Thursday, September 14, 2017

New cookies

I already posted a picture of the new Oreo Apple Pie cookies on Instagram last week.  I had been seeing pictures of these online for a while and thought it would be just another flavor that the US gets that Canada doesn't.  Luckily, I found some at London Drugs when I went in to mail a package to my mom.


A few days after finding the Apple Pie Oreos I found another seasonal cookie flavour, Pumpkin Spice creme.  I found these at Safeway, and since I'm old I can't remember if I got these last year or not.  I don't think so???


The Pumpkin Spice definitely wins in terms of smell, but I can't really say one tastes better than the other.  They both taste okay, but nothing too great.  The problem with the Dare Pumpkin Spice cookies is the the actually "cookie" part is too thick so it overwhelms the creme filling and all you taste is cookie biscuit.


I'll just be over here waiting for Nabisco to bring back the Gingerbread Oreo, please and thank you.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

To Cam/Cara, Mike and Willie...

It seems every time I'm back in Cranbrook I can go through my boxes and get rid of a few things.  If I keep this up then maybe eventually in time I'll actually start to look like I'm getting rid of things.  The same can't be said for my stuff here in Calgary down in the basement.  Most of it is all good stuff and I've already gotten rid of most of the excessive crap, but that doesn't mean if I try I can't get rid of a few things.

I found these following items stuffed in a plastic tower drawer.  I haven't actually used them at all and probably never will, so why do I have them?  Well, some of them are still pretty cool.


Four super cool CD wallets, or VCD wallets if you are to believe the stickers.  The Spider-Man one came from Bianca Amor's along with the classic plush hamburger CD wallet.  The "Cute Carry Its" are from a long closed down store in the Dragon City Mall in Chinatown.  I actually liked that store because back then they had lots of Afro Ken stuff.   

My mom is going to Taiwan in October/November, so I'm going to fill the Astro Boy one with CDs and movies for Murray.  I'll probably hang on to the Spider-Man one for myself, but the Ultraman and Afro Ken ones are up for grabs.  FYI, they look cool, but the build quality is definitely lacking.  But where else are you going to find stuff like these?  I got chu.


Wallets!  I don't have any money, so what do I need with a wallet?  The top are ones I bought for myself and then never actually used.  The bottom two are ones I got as gifts for my birthday or Christmas.

I actually hate having a big wallet, my current wallet is small and holds just the essentials.  I don't have a lot of cards I need to carry around and I never carry cash, so having a big wallet is pointless.  Unfortunately, my current one is falling apart and it looks like I may have to get a new one.  Finding one I like is hard, so I might just have to give the Star Wars wallet a try and see if I like it.

The other three are also up for grabs if anyone wants a new wallet.  The bottom ones are more traditional leather wallets.  The Spider-Man one is a biy different as it's made from folded paper with a wax paper feel to it.  It's made by Mighty Wallets, the link is to their website.   

Let me know.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mo' Movies

I haven't been into Phoenix Comics for a while because I've just been busy or away on vacation or just avoiding them to save money.  I finally stopped in this week and picked up some goodies in form of music and movies.


I got some new music and yes they are mostly new.  The Aggrolites is used, they are ska, but not like horns ska, more like reggae ska.  The Mezingers is actually still sealed and even from 2017!  The Fashionism is the obligoratory Canadian content and is their latest 7" single.  I had looked into buying this record online, but it wasn't worth when the shipping is twice the price of the record.  Luckily, Melodyia had it for like $5.25, so it was a deal.


I also got these old school anime DVDs for only $1.00 each.  Even though Crying Freeman has a price tag of 29.95, he only charged me $1.00, so I'm not going to argue with them.  I got Crying Freeman which was six OVAs and is collected on two discs.  Wicked City and Revolutionary Girl Utena are both movies.   These are added to my "To Watch" pile which only seems to get bigger no matter how many movies I watch.

I just watched another older anime blu-ray from the Dragon Ball Z series, The History of Trunks.  I picked up the blu-ray used because it actually had to DBZ specials on it.  I figured I'd get it because I've never seen the one special and I could dump the DVD for the special I did own.  I watched the blu-ray and I gotta say it is just terrible.

When this originally released it was older before widescreen was the norm, so it was full screen.  When they did they the blu-ray when forced the full screen to widescreen, so just watching it you tell parts of the picture have been cut off.  Just the framing of the shots gives it away.  That wouldn't be so bad, but the picture quality is awful.  Its so bad, it's hard to watch.  I popped in my old DVD which is the original full screen and the picture is so much clearer.  I guess blu-ray HD isn't always better.  So much for dumping my old DVD copy.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Treasure Map!

Today, Willie and I hit up a few stores in Cranbrook and Kimberley and found a few goodies and bought everything with pocket change.  We didn't find anything in Kimberley, but in Marysville they were having a bag sale for $7.00 a bag plus it was buy one bag, get one free!  All the super cool shirts weren't the right size, but we did get one bag.  Willie got a pink polo/golf shirt, I got a purple polo/golf shirt plus some books and the rest of the bag were shirts and a hat for Logan and Avery.  One of the shirts I got Logan was a Mr. T shirt and was his favorite of the three shirts I got him.  If he wears any of them just once I'll consider it a success.

In Cranbrook, we went to the Salvation Army and spent quite a bit of time there because the re-organized their media section so it was easier to look at stuff.  I got movies and Willie got a couple CDs.  At the "checkout" I noticed a brochure called "The Picker's Paradise Treasure Map", so I grabbed one.


