Currently… it’s 2015.

Happy New Year!

Yes, yes. I realize it’s February.

I haven’t blogged yet this new year. I was sick December and January and most of my free time was spent in doctor’s waiting rooms and recovering. I’m finally on the mend and starting to feel like a human being again.  I’ve been writing a bit for some clients and have about half a dozen half-finished blog posts.

They have yet to see the light of day, because I get inspired to write a blog post, get halfway into it, then decide it’s a stupid idea for a blog post, so it sits forever as a draft.

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I might finish them and publish them. Or I could run away and join the circus.  Hey, anything could happen!

In the meantime, I’m adapting rukristin’s Currently project to give a quick update in to what I’m into and up to lately.

Currently

watching:

Not much, to be honest. Lots of Raptors basketball games. How To Get Away With Murder, but mostly for the snarking.

reading:

Yes Please, by Amy Poehler. It is a phenomenal memoir.  And she gives some really great sex tips. I’m only half kidding.

listening:

Taylor Swift’s Blank Space (don’t judge!) and Riptide by Vance Joy.

making:

A mess, usually.

feeling:

Restless. And tired of winter.  Even if it is pretty…

My current view. #winterwonderland

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planning:

World Domination. Finishing some blog posts. Some projects around the house.

loving:

Having cable again so I can watch every Raptors basketball game. Fieldnotes Brand notebooks. Feeling human again. It’s been a looong eight weeks.



What have you been up to and into lately?

I failed at the thing

Oh, hey. It’s December and once again, I failed at that whole Nablopomo thing.

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I had the best intentions for this year. I swear.

I’ve been writing a lot more recently. Not so much here. But for clients. And a super secret side project. And for these awesome people.

So I fully expected to successfully write a blog post each. And. Every. Day. This. Month.

Then life happened. Some super exciting happy news one day, followed by no good, terrible very bad news the next.

Then work got busy, then my anxiety became all stirred up. We fought with our contractors, as our big home reno is still not 100% complete. Over a year after the hell mouth first opened up in my dining room.

And so on, and so on.

And then suddenly it was December.

So hey, guys. I failed the thing again. As it happens sometimes.

But that’s okay. Life goes on.

I’m a GBL girl

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Magical Lifeblood in a Cup

I know this is probably not a popular opinion, but I’m okay with that.

I have a handful of opinions that go against the popular ones (I know, big surprise, right?)

Anyway. Here goes. I’m not a huge fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Sure, I’ll drink them when autumn hits. I mean, I’m not a monster.

But I don’t fall all over myself about the PSL like a preteen at a Biebs concert. The seasonal beverage that holds a special place in my heart?

The gingerbread latte.  It’s magic in cup. It’s my magical lifeblood (coffee, of course) with a little bit of holiday cheer.  And yeah, it’s early to start talking about holiday cheer. Especially when I’m a pretty loud Grinch about that time of year.

But when it comes to gingerbread lattes?

Bring it on.
NaBloPoMo November 2014

 

This month, I’m participating in NABLOPOMO! So are some of my friends. Visit their blogs for more Nablopomoey goodness:

Are you participating? Let me know and I’ll add you to my list.

My Superpower

I always choose the table next to the super awkward first date. It’s my superpower.

It doesn’t matter what kind of establishment I’m at; a restaurant, a pub, a bar, a coffee house. I’ve even managed to find the awkward first date at sporting events. It doesn’t matter what time of day, what day of the week; if you’re having an awkward first date, chances are I’m at the next table over cringing on your behalf.

You know, but in a non-creepy kind of way.

Anyway. On Friday, I was doing some freelance work at a coffee shop, as I like to do from time to time for a change of scenery. And across from where I was working, a couple seated themselves at a table, coffees in hand. It had all of the signs that I’ve come to know so well, thanks to my superpower; awkward small talk, tight smiles, glances over the shoulder and around the room. At one point, the woman turned so her entire body was facing away from her date. She checked her watch. Thirteen times. She leaned far back in her chair, creating as much distance between them as physically possible without falling backwards out of her chair. She crossed her arms. Her date was not picking up on her ‘I’m just not that into you’  signs. When the woman pulled out her phone and started scrolling through it while her date rattled on about his love of the outdoors, I was cringing internally so hard, I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to keep the look on my face neutral any longer. Nothing says ‘I give no fucks about this date’ more than pulling out your phone to text and browse.

When the woman escaped to the bathroom, I figured that was the last I would see of her. I figured that it was probably the last Clueless Dude would see of her, too. She’d be doing him a favour honestly.

