The lowers and the uppers

The title makes me think of when I was bipolar but I’m in fact talking about the program at the gym ! 🙂 I am trying on a three-months program I found in older issues of Oxygen and I’m in the first month where I train the upper and then the lower. I wonder why can’t we just train them both at the same time and save some time ?

In fact, I was thinking about depression yesterday. It seems so far away, so long ago, that I was in a depression. It seems unreal when I think about it now. But it was very real. Difficult, painful. Horrible. Fall is also the time when it creeps back. Well, it used to.

I feel so much better than I used to. I feel so normal. When I become irrational, suspicious, moody it’s because of PMS. So I’m grateful for PMS. Because it’s only PMS. Not a rapidly cycling bipolar event. I’m grateful I survived. I’m grateful I’m feeling better and that tears mean I feel pain or sadness and if I cry it’s going to make me feel better…instead of making me go for a loop. I’m grateful all my energy is there and that when I’m tired I can sleep.

So today I’m going to go to the gym and train the lower, the upper if I have time, and then pilates if I feel like it. Pilates will train the abs so I hope I feel like it. Nothing is better for the abs !

Memes and blog carnivals

I am learning the differences between memes and blog carnivals.

I am wondering where I will find a carnival as interesting, challenging and fun as Show and Tell. I already have You Capture on that same day but it’s Show and Tell that really captured my heart.

I thought that maybe I could host a carnival. But MrLinky is not for WordPress blogs because of javascript and anyway, I don’t have enough readers to make something of it.

So I’m searching the blogosphere for interesting carnivals and memes. Not finding many unfortunately.

Show and Tell

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I have nothing this week. Except that I thought it was amazing that I could see vapor from my cup of tea. I never succeeded in photographing some before.

I have a migraine since noon. Today, I nearly had the chance to go to a congress in Texas but we don’t have the budget (each employee has a maximum for courses, congresses etc.) because I’m taking half of it for Québec. We had a meeting because of a situation at work where we have to focus on the needs of one particular employee who can be relentless and aggressive when she wants answers. A magazine asked me if I wanted to be member of the month on their web site and I thought it wouldn’t happen because the info they have is this name and this email address and it’s my secret identity. But they accepted that I submit an avatar instead of a real photo.

I have done three batches of dishwashing by hand. I cooked fish with mango salsa and quinoa for tomorrow hoping my boyfriend is not feeling neglected. Yep. I love him with food. I have been a bit difficult this last week and maybe the week before that. Spring is making me a tad crazy and irrational. I called him on his cell to ask him to buy more mayo because he let a half-full bottle of mayo on the table. I could have waited. And I’m trying not to call him just to ask that he vacuums tomorrow, we have sheeps of dust. It’s starting to look like the far west. It’s his job but I have to ask him.

My head hurts and I’m no fun.

Show and Tell : Montreal

Rue Saint-Mathieu

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Last weekend, I walked for hours with my boyfriend and I took pictures of Montreal. So for my Show and Tell, I am showing you details of Montreal. It’s all jumbled because I had trouble arranging the pictures in the post. To see them bigger, click on them.

Montreal is old and new at the same time. Lots of the older architecture is still present and mingles with the new architecture and other modern elements. Montreal is known as La ville aux cent clochers which means that churches are everywhere.

Centre-Ville près de la rue Guy

Centre-Ville près de la rue Guy

Taken from Termium while I was looking for clocher in English :

« The most important city of the province of Quebec, but not its capital. It occupies all the Île de Montréal (or Montréal Island), the big

gest island of the Hochelaga Archipelago, at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and the Ottawa River. In 1535, Jacques Cartier visited the native village of Hochelaga on the slope of what he named « Mont Royal, » but by 1608, year of the foundation of Québec, all the Iroquoians were gone. At the same location, Ville-Marie was founded as a missionary colony by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve in 1642, though it was not until the conclusion of the « Grande Paix » (peace treaty) of 1701 that the colony stopped living in a permanent state of war. The establishment became the great centre of the fur trade and a starting point for expeditions by the coureurs de bois and voyageurs of the time. Trade from the port and agriculture on the surrounding plains contributed to the development of the city. By the 1820s, its population outnumbered that of the city of Québec. A dynamic merchant class began to invest and « St. James Street, » now « la rue Saint-Jacques, » became the country’s financial centre. Around 1831, large-scale immigration enabled the population of British origin to be the majority in the city but, at the time of Confederation in 1867 and after, the francophones were again in the majority, gradually making the city the centre of the French culture in America. Erected as a municipality in 1832, the city underwent a steady growth with the addition of the territories of 35 towns over the years.

