Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WWTKW: THEY Want to Know…

It’s Wednesday.  You all know what that means…

Sens game tonight?!?!

Chris Neil Scores playoffs 2012

No.  No Sens game tonight.  The powers that be decided to give the players an extra day off before Game 7.  Great for them…not so much for fans like me, who have knotty stomachs and twittering butterflies.  *sigh*

So what better way to distract myself from the stress & anxiety that IS playoff hockey, than to participate in one of my favourite weekly linky parties…We Want to Know Wednesday!!

This week, to celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of WWTKW, Mamarazzi & Crazymama are giving away a $25 Gift Card to Target, and letting faithful participants ask the questions.


Here we go…

Vandy @ wants to know:

{one} What is your quirkiest habit?  I would have to say the lip picking thing that I mentioned yesterday.  I wish I could stop.  I started doing it as a kid, a nervous little habit I developed somewhere along the way, and I can’t seem to shake it.

D @ wants to know:

{two}What TV show do you always stop to watch?  These days, that’s gotta be The Big Bang Theory.  I can’t get enough of Sheldon and the gang.  I’m also a long-standing member of the Friends fan club.  That show just never gets old.

Vanessa @ wants to know:

{three} What do you miss most about being a kid?  The happy-go-lucky innocence.  I was a worry-wart child, but I look back on those days, and the things I worried about seem so silly now.  So insignificant.  I also miss Sunday afternoon drives, with all of us packed into the car, and either the Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, or Gail Gavan tapes playing.  Those were good times.

Jolene @   wants to know:

{four} How many siblings do you have?  I have an older sister, Kara, and a younger brother, Luke.   They are both married, so I have a brother-in-law Chris, and sister-in-law Amanda.  So two full-fledged sibs, and two in-laws!

All of us on the front steps with my niece Danica, nephew Caden, and dog nephew Yzerman

Kenzie @ wants to know:

{five} How do you get yourself out of a funk?  I’m not sure.  I kinda think I’m in one now, so if anyone has any tips, please do share. lol!  It might take me a while to convince myself it’s for the best, but usually a nice walk in the fresh air with my iPod can make me feel better.  Also, buying stuff.  I like to buy stuff, it gives me the warm and fuzzies.  (My new BB Torch is helping me out today!!)

Great questions, ladies!  Everyone be sure to visit them and show them some love. :)

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday 10: Beauty Edition

I’ve been wanting to link up with Lena @ Mom2MemphisAndRuby for her Tuesday 10 meme for a long time now, but never was able to get my act together.

Today, the theme is “Favourite Beauty Products”.  Since I’m planning a shopping trip tonight to replenish a few of my faves that have run out  - or will be running out soon! - (as well as to get my phone fixed!  FINALLY!!) - I decided it’s the perfect time to take part in my very first Tuesday 10!


This week, Lena’s co-host is Ashley from Flats to Flip Flops.  She’s the one who suggested the theme for this week! :)

TruBlend Liquid Makeup

1. Covergirl Trublend Liquid Foundation.  I’ve been wearing it in 405 Creamy Natural for a looong time.  It’s my mom’s brand; hence, it is mine too.  I’ve tried others, but none work as well as this for me!  (A BIG reason for the need to go shopping tonight!)

Professional Loose Powder

3. Covergirl Professional Loose Powder.  In 110 Translucent Light.  Another product my mother insists upon, and now I can’t live without!


3. e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder.  So cheap, and looks great!  A sweep of the bronzer along my cheekbones, and blush on the apples of the cheeks – it’s my favourite blush by far!

LashBlast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara

4. LashBlast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara.  Confession:  I didn’t use mascara until a couple of years ago.  And even still, I only use it once in a while.  I always stab myself in the eye and end up with smudges all over.  I hate mascara.   This is the only one I’ve had any success with, and while I don’t truly love it, I haven’t found another that I like better yet.  Plus, this one wipes off easily when I end up smudging it on my face by accident! lol!

5. e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette.  I also never used to wear eyeshadow, until I discovered e.l.f.  Affordable and I’m starting to actually learn how to put it on! ha!

