Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I can't get this out of my head

Need your help guys (like, what else is new...) :)

I was watching Dragon's Den last night and there's a preview for next week's show.

They showed a clip of a woman promoting "Spice World".

As soon as i saw her i sat up and exclaimed to Mat "i KNOW her!!"

He looked at me and said "you KNOW her??"

"Yes!" i said but i couldn't remember from where. I searched every dark corner of my brain and finally the pieces came together: She has or did have a french cooking show.

There is one piece missing before i can sleep soundly at night. What's the name of the show???

Here's the bits of information i have:

  • I'm pretty sure it's a local Ottawa cooking show
  • It's in French
  • She and a man host it (not sure if it's her husband or just another "host")
  • She is clearly the "chef" and this man is more of a helper and person to ask questions
  • The title of the show is in French (obviously) and i think it translates into something like "second helping" or "second serving" or something along those lines

Any ideas??

Friday, October 12, 2007


While shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart today to buy some Tampax Tampons, I see these hanging in the middle of the shelf....

Coincidence? I think not.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Emmy Rossum's Slow Me Down Video

Sarah, this is especially for you!

Emmy Rossum's video for Slow Me Down is now on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0eGe-VV7I8

You can see my brother's name - Stuart Brawley - in the "About this Video" section on the right hand side. As i said in this post, he wrote and recorded the whole album.

I also thought you should know that my little sis works for Emmy and she was at the shoot for this video. I've *heard* that it was her idea for Emmy to come out of the water at the end of the video gasping for air - and they used her idea!

Yay... all of my siblings are so cool and have such cool jobs.

What kind of blogger are you?

What Kind of Blogger Are You?

I don't think i would consider myself an "expert"...

i Saw this on J's blog.

I took the quiz because i thought the button was cute but it got me thinking about ads on people's blogs. How do those work? Do companies approach you or do you submit your name to a list to have ads on your blog?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The sky didn't fall, Turkey Lurkey

Well, THAT was a busy weekend.

Mat and i have always had busy holidays rather than relaxing ones. Actually i can't remember one holiday in the last 10 years that's been relaxing, unfortunately.

We both have, not large, but - complicated - families. My parents are divorced so there has always been 2 separate dinners with my family, and Mat's dad now has a common-law wife so there has always been 2 dinners with his family. Every holiday we have 4 dinners to attend. On top of that, we always have to travel back "home". The last 3 years we have both lived in Ottawa (I've lived here for the past 7 years) and so we drive 4 hours each way to eat 4 huge meals. ugh.

There's never enough time and no matter how hard we try to divide our time equally between all of our family members, people seem to "complain" that they don't see us or spend enough time with them.

I know what you're thinking...poor us...everyone wants to be around us. But honestly? It does wear on you especially when you are tired from long car rides and crummy sleeps in crummy beds that aren't yours.

This weekend was no exception. In fact, it was probably 10 times more stressful for several reasons, but mainly because i decided to host my dad's family at my new house for thanksgiving.

Here's a quick rundown of the situation:

My dad's side of the family has had 2 recent deaths of close family members: My grandmother and my aunt within a week of each other this past Easter. Since my parents divorced (10 years ago) my dad's family has had all of our holiday meals at my aunt's house (who passed). My dad got the feeling that his brother (my aunt's husband) wasn't ready to host everyone at his house for thanksgiving which is understandable. So, my Dad thought we could all go to a restaurant for thanksgiving. I didn't want us to forego a traditional thanksgiving weekend and although Mat and i have no dining room furniture, and barely enough plates and cutlery for everyone, we thought we would invite my dad's family up on Saturday for a thanksgiving dinner.

I moved our kitchen table into the the empty dining room, brought another table up from the basement, covered them in matching table cloths and gathered all of the chairs in the house.

There were six of us in total, and i made a traditional thanksgiving dinner from scratch.

Here's the menu:

  • Fresh, free-range, organic turkey
  • French bread and herb stuffing
  • Braised red cabbage with red wine, cloves and orange juice
  • Yams with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and brown sugar topped with baby marshmallows
  • Mashed potatos
  • Butter, garlic and rosemary infused mushrooms
  • Cooked baby beets from the Byward market
  • Market-fresh steamed yellow and green beans saut√©ed with butter and slivered almonds
  • Fresh, homemade cranberry sauce and gravy
  • Homemade pumkin pie with fresh whipped cream

It was more than i was going to make but i couldn't help myself. These are the foods that make up thanksgiving for our family and i couldn't NOT have one of them.

If i do say so myself, everything turned out wonderfully. My biggest fear was the turkey wouldn't be done properly or it would take forever, but it was done "early" and it was so tender and juicy.

