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This week is going to be about other people. This week, you are going to need to look to other people for your best moments of joy, for your brightest surprises, for the magic you most need. This week is for leaning on your friends when you have to, and it’s for letting them lean on you, for letting relationships with other people sustain you and keep you safe and alive. Talk to your parents on the phone, or talk to your neighbors, or write quiet poems for faraway strangers.

~The Rumblr’s Madame Clairevoyant

10 things that made me happy, part 97

1. So much cooking at home this week (I also made this today)!

2. Daytime napping.

3. Mint chocolate cupcakes and catching up with C.

4. The Baller Mix on Winebar’s new spring menu is kick ass.

5. Watching Mad Men’s season premiere with L and spending at least 2 hours dissecting Joan’s mad skillz.

6. Moving forward.

7. Making it halfway through the HTML/CSS coding chapter on Code Academy.

8. Sunshine has finally come our way!

9. My apartment has been soo clean and tidy :)

10. We are now one week closer to summer! <3

Thursday comfort: Fettucine with spicy gremolata shrimp

In my free time, I’ve decided to reignite my love of cooking. Don’t worry: I’m not going to stop spending time at my fave restaurants and winebars anytime soon, but spending time in the kitchen is quasi-meditative for me. Washing/chopping/sauteeing/etc. with a glass of wine or bourbon and my favourite Songza playlist in the background is as close as I’ll ever get to any kind of spiritual ritual (see: my hatred for yoga).

I’m in a period of renewal in my life career-wise, and so I thought I would extend that theme to the kitchen. Enter Chatelaine’s fresh spring pasta recipes. I rarely make pasta, which is a shame because it’s a super simple way to create a comforting, nutritious, and delicious dish.

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I chose their pasta with spicy gremolata shrimp, mostly because I LOVE shrimp. It came together really quickly, only dirtied a couple of dishes, and was the perfect accompaniment to a slightly snowy but totally cozy spring day. 

Fettucine with Spicy Gremolata Shrimp (reproduced from Chatelaine.com)

Makes 3 servings

  • 340g package frozen uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 small bunch asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 450g package fettucine or linguine
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

1. Thaw shrimp following package directions. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, finely grate about 1 tbsp (15 mL) peel and squeeze 3 tbsp (45 mL) juice from lemon. Snap tough ends from asparagus and discard. Slice spears into bite-sized pieces. Prepare jalapeno and garlic.

2. Cook pasta following package directions until al dente, 7 to 9 min. Add asparagus to pasta for last 2 min of cooking. Scoop out about ¼ cup (50 mL) pasta water before draining pasta and asparagus.

3. Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add shrimp, jalapeno, garlic and salt. Stir-fry until shrimp are pink, 3 to 4 min. Drain pasta and asparagus. Toss with shrimp mixture, remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter, lemon peel and juice, parsley and 2 tbsp (30 mL) pasta water. If dry, stir in more pasta water. Add salt if needed. Serve in large bowls.

When I started dating Mike, he drove a red Ford Festiva with an awesome lightening decal on the side. He taught me that all Festiva drivers have an unspoken rule to always wave at a fellow driver. Although the opportunities are few and we now drive a Focus, we still make a point of waving at our former comrades. :)
Much love to rileyjoseph for his photograph of The Festivas in Inglewood.

When I started dating Mike, he drove a red Ford Festiva with an awesome lightening decal on the side. He taught me that all Festiva drivers have an unspoken rule to always wave at a fellow driver. Although the opportunities are few and we now drive a Focus, we still make a point of waving at our former comrades. :)

Much love to rileyjoseph for his photograph of The Festivas in Inglewood.

The world is going to show you so much this week; the world is going to stretch out like the widest field, like the longest highway, like the densest bluest night. This week, it’s okay to ask for what you need, in this huge strange world. It’s okay to tell the truth to anyone who asks for it. It’s okay to tell your friends how you want to be treated, how you need to be listened to, how you need to be loved. Listen to the ocean, listen to the river, listen to songs about staying.

I’m going to start looking back every week when I post a new horoscope and see if I can find any place it matches up with real life. Via The Rumblr’s Madame Clairevoyant.

10 things that made me happy, part 96

An ode to my Saturday morning pilates routine and one of my fave shows. 

1. Through all of life’s ups and downs, I have a crew of amazing friends who see me through. <3

2. Double digit sunny weather!

3. My life is starting to feel a lot like the Barre Body Studio tank: Eat, Sleep, Barre, Repeat.

4. Previewing the gorgeous spring collection at Calgary’s newest retail destination, JNBY in the CORE. If you like luxurious natural fabrics and well-designed draping, this is gonna be your newest fave place. 

5. Last minute lunch plans with C!

6. Taking chances.

7. Last minute mid-afternoon friend catch ups at the exact moment I needed it.

8. The staff at Winebar continue to make me feel so loved when I go there - seriously love you guys! 

9. My apartment is so clean right now. #Kristacation

10. Chocolate chip cookies.

Even if you feel like a mess this week, or like the ground you walk on is not totally steady, even if the days stretch out all strange and uneven, this is a week for taking care of people you care about. It’s a week for generosity, even when you feel a little wobbly, even if you don’t feel quite solid, even if the sky gets dark. Try to be kind to everyone you know, even yourself. Call the people who have loved you the longest. Bake bread. Listen to quiet songs that remind you who you are.

~The Rumblr’s Madame Clairevoyant

10 things that made me happy, part 95

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1. All the super fab people that I got to hang out with this week. <3

2. An amazing night of scotch and seafood pairings with the coolest chicks in the city, i.e., Femmes Fatales.

3. Fresh flowers in my kitchen :)

4. The sun is finally out and I didn’t wear tights today. Hollah!

5. Lazy Saturdays with L and a few glasses of wine :)

6. Kristacations!

7. I can confirm that Basil Hayden’s is an amazing bourbon.

8. Catching up with my fave ex-co-worker over prosciutto pizza :)

9. A week of opportunities slowly rolling along.

10. Booking a photoshoot with my awesome makeup/hair stylist!