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A few things happened over the weekend.

I was walking alongWellington Streeton Friday afternoon, when all of a sudden a big sandwich board was screaming at me: Fresh Donuts: maple bacon, sweet potato, and some other flavour that didn’t interest me. I’ll admit that I was hungry, so I popped into Postino’s, the Panini and espresso bar. We’d already bought Panini the week before (shame on me for not posting about it earlier). The sandwiches were really tasty, and well worth the $5 each, tax included. Read the rest of this entry »


 I was browsing through the Ottawa Business Journal and decided to read yet another news article about the opening of the new Ikea. About a third of the way through the article, I stumbled across this nugget: Read the rest of this entry »

The longer I cycle to work, the more determined I am to keep going. I’ve said it before that I’m conflicted when it comes to snow. I love skiing, snowshoeing and tobogganing, but I love my cycling commute as well. Read the rest of this entry »

When I woke up this morning I had already decided I was going to cycle to work. After all, when I’d gone to bed the forecast had called for sunny and a high of 2 degrees. It was still dark and the blinds were closed. Read the rest of this entry »

I can’t believe that the grass is still green. Even when we’ve had no snow at Christmas, it’s rare that it’s actually a green Christmas.

I felt like a yo-yo making today’s commuting decision. The forecast called for snow flurries and temperatures just below zero, but the snow from Monday night hadn’t really accumulated. Most of the paths I saw yesterday were clear so I decided to go by bike again today. Read the rest of this entry »

In case you’re brave enough to go to Canada’s largest Ikea store on opening day, here’s a map to help you navigate the labyrinth:

Ikea map

So bundle up your blue bags, call your friend with a minivan (darn, mine sold hers!), and get ready to SHOP!

I know NosyNeighbour has this blog as his home page at work. The title of this post is to get his attention. Read the rest of this entry »

During the first week of December, I’m still cycling to work. It seems odd that I was hiking on snow-covered trails on the weekend and riding my bike in balmy temperatures for December. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about our hikes. We are very fortunate to have the Gatineau Park so close by. In fact, I think I heard somewhere that it’s the largest natural park close to a large urban centre.

We’re people who take advantage of all it has to offer. In summer we cycle the parkways when they’re closed and sometimes use the beach. In the fall and spring we hike the trails and in winter we trade in the bikes for crosscountry skis, and maybe snowshoes this year. Most of these activities are free or relatively cheap. Read the rest of this entry »

You may have noticed we’re cheap on some things but splurge on others. I’m the type of person who only buys meat when it’s on sale. In fact I do most of my meal planning based on the sales of the three grocery stores within walking distance: Basics, Metro and Superstore.

Friday night was one of those great deals in the neigbhourhood. Rocket Rached and the Fat City 8 were playing at the Carleton Tavern. They’re a pretty good band, and there’s no cover at the tavern so we were set for a cheap evening out. I like to know if the band is good when I haven’t had a few drinks so this time I brought the camera.

On our walk there, we noticed this sign at the former Video Flicks on Wellington near Holland: Read the rest of this entry »


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