Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lament for the Slip

Do any of you have any idea how hard it is to find a decent slip these days? Yes, I am talking about ladies undergarments - the slip your grandma (or at least mine) used to wear. A couple of days ago I enjoyed some thrift-therapy and coffee talk with my friend Ellen. I scored this fabulous dress on Commercial Drive for $9.

I don't really have anywhere to wear said dress, but who could resist this handmade bargain? At any rate, I decided that even if I only wear it around the house tomorrow, it shall be my outfit to ring in 2009. It's a bit short, however, and I wanted to lengthen it by wearing a slip underneath and that's how I arrived at today's challenge. I went to The Bay - Canada's big department store and my usual source for things like stockings and tights. But no - I found only cheap polyester in limited sizes. I went all over the bloody place incluing all the lingerie stores in the mall. No luck. What has the world come to, people?! I have never had need of a slip before, but now that I want one I can't figure out where they've all gone. What do today's grandmas do?! (Wait a minute....I'll ask my mom, grandmother herself, who will look at me and ask why she would need a slip to wear under her jeans...) I finally scored a couple of half-decent ones at Value Village and I am waiting to see how they come out in the wash.

I offer this as further proof that I am not entirely comfortable in this, my generation.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Someone Once Told Me

I was introduced to this project today and I am kinda enthralled. The idea is pretty simple: a website that displays black and white images of people who hold up a sketchbook, on which they have written something that someone has told them.

I'm going to try and take one soon - will upload here if I do (now added above).

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Whitehorse Revisited

Just a very quick post to say that my trip to Whitehorse was great.  It actually kind of felt like I had never left.  Well, except that I was sleeping at a friend's place rather than where I used to live.  But other than that - it felt like home.  I promised a couple of photos, so here are four of my faves.  Granted, you could find these on my flickr page just as easily as here, but whatev.

This was one of the mornings I was outside for sunrise:

This is the Yukon River steaming away on a cold (-25C) day:

And this is me having quite a lot of fun x-country skiing while trying to not freeze to death:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Harper stays, but I go!

Well, I didn't get to say farewell to Stephen Harper and his conservative government today. Sigh. That sucks.

But I am going to Whitehorse on Sunday! That rocks! It's for work, but I am still looking forward to seeing friends, enjoying the snow, and wearing my parka. Stay tuned for photos of the north!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Letter to Canadians From Coalition Leaders

Liberal Party Press Office
New Democratic Party Press Office
Bloc Québécois Press Office

Monday, December 1, 2008

To our fellow citizens,

Canada is facing a global economic crisis. Since the recent federal election, it has become clear that the government headed by Stephen Harper has no plan, no competence and, no will to effectively address this crisis. Therefore, the majority of Parliament has lost confidence in Mr. Harper's government, and believes that the formation of a new Government that will effectively, prudently, promptly and competently address these critical economic times is necessary.

The contrast between the inaction of Mr. Harper's government and the common action taken by all other Western democracies is striking. We cannot accept this.

A majority of Canadians and Quebecers voted for our parties on October 14, 2008. Our Members of Parliament make up 55 per cent of the House of Commons.

In light of the critical situation facing our citizens, and the Harper government's unwillingness and inability to address the crisis, we are resolved to support a new government that will address the interests of the people.

Today we respectfully inform the Governor General that, as soon as the appropriate opportunity arises, she should call on the Leader of the Official Opposition to form a new government, supported as set out in the accompanying accords by all three of our parties.


Hon. Stéphane Dion Leader,
the Liberal Party of Canada

Hon. Jack Layton Leader,
the New Democratic Party of Canada

Gilles Duceppe Leader,
the Bloc Québécois