Wednesday, December 30, 2009

girly day

Today I had the girliest of girly days to recover from the holidays -- slept in, coffee and breakfast, great dog walk, long hot shower and then a solo movie date with myself to see The September Issue during which I ate almost an entire bag of swedish berries.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

last minutes with oden

Not very Christmasy AT ALL but still a touching watch for any dog-lover. It's a short documentary about an ex-con whose dog Oden helped him find his way and his final moments with him before putting him down. Watching this just about tore me in half -- and on Christmas Eve no less!!

Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.

*sent via Jane*

felted menagerie

So for Christmas this year I decided to make little felt animals for each of my nieces and, although they took way longer than I thought they would, I'm pretty much in love with these tiny wee animals. The guinea pig is for Sarah cuz she's crazy for the movie G-Force, the bunny is for Emily cuz she insists on telling me about all the bunnies she sees everywhere, the ladybug is for my oldest niece Elizabeth cuz I've called her Ladybug since the day she was born and the kitten is for Melissa cuz....well cuz she's a toddler and what baby doesn't like kittens?

our christmas home

I so love our little house during the holidays - it's all warm and twinkly and I just want it to be like this every day of the year. Here's some pics courtesy of an early Christmas gift we got ourselves -- a shiny new Nikon D3000. Yay Santa!

Happy Holidays from all of us at C.Y.G.T.S!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hot Bunny Radio Playlist for December 17th: Christmas Extravaganza!!!

6-8pm (18:00 if you're downloading or streaming from the website)

* denotes Canadian talent

Welcome to our annual Hot Bunny Radio Christmas Extravaganza show!!!!! All of our yearly faves plus some new stuff -- all to get us in the spirit of Santa!

  • The Bad Girls -- Santa's Got a Brand New Bag -- The Girls of Texas 60's
  • The Raveonettes -- Come On Santa -- Wishing You A Rave Christmas
  • The Hives & Cyndi Lauper -- A Christmas Duel -- single
  • Sufjan Stevens -- I Saw Three Ships -- Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas
  • The Flaming Lips -- Christmas at the Zoo -- Maybe This Christmas
  • Fleet Foxes -- White Winter Hymnal -- Fleet Foxes
  • Willie Nelson -- Please Come Home for Christmas -- A Very Special Acoustic Christmas
  • The Vacancies -- The Elf Song -- A Blackheart Christmas
  • Lenka -- All My Bells Are Ringing -- The Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs
  • The Kinks -- Father Christmas -- single
  • The Vandals -- My First Christmas (as a woman) -- NO HO HO
  • Bessie Smith -- At the Christmas Ball -- Greatest Christmas Hits Ever Made
  • The Beach Boys -- Merry Christmas Baby -- Christmas Harmonies
  • Holly Golightly -- Christmas Tree's on Fire -- Christmas Tree's on Fire EP
  • Darlene Love & Ronnie Spector -- Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree -- A Very Special Christmas Volume 2
  • Luscious Jackson -- Let It Snow -- Alternative Rock X-mas
  • The Dollyrots -- Santa Baby -- A Blackheart Christmas
  • Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson -- Winter Song -- Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs
  • Catherine Feeny -- The Christmas Song -- Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs
  • Joni Mitchell -- River -- Blue (VINYL) *
  • Bruce Cockburn -- Mary Had a Baby -- Christmas *
  • Neko Case -- A Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis -- New Coat of Paint: Songs of Tom Waits
  • Gordon Lightfoot -- Song for a Winter's Night -- Gord's Gold *
  • Reverend Horton Heat -- Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy -- We Three Kings'
  • Johnny Cash -- Blue Christmas -- Christmas with Johnny Cash
  • The Pogues & Kristy MacColl -- Fairytale of New York -- The Very Best of The Pogues
  • James Brown -- Go Power At Christmas Time -- 20th Century Masters -- Christmas Collection
  • Weezer -- Hark! the Herald Angels Sing -- Christmas with Weezer
  • Otis Redding -- Merry Christmas, Baby -- Soul Christmas
  • Bing Crosby & David Bowie -- Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy -- Bing Crosby Christmas Classics
  • Nicole Atkins -- Blue Christmas -- Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs
  • Regina Spektor -- My Dear Acquaintance (Happy New Year) -- Gift Wrapped: 20 Songs that Keep on Giving!
  • Camera Obscura -- The Blizzard -- single

