Epic Failure

Epic POWER failure that is.

I was sitting here at my computer last night, chatting with a friend, responding to emails, and watching the news. Just getting ready to upload my photos and do up my post. Then everything went black. DOH! I wasn’t sure if I’d blown a fuse or the power was out. A quick look outside confirmed that yes, our neighbourhood had no power – it was pitch black out there! No clue what happened. It was a calm night, no wind, no storms. I didn’t hear any transformers blow or cars crashing into power poles. That pretty much put an end to my evening – I fumbled around to find a flashlight, woke my sister up to set her alarm on her phone so she wouldn’t be late for work, made sure I turned off all the lights that might have been on, then went to bed. Power came back on around 2 am – I know, because the tv downstairs turned on and woke me up!

Fortunately, my computer seems to be working fine, so here we go with yesterday’s recap!


After a dismal sleep, due to my cat being a total brat, I didn’t get out of bed until…well, late. Which meant I missed the mailman who was delivering me a package! They left their little notice, so I have to go down to the post office this afternoon to pick it up – apparently, it’s one that needs to be signed for.

Oh, and on the eye front – it’s still red. It’s not as bad though, so here’s hoping it clears up soon so I can get this student ID thing done up.

Anyways, I digress. After I dragged myself out of bed, I found myself in the kitchen throwing things into a bowl for a yogurt mess.

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I got a little wild and crazy with this one – check out all those toppings. You can barely see that there’s even yogurt in there!

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  • plain, non-fat yogurt
  • Kashi GoLean Crunch
  • flax seed
  • craisins
  • blackberries
  • shredded coconut
  • hemp seeds
  • peanut butter

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A glass of cranberry peach juice to go alongside.

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Isn’t it just a pretty little breakfast? Looks good enough to eat even!

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All mixed up, it was one good breakfast. It went perfectly with a side of reading the newspaper. I’m really enjoying my leisurely mornings with the newspaper right now. Too bad it will stop once school starts. Gotta enjoy it while I can!

I eventually got myself presentable and ventured out for the day, on a grocery mission. I had a new grocery store I wanted to hit up – Choices Market. They are a BC based chain that focuses on natural, organic, and gourmet foods. Sounds right up my alley! Turns out they have two locations that aren’t too far away from me, so I set out to check them out. Actually, I had only planned on going to one, because I thought it looked like the better one. Boy was it small! I ended up going to the other location on the way home, because I had to drive right past it anyways, and why not check it out? Yeah, it was way bigger, and maybe 5 min closer to my house, so it will be my location of choice for sure.

I picked up a few things between the two stores. This was my best find of the day.

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Artisana Cacao Bliss and Pecan Butter. I know, everyone and their dog has seen these on blogs, and lots of bloggers have gotten to sample them. The best part was what I paid for them. There was no way I could pass them up when I saw this price.

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You read that right. $4.99 each. $4.99!!! Can you believe that? They were normally $15.99, on sale for $4.99. INSANE. I got these at the small market, where they also had the Artisana Walnut Butter for the same price, but the date on the Walnut butter was August 2009, so I passed on that. I’m almost tempted to drive back out there to pick up more. That’s less than 1/3 of the original price. You better believe when I stopped at the bigger location I checked to see if I could get the same deal. Alas, they didn’t have them on sale. They did have a few more Artisana products though, and some were reduced to $9.00 a jar, but that wasn’t enough of a price cut for me to bite.

A couple other notable purchases – two new salad dressings (since my family was lacking any salad dressings that I like). Annie’s Naturals Organic Green Garlic dressing and Brianna’s Homestyle Honey Mustard dressing.

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I also picked up two new flavours of Kettle ChipsSweet Onion and Jalapeno. Also on sale.

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I like that I can buy chips now and not have to eat the whole bag before it goes stale.

I also took a trip out to Costco to get cereal (my GoLean Crunch was on sale for $2 off), bread, Laughing Cow (also $2 off), and toothpaste. Too bad I’ll have to go back out there today, since I grabbed the wrong damn toothpaste. I got gel instead of paste, and I hate gel. Blech.

While out, I also managed to almost rear end some old people who started to turn right, then stopped. And almost was hit by an idiot making a U-Turn where I was merging onto the highway. Oh how I love driving in the big city again.

