Monday, September 30, 2013

"Weight"y Woes

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this to you all, but I have given myself a challenge. Dev and I are hoping to be gone for most of February in the new year to spend some time with his family overseas. I haven’t met any of them yet (not really. I don’t think a Skype conversation really counts as being introduced) and I’m turning into a nervous wreck over the whole thing. So, to calm the nerves a little bit I’m trying to learn his native language - Malayalam.

Yeah. It’s an uphill battle. The only thing I’ve managed to remember so far is how to say “I Love You” and a few words that I hear over and over again when he’s either talking to his parents on the Skype machine or we’re watching terribly awful and hilariously corny movies.

But the challenge that I gave myself was to be in better shape come February. So, back in August I decided to start a (hopeful) weightloss journey. This month that journey slapped me right in the face. I really have no one to blame other than myself, and the copious amounts of Tim Horton’s I ate while I was working at the mall.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Binge Reading

So, I have gone on somewhat of a book buying/book reading binge this month, which when I think about it, it isn't really all that different from any other week or month of the year. But this month I've added some really spectacular books to my ever-growing library.

First of all I grabbed up the latest offering from Canadian writing legend (and queen) Margaret Atwood, aptly named MaddAdam. If you haven't been following, it's the third in the series. I feel like I may have told you this already, but bear with me. I haven't stared to read it, mainly because I'm a little swamped with other books, but I eye it tenderly as it sits there on my bookshelf.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Things I Love... in no particular order

1.  Books: Seriously, I have a problem. I just ordered two books yesterday on-line and today I bought ANOTHER one! But, it isn't just any book. It's Stephen King's The Shining. Which proves I'm an idiot.  I just looked at my book shelf - I have it already. The one I just bought has different cover art. So ... if anyone of you wants a copy of it, I can totally post it to you! Hell, I even write you a little note and everything!

2. Food: I LOVE food. I love eating it. I love cooking it. I love talking about it. And I really, really really love it when Dev cooks. He cooks amazing food. Real food. Indian food. There is a regular occurrence of curry dishes and veg dishes and rice and coconut milk and roti and chicken and pork and all sorts of spicy "wingin' it" food experiments involving crushed chili flakes, jalapeno's, green chilis that believe it or not, turn out to be fantastic!

On Night Terrors and Writing

Well, it's Friday - for about another twenty minutes or so. The house is quiet, except for the soft drone of the refrigerator in the kitchen, and the muffled thumps from the Crazy French Guy Who Lives Upstairs as he does whatever it is he does up there.

I really should learn the poor guy's name.

But, for the longest while I was convinced that he was Up To No Good upstairs because of the blood-curdling screams I'd hear at all hours of the night, the crashes and the bangs. Now that I've heard him scream - and I mean really, really scream; the type of scream you hear when someone's scared out of their wits, or are convinced that they're about to meet a very violent and very ugly demise - I can better appreciated the word blood-curdling. I used to hear him scream at 2am, and it would set my entire body off, thrumming with adrenaline and a not so small dose of  "Holy HELL, what was that?" I may have even convinced myself that he could, at any moment, sneak his way into our apartment and do Dastardly Deeds. He's an I.T guy ... and you can never tell with those guys ...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I'm Nesting ...

No, really. I am. 

Well, more metaphorically speaking than literally but it really isn't quite that different. I'm sitting here in the middle of the couch, my butt placed more or less comfortably so between two of the cushions and I have veritable towers of laundry on either side, each in varying degree's of neatness. Oh, make that three. I have all the Big Things (ie. blankets, bed sheets) tossed in their own separate pile at the foot of the chaise. 

God, it's September already. And it's bloody freezing here!! I am so not ready for summer to be over - not that we had much of one here. There was a lot of rain this year, and the heavy flooding in the spring (it nearly wiped out two First Nation communities further north from here) that was quickly followed by a massive heat wave meant there were swarms of bugs everywhere.

That bit I'm not exaggerating. Most days, like I might have mentioned before, I can at least tolerate the various insectile abominations - but this year, I waged genocide against ants, mosquitos, moths and millers, and the occasional (and thankfully not too scary) spider. 

Friday, September 13, 2013


I know I've said it once, if I've said it a thousand times but sometimes when you put something out in to the Universe often enough, fill it with hope and love and a little positivity ... sometimes, She really does come through for you.

Since this year has started, there have been so many good and wonderful things happen to me, I can hardly believe it. I think that maybe one of the single most Best Decisions I've made so far this year is going back to Twitter. I've connected with some Really Great People and a lot of really cool things have happened because of it. And, my older brother and I both committed to projects that we wanted to accomplish and the last 3 months, I've seen bits of him just explode with talent - I always knew he had it in him but, like me, we're terrible at believing in ourselves. I've seen so many kind and supportive and wonderful words sent my brother's way that it really make me all warm and fuzzy to see him arrive at the same destination we've all been at waiting for him to arrive. As a lifelong friend of our said "You've got talent and class in spades." And he really does.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A little of this, and a little of that

Welcome, September! The Labour Day week end is here. Usually this would signal (for me, many moons ago) that the beginning of school was just around the corner. I was one of the few kids who actually really enjoyed school.

I always used to ace classes like English, and I wasn't too shabby at highschool history either. I even took a stab at chemistry. Now, for someone who isn't really a Math kid the fact that I took Chemistry for TWO YEARS (and PASSED) is something I'm kind of proud of. I took Biology in high school, too. And then I took it again in my first year of college - best science course I ever took! I got to dissect mice and frogs, fed the class snake. The only thing that was a real thorn in my side, was a technical paper we had to write. It was then that I realized that I'm not the best at technical writing. It's hard to write within certain and specific parameters. Writing within a broader and more general framework gives me a certain degree of freedom.

Even now, at the age of 30, I can't quite supress the urge to dash out and buy school supplies every year around this time. I've managed to avoid Staples thus far. The WalMart super store put out their Back To School stuff almost a month ago and so far I think I've managed to curb my compulsion rather well. I've only bough two packs of felt tip pens, and one pack of markers. I've been trying to find a good coloring book (the kind that you could find pretty much everywhere when I was a kid) to actually make use of, but they're all dumb. I just want coloring pages. But, I am accepting donations! If you find a real, honest to goodness coloring book (preferably a Disney Princess one, but I will also accept pretty much anything that reminds me of my childhood) then send it to me!

Apparently, my Inner Five Year Old is quite strong.