  • I super love that Bad Girls song. I'm going to play it every Christmas;
  • I said it last year and I'll say it again -- you gotta love a Christmas song that talks about going down on someone's mom...
  • Yay for Sufjan Stevens for turning nobody's fave Christmas song into a kick-ass song;
  • I can't imagine a better winter song than that Fleet Foxes song...
  • I want Willie Nelson to come to my Christmas party please;
  • Two thumbs up for punk rock Christmas!!!
  • It's not Christmas until The Kinks say it is!!
  • Sweet, sweet Bessie Smith.......
  • Can there even be Christmas without Darlene Love? Like, can it even happen?
  • Catherine Feeny busts out quite a simple and pretty gorgeous version of that song;
  • What is it about River that just rips you in half? Or maybe it's just me?
  • Maybe the Neko song isn't "christmasy" but hot damn I love her version of this Tom Waits song....
  • The christmas bells in the Lightfoot song make me all holiday giddy;
  • I'd love a copy of that Johnny Cash record on vinyl...
  • Ahh the Pogues, Christmas wouldn't officially begin without Fairytale of New York;
  • I remember the time David Bowie showed up at my house that snowy night...
  • I know I played two versions of Blue Christmas but I just really like Nicole Atkins' version too...


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

marion dress

If there was ever a dress made for me, I think this Marion dress might be it. And only $54!

Friday, December 11, 2009

thrush hermit tour??

And it's happening for realsies?!?!?!?! Yup, I'm excited! Thank you Santa!!!!

tea-infused hot chocolate?

Why didn't I think of this??? Popping a ginger tea bag into my famous homemade hot chocolate?? Delish...

*via The Kitchn*

white wonderland with jonathan adler

The Kitchn did a great post the other day featuring all lovely white kitchen gifts from Jonathan Adler. Talk about a post after my own heart! These are my faves:Bottle Stoppers: $18. Available in either Squirrel, Fish, Elephant or Bird. Honestly, so cute!!

Whale Pitcher: for $95. Big City Kelly showed me this not too long ago and I died. If I could pour my milk out of this every day, my day could only be great!

Napkin Rings: $18, available in Fish, Owl, Rabbit and Snail. Totally affordable and totally adorable.

Darjeeling Teapot: for $110. While it's undeniably adorable, I would never spend $110 on a teapot.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

hot Bunny Radio Playlist for December 10th


* denotes Canadian talent
italics denotes a new release

  • Bob Dylan -- Hurricane -- Desire
  • Emmylou Harris -- O Evangeline -- Stumble Into Grace
  • Jason Bajada -- Home's Still Your Bones -- Loveshit *
  • Fleet Foxes -- English House -- Sun Giant EP
  • Rilo Kiley -- Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C) -- Take Offs and Landings
  • Sunparlour Players -- O'Captain -- Wave North *
  • Romi Mayes -- Achin in Yer Bones -- Achin in Yer Bones *
  • Richard Buckner -- 4 AM -- Devotion + Doubt
  • Parkas -- Don't Say No -- You Should Have Killed Us When You Had The Chance *
  • Emiliana Torrini -- Today Has Been OK - Fisherman's Woman
  • Cuff The Duke -- Listen To Your Heart -- Way Down Here *
  • Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs -- Bottom Below -- Dirt Don't Hurt
  • Elliott Smith -- Tomorrow Tomorrow -- XO
  • Noah & the Whale -- Our Window -- The First Days of Spring
  • Ray Charles -- You Are My Sunshine -- The Very Best of Ray Charles
  • Violent Femmes -- Mother of a Girl -- 3
  • Hayden -- Did I Wake Up Beside You? -- In Field & Town *
  • The Secretaries -- Accident -- The Secretaries *
  • Big Star -- Feel -- #1 Record/Radio City (Remastered)
  • Nathan Lawr -- Bring Your Sting -- Secret Carpentry *
  • The Vinaigrettes -- Let's Forget the Past -- Atta Boy Girl *
  • Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard -- Low Life Kingdom -- One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Music From Kerouac's Big Sur
  • The Replacements -- Another Girl, Another Planet -- Nothing For All
  • Neko Case -- Duchess -- The Virginian
  • Quasi -- Beautiful Things -- Score! 20 Years of Merge Records
  • Les Savy Fav -- Precision Auto -- Score! 20 Years of Merge Records
  • The Shins -- Plenty is Never Enough -- Score! 20 Years of Merge Records
  • St.Vincent and The National -- Sleep All Summer -- Score! 20 Years of Merge Records

