Sailing Away

Sometimes, you just need to sail away for a few days.

I am incredibly lucky to live in a place where I can do that.  And, I am even luckier to have good friends to sail away with.




There was a long run on my favourite running routes.



There was lots of wildlife.





There was one of my favourite beaches.





And, there were good friends.





And, then, on the ferry on the way home, there were two orcas. A momma and a baby.

I just don’t think it gets better than that.


On becoming officially weird

I’ve always felt that since I live alone, I need to be extra vigilant about becoming too weird.

Don’t acquire too many cats. Check.

Don’t talk to yourself out loud. Check.

Don’t get too attached to a body pillow. Check.

But yesterday I was forced to acknowledge that I may have officially become weird.

It didn’t seem like that at first. We had a light dusting of snow where I work and as I crossed the parking lot I noticed that my Fluevog shoes were creating really funky footprints in the snow.

So, I stopped to take some pictures. (mental note: this may have been the point where I veered off into weirdsville)

Anyway, I was making snowy fluevog footprints in the parking lot and bending over to check out good angles for a shot when the CFO of my workplace came over to make sure I was okay.

I got halfway into an explanation of what I was doing – making snowy fluevog prints for a photo – when it occurred to me that my explanation may not be making me sound less strange but just plain batshit crazy.

I may have just officially become weird.

Check out the cool shot I got, though!


And, here are my favourite pair of Fluevogs (so far) …



I am not much of a home crafter. I see things at craft fairs, or in stores, and think “I could make that” but, of course, I never do.

Same thing with Pinterest. The stuff is really cool, but the chances of me making sliding drawers that fit under my stairs or a pillowcase out of old socks are pretty slim.

But then I saw the frozen coloured water balloons. And, I knew I’d be in the frozen east (aka Ottawa) over the holidays. And, I knew my niece, M, would be totally into trying these.

So, in the spirit of the Pintester (f**king up pins so we don’t have to), we acquired some balloons and some minus a million degrees weather and we were good to go.

The instructions say, “fill the balloons with water and then add food colouring.” Yeah, right.

First off, we didn’t have liquid food colouring, just paste. So, we mixed up a bowl of pink water, stuck a funnel in the balloon and attempted to fill it. No go. The water just sat in the funnel.

Then, we tried using the turkey baster to squeeze the pink water into the balloon. Which resulted in pink water sprayed all over the kitchen. Oh, M and I now have pink hands (turns out food colouring stains) and my sister now has a pink turkey baster.

We needed a forceful way to get the water into the balloon. We tried the bathroom tap. Which worked great except that once the balloon was filled with water, there was no way to get the food colouring into it without spraying the whole bathroom with water. Plus, I think the giggling wasn’t helping.

But, having cleaned up most of the kitchen and now the bathroom we weren’t about to give up. We put the food colouring paste into the balloon, then filled it with water. Slightly messy but success!!

We made three – pink, blue and green – and left two outside to freeze and put one in the freezer to, well, freeze.

They turned out totally awesome. The freezer green one has lots of cool cracks in it, the pink one has bubbles and the blue one froze to a dark blue inner core with an outer lighter edge.

Now, if we can just keep the dog from licking them into oblivion hopefully they last a few days.

M wants to try something else from Pinterest. I’m sure my brother-in-law won’t mind if we renovate the stairs?!