Thursday, August 31, 2006

August 31st - August Happiness Challenge - Various & Closure

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Here we are on the last day of the August Happiness Challenge! I have a few to share, pictured above is the cake I made for my brother-in-law for his Bday. Now his bday was yesterday but I found out today that it was yummy, yay!! Its the first thing I've baked in my new place so that makes me happy that I can do that. Another happy thing: Strawberries for breakfast! And more: the TIFF schedule is out!

Noticing, finding or creating some happiness everyday was a lot of fun. Only seldomly was it hard to come up with something, and I found the results ranged from tiny things to full day events. I had a lot of fun sharing the happiness this month.

The challenge began here: August Happiness Blogging Challenge!

* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

August 30th - August Happiness Challenge - Glam o Rama

Its very very dangerous that there is a Winner's right by the gym I go to. I had a little time to kill and BAM ended up walking out with these two gems:

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Part of me goes aieeeeeeeeeeeeeeee to spending $ an then the other part of goes hey, I like 'em and gets me closer to #25 - Have everything I consider in 'the basic's' wardrobe on my 101 list!

More challengers here: August Happiness Blogging Challenge!

* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

August 29th - August Happiness Challenge - Value Village

Nothing like a little shopping at Value Village for some fun. Whenever I go I tend to have an idea of what I'm looking for but there is no guarantee you'll find it. The flip side to that is there is not telling what treasures you might find.. like this 80's throwback or original:

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Pink with green stripes for the win. Oh my that one had me giggling. It didn't make the cut today though. Armed with my August coupon and not that much restraint I made it home with 2 shirts, 1 sweater, 2 skirts and 2 pairs of shoes:

Check out those lifts, I might be a whole 5' tall in them. I have a complete ensemble to wear tomorrow and I'm totally looking forward to it. Totally. Oh.. and the next 50% off day is Sept 5, at least in Toronto it is. Not sure if I'll go its usually a little to insane for my browsing pace.

More challengers here: August Happiness Blogging Challenge!

* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

SPC: Enclosed 5

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Enclosed in cube land (aka: work)

I've been thinking about doing a 'grumpy work post for a bit'. I hesistated for a few reasons... 1) I don't consider my life as my job which is why I rarely blog about it. 2) I don't feel like there is terribly much that I can do about what I will post and 3) I'm probably guilty of many of the things myself and finally 4) I prefer not to moan and complain here. OH and of course 5) the random possibility that one of the so called unnamed folk could by some odd happenstance end up reading this.

But, I just can't help it! I can't hold it inside no mo! There are many reasons I could be grumpy right here... could be any of the following:

- People having very detailed personal conversations about stuff ya just don't wanna know and or don't care
- People who talk to each other on the phone and/or speakerphone when they are less than 10 feet away
- People using speakerphone in an open enviornment (hello.. you aren't the only person here)
- Hearing someone as if they are 2 feet away but not seeing them (creepy)
- Having to answer the phone
- Having to answer someone else's phone
- Listening to peoples cell phone ring tones go on and on when they leave them on and at the desk while they are off doing something else
- Hearing people eat ... chomp chomp on fruit and veg, scrap scrap on a cereal bowl
- Listening to people crunch on on ice
- Hearing people dictate over the phone
- Whining
- People talking literally about nothing
- People who talk to you on your break when you are obviously engrossed in reading, writing, pretending to be elsewhere, whatever...

But, I guess it ain't all bad cuz I work in an office but I can still wear flannel.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

101 in 1001 weekly update #25!!!


Finished off #48 - Go to fFida, and I've been plugging right along at #14 Write something about all the films I see (for the first time) throughout these 1001 days with reviews of: City of Angels, M, The Proposition and Familia

Here are our regular updates:

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#94 - Read every day - done!

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday Aug 20/06 - A lot about piracy of film
Monday Aug 21/06 - Austria has 4 official languages
Tuesday Aug 22/06 - You are more likely to spill when eating if you aren't looking at what you are eating. (Noticed how I said you not me, .. this isn't first hand experience of course, and it especially didn't happen at work.. nope nope.. never that...)
Wednesday Aug 23/06 - That I've been called the "Encyclopedia of WoW" by some of my friends
Thursday Aug 24/06 - That looking up and reading a definition of a word does not necessarily mean you will understand what it means (sad but true for me... ubiquitous: existing or being everywher at the same time... nope, I don't get it)
Friday Aug 25/06 - tarantism means the uncontrollable urge to dance. Now that I do understand. Thanks for contributing this one Jamie!
Saturday Aug 26/06 - It isn't completely ridiculous to wear heeled boots to do laundry... I didn't have to jump as much to get those stubborn socks at the bottom of the washer.

For my full 101 list, look here.

August 28th - August Happiness Challenge - going to the Gym

Some of you may remember that Joining a Gym was on my 101, and that I did it too - yay me!

But... joining and going are not the same thing. I had it all planned out, but the location very close to me closed before I realized. Now there were other locations but one I went to a while back and kinda left suddenly so it feels little odd to show up again, and the other I wasn't entirely sure where it was. But after a week of dragging my gym clothes with me and not going, then a week of writing down the days to go in my datebook but not even bothering to bring my clothes with me, I finally got up the guts just to go. I found it, it took a bit but its a nice location with nice people. I didn't have whatever they wanted me to have for a person from a different location but we worked though it and it all panned out. So I guess I'm happy with putting off the procrastination and tearing down barriers I created for myself. Go me!

