i love it when a plan comes together

yesterday was such a thoroughly productive day!

~ i worked at theOTHERstore from 9-5, and it was just a really pleasant shift.

~ i went over to fairview park mall after work because i am putting together a surprise for dad (it’s ok for me to say that, he knows i am working on something top secret). my plan is going to be able to come to fruition beautifully! i’ll be able to share exactly what i am organizing by next weekend, most likely. i am giddy in anticipation, already, as this idea has been years in the making!

– i also stopped at the lancรดme counter at the bay, because on the website mrsjanuary, i found a coupon for a free sample:

"eclat miracle," serum of light complexion illuminator

my canadian friends, if you are not familiar with this website, bookmark it! you’ll find coupons, steals and deals, daily! [shhh, but i printed off more than one coupon as i will be back at the bay before the coupon expires on february 21st, and i’d like another sample!].

~ i then stopped in at food basics for groceries. my bill came to $23.31. i figured out that my total would have been at least $40.00, had i purchased the same items at valumart. iย โ™ฅ saving money!

~ i decided, after four mugs, that i really, really don’t like that s’bux “veranda” blend. as i was reflecting on how disappointing this blonde roast is to my taste buds, i had a brainwave! starbucks is so good at customer service, that i wondered: if i returned the eight unused/unopened pacs, (plus, i had my receipt) i bet they would swap out a roast that i really do like. since there’s no harm in asking, that’s what i did. and i was right! with no issue whatsoever, i was able to choose a 12 pac of french roast.

thanks, a.y., for your excellent customer service...and for agreeing to pose for the blog!

i had to laugh when i got up to the counter at s’bux because look at the sign that was by the til:

i beg to differ with this caitlin!

~ i went back to friday night knitting club. ok, you would not believe the topics of discussion that arose as we sat around the tables. if you think knitting club is uptight and prim, you are sorely mistaken. i won’t divulge, but let’s just say there was not a dull moment, and i had to focus on not letting my eyes become as big as saucers.

look what they have at "shall we knit?!" KNITTING TATTOOS!!! mom!!! stocking stuffer!!! please!!

i now have nine squares done for the log cabin blanket! the colourway that i am working with right now may well indeed by my favourite:

objects in photo are less pink-y than they appear!

and lastly…

~ i didn’t freak out over a computer issue! this is huge!

yesterday morning, i went to open up my gratitude excel spreadsheet and i got the spinny wheel of death for like, two minutes, then a *gong* bonk sound, and the message that there was an extreme error and my spreadsheet was unavailable and i should seek help, or some stupid thing. i tried other excel and word docs – same message. i had to go to work, so i couldn’t figure out the solution. normally, i would stew and fret all day long over something like this…what if i have lost all my documents? what if i can’t fix this issue? what if, what if??… but, i really was unconcerned all day long, and decided i’d mess around with finding a solution at the end of my day.

so i got home (after all those errands) and decided to start with shutting down and rebooting the computer. well, if that did not solve the problem! hooray! i have no clue as to what caused the friday morning computer crankies…i’m just thankful all is now well and good.

happy saturday! it’s a long weekend in ontario – family day is monday!


did you ever watch the a team on tv?


(that’s where today’s title comes from). the brother and i were allowed to watch the a team. and here’s the funny story as to why; my grade eight home room/core teacher was mrs r. i loved mrs r, but she was definitely on the wacky side a free spirit. one day, she gave a whole spiel about the benefits of watching the a team. well, i went home and recounted her reasons to my parents, and they agreed to let the brother and me watch this show every week! the a team was a bit on the violent side, if you recall, and i sincerely doubt that we would have been allowed to watch it, had it not been for mrs r’s vote of confidence!

rate your friday the 17th on a scale of 1-10. i say 8.75!

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  • Johanna B  On February 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Never saw the A-team. My mother was anti Mr T.

    Yay, on the coffee exchange at S’bux. Now you don’t have to drink all that blech stuff. I probably would have just tossed it. Your idea is much better.

