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Blogs I Wish I Thought Of

I still have a tiny bit of Florida stuff to talk about, but I’m putting it on hold for a day or two in case you guys are all Florida’d out. Who likes reading about someone else’s glorious vacation in the sunshine? No one. You all probably hate me. If it makes you feel any better, I’m back in Ontario and the weather is not being cool. Well it is actually, it is being way too cool. It is being freezing. Although today it almost feels like spring. FINALLY.

Also, recapping posts take me a long time to do for some reason, and I find them kind of draining. Even though I do really enjoy having them to look back on for memory-purposes.

Anyway, let me break out my lazy pants and talk about content that other people have come up with.

Sometimes I’ll come across a blog and think “MAN that’s a good idea! I wish I thought of that!” This has been happening a few times lately.

What Should We Call Me is a good example of this.

GETTING OUT OF A POOL:

Some girls:

Me:


(not from my brain)

Also:

WHAT MOST OF MY DAY-TO-DAY LIFE CONSISTS OF


(also not from my brain)

Pretty much.

Yesterday I came across Reasons My Son Is Crying.

I broke this cheese in half.

I broke this cheese in half.
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Died. I absolutely died laughing. Funniest blog I have found in a long time. It’s only been around for a week or so and I think it is already blowing up. And for good reason.

The slide is not slippery enough.

The slide is not slippery enough.
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Funny stuff. I can actually remember crying uncontrollably when I was about three because I wanted to watch Disney (remember Disney specials at 6 on Sundays?!) and it wasn’t a cartoon. I can also remember crying once around that age because there was a chip in my nail polish. And ohh, I vividly remember my brother crying about nothing. Ahh children. What it must be like to have them.

I couldn’t have thought of that blog though because I don’t have a son. But I could have started a “Reasons My Cat Is Meowing” blog. Actually, that has potential. Don’t steal that idea. I might do it. She meows at everything.

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Yes you Winnie.

Another blog I recently stumbled across that I wish I thought of is Thug Kitchen (warning: explicit language).

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Genius. F-ing Genius! So wish I thought of this. I also wish I could talk like this on my blog, but I make a point to never use bad language. And that is only because I want to remain semi professional due to career stuff. You know. Gotta pay dem bills. I think