Category Archives: Off-Topic

Need a little warmth and sunshine today?

It’s been snowing here since yesterday afternoon.  I trudged in to work only to be told that we’re quitting early today.  Don’t get me wrong!  I’m glad to be going home early.

Look out any window in Toronto and this is what you'll see today.

Look out any window in Toronto and this is what you’ll see today.

I don’t know about you, but I need some sunny warm pics to cheer me up.


I want to be right there. Yes, that spot right THERE!


Bo Roberts


Evandro Soldati


David Gandy


It just wouldn’t be right without a pic of Chad.

And last but most certainly not least Robert Pattinson in Cannes.

And last but most certainly not least Robert Pattinson in Cannes.

Now all that definitely made me feel warm and fuzzy.

*All pics from Google Images.

Fictional Bikers

For those of you that know me, you know that I have a bit of an obsessive personality.  Yes, I know!  Knowing it is half the battle. So, you might be wondering what my latest obsession is.  BIKERS!!!!!

I have always appreciated a hot guy on a bike (those of you that follow me on Pinterest know this). Not a bicycle, a MOTORCYCLE. Preferably a Harley Davidson.


Parker Hurley looks might fine on that bike.

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Rosie’s Ransom: Happy Birthday, @Stefter!

You’re 21!!!! … Right?!

*taps mic* Is this thing on? *hears feedback* Yep, still workin’!

Guess what, you guys?!  A little birdie told me its someone special’s birthday!  Guess whooooo….. *looks up at post title*  Oh… LOL

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I Don’t Even Know What To Say

I was pleasantly surprised when I got a message from Tamie at Bookish Temptations telling me that she had nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  I am humbled to be lumped in with the other blogs she also nominated.

I do believe that in accepting this, I am to complete the following:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you. (looks above. done)
  2. Post the blog award image on your page. (done)
  3. Tell 7 facts about yourself. (this is not going to be easy)
  4. Nominate other blogs and let the nominees know they’ve been chosen. (Will do!)

Seven things about myself?!  I’m wondering what would be interesting enough about me that others would like to know.  Hopefully, this won’t bore anyone to tears.

  1. I was born in Germany to Portuguese parents and moved to Canada when I was a year and a half old.
  2. My dad passed away when I was 10 and my sister was 3 and my amazing mother raised us on her own.  I could only aspire to be as strong and incredible as my mom. She is my role model.
  3. I have an obsessive personality. When I like something, I LIKE it!!!!
  4. I love Nutella (I know this isn’t news for a lot of people).  I’m always looking for new ways to eat it.
  5. Reading is my biggest obsession at the moment.  There aren’t enough hours in the day or days in the week for me to read all the books on my “to read” list.
  6. I have complete and utter adoration for Robert Pattinson. (see point 3 above)
  7. I love coffee.  When I finish one cup I’m already thinking about when I’ll get my next one. (again, see point 3 above)

And this is where I nominate a few other blogs for this award…

I thought I’d put on a tiara in celebration!!!!

My Latest Mission

It’s been almost four years since I had to put my beloved cat of seventeen years down.  I miss him a lot.  I had him longer than I have had my own children.  For a long time, I didn’t even think about getting another cat, which made my husband happy.

Merlin - taken shortly before he passed away. Yes, he was old and crotchety but I loved him

You see, I’ve always been a cat lover. My husband… not so much!  When we got married, I begged and pleaded and hubby caved. We got Merlin!

After Merlin, DH made me promise that we would be pet-free for at least a year.  I had no problem making this promise as I couldn’t even think of replacing Merlin.  [W4R: Awwww, this is sooo sad! ;..(  I need a HEA ASAP!]

As I mentioned before, it’ll be four years at the end of March and now I am seriously wanting another cat.  My problem?  DH is not keen on the idea. [W4R:  Rut-roh!]

These are his claims:

  • He likes not living with fur everywhere. [NOTE: As you can see from the pic, Merlin was white and our wardrobe mainly consists of black and more black clothes. This was a constant issue for him.]
  • He says it’s nice to be able to go away and not worry about who’s going to look after the cat.
  • He says that he doesn’t want to have to constantly keep shooing the cat off the counter.[NOTE: Again, I draw your attention to the pic: Cat… counter…]
  • He likes not having a cat standing at his feet while he’s eating dinner.

All of his claims are valid.  [W4R:  Is that code word for “silly”?  Cats rule! LOL]  I’m not going to bother denying it.  I have to keep reminding him of the times when Merlin would sense him coming and would be waiting to greet him at the door when he came home from work.  And remind him of the times when Merlin used to cozy up to him on the couch while he watched TV.

So, my mission is to convince DH that we can have a cat again.  I’ve always liked black cats and would love to get one.  Especially one with blue eyes (as per first-born’s request).

Yes, a black cat with short fur wouldn’t shed as much, or at least you wouldn’t notice it as much on our black clothing.

