Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

Yesterday (Dec 30/2013)

This is mostly going to a be a rant about what happened yesterday. My sister wanted me to meet her at the mall so she’d have someone to talk to when she got her nails done and I had to get booze for new years. She told me she was done at 2:15 pm so the closest bus to that was at 1:45 pm so I obviously took it. As I get to the mall my sister tells me that she would be late due to paper work, I said okay it can’t be that long so I was thinking 2:20 pm she would get out. I walked around the mall then around Target. I didn’t eat lunch so I thought I would get a drink and something from Starbucks inside the Target and wait for my sister there. This Starbucks was so damn slow, the girl taking the orders seemed crazy and the guy who was making the drinks was really nice but extremely slow – but to be fair they only had one blender which doesn’t really work with Starbucks. To order and get my drink it took about 20 – 30 mins, I sat down and my sister still wasn’t done so I just ate my food. She finally came down and said I want to get a drink (in my head I was like oh fuck this is going to be a very long mall trip) but it went by fast this time. Finally we left to get my sister’s nails done.

We get to the nail place and everyone is sitting down on their phones or tablets, my sister said she wanted to get her nails done so they told her to sit down where she was and I sat beside her. This woman brought her damn kid to work, let her child run around in the busy mall then was yelling at her kid to stay close. While all this was happening she was suppose to be doing my sister’s nails, the whole time I said this lady needs to do her job and this is stupid, the worst service, they’re so slow, I hope this child get taken and so on. Honestly I know that is so bad to say but that’s the only way people learn is when something bad happens. The nail place which is called Millennium Nail Care, started to get busy so busy that all the girl were working on someones hands or feet. Another lady walks in and says how long and the owner said 10 mins, this man just sat on his ass on his phone and didn’t bother to start this ladies feet. Talk about the worst service ever, then another person comes and he all of the sudden starts that persons nails, I was in shock that he actually did some work. They made my sister sit there for about 30 mins just to dry her hands and then the machine didn’t work when she went to pay, so the girl that did her nails got the owner to fix it and when he did that he noticed that my sister didn’t tip. So this place lets kids run around, they sit on their asses all day, and the owner only works when he wants to and not to mention they were expensive.

After the nail place we left and went to the LCBO, we walked around and decided what we wanted and paid. As we walk to the cashier I noticed a damn 8 year old carrying booze, the cashier told her and the mum said, “Oh I didn’t know that.” The cashier said that she wasn’t suppose to sell it to her but today she would let it go because she didn’t know. I had a gift card for it so I only ended up actually paying $2.00 of my actually money and I got beer for my boyfriend too, I was pretty happy about that. My boyfriend picks us up and we went back home. 

I live in Brampton so I wasn’t really surprised that there were so many people who are terrible parents but seeing them all in one day is very stressful for someone who works with kids. 

New Years 2014

Tonight is New Years Eve, last year I just started talking to my boyfriend and he ended up ditching me the night of so I went out with my best friend. This year he was suppose to go to the Winter Classic but a whole bunch of stuff ended up happening and he didn’t end up going, so I get to see him finally for this year and I get a actual kiss. 

Tonight we are not doing anything special we decided that we were going to stay home, drink and hot tub. Some of his best friends might come over but that all depends on what they are doing. I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up going to Nashville North, even though I hate that place. 

I will have to let you know how it goes and what we end up doing. 

Happy New Years! Be safe and warm everyone! 

Christmas Day

I didn’t write about Christmas day the other day so I am now. 

I couldn’t sleep that night for some reason so I woke up early with my sister, when I came down they were still making breakfast and my step dad was still getting up. I was just sitting there waiting for everyone and waiting to give my boyfriend’s gift to my parents. When I did give them the gift they thought he was crazy and said he didn’t need to do that. It was a gift card to Swiss Chalet for $50.00. 

We always start with our stockings because that’s what the whole world does I believe. My mum makes some pretty cool stockings or they seem cool to me for some reason. In my stocking I got face cream, face wash, scratch cards, Doctor Who mini figure, nail polish remover wipes, chocolate, Doctor Who book, itunes card, perfume, and more but I can’t think of it at the moment. 

