Friday, March 30, 2012

A-Z Challenge (EEK!)

I did something insane this morning.  I know, what makes this different from any other morning.  However, now that I have done it I am having that crazy what have I done feeling.  I have signed myself up for the A-Z Challenge

I once I saw it I rather felt I had to, I mean it starts on my birthday how could I refuse that challenge?  Still this is the first blog hop I have participated in and I am very nervous.  Plus posting everyday... eek!  Lucky for my I am off today and can at least get an idea for some posts.  Anyone else feel like singing C is for Cookie?

 

I just want to say that I blame all of this on Creepy Query Girl as I found out about this from her blog and then I was all that sounds awesome.  <claps hands>  This should be fun!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Jello Shot Recipe

Since the first time I tried them, a party at my best friend's house back in the days before children and responsibility and all those things that I have now that I muddle my way through and am occasionally good at, I have been in love with Jello Shots.  They are defiantly a  staple at every party and get together I throw and over years of research and trial and error I have concocted my own fool proof method of making them the way I like them.

Now I know people who like to experiment and make fancy flavor concoctions Martha Stewart style but I am partial to plain old jello and vodka.  I am rather old fashioned I guess.


Ingredients:
Jello
Vodka
Hot water

Tools:
Bowl
Measuring Cup
Whisk
Ladle
Candy Cups



Whenever I am using hot water I like to use a glass measuring cup.
I am just partial to metal mixing bowls, love them.
I find some flavors of Jello work better than others Cherry and Orange are always good, Lemon not so much.
The first steps are actually kind of clear, Jello in bowl add hot water according to package directions.
Mix with whisk to dissolve powder.
Then comes the vodka (which you are using in place of the cold water), I wouldn't use an overly expensive vodka for this.
I only use 3/4 cup, any more and it becomes overpowering.
Again whisk to ensure things are thoroughly mixed.
Lay your candy cups out on a cookie sheet or tray.  (You could use plastic shot glasses sprayed with cooking spray instead but trust me candy cups are so much easier)
Fill ladle.
Use ladle to fill candy cups.
When tray is full place into fridge to set.  Enjoy!



P.S.  I have tried the Tequila and lime jello Martha style and while it does not taste like the promised Margarita it is not terrible and it is pretty potent.  

P.P.S.  Many thanks go to Debbie for introducing me to these. 












Monday, March 26, 2012

Hamilton's Food and Drink Fest

On Saturday my friend Mike and I headed out of town for an afternoon of wine, food and beer in Hamilton.  Which worked out well as a) life has been less than pleasant lately and b) the weather was crappy.  We met up at Yonge and Queen in Toronto and after listening to me voice my opinion about dealing with stupid people and shuttle buses before I had coffee in the morning we grabbed the street car and headed over to Jarvis, where we walked a block (possibly half a block) south to a delightful coffee shop (the name of which I cannot remember) that was full of delicious smells and great coffee.

We wondered over to St Laurence Market and grabbed peameal bacon sandwiches for the trip to Hamilton before heading over to Union Station.  Now, the original plan was to take the GO train out to Hamilton but our timing worked out that the bus was leaving sooner (and when you have coffee and great company what's the difference) so we switched plans.

View from the bus before we left

We hit Hamilton with a little over an hour to spare and so decided to walk from the GO station over to the festival...on the other side of Hamilton.  Which under normal circumstances is fine, I mean I walk a lot, and pretty much guaranteed anytime we get together there is a ton of walking involved.  However if you know, or follow me on twitter then you already know that I hurt my back last weekend.  So even in sensible shoes (which I was wearing for once) the 45 minute hike stroll through Hamilton left me in pain and slightly cranky. 

That's not to downplay the city itself at all, which is beautiful.  It was an enjoyable walk outside of my back.  I wish I hadn't been so distracted and had taken more pictures.





Upon beginning our tour of the Drink and Food Fest my first stop was at Munro Honey & Meadery where after a brief conversation with the very friendly gentleman running the booth about the difference between Mead and Sweet Mead and a tiny taste of both, (Sweet Mead rather tasted like liquified honey to me, even I can't handle that kind of sweet) I traded some sample tickets for a glass of Mead.  I also vowed to come back later to buy some gourmet honey for Ace as he is honey obsessed and it looked really yummy.  (Thankfully I did not forget this as it is really yummy)

Our next stop was Cupcake Diner where I got a to die for After Eight cupcake.  Which I may have shoved in my mouth all at once...it was just a little cupcake like a mini muffin.  I am usually not a big fan of cupcakes, at least not from cupcake shops as they tend to be overpriced, not taste all that great and not look like anything special.  But these were adorable, and it was soo delicious (just so you know that was said in a voice as I typed as this cupcake was THAT GOOD)  We hit Cupcake diner again before we left and I got a Cookie Dough cupcake the second time, it was good but not as good as the After Eight.

