On The End of NaBloPoMo 2008

Flowers Made of Lights

Well, that’s all folks! Thank you for rid­ing the NaBloPo­Mo train(wreck?) with me for a whole mon­th. I guess I’m sup­posed to say some­thing intro­spec­tive about blog­ging in the end, but unfor­tu­nate­ly, I don’t real­ly have any­thing to say oth­er than blog­ging because you have to is not as much fun as blog­ging because you want to. There were days dur­ing the NaBloPo­Mo when I would rather just go to bed instead of hav­ing to think up a post before going to bed. You see, my life is not real­ly all that inter­est­ing. The state of the world, on the oth­er hand, is inter­est­ing, but if I blogged about it, I would only end up feel­ing depressed and angry. Think­ing up a post when you’re sleepy is just So! Frick­in’! Hard! I know I could’ve writ­ten the post long before the day almost end­ed but I was always kind of expect­ing that some­thing inter­est­ing would hap­pen so I could blog about it. But most of the time, noth­ing hap­pened. So I just blogged about noth­ing!

I’d like to thanks tia, Sarah and Lance for com­ment­ing, even on posts that don’t real­ly have any sub­stance (read: posts about noth­ing). You rock! I still have yet to count up the num­ber of com­ments to deter­mine the con­test win­ner. That’ll be my blog fod­der for tomor­row. Ha!

On a non-blog­gy note, don’t you just love the pic­ture above? I real­ly want to have it print­ed and hang on one of our walls. (Is it vain to love a pic­ture you took your­self?) I also love that lit­tle lamp with colour­ful, bead­ed shade I got from a thrift store ages ago. It’s so great for exper­i­ment­ing with shaped bokeh. I just knew that lamp would come in handy some­day!

Let’s end this post with three cheers for every­one who made it to the end of NaBloPo­Mo this year with­out miss­ing a post. I’ll do the hip hip part and you do the hooray, okay? Ready? Hip hip [hooray]! Hip hip [hooray]! Hip hip [hooray]!

Excel­lent! Now give your­self a pat on the back for me. Good job, every­one!

On Coming Home Late

By the Side of the Road

Went to do some shop­ping this morn­ing, then came to vis­it friends and we played games until close to 11pm. Made it home before mid­night, just in time to post some­thing to the blog. Phew. That was close! The dri­ve was a lit­tle sus­pense­ful with all the fog­gy patch­es caused by the warmish weath­er today. The fog was pret­ty thick in some spots. Any­way, it’s good to be home again. Now I’ve got to find me some snack. Kind of hun­gry!

On Black Friday

City Lights

No Black Fri­day for me since I don’t live in the States, but even if I did, I don’t think I would go because I’m not a die-hard shop­per, I don’t want to risk los­ing my life in a shop­per stam­pede, and being in a crowd­ed place gives me a headache. Besides, shop­ping online is so much more con­ve­nient. Nonethe­less, if you live south of the bor­der from me, I hope you got a lot of good deals. I’d write more but I have a par­ty to go to. Eeek! Here’s hop­ing this is the last one for the sea­son…

Oh, while we’re on the top­ic of Black Fri­day, buy my prints.

They make a per­fect gift for that spe­cial some­one with bor­ing walls. No stam­pedes guar­an­teed at my shop! ;)

On Today’s Happenings

On the Pavement

Is the Amer­i­can Thanks­giv­ing today or tomor­row? Well, either way, hap­py Thanks­giv­ing. Have a nice turkey din­ner while up here we mourn the lack of new TV shows. No new Life On Mars! No new Grey’s Anato­my! Oh noes! Need­less to say, it’s a pret­ty bor­ing Thurs­day night. But at least we got some Christ­mas shop­ping done.

Some­one from a record com­pa­ny con­tact­ed me today about send­ing me mp3 of one of their artists named Hol­ly Thros­by. She’s in Hay­den’s lat­est album, In Field and Town, singing the song “Weight of The World” with him. I thought she had a love­ly voice. Any­way, they sent me the mp3 of a song by Hol­ly Thros­by called “Would You”, which is a duet with Bon­nie Prince Bil­ly. That par­tic­u­lar song didn’t real­ly do it for me but some of her oth­er songs did. Go check out “The Time It Takes”, “To Begin With”, and “Now I Love Some­one” on Holly’s myspace for some pop­py music good­ness. Beau­ti­ful voice, love­ly lyrics, sweet music, what else do you need? Def­i­nite­ly a good find.

Ear­lier this evening I checked my refer­rer stats and saw that I got a bunch of hits from Smash­ing Mag­a­zine. Turns out they just post­ed an arti­cle about “back to top” links and for some rea­sons, a screen­shot of my “back to top” link was used as an exam­ple. Good to know some­one thinks I did some­thing right with this site. :) Thanks, Smash­ing Mag­a­zine! (I guess.) And to all the new vis­i­tors, feel free to look around and say hi!

We have anoth­er Christ­mas par­ty to go to tomor­row night. Yay fun. It’s a cor­po­rate Christ­mas par­ty this time. We already “crashed” a cor­po­rate Christ­mas par­ty ear­lier this mon­th. The com­pa­ny flew Penn & Teller all the way from Las Veg­as to Kitch­en­er to per­form in front of their employ­ees and those will­ing to pay to see them (like us). The com­e­dy mag­ic show at the par­ty tomor­row is going to look real­ly pale in com­par­ison to Penn & Teller. At least this time we’ll get to eat the food. I’m almost 100% sure there will be turkey. I love turkey. Both alive and roast­ed.

On The Day Spent in Toronto

The Knitting Statue

We spent yes­ter­day in Toron­to. First, we went to vis­it our friends who recent­ly had a baby. The baby had a big poop while I was hold­ing him in my arms. It was kind of stinky. It’s been ages since I had to smell baby poo. Thank god for dia­pers that don’t leak.

At lunchtime, we went to this mid­dle east­ern fast food restau­rant where both we and the restau­rant got our orders con­fused and Troy end­ed up hav­ing to eat stuff he didn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly like which he fin­ished any­way and I had to eat a big meal which I felt bad for not fin­ish­ing.

After lunch, the three of us (Troy, the baby’s dad, and I) went to the new­ly ren­o­vat­ed Art Gallery of Ontar­io (AGO). I thought 3 hours would be enough time to see every­thing in the gallery but I was wrong. We would’ve need­ed at least anoth­er hour, but unfor­tu­nate­ly, we had to leave because we had to meet a friend at a Chi­ne­se restau­rant for din­ner.

I still wasn’t super hun­gry after the big lunch episode but I wished I had been. We ordered a lot of yum­my stuff and I real­ly want­ed to eat more but my tum­my was so full so I just end­ed up watch­ing the rest of the group eat all the dumplings and pan­cakes.

Our next des­ti­na­tion was the gallery where the group art show I was part of was held. It was the clos­ing night. We came half an hour ear­ly so we offered to help pre­pare things for the event before try­ing to fin­ish a quiz in order to enter a con­test with a $500 prize. Sev­en of our friends (includ­ing the baby) came to the clos­ing event and one of them won the $500! Lucky her.

Around 9pm we went back to our friends’ apart­ment to hang out more with them and the baby and have some hot choco­late before we head­ed back home. We had to dri­ve through the rain and snow to get home but the roads were sur­pris­ing­ly still in good con­di­tion. We got home after mid­night and went to bed and slept in.

I’ve been feel­ing blah all day today. I exper­i­ment­ed with some pho­tog­ra­phy tech­niques to dis­tract my mind from think­ing about things that would make me cry and the pho­to above was one of the results. Cheesy or cool? You be the judge.