Sunday, December 8, 2013
Share Where You Blog!
I have recently changed spaces when it comes to my Command Centre. I used to share a space with Reg but now I am now working in the family room. Which is good because we need separate spaces with him about to have more time at home now.
For me it is about comfort more than organization which is why I have a space heater and warm blankie. There is a foodie collage on the wall and Bender's head from our first Hal-Con keeps me company.
I have a little basket to try and maintain the wire chaos I have for connecting to my computer with my cameras, video camera, headset, headphones… Note the PC Holiday Insider's Report underneath it for quick reference for when I am writing President's Choice food reviews.
Underneath the little teak table is a long basket of crochet yarn, buttons, embroidery floss… for when I do my crochet tutorials at night. Oh and there is a computer speaker that fell on the ground. I never figured out how to make it work and forgot about it.
On the large teak table in front of me is just about everything else but especially the cookbooks I am reviewing and my day planner. The matching tables are from our family's home and my mom used to buy me my planner every year. It hit me the other day that I guess it's my turn to start taking care of those things now.
So here is where I blog now. When I go down the stairs after I wake up I take a left turn instead of a right. I get cozy on a couch instead of a desk chair and I put my feet up on the family table.
This will all change when we move but for now, I am loving working from here, trying to make myself as comfortable as possible while blogging.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Tutorial to come soon
Day Seven: One Sentence Saturday - Your Day. My sentence? Today is one of liberation and warmth because yesterday I got out my sewing machine, put in a needle (eek!), threaded it and made these thigh-high leg warmers.
Friday, December 6, 2013
First photo on my first post, "I have been away"
Although my foodie blog is not my first blog, it is the oldest one of mine that exists. I have a tendency to sense change in the air and then go all Kali-like and destroy the past and move on. I realize now, maybe that was not the wisest thing in the world.
This what I wrote when I returned from the blogging ashes and started my new relationship with blogging and food:
"...and now I return to blogland. It has been dark and quiet here in Nova Scotia and very, very cold and lonely. I have learned a lot during my cyber hiatus and while stuck inside I found solace in my kitchen and realized that I am more a foodie than ever. Food is where my passion is.
I still have to be super careful about my health so my online commitment must be strict. I will write here and only here. I can not go visiting other blogs. If that's a problem, then feel free not to come back. This is the only way I can be online.
Thanks to my sister Jamie's creativity group Circe's Circle, I have found profound connection to food through my writing. It has started an amazing culinary and literary journey for me. The experience has been so deep and life altering, I feel forever changed and more focused than ever. Thanks also goes out to the amazing Tammy! I have absolutely adored getting to know you better with our weekly phone calls and hope that you will still be friends with me even though you have seen/heard me at my worst! LOL."
Please feel free to comment but because of health reasons, this is far as I can go with the blog-a-thon journey.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
That is my on the left with my friend Dayna
I thought for Day Five: 10 Things About Me I would share things I normally would never tell anyone ever. Hence the above photo. The tomboy in me is telling me to delete the photo. But I do what I want! Please note, with my health issues I can't go to any other blogs so don't feel pressured to comment. That said, it is so wonderful to hear from old and new blogging friends. You rock!
- My sister Jamie used to love dressing me up for pretty photos for my Mom to take. This did not last long though. Soon I had all my hair cut off (Mom said if I didn't take care of it I would lose it) and turned into a wild child who really couldn't care less about what she was wearing.
- We moved to Toronto just before my sixth birthday. It was total culture shock and I was bullied right from the first day of school for most of my life.
- Despite my tomboyish tendencies I am a real romantic at heart. I am a huge fan of all John Hughes movies and Pretty in Pink is among my favourite movies ever. I had a huge crush on Duckie.
- I went to a high school where dressing like a freak was the cool thing so I grew my hair, tied it with ribbons, wore strawberry oil and lace to Damn The Goth Man.
- I worked at a record store throughout high school which was one of the coolest jobs I had but left when people started stealing. I told my boss and she gave me a bad reference as thanks.
- I also worked at many, many bookstores. When I left one of them I was escorted out by security in front of everyone! Which I thought was funny and disturbing.
- Spent a lot of my life trying to become invisible, it is one of the reasons I think I am passionate about ghosts. I empathize with their ability to exist but not be seen or heard.
- My life changed when I went to Hal-Con for the first time. I realized I am a geek and a freak and it was time to stop hiding.
- I am teaching myself how to crochet not because it is easy but because I find it really hard.
- I am terrified of sewing machines due to a childhood trauma but I am determined to start sewing. TOMORROW!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Esquimalt Lagoon in December
It is Weather Wednesday on Day 4 of Kickin' It Old Skool. I am happy to report, that so far this winter on the east coast of Canada we are getting winter weather just like Vancouver Island. I know this will not last. By January we will have lots of snow and the temperature will plummet but for now it is super-dark, crazy-windy and rainy. I can live with that. I can still go for my walks and have some autonomy.
I will complain that it makes taking foodie photos next to impossible. At least good ones. There is only a sliver of time during my day where the light can still work but lately I have been missing it. As a result, I am rethinking how I set up my entire day during this sun-cloaked winter.
