Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Roark's Grandad

Look what I found in Scotland! This one's almost as cute as Roark.

Monday, December 11, 2017

December at The Beet

Winter, and it's new seasonal menu, has come to Heart Beet Kitchen and this past Saturday, Miss Kimmy-Kins and I had one of the bestest meals ever to be had. I usually find it hard to pass up the Coconut BLT, but seeing as we arrived at 10:30ish for brunch, I went with the new holiday inspiried waffles - gingerbread with maple syrup and a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. It was absolutely scrumptious. Then Kim ordered the Sweet Potato Toast which stated in the menu would consist of banana, almond butter, coconut flakes, and chia seeds. We were baffled as to where the sweet potater came in, but Kim threw caution to the proverbial wind and ordered it up. We were amazed to discover that the "toast" part was a slab of sweet potato topped with all the goodies. She let me try a bite and man, oh man, it was incredible. Another delightful surprise was that all of the sweets that we ordered from the case were yummy and appropriately priced. (Heart Beet can be a bit pricey on some things.) I even splurged and bought the makings of a vegan gingie-bread house. I'm hoping to construct it with Jackson this coming weekend. More photos to follow so stay tuned!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fishtown Street Art

I don't know what the hell this is but I do know that I really kinda like it.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Kim is crazy about snapping pix everywhere we go but what I really like is that she will often tell me to pose and want to take my photo. As a girl I always felt that I had to tell people that I hated to have my picture taken because I kind of felt like it was expected of me to say that; to be self deprecating, since to strike a pose and be playful for the camera was vain. It's fun that when Kim and I hang out we have documented proof that I was actually there! So here are some snappity-snaps that we took today, much, I am certain, to the general annoyance of passers-by and patrons. Oh well, we ain't stoppin' any time soon, so deal with it!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Positivity in Edinburgh

So I loathe to throw things away. I'm no good at letting go. That being said, I like Newman's Own peppermints but feel bad about tossing the tin in the trash. I started saving them in a canister in my kitchen, as hoarding them made me feel better then adding them to the local trash heap. Then I had a lil' idea. I decided to cut up coloured pieces of paper and stack them inside the tin. On the top piece were the words "you are..." and then each of the following would have a positive quality or attribute. I thought it would be a cute kind of art project for myself. I would then leave the tin in a public place for a stranger to find. The only rule I set for myself was that the tins had to be left in a gender neutral area, meaning I couldn't leave them in the ladies' loo. The first of the New Star Positivity tins was left on the window sill at Harmonium in Edinburgh on the 23rd of November. It's my own tiny message in a bottle that I hope will brighten someone's day. Even if one of the words doesn't apply to that person (such as calm, patient, healthy...), perhaps reading it will act as an affirmation and they will one day be the very thing they felt they were not.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Steven’s Music Recommendations

I asked Steven (the fella whose flat I rented in Edinburgh) for a lil' list of cool bands (in his opinion) to check out, since he is a musician, and this is what he What's App'd me:

Bands for your perusal.

Mogwai - Ether
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Alt J - Matilda
Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses
The Cribs - Mirror Kissers
Aztec Camera - Somewhere In My Heart
Twilight Sad - I Became A Prostitute
Frightened Rabbit - Keep Yourself Warm
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Quiet Little Voices
Chvrches - Mother We Share