Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The spirit of Christmas; Autopsy

It's a really good thing I was ready so early.
I'm really glad I had my presents wrapped in reusable packing a week before Christmas Eve, and that I was so hyper organized that I left myself the Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Christmas with mostly just social visits and nothing too important to accomplish.
I'm also really glad I've got such a good friend that I can just call her and say "Hey whatcha doin? Wanna take me to get xrays?"
The true spirit of Christmas? They say it's not the receiving, it's the giving. Well, I certainly did a lot more receiving this holiday season. But not presents. No, I got help and comfort. You've no idea how nice a cup of tea is until you need someone to bring it to you because you are just not capable of carrying it yourself.
So, I've discovered the true spirit of Christmas, It's when you fall on your ankle days before huge family celebrations and the people who love you take the time out of their busy lives to help you, comfort you, and accommodate your lack of mobility and cranky mood.
So far I've managed to ruin Thanksgiving and Christmas but nobody seems to have noticed.
Thanks guys!

There are always alternatives........

I'm considering changing the title of my blog to "Rainbow sugarfoot"
Not seriously, but it's a good alternate title.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

All y'all know who *I* voted for....

I couldn't have said it better myself.
Thanks Liam for pointing me to this article that says so clearly what's happening and why.
I can hardly contain my happiness.
I must say thought that the public response really pisses me off. After such a weak election turn out, why are so many people making such bad noise?
You all had your chance to vote.
(That's why voting is so important!)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The spirit of Christmas, revisited.

Okay, it seems I came off a little *harsh* in my last post. Ops! Didn't realize there was actually somebody reading this thing ;)
I think it's wonderful that people spend their hard earned money on gifts for other people. I think it's tragic that some people max out their credit cards every year because they feel compelled to express their love with gifts they can't afford.
If someone happens to buy me a gift this year, I will say "Thank you very much! Merry Christmas!" and I will not turn my nose up because it's not "home made" I will feel very grateful that I have received a gift at all.
It may even be possible (maybe just a little) that I'm over compensating for the fact that this year I can't afford to buy as many gifts as I'd like to, or spend as much on gifts as I would like to. In previous years making gifts was more of a statement than a necessity.
I absolutely hate the fact that somewhere inside I feel really guilty that I can't buy stuff this Christmas.
Are these my own personal issues, or is this a larger problem everyone is suffering from this year?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Christmas Spirt