It's a brochure of all the second hand stores in the Cranbrook, Marysville and Kimberley area.  


One side lists all the stores and breaks them up in different categories.  It also has the address, phone number and store hours.


The reverse side has a handy dandy map showing all the locations.

Overall, it's pretty good idea and I wish they had done this a while ago.  Looking at the map there are actually a couple places I've never even heard of.  I've probably driven by them though.  The Great Western Garage Sale sounds decent, so I'll have to check it out next time I'm back and be disappointed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Memories...

I was going through some of my boxes looking for a DVD that I wanted to get rid of, but I couldn't find it.  I looked in one box and found the EDGEfest '98 program guide hiding inside a bag at the bottom.  The one thing I remember most about that weekend is mainly Willie not putting on sun screen and then getting cooked like a lobster.


I gave the thin magazine a quick flip through which has short band write ups and a lot of ads inside.  When I hit the page with Sloan on it I discovered I had gotten the page signed by the band!


Pretty sweet.  I know I also had them sign my ticket stub which is somewhere in a box.  I totally forgot that I had this program signed, so it was nice find.

 I also found some other miscellaneous letters and stuff I had gotten in the mail including a letter from Virgin Music Canada and the band Pluto.  It was promoting their new album at the time, "Shake Hand with the Future".  I got a letter with a bunch of tour dates(all out East) plus two stickers.  Fun fact, send me stickers and I'm your new best friend.


You'll notice the bottom of the letter has all the band members names and signatures, yes signatures.  Those are printed facsimiles, they band actually signed the letter.  That was pretty cool they did that.  I wonder how many of those letters they sent out?

I also found an envelope from Handsome Boys Records and Rusty, but unfortunately there wasn't much it in, certainly not any stickers.  The letter I got from Exan and YTV News is in there too.  That's the one where I got the free Nirvana "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah" single/promo CD.  Cam is still cheesed over that one.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I didn't bring any socks

Running a bit late here as I'm on vacation and in Cranbrook right now.  I actually came back last Wednesday and meant to post on here that I was planning on going back, but thought I'd wait until I got to BC to do it.  Then I didn't.  On Thursday we went over to Kootenay Lake and we drove back into Cranbrook this afternoon.

On Thursday we took the round about way to the lake and went up the Creston/Salmo Pass and through to Castlegar. On the way there was passed Shabadoo or Shambala or whatever that music festival is called.  They actually had traffic control at the entrance with flaggers and you had to reduce speed.  I bet they were we checking vehicles for marijuana, like if you didn't have they would give you some.

We stopped in Thrums to see the place my brother and his girlfriend just bought.  It actually has two house on the property, the larger one they rent out and the smaller one they are fixing up for themselves.  The large house is total time warp back to the 70's, the smaller one needs a lot of work too, but at least it's small.  Its also right off the highway, so it's loud and there are train tracks.  I hope they got it cheap!

After that we went to Nelson and walked around downtown a bit.  It was very "diverse".  After that we caught the ferry and went to the cabin.  It was pretty smoky and today when we left it started raining which is probably good because they need it.

I'm back in Cranbrook for a couple days and don't really have any plans.  I need to go to Pages and Tuesday I'll see Willie.  We'll probably go for lunch and hit up some thrift stores.  I need to find a 9V power supply and I know the Hospital Aux has a big wall of electrical stuff.

I also mentioned on my Instagram that I went geocaching and while I was sitting in front of the TV here in Gold Creek I opened the app, which is simply called Geocaching, and got this map.


The blue dot is me at the house and all the green dots below it are geocaches all over the South Star Trails.  That's a lot!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kick out the margarine

Back on a post I did called, Kick out the jams, I mentioned how whenever I finish (or get close to finishing) a jar of jam, I just push it to back of the fridge and put a new jar at the front.  I do the exact same thing with my margarine tubs.  I figured things were getting out of hand and decided to finally clean out the fridge of margarine tubs.


My fridge had eight empty margarine tubs in it!  They were empty, but I did wash them all out and now its time for the recycle bin.  Also, even though I did a cleaning of jam jars back in February I still cleaned out five more as well.  Now I have room for food the fridge!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

World studies

I posted some pictures of some old posters I found and put on my bare fridge.  Well, I finally have some new magnets to add to that.


My mom was in Toronto a couple months ago for a work conference and went to Niagara Falls and got me this magnet.  Now I have the magnet I don't need to ever visit it.  So majestic...

Around the same time a guy from work took a month off to go on holidays and he told me he was going to Afghanistan, he's from there, so I asked him to bring me back a magnet.  Turns out he actually got me a magnet!  Of course, he couldn't find it, then kept forgetting to bring it to work, but he remembered to bring it last Friday, so now it's stuck on my fridge.


I guess Afghanistan was too dangerous to visit (insert sarcastic remark here) so he ended up visiting Iran instead.  Because you know Iran is so much safer??   Well it looks okay in that picture anyway.

Side story!  Once upon a time at T.M. Roberts in Mr. Minnis' grade 6 class, we had to do a report on a country.  I don't remember how it was decided who got what country, but I did my report on Iran and Cam did his report on Iraq.  There were a few arguments on which country was better, Iran or Iraq.  Looking back on at it now, it's not like one was better than the other, it's more like which is less bad.  Although, to be fair Iran didn't get invaded...twice.  Sorry Cam.