Wednesday, November 30, 2005

letting go...

So Charles walked to karate all by himself last week. Alone. Without me. Max and I had walked him about half way there earlier in the week, and that was tough. Then he announced the next time that he was ready to go on his own. And he is. But it's still hard to watch your little boy head out into the dusk all on his own. I was so proud of him, but there is always that nagging in the back of your head, all the "what ifs?" It's important though, I think, to let go. The letting go is hard, harder than I ever imagined, but it's SO necessary - the assertion of independence, of allowing your children to grow, to find themselves and be their own person is absolutely essential. But I don't have to like it.... ;)

And some letting go of another sort tonight too - I listened to Mary Lou Finlay's last broadcast of As it Happens, and honestly I have to say, I got a little choked up. I like that show - it's quirky but informative, often deeply emotional and always loads of fun. Mary Lou and Barbara are pretty amazing broadcasters, and I also liked Mary Lou on Live it Up - remember that show?!? Also quirky and fun - from CTV - go figure. The same people who brought you The Trouble with Tracy and Mad Dash lol. Check out the cool & swinging theme song and the story behind it! Probably my favourite theme song ever - although Definition's was mighty fine too. Check out Soul Bossa Nova on this album (all of which looks amazing and might need to be downloaded!)

Thursday, November 24, 2005

holiday envy

How can you not love a holiday that happens on a Thursday, that gives you two full days off work leading up to the weekend??? I don't know why we can adopt pretty much every other thing America decides to direct at us, but for some stupid reason, we have to have our own Thanksgiving in October - on a Monday. *sigh* Of course, I can't complain too loudly, as I've been off the past two days anyway. Oh yes, I was so smug and proud of myself that I didn't get that nasty bug that attacked my three boys. Oh yes. And then Tuesday night, didn't I spend it wrapped around the toilet. Ah yes. That'll learn me. Still not feeling so hot, but INDY! [confused, well read on...]

A shout out to all you IMers/Monty Python fans out there (and I know you're out there) ricklibrarian offers the help you've been wanting!! OMG I just love this. I like Rick's blog too, as he offers up some interesting stuff. Will definitely be adding him to my ever-growing list of daily must-reads.

ANFSCD..... [haha couldn't resist...]

Things are looking up at the ol' plant for all concerned as Stelco reaches a restructuring agreement Let's have a collective *whew* shall we? And I'd like to say that the picture that accompanies that story was taken last January. I'd like to...but I'm sure it was a shot from today because there is a lot more snow than is REALLY necessary at the end of November - brrrr!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

listening to you, I get the music...

I've just spent the last little while watching The Who Live in Boston. This is one of my favourite Who DVDs at the present time for many reasons, not the least of which is that this is the tour where I got to see them live for the very first time. I won't go into the heartbreak of not having been able to see them in 1982 (still bitter lol) because I truly believe that this 2002 tour was the start of something big for me, as unlikely as it sounds. And although I *wish* there had been more live Who for me in the past, I also believe that there is a reason I saw them 3 years ago, and that if I was ever meant to have a life-altering event, this was it. It's hard to explain the way my life has changed, the way the path I'm on has evolved since that night, but it has. And I am so very grateful for the relationships that have resulted, and for the turn my life has taken. And I know that there are those that would scoff at the very idea of a rock concert changing a person's life. And that's fine. I know what I know and I'm happy with that. For those of you who scoff, I wish for you to find that event which will change your life as you know it and set you on your true path. For those of you who *get* what I'm talking about, thank you. I know for sure that there are at least two who can share this experience, who understand and know exactly what I'm talking about; and this is the reason I watched this concert tonight. It just seemed so right.

So my entire family is sick. :( All three boys are in rough shape and I'm in complete shock that this time I've emerged unscathed. Well, great of course now that I've said that I'm sure I'll be puking my guts out all night lol. I mean when enough people throw up on you, all you can do is wave the white flag and say "enough already I give" and just wait for the bug to get inside you and turn nasty. But actually....I think I'm good. Whew. BIG whew.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I get it...

I finally get it. It, is yoga. I've practised yoga for nearly 5 years now, with Maureen, on and off. And although I probably technically 'got it' years ago, tonight seemed particularly perfect. I'm constantly amazed not only at what my body can do, but also of what my mind is capable of doing - or not doing - as is warranted during the 90 minute session.

Some other things to make me smile this week:

The Who get inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame (ok the story sucks because it barely mentions them, but it's all I can find at the mo)

Dennis Quaid gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.....mmmmm....Dennis Quaid...

