Thursday, September 18, 2014


we are going to be glued to the tv tonight watching scottish referendum results roll in. 

if you'd also like to see the possible end of the united kingdom and the birth of a new scotland (who can tell right now! it's too close to call at the time of writing!) the guardian is live blogging. additionally, sky news has a live feed. there is also this.

i'll be posting our "scottish" dinner later on tonight. what will it be? ah, not haggis. no. nope. no way.

edit:  ha, no. i *won't* be posting our dinner because, goddamn, we are still sick. guess those scotch eggs are just gonna' have to hang out in the fridge for another day or so.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

odds and ends before a proper post

i did a bunch of prep work yesterday for an upcoming post. 

and while that's all well and good, i'm more excited about this new pan.

we'd been trying to hold off on getting new, desperately needed kitchen kit until after we moved but, wow, our old pans were dead. i'm not complaining though! i've never had a stainless pan of my own before! it's so shiny and light!

still, priorities. 

season 2 of "sleepy hollow" premieres MONDAY!

Monday, September 15, 2014

i dunno, some things

i'm sick. again. who is surprised by this? yeah, exactly no one. and, of course, this cold arrived right when i've got four projects gearing up. (you will probably see three of them.)

these leeks will be involved in one of the projects. THEY ARE HUGE

also involved will be this mace which i will fucking use on the next person who gives me another cold.

no time for books, movies, shows today. sorry. this week i'm busy watching the scottish referendum and the alibaba ipo. i'll probably resurface around thursday. see you then!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

annual media blackout

saw my first terrorversary article of the year today. you know what that means. uh huh, media blackout until this thing blows over. 

if you need to get in touch and know me irl, text me. otherwise, i'll be with clouseau, hanging out, slightly out of focus

reading a stack of books, drinking navy strength gin and bemoaning the fact that there's no pret in vancouver. see you next week!

Monday, September 08, 2014

truth in advertising and bleggs

last week was surprisingly relaxing. it made a welcome change from the pressure cooker of anxiety and stress that has been the norm this year. i was able to laugh at things again. 

in fact, i couldn't stop laughing at this new, perky and...stupid...way of looking grapes.

grape juice you can eat?! you don't say!

plus the spectacular failure of an egg recipe that i found online was oddly cheering. i won't link you since it was such a horrible result but, yeah, i started with these

boiled them in this with some other stuff added

and ended up with this.

they looked right but leff couldn't even swallow the tiniest bite. that is saying something as leff is quite adventurous when it comes to food. 

he is going to need his iron stomach in the coming month as i have a LOT of weird things i'm making. (results should be posted at the beginning of october. any cock ups i'll post as they happen in the spirit of honesty and transparency. i fuck up just as much as everyone else!)

right, back to waiting. one thing that i won't be able to ever talk about in public is being decided today and, while it doesn't involve me directly, it has been quite nerve-wracking. any well wishes appreciated!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

40 things for leff and a couple of books i liked

leff's got a big bday coming up next month. since it only happens once in a lifetime (fuck forbid if landmark bdays pulled a groundhog day), i'm giving him 40 small presents. so far i have exploded cake in an orange (looks disgusting but it tasted appropriately boozy)

and have given him a large print retirement travel book. ha. (it's not entirely in jest. if [redated] fucking hurries up and [redacts] then it could, potentially, be very useful.)

speaking of books, quit reading this RIGHT NOW and get a copy of tana french's the secret place  (excerpt at link). i loveloveLOVE tana french and this is, hands down, her best work to date. she is amazing at transcending the mystery genre, turning it into something wonderfully literary. just, promise you'll pick up a copy? i don't want to say any more as i don't want to ruin any bit of it for anyone.

while you're at it, add all the light we cannot see to your cart/library list. super lyrical, super readable, often heartbreaking. you know, the good stuff. 

no movies this week. i have a copy of "only lovers left alive" to watch but i'm not feeling it yet. probably 'cause i've got another project in the works in addition to the leff presents. deadlines. they're what keep me going. *shrug*

Friday, August 29, 2014

dark and dreary labor day weekend

the oppressive grey fug is back. i am planning on spending a substantial portion of the long holiday weekend here

reading many, many books.

speaking of books, holy hell, why was i not aware that outlander is basically torture porn?! D: eegads.

finished the new caitlin moran and, well, i am sadly wishing she would expand beyond wolverhampton. i mean, the book is fine but i've read how to be a woman, moranthology and have seen "raised by wolves".  it's familiar territory to me by now. i'd love to read more about moran's london or about her adult life.

roxane gay's bad feminist is so, so sooo good. i'm only allowing myself one essay a night to make it last longer. sometimes i read it while eating avocado toast.

tv? god, that new "doctor who" was shit, wasn't it? peter capaldi though. absolutely great with the crap he was given to work with. someone make a video of only the capaldi parts please? because i hate everything moffat gets his hands on.

i will not comment on bingate.

enjoy the long weekend if you're in the states! otherwise, enjoy a regular one.