Donnerstag, November 30, 2006

hnt henna foot

henna foot
Originally uploaded by ssygrl.
I love getting Henna'd. It's such a cool feeling, the paste going on, drying, flaking off and voila! A beautiful adornment that lasts for weeks. I got this done at the woman's show this summer, where I also learned how to stretch properly, what my bone density was, all about super foods and much more.

Montag, November 27, 2006

diary of projects currently underway at my house*

(Or, how the house got clean and festive in twelve easy staps)

-how to attach mini christmas tree with fishing wire (yet to be located/purchased) to anchor it so that the cats don't knock it over
update: I used gold ribbon, it looks so festive!

- contemplating whether to put empty boxes in garage (to be picked up SOON) rather than in the basement
update: put em in the basement, who am I kidding with this 'soon' stuff?

- enjoying the whirring of the dishwasher as the new jumbo wine glasses, dozen water goblets and 12 each of the utulitarian dinner plates and soup bowls get all clean 'n sparkly for our feast
I heart IKEA. So much.

- transfering Mary's b-day card from the passenger seat of the car (where it sat patiently all day yesterday during my travels, awaiting a send off that never happened) to the front entrance, *two* houses away from the mailbox.
update: um, I think it's still there. Thank goodness for MSN, I got to wish her a happy b-day in 'real' time :)

- more enjoyment from the sipping of my fav warm beverage of the season (which sure could use some bailey's, hmmm)

- contemplating a quick jaunt two blocks to frequent the local liquor dispensers (which would take me right past the mail box...)
update: opted to stay home (and sober) (and warm) and get projects done

- move to a little Craig David & Jamiroquai to stretch out the stiffness in the muscles from upper body day at the gym

But I'm travelling, not moving as I get lost in my thoughts discovering and beginning new projects all over the whole house. Besides the moving boxes, new glass and flatware, and Christmas decoratin' happenin', there's also a multitude of cleaning/putting away and it's all blending nicely with the different thoughts that are floating through this warm-fuzzy-filled mind. Each room brings another... we have the great swap-out-the-tupperware-bits-that-have-no-matches (update: now known as the 'stand back and throw' cupboard) in the kitchen... then boom! Breakfast time hits.

I do get distracted easily, don't I? The multi-box of Unicef holiday cards lie on the counter, awaiting well wishes to be written and deliveries to be made (with my track record of getting mail *into* the mailbox, this may take until spring).
Something leads me to cleaning out under the bathroom sink, which logically leads to cleaning under the kitchen sink, which somehow leads to the wrapping of my nephews 2 month late birthday present (are we noticing a pattern here?) , which leads to even *more* decorating! See, I found a great solution for disguising the fugly brown glass 80's light fixtures throughout the place by hanging silver snowflakes and balls from them.

Then I decided I needed to get back to the cleaning... bathrooms (all three) and then finally putting away the pile of clothes on the bed, so I could make it! Whew!

All in all, a two and a half day project, but it was worth it in the end. The end.

*just in case you were wondering what I was doing with my 4 days off

Montag, November 20, 2006

me 'n Shiva

You know, for the amount that I actually do post, I spend a whole lotta time *thinking* about posting. It seems subject matter doesn't stick around long enough to be formulated into written paragraphs... It is floaty, fleeting, fast and then it's gone.

A few of the thoughts currently bubbling through my consciousness have to do with the holidays, how quickly they are approaching, how nice it will be to have my whole family as well as my love's parents over for dinner on Sunday. How the house will look after *finally* having a couple of solid days in a row to put it all together. How my sister's three boys will get along with the three cats (but since they have kitties at home as well this is not too much of a concern).

The clearing of the garage uncovered three MORE boxes for my study/meditiation room, just when I thought I had it all under control! However, as I explained to my bewildered Sweetie as the contents of the front and back closets lay all askew throughout the living room and den, chaos is normal and expected when combining households. Like Shiva, it must be destroyed in order to be rebuilt.

Maybe once the house is settled there will be more continuity here... In the meantime, fleeting and floaty it is.

Donnerstag, November 16, 2006

HNT My Sistas

While I didn't exactly get Nekkid with my sisters yesterday, we had ourselves a lot of fun at this photo shoot. This is to be a Christmas gift for our Mom & Dad, the last one we did got a bit outdated (we were 16, 17 and 23 at the time).

Sonntag, November 12, 2006

ahhh da weekend

I could get used to this.

It's Sunday mid-day, and we've feasted on french toast and turkey bacon (yesterday it was pancakes), I'm sippin on my second cup of coffee 'n eggnogg and feel totally relaxed.

Whether it was ignoring the call from my catering boss, the grocery shop that filled the fridge, the shall we say 'tittilating' visit to the sex show, discovering the most delicious chinese food outside of china town being served just down the street... It has been the most delectable weekend in a very long time, and I look forward to more of the same for some time to come.

Off to tackle the rest of those boxes blocking my parking spot in the garage and to bake some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I must be happy :)

Mittwoch, November 08, 2006

The scent of dreams coming true

"Today I rest in the peaceful stillness of God within me. I allow myself to be carried in the river of life, knowing without words that all is well with my soul."

-Daily meditation from the lovely people here

I love the shifts that are happening in my life this month. Finally getting settled in in an actual HOME, filling the fridge and cupboards with good, nutritious food, having a space all to myself for meditation and reflection. I find that as I sort through and unpack the many boxes that have followed me around since teenagehood, I am rediscovering all of my hopes, dreams and passions. Now I feel I am in the right time and space to concentrate on expanding my knowledge in these areas (mostly natural cooking and healing arts).

Tonight, I'm going to a seminar put on by these fine folks . Smell ya later :)

Dienstag, November 07, 2006

The randomness continues

64. Current hate?
Hard to say... I hardly ever use that word. How 'bout when people drive behind me with their High Beams on? That infuriates me every time.

65. Favorite place to be?
With my love :) Near the ocean

66. Least favorite place to be?
I'd have to say at my desk at the moment

67. Where would you like to go?
To the ocean, with my love :)

68. Do you own slippers?
Yes, 3, no 4 pair. I'd like to learn how to make them like my Grandma used to, before her arthritis got too bad.

69. What shirt are you wearing?
I have this one on

70. Do you burn or tan?

71. Would you be a pirate?
no, I'm too much of a girly-girl

72. Last time you had an alcoholic drink?
I had a 1/4 glass of wine at dinner last night, before I went to play soccer

73. What songs do you sing in the shower?
Diana Krall/Harry Connick type jazzy things

74. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
big fish

75. What's in your pockets right now?
a bobby pin and *surprise* a kleenex

76. Last thing that made you laugh?
"Oh no you didn't oh no you don't" my colleague making fun of a customer she just spoke to. Same girl just answered the question of what she is doing tonight with "playing Lego Starwars".

77. Best bed sheets you had as a child?
Where do they get these questions?? Flannel, and my mom still has 'em, I bet

78. Worst injury you've ever had?
I have been very lucky (or maybe just not much of a risk taker)... slicing my thumb in the bread slicer. Still have a scar.

79. How many TVs do you have in your house?

80. Who is your loudest friend?
JC, she's in Yellowknife, but I swear I can still hear her sometimes!

81. Who is your most silent friend?
Julia, an artist who lives in TO. It sounds like she's whispering when she talks.

82. Does someone have a crush on you?
I'm pretty sure my honey does. He better!

83. Do you wish on shooting stars?
All the time

84. What is your favorite book?
I really enjoyed the Alchemist

85. What is your favorite candy?
Wine gums (you meant besides chocolate, right?)

86. What song do/did you want played at your wedding?
"Stuck in the Middle with you"

87. What song do you want played at your funeral?
"I had the time of my life"

88. What were you doing at 12 AM last night?
Lying in bed, being thankful that the kitties weren't meowing incessantly like the night before

89. What was the First thing you thought of when you woke up this morning?
Wow, the cats sure were quiet last night!

Freitag, November 03, 2006


51. What's your favorite Christmas song?
That one that goes "Fall! On your knees! Oh hear, the Angels voices...

52. What do you prefer to eat in the morning?
Joghurt, or yoghurt, or however you want to spell it. And fruit. Cereal with soy milk.

53. Can you do push ups?
I can do many more 'ladies' style

54. What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
I believe that is still in my future :)

55. Do you like painkillers?
If I am experiencing pain, yes. Percacet has saved me on one particular occasion

56. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
my smile

57. Do you own a knife?
yes, and it has a nifty cheese slicer on it

58. Do you have A.D.D.?
No, and it kinda annoys me when people use this as an excuse for everything

59. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment:
Can I get this done before I have to leave? Will there be time for a beverage (it IS Friday afternoon, after all) How cold is it outside?

60. Name the last 3 things you have bought:Gas, Winshield washer fluid, mexican lunch yesterday for me and Goddess Trinity

61. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink:
Water, Green Tea, Cranberry juice. With Vodka, preferably.