If Toronto grabbed the title of « Business Capital » by the end of the 20th Century, Montréal remained the « Metropolis of Canada. » In 1996, the metropolitain region grouped some 111 municipalities located on three of the islands of the Hochelaga Archipelago, Montréal Island, Jésus Island and Bizard Island, and, on the South Shore, the city of Longueuil and the seven others that were to be part of it on the 1 January 2002, the cities of Boucherville, of Brossard, of Greenfield Park, of LeMoyne, of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, of Saint-Hubert and of Saint-Lambert. On 1 January 2002, the municipalities which were grouped, since 1 January 1970, under the Communauté urbaine de Montréal (CUM) (the Montréal Urban Community (MUC) from 1970 to 1983), sometimes said « the Greater Montréal, » became one city. The new city of Montréal comes from the fusion of the village municipality of Senneville, of the cities (in French « cités ») of Côte-Saint-Luc and of Dorval, as well as of the cities (in French « villes ») of Anjou, of Baie-d’Urfé, of Beaconsfield, of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, of Hampstead, of Kirkland, of Lachine, of LaSalle, of L’Île-Bizard, of L’Île-Dorval, of Montréal, of Montréal-Est, of Montréal-Nord, of Montréal-Ouest, of Mont-Royal, of Outremont, of Pierrefonds, of Pointe-Claire, of Roxboro, of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, of Sainte-Geneviève, of Saint-Laurent, of Saint-Léonard, of Verdun and of Westmount. »

Boul. René-Lévesque

Boul. René-Lévesque

Ste-Catherine, coin Crescent

Viaduc, rue Atwater

Sour l'autoroute, rue Atwater

Les toits de Montréal

Centre canadien d'architecture, Boul. René-Lévesque

Show and Tell 13

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Last Sunday, I went to the library before going to Super C (frozen Ristorante pizzas were sold at 2.77$, a bargain and they’re my favorite). The library had called to say a book was ready for me and there were in fact three books for me and I ended taking out many others. Anywhoo. On the way to go to Super C, I stopeed at ItsyBitsy. I wanted a cupcake for my Show and Tell !

It’s a vanilla-coco cupcake. In the afternoon, all that was left were either vanilla cupcakes or chocolate ones. Since I give up chocolate for Lent, I couldn’t try the Smores cupcake or the chocolate-caramel cupcake. I asked them to decorate it so it would be pretty. They added pink sparkle and flowers.

ItsyBitsy is one of the few places in Montreal where they have those cute cupcakes. Unfortunately, I have not found any place that had THE most delicious cupcakes…except in Halifax. 🙂 It’s a bit far to get my sugar fix even if my friend works near the place and it would be great to spend time at Susie’s Shortbreads on break. In Montreal, the cupcakes I tasted were either dry, not sweet enough, or tasted like Duncan Hines which is the case of those cupcakes. Petits Gâteaux has the most beautiful cupcakes and the prettiest shop but they taste like box cake and box cake is great but not when it’s the taste of cupcakes that should be homemade and that cost near 3$ each.

I put my cupcake on this plate which was given to me by my mom when she came back from Paris last year. Porcelaine with a coquelicot drawing, the colors are striking and the design along the edge is delicate and feminine. I love that plate.

Now, go over at Mel’s to see what others are showing.

Show and Tell 12

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I love cookbooks. I have a whole bookshelf of cookbooks and magazines. I can’t get enough. It’s only because the books cost so much that I don’t get more. The Better Homes and Gardens CookBook and the Martha Stewart were given to me by my boyfriend our forst Chrsitmas together.

I have lots of cookbooks about desserts and cookies. I subscribe to Everyday Food, Real Simple, Châtelaine, Coup de Pouce and I started subscribing to Food Network Magazine. To me these magazines are pronography or art magazines. I read them, re-read them, re-re-re-read them. When I’m done with my Châtelaine, I give them to my neighbour. I also buy Clean Eating.

I received the Ultimate Cookie Book for my last birthday after pining after it for months and months. And my little sister gave me the Nutella cookbook. I bought my Jamie Oliver books in a used books store and I would like to find the 2nd Josée DiStasio in a used books store also. It’s where I got the first book.

I have sold some of my books and I have given some. I have given or recycled many magazines. I look at the pictures and the shelves seem empty to me.

Top shelf : Châtelaine, Coup de Pouce, Clean Eating, Cooking at Home and a cupcake transporter a friend gave me because she thought I was into baking cupcakes.

2nd shelf : Cook books !! Better Homes and Gardens, Dieticians of Canada, beautiful books I rarely use, whatever doesn’t fit on my other shelves.

3rd shelf : Everyday Food from 2007 to 2010. The older ones were recycled after I took out my favorite recipes.

4th shelf : Real Simple, same as Everyday Food. I had to make space !

5th shelf : Cookbooks !! Cookies, chocolate, reference, children cookbooks, Jean Pare, sandwiches, whatever…

Last shelf : Clippings and notes

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Show and Tell 11

Mon chat qui fait quoi ? L'autruche ? La poule ? Une culbute ?

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This is my cat. On my pink blanket. On the freezer. Doing what ? Sleeping. The cat is sleeping rolled in a ball but not on his side. Rolled up, if you know what I mean.

My boyfriend stays home during days and I’m home at night. At night, my cat accompanies me in the kitchen, sitting on a chair beside me or prowling around while I cook. Then he sleeps on the couch like any normal cat. Same thing with the bed. Normal cat sleeping.

The days I’m home, I see him doing this. The first time I saw him like this I thought something was wrong. He was in a position where I would expect him to be licking himself. But it’s like he just stopped and had a snooze attack.

I have never seen any other cat sleep this way. It looks like he’s hiding or keeping warm or paralyzed.

Funny.

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