five for (a long weekend) friday

it’s friday, it’s friday! (said in a sing-song voice of joy!). hope you have some fun plans for this weekend!

random bits of chatter:

1. a friend bestowed a r.a.o.k. upon ME this week! when i lamented on the blog about how i lost one of my brand new peacock feather earrings…

at least i have a picture to remember them by!

…the very first time i wore them, gina took it upon herself to make sure that sure that such a sorry situation would not be repeated in the future. earlier this week, i opened my mail to find the cutest card ever…

gina’s friend andrea MAKES cards as a sideline business/hobby, and this is one of her fantastic creations…

…and the card colour is even my favourite ORANGE!

thank you, g!! now i can confidently wear any hook-type earrings without the fear of ending up lopsided by the end of the day. and your card is on display in the kitchen!

[tangent: canada post forgot to stamp the postage stamp on gina’s envelope:

no markings!

so i cut it off and will re-use it. please tell me you do this, too?!].

2. dad has pretty much completed the choco bathroom transformation!

ta da!

remember the before?

the view towards the whirlpool tub…

…now looks like this!

i am absolutely thrilled with the final result. i had a vision in my head of the shade of chocolate i wanted, and this is it exactly. dad has a few spots he wants to touch up, but the main work is done. i have purchased a new white, textured bathmat and the next step is to get some new towels. the chocolate shade is going to be super easy to work with – pretty much any colour will co-ordinate (red and green at xmas, pastels in spring, earth tones in fall…).

3. late last week, my friend ken from the store (you met him here) found out that he was accepted into this november’s jfk 50 mile race. this is special because it’s the 50th anniversary of the jfk so the demand to get in is pretty fierce. what’s even more exciting is that ken is sixty-nine years old young! i am so happy for ken because he has worked really hard at his running over the last few years (his retirement project), has qualified for next year’s boston, has run more marathons this year than i can keep track of (he’s off to vermont, next), plus he is such a nice man. keep up the good work, ken! you’re an inspiration!

4. i don’t care what the calendar says about when summer starts, in my rule book, we kick off the summer season this weekend! may 2-4 welcomes summer, that is the way it is. and i will call it now: the time will FLY between now and the labour day weekend. it always does!

5. i ♥ love ♥ my pink compression socks so much, and have been wearing them with such frequency, that i invested in another pair of compression running socks this week:

this pair is by CW-X – a very respected brand for compression wear.

worn with my nike vomero 4 shoes, on this day!

mini-review: this pair of socks feels great, too! the material is super-silky. they do feel less compression-y (compressive?) than the pink CEPs, but on the flip-side they are a heck of a lot easier to get on and off. this was a good purchase! [as always, opinions are my own, i bought the CW-X socks myself – although i did use my staff discount – and CW-X (sadly) did not ask me to review these socks!].

so, the pink socks will be my fun and giggle-inducing pair, and the black socks will be for when the hammer is going down and i need to look fierce!

i’ll be taking the may 2-4 weekend OFF from this space. see you on tuesday may 22nd for the great may grocery challenge update #3! enjoy a safe and relaxing long weekend!

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  • Gina Unger  On May 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    we were away for the long weekend and i missed reading this blog in all the prep that took place last friday! too funny that you posted Andrea’s card here! her card-making website is People have ordered cards from her many times if you or your friends are interested. : )
    i TOTALLY reuse stamps that arrive “clean” in the mail! totally legit!
    the bathroom looks wonderful and you’re so right about being able to use many different complementary colours throughout the year for towels, etc.
    jeff has compression socks too and loves them for long runs. : ) you’d love his orange and white ones!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      ooo, thanks for sharing andrea’s website, gina!! i just may have to link to her blogspot in a post so more people see it! hope you had a great weekend away – we had the best weather we have had in years – it was perfection!! socks with orange on them??? i need those!! 🙂

  • Johanna B  On May 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Well, we have to work today. Our 3 day weekend is coming up in a few days. Love the chocolate bathroom. It turned out great. Also glad you got your earrings “back”. I know you were sad when you lost one.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

      well, at least you have next weekend for a long weekend! i hope your week goes fast until then! yes, i bought another pair of peacock earrings…they’re not quite as awesome as the first pair, but they will do. and i will not lose one!!

  • Zo  On May 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Wow…you’ve been busy! I’ve just been going through your last week and a half posts! I’m glad the blackberry worked out in the end. That card is so sweet..I’ve lost non-backed earrings too…so what a good idea!
    Love the bathroom update too!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      welcome back, zo!! i hope you had a great vacation – can’t wait for your recap and photos (hopefully!). the blackberry – man, you would not believe how great it is working now. better than ever!! (i better not have jinxed things now!). there must be so many earrings *out there*…it seems all of us have lost at least one!

  • Stephanie  On May 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    What a beautiful card! Of course, it’s nowhere near as beautiful as the homemade card that a certain secret someone sent me. I have a pair of earrings that I wear with the little rubber backings. I love them!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      i think i should get gina’s friend to make my christmas cards for me this year…somehow i don’t think she would have any “gorps!” i think i need to try the new backers this weekend! have a great long weekend, stephanie!

  • Dorry (@dorrybird)  On May 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

    those homemade cards are adorable! and I love the chocolate color of your bathroom. our new place has boring white walls, but we’ve jazzed up the apartment with lots of colorful curtains and other decorations. I’m going to take pictures soon to post on the blog! hope you’re having a great weekend.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Formal compression socks…I LOVE it!! Yes, of course reuse the stamp. We used to do that, but I use stamps so seldom anymore (Paying bills on line) that I hardly take note of the stamps anymore. Love your friend’s card and the idea of sending you the earring backs. I never use them and I should! Have a great weekend, Cathy!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

      i am with you, fran – i hardly ever mail anything thru snail mail anymore. i love how we can do so much online! i will be thinking of you this weekend – hope the sun shines for you!

  • Anonymous  On May 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

    It’s a PERMANENT stamp – always valued at the current rate and no, that’s stealing. Don’t do that. It’s .61 cents. Never steal for .61 cents.

  • Lisa  On May 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Yes, black is definitely more fierce than pink! Lol. My friend and I are planning a fitness endeavor together, and we have a plan to take pics with boxing gloves on….and keep discussing whether we should go with pink gloves or something tougher looking.

    Yay for not losing anymore earrings! It is so disappointing to lose an earring. I’m so horrible at accessorizing, that when I actually have earring that I like (wear), I always seem to lose one. The card your friend sent is really cute too—I really appreciate people’s craftiness (maybe because I totally lack that). Isn’t it a great feeling when someone raok’s you? Not expecting it, and then just seeing that people can be really thoughtful without expectation…it kind of restores faith in humanity!

    The boathroom looks awesome! I love love love the color choice!

    Have a great holiday weekend—it is surely summer after this (although in the US, we have to wait till next weekend. lol).

    Enjoy the great weather!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 18, 2012 at 10:30 am

      oh, i would love to see the boxing gloves photo when you do that, lisa! hop eyou post it on your blog?! i am so happy that the bathroom turned out as imagined!! it’s always chance-y when painting. happy weekend to you, too – at least you can look forward to a long weekend NEXT weekend!

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