Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fill in the _____ Friday..... 'cept on Wednesday.

  1. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is.... chocolate.
  2. The thing I love most about Christmas is.... chocolate.Though I also like lights, the feeling of excitement in the air (even if it's just excitement about a couple of extra days off) and that feeling you had as a kid on a snow day - like you're not really expected to do normal stuff all day.
  3. The holiday season is a time for... indulgence. 
  4. My favourite thing to eat at the holidays is... chocolate. Didn't we already have this one??
  5. I will be spending Christmas... well, if I'd actually done this on Friday like a good little blogger, I'd be saying drinking beer, hanging with J.'s family, opening presents, eating etc. Now that I know how it actually went, I'd also add blowing my nose, sneezing and feeling really, really crappy.
  6. 'Tis better to (give or receive) give. I love finding that perfect present that I know the other person will love. Though J. is a remarkably good gift giver, so I am starting to enjoy getting them a little more! (Kobo, yay!)
  7. I'm dreaming of... a do-over... Christmas! Hate being sick for the holidays!
Thanks for bearing with my tardiness, and I hope you all fared better than I over the holidays! Head on over to The Little Things We Do to check out Lauren's blanks and join in the fun!


In case y'all have been wondering, no, my absence from the blogosphere hasn't been entirely due to Christmas. I've been hit with my first sickness of this winter season - right on time. Got to spend my Christmas day blowing my nose, sneezing repeatedly, and really wishing I could get back in my pyjamas. I will be back to blogging soon, I swear. As soon as I stop sneezing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ten on Tuesday..... on Thursday.

I am only a couple of days behind - give me another week and I will have reversed Ten on Tuesday with Fill in the Blank Friday! It's like a new world order up in here.

1. I am loving this:

It's from the TreeHugger blog's list of "green" Christmas present ideas. There are a LOT of good ones. Check it out here.

2. I have eaten so much chocolate in the last week that I may wake up tomorrow morning and discover that I can't move because I have gained 300 pounds. It could happen.

3. I have started to get all smooshy about Christmas. I'm loving the lights, the feeling of expectation - even the music (as long as I only hear it for about two minutes as I dash into the liquor store to buy more beer). I even want it to snow. *sigh*

4. My (awesome) boss gave me the longest, cosiest mohair scarf you have EVER SEEN. Seriously, this thing nearly touches the ground - on both sides - when I have it around my neck. I have never been so bundled in my life.

5. This:

6. My favourite work colleague, the afore-mentioned Bia, is leaving this week because it's the end of her co-op work term. I am devastated. *sniff*

7. Just because you're a doctor doesn't give you the right to talk to your patients condescendingly and act like they're lying to you about what's happening to their own body. Just because your books say it doesn't happen like that doesn't make you right. Shut up.

8. WORDS WITH FRIENDS!!!! Obsessed.

9. I discovered this really cool thing (also via an article on TreeHugger) where you can create your own "Google Green Scrapbook." Basically you click on a field, such as "If I could ask a Green Expert anything, I'd ask..." and when you click on it, all these bubbles appear around a circle. Each bubble has a different topic. You drag and drop one into the circle and the field will load with info on your selection. It's fun to spend 5 minutes playing around on, and hopefully will be educational, too!

10. I can't wait to take a whole week off. That is all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fill in the _____ Friday..... or, you know, Tuesday.

Yes, I'm aware it's late. Expect more of that until the holiday season is officially over! On the plus side, it means you never know when you're getting a new post. It'll be like the possibility of Christmas morning every day! You're welcome.

  1. My most favourite "little thing" is... when my cat, who during the daytime is a total hell-child, jumps up on the bed in the morning purring like crazy and curls up beside me with her little head on my shoulder. It's the sweetest thing EVER. For about ten minutes, before she decides my desk chair is the enemy and tries to tear it to pieces. Very tiny pieces.
  2. I'd give anything to... have a nice, long vacation. Preferably somewhere a long way away with a pocket full of magically-replenishing spending money, lots of interesting people to watch, and some beautiful cities to explore!
  3. I can't believe... that it's less than a week until Christmas. GAH!!! 
  4. The one thing I'd like to achieve today is... going to Starbucks for a peppermint mocha. What? It's important, okay?
  5. The last thing I want to do today is... go to the mall. If I don't survive, I love all of you. Get drunk at my funeral.
  6. If I were writing my own blank today, it would say... "In a zombie apocalypse, I would be the one...."
  7. My favourite candle scent is... I'm not much of a candle person since we have cats, but J. did get me some scented candles last Christmas that smell like Christmas cookies. Yum. The down side is that they make me hungry and then all there is to eat is wilted broccoli, dry pasta and cans of beans. Or other equally unappetizing things - definitely no cookies. So disappointing.
Sorry for the tardiness, but hope you enjoyed the blanks anyway! Head on over to The Little Things We Do to link up!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ten on... Oops. Well, It Was Supposed to be Tuesday...

