Tuesday, December 11, 2012
You guys, I'm really into Christmas. Thankfully, the babies like Christmas music and Christmas lights, and the roommates are into Christmas decor. Michael has even listened to the Chieftains Christmas album, the Bells of Dublin, without complaint. It's a Christmas miracle!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Yes, you can see that I've got plenty of schemes regarding how and when I'll be eating wheat again, but don't be deceived. I'm pretty sure our diets will never be the same because there is no doubt that we feel better eating this way. Our digestion has improved and we both lost over 10 pounds. Even though that wasn't the point of the exercise, it's a telling outcome.
Sticking to the diet became a little easier as time went on. We planned ahead so the cooking didn't seem as onerous, and we found we had to eat less as our cravings adjusted -- thank goodness because our grocery lists have been pricey. One of the resources that helped us through the whole experience was the cookbook Well Fed. We feasted on shepherd's pie (with yams instead of potatoes), meat balls (think pork, pineapple and coconut flakes) and paleo pad thai (spaghetti squash instead of rice noodles - you get the picture). We also ate a million eggs for breakfasts and snacks. Sadly, after the first couple of weeks, I discovered that I have a sensitivity to nuts, though I have to conduct some experiments to find out if some are worse than others. I do like my almond butter, after all.
Phew. Well, I think I've captured the broad points without getting into too many personal details. Let me know if you want to know anything else...
Monday, October 01, 2012
Physically, I'm still feeling good. I'm totally satisfied by our meals, and I can fit into a lot of my pre-Clara clothes (well, the some of the tops will have to wait until I'm done nursing). I'm not really worried about the next 15 days, but I'll have to deal with Thanksgiving and some out-of-town visitors; I'll let you know how it goes.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Teresa Brewer (1952):
The Trixies (1963):
Skeeter Davis (1964):
Viola Willis (1985):
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Most recently, we watched Bill Cunningham: New York, which fits perfectly with my tentative plan to watch movies that are good for my soul. It was so tender!
Here's the trailer:
When I saw a cameo of Bill Cunningham in the Girl Walk // All Day music video (which I finally finished watching a few days ago), I almost cried. You can see him at 2:50 in the clip below.
What an interesting man. I highly recommend that you watch this documentary.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Before we left for Vancouver, I found myself in front of Cold Comfort's van at Moss Street Market. It was time to try the bacon & buttermilk ice cream sandwich. It was good (the macaron cookies were perfectly chewy), but I have plans to show up early for that salted caramel offering next time the weather cooperates with market day.
In Vancouver, we enjoyed lunch and a peanut butter sandwich cookie at Acme Cafe, where the staff made eyes at Clara and even offered to hold her. If you enjoy a Pirate Cookie (which are only available in Canada), you'll fall in love with these homemade treats.
We went to Le Marché St. George three days in a row. Vancouver coffee shops have nothing on Victoria coffee shops (Habit, Discovery Coffee, The Parsonage, Caffe Fantastico), but this neighbourhood corner store is pretty competitive. It has delicious pastries and coffees, along with tempting housewares and foodstuffs.
Three words: Treat. Yo. Self.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I bought these prints by Modern Genes for Clara's bedroom, which doesn't exist yet because she sleeps in our room. The first one is her sign under the Chinese horoscope, and the second, called Victoria Love, celebrates her birthplace.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
It was two months into the tour, and the cast of Riverdance had been performing eight shows a week. They decided to pool their money for the Mega-Millions lottery. Lotto fever gripped the cast. They started to genuinely believe they would take home about $2 million each, and quit Riverdance the next day. They took the stage the night of the drawing and pulled off their best performance ever, "For the Lotto!," trying to direct their energy towards the win. An hour later, at the hotel bar, the numbers came in.
Anyway, the draw for my lottery is on May 27. I'll let you know the results.
UPDATE: I didn't win ANYTHING. BUT, I bought a ticket for another local lottery. Fingers crossed!
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
You guys, I barely watch movies anymore. There isn't much time for TV, either, but we carve out time for these favorites (they're that good):
It's about "a group of 20-something women in New York and their adventures in post-collegiate floundering."
Why I like it: I've only watched two episodes, and I'm just really excited that this show exists for young ladies. Actually, I'm excited that it exists for everyone. Some people don't like it, but this (really long) editorial explains why they're wrong. You can watch the first episode on YouTube. (Thanks for that, HBO.)
It's about family dynamics more than it's about parenthood, per se. The family in question includes four adult siblings, their retired parents and their children.
Why I like it: It's honest and endearing.
It's about four roommates living in L.A.
Why I like it: The characters are unique for such a standard sit com premise, and the writing is top notch.
Game of Thrones
It's based the books by George R.R. Martin that I read when I was pregnant.
Why I like it: I like fantasy, yo, and I get to revisit the books by watching the series, even though some of the plot points have been adjusted and I'm always a little confused.
As Saturday Night Live says, "it's about a bunch of honkeys who live in a church, or maybe it's a museum - either way, they don't got WiFi!"
Why I like it: Michael and I didn't expect to get hooked on this British period drama, but we did, just like the Internet said we would. I'm a fan of the pace, which I attribute to a story-telling style that lacks manipulative American tactics.