I was still wiping the cupcake crumbs off my mouth as Mike was talking to the guys from Grand River Brewing.  I think I may have mentioned before that I am not a big beer fan, so I usually look to Mike for recommendations on this sort of thing so when they asked what I liked I looked at him, he didn't answer right away.  (revenge for the cat nip mouse?)  So I was honest and told the guy I didn't like beer.  He got me to try their Mill Race which is one of the first beers I have ever had that I can truly say I like.  It kind of tastes like coffee and chocolate, which as I'm sure you can imagine I thought was brilliant.  A few hours later we took another swing by Grand River and I tried their Hannenberg Pils which I also found very drinkable.

Grand River's Mill Race



After a Pomegranate martini that was nothing to write home about I voted for trying some food as we had wondered by several lovely smelling tables and I was beginning to get more than a bit hungry,  (plus I'm a total lightweight)  At our first stop I got this lovely crab and lobster cake:

It was so good and that sauce, just the right amount of spice


 Now, I would love to say that I would eat at this place should I ever venture to Hamilton again (heck, I would venture there to eat at this place) but my stupid butt did not get the name of it.  I tried to figure it out from the map of the venue but all I learned was either I or the map was useless.

That was followed up by a Potato Red Pepper Chipote soup from Greensville Gourmet.  I'm going to be honest about this soup, I smelled it walking by and I instantly wanted whatever it was because it smelled so good...and then I read the sign.  It sounded gross.  But I ate it anyways because my stomach overruled my brain and I am glad it did because it was wonderful.  Spicy and creamy and all the things a potato soup should be.  I am going to hunt for a recipe for this soup.

The other beer Mike got me to try on our afternoon excursion was from Cameron's Brewing Company.   Cameron's Dark 266 which is another dark beer with a lighter taste that I found to be quite enjoyable.  I hate to say it but Mike just might make a beer lover out of me yet.

Cameron's Dark 266



 For me those were the big highlights of my day, there was more wondering around, a butterscotch square that was mostly peanut butter with marshmallows on it, some wine tasting.  Okay, so I only stopped at that wine booth because they had an English phone booth teapot (sadly it was not blue) but I did learn that this is not a good way to pick wine.  (probably would have been if it was blue)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Life Sucks and Other Often Repeated Lessons

Sometimes move through life so fast that we take the people close to us for granted.  They pass through our minds and we think that we should call them, maybe set up a time to see them and often as fast as we think it, it is gone again.  Lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  It's often not until something tragic happens that we are reminded of what is truly important in life.

I like to take a great deal of pride in being one of those people who takes pleasure in the small things in life.  A well made cup of coffee, the joy of jumping in a puddle, snuggling with my kids in the morning, a purring cat.  However, it was driven home very sharply for me over the last few weeks that I sometimes miss the most important thing of all, my family. 

A week ago, my cousin passed away.  I was explaining it to Ace and he summed it up in a way that I thought really fit.  He said "Mom, sometimes life sucks."  It occurs to me that I was about 7 when I figured that out too.

My cousin Kenita, was one of the sweetest, kindest people I know.  We grew up together and I have a million memories over the last 3o years of time spent together.  But I also feel saddened by the time not spent together, and I will miss her always.

I am just thankful that I took the time the last time I talked to her to tell her that I loved her, it lightens my heart to know that that's the last thing I said to her.  Because I do and I always will and she should know that. 






My cousin Cass, Kenita and Myself

Kenita, Cass, Me

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Making Mac and Cheese

One of my favorite vegetables is butternut squash so when Chatelaine posted this yummy looking recipe for mac and cheese brimming with squash I immediately pinned it to make at a later time.  Now, before Pinterest I am willing to admit, recipes got saved in my e-mail, but they never got made.  They just got lost in the shuffle; now they get neatly organized and displayed where I can go through them on a regular basis. 

More importantly than that I can try them.   This recipe worked out well for me, I thought the cheese and squash tasted great together, the kids however did not agree.  They like their squash on the side, where they can control how much they ingest.  Next time I will definitely use less breadcrumbs though. 








Sunday, March 11, 2012

Craft Month: Project Six- Key Fob

When I was going through my ribbon stash for Cat this morning I came across this awareness ribbon and it reminded me that I need to get my butt in gear and do some fundraising for my walk in September.  With that it mind I whipped this up.






Craft Month Project 5: Ribbon Belt

Today we were going to a party and once Cat got dressed I thought she could use a belt to go with her jumper.  Since she was wearing black and red she picked out the cherry bows to wear.  I thought vaguely that I had some of that ribbon left somewhere so I went digging through my ribbon stash.

Sure enough after about twenty minutes I found it, (if any one would like to come organize my ribbon stash I will pay you in cookies er bows) I also located some belt hardware which was a definite plus.
The outfit in question



Materials:

7/8's ribbon (3" more than waist measurement)
1.5" webbing (4" more than waist measurement)
2 2" D Rings
1 1.5" belt tip
liquid stitch
needle and thread that matches your ribbon
pliers to close belt tip

Measure your ribbon and webbing, since Cat's waist measures 21" I used 24" of ribbon and 25" of webbing.

Apply Liquid Stitch to the back of your ribbon from edge to edge along the entire length.

Center in middle of webbing and press down removing all air bubbles.  
Leave a one inch gap at one end.  (this is where you are going to sew your D rings)  Allow Liquid Stitch to dry before moving on to next step. 

