What to do with Friday nights.

29 November 2013

Tonight I find myself in a situation that I'm often in most Friday nights. My room mate has gone back home for the weekend, I'm single, and I can count the amount of people I know in Toronto on one hand. Thus rendering me all alone, on my own. Once again.

I've learned a thing or two about how to occupy my time whilst home alone, and since I've become somewhat of an expert at the Friday-night-solo-hang, I figured I'd share with you guys some things that you can do if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

Don't Wear Pants

I sometimes follow this rule even when my roommate is home, but usually I wear a long enough shirt to avoid any kind of indecencies. But tonight, nah, tonight you can go pants-free in all it's glory. You deserve it, you've had a long, pants-wearing-filled day. Treat yourself.

Light The Candle Your Roommate Hates

When you live with someone else sometimes you have to make compromises, like, say if a particular scent gives your roommate a headache, you have to refrain from burning said candle. But not tonight! Burn that mother effing candle in every single room. Because you can.

Pee With The Door Open

Don't pretend like you don't do it! This is one of my favourite parts about being alone, I don't have to worry about privacy. I can pee with the door wide open all. day. long.

Watch Whatever You Want On TV

You don't have to share the TV with anyone, so watch the last few episodes of Breaking Bad's fourth season. And while you're at it, go ahead and watch the fifth season too.


A la Tom Cruise in Risky Business, shake your groove thang, twerk up a sweat, go crayzay. Extra fun if you include your pet as a dance partner, or if you motion towards your pet as if telling them, "this one's for you"

And finally,


Blast that stereo, sing all the wrong words, heck, don't even sing, just groan random notes. No one is here to judge you. Do whatever you want! You can even play that band you're embarrassed to admit you love, because you don't have to explain why "they have such a catchy sound, you know?"

 Peace Out, Kate

Things I'm loving this winter.

28 November 2013

The weather has been getting more and more Canadian by the day, and by that I mean it's getting effing colder every morning I wake up. Being that the weather is getting so cold, I've been eyeing some fabulous new fashion finds both online and during my daily walk to the subway station. I've made a list of sorts (we'll say it's a "wish-list" but let's be honest, I'm definitely getting err thang).

One / Two / Three / Four / Five

 Peace Out, Kate

I Am The Bermuda Triangle.

27 November 2013

About a year or so ago I went on a road trip with a few friends to Florida. We decided we would drive from our little city in Ontario all the way to Orlando, spend a few days there, head to Miami for a couple of days, and then drive back home.

So in planning the trip the four of us going decided that we would all take turns driving. Now, when I say "we all" I mean the three of us that could drive would take turns driving. Jess, my current roommate and I would be driving buddies and Rach, my former roommate and her boyfriend would be driving buddies. We had a rule, if your driving buddy was driving, you were to sit in shotgun and navigate while the other two slept in the back. Sounds simple, simple it was not.

As it turns out, both Jess and I are actually quite fantastic drivers. Directionally, however, we were a little helpless. First, we brought a faulty GPS. Apparently it was only programmed for Canadian cities, which was great for the first two hours of the trip, but once we crossed the boarder it was about as handy as a two year old with a wrench.

We did come prepared with our handy dandy Google maps, so at least we did have some sort of guide to getting to Orlando. Our route looked a little something like this:

We were off to a really great start too, of course because it was Rach's boyfriend who had started the drive, but as soon as it was my turn to drive, Jess and I would get talking, or singing, or waving to passersby and the next thing we knew, we were off course. We didn't want to wake the two sleeping babes in the back so like any normal person would do, we drove around to find the nearest McDonald's to get free WiFi. (I neglected to tell you that we had turned our phones on Airplane mode to avoid roaming, so we couldn't even use the GPS on our phones unless we used WiFi, hence the need for McDonald's).