It's about the American gold rush and anarchy.
Why I like it: The dialogue in this show is unbelievable: Shakespeare meets the wild west. Three season's worth of DVDs kept me company while I got used to breastfeeding Clara, and she may or may not have picked up some colourful language in the process.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Last night we watched Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Now I have plans to read it again, and I also have plans to get my hands on a copy for Clara because, as Anna Quindlen says in the documentary: Scout is one of those those rare figures in literature, similar to Anne of Green Gables and Jo in Little Women, who hasn't gone over to "the dark side of being a girly girl." I'm not sure if I would put it in those words, but I do want Clara to have punchy role models. I've already got the beautiful cloth bound edition of Little Women, below, so now I need Anne of Green Gables and To Kill a Mockingbird. Any other suggestions for Clara's library?
UPDATE: It seems that most of the people who read this blog link to it through Facebook. As a result they tend to leave comments on my wall. That's cool and all, but I'm not sure if I can search my Facebook archives, so all of the awesome suggestions will be buried on my timeline. In addition, those who aren't friends with me on Facebook miss out. Want to know my favorites from those comments? Here they are: The Golden Compass, Pippi Longstocking, Matilda (which we just received as a gift from our buddy Zoe T), The Secret Garden, Are you there God? It's me, Margaret, The Diary of Anne Frank, Alice in Wonderland and The Paper Bag Princess.
And if I need more ideas, a friend recommended this list, which suggests 80 books for young ladies, starting with picture books.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
For those of you who didn't see the news on Facebook, here she is! Introducing Clara Jane Riley Bowen:She was born 7lbs, 11oz via caesarean on February 15 at 9:52pm. We're still at the hospital, but we're hoping to head home today or tomorrow. All of us are happy and healthy, and we're feeling the love from all of our wonderful friends and family. xoxo
Monday, February 13, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Well, watching Bridesmaids didn't help me go into labour, so I'll continue with my private dance parties instead.
I've started watching the Girl Walk // All Day video for inspiration. You should probably watch it too, even if you aren't pregnant. It's 71 minutes long, so maybe you want to start with the trailer?
Monday, January 30, 2012
After an excruciating chiropractor session that had me sweating, my back is feeling a little better. As a result, I've been busy doing more chores than I should be doing. Today I scrubbed our window sills with a toothbrush. This is how I nest. It's a slight improvement from the nesting that happened in my first trimester; I organized all of my photos and music on my computer. It's called electronic nesting, friends.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Remember when I said that this pregnancy has been kind to me? Last week? Perhaps I should have held my tongue. My back has been extremely sore for days, which means I can't move very quickly anymore. Strangers stare at me as I totter down the street. And then last night I had a muscle spasm in my calf. Not fun, friends. It's not fun for the person sharing your bed either, because you'll probably wake him up and ask him to make it stop. Actually, I wish I had been so calm.
But I'm not really complaining. I get to rest at home now that I'm done work, and so far, it's awesome. I just have to be strategic about my trips up and down the stairs. And I have to restrain myself from cleaning odd corners of the house. It's harder than it sounds.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Oh sure, I've had my share of ailments. My nose has been stuffed up every morning for the past seven months. I was nauseous for two months during the first trimester, though I avoided throwing up for the most part. My thighs go numb if I'm standing or walking for too long, and that's been happening since November. I've had heart burn, but not as bad as some. My feet just started swelling a little in recent weeks. And yes, I have stretch marks on my belly.
But overall, pregnancy has been a pleasant experience. I've been sleeping well. I've only taken a couple of sick days, and that was for exhaustion more than anything else. I haven't had any crazy cravings, and my appetite hasn't let me down (though I had to avoid beef and leafy greens in the early days). I've sidestepped colds (touch wood), and I've only had a couple of headaches. Not bad.
These days I have a hard time getting comfortable, and I'm quite emotional. I had a good cry on Saturday after hearing the song Glory for the first time. We had a miscarriage just over a year ago, so Jay-Z's lyrics really struck a chord. I think it's monumental that he acknowledges the fear that accompanies pregnancy, especially after miscarriage. Jezebel thinks so too.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
We're in the home stretch, friends. I'm done work on January 20! I can't bend over very easily! I get really grumpy when I haven't eaten enough! I get overwhelmed when the hospital tour guide provides too many details about the delivery room (why do I need to know where the IV bags are?)! And even though I've been pregnant for eight months, I'm still sort of surprised that we're going to have a baby. Woah.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Last year I planned to go to lure myself to the gym with the promise of a sauna afterwards, I planned to print and frame family photos, I planned to take care of my knives and I planned take advantage of my benefits with regular
massages chiropractor appointments. I've done all of these things, to a certain extent, so I'm happy to strike them off the list.
This year I plan to be more mindful of the movies I watch, I plan to learn how to use my new camera (an Olympus PEN E-P3) and I plan to take a break from the Internet every now and again. Maybe one day a week?
For the movies, I'm going to use Johanna Schneller's Twelve 2011 movies that moved spirit and soul as a starting point. I was already a fan of the list when I saw that Beginners was included. It was my favorite movie of 2011.