it was a happy new year’s day!

hello, friends!

i hope everyone enjoyed our last long weekend of the summer. yesterday was new year’s day, did you know?! yup – seeing as how we are back to school today and entering into the autumn season, this past weekend truly should be recognized as the start of a new year. i celebrated it as such, anyway!

i knew pretty early on yesterday morning that my theme for labour day was going to be BLACK and WHITE with a few fifty shades of grey thrown in for good measure.

to kick-start the holiday monday, i headed out for a funtastic tour:

BLACK shorts and tank, WHITE socks and shoes

to be honest, those white compression socks are my least favourite pair. but i chose not to wear my hot pink CEPs because the very thought of the exertion that would be required to peel them off post-run made me tired. [like how i matched my nail polish to the water bottle holder?! haha! i’ve pretty much given up on putting on any colour of polish other than black – *obsessed*].

consumed: a chocolate gel on course because it is BLACK(ish)!

[sidenote tangent: those clif shots are the best: first, i love the flavour and consistency; if blindfolded, i would swear i was downing chocolate icing. second, it’s the little things that count: these packages are the easiest brand to open mid-run -> there is nothing more frustrating than having to break stride and practically crack a fingernail trying to rip open a gel when you’ve got a good rhythm going].

runners: what is your favourite mid-run nutrition brand?? i am interested.

on purpose, i chose to wear my old BLACK yoga tank for the rest of the day:

that is the back – had to take off the top for the photo, i have not yet figured out how to do a behind-the-back self-portrait!

on sunday, mom and i went to conestoga mall, and i got a NEW backpack for back to school to celebrate autumn!

on sale, 40% off, so i paid $14 plus tax! note the BLACK and WHITE – with yellow!


sidenote tangent: i used to be very BLACK AND WHITE in my opinion of singer neil young – ie i hated didn’t like his music at all and mocked his style at every opportunity. well, i like when i can see evolution in myself, and i fully confess that i now stand corrected:

saturday eve entertainment: the neil young doc, “journeys” at the princess, with mom and dad!

i loved this movie, and the songs featured. i now have a newfound appreciation for neil young’s lyrics, song-writing prowess, and unique musical style. my favourite songs as heard in the movie: ohio, and leia. it was a great evening out!


since it was labour day yesterday, i thought i better do some cleaning. i kept the toiling to a minimum, though – who wants to be cooped up inside on a gorgeous, sunny holiday?! i book-ended my cleaning with reading:

GREY up on the rooftop!

WHITE vinegar is my favourite cleansing agent!

GREY in the BLACK and WHITE great room!

could i get through my last 150 pages of “50 shades freed” by sundown?! i sure could try!

late afternoon, it was time for ice cream…MONDAY!

VANILLA ice cream with mini CHOCO-pb cups from coffee culture! thanks, mom and dad!

last task o’ the day: i started composing my christmas list! family, don’t worry, i am not brainstorming 100 items this year!

my organizational method is very BLACK and WHITE this year: i have repeat items and new requests:

a shot of just the beginning: my list needs to be ready by thanksgiving weekend!

sidenote addition: i finished the last page of the 50 shades trilogy at 6:23 p.m. juanita, now we can meet for s’bux again, and i can give you back your books – many thanks! i LOVED this series!!!

file photo: july 15, 2012

all in all, yesterday was a fun day and a great start to the new year!

what colour was YOUR labour day?! how hippie-dippie does that sound!

[too bad i am clueless about photo-editing, it woulda been fun to post today’s pics in BLACK and WHITE!].

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  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On September 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Even the simplest photo editing programs have a black and white and sepia function. I used iphoto but it’s a mac thing. When I want to do anything fancier I use picmonkey. It’s web-based and free and totally awesome!

    I just started 50 Shades (you will see in tomorrow’s post, coincidently). I’m not very far but am already tired of the poor writing and repetitive phrases. I’m going to have to go chew my lower lip over it while my inner goddess does fist pumps…

    • 1970kikiproject  On September 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      picmonkey!! yes – that is one of the programs that i was trying to recall. thanks, stacie! yes, there is repetition in 50 shades (“jeez” -> wait for it!) but i also found examples of word choice that is beyond the ordinary – “punctilious” springs to mind. i’ll look forward to seeing your post tomorrow! sidenote: i have a pc, no mac!

  • Zo  On September 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    What a fabulous post, Cathy!
    As I’ve mentioned, black and white is one of my favorite color combos…hence all the black and white clothing I’ve shown off this summer (and my camera lets me take black and white photos…).
    I never eat anything when I’m running…I drink water (sometimes mixed with vitamin water). I don’t eat before I run either..the thought isn’t pleasant to me although I do wonder about the benefits of before/during eating.
    I love the yoga top and the backpack..and I think vanilla ice cream with chocolate bits in it qualifies as white and black.
    You’ve inspired me to start thinking about the holidays (what I want, what others might want earlier this year [I already have ideas for me]).
    My labor day was….I’m gonna say orange..there was something autumnal about it.

    • 1970kikiproject  On September 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      thanks so much for all you comments, zo! i agree – there is such a fall feel to the air, now. the leaves are starting to change, too! black and white clothing is so easy to get along with…i can see why these colours are your wardrobe staples! with your long runs…you may wish to experiment with some chomps, sport beans or clif chews – they are a bit easier to digest than gels…although i’d love to know what you think of a gel!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On September 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I have no clue how to do the black and white photos either, Cathy although I do feel that it’s appropriate so many times! I think there’s a way to actually TAKE the photo in b&W to start with. Gotta learn this stuff! Sounds like a great day! Love the new back pack. I keep looking at them, thinking I’d like one…trying to be thrifty. So you really liked 50 Shades?! Hmmm… Still not sure I want to put the effort into it. Have a great day!

    • 1970kikiproject  On September 4, 2012 at 6:48 am

      fran, i believe there are free downloads or sites for photo-editing?? wish we could sit and muddle through it together! backpacks work for me because it is so convenient to put groceries into the pack, do my errands in uptown…not that fashionable but very functionable! 50 shades -> it’s more than just s$x! i really liked the story, the characters…held my attention!

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