Eating spiders while asleep.. a myth?





You know the myth/non myth about eating like 4 spiders in your lifetime while you are sleeping.. well just in case, I decided to take a POW last night (its not a spider, but falls into the "other" bug category). Its the WORST while Tim is out of town and I see a bug, since generally speaking, he "deals with" any bug issues (I have my own independent non bug roles). Anyhoo last night Elle woke up at 3am to throw up some remote control pieces she ate this week (this is the 4th remote control we've had to replace). While cleaning up dog throw up, I noticed a bug right by the bed, who, undoubtedly, was was going to head up the bed skirt, onto the comforter, onto the pillow and then right into my mouth. Now, the myth/non myth I have heard is only for spiders, so I am not even sure (in addition to spiders) how many "other" bugs crawl down your throat as you sleep too. The POW is still upstairs waiting for Tim to get back to "deal with" it - and in the meantime, I have a feeling that my little (not so innocent) BFF Elle, has been having thoughts of double crossing me.. even knowing that I cleaned up her dog puke last night!! I can't believe her! If only she understood English, I would explain how these myths go, and hope she understands that I am just trying to protect my myself, but now she just thinks its a game. She has been staring at this little black bug for hours with the most intensity and interest, and quite frankly, I think she's going to double cross me to let the bug out. In fact, when I asked her why she kept staring at the bug, she rolled over and started doing her gitty dog roll on her back, flailing her legs and tail all over the place.. now I have to keep an eye on both of them.

August Sunset from our porch

There are many thing I love about our new place.. I love the walking trails, I love how it seems to fit us and all our things comfortably, I love the open living room and kitchen, I love our "tree-house" master bedroom, I love walking into the house and smelling laundry detergent, I love the new soft carpets, I love to hate the workout up and down the 2 flights of stairs, I love that we will be able to walk to Whole Foods, the Yardhouse, and Ann Taylor (oooh dangerous), but most of all I love the sunsets off our porch every night (even when I have to take a shot with my iphone because the camera is MIA).

Welcome to Glitterville!



Dear Glitterville,

If, heaven forbid, something happens to my job, I am going to apply to work here asap (I don't even need benefits). I love your motto that every day is a holiday, and that all your days sparkle and shine, and I can already see myself working with glitter all day ever day (PS Love every thing except the bathroom buddies, that's even a bit too much don't you think?!)

Glitterville has a few gorgeous glittered stacking boxes and over the top glittered birthday crowns in the Amgen gift shop, and now that I have had time to explore their over-the top candy land / sugarplum fairy infused website, I am sold.. land of polka dot socks, Glitterville birthday vintage inspired cupcake holders, hanging treats, halloween glittered treasures, oh my ... of course the man behind it, is a bit over the top, but I guess you have to be to produce larger then life glittered lollipops for a living.

Love, K-Sparkle

Elle's 3rd birthday

Happy 3rd birthday Elle, hoped you like your filet mignon dinner!



Niagara Falls

After our Toronto trip, Tim and I headed to Niagara, New York. Tim had business meetings all week, so I worked in the hotel room during the day and we explored at night. The actual falls exceeded my expectations, and they honestly took my breath away. We stayed on the US side of the falls, however walked across the border to the Canada side everyday for the spectacular views and beautiful lush parks on that side of the falls. One day, while Tim was in meetings I walked all around the US side, and got some great pics with my phone.. the US side had some amazing view points where you were literally at the falls edge! Scary, but beautiful! During the night they shine lights over the falls, and it’s the most gorgeous spectacle! It looks like rainbow sherbet ice cream is rushing down! We got to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary on the Canada side enjoying a concert at the falls, and fireworks! It was the perfect way to celebrate!




Toronto, Canada

I finally got to pull out my passport again (first time since coming home from London, 2 years ago) this past weekend, as Tim and I crossed the boarder from New York into Canada. Tim was on business in Niagara, New York, and I finally got to tag along on one of his trips again! After a long red eye from LAX, to Chicago, to Buffalo, New York, we rented a car and headed North on our way to Toronto. Along the way, we saw dozens of wineries and beautiful views of Lake Ontario. We arrived at our hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district downtown, parked the car and explored the city for two days entirely on foot. The entire weekend we lucked out with absolutely perfect sunny weather. Ironically we found out it was Toronto’s only 3rd consecutive day of sun all summer! The first day we explored the city streets and headed to Eaton Shopping Center. We had drinks and lunch at a trendy restaurant (well at least I thought it was trendy because of the men were wearing short shorts!!) above the city’s famous center, and watched an international festival of Turkey going on below us. The city was packed, and there was so much going on that weekend! The Turkey Festival and an other famous festival called Caribana were just two of many events going on, plus it was Canada’s “Long Weekend” so all the bars and restaurants were all full of people celebrating the long weekend… and great weather! A pretty wild time to be there! That night we headed to a restaurant called The 5th Grill and Terrance, which was voted Toronto’s best rooftop restaurant. It was a perfectly balmy night to be sitting atop the city, with the CN Tower glowing in the distance with the city views all around us. The restaurant also had an interesting elevator to get up to the rooftop, think Disney’s Tower of Terror, without the fall at the end. It was a “room” you enter, full with a with a carpet, table with a candle, old creepy pictures hanging up and a sly elevator operator, honestly I was expecting a jolting drop at any second! The night ended at the Horseshoe Tavern over Canadian beers, watching the A’s lose to the Toronto Jays, and waaay too loud music.

The second day after breakfast at the hotel (there was a waffle breakfast bar!!) we walked over to Lake Ontario, and walked along the newly revived harbor front named Queen’s Quay Harbor. We watched a bride and groom taking their wedding pictures by the water, and the many sailboats in the lake as we sat at a cute mini beach along the water front. Then we headed to Toronto’s own CN Tower, one of the “Wonders of the World” it’s an observation tower that looks a bit like Seattle’s space needle, but is 3 times taller! I believe it’s held the record for the tallest structure in the world for over three decades. Again, expecting a drop zone type drop, we headed up to the top in a glass elevator which only takes 58 seconds. Atop the CN tower we had spectacular views of Lake Ontario, and the entire city, dotted with parks all around the city, and even dared to stand on the famous and freaky glass floor. Of course the tower is a clear a tourist trap, having to wait in a painful line to get up AND back down in the massive crowd of people, and I love how they shoot you out in the cheesy gift center, while you desperately try to find any sort of exit sign…but nonetheless, it’s just one of those things you do, just to do… (hopefully just once in your life) and it’s a nice way to get a big picture view of the cityscape. Lunch was spent over cold beers in a quant garden patio off Queen’s Street, in an eclectic cafĂ© that was recommended by on of Tim’s coworkers. I did a little antique shopping that afternoon as we headed into Old Town’s St Lawrence Market in the Distillery District, which had the most beautiful little gardens, full of secret pathways, public herb gardens, and beautiful flowers and fountains. Since the city was full of ethnic food, we decided on Indian for dinner, and after dinner headed to a bar called Sneaky Dee’s near the University of Toronto for some more live music. We watched three bands, and I felt it was a good warm up for Bumbershoot coming up. We ended up running out of time for the Ontario Art Museum (in our 1,001 Things to See Before you Die book) but we were having too much fun soaking in the amazing weather, beautiful neighborhoods, good food and drinks, and the fun nightlife… plus it leaves a reason to return!

St Lawrence Market

CN Tower at Night

Eating Lunch above the Eaton Center


Garden in Old Town

Tim checking out the live music for the weekend


View from the CN Tower

Parade downtown celebrating Turkey