Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Obviously I don't post anymore

But what the heck....

I don't have to leave for work for another 20 minutes and it's summer, so blowing my hair dry in the morning has become optional.

It's a mishmash of a list taken from two blogs - which I would like to but I am not going to... plus a few of my own.

children conceived: 0
live babies acquired: 0
men married: 1
apartments lived in: 4 - plus we are moving in 6 weeks
books written: I wrote a thesis. It was awful (the process, not the thesis)
degrees acquired: 2 (if we count the last five years, 1 if we count the last 60 months)
unfamiliar countries visited: 0 (geez... that's not good... I blame the thesis)
unfamiliar states visited: 5 (Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan, New York)
couches owned: 0 (that's right - go figure!)
days admitted to hospital: 0
laptops owned: 2
jobs held: 2 (+ student related stuff)
tattoos inked: 0
languages studied: 1
Weddings attended: 2 (plus mine)
Friends I went to school with who now have babies: 4
Trips to Calgary: 4 (approximately)

Monday, October 12, 2009


So I don't blog anymore. And I am not really sure why. I want to start, but I can't quite figure out how to. Which doesn't really make sense because I was pretty good at doing it for so long. But then my life changed. And suddenly.. what? did I no longer need the outlet? Did I want to be more private? Did I lose interest? I am not sure.

I have thought about taking my blog in different directions. Maybe writing a weekly movie/book/tv/music review. Or writing fiction in installments. I know that I miss writing, and it's not as though I am writing in a journal or that I have replaced this outlet with another one. So I want to write more. But where? Here? I am not sure. So I will think about it. And let you know.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

women's magazines

Although I am a little ashamed to admit it - I occasionally read women's magazines. I usually buy them before a plane or train trip - and though while standing in front of the magainze rack I always think I should be picking up Macleans or the Economist, I can't seem to help but pick up a Glamour or a Marie Claire (though not Cosmo - I have my standards). For some people travel is quiet time to read and reflect without distractions - for me it's a time for my brain to go on holiday.

But tonight, when I went to pick up a magazine at the local corner shop, I just couldn't bring myself to buy a Glamour. Why you ask. Because this month's cover model is none other than Miley Cyrus. And while my magazine reading standards may not be that high, they are not so low that I could bring myself to spend money on a publication that has Miley Cyrus on the cover. Now I might feel differently about this if I was 16. In fact, if I was 16, I might buy Glamour because Miley Cyrus was on the cover (Lord knows I hope not, but as far as teenagers go there is no accounting for taste). But now, as a self-respecting adult, I just couldn't do it.

So instead I bought Flare magazine with Kate Winslet on the cover. The only magazine cover in the store that was classier was Oprah magazine, which had Oprah and Michelle Obama on the cover - but as much as I should be too mature for Glamour - I don't know if I am mature enough for Oprah.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009


When I was younger, I used to love to read mysteries. My favourites were Agatha Christie and Lillene Jackson Braun (she wrote a series of books called "The Cat Who...."). And when I was really younger, I read a lot of Nancy Drew and The Three Investigators.

The first two authors wrote more cerebral mysteries, which is not to say they intellectually challenging to read, but that the main characters solved mysteries by their powers of deduction. I don't think I would be one for a CSI type mystery - I like reading about the detective who can solve crimes from an armchair. Somehow I find that more engaging, even if it is arguably less exciting.

However - I haven't read mysteries in years. I don't know why. It has something to do with the fact that overall I read less than when I was a teenager and also that I don't go to the library anymore. I used to go to the library for my mysteries - I don't know think I've ever bought a mystery. I also wouldn't know where to start finding a mystery. Last summer I read some Sherlock Holmes and I really enjoyed that. I would love to get involved in a good mystery again - lately I've been reading a lot of non-fiction, which is fine, but doesn't draw me in the same way.

Sometime this spring I will really have to make my way to the library, get a library card, and become reacquainted with an old genre: the mystery.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

reflections on buying mascara

On Sunday I made a goal of blogging everyday this week. I rarely blog at all anymore and I thought committing to doing it everyday might help me to get back into it.

Obivously that didn't happen as I didn't blog yesterday. Instead I went out for drinks after work, came home and watched Corrie and Jeopardy in Central Time, and then went to bed around 9:30 with a headache. Aside from the headache, a lovely night.

Today after work I went to Shoppers to pick up a few things. And while in the make-up aisle, I decided to buy a new mascara (you are technically supposed to replace mascara every 3-6 months for reasons of hygiene and so I thought mine might be in need of replacing).

While in the make-up aisle I saw a great mascara by DuWop; however, this mascara was $27. Now I am all for spending money on things when you have money, but right now, I don't feel as though I could justify spending $27 on mascara. So instead, I went with this option from Covergirl.

Covergirl has a new product which is tailored to your eye colour. I got the mascara for hazel eyes (despite the fact that I think I might have green eyes, I never can tell). So I don't know if it will make a difference, but I thought it was a fun gimmick. And this mascara was only $9.99. Much more reasonably priced in my opinion. Not as cheap as some, but pretty good.

And now I can spend the next 3-6 months saving up for the $27 DupWop mascara. Talk about priorities.

Monday, March 23, 2009

when TV talks about the internet: which is the medium? which is the message?

Tonight Devin and I were watching How I Met Your Mother. This is a great show - if you do not watch it - start. Seriously. Now. Or next Monday (at 8:00 or 8:30).

Regardless, one of the main characters is named Robin, and Robin in Canadian. This leads to a number of jokes about Canada. And on this particular episode, there was an on-going joke about Robin having the opportunity to perform a Canadian sex act, with a Canadian celebrity, with a weird collection.

Now, you might be wondering what a Canadian sex act might be, well so were Robin's friends, and so to learn more about said acts, her friends check out

How I Met Your Mother
sets up real websites to compliment any fake websites it makes up for the show, which means after the episode, I was able to visit, and although it might not be as funny to people who did not watch the show, I found it quite entertaining.

And don't worry, if you want to visit, it is family friendly. Well - okay - maybe not family friendly - but it is very tongue in cheek and contains no nudity or offensive language.