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Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Big Forgive

As I look back on a blessed 2011 and look forward to all the opportunity that awaits me in 2012, I have decided to end the year by shedding a bit of baggage.  I am preparing myself to forgive a BURNING injustice that was inflicted upon me...by my best friend.

 Here we are getting ready to walk 60K in a quest to combat breast cancer.  Don't we look so happy?

If you know my bestie, you probably recognize this cute, adventurous face. This boy who can eat 10,000 calories and never gain a pound. This fun loving fellow who always makes you laugh and even lets you laugh at him.

He is always challenging himself physically.  Here he is cycling from Toronto to Montreal in support of the Friends for Life Bike Rally.  Look at him waving to the camera.  Such a dogooder right?

Bestie is an artist and a creative caring soul drawn to colour and emotion and all forms of expression.  Despite all of this we do have a fiery blemish upon our relationship. A dark time. A time of hurt and pain. A time that I am finally ready to forgive.

Let me set the scene...take a look at my bestie below.  Only a face like this could have inflicted such evil on...ME!

It was 1997.  My last year as a teen.  My first year as a university student.  I was home for the Christmas holidays and so happy to be spending time with my friends and family.  Shafik and I went to mosque one Saturday evening and then proceeded to one of our favourite 90's hangouts, the Movenpick Marche.  We used to go there for the free parking and for $10 we could get a four cheese wood oven baked pizza and a tasty plate of shoe string fries!  We could also linger there as long as we liked.  It was the perfect place for students on a budget.

This particular night, I had a craving for ice cream.  As I returned to the table with my scoop of white chocolate chip ice cream, bestie started talking about how yummy his mint ice cream was.  I remember him saying, "Look how creamy it looks and how bright green it is. It's sooooo minty.  Do you want to try a bite?"  I looked trustingly into his bright, big, beautiful brown eyes and said, "Sure!"  Bestie spoon fed me a bite of his alleged mint ice cream with a huge grin.  I accepted with a smile anticipating a cool minty treat!

AND THEN...FIRE!  HOT! THE SWEATS! TEARS DOWN MY FACE!

This, friends, is how I was introduced to wasabi!  Not mint ice cream!  I looked over at bestie and he was roaring with laughter.  I really don't remember much after that. Somehow the night ended on a good note.  I think, like the heat in my nostrils, I rose above it and succumbed to being punked although my eyes still kind of water when I think about that time.

Shafik, Zohra and I had sushi for lunch yesterday and the bright green wasabi on our plates brought this memory back.  Shafik confessed that he went on a bit of a crime spree and I was not the only person he did this too.  Funny enough, every other victim he mentioned still remains close to him to this day.  I told bestie that I would forgive him and let it go.  So here's to you Shafik!  Now that I've let the rest of the world know about your evil ways, I'd like to thank you for a terrific 2011!  Thank you for the memories, the road trips, the soul chats and hugs.  Looking forward to all we have planned for 2012!  I love you!

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 30, 2011

An Everyday Celebrity

People like this make me feel so good about the world and the hands that it is in...all of ours.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Useful Things To Know...Really!

Here are some pretty cool tips to make your day a little easier.  I love this kind of stuff!  Now I can't take credit for any of these ideas.  I got them through an email forward from my co-worker and had to share. (I guess this is my way of forwarding that same email!)

In the kitchen

Make breakfast in bed a little spicier with this amazing heart shaped egg tutorial. Love this!
 
Hull your strawberries using a straw. 
I love the way they end up looking plump, fresh and ready to devour.

Stop cut apples from browning by keeping them together with a clean rubber band.

Turn your muffin pan upside down and use cookie dough to create dessert bowls for ice cream, pudding or fruit. So fun!


Bake cupcakes into an ice cream cone.  How fun would these be? 

  Around and about

Search for lost earrings and small treasures by placing a pair of your stockings over the vacuum cleaner tube.

Amplify your tunes by placing your iPhone or iPod into a round bowl.

Storage and organization

Use some wire to store wrapping paper on the closet ceiling. 
An eye catching, easy solution that allows you to take a quick visual inventory too.

Use magnetic strips on the back of your vanity door to keep track of things like bobby pins, tweezers and nail clippers.

Use bread tags to label computer cords!

I only use fitted sheets and love using this technique to keep them folded in a neat and tidy way.

 Tuck your bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Brilliant!

I have lots of trips planned for 2012 and I always take too many  enough shoes when I pack.  Storing them inside of a shower cap is a great way to protect your clothes from any of the dirt you might have picked up along the way.

TGIF Friends!  Safe travels to those of you heading out to visit friends and family over the holidays.  Wishing you a peaceful season wherever you may be.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Great Minds!

One of my favourite things about work is my colleague Donna.  When I think about my relationship with Donna, I am reminded that no matter how different or at odds we are as human beings, there is something that connects every single one of us to each other.

Donna and I could not be more different. She's 905 and I'm 416. We are generation apart in age. Our upbringings are vastly different.  I just celebrated my grandma's 90th and she recently celebrated her momma's 90th. I greet her in the morning with a "Hello!" She says with a flair, "Hey Girl!"

Today I was pleasantly reminded that Donna and I have a lot in common.  We exchanged Christmas gifts today and wouldn't you know it, we got each the same gift.  Great minds think alike!

 
Lucky for me great minds also think together.  I am so lucky to have a great team member in Donna!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Why Today Rocks...

Ever go to bed with sore cheeks?  Sore from smiling?  That's me tonight and here's why...

I caught a new subway train on the way to work...

Played and won two games of Spider.  Anyone else playing this addictive game?

Stopped and listened to my favourtie subway musician Ronny on the way to work.

Giggling at my boss' ridiculously big umbrella-ella-ella...

Christmas crackers with paper hats and cheesy jokes shared with cheerful co-workers.(Cheesy jokes like, "Why did the chicken say baa, oink, moo and bow-wow? He was studying foreign languages.

Discovering hidden talents. My co-worker has a fascinating way of putting milk into her coffee.  Fascinating.

Funny signage on the way into a comedy show.

All this before the stand up even started!  Thankful for a terrific day!

Mom's Spinach and Potatos


Another delicious recipe from my Mom.  Perfect for the vegetarian in your life...or in the mirror.

In a saucepan add:
1tbsp of oil
2 300g packs of spinach
2 potatos, skinned, cut up and diced
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of tumeric
 1 1/2 tsp of dhanna jeeru (coriander and cumin mix)
1 tsp of giner and garlic
1/4 tsp of green chili (optional)

Stir it up and then add:
3 tbsp tomoto paste
1/3 cup dried onions
1/2 cup of water

Cover and leave on low heat for 20 minutes and then YUM!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Meditation for your Monday

"How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment
to improve the world."
Anne Frank


In 1985, the United Nations declared December 5th to be 
International Volunteer Day. 
Thanking every single one of you who makes your community a better place to live with your gifts of time and love.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY!