Guilty Pleasure: Watching docu-series Lindsay on OWN

LINDSAY headlinerI’m likely one of the very few people who have been watching the Lindsay Lohan docu-series on Oprah’s OWN network.  Just to be clear – you’re not missing much. HOWEVER, if you’re curious about what you’ve missed, I’ve compiled a list of what I think are notable things to mention

1. Lindsay has really huge breasts and she does not make a habit of wearing a bra.  Yes I know this is nothing new but it’s really tough to pay attention to anything else when watching her in this series because it’s just BAM – really hard to ignore.  See pic below – this is pretty much what watching the entire series consisted of:

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2. Her skin is really orange. When I’m not staring at her huge rack, it’s almost impossible not to pay attention to the jarring shade of orange her skin is.

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3. She has a LOT of stuff. There’s one episode where she’s moving into her NYC apartment and there’s just boxes and boxes of stuff piling in that she can’t even walk into her own place.  It’s actually really disgusting and I legitimately think she may be a hoarder. All this stuff she has in boxes may be a valid reason as to why she doesn’t wear a bra… she can’t legitimately find them in her huge pile of rubbish.

4. This docu-series consists of 8 episodes, 7 of which are BORING. The first 7 episodes are really frustrating to watch because it’s pretty much filled with Lindsay complaining about wanting to do films again and being taken seriously as an actress, but repeatedly being difficult to work with those who are around her. She also on several different occasions majorly deflects whether she’s fallen off the wagon (sidnote: OF COURSE SHE HAS).

5. THE last and final episode – the 8th one provides some interesting DOOZIES in the last 10 minutes:

  •  She confirms the legitimacy of the sex list that’s been leaked around the Internet – a list she made when she was in the Betty Ford Clinic. Apparently one of the steps is to take a sexual inventory? Notable people on this list include: Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell, Zac Efron, Ryan Phillipe, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto (Not Jordan Catalano!!) … AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON!

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  • She had a miscarriage during the filming of the series. This magically explains why she was MIA and a total sketchbag for 2 weeks of the filming… so ALL IS FORGIVEN right?

 

I’m going to guess that Mama O will be telling herself NEVER AGAIN to involve herself with LL from now on!!!

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TRYING A NEW THING: Being Healthy

Last week I started a 6 week nutrition and yoga workshop that would be taking up my Tuesday evenings for the next little while. This class is pretty cool because the first hour is led by a holistic nutritionist while the remaining hour and a half is led by a yoga instructor.

I’m trying to do this thing I see more and more people do the older I get – this thing called “being healthy“.  I figured this course was the perfect way to introduce me to this concept, since it definitely wasn’t a lifestyle I was use to practicing!

The following is what I made for dinner tonight for Dan and I – since if I’m on a ‘be healthy’ kick you KNOW I’ll be dragging him down with me!

DETOX SALAD – this is what the nutritionist calls this salad that she has in her cookbook. I’m not sure why it’s called ‘detox’ rather than ‘chickpea salad’ but suffice it to say, I was skeptical about how tasty it would be. The following is the recipe for the salad + additions I’ve made because I like to go by the guiding rule that things are better when they’re more colourful (haha note:  this is my food philosophy as well as my style philosophy!)

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced (I actually didn’t have this so I omitted it)
  • 5 stalks celery, cut in bite sized pieces
  • 1 sweet red pepper, cut in bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cups of EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (I used red pepper flakes

PLUS these were the additions I also included to jazz it up:

  • 1 quarter of a cucumber, chopped
  • Added half a chopped yellow pepper
  • Some chopped carrots

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss well. Let sit for an hour so the flavours can mingle!

This is what the salad looks like:

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VERDICT: Surprisingly TASTY! I would totally make this salad again. The best thing about this is that you can make a big batch of it at the beginning of the week and the salad is good for several days.

 

On to the star of the evening: LASAGNA

Lasagna is one of my most favourite things to eat – so I’ve spent years trying to hone this recipe. Inspired by my course I’m taking, I decided to do what I normally do but KICK UP the fruits and veggies in this lasagna. It was actually pretty easy since I also used whatever leftovers I could from the detox salad and threw it in the sauce.

The following are the ingredients in this lasagna:

  • Ground Italian sausage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Red & yellow pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • LOTS of minced garlic
  • Spinach
  • 1 jar organic tomato sauce
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp of thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Lasagna noodles (I like using gluten free ones)
  • Whatever cheese you like – I used shaved Parmesan and Applewood because that was what was in my fridge

I just cooked the Italian sausage first, and then when it was 70% cooked – I threw in the carrots, celery, leeks, onions, mushrooms, R&Y pepper and cherry tomatoes.

There’s no need to add oil to cooking all of this since the sausage is pretty fatty, so everything gets coated and cooked pretty easily.  I let it all cook for about 20 or so minutes, adding in lots of minced garlic.

