Boxing Day Haul 2017!

Boxing Week is probably the correct term to use nowadays. However for myself, Boxing Day is really the day we do most of the purchases and get it behind us so that we can recuperate from expenses and zero back in to the coming New Year. This year,I do have to say that I had already had some pretty solid idea of what I wanted to get for Boxing Day so its more home and useful stuff, except for some gaming stuff and impulse movie buys that I thought was decently priced.

To be fair, the deals (for things I would get) was not really that great. I think its because Black Friday had pretty great discounts this year. However, we did end up hitting 7 stores (not all yielded purchases) within 4 hours and found some really fantastic deals.

Let’s take you shopping with me in this recap!

Walmart

Not a great way to start but the Boxing Day always starts at Walmart because my friend is into getting movies but the movies he was looking for wasn’t discounted. For myself, I wasn’t intending on picking up movies but then I saw Alien Covenant on sale and it would complete our Alien franchise at home. I do have a Alien franchise list post coming up so its nice to have it to revisit if I need. See how it holds up in repeat viewing. Second one was The Legend of Tarzan which funnily enough, I had taken out of my Amazon cart the night before but decided to pick it up again here. Record time to get in and out of Walmart for us: 10 minutes.

Best Buy

The main goal of my Boxing Day was at Best Buy because of the external hard drive. We desperately need to extended storage for the Playstation 4 because with my husband and his AAA games in progress, it takes up a chunk of the system leaving me with very  little space to add games in to play on the side. With 5TB, its going to be great on all fronts. This drive was $150 which was pretty decent. If you are looking for an external like myself, the max is at 8TB which also happens to be on sale and actually averages to be a slightly better per TB rate however, I didn’t want to drop the extra money due to other needs. Second was NieR: Automata which is a game I’ve wanted play since we checked out the demo in early 2017. Its $30 now.

Adidas Outlet Store

I’m determined to get back to running next summer and that required a new pair of running shoes. The current pair I had has already been used for light hiking and a lot of walking around during the past year. I probably still have a few miles on it but I wanted a new pair for backup in case there wasn’t another sale. I ended up with these that could double for work if I wanted something comfortable and casual but matched with office attire when needed. Plus, they were 50% off so it came to $35 for the pair. My husband’s shoes didn’t have a good discount so I ended up getting him 2 shirts at $10 each.

 

IKEA

IKEA always has specials on oddly colored models. For Boxing Day, the Raskag rolling tray was $16 instead of $50. I’ve bought a lime green drawers set before. There was no way I was going to miss out on a reddish-orange-brown Raskag. We got one of these (and you can see it in the background) and it is so great because it fits so much stuff and is great for organizing stuff in it. I’ve seen it used as an alcohol trolley or for crafts. I use it for office supplies and secondary book shelf. This one is probably going to be for video games and our new humidifier (coming up next).

Canadian Tire

Its moments like this on my blog that I start to realize how much I’ve changed with the blog. This haul is so grown-up. So, I picked up two humidifiers which we desperately need. So the small one will be move between the office and the bedroom as its for smaller spaces. It was $35 and cool mist. The second one is warm mist and will be for countering the dryness from the fireplace and works for a medium sized room which will do the job here and at a decent price of $40. But we really needed it especially with this incredibly cold winter we’ve been having so far and the fireplace running more than past years. Finally, we’ve been looking at the 3 outlet power post by Noma and this had a 40% discount (came to $18) so I was pretty happy about it although my husband seemed even more excited than I was about it.

Michaels

The last stop was to pick up 6 picture frames at Michaels. Montreal Comiccon ended up with quite a few art pieces that needed to be framed and Michaels had a sale for buy one and get the second one free which honestly is pretty awesome. We have everything framed now and just trying to figure out which goes where. I’ll give you all an update in an upcoming Weekly Adventures.

Amazon

  • Playstation 4 Controller
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins

As this post goes up, I haven’t gotten the physical items yet since its out to be delivered today. Playstation 4 Controller is really because one of our controllers dropped and broke apart. It still works but the super glue holding it together isn’t very fun to use. In case, it decides to break, at least there’s a backup. And hey, if we ever get a chance to play local co-op, we can play 3 players. Assassin’s Creed Origins was kind of a make up present for my husband since I talked him out of buying the PS VR (as its pretty pricey and not a great deal) and he was a little saddened by it. Can’t say it didn’t work out for him though. He ended up getting a game for not spending money. Not sure how the logic works there…haha!

