Friday, May 27, 2011

I Love Making Stop-Time Videos

video
Music by Wilco - On and On and On

Please view full screen even though blogger doesn't upload in HD. It looks better that way.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

3-5-3

Touch & go
Out the door to learn
What you know

Trans CanEAUda



A very good friend of mine, Karine, has embarked on a journey that most outdoor enthusiasts would consider unfathomable. On April 30, 2011 at approximately 3:00PM EST, Karine and 5 of her close friends began a 7000 km canoe expedition that will take them from Ottawa North West to Inuvik in (hopefully) just under 6 months. WHY? You make ask… each one of the adventurers has their own personal reason for participating in such an epic feat of willpower and physical endurance, but as far as I can tell, it’s all about passion for activism and raising awareness about the importance of artic watershed conservation.


The group is encouraging donations and memberships to two non-for-profit organizations, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Ottawa Riverkeeper, which work towards cleaner and healthier watersheds.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dropping Everything

Dear Readers:

I'm participating in The Ottawa Regional Cancer Society's Underwear Affair to raise money & awareness for cancers below the waist (prostate, ovarian, bladder, etc.) I'm doing the 5K walk in memory of my very good friend Lauren's mom, Mary, who died of ovarian cancer and also for my Grandfather, Basil (pictured), who's late stage prostate cancer has spread to the bones in his back, severely limiting his mobility and quality of life.

Here's a fun YouTube video from last year's event.

And here's my personal Underwear Affair page where you can donate.

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cute Things

Blooming


My crazy orchid wants to grow another stem. It's not the right time of year, but I'll take it! Can you believe it, this plant has pushed out five stems with blooms in one calendar year. Incredible.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Delicious Way to Use Leftover Rice

I saw an article in the Spring 2011 issue of Ottawa Lifestyle magazine about gluten-free food. There was a recipe in there for Maple Walnut Rice Cakes (instead of pancakes) that I thought was brilliant! The recipe totes, "an unexpected and delicious way to use leftover rice."
So I thought I would share with you the way that I like to use leftover rice. It's not as "unexpected" as the Maple Walnut Rice Cakes but it's certainly delicious!

Genna's Vegan Leftover Rice Pudding
Ingredients:
- About 2 cups leftover rice
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- sprinkling of cardamom
- sprinkling of cinnamon
- raisins (optional)

Method:
- Combine rice, almond milk and sugar in a pot. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat. Add cardamom, cinnamon and raisins to taste.
- Remove from heat.
- Cover and let cool.

As with many things, this rice pudding tastes better the day after it's cooked. The cardamom flavour will really come out and the raisins will be plump!

Waste Not Want Not!

Let's Tauk Sofas

Meet Big Ben



Yes please.


A Montreal based company, Montauk Sofa's goal is to provide the most stylish, comfortable, fashionable sofas with no impact on the environment. They use closed-loop recycling which means that when you what to get rid of your Montauk, you call 'em up and - with their reclamation program - they reused every bit and piece they can to make something new.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Why I Love David Rakoff

A quote, admittedly removed from it's context, but awesome none the less, from Mr. David Rakoff in his book Don't Get Too Comfortable:

"If, for example, it came to light that the dangerously thin, affectless, value-deficient, higher-aspiration-free, amateur porn hauteuse, Paris Hilton was actually a covert agent from some secret Taliban madrasa whose mission is was to portray the ultimate capitalist whore puppet of a doomed society with nothing more on its mind than servitude to maman and celebrity at any cost, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised."

The Tailban reference seems timely, as - I'm sure you know - Mr. Osama bin Ladin's death was widely publicized in the media today.

Mr. Rakoff writes in this way that when he gets going, his ideas and sentences become so complex that you must listen to them multiple times before getting that lovely, "ah ha!" moment when you fully grasp his idea. I realize that Mr. Rakoff is, in fact an author, but I write the verb "listen" instead of "read" since most of his material I have been exposed to has been on NPR's This American Life, a favourite radio show of mine, hosted by the lovely Mr. Ira Glass. I also have a propensity for audiobooks, since I enjoy multitasking. Reading a paper bound book while knitting is extremely challenge, I'm not sure if you know how much so. And the solution is audiobooks and brilliant public radio. This is why I love David Rakoff.


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