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Vote For Your Favourte November Blog Posting

Based on my dad’s suggestion, I’ve create this poll so you can vote for your favourite blog posting from my NaBloPoMo postings!

Sadly, I could not figure out how to link titles in the poll to the actual blog posting… the usual HTML code for linking didn’t work, so you’ll just have to scroll through my blog to review the posts. Unless you agree with my dad, then you can just vote for this one.

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There are two posts during National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) that are no brainers. First, there’s the “hey, I’m going to do NaBloPoMo!” posting. And then there’s this one. The one where I brag that I did, in fact, post every single day in this fine month of November 2011. Not only that, I even threw in two additional postings at no extra cost! That’s 107% effectiveness at NaBloPoMo’ing. You’re welcome.




I need an SOP for my LRN

Pretty much everyone I’ve ever worked with uses a bound notebook that they dutifully take to every meeting and that contains notes from every meeting they’ve been to and which through they can easily flip to a needed note exactly when needed in a subsequent meeting. I, however, have never done this, preferring to write notes on random scraps of paper, which I then file in a folder for a given project, resulting in a very full file drawer, which, of course, I don’t have with me at meetings. I’ve also half-assedly experimented with various to-do list type apps and never quite settled on any one method that I really liked. Plus, I learned from one of my work’s research policy documents that if you discover something patentable, you need to have your notes in a *bound* notebook, not a binder or on random loose pieces of paper. Because you know I’m going to discover somethng patentable any day now. So, I decided that it was about time that I gave this bound notebook thing a try and I ordered a red one, because everyone else has black or blue and I figured it would be easier to not get mine mixed up with someone else’s if I had a red one. And I also figured I’d be less likely to leave it behind at a meeting if it’s brightly coloured than if it’s a subdued colour. Also, red is awesome.

Little red notebook My little red notebook (LRN). It matches my winter coat and my purse – totally coincidental.

So now I have my little red notebook… but I’m not really sure exactly what people do with this thing. I mean, I figure you write the date and then write some notes and probably indicate which of those notes are “to do” items – basically what I used to write on scraps of paper that would be all disorganized and such, but now it’s all nice and neatly bound and ready for inspection should I develop something patentable. But I feel like I’m missing something. Like all the long-term bound notebook users know some secret thing that makes them 233% more productive than me. So I’m putting it out to all y’all: Are you a takes-bound-notebook-to-meetings type? How do you organize your notebook?

Little red notebook


Dr. Dan’s Movember Contest

OK, so I’m conflicted about doing this, as I *hate* Movember, what with moustaches being the devil and all. But it is for a good cause *and* because I want to support the follicle-y challenged Dr. Dan, I thought I should tell you all about Dr. Dan’s Movember contest. But I’m only doing it to support my friend and the health of many a prostate – I still hate Movember and it’s evil moustache ways.

So, yeah, Dr. Dan is having a contest over on his blog and he needs you to go vote on some Mo-Bros so he knows who to donate his money to. Go there. Go there now!


Banana Muffins Are Always Better With Chocolate Chips

I’m going after item #25 on my 101 list: “bake at least one thing per month for 12 months in a row, without baking the same thing two months in a row.” Last month I made the skull cupcakes and since this month is nearly over, I decided to do an easy one: banana chocolate chip muffins1. I have a long history of baking banana bread, because banana bread is freaking delicious. I used to use a recipe from an Edith Bunker cookbook that my mom has, but recently Sarah shared this recipe with me and it’s even more delicious! I think it’s the addition of yogurt – makes it so moist! I added chocolate chips, because chocolate chips make banana bread 125% more delicious. And I decided to make muffins instead of bread because then you don’t even have to slice it. Because slicing is totally for suckers.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

So, there you have it. Two months down, ten to go!

  1. I did bake scones this month, but they were craptastic, so I decided that they didn’t count. Incidentally, if anyone has a good scone recipe, let me know! []


A Good Weekend For Football

I watched the start of one game and the end of the other, but both Cup games played in Vancouver this weekend ended with a victory for the good guys!

Truth is, I’m not really much of a football fan and haven’t been since many, many years ago when my Dad and I used to play in a football pool run by my Uncle Harry1. But since that pool stopped, I don’t think I’ve watched a single football game, which makes me think I was more of a fan of winning money than of the sport. But I digress.

Friday night, as I mentioned previously, my alma mater played in the Vanier Cup – which my friend and fellow McMaster alumna, Therese, got to go to. I watched most of the first half – if having the TV on the background counts as “watching” – and then Devon and I headed to out for dinner and to meet Rachel & Peter for drinks. The score was 20-0 for McMaster when we left and apparently they had a bit of a meltdown in the second half, but managed to win it in the end! Hooray Marauders!