Steam Winter Sale

To wrap this all up would be the Steam Winter Sale. I try to stock up on games with really great deals (even if they are old) during the sales and limit spending during the rest of the year when there aren’t some fantastic deal. Hence why there are always a few titles. I actually have played a fair amount of the Black Friday games and working on the reviews on those. I actually have to do some housekeeping for both Game Warp and here over the next few days. If necessary, I might take a day off in the new year to get everything in order and caught up. We do have some great stuff coming up in the new year. We’ve hit somewhat of a holiday and technical snag but things will get back on track very soon.

Phew…done! This haul is wrapped up!
Now for a few months of calm and no shopping (save the basic needs). 😉
I’m pretty happy that a lot of the stuff here was useful things for the house. 

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Black Friday Haul!

Happy Saturday!! Apologies for the late post! Its been a busy day of many errands including putting up the Christmas Tree and decorating.

Black Friday recently just passed. But let’s face it, its more of a weekend event that runs into Cyber Monday nowadays.

Its a perfect time to get a Black Friday Haul post for the weekend. Of course, I’m also very much into online shopping so not a whole lot of this is actually in my possession yet. I probably mentioned in previous haul posts but I’ve been doing an overhaul so buying less books and movies, like physical forms of them and also investing more on games as I’d like to have the content for Game Warp for reviews and such. If you see a huge amount of games, that’s the reason.

Let’s go!

Amazon

  • Resident Evil 7
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Playstation 4 games have gotten so expensive that we always need to wait for sales before we pick them up. These two games are two of the most anticipated for us and they had a pretty great deal, especially Resident Evil 7 being only $20CAD. In the quest to catch up frantically with the 2017 titles, this fits our goals perfectly.

Google Play

  • The Villainess
  • Layton’s Mystery Journey

I’ve been resorting to the Play Store for a lot of more recent rentals as they have like 99 cent rentals every now and again for selected movies. They actually had one for Black Friday and I ended up renting 47 Meters Down. I love shark movies so while there are million other titles I could have picked, its one I’ve been wanting to catch up with. Black Friday also saw some great deals. For games, Layton’s Mystery Journey had a 60% discount. I love the Professor Layton games. I actually own all of them on Nintendo DS and look forward to catching up with the 3DS titles eventually since they seem to be available on mobile also. The latest game is Layton’s Mystery Journey and for those familiar with Nintendo, games tend to be costly so the deal was pretty sweet. To be honest, Play Store might have had some of the more impressive deals this year so I also got a 50% off coupon for a movie and of course, I went for the rare foreign film and got the highly praised The Villainess which I missed at Fantasia because its an opening movie and my pass didn’t grant me entrance so the tickets were sold out super fast as well.

Fanatical

  • Last Day of June

Fanatical is the new name for what used to called Bundle Stars and its honestly a great spot to check for discounted games. They even give out free game deals every once in a while. Its older titles but sometimes, there are some cool stuff. Plus, I don’t say no to free games. They had a pretty neat way for Black Friday called Black Friday Flash Deals which they released discounted titles one per hour and each game had 24 hours to be at that price. Of course, my eyes was on the 2017 indie titles so Last Day of June popped up and also was cheaper than the discount on Steam so I had to pick it up. This game is right up my alley. Its really hard to say no.

Indigo Books

  • Neil Gaiman Box Set
  • Snowflakes & Morning Frost – Poured Glass Candle

The story behind Indigo purchase is actually a little more out of the fact that I went to the actual store to check out their deals and there was so many people and what I wanted ended up being all available online and what I wanted physically there, the buy 2 graphic novels and get the 3rd free, didn’t have the books I was looking for. Plus, they had a better online discount than the actual price for one of them and I know that during the year, that book should drop in price on a sale even more. Being selective, I went home and thought about it and just couldn’t get my mind off the candle which smelled delectable and the fact that I’ve been wanting to check out Neil Gaiman books but never found them at a good price and at $12.50 for 4 books, that’s a pretty awesome deal.

Steam Fall Sale

Steam Fall Sale

Finally, we come to the Steam Fall Sale which wasn’t exactly called a Black Friday sale but was centered in that time frame so I batched it in here. Not a ton of new games per se. Trust me when I say that the deals started on Thursday night (I think) and I mulled over it for 2 nights before finalizing the choices. Some of these titles will be featured games on Game Warp and others are just games I’ll review on my own because I’ve heard about it or the premise interests me.

La Buche

The final thing I got was really just a household thing but since I do share about it, I’ll add it on here. We burn wood during the winter to help lower actual heating costs and we just love it however, ever since we’ve moved it, we discovered these ecological logs which burn longer and better for the environment. The company we finally bought the most time with is La Buche (and we’re not sponsored although I wish we were..haha). Its a pretty sweet deal if you are in the Montreal area and burn firewood in the winter. Thought I’d share that in case anyone was interested.

