July 30, 2009

Edible Month of Mayhem?

So I was thinking about what the heck I am going to do in my last month of summer before the wonderful college kicks back into session.
HURRA FOR 8 ENGLISH COURSES! no seriously... Im excited.


And I thought I could do a bunch of edible reviews from Etsy. I can't afford to take the days off and travel, other than going to moms for 3 days, so I figured Id let the fun come to me.
So I am slowly compiling a list of edible delectables to try out from Etsy - from all over the place!
Im going to try and find some stuff from Europe and USA and where-ever I can.
I am up for trying it.

I've seen in the forums that a fair bit of Etsy shoppers have a bit of mistrust when it comes to shopping for snackerals online and I want to give people a heads up and let them know that there is good stuff out there!

Of course I will be getting some more caramels from my fave LeBellaCaramella! How can I resist! But if you are reading this and you have an Etsy Shop that sells treats and wanna get a review out there then hey! Let me know - I will happily try it out for yums.

In the mean time - Im not going to say what I am trying but here are a few of the places I have my eye on for snacks :
(These are shop titles so if you want to check them out either search the name under sellers on etsy or go to etsy and type the name at the end, or click my link here)

  • RedBarnWalnuts -> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6153311
  • layla --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=3293
  • Lebellacaramella --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6269589
  • BrokenRoadFarm --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5780693
  • ahimsarescue --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7184004
  • celebritybakesale --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7490894
  • BlissCandies --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7244021
  • mermaidcaramels --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7549571
  • contacthope --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7370722
  • miaMallows --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7518547
  • hillsidebakery --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5823318&section_id=5422962
  • OhFudgeStore --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5755041
  • VeesWear --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5027417
  • InspiredCakeSickles --> http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6799481

Please note that I have only ordered two items at the moment as I am eagerly awaiting shipping responses from each of the other stores. That being said - not all stores may want to participate so if a shop that you liked is removed, please still keep them in mind for purchases as it is just a shipping to my location that may be the issue.
Also note that these shops are in no particular order, so if you are looking for when it will be feature in the blog/vlog - you will just have to keep checking back!!

I think that is all for me tonight!
Adieu! & look for the video version of this tomorrow at www.youtube.com/ScrtSolstice !


July 25, 2009

An Okanagan Etsy Team

So There are these things on Etsy called Etsy Street Teams and they are basically just teams or groups of people who live in similar places or have things in common. Kind of cool - well int he location front I didnt see one for the Okanagan and decided to make one. I applied to be in three teams and hadn't heard back from anyone yet so I thought heck I will make my own.

Wow - tough is all I have to say. I sent out about fifty messages and finally got one back saying that there is a local Kelowna Etsy team that is becoming official this week which is cool. Im trying to get some more info about it so that maybe I could join and go to the meetings on occasion or something you know. I dont know if I would really fit in not that it matters but you know, there is that feeling in the back of my head.

In anycase you can join more than one team so I was looking at joining the Vancouver and area team because Im from the Lower Mainland, and then there is one called 'Amys in the Arts' and I contacted them but their main contact doesn't exist anymore and the next person on the list hasn't got back to me, and Im going to try and join this Kelowna one like I said. Most of the groups seem to be beaders or jewellery makers or something along those lines. There are only two people on etsy who do what I do as far as I could find and I dont think the two of us count as a team aha.
That being said there is another team I could join - the Trans Canada team but you have to pay $10 for a year and although it seems cheap it just isnt in my budget. I just shelled out money for advertisement spots on etsy and did I get a single sale? nope. I only got one heart. Then I went into the forums and started chatting around and I got 5 more hearts so atleast I am finding ways to get my work out there. Which is why I thought hey lets meet everyone in the Okanagan.
Its been a long day though - and I have a long one ahead of me tomorrow.

Im going to a Wedding and I am looking after the Bride and Groom's littel girl during the reception so they wont have to worry about her. Im excited to go - but I have nothing nice to wear. =(

See you all soon!

If you want to check out Etsy I highly suggest it. My links are on the side - and the Okangan Etsy Street Team is located and an awesome place called the ning, the link is http://okanaganest.ning.com ! Check them out!

