My Favourite Music of 2011

It was a great year for the music I love.

Midnight City is by far my favourite track of the year. XO


A year in photos

smash patriarchy tattoo
Smash Patriarchy tattoo - January 2011
Foggy and Snowy on the Hump - February 2011
Katsudon, I die, best meal of the year, hands down - March 2011
vegan yoghurt!
Vegan transition, coconut yoghurt - April 2011
DIY Smilebooth
We've managed to have a baby for a year and not kill it ! ! - May 2011
Embracing summer, skirts, tights, toms - June 2011
alberni valley roller girls. first group shot
The AVRG come out into public, exciting times - July 2011
new couch!
My dream couch that I've been hunting for FREE on freecycle - August 2011
Cave Singers at Rifflandia IV, I had an incredibly amazing get away weekend with Stewart - September 2011
six minute eggs and mizuna
six min eggs and mizuna - October 2011
ocean breathes salty
My betiko favourite knit of the year - November 2011
My derby wife stirring the shit out of the ganache
My Derby Wife and I making Ganache, so happy this lady came into my life this year - December 2011


FO: Stemwinder

helvetica's stemwinder
helvetica's stemwinder
Woo! Went to make this hat for my Derby Wife, Chia Grrr'vara, and knit it too small. Kid's small. So now it sits all lovingly on his head. Knit it out of Malabrigo Worsted in Lettuce. Wanna know how to get a toddler to sit still for the camera? Totoro. It's ridiculous. I used the Stemwinder pattern by my gal Laura over at HOME SWEET HOME. This is the ravelry project page. My voice is pretty non existent today and I've spent most of the day in bed or near the bed. Heading back to lying down. Have a great holiday b/c I probably wont see you until the new year! XO


before the week starts

hanukkah cake!
hanukkah cake!
all greys and blacks
seth gets cozy with the xmas tree
Tonight was our annual hanukkah feast and HONESTLY there were about 40 people in our house. Lots of kids high on sufganiot and sparkling juice, teenagers gleefully happy off of the massive pile of rum balls that stewart made, and my voice is almost 100% gone. done. finished for. And now I'm hungry (thank GOD for leftovers) and need to have a bath and hit the hay. If I don't see you until after the holidays... sorries, but have fun! XO


as time goes by...

My derby wife stirring the shit out of the ganache
our new dining room
fall / winter leaves
helvetica and k.
raging kitsuksis
It's officially transitioned from fall into winter, though solstice is a few days away, the oncoming of xmas has truly made it's mark. Our pre-hanukkah hanukkah feast is tomorrow and our friends have (thankfully) taken on some of the meal preparations. I'm excited (and nervous) about the huge people load that will be here tomorrow: fun! Regardless of me knowing every year exactly when they're coming, the holidays are always a last minute thought for me. I don't carve out the time and I don't save up the money to go hog wild, which is good, because that's not the holidays I really want anyway. And the post-SLAY BELLES hangover finally fell right into a brutal cold and had me pretty much off of work this whole last week. YUCK. And not even days off with a lot of accomplishments. Lots of lying on the couch or the floor, fighting for a few extra hours of sleep (I've reinstituted my 11pm bedtime, hoping for lower next time), and avoiding doing dishes or even making dinner opting for eating out (expensive but delicious) and popcorn and totoro for dinner. The best times. I don't really know what my xmas angst is about and while we've pared down so much I truly only have one person to "buy" for (and I collected all year and made stuff for them too), there's always the people I forget (like a cousin - we each take a relative from this family; or my grandpa - guh!; or even my step mom - ooops!). I tend to skip friends almost entirely but managed to pick up a few goodies a while back, regardless I'll send my "xmas parcels" in April like I always do, which I really like doing anyway. And the knitting two more things to knit, both in progress, one for my derby wife and one for my step dad (I had him in the swap this year). I knitted things for Stewart's family but I'm worried about lurkers so pictures will be posted as soon as they receive their parcel (of which I have to send first). This post has been too nitty processy. I'm a bit tired and am avoiding the cooking I have to do for tomorrow, but will nip that in the bud and get the vegan brisket in the oven pronto, so it can bake while we watch LOVE ACTUALLY. Happy Chrismukkah!!


weee ol' update

I know, it's been almost a month since I posted here last. It's brutal. (I have been posting at HOME SWEET HOME if you're really desperate).  After we got back from the OK I got pretty sick and then got a flu shot (fuck yes flu shot virgin and i love it so far) and then things have been SO BUSY gearing up for SLAY BELLES 2011 which is happening this weekend here in port alberni. Eeeeeps!!! So much to do, just the right amount of time, and Port Alberni gets to finally put ourselves on the map for Roller Derby! Yay!

I was thinking about updating a bit on how my goals are coming (see the left).

1. Not going to Hilo, but going to blood & thunder bootcamp in Abbotsford in February AND to Rollercon in Vegas in July. So I'll cross this one off when I get back from Vegas.

2. we have moved upstairs and now have space for our teapots. we have yet to decide where they are going, though, so that's why it's not crossed off yet.

6. appointment booked! idea decided. it's going to be better than everyone's tattoos in the world COMBINED

9. I've passed everything but my laps. I must work out almost every day to work on my endurance. FML.

13. new bedroom. still needs to be painted. going for a look like this.

14-16. i don't wanna talk about it

21. going very well.

29. booking for early january.