More challengers here: August Happiness Blogging Challenge!

August 27th - August Happiness Challenge - CNE!

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Who knew a day like this would end up being so great? Well, Jamie & I did! Its a yearly tradition to go to the CNE, for many reasons but the top of the list is definately The Cat Show! I think one year we stumbled on it by accident and then we did it again, and well.... if you do something twice, its tradition!

Above: orange tabby maine coone (I had no idea there were orange ones)

Above: Devon Rex

Above: Scottish Fold. Now, I am not normally drawn to cutesy lil wee cats but this Scottish Fold was just the sweetest little thing this side of the planet. My goodness.

The cats move pretty quick, so some of the shots are a little fuzzy.. and these were the ones that made the cut!!!

I love seeing all the other animals too! I'm such a city girl, this is the only opportunity I get to see creatures that cats of my family:

And different kind of living beings at a flower competion! Every time I take a pic of a flower I feel like my Mom. Except I can't say "Oh isn't this a wonderful Azelia*"

*substitute correct flower term here

What would the CNE be without literally walking into a some performance? This year we watched the horse warm up:

And quite a few dance performaces:

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Here's Jamie watching the dancing:

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I would be lying if I didn't say a lot of what I look forward to is the food!

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Above: The best perogies in the world!

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Above: Beaver Tails, Killaloe Sunrise to be exact (cinnamon, sugar & fresh lemon juice) - yum yum

After all that there is always some shopping to do. Although we were *this* close to coming home with brooms (that really did look like they did an amazing job), I picked these hugging figurines, which are actually salt and pepper shakers but I'm gonna keep them as decoration. They look sooooo cute and they make me smile:

More challengers here: August Happiness Blogging Challenge!

* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Saturday, August 26, 2006

August 25th - August Happiness Challenge - Lots !

Lotsa good stuff - 1) Fridays rule! So that is a good start!

Went out for dindin with Jamie (and this post will sound suspiciously like hers...). Then out to a movie, Step Up - do great... dance movies RULE!!!! Also got a chance to do a tarot reading for her which was great becuase I'm just getting back at it and was challenging but good to do someone's cards.

Had lovely meal green curry ftw:

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and Buddha watching over us!

More here: August Happiness Blogging Challenge!
* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday August 25, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Here we are with the last newsletter before September comes in, where oh where does the time go? The two films I'm most interested in this week are Idlewild and Invincible, odd combination I know... musical and underdog sport film... with.. Marky Mark... hmm, did I just admit to that? Well it is still summer, so get out there and watch some fun movies before things get too serious!!!

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday August 25, 2006 Releases

Beerfest
Dir: Jay Chandrasekhar (The Dukes of Hazzard, Club Dread, Super Troopers)
Cast: Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter
USA

Half Nelson
Dir: Ryan Fleck (Young Rebels, Have You Seen This Man?)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Shareeka Epps, Monique Curnen
USA
Limited Release

How to Eat Fried Worms
Writer/Dir: Bob Dolman (The Banger Sisters)
Cast: Luke Benward, Andrew Gillingham, Tom Cavanagh
USA

Idlewild
Writer/Dir: Bryan Barber - directorial film debut
Cast: Andre Benjamin, Antwan Andre Batton, Cicly Tyson, Ben Vereen
USA

Invincible
Dir: Ericson Core ("Family Law")
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway
USA

Shadowboxer
Dir: Lee Daniels - directorial debut
Cast: Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding Jr., Stephen Dorff, Macy Gray
USA
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Aug 25, 2006**

Thursday, August 24, 2006

August 24th - August Happiness Challenge - the 2 sides of clothes

A very nice way to start the day was coming into work and a co-worked complimenting me saying I looked beautiful. Talk about great! Ironically I was wearing something I've never worn there before and I don't actually think its that flattering but hey, its a dress and those are good when ya need something quick to get into in the am:

Than I realized I really love wearing comfy clothes, I will never ever ever go a time in my life without having at least 1 pair of totally thrashed jeans. They are a part of who I am:

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

August 23th - August Happiness Challenge - Leftovers!


I never thought I would ever say I like leftovers but in fact I love them. This of course only applies to when I like the food that has been leftover! Which is a side-effect luxury when you are the sole cook, you choose the recipes! Tonight I'm having leftover roasted veggies spiced up cajun style - yum!!

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City of Angels

Director: Brad Silberling (Moonlight Mile, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz, Colm Feore
Germany/USA, 1998

Seen: July 31, 2006 on Mpix

Reason to see: Although this isn't on my list of 101 films I can't believe I haven't seen, it very well could be. Many times I've circled it on calendars of 2nd run theatres, or highlighted in tv guide. As I've wanted to see if for so long, I'm not totally sure why. I think its because Andre Braugher is in it.

Well, maybe I shouldn't have waiting so long to see this. Interesting concept, but I found it treaded a fine line between touching and corny. I did quite enjoy some of the stories following the secondary characters, but the mail plot just didn't pull me in. I will admit it may be in part to finding it hard to take Nicolas Cage in a dramatic role even though he's been in a fair few.

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was ok
I might watch it one more time
I'd recommend it if your are in the mood for a soft drama

The Proposition

Director: John Hillcoat (To Have and To Hold)
Cast: Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, Richard Wilson, Danny Huston, John Hurt
Australia/UK , 2005

Seen: Aug 20, 2006 at The Bloor Cinema

Reason to see: Screenplay written by Nick Cave. I am on my second attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 7/52.

