Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Jeff and I are going to have a quiet night at home. He had a busy week over Christmas visiting with his parents and extended family back in Thunder Bay and he's still recuperating from school. And to tell the truth, deep down we are both enjoy quiet.

The plan tonight is a perogy dinner (thank you Thunder Bay), salad, fruit and maybe a Persian for dessert (thank you again Thunder Bay - no it's not a person, it's a special bun that isn't a donut and isn't a cinnamon bun with icing on top). Jeff picked up some wieners and Pillsbury crescent roles to make pigs-in-a-blanket for later tonight to eat with the movie. We'll probably buy Hancock with Wil Smith off the satellite.

I'm sure Jeff will be in bed by 12:02. While I'll pop on to see what my twitter friends are doing. I'm so nosey. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and joyous New Year. See you in 2009!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tis the Season

I dropped Jeff off at the bus station at 7 a.m. It's so cold, -17C. I fought the urge to whine while we waited for the bus to arrive to take him to the airport. He'll have a two hour ride followed aby a few hours wait at the airport and finally a hour plane ride. His family is very excited. My MIL called yesterday afternoon to thank me yet again for letting him visit.

This will be our first Christmas in 20 years that we haven't spent it together. I was fine until I got up this morning and that thought popped into my mind. I had a wee bit of a teary session in the kitchen but tried to rein it back. I didn't want him to feel guilty. It was afterall my idea that he go spend the holiday with his aging father (who had two heart attacks and a blod clot in the lung in the fall) as it could very well be their last Christmas.

We are in a "winter storm watch" so I decided to do a few errands so I would't have to worry about going out next week. We've already had a bit of snow and I wanted to be prepared. I was amazed that every where I went people were in such a good mood. I haven't received so many thank you's' or had so many people clear the way for me to go first all in one day. I guess it really is the season.

Season's greetings to all of you and your families.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Win a Beauty Fix Kit

I'm having my first blog contest over at Five Favorite Things. Entrants can win a first edition Beauty Fix Kit full of great beauty products.

Read more about at the Five Favorite Things Beauty Fix contest.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Belated B-Day Gift

A belated birthday gift arrived today from my BIL/SIL and kids. There was a cool choker from global experience, a dead fred pen holder, ice cube stir sticks and this incredibly blue sparkly ball that is sure to provide me with hours of entertainment (seriously, blue and sparkly are too of my favorite things). Here's a look quick look at the ball:

Birthday Gift from 10 Year Old Nephew on

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Wonder of Brad Pitt

Is it me or does Brad Pitt get better looking with the passing of each year? Here's a preview of his latest movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which is due to release December 25th:

Every year, since we moved to Eastern Ontario, we go to the movies on Christmas Day. I think this will be my choice for this year.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Juggling Breakthrough

I think I've had a juggling breakthrough. At least for one night anyway. I actually saw an improvement last night. Problem is, I get so excited, or realize I'm not breathing then lose my concentration and drop a ball. Then the next bout is total crap. How the heck do people multi-task while doing this!?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Book of Love

Here's a great monologue by Keith Olbermann on the recent overturn on gay marriage. It's nearly perfect:

Monday, November 10, 2008

Christmas Baking

Every year I dig out some recipes to do some Christmas baking, mostly for Jeff's benefit. Ok, yeah, sure, I partake in some of the sweetness of it all but I probably wouldn't bother in the first place if he wasn't interested.

This year I explained to Jeff that I was limiting the baking so he could pick three things. he chose:
  • Shortbread
  • Fruitcake
  • Shortbread
If I'm going to go to the trouble then I'm obviously going to do a little something for myself. I chose:
  • Bailey's truffles
  • Eatmore bars
  • Chocolate marshmallow roll
There appears to be an obvious theme with my selection - chocolate. I created a lens to share my Christmas recipes called A Sweet Christmas if you feel inclined to add to your Christmas baking list.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Favorite Picture - Golden Dreams

Golden Dreams
Originally uploaded by adrians_art
No, it's not me. But it could be.

I can so feel myself sitting on the rail, alone, enjoying the breeze, the warm of the sun and the spectacular view. Don't you want to join her on the rail?

At the same time there is something about this image that makes me very sad.

Click on image to visit the photographer's home at Flickr where he has some amazing nature photos that are all worth viewing.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

One Word Meme

Tag you're all it!! Oh, come on, just do it (copy and paste to your own blog and change the answers to your own). The following meme is from the lens One Word Meme.

1. Where is your cell phone? In the car.

2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend? Taken

3. Your hair? Blonde

4. Your mother? Retired

5. Your father? Vacant

6. Your favourite item? Laptop

7. Your dream last night? Cat

8. Your favourite drink? Matcha

9. Your dream car? Mustang

10. The room you are in? Office

11. Your ex? Who?

12. Your fear? What's a word for no internet?

13. What do you want to be in 10 years? Self-sufficient

14. Who did you hang out with last night? Jeff

15. What you're not? Gangly

16. The last thing you did? Heat

17. What are you wearing? Blue

18. Your favourite book? Ferdinand

19. The last thing you ate? Toast

20. Your life? Forward

21. Your mood? Ambivalent

22. Your friends? Worldwide

23. What are you thinking about right now? Money

24. Your car? Hyundai

25. What are you doing at the moment? Typing

26. Your summer? In-laws

27. What is on your TV? Nothing

28. When is the last time you laughed? Hm...

29. Last time you cried? Practice

30. School? Forgotten

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Hyundai Santa Fe 2008

We finally bit the bullet and purchased a vehicle for the first time in over fourteen years. After what seemed like weeks and weeks of research, test drives and negotiations we decided on the Hyundai Santa Fe which was highly rated in Consumer Reports

Even though the 2009s are currently available we went with the 2008. It's still a brand new vehicle. And with 0% financing we couldn't go wrong.

Selected Features:
  • 3.3 L GL
  • 5 speed auto
  • Front wheel drive
  • Air Conditioning (hello we live in humid Eastern Ontario)
  • Captain Chairs
  • Heated Seats (this is a standard and we've used them already!)
  • Bench (for the dog)
  • Steering wheel audio controls and cruise control
  • Airbags (dual, driver and passenger, driver and front passenger, seat-mounted side impact, duo side curtain)
  • ABS
  • 5 year/100,000 km comprehensive limited warranty
  • 5 year/100,000 km power train warranty
  • 3 year/unlimited km roadside assistance program (anywhere in NA)
It has a lot of cargo space, drives quietly and has a little pep when needed. After we picked it up I made Jeff pose for a photo (above) and we went for a 40 minute drive before going out for a celebratory supper at Swiss Chalet (gift certificates). We feel good about the decision. It will be interesting to see what it is like to drive home with in the summer with the husband, dog, cat and luggage all tucked in there.

One headache checked off the list for this year.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween... Arr!

I don't have kids to dress up for Halloween so I dress up "the Husband". Jeff's a teacher and the kids he teaches dress up so it works out for both of us. Besides he has better things to do than figure out a costume. Like Christmas, he would leave it until the night before.

Jeff's costume for this year started this summer, although I didn't know it at the time. I picked up a long stretchy wrap from Ardene's for a dollar ($1). I know! I'm such a bargain hunter. I had no idea what I was going to do with it but it was a good deal. When I was playing with it weeks later I came to the sudden conclusion that it would make a great headband for a pirate. And so it began...