- Mrs.A

July 22, 2009

Etsy Purchase #2!

So for our second etsy purchase, Alex insisted on getting these things called Monster Sharks... now at first I said no but he said he would pay me back for them he just needed to use my paypal account so I said fine whatever.

They are the cutest little things ever! They are crocheted Cold holders basically. One is a sleeve, and the other is a water bottle cover for when he goes to the gym. I was extremely pleased with them. And they were purchased from Handamade on Etsy. The link is: http://handamade.etsy.com & Here are some awsesome pictures.

Here they are just arrived.

Here is Alex with his Water Bottle Holder.

Here he is with his Re-usable Sleeve.

& Here they are a bit closer up.

All in all, he absolutely loved them and still does... He just can't get enough of them.
they are made by Handamade on etsy.
They come in other colours and other animals as well so I recommend them.
They are highly durable!

My Etsy Purchases!

I had more come today and I wanted to make sure I was on top of all of them in the blog, which I am not!
But never the less I will start now!

My first purchase was a 1/2 pound box of these delicious caramels made by LaBellaCaramella on etsy. Her link is : http://labellacaramella.etsy.com

I purchased the Double Bergamot Earl Grey Caramels and they did not disappoint.
If you are like me and you happen to drink a cup of Earl Grey tea almost every day, then you know the flavor off the top of your head. Now if you also add a wee bit of milk and sugar then you have a distinct taste yes? These tasted exactly like the tea I make myself every morning. Fantastic! Here are some pictures!! Definitely check the shop out, the caramels are to die for!

Heres the little box they came in.

And all the nummy caramels.

And here is my funny looking customer appreciation photo.

And if being tasty wasn't good enough, that little note card you can see in picture two is a little note that says that all the caramels are made with colorado honey. So they support the local market, and(!) a portion of the proceeds go towards research to find out why oour Honey Bees are rapidly disappearing. Which I think is awesome, the fact that by purchasing yummies, you can help the honey bees.

All in all it was a fabulous buy and I am actually considering these as my wedding favour for in the future. Although Im thinking I may get the Lavender ones next. Thats how fabulous they are, DEFINITELY check them out.



Finally some pictures from Edmonton!

So finally i have some pictures from Edmonton!!

This is JoJo the Cat, who was apparently getting put down the week after we left.... poor thing.

Part of the Sea Lion Show from above.

Some Koi fish in the pond in the China Town Section of the mall.

The Ice Rink in West Edmonton Mall

I may add more later, or link my album,
but for now it is just taking to long resizing all these photos.

Firish update again!

So today they let around half the Glenrosa families go home.
And the fire as of 3pm was about 60% contained which is pretty awesome.
Supposedly there is a 70% chance of rain for friday which will only help the matter!
Im glad that this will all be over soon. Although it smells pretty good it is still a tid scary.

July 19, 2009

Fire Updates...

There are now three fires being followed at this time.
One is a bit farther North and out of my area near Fintry.
The other two are across the lake.

One that was heavily discussed yesterday has grown to 300 hectares and,
the other which is believe to be cause from a spark which jumped the highway has grown to 75 hectares as of this morning.

Continuing on with the fire.

Almost half of that comunity across the lake has now been evacuated.
And as of 11:00pm here, about 2 hours ago, the fire was reported as being 300 Hectares.
Scary thought it is that it may actually consume that place and make its way over here!
I just hope everyone is alright!
But according to castanet not injuries or deaths have been reported.

New Post on WeBook!

I just added another page to my 'Abandoned Light' Project on Webook.
I have the story written out, it is just a matter of typing it up and at the moment it is taking me a fair bit but page three shall be up tonight or tomorrow! Huzzah!

Heres the link:

check it out!

Oh No! Im Writing Again!

Well to be honest with you I havent really ever stopped writing but the point is that I am getting back into the swing of things.

