Monthly Archives: April 2012

RIP Posting Streak

Way back in the land before time when I started this blog, September 2011, I promised myself to post at least once a week. Sometimes I would get really excited and post more than that, but lately Tuesdays have been my thing. I missed last Tuesday. Sorry.

I also promised myself that I would never write a post apologizing for not posting. Sorry again.

Last Tuesday was one of those awful days. Usually, the graveyard of  unfinished drafts would warrant some sort of post if I wasn’t able to come up with something from scratch. Nothing clicked on that Tuesday.

I had come this week expecting to tell a tale of epic proportions. The story of a lowly but feisty 20 year old girl bringing down an illegal telemarketing firm with her trickery and Sherlock-esque sleuthing abilities. The company, “air duct cleaning,” who had been harassing me daily for weeks, despite me kindly informing them that I’m on the do-not-call list, never called back. Damn them for ceasing their illegal activity! (Legally they have to remove you from their harassment list if you tell them you’re on the DNC list. I got hung up on instead, multiple times.)

I thought of perhaps detailing my unusually successful shopping experience of this weekend (with the exception of these shoes that The Bay kindly advertised online but didn’t have in store.) Actually, as boring as that sounds, I might throw it in there next week. Stay tuned! Don’t refresh my blog too much waiting for that post.

I thought about doing a post on how much I sucked at learning code at codecademy.com, but I figured two self-deprecating posts in a row was a little much, right?

Maybe this is why people like Tumblr so much.
A gif of Roger Sterling‘s acid trip? New post! (I am still waiting for clips of Mad Men‘s Roger Sterling on acid to show up YouTube. The internet is failing me.)

Wait...you can get AMC in HD?

I would also tell you about the deliciousness of Tim Hortons’ new frozen lemonades, but I drank mine before I could take a picture.

Oh, hell. Here you go:

These things are too good to pass up, and at only $1 for a small, I can say I’m becoming an addict.

When I come down from my sugar high, I’ll probably regret posting this incoherent mess. But hey, we’re all allowed some messy posts, right? Right?

That’s what I thought.

I sorry.

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An On-Topic Post: My Reading List

Woo, a post that actually relates to the blog!

One of the things I really wanted to do on my year off was finishing a pile of books I had been longing to read. (Isn’t that on everyone’s “to do” list when they have a chunk of free time?) I’ve always wanted to tackle a few classics, since for some reason my high school chose to negate famous authors such as Jane Austen,  Charles Dickens and Mark Twain in the curriculum. I don’t know how I obtained a high school diploma without touching a book by any of these people, but I did. (We did cover a few Shakespeare plays, Lord of the Flies and Frankenstein*, so all hope is not lost on public education in Canada.)

*We spent two weeks in class listening to horrible audio tapes of this book. Just thought you should know.

Note: When I think of “classics,” I’m really just relating it to “well-known books that come up in conversation and everyone should know what they are.” 

Probably the easiest thing I’ve ever googled.

Of course, not all goes to plan. I did finish The Great Gatsby. It was wonderful. I breezed through 1984 and then Animal Farm. I even regretfully finished The English Patient!

Pride and Prejudice didn’t make for very good beach reading, as I was on vacation in PEI at the time, so I switched over to–are you ready?–The Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin. Her more well-known work is Something Borrowed, which I believe has been made into a movie starring Kate Hudson. I feel guilty just typing this.

I'm sorry, Jane Austen.

My next check-out from the library was Great Expectations. I don’t know what it was, I really enjoyed the book but I just didn’t finish it before it had to go back. I tried! I really did! I tried to the tune of nearly $5 in late fees. I did record the page number I was on, so all hope isn’t lost!

At one point I even downloaded a Kindle app onto my iPhone and tried reading the free A Tale of Two Cities on my breaks. That lasted about…15 minutes? You try reading that on an iPhone!

I’m not doing too well at this point, am I?

I keep going to the library with “classics” on my mind, and then I wind up getting side-tracked by the pretty pastel covers on the shelf where they keep all the popular books. Dammit.

Right now I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love, which is a lovely story of a woman’s journey–oh, hell, you’ve all seen the movie. Not a classic. I’ve also got Lisa See’s Peony in Love to read afterward. Also not a classic. (If you are curious about China and have a thing for mid-20th century historical fiction, please get your hands on Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy by See. Those were two stories that stuck with me for a while.)

Other off-track books I’ve finished include The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, My Sister’s Keeper, Water for Elephants, and The Help.

Oh, my god. These are all books recently made into movies. Who am I? I actually didn’t even realize that until I listed them here. This is turning about to be a more self-deprecating post than I thought.

(I suppose I don’t know why there’s a certain…elitism…against people who flock to a certain book when word gets out about a movie being made. It’s a way that the book is thrust into the spotlight, a book that the reader may have never heard of before all the movie-talk.)

If you have a Goodreads account, please do me a favour and make sure I stay on track! I’d like to read Moby Dick and finish Great Expectations before I dive back into the world of pastel covers.

Although, that may have to wait. Looks like I’ve put a hold on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close at the library. It was an accident, I swear!

Tom Hanks is judging me. (Although this is a shot from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, so yeah, lets think about that.)

Oh and please share any of your favourite classic novels! I would like some suggestions, of course.

Sowing Some Seeds

See what I did there? Alliterations are fun.
I finally know how to pronounce “sow,” months after mumbling my way through it at work. Embarrassing.

Anyway, I’ve decided to go the old-fashioned route and start my vegetable plants from seed this year. Why? Because there’s no better way to one-up someone than boasting that the salad they’re enjoying is made from vegetables you lovingly grew from seed. I’m kidding, I don’t care where you get your vegetables. It’s actually really fun (if you’re a shut-in like me) to watch plants grow from tiny little millimetre-wide specks. I also keep killing basil, and at $4 a pop for a full-grown plant it’s rather pricey to replace. This year I bought the seeds, but next year I’ll even one-up myself and use the ones from the vegetables I grow. Better Homes and Gardens ain’t got nothing on me.

This is the spread for the year, although I’m still on the hunt for some good eggplant seeds, and we’ll need to add a small cantaloupe plant. The Zellers down the street is closing and had a huge sale, so I picked up what I could.

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Okay, this is bad. I kind of got lazy and just threw a bunch of basil and parsley seeds into a big, plastic pot with regular potting soil I reused. To my surprise, this happened. The little guys in the background are parsley, which makes me super happy since apparently they’re a bitch to get to germinate.

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I bought some proper peat pots for the other seeds, and these cucumbers are growing like mad.

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Are you familiar with the invase Chinese Lanterns?  They have cool little paper-y orange seed pods. My mom actually swiped a few (that had fallen off the plant!) from a garden on the way to work, and now we have this: (I promise they will stay in a much bigger container outside! No invading!)

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I think we’re going to need to install bigger windowsills, it’s getting pretty ridiculous in here.