#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.