Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



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My Edited Day:

Joe picked me up at work and when we got home we headed straight out. There were things we needed to do and we knew if we sat down even for a moment, in the front room, all bets were off about accomplishing anything. So, out we went. As we wandered getting first one thing, then another and finally the final thing done, we both started feeling better. It was nice to be out. It felt good to get some basic chores done and things accomplished.

Of the many paths home, we chose the one that was quickest. Nice to be out. Nice to have things done. On the last leg of the trip, I always race ahead of Joe, push my chair to it's full speed, and enjoy a brief moment of riding just for fun, not constrained by walking speed. As I was going down the road a cyclist, heading the other way, on the other side, veered over to where I was. He was smiling, his greeting was friendly.

"Hey, he said.

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... met Joe at the door. Joe asked me about why the cyclist came over to me, what did he say. I told him that I had deleted that conversation. If my computer can delete, I'm going to too. I could see that Joe was curious but he was respectful. I didn't want to bring a conversation foisted upon me indoors, I didn't want it to enter my head or my heart or my day.

I have to do this far too often.

Far.

Far.

Too often.

There are days where the most courageous thing I do, is simply go out.
 

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:28 am

Literature and Culture Blog - Perogies and Gyoza



Julia, Child

Julia, Child

Words by: Kyo Maclear

Pictures by: Julie Morstad

Published by: Tundra Books

Published on: July 9, 2014

Ages: 4+









What do you make when you add a love of cooking to a bowl full of friendship and bake with the talent of two of Canada's most loved children's book artisans?

Julia, Child.

Kyo Maclear is the author of two the children's books I love most, Spork and Virginia Wolf. As in these amazing books, her writing in Julia, Child speaks to those of all ages. As in Virginia Wolf, Maclear imagines an episode in the childhood of a famous women. Julia and her friend Simka love butter and baking and French food and wish they could spread their joy to others.

Those who have joy and those who need some are easily differentiated in Morstad's (How To) delightful gouache and ink illustrations. Julie and Simka are adorable, but it's truly the little touches like recipe cards with helpful cooking hints or recipes changed to add more butter that show Morstad's true mastery.

I do love extras in books, and the introduction wrapped as an invitation on the first page, as well as the book description on the cover flaps all add to the joy of reading. Any book which mixes a swooshy rainbow and crying lumberjack has to be formulated to bring smiles to the readers' faces.

Like Julia and Simka, Maclear and Morstad are generous with their talent and sharing this book is sure to bring joy to others.

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Posted on 8 July 2014 | 6:00 pm

Entertainment Blog - Mike's Bloggity Blog



Should the tarps stay or go? Calgary Folk Music Festival weighs in!

Yesterday I wrote a blog post that caused more discussion than maybe anything I’ve ever written on this blog.  And you thought folk festival goers were a calm people.  My blog post about the Calgary Folk Music Festival‘s tarps resulted ...
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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:49 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



First full trailer of Fifty Shades of Grey (VIDEO)

Ugh. The first Fifty Shades of Grey trailer came out today. Dislike.

The version of Beyonce's Crazy in Love that is on it - kind of really like that shit. So there's that. Go Bey.

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 11:07 am

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



Customers vs Project Managers: The Real Truth about NEOSSat

          by Chuck Black

Beleaguered Mississauga based space contractor Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI) has lashed out at Canadian Space Agency (CSA) allegations that the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat), built by MSCI under CSA supervision, is "underfunded" and not working properly by suggesting that the space agency was a lousy project manager.

The MSCI logo, presented without sarcasm, from the MSCI website.  

They may have a point. As outlined in the December 5th, 2012 post "What the Space Volume of the Aerospace Review Actually Says," even the David Emerson led Aerospace Review noticed ongoing procurement problems at the CSA and recommended its removal from the direct involvement in the design and manufacture of "space assets purchased by the government" such as NEOSSat. 

So what's the real story?
CEO Cooper in 2011. Photo c/o CNW.

Well, as outlined in the July 27th, 2014 Ottawa Citizen article "Satellite company blames Canadian Space Agency for some cost overruns," the NEOSSat problems began with the "poorly written system requirements" provided by CSA employees and CSA mentoring/ supervision from people "who generally got in the way."

The article included direct quotes from both MSCI president and CEO David Cooper and MSCI director of micro-satellite programs Ross Gillette. 

