“Freedom 55”

Today I’m joining my boyfriend’s family in celebrating his mom’s “Freedom 55” birthday. Deb is a mother of three and grandmother of two, who has embraced her daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and me as part of her family. In some ways, I’m a lot like her: we love to hear people’s stories,  we love Grey’s Anatomy, we […]

Stream of Consciousness…

(I stole this idea from the fabulous Pioneer Woman, I confess!)


1. I am procrastinating from studying for tomorrow’s Research Methods exam (paradigms and signs and rhetoric, oh my!).

2. I just had a lovely homemade London Fog. Have you discovered the London Fog, aka Earl Grey tea latte? Ideally, you should have vanilla syrup (I get mine from Starbucks at about $10 a bottle). You steep earl grey tea with vanilla syrup for a few minutes, while you steam/froth/heat up some milk. The BEST way is, of course, to steam it, but warm milk will work in a pinch. Portion it so you’ve got no more than half a mug of strong tea, if not more like 1/3 of a cup, then pour the warm milk on top. Leave the bag in for more lovely spicy earl grey flavour!

3. Tea is an invaluable study aid. My friend and co-student Erin agrees that there’s just something about holding something warm that can keep you going!

4. I’m listening to Josh Groban sing in Italian at the moment. No, I’m not a huge fan, but I do enjoy some of his stuff. And I may have performed You Raise Me Up in public.

5. The new Apple OS 5 is downloading to my iPhone 4 as I type. 34 minutes and counting. I’m so excited to try out iMessage and iCloud and the new notification and camera options. But I’m also a bit apprehensive, ’cause when Johnathan (my boyfriend) updated his 3GS to OS 4 way back when, things didn’t go so well. I hope none of you have horror stories about OS 5!

6. I’m trying to clean my oven without oven cleaner tonight. I found a method that just uses baking soda and water. I wouldn’t have gone chemical-free if I had had any Easy Off, but alas! More time and “elbow grease”, as my mom used to say, for me!

7. I use exclamation points way too much.

8. This year, I have put a significant amount of thought into what I want to dress up as for Hallowe’en. Hallowe’en is a relatively new holiday for me: my family didn’t celebrate it when I was growing up because of its association with evil. Yup, really. We didn’t dress up and we didn’t give out candy and we didn’t collect candy. I still don’t collect candy, at least, not door-to-door, but I got to give it out for the first time last year! And I’m hoping my costume idea works out, is cool and not too slutty, and that Hallowe’en isn’t too cold of a day! Oh, and that I actually have a place to go where I might need a costume.

Hallowe'en 2010: Cow and Cowgirl. Yup, we're adorable.

9. I wish I had the time to make my own bread. From scratch. Sigh. Someday.

10. Actually, I really wish I had more time in my life for domesticity, period. Seriously. I wish I had people to cook and clean for! I dream of it. Third-wave Canadian feminist, not so much. Haha!

11. Even though I have apples, applesauce, and apple crisp in my fridge, I bought more apples today. I just can’t help it! I love it that they’re so fresh and juicy and delicious… and that they’re in season and so they’re cheaper than usual. And, again, I am excited about cooking and baking!

12. Spaghetti squash is a truly marvellous thing.

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti


14. If my boyfriend saw me procrastinating like this, he would certainly say, “That doesn’t look like studying!” And I would say, “Oh hello, Mr. Broken Record!” And he would reply, “Hi, Ms. Repeat Offender.” Yup, it happens a lot. But procrastination works for me. Usually. And keeping this blog up to date is important for my soul. And my career. So there.

15. I recently wrote about NATO’s involvement in Libya and why it hasn’t become involved in Syria for my faculty’s student publication, the mitZine. The print version is on stands this week, and as soon as the digital version gets released, you’ll see something new in my portfolio! Stay tuned…

16. Okay, it’s 11:36 and I should really get back to tropes and critical discourse analysis.

Ciao for now.

Countdown Calendar

On March 1st, my man went to Thailand. Alone. With a backpack. For three months.

Since we met, we had virtually been in constant contact via text message, and the longest we had been apart was for a week this past January.

When Johnathan told me about his plan to go away, I knew he had to. I also knew I’d miss him like crazy. But I have already done a lot of traveling and I understood that he simply had to go and see the world. He needed to have his chance.

After long months of planning, he left two weeks ago tomorrow. He’s been to Bangkok and Kuala Lampur and has seen some amazing things, with so much left to see and do!

Meanwhile, my life goes on as usual. Well, yeah, I’m seeing some people I normally don’t get the time to, and staying up way too late and “reading” books on tape, but I didn’t realize the degree to which I haven’t been on my own in almost a year and a half. My apartment is so empty without Johnathan laying on the couch telling me to get back to my studying!

I’m lonely. Perhaps it’s especially hard considering how much grief I’ve gone through over the past few years. So, I’m in a bit of a distraction mission, filling my days and weeks to the brim.

But when I come home and everything’s so quiet and no one “sees” me quite the same way he does, I needed something tangible, something fun to mark the time.

So I made a countdown calendar and hung it on the wall of my bedroom, and now I look forward to crossing off the days and weighing my accomplishment of getting through three months alone.

I can do it!