Sorry for the tardiness...

1. I spent the whole night last night making Christmas cards. That's right, I said "making." I cut stencils, busted out the paint and brushes and got busy. Hence the day late Ten on Tuesday!

2. I broke down and got one of those re-usable coffee cups that looks just like the red seasonal Starbucks cups. Now not only will I drink peppermint mochas all year long, but I'll do it from the seasonal cup! I know, I'm a total dork.

3. There are no new episodes of ANYTHING. I don't understand why this is happening. Didn't shows used to start in September and run right through until spring? I could swear they did. Let's go back to that.

4. My friend Bia sent me this the other day and said it reminded her of me. Spot on, I'd say.

5. I am re-watching the first season of the Buffy series. Yeah, THAT Buffy. Don't judge. It's awesome.

6. I think there should be very strict rules for public transit riders. Rule #1 - if you're carrying anything, it cannot hit any other passengers in the head. If it hits them twice, they get to keep it. That's right annoyingly snobby girl with your yoga mat. I'm talking about you.

7. So I plugged in the warming electric sheet thing on the bed because it's been so cold lately. The problem is, it does a great job of warming up the top part of the bed, not so much the bottom. Which is stupid, because it's always people's feet that are cold. Not their heads.

8. I spent the whole day today cleaning out my cubicle at work. I have a huge filing cabinet that I have not so much as opened in the year I've worked there. I decided I need some room in there to store stuff I actually use. While attempting to clear out some space, I found files in there from 1991. To put this in perspective, that means they were older than grunge and pretty much everyone who works at Starbucks. You can imagine the dust.

9. Poor kid. 
10. And finally, here's Jimmy Kimmel's follow up to his hilarious Halloween prank:

That's all, folks!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fill in the _____ Friday

It is the most gorgeous Friday out there! Super sunny, and cold enough that the grass crunches when you walk on it and my peppermint mocha tastes extra wonderful. I love this time of year!

  1. Love is... seeing someone for who they are and accepting them - flaws and all. It's okay to want someone to continue to grow and change as a person, but you have to start out loving them as they are rather than counting on them changing in certain ways before you can truly love them.
  2. Being in love feels like... you need to throw up. Just kidding.Well, mostly.
  3. My favourite quote about love is... I can't really think of a serious one, but I do remember this one episode of Sex and the City where Carrie interviewed a bunch of guys about their relationships. One of them said something along the lines of "My girlfriends are always trying to change things about me that they don't like - the way I dress, the things I do - the only thing I ever change is girlfriends." This sort of relates back to my #1.
  4. The most important thing in a relationship is... I don't think there's one all-important, magical thing in a relationship. I mean,  lot of people would say "communication" or "trust" or something like that, and those are important. But really, if you only communicated really well but weren't loyal or patient or kind... would that one thing really be so important? I think relationships are based on a lot of delicate balances, but at the basis you have to respect each other, realize that there is no happily ever after, work on it every day, try to be a good partner rather than find one, be honest with one another, patient with each others' faults, supportive of each others' goals and dreams and able to help each other feel comfortable and confident with who each of you are. And I'm sure I'm forgetting like a thousand other things.
  5. A "deal breaker" for me in a relationship is... someone who makes me feel like I have to be someone I'm not. Also cheating. And being abusive. And not making an effort to make the other person happy.
  6. The way I show love in my relationships is... Hmmm. I hope I do this in a bunch of ways - and probably different ones for my family, friends and partner. I mean, there's saying it, and doing nice things for the other person, and trying to help them out when they're stressed, being supportive and encouraging about things that are important to them....and always trying to get better, because none of us are perfect - far from it!
  7. I love... My family, friends, cats... and J., I suppose. ;)
Thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks! Head on over and check her out!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

Tuesday?? Already? Well alrighty, then.

1. Did y'all hear about this? An 8-year-old kid was taken away from his mother and placed in foster care because his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight. Considering he weighed in at 200 pounds, I gotta say, I think they had a point.

2. I am beyond ready for some down time. I've become even more cranky than usual and am finding that everything (and everyone) has suddenly developed the ability to drive me totally up the wall. Two and a half weeks. I think I can.....

3. In addition to my wedding aversion, I don't like to shop. I don't like crowds, I don't like how overpriced everything is, and I don't like trying on 20 shirts just to find one that's halfway decent. I don't even BOTHER trying to find clothing I actually like anymore. You can imagine how much I abhor shopping in Christmas crowds. Expect gifts I can buy online if you're in my family!

4. They changed the Yakisoba sauce at my local sushi place and now it tastes suspiciously like HP Sauce. Not impressed.

5. This: 17 Hilariously Disturbing Snowmen We Hope Never Come To Life

6. My desktop weather widget lied. It said it was clear skies - and sun! - all week. It is now raining, and, predictably, I'm completely unprepared. Damn you, ridiculously optimistic desktop weather widget, DAMN YOU!