6. e.l.f. Studio Shimmer Palette.  I use this a lot – as a shimmery base below the eyeshadow, or on its own, just to give a little sparkle around my eyes.

7. e.l.f. Essential Professional Complete Set of 12 Brushes.  The best make-up brushes I’ve come across, at a very reasonable price.  The other ones I’ve used have lost their bristles easily – these ones haven’t!

Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat  - packaged

8. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat.  In the past year, I’ve started painting my nails more regularly.  I like to change it up at least once a week.  I rarely get through the week with perfect nails, but this helps a lot!  And I like that my nails are dry so quickly after applying.

9. Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm.  I have lip issues.  I pick my lips.  It’s a nervous habit that I wish I could break.  Hence, my lips are often dry and sore.  I haven’t had much luck with lip balms, even though I use them steady, but this one has been my favourite so far.  (Going to pick up some of this EOS lip balm I keep hearing about, though!)

10. ck one Shock for Her. A few months back, I started getting the Luxe Box, which has really introduced me to a lot of beauty products that I never would have thought of trying.  One of my favourite things to get is perfume samples.  I got this baby a month or two ago, and I’ve been wearing it every day.  LOVE!

Ooooooo, now this has me very excited to use my Shoppers Drug Mart gift card tonight! haha!!

Thanks to Lena and Ashley for the fun theme!

I’m also linking today’s post up with Impulsive Addict and Shawn for Talk To Us Tuesday


Friday, April 20, 2012

It’s been a very long time since I last confessed…

Hello, rainy, dreary Friday. 

I’m feeling the need to confess.  It’s been a long time.  Let’s see what I’ve got buried deep down inside of me to let loose…

I confess…that I did NOT want to get out of bed this morning.  The rain was gently pattering against my bedroom window, and I just wanted to burrow deeper under the blankets and stay there.

I confess…that while hiding beneath the covers, I was thinking up what movies I would watch today if I could’ve just stayed home.  Some cheesy romantic favourites…like Wimbledon, Wicker Park, A Lot Like Love, Summer Catch, 10 Things I Hate About You.  *sigh*  Some other day, I guess.

I confess…that now that I’m at work, all I’m thinking about is lunch.  I did not bring a lunch, so I have to order out from somewhere.  I’m thinking a giant, delicious chicken burger from Mae’s.  Mmmm…

I confess…I still get a goofy grin on my face when I think of Kyle Turris scoring that OT goal the other night. :)

I confess…that I did feel a little jealous the other night.  I was at the game Monday night, and we lost 1-0.  All we had to wave our towels for were big saves by Craig Anderson.  I always pick the wrong games to go to…

I confess…that I’ve noticed a few people around town cutting their grass already.  And they’re making me start to panic.  My back yard is already pretty green and growing too quickly, and this rainy weekend isn’t going to slow that up any.  I’m not ready to start cutting grass again!!  argghhhhhhh!!! 

I confess…that I’ve been without my Blackberry now for almost two weeks, and I’m honestly not missing it as much as I thought I would.  The first few days were rough, but now I don’t even really think about it.  I still have no idea when I’m going to get to the Telus place to buy a new battery, so my Blackberry Outage of 2012 could continue indefinitely…

I confess…that I want to go away.  On a trip.  Just for a few days.  Get outta Dodge.  I think I need it.  Maybe someday.

I confess…that I played around with a new blog look this week (maybe some of you saw it?) – but I just didn’t like it.  Then I tried to go back to my old background and colours, and it’s still not quite right.  Ah well.  Close enough.

I confess…that I updated my 101 List for the first time in a long time this morning.  I’m not doing so well with it.  If you’d like to see the measly accomplishments I’ve made, visit here.  Just over a year to go…I better get crackin’.

OK.  That was pretty weak.  My confessions are as lame as my 101 List accomplishments.  *sigh*

Linking them up anyways with Mamarazzi for Friday Confessions.


Let’s get this workday over and get the weekend started! 


