Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Pack Your Suitcase

Wednesday, Wednesday.... Wednesday... oh how I love Wednesday!  Not only is Wednesday the middle of the week.... it's also Hodgepodge day! 

Wednesday Hodgepodge is a basket full of questions that we answer, then blog-hop and read someone else's answers (and have a chuckle or two or maybe three).... make some new friends, stumble into someones interesting blog that otherwise you'd never have known about, find out what's going on in other cities, towns, villages, states, provinces..... Bottom line is it's a pretty neat idea!  Having said that, hop on over to From This Side Of The Pond, and follow her blog, join in the fun, afterall, that's where the Wednesday Hodgepodge was founded! 

This week's hodgepodge is: Pack Your Suitcase....

... and here's the Q & A

1. July is National Ice Cream Month...your favorite flavor? Soft serve, hand dipped or frozen yogurt-which do you prefer? And technically yogurt is not ice cream but its hot outside so I'll let that slide for today.

Um... not to sound greedy but THEY'RE ALL MY FAVORITE... soft serve, hand dipped, frozen yogurt... I love them all.  I love them more when someone else pays for them!  I love vanilla soft serve dipped in the chocolate that hardens on it... yum.... or the half & half soft serve dipped in coloured sprinkles. 

Raspberry or strawberry frozen yogurt is yummy.  Sometimes I take a small yogurt and stuff it in the freezer to harden it.  Beats running down the block to the ice cream shop.

I've also had coffee flavored old fashioned (home made??) ice cream once when I visited Brooklyn NY.  It was fabulous!!

2. When you travel do you tend to pack too much or too little?

I pack too much.  I always have too many tops and under garments.  I think the under garment issue stems from mom always telling us to pack enough so we'll have clean underpants in case we get into an accident.  Though I still don't understand the logic in that because if I get into an accident sure enough I'll likely wet myself and no longer have a clean pair on. *shrugs shoulders*

3. What's your favorite cleaning product?
My favorite cleaning product is Vim.  I love that cleaner!
4. What's the greater tragedy-an innocent person imprisoned or a guilty person set free? Explain.

Hmm... I'll agree that an innocent person imprisoned can't reclaim the time lost from their loved ones.  The guilty will eventually have to deal with God, unless a vigilante gets him/her first.

5. What's the longest trip you've taken by car?

The longest trip by car I've ever taken was back in 1989 when my dad and I drove from here (Montreal) to Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  We stopped along the way to rest, stretch our legs, buy fast food and take a few photos so it surely extended the drive.  Took us about 21 hours or so to make the drive.  Should have only been a 15 hour drive I think.  Back then I thought it was awsome, now there is no way you'd get me to drive in a car that long.  Sure I'll ride the train as I can get up and move around while the vehicle still moves but not a car ride.

6. tennis-golf-canoeing-biking...pick one.

Biking.  I pick Biking.  I played tennis (against a wall) and it hurt my arm, made me run too much... basically I made myself run too much!  Canoeing, unless I'm pulling up and casting a fishing line then, NO!  Golf, I tried putting and though I'm a righty, I use lefty clubs... I did alright but got bored real fast, now I just watch it on tv (I'm a Rory McIlroy fan... I kicked Tiger to the curb).  Now with biking, I can sit back and enjoy, calm, relaxing.

7. What sound drives you crazy?

Heavy breathing.  I know that sounds nuts but should I really hear someone breathe?  Imagine if my husband snored oh heavens I'd have smothered him with the pillow long ago!  .... and yes, gum chewing with the mouth open smack smack smack  STOP IT JUST STOP IT!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm reading... actually LISTENING to an audio book that I desperately wanted to buy and read but ended up with the audio track instead.  Sort of glad I got the audio version because the beginning was dry so if I were reading it I'd have stuffed it on the shelf for a week then given it to a friend so as to free up the shelf space.  But the audio version I just feel like I'm listening to a talk show on the radio and got past that boring bit now, 9 hours later am just 2 hours from finishing the book that turned out to be pretty good.  (fyi the book is : Collide, by Megan Hart, it's a Harlequin Spice/Romance novel)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Minute In Susan's Mind

This heatwave needs a playlist....

