Punctuation

Chicken Pot Pie

“We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.”

Russell Brand, My Booky Wook

Or Chicken Pot Pie & a sham of a holiday…

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Canadiana, Eh!

Remember that?

Well, that inspiration turned into this, my Canadiana bedroom!

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Welcome, eh : )

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Make an entrance…

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Here, kitty, kitty…

Put in new laminate grey flooring.

(Replaced bright pink carpet!)

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Took an old Ikea dresser and attached birch branches as thrifty handles.

(Great idea mom!)

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Take a right turn and you will find the world!

Quilt made by my Nan, many years ago.

(Incorporates all the colours of the room together.)

Classroom map that, once upon a time, was used at my old high school.

Armoire love affair:

Purchased at the Antique Market in Waterford.

(Originally made in Montreal).

Painted, “key” knobs from Stratford, & filled to the brim with all my favourite clothes.

Vintage butter box.

Old barn farm door as headboard.

Side tables found on the road, repainted red.

Good as new!

Wake up in the morning:

A-OK kinda day!

This above all; to thine own self be true.

You maybe can’t tell, but my shirt says,

“Love that beaver.’

No joke.

And now, time to curl up with a good book.

Vintage is the new modern.

Don’t you think?

Why It’s So Easy Being Green

Living in a world that has become consumed with technology, it may give us reason to think that “being green” could become a lost cause.  Yet, technology has given us so many outlets to become more ecologically responsible.  Bills, schedules, and even airline tickets can now be accessed paperless.   The Internet and television have made us more connected and globally aware of products available to help protect the environment in every aspect of our lives.

In the home especially, you can now choose a range of products that will help sustain the environment, while still providing beautiful, sleek and modern finishes.  The Home Depot has a link on their website (www.homedepot.ca) to a section called “Eco Options,” where you can easily locate the product type you are looking for, from flooring to appliances to décor, there is a way you can help manage your carbon footprint.  But the green initiative doesn’t stop at technology and interior/exterior design.

Almost all major grocery stores have become more eco-friendly as well.  By providing large reusable bags/bins, made out of recycled materials and typically costing $1, consumers are given a convenient eco-option.  And even if you do forget your reusable bags at home, you will be charged 5 cents per plastic bag, which have also become noticeably larger in order to try and reduce the volume of plastic bags and encourage the purchase of reusable ones.  The food itself has taken on the green trend; growing organic crops and eating green foods like avocado, broccoli, spinach, and kale are all the buzz with regards to keeping good health and a healthy planet.

The trend of being environmentally friendly has transpired into the fashion world as well.  For example, H&M has created the “Conscious Collection.” It is H&M’s “action for a more sustainable fashion future.”  This collection uses greener materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester.  Originally the campaign came out in April 2011, and the colour scheme was mainly different shades of white and muted earth tones.  However, one year later, they are still producing the collection but have amped up the colour pallet.  Walking into the store this season, you will be bombarded—literally—with everything green. Emerging mainly in pastel and mint, but with occasional pops of emerald, green is popping up all over the fashion world and the colour is going to be a huge trend this spring.

So maybe it was the resurgence of Kermit the Frog, or maybe it’s because being eco-conscious has spanned to every outlet of our lives, but I am happy to say that it’s never been so easy being green.

(This article was originally written by me for www.thesilo.ca and published in the March 2012 issue.) 

An Obituary originally printed in the London Times.

The Death of Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.   No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

–  Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

–  Why the early bird gets the worm;

–  Life isn’t always fair;

–  and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

– I Know My Rights

– I Want It Now

– Someone Else Is To Blame

– I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.   If you still remember him, pass this on.   If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Copy Cat

It seems that the hilarious, mysterious, and all together fabulous novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, has captured my full attention since my last post – and what a story!  I highly recommend it to everyone.  Maybe I will write up a little review after I have let the true stories from Savanna, Georga really sink into my soul before I write how I feel about them.

