Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Unfortunately this post will definitely fall on the 'less inspiring', but it's still a good touch base for the goals. So how has this week gone? Well can I tell you, my goals are conflicting. For example this weekend, I definitely picked the take time for myself over be outdoors.
I had all these plans to do great outdoor activities on Sunday, but then it was kind of drizzling in the am, so I started to read... not clean, not fix stuff but take time for myself. It was lovely, until I looked up, it was sunny outside and it was 2:00pm. 2:00pm!! I had definitely missed the boat on a larger outdoor activity that day. (I did make it out for a walk/run with my dog, who seemed to refuse to go faster than a doggy trot.)
On a positive note, I was outside for most of the day on Saturday and slept for 9+ hours on Saturday night. So I think I checked a few of the goals off for the week. I'm definitely going to try and keep some consistency in this, since I didn't get to bed too early during the week!
I've also noticed that one thing that makes me happy is having a clean house, it doesn't have to be clean to most people's standards, but neat, and with items in their place (I am only mentioning this because its definitely not this way now). I typically only clean when it gets dire or when I have guests over, but I'd really like to have anyone pop by whenever and have it in a state I would be proud to show to anyone. I'm not sure how I am going to do this, since I have a natural habit of dropping things rather than placing them carefully where they belong, as well most of my messes occur when I'm in a rush, or popping in and out. Which happens more often than not. So I imagine a clean house will be more of a reflection on a larger lifestyle change than just a small change in my house tidying activity. But none the less, it's going on my goals list! Let's see if I'll have as many positive things to report on next week as this!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Talking to a close friend last night, she discussed her method for acting purposefully this year. She established goals and PUBLICLY shared them. I was blown away by the dedication and the willingness to expose this vulnerability.
She has clearly inspired me to take steps in the same direction. So here we go:
H2 2015 Goals
- Blog once a week - It doesn't have to be long. It doesn't have to be inspiring. Hopefully it will allow me a moment to explore topics that peak my interest
- Sleep - Get more of it. Make it a priority. Go to bed earlier. This is probably something I struggle with the most.
- Be outdoors - I heard a quote this morning, perfect timing: "We are better outdoors". So simple, So true. "I've never seen someone with trail rage, but I definitely have personally experienced road rage."
- Take time. For myself. Make it a priority.
- Recognize what makes me happy. Do it with abandon and without judgement.
So that's it. 1 - 4 probably meet the SMART goal setting guidelines. 5 will be a be more difficult. But I'll definitely know every time I achieve that one... I'll have a huge smile.
I'm excited for the next 6 months!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
This bee post brings us slightly below the hairline… to the ears. I read a little while ago that a study out of India correlated the decline in bees with the increase of cell phone usage. It’s not to difficult to believe that the radio waves coming from mobile phones are disrupting bees’ navigational abilities.
If more studies support this theory, I will have to think twice before making a call on my mobile. I can’t imagine a world without bees (well, I don’t think there would be much of a living world!)
On a positive note, there is a chance that we can change the frequency of the radio waves so that they don’t impede the worker bees’ ability to find the hive.
Via Flickr - Wolfpix
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
So on several of my periodic scans of the online NY Times Global edition, the right column kept on bombarding me with the new hairstyle…. the Beehive! I couldn’t be happier, I have longed for the days when I could create ridiculous volume and still have it back and away from my face! Besides I really loved the 50s and 60s. Now if only I could learn how to make one that doesn’t look like Amy Winehouse!
Jennifer Lopez rocks it.
So does Katherine Heigl
And of course so does the NY Times Model
I seriously think I am going to go home and try this tonight… I’ll let you know how it goes, it will either be Mad Men here I come, or conditioner here I purchase…
Monday, September 20, 2010
Did I mention that I am going to be a bridesmaid? Well I am! Now that I am back in the city, I’m really excited for the prep and planning, although it is less than a month away! Today the bride to be and I went to go pick up the burlap we are going to use for the table centers, 42 yards! I love the use of burlap in fall weddings, the material is so rustic and natural, and brings in a wonderful texture. Together they will make the wedding venue a much more comfortable and homey feel!