Thursday, April 19, 2012

We Won :)

I’ve been trying all morning to think of just how to write a post this morning that properly communicates how THRILLED I was with my Sens last night;  just how entirely, tingly, happy they made me when they battled back from being down 2-0 early in the first period, to take the game and a 2-2 series tie with Kyle Turris’ goal in the early going of Overtime.

I mean, if that had happened on Monday?  I probably wouldn’t have cared that I had to spend half an hour searching the parking lot for my car.

It was one of those magical moments for Sens fans.  I went to bed with a huge grin on my lips, and hopes stirred once again that this team might actually have a shot of getting out of the first round vs. the New York Rangers.

I’m not sure if I can truly tell you just how much I’ve fallen in love this team.  I’ve never stopped being a Sens fan, but I’ve discovered a passion for the game – and for them - like I haven’t felt since they went to the Cup finals in ‘07.

The good news?  I don’t have to struggle to find the words to effectively share just how amazing this team is; how fiercely proud they make me.

Because I found a blog that already did so, just perfectly.

Please check out The Great Senators Family Group Pogo of 2012, courtesy of Black Aces

That’s it.  Right there.  That’s exactly how I’m feeling about them today.


God, I love them.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WWTKW: 1 Year Anniversary!

Hard to believe I’ve been linking up for We Want to Know Wednesdays for a year now!  Crazy! 

Thanks to Mamarazzi for starting up the fun, to all the hostesses who have taken part over the past 365 days, and to Mamarazzi’s current co-host, Crazymama!  It was the first weekly meme I started doing, and has remained one of my favourites! :) 


This week’s questions:

1. What is your favorite go to breakfast recipe for special occasions or company?
2. What is your policy for kids that don't want to eat what you are serving?
3. Do you take treats to neighbors? What kind?
4. What is your most used spice in your cupboard? (Besides salt or pepper)
5. What is your favorite fruit ? Do you have a  Fave veggie?
Bonus question....
6. It was tax day here in the US. Did you get a return? How do you spend it?

My answers:

1. What is your favorite go to breakfast recipe for special occasions or company?  That’s a toss-up.  Pancakes have always been a favourite breakfast food of mine – quick, easy, and always a win with the kids.  BUT, my favourite special breakfast food, which I usually only get on Christmas morning, is “Wife Saver Casserole” (or, as my family calls it, “Wife Beater”).

I don’t have the recipe here, but I typed it into the ol’ Google Machine, and I think this is a very similar recipe.

Wife Saver Casserole

16 Slices White Bread, with crusts removed

6 Slices Ham (my family uses bacon; sausage is also really good)

6 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese (we just used grated cheese)

6 Eggs

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

1 tsp Dry Mustard

1 cup Minced Onion

1 cup Green Pepper, finely chopped

2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

3 cups Whole Milk

Dash of Tabasco

1/2 lb. Butter

Special K or Corn Flakes Crushed

In a 9” x 13” buttered, glass baking dish, place the 8 slices of bread. Add pieces to cover dish entirely. Cover bread with slices of sliced ham. Lay slices of cheddar cheese on top of ham and then cover with slices of bread to make it like a sandwich.

In a bowl, beat eggs, salt and pepper. To the egg mixture, add dry mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, milk and Tabasco. Pour over the bread. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator overnight.

In the morning, melt the butter and pour it over top. Cover with crushed Special K or corn flakes.

Bake uncovered for 1 hour at 350F.

Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 8

2. What is your policy for kids that don't want to eat what you are serving?  Well…I don’t have kids.  And it doesn’t seem so long ago that I was one of those pick-eater kids.  (Hell, I still sort of am one.)  I can only use my experience with my niece and nephew, and I tend to be the type that aims to please.  When they’re around and I’m serving them food, I try to make them things that they like to eat – pizza, Pogos, Kraft Dinner…Of course, if they were mine and I was feeding them daily, there would be more healthy food on the menu. (let’s hope, anyways. lol)  If they don’t want to eat it?  Well, I tend to believe that if they’re hungry enough, they’ll eat eventually, so I doubt I’d offer any alternative if they don’t like what they’re being served.  Deal with it, kids.  THIS ISN’T A RESTAURANT!!! (I may have heard that a few times when I was a kid…)

3. Do you take treats to neighbors? What kind?  Not really to my neighbours, because…well…I don’t really know many of them.  And they don’t bring me treats either!!  But I do on occasion make treats to take to work – usually guacamole and chips, or nacho dip.  If I make cookies, I’ll bring them some.

