new favourite + best of '09

oh hello there.

baby ava is awesome. she rocks so hard for a little person (she also rocks pretty hard for any person - she's likely my most favourite person in the world!) big love to this little newbie. we've been kickin it this week and watching boxed sets of friends in between feedings (which i don't really have much to do with) and burpings (which apparently i have a talent for extracting) until all hours of the night. for all of the fuss that everyone said she'd make, she seems to be a pretty laid-back lil chica.

what's better than a month off of work (thank you lieu time from all of the overtime i've accrued over the past year) to hang out with my first ever niece? not too friggin much.

more on sweet baby ava later.

anyhow, i came across gwen bell (blog and twitter) and she's got a blog challenge that features the best of 2009. i'll be participating so feel free to join in!

today's challenge:

my fave 2009 book is, without a doubt, is michael pollan's in defense of food. i read it as a follow up to the omnivore's dilemma (which i was totally gonna put as my fave 2009 book but i have a sneaky suspicion that i finished it in 2008). it was a much shorter and significantly less dense read than it's predecessor, so i found that a lot of the facts were easier to digest (excuse the pun!) because i already had a foundation of knowledge from the prior book.

pollan's basic recommendations: eat food. not too much. mostly plants.
“My aim in this book is to help us reclaim our health and happiness as eaters. To do this requires an exercise that might at first blush seem unnecessary, if not absurd: to offer a defense of food and the eating thereof… But I contend that most of what we’re consuming today is no longer, strictly speaking, food at all, and how we’re consuming it — in the car, in front of the TV, and, increasingly, alone– is not really eating, at least not in the sense that civilization has long understood the term.”
check out gwen's blog for the upcoming challenge themes, which will go all the way up until the end of december. join in, and send me links so that we can all share in the best-of-2009 love. oh, and sign up at the bottom of her blog too so that she can check it out.

tomorrow: mike and i are making our annual pilgrimage to the toronto one of a kind show. am going to miss ava, but she's visiting her daddy's family tomorrow. so it's ok. will tweet updates as i go, and i may try to sneak an iPhone photo or two.


Anne. said...

Oh, this is awesome! I'm seriously considering taking part in this blog challenge. Instead of wracking my brain trying to come up with topics to write about, I could just pick and choose! Yay for being lazy and lacking any creativity! (Look, I'm overusing my exclamation points!) Then again, I'll probably get lazy and stop answering these prompts. -___-

Post some pics of the lil nugget so we can all "ooh" and "ahh" and "awwwww" over her. :]

Mandi said...

Hi there! Came across your post on the #best09 Twitter list -- and just wanted to say that I almost included Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" to my "best book(s)" post. It really focused my thinking around what I choose to put into my body and challenged my thought process on organic vs. local food. Great stuff! "In Defense of Food" is also on my list of to-read, but might have to wait for 2010...

cindy said...

congratulations sweet girl! i think you're having a lot fun with the new member of the posse. enjoy your weekend!

Bri said...

I'm glad that you get to spend some intensive time with a sweet baby! And I've been meaning to read that book but I'm sure I'll get all fired up and I have no ability to change my eating circumstance right now (as I'm living at home) so I'll save it for when I'm back on my own.

Cool concept though!


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