When we finally found the WiFi we were looking for and turned on our GPS we noticed that we had gone more than a little off-route... Nashville Tennessee off route. By the time we got to Orlando our map looked a little more like this:

We got there in one peace and fun was had by all. Then it was time for us to drive home. Jess and I had decided to do most of the driving because *spoiler alert* Rach's boyfriend was going to propose to her the day we got back so they needed the sleep. We had the best intentions, but we failed miserably... For the geographically challenged like moi, here's what our map looked like heading home:

We decided to take a different route so we could see more of the United States. And boy, did we ever... Again, Jess and I did more talking, more singing, and more waving and again we found ourselves looking at unfamiliar signs. After much debate, we caved and woke up the rest of the car to figure out where we were. We did this more times than I could even count, including once while we drove through the Carolina's during the huge tornados they had (March 2 & 3 2012, look it up because Rach and her man think Jess and I made it up).

We had also managed to drive through Washington, (don't ask how, but I saw the freaking Peace Tower and was like, whaaa) Baltimore, (yes, I sang the song from Hairspray as we got out of the car at a KFC to ask for directions) and, wait for it, New York City. We decided since we were already on our way we were just going to go and enjoy ourselves for a few hours, which we did, then hop back in the car, and go home.

Yeah... I was way off.

*Side note, I did manage to get from the U.S/ Canadian border at New York, all the way to Toronto in about two hours. I may or may not have broken the law in doing so, but that point is moot.

All was good, Rach and her man got engaged, and we ate Chinese food in celebration, but not before Jess and I had been officially dubbed "The Bermuda Triangle". Basically our faces are in Wikipedia now.

True story.

 Peace Out, Kate

That time I worked at a call-centre...

26 November 2013

I took a gap year in between graduating college and starting university. For sake of theatrics, this year will forever be remembered as “The Dark Ages”. During said “Dark Ages”, I worked at a call-center for an American cable company. I received calls from all over the United States of ‘Merica, anywhere from California to Florida, and usually within the first three minutes of answering the phone, I was always asked the same questions. 

This is how it typically played out:

Customer: “Are you Canadian?”
Kate: “Yes, I am!”
C:“I could tell by your accent.”
K: “You could? I didn’t know I had an accent.”
C: “Oh yeah, it’s a mix between a Californian and Minnesotan accent.”
K: “Really? That’s surprising since I live so close to New York.”
C: “So, do you know Drake?”

Other calls usually went like this:
Customer: “Oh, so you’re Canadian! It must be really cold out there!”

Most of these particular calls occurred in the summer time.

Kate: “Well today it’s about 80 degrees”
C: “Oh wow, so you folks do get some warm weather!”

I’d also get the typical questions about free healthcare and getting rid of the penny, but my favourite calls were usually the angry customers:

I’ve taken the liberty of editing the language since ladies don’t swear....

Kate: “Thanks for calling [American cable company that shall remain unnamed], my name is Kate, and how might I help you today?
C: “Y’all done [rhymes with trucked] up my TV!”
K: “I’m sorry ma’am, what seems to be the problem?”
C: “Y’all cut off my TV! Cut it back on right now!”
K: “Well let me take a look at your account and see what the issue is”

After about five attempts of having her list off her phone number at lightning speed with a very heavy southern accent I ask her one more time...

K: “I’m sorry ma’am, but I’ll need you to say your phone number a little slower so I can catch all the numbers, please”
C: “This is rediklus! You stupit or somethin’?
K: “No ma’am, it’s just hard for me to record your number when you say it so fast”

After many sighs, and finally some cooperation, I find the account and see that the customer is two-months past due and has an account balance of about $600.

