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Eating Africa [Aug. 13th, 2008|08:03 am]
I made buttermilk pancakes this morning, and one of them was shaped like the African continent!

A map of Africa:


My wicked pancake:

I wish I could say I intended that, but it was a total slip of the pan!
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Clock Gazing [Aug. 12th, 2008|10:30 am]
Stands Bart Simpson-like at the chalkboard

I will not procrastinate
I will not procrastinate
I will not procrastinate
I will not procrastinate
I will not procrastinate


Realization Dawns!

The mindless copying of lines is procratination
The mindless copying of lines is procratination
The mindless copying of lines is procratination

Sometimes, when the weather is as gorgeous as it is today, I find it really hard to keep my mind on the task at hand. My old office was basically a closet from which I could see nothing of the outside world. My new digs have a small, but pretty window looking out onto University College's beautiful green quad. Ah well. The sooner I finish my proposal, the sooner I can head to the lakeshore for a nice run down the beach (and maybe a swim afterwards). Until then, duty calls.

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The Suantum of Qualace [Aug. 8th, 2008|02:41 pm]
I love all things Bond, and I can't wait for Quantum of Solace, but this little video really got me laughing. Happy Friday, everyone!!

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The Larvae Within [Aug. 6th, 2008|01:38 pm]
I have a huge presentation to deliver today. It's the first big assignment I've been given since my "promotion", so I feel a little extra nervous knowing my supervisor will be more attentive today than he's likely to be in the future.

I think the butterflies in my stomach have laid eggs, and now their wriggly caterpillar babies are crawling through my guts. Is that a pleasant image or what? Great premise for a horror movie though. It needs a catchy title like...The Gnawing: A Different Kind of Butterfly Effect.

I'm not anxious about the presentation itself. I'm prepared. It's just the hours leading up to the presentation that have me "bugging" (pun absolutely intended).
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Heat Wave [Jul. 29th, 2008|12:45 am]
It is so bloody hot! This weekend, I proved that a girl can, in fact, survive three full days on a mango popsicle diet. My air conditioner is on the fritz (ah, timing) and until it gets fixed, I have to find alternative ways of keeping cool. To this end, I've been exploiting the University's super-duper olympic sized swimming pool (pretending I'm competing in the women's 400m freestyle race in Beijing), and watching movies in gigantic refrigerators movie theaters where the temperature is always nice and glacial.
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Beyond the Pale [May. 28th, 2008|08:07 am]
I went for a jog by the lakeshore after work Monday night, and came home burned to a crisp! I'd slathered on the suntan lotion, but some of it must have come off (or been sweated off) because my shoulders, forearms and calves got good and roasted. The glare off the water always makes the sun a little harsher.

I was lobster red yesterday, but today, my father's mediterranean genes kicked in and the red has turned to gold. Let's hear it for melanin!!
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Baby Overload [May. 19th, 2008|10:36 am]
I swear, this is my last food post for a while, but I'm just so damn proud of the dessert table I set up for the baby shower, I could burst.

We've got cupcakes at the front, and behind them, the piece de resistance:a tower of chocolate mousses, all of them packaged in sterilized baby food jars. I'm so geeky, I even made labels for them with little storks that say, "Special Delivery":

Good to see the University's office supplies being put to good use, isn't it?

Anyhow, the baby shower was a huge hit. Along with desserts, we had tons of savory goodies (lasagna, empanadas, salads, cheeses, a fruit platter, and Anna's special challah bread with almonds). All thrity-five (yup, 35!!) women in attendance had a great time, and I think my poor brother is going to need a U-Haul to get all the baby presents back to Ottawa! My sister-in-law was really touched by everyone's good wishes and encouragement. And maybe a little overwhelmed too.

Five more weeks to baby time!
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No Rest For the Wicked [May. 16th, 2008|01:41 am]
I'm having trouble sleeping. Too many thoughts trotting through my head, I guess. So I started baking the cupcakes for my sister-in-law's baby shower, hoping the monotony of mixing and stirring would put me to sleep. Instead, I got a little creative, and tested out a new recipe for chocolate caramel cookies.

Finished baking, washed the dishes, and rewarded myself with two cookies and a cup of chai. My coffee table is made of glass, so it looks like my teacup is floating, which I think looks kind of cool.

Now it's nearly two in the morning, and I'm still waiting for the sandman. If he doesn't find me soon, I'll be one grumpy girl come dawn!
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Lyrics De-Mystified [May. 16th, 2008|01:28 am]
Thank heaven for knowledgeable friends! I've been informed by a source much hipper than myself that the Mariah Carey lyrics I was trying to de-mystify ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE. Click here to read about the 'Wendy' Carey was actually singing about.

Thanks, Cat!
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Austentacious [May. 14th, 2008|01:36 pm]
I'm completely engrossed by the new Jane Austen adaptations of 'Persuasion' and 'Sense and Sensibility' on PBS. I missed the films when they aired on television earlier this year, but now they're out on DVD, and I bought the set for myself as a little treat.

The films are great, and a little more faithful to the books than previous adaptions. There's a fair bit of kissing in each movie though. Nothing wrong with kissing, of course (actually, there's plenty right with it), but it's very un-Austen, isn't it? Love is at the heart of almost every novel, and there are more than a few sex-scandals peppering each plot, but the kissing (and scandalous sex), when it does happen, happens waaaaay off the page. Not so in these films. The new 'Sense and Sensibilty' opens with a seduction scene (if you've read the book, you probably know who's doing the seducing), and 'Persuasion' ends with a kiss that (to use that old chewing gum adage) lasts an "extra, extra, extra long time" . It's simultaneously sacrilegious, and thrilling. I mean it's nice to have the gratification of SEEING the kiss, but part of the magic lies in NOT seeing it, you know?

Anyhow the lip locking didn't impact my enjoyment of the films. I thought they were really, really good adaptations, with a hint of modernity thrown in to make things a little more interesting.

PBS has a great website up for all the Austen films they aired, and a few juicy extras, like the Men of Austen page where you can scope out all the hot, eligible bachelors of the Austen lexicon. Each profile contains name, age, title, property details, occupation, and estimated worth. It's very Forbes-List-meets-Napoleonic-era-Tiger Beat. I'm a sucker for Edward Ferrars, myself.
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