We (first-born and I) have already picked out a name for our future cat [NOTE: that’s me trying to project positive thoughts to the universe 🙂]   His/her name is going to be Appleton Rumball.  [W4R:  WTF?]  I know, you’re thinking “WTF?!”  [W4R:  Yes, I totally was.. how’d you know that..?]  It’s just one of those things that first-born and I came up with together.  I suggested Rumball and she (loving all things Jamaican) thought of Appleton (as in the Jamaican Rum) and voila! Appleton Rumball.  [W4R:  Again, I say, WTF…. LOL haha…  ]

So what I’ve started doing is texting pics of cute little black kitties to DH throughout the day, with messages attached like:

Could this be Appleton Rumball?

Could *this* be Appleton Rumball?

I’m thinking that if I’m relentless and bombard him with all the cute images he’ll give in eventually.

Wish me luck!!!!  [W4R:  Good luck!!!!!  And give in, Mr. Stefter, go ahead & give your ladies what they want, you’ll only be happy that way, mister! 🙂  Oh and I have enclosed a photo below of one of the most awesomest (yes, I know that isn’t a word) cats around… LOL!]

Cats Rule, suckas!

**Writing4Roses is kind enough to look over my ramblings to make sure I’m dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts (and to add the odd witty comment every here and there).

My Pet Peeves

The Scream by Edvard Munch

I’m a pretty agreeable person.  No really! I am!!!! But just like anyone else, I’ve got a few pet peeves that drive me crazy!!!!

The word “Irregardless”

This is one of those words that so many people use and it drives me batshit crazy.  The word should be regardless!!!!  Out of curiosity, I went to Urban Dictionary to see its definition for the non-word and this is what I found:

1.  Used by people who ignorantly mean to say regardless. According to Webster, it is a word, but since the prefix “ir” and the suffix “less” both mean “not or with” they cancel each other out, so what you end up with is regard. When you use this to try to say you don’t care about something, you end up saying that you do. Of course everyone knows what you mean to say and only a pompous, rude asshole will correct you.

2. A word used by uneducated people intending to sound intelligent. Often, the defendant will use this word in court in an attempt to impress the judge and jury. Educated people notice and those who use this word instantly identify themselves to educated people as being uneducated. Educated people rarely correct them because it helps educated people more easily identify them if they are well-groomed.

3. This is not a fucking word… WTF!!

I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you that the third definition is my favourite. LOL  [Note: I went to Urban Dictionary just because it’s far more amusing than a regular dictionary! 🙂]

Empty boxes/containers left in the pantry or fridge

It can’t be just me that hates this.  Is there anything more annoying than going into the pantry or fridge to get something only to find that there is nothing left but the container it came in?   [W4R:  What bugs me is when someone leaves very little left in something not enough for a drink or meal & acts like it’s no biggie!]  Why does it seem that I am the only person in my household that is perturbed by this?  There are three other people at my house and not a single one of them could care less that there is an empty juice carton in the fridge or that there is an empty cereal box in the pantry.  Not to mention that it was one of those three people who put said empty container back in the fridge or pantry. [Note to self:  Install cameras in fridge and pantry and catch the perpetrator(s) red-handed].

Toilet paper - over and under AKA right and wrong

Toilet Paper Rolls

Ah yes, toilet paper rolls at my house could trigger an hour-long discussion.  No matter how many times I explain to my family members about the “right” way to insert a toilet paper roll, my words (some may call them rants) seem to fall on deaf ears.  Don’t even get me started on family members who apparently have difficulty in replacing empty toilet paper rolls.  [Note:  All of the above mentioned applies to paper towel rolls as well.]

Other Drivers

There are so many things that annoy me about other drivers but at the moment, the thing that most stands out in my mind is drivers that slow down to 2km an hour to go over train tracks.  REALLY?!!! Unless your car is 100 years old and falling apart I think it’s shocks can withstand going over the tracks at a faster speed.  This links into my fear of being stuck behind an asshole inching over the tracks as I look over and see a train headed my way.  [Note:  Sorry.  that should go into another post about my fears and phobias.]

Robert Pattinson

[W4R:  *Happppy claps* LOL] This is my blog so of course there has to be something Rob-related in this post.  Yes, it’s true!  I have pet peeves about Rob.  Not Rob directly!  He’s perfect!!! [w4R:  Amen.] *snickers*  Other people’s thoughts and comments about Rob.

It’s ROBERT PATTINSON! Not Patterson!  Not Pattson! Not Edward! And Not “the sparkly guy from Twilight“!!!! [W4R:  Not Patrick Robertson?!]

Yes, he’s most well-known for his role as Edward in Twilight but he’s so much more than that.  If you haven’t had the chance or the pleasure, please do yourself a favour and watch Remember Me, Water For Elephants and The Bad Mother’s Handbook.  He’s charming and beautiful and a pleasure to watch.

It also annoys me to hear people say “he’s not THAT good-looking”. My jaw just drops!!!!  I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that not everyone thinks he’s THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE (which he is – People Magazine take note) but come on!!!!  You just have to admit that the boy is very Very VERY attractive. [W4R:  Yes, please, hallelujah & AMEN!]

