Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I’m down 2.5 lbs so far!
Can I get a woot woot?
Today I ran 1.65 miles in 25 minutes. I know it's not a world record, but it's a record for me! (I THINK that is 2.6 km, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong!)
I've also signed up for the CIBC Run for the Cure on October 3rd. You can donate to me online here. And for my 'mericuhn friends... it's durn cold up here in October so you should donate twice as much!! I think I was feeling especially brave after my lunch run... and I was thinking about my friend Karen who was just told that that biatch breast cancer is back again. So while she's fighting a real fight... I'm going to run to support her.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
There's one quote in particular that Hyatt pulls from the article:
Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.
I read this and thought... whiskey tango foxtrot ... are you kidding me? That's what reading is like for most mothers. (she said, noting that the writer and the blogger are both male)
I think he lost me where he said he'd "spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose". I have not had long stretches of anything remotely close to reading since early 2001.
But here's the lesson where I tried to take pictures of something from different angles. So, um, I present you Tree From Angle #1.
And Tree From Angle #2.
This is not very exciting, I KNOW! But I've been lying on the couch for the last couple of days! Weak excuse, yeah... I really liked assignment #1.
The list below is the Reader-chosen list, there's also a list that's picked by the illustrious board.
- ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
- THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand
- BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
- THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
- TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
- 1984 by George Orwell
- ANTHEM by Ayn Rand
- WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand
- MISSION EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
- FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard
- ULYSSES by James Joyce
- CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
- THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- DUNE by Frank Herbert
- THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert Heinlein
- STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert Heinlein
- A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute
- BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
- THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger
- ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell
- GRAVITY'S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon
- THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
- SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut
- GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
- LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
- SHANE by Jack Schaefer
- TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM by Nevil Shute
- A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving
- THE STAND by Stephen King
- THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN by John Fowles
- BELOVED by Toni Morrison
- THE WORM OUROBOROS by E.R. Eddison
- THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
- LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
- MOONHEART by Charles de Lint
- ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner
- OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham
- WISE BLOOD by Flannery O'Connor
- UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry
- FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Davies
- SOMEPLACE TO BE FLYING by Charles de Lint
- ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac
- HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
- YARROW by Charles de Lint
- AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H.P. Lovecraft
- ONE LONELY NIGHT by Mickey Spillane
- MEMORY AND DREAM by Charles de Lint
- TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
- THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy
- TRADER by Charles de Lint
- THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams
- THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers
- THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood
- BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
- ON THE BEACH by Nevil Shute
- A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce
- GREENMANTLE by Charles de Lint
- ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
- THE LITTLE COUNTRY by Charles de Lint
- THE RECOGNITIONS by William Gaddis
- STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert Heinlein
- THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway
- THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving
- SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury
- THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson
- AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner
- TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller
- INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
- THE WOOD WIFE by Terri Windling
- THE MAGUS by John Fowles
- THE DOOR INTO SUMMER by Robert Heinlein
- ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert Pirsig
- I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
- THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
- AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by Flann O'Brien
- FARENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury
- ARROWSMITH by Sinclair Lewis
- WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams
- NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs
- THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER by Tom Clancy
- GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton
- THE PUPPET MASTERS by Robert Heinlein
- IT by Stephen King
- V. by Thomas Pynchon
- DOUBLE STAR by Robert Heinlein
- CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY by Robert Heinlein
- BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh
- LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner
- ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Ken Kesey
- A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway
- THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles
- SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION by Ken Kesey
- MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather
- MULENGRO by Charles de Lint
- SUTTREE by Cormac McCarthy
- MYTHAGO WOOD by Robert Holdstock
- ILLUSIONS by Richard Bach
- THE CUNNING MAN by Robertson Davies
- THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie
Albertans, males, and those with a high school education or less are least likely to agree.
