Sunday, 8 November 2015

Happy (belated) 9th birthday my pumpkin!

I'm late to publicly wish my sweet little Nikita a happy 9th birthday. I was just digging through her baby book and realized we were over-due!

Nikita was born back in 2006 and came to live with me when she was about 7 weeks old. She was the runt of the litter and sickly, with gooey eyes, ear mites and worms. Her mom was a stray cat who was a tortoise shell coloring who had been taken in by a friend of a friend. The whole litter was orange except for one who was a tortoise shell. I went to "look" at this kittens with very unclear intentions but once I arrived Nikita promptly sat on my lap and refused to leave, so I was chosen. When she came to live with me she clearly hadn't had enough time with her mom-cat as I had to teach her some basic cats stuff, including how to use a litter box. :s




Jewelen and Nikita 2006

She was taken under the wing of her 2 older sister-cats and learned a lot from them also. Her personality seems to be a mirror image of Peebs, my calico, who passed away the following year in 2007,

Nikita and Peebs

It's so strange that I've since lost both her older sisters... Peebs and Jewelen have both passed so Nikita is the only one left from that time. She bring me so much joy with her funny little neurotic ways. It's impossible to imagine not having her in my life.

I love you my sweetest girl xo

Nikita - 2015


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Burrito cat

It's a Blanca burrito - twice in one evenings, in 2 different locations:


 
 
Later I was personally put in a burrito position by all 3 of my cats:
 
 

 

Yes, I was under that blanket -those are my legs and I was trapped. Not that I minded ;)

Monday, 14 September 2015

Bluesfest 2015

As is the way my blog has been going lately, so to is my Bluesfest update : late and light on content. I'm just in some weird period of time where it seems as though I have no time. I've taken on a chunk more responsibility at work and frankly during the summer, the last thing I want to do is be on a computer. We Canadians have to maximize every minute of good weather and store up all the vitamin D to get through the godforsaken winter.

Anyhow, almost 2 months late, I now present to you my Bluesfest roundup.

Day 1 was the almost all electronic day and I flittered around not overly interested in what was happening but revving myself up for the remainder getting into "festival mode" ie. drunk. Skrillex and Diplo performed that night and I really have little to say other than the crowd seemed to love it. In a funny coincidence, I just saw Diplo again who opened for Madonna last week and once again I was left with few words. As my friend S said: "who is this DJ asshole?" And that about sums up my understanding of the whole DJ thing.

Day 2 involved a lot of country music and people in cowboy hats and boots. It seems to be a really popular form of music however once again, I am at a loss. I ended up at one of the smaller stages and watching a Cuban band for a while before jumping ship.

Day 3 was interesting because the man-diva himself was here: Kanye West. Now this is the 3rd time I have seen Kanye and I find him to be quite an excellent entertainer despite apparently having some real ego problems. He was great again but it was a short show. I've noticed that often the larger the performer, the shorter the show.

Day 4 I went over to check out Iggy Izalea who I know one song from. Not really into dance type stuff but once in a while something catches my ear and she has had a song that caught me so I decided to check her out and it was a little weak. Also a short show and nothing to write home blog about.

Day 5 I was there multiple times.. the first being early afternoon to catch Scott Helman. He's a new up and coming artist with an excellent song called "Bungalow". There were only a few of us there and it was scorching hot. The security guard was spraying us down with a hose.

Scott Helman
Later that night,  I checked out Ceelo Green and Blue Rodeo, who is basically a staple and there every year but still fun. Ceelo actually stopped the show in the middle and demanded a shot of tequila and wouldn't continue signing until someone brought him the shot. He was also wearing robes and sitting on a throne so that was something too. Entertainment at its finest.

Day 6 was the rainstorm from hell. Future Islands put on a great show - what an entertainer that lead singer is!! I tried to tough it out for Lynyrd Skynyrd but ended up leaving early, freezing and soaked.
Tough times

Day 7 - I bailed. It was all catching up to me.

Day 8 I wandered over quite late and caught one Canadian band only called "Mother Mother". I've never been a big fan of them but it turns out that I liked watching them live.

Day 9 was the Hip. They are always excellent. Period. Canadian classics.


The Tragically Hip

Day 10 was Milky Chance, and it was a great show. I danced the whole time which is fitting as the main lyric in one of their very popular songs is "I've never danced like this before..."

Milky Chance

Day 11, closing day. The Tea Party, another Canadian classic and apparently Australian favorite finished the festival off for me in a great way. They have been around a long time but still know how to rock.
The Tea Party
And that was a wrap on the 2015 edition. I made it out alive once again!
  



Tuesday, 11 August 2015

What happens if you try and write with a pen in my house

This was K (best friend/cat sitter extraordinaire)'s attempt to write me a note last weekend when she was cat sitting "the solids" as she calls them. BTW - "The solids" is a reference to the fact that they are each a solid color ;)
 





Thursday, 30 July 2015

Oh, hi!