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      “anti mr t” -> from the age i am now, i can see why a mother would disapprove of mr t…at the time, we thought he was quite something, with all that gold and attitude! i think i may be more apt to try returning products with which i am displeased, after this s’bux experience! never hurts to try, right?!

  • dorry  On February 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    hope you’re having a great weekend! I rate my Friday a 7 (although it seems like a long time ago now!). ๐Ÿ™‚ I worked yesterday from 9-3:30. 9-5 is a long shift! Our longest is 7 hours like a 10-5.

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      it IS a lovely weekend, thanks, dorry! just got back from shopping with my mom – always a fun outing! hope you are relaxing, now! i used to find 9-5 long…and now when i work 11-2 or 6-9:15, the shifts seem so short! 10-5 is nice -> free time both before and after work!

  • Heather Pfohl Sutcliffe  On February 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    The A team….now there is a memory about being crafty. We were not allowed to watch, but you can rest assured that we watched at friends houses. I loved Mr T. I attribute my love of simply jewelry to him ๐Ÿ™‚
    Glad you had fun at your knitting club….the local shop here in Guelph has a similar thing and I just need to grab my needles and go. Someday when life settles down a bit, I hope to get there are start completing some of my UFO’s. LOVE that colorway for your square!! Have a great weekend!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 19, 2012 at 5:44 am

      happy long weekend, heather! i bet you have a list of 101 things you could do on monday! ah, the scheming of watching at friends’ houses…i well remember! i will need to remember that guelph has a yarn shop – i don’t get there very often, but yarn is always enticing!

  • Lisa  On February 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Wow—a good and full day! I’m glad s’bux let you return the icky stuff and pick something better!
    Great job on the blanket progress….phew on the computer issue….and how fun that you have a surprise for your Dad!!!
    I’d rate my friday as about an 8…mostly out of its uneventfulness and that I had time to do my two yoga classes and go in the sauna…and watch a movie (we watched Hood to Coast—a documentary about the relay that goes from Mt. Hood to the coast…it was really good, and I’m not even much into running!).

    I hope your Sat and Sun are even better than Fri!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      you had a greatly productive WEEK, lisa!! two yoga classes and a sauna session – now that is a fun friday! i have heard of that hood to coast doc, and would LOVE to see it! glad you enjoyed it! another one i would like to see is “spirit of the marathon” – not sure if joe has talked you into seeing that one!

  • Nicole  On February 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

    So glad you’re following Mrs January! Also glad you opted to shop at FB and save some $$. It’s so gratifying know you’ve saved some money. Mrs January has saved mr a penny or two! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

      …and it is ALL THANKS TO YOU, nicole, that i know about mrs january!! (i should have added that in!). food basics – AMAZING!! my new favourite store, i am telling you!!

  • Zo  On February 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I had a pretty good Friday the 17th…I’d give it an 8!
    That’s too funny about the sign at Starbucks…perhaps if you’d only tried the coffee with banana bread and a blanket…all would have been well.
    I did not watch the A Team when it was on…

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

      that is a respectable friday, i’d say! haha, yes maybe i was missing some key factors with my “veranda”… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gina Unger  On February 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

    two things made me just laugh out loud: “the spinny wheel of death” (i totally get it and relate immensely!) and being allowed to watch the A-Team. i can’t believe i was allowed to watch it due to the violence, but we did! gotta run.

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 18, 2012 at 10:15 am

      ok, that is WAY funny that you were allowed to watch a team, too. i would never have guessed! enjoy your long weekend – have fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephanie  On February 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I’m so glad they let you switch your coffee! And as for your knitting club…don’t they also call those things “stitch and b****”? So I’ll bet the conversation was flying. It’s fun to spend time with groups of women. While I do enjoy spending time with our couple friends, the conversation is always different when there are only women around.

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

      yes! and there is even a knitting book entitled “stitch n b****” – it’s quite popular! i’d say the conversation is very…open when it’s 100% women in the group, eh?!

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