Friday, March 30, 2007

The ten questions by Bernard Pivot that James Lipton (Inside the Actor's Studio) asks every guest are:

What is your favorite word?
hope, words that are fun to say: bric-a-brac, tic-tock,

What is your least favorite word?
I can't even bring myself to type it (and I know certain people will use it against me)

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
honesty, ambition (trying to be the best you possible)

What turns you off?
people who are judgmental (jk), apathy, airs of superiority

What is your favorite curse word?
***k and general blasphemy

What sound or noise do you love?
the words "I love you", sighs of contentedness

What sound or noise do you hate?
painful silence

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
teacher, novelist

What profession would you not like to do?
serve on the frontlines in a war zone

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
*big hug*

1) I'm sure if I had given this more thought I would have better answers
2) I totally invite anyone else to answers these if they want, I'm curious.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ohmigd, what have I done?

I joined Facebook.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I lead a rather simple life. I do similar things everyday. Sometimes I watch television when I could be reading a book. Sometimes I would rather go to Starbucks than the beach. Somedays when I am napping I let my machine pick up my calls.

One of my most acomplished friends is currently spending 6 months travelling and volunteering in South America. She went by herself. She is planning her journey as she finds it. She is creating enough memories to last other people several lifetimes. At first I thought I was jealous of her, and of her adventure. But I am not. I am inspired by it. I know me. I know I could spend a month in Europe travelling by myself. I also know that (right now) I could not spend six months in South America, by myself, without an iterniary. So I look at her amazing life and say - that is not my ultimate expression of me.

I have another friend - lived all over the world - gone to university in three countries for two degrees and worked in Switzerland for the UN. She speaks at least three languages fluently and I think three others passably. She has more life and energy in her than almost anyone I have ever met. She also has the most intense fear of emotional-romantic intamacy of anyone I have ever met (she knows this). Her life suits her, it allows her to push herself in all the ways which she wants, and to excel, and to be her ultimate expression of herself.

So why these stories? (and trust me, I have some pretty amazing friends, I could go on). Because these are woman whose adventures, but more importantly, whose spirits I admire. I was (for a long time) pushing myself to be the very best I could be - and I recently realized that how I saw myself, was not, in fact, how I was. I knew what my reflection looked like, so I never stopped to see if maybe it had changed. And it had.

Now I am in the very fortunate and deeply petrifying position of being at a crossroads - and I am completely okay with it (or so I tell myself). I can now decide who I want to make myself. How I think I can be the best, most true me possible. This is not a question that needs to be answered overnight, or a question with only one answer, or a question with a permanent answer. I can be an international aid worker, or a mother, or a flight attendant, or a nurse, or a teacher, or a writer, or a pet groomer. The world is full of extraordinary people living ordinary lives (and also ordinary people living extradorinary lives, which is an integral part of my theory of North American humanity, but is for another post). And I think that as long as I am an extraordinary person living an ordinary life I will be happy. I will strive, in my life, to never be ordinary. Or complacent. Or boring. Or bored. And though at different points I will be all those things, I will never be trapped in any of them. I will strive to become the best me I can be.

**Pleased by advised that the author is available to address your group or organization with inspirational, psycho-babble, b*llsh*t for a speaking fee of $100/hr. Quality assured as she is still innocent and optimistic enough to believe what she says.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

quote of the day

On life some generally: Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

On writing: RB: That is so true. Very often you need to get networked into "Don’t care." If we think that we must be erudite, intellectual, and must never be seen as foolish, you’ve really started out on the wrong foot as a writer. Most new writers do just that. It takes a lot of experience to learn that the gift I have to give is my foolishness. It’s the craziness of my ideas that make them interesting, make them worthwhile. Once we learn to relax and not to worry about how the reader, the editor, or the publisher thinks of us. Then we can get down to the interesting writing.

Richard Bach

most famously author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and author of "A Bridge Across Forever" my favourite book about love, fate and soulmates when I was a starry-eyed, daydreaming 13 year old.

At some point in the future I might actually post something that is not an image or a quote. In case anyone was wondering.

TV's longest running emmy award winning drama

I know I'd vote for him!

except for the fact he's not officially running, I am not registered to vote in America and he's a Republican... but aside from that!

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Darling, we are (I am, s/he is, they are) all kinds of fabulous!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

getting the customers involved in marketing - brilliant

me if I was old, crazy, rich and an m&m

Devin as an m&m on the Road

Alex as an m&m on her way to the Dave Cave!

Friday, March 16, 2007

existential crisis I

Washington, DC: Is there such a thing as a mid-twenties crisis?

Carolyn Hax: I hope there's such a thing, because mine was doozy. Here's my theory: Being post-school and pre-settled these days means you can be anything, do anything your imagination and abilities allow. It's a great gift--if you don't happen to be the one dealing with it. Otherwise, it bites. When you have limitless choices, suddenly nothing you have or do is good enough, because you know, in the back of your mind, there's something out there that's better. My advice: Take a deep breath, be honest about what you really want, and chase after it hard. Even failure is rewarding if you're truly reaching for something. If you have no CLUE what to reach for, join the club. It helped me just to make sure I was always moving forward, even if I wasn't sure about the direction. You can also start a process of elimination, trying whatever new things appeal to you to see if they're right for you. Life's a big chemistry experiment; go out there and start blowing things up. (Not literally please.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Jo in Vic.

1) sushi
2) Glasgow Coma Scale
3) The Mint
4) The Shine Cafe
5) envy at not being massaged by a handsome man at the Delta Pointe
5) couscous is not a fruit
6) misplaced baggage, courtesy of Air Canada
7) returned baggage care of greatly confused and wandering man
8) The Larry
9) watching someone struggle with a facebook addiction

Sunday, March 11, 2007

International Women's Day

(An Afghan woman holds flowers in Afghanistan during a fair to mark Women's Day at a women's park in Kabul.)

“No one will bring me flowers. My husband won't even bring me a stone. March 8th is for foreigners because they have good lives. I don't know anything about March 8th.” Qamar, an Afghan woman, on the idea of International Women's Day in Afghanistan. Officials estimate at least half of women there are forced into marriage and one out of three has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007

I am.

Love it!

I spend far to much of my time looking for complicated answers to simple questions

Quote of Day

So much unhappiness comes from trying to do what we think we're supposed to want, instead of what suits us. - Caroline Hax

I've got to say - I definetly know what I am supposed to want. The question is - what suits me? Or alternatly - what do I actually want.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

love it, love it, love it!

why don't I have lots of money and black tie events to attend?