Thursday, March 31, 2011

Derek Erdman rules.

It's the truth!

Want proof?

He sent me these awesome buttons in the mail.

He also has an alter ego - Rap Master Maurice - who performs rap revenge on whoever you like for a mere $12.
He also does wicked art.
He also does $15 portraits.
He also writes a humourous blog and various articles for The Stranger.
He also runs a free psychic advice hotline.

And that isn't even all.
Check out the rest at

Painting by Shannon Perry

This week

Well, the past week.

Thursday (last)
Walking home from a friend's house after a night of wonderful company. Trees not quite blossoming yet, but they still look pretty under street light.

Meeting Alison on Main St for breakfast at the newly re-opened Slickity Jim's.

Me realizing I woefully underestimated the amount of dirt needed for my no-dig garden. Back to Canadian Tire!

Mason jar terrarium - and it's actually working! That teeny flower that's way above everything else? Totally not there when I made it. Instructions from here.

Dinner. Venison burgers, parsnip oven fries and kale chips. So, so good.


Slicing tomatoes for a vegetable dish that turned out horribly. Moosewood cookbook, I am not impressed.

Wednesday (yesterday)
Taking advantage of the brief break in the rain. Spring time!!!

Now, off to Granville Island, again, while it's not raining.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Mitfords

Yesterday I (finally) finished my second out of the five books I picked out to read - The Blessing by Nancy Mitford. The fact that it took me longer than it should have to finish it might seem like I didn't enjoy it - au contraire! I loved it. It was the first book I read by her, and it certainly won't be the last.

The lovely Nancy
Pretty much identical to the copy I have.
The reason I picked up the book in the first place (aside from its wonderful cover) was that I was a little familiar with the Mitford name. A few years back I read a post or article - something - online about the family; namely about the Mitford girls. The Mitfords were a "minor aristocratic family" (so says Wikipedia) from England, and it was in the early 20th century that the six girls of the family began attracting attention. I found an interesting summation of their exploits (also from wiki): "Diana the Fascist, Jessica the Communist, Unity the Hitler-lover; Nancy the Novelist; Deborah the Duchess and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur".

Jessica, Nancy, Diana, Unity, Pamela

Diana and Unity
From my earlier reading, it was Diana and Unity I remembered most clearly.  How could I not? Two well bred English girls from a conservative family becoming Fascists and chillin' with Hitler in the 1930s? And the younger of two, Unity Valkyrie, was conceived in Swastika, Ontario (where the family owned mines) and attempted suicide when WWII was declared. You can't make this stuff up!

Apparently Nancy was a socialist, which makes sense based on the bits of politics that she included in the book. Her books focus on the upper classes of England and France; The Blessing covered a bit of both. It was wonderful - she has an amazing sense of humour about all of it. I noticed the book was dedicated to Evelyn Waugh, and while I've only read one of his books, The Blessing definitely reminded me of it in parts.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Photo(s) of the day(s)

Monday Catan
I happened to had taken a photo on Monday this week, so hooray! Tulips, wine and Settlers of Catan. I'm not a big board game person, but these "German style" board games are good times.


No photo of mine. Tuesday was a gloomy day for me - I image searched "mopey" and this came up.

Wednesday morning
Morning sun on my tomato seedlings.

I figured I could work at more pictures of me. So here I am! Don't you love it when you figure out a way to wear some piece of clothing that just wasn't working any other way? I did this recently with my Evelyn Evelyn shirt - now I don't feel like a teenage goth in it (not that there's anything wrong with teenage goths).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March break

So, as I mentioned I am currently on March Break. And because Vancouver decided to go crazy this year, the break is 2 weeks instead of one. Great if you're a kid, not so great if it means you aren't working for those 2 weeks :\

Because of this I've been making lists of things I can do (cheaply!) to fill in my time. Luckily I'm a pretty big homebody anyways, so spending days at home pottering around is just fine by me. But so I don't feel like a total bum, I'd like to have some things to show for all my free time.