I'm still around just extremely neglectful of the blogosphere as of late! Hope everyone's been doing well... here's a little summary of where I've disappeared to.

June ended with one of my favourite bands in town... Beirut.

Beirut at Ottawa Jazz Fest

If you don't know them, check this out:

 
 
Then it was suddenly July and onto CANADA Day!!

Canada Day - Parliament Hill

Fireworks on the hill

It was a cool, rainy day but we made the most of it with our traveler mugs of beer and pre-drinks in the back yard. The fireworks show was great, as always.

Then it was time to head to America for INDEPENDENCE day! A group of 4 girls took the 12 hour drive down to Washington D.C. to party in the nation's capital for the 4th. I had never experienced a July 4th in the USA before so it was very exciting. Also on the agenda was a 20th anniversary concert and North American tour kick off by the Foo Fighters!


 
Prior to the day at the amazing concerts, we did some of the traditional tourist stuff in D.C. and I can truly say that it is a beautiful city. I was surprised by how much I loved it.

Lincoln Memorial

Washington monument
 
Obama's place - note the sniper

I don't always drink Bud, but when I do... it's in the USA


Dave killed it from his throne, with his broken foot. What a show by the Foo Fighters!


Back into Canada, and it was the start of our Bluesfest which is a 10 day music festival which is my Christmas time basically. It's always such a blast but my liver pays for it :)
I'll do a separate post on that as it warrants it's own.

In the middle of Bluesfest, there was Hope beach volleyball which brought out some great acts for a $20 ticket. July Talk and the Sam Roberts band were the 2 that I was able to catch and they were both amazing. Again, if you don't know them you should check them out if you like alternative rock.

Hope Beach volleyball concerts


Also around the same time, I was lucky enough to catch another couple of amazing bands at the Dragonboat festival for free! The Rural Alberta Advantage and Dan Mangan. I can't say enough about the Rural Alberta Advantage. I absolutely love their music and I was able to meet them last fall and they were also very nice and friendly.


Rural Alberta Advantage
 
 
Dan Mangan


So now we're almost up to speed... minus last weekend which I spent in a resort area called Mont Tremblant in Quebec. It is generally a ski area but in the summer the reports stay open and have pools and all that good stuff.

Touring over Tremblant


In the cable car to the summit


View from the top

We truly have a beautiful country here in Canada and it's nice to do some tourist type things in your own country sometimes.

In cat news, everyone is great and loving the summer because it means outside time.






Phew. As you can see, it's been a month. Add to this I have taken on a new role at work and I've barely had time to think let alone blog. I've been thinking about all of you blog friends though, and I look forward to checking in on everyone and seeing how you're doing.

Next adventure coming up this weekend where I will be immersing myself in nature in a cabin in the woods. Have a great week/weekend everyone!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Here we go!

Ok, here we go into the first festival weekend of the summer and I couldn't be more excited!
We have the the Dragonboat festival this weekend, running in conjunction with The Ottawa Jazz Festival. Straight from here, we go right into Canada Day festivities and then I'm off to Washington D.C for the 4th of July! America, I'm coming to party with you! I'll be a the RFK centre in Washington for The Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary Blowout! Once back from the US, we move right into Ottawa Bluesfest! Bluesfest is my Christmas! In fact it seems like most of the month of July will be Christmas for me. If I go M.I.A for a while, look for me at a festival near you.
 
 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Book Review : The Last Teacher


Here is the publisher's summary of the book:
As parts of everyday life begin to fade away, one teacher struggles to keep a semblance of normality for the teenagers in her classroom. But what can she teach to students who know they will one day be the final remnants of mankind? THE LAST TEACHER is a story about realizing which lessons are most important in life.

A Great De-evolution short story.


Here are my thoughts:
Every time that Chris adds on a piece to this story, I find myself thinking about it for a long time and this short story was no different. What I was left wondering in this case was; in the event of the world ending slowly, would I still care to go to school or to bother learning anything? I would like to think that I would still want to learn but maybe an organized classroom wouldn't be the right setting? Would I end up thinking everything is pointless because I knew my generation would be the last generation?
At any rate, this is the story of possible one of the last teachers as the world is dying off when 100% of all new babies are born "blocks. Blocks are unable to care for themselves and have no ability to communicate and no response to stimuli.
Since I started reading Chris' series, I was extremely intrigued by this concept as it has a certain plausibility about it and frankly, it scares the hell out of me.
If you want to read my summaries on Chris' full de-evolution trilogy, you can read them here:
The Man Who Watched the World End 
The Hauntings of Playing God
A Different Alchemy

Friday, 29 May 2015

Happy weekend folks

I've been a little M.I.A. as I've been preoccupied with other things, for example FREE online courses. Did you guys know you can take university courses online for free? Check out https://www.coursera.org  if you haven't heard of this. Brilliant idea.

At any rate, happy weekend everyone. We'll certainly be in for a good one with the awesome weather and so many new things to smell outside!