Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bonne fĂȘte


This year I celebrated my b-day mangling the French language in Montreal. Whee! Or, j'mexcuse... Oui!

I treated myself to a new camera and spent the weekend gallivanting around Montreal trying to figure out how to use it (the camera, not the city).

And you thought Katy Perry was overexposed!

Birthdays are a great time to convince others to participate in activities they would normally have no interest in.
Ice skating! On Mount Royal! My rented skates were named "Soft Cameo". Is it just me, or is that hilarious?

This marked my first time on skates in 15 years. Highly embarrassing for a Canadian. My initial though after stepping onto the ice was; "Oh no! This was a big mistake! What was I thinking?!". After a few wobbly circles around Beaver Lake (also hilarious) I got my groove back. I may have to make this ice-skating business a more than once-every-couple-of-decades kind of thing.

After the ice-capades, the rest of the weekend was spent doing more more or less standard activities from my favourites list.

Drinking fine wine with fine looking gentlemen:

Fine dining and fine doodling:

It's a paper placemat. I didn't deface anything, calm down!

And of course, fine thrifting:

This was the largest Salvation Army I have every set foot in. Look how far back that goes! And there's an second floor! I nearly had a heart attack faced with all that bargain hunting!

In the end I only picked up a couple of sweaters and these guys:

100% wool yarn on cones. Should I let the fine looking gentleman know
a 69 cent cone of yarn thrills me more than fine dining?


Mild frustration ensued browsing the furniture department, full of interesting things we had no way of hauling back to Toronto.

These two chairs would have been pretty great for enjoying our respective hobbies: Newspaper reading and knitting. (If that floral chair had been pink and orange I might have been calling Via Rail to inquire about oversize baggage).

In the end, carry-on luggage was just fine for our souvenir bagels. Bonne fete a moi!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Snowmantic Interlude

Yesterday was a snow-day! Despite receiving only 15 of the 30 centimeters (or 3 gauge swatches) of snow expected, the whole city shut down and I luxuriated in the chance to work from home.

HOW TO SURVIVE A SNOW-DAY

1: Sleep in. But not too much. I spent the 45 minutes I usually waste commuting on the Sufferin bus luxuriating in the comfort of my own bed.

2: Make pancakes. Cereal is for suckers. You've got time on your hands, so whip up a batch of blueberry banana decadence!

3: Work. Okay, so it's not all sleeping and pancakes. Channel all that extra energy from good sleep and complex carbohydrates into a productive workday. Boot up the old Mac, but do so sans make-up whilst sporting mix-matched clothes and cozy slippers.

4: Take a walk. Time get outside and burn off the maple syrup. Don't even think about riding your bike.

This is not my bike because I am not a moron.


I kind of wish I had brought a sled to Trinity Bellwoods, but in reality,
sledding by yourself is kind of creepy and weird.
If only I'd had the forethought to put together a toboggan posse!


4: Come inside and dmire snow melting on your hand-knits. 'Nuff said!

5: Make chilli. Nothin' tops a bowl of chilli after a long walk through the snow. Well, actually, the best yogurt in the world tops it.


6: Relax. Might I suggest some appropriate cold-weather indoor activities? Mario Wii?


World 3 is especially apropos - it's all snow and ice and you get to dress like a cute penguin!

More about crochet Mario here.

7: Knit. You know I can't let a day go without knitting, right?