Monthly archive for September 2010


For those of you not particularly in the know when it comes to my family dynamics, I have two cousins with whom I have shared a lot of time and adventures over the past 29ish years.  We’re all roughly the same age (born within 5 months of each other) and are very similar in many ways, not the least of which is the fact that we all have very powerful memories for things that are not in any way important.  Trish tends to remember song lyrics and facts about random movies, Kate knows everything ever about obscure historical facts and all things equine, and my brain is just generally speaking a repository for the sort of random tidbits that cause people to say “HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?!” in a way that makes it clear they’re a little envious (obviously) and also more than a little weirded out and also a little sad for me that I don’t have better things to do with my life.  (more…)

Five stars

I think maybe I forgot to say anything about the second part of our east coast vacation.  The second half of our time on Cape Breton was pretty similar to the first, except we got out to do some whale watching, which was pretty exciting, if just because pilot whales (of which we saw many) are technically known as “pothead whales” which you have to admit is pretty funny (you also have to admit that pilot whales are adorable because it is just a fact).  After that, we headed off to Halifax, which was just as lovely as I’d been led to believe.  We visited the Citadel, and the cemetery where some of the Titanic victims are buried, and I finally got to eat something that wasn’t made from fish, or stuffed with fish, or served with a fish sauce or fish on the side.  We had dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant called Il Mercato, where I ate freshly made ravioli that I’m afraid has ruined me for all future ravioli, although it was worth it, because it may have been the best thing I’ve eaten in a very long time.  (more…)