Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



How It's Done

There was a lot of planning involved. Tickets, always the first hurdle, were cumbersome to get. We were going to a dinner show and the website allowed only one 'special' option. "Vegetarian," was one, "Accessible seating," was another. So, a phone call was made, everything was booked, now we just waited for it all to go wrong. Now don't you call me a 'Negative Nellie' - expecting problems is just part of life when you use a wheelchair to get around.

In fact, it all went incredibly smoothly. We got in, no problem, seating was no problem, vegetarian meal was no problem. More than that, the staff were welcoming. From greeting to seating we were treated with the same degree of welcome that was accorded everyone else. We were both impressed.

The place was packed.

Packed.

800 people sat at tables round the stage.

Near the end I whispered to Joe that I'd like to get to the washroom before the crowds descended on them. He agreed and we snuck out. In the bathroom we discover that the accessible stall doesn't have bars. It has a tall toilet. It has lots of room. But no grab bars. Yikes. Without getting into a description of what happened next, lets just say it was, um awkward. And, of course, unnecessary.

We went back in. Caught the rest of the show. Cheered for the performers when it was over. As I sat there I thought about the experience. They were clearly welcoming to disabled guests. They ensured, in an interactive show that we, in the furthest seats away, were involved and included. Their attitude and manner were accessible, what's going on with the toilet.

I decided I'd write a note, I didn't want to ask to speak with a manager because, I'm guessing that some of the people that we go out with get a little tired of that. But, as it happened, as I was leaving I got a little separated from the group I was with. I saw a man looking very managerial standing at the exit doors.

I approached him and asked if he was the manager, he was.

I said, "I am going to make a complaint but first I want to say that I had a terrific time, your staff are awesome and welcoming, you've created a wonderfully accessible experience and I appreciate all of that." I paused, reading to move on to toilet talk, in that pause he thanked me for the positive feedback, particularly about the staff. "Because of all this sense of welcome, I was really surprised to go into the bathroom and see that the accessible stall had no grab bars around the toilet. It makes it for some difficult to use, for others impossible to use. I looked at where the toilet was, this is a really easy fix, so could you fix it."

I was momentarily annoyed when I finished and he picked up his phone and began typing. I waited. I wanted to hear what he had to say. When he finished typing he looked up and said, "We've just had the toilets all redone, the handicap bars must have been left off when that stall was redone. I'm sorry. I've just texted the maintenance department, I'll have that done tomorrow."

Tomorrow.

Tomorrow!

What? No defensiveness? No explanation as to why it can't be done? No rolling eyes and patronizing promise of some vague future fix?

Tomorrow!?

That, my dears, is how a complaint needs to be handled.

Tomorrow!

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 7:04 am

Literature and Culture Blog - Perogies and Gyoza



Haze (Blog Tour)

Haze

Written by: Paula Weston

Published by: Tundra Books

Published on: September 9, 2014

Ages: New Adult



Provided by the publisher for review. All opinions are my own. 







Gaby and Rafa are back!!! Last year I fell in love with the Rephaim and Pan Beach residents introduced in Paula Weston's Shadows.  That tale was packed with action and building a fascinating world where the children of fallen angels fight to keep humans safe from demons. The best thing about the book is it was only the first. Now Haze is here to continue this story.

Gaby's journey to unravel the web of deceit and false memories she has fallen into continues. The last memory she has of her brother Jude was of him dying in a car crash. But if the car crash wasn't real for her, maybe it wasn't for him either. In that case, where is her twin??

Luckily, Gaby has the mysterious and attractive Rafa to help her follow Jude's trail and introduce her to the other Rephaim, which might be the most difficult part- she steps right into a world fraught with tension and division and she doesn't know who is her friend and who is her enemy from her past life. How do you work beside others to kill demons when you can't even trust them?

Gaby is lucky that she has her best friend from Pan Beach, Maggie, and she knows Maggie is true. Sadly, she knows Maggie has also been dragged into this demon war mess, and has to make sure Maggie is protected too.

Gaby is such a great central character. Her disconnect between her current self and what people tell her about her past self, and especially her past morals, makes her vulnerable despite her physical strength, and without ever veering into whiny. Will she ever develop back into the Gabe who dated the arrogant Daniel? I hope not, I like to see her with Rafa, despite the fact that Rafa won't tell Gaby what was up with them before she landed in Pan Beach.


