Monday, November 26, 2012

The Elusive Leather Tote

Leather Totes

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While I may not be a patient person, I am quite stubborn. Three years ago I decided that I wanted to buy a leather tote; it had to be a darker brown, made of a soft leather, and it had to have a top closure. The task sounded easy enough, since I was describing a classic-style purse that would never go out of style. Well, three years later I am still on the hunt. Perhaps I am too picky, but I have yet to find a bag that has caught my eye--or rather, I need to find a bag that isn't $3000 that will catch my eye! The elusive leather tote has found its home on my list of investment pieces, and for now that is where it will stay. 

What items are you willing to wait for?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I Have Not Been Exterminated By Daleks, But Thanks For Asking

Props to my bloggy friends that noticed my lack of posting this week and subsequently emailed me to make sure that I hadn't been : eaten by a lion, mauled by a bear, lost in a blizzard, or exterminated by Daleks. You guys rock, FYI. 

Lately, I feel like I've been fighting this epic battle against life in general. And lately? I feel like life is winning. Most of the battle is not for the Internet (sorry!), but I still feel the need to vent. As proof of my continued existence, and as explanation for my absence, I give you the following rants:

  1. What in the actual hell, everybody in the universe that zips their files?! I don't want to pay for WinZip, and my "evaluation trial" is over, so now I can't unzip all of the beautiful fonts that I've found, or ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU PEOPLE SO NICELY SHARED WITH ME IN A ZIP FILE. I hate you, WinZip. Also: free large ad space to whomever can set me up with a free unzipping software.
  2. Why does it take all damn day for an iPad to charge? The amount of anger that I feel towards zombie Steve jobs when my iPad battery goes below 20% is irrational but completely understandable. Did that sentence even make sense?
  3. What is with this relationship segmentation that the world is obsessed with? I'm not married, so I can't hang with married people because it's weird to be the only not married person in the room. But I can't hang with singles, because I'm not on the hunt for a hookup and/or it's awkward being the only couple in a group of singles. So basically I'm destined to hang out with cats, because they don't care what my relationship status is as long as I have food.
  5. I bought new tights last night. Really awesome black tights that had a subtle cheetah print on them. They were amazing, let me tell you. And then I put them on this morning, and there was a small hole in the knee. No big deal, it's tiny. By the time I got to work they had a huge run in them and I had to throw them out. Thanks for selling sub-par products, Winners. I thought that my legs would be covered with tights today, so I did a half-assed job shaving my legs this morning. Moral of this story? Always shave your legs nicely. Always. 

What has been driving you crazy lately?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up #14

So what have I learned this past week?

  • Scheduling blog posts does wonders for my free time. But sometimes I forget to schedule them even though they're done and then they get posted in the afternoon. So...not perfect. 
  • Winter tires do not make you invincible. Related: Edmonton sucks at plowing the streets in the winter. 
  • There will never be enough hours in the workday for everything that I need to do. 
  • Starbucks hot chocolates with eggnog are the most amazing way to start your day (that I'll blog about, at least!).


Although I'm a big fan of my own work, I also enjoy what other people create. What were my favourite finds this week?

  1. Have any questions about the Petraeus affair? Fear not, because I've found the best explanation possible.
  2. I love this guide to tea. The art of making a good cup of tea is undervalued in today's world, and that makes me sad. 
  3. Easily one of the best ideas on the Internet: The World Needs More Love Letters. {Hannah's TED talk can be viewed here}
  4. I love Photoshop, but I'm not particularly patient with the process. Curves {preset changes to colors/shadows, etc} save my sanity. This gorgeous curve by Julia Trotti is my new favourite--and it's free! {instructions on how to install a curve can be found here}
  5.  I love everything about Stefani's post

What were your favourite reads this week?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Crazy for Coats

Winter Wonderland

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Now that I have been at my legit Big Girl Job for {almost} six months, I have this itch to piece together a new wardrobe. The kind of wardrobe that contains investment pieces; classic items that are well-made and will last a long time forever. 

First on my list of investment pieces? A trench coat. Well, two actually: a gorgeous {and warm!} trench for winter, and a lighter trench for spring and fall. 

This is apparently quite the mission, and so far I am still on the prowl for just the right coat(s) to splurge on. For now, my clearance rack black trench coat will just have to do. 

What wardrobe item do you want to splurge on?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Obvious Statement of the Day: I'm a Geek.

{original image pinned by Cherree | original source found here | text added by me}

Growing up, I was a geek. I read every book that I could get my hands on (including War and Peace--I finished that over the summer holidays before grade seven). I would comb through the bibliographies of my text books and read the related texts in my spare time. I watched Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and anything Joss Whedon put on TV, as well as any documentaries that I could get my hands on. I played video games--albeit not very well, but with earnest--until I started losing, then I would yell at the console and/or TV.  

I am still that person.

Even though I am most comfortable around people that are just like me, not all of my friends are geeky. Actually, most aren't. Regardless of their personality type, I am so lucky that the people that I surround myself with accept me for who I am. They love me even though they don't understand the shows that I watch, or completely miss when I slide an awesome quote into a conversation {this part hurts my soul, just a little, because usually the context is bang on}. They watch me get unnaturally excited about things that most people wouldn't even notice {like the Firefly reunion show}, and keep their teasing to a minimum. 

