Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 114

I can honestly say, Candace Bushnell and Jane Austen, are the only two authors who's works I have all of.

I went out on Friday night and got myself the next book in the SATC series - Summer in the City-  And it was ten times better then The Carrie Diaries.  And I loved the Carrie Diaries even though it had made me doubt myself on a ton of levels.  This one, does the opposite.  It reinforces certain aspects of being a writer.

The two volumes combine, put me in mind of Jane Austen's Northanger Abby and Mansfield Park.  It's about trust.  Trusting yourself and trusting those closest to you.  You're most intimate connections. (sexually and otherwise)

And of course, the clothes.   If you have never read Jane Austen, trust me, for something that is over 200 years old, the issues of finding love, sex, and fashion was as important then as now.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 113

Yesterday I finished reading the Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell.  That book caused me a lot of thinking and a slight meltdown.
Needless to say, I can not wait to get my hands on the next in the series Summer in the City.

I've put on nearly 6 pounds this past week.  Been eating a ton of sandwiches. I see a cereal and ramen noodles detox in my future.  I'm a stress eater.  And right now, my mother has gotten me ready to throw her out a window. 

Buddy of mine made a statement that hit extremely hard.  He said that until I ether A) find a husband and finally get some respect from my family {very very long story} or B) my mother dies, I will never have a life of my own. 
And I really hate to admit it, but that is pretty much the truth of it.   I get treated like a child because I am not married.  Everyone in my family sees me like I am still 12 because there is no ring on my finger. 

My frustration is showing on the scales.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 112

It was foggy here yesterday. Put you in mind of a horror movie. Today, pouring rain.  Cold. Damp.  My kind of weather. 
My body kills me for a few days before we get weather like this, everything starts to act up. Headaches, backaches, hips etc.  When we get the weather,  total relief.  I even sleep better. 
I was not designed for hot dry places. Not at all.  I was designed for misty foggy rain drenched places.

All I've done since yesterday afternoon, is sit and watch episodes of Sex and the City. Today, doing pretty much the same thing.  With the added bonus of reading The Carrie Diaries.  This is something I'm reading for the sake of reading.  Reading for fun.   I know, totally bad of me given the fact I have a stack of 8 books for review that I should be reading. 
But I just do not feel like spending my long weekend working.  And that's what it is here in Canada.  Long Weekend.  Victoria Day. 
At some point, I suppose I should try to do the dishes. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Day 111

Nice number.   111 (and 1111) mean the flow of energy in it's forms (water, sex, money, magnetic and kundalini)  So when you see 111 or 1111 it means there is a hit of that energy having just happened.  I always pay attention to that sort of thing, trying to remember what it was I had been just thinking or feeling or where I might have been or talking to when I spot those numbers. 

There is actually a few sites online that delve into the meaning of multiple numbers.

Anyways, my life today.... was muggy here at +13c with rain.  Rented the Tourist.  It was okay, nothing great. 
Can understand why it flopped at the cinema. 

See, I love love love Johnny Depp.  So I decided to dig through one of my bins and found where I had Chocolat.  Made it a Depp double feature today.
The only problem with that was it made me crave hot chocolate.  There was me, sitting in mom's, watching the Depp; digging through the kitchen till I found some coco powder (for baking) and decided to make a mug of hot chocolate.  With the "table cream" I had trekked around town for the other day.  It was good.  Bit on the heavy side but yummy.

I was not in the mood for much in the way of "cooking cooking"  after we cleaned out mom's fridge (which I am ashamed to say is something i need to do with my own fridge) but I did end up making homemade pancakes.  Again with the "table cream" that I had bought the other day.  I swear, by the time I get around to actually making the recipes I bought the cream for, I'll be needing to trek across town again for more cream. 

It was a day of playing hooking as far as work went, as I never even opened the books today.  I've sort of made up my mind that once I am done the stack of books for review that are sitting in my living room, I'm not going to do book reviews much anymore -right now.   Maybe after the fall I'll get back into it.  But I've been doing book reviews for the last 2 and a half years, and it's starting to take it's toll on me.  I've noticed that my reviews are sounding more and more alike and I'm finding I enjoy the books less and less.

Besides, with all the time I've been spending at my mother's in the last two months, I'm finding it a pain in the ass to lug the books to and from her place every day.  Half the time I just end up cooking or do whatever she needs me to do around the apartment. Then by the time I get home, I just want to have a coffee and go to bed.