Next we go onto the gifts, my mum let me open up this huge one, it was a dresser that I’ve been asking forever because I have the smallest room and the smallest closet and no room for any of my clothes. We kept opening gifts and things just got better and better. Some things my mum makes my sister and I open at the same time because it’s from the same store or something like each others, so this time we opened something from coach. I got the purse that I wanted and my sister got the watch that she wanted. The gifts I got from my mum if I can remember them all are the purse, dresser, football for dummies book, Doctor Who book (second one), case for my tablet, Doctor Who cookie jar, Doctor Who mug, Doctor Who glasses that changed colour when they is a cold drink in it, a roots sweater, many DVDs, lulu yoga shorts and top, yoga cats calendar, can’t cook cookbook, laundry basket, throw blanket, socks, and duck soap on a rope. 

After putting my dresser in my room my boyfriend calls me telling me that he had to be home for dinner at four. I was upset because he said he was going to be at my house for dinner. He told me to relax and that he was going to be there, then all of the sudden he asked if I could be at his house for dessert, I told him to just stay there because I had family coming over too. He then said that he wanted me to meet his nona and that we would go to his house then go back to my house for dinner. When I got there everyone was asleep because they were so tired, I opened my gifts and my boyfriend went up to nap as well. He woke up to hearing people in his house so we got up and went down stairs. I was in the kitchen leaning on the wall not paying attention to anything behind me when I heard someone say excuse me. I turned around to find an old lady with my boyfriend standing behind her, she asked me if I was his girlfriend which I said yes to. She shook my hand then kissed both my cheeks, she didn’t say much but she seemed nice and my boyfriend said that she liked me. I ended up sitting beside my boyfriend’s mum and my boyfriend at dinner. His mum is really nice to me and I like her so I will help her out if she asks me. Anyways, dinner went fine I barely ate because I knew I had to eat again, we said goodbye to people and left for my house. My boyfriend finds meeting new people so easy so I wasn’t worried about him at all, he had a lot of gifts to open which he loved from both me and my family. 

Some of my family that I actually like was at my house for dinner, we had a good time drinking then we watched the new Doctor Who episode. I’m so sad the Matt Smith is no longer the doctor! My boyfriend was so sweet to my switch was fun and stayed over for awhile then had to go home because he worked.

The night was pretty much over at this point and everyone went to bed. Christmas was fun and stressful but when isn’t it right? I hope all of you had a great Christmas! 

No power on Christmas Eve

December 24th we go up to my dad’s for Christmas with him. This year I went up with my best friend and my sister. Before we left the house we knew he didn’t have power because of the storm so we had to dress warm, the only problem was it was the coldest night out of the week (-14). We left the house and went to a Tim Hortons by my house, when we got there it was jammed and the drive-thru was closed. We left and went to a different one, when we go there the line up for the drive-thru was long but we waited. When we were in line I remembered that I forgot my rum balls I made for everyone – we went back to my house to pick them up. Finally, we were on the road to my dad’s, which is a 45min drive. By the time we got there the sun had just gone down and it was dark, you could still kind of see the trees when we noticed that the big tree house we had was crushed because the tree fell over. Inside the house was pitch black, I couldn’t see where my dogs were and I don’t think they are like cats where they can see in the dark so you trip over them. My dad put the fire place on and lit all the candles – thank god my step mum has an obsession with candles. The house was freezing, none of us ate so we literally ate two whole chickens they bought from the store then we opened our gifts. 

We made my step mum, dad and step brother open theirs first and explained everything, my best friend opened hers next and then finally we opened ours. I hope I can remember everything they got me but I’m going to try. I got nail polish, perfume, two roots t-shirts, one roots sweater, two movies I believe, socks, eyeliner, lip scrub, a photo album, old bottle of coke, Blue Jays book, and The Great Gatsby book. 

From my best friend (since I opened it at my dad’s house), I got a yoga block, yoga ban, yoga DVD, Nutella cook book, Nutella, cookie spread, and a wooden spatula. 

After we opened all our gifts my step mum and brother were both so cold that they went to their friends house to warm up and sleep. My dad stayed with us and chilled until he could no longer stay awake – which was pretty early since he worked the night before – we said goodbye and left. 

Before we got into the car my dad told us to look up. Since the power was out in that little town the stars were so wicked, you could literally see all of them because he was a clear night too. It was actually so cool to see. 

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(Above – this is the tree house the fell down, it use to up standing up right and there was a slide on the other side of it.)

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(Above – this is some of the food we ate and candles we had so we could see.)

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(Above –  it was -14 inside the house, the whole time we were there even when we opened our gifts we had our winter coats on, with hats and mittens.)

My cool ass uncle

December 23rd is when my cool ass uncle came over to my house like I said in a previous post. My uncle always comes to my house with donuts and coffee/hot chocolate, it’s something you get to look forward too. He is the only uncle I have that is actually so interested in what my sister and I do and will actually come with us to weird ass things that we would have no one else to go with. For years he has been trying to get Rob Zombie tickets for him and I but I always end up having a big baseball tournament when he comes to my city, this year he said that he will get Jays tickets and we will go see a game! I love the Jays so I’m pretty excited about that – he actually keeps his word so I know this will happen! Anyways, we talk the night away, he travels a lot so we get to hear all of his stories and sometimes see some pictures. I never really get to see him so it’s actually so much fun to see him, which needs to happen more which my sister and I will make it more.

He dropped off our gifts and we opened them on Christmas, he always gets us something small but it’s always something good. For me he got me season 1 and 2 of Sons of Anarchy, season 1 of The Walking Dead and an LCBO gift card that I can use on new years!

Ice Storm 2013

It is official, the storm I was talking about my previous post has been hash tagged “ice storm 2013.” The storm got worse over right, literally every parking lot is a sheet of ice, every tree has either fallen over or parts broke off, half the city doesn’t have power and isn’t expected to get power until Christmas day. If you stand by a window you will hear cracking of a tree that is falling over, it’s actually a creepy sound. My boyfriend picked me up at 12:30 PM last night, so everyone was in their houses and there was no cars, all I could hear is the trees by the school I live fall down. I didn’t know what tree it was because they were so loud I thought they were the ones by me. Salt doesn’t do anything for the ice that is everywhere, you literally have to scrap it off if you don’t want to slip. Hydro lines have fallen down because we put the lines along the roads where the trees are so that’s why the power is off. 

Early a generator exploded and it made the sky go purple, red and blues in Toronto. It’s honestly really bad here, trees are falling on houses, people and pets. Everyone is still in the Christmas rush so they aren’t following the rule if the stop lights aren’t working, treat it as a four way stop. When I drove by the mall on my way home, the parking lot was still packed. Both my boyfriend and I work in rec centers, he is maintenance and I’m a lifeguard. He had to go into work because even though all the programs are cancelled the recs turn into safe havens, so people with no power can go there to warm up. If they need people to do first aid they could call all the lifeguards to come help out but that would only happen in a really bad situation. 

The radio here is nothing but where to go if you don’t have power, how to drive, telling everyone to go slow and don’t rush anywhere, the weather and telling everyone to stay inside. The weather for here is that the ice storm warning is over but it is still raining, it’s getting warm so it’s really foggy now but later tonight the temperature is suppose to drop so everything will be a sheet of ice again. This weather is going to be here for awhile as long as it stays this cold and even if it does get warm it will melt but at night it always drops below freezing. 

Cleaning off your car is terrible, the scrapper wasn’t even working on the car windows. My boyfriend just started to beat the window with the brush do it would crack so you can even get the scrapper to get under the ice. It worked but don’t bang too hard. My friend actually was using a blow dryer to get into her car which would work but would take all day long. 

My family is just chilling at home and getting ready for Christmas and avoiding the storm. Tomorrow people start coming over so we have to go down to meet them to keep them from falling. My family parks underground and we have a two car parking spot, tomorrow we are going to get my uncle to park there then walk up the long way so we don’t have to walk on ice. 

This is just my point of view, I know people will have a worst story to write about since trees are falling on houses and cars. Please be careful out there! 

Welcome to Canada

Christmas is only 3 days away, that is absolutely crazy. This year has gone by so fast that it is kind of sad. My year started out really shitty but somehow got great. I work tonight, then I go to my boyfriends then all my Christmas madness starts when I get home. On Monday my uncle is coming over – he’s the uncle I always like so I want to see him and I want to talk a picture with him. Then after that all the other madness happens that I wrote before in a different post. 