I was so worried about staying on the east coast one more winter because I handle the cold so terribly. I am grateful it is starting gently. I needed that.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Yay! I may not be able to go visit all the blogs but I can participate in the KIOS's Swap! An inspiration envelope? I have so many ideas! OK, onto to today's meme:
[ RED ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of red? Lipstick, oh how boring of me!
Closest red thing to you? Crocheted hand warmers Jamie made for me.
What is the last thing that made you angry? Someone who bought a pot on my recommendation is having serious issues with it.
Are you a fan of romance? Hell yeah!
Do you have a temper? Double Hell yeah!
[ GREEN ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of green? Trees, again, how typical!
Closest green thing to you? My couch, it is sage green, it's old and I love it. I will miss it when I move.
What's your favourite green environment? The woods of BC.
Are you jealous of anyone right now? No.
Are you a lucky person? No.
[ PURPLE ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of purple? Shoes. I love purple anything actually.
Closest purple thing to you? My yoga mat.
Do you like being treated like royalty? No.
Do you like mysterious things? YES!
Are you intuitive? Yes but I have my oblivious moments.
[ BLUE ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of blue? The ocean.
Closest blue thing to you? A felt pill container I made myself.
Are you good at calming people down? I don't think so.
What's your favourite body of water (i.e. lake, ocean, etc)? The Pacific Ocean at Esquimalt Lagoon.
What was the last thing that made you cry? My mom's death. I cry all the time.
Are you a logical thinker? When it comes to money, yes. Everything else? No.
[ YELLOW ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of yellow? Lemons.
Closest yellow thing to you? Nothing, I don't like yellow.
What was one of the happiest times of your life? Going apple picking with my family.
What's your favourite holiday? Halloween! Duh!
What makes you happy? Hugs from my husband Reg. He is the best hugger!
[ PINK ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of pink? Love & Hate.
Closest pink thing to you? My crochet folder with pattern inside.
What sweet things do you like? I like things that are sweet and sour.
Are you sensitive? OMG, yes!
What is your favourite flower? Roses.
Does you have a crush on someone? My husband, of course! Oh and a little celebrity crush on Jon Stewart, he is one of my heroes.
[ ORANGE ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of orange? Good luck!
Closest orange thing to you? Kleenex box.
Do you dress up for Halloween? Yes but then I like to dress up all year.
What gives you the warm fuzzies? Puppies.
What would your superpower be? Super strength.
[ BROWN ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of brown? Chocolate.
Closest brown thing to you? Lots of brown on the cover of "Homemade Condiments".
What is your favourite type of chocolate? Anything mocha.
What makes you feel grounded? Wearing stone jewellery.
Paint the wood or always leave it au naturel? Au naturel, definitely!
[ WHITE ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of white? Marshmallows.
Closest white thing to you? My recipe notebook.
Do you always try to keep the peace? No, definitely not.
Do you like to play in the snow? No, absolutely not.
Are you afraid of going to the doctors or dentist? Big time!
[ BLACK ]
What's the first thing you think of when you think of black? Licorice (yes, I am obsessed with food)
Closest black thing to you? My yoga pants but they have mint green stripes
Are you sophisticated or silly? Neither, just accident-prone.
Do you have a lot of secrets? Just a few.
What's the new black? Individuality.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Me as Tank Girl at Hal-Con 2013
Wow, I seem to be totally unable to follow directions, even from my sisters! I realized in some ways my time capsule blog post is not what we're supposed to do but I know Jamie and Shannon will forgive me since they know I am just a rebel, whether I want to be or not.
Please also note, that as much as I want to visit each and every person's blog who is participating, there is just now way with my fibromyalgia that I can do it. I tried for the first day and failed so do not feel like you have to visit or comment OK? Unless you really want to of course!
I wanted to do a time capsule post about my costume at Hal-Con 2013. The big thing about cosplay is you make everything you wear but I am no where near that kind of cosplayer yet! Plus, for me, recreating the Atten-Shun! AKA Snip Snip costume from the movie Tank Girl was like a super-fun scavenger hunt for me.
The hardest and most challenging thing for me to find was the overall dress. I didn't find a dark blue version but I like the black one I got at Value Village a lot and it fit well. Finding the wig was the next hardest part! You would think Swedish braid wigs are easy to go get but nope, not so. I had to go to ebay for mine and then wear it backyards because Tank Girl did not have bangs. I thought that was particularly genius on my part, LOL.
The bowler hat I got at my local Halloween Shop Ripsters. The tights were originally white. I found them at my local thrift store and then dyed them flamingo pink. Because they were some unnatural fabric I knew it would not go bright pink and I was right.
I bought three pairs of black tights at the dollar store. I wanted to start off the weekend with the tights intact so if they started falling apart right away, I would have back ups. Turns out they worked perfectly. Stayed together until the last day and start pulling so no scissors required.
The week before the convention Reg was freaking out that I didn't have the sock arm sleeves done yet. So I raided his sock drawer for orphans and got out my markers and a ruler and made them myself. I also made the braided bracelet on my left arm and an earring which you can't see.
The boots appear to be my Hal-Con boots, I have worn them with my costumes each year. Who knew Payless had such comfortable boots! Best $80 I ever spent.
So there is it, a time capsule of the last few months in a photo of a costume. Yay! I have been wanting to share that for a while!
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