One of the fun things the fabulous author, Paula Weston, did for the bloggers on the tour was to tell us which character matched our personality the most! I was afraid I would end up being Daniel, we both have a tendency to know what is best for everyone who is not ourselves. But I was so happy to find out that I am most like Micah!


The easy going guitar playing half-angel was Gabe's best friend in the Sanctuary. He, Jude, Rafa, and Gabe were inseparable before Jude and Gabe disappeared. When Gaby comes back he is quick to reacquaint her with the other Rephaim, and tries to play peacemaker between the Sanctuary Rephaim and Rebel Rephaim. Micah is a stand-up guy and I hope to see more of him in Shimmer and Burn.

This book ends on a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to see how it is resolved. Shimmer comes out next autumn and I hope the time passes quickly before I am back in Gaby's world.

Visit the other stops on the Haze tour today!

Summer at MissFictional’s World of YA Books
Jillian at Centre of the Universe
Crystal at WinterHaven Books
Lisa at Turning Pages


Don't forget to check out the home of the Blog Tour at Tundra Press to see what other fabulous places Haze is visiting this week, where there will be giveaways, interviews, and more!


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Posted on 16 September 2014 | 7:00 pm

Entertainment Blog - Mike's Bloggity Blog



A colourful guide to Alberta’s amazing larches!

This post is presented by Travel Alberta There’s lots of questions that everyone has been asked at least once in their life: What are you doing after graduation? Get up to anything fun this summer? Have you seen the larches? ...
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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 3:11 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



Jimmy Kimmel reunites the Friends females

Jennifer Aniston was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday and ended up doing a read through of Jimmy's Friends fan fiction. Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox both came out and read lines in Kimmel's replica Friends kitchen.

The kitchen made me very nostalgic, but Jennifer Aniston. Hum, maybe you should have played down the "I am annoyed" bit...I feel like she may have been told to act like she was pissed, but it ruined the whole skit.

If she was not acting and really being a cow about the whole thing - well that's just annoying.

Anyways, WAHHHHH Friends, I miss you!

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 2:21 am

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



Space Agency Heads Congregating in Toronto on September 29th

          by Chuck Black

Berndt Feuerbacher.
It wouldn't be an International Astronautical Congress without public pronouncements from the heads of the largest government space agencies and the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2014), which will be held in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 3rd, will certainly be following in this tradition.

Expected to join moderator and past International Astronautical Federation (IAF) president Berndt Feuerbacher on Monday, September 29th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) for the traditional IAC Heads of Agencies plenary are the following government space agency representatives:

Charles Bolden.
Charles Bolden, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Given that each representative will be expected to provide an introductory presentation on the latest developments from their respective agency and then take at least a few questions from the audience, it is expected that Bolden will talk about why Boeing received so much more money than SpaceX for a contract to do pretty much the same thing, as part of the NASA commercial crew program.

Xu Dazhe.
Xu Dazhe, the administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA). Coming off the successful International Planetary Congress, another major space conference, which was held Sept 10th to 15th in Beijing, China for the first time, the Chinese leader is likely to be focused on questions of international co-operation and recognition for China's new role as a major space power. 
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Jean-Jacques Dordain.
Jean-Jacques Dordain, the director general of the European Space Agency (ESA). He's held the position since 2003, which makes him perhaps a little more experienced than his colleagues at the other space agencies. Dordain will likely face questions over the ESA next generation Ariane 6 launcher and the competition it faces from the US based SpaceX.

Denis Lyskov.
Denis Lyskov, the government secretary and deputy head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS). With ROSCOSMOS head Oleg Ostapenko unable to attend (no doubt for political reasons), the far duller Lyskov, who is considered unlikely to discuss "trampolines" or "space gecko's," is expected to focus on the future expansion plans the agency has been dutifully running up the flagpole over the last year to see if anyone salutes.

Walt Natynczyk.
Walter Natynczyk, the president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Natynczyk, seemingly one of the shyest and most reticent CSA presidents in a long time, will likely keep his comments focused on longstanding Canadian government concerns over "international co-operation" and "collaboration" with  his international partners.

Naoki Okumura.
Naoki Okumura, the president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Well into the second year of the five-year implementation phase of Japan’s updated basic plan on space policy, the JAXA head will likely want to talk the JAXA "application-focused approach" to space system development and the new JAXA small satellite platform, which Japan hopes to sell to other countries.

K. Radhakrishnan.
K. Radhakrishnan, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Expect Radhakrishnan to focus his comments on the ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), expected to enter orbit around Mars this week.

