Yes – I am alive! My parents just texted me asking why I haven’t been on Twitter or Facebook today: mostly just been busy doing all the things that need doing around the house: you know scrubbing toilets, the tub, clearing gross crusty food from the high chair – you know, luxury things…
So this weekend I was at my parents house in Mississauga. They came back from Florida not too long ago, and brought back some goodies from Trader Joe’s! The loot given was: Cookie Butter, a few packs of seaweed snacks, Champagne Pear salad dressing, Chocolate covered almonds, and Jelly Beans. I did have a few other things on my list like pumpkin-related items and tomato paste, but the pumpkin stuff is seasonal and the tomato paste is only available in California. Boourns! I haven’t tried any of the items except the seaweed snacks. I don’t mind the snacks, but my Brother and Dad tried them, and they did not like them one bit! oh well! I am very curious to taste the Cookie Butter – so many bloggers have raved about this product, so I decided to give it a whirl. So seriously – if you live near a Trader Joes, perhaps we can be pen pals? And by Pen Pals, I mean I give you money and you buy me things? Sounds good? Alright…..
My parents also bought me a box of Keebler Cookies – Grasshopper flavour! You cannot get Keebler cookies in Canada – so I tend to stock up when I am in the States.
Another American favorite is now in Canada – Target!
Canadians have been begging for Targets for years – and we are finally getting the store here in Canada. Target took over the leases of many of the Zeller’s stores (but not all, some turned into other stores including Walmarts). The stores in Ottawa are not due to open until the Fall/Winter (the Zellers close to me only closed last week). A few stores opened a couple of weeks ago and the openings have been a bit iffy. Since I had some free time on Saturday before robotics, my Mom, Max and I hopped on a bus to Square One to check out the 2-floor Target. Many of the bad reviews indicated a lack of staff and stock – but I did not find that at the Square One location. Staff were everywhere and all the cashes were open. Yes – there were a few price labels missing, but I found all the prices I needed. Everything seemed well-stocked to me. I took a look at the shoes, accessories baby items, and the home goods. I definitely found some interesting pieces in the home goods section. Considering that I can actually shop for home decor items now (not like I’m going to bring a storage unit on the plane), I may make Target a priority stop when re-decorating. There was lots of shoes and accessories to choose from as well. My purchases included running shoes for Max, an infinity scarf and a new work bag.
I am fairly excited for Target to open here in Ottawa. I lives ridiculously close to the Orleans location – all I have to do is cross the highway and boom! Target! I was not the biggest fan of Zellers, so I am glad that I will have a discount department store only a few minutes away (Walmart is about 15 minutes away). I am also stocked that it will be within walking distance. Starbucks has teamed up with Target – so not only will I have a Target within walking distance, but a Starbucks too! This could be dangerous…..
Alrighty – hope everyone had a great long weekend! I will be back with this week’s installment of 52 Things!
What are your fave items at Trader Joes?
Do you like shopping at Target? If you are from Canada, are you excited for Target’s arrival?
Did you have today off?