And last but not least, Leonard Cohen gets inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame - wha'?? you didn't know we had one?? lol To celebrate, I offer this from McSweeney's - still the funniest place on the web!
Leonard Cohen's Seven Immutable Laws of Business

Can I be involved with #3? Please?

Monday, November 14, 2005

monday, monday...

It's funny that it's nearly a week since I've posted. I was on quite the roll there for awhile, wasn't I? Well last week was a bit more hectic than most, and now I'm coming down after a fun-filled weekend. Weekends with friends are just SO great, but then sometimes when they're over, I get the pouts because I miss my friend (which makes me sound like Mercer Mayer's Little Critter "my friend is special") I'll get over it. :)

In other blogging news, my big plan to have a blog at work has been approved! I'm pretty excited, and I'm hoping to have it in place by Christmas. There are precious few corporate library blogs out there, so I'm excited to be an innovator. I really like the Industrial Librarian and there are a couple of others, but corporate libraries seem underrepresented to me. They could be intranet-based of course, depending on the company's web presence and all, but I think a public blog would be good for me. Especially since Stelco doesn't have much of an intranet. So that's my news for a Monday evening. :)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

listening to Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis is this year's Massey Lecturer, and I'm just listening to his broadcast on CBC. He is, without a doubt, one of the most passionate and awe-inspiring speakers I've ever heard. His subject matter of course, is heart-wrenchingly difficult to listen to, and you can hear the frustration and desperation in his voice...it's almost unbearable. And yet, he remains optimistic that something can and will be done. "I have spent the last four years watching people die" is how he opens his lecture, and never have I felt so much a part of a speech/lecture as I did tonight. His book Race Against Time now tops my holiday gift list, although I know it will leave me devastated and angry. Please...visit the website of the Stephen Lewis Foundation if you can...it somehow manages to be the most horrible and the most beautiful place on the web.

Monday, November 07, 2005

why I love Jack Layton...

Oh just because lol ;) Actually, because of his speech to the Empire Club and that he's the smartest of the bunch right now and he just seems to "know" what he needs to do to make the PCs look like idiots (not that it takes much to do that lol) And yeah, I'm just feeling the need to be political in my amazing journey today. And that's ok.

So a few posts ago I talked about how blogging has taken on this awful tinge where people have turned the whole thing into pathetic whining and self-absorbed ramblings. And now I have examples.....mwahahaha.... and I read an article recently in Salon (I'd post it but it's one of those ones where you have to 'watch a brief ad' in order to read the piece, and I've already subjected readers to one article where registration was required, so just trust me on this...) and while I don't agree with everything it says, what I do agree with is the bit that says something along the lines of "when you're a celebrity the stakes are higher". And I totally agree. If you are famous and there are thousands of people reading your blog, I feel you have a responsibility to - at the very least - spell things correctly!!! See Pamela Anderson's blog for examples (good god if you can afford Louis Vuitton then freaking learn how to SPELL IT!! and sorry, but you're not fooling anyone Pam, with your favourite books). I also have to wonder about Melanie Griffith - what the hell is she on??? So while I think that Joe/Josephine Public is more than welcome to blog away about whatever he/she desires, ignoring all the rules for blog usability, spelling things incorrectly and just ranting in general, I think that anyone with a certified (certifiable?? lol) fan club owes it to their readers to write something a little more thought-provoking than "OMG did you see American Idol, can you believe that?" Celebrities want to be taken seriously, they want respect, and yet, when they post rubbish, it's nearly impossible. I know there are intelligent celebrity blogs out there and I'll find and post some - just wanted to share some of the crappiest examples for now so y'all know what I was on about. :)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

curtains make me happy...

SO happy. Lovely new panels for our sliding door from Pier 1 today, to go with our soon-to-be-new floor, that will be put down tomorrow. It's a whole new room, and very exciting indeed.

This is an interesting article, and one that I can totally get behind: Apparel Buyers Really, Really Like Search I've started using retail websites as the precursor to a shopping trip, actually, and I find it's pretty helpful to see items online first. According to the study, I'm not alone. I do this for kids' stuff as well as my own shopping. And here I thought I was being innovative and original. ;)

And once again, the fabuliscious Lipstick Librarian makes my entire day by offering this: Wanna Come Up and Check Out My Special Collection? Yet another of my fundraising/awareness raising ideas for the library stolen! ;) I actually preferred the library martini bar idea, like the Library Bar in NYC (sadly their website is MIA for some reason) but I'm not sure that dream will ever be realised at my new job. Maybe I'll some day become a consultant offering library makeovers. Oooooh or wouldn't that be a great new reality series, like Extreme Library Makeover! Can't you just SEE the ratings?!? Sure.... ;)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

of spin & sci fi...

