Archive for April, 2014

I’m the idiot who had her tires changed last weekend …

Posted in Driving, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Snow, Spring, Weather, Winter with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2014 by Amanda

This morning


Just a few days ago

I somehow convinced myself that winter must be over and had my winter tires taken off my car last Saturday. We had been having relatively nice weather and the forecast looked like there wouldn’t be more snow coming. Yet yesterday morning there was enough snow to make the roads kind of slippery but I survived. The roads were a lot better once they finally put sand on them.

It snowed some more overnight and there is still precipitation coming down. It seems to be a mix of snow and freezing rain. While the amount of snow et cetera hasn’t been that significant it is a lot when you thought winter was over! The good thing is there is no reason for me to venture outside today; instead, I’m having reading and do laundry this morning. I am really, really, really hoping that this is the last bit of winter!

This post is NOT about weather … even though, the weather was actually great!

Posted in Alberta, Driving, Edmonton, Shopping, South Edmonton Commons, Travel, Vegetarian, West Edmonton Mall with tags , , , , , , , on April 6, 2014 by Amanda

I actually have something to write about other than the weather for once! I decided to go shopping in Edmonton this weekend. I hadn’t been anywhere in forever; the last time I even went to Saskatoon was the first day of February! The drive went pretty smoothly both ways though I there a bit of a delay entering Edmonton due to construction. It always amazes me how much traffic ends up slowing down when two lanes unexpectedly have to merge into one!

I went to a really good vegetarian restaurant for lunch. I had a lentil loaf that was covered with cashew gravy. I’d never had cashew gravy before and I think I may actually prefer to mushroom gravy (and I love mushroom gravy!).


The entrance to the restaurant


Lentil loaf etc.

After that, I went over to West Edmonton Mall. By the time, I got there it was rather busy. I decided to park in the overflow parking across the street that had plenty of spots which I think was a good decision; it looked crazy in the regular parking area! I still have trouble believing that it used to be the world’s largest mall. It just doesn’t seem that big to me!

I was pleasantly surprised with my hotel room. It only cost $86.11 including all the taxes. has a 7.4 rating for this hotel which is not bad (I generally find that if a place is 7.0 or higher, it’s fine) but I was still a bit skeptical because the price was so low. It wasn’t a quiet as I’d like at first but by 11 it was very quiet and I slept well; so, I definitely can’t complain!

I headed to South Edmonton Commons this morning and I ended up purchasing a bit more than I thought I would but I got some good deals! Still, I probably should consider putting a moratorium on buying non-essential things for a month or two.

I attempted to have lunch at another vegetarian restaurant but I sat for fifteen minutes with the menu and my order still wasn’t taken and few people actually had any food. I thought it might take all afternoon to get anything to eat so I left and had another Harvey’s veggie burger. At least, this restaurant did not involve driving out of my way!

Before I left Edmonton, I bought a bunch of Indian sweets. I haven’t had them in ages. Hopefully, I’ll be able to eat them gradually but we’ll see.


Indian sweets