Poetry Portfolio!

I found my poetry portfolio from my first year of university! I thought I had lost it forever when my hard drive died in 2010. Turns out I had it saved on my student drive at school! Yay! anyway, here is my favourite poem that I wrote that year. I might use it this semester for a book I have to do.



Stop that, Coyote!

Hee Hee Hee, Says Coyote

Better apologize, Coyote

Better pay attention, Coyote


Forget about where Coyotes’ live

Forget about Sky Coyotes’ too


Old Coyote and his pretty good tricks

First Woman is working hard

Building the world


Coyote is up to his pretty good tricks

Thinks he’s funny he does


Maybe I can help

Coyote says

Lets have food!


Straighten up, Coyote

Stop messing about, Coyote


Can we dance?

Can I sing?

Says Coyote


Remember what happened last time, Coyote

Better not start that again


Uh-oh, here we go again

Stop that dancing, Coyote

Stop that singing!


Got to straighten it out again

Got to fix up the world


Better apologize, Coyote

Better pay attention, Coyote

Got to fix this mess.


Night Photography Attempt


So I took this out the back of my best friends house near Sylvan Lake. First attempt at night photography really. There was some really good lightning strikes that night, but of course, I never caught any.

I was thinking lately, you know, maybe I don’t need to upgrade my camera body, maybe what I have is ok. And it probably is ok, for 80% of what I do. For night photography… Not so much.

This is a 5 minute exposure on bulb mode. After I close the shutter on a 5 minute exposure… It takes a good 10-15 minutes to process before it shows up as viewable, and before I can do anything else with my camera… I can understand there is a lot to deal with on a 5 minute exposure, but 10-15 minutes between shots is a lot of time for me to stand there missing awesome lighting strikes or aurora.

So… I will need to upgrade my camera body at some point. When that will happen, who knows. Right now the only guarantee is that I will do it when I grad from school and get my first tax return with awesome Education credit on it. But… that’s at least spring 2015. That is a long way off. So. Who knows, maybe if I can swing it, I will try to do it this Christmas when we get our bonuses at work. IF I can afford it then. Being on a student budget sucks when you have expensive hobbies. On the plus side, after this body upgrade, I shouldn’t need to upgrade bodies again for a good 10-15 years.

So anyway, just thought I’d throw this up for people to look at, since I haven’t posting much lately.


Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Recipe Time. Enjoy!

Brown Sugar Shortbread:

Yield: 30 cookies depending on size.
Time: Prep: 30 minutes.
Total including baking time and dishes: 2 hours.

1 Cup unsalted butter
⅓ Cup packed brown sugar
1 ⅔ Cup all purpose flour
⅓ Cup Cornstarch
1 tsp Vanilla

Cream butter in/with mixer until smooth, add sugar and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.

Add flour and cornstarch. Beat until the dough begins to form into a ball on its own.

Roll dough into a log about 1 inch in diameter, wrap in tinfoil or wax paper or parchment, whatever you have, and refrigerate 30 minutes. You do not need to oil your counter top or anything for this. Shortbread has so much butter it doesn’t stick to anything but itself.

Preheat oven to 350.

Take the dough out of the refrigerator and slice log into slice about ½ an inch thick. Place slices on ungreased cookie sheet. You can put them quite close together because they don’t spread much. I fit 20 on one cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Possibly up to 11 minutes, but you don’t want to over bake shortbread.

Cool and eat them. They are delicious.

Fergus the Dog

I have been sick all week so far. And I’m getting really tired of being cooped up at home. And I get whiny and miss my dogs back home at mom and dads when I’m sick.
So today, Kate let me steal Fergus for a few hours. We went for a long very slow (hard to walk fast when your sick) walk down at Discovery Ridge which is my favorite place in Calgary to go for walks. So beautiful down there.
Anyway, it totally made my day. Kate and Fergus are awesome (Nate is pretty awesome too for putting up with me stealing his dog when he’s home).