Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pomp and Circumstance

Today I finished my sewing class. Four weeks and two projects later - I have a pair of pajama bottoms and a change purse:

So, my one resolution for the year has been accomplished, and it was good. Now all I need is a sewing machine and I'm on my way to all variety of amusing adventures. Hooray!

I'm thinking that next year I might make a much longer list of goals. One was just a teensy bit easy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Whenever we go out, people always shout...

... I like your boots!

And they do shout that! On the street, or in the Trader Joe's... Because they are awesome, aren't they? Especially with my new blue tights, and my blurry little cat.

In other news, today I bought lipstick. For the first time. I don't wear lipstick, but lately I've had the urge to wear some bright lipstick. H. attributes this to the increase in Mad Men DVDs that we've been watching - and I think he might be right. So, against the wishes of my sister in law I bought bright red lipstick.

But the lighting in this photo isn't so good, so it might be hard to see how bright it is.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Legendary Uludag Gazoz

I found this at the Turkish butcher today, and bought it because I liked the bottle and label.

According to the label this legendary Uludag Gazoz is the "taste of the 30's".

To me it tasted like a less-sweet Irn Bru. If you had asked me before today, I would have guessed that the 30's tasted kind of dusty, depressing, and tinny.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


So that nobody thinks I'm slacking off on my GG Project now that I've accomplished the fame and fortune shame of appearing on the CBC and getting a fancy invite to a swanky party, here is an update on my progress.

I'm on 52/72 Gloria Sawai's A Song for Nettie Johnson (2002).

I can't even tell you how it good it feels right now to be past that 50-mark. Only 21 to go! It should all be downhill from here, right?!
1938: Gwethalyn Graham, Swiss Sonata
1939: Franklin D. McDowell, The Champlain Road
1941: Alan Sullivan, Three Came to Ville Marie
1942: G. Herbert Sallans, Little Man
1943: Thomas H. Raddall, The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek
1944: Gwethalyn Graham, Earth and High Heaven
1945: Hugh MacLennan, Two Solitudes
1947: Gabrielle Roy, The Tin Flute
1949: Philip Child, Mr. Ames Against Time
1953: David Walker, Digby
1954: Igor Gouzenko, The Fall of a Titan
1957: Gabrielle Roy, Street of Riches
1959: Hugh MacLennan, The Watch That Ends the Night
1960: Brian Moore, The Luck of Ginger Coffey
1962: Kildare Dobbs, Running to Paradise
1966: Margaret Laurence, A Jest of God
1968: Alice Munro, Dance of the Happy Shades
1971: Mordecai Richler, St. Urbain's Horseman
1972: Robertson Davies, The Manticore
1973: Rudy Wiebe, The Temptations of Big Bear
1974: Margaret Laurence, The Diviners
1976: Marian Engel, Bear
1977: Timothy Findley, The Wars
1978: Alice Munro, Who Do You Think You Are?
1980: George Bowering, Burning Water
1981: Mavis Gallant, Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories
1982: Guy Vanderhaeghe, Man Descending
1987: M.T. Kelly, A Dream Like Mine
1988: David Adams Richards, Nights Below Station Street
1989: Paul Quarrington, Whale Music
1990: Nino Ricci, Lives of the Saints
1991: Rohinton Mistry, Such a Long Journey
1992: Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
1993: Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
1985: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
1986: Alice Munro, The Progress of Love
1994: Rudy Wiebe, A Discovery of Strangers  
1995: Greg Hollingshead, The Roaring Girl
1997: Jane Urquhart, The Underpainter
1998: Diane Schoemperlen, Forms of Devotion
1999: Matt Cohen, Elizabeth and After
2000: Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost
2001: Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan
2002: Gloria Sawai, A Song for Nettie Johnson
2003: Douglas Glover, Elle
2004: Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness
2005: David Gilmour, A Perfect Night to Go to China
2006: Peter Behrens, The Law of Dreams
2007: Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero
2008: Nino Ricci, The Origin of Species
2009: Kate Pullinger, The Mistress of Nothing
2010: Dianne Warren, Cool Water

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