7. Epiphany: I turn my ringer off on my phone at work... but I never actually remember to turn it on again when I go home. So I never hear my phone ring, and when I lose it I can't find it. As a result of these two factors, I never use the damn thing. Really, I might as well just not have one. *mind blown*

8. I don't care what Kate Moss says, there are plenty of things that taste at least as good as skinny feels. If not better.

9. I don't know if I've specifically mentioned Banksy on this blog before, but if I haven't (particularly if you're going "huh?") you need to check him out RIGHT NOW. Banksy is a street artist whose work tends towards humorous (and outrageous) social commentary. I've been a fan of his since 2004 and am constantly amazed when people don't know who he is. Spend some time googling. I promise, you won't regret it. I'm sure there will be more on this topic to come, but here's a little sample of the awesome otherwise known as Banksy:

10. My friend Chelsea (who blogs over at Time 2 Get Motivated) came over for a visit last night. She moved out of the city awhile ago, and I don't get to see her nearly as much as I would like. So spending a whole evening with her was SO MUCH FUN!! It's funny how you don't really realize how much you miss someone until you see them again!

I'm off to slog through some rain, hopefully at least some of you are less soggy than I will likely be by the time I make it across town!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mopey Monday - Jonah Mowry

For this Mopey Monday, I'm gonna go with something that has been on my mind, and that I hope will make you think about your own teenage years with a little more compassion.

By now most of you have probably seen this video that has been circulating on Facebook walls around the world:

Pretty heart-rending, huh? I thought so too. Then this other video started circulating:

So of course, the internet at large exploded in outrage saying that Jonah lied, that he was a fraud etc., etc.

I've been thinking a lot about this, and while I'm not really sure what to think, I am not sure that the second video makes the first a fake. He says his school loves him, sure. But he doesn't say he wasn't bullied, or that he lied, or that he isn't (or wasn't) unhappy a lot of the time.

These days sad and tragic stories are so carefully told in the media. Appearance is everything - and if you don't fit the image of you that has been created (whatever that image is), all of a sudden nothing you might have stood for or said counts. But I think it's important to remember that this is a normal, real kid. He's not a celebrity with a PR company monitoring his every move. He's not a campaign. He's a real person - and a teenager at that - who is capable of being bullied and sad and unhappy a lot of the time, but who can still make a silly video with a friend in a happy moment in the safety of his own home.

Does this make his original message any less valid? Not to me. I know when I was in 8th grade I was capable of intense depression, silliness, laughter, tears and anger in the course of an afternoon. And that was on a good day. Did it make being bullied any easier, or any less wrong? No, it did not. And maybe, in the four months between when the first video was made (August - before school started) and the second one, which from what I can tell, was pretty recent (a few months into school), things actually improved for him. Which is a good thing, right?

But even if he didn't tell the truth in his first video, even if he's always been a happy, well-liked kid, I don't know if that really matters. There are so many kids out there who go through some (or all) of these things every day for their entire school careers, and if a video like this can give some of them a voice, or make them feel less alone, I have nothing bad to say about it. I wish we'd had YouTube when I was that age so that I could have seen other kids out there going through the same things. It's hard to be a teenager. And every kid deserves compassion.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fill in the _____ Friday

  1. The holiday season is... as time to dream about what it's supposed to be like... and then make the mistake of venturing out to buy presents and being faced with the reality of grumpy, broke people.
  2. Snow makes me... so happy! I love how peaceful and clean it makes everything look. Like a fresh start for the world. Everything slows down or stops, clothes are cosy by necessity and warmth feels that much sweeter!
  3. The best comfort food to eat when it's cold out is... ha! We actually had "Comfort Food Day" at work today. I like freshly baked cookies or apple crumble, or pancakes, or lentil soup -- and, of course, Peppermint Mochas!!! 
  4. Winter is the best time for... holing up at home and catching up on reading and TV. 
  5. I can hardly wait for... vacation! I've got two weeks off starting right before Christmas, and I just can't wait!!
  6. When it comes to holiday gifts I prefer to... give than receive. 
  7. If I were to rate my excitement about the holiday season on a scale from 1 to 10, I would say I'm about a... 4, maybe 5. Bittersweet.
Thanks to Lauren, as always! Head on over to her blog to join it!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wicked Wednesday - "Underwear Goes Inside the Pants"

This is an old one - but such a good one! It was brought to mind by the recent Occupy/99% movement and I think this video is a witty summary of some of the things that are wrong with our society. Plus, it's just fucking hilarious.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

Short on time this week, so let's keep them short.

1. I'm very happy that we only have one more day of Movember (if you don't know what that is, read this).
 Though I have to admit, this made me giggle.

