Mar 31 2010

Things I Love Thursday, March 25, ’10

Conan Forever

Conan Forever

Wise words from Conan O’Brien, courtesy of

Ladies and germs, it’s time for Things I Love Thursday!  What is Things I Love Thursday, exactly? Dreamed up by the incomparable Miss Gala Darling, TILT is a weekly exercise in gratitude, in which we remind ourselves of all the wonderful people and things that make up our world.  It’s about feeling grateful and appreciative about all the positive aspects of our lives, exactly as they are.  

Quick!  List five things that you really hate!  Pretty easy, wasn’t it?  Now,  list five things that you really love!   If you’re like me, you probably had to think a bit harder.  Regular participation in the Things I Love Thursday exercise will change all that, and make us more mindful of the joys in our respective lives. TILT is not really about bragging (“My life is sooooo wonderful, so there!”), nor does it involve prancing around in a tra-la-la-sunlit-grainy-photograph-pretty-dress daze, willfully delusional about the existence of suffering and injustice.  It’s just a simple thank you, a love letter to the universe.  Your personal TILT list doesn’t necessarily have to be a profound scroll about each and every special person in your life; it can be as quick as a post-it note about the wonders of Double-Stuf Oreos, the restorative properties of gin or the magic that is your acne medication.   You don’t have to pretend to feel excited over kittens, bunnies, unicorns, hamsters and rainbows, if that’s not your bag.   The purpose of Things I Love Thursday is to remind us about what’s good about our lives, to feel re-inspired and re-energized, and to feel more grateful and content.  It’s just a slight tweak to our current ways of thinking, and brings some pretty positive results.

You may have noticed that the date when this post was written does not match up with the date in which it was posted.  Well done.  That is because I am super-awesome and organized, and did not realize that I actually forgot to post this up until…today.  Well done, me!  Well, between today’s TILT and tomorrow’s, we will be a terrifyingly grateful group of people.   Terrifyingly grateful, I say!

Here is my TILT list, in no particular order:

* Sneaking off with my youngest sister on a spontaneous movie mission, and feasting on movie popcorn (the best kind of popcorn! Sometimes the best part of the movie experience!) and hot dogs for supper!  The movie was much funnier than expected, too.  Although I think Jay Baruchel is pretty damn cute; I don’t know what the movie execs were thinking.  The movie also had some nice messages about self-confidence that managed not to be heavy-handed or cloying.

* Um, looking at Jay Baruchel pictures for the last hour…

* Re-connecting with one of my oldest and dearest friends.  Although we’re able to pick right up where we left off, it was a powerful reminder to me to not take the friendship for granted and to keep in touch more often.  We have the internets, no excuses!

* Mysterious and surprising packages in the mail.  Alright, I exaggerate, since one of them was a credit card bill.  Not terribly mysterious nor surprising, but that’s also for the best.

* Catching up with some other old friends and going to the gym.  At the gym, they worked out while I pranced around (because once I’m actually at the gym, then my work there is practically done…right?).  I also have a nice post-exercise burning feeling…although it might actually be my shin splints acting up again.

*Listening to The Smiths on a rainy day.  Listening to The Smiths on any type of day, for that matter.

* That overwhelming feeling of superiority and triumph when you’ve remembered to take your vitamins for a full week in a row.   I feel like a champion, I tell ya! 

* Waking up one morning and suddenly realizing it’s spring.  Coming soon: the novelty of actually being warm!

Now, it’s your turn, m’dears.  What’s making you feel riled up and exuberant these days?

Much love,


Mar 25 2010

Mid-Week Dance Party! March 24th, ’10




Rockin’ out at the 2007 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland

I have a confession to make:  I frickin’ love to play air guitar.  In fact, most of September, 2006 was spent doing just that, until I belatedly realized that grad students have fewer classes because apparently they’re expected to do more research.  The more you know, eh?  Student slacker antics aside, I know I’m not alone in my love for air guitar.  Once exclusively the domain of nerdy boys alone in their rooms, or musicians with dreams of Motley Crue-levels of super-stardom, the delicate art form has broken free from the bedroom, basement and dive bar, as proven by the fact that such an event as the Air Guitar World Championships even exists.  

