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Archive for April, 2009

I shot JR

April 22nd, 2009

The first time I met Justin Rutledge was at my dear friend Amanda’s stagette; JR had very sportingly agreed to play for us, and in a police uniform, no less. It was pretty much impossible NOT to become a fan. I’ve seen him play a bunch of times since — from a house concert to the National Arts Centre. He’s a consummate performer, tempering his moving lyrics and tunes with hilarious banter.

Justin came to Wakefield’s intimate Black Sheep Inn last Sunday afternoon… and with Melissa McClelland opening, it was a show not to be missed.

I’ve seen Melissa perform twice now, and she’s blown my socks off each time with her astounding vocals and distinct tunes. Hubby Luke Doucet joined her onstage for her set, and they are certainly a force to be reckoned with:

Justin’s set was terrific too, and it was great to see a touch of his rocking-er show from Zaphod’s the night before make it into the Black Sheep. Basil Donovan had a couple of terrific bass solos, and David Baxter added his usual guitar oomph to every song.

Justin ended off his encore with his signature “Don’t Be So Mean Jellybean”:

Talk about a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

More vids from the show, if you’re willing to look past the tough red lighting and my shaky hands:
Justin, Melissa and Luke perform “St. Peter”
Melissa performs “Victoria Day” with Luke Doucet

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Arnold Fruitzenegger

April 21st, 2009

I bought some strawberries recently and pulled this mofo out of the container. Ok ok, I may have taken some photoshop liberties with it, but not at all with the actual size of the thing. Yes, we ate it, and yes it was actually delicious.

Ever ate a fruit that felt like it was big enough to have a personality? Unnerving!

(And psst — have you entered the joint GIVEAWAY I’m doing with my sister?)

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Bye bye Wii… it’s been fun

April 19th, 2009

This is me in a penguin suit:

I was addicted to this particular Wii Fit game for the last month — and I think the soundtrack is now embedded into my brain permanently.

My parents got a Wii last Fall, in response to some serious doctor’s orders for my Dad to get more active. Initially, they bought a version of Dance Dance Revolution, but managed to break it. Twice. So they got a Wii, then the Fit system add-on… and haven’t looked back.

When my parents told me they were going away for a month this Spring to Taiwan, my first selfish thought was “I gotta borrow the Wii!” I did; it was a month-long torrent affair, I tell you.

For anyone who wonders if the Fit is any good, I give a whole-hearted thumbs-up. It’s astounding how much of a workout you can get from the hula-hooping or boxing. It can’t match being outdoors for summer sports, and I prefer playing with real people over with a computer… but for an easy and convenient at-home workout, especially if you’re shy about exercising around others, it’s terrific. It’s ton of fun as well!

So my parents got back last week, and I returned all the equipment yesterday with a heavy heart. I’m consoled with the knowledge that summer sports start up in just a couple of weeks… but, in the meantime, will definitely miss the Wii. And the penguin suit.

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