Friday, February 26, 2010

Keurig B40

We got this little honey and I love her. Previously not really coffee drinkers, we have been using this a surprising amount. And it might just be that it couldn't be more fun to lift and lower the little lever and press the buttons. Besides, who doesn't love the smell of freshly brewed coffee? Btw, we got our brewer from Sobey's and it was $40 less than Future Shop.

It surely is an upgrade from our generic can of instant coffee that is a couple of years old. Ha! My poor parents!

I couldn't recommend Golden French Toast coffee from Green Mountain more. It is delicious and smells and tastes like the real deal.

Oh, and if I thought life with two sugars couldn't get any sweeter; I'm quite sure that in the time it took to write this blog post I both entered AND won a contest. I hope so anyway...

Monday, February 22, 2010


I want the case that they haven't made yet for the Ipad that I don't own yet. It's called "BookBook" by Twelve South and they are laptop cases for Mac that are hardcover leather zipper cases made to look like antique volumes and overpriced as they may be, I love them. 

Acquired Tastes

From acquired taste   

n.  One that is unpleasant on immediate experience or is likeable only after being experienced repeatedly.

Oh hai. I don't like beer. I have never liked beer. I have tried it before and I know what it tastes like and I know that I don't like it. So on the many occasions when people have learned this about me I am faced with the question, "How can you not like beer?!" and we go through the discussion about how it is an acquired taste and how if I just try hard enough, after a certain amount of time, surely I will like it then. How if I just try it again and again and again, a time will come when I may come to enjoy it.

This has always struck me as very very odd. How on earth can the solution to trying something and disliking it  be to put yourself through trying it over and over and over again until it 'isn't so bad'? From the wikipedia page for "acquired taste": "Intentionally changing one's preferences can be hard to accomplish. It usually requires a deliberate effort, such as acting as if one likes something in order to have the responses and feeling that will produce the desired taste." This concept is so weird to me. And not I wouldn't think weird in a way that should be surprising to anyone. It is sort of an obvious fundamentally strange thing about human nature. If you google "acquired taste beer" you will find all sorts of articles teaching you "How to Enjoy the Taste of Beer" which generally is "drink it again and again and again and eventually you may develop a taste for it".

I plan to continue not ingesting things that taste horrible on rumour that someday they may taste good. But that's just me. And I'm an acquired taste. 

Friday, February 19, 2010

What is Stephen Harper Reading?

Oh my. This. is. amazing. I can't even tell you how thrilled I am by this blog.

In 2004 while running for Prime Minister, Stephen Harper was asked by a reporter what his favourite book was. His answer was, "The Guinness Book of World Records".

On April 14, 2007 Yann Martel, the author of the Man Booker Prize winning novel Life of Pi wrote in an article published in the Globe and Mail:

"For as long as Stephen Harper is Prime Minister of Canada, I vow to send him every two weeks, mailed on a Monday, a book that has been known to expand stillness. That book will be inscribed and will be accompanied by a letter I will have written. I will faithfully report on every new book, every inscription, every letter, and any response I might get from the Prime Minister, on this website."

And he has. A book of the first two years of letters was published last year which is how I first heard of it and I was/am very pleased to see that he has continued and that he has every book and letter published on the blog. You can also read the full Globe and Mail article and more on the backstory.

I am very much looking forward to sifting through all of the letters (which from what I've read so far are VERY entertaining) and using recommendations for future reading.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I don't think I could like this song more...

Though I do prefer to listen to it with headphones or in the car than watch the video. Speaking of headphones, I sort of am in love with how listening to music with headphones in public makes me feel like I have a big secret. I've also been known to not be able to not dance or sing in inappropriate places when listening to music that is just too good. Actually, there was an incident in grade one or two where I ended up not realizing I was singing with headphones on in front of my entire class before it was too late. Dang. 

Warm Delights

I love junk food. A lot. But whenever I see commercials for Betty Crocker's "Warm Delights" microwaveable cakes they make my stomach turn. They look like they would taste like bacteria and chemicals and pudding. In the interest of full disclosure I haven't tried them, and don't plan on it. Sick.

ps. I REALLY love cake and am not fussy
pps. I often find the food on This is why you're fat enticing

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hey Biggest Loser...

Get your contestants some technical clothing. What is with all the cotton?!