4. What is your most used spice in your cupboard? (Besides salt or pepper)  I would have to say garlic powder.  I love garlic.  It doesn’t seem to matter what I’m making – I always add a bit of garlic powder.  (well, for sauces and stuff like that…not when I’m baking!! ha ha!!)

5. What is your favorite fruit ? Do you have a fave veggie?  My favourite fruit…well, that’s a toughie.  I love fruit.  The ones I buy the most are Asian pears, honeydew, kiwis, grapes, pineapple, clementines, and strawberries.  Honestly, I don’t think I could pick!

When it comes to veggies, I’m a little more picky.  In fact, there aren’t many veggies that I truly love.  I guess I’d go with carrots.  I like them raw or cooked.  And corn on the cob (but no frozen or canned corn, bleh)…yeah.  Veggies aren’t my thing.  It makes being a healthy eater a bit of a challenge for me.  I hate salad.

Probably not the healthiest way to eat a veggie, eh?

Bonus question....
6. It was tax day here in the US. Did you get a return? How do you spend it? 
I live in Canada; our taxes don’t have to be in until April 30th.  I have handed all my stuff over to my family’s financial advisor, but haven’t heard yet whether I’ll get a return or owe.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  C’mooooon big money!!!  (I never get big money. lol)

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!  And thanks to those of you who left comments yesterday, letting me know that I’m not the only person in the world who has ever lost their car.   It made me feel much better.  It probably consoled Luke, too.  He’s still not sure how it happened. ;)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Night We Lost My Car (Alternate Title: “TOYOTA RAV 4!!! YOUR GAS TANK IS OPEN!!!”)

You should know, before I begin to tell this story about my adventures at Scotiabank Place last night with my brother, that he did not want me to tell you about this.

He did not want me to tell anyone about it.  He said it makes us both look really REALLY stupid.

I prefer, now, 12 hours later, to find the humour in it, and share with all of you.  I mean, if you can’t make fun of yourself, then you’re taking life too seriously, right?

So.  My brother Luke & I went to the Sens game last night.  Game 3 of the Round 1 playoff series vs. the New York Rangers.  We travelled to the Bank in my little Rav 4, and by the time we got there, about 45 minutes before game time, the place was already a zoo.

Luke chose to park in parking lot #9.  I usually park in lot #5 or #6.  Please keep this in mind for future reference.  I was extremely unfamiliar with this parking area that he stuck me in.

We made our way through the Red Zone outside, into the building, and the atmosphere was electric.  As we slowly made our way up the steps to the 2nd and 3rd level concourse, a thunderous “GO SENS GO” chant went up, and I’ve never heard anything so loud and exhilarating in my life.  It raised the hairs on the back of my neck in excitement.

The Sens played an amazing game – their best game so far in these playoffs.  They carried the play, dominated the Rangers, and did everything – absolutely everything – but score.

So frustrating.

When the Rangers finally potted one mid-way through the 3rd period, taking the 1-0 lead, I had this terribly anxious feeling that luck was not on our side this night, no matter how badly we were out-playing and out-chancing them.

As the final horn sounded, we rose from our seats, disappointed, but proud of our team for playing so well, and as satisfied as we could be with one of the most exciting, action-packed games I’ve ever been to… despite the loss.

Then we went out to the parking lot.

And then we couldn’t find my car.

We wandered around a bit, still discussing the game, and chuckling occasionally about how my car had disappeared.  “Like, seriously…where the hell is it?”

It was funny for about 2 minutes.  Where, oh where, could you be, little Rav?  I laughed and said, “It’s a very distinct looking vehicle, Luke – it should be jumping right out at us!”

