Friday, October 30, 2009

Today's FAIL

My friend/co-worker asked if she could use my unopened Bath & Body Works lotion that I brought in to work from the fabulous Marriott in Niagara. I told her to go ahead and was going on and on about how great it smelled when she looked at it closer and interrupted me to say, "Um... yeah, this is Conditioner." FAIL.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I start physical therapy for my back tomorrow. I can't tell you how excited I am. Well, yeah, I guess I can. I'm SO freakin' excited!! I am really so tired of not being able to take walks (especially in the Fall and especially in Frick Park). I'm also super tired of the dang heating pad. I don't want to have the olds yet. I want to shake them off and PT is gonna help me do it. Wahoo! Here's hoping that the PT does the trick. Otherwise, I'm Rascal bound. Beep beep!

Also, I'm having a birthday next week. I can't wait to finally turn 27. Close to 30, y'all!

Finally, a random FAILblog that I love:

Failblog never ceases to crack me up. You should really make it a part of your weekly interwebs routine.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Product review: Human

I forgot to talk about a product that I found in Canada. I found this cute, little store in the mall within the Casino. The store is called Fruits & Passion. It is chock full of everything that I love: lotions, balms, lip glosses, etc... So, I pointed Mike to a bench and told him to take a load off for a few minutes while I checked it out.

I ended up getting this body souffle called Human.

I don't even know how to describe the smell. It is clean, grassy, citrusy, happy, and uplifting. I am in love with it. Oh, and it contains something called rosa mosqueta oil which, it turns out, helps prevent wrinkles. Woot! The product prices are really reasonable, also. Always a plus when you are a lover of all things aromatherapy.

Thumb up to Human and the other thumb up to Fruits & Passion! The saleswoman told me that they sell their products at Anthropologie. Gotta make a trip to the South Hills soon!

Oh, and she tried to talk me into buying this de-icing salt that "perfumes your doorstep with its delicate scent of frosted berries and cedar wood." I said no then, but I am definitely gonna pick this up before the winter. What a great idea!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My most recent FAIL

A good friend just gently pointed out that I spelled Niagara wrong. I was spelling it like it sounds in my head - Niagra. Embarassing FAIL.

Perfect Weekend in Niagara

Mike and I went to Niagara Falls last weekend for our early 1 year anniversary celebration since Mike can't get vacation time in December. It was SUCH a wonderful, fantastic, much needed getaway!

Of course, I did tons of research on the bestplace to stay by the Falls and really am happy with where we landed - the Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa. Loved it!

It was the only hotel on the Canadian side that had direct views of the Falls from your room.

I can't say enough great things about this hotel. The highlight of the hotel stay was my Spa exprience. Woohoo - good stuff. I got the 60 minute Aromatherapy Detoxifying massage. She used some magical citrus oil that was made out of oil from heaven, I tell ya. It was soooooo great! Mike thought that 30 minute massage would be enough time since, after all, "that is like a whole episode of Seinfeld!", but that is crazy talk. It is always 60 minutes at least for me to make it worth it. Here's the proof written all over my face:
The first day we were there-Friday, we went and saw the IMAX movie about the history of the Falls. It was cute and actually was a good idea to do before riding on the Maid of the Mist since they told the story over the loudspeaker on the boat, but nobody was hearing it since it was supercrazyloud with wind and water and people. We then had a delicious dinner at Tony Roma's since it was right across the street from the hotel. They used to have Tony Roma's in Rochester. Not sure if they still do. But man are those some good ribs!

On Saturday, we played tourists like champs We took the inclue down to the Welcome Center and then went under the Falls...

It is just amazing how powerful the Falls are. The sound and the mist and the visual images are breathtaking. And it was fun to wear a poncho. They told us that we could keep them as keepsakes. Hahaha. Wait, I guess I shouldn't laugh. We did buy approximately 12 postcards, 3 magnets and a keepsake picture of us under the Falls (for $20). You should see our fridge.
We then walked the one mile to the Maid of the Mist station. Not a fun walk since my back was hurting, but Mikey was a trooper and gently pushed me along the way. Once we got there, my competitive, spazzout streak kicked in and I tried to make it so that we were the first in line on the boat. It backfired because we tried to wait for the next boat to come in so we'd be first, but had to go on the one leaving. We ended up being the last ones on the boat. I was super crankers until we realized that it is better not to be on the top, front area of the boat since they get soaking wet. Suckers! Here is a picture of what the water looks like when you're smack dab in the middle of the Falls.

And a picture of Mike recreating the Jim Halpert knock on the Maid of the Mist from The Office. Haven't seen that episode? Do it now!

We had a nice dinner that night at the hotel. It was pricey, but we got some $ towards it from the hotel and the food was scrumptious!

We did go over to Casino Niagara, but promptly left when we discovered that you can't just walk by and put a quarter in a slot machine and try your luck. Since when do they only accept $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills?! We felt a huge case of the olds and lames then since we weren't willing to part with our money, but seriously. What is that about?! Or "aboot" as they would say in Canada.

We didn't get to go to any wineries this time, but we plan to take a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake in the future and sample the grapes.

I was seriously sad to leave. It was such a wonderful time. Mike makes all of our trips fun since he is so easygoing. I got myself a good one.
Here are some beautiful shots that we got from our stay that make me smile. Sunny day view of Horseshoe Falls:

Sunrise view from our window:

My feelings about leaving are represented here...

At least we got to hear the Steelers on the radio on the way back and they won. Great end to a fantabulous weekend.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Love this Quote

"Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

So, that is a quote from Ashton Kutcher's Twitter account. But isn't it great?? I felt like it deserved its own post.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Product Review: Garlic Dicer

If you're like me, you love cooking with garlic but don't love peeling and dicing it. PITA! So, I found this product at BB&B and LOOOVE it. I can't believe how great the E-Z Peel thing is to use to peel the cloves. The only negative is getting all of the little diced garlic pieces out of the dicer jar, but that is a small negative. You can easily use a knife to get all of the yummy pieces out. And it is safe to toss in the dishwasher. W00t! Grab one of the 50 BB&B coupons that you have sitting in your drawers and go get yourself one.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Gah! Lines! What's a girl to do?

Lines! On my forehead... around my eyes... Sigh.

So, another question for the ladies: What product do you use or have you heard works for wrinkles that doesn't cost 1/4 of my monthly paycheck? And not Botox. I won't go there. No botulism in my face, thank you very much!

On another subject... I'm going to start posting reviews of books and movies and products that I like. I subject my friends and relatives to my opinions on these things in real life, so I figure why not here. :) Not sure what my first review subject will be yet though. Stay tuned...

And I know blogs are fun with pics, so here are some recent ones that are Fall themed. Man, I love Fall!I took this one while on a walk during a lunch break last year.

This is a pic that Mike took last year. I looove this one.