Saturday, June 30, 2007

I am such an attentive student...

I seem to have this inexplicable interest in Chris Comfort's personal training videos...

Check out the video at 1:58. I don't know if I will ever get strong enough to being able to do that.

Gorgeous Princess Margaret

Friday, June 29, 2007

apple was my platform before it was cool

dementia linked to obesity

Professor Clive Ballard, of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Obesity is a huge risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

People who are overweight at 60 are more than twice as likely to get dementia by 75. That is a big, big risk. If we are not careful, it won't be 1.5 million with dementia, it might be two or 2.5 million people."

The obese are thought to be at greater risk of dementia as they tend to have higher blood pressure and cholesterol. Both of these can increase the chances of dementia by interrupting the blood supply to the brain.

Experts have warned that unless the Government acts now, an entire generation faces old age blighted by heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other conditions brought on by obesity such as dementia.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


When my husband worked in Milan, he told me that they must have locked up all the unattractive women, because there simply weren't any. He stressed that the women dressed beautifully. Fashion capital of the world, and all that...

Here's some street shots of fashion from the streets of Milano courtesy of The Satorialist.

Hot or Not?

Jon Stewart. Incredibly hot, in my books. Am I alone on this one?


Sunday, June 24, 2007


There are rumours that this is back on again. Hmmmm.

Best Colour Ever

I was walking the other day and found one of these on the side of the road. It got me to thinking how Robin's Egg Blue is one of nature's perfect colours.
Especially with brown.

Robin's Egg Blue and Brown are a match made in heaven.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

It's Not a Good Thing

Umm.. Eww.
I don't enjoy Dave, so I find this really icky...

Friday, June 22, 2007


I am wondering if anybody has tried this? You choose workouts, which then download and intermingle with your itunes music. So a "trainer" talks you through a workout, run, power walk, weight lifting session, etc.

Listen to Samples

Thursday, June 21, 2007


World's Best Kept Real Estate Secret

I was just reading Katherine's blog, where she mentions that the Hamptons is the most expensive real estate market in North America.

Well, I want to present the cheapest bang-for-your buck real estate market in North America, potentially the world.

May I present Nova Scotia...
The Europeans (especially the Germans) are snapping up Nova Scotia's ocean front property due to its relative proximity to Europe (4 hours) New York City / Boston (1.5 hours) and it's ROCK BOTTOM pricing.

This oceanfront house is available for only $210,000 Canadian or 100,000 British pounds. Do you know what 100,000 British pounds will buy in the U.K.? Not a whole lot.

How about 7 Acres of Ocean Front Property for only $445,000 Cnd. or approximately $400,000 US or (steady yourselves) 200,000 British pounds.
Nova Scotia is a fabulous place. Warmer than where I live. Unspoilt. Friendly. World class, public health care.

I'm thinking maybe we should invest in a slice of it. What do you think? They're not building any more ocean front property and considering that a 1200 square foot house with asbestos in my city is more expensive than 7 acres on the ocean... it makes me think twice.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Gak! (and shhhhhh!)

The asbestos house sold for $65,000 over list price!!!! Sixy-five thousand dollars!

The winning owners bought the house WITHOUT a building inspection. It's 1200 square feet (with asbestos).

Here's the house... I will pull the link later today since I think the sale price hasn't gone public yet.

I have NO regrets. Methinks the winning bidders let their emotions get the best of them. $450k will buy you a nicer house in a nicer area in this town. However, you will never, ever find that garden again. But a garden isn't worth that kind of money, is it, Yolanda?

Crazy real estate market! Arggh.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dream Igloo Turns to Nightmare

We bid on a house.

It is in one of those up-and-coming neighborhoods. You know, the ones with bistros and cafes and galleries, open air markets.

So we submitted a bid. A big bid.

After we bid, we found out that the house has ASBESTOS. The furnace ductwork and the furnace needs replacing. You can't disturb asbestos. Disturbed asbestos is a worst case scenario for your health.

I realise that there is a lot of debate as to how unsafe asbestos is. I don't care. Any amount of carcinogenic exposure is too much for me. I wouldn't sleep at night.

Did you know...
Employment laws dictate that commercial, industrial or institutional buildings have to be cleared of asbestos...

Unfortunately, many home renovators don't realise that a home built before 1980s likely has asbestos. It is far more common than most of us realise. Fences, chimneys, sheds, roofs, eves...even brick cladding can contain asbestos. Due to the big trend in DIY projects, home renovators are the new suffereres of asbestos cancer. In Australia, they are predicting an epidemic of this disease which is not expected to peak for another 10 or 20 years.

I don't want to fool around with that stuff. We have an ex asbestos-removal supervisor in the family. I know I need asbestos like I need a hole in the head.