No, it's not too early to be thinking about Christmas.
Yes it drives me crazy that the decorations go up in the mall the day after Halloween. (So many years working retail management has given me a healthy loathing for malls in November and December, and I try to stay far, far away from them.) And yes I hate the fact that the focus of Christmas is shopping, shopping and more shopping. Also I hate the fact that so many adverts push warm fuzzies on us for months, building all our expectations of Christmas bliss so we go off to celebrate with our (somewhat) dysfunctional families thinking (at least a little) "Hmmm, it's not like in the commercials." Do I sound a little bitter? Well, working open to close on christmas Eve and then being there on boxing day (the launch of boxing week....) at 6am tends to put a damper on celebrations now matter how festive I try to be.
Now, I state again; It's not too early to be thinking about Christmas. In fact if you're just starting now, you're behind schedule. I started planning in the summer. While I'm not going to achive my goal of a 100% homemade Chrsitmas, I'm getting closer every year. In the late summer I was picking fruit, then packing and freezing, and gathering then testing recipies for homemade jam. It's not as easy as you would think and it's extremly time consuming. Also unlike the shiny crap you buy it the store, if you don't follow regrious safety precautions you gifts could make people very sick. (And please don't tell me that your great grandmother made jam for generations before moderin sterilization techniques without fist considering the average life expentancey in your great grandmother's time and all the "natural" causes that killed people.) Making jam is much harder than I thought. I'm just hoping it will be worth it.
Making all your gifts is great, but it's one heck of a challenge. I mean how many years can you really get away with giving everyone a scarf and hat you knitted yourself? Well, I'm running on the fourth and it's time for a change. I've had some bright ideas, and thinking about possibilties throughout the years makes it easier. Also working on it in little bits when you have time, not trying to squeeze it all into two months makes it more fun. I'd like to try my hand at making jewlery one year but that's really my sister-in-law's gig and I don't want to move in on her teritory (I also suspect that she's better at it than I am.) I found some amazing books on toy making at the library, but it's too late to do many this year, if I have time I will attempt a couple, and possibly launch a full scale attack next year. I occationally give art, but that the exception not the rule.
Of course there will be my usual flurry of Christmas baking, (this year many cookies will feature homemade jam.) and I'm helping my son work on something special for his gifs. So far the results are good. It all takes a lot of time but, it's time well spent. Also, a completely different experience than heading off to a crowded mall ram packed with stressed out shoppers and running up your credit cards. I'm not saying that homemade gifts don't cost money (oh goodness they do!) but when you're buying the fruit in the summer, the jars in the fall, the fabric for wrapping when ever you happen to come across some at a good price, it stings a hell of a lot less. This year I am going to demand people return jars and tins to me so that I can store them and use them next year. (And by demand I mean "Please don't throw that away when it's empty, if you don't have a use for it please give it back so that I can use it again next year.")
Christmas is also much better when you don't try and fit it all into one day. I plan numerous Christmas visits/ parties/ dinners/ coffeies. Little celebrations with less people and lots of joy. That and I make an active concious effort to be nicer, kinder, and more help to just about everyone. (It's much easier to do that when you don't have to brave the malls.)
After a few years of testing it out I've found the true Christmas spirit and it is this; The less I buy gifts, the more I enjoy Christmas. The more time I take to make special personal gifts for people the more I enjoy giving them. (The secrect ingrediant is L-O-V-E. and if you say it's bad for the econmy I am very likely to give you two tight slaps.) I heard it all my life and I've said it before without really know what it means; the best give you can give is your time. Anyone can go to a mall with some cash (or credit) and buy you something, but who's going to be thinking of you in the summer while picking the fruit to use in the jam they make you for Christmas? That's not just love that's devotion. Personally I think Jesus would apporve, and after all it is his party.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The spirit of Halloween

As a child I adored Halloween. There's something really great about the combination of dressing up and bags of free candy. I extended my trick or treating days well into my teens, (which I could easily get away with being so short ;) and still enjoy dressing up to take my little son around to do his trick or treating. It's hard not to notice that participation in this "holiday" is waning. When I was a child it was an exception that a house would NOT be handing out candy. Now the houses that giving out candy are few and far between. I find this so sad for a number of reasons. Every year there seem to be new candy scares and voices are raised in opposition to "devil worship". People complain of teenagers who are "too old" trick or treating at their house.
This is something I find more than a little hard to comprehend. Halloween is the only "holiday" that encourages us to go out into the community and celebrate with strangers. For one night only we expect strangers to knock on our doors asking for gifts of sweets. The streets are filled with the laughter of children and the happy conversation of parents discussing the cuteness of costumes and the best decorations. It's a fun joyful experience that children give up far to easily and far to early in my opinion. I have no problem what so ever with older teenagers coming to my door (although I do prefer it if they are in costume.) I find the majority of them to be friendly polite and festive. True, it can be a little frightening when a "child" taller than I am arrives at my door wearing a hockey mask or soaked with "blood" but do I think they would try to knock me down and rob my house? Not for one second. Am I too trusting and naive? Or am I just filled with the Halloween spirit? I would hate to see this annual tradition peter out due to lack of interest or fear.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

It's my election, I'll vote how I want to!

I've never made my political preferences a secret. Most people who know me, know that deep down I'm a tree-hugging-hippie. Always have been. So it really shouldn't be any surprise that I vote green. Meaning that I support the green party of Canada. (And by support, I mean I vote for them, I have a green sign on my lawn and, heck, I even have a green party t-shirt!) As you might imagine, wearing said t-shirt when there is an upcoming election generates a lot of, erm, interesting conversation. During these interesting conversations, after people have told me who they are voting for and why, I am often asked why I am "throwing my vote away." I must admit, it pisses me off. So much so that I am moved to blog on my blog about why I vote the way I do (and why I shouldn't have to defend it.)

So, here I go.......

First, as I citizen of this wonderful country, it is my right to vote for whomever I wish. If I want to vote for Egor of the Bean Party, I have have that right, and I will dam well vote for beans if I want to. Nobody can stop me.