I think I shoulda known what I was getting into but alas, I did not. Nick Cave wrote the screenplay and I'm a huge fan of his music - which maybe surprizing to some whom mostly know me as a pretty happy-go-lucky person and his music is pretty... dark. The violence in this film was so prominent and so grisly that I still can't distance myself from it to think about the film as a film as a whole. What has stuck with me are those grisly images and the horrific events in the film. I'm not sure what the intent was for this film. The only thing I can think of is it feels a little bit like an anti-revenge movie. Strangely, I don't regret seeing it as I often do with things this violent. I'm still processing it I suppose, still searching for meaning. I hope it's there. I can say without a doubt that both the music and acting were great.

Shannon's Overall View:
I don't think I enjoyed it
I would not watch it again
Who would recommend it to.... people who like westerns and don't mind things listed in the warnings...

Warnings: Extreme violence including mutilation, torture, sexual violence and very disturbing images.

No previews
No commericals
The film started exactly on time... Rock on.

Familia

Director: Louise Archambault (Atomic Sake)
Cast: Sylvie Moreau, Macha Grenon, Juliette Gosselin, Mylene St-Sauveur, Vincent Graton, Emily Holmes
Canada, 2006

Seen: Aug 2, 2006 at Cumberland

Reason to see: It's Canadian!! As well as being nominated for several Genies. As well as I am on my second attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 4/52.

Wonderful performances, I particularly enjoyed Macha Grenon. I love seeing Canadian film. This film has layers of very touching stories about family - traditional and non-traditional, from painful to playful. It looks at who we are, who we become, how we change and grow, what is important to one yet maybe not another and how people are when something important happens are all interesting facets that are touched on. A big thumbs up.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I will watch it again
I would recommend it

5 minutes and 6 commercials shown
3 minutes and 3 previews shown

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

August Happiness Challenge - Aug 17-22!

Alright, I'm a little behind on posting so here we go almost a weeks worth in one fell swoop!!!

August 17/06 - I was really happy with how my newsletter, Film Fan Fridays, came together today.

August 18/06 - went to fFida with Jamie, totally great!

August 19/06 - had a lot of fun playing WoW with friends:

August 20/06 - went to the movies! I haven't written up my review yet so you will just have to be kept in suspense. But here is a hint... the view from the washroom at the theatre:

August 21/06 - Had oodles and oodles on my list of things to do this night after work, and I did them ALL for the first time in ages. It took til 10:30 and I was exhausted but I did it.

August 22/06 - One of the things on my 101 list to do is to reconnect with my tarot cards. I think its the most ambigious task as I'm not sure how I'll know that its done. That being said it isn't gonna more forward until I do more readings, so I did one today and it was right on the money, and had some interesting possibilites too - looking forward to seeing how things unfold:

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#48 - Go to fFida


Another one done! Went to fFida, now called Toronto International Dance Festival on August 13 & 18, 2006. The performances I went to were all a part of the Open Stage and were all different styles imaginable. I even got to see a performance by someone I have not seen from many years, a high school friend:

Although it was quite a feat to find out the locations times and events of the festival it was well worth going and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Here are some more pics.

Return to my 101 list.

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Compromise: Purple


The fact that I first drafted this post on July 18/06 ago demonstrates where I'm at, and have been apparently for the last 1 month, 4 days... at least.

I hate compromise. I always have. To me, compromising means no one wins and no one gets exactly what they want, everyone ends up with an outcome other than ideal. Bleh, who thought that up.

The title of this post is inspired by a line in Lemon Sky, where there is a discussion about getting a car and someone wants red the other wants blue. Kevin Bacon says: Compromise Purple. Watching it at the time I laughed out loud because it was unexpected and ridiculous (I don't know if there are purple cars now but there definately weren't then). A purple car is not what either of them wanted.

I feel like I'm looking at a world of purple cars right now. Not in compromises with other people, but more of with myself. There are so many things I want to do, and when it doesn't go as planned or gets half done or late it feels like a purple car. Oh, the ultimate worse case scenario, something gets missed entirely - then there is no car! Ironically that is fine as I don't have a liscense and take transit.. but you get my point.

I guess right now I'm actually not finding a way to compromise (or organize, or not take on new things, etc) that is working for me and therefore the compromises happen and it feels out of my control. Me no likey! Maybe purple cars are the way to go and I should just let what happens, happen. But as you can see from one of my favorite Tshirts (pic above) that isn't my normal temperment.

I guess I'll just see what happens. If nothing else, at least I can finally mark off that I've "written that compromise post".

SPC: Enclosed 4

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Enclosed in the streetcar. I think the person behind me is posing more than I for this SPC. Sometimes I feel like I spend all my time in transit, and on transit. I know the routes and try to pick the quieter ones as long as they aren't out of my way but sometimes you just wanna get home and squish on a full streetcar, subway or bus and tough it out. Although this may not appear to be very enclosed from this angle, check out the view:

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Monday, August 21, 2006

M - part of #3 list of 101 films

Director: Fritz Lang (Metropolis, You Only Live Once, Human Desire)
Cast: Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Gustaf Grundgens
Germany, 1931

Seen: July 30, 2006 via Rogers Direct

Reason to see: Its on my list of 101 films I can't believe I haven't seen. Note to self: if I write another list like this at that time put the reason to see as my mind is starting to blank on this. I believe I picked it as it was on imdb's top 250 films.

