Sunday, July 19, 2009

Farmer's Market

Yesterday morning a friend and I decided to visit the farmer's market for breakfast and to pick up a few 'essential' items for a picnic we had planned. Although the weather was a bit dismal, the cheerful atmosphere inside the market quickly perked us up (as did the coffee). We did some browsing (there was so much to look at), flipped through the pages of organic cookbooks, listened to the musicians playing in the background, sampled the organic food items, then picked up a few different cheeses, a baguette, salad, and of course, dessert - small raspberry-rhubarb gallette tartlets. After our picnic, we made our way to the park to take in the smooth sounds of some local folk bands - they were fabulous. Afterwards, we met up with a few friends who are moving out of the city for one last dinner together.

"Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life"


Friday, July 10, 2009

Renewal of Vows

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be present at a renewal of vows. The bride and groom were married a year ago in a small ceremony with only parents, and then decided that it would be wonderful to have another ceremony a year later to renew their vows and celebrate their one year anniversary with close friends and family.

They couldn't have asked for more perfect weather or a more picturesque location. The ceremony was held outside, followed by the reception, and then it was on to bigger and better things...lots of food, incredibly hilarious (and at times, embarrassing) stories and speeches involving the bride and groom told by their friends and parents, followed by plenty of dancing (did I mention they also had a candy table I raided?)

I wish them many more years of happiness together!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The King of Pop

Being a child of the '80s I was fortunate enough to grow up listening to the sweet sounds of Michael Jackson. One of my earliest memories was sitting on the couch (felt glove on one hand from the 99 cent store, bedazzled with rhinestones) waiting for "Thriller" to come on MTV so I could mimic the magnificent footwork of MJ. I practiced the moonwalk, the point, the spin, the body wave, the open arm stance with billowing top (I needed to stand in front of the air conditioning vent for that one)...everything short of the (crotch) "grab", basically. Oh the memories.....

This afternoon, Mum and I visited a local music shop and reminisced as we went through all of Michael's c.d.s and d.v.d's. We purchased two, and have been dancing ever since. Yesterday, a good friend of mine (and also a big Michael Jackson fan since childhood), was married and MJ's music played all night long...

Last week, we lost a musical genius and an icon who will go down in history as being the greatest musician, dancer and singer that ever lived....the King of Pop....who will live on in his fantastic, ground-breaking music.

Some of my favourite Michael Jackson music includes:


P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)


Rock with You

Don't Stop 'Til You get Enough

Billie Jean

Beat It

I Just Can't Stop Loving You

Smooth Criminal

The Way You Make Me Feel

Man in the Mirror

You Rock My World

Break of Dawn


I Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

Human Nature

In fact, I think I'll go play some of them now...