Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

As you can probably guess, our Christmas was awesome. We got to spend time with family, ate some delicious meals, enjoyed some R&R, the gifts we gave were well-received, the gifts we received were greatly appreciated.

Here’s a sampling:

I think this was my favourite of the year (thanks Christina & Adam!) – Harry Potter AND a board game in one?? Omg. We got to play it on Monday night and it’s a great update on the original Clue game with lots of new magical twists. Lots of fun!

I never thought I could love a slipper. But lo and behold, then came the Muk Luks (thanks Sue!). They have fake fur inside. Did you hear that?  Furrrr. I keep mine rolled all the way up for ultimate contact with said fur. And they have reindeer on them. And a nordic pattern.

I also received a double-whammy bag of loot from David’s Tea (thanks Mark!). My brother Mark did a 2-in-1 birthday/Christmas gift since I hadn’t seen him for a while.

The winter collection includes some pretty cool flavours:  Hot Toboggan, Chocolate Chili Chai, Alpine Punch, Apres Ski, Snow Bunny. The gift also included a glass travel thermos and glass tea mug, plus some extra teas. Awesome!

And how cute is this bread basket (thanks Nicki!):

Too many to mention, all very very much appreciated…especially those homemade chocolates from my father-in-law! 😛 MmmMmm

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Today would have been my father’s 78th birthday. Today is also the 13 year anniversary of his passing. Talk about full circle. He died on his birthday, when he was 65 – I secretly think he was playing one last joke on his friends by officially retiring  at the standard age of 65 – but he retired from life. 🙂

I was only 23 when he passed away and my parents had long since been divorced. Our relationship was on-again-off-again and somewhat strained, probably quite a bit during the angst-ridden teen years (lol). Near the end, he was very ill – he was a very heavy smoker for most of his life and was anywhere between 1 to 2 packs a day, as were most men of his generation I suppose. So it was no surprise that he had health issues (emphysema). He passed away during the winter of the ice storm in Montreal.

The qualities I remember the most are:

  • He was very smart. And witty. (I take after my dad :))
  • He was  a great athlete – he excelled at most sports he chose to play. Fastball, boxing, golf (although there were some golf-club-flinging-into-the-tree moments), softball, etc. He also enjoyed watching all kinds of sports on TV.
  • He enjoyed chess (he was the one who taught me how to play – I was about 10 – and I’ll always remember the game when I finally beat him – this was years later). We were both early risers and would often play chess at 6am.
  • He liked to play all kinds of games as does my mom and us kids too.
  • He enjoyed video games – he was ahead of his time! He would have loved the console games of today.
  • He was artistic and could draw very well.
  • Table manners and etiquette were a Very. Big. Deal.

The small things:

  • He loved his Tetley tea and anything else was inferior.
  • He would wear three-piece suits regularly.
  • His preferred cigarette brand was Vantage, which wasn’t available in very many places.
  • Shaving was a big production. Personal grooming in general was very important to him.
  • He loved black licorice.
  • He used to say Toodle-oo and tell my sister and I to be good Doo-Bees (I’m assuming from the show Romper Room).
  • He swore like a lumberjack. It’s amazing that us kids don’t chop wood for a living.
  • He sang Happy Birthday with such gusto.
  • He was an animal lover and he would spend hours training our pets to do things. Funny story: When we lived in Toronto, he used to go to the zoo regularly and visited the parrot. He trained the parrot to say “Hello Ted”. He would then bring clients and colleagues by and start talking to the parrot and they would flip out when the parrot welcomed him like an old friend. 🙂

All this to say that I was shopping for my husband Chris’ Valentine’s Day present and to stick to manly traditions, I bought a shaving brush, stand and cream. Chris had mentioned a few times in passing that he used to shave with a brush when he was younger and loved it. I have no idea why he stopped so I’m hoping he’ll be pleasantly surprised and will enjoy his gift. But it’s a surprise so don’t tell him. I remember my dad shaving with a brush and us girls sitting on the side of the tub watching him at the sink.

So, this post is dedicated to the men in our lives, past and present, and keeping traditions alive. 🙂

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Dear Santa,

Is it considered “naughty” to leave innocent hints for my hubby about what I want for Christmas?

Like… In the latest Future Shop flyer, I casually circled the red Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer and left a helpful note “For Val” written next to it and hoped that my husband would find it?

Like… Casually leaving the recent Home Outfitters flyer on the couch, casually opened to the page with the mixer, with the words “On sale!” casually inscribed in the margin? I mean, it was all very casual…

Like… After baking his favourite chocolate chop cookies, I looked into his eyes and (again, very casually) said “I’d bet these cookies would taste better if I had a  Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer. In red. Yes, a red one would bring out the flavours. Definitely. Red. Mixer. Where did I leave that Home Outfitters flyer – honey, have you seen it anywhere?”

Naughty, you say?


Must think of plan B.

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I just ordered a couple of Tshirts for my husband and I because they made me giggle. The ThinkGeek site has some pretty hilarious stuff for the geeks, techies and gamers in your life.


Common acronym (stands for Shut the F*&# Up), with a catchy latin motto of "Subsiste Sermonem Statim" which translates to "Stop Speaking Immediately". 🙂 Love it.


From the "Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock" episode of Big Bang Theory (awesome show!)

Some other fun things you can get here are below:


Hide all your cables in lovely grass and charge all your electronics in style!


Cute baby onesie with Input in the front and Output in the back 🙂


Who doesn't need a titanium spork? You can never be too prepared for stew. soup. stew. soup.


Starfleet officers in training


Your very own UV ray detector. The center changes color to let you know how high the UV rays are.

And here’s a cool new invention made by Dyson (the vacuum people) – not sure where this will be available for purchase but it sure does look awesome. I knew those Dyson people were onto something when they came out with that cool-looking ball vacuum. NO, not a vacuum for men, I mean this one:


They now make bladeless fans. You heard me. Check out the video here.

This is what it looks like:


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