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Month: May 2015

When life gives you lemons, squeeze them into other people’s eyes

I’m totally joking about this, actually. That would be a complete waste of precious, precious lemons. You see, Mark and I buy up all the lemons in the organic wicker basket at Simply Fresh (our local grocer). We literally leave the store with a bag full of lemons. We put them in our water, in our juicer, in tea…lemons, lemons everywhere. But that title was something I came up with…

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It’s not my job

In the workplace, you’ll often hear people say, “That’s not my job.” It’s not their responsibility, it’s not their role, or it’s not their place, etc. One may even hear this in one’s team. Which begs the question, if it’s not your job, then whose job is it? Shouldn’t the responsibility be all of ours? Shouldn’t we all shoulder the blame, the pressure, and the workload? In the same vein,…

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Cleaning toilets, Kim Kardashian and values

Whenever I clean toilets (which happens quite a lot because of airbnb), I always think to myself, “I bet Kim Kardashian doesn’t have to clean toilets.” But then I remember that Kim Kardashian became famous because of a sex tape. And then I think to myself, I’d much rather clean toilets and have my dignity than be famous for a sex tape. There’s nothing more refreshing than having a clear-cut set…

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Cook with Brooke: Lemon & Rosemary Chicken

Roast chicken is by far the easiest, most satisfactory meal you can make. I spatchcock the chicken in order to reduce the cooking time and to make sure all sides of the bird crisp-up nicely. You could, however, leave the roast entirely in-tact. I also love the flavour combinations of lemon and rosemary. But if you didn’t have any of these ingredients on hand, you could simply use salt, pepper…

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Forgive yourself, second chances, etc.

My post on Monday was about investing your money in experiences, not stuff. I suppose it had a tinge of regret to it. In fact, a lot of my posts since I recently started blogging again are about the lessons I’ve learned while becoming an adult. And many have a wish-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now flavour to them. Suffice to say, I consider myself an adult now that I’m 30. And I feel as…

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Experiences over stuff

I remember vividly the summer of 2006. My university friends were planning a trip to Dublin. I was 21 years old, and had never flown before. My mom is terrified of flying, so we never travelled far as kids. The furthest I had ventured was to Florida by car, and that was with someone else’s parents. I was working in the Ontario Works office (aka social services, aka the dole).…

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Cook with Brooke: Roasted tomato pasta

I love to make this dish when I’m really lazy and don’t have a lot of time on hand. It’s perfect for an end-of-week dinner, when you get home from work and are absolutely ravishing. I made it here with a couple of bunches of on-the-vine cherry tomatoes, because that’s what I had on hand. If I was a bit more organised I would have doubled the amount of tomatoes…

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Amsterdam: A nice place to visit

Mark and I spent this past weekend in Amsterdam. I’d like to say I was surprised at how lovely it was, but I would be lying. You see, I had some pre-conceived notions about the ‘Dam long before this particular visit. Many of which pertained to their liberal approach to things like sex and drugs, something our stodgy Canadian and UK governments abhor. (Maybe I’m being a little harsh, but…

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