Oct 21 2010

Things I Love Thursday, October 21st ’10


Ohhh…Ian Curtis.  You were a tortured genius who made some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard.  Also? You were pretty dreamy.

Huzzah! It’s Thursday!! (Now *that* was a strange shift from thinking about Ian Curtis and feeling melancholy).  It’s time to take our noses from the grindstone (err…figuratively…wouldn’t that be really bad for allergies? Or something akin to miner’s lung?), take a look around (use some eye drops if need be) and revel in all the wonderful, special things that make life so gosh darn wonderful and special!  Here’s my list, brace yourselves!

* Feeling melancholy about Ian Curtis.  Sometimes, a little light melancholy is necessary.  Maybe not so much in an uncontrollable-weeping kind of way, but more in a purposefully-listening-to-sad-songs kind of way, or even creating a “Sad Songs” playlist or mix CD?  I feel like there’s a subtle distinction here, but maybe the subtle distinction is that I’m nuts.

* Eating a frickin’ amazing sandwich that was made with homemade bread.  For the love of yams, it was so frickin’ good!!

* Not to jinx myself, but I’ve been driving in a large (or at least compared to my hamlet) city, and even during peak traffic hours, and things have been going pretty smoothly!  I rely heavily on my TomTom GPS, though.  Otherwise, this would be an addition for a “Things I Hate Thursday” type of list.

* Hot chocolate all the time, for any occasion.

* It’s autumn, and you know what that means! Buffy marathons!! Alas, I’ve come pretty late to the sheer knock-your-socks-off win that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and have only seen random episodes or snippets in the past.  But now? Now, I am fully committed to watching each and every episode in all its glory.  Mucho thanks to SPF for encouraging/enabling this addiction, and for watching them with me, and to our friend Heather, who lent us all her DVDs.  Happy Birthday, and you rule!!

* The rare millisecond that my eyes are not glued to the screen, watching Buffy, I like to prance around in the autumn weather.   Thanks, autumn!  You’ll always be around, right?  … Right?

* Fantastic birthday dinners for old friends and heaping slices of ice-cream cake!!

* An epic three-person friend reunion this weekend!!!! It is long-overdue and even more highly-anticipated.  For the love of decorative gourds, I am so frickin’ excited!!! I’m imagining matching tattoos of dragons on our backs.  Or eating lunch.  It could go either way.

* Encouraging and supporting (either financially or good-vibes-y) people who are committed to making a difference in the world, and who are making the world an infinitely better place in their own special way.

* Shout-out to my dad!  It’s his birthday tomorrow!! Happy Birthday, Dad!! He doesn’t really know how to use computers, nor does he care to learn.  He also has mixed feelings toward the internet, and most of his time is spent telling me to get off it before my face is fused to the screen (like, I don’t think that’s *science*, dad), but maybe, by some miracle, he’ll see this?  In any case, I think he’ll appreciate the shout-out, and will appreciate ice cream cake even more.

Now is the time for me to go foraging for sandwiches, so now it’s your turn to share your TILT list!  What has been making you go all swoony this week.  I’m bracing myself, I can handle it.

Cheers to you!


Oct 14 2010

My Face Hurts From Smiling #1



Even though Mean Girls came out a while ago, and is reminiscent of a simpler, gentler time- -a time when the greatest of Lindsay Lohan’s problems were whether Hilary Duff would go all Tonya Harding on her, or whether her mom, Dina “I’m a cool mom” Lohan would drag her to yet another club on a Tuesday night- -it is still an infinitely quotable, completely relevant, and Boss Awesome movie.   A movie to transcend the ages.  A cautionary tale about the dangers of Swedish health food bars and Burn Books and shopping at Sears.  A testament to the consistent amazingness of Tina Fey and my Nanna, because they have that in common.  And Kevin G’s rap at the Winter Talent Show? Well, it is a rap in the form of a cake baked with sunshine and rainbows in the form of a brilliant new deity come to rule the earth with a benevolent and tumblr-giving hand. 

