Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Okay I secretly love this picket fence cord hider over at Apartment Therapy. If Marc wasn't busting his ass trying to restore our original baseboards I'd totally want this. How adorable for a kids room though?
Five Things I was doing 10 years ago:
Dating a boy I never should have.
Starting my second year of university.
Wearing my hair too long.
Starting to think about getting out of town.
Realizing I actually did know stuff.
Five things on my To-Do List today:
Attend my one and only meeting today.
Make some plans for our trip next weekend.
Get some groceries.
Drink some wine with my husband.
Try and get my mother to fix my dress that I ripped.
Five things I would do if I were a millionaire:
Give away copious amounts of money to people who do cool things.
Renovate our house top to bottom and restore it to its original goodness.
Pay all our bills and my family's bills.
Take outrageous vacations with Marc, my family and my friends on an extremely regular basis and be that amazing aunt that took her nieces around the world.
Pay somebody to do all the stuff I hate and spoil myself with things I can't afford now (like personal trainers and a chef).
Five things I'll never wear again:
A waist-length winter coat.
Five favorite toys:
Five people to tag:
and nobody else really blogs so I'm at a loss....
*denotes Canadian talent
italics denotes a new release
- Arcade Fire -- Crown of Love -- Funeral *
- Liz Phair -- Love Is Nothing -- whitechocolatespaceegg
- Nathan Lawr & the Minotaurs -- Oh No! -- A Sea of Tiny Lights *
- Rheostatics -- What's Going on Around Here -- Whale Music *
- Sunparlour Players -- John had a Bell & a Whistle -- Hymns for the Happy
- Frank Black -- Hang on to Your Ego -- Frank Black
- Stars -- My Favourite Book -- In Our Bedroom After the War *
- Corb Lund Band -- Buckin' Horse Rider -- Five Dollar Bill *
- Uncle Tupelo -- Fall Down Easy -- Still Feel Gone
- The Sadies -- What's Left Behind -- New Seasons *
- The Replacements -- Otto -- Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash
- Joe Shithead Keithley & his Band of Rebels -- When Power Came to Canada -- S/T *
- Golden Dogs -- Big Boy & the Masters of the Universe -- Everything in 3 Parts *
- Gomez -- Sweet Virginia -- Split the Difference
- The Pipettes -- Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me -- We Are the Pipettes
- The Black Keys -- Yearnin' -- The Big Come Up
- Jens Lekman -- I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You -- Night Falls Over Kortedala
- Beck & Emmylou Harris -- Sin City -- Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons
- The Weakerthans -- Relative Surplus Value -- Reunion Tour *
- The Beta Band -- Alleged -- Hot Shots II
- Cuff the Duke -- If I Live or If I Die -- Sidelines of the City *
- Feist -- Inside + Out (Apostle of Hustle Unmix Live at BBC) -- Open Season *
- Tokyo Police Club -- Box -- Smith E.P *
- Smoking Popes -- Mrs Me & You -- Born To Quit
- The Most Serene Republic -- Career In Shaping Clay -- Population *
- Leonard Cohen & U2 -- Tower of Song -- Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man O.S.R. *
- New Buffalo -- Cheer Me Up, Thank You -- Somewhere, Anywhere *
- Jason Collett -- Sorry Lori -- from unannounced new album *
Notes this week:
- I want the image from the new Sadies record on a t-shirt.
- The Pipettes make me want to buy a polka dot dress and go on tour.
- That particular Gomez song kills me.
- All Weakerthans all the time.
- Listen to the Beta Band again. You won't be sorry.
- Next week = new Ween album. Be frightened.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
1 Caesar salad with pancetta, parmigan shingles and dressing
3 pieces of bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
1 plate of gnocchi with smoked provolone, prosciutto, cream and brandy
1 glass of Sicilian Shiraz
If the lunch was at 12:30, at what time will the girl begin to feel somewhat normal again and less like a big giant gnocchi in an awful cute plaid skirt?
