My Sunday Thoughts…

They say it’s better to be poor and happy than to be miserable and rich…

But couldn’t some compromise be worked out, like being moderately wealthy and a little moody?

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Calgary Farmers’ Market

Put the words “food”, “organic” and “local” in the same sentence and you have my attention—which is exactly why I headed down to the Calgary Farmers’ Market on Sunday. Whether you simply want a coffee or are searching for the finest baked goods and fresh fruits and veggies, this is the place to be.

If you are imagining a typical farmers market environment, think again. Not only is this market organized and laid out incredibly well to create a great “shopping experience”, but it is also a great place to come for a bite to eat! I know that when I think “farmers’ market” I certainly do not think of a gourmet meal, but after sitting beside an adorable older couple at the market, I couldn’t help but to ask them what they were eating. The gentleman replied to my “may I ask what that is?!” question by sharing with me how fantastic his karai gosht was with his naan bread. Sounds average, looked amazing. Next time I head to the farmers market, I will most definitely be having myself some karai gosht from Shef’s Fiery Kitchen.

Because I have a small (ok, large) love for dessert, I couldn’t resist buying myself a treat at Yum Bakery. Although the name explains how I feel about this company, I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was by their desserts. Although I did manage to practice some self-restraint, I still walked away from Yum Bakery with a lemon tart and some ridiculously delicious marscarpone vanilla bean/strawberry dessert in hand.

“What would dessert be without a coffee?” I asked myself, so the three of us gals headed over to the Fratello Analog Café and purchased ourselves some Joe. The verdict? I hate to be a Phil and Sebastian cheater, but this coffee was seriously awesome.

Howdy Pardner!

I have never been a huge fan of Stampede, but after heading down to the grounds last night, I must say that I had a great time. Although I don’t have any crazy Nashville North stories to share, I thoroughly enjoyed cowboy hat shopping, ride watching (not riding) and game playing with Laura, Kyle and Katrina. Although we failed to find a cowboy hat with a “Stampede Strap” for Katrina, we still managed to Stampede it up like true Calgarians—Yee Haw!

First things first, let’s just say that I take my “what a waste of money” comment back about the brilliant game of Over-under. For those of you who haven’t played, don’t do it: Its way too much fun and highly addicting. I wish I could tell you that I walked away considerably richer, but I sadly did not. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to play some more Over-under when I go back on Monday.

Aside from becoming  short of an Over-under addict at the Stampede this year, I also had a great time watching Katrina, Laura and Kyle being swung around on ridiculously scary rides. The scardy cat that I am, I observed from afar. The nice thing about Stampede is that everyone seems to be in good spirits. Drunk or not, everyone was super friendly—including the dude who wouldn’t stop talking about the quality of Katrina’s camera while I snapped a few pics of them on the ride:

I did actually go on one ride…

Before you judge me for going on the Skyride, Katrina and I quite enjoyed our time on the Skyride as we chatted, and observed the grounds from above.

After convincing myself that I wasn’t much of a Stampede fan, I am happy to announce that I really did enjoy my trip to the grounds this year. Fellow Calgarians, Stampede On! I shall see you at the Over-Under tent.

One Down, Three More to go…

Believe it or not, I have finished reading The Happiness Project.

I truly loved everything about this book–especially how Rubin manages to pack SO much information into one book. As I had mentioned before, this book makes you smile one minute and then asks you to think the next. Its lighthearted, easy to read (and follow) and inspires one to be a better person (plus, it has inspired me to go to New York…).

I know that I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, but I must say that I appreciated the random facts and quotations that are present throughout her story. They not only help you fully understand each topic, but they also force you to look at things (or actions or people…)  in an entirely different way. Whether you are looking for a book to read casually or really want to become “happier”, I really do believe that you cannot go wrong with this brilliant book. 

Here are a few of my favorite stats and quotations:

  • “Flawed can be more perfect than perfection”
  • “It takes 21 days to form a habit” (who knew?)
  • “Whoever is merry and cheerful has always a good reason for so being, namely the very fact that he is so. Nothing can so completely take the place of every other blessing as can this quality, whilst it itself cannot be replaced by anything. A man may be young, handsome, wealthy, and esteemed; if we wish to judge of his happiness, we ask whether he is cheerful.”- Schopenhauer
  • “Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” – Tolstoy

If you are wondering which book I am reading next, I have chosen to start What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell. Im only one chapter in, but so far, so good.

One book down, working on #2, only two more to start. Let the fun begin.