I’ve wanted to start a series of posts like this for awhile! There seem to be way too many bad parking jobs around this city. Here’s a great example…in a fairly open parking lot…
I thought I’d post a pic of my very first, all-to-myself, Christmas tree. Oh, I’ve decorated several trees in the past, but they’ve been shared with either family or a roommate (love ya Denis!). Christmas trees and I have a bit of a precarious history; back in 1984 or 1985 (not sure if I WAS 3 or just almost 3); I pulled my mother’s meticulously decorated creation to the floor, breaking several gorgeous glass ornaments in the process. I’ve been making it up to her, though; I buy her several ornaments each year to add to her collection!
If any of you saw my Tweets from the past few days, you might have noticed that I posted a few pics of PEI “souvenirs” from my Labour Day weekend trip (for those not familiar, Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province, and also home to my family’s summer cottage :)). My mother and I perused some area gift shops for a few hours (two of which I used to work at!), and had some fun mocking the truly ugly cr@p that some of them STILL peddle!
I wanted to give the chance to all of my readers to mock these wonderful pieces equally! Therefore, here are the 7 candidates in the order in which I saw them…
I’d love to hear my readers’ opinions on these special pieces- poll to follow! I’ll even award a prize (yet-to-be-determined) to the person who responds with the best comment 🙂
*I will preface this post by stating that I will refer to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Will and Kate. They are pretty casual people, after all!*
I was one of those crazy people who got up at the crack of dawn (well, earlier than the crack of dawn, actually; it was 3:50am!) to watch Will and Kate’s wedding. You see, my mother and grandmother are great fans of the royal family, and books about the various members of the monarchy have always been everywhere around the house and cottage. It was a great activity for Mom and I to enjoy, and watching the entire wedding with her will always be one of my favorite memories of time we spent together 🙂
When word got out that Will and Kate would be coming to Prince Edward Island this summer, there was NO question that I would be going! My BFF got the weekend off of work to join me, and I shift-traded in order to make a nice long weekend. Time set aside, we headed over to the Island after work on the evening of Canada Day. On Sunday afternoon, we did a bit of a reconnaissance mission to determine where we would stake out our spot the next morning for the main event; an appearance and walkabout at Province House. The royal couple was set to land in Charlottetown on Sunday evening, so out to the airport we headed! It was really neat seeing their plane land; I forgot (*GASP*) my camera at home (as you will read later, it was just as well!), so I snapped a pic with my iPod Touch:
The next day, we left the cottage bright and early in the morning in order to stake our place in front of Province House. We parked at my grandmother’s house and walked the 15 minutes into town (remember this; we had also done a round trip the day before during our recon mission!). The royal couple was scheduled to speak there, do a walkabout, ride down Great George Street (the street perpendicular to Province House) in a landau (i.e. a carriage pulled by horses!), and then watch a performance on the waterfront. We got to the area at about 8:30, and there were a LOT of people there; some had been waiting since the previous evening! Since I am relatively short (5’6″), there was no way in Hades that I was going to be able to get any decent photos, since people were crammed together like sardines and we were 2-3 rows of people back from the barricade. Instead, I concentrated on enjoying the moment and taking pictures of the giant TV screen that we were coincidentally positioned close to 🙂
By the time Will and Kate appeared outside, we had walked 15 minutes at a rapid pace and stood in the same spot, barely moving, for almost 2 hours. Remember than recon mission from yesterday? I don’t wear sneakers in the summer unless I’m at the gym. Therefore, I was wearing my super-comfy, well broken-in Birkenstocks. Standing in that crowd, I could FEEL giant blisters on the bottom of both feet, and they felt like they were on fire! I managed to limp down to the waterfront to do some more stalking (bff is SO lucky that he’s 6’+ tall and has a SUPER camera!!!), and then managed the 15-minute walk back to the car through gritted teeth. By the time we got home, my feet were so sore that the only thing I could compare them to was the result of the Black High-Heeled Boots in Paris incident of 2005! I unfortunately had to miss Will and Kate’s departure later that day for Summerside, where my bff shook both of their hands, and where my mother ended up on cbc.ca!
Lesson learned: if you’re going to stalk Royals, do so in Nikes, not Birkenstocks. Even the most fit will be taken down. Trust me!!
I’ll be the first to admit that I am very observant when it comes to the written word. Give me a newspaper article or essay, and I can spot a mistake in a minute! I’m not sure where this “skill” came from, as neither of my parents is this way; however, I did grow up in a family of heavy consumers of various types of literature, so I can honestly say I have read thousands upon thousands of words in my short life 😉
The following picture was taken of an ad that came to one of my apartments several years ago. To this day, I have no idea why I even read the ad; I had no need to rent furniture or electronics, and as a student at the time, I didn’t have too much time to waste! I can’t believe I’ve held onto this minuscule scrap of paper all these years, but it makes me smile just by looking at it. I actually submitted the snapshot to the Ellen Show’s “Funny Pictures” section on their website; we shall see what happens! See if you are able to spot what made me laugh so hard (and yet again, I apologize for the quality of the picture; Ansel Adams I am not! Hint…try sitting a bit further away from your computer monitor…).
Here it is; enjoy!
Gosh, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve last posted! A friend of mine, a fellow blogger, encouraged me to use blogging as a form of self-expression, and that’s going to be my goal for this new year (which is now almost 1/6 of the way through already!). Some of my ideas for the blog this year, which may very well change by the [insert unit of time of your choice]:
-depression and anxiety: how they affect your relationships, job, everyday life
-going against the grain: being stubborn and its ups/downs
-decorating a small space on a budget
-the joys of apartment living
-eating and living well when you just don’t feel like it
Thanks to everyone who’s kept checking in here over the past couple of months, and welcome to new readers. I always welcome comments of any type (even the Bots; some of them are really funny!), so, as they say: Let your fingers do the talking!
Just because I feel like it, here’s a pic of my new apartment:
Darn; that’s my place in New York! Let me pull up the right photo…
Similar to my music video posts, I’ll occasionally be posting some videos of interesting, good, or just plain BAD commercials that I’ve come across over the years. They may be from the 80s, 90s, or today…enjoy!
If THIS doesn’t make you want to go right out and buy one, I’m not sure what will! I want the skull and crossbones print…I’m SURE my college-age brother would be all over it, just like the kid in the commercial!