Monthly archive for ‘ June, 2007 ’

watermelon, jello, hydrogen peroxide

24th June 2007 | Closed

from the Toronto Star:

finally how to pick the perfect watermelon: ripe ones have cream or yellow bottoms not white, and low constrast stripes

hydrogen peroxide is not effective on small wounds- do you know how much I use that stuff?

junk tip: jello was celery flavoured, it was meant for salad, good thing it didn’t take off

French text greeting cards

23rd June 2007 | Closed

I gave Ryan’s French teacher one of my handmade cards with ‘merci’ stamped on it.  She  was so happy with the french text that I made her more cards with ‘merci’  and ‘je pense a toi’ on them.  She said that she like them so much that she wanted to frame them not use them.   I’ve also been commissioned to make Chinese text thank you cards too but won’t start on that until September.

Syriana:DVD rental

23rd June 2007 | 2 Comments

Using our monthly free Rogers rental coupon, David pick out Syrianna. George Clooney gained 35 lbs, grew a beard and shaved back his hairline for this movie. He really didn’t look himself but Matt Damon looked good. It was disjointed, non-linear with constant subtitles making it hard to follow if you weren’t watching intently. It depicted how disfranchised and disillusioned youth can easily be manipulated into suicide bombers, you can’t trust governments, money and oil is the root of all evil.

Boob Tube Indulgences

21st June 2007 | Closed

Heroes, Prison Break, Battlestar Galactica(new series),Nip&Tuck are all on reruns. And so are lots of my other favourite shows. But I discovered some new shows instead like Real Housewives of Orange County and especially the Riches.

The Riches is about a modern day family of ‘travelers,thieves or gypsies’. Minnie Driver is the wife. I always remember her from Circle of Friends and Goodwill Hunting. In the Riches, she has a real Alabama type accent, has skipped parole and is a druggie. The Riches is a more upscale version of Trailer Park Boys. Since they deal with people trying to survive real life by a life of crime.

Another great show that I discovered is Inside the Actors Studio on Bravo channel. James Lipton interviews celebrities such as Elton, Angelina, Queen Latifah, Morgan Freeman, Diana Ross, Paul Newman,Drew, Salma etc. Its really interesting to see how their creative process works.

Near the end of the show, the guests are always asked the same questions (they are supposed to be the perfect revealing interview questions): what turns you on, what turns you off, what sound do you like, what sound do you not like, favourite swear word, what profession would you prefer instead, what profession would you not ever do, and if heaven does exist- what would you like God to say to you when you arrive? I would love hear how you would answer them. And then the acting/film students get to ask the guest questions too.

Flipping Pages: library loot

21st June 2007 | 2 Comments

I dropped by the library hoping to get a copy of Men & Demons by Dan Brown. Its the precursor to Da Vinci Code which I really enjoyed. They didn’t have it but I got 1 book by Maeve Binchy/Evening Class, 2 by Sophie Kinsella – The Undomestic Goddess and Shopholic & Sister and 1 by Joy Fielding/Whispers&Lies. Joy Fielding is a Torontonian and featured in Toronto Life so I decided to check her out. Easy read. In her first two books: common threads of abused wife, murder and lesbian lovers. I wondering if this also exists in the 3rd book that I am going to read now. I really should be reading the Japanese tour books that David bought instead.

I usually go to the library after the gym. I notice this weird sensation after being on the treadmill for 35min. When I got off and starting walking, I felt that I was floating off the ground. Must be an after effect from being on the treadmill.

Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

20th June 2007 | Closed

Words to live by. Isn’t that a great quote? It came from a post about quirky sayings from StampinUp! I know lots of people that would love it too. As for creative clutter, I like to work with everything in front of me but it then it looks messy.

Not your typical swordflower -its a wild gladiola

15th June 2007 | 1 Comment

Since the logo of this blog is swordflowers (aka gladiolas), I wanted a purple gladiola.  I could only find 3 images from flickr.  Gladiolas are  typically vertical flowers however the posted photo is a wild species.  I think the photo was taken in Israel.  If you want to know why I picked swordflower as a name, read the ‘about’ header.