  • Yup started with some super classic Dylan -- no attempts to out-hip here tonight...
  • Emmylou, something about her just makes the whole world a better place;
  • Excellent idea I had to revisit this Jason Bajada record, this song in particular. I'd forgotten how much I liked it...
  • That Richard Buckner song -- so forlorn but so good...
  • This Hayden is making me remember his set at Hillside last year......goosebumpy!!!
  • Nathan Lawr fans -- his new stuff is killer!! Be ready!!
  • Sorry for ducking out early this week -- need to buy panty hose for Christmas party season!!!
  • Next week is our Hot Bunny Radio Christmas special -- what do you want to hear this year??????????

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

pretty coats

Hello beautiful Soia & Kyo coats currently on sale at Hautelook! Alas, I fear we cannot be together...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

hot Bunny Radio Playlist for December 3rd


* denotes Canadian talent
italics denotes a new release

  • The Super Friendz -- Star in One -- Slide Show *
  • The Dandy Warhols -- The Gospel -- Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
  • The Molestics -- Stay A Little Longer -- Manufacturing Hokum *
  • Shotgun & Jaybird -- Re:Tired -- Trying to Get Somewhere *
  • Devendra Banhart -- 16th & Valencia Roxy Music -- What Will Be
  • The Smiths -- Shoplifters of the World Unite -- Singles
  • Broken Social Scene -- It's All Gonna Break -- Broken Social Scene *
  • Pixies -- Letter to Memphis -- Trompe le Monde
  • Gram Parsons -- Return of the Grievous Angel -- Grievous Angel (VINYL)
  • Danny Michel -- Feather, Fur and Fin -- Feather, Fur and Fin *
  • Son Volt -- Picking Up The Signal -- Straightaways
  • Phoenix -- Listzomania -- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Elvis Costello -- Hurry Down Doomsday -- Extreme Honey
  • Feist -- Intuition -- The Reminder *
  • The Clash -- Know Your Rights -- Live: From Here to Eternity
  • Noah and the Whale -- I Have Nothing -- First Days of Spring
  • Calexico -- Fractured Air (Tornado Watch) -- Carried To Dust
  • The Constantines -- The Long Distance Four -- The Constantines *
  • Plumtree -- I Could Draw A Line -- This Day Won't Last At All *
  • Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson -- Relator -- Break Up
  • The Kinks -- Denmark Street -- Lola vs Powerman
  • Joel Plaskett -- Lazy Bones -- 3 *
  • Swell Season -- I Haved Loved You Wrong -- Strict Joy
  • Weeping Tile -- Dogs & Thunder -- eepee *
  • Rosie Flores & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts -- Halfway Home -- Girl of the Century
  • Camera Obscura -- The False Contender -- Let's Get Out of This Country

  • Wow, The Gospel might be the most perfect song for a slow snowy night like tonight;
  • Man that Devendra song is catchy with a capital CATCH!!
  • "My only weakness is well, never mind, never mind." Sigh........
  • Gram Parsons = more perfect snowy night music
  • Why can't every Grammy nominated record be great like the Phoenix record??
  • new Noah and the Whale = happy Tara
  • Too bad Americans, the Constantines belong to us.....
  • Sigh, Break Up is such a good record as a whole but MAN "Relator" is a great track...
  • "Dogs & Thunder" going out in memory of Ellie and Mina, 2 pretty great dogs....but man, this is a weepy song to listen to after your dog dies....