Any suggestions?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Today I'm going to attempt my first 5k run!  I'm pretty confident that I can accomplish it.... and I'm pretty sure that today will be the day. 

Yesterday morning when I went for my run I felt good, I felt energized but my mind was somewhat clogged so that might explain how I managed to run longer and farther than I usually do. Running in the quiet streets at the crack of dawn is refreshing and helps clear the mind.  Surprisingly enough, I run after I get home from a full night of work and am usually exhausted at that hour.  Monday morning I only ran for 15 minutes not quite reaching 2km.  I don't know what that was all about!

I ran to the tunes of Daughtry and Kings of Leon yesterday and clocked in at just over 34 minutes and clicked 4.69km.  I felt good after that run.  I'll run the same route today but add in one extra block to bring me up to 5k, just not sure whose tunes I'll run to though, maybe Kings of Leon again but with U2 mixed in. 

Wednesday Hodgepodge: A Beautiful Day

It's Wednesday, time for Hodgepodge... brought to you by From This Side Of The Pond, click on the link, follow her blog, join in the fun.

This week's hodgepodge is: A beautiful day in the hodgepodge.....

1. July 20th marks the anniversary of the first time man stood on the moon. Flash forward 42 years to July 8, 2011 which marked the start of the final Space Shuttle mission. Should we continue to explore space? Should nations devote more or fewer of their resources to exploring space? Would you want to go into space if the opportunity arose?

As fascinating as it was to see (on tv) the shuttle launch over the many years, I think now would be a good time to put more money into other things other than space exploration.  I wouldn't say shut down completely, just have the exploring be few and far between. 
I wouldn't mind going to space if the opportunity arose.  I'd love to see the earth from a distance and the stars must look amazing from up there! 

2. What are three things in your freezer?

My freezer contains cans of frozen fruit juice, loaves of home made bread, and a rising crust pizza to name three things. 

3. If you could see any band/artist perform live tonite who would it be? It has to be someone living-no Beatles, Elvis, etc.

 I would love to see Hillsong. 

4. Ice-cubed or crushed? Or are you one of those people who don't like ice?

Actually, I'm one of those people who don't like ice that much... rarely will I have a single cube in a drink but prefer none.  Husband on the other hand is a ice cube hog!  He needs the whole tray in one glass of juice! 

5. The owner of a small restaurant outside of Pittsburgh recently announced he was banning children under six, saying they regularly disrupted other customer's meals. You can read the story here in more detail but isn't this a perfect topic to discuss in our Wednesday Hodgepodge? Have at it friends...what are your thoughts?

Funny, I discussed this with husband last week.  We both seen both sides of the arguement though so no real breakthru. 

6. What was your first car? How did it come to be yours?

I don't drive.  Nope, no car for me.  I'm a bus riding, metro taking, sneaker walking individual... or BMW as we non-drivers like to call it LOL.

7. If I had a nickel for every time I formatted our computer I'd be rich.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The weather is unbearable.  Too hot, making me a complainer and I'm trying not to.  I seen on the news that central and southern USA is hotter than we are so technically I should be happy but that heat is heading our way so I'm not.  I thought the Americans were my friends... if that's the case why are you sending your heatwave to me!?  Don't you like me!?.. oh I get it, you just want to share!!! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Weather Or Not

Sad but true... .I am a "weather complainer".  I am always complaining about the weather.  In the winter it's too cold, then spring rolls around and it's too rainy, then summer arrives and it's too hot, then autumn gets here and it's not only rainy but it's cold too!

I try to put a spin on it and look for the silver lining... the positive....
What I should be saying in winter is wow the snow looks so lovely as long as I don't have to go out in it and shovel the walkway.

In the spring I should be saying ahh the rain will make the flowers bloom and my shoes will get all wet on my way to work.

In the summer I should be saying how nice a sunny day is so I can work on my tan even though I don't need one since I got a natural one at birth.

