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Pumpkin cake with a side of stereotypes

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Proof! I can cook!

Recently at work, one of my favorite senior staff members was handing out a recipe for some tasty pumpkin treat, but she skipped past me. I piped up that I liked tasty pumpkin treats too, and then something weird happened.

She stopped. She cocked an eyebrow in what can only be described as a haughty manner, and said, “Do you cook?” But it wasn’t just a simple question; it held connotation, like, “Pfft. Do you even cook?”

Being the good-natured gal that I am, I laughed it off with her. She even admitted afterwards that she had made a sweeping generalization to people my age (since when do thirty-year-olds not cook, I’m not sure, but that’s a separate topic), and it’s all good. I know I can cook; my husband knows I can cook; whoever reads this blog likely knows I can cook. But I have to wonder about stereotypes. What is it about me that screams, “hey, how do I boil water?!” And, more importantly, what else is that voice saying about me?

Anyway, want to take a guess as to what happened next? Obviously I went home, baked the recipe like nobody’s business and wrote this post. Cheeky? I hope so. Meant in good humour? Of course!

The delicious cake pictured here is Laura Calder’s Pumpkin Cake. Give the recipe a try… that is, if you can even cook!

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Laura Calder’s pumpkin cake, prepared by moi. Pumpkin pie off to the side made by my mom.

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Engaged in work (and health) through… dance?

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The healthy living flash mob! (photo by http://www.yellowribbonphotography.ca)

About a month ago, I started work on the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on in my professional career – a flash mob! It was part of a campaign I led from a communications standpoint with the healthier you promotions working group at work to promote healthy living in our public – including healthy eating, active living and finding a balance of health in day-to-day life. And I don’t think I’ve ever been so engaged in my work – EVER.

The campaign involved a daily blog post (sometimes two in a day) to the Northern Health Matters blog and a lot of social media marketing on all of our channels. It was the first time I got to put some of things I learned from my master’s degree research paper into real practice (and I really should summarize that here for my readers in a future post!). It sure felt good to know that my time over the last couple years (doing my degree work) has resulted in some sort of practical value.

Anyway – the flash mob! Seriously, how cool is that? But boy, was it a lot of work. Permission from multiple administrators, finding a choreographer (Lisa from Be Unique Fitness was the one and wow, was she fantastic!), finding people to participate (including certain key people), organizing rehearsals, finding space for rehearsals, finding a photographer (Yellow Ribbon Photography!), fielding infinite questions, etc etc etc. Not to mention learning the steps myself! Yes, I can now cross “dancing in a flash mob” off my life list! So all that work was well worth it!

Watch it now!