K: “Okay, so I see the reason why you’re in an interruption is because your bill is past due. Are you able to make a payment today to clear up the arrears?”
C: “I don’t know what the [rhymes with stuck] you’re goin’ on ‘bout, but turn my [Lord’s name, beaver’s house] TV back on right now!”
K: “I’d be happy to restore services for you after you’ve paid the past due balance.”
C: “Well I’m not payin’ the [Lord’s name, beaver’s house] bill because my cable went fuzzy last month and y’all didn’t fix it.”
K: “I’m sorry, did you call us about the issues”
C: “No, I got other [feces] I got to deal with, I don’t have time to be sittin’ on the phone witches”
K: “Okay, then unfortunately there’s nothing I can do apart from take your payment”
C: “Where are you?”
K: “I’m sorry?”
C: “Where. Are. You?
K: “I’m in Canada, ma’am
C: “Mmmhmm. You Canadian’s are so stupit. Takin’ our jobs and now stealin’ from a poor old woman who’s lost her husband and doesn’t have a job. Y’all should be ashamed of yourselves” (Her husband was alive, it was notated that he called the night before to make sure his pay per view titles wouldn't be on the bill).
K: “I’m sorry you feel that way ma’am but there’s nothing we can do until you’ve paid your bill”
C: “Oh I’ll see about that.”

And then usually they hang up. Most of the time they spew out obscenity after obscenity and then hang up, but I think you get the drift.

True story!

 Peace Out, Kate

Glossy Blonde

Weekend Recap

25 November 2013

This weekend brought a variety of things to the table, here's my recap:

Doctor Who The Day of The Doctor

Was anyone else completely sidetracked every time they went to look something up on Google this weekend? I was writing a paper and it took me twice the time to do research because I kept playing the fantastic game that Google had in celebration of The Day of The Doctor. Also, did anyone see it? Wowowow. Two words: David. Tennant.

Christmas movies are finally being shown on TV!!!

Words cannot even express the excitement that overcame me while channel-surfing Friday night, and Elf appeared on my screen...

I mean, I think you guys have an idea...

I love when people cook for me...

Saturday I went to my uncle's for dinner, and was surprised with a fancy-schmancy four-course meal. Of course I was too busy stuffing my face to take any pictures, but imagine homemade puff pasties, a tomato bacon and some-french-cheese-I-can't-imagine-pronouncing-correctly soup, chicken and pesto pasta with black olives, walnuts and sundries tomatoes, and to top it off, a toasted croissant with caramel and brandy sauce, served with freshly pressed cappuccino. I literally died and went to fat kid heaven.

Am I the only one who didn't watch the AMAs last night?

I was too busy snuggling with babies and watching White House Down. Great movie, by the way. I mean, if you're into explosions and Channing Tatum's rippling muscles and stuff...

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Things I'm Loving This Week

22 November 2013

There's nothing I love more than looking at the silver lining. This week started off rather heinous because of the whole flu thing, but it's turned around! Here's my list of things I'm loving this week:


Who knew a girl could sleep so much? I think Tuesday I managed to sleep a much-needed 14-hours! Boo-ya!

Super Fun Night

Good ol' Rebel Wilson just really knows how to make a girl laugh.

Surprise Chipotle

I tweeted this today, and it was awesome!


When you're feeling under the weather, nothing beats seeing this cute little face!

Catching Fire

I went to see Catching Fire last night with some old friends from college, and oh my! It was amazing! I mean, I'm a fan of the series so even if it sucked I probably would have still enjoyed it, but wow! It was executed way better than the first movie, and being that Catching Fire was my fave book of the series, I held a pretty high standard to the movie. It did bot disappoint. If you haven't seen it yet, go this weekend!

Getting Good Sushi

I have hesitated ordering sushi since I've moved into the city for fear that I would get food poisoning and die. Finally, after asking around I found a good sushi joint, and picked some up for lunch and just ate the crap out it. It was so good. What's even better? Didn't get sick. Win.

Christmas Music

In preparation of Christmas decorating next week, I've been pumping myself up by blasting the Yule tide tunes! And since today is #backthatazzup Friday, I've selected one of the many that have been repeating aaaalll week!

