#13 – My Favorite Cake Recipe:
So, one of my favorite cakes is a Chocolate Candy Cane Cake.
But, I’m sorry. I refuse to give away the recipe for this. 🙂 People have been asking me for the recipe for several years and I haven’t been broken yet. If you like, you can go to Kraftcanada.ca for a similar cake (that’s where this picture came from) but I refuse to give away my recipe. 🙂 It’s bad enough I had to give away my Chicken Dip recipe.
#12 – A Photo of the Town I Live In
So, this wasn’t actually as easy as it sounds. I live in Port Williams aka Port Vegas (obviously just outside of Wolfvegas). It’s a smaller well-to-d0 community with a lot of farm land. It’s not a town but a small village. We have a post office, a huge church, a few stores and, of course, The Port Pub gastropub (where, BTW, Blair and I had our first date!! *insert smiley*).
Although I’ve lived here only 7 years, I grew up less than 10 minutes away (by car) and Port Williams kids and Canaan kids all went to the same high school. There is a different atmosphere in Port Williams. I love it here.
#11 – My Hobbies:
I wish I were lucky enough to be one of those people who could get paid for their hobbies. 🙂
Let’s see. I LOVE to write. Writing is my passion. I’ve been published several times and have written short stories, poems, articles, kids books and have been working on a non-fiction book for a while now. It’s my baby and I have a hard time letting it go. It’s very personal, as it’s based on true events. One of these days you’ll see it in written form tho.
I also love to read. I love books and magazines and sometimes I just want to throw myself into the written word.
I love to cook. Like I said in an earlier post, once you’re able to embrace food you’re able to have fun with it.
I love blogging. Obviously.
I love to shop. Although, is that really a hobby or is it an addiction?
I love to exercise. Again, that’s more of an addiction and a way of life. My day-to-day schedules are usually planned around my workout time.
I love to act. I haven’t been involved in theater in so long but my life-long dream was to be on stage or in film. I’ve been a performer since I was 3. And though I haven’t done anything in a long time I still, and will forever consider myself an actor.
I think that pretty much covers it. At least for now.
Okay. I’m gonna be honest. I don’t really have a favorite painter. I’m just not that into art. I mean, I love it, but I just don’t pay that much attention. There are a few things by Durer and Monet and of course classics like Michaelangelo and Da Vinci, etc. But the few paintings I have in my home are by unknown artists. I have 3 beautiful paintings that I picked up in Mexico and a gorgeous framed floral painting that I picked up a yard sale several years ago (more than likely destined for The Antique Roadshow).
I am also a fan of my friend David Lacey. He is a local artist and does beautiful work (http://www.davidlaceygallery.com/).
All in all, I’d have to say that if I had to choose just one artist to live by it’d likely either be Dave Lacey or Monet. Monet’s work is filled with so many beautiful colors. Actually, the more I look at Monet’s work the more I’ll say he’s my favorite artist.
Here’re a few pics of the paintings in my home:
#9: How Important is Education?
I posted a while back that if I could change the world something I would implement is this: Education would be FREE!! All of it. For everyone. Every single person would be entitled to continue their education..no matter if they choose university or community college or another program. People should not lose out on their future because they can’t afford an education now. Every individual should be given the same opportunity – should they choose to take advantage of a higher learning is up to each person. But at least the option would be there. We all have dreams…why not be given the opportunity to live them?
Did you know that in Iran (of all places!) there are both free public schools and private schools at all levels, from elementary school through university? At the university level, however, every student attending public schools is required to commit to serve the government for a number of years typically equivalent to those spent at the university, or pay it off for a very low price (typically a few hundred dollars). AND women make up more than 50 percent of Iranian university students with some fields in science and engineering having more than 70 percent of their alumni comprising of women.
For me it should be a number one government priority to ensure every person, male/female, black/white/Asian/Indian, gay/straight, etc. is entitled to education and enforce it. It should not be permitted for high school students, of any age, to drop out. That means if you’re a lazyass and you’re 22 and still living at home but in the 9th grade you’re gonna have to stay there until you finish grade 12.
And, like I said above, everyone should invest in their future by attending, at minimum, a community college or something of the like. There are too many brilliant people out there doing very little to help their situations b/c they can’t be bothered to. If everyone had a post- high school education there would be more opportunities and, personally, I think more self-respect and whatnot. There wouldn’t be as many people on welfare or assistance b/c the opportunity that they so-called “missed out” on in the real world would be there for them now.
I could ramble on this topic for hours.
#8 – My Favorite Quote:
One of my favorite quotes is the following:
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
There’s something about this little saying. It’s beautiful and it’s true (or at least it should be). It’s actually been my signature email for years and years.
The quote is often credited to Hillary Cooper but many suggest that the original author was a Canadian man, but his name unknown.
Another favorite (which comes in handy in life and in advice giving) is:
“No man is worth your tears and the one that is won’t make you cry.”
I think this little reflection is more just a reflection thing for women.
#7 – MY DAY IN DETAIL
Alrighty….here’s what I did today:
Woke up at 7:30 to the wonderful sound of the cat barfing. Got up and cleaned it then laid in bed to stay as warm and cozy as possible (it’s minus 30 with the windchill – brrrr!!!). Did some messaging back and forth with Jaime – her telling me about how her and Steve’s house kinda caught fire this morning (well, technically the furnace). Scary stuff. Glad they’re safe.
Fell back asleep for a few minutes until I got a call from the Eastlink tech telling me he was almost here. Got up and fed and watered my animal and let in the dude. He fixed my modem. YAY!!
