Thursday, January 29, 2015


Maritime Canada, I stand with you as you brace for round two of more wintry, stormy weather this weekend.  I love how this is a thing ("thing" being a hashtag on Twitter) and makes me proud to be Canadian.  Stormchips!!! A Mari usque ad Mare!

Read this now if you're confused: 
Nova Scotia's first big storm of 2015 brings panic for #stormchips

no name Club Pack regular ripple cut potato chips, aka 1.65lbs of deep fried starchy joy ($4.18 before tax)
These are my current all time favourite because lightly salted.
no name lightly salted ripple cut potato chips (50% less sodium than the above)
I too have my #STORMCHIPS! Now grant me my honourary Nova Scotian citizenship!

....however, here in Vancouver, we've been breaking double digit temperatures this week and had some really nice, sunny days to boot. And the electricity hasn't gone out once.

The best part about this is even though I paid at time of purchase:

$4.18 (750g)
$5.00 (4 x 250g bags)
plus GST ($0.46)
for a total of $9.64,  

I earned 3600 PC Points (my man, Galen Weston, Jr.!) for the purchase, which if I apply the future savings now, these five bags only cost me a little over $6.00


Lip Balm Love and Headband Help

I was initially going to title this post "Chapstick Celebration," until I just did some googling and found out that ChapStick is actually a brand and that "lip balm" is the generic term for lip specific moisturizing products.

So in some recent Tim-news, I finished my roll of lip balm (is it a roll? a stick? a container?) which almost never happens to me! It was kind of exciting.  Usually I'll lose it, or have it melt in my pocket, or the dog will find and eat it.  It feels like an accomplishment.  Actually it IS an accomplishment. I used a whole stick of lip balm all by myself without any of it going to waste! Actually that's a lie. There's about 1mm stuck to the bottom of the cap where some of it melted and stuck and I can't get it out. No matter, I bought a 3-pack and I'm onto the next one!
Old one looks disgusting. New one looks like a work of art!
Also while walking outside the downtown library a couple weeks ago, a brown dude with really nice hair stopped me suddenly and I thought he was going to ask for directions, but instead he pointed at my head and asked, "Excuse me, where did you get that?" He was referring to my headband.

Hello old friend :-)

I pointed in the direction of London Drugs up the street and explained that he could find them in almost any big box store.

"What do you call this thing?" he continued asking, as he made a horseshoe outline in the air with his fingers.

"It's called a headband.  If you go to the store and can't find it, ask for a plastic headband," I replied.

"Plastic headband.  Ok!"  he said, as we parted ways.

He had a huge grin on his face, as if I'd just given him some magical beans and told him they'd grow overnight

I felt like I had just done some good in the world.  Headbands are so underrated. Gotta love 'em.

I don't know how to take selfies. I also don't know how to use my pinky finger.
I've seen gas as low as 97.9 over a week ago. It's been hovering around 100.9 and was 104.9¢/litre today.