much love monday: egg in a nest

for real, i have been eating this daily for the past few weeks. i got a mad craving and had to satisfy it, or else perish.

this food rut is somewhat bizarre, because for 27 years i hated soft eggs or fried eggs or basically any egg that was not scrambled. last summer that broke and now i’m eating eggs of all kinds (even preserved eggs! weird!).

so, anyway, try making egg in a nest with a little cheese and avocado and you, too, may find yourself in breakfast heaven!


much love monday: learning for free

today i discovered an incredible resource: free, online, university courses, from reputable schools such as mit, ubc, uc berkeley, yale, stanford, etc.  the courses range from the history of rock, to intro to biological anthropology, to understanding epidemiology.

mit offers most (all?) of its courses for free, by sharing the materials used in teaching each course.  you can find those at mit opencourseware. has over 700 free online courses to choose from.  most are in a similar self-directed format as the ones from mit, linked above, and has direct links to many of the mit courses.  most of the courses are available as lectures that you can download in mp3 format. offers courses in a more traditional format; the courses have start dates, modules released week-by-week, and optional workloads that you can take on to participate more fully.  if you choose to take on the coursework, you will get certificates of completion/excellence, depending on your passing grades.  i chose a course called useful genetics; i’ve read a lot about evolution and biology in the past year, and this will help deepen my understanding as i continue to learn about this field.

i took a year of university at the university of alberta, dropped out, and later took a course in canadian history from athabasca university (an online school), but have decided not to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  this newly discovered resource makes me so happy, because i love to learn, but prefer a more self-directed path.  i’m so excited!


much love monday: cosmos

i have found something that makes me feel so happy: carl sagan’s cosmos.  many thanks to my friend michael for showing me this incredible series!

bandwagon, blah blah, but his excitement is overflowing and contagious.  his vocabulary and style of talking  were both precise and beautiful. for some reason, just hearing his voice cheers me up so much.  i was interested in space as a kid but lost the desire to learn about it for years, until space became trendy recently, and although cosmos was filmed thirty years ago it remains relevant today.

the things carl sagan said just lift my heart indescribably.


“if you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe”

“the cosmos is also within us. we’re made of star-stuff. we are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”


and here you can watch the entire series legally, for free, on youtube.

much love monday: cats purring when i wake up


okay, this is the best and i was feeling a little blue the past couple days but then i realised – what’s better than feeling down?  realising i have two cuddle love machines purring up a storm right there as i wake up, oh yes.  yesterday i was sleeping on my side when i woke up, and pepin was curled against me with the top of his head under my chin.  if that isn’t cozy and adorable, i don’t know what is.  today i was feeling a little grumpy because it’s a holiday and i would love to sleep in but i work in a stupid flower shop and this week is stupid valentine’s week and i fucking hate that god damn day and i have to work on it and see all this lovey shit and ugh ugh ug

but when i woke up, pepin was cuddled up near my face and henry was purring at me an arm’s length away so i just laid in bed a bit and let the nasty feelings be washed away by these sweet little animals.


much love: columbine

i learned the lovely meaning of a word i already knew: columbine. like feline, canine, serpentine, and vulpine, it describes something as animal-like. the animal:

mourning dove, one of my favourites because of their song

mourning dove, one of my favourites because of their song

WHAT A SURPRISE, someone with an etsy shop called dove grey dawn would swoon over a word meaning ‘dovelike’? UNBELIEVABLE. but really, roll columbine off your tongue a few times and try to tell me it isn’t lyrical. no cellar door or bell jar, maybe, but lovely nonetheless.

much love monday: the weight of my earrings

lobes at 1/2″

such a small thing, but i love wearing stone or glass plugs because of the weight in my ears. the earrings are only a few grammes in weight, which is just enough to be noticeable. sometimes when i turn my head i can feel the gentle tugging–and i can especially feel it after switching out from tunnels, like in the photo above. the weight is comforting and pleasant. this is probably because i love tugging on my earlobes: have you ever done it? it feels so good and releases through the ear canal a bit, so it feels like it’s widening. so that’s my simple pleasure this monday morning.

(to answer common questions i get about my stretched ears: i’ve been stretching for ten years, but could’ve reached this size in a couple years if i stretched faster. it doesn’t hurt if you are doing it right. they might shrink back to normal size if i took the earrings out, but i’m not worried about it because after a decade i’m still not tired of them. the holes don’t look gross without earrings, but maybe i’m biased.)

much love monday: platonic life partner soup

‘platonic life partner soup’: what a mouthful, right?  MOUTHFUL OF DELICIOUS, more like!

this tale needs a preface; i am a pretty good cook but not very inventive.  i rarely deviate from recipes, and when i do, it’s kind of…basic.  roasted veg, simple stir fries, steamed veg over pasta, etc.  when i was visiting rose, she got sick and on a whim (without a recipe!! eeek!) i made up a soup for her and it turned out to be really delicious.  i was feeling really gross yesterday and made a very similar version for myself; i added some lentils + corn to bulk it up a bit. last night’s soup was so good and now you can make it too. it comes together really quickly!  this recipe is highly customisable. you can add different veg, herbs, switch up the beans, etc.

start with these guys:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced (less if you don’t like garlic, more if you cook like me)
  • handful of mushrooms, diced
  • few ribs of celery, cut small
  • half a leek, chopped up small

let the onion & garlic saute and start cutting up the mushrooms, leek & celery.  when the onions are translucent, add the celery and mushrooms.  cook for a few minutes, then add herbs (all approximate amounts; i did not measure WHAT A REBEL)

  • ~1 tsp ea salt, pepper, fenugreek, sage, thyme
  • more than 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves

let this fry up for a minute while you cut the potatoes and open the canned goods, then add:

  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces.
  • 1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 can of lentils, drained
  • 1 mini-can of corn, drained
  • 3-4 c water/veg broth
  • 3-4 tsp veg stock powder (omit if you used veg broth)

bring to a boil, then simmer till the potatoes are soft.  you can eat it now, or keep cooking for more delicious.  when you’re ready to eat, fish out those bay leaves and serve! would be really  nice with some warm crusty bread or something like that. if you eat this soup when you are sick, it’s like drinking a +20 life potion.  FACT