The plenary will be held on Monday, September 29th from 1:30pm - 3:00pm at the Metro Toronro Convention Centre (MTCC) in Hall F on level 800.

It looks like a good show, well worth attending.

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 11:23 pm

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



Too Hot for Shul: Rabbis Seek Healthy Israel Dialogue After Gaza

During an American University panel on the recent war in Gaza earlier...

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 8:00 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



Indigo Fall 2014 Collections

Who doesn’t like finding emails like this in their inbox? I took a quick LRT ride downtown, picked up my daughter and went to Chinook Mall. With Nordstrom opening that same day, I was pretty sure we wouldn’t find any parking within a kilometer of that place! A quick chat with Janet (VP of Public […]

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Posted on 21 September 2014 | 11:14 pm

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



Autism and the Liberal Party 2014 Election Platform: Nothing on Autism - No Adult Autism Care Centre


The Liberal platform is published and there are no commitments to address autism issues, no mention of autism disorders.  In particular there is no mention of any intention to change the current system of adult autism care from generic group homes lacking autism trained staff, hospital wards, the Regional (in fact the only) tertiary care psychiatric hospital in New Brunswick and export out of province and country to Spurwink (Maine) facility.  In the long run the continued neglect of the needs of severely autistic adults in NB will continue to  reduce the their quality of life and cost New Brunswick money ($300,000-$500,000 per year per person).   The Liberal Party may well Move New Brunswick Forward but for severely autistic adults there will be no forward movement under the Liberal banner.

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Posted on 8 September 2014 | 3:29 pm

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



Fall is Burning Time

Fall is traditionally clean up time in Ukrainian yards and gardens and there are fires going everywhere as folks try to get everything burned before the October rains start. It has been one of the driest summers on record around here.  Grass and weeds are tinder dry.  So is the marsh/river to the east of us.  Someone must have started a grass fire to the NE on the other side of the marsh from us

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Posted on 20 September 2014 | 4:25 pm

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



Garden Ghosts

What's this?


What an odd sight!  Is the garden dressed up for Halloween?  Ghosties playing amongst the dill?

A cute thought but unfortunately that's not what is going on.  There's a FROST WARNING for this evening.

Yes, frost....  Really.

I know it's only September 8.  I'm not terribly impressed either but there's not much we can do.  Unless you want to start petitioning Mother Nature.

I only just started picking tomatoes a couple days ago.  The harvest hasn't even really begun.  So I did what any good gardener would do.  I ripped the sheets off my bed and dragged them into the garden to cover up as many tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers as I could.

It's about time I bought some new bed sheets anyway.

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Posted on 8 September 2014 | 8:45 pm

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



The DQ-ing of Fatty, Part I: Panic at the Reservoir

I knew what I was about to do was dumb. Knew it.  But I was going to do it anyways. Even though it was—as I knew—dumb. Specifically, I was about to do the Jordanelle Triathalon–which kicks off with a mile-long swim—exactly one week after racing the Leadville 100. The “doing a hard race just one week after doing the [...]

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 11:14 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



President’s Choice Wants Us To Crave More

For 30 years, we Canadians have been heading to the grocery store to fill our carts with President’s Choice products. We know PC products and, over the course of those 30 years, we have come to trust the brand and […]

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 12:27 pm

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



Further your Education with the Flexibility of Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning #TRUOpen

TRUPrior to blogging, I worked full time from home in IT.  I am proud to have an honours diploma in Network Engineering and Security Analysis.  I was the only female to graduate, one of only 3 to be on the Dean’s honour list and one of only 11 students to graduate despite the large class […]

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 8:57 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



How It's Done

There was a lot of planning involved. Tickets, always the first hurdle, were cumbersome to get. We were going to a dinner show and the website allowed only one 'special' option. "Vegetarian," was one, "Accessible seating," was another. So, a phone call was made, everything was booked, now we just waited for it all to go wrong. Now don't you call me a 'Negative Nellie' - expecting problems is just part of life when you use a wheelchair to get around.

In fact, it all went incredibly smoothly. We got in, no problem, seating was no problem, vegetarian meal was no problem. More than that, the staff were welcoming. From greeting to seating we were treated with the same degree of welcome that was accorded everyone else. We were both impressed.

The place was packed.

Packed.

800 people sat at tables round the stage.

Near the end I whispered to Joe that I'd like to get to the washroom before the crowds descended on them. He agreed and we snuck out. In the bathroom we discover that the accessible stall doesn't have bars. It has a tall toilet. It has lots of room. But no grab bars. Yikes. Without getting into a description of what happened next, lets just say it was, um awkward. And, of course, unnecessary.

