An HD smile

It’s so funny, this comic .. and so true (but not just for Men!).
Thought the friends and family in my life who ride a Harley would enjoy this ….

A Harley smile

Did you know that HD doesn’t just symbolize the word Harley Davidson …. it also stands for what happens when you go into a hog shop. You end up spending at least a $100 bucks :).

Another one bites the dust

What is it with me and cameras?
This morning I wanted to take a photo of the new gloriously red stargazers that slaDE gifted to me a few days ago. Seems like I’ve had a flower to fill my vase(s) the past few months. Very unusual … flowers now and then, yes, but what a gift, to have these beautiful flowering beauties in our kitchen (and somehow slaDE~ even managed to find a sunflower! My favourite :)). The snapshots captured of these flowers in bloom have been the highlight of my latest camera cre8tivity. So when I went to photograph a few shots before work, I was completely dismayed to see that my Sony Cybershot was malfunctioning. Oh no, the camera demon strikes again! What is this … camera #3??

Well, last Thursday I was taking photos for Sexual & Reproductive Health at an In-service, held at the local Dutchman Club. I handed over my camera to the Facilitator to capture a few action shots whilst I was busy taking minutes. Somehow, he managed to jar the lens shut (and I didn’t notice until now, as I haven’t used the camera since). Did he drop it, I wonder, without telling me? Last time I borrow my camera out. Looks like we’ll have to buy another one. Ugh!

Yoga mantra

Yoga today was an interesting challenge … trying to stay focussed with an instructor with a monochromatic voice who CONSTANTLY spoke. She was filling in for our regular teacher. I enjoyed the flow of the practice, and her ending quote, spoken during our savasana (corpse pose). I’ve included it for your enjoyment!

As you think, you travel; and as you love you attract, you are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. You cannot escape the results of your thoughts, but you can endure and learn, can accept and be glad. You will realize this vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate towards that which you – secretly – most love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your thoughts; you will receive that which you earn – no more, no less. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.

Movie a ga-ga

It was a long, long full 8 hour day working at community Health Foods, but it truly paid off in one way! I received my first pay check :). However, they forgot to send me my staff 10% discount card with my pay stub. I wasn’t too thrilled about that as I wanted to get a full shop in this evening with my lovely. Well, after prodding a bit, my Supervisor offered to let me use her discount card; the bonus with that is she gets 20%! As soon as I heard this, I quickly called slaDE~ and had him think of what extra things we could buy to make use of this bonus good fortune. I ended up buying some pretty pricey items that I’ve wanted for a bit, but have been reluctant to purchase, until now ;).

We really hadn’t had the chance to go out for dinner and a date in celebration of our mass-iversary (monthly anniversary; mas = month, in spanish), so agreed to make it for this evening. After strolling home at a tired and leisurely pace, I caught my second wind on noticing the times for potential movies … Basically we had 20 minutes to get to where we wanted to be in order to catch the early show … I wasn’t certain on whether I could find a 3rd wind for a later evening performance. So hightail it we did, walking downtown to the retro Uptown Stage & Screen cinema. On the menu: “The Last King of Scotland”. What an incredibly stark and disturbing look into the world of Idi Amin, Uganda’s political psychopathic ruler in the 70’s (until 1979). I was pretty much reeling after bearing witness to this macabre unfolding of a tale … and wanting to lighten the sensory overload, we decided to followup our cinema experience with a fantastical adult fairy-tale … Pan’s Labyrinth.

I’ve never been an admirer of on (or off)-screen violence, of any sort. And after our first movie of horrific savagery (images of Guatemalan stories of Civil Warfare come to mind), I was blindsided by the unexpected sadism that was developed into the story-line of Pan’s Labyrinth. However, I was truly enthralled by the adult fairytale. Immensely entertaining special eFX and really, apart from the violence, an entertaining story that left me guessing until the end.

Made for some interesting dreams, and images and portions of both movies have stayed with me … not sure if that is a good thing or not?!

John Hopkins Info on Microwaves & Plastic Containers

—– Cancer News from Johns Hopkins —–

1. No plastic containers in microwave.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

This is such valuable information … and easy to forget sometimes, especially with the convenience of both the microwave and plastic water bottles.

My 2 cents worth: don’t reuse your plastic bottles more than once, if you have to use them!
So terrible on the environment, yes, and just as bad for your health.

Lexan is a better alternative, stainless steel and glass, best (MEC sells an amazing 1litre s.s. bottle, that I am hankering to purchase!).