Had a work out (as usual), changed the kitty litter, showered, unclogged my vacuum cleaner and vacuumed my carpets. Watched the rest of last night’s Hawaii Five-0 as I straightened my hair. Dressed and makeup. (Okay, maybe not in that particular order).
Dropped off my recyclables to the depot. Picked up Elizabeth. Got gas. Went and paid my stupid (srtupid, Tanya) speeding fine. Dammit. Elizabeth and I went for coffee at Tim’s. Had a few old school giggles with Tasha while she was trying to work. Took a picture of the girl with the hideous vinyl pants. Chatted with Amy (and emailed said photo). Dropped Elizabeth off. Stopped at the grocery store. Went home.
Cuddled with Winston on the couch and phoned Amy back to finish conversation. Chatted for nearly an hour. Watched Oprah. Looked at cook books. Started dinner. After Oprah continued to look at cook books and chit chat a bit online. At 5 ate dinner and watched Judge Judy and then folded laundry. Started a new load of laundry.
Bummed around. In and out of FB, fitness websites, looking at cook books (I KNOW!!).
Talked to my mama, tried calling the man, emailed photos from phone to computer (and deleted from phone). Still trying to get a hold of said man (who’s likely at the gym).
Lounged. Chatted. Got a hold of the man. Did a few dishes. Hit the sack.
There….that’s preeeettty much my day in detail.
#6 – MY FAVORITE BOOK
This was rather easy. My all-time favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This was one of those books on a reading list for 9th grade English. I fell in love with it. It’s obviously a classic. I’m hoping that junior and senior high curriculum is still what it used to be.
Another of my favorites is White Oleander by Janet Fitch. This book was so eloquantly written that I couldn’t put it down. The characters are beautifully described and there are several moments that should leave tears in your eyes.
From the very first sentences: “The Santa Anas blew in hot from the desert, shriveling the last of the spring grass into whiskers of pale straw. Only the oleanders thrived, their delicate poisonous blooms, their dagger green leaves…” I was hooked. It’s one of the few, very few books that I have finished and immediately flipped back to the front and started all over again. My ex (yuck* would even get me to read aloud to him because of the beauty in the words. White Oleander was made into a movie – which is excellent – but so much was left out from the book.
I also have to give a nod to a few others that I found addictive: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and The Rainmaker and The Client – both by John Grisham. I’m currently working thru Grisham’s collection. So far, so good. And, of course, The Twlight Saga. I wasn’t keen on reading these books but at Amy’s nagging 🙂 I decided to give them a whirl and got completely enthralled in the stories. Very addictive.
#5 – WHAT’S IN MY PURSE
Okay, on any given day this is what my bag contains:
Hand Cream (I NEVER leave home without it!)
Pack of Gum
Pack of Hot Chocolate Mix (don’t ask)
My Winter Hat
Barretts & Bobby Pins
Ear Bud Covers
Emergency Baggy (napkins, bandaids, etc.)
Personal Care Kit (sewing kit, T-tips)
Bag Balm (ask me if you have to)
MY FAVORITE MOVIE
*Sigh* This challenge is a little tougher than others. I LOVE movies. I grew up on movies….well, not so much but you know what I mean. I grew up in the 80’s when movies ROCKED! There were so many movies you could sit down with your family and just laugh and have fun and get lost for about 2 hours without having to think of or worry about bad language or nudity (okay, yes, there were movies with bad language and nudity but not as much as there is now…I mean, good grief!!).
But, because I love movies so much it’s hard to narrow just one down. So I’ve narrowed down a few…some I could not imagine my life without. And of course I have to give honorable mentions to The Indiana Jones series (original), Star Wars (original) – and YES! I DO have a Harrison Ford fetish – and E.T. I mean, c’mon. E.T. should be on EVERYONE’s list of favorites. Oh, and for my family members: Rhinestone – starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton!! Yay! (And for re-living my youth – Dazed and Confused. Have you seen it? “It’d be a whole lot cooler if you did.”)
But for now, here’s my List of Favorites:
I don’t think my life would have been the same without Annie. I LOVED her. Back in the day when you had to rent VCRs and movies, Annie was always on my list of movies to rent. Annie introduced me to the life of musicals. Thank you.
Those who know me know that my lifelong desire was/is to be a Goonie. These kids had the best adventure. AND they got the rich stuff in the end. Goonies never say die. (BTW – This movie introduced the world to the original Brandon Walsh.)
This is one of the main reasons I don’t go in the water. Hello!! Good book. Better movie. Scary as shit. So much fun.
Adventures in Babysitting
The movie that I know ALL the words to. It’s a lot like The Goonies in that it’s just a fun adventure. Joe Gibb: “I like danger, alright.” Chris: “You should try babysitting.” This was one of my go-to movies when I was home sick.
First of all, I love Drew Barrymore. Love her. She’s my woman. Second, I saw this movie for the first time when it came out in ’95. I went to see it with Kim M. and we both cried. it’s a beautifully sad movie. I have watched it over and over. I have several copies and the soundtrack. Drew and Chris O’Donnell were so real and sad and in love. Go see it.
The characters’ love of music could SO be modelled after my life. This is such a beautiful movie. Set in the 70’s at the height of the best music time EVER, with a wonderful soundtrack and honest-to-goodness great actors. If you’re ever having a bad day “just go to the record store and visit your friends.” Or, just go watch this movie. The Tiny Dancer scene alone will make it worth it.
There. That’s a list of SOME of my favorites.