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Grow Your Blog Link Up #01

19 November 2013

Happy Tuesday guys! Today I'm literally feeling like death. It seems procrastinating to get my flu shot has left me vulnerable to the flu and I am currently laying in bed all sickly with a bucket next to my bed. It's really a beautiful sight. If I've learned one thing out of this it's this: get your flu shot guys, seriously.

Anyways, vomit and delusions aside, I'm happy to announce a link-up I'm co-hosting with One Chocolate Box!

Welcome to the very first Grow Your Blog Link Up!

It's a link up specifically for new bloggers (those with less than 500 followers per social medium are welcome too). It's a chance to meet other new bloggers, and hopefully build networks and friendships.

There are no fees for co-hosting. Just email Toni at onechocolatebox@gmail.com if you're interested.

Link ups start every Wednesday at 9pm NZDT for all you Kiwis and Tuesday 9pm EST if you're an East-coaster like moi.

Each week, one participant will be randomly selected, and gets featured on the following week's blog hop. More free exposure!

There'll also be a giveaway from time to time, so make sure to check back each week.
1. Toni put a lot of work into this link- up, so go follow One Chocolate Box!

2. Follow the co-hosts! Let us know you're following from the Link Up, so we can follow you back.

3. Link up in the appropriate section using your blog URL or profile URL. Remember you can only link up in the section if you have less than 500 followers in it.

4. Visit and follow at least 1 other blogger. Let them know what you like about their blog.

5. Return the love, follow your new followers!

6. It would be super if you shared the Link Up via Facebook or Twitter. The more people join up, the more potential followers you can get.

7. I'd love you forever if you grabbed the button below and place it on your sidebar!

A big welcome to all the lovely co-hosts this week:

Kate at Odd One Out
Jennifer at Magic Cat Jenny
Chynna at The Invisible Child
Bri at Deliciously Active

Thanks so much for co-hosting ladies!
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Kate Bakes...again

18 November 2013

If you remember, I'm not much of a cook... but this weekend I got hit with the baking bug and decided to take my chances baking.

I had been craving cheese tea biscuits for weeks so yesterday I finally got off my butt and attempted to bake them. From. Scratch. The result?

To be honest, the recipe was really easy to follow. I used my mum's recipe, and since I was so happy with the result, I figured I'd share the magic with you guys.
Bake your own and tweet me a picture!

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14 November 2013

It's a hard thing, balancing things. I don't know how those circus folk do it.

I'm of course talking in the metaphorical sense and not about literally balancing things, like say a chair on my chin which for the record, I definitely can't do. Don't ask how I know this I just do.

You see, coming out of the blogfest that was October, I was very inspired and excited to blog some more, but then more and more things started getting added to my plate (metaphorical again). I had this bright idea to participate in NaNoWriMo, and while I've made some progress, most of my time has been spent writing papers for school. I'm almost done my semester, yay! But because I've been spending most of my time writing papers (and prepping for my exams) my timing has been really off with everything else I love doing like marathoning Ravenswood and writing on the blog. Honestly, I don't know how you other bloggers do it.

Seriously though, how to you guys manage your time to do it all? I mean clearly you guys have busier social lives than I do, so you must be magic. Teach me the way of the force.

I guess I'm still figuring out my groove, and until then (or until December 15 when I'm finished for the semester) posts are going to be a little sporadic. I do have some fun posts lined up for the rest of the month, just waiting to be written out including a blog hop! Woo!

Have a happy Thursday!

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Weekends are awesome.

11 November 2013

What happens when I go home for four days and drop off the face of the earth?

A whole lot of this....

And a whole lot of this....

Also I left my phone back home as well. So all of my other pictures are MIA for a few days...

I also wanted to take a moment today to acknowledge something incredibly important. It's Remembrance Day here in Canada, and I wore my poppy with pride! I'm so thankful for the sacrifices that were made so that I could live in literally the best country ever (sorry to all you non-Canadians, the truth hurts). What the Armed Forces do for us (in any country) is incredibly brave and honourable, and I'm so impressed and inspired by you and your family's sacrifices. To all the vets out there-- thank you.