Cooper and Gillette's comments were in made in reaction to the public release of the February 2014 CSA report, "Evaluation of the Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) Project For the period from February 2005 to December 2013," which blamed "a lack of capacity on the part of the prime contractor (MSCI)" as the reason for the cost overruns and problems which have bedeviled the project.

The report also highlighted the role of Dynacon Systems, which won the original NEOSSat contract on the basis of its successful Microvariability and Oscillations of STars (MOST) telescope but unexpectedly sold its satellite business to MSCI in 2008, as being one of the reasons for MSCI's lack of expertise. 

Director Gillette. Photo c/o Linked-In.
According to the report, the perceived lack of capacity/ expertise "meant that the CSA and DND were faced with a choice of (either) cancelling the project or taking a calculated risk and continuing to work with the (new) contractor."

But CSA eventually decided to continue on with MSCI as the new NEOSSat contractor and this is where the story gets interesting. 

Dynacon, the original contractor, built MOST on the basis of a strategy described in a fourteen year old paper written by then Dynacon employees Peter Stibrany and Kieran A. Carroll called "the Microsat Way in Canada."

This strategy focused on inexpensive, quickly constructed components used frequently to build up a body of expertise before locking in the design, because of the usefulness of the real world knowledge gained.

It also suggested that space agencies should act as end-user "customers" interested in low cost and practical results rather than as project managers interested in the maintenance of processes and procedures focused around defining (and locking-in) system design before real world validation and testing.

But while the paper included many of the core concepts in what would later become the standard operating procedures at places like the very successful University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Laboratories (SFL), these methodologies were not a part of the CSA's standard operating procedure.

And the original Dynacon authors never went to work for MSCI although both remain in the industry. Stibany now works as a director of strategic development for MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) while Carroll is currently an adjunct professor at UTIAS and CTO for Mississauga based Gedex Inc, according to their Linked-In profiles.

So it's only natural that the sale of the Dynacon space assets to MSCI allowed the CSA a chance to redefine its role in a more traditional fashion. The result was an initially confused but later annoyed prime NEOSSat contractor, which led first to misunderstanding and later to increased oversight, costs and irritation. 

At least one submission to the 2012 David Emerson led Aerospace Review dealt explicitly with procurement methodologies and how these methodologies affected project management and costs. The June 30th, 2012 Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) position paper "Fostering Innovation, Creating New Markets: Novel Approaches to Space Policy and Programs," recommended that the Federal government explicitly encourage the development of entrepreneurial or "commercial space" industries and approaches using a variety of methodologies quite similar to those advocated in "The Microsat Way in Canada." Document c/o Aerospace Review

The CSA's focus on "system requirements," which MSCI perceived of as coming from people who "generally got in the way," certainly contributed to NEOSSat being delivered 41 months late and over budget.

Of course, this isn't the first time that dissatisfaction with CSA procurement policies and project management has led to a very public confrontation. As outlined in the February 6th, 2006 Montreal Gazette article "RCMP to probe space agency contracts," the CSA was once even subject to a law suit and police investigation from a former CSA scientist who successfully sued the space agency for falsely appropriating one of his inventions.

This latest CSA procurement crisis will likely not rise to that level, but only because the decision to divest the CSA of its direct involvement in the design and manufacture of "space assets purchased by the government," has already been explored by the Aerospace Review and implemented by the Federal government.

Nuff said!

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 8:09 pm

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



5 Lessons From an Ex-Gay Industry Defector

After spending 15 years of her life serving as “proof” that gays...

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 2:46 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

I had declared a moratorium on the purchase of new cookbooks due to the looming scarcity of allotted shelf space in my kitchen. And.. long days of work have been running together into a blur of busy and I’ve had to take a reprieve.. a “breather from blogging” in order  to keep life from spinning […]

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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 11:00 pm

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



Mother and Severely Autistic Son Evicted by Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation Will Be Homeless Friday, August 1




"People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their  environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. ... the symptoms of people with ASD will fall on a continuum, with some individuals showing mild symptoms and others having much more severe symptoms"
American Psychiatric Association, Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet 
 [Underlining added for emphasis - HLD]

Mistie Delorey is a single mother currently residing in a property of the Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation.  Her son  with severe autism will turn 7 two days from now, on July 31, 2014,  the day before  he and his mother will be  forced to leave the premises where they have been living over the past year after receiving an eviction notice from the Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation; the day before Cameron's routines are broken and his environment is changed completely. 