Via Style me Pretty
Via Ruffle Blog
I have never been to a burlap ‘factory’ before and it smelt very farm like. I wish I took pictures but it was great! Burlap fluff everywhere and piles and piles of wonderful burlap! You also know that burlap is popular when Apple was considering using it :)
PS – if you are looking for Burlap in the Vancouver area Burnaby Bag and Burlap was very helpful and friendly!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
It seems like I like my original blog template is the best. Despite spending most of the morning trying to find another one, I have decided to return to my initial set up. It is slightly different then before but the feeling is still the same. Hopefully with my template back to normal and my newly downloaded windows live writer, I will actually blog more frequently. I realized over dinner with my girlfriends on Sunday night, that I didn’t stop blogging because I didn’t have anything to write about, however I didn’t have the time or patience to spend hours editing the posts, and well that is just not a good enough reason to stop blogging!
So I have decided to give blogging one last try. It’s not going to be a daily blog, but I will try and post weekly. Post topics will be whatever my heart desires, and unfortunately not only discuss design, there will be more personal content and probably a lot more random thoughts! I’m excited to have this new found freedom. I hope that inspiration will flow more freely then it has in the past 6 months!!
So, welcome to the new Free Form. I hope you enjoy.
Monday, September 13, 2010
English Onion Soup - Jamie Oliver
· A good knob of butter
· Olive oil
· A good handful of fresh sage leaves, 8 leaves reserved for serving
· 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
· 5 red onions, peeled and sliced
· 3 large white onions, peeled and sliced
· 3 banana shallots, peeled and sliced
· 300g of leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced
· Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
· 2 litres of good-quality hot beef, chicken or vegetable stock
· 8 slices of good-quality stale bread, 2cm thick
· 200g freshly grated cheddar cheese
· Worcestershire sauce
When your onions and leeks are lovely and silky, add the stock. Bring to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. You can skim any fat off the surface if you like, but I prefer to leave it because it adds good flavour.
Preheat the oven or grill to maximum. Toast your bread on both sides. Correct the seasoning of the soup. When it's perfect, ladle it into individual heatproof serving bowls and place them on a baking tray. Tear toasted bread over each bowl to fit it like a lid. Feel free to push and dunk the bread into the soup a bit. Sprinkle with some grated Cheddar and drizzle over a little Worcestershire sauce.
Dress your reserved sage leaves with some olive oil and place one on top of each slice of bread. Put the baking tray into the preheated oven or under the grill to melt the cheese until bubbling and golden. Keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't burn! When the cheese is bubbling, very carefully lift out the tray and carry it to the table. Enjoy.
1.5kg medium-size waxy potatoes (such as Charlotte), peeled and quartered lengthways
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
200g butter, cubed
a bunch of fresh rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
1 whole bulb of garlic, quartered or smashed
5 medium red onions, peeled and quartered
350ml cheap balsamic vinegar
Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Put the potatoes into a pan of boiling, salted water and cook for about eight minutes, then drain and return to the pan. Chuff them up a bit by shaking the pan.
Get a roasting tray, into which you can fit the potatoes in one layer, and heat it on the hob. When hot, pour a glug of olive oil into it and add the butter, rosemary and garlic. Add the potatoes and toss them in all the flavours. Add the onions and all the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Cook for five minutes on the hob to reduce the balsamic vinegar a little. Place the tray on the top shelf and cook for about 50 minutes, until the potatoes and onions are dark, sticky and crispy - removing the tray to toss the onions and potatoes halfway through. After an hour, the meat should be cooked. Prick it with a sharp knife - if the juices run clear, it's done; if not, pop it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes, keeping the potatoes warm.
Salmon Cakes - Giada De Laurentiis
1 pound skinless salmon fillet (see Cook's Note)
Olive oil, for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
large egg, beaten
1/3 cup (1/2-ounce) chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus more, as needed
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Salmon: Put a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill until the flesh is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, about 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes.
Arrange the salmon cakes on a platter and serve alongside the sauce.
Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Penne - Giada De Laurentiis
· Vegetable oil cooking spray
· 1 (2-pound) butternut or kombucha squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
· 1 onion, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
· Olive oil, for drizzling
· Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
· 1 pound penne pasta
· 1 cup (8 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled
· 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted (see Cook's Note)
· 1 packed cup chopped fresh basil leaves
· 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan
Put an oven rack in the upper third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet, liberally, with vegetable oil cooking spray. Set aside.
Mix the squash and onion together and arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake for to 40 to 45 minutes until the vegetables are golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.