March 31, 2008

5 Things Meme

I have been tagged by Quirky is a Compliment for the 5 things meme. I've already done this meme once, but I figured I'd do it again, but switch it up a little & give new answers. Okay?

The Rules
1. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
2. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment letting them know they've been tagged and to ask them to play along and to read your blog.

What I was doing 10 years ago - 1998

1. Dieting. I now believe that it's better to eat right and exercise and aim for "healthy" rather than "thin". I'm still chubby, though, so I guess you could argue my new philosophy ain't working.
2. Painting. I graduated in 1998. I came very close to not graduating because I didn't have a minor. I needed one more upper year course in one of the subjects I had studied that were not my major. The problem was that I didn't have the prerequisites to any of the upper year courses that were offered in my final term. Yeah, I don't know how that happened either. I had psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and fine arts as possibilities. I visited profs from all the academic disciplines, but they would not bend and allow me to take their classes without the prerequisite. So I tried painting. I had 1st year painting under my belt already. I needed to take 3rd year in order to meet the requirements for a minor in fine arts/painting (I also had classes in photography, drawing, print making and multi-media towards the minor, but no upper year courses). The professor agreed to let me try 3rd year painting. She warned me that it would be difficult to get a passing grade without more of a background in it. I took the course and ended up with an A-. And I graduated. Yay!
3. Moving. I moved from Sackville, NB, where I went to university, to Toronto.
4. Losing friends. I had a close-nit group of friends in highschool. We grew apart in university and I didn't end up staying in touch with many of them after I graduated. It's sad to lose friends and sometimes I wish we could have stayed close.
5. Making friends. I moved to Toronto to do a diploma in tourism and I met a great group of girls in the program. We were very close.

Five things on my to-do list today -

1. Library - shelve 2 carts
2. Blog
3. Get groceries - we're out of everything!
4. Watch ANTM (do you know what that is?)
5. Read (a girl's gotta have some fun too)

Snacks I love but probably shouldn't be eating-

1. Birthday cake
2. Anything cadbury
3. Peanut butter fudge crunch ice cream
4. Cheese burgers
5. Hickory sticks

Things I would do if I were a billionaire -

1. NYC - shopping and museums
2. Europe
3. Pay off everybody's debt (well everybody in my family anyway)
4. Get a maid and a cook and a massage therapist on hand at all times. (This is Quirky's answer. Can I get a "hell yeah"?)
5. Get a tricked out digital camera & a new laptop & a real desk

Five of my bad habits -

1. Reality TV
2. Magazines
3. Getting frustrated too easily
4. Eating when lonely or upset
5. Lazyness

Five places I have traveled - I changed this to traveled because I told you all the placed I've lived last time I did this meme.

1. NYC & Boston
2. Paris & Northern France
3. London, Ipswitch, & Alton Towers
4. Iceland
5. Florida

Five jobs I'd love to have - For jobs I've had see earlier meme.

1. Writer
2. Librarian
3. Book store owner
4. Travel writer (does this count as separate from writer?)
5. Conservator or Archivist

Five bloggers I tag -

1. Pancakes and French Fries

2. Mom 101

3. Me on the East Coast

4. Amanda's Life

5. Postcards From the Mothership

Argh! It pains me to tag people. I don't know why, but I assume they'll be so annoyed. I'm silly like that.


But Maybe It's Just Me

I'm endlessly fascinated with the Jolie-Pitts. And it's not just that the name "Jolie-Pitt" makes me giggle (Jolie means "cute" in French. "Cute pits" makes me giggle. I am very, very, deeply immature, I know). I'm not sure what it is. Well, they're very pretty - both of them. And their kids are adorable, and so stylish. And they do good in the world through various charities. And they're in movies (you might have noticed). And they're soooo pretty.

Here's what I think they should do: Reality TV. A show about life in the Jolie-Pitt family. Like the Osbournes except, one would assume, with less swearing. I'd watch that. Alas, I don't think that it's likely to happen. I guess I'll have to be content with magazines and internet gossip. The good news is that there's tons of it. Apparently I'm not the only one who's fascinated with the ever growing Jolie-Pitt family.