62. What time did you wake up today?
Around 6:30

63. Current worry?
That I won't find the dryer knob I need to replace by tomorrow (store is only open till 5)...

... more to come, of you can handle any more randomness!!

Donnerstag, November 02, 2006


Originally uploaded by ssygrl.
My fearless female friend here is off to New Zealand and Thailand for a year. Good luck and happy trails to you!! Can't wait to hear about all of your adventures.

Randomness part 2

25 . love someone?
Hello? Did you read the last post? (See answers 1,5 & 8...)

26. When was the last time you told someone 'I love you'?
This morning, and the answer was "I love you too, so much"

27. How are you feeling today?
Terrific, despite a strange dream of almost falling off a cruise ship last night (dangling by my fingertips)

28. Have you ever crawled through a window?
Yup. Ah, teenagehood.

29. Have you ever eaten dog food?

30. Can you handle the truth?
I prefer the truth, although sometimes I greet it with defensiveness

31. What 3 things do you always bring with you to places?
cell phone, pda, lipchap

32. Any cool scars?
actually, there is one on my behind from the first shower I took with ML which I plan to turn into a tattoo (looks like a claw scratch)

33. Do you like or have a crush on anyone? Do they know?
Heehee. See #25 (and 26)

34. How many kids do you plan on having?

35. How often do you talk on the phone?
Very often, it's my job.

36. Do you talk to yourself?
Oh yes. And interrupt, when it's negative.

37. Is there something you want that you can't have?
Apparently, the universe is making me wait on that trampoline (no room in the current back yard)

38. Three things about the opposite sex that you first notice?
Hands, eyes, back

39. Where is your phone?
In my purse, on vibrate

40. What was the last thing you ate?
A mini peanut butter cup (damn you, Halloween)

41. Favorite Colors?
Green and blue (I like that you get to choose more than one)

42. Last movie watched?
That satirical one about the beauty pageant with Kirsten Dunst and Kirstie Allie

43. What song do you currently hear?
None, just the sound of my coworkers discussing lat night's 'Lost' episode

44. What do you want?
Funny, this was actually an excersise in our Spiritual Economics course. I want a happy, peaceful, balanced, sucessful, loving existance

45. How tall are you barefoot?
5 feet 6 and three quarter inches

46. Have you ever smoked heroin?
Um, no. And I thought one injected it...?

47. Do you own a gun?
I cohabitate with someone who owns a paint gun, does that count?

48. Who's your best friend?

49. Do you get nervous before "meeting the parents"?
I was SO nervous... especially when she cornered me in the kitchen after dinner to grill me about my ex husband's religious preference... Can you blame me??

50. What do you think of hot dogs?
As long as they're veggie or chicken, I'm fine with them

Mittwoch, November 01, 2006

Random Question Week

1. Who is the last person you held hands with?
My love

2. Do you sleep with the TV on?
No, I would prefer not to have one in the bedroom at all

3. Have you ever drank milk straight out of the carton?
Oh, probably

4. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
Oh, probably. I always had great language skills (math... notsomuch)

5. Who's the next person you will be seeing?
My love

6. How fast can you type?
You mean mistake free? I learned on a german keyboard with all kinds of umlauts (that's my excuse, anyway)

7. Are you afraid of the dark?
No. Especially not now that my love has installed all of those blue glowy nightlights

8. Who can you always turn to?
I'm lucky to say a several people- my love, my mom, my sister, a handful of wonderful friends and Goddesses

9. Whens the last time you chose a bath over a shower?
Last night after soccer

10. Do you like pringles?
Hmmm. Tough one. Technically no, but once I start eating them...

11. Are you drinking anything right now?
Got a sip of water left in my big yellow cup (refilled approx 6x/day)

12. Do you think you're attractive?
Yes, I do ;) Good genes.

13. Can you hoola hoop?

14. Are you good at keeping secrets?
Not really. Well, I can, if they're REALLY important

15. What do you want for Christmas?
World Peace. Still waiting on that trampoline, too.

16. Do you talk in your sleep?
I think I have been known to mumble at times, yes.

17. Who's your daddy?

18. Have you ever flown a kite?
Of course!

19. When was the last time that you went swimming and where?
Last month at the local pool. Well, used to be local till I moved. Still have 8 passes left...

20. Do you consider yourself successful?

21. How many people are on your contact list of your cell?

22. Have you ever asked for a horse?

23. Plans for today?
Going to a memorial for a coworker who passed away this summer in a motorcycle accident

24. What's your middle name? And why?
Robyn. Cause I opened up my mouth like a baby bird for food soon after I was born.