how i spent my leap year day

seeing as february 29th = wednesday, that means leap year day was an aunti day in TO, right?

wrong. 😦

just enough snowfall to potentially cause havoc on the roads

the weather gods decided to have a little *fun,* and delivered a spring-like storm of flurries and freezing rain on us. since the conditions were already getting nasty before 8 a.m., aunti made the executive decision to not make the drive down the 401 to toronto. sad.

the latest selection of cd's from the library will have to wait til NEXT wednesday to be delivered!

sooo…that meant that i now had an unexpected and unplanned day at home! what to do?

well, it didn’t take me long to make some plans.

first: i completed another step on the surprise project for dad:

a far-away photo, on purpose!

all will be revealed [to dad + on the blog] within the next week!

given the crappy weather, i declared yesterday a car-free day. that meant that i had no other option than to get my groceries at valumart [i had been planning to hit up the neighbourhood food basics in TO]. after tabulating my grocery expenditures for the month, i realized i had saved between $100-$200 during february, thanks to switching over to food basics for the majority of my shopping – wild, eh?! so, since there was extra money in the grocery kitty, i decided to perform r.a.o.k.#2!

thinking ahead to just such a day, i had saved the food drive bags that were delivered to our building a few weeks ago:

this time, the bags were smaller than the usual grocery bag size

when i went over to valumart to get my own groceries, i decided to fill the bags. there is no food drive going on right now, but the food bank always needs to replenish its stores.

my philosophy is that i only pick items that i would eat myself or give to my family. i had great FUN sourcing out sale items!

bag #1 was baby themed...(eight different flavours!)

...bag #2 was for an adult.

...and into the food bank receptacle they go (which is very small right now because there is no food drive going on).

completing r.a.o.k.#2 deserves a reward, agreed?! yesterday, juanita left a blog comment to let me know that david’s tea was offering a FREE large TEA in celebration of leap year day! i scooted directly from valumart to david’s.

sign in the window! how many people took advantage, i wonder?!

there were two types of tea available, for free:

(L): "green & fruity rooibos" w mango, peach, papaya, apple; (R): "north african mint," a green tea w cardamon, peppermint, ginger, black pepper and fennel

after sampling both offerings, and since i am not a fruit flavour fan, i chose the green tea. i brought my cuppa back to the condo casa…because david’s is also right across the street from home!

tea and knitting -> very nice!

in the aft, i coffee-shopped with mom and dad!

back to the mall, to "a matter of taste," this time!

and for my evening activity? how about a movie?! last eve, the princess was showing both “the artist” and “the iron lady.”



if you read yesterday’s blog post, i think you can guess which film i chose to see [although after reading zo‘s comment about “the artist,” i will say that i did consider picking the oscar-winning best picture movie…but my love for meryl streep’s acting won out, in the end].

the verdict?

totally worthwhile. i had a marvelous time watching “the iron lady,” and was very engrossed by the movie.

as anticipated, meryl is wonderful – phenomenal, even? – and deserves every inch of that oscar statue that she won. the storyline is touching, informative, enjoyable. i do recommend seeing this film! i’ll give it *** (three stars) out of a possible **** (four stars). 1.75 stars for meryl, and 1.25 stars for the movie.


all in all, it was an enjoyable leap year day. although, i did miss my little chiclets!

a christmas file photo will have to suffice!

better luck next week!

did you celebrate leap year day by doing anything out-of-the-ordinary and/or did you see any leap year day deals? tangent: i am freaked that i will be 46 years old when the next leap year rolls around! closer to 50 than 40 = O.L.D.!!!! :0

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  • Stephanie  On March 2, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I didn’t do anything special. Just a regular day! πŸ™‚ But your day sounds like fun. Free tea AND coffee with Mom and Dad? You’re just cafe kind of girl!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 2, 2012 at 6:18 am

      i know – it’s my version of being a socialite, haha! flit from one cafe to another…i could get used to that! well, a regular day is ok, too, stephanie! at least it was not a BAD day! happy friday today!

  • dorry  On March 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I had a pretty regular day yesterday – workout, work, dinner with Billy! but I did enjoy it. πŸ™‚ today is my day off and I’m not as good at managing my time when I don’t have a packed schedule. I’ve checked several things off my to-do list, but there’s a lot more to be done….

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      enjoy your day off today, dorry! i bet some sort of packing/organizing is on your list for today! i am glad you had a good day, yesterday. there is nothing wrong with “a regular day” when it includes our favourite things!

  • Johanna B  On March 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I don’t see 46 as equaling old. I’ll be 62 in July. It’s all a matter of perspective.

    I plan on seeing the Iron Lady when it hits the dollar theater (which costs $2). I refuse to pay $10 to watch a movie.

    Could you taste the fennel in the tea? I hate licorice.

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      i know, 46 is not old…i was joking around, seeing if i could get a reaction! πŸ™‚ you will love the iron lady, i am going to bet, johanna! let me know when you get to see it and what you think. i am not sure if i could taste the fennel…my tea taste buds are very undeveloped…i don’t recall tasting licorice!

  • Ali  On March 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I gave the 20 min challenge a miss. I did go to bootcamp later in the evening though.

    I really want to be on vacation. This day 2 years ago we were in Punta Cana. I’m hoping for a nice mild March.

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

      i don’t blame you for passing on the chill challenge, ali! i bet bootcamp was a lot warmer! πŸ™‚ ah, punta cana! now that sounds wonderful!! i hope, too, that march is mild. we’re off to a fairly good start, today!

  • 42kim  On March 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

    What a fabulous thing to fill up those food bags. Very cool of you and I agree with your philosophy of only buying what you would eat yourself!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

      thanks, kim! it was fun to pick and choose the items! i was very happy that some “blue menu” items were on sale – less sodium!

  • Lisa  On March 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Aw, sorry you couldn’t see your cutie pies! That’s always disappointing when that happens—for everybody!

    I can’t wait for the big reveal on the surprise for Dad!

    Great RAOK by the way! Definitely deserved a reward πŸ™‚
    I really wanna think of something randomly kind to do today. There’s no food pantry around here….hmmmm.

    Hope your day is free of snow and wonderful all around! (I don’t know why, but as I typed that, I pictured Marco Island…). When is your next vacay?!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

      well, you could always do the tried and true buy-a-coffee-for-the-person-behind-you-in-the-starbucks-line R.A.O.K.!! vacation -> yes, i am joining in florida – haha! (some day!). i have no definite plans, right now. holidays ARE on my mind, though, because a year ago this weekend, i left for aruba!! march came in like a lamb here, i would say – hopefully it is the same for you, in NY state, lisa!!

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