While at mom's, I watched the replay of last night's WWE Smackdown.  And I have to say, when Wade Barrett is on screen, I don't pay much attention to the match anymore, too busy watching the guy's hair.   Yeah, his hair.  I've talked about this on my wrestling blog; and still I can't get over the fact his hair is so slicked down that it never moves.  Ever.  I am just transfixed by the British dude's hairdo. Waiting, watching, wanting it to do something other then just be an oil slick when he wrestles.
There is your randomness for the evening. Wade Barrett's hair.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Day 110

I'm just sort of sad. As a wrestling fan, hearing the news that Macho Man Randy Savage died today just makes me sad.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 109

I missed yesterday on here. Crap!  I was seriously trying to get back to having a post a day.
Yesterday, mom needed to get out again, and we ended up on the bus for way too long.  It had reached +22 c  here yesterday.
Today, it was +24c with a humidex of +27c.  That means, the summer has officially started.  Long weekend here as well because Monday the 23rd is Victoria Day.   I'm not too sure why it's never the same day every year?  Its to celebrate and honor the birthday of Queen Victoria, but yet it shifts every year.  Honestly, I always thought it was the 19th but it seems it's the weekend closest or something.  Anyways, it equals a long weekend here in Canada.
Today's big adventure, was hunting down a liter of "heavy cream".  What I found was the closest thing to that in this city which is "table cream" at 18%.  I had to go to two different groceries to find it too.  Well, the walk did me good.  Thought it was $6 for that, and I know it will get used in like one recipe but whatever Eh?
And why was I hunting down this ingredient?   Mastering the Art of French Cooking, has it as a main for many of the recipes.  I look forward to starting some crazy kitchen antics tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Day 108

Trying to get back into the groove with this blog.  No real big news today.

But as I just posted on my main blog,  I was out shopping with mom today and finally got myself a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol 1 by Julia Child
Yes, I know I was like the only person on the planet who did not have this book. 

And I've already got my sights set on the Joy of Cooking for next book store visit.  That's my vampire bear, he's made some blog appearances over the last few years.  He's my little blog star.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Day 107

Well, it's been an interesting weekend to say the lest.  Not too overly busy but nice.

Saturday I went to the cinema to see Priest.   I ranted and reviewed about it on both my main blog and my vampire review blog.  It was good story wise, but I was unaware of it being in 3D, as our local cinema did not say so on the website when I pre-ordered the ticket.

Got another book review done and up on my book blog.  The kicker was that I finished reading it the night of the Blogger mess and could do nothing about it for awhile.  Which I find if I do not get a review done within a few hours of reading, then I forget 90% of it. Even with notes.

And then today, was at mom's and decided I was going to make homemade rice with broccoli and cheese sauce.  You know, like the kind you get instant in the Uncle Ben's packages.  What to make with it was the question of the day.  I opted for baked beans.  Only, all the recipes we had for it had salt pork and bacon fat as main ingredients.   I used canola oil and a uber dose of just salt so that it would be vegetarian. 
I think it turned out really good.  Specially considering the molasses and ketchup just kept getting everywhere.  My clothes were clean from the laundry when I left the house, now you would think I rolled around in the sauce by the looks of me. 
There was a ton of left overs too.  I won't need to cook for another two days.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 106

Wow!   The last day has been rough for bloggers.   With Blogger having been down for over 24 hours and many of us loosing posts, it's sucked.
I know that my tags/labels are all weird as are the comments/reactions still.   I see some of my sidebar stuff is little off looking too.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Day 105

It's a Thursday morning.  I have a review to write up but my brain's not in it.   I loved the book, finished it last night.   Which is the issue.   I finished it and went to bed without writing the review up right away. And this morning, all I want to do is listen to old Kiss cds.

Speaking of books. If you've never jumped to the bottom of my blog, I have a badge for Goodreads 2011 reading challenge.   I'm half way for my goal of 45 books this year.  Yeah, I've already read 20 books since January.  Not too bad if I do say so myself.
If anyone is part of this, leave a comment with your goal and your progress.  And any of your review links too.   Let's compare and see if we are reading the same stuff or if we like/hate the same books.

As always, here is the link to my book review blog  and if you want to get in on the chat the link to my book club blog I would love to get some conversations going.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge

Coffins has

read 20 books toward her goal of 45 books.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 104

Wishcasting Wednesday for May 11th 2011 -  Jamie Ridler asks today,  "what do you wish to take a stand for?"

{I'm thinking}    I know I've been out of the loop for the last few weeks with the group.  I've been out of the loop with many things in the last few weeks.  I'll chalk it up to timing and the shifting planets for now.

When I saw the question this morning, my mind went empty.   Then I went and watched part of this week's Top Chef Canada and thought about a few things. Nothing I could honestly back up came to me that I was willing to commit to print.   Then I checked the weekend movie listings for my city.  I was very pleased to see we are getting the new vampire movie Priest  on opening day -Friday the 13th-  and then I thought,    I want to take a stand for Guilty Pleasures.    We all have something that makes us giggle, laugh out loud, get giddy like a five year old over, that sometimes other people shame us for.  And you have to ask yourself why do they?  When we know they've got one too.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 103

Once again, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution was not on.  I'm getting miffed with the scheduling of the show.  We get commercials for it, but no show. 
Latest rumour for it is that it will return next month on a new night.  Oh joy.

I just spent an hour playing around with a new header for my main blog, and decided not to use it as it looked bad on the actual blog.

Did not do any cooking adventures today at all.   I did make 3 large containers (the big yogurt ones) of homemade breadcrumbs yesterday.  I added Italian seasoning to a big mixture of breads/buns and whipped them up in the food processor. Neither mom nor myself should need to buy any for a few months at this rate.

