Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Maybe I'm still thinking kindly thoughts about Paul the Psychic Octopus, but I saw this thomas paul shower curtain on Design*Sponge and I think it's awesome.

H. thinks it is creeeeeepy.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

canadian book club of one

It has been too hot to write.

We don't have air conditioning, so I have to sit very still so that I don't sweat too much. H. and I plot to go places with air conditioning so we don't have to be in the apartment. We go to movies, or we spend as much time as possible at the Museum of Natural History.

It's also too hot to cook, or even eat. But last week's lunch was a gyro-style chicken wrap (gyro-style because of the feta and tzatziki).

And this week is a wintery casserole with potatoes and kale. What?? A request from H, who also requested Irish Stew.

I've also moved on to my next Governor General award-winner, Nino Ricci's The Origin of Species (2008).

None of this is fabulously interesting. It's a run-down of the things that I do, for the benefit of nobody. So, to make this more amusing for you, let me tell you about a dream I had last night.

In the dream I realised that the world was infested with ghosts. I often dream about ghosts, and when I get scared in dreams I start praying. But not in this dream, because I discovered that if you take a photo of a ghost, it would die! So I walked the street killing ghosts with my camera and saving the world. And before I would snap their photo I would yell "Hey Bitches!".Every time.

H's birthday is in a couple weeks, so I've been surfing the web looking for the perfect gifts. I have a short-list, including one or two things that maybe would be more for me than for him. Does coveting for others count as coveting?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

a new challenge, in relation to nothing, a bore to most

Most people who know me know that I really enjoy reading Canadian books. My American friends are confused, because outside of Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, they didn't know there are Canadian authors*. My Canadian friends are confused, because having been forced to read The Stone Angel in high school, they're traumatized by Canadian literature. But I liked The Stone Angel, and I like Margaret Laurence in general. And recently while I was re-reading The Diviners, I started thinking about the Governor General's literary award for fiction (which The Diviners won back in '74), and I started to play with the idea of reading all of the winners of the GG award - going back to the first in 1936. Why? I don't know. It's hard to decide on what to read next.

I'm aware that this new challenge will take years, and it will be hard to find some of these books. But it will be fun to try, so why not. Occasionally it will be boring and/or terrible.

I've read a few already, and I probably won't re-read them first this, so off the list are:

Gabrielle Roy, The Tin Flute (1947)
Mordechai Richler, St Urbain's Horseman (1971)
Robertson Davies, The Manticore (1972)
Margaret Laurence's The Diviners (1974)
Timothy Findley, The Wars (1977)
Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985) - though I might re-read this one
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (1992)
Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries (1993)
Jane Urquhart, The Underpainter (1997)
Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost (2000)
Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness (2004)
Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero (2007)

Full list of winners here

So, 12 down and 60 to go. Or, 59.5. Right now I'm reading Peter Behrens' The Law of Dreams (2006).

I don't know that I plan on reviewing or talking about these books, because having completed a degree in literature, I never really want to write about it in detail again. Well, maybe eventually, but not right now. For now, let this just be a checklist.

* - As an amusing nothing, I had a professor in one of my CanLit classes in university once say that to qualify to be a Canadian author all you have to do is write on a napkin while flying over the country.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A few notes of foodstuffs

I can't really deal with hot weather, so I can hardly deal with cooking, and barely deal with eating. Mostly I want to sit still and hope that the backs of my knees won't sweat. So, last week when it was roughly 10,000 degrees I wanted something for lunch that would be light and refreshing. I found these delicious Mango and Shrimp Wraps on Epicurious. Let me take a moment to highly recommend them. I didn't take a photo because I was so busy inhaling them. Summery yummy.

H. made keema (imagine Gordon Ramsay's voiceover on the F Word: Meat. Tomato. Potato. Peas. SIMMER) this weekend for dinner, which we've been eating with some leftover lentils.

Have you ever noticed that BBC America is basically just the Gordon Ramsay channel?

Anyhou. We're feeling a bit poor this week, so for lunch I made an old stand-by - those amazing salmon cakes, which are good for when you're poor, as long as you have bread crumbs, eggs, and mayo in stock. The rest is pretty inexpensive.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

and another thing

How cute is this little ragamuffin?

a small bounty

A few summer treats from the local farmers:

Plums. They are glorious. H. and I might eat all of them today.


Squash. Squashes? Squishes.

I'm in the market for a floor mirror. We haven't got one, and I'm pretty sure that has lead to some questionable outfits, and very questionable shoe decisions. I find myself taken with this little number from Pottery Barn:

This thing is $400, though - more than I was looking to spend. Tell me why mirrors are so expensive? You're not fooling anyone, Mirror, you are just a big piece of glass. While I'm at it, why are lamps so expensive? And where does Target get off selling $300 lamps?!? Let me tell you something about yourself, Tar-ghey, you are meant to be cheap. You shouldn't be selling anything that costs $300 unless it is a robot that will do my bidding, and even then it should come with a coupon for Pizza Hut. You are not West Elm, so your lamps should not be as expensive. Ugh.

Anyway. Now that I've finally got my credenza, my focus has turned on the bedroom. Our bedroom is very brown, and it looks so dark anf heavy and 70s. We also haven't got much up on the walls because we have so many prints to get framed, including a giant old map of Canada that a friend gave us as a wedding gift, so the room is a bit bleh. I want to lighten up the room a bit, and not in the mid century style that the living room is in. That's part of the reason I'm keen on the mirror above. I'm also thinking about some carpet tiles from Flor in a lightish blue color, like so:

And then, my pipe dream: a new bed -KING SIZE - or even queen, with a metal frame, like this one from Ikea:
Anyhou. H. thinks I'm done buying furniture, but he's so, so wrong.
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