Do you have a favourite celebrity family?
Or do you despise popular culture and wish you were sitting down to some good literature right now instead of reading this drivel?


March 30, 2008

This Is Not a Title

I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted.

Monkey gave up his soother, "Nunu", about a week and a half ago. He had chapped lips from nunuing all night. I put Vaseline on his lips and explained to him why they were chapped. At bedtime he refused his nunu, saying, "No nunu! It make my lips fall off."

Who can blame him really? I have to admit that that would put me off of it too. I tend to avoid anything that makes parts of my body fall off.

The only negative side is that Monkey hasn't slept through since. And on top of the Monkey-related lack of sleep, I'm coming down with a cold. Hence the higher than normal level of exhaustion. I am zombie girl, hear me snore.

The kids and I went to my childhood hometown this weekend for a visit. Now that I'm home it turns out that I left my Anthropology notes at my mother-in-law's and I can't find my cell phone*. I thought I'd left it at my parents' house, but when I called Dad he couldn't find it. Urg.

So no wittiness or fun today, alas.

*Reminds of my favourite quotation from The Neverending Story: "I lost the Auryn and I can't find my luck dragon!" This quotation represents the end of all hope for one of the movie's main characters, Atreyu. It also makes me laugh - so earnest, so overly-dramatic! Boo hoo. Hee hee.


March 29, 2008

Grand-maman's Tourtière Recipe

Tourtière is a quintessential French Canadian dish. It is a meat pie, usually made with ground pork, and traditionally served after midnight mass on Christmas eve, as part of the réveillon feast. But it can be eaten anytime. Go ahead and enjoy some today - I won't tell on you if you don't tell on me.

This is the family recipe, complete with Grand-maman's secrets and tips.

Use a 9 inch pie plate.


1 lb lean ground pork
Salt and pepper (Grand-maman suggests well-seasoning the meat, don't be shy with your salt and pepper)
1 large onion, finely chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed OR 1 tsp chopped garlic (Grand-maman prefers the garlic in water, rather than that pickled in oil)
1 tsp Italian seasoning (Grand-maman prefers the Italian seasoning to the more traditional savoury and sage - the extra seasoning gives the pork a more complex flavour)
Grand-maman also recommends, for a more interesting flavour, adding:
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of ground cloves

Combine the pork, onion, and garlic in a frying pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the pork is no longer pink. You can add a tbsp or two of water to keep it moist, if needed. Once the meat is well-cooked, add the Italian seasoning, cinnamon, and cloves. Mix well. Simmer the meat over low heat for another 15 minutes, or so, to allow the flavours to blend, stirring often.


2 cups all purpose flour
7 oz Crisco
7 Tbsp water

Combine the flour and Crisco and blend well with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles small peas. Add the water, mix with a fork until well-moistened. Using the fork, form the dough into a ball. Use your hands as little as possible, as too much handling will make the pastry lose its light, flaky texture. Use immediately, Grand-maman says that this recipe cannot be stored in the fridge for later use.

If you don't want to make the pastry from scratch, Grand-maman recommends using Robin Hood Flaky Pie Crust Mix. She says to add more water (at least 7 tbsp) than is called for by the instructions on the package.

Tip the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Cut it into two pieces and reform into balls, flatten and roll out until the dough is 13 inches wide. Place the bottom half in the pie plate, making sure to leave at least an inch of pastry around the edge on all sides. Put the filling in. Moisten the edges of the bottom crust then put the top on. Press gently around the edge so that they stick together. Trim to pastry to the edge of the pie plate. Flute the edge of the pastry. Grand-maman says to be sure to pierce the top of the pastry to allow the steam to escape.

Grand-maman suggests decorating your pie with leaf-shaped cut-outs, made from the remaining pastry. Dampen the bottom of the cut-outs with water and place decoratively on top of the pie.