- Empty Shell -- Cat Power -- from The Greatest
- Carefree Highway -- Gordon Lightfoot -- from Gord's Gold
- Try Telling That To My Baby -- The Heavy Blinkers -- from The Night and I are Still So Young
- Putnam County -- Tom Waits -- from Nighthawks at the Diner
- The Black Widow -- Link Wray -- from Rumble!
- I'm Not Afraid To Die -- Gillian Welch -- from Hell Among The Yearlings
- Use It -- The New Pornographers -- from Twin Cinema
- All It Really Wan't To Do -- Bob Dylan -- from The Bootleg Series Vol.6: Live 1964
- Catastrophe -- Maow -- from The Unforgiving Sounds of...
- Hide Yourself -- Mellanova -- Slightly Happy
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I love fun winter hats. Especially since I cut all my hair off and the way it's cut, spiky hat head just makes it look that much cuter. These Kate Spade toques are hard to pass up (although the price might help). The thought bubble hat is too great. Perhaps I need to recruit a master knitter to copy the pattern (wink wink Alison)? The mistletoe hat would be a fun way to get extra smooches from my husband. But also maybe scary kisses from strangers? Yikes!
This makes me curious where they're spending their holidays. Shorts? Really? Consider me not on board this particular trend. Love the long sweater though..
And this one makes my wallet hurt I like it so much. Love the ballerina dress, love the coat, love the belt, love the puppies...love it!
And this is perfection in a shoe. Patent leather perfection...
And I can't even say anything about this coat except be mine. Be mine forever.
But this shirt only makes this poor skinny girl look fat. I can't imagine who this would look good on.
And toggle coats with fun plaid linings and silk holiday party dresses and adorable argyle cardigans and sweaters with antlers on them!!! I can't even breathe right now!
|You Belong in Rome|
You're a big city soul with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian people - could life get any better?
And if only Julianne Moore looked a bit less like your grandmother. Has she looked in the mirror lately? Did she forget how gorgeous she normally is? Why is she wearing a big fat purple tube?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
My name is Tara and I take very long and very hot showers on the weekends.
Perhaps we should all take this moment to point out our environmental flaws instead of rubbing each others faces in our own greenitude.
"C@@K TASTES YUMMY"
I know it's crass but I can't help but wonder about the origins of this sheet of paper and how it came to be where it is. Must have been a fun party for someone to need to write it down...
Notice I attached no photo to this post.
Big news for Big City Kelly!! Congrats on your new job! I hope the City of Brampton knows how you like your lattes. I know you probably got a lot done during your old 4 hour daily commutes but you're just going to have to get used to a mere 20 minutes. Do I need a new name for you though now that you're not going to be in the rat race of downtown Toronto on a daily basis? Kelly of the Burbs? Suburbia Kelly? Big Burb Kelly?
Monday, October 22, 2007
Harry Potter's Dumbledore Is Gay
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix author J.K. Rowling has shocked fans of the boy-wizard series by stating that character Albus Dumbledore as gay. The writer revealed the truth of the Hogwarts school headmaster's sexuality at New York's Carnegie Hall on Friday as part of her American book tour. When asked by an audience member if Dumbledore had found "true love," she replied, "Dumbledore is gay," adding he was in love with his rival Gellert Grindelwald, who he once beat in a battle between good and bad wizards long ago. She says, "Falling in love can blind us to an extent. (Dumbledore was) horribly, terribly let down."
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday was spent doing a whole lot of nothing. I slept in a whole bunch which helped me to feel like I could finally see the light at the end of the sickness tunnel. We watched many Jaws movies cuz they all were on TV and Marc had never seen the sequels. I know, how is that possible you say? I'm not sure but we can consider that remedied. Then we watched the movie we rented that we thought was Bobby starring William H Macy but which turned out to be Bobby Z starring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne -- a decidedly worse movie. Note to Blockbuster -- don't stock your Bobby Z movies in a big pile behind the case for the movie Bobby. It results in sad customers. It was one of the worst movies I've ever seen and I'll never get those 2 hours back.