He quipped that as the owner of the vehicle, I shouldn’t have any trouble spotting it.  I countered that he was also very familiar with my little white Rav with black trim and roof racks.  I’m telling you, it’s DISTINCT.  And he has better eyes than I have.  Look HARDER, Lukey!

As we stomped up and down the aisles of parked cars in the area we thought we had parked in, I started to get a little worried.  And the search became even more difficult as the mass exodus of the parking lot began, and cars started zig-zagging in line-ups to get out all over the place.

I might have started to panic.  Just a little.  And I might have suggested that perhaps my car had been stolen?  Luke thought this theory was HIGHLY entertaining.  “Yeah.  Sure.  Out of alllllll the cars in this parking lot, the thieves are going to pick a dirty, slightly rusting ‘97 Rav 4?  And steal it in broad daylight, surrounded by all these people?  I don’t think so, Jill.”

The more we walked aimlessly around, the more stressed out I became.  Like, on-the-verge-of-tears-stressed-out.  I just kept saying, “What are we going to DO?!”  Luke was getting a little annoyed with me, and his stress level was also starting to show, as he’d snap back, “RELAX.  It’s here somewhere, we’re going to find it!!!”

Obviously, we were starting to stand out to others hanging out in the parking lot by their cars, enjoying a post-game pop rather than joining the slow-moving fray.  As we passed one group of guys leaning against their car, one of them called out, “Hey guys, just wait for the parking lot to clear out a bit.  You’ll find your car.”

So now, on top of being extremely worried, panicked, and maybe starting to hyperventilate a little bit, I’m also terribly embarrassed.

Seriously.  How can someone LOSE A CAR???

At this point, we decided to climb the big grassy bank at the back-end of the parking lot, and survey the situation from above, see if we could spot it from higher-up.  Luke marched up and down the bank, while I stayed in one spot, praying my car would just magically appear. 

It did not.  So we went back down the steep bank, and of course I fell on my arse.

Of COURSE I did.

By now, after what felt like an hour of searching, I was suggesting calling the police, convinced that my car had somehow, mysteriously, inexplicably, been stolen.  Luke was refusing to go that far yet.  But his confidence was starting to waver as well, and when he finally admitted, “K, I’m starting to get a little worried",” I was in full-on panic mode.



It finally did help that the parking lot had emptied out quite a bit during our fevered search for my car.  And I finally decided to meander over to a section of the lot that we had already established we had not parked in, because we thought it was too far away.

And lo and behold, there she was.  My good ol’ Rav.  Sitting right there, waiting for us.

I could have kissed it.  Hallelujah!!!

Oh, but this long and winding story does not end there, my friends.

After we got in the car and joined a line-up of cars exiting the parking lot, people started honking.  And after they honked a few times, we realized they were honking at us.  We had no idea why, until the guys in the car behind us started shouting, “TOYOTA RAV 4!!! YOUR GAS TANK IS OPEN!!!” 

Over and over and over.

See, one day last week, the piece that covers my gas tank stopped latching shut.  It just sort of flaps in the wind now.  Apparently this greatly concerned these people behind us.  They would not stop shouting and honking at us.

I ended up rolling down my window and roaring, “WE KNOWWWWWWW!!!!”  Which, of course, made my brother mad, and he told me to shut up.


I was seriously about to unravel, people.  And then – THEN – one of the guys actually got out of his car when we came to a full stop and tried shutting it for me.  SERIOUSLY.



When we finally broke free from the traffic jam that is the Scotiabank Place parking lot post-game, I was finally able to breathe again.

Unbelievable.  This kind of thing can only happen to me.

So.  This was long.  And a little crazy.  And my brother’s probably now really mad at me for making our little adventure public knowledge.

But I hope that if you’re still reading, you’re at least smiling.  It’s okay if you’re laughing.

Because, honestly?  If it was anyone else, I’d laugh at them too. ;)

Linking today’s post up with Impulsive Addict and Shawn for Talk To Us Tuesday!!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Game 3…Tonight!

