Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I love the first snow of winter with all the possibilities of snow angels and snowmen, and skating, and drinking hot chocolate cupped in cold hands with steam defrosting your eyelashes.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
115. "A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably"
Monday, November 8, 2010
Spoons are pretty cool, manners get you far, and you'd be amazed at the applications for Elmer's glue.
A Novitiate can be defined as either the time or state of being a novice or a house where novices are trained.
Novices are new to the subject.
Welcome to your Novitiate.
(That’s our house.)
You will arrive a novice human, brand new to our species.
Who knows what experience you’ll bring to the game?
Past lives or old soul?
Brand new or wide open?
We’re thrilled to have you.
Your Papa and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve learned about being a human.
Spoons are pretty cool.
Manners get you far.
And you’d be amazed at the applications for Elmer’s glue.
There are two great things about you being you in this Novitiate.
You can either take that information we share with you and run with it, or
you can reject that information and find your own human truths.
But try to wait until you’re a teenager to reject that information.
We need to feel sage for at least a few years.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Okee, so here is me trying to remember pretty much what I did:
Stick a pile o beets in the oven to roastify, skins on. That can happen while you do the rest.I think the organic beets really helped with the deliciousification.
Chop up some onion and some leeks, I used more leeks than onion this time. Caramelize them in the pot with butter or oil and add some spices. I used some sage and lots of pepper. While that is happening scrub up some potatoes - I left the skin on but you could peel them i suppose. I used a mix of purple and red potatoes, mostly purple but do as you like. Dice those and throw them in the pot. Stir em around some. Push/peel the skins off the beets and dice them and throw them in. If you have some format of chicken with a bone on it you could put that in (I only had a boob so I used that), with an onion with some whole cloves stuck in it, a couple carrots and celery sticks, some whole peppercorns and a bay leaf, and some salt, and cover with water, a couple inches above the stuff. If you don't have those things just use bouillon and add chicken. I sorta did a mish mash of both: I had some turkey stock I had made but not that much so I put that in with the boob and co and threw some sprigs of dill in as well. Add a wee bit o sugar, I used brown. Let that simmer up for a while but not boil. I'm not really sure if when you put the acid in affects things, but I put mine in after it simmered for a while and then I let it simmer summore. I used a little bit of spicy balsamic (reg would do, but I did kinda like the wee kick) and some apple cider vinegar. I will say to add it slowly and carefully, because it is DEFINITELY better to have too little than too much. Simmer til you think it's tasty and take out the chicken bone and break up any big hunks o chicken. Shortly before it's ready throw in some chopped up kale. You can take out the stock veg, but I tend to just leave them in so them can keep tastifiying the soup. Eat with some fresh dill and yogurt or sour cream in the bowl. I think that's it...Yum!
This can totally be vegetarian - obviously just take out the chickeny parts and use or make vegetable stock instead.
Yup, that's my "recipe".
It made me cry again, but it a good way.
My mummy is so nice.
I called and called but no one I knew was free.
I wanted to go see Back To The Future which, in honour of its 25th Anniversary, was being shown on the big screen.
I hummed and hawed, and then thought, screw it! and I went anyway by myself.
It was the best possible decision I could have made.
The audience was wonderful. Everyone was in a festival mood. There were cheers when the delorean was unveiled, cheers when George McFly punched out Biff, and wild applause when the movie ended. The faces that Doc, Marty, and Marty's parents make are delicious to watch, and there were jokes I'd completely skipped over as a kid. One of my favorites:
Marty: Doc, you turned a delorean into a time machine?
Doc: Well, I thought, if I was going to build it, why not do it with style?
It was nice to be reminded that I find myself damn fine company, and am okay on my own too.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I loved being a zombie. And if you mess up the dance steps, who cares? You're a zombie! Just twitch for a bit. After all, zombies don't think about dance, they think about brains. BRAAAAIIIIINNNNNSSSS.
It was also awesome being on the subway and seeing all the zombies heading home from the zombie march. There was an awesome Kiss zombie with "GLAM IS DEAD" written on his shirt in blood, and an excellent nurse with green skin. Someone on my streetcar would periodically shout, "Knock knock, who's there?" and all the zombies would cry, "braaaaaiiiiiins!"