Beat an egg, add a few splashes of milk, and brush the mixture over the top of the pastry to give it a nice golden glow once cooked.

An alternative to a full-size pie, which is always popular in Grand-mama's kitchen, is to make individual-size tourtière in a muffin pan. Grand-maman says to make sure to cut the pastry for the bottom crust at least 3/4 of an inch larger, all the way around, than the top of the muffin holes in the pan in order to have enough pastry to fold over the edges of the top. Cut the pastry for the top of the crust to the same size as the top of the hole in the muffin pan. Dampen the edge of the bottom crust and fold over the top. Press down with a folk.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce to 375 until golden brown.

Serve it with green tomato chow-chow (Grand-maman recommends Graves, which she says can pass for homemade), and enjoy.


March 27, 2008

In 6 Words

Mad at Under the Mad Hat challenged her readers to come up with a 6 word autobiography.

Here's mine:

Quietly loud, quirkily studious, loves chocolate.

And, for extra credit, a haiku biography:

Work at not working
Laugh all day at nothing and
Everything. 2 kids.

That was fun. Thanks, Mad!

Now everyone, I want to read all about you in 17 syllables. I tag everyone! Go forth and write a haiku biography.

And, on a related topic (that is actually in no way related), does anyone else find this as funny as I do?



March 26, 2008

The Results Are In

You really don't like my blouse.

41.7% of you think it makes me look at least a little bit pregnant.

25% of you don't think it makes me look pregnant, you just don't like it.

100% of me think it's time to rethink it. For sure.

The question was: Do you think this blouse makes me look pregnant?

The results (in handy pie chart form):

And in other news...

I finished and mailed the crochet toys for Katie of Mostly Mommy, winner of the blog party give away.

She has two kids, an almost-3 year old boy and an almost-one baby girl, so I made a pink alien and a blue bunny. I think they turned out pretty cute. Check them out:


March 25, 2008

Book Meme

I have been tagged by Elaine at The Miss Elaine-ous Life. She's having a book & coffee giveaway, it doesn't get much better than that. My two favourite things in one giveaway.

Here are the rules:

  • Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
  • Open the book to page 123.
  • Find the 5th sentence.
  • Post the next 3 sentences.
  • Tag 5 people.
I'm sitting at my little work area - a corner of the couch, two tray tables, a laptop, yarn, crochet hooks, hand cream, and a pile of books, magazines, papers, and other work-related stuff. The closest books are anthropology books I have to research my paper. My paper is about how menstruation taboos effect the status of women in matrilineal versus patrilineal societies. The book I picked up for this meme is called Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation, edited by Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottlieb & published by University of California Press.

Page 123 falls within a paper called "Menstrual Politics: Women and Pigs in Rural Portugal".

And starting at the 5th sentence:

Household pig-killings are important social status indicators and are used as a semipublic measure of familial well-being. At the matanca, the greatest threat to a household's economic well-being is posed by the purported destructive effects of menstruation on processing work. Women argue that during her menstrual period a woman is "ill with menstruation" (Anda mal com a menstruacao).

And on that note...

Tags. I hate tagging people - I have this bizarre, pathological fear of bothering people - I'm weird, I know.

Regardless, I'd like to tag:

Sara at Happy Baker
Sass E-Mum at One Strangely Lush Mother
Scrappysue at My Home Wellingtown
Working Mum at Working Mum on the Verge
SuburbanCorrespondent at The More, The Messier

I was going to tag Amanda at Amanda's life, but when I visited her blog I found out that there's been a death in her family, her sister, I think. I just want to say that my thoughts are with her and her family.


March 23, 2008

Anatomy of a Pirate

It was wall to wall people at the grocery store yesterday. We had a long wait at the register.

I was playing interference between Monkey and a box of cheese bits and Buddy was sitting in the front of the cart, buried under various food items.

Out of seemingly nowhere, he asked, "Mommy, does booty mean bottom?"

Recently the kids have been singing, "Awwww! Shake, shake shake! Shake, shake, shake! Shake ya' bootay... Shake ya' bootay!"

