Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
What: Dance Party
Where: The Kitchen
When: Any time, any place, any day...
Kitchen Dance Parties are an on going thing in my life... usually done as a solo event. Parents gone for the night- Kitchen Dance Party with the dogs. Boyfriend gone out with the guys- Kitchen dance with the dog. Dixieland Delight by Alabama comes up on my play list- Kitchen Square Dance Party!
There are memories that come to mind when I think of the dances I've had.
I was making dinner, it was a hot August night. I distracted making sugar coated nuts to go in this delicious summer salad made with tangerine and fresh greens. Music was playing in the background as it always is. Some people always have the TV on... I always have music. Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" came on about a third of the way through John had come in from the patio without me knowing. He grabbed my arm, turned me around to face him and we had a little dance. It was about 2 minutes of sweet.
It was just a few weeks ago the dance party went on the road to Walmart. Standing in an aisle looking at the fuzzy things you stick to the bottom of furniture so it doesn't scratch the floor Mark grabbed me and we started twirling like contestants on Dancing with the Stars. Some old man stopped to watch us for a moment. I'm not sure if he was scared or looking for the fuzzy sticky things too.
I suppose those memories don't really reflect on the solo kitchen dance party. There have been so many of those that they all sort of blend together at some point. On mornings when I wake up before 5am (I have a finicky internal alarm clock at times.) I'll get out of bed and turn my music on starting with a high energy movement meditation which eventually transformers into an impromptu early bird dance party. I also went through a phase where I having these mad dance sessions just before bed then I'd wonder why I wasn't falling asleep for hours after- heart still racing from pretending I was the girl from Flashdance.
Moral of the story is I think that kitchen dance parties are a key ingredient to a happy life. Letting loose with everything you've got on that slippery surface with just socks on your feet...
I suppose the only thing a woman can do when she finds herself in a situation like this is acknowledge the other person and admit graciously that she is a much better writer. She is! I'm not even being modest here. Jo's blog was one of the first I stumbled across and have since fallen in love with waiting patiently for each new post! I am flattered that her quick and witty mind has fallen onto a similar topic to write about as mine (which I often feel has the consistency of Melba Toast.). I feel like a local news anchor standing next to Meryl Streep at The Oscars (though I don't know why a local new anchor from Calgary would be attending The Oscars and be standing next to Meryl Streep .).
"It's a great honor just to be here but really, she is the star!"
So this is my acknowledgement of Jo's blog and her post about the Archie, Betty, Veronica love triangle. I doubt she even reads my posts but that's OK because she does look better in that post then me.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
"What It Means To Care" by MadeByGirl
It's about Bradley, the dog pictured on the left. He was rescued at a shelter by Eldad Hagar who runs an animal rescue organization called "Hope For Paws". They rescue and foster animals that ordinarily wouldn't have a chance in regular shelters.
Thank goodness for people in the world like Eldad who gave Bradley a couple of hours of pure happiness (nothing is better then fast food burgers and fried chicken- just ask my old roommate.). After doing a little research it turns out that Bradley's condition was fully preventable but his puppy mill, backyard breeder just dumped him in a shelter. He ended up going blind and living in severe pain- the lack of consideration and empathy in people breaks my heart. I just don't understand...
As MadeByGirl mentions "Hope For Paws" has created a book showcasing many of the animals they have saved and fostered. It's only $9.95 and it goes to an amazing cause.
More about Bradley and Hope For Paws...
Roundtrip distance: 8.78 km
Mount Yam from my camera phone... oh and a nice close up of Calvin's dirty wind shield on his car
Calvin and I
Eeeek! Not looking so confident at the top! Scared of heights and no fast way to get down alive... I think I was making Calvin more nervous then he should have been because I seemed unsteady and wouldn't sit down.
Look Calvin- no hands! (OK that was lame.. but the hike was awesome!)
It's moments and days like these that I write things that I'd rather not admit. I keep them locked away in another blog because it's hard to show that even this girl has a sad moment.
I have many things on my mind other then cookies and chocolate. I'm excited about going away next week to the west coast of Canada. It will be a road trip of sorts with lots of different destinations to go too... I don't want to say too much because I want to save that for a future blog. I plan to get some lovely photos and maybe even something good enough to frame and add to the bare walls of my condo!
