Be Grateful

Fall always seems nostalgic and important and melancholy and beautiful to me. Maybe that’s overwrought but it’s true. Especially right now, with M’s birthday in two months, and our anniversary in a few days.

I keep thinking back to this time last year. What we planned for and hoped for and desired and how the year has played out. Some things have been awful and some, wonderful. We’ve still got a roof over our heads and a sense of love and joy.

What will this winter hold? I don’t know. Already we are better prepared than last year and I’m grateful to everyone who has helped make that possible.


For whatever reason — one I can’t really place — I feel like we are on the cusp of something. I’m not sure what it is. It could just be the changing season. But there is no way to know what life has in store for us, and all I can do is ride out this feeling.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, PUMPKIN

While we were in Dryden we hit up Dairy Queen for the first time in awhile, and promptly discovered pumpkin pie Blizzards (which we didn’t eat). The last time we were in a Starbucks, Matt tried pumpkin loaf. And our apparent old-fashioned glazed donuts at Tim Horton’s this week? Tasted suspiciously like pumpkin. Then I told Matt that Tassimo is coming out with a pumpkin flavoured coffee and he pretty much exploded:

“Why is every store making pumpkin everything, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin latte, pumpkin Blizzard, pumpkin ice cream cake, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin! I am hating all things pumpkin that came into existence post-2005 unless it has nothing to do with pumpkin pie.”

I went home that afternoon and looked up pumpkin products. M&Ms, vodka, beer, Pringles?!

I don’t even really like pumpkin. The idea of it sounds nice but then I have a pumpkin-something and it tastes like chemicals… sweet chemicals. It’s a freakin’ squash — would people enjoy zucchini Blizzards? Butternut lattes? I, for one, enjoyed gingerbread lattes from Starbucks but I don’t think they make those anymore. Truthfully, I’m happy to even pass on pumpkin pie. I think there’s one person in the world who actually makes pumpkin pie that I like.

I leave you with this:


Marbles the Cat, Autumn 2012

Marbles is known to be a skittish cat. He immediately velcroed himself to us when we picked him up at the shelter, and displayed no signs of nervousness — until one day, we had house guests, and he tried to jump through a second-floor window. We’ve since discovered that he’s a bit of a scaredy-cat, especially around strangers, and especially outside. For the longest time, if either one of us so much as looked at him while he was out of the house, he’d go flying off into the trees and we wouldn’t see him until the next day.

The cats are on a new schedule for going out. We let them out first thing in the morning, they usually come around for lunch, and then they’re out again until we get home. I know that having semi-outdoor cats increases the risk that they’ll get hit by a car, but they’re smart about staying off the road, and really, they love being outside so much that we’ve decided their quality of life is probably bettered for it.

Anyway, since we started them on this new schedule, Marbles has been hanging around the house a lot more. I’m not sure if it’s because he doesn’t get fed in the morning so he’s hungrier, or because he’s not outside when dusk hits, but he’s been a lot more relaxed about letting one of us pet him every once in awhile, or sitting on the deck without freaking out if we open the door.

I was really surprised, though, when he came running up to me last week while I was sitting in the backyard with my camera. I heard a jingle and figured it was Maggie, but when I turned around, there was Marbles, positively gleeful to see me.

He really would not leave me alone. If I stopped petting him for ten seconds to try to take a picture he’d jump up on my legs and flat-out throw himself onto my face, desperate for attention… until he spotted something behind me and ran away.

Fickle kitty!


Luxe Box: Fall Edition, September 2012

I have to admit, I was a bit iffy on the switch to sending Luxe Boxes quarterly instead of monthly. I got my Fall Edition box last week, though, and I was impressed!

I had to laugh when Matt told me I got “a box from Members Only.” It wasn’t a jacket.

The branding itself is quite nice. Everything is made from high-quality papers, and packaged elegantly. I received four full-sized products, and a few products that were just launching.

First up was the Eyeko skinny liquid liner. I’m not really a liquid eyeliner person because I find it messy and hard to use. This stuff wasn’t too bad–my left eye looked a bit rough when I tried it, so I still need practice, but it went on really smoothly and stayed put.

The No Bleeding Lips secret lip liner is supposed to be a universal liner that matches any lip colour. I never wear lipstick, but I’m going to try it out during the wedding!

Of course, it being Luxe Box, I got wrinkle cream. The B. Kamins Nia-Stem Eye Cream KX is actually supposed to stop the formation of future wrinkles, though, so that’s not a bad thing.

My Luxe Boxes usually have something for damaged hair included, and this time around, it was Kerastase Elixir Ultime with Immortal Moringa, which sounds like a bunch of made-up words. It smelled good, and had a silky, oily kind of texture that reminded me of when my aunt used to do V05 Hot Oil treatments on us when we were kids. I have no idea if it did anything for my hair, though — it’s so out of control already, even though I recently got it cut, so I’ve been in ponytail-land for the last few weeks.

There were two nail polishes, which made me happy! The Bourjois Paris mini enamel is a really pretty, shimmery colour, and I can’t wait to try the China Glaze out.

They sent along a Loose Button branded exfoliating pad, which is probably something I will use often, coming into the dry-skin days of winter.

Like I said, it was a pretty good haul! I honestly have no idea when my next box is coming, at this point, but I think I’ll stick with it for awhile.