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Life List Update

The latest items I’ve been able to cross off include watching a lunar eclipse (Dec.) and watching a meteor shower (Aug.). In just 2 recipes, I’ll be able to cross off “cook all recipes on a cookbook”. We’re planning to go to Vegas for New Year’s so in a few days, I’ll also be able to cross off: Visit Las Vegas, Gamble in Las Vegas and Spend New Year’s Away From Home. 🙂

I’ve also made a couple of additions. I added See the Rocky Mountains and See the desert to the travel items. I’ll probably make some more adjustments seeing as it’s the end of the year.

And on a similar note, here are some great quotes about living life to the fullest:

  • “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
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Views from a LOST newbie

So I decided to buy season 1 of LOST to see what all the fuss was about. I had never previously watched an episode, assuming it was a commercial version of Survivor. After watching season 1 and LOVING it, my husband ended up getting me seasons 2, 3 and 4 for Christmas. I’m obsessed with the show and am already done watching all the seasons that I had. I need to go buy seasons 5 and 6. Need to know what happened to the Oceanic 6, and Locke (swoon…is he really dead??), and Jin (is he alive??), and the rest of the gang (are they still on the island?), and Miles/Charlotte (what’s up with them?), and Claire (has she lost her marbles?), and most importantly IS THE ISLAND STILL THERE???

So I started watching and I have to say, I still have moments where just as soon as I feel like I know what’s happening, I’m thinking to myself “What the hell is going on”?? It’s awesome. No show has ever thrown me off so utterly and completely. It’s fabulous.

Why have I waited this long?

When the final series-ender aired, although I never watched the show, you couldn’t help but hear both sides – there were people who loved the ending and people who hated it. I figured I’d watch it and make up my own mind when the time comes.

In the meantime…

I heart John Locke. It’s probably the shaved head but he’s such a calm, confident and insightful character. He’s my favourite. Hopefully he’s not really dead…which is how season 4 ended…

Jack is getting on my nerves with his control issues and jealousy. Get over it, doctor. Locke owns the island now. Shoo.

Like:

  • Sawyer’s sarcasm
  • Sayid’s abilities (anyone who can kill someone with his two legs is awesome)
  • Jin and Sun rekindling their love/marriage
  • Claire (I just really like her accent – she’s a bit of a space cadet)
  • Rose (tells it like it is – you go girl)
  • Desmond (solid and trustworthy albeit somewhat emotional)
  • Miles (freaky I-see-dead-people powers)
  • Hurley: Always good for a laugh and breath-of-fresh-air look at things
  • Daniel: Funny guy from the freighter who wants to do good.

Dislike:

  • Michael – traitor – enough said
  • Ben (wacko although you gotta respect his manipulation skills)
  • Bernard (too wishy washy for me)
  • Kate: Stringing along two guys is never cool
  • Charlotte: Witch
  • Ana Lucia: She just kept yelling.
  • Juliet: Sigh. The woe-is-me is getting old.

That’s it for now. I’ll post an update once I finish seasons 5 and 6.

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For lunch today, I made Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette from Ina Garten’s Back to Basics cookbook, another recipe in my cooking challenge.

It turned out great! Enjoyed with a glass of apple juice. The squash had a hint of maple, the walnuts provided the crunch, the cranberries provided the tart, the vinaigrette was very flavourful. Nice and festive salad, warm and comforting on a cold day.

 

6 recipes to go. Although honestly, I’m finding some of the last few tough to get excited about.  I’ll definitely make a couple of them (red below). But for the rest, I just may let myself off the hook.