Thinking this song was the reason he was asking I told him that, yes, booty means bottom.

I glanced down at him to find him holding a bag of Pirate's Booty with a confused, slightly grossed-out look on his face.

"Oh! Not in this case, Buddy," I explained. "The booty in Pirate's Booty means treasure."

"Oh, okay," he replied. "But Shake your booty? That means bottom."

I'm glad we cleared that up.



Happy Easter, everyone!

But... who brought all these treats?


March 21, 2008

Enough Already!

Have you seen this article: Idle parenting means happy children, from the British Telegraph, by Tom Hodgkinson? (Thanks to Suburban Correspondent at The More the Messier for pointing it out.) He argues that parents are too involved with their children's lives, making it hard for the kids to develop independence. He thinks that being constantly entertained by T.V., video games, computers, scheduled activities, teachers, and group leaders stunts children's development, making them clingy, needy, and unable to take care of themselves. He suggests that parents should simply leave their kids alone and let them play.

At first this "Idle parenting" thing sounded good to me. I mean, I've never been that into over-scheduling my kids with activities and outings. I expect them to play and entertain themselves sometimes. After all, that's what all the toys are for, right? Of course I also feel guilty because everyone else's kids seem to be involved in dance and sports and music and art and yadda, yadda, yadda. So I wonder, are my kids missing out? Am I holding them back? Or am I teaching them independence? I really don't know.

Hodgkinson goes on to say that parents who put their kids in front of the T.V. or video games are BAD parents. Okay, sure. We've all heard that one, right? My kids do watch T.V. and play video games. That's all they'd do if I let them, actually. I have to insist they turn it off and go play. I probably let them watch too much when they're home, so I feel guilty about that too.

Hodgkinson also says that parents who send their kids to babysitters, or daycares, or who have anyone else watch their children for them are BAD parents. My kids go to daycare. I don't work. What do I do? I take a class, I run errands, I volunteer at the library, I find apartments (well, one townhouse) in far away cities for us to move into, I plan and organize the move. The kids only started daycare a couple of months ago when the best little place - loving and fun, with a wonderful educational program - called and offered us spots for both kids. And here's the thing - Monkey LOVES it. He looks forward to going. He loves playing with the other kids. When he's home for the day - on weekends, for example - he asks often to go to school. It's the best thing for him. But I feel hugely guilty and kind of ashamed about having them in daycare when I'm not working.

Enough already! I mean come on, I am so tired of reading manifestos on parenting because all of them inevitably tell me I suck at this and I already feel inadequate enough. I'm tired of having other parents, posing as experts, call me BAD. Just put me in a time out and be done with it already because, honestly, I can't take much more of this constant criticism.

And this guy? He's slamming working parents who have their kids in daycare (or with caregivers or family members) while they earn a living. He's slamming any parents who ever let the T.V. entertain their children. He's slamming stay at home parents who spend time doing crafts and educational activities with their children. He's slamming any parents who schedule classes and sports for their children. According to him, the only good parents are stay at home parents who ignore their children. Not in a neglectful way, he hastens to clear up - we should still make sure they eat and have dry diapers. Who does he think he is anyway? That's what I want to know. I'm not going to say, one way or the other, whether he's a good parent because I have no idea... But I will say that I think he's a pompous blow-hard.

So, I decided to ask my kids what they think. Are they happy?

And out of the mouths of babes:

video video

I spend way too much time worrying whether I'm doing the right things for my children. But here's the thing, there's really no reason for all this guilt. I'm doing okay. My kids are happy, funny, sweet, and creative. That should the best evidence of how I'm doing as a parent.

My advice? Ignore the haters. Love your kids, do your best, and try not to worry too much whether or not you're doing this right. It's a hard gig, after all, this raising people.


March 20, 2008

Me Me Me Memes

I was tagged on two memes yesterday.

The first tag came by email from SaraLynn, my first real bloggy buddy. She's the best amateur chef on the interwebs. Check her out and get some great recipes and ideas for family dinners. She also has blogs about marriage and raising two adorable kids.

