5 things

Hi friends! I am back from March Break and true to its name, I took a break from work, blogging and Nova Scotia… but not winter. I thought I’d catch up with 5 things on a Monday!

IMG_21841. Not gonna lie, I am loving skiing! We went to Sunday River for the week with our neighbours. If you have any interest in skiing, this is a great way to spend a week. The kids joined a week-long camp and were dropped off at 9:30 am – they skied all day, were fed, had a blast and we picked them up at 3:00 pm and skied home. Amazing. Do it and teach them while they’re young-fearless-dare-devils.

Unknown2. Wanted: A treadmill currently being used as your clothes rack. No joke, this weather is nasty and there has been a lot of complaining from drivers about runners on the roads. I have signed up for the Bluenose half marathon and the Cabot Trail Relay and I am itching to get out there so for now, maybe I should suck it up and run inside. Help!

FB Wallpaper-013. Forever Young book club meets this week. Spoiler alert: I really loved this month’s book.

IMG_20764. I am working through my 36 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I TURN 36 list and it’s a slow start. I have 5.5 items done so far (won’t tell you which ones) but I am sad to say I know not all thirty-six items will be completed because they closed the Oval. Boo. My friend suggested I change that one to “Try Boarder Cross” and check it off as DONE.

 

FNPN5. And finally, lets talk about Friday on a Monday. So I’ve kind of slacked off on Friday Night Pizza Night and not because of the company or commitment. I was a bit overwhelmed by how it should work and now that I have given the event a bit of distance, I think I have the best plan yet!

Attempt 1: Everyone brought their own pizza (either homemade and ready-to-bake, ordered or frozen and we we ate together but independently. The idea was simple but it didn’t feel very communal and in the end, it seemed more chaotic than anticipated. too many pizzas and not enough mouths.

Attempt 2: Mike and I pre-made homemade frozen pizzas with sauce and cheese and everyone brought stuff to share and decorate. This worked great because the pizzas were small and several fit in the oven at once. It felt much better but there were only 8 adults so even though there was a night of prep-work ahead of time, it wasn’t too difficult to make and freeze the pizzas.

As much as I prefer attempt 2 over attempt one, it is expensive and time consuming plus there is a lot of planning. We do not have a deep freeze so it’s hard to know how many pizzas to prepare and then have a place to store them. I wanted attempt 2 to work but at the same time, it felt as though the spontaneity and ease of FNPN was lost in all of the planning and work.

Enter attempt 3: Everyone brings their own cheese pizza – it can be a homemade one (like we make [see recipe below]), or a store-bought pizza and we will have a topping bar. You know, like a salad bar! The toppings won’t always be the same, but that’s where the spontaneity kicks in, plus, it seems like it’d be easier for us to provide all of the toppings so there is not too much of one thing and not enough of another. And by bringing your own base(s), you can eat as much as you have.

I hope the new plan sounds enticing. To make homemade frozen pizzas – which are easy and great to make ahead of time for any pizza night – simply roll out your dough and bake it for 5 minutes max (just till it is dry). IMG_1990 Once the dough has cooled down, spread the sauce and add cheese. Cover each pizza with saran wrap and tinfoil. Freeze. When ready to decorate, take out of the freezer! IMG_1989

 

I hope to see you at the next FNPN! More details to come. I promise.

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forever young : forever fun

Hey y’all, Forever Young had its first meeting and I think it went well! Thanks for all of your interest and especially, a big thank you to those who came out. Here’s a recap:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was our first book
  • Jodie, Heather, Michelle, Hollie, Jenna, Kristin, Anna, Jen and I were in attendance
  • We ALL read the book!!!
  • We all liked the book but were bothered by a few things… mostly Cath’s lack of Starbuck knowledge… you know, for being a city girl
  • We had protein bars and a few other appetizers plus wine of course!

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So what’s up next?

We decided to go with a seasonal book but more importantly, something that’s available in paperback – not too pricy to purchase if you can’t reserve a copy. Turns out Fangirl has a lot of fans (the reserve list at the library was long). Lesson learnt.

So book #2 is Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by: John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson

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“Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.”

Sounds good right? I hope you take the time to give it a read… perhaps by a fire, wearing wool socks and sipping on hot chocolate while the snow falls and Mariah Carey sings Christmas carols in the background. That’s my plan.

The next meeting will be in January and Jill / Anna are hosting.

It was fun to catch up with friends and discuss the book (and maybe a little gossip) … but I also think it is best when everyone reads the book. Sorry guys, next meeting you better come prepared because this club takes young adult literature very serious.

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Friends, wanna join an easy-going book club? Here’s what I am proposing:

  • We shall read YA books (young adult) – mostly
  • The meetings will be held once every two months (give or take)
  • The food and drinks will be decided and provided by the selector of the book (host) and inspired by the book; meaning, if the characters eat a lot of Skittles – we should probably eat a lot of Skittles too
  • There will be no commitment to attend every meeting but you must RSVP to the meetings you are attending
  • Unless otherwise noted, the meeting can happen at my place
  • There is no pressure to finish the book but you should at least know what it’s about. If you attend, be okay with others talking about what you did or didn’t read and deal with potential spoilers
  • That being said, if you chose the book, you should read it and be prepared to talk about it
  • The book can be old (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret) or new (Girl Online) or even not truly YA but still worth discussing (Not That Kind of Girl)

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First up, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Thursday, November 27 at 7:30pm

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“A deliciously warm-hearted nerd power ballad destined for greatness.” – New York Journal of Books

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . . But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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To keep in touch and rsvp to future Forever Young meetings, simply continue reading this blog or join the facebook group.

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