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

joan of arctic

After much searching, I think these Sorel Joan of Arctic ones are the boots of my dreams. Perfect for long bush walks with the dog, perfect for snowshoeing, and most of all perfect for keeping my toes toasty warm.

Dear Santa.....size 6 please....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

adopt an olive tree

I really like this idea -- adopt an olive tree in Italy and in the spring you get all the oil harvested from your tree!! So that's 2 litres of spring oil then you get 2 tins of infused oil in the fall. Now at $150, that's some pricey oil but man, I bet it's worth every penny!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

my mina

My Mina. Sometimes referred to as MinaMina or MinaBeena. She was equally fond of them all.

Recently the vet told us we had about a month or two with her before her heart gave out. As it turns out, we only had a few days. She died in my parents' arms this morning on her own time and in her own way.

It was so funny to watch the white fur slowly creep out from where it should be to envelop her whole head over the years.

Doing what she did best and loved the most - sleeping in the sun at someone's feet.

Mina in her younger days looking sweet.

This is the face of pure puppy joy.

In honour of the passing of "one of the greats" here is the story of Mina, the canine matriarch of my family.

In 1997, a friend of the family had a litter of Great Pyrenese cross puppies and my Mom and I went out to her farm to see the litter to maybe pick out one (at home we still had our elderly Bichon Frise). Well, we ended up coming home with two: Willow a precocious puppy with some of the most beautiful markings we'd ever seen, and Mina, this teeny black puppy with a white blaze and one blue eye and one brown eye that was so sweet and demure and wouldn't leave my Mom's side. My mom's mother had recently passed away at that time and we joked that maybe Mina was Jean reincarnated because she was so sweet to my mom.

These pics were taken the day we picked them out.

Willow turned out to be one of the smartest dogs I've ever known and therefore was also the puppy who got into the most trouble. Mina on the other hand, when Willow would inevitably do something wrong, she was the one who would come running to one of us as if proclaiming "Willow's doing something bad!! Not me though! I'm the good one!! I swear!" If Willow escaped from the backyard, we'd find Mina patiently sitting in the yard, ears down and tail wagging, even though she could have easily followed her sister. Mina -- the perpetual "good student." At age 5, Willow got suddenly very sick and passed away and Mina, after grieving her sister for weeks (she stopped eating and looked for Willow relentlessly) ramped up her characteristic sweetness and stayed that way her whole life, becoming the world's best family dog.

Mina and Willow -- never more than a few inches apart at all times.

You know how you can look at some dog's eyes and see the wheels turning in their heads? Or see that they're looking over your shoulder in case there might be a chipmunk? When Mina looked at you, you could literally see hearts flying out her eyes right at you. To say she just fully and completely loved her human family is likely the understatement of the century. And to say Mina was loved only like your standard family pet could very well be the biggest lie. Mina was as much a part of our family for the last 13 years as any of us. She came on many of our family vacations, she routinely made the rounds for sleepovers at my place and my brother's place and was a dog that took her role as loyal pet to a whole other level. She was mostly uninterested in toys, choosing instead to focus her attention on whoever was sharing the room with her - who could pet her, whose chest could she bury her head in, who might let her up on the couch next to them to snuggle, who could she follow up to bed, who could she tempt to join her on the floor for giant floor snuggles -- all things more appealing to her than any toy. She was definitely on sweetness patrol 100% of the time.

With Mina there were a few things guaranteed -- If you let her bury her head in your chest you would get knocked over at some point. If you sat her up on her haunches and put her feet on your shoulders, you were committing yourself to a good 10 minutes of Mina-rib-rubbing. If you were visiting my parents' house and you stuck your fingers through the mailslot in their front door, you would be greeted with a cold doggy nose and licked fingertips every time. That is likely the thing I will miss the most about Mina.

The puppies' favourite way to sleep - sprawled and taking up every inch of space.