What were you doing 10 years ago?
1998? I was graduating from University with my Art History degree and getting ready to move to Toronto to do my travel/tourism diploma. I was also planning my wedding. It was a pretty big year for me, actually.

Name 5 things from today's to do list:

  1. Finish the blue bunny toy for the blog party giveaway winner.
  2. Answer these memes.
  3. Write an article about Canadian Culture.
  4. Put the clean laundry away.
  5. Cook the chicken legs I promised to the kids for dinner.
Name 5 Snacks you enjoy:
  1. Kettle Bakes.
  2. Tangerines.
  3. Dark chocolate.
  4. Peanut butter toast.
  5. Frozen yogurt.
5 things you would do if you were a Billionaire:
  1. Get advice.
  2. Buy a home.
  3. Travel.
  4. Charity.
  5. Exactly the same thing I do now.
Name 3 bad habits:
  1. I bite my nails - always have. I know - Ew, right?
  2. Procrastination.
  3. Self doubt.
Name 5 places you have lived:
  1. Various, New Brunswick.
  2. Toronto, Ontario.
  3. We're moving to New Town at the end of next month.
  4. Futuretown, Wherever.
  5. Unknownville, Anywhere.
Name 5 Jobs you have had:
  1. Children's Program Coordinator - New Brunswick Museum.
  2. Reservation Agent - Tour company.
  3. Product Coordinator - Tour company.
  4. Bilingual Sales Productivity Centre Representative - IBM
  5. Bilingual telephone operator & directory assistance - NBTel

The other tag was from Shannon from God Gave Me You, one of the new bloggers I met through the 5 minutes for mom blog party. Shannon blogs about life with her own sweet little miracle baby.
The rules are:
1. Link to your tagger and post these
rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog,
some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names
as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment
on their blog.

I have asked Hubby to tell me 7 facts about ME for me to share with you. (How many times can she use the word "me" in a sentence? Watch in amazement as the drama unfolds!)

1) She likes to wear hats.
2) She is not particularly good at going to sleep. (He's right about that - if I'm not exhausted when I turn out the light, I lie awake staring into the darkness for hours, mind reeling with everything I have yet to get done.)
3) She puts more love into pancakes from a mix than anyone else I've ever met.

4) For someone who loves coffee, she's surprising willing to let it scorch and still drink it.
5) She's handy.
6) She has an excellent sense of direction. And she struggles against intollerance for people who don't share her directional superpowers.
7) She's not interested in any of the things I'm interested in. (It's true! And ditto. And yet, we manage to have fun together... Weird, eh?)

Now... tagging. I'm going to tag Sara with the second meme and Shannon with the first. As to the other 6 tags... You choose. If you want to do these memes then I tag YOU. Just let me know if you do so I can come and check it out - I love getting know the nitty gritty little details about people.


Best Gordon Ramsay Impression Ever



March 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Someone posted this on Facebook this morning.
And I thought I'd share it with you for Wordless Wednesday.

High school musical, Peter Pan, 1993
Tiger Lilly and her Indians

Can you spot me?


March 18, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

I was visiting some new (to me) blogs and came across a 10 on Tuesday post at Quirky is a Compliment. I am now - right before your eyes (nothing up my sleeve) - PRESTO, totally stealing her idea. The hand is always faster than the eye my friends.

1. Random complaining: I am tired. I am so tired that my eyes are having trouble focusing. I was awake for many long, dark hours last night. It's all Monkey's fault. He crawled in bed with us and woke me up at 1:30am. Monkey is not the most restful of sleeping companions. He kicks and squirms and nunus (and by "nunus" I mean he sucks on his soother like Maggie Simpson - making little noises like Maggie Simpson - nuk, nuk, nuk.... nuk, nuk, nuk...).

I know I should put him back in his own bed. I know I'm encouraging him to come back by letting him stay. But there are problems involved. You see, if he's not asleep when I put him back in his bed, he'll simply get up and come back. And by the time he's asleep enough to move I've usually either fallen asleep myself or have sunk into a stupor so deep that there's no reviving me. I am also a pushover for tiny sleeping children - so cute.

