Meeting The Meatball

 

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Yolo, homebrewskis!

So goes the traditional greeting of Gabarus, CB.

Starting right now. Our house represents 7.5% of the population here and if you include the crows we represent a solid 10% so I think it’s fair to say we are making this happen.

Speaking of the crows, I just fed them the last half bag of stale Sriracha flavoured chips. They are on the front lawn gobbling them up them like rambunctious frat boys, and then jumping up and down with either happiness or spiceness. I have trouble distinguishing the two.

Last night we had our first guests to the house!! It was so exciting. Bryce and Celina were passing through Cape Breton on their way to Fogo, Nfld, and stopped in to waste time before boarding the ferry. Fortuitously we had spent the morning at the Farmers Market buying curry, african food, chili, naan bread, and german treats for dinner so we had a feast.

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This is kind of a crappy photo of the farmers market, but there you are anyway.

Bryce and Celina had their dog with them– a 50 pound Meatball-Of-Handsome bulldog named Brent. He was SO AWESOME! I could spend the rest of my life watching him climb the stairs and do “tricks.” What a little cutie.

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We have learned a lot about Sweet Pea this week. The first thing we learned that despite being 90+ years old in dog years, she is not an old lady. We thought she needed love and naps. Instead she needs constant attention and exercise. Because, she is 100% border collie. YAY! So instead of constant naps, we are doing constant walks. We learned she can do tricks: stay, sit, shake paw, dance, speak, kisses.. etc. She knows her toys by name and will bring them to you. We decided one day that she is either incredibly stupid or manipulating us, guess which one was correct. She is super smart. And super athletic and energetic. We also learned, she hates every other dog. Including sweet Brent the Bulldog puppy. Despite Sweet Pea routinely dominating dogs half her age and 3x her size, Brent held his own. Their stubborness was well matched. So we had some scary sounding dog fights in the kitchen with our Curry and wine!

But it was really nice having them over, Celine and Bryce are some of our favourite peeps. She has a Lemongrab tattoo. Thats all I need to say. We talked about food, and they made us want to take a motorcycle trip to Montreal to eat at Au Pied du Cochon and have the trotters and foie gras poutine SO BADLY GOD DAMN IT!!! Bryce and I shared my Ra-Ra-Rasputin beer, which was delicious and deep and dark but kind of tasted like that time I poured beer in my coffee for experiments. I dont think it’s going to be a routine purchase.

 

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On the work front, everything is still chill & fun. Look at these sprinkle macarons! HOW FUCKING CUTE ARE THOSE!!? TELL ME! TELL ME!!!! Yeah pretty cute. I made a Minecraft cake this week, with fondant figures, which made me very proud. Easter was incredibly busy, and we made a million cakes and all the money. Felt great!

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We had Chinese at Peking Restaurant, which is always the best.

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Aside from the pure crazy joy of having a dog around the house, and her excellent properties for warming up my feet at the end of the bed, another thing that Sweet Pea has brought into my life is walks. Im outside at dawn and dusk now, my two favourite times of day, that I rarely see. The other night we went for a walk down to the beach in the rain, and it was getting dark and the world smelled like wood smoke, and moss, and salty air. We walked through the graveyard that is slowly falling into the sea. I took a few pictures with my phone of the moody dark blue world. I would normally be at home reading the internet or watching TV. This was 1000% more relaxing. Thanks Sweet Pea!

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Sp00o0O0o0oOO00O0o0Ky ghosts!

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We also visited with Blair, as it was Distilling DAY! It was very cool to watch a bucket of sugar, water & yeast ferment and distill into clear, 180 proof alcohol. I went home with about 3 quarts of the stuff. My plan is to bring it down to about 40 proof, and add herbs and plants from around Gabarus to make a kind of gin. Angelica, rosehip, spruce, etc. The rest maybe will turn into bourbon.

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wowzaaaa

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Its been very wet and rainy this week, but the sun is shining now. I can hear bluejays and chickadees and buntings making their sweet little bird sounds. This evening we are going to drive into town to buy a BBQ, and a frisbee for the dog. On monday I get my package of vegetable seeds in the mail from Veseys in PEI. We bought about 20 different kinds of veg to try planting in the back yard. For the front garden Im going to grow a hardy hedge lavender that winters well, german camomile and pink echinacea. As well as random wildflowers for the bees. Im thinking of trying to grow some kind of water lily in the ditch in front of the house. It’s always full of water. CB tells me there will be tons of frogs in there come the warm weather so Im looking forward to some frog songs in the summer. Thats the nicest sound in the world. Dogs, BBQ’s & Frogs Forever!