I'm also thinking about how I want to space out the plans for my week- I don't have anything on my calender (which is rare for me.) but over all I have some things I need to get done like laundry and cleaning. As the days are getting warmer I'd like to change my cozy winter bed linens with the lighter and whiter summer ones. I produce too much body heat when I sleep- I am a little furnace, I must admit! So when the nights get warmer so do I- I blame it on my rocket fuel metabolism.
I also would like to get some yoga in, I haven't done any in the last few days and can feel the tightness in my body. Though that could have been from hiking up that mountain on Sunday ( I plan to blog about that later too... Just waiting for the time to upload pictures from my camera.). When I get back from my holidays I think I will join a studio again... I miss the class environment though it's convenient to do my own yoga on my own... my quality of yoga just isn't where it usually is when I am in class.
Along with starting yoga I'd like to also re-learn how to knit (I've been inspired by other peoples adventures in the land of yarn.)- I don't want to knit anything in particular but just the simple act of knitting sounds so relaxing. Couple that with the desire to make jewelery again I think if I can start both of those things I will really deepen my enjoyment of my personal time. Stay away from watching as much TV as I do- not that it's really that much but it's more then I am use to and I don't like that. I imagine my mind getting slower with every minute I spend in front of Gossip Girl or Californication.
So that is an itty-bitty glimpse into my mind right now. I am also distracted by this package I am trying to finish for work... it's so close to being done but I need to go over it with a fine tooth comb to make sure the final product is perfect- I'm just putting it off. I also have some important (non-work related) emails to respond too and I've been putting those off till the end of the day.
So with that note, I am going to run off and finish my work!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
- Raisin toast with Cream Cheese
- Whole Grain Bird Seed (This is what I call bread with little seeds and such on it.) toast with organic peanut butter and tart apple slices on the side
- Cranberry Raisin Cinnamon toast with lots of butter
- Rye with homemade tangy marmalade
Obviously I was wrong and I'm OK with that. I just make sure that I have breakfast with these toast hating people so when it comes down to eating, I get to trade my hash browns for their unwanted slices of toast.
Fact: it's freeeeee
Fact: who doesn't love pretty walls!
Fact: there can never be enough creative people in the world so lets celebrate them!
Fact: You can get it here -> Feed Your Soul: the free art project
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Over the long weekend I was having an afternoon delight at one of my favorite spots in my neighbourhood. Over cheese, meats, wine and freshly baked cookies Mark informed me that Hobbits are in deed real. I've always claimed myself to be part hobbit (cheerful demeanor, strange feet and always has a second breakfast- sometimes even a second dinner!) but that would be based more on the J.R.R. Tolkien take on a Hobbit and not on what scientist are actually claiming hobbits to be.
interesting isn't it (though a little less magical then I had originally thought.) but it explains why a good chunk of men I date act like lemurs.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
*Gossip Girl = MacDonald's in case you didn't know this already.*
and movies- I watch a lot of movies. Well, not a lot but when I have time I enjoy watching movies (preferably not romantic comedies). In order to do this I need to be able to sit in front of my computer which for a good few weeks I did so by perching on my tool chest (not good for my back).
This couch is pretty exciting to me because it fits perfectly where I want it (I'm in a 900 sq ft 2 bedroom condo), it has a section that pulls out so it makes into a bed for overnight guests, it has extra storage (big fan of that- I don't do well with clutter.) and- it's a bit of a sexy couch!
So, all in all- I'm feeling very adult-like with me new couch and me new kitchen table. When I return from holidays in the middle of June I plan to get the place fixed up with lighting, art and perhaps a rug or two. Then I will finally be able to have a house warming party with out having to worry about breaking any of my old roommates Transformers (that is a whole other blog... ). Even though I must admit- my couch reminds me a bit of a Transformer.
"July is the warmest month with a 24-hour average of just over 15 and January has about minus 7.The city gets about 169 frost free days per year on average. Some of them occur in the fall and even winter (during Chinooks) after the growing season has ended, so we normally have only about about 115 consecutive frost free days per season, from around May 23 to September 15.
