Monthly Archives: August 2011

Random thoughts for a random Tuesday

So, Calgary gets the pumpkin spice latte one week earlier than the rest of Canada (and most of the world save for a few other cities!) Starting today. I just thought I’d brag about that momentarily. Also, I got to taste one last night, because I’m special. And don’t you forget it.

Hey, what do you guys think of this ad? It has local papers and the social media ‘verse all abuzz about its promotion of domestic violence. I don’t doubt that the advertisement is pushing boundries and hinting at the fact that the man smacked around the woman, but I’m not convinced that the picture is selling domestic violence so much as telling a story. I find it eerie and believable, but I don’t feel that it glamourizes beating up your wife. Thoughts?

Also today, Kittie’s new album is finally in stores! Here’s a teaser of their new video. It’s metal and gory and has zombies. I was going to post the full video, but it gets graphic. Please play at your own expense – you’ve been warned!


Catching up on August 29

Hello there! It’s been a little bit. I’d like to say I’ve been super busy this past week, but really, that would be a lie. At least, by the looks of my apartment (pictures not forthcoming,) it has to be a lie.

Chris and I are making a constant effort to cook much more at home, and I am continuing my effort to make our meals not only healthy, but wholesome. On Thursday it was homemade coleslaw with bean mayo and barbequed chicken breast with a coconut flour breading:

And homemade non-dairy blackberry chocolate icecream for dessert!


Then on Friday night Chris was gone, so I made a mean pumpkin pie quinoa bake for my supper. I was a little impatient in the last step and dried it out a bit – now I’ve been adding almond milk and heating it up every day for porridge!

Are you sick of hearing about food yet? I’m not – it’s fascinating.

Yesterday was Chris’ birthday, and we did what we do best – fishing. (He got skunked on his birthday – boo!) I got a few words pegged down but have been finding myself rather unmotivated lately. I’m not sure why. I did very much enjoy the irony of my goldfish crackers floating away on the water whilst we said goodbye to the lake:

If you have any inspiring words, please send them my way.

Lastly – a kitten!


End of an era

I am a very proud Canadian. I think we live in one of the greatest countries in the world. We have so many things to be grateful for – our religious freedom, our multi-culturalism, our personal opportunities. In Canada, there is a long list of rights that we take for granted – rights that are really just amazing priveledges.

Jack Layton fought for those priveledges to be our rights.

Mr. Layton, the leader of the NDP and the official opposition to the majority Conservative government, died from his struggle with the C-word.

I considered him to be one of the best Canadians that we had.

No matter what you thought about his ideologies, Jack Layton was one of the most human politicians we had. He was a man who very much cared about people, about what he fought for and about the words that were coming out of his mouth.

Personally, I have been an enthusiastic NDP and Layton supporter since I have been of voting age. He was one of the only politicians that I have ever trusted and believed in. (I am a crazy socialist, after all.) I selfishly worry that his untimely death will affect the political situation in Canada.

I hope for a Canada where our leaders continue to be passionate about their people – who speak from the heart and not from the wallet.

Rest in peace, sir.

(Note: Just in case you haven’t had a chance to read it, here is Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians.)


T minus 46 days

My flight is booked. That pretty much means that my plans are set in stone. Oui? So I thought I’d share my upcoming trip with you!

To accommodate one of our favorite months, my fabulous cousin Jen and I are heading to the West coast for just over a week in October. It’s going to be orange-and-red tinted awesomeness.

We’re visiting with our Washington-ite friend Lara and our really fantastic [paternal – for me] grandparents. We’ll be perusing the architecturally and naturally excellent areas of Vancouver, Washington and Vancouver Island. In less than seven weeks we will smell the salt of the ocean and the indescribable freshness of the forests.

(And if we catch a glimpse of a Supernatural location or two, that’ll be okay with me.)

I’m never going to want to leave.

Also, I’m going to be soo broke for the next month or so.