The letter of eviction received by Mistie Delorey did not provide a reason for the termination.   In fact she was not behind in her rent, there was no property damage in the home in which she and Cameron have resided, there were no assaults,  and she was well liked by the neighbors.  She is a mother who has been doing a fine job dealing with the challenges of raising a severely autistic son by herself.

Mistie Delorey tried to discuss the recommended, but not mandatory, Tenant’s Insurance with the FNPHC property manager who did not take well to that effort. The volume rose and during this time Mistie’s son Cameron who was present  began kicking the wall;  one of his severe autism behaviors.   Allegations were made against Mistie to the Fredericton City Police by the property manager. The Police also however received Mistie’s side of the story and did not proceed with any charges. Mistie and Cameron are being evicted “without cause” to use legal terminology. No reasons were given in the notice of eviction. 


The eviction is likely to cause harm, potentially serious harm, to her severely autistic son.  This is not idle, ill informed, speculation.  Well informed medical personnel have already indicated that for autistic children generally, and for Cameron in particular, the disruption in his routines, in his life, could have serious repercussions and this has been made known to the Executive and Directors of the Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation.  As it now stands Mistie Delorey will be homeless and her son will be taken from her on August 1 the day after his seventh birthday.

Numerous agencies have made their services available to plead on behalf of Mistie and Cameron including MLA Troy Lifford, the New Brunswick Community Living Association, a church elder, a City Councillor,  Cameron’s health care specialists and neighbors who wrote letters supporting Mistie and her son Cameron.  Several government departments and agencies held discussions with the FNPHC Board.  Brief extensions were obtained but the decision to evict stands.

New Brunswick has made many gains in early autism intervention and school services over the past dozen  years.   With the eviction of Mistie and Cameron Delorey without cause by a Non-Profit agency without regard for the impact on a severely autistic son it has taken a huge step back.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 6:13 am

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



Fankful Friday

1. Apparently yesterday was NOT Wednesday.  So I guess I can be thankful that Tanya has not arranged for Social Services to send someone do do an appraisal. 2. Work on the house is progressing but every finished job seems to start another. The concrete walk along the north side of the house is finished.  It is not so much a walk as a way to drain water away from the foundation as weeping tile

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Posted on 6 June 2014 | 3:22 pm

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



The Big Unveil

It's been a long time coming but I feel like I can finally unveil the latest house renovation.

This photo was taken within days of moving in.
Some of you may recall way WAY back that we discussed painting the exterior of our home.  For those of you newer to my blog it started back in 2010 with this post.

That original post was written when we had just bought the house and we were still dreaming.  What would we like to change, where would we start .... so many possibilities.  That was long before things like leaking roofs, leaking bathrooms, and rotted porches showed their ugly faces and took up all of our time.  Instead of choosing renovations we're starting to learn that the renovations chose us.  Thinking about replacing a door?  The upstairs plumbing will no doubt give way and demand attention instead.

So the colour schemes we dreamt about for our house were put on hold.  For four years.


We lived with a white house with black trim in the meantime.  It's not that the colour scheme was bad but we craved something a little more interesting.  All white paint meant that from a distance the intricate shingle work wasn't visible.  It was a feature of this house that we treasured and thought should be shown off.

Over the years the paint has started to peel as well.  Greying shingles were visible in large patches making the home look unkept.

Looking at the wall you can see large spots starting to appear
 Last summer we started the work of stripping the house.  Scraping and sanding for months so we could start with a blank slate.


Sanding the shingles means that a new coat of paint is more likely to stick well and last longer.  At least that's our hope!

It took most of the summer to prepare the house.  By the time we were ready to paint the summer was almost over.  Including the warm weather we needed for paint to cure.  The primer went on and some of the paint but we never managed to complete the job before it got too cold.

Windows were covered and Jody sprayed on the primer but we didn't get much further
So this spring we anxiously waited for the days to grow warm.  Unfortunately it was a cold spring.  Rain and cool temperatures kept us indoors waiting until June.  Then out came the paint buckets once again and work began.

I'll be honest.  There was some arguing about colour.  As many of you know I favour bright colours.  Jody does not.  I like bright and cheery and he likes subtle and classic.  I argued but he won this round.  I will concede though that the results are fantastic.  Although I did force him to go with a darker shade of beige on the base.


Ultimately the colour scheme is white, cream and dark tan.  It's not a huge change but the shading does exactly what we wanted.  It brings attention to all that fantastic shingle work.

