Monthly Archives: November 2011

Good Stuff…. for dinner!


Well it was a day and while I don’t wish to repeat it I will tell you that it did have some bright points and they burn super bright! High up there was dinner, fast cheap and yummy and best of all I didn’t have to make it. Mmmmm thank you Fan’s!




Good stuff in small packages…


Okay so maybe it is a little goofy but I don’t think you are ever too old to love a teddy bear.  This tiny fella lives on my desk at work and in really intense moments I turn to him and …. well let’s just say Chocolat knows more about how I feel about my clients and co-workers than even my hubby. Today when I needed a little pick my up my buddy was there to listen.

Good stuff with my friend


I was fighting some down deep and dirty exhaustion all day. It is hard for an old lady like me to be out until 3am two nights in a row and then get you with the babies and get my house at least a little clean plus maintain a cheery disposition.  But today it was pretty easy ’cause I was surrounded by people I love, cooking, having fun, enjoying camaraderie.  I wasn’t worried about how clean the kitchen was (the answer is pretty dirty) or the fact that I hadn’t jumped into the shower, I just let myself enjoy the moment. The best part of the whole day was when Aimee and I went down to the basement to get our sing on! We haven’t been able to use the basement in the last few months. It has been to messy and too full of stuff …. so much stuff, much of it not ours and I have no idea where to pile it all. Anyway that is neither here nor there, Aimee and I got it in our heads that we wanted to sing so we went down, mess be damned! We sang for two solid hours until we were horse but euphoric. What a great day.


Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out. ~Frank A. Clark


As passionate as we are about Operation Red Nose, Gil and I have one more organization that we feel very strongly about… Feed Nova Scotia!

We are not involved directly with the organization but we feel strongly about their mandate and we believe strongly that as people who have much it is our responsibility to give to those in our community who are in need.

I am already to go this year but I am waiting for the 16th when CBC have their big food drive!

Feed Nova Scotia

ORN – This is really good stuff!


Today’s Good Stuff comes to you from Operation Red Nose

I confess, the first time I went with Gil to do a shift at Operation Red Nose there was zero altruistic intent. I was having a hissy fit because it was Christmas party season and I was going to be sitting home alone on a Saturday night.  But once I got there I knew that I was supposed to be doing work with this organization.  I think EVERYONE has a charity or volunteer organization out there that they are a perfect match for, just as every pot has a lid, for me that is ORN. It is the perfect marriage of my particular skill set and a subject I feel passionate about.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Operation Red Nose here is how it works…

You are out for some seasonal shenanigans with your pals… and your car.

You feel like you have had one cup of cheer too many and don’t feel fit to drive

You pick up the phone and give us a call …. 481-7433

We dispatch a team of three people to get you and your car safely home

You feel so good about this great service you give a small donation that will go towards Safe Grads in Nova Scotia. WIN WIN WIN!




Welcome to Project Good Stuff!


So as you know I have renounced NaNoWriMo this year for a number of reasons, but the primary one was my mental health which has been taking a bit of a harder knock this year than the past few winters. I don’t know if it was due to the fact that I had picked such a sad topic to write about (the death of a spouse) or if it was the pressure that I was putting on myself to make deadlines but either way I was cracking up and it was making me feel worse not better and if I have learned anything in this life time it’s you should not keep doing something that makes you feel miserable, especially if it is superfluous.

Anyway, after I finished my 365 picture project this past fall I needed a break and I didn’t want to start anything until NaNo was over. However I have been thinking about it and I miss the picture taking and I miss the consistency of having something small to do every day. In an attempt to focus on all the good things in my life and in the world I am going to spend a year looking for the good in each day. I am not going to promise 365 days in a row because I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, however it is going to try and be a daily update, a picture of something I love that makes me happy or a new news article, just stuff that is good for my soul and hopefully yours too. By actively seeking out joy each day I hope to diminish my tendency to always find the dark and dreary parts of humanity and to be too deeply effected by them. (Yesterday I started crying uncontrollably because I started to think about the people who were on the planes that hit the twin towers on 9/11 and how scared they must have been. My poor husband.)

Today’s Good Stuff….

Peppermint Tea

I love a cup of peppermint tea on a cold night. I love the smell, I love the way it makes my mouth feel hot and cool all at the same time. I like that I can drink it without worrying about caffeine keeping me all night. And I like it in my favorite mug, which was clean in the dishwasher. 🙂