The rest of the costume seemed to fall in place in bits and pieces. The white shirt he is wearing is actually from my closet. A period piece shirt I bought from the Modern Goddess. The pants are his cords, purchased this year as part of his back to school shopping.

The belt is from Value Village and is so cool. It looks like silver medallions strung together and it jiggles when he walks (there is a leaf that looks like a pot leaf embossed on each one but I hoped no one would be looking that close; besides maybe the pirates were into the ganja). It cost $4.99. The sword is also from Value Villiage and cost $4.99. Eye makeup - $1.

The vest and boot tops were made from a pair of pleather pants I bought from Value Village for $9.99. I cut the pants at the knees, cut a another strip above that which I inverted and sewed to the calf section then folded over at the seam. He's wearing his black leather boots to finish off the look. The vest was made from the remaining pleather, stitched at the shoulders with black wool, and tied at the sides with strips left over from the waistband.

He received rave reviews both from his students and from his peers. One student even asked if it was a rental. He proudly exclaimed that "it was custom made". At least that's what he tells me. I am quite impressed with myself though. Here's a closer view of the boots:

Next year... I have no idea.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pumpkin Soup

This has become my absolute favorite comfort food at the moment. I found this recipe when I was looking for Flickr recipes and photos to complement my Spicy Black Bean Burger Recipe lens.

I had to make some changes on the initial recipe because of product differences and not wanting to waste or have leftover ingredients. Here is the link to the original recipe with photo. Below is my updated version.

I'm sure any changes you would have to make would work out beautifully. This soup seriously rocks. I made it for the second time last night after having a hankering for something warm and cozy. It makes ten huge servings and freezes and reheats well.

Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion
3 cups vegetable stock (I use the reconstitute kind)
1 28 oz can diced tomato, in juice (Primo)
1 19 oz ca black beans, slightly rinsed and drained (Unico)
1 796 ml pure pumpkin (E.D. Smith)
1 cup of whipping cream (or heavy cream)
1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Sprinkle of salt
fresh chives for garnish

Saute onions in oil for five minutes. Add all ingredients except cream and spices. Stir well, bring to boil over medium heat, reduce to med-low. Add spices and cream, stir well and simmer for another five - ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve, garnish and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I Tagged Myself

This tag comes from my lazy friend Keris, ok, she's not totally lazy she's preggers. Other than being too lazy to tag people she has a great blog you should check out. She's cute, witty and has a cute family.

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/quirks/habits about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

So, here goes:

1. When I go into the kitchen I have to close all the cupboards before I do anything else. Even if it's just a crack.

2. I dwell on things. Like our newish neighbour who has been incredibly weird, rude and downright miserable despite us trying to be good neighbours. I think about them two or three times a day. Jeff doesn't think about them until I mention them. Misery likes company!

3. I'm infatuated with the fur on top of my cat's nose. She on the other hand would probably be thrilled if I never touched it again.

4. I'm highly emotional. On any given day I could cry about anything. Like one of the fish getting sick. Or one of the Charmed ones dying (even though I know they'll be back). Or hearing a sad story on the radio. Or reading someone's blog. Or blogging about myself. It's uncontrollable and often embarrassing. I've been that way since I was a child. I like like to blame it on Disney's Bambi.

5. Since I had my grand mal seizures I've lost pieces of my memory. Stuff like which actor starred in which film (s) when. Important stuff I enjoyed! There's also real memories around that time that appear to be missing as well.

6. I'm a sucker for sad eyes. Just ask my dog. Works every time.

And I tag... Candie, Betty, Elle, Heidi, Kim, and The Writing Nag.

The Search Has Ended

After extensive research (on Jeff's part), interviews with owners, numerous test drives and comparisons, we've decided on the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Jeff is tired of paying a lease and the truck is probably on it's last leg so we're biting the bullet and buying it so we'll have a permanent vehicle.

I don't know why I feel weird about it. It's not like it wasn't money that was already going out the window anyway. It is however a heftier monthly payment which concerns me a bit since my income took a nose dive with the exchange this past year. Things are looking up though, hopefully the U.S. dollar will gain some more momentum before year end.

10 Things This Fat Girl Likes About the Hyundai Santa Fe
  1. Tons of leg room
  2. My butt fits in the seat
  3. The seatbelt is super long
  4. The steering wheel tilts up and down
  5. Considering the size it has a huge storage space in the back
  6. A mini light comes on when you open the vanity mirror
  7. The steel gray color (I missed the color of the Mazda we had)
  8. Lots of included options for the price (steering wheel controls, tinted windows, etc)
  9. Air conditioning of course (hello! it's southern Ontario)
  10. It's better on gas than the van we've been driving

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Vehicle Shopping

Last night Jeff made a date for us to go vehicle shopping. The lease for our Toyota Sienna is up on December 1st so we need to decide on a replacement. Leases have gone in the bucket since the last time we signed a contract; either the companies don't offer them or the interest is so crazy that nobody will take them. It looks like we'll be buying instead of leasing this time.

I like having the opportunity to lease. This is our second leased vehicle. The first was a little silver Mazda that Jeff was to use when he was travelling back and forth to Orillia (it was my favorite vehicle and I still miss it). And we thought when the lease was up we could always change up the vehicle depending on our needs at the time. Next was the van. It has been great travelling back to Thunder Bay in it especially since the dog takes up so much room (and all of Jeff's suitcase - ha!) We've definitely learned once you go big it's hard to go small again.

Now that the choice of whether to lease or buy has pretty much taken care of itself we're trying to agree on the type of vehicle, price and number of years. So far, it hasn't happened.

Today we looked at and test drove a Ford Escape, GM Montana and the Mazda GT. We didn't really care for the Escape but it's a reasonable price for a basic utility vehicle. The Montana has an OK price but the seats behind the driver don't come out with ease, there's some vibration on the highway and Jeff kept hitting his elbow on the console between the two seats. The Mazda GT is like a petite van. I totally loved it. Jeff wouldn't even consider it because there wasn't a proper area for the dog. It was a tiring day which we both ended with headaches. The search will continue into next week.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

New Home for Plus Size Shopping Blog

My plus size shopping blog celebrated it's one year anniversary on June 14th. It wasn't until the new Blogger system started to give me a hard time that I decided to move the blog to my website server and give it it's own URL. I thought sinse I was moving it I might as well give it a new look too.

But lets face it. I'm a busy woman and a tad lazy and just didn't want to go through the process of learning something new (from scratch) at this moment in time. So I enlisted the aid of WordPress extraordinare Heather from Desperately Seeking WordPress and Jo-Lynne from DCR Designs to give me a hand. They were both incredibly helpful, affordable; and I think they did a beautiful job.

I present to you my new plus size shopping blog, My Favorite Things, under the url as in 'plus she'. If you say it fast it almost sounds like plushie which I think is cute. So pop over, play with the poll, leave a comment and do some shopping.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Cat Came Back

Jeff sent me a link to this today along with the note: "DO NOT show in front of Suzie". Suzie is our cat. I haven't decide if I like the video but the cat is definitely cute. It's a bit slow to start:

Topic Links
* Funny Cat Facts

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Juggling Progress

Juggling is a strange thing to do. Throwing balls in the air with hopes of catching them. Why I continue to do it is beyond me but I'm proud of myself that I have lasted this long. The last time I posted I had just started the 3 ball cascade.