I am as we speak about to start a new fan fiction aha!
I was actually just getting back into reading Harry Potter fan fiction the other day and looking up stories with my favorite ship, Ginny and Draco, when I stumbled across something interesting.
(A ship is a pairing of two characters basically)
What I found was a piece of fan fiction within my ship called Thirteen Little Green Envelopes by Annonymous Hexxe. Now if you proceed to the profile it states the name of the writer as Elizabeth Hexxe, which as it so happens was my name for Harry Potter role playing on the warner bros. community for Harry Potter.
Well it turns out that a long time ago I started writing a fan fiction that was loosely based off of Maureen Johnson's Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes and I had forgotten all about it until now.
I'll have you know though that the first piece that for some reason is entitled chapter one is actually the prologue and it was the only part I had posted before my computer was wiped by the idiot who tried to fix it. So needless to say I thought HMM!!!

If I am suffering from writers block writing my own pieces then why dont I switch over to fan fiction for a wee bit!! Aha! Exciting I know.... ok perhaps not but I have a feeling that something is going to come from this and hopefully it is a good something.

July 18, 2009

The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is on - no its Westbank....

So there is a small community... cough...
across the Lake from me that for some reason or another people like to call it West Kelowna.. which its NOT because it is NOT connected but whatever Alex you are wrong.

Anyways crews were alerted to a fire across the lake in West, Westbank earlier around 3 ish and now there is a fire just over 50 hectares burning through. That area, called Glenrosa, has been evacuated and the surrounding area near Glenrosa is on high alert. I dont think that we will be put on alert because the idea of it crossing the lake seems a bit absurd but you never know.
Anyways - for those who know we are near the fire just wanted to letcha know that we are ok and the fire is being fought as we speak.

If you need some more information on the subject I recommend www.castanet.net it is our local website for news... but it is being rather slow at the moment. CBC also has a brief story on it/// brief, very brief.

And here is another BC Story on it.

July 14, 2009

Back from Edmonton Trip!

So Alex and I went to Edmonton for a few days, July 9 to 14, and ended up back yesterday rather than the day that we were suppose to but that is alright.

It was a long drive from where we live; 12 hours to be exact.
Especially long when you are in a van with your fighting in laws in the front and a farting dog in the back, no word of a lie. It was interesting them talking about directions and who should drive and whether or not they were right. Interesting is the only real word to describe it.
And then the one's driving was terrible and jerky and swerving and ugg... I felt terribly sick.
And then I slept most of the way which is always nice.

Anyways we got there and pretty much slept but the next day everything really began.
Alex, his dad, his mom's dad, and I all went out to staples where you have to go through a ticket booth in order to park which was nuts. And then we went out for some of the best fish and chips I have ever had at this place called Back Home Fish And Chips


And then Alex and I went to West Edmonton Mall which was intense!
Id never been there before but man is it ever worth seeing!! They have this lake in the middle of the mall where you can scuba dive and they have this giant pirate ship in it!


then farther down they have a sea lion show and a penguin show and an ice rink and a giant water park with a huge pool. Its like holy crap is this seriously a mall? And then after you've walked around what seems like the whole mall there is an amusement park which is the size of half the mall and then another half of the mall! It was intense.
Ill have to add pictures later because Photobucket is being a menace. Talk soon!

July 08, 2009

My delusional Grandmother

If you know me, or have seen any of my videos on youtube than you may know about my dwindling relationship with my Grandmother. If not then here is some background info before I get into the real event.\


According to my mother, when I was little I was a very interesting child. I was not greedy persay, but the fact that my fathers mother bought me everything I asked for, and did everything I asked, helped me lean into that matter. My Mom apparently told her that I would not respond well to this treatment, especially if she stopped. Well eventually of course she stopped or slowed down and from what I have heard I started to rebel. Now I do not remember being bratty to her because of my greed but I was a great deal younger than I am now.

That being said, ever since I can remember her and the way she has treated me she has been nothing but maniuplative and greedy to herself. The first memories I have of her, are of her being rude to my cousin and blaming her for something and me standing up for my cousin. I cannot remember exactly what happened but I remember that B wasn't the one who did it because she hadn't been feeling well and so I had been taking care of her in our tent.

Looking back I believe that N (my grandmother) was the actual culprit, and in fact she often is but finds herself forgetting, whether on purpose or not, a lot.

