Tsundoku

No, you don’t have to say “Bless you” or “Gesundheit!” I didn’t just sneeze. I’m not sick. I’m just a book-a-holic, or as I prefer, a bibliophile. Turns out the Japanese, being the civilized people that they are, actually have a word for it: Tsundoku, the act of stockpiling more books than can be consumed. Read the full article here.

not hoarding

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Top of the morning to you and a Happy St. Paddy’s Day. A few years ago I was lucky enough to do a whirlwind road trip around the beautiful country of Ireland and I thought I would share some pictures with you to celebrate the day.

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As you can see, we covered a lot of ground, sticking mainly to the coast roads. While I’m not as well-travelled as I would like, I have seen a lot of countryside, including a lot of Canada (some of the most beautiful scenery around), but nothing beats this road trip. (Click on the pictures below to see a larger view)

We started and finished in Dublin where there is plenty to see and do. Next we headed south to Cork and its surrounds including Cobh and Kinsale. If you ever get to Kinsale, I’d highly recommend stopping by Jim Edwards for a bite to eat and don’t forget to order the Banoffee pie for dessert (OMG it is to die for).

From Cork we continued to follow the coast and after a few false starts found our way to Mizen Head, the southernmost (and I’d hazard to say windiest) point in Ireland. The Ring of Kerry led us into Killarney and then it was on to the sandy beaches and stellar seafood chowder of Dingle (one of my favourite stops).

From Dingle we hit the road and headed to Galway and then on to Mulranny and the 42kms of biking/hiking trails that make up the Great Western Greenway. The walled city of Londonderry took us out of Ireland and into the U.K. and Northern Ireland. Rich in a history both ancient and modern, Derry, as it is also called, was the scene of many civil uprisings associated with the IRA and the Troubles.

From Derry, we headed back to the coast and some of the most spectacular vistas I have ever seen along the Causeway and Ocean roads that lead to and from the Giant’s Causeway.

Highlights in Belfast included seeing the murals dedicated to the Troubles as well as the huge Titanic museum (definitely worth a look).

Our final stop before heading back to Dublin was Newgrange and the 5200 year old (that’s older that Stonehenge and the pyramids) passage tomb.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. Now hoist a green beer and dish yourself up another bowl of Irish Stew and have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day.

happy st pats day

Dancing in the Snow

This winter has been a snowy one.  We’ve received a lot of the white stuff. I live in the prairies of Canada and snow is a given for this time of year (and will stick around for months) so we are used to it, but that doesn’t mean we don’t complain.

Someone isn’t complaining though, these guys (while they don’t live in my part of Canada) decided to make the most of it. You might have seen this somewhere before. I had this entry all ready to go a month ago and forgot to schedule it. I decided to post it anyway because I just get a kick out these guys. Hope this helps your winter blues!

Shout out to the Maritime Bhangra Group. You rock!

Now That’s Crazy

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Things that make me go Hmmm

So I saw this the other day and just thought it was funny, but then I started wondering.  Why do we say batshit crazy?  Well, thanks to the Urban Dictionary, here’s your answer:

A person who is batshit crazy is certifiably nuts. The phrase has origins in the old fashioned term “bats in the belfry.” Old churches had a structure at the top called a belfry, which housed the bells. Bats are extremely sensitive to sound and would never inhabit a belfry of an active church where the bell was rung frequently. Occasionally, when a church was abandoned and many years passed without the bell being rung, bats would eventually come and inhabit the belfry. So, when somebody said that an individual had “bats in the belfry” it meant that there was “nothing going on upstairs” (as in that person’s brain). To be BATSHIT CRAZY is to take this even a step further. A person who is batshit crazy is so nuts that not only is their belfry full of bats, but so many bats have been there for so long that the belfry is coated in batshit. Hence, the craziest of crazy people are BATSHIT CRAZY.

So now you know.  You’re welcome 🙂

Have a great weekend!

The Secret is Out

If you have been to my Pinterest boards at all, you might have noticed that there was one called ‘Top Secret’. Well, the cat is out of the bag.

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I kept the name of this board under wraps because I didn’t want to give away the name of Harry’s new coffee shop. Now that Deadlocked is available, and since I blogged about it yesterday, I figured it was time to update the board and reveal its name.

Check out the Full Fat Coffee Company’s Recipes board on Pinterest.  There you will find recipes for things Harry and Isaac might decide to serve in the shop: Soups, sandwiches, baked goods. Yum! I’m getting hungry just thinking about them all.

Bon Appétit!

 

Fun Friday

There seems to be a bit of theme this week…

Thor is a jerk

 

That’s going to be some YouTube video. Does that last bit with the scissors mean what I think it means?

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