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At the Airport

So here I am at YVR, waiting for my flight to Toronto. It isn’t what I was expecting to be doing this Christmas, but, to use a phrase that I hate, it is what it is1.

There will be Christmas baking and my niece and nephew, and wine. These things are good.

Oh, looks like my flight will be boarding soon, so see y’all on the flip side.

  1. I mean, seriously, that phrase annoys the hell out of me. Of course it is what it is… it can’t be what it isn’t. And it’s usually used when someone is describing a situation that is shitty and someone will reply “It is what it is” as if that negates the fact that what it is is shitty. It can be both of those things. []

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I bought some stuff to hang on my walls

I’ve been looking for something to hang on one of my living room walls for a while, but I hadn’t been able to find something I liked that was big enough to put on this big empty wall, with the exception of a $2200 piece that I saw at Granville Island, but I just couldn’t justify that much money on a thing to look at1. The other day, however, I was browsing at my favourite consignment store, Champagne Taste2, and I came across this:

Silver art

It’s paint on canvas and it’s just big enough to justify going on my big empty living room wall.

Then this other piece – a print on canvas – caught my eye, mostly because I thought it would look good above my awesome purple chair:

John Seba - Pink Magnolias I

Right now it’s by my Christmas tree, but in January when the tree comes down, it will be directly above the chair. Unlike the silver one, where I have no idea who the artist was, this purple one came with the artist’s name – John Seba – and the artwork’s name – Pink Magnolias I – so I was able to Google it and find out what the original owner would have paid for this: $166.99. What I paid for it: $183 Since I have no idea where the silver one came from4, I have no idea what it’s value is, but I paid $255 for it, and I think that’s a pretty good deal.

  1. Clearly, I am not a sophisticated art connoisseur. []
  2. I.e., the place I got my awesome purple chair. Also, I have no affiliation with these guys – just love the stuff they sell! []
  3. Champagne Taste was having a tax-free sale, plus it had been marked down 40%. []
  4. It has the initials “RMA” on it, along with what kind of looks like a single triangle with a circle above it before the initials, but I can’t figure out who that is! []
  5. Also marked down 40% and tax-free []

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Speaking of LitFest, I’ve been meaning to write a blog posting about Olga Kotelko since I learned about her at LitFest 2015… back in May!

One of the events at LitFest 2015 was a talk by Olga’s co-author Roxanne Davies and her editor Michele Carter about the book “Olga – The O.K. Way to a Healthy, Happy Life“. I’d not heard of Olga before this talk, but I learned that she:

  • started competing in track and field when she was 77 years old
  • competed around the world in track and field events until she died at the age of 95
  • won more than 750 gold medals and broke more 30 world records!

Talk about an inspiration! Just check this out video of her competing at 95:

And here’s her telling the story of how she got into track & field:

In related news, here’s a story about Harriet Thompson, a 92 year woman who finished the San Diego marathon, becoming the oldest woman ever to do so!