Also, note to self: time to take the nunu away? Probably, yes. Oh dear. I am not looking forward to that little struggle.

2. Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day. Happy Irish Day everybody! Did you wear green? No? Me neither. I forgot. Also, I'm not Irish. The cutest St. Patrick's-related thing I saw was a video at Mrs. Fussypants Guide to Life featuring her Nashville blogging friends. You should check it out, it's very funny.

3. An important question for any woman to ask when wearing an empire waste:


4. My favourite song, right now, is Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas.

Do you recognize it? I first heard it in a commercial for Target. The odd thing is that the band is Canadian, from Vancouver. And Target is not available in Canada. Is it shameful to discover Canadian talent for the first time on U.S. television commercials? I think it is a bit, yes.

That's not the only time Target has turned to the Canadian music scene for their ad music. Target used Nowhere With You, a song by the Halifax based Joel Plaskett Emergency. Check it out. Do you recognize it?

5. Do you remember that video I posted from French and Saunders? One of the reasons I like it is that I can recreate it for my own personal amusement... It goes something like this:

Jen... Jen... I think I was penetrated by the lead singer of the Buggles on my holiday:

Because look at my baby:

Funny, no? Well, maybe it's just be.

6. My mother-in-law emailed me some pictures of her yard today. No snow on the ground, and she spotted some little green shoots (daffodils, tulips?) coming up in the flower garden. I'm so jealous. We only live about an hour away, but look at this picture of my place right now:

No spring in sight. Just filthy snowbanks as far as the eye can see.

7. My brother's favourite joke once won me a coffee mug from a radio station. It is: Two sausages were frying together in a pan. One sausage turned to the other and said, "Hot enough for ya?" The other sausage replied, "Oh my god! It's a talking sausage!" The radio station asked people to call in and only tell them the punchline to a joke. Mine was the funniest.

8. This morning I was hurrying to get Monkey ready to go. I rushed into my bedroom to get dressed. I picked up a bra and put it on. I had a really hard time doing up the clasps, I thought it was because I'm so tired, but when I went into the bathroom to help Monkey brush his teeth I saw in the mirror that it was on inside-out. I didn't bother fixing it because we were in a hurry and ug - I am so tired. And I'm still wearing it - inside out - I think it'll be the next big thing.

9. I have to start packing soon to move. Oh, did I tell you our application on the townhouse was accepted? It was, we have a place to move into to. Yay! Anyway, I can feel the need to pack sneaking up behind me and I'm terrified.

10. I'm working on two crochet toys for Katie from Mostly Mommy, winner of the Reluctant Housewife blog party giveaway. I'm making a pink alien and a blue bunny. Here's what I have so far:

Whew! So there's my 10 things. Hope you enjoyed it. I'm off to doze in front of some reality T.V.


March 16, 2008

Another Sunday at the Park

Another sunny Sunday afternoon at the park with "the fam".

A nice idyllic walk in the woods. How lovely. Right?

Yeah. Except it wasn't.

Because of this little guy.

Monkey was determined.

What was he determined about?
Oh, you know, everything....

He was determined to walk.

As soon as he'd walked a few steps, he'd start to feel tired and change his mind.

He was determined to be carried.

As soon as Hubby picked him up, he'd change his mind.

He was determined to have a ride in the sled.

He was also determined to do any or all of the following:
  • Sit down and refuse to move.
  • Run off into the trees.
  • Walk in the opposite direction.
  • Eat snow.
  • Eat snow with a snarky grin on his face after I'd told him not to eat snow.

There was a lot of whining and frustration - and that was just me.

But, on the drive home, I turned around to where Monkey was snuggled sleepy eyed in his car seat. He looked so sweet that my mommy heart melted. I gave him a big smile and an "I love you" just as he drifted off to sleep.


