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    Doing My Part


    2012 - 11.12

    In prep for moving, we’re decluttering. I’m doing my part by going through the myriad of bath products we have on hand and using them up. Yeah, pretty much daily baths…talk about taking one for the team. ;)

    In other moving news, we’ve looked at 12 places, short-listed six and have two more to look at today, then will make our decision this afternoon. We’ve got one strong front runner, but there were a LOT of people interested so fingers crossed…

    BPL Speed Reads


    2012 - 08.04

    Burnaby does things well. I was a Coquitlam girl until I moved out here about five years ago with Dave, and I love it out here (not that there’s anything wrong with Coquitlam!). One of the things that I find awesome is that the Burnaby Public Library now has a category of books they call “Speed Reads”. They’re on a shelf at the front of the library with bright neon stickers on them. They can’t be requested, put on hold or renewed, so it’s kind of like a nifty treasure hunt to see what’s there. Last time, there were two copies of Mockingjay and a new Charlene Harris book. Another time, the newest Laurell K. Hamilton book was there, and I’ve seen very popular books waiting. It’s a great way to avoid wait times!  Just make sure you’ve got the time to read them…they’re only a seven day loan, and the overdue fines are $1/day. Ouch. Flashbacks of SFU library… :/

    Purging Weekend


    2012 - 07.20

    Whoa…Karin here. I can’t remember the last time I posted. Hi!! *waves*

    The best laid plans… After having a LOT of stuff we want to get rid of lying around our condo for months, we’ve FINALLY booked a time for the diabetes association to do a pick up. At the moment, we’ve got literally a dozen garbage bags filled with clothes, books, household items, blankets and more ready to be donated when the truck comes this Sunday. If you think you may want something that we might be getting rid of, or if you want to come check out the free stuff, tomorrow (Saturday) is your last chance for this particular load. Let us know! :)

    Cancelled


    2012 - 05.16

    Lots of shows that one or both of us watched at various times this year have been cancelled, although on rare occasions those decisions are reversed, it doesn’t seem likely in these cases.  Maybe next year we’ll do a better job of ignoring the new shows and watch less television…

    Here’s a list of some of the shows:

    • Unforgettable
    • NYC 22
    • A Gifted Man
    • Missing
    • Prime Suspect
    • The Firm
    • Awake
    • Harry’s Law
    • Terra Nova
    • Alcatraz
    • The Finder
    • The Secret Circle
    • Ringer

    Of those I think the one’s we’d ask to have saved if we could would be: Awake, Terra Nova, Alcatraz and The Finder.  Karin would likely observe that it’s no surprise that Fox cancelled shows she liked…

    John Carter


    2012 - 03.21

    David wrote a post for Abandoned Towers about John Carter and its source material. Since then, Disney has announced that it is going to be the biggest flop ever.  I’ve been wandering around the internet and found some links to various thoughts and articles about it.

    John Carter may set Guinness record for biggest box-office flop of all time: National Post
    Thought on the whole John Carter ad campaign debacle: Bamboo Killers
    John Carter Flop Shows Disney Too Big to Fail: Chicago Tribune
    The biggest movie turkey of them all?: Mail Online
    Why did Disney’s ‘John Carter’ flop?: LA Times

    Some Twitter reactions that amused me:

    @brubaker John Carter is a flop when it makes 31 million opening weekend, 21 Jump St is a hit at the same number. I know why but its still interesting

    @mattbuchanan does somebody want to go see john carter 200 million times with me this weekend?

    @brendankoerner There are nine nations with GDPs smaller than what “John Carter” is projected to lose:

    We’re still planning to go see it. Anyone want to come with us 200 million times?

    Cherry Lime Flip


    2012 - 03.11

    I used to go Red Robin on a fairly regular basis. My usual go-to drink has changed a couple of times. Originally it was a Cookie Magic: a boozy Oreo milkshake or a Rookie Magic: a non-boozy Oreo milkshake. I quite like their Freckled Lemonade: sweetened frozen strawberries in lemonade, and when they started offering it as a bottomless drink, that was pretty freaking awesome. They have a couple other bottomless mocktails and on Friday (as a reward for working on my classroom) Dave and I went to Red Robin for a dinner break. I tried the Cherry Lime Flip and it was pretty tasty.

    We had some of the ingredients already (grenadine and maraschino cherries in juice) and picked up the others today (limes for juice and Sprite or 7Up). I’m drinking it now, while watching some Alcatraz and my concoction is pretty tasty! (ooh…that was kinda gruesome…and I’m drinking a red drink. Glad I’m not that squeamish!)

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    Valentine’s Post-Game


    2012 - 02.16

    Valentine’s Day was a little strange this year, I actually spent much of the evening chatting with a friend over hot chocolate at Starbucks.  I was gone for nearly two hours.  When I got back, the apartment was very very clean, laundry was put away, it was all pretty spectacular.

    I think that while I was gone someone ordered a lot of pizza and became the ‘Za Lady, and a bunch of faeries cleaned the apartment… it’s a working hypothesis…

    I’m pretty lucky to know someone who would enlist faeries just to do something nice for me ;-)

    Cooking with Tea?


    2012 - 02.10

    Since Dave has been on a food theme, I thought I should jump in there too. :)  If you’ve been following at my personal page, you’ll see that I’ve become somewhat addicted to tea, specifically stuff from David’s Tea.  One of the things I have done to foster my addiction is sign up for their newsletter.  One of the features that I’m pretty excited about is recipes using different teas from their inventory.

    Unfortunately, it seems that there are some recipes that use teas that have been discontinued for whatever reasons (seasonal, special edition, etc) but some are still available, others can probably be substituted and a very few are already in my tea cubby at home.

    One that I’m really excited to try is their Lapsang Souchong Salmon. I love salmon, I love smoked salmon, I’ve got the tea at home…it’s win win win!

    Just don’t tell my Dave it’s made with tea…let’s keep it between us. ;)

    Crispy Mashed Potatoes


    2012 - 02.09

    One of Karin’s favourite food items is: Crispy Mashed Potatoes from Joey’s.  Last Thursday we went to Joey’s with Jennifer and Karin mixed it up a little bit.  Instead of ordering something that allowed her to get crispy mashed potatoes with her meal she instead ordered something else and got a side order of the Crispy Mashed Potatoes which when ordered separately like that end up getting fancied up with sour cream, cheese, bacon and green onions.

    Well, I don’t think that I’m going to make them for her, or order them from Zanzibar but I did seek out some similar recipes on the internet which she can try herself (because she’s an awesome cooker-person).

    Shared Bookshelves?


    2012 - 02.06

    We’ve already gone through the process of sharing our bookshelves, but I thought this article was amusing and worth sharing (How to Say “I Do” to Shared Bookshelves Without Ruining Your Relationship):

    It wasn’t when we moved in together, or when we got engaged, or even when we merged bank accounts (because we’re crazy like that) and bought a house that I knew my husband was in it for the long haul. All of those choices were significant, sure, but the real clincher–the moment I knew we had committed to the whole “what’s mine is yours” thing for real–was when we decided to merge our bookshelves. The actual process of merging said bookshelves? That was the first test of our soon-to-be marriage.

    excerpt from: How to Say “I Do” to Shared Bookshelves Without Ruining Your Relationship

    Perhaps this post will inspire Karin to write about the experience of merging our books… (although I thought that perhaps she had already, but I didn’t find a historical post which talked about it; could have been just a Facebook update or Tweet or something).