Saturday, February 28, 2009

It Begins....


Today I planted the first batch of plants. Tomatoes, Eggplant, Onions, Jalapenos, and some flowers that I had left over from last year. I am really looking forward to the next few weeks when they start to germinate - I always find it encouraging to see things coming to life after such a long, cold winter. So far I'm impressed with the coconut husk pots I ordered - they seem to drain well and it looks like the root systems will be able to grow through.

I also now have a grow light so my plants should do better (in theory) than last year. I still have to wait four weeks to plant my cucumber plants, as they only require 4 weeks inside before being transplanted. I am also going to try sowing some of my yellow squash inside and some sown directly outside when I plant in May. The package said to put them directly outside, but I have my doubts about how well they'll do that way.

Muffin's New Haircut



Muffin went to the groomer's today. Usually I think she looks really cute and fluffy when she comes home, and she did, but I'm mad at PetSmart.

Japanese Chin dogs are supposed to have characteristically long foot hair - it looks really funny but also very cute. I specifically mentioned when I dropped off Muffin not to shave or trim her at all. When I picked her up, they had shaved off her foot hair. I'm really not very happy about it, and I honestly don't know if it will grow back. They cut a chunk of her ear hair off a year and a half ago, and it hasn't evened out yet. Anyway, I'm choked, and that's the end of this story.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Arrested Development Movie Happening


It looks like George Micheal Bluth (or Michael Cera, if you prefer) has finally signed on to the long-awaited Arrested Development movie. It was rumored that he was holding out for more money after he became something of a mega-star following Juno. I'm glad to see that he finally got his priorities straight...

See quotes below:

From MTV:
MTV News can exclusively confirm that the “Arrested Development” is happening.
“It’s going ahead,” Howard confirmed.
“We’ve been asked to no longer divulge anything or get into the game of who’s in, who’s out,” Howard told us. “People are going to have to see.”


And from E!:
Inside sources close to the negotiations of the upcoming Arrested Development movie tell me that Superbad and Juno star (and before that, hello, George-Michael Bluth!) Michael Cera has finally agreed to do the feature film project.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

K-97

Okay, so I've been listening to the "new" K-97 for a couple of weeks now. It wasn't actually that bad - I enjoy a bit of classic rock now and again. However....

The Terry, Bill, and Steve show is on now. And I kid you not, from 6:30 am when I get up to 7:15 am when I leave the house, there has not been ONE SONG played any morning this week. Instead, all I hear are lewd jokes about things like "Pizzagra" (that's Viagra pizza, if you're interested) and the world's smallest thong, displayed this year at Mardis Gras.

Honestly, it is impossible to find a morning show in this city that doesn't spend their time making lame jokes and impersonating gay pirates (a lá Capital FM). I'm dying here. All I want is to wake up to a little Zeppelin, or Dylan, or even the Beatles or something. I don't want to listen to rap, I don't want to listen to country, and I don't want to listen to disgusting DJs trying to make jerks out of themselves and pander to the lowest common denominator. What is the world coming to?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Contract


I found out this morning that my contract will be renewed for another 14 months - this is awesome news, and a huge answer to prayer! I am currently on a yearly contract (12 months) that expires the end of April. They are doing a 14-month term this time to put me in sync with the Academic calendar. So pumped!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Winterlude Pictures from a while ago



This guy is putting together an ice sculpture of a horse


Ice Sculptures all around the city

Concert on the Rideau Canal

My Plant



I started a plant from a plant that my friends Andy and Rebecca gave me.  I love that I can see new leaves coming out from every place with no rhyme or reason.  I really need to plant something outside soon, I'm going crazy. 

Darryl and I also went to Home Depot last night and purchased a Grow-light unit.  Now I can shine light on my seedlings and they won't (hopefully) be as spindly as they were last year.  More pictures to come, I'm sure.

Our Valentine's Day

Darryl took me out for a special Valentine's Day supper to the Copper Pot on February 13.  It was such a lovely restaurant and very unique.  I had Lamb on a white bean casoulet with brocolini.  Darryl had braised bison short ribs on a bed of mashed potatoes with yellow beets.  The service was wonderful, the view of the legislature was awesome, and the time with my loving husband can't be beat.

Chad and Janelle's Wedding

We attended the wedding of our friends Chad and Janelle on Valentine's Day.  Everything was so beautiful and well done, it was one of the nicest I've been to.  It was entirely obvious from the speeches at the wedding that these are two of the most generous, kind-hearted people that you will ever meet.  May you two be blessed richly in your new marriage!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spring is coming, I just know it....

So, in the interest of keeping hope alive, I've ordered the seeds and plants for this year's garden. I've listed them below:

Veggies
Salad Bush Cucumber
Parade Onion
Super Sugar Snap Peas
Early Purple Top White Globe
Chioggia Beet
Touchstone Gold Beet
Sunburst Squash
Veseys Baby Leaf Blend
Fairy Tale Eggplant
Melody Spinach
Chocolate Cherry Tomato
Currant Tomato ("Ildi")
Sweet Cherry Tomato
Jalapeno Peppers
Asparagus Peas

Plants
Hosta 'White Feather'
Echinaceae 'Green Jewel'
napellus 'Rubellum' Monk's Cap
Delphinium 'Delft Blue'
'Ceres' Double Asiatic Lily
Prado Red Shades Sunflower
Autumn Beauty Sunflower Mix

I've also decided to use Coir Growing Products this year to start my seeds in. Coir is a coconut husk derivative that you can (supposedly) plant directly into the ground once your plant reaches maturity. I did try some Jiffy peat pots that claimed this ability last year and was quite disappointed. I'll give the biodegradable pots one more try this year, but if they don't work how I want, I'm going back to plastic.

I am also in the market for a grow-light. A friend of mine recommended "fabbing up" (as Jordan likes to say) one for myself from materials purchased at home depot. Estimated cost from Home Depot = $30. Estimated cost to purchase a pre-fabricated shelf with grow lights = $300. I think you know which one I'll be trying first.

My husband, who has caught the gardening bug, has also conceded to let me dig up another portion of our lawn to plant veggies in this year. While placing the edging in the ground is going to be a pain, I'm grateful for the extra space. Stay tuned for more gardening news....

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Office Smells Like Fruity Chocolate

My WONDERFUL Husband send me an edible arrangment today similar to the one above, throwing the office into fits of envy.

Instead of the bear there was a big heart baloon and there were chocolate-dipped banannas added in. SO FREAKING GOOD!!!

I am so fortunate to have such a loving, thoughtful husband. Thank you my darling.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Ottawa


I'm here in the beautiful city of Ottawa for a meeting. We're again staying at the exended stay Deluxe - not my favorite place to say the least. Between me and my boss in the past stays, we've encountered: Skinheads banging on the door at 3 am, burst pipes, rooms broken into, and a general sense of uselessness. I ask you, what is missing from the above picture?
Getting an alarm clock in this place proved difficult. After putting my name on a list for help, the house man arrived with a clock. A wall clock. After explaining that I did not need said wall clock, he basically told me he didn't believe I was down an alarm clock and had to check for himself before finding me one. Honestly, do I look like someone who hoards alarm clocks? Maybe.
Anyway, if I'm feeling better, apparently there are some fireworks tonight to celebrate the start of Winterlude. Pending my gallbladder exploding, I may try to take them in. More later.