To round off the summer we went and visited our families at two different dams. First we hit Gardiner dam with Shawn’s parents for a day visit, and then we went further south to Boundary dam to spend a weekend with my family.
Recently my friend and fellow blogger, Coco/Colleen, posted this on her blog and it was so interesting I decided to follow suit – sort of. The questions are from the blog Harsh Reality, and where I am only sort of following suit is that I am not submitting my answers to project – but I am still answering them. A bit of a cop out, maybe? But this is the girl who skipped 7 out of 8 spirit days in school; entire days with no classes, just fun and games with your classmates, I chose to stay home and watch movies and eat subs – because the younger me handled bread a lot better than I do now, if you can call that stuff Subway makes bread that is. It might sound paradoxical because I don’t mind on the job team work, but group projects in university make my skin crawl just a little. Anyways – here are the questions and my answers:
I recently read another book that had me in tears, tears of laughter of course, I’ve been having pretty good luck with that lately! This time it was the Bloggess Jenny Lawson’s “Mostly True Memoir.” I don’t know about you, but when I see a taxidermied mouse with a Jacobean ruff, cape, and tiny mouse skull in his little hand as if he is performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet, I expect that book to be either side splittingly hilarious, or deeply disturbing – I think Jenny Lawson managed to accomplish both with “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.”
Like many memoirs she started in her youth and worked forward to the present. What set this memoir apart from others was that she not only had an abnormal childhood (that flowed into her adult life) but the way she perceived these events and retold them in her own unique, albeit offbeat, way. If you read her blog you will no doubt be familiar with some of the stories told here, and the style of story telling. I especially enjoyed the story of the 6′ metal rooster that had to come live with her and her husband because he said not to bring home any more towels, as well as the time her father threw a live baby bobcat onto her future husband the first time he met him as a way of saying hello.
If you come from a weird family, and/or are weird yourself I think you will appreciate this book. In addition to the humorous, sometimes heart warming, sometimes stomach turning stories featured in this book – there are also pictures littered through out. I didn’t know that a raccoon wearing pajama pants could be so cute (normally I think of raccoons as vicious creatures that live only to eat garbage and take people’s faces off) and some times a picture describes things better than any amount of writing ever could. As far as why this book made me think I might need a taxidermied friend – you will just have to read this book yourself and see if you don’t wind up finding the idea of a dressed up little animal waving hello at you sounds even just a little appealing.
Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to attend the centennial celebration of my boyfriend’s home town. Abbey is a village of about 200 or so people but it also has a lot of other villages and small towns nearby and the community spirit is always very evident in everything they do.
One review of this book touted it as “The UK version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants” – I haven’t read Bossypants (maybe one day) but I do care for Tina Fey and things from the UK so I was sold. One of the great, unexpected gifts that came with reading this book was that it demystified and rendered less “scary” the idea of feminism. I’ve always grown up hearing it used as a bad word, or used to describe a very outer fringe of people with some ideas about equality very different from my own (usually the meaning of the word equality gets lost completely). This book showed how feminism is important, accessible, and reasonable. I really appreciated how the author broke it down into easily comprehensible bits, and did so with a lot of humour and relate-able stories which made it even better. I have always believed that women should have rights, but I also have always felt that this was just an Continue reading
This summer I decided to take two classes to get ahead with my bachelor’s degree. One is geology which is my last science credit requirement – plus I love dinosaurs and rocks so it’s perfect. I also decided to take the first level of Photography, and I have received more than I thought I was signing up for. Back in the ninth grade, which was 1994-1995, I took a short session photography class. It was very basic, we used 35mm SLR cameras (I don’t even think digital cameras were very common yet) and did all of our own light metering and focusing and then developed our prints in the dark room. I didn’t remember it being very hard.. but it was more than 15 years ago I suppose.
This is easily one of the most informative and enlightening books I have read this year. I was first suggested this book by my boyfriend’s mother when I was posing a question about family dynamics in the modern era. The next time I came to visit her, she had already purchased it and offered to lend it to me to read. Being that this book is over 700 pages long and I was attempting it during a semester with two university English classes with their 12 novels to read, it took me some time to finish it. I just read a few pages here and there before bed, and like any fine and rich thing, it was nice to savor it in that way. Continue reading
Back at the end of May I went to visit my family back in the small city where I grew up. One of the primary industries there is coal mining, and before anyone gets excited about deep tunnels and guys wielding pick axes, it’s strip mining – so think more along the lines of giant machinery like drag lines, and Tonka toy like implements such as a front end loader. My mom and I decided to go on a bus tour of the mines and one of the power plants as we had both lived there for ages. I literally grew up with drag lines and massive coal haulers just being a part of the scenery, but there was still so much I didn’t know, so one very grey morning we set off to learn more about the place where I grew up!
I read this book a little while back and have been meaning to review it, and since we have a couple of days of spring left I thought this might be a good time. Why you might ask? Well some people like to spring clean, and with spring cleaning often the idea gets into your head that you need to rearrange your furniture. I have yet to rearrange the furniture in the living room or our bedrooms since we’ve moved in almost 2 years ago – mostly because the living room is very narrow and the bedroom has one wall that is all closet and another that is all windows, so our options in those rooms are limited… but I might rise to the challenge yet! I have, however, re-arranged my home office no less than 3 times (it’s probably more than that, I’ve just lost count) because it’s nice and square, and while I do have a wall of windows and wall of closet it just seems more conducive to furniture moving – that and I don’t have a massive bed to contend with.
This book offers some insights in how you might want to go about arranging things in your house in ways you might not have thought of before. Say what you will about Feng Shui, how it’s “trendy”, or “a bunch of baloney”, but from reading this book I’ve learned it’s been around for thousands of years, and not just in Eastern countries, but also in Egypt. This particular book was very thorough and easy to read. It didn’t just take you through the how, but the why – and provided many useful charts for all sorts of applications. It also covered a wide variety of topics from your home to finances, emotions, relationships, health, and more. So it’s not just a decorating book, it’s a whole life resource book. Take from it what you will, but it was an easy and interesting read in a good format.
Before I get right down to the meat and potatoes of this post I have to make a quick shameless plug – but since many of you come for the photography and are even photographers and artists yourselves you might find this interesting. I work part time for a wonderful arts, photography, and new media magazine in town which is currently celebrating its 30th year in production and we are hosting an image contest. There is a fee to enter but with that fee you do get a one year subscription to the magazine and a chance to win a cash prize AND get your work published in a nationally distributed magazine. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2013 so please enter if you are interested and feel free to share this contest with anyone and any where you think it will be appreciated:
So getting back to the title of this post; aside from being the set up for a really bad joke, rural Saskatchewan is a place I like to spend quiet time and recently I had another chance to take some pictures of it. The following pictures are from Kyla and Coleman’s ranch just outside of Saskatoon, and Sandra and Charlie’s ranch in the south west corner of Saskatchewan.
This is why I love the prairies, skies that stretch as far as you can see.