I was ready for some lunch when I got home, but had no desire to put any effort into it. Hence this sandwich.

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Honey ham, Laughing Cow, pickles, mustard on a 100% whole wheat cheese kaiser bun.

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It’s true, I was too lazy to even clean some lettuce to throw in my sandwich. LOL Still tasted good, and that’s all that really matters, right?

At some point in time, my sister found her way home while I was searching for jobs online (alas, no luck). Then we started in on making dinner. She had requested I show her these things I had been talking about – tostadas.

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We put out a spread of toppings that included:

  • spicy refried beans
  • leftover bbq chicken
  • red pepper
  • jalapeno peppers
  • avocado
  • cheddar cheese

I put a bit of everything on my two corn tostadas, popped them in the oven until hot and melty, then topped them with some sour cream and fresh chives from the garden.

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I had a few cucumber slices on the side, for no other reason than I wanted some more green on my plate.

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We enjoyed our dinner, then watched the results show from So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Then I took off for the gym. I got in some cardio time on the stair climber and elliptical. I had planned on doing a little upper body weight session afterwards, but I’m not used to the machines at this gym, and wasn’t enjoying the ones I started using. I went to use some of the other ones, but they were all busy, so I said screw it and went home.

After cleaning up the kitchen, I wanted a snack. I was thinking apples , so I pulled out the bag of apples we got from my sister’s boyfriend. They were starting to get a wee bit soft, so I decided to make impromptu applesauce – at 10 o’clock at night! That’s normal, right?

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I chopped up the apple, skin and all, and threw them in a pot with some water, cinnamon, and honey. I let it cook down until I had what looked like applesauce, then I ran the immersion blender through it to break up the apple peel. Looks pretty good to me!

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I may have put alot of cinnamon in. My sister even came down the hall from her bedroom and asked if I was making applesauce, because she could smell it.

I thought about having some as a snack, but it was still too hot, so I made myself a matcha latte instead – milk, matcha powder, splash of vanilla, and squirt of agave nectar.

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Good thing I got all of those kitchen projects completed before the power went out!

And that, my friends, was my Wednesday. I know I had said I might take a trip to the States today, but I’ve put that on hold til next week. I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day. See you later, gators


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13 Comments on “Epic Failure”

  1. Lizzy
    August 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    can’t believe that power outage! so weird.

    Your breakfast was beautiful girl! haha. i love that!


  2. August 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    glad to hear the eye is doing a bit better! kettle chips and brianna dressings are two of the best things 🙂

  3. August 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Those Artisana products look awesome! PEcan butter?? I bet it tasted great, I love pecans. Your sandwich creation also looks very tasty, with the cheddar bun. I’ve never seen a cheddar bun, only a cheddar bagel! I like it 🙂

  4. August 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    What an amazing price!! I need to head down to Choices this weekend now!

  5. August 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    hope your eye gets better! love the breakfast. is that the end of the bag? i love that part of the go lean crunch, that and th ehumongous clusters when you first open the bag!

  6. August 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    I haven’t had pecan butter yet! I, wow, now I have to keep my eye out. Sounds great!

  7. August 27, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    Holy GREAT prices on the Artisana butters! 🙂

    I love making a quick applesauce in the Magic Bullet. Easy, peasy.

    You are not having ANY luck with cars lately, are you? :/

  8. August 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    Tostadas!! 😉 Num num num num! lol

    And are you going shopping in the States? I have three words – Tullalip Premium Outlets

    Le Sigh.

  9. balancejoyanddelicias
    August 27, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    such a great deal you found! I would have bought 10 bottles!!! even though I haven’t tried them yet, but from all the reviews I read, they seem really worth the $$. 🙂

  10. August 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    Holy bargains! Artisana for $4.99?! So jeal.

  11. August 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    1. That’s a freakin’ deal holmes!
    2. Rob loves that salad dressing!
    3. Good luck with the red eye!

  12. August 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    Let me know what you think of the green garlic dressing. I bought it at my discount store for .80 cents a bottle, but thought it was a bit off? Maybe because it was old?

    Your pictures look great! 😀

  13. August 28, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    Oh my gosh – I HATE when the power goes out! Like throw a tantrum hate – boooo!!

    That bun you used for your sandwich!? LOVE! I’m all over that cheesy topping!

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