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Archive for January, 2010

What’s in a name (part III)? The risqué baking version.

January 19th, 2010

Obviously, I like name stories (ie. Uncle Carton and Bon Jovi)… and at the risk of being bombarded by even more spam than usual, I thought I’d share another funny one here.

You know that silly game of figuring out your porn name by taking [your first pet's name] + [your Mom's maiden name]? Well, when I do that, my handle is:

Muffin Pan

Seriously. And yes, I know there’s another version where you take [your middle name] + [the street you grew up on], but Sue LaVerendrye just doesn’t have the same ring.

What’s your triple-X alias? Let me know in a comment here, and I’ll send a whack of greeting cards to a randomly drawn one of you at the end of the month :)

The photo above is of raspberry walnut oatmeal muffins I baked the other night in our brand new muffin pans (which is what made me think of this post in the first place). So okay, I’ve decided that wedding registries aren’t 100% evil.

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Haiti on my mind

January 16th, 2010

I’m stepping out of my blog vacuum for just a moment here. If you’re like me, you’ve been overwhelmed with news and images of the earthquake that happened in Haiti earlier this week. On the off-chance that you have been meaning to donate to help out but just weren’t sure how or where to do it, below are a few links you can follow to make a contribution.


F O R   C A N A D I A N S

Canucks, please note: The federal government will match any donations made to registered charitable groups for the Haitian disaster from Jan. 12 to Feb. 12, up to a maximum of $50 million.

  • Text the word “Haiti” to 45678 (in Canada only) on behalf of the Salvation Army in Canada.

  • CBC has created a site dedicated to Haiti relief, and it can help you direct your contribution here.


F O R   A M E R I C A N S

  • Text the word “Haiti” to 85944 to donate $5 on behalf of the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.

  • Text the word “Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5 On behalf of the Internal Rescue Committee.

  • The New York Times Blog has listed a number of ways to contribute here.


Even as I watch the news with puffy eyes, I also know I’ll never come close to comprehending the depth of the devastation this earthquake has caused and will continue to impose on the people involved.

If you know of any other links or ways to donate (whether from Canada/USA or elsewhere), please feel free to leave a comment here.

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What’s next — matching jogging suits?

January 12th, 2010

I’ve been on a knitting kick lately, which began in December. I had numerous balls of blue yarn — I seem to remember someone giving it to me way back when I was on a similar kick years ago. I pulled it out over the holidays and started going to town. The extent of my knitting prowess till know has been: rectangles! So till recently, I’ve only ever made scarves. I started with a scarf. Then I tried a hat.

On Christmas day, I was getting close to finishing up the hat while at a family ‘do, and my Dad asked if I thought the hat would fit him. Still unfinished and on the needles, he tried it on and liked it, so I asked him if he wanted it. He did. In fact, he jumped up and grabbed one of the balls of the blue stuff, and with the help of my crafty Aunt, he made a pom-pom. I closed off the top of the hat, added the pom-pom, and when another relative asked him about the hat, he said very proudly “Emily and I made this together.” [If you knew my Dad, you'd know how cute this is.]

After this, I started a new toque for me. The photo above is my Dad and me, wearing our matching hats (and my scarf that started things off). My hat is more of a slouchy design… but the more I look at my Dad’s, the more tempted I am to stick a damn pom-pom at the end of it!

Whattaya think?

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