What a weekend. 

Saturday night was Lindsay & Ryan’s Mixed Party, and it was an awesome night!  However, after all the plans and preparations, and then not getting home til 3 AM that night, I was dead to the world.  And pretty much useless all day yesterday, too.

I’m still tired. 

But there’s no TIME to be tired, because guess what?

Tonight, I’m going to see my boyfriend. :)


Okay, okay.  My pretend boyfriend. 


(Been a long time since I posted that pic…it still makes me grin like a mad woman.)

Saturday night was made even more awesome when my boy Chris Neil scored the OT winner in New York City to tie the series 1-1.  I didn’t actually see the goal because I was sitting at the door taking tickets at the mixed party, but there was a crowd of people standing around the TV at the bar, about 10 feet away from me, and I knew the game had gone into overtime.  I heard a big shout, turned and saw my brother’s arms up in the air, and I knew. 

We won!!

Shortly after, while I was jumping around and shouting in my seat, my friend Stacy who was sitting with me at the time, said to me, “Luke’s trying to get your attention.”

I looked at him, and he was grinning, and mouthed the words, “Chris Neil.”

That’s my boy!!!

Chris Neil Scores playoffs 2012

Can you sense the excitement???

So yeah…ordinarily, I’d be looking forward to lounging on the couch tonight, catching up on some z’s, recovering from a much-too-fun weekend.

But instead I’ll be at Scotiabank Place with my brother, cheering on our team, and hoping for a BIG Sens win!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Ma!!

Ah, Friday the 13th…an unlucky day for many…

But not for my mom!  As an April 13th “baby”, she’s celebrated on many a Friday the 13th, just like this one.  And she always claims it to be a lucky day for her!

Tonight we shall wine her & dine her with her favourite, Chinese Food, and…well…I’m sure there will be wine, right, Kara?? ;)

Not such a bad day.  Not at all.  I only wish the Sens could have given her an early birthday gift last night, but after I blew all that sunshine up their butts yesterday, it figures they’d go and blow it in Game 1.  *sigh*

Anyways…back to the birthday girl….

Happy Birthday, Ma!  We love ya!! xo


Thursday, April 12, 2012


Big day, people! 

BIG DAY!!!!!

My beloved Ottawa Senators are starting Round 1 of their playoff series against the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden.

My Sens.  The same team that missed the playoffs last Spring, and was supposed to be in the midst of a subsequent “re-building year”.  The same team that the so-called experts said would not make the playoffs this season, and maybe not for a few more after that.  The same team that was supposed to finish near the bottom of the NHL standings.

We’re in the playoffs.

(And I’m going to be there Monday night!  squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!)

I know I haven’t blogged much about the Sens this year, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching them.  I have.  And I can honestly say that I haven’t been this excited about the team since Wade Redden last donned the Red, Black & Gold.

(Really, any excuse to post a picture of Wade…)

They’re a young, fiery squad, under the seasoned and classy leadership of guys like Chris Phillips, Jason Spezza, and of course, our hail & hearty captain, Daniel Alfredsson. 

Also, I love our new coach.  Paul MacLean is the first guy who seems to have had any control and positive influence over this team since Bryan Murray himself led them to the Stanley Cup finals in ‘07.

This year, they have truly, collectively, embodied the word “team”.  I’ve been proud of them.  I’ve been energized by them.  I’ve been hoping against hope that this day would finally come.

And it’s here. 

The playoffs. 

We’re in. 

As poor as the odds are as the eighth and final seed in the East, going up against the cream-of-the-crop New York Rangers, I believe in them.  I really think they have a shot at getting past them, and going into the next round.  We’ve had success against the Rangers this season.  Now we just need to beat them 4 more times…

In the past few days, my newsfeed on Facebook has been increasingly filled with posts from other pumped of fans, gearing up for this day.  I thought I’d share with you my favourite post, the one that makes me crack a smile every time I see it, and truly makes me think, “Hey…we really do have a chance, here.”

Plus, I just think Erik Karlsson is priceless.

I BELIEVE.  I really do.

