Friday, September 14, 2012

Insta-Friday in real life, new phone edition

I actually have my own cell phone. With a real plan!

I have had cell phones before, but they were pay-as-you-go and I used them basically for emergencies.

No data plan yet, though. Don't get crazy now.

A new cell phone means more photos for Insta-Friday...which is all about capturing simple moments from your week via your cell phone cam.




Here's my first photo with my new phone camera. I thought it was pretty bad. Turns out, there was a film over the lens that I had yet to remove.


I found random things to photograph, like my newly displayed milk glass collection.

You can find me on Instagram @ziajojo if you are loving Instagram like I am.


On Saturday, we celebrated my mother-in-law's 70th birthday at a Chinese buffet restaurant. My kids got to see most of their cousins.

So, why does my son look so unhappy? In the past, he got sick at this restaurant and so he is afraid to eat there now. "Just don't eat so much," we said. But it was no use.


My husband and I (and my sister-in-law who is dairy-free and wheat-free) had to order off of the menu...through the manager. They told us almost nothing in the buffet is vegetarian, because even the veggie dishes have chicken powder on them.

Our food was surprisingly tasty considering that wheat-free also meant no soy sauce. (I did add some to mine though.)

Do you see how white our rice and noodles were? The colour difference between these dishes and the ones from the buffet was incredible.


On Sunday, we went to the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival. This is an annual September tradition for us. We always eat at Govinda's, which is normally located at Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre.




For dessert (eaten later at home), my husband and son had cinnamon buns, while I had a date square, all from gluten-free, vegan Bunner's Bakery.


The festival takes place at Toronto's harbourfront, and my son always enjoys looking at the boats and the birds.


Not so much this bird, though. I was taking a photo of my son, and he got offended. "Are you actually taking a picture of this dead bird?" he asked. I hadn't noticed it, but okay, now I see.


All that eating called for nap time at home.


My daughter had declined (not very politely) to come with us. She spent the day with a couple of her girl cousins instead, dancing and getting her hair and makeup done.


It was a nice break for her. The kids are back to regular homework.


With the house to myself during school hours, one day I enjoyed some vegan New Moon Kitchen cookies that I bought at the food festival.


Jolene is good company, except she wants food all the time, and she goes through the upstairs garbage cans if she's feeling ignored.


We had a late summer barbecue a couple of nights ago. We marinated tofu and veggies.


When my daughter left the room briefly, Jolene tried to steal tofu off her plate.


When she returned, she was very angry that I allowed the dog to get that close to her food while I took a picture. Come on, I wasn't going to let her actually get the food. I think school is making my daughter tired...and cranky.


Then this little fellow came along. Here he is trying to explain that he would like something with his dinner that's like pop, but not as bad as pop, you know what I mean? He was so cute, I couldn't resist. We settled on some grape Fanta. The two kids split a can.
Maybe I'm getting carried away with this photo thing, but I snapped a picture of my accidental side ponytail. It's accidental because, every time I try to wear a ponytail, it makes my neck hurt and gives me a headache. So, I keep loosening it until eventually I pull it out.

I seriously want to know, does this happen to you too?

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24 comments:

  1. Love the daily photos!! There is such character in them. I have side ponies or top buns, so you're not alone :)

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    1. Thanks Mandy! I wish I could do a top bun, but I'm not so talented with hairdos.

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  2. Yay for your new cell phone! Looks like you're enjoying it and eating well :)

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    1. I am enjoying the phone...and eating...a lot!

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  3. Just adore the cell phone pics!! Am so totally with you on the migrating pony tail {can hair hurt? because I swear mine does}. That owl mug, where did you get it? I love it & the color combo-- just adorable!

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    1. Thanks Tabetha! I don't know if hair can hurt, but probably. Everything else does. ;) I know my scalp hurts. The owl mug is from Homesense which is a sister store to Winners, which in turn is like Marshalls. Do you have a Marshalls? I am really seeing a lot of owl items lately, and it's making me want to collect them!

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  4. Lovely photos Joann! I wished we'd been there for the festival but sadly it was the weekend after we left!

    How funny about the cinnamon buns! Did they like them? Out of all the cakes I liked the strawberry cupcakes best but I only got a small mouthful because it was my husband's cake :(

    School used to make my children a bit tired and cranky until they settled back in again. I wish I could turn the clock back again!

    Vicky x

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    1. Yes, they did like the cinnamon buns. I will have to go there to try the strawberry cupcakes soon! What an amazing place, making all that yummy stuff gluten-free and vegan.

      I am really trying to enjoy the kids while they are young. It seems to go by quickly.

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  5. Fun! I recently upgraded to an iphone and now I finally have a decent phone camera. Off I go to look you up on IG.

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    1. Thanks for following me on IG, Ruthie. I am enjoying looking at your photos!

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  6. Great collection of pics and I love the glass collection!
    I sometimes get scalp aches from ponytails. To get my hair out of the way I do this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ1nxyvRBto
    I don't use barettes or clips, my hair often just stays in the hole but I'll use a few bobby pins if it all feels a bit loose.

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    1. Thanks for the video link! That is very cute, especially with the pretty hair clip. I will give it a try. :)

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  7. It's so funny and coincidental that earlier today I was wondering how all those females wear their hair in a ponytail all day, while I pulled the hair-tie out of mine! I like how they look but certainly not how they feel.

    Your pics are a good look at your week.

    Loulou

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    1. Funny we were both thinking of it! I don't wear ponytails much, except when I straighten my hair, but then the weather makes it fuzzy! I have to hide it somehow. :)

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  8. Great photo journal of your life Jo! I stopped wearing ponies years ago because they hurt my head! Have you are having a wonderful weekend! Angie xo

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    1. Hey Angie! I guess it is a common problem. Unfortunately, the weather is unpleasant again today, and my hair is suffering. Enjoy the weekend! :)

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  9. When I first saw the picture of your chinese food I thought to myself, "man, I never get food that good looking off a buffet!" I might have to declare myself a vegetarian at chinese buffets from now on!

    chicken powder?? That sounds totally disgusting. :P

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    1. I highly recommend ordering off the menu, or even asking for something that's not on the menu. Much healthier. :)

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  10. fun photos!! everyone!! and the food pics are making me so hungry!!
    have a great week.

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you have a wonderful week too! Joann

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  11. I can totally relate to your son - I can never again eat something/somewhere that has made me sick. :(

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    1. So true Julee. I can't eat cinnamon raisin oatmeal from getting sick over 20 years ago. And peach schnapps...don't get me started. :)

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