Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Internet dependence

So, I'm at Jet Fuel (shocking), and the power has gone out.  Which means there is no internet connection, and it's too dark to journal or read a book.  But, I do have my computer with battery life.

Somehow that's not enough though.  I suddenly didn't know what I could use my computer for if it wasn't for web stuff.  For some insane reason it felt like I couldn't even write a blog entry without being connected to the internet, even through it's only needed for the publishing part.

I find it interesting how much I seem to *need* to be in front of the computer, connected to the internet, at all times possible.  I'm not sure what that's about.  Am I afraid that something important is going to happen and I'm going to miss out?  Is it because I still can't seem to really spend time with friends so it's my only connection to them?  Is it just habit, plain and simple?

I'm not sure, but whatever it is, it's an odd feeling.

In the meantime, I *obviously* need to get some offline games on this machine...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sometimes craigslist cracks me up

Okay, today I found this post.

It made me giggle.

So, I'm sharing it with you, and I clicked the thing to tag it as a 'best of craigslist', who knows, maybe it will get to be enshrined in craigslist forever.

Monday, September 22, 2008

I'm sorry, but I think there's some kind of rule...

I know this will likely bore you out of your skull, but I think there is some kind of rule that says I have to do this.

I now present to you our blob...

baby one

So, in this one you can see the head on the left, and four little fingertips under the head.  From this particular picture Kate and I have combined our expertise to determine that I will be having an alien-dog baby, which is fitting, since it's due on Friday the 13th...


baby two

In this one you can, um, uh, yeah, not sure what you can see in this one.  I mean, presumably that's the head there, since it's in the same place...


So, there you go, our blob.  Our very active blob who I think will end up being a stellar swimmer (assuming it can breath the water that it's swimming in I suppose).

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

VOTE!! Vote now!!! Okay, not now, but VOTE IN OCTOBER!!!

And now, a message from my mother:


Hi all

After 37 years as of being a Canadian voter I've decided it's time to do more than vote.  It's time to encourage all eligible Canadians to vote, and to ask as many people as I know to encourage everyone they know to vote.

Doesn't matter how anyone votes, I'd just like to see a Canadian government that represents something more than 25% of eligible Canadian voters.  (If my math is right that's the percentage of Canadians who elected our minority government.)

Until the election I'll be using my blog, Living in the Country, as a platform to beat my personal election drum.  I'll be writing about the Canadian federal election and the campaigns in as neutral a way as I can.  No doubt you'll all be able to figure out where I stand so I'll say upfront that I'm fairly left-wing but am to the right of Attila the Hun on some issues. 

If you're comfortable doing it could you please send this email on to everyone - or as many people as you feel comfortable sending it to - in the hopes that we can all persuade at least one person, who wouldn't otherwise, to vote in the upcoming election on October 14.

If we each persuade one person to vote we'll have made a difference.


So, now, just for a flavour, here's an excerpt from her blog entry:

Get involved - Vote!

We get the government we vote for.  Personally I'd rather bite off my right arm than vote conservative (tell us what you really think Sam) but if a majority of Canadian voters want a conservative government I can live with that.

In the last election about 65% of eligible voters actually voted.  The Conservatives formed a minority government with about 39% of the popular vote (popular doesn't refer to the Miss Congeniality vote, it means the number of people across Canada who actually voted.)  That means that 25% of eligible voters wanted a conservative government.

It brings a whole new meaning to the idea of minority government.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The truth is out - other countries have noticed Canada's decline...

Well, this was painful and kind of embarrassing to read, but good to read at the same time.

An American perspective...

Here's a snippet.

Canada is quietly becoming a political basket case, and this latest election may make things even worse.

Just scan the headlines. In June, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that Canada—for years the only G8 country to post regular budget surpluses—was likely to fall into deficit this year, thanks to a reckless cut to the national sales tax. In February, the government proposed denying funding to films and TV shows whose content it deemed "not in the public interest," sparking cries of censorship from a sector that has historically received public support. In 2007, a member of the governing Conservative Party proposed a bill that would reopen the debate over abortion, a topic that governments both liberal and conservative have avoided for decades.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Redirecting of course...

okay, so, apparently I don't have anything interesting to say here, but I did write an article I kind of like on Mooney on Theatre.

Check it out, comment, make it look like it has some life...  *grin*

Monday, September 08, 2008

A topic, a topic, my kingdom for a topic!

Writers block reins supreme over here these days.

I got nothing to say.  sigh.

The most exciting thing in my life these days is that my post looking for writers for www.mooneyontheatre.com on craigslist keeps getting flagged and removed.  it's annoying.

Speaking of which, anyone in Toronto want to try their hand at writing about theatre?  I'm looking for folks of all ages and all levels of theatre experience (from none to active participant in the industry).

Oh, wait, here's something to write about.  I'm at Jet Fuel (I know, everyone's falling over in shock now...) and there is a guy here who I really quite like a lot.  He's intense, which can be hard, but he's a good guy.  So, we'll call him Mr. X. 

I saw Mr. X today, said hello and asked him how he was, and he was very silent, finally he said 'I don't think I can talk about it, but my body is well'.  So, I did a kind of sympathetic pouty face and said that I was glad his body was well, but that I was sorry to hear about the other stuff.  He kept staring at me, then quietly put his hand to his chest and said 'my heart, my heart is hurting' and continued to stand there for a while.  All this while I'm sitting at my table.  He looked so sad.  it was hard to watch.  And he stayed for a long time, in silence.  Then he said 'there are lots of things I'd like to talk to you about, but I can't right now'.

I nodded and he started to walk away, and I yelled after him 'mr. X, I'm here whenever you need me, just come get me'  He said thanks and kept walking.

The thing is, he looks like he's in so much emotional pain, I just wanted to hug him, but I don't know if that's appropriate.  First of all, I barely know him, and haven't seen him being really huggy with lots of people, so I'm not sure how he's react.  Second, sometimes when you're feeling like shite and barely holding it together, a hug makes you break and bawl, and I don't know how he'd feel about doing that, and I'm not sure I want to be there when it happens.

hmmmm.  Pain's so hard to watch.  Especially in people you like.  Now I'm sending him psychic hugs and looking up with sympathetic smiles every time he walks by.

Friday, September 05, 2008


Apparently I have a new name.

This name is, prego mego.

Now, please resume your regular daily activities...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


I have news.

Some of you know it already, some don't.

John and I are going to have a baby!!!

I'm due in February.

Today we heard the baby's heartbeat, which was, well, amazing.

It's apparently real.  Who knew...  *grin*

So, there you have it, now you know.

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