Sunday was spent hitting up the sales spotted in the Friday newspaper flyers and watching Marc seal up our backyard wedding arbour for the winter. Good job Marco! Hung out with the parentals and scored a sweet silk table runner that was bought and then disliked by Ma and Pa. Yay us! We then proceeded on to do some batch cooking with Dan and Lisa that rapidly turned into a Sunday drunk. On the menu, our famous pumpkin turkey chili and Dan and Lisa's turkey meatballs in a marinara carrot sauce. Also on the menu -- yummy Belgian beer, a bottle of Prosecco and a bottle of Shiraz. Result - me being drunk early on a Sunday evening. What fun times were had though. We finally scored some brownie points with Dan and Lisa's kids, Ava and Sammie and I think I officially rule. At least with Ava anyway. There was a lot of high-fiving going on and then there was some hardcore diaper-no-pants time which seemed like a heck of a lot of fun too. I wish I could have shared in that action. Oh to be 2 years old again....
Tonight the plan is to check out the Wooden Stars and Wintersleep at the Townehouse even though I saw Wintersleep at the Hillside Festival last year and they kinda blew. But the Wooden Stars rock and a little birdy told me they're going on 1) early and 2) first. All good news for Tara and her mental state Monday morning.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
- How does the world see me?
- Will I have a happy life?
- What do my friends really think of me?
- Do people secretly lust after me?
- How can I make myself happy?
- What should I do with my life?
- Why should life be full of so much pain?
- How can I maximize my pleasure during sex?
- Will I ever have children?
- Will I die happy?
- What is some good advice for me?
- What is happiness?
- What is my favourite fetish?
- How will I be remembered?
Fun game for another time for sure!!
- Do Right In Your Eyes -- Grandpaboy -- from Dead Man Shake
- World on Fire -- Tanya Donnelly -- from This Hungry Life
- Connecting Flights -- Rheostatics -- from The Blue Hysteria
- Stolen Car -- Rheostatics -- from Double Live (Disc 2)
- Atom In My Heart -- Frank Black -- from Honeycomb
- Don't Use My Broken Heart -- Leona Naess -- from Leona Naess
- Watching the Wheels -- John Lennon -- from The John Lennon Collection
- Justice -- The Constantines -- from The Constantines
- Annie's Song -- Me First & the Gimme Gimmies -- from Love Their Country
- Better Off Without A Wife -- Tom Waits -- from Nighthawks at the Diner
What a relief -- 7554 songs and no duds to embarrass me! And believe me, I'm sure there are some hiding on there somewhere. I certainly don't deny my love of Cheap Trick and am routinely mocked for it. What fun! This is a game I could play all day!
Monday, October 15, 2007
- Getting to wear my new J Crew red corduroy dress.
- Not buying the Catherine Melandrino sweater that was on sale at Holt Renfrew and instead settling for a striped yoked sweater and a shirred tee at The Gap.
- Lily Frost's showcase on Saturday night: strings AND a mousy voiced girl singer? Oh my heart...
- The video tribute to Stan Rogers during the presentation of his posthumous Estelle Klein Award. 4 generations of the Rogers family there to watch including his lovely wife Ariel and his musician son Nathan. It was a very touching moment honouring the Canadian folk legend.
- Nathan Rogers' showcase: During his last song he came down into the audience to do an acoustic version of his father's classic song "North West Passage" that brought the entire room to its feet. Everyone sang the entire song along with him, teary eyed. His mother and family were there too and it was hopelessly touching and weepy moment for this poor girl. Nathan looks and sounds so much like his father if you closed your eyes it was like you were listening to Stan himself which I was too young to do before he died. It was an extreme "A Mighty Wind" moment and I loved every second of it. Underneath my love of Cheap Trick, The Beastie Boys, Social Distortion, R.A.T.M and all other rock loves, there is still a girl who was brought up on Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and Murry McLauchlan.
- Shopping at the Soma Chocolate store in the Distillery district while in Toronto pre-conference.
- Showcases from Apostle of Hustle, Notre Dame de Grass (bluegrass from Quebec), Sierra Noble (17 year old fiddle player who was insanely talented) and Kobo Town (world music from Trinidad).