And in the autumn I should say the rain will prepare the soil for the coming winter season and the cool air will prepare me for the winter season even if it means I'll slip on some leaves the wind blew off the trees.

I think it's really about time I stop complaining about the weather!  God is in control, not el nino or la nina or global warming or the ozone layer.... blah blah blah.  The bottom line is God is in control!  period.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Jazz Romance

I've found a renewed love for smooth jazz music. 

Used to be the only jazz I listened to came from the likes of Nina Simone, Michael BublĂ© and of course Kenny G.  

While listening to a local radio show called "the chill" which airs weeknights from 11:00pm til midnight, playing only smooth jazz instrumentals... I fell in love with the genre all over again!

My ipod currently has tunes by Kim Waters, Streetwise, Boney James, Chris Botti, to name a few!  Streetwise has become one of my favorites as they have compiled album tributes to many stars such as Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklyn and Jill Scott to name a few.  I could listen to the jazz and sing the song in my head like mental karaoke.... and it's so relaxing and sexy too! 

I've added links to this post, click on the artists name and be transported to Youtube and take a listen for yourself and perhaps have a jazz romance!

Friday Five

This Friday I'll be......

1: Heading down town.
2. Buying a ball of yarn.
3. Updating some songs on my ipod.
4. Doing some plastic canvas crafts.
5. Hopefully getting to bed early.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Short shorts

I noticed lately by observation that short shorts have made a fashion come-back this summer. Don't worry, I wouldn't be caught dead in them!

Problem with this returning fashion trend is ... Oh where do I begin? 

In my unasked for opinion, short shorts should not be worn by full figured women. We have Bermuda shorts or capris that can be just as fashionable and cool as well as attractive even sexy too. 

I won't factor age in here because some of us old folks look pretty good for our overthehill selves but there may be an unwritten rule that says if you are over 30 and not at the beach do not wear short shorts.... Unless you are at the beach then that's fine. The other unwritten rule probably says if your ten year old child can fit his/her whole body into one of your pant legs....need I say more?

Young ladies seem to love the trend and that's alright but please make sure your look isnt cheesy or sleazy. Young ladies can wear short shorts and look stylish or beach chic for a day at the park or just hanging out with friends. But take a long look in the mirror first before leaving the house!

Unfortunately today I've witnessed a few females in this trend of shorter than short shorts wearing high heel sandals, excess make up and barely there tops. I lost respect for them and didn't even know them personally and don't want to judge as they may just be the sweet girl next door but you'd never know by the outfit she wore....

I wonder what goes through a mans mind when witnessing something like that.
I wish this trend stayed away!

1 Timothy 2:9   I also want the woman to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Royal Renewal

I must confess, I never really was a fan of the Royal Family. 

I know!  Hard to believe eh?!

Sad, but true, I never really paid them much attention.  Sure like pretty much anyone who was alive back in 1981 I was glued to the television watching Lady Diana marry Prince Charles.  I envisioned myself as the princess walking down the aisle with that puffy gown, long train and beautiful flower bouquet.  Hey I was like twelve then so.... I believe it's what every tween was thinking when they watched her wedding.  She was so beautiful even though she never really looked truly happy when accompanied by that prince.

I can't recall watching Sarah Ferguson get married though. I probably did if it was televised.  I doubt I watched it live as I was in my late teens then and had a life but most likely I seen the event in news reel re-runs.  Unfortunately I really can't remember much of her wedding though.  I remember she gave birth to two daughters and was amazed to see how they've grown up when they were spotted at William and Catherine's wedding in April.  Loved that fascinator that Princess Beatrice wore!  Girlfriend stole the spotlight .... then Catherine arrived and stole it back!

Moving right along.....

In the time that passed, I may have glimpsed a few segments of Entertainment Tonight that included some gossip about Princess Diana & Sarah Dutchess of York but didn't really find any facination with them. 

I cried when Princess Diana passed away but was thrilled to know she had found happiness prior to her death.  *cuts eyes at Camilla & Charles* Smiley

Time passed and occasionnally I'd catch a glimpse of the Queen.  Love how she coordinates her hats with her outfits! She reminds me of my Grandma on a summer day with her matching sunbonnets. 