Then I poured 1 jar of the organic tomato sauce and then tossed in the cinnamon sticks, rosemary and some sprinkles of thyme. I let that simmer for a good 30 minutes giving it a good stir here and there. At the very end I tossed in some spinach and continued to let the sauce cook for another 10 minutes.  Then just taste and season with salt and pepper based on your own preference.

Here’s what the sauce looked like while it was simmering:

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Once the sauce is ready, just layer the lasagna noodles with the sauce and sprinkle in some cheese in between layers. VOILA! Bake in the oven for 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

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LASAGNA VERDICT: “This is the best thing I think you’ve ever made me so far” – Dan

Plated lasagna

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DEAL OF THE DAY

If I asked you to name all the things you could buy for $2.00 what would you list? The following are the things I could come up with – and please note I had trouble coming up with this list:

  • 2 dollar store items (although recently my dollar store has been pricing things above $1.00 so it could just be 1 higher quality “dollar store” item
  • A bag of chips (on sale)
  • A can of soup
  • Socks
  • A dog treat
  • Popsicle
  • A tiny bag of chips from my office vending machine
  • A pen
  • Post its (on sale)

I could probably squeeze my mind grapes some more to get 2-3 more things on the list, but I think you get the point – which is that there are very few things you could get for $2.00 that would be substantial or significant.

Cue my Monday splurge for myself – which I had previously spoken about in another blog entry here that I call the ‘treat yo-self’ strategy.  While everyone is aware that I have a shopping problem, the thing that is also well known about myself is that I CANNOT pass up a good deal. I will VERY rarely pay full price for any sort of fashion related item – and Monday proves no different! 

After work it was dreary and rainy and I decided to pop into the Gap on my way home from work. I rarely go into the store but the allure of the SALE! SALE! SALE! sign was too strong for me today.  That’s where I stumbled upon this gem – a perfect spring canvas tote bag!

 

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This baby has handles if you feel like swinging it OR straps to put on over your shoulders when your swinging hand gets tired. Plus it has two front pockets to stuff additional things in beyond the main compartment.

This bag cost $1.97

I’m sorry but how is that possible???!!!! I think that’s OUTRAGEOUS.  This puppy is going to come quite in handy when I start my 6 week nutrition and yoga workshop that begins tomorrow night. I’m going to stuff this bad boy with my yoga gear and running shoes.  The fact that I also bought a pair of shoes during this same trip (which I’ll save to post on another day) and used this very bag to carry the shoes in means its already paid its worth!

So people out there, if you find yourself with an extra TWO BUCKS in your pocket – pop on over to the GAP and get this because WHAT ELSE can you buy for $2 that could be as useful as this bag will be?!

 

Friday Feature: An interview with Frankly

In honour of my original idea when I wanted to do a blog a YEAR ago to go around interviewing dogs, I’ve decided to honour that original premise by introducing on this glorious Friday – an interview with my dog Frankly!

 

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Me: Frankly! You are now 6 months old and you came into our lives when you were 2 months old. These past 4 months have been pretty crazy – not going to lie, I love you so much sometimes I worry I’m going to squeeze you to death. BUT also at times, you drive me nuts. Thoughts?

Frankly: SAMESIES.  I love you SO much too but sometimes you also drive me up the wall. Examples include: your incessant need to clean goop out of my eye, too many baths because you think I smell and also, I personally don’t believe you give me enough treats per day.  But that doesn’t compare to the sheer amount of love I have for you though. So we’re cool.

 

Me: What’s it like living in downtown Toronto? You’re at Yonge & Dundas which is considered like the Time Square of Toronto – is that crazy for you living in the concrete jungle?

Frankly: It can definitely be RUFF for sure, but I love that there’s always people around when I’m walking who fawn over me. There’s also lots of pigeons around too which I’m very intrigued by. The downside is the noise and most frighteningly for me – the huge garbage trucks that drive by. I GET FROZEN IN TERROR.  It’s also annoying because I have to wear shoes anytime I go outside because downtown is filthy… but then again, there’s LOTS of smells which I find overwhelmingly glorious.

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Me: What’s it like growing up in a bi-racial household?

Frankly:  Well – I’m half Asian, half White…according to you Mom.  If being a halfsie means that people stop in their tracks when they see me and instantly have a smile on their face, then who wouldn’t want to be half and half?! I just wish it meant getting more treats though…

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Me: What are your thoughts on the Canadian healthcare system and why it doesn’t extend to pets?

Frankly: It’s not right, that’s for sure. If people can have coverage for their kids, then why wouldn’t you have coverage for pets? I’m a kid too! I just turned 6 months old!