Block Party Crocheted Item Winner

The 5 minutes for mom blog party is over. It is time to announce the winner of the crocheted item from the Reluctant Housewife (uh, yeah, that would be me).

I used a random number generator to choose which of the 83 blog party visitors is the winner.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-03-16 16:20:30 UTC

Congratulations #47 - Katie of Mostly Mommy.


I will be notifying Katie by email.

Thanks for visiting me. It was a great party!


March 15, 2008

And I Know Funny

Have you seen the Jerry Seinfeld bit where he complains about people claiming, "And I know funny" when they tell him he's definitely not? I tried to locate this clip to share it with you but, ironically, all I could find online were forum entries and videos from people claiming, "I know funny."

So, do you know funny?

I want to share two video clips with you and I want to know if you think they're funny.

The first is from the comedy team that brought us Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders. It features Jen, who is trying to relax with her tabloid magazine and Dawn, who is trying to catch her attention by offering up some tabloid headlines of her own:

For me, this clip is all about Dawn's facial expressions. I think it's funnier everytime I see it. What do you think?

The second is put together by Halifax based comedy troop, Picnicface. It is a song that asks the age-old question: Beard or no beard?

"I've always wanted a flower with a beard." Classic!

I think these clips are funny. In fact, they both hold a special place in my heart because no one else I've shown them to seems to find them funny at all.

I've heard that you know funny.

So tell me, in your expert opinion - were these clips funny or not?

Want more funny videos (including some that people other than me agree are funny)? Visit my LOLvids YouTube playlist.


March 14, 2008

Meatball Makeover

Dinners with faces = the reason hubby is so popular around here with the under 6 set.


March 13, 2008

How NOT to play the violin

Because I like to make a fool of myself for the world to see. And because SaraLynn requested this and SaraLynn's my girl. I give you:

Me playing the violin!


  • This is not good. Make sure your computer's volume is not up too high.
  • Also, don't forget to laugh yourself into incontinence at the faces I make everytime (often) I hit a bad note.
  • Also, take note of the fact that when I'm concentrating I look exactly like a frog.



Take a deep breath and press play.


Let me introduce you to my poor neglected violin.

My parents gave it to me for my 15th birthday. It's a beautiful instrument with nice tiger striped wood on the back. My violin instructor discovered it stashed away in somebody's attic. She rescued it and had it repaired. It is currently kept in storage in my closet and I pull it out once or twice every couple of years, or so. It is also missing its E-string so I had to choose a song that only used the lower 3 strings.

I hope it didn't make your ears bleed. Comments? Be gentle.


And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street

What did I see on my home from school?

There was so much to tell, I JUST COULDN'T BEGIN!

Dad looked at me sharply and pulled at his chin.
He frowned at me sternly from there in his seat,
"Was there nothing to look at . . . no people to greet?
Did nothing excite you or make your heart beat?"

"Nothing," I said, growing red as a beet, "But a plain horse and wagon on Mulberry Street."

I didn't see a horse and wagon on my way home from school (sadly, because that would have been cool). But I did see some things that made my heart beat. Let me share them with you.

A visit to the greenhouse in the Biology building.
How cute is that? Biologists are so precious!


A Pepsi vending machine in its natural habitat.

The greenhouse is haunted by the ghost of a giant albatross.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner anyone?

It takes a special kind of school to offer its students Pepsi, snacks,
and stuffed bird specimens in its vending machines.

What the heck is that thing?

This tiny door leads to a happy, magical place where winter never comes.
I know, I checked.

Room 102 - it goes both ways.

I have no witty remarks about this picture.
Pretty, though, eh?

I think that giant snowbank is about to eat that car.

This poor tree is reaching out for help.
I took its hand and pulled, but it was to no avail.

Look! It's a bench!


This telephone reminds me of the Narnia lamppost.
It seems so incongruous in the surrounding trees.

Upon closer inspection, however, its presence takes on a more sinister cast.
It's in the woods in case of emergencies.
For student protection and, apparently, garbage disposal.

Thoughts? Questions? Comments are your best bet!