I started tracking the books I’m reading on GoodReads this year and it made a nice summary of the 18 books I read (i.e. surpassing my goal of 15 books), so I just stole screenshots from that report. #Efficiency
The above list includes:
- 4 books that I read for one of the courses that I taught
- 5 books that I read for my book club
- 1 book that I read for work
- 8 non-fiction books that I read out of interest
Wow, I just realized there isn’t a single fiction book on that list that I just chose to read myself. Good thing for my book club or I wouldn’t have read any fiction at all!
Here’s a summary, by month, of the items that I completed from my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, during 2015:
||58. Ski at Whistler
66. Take the Peak to Peak gondola in Whistler
||27. Update my address on every account I have by the time my mail forwarding ends
||28. Update my budget to reflect my new financial situation
||64. Go on a Paddle Wheeler cruise down the Fraser River
||89. Increase the amount of money I loan out via Kiva by 100%
93. Get a book chapter published
46. Go to Nova Scotia
||56. Go to Bowen Island
69. Create a balcony herb garden
86 Decorate a cake in a creative and awesome way
||91. Paint something worth hanging on my wall
||4. Create a computer simulation model.
92. Get a journal article published
38. Write a will
One of my goals for 2015 was to “make 15 new food or drink items that I’ve never made before”. And I managed to blow this one out of the water, with 19 new food items!
As you can see from the above list, I started the year off strong by making a new item on New Year’s Day, and then 6 new items on Jan 12 (for my birthday party). I also owe several of these items to the fact that my friend Amy and I started home brewing beer and our first batch was rather undercarbonated so I found some recipes that used beer as an ingredient to use up the under carbonated beer. And just as I typed that I realized that I forgot to include all the beer I made on this list, as they are totally drink items that I’ve never made before!! They are:
- winter ale
- blonde ale
So that’s 23 new items I made this year! Go me!
Spent the day driving to Ottawa with my family, as we are going to a friend’s wedding tomorrow night. The invitation says it’s a fancy-schmancy attire sort of occasion, so I’ve got a fancy dress, impractically tall shoes, and even some full length gloves for the occasion. My friends Sarah and Dave and their crew will also be in attendance, so it will be nice to ring in the new year with them. My niece baked the wedding cakes and I hear there’s a late night pierogie bar! Rock on!
So today my sister and I went to the spa for pedicures because we are going to my sister’s best friend’s wedding on New Year’s Eve and I needed to have toenails that match my fancy dress. We may also have consumed some wine while we had our fancy pedicures. #RoughLife
When I was in Ireland, I bought myself a Connemara marble ring, which I love and wear most days. One day back in August, I looked down at my ring and noticed that a chunk of the marble was missing:
I knew I’d bought it at the Connemara Marble store that we’d stopped at on our bus tour, so I Googled “Connemara Marble” and sent an email to the email address I’d found on connemaramarble.com. And then I received a terse email saying that it wasn’t one of their rings and I should contact the store where I bought the ring. Which confused me, because I was *sure* I’d bought the ring at a store called “Connemara Marble” and so I was trying to email the store where I’d bought it! Turns out that connemaramarble.com is actually a website for a company that’s not called Connemara Marble at all (but they sell some stuff made with Connemara marble).
After some detective work, including searching through the photos we’d all taken, my Mom was able to find the place I bought it, which is called the “Connemara Marble Visitor Centre” and has the URL http://connemaramarble.ie/. So I emailed those guys and they were super friendly and said “Mail it to us and we’ll fix it for free and send it right back to you!” And they did:
Thanks Connemara Marble Visitor Centre!
Remember that time I did a Paint Nite with Cath? Well, I also did a paint night with my friend Amy way back in the old timely days of October! Here’s the painting we were trying to paint – a heron sitting on a hill:
My hero turned out to look more like a duck, but I’m OK with a duck on a hill:
I don’t really love my clouds, but overall I’m happy enough with the painting that I’ll hang it up (once I figure out which wall I want to hang it on!)
Amy was unhappy with her initial attempt at the heron, so she painted over it making the hill bigger and did another heron!
And here are Amy and I with our masterpieces!
OK, this was from a while ago, but I found it amusing, so I took screenshots with the intent to blog about them and then got too busy to blog anything for months. To put this in perspective, back in October, the World Health Organization (WHO) caused a stir when they published a monograph linking processed and red meat to cancer. The media, as they often do, oversimplified what the report actually said and people went into a frenzy saying things like “meat is as bad as smoking” and then other people tried to explain what the evidence actually meant (which definitely is not that meat is as bad as smoking when it comes to cancer). If you are interested in reading a long and detailed description of all of this, check out this posting on Neurologica. But for a short (and even shorter version), check out these two postings which appeared back-to-back in my Facebook feed. The first one is in two screen shots, because it was pretty long (for a Facebook posting):
Which was then followed immediately by this one, which made me laugh:
OK, one last thing about race medals. A blog reader who knows of my love of race medals directed me to this Pinterest page of awesome race medals! If you love race medals, you should check it out!