We went back in. Caught the rest of the show. Cheered for the performers when it was over. As I sat there I thought about the experience. They were clearly welcoming to disabled guests. They ensured, in an interactive show that we, in the furthest seats away, were involved and included. Their attitude and manner were accessible, what's going on with the toilet.

I decided I'd write a note, I didn't want to ask to speak with a manager because, I'm guessing that some of the people that we go out with get a little tired of that. But, as it happened, as I was leaving I got a little separated from the group I was with. I saw a man looking very managerial standing at the exit doors.

I approached him and asked if he was the manager, he was.

I said, "I am going to make a complaint but first I want to say that I had a terrific time, your staff are awesome and welcoming, you've created a wonderfully accessible experience and I appreciate all of that." I paused, reading to move on to toilet talk, in that pause he thanked me for the positive feedback, particularly about the staff. "Because of all this sense of welcome, I was really surprised to go into the bathroom and see that the accessible stall had no grab bars around the toilet. It makes it for some difficult to use, for others impossible to use. I looked at where the toilet was, this is a really easy fix, so could you fix it."

I was momentarily annoyed when I finished and he picked up his phone and began typing. I waited. I wanted to hear what he had to say. When he finished typing he looked up and said, "We've just had the toilets all redone, the handicap bars must have been left off when that stall was redone. I'm sorry. I've just texted the maintenance department, I'll have that done tomorrow."

Tomorrow.

Tomorrow!

What? No defensiveness? No explanation as to why it can't be done? No rolling eyes and patronizing promise of some vague future fix?

Tomorrow!?

That, my dears, is how a complaint needs to be handled.

Tomorrow!

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 7:04 am

Political Blog - Calgary Liberal



Shutting down the blog.

Turns out a job doesn’t leave much time for blogging. And a 65-75 hour a week job makes it even tougher to fit in the time to write. Also, I find I’m writing all day, every day. So the urge to write more all night too isn’t that much of a driving force. There is, after […]

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Posted on 24 August 2014 | 2:46 am

Law Blog - Wise Law Blog



140 Law - Legal Headlines for Friday, September 19, 2014


Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, September 19, 2014:
- Elysia Cherry, Legal Assistant 

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Posted on 19 September 2014 | 9:33 am

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



More Than 310 Thousand People with Skewed Priorities Flood New York

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The numbers are rolling in…and they’re impressive in a odd way. Based on numerous news reports, somewhere in the neighborhood of 310 to 400 thousand people participated in the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, 2014 in New York City. The parade was, of course, a precursor for the…

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 4:45 am

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



PATCHAT

The Week That Was
After a week of practice the Pats opened up the season with a home-and-home set against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Opening night saw the Pats fall 4-2 to their Manitoban rivals on Friday.  Braden Christoffer and Jared McAmmond scored for the Pats while Ryan Pilon, Taylor Green, Tyler Coulter and Braylon Shmyr scored for the home side.

On Saturday the Pats returned home to the Brandt Centre to raise their East Division Pennant, but the Brandon dampened the mood by posting a 6-1 victory over Regina.  Jesse Gabrielle notched a hat trick for the visitors while Dryden Hunt scored the lone Pats marker.  Daniel Wapple took the loss in goal on both nights.

The Week Ahead
Friday, September 26th – Pats at Moose Jaw (7:00 p.m. CST)
The Trans-Canada Clash gets going with an early season dust-up between the Pats and Warriors.  Last season the Pats took all eight meetings between the clubs and picked up a pre-season win over their arch-nemesis at the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament.  Moose Jaw opened the 2014-15 season with a pair of losses to the Swift Current Broncos.  The game can be heard on CKRM2 at www.sportscage.ca.

Saturday, September 27th – Pats vs. Prince Albert (7:00 p.m.)
The Pats face off with the Raiders after Prince Albert took a pair of games from the Queen City Kids to close out the pre-season.  Prince Albert opened the season with a pair of wins over the Saskatoon Blades despite still being without top forward Leon Draisaitl and defenceman Josh Morrissey.

Roster Moves
Pats trade Isaac Schacher to Saskatoon in exchange for 2015 8th Round WHL Bantam Pick
Pats reassign Jacob Elmer to Edge Hockey School
Braden Christoffer returns from Washington Capitals Rookie Camp
Dryden Hunt returns from Carolina Hurricanes Rookie Camp

First Out of the Gate
For the second season in a row, the Pats were involved in the WHL’s Season Opener.  That led to the Pats being the first to accomplish a few feats.  Patrick D’Amico registered the first shot on goal while Braden Christoffer picked up the first penalty minutes and scored the first goal of the new season.

