29 April 2013

Camping Cooking

This weekend I attended a training camp for Guide Leaders. I learned lots and lots of useful things about taking a group of kids camping. One of my favorite things was learning about all of the ways you can cook food using coals, tin foil and cans. It's impressive!

I took pictures of a few methods, but there were certainly others:

Coals + dutch oven = baked bread

Egg carton stoves - we cooked tin foil wrapped desserts over these. I had chocolate stuffed bananas!

And a coffee can stove; perfect I've been told for pancakes, eggs, bacon and in this case, quesadillas!

A turkey was also cooked using a trash can and coals and a ham was cooked in a dutch oven using coals. We baked three cakes using 'box stoves' and made a giant pot of soup using coals.

I've learned a ton!

24 April 2013

Spring Clean Up: Garden Edition

I spent some time on the weekend to clean up the garden and pull some weeds. It's looking pretty orderly now:

I still have a hard time determining a weed from a plant that should be in the garden, so I'm working on it and will learn as they come up!

23 April 2013

Frisbee Fun!

Spent some time on the weekend learning the ins and outs of coaching ultimate frisbee - it was great (and now my quads are killing me in the best way!)

Our lunch was catered by The Stone Soup Cafe and there was a bit of soup left at the end of the day. So of course this happened:

22 April 2013

Gallery Opening in New Glasgow

Last weekend Greg and I checked out an art gallery opening at a great space in New Glasgow, The Celtic Circle:

It's a beautiful spot, I'm sure I've blogged about it before. It was previously a church now it's a multi-purpose spot:

13 April 2013

Conference Conference!

The last couple of days I spent some time in Bridgewater chaperoning a great group of grade 10 students at an International Baccalaureate (IB) Conference. It was one of the most organized conferences I've ever attended and it was put on by grade 11 students - I was impressed!

The conference was held at Park View Education Centre, which as far as I can tell is an amazing school. Everywhere you go there is student art work hanging from or directly painted on the wall (or ceiling). Even the chemistry lab is fully decked out in creativity.

 A little fuzzy, but this classroom is attempting to recreate the periodic table on the ceiling with each ceiling tile dedicated to an element - AMAZING, RIGHT?!

There were lots of other great things in this school, including a very inviting library!

Oh, and here is a picture of me, teaching physics courtesy of a talented student:

Om Nom Noms

Greg whipped up this delicious pizza earlier in the week. It was too good not to share: caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese feta and artichoke hearts. Yummy!

11 April 2013

Bluenose 2013

I've giving it a go once again, for this year's Bluenose Marathon I'm going to try my hand one more time at the half marathon. The run is only in 35 more days - eek!

I've recently bought a new pair of kicks and I'm doing my best to break them in, time will only tell if they and my feet will be a good duo for the race.

In the meantime I'll share a picture, they are very, very light. In the middle between a traditional running shoe and a minimal shoe:

Musical Times

Last weekend I was in a musical, Sweet Charity, and it was my first musical experience.

I was a chorus member and I had a wonderful time, in addition to being in the background in a few scenes I had a couple of lines as a "young man" and a panhandler. I didn't seem to get a snap of my panhandler get-up, it was in the vein of old timey Salvation Army (or so I'm told).

It really looked like a played a crazy young man judging by the picture on the left, and yes, that is a glue on mustache that I'm sporting. Amazing, I know. I also played a hippy:

The whole experience was great, from start to finish and I met a lot of great people that I hope I will get the chance to work with again next year!

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