Diamond patterns, castles, and corbels are all brought to life by a shift in colour.
It's a funny thing though.  All those creams and whites look different under different light.  I attempted to get photos that were consistent but it was impossible.  In bright sun the house looks almost white.  On shady days the colour turns darker.  Evenings it looks pink.  Photograph one side of the house it appears quite light and turn a corner it appears dark.  Colours that are exactly the same look completely different on separate parts of the house.


My neighbour commented that the colour looks different every time she drives by.  So you'll have to take my word that the house is white and beige with brown trim.


Despite the difficulty in photographing I think it looks good in every light.  Jody was right, you can't go wrong with subtle and classic.

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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 4:32 pm

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



Fatty’s Feet: A Cry for Help

I cut a ride short last weekend. I had to. I was in too much pain to go on.  You need to know exactly how serious of a thing this is with me: last weekend was supposed to be my last long day of riding before the Leadville Trail 100. And it was going to be [...]

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 11:24 am

Travel Blog - Local Traveller



We’ve Moved! Kinda…

Hey LTNS friends! On May 12th, we joined up with a cool new collective called Halifax Bloggers and started posting under the new url of www.thelocaltraveler.ca. If you’ve been hanging around www.thelocaltravelerns.com, this url will start to redirect to our new site in the next few weeks. Over on the new channel, we’ve got a […]

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Posted on 17 June 2014 | 11:03 am

Group Blog - Urban Moms



Despite What The Internet Says, The Kids Are All Right

Perhaps it’s just what gets aggregated in my feeds, but the interwebs seem to be spending a great deal of time metaphorically shaking their collective canes and muttering “kids today, amiright?”  And there is an awful lot to be pessimistic […]

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:15 am

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



G.H. Cretors: Gourmet Popcorn for Healthy Snacking

G.H. Cretors:   Gourmet Popcorn for Healthy Snacking   Popcorn has always been a favourite treat for me.  I have memories of getting pink popcorn with my grandfather at the mall, air popped popcorn mixed to perfection with salt and pepper by my parents and of course movie popcorn with extra butter.  I recently had the opportunity to sample a variety of G.H. […]

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:38 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



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My Edited Day:

Joe picked me up at work and when we got home we headed straight out. There were things we needed to do and we knew if we sat down even for a moment, in the front room, all bets were off about accomplishing anything. So, out we went. As we wandered getting first one thing, then another and finally the final thing done, we both started feeling better. It was nice to be out. It felt good to get some basic chores done and things accomplished.

Of the many paths home, we chose the one that was quickest. Nice to be out. Nice to have things done. On the last leg of the trip, I always race ahead of Joe, push my chair to it's full speed, and enjoy a brief moment of riding just for fun, not constrained by walking speed. As I was going down the road a cyclist, heading the other way, on the other side, veered over to where I was. He was smiling, his greeting was friendly.

"Hey, he said.

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... met Joe at the door. Joe asked me about why the cyclist came over to me, what did he say. I told him that I had deleted that conversation. If my computer can delete, I'm going to too. I could see that Joe was curious but he was respectful. I didn't want to bring a conversation foisted upon me indoors, I didn't want it to enter my head or my heart or my day.

I have to do this far too often.

Far.

Far.

Too often.

There are days where the most courageous thing I do, is simply go out.
 

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:28 am

Political Blog - Calgary Liberal



The Alberta Liberals’ Biggest Gamble Yet

In life, and in politics, risk normally matches reward. And the Alberta Liberals are throwing a die so far, so long, that it overshadows any risk the party has ever taken on before. And the reward may in fact be massive if all goes well. Today Kent Hehr announced his run for Member of Parliament by […]

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 3:19 pm

Law Blog - Wise Law Blog



140 Law - Leading Legal Headlines for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Tuesday, July 29, 2014:
- Rachel Spence, Law Clerk

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:03 am

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



BREAKING: Senate report exposes the climate-environmental movement as being a cash machine controlling the EPA

How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA A new report was released today by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, and it is damning. All this time that climate skeptics are … Continue reading

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:01 pm

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



GETZLAF HOPES TO RETURN SATURDAY

Star Roughrider slotback Chris Getzlaf has practiced with the team the past two days after missing the prior three games with a lower body injury.  Getzlaf, who was the team's leading receiver after Week 1, says things are progressing well.

"I feel good!" Getzlaf smiled.  "Finally got to go out there and run the past couple of days.  It's great to get back out there with the guys, get in running shape, and get ready to go."

Getzlaf was asked what the chances are that he'll play Saturday in Ottawa in the Riders' Week 6 game.