It's been another month. I haven't moved beyond the 3 balls but I really didn't expect to. The most I've done in a row is about 16 before I suddenly go spastic and throw the ball five feet away. It's weird how one moment I am performing what appears to me to be a perfectly executed juggling manoeuvre (I'm positive Garfield would say otherwise) can quickly turn into a freakish jerk response. What also amazes me are these Neo interludes (Matrix reference) where I can catch a jerked ball a foot behind my head. It's surreal. Seriously.

My training schedule consists of 5 - 6 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. Some days up to 2 hours or more. I like to do it when I'm watching t.v. It drives Jeff crazy (especially when he gets hit with a ball) but overall he's pretty impressed too. I've definitely come a long way since I first started but I think/feel I should be further along by now. I just can't seem to gain control of where I'm throwing the balls. I would say I have 40% accuracy, 55% inaccuracy and 5 percent Neo (yes, again with the Matrix reference) channelling.

I have no video yet for you. Just trust me when I say I still drop it a lot. But definitely not as much as a month ago. And I still love doing it.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Emme on Cover of Figure Magazine

What a nice surprise to find Emme in my mailbox this morning. She's gracing the cover of the October issue of Figure magazine. There is also a profile from page 38 - 43 with some of the best pictures I've seen yet.

This is definitely the best cover I've seen so far. Many of the Figure covers have looked over touched or blurred in some way. Emme looks fabu-licious.

So if you haven't already, run out and pick up a copy!

(Congratulations on the lovely cover/profile Emme).

I'm On the Cover of Figure

Well, not seriously. The Figure Magazine website has an interactive feature to create your own cover and make yourself the star. You can even create a tag lines.

Yes, I could be using my time more wisely but I have been known for my procrastination techniques.

Make your own cover.

The latest issue if Figure is October and on the cover is one of my favorite supermodels: Emme. She also appears in a profile on pages 38 - 43. So if you haven't picked it up yet; run, don't walk to your nearest magazine outlet and get a copy.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

School's In!

Jeff survived the first week of school and I survived the first week of him being at school. We went shopping today (I know! I got him out on a Saturday. I even dragged him to the mall for a matcha drink.) and we bought seven more neons to replaced all but three that died. They are so tiny. We also bought two blue Gouramis fish. Beautiful!

They all seemed to be settling in with the three neons, four black tetras and two otocynclus. I haven't been able to take my eyes off the tank for more than a few minutes. Hench my current stated of "holy shit".

One of the neons has been anti-social off in a corner by itself eating algae off the glass since we brought him home. All of a sudden one of my favorite black tetras starts nipping at it's tale. I of course was yelling through the glass "bad tetra" and "stop that". But instead of stopping he sucks the poor neon's head into his mouth. It's little tail wiggling for dear life. The funny thing about this is that I've been complaining to Jeff that he's been putting in too big of flakes for their little mouths. Apparently not.

Anyhow, I'm screaming for Jeff but at this point it's too late (and what's he going to do about it) and the fish really was too big so the black tetra spit him out and it sunk to the bottom. Jeff scooped him out before they could all go carnivore on the remains. It was very traumatic. Obviously more so for the neon than for me but still...

I like it better when I wake up in the morning and there is a fish missing. Sigh...

Topic Links
* My New Aquarium

Friday, August 29, 2008

Favorite Sculture

Originally uploaded by M.M. Testerman
I came across this at FlickR today. I absolutely love the exaggerated body parts and the bold colors. It rocks. The picture description says you can walk inside. How fun is that.

Check out the photographers other work too. Many beautiful pictures from wonderful places in Europe.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Importance of Reading Labels

I've been on a concentrated frozen fruit juice kick for the last few weeks since I discovered Teaopia and their blended Guava/Pear Matcha drinks. I decided I'd try making my own at home when I found a new blended juice by Minute Maid's that has Guava, Passion Fruit and Orange because who can afford a $6 every week. And I'm quite happy with the results.

The other day I went to pick up some more juice but they were all out of the Guava mix that I love. I decided to substitute it with another new variety of the same brand that was a mixture of Mango and Orange. I mean, I like mangoes.

So I made up the juice and tasted tested it, made my blended drink, and of course forced Jeff to do a taste test. The juice was heavier in texture than the other one but otherwise not bad.

For some reason while Jeff was doing his taste test I decided to read the label. Here's what I learned:
  • It's made with 100% juice
  • It has Omega-3
  • 4 tbsp prepared contains 0.1 grams of fat (who only drinks 4 tbsps?)
  • Some of the ingredients: fish oil (anchovy and sardine), fish gelatin, sunflower oil
Fish oil? Jeff nearly pitched a fit after he realized I wasn't kidding. He hates fish. Suddenly, the juice tasted like fish and he has refused to drink it since.

Now I realize that the whole fish oil thing is so they can slap "omega-3" on the front but really. One of the reasons we stopped drinking Sunny D years ago was because we finally got around to reading the label and found out it's loaded with canola oil (makes it smooth when it goes down).

Who would think to read their ingredients on Minite Maid juice? I certainly will from now on. As for my Guava juice I went to the label immediately the next time I found it. Three ingredients: oranges, guava and passionfruit. Phew!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Not Giving Up Yet

I'm still juggling (or some resemblance of juggling). I know I can't believe it either. I have finally made it up to three balls but can't go past about 4 - 8 repetitions depending on the day.

There are definitely benefits to it co-ordination wise. I caught a ball behind my head tonight without even seeing it. I don't know when I'd use this particular talent but I'm enjoying it and it makes me feel good.

I still haven't gotten the nerve up yet to video myself juggling; so here is a picture of my balls. I know exciting. The big yellow ones are definitely outside ones (I've only used them once because it just isn't safe to use them yet). I find the beanbag ones (from the $1 store) the easiest to use but I started with the red/yellow/blue ones.

I've been really good at practising every night for a minimum of 30 minutes, sometimes for 1 1/2. It's kind of addictive and relaxing (I couldn't fight the urge to juggle a bit when I went to take the this picture). I generally do it while I'm watching reruns of Without a Trace; which is probably the reason why I drop them so much... har har.

I find the best results when I follow a routine. I warm up with one ball, move on to two and then finish with the three. I still can't seem to perform in front of an audience (Jeff), even if he tries to sneak up on me I know someone's there and can't do it. What is that? Performance anxiety?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Windows Live Writer

Jeff downloaded a new program I'm trying called Windows Live Writer. If you have numerous blogs at different places it will allow you to blog from them all in one spot (except myspace and yahoo 360  so far) as well as work on your posts offline. It is an interesting concept and so far pretty easy to use.

DenimIt has a couple extra editing features which are kind of nice like being able to insert a picture then manipulate it with shadow or photo paper like the jeans at right. I've been able to make a couple posts this morning, including this one, without having to read any directions on how to use the program.

