Everything Crashed

My Blackberry won’t accept calls and is constantly frozen, my laptop is now installing stuff on its own and last night… erased my calender.  I’ve had a digital organizer for 20+ years.

And something is disproportionately wrong with my blog numbers yesterday, who knows what that’ll turn into.  Off to fix all this, I’m too numb to freak out.  

Happy Big Birthday, Tony!

After we hung up yesterday I had little tears because I wish so much I could’ve made it down for your big party, have a great time tonight and I owe you a giant hug. XO

This is Tony, Hector and me here in Toronto when they came up from South Beach to visit me two summers ago.

Here’s the time we met up in Niagara Falls, and here’s when I made the trip down south.  They’re my BFFs from forever, and I miss you guys.

Getting Sand

I sent that to my newspaper pals at Vancouver 24 Hours as a “thanks for having me” gift, and included was a labelled ziploc of sand for Dean because I’d overheard he collects it (I don’t get it either).

That’s a Canada Goose Camp Down jacket.  

I’m at Cherry Beach.

My New Toy

A Nintendo DSi.  Been wanting one for a long time, look how old mine is, circa 1998.

The thing is flooring me… two cameras, I can send text and photos around, play online versus other people, and I have a suspicion this is one of the most hacked things out there.   

The games I chose:

Top to bottom:

– Mario and Luigi – Bowser’s Inside Story – came free with my DS

New Super Mario Bros. – I’m most excited for this one

Professor Layton and the Curious Village – I love puzzles

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2Obviously

And this DS is the reason this story ended the way it did.

Ate in the Dark This Week

Here at Onoir.


It’s been a culinary trend for a couple years I hear, something about how not being able to see your hand in front of your face enhances the food taste.  Blind people serve you.

It was a great experience, don’t need to repeat it.  I have a thing for blind people; I can’t imagine going through life not being able to see it.  That’s why I dedicated to them half of everything of this.

Also, our Canadian currency is of the few in the world that use a raised ‘tactile feature’ for the visually impaired.

I’ve Been Reading This

Blogging Hereos by Michael A. Banks.

For Xmas ’09 I gave myself this and this book (big Andy McNab fan here).  The year before I got a Jawbone.

The book is exactly what I needed, reigniting my love of blogging and all that.  It’s also serving as a good reminder I’m on the right track, how to go about it all, stuff like that.

Not gonna lie – since after my post-Olympic crash I’ve been finding it tough to get back to where I was, video blogging everyday, always sharing with you, living online.  That’s why there’s no videos since, it’s not for lack of trying.  

I have here 8 un-edited ones where I tried just to talk to the camera and bring you up to speed, but they’re all very meh.  Soon come, I can feel it, it’s coming back.

Me The Other Day

Ladies: $30 100% Cotton Dresses

I know eh, good deal.  They’re from the mall.

You can tell by my tools I sew.  Click here to see a quilt I made, and here for the time I made my own birthday outfit.

Important – Please Read

It just got back to me that during the Mesh Conference after party this week “someone” was telling people he’s paying me to backlink posts for money…. as in: I insert a blog post back where you’d likely never see it (like in 2008) about something spammy like online loans, and in return I get $10 and their Google ranking is increased.

Let me be very clear here: I would NEVER no NEVER do that.

I haven’t held out putting ads on this site for this long to throw it all away for 10 bucks, I think it’s shady, and it completely undermines my entire blog since really, a blog is only as honest and authentic as its author.

And to the guy that said that: what is wrong with you?  Don’t use my name like that ever again.  I have never worked for you nor will I, I’ve always been nice to you and why you’d say such a thing is beyond me.  

I had to explain to someone yesterday that of course I wouldn’t do that and their response? “Okay good, my respect for you went back up”.  I felt like barfing.  Awesome.

The end.

What a Great Gift

This came yesterday in the mail, it’s the White Stripes’ film, “Under Great White Northern Lights“.

Thank you, Scott!

I think you sent it to kick start me again on this project, and just reading the cover and insert, it has.  They’re like future-me: they stopped in every province and territory, it’s filled with red & white imagery and highlights places a little off the beaten path.  

Here’s the part that made my forehead crinkle:

All that tiny type are lists of names of those involved in the project.  Compare it to my list: myself.  Yaaaaa, LE SIGH.  Good thing I love a challenge.