i swear this is not a repeat post!

let’s see…

outing of the month – check! √

with dad! check! √

meet-up at the very busy uptown waterloo starbucks! check! √

a perrier for the coffee-still-stinks kiki? check! √


[dad and i have established a comfortable routine, here! september = starbucks! october = starbucks! november = starbucks! any guesses on what we’ll do in december?!]

now, hold your horses right there! because saturday afternoon’s after-work outing with dad included a special, surprise guest!…


group shot!

yes! this would be the very karen who won the 500th blog post giveaway!

now, i’ll back up a bit: our friendship with karen goes way back to the early-mid ’90’s – karen and the brother were bf/gf for a few years. then we lost touch, and it’s been a good fifteen years since we last saw each other. it was only this summer that karen and i reconnected! thanks to six degrees of separation + the blogworld (me -> tricia -> marnie -> karen) karen found me, and we have been corresponding ever since, leaving comments on each other’s blogs, emailing from time to time – and we are friends on facebook!

i swear it is complete coincidence that karen won the giveaway – you saw how it was conducted with scrupulous attention to fairness – but i was so tickled because i knew that karen would be in town this weekend (visiting from ottawa with her hubby and three kidlets) and that we hoped to meet up. karen could receive her prizes in person! [and we could capture the exchange for the blog!].

the official handing over of the tshirt and s'bux gift card!

[haha, how perfect – i just now clued in that karen got her s’bux card IN starbucks – how wonderfully appropriate!].

anyway, karen had generously offered to take me out for *coffee* when she found out she won, but dad would have none of that and treated us to our drinks. thanks, dad!

karen's drink: chai tea latte? tea chai latte?; dad's drink: it was frothy and pretty, i know that!

we had such a good time catching up! karen has a warm and bubbly personality, and is an excellent conversationalist. and i had forgotten how very funny she is! the three of us had a really wonderful visit. then, karen had to leave to get back to her family, so dad and i stayed on and chatted some more.

and – hey hey – did you note that saturday was ONLY november 19th!! no eleventh hour outing of the month this month? well, actually…you know that i am a big planner, and earlier this week i had looked at the rest of november, and realized that unless dad and i went out on saturday, an outing just wasn’t going to happen, given both our schedules. [plus, there is the little matter of dad’s 70th bday this coming weekend – special celebrations await!].

thanks, karen, for fitting in our reunion meet-up! now it’s back to fb and blog visits – until your next trip to waterloo!

have you ever won a giveaway? family joke: dad has won a contest ONCE (golf tourney giveaways where everyone wins eventually don’t count), and this was back when we were kids. he won a door. we have never let him forget that. i, on the other hand, won a fabulous gift basket of cosmetics from my close and personal friend jeanne beker, herself. i will share the full story another day!


november thankfulness:

(for sunday november 20): yesterday i was thankful that my grandma (dad’s mom) and i enjoy a weekly phone visit every single sunday. this was a new year’s resolution about eight years ago – and it’s still going strong!

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  • Dorry  On November 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Starbucks is right down from lululemon, and many of my co-workers are pretty much obsessed! I used to get tea from there – iced green in the summer, hot chai in the fall, but now I’ve committed to brewing my own at home and taking it with me! Saving $$ 🙂

    • Dorry  On November 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      p.s. I won a blog contest once for a 2-pound bag of chia seeds. I used them all in smoothies and oatmeal!

      • 1970kikiproject  On November 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

        that would be a PERFECT gift for you to win, dorry! i’d love to know how long the chia seeds lasted you! yes – a daily starbucks can add up! with all your savings, you can enjoy more lululemon clothing, perhaps! 🙂

  • Stephanie  On November 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    How much do I love that your dad won a door? That’s hilarious. I’ve never won a blog giveaway. But then, I don’t often enter. I also love that you have monthly outings with your parents. You know…I’m kind of jealous of your life. 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      aw, thanks, stephanie. the “outing of the month” project has been VERY enjoyable, this year. can’t believe there is only ONE month left in 2011! well, maybe you are just saving up your luck and you’re gonna win a million in the lottery some day! 🙂

  • Johanna B  On November 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I’ve won several things from the blog world. Fun.

    I think I already told you that I won a pair of Uggs a year or so ago. I love my Uggs. What a great win and all thanks to putting a button on my blog.

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

      It sounds like luck is on your side, johanna! I have entered MANY blog giveaways and have yet to win…maybe one of these days??
      Yes! Those ugg boots were a GREAT win! That takes the cake!

  • Zo  On November 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever won a giveaway (if I did, it would have been pretty small).
    It’s nice that you were able to combine your giveaway with a meetup (and knock off a goal in the bargain).
    So, are you consuming less caffeine now that you’re off coffee, or are you getting it elsewhere?

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

      yes – can we say the meet-up killed three birds with one stone? giveaway delivery, visit with karen, outing with dad – wow, multi-tasking at its best and yes, less caffeine overall, but i do enjoy a diet pop!


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