The only problem I've noticed so far is that it uses a lot of extra html than I normally would. I had to go back and correct something minor because it putting paragraphs where I wanted returns. A small complaint for being able to write, edit and publish from one screen.

The software is Windows Live Writer is free.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Mississippi Attempting to Keep Fat People Out of Sight

The state of Mississippi is trying to pass a bill that will force restaurateurs to refuse service to anyone with a BMI greater than 30.

It's bad enough most of us are relegated to clothes shopping online. Next we won't be able to hang out at coffee shops and book stores or heaven forbid health clubs (they might break something).

Like forcing fat people to eat in private will somehow curb obesity. Let's segregate fat people even more from the rest of the community. Yeah, that'll work...

Read more about it at Junkfood Science.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Getting to Know Meme

My friend Nessa inflicted this Meme on me. If you are looking for more memes check out my meme lens.

What time is it? 7:05pm

What's your full name? Eva Maureen

What are you most afraid of? Spiders

What is the most recent movie that you have seen? Blink starring Aidan Quinn and Madelaine Stowe. It was pretty good.

Place of birth? Fort William, ON

Favorite food? French Fries

What's your natural hair color? Blonde

Ever been to a tropical place? Does Louisiana count? Or a green house?

Ever been skinny dipping? No. What if a leech got in the wrong spot?

Been in a car accident? Two. One during a snow storm and one driving down main street minding my own business.

Croutons or Bacon Bits? Croutons

Favorite day of the week? Saturday

Favorite restaurant? Biggs or Olive Garden

Favorite Flower? Tulip

Favorite sport to watch? If I have too... baseball

Favorite drink? Skim milk

Favorite ice cream? Haagen Daaz Coffee

Warner Brothers/Disney? WB

Ever been on a ship? Yes, The Rose

What color is your bedroom carpet? No carpet.

How many times did you fail your driver's test? Never

Before this one, from whom did you get your last e-mail? Jeff

What do you do when you are bored? Figit

Bedtime? Anywhere between 1 am - 5 am.

Favorite TV shows? In Plain Sight - Mary McCormack rocks!

Last person you went to dinner with? Jeff

Park or Zoo? Park

What are your favorite colors? Blue and Red

How many tattoos do you have? One

How many pets do you have? One dog, one cat.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The chicken, which was the result of the mating between a pigeon and a grouse.

What do you want to do before you die? Everything

Have you ever been to Hawaii? No

Have you been to countries outside the US? Ha! Yeah. I live in one outside the US.

How many body piercings? None

Time this survey ended? 7:14 PM

Now, here's what you're supposed to do... please do not spoil the fun. Copy and paste this survey, delete my answers and type in your answers. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know INCLUDING the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little
known facts about those who know you. Remember to send it back to the person who sent it to you…

Monday, August 04, 2008


I am learning how to juggle. Yes, juggle. You read right. My sister-in-law was visiting a few weeks ago and she announced she was learning how to juggle. For the three days she was here I became her juggling coach, despite the fact that I had never juggled in my life.

One of the days she was here we went to Chapters (a huge Canadian bookstore) and right near the entrance in the $5 sin bin was a juggling kit which included three balls and a book. Is that kismet or what? We each bought one and I continued to give her instructions on improving her juggling. I didn't juggle once while she was here.

For the last three weeks I've been trying to teach myself how to juggle. There is a specific technique involved as well as progression. You start with one ball... work up to two... and eventually three etc. And each stage has it's own progression as well. I've been obsessively practising for a minimum of 30 - 45 minutes a day, usually after midnight and sometimes twice a day. Or if I need a break from the computer. Jeff can't believe how obsessive I've been about this. Either can I actually. I feel like I'm thinking about it all the time.

Out of the last three weeks that I've juggled I have definitely dropped more balls than I've caught but I have noticed improvement (and I don't even lose my temper when I drop the balls). It doesn't happen easily. I've heard you can teach a person to juggle in three hours. Maybe if they are under 22 and have been seizure free. For me, I think it will be three months!

As of today, after I do a warm up, I can juggle three balls for 6 - 8 cascades. I think I could do more but I get excited all of a sudden and end up losing control.

If you want to learn how to juggle I highly recommend it. It's a good work out for the body (picking up balls) and for the mind. It forces your brain to do something it is not used to doing. And this is exactly why I wanted to learn (the last part). I'm totally shocked at how relaxing I find it.

One of the best teaching tools I've used is this YouTube instruction video starring Jason Garfield:

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Taking a Stand - Part Deux

Blogger got back to me yesterday to let me know it was all a mistake. I got all stressed out for nothing. Good to know. It still makes me wonder if I should download WordPress and add it to my website server.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Taking a Stand

Blogger is taking a stand against blog spammers. Great! Excellent! Apparently they think I am one of them. I have two other blogs. One that is kind of a support to my writing group - and the other which is a shopping blog which I link to from BellaOnline -

So now I have to declare them non-spamming blogs which involves me clicking on a link and having someone come review my blogs or they will be deleted in 20 days. Both of them I have been working on for more than a year so you can imagine the number of posts I'd lose. I can't even get in to copy them somewhere else. Yes, I'm one of those people who writes in the blog instead of in a document and saving it to my computer.

I've clicked on the link and now I have to wait and see what they say. Can you imagine how long this is going to take?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy Anniversary to Me

Jeff and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary yesterday. This is how you know you have been together a long time:

Some time during the night while we were scrabbling for control of the sheets we said "Happy Anniversary". He spent the day working on a shelf for the living room above the tv. I designed it specifically to hold flowers (we get them all the time for whatever occasion from his family) because we have no vacant horizontal surface for them other than on the counter or stove in the kitchen; which not only looks bad, but is annoying to have to keep moving around. I wanted a spot where I could actually enjoy them.

After that he ended up taking a bunch of cedar waste the neighbour chopped down to the waste dump -- he's such a good neighbour. I worked on a few articles, rested my eyes, did the grocery shopping, fed the critters and did some laundry.

We had supper at the Keg in Trenton which is about a 30 minute drive from here, just to be different. I had Shrimp Linguini Alfredo and he had Basalmic Chicken, we drank alcohol free ice tea and shared a ceasar salad. The meals were really good and we would probably have them again.

Then the piece de resistance for the day... we went window shopping for a new vehicle while we digested our food. So go ahead! Live vicariously through us.

I've Got My 'Eye' on You

It's been so long since I've been here. In June I took the plunge and had Lasik eye surgery. What an event that has turned out to be. It's been so hard not spending as much time on the computer. I think I'm more neurotic than I was before!

While the actually surgery is basically pain-free (they numb the eye) I've had a very uncomfortable recovery. But I guess that is the key word "recovery". It doesn't happen over night. I'm told it will be 3 - 6 months before I feel/see normal again.

Don't get me wrong, I can see spectacularly compared to pre-surgery but the perfectionism of it varies from day to day. And it's really weird walking around every day with the feeling like I went on a bender and fell asleep with my contact lenses in.

If you have poor vision I definitely recommend researching and talking to lots of people who have had.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Favorite Authors

One of my favorite authors is Janet Fitch. You might not recognize the author's but you might recognize one of her books (also one of my favorite books), White Oleander.

The book was made into a movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright Penn, and Alison Lohman. Like most books made into movies it was a fizzle.