My biggest project is the garden (which I'm planning on making a separate post about). Nothing too ambitious, but hopefully something that will reward me with some bounty in a few months.

I figure this can also be the time that I go to my massive list of crafty bookmarks and sewing/embroidery pile and start producing.
Cup cozies, mason jar terrariums, bedroom curtains, gravestone rubbings...all the things I've been meaning to do for ages I am doing in the next two weeks!

In an effort to take more photos I'm also challenging myself to do a photo a day (starting today...should have had the idea earlier!) for the duration of the break.

And now that this is all online, I have to do it! And if I don't then I give you all permission to judge me harshly as a lazybones ;)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Spring!

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms; washington


All photos from Life archive

Vancouver's spring is tardy this year. I'm anxiously awaiting the explosion of pink around the city.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Film Friday

4 by girl and tonic

I was so organized today - I was heading to the doctor which is right by London Drugs, where I get my pictures developed. I had a roll to bring in, so I did and even asked for the pictures to be scanned as well so I'd have something recent to share on here.
The film came back blank :(

So another oldie.
Taken outside The MET amongst many souvenir stands.
As of tomorrow I'm on my (two week! good grief) break, and since that means two weeks without work I will be living very frugally. How I wish I could be jetting off somewhere (like NYC!).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

There's more to life than money, ya know. Don't cha know that?

This past weekend I decided to just veg out and do some movie-watchin'. I kept to a theme and watched all the Coen bros movies that Netflix had to offer.
I started with Raising Arizona, which I think I had seen bits of, but that would have been ages ago. It was great! And pretty much the only role I've ever seen Nicolas Cage in that made me genuinely like him.

From there I went to the other two movies, which I had never heard of.

Miller's Crossing (1990)

Miller's Crossing

Miller's Crossing

Barton Fink (1991)

Barton Fink

Barton Fink
I watched both on the tv, so I couldn't do my own stills. The quality of these leave something to be desired

Both were definitely enjoyable movies. Odd, and probably something I wouldn't have liked at all a few years back. But I could certainly appreciate them. The dialogue in the Coens' movies is just amazing. And the sets! Whether it's a lavish hotel lobby or grimy little room, it's always perfect.

Then tonight while looking for something to watch, Fargo was on tv.
I hadn't seen this poster for the movie before, isn't it just awesome?


Friday, March 11, 2011

FIlm Friday

25 by girl and tonic

I still haven't made my way to a scanner, so another photo from my old LCA+.
This was taken from the train, somewhere in North Dakota. That state was definitely my favourite to go through - the sky was HUMONGOUS. And there was field after field filled with sunflowers and lazy cows. It was beautiful.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hey ladies

I listened to this episode of This American Life today. It was a great one, and quite appropriate given today is the 100th International Women's Day.
Check it out, and love yourself today ladies!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Surf's Up

I still haven't quite mastered the art of remembering to take pictures. When I was a teenager I did it all the time! These days though, I'm more reluctant to pull myself out of the moment and document it. Maybe that's good, who knows.

This past week was a full one, as my family visited from Ontario! They had all been out before, but separately, so this was the first time all us McKnights were together in the west. We had a few days here in the city and then made a trek out to the farthest reaches (well, farthest west) of the island - Tofino.
It was glorious. The first night there we had hurricane force winds and the power went out. People who worked there said they hadn't had waves so big in years. We had a chalet at the Long Beach hotel with a hot tub, and Minnie finally figured out how to walk on a leash (and ran her cute little bum all over the beach).
All in all, it was a fantastic trip.

Long beach

Long beach

Sneak attack

Sea monster and pappy

Muddy Minnie

Friday, March 4, 2011

Film Friday - naked Chloe!


Last Saturday my family arrived from Hamilton for a week visit, so you can understand why it's been so quiet around here.
Another picture of a picture, hence the lousy quality. But right now I'm posting this from Tofino while I wait for the rest of the gang to wake up. Usin' what I got.
And another photo from the vault...vintage Chloe, runnin' around (crawlin' around?) how I was most comfortable back then, and often how I'm still most comfortable (around the house anyways).
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