April 29, 2009

According to this NewsOK article, the debt that ORU carried for many years is close to being eradicated.

Check out the Renew the Vision donation page here.  It’s fun to watch the bars go from right to left and vice versa.

Good news!

Chocolate Update

April 27, 2009

I made a new batch of coconut chocolate.  This time I used a little cayenne and black pepper in the mix.  Just a dash of each.  It adds a tiny little yummy kick!

Also, Ryan doesn’t like chocolate, but he LOVES these little chocolate pieces.

Finally, for those counting their points, each piece is 1 point.  Two pieces is 2.5 points.  Enjoy!

Book Store Flies

April 27, 2009

After the screening of The Garden on Saturday night, we stopped at a used bookstore around the corner and I bought a book about long-distance cycling for $4.  This was a traditional used book-store with the typical book-store-flies.  You know the ones.  They love books.  They love thinking and talking and sharing opinions.  They wear mostly black.

Well this group was no exception and when I rounded the corner to pay for my book, I asked, “Who wants my money?” and they immediately broke into a round of quips about who would like to take my money and why.  Witty folks.

Then, one girl standing beside me asked if I’d like to see a real “sea-bug” and as I pulled out my dollars I answered, “Well, I grew up on an island, so it may not gross me out.”  “Which island?” another book-store-fly asked.  “Newfoundland.”

A chorus of “ooohs” met my ears followed by a discussion about where it is and which time zone it uses.  Cute.

They proceeded to ask me questions about the province: how many people, how cold, etc.  They seemed genuinely interested.  One guy told me that I was the first Newfoundlander that he’d ever met.  So I curtsied.

After entertaining a few of their questions, I raised my hand, waved and said, “Good night, y’all!”

I bet that kept them quipping for a while.

The Garden

April 27, 2009

This past Saturday night Ryan and I attended the opening weekend of the oscar-nominated film (that Ryan worked on as the online editor and trailer editor), The Garden, at the NuArt Theatre.

In this first photo, the man standing beneath the marquee is actually Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the director.  He’d stopped to wave at us so I took his pic!

Here’s Ryan about to cross the street with me to get the pic from the other side.

Here’s the sign in all it’s glory.

The Garden, by director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, won a Sterling award for best U.S. feature at the Silverdocs Film Festival. The Sterling Feature Jury praised the film for “its tenacity in storytelling in the face of injustice, and the filmmaker’s singular vision in bringing a gripping, dramatic, and important story to the public eye. The Garden has raw emotion, visceral energy, and nail-biting twists and turns. It unravels a complex and layered tale of the destruction of America’s largest urban farm that must not be forgotten.”

The Q&A that we attended at the NuArt was the best we’d heard yet.  It’s evident that Scott is in his stride as an indie-filmmaker and has heard almost all the questions about the film he’s going to hear.  He did an excellent job moderating.  Also, the impassioned and intelligent audience made for a great Q&A session.


April 22, 2009

A friend of mine, Caleb Brown, has produced this short film. It’s pretty cute, well-shot, and made me tear up at the end. Check it out! Vote if you can.


Homemade Chocolate

April 16, 2009

If you can believe it (and even if you can’t), this yummy chocolate is sugar-free, dairy-free, and…

…wait for it…


I followed this recipe.  Except that I used 1 tbsp of stevia instead of the 1/4 cup of rapadura.


April 16, 2009

I am now returning to the blog-o-sphere!  And since I’ve been gone there’ve been so many changes!

Wardeh has a new logo.  Very slick and eco-friendly.  She’s got a great blog over there about God’s natural, organic, whole foods, that are grown locally and in season.  I highly recommend.

Jack has started the paper trail.  It’s a fun game that happens on his sidebar.  Read about it here.

Rory finished his lenten writing project.  If you haven’t checked out his 40 days of honest blogging, you must.  Go there now and read one.  Then read the next one tomorrow.  Then keep reading.   Then read them again.

And finally…

Barb got engaged!


April 16, 2009

My vulcan husband sent me this: Star Trek | The Enterprise Project

This one was my favourite.



April 7, 2009

This little black brick holds all my Time Machine backups. I keep it safe.

My new computer hasn’t shown up yet. I’m hobbling along bouncing back and forth between the 12″ Powerbook and Ryan’s 2008 17″ MacBook Pro.

My iPhone has been invaluable. But there’s nothing like working on your own desktop with your own programs and your own settings. It really does feel like I’m digitally couch-surfing.

I’ll have a new home soon.


April 1, 2009

I wonder how long the meeting was to decide whether or not that first G should or should not be capitalized.


April 1, 2009

My computer has gone to the great kernel panic in the sky (so says Ryan) so I will be posting lite for a while.

Sent from my iPhone.