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D.A.D. Giveaway — one day left!

July 6th, 2010

Just a quick note to remind or let you know that we’re having a one-month anniversary giveaway over at The D.A.D. Project. We’ll be drawing a winner at 9:00 a.m. EST tomorrow (July 7th), and the prize is two cds and a hand-printed t-shirt from singer/songwriter Meredith Luce:

Please drop by and enter, and feel free to spread the word!

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p.s. You may have heard Meredith’s name here before, since I’ve posted videos of her performances in past. And as a fun aside, John and my first dance at our wedding was her song “Chickadee” — such a terrific tune.

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Weekend ramble: launch, talk, watch, analyze

June 12th, 2010

With the kick-off of The D.A.D. Project this past Monday, I’ll likely blog a little less often here [insert game show "wonh-wonhhhh" here] — so I’ll probably be doing some catch-up rambling now and again, like today.

LAUNCH

The D.A.D. launch, by the way, has been terrific. In five days, we: sold four items, received $200 in donations on our Canadian Cancer Society Team Page, gained 118 members for our facebook group, and received many supportive messages and comments. So exciting and encouraging!

TALK

Say Anything Speech Bubble Chalkboard

Say Anything Speech Bubble Chalkboard by PlayingGrownUp

I’ve been asked to be a speaker at an upcoming event for a group called Case Study Jam. I used to work with Bob (who helps organise CSJ and who also runs his own gig, Translucid Communications) and he has asked if I would give a talk about how I turned m chen wears from a hobby into a business. Other speakers will be Mark Buell and Sheila Bergeron from CIRA, and Don Chow from Foodieprints.

If you are in Ottawa, interested in communications / social media stuff, and available next Thursday, you can  register (for free) here.

I actually don’t mind speaking in front of a crowd. I get slightly jittery, but not “don’t-wanna-do-it” anxious. Thinking about public speaking brings me back to my grade 10 Effective Communications class, where we each had to present a speech to the class and then get critiqued. I did ok, but it turns out that I have a tendency to wink when I’m nervous… let’s hope I can keep my eyelids under control so that I’m not coming on to half the crowd.

WATCH

I just saw Dan Mangan’s wonderful (and award-winning) Road Regrets video this morning. I love this guy… and may have mentioned him a few times here already. I hope you enjoy the vid and song as much as I do:

ANALYZE

I caved and installed Google Analytics to this site. I’ve been watching my stats using cpanel for months, so I had a gist for the numbers already, but GA is pretty cool. The downside is that it shows my traffic as being about half of what cpanel does. What the…?

GA has shown me some fun info though. Like how one of my most popular posts is the one about Bon Jovi’s name (I’m sure his fans aren’t too happy about it), or how much longer Canadians stick around and read stuff here than people from any other country. Maybe it’s because I spell “favourite” with a ‘u’.

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It’s a… D.A.D.!

June 8th, 2010

I’d like to introduce to you… [drum roll, please!]

The D.A.D. project is a new collaborative project that my sister Serena and I have just launched, and it’s been in the works for months now.

Last year, our father was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in his lungs and liver, and he’s been undergoing chemo since August. So if you’ve read my blog for awhile and wondered why we had to plan our wedding in 8 weeks flat, or why my Dad wore a fedora to the event, or why I mentioned that 2009 was a bit of a roller coaster, this explains things. I haven’t spelled it out until now for many reasons… but now with our Dad’s thumbs-up and with this project, here we are.

If you’ve ever had a loved one deal with longterm sickness, you know how your priorities get turned on their head, how you oscillate between the bad feelings and wanting to be strong, and how helpless you can feel. We wanted to come up with a way to feel productive and to do something positive in the midst of a tough situation.

Some people do walk-a-thons, some donate their hair, some bike across the country, some volunteer at a clinic… As for my sister and me? Well, we DRAW.

The D.A.D. Project is an ongoing fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. We will take turns doing a Drawing A Day, and $10 from the sale of each of these printed drawings will go directly to the CCS. You can find out more details on the D.A.D. about page.

We also:

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I’ll be keeping things separate for now (m on the side will continue be my own stuff, while the new site will be D.A.D.-specific), so please drop by the newborn blog and check out our progress — we’d love to hear from you!

Just a little peek at a detail of my very first daily drawing yesterday:

Big thanks to:

  • everyone whose show all sorts of support already (sold & relisted our first print!),
  • the nice nurses at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre
  • Tony at Lab5 Inc. who worked so hard on getting this site programmed/posted
  • Rob at Imatics for kindly registering and hosting D.A.D.’s domain

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And off we go!!!


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