Friday, February 27, 2015

Oh, Interwebs!

Incredibly beautiful pictures of people of all shapes and sizes covered with honey. See the gallery here.
Welcome to my periodic round-up of things I've found online that make me smile, cry, laugh, think, shout, or drop my jaw. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Radical Acceptance


One of the most powerful things we have learned through participating in and now leading a Family Connections program is the concept of radical acceptance. It is an approach that can take one from powerless suffering to building a happy life despite pain.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Counter Revolution!

New countertops, installed.
I was actually a little nervous about installing a lighter-coloured granite when we have dark cabinets, but I needn't have been. They are in, and they are gorgeous.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Oh, Interwebs!

Thinking of hanging this in our guest room.
See more here.
Welcome to my periodic round-up of things I've found online that make me smile, cry, laugh, think, shout, or drop my jaw. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kitchen Update: It's what's on the inside that counts.


A pretty kitchen is a wonderful thing, but if it is poorly organized, then its beauty really only runs skin deep. With our renovation, we really put a lot of emphasis on the organization behind of all our stuff -- the insides, as it were. So today, let's take a peek behind the doors and inside the drawers, to see what's lurking.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Grammar Ninja: Close, but no cigar.

There are many words that are close, oh, so very close, but not quite the word we mean. Today, I saw this line:
Then on a more tactile [sic] level, whether it’s locking yourself to something or blockading a building, it’s around doing things that really wake people up—that are jarring and make people pay attention to how people have been oppressed for generations. (From Meet the Badass Activist Collective Bringing Direct Action Back to Black Communities)
So close.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kitchen Update: Rude Awakening

It's coming together! 
Tonight, as I prepared dinner, I actually giggled, I am so incredibly happy with the workflow in the room, how much counter space I can spread out in, and how conveniently all the cooking tools are grouped. Oh, and how bright the room is, now that most of the lighting is installed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Is giving up the same as failure?

This will not be true of my story, and that's just fine.
From Positive Outlooks Blog 
It's been fifteen months since I left my last job (but who's counting?), and I still obsess over what went wrong.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Oh, Interwebs!

This is a 10,000-room hotel that was built by the Nazis and NEVER USED.
From Amusing Planet.
Welcome to my periodic round-up of things I've found online that make me smile, cry, laugh, think, shout, or drop my jaw. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Quintessentially Canadian

Snow collecting on the hockey net.
February fourth was my favourite kind of snowy day -- one of those days where the snow drifts gently from the sky like eiderdown, collecting in delicate, lacy blankets. As my daughter, Emily, left for school that morning, she called back to me, "This is a perfect day for taking pictures!" How could I resist that admonition?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Kitchen Update: Changes, Counters, Backsplash, Budget, and Timeline

Phase two, in progress. 
Every time I have started this update, I've been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of this project and what has been happening with it. Not a day goes by but we have to make changes, redo work that we'd thought was finished or reevaluate priorities and budget.

In other words, it's just like every other project on the planet: no matter how much you plan ahead (and we really thought we had it covered), there will be surprises.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Book Challenge: Smilla's Sense of Snow


Title: Smilla's Sense of Snow
Author: Peter Hoeg
Pages: 457 (including endnotes)
My rating: ★ ★ ☆  ☆
Category for the challenge: A book written in a language other than English. (Originally written in Danish, Fr√łken Smillas fornemmelse for sne)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Oh, Interwebs!

A unique approach to ice art -- paintings embedded in 300-lb blocks of ice, then lit
(either by sunlight or LED strip lights underneath the block).
This one (found on their Facebook page) is at the Rosemount Inn & Spa in Kingston, where Steve and I have stayed. 
Welcome to my periodic round-up of things I've found online that make me smile, cry, laugh, think, shout, or drop my jaw. 

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