Friday, January 29, 2010

What not to say...

So, a couple of weeks ago I cut off my hair.  My inspiration was Michelle Williams' hair in the October Vogue, but really I've been contemplating this move since the summer.  My whole life I've been able to put my hair in a ponytail, and though I've been going shorter and shorter recently, it was still a big decision to cut if all off.  Also, my hair dresser moved away, so I was going to someone brand new and that is always a bit scary.  I told myself if I didn't get a good feeling, I'd bail on the whole idea and just go for a trim.  But once I got in the chair, I just decided to go for it.  After all, hair grow back.

The next day I went to work, and since I work with 90% men it took a while for anyone to notice.  Finally, a woman saw me, exclaimed 'You cut your hair!', and then all the other guys jumped in with a 'Oh, it looks nice'.  Weak.  Well all except one guy, who shall remain nameless, who demonstrated what you should never say to someone who just drastically cut their hair.

'Huh, you cut your hair', he says, 'is that what you were going for?'  OK, not exactly a compliment but I assure him that yes, this is what I wanted.  Still confused he follows up with 'So... you're happy with the way it turned out?'

Well yes I was, but clearly he thought I made the worst mistake of my life.  Thank goodness I was happy with it or I would have been crying in the bathroom!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Books, books, books.

Read the Printed Word!

Isn't this a cute picture?  You can find a whole bunch of these at Read The Printed Word.

So many books, so little time.  That's how I feel sometime.  I have a ton of books on my to-read list, but let's face it, reading is one of those activities that requires your total commitment and concentration.  It's hard to multi-task while reading, and since I'm not one of those knitters that can both read AND knit often times, the books get pushed away for other forms of entertainment.

And sometimes, even when I finally get to reading those books on my list, I end up stranded in the middle and unable to work up the will power to finish.  That's one of the reasons I love short stories so much.  In one sitting you get through an entire story, no lingering guilt about unfinished chapters.  I just finished reading Alice Munro's Runaway, a book of short stories recommended by my mom, and it was a fantastic reminder of why I love this format.  Has anyone else read it?  If not, it's worth your time.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Some things about myself...

Hi friends!

Sorry for the 10 day (eep) absence from blogger-land.  For anyone who's still checking/caring about where I've been, I was swallowed up by the work monster.  My crazy January schedule has long stretches of time off, followed up by intense spurts of working.  It was because of this that I found myself working 60 hours in 5 days last week.  And because I was not accustomed to working that hard, 48 hours in I ended up with a cold.  Lucky for me, lots of rest + cold FX (Does anyone else feel like this stuff is amazing?) and I'm on the mend.  I even managed to go out and enjoy the sunshine yesterday, then check out Sherlock Holmes (huge girl-crush on Rachel McAdams and general love of Robert Downey Jr.), and end the night at the Ukrainian Village restaurant which I've been meaning to check out for years (perogies and cabbage rolls yum!).


So, a little while back Bec nominated me for a beautiful blogger award.  Thanks Bec!  It was very nice of her, and as part of this I'm supposed to share 7 things about myself that you might not know.  It's hard to think of 7 things but here we go...

1. Though I'm conflicted about the amount of money being spent on the Games, and I like to grumble about how inconvenient things will be, I'm actually pretty excited for the Olympics.

2. The first section of the paper I read is the style section - does that make me shallow?

3. I've recently re-discovered my love of Tetris and Mine Sweeper.

4. I once suggested naming our future children Buffy and Xander.  And was only 70% joking.

5. I don't really like Shakespeare.  There, I've said it.

6. I have only been to two opera performances in my life, but I cried both times even though I didn't know what the heck was going on.

7. I have never jumped off the high diving board.  Wuss.

As the second part of this I'm supposed to share some of my picks for Beautiful Blogs.  So, here are a few that I've been really enjoying lately:

Jimmycorp (Of course I had to give a shout out to my husband!  I don't think he'd mind being called beautiful)
A Cup of JO (For all the lovely places/people/things she posts about)
camp comfort  (For the great clothes)
ellenitza (For the way she takes pictures of her outfits all the time)
Farmama (For the glimpse into a way of life so different from my own)

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Christmas Roundup

Christmas tree ~ family dinner at our place ~ the Olympic rings as seen from my office window on Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Eve yule log at work ~ James posing it up in Kamloops ~ a very very cold walk to see lights (hence the very very blurry photo) ~ never too many guitars at Brian's ~ and a slushy but beautiful drive home

Yes, it's a bit late, but since I finally downloaded my pictures I thought I'd share them just the same.  I completely neglected my camera (as usual), so these are just the few pictures I remembered to take on my phone.  What a nice Christmas it was.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Feeling inspired

Yes, new year, new inspiration.  Now that the holiday hoopla is behind me, I feel the need to direct my energy to some new projects.  Of course, I have several knitting/weaving projects lined up to start now that I've finished making Christmas presents.  Actually, quite a few, probably too many... but not to worry now.  Now is the time for setting even more goals for myself than can realistically be completed by a person who is, let's face it, a little bit lazy.  But I am feeling like trying some projects in areas of my life other than yarn-related pursuits, so here we go.

First, I would like to have this bedroom ( photographed by Eric Roth and posted on desire to inspire).

I like how simple and un-fussy this is, but the real reason I feel like trying to recreate this bedroom is because we sort of already have all the elements.  OK, we don't have the cute window, or the wooden slat walls (and renting our place means no chance of matching either, or the paint colour for that matter).  But, we do have a cream quilt in storage, a wrought iron bed, and a standing lamp.  Our bedroom right now is a zero on the style scale, because we really haven't tried to make it look nice.  But perhaps this is the year when we put a bit of effort into it, and maybe even get some new dressers to go with this look.

I would also like to learn some new recipes.  This one is kind of a given to happen, because I'm a bit of a  recipe book/food website junkie, and I often like to try new things.  But what I'd really like to learn is a few more Japanese home cooking style dishes.  I found this recipe for Okonomiyaki, or Japanese pancakes and it seems like as good a place to start as any.  Lucky for me, Vancouver is a pretty easy place to find Japanese ingredients.  I should learn to use them a little more.

Another reason for looking for new recipes is that one of the new years resolutions I forgot to mention is that I want to stop cooking with meat.  Even though the Okonomiyaki recipe above calls for bacon, I'd just skip over that part.  I'm not interested in becoming a vegetarian because I would find it a too restrictive, and let's be serious, I'm not really cut out for restrictive diets.  I will still eat meat at restaurants and other peoples homes.  But I've never really liked cooking meat (too much trouble, too much mess, and I have a secret fear of poisoning people - also why you'll never find me canning beans).  And as part of trying to be a bit greener this year, James and I figured this would be a good place to start.  It was funny, reading the paper today I came across this article in the globe and mail.  I guess Leah McLaren is feeling the same way - especially after she did poison her guests. Yikes!

And finally, because I have not yet managed to break away from my shopping ways, I'd really love to get a pair of cute moccasins like these from Penelopes.

So, I guess strictly speaking this is not a project for the new year.  But aren't they cute?  And I'm sure I'd be more inspired to come up with a few more ideas while wearing these.