Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Over the weekend my mans and I splurged and bought VIP passes to Rifflandia IV. We missed the first night and most of the first day, but every second after we arrived was sheer child-free drunken bliss. This week my WIP is pretty much to survive until Friday. I replied to an email earlier from Laura where she basically said, "where have we been? to busy doing life to blog?" and my answer was pretty much, yes. Tonight I worked late; tomorrow I have a Vancouver Island Derby Meeting in Parksville; Thursday I have to work late and then go to Derby; and Friday my mans' mom, grandma, and sister are coming into town (we don't have to host them, but my house is a disaster so I should clean it, no?). On top of that, I have a massive grant proposal due on Friday that's experiencing some hiccups, one of which is my exhaustion. And then next week it starts all again. But, you know what? I love it. Just some weeks I get railroaded away from my aims at a HOME SWEET HOME more than I want to. Regardless, here are my WIPS!
KITCHEN: Tonight I flaked and ordered pizza, but tomorrow I have these strange dreams of making a pesto pasta (pesto from the freezer) with roasted beets and garbanzo beans and roasted honey'd spaghetti squash on the side. Strange, I know. The boys will have theirs with grated old cheddar on top. As for Thursday, I have no idea what I'll do. I'll honestly probably boil some hot dogs and veg for the child and then go to work. No time for life. Right? This weekend I'm having my lady friends over for a potluck and want to make an apple and asian pear pie. Oh, and I should probably make some applesauce with the apples on my counter, put my squashes into cold storage, hang up and store the 50lbs of onions I bought yesterday ($10!!!), and clean out the fridge from all the nastiness. yay life!
COMMUNITY: Lots of this happening, as always. Most notably on Thursday I'm hosting a self-exploration exercise for Aboriginal youth at the Friendship Center. I'm doing an exercise called the River of Change which I will get some photos of for you and do a tutorial because it's awesome and transformative. I've been doing a handful of them lately and like doing them over asset mapping, pretty fun. The youth who participate will also receive an honorarium and food food food for participating.
CRAFT: I'm knitting my stepdad some socks for xmas (I have him this year) and may have signed myself up to test knit someone's pattern (and I might get yarn out of it!). I kind of want to finish my sweater, but have the needles working on a birthday hat for a cool almost three year old's bday this saturday! yip yip hurrah!
what are you working on this week?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I posted this tutorial last year (whoa!) and I was thinking the other day that this is the perfect time of year for nature crafts. There are so many cones, branches, and leaves blowing around out there so grab some today and try out a nature craft to decorate your home. I love free art supplies! Look for ideas on Cut out and Keep and Craftzine, they're my favorite sources of inspiration!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
These favourites are house-y favourites that are kind of driving my want for a better space and are encouraging me to paint and re-do our bedroom, sometime in the near future.
|I've really been interested in the washboard look of coastal living lately. (source)|
|This is pretty normal/boring for me, but I love that painted tray with the chalkboard paint idea. (source)|
|It's things like this neon door that make me which I owned my own home. (source)|
|Again with the coastal living look. (source)|
|I'm also in love with all these mugs! We have a carefully curated collection, but I always want to pick up more at thrift stores. Always. (source)|
Do you use Pinterest? What are your favourite things to pin?
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
|Laura and I in Victoria, worst picture ever!|
KITCHEN: Much to the chagrin of Laura, I'm currently in transition on my way to being vegan. It's a hard transition mainly because I'm so busy and I slip up at least once a day (eg. today I was starving and finished seth's hot dog to get something into my stomach stat and because I was about to put the hot dog in the garbage). I'd done a vegan cleanse a while back because I had felt (and smelled) disgusting. The cleanse was amazing and I've since been off caffeine, but the vegan switch feels great too, despite the challenges. And by vegan I mean I have two caveats, I'm going to eat port-alberni salmon and eggs. If you define being vegan strictly on NOT consuming animal products then I'm not a vegan, but if you consider that animals die to produce palm oil to make vegan things like Earth Balance, and that animals die every time wheat is harvested, it's not just about the animals. It's about sustainability and eating with the environment in mind, too. For me it's better to get my hands on eggs from the valley (free range, organic, blah blah) than it is to buy tofu made with beans from who knows where. The salmon we only enjoy pretty much during the season and I ran out of time to put any up this year, so I'll have to wait until next year to enjoy this one.