Blogcrastinating?  Perhaps.

I have also been getting into Pinterest a lot lately.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s basically a forum where you can take pictures from other people’s websites, blogs, or Pinterest boards and “repin” them to your own boards.

Yes, it’s pretty much a site that encourages copy cats.  So what!

Pinners don’t plagiarise – you just copy images into self-made categories and browse through lots of other users boards and track where the original link came from.

I kind of like it:  it’s fun, it’s time consuming, and there are lots of great images for when you feel your own creativity may be lacking; instead, you can organize other people’s creative images into neat little categories of your own.

<– Please note my new sidebar & follow me on Pinterest!

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Perhaps it will make me feel slightly better about how I spend my time.

Just Think About It

Hello Out There,

This past week there has been a lot of hype about the new Twilight movie.  While I have never read the books; nor, do I ever plan to, the entire saga has really been getting to me.  To be fair, I did  watch the first half or so of the first movie (and then fell asleep…)  This is odd because normally, I love fantasy novels/movies.  I adore Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Hitchhikers Guide to the GalaxyIndiana Jones, etc, etc, you get the picture…

My issue is the negative ways female sexuality and empowerment are portrayed and how much girls are obsessed with “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” – where is Team Bella? (More on this in the article below).  Also the way that teen pregancy and marriage are romanticized–not to mention the heavy anti-abortion theme kicking around in this new movie.

Don’t get me wrong, Robert Pattinson is a bona-fide hottie, and I get the appeal of a fantasy flick, but I just hope that anyone who indulges in the Twilight series actually thinks about the major themes that the mormon author, Stephanie Meyers, is slamming into her readers faces.

So, I have been scouring the internet, reading various articles about the books and movies, and have generally become more and more disgusted the more and more I learn.  The following is an excerpt from Ms. Magazine that is just one of the responses to the novels and movies.  Basically, this post is asking everyone to just think about what you are reading/watching, and the true meaning behind it.

Talking Back to Twilight

By Carmen D. Siering

In Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, a wildly popular four-book series of young adult novels, the protagonist Bella Swan—by all accounts a very average human girl—has two suitors. One is the unimaginably beautiful vampire, Edward, the other a loyal and devoted werewolf, Jacob. Fans of the books, and now a movie version, often break into “teams,” aligning themselves with the swain they hope Bella will choose in the end: Team Edward or Team Jacob.

But few young readers ask, “Why not Team Bella?” perhaps because the answer is quite clear: There can be no Team Bella. Even though Bella is ostensibly a hero, in truth she is merely an object in the Twilight world.

On the surface, the Twilight saga seems to have something to please everyone. Moms are reading the books and swooning over Edward right alongside their teen and tween daughters. Librarians and teachers are delighted to see students with their heads tucked into books, and since Twilight’s romantic sensuality is wrapped up in an abstinence message, all the kissing and groping appear to be harmless.

But while Twilight is ostensibly a love story, scratch the surface and you will find an allegorical tale about the dangers of unregulated female sexuality. From the very first kiss between Edward and Bella, she is fighting to control her awakening sexuality. Edward must restrain her, sometimes physically, to keep her from ravishing him. There are those who might applaud the depiction of a young man showing such self-restraint, but shouldn’t the decision about when a couple is ready to move forward sexually be one they make together?

Meyer insists that she sees Bella as a feminist character, since the foundation of feminism is being able to choose. What Meyer fails to acknowledge is that all of the choices Bella makes are Meyer’s choices—choices based on her own patriarchal Mormon background. In Breaking Dawn, the latest book in the series, Meyer finally allows Bella’s subordination to end as she takes her proper place: in the patriarchal structure. When Bella becomes a wife and mother, Meyer allows her to receive her heart’s desire—to live forever by Edward’s side, to be preternaturally beautiful and graceful, to be strong and be able to defend herself.

