Thursday, April 03, 2014

First Quarter Book Review

Yep, that title. That's totally a thing. Now. Cause I made it one.


Should I start with the MEHs and work my way up to the HELL YAs? Sure, sounds like as good a plan as any.

For all the hype that some books get, I just don't get it. Perhaps I am not meant to read heady books about pretentious teenagers. Or college students. Or coming of age blah blah blah. No thanks. Not for me.

In the "not for me" section this quarter:
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Chris Hadfield is an awesome guy! But he's not a writer. And based on pretty much everything else I have ever read of Stephen King's, Roadwork cannot compare. But it didn't totally make me want to poke my eyes out, so there's that!

Okay, let me start this little paragraph by saying I really love PKD's books. A lot. Anything I have ever read of his, I have enjoyed immensely until now. All I can say about Eye in the Sky is "what the deuce?!" And also, "it was fine".

Hell Ya!
Neil Gaiman is some sort of crafty genius. You're reading along, everything is perfectly normal, and BAM! Psychic powers! Alternate dimensions! Otherworldly creatures! And also the story is fricken awesome! And normal. And yet also Dream Worlds! And Evil Beings! And Magic! Oh yes...loads of magic.

He wins the list every time.

later loves

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tell me if you've heard this one before...

In this recent-ish post I alluded to a thought I had about blogging and memory keeping and what not. Well, I am back to put a little explanation to this abrupt blurt-out. And I was going to sit on this post a little bit longer, but now that I've finished typing it, it just feels like the right thing to do.

On Blogging Burnout

I have decided that I don't actually care about this blog anymore. I no longer have my free Fridays that used to see me create and post content for weeks at a time. In the evenings, I have a house to maintain, and homework to help out with all by myself. And the last thing I want to do is spend more time on the computer after a long day at work spent doing just that. And when I do have spare time, I would much rather spend it on making art, or scrapbooking, or hanging out with BFF. Or pretty much anything other than this space. Gah, if I never have to edit another bad photo again...

I have enough stress in my life without adding the imagined guilt of not maintaining my blog. And that's silly stress that I would rather do without. And that I can do's an easy fix after all. And blogging is supposed to be fun, it used to be fun. And if it's not (and it's not), then what's the point?!

In closing, something had to give and I am afraid it's the blog. I will (hopefully) continue documenting my adventures via some sort of scrapbooking method. And if not, oh well. What a change of life I am experiencing! What turmoil, and change, and finding's a hell of a lot of work!

It's been 10 years shy a month that I have been blogging. TEN YEARS! I still have ideas (loads of ideas, as evidenced in my super long drafts folder!) and I still love blogs, but I just don't have it in me anymore.

I realize that I could have just drifted off into the ether, and stopped posting. Some people might not have even noticed. But some of you would have, and it is for you (and for me) that I write this farewell post. And with that, I'm not sure what else there is to say. Except to thank you for being here. Thank you to the friendships I have made and nourished thanks to this space. Thank you to all the people who commented and made me feel like I am not alone in this world. Thank you for your encouragement, and your jokes, and your kind words. Thank you. And goodnight...

Thank goodness for Instagram, amiright?!
later loves

Friday, March 14, 2014

Explore #yeg...March 8...Part Two

Dan & I are taking full advantage of beating the "first-time" subscriber system with the ESO. That's the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Yes, I feel slightly bad about this, but I made a big donation last year to ease some of that guilt. I mean, make up for lost ticket money. Whatevs. They got bums in seats. Not the homeless kind of bums. The butt kind.

Gosh, what the hell kind of tangent was that?! My apologies Dear Reader. But really, what have you come to expect from me if not complete and utter chaotic randomness?

Lisa. Shuttup and get to the point. Please.

Okay, my point is this. Dan got a "First Time Subscriber Invitation" to a Saturday morning dress rehearsal of an upcoming performance. And it worked with our schedules. And there was the offer of coffee & pastries. So I made him RSVP.
And it was just plain amazeballs to sit in the Winspear Centre with about 40 other people and watch the Symphony play! No tuxedos & tails in sight. No busybody shushing me during the performance. Choice of (almost) any seat in the house. Space to stretch my legs. And I got to wear jeans!

There was a Guest Conductor, and he chatted and answered some questions after. He is a young gentleman from California and it was really awesome to listen to him talk about his inspiration for choosing the pieces he did, and some of the nuances about this particular performance.

We were treated to an extended percussion practice because there was a replacement timpanist! And holy doodle was the percussion ever AMAZING! They used every damn instrument available! They banged a gong then dipped it in to a bucket of water for pete's sake!!

At any rate, it was a lovely way to start the day. I highly recommend it! Too bad next year we have to be regular old subscribers, and each buy a ticket and pay full price! Gasp! #firstworldproblems

later loves

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Emotions Suck

Two days ago my Grandma passed away. She was a force. A beautiful, wonderful, magical, fucking awesome person. I miss her like crazy already. I am working on something (ART!) that is helping me grieve and remember and commemorate and celebrate. It feels really good, but is oh so painful as well. Y'know?

Go hug the ones you love.
later loves

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Explore #yeg...March 8...Part One

Saturday, March 8th
Alberta Art Gallery
Photographers: Lisa & Dan

This photo makes me giggle so much. Dan asked if I would like a photo of myself in the gallery, y'know, with some art. And this is what I get. My giant head blocking the art. And I cropped this photo down a lot. Just imagine all the beige background that I got rid of. I need to give BFF some lessons in subject placement. He's actually a really good sport, so I can't rag on him too much.

This was part of the large sculptural installation by artist...umm...Leslie? Nope, Lyndal Osbourne! There we go! This particular sculpture (mixed media piece?!) is called Tides and incorporates objects she has (obviously) collected from the beach. So there are twigs, and rocks, and barnacles, and garbage. But it's been beautifully arranged on these little tables, and it was quite compelling actually. I told Dan to take a photo of me in between the two piles that matched my outfit. out of two ain't bad. Ha!

And last but not least, this amazing piece by Jill Stanton! It's so ME! I love all the little details on this grand scale. It looks almost like individual wall paper panels that have been applied on the three huge walls just beside the lobby. They usually use this space for weddings, and receptions, and the like. Unfortunately, by this point of the day I was getting light-headed and really needed to eat or else I would have loved to spend more time exploring all the creature and intricacies of this piece. Another time, perhaps...

Have you played the tourist in your own town lately?
What are you waiting for?!
later loves