And… We’re Back

Yes people, I know you’ll find this hard to believe – especially since I’ve made more than just a few empty promises in the last couple of months (and also, it’s been so long that I couldn’t remember how to log in to my account)…. but I am finally BACK! Why? Well first of all, why the hell not? Secondly, I’m a writer and writers write. Thirdly, there are actually people who have been harassing me to write. Imagine – me being the harassee, instead of the harasser. Shocking, I know. Lastly, I’m back because my good friend Jill over at Thypolarlife has bestowed upon me, an award. An AWARD people! It’s so nice to know that some people value my presence in their lives as well as in the blogosphere (especially when said blogger has been AWOL for umm…. a few months). Thank you Jill – you rock!

Now, in order to accept/pass on this award, I need to answer a few questions. Usually I skip that part and pretend I didn’t know about it, but this is my big comeback so I figure I should at least make the effort. But first, this is what the award looks like:

Clearly, I rock.

Admittedly, it’s a lovely award. But I much prefer this image – which, if you know me/have read me, you will agree, is much more befitting:


Alrighty, let’s get on with the Q&A portion of the show. This should be educational for anyone who is just ‘meeting’ me. Oh wait, does anyone even know I exist? Anyway, moving along…

1) Favorite color: It took me seven years to pick a paint color for my yoga room because I have a fear of committing to colors =-D  But in general, I’m a blue or orange kinda gal. Except when it comes to clothes – I prefer black for that slimming effect.

2) Favorite animal: I’ve got two – dogs and elephants. My favorite dog is the German Shepherd, and I currently have a black, long-haired girly-girl who goes by the name of Tosca (yes, she’s a German Shepherd even though she’s black as night).  I also love elephants because to me, they are calm, peaceful and serene creatures with their own unique personalities. Also, I’ve always felt an affinity toward the Hindu God, Ganesh. Of course, he’s a whole other kind of elephant ’cause he’s got four arms and wears jewelry.

3) Favorite number: I can’t say I really have one. Whenever I receive one of those chain emails that I only fill out if I’m bored, I always pick 2 to avoid having to send the damn thing to 500 people.

4) Favorite non-alcoholic beverage: I’ve grown quite fond of Lattes in my not-so-old age. Skim, no foam and extra hot!

5) Facebook or Twitter: Both promote social voyeurism and feed many peoples’ egos. Both annoy the shit out of me. Having said that, I guess I’ll go with Facebook, only because I look at my page more often then I Tweet. But Twitter is less annoying.

6) My passion: Do I really have to answer this? Music, of course! Namely, U2 – but my musical interests are extremely diversified and I do consider my knowledge to be above par. In addition to music, writing and photography + my yoga practice are equal passions.

7) Getting or Giving Presents: I love to give presents, but I suck at keeping gifts a surprise. It’s like the 5-year old inside of me is dying to get out each and every time – if I can make it to gift day without spilling the beans, it’s a real miracle (ask my mom). But, I also love to receive presents. I think I should receive more. OK people, what are you waiting for?

8) Favorite pattern: Umm…. I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve reached the age where patterns matter – but I agree with Thypolar: male-patterned baldness is definitely up there. Oh, I do like the pattern of my middle finger when I flip off arseholes. Does that count?

9) Favorite Day of the Week: One where I’m not at work. ‘Nuff said.

10) Favorite Flower: Gerber daisies. They’ve got so much punch, it’s impossible not to love’em. Plus they smell good.

And this concludes my Award acceptance Q&A. In my next post (yes, there will be another – maybe even this week!), I’ll catch y’all up on what I’ve been doing instead of blogging. In the meantime, spread the word – the train-hater is back!

To conclude my first post of 2012 (and hopefully not my last), I’m going to nominate these 3 fellow bloggers:

Jamie over at All Things Finkybee because she’s got spunk and is almost as sarcastic as me.

Jinny over at Peddler of Dreams because she’s full of sunshine, all the time.

Bram over at Connect to the Sky because he is the light. Bram is too cool to accept the award but I’m still giving it to him. More on Bram in upcoming posts (you are in t-r-o-u-b-l-e…..!).


Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

Someone once told me that, years ago, it was a perfectly acceptable thing to do business at your front door. That must have been a really long time ago, because when I hear a knock on the door these days, I fantasize about answering it wearing Braveheart face paint while wielding a pitchfork or a trident.

Preet Banerjee, Globe & Mail

I read this quote in the Globe & Mail this morning and it made me laugh; probably because that last bit sounds like something I would say under similar circumstances – however, I would include the call of the Bedouin to accompany the face paint. I’m pretty sure door-to-door salesmen would stop popping in unexpectedly.

After reading Banerjee’s article, it reminded me of all the random visitors that used to ring our doorbell when I was a kid, notably, the ex-cons, who would go door-to-door selling leather wallets that they’d made, or pens and other assorted, often useless crap. We had Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and school kids selling chocolate, and people who sold freshly picked strawberries. We were often visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons too, who felt that the best way to spread religion was by going door to door and a) ask for money while b) insisting that we needed their brand of God to save us. Back then, people were more trusting – more willing to give a person the benefit of the doubt. Mom bought her fair share of wallets and the occasional pen from ex-cons in order to ‘help them get back on their feet’ (though religous nuts were kindly sent on their way). Can the same be said now? In this day and age, when the media constantly turns our eyes toward violence, scams, rip-off artists, the doctor turned murderer, the lover turned con man/woman, the mother who drowned her kid, elder abuse – does anyone really trust anyone anymore?  Do we have a reason to? Do you easily trust strangers? Do you give them the benefit of the doubt? Or are you more weary, cautious? Personally, I don’t answer my door unless I know someone specific is stopping in. There are just way to many nut jobs out there for me to take a chance. Similarly, I admit that when meeting new people, I maintain a certain level of suspicion until I’ve assessed that they’re good people and “trustworthy.”  Sleep with one eye open, I always say!
What do you guys think?

The Steampunk Horse

I was checking out Trey’s latest uploads, when I came across this one. I didn’t quite know what to make of it, so initially,  I didn’t post it. This morning, I stumbled on it again and I decided to post it. How does this photo, or rather, this crazy-ass horse sculpture make you feel? Love it or hate it?

Personally, there’s something about this sculpture that bothers [read, ‘irritates’] me. I haven’t quite put my finger on it yet, but despite its intricate beauty, something about this horse disturbs me. When I look at the assorted contraptions that make up this sculpture, I think ‘violence,’ ‘industrial’ and ‘futuristic.’ I need to on it some more in order to figure out what’s bugging me about this one.

Now it’s your turn – share your thoughts before I hunt you down and use you as a coffee tumbler :-p

Photo: Trey Ratcliff


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The Horse Speaketh – Pic of the Day

When I saw this photo, it made me chuckle because the first thing I thought was “angry horse.” I wonder if this might be the she-horse scolding her stubborn horse-hubs? Or, if you take a  closer look at her expression, one might think she’s letting out the call of the Bedouin 😀

What do we think?

I think… Happy Friday & thank the good Lord this week is over! LELELELELE!

Photo: Trey Ratcliff


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