Cinque Minuti


I have 5 minutes, so…

1) This week has not been a fun week at work. I’ve spent more time then I ever thought I would in a hot sweat factory inspecting wool coats. That’s the irony of the fashion industry; wool coats on the hottest days of the year and skimpy summer dresses when it’s snowing outside. It has not been a fun experience, and we aren’t even done yet, but you gotta do what you gotta do to get the job done.

2) Mama Ciavarro is coming over tonight to take a look at the garden and see what did well and what did not. I must admit that I have not been the best gardener this year and have not kept up with it as much as I should have, but I’ll blame baby Ziti for that, because that’s what you do, right? Blame your children when you can’t get stuff done? I was actually pleasantly surprised when I went out the other day and noticed that the plants I had thought were goners were actually coming back to life. Much like Jesus, my plants rise from the dead. Hallelujah!

3) I have several crafts on the go which I am obsessed with but because I am doing them all at the same time, none of them are close to being finished. Can I just take a bunch of days off and craft please?

4) I finally found a pesto recipe that I like. I know that sounds weird because pesto has like 5 ingredients, so how many different versions could there be, but I always found the pesto that I made/bought to be too basily. The ratio of ingredients always seemed off to me. Last night I tried out David Roccos recipe and BOOM, perfection. Except in his cook book it says 1 bunch of basil, not 4 cups, so that’s probably why I liked it, because I used about 1 cup of basil. Odd that his website and book say different things. But anyways, I learned I like less basil.

5) The back yard is finally starting to get cleaned up since the drain tile project of death is now complete. Side walk framing is happening tomorrow! Yay no more piles of dirt! Hopefully we can have that finished in the next few weeks, then the growing pile of trash in our carport can be removed and then we don’t look like we are a bunch of hobo home owners! Now all I need is a quote to get our small retaining wall replaced and this whole expensive adventure can be put behind us!

Preparing My Brain

Crease Unit - Riverview Hospital

Hello Friends.

I figured I better blog something today because if not Dario is going to have a very boring day at work reading the same 5 websites over and over and over again. Clearly blogging has taken a back seat in my life. Its not that I’m really any more busy then normal, its just that I really don’t feel like blogging about anything. It’s taken me 7 years to realize, maybe its just better to live life instead of trying to document every little aspect of it. Or maybe I’m just super lazy and in no time I will be back to regular blogging.

Actually, to be honest, I think a lot of it has to do with my current situation. The Baby Ziti situation. There is something about being pregnant that makes me want to be very private. Is it that motherly instinct to protect my child? Maybe it. It is because I hate attention and I’ve basically got a neon sign pointing to my belly saying “BABY INSIDE”. Probably. Either way, I guess starting a family is pretty life changing and makes you re-evaluate certain things. That and I feel very focused on ‘preparations’ right now and not very focused on ‘adventure time’. Maybe next year, when I’m home on mat leave, I’ll blog up a storm with all the things I do to fill my day. In my unrealistic mat leave plan Elise and I will be going on a lot of fun baby dates.

Mat leave. I have 4 months left of work and then I will be off for a year. This is both exciting and crazy to think about. Exciting because I am looking forward to a change of pace. Not having to drive HWY 1 every morning. Not having to sit at a desk all day. Getting to take a year off to do something different all the while knowing I have a job waiting for me at the end of it. Crazy because I have no idea what its going to be like and I have a whole year of it. A year seems like a long time but it will go by in a flash I’m sure.

It’s a little daunting to think about right now though, because I have to spend the next 4 month doing my usual job as well as preparing for my replacement. This means creating a binder with step by step instruction on everything I do. I don’t think you can comprehend just how much I do and just how stressful it is going to be trying to record everything that is in my brain. Everything that I do with out even thinking about it. Everything I have learned in 6 1/2 years. I don’t even know where to start with it all.

I guess all I really need to do is put my head down and work. Just getter done so I’m not rushing at the last minute. Let the fun begin.

