A guide for new immigrants

November 30, 2010 § 5 Comments

After all that worrying right after my greencard interview, my greencard showed up at my door two weeks to the interview date! They were even kind enough to include “A Guide for New Immigrants” pamphlet for me. That’s right, I’m technically an immigrant. Also, an alien. Or maybe not so much anymore, now that I’m accepted by the United States government. Either way, I am now required by law to carry this most-coveted, very hard to duplicate, hologram-packed plastic ID card with me wherever I go!

Cyber Monday

November 29, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hey, apparently it’s Cyber Monday! This year is the first I’ve heard of this shopping holiday, but apparently it’s the online cousin of Black Friday and my inbox is filled with offers from Amazon, Dalaga, Crate & Barrel, and more, tempting me to figure out what to buy the rest of my family ASAP by using their deals!

One thing is for sure – right now, if I didn’t have a straight edge husband, I’d be taking advantage of Doublenaut‘s 25% off sale and buying this beer print:

If your special someone is more beer-friendly, enter the code “holiday” at checkout to receive your discount from design gurus Doublenaut!

Monday Eye Candy

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving long weekend? Mine was a perfect balance of doin’ stuff and relaxing. Nick and I tended to our neglected Netflix queue and watched three movies. Last night, we finally saw Cool Hand Luke and I have now developed a serious crush on young Paul Newman. As if I needed another reason to buy Newman-Os or his delicious salad dressing!

Hollywood just doesn’t make ’em like that anymore!

Thanks, thanks, thanks

November 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

The theme of Thanksgiving is just too good to pass up taking advantage of twice in a row. For your continued celebration of this four day weekend, here’s some of my favourite thank you notes from THXTHXTHX.

It’s nice to be thankful for the little things.

Four day weekend

November 25, 2010 § 2 Comments

It’s my first official American Thanksgiving as a recognized resident of this country! Since I missed Canadian Thanksgiving, I know my Dad would be disappointed if I didn’t conduct a little “this is what I’m thankful for” blog post to replace the speech I would have had to have given at dinner along with the rest of the table, so here we go.

I’m thankful for…

DSC_5647My amazing parents

My sweet sister and her super sweet little family

The fact that I am now certain I can go back home for Christmas and have conversations with my hilarious nephew, now that he’s fully talking (even if he still has the voice of a bunny rabbit)

I’m also excited to see my brother and his new wife for the first time since they were married in June!

_DSC6369And of course, my wonderful husband, Nick. Everything was worth it to get to this point in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your four day weekend, you clever Americans.

I boarded Platform 9 3/4

November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Yesterday was my last day off during the week for at least a few months, as I have been taken on for the Christmas season at Insound! To celebrate, I made sure to take full advantage of the glory that is week days off by doing a large holiday grocery shop, before heading to the city to finalize our wills with Nick**, then I headed down to Union Square to see the new Harry Potter movie. As I’m a huge fan of the books, this was really the highlight of my plans for the day, even overshadowing the Bob Dylan show Nick and I went to afterward.

Going to the movies alone is quite an experience. It was only my second time doing this, but I did it up right. After I got my ticket, I headed over to Toasties and got my favourite veggie sandwich and a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie to eat during the movie, both because the movie is 2 1/2 hours long and because this would likely serve as my dinner.

The movie did not disappoint. I am still deciding, but I think yesterday The Deathly Hallows just kicked The Order of the Phoenix right out of my personal top HP movie’s spot. I almost want to brave the horrendous New York City movie crowds*** to see it again. Almost.

Coincidentally, the subway stop my theatre was closest to has been subtly Harry Potter-ified: some creative fan slapped a 9 3/4 sticker on top of the now-defunct W line in Union Square!  Photo above from NY Daily News.


**Immigration note: did you know if you’re not an America citizen and you live in America, even if you’re married to a person and they die, you are entitled to nothing? Get a will made!

*** New York City inhabitants: when did you lose all your common courtesy when it comes to other people at the movies? When the real previews start, that’s when it’s time to stop talking. Whispering is tolerated, but when the movie starts, you had better shut up. Also, stop checking your cellphones. When it’s totally dark, we can easily see your iPhone flicker back on. Just relax and turn yourself off for 2 hours. You paid $13 to do so, afterall.

Officially a Permanent Resident

November 22, 2010 § 6 Comments

Even though he lived in the time of pre-9/11, John Lennon went through a lot to get his greencard. He was eventually granted one though, and in the next three weeks, I’ll have one too!

I just received a letter from the government in the mail today formally welcoming me to America. They even used the phrase “it is with great pleasure“.

What a relief it is to know that I will be able to go home to Canada and visit my family and friends for Christmas without having to worry about whether I’ll be let back into the country!

The Museum of Unnatural History

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The creative team behind San Francisco’s Pirate Supply Store & Brooklyn’s Superhero Supply Store has opened a new location in D.C. – The Museum of Unnatural History.

826DC, BK, and SF are nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. They also sell covetable products to draw in visitors.

826DC’s storefront, The Museum of Unnatural History, showcases the rarest of rare and the surrealist of surreal artifacts from times long past. Dedicated unnaturalists and enthusiasts of history (that might not have ever happened) will love perusing the vast collections and museum curios. Be sure to marvel at the museum’s unbelievable animal assortment, featuring everything from weagles to owlephants, and explore, if you dare, the store’s built-in cave (yep – it really has a cave).

The products were designed by Oliver Munday:

See more of them here.

Friday interweb tidbits

November 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

Have a seat with an afternoon cup of tea (clothing optional) and peruse the internet more easily with some of these suggestions…

Have you seen Tim Flach’s new animal photos? They’re downright amazing.

Gorgeous new typographic prints from I love Typography

As if I needed another reason to want to go to there: Iceland has multi-coloured rock formations

Pizza flags – I want the Canadian one!

My apartment needs a globe. One of these would do nicely

Sam Javanrouh takes a photo everyday, usually beautiful ones of Toronto

Holiday Wishlist 2010

November 18, 2010 § 2 Comments

1. Oasis Spa NYC (order a gift card on November 26 and save 15%!) – my favourite place to get massages in NYC.

2. Kate Spade Kindle cover – my Kindle needs some clothes and this super cute Kate Spade cover looks perfect.

3. Need Supply Company – amazing clothes and reasonable prices. I’m finally getting over my fear of buying clothing over the interweb.

4. Crate & Barrel – my favourite home store. I’d use a gift card to buy some cozy throws for winterizing my living room.

5. Madewell – really cute clothes. My new favourite store.

6. Nikon 18-105mm lens – I’ve enjoyed my 50mm lens for about 7 months now and I think it’s time to step up to a wider angle lens.

7. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe box – Because my memory is getting full and I need somewhere else to store recipes.

8. Zipcar gift cards – having a car in New York makes almost no sense, but Nick and I recently signed up for a Zipcar membership so we can still make those occasional trips to Ikea, Target, etc.

What are you eyeing this holiday season?

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