- Getting my picture taken with the Six String Nation guitar and having Jowi Taylor bring it to our Northern Ontario showcase for the artists to play. I'll post the pic when I get it. 5000 people have played this guitar (Gordon Lightfoot included) made up of pieces of Canadian history (wood from a seat at Massey Hall, copper from the Parliament library, gold from Rocket Richard's 1955 stanley cup ring, nickel pellets from Sudbury yay!, wood from the Bluenose, wood from Paul Henderson's hockey stick, wood from Pierre Trudeau's canoe paddle, and many other historic places and people).
- Making Danny Michel laugh at our showcase. We might get married cuz he clearly thinks I'm hilarious.
- Coming home on Sunday to find our new antique hutch delivered and looking amazing in our dining room (I'll post pics soon!).
- Being the photographer at an impromptu jam session/photo shoot in the skywalk with our artists Nathan Lawr, Cindy Doire and Ryan Bishops.
- Hagen-Daz ice cream at the Manitoba music reception.
- Coming home Sunday night to Marc and Bailey AND homemade gourmet pizza by Marc: marinated buffalo mozzarella, roasted red peppers, asparagus, carmelized onions = just what the doctor ordered.
- Getting to wear my new J Crew red corduroy dress only to rip the side seam down to my thigh and having to change into something way less fun.
- Being sober in a hotel full of incredibly drunk conference goers.
- Not getting the chance to see my London friend Eric.
- Unknowingly eating a $25 breakfast at the hotel.
- Souljazz Orchestra's showcase: white people from Ottawa singing political Afrofunk? I am not convinced...
- 4am bedtimes and 9am wake-ups all weekend.
- The drive home from London due to the aforementioned sleeping schedule.
- Being outbid in my silent auction bid for 2 Hillside Festival passes at the last...possible...second. Enjoy the festival whoever you are. I hate you.
- Getting sick again which apparently is what's happening to me now.
- Not being a weed smoker because I missed out on some really great folkie weed.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Anyway, I'm off to be a good little schmoozer and try to stay 1) awake until the wee hours 2) more or less sober so I can be fresh faced at the AGM breakfast tomorrow morning. Wish me luck. I don't expect to succeed at either of those tasks!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday started on a sad note as we went to a wake for a friend's grandfather who passed. It's still always nice to see them but too bad it was under such unfortunate circumstances. Best thoughts to their family.
Friday evening we had the exteme grown-up pleasure of getting a brand new Miele vacuum. I'm stoked! This vacuum does things I didn't even know vacuum's did! And I dig that! And I'm okay about digging that! It was a belated wedding present from my parents and I can't wait to use it. It's tiny, egonomic, light and a lovely pearly white shade and I can almost trick myself into believing it's an Apple vacuum. One that maybe does my cleaning, makes me dinner while downloading all my favourite music and then turns into a foot massager. Here's a picture of it cuz I'm such a proud mom.
Saturday was day one of turkey deliciousness at my folks place with my brother and sister-in-law and all 4 of their adorable girls. The highlight of the night had to be watching my youngest neice Melissa show off her new clapping skills. I think that has to be one of my favourite baby stages. It's always cute and is almost always accompanied by a big baby smile and sometimes a "yaaaaaayyy." So adorable...I wish my camera battery hadn't been dead. Saturday night I stayed in and Marc ventured out into the night to visit pals. I had my suspicions that all was not right with my immune system and so opted to hide out.
Sunday morning we met pals Ben and his Aussie girlfriend Fran for breakfast at Gloria's, Sudbury's ultimate greasyspoon breakfast joint. Fran brought along her visiting Aussie friend Christine and the 3 of us spent much of breakfast discussing why we all loved Rome. Ahhh the memories.... Anyway, Christine was lovely and is just coming off a contract with TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and therefore had some juicy celebrity gossip stories to share. French toast and celebrity gossip....what a way to start a day. Then off to another turkey dinner, this time for my grandpa.
Monday was continued turkeyness at Marc's mom's place. So much turkey, so little time. Foodwise it was an excellent weekend but weatherwise it could not have been worse. It rained and was cold every day so there was no fun outdoor activities to be had at all. Poor Bailey had to deal with short walks inbetween downpours and showers. Not to mention finally getting sick moreorless tied me to the house.
