January 27, 2009

Pizza and Cheese Cake



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

Attila and I thoroughly enjoyed our pizza and cheese cake for dinner last night. Unfortunately, there was so much that we could not eat it all. So we had pizza and cheese cake again tonight! It is all gone now.

Today was brilliantly sunny, so I took myself out for a walk in the pines. Beautiful. I don't walk about nearly as much as I should in the winter. As a result of a lot of inactivity and a little extra food, I have gained 10 pounds since last November. It went on so very easily, and it comes off with such incredible difficulty. Pizza and cheese cake are now relegated to the distant future; perhaps we will indulge again in 2010.

I remember when I first began to put on weight, around the same time I became isolated and my life went pear shaped. A dear friend who had not seen me for some time said, "Oh, you're fat!"

I certainly was fatter than I had ever been, but I was, and am, slight by comparison to so many young people these days. Still, for the sake of my blood pressure and cholesterol, I will be resuming my healthy lifestyle forthwith.

And so the fourth week of the Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force is well under way and its passing well marked by pizza and cheese cake.

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Worldly Distractions

A bare foot in January.
Best foot forward on a January afternoon.

BBC Radio Scotland
Since I am not a witness to conditions in Scotland, I can afford to think that what I hear reflects what is actually going on. I love the illusion of candor. Who knows, it may be reality rather than illusion. Be still my beating heart.

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"Society is an illusion to the young citizen. It lies before him in rigid repose, with certain names, men, and institutions, rooted like oak-trees to the centre, round which all arrange themselves the best they can. But the old statesman knows that society is fluid; there are no such roots and centres; but any particle may suddenly become the centre of the movement, and compel the system to gyrate round it, as every man of strong will, like Pisistratus, or Cromwell, does for a time, and every man of truth, like Plato, or Paul, does forever."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Temperature: -8.9C
Pressure: 103.1 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 70 %
Wind Chill: -13
Dewpoint: -13.3C
Wind: W 8 km/h

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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