We’re already halfway through December! Its kind of crazy to think there’s only 16 more days and its 2019. I’m pretty happy to see 2018 go away because it seems to have been a tough year for everyone that I’ve talked to. I know on my end that as bad as things are, when I look back, I see that things did turn out to have the best results out of a bad situation, so glass half full, right? Its how I stay positive. I’ll do a year in review in the next weekly adventures. Not sure together or separate post yet. I guess it depends on time and how I want to structure it. Its a lot of housekeeping behind the scenes going on for the blogs and projects right now. However, there were a few little things that went on this past 2 weeks so let’s check it out! If you follow my Instagram, then you might have seen some of this…
Salon des Metiers D’Art de Montreal
The Salon is back in town and smaller and shorter than previous years. However, I am now a veteran at this place. There are places that I haven’t tried before and some cool ideas but somehow I ended up picking up stuff from the usual and some returning stalls that weren’t there last year (or I missed it? I don’t remember). So let’s take a look at what I picked up:
- Cidrerie du Minot – Ice Cider
- Cryo – Ice Cider
- La Nougaterie – Nougat – Christmas, Lavender, Chocolate, Classic
- Coach House Shortbread – Sugar Plum, Rose and Almond, Ginger flavors
- Nutra Fruit – Dark Chocolate covered Cranberries
- Courtesy of my friend’s honey wine purchase, a gift of Confit of Onions
Most of these are either gifts or things to share for upcoming festivities with family and friends.
Signé Local – Square Dix30
The husband and I finally went to Signé Local in Quartier Dix30 which is a store full of local artisan products. Its like Salon des Metiers d’arts everyday. I’m really trying to support more local products because I’ve bought some really durable and great stuff so I’ve been wanting to go see this spot since it opened earlier this year. Its nice that we went because I found a few things:
- Oomph Popcorn Seasoning- Vegan Maple BBQ Flavor
- Les As Du Fumoir – Smoked Salt
- U’nhiver – Handmade Winter Hat + Extra Pompom
Ooomph is one that we’ve bought before and its pretty nice. The sales rep there told us that some people actually use the seasoning for other things. It is a pretty good idea. As for the hat, its pretty cool because you can remove the pompom. It has a snap button (is that what you call it?) and the second pompom was an extra $10. Its pretty nice because not only is being able to change the pompom pretty fun but whenever these hats go into wash (which this one needs to be handwashed anyways) its nice to remove the pompom because its what wears out the most.
Grocery Trip to Plattsburgh, USA
- Winter Oreo
- Sugar Cookie Pop Tarts
- Frosted Nerds
- Quaker Oatmeal Medleys
- Lacroix: Passionfruit, Cran-raspberry, Tangerine
- Sierra Mist
- Candy Cane
- Larabar: Snickerdoodle, Strawberry Chocolate Chip
- Fresh Bagels
- KIND Granola Bars
- Popcorn (because it was on sale and we needed it)
- Cape Cod: Wave Reduced Salt, Waffle Cut
- Crunchy Rice Rollers: Mixed Berry
- Larabar: Mint Chip Brownie
- KIND granola bars 12-bar value pack
- Ritz Bacon
I haven’t gone across the border (a lot, like once earlier this year) for many reasons in the past few years. Mostly it is because of the fact that our exchange rate is absolutely stupid low. After I saw the foreign exchange on my transactions, I kind of regret it again but then it had some cool vegan snacks and whatnot, flavors and such that aren’t sold here. Most of the stuff I bought aren’t sold in Canada or else I would feel that it wasn’t exactly worth it. However, it was a nice trip.
Holiday Marathon Update
We’re two weeks into the holiday marathon. Its been going pretty on track with posts related to Christmas every other day. Its been quite a batch of stuff from books to movies to TV binges. You can find it all updated as the reviews go up on the page HERE.
We have another 10 days to go and a few other things in my plans. Hopefully you’ll stick around and keep checking out what I’ve dug up from Netflix and my Kindle and such.
Housekeeping/Planning Ahead/Catching Up
December also brings on a bunch of housekeeping. You will see that most of my indexes are being updated and should be all ready by the time we hit the new year. They are all currently updated to the end of November (if I remember correctly). As for planning ahead, I’ve talked about a few things here and there between this and the What’s Up posts so I’m debating a few structural things but unsure about how committed I will be to a fixed schedule because that is usually when things fall apart. Considering that sort of thing and figuring out how to fit everything I want to keep and maybe what I’m not so dedicated to anymore because I added a good few new segments last year and revived a few as well. Suffice to say, taking everything into consideration, I also have a lot of catching up and backlog. I’m fairly confident that by the end of the year all the movie backlog will be done because its all double features that I’ve already paired off. And books is all done except for one which I can’t figure out how to do for the past few months and ended up rereading at least 2 times. The main thing is TV series and the fact that I’m debating something really ambitiously stupid or doing something more sensible but something I had wanted to do for the past few years but never figured out how to structure it around what’s here. A lot of thinking going on but 2019 overview will talk about all of that and we’ll even go back and talk about some of the achievements this year in 2018 in the next weekly adventures to wrap up the year (if not in a separate post).
I’m sorry to keep talking about this if I’ve talked about it before. To be honest, I don’t remember much sometimes and this adventures post has felt slightly empty so I just wanted to use this space to share some vague thoughts.
Cute Kitty Pics
**I realized that I forgot to post a cute kitty pic in the last weekly adventures so here’s two this time to make up for it! My cat is enjoying the fireplace and basement hangout time a lot to say the least. **
That’s it for this Weekly Adventures!
What have you been up to? Have you started Christmas shopping yet?
3 thoughts on “My Weekly Adventures: Shopping Hauls Recap”
No, there were a lot of stalls that did not return this year for Salon des métiers d’art so it was a lot smaller. I was a bit disappointed.. 😢
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Its just the reality that this type of show is now spread more thin with other places also having something like this in christmas markets and whatnot so it has to be smaller because some vendors go to other places.
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You are right. I think I noticed there are more local events so maybe some people choose to cut expenses by just being closer to home.
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