The wild temperature fluctuations characteristic of Calgary weather are partly attributed to the continental climate. The high altitude plays a role, and some of the remaining credit goes to the turbulent winds in the wake of the Rocky Mountains. The temperature reaches 20°C or better, about 85 days each year. And 30° only about four times. Chinooks and cold fronts can result in temperature changes of 10° or more in a single hour.
Calgary has a definite dry season and a moist season. The city gets a little over 400 mm of total precipitation in an average year. Of that we often get 120 cm of snow between September and May, which melts down to about 120 mm of water. That's the drier season.
The better part of the 300 mm of rain falling between May and September constitutes our wet (and growing) season. This still makes xeriscape gardening, a technique that conserves water, worthwhile in Calgary weather. We can go months without significant moisture even in the summer.
Most rain in one day - 95.3 mm on July 15, 1927. Most snow - 48.4 cm on May 6, 1981. We usually see some kind of precipitation on 113 days out of the year. And we normally have about 88 days with snow on the ground (1 cm or more).
The winds around here are worth mentioning as well. Southern Alberta in general is recognized as a windy area year round. Calgary's highest gust at 127 km/hour occurred in June, 1956, probably during a thunderstorm not during one of the winter Chinooks we are so famous for.
Is it sunny there? At over 2400 hours on average of bright sunshine per year, Calgary weather, along with many other south Canadian prairie locations, makes us one of Canada's sunniest places.It can be bright, sunny and extremely cold and wind all at the same time in winter. It's something to experience."
That's right! It's something to experience!
Copied from Stuff In The Air
It was Mothers Day on Sunday so I spent the day with my parents hiking out at our Country House with the dogs. I made sure to wear my rubber boots because there were plenty of mud and puddles to play in. It was nice to be out and about in the spring air but the tree's are still very naked of leaves so it still looks a bit like winter. It was a friend of mines father who use to say every year that we were silly to try and plant our plants before Victoria Day (May 18th- aka May Long Weekend.) because there was always a chance of frost. Doesn't matter how nice it has been a smart gardener always waits till after May Long Weekend. That advice has never steered me wrong. So I expect that after this coming weekend I will finally see green leaves on the trees but before then- I won't expect much. Maybe even a little snow (tisk-tisk... Calgary Weather... I tell ya...)!
Tonight, I am hoping that the company I work for has 2 extra tickets for the "Company Box" so Laura and I can see Fleetwood Mac (!!)- I've seen then once before and they were fantastic live. I know as with almost any band they have had their ups and downs in regards to how close they are. Ego's, relationships and sometimes drugs get in the way. When I saw them 5 years ago it was as though that was all put a side and they just went out and played the best music they could. The band was so connected to each other giving us, the audience a glimpse into how closely knit they truly are after all these years.
I also got the rest of my new couch on Saturday. It was finally delivered after having ordered it early February- every thing seems a bit slow leading up to this time of year. I'll tell you more about my couch in another blog- till now I'm off to do
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The best example I would have for that would be Apple Pie. Classic and simple. There are key ingredients: apples, pie crust, sugar and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.). The apples should be tart, the sugar should be brown, the crust should be flaky (and preferable homemade.) and the spices should be precise. It's important to be able to taste the apple when one is eating apple pie. I don't want Apple-Pie-Spice pie. I want Apple Pie. With a slice of well aged cheddar to accompany it (personal preference of course.).
Good french food accomplishes this well, blending quality ingredients with excellent skill resulting in a very satisfying, delicate and superficially simple (though we all know french food isn't simple- non, non!) delight for the mouth. Mmmmm... Just thinking of it reminds me of the 1987 movie Babette's Feast- a favorite of mine for sure. I have to admit that any movie revolving around the creation of food drives me a bit wild even a particular animated one showcasing a small rat with a flair for the culinary arts (need I say more?).
It's the sharing of the food that lies the most satisfaction thought. Passing forks with mouthfuls of food speared on them, exchanging your tasty samples of experience with other people at the table. Delightful. Food is more then nourishment for the body and soul- it's a way for our bodies to ingest art. To savour every star from Picasso's Starry night and swallow it down to your belly so it is only yours- that is what food is.