I've put off doing this review for over three weeks now, and the reason is this.... I really think this film had some kind of bigger picture social/political reference and I have no idea what it is. Not a clue. I think it my be the oldest film on my 101 films to see list and I actually really like watching films that are this old. You know it must had been really hard to get the lighting and angles, or maybe it wasn't - maybe it all just worked out. But I always think about the logistics of the filmmaking when I see something of this vintage. All in all I found it compelling but really wanted to understand what was really going on. Don't get me wrong it wasn't confusing - there is a plot, its a....drama? Crime drama maybe, and it makes sense but I kept feeling like I was missing something.

So there it is, straight from you to me... I just... didn't get it. I did like it, just didn't get it.


Shannon's Overall View:
I found it very interesting
I would mostly likely watch it one more time to see if I could understand more of it
I'd recommend it to film buffs, especially anyone who likes dramatic use of black & white as well as people intersted in films from that period

101 in 1001 weekly update #24!!!


I'm a little behind on my postings, I've gotten at least 1 more thing done but haven't gotten it up yet but I will so, so for now we have our regular updates:

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#94 - Read every day - yep!

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday Aug 13/06 - the sun is bad!
Monday Aug 14/06 - something about a balloon? (my handwriting is shall we say... expressive but not always decipherable)
Tuesday Aug 15/06 - using the Getting Things Done suggestion of "If you can do it in 2mins or less, Do it now" really works.
Wednesday Aug 16/06 - What embargo means in terms of journalism - having advanced access to information under the request/agreement that the info will not be released until a certain date/time.
Thursday Aug 17/06 - Red light doesn't have to mean you miss the streetcar! The driver waited for me! Woot!
Friday Aug 18/06 - The opening of a black hole is called and event horizon
Saturday Aug 19/06 - What a fig looks like - they are really cute! Its kinda like a fit in a small palm 3D/cylindrical teardrop that is greenish

For my full 101 list, look here.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday August 18, 2006!!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Lots to look forward to this week! Or should I say enjoy, as here we are in the week already! I am very excited for the release of Bon Cop Bad Cop, a Canadian flick! Its been too long since we've had one and this one looks like a lot of fun. I also am looking forward to the Brazilian film House of Sand / Casa de Areia starring Academy Award Nominee Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station), which I saw a preview for when I was out to see Conversations With Other Women this week and it looks absolutely compelling. I have not had a preview hold my attention like that for quite some time. A film that has a completely different feeling is Trust the Man one of what appears to be on a rising trend of romantic comedies from a guys point of view for which I am very curious as to whom they are actually targeting as their audience as. We also have the first of two magician theme period pieces coming out with this weeks The Illusionist, staring Edward Norton - it will be good to see him on screen again! I can not resist mentioning Snakes on a Plane, the oddest and looks like most literal title translation I've seen in a while. I can't imagine it coming out at any other time of year then the summer.

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

*OoPsiE's* - missed this film, released last week on: Friday August 11, 2006

Pulse
Dir: Jim Sonzero (War of the Angels)
Cast: Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian, Rick Gonzalez
USA

Friday August 18, 2006 Releases

Accepted
Dir: Steve Pink - directorial debut
Cast: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Adam Herschman, Columbus Short, Maria Thayer
USA

Bon Cop Bad Cop
Dir: Eric Canuel (Le Survenant, Le Dernier Tunnel, Nez Rouge)
Cast: Colm Feore, Patrick Huard, Pierre Lebeau, Rick Mercer
Canada

Hate Crime
Writer/Dir: Tommy Stovall - directorial debut
Cast: Seth Peterson, Brian J. Smith, Chad Donella
USA
Limited Release

House of Sand / Casa de Areia
Dir: Andrucha Waddington (Viva São João!, Eu Tu Eles)
Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, Seu Jorge, Ruy Guerra
Brazil
Limited Release

The Illusionist
Dir: Neil Burger (Interview with the Assassin)
Cast: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus SewellUSA
Limited Release

Material Girls
Dir: Martha Collidge (Out to Sea, Lost in Yonkers, Rambing Rose)
Cast: Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Anjelica Huston, Lukas Haas, Brent Spiner
USA

Snakes on a Plane
Dir: David R. Ellis (Cellular, Final Destination 2)
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies
USA

Trust the Man
Dir: Bart Freundlich (Catch That Kid, Hired Hands)
Cast: David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal
USA
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Aug 18, 2006**

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

August 16th - August Happiness Challenge - Lunch with Jamie!

I remember once asking my Mom, or hearing someone else ask my Mom actually, who she would like to go for lunch with and see said something like: "I love going for lunch! It can be anyone!" I kinda feel like that too but I'm a little more particular. I do get to go to lunch with my Mom every once in a while, but today I was lucky enough to go with my sister Jamie! Usually we have only have lunch together 2x a year, but not this year! Woohoo lucky me :) It was a great time!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

August 15th - August Happiness Challenge - Old Movies

I've recently been going through my List of 101 Films I Can't Believe I Haven't Seen, many of which are old or 'classics' and I gotta tell ya there is just something so great about older movies. They often have a message, but it isn't heavy handed. Everyone always looks glamourous. A 'scary' moment might show someone screaming but doesn't even usually show what they are looking at. Nothing like sitting with some popcorn and chilling to some old movies.

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SPC: Enclosed 3

Enclosed in my own fragile shell.