Chit Chat

I climbed a mountain #madmen #haircutneeded

This weekend is going to be crazy busy. Its Perizzolo wedding weekend. Part of me is super excited but part of me is also overwhelmed at the thought of so much action going on. Mostly because I have been a sloth for 4 months and I’m paranoid about how I’m going to feel. I’m sure everything will be fine. I survived camping and I survived a weekend on Galiano (both of which I still have to edit photos of) so why wouldn’t I be able to survive a wedding and a pig roast?

Chad is getting on me about my lack of exercise and he is right. I am finally starting to feel better (other than the occasional gross day) and I should not spend every waking moment laying on the couch, as much as I want to. I need to start going for walks and doing some small things around the garden. I’ve let too many things slide because of my state and while I can’t be as physical as I used to be, I do have Chad to help me. In other words, I really need to get those boxwood hedges and yews moved in the back yard.

It has also been a total waste that the weather in Vancouver has been AMAZING and I have done NOTHING outside. I didn’t know it was humanly possible for me to be as lazy as I’ve been, but there it is.

Also, at dinner last night my Nonna was surprised to find out I can’t drink wine anymore and when I told her why her response was “but then half of Italy should be dead!”. Priceless.


(As an aside, I hope this picture of Chad creeps you out.)

4 Day Weekends FTW

Welcome to the bar. Minimum purchase: 10 squids. Ridic #onegallon
Another one bites the dust. My life today.

I keep forgetting to upgrade my flickr account to PRO so I only have access to the photos Chad takes with his phone. As you can see, there is a specific theme to these photos.

I am about to embark upon my birthday weekend. I have decided to make it a 4 days weekend so that I can…

  1. Avoid driving HWY 1 during rush hour for 4 days
  2. Spend the predicted very HOT next few days out doors and not in an office
  3. Garden my heart out
  4. Refinish our dining room table
  5. Explore Mundy Park
  6. Partake in a Riverview Hospital Photo Walk
  7. Try out a new (to me) restaurant
  8. Shop Main Street
  9. Build a succulent terrarium
  10. Reupholster a “back ally find” chair

I don’t really have any feelings regarding turning 28. It feels like a big number but it also doesn’t feel like a big number. I just hope this weekend is as good as I have made it out to be in my head. Either way, I am super pumped that the weather is going to be amazing, for once.

May is like my most favorite month ever. For reals.

Weekend Update

Venus' bellybutton

All of our Fall fabric arrived in the warehouse last week and it has been madness ever since. There is always a struggle with getting the fabric shipped at the right time and this year it feels late, so everyone is feeling stressed about it. I say this every season, but there are really no breaks anymore, from one season to the next and it drives me crazy. Too many things happening at once. Too much back and forth. Too many changes. Too many indecisions. But, that’s the life I guess.

Plans to start tearing apart the back garden got rained on yesterday, but with today’s promised sunny weather I may be able to start after dinner, which would be very nice. Though when I woke up this morning there was frost everywhere which worried me a bit.

We have successfully had both families over for dinner at the house. Even when making recipes I’ve made before there is always something that takes longer than expected. If the recipe says the meatballs are supposed to cook for 20 minutes why does it always take 45? Panic sets in because everything must be perfect even though nothing is ever perfect.

Gina and I attempted to make macarons Friday night. That was a fail. The flavours were there but they did not look anything like what they were supposed to look like. I think we need some help from a professional chef *hint* COLIN *hint*.

I also started crocheting a chevron blanket this weekend. That was not easy. Probably should have started on something much simpler considering I have never crochet before (at least I don’t think I have). I am hoping I can get through the first few rows with out running to my cousins house every 5 minutes for help.

I have a doctors appt this afternoon to try and figure out what the hell I did to my shoulder. I’ve been suffering from intense to mild muscle pain for about 6 weeks now. I think it comes from cramming myself onto a love seat every night when I watch TV. We really need to fix that situation.

Lets hope this week stays as sunny as it is supposed to.