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My friend Nicki came down to visit from Montreal; she arrived Friday afternoon and we met up at the Eaton Centre downtown to kick-start the weekend with some much-needed shopping. I ended up buying a couple of tops at RW & Co, a scarf at H&M and then splurged and spent $580 at Victoria’s Secret. What can I say…a girl needs underthings. 🙂

I really enjoyed the Eaton Centre – it’s a great mall with awesome stores. I held back from buying a purse at Michael Kors. Since I typically buy a new purse twice  a year (spring/summer and fall/winter), I know forking out $400 for a bag I’ll only use for 6 months isn’t a very good idea…

I was also in the market for a new perfume and we sniffed a ton at Sephora’s but with all the other fumes in the air, it was hard to focus. LOL I didn’t know Jennifer Aniston had a perfume out – smelled very beachy. I’ll have to revisit the perfume-shopping on a less busy shopping time to avoid another fume-fest.

Saturday was wine country day – we did the Wine & Chocolate festival, visited 6 wineries and stopped at Ravine’s for lunch. Yum. 🙂 Our evening was quiet, spent at home gabbing, watching some TV, sipping sparkling wine and then ice wine…

It seemed like the weekend flew by and then it was already time to say goodbye.

Awesome weekend!!

I’m already making my list for the next shopping excursion. 🙂

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It’s the end of January and I’m in week 4 of the 52 weeks of mail project. Last week I mailed 2 more personalized colouring books to my niece and nephew. This week I mailed a letter to a friend letting her know how much I appreciated her friendship.

Life is too short not to say the things that are on your mind.

🙂

In the coming weeks, I have some mailings related to Valentine’s, and more letters to write!!

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I learned about this project from Nicole over at Three 31; the project is 52 Weeks of Mail and involves sending one note, letter, care package, postcard, whatever – once a week. Seeing as how one of my resolutions is to make an active effort to connect with family and friends, this project totally fits the bill. I initially had some conflicting emotions about it since the world in general is moving away from “old-fashioned” mail, but then I remembered how happy it made me to receive actual mail in my mailbox from a person. It’s such a rarity these days and it’s a nice personal touch – if I can bring a little bit of happiness to family and friends 52 times this year, then I’m all for it. 🙂

If you want to join the fun, feel free!

If you have a blog, you can add it to the list below (submissions starting Jan 3rd, 2012).

Happy connecting!

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Hi all,

Sorry it’s been so long since I posted! Here’s a recap:

Chris and I were in Montreal for the weekend to attend the baptism of our nephew, Zach, and were proud godparents to boot. 🙂 We drove down on Saturday and arrived in early afternoon. We had an awesome time at dinner with friends and family. Our waiter was hilarious and had us laughing the whole night. He was giving out hugs (to both our female and male attendees) which made for some cozy moments.

After two pitchers of Sangria, we moved to shots. In a family restaurant, this was particularly funny. My brother Mark’s shot was a flaming sambuca, and some of it splashed on his cheek. After drinking it, his face was on fire for a few seconds. Unless he’s starring in the next Ghost Rider movie, this was probably not a look he wanted to keep. He doused the flames and all was well. Classic moment was when the waiter leaned over and said “You’re on fire dude.” 🙂

Mark, after his flaming sambuca shot

It was a great night and we were glad we got to see everybody and catch up. Everyone made it home in one piece.

Sunday was the baptism and everything went smoothly during the ceremony. Barring some crying when Zach got dunked in the basin, he did good. Chris’ sniffles were minimal. 🙂 After church, we all headed downtown for the dinner reception at Vargas. It was a beautiful restaurant and the food was very good.

We drove back to Toronto in the morning and got home at 2-ish. That was our whirlwind weekend. 🙂

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