The Second Sign





BFAST! Flax bagels with ricotta, honey, sunflower seeds, and strawberries! I bought a tub of ricotta for the first time thinking it would taste like cream cheese or feta. Err... I was definitely wrong but it tastes amazing mixed with honey! Looking at it makes me happy.

Now I need to use the rest of the ricotta somehow once I'm out of bagels. Ideas, anyone?! The container says it's good for stuffing into pastries & pasta and I do have a ricotta & peas ravioli recipe bookmarked. Might give that a try.



Second sign of spring: when I start sneezing all the time. I don't even have allergies as bad as a lot of people. Not complaining though. I'm getting so giddy whenever I see signs of life outside - like these berries on some trees near the rabbit shelter. I even saw a tree full of cherry blossoms in full bloom today!



Bun of the day:




Ronnie!! He's SO adorable! Every time I play with him in his cage that he shares with 4 other rabbits, he does this thing where he digs furiously with his front paws into my sleeves or body of my sweater and then pulls at the fabric with his teeth. And he'll do that over and over again the whole time I'm there. Not quite sure what he's looking for so intently but it's hilarious!

Now I'm off to a friend's house for a Harry Potter movie marathon!


Awwwww yeah :D I feel like wearing my Gryffindor/Ravenclaw scarf and bringing my chopstick wand with me. Does that make it too obvious that I have an obsessive problem?

Questions:

What's your favourite movie?

How do you feel about book-turned-movie films?

How are you spending your Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday?!

(on a side note: I think it's kind of awful that everyone's bashing her for her awful song/singing. It's her money-greedy record label that should be getting the hate. They signed her knowing full well that she's not the greatest singer out there and even knowingly wrote her a bad song. She just did what every other 13 year old would do if offered a record deal & jumped on the opportunity. Just my two cents!)

Bubbly

I've been liking yogurt for breakfast lately. I haven't had oatmeal in weeks!


Just plain yog with honey, banana, and blackberries. It makes it feel like summer.

I've started seeing local grocery stores stock strawberries which only means one thing: warm months are near! It certainly doesn't look like it (my window is currently being pelted by rain) but some trees in my neighbourhood have started growing tiny little buds. I am SO ready for spring & summer!


And gigantic everything-AND-your-kitchen-sink salads. Just chuck it all in there!

Have you ever heard of seasonal affected depression/SAD? I feel like I'm mentally being affected by the gloomy, dark, short days this winter. My body is crying for sun! I recently learned that most people don't get sick in the winter because of the cold. They get sick because they lack vitamin D from sun exposure and they're cooped up indoors all the time where germs flourish. I'm super jealous of everyone living somewhere where "cold" is defined by something ridiculous like 8 degrees Celsius. Although, I feel so ungrateful complaining about rain & cold when terrible natural disasters have been happening on the other side of the world. Watching earthquake/tsunami footage is terrifying. I just can't imagine.

Bun of the day:


This is Mandy. She was the first bunny to let me pick her up! She was so sweet and calm and buried her head into my elbow.

Asian & A Little Egyptian

Some om noms, finally! I was sort of in a rut for the last few months and never felt like taking pictures of my food but I'm feeling inspired again. I really admire bloggers who can put so much effort into taking pictures of every meal and posting every single day. I don't know how you do it! I would be so burned out.

I made a version of Jessica and Lauren's White Bean Hash for lunch. I just switched out the meat and replaced it with sesame & garlic marinated tempeh and cooked & drizzled everything with sesame oil.



It was so yummy! Buttery white beans, salty tempeh, fragrant sesame oil, and plenty of protein... omg! It was my first time trying tempeh. I'm not really sure what to think of it. It seemed so weird to me at first when I took it out of the package. I was starting to wonder if it was really for eating. I just saw a recipe for a Thai peanut tempeh so I want to give that a try for sure! Let me know how you like your tempeh/any good recipes!





And here's the bun of the day:


Pharaoh bunny is not amused.

Down For The Count

First thing I noticed when I got to the bunny shelter for my shift today was that a few cages got swapped around to accommodate some new bunnies we received from Victoria. I went around to the other side of the room where Olga was getting some hay to bring outside to the other bunnies and saw that the bunnies that like to huddle moved in with 3 other bunnies in the large cage. I pointed it out to myself out loud and Olga said "Yeah, I moved them in there because Sandy's gone now."

Just the week before, Nicola, the other girl I volunteer with, was saying how she wanted to adopt Sandy. I started getting excited that she must have followed through with her thought and adopted her! I asked Olga where she went.

She stopped at the doorway and turned around. "I had to get her euthanised."

Thunk.

That was the sound of my heart hitting the cold, hay-strewn ground. That thought was sitting at the back of my head but I hoped that it wasn't true. Last post, I mentioned that Sandy had a lung problem and had trouble breathing. Well, turns out it was lung cancer and the vet was surprised that she even alive because she barely had any lung left.



I had no words while Olga explained to me what happened. I nearly cried right there but saved them until I got home. I spent the rest of my shift cleaning cages and thinking about Sandy the whole time. I wonder if her friends, Herbie & Ronnie, know what happened. They were always together. I wonder if Sandy knew what was wrong with her. I wonder if the bunnies talk amongst themselves at night and gossip about why Sandy never came back from her visit to the vet. There was also another bunny who was euthanized at the same time. Simone, I never met her, but Olga told me she had lacerations all over her chest.


The brown one is Sandy.

But enough sad news for the day. Here's some buns of the day instead.



Above and below are Lois and Clark. Or Clark and Lois. I don't know which is which haha. Clever names, right? More than one of you should get the reference.

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Hi, I'm Gail. I'm a 20 year old student in Vancouver, BC. I dance and I take photographs. I have a wishbone where my backbone ought to be.

This is a place for experiments and mistakes and inconsistency and trying to find out who I am and what I want to do. This blog is a collection of bad pictures, great pictures, good luck, real food, run-on sentences, happiness, inspiration, beautiful things, and moments in time.

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