Then came Prince William and Cathrine.... who captured my heart! 

The moment they announced their engagement I was hooked!  I watched their wedding from beginning to end.  Every article that Yahoo News posts on their homepage featuring the royal couple has my full attention.  Then they came to Canada!   I didn't see them personally though I was in traffic complaining at an intersection when, hours later, it dawned on me that the police were there directing traffic because the royal couple were at the children's hospital just half a block down!  Apparently that must have been the time my brain went out and left the lights on.

I followed their tour of Canada and am so smitten with them.  I love how they have renewed my interest in the royal family.  Ok well maybe not so much all the royals but certainly them. 

I look forward to watching their children grow up as I watched William grow up. 

Now what's the deal with Prince Harry?  I need to do some research on him!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Minute In Susan's Mind

I just noticed that I hadn't been on this blog since last week.  Nope, haven't been on vacation... no vacation for me in 2011.  Oh sure I'm taking "vacation" time off work but going to use that time to clean house and get organized, and maybe bake a few cookies and stuff.  I spread out my "2011 vacation time" this year simply because being at home for many consecutive weeks doing nothing would drive me insane after day three perhaps. 

My "rest and relaxation vacation" is in spring 2012.  Husband and I are finally taking the Southern Caribbean cruise.  Guess who's excited?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Project 365: June 25-July 2

Alright, so I'm on time this week.  I've only got a week's worth of photos to upload and not the ususal two or three or four weeks.  Yup, that's one big accomplishment for me!  :-)

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Welcome to this weeks edition of Project 365.  A photo a day for 365 days.  A great idea for a blog hop, a great way to meet other folks world wide, see how they live, get to know them and what goes on in their neck of the woods.  Join in!  Hosted by Make Music From Your Heart To The Lord, click on her link, follow her blog, join in on the fun!!  It's fun.. really it is!!!

Now, since I have no clue as to what week number this is, I'll just keep on keeping on continuing where I last left off.

Saturday June 25th

Watered the plants this morning.  Gave an extra bit of loving attention to this little darling whom I saved from work.  She was dying a quick and painful death on the windowledge in the laboratory.  Nobody watered her but she was getting great sunlight.  I realized her soil was bone dry which made her light enough to carry home on the bus somewhere back in April or May.  Since then she's been thriving in my livingroom getting good sunlight and sufficient water.  I just have to wait for the dying leaves to shrivel up then pull em off and she'll be good as new... not taking her back to the lab though, she's staying with me!

Monday June 27th

Though our economy is still somewhat fragile (in my opinion), the housing market appears to not have taken a hit (again, in my opinion).  I spotted this big house going up on my morning run.  Been watching it for a couple weeks now so finally snapped it.  They're on the sunny side of the street so those tall windows will give great sunlight if they have tall plants to put inside.  I should be invited over to decorate!  Ha!

I ran through the park and noticed the picnic benches out.  Must have been some shing-ding over the weekend that I didn't know about (or wasn't invited to).


Spotted this beauty too and had to get a closeup.  That photo would have been amazing if I had a real camera instead of shooting with an ipod touch.  Anyway, it still looks lovely.  I almost wanted to stand guard and make sure nobody comes to pick it!

Continuing on my way I spotted Sorrow... you know... One crow sorrow, Two crows joy... etc.

These flowering trees are so lovely but I don't understand why they all seem to be planted just above a sewer drain/manhole.  Never fails when it rains the drain gets plugged by these blossoms (see the blossoms in the street below).

I should have snapped the drain!

These won first prize on my run this morning!  I'm so tired of seeing the pink and white one though they do look ever so sweet.  These bright orange babies were amazing!  All bunched beneath a tall tree they were breathtaking!

However... these fuchsia ones came in a close second!

I'll give our neighbourhood a thumbs up for one thing.  The poo-bags.  That's what I call them.  If you own a dog and take him to do his business, you can find bag dispensers like the one attached to the white pole there.  Once you pick up the poo, you can dispose of it in the trash can (far left)... however, it seems with the red mailbox right there, it makes me wonder has anyone tried to mail the poo.  After  all Canada Post was on strike for two weeks and frustration did build.  Just saying.