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I had a different post all ready (and probably a little more glamourous) but then I came across one of the most natural yet most powerful forces we are interact with every day: The Sun. It reminded me that we, well that I, can be a more fragile creature than I would like. Yes, I am fair skinned, yes I normally wouldn't consider being outside for a long period of time without sunblock and a hat but no, I had not had a sunburn yet this summer and therefore forgot. I will not forget again to take care of that which I am enclosed in. My skin.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

August 14th - August Happiness Challenge - pics of cats!

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This actually isn't my cat but one that lives up the street. I only saw him/her once but they were really friendly (as you can see name really close) and has their own stratching post. A real treat that I got some nice pics.

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101 in 1001 weekly update #23!!!


I've made progess on quite a few of multi-step parts of my 101, but I also knocked off one in its entirerly: #77 - Join a gym! Woohoo! Now I just have to go! Progess with # 14 - Write something about all the films I see (for the first time) throughout these 1001 days: Mystic Ball, The Night Listener and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest although I have quite a few more to catch up on. I've also made progress on #93 Make a list of 20 books that I want to read and read them with: Never Coming to a Theatre Near You by Kenneth Turan, that one is now at 2/20. I have purchased or can borrow most of the books now, so its getting down to reading them. Which appears to be a little bit of a challenge, but I holding out hope!

Here are our regular updates:

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#94 - Read every day - yep!

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday Aug 6/06 - The movie titled - Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black, isn't Chronicles of Riddick, its Pitch Black
Monday Aug 7/06 - you have lymph nodes in many places in the body
Tuesday Aug 8/06 - how to use the new machines and relearned the older machines at Curves
Wednesday Aug 9/06 - some of the dancers on So You Thing You Can Dance are in the movie Step Up.
Thursday Aug 10/06 - Aruba is a seperate autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Friday Aug 11/06 - Australia is the worlds smallest continent but the 6th largest country
Saturday Aug 12/06 - A head of cabbage is freakin heavy!

For my full 101 list, look here.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

#77 - Join a gym


Completed: Aug 8, 2006

Now I just have to make sure I go! I was really thrilled because there was a location literally 5-10min from me but it has been relocated to a non conveinient. But that is ok - there are so many loc's I'm not really worried and there are 2 near movie theatre's so that is a definately plus - I'm sure working out to kill time before a movie is much better than snacking on a muffin somewhere!

Return to my 101 list.

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August 12th - August Happiness Challenge - a full fridge!

Although I admit that I will complain about having to go get groceries (so heavy, so far, what to get, go to often), nothing beats having a fridge full of tasty food!

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Friday, August 11, 2006

August 11th - August Happiness Challenge - out with Jamie!


Had a great night hanging out with my sister Jamie. We always are relaxed, have fun and never really make plans until we see what fits our mood. Had a nice dinner, browsed some shops and even brought some things! Had a great time - thanks Jamie!!!

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Film Fan Fridays for Friday August 11, 2006!!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Mixed bag this week with our releases, we have some criticially acclaimed films with Conversations with Other Women and Quinceañera. Family fave with Zoom and oh, what's this... a *dance* movie? Oh my!! I know what's going on my list: Step Up ! A guy friend of mine actually mentioned this one a few weeks back. I was so impressed, my love of dance movies has definately been made know!

Peeve of the Week: Going to the movies and having to endure 10 commericials, 5 previews which was 19 minutes of advertising. I feel like I should get to see something for free with all that promotion.

Delight of the Week: Stumbling upon a red carpet event. OH I should have crashed it, that's on my list!! Next time ;)

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Wednesday August 9, 2006 Releases

World Trade Center
Dir: Oliver Stone (Alexander, Platoon, JFK, The Doors)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Jay Hernandez, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal
USA

Friday August 11, 2006 Releases

Conversations With Other Women
Dir: Hans Canosa (Alma Mater)
Cast: Helana Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhar
UK / USA
Limited Release

Quinceañera
Dir: Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland (The Fluffer)
Cast: Emily Rios, Alicia Sixtos, Jesus Castanos, Chalo Gonzales
USA
Limited Release

Step Up
Dir: Anne Fletcher - directorial debut
Cast: Jenna Dewan, Channing Tatum, Rachel Griffiths
USA

Zoom
Dir: Peter Hewitt (Garfield, Thunderpants, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey)
Cast: Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Kevin Zegers, Kate Mara, Michael Cassidy, Ryan Newman
USA

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Aug 11, 2006**

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Night Listener

Dir: Patrick Stettner (The Business of Strangers, Flux)
Cast: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Sandar Oh, Rory Culkin
USA, 2006

Seen: Aug 9, 2006 at Paramount

Reason to see: I am on my second attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 5/52.

I think what I enjoyed most about this film was Robin Williams voice. I know that is probably an odd thing to say, but it is true. I find it strange that I don't believe I had a strong reaction one way or the other with this film but I have found myself thinking about it. Compelling story, good acting and 'inspired by true events'. Its kinda quiet, kinda creepy, kinda interesting.


Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I am not certain I would watch it again
I'd recommend it as a drama

Peeve: 19 minutes of advertising endured to see this 1hr21 min film:

10 commercials:
clothing company
cell phones
'manly' drink
sports company
stop smoking ad
car company
male body spray (never thought I would be typing that...)
milk
cell phone (same company as previously stated)
clothing company (same company as previously stated)

5 previews:
The Namesake
Employee of the Month
The Presitge
The Illusionist
Hollywoodland

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Director: Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring, The Mexican)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgard
USA, 2006

Seen: July 23, 2006 at Paramount

Reason to see: It looked fun and I really enjoyed the original. Plus, it was my Bday and I wanted to go to a movie! As well as I am on my second attempting my #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 3/52.

