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Twelve Year Anniversary of the Dress

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On May 12th my husband and I celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary.  It’s still hard to believe we’ve been together so long as I don’t think either of us feel old enough to have been married for 12 years. Wasn’t it just a few years ago that we WERE 12? A few days before we were clearing out our storage room when we came across my wedding dress.  Well, I use the term “wedding dress” very loosely.  It wasn’t really what I imagine a wedding dress to be, but it was all I could find to fit me at ... Read More »

Even Brando Liked Some Wang

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I saw a video today that I really liked.  It’s part of the It Gets Better movement, which is a collection of messages from people all over the world, including celebrities, aimed at gay teenagers who suffer at the hands of bullies. I love this video because it’s funny, it’s cool and it has a great message.  I also love it because at the end she takes the time to make the point that it’s not just gay teens who get bullied, something I think a lot of people forget.  Kids get bullied because they are too fat, too skinny, ... Read More »

30 Days of Truth: Day 24

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Ugh, I’ve been dreading this one.  I’m really not a big music person… there are a lot of songs I can sing along with but ask me who sings them or what they are called? Forget it… I’m not going to do a playlist for just one person, because I’ll never come up with the songs but I’ll just give the ones that come to the top of my head at this moment and who they are for, what they make me think of and the times they take me back to in my mind.  Songs that will always be ... Read More »

30 Days of Truth: Day 22

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Other than wishing I’d never dated this douchebag or acted like such a shithead when I first moved here, I think the thing I wish I hadn’t done in my life is waste my opportunity for a decent education by quitting college.  I went to college straight out of high school, which was a mistake, but a bigger mistake was quitting. I really wanted to take a year off as I had a job at the time that I could have worked full time.  I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, so I thought ... Read More »

30 Days of Truth: Day 9

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One person I never wanted to lose touch with but somehow did was a friend of mine who used to live here in NL.  I met her years ago when she was living here with her husband, she was really new here and she hated it with a passion.  Her husband was only here on a two year contract and I hoped that she’d come around and they’d decide to stay when the two years was up, but I wasn’t so lucky. We got to be quite good friends over those two years, so I was heartbroken when her family ... Read More »

30 Days of Truth: Day 8

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Pffft, easy. It would have to be the guy I was dating before I met Xander.  We’ll call him J…. J what?  Jerk? J-Douche? Jackoff? Jeeny weeny peeny? Hey, any of the above apply.  Pretty much any negative description you could come up with apply. This guy was a dick, and you know the worst part?  I stayed with him for three years!  Don’t ask me why, I think at some point it was just because I didn’t want to prove all my family and friends right and admit my poor poor judgement in getting together with him in the ... Read More »

Not Just A Tree

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Back in 2006 I wrote an entry titled Just a Tree? in which I spoke about my visit to the Anne Frank House and the giant chestnut tree that stands behind it. At that time there were a lot of discussions in regards to whether they were going to cut the tree down because it was weak and in danger of falling over.  It never was torn down though, and to be honest I haven’t thought about it a whole lot since.  Until today. I just visited the blog of my friend DutchBitch and learned the terrible news that not ... Read More »

Ralph Macchio Strikes Back

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Before I show this video, I must confess that I blatantly and shamelessly ripped this off from Avitable, who found it first.  I couldn’t help myself, I’m on an 80’s kick lately after umm… *cough* acquiring an 80’s Teen Movie Pack which is 57 gigs and includes pretty much every teen movie made during the 80’s.  Including The Karate Kid… so how could I not laugh my ass off at this and pass it around? Forgive me, Adam! :) Oh man, I love this shit… it’s so true, we love the stars when they turn badass.  I STILL go to ... Read More »

My Main Man

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It occurred to me today that this month is the 14th anniversary of mine and Spencer’s life together.  He has been with me from Prince Edward Island, to Toronto and finally over here to the Netherlands. I found him in 1996, I was 21 and had just moved out of home for the first time.  I was in a small pet shop in Charlottetown, PEI and I knew he was the one for me the minute I saw him clinging to the door of the cage calling out to me.  Little did I know how much more whining he had ... Read More »

I’m Twelve Again

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One day I was looking through some craft websites and saw these friendship bracelets.  Suddenly I was 12 years old again and itching to make some.  I thought back to the day when I was a kid and making bracelets with gimp was all the rage, man I loved that stuff. I decided to start with an easy pattern to learn how to make the knots.  I had all the materials needed since I have plenty of embroidery floss sitting around.  I don’t think it came out too bad for my first try!  I’d like to make one with a ... Read More »

My Father The Mortician

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My father (seated center) and his band, The Morticians, in the ruins of Moxham’s Castle (1966) Today an old friend of the family posted these photos of my father and his band, The Morticians, on Facebook.  They were taken in the mid to late 60’s.   I’ve heard a lot about the band my father played in when he was a teenager, how popular they became and all the fun they had (well, I’m sure he left some of it out, he WAS a teenager in the 60’s!), but this is the first time I’ve seen photos of it.  He used ... Read More »