bed by 10:00 pm each weeknight.
 I used to be a night owl - I'd go to bed around midnight/1:00 am every night and still be able to get up early in the mornings. Lately I've found that the later I stay up the more times I'm hitting snooze on my alarm clock in the morning. I have to be at work by 7:15 each morning so getting to bed by 10:00 pm really only gives me 8 hours of sleep (if I fall asleep right away), so I've been getting waaay less than that lately. Scooby mentioned on the weekend that she makes sure she's in bed by 10:00 each night on weekdays so I'm going to try it and see if it helps me in the mornings (though I don't think I'll ever be a morning person...)

7. Download a Yoga App and do yoga at least 3 times/week.
I have Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown on DVD but that yoga is not the kind of yoga I'm aiming for (that shits intense!). Any suggestions of a good app friends? 

8. Stick to my spending freeze budget while in Moose Jaw for the Scotties.
The fact that Moose Jaw doesn't have a Target will probably really help with this one. My tickets are already paid for, I've accounted for fuel, food/drinks/, and the hotel in my monthly budget, its just all the 'extras' (like shopping) that I have to be careful about

What are YOUR February goals? 

February 3, 2015

Weekend Getaway...

On Friday evening my sister and I headed to Yorkton to visit our  high school friend Scooby. I've known Scooby (also known as Jess - the name Scooby came about during our NYC trip and its just stuck) since she moved to O-town in Grade Two and was 'the new girl'. Toni, Jess, and I all belonged to the same group of friends in High School -  I know a lot of people lose touch with friends from high school but we've tried really hard to make our friendship stand the test of time. Scooby may not be close with some of our other high school friends, and the same for Toni and I, but we always try to make it so we get together at least a couple of times a year. My best friend from Kindergarten until my early twenties still lives in O-town and I probably see her less than I see Scooby (sad, but true). Scooby has owned her condo in Yorkton since November 2013 and I had yet to see it (I hadn't been to Yorkton since I 'kidnapped' Scooby in July 2013 to roadtrip with me to my friends wedding in Alberta) so this weekend trip was a long time coming. The last time I actually got to see Scooby (other than the two seconds she stopped by my work around Christmas to drop off some of her mom's delicious Christmas baking while bringing her Grandma back to town) was July when we went to Vegas together. I was supposed to meet up with her in the Queen City in November for a Rider game but had to cancel those plans when I had wisdom teeth surgery the day before the game. Toni and I had been saying forever that we were going to take a weekend to go see her and finally we just had to pick a weekend or it would keep getting put off.

We got to Yorkton around 8:30 that night and after quickly dropping off our bags, getting a tour of the condo, and freshening up a bit, we headed out to eat. We went to Mr.Mike's, a steakhouse franchise, and had supper and drinks in the lounge and caught up on each other's lives. Fun fact: Scooby is apparently just one of those people that strangers find approachable - no matter where she is someone always strikes up small talk with her. An older man out for drinks with a big group started talking to us and after finding out that Scooby wasn't originally from Yorkton and is a teacher at the middle school, informed us that he is 1/6th of the owner of the local Dairy Queen and if she ever needs anything - mechanic suggestions, etc, just to call Dairy Queen and they'll give her his cell number. I don't know what it is about her but they just seem to find her sooo approachable and she gets stuck having to make small talk with complete strangers - its pretty funny to be a bystander

After supper we went back to Scooby's and caught up some more before calling it a night around midnight (we know we're not in high school anymore when...). In the morning our main priority was getting coffee in our systems. Just the fact that we could leave the house in our pajamas and go to Tim Horton's drive thru to get coffee and a muffin makes me want to move there. Also, the fact that the Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt muffin is so amazing makes me want to move there so I can have one (or five) every day. That good people! We got a late start to our day after that - lazing around on the couch trumped getting ready so we didn't shower and get ready for the day until after 12 - I think it was just before 2:00 before we even left the house. We  joked about how in high school we would literally roll out of bed in the mornings and go - we were lucky if we even brushed our hair. We've come a long way since then considering it now takes around an hour just to get ready for the day (and we're not even that high maintenance!)


Toni is in the planning stages of moving a new modular home onto her lot so the plan was to go look at some of the homes. Unfortunately they didn't have any modular homes, only RTM's, on the lots so that plan was kiboshed. After driving to two different places we gave up and decided it was time for lunch. We went to Joe Beeverz, a Canadian franchise that serves stereotypical Canadian foods. I had never been to one before but had seen it while in Brandon and wanted to see what the fuss was all about. There are SO many different kinds of poutines and caesars and so many other delicious-but-completely-bad-for-you fried foods. But calories don't count on weekend getaways either, right?