I used to hide my geekiness from new people so that I could gauge how they would handle it. Now, I don't bother; I just throw my whole self at them right from the get-go, and if they can't take it then that's the end of that. I'm not sure if this shift occurred because I've grown into who I am, or if it's because society as a whole seems to be more willing to accept geeks. Either way? I'm glad that I can let my geek flag fly!

What do you geek out over?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Unimpressed Cat is My Kindred

Guys, if ever a meme has imitated my life, it is Unimpressed Cat. 

I walk through life set to Unimpressed, so that when something good happens I am pleasantly surprised. 
It also means that when something goes wrong, I can use my Eeyore voice and say "Welp, I saw that coming." without experiencing disappointment. 

Most people don't understand this mindset. 
Most people tell me to get my chin up and slap a smile on my face, because everything is going to be ok

But I'm not an optimist. I will never be an optimist. 
I am a realist. And it works for me. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up #13

this is my friends' cousin! be kind and share the awesome :) 

So what have I learned this past week?

  • Modern-day witch hunts aren't cool, and far too many people are the internet are blind sheep. See also: stop blowing small crap out of proportion, kay?
  • My faith in 'Merica was restored with the re-election of Obama.  Related: Sir Patrick Stewart is amazing
  • It annoys the crap out of me when people tweet their old posts every. single. hour. on Twitter. Please, calm down with the self-promotion. I follow you because your actual tweets entertain me, not because I want to see old posts from 2010. Maybe choose a post that will draw me in and then I'll keep reading your archives--but seriously, one auto-tweet from your archives per day is more than enough. 
  • Everyone has their own demons, of this I am well aware. But, you know, if one of my demons is that I'm two pounds shy of the weight I was the day that I had my daughter--and you know this--don't bring your demon of "I'm trying to gain weight but I just can't!" to me. Because there is no empathy for you here, lady. 
  • Best quote from The Simpsons EVER: "There is no diagnostic computer for the female mind." Too true, random animated car mechanic.
  • I'm pretty sure that I'm allergic to motivation. Every time I come down with a case of it, I break out in half-finished projects. (See: blog design, the reorganization of my closet, the cleaning of the pantry, my home office for the last year and a half, that stack of frames for my gallery wall that still need photos.}


Although I'm a big fan of my own work, I also enjoy what other people create. What were my favourite finds this week?

  1. The wonderfully sassy Kate survived Sandy! {not that I had any doubts at all}
  2. My newest blog crush is Meg from Across The Pond.
  3. I cosign 90% of Lexa's list
  4. Far too many hours have been sunk into searching the Holidays category on Pinterest
  5. Jasmine has the cutest 'About Me' page that I've seen in a long time, and I freaking love her Twitter background. 

What were your favourite reads this week?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Card-Carrying Member

I am a proud Canadian. I may complain about the weather from time to time, but ultimately this country is my home. I was born here, I was raised here, and there is a good chance that I will die here. I have followed Canadian politics since junior high school, and since turning eighteen I have not missed a single civic, provincial, or federal election. 

I've known since my grade seven social studies class where I fall on the political scale--or, more accurately, I have always known what I believe but this was the class that allowed me to understand and label my beliefs. And even though I have known which party I am akin to, I have always kept track of the platforms of each major political party in Canada. Uninformed voters make me angry, so I have vowed to never be one. 

Even though I have done more than many Canadians to stay informed and stay involved in the democratic process, I still felt as though I haven't been doing enough. 

So today, I officially joined the NDP party, and then I signed up to volunteer with them as well. Call me a political nerd if you must, but I am really excited to get my membership card in the mail. 

Have you ever joined a political party?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Office Dialogue

It is entirely normal to walk into our office and find yourself in the middle of a random conversation. Topically we are all over the map, because we like to keep things interesting. A conversation about documentaries turned into the below exchange. 

*Note: My co-workers are well aware of my neurosis regarding organization and categorization, and they love me for it. Or in spite of it. Either way, they accept me which is why they are so wonderful.*

Me: I loved Shark Week! National Geographic Channel had 24/7 shark shows for the whole week, it was so much better than Discovery Channel. 

(Co-workers stare blankly at me. This is a normal reaction in the course of a conversation with me, I have found.)

Me: Great White sharks were my favourite animal growing up. 

Co-worker #1: (laughing) This explains so much about who you are!

Co-worker #2: I like giraffes. 

Me: Oh me too! That's my favourite land-based animal. 

Co-worker #1: (laughter) Of course you have a division between favourite land- and water-based animals. 

Co-worker #2: (laughter) I'm happy with just giraffes.

Me: (slightly embarrassed) Technically, the giraffe is my favourite Sub-Saharan animal....

Co-workers: (so much laughter)

And with that, a new office meme was born: #ConversationsWithAshley

What is your favourite animal?
(Feel free to include categories and sub-categories. This is a judgement-free zone!)

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