About fifteen minutes later, though, she returned, much to my surprise. It didn’t surprise Clueless Dude at ALL, because he’s clueless. She was working very hard to extricate herself from the date, telling Clueless Dude that she was sorry, but she should be going. He didn’t seem to get it. I fought the urge to pass him a note explaining the situation.

Finally, the woman managed to get her message across. He went in for a hug. She grimaced and said no before making a break for it.

My superpower, ladies and gentlemen.

Next time, I think I’m just going to stick to take away.
NaBloPoMo November 2014

 

This month, I’m participating in NABLOPOMO! So are some of my friends. Visit their blogs for more Nablopomoey goodness:

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Not at all awkward…

 

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Today, my brother turned 28. What the actual eff.

He wanted to celebrate by having people over to play board games and he made his famous homemade pizza. My brother and sister-in-law have a pretty impressive collection of board games, but the birthday boy wanted to try out the game he’d just received for his birthday from his wife; Cards Against Humanity.

It’s like an R-rated version of Apples to Apples, an interesting fill-in-the-blank style game, and it is absolutely terrible.

It’s also heaps of fun.

But man, can it be awkward. Especially depending on who you’re playing the game with.

Yesterday, at my brother’s house, we sat down with my brothers, my sister-in-law and her parents. I don’t know her parents very well. But the idea of having to read out loud cards that said thinks like ‘Fleshlight’, ‘unreciprocated oral sex’ and ‘A sad hand job’ around a retired cop and my sister-in-law’s mom…

…but it turns out, it wasn’t awkward at all.

That and we quickly learned ‘Kanye West’ or ‘A sad hand job’ wins. Every. Damn. Time.

 

NABLOPOMO 2014!

NaBloPoMo November 2014

It’s November and that means…. NATIONAL BLOG POSTING MONTH. Or, because this is the internet and we love, love, LOVE to shorten things; it’s NABLOPOMO.

I’ve given this a whirl in the past, with various levels of success. This year, I’m looking at it more as a way to gently nudge me to write for my personal blog. I’ve been neglecting this, even more so since I’ve been writing articles and blog posts for other people thanks to freelancing.

So, here we go again.

Are you participating this year? Let me know and I’ll link to your blog in my Nablopomo posts!

 

Snarky snark snark

Snark Squad!

I’ve been the fan of some pretty questionable TV over the years.  Some of it, I knew full well that it was awful when I watched it, but I didn’t care, I loved those stupid characters anyway. Some of the stuff I watched, I was oblivious to its awfulness when I first watched it as a teenager, but as I’ve revisited some of those shows thanks to Netflix and full TV series being available on DVD box sets. And it surprises me how real life and growing up can ruin nostalgia for some of those old shows.

Luckily, a few years ago, some of my good friends on Twitter introduced me to the Snark Squad. They have eased the trauma caused by revisiting some of my old TV favourites. They’re basically this awesome support group for people with questionable taste in TV, books and movies like myself, captained by Sweeney and Lorraine. They have a handful of awesome and hilarious series contributors and have been featuring some guest-recappers to assist them wade through The OC. Remember that show?

California, here we come!

Anyway. So this is basically my long-winded way of saying Snark Squad is awesome and you should check out their blog. And you might just recognize their guest-recapper today, because SPOILERS…

 

It’s me.

 

 

 

Things I Love About October

October

It’s October 1st and I can’t believe how much October love I’ve seen today. Autumn is by far my favourite season and September and October are by far my favourite months. Here are some of the things I love about October:

  • Leaves changing colour: When I lived in Australia, I didn’t get to see the same colour change in the leaves in the Autumn (plus, October isn’t Autumn in Oz). I love the colours of autumn, especially the oranges and reds of October.
  • Cooler temperatures: I love sweater and scarf weather, and while I’m not a huge fan of the frigid winter temperatures, I love the cooler, cozier weather of October.
  • Saturday trips to the country: Nothing beats a trip to the farm markets, apple orchards or pumpkin patches in October. I love buying harvest produce, going apple picking or choosing the perfect pumpkin. As a kid, my parents would take us out for walks in the fields, tractor rides and to play in hay bale mazes. Not going to lie, I still love doing all of those things.
  • Thanksgiving: Canadian Thanksgiving falls in October. It’s one of my favourite holidays, because it’s not as chaotic as Christmas, not as busy as Easter and is the first long weekend after things go ‘back to normal’ after summer. When my brothers and I were in college and uni, it was also the first weekend when we’d all be home from school. Oh, and there’s always pie.
  • Halloween: I love the fun of Halloween; decorating, carving pumpkins, going to Halloween parties and handing out candy to trick-o-treaters. Not to mention scary movie marathons and the Simpsons’ Tree House of Horror specials.

Do you love October? What are your favourite things about this time of year?