five for (an american long weekend) friday

happy friday, everyone! happy long weekend, southoftheborder friends! and happy quilt-auction-preview evening for mom and dad and me! i am so excited – i love this annual friday evening social very much, and i hope today flies by (i am at theOTHERstore) so we can head on out to new hamburg!

1. i am still waiting for my free reebok tshirt to arrive. in the meantime, remember how valumart had 1,001 types of cereal on sale this past week? when i saw that some of the sale cereals had the free tshirt coupon offer on the box, i got greedy i had to snap up two so that i could order another tshirt (the one i already chose is black, and i wanted #2 to be the white one).

tshirt offer! tshirt offer! i know i need two coupon codes!

i used to buy alpha bits all the time, but have not for a very long while, now. i brought them back into the casa just to aid me in the tshirt chase!

i had to hack up the boxes massively in order to retrieve the necessary codes:

not pretty, no patience

well, the joke is on me:


so, consider this a public service announcement – leave those specially marked boxes on the shelf if you are hoping for a reebok shirt. and if you want some (slightly destroyed) alpha bits, drop me a line.

2. while i will forever be loyal to my tommy…


…and my george…


…a new and rather unexpected hunka-hunka is on my radar:


i cannot explain the appeal, but i have decided that chef michael smith has ♥ *it.* ♥


of course, seeing as how aunti doesn’t cook, i personally would have no clue as to whether or not his recipes are any good.


but mom has two of his cookbooks, “the best of chef at home” and “chef michael smith’s kitchen,” and can attest to the fact that he has some great ideas. for example, mom picked up his strategy of freezing lard, butter, or shortening then grating it into your flour when you make baked goods, and swears that chef smith’s idea works perfectly every time.


me, i am content to simply gaze from afar.

3. for whatever reason, the other day at theOTHERstore our regular radio station (CHYM) was all static-y and the only station that came through loud and clear was the local country music station. listening to six hours of country was a thoroughly enjoyable experience! [uh oh, i fear the desire to purchase a pair of cowboy boots may be looming on the horizon]…oh! and good thing the uptown country festival is coming up on june 16th!!

4. the bay had a full page ad in the globe and mail last week, advertising their HBC summer collection. i would very much like the bikini and the flipflops. and the k-way jacket. and the tshirt. (and the traditional blanket although that iconic item is not part of the summer set). **family, you could buy an item now, and put it away for xmas!** just sayin’!


5. this weekend is OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND. our half and full marathon clinics have been training since january for these running events. these two clinics are held on tuesday evenings at the store, and go for 18 weeks. i bet i have worked 16/18 evenings, and as a result, i have really grown fond of the clinic members, and their instructors, derek and donna. i am going to miss seeing these folks on tuesday eves! i hope everyone has a super great time in ottawa this weekend (the ottawa marathon is one of canada’s premier marathons) and i want to hear stories upon your return!

one of the clinic members with whom i have gotten chummy is sandy (the same sandy who inspired me to purchase aviator sunglasses). sandy just returned from peru on victoria day, and she presented me with a giftie this past tuesday eve:

a genuine peruvian knit toque!

back in the winter, i had rhapsodized enthusiastically over sandy’s own hat (identical to the one, above) that she had bought on a previous trip – it’s so cute and colourful.

what a sweet r.a.o.k.!!

now, what do you think of this summer 2012 fashion idea: the toque + compression socks + aviator sunglasses + peacock feather earrings??


tell me something random and fun! seven months today is christmas day!


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  • Gina Unger  On May 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    love the hat – colours are awesome! and glad you enjoyed the country music. jeff got me into that genre 10 years ago and i love it – as long as it’s not twangy, old-fashioned country, i love it. i saw that chef whilst on a plane ride once upon a time and really liked him too. i’ll have to use the frozen lard trick – sounds a lot less messy than working with the non-frozen stuff!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      no way!!! you saw mc on a plane? that is super cool!!! i am with you – no twangy country but the stuff on the radio was a-ok!! enjoy your weekend!! i wish you were with us to go to the relief sale preview tonight! 😀

  • Lisa  On May 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Happy Friday!!!! I don’t get a long weekend here, but I am still celebrating the wonderful weather and acting/feeling as if I’m vacay.
    My random thing…..I am going to Marco Island in 1.5 weeks!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      BOO for no long weekend but YEA for marco island!!! man, that is going to be awesome, lisa! we just had a brief rainstorm and now it is SO HUMID…and i love it! and it feels like marco island!!

  • Johanna B  On May 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I grew up hating country music. Then I moved to Texas where it was downright unpatriotic not to listen to country. Eventually it grew on me and now I don’t listen to much of anything else on the radio.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

      haha, i love your choice of the word unpatriotic, johanna! i will ask you for recommendations should this country fixation prove to last!!!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Personally I think it would be a perfect outfit with the addition of the cowboy boots! In fact, it will be perfect…you’ll fit right in with all of the fun people in Silver City when you come out to visit us in NM!! I do mean Perfect! Too bad about the tee shirt…that’s the kind of glitch I always seem to hit…Looking forward to hearing about the quilt auction. Have a great Weekend, Cathy!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 25, 2012 at 8:18 am

      thanks, fran! ten hours til the quilt preview! 🙂 oh, i would adore to visit you and see nm. i have a feeling it is my natural habitat. you would likely be stuck with a permanent house guest! 😀

  • strivingcynic  On May 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    That blows about the cereal offer. When I saw the boX of alpha-bits, I laughed. My parents insisted on getting us “good for you” cereal, and we wanted junk. Alpha-bits was close enough in our book, so the one time we managed to get a box, we ate it all very quickly and my parents refused to get us more!
    Thanks for the long weekend wishes. After so much planned out time, I’m looking to relax!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 25, 2012 at 6:32 am

      it was the same story when we were little, zo! in fact, i clearly remember the first box of alpha bits that entered our home – i was in grade 2! and same as you, we had the one box and that was it! enjoy your weekend – maybe you’ll get lots of reading time?!

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