christmas spoiling

hits the nail on the head each time, he does.


of purses

yeah, i got another purse.
and i've been lazy - so no knitting updates.
and that's it. ouch. the lameness hurts!


birthday spoiling

there's something i need to tell you.

my husband is bananas when he buys presents. he always goes waaaay over the top and loves to surprise me. this isn't a complaint...

for my birthday, i got:

an ipod docking station

a purse from roots

a kenneth cole watch

... hello kitty items, and tickets to see hawksley workman in november!!!!

i liked turning 30 a lot.

my mom sent me a generous cheque, so i picked up a necklace i have had my eye on for a while:

now i just need a pair of brown blundstones to go with the purse, and we're all set.

*thanks mister - you really know how to make a girl feel special and spoiled rotten


itching to knit

i pumped out two of these hats, mostly because i had the yarn the pattern called for, didn't have to mess around with getting gauge and needed to knit.

the colours aren't ones i would normally choose - but the yarn was a gift from a secret knitting pal...

the first hat is for my little sis. i'll have to find a good home for this one.


fab finds this weekend

this weekend has been a fruitful one for good finds.
jason is gone camping, and i had the urge to hunt. on my hunt, i gathered a few items that i am peachy-pleased about.

Value Village: $0.99
Zellers: on sale for $7.17

Zellers: on sale for $4.14

Zellers: on sale for $5.47

Ten Thousand Villages: bracelet $4.50 with matching necklace $7.50

Ten Thousand Villages: $6.00

Sears: super clearance sale - $42.00

Of course I went and fell in love with a deliciously gorgeous necklace at Ten Thousand Villages... which is more than the combined total of all of my purchases. This picture doesn't do it justice, it is stunning in person. Of course, I showed great restraint. But I am still thinking about it.

i can't believe i found jewelry at Zellers. i was there a while back when i got my new watch... and while waiting for jason to finish up in the dvd section i puttered arround the jewelry and saw the teardrop earrings. i didn't buy anything (other than the watch) at that time... but since i kept thinking about what a bargain they were, i went back. and everything rang in under the regular price, which i was not anticipating.

i'm pretty pleased with myself. excited for value village with mel tomorrow. we'll see what comes if it.

indolence & knitting

first, i'll start off by saying i have been a lazy blogger.
also, since i've been less than committed in my physical fitness, i've somehow found more time to knit. funny how that is.
i've finished a pair of socks, which were a long time in the making. i also, finished a hat and am now working on another one (same pattern, different colours).
here is some photographic evidence:

pattern: basic sock recipe
yarn: Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM)

pattern: sheep & wool hat (ravelry)
yarn: cascade 220


Entertainment Weekly's list of 100 Classic Movies of past 25 years

Below is Entertainment Weekly's list of 100 Classic Movies of the past 25 years. Bold the ones you've seen, underline the ones you plan to.

(you can tell this list comes from entertainment weekly...)

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)

3. Titanic (1997)

4. Blue Velvet (1986)

5. Toy Story (1995)

6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

9. Die Hard (1988)

10. Moulin Rouge (2001)

11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

12. The Matrix (1999)

13. GoodFellas (1990)

14. Crumb (1995)

15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

16. Boogie Nights (1997)

17. Jerry Maguire (1996)

18. Do the Right Thing (1989)

19. Casino Royale (2006)

20. The Lion King (1994)

21. Schindler's List (1993)

22. Rushmore (1998)

23. Memento (2001)

24. A Room With a View (1986)

25. Shrek (2001)

26. Hoop Dreams (1994)

27. Aliens (1986)

28. Wings of Desire (1988)

29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

30. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

32. Fight Club (1999)

33. The Breakfast Club (1985)

34. Fargo (1996)

35. The Incredibles (2004)

36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

37. Pretty Woman (1990)

38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

39. The Sixth Sense (1999)

40. Speed (1994)

41. Dazed and Confused (1993)

42. Clueless (1995)

43. Gladiator (2000)

44. The Player (1992)

45. Rain Man (1988)

46. Children of Men (2006)

47. Men in Black (1997)

48. Scarface (1983)

49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

50. The Piano (1993)

51. There Will Be Blood (2007)

52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)

53. The Truman Show (1998)

54. Fatal Attraction (1987)

55. Risky Business (1983)

56. The Lives of Others (2006)

57. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

58. Ghostbusters (1984)

59. L.A. Confidential (1997)

60. Scream (1996)

61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)

63. Big (1988)

64. No Country For Old Men (2007)

65. Dirty Dancing (1987)

66. Natural Born Killers (1994)

67. Donnie Brasco (1997)

68. Witness (1985)

69. All About My Mother (1999)

70. Broadcast News (1987)

71. Unforgiven (1992)

72. Thelma & Louise (1991)

73. Office Space (1999)

74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

75. Out of Africa (1985)

76. The Departed (2006)

77. Sid and Nancy (1986)

78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)