Second, If there is a political party that truly represents my beliefs and values, I will vote for them no matter how unpopular they are. The point of having a democracy is that everyone gets one vote, and they use that one vote to express what they want, for their country, for there future. If everyone practices strategic voting, then we will have a much clearer idea of what people don't want in their government as apposed to want they do want. So I will always vote for who I actually want in charge. I will not vote for someone I don't agree with, or someone I don't believe in to keep someone else out of power. It's just not my style.

Third, If people are afraid of "throwing away" their vote and this causes them not to vote for their party of choice, but against the party they don't want, how will there ever be any new choices? How can new ideas and values ever get represented? How will there ever be any kind of political movement or shifting? This is NOT a two party system, our choices are not either or, we have opportunity to actually vote for what we want, it just takes the hutzpa to do it.

Fourth, political parties recieve government funding basied on the number of votes they recieve, so if I don't vote green, not only am I giving actual money to support a party I don't support, I'm taking it away from a party that I do support. What else can I say? Money talks. The parties that receive over 2% of the national vote get $1.75 per vote cast from taxpayers.

Fifth, Elizabeth May is one hell of a great party learder. She's smart, capable, and she has real integrety. Also, I like her as a person. You might think I'm trowing my vote away, but I know that she at least appreciates my vote for her party.

There it is in a nut shell. I could go on but I won't.

I would never tell you who to vote for. It's a secrect ballot, and who you vote for is not really any of my business. But, I WILL tell you to make an informed decesion.
Please, check out all the party platforms. Watch the national leaders debate (English language October 2nd 2008). Get to know the people who you are considering giving your country to. And most of all, have the balls to vote for who you actually support, and who you actually believe in.

Please feel free to leave a comment!
I'm interested in what you think about this topic.......

Somthing you should read....

Recently Orson Scott Card wrote "Empire" A Tor Book - Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC 2006.
It's not a great read.
it's not bad, but not as good as his Ender's saga.
At the end of this book there is an essay.
The essay at the back of this book is really good.
It takes a look at the American political system and the dangers hidden there within.
I highly recommend that you read this essay before you vote in any more elections.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A book review "Little Brother"

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
A Tor Teen Book

WARNING: This book may cause you to question authority!

How much power should the Department of Homeland Security have? What rights should they be able to violate? How much personal freedom is "security" worth? This is the story of one teenager who is pushed too far by the DHS after a terrorist attack in San Francisco. A teenager who perhaps fights back a little too hard. It's a coming of age story about rebellion, patriotism, technology, perceived security, and love. Somehow related to, yet completely different from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four , this book is set in the almost now, as in this could happen in a couple of years, so like, be ready!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ten O'clock Flats- I had no idea.

I recently went to a very fancy wedding, and I knew that very high stiletto heals were necessary. I knew this because at the wedding shower almost every single woman was wearing them. I thought "That's okay, I'll be seated for the service and dinner. When people start dancing all those high heeled women will go bare foot anyways." In truth before we left my husband, upon seeing my shoes, told me to bring "comfortable" shoes in my bag, "just in case". Of course I scoffed. (Have you seen the size of fashionable purses theses days?) Imagine my surprise when I heard someone say "I'm heading to my car; it's after ten." I thought they were leaving! Over the next hours I head many women utter the phrase "Ten o'clock flats" with obvious relief, and watched them all wander off to become shorter. I have never before seen anyone wearing a ball gown and flip flops. In the end I had to ditch my shoes, (because of the pain and because I wanted to dance.) and I wasn't by any means the only one. I was, however, the youngest one. Chalk this one up to experience, next time there will be flip flops in the car. To quote Grandpa Simpson "I used to be with it, then they changed what it was. Now with I'm with isn't it."


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A book Review- In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Peguin Books

WARNING: This book will make you think.

If The Omnivore's Dilemma left you wondering what you should eat, you will find the answers in this book. Pollan's advice; Eat food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants, seems simple enough but is not as easy as it sounds. Faced with the overwhelming choice of food products in the super market, this book out lines the ways to shop and eat which are best for you and the food chains you are a part of. This book will give the knowledge you need to make informed food purchase decisions, and show you how you can "vote with your fork"
Enjoy! ( I did.)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A book review- The Omnivore's Delemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Penguin Books

WARNING: This book will make you think.

