In Less Than Two Weeks I’m Going to Africa

Whaaaaaaaat? That seems like absurd facts but it is very much true. I’ve never done anything of this sort before and I’m simultaneously freaked out and excited.

I’ll be leaving for Tanzania where I will spend three weeks away from the world wide web and its trappings. But I think it’s going to be an amazing experience I could never hope to have here in Canada. I’m not really a camper and so I’ve had to borrow a lot of camp type equipment. Of course having never been to a third world country, I don’t actually know what I’ll need.

So I’m going to go stare at the list I’ve got and try not to spend any more money on things to take with me. It’s all going to come out okay, I think it’s just the lead up time that’s getting to me.

Published in: on May 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Perils of Parallel Parking

So I love watching people try to parallel park. I think it’s a riot sometimes.

You see, I like to say that the one thing I learned in High School was how to parallel park. This is of course a lie as I learned many other things in High School, but whatever it’s a thing that I say sometimes.

I’m damn good at parallel parking. I know the edges of my car to a “T” and can get her in a space with only a handful of inches of room on each end. This is a fact. Okay so I haven’t like, entered any parallel parking competitions…but that’s not the point.

The point is, where I live there is a lot of parking around that is only parallel. Now my being pretty handy at parallel parking means I sometimes have to bite my tongue and walk the other way so I don’t go over and pound on a stranger’s window to say “DUDE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” and try to tell them how to do it correctly. There are obviously some instances (see: friends) when I will go over and help a person out…but that’s about it since I know I’d freak a person out if I banged on the window to help them.

But I can’t help watching people try to parallel park. And I feel a little sad everytime I see someone whose car will clearly fit in the space they’re after give up because they can’t get the angle and they keep hitting the curb. Those are the people I really want to help out..only I’m usually too far away and they’re driving off in a huff looking for another space to park.

Really they’re not perils of parking at all. Just my own inner turmoil when I see other people trying.

Published in: on September 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The story of my lucky earring

So I have this set of earrings that I adore. Like, they’re my favourite and I don’t even know where I got them from.

But one of the earrings is on a mission to run away.

You see the backs don’t click in to the earrings or anything and so they are pretty easily separated from the backing. This has happened to me multiple times when the front catches on my sweater whilst changing and is pulled free from the backing. It sounds like it ought to be painful, but trust me I don’t even notice it until I discover the earring gone.

This has happened two times now where I swore the earring was lost forever. Once when at a restaurant when I took of my scarf and it apparently caught. I didn’t realize it was missing until many blocks and half a concert later. I swore it would never be seen again but maybe I’d call the restaurant just in case.

I found it that evening in my shirt. What?!

This morning it happened again. I had accidentally slept in them. I discovered the one missing after I had changed and walked the dog. I dug through all my clothes. My laundry. Swept the bedroom floor. Nothing.

Because I knew these to be boomerang earrings, I figured it might turn up when I went to bed as under my pillow or something (that has happened). So I went ahead and went out.

I walked probably a total 40 blocks. Went to a 3 hour play, went for dinner and them came home and took the dog out. It was windy (but my hair was up).

I just lounged on the couch and took my hair down only to find the earring in my hair. Now how did this not get pulled out by the hairbrush or the 40 blocks of walking? I’ll never know. But it has reinforced my belief in the lucky boomerangesque earrings.

Published in: on July 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Unpopular Opinions

Unpopular Opinions are still very much opinions.

Everyone is entitled to think, everyone is entitled to like things and not like other things. The problem I have is when people start hating on each other when said opinions and likes don’t coincide with those around them.

I don’t like to eat fish. That’s a preference that I express ad nauseum to my friends and coworkers. But I have never, ever once told them it was not okay for them to eat fish.

But tonight the issue was in regards to abortion. Which deals with more than one person including an unborn, unable to make decisions for themselves person. I am in a distinct minority against abortion, despite being a woman myself and I realize this. But I’m entitled to my beliefs same as you are and no amount of screaming, name calling, beating or otherwise cyber bullying is going to change your opinions or mine. So I don’t know why people bother with that. If you want to have a sensible, mature discourse, I’m more than happy to oblige.

At this point in the evening, my opinions on abortion aren’t the issue.

The issue now becomes about the legality of Government actions. About changing rules and modifying time stamps to push your opinions on other people and tell them that their opinions aren’t warranted. This is what the government has resigned itself to?

I’m not sticking all night with this. I don’t even live in the USA anymore. But I will be interested to see how this pans out, but more importantly how it’s covered/not covered by the media.

Published in: on June 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mixin’ Up the Blog

One of these days, I’m going to find a blog title that works for me forever. I feel so inclinded to updated it over and over again.

Okay to be fair, the first change was cause the title used to reflect my college kid status, and the second title was about my writing every day mission I had that year. Now that I’m not doing a hard every day thing, I need to have a title that works till forever. Yes. That’s going to be a thing, right?

The idea of the blog is not changing. But I can’t very well have an “every day” blog when the every day mission is completed. So here we embark upon a new title, a new page, a new chapter. Who knows, maybe changing blog chapters this time – like all the other times – will also come with changing life chapters.

More to come, obviously.

Published in: on June 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Crazy Not Bomb

So this afternoon with work going pretty slow, I stepped out to get a coffee.

