Books I Read:

  • 2/3 of Something Rotten – Jasper Fforde (The fourth book in the Thursday Next series)
  • Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart (Takes place in a near-future dystopian New York where life is dominated by media and retail)

Books I Listened To:

  • Bossypants – Tina Fey (A funny biography of/by Tina Fey)
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (A YA novel set in post-apocalyptic North America about a deadly competition)
  • Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins (The second book in the series)
  • Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (The third and final book in the series)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (Swedish crime novel)

I liked The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo eventually, but the slow start was ultra ultra boring and the names were confusing in audiobook format. Will the sequels be the same? I zipped through the Hunger Games trilogy in a week. I loved the first one, the second was ok, but I thought the third one dragged a bit. I can’t wait for the movie though!

What should I read/listen to next?? I need recommendations! Something funny please?

Rosemarie here!

My dad, Kate and I decided to go to the cottage for the Victoria Day weekend. I spent a lot of time putting together a 1000 piece puzzle of Ottawa. So far we have put together the Museum of Nature, the Glebe community centre and part of the canal. It is pretty neat being able to put together things you recognize!

We also spent some time splitting logs. The effort required for this task has decreased from ‘lots of effort’ down to ‘almost no effort’ because of my Dad’s new purchase…THE LOG SPLITTER.

You put the log in, press the button, pull the lever and then the logs crack into pieces! It even works with logs that are more than a foot wide.

I am a few weeks into my summer job at StatsCan. My official title is (lots of big words coming) a Dissemination Officer in the Infrastructure section of the Service Industries Division. In other words, my supervisor assembles all the publications and writes all the press releases when they want to release the results of a survey our division did. I do things like making deadline schedules, contact lists,  preparing press releases templates and making PowerPoint presentations. My new best friend is Excel!

Not much else is new; I’ve been busy catching up with friends, visiting with family, visiting Bell and cooking. Cooking highlights include pork vindaloo (too spicy! makes my stomach lining hurt), coconut shrimp green curry (yum!!!!), sushi (tuna, crab and yam), creamy ham and tomato pasta (sodium overload!!), garlic and parsely hummus (MY-MOUTH-IS-ON-FIRE), tacos and waffles with peanut butter.

Kate made falafels on the weekend…I HAVE NEVER TASTED ANYTHING MORE DELICIOUS. Mmmmmm. Who needs lunch meat when you have falafels??!!!

Dylan and I also saw POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold which was pretty entertaining. It is a Morgan Spurlock documentary similar to Super Size Me, but about product placement in movies. Definitely worth a DVD watch!

Is anyone coming back from BC soon? My ambrosia apple supply is reaching critical levels. (I’m joking….sort of)

Last Friday Scott and I had plans to go do our first yoga class in the early evening. We had bought vouchers for 20 classes for $20, but unfortunately I guess it was actually a scam because the company went out of business. I sent Dealfind an angry email and they are refunding us, which is good, but… I still want to try yoga!!

Anyway we had planned to finally try La Taqueria as a reward after the class… but even though there was no yoga we still had tacos. Guilty.

The tacos were really good, but small. Scott had one of each of the veggie options (mushrooms, tofu, beans, corn). He liked the Tinga de Hongos – sauteed fresh mushrooms in spicy chipotle sauce the most. I had fish, pork cheeks, pork and mole, and liked the Carnitas – pork confit with pickled red onion the most. I did not like the mole but am glad I tried it. We ate them in the park since it was still light and nice out.

We also finally checked out Canada Place.

Here’s Scott with the Olympic torch, hehe.

And here’s me blending into a geometric orca.

The weather has been nice in Vancouver lately. Very sunny and warm! (About 18ºC). Unfortunately it’s not supposed to be nice over this long weekend. We debated for a bit about renting a car and going to Seattle or Bellingham or Harrison Hot Springs or something, but ended up deciding nah because it was too last minute. We definitely plan on taking a weekend trip very soon, but it will probably be better to search out a good hotel deal and do some research beforehand since we’d be on a tight budget.

Last weekend was nice. We went out for dinner with Scott’s aunt on Friday (I had fish and chips), and then Scott and I went over to Brian’s for games. On Saturday I bummed around the house while Scott went out and watched the Canucks game at a bar with some friends (it was hailing, I wasn’t going out!). Then on Sunday we went to Metrotown and did a mega shop.

Interspersed in all that were some tasty treats!

While Scott was at the bar I made myself homemade chicken nuggets and some yam fries. Unfortunately my yam fries turned out totally mushy and kind of gross. So…. I saved them and the next morning I toasted a bagel, smeared some Laughing Cow on it and the mushy yam on top of that! Rosemarie thought it would be gross, but it was yummy!

Crescent Rolls were on special the other week so we did Round II of experimenting with stuffing them. Spinach + mozzarella, and green onion + feta were both OK, but Clodhoppers were terrible (they turned rock hard!!).

The best ones by far were: green onion + sliver of Laughing Cow + bit of chilli garlic sauce. SO GOOD!

So I set out to make chocolate tarts like this:

Using this recipe. It’s French. They are basically tarts with a crust made out of chocolate and crushed potato chips, with a choc mousse on top. The recipe is for four giant tarts, but I made them in muffin liners and ended up with 17 mini tarts.

I followed the recipe very carefully, measuring with a scale and everything, but something went wrong. Instead of a smooth delicious chocolate layer on top I ended up with a beige liquid with brown flecks. After leaving them in the fridge for three hours it became clear that they were never going to set so Scott suggested we put them all in the freezer.

I was quite upset at this point that I had wasted so many ingredients on something that was not working out AT ALL.

But, they ended up freezing into somewhat delicious ice cream pucks with chunky chocolate potato chip bits!!

Not bad at all, if I erase the original idea from my head. A tasty ice cream treat in a manageable serving size (they are about 6 cm in diameter and 2 cm tall). Yum!