Tonight, of course, was the Grey Cup2 that  (which my friend and hockey teammate got to go to!), and I got home from my hockey game in time to watch most of the second half. There were some really nice plays – even a football neophyte such as myself could tell that – and a few points for Winnipeg to keep us from getting to confident, but the BC Lions managed to take it in the end. Hooray Lions!

So, even though I’m not really a football fan, I’m not above jumping on the bandwagon to cheer these two victories!

  1. If you’ve ever seen the episode of the Simpsons where Lisa and Homer are in a football pool together – it was like that, except that my Dad and I were both good at choosing teams. []
  2. I learned from Gillian’s tweet that the Grey Cup was commissioned by the grandson of the Earl after which Earl Grey tea was named. Clearly, my newfound love of Earl Grey has contributed to this BC victory. []


*Could* have been?

So, I’ve been listening to Rihanna’s song Man Down, which I quite like, but there’s one line that drives me absolutely crazy:

‘Cause I didn’t mean to hurt him
Could’ve been somebody’s son
And I took his heart when
I pulled out that gun

*Could* have been somebody’s son? *Could* have? Is it possible that he wasn’t somebody son? What, did he spring from the foam on the ocean? Erupt from a volcano? Materialize out of thin air? Why the hell would anyone write such a line? Did no one at any point in the production of this song point out “Um, yeah, that doesn’t make any sense.”?


Go Marauders Go!

My alma mater is playing in the Vanier Cup tonight. Which just so happens to be taking place in Vancouver. And while I’m not going to be at the game, I will be in Vancouver. And while I’m not really that interested in football (I mean, seriously, there’s no ice, no skates and no pucks. What kind of sport is that?), I *love* McMaster, so I’m hoping that I’ll be seeing lots of maroon-clad fans celebrating a McMaster win!


Things My Niece Taught Me

Madeline having some OJ (Powell's Books)It seems like only yesterday that my sister gave birth to a tiny baby girl, but today that baby girl turned seven years old. SEVEN! And in the seven years that Ms. Madeline has been my niece, just like her mother, her grandpa and her grandma, she’s taught me a thing or two.

Enjoy The Moment

Everyone says that having kids teaches you to stop and enjoy the simple things in life. When you see the wonder that a kid has as they look at the world, it reminds you to appreciate how wonderful and amazing things really are. When they ask questions about things that you don’t normally give a second thought to, they make you realize what you have been taking for granted. My niece was the first kid that I really had in my life that I have gotten to watch grow up from the time she was born, so she’s the first person that I’ve gotten to experience this with. Also, since I live so far away, I don’t get to see her nearly as often as I would like, and so when I do get to spend time with her, I treasure it. I treasure every conversation we have, no matter what it’s about. I treasure every smile, every laugh, every hug. I enjoy each moment that I get to be with her and I learn from her how to see the world with new eyes. I make sure that I’m really present in that moment, because I know that I’ll only get to have this moment with my niece once. She’s growing up so fast.

There Is Something Good and Pure in the World

When my niece was very small, I went through a really rough time in my life. And when I was really sad, I would think of my niece, a tiny sweet baby, and just thinking about her existence made me feel a little better, because I knew that there was something good and pure in the world. Someone so new, so full of potential. And that gave me hope.

A Surprising Number of Facts

I like to think of myself as a pretty intelligent gal who is well-informed on a broad array of topics. But hanging out with my niece, I always learn new things that I had no idea about before. Like what an okapi is. Or the meaning of the word “lugubrious.”  Which she taught me when she was four years old. For reals. Or that there are more than five kinds of dinosaurs. Seriously, when I was a kid, we were taught about five types of dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex, triceratops, stegosaurus, brontosaurus, and pterodactyls. Then Jurassic Park came along and we all learned about velociraptors. But if you go over to my sister’s house, it will not be long before my niece will sit you down with one of her two encyclopedias of dinosaurs and you’ll be learning about dozens and dozens of different kinds of prehistoric beasts. That kid is freaking smart.


Being Happy Makes Me Happy

After  I blogged my list of 100 Things That Make Me Happy, my sister suggested to my niece that she make a list of the things that makes her happy. I loved her list because it gave me insight into how she sees the world. And one of her items, in particular, really struck me. In amongst the other things that made her happy, she wrote “Being happy makes me happy.” So simple, yet so profound. It makes me think of Dr. Brown’s talk that I blogged about not too long ago (and which I can’t seem to stop talking about!), particularly the part about how we often squander our moments of joy by thinking “This is too good. When is the other shoe going to drop?” instead of just experiencing the joy. Rather than doing that, I’m striving to follow Madeline’s lead and just be happy about being happy.

I love you, Madeline. I hope you had a very, very happy birthday!



My iPhone Thinks I’m Naughty

I was trying to log into my email today and this is what the iPhone autocorrect suggested my username should be:

Bad now