That’s it for the Black Friday Haul!!

While I didn’t think that there were any spectacular deals, the stuff I got came at a pretty awesome price so I didn’t actually spend that much money overall.
What about you? Did you find any sweet deals on Black Friday?

My Weekly Adventures #44

June is here!

The last two weeks of May probably was two of the most hectic but I can already see the next two being pretty eventful as well. I’m working on some housekeeping stuff for both Game Warp and Tranquil Dreams mostly. Work has taken a slight toll on me and I’ve been taking more time to relax, watch some videos and gaming streams. You should check out Splat Panda if you haven’t. These guys are awesome fun to watch especially as they now are playing games that I personally wouldn’t attempt but like watching others play (aka currently is Dark Souls 2 and The Surge). I’ve also been watching a few other people stream Friday the 13th: The Game. I’ve learned that I’m not suitable to play those games as they stress me out too much which probably will change with more practice so maybe I’ll eventually pick up one of these multiplayer games, perhaps when Friday the 13th releases their single player campaign which I think is in the works.

Either way, back to my last two weeks and what has been going on!

Day Off: Time with Family and Friends

I had mentioned that Victoria Day weekend had passed and I took a day off on the Friday so that I could spend some time with my mom and my aunt visiting from Australia. We decided to go out for lunch and I invited Phoebe and her little bunbun. It was a challenging day to say the least as bunbun was a little irritated by her teething issue. However, we still enjoyed our meal quite a bit. We proceeded to have a much longer than expected walk back to the bus station to catch our ride back to my place and do some gardening preparation. We ended the evening with a lovely dinner and also tried to show bunbun My Neighbor Totoro, at least part of it.

High School Friend’s Wedding

One of my high school friends got married on that same weekend. They had it at a pretty convenient location and the reception was done really well. There were a few familiar faces which was cool. The food was alright. I’m pretty snobby about Chinese food in Montreal because its pretty subpar however, we’re there to celebrate a happy event and that is what matters. I also luckily won the raffle right as I was stuffing my face with fried rice. It was super elegant. 😉

The raffle gift was a little egg-shaped toothpick holder which is pretty awesome. We’re going to put it to good use. And of course, my husband making faces as I attempt a selfie. It was cool and went much better than we anticipated. We didn’t stay too late either since Sunday was going to be a hectic day also.

Kick-off Marathon for my Friend & Other Sunday Events Already Blogged About

SSQ Longueil Courses Thematiques

Some of you know that I’m the backup driver and water support for my friend who has been training for half marathons. Its pretty cool because it forces me to wake up earlier and sit around reading or writing outside in some park while I wait for him to get back. Marathon environments are a lot of fun. I am planning on training for a 5 or 10km however my foot decided to join into my other issues and I haven’t been able to train yet. It is getting much better now so I should be 100% very soon (hopefully). My friend usually just jumps into the Ottawa Half Marathon but this year, he decided to do a warm-up and did a 10 km at the SSQ Longueuil marathon. He did pretty alright time-wise and it was a nice day and the site is pretty nice also.

He drove me over to meet up with Phoebe and her family as we were going to prepare for Battle of Ingredients and go to the greenhouse. You can see my gardening haul HERE and the Battle of Ingredients HERE. We had another couple join us for dinner as they always do. The evening ended with a dramatic event and some happy ones like co-op play in Broforce.

Since we’re talking about the long weekend, I might as well add in the Monday where we took it easy and headed out on date night to see Alien:Covenant. My review is right HERE.

Ottawa Marathon Weekend

As the last four years have been, I’ve gone away to Ottawa for the marathon. My friend now runs both 5K on Saturday and Half on Sunday morning. I pretty much hang about and have water when he’s done and make sure he gets to point a to b safely. Aside from that, I take it as a weekend away to relax: shop a little, eat a little and walk around to take in the city a little.

I dusted off my PSP for the trip and was playing through LocoRoco and just like every 30 year old should, I brought my Thumper with me. David’s Tea ran out of Dragonwell which is my tea of choice for the morning but I ended up trying out Butterfly Jasmine which was pretty smooth as well. During Saturday, there was some shopping like the Disney Story and Squish  for candy as shown above. I also picked up some hiking pants for my husband at Eddie Bauer which were 40% off, got some stuff at La Senza (40% off bras are a rarity) and my friend got me a Fuel Belt to motivate me to go out and train in the summer as a belated birthday gift. We also had a breakfast at a King Eddy’s Burger or something and I’ll be doing a separate short post for that soon since this post is getting a little crazy.