CAN’T WAIT FOR SUMMER!

Buds & Beer

I think it’s the first day of spring? I dunno if it was, but I was feeling it man. We spent the morning having breakfast and being lazy around the house. Then we took CB’s nan out for some lunch at The Bonnie Prince. The food was meh, but the company was nice. Then I bought some SOCKKKS!!! YEAAHH! SOCKS! YAY! WOO! SOCKS!

On the way back home we stopped for gas and ice creams. We took a detour down a dirt road we always talk about going down. We stopped along the road and trespassed onto a gorgeous chunk of property to look out over the ocean and the Gabarus village in the distance.

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Then we came home and played around in the backyard for a while. CB sorted out the shed, and I wandered around taking pictures. We burned out paper garbage, which I always find fun for some reason. I think its all the fire maybe. Anyway I was poking at the fire when I noticed a large feathery friend settle down on a tree along the perimeter of the yard.

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It was an eagle!! There is a very handsome eagle couple who live across the street. They dont usually come over because we feed the crows so they own our yard. They are not to be trifled with. I dont know where the crows were today, maybe recovering from the bag of Cheeseburger Slider chips I gave them, but the eagle snuck over to have a peek at us. Very curious. Did I mention I’m insane about eagles? I an insane about eagles.

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EAGLES!!!!

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Off he goes to the Missus.

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My walk around the yard was mostly this; moss, pinecones, and bits of branches. There is a bunch of oak trees around the house that Blair brought up from acorns.

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This is the house! Its cute, and pinkish.

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This is a really old brick from the old fireplace that Marie found a fox paw print embedded in it. Coooool

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I just like this rusty old lady bug bird feeder.

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So sunny!

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Little yellow well, marking the well!

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CB found a rusty old egg beater, when you press the stick downwards it spins the beater. Cooooool

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And he found this cool Tonka truck in the basement.

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And a copy of The Four Loves by C.S Lewis. Cute.

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I took a picture of the tub in Joan’s garden next door because it’s nice looking.

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The side of Joan’s house

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Peeking over the side of Joans porch. There’s a giant whale bone just chillin’ on a bench on the porch, and a collection of painted beach rocks.

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Joans front door. Kiiiind of looks like a witch lives here, if I didnt know better….

Alright, CB is making some Jerk Pork so Im going to go sort out my spices into jars so I stop dropping packages of spices all over the place and becoming enraged. YAY! Bye!

Spring Sprungler

Well hello there, March!

Where’d you come from, you sneaky little devil!

Can’t say I’m going to mourn the passing of February, the seemingly longest month of the whole fucking year. Ready for some wet Marchy spring time now! There’s still snow, but there’s buds on the trees and sometimes, sunshine! I feel so greedy for it! I find patches of it beaming into the house and stand there like a lazy cat. Rubbing the sunshine onto my skin like some kind of ethereal lotion. Need those happy suntime rays on me!

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This has been a really strange, amazing month in the life of CB & Karalalala. So much good stuff, we are starting to get paranoid that some kinda Big Bad must be on it’s way. The universe likes to even us out like that. But so far it’s all sunshine and pizza parties. Crazy. Our days have been filled with family, lovely meals together, day time naps and cupcakes. So nice. This is us leaning into our Old Peopleness with a quilt-slipper-nap combo.

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This is the view from the second floor window of OUR HOUSE!

That’s Dr. Lutz’s house across the way. He is a german doctor, who is one of the best people Ive met in life. He is so curious, and warm. And he shares my intense love of chocolate so we get along pretty well. Behind him is the ocean. It smells fantastic here all the time. Outside all you can hear is seagulls and wind chimes and I feel like I should tape it and put it on youtube for people to listen to while trying to fall asleep at night.

These are some random pics Ive taken of life stuff in the last month. Some crazy good pizza, a weird fencing painting in Corys uncles house, molasses raisin bread dough, ma po tofu and pork with preserved veg from our favourite Chinese restaurant here, and some stuff Ive been making at work. I’m finding that people here are obsessed with French macarons, and anything filled with whipped cream. Those are coconut cream eclairs and pistachio macarons, and a gigantic guitar cake I made. I always thought I hated making cakes, but I’m actually really enjoying it. My lovely Boss Lady says I get real quiet and zen when Im making tiny fondant owls & corals and what not for cakes.

