Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Here's what I've got on the list so far:
1. Record Player
2. New computer so I can start freelancing (difficult to do when I can barely open Microsoft Word, let alone try and write one blog entry without my computer imploding). New MacBook? Yes, please!
3. Trip to Peru with Chloe in April
4. A banjo
5. Debt Relief
6. Yoga Booty Ballet. (It's the only natural progression after six months of turbojamming. I am now a diehard fan of informercial workouts.)
7. French lessons
Since I'm clearly not going to get any of these things, I'm not going to ask for them. Therefore, can someone out there please tell me what I want for Christmas? What I absolutely must have? (And while you're at it, any brilliant gift ideas for the parents?)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I can, however, unthaw my credit card from the freezer and donate to a good cause on Andrew's behalf. C'mon kids--only $20 more and Andrew gets a free ticket to the gala, where maybe he'll meet some sweet ladies who are into the 'stache. Can you think of a better cause?
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I flipped through the pages of my journals tonight, looking for the foreshadows. But it's as though March and everything outside of the lab didn't exist.
It leaves me wondering what's in the margins right now? Who am I not writing about now that I should be? What am I not documenting that will be evidence for the court down the road?
It's the mundane details that were lost somewhere along the way--and suddenly they matter. I want to cling on to them, to hold them close to me. I don't want my memory of the memories to pass.
I'm running out of space to write. I want to transcribe every moment as it happens.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
It's a strange thing this--keeping a personal blog, without revealing too much about my personal life. It's a precarious balance, but I think I've done relatively well in the last 4 years and I intend to keep it that way.
As for not blogging lately, autumn and I are duking it out to see who comes out on top. I'm filling up my time with volunteer commitments--some that make complete sense (Journalists for Human Rights) and some that make no sense at all (Limmud). Autumn, on the other hand, is tempting me with warm beds, cups of tea and syndicated peasant-vision television sitcoms.
Natty and I somehow managed to dress as the polar opposites of one another for Halloween--Playboy Bunny and bird lady. (Creating the least sexy Halloween costume ever? Success. What you can't see are my pants tucked into my socks and my awesome circa 1998 Reebok grass-stained running shoes. I didn't even wash my Value Village sweater after I bought it, because I wanted it to retain that authentic bird lady smell.)
Oh, and did I mention as of November 1st, I'm officially an Ontarion? The thing is, I have a sneaking suspicion Alberta is glad to be rid of me. (That's right Ontario--this sexy bird lady is all yours.)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
To Ashleigh: "Hey Blondie!" and "Are you Norweigan?"
To Nancy: "Are you Russian? No? Then you must be Polish!"
To Katherine: "You're cousins with her? We thought you were Latina!"
But on the day of the cruise, I finally was asked my very own special question: With a bottle of rum in hand, one of the tour guides approached our group. Mid-pour into my outreached cup, he looked at me inquisitively and stopped pouring. "Baby?" he said with a concerned tone of voice.
At first I didn't get it. "What?"
"Oh..." he trailed off, and continued to pour.
There you have it folks. A dude thought I was pregnant. And I was wearing a bikini at the time. True story.
No amount of turbojam can undo that kind of hurt.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
On our last night in Punta Cana, Katherine sat rapt in fascination by the dudes throwing pizza. "You really want to throw a pizza in the air, don't you?" I teased her. "You'll be my hero if you go back there and ask if you can toss a pizza. In fact, you'll be my hero for a year and one month."
So she did.
Monday, October 20, 2008
However, Katherine is my hero for reasons that are best left in between the pages of my diary. After all, certain things should stay in the family.
Friday, October 10, 2008
And next week? This dance party is headed to the Dominican Republic.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
When I moved to Toronto, the damp that filled the air in autumn was what shocked me most. I never felt dry. I walked with french braided hair through Port Elgin, admiring giant pumpkins and longing with the dry cold snap of Alberta. Everything about fall in Cold Lake is crisp: the sound of the leaves, the way the air hurts when it hits your lungs, the sound when the furnace clicks on for the first time. It's those sharp inhalations of air that I miss most. It's definitive. You know that the frost settles every night and that your breath will condense when it hits the air in the morning.
Autumn in northern Alberta is an ugly, harsh time. The colours aren't vibrant. Instead, everything just dies. It curls and turns brown and dries until there's nothing but carcasses of seasons past littering the ground.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I hadn't been to a "youth conference" in nearly 8 years, so I had no idea what to expect when I stepped through the hotel room door and put my bags down. I can tell you what I wasn't expecting, though--a 16-year-old roomate, doodling "ill Scarlet" all over the hotel stationary, with her two teenage friends in tow.
My roomate, Ginger, was originally from a fly-in reserve north of Thunder Bay. "What's Toronto like?" she asked me, eyes big in awe. The TV in our room was always tuned to MuchMusic, she shared songs with me on her iPod and I knew that she couldn't possibly understand me when I told her that she was going to miss Thunder Bay someday--someday long after she gets out. (And I hope she gets out.)
Instead, there's this: In the last federal election, 1.2 million Canadian youth didn't vote.
(Seriously, does it take that much effort to at least go and spoil your ballot? I voted in my first federal election when I was 16, not realizing at the time that it was a felony. I voted because I could, because of some glitch in the system. I voted because the ability to do so seemed like the greatest power. And although I barely believe in our democractic electoral system now, I still exercise that right because I have it.)
Monday, September 22, 2008
"I really wish I knew how to do cartwheels," I told Maya. "If I did, I'd do one in the bar right now." "I'll teach you," she offered. The result? Three very pathetic attempts caught on video. (If you're interested, I'll put one of them up.)
Around this point in time, Maya and I noticed that drunks guys wearing blue striped shirts really liked doing cartwheels. (I really liked this guy, who was definitely rocking some serious grey hair.)
In total, we got no less than 9 drunk guys in blue striped shirts to do cartwheels for us.
Seriously, how could one not love this girl?
But more importantly, how could one not love Nova Scotia? We woke up in the morning to wander downtown to find brunch. First though, we found free coffee and cinnamon buns which we consumed in the public gardens.
. . .in the shape and form of about 40 greyhounds in one tiny little park.
I told the lead singer of the bluegrass band that I was going to move to Nova Scotia. He sincerely believed me. "I'm actually kind of surprised you're not a Nova Scotian," he told me when I gushed about earth sheltered homes and cheap islands. "I think you'll fit right in."