This weekend ended with the drive back so that I could make it in time to do recording for the 50th episode of MBDS hosted by Elwood, my Game Warp co-host and MBDS is his own movie podcast on obscure cinema.

New Shoes

I finally found some comfy flats suitable for work! Its taken me at least two years. I’ve been trying to extend the life of my last pair of flats and then ended up giving up and swapping between sneakers and running shoes but the fact is when the weather is really hot, it gets very suffocating to wear it and most importantly, its not very professional for the office. My office is semi-casual so these actually work really well and comfy also. I had originally ordered the whites but somehow I got these and I think that everything worked out for the better.

And that’s it! I think that was packed enough!
If you didn’t think so, I sure did because all I want to do is sleep all the time! 🙂

What have you been up to?

Ottawa Marathon Race Weekend!

I kind of slacked off this weekend (and the last two for other reasons with an update soon) and that’s because I was away in Ottawa for the Marathon Race Weekend!

Let’s make one thing clear! I was away in Ottawa this weekend but for the third year in a row, I was there as support for my good friend. He’s kind of like my brother and he even volunteered as my photographer at my wedding last year! He usually does only the half marathon BUT this year, he did the 5 km run as well! I’ll get more into detail a little later on the going on of the weekend. There’s food, race starts and shopping haul! Its a nice little getaway from Montreal even if I did miss my husband and my kitty a ton, as I always do. Its nice to be back home even if today is another work day and there’s a deadline tomorrow! 😉

Friday Evening

Sunset

We left for Ottawa after work on Friday evening.  On the road there was a lot of heavy rain here and there. However, somewhere nearing Ottawa, the road was clear and the sunset was clear.  It looked so beautiful! I couldn’t resist a picture.

Our first stop was to T&T Supermarket to grab some dinner to take to the hotel. Here’s what our dinner was.

Dinner T&T Supermarket

There was two different glutinous rice.  There was some dumplings, some rolls and some chow mein. It was all really good.  The only one was the rolls there that was something we never had before and it was pretty good.

Saturday

Its almost routine at this point since its the third year that my friend has joined into the race weekend.  Morning is always for picking up the race package and walking through the running convention and see what other races there are and what new products and sales on running gear and whatnot.

After that, we head out to grab some breakfast.  Like last year, we went to Zak’s Diner.  We enjoyed it quite a bit.

Zak's Diner

Zak's Diner

I decided to have a little healthier dish so I replaced the home fries with a fruit salad. My friend had the banana pancakes and he said it was really good: fluffy and delicious.

After that, we went off to do some shopping around Rideau Centre. He left a little earlier than I did to gear up for his 5 km race at 4pm.  I stayed about an hour more.  The really great discovery is that this August, there will be a Disney store there. We’re super excited about that! 🙂

As for the shopping, I found some pretty great deals! I’ll have the haul at the end. Let’s skip forward to the 5 km. There was a huge issue with the heat that day so the morning was mostly also waiting for the times to see if all the races were on time. The 5 km was not affected but the half marathon was changed earlier for the next day. However, the arrangement was that they would provide more water stations and mist to cool down the runners for all the races.

Ottawa Race Weekend

Before 5 km race, kids cooling down

Ottawa Race Weekend

Ottawa 5 km Race Weekend

5 km start

Ottawa Race Weekend 2016

The 5 km; Ravens controlling the start; Drone filming

Ottawa

According my friend, he ran the 5 km in a decent time.  Slight more than he expected.  His one complaint, which I’m sure he will address more on his own, was that there was no water station until the 4 km mark when there was supposed to be at 2.5 km. That’s a big deal because it was unexpectedly humid and hot at around 35+ degrees Celsius. Even if its a short run, its still dangerous to be out running in this weather without more hydration available. I wasn’t running it so that’s all I’m going to talk about this, because they did manage to regulate it for the other races.

Sunday

Ottawa Half Marathon 2016

Half Marathon Start

The highlight of Sunday was the half marathon.  The race was moved up 45 minutes to hopefully ease the heat.  The lucky part was that the weather did ease up a little and it was less humid and had moment of cool breeze.  At least, it was so until a little later in the morning for the end of the race for my friend. I was tracking him on Sportstat so I had a good idea where he was. Good news is that with the very well done job on cool down and hoses from residences and businesses along the running path, my friend did his personal best in a half marathon. Congrats to him!

T&T Ottawa

Dimsum at T&T Supermarket

After checkout, we headed to T&T Supermarket to pick up some dimsum for lunch before heading back to Montreal.

Before I end this post, as I promised here is the...SHOPPING HAUL!

