Monthly Archives: May 2012

A chuckle and a tear, by j


Summer is here!

And that means there needs to be a summer jam- got one you like?  I don’t.  But I do have this song stuck in my head:

This ridculously catchy tune is everywhere – thank you Canadian Idol.  But what I do find funny?  This (FYI: you have to know the song to get these):

And this one:


And enjoy this video that brought M to tears yestersday:


Spring Update, by m


6 weeks til the big move up north!

Jules helped to prepare me by getting together a  “North Western Ontario Survival Kit” 🙂

Can’t wait to wear the safety vest and bug net simultaneously!!

Also, we’re studying life cycles in our kindergarten class. We just got an order of caterpillars and are going to watch them turn into butterflies! This week, we drank nectar through our proboscis’, just like butterflies.

Happy Spring!

Rhubarb, by j


Last week we were gifted with some lovely rhubarb.

FYI: I love rhubarb. For reals.

So, I took the bounty that we received, and made some lovely stuff.

First, rhubarb muffins.

The recipe is from Ina Garten (and yes, there is a half pound of butter in there).

Here’s what it looked like:


2 cups of delicious (if a bit green) rhubarb.


Here’s the batter.


In the oven.


Ta da!


3 c. of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
.5 tsp baking soda
.5 tsp salt
1.5 cinnamon
1.25 c. Milk
2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 butter, melted
2 c. Rhubarb
1.5 c. Sugar


Preheat the oven to 375.

Sift dry ingredients.

Mix milk, melted butter, eggs. Add to dry ingredients, and fold until just combined.

Add in rhubarb and sugar.

Scoop into muffin pan, bake for 15-20 minutes.

Well, then I wanted to try something else…my favourite, stewed rhubarb. Stewed rhubarb is fabulous. Deliciously pink. Yum.

Except when it turns out like this:



Don’t let the color fool you. It’s delicious.

Here it is:


Cut up rhubarb and put into fancy pot.



Add in water. Note: this is waaaaay too much water. There was some alteration done.


Add sugar.

It may be bright green, but it really is delicious. I swear.

What A Weekend, by j


Well, I did it- I turned 30 years old on Friday!

It turned out to be a rather eventful day, filled with various kinds of treats.

The most surprising was this little invention I’m typing on, my brand new iPad 3. Shock would be a good term to use to describe how I felt when I opened the massive book. Wow.

After a lovely dinner, we cowed down on this:


The famous carrot cake.

The next day was followed by these:


A’s famous lemon loaf cupcakes. Of which I did not get any at the big party. Although I heard that a friend scooped my cupcake while I wasn’t looking.

Then I got a great gift from M, it was wrapped in this:


And inside was this:


So, we’ll see how this goes.

Oh, and I flipping love my iPad.

The Last 2 Days of my 20s, by j


The day is fast approaching, the end of my 20s.  I’ve been getting quite a few inquiries of folks doing the old “head tilt” and asking me how I feel about my upcoming 30th birthday.

Am I right to be frustrated with the implication that I have to have to be brokenhearted about turning thirty?  Because the next person to ask me “how I’m doing” with turning 30 is going to get a mouthful.

It’s like when I’m at school and people ask me “how I’m coping” with school work.  What they’re looking for is someone to be miserable with.  In reality, I’m dealing with everything quite well.  No real stress.  It’s almost as if going to school is like having a job.

So, as I approach Friday I’m reflecting (I’m getting really good at that) on the past decade.  Here are the things that I’ve done in the past decade:

– Graduated university & college

– Traveled to Australia, Scotland, Poland (and paid for most of it all myself)

– Moved out

– Moved home

– Got into grad school

– Got my first job

– Got my first car (paid for by me!)

– Held a koala

– Decided I hate animals

– Published a book (thanks Aunty)

– Made some new friends

– Got rid of some shitty ones

– Met and worked with some pretty cool people (Sheldon Kennedy, I’m looking at you)

– Trekked out to Newfoundland

– Developed a pretty solid dislike for the British monarchy

– Protested in Australia, US and Canada

– Said goodbye to some lovelies in my life

– Tried Zumba and Yoga (well, as of Thursday)

Not too bad.

Bring on the next decade.