That being said I have always lived with my Mom and been a bit distant from N. Of course the fact that my father also finds her to be manipulative and unfriendly only added to that. He hasn't talked to her because he wanted to in quite some time. Although he does humour her and go over once a week for dinner. When we (Mom, my dad (step dad), siblings, and I) moved closer to where she lived after living in a completely different province, she did everything to try and see me. Which could be seen as a compliment or love except that she went way outside the boundries.

Now my father is sick, he has openly admitted it (From what I know they can not decipher what he has exactly but everything seems to make him sick) and feels that he would be happy with what he has accomploshed if he were to die tomorrow. When we first moved back to BC, N would call me and tell me that my father had cancer and was going to die in three months and I had to come stay with her and she would take care of me. Of course at this time I was in contact with my father and all three of my parents were outraged with her breach.

A few years back, when I graduated, she told me that she had set aside 20,000 for me to get my teeth done - braces and all - and I told her that I didnt want to get braces and that I didnt feel the need to. She was get mad at the fact that I had turned it away and I said that maybe I could get them bleached and use the rest of the money for school and she said that if I wasnt going to come down and get my teeth done then she would give the money to my cousin. Neither one of us has seen it at this point.

Then during my year off from school she said that she would pay for my first year of college if I came down and lived in their house. I could come down in January and house sit for them until mid February and then I would live with them from then on and house sit whn they went away. So I left my Mom's and quit my job and moved down here to where I currently am. During the next year, including when I started school, I continuously brought up the money situation and recevied different answers. When I asked her husband about it he said he had no idea that she had said anything of the sort. So I was left to confront her. So we went from paying my first year, to her claiming she had said she would just help out, then she said that helping me out was letting me stay there, then she said I should start paying rent to teach me responsibility, then she said she would pay for my books, then when she saw my books were $800 she said she would help with my books and gave me a cheque for $300 but then they went away for three months and she told me to use that money to fill the fridge instead, and I haven't heard or seen of anything since. Just recently she told me that she was broke but would pay for my Wisdom Teeth, which I figured she wouldnt so I paid by splitting it on my two credit cards and then she got mad that I had paid and came down while I was in surgery and had them refund my money so she could pay and has been harassing me about paying her back ever since. I told her that my health didnt cover it, which it sadly didnt and she has been trying to get the money from my mother's health insurance but then N said that I could have the money for my schooling but Id have to give it to her first and then she'd give it back to me. We haven't heard anything back yet from my Mom's Health but we have a feeling that it will be an empty cheque.
Finally when I went up there for dinner one day she brought up that my fifth cousin, her second cousin, that is two years younger than me happened to graduate this year. And She told her second cousin that she would pay for her first year. Needless to say I was extremely upset.

I go to my dads almost every week and play cards and he told me that I needed to stick it out in that house as long as I could because I didnt have to pay for rent ( just gas to get from there to school which is about a 20 min. drive anyway!) but that if he was healthier he would have me stay with him because he knows that N and mine's personalities clash.
& now we are up to date!


So I had finally had enough. Because Alex is now officially done school I am allowed to move into the basement suite with him and continue our new life. Slowly I have been moving everything down here and I have been telling N on more than one occasion that I would be moving out to Alex's as per the plan. Well we are heading to a family get together on Alex's side of the family on thursday so last week I went up to N's house and grabbed the remainder of my clothes so that I could sort and wash and pick out everything. Well on Friday night... July 3... Alex and I went up to their house around 11pm and started packing the remainder of my stuff. I had had enough of her and we had just gotten off and I said okay lets go do this. Her husband, my grandfather was awake and I told him we were just coming to get more stuff and he nodded his head and we had a little convoish thing and then started upstairs to my semi room.

See earlier on Thursday N had asked if someone could come stay in my room and I said sure since I wouldnt be there any way. Well that had me thinking that my walls are covered in pictures of me and my friends from over the years and I felt a little eerie about someone I didnt know sleeping in my room with all my stuff which is another reason why we went up there.
So Alex and I packed everything up and now 95% of my stuff is here in our little basement. I left a few suitcases (2-4) in the window seat but they are packed and besides that nothing else is there. I had to leave a few because it didnt feel right taking everything without a conversation and there wasnt enough room in my car.