One of the most amazing things about my husband is his incredible ability to turn any sort of political discussion into a science fiction analogy. And I'm not being flip, I actually do find it quite fascinating. Take for example our conversation the other evening. I was talking about how I'd heard on the radio (you know which station lol) a program where the host was interviewing a gentleman who was an expert on spin - political spin, media spin, etc. I mentioned to John how I found it really interesting, since people sort of tend to think that spin is a fairly recent manipulation, but it's been going on for decades. The guest on the program had some interesting examples, and some good thoughts on spin (which I won't go into here) so I told John a bit about it. And his response was to tell me about an Isaac Asimov story (or book - I forget which), the gist of which goes like this: some brilliant thinker in a future civilization had his talks analysed by the other characters in the story. So this guy talked and talked and talked and his words were recorded and then analyzed to see what it was he *really* meant. And, long story short, at the end of the day they determined that he had talked all this time - and said absoultely nothing. And I made a comment about how relevant that was (given today's political climate especially) and how I marvelled at this insane ability he seems to have, and why is it that any time we discuss politics he brings up science fiction and he said, "because Elizabeth, good science fiction is political". Hmmm. Because it's based on worlds and civilizations which require order, etc. So again. Hmmm. Interesting stuff and I'm not familiar with the genre really, so it's difficult for me to comment much further, but it just goes to show you, you can't trust anything you read now - and it won't be much different in the future, according to the sci-fi writers...and John. :)

Oh and speaking of books check this out! OCLC's Top 1000! According to their site:

"This list, updated for 2005, contains the "Top 1000" titles owned by OCLC member libraries—the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe."

So I went through the top 100 - only to find that I'd only read 24. 24% - a poor showing I think, and I'm ashamed to admit it really, considering that two of the books in the top 100 that I've *read* are Calvin & Hobbes and Peanuts. Although in my defence, I've also got War & Peace under my belt, and pretty much all the Shakespeare that's on there. ;) It's a handy reference, no? Bookmark it and work your way through the list! lol. I do take issue with the bible as #1 (but then I would, wouldn't I??) Still think Peanuts should have been first...you can learn a lot more from Charles Schultz... :)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

movies movies movies!

I had a completely different topic to post about tonight, but two new films caught my eye, and I'm excited! I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a film in the theatre that wasn't aimed at 7-year olds, but I'm going to definitely try to get out to these...if they come to Hamilton...cause sometimes they don't. :( The first - Walk the Line - looks VERY cool indeed! Saw a couple of clips on TV and I'm very impressed, and reviews seem positive too.

Okay, and the second one that caught my eye is Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and WOOHOO!! Wal-Mart exposed and I couldn't be happier!! And I like that they're sweating....even just a little bit.... ;)

So there you go - Johnny Cash and loadsa cash (weak, I know but I'm tired...) ;)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

november...

It's hard to believe it's November as of today. Although I guess since last night was Hallowe'en, it's chronologically possible, no? Hallowe'en was great, as usual - a good haul of treats. And because of Karen von Hahn's article, **ack, I just realized you have to register with the Globe & Mail to read this grrr - it's free though, so go on, go ahead... ;) ** I found myself more observant than usual, and I was pleased to see that most of the girls in my neighbourhood didn't fit that example. Whew...since they're all under 12 yikes. On the whole, I like Karen von Hahn - she's not as simpering and whiny as that Leah McLaren, and half the time I just don't understand Heather Mallick...but I digress... Slut culture, as she called it just fits. Perfectly. It's definitely a sad state, and the book she refers to Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture has been added to my holiday gift list for sure.

Another page from the "it's hard to believe it's..." file is, it's hard to believe it's been 10 years since "THE" referendum that nearly split our country. I still remember that night, I'm sure most Canadians do. Who could possibly forget Jacques Parizeau blaming "money and the ethnic vote" on their loss? Even with my fractured French I got what he said, although I didn't believe it until I heard the English version - and I remember the translator really stumbling over that. Who would have expected that?!? The CBC has a good analysis (as always) in their feature Separation Anxiety. Definitely worth a read.

Oh - and in honour of that historic day I give you the blog quebecois - also definitely worth a read, but for entirely different reasons... :)
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