COMMUNITY: This week I'm trying to tie up some loose ends with roller derby and finally get our CWRDA insurance submitted. It's a lot of work. I've been working on unloading the work that aren't really my duties for the roller derby league onto other skaters/board members which feels awesome and frees up more time for me to catch up on other derby stuff. In my work/community stuff there's LOTS going on and it's almost overwhelming... just not yet. Tonight I met with one of the local youth groups (their first meeting in a while) and they're amazing! I'll hopefully be working with them to put together a proposal for an event or something for National Aboriginal Addictions Awareness Week. Hoping they pick a dance or a kayak trip or a movie/dinner night out and presentation or something! Fun!
CRAFT: I'm plugging away on my sweater. I want it to be done yesterday. (and I'm picking up a new book to read, which isn't craft related, but I'm reading a book! I haven't done that in a few years post-grad school).
What are you working on this week?
Monday, September 12, 2011
My Bible: The Forgotten Skills of Cookery, by Darina Allen! Everything I need to know about growing, foraging, cheese making, preserving, cooking classic dishes and baking rustic breads. I like the way this lady, who runs her own natural cooking school in Ireland, thinks. It is both beautiful and genuine!
Friday, September 9, 2011
The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jared Chapman (i like this one b/c it's kind-of hipster racist)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Next weekend is the annual Port Alberni Toy Run. The Toy Run here is a two day event (with a whole day for clean up). The Toy Run is all about people on bikes collecting toys for children in need and raising money (as a community organization) for children and youth programming. This year the Alberni Valley Roller Girls are going to be the heavies (read: security) for their dance. We're going to gussy up in our best roller derby short shorts and tights and be there to represent our league and maybe get a few more sponsorships!
And this weekend is the Alberni District Fall Fair. I haven't been to a fall fair in ages (since I was a child) but thought, wait, I have a child now, so I should take him to the fall fair. Ha! The fall fair here started in the depression as a way for local agriculturalists to share the products of their bounty and the event is so massive (and the prize guide so thick) that it takes a non-profit to plan for it all year to make it happen. And there's a carnival. And THOUSANDS of people come out. It's incredible. With lots of little kid rides, which is fun. My kid loves the animals and had fun trying to feed the goats. We'll definitely be going back next year.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
This week is my birthday week and to celebrate I'm hosting sustain-a-table tonight. Last week when I was thinking about what I wanted to eat for my birthday dinner, all I could think was BEANS AND RICE! BEANS AND RICE! All summer I've refrained from eating beans and rice (my favourite) because I wanted to force myself to eat summer food so I didn't get all nostalgic for bbq over the winter. See, the thing is, in comparison to "winter" foods (curries, soups, stews, casseroles), I don't really like "summer" food (bbq, things on skewers, cold salads). I just want BEANS AND RICE!
The "menu" for dinner tonight highlights beans and rice with the rebar black beans and I'm going to do a modified green rice with parsley and jalapeno (instead of the whole gamut of green things like spinach). I also just got corn tortillas through our buying club (local, organic, dirt cheap) so thought I'd scrounge through the fridge to make some "summery" toppings for the beans, in case people wanted to go all burrito with their dinner.
4 medium sized tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup diced white onion
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 tsp salt
Prepare vegetables and combine in a glass or ceramic bowl. Remember to wear a glove or use a piece of plastic wrap to hold the jalapeno and don't rub your eyes! I like to put this in a closed container in the fridge for a few hours and then let it get to room temperature to devour with taco chips or on BEANS AND RICE!
1/4 of a medium red cabbage, shredded
juice of 1 lime (and a bit of flesh too)
1/4 cup cilantro
1 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste
Mix all of the ingredients in a ceramic or glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate for a few hours. Serve cold on BEANS AND RICE!