Sequels tend to worry me in general. Will it be as good as the first? Will it just rehash the first or only focus on what people liked? Shockingly I will be agreeing with most critics that this doesn't hold the wit and charm of the original. Wasn't hugely fond of the artistic design/styling, especially considering that you couldn't see a lot of it due to the dark/night-ness of a lot of scenes. I also thought there was a little changing of characters for convenience sake, which I'm never fond of.

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was okay
I'd watch it again, but not pay to see it again
I'd recommend it only as light adventure fair

August 10th - August Happiness Challenge - Kilts!!

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Thinking I would have to fictionalize something for happiness today on my way home I heard a sorta click click click behind me. And 2 male voices. The during an ordinary day on an ordinary road were 2 men in highland gear, kilts included and one with bagpipes.

Amazed again on the suprized possiblies everyday.

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* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

August 9th - August Happiness Challenge - Roll out the Red Carpet!!

Fascinating experience today as I went to one of my favorite theatres to go see The Night Listener, only to see lights being set up and doors held open and yes - a red carpet! Looks like I stumbled on the red carpet screening of Bon Cop, Bad Cop a Canadian film soon to be released, directed by Eric Canuel and starring Patrick Huard and Colm Feore. How very exciting!! I am so miffed I couldn't find my batteries for my camera because I tell ya - it was a site to see!!!

You just never know what is gonna happen whne you go to the movies.

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August 8th - August Happiness Challenge - Butterfly!

Slightly tardy on my post but yesterday I actually saw a butterfly! I'm not normally one to be all 'ohhy' and 'ahhy' about nature and stuff but creatures - not that is a different story! What a great, nice monach butterfuly all orangy-yellow flapping its wings away. I think that is what is the coolest about butterflies - I never expect to see them and when you spot 'em its like OH!! and then they are gone, off to explore other parts of the world!

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

SPC: Enclosed 2

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On or I guess as this is the theme 'enclosed' in the subway. Some times I feel like I spend a lot of my time in transit. Not transitory, but actually on public transit: subways and streetcars and buses of my! I'm been struggling a little bit with the 'enclosed' theme and I wasn't sure if it was becuase I don't *get* claustraphobic or, and more likely, I don't put myself in the situtation where I could *become* claustraphobic. I know routes, times and frequencies and will often choose the road (or subway) less travelled.

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* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Mystic Ball

Director: Greg Hamilton - directorial debut
Documentary on Chinlone, the Myanmar sport
Canada/US, 2006

Seen: July 18, 2006 - Academy screening at the NFB with Jamie. Filmmaker Greg Hamilton in attendance.

Reason to see: Sounded fascinating

I feel really lucky to have been able to see this screening. Mystic Ball was Hot Doc's winner of Special Jury Prize for best Canadian Feature as well as coming in second for Audience Choice Award, and boy, did it deserve it. A wonderful documentary following one man's journey to the other side of the world to explore Chinlone the non-competative sport of Myanmar. However, it isn't just about learning a new sport but about connecting with other people. A beautiful demonstration of how unlikely events can lead you to exactly where you are suppose to be. Not to be missed.

For more info, check out the film's here.

Shannon's Overall View:
I really enjoyed it
I would watch it again - I'll be keeping my eye out for it
I highly recommend it

#93, 2/20 - Never Coming to a Theatre Near You


#93 - number 2 of 20 done on my Make a list of 20 books that I want to read and read them

'Never Coming to a Theatre Near You' by Kenneth Turan

I'm considering this one complete although I have not read this book cover to cover, however, I did read all the write ups on films I've seen as well as the titles and skimming the write ups of the films I haven't seen. I'm sure it comes to no surprize that I'm a fan of film books - particularly ones that shine a light on harder to find/less mainstream film. However I found I don't have the same rational as the writer does when looking for a good movie. It was a little 'guy' oriented for me, for example I just don't think Birthday Girl can be considered good, even though I really like Nicole Kidman and Vincent Cassel. The book is comprehensive guide for sure, just not to my tastes perse. I do like that it's split into English/Foreign/Documentary/Classics and completely agree with some of the selections: The Commitments, Heavenly Creatures, Whale Rider, Intacto, In the Mood for Love, Lost in La Mancha. A very interesting read!

Return to my 101 list.

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August 7th - August Happiness Challenge - Coffee & Blogs


Gotta love stat holidays - well at least when you don't have to work them or are loving the extra pay if you are. I know I am extremely happy that I can take this morning to leisurely get up and slowly come awake with coffee and reading my favorite blogs.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

101 in 1001 weekly update #22!!!

Well things are moving right along, I'm at week 22 as well as 22/101 for my 101 in 1001! Wow that was a very numbery sentence. Oops, I goofed - I'm at 21/101. This week I knocked off #63 - Do a day in the life of me set of pictures, as well as made it to 3/10 on my #83 of try 10 new restaurents - I did go a while back but have just updated that now.

One thing I found interesting this week is that I'm not totally remember thing things I learn everyday. I was having lunch with my Mom and we were talking about countries and the one that is co-run by Spain and France came up and I couldn't remeber what it was. Andorra. How could I forget, it reminds me of Star Trek. Anyhow, I decided to maybe it would be fun (although every so slightly geeky) to actually have maps and mark of the countries as I learn them (see pic above). How all I need is a colour scheme....