EB Games

PS4 Games: Thief, The Evil Within, Until Dawn

Eddie Bauer

Hiking Pants and Casual Shorts at Eddie Bauer

Victoria Secret

Victoria Secret Sports Bra

Dynamite Clothing

V-Neck Tunic Tank at Dynamite Clothing

Sugar Mountain

Gummies and Nerds at Sugar Mountain

While this is quite a bit of stuff, it actually wasn’t too expensive and everything had a good deal. The highlight would be the great find at EB Games (or Gamestop) for Until Dawn which was pretty much half of what it is sold online. And I’ve been wanting to play it since last year and review it on That Moment In. I’m pretty excited to play it after Life is Strange (for the next Game Warp Podcast soon). Although I do need to finish Little Big Planet 3.

Also, I was pretty impressed and surprised at the Victoria Secret’s new Sport Bra design for medium support since it doesn’t have the wire support anymore but still is equally as good and comfortable. This is the one thing I always get at Victoria Secret because its expensive normally (there was a sale this weekend) but its so much more durable and comfortable.

Everything else was a necessity since I’m a little short on summer clothes since I haven’t bought much in the last few years. 🙂

Overall…It was a really fun weekend as usual! It was really hot but also extremely nice to know that summer is on its way. I am still thinking about joining either the 5 or the 10 km next year. I’m absolutely motivated to do more running this year.  So far I’ve only ran once.

That’s it for the Ottawa Race Weekend recap!

Have you been to Ottawa? Have you run in any sort of marathon (5 km, 10 km, Half, Full)?

My Weekly Adventures: Toronto & Game Night with Friends!

2016 is sure flying by! February is done already? My goodness, that is rather surprising especially since work feels like it really hasn’t stopped to give me time to breathe.  Its surprising that I’m still catching up with everything (well, barely). March starts the month of family birthdays also. Incredible, right? I’m also going to be 30 at the end of the month and I have that blog reveal thing that I haven’t even gone back to work on in a while.  Man, lots of stuff coming up but at least you know what? Blogathon is going strong for the first two weeks and working on those Oscar movies went really well which was the goal in the last Weekly Adventures.

I’m going to keep this short as this post will be focused on my weekend getaway to Toronto with one of my great friends. We had a ton of fun exploring bakeries and whatnot.  We got lost a little and was frustrated at Google Maps navigating us with a lot of those Toronto forbidden left turns and overall, we had some fun adventures. Its nice to be back doing road trips with one of my best road trip buddies.

Crazy Thing on Friday Night

Friday night we started our trip in the late afternoon around 4pm.  We were on the road at a good pace until we hit around Kingston area where we got stuck in stand-still traffic due to an accident that kept us sitting there, engine off for an hour. During this time, a little event happened that inspired quite a bit of conversation. A man in the car in front of us got out, was on his cell for a call and then pulls out this big bag.  Not long after, a minivan pulls up on the opposite side of the highway 401 (big highway, dark and no street lights, a bit of blowing snow sporadically) and a teen boy jumps out picks up his hockey bag and equipment, climbs over the median and runs across to get in the minivan with oncoming traffic.

The car that stopped on the other side of the highway..

The car that stopped on the other side of the highway..

Question here is: Is there a hockey game so important that you would risk your life and the bigger question, what reasonable judgment for the guardian/adult with him made him think it was a good idea to do this?

We got to Markham after the Ontario Police opened up a route to go backwards onto a ramp and some very horror movie potential sort of thing could’ve happened as we tried to get back on the emergency detour route. It was an exciting night. We almost drafted out a whole horror short. 😉

Panagio’s All-Day Grill (Website)

Panagio's All Day Grill

Fresh Coconut & Tea

Panagio's All Day Grill

Classic Breakfast: 3 eggs with bacon

Panagio's All Day Grill

Waffles with a side of bacon

With our bellies full with an okay breakfast joint and my friend pretty happy about trying out fresh coconut water, we were on our way downtown for some bakery, independent tea and/or coffee shops.  We had a little tentative itinerary.

First (Surprise) Stop: Fantail Bakery-Cafe & Tealish 

Fantail Bakery Cafe

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cake

I’ve been thinking of replacing butter with avocado since forever.  I almost didn’t get this one until some guy comes in saying that it was the best vegan baked good they’ve ever had. So I got it for takeaway.  While I was waiting for my friend explore a coffee shop, I started eating it and OMG! Its only been the only thing on my mind since then!

This was really a stop we made because we were waiting for the tea shop Tealish to open. We also made a stop at The Art of Cookery where I got a lovely little kitchen accessory which I will showcase later.