2. I'm trying to eat better, and was appalled at how much stuff costs at Whole Foods. $8 for a tiny package of Organic Red Quinoa? Are you KIDDING ME? I could nearly buy two Peppermint Mochas for that pricetag!

3. I'm happy to report that not only did I manage to keep a relatively straight face for the whole wedding on Saturday (church service and all - though after seeing me arrive, the groom wandered over to inform me that I didn't need to worry, I wouldn't burst into flames), but I managed to do so in a skirt and nylons. I should get some sort of award for that shit.

4. I have had a headache nearly every day for a week. I'd like to know what the hell is up with that.

5. In spite of myself, I'm starting to get a little warm and fuzzy inside at the idea of Christmas - not because I like the day all that much, but I like the coloured lights, decorations in store windows and prevalence of red.

6. I'm annoyed with the interruption to my TV shows over the last week or so. I'm not sure whether to blame American Thanksgiving or Football, but since I don't participate in either of them, either way I'm pissed.

7. I just got my flu shot. You'd think, since I have diabetes and give myself several shots a day, that I'd be fine with needles. I am not. The ones they use for vaccinations and drawing blood are huge and scary and I don't like blood or the fact that they won't let me give the vaccination to myself. On the plus side this one barely hurt. On the minus side I now feel distinctly flu-ish.

 Actual size. I swear.

 Just to head off any of you who are against the flu shot and want to tell me about the ills of mercury. 
I eat canned tuna. I'm not afraid.

8. *sniff*

9. Started brainstorming for my Christmas shopping. Fortunately my family is small and doesn't care too much about Christmas, so I mainly only have to think of things for three people. It still feels daunting. I feel for the rest of you people with "real" families.

10. I made hot chocolate before going to get my flu shot, and thanks to my insulated travel mug, it's still warm even though I forgot about it. Also, I bought myself a treat for going through with the shot (though of course it doesn't feel worth it now):

  I'm off to blow my nose and feel sorry for myself now. See y'all later.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fill in the _____ Friday

Sorry it's late! Been a busy few days! But here you go...

  1. Waking up at the break of dawn to go shopping is my idea of... hell.
  2. If I were to go shopping today, I would be on the hunt for... good, tough winter boots. I need one leather pair (preferably waterproof) and Hunter boots - with fleece socks. I'd also be on the hunt for some nice work shirts that hide my tummy, makeup deals, a good book to lose myself in, and possibly a cosy winter sweater.
  3. The best thing I ate yesterday was... salad! No joke.
  4. Something I've been learning lately is... the importance of finding ways to be healthy and make yourself happy. The problem being that the things that make me happy are often unhealthy. Not quite sure where that leaves me.
  5. I cannot start my day without... a shower. I don't drink coffee cos it just makes me jittery, so without a morning shower I am basically not even there.
  6. My nighttime attire consists of... nuthin'. Even in the winter - I get a warmer blanket instead. I can't stand pyjamas and shirts getting tangled around me and trying to strangle me in the night or getting wadded up in uncomfortable ways.
  7. I am looking forward to... Sunday! Sleeping in, maybe going to a movie...
That's all folks! Thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do!

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Ten on Tuesday

    Totally forgot about this until just this second, so don't get too excited - this week's ten are a bit of a scramble!

    1. I have to go to a wedding on Saturday. I'd be looking forward to it if jeans were wedding-wear. But I am going to have to dress up, which makes me miserable - and cold. I may need to bring a flask. You know, to stop me feeling the cold.

    2. I am becoming increasingly sure that I was meant to be a modern-day Peter Pan. Adult decisions freak me out.

     Might need to rethink that outfit, though.

    3. I wish there were more hours in the day. I have so much to do at work that I can't get to the things I REALLY want to be doing - like researching social media and learning how to use online tools more effectively. I feel like I'm constantly two steps behind. What I really need is to clone myself, and then clone me could do all the boring stuff and I could do the fun stuff that always gets shoved to the bottom of the pile.

    4. Come to think of it, if I had a clone, she could do all the chores at home too.

     And this!

    5. Last night it was really, really windy and two of our cats got totally freaked out. Apparently. I had ear plugs so I slept through most of it.

    6. It's actually not raining. Or snowing. I feel as if I should spend a bunch of time outdoors today, because this is probably the last time that will happen until June.

    7. I wish Starbucks Peppermint Mochas were both free and healthy. Seriously, I could drink two of them a day and not get sick of them.

    8. I put our winter blanket on the bed on Sunday and it's so fluffy and warm that getting in bed is heaven - but getting up is even more hellish than usual.

     It's kinda like this. Only, you know, tidy, and with sheets and pillow cases.

    9. Winter is making me want to buy flannel pyjamas, fleece socks and cosy sweaters. And wear them 24/7.

    10. I came across this the other day and it is just SO TRUE!
    Click to make bigger. Seriously, no one's eyes are that good.

