Friday, April 27

Travel Alberta

My fiance found this video online, so I thought I'd share it with you guys. It's stuff like this that makes me sad I'm moving away. I love my province and my country. It'll be really difficult to leave it all behind ♥

Wednesday, April 25

Bridal Shower

So, if you're my friend on Facebook, you probably heard that my Canadian Bridal Shower was on Sunday =) It was a lot of fun, but I'm sooooo happy it's done, LOL! My mum and I did all of it--food, drinks, decorations, invitations, favours, prizes etc... It was just a wee a bit stressful ;) I'm glad my Virginia Bridal Showers will be taken care of by other people, LOL!

Anyway, I decided to post a few pictures from the day =)

Making the favours! They are sugar cookies made in the shape of Virginia.
The pink icing heart (which was incredibly difficult to do) is where Roanoke is =)

The finished product!

We found these awesome cups at Wal-Mart.
You take off the sticker and scratch your name on it so everyone knows which cup is theirs!
Obviously, this one was my mum's ;)

Kelsey & I
Kelsey is my amazing bridesmaid extraordinaire. Even though she just finished her undergraduate degree the day before and was suffering from a cold, she was a lot of help ♥

So there you have it. A small glance at my Bridal Shower =) I had a lot of fun--it was an amazing day. Everyone who came made it really special for me ♥

*I have a lot more pictures, but they're just of me opening presents. I also have a bunch of group shots, but I don't want to post them without everyone's permission. And quite frankly, I don't want to have to ask all of them, LOL!*

Wednesday, April 18

Henri the Existentialist Cat: Part One

I'm glad my parents and I aren't the only ones who give our cat a dramatic voice.
Whereas Henri is the artistic, philosophical cat, mine is the evil, "I want to take over the world!" cat.

Thursday, April 12

Wednesday, April 11

Adorable Nike Commercial

I saw this on TV yesterday morning while I ate breakfast and I decided I just had to share it with you guys. I love their little song, especially as he begins to deteriorate, LOL.

Sunday, April 8

Friday, April 6

The Origins of the Easter Bunny

The other week I was writing away when I stopped to ask my mum what herbs go well with rabbit (a slightly morbid beginning to this tale, but it was pertinent to my story, I assure you lol). Since she didn't know the answer, she pulled out her Celtic Folklore Cooking book by Joanne Asala (a Highland Games buy from a few years ago). While flipping through it, she came across a recipe for Poacher's Pie. At the top was an interesting little paragraph:
"There was a common folk belief that rabbits sucked the milk from sleeping cattle, and that witches, who would keep rabbits as familiars, would even take the form of a rabbit to steal their neighbor's milk. Like other much maligned animals, the rabbit was sacred to the Goddess. Celts imagined they saw a rabbit in the moon, and this moon-hare would lay eggs for children to eat--the origin of the Easter Bunny" (Asala 304).
I was hesitant to believe such a tale, so I googled it. After coming across numerous websites, I found out that it was true! Here's what I learned:

Easter-- The word is derived from a Saxon goddess of Dawn and Spring known as Oestre or Eastre (Ostara in Germany). She was a fertility goddess and her sacred animal was the hare. The rabbit was also associated with the moon goddess, so the above quote now makes sense.

Easter eggs-- Eggs were a symbol of fertility in most ancient cultures, and the Celts were no different. During the spring festival to celebrate Ostara, they painted eggs to give as gifts. The chocolate eggs we now associate with Easter were introduced at a much later date.

"The Goddess Ostara and the Easter Bunny:

Feeling guilty about arriving late one spring, the goddess Ostara saved the life of a poor bird whose wings had been frozen by the snow. Filled with compassion for him since he could no longer fly, Ostara turned him into a snow hare and gave him the gift of being able to run with incredible speed so he could protect himself from hunters.

In remembrance of his earlier form as a bird, she also gave him the ability to lay eggs (in all the colors of the rainbow).

However, the hare later angered the goddess Ostara, and she cast him into the skies where he would remain as the constellation Lepus (the Hare), forever positioned under the feet of the constellation Orion (the Hunter). He was allowed to return to earth once a year, but only to give away his eggs to the children attending the Ostara festivals that were held each spring. Thus, the tradition of the Easter Bunny had begun" (Easter: History and Traditions).

So there you have it! Fascinating stuff, eh? I always think it's interesting how so many "Christian" holidays have their origins in Pagan religions.

--Celtic Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala
--Easter: History and Traditions: Link
--The Pagan Origins of the Easter Bunny: Link

*The student in me wants to properly quote and cite my sources, but I figure you guys get the picture, LOL!*

Sunday, April 1

April Releases!

  1. The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting--April 17th
  2. The Proposal by Mary Balogh--April 24th (for mum)
It's a bit of a slow month, but at least it gives us time to catch up on our reading from March =)

What books are on your reading list this month?
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