  • Chilled Cucumber Soup with Shrimp (not a fan of cold/cool soups…)
  • Homemade Chicken Stock (I’ve always wanted to make my own stock so I’ll definitely be making this)
  • Lobster Corn Chowder (lobster now out of season so would have to wait until next year to do this one)
  • Roasted Turkey Roulade (on the fence with this one – ingredients look good but I’m not a stuffing fan)
  • Baked Blintzes with Fresh Blueberry Sauce (neither my husband nor I find this one particularly appealing)
  • Tri-Berry Oven Pancakes (these look good – will be making these)


So there it is. I’m letting myself *not make* a few recipes. I’ll focus on getting the last two red ones done. This brings the current total to 88 of 90 done (well, done or removed from the list :)).

2 to go!

What will I do next?!?

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When the end of the year draws near I look back over the past year. Similarly, it’s also a time to look ahead and make plans for the year to come. In my last post, I highlighted the things and events that made 2010 special. Below are some of the things that will likely make 2011 memorable:

  • In Apri l2011. we’re hoping to go on a cruise with any family and friends who want to go. The more the merrier!
  • Spend New Year’s in Vegas and start off 2011 with a bang!
  • Have more friends and family over for visits.
  • Attend more wine festivals.
  • More shopping trips and girls’ weekends.
  • At least one visit back to Montreal for Zach’s baptism and other family events.
  • Finish my cooking challenge and finally cook the last few recipes.
  • Visit the Harry Potter theme park at Universal in Florida.
  • Enjoy another hot summer by the pool.
  • Grow more vegetables.

Looking forward to another great year!

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Now that Christmas is here and the new year is fast approaching, I like to think back over the past year and remember some of the big events or special times that occurred. We had quite a few highlights over the past year which I’ve already mentioned on this blog. Several were items on my “Life List” and they turned out to be very memorable experiences:

  • Wine-related tours and activities:  Wine & Chocolate festival in February, Wine & Herb festival in May (day 1 and day 2), Niagara New Vintage festival in June, Wine Festival in September, Tate the Season festival in November, Wine Tasting Challenge (and practicing for it) in November. Terroir Trek dinner at Peller. We also went on our own visits with friends from time to time. We’re still members of the Wine of the Month club too. 🙂
  • Watched the Perseids meteor shower in August and the Lunar eclipse in December: two space-related life list items.
  • After a couple of false starts, I finally listened to my first Audiobook (The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown).
  • Took one of the best cruises we ever went on (Carnival Victory):
    • Day 1 arrival in San Juan
    • Day 2 in St. Thomas at Magen’s Bay
    • Day 3 in Dominica (where we saw the dead guy fished out of the water onto a volcanic sand beach)
    • The Segway Tour on Day 4 in Barbados
    • The gorgeous secluded beach in St. Lucia on Day 5
    • Ziplining in the rainforest in St. Kitts on Day 6
    • Yacht-racing in St. Maarten on Day 7
  • I successfully grew my own vegetables from seeds (red cherry tomatoes, yellow cherry tomatoes)
  • Visits back to Montreal to visit friends and family.
  • Adventures: Getting to know Toronto and its surrounding areas:
  • Lots of visits from friends and family who came to stay with us in TO:
  • A sports-related life list item: Archery!
  • I also did a ton of cooking this past year. I’m still cooking my way through Ina Garten’s Back to Basics cookbook – just a handful of recipes to go. I tried lots of new recipes and even created a few of my own. I also took a knife skills class.
  • We went to see the Nutcracker ballet for the first time since moving to TO.

Here’s to celebrating a great 2010. We lived, we laughed, we conquered!

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It always makes me smile when I see an unexpected surprise or touch of festive whimsy in the everyday things during the holidays.

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Turkey sandwiches.

Turkey noodle soup.

A reheated dinner with all of the same fixings as the main event.

Leftover dessert for breakfast.

Snacking on candy received in Christmas stockings.

Almost everyone has leftovers after a “big event meal” and as much as the main meal is fun, with everyone there to partake in the festivities, it’s always fun to dig in the next day and enjoy it all over again, dressed in your PJs and plopped on the couch in front of the TV. No fancy dishes or silverware. And it still tastes as good. 🙂

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