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
incidentally, unlike usual portrayals of it in the media, the crime rate and severity index is going down in Canada, isn't that nice?
I picture super menacing looking rioters waving axes, knives, and possibly a guillotine, saying very calmly and politely, "Now sir, you can have your head or you can have our rights, but you cannot have both. We'll give you a few minutes to think about it."
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
"An illusion cannot dispel a distressing reality. It just makes the reality more perplexing."
"Love may make the burden worth carrying. It does not make the burden light."
"No one can completely constrain another person. At some level, freedom is not just a right, it's a fact."
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Me: "Can I bring anything to the Mexican dinner?"
Sometimes Why: "Can you get soft corn tortillas anywhere in your neighbourhood? That would be awesome if you could bring those! they are persona non-grata in greektown for some odd reason"
Me: "Oh, and you can't find soft corn tortillas on the Danforth because Greeks & Mexicans have a long running Toronto blood feud forbidding them to enjoy one another's delicious food products..."Opa" is actually a bad word in my end of town, and "souvlaki" is what we call unscooped dogpoop. "Opa! What the hell is this?! Some asshole dog owner left another souvlaki on my lawn!".
Maybe if we fall in love it will be our generation's neighborhood version of Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed Torontonians...called "Pableo (Sanchez) & Atheniet (Acidophilakis)", a real West(East)Side Story..."
Saturday, October 2, 2010
"He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.
He who conquers others has physical strength.
He who conquers himself is strong.
He who is contented is rich.
He who acts with vigor has will.
He who does not loose his place (with Tao) will endure.
He who dies but does not really perish enjoys long life."
Mostly I like the first five lines, but it sounds weird without the rest.
Monday, September 27, 2010
The boy next to me in German class has bedbugs. I came home and steamed and then poured Borax into my knapsack. I love the familiar smell of steamed cloth and wooden floors. I love the small measure of a peaceful mind it affords me.
I also did two very awesome (and free!) dance classes today. One was to learn the zombie dance from Michael Jackson's Thriller, and the other was a modern jive class that happened to follow it. Me and Jaja have some new and awesome moves to practice in the kitchen, and Jaja, Rafiki, (hopefully) Dragiraffalina, and I are all going to be awesome dancing zombies at the end of October! Ahhhh! So excited. *flaps arms*
Saturday, September 25, 2010
I'm living in the library.
There's no life for me
Beyond this page
about a chinese sage
The words float into my brain
and sometimes out my ear again
Whether it's spring or fall
I cannot recall.
I'm in fourth year.
All I see is in 2D
I'm living in the library.
...living in the library...
I also was sick yesterday (and the day before) so rather than working I made an advent's calendar. One down! One million to go :)
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
It's a lovely combination of being innocent and vicious, doing something terrible and letting it slide.
It's like being extra polite to someone who is rude to you. It makes their behavior look ridiculous if they don't stop, and confuses the hell out of them.
Hell, I might also regret it if I said something nasty, did something mean. My temper is strong, but it passes. Im unlikely to regret being extra polite or an impersonal gift. It's not something that tends to burn bridges.
Watch out, if I ever get really mad, I'm likely to take up a life of more serious anti-crimes like breaking in and decorating. Probably in neutral colours.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
"A nice comment from one of your students:
My teaching assistant in your class, ______, is so unbelievably helpful and has made both discussions entertaining and successful."
Awww! I like you too students!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Lady: "Oh, that's where the Dufferin Gates are! My goodness."
Fella: "Well, I guess if we had come on our GPS wheelchairs we would have found it a little earlier."
Lady: (chuckling) "Yes, maybe. Maybe we would have."
Friday, September 3, 2010
The cupcakes are made out of stripes of chocolate cake and lemon-ginger cake, with cream-cheese icing (plain and chocolate) and chocolate butterflies (milk and white). The cookies are crispy orange-maple cookies with chocolate-lemon cream cheese icing.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I like this moment between illness and full health precisely because it highlights the minute tasks my body can perform and makes them miraculous. Today, I am very grateful for my resourceful and resilient body that can do so much, including pluck my eyebrows:)
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Apparently he heard me loud and clear because it was his day off today and I came home to an amazingly delicious totally gluten and dairy free bread pudding.
It tastes so good all on it's own but it's even that little bit sweeter 'cause he did it just for me.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
"What?! How?! What is your tongue doing in there?"
