Archive for June, 2011

Work and Play

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Despite being over 6,000 kms away from Cape Breton, I am still very much involved at CBU.


Things to do in Sydney for under $5

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

While some of you are working this summer, it doesn’t mean you want to spend every dime of your hard earned money. You have expenses to pay for: school, apartment, gas, food and other essentials. When the time comes for having fun, you may not have much money left to splurge on entertainment and enjoyment.

Since I have lived in Sydney my whole life, I’ve compiled a list of fun, enjoyable things to do for under $5 this summer.


In the Summer Time, as the Clouds Passed By…

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Last week on the BackBlog, we discussed how I’m back (go figure). This week, we’ll be ushering in the new blog season with more blogging (well, what did you expect, a plan for world domination?). Specifically, I’ll be writing about summer, and how it is upon us.

All year you’ve heard me harp on about how important breaks are, and near the end of my last blogging term you watched as I counted down the virtues of relaxation. Well, I’m here to do that again – sort of.


Smoothie of the Day

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Confession: I am addicted to fruit smoothies… and you should be too!

Fruit smoothies are good during any time of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between, of course.

You can add in any fruits that are in season, and the fruit can always be fresh or frozen –  depending on your preference.

Me? I like it all. They are perfect for all-year consumption (particularly tasty during the hot months of the year), and they can travel with you to school, you can share them with friends, or just enjoy one solo when taking a break during your day.

Smoothies are super-foods because they are packed with nutritious berries that provide you with (very) important nutrients, minerals, and – energy! … Oh, and they taste delicious.

They are also perfect for student life… you can even buy personal blenders like the Magic Bullet that you can keep in your dorm for a healthy, easy snack.

Enough about why they’re good, and here’s how to make a delicious one, one I’m enjoying right now.

Lucy’s Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

- 1 cup fresh strawberries

- 1 frozen banana (not-so-secret-ingredient)

- 150 ml of vanilla soy milk (or other milk options)

Peel your frozen banana, and put all ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth – about 1-2 minutes. Makes one serving, double recipe if serving more.

What are your favorite smoothie recipes?

Weekend Plans

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Head to C200 in downtown Sydney for Cape Breton’s multicultural festival the Roots and Food Festival.

The festival highlights all of the wonderful cultures at home in Cape Breton. Artisans will be selling traditional products such as weavings, baked goods, and breads from all across the Island.

Stop by to be informed of the diverse cultures in your backyard, and to enjoy the great atmosphere of food, music, and tradition.

On Saturday, visit the festival from 10AM – 5PM.


Save the Date: Lumiere

Monday, June 6th, 2011

On October 1, 2011 the first art at night event is scheduled to take place in downtown Sydney. The event is called “Lumiere: Contemporary Art . Unconventional Spaces.”

Lumiere brings together theatre, dance, music, and visual arts and craft to “infuse Sydney’s downtown core.”

Thus far, the event will take place between Townsend Street, Dorchester Street, Charlotte Street and the Esplanade – making Lumiere the first event of its kind in Sydney, and a fun one at that.

Organizers are still planning the October 1st event, so I can only imagine what they will come up with over the next few months.

The organizing team is lead by Lori Burke from Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Kent Senecal from Centre Communautaire Etolie de l’Acadie and CBU Art Gallery’s own Laura Schneider.

Lumiere is a free event, open to all. It is scheduled to run between 6:57pm to 12:57am.

For more information about the event, visit

12 Key Zen Habits

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

This morning while surfing the internet I came across this neat poster of 12 Key Zen Habits that you should incorporate into your day to day routine.

I liked how colourful the poster was, and that the habits are actually really helpful and will save you time and energy. They are also easy to follow.

My advice? Print a copy off and stick it somewhere where you can see it at work or home to reinforce the idea of healthy, happy habits. And… share it around!