Friday, April 29, 2011

Day Fourteen

Day 14: A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.

Going with the obvious answer again here. She's only been in my life for ten months, but I'm already wondering what I did with myself before she was around. (I was significantly less sentimental and cheesy, that's for sure.) I couldn't even begin to imagine life without this child, and I don't want to.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day Thirteen

IT'S ABOUT TIME, I can hear you all saying. (All three of you.) Sorry about all the days I missed. Ellie got sick right after Day Twelve went up, and everything kind of went off the rails, and then I just got lazy. But here we are!

Day Thirteen: A picture of your favorite band or artist.

And this is where I officially remove all doubt as to my coolness or (more accurately) lack thereof. Those guys are the Moody Blues, who were last considered cool in about 1972, and possibly not that much even then. I don't particularly care, though. They've been my favorite band since I was 12 and finally discovered who sang "Your Wildest Dreams," which is a damned good song, and then I found out that they had this whole other career a couple of decades before that. AND IT IS BRILLIANT I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY.

Here is the video for "Your Wildest Dreams." Ultra-cheesy video (but also sort of sweet), excellent song.

And here they are performing "Never Comes the Day" in 1970, back when they might have been sort of cool. It's good. You should listen to it.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day Twelve

Good day, and welcome to Day Twelve: A picture of your favorite memory.

That would be watching Mr. Canuck fall in love with our daughter. She had him wrapped around her little finger pretty much from the moment she was born, and it was absolutely delightful to see. And it's only gotten stronger since then.

(By the way, we did have her wrapped up most of the time, but it was boiling hot in that room so we took the blanket and hat off to take pictures. Just so you don't think we're negligent parents.)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day Eleven

Day Eleven: A picture of something you hate.

I cannot describe how much I loathe tomato juice and tomato soup. Even the smell of it makes me gag. Mr. Canuck likes to drink Clamato, which is even worse, and I make him wash his own glass afterward because I can't even get near it. One of his favorite games is to pour himself a glass of tomato juice and chase me around the kitchen with it.

I love tomatoes, though.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day Ten

Day Ten: A picture of your most treasured item.

That would be my trusty Nikon D3000. It took me months to save up for this thing, and I finally bought it in November 2009. It was worth every penny. If my house caught on fire, this is the one object I would grab. So mama don't take my Kodachrome away.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day Nine

Day 9:A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.

This is Mr. Canuck. He has stuck right by me through all kinds of crap, even sometimes when I didn't want him to. I cried all over him after my grandmother died. He's held me up through one crisis after another over the past seven years. And through all of the 30 hours it took for our daughter to be born, he stuck right by me and didn't complain once (at least not where I could hear him). He is a really, really excellent husband and I'm so grateful to have him.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day Eight

Day 8: A picture of your future spouse

Joel McHale, baby. If he ever showed up on my doorstep and proposed marriage, we'd be heading off to Vegas before you could blink. Largely because of this:

If you're in a hurry, the best parts are at about 2:10, 3:20, and 3:45. Trust me, it's worth your time.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day Seven

Day 7: A picture of the person you do the most crazy things with

This is Becca. We haven't had much opportunity for craziness in the last few years, but we did once steal a sign off a church door. And dye our hair with food coloring. And paint stick figures on our fingernails, which we then named and wrote stories about. Okay, maybe we weren't crazy so much as pathetic. Boy, did we have fun, though.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day Six

Day 6: A picture that makes you laugh

This is Mr. Canuck expressing his contempt for women's rights just to get a rise out of me. It worked.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day Five

Day 5: A picture of something you love

Going with the obvious answer here. I love this child more than life itself. Especially when she's sleeping.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day Four

Day Four: A picture of something you'd like to do again.

Go back to Amsterdam. We were there for 10 hours on our way back from Zanzibar and I hadn't slept in about two days at that point, so the day is kind of a blur. I do remember that the city was beautiful and we had a really lovely time, and that the Anne Frank house was just as fantastic and meaningful as I'd thought it would be. And it was really wonderful that our friends flew over from England to spend the day with us. I would love to go back there and experience the city properly. We didn't make it to a single coffee shop! ;)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Day Three

Day 3: A picture of the cast from your favorite show.

Television does not get any better than Mad Men. I am so bummed that the next season has been delayed.

Also, I love how everyone in this picture looks pissed off except for Bert Cooper. He may seem old and slightly batty, but the man is an evil genius. You don't want to mess with Bert Cooper any more than you want to mess with Joan Holloway. Possibly even less, because while Joan doesn't like to waste any time before she ruins your life, Bert will sit on your dark secrets for years until you think he's forgotten them, and then use them to blackmail you. Do not cross Bert Cooper.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day Two

Day 2: A picture of the person you have been closest with the longest.

That's my mama. She's the best. I can talk to her about absolutely anything, and she usually knows the right thing to say. She was always especially good at pushing me to be independent but always being there if I needed her. When my last relationship exploded and I suddenly found myself homeless, Mom took me back in without hesitating. When something in my life is going spectacularly wrong and I just don't know what to do, she usually has some good ideas. She is madly in love with her granddaughter, and sometimes I worry that she is going to get on a plane and come and kidnap her. She is the best mama and granny anybody could want.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

30 days, 30 pictures

In an effort to make myself post more regularly around here, I've decided to do this 30 days, 30 pictures thing. I will probably cheat and write several posts at once but set them to appear one at a time. I am sneaky like that. Perhaps I will surprise us all and turn out something interesting.

Anyway, here is Day 1: A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.

The Facts

1. I'm turning 30 in July and I am sincerely excited about that. I have this idea in my head that people might start taking me seriously after I hit 30.
2. I had all these big ideas about maintaining a vegetarian household, but sadly I have fallen off the wagon, at least partially. I'm still not eating red meat, but I have been known to consume some poultry here and there. I am weak.
3. I cannot abide a dirty carpet. The house gets vacuumed about twice a week.
4. I have a washer and dryer sitting in my basement looking for a new home. (They came with the house and we don't want them.) I have had four different people express interest and then flake out on me. Do you want them? If not, I'm giving them to Habitat For Humanity.
5. I'm really pleased that we decided to use cloth diapers, but the laundry is everlasting.
6. My favorite hobby is photography, but I don't think I'm all that good at it yet. I want to take classes.
7. I am an American living in Canada, which is awkward. Here in Canada, I am The American, and all the Canadians I meet immediately seize on the opportunity to tell me how crappy my home country is. Back in the US, I am The Canadian and subject to all kinds of "funny" jokes about maple syrup and hockey. I don't belong anywhere anymore.
8. I adore Gloria Steinem and wish to be just like her when I grow up.
9. Facebook bugs me but I can't seem to give it up.
10. I have a daughter who is currently sitting on the floor next to my chair and chewing on the mass card from my grandmother's funeral.
11. I like red things.
12. The best vacation I ever took was to Zanzibar in 2009. You should all go there. I know a great place you can stay.
13. I hate new car smell. It makes me queasy.
14. I am allergic to everything. And I mean EVERYTHING.
15. I am not terribly good with people, mostly because I am terribly shy (you probably don't believe that, but it's true) and I'm afraid of everyone.

Stay tuned!