Monthly Archives: January 2012

To the Haggis!

This past weekend I was fortunate to head out of town with a few friends to enjoy some winter activities in the blustery north – where there is real snow!  We had a great time of laughing over games, eating and simply being together.

On Saturday we went into town to the outdoor arena for a little skating and, of course, to meet the donkey.  Yep.  A random donkey just hanging out at the McKellar arena.  So weird – love it!  We tobogganed. We made snow angels. We walked on the frozen lake, enjoying nature and remembered that even in winter there’s life.  Then, the haggis.  In celebration of Robbie Burns, we had our very own ceremonial haggis complete with dramatic poetry and address to the lovely Scottish meal.  It was something else!  The haggis itself is like liverwurst and actually is quite tasty, but then I do like meat.  (I know, I have issues.)

Often in January we fight the blues, the blahs and a general sense of gloom.  It’s important to remember to go outside and gather your friends around you (even if it is gross out and it’d be nice to simply stay in.)  Find something to celebrate!!  Even if it’s a meaty, organ filled sheep’s stomach.

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Posted in fun, nature

New Challenges

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Over the Christmas break I watched Food Inc.  I know, I’m a few years late coming to that party but better late than never I guess!  It had been recommended to me by numerous friends, both veggie heads and meatatarians alike.  I like meat.  I mean, I really like meat. So much so, that at my last birthday party there was a lovely chocolate cake in the shape of a steak. So, I was a bit concerned that watchingthis film would put me off my favourite food group.  It didn’t though.  What it did do was wake me up to the industrialization of our food production and some of the short cuts that happen when we seek to mass produce food on a large, consistent scale.  In addition to the poor conditions that the animals live in, the film made me realize just how little nutritional value is in the foods that we are eating compared to what my grandparents gleaned from their foods.  Modified corn is everywhere now!!   My goal for this year is to try to eat more like my grandparents did… grass fed beef, free range chicken, no ‘just add water and a microwave’ foods, organic where possible and to really explore what it means to have access to proper foods.  One way in which I am doing this is by participating in an art installation on justice – my focus is going to be on food accessibility.  My first researching trip to the organic section of the grocery store shocked me at the prices!  As one who’s on a tight budget, it’s nearly impossible to eat this neo-traditional diet with organic broccoli being $4.99 a head.  I can easily see how income level becomes a barrier to health which just spirals everything down.  I’m looking forward to challenge of finding a way to translate these ideas into a visual piece – stretching my visioning and getting those creative juices flowing!


Posted in Food Accessibility, learning

Kellner Christmas – the sequel

This year for Christmas instead of giving my family actual gifts, I decided  to do a family outing experience as my present to them.  After opening a giant empty box, my family learned of my plan to take them all out for bowling and pizza!!  We had such a great time!  Loads of laughs along with the joy of simply spending time together.  It was such a wonderful time that I’m thinking of doing experiential gifts from now on.


Posted in family