Place belt tip on the end where the ribbon is flush and use flat end pliers to tighten into place. 
Fold webbing over D-rings and sew into place securely, I went back and forth three times. 

Finished product.
Cat wearing her belt.

The matching bows. 





Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge







I was messing around on Pinterest while I was baking cookies, that funny enough I found on Pinterest (I love that site) when I stumble on this proclaimed Rory Gilmore reading list.   As I haven't had the best day I armed myself with my freshly baked espresso-chocolate cookies (recipe) and a vodka cocktail to read over this list.  Which I snagged from here.  

Now, the first thing I discovered upon reading this list is that I have read a good number of these books.  Which was kind of inevitable, I read a lot.  The second thing was that I want to read a lot that I haven't.  Hence the challenge.  I would personally like to see how far I can get in reading through this list by this time next year.

1984 by George Orwell - read
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - read
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - read 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - read
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire 
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King - read
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White -read
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens  - read
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber 
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown - read
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - read
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) - read
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - read
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - read
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - read
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare - read
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling - read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling - read
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (TBR)
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (TBR)
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss - read
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inferno by Dante
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen - read
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - read 
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding - read
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare - read
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey - read
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi - read
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - read
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) - read
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - read
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Hotels of Europe
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers - read
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White- read
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - read
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten - read
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum - read
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Some of these books I want to read more than others, for example "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" but I think I will begin with "Great Expectations" for the simple reason that I own it and I know where it is.  I do believe there are a few other books on this list that I own and haven't read.  (no idea how this happens)

Other than that I am sure there will be several great afternoons of coffee and bookstore wondering in store.  Maybe even brunch, I am a huge fan of brunch.   

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stupid Things People Do

I hate inconsiderate people.  Especially on public transit, buses get crowded, people get cranky.  Nothing bothers me more than some jacka** that won't get up for an elderly person, or a pregnant woman.  Or a small child.  Or some idiot who has their backpack on a crowded bus and refuses to take it off.  Argh!!


Except this!!



I know the picture is sideways (still haven't mastered my cell camera) but this twit has got her stroller taking up most of the bus aisle.  Now, I have a toddler, I use a stroller on public transit all the time but out of courtesy for my fellow riders I take her out of it and fold it up whenever possible.  Failing that I keep her tucked out of the way.  IT'S NOT HARD PEOPLE!!!!

It's like moving to the back of the bus, just do it, it's polite and guess what...usually there's seats back there cause there is a bunch of useless idiots standing at the front.

That's my rant for today.  Back to your regularly scheduled programing tomorrow.

Yorkdale 5k Weekend To End Women's Cancers + Project 4

Sunday morning I got up against my better judgement (as I was feeling horrible after sleeping for almost 11 hours) and went over to Yorkdale to participate in a WEWC training event.  If you stick with reading my blog you will soon discover that I support my share of charities, most of them local.  Sick Kids, Heart and Stroke, War Amps etc.  But this is my big one, where my time and energy goes...not just my money. 

In March of 2009 I lost a dear friend and co-worker to breast cancer.  She was one of the most inspirational, full of life women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and I am a better person for having known her. 

In 2010 I walked the weekend for the first time, partially in her memory but also for the other women I know who have been through this.  Patients, friends, loved ones, family.  I also walk because I never want my daughter or anyone else to lose their life to something so senseless. 

Crabtree and Evelyn provided the walkers with little bags of samples with were tied with a cute pink moonstitch ribbon, so Project 4 is a set of hair clips made with the ribbon from my bag and one I begged from a fellow walker. 
















I think they came out pretty cute and I will wear them with pride at my next WEWC event. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Craft Month: Project Three

A couple of weeks ago my friend Mike and I were out for dinner and I was very excited about some new ribbon I had ordered (not that I need any more) and I was telling him about it while he ate.  Even though he had been there when I ordered it.  I was debating between ordering premade bottle caps to match it or just getting the images and making my own.

For some reason this intrigued him and he wanted to know what exactly one did with bottle caps and ribbon.  Not having any photos of my own handy I did a search of the Etsy app on my phone a came up with a quick example of some bottle cap bows, they were cute but not show stopping.

Now, my friend is a real lover of beer and I don't mean your regular run of the mill beers.  Since I started hanging out with Mike he has introduced me to the wonderful world of craft beer (by introduced I mean talked me into trying as I usually don't like beer but I was uneducated as to how good beer can be) so I probably should have seen where this conversation was going.  But...I was all hyped up on caffeine and we were on our way to a show so I didn't get there right away.

Anyhow, before I go off on a tangent about how I could totally go for Thai food and beer right about now, (yep at 11:00 in the morning, hey it's Monday) he asked about using beer caps.  I did the usual sure, why not thing I do whenever one of my friends asks me to do something and told him to bring me some caps.  I mean craft beer, crafts why not?

Luck happen to fall upon both of us when I stumbled upon a Black Oak Brewing Co. cap when cleaning up my apartment.  First because that was the specific brewer we had been discussing and second because I like a few of their beers.

So, my Black Oak bow: