Monthly Archives: January 2012

The 4 Stages of F***ing Up

My key chain weighs a ton and looks like it belongs to a janitor. It’s insane. To make matters worse, 2 keys are identical, except that the engraving on one has faded. They each open a different door. Do I ever correctly match the key and the door? NO! I f*** up! Here are the stages:

STAGE 1 aka INNOCENCE: You cannot expect yourself to know the correct answer, because you are new at this. You are f***ing up but it’s okay, because everyone expects you to!

Which key should I use? Oh, I have no idea! I just got these keys. Let me try this one. OOPS! It’s the other one. Silly me. 

STAGE 2 aka AWARENESS: You realize that you consistently make the wrong choice and so you try to train yourself to stop f***ing up.

Okay, the key for this door has the engraving. The key for the other door doesn’t. 

STAGE 3 aka SELF-DISTRUST : Your subconscious points you to the right answer. You ignore your subconscious because you think “I always f***-up, so my first choice MUST be the wrong one”. Then you proceed to select the incorrect answer. They even teach you to never do this on a multiple choice exam. It is proven that we should trust ourselves, but sadly, we don’t.

I think it’s this one! I choose a key, I’m about to put it in the lock, but wait, I always choose the wrong one. I should use the other key instead. I change keys. Damn it! I got it right the first time.  Always trust your first choice, people!

STAGE 4 aka BUILDING CONFIDENCE: This stage is the most tricky. Getting past stage 3 is a huge accomplishment, and it’s so easy to revert back to you old, f***ed up ways.

Oh yeah! I’m so good. I  have used the right key  for over a week! *Goes away for the weekend, comes back, uses wrong key*. Damn it!

Now, if I go  by my engineering training, I should never have had this problem in the first place. I should have copied one of the twin keys and made it recognizable (say with a picture of Elmo on the key, which they sell at Canadian Tire), but where’s the fun in that? I’m a f***-up and I’m okay with it.

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How to Buy a Decent Bottle of Wine for Under $11

It’s a red wine kind of night.

Ikea glass of Vila Regia wine

About a year ago, I decided to only buy wines ringing up to under 11$ (the random number is because so many wines I love are in the $10-$11 range). Portuguese wines such as Vila Regia give you great quality per dollar, and sure, my friends are all sick of me preaching this.  And bringing Portuguese wines everywhere I go. And being generally obsessed with Portugal. As much as I love wine, as a student, I don’t set out to be a snobby wine connaisseur. Apparently, I look like a chocolate chip connaisseur, though. While doing groceries today, some college dude flagged me down to ask me which chocolate chips he should use in pancakes. The small ones are best, in my opinion, because they melt better.

– “Umm I meant milk or dark?”, deer in headlights.

He left with a nice package of semi-sweet. People stop me a heck of a lot and ask for my advice. Maybe I look nice; I should work on being more threatening. On a side note, the baking isle must be a great place to pick up girls!

Back to wines. I read a lot of online reviews, and look out for sales at the liquor commission. Most of all, I try not to buy the same bottle twice, unless I reeeeallyyyy loved it. This allows me to try a whole bunch of different wines I normally wouldn’t buy. Try some Portuguese wine. It might surprise you.

On a side note, I have this crazy idea for a screenplay; it has lodged itself in my mind and I can’t make it go away. I wish I was a person of extreme wealth capable of funding movie projects. Maybe if I had all that money though,  I would rather travel, or blog full-time. If only I could actually write the dang screenplay though (oh yeah, and get it picked up, edited, produced, and have Patricia Clarkson cast, etc). Sigh. At least I have wine.


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Quebec Food and Culture I

Trip to Quebec City, January 2012.

I am NOT a fan of winter. It is especially dreadful to experience it in the city, where winds howl between sky scrapers, and side walks become ice cross runs (Aren’t familiar with the sport ? Think bobsledding but with skates, through the historic streets of Quebec City. Check out this video, you will not be disappointed!).

As much as I love salads and smoothies, I have no interest in eating these meals during the winter. I crave the warm comfort foods that grand-mamans put on the table when you return after a day of sledding or snowshoeing. Tonight, open a bottle of red wine and rip up a baguette to dip in cheese fondue. Then, bake a poudding chomeur, which literally translates to “unemployed person’s pudding”. It’s a simple light cake floating in syrup and it will warm you right up in case the wine didn’t. I love Ricardo, a Quebecois celebrity chef. Try out his recipe here.

Have a good weekend and remember, only a few more months of winter O_O.

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