Sad, tragic story

So sad to watch the local news this morning and hear about the untimely death of a 2 year old toddler, yesterday. A mother left her car parked and engaged whilst she raced quickly into her Calgary workplace, leaving her two small children in a running car. Somehow, the toddler managed to trap her neck in the power window, and she later died from her injuries. My heart goes out to the Mother and her family … That poor child, and the passerby that freed her broken body.

View the story here.

Please, please, pleASE … slow down, especially if you are a parent.
Life is too short and precious to rush through it.

aHa!

Ever have one of those moments where you start to panic, thinking “Where in the world could my …. be?”. I had one of those over the past few days.

First, it starts with: “Hmmmm, where did I put my … ?”. Then it quickly becomes: “I just had my …., but where did I put it?. A sense of dread sets in and the thoughts: “Did I leave my … in the photocopier for the whole building to stumble upon it?”. Or “Did it fall behind the massive immovable desk that I place all my paperwork and documents on, at work?”. With mounting anxiety: “What if I did misplace it and someone decides to use it. Will I now have to cancel it and report it lost / stolen?”. And finally in alarm overload: “This is going to be such a pain … an Ontario ID, in the middle of an internal heated debate, deciding whether to switch everything over vs maintain an Ontario identity.” Ackkkkkkkkk …..

This morning I started over, took a calm breath, looked through all my pockets (after tearing the house apart twice last night), and found the lovely shiny blue Trillium-stamped Ontario Driver’s License in my sweater pocket. Wow, what a difference a few hours can make in one’s state-of-mind ;).

Ohmmmmmmmmm, all is good again in the world of sKY:: and slaDE~ …..

Healthy yum :)

Pasta with Low-Fat Curry Sauce

If you have a craving for pasta with creamy sauce but don’t want the fat and extra calories of an Alfredo, try this simply divine Asian-inspired treat: it has all the satisfying creaminess with fewer than 350 calories per serving.

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces dry pasta
3 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/2 cup diced tomato
1 1/2 teaspoons mild curry powder
Pinch cayenne, or to taste
1 cup frozen peas, rinsed briefly in hot water to thaw
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1. While the pasta cooks (use package directions), heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add almonds, toasting for 3 minutes or so until light brown, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Place almonds in a bowl to cool.

2. Add oil to skillet, raise heat to medium-high, and add onion, cooking until softened, about 2 minutes. Add cumin, stirring to combine, and cook another minute.

3. Add tomato, curry powder, and cayenne to taste. Cook until liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Add peas and cook another minute. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the buttermilk.

4. Drain the pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Toss with the sauce, top with chopped cilantro and the toasted almonds, and serve hot.

Serves 4.

An afternoon spent at the park: Olympic Park, that is!

Olympic Park, Calgary ABToday we decided to leisurely enjoy our Sunday, running errands and picking up a few Freecycle items. It so happened that we ended up on the west side of Calgary, out by Olympic Park …. neither of us have really had the chance to explore the area, so we drove through the park (conveniently on route to where we wanted to go), which meanders steeply alongside the ice track used for Bobsledding and Skeleton races. At the top of the run, we watched a Competition in motion … Skeleton riders were racing their slickly clad bodies like human bullets down an ice luge, reaching almost freefall speeds. And they say Skydiving is dangerous? I think not compared to this … at least with Skydiving, we have time to react when things hit the fan. When your face is inches from ice, life is rather perilous I would think?!

We were so engaged by the venue and events going on that we decided to book ourselves on a tandem joy ride … here’s how it’s described on the Canada Olympic Park website:

Take a ride on the wild side this winter and experience the “Champagne of Thrills,” with a public bobsleigh ride down the Olympic track at Canada Olympic Park. Our experienced drivers do all the work. All you have to do is prepare yourself for high-speed banked corners, blinding straight-aways and speeds approaching 120 km/hour on our 1,500-metre ice track. It’s sixty seconds of pure adrenaline that you’ll never forget!

Skeleton Racing Competition

Olympic Park Track, Calgary ABWe are both so very excited … slaDE~ , if allowed, will wear my skydiving video helmet, with camera, to capture the ride and therefore offer up our own footage (on YouTube, of course) …. It’s almost as expensive as a Tandem Skydive, and probably just about as much fun!

This really made our Sunday (especially after discovering that March 4th is the last weekend of the season to participate, until next winter)! And we are very very psyched for the day.

Skeleton Racing Sleds