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SO MUCH FUN.

I also have started working on my Get Better At Life List to great success!

  • Ive been calling my family way way more which is something I really was bad at, and thusly so nothing in this blog will be new or interesting to any of them haha
  • I have read 7 books! I have time to read! READNG IS COOL U GUYZ.
  • CB dyed my hair mermaid colours one sunday night, and it was beautiful for a week and a half. Purple magenta, royal blue and turquoise. Because why the hell not.
  • I have been eating better, and lost about 10 pounds since christmas. Just 1081292809 more to go! But I do feel a million times healthier, in my bod, and also my brains. Yay, vive le fibre!
  • Im doing very good at not working so much and its making everything in our life so much better. Also, our regular customers are little girls, grandmas, and Klutzy the Clown so thats pretty fucking great.

 

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We finally got down to the Farmers Market on Keltic Drive this saturday. It is a fantastic little market! There weren’t any veggies or anything like that yet, lots of sea-shell based crafts as to be expected, but they had something there that gave us emotions. Ethnic food. The smell, of spices, in the air! OH MY GOD! We ate samosas, and my tongue felt like it was bursting with a million spicy rainbows shooting out happiness.

We grabbed dinner from a lady selling African food! Ive never had African food before, and we are now probably her biggest fans. We got “African stew” which was tomato based, with chickpeas and spices. Meatballs. Something amazing with lots of eggplant. Couscous, some really tasty rice, chicken legs, and two bottles of home made sorrel juice. Which tasted like fruit punch. And tasted even nicer, with rum in it.

Rum = Yum. Thats just good old fashioned math.

Then we had some german baking for dessert; bienenstich which is like sweet bread filled with custard and covered in honey & almonds. Also a quark doughnut, which was dense but soft and very slightly cheesy. It is tasty in my stomach, ja?

We also picked up some local honey that tastes like roses and spruce trees, so basically heaven. Some sausages made by a German couple who were hocking sauerkraut and bratwurst on buns. Big Spruce Brewing co had giant growlers of beer which gave me troubling lust feelings. They also had a mysterious dark bottle the size of my forearm with a picture of Rasputin on it that I had to buy. Its a dark stout, tasting of vanilla and caramel, and it is also 10.5%, called Ra Ra Rasptin. The guy told me to “be careful” while drinking it, or to share it, because it says 10.5 on the bottle but its more near 12. Soooo that should be fun for CB to have to deal with me one night.

There was a wizard looking dude selling mead, and some goat soap makers, Nova Scotian wines, Caper Crepes, a cupcake stand, chocolates, coffee, naan bread, tons of baked goods and even more hippy shit, and German translations of Clive Cussler novels.. So we have lots to try next time.

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After the market we went by Uncle Blairs house, and started off a batch of home brew whiskey. This is him stirring the yeast into the big buckets of sugar water. Mmmmm, hoooooch-y. As a sugar-based professional I got him the hookup on cheap 25kg bags of the sweet stuff, so in return he’s teaching me how to make booze. Pretty good trade! Seems pretty straight forward, so in addition to cupcaker and fly tier, I might try my hand at bootlegging. Yay!

For our next trick, we are gonna get the garden started out back. Maybe start figuring out a chicken coop for next spring, cause we have left it a little late now to get chickens this year. And yeah.. damn it.. maybe even get a fucking pony. WHY NOT! Why, the hell, not.

Damn it!

 

P.S. Hi Murray! This ones for you..

Gnormie and Tony

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Holaaaaa meee ameegooos

Been gone for a while. Back at work, worky worky worky. Now I’m home; beery beery beery.

That up there is a portrait of CB and me, and a napping baby lamb. I’m the handsome one. I’m kidding, thats Gnorman and the Incredible Hulk…s kind of slow brother Tony.

Wowza, our bedroom is really red.. rad..

(cool dude, radical, excellent….)

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Look! It’s so bright outside!! So snowy bright!

 

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Painting stuffff. All my paintings are looking like the covers of science fiction books from the 70’s..

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My one and only plant. Her name is Oh, Suzanna. It’s a jaunty name for a jaunty little succulent.

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Check out our awesome floors. I mopped them for the second time ever! My the bottoms of my feet are foot coloured instead of grey!

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Reflections of the outdoors on a photograph of indoors.

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Sexy pattern mash ups.

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Bills, and my Newfoundland magent collection that was a b-day present from The Galzzzz.

