Friday, February 24, 2012


Our house was hit by a rare winter tornado last weekend.  It spun through our kitchen looking like this:

We tried to tucker it out by taking it on a long and hilly hike:

But....our plan backfired and the tornado just ended up blowing through our fridge and devouring the contents, including our ICE CREAM!

There were a few moments of calm:

And the tornado produced a couple delicious meals like Laksa and Mee Sua

But, eventually, like all tornadoes, it spun away in the end.

An Extension

Roger and I were ready to write off cross-country skiing for the rest of the winter season.  We hadn't had new snow in a couple of weeks, and the trails were getting pretty messy.  While we didn't actually pack away our ski boots, we did start transitioning to running.  That is until last Tuesday!  On Tuesday we got a wonderful fresh dump of snow that sent us scrambling for our skis and will hopefully prolong the ski season for another week or two!


A Visit from Nikki

A few weeks ago, Nikki came to visit.  I had promised her a nice relaxing visit and while I think I delivered on the nice portion (although it was hard to tell at times), I had verbal confirmation from Nikki that I had failed to deliver on the relaxing portion.  

Perhaps it was because we made her ski in the dark or, perhaps we made her ski too much period?

She looks pretty happy in the first two photos, but considerably less so in the last two which is day 3 of skiing.

Perhaps it was because when we finally gave her a break from skiing, we took her snowshoeing down, and then up the steepest hill we could find?

Perhaps it was because we worked her too hard?

and then...ate a meal that nearly spiced off my tastebuds, had my husband sneezing on the couch a few feet a way and left my face and eyes stinging for hours?

This meal was supposed to be a celebratory Chinese New Year dinner, and while it may look good, and even smelled good, it was declared inedible by me.  Next time a recipe calls for dried chillies, I now know NOT to use dried habanero chillies.  
I'm not sure the significance of a Chinese New Year meal that can't be eaten, but I don't think it's good. 

Sorry for the non-relaxing visit Nikki... I guess you can get back at me one day when I visit Ontario.  I hope you're memory is short.