Here are our regular updates:

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#94 - Read every day - still doing this one!

#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday July 30/06 - Its amazing when you can tell something is making a political statement, but you don't know what exactly. (This happened to me while watching the film M)
Monday July 31/06 - The correct spelling of segue (I really thought it was segway)
Tuesday Aug 1/06 - Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest (on average) and driest contenient.
Wednesday Aug 2/06 - Antigua & Barbuda has a population of around 75,000.
Thursday Aug 3/06 - Miracle Grow is soil & food,.. not just the food! My plants might be saved by this!
Friday Aug 4/06 - Veggie options can be great!
Saturday Aug 5/06 - Some days not much is going to get done - and that is ok.

For my full 101 list, look here.

#83 - 3/10 - Try out 10 new restaurants - Gabby's


Went to Gabby's out of sheer luck on July 5, 2006 with my friend Danette when we were initially going to go to The Devil Wears Prada but it was sold out! But, all was not lost! We actually had a great time, its a great people watching spot as well as being very laid back (the waiter was very patient with us as we took probably 20 minutes to decide to split an order half price wings!). Food & service were good, and very relaxed atmosphere. I've already gone back again a few times.

#63 - Do a 'day in the life of me' set of pictures

I'm not sure why I put this one on my list. I think maybe to show a typical day in the life of... but as I did this I really picked a random day and it wasn't typical. Lots happened, some things even linked to other parts of my 101. I guess I don't have a typical day but this is an example of what could happen on a weekday, although the chances of all of these things happening again are quite unlikely but they all occured August 1, 2006.

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Ah, it begins...

Oh my goodness I am actually going to leave on time....

Always good to pack a lunch!

The essentials for any outing.

Off I go!

Ah, and there is the streetcar I miss.. everyday...

And the one that I catch.

8:06 at the subway, I'll definately be on time!!

Freaking broken escalator!!!!

Baa baa follow the sheep.

More stairs...

Woohoo - payday!

In to the air conditioned world of work.

Welcome to cubeland!

And my cube!

And my pile of lists.

Break time!

I write my morning pages on my break. Its funny how many people thing that writing = doing work. The amount of comments I get in the lunchroom like 'You're such a food worker', and I'm like - ah, I'm doing my own stuff, but thanks!!!

A million and one files...

New month = new page on my calendar. Amazing the different perks you get at different jobs. Who knew a breastfeeding calendar could be one?

Have to leave early today - good thing this escalator is working.

C'mon subway! Why you taking so long?

Weeee more escalators!

Nothing says hospital like elevators and hand sanitizers! I almost didn't put this as I don't go there often so I don't really consider it and 'everyday' thing. However, I did go today so there ya go.

Lucky me, empty waiting room = no wait time!

And another streetcar to take me home!

The new from the streetcar.

Waiting for another streetcar, omg what a hot day this was I felt like I was going to melt. At this point even my toes were hot.

YAY its coming!

Doc suggested multivitiman, no time like the present!

Almost home!

Heya Beethoven. (not my decor)

Greeted by the furry one!!

Must get air circulating!! Open the pod bay doors Hal, its very hot in here.

Turn on the computer! An everyday activity for sure.

38C/90F. Holy freaking moly.

Fan goes on full.

BOO! Full sink. I'm a stickler for not coming home to full sink but I didn't have hot water for some freak reason the day before (I swear it's true!)

Need to change into something breathy-er.

Decide to have healthy snack as was reminded of such things previous today at the Doc's.

Time to work on some finances. Gotta love Excel.

Pay rent.

Decide to take a break and play for a bit.

Score!!! Star Trek is on, what timing!

Feed the cat.

Shiny sink!

Saw on someone blog recenlty that they were doing a drawing a day, so I decided to try that.. think this was day 3.

Even in this heat I decide to make tea.

And read for a bit.

And do my budget.

Talk to Mom.

Prevent dustbunnies from taking over the world. Or at least my apartment.

Make lunch for tomorrow.

Make my Lughnasadh dinner.

Talk to Jamie.

Watch the movie Dear Frankie.

Lay out clothes for tomorrow.

Draw a bath.

More play time!

Nighty night!

Return to my 101 list.

Return to Planet Shannon.

* Sadly, the images accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

August 6th - August Happiness Challenge - Coronation Street!


For many years I have had the Sunday Morning tradition of waking up early to watch Coronation Street. Recently the plot lines have been really 'big' and dramatic, and that is so not the reason I watch the show. I watch it as it feels like it represents a very regular life with regular issues, not homicidal maniacs or drug lords. I was very thankful and happy that today was 2 hours of normal goodness. Drama yes, over-the-top, no.

FYI watching in Canada so we are like 6 months behind and I'm a strict no-spoiliers on this issue.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

August 5th - August Happiness Challenge - Soft Socks!

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I had no idea that there would be a difference in the kind of socks to wear. I usually just buy guy's - hmm actually probably boys althetic socks, some white with stripes are the top, some white and some black. I almost exclusively wear tall lace up boots so what they look like doesn't matter. The last time I went sock shopping I actually bought a few different kinds including ones that were... soft! Oh my what a difference. I almost always were these ones first, I have blue, grey and white and they are like wearing slippers. I love them!!