"I think the odds are pretty good.  I think right now I'm looking to travel and work my way into the lineup.  I want to go out there and make plays.  If I'm not called upon, I'm gonna be out there and just have the mental edge."

Rider head coach Corey Chamblin wouldn't declare Getzlaf ready to return from injury, but says his presence would provide a big boost to Darian Durant's offense.

"I think anytime there's familiarity there, it's always positive," Chamblin explained.  "He is our top receiver so it's always good to have him in.  We always want those guys to play."

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:35 pm

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



34 Uses for Bounce Dryer Sheets You May Not Have Thought Of

Dusting: used dryer sheets can knock the dust off nearly any surface, including furniture, blinds, car interiors, baseboards/molding. Also works for sawdust and drywall compound. Keep bugs away: Tuck some in your picnic basket or under lawn furniture to repel bees.  Television: Use used dryer sheets to wipe down tv’s to remove dust and reduce static. While [Read On]

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:15 am

Professional Blog - Product Management



Six Questions You Should Be Asking Your Salespeople

by Matt Volpi Salespeople and product managers aren’t always the best of friends. A salesperson is driven by their individual goals and compensation. They are often too busy or uninterested to delve into the nuances of the solutions that product managers are carefully crafting and shepherding through the product development cycle. But salespeople are an […]

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 5:11 pm

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



The 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge - July Roundup (Sticky Post— Scroll down for most recent post)

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 11:55 pm

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



Theatre Review: Wicked

Can you believe I had never seen Wicked!? It is one of the most beloved Broadway shows...ever, and I had never seen it. I don't think I ever made it a grade A priority because I was never fully sold on the Wizard of Oz. Dorthy annoyed me and the premise was not in my wheel house of 'things that entertain me'. So Wicked was out of the question.

But if people you know rave enough about something you are bound to give in at some point. So I did...I went and saw Wicked.

And ummm...WHY didn't anyone tell me it was amazing?! SO RUDE.


I mean, I know people did, however, they should know by now that you can't just say "It was great" and move on. You need to really sell it to me. You need to make me believe that my life would not end well if it ended before I saw this production. You need to make me feel like it was the biggest mistake of my life to miss it. I wouldn't believe any of this, but I would at least be interested enough to attend the show.

Wicked is the story of the two witches in the Wizard of Oz. Glinda, the Good Witch and Elphaba (Elphie), the Wicked Witch of the West. The show follows them from childhood, through college and right through to the time of Dorthy coming to Oz and stealing Elphie's sisters shoes of her dead body (see, I told you I hated Dorthy).

I won't tell you what happens, because I am sure there are other insane people out there like me who have not seen it, but I will tell you this - it is more a story of an unlikely pair of best friends than of some green girl who casts spells.

Laurel Harris (Elphaba) has one of the most powerful voices I have ever heard on stage and Kara Lindsay (Glinda) was Elle Woods meets anything Kristin Chenoweth has ever done - but possibly even better. Popular was one of my favorite songs of the night...behind Defying Gravity, of course.

I have nothing else to add really...the thousands of other reviews out there have already said it all. And they all end with the same thing: Wicked! Go.

Verdict: 4.3 Stars

XOXO
Jes...

Wicked is playing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium until August 17, 2014. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 5:00 pm

Place Blog - Kitsilano



4 Budget-Friendly Eats in Kitsilano

Have house prices in Kitsilano made you re-consider your monthly budget plan? Is your landlord about to give you the yearly rent increase notice? Already taken that splurge-worthy vacay? Perhaps it’s time to start saving some cash. Try one of these 4 budget-friendly restaurants in Kitsilano for your next bite, without...
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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:40 pm

Best Written - Cheaty Monkey



The Flood: Collapsing the Foundation So We Can Gradually Rebuild

The funny thing is, the day before we came home from our holiday, I’d happened on this poster. It was posted on Facebook by Dr. Wayne Dyer (who’s work I’ve never been into), and shared by someone I follow. I thought it was cool but disregarded it and moved on. And it just stuck with […]

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Posted on 1 February 2014 | 4:19 pm

Fashion and Style - Lou Lou's Views



Baby, You're A Firework! (On Meeting Katy Perry)

Music, travel, shopping, family and friends... these are the things I love the most in the world, so imagine my excitement when I received an email while on vacation in Greece with my family, from my friends at Cover Girl inviting me to the Katy Perry concert back home... PLUS an exclusive meet and greet with the gorgeous pop star herself? I was so excited! Best news? I wouldn't have to miss the concert because I would be returning from Greece just a day before the big show.