After lunch it was time to do some shopping. We went to a few places, though none of us really were in the shopping mood (mostly due to all of us being broke as a joke). We went to a boutique downtown where I did buy myself a scarf (I'm hanging my head in shame right now - my scarf collection is out of control). They had a selection of Hunter boots and it took all of my willpower to remember that I am on a spending freeze and walk away from them. I'm still sad about that


We went to the mall afterwards to find Toni a pair of boots and wandered through a few more stores. We had decided the night before to have a 'girls day' so we went to Shopper's and got mud masks, pore strips, Cosmo magazine, and some nail polish. We also stopped for some wine (le duh), fruit trays, junk food, and even stopped by Scooby's parents (they moved to Yorkton a few years back) to get some Brie to try and pretend we are fancy. We had all the supplies for a great girls night. 

Before heading back to the condo we stopped at Scooby's school so she could drop some volleyball jerseys off and so she could show us her classroom. I had a bit of an 'omg when did we get old?' moment when I realized that she is now a teacher with her own classroom. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were the ones in school and now she's the one doing the teaching!


When we got back to the condo it was time to open the wine and get started on girls night. Scooby made us a delicious spaghetti supper and after filling our bellies it was time to get on with the rest of the girls night activities. First up Toni brought out her pendulum and cleared any negative energy from Scooby's condo and from the three of us. Then she read our cards to us (she's super into all of the energy/healing things so has SO many decks of these cards). After discussing how true to the places we all are in our lives it was time to move on to games. We played many, many rounds of Heads Up and Jenga Sociables. I spilled an entire glass of wine on myself and while cleaning it up Scooby spilled her glass of wine. You basically can't take us anywhere (good thing it was girls night IN!) 



 


I found a new Moscato at the liquor store in Yorkton and not only is the name of the wine reason enough to buy it, but it is also ah-mazing. I loved it! We pulled out our fruit platter and brie to snack on after playing some games but I never did get up the nerve to try the brie (I'm a picky eater sometimes and 'weird' things scare me...)



After playing some games and doing some Cosmo quizzes we just lazed around on the couch with our drinks (and junk food of course - it wouldn't be girls night without that!) and decided that the next day we would do our mud masks since washing off our makeup and putting on the masks at that time was just too much work (we were a few bottles of wine in at this point...). We played some Trivia Crack and then I quizzed the two of them on how well they know me, with the intent of writing a blog post about it. However, I didn't write down any of the answers at the time and everything was a little fuzzy the next morning (whooops). Next time!

The next morning we started off our day the same as the day before, heading to Tim Horton's in our pajamas for some coffee and breakfast. If I lived in a city its probably not something I would do every day but it's just nice even having the option to do it. After getting back we had our breakfast and then it was time for our mud masks. We put the masks on, put some cucumber slices on our eyes, and then relaxed for 15 minutes. I loved the mask that I used - it was a detoxifying mask and my skin felt SO smooth afterwards. It really made me want a facial though, which doesn't bode well with my spending freeze.

After our masks and a bit of relaxing it was time to get ready again and head out for a little more shopping. I had forgotten to grab fabric the day before so it was off to Wal-Mart (no Target in Yorkton unfortunately) since I'm such an accomplished sewer now that I've made a pillowcase, and then to Sportschek so I could look at running shoes. We had been there the day before and there were some on sale. I hummed and hawwed on Saturday about it, ultimately deciding not to get any, but then changed my mind Sunday morning. I want to go to the Running Room the next time I get a chance and actually get fitted for a proper pair of running shoes but until then just wanted some new runners (the ones I have right now are terrible) and since the ones at Sportschek were on sale for around $70 I could justify getting them for in the meantime. However, they ended up not having my size in any of the ones on sale (typical!) so I didn't have to break my spending freeze

After finishing up our shopping we ordered pizza and headed back to the condo with it to have a late lunch before Toni and I had to head back to O-town. While we ate our lunch it was finally time to play Sequence! Back story: Scooby's parents had a game called Sequence at their house when we were young and we used to play it all.the.time. I had never seen it anywhere else or played it anywhere else, but a couple years back my cousin was having a garage sale and was selling it. I was super excited and nabbed it from her. She didn't think that the pieces were all there so it was more the nostalgia that made me take it - I couldn't even remember how to play. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when a blogger I follow posted on IG of herself and some friends playing the game and it made me nostalgic once again. One of the most important things I wanted to do while in Yorkton was play the game. We had picked it up at Scooby's parents when we had stopped there quick the day before and I had been not so patiently waiting to play it. Toni had never played before but after a couple of rounds she was just as addicted as I am. We actually played longer than we should have and got a later start to our trek back home than we planned, but it was worth it!




As soon as we got back to O-town I found the game with all my other stored household items and brough it upstairs, to discover that the game had never even been played before. I don't know why my cousin thought pieces were missing (she had even given it to me for free), and know I'm sad it took me this long to start playing it again. (We played again last night with my brother and SIL after his birthday supper and they loved the game too so I'm thinking there's a lot more of it in our future)

I had such a great weekend and it was exactly what I needed to recharge and refresh. I didn't think about work once (other than joking about quitting my job to move to Yorkton...) and I was completley stress free - it was glorious! I definitely think there will be more of these weekend getaways in my future. I joked to Scooby that she'll never get rid of me now!