Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Memory

Right now my family is in the next room collaborating on how best to write the obituary of my dear Gran. We lost her on Boxing Day and it's now 12:28am the next day. It's been a time. I saw her on Thursday (when I visited her with my cousin and her daughter) and less than a week later, she's gone. She lived through The Great Depression, the internment of Japanese-Canadians during WWII (Don`t know what I mean? Google it.) and whole slew of cold, prairie winters all while helping raise her other five siblings and, of course, my father and his sister. She was amazing. She is amazing.

I've known for perhaps a decade that this day was inevitable but no amount of preparation can help reconcile the fluidity of life. We lost her. But now I'm in a house with my parents, siblings, and my dear aunt that has taken care of her for as long as I can recall.

I hope that I can have the strength through all the curve balls life throws at me like she did. Nothing is ever easy but nothing is impossible to overcome. And that will be her legacy.

She lives through me. Reincarnated.

Love.

Coleen Nori Sekiya
1923-2012

Your Girl,
N.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Arithmetic

Dudes,

Maybe you can explain why I'm wrong but...

Lethbridge < Anywhere else

Sorry not sorry.

Your girl,
N.

PS - Happy to be home.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Three Things I'm Stoked About This Winter (plus an Update)

On September 15, I took a look at "Three Things I'm Stoked About This Fall". Well, how'd those three things pan out and what am I looking forward to as the wintry, holiday season approaches?

So, You Wanna Go To UBC?

I go to the University of British Columbia. Before I started going here I knew two things about UBC: The first is that I'd better get used to the rain (or die), and the second is that it was a "beautiful campus".

After a year-and-a-half here, I've discovered that both are true. That said, there are a few more things you need to know before you apply.

Deux Holiday Hacks



I've got two simple-as-pie hacks to get you in the holiday spirit. The first is decorative, the second is a way to liven up a classic hairstyle.


POLKA DOT MURAL
Cut out various circle shapes using colourful paper and stick on your blank walls at random with a loop of tape or sticky tack. Just brings some life into a room. Make it holiday themed by sticking to greens and reds.


UPGRADE A CLASSIC UPDO
Take a simple low bun and use your shiniest necklace like a headband, wrapping the remainder around the bun like a hair tie, and securing it all with pins. You can't see it in the picture, but I also middle-parted my normally asymmetrical part for a little drama. Tease the crown  and pair with a liquid liner to really up the retro glam. Makes a simple look a little classier for all those parties coming up.


All of these super-easy ideas take under ten minutes and assuming you already have the materials, cost nothing.

Thoughts? Got a better idea? Share it!

Your girl,
N.

Friday, December 14, 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD FIGHT: Fajitas

This is a super easy dish to make. You know how to eat 'em but did you know how easy it is to make them? Takes under twenty minutes, needs five ingredients and some spices.

YOU NEED
•Bell peppers
•Chicken breast
•Onion
•Cheese
•Tortillas
•Chili powder
•Salt 'n Peppa





WHAT TO DO
1. Cut chicken into small strips. Cook 'em in the pan with a lil oil on med-high.
2. While that chicken is cooking, slice the peppers and onion. Not quite julienned, but nearly.
3. Once the chicken is cooked, get those onions sautéing in there, too. Add some chili powder and S&P. (Start slow adding the chili powder, you can always add more later.)
4. When the onions are starting getting wilty, add the peppers.
5. Simmer all that on medium until everything is cooked to your preference be it crunchy or über-wilted.
6. All cooked? Pile the mix into tortillas and sprinkle cheese on top.
7. Roll em up and devour!

VARIATIONS
•You can also throw tomatoes in the mix if you'd like.
•Try some guac as a topping.

Let me know how it goes!

Your girl,
N.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

WATCH THIS: Extraneous Lyrics 2012

There's a game I like to play where you take a popular song and try to adapt the lyrics to be a sophisticated as possible. This guy has that game down to a science. Enjoy the brilliance.

Your girl,
N.