First step? Make sure all my Cover Girl make-up was in order. Lipstick? Check! In Bombshell pink, of course.


I didn't know what to wear—jeans and a cute top? Black dress? Little skirt? I ended up wearing a bright yellow dress I bought at Zara in Athens, (the Zara in Europe is so much better than here, for some reason) because Katy is usually bright and colourful so I thought it would be fitting for her show.


My hubs declined my invite to take him to meet Katy (is he crazy or what?) so I took my sister to the sold-out show—she is a huge Katy Perry fan! We had a blast—we partied and sang and danced as hard as the teenagers, and didn't fall asleep like the young kids at the show. We had excellent seats in the 100 section, close to the pit, and we felt so cool being escorted down the "secret way" to the room that was set up for the Katy Perry meet and greet.


Katy Perry put on an excellent show—it was super fun and I've been listening to all her songs non-stop since the concert. (My boys love Roar—it's now my six year old's favourite song!)


My blogger friend Jane was there with her daughter, too, (there were about ten of us there for the meet and greet) and then Katy came into the room about 10 minutes after her show looking like a goddess. I have no idea how Katy looked so gorgeous after dancing and singing for two hours to a crowd of 18,000 fans, but hey, maybe that's why she's a superstar? I mean, just look at her—she is flawless! I was pretty starstruck, and I know I checked out her boobs, because they were really nice. Just being honest, you guys.


I love that she took the time to meet us, and I had a really great night—it was just what I needed to get over my depression that my Greece vacation was over. 


Disclaimer: I received tickets to the Katy Perry concert in Ottawa plus the chance to meet Katy Perry thanks to Cover Girl. I was not required or asked to write this post or mention any Cover Girl products, but being the huge fan of Cover Girl and Katy Perry, it was my pleasure to post this! Thanks for a memorable night, Cover Girl!

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:36 pm

Feminist - Gender Focus



Round-Up: July 29, 2014

Round-up of must-read posts from around the blogosphere on feminism and related social justice issues for the week of July 22-29, 2014.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 8:59 am

Food and Drink - well fed, flat broke



A big, exciting thing.

In real life I work in communications and any time anyone wants to communicate anything I first have to write a communications plan, which, for the uninitiated, is an extremely boring document detailing your goals, key messages, tactics, deliverables, and how you’ll measure your success. I don’t really like writing them, because I am a BIG PICTURE (impatient) person […]

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 10:58 pm

Fashion - Go Fug Yourself



Recent Fugs, Fines, and WTFs of Lady Gaga

Lady-Gaga (2) Lady-Gaga (5) Lady-Gaga (4) 
I’m obviously suffering from major heat stroke, because I just thought to myself, “hmmm, Lady Gaga kind of works as a Take-No-Prisoners ’80s Business Woman with a Cher fetish.” Read More ...

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 2:00 pm

Parenting - Snarky Mommy



For hire: professional chauffeur

For hire: Professional chauffeur (uniform will consist of shorts, black tank and flip-flops) Rate: Free, but accepts hand-drawn pictures with inventive spelling captions and rainbow loom bracelets Vehicle: Slightly dented, scratched-up SUV (bonus ground-up organic Cheerios on floor) If interested, please contact Snarky Mommy. But you’ll have to call her cell phone, because she can’t [...]

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 12:57 pm

Gossip - TMZ



Justin Bieber to Orlando Bloom -- I Balled, Now You Bawl

Justin Bieber has declared Instagram war on Orlando Bloom ... with a pic of the Brit dissolving into tears.It's Bieber's second Instagram salvo ... hours after Orlando took a swing at him at Cipriani restaurant in Ibiza he posted a sexy pic of…


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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:19 pm

Entertainment - i09



The Directors and Star Explain the Heart and Soul of The Boxtrolls

The Directors and Star Explain the Heart and Soul of The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls is rapidly becoming one of the best looking and funniest films of this year. But when we spoke to star Isaac Hempstead-Wright and directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, all insisted that the look and the humor was secondary to the film's commitment to telling an emotionally true story.

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:31 am

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CONTEST: Wildcat! Wildcat! @ The Drake Hotel, Aug. 5th

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Want to win tickets to see LA's Wildcat! Wildcat! @ The Drake Hotel Aug. 5th? Multiple ways to enter, click in.

CONTEST: Wildcat! Wildcat! @ The Drake Hotel, Aug. 5th


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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:16 am