July 27, 2012

The Boob Tube

I haven't done a post yet on TV shows! This one will look at what shows I watch on TV, television, the telly, however you want to call it...

July 23, 2012

Books Update

I just finished reading Catching Fire (what an ending! good thing I have the set so I don't have to wait for the finale) and will start Mockingjay as my next book when it's time to read next.

As kind of a recap post, here are some books I recommend. They're somewhat lesser known in comparision to say, Harry Potter, Ice and Fire, Hunger Games, for example.  

His Dark Materials omnibus by Philip Pullman

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, first in the Stormlight series

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Its sequel, World Without End

Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, first in his 'Saxon Stories' series

Divergent by Veronica Roth, first in her trilogy

Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham, first in the Dagger and Coin series

Hope you look into some of these. No matter what you are reading, or will read, enjoy!

July 21, 2012

2012 Emmy Nominations

Here are the list of Emmy nominations and my thoughts / hopes / predictions....

July 19, 2012

Back Home

After a brief visit to Nova Scotia, I'm back home. Returned about 10pm last night.

The weekend was spent at my Aunt and Uncle's place in Cape Breton Island, and the remainder of the trip was in Dartmouth / Halifax. 

Highlights included going to Marble Mountain, sitting and drinking with my Uncle, my cousin and her boyfriend until about 1:15 am...and sleeping in. Their log home overlooks a salt water bay which is part of the Atlantic.

I was glad to have meet up with another cousin, whom I haven't seen in close to ten years.

Three years ago I was in Nova Scotia for my great great aunt's 100th birthday, and was able to pay her a visit. 

That's all for now, more updates will follow on a regular basis. My next post will either be a film review for Dark Knight Rises, or the list of Emmy nominations and my thoughts. 

July 12, 2012

Forged by the Sea


Nova Scotia (also known as Mi'kma'ki and Acadia) was initially occupied by Mi'kmaq. During the first 150 years of European settlement, the colony was primarily made up of Catholic Acadians and Mi'kmaq. This time period involved four colonial wars between New England and New France as well as two local wars (Dummer's War and Father Le Loutre's War) before Britain defeated France in North America. Throughout these wars, Nova Scotia was the site of numerous battles, raids and skirmishes; such as The Conquest of Acadia in 1710. Just prior to the last colonial war; the capital was moved from Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia to the newly founded Halifax, Nova Scotia. After the colonial wars, New England Planters and Foreign Protestants settled Nova Scotia. After the American Revolution, the colony was settled by Loyalists. During the nineteenth century, Nova Scotia became self-governing in 1848 and joined the Canadian Confederation in 1867.

Tomorrow I leave for Halifax and will return Wednesday night. Things will be a bit quiet here till then. In the meantime, this may be slightly appropriate....

July 9, 2012

Backbreaking Work? Not Quite...

This past weekend I helped build a patio. It was 13 ft x 13ft, and we dug 8 inches deep. The area we were digging didn't have dirt....nope, we were digging up was clay and rock.

The largest rock we dig up was about three times the size of a head, and weighed about 90 pounds. Once we reached the 8 inch marker, we compacted it. Then came the crushed stone. Compact. Crushed stone. Compact. Stone dust. Compact. Stones got placed, then cemented etc.

Began Sat morning around 8 am, and finished around 5 pm. Sunday we resumed what work had to be done around 10, and finished up for real around 6. Busy weekend, lots of work involved.

If you do any do it yourself, make sure you do your research.

July 2, 2012