GO SENS GO!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Time to move on from Supernatural?

Alright, Bloggy pals.  I need some advice!

As you may already know, I’m a member of  It’s a website where you a pay a monthly membership fee, pick DVDs you want to watch, and they mail them to you as they become available.  It’s like Netflix, but for poor losers like me who live in the Dark Ages and don’t have Internet access in their homes.

Archaic, I know.  But depending on how many DVDs I watch in a month, my plan is generally cheaper than renting movies from the local store.  (Cheaper than finally taking that step to get the Internet?  I don’t know, I haven’t done that math…)  Plus, one of my favourite parts – which I wouldn’t be able to rent here anyways – is getting to watch TV series’ on DVD that I’ve previously missed out on.

Like True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries.  Both are favourites of mine that I discovered by renting from Zip.

Most recently, I Zipped the first season of Supernatural.  On the surface, it sounds like my idea of fun.  I’ve always been intrigued by stories involving the supernatural, and this show is based on many such stories.  Plus, I knew one of the leading actors was Jensen Ackles, and he’s just too pretty not to love.

I know, right?!?!?!

Ohhh yeah.  Spooky stuff scares the bejeezus out of me.  And this show?  Well, each episode is basically a mini horror movie.  Which means, I have to watch it in broad daylight or else I have to sleep with lights on and fear the monster in my closet.

If I’m going to put myself through that kind of torture, I might as well just go back to watching Criminal Minds.

I forced myself through Season 1 – because when I start something, I have to finish it – and while I really did like most of it, the fright factor might just be a bit too much for me. 

I loved that they explored and put their own twists on some very familiar scary stories and urban legends, such as The Hook Man, Bloody Mary, and the Woman in White – and not only did I love getting to watch Jensen in the role of Dean Winchester, but also Jared Padalecki as his brother Sam, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the recurring role as their father John, were definite added bonuses.

The premise is still something that interests me – the Winchester brothers travel the United States in their black muscle car, listening to loud classic rock, searching for towns and people who need their help in fighting supernatural phenomena.   Dean and Sam are no strangers to “the dark side”.  A demon claimed their mother when they were just little boys, and their dad has spent his life searching for the demon, and training his sons to fight against such dark forces.  Sam eventually left “the family business” to take on the life of a normal college kid, only to lose his girlfriend to the same demon that killed his mother.  Thus, his desire to fight evil and find the demon drives him back on the road with Dean.

In each episode, Dean and Sam encounter another small town, and another ghost, demon, spirit, or similar evil member of American folklore.  They investigate the supernatural phenomenon plaguing each town or family.  And It usually wraps up nicely with the good brothers defeating evil, and with the ever-handsome Dean saying good-bye to the lovely local girl who has taken a shine to him, while Sam stands by the car, shaking his head and rolling his eyes.  Their dad floats in and out of the series, as the trail to finding their wife & mother’s killer grows stronger as the first season plays out.

Season 1 ends with a major cliffhanger.  And I have yet to decide if I’m going to continue with Supernatural.  I want to find out what happens to Dean, Sam, and their dad, but I’m not sure watching another season full of horror movies is worth it…

So, here’s where you come in, friends.  Are any of you Supernatural fans?  I understand it is now in its seventh season.  If I continue on with the Winchester family, that’s  a lot of scary stuff in my future.  I may never be able to sleep without a light on again.  But if you watch it, do you think I’ll be missing out if I give up on it now?  I mean, missing out on more than just the sexiness that is Jensen Ackles??

Um.  Uh.  Yeah…where was I??…

Oh, yes.   What TV shows do you think I should be Zipping?  What are your favourites?  Suggest anything and everything – but the ones I’m already a fan of are Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, Sex & the City, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Being Erica, and The Big Bang Theory…no need to direct me to those ones, I’m arleady there! ;)

I’ve also been patiently waiting for Zip to send me Prison Break…but apparently it’s really popular or something, because it’s been at the top of my list for 6 months, but still no sign of it. :(

Let me know what I’m missing out on!  Thanks, guys!!