Tealish

Spring Longjin Green Tea

Intermission on the way to Second Stop

Karma Cluster

Karma Cluster

OutPost Coffee

Cookies N Creme Donut

Third Stop: Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Gluten Free Bakery

Cock-a doodle-doo gluten free bakery

Gluten-free Apple Tart

Fourth Stop: Almond Butterfly

Almond Butterfly

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

Almond Butterfly

Dairy Free Snickerdoodle Cupcake

Fifth Stop: Vaughan Mills & Shopping

At this point, we’re suffering from some mega sugar rush followed by a crash on my end.  I got a ton of liquids to make it better.  However, there was some awesome finds here!

Bluenotes

Disney Story

Baymax & Thumper: Completing my Disney Plush collection (for now)

Aside from this, I managed to finally get a pair of shoes for Zumba (In Studio Training).  In one of the previous stops, we also stopped at an LCBO to get some wine. They didn’t have the one I wanted but I did pick up some good stuff over the two days so might as well get my purchases over in this section.

Crazy Beard: Ginger Beer White Wine

Crazy Beard & White Wine

Angry Orchard

Angry Orchard

My friend had told me about Angry Orchard before and since I saw it, I had to get myself a pack to see how it is.  Plus, its gluten free and Apple cider.  Two things I love to bits 😉

Sixth Stop: Asian Legend in Markham

Asian Legend is our go-to spot.  Unfortunately, it felt like everything wasn’t quite as good.  The soup-filled dumplings were still pretty good and it was the first time trying the ribs but overall, it didn’t quite live up to the delicious taste it had.  Maybe its the bad economy and the inflation causing things changing.  Who knows…

We went back to our hotel after dinner.  Well, after a quick stop at T&T Supermarket to pick up liquids for the night.

Next morning, we had a brunch before making some quick stops to buy some snacks and supplies before heading back to Montreal.

Sunday Brunch/Chinese  Early Lunch: Ding Tai Fung Restaurant

Ding Tai Fung is always a surefire.  As usual, this place made some delicious food.  I was pleased with such a delightful meal. Their soup-filled steamed pork dumplings are absolutely scrumptious. We went home safe and sound.

Game Night

The weekend after (the past one)..we got together again with one of my best friends and had a game night.  It was a last minute thing so not a lot of people made it to my friend’s event but we had some food, chatted a little. The games of that night:

  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Saboteur
  • Scotland Yard
Board Games

Scotland Yard

It was my first time playing Scotland Yard and man, was it fun! If you don’t know what it is, one player is Mr. X and they have hidden moves and unlimited resources while everyone else are detectives that need to trace them down. Obviously, we were just two detectives but if we had more people, it would be a different story.  As we were strategizing our next moves, I thought it would be hilarious to make a podcast or vlog of it.  That would be incredible. What do you think?

In case you don’t know what Saboteur is, its kind of a card game where you are dwarves mining to gold.  There are three cards faced down, two is rocks and one gold.  You can have cards to see which is the gold.  Depending how many people, there are people to be the Saboteur whose goal is to sabotage your path.  You have cards that build the path to the gold and other special cards that will block and unblock other players.  The more players, the more interesting it gets.

It was a ton of fun! We were all really tired and somehow we ended playing super strategic games. Oh yeah, Mr. X got away…

That’s it for the last two weeks! Very fun two weekends despite work going batshit crazy and absolutely out of control!

Upcoming:

  • Last 2 weeks of Ultimate 80s Blogathon
  • Book reviews
  • Review: The VVitch

Before we go…a little music!

What games do you like to play with friends (board or video)? Do you like road trips (even if its just a weekend getaway)?

Happy Tuesday! 🙂

Plattsburgh Finds & Lunch at Applebee’s!

One of the best moments is being able to reconnect with good friends.  Its been a year or so that I haven’t spoken with one of my friends.  Sometimes, its just one of us taking the first step.  I guess thats a problem for me because I always assume everyone is busy with their own life and I don’t like to disturb them.  Long story short, one of my good friends who is also my best travel buddy is around again.

Our new plan from hanging out again was setting up our trip in advance.  We decided to do a short Plattsburgh food run.  The perks of living relatively near to the US border is that we can go and do food runs and explore all those options Americans get that we don’t in Canada. We were joking as we were looking at the different flavours that Canada gets on who  makes these decisions on what Canadians like rather all those other ones that’s there.  Seeing as it is across the border and one day, it all dials down to getting a whole lot of food…or when they asked our reason, Pop Tarts, Iced Tea, Oreos and Chips… What more can we say, right?

Our first stop was Champlain Centre for a Target run. Then across the street to Hannaford, lunch break at Applebee’s and finally, ending it off at Walmart.

