One step at a time

While doing some banking online and watching Jamie Oliver on tv, I was kind of irked that the interrupting commercial break advertised Kentucky Fried Chicken. Of all the fast food/fried chicken places, this one is probably the worst one. ICK. (And I like fried chicken but not with abused, factory raised poultry.)

Ironically, Jamie was cooking chicken. Fresh, organic, farm-raised, 20-minute chicken. Looked much better than the commercial, if you ask me.

This was the second thing that irked me today, the commercial. The first thing was booger kid on Cynthia’s blog. OMG I’m still shuddering at the gif in my head. 😛

(THANKS, friend.) 🙂

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Artistic impressions and the questions they leave

When we went to old Zurich on our last day of vacation in Switzerland, we walked by a gallery where I saw this sculpture.

The artist’s name is Alexander E. Raber, and I wish I had gone in to look around. 🙂 (The gallery was closed, unfortunately, at that time.)

I have some questions:

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Early morning baking

I’m sitting here full of coffee and honey toast watching Mom on tv.

There is a child sleeping in my bed, clean laundry all around me I can’t put away in my bedroom, and wet cleats in the oven turned on low.

My life is sooo exciting! 😂

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20. Vacation memories: Lugano (part 4)

We visited the southern Swiss-Italian city of Lugano while vacationing in Switzerland. You can read about our adventures in this colourful, almost Mediterranean town in part 1, part 2 and part 3.

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Up, up, up the cobblestone steps we were led by the GPS in search of churches, before making our way back to Bellinzona and then into our little mountain village.

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16. Vacation memories: hiking in the Alps – part 4

We took our kids from Toronto, Canada to Switzerland on vacation. This is our adventure.This is a multi-part series.

Scroll down to the end of this post for a list of the previous stories in chronological order.

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Part 1 of this hiking story is here.
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here.

We sat by the church for a while, checking out the apps and radar maps.

You may recall that my partner is a pilot so of course he was following the weather on the aviation apps to see how much longer the storm would last. It wasn’t long, and we ended up leaving the church when the tail end of the cloud was still drizzling on us.

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15. Vacation memories: hiking in the Alps – part 3

We took our kids from Toronto, Canada to Switzerland on vacation. This is our adventure.

This is a multi-part series. Scroll down to the end of this post for a list of the previous stories in chronological order.

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Part 1 of this hiking story is here.
Part 2 is here.

As we descended back to the closed restaurant where the nice man gave us drinks, we contemplated which loop we should do next. There was the trip we took 15+ years ago, pre-kids, that was lovely as far as I remembered so we decided to do that one again.

I did worry about us not wearing proper shoes though. We had running shoes on, not hikers. We didn’t really go out and buy hikers just for this trip knowing no one will wear them again once we return back to Canada (where the kids play sports and wear runners, or cleats (or skates, hah). Our financial situation isn’t exactly a bottomless pit… 🙄

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14. Vacation memories: hiking in the Alps – part 2

We took our kids from Toronto, Canada to Switzerland on vacation. This is our adventure.

This is a multi-part series. Scroll down to the end of this post for a list of the previous stories in chronological order.

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Part 1 of this story is here.

We found the cable car. 🙄

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13. Vacation memories: hiking in the Alps – part 1

We took our kids from Toronto, Canada to Switzerland on vacation. This is our adventure.

This is a multi-part series. Scroll down to the end of this post for a list of the previous stories in chronological order.

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I don’t talk much about my partner as he is not interested in social media or being part of it etc., but he knows I document our trip and is ok with some peripheral mentionings.

For this chapter of the story, he plays a part. Because… he loves to hike. Always has. If there’s a trail through any kind of nature, but especially a forest, he’s in his element. But he will hike anywhere: in the desert, in the Canadian bush, through rolling hills or steep mountains…doesn’t matter where.

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