 

Me: I consider you pretty much house trained. Up until this week, you were accident free for TWO months. That’s HUGE. Then all in one day your 2 month streak goes down the drain. You first had an accident in our condo, and then later that evening in obedience class, you decided to defecate in front of your ENTIRE CLASS with no warning. I was really troubled when your father relayed this news to me. You really did a doozy on us that day. Can you tell me what was up??

Frankly: I don’t know what to tell you, I really don’t. That day was a weird one for me. RE: The accident I had in the morning. That one wasn’t my fault – Dad was in the WASHROOM and wasn’t available for me to tell him I had to go. And at that moment I HAD TO GO, so I did it. And I don’t regret it either – because when you have to go, you have to go.  Later that evening is a whole other story. I DO regret doing it in front of all my classmates… tres embarrassing. But again same reason – I HAD TO GO.  I wish they didn’t have to see me like this… but they also felt ok to still smell my butt at the end of the class, so I’m pretty sure all is forgiven there. The real question is: Have YOU forgiven me?

Me: *Averts eye contact*

 

Me: What are your thoughts on Rob Ford? As well as Tom Ford?

Frankly: Rob – he looks like someone who would know how to eat. I dig that about him. However – he also loves the crack… that’s not something I can relate to.  As for Tom Ford – I would like the man to make me a jacket, because the one below IS TOO SMALL FOR ME now.

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Me: Who is your style icon?

Frankly: Jenna Lyons from J.Crew, look how divine I look with the necklace I stole from you:

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Me: What’s your favourite Songza station?

Frankly: ‘Mainstream Indie‘… ‘Today’s Pop Divas‘…. Oh and ‘Rude Girls‘ station – a compilation of contemporary female artists who refuse to mold to society’s ideals. Just like ME!

Me: Wait, what’s your favourite Beyonce song???

Frankly: Right now? Drunk in Love OBVIOUSLY.  Cigars on ice, right Mom???

Me: Yup, me too.  Totally know what that means….

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Me:  Ok last question. I have my suspicions but I want you to tell me to my face!!  Who do you favour? Your mom or your dad??

Frankly: *looks up inquisitively*  Mom – if you have to ask, I think in your heart you know the answer…

Me: I know, but I want you to tell me to MY FACE! 

Frankly: No. Some things don’t need to be said out loud.

Me: *Le sigh*

 

Interview subsequently ends as Frankly leaves to go scratch her nether regions.

Things I learn from Urban Dictionary

I like to keep up with the slang that kids are using these days, because more often than not, I’m confronted with things I hear either on TV, read on the Internet or hear at work where I think “Um… what does that word mean?”  Instead of coming off as a 90 yr old woman, I just nod politely and rush back to my desk to “work”… i.e. look up on Urban Dictionary!

The following are recent words I’ve had to look up, and am thus now more knowledgeable of:

Cigars on ice: This I had to look up because I kept incessantly repeating the phrase from the Beyonce song, and then I realized I didn’t actually know what it meant when Dan asked. I assumed it meant a cigar resting on a glass of alcohol on the rocks BUT I wanted to make sure I was correct.

I found several articles on Google that define what I was thinking: the classic pairing of liquor on the rocks, drank while smoking a cigar.  This does seem to make sense when you think of the context of the song.

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However – I also cross referenced on Urban Dictionary and their numero uno definition was: Cigars on ice is a phrase used to describe a man taking a cold shower to relieve himself. Cigars being code for you know what.

Now I’m stumped because UD’s definition also makes sense and would totally fit with the theme of the song… the theme being the crazy sex her and HOVA are having (in kitchens!).

Still TBD in terms of what “cigars on ice” means because both definitions make sense – so if anyone knows please enlighten me.

 

Eskimo Bros: This I heard from someone at work who lives in LA so obviously he’s more “with it” than I could possibly be.  UD tells me it means: When two men have had sex with the same woman. Example: After Billy Bob Thornton and Brad Pitt both had sex with Angelina Jolie, they became Eskimo bros.

After learning what this phrase was, I was actually offended. Not because I thought the term was disrespectful towards woman, but because I thought it was incredibly racist to be referencing “Eskimos” in that way.  Like I didn’t get it – what does being an Eskimo have anything to do with it?  UD comes in and saves the day! Eskimos was really just in reference to men “sharing an igloo.” Aahh – totally makes sense now.

 

Glory Hole: Ok folks – this one is a doozy that I was ill prepared to learn about. Let me just clearly state that I wasn’t doing anything weird that would lead me to have to find out what this phrase meant. The legit story was that I was brushing up on the best donut establishments in Toronto and came across Glory Holes – Toronto’s premiere donut establishment. Their tag line is: where creams are made of. 