"It's too short, I can't fit it in."
"I bit the end of mine off and now it doesn't work properly."
so we we're talking about tying cherry stems in knots ... tee hee hee
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
"We're inviting people across Toronto to join our Complaints Choir. No singing skills required! The more diverse our participants the better. From retiree to teenager, everybody has something to complain about. The only thing you need to do to join the choir is to send us your complaint.
Our choir director, Bryce Kulak, will compose a song using the complaints as lyrics. Then the choir (that's you and everyone else who submitted a complaint) will meet to rehearse. As we said, you don’t have to be a professional singer—you just need to sing loud and proud. It’s all in the attitude!
Once you've got your songs down pat, the choir will perform at locations that you all agree on. Perhaps it will be a spontaneous performance in a public space. Or perhaps in a more intimate venue among family and friends. Whatever your choir creates, you'll have memories to last a lifetime!"
I loved the original complaints choir from Helsinki when it emerged on the internet.
I am very very excited and shall be joining in.
Monday, July 19, 2010
2. The bike path was covered with baby birds finding their wings, and a very small fluffy baby mouse.
3. I ate mulberries off a neighbourhood tree on my way home.
4. A grandmother, her daughter, and her daughter's three very very rambuncious children came into the store today. I sighed when they came in because I was feeling antisocial and solitary, but they turned out to be funny and happy people. They had entered a native garden competition called flower power. Last year they won third prize even though they had only gardened a tiny part in their front garden. This year they did the whole backyard so they have their fingers crossed for first. I liked that they were so enthusiastic about gardening, even though they might not normally be gardeners. They made my day with their jokes and silliness.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
"Where did you get the Booster Juice?" he asked.
We grinned in surprise and gave him directions.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
There were two kittens on my front stoop when I got home last night. One was sleeping on the front steps, and the other on the front lawn. Not wanting to disturb them I curled up on the lower front steps and read my book. After a few chapters the cat asleep on the steps woke up and came down to roll on the lawn with a loud rumbling purr, while looking up inquisitively at his cat-mate. His cat-mate viewed such overtures with alarm and set up a disgruntled rumbling of his own. I watched them for a while until I reluctantly decided that since I had many things to do I really ought to get up and start doing them. The cat from the stairs came running over to be petted. He was adorable, Jaja soon joined me on the porch and we fed him cheese and generally lounged about companionably. When either of us went inside the cat would follow us in and explore a bit until we went back out to the porch for more petting and cheese and conversation.
There is a five leaf clover growing in my backyard.
Friday, May 7, 2010
2. Fabbalous started working at the store again yesterday. She called my name and gave me a big hug when she got there. I'm so pleased she's back.
3. I like showers. The hot water soothing muscles... It's like swimming without worrying about having to breathe.
4. I like my work. All the plants make me happy.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
That was the best thing about today.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Code Yeller got so excited about all the plants his friend gave him for his vegetable garden that he made me turn on video chat so that he could show them all off to me. He had peppers, and eggplants, and all sorts of things.
I found more silly quotes on the top of my lecture notes:
"A cow is useful as a cow. I mean, you could ride it."
"I found out that amaryllis when they get scared, don't curl up, but jump high into the air." [he meant armadillos, not amaryllis, but I like the idea of jumping flowers].
After my next exam Dragiraffalina and I sat on the grass nibbling on sweets and basking in the sun. We tried to remember all the words to the song "video" by India Arie and we wandered around singing it. Dragiraffalina has a lovely voice.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I wonder what it means to be a grown-up? I wonder what feelings I associate with the idea of "being a grown-up"?
I just filed my first American tax return. I had this moment, as I was moving around my kitchen putting away dishes, where I felt calm and ok...I thought, I have a kitchen, I have dishes, I have a home and a job, I can file taxes, I can do things right, and things are ok. I feel...safe and competent...to run my own life and not make a mess of it. (Wow-can I really do that?!) I think I always imagined that "adults" have these feelings. I think I'll decide that having this safe and confident place is part of what it means to "be a grown-up"-and try to cultivate it.
Monday, April 12, 2010
The trees have little green pom poms on all the tips of their branches.
Bulbs are blooming all over the place, bright splashes of rich green leaves and happy flowers.