Still Away
After the Pats got back Dryden Hunt and Braden Christoffer for Opening Weekend; there are still key players away for the NHL Pre-Season.  Morgan Klimchuk played his first NHL Pre-Season game Sunday night as the Flames took on the Oilers in split squad action.  Kyle Burroughs also remains with the New York Islanders as they head into the pre-season.

Rookies on the Board
After young players made an impact all through the pre-season it’s not surprising to see rookies already finding their way onto the scoresheet.  Sam Steel had an assist in each game on the weekend to sit tied with Braden Christoffer for the team lead in points.  Meanwhile, Jared McAmmond was the first Pats rookie to find the back of the net by scoring a shorthanded goal Friday night.  Though he wasn’t in the points column, Luc Smith dropped the mitts for his first WHL fight Saturday.

Party Stage
Plan your event with the Regina Pats on the West End Party Stage.  Located at ice level, the Party Stage gives an exclusive, up close look at the action and a large lounge area for your group to spend the evening.  Packages including 24 tickets start at $650, call 306-337-1535 for more information.

Important Dates
Saturday, October 4th – Next Pats Home Game vs. Prince Albert (7:00 p.m.)

(Courtesy Daniel Fink)

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 11:33 pm

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



The Big List of Free Sewing Patterns for Boys

Because you all loved my Master List of Free Knitting Patterns for Boys, I decided to round up a new list of Free Sewing Patterns for Boys. Just in time for Halloween, there are some great costume ideas here, but also clothes, toys and  some other unique items such as tooth pillows and hooded towels [Read On]

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 11:12 am

Professional Blog - Product Management



He Said, She Said: Part 3- How PM and UX can work together

By Saeed Khan and Heather Searl Parts 1 and 2 of this series covered a number of topics including working with other teams, organizational structures, personas and common documents. This part delves into: Agile and Documentation Heather: Agile presents a lot of problems when working with development. I worked for a company that moved to […]

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Posted on 21 September 2014 | 10:08 pm

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



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



document.write(''); How to add your link:
1. Click on the icon above
2. Add a link to your review. (Please link to your specific review, not an entire webpage.)
3. Add your name and in parentheses the title of the book, such as John Mutford (Anne of Avonlea)
4. In the comment section below, tell me your grand total so far. (ex. "This brings me up to 1/13")

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Posted on 30 September 2014 | 11:59 pm

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



High School football player gives out of control post game interview

Apollos Hester plays for the East View Patriots in Georgetown, Texas and gave this gem of a post-game interview after beating the opposing team 42-41.

I am going to make an assumption that this kid watches a lot of motivational sports movies when he is not hugging puppies and doing extra laps around the field after practice.

I am also going to wager a guess that he is a huge fan of Oprah and will work his whole life to become rich so he can one day yell out to a crowd of people "You get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car!"

Lastly, I am going to assume that Apollos is a big fan of saying 'Amen' in church - with enthusiasm.

So funny.

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 1:48 am

Place Blog - Kitsilano



Proposal to Change Vanier Park Draws Fire from Kits Residents

Kits residents galvanize to action when there’s a proposed change to their parks and the new plan for Vanier Park, pushed forward by Bard on the Beach (BOTB), is no different. BOTB wants to remove part of Vanier Park’s lawn and replace it with a hard surface such as pavement...
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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 10:00 am

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



What's On Your Bucket List?

What's on your bucket list?

I know for certain things that'll never make an appearance on my bucket list: skydiving, bungee jumping, and camping in a tent, in the wilderness. As much as I love the great outdoors—and all that comes with it—I know the great outdoors can be enjoyed just as much if I can retreat to luxurious accommodations after I've had some fun outside. With room service, of course.

I tend to make yearly bucket lists, rather than making a bucket list of things I want to do before I die. I guess it's easier for me to stick to things I want to check off my list year to year.

Maybe your bucket list includes attending your first blogging conference, or getting on a plane, or finally getting in shape. Maybe your bucket list includes watching a sunset in Hawaii, learning how to fly a plane, or getting over your fear of spiders. Everyone has a different bucket list and the items on your personal list don't have to be extraordinary. They can be things that are easy to achieve, things that might take years to achieve, or goals you're working towards achieving.