For some reason, I thought the name Glory Holes was charming – until Dan informed me that he thought it was disgusting to name an eating establishment with that phrase… and then made me look it up on UD. Here’s what it means: A hole located in a partition in which one’s penis is inserted, thus separating the participants and ensuring anonymity throughout the act of copulation or fellatio.  Ummm whaaatt???

OH DEAR. Nothing about what a “glory hole” is makes sense to me and leaves me feeling really conflicted. UD’s definition sounds disgusting… but then I also love donuts and really want to go to the bakery and see what it’s about.

What do you think???? (Check out a pic of their DOUBLE S’MORES DONUT) Looks like heaven to me. 

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MONDAYS ARE A DRAG

Everyone knows that Mondays are a DRAG. The idea of starting the whole work week over again is exhausting. That’s why I’ve decided to adopt a new strategy which I’m calling the ‘TREAT YO’ SELF’ sandwich strategy. This consists of treating yourself at the start of the week (Monday) AND then naturally of course at the end of the week (Friday). I feel like if you start your week with doing something to reward yourself and then ending it in the same way, it makes dealing with any natural midweek bullshizzle totally bearable.

Here is how I implemented the new strategy today:

1. Bought half a dozen Portuguese egg tarts (minus one thanks to Dan). I am currently indulging in TWO with some tea as an evening snack. NO REGRETS about this decision because Portuguese egg tarts are effing delicious.

Portuguese Egg Tarts

 

2. Bought a giant deep fried Vancouver crab to put in my stir fry. This is a bizarre one – but as someone who loves seafood and could eat it pretty much all day long, this was quite the indulgent purchase.  FYI it was delicious in case anyone is wondering.

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3. Went to J.Crew – this wasn’t planned I swear (it never is). If you’re not aware, I am a self professed shopaholic and I’m currently working on my addiction. Some days are good, some days are bad.  I actually think this addiction makes me feel closer to Lindsay Lohan (I was totally watching her show on OWN the other night and felt an odd connection to her). In February I banned myself from shopping – which I completed successfully (similar to her stint in rehab) but now I’m just working on reducing my spending habit (haha similar to her last night’s admission that she relapsed… sorta). I’m not going to deny myself completely – obviously – but I am being more mindful of my irresponsible ways by cutting back and not spending as much as before… 

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4. Lastly – and this one I think everyone should participate in: CHANNELLING YOUR INNER DRAG QUEEN.

If Mondays are such a draaaaggg, then what better way to combat it then by unleashing your inner drag queen! I recently started watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and it’s a little bit ridiculous how trashy but addictive this show is. I’ve learned A LOT but the most important thing I’ve taken away from the show is DRAG QUEENS ARE FIERCE and you do not want to mess with them. They’ll stomp you to the ground with their 6 inch stilettos and then parade around your body lip syncing perfectly to Madonna.  If I could be about 25% as fierce as them, I would be a pretty happy camper.

I invite all of you to give yourself a drag name. It’s kind of fun to do, I played this game with Dan a couple weeks ago and he cleverly (but in a slightly racist way) dubbed my drag queen name as: GENERAL TAO CHIC

If I were a drag queen –  I would like to look like the one below, who is actually named Jujubee and participated in the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Obviously I picked her because she was the only  Asian drag queen I could find.

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NEW BLOG IS BORN! ALL THINGS HUNG

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Everyone around me is tired of talking about my grand ideas to start a blog. At first, I originally wanted to create a blog all about interviewing dogs (haha, that’s right – I would go around INTERVIEWING dogs and posting about it) – but really that was just a too transparent way to fulfill the void of not having a dog in my life. BUT now that I have a now 6 month old puppy in my life, it has pretty much zapped all desire to launch interviewyourdog.com…legit I totally registered for this domain name!

NO MORE TALKING about wanting to start a blog though – I decided to bite the bullet and launch one anyways, and fill it with all the zany, treacherous thoughts I have in my head – which MOST likely will consist of:

  • Selfies with me and Frankly (see above)
  • All things popular culture b/c I’m a total pop cult junkie!
  • Food pics as I’m trying to expand my cooking repertoire
  • Meditation – this is new for me, it’s effing HARD so I’m trying to start/continue to practice it
  • Nutrition
  • Trashy reality television… literally I watch almost all of them. It means I usually have very robust evening plans… by myself in front of the TV
  • Fashion
  • My shopping addiction
  • People I’m obsessed with
  • All things HUNG… (haha you infer what your mind wants to on that)

Having a blog is tough because it requires discipline to post. My commitment/goal to this blog is to post at least once a week. In my head, this seems to be totally realistic – but we’ll see how it goes. I reserve the right to take a week off here and there if I’m on vacation!

I don’t know how to end my first post – so I think it’s completely appropriate to just end with some Beyonce lyrics:

I took some time to live my life
But don’t think I’m just his little wife
Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted
This my shit, bow down b*tches

!!!!!!!!!!!!!