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Better late than never

2 months later I will finally post about the rest of my trip back home to Canada land!

After leaving l’Assomption, I hitched a ride with a stranger (true story, but Erin was there with me and she knew him ha!) to the Nation’s Capital! Erin and I thought we had a good 2 full days to spend together. Wrong. It appears I got my dates wrong and my dad was scheduled to pick me up 17 hours after my arrival in Ottawa to transport me to Picton, ON.


Our time together was brief bit pleasant. The good news was that Erin was visiting me in LA a month later. Phew! We made dinner and caught up on all the latest gossip in our lives then went to bed. That night, Marley the devil cat, proceeded to lose his mind. I woke up with a few scratches and bags under my eyes. Erin left for work and my dad showed up!

After eating at our favourite Canadian Mexican restaurante Ahora, we walked around good ol’ downtown Ottawa. Dad took pictures, I bought maple candy for gifts. I ate half.

So much maple sugar!!!!!

What are we at now? Day 7? Anyway, I spent a day in Picton with the broski, picked vegetables in the garden and was forced to mow the lawn. Just kidding I actually volunteered!

We packed up the van, put Cole far enough in the back so he couldn’t reach me and hit the road. Destination: Toronto airport to pick up brother #2 (I should call them Thing 1 and Thing 2. Kidding) and then en route to Mars, PA to see gpa and gma!

Nortons don’t stop for food. Only coffee and treats πŸ™‚

In Toronto traffic


The rest of a trip went by so fast. For the 3rd year in a row Grandpa and Grandma Norton have the 4 of us, gma’s sister Terry, her 2 kids Cathy and Willie and Cathy’s family Jordan and Izzy over for a week. Let’s just say there is never a boring moment during this time!

Gma is getting ready to ride the rollercoaster

There she goes!

One thing we did a lot of that week was eat. It’s so hard to stopppp! But when it was time to leave, we have a family tradition that involves everyone to get out a white kleenex and wave good bye to the person in the car. That’s always the saddest moment! The good news is the Nortons will all be flying in to LAX in December πŸ™‚


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Cut Backs and Coincidences

Completely random but I was listening to the radio this morning on my way to an 8:30 CATZ class and the host was having this contest where you call in if your birthday is in whatever month the host says. Today’s month was April. Right away I thought of my brother Cole. Once people call in, he will give then a day in April and if you are born that day you get something like $10 000! I had this weird feeling that I should call Cole and tell him to call in and see if they would have him on the line, but then decided it that was just silly. Moments later, the host says to the caller ” Were you born on April….10th?!” I couldn’t believe it because that’s exactly Cole’s birthday!!! Of course, the caller wasn’t born on that day but if it had been Cole, we would be one happy family haha.

On another note, as much as I love my morning Starbucks, it is quite the monthly expense! So this morning after finally filling up my car with new coolant (poor Mabel was desperate), I stopped by Starbucks for what could be the last time for a while 😦 . Not to worry, I went in and bought a Coffee Press (bodum) to be able to make my own at home! I still have 3 lbs of coffee from when I used to work there and just got them to grind it for the bodum. Helloooo $$ in my account! Oh and today is payday = yay!

Bodum and freshly ground Starbucks coffee πŸ™‚

Last night I came home from work really late so I wanted to make something quick, easy, not too heavy, but tasty. I came up with my own recipe that I will now call “The Worker’s Crunch”. I just made that up right now so if you have a better suggestion PLEASE let me know!

The Worker's crunch

(makes 2 open-faced Worker’s Crunches”

  • 2 slices of sour dough bread
  • 2-4 slices of smoked deli-style Tofurky (I love this thing it’s hard to believe it’s not meat)
  • Green olive tapenade (also great by itself of crackers, every grocery store has it)
  • Goat cheese with herbs in it
  • 1 medium zucchini and red onion for sides

I layered all of those ingredients and stuck it in the oven at 350F until the goat cheese started to melt. Meanwhile I sliced and sauteed the zucchini and red onion in a little bit of olive oil for flavour. Throw it all on a plate and voila! It was quite filling and a lot of taste to it.

