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It wasn’t as effective a baking soda & vinegar experiment (demonstrating vomiting from a wine bottle) as I had hoped, but it entertained me nonetheless. More here.

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I didn’t realize that I went to a couple small Ontario cities this summer.

I went to my friend’s cottage on Georgian Bay, so her city/town/thing was Tiny Beaches, and I’m still not even entirely sure that’s an official place.

On the way back to Hamilton (which is not new to me at all), I had dinner at a friend’s place in Pickering and saw the more forested side to it. On the way up to Kingston time (also not particularly new to me), I stopped off in Pickering again but it was the mall area. Honestly, I am apathetic to Pickering, but considering a few of my university friends are from there, it’s sort of interesting to see what it’s like. Interesting in the way of, “Oh.” not like, “Pickering looks like a place i could see myself enjoying for longer periods of time than a pit stop.”

I went to Simcoe for Mumford and Son’s Gentlemen of the Road tour, and although it’s ridiculously small, it is a very cute town. I mean, the tourism and advertisement was extraordinary that weekend, but still, the town has some things to offer and they are awfully nice.

So that’s three small Ontario places that I realized I went to this year. I highly doubt I’ll see any more before I turn 22, but this is less of a failure than I thought.

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FINALLY.
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I really liked this one. I didn’t really like chickpeas up until this point, but I very much enjoyed this recipe that made me realize that I like cumin (cumin was in the chili as well). Bit by bit, I’m learning to cook with spices and beans better.

I really liked this one. I didn’t really like chickpeas up until this point, but I very much enjoyed this recipe that made me realize that I like cumin (cumin was in the chili as well). Bit by bit, I’m learning to cook with spices and beans better.

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I went longboarding last night. Not for very long, not for very far, but enough.
My problem is hesitation. I’m trying to do things with more conviction, but pushing off to gain more speed… my foot tends to want to stick to the ground (where it’s safe) when I’m pushing off, but the friction makes it so that the foot stays on the ground, the front foot on the board keeps going, and you do some terrible half-splits. 
Going quickly is both fun and scary, and I guess I haven’t decided how I feel about adrenaline. I definitely understand the appeal of it now, and I hope I can practise a bit more and become comfortable with it. 
For now, I just have to deal with painful bruises (my inner right knee got one of those yellow-green ones so it’s hard to tell here, but it hurts a bit like Hell. The other bruises are mostly from an exercise class, so I’ve just got beautiful, whorish knees right now).

I went longboarding last night. Not for very long, not for very far, but enough.

My problem is hesitation. I’m trying to do things with more conviction, but pushing off to gain more speed… my foot tends to want to stick to the ground (where it’s safe) when I’m pushing off, but the friction makes it so that the foot stays on the ground, the front foot on the board keeps going, and you do some terrible half-splits.


Going quickly is both fun and scary, and I guess I haven’t decided how I feel about adrenaline. I definitely understand the appeal of it now, and I hope I can practise a bit more and become comfortable with it.

For now, I just have to deal with painful bruises (my inner right knee got one of those yellow-green ones so it’s hard to tell here, but it hurts a bit like Hell. The other bruises are mostly from an exercise class, so I’ve just got beautiful, whorish knees right now).

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Saying that I did an IKEA “hack” would be a very liberal use of the word “hack,” but considering my skill set, we’ll have to accept that.

I made a full post of the experience on my other blog.

Despite it not being very altered, I still like how it looks and it does its job well.

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Finally made something new with beans! Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas (which, it turns out, I still do not like), and whatnot in here. Delicious, although I almost entirely omitted the salt and it was a-okay. 
It wasn’t really a vegetarian chili because I added some ground beef, but it was really such a small amount… It’s pretty much vegetarian. 
Success!

Finally made something new with beans! Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas (which, it turns out, I still do not like), and whatnot in here. Delicious, although I almost entirely omitted the salt and it was a-okay.


It wasn’t really a vegetarian chili because I added some ground beef, but it was really such a small amount… It’s pretty much vegetarian.

Success!

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I know I’ve already done ravioli, but I’m glad I made dumplings too. Also, I just bought the dumpling wrappers and that made my life much easier and more delicious.

Full explanation here.