    That's it for another week! Hopefully some really exciting shit will happen between now and next Tuesday for me to tell y'all about. Only good exciting, not I-fell-on-my-head exciting. Which could happen. I'm that clumsy.

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Fill in the _____ Friday

    1. A nervous habit I have is...
    not making eye contact, talking too fast, and cracking my knuckles. No, I'm not a poker player.

    2. Something that makes me sad is... animals that aren't properly taken care of. If I were rich I'd rescue every animal I came across that doesn't have anyone to take care of it and subsidize vet bills for people who can't afford to pay for their animals to be given proper medical care. It breaks my heart when people have to put down a pet because they can't afford vet bills. I'd also pay vets to do mobile free clinics for street people who have animals, cos I'm pretty sure they're not getting adequate veterinary care.

    3. Today I am thankful for... my home, my health, my family, my friends and my cats. You know, the usual ;) Oh, also that at this particular point in time it's not raining or snowing.

    4. My favourite room in my house is... probably the bedroom. Mind you, that could just be because this week pretty much all I want to do is go back to bed.

    5. I can't stand... people who make routine grammatical errors. We all make typos, or use the wrong word or punctuation once in awhile. Myself included. But it drives me nuts when people habitually use "your" instead of "you're" or "then" instead of "than." It's not that hard to figure out, people. Here's a cheat sheet for you:
    6. If I had an extra $100 to spend on whatever I wanted today, I would... buy Hunter rain boots. Seriously, I need waterproof footwear that is relatively comfortable and that has some grip on the soles. It snowed last night, and my shoes are nearly wrecked. Also I nearly slipped and fell on my head on the way to work. Twice.

    7. The last person I hung out with was... Well, I'm assuming you mean other than J., since I hang out with him all the time. So I guess it would be one of my co-workers, who is awesome and who accompanied me to MAC on our lunch break yesterday. Never usually go shopping with another person. It was fun.

    That's it for another Friday - have a great weekend, everyone, and try to stay warm and dry! Thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks, as always!

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Wicked Wednesday - Chase & Status - "Embrace"

    I can't seem to find an official music video for "Embrace," but it's my favourite song at the moment, so close your eyes and have a listen.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Ten on Tuesday

    Let's dive right in, shall we? 

    1. I am hating on my apartment building right now. Cos I'm not sure whether to hate the Strata or Developer or someone else entirely. Last week they posted something in the elevator saying we had to be home ALL DAY today or tomorrow for fire alarm checks, giving us less than a week to organize time off work. I did it, only to discover that they put up another sign last night canceling said check. With 24 hours notice. Awesome.

    2. I've taken up knitting again, but there's this stitch pattern I really like and want to make a scarf out of that I'm pretty sure is crocheted. So it's looking like I'm going to have to learn a whole new craft. Which could take awhile.

    3. I have come to the conclusion that I will never be on time for work. No matter when I leave the house I am always somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes late. It's like the world (and the transit system) is conspiring against me. 

    4. It's supposed to snow tomorrow. No joke. And I still haven't saved up enough for waterproof footwear. This should be interesting.

    5. So those of you who have been reading awhile will not be surprised to hear that Californication is one of my favourite TV shows. Mostly because of the witty one-liners and downright offensive language.

    Example 1:
    Hell-A Magazine blog number 1. Hank hates you all. A few things I've learned on my travels through this crazy little thing called life. One, a morning of awkwardness is better than a night of loneliness. Two, I probably won't go down in history, but I will go down on your sister. And 3, while I'm down there it might be nice to see a hint of pubis. I'm not talking about a huge '70s Playboy bush or anything. Just something that reminds me that I'm performing cunnilingus on an adult. 

    Example 2:
    [looking in bathroom mirror] Nobody likes you. You're ugly and your mother dresses you funny. Now smile, you fucking douche. 

    Example 3:
    How the fuck do you option a blog? What is there to option? The title? The font?

    I could go on, but in case you don't enjoy Californication as much as I do, or in case you DO enjoy it as much as I do but want there to be something you haven't heard when you watch it, I'll stop now. Anyway, I was in Chapters the other day and I discovered this, which is the book written by Hank Moody, the fictional star of Californication. Intriguing. Will read and report back.

    6. I'm on a new budget, and already I've fallen off the wagon. Twice. Oops.

    7. I'm going through one of my healthy(ish) eating phases that involves salads for lunch. Mainly because I discovered that if you add cranberries, quinoa, mandarin orange chunks and sharp cheddar you barely notice that you're eating vegetables. Don't worry, it won't last.

    8. I'm starting to look forward to Christmas. Not because of Christmas, but because I've saved up some days off and am really looking forward to spending a whole week sleeping in and not doing anything I don't want to do. It's going to be awesome.