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* Sadly, the image accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

Friday, August 04, 2006

August 4th - August Happiness Challenge - Unsolicited Compliments!

My boss just said this about me:

"She is excellent at everything always."

/beam

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Film Fan Fridays for Friday August 4, 2006!!!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Well it looks like Toni Collette is stepping into the shoes of William H Macy as being in multiple releases with Little Miss Sunshine and The Night Listener this week. This honour has also been shared with John C Reilly whom is in this week's release of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

I got out to see and would highly recommend Familia, a French Canadian film focusing on - you guessed, Family. I think from the films out this week I would personally most likely get out to see The Secret Life of Words. But, who knows what the week will bring, I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Have a great long weekend!! - stay cool!

Shannon

Friday August 4, 2006 Releases

Barnyard
Writer/Dir: Steve Oedekerk (Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls)
Voices: Kevin Jamies, S. Scott Bullock, Maria Bamford, Paul Butcher, Courteney Cox
USA

The Descent
Writer/Dir: Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, Combat)
Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder
UK

Little Miss Sunshine
Dir: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (The Check Up)
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Abigail Breslin
USA
Limited Release

The Night Listener
Dir: Patrick Stettner (The Business of Strangers, Flux)
Cast: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Sandar Oh, Rory Culkin
USA

The Secret Life of Words / La Vida Secreta de las Palabras
Writer/Dir: Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me, A los que aman)
Cast: Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Javier Camara, Eddie Marsan, Steven Mackintosh
Spain
Limited Release

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Dir: Adam McKay (Anchorman)
Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Sacha Baron Cohen
USA

Wednesday August 9, 2006 Releases

World Trade Center
Dir: Oliver Stone (Alexander, Platoon, JFK, The Doors)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Jay Hernandez, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal
USA

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Aug 4, 2006**

Thursday, August 03, 2006

August 3rd - August Happiness Challenge - Fizz Wiz!

Had a happy moment super early in the day. Moments after arriving to work in the morning a co-worker who had been on vacation gave me a pack of Fizz Wiz (like Pop Rocks) and I think I literally squeeled. She said something to the effect that it doesn't take much to make me happy. Sometimes that is the case, as it was today! :)

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Roll Bounce

Director: Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Undercover Brother)
Cast: Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Marcus T. Paulk, Rick Gonzalez, Khleo Thomas, Jurnee Smollett, Chi McBride, Nick Cannon, Wesley Johnathan
USA, 2005

Seen: July 15, 2006 on TMN on Demand

Reason to see: I wanted to watch something while I was cleaning up/organizing my front room for my housewarming/Bday party.

What a lovely surprize this film was. I was really anticipating just to kill time but I was sucked in. I will admit I'm partial to films set in the 70's, and throw in some coming-of-age/young love, 'other side of the tracks-ness', a competition and great music and I am sooooooooooo there. In addition, it was refreshing to see this with a male protagonist/point of view. I thoroughly enjoyed it & I hope you will too!

Giggle fest: All the scenes with 'Sweetness' and his crew.

Shannon's Overall View:
I really liked it
I've already re-watched it a few times
I'd recommend it, especially to anyone who owned a pair of rollerskates at any given point in their life

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

#100 - 1 of 8 - Celebrate Lughnasadh

Part of my 101 list is to Celebrate Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, Mabon, Samhain, Yule & Imbolc at least once for the duration of the 1001 days. As I was greated by a lovely Lughnasagh ecard from my sister Jamie today I went "OH CRAP! I was gonna research and plan out celebrating!!" Oh course I thought it was later in the month.. opps...

I decided that even though I didn't have everything perfectly planned I was still gonna go for it and celebrate. Doing some very basic research I gathered its the celebration of the first harvest so bread is key (in 36 degrees I opted for crackers instead of toasting bread), berries as well as corn (which I had!) and things that are orange, yellow and green. Ah.. I had some success there!

Yummy harvesty dinner, it also completely worked in with my trying out being vegetarian for a month! Pickles, corn, cheese, crackers, grapes, carrots, cauliflower and brocolli - oh and coldslaw too!

Oh course needed so snazzy candles to make it all special.

Return to my 101 list.

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August 2nd - August Happiness Challenge

I found this on Tish's blog and thought what a great idea - I'm all for happiness so I'm gonna take the August Happiness Blogging Challenge!

Ok so I'm a day late, but have a fair amount of happy stuff from yesterday that I'm planning on posting shortly.

Happiness for today: Mr Sketch smelly markers were on sale at Business Depot.

I got a pack for Christmas when I was around... lets say 8? 10? And for many a year I used them and used them well. The orange one was my favorite, bright and could be used like a highlighter and smelled great! I had to throw it out on my last move as it finally bit the dust, but I used it well, I'm certain it was well loved and well used for many a wordsearch over the years!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Self Portrait Challenge: Enclosed Spaces 1

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Me in the tub.

One of the odd things about my new apartment is: no shower. Nice clawfoot tub, but no sprinkly-funness. I thought this would be a quite the transition period but its actually been nice. I putter around picking my clothes for the next day as the tub fills and it gives me some time to myself to do pretty much nothing. And I love being in the water. I love the sound of it, or how it feels when it rushes befind you if you lie back quickly, or submerging and then things suddenly go quiet. Water is an amazing thing.

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Weekly Catch Up: Welcome March!

Whelp, we made it through February and all the SNOW, so I'm happy it is now March. I'm not fooling myself, I know March is still ...