Director Catherine Hardwicke’s film version of Twilight remains true to the novel, but there are subtle changes that make it much more feminist-friendly. Kristin Stewart’s Bella is more outspoken and forthright, and Robert Pattinson’s Edward is much less condescending and overbearing. Their relationship seems to be built on equality and friendship, and includes scenes of mutual sexual frustration and restraint. Here is a Bella we can root for.

Excerpted from the Spring 2009 issue of Ms. – join the ms. community at www.msmagazine.com.

Carmen D. Sieringis an assistant professor of English and women’s studies at BallStateUniversity in Muncie, Ind. One of her research areas is popular culture and its influence in the lives of girls and women.

If you are interested reading more articles about the Twilight saga, here are a few to check out:

Bite Me (Or Don’t)BitchMedia – by Christine Seifert

Film Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1CBC News – by Eli Glasner

What if you want a film that promotes “the egg as person” meme of recently proposed pro-life laws? Then Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is the Flick for You – Professor, What If?

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

Shakespeare

Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.

Anonymous

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.

Katherine Hepburn

A break up is like a broken mirror. It is better to leave it broken than hurt yourself to fix it.

Anonymous

Poor Mary Ann! She gave the guy an inch and now he thinks he’s a ruler.

Mae West

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

Charles Darwin

No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends.

Anonymous

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

Amy Tan

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is the most valuable thing you have to offer.

Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

Janice Joplin

I’m sorry I haven’t posted my wonderful halloween pics yet!! I can’t find the cord that connects my camera to my computer, so you will just have to wait 😦

In the meantime, here is a wonderful quote to keep you occupied:

“It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.”

– Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

I just watched the new movie over the weekend. Not bad, but the book is wayy better!

Oh okay…Just because I like you my dear readers… 

Here is a sneak peak at our halloween costumes for this year. 

I just can’t wait.

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More to follow at a later date. 

Until then, why not enjoy some of my older posts?

Until next time…

The Truth About Smarties

By Hannah Richards

A teenager’s life

is like a box of Smarties.

A colourful variety, yet more or less the same.

Usually they have a hard shell around them,

but when held too long in your hand,

they melt.

Making it out of the box,

can be a good or bad experience.

But the ones who make it out never return;

at least,

never return the same.

Some Smarties have pieces missing.

Chipped, cracked, or crumbled;

Do not toss them aside!

Sometimes it’s the odd ones

that taste the best.

Love between Smarties

comes and goes,

depending on how you shake the box.

While most of them get all mixed up,

there are a select few

that stick together forever.

But then again,

when you’re among Smarties,

there’s no such thing

as forever.

The truth about Smarties

is everyone secretly wants to be a red one.

(You eat the red ones last).

Cherish your Smarties

because before you know it

they’re gone.

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The Cherry Factory

By Hannah Richards

In Norfolk County, the cherry trees grow

Field upon field, row upon row

The fruit smells sweet, but the job is sour

Standing, waiting, nine-fifty an hour.

Bucket after bucket, thirty pounds each

My mind aloof, with thoughts of the beach.

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FROZEN SOUR (TART) CHERRIES

With no days off, for three weeks straight

My frustration grows with every missed date.

Instead, my time is spent on the line

Wishing, hoping, for something sublime.

The foreman passes with an unwinking stare

And forklifts sound off with obnoxious flare.

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FROZEN SOUR (TART) CHERRIES

The label machine stinks of gas and ink,

Dizzying, foul, it makes my heart sink;

To think, I watch thousands of buckets a day

Passing me by, with mind numbing dismay.

Malfunction causes social interaction:

Blow the whistle! Get the boss! Pray for a decent reaction.

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FROZEN SOUR (TART) CHERRIES

In solitude time passes by slow

With nobody to talk to, and nowhere to go.

Water on the floor makes my boots rot

Getting out of here is my happiest thought.

Once queen of the sun, now consumed by cement,

My new persona, the lead malcontent.

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FROZEN SOUR (TART) CHERRIES