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This is my laundry room. Inside those cupboard doors is a collection of antique aerosol cans of random solvents and about 15 cans of pineapple pop leftover from halloween. Inside that cloth tube, is bags. We reuse, because it appeased Captain Planet. That guy is so cool.

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The view out the front door. TOO BRIGHT!!

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KEYS.

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Lego men– space guy, king dude. Ceramic Skunks. Dinky Cars. Sea urchins. Coins. Bolts. Nintendo GAMES!

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Our gross little collection of wishes building up over the stove. Also spicy peppers and sticks to dig the spicy peppers out of your teeth.

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PRESENTS FROM WORK! Thanks Cecil! Is it Cecil or Sea Salt..???? Anyway! He sent Mudder to work with a jar of Tur and a jar of duck! Doreen gave us a can of seal (or Swile apparently even though I dont think anybody even really calls it that and everybodys just fucking with me) and a can of beets. Crinkle cut. I think I’m going to make a pie with this meat. So awesome. I work with the best people and you should all be so jealous.

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Our office desk is getting cluttered. And naaasstyyyyyy. Boobies!

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My great grandmother picking wild flowers.

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CB’s collection of knifes and whistles and lighters all lined up.

And thats what our house looks like right now. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a beer and my Supernatural boys to attend to. A good day!

Where’d That Monkey Come From?

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The weather outside right now is grey, slightly foggy. 3C but it feels like -1. Charming June weather, but I guess we have made our choices..  truth be told, iiiiits starting to get to me. I’m actually missing shorts, and beers on patios, and flip flops.

But hey, I found a new beer!

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Jockey Club, boasting true newfoundland character! Also, HORSIES!

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This beer bottle cap is now my new magnet, on my fridge beside a Tui beer bottle cap from NZ. It’s cheap and tastes like beer, so it’s got my vote.

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Pop bottle us’s. I’m the little one.

 

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Making fruit salad is always a summery thing to do, but it’s not working it’s magic yet.

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I dont remember this monkey ever being there…. where’d that monkey come from..

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Last week we had a really hot day and CB shaved his beautiful disney princess hair off and Ive left them on the floor ever since because it feels sad to throw them away. So many creepy porcelain dolls or young girls with alopecia are missing out..

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Every so often my easel falls over and reminds me that it exists. I stood it back up and decided to fuck around with the kitten & cake painting I started like 1289128928 years ago.

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Classy palette.

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Proper care and cleaning of ones brushes is very important. He is my pro cleaning kit made out of a jelly jar and a tuna can.

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Yeah so.. I just covered it in red and felt kind of satisfied with that.

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Yeah I dunno where Im going with this but its fun every so often to mess it all up! Its looking slightly satanic.. with like a demon persian kitten or something.. hm.

CB is outside playing with his motorcycle and sorting out a place for it to live in the shed beside the trailer. I think maybe Ill go out and hang out with him. TOOTLES BITCHES!

Fluffdogs

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We’re dogsitting tonight! Possibly dognapping…  I love these giant fluffdogs, I want to take them home. FOREVER. Look at this one. With her giant face. Bahhhhh.  Just.. want.. to.. crush.. it in.. a VICE! SO CUTE.

 

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Its really mild out this evening. The sun is lighting up all the hills bright orange but I cant take a good pic of it. Look at this cute boat weathervane on top of the Brown’s gazebo.

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I want a gazebo on the ocean. I cant even imagine how nice it is to have dinner out here in the summer. Its literally like.. over the water.

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The view out to the south side of Joe Batt’s.

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Blowing around the lacey curtains.

My work was closed today, but I went in anyway to catch up on some stuff. It was nice, I snuck downstairs to use the big kitchen. I used ever burner, and the oven was free just for me. I got 8 hours worth of crap done in 4 hours. Awesome. I also typed up our entire recipe book which has been weighing on me for months. Now everything is neatly typed and organized, on new paper free of food stains. So nice. Feels like a fresh start for this upcoming busy spring.

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Fire in the sky

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The big man looking pensive

But now we are enjoying relazing in Rex and Paulines super comfortable house, hanging with the two Newfs. Fifth Element is on tv, one of my favourite movies. Oh Mila Jovovich, you rock that tape dress like haut couture. The first time I saw this movie I went into the bathroom and dyed my hair bright orange with kool aid.. it was.. a big fail.. I thought I would look just like Leelu Dallas Multipass or hell even 90’s popstar Vitamin C.. but I looked more like carrot tops homeless cousin. Unpleasent. Atleast it only lasts a couple of days! And then I discovered Manic Panic..