    9.  I stumbled across a blog the other day that made me think about how different some people's lives are from my own. I mean, I know this, of course. But sometimes I'll read or see something that really underlines it. In this case, I began thinking about what it would be like to have a lot of money and work in a profession that is completely concerned with appearance. On the one hand you'd get to live in a house with a pool and drive a nice car and spend $3,000 on one piece of clothing. But on the other hand you'd have to get surgery when there's nothing actually wrong with you, and spend an inordinate amount of time and energy worrying about what you eat and weigh. I wonder if that's a better life than my broke-ass one. Somehow I doubt it. Mine comes with chocolate.

    10. Let's end on a funny note:

    Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me!

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Fill in the _____ Friday

    It's a couple of days late this week - sorry guys! We had Friday off for Remembrance Day here in Canada, and to be totally honest the change in routine made me forget to Fill in the Blanks. I know, BAD BLOGGER! My bad. Here you go!

    1. My favourite new blog of the moment is... Kove's blog - mainly because of all the pretty pictures!
    2. Something I am thankful for is... that in this moment I'm healthy. I've had some mysterious problems with controlling my diabetes of late, which is freaking me out a bit. But right now I don't have a headache, I don't have any weird aches and pains and I don't feel so cranky that I want to bite the heads off things. Yeah, living with me is fun.
    3. Something that made me laugh this week was... 

    4. An item that is currently on my wish list is... Hunter rain boots, a Lulu Lemon infinity scarf, a haircut, MAC's Seasonally Spicy eyeliner, new leather boots and some sort of e-book reader. Yeah, I know it was supposed to be one thing, but I got on a roll.
    5. I am excited about... knitting again! I'm finding it to be seasonally appropriate and oddly comforting.
    6. If I were a colour I would be... a really rich fuschia-tinged burgundy. Or lime green.
    7. My favourite way to spend a chilly fall day is... wrapped up in a cosy blanket in front of a fireplace reading or watching a movie and knitting. Speaking of which... see ya later!

    As always, thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks!

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    Ten on Tuesday

    I apologize in advance for this week's 10 - you'll see what I mean. On the plus side, if you do stick with me to the end, I've included a couple of funnies to make it up to you!

    1. I am not excited for Movember. For those of you who don't know, Movember is a yearly event intended to raise funds for and awareness of men's health issues - particularly prostate cancer. Men are supposed to register online at the beginning of the month and get people to sponsor their moustache-growing efforts, which culminates (in theory) in a masterful facial testament to testosterone by the end of the month. But it seems to me that a lot of guys just do it as an excuse to experiment with facial hair and don't even know what it's all about (I'm also willing to bet a month of beer that they have never submitted themselves to a prostate exam).

    While I'm all for raising awareness of men's health issues - hell, I'm in favour of raising awareness of ANY health issues - I have to say, I hate moustaches. I have rarely seen one I don't find creepy, and I dread Movember. Nonetheless, if you're a guy and you want to find out more (or if you're a girl and your opinion of moustaches diverges from my own), go here to find out what started the whole fiasco and what it's REALLY supposed to be about (warning: contains lots of creepy facial hair: visit at your own risk!).

    2. I decided to start knitting again this weekend. Unfortunately, I failed to seal a couple of yarn projects in ziploc bags before I put them in the closet for the summer, and the moths got to them. We've been plagued by the little fuckers since moving to our new place (three years ago) and nothing I do gets rid of them, since I can't use toxic chemicals that would also take out our cats (who, incidentally, are completely USELESS when it comes to culling the moths. They just sit there and watch them. I think we've spoiled their natural murderous instincts with canned food). Fortunately they only chewed through the yarn in a couple of places, so after a thorough washing it's as good as new. But I hate moths just that little bit more.

    3. Thanks to daylight savings time, it is now light by the time I leave for work in the morning, thus allowing me to more accurately gauge my outerwear needs for the day. Unfortunately, this means it gets dark ridiculously early. I think we should just change the clocks half an hour next time, split the difference, and stick with it. I mean really, what's the point in all this back and forth?

    4. I have developed a fascination with sharing random funny stuff on Facebook. Like this gem:

     Totally what I'd say if you reversed time and put me back in high school math again, knowing what I do now about the world. 

    5. I finally got around to tidying my desk at work last week, and fuck was it terrifying! Don't worry, I didn't find any previously undiscovered life forms, but I did end up with a huge stack of paper that had to go in the recyling bin. Am now trying not to print things. It's ridiculous.

     It wasn't quite this bad, but nearly.

    6. Am increasingly depressed by my financial situation. I swear someone sneaks into my bank account and takes money when I'm not looking. The fact that that person is me is even more depressing. I'm actually considering trying to find a Saturday retail job over the Christmas season on top of my regular full-time job to earn a bit of extra money. And I HATE retail.

    7. I'm glad that most stores have now sold out of Halloween candy. There has been so much of it in our office that I swear I gained 10 pounds in a week. And I didn't even go trick-or-treating.

