February 17, 2009

Winter blues

Instead of resisting winter, I'm embracing it's quiet beauty. At least for today.

"Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-
Both different blues."
- Robert Francis

February 13, 2009


"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Have a lovely and romantic weekend!

February 10, 2009

Escape fantasies

I went to the top of the city the other day and there was winter, spread out as far as the eye could see.

Won't someone take me away

to some faraway beach?

February 09, 2009

My mouth took a little trip to Nawlins

This weekend I celebrated my something-somethieth birthday. On Saturday morning I woke up to streamers and balloons and felt much younger than my something-something years. Thank you TB!

For the past 5 years or so, it's been a tradition for TB and I to round up a few friends and head over to my favorite restaurant, La Louisiane, to celebrate our pants off. We began the evening with an assortment of appetizers: crab cakes, hush puppies (spicy deep-fried cornmeal dumplings), and sweet potato fries with cajun mayonnaise. I ordered my usual paneed breast of chicken and shrimp (I can't resist the Creole green mustard peppercorn sauce). For desert I had the bread pudding, while others ordered delectable confections like the bananas foster (bananas and vanilla ice cream in a warm sauce of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur), and the chocolate pecan pie.

It makes for a bright spot in an otherwise bleak month. The other bright spot this February is ... ta da! ... larger photographs on my blog. Yay!

February 04, 2009

16 random facts (about me)

I was recently tagged to play the 16 random facts game by one of my contacts on flickr. So, here goes:

1. My first language was Polish.

2. The photograph above came from the first self-portrait session I’ve ever done.

3. I’m an only child.

4. When I was 9, my mother signed me up for modelling classes. I’m not sure why.

5. I hate the texture of cooked onions, which makes it difficult to eat in Italian restaurants.

6. Paris is my favorite city. I first went there when I was in high school as part of a French Club trip during March break. I’ve been there a total of four times.

7. I’ve had this really annoying ringing in my left ear (tinnitus) for about a year now. I learned that William Shatner, David Letterman, Bono, Sting, Barbra Streisand, among many others, also have it.

8. I became a certified yoga instructor 4 years ago, though it’s not my profession. I just loved yoga that much.

9. I studied psychology and French in university.

10. My favourite movie is Wings of Desire (the original German version).

11. Whenever I listen to the album Agaetis Byrjun by Sigur Ros, there is a point at which I invariably start to tear up due to its extraordinary beauty.

12. Whenever I go camping, I can’t sleep the first night because I’m convinced that every sound I hear is a bear prowling around outside the tent.

13. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the Beatles and I used to wish that I had been born early enough to have seen them in concert. I had to make due with stage show Beatlemania whenever it came to town.

14. Although I’m Canadian, I often use the American spellings of words by habit because I was a technical writer for many years and that’s the standard.

15. My favorite quotation is “follow your bliss” (Joseph Campbell).

16. If I’m flipping through TV channels and the movie Rosemary’s Baby is playing, I’ll often end up watching the rest of it. There’s just something about the look of that movie that I love.