In addition to plaing air guitar, I love daydreaming about what it would be like to be in a band, not just Rock Band.   I also daydream about what my imaginary band would sound like, and what sort of songs we’d write.  The imaginary outcome always changes from day to day.  Because I’m having a mid-90s musical moment, today, my imaginary band (in which I would play lead guitar- obviously!) would sound a lot like the song “Volcano Girls” by Veruca Salt.   It ain’t the same without Nina and Louise!  

Veruca Salt- \”Volcano Girls\” 

What does your imaginary band sound like today?  And more importantly, what would you play?  Air guitar?  Air drums?  Air vocals? Would you multi-task and play more than one air instrument? 



Mar 18 2010

Mid-Week Dance Party!!

Hidey ho, leprechauns!!

Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Mid-Week Dance Party! I hope you’re getting up to all sorts of Irish-themed mischief and shenanigans, as we all celebrate our suddenly-shared Irish heritage!   In Glengarry County, where I’m from, we have a year-round love of all things Scottish and Irish, and we’ve all been raised with a love of Celtic music.  One of the fantastic aspects of Celtic music is that it can fit into a million of different music genres.  I’ve been blaring Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” all day, so I’ll spare you that.   However, I will still get you dancing, two-stepping, and moshing with some kick-ass tunes from Celtic punk rock legends The Pogues and the Dropkick Murphys:

Dropkick Murphys- \”The Spicy McHaggis Jig\”

The Pogues- \”The Irish Rover\”

I hope you all have a magical day, whether you’re wearing some green, swilling some green beer, dancing up a storm or mourning the potato famine.  Regardless if you acknowledge the day, may we all have a bit of the luck of the Irish!

Cheers to you!


Mar 17 2010

Overheard By A Tall Person

Cream is not amused

My dear readers…er…don’t get ahead of yourself Kylie… ”reader,”

Although we as individuals might lead radically different lives from one another, and probably have different life experiences as a result, there is one common experience that binds us all together.  Or at least tall people together.   That experience?  Suffering through Stupid Tall Comments (term coined by my friend Verity).  These comments run the gamut from being overwhelmingly flattering, to downright rude, to annoying and repetitive, to well-meaning-but-positively-insane.  Maybe this says more about me than I care to admit, but I sometimes get a kick out of the positively-insane ones.  I figure that as long as it isn’t cruel or annoying, a solid gold ridiculous comment often yields a screamingly hilarious story to tell both friends and strangers alike.    Of course, questions like why people feel so entitled to comment on other peoples’ bodies in the first place, the different “genres” of STCs that one might encounter, as well as effective comebacks and coping strategies to deal with them are different beasts altogether, and ones that I’ll be addressing soon.

There are some stories that are just too good to keep to yourself, and that’s where “Overheard By A Tall Person” comes in.  This new feature here is an opportunity to share those golden encounters with the rest of us; the more ridiculous, the better. They can be face-to-face conversations or simply overheard (surely you’ve also had the strange experience of hearing people talk about you as if you’re *not* standing right beside them?)   Some of the best on-field news reporting of this kind is from the fantastic blog, Don’t Harass the Tall Girl.   The blogger rarely updates nowadays, but I highly, highly recommend reading through the archives.   She’s straight-talking, unapologetic in her observations, and has a wicked sense of humour.   So if you have a wacky STC story or experience you’d like to share, please send me an e-mail or write it in the comments.  We’re here to laugh and commiserate with you!




Mar 4 2010

Mid-Week Dance Party! (March 4th, 2010)

Hi kids!


Wednesday, Schmednesday…Thursday still counts as “mid-week,” right?  It’s long overdue for our mid-week dance party.  My parents are away on vacation, I’m in “charge” of the house (although I had the unfortunate realization that one can’t really be that much in charge if no one else recognizes that I’m in charge…), and the whole scenario has deteriorated into a “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead” situation.   Except we’re not dead.  We’re dancing. 

Although I wasn’t old enough- -and I certainly wasn’t cool enough- -to realize it at the time, 1994 was a pretty phenomenal year for music.   It’s mind-boggling to think that anything from as recent as 1994 could be considered ”old-school,” yet so many of the artists and songs from that time remain completely fresh.   Let’s pretend we’re at the coolest, least-awkward (if such a thing exists) middle-school dance, shall we?   And we’re sporting our best scrunchies?

Here’s “Can’t You See” by Total, featuring The Notorious B.I.G:

\”Can\’t You See\” – Total, featuring Biggie

Of course, if you have any song recommendations, let me hear them!  What songs are you listening to this week?

Much love,