Lunch at Applebee’s

This is the second time I’ve been here.  My stomach was a little wonky that morning so I tried to not eat too much.  We ended up sharing these samplers where you can choose 3 choices. Our choices were: Pork and Shrimp Dumplings, Honey BBQ Riblets and Sweet Potato Fries.

Applebee's

Applebee's

Applebee's

Let me tell you: these samplers are really good! I loved the riblets the best but they were all tasty and just enough to share for something light.  Its a pretty good idea to have this on the menu 🙂

Now that we have food out of the way, lets check out what I got.  Keep in mind that other than the movies and book, most of this stuff, I can’t get in Canada.

1. Sobe Life Water

Its like a vitamin water, I guess.  I’ve never seen it in Montreal but then I never try to seek it out either.  I figured it’d be something new to try when I don’t feel like drinking water or tea 😉 But I have tasted some of Sobe’s juices and they are pretty delish!

2. Movies: You’re Next (Blu-ray), Snitch (Blu-ray), Takers (DVD) & Land Before Time 8 & 9.

I’ve been collecting the Land Before Time series since I was a kid and they are still incredibly fun to watch.  Don’t judge…

3. Book: Paper Towns by John Green.

I saw the trailer for this movie and it reminded me a little of Eleven Reasons Why minus the manipulated feelings while I was reading that book so while I want to catch it in the theatres when its released, I also wanted to read it before.  Here’s where Target is fantastic because it has 20% off the regular price and that’s awesome.

4. Chips: Cape Cod Chipotle Barbecue, Lay’s Wasabi Ginger, Lay’s Mango Salsa, Lay’s Garlic Cheesy Bread, Frito’s Twisters.

Junk food galore right here and its just the start as you can see.  As of now, I’ve only tried the Wasabi Ginger and that tastes pretty good.  Usually these ones are pretty hit and miss but something about it tastes a little like ramen powder with gingery and mild wasabi hotness 😉 Garlic Cheesy Bread is my boyfriend’s since thats his favorite appetizer choice.

5. Cereal: Froot Loops with Marshmallows!

Excuse me, I love marshmallows and I love froot loops.  It was this one or the Fruity Pebbles with marshmallows, I think.  The cereal aisles in the US are just incredible!

6. Pop Tarts: Unfrosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Wild Berry Bloom (Limited Edition), Frosted Cinnamon Roll

I love these unfrosted Pop Tarts.  Mostly because its just the perfect sweetness.  When its fully frosted, it gets a little too much for me.

7. Slow Cooker Sauces: I don’t get why we don’t have these in Canada.  While I’m all about homemade food, this is really great backup dinner solutions.  All I need to do is buy meat the night before.

8. Iced Tea: So I’ve never seen this and it had some nice flavors.  I love hibiscus flavored stuff and I’m trying to find the one I had tasted on my travels a few years back, till today, still no luck.  I haven’t tried this one yet so who knows, right?

9. Lactose-free Ice Cream: The choices for gluten-free and lactose-free or anything allergen free in Montreal is miserable.  I mean, its limited choices and outrageous prices that I kind of want to forego eating these things so I got a nice little cooler bag and bought three tiny tubs of ice cream.  You see two up there, yeah, that’s because there’s also a raspberry sorbet in the freezer 😉

10. Fruit Roll-up (not shown here): Look, we only have Fruit by the Foot here.  While I enjoy that, there’s always 1 out of 3 trips to Plattsburgh that I pick up some Fruit Roll-Up.  I’d definitely think about getting Fruit Gushers eventually.  Its pretty tasty and for the most part, nostalgia wins over me 😉

I guess that’s all there is! Crossing the border, I could see the customs not really caring when they asked us what we went to buy.  Its probably one of the smoothest border crossings I’ve had, as in not a lot of questions and not even a lot of cars.  It was a quick food run but it was tons of fun just catching up and buying random stuff.  At least, I’m stocked up for snacks for a few months (or I hope I will).

Do you have travel buddies? Are you a fan of doing day trips? What are your favorite snacks?

My Weekly Adventures!

December has been hard to get anything up.  Its really funny because I’m not particularly busy or going out but rather I’m just sitting around binging on series and movies and kind of getting life back to a healthy routine.  Trust me, that takes up a lot of time and then blogging falls behind. I try everyday to get something up and for the most part, its working out. I just wish I could compile these Weekly Adventures because seriously, I’ve had a few interesting things to talk about. I just get tired and lazy…when in doubt, blame the weather so I’m going to do that 😉

Anyways, I haven’t completely been blog-less, I think about stuff for here all the time.