    8.  Most of the time I do the basics to take care of my health condition and then don't think about it. But lately it's been harder to manage and as a result I feel physically and emotionally crappy a lot of the time. Realizing I need to make some lifestyle changes, which is horrible because it's coming up on Christmas and who wants to be more healthy at this time of year??

    Forget the treadmill, I want a T-Rex for Christmas!

    9. Normally when I'm depressed I go to Starbucks and get a peppermint mocha. But unfortunately between my financial situation, my need to cut down on my sugar consumption and the fact that it's raining all week and I can't afford new waterproof boots, I can't. Hoping that I'll soon discover a free and healthy replacement. But given how much I love peppermint mochas, I'm not going to hold my breath.

    10. I'm aware that this week's 10 have been a little (okay a lot) on the doom and gloom side. I feel that it's my duty to try and even it out. Here are a couple of things that made me giggle and will hopefully do the same for you!

     I'm pretty sure my cats would be surprised as well.

    That's totally the rule, right? 

    See ya.

    Thanks for sticking with me, despite my less-than-cheerful Tuesday. I promise to try and get more optimistic by next week.

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Mopey Monday - Shit I Found on the Internet

    The clocks changed yesterday, so I, silly girl that I am, got all excited thinking "I can trick my evil internal clock and make it go to bed a WHOLE HOUR EARLY and be one of those freaky morning people who don't growl at anyone who comes within ten feet of them on Monday!" I suppose my inner voice tempted fate, because rather than a restful slumber, 1am found me groaning and hoping that the Gravol would kick in soon. Not sure if it was a minor stomach bug or something I ate, but grumbly belly kept me up half the night. Fortunately I managed not to throw up, but every time I was starting to drift off to sleep I'd be woken up thinking I was going to.

    So, of course, here I am, my usual Monday-morning self. That is to say, cranky, tired, and really missing my pyjamas.

    On the plus side, I spent my extra hour on the weekend finding funny stuff on the internet. Here are a couple things that might make your Monday marginally better (sorry they're not linked - I looked at so many random sites that led to so many other random sites that I can't remember where I got them from!):

    Is it just me, or does building a fort actually sound really fun?

     Even if you're all cynical (like me) you gotta at least try to look on the bright side from time to time. Right?

     It is. It really is.

     For starters, it'll make you smile like this guy.

     Great, now I'm scared of badgers as well as zombies.

    Well, hopefully that cheered up yet another mopey Monday for y'all. On the plus side, if you're Canadian, it's a short week. We get Friday off to remember..... uh..... stuff. (Just kidding, I know what it's for. Really, I do.) If you're not Canadian, I have no silver lining for you. Except that you can be really, really happy for us. You're welcome.

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Fill in the _____ Friday

    It's a particularly quiet, chilly Friday around here. Today was the first day cold enough that I could see my breath and not feel my nose. Apparently it's not winter until December... but really, folks, it's winter.

    1. My favourite thing about this weekend is/was... well since the upcoming weekend hasn't started yet, I'll use last weekend instead. Went to a friend's bachelor party on Friday night, which (what I remember, anyway) was really fun. Only just starting to feel not-hungover, though.
    2. Cold weather makes me... avoid going outside. I realized today that I don't like really hot weather, I don't like really cold weather, and I don't like rain. Is there even anywhere in the world that has a climate I'd enjoy?? I'm starting to doubt it. 
    3. Three things that make me terribly happy as of late are... my blog (comments! Yay!), my boyfriend and... what else starts with "B"? Books? BEER! Definitely beer.
    4. If I could only wear one kind of shoe for the rest of my life, I'd choose... skateboard shoes. 
    5. My personality type is... I can't remember the letters I got in that weird test thing, but I'd classify myself as an extroverted introvert. I like socializing, but only when I'm in the mood, and I will need time to recharge afterwards. But when I'm feeling social, I'm really social.
    6. I have a serious problem resisting... Starbucks. My favourite drink (peppermint mocha, for those of you who haven't read the five or ten posts in which I mention them) is now back in season, plus they have those cheerful red cups...
    7. My favourite colour to wear is... well, black and grey, probably. But I like rich, luscious colours as accents, like a fuchsia pink lipstick or a teal scarf or a lime green pattern on a shirt... that sort of thing.
    That's it for another Friday! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and don't forget to stop by The Little Things We Do to join in the blanks!

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Wicked Wednesday - Jimmy Kimmel's Halloween Candy Stunt

    Some of you may have already seen this, but for those who haven't...

    Jimmy Kimmel asked parents to trick their kids by telling them that they had eaten all their Halloween candy, tape their kids' reactions, and send in the videos to him. Some of their reactions are just hilarious!

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Ten on Tuesday

    Tried to get this ready ahead of time this week. The operative word being "try."