A majority of Canadians would agree with the decision to let American military deserters stay in Canada as permanent residents, an Angus Reid Strategies survey revealed. Earlier in June, the House of Commons passed a non-binding motion calling on the federal government to grant residence to all U.S. soldiers who fled to Canada after refusing to take part in the Iraq War. In the online survey of a representative national sample, three-in-five Canadians (64%) say they would agree to give these U.S. soldiers the opportunity to remain in Canada as permanent residents. Click here to read more.
See, I took this poll... it was an online poll that asked a bunch of different questions. I noticed that when this question came up, it was rather ambiguous.
What most Canadians don't realize is that the US Army is 100% volunteer. No one made anyone sign up; no one made anyone sign a contract. But they did. They signed a contract. Some had their education paid for.
They are not the same "deserters" from the Vietnam War era. I could have some sympathy for those who were drafted back then. But the biggest problem I have is my government granting "residence to all U.S. soldiers who fled to Canada after refusing to take part in the Iraq War" because my family spent several thousand dollars and two years working to get my law abiding husband permanent resident status here in Canada.
We went into debt doing it. We turned down opportunities for him to work under the table because that wasn't right. We would wait, we would fill out all the paperwork, we would follow the letter of the law.
And all these "deserters" have to do is change their minds about something they agreed to do, buy a flight and bingo-bongo they get to be permanent residents of Canada.
Not in my Canada.
"I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome I am."
The poster above is now stationed at my desk, just looking at it makes me smile!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I have done a bit of photography over the last few years. In fact, I did all the photography for my book, Rookie Reiner. But I could use a lot of help. It was easy to take some of the pictures, in summer with the sun shining and one subject to take a picture of. But what about more creative pictures where you want to actually say something with your photo?
Assignment #1 was to take an abstract photo based on the compositional rules in the first lesson (rule of three, golden mean, triangle, etc...). Here are my first two attempts:
I welcome any feedback, opinions... etc...
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Maybe it's because I'm from Canada and we had this huge controversy where a publisher DARED to print cartoons of Mohammed and was sent death threats, sued and hauled into a kangaroo court called the "Human Rights Commission". Since then I've felt strongly that the freedom of speech we need to protect is the most unreasonable speech.
Because women didn't get to vote by being reasonable.
Schools weren't desegregated because black people were reasonable about it.
Many things have been accomplished through unreasonable writing. This cartoon is a form of expression that should be protected. When we start to self-censor for fear of offending those with thinnest of skins then we lose something very powerful: the ability to change the world through words and images.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I say this because I am getting big... big ... big.. biggety big...
I'm going to be very open and honest here (mostly I am, really) and tell you all that I'm at my highest weight ever. Yes, this includes while being 9 months pregnant.
Yes really. And can you pass me those butter tarts please. I'm just going to stick one in my back pocket so that it has the shortest route possible to MY BIG BUTT.
So, here's the deal.
I signed myself up for (no, not weight watchers, that would be kind of smart) a writers' conference. Not just any conference by the Surrey International Writers' Conference. I'm signed up, my flight is booked, time is booked off of work and my roomie has booked the rooms.
And I don't want to go fat.
Averaging a pound a week is safe... so, 15 lbs.
Except OF COURSE I'd rather that it were closer to 30 lbs. Probably not safe. On the other hand... it's not dangerous.
Probably not going to happen if I continue my little relationship with Rickards White. But you drink it with an ORANGE so it's part FRUIT & VEGETABLE. And one part GRAINS. Hmmmmm.
So I've been at the gym Wed/Thurs and I rode my bike Thursday night. Today was a bit of a write-off but I did some weights/lunges etc.. at home after the baby went to bed. Yes, ok, so I had a beer. But I have not had a butter tart. Even though they call to me with their sweet voices. The bastards.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
You call me as soon as you have the courage to."
If you have to tell someone "I'm a complete catch"... you may not be. If you have to say "there is nothing wrong with me", then there may be.
Oh, and abuse in childhood? Mother with cancer? Anxiety disorder?
Look up "passive aggressive"?
Sunday, July 06, 2008
And I came THIS CLOSE to leaving a troll-ish comment. THIS CLOSE people. I was so very irritated.
But I backed away slowly, reminded myself that it would be WRONG to do that and now I'm going to put my head down and work while the baby FINALLY naps.
I just had to confess it out here so that I can feel a bit more accountable.