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We planted tomatoes and carrots again this year, and they’re pretty much happening just as they did last year. I put the carrots into the ground to hope they would be bigger and more would survive; fewer survived,but we’ll see about their size when I harvest them in two or three weeks.

My uncle gave us plants for those ugly tomatoes. I don’t know what they are or why they aren’t turning red or if they taste different. I just know that I don’t like how they look.

We planted cucumbers this year. They’re quite plentiful in production quantity, though the taste is a little different from store bought stuff (I suppose that’s good). To be honest, I didn’t do any gardening this year. I told my parents I wanted to plant cucumbers this year but I lived/worked in a different city and checked on the plants when I visted about once a month.

But still. The cucumbers count. I wanted to do beans but because I was away, I didn’t want to ask too much of my parents. I don’t know about winter gardening, but the entry on this list does say two or more vegetables…

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I really wanted to do this. I’ve grown up in Mississauga and haven’t gone to Centre Island until now.

For good reason.

it sort of sucks.

The nature is just common spaced out trees, the water/coast is hardly better, there are families and children everywhere. Honestly, without the bike rental, it’s a waste of time. Picnics are the worst activity and there are just too many people.

The paths are smooth and there’s just flat terrain so it’s a really easy bike ride. It turns out that you never forget how to ride a bike; I haven’t touched one in a decade and I was fine. I really like biking, but I can’t be a vehicle and I feel guilty biking on sidewalks, so I just… don’t.

I would have liked to have been there for longer to bike the whole island. I like the physical work and exhaustion, and I didn’t get that this time, and I can’t see myself going back any time soon. But I’m glad it ended up happening, as irritating as it was (but that was because of my friends, not the actual island or process).

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Finally got around to blogging this!

More work than it’s worth, but mushrooms have always got your back (/mouth/stomach).

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It took a long time to hunt for an appropriate tree, but I finally got into one, with much help from my friend. He used to be a monkey when he was a child, so he’s good at climbing trees and buildings.

It turns out: my hands are a lot more delicate than I thought; climbing trees is dependent on upper body strength, of which I have none; the bottom-most branch on trees tends to be much taller than I anticipate. Basically, I overestimate myself and underestimate trees.


Also, I needed a boost to reach the top tree, told which branches to grab onto (he had to climb into the tree after me), and he essentially had to remove me from the tree after I got to the lowest branch I could because I didn’t want to jump.

I’m really bad at climbing trees and I can’t do it on my own, but I see the appeal and why monkey children do it.

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It wasn’t exactly the Vineyard trip that I had in mind… but I went to Nova Scotia last week and went to a vineyard there. 

The town around it is tiny but they have vineyards around so we stopped by one and taste tested quite a few wines. I didn’t go on a tour but as we were leaving, I saw a lady talking to people about some vineyard stuff and I decided I’m not that interested in how things work. I mean, I won’t mind doing a true tour one day, but sampling a dozen wines (my sister tried a different wine tasting package than the one that’s pictured above) counts enough for me as a Vineyard trip (that’s what you go there for, right?).

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Finally went to Dave and Buster’s!

It’s been on my list for months (I think since last summer), but Vaughn is sort of far from us and I hate it, so I never found the motivation to go. My friends and I were going to the Ontario Science Centre on Saturday, which is sort of halfway between home and D&B, which was enough motivation.

I wasn’t expecting any kids because D&B had been described as “adult Chuck E. Cheese” but you can only drink in a certain area and there’s no crusty jungle gym (just as well, I suppose). Still, I can’t say I was pleased when I saw children running around, but they were pretty good/not bad.

D&B is basically like a casino, although I guess that’s what Chuck E. Cheese is for children… A dark place with many flashing, noisy machines aimed to get your attention; put in tokens or point cards, try your luck, hope to gain much more than you put in. CEC and D&B have not so great prizes, while casino prizes are money, but you’re risking a lot more.

In the end, it’s a fun way to spend your time and it’s not that much money for quite a few games to play. I’d recommend it, and although Vaughn sucks, that location is worth going to.

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I sewed pockets into a dress a couple weeks ago…

Blogged about it on my project blog a week or two after that…

And two or three weeks after that, here I am

Oops

Haven’t even worn the dress yet :{


But I did it! And that’s what counts.