Welcome to Canada

I don’t know if you guys know this but I live in Toronto, Ont, Canada. If you’ve looked at the weather for us it has been typical winter weather but all of the sudden it decided to half snow and half rain – making it ice pretty much. It rains all day long but as soon as it starts to turn into night the ground freezes making it one big sheet of ice. I went to sushi last night with my friends, when we were done we had to skate our way to the car. It was actually so funny because the driveway is on a hill but at the same time it was very dangerous. I hope when I go to work tonight and walking to my boyfriend’s car I don’t fall on my ass. I don’t have a picture for you guys from myself but I am going to steal one off of Facebook from a friend. 

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Now you can see what the hell is going in here. 

Christmas Traditions

Over the years my family has done Christmas we sort of have a routine that we follow. My parents are divorced and my dad moved away so we just do our Christmas on Christmas eve now. My mum on the other hand there is a whole bunch. 

1. Try to wake up Maeghan (aka me) – so when I was younger I was NOT a morning person. Trying to wake me up was a very dangerous thing because if you did it the wrong way you would either get yelled at or I would hit you. 

2. Tell my sister to go back to bed at 4 AM – my sister is the one who gets so excited over Christmas is our family. She will wake up at 4 AM and try to get the whole family up. She usually comes into my room and tells me that Santa came or to get up, which I don’t. She then would go to my mum’s room and try to wake me up but they would tell her to go to bed. Now and days my sister just waits in her room until it’s time or she makes coffee for everyone. 

3. Croissants – ever since my parents divorced my mum made it a thing that she would make croissants in the morning. That would be our breakfast as we opened up our stockings. Now my whole family is up at this point but myself, they let me sleep as long as possible because I hate waking up early, especially if I’m hungover from the Christmas Eve party. 

4. Terrible pictures – every year my mum takes pictures of us as we open up our gifts, but as you know no one looks good right after they just woken up. None of these pictures have every made it to Facebook but this year I will be posting them so I am going to look great before I come down to open gifts. 

5. Opening gifts – some of my sister’s gifts and mine are the same or similar so when we open up our gifts they sometimes take forever because we have the open some things at the same time. It’s funny though and makes the whole process fun. 

6. After math – after opening all our gifts we all decided to put things together or go through them once again and actually give a good look at things. I think everyone in the world does this. 

7. Family comes over – after all of that we have to deal with all of our family come over. This is very interesting because our house is small and we have all these people coming over. Some of the people we don’t like too much so I stay down for about an hour then go up to my room.

What about you?

Alright I want to know what you guys do for Christmas or what weird traditions you have to do each year. Leave them in a comment and maybe I will make a list or something! So leave your name and your weird traditions/things you do on Christmas! 

 

Rum Balls

About a month ago when I was getting into all the Christmas stuff I was looking through a Christmas cookbook, I wanted to make something for when everyone comes over. I decided to make rum balls which was funny because the same day I was looking at the book my mum tells me that she wanted to make rum balls, I told her I was thinking the same thing. 

After work today my mum got all the ingredients so we could make them. Now I’m a really bad cooker/baker in general, I can’t cook for shit and everyone knows it. I told my mum that we should do it tonight and she said she was too tired and for me to go ahead. I walked out to the kitchen and started with everything. I first had to crush cookies which took awhile, then I had to put in powdered sugar which my sister thought we had but we didn’t have enough so we had to make more. My mum didn’t know that you can just put normal sugar into a grinder and it makes icing sugar. Then I had to chop up walnuts and mix all of that together, next was mixing booze and corn syrup together then pouring it into all the other stuff and mixing that. I’m a very messy person apparently and while doing this I somehow got rum on me. Next step was the roll the mixture into small balls and roll them into more icing sugar then put them in a container and let them sit for five days. 

I have no idea if they are going to taste good, I have a feeling they are going to be strong but that’s alright. I just really hope they taste good or people won’t eat them and I will feel like shit and will probably never try to make food every again! I will write how they are in five days!