I’d like to go into the whole Robsten/Nonsten issue but…that’s a whole other post. [W4R:  Don’t forget the Crapsten team while you’re at it.. you’ve gotta be equal opportunity here! LOL]

Thanks for letting me get some of those off my chest.  I could go on but I think I’ll save some for another day on another post.

[W4R:  I hope you feel better now… 😉  I shall submit my bill to you in exchange for the chocolate pudding you’ve promised me LOL]

**Writing4Roses is kind enough to look over my ramblings to make sure I’m dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts (and to add the odd witty comment every here and there).


I know what you’re all thinking: You can’t even imagine that I could be posting about some guy other than Rob. Don’t panic!!! Rob still reigns supreme in my heart but sometimes you just have to stand up and take notice of other hotness. [W4R: I’m panicking, I’m panniccccinnnnnggggg *presses Panic Button!*]

I credit @stephanieS74 over on Twitter for getting me all addicted to the hottness that is David Gandy. (just when you thought it wasn’t possible for me to become addicted to one more thing! LOL) She’s the first person I heard use the term “GandyCandy.” I give credit to whoever came up with that term because it definitely fits.

David Gandy photomontage

David Gandy is a British model/actor well-known for his Dolce & Gabbana ad campaigns. According to his profile on, he has dark brown hair, blue eyes (GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), is 188cm tall (that’s about 6’3″) and he wears size 10 shoes. [W4R: Damn! Umm.. I mean, that’s nice… Sounds nice. *looks around for Rob…]

He is the subject of a new book that was published September 2011. From what I’ve seen, there are some incredibly beautiful photographs in this book. (Um….it’s my birthday next month… this book would look fantastic on my coffee table….just thought I’d put that out there. ;))

Also, he blogs for British Vogue. You can check out his blog here, and he’s created an app called David Gandy’s Style Guide For Men.

Since this post is entitled GandyCandy, [W4R: On a side note, my computer’s spell-checker wanted me to correct it to ‘handy-dandy’ LOL] it’s only right that I leave you with some more of the sweet stuff.

D&G underwear never looked so good!

[W4R: *giggles* I can see his underpants. Me likey!]

Proof that he's gorgeous with clothes on as well

[W4R: *pulse racing, brow sweating* Waaaaiiiiitttt!!! Where’s Rob?!?!?!?!?!?! Ohh…. *fans self* thank God… LOL]

I was going to leave the post there but I just can’t!!!!!! Rob used to be a model too and he could definitely still model now if he wanted to.

And a damn fine model he would make!!!

*Writing4Roses is kind enough to look over my ramblings to make sure I’m dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts (and to add the odd witty comment every here and there).

Random Thoughts…

Today’s post is just about random thoughts that pop into my head on occasion. I should warn you that these thoughts are completely irrelevant and will leave you thinking “What the….?!”

Lonely shoe by the side of the road

Have you ever been driving and notice a lonely shoe on the side of the road? Have you wondered how and why it got there? I have! I’ve wondered if someone threw it out of a car? Did it fall out of someone’s bag? What about the matching shoe? Is it destined to sit around in someone’s closet waiting to be reunited with its mate? Did the owner of the shoe not realize that it got separated from its partner or could the owner not be bothered enough to go back for it? So many questions that will never get any answers. But let me leave you with one more question on this subject: Why does it take Public Works forever to get rid of the lonely shoe(s)? I drive by for more than a week and see the same shoe in the same place. Is it possible that the Public Works people are hoping someone will claim the shoe and that it will ultimately be reunited with its sole mate? (Yes, yes… I know, that was more than one question)

Blue Smarties.... ewww

While I’m going on about nothing, let me put this out there. BLUE SMARTIES. Love them? Hate them? Here’s my stand on them (I’ll bet you’re just dying to know) I refuse to eat them! Yup, it’s true. I won’t eat blue Smarties, or M&Ms for that matter. I will eat all the other colours but not the blue ones. I can imagine that your burning question right now is “WHY?” My honest answer is: I’m not sure why. When I was a kid there were no blue Smarties. Then at some point in the 80’s or 90’s (yes! I’m THAT old) – I can’t remember which- they came out with blue. I didn’t eat them then either. Eating something that colour just doesn’t seem right. I felt vindicated when they pulled all the blue ones out and got rid of them. Then lo and behold, they started a new campaign “Blue is Back!” As if that’s a good thing. Apparently, they changed the shade of blue. Is that supposed to make it more edible? I think not!!!!!
It wouldn’t be a post from me without a random thought about Robert Pattinson. Today’s random thought is about Robporn (see here for the definition). More specifically, NECKPORN! I am a big fan of that boy’s neck. He has the most beautiful neck I’ve ever seen on a man.
What could be better than neckporn? WET NECKPORN!!!
I can honestly tell you that I had never really noticed most men’s necks before. Then along comes Rob with that perfect neck of his… that adam’s apple… that hollow….. RAWR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

some awesome neckporn shots

*Writing4Roses is kind enough to look over my ramblings to make sure I’m dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts (and to add the odd witty comment every here and there).