** What is the plural of roof?** I never knew there was a controversy!

Monday, June 18, 2007

most eligible

I realise that I'm 10 years older, but I still think I have a shot at the world's most eligible. Ha ha! Whadya think? Now that he's single and all...

Wills looks nice and healthy, but I must admit I never expected Harry to overtake William in the hotness department.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Satorialist Blog

Found this blog where the author takes pictures of the street fashion in New York City.

Is she not ROCKING this outfit? Link

Friday, June 15, 2007

Igloos are expensive

My father lives in Sugar Land, Texas, just outside Houston, which is the FOURTH LARGEST CITY in the U.S. He tells me housing is cheap there.

Dad knows I am having a difficult time finding decent housing here in my frozen Canadian city.

So for kicks, and instant depression, I did a search for what our housing dollars would buy in Sugar Land, Texas. I have adjusted for cross-border currency.

This house is listed in Sugar Land, Texas for $375,000 US. Note the curb appeal, the symmetry, use of brick, stained wooden front door... Spacious, well-appointed kitchen. Okay -- huge, honkin' kitchen...
Living room...
For those of you who point out that Sugar Land is a suburb... Fine... Here's a listing that is in Houston itself. Remember, Houston is a huge city. Two million people while my city has one million. This house is listed at $344,000 U.S. Oh,yeah, it has a gold fish pond, too...
...and some granite counters. Remember this...
Nice open foyer...
Generous kitchen... (fait attention)

---------Prepare to be depressed----------

Now THIS is what $399,000 Canadian will buy you in my city. It's a condo, to boot, which means condo fees, so essentially, this is a $420,000 property if you assume $350/month condo fees....

Remember, this property is more expensive than the Texas homes...
This is a "luxury" condo
Windowless, no bath "bathroom"...
uuuuugly stairs. Piece de resistance: the rooftop "terrace". Note the attempt at greenery. Sad. No fishpond here.

Not *exactly* the same quality of housing, would you say?

Some may say they prefer a detached house. Fine. How about this beautiful little number in one of the hotter neighborhoods in my city? It's listed for a mere $404,900 Canadian:I especially like the garbage cans parked outside. $404,000 won't buy you a garage here.
Not even a dishwasher...
Nor a foyer...
Not even room for four chairs round the table. Tell me, for $404,000, are THOSE curtains included?

Depressing, isn't it?

Wait 'til winter.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

chav power

I can't believe how much I like this show. She's got a good set of English chompers on her...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

digital ethnography

Lifted this from No Place Like It

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

San Pellegrino Limonata

San Pellegrino Limonata!
Aggh! Have you tried this stuff? I am completely hooked.

Posted For, Errrr, Educational Purposes

This post is dedicated to the wonderful Sisters Skinny, who are, like me, very interested in the maintenance of proper form while exercising.

This video is for purely educational purposes. Feel free to watch twice, if necessary!

Glad I don't get this show in my country

'Cause I can't stop crying! This one makes me cry more than the Welshman!

the commodification of health care

Monday, June 11, 2007

Cheeky Environmentalists

More than 200 cyclists in various stages of undress took part in the World Naked Bike Ride in Brighton and Hove to promote cycling as an environmentally-friendly form of transport. People of both sexes, all ages and every conceivable shape and size decided to fully disrobe.

The view is not encouraging me to give up my car.

Henrietta Has My Heart

Don't tell my cat, but I would consider a daschund.

Jelly in the Belly: A Diet Pill That Expands So You Don't

Italian scientists are testing a new diet pill that turns into a clear, gelatinous blob the size of a tennis ball that may help shrink waistlines by giving dieters a sense of satiety.

If trials are successful, researchers hope to put the gel pill within easy reach of calorie counters on both the EU and North American markets in about a year. Link

Welshman made me cry.

Mobile phone salesman from Cardiff. I love an underdog.

Garden For Sale

We are going to look at this garden for sale today. It is attached to a very nice house, too, which is a bonus!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

I LOVE Norah Jones

Suddenly I See

One of my favorite songs now (a little dated, I know). This is a semi-unplugged version

C'est Encroyable

Sometimes I talk about "squeezing the lemon of life", you know, managing to squeeze the most out of life, whatever your circumstance. After all, this is not a dress rehersal. This is it. One life to live.

I have been bold enough to link to a post written Corey, a woman who is, in my opinion, living life to the hilt, with absolute grace.

This post in my opinion, is perfection: Tongue in Cheek. C'est la vie (pour elle).

Friday, June 08, 2007

Vitamin D and Cancer

The government of Canada wants me to take 1000 UI of Vitamin D daily. They tell me this will cut my risk of cancer by 60%. What do you think?

The only thing that makes me feel confident is that it is not a food-derived vitamin. I don't believe that taking Vitamin C, for example, is better than eating fruit rich in Vitamin C. However, getting enough Vitamin D when it is 40 below is tough.

Lots of research coming out about the benefits of vitamin D.