If you do make it, let me know what you think!

Next order of business: My friends from Ottawa are coming at the end of February!!!!! My mom will be here from the 11th to the 18th and on the 19th, 2 of my friends, Mel and P-O, will be flying in to visit πŸ™‚ Busy busy time but sooo excited! Oh and how could I forget, my cousin Laura will be flying to San diego next week and I will drive down to meet her and hang out for a few days. San Diego is only about 2-3 hours by car which is awesome and I have never been so I’m just really pumped for all of this.

Mel, P-O and I back in 2009 whoahhh!

and then there's Laura and I...I guess we don't really look like that anymore!

…I guess this is more recent!

I miss our Tremblant trips!

Other than that, Grandma emailed me a cool recipe that my Grandpa found in the Butler Eagle paper. That is my next project! Maybe I will cook up a storm this weekend. Ginny and I are trying to plan a Universal Studios day because we have yearly passes woot woot!

Have a good Thursday πŸ™‚

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Happy Birthday Canada!

How old are you now? (And I had to look this up) but our lovely country is 143 years old today and still looking good πŸ™‚

The Queen was actually in Ottawa yesterday and I was working at the Sir John A pub on Elgin Street and as soon as I started my shift I noticed a big group of people at the back. No, silly it wasn’t the Queen who was in for a beer (I wish!).

The Queen visits Ottawa for Canada Day

I asked one of the people from the group what they were celebrating and they said: “see that lady with the red top and long skirt? She got to meet the Queen today!”…and my jaw dropped. Jeeealous!

(Sources) Check out the whole article about the Queen’s visit

Parliament Hill is going to be CROWDED today! So many good things have been planned such as:

  • 10 am Changing of the guards
  • 10:30 RCMP musical ride (realllllly wanted to see this)
  • Noon-10pm Singers including: Barenaked Ladies, Blueprint Cru, Christina Martin, Isabelle Boulay…
  • 10 pm Fireworks!

To see the complete list check out Ottawa Kiosk

Will I get to see any of this? NO! Why? Because I work both my jobs today 😦 Yes Starbucks is open 365 days a year and yes pubs are also open 365 days a year. Just my luck.

The good news: $$$ and the pub gave us free Canada Day shirts yayy LOL!

So if you’re feeling like a coffee or a beer at some point during the day (usually everyone will get one of those!) stop by Starbucks on Elgin or Sir John A on Elgin and come say Hi! πŸ™‚

Happy Canada Day!

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From the market to my tummy

After beingΒ in Montreal for 4 days I came back to Ottawa with a fairly empty fridge so I grabbed my bags and set off for the Byward Market.

Ottawa's Byward Market

The dark clouds in the sky didn’t stop anyone. Not too long after the sun came out!

I walked in to a fish market because I figured that could be something nice for lunch today. Two guys were running the place but neither of them were “Lapointe” (shop’s name). The man in the picture said: “Oh no I’m not Lapointe I’m Caramelo!” (joking about his carameled-coloured skin, whereas Β Lapointe is very much a french Quebecer’s name).

My new friend Caramelo

I ended up getting a fresh haddock filet as well as a yummy looking tequila and lime catfish! I just thought sounded deeelish.

There are so many specialty shops and mini markets within the Byward Market that you could literally spend your whole paycheck day there!

Yummy pie booth

Of course, most shops are fully equipped for Canada Day!

Canada Day treats at Aux Delices

After all that walking it was time to head home and cook up a storm! On my way back I stopped at one of the vegetable booths and got fresh mini zucchinis and fresh snow peas to add as a side for my tequila lime catfish πŸ™‚

Steam away Veggies!

I baked the catfish in for 12 minutes only cause it was so fresh and voila! My feast was ready!

The final product! All from the Byward Market

Now I need to think of what I can cook along with my haddock…ideas?

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