Okay, so the past week I've done more blog posts for my SATC styled blog then anything else. I've also been trying to get as much work done on the book reviews as possible as I have all the books I posted the photo of last blog post to do in under 4 weeks.  I'm starting to feel the deadlines crunching down on me and it makes me slightly insane.

Since I've missed a few days in the past week, this blog will obviously end up going over the "official" year mark.  Let's hope things start to get a bit more interesting over the coming months.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day 102

I know, I only took a day off of blogging. 
But, I did hang out in the kitchen a bit and took a few photos of the stuff I was doing.  Which you can see here on my cooking blog

I also got my hands on the book of letters that Julia Child wrote back and forth with Avis DeVoto.
Which as I was saying as well on the cooking blog,  that I have no idea when I will have a chance to read it with the stack I have for review.

I'm currently reading the Map of Time.   This is it's first printing in English if I understand correctly.
Not kidding when I say, this stack needs to be read and reviewed before the end of June.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 101

I missed a day.  Sort of on purpose sort of not.  Not sure how I feel about it, given I wanted to do a full year.  I realize I have more posts then days, as there were times when I blogged more then once a day.

I'm awake at 5:30 am.  For no reason other then I have been having bad insomnia again.  Could be why I'm so exhausted all the time.  My buddy M. asked me if I'm doing more then normal to make me so damned tired?  No. The answer is no.  I think it's the opposite actually.   I never break out of routine. 

I get up at 7:30am every morning (other then today) check emails, have a coffee, blog.
I get showered, dressed, and make sure I have everything and then set out to mother's.
I lug my latest book for review with me to and from her place.  
I hit the grocery sometimes more then twice a day. Chatter with the stockboys and checkout staff, and the people in mother's building that are always walking their dogs.
I spend about an hour texting with my buddy M. during his lunch break.
I make lunch and watch Bold and the Beautiful, and the wrestling replays from the nights before or a movie with mom.
Depending on what day it is, I either do mom's laundry, or go with her to a doctor's appointment.
I make supper. 
I read the book for review in the mist of all this while listening to mother chatter on about the lives of people on Facebook I do not know and have never met.
I do mother's dishes and get home.
Read some more of the books for review, check emails again, blog once more.  This is coffee time too.
Few more texts with buddy M. and in bed by about 11pm

My routine rarely wavers anymore.  One Sunday every two months is book club. Which as you know has been a whopping failure. I have had maybe one night in 9 months where I was able to spend real time on my novel where I actually had some inspiration. 
This routine is killing me.  Emotionally, spiritually, creatively. 

There was a time I used to write, paint/draw, do video productions, sing (badly) and spend my time between a television studio and the coffee houses/donut shops.   I had a social circle that consisted of actors, other writers, poets, many many musicians, a fashion designer, a hair dresser who would show up every second day with some crazy dye job done, a few gay male go-go dancers. We even had a local politician. And all their groupies/hangersoners.
I never lacked for inspiration.

What happened?   Everyone got married and moved away and just changed.  Life happened. 
Now, I'm left dealing with my O.I. and trying to figure out what I should be doing.  What I want to be doing is traveling.  Meeting these kinds of people again in mass.   Only, because of my O.I.  it's left me on disability and that leaves zero money for traveling. 

Well, that's where my mind is today.  I think I will take the advice of Kristin  from the Bon Bon Rose Girls , who left me a comment the other day.  Take a break from blogging for a while.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 100

The big marker on the blog and I've got nothing. Nope, None.

I just finished posting over on the sex/relationship/dating whatever you want to call it blog. And that was no simple task.  It took me nearly an hour to figure out how to say two sentences.  Okay, so it was a paragraph.

I honestly believed when I started this project that it would get easier as time went on to find stuff to blog about without being total drama, but it's actually gotten harder.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Day 99

I'm sitting here reading over some of my old blog posts on my SATC styled blog. And reading some of the blog posts over on the company blog of my favourite wrestlers.
Ironically, I picked a few of the sadder of their blog posts to read.  Not on purpose, just picked random ones to read.   And it happened to be some of the more serious ones.

You're wondering where I am going with this.  I'm not even sure myself.
It's been a rough week emotionally.  I'd like to say it's all because of the issue with my main blog; but it's not.   Just life in general.

Trust me, if the hot flashes start I will blog about it.   They haven't yet thank god, but I'm about ready to ask for something to knock me out. Because, these blasts of emotions are killing me. 

Tomorrow marks the 100 post for this blog.  100 Days of the blog.  I've got a few ideas in my brain for that blog mark.  Will have to see what tomorrow brings weather wise.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 98

Still have not uploaded the photos.

Had book club.  Did not go well at all.

Still hooked on the show Cashmere Mafia.  Just watched episode 5.  I liked it.  Liked the idea of the "Manny"   a male nanny.   Whenever I watch shows like that I want to get done up in something chic with the make-up and hair and go for cocktails.

Too bad it's still rainy and windy here today.