It took a lot of prep work, but when you break it down and tackle things individually, it's quite manageable.

And i really suck because i didn't take one picture. I was too busy basting the turkey and wanted to serve everything while it was hot that i completely forgot. I'm quite disappointed in myself for not taking pictures of my first thanksgiving, but my dad took a couple with his "old fashioned camera" so i can scan them when i get them next year!

So that was Saturday night and afterwards, since everyone was from "home" which is 4 hours away, they all stayed at our house on couches and air matresses.

The next day, Sunday, we all woke up and drove back "home" to have dinner with my mom and then dinner at Mat's house. Immediately after dinner at Mat's house yesterday, we started back to Ottawa.

So. Tired.

How was your Canadian Thanksgiving?

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Yay Day

Edited because i'm a retard for forgetting something....(thanks Jennie) How could i forget? i don't deserve to be in any of the office FB groups anymore...
I'm stealing borrowing Dani Girl's awesome-o idea. She has "Yay Days" every so often where you celebrate something that's going well or great in your life today or recently.

Can i get a YAY for getting married in exactly ONE YEAR from TODAY??!!


A few other things:
  • Seeing my wedding dress charge on my credit card statement didn't make my stomach turn...it made me smile and i couldn't help but stare at it and be happy about it.
  • i've been making it to the gym every day for a few weeks now (ok, so there was one day i couldn't go because a meeting ran late, but i was going to go).
  • i'm having the whole fam-damily up on Saturday for thanksgiving dinner. This is the first holiday in my new house
  • i found my drivers license which i had lost for almost a week
  • The office is on tonight!

So YAY things are good around here. What about you? What do you have to be happy for today?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Jumping on the bandwagon


i'm jumping on the de-lurker bandwagon because i'm a follower and she did, and she did, and i'm sure some of my other bloggy friends did, but my google reader can be slow to update sometimes and anyway, i want to be just like them as much as possible.

I have to say, i used to lurk around the blogosphere quite a bit myself. One person described how i felt perfectly: "I never thought bloggers thought much about comments from readers they don't know personally. I follow about 25 blogs daily and I don't think I've commented once on any of them. You guys seem so untouchable. Even smaller bloggers seem to know the blog celebrities in the real world. It's like you're all part of the cool club but you let us less cool people listen in on the fun. I guess thats why I've never delurked before. The less cool aren't supposed to interupt the club's conversations..." - "Becky"

That's exactly how i felt. But then i started to feel like i "knew" the blogger and i started leaving small comments like "cool pic" etc. etc. Now i try to comment as much as possible, but i try not to leave fluff. I like to be able to give my opionion or, if it's a really good bloggy friend, encouragement when they need it.

I'm not really putting the pressure on the few people who lurk here. Hell, i know Mat is one of them!! But it would be nice to "meet" you. Don't you want to be my bloggy friend?? No? ok, then *sob*. Just kidding...but i DID make it easier for you to comment. I opened it up to everyone - not just blogger / blogspot people! No excuses people, NO EXCUSES!
p.s. did you see the awesom-o button on my right side bar? isn't it perrrrrrty?

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

As promised

Here are the pics i promised you yesterday.

Of the Wreath i made:

Wreath detail:

Gardening results:

Our "new" couches:

I was very worried about liking the red couches, but i really like them. It's not typical for me to go with red couches (i would normally choose browns, leather, whites etc.) but i didn't have much choice and i'm glad because it adds life to our otherwise mostly brown house :)

V is for Victory!

Warning: Fromage ahead....

Well, the drama is over. The images are down...thank GOD.

It feels great to know that we are surrounded by people - many of whom we have never met - who support each other and stand up for each other. There truly is a connection out there and i can't quite put my finger on it, but we must all have something in common. Something that's deeper and bigger than the fact that we all blog and that most of us are women and that most of you / us have kids. Something else...it's that uknown *thing* that makes people friends.

SAJ received over 140 comments from her post yesterday and it helped - both in getting the images removed and in keeping her strong. I'm very proud to be a part of this community of people who stand up for each other.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Shame shame, double shame.

Dear Adriana Calderon,

I can't believe what you did. You hurt my friend and you made tons of other people mad. You know what i'm talking about. You know what you stole.

Shame on you. What a poor, poor example you are setting for your children.

What makes you think that you can steal something that doesn't belong to you and then try to make money off of it?

Lame. Really lame.

Funny, how your "contact us" and "feedback and comments" links don't work today......

I wonder what you have to say for yourself? We'll probably never know because you are that flaky.

Wishing the weekend was still here

The weekend rundown:

Did some gardening, made a wreath, rented 2 movies, baked peanut butter cookies.

Waiting for the couches to arrive tonight.

Pics to follow tomorrow :)