Beautiful Sunday

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Yesterday was hot. I cloistered myself in the office at home all day, wilting with the heat from the computers, until after dinner I gave in. With the promise of ice cream, I got Eric to go for a drive with me down to Beacon Hill Park. The sun was perfectly low and golden and the temperature was finally perfect. I think a peaceful hour by the ocean is just what we needed. Though I will say I am paying today for running through the tall grass – I can’t seem to stop sneezing. I think it was worth it though.

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Technical Difficulties

So one of my plugins seems to be going rogue. I have to re-save my permalinks structure constantly otherwise my about and contact pages can’t be accessed. So wonderful. I keep putting the digital equivilant of a band-aid on it, but it’s now time get in there and figure this out. This whole week has been full of broken tech and misbehaving programs. (Software, server, plugins, oh my!) I just hope that next week is a little better.

 

Thoughts on a Thursday

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I made a lazy paella for dinner for the first time. (Lazy mostly because I had most of the ingredients, and read most of the instructions.) I only had prawns, but next time I want to try it with chorizo and maybe mussels. Yummm. I took one blurry photo, but it’s not very nice looking, so have a look at some cell phone photos of my garden instead.

Those gloriously huge leaves belong to a spaghetti squash. I know a container isn’t ideal, but it’s larger than it looks; the leaves are just that big. I’ve never grown squash before, so much like everything I do in the garden it’s an experiment. The campanula below didn’t bloom at all last year. This spring it was looking very green so I put it in it’s own large container and it gave me flowers finally! I love the little bell shapes. I wish I could put everything in a proper bed, but until we own our own place things will have to live in containers. I will take what garden I can get!

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Saturday

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I wonder if my brain will ever let me sleep in again. Though if I must wake up early, at least it’s the time of year when the sun is up and making the room glow. So far today I’ve managed a sleepy cup of tea, which is probably for the best; when I went to make a pot of coffee I discovered there is a single sad scoop of beans left in the canister. I think the morning is the worst time to realize you’re out of coffee. I will just have to finish getting dressed and head to the store.

Why hello there

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Would you look at this shiny new layout. Isn’t it so much cleaner? Ahh. The only issue is with an old gallery system I was using which no longer displays properly, but that’s alright. This is a fresh start, after all!

Lemon Dill Prawn Pasta

So I’m on a break from school, and it turns out that when I’m not crazy stressed, I have the creative energy to make delicious dinners! This is not so much a solid recipe, as a general guideline.

  • Prawns
  • Pasta
  • Dill
  • Lemon
  • Green Onion
  • Garlic
  • Kale/Spinach
  • Olive Oil
  • Spices

Cook pasta, thaw prawns, while also warming the rest in a pan. Cut the lemon thin, add a little zest, and a bit of the juice. Add spices of your choice. I went with a pinch of thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, salt & pepper, ground up in my hands.  Add prawns and cook. Throw in pasta and mix up! This was the perfect warm day dinner. Yum.

New Year’s Eve

I’m not sure I have anything horribly important to say, I just wanted to say hello to this desolate little blog again :) I suppose the end of the year makes one introspective – I think I may take some time later to just sit in a sunny room and fill up a couple journal pages. First I suppose I should finish some tidying, to go into the new year with a fresh start and relaxed feelings. 2015 will certainly be busy enough with school, then wedding planning, and maybe even (finally) a trip for just us to somewhere beautiful! But for one more minute I will sit here and enjoy my tea, and watch a pair of cute cats sleep :)

Art school!?

This Friday marks the end of my first semester in school for graphic design. Bet you though that would never happen! I finished my “One sheet of paper” project. I plan to add some projects to a portfolio during winter break, but for now, have these images. (These will be re-shot with better lighting when I have more than 5 minutes :)

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Let’s go ride a bike

Isn’t she pretty?

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She’s a Giant Cypress W. I took her for a proper test ride today, almost all the way to the Johnson St bridge.

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It was a sunny afternoon, perfect for a ride. I managed to stay upright, and even closed my mouth before hitting the cloud of gnats. (Ha) I may have given my lungs and knees a bit of a shock, but it was fun, even if I only went 7km round trip. Next time I’ll try to make it further. :)

Now I need to give her a name. How about Ellie?