Lately

pic1 {Fernie on Theo’s Birthday}

pic2 {An addition to the collection}

pic3  {More serious than I intended}

Lately I have been…

*Going for coffee in the evenings

*Getting back into the gym routine

*Counting down the days until March

*Practicing my dance moves for the Tegan and Sara show tomorrow evening

*Dreaming about an upcoming trip to Ontario where I will visit Niagara Falls, catch up with old friends and plant some kisses on some cute babies.

*Wishing for spring

Happy Wednesday to you.

 

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Losing track

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This week has been strange. T was home sick on Monday and Tuesday, which got me off my game a bit. Now I’m struggling to catch up on a bunch of work and all day yesterday I thought it was Monday but then bam! today is Thursday oh, and wait, it’s Valentine’s Day? Forgot about that. Tomorrow we’re going to Fernie to spend Theo’s birthday long weekend with some family on the slopes. It’ll be a great  time, but I have done nothing to get ready for it.

Hm.

Happy Valentine’s Day/Thursday to you!

Friday!

You guys, I don’t mean to brag but it’s been +7 every day this week. Sunny and glorious. On Wednesday I took a trip out to Canmore with my Mom and sister on a wedding planning mission (Sheila is getting married there in June). We scoped out the ceremony and reception site, ate a delicious lunch at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co., went to the florist to pick out flowers, snooped around the hotel, booked rooms for rehearsal dinner and gift opening, went to a bakery to look at cakes and, of course, marvelled at this sight:

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Does it get any better? Not sure it does. I can’t wait for June 29th!!

Yesterday I got to help out in Theo’s classroom. We built steamrollers out of egg cartons, donuts and thin bread sticks. Wheels and axles! Also, if you ever need a boost of self-confidence just go to a grade 4 classroom. I had all of the little girls flocking to me saying, “You are so pretty!” “I like your sweater!” “Your hair is so nice!” – wow. It was great fun, but afterward I had about an hour to kill before Theo could leave for the day so I hopped on over to a coffee shop and killed time in the best way possible:

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Gatsby! Coffee! A match made in heaven. I love The Great Gatsby. I said to Theo last night that if I had a time machine I would for sure go to New York in the 1920s for a day. It’d be a rip roaring time (of course, I’d need to transport myself directly into one of Jay Gatsby’s parties, that’d be the best).

They’ve made this book into a new movie, but I’ll have to wait until Christmas to see it. Until then, feast your eyes on the trailer:

Oh and happy Friday!!

The Spectator Tribune

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As many of you know, I’m the Alberta Editor over at The Spectator Tribune. What that means is that I am in charge of all the Alberta content you see on the site. I oversee the Alberta writers, make sure we have content and publish it to the site daily. I also still try to write articles myself (though I haven’t in a while – I need to get on that!), and I help the head editor, Toban, with managing the homepage of the site and editing anything he throws my way. It’s awesome. I love this job and I love The Spectator Tribune. It really is a site like no other – dedicated to getting news out about the prairies, an area of the country that is sometimes forgotten about in mainstream media.

Over at The Spectator Tribune we’ve just launched an Indiegogo campaign to generate some funding. As of right now, the site isn’t bringing in much revenue. It’s been online since October, our readership is nicely growing and we’ve got ad campaigns that are slowly generating money, but so far none of our writers have been paid to write the excellent content you see on the site. In an effort to push The Spectator Tribune into a place where it is self-sustaining and profitable, we’ve started this Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to pay our hard working writers now.

Here’s the link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-spectator-tribune

There are some great rewards for donating to the cause, especially if you have a business or something you’d like to promote. If you feel like this is something you’d like to support, that’d be lovely. If not, that’s OK too! Our hope is that this project can stay online and continue building momentum until it gets to a place where it sustains itself.

Thanks for reading this shameless plug. Happy Thursday to you all!

Finally February

I feel like every February 1st the same thought crosses my mind: Finally February. January is long and cold and the best stuff is all crammed up at the beginning of the month. Today it’s supposed to be +5, the sun is shining, I’ve cleaned up the house and yes, it is finally February.

In honour of the month I added a new little something to our mantel.

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I found a free printable of this online and then coloured it myself! Arts and crafts! I really like how it turned out.

Now, I know my last post was about Tegan and Sara, but you guys, I can’t post this without sharing my next favourite song off their new album. If you haven’t gone to iTunes and bought Heartthrob yet, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect music for February! No, wait, it’s the perfect music for life. This song is the last one on the album and it gets me right where I want it to get me.

The sound isn’t fantastic because it’s a YouTube video, so i suggest you get this on your iPod, play it on a sweet sound system and just rock it out. Those beats, you guys. I listen to this at least 3 times a day. Especially good for running to.

Oh and we just bought tickets to their show on Feb. 28th and holy smokes am I ever excited about that.

Happy Happy Friday! Have an awesome weekend.

On Repeat

Oh, hey! I’m still here, don’t worry. Today I wanted to share a song with you that’s been on repeat in my brain and on my iPod all day long. I’ve been a fan of Tegan and Sara (you know, those twin sisters from Calgary who make awesome music) for a long time. Yesterday they released their new album Heartthrob and, woah, it’s so good. Like the whole thing is fantastic, every song. That’s such a rare thing these days.

Their single is Closer and it’s so catchy I’ve been bopping to it all day. It certainly makes all of the editing I have to do and the cold weather I have to put up with tolerable. Here it is, get your grooving shoes on!

Fringe Friday

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I’ve been looking forward to today since September. That may seem strange, but don’t worry, I’ll explain.

This past August, while we were visiting Theo’s parents in Swift Current, we got into the show Fringe. His sister was a fan and she had just got their parents to start watching the series. They had only seen the pilot when we arrived for a visit and they basically said, “We’re going to be watching this show, so if you want to join us you better catch up!” We did. The rest, they say, is history.

Fringe is a truly wonderful show. I love the concept, I love the characters and I love how emotional and smart it is. I think that I also love it because it reminds me of summer. Once we had caught up and watched the pilot we basically burned through the whole first season in one week. We’d have Fringe marathons in the evenings at the cabin, while the last heat of the day washed away on the lake. We jumped right in.

When we started the series in the summer, I knew that this year was the show’s last season. Theo and I decided to catch up on all 4 seasons so that we could watch the 5th one in real time. We finished the season 4 finale two days before season 5 began in September. It’s been so fun to watch each new episode as it airs, although waiting a whole week (and sometimes three weeks) in between episodes has been an adjustment.

Tonight the series finale will air, and I’m feeling both sad and super excited about it. I love getting into a show (you remember The X-Files love affair, right?). I loved watching back-to-back episodes and watching the seasons in such quick succession was so so fun. However, I feel sad because I’m now going to say goodbye to these characters that I’ve only really known since August. While many fans have had five years with them, I’ve only had five months.

While its premise is set in sci-fi, the show is primarily about the love of an unconventional family that is brought together in a haphazard way. It is also about testing the limits of science, testing the boundaries of unconditional love and testing the laws of fate.

If you’re at all interested in this show, I highly recommend it (obviously). It’s now on Netflix, so you can give it a whirl and see if you like it. The first season is a bit bumpy – they were trying to figure out what the show was for most of it. The season 1 finale, however, is awesome and then it just gets better and better from there.

So tonight Theo and I will drink strawberry milkshakes and eat licorice (both favourite foods of Walter, the mad scientist) and enjoy the final two episodes of this great story. Fringe is getting its proper ending, and I just know it’ll go out with a bang.

Happy Fringe Friday!