As I exited the building I noticed a firetruck at the bus stop and thinking not much of it went forward on my coffee hunting. La de da. When I got back to the office, there was a man in a yellow vest at the elevators. I stepped into the open elevator sort of confused as to why he didn’t and he promptly informed me I couldn’t use that elevator. Okay, weird. So I got out and used another.

By the time I got back to our floor – the 5th floor mind you and sat down at my desk with my coffee – a couple of coworkers came down the hall looking for a window. As has happened previously in these situations they picked mine.

Turns out the entire front half of the building had been police taped off. That’s right, the front door I had legitimately just came through not minutes before.

Um. Okay.

A Google search turned up a disappointing nothing and we were left to look out the window as camera crews arrived and other emergency vehicles. A couple of guys tried going back downstairs to find out what was going on. Turns out there was a suspicious package delivered ten floors above us. Pretty much everyone left my office to go search the web for more information.

Then I saw the Hazmat truck pull in.

It was pretty much at this point that the work day seemed over. It was nearly 5pm and I had a meeting at 8 that I was going to attend from home via the magic of video software. Our head of technology started going around telling people it may not be a bad idea if they all left. Another google search turned out news that we had been “evacuated” (said news site later refined the information to say the 15th floor had been evacuated, but really the scare was there).

I went home. I turned on the computer and got a feed of some photos of the event from the other side (legit, what did we do before twitter?) and after a while got word that the package was not anything dangerous and everything was declared safe.

What I really want to know, is what made the package suspicious in the first place that half the building/block got taped off when the delivery was to the 15th floor? It just seems a little odd is all.

Oh well, that was my day. Huzzah for some added interest.

Published in: on June 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Made A Thing

Despite the fact that the summer is nearly upon us, I have finally figured out how to make one of the beanies/toques I’ve been wanton to make since mid Feb.

I didn’t have a pattern, and that what scared me the most as I’m not all that good at crocheting, but I went for it and am pretty excited with how it came out overall.

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The darker purple photographs pretty close to black, but I think it looks pretty good overall. I may do a second (better?) one with the dark purple as the base, but I don’t have enough of the other color left to pull that off. :(

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Now I just have to wait for it to get cold in order to wear it. :(

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Published in: on June 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

The New and Shiny Blog?

Doing a little overhaul on the blog. The crazy green dancey girl theme was getting old.

Still thinking on the title, not sure about it anymore as I obviously fell out of the “every day” part of the blog. I’ll probably try to get back into it, but I’m open to suggestions for new and exciting quirky blog titles.

Blogalog. I dunno. Something like that. Fun and yay sounding.

I’m going to sleep on it.

Published in: on June 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Percy Jackson

So despite the fact that I’m probably like a hundred years behind the times on this one, I started reading Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series.

A couple of my friends were reading it when I graduated, but at the time I was A – graduating and had finals and my whole life to figure out and B – reading a lot of classic literature instead.

So seeing as I’ve seen many, many, many clips of the Percy movie and I’ve been reading a lot more YA on account of the fantabulous John Green, it seemed like a good time to pick up the Percy series. Thankfully the library system round here is amazing and within days I had the first two books ready for pick up.

I’m not sure what I was expecting.

Maybe some sort of bizarre Harry Potter rip off tale? Maybe some otherworldly fantasy a la Sword of Shannara series? I figured they’d be easy reads that I could pick up and read passively over my lazy weekend. Instead, I got an enjoyable adventure book with mythological twists with an amazing blend of real world to magic world.

Harry Potter just sort of hides the magic away in a corner. Percy Jackson’s world literally hides it under their noses.

I read the first book well before the weekend was over and am already half way through the second and have the rest of the series on hold at the Library. I’m wait-listed though for most of them, so hopefully they come in shortly as I was not expecting this book series to be so enjoyable that I’d want to keep reading it farther than the first two any time soon.

But hey, that’s enjoyable writing for ya.

Published in: on June 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Doctor Who – Breaking Your Hearts Since 1963

A couple of days ago, I tweeted that exact blog title.

Okay it was exactly three hours after watching the finale for season 7 of New Who and approximately five minutes after watching the departure of the first companion from Old Who.

Word to the wise, do not try to console yourself from the heartbreak of New Who by watching Old Who. Just don’t do it.

A little over two weeks ago I decided I wanted to start watching the Classic Doctor Who episodes. I checked out Netflix as they advertise a few, but they seemed to be fan favorite episodes and not at all what I was looking for.

No, I wanted to see how it started. How the Doctor became who he is today Eleven regenerations later. I didn’t want to skip around watching what was deemed “best of Doctor X” I wanted to watch the story progression from the start.

There are 26 seasons of Classic Doctor Who.

26.

That is a hell of a lot of Doctor Who. The best part is, some of these seasons are quite lengthy. The first season alone has 42 episodes. But regardless of this, I was going to do it.

I’m nearly done with season 2. Best decision ever.

Aside from the whole New Who/Old Who emotional roller coaster – but I’m counting that a timing fluke.

Current goal is to watch every single episode of Who (old and new) prior to the 50th anniversary episode in November. I’m insanely excited to follow the development of the Doctor through his many regenerations. I’m even more excited for the development of the Daleks I have seen in just these two seasons.

And last but not least, I’m kind of sad that more people don’t watch Old Who because I’m sort of becoming a fan of the First Doctor and frankly odds are good that I’ll be a fan of the second, third, fourth, etc etc etc.

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But seriously. Look at how awesome he is.

Published in: on May 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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