Guess who contacted me through Myspace yesterday? Well, that's not too hard to guess. I am now friended, as friended as you can be on Myspace, by Janet Fitch. So if you love her writing but didn't know she was on Myspace, here's her official Janet Fitch Myspace, highlighting her latest book Paint it Black.

Topic Links
* White Oleander from Amazon
* Painted Black from Amazon

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Where Have I Been

I haven't posted anything since June 21 because I've been a little preoccupied with my vision. On the 26th of June I took the plunge and went for laser eye surgery. After the surgery I was under intense recovery with my nurse. You know him as Jeff (he's been a good nurse... I am blessed, don't know why but I'm blessed).

I'm slowly getting back into the computer game but my I often need breaks. I'm still only getting about 2 hours a day. Down from my usual 10.

Of course, I've made a Squidoo lens about my surgery and recovery. Take a look at my TLC experience to learn more about the surgery, how my recovery has been going etc. As I mentioned, I don't have much time on the computer-o so it is not completely updated but will give you an idea of what I have been going through.

I'll end by telling you that my vision is so good I can see Keris in the UK. I can see her, haven't heard from her... but I can see her.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Growing Up in the Cinema

I've had this in the cue to work on for some time. I'm not sure where it came from. Probably Keris. Of course I've altered it to suit my own ego.

Films That Remind Me of Childhood

Star Wars - I went to see this at the other end of town with my babysitter, Keith. Not the greatest baby sitter but he had a good mind for films. I loved Star Wars and I immediately fell in love with Han Solo (like millions of other young girls). I don't remember how old I was but I remember Keith taking me for soda. It was a self dispenser and you walked around it and filled up your own plastic mug with whatever flavour you wanted. I followed Keith's example and took a smidgen from each flavour, there had to be over twenty. I don't remember what it tasted like, I just remember it being a good day at the movies and I wanted more.

Officer and a Gentleman - This was about the time the huge laser discs came out. Boy was that short lived. My best friend Barb's sister had a laser disc player and would tease us with clips of Richard Gere. She wouldn't let us watch the whole thing because of the language. Being sneaky, like all prepubescents, we waited until she was out and watched the whole thing numerous times until we knew the dialoque and all the dirty songs by heart. Today, if any one asks what my favourite ten movies are, it's in there. I've seen over 100 times. Seriously. And need to get another dose of it.

Childhood Films Where Removal was Necessary

Are you kidding? My mother would never remove me from anything that made me cry, scream or have nightmares. Good parenting skills there. I think my mother was born without the common sense gene. I don't know where I got it from. Osmosis from my teachers and babysitters maybe. The films that made me wail the most were: Ole Yeller, ET and Bambi (no child under 12 should be allowed to watch these films). The films that made me have nightmares: Exorcist, Amityville (the upside, I fell in love with James Brolin) and Nightmare on Elm Street (the upside, I fell in love with Johnny Depp).

Films that Defined My Teens

Pretty in Pink / Sixteen Candles- Every girl could relate to Molly Ringwald but who on earth couldn't or didn't fall in love with Andrew McCarthy and Michael Schoeffling. Director John Hughes films made a big mark on my teens.

The Karate Kid - Believe it or not, this film made me stand up for myself... and other people. It's probably the reason why I gave two bleeding noses before I made it to highschool. Don't worry, I've mended my ways. I go for the jugular now.

Films Seen Multiple Times at Theatres

I can't think of any. Money was tight growing up so I can't imagine paying to go to see the same show. Outside the theatre the movies I've seen the most are Officer and a Gentleman, Alien, Poltergeist, Robin Hood (Kevin Costner), Reservoir Dogs, 13th Warrior, Forrest Gump, Backdraft, Resident Evil, Erin Brockovich, Coal Miner's Daughter, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Hope Floats. They are movies I absolutely never get tired of seeing and can come in in the middle and still watch it and cry and laugh or get scared at the appropriately places.

First Date Film

Jeff took me to see Alien Nation on our first date back in 1988. Eek! It was an ok film. I know it had spotted aliens in it and it became a tv series afterwards but I don't remember the storyline. I was way too nervous. And considering how lost I get in my movies that is a big thing.

Nightmares from Films

I mentioned three above: Exorcist, Amityville and Nightmare on Elm Street. Others were: Ghoulies, Pet Semetary (especially the scene with the kid under the bed and the Achilles tendon - I'm ruined), Incubus, Bees, The Blob, The Brood (the bloody finger prints on the ballisters!), The Hills Have Eyes, Magic (I hate ventriloquist dummies). Quite a few of these aren't scary now. They are just stupid. But I wasn't old enough to BE watching them the first time.

Films that are Guilty Pleasures

I'm a sucker for a good Harlequin Romance movie (no I don't read the books). It's like being a deer caught in the headlights. I can't look away.

Last Film I Saw at the Theatre

We have satellite (some promotion we got with the Internet) so we don't go to the theatre that often. That and it is so bloody expensive. $11 per person. We've seen two recently because Jeff's parents gave us some gift certificates. Prince Caspian because I'm a Narnian nut and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull because I'm a Indie nut. We still have some coupons left and I really want to see M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (I love his movies-all of 'em).

Favourite Film Else Seems to Know About

I'm going to guess, The Man from Snowy River with Tom Burlinson. I had such a crush on him. Cowboys on horses with Australian accents are sexy.

Topic Links
* More Blogging Memes

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Another Day, Another Lens

Two actually.

First up is a plus size shopping lens highlighting Etsy, a mediator between sellers and buyers of handmade goods. The second is a movie lens for The Hitcher starring Sean Bean. He's fabulous but the movie sucks.

Topic Links
* Plus Size Etsy
* The Hitcher

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Pet Peeves

I was over reading Poddy's My Pet Peeves - Things That Annoy Me lens and I couldn't believe how riled up I was by the end. I enjoyed the lens and pretty much agreed with almost everything he said. So I thought why not mention a few of my peeves in my blog. Lets go for 10. And if you are reading this, I tag you.
  1. People who leave their car running, park in front of the doors and run into a business when there is a parking space 10 - 15 feet away. And they usually ain't fat people.
  2. People who correct my email spelling mistakes. It's an email, not a website or essay. I mean if you are going to print it out and frame it then by all means let me know and I'll send you a better copy. Or worse, give me an English lesson on the difference between it's and its. I think at 38 I know the difference. It's a typo, let it go people. Do you email publishers to let them know about typos in their books?
  3. Burnt popcorn being pumped through movie theatres.
  4. People who chat up the cashiers at the grocery store when there is a huge lineup. Pay for your stuff and leave.
  5. Shiny computer screens.
  6. Shiny screens on debit machines.
  7. Products that change in size but are still the same price. I'd rather they stayed the same and went up in price. Like: tampons, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, paper towel.
  8. Friends who drop off the face of the planet and then say they left messages when you see them.
  9. People who assume that I'm going to have kids.
  10. Generalizations about fat people.
It actually felt good to get that all out. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Welcome to the Fat Dinosty

Who my gosh! I so love this girl. Here's a new fat acceptance (for lack of a better term) video:

Welcome to the Fat Dinosty. I'm totally looking forward to more episodes. Totally! Geez, have I gone back to valley girl dialoque or what? Like, OMG. For sure.

