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Thrashing in the new year

January 1st, 2009

As if I need another addiction to add to my list… well, New Year’s got me hooked onto Rock Band.

Look, I fit RIGHT in (note the hand-knit sockettes that both John and I are wearing… glam glam glam!):

The last time I can remember doing a big do for New Year’s was at the Congress Centre in high school. My friend scored free tickets, and we got gussied up. Tom Cochrane performed, and “Life is a Highway” had just come out that year; the whole ‘bigger is not necessarily better’ lesson kicked in that night.

The past four years, I’ve been lucky enough to hang at my dear friend Pascale’s cottage, which is much more my speed. The vast majority of our time this year was spent eating and/or Wii-ing.

I developed a healthy crush on Blue — it was the first time we’d ever been at the cottage together:

(Does anyone else out there take an obscene number of cat photos???)

And on New Year’s Day, we did manage to get outside to take advantage of Jamie’s mad rink-clearing skills:

It was the first time I skated since I sprained my MCL playing pick-up hockey in October… still not strong enough to play against those Smith Falls goons, but solid enough to try out a couple of synchronized single sow cows with P, ha!

And as for resolutions, I don’t tend to make them. I constantly have huge lists of “stuff to do”, but I don’t think that’s quite the same thing. Isn’t a resolution more like something that takes extra effort, or some change of behaviour? The last time I made a resolution, it was to send snail mail once a week (bill payments excluded); I tried that one three years in a row, but it never stuck out to the end.

Since then, I’ve lacked resolve, I guess. But if anyone wants to challenge me to something, let me know; that might be a bigger motivator for me to make a change. I’m so competitive… just ask anyone who’s played Rock Band with me.

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Smalltown readings and big heart bailouts

December 14th, 2008

The weekend was a bit of a whir, and I don’t just mean the sound of bald tires spinning on ice…

On Saturday afternoon, we headed up to East Camden — a small town near Napanee. Dear friend Amanda was partaking in a CBC event, the reading of A Christmas Carol, at the absolutely adorable Bookstore Café. The place used to be the town’s general store, and now sells (you guessed it!) books and antiques, amazing trinkets and curios… pipe holders, butter presses, art deco clocks and defunct radios. We’ve vowed to go back, it was so amazing.

The reading itself was terrific, in an intimate and warmly-lit room. The second of five readers was none other than Bruce Cockburn, and Amanda went third:

photo by John Bagnell

Between staves, there were carols sung by a local choir. It was a pretty magical evening, and the cinnamony cider afterwards made up for the Wendy’s that we’d wolfed down before the show.

Amanda with Bruce (who’s really lovely) after the reading:

photo by John Bagnell

At the show we met a fellow named Chris Smith, who turned out to be neighbours with our friend Pascale, whose cottage we’d be staying at that night. We called him Father Chris-Smith (*groan*) for the rest of the weekend… we were feeling that festive.

After the show, Pascale’s cottage was just a meandering drive away… And there, we had a relaxing evening, midnight snack, half-conscious movie viewing, and subsequent lie-in. Sunday a.m., after more and more food, our exit was another adventure. The hill out to the main road proved a little to steep for the rental car’s not-so-all-season’s, and it took Pascale’s neighbour’s ski-doo to bail us out. (Woohoo Colin!)

Hurray for small towns and nice neighbours… and kick-ass snowmobiles!

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