80. Michael Clayton (2007)

81. Moonstruck (1987)

82. Lost in Translation (2003)

83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

84. Sideways (2004)

85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)

87. Swingers (1996)

88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

89. Breaking the Waves (1996)

90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

91. Back to the Future (1985)

92. Menace II Society (1993)

93. Ed Wood (1994)

94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

95. In the Mood for Love (2001)

96. Far From Heaven (2002)

97. Glory (1989)

98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)




yep, that's me. and i'm proud.

the challenge: 100m swim, 11.4k bike, 2k run

the goal: under 1 hour

the reality: 1:03:59

the result: satisfied, yet more determined than ever to up my game. i can train harder and do better.

it was such a happy day for me. jason was there cheering me on when i finished each task... at the end i was just so elated... that i'd finished very strongly and that he was there for me. definitely one of the highlights in my life so far. now if i am have a crappy day - i just have to remind myself that i've finished a triathlon. boo-yah.

(eta photos from zoomphoto.ca)


triathlon, prepared!

try-a-tri, here i come!

5 more sleeps.

2 more swims.
2 more bikes.
2 more runs.



okay... rob, you were wondering where your post was.

here it is.

my fellow east-coaster.... who enjoys the same degenerated humour as i do. i'm pretty happy i know you. there's less of me now than there was before i met you... you know what i mean. and it's all your fault.



wedding gift off the needles.... and new project already on the go

I have finally completed the wedding gift I have been working on since last July. Because it's a surprise, I won't be posting any photos, but for ravelry users, click here.

I promised myself that I would not start any new projects until it was finished, so I wouldn't miss the deadline (this June). So, boy was I excited to start a new project. And guess what I started? Socks!

It was such a beautiful day yesterday... I took an early afternoon and headed to the Glebe and hung around in various places (Glebe Trotters, Miss Tiggy Winkles, Second Cup, The Sassy Bead Company) until my dinner date for my first stitch & bitch at the Arrow & Loon.

I was really excited to get invited by SquishyBlue to the knit club... and the pub was so happy to have us. The ladies were all so friendly and interesting... I can't wait for the next one.

Here are some shots of squishyblue's hands in action - look at the speed!

my new project... koigu socks (yarn courtesy of the ever generous squishyblue).


One Match

I just signed up at One Match. I always feel the need to help people, but I don't know how. Well, now I can.

Click here for more info on donating bone marrow and signing up (you could save a life too):


i have been slacking...

i've still been knitting... i am so close to being finished my current project... just a little bit left... and then i'm going to do some quick projects...

i've been busy loading new music to i-tunes... lately, i've added:

city & colour
sarah slean
pascale picard
tegan & sara

i've also signed up at twitter (see sideboard for my twitterpations).

well... i have a whole day off... so i am off to knit and read.... out for lunch with jason and our friends.... and perhaps even watch jason play some pick-up hockey. it really doesn't get much nicer.


now the good news!!!

i trudged my sorry butt into work today. first off, the snow was piled high.... not to mention that it was my day off - so, not necessarily the happiest of circumstances...

but... i was lucky enough to have nabbed myself a new (to me) namaste messenger knitting bag.

i met squishyblue (whom i found through ravelry) from whom i've adopted my lovely new blue bag... and who so, so generously threw in a little present for me - of koigu!!! oh, i cannot wait to start my new pair of socks!

i'm so extcited, because the lovely teal colour of my bag feels like a harbinger of spring... she's also invited me to join her knitnite, which i cannot wait to attend.

i am so glad to have met a fellow ottawa knitter. squishy is amazing - she had the most beautiful entrelac shawl. and she is a knitting teacher! what more handy knitting pal to have then a teacher?

i love the interweb.

first the bad news....

the amount, in centimetres, of snow we got over the weekend. however, perhaps also the new muscles i gained from all of the shovelling.

view from the front door (this remains unshovelled after saturday night's dump of snow... we're using the garage door for access):

the drift up to the door is about shoulder height on me. (husband for scale):

do you see the bank of snow that goes right up to the second floor deck? insane!

i feel really badly for these people - the driveway hadn't been touched the entire weekend:

look closely - he's shovelling his car off...

my neighbours enjoying a lovely stroll in their snowshoes

a little before & after

here's what the deck looked like saturday around one p.m. - after i'd shovelled a good metre or snow off:

and, here's the after... you'd never know i'd shovelled - another metre!

the barbeque is a lovely reminder that spring / summer / fall actually do exist.....