Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Letterboxing Anthem

Product Review . . . chocolate chai tea and chinese food

I spotted this little beauty of the grocery store shelf the other day and just had to try it.  Two of my favourite food groups:  Chocolate and Chai Tea.  I brewed myself a cup when I got home and I have to say its not bad.  Not as chocolatey as I thought it might be and it wasn't as spicy as chai tea usually is . . . but not bad.

My favourite drink in the whole world.  
  • 1 cup (275ml), 35, 0g, 3g, 5g

And of course, to make my new favourite drink, a Tassimo coffee maker.  This little beauty is so simple and quick to operate.  I use it 2-3 times a day.  I have this older model which I picked up through a buy, sell and swap group for a great price.

Poor old St. Thomas' Kings Buffet.  They have had a rough time in the press and on social media lately.  They were recently closed down for a couple of days by the Health Unit for some infractions.  Now all I hear is ew, I'm never going back there because they have bugs and serve cat.  Seriously!  LOL.  You can see they are trying hard to bring back business with sales and promotions.  This past week lunch was around $5 and supper was $10 (rounded).  Guess what?  This is probably now the cleanest restaurant in town.  They would have to be to reopen AND they are now subject to random inspections for the next while.  I wonder just how clean other St. Thomas restaurants are?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ohio Star

Just finished the second square for my oddball afghan.  Definitely needs to be blocked but I think it is pretty cool.  Pyjama Stripes is next.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Review: Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella

I really enjoyed reading the continuing love story of Becky, Luke and Luke's credit cards.  Sophie is an interesting person . . . very interesting.  I don't think I've ever met anyone quite like her before.

Becky is pregnant and everything needs to be perfect from the designer nursery to the designer obstetrician.  But life can never be perfect.  Becky and Luke run into some serious problems like the department store she works for is going broke.  Luke is having business headaches and is never home.  And the designer obstetrician is not only gorgeous and perfect, she is also Luke's ex-girlfriend.

Somehow Becky and Luke make it all work.  But it is a heck of a ride getting there.  For a totally funny, summer read I recommend this book.

Now I have to go looking for more of Kinsella's books.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sometimes I think I am so clever . . .

I dabble in eBay from time to time.  Nothing serious.  A dollar here, a couple of dollars there.  Mostly craft supplies.  A few weeks ago I won an auction for double-pointed bamboo knitting needles.  I paid a ridiculously low price and the shipping was free.  I have always wanted bamboo needles and just couldn't afford them.  I figured that if they were crappy I wouldn't really be out much money.   They arrived the other day and they are lovely and smooth and polished and ready to use . . . until I looked at the labels . . . the sizes were all printed in Chinese . . . LOL . . . I have a measuring gauge for needles but what a pain that would be measuring them all the time.

When I took the bundle of needles apart today to photograph them for this blog post, I found the numbers carefully etched into each needle.  Thank goodness.

Book Review: Writing A Great Research Paper

Book give-away at the end of this article!!!!!

I just finished reading The College Student's Guide to Writing a Great Research Paper:  101 Easy Tips & Tricks to Make Your Work Stand Out by Erika Eby about 2 AM.  This is going to sound a little nerdy but . . . it was a really great read.  I write.  Eby offers advice on writing.  It is the same as my husband reading a book on cars.

The book is geared to the college student but I say why wait until college.  I think this book is appropriate for seniors in high school with important projects to complete.  I also think all writers could profit from reading this book.  I learned several new ideas which I plan on incorporating into my own writing including holding the pages upside down to check for formatting errors.  I have never heard of that before.

Eby breaks the whole process down to simple steps by step instructions with lots of advice and lots of examples.  I am a person who needs lots of examples.  It is easy to read.

I recommend this book.

I would like to gift this book to someone.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you or your student is studying this year.  I know this book will help them have a very successful year at school.  Start commenting . . . 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy 29th Anniversary

Okay, before you even look at the following layout, keep in mind it was done about 15 years ago before I had a clue what I was doing.

Now you can look . . .

 . . . and here we are now . . .

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

Reading this book has been on my list for a very long time. I wonder why it took so long to pick it up and read it?

Woolf's book is a compilation of speeches she gave at the women's colleges at Cambridge in 1929. Her thesis is that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Having a room of one's own doesn't necessarily mean a room with a door and a lock and key to shut out the world. More likely it refers to the space to engage in uninterrupted time to write or perhaps privacy, leisure time and financial independence. During Woolf's time women rarely had this luxury and their art suffered for it. Woolf believed that until gender inequalities are rectified, women will remain second-class citizens, lacking the time, education and support necessary to explore their creativity and any achievements they do make will be marked as second-class as well.

Some claim that this book is perhaps the single most important work of feminist literary criticism. I believe that Woolf made a solid case for gender equality which still resonates today.

Why did I wait so long to read it? Perhaps because I wasn't ready yet.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Oddball Afghan: Flower Beds

Many many years ago I started making the very odd squares which make up the oddball afghan.  I finished 5 or 6 of the squares and then life got in the road.  After sitting in a basket for several years I must have given them away.

Now, you know I promised myself not to start any big projects until the end of the summer.  Well, the end of summer is nearly here and I've always wanted to complete this afghan.  So it is now officially on my Dreaded To Do List.

I just finished the first square, Flower Beds, tonight.  I'll be starting Ohio Star next.

Wait until you see what other big projects I've put on my list.  Its going to be busy around here for a while.

Friday, August 24, 2012