Archive for April, 2011

week forty-one

April 24, 2011

In a week that had both freezing rain and snow, and temperatures well below zero, it was a pleasant surprise that the week ended on sunshine and a little bit of warmth. Doing what I always do when the weather takes a turn for the better, I biked to Dow’s Lake, only this time left my bike at the entrance of the park and explored on foot. Most trees still look like they are never coming back to life, but here and there was a sign that spring might actually be in our future. I enjoyed sitting up in a tree reading my book and chatting to the birds. Hugging trees and just being. (more pictures below the cut)

good things (week forty-one).

. a great Earth Day party put on by the CPAWS outreach team (including me)
. fabulous success with thrift store shopping
. Easter breakfast at Karen’s
. going out for drinks after the board meeting with Allison
. left-over cheese ending up in my fridge
. homemade tortillas and refried beans
. spotting squirrels and chipmunks
. woah… the return of Dr. Who

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week forty

April 17, 2011

I was honored to meet some elephant heroes this weekend at the Elephant Challenges symposium in Toronto this weekend. It has made me even more fiercely dedicated to doing my bit for the elephants, and if at all possible, work with and for the elephants as a career. Now I just need to find a way to make that happen. But in the meantime here’s a link to Tales & Tails again, remember all profits go to the incredible Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary.

good things (week forty).

. being in a room full of people fighting for elephant welfare
. talking to amazing elephant experts and learning a lot
. good bus trips to Toronto and back
. learning a really awesome dance routine
. skype chat with the parentals
. judging some new grant applications for WWF
. an afternoon sitting on a bench with a book on a warm, windy day

week thirty-nine

April 10, 2011

I decided to make the most of the free museum visits on Thursday evenings. First stop, Museum of Nature – with dinosaurs, lots of interactive games and a gigantic blue whale skeleton.

good things (week thirty-nine).

. lovely lunch out with Kim, catching up
. sitting under a tree at Dow’s Lake reading
. an early evening wander through the Museum of Nature
. fun morning at the CPAWS office with Jocelyn
. professional development opportunities popping up
. lots of fantastic dance classes
. Paul Nicolls back on my screen

lunch at the Atomic Rooster

April 5, 2011

It was a dreary Monday afternoon, and we had planned on going to The Imperial. Their veggie burger had sounded intriguing and I was looking forward to trying it (A black bean, carrot and caramelized onion patty topped with guacamole, sun dried tomato and mango pesto and garlic spread). Unfortunately, we hadn’t realized that the Imperial was not open on Mondays, so we headed down the street to the Atomic Rooster instead.

If it hadn’t been for my burger craving, this definitely would not have been worth writing home about, or been worth the money. The patty was definitely not homemade, the bun ordinary. It was the extra toppings I had chosen that gave me the most enjoyment, guacamole and some wonderful goats cheese.

The fries were OK, but with sweet potato fries being equal to heaven, I am not sure why people bother with regular ones. I also had to pay $0.50 for mayonnaise, which as a semi Dutch person seems very unreasonable.

All in all, I look forward to going for lunch at The Imperial in the near future. Stay tuned.