Daily Archives: June 19, 2010

18 Things From Ottawa

1. Being met by a smiling sister

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We were almost diverted to Toronto because an airplane went off the runway at the Ottawa airport when we were about to land. So I was especially happy to see this face waiting for me!

 

2. Surviving the car drive from the airport

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Sister Sara, although being a licensed driver for over a decade, is still something of a newbie. This has by far been the most dangerous part of my trip so far ;)

 

3. My sister’s cute apartment

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Including hand-made decorations by me from 1994!

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As well as a toaster oven with a warning I probably could have used once.

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4. Talking to my mom and Nana on Skype

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Everything about this shot is perfect. My confused grandmother, my mom super close and off the screen, me in the corner with the camera to my face…

 

5. Poutine

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I’m surprised some of you didn’t recognize what I was holding up in the teaser photo from my last post! A sign that I have been a bad Canadian blogger. Please meet one of our best dishes: poutine.

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That would be french fries + cheese curds + gravy. This is the Elgin Street Diner speciality, were they use a mushroom gravy. To. Die. For. Traditional Quebec poutine is made with beef gravy, although turkey is my favourite. Also, Holly informed me that the term “cheese curds” in Wisconsin is usually used to describe battered cheese. Poutine is just made with the regular curds (which are kinda like squeaky blobs of cheese).

 

6. Breakfast on the balcony

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7. New weight lifting moves

Back: Compound rows thanks to Janetha (please excuse the meathead link, but the move is the first video on the right :) )

Biceps: Standing dumbbell cross-chest curl

Triceps: Single-arm 90 degree cable extension (from Oxygen Magazine)

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8. Unintentional vegetarian days

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After a week of eating hardly anything but beef in Alberta, filling up on vegepate has been a welcome addition to my diet.

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Especially when eaten my favourite way – on a pita with cheese and hummus.

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Homemade sweet potato and black bean salad courtesy my chef sister.

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And lots and lots of greens

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9. Almost getting killed on a bicycle in rush hour traffic

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…and forgetting we’d promised “not to mention this to mom” ;) I also learned that the back of my ankle is a very, very bloody spot. Thank you to the kind people of Ottawa who helped me as I stained their sidewalks with my blood.

 

10. Watching my sister’s rowing practice

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…and then hopping in the speedboat with the instructor to watch!! I got to see the sights of Ottawa (including Parliament) from the beautiful Rideau Canal. I also got bit by the rowing bug…must look into Toronto teams…

 

11. Indie rock concerts

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Including dancing to the sounds of Library Voices alongside my big sis :)

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12. My insatiable sweet tooth

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Despite living off a diet of red meat and refined sugar in Banff, my taste for the sweet stuff is still going strong.

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My sister, just like my mother, has excellent taste in chocolate. Feels like I never left home :)

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13. Decadent yogurt

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Read: 7% fat. It’s like a much better and fluffier version of ice cream.

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Which makes a most excellent topping for coconut oatmeal.

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14. Exploring a new city

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And still finding a piece of home :)

 

15. Hanging out in coffee shops

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Bridgehead is like the Evelyn’s of Ottawa – they’re everywhere!!!

 

16. Running along the Rideau Canal

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Including the 1-mile to the gym and back. Makes for the perfect warm-up and cool down for weight lifting!

 

17. Getting caught in my first Ontario-style rain storm

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That lonely tent is what could have been of the Taste of Wellington event today. Boo :(

 

18. Catching up on Glee

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…while getting a major crush on Jesse St. James. Yet I am oddly more intrigued by Finn after finding out Cory Monteith was a 9th-grade drop-out. Le sigh. Some things never change…

 

Till next time!! <3

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