hump day

if you like numbers, today is precisely the mid-way point of october: fifteen days have come and gone, and fifteen days await. so today is special (although every day is special, right??…that’s the zen talk coming out).

this was a busy week – i pulled some long work days due to the fact that the store was closed on thanksgiving. i had a lot of fun, though, because the fall/winter clothing is just pouring in. it’s like christmas! open a box, what’s inside?? (yesterday’s post shows some of the latest goodies). and lots of runners suffering from taper-madness (see below) have been in, buying last-minute gels, tights, socks – those interactions are fun, too!

just so you know:

~ the puzzle remains untouched. like i said, i am going to leave it out til the end of the month, in the hopes that i can finish it. but if it’s not done by hallowe’en, i’m cleaning it up. i am not really liking the clutter of pieces that are covering the table!

~ i am also not really liking “the girl with the dragon tattoo” yet i keep reading. at this point (about 200 pages in) it reminds me of a cross between the da vinci code (of which i was not a fan – talk about over-rated) and a bumped-up agatha christie mystery. here’s the thought that keeps running through my head: i should just post on the blog, “why don’t you just TELL me what happens?

for any seinfeld fans out there, you totally have to say that question with proper kramer inflection in your voice – anyone else remember the classic episode where kramer pretended to be operating a movie-phone?


[tangent: note the “fusilli jerry” in the background of this photo – that was also hugely hilarious to me]

anyway, at this point, please don’t share what happens in dragon tattoo, but i am seriously debating hosting a contest: in 100 words or less, summarize the dragon girl book. the most concise and info-filled entry wins.

~ yesterday was ferociously nasty outside. i mean, it was truly hideous. after work, i met my friend cathie for coffee at starbucks. the place was completely jammed (everyone retreating from the 80km per hour winds?) so we went to another local coffee shop. i ordered a coffee, i was so chilled! cathie and i last saw each other at the beginning of the summer, so we had lots to catch up on. time with a good friend is good for the soul. and the laughing muscles!


~ i can’t wait to start christmas shopping! i’m going to begin with the easiest pick first:


i will be very upfront: i am totally getting little e a barbie for xmas because i can’t wait to play barbies together. growing up, i loved my barbies. i could do a whole blog post on the pros and cons of barbie as a toy/doll for young girls; for today, let’s just say that i see no harm.

~ it’s a big running weekend with the toronto waterfront events happening today, and locally, the oktoberfest 5 & 10 k races. i’ll talk more about that tomorrow!

have a great sunday!

what are you looking forward to in the remaining 15 days of october? i like seeing houses in my neighbourhood that decorate for hallowe’en – other years, there have been some very creative displays!

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  • Zo  On October 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I just watched a seinfeld episode from 1991 (The Tape). So many classic moments.
    I think with Dragon Girl I got sucked in to wanting to know the solution to the mystery/ies. I found that aspect made it a page turner for me. There were things I wasn’t as thrilled with.
    Later Oct. looking forward to some days off work, a visit from my mom (we’ll go shopping) and turning 40 (rapidly approaching!).

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 17, 2011 at 6:23 am

      you’ve got an exciting rest of the month coming up, zo! every time i watch seinfeld, i’m like, “i forgot about that part!” and the dialogue/storyline is funny no matter how many times you watch. yea, that’s why i figure if i know “who done it,” i’ll be satisfied to leave the book!

  • Lisa  On October 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Yes—-the weather was really ferocious, wasn’t it? I was sorry I agreed to watch a friend’s kid in her lacrosse tournament this weekend…It was awful (but at least my wrists were warm in my lulu shirt with the thumholes!!!)
    I don’t have any issues with barbie. I don’t think I understood proportions when I was a kid, and never once thought about her being what I should look like—her being a plastic doll and all, I just never made any comparisons to myself 🙂
    With matthew, I’ve played lots and lots of trucks and tractors games. That is actually fun too, but I think barbies would be fab!
    I am reading an awful book right now. I think it’s called Freedom, and it was an Oprah book club book. I bought it in the airport, and started reading it last week. Really, I should just get rid of it. It’s preventing me from reading something fabulous, I just know it! My mom’s significant other is quite well-read, and he loaned me a booked that I’m sure will be wonderful…but I’m just sticking with this icky one! Sometimes I wonder what it is that won’t let me put it down…
    Anyway….I hope you have better weather this week—don’t know what it will be like here, but I’m not feeling too hopeful!
    Sooooooo….did you enjoy the coffee? I found a place here (today) that roasts their organic coffee beans in a yurt, and the lady is an herbalist so they mix in chinese herbs with the ground coffee….I bought Mexican with Longevity herbs and can’t wait to try it!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      ok, lisa, shall we make a pact? you ditch your book and i’ll ditch dragon girl. 1,2,3…but i understand! -> why have i not stopped reading, either?! so glad you found a neat, new-to-you coffee. i did not enjoy my mug yesterday. i was chilled so wanted the warm drink, but no caffeine…anyway, i could not finish it, and it was soooo bitter! blech. that was sweet of you to stick it out at the lacrosse tourney! thank goodness for the thumbhole invention! stay cosy this sunday eve!

  • Ali  On October 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Ran the Oktoberfest 10k today! I looked for you when we got downtown hoping you’d be cheering us on 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      way to go, ali! i hope you enjoyed the race! the weather could have been a lot worse! and yes! i was standing outside the store, watching and cheering! wish we had connected!

  • Stephanie  On October 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I liked some of the “history” (using the term loosely) in the Da Vinci Code, but the story itself was trite and utterly silly. I enjoyed reading it, though…but I read the illustrated version, so I could look at pictures of the artwork. It made it more interesting. I tried reading a few other Dan Brown books. Absolutely awful, awful books!

    I haven’t tried The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Everyone I know says that it takes about 100 pages to get into it. I don’t think I want to wait that long. There are too many other delicious books calling my name!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      oh yea, you describe da vinci code perfectly. i wrote a column for our local newspaper, voicing my opinion…i should reprint that column on the blog – let’s just say it’s not complimentary! IMO, skip dragon tattoo girl, stephanie. there are wayyyy better books out there!

  • Nicole  On October 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Hey, are you drinking coffee again?? – does sil, Ana, know about buying the kidlets a Barbie? You should ask her about creepy barbie head to see if she remembers!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      i ordered a coffee…and could not finish it! it tasted horrid! :/ little e put “barbies” on her xmas list, so yes, ana is in the know…is the barbie head that big size one where you could style her hair? i had one of those!

  • Karen  On October 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Oh man, I still find myself quoting that Kramer line occasionally. Still makes me laugh every time!

    My girls love to play Barbies but also love lots of other things too. I was against Barbie for a while (I didn’t have them as a kid) but no longer have a problem with it. I love hoe many stories the girls come up with. Did you know there is a camping Barbie that comes with a tent and marshmallow sticks? Highly recommend!

    I finished Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last week. I really liked it but it isn’t the best book I’ve ever read. I’m not sure why there’s all the hype. I would love to do your synopsis. I love a challenge!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

      thanks for your feedback, karen! keep your eyes peeled for the DRAGON TATTOO CHALLENGE! it just may be issued! i so agree re: barbies and how they provide for imaginative play opportunities. i had the barbie camper when i was little…but it did not come with marshmallow sticks! oh man, seinfeld lines…i have my favourites that i still say. that was quite the show!! hey, that could be another challenge – fave seinfeld quotes!

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