At least the city made almost a better decision here.  Poo bags and the trash can but I doubt anyone really rests on that bench... the downwind must be awful!

Finally I called it quits.  Was tired.  Monday's are usually my best running days probably because I don't work the night before so I'm energized!  I ran 3.42 Kilometers ..sounds far eh!  Nah, it's just over 2 miles not by much, I leave it on KM because it makes me feel like I've accomplished distance LOL.

Tuesday June 28th

It was a really cloudy morning. 

But that didn't stop the red ants from getting out.  I spotted this bunch of red ants about a block from home.  Not sure why they pooled around the curb, there wasn't any juice bottle or popsicle sticks laying around.  I'd have stepped on them but they're bugs and I don't do well with bugs so I stood far away and zoomed in to take this shot!  Hey, you never know, they might have crawled up on me!

Canada Day is at the end of the week.  This home is already showing it's colours!  Safe to say Quebec separatists don't live here!

And look at these beauties! Now that's what I call variety!  How come I didn't spot these before now?

Wednesday June 29th

It was crazy cloudy this morning.  Seemed darker than it should have been for that time of morning (approx: 5:30am).

When I got home, I went on my run and seen the same ole same ole flowers this time beneath a christmas tree.

On a morning like today, running past this house creeped me out more than usual.  It was kind of dark because of the storm clouds and this mausoleum looking house creeped me out.  Why would you build a house to look like a mausoleum?  Unless it is a mausoleum and I just don't know about it.
As I continued on it got darker and darker.....

Got winded, seen an inviting bench but the clouds.... I was afraid, so I kept on.

Thursday June 30th

I wasn't feeling too great so instead of running I just went out for a walk.  Along my way I passed a park and noticed someone left behind their cap.

I also spotted A Letter.... you know, One crow sorrow, Two crows joy, Three crows A Letter... etc.

I continued along as these crows creeped me out with their noise.  Spotted these cute pumpkin lights along someones walkway... they must have attracted the crows perhaps!

And this fabulous retro vehicle too parked nearby.  I wonder if perhaps the Frankenstones live in that house!

Finally went back home and noticed my neighbour had a beautiful bloom!

And her grandchild left some artwork behind too!  *giggles*

Friday July 1st

Happy Canada Day.  Ah... I had to walk home from work because I didn't know what time the bus came being on holiday schedule and also it was a nice quiet morning so it took the place of my morning run.

You were able to tell it wasn't the Quebec "national" holiday since the grocery store was open for business!  Last Friday they were closed (and this is the 24hr shop so they never close except for Christmas and of course the Quebed QUOTE national END QUOTE holiday).

Around the corner from the grocery store was my beauty!  I'll get up inside there one of these days!  But had to snap her photo.  And look where I was standing... across the street from her obviously, on the lawn of the university that had these...

and these...

And these too..

And also these...

Oh, and these as well...

And I tried to get a closer view of these but got chased by a bee so I ran.

I continued on my way and saw roadkill.  Thought it was an unlucky squirrel at first, but got closer, thought it to be a raccoon but upon closer look...

Sadly enough it was someones tabby cat.  Poor thing.

It was also moving day... which is why most Canadians cannot thoroughly enjoy the holiday because the smart politicians put July 1st as moving day.  Dumb, real dumb.  Anyway, someone must have been still upset by the loss of the Stanly Cup so they ditched their hockey game.

I hate seeing matresses in the street, they're so floppy then they fall over and block the sidewalk.

Apparently they still make the boxsprings with feet!  That's news to me!

Spotted a vaccuum too...

A shelf...

And a dresser without drawers!  Hope the city picks these up soon to keep the place clean.

I'm really glad I'm not neighbours with these folks.  They never ever tame their hedges!  It'll look worse as summer progresses!  Terrible.

Saturday July 2nd.

Enjoyed morning coffee before uploading this blog.

Until next time...
Take care and God bless!