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The Story of My Life...

07 November 2013

It's about to stop being polite and start getting real up in here. Guys, I like One Direction. There. I said it. Take of it what you will, but I like them. I may even love them, I don't know. One thing I do know however is that their new single, The Story of My Life was just released along with their music video and it has all the feels. Take a gander if you don't believe me:

Being a blogger I have absolutely no problem talking about myself, and today is no exception. Today 
I'm going to share the Story of My Life...

I was born way back in 1989, June 8th to be exact.

I am the only child in my family.

I have had many pets, but two significant ones in my life, KC, my family dog, and Leia, my little devious angel of a kitty.

When I was two years old, I slipped and fell in the backyard and cracked my forehead off of the steps of my neighbours' pool. I still have a scar. I also still remember portions of the day it happened.

My Nana is the most important woman in my life. She raised a family of 6 all on her own and no matter how bad of a day she's having, she's always smiling. Plus she taught me it's okay to wear PJs all day if I wanted to.

My dad is the most inspiring man I've ever met. He's overcome a whole heck of a lot, and I love him for teaching me the importance of family.

I started this blog to hold myself accountable to some of the goals I had for 2013, and had no idea I'd meet some pretty amazing people, and be so excited to write every single day.

I'm a crier. I hate to admit it, but if I'm happy, I cry. Sad? Cry. Angry? Cry. I also cry if someone else cries. It's messy.

100% lactose intolerant. It really sucks too because I also 100% love ice-cream and cheese.

As of November 2, I became a first time aunt to my bestest friend Rach's little baby boy. Yay!

I'm curious to know, what's the story of your life?

Also a HUGE thank you to Noor for giving me this idea!

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05 November 2013

Guys, I have a confession: Remember that post about my October reading list? And this tweet about my plans to read Allegiant all day and all night until it was finished...
Yeah well, I haven't finished reading any of these books. I know. I work in a freaking bookstore for crying out loud. I've been in a bit of a reading slump. I don't know if it's because I just had no interest to read the books on my list (save for Allegiant, I have made quite the dent, I just haven't finished it), or if I just have had a bout of restlessness and can't sit down long enough to get into the book. Regardless, I'm going a different route this month.

I have some new books on my November reading list. It's not long because I'm still participating in NaNoWriMo, and I'd like to use most of my spare time to write. However I do want to get some reading in this month so I'm able to participate fairly in Goodreads' Reader's Choice Awards.

I've picked only two books this month (not including Allegiant because I'm almost finished) and they are:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Via Goodreads:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. 

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . . 

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. 

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. 

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. 
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. 

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? 

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? 

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Via Goodreads:

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby. 

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential.

Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby? Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Along with finishing up Allegiant, this month is a month of YA, which I like because the novel I'm writing for NaNoWriMo is also YA so hopefully it gets my creative juices going.

What are you guys reading this week?

Glossy Blonde

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01 November 2013

Have you guys ever heard of NaNoWriMo?

If you haven't, it's all good. Until recently, I knew very little about it, or even what it meant. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month is celebrated during the entire month of November. It encouraged writers to punch out 50 000 words (2000 words per day) and complete a novel.

Crazy, right?

Well this year I've decided that since my social calendar is practically booming with activity, (sarcasm) and I have lots of time, (sarcasm) and of course because I'm an incredible writer, (sarcasm) I will participate in NaNoWriMo this year. It's a tough task to take on, but I think it's a really great step in the direction to complete goal number ten.

If any of you are interested in learning more about NaNoWriMo, check out their website. Or, if you're participating in it at all, let me know!

And since it's #backthatazzup Friday, I'll be starting my novel whilst listening to some pretty fantastic jams, like the one below!

Peace Out, Kate

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