I am livid. I mean it. I’m disgusted and angry. Not the first time I felt this way about the Harper government but this is a whole new level of outrage. I’m talking about Julian Fantino and his so called meeting with veterans yesterday. One man broke down while talking about it. These men who served their country and only asked for time and an open mind from the man who is supposed to be responsible for the affairs of veterans. Instead, the veterans waited and waited for their meeting, only to be told that the minister couldn’t meet with them. Three other people were sent to meet with the veterans. But Fantino managed to show up just in time for a meeting with the press. And when things got heated, what did Fantino do? He walked out of the meeting. Continue reading
I’m tired of it. Tired of people accusing Newfoundlanders of being weak, nish, of people like Trevor Taylor, who I respect in many ways, telling us to stop complaining. I’m sick of people telling us to shut up about the trees when we’re all complaining about the forest. Although some people were impacted in terrible ways over the last few days of what people on twitter call #darknl, we aren’t complaining about a power outage or a storm. At least most of the people I know aren’t. Storms and power outages are not new to us. Certainly not to me. Where I grew up, power outages were common and there were several Christmases in a row where we had snow storms and power outages at Christmas time. You deal. Maybe moan a bit but you deal. What’s happening now in Newfoundland is a totally different matter and worthy of complaint. This is complete incompetence and a lack of preparedness on the part of the organizations and people who are supposed to provide us power.
I went shopping at Target for the first time this morning. Finding a place to park wasn’t too hard, even though I’d heard about long line-ups. There was a huge line-up for the checkout inside but it wasn’t crazy busy. I did leave without purchasing anything. And I was disappointed. I’m obsessed with getting good deals and thought Target would be a great place to do that. Maybe things will change but for now, here’s what I think are the pros and cons of our new Target store.
-Price: where are the good prices I was expecting?
-Stock (or lack thereof): many, many hooks and shelves were empty. Maybe there were good prices on things but they must have sold out fast. And I did check some of the empty shelves and didn’t think the deals were that special at all.
-Line-up at cash: hahahahahahahahaha. Maybe if there was an awesome deal somewhere but not for the $1 slipper socks I saw there and were the only thing in my cart when I dumped it. It went back the one side of the store and then around the corner a bit.
-Walked right up to the counter at Starbucks and got my latte. Expensive yes, but extra satisfying without the wait.
-On a whim, went to Michaels instead of staying at Target and got the last Rainbow Loom I’ve been searching for everywhere but sells out too fast. It is sooooo hard to find and was sold out at Michael’s within the hour. Don’t ask me why Sam and his male friends are all so excited about making bracelets with this thing. I talked to a grandmother and mother in the line-up who were buying them for 8 and 9 year old boys. They were baffled too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It just seems to be so something they wouldn’t be into. Sam has never shown the least bit of interest in crafting and now he wants to make bracelets. Go figure. But it ain’t a video game and I’m all for it!
-No temptation to drive all the way out to the east end to shop at Target. Costco is still the only thing to drag me out to Stavanger and that isn’t a very frequent visit. Oh and maybe Future Shop and Michaels if I’m already there or there’s a good deal on.
Right now, I’d have to give a thumbs down to Target but maybe it’s just growing pains. I’ll probably try again sometime when things have calmed down a bit.
See, the problem with being away from a blog for so long is the idea of writing this post explaining why I’ve been away for so long. This is especially true if your last post is called “Part One” of something. The weird thing is that I finished writing part two the day after I posted part one. But I have to admit I’m a little nervous posting these proclamations about writing. Unless I’m angry and on a rant like I was in part one. I’ve calmed down. Things have happened. But I still stand by my assertions and will post part two later this week.
It’s not just my nervousness about telling fellow writers, most of them waaaaaay better than me, that I think writing is not hard that’s kept me away from my blog. It’s not even just procrastination or trying to enjoy some of the great summer we had. Nope, the thing that’s been keeping me busy is that we Continue reading
The wonderful Trudy Morgan Cole tagged me when she posted a link to an article on facebook. The article was from Elizabeth Gilbert, she of Eat, Pray, Love and took a poke at Philip Roth for trying to discourage a young writer from his profession. Trudy knew I’d love what Gilbert said and I did. I really did. Because I’d said it so many times before. To Trudy, had heard it from Trudy, ranted to others about it. Gilbert said it much better than I ever could but that won’t stop me. Because I like to rant, especially about something I rant about so often.
Pity the poor writer, slaving away in her basement or chained to his keyboard. Hunched over, fingers aching, brain reeling. I often hear, or read about, writers complaining how tough it is to write. How they agonize over a paragraph for hours and then finally, fretfully, after wrestling with their commas and periods and which synonym of the word ‘bend’ they should use, get that paragraph done. Only to cut it out in a couple of months when they revise the work again. How they torture over each syllable and every word.
Bah, humbug. Continue reading
Best opening ever. Favourite quotes that had me literally laughing out loud:
“Meryl Streep is not here tonight, she has the flu. I hear she’s AMAZING in it.” – Amy Poehler.
About Kathryn Bigelow “…when it comes to torture, I trust a woman who spent three years married to James Cameron…” – Amy Poehler
Talking to Anne Hathaway, about her “Les Mis” performance: “I have not seen someone alone and abandoned like that since you were on the stage with James Franco at the Oscars.” – Tina Fey
Okay, perhaps it is a teeny bit hypocritical of me to post about how excited I am about the Golden Globes tonight after my recent rant against celebrating celebrity. But, in my defense, the Golden Globe awards is an award show and not the news that I ranted about. And the hyping of celebrity that drives me nuts is not celebrating excellence in film and television, like in the Globes, but the obsession with talentless, ego-maniacal reality “stars” who are famous because of bad behaviour, stupid behaviour, ignorant behaviour or for the fact that they are rich and beautiful. But I digress again.
I love the Golden Globe Awards. This has been noted on my blog before but, to refresh your memories, it’s a ceremony that celebrates the best in TV and movies. The stars are free to drink and are very relaxed and something unusual usually happens. Ricky Gervais was the most recent host and I loved him as host but this year, it’s going to be even better because the hosts are two fabulous, brilliant comediennes, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
The power is back on for us right now. But now there’s the task of getting the snow blower out that’s buried under there except for a bit of the cover peeking out.
One of the things I’d like to do in the new year (note, I didn’t say ‘resolve’ or resolution’) is to try to not read the news so much. It makes me sad. Makes me feel hopeless about the world. But then I decided I would read more news but would try to make sure it’s good news. I subscribe to the good news network and get regular emails that fill me in on good news but when I googled, I found that many news sites have good news sections. So, along with the link to the good news network, maybe you might like to check some of them out in the links at the bottom of this post (some of them are Canadian but the news is from around the world). Wouldn’t it be great to focus on the good being done in the world and the little good things people are doing for each other than, say, which two media whores have just conceived a little bundle of publicity for themselves? Yes, of course it would.
When you’re on a news site that provides other news that might not be good news, you may want to not look at the sidebars or footers on the page since that’s where you can find out which reality TV star just got a 3 million dollar advance on her book. Or why news organizations think it’s more important that you know what Honey Boo Boo had for supper last night than Continue reading
Happy New Year! As always, friends, I hope that in 2013, through all the noise, hustle, bustle, triumphs and adversities, you find a way to be overjoyed. In the brilliant words of Christine Kane,
“All of the world is designed to remind you
All of the light you could find is inside
Under all of the noise
Here’s your chance to be overjoyed”