For me, it turns out Mina became my cure for loneliness. A number of years ago I attempted a huge life change that ended disastrously and I ended up living back with my parents. On many occasions, in a moment of extreme self-wallowing, I'd look up to see Mina's face peering into my room from the other side of the glass door. I'd never hear her come down the stairs, she'd never bark at the door or scratch-- she'd just sit there, silently waiting for me to notice her and to let her in. About 5 years ago, Marc had to move to another city for work and I was living completely alone, without roommates, for the first time in my life. During that year he was gone, I stole Mina countless times to come and keep me company in my big empty apartment -- she'd cuddle with me on the couch and take up Marc's entire side of the bed, content to stay in bed in the morning until whenever you decided to get up. More recently, quite soon after Bailey passed away, Marc had to go out of town for work and I was still at that stage where the house felt too empty without Bailey and I hated being alone in the house and was having a hard time sleeping without the sound of a dog on the floor next to me. Enter Mina to spend the weekend with me so I wouldn't have to be alone. And it seemed during these times that she knew some extra cuddling was needed as she always just a little bit cuddlier than normal.

This affection was not one-sided though -- Mina should've thanked her lucky stars everyday she ended up with our family, especially considering many of her littermates ended up as sled dogs up in James Bay. Mina never went without any and all creature comforts. She slept on the bed, cuddled on the couch, had seats removed from the van so that she could have more room and be more comfortable, was covered in blankets at the first sign of chilly feet, got carpet pads on the hardwood stairs when they started to get too slippery for her old feet, got walked to the lake for a swim almost every day of her life, ate many a tablescrap, special trips were made to the store to get the kinds of biscuits she liked and we drove 15 minutes out of town to buy her the best dog food we could, on long car trips she travelled atop a mini-mattress of folded up quilts and pillows and most recently, all 80 pounds of her were carried up and down the stairs by my parents when she became too weak to do it herself.

Mina was the doggy matriarch of our family in every way - making sure we were all where we needed to be and that we were all happy, playing the role of a big furry pillow to all 4 of my nieces as they grew up around her.

Mina, forever tolerable of babies stepping on her toes and grabbing her head.

She played the role of ultra-cool older sister to Sadie's annoying kid sister routine (and despite being generally wary of Sadie's puppy exuberance still managed to teach her some things along the way - like how to take her food, kernel by kernel, out into the living room to eat it and how peeing in the lake is always better than peeing on the grass). And with Bailey, well watching the two of them together was not unlike watching an old married couple - sighing whenever one of them got to the sunspot first, shoving for the best spot at the food dish, gathering together to take their combined pharmacy of vitamins and medications and basically grumbling if one of them got too close to the other one and yet at the same time, they seemed to have this "old dog" bond that either one never had with any other dog. Hopefully they are together now, complaining about their collective aches and pains.

This is how Sadie spent most of her time around Mina. Just WAITING for any sign that maybe, just maybe, Mina wanted to play with her...

She was even one of my "doggy bridesmaids" at our wedding.

It was hard to look prettier than Mina that day.

I think we were all a little better taken care of and a lot more loved because we were lucky enough to pick Mina out of that litter that sunny day.

To say she will be missed doesn't seem like enough. It is more like our family will be forever missing one of its own.

So Mina, hope you find that trouble-making sister of yours up wherever you are, find your old-man boyfriend Bailey and our first puppy Taffy and you all just sit tight until we join you. Sadie will try and take care of the family for you...

Mina doing what she always did and probably is still doing, watching over us all.

Monday, November 23, 2009

dew drop necklace

Hello beautiful flowery Dew Drop delicate necklace.........

mixed tape cord holder

Now here's a gadget I can get behind. The Mixed Tape Cord Holder!! I am FOREVER untangling my earphone cords from whatever they may have wrapped themselves around in my purse. This allows you to leave out the amount of cord you want and wraps the rest safely inside the holder. And it's only $6!

Yes please!


This is Mina, the canine matriarch of our family. The vet has given her about a month before her heart gives out on her.

Maybe this will instead become one of those amazing stories where a dog lives forever?

