Thursday, October 14, 2010

I've Moved!!

I've finally made the leap over to WordPress. Blogger has been good to me over the last year. Eeks! Can you believe I've been blogging for almost a year?! I have a feeling good things are to come over at the new site. I even have my own domain name. Now that's a step!

Come visit the new blog at!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Did I really just buy that?

I've often said that I should not be allowed in London Drugs with my credit card. I can always find something that I need. And by need, I mean I could absolutely live without.

The past few weeks have been beyond busy. I felt like it's been weeks since I've had five minutes to sit down and spend five minutes relaxing. And I was having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. So one day last week I stop at London Drugs on my home from work. I'm stressed. I'm hungry. And I have a credit card.

Here's what I left with:
  • garbage bags
  • coffee filters
  • ibuprofen
  • chocolate covered cranberries
  • Pear flavoured dark chocolate
  • Sea Salt and Lime Crispy Minis 
  • Caramel Kettle Corn Crispy Minis
  • Salt and Vinegar Crispy Minis
  • chili and lime almonds
  • gum
  • deodorant
  • a steam mop
It should be noted that I don't even like Crispy Minis, I was not out of either deodorant or garbage bags, and pear flavoured chocolate is disgusting.

Despite not needing a steam mop, It's actually pretty great. Makes washing the floors pretty easy and keeps the carpet clean too. I bought the cheapest one they had on sale. It  came from the "as seen on tv" section, but it still gets the job done. And the miracle of all miracles is that I resisted the urge to buy the Emery Cat while I was there. 

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    Dreaming of Seville

    I've been pretty lucky in the last while with winning things on Twitter. In the last year or so I've won a pound of coffee, a t-shirt, a toque, a prize pack of clothing (jacket, shirt, dress), roller derby tickets, weekend passes to Live At Squamish (a music festival) and a cookbook.

    I won the cookbook months ago and never received it in the mail. I figured it wasn't coming. Finally a few weeks ago, there was a parcel that came for me at work and there it was! "Around My French Table" by Dorie Greenspan had arrived.

    Now going back a few years to my trip to Spain in 2007, there was one dish that I ordered quite often. It was predictable, filling, super tasty and not to mention cheap. Tortilla de patatas is an omelet type dish with potatoes and onions. Since then, I've always meant to try making the dish but had never come across a recipe.

    I opened up the new cookbook and there was a recipe for Basque Potato Tortilla, so last weekend I gave it a go. The dish was very similar to what I remember having in Spain. The recipe stressed how important it was to clean the skillet out between cooking the potato mixture and adding the eggs. I thought I had done it well enough, but obviously hadn't by how the whole dish fell apart when I tried flipping it out onto a platter. But even as a broken mess, the dish tasted just like I remembered it. I sat eating it, dreaming of being back in Seville.

    Here's a flamenco tablao that I went to a few times in Seville. The same dancer, the same dress that I saw. Oh to be back in Seville...

    Friday, September 24, 2010

    Becoming A Fan

    I first started to knit about eight years ago. I taught myself from a few books and videos from the library. What made me decide, at the age of twenty-one to take up such a hobby? Well, other than it being the perfect hobby for the Youngest Senior. At the time I was dating a guy who was a huge hockey fan. Everything revolved around the Vancouver Canucks. If I wanted to spend time with him on an evening that they played, we would have to watch the game.

    I can't sit still for long periods of time. I refuse to watch any movie that is longer than two hours. The thought of watching a hockey game for THREE hours practically gave me hives!

    So I took up knitting. There were many misshapen dish clothes and scarves created that winter.

    Now here I am, eight years later, still knitting, still not being able to sit still for long and dating yet another hockey fan. A few things have changed though. I can now knit things that aren't in a square pattern. And maybe I'm a little less square too. I've opened up to the idea that sports aren't boring and that beer is pretty tasty. Oddly enough, they make a pretty good pair.

    After watching the Canada-US men's gold medal game during the 2010 Olympics I was convinced I must get into watching hockey. I watched a few games during the playoffs this year, but I never really got into it. For one, I don't really understand the rules. I mean, I get the general idea of hockey, but beyond getting the puck into the net I'm kind of lost.

    So this past Tuesday was Hockey 101 for me. I was taken to my first Canucks game. I'm not sure whether it was being there in person, being surrounded by so many fans, or being there with someone who was actually excited to explain the game and what was going on, but I had a lot of fun. I now have a pretty good handle on what offside means. I'm still working on my understanding of icing, but we'll get there eventually.

    I've found myself reading little bits about hockey that come up on Twitter, entering contests for hockey tickets and wondering when the next game is. I can definitely see myself becoming a fan.

    Now the question is, will I still be able to knit and watch hockey? Is a fan allowed to do that? Will I only be able to knit hockey related items while watching? Thoughts, ideas? How does this work people?!