Here's a tally of the weekend:
3 = number of turkey dinners eaten
3 = number of movies watched
2 = number of naps
2 = missed social outings due to sickness
4 = number of times a storm woke me up in the middle of the night
3 = pieces of pumpkin pie consumed
1 = trips to the pharmacy for vitamins etc
2 = shots of liqueur sipped "for my throat"
12 = number of times my niece Emily won at a made-up game I never quite understood.
Long live Thanksgiving!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
So tonight we shall see what happens and who goes home. Although it would be hard to top Mila's departing comments last week "Well, I was really thinking I would win so being eliminated is really quite shocking to me." Oh Mila, you keep that Bambi-fied face of yours up. One day your hair will flip just right and you'll forget all about ANTM....
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
All of us here at C.Y.G.T.S send oceans of congrats to Ottawa pals Sean and Leah as they are the proud new parents of a healthy baby boy! He's got the greatest name - Ethan Parker Clarke. Clearly he is destined to be a novelist. Or a too cool for school James Dean type actor. Yay babies! We can't wait to see him!!! Congrats you two crazy kids!!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Check this out. We picked up this box of wonderfulness from Mike and Joc yesterday -- all the fruits of their garden. We got a jar of homemade grape jelly, a yellow zucchini as big as my arm, a little celebration squash that is too pretty to eat and such a variety of tomatoes I don't even know where to start. Tomatoes I didn't even know existed! Things like Pink somethings and Ivory somethings, Green Zebras and other striped creations. Also in this photo is the resulting tomato salad that was so delicous it warranted a photograph AND a blog article. Tomatoes, bocconcini, basil,and olive oil we brought back from Tuscany...there are few things in this world higher on the yumminess scale.
As per usual, there was the requisite news roundup thanks to Jocelyne's well-stocked portable library. I feel smarter already. Here is a picture of Joc schooling us on the sillyness of Brad Pitt on a bicycle. Oh Brad, nobody's buying it...
So we hung out and chatted it up and ate ourselves silly. This pic is blurry but I had to include it based soley on the fact that Miss Gomm's insane artichoke/whitebean/cheese/bacon dip is in the photo. All I can say is wow and some more wow's.
Then she busted out some more bacon-themed appetizers that were equally yummy. Camping and an all bacon-themed appetizer menu? Fantastic.
Thinking food doesn't get any better? Here's a pic of Joc manning the oven-toasted sandwich station fully stocked with insane cheese, Italian coldcuts, fresh basil leaves and a complete array of gourmet mustards thanks to Mike, the ultimate mustand connoisseur.
Miss Gomm also made up this crazy yummy salad of fresh tomatoes from the garden of Mike and Joc, pearl bocconcinis, onions, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. AND there was pie. Sweet jesus...
Here is a pic of Joc and Sylvia warming up for their evening campfire rendition of "I'm Miss World" by the one and only Miss Love. What you can't see in this picture is Bailey napping nearby staring obsessively at Sylvia. Can you say "groupie?"
We couldn't stay the night due to a house that is so dirty we could no longer ignore it and it truly warranted an early start. Gommfest 2007 = awesome.
We spent Sunday cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning, Marc moved the woodpile in preparation for many cozy fires this winter, and Bailey limped around the house recuperating from his repeated icy swims at Gommfest. Then we headed over to Dennis's for dinner and an almost unbearable viewing of the CBC's "St.Urbain's Horseman" on his PVR. Ah Canadian MOW's - more often than not you are truly terrible. Dinner was yummy, movie was an insult to the book. What a surprise. Luckily we saved the evening by eating delicious apple crisp that Dennis made from the apples in our front yard and a repeated viewing of "The Office" premiere. Thank god for Michael Scott.
This week hopefully brings a visit with my nieces cuz I had an awful dream involving them and I need to be reassured (I hate those dreams) and maybe even new vaccuum shopping with Ma and Pa. I'm such a grown up.