Friday, November 20, 2009

olympic cozy

Normally I'm not down with any sort of Olympic gear but this year I gotta say -- I'm 100% on board with their super lamb's wool sweater. It's so Canadiana chic!!! I want it in a size too big for me so I can get all cozy and bundled in it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

musical math

Jack White - the man who pretty much owns this last decade of music PLUS Wanda Jackson - the woman who's proclaimed to be the first lady of Rockabilly EQUALS a musical project I'm dying to hear.

Hot Bunny Radio Playlist for November 19th

CKLU 96.7 FM

* denotes Canadian talent
italics denotes a new release

Our friend Dennis lost his sweet mom suddenly this past weekend. This is a show similar to the one I did when I lost my gramma. Sometimes sad music helps....
  • Johnny Cash -- Give My Love to Rose -- American IV: The Man Comes Around
  • Willie Nelson -- Can I Sleep in Your Arms? -- Red Headed Stranger
  • The Weakerthans -- Left and Leaving -- Left and Leaving *
  • Van Morrison -- Crazy Love -- Moondance
  • Rilo Kiley -- A Man/Then Me/Then Jim -- More Adventurous
  • Natalie Merchant -- Beloved Wife -- Live in Concert
  • Oh Susanna -- I'll Keep it With Mine -- Oh Susanna *
  • Neko Case -- South Tacoma Way -- Furnace Room Lullaby
  • Lucinda Williams -- Reason To Cry -- Essence
  • Leona Naess -- Ballerina -- Leona Naess
  • Neutral Milk Hotel -- April 8th -- On Avery Island
  • Joel Plaskett -- Unconditional Love -- Down at the Khyber *
  • She and Him -- Sentimental Heart -- Volume One
  • Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova -- Falling Slowly -- Once OSR
  • Jeff Buckley -- Last Goodbye -- Grace
  • Blur -- No Distance Left to Run -- 13
  • The Jayhawks -- Take Me With You When You Go -- Hollywood Town Hall
  • Hayden -- I Should've Been Watching You -- Skyscraper National Park *
  • Gillian Welch -- I Had A Real Good Mother and Father -- Soul Journey
  • Emmylou Harris -- All My Tears -- Wrecking Ball
  • Bright Eyes -- We are Nowhere and it's Now -- I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
  • Ben Harper -- Waiting on an Angel -- Welcome to the Cruel World
  • Cat Power -- Sea of Love -- The Covers Record
  • Elliott Smith -- Twilight -- From a Basement on the Hill
  • Ryan Adams -- Cry on Demand -- Demolition
  • Kate Maki -- Strangest Dream -- Confusion Unlimited *
  • Feist -- Lonely, Lonely -- Let It Die *
  • The Wooden Sky -- Angels -- If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone *
  • Bon Iver -- Re: Stacks -- For Emma, Forever Ago

  • All songs about Hurtin' and Healin' tonight;
  • Best parts of lonely indeed. Why is it so nice to relish in loneliness sometimes?
  • Van Morrison -- breaking and healing your heart all at the same time;
  • A song about a couple married longer than most people have been alive = super sad;
  • One of my favourite Bob Dylan covers courtesy of Oh Susanna;
  • Thanks to Neko Case for writing one of my all-time favourite ultra-sad songs. Sometimes I think it's entirely about me;
  • I think a boy made me practically wear out my copy of Essence. Stupid boys...
  • When Leona Naess sings the "please come back to me" line I'm incapable of not getting misty eyed....
  • Man have you ever looked at the lyrics for "April 8th" -- it's frigging crazy sad!!!!!!
  • "I hope you're with someone who makes you feel safe in your sleep." Ultimate sad break-up lyric. Swoon!
  • Remember in Juno when they play Sea of Love?? Such a sweet/super sad scene. Yup, I cried...
  • If I was Mandy Moore, I'd make Ryan Adams sing me "Cry on Demand" every single day or else DIVORCE!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Glad to see People magazine took my advice this year.


I love the idea of photobooths and camera rooms at weddings and will always wish I had one at mine. Anyway, here's a great one I saw over at The Flashdance today. Obviously given my current obsession with vintage oil paintings I think their camera room is fantastic but the wedding photos these guys have now are the tops.

Of course, I bet having Ron Howard show up to your wedding helps up the cool factor too...