Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CBC is fun

Today on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, Jian interviewed Jennifer Posner (a media critic). I found it quite interesting. It reminded me a great deal of some of my comms classes and although I didn't agree entirely with what she had to say. I don't really feel like stereotypes are so clearly projected, well at least not entirely. I guess you'll have to take a listen and see for yourself.

The reason I pass this along is because so often I feel like we too uncritically think about what we do, consume, and mindlessly accept from popular media. If we demanded intelligent programing, or even just demanded that stereotypes and images that are harmful be removed we could do a world of good.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'd love to apologize but I feel no need

Winter has made me lethargic and as such I have lost my motivation to do anything other than sleep and watch movies.

I'll see you on the other side of this cold snap.

On a positive note, Christmas Holidays are less than a month away.

Also I saw Harry Potter opening weekend and it was fabulous.

I also bowled by myself. I guess people are doing it now a days. For me it was unintentional. I'll let you ponder that.

Also, bowling is more fun with beer in hand. "Donny you are out of your element"

Hope you are all staying warm.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I Love...

When the city seems like a ski resort!

It doesn't happen often but it seems something like this:
Everything is covered in fresh snow, it is lightly snowing so the sky is overcast but just enough so that the sun still peaks through just a little. There isn't wind and the snow falls ever so lightly. It is chilly enough that you need to bundle but that is a good thing because it feels real.

I love that.

Ski resorts seem like a magical place.

I wish skiing was more affordable so I could go all the time. Maybe one day.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Weekends are for living.

Over this past weekend I took some time to relax which I will use as my main excuse for a serious lack of blogging.

Thursday was Remembrance Day. I started the day with my Brother, we went out to breakfast at a wonderful little restaurant in town, you may have heard of it, Dairy Lane Cafe. I would have to say that bar none it was the best breakfast I have ever had.

In an attempt to avoid any lines we woke up early and headed down. Dairy Lane Cafe sits about 20 people and there is no waiting area.

While they had us wait they handed us a cup of delicious coffee and we waited outside. So now you are thinking, like I initially did, waiting outside in the cold? That sounds awful. But in addition to the delicious coffee they hand out blanket and have a huge heating lamp. All in all the wait could even be described as enjoyable. Check out that sweet pic - you can even see the steam coming off the coffee!

When we did get inside it did take a while to decide what to order, you see a great deal of the food they serve is locally grown and produced so this is the real deal. I ordered stuffed french toast with cinnamon spread and berry compote - it was so good!

Anyways you should go try it out, the wait is well worth the food and service!

We arrived home in time to take in the Remembrance Day ceremony from Ottawa which is something I think we should all do; we must take time to remember.

I headed down to Vulcan for a few days and then back to Calgary to play a game of soccer Saturday night. It was great, we tied 5-5 which for us is a great accomplishment. As most of us had never played together before and many of us had never played indoor before it took some time for us to meld. I was never much of a soccer player, but then they never offered it as a school sport so really I didn't have many opportunities. Right now we are playing in an indoor league which is considerably different than the outdoor soccer we play in the summer. Both are fun but indoor is way more intense. I like it. We have blue jerseys.

I spent Sunday at the movies. I went to see "Nowhere Boy" which is a biopic about John Lennon's adolescents. Think right before The Quarrymen to right before Hamburg. It really spotlights his family life and the troubles with him Mom. It was very good, but of course I would love it.

Dream. Boat.

The only thing I didn't like about the movie really has nothing to do with the movie, well the film itself. I think I read this a few years ago when the film was being made, but I relearned that the star (as seen above) was 19 at the time and was in a relationship with the director who was something like 41 at the time. Creepy. They are engaged and have a daughter. It weirds me out.

I spent the rest of my Sunday doing your average weekend things, groceries, laundry, etc.

Hope you had a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I Love...

Taking Friday Off!

As a student I rarely ever had class on Friday. I made it my scheduling goal that should I have class it would always be done before noon. I would relish the feeling of walking off campus at 11am when everyone was walking on. I have to say that one of the hardest things to get used to with full time work is full days on Fridays. Usually when I was in school I spent my Fridays catching up on tv shows I'd missed during the week, napping, etc. it was my day to rest before I spent the weekend studying. It was a good system. Now however I spend most of the day at work and the rest of my evening wishing I wasn't quite so exhausted. Because I'm on a coop work term taking days off isn't really a thing one can do, at least not often. I'm only there for four months.

Lately, in an attempt to maximize my profits before I leave, I've been working weekends at the pool lifeguarding. I've been working 6-12 day work weeks and it really makes you appreciate unscheduled time.

I took Friday off so I get a four day weekend! I am so excited for the break.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Love...

Who doesn't love an ironic mustache from time to time? Especially when it is for a good cause.

If you haven't heard the month of November is Movember - men stop shaving their mustaches and start raising money for Prostate Cancer. It is great and hilarious. I don't know if I could support mustaches all year round, at least not on all men, but for the month of November, Let it grow!

Monday, November 8, 2010

More Markets!

I spent most of my weekend working, working or sleeping. On Friday I made my way to Flight Centre to check out some details on booking flights - something I should have done a long time ago but whatever. While at the mall my friend crashed my mall trip and we spent the rest of the evening pursuing the mall, it was lots of fun.

On Saturday morning we (Meghan and I) met up at the Chinese Cultural Centre for Make It! Calgary another local market that brings in crafters and creators from farther away than Market Collective and it only happens once a year.

The ceiling inside the Chinese Cultural Centre, very cool.

The market, it was quite busy (photo by Meghan)

Check out these awesome headbands! The lady freaked, and I mean freaked when she saw my hair and then insisted on finding me the exact perfect headband. Although I wanted two and stood there with Meghan as we each hummed and hawed for nearly half an hour we both walked away with one each - we are trying to save money you see. (Photo by Meghan)

This is the one I didn't buy. I took a picture so I would remember what it looked like so one day I will be able to buy it. She uses all real feathers! So cool.

We also both got these awesome pendants. It is a scrabble piece on one side and a cute picture on the other! (Photos by Meghan)

Oh and last but not least I went back and bought my plane tickets today! I stopped by AMA first to see if they could get me a better deal. Their price = $1700 one way, Flight Centre = $700 one way, the decision was easy. I leave January 26th!

Friday, November 5, 2010

It weirds me out...

When my socks don't match. Or when they don't match what I am wearing. I think about it all day. Can not handle it.


when the toilet paper in a public stall is pulled out almost to the ground. Why is it so long? What was the last person doing? Did they re-pull it out after they tore their piece off? How could it be that long?

Things to ponder I suppose.

Happy Weekend Friends.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I Love...

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

If you don't watch it you should. In fact you should watch it just for his monologue. The guests are often great but it is usually because Ferguson is so insanely ridiculous. He rarely follows directions of a regular late night show and continually lets you know that the show is somewhat a farce. He doesn't take well to complements and is continually self-deprecating. It is great. Because he is great.

But back to his monologue, it almost always has me laughing out loud. By far best late night man out there right now. Sorry Jimmy, I love you and I think your show is tons of fun but Ferguson has you beat. He is hysterical. And he has a robot that speaks.

You should watch.

I just wish it was on earlier at night so I could stay up and watch it more often.