Saturday, February 12, 2011


One of my most favourite movies of all time is Before Sunrise and tonight it was on TVO (as will be the sequel Before Sunset, also amazing, in a few minutes). I just watched Before Sunrise for the umpteenth time and was reminded again of one of my most favourite scenes in a movie. Of course, a quick search on YouTube and there it is...

In case you haven't seen this movie (btw: if that's the case you need to fix that immediately), in this scene Celine & Jesse just met a few hours ago and now they're in a listening booth in a record store in Vienna. They're clearly both smitten with each other and yet are too shy to let the other one catch them stealing glances. It's like a dance, so perfectly words but so powerfully sweet.

As an aside, this movie is from 1995. I remember seeing it in a theatre when it came out. I feel so old right now.

Happy Valentine's Day, should you be choosing to celebrate.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Project 365: days 4-10

The challenge to take a photo a day for the whole year continues. And I have to say I've been quite pleased with the fact that I've been able to capture some images that ordinarily I would have missed out on, simply because I'm carrying my camera everywhere I go. (See days 7 & 10 in particular)

DAY 4/365
Taking a pretty shortcut after a trip to the dentist.

Finally seeing the sun after what feels like months. I barely remember what the sky looks like when it's tinted blue!

On a whim, I bought a box of chocolate cake mix & a can of cream cheese icing while on my regular grocery run. Because it's always a good day for cupcakes.

Oh gosh...this was the first day when I was so thrilled that I was taking my camera EVERYWHERE I went, even to work. We just got a fresh bit of sticky snow overnight and as I walked into work, I saw that some students had done this bit of snow grafitti on the side of the school.

Mmmm...comfort food for dinner. (Miso soup with carrots, bok choy, and puffy tofu.)

Just a great-looking (to me) storefront in the city. The wood on the front of this place is really nice. Also, decided to experiment with B&W just to mix things up a bit.

This afternoon I came home to find Ziggy, my neighbour's kitty, hanging out on our steps. He's so friendly! I see him all the time but was so happy I had my camera so I could get a picture of him. He's apparently a bit camera-shy though...kept moving everytime I tried to get a picture. This was the best I got...

Again, you can click through to my flickr set to see all of the photos lined up together.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Happy new year!

Happy new year, friends! Hope all who celebrate December holidays had a lovely time with friends and family.

Have you made any new years' resolutions? Do you do that sort of thing? I usually don't but this year I've made a few. Mostly boring stuff like decluttering and getting my life more organized at home. I know, yawn, right?

But I've also started a little project for the year! I've jumped onto the "picture a day/365 project" bandwagon. This means I'll be taking a picture a day for the whole darn year or whenever I decide this project is far too tedious to continue. Today is Day 3 and I'm going strong. Here's what I've got so far.....

Day 1/365
I started 2011 by painting my nails on New Year's Day. Base coat of black and then a couple of coats of a deep, dark red (Revlon's Vixen) on top. Makes me feel dangerous and a bit like an Olsen twin.

A blurry but sweet picture of Noah taken at the dinner table. He has perfected the art of looking adorable in hopes of getting a few table scraps. It worked. He got some brocolli.

Made the yummiest stew tonight from a recipe found on the Gluttonous Vegan blog. I had to sub in rapini instead of nappa cabbage or kale because it's slim pickin's in the green aisle of the grocery store the last few days. I think it's because there's a big recall on kale and other veggies because of salmonella. This was super yummy but rapini has a bit of a strong taste for this dish. Will definitely make it again but next time with kale (minus the salmonella).

Is anyone else taking part in the 365 challenge? Leave a comment with a link so I can check out your pictures!

PS. If you're interested, I've created a set for all of my daily pictures over on my flickr.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shop sale!

Are you struggling to finish up your holiday shopping? Here's a little incentive for you. Everything in my Ratgirl shop is 20% off right now. Just enter coupon code RATGIRL20 at check-out.

Happy shopping!

Monday, September 13, 2010

There is a pony in the Apple store.

I'm dedicating this post to my brother-in-law, Deutsch. Deutsch collects Apple products and mesmerizes family and friends with them, most recently the Ipad.

Deutsch, would you notice if there was a pony in the Apple store?

This is a bit of a lengthy blog post, but so's totally worth reading to the end!

That photo up there was borrowed from Frank Chimero and I found it via the Hello Adorable blog.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

books and more books

For those of you who know me in real life or if you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know that last year I got the most awesome job in the world...teacher-librarian in an elementary school. I can't even tell you how great it is to be surrounded by books all morning and to see kids genuinely excited about books. Yeah, it's pretty great.

I had the good fortune of stumbling upon the loveliest blog this morning. It's called Bookshelf Porn and the name is just so fitting! Please, do yourself a favour and go browse through their archives. You won't be disappointed. So much booky awesomeness awaits you there. Like pretty shelves arranged by colour.

And rooms you'd want to spend a rainy afternoon in.

How could anyone want to buy an e-reader after seeing a beautiful website like this?

(all images from

Friday, August 20, 2010

current obsessions

There's only a couple of things I'm currently obsessed with but I'm crushing on them hard.

#1: The most beautiful handmade bags by Dazzling Lanna

Seriously, I want every single thing in her Etsy shop.

#2: The farmers' market
at the farmers' market
There is nothing like fresh, local fruits and veggies from one of the 3 awesome farmers' markets in our neighbourhood. I've started giving myself an "allowance" before I go, otherwise I'll end up spending way too much and buying one of everything. Current favourites: peaches, raspberries, and zucchini.

#3: Versus
Last Friday, Paul's band Soft Copy opened for Versus and Polvo at Lee's Palace. Late Fri afternoon Paul got a call from Richard Baluyut of Versus asking if he'd fill in on drums for them that night because their drummer had to go back to New York to be with his wife who was having a baby. Despite the short notice and no practice, he agreed to do it. I should mention that Versus is one of Paul's all-time favourite bands so this was quite a thrill. Anyhow, I was blown away by how well he did! I've been listening to the Versus album "The Stars are Insane" ever since.

Searching around for Versus videos on YouTube led me to find that someone actually recorded the show at Lee's! So here's Paul playing one of my favourite Versus songs "River". I remember thinking how he absolutely killed this song when I was watching it live and now watching it back again, I am even more impressed! Best part....around 3 min 43 when the drums really kick in again and all the rolls and cymbals are out-of-control! And if you look closely, right at the end of the song it looks like Fontaine (bass player) nods to Paul as if to say, "nicely done!". Hee! I'm so proud! Exclaim magazine and Chromewaves blog both said he did an amazing job filling in. He even got to go to Montreal the next day to play with them for that show too!