I can’t wait.


“the Process”

There is no real process for writing a novel.

I have discovered this over the past year. Initially my “plan” was to write the whole thing, beginning to end, and then go back and edit and rewrite so that the beginning matched the ending (I am not a plotter.) Then, I got about two-thirds of the way through and decided that I needed re-read and edit what I had initially wrote before I could dare write the ending. And now…

Well, now I’m just pegging out random scenes without any sequence at all.

Anyway, on account of having to chop out some of the work I wrote two weeks ago, I thought I’d share a bit that I really liked with you:

The black and grey stripes of the tree silhouettes that surrounded them, which had only moments before felt like protection, were suddenly full of betrayal – a void of shadows, hiding vile and vicious creatures in their midst, waiting only for a straggler to harm.

Waiting, perhaps, for her.

I’m hoping to be able to insert this back in sometime later, but due to my awesome writing “Process,” it just didn’t fit where I had initially populated it. The grammar is a bit flawed, but hopefully it gives you some insight into the tone of the novel. If you’re curious as to what it’s about, I put a very brief description on my Works page. Other than that, you’ll just have to ask me. ^.-

Let me know what you think!


Where the wild things are

Ah, the great outdoors. Ripe for hiking, breathing fresh air, eating junk out of a can and…

fishing.

I have yet to drag Christopher outside to where he cannot fish. It’s my goal in life, I swear.

      

At least I got to try out my new point-and-shoot. Seems to be working pretty good so far. You’ll notice that the scenery changes a bit, but not the content! The Sony T99 also does panoramas in-camera:

On Saturday, we stayed overnight in Kananaskis. It was nearly impossible to find a spot so late in the weekend, but thankfully we did! There was no star gazing, though – the full moon completely washed out the sky. It was pretty, but I was disappointed. I love the stars.

I also love that random wildlife is not so random in the mountains.

These guys caused a traffic jam, with all of the crazy tourists pulling over to take pictures. Ah, those crazy picture-taking tourists…



What did you do over the weekend? Do you have any summer vacations planned for this last bit of the season?

P.S. I apologize for the picspam. Like I’ve mentioned, I like taking pictures! A lot.


lots of pictures – and food!

After a two-week stint with a very successful but decidedly unhealthy diet, I have come to terms with something that I have believed in all along. Gluten, soy, dairy, processed foods = (for the most part) bad. It’s been my long-standing belief that cancer is probably caused, in many cases, by the crap that we ingest. The healthiest that a person can possibly be is one that eats clean and pure foods, and exercises. (Please take this all with a grain of salt. This is my opinion.)

Lately, I’ve been inspired by an awesome holistic nutritionist and her amazing blog. I decided to take the plunge into eliminating most gluten and dairy from my diet, and started my weekend off with an expensive grocery haul:

(This is just a sampling of the new goods!)

Then, of course, I had some Opa’s for supper, which included a lovely salad, meat – and both dairy and gluten-type carbs. I said “eliminating most,” not all…

Anyway, I was so excited to try a new recipe that I spent the evening baking these freaking awesome Two-Bite Black Bean Fudge Cupcakes by Healthful Pursuit. It was my goal to finish them before Chris got in the house and make him try them before he realized that there was bean in them.

They’re delicious! I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t taste at all like beans (unlike the uncooked ‘dough!’)

I was far too lazy to use any of my mad icing skills, sorry!

Speaking of ingesting stuff, one of my absolute favourite “cheat” drinks right now is sugar-free Italian soda. I’ve made my own version, featuring soda water, vanilla extract and a couple of drops of Stevia:

It’s delish. And zero calories!

Note to all: Try not to get full-strength Stevia in your mouth. Capiche?

Chris and I are going camping today. I’m hoping to get in a nice hike, a decent chunk of a chapter of my novel written and a whole lot of star gazing – the meteor showers have started!

Have a fab weekend!

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