Thursday, December 27, 2007

addicted again

It's not Cooking Mama for DS or Wii, it's Mario Party 8. Gino bought it for Mike for Christmas but I enjoy playing it more. I always have to ask Mike to play with me. If you have a Wii, I highly suggest buying this game, it's so much fun as a single player, and though I haven't tried it yet, I am sure that it will be an entertaining game to play with multiple players. Last night I played for 4 hours and couldn't sleep properly because I kept on having dreams of it. Scary!!!!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. It was anything exciting for me, I should have have gone away to Mexico as planned. Maybe next year!!! Hopefully next year!!! I need to make it happen next year!!! Stay tuned for some pictures from Christmas and other events surrounding it.

Friday, December 21, 2007

little miss baker




I should be at my brother's party right now but I am EXHAUSTED!!! I started off my day by going to the mall at 8:30 am. Mike was kind enough to drop me off before going to work. I shopped until noon and then I came home and made salsa for Gino's party. After I started to bake. I made Peanut Butter Balls, Whipped Chocolate Chip Shortbread, Skor Bars and Marble Cupcakes with pink and brown frosting (for Belle's birthday). I would have loved to just chill out, drink and play video games at Gino's but I also have an early day tomorrow. Mike and I are going to drop off gifts in the east end before heading to the birthday party. So, it's 9:45 pm, I am going to get ready for bed, paint my nails and then turn in. Baking is hard work!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

good shampoo = nice hair

Ever since I moved out, I have been trying to save money on certain products. When I lived with my mom, I would always buy 1 litre bottles of professional shampoo and conditioner (Wella, Bedhead, etc.) So, since living with Mike, I have just bought drugstore products. After Mike came back from his business trip to Portland, he brought back the hotel shampoo/conditioner and guess what, they were AVEDA products. I instantly fell in love with the Rosemary Mint line. It's so fresh and invigorating when you use it first thing in the morning, it really wakes you up. It's expensive but worth it.

I also recently bought a travel size kit from my hair stylist. He uses the I.C.O.N. line. I bought the kit that has shampoo, conditioner, replenishing spray and cream for when I have to travel for work. I have some of their other products - styling foam and liquid gel. It's probably safe to say that I use these products because my hair stylist uses it on me and he also sells them at the salon and gives me a good price!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

finally...shopping for me

So after Sunday's big storm and being locked in the house for almost the whole weekend, I ventured out on Monday to do some shopping for myself. When I moved in with Mike, I had to get rid of a lot of clothes since we would be sharing a closet. I went from two walk-in closets to half a closet. As it started to get cold this year, I realized that I must have thrown out all my sweaters and long sleeve tops because I have been wearing short sleeves to work each day, throwing the same all sweater on top to keep me warm. So, I bought more clothes for this winter season. I spent over $200 but I got a bunch of things - a black staple sweater, a brown sweater (but it's short sleeves), a grey turtleneck, a blue/black striped sweater dress, a cute polka dot dress shirt, plus some knee highs in black and beige, brown tights, some black socks and my favorite thing to wear this year, knee high socks in an argyle print! But wait, I also bought Mike two pairs of cashmere socks, two small gifts for my friends and two gifts for some kids. Not bad for the amount that I paid. I am so proud of my purchases.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

snowed in

On Sunday, we had a big snowstorm. I would say the first of the year. From Saturday night to Sunday night, it snowed consistently. Mike and I pretty much stayed in the whole weekend. If we didn't go get our haircuts Saturday morning, we would have never left the house. It was nice to relax and do nothing but there are times during the day where you go stir crazy and want to get out. I was excited on Saturday night when Mike decided that we should go to Yorkville and shop but when Sunday came rolling along and we saw how much snow there was, we chose to stay at home. Oh, and about Friday, Dianne canceled her party last minute because she got sick. Poor girl! I know that she was really looking forward to a night out. Her birthday came and went and now we have to concentrate on the little girl's birthday this weekend. Belle turns 2 on Saturday. Time is flying, I remember the day when Dianne told me she was pregnant. It seems like only yesterday and now here we are, two years later...

Friday, December 14, 2007

last day before the holidays

Today is my last day before the holidays. I am tired from attending holiday events the past too days. Too much drinking wine. I have to try and get some work done here in the office even though I will probably do some work from home.

Tonight is Dianne's birthday at Kultura. I hope that I get to squeeze in a nap and maybe a quick visit to a walk in. My allergic reaction that I got last week had disappeared from my arms but it now all around my waist and is starting on my left cheek. When will this madness end and I can I go back living like a normally human being?

I am almost finish my Christmas shopping, just a few more presents to buy. I plan to do this earlier next week during the day and also I plan to start baking. I should enlist in Gino's help...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

the hills

Season 3 finale of The Hills was a disappointment for me. I already knew what was going to happen at the end because it was all over US Weekly. The one thing that would have made it exciting was that is Brody and Lauren actually got together, or that he was on the plane waiting to go with her to Paris or something. This kiss was cute and all, but JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY!!! He's hot!!! With that said, I can't wait for Season 4 to begin. I wish that US Weekly or any of the trashy magazines didn't publish the photos before it airs on the episodes because it ruins it for those who watch the show. There is no element of surprise to it. I remember back when I wasn't into Laguna Beach, so I would never read whatever was published in the magazines. When I finally got into the show, it was a year later and everything I watched was a surprise to me, I went in knowing nothing. Now that The Hills will be on hiatus for a while, I can concentrate on Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill that starts season 5 on January 8th. For those who are into OTH, they skip over the four years of college.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Birthday weekend

So, my birthday weekend started off with the Nike Christmas Party at Paramount. Yes, it is the third time that we have been to this venue this year - first for J&J's wedding and then for Darryl & Clecia's wedding. It was pretty boring but hey, it was a free dinner right. Plus, I got to pull a "secret mission" for a dear friend of mine. I was nervous and scared but I think that the outcome will be an everlasting one =)

Saturday began with groceries and then cooking. I made Bacon Crab mushroom caps and Roasted Red Potato Bites. I was nervous of what it would taste like. But James and Rex devoured the mushroom caps. It made my day. Rex made salsa and Empanadas, Maureen brought turon (my mom's favorite) and Ukoy (my brother's favorite), good thing they stopped by, and Julie brought an Apple cheesecake (I am eating it as I type with a glass of red wine). We chatted, played some Wii, played Name That Tune and Scene It. I had a lot of fun because I just love it when all my friends get together. It was an early night, everyone was gone by midnight.


Sunday we went to Mike's parent's house. I was greeted with hugs from the whole family. I got a nice necklace from Steph and money and aroma sticks from their mom. We played some DS, Jay is now a proud owner, I can't wait to play against him. The cutest thing was that Momma Jen was asking if any one brought a cake for me and when she realized that there was no cake, she baked one for me. Warm Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream was so yummy!!!!
Today, my dad and Gino came over. I got a satin robe and nightie from my dad and Tita Cecile. We also took our annual family Christmas photo that my dad sends out to his family.

Here is a link to my
birthday pictures. You'll see all the presents I got. I love them all and I have the best friends and family any girl could ask for. P.S. - Mike got me a gorgeous but large Cole Haan bag for my birthday.

Friday, December 7, 2007

stay tuned...

My birthday weekend is here - stay tuned for photos and a recap of my weekend...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

I already got my first gift, it's the black bag that I wanted but 3X bigger!!! It's from miQ!