A while back, I sent out a tweet saying:

On my bucket list—to interview the @wealthy_barber!

Minutes later, I received a message from Canada's best-selling author, David Chilton. (If you've read either of his books, The Wealthy Barber, or The Wealthy Barber Returns, you'll understand why I wanted to interview him—he's very funny, and he doesn't bore me to tears when he talks about making smart financial decisions!) I met David a few years ago at an event, and heard him speak to a crowded room—I knew how funny he was before I read his books, and I really wanted to get to know him better, and to interview him.

Anyway, a few weeks later I was interviewing the Wealthy Barber—who is now on Canada's Dragons' Den—in the Library Club of The Royal York Hotel, in Toronto, and I published a great interview with him in Ottawa Magazine.


Some things on your bucket list will get checked off quicker than others, depending on what it is you want to do. I believe that if you want to do something enough—if you're really passionate about something—then  achieving the goal isn't going to be impossible.

Going to Greece with my entire family and children was on my bucket list last year, (arranging a trip with 10 family members, including small children, wasn't that easy!) and I'm happy to report that's been checked off my list.

This year, my bucket list includes:

Write a a book for mothers and children—and publish it.
Travel more.
Worry less. (Can that be a thing?)
Eat healthier.
Exercise more often—stick to that routine.
Continue blogging and doing what I love.
Spend less money. (That's going to hurt.)
Shop less. (Ouch.)
Write more.
Learn how to say no, and get over FOMO.
Spend more time with my children doing the things we love.
Give back to the community.
Go to more concerts.
Finally attend Bluesfest.

Nothing too wild, nothing too crazy, right?

What's on your bucket list—and what are you doing to make it happen?

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 2:30 pm

Feminist - Gender Focus



Take Action for Reproductive Justice in the Maritimes & Across Canada

In April, when New Brunswick’s Morgentaler Clinic announced it would be forced to close, the barriers to accessing abortion in the Maritimes came to national attention. Now, with the New Brunswick election on September 23 and the federal election coming in 2015, reproductive justice activists across Canada are hoping to keep the momentum going for […]

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Posted on 20 September 2014 | 8:12 am

Food and Drink - well fed, flat broke



Shameful sangria.

Hello! How are you? How has your summer been? I hope it’s warm and dry where you are, and that you’re finding the time to read books in the sunshine with cold beverages. Please tell me you’ve been enjoying long, warmly lit evenings of leisure because I need to live vicariously through you. I have been […]

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Posted on 2 August 2014 | 5:31 pm

Fashion - Go Fug Yourself



iFugRadio: Ariana Grande in Misha Collection

Ariana Grande 
This is yet more from the Generic Musical Person bargain bin. It’s amazing that we’ve come to a point where a lacy body-stocking with hideous underpatches is run-of-the-mill, but here we are, square atop Mount See-Through. The view is depressing. Pass the scotch.   Read More ...

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 5:00 pm

Parenting - Snarky Mommy



First! Day! Of! School!

Worst mommy blogger ever. First day of school was last week and I’m just posting the photos now. But hey, if you follow me on Facebook, I did post pictures there! Jack, 3rd grade (whaaat?) Flipagram of all Jack’s first days Emmie, 1st grade Flipagram of all Emmie’s first days Maeve, Jr. Kindergarten Flipagram of [...]

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Posted on 10 September 2014 | 1:49 pm

Gossip - TMZ



Bruce Jenner -- I'm Trading My Wife for a Sick New Car!!!!

Bruce Jenner just went out and did what all men do when their woman is finally out of the picture ... drop $50k on a sick new toy. Bruce bought a NASCAR-approved UTV race car. Kris Jenner's soon-to-be ex bought it from NASCAR superstar…


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Posted on 23 September 2014 | 4:00 am

Entertainment - i09



Cartoons About Our Relationship To Facebook Are Clever But Depressing

Cartoons About Our Relationship To Facebook Are Clever But Depressing

Does Facebook ever leave you feeling like you're alone in a crowd? Like you're having more of a relationship with a website than the people you're connecting with? Then these illustrations might look uncomfortably familiar.

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Posted on 22 September 2014 | 9:00 pm

Music - Indie Music Filter



Video: “Cold Light” by Operators (Pitchfork Nightcap Session)

Indie Music Filter

Finally, I get another chance to hear the killer song "Cold Light" from Operators.

Video: “Cold Light” by Operators (Pitchfork Nightcap Session)


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Posted on 17 September 2014 | 1:00 pm