    1. As a follow up to #5 on last week's Ten on Tuesday post, let me tell a little story. A cautionary tale, if you will. About two years ago, I had back surgery. It sucked, so I won't go into the details. Let's just say that for a couple of months afterwards I was on varying amounts of paranoia-inducing opiates and stuck at home with the attention span of a barfly and nothing to do other than watch TV. So what did I, in my infinite wisdom, choose to do? I watched every single episode of Criminal Minds ever made. In the course of less than two months. Now I have an "active" imagination (read: imagines crazy scenarios and is positive they are going to happen) at the best of times. Due to the painkillers, this was not the best of times. By the end of the CM marthon I was checking closets after J. left for work in the morning and showering with my eyes open lest I be attacked by an opportunistic psycho. If you knew how much shampoo ended up in my eyes, you'd understand the level of my paranoia. The moral of the story is: don't mix opiates and violent TV in large quantities, and always check the closets. Just in case.

    2. It is officially hot chocolate weather. I am sitting here bundled up in my Uggs, sweater and wool scarf with hot chocolate and my little portable heater on... and I'm still freezing my ass off! Time to start dreaming of spring.

    3. I love animals. People who are cruel to animals do not deserve to live. So of course, I signed up to support PETA (yes, I know, there's a lot of controversy, they're not the saints they claim to be, etc. etc. But they're doing something to raise awareness and support animal rights, so that's good enough for me). The problem is that after I unsuspectingly opened a letter with pictures of... well I can't even describe the pictures because they're too upsetting... I can't handle reading anything they send me, no matter how much I care about and want to support their cause. It's a bit of a predicament. They need to have options when you sign up. "Disturbing imagery forces me to act - please send me all your horrific images" or "I'm an emotional person and photos of abused animals reduce me to a blubbering wreck for days - please send me PG versions of your appeals so I can still open your mail."

    4. Ugg boots may be Ugg-ly (oh, sometimes I do crack myself up), but they are like heaven for my feet. The problem is that where I live, we have about two days out of the year when it's cold enough to wear them, but not raining cats and dogs. Which means I can pretty much only wear them as house slippers. A fact I inconveniently forgot when leaving the house this morning, and I have been a prisoner in my office because I can't venture outside in my inappropriate footwear. *Sigh*

    5. You can read the full account here, but I just needed to mention how AMAZING the Foo Fighters are in concert! Not trying to make you jealous (okay, maybe a little bit), I just had THAT much fun!

    This is the actual finish from the Vancouver show.
    6. The Misfits started again this Sunday. For those of you who haven't heard of it, it's a British show about a bunch of young offenders who get caught up in a magical storm and develop super powers. Yeah, when I put it that way it just sounds weird, or like some rip off of Heroes. But it's SO much better. Each character is very different, and at first they have nothing in common. But after a set of extreme circumstances, they develop unlikely friendships and, over time, end up looking out for each other. It's very well written, has some really interesting and unique story lines, and is fucking funny. If you're easily offended, this is not the show for you. If you like irreverent humour (sometimes straight up nasty) and sarcasm, watch it immediately. If not sooner.

    I don't think there are any major spoilers in here, but it will give away the occasional minor plot detail. You've been warned!

    7. J. got in a car accident last week. He's fine, but it's been really stressful, and considering it was his first week at a new job, it was the last thing he needed. He's an excellent driver (best I've ever been in a car with) and has gone over 16 years without a single proper accident. We've just found out his car is a write-off, which sucks, because now he'll have to spend some of his own money to replace it since there's no way he'll be able to get an equivalent vehicle for whatever the insurance company gives him. Mostly, though, I'm just glad he's okay.

    8. I'm pretty sure my office plant has committed suicide. Ah well, it lasted an admirably long time. Most of them decide to off themselves pretty much the moment I bring them back from the shop.
    9. After Friday night's bachelor party, I'm pretty sure I'm still hungover. And that my liver will never be the same again.

    10. This post is late because today has been a really busy one and I didn't have time to take a lunch break to finish it. I'm tired. I'm grumpy. I'm cold. My head hurts. And I'm pretty sure that if I eat any more leftover Halloween chocolate my brain will explode, but since I don't drink coffee, it's all that's keeping my head from hitting the keyboard.

    That's it for another week. Now go away and stop bothering me. Hmph.

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Mopey Monday - But At Least There Are Zombies!!

     The fact that I find this hilarious is yet another reason that I should probably never have kids.

    Happy Halloween, everyone! I found so many awesome Halloween pictures of ridiculous costumes, but this one is a winner. I also spent some time poking around on the interwebs yesterday looking for these awesome carved pumpkin pictures I found last year. Didn't find the same ones, but these will do:

    You all want to dress like me. Halloween is the one day you can without being committed.

    One pumpkin to rule them all...

    Forget the zombies, that's scary right there.

    The greatest romance story ever told.

    And a couple of bonus Halloween Monday funnies for you:

    Hope you all managed to borrow a child to take trick or treating (so you can keep all their candy "cos it's not good for them") - don't forget to check for razor blades!
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