A man with two ferrets on leashes entered the subway at the same time as me.
Raccoons that wander about my backyard, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and smelling their hands like wollen teddies.
I find little notes of things my prof said that I thought were funny scrawled across the top of my lecture notes:
"I don't know what the function of parties are. I like to have conversations in depth and parties make that very difficult."
"He ran the roman empire. You try to run the roman empire." (raises eyebrows).
"Tell them you're allergic to placebos."
"When I opened my eyes this morning,
The day belonged to me.
The sky was mine and the sun,
And my feet got up dancing.
The marmalade was mine and the squares of the sidewalk
And all the birds in the trees.
So I stood and I considered
Stopping the world right there,
Making today go on and on forever.
But I decided not to.
I let the world spin on and I went to school.
I almost did it, but then, I said to myself,
'Who knows what you might be missing tomorrow?'"
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Call me old-fashioned, but I like it when people show you they like you. It's nice.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
To love is good, too: love being difficult.
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
For this reason young people, who are beginners in everything, cannot yet know love: they have to learn it.
With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered close about their lonely, timid, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love.
But learning-time is always a long, secluded time, and so loving, for a long while ahead and far on into life, is--solitude, intensified and deepened loneliness for him who loves.
Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another (for what would a union be of something unclarified and unfinished, still subordinate--?), it is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself for another's sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I was putting away the laundry and sorting out the clothes in the bottom of her closet. All the places on her clothes that would normally smell like sweat, smell like apples. :)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
the place of psyche: politics, art, nature
15th annual conference in philosophy
Keynote Speaker: Johnathan Lear, University of Chicago
In addition to his training as a psychoanalyst, Professor Lear’s philosophical interests include conceptions of health, happiness, and the human psyche in the work of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Kierkegaard, and Wittgenstein. His recent publications include The Force of Argument: Essays in Honor of Timothy Smiley (Edited with Alex Oliver, Routledge 2009), Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation (Harvard University Press, 2006), Freud (Routledge, 2005), Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony (Other Press, 2003), Happiness, Death, and the Remainder of Life (Harvard University Press, 2000), and Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul (Harvard University Press, 1998). He is currently John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago.
Friday, April 23rd
West Lounge, Dougherty Hall
10:00am – 11:00am
“Incorporeal Nous and the Science of the Soul
in Aristotle’s De Anima”
Adam Wood, Fordham University
“Beyond the (Kantian) Pleasure Principle”
Todd Kesselman, New School for Social Research
12:30pm – 1:30pm
“The Attraction of the Kalon”
Sarah Hegenbart, University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College
1:30pm – 2:30pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
“Mapping the Psyche through the Railway Network: A Reading of Freud’s Metaphors from the Project for a Scientific Psychology to Interpreting Dreams”
Claudie Massicotte, University of Western Ontario
3:45pm – 4:45pm
“The See-Through Self: Aquinas on Reflexion, Self-Awareness, and Freedom”
Therese Scarpelli Cory, Georgetown University
5:30pm, Keynote Address:
Johnathan Lear, University of Chicago
Saturday, April 24th
West Lounge, Dougherty Hall
10:00am – 11:00am
“Virtual Lives and Virtue”
Anna Mathie, Catholic University of America
11:15am – 12:15pm
“The Maternal Psyche and the Work of Civilization:
Kristeva’s Rewriting of Civilization and its Discontents”
Pleshette DeArmitt, University of Memphis
12:30pm – 1:30 pm
“Psuché, Arété, Phusis”
John Wolfe, University of South Florida
1:30pm – 2:30pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
“On Levinas’ Heroic Critique of Authenticity”
Beau Shaw, Columbia University
3:45pm – 4:45pm
“The New Problem of Akratic Action”
Charles Norman Todd, University of Chicago
5:00pm – 6:00pm
“Primal Intersubjectivity, Alienation, and
the Establishment of Subjectivity”
Anna Johnson, Miami University of Ohio
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Also, Rafiki, when he saw it, said "Oh Cat, what happened? Your bruises turn blue?" because they don't show up the same way on his skin.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
2. There was a man softly singing opera in line behind us today.
3. A man had a big cosy wagon built onto the front of his bike, and a lady was curled up in it with lots of blankets and pillows. I want one :)