Topic Links
* Thanks to Joy Nash for point this out.
* More Joy Nash

Monday, May 26, 2008

Eco-Friendly Meme

Here's a meme I created for my Blogging Meme lens. Feel free to participate and link in the comments to your:

Do you recycle? Yes, every week. Flyers, cardboard, hard plastic, soft plastic, aluminum, and glass.

Do you do you laundry with hot or cold water? I do laundry with cold or lukewarm water. I also use cold water Tide.

What kind of light bulbs are in your house? We use the new energy efficient fluorescents. I was very resistant to using them but I've adjusted and don't even notice the difference anymore. Now, if only we can find a safe way of disposing of them.

Do you compost? Yes, we compost about 10 lbs of food waste a week. I have two composters in the back yard. Here's a lens I created on composting tips. I need to work harder at using things more quickly.

What kind of vehicle do you drive? We are currently leasing a Toyota Sienna but are looking into an energy efficient alternative. Hopefully they will be a little bit cheaper or there will be some type of financial incentive by the time that comes around.

Do you use plastic or reusable bags when grocery shopping? Both. We reuse any plastic bags we get until we can't use them anymore then they get recycled. We use a bunch of canvas type bags we've collected over the years for grocery shopping and I carry a hobo bag with me that pretty much holds anything. Here's a lens I created on eco-bags.

What are three ways you conserve energy?
* By not letting the water run when brushing teeth.
* Shutting off lights when leaving a room (or when DH has left the room).
* By not letting the car idle when it's not moving.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

America's Next Top Model Goes Plus

Finally! And sort of. This past week Whitney Thompson won America's Next Top Model (ANTM). I say "sort of" because Tyra made a point of saying at the end of the show that Whitney is Full-figured, not plus size. I believe she is the 6th curvy chic to attempt ANTM but the first to make it to the top. There are lots of rumours about whether it was a fair decision or whether it was a pushed decision. The latest rumour even goes so far to say that she was approached on a plane and asked to put on some weight to compete.

I have mixed feelings about it. I'm glad that a full-figure model is finally in the top position and I think Whitney is beautiful. Where do I conflict? I didn't think she was necessarily the best choice to win. For the most part I was enamoured with Claire. After she was demoted Anya began to grow on me personality-wise and from the get-go she produced amazing photos as well as winning a number of photo challenges. I think in terms of talent Anya probably should have won.
When you compare Whitney to the previous plus size models who have been on the show I don't think she is the strongest. But I guess everyone can make comparisons on whether it was a good choice or a bad choice. I wasn't a judge so I really don't know what went on in the judging room other than the clips they show on the tube.

Regardless, I'll try to be supportive of Whitney because, the curvy chics have to stick together when possible and I do think she'll be a good role model. I look forward to seeing her Seventeen magazine spread in July.

Topic Links
* More on Whitney Thompson

Thursday, May 01, 2008

What... Huh?

First I thought, "What?" then I thought, "Huh?" Then I was just laughing my butt off. You have to watch it until the end to appreciate this spoof. I think it was very well done.

Chloe Marshall

Chloe Marshall is the recent winner of Miss Surrey, a beauty pageant in the UK.

She is now competing for the title of Miss England. She has received mostly favorable reviews but she's received a few harsh ones too.

I personally think she's stunning and hope she wins so she can go on to be the first plus size candidate to compete in Miss World.

Here's a lens I created in her honor.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

It's Snowing

It's April 30, it's snowing heavily... need I say more?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Following Your Dreams

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." ~ Louisa May Alcott
Have a great weekend everyone!

Let the Gardening Begin

The beds are pretty much set, the yard is almost raked. I still have to do a bit of weeding and reshaping of the beds but everything looks clean. Today, Jeff and I are going shopping! Yes, I'm more thrilled than he is. He's my second opinion and my grunt.

We're going to Connon to get a bush to replace the spot where I dug out the euonymus last fall. It caught some kind of euonymus disease and dropped it's leaves (after ten years) and had to go. Ever since the dog has taken it upon herself to dig to Mongolia every chance she gets. A few weeks ago Jeff had to put a little fence up to keep her out. Now she just lies next to it looking longingly.

While I'm out I'm hoping to get some herbs for my first herb garden, a rose retainer, a vine holder and maybe a lawn ornament to replace the one I left out side over winter that disintegrated (bad me). In reality, since I'm taking my "second opinion" I'll probably only end up with the bush.

Spring is under way, and I'm officially gardening... the good stuff anyway. At least for another month until the humidity skyrockets and I end up hibernating again.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Beauty Bag

Christina Jones over at eBeauty Daily is having a cool contest to win a new beauty book by Harper Collins (Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority) in addition to a beauty bag stocked with Sephora products.

The catch? You have to show Christina what's in your beauty bag. It's a good thing mine was cleaned out recently. So here's a shot of my bag Christina!

Click on image for larger picture. So what you see here are my Yonka cleansing/moisturing necessities, floss, Crest (there can be only one!), concealer, Loreal Infaluable, CG True Match, eyebrow brush, DuWop Lip Venom, Dove silky antiperspirant, contact solution, Clinique Happy, mini Listerine, puffs, q-tips and witch hazel. I also forgot my jar of Smitten from Lush.

Topic Links
* eBeauty Daily
* Sephora: The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin, and Hair from the Beauty Authority

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New Hair Deux

Today, Jeff shaved the hair he's been growing for the last two years during a school assembly. The kids purchased tickets to do the dirty deed. They were quite gung ho about it. He said he'd shave the moustache if they raised $1000. They raised $1300 so the moustache went bye-bye. I'm just glad to have the air gone. I'm so not into the Fabio look. I just finished cleaning up their handy work. I'll post some footage when I figure out how. I'll need the tech boy to get them off the camera first.

When I left the school I got the urge to get my hairs cut too. Actually, I've been thinking about it for a while but haven't had the time. So I went over to First Choice because I had to got to Future Shop to get the Firefly series (Serenity ROCK! Browncoat forever!). Here are the results. It still needs some work. I haven't had bangs in a long time so I'll have to retrain the natural part away. This is my good side:

I want to keep growing it out but eventually get deeper points in the front and into a "v" in the back. (I tried to adjust the color of these pictures because the wall behind me is taupe, not green but it had no effect other than making less lime looking.)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Two Curvy Chics

I added two curvy chics to my lens repertoire:

* Chloe Marshall - Miss Surrey

* America Ferrera - Ugly Betty

I know, I need to go to Squidoo Anonymous!

Pop by and show me some luvin'.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Egg Fight

Every Easter weekend Jeff boils eggs with onion skins:

To get them a pretty brown colour:

The next day we choose our weapons:

And declare war:

Jeff won this year. But he cheated...

This is followed by egg salad sandwiches for lunch.

My recipe:

4 hard boiled eggs mashed with pastry utensil
2 tbsp mayonaise
1 green onion
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Mix well, spread into two sandwiches. Eat.

This is a Ukrainian tradition passed down from his Gramma. His father grew up doing this and Jeff grew up doing this. And now Jeff and I do it.