1) TV Binge!

witches of east end

So, I’m done all of the two seasons of Witches of East End and of course, this show is recently announced to be cancelled by Lifetime which really sucks because they ended the second season so strong and at such a good place for this to just kick ass. Maybe it’ll get picked up by another network? I just regret that I didn’t find it earlier. It does get a little frustrating in the second season and plus, there just wasn’t enough of the handsome Killian (played by Daniel diTomasso).

witches of east end

My boyfriend is rolling his eyes as I talk about this…again! Daniel diTomasso gets extra points other than being brooding and handsome for being from Montreal and loving the Habs 🙂 Although Eric Winters is not quite the same, he is quite good-looking as well but in this unknown evil sort of way.

life unexpected

Since I finished this now, I have a bunch of series ending in January on Netflix. I chose the easiest one to finish with only 2 seasons: Life Unexpected. I’m almost done Season 1.  I really love Britt Robertson and wish she would have more stuff.  This show is really fun to watch with lots of funny moments mixed with some drama.

What shows are you watching right now?

2) Black Friday shopping!

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I haven’t really gone Black Friday shopping like physically at a store and last year was just stupid deals all over the place.  This year, its a completely different story.  There were some good buys.  Now, for physical purchases, I got these movies.  Along with some Yurbuds earbuds for women which are fantastic because they actually don’t fall out even when I run for the bus.

Aside from that, I ordered Sharknado, A Good Day to Die Hard and Fast and Furious 6 for a pretty awesome price on Amazon.  On Cyber Monday week, there was a one day deal for the complete series (5 seasons) of Flashpoint for $29.99 and that was THE BEST DEAL! 🙂 My boyfriend’s still not in the Sharknado thing but I say he should because its just epically bad but awesome at the same time.  Haha!

Did you do any Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping?

3) Salon des Metiers d’Art du Quebec (aka arts and crafts fair in Quebec)

I’ve been going to this show for many years. Its a great place for unique gift ideas and as I got older, its a great place to try out new ice ciders/ice wines/food, etc.  We went last weekend to check that out.  Its gotten a lot smaller throughout the years but the food/wine area was still great.

I figured now that a bunch of family is on Facebook, I won’t post up the pictures because then everyone will know their own gifts if they land on my post and that kind of ruins the surprise. But, some very nice finds includes:

I’ve linked up some of the ice wines so you could check it out if you’d like 🙂

4) Day Trip to Plattsburgh!

Last weekend was all about shopping and getting all those gifts covered. After a little bit of discussion, my girl friends and I decided to head to Plattsburgh last Sunday. I didn’t really spend a lot since my day before at Salons des Metiers d’arts was pretty intense totalling at about $200. I ended up spending mostly on groceries and got myself some knee wraps for workout. Target had these awesome Slow Cooker Sauces which I’ve never seen in Canada. Plus, I bought two candles at Bath and Body Works and some car freshener at Yankee Candles.

My goal was to scout to see if Chromecast was cheaper but with the exchange rate, it actually wasn’t. Plus, Canada has a $20 Google Play credit in addition for the same price so I’d say that pretty much seals the deal 😉

Still, I tried out Applebee’s for lunch and that was pretty alright. Here’s what I had:

Applebee

Boneless Chicken Wings

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Double Crunch Shrimp

Applebee’s has a pretty nice atmosphere to it. You know, nice cozy family joint.  Me and one of the girls took the 2 for $25 meal which includes an appetizer to share and each of us a meal.  The Double Crunch Shrimp was a bit oily and heavy but I guess thats to be expected, right? I ended up getting a cup of tea at Starbucks and it helped settle my stomach a little 😉

5) Christmas wreath! 🙂

wreathGenerally, its the same wreath as last year.  I added a few more ornaments to spice it up a little. I’m still figuring out how to use my ribbons to tie a nice bow to finish it up. My girl friends just give me a really good tip on how to do it so I just have to go get some nice ribbons and then it’ll be all good to go 🙂

6) A few blog recaps (in case you missed it)

  • Advanced Screening of Serena (review HERE)
  • 007 Blogathon entries for MovieRob HERE and HERE (click on MovieRob to go to his site and check out other entries)

To wrap it up, lets end with a quote that is absolutely awesome.

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I need some of that, well, more of that, to be so masterful.  🙂

This week has been exceptionally long and I actually think weekly adventures will change to biweekly adventures soon. I think I have next year pretty much set with a few projects so expect something going up soon.  Every year I wait till the last 2 weeks and then its all Christmas and New Year’s celebrations so not so much feedback.  I’ll try it earlier this year and hope for more feedback ;).

Happy Thursday, my lovelies!

Its Friday tomorrow! YAY!