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Speaking of discoveries, I have discovered Paulines stash of Coors Lite’s and christmas jub jubes! Now if you’ll excuse me..

 

Surprise Pies & Sun Shines So Nice

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Look how big the sun is!! Its so beautifulllll

I finished work today, and stepped out into the.. I think it’s called.. Sunshine? I can barely remember how to pronounce the word.. sunshine.. yeah thats the one. I had to squint and could barely see, the magnificant white all around me, I nearly walked into the blaring white building. I’ve been like Gollum, hiding away in the dark all day, my eyes nearly fucking popped at the intensity of seeing daylight. It was also FOUR DEGREES. T-shirt weather, y’all!

It’s also Friday which means it’s PIZZA NIGHT! My favourite night. We went for a drive in the sunshine, I took my coat off. I saw birds! Real life birds, singing in the sunshine! I felt the warm sun on my back. I bought 2 cans of Newcastle Brown Ale and a couple of sprites for shandy’s! BEER AND PIZZA AND CUPCAKES AND SUNSHINE! YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH *Wildly Air-Humping with Reckless Abandon*

We got a veggie with pesto and a sausage & mushroom pizza and 2 of CB’s famous chocolate cupcakes. While trying to re-warm his icing with a torch he accidentally cooked his chocolate frosting and turned it into fudge. Amazing. Best mistake ever.

That reminds me, here’s a pic of the first cake CB and I have ever made together. He made the cake and cream cheese frosting and I slapped it all together. Aww.. romance.. sort of

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Oh also, ha! Yesterday look what presents I found on the front seat of our Buick:

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Little lemon meringue pies! They were still warm.

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I’m having my pie with pop.. cause I’m classy as all hell.

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Mmmrrrnomrnom

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Living the high life on the island on a friday night. Couple of pizza pies, some beer, boot up the Battlestar Galactica. Oh baby.

Starbuck is a bitch and I love her, I’m proud she is a Kara! STARBUCK 4EVR!

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Drinky drink, drank.. drunk..

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Dont even ask me what this is.. I took a picture because at this stage of its creation it was very pretty.. I called it “Special Dinner Surprise Fritatta” or “Cleaning Out The Fridge Smashed Up Omelette” or as CB called it.. “Kara;s magical Drain-o”. It ended up being very high in fibre when I was finished… I just emptied out all kinds of half full jars. Pizza sauce.. olives.. some old camembert… couple handfuls of sunflower seeds.. found this sweet potato in the back of the cupboard.. and whatever else.. balogne i think?? I have no idea, but I remember thinking “Yeah.. Pro Cheffin’ it UP in here, look at this. Eat your fucking couer out Jacques Pepin, this is some tasty original creation”– as I contemplate sprinkling a package of instant mashed potatoes over the olives and eggs…

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Somehow our Supermarket had one bundle of thin, beautiful, fresh asparagus for $3. I almost wept at its beauty. I bought the hell out of that mofo. And put it in my Mistake Frittata.

This week has been mostly a cold, dark, windy blur. We stayed a night at the hotel I work in though, which was one of the nicest days of my life. Just relaxing, eating 5 star food, the BED oh the softness the SOFTNESS.. I had like 7 baths. The highlight was definitely having bubble baths in a giant tub by candlelight. Oh, and playing with a robot toilet. The toilet conformed to your poop preferences! Like a little butt butler! It had a remote control, glowed in the dark so you can see where you pee– it lifts the lid for you, and had a warm seat, and shoots water all over your butthole to clean it up! Very very disturbing at first, but then it kind of grows on you, and now I’m pissed that my toilet just fucking sits there doing nothing when it could be glowing in the dark fancy colours and making water fountains on my butt! I miss that toilet.. The shower had a rain shower head and a regular shower head and it was sooo nice. I came away from my night at the hotel thinking.. man rich people must be so CLEAN. We havent been this clean in months.. maybe a year.. maybe never..

And then we came home. To a burst pipe in our laundry room.. our water is so high in chlorine that it’s not only bleaching all my clothes but now is eating through pipes. Totally flooded. Hundreds of poor hapless potato bug corpses floating around in the 3 inches of water.. dishes piled high in the sink.. 3 day old chicken bits in the garbage stinking up the joint.. Home Sweet Home. And then we had hamburger helper for dinner. From pure clean white luxury to our dirty wet stank trailer. You couldnt have gotten a more stark contrast.

Anyway, I should go to sleep. G’night!

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