A natural history of four meals.
In this award winning book Mr. Pollan traces four meals through their food chains. It's an in depth study of where food comes from and what happens to it along the way. This book will not attempt to convince you to become a vegetarian; it revolves around the seemingly simple question "What's for dinner?".
Everyone who eats should read this book.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Becuase nobody like a new/blank/empty blog

To fill up my blog some I've imported notes from various other sources. I've back dated them to the date I originally posted/wrote them, and titled them "Old Blogging part whatever".
Just to avoid confusion.
That is all.
For now.

I have a blog!

A few details about me;
I now have a blog.
I also have a toddler.
I have no pets.
I hate corn.
I like this blog about corn
I like to paint.
I like to write.
I read......a lot.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Old Blogging part 1- Enough is enough

So it’s getting to be just about that time, under a week until we install our show. I made the decision today that I’m finished. As in, all the painting is done. As in, even thought I have some blank canvasses, (especially a huge one that’s been mocking me for weeks) I have to put the brush(es) down. Now.

I’ve got enough pieces to support my space. I have had for a while now. There’s no danger of it looking empty or sparse. Yet, I just couldn’t stop. You might well wonder why I’m stopping myself at all, more is better right? In this case not so much. You see I have so much other work (non-creative non-artistic show related work) that I’ve been neglecting, and such a limited amount of free time that I must start grinding my nose if I’m going to pull it all together.

So, instead of painting tonight, I laid everything out (on the floor) and shuffled it all around until I hit upon a sort of grand composition that I could tolerate. I must admit it doesn’t look horrible. There’s a flow, the colours jive and I’m not sure, but there might even be a thyme. Of course there’s no guarantee that what I’ve done on the floor will translate well onto a space (four walls actually) that is much bigger and on a different axis. But this is the best I can do until I’m actually there, in the place, with my chains and “s” hooks ready to hang. (Which reminds me I’ve still got to do an inventory of the chains and hooks I have so that I don‘t get caught short) The best thing I can do at this point it take a few pictures (so I don’t forget my shiny layout) and pack them all away ready to go. That’s a job that can wait until tomorrow. Perhaps the next day I’ll finally finalize the price list and the day after that start on making the price cards. I know it may not sound like much but it is and if I’m not careful time will get away from me again and I’ll be freaking out Monday morning when I don’t have all my cards ready.

So, for now at least, the creativity must be plugged up like a hole in a dike and hopefully I won’t crack under the pressure. (Sorry, it’s late and I’m tired, but I have so much nervous energy I couldn’t possibly sleep, and my nerves are beat so I’m not fit for all that other work I was talking about…)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Old Blogging part 2- Steel Guitar

random game play

1. Put Your iTunes, Windows Media Player, MP3 Player, or whatever on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.

If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say?
Lose yourself - Eminem

How would you describe yourself?
Twenty First Century Digital Boy- Bad Religion (Not diggin' this so far...)

What do you like in a guy/girl?
American Idiot -Green day (Okay that is kinda funny)

How do you feel today?
Hit that - Offspring

What is your life's purpose?
Bad habit- Offspring

What is your motto?
Break on through - The Doors (Yeah baby!)

What do your friends think of you?
Somebody told me - The Killers

What do you think of your parents?
I just don't know what to do with myself-The white stripes

What do you think about very often?
A long line of cars - Kake

What is 2 + 2?
Kill boy Powerhead - Offspring

What do you think of your best friend?
The way - Fastball

What do you think of the person you like?
Losing my religion - REM (Take that Andrew!)

What is your life story?
Sabotage - Beastie Boys (Ahhhh, that would be Ben ;)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz ( Untrue! Untrue!)

What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Gotta get away - Offspring (Take that again Andrew!)

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Give me Novacaine - Geenday

What will they play at your funeral?
St Jimmy - Greenday (Oh you'd better not!!!)

What is your hobby/interest?
So alone - Offspring (*sigh* poor me)

What is your biggest fear?
My doorbell - White stripes (LOL - Ding-Dong!)

What is your biggest secret?
Add it up- The violent Femms

What do you think of your friends?
What happened to you? Offspring (Take that friends!)

What will you post this as?
Steel Guitar-Fred Egalsmith

Hmmmmmm......That was not a bad play list.