I know, I know.  I don’t even go to this school.  I just have a lot of feelings.

Oct 6 2010

Things I Love Thursday, October 6th ’10

procrastinator award

Thanks, Allie! You know me better than life itself!

My dear remaining readers,

I’m so sorry I’ve let this website lie fallow for the past three months.  It has been a Crazy/Busy past few months, and not necessarily in a “CrazySexyCool”  TLC kinda way either.  I’ve had a touch of the nomads, and so I’ve been travelling a little bit, and there’s been a touch of the job-huntings, and a touch of the hectic families.   Does that last sentence make sense to anyone?  No?  Me neither.  I guess the main thing is that all has settled down, the chaos has subsided for a bit, and The Height of Life is back from the dead and ready for action!! (Er…I didn’t necessarily mean that in a “sexy zombie” kinda way, although it *is* October and Hallowe’en fast approacheth).   For those of you still kicking around, I salute you and am eternally grateful to you.  I promise never to abandon you like this again!  I am the Joan Crawford of webmasters, it seems. Well, minus the coat hangers.

To get back into the swing of things, let’s re-awaken The Height of Life with some fresh brains gratitude, shall we?  Yes, yes, it’s technically not Thursday yet here in my little Canadian nook of the world, but it’s Thursday in New Zealand!  Terry Bellefleur is one of my very favourite characters in True Blood, and not least for statements like the following: “I feel so lucky and so grateful, I could split in half.”  In that spirit, let’s get the wagon rolling for this Wednesday edition of TILT:

* Ah, autumn is creeping up on us like a lemur in a party hat.  (Do lemurs..creep?  Do lemurs… live in parts of the world where there is autumn?  What kinds of party hats do they prefer?  I’ll know what I’ll be doing later this afternoon).

* The anticipation of reading all about lemurs on Wikipedia this afternoon.  Oooh the excitement!

* Oh, autumn weather, with your clear crisp mornings and your awe-inspiring foliage and your thick Fall/Winter fashion spreads.  You make me want to eat apples, wear tights, and drive every day like I’m a Sunday driver!

* Never mind that I don’t actually like tights that much, what with the inevitably saggy crotch and other fit issues.  Also, tights are itchy! Itchy Itchy Itchy!  Ok- it appears as though a seven-year-old version of Kylie has high-jacked the body of current Kylie.

* At least seven-year-old Kylie has shown a remarkable command of the keyboard, with far less typos than current Kylie.  Here’s hoping that creepy-child-body-possessor-Kylie is a benevolent creepy child body-possessor…

* Friends and family that not only put up with my inane ramblings (please see above sentence…and I use the word “sentence” loosely) but even pretend to enjoy them!

* A specific shout-out to my good friend, Debbie, who gave me the much-needed kick in the behind to get back to writing again!  Thanks, Debbie!  You rule!!

* Meeting my Special Man Friend who is prettttty super-awesome!!!  Alright, alright- I do promise not to drone on and on about this, and will spare you and the rest of the internet from the fresh, exciting gory details, but he most certainly deserves a mention.   Yay!

* Having a seamless skin cancer surgery a few days ago, and the privilege of working with a top-notch team whose compassion, hilarity and expertise are second-to-none.  They are a team of champions who make me feel like a rockstar every time I step inside the hospital, even though my pants are usually a tad too short and not made of leather.   Pubs…hospitals…it seems there are many places to be “a regular,” haha.

* That feeling when you do a major overhaul of your room, and you realize how bright and beautiful and airy it is.  And then you proceed to spend the next hour and a half twirling around in the brand new space cleared up from moving your Michael Jackson commemorative magazines to another location…also inside your room.

And thus concludes this very special, very Wednesday edition of TILT.  What sorts of marvelous things have got you doing your own crazy-happy dance this week?

Much love to you all,

Kylie, Divine Lord of the Universe (well, soon to-be)