Monday, March 26, 2007

meme: It's very clear

(I didn't get tagged, I just lifted this because I haven't posted in awhile)

Eight Songs I Am Diggin' On Right Now:

1. Hang On To Yourself (David Bowie)

2. Train in Vain (The Clash)

3. These Fangs (Say Hi To Your Mom)

4. I Like You Crazy (Mates of State)

5. Town Called Malice (The Jam)

6. Suffer for Fashion (Of Montreal)

7. Brothers (Tiga)

8. Debbie Loves Joey (Helen Love)

If money were no object, what would you be doing with your life?
I'd fund spare time and abundant beauty. I'd keep my job but work part-time, use the city as a playground the rest of the time. Every other night would be craft night.

Money is just that - an object, so why aren't you doing it?
I'm doing small but consistent amounts of the good stuff.

What's better: horses or cows?
Better at what?

What do you think the secret to happiness is?
Good support network of the right companions, enough money and whole foods.

When was the last time you had a dream that you either remember well or did not want to awake from? Can you share a bit?
I was dating someone in 30 Seconds to Mars. Not Jared Leto. I don't really even like that band, but the dream was super-sweet and rated G.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Fashion designer, artist, lawyer.

Complete this statement: Love is…
A noun and verb that is both under-used and over-used.

Can you tell a good story?
*I* like my stories, but the hilarious parts usually get lost in my re-telling. I still laugh though.

Can you remember your last daydream? What was it about?
It was a few hours ago and was about doing another masters degree in something with more critical thinking and radical mind-expansion than library school.

If you were to thank someone today, who would you thank?
My parents.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

tagged: six weird things about myself

Sienna tagged me ages ago, and I had trouble thinking up 6 odd things about myself. But here goes:

1. I will not read library books in bed. Book germs!

2. I truly believe that chocolate soy milk cures headaches and bad days. Works for me!

3. I have a mechanical heart valve and it ticks out loud. You can actually hear it if you're sitting beside me when there isn't too much sound in the room!

4. I've never watched Buffy, but someone just loaned me the first 2 seasons on DVD so I can finally find out what all the fuss is about.

5. I named my computer Nora, after Nora Young, back when she was host of DNTO, because she's so smart.

6. I kinda like Frank and Gordon, even though they're corporate, and I don't like animals being used on film sets. (but they're animated, not real beavers)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

we just want to emote til we're dead

Magnolia went to her first rock show last night, she even got frisked. The band was Of Montreal.

Me to bouncer: "are you asking me for ID because I'm carrying a doll?"

Saturday, March 10, 2007

women, knitting, silence, music

I knit a hat and shrug for Magnolia for today's Women's March! Lovely weather for a march, and the good company of Vania, Joel and Mishka.

I saw Starter for 10 this week. I usually really, really love light British films, and HBO films, but this one was just okay. It's set in the Thatcher-era, so the music and clothes are great!! Does it seem that a lot of British movies have Christmas in them?

Best line in the movie: "the people who really care about you don't mind if you make mistakes, it's what you do next that matters."

Last night I went to a six-hour "noble silence." Spending time without talking is no big deal, but spending it in the same room as a bunch of other people and not making eye contact while we do sitting meditations, walking meditations, yoga and mindful eating...powerful stuff. Most of my mind wandering was in the domestic goddess category: things to knit and sew and make nicer.

Quick! Who has a spare ticket I can buy to go see The Pipettes play tonight??

Thursday, March 08, 2007

IWD 2007 - bread and roses for all my sisters

Today is Blythe's first International Women's Day, so I quickly stitched up a little dress for the occasion. It's a purple velvet mini dress with an ankh embroidered on it. And she has a "make crafts not war" placard, so she's ready to take to the streets. Happy Women's Day!

Monday, March 05, 2007

sweatin’ to the indies

Any time I spend a Saturday night at home, I listen to the CBC Radio 3 broadcast, and the next couple Saturdays I hope to stay in because it's coming to an end! Sooner or later I'll have to get serious and get Sirius. The podcast will still be available to non-Sirius subscribers, but it's a lot shorter than the broadcast. This week's theme was "Sweatin' to the Indies." I love that because I'm always looking for a good playlist for the gym! They play way too much dude music, but I dig it anyway. I bet Krissy tuned in, if she was home!

Host Grant Lawrence usually has ridiculous tales of things that happen to him, and this week it was about getting the cord of his iPod caught on the handle of the stationary bike at the gym, then falling into a cactus and being upset that there are potted cacti in the gym. Hilarious!

And dang, it was the last time Nardwuar would be on while it's on analog radio. He told funny stories about the gym and gym attire, and played his band's song, "Get Off the Treadmill."

Here's Broken Social Scene working out (the boys only):

There’s a small contingent of scrawny indie rock guys at my gym, but Geddy Lee is never there critiquing their performance!

Anyone have any other song recommendations for working out? 4/4 timing is a must, and a faster tempo to get my heart rate in the 160 range. The tempo in some indie rock goes all over!