Saturday comes along and I havent had a chance to talk to anyone yet about me officially moving out and N calls my in-laws, who bring a phone down to me. She is in a ruckus and asks me if I have been there and I said no and she goes off about how someone broke into their house while they were gone and everything has been thrown everywhere and her clothes are all over her bed and she keeps saying: Did you go in my room? Did you go in my closet?
And I just kept saying we havent been there today but are you ok? Is Grandfather ok? Is anything broken or missing? Have you called the cops yet? You know, standard questions.
Believe it or not I was concerned that the guy may still be in the house.

She said she hadnt called the police because she wanted to see if it was me, and I kept telling to hang up and call the police so they can get prints and what not and she keeps cutting me off and saying that she is hurt. And I am thinking that she was shot or something and so I ask her whats wrong and she proceeds to go off about how she feels like dirt because all of my stuff is gone and she knows that I was there at 1 in the morning emptying my room. And I said "I have been telling you for quite some time that I was leaving, and I have been slowly taking my stuff" and she gets all mad at me and says that I told her six months ago.
WELL NO - She invited me out for lunch a few weeks ago, claimed to have forgotten her wallet, then when I said I was broke and couldnt afford the expensive restraunt she picked, she magically found some cash under her car seat. I told her then and numerous times prior, that I was moving into Alex's basement.
Well I pointed that out and again she cuts me off and says well how do his parents feel about this and I told her that we are adults and that we are renting the basement suite. Well she didnt like that. She went off on me. And I told her that I would be up there to get the rest of my stuff soon, and that I packed it all up now because I did not feel comfortable with someone riffling through my stuff (Like I caught her doing, and reading my private journal not an internet blog but of course I didnt say this to her) And she said but you said ok! and I said I know I said ok, because its your house and I knew that I was going to start packing this week, I just didnt know when until now.
I kept trying to change the subject about her break in and she kept trying to guilt trip me so I eventually aid goodbye and hung up.

I called my mother. And told her the situation and asked if I should go up there or not. Part of me wanted to go up there and make sure that my family and the house was safe but the other part had a gut instinct that if I went up there then that was exactly what she wanted and she would corner me. So I told Mom, and she said that my instinct was right and that if I went up there then I should take Alex. Well I didnt want to take Alex because then he would get sucked into the argument too so we decided I wouldnt go up to the house. Well because I wasn't on the phone with my Mom for that I long I asked Alex if he would drive me up to their house just to see if their was a cop car there. I had him drive incase N was looking for my car. So we drove up to their lovely suburban neighborhood, drove around their big house, and was their a cop car? Nope. Any sort of security people or emergency crews or anything like that? Nope. Infact it had just gotten dark and they did not even have their lights on. Their outside lights, or their motion lights. Now if you just got broken into, would you have all your lights off?
Needless to say it was a great ordeal.

I emailed her later that night and said that I was under the impression that she was aware that I was leaving and that I did not intentionally go home and remove my stuff to get back at her or make her feel small. I also said that we could go for lunch if she wanted to call me and set a time before my work hours (which I included) and she never returned my call/email. In fact she phoned today right before I was leaving for work and said "Well I guess we arent going for coffee to discuss this." ARG I told her we could go for coffee when I get back and that at that time I would come retrieve the rest of my stuff. She said that I could leave stuff there, however, because she has decided to not have anyone stay in my room. Ya, right.

Im so fed up with her that if she evensets one foot over my personal boundary when we are out for coffee I will snap. I cant deal with this any more.

Anyways - thanks for letting me get this all off my chest!

Best Wishes!!
Mrs. A. Squared

July 01, 2009

Ever heard of a Melbourne Shuffle?

So Alex showed me this and I have to admit that I've been watching this for about 2 hours just completely baffled at how they just float about.

Now this one:

Isn't the best but the Strawberry person at the beginning totally wigs me out.

How do people in Hammer Wannabe pants manage to float about? Is it all the air they get?
Im so lost!!
Jusst take a gander at some of the vids, not just this one.

STOP - Flash Mob Time!

Alex just showed me this and I could not resist sending it on here!!
What a cool little find.

Shocked the socks off all of the skinny jeaned people.
Its hammer time baby!