3 litres of water

I have about eight half-finished posts in my drafts folder but none of them are coming together particularly well so I am doing what all great writers do, and posting a rambling stream-of-consciousness mess on my Internet Blog. You’re welcome.

First of all, I have started drinking 3 litres of water a day. Why? THIS is why. This lovely British woman drank three litres of water a day for a month and transformed herself from a haggard zombie into a dewy youth-goddess. Yes please! I mean look at that woman! You cant argue with science, and since I believe everything I read on the internet I’d be positively crazy not to try it.


So this is me with my haggard “before” face (which I will be no doubt looking at with abject pity a month from now) and my gigantic jug of water I drink every day. It’s day three and so far I haven’t noticed any changes except Adam seems to be rolling his eyes more? And I had to make juice in the blender when my dad and sister were here over the weekend because I am using the only pitcher in the house for this insanity experiment.

Exciting things are happening on the book front, exciting, exciting, terrifying things! I am almost 100% confirmed to be doing a reading/Q&A/signing at a bookstore here in Edmonton, and I have an interview at the end of the month with a radio station in Wisconsin (do you think they send complimentary cheese baskets to their guests? They must, right?) Furthermore, I may have an article appearing in a magazine, a real live magazine! Each of these things is still in progress and it feels like jinxing it to say anything but hey! Why not. It’s terribly cool and honestly something that before this point I would only have thought I’d be doing in my daydreams, so I’m trying to focus on that livin’-the-dream factor, instead of how much I feel like puking when I think about appearing and speaking in front of large groups of people.

(P.S. Can I heckle you again to leave an honest review on or if you’ve read All You Need Is Less? Not only does it help to bring more people into the hippie fold, but I truly love reading your thoughts. Thank you!)

I also realized the other day that I never updated you guys about our car. THE PLASTIC IS OFF! I know. Adam is really loosening the reins, and I think he’s already regretting it because when we first got the car in addition to keeping the plastic on, he also insisted that we never EVER eat within its sacred innards. And then the other day he reached down to get a receipt from the driver’s side door pocket, and may have found it covered in melted chocolate from someone who may have stashed a bar of dark chocolate there for …reasons.

Reasons that mainly have to do with stress-eating. Happy Father’s Day, you wacko!

Thirdly (fourthly?), and undeterred by my rampaging case of writer’s block, I am upping the ante on posts over at the book blog. Oh yes, deadly fish-killing microbeads were just the beginning! Upcoming posts include the anatomy of a clothesline, a peek inside a hippie’s bathroom cabinet, and a post where I ask you some questions because the most important part of this whole thing is that I am not an expert, and there are still some things about this eco-friendly deal that I’m trying to figure out too.

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Adam has always vowed (threatened?) to make home movies. So far this has consisted of taking jittery Blair-Witch-Project-style snippets at Christmas and birthdays, but lately he has started using his iPhone to make movie trailers. Olive is obsessed with them and although I mocked him mightily when he started (I’m horrible), I love the results. They are ridiculous – the footage, the captions, the music, everything. All of our home movies will be preserved in iMovie action trailers, apparently.

Seems about right.

I present to you without further ado his second feature trailer: The Park (featuring Adam’s twin sister). (His first effort, The Bus, was even better, but it has nudity so it is banned from The Internets.)  (Olive. Not me.)


Happy Sunday! We are going to look at three houses today, please cross your fingers and send out whatever magic you have at your disposal to the Gods and Goddesses of Real Estate – they have proven themselves to be  a fickle and tempestuous bunch and we need all the help we can get.

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  • Reply suzy June 15, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    I read about that 3 litre thing today and I totally put it in my “would-be-great-never-gonna-happen” pile in my mind. IN MY MIND. If it does wonders for you, who knows, I may just switch it to the “smug-as-f**k-for-actually-doing-things” pile. I’ll be watching with interest. Also, piles. Also also, that trailer = amazeballs. I showed it to Brendan and he ACTUALLY laughed. He never laughs.

    • Reply sweetmadeleine June 16, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      I made him LAUGH? Well, ADAM made him laugh? That is the best. I will let you know as soon as I become a dewy sex goddess so you can start waterboarding yourself, too.

  • Reply yakkydeb June 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    great film

  • Reply Kirstie MacGowan June 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Ok so totally going to start drinking more water stat! That lady looks amazeballs and my skin looks dead too :-/.

    Also, you guys look totally stocked to be on the other side of the seesaw! Cracked me up. 😉

    • Reply sweetmadeleine June 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      We were given VERY specific instructions about where to sit (from Olive) and what to do while sitting (from Adam). Those two are not to be disobeyed.

  • Reply Annie June 16, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    That video makes me want to buy an iphone. It is amazing. Olive will love the parks and splashing in the water this summer 🙂

    • Reply sweetmadeleine June 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Do not do it. I am a slave to my phone and it goes against everything I believe in and I am deeply ashamed of myself. RESIST!

  • Reply little miss black bean June 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Ok but how far WILL you go for adventure? On the edge of my seat here

    • Reply sweetmadeleine June 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Haha! Oh my god. At LEAST two or three blocks apparently!

  • Reply Karis June 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Love the home movie trailer! And i am joining you in project drink more water my pitcher is currently making its way around the house with me, hope this works, might all be in my head but I feel better already

    • Reply sweetmadeleine June 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      I can’t wait to see if these crazy water shenanigans work!

  • Reply Whitney June 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I hope you will report on how the water-drinking thing goes. I know i should be drinking more water and I will totally actually do it if you tell me it’s life-changing.

  • Reply jamieramirez June 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    i read a book recently that was all about debunking myths of fitness and explaining what the latest science *actually*shows. one of those myths was that you need to drink a ton of water. it points out that, hey, what an amazingly simple and elegant and functional system is built into each one of us, that helps us know exactly how much water to drink—it’s called thirst! and also that you don’t need to preempt your thirst. you just need to not ignore it.

    (this book is “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer” by Gretchen Reynolds)

  • Reply Ali Mac June 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    I am following you to see how it goes with the water! That lady’s skin from ‘before’ to ‘after’…wow. I feel like a chug a lot due to breastfeeding anyway so maybe it won’t be such a stress. I do have my glass of red a few nights a week and hope that won’t interfere, but we’ll see…

    That video trailer, BTW – hilarious. Love it! I have been making some for my little girl, to (she is 11 months now and I did 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 month videos) but she too is also “the naked” in some so I can’t show them to The Internets either. I’ll have to make some “G-Rated” versions 😉

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