My Easter tradition? Chocolate, silly.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Flaming Jane Goes Up

I've had this print of Frederick Leighton's painting Flaming June from for months. It's been sitting in it's cardboard sleeve ever since it was delivered. Occasionally I would take it out and admire it then slip it back in. This week I finally got off the pot and went to Micheal's to find a frame for the bloody thing.

Micheal's had it's usual 40% off frames so I packed up the car with the print and another item I wanted to framed (a piece of the original wallpaper from the kitchen - before we ripped it out and painted the walls - that I've been saving forever). After 45 minutes of looking at the same frames over and over I limited them down to four that I thought would look or were appropriate for this period painting (1895). A cleark happened to be going by and I asked her opinion.

I held up the photo to each of the frames and she picked one up and said she liked it the best. She offered to put the print in the frame so I could get a better view. Well, snapping arseholes, didn't it look like it was made for it!

It's now hanging in my pseudo office/retired diningroom and I've probably looked at 50 times with adoration since I've hung it. It's perfect. I love it. I know that's wrong but I just don't care. The wall is actually a dark taupe and the hues in the frame match the hues in the dark wood of the buffet as well as the copper frame on the next wall. You can click on image for larger view of my masterpiece.

Oh, yeah, and here's the other one. It's ok, but doesn't create the same warm glow. It's hanging by the door in the kitchen (yes, my walls are really that color - I don't have an ounce of Martha).

Overall, the frames cost more than the contents (Flaming June was like $5) but they were a good deal. I probably could have waited a week and used one of their 50% off coupons but by then I wouldn't have had the inititavie and would have missed out on all this adoration.

If you want to buy me a humongous version of Flaming June I would gladly accept. Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Seal Slaughter

A friend sent me this today. It's that time of year again...
Dear Friends,

First of all, I want you all to know how much you mean to me. I love
sharing my life and music with you and am so happy to have your
support. If you know me personally, you know that I am a "cause"
person as my mom likes say. :) I've always stood up for the
underdog, since I was a little girl. Right now in Canada, there is a
catastrophe happening that needs our attention.

Every year, Canadian fishermen use their off season to slaughter over
300,000 baby harp seals for their fur, many of them babies as young as
12 days old. Some of them will have been skinned while still concious
and able to feel pain. The money that these fishermen make with these
furs is only a small portion of their income. You can do searches
online and find video of the slaughter. But I have to warn you, it is
horrific. The first (and only) time I saw the videos, I cried a river
of tears for these innocent little souls. Please take my word for it
and know that these animals are dying horrible deaths with no real
purpose other than to decorate human beings. Ack!

So what can you do to help? Please boycott Canadian seafood. A
financial blow to the commercial fishing industry's seafood exports is
key to bringing about an end to this vicious slaughter.

If you are willing to boycott Canadian seafood to save the seals,
please take a moment to visit the website below and sign a pledge.

The following is a list of seafood species that typically imports
from Canada. There are other sources of imports, however, so you MUST
ASK your grocer or server at a restaurant where their seafood comes
from. Grocery stores in the U.S. are required by law to label seafood
with its country of orgin. Because of this, it is easy to avoid
Canadian seafood if you aren't afraid to ask where the seafood comes

If you order one of the following, please find out it's country of
origin before ordering:

Snow Crabs
Cod Haddock

Many restaurants and grocery stores have already pledged to stop
buying Canadian seafood including Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and
Publix. But many major restaurants have not yet joined the campaign.
At any restaurant, ask your server about the origin of their seafood
before ordering. If they import from Canada, explain to them why you
will not be ordering seafood from them.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email. I hope
that you are moved by my message to tell others about this issue.

Do what you can.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Cotton Ginny Supersale

I had a wonderful time at Cotton Ginny today. Jeff and I took a drive to Kingston because I decided I was in need of replacement sweatpants and they have a huge CG there. I know, sad, what a way for Jeff to spend the last days of his March break. It didn't matter that there was a Future Shop near buy because I was still trying on clothes when he came back.

I didn't get any sweatpants but I did get 3 t-shirts, 3 tank tops, 1 cardian, 4 capris, 2 pants, and a jean jacket. I came out with two arms full and said I'm taking these and these. Jeff's face dropped but he didn't say a word. I didn't say anything either as I thought I would let him sweat it out until the cashier rang it all in. You'll never guess what it came to so I'll just tell you. $68 including tax! I know, crazy isn't it. Everything was on sale PLUS they had buy one get one free. FREE! I'm now have the washing machine doing over time. Well, sort of, the spin is on the fritz (repair guy coming next week with new springs). Jeff was so relieved. Because lets face it. women's clothing is not cheap.

This has to be the best sale I've ever hit. I'll have to mark it on my calendar for next year. I will definitely have sweet dreams tonight. And Jeff won't have any nightmares.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Now We're Talking Snow

At least we had a reprieve today with some sunshine. Here's a picture of DD enjoying the snow and the sun. That cavern in front of her is her handy work. She loves digging in the snow. Of course she doesn't cooperate with picture taking, stopping as soon as we open the door and acting like she was doing nothing at all. Funny dog.

DH has about had it with the shoveling. This has not been how he wanted to spend his March break. And the sweet thing? He's insisted on doing it all. He is even shoveling a friend's driveway since they are away. My guy. Mine! Back off. :)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Yes Virginia the Sun is Shining Today

It seemed like the snow fall would never stop. But it did. And just to show you I wasn't exaggerating, here is a pic of Shelby in the back yard happily digging to China.

The snow which was up to her ankles last week is up to her chest and higher this week. Jeff dug paths for her so she could do her business. Nothing worse than having frozen pee stuck to you chichee.

Don't you just want to go make a snow angel?

Friday, March 07, 2008

Snow, Snow, and more... you guessed it. Snow!

You already know I'm a grand complainer when it comes to weather but this is rediculous. We are in the process of getting another 30 cm of snow. Hello? Goddess of weather! Please stop. It's time for the goddess of spring to come out and play. Ok, rant finished.

Good news. Mia Tyler contacted me this week to say she liked the Squidoo lens I created to highlight her. How nice was that? Super! It's actually kind of a weird feeling to know that someone you admire has looked at something you created about them. Her only complaint (which wasn't even a complaint, because she's so nice) was that I had a movie listed that she never appeared in. Yes, it was embarrassing but she was really good about it.

On the computer front... I finally jumped in and bought a new laptop. The lagging of my old one was really slowing things down as I couldn't have more than two or three programs open without it working at a snail's pace. Hard to be productive.

I've been looking for awhile and was thinking I'd go with another Dell but then Future Shop had an suberb deal on an HP Pavilion (dv9726ca) computer. I am motoring along with 2GB Ram, 250 GB Hardrive, webcam (which I'll probably never use), 17" monitor, AMD Turion 64 x2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-60. What else do you need to know? My old one was Intel Pentium 4 with a 15" monitor, 4oGB Hardrive, 512 MB Ram. So now I have a Mercedes (but not really). The screen is so big! Scheeee!

That's it for the excitement this week.

Topic Links
* Mia Tyler Squidoo Lens

Monday, March 03, 2008

My Favorite Blogs

I Haven't been around my own blog much. I guess that means I've actually been busy working. I started a new day planner with the new year and while it hasn't been perfect I find it has made me more productive in some areas. I thought for a change I would share some of my favorite blogs with you.

Keris Staiton - I met Keris a few years ago due to a shared interest in Christopher Eccles, who was then playing Dr. Who. She's Canadian by birth (but living in the UK) and we actually had the opportunity to meet during one of scouting missions. She's cute, witty and entertaining and so is her family.

Junkfood Science - No, it isn't about junkfood. Well not really. Sandy Szwarc, BSN, RN, CCP gives the straight done on all the health reports out there by reading the small print.

Big Fat Deal - The blog is written by two plus size dames who go by Mo Pie and Weetabix online. They have a no nonsense attitude toward fat acceptance and the media. And they are pretty entertaining while doing it. If you ever want to bookmark a fat blog this should be one of them.

Fab Sugar - Nothing like a little celebrity envy. This blog has nothing to do with being plus size it has a lot to do with being fashionable and a celebrity. And there is lots of votey things.

The F-Word - Yep, another fat blog. I have many. This one is written by Rachel. The first thing that attracted me to this blog is the title and Rachel's voice keeps me going back.

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Book Trip

I have a $12 gift certificate from the local independent bookstore burning a whole in my pocket. I'm going to use it up on Monday and I have narrowed my choices down to two books.

The first is Lisa See's Peony in Love. Lisa is the daughter of author Carolyn See who wrote one of my favorite writing books, Making a Literary Life. Lisa is also the author of another book on my shelf, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Both books deal with Asian families and dark personal histories.

The other book is self-help. I've decided I complain too much about pretty much everything. No one's complained about my complaining but I think it would make an improvement on my personality. The titled is A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted. An editor at BellaOnline recommended it.

What I end up with remains to be seen.

Topic Links
* BellaOnline

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Beautiful Women Project

A few years ago I went to a women's night out dinner and met artist Cheryl-Ann Webster. At the time she was just starting to undertake an art project that to this day still inspires me. It all started with a simple conversation she had with her 13 year old daughter about her best friend, also 13, who was saving up money for a boob job. Cheryl was floored (as were we all) and decided to start the Beautiful Women Project in hopes of inspiring positive thoughts about the female body in all it's forms.

Cheryl, cast 120 female chests from the collar bone to the hip bone and decorated each of them with an essence she picked up from conversations she had with them. It's been a labor intensive project but it isn't over. She's still trying to get the word out via gallery showings of the busts anywhere she can afford to send them and set them up. She also does informative discussions on self-esteem and body image at the same time.

She's had a number of showings (I went twice!) so far and all have been successful drawing the attention of girls of all ages as well as the men in their lives. Recently to help with costs (and to get a wider audience) Cheryl-Ann and Laurie Gordon produced a book about the endeavor highlighting the process and providing anecdotes about each bust.

My copy arrived today. And I have to say it is much better than I thought it would be from the description. It's a heavy semi-gloss soft cover about the size of a magazine. I'm about half way through and I have to say that it is wonderful to be able to revisit the busts at my leisure and to read about the artists interpretation of each one. I highly recommend purchasing this book which is $30 (costs go towards future showings) and if you get the chance to check out the showing.

Topic Links
* Interview with Artist Cheryl-Ann Webster
* Beautiful Women Project Gallery Showing
* Purchase Beautiful Women Project: The Book from Lulu

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Day Treats

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. I've decided to treat my body kindly for a change. At 1 p.m. I'll head over to the beauty shop for an afternoon of spoiling myself rotten:

* 15 minutes of electrolysis (o.k. this isn't the spoiling part but it is necessary. thank you late 30s hormones)
* 1 hour foot reflexology treatment (again, not sure if I'll feel spoiled)
* 1 1/2 hour facial (definitely spoilage going on!)

Followed by a dinner and movie with Jeff. Yes, I'm dragging him to a chick flick. What kind of wife would I be if I didn't (rhetorical question)? I've already told him we're seeing Ryan Reynolds new movie, Definitely, Maybe.

This may seem extravagant but I'm worth it. So are you. Go spoil yourself!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A Sign of Spring

It's February. There's a foot of snow outside. Guess what I found? You'll never guess so I'll just tell you.

I was in the basement getting the washing machine ready for a load. I bent down picked up a pile of light colors and underneath my eye caught a little round orange bump a bit smaller than a frozen pea. I put the laundry in the machine and went back to inspect. It couldn't be... I bent down closer. Yep, a lady bug. Spring is almost here!

Don't worry, I didn't squash it. It's a lady bug they are a protected species in our house (well except the time I came home to 78 of them and vacuumed them up). I found him a home on the aloe plant in Jeff's office. He needs the company more than I do.

Monday, February 04, 2008

My Fave Super Bowl Commercial

I don't watch the Super Bowl. I have no interest in sports ON the tube what-so-ever but I do like to take in the Super Bowl Commercials.

Of the ones I've seen these two are my favorites:

Topic Links
* E-Trade

Friday, February 01, 2008

Mississippi Burning

The latest circulating around the fat-o-sphere is a Bill the state of Mississippi is trying to get passed that prohibits restaurateurs from serving obese clients (anyone with BMIs 30 or higher). How is this not being prejudiced?

Like somehow refusing to feed a fat person in a restaurant is going to help curb the "obesity epidemic" let alone help someone control their weight?

The bill sound more like something someone wants passed because they are disgusted with having to look at a fat person when they are eating. Boo hoo...

Like fat people don't eat alone enough as it is. Let's segregate fat people even more from society. They certainly don't feel ostracized, victimized and abused enough. Kicking them out of restaurants will certainly help.

Topic Links
* Read more about the bill at Junkfood Science.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

For Me, He was Real

Before he was "famous" for Brokeback Mountain, I knew him as Coner, a young Irish man battling the Romans for the survival of his village in the short lived series Roar (1997). I was instantly smitten with him even though he was 10 years younger than me.

I was sitting at the computer yesterday while Jeff flipped on the evening news. I was typing away in my own little world when the words "dead" and "Heath Ledger" suddenly crashed into my radar. I jumped up from my chair and ran to the t.v. hoping it was someone else, that I had heard incorrectly. I had not. I was shocked ("shocked" seems to be the recurring choice of words around the internet).

I'm a fairly emotional person. I have been all my life. That being said, it's easy for me to form attachments to people I don't personally know. When I watch movies and television shows I form a strong attachment to my favorite characters. It's one of the reasons why I have such a hard time when my favorite shows get canceled without notice.

I have a strong attachment to Heath. I really didn't realize it until today as his death still continues to stagger me and bring me to tears. I know it's unrealistic. I didn't even know the man. I only know the parts of himself he gave to his roles and public appearances. I've never met him. But I've always considered him one of the good guys. And being ten years older than him, I definitely never expected that he would die first.

I know there are many tragedies going on in the world. Many men and women are dying every day. Good people who put their lives on the line for the greater good. Certainly my heart goes out to them but I've never spent time watching them on the tube or big screen. They've never made me laugh my ass off, cry my eyes red or swoon. I have an emotional investment in him. For me Heath Ledger was real. And I will truly miss him... I do already.

I hope the media will respect his family and give them the space they need to grieve. But who am I kidding.