Thursday, June 23, 2011



Someone challenged me on the use of the phrase "mean-girled." Of course, everyone knows this is a colloquialism and probably hasn't been added to the formal lexicon, so to define it I had to refer to the good ol' Urban Dictionary (the dictionary of the masses, if you will). Here's what it says (bolded for emphasis):

Girls who are bullies and use "girl aggression" (nasty comments, trickery, deceit, excluding people from events, spreading rumors, stealing boyfriends,etc.) to manipulate other girls. They will use text messaging, AIM, email, three-way-calling, and any other weapon at their disposal to achieve these goals
(coined by Rosalind Wiseman in her book "Queen Bees and Wannabees").
These girls are often popular because everyone is either afraid of them or wants to be like them. They tend to have armies of followers ("friends"/wannabees) comprising their clique. However, few people actually like them for who they are.

So there it is. It's hardly a surprise that this is not a new phenomenon (well, except for the technological bullying part - that's new) but what *is* surprising is that it can still happen among women in the grown-up world, and in professional environments, no less. Well, maybe not the stealing boyfriends part, but just about everything else is something I have seen in at least *two* of my workplaces, both Christian and non-Christian.

Sad, sad. But then again, only those who truly know Jesus have the capacity to love their neighbours and be better than this, n'est-ce pas? Without Him and His Spirit to show us how to love and treat others, I suppose we're all mean girls at heart. But by His grace and His empowering, we can rise above this sort of despicable behaviour and become encouragers and defenders of the weak and the bullied, a mandate Jesus Himself lived out in His ministry. In the end, how one chooses to conduct themselves is one part God, and one part choice. What kind of girl do you want to be?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Let's Twist Again...

Apologies on the cheesy title. I'm here to plug a product (not mine). It's the Goody Spin Pins.

I remember a time when putting one's hair in a bun was a form of torture, and required an obscene number of pins plus a monstrous looking hair net that you'd never want to see snaked out of your drain (it's the stuff of nightmares, trust).

Well, no more! These pins are so easy to use. I basically just gathered my hair, twisted it into a bun shape, and gently rolled these two pins into place. Voila, bun!

It's easy and it actually works, even on my semi-thinning hair. At <$10, it's a great deal to fancify your 'do or free up your neck during the hot summer days.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chicken Soup for the Chinese Soul

I'm sick! Oh but I have no one to blame except myself; I'm sure I must have let my guard down at some point in the past week and now I'm paying for it with a head cold and congestion.

Anyway, when sick, I have a go-to ginger chicken soup that always warms my insides up and makes me feel better.

Here's the simple recipe:

1 carton (almost 1 L) organic chicken broth
2-3 cups water
1 giant ginger root, peeled and sliced
6 chicken thighs, skinless + boneless + sliced
soy sauce
1 egg, beaten
spinach (optional)

1) Bring broth, water, and ginger root to a boil
2) Season chicken thighs to taste (salt, pepper, sugar, soy) and add a bit of corn starch and mix. The corn starch makes the meat smoother somehow.
3) When the soup begins to boil, add the chicken thighs and return to a boil.
4) When the soup boils again, add the beaten egg and stir; it will break apart into little strands in the soup
5) Continue on a low boil for 25 minutes; the soup will reduce a bit at this point
6) Right before you serve, add spinach. It will cook in the hot soup.

Easy, right? SO easy I actually make this soup 2x/month, and *I* am one who famously declares that I'm too busy to cook. It's *that* easy. Plus, the ginger root is like a magic remedy for my cold. The spiciness of the soup (dependent on how large your ginger root actually is) is appealing to Hubbs too; he eats it almost as often as I do!

Now, I can't claim any rights to this recipe. I have no idea who invented it but I was taught how to make this soup by my chiropractor's wife (who happens to be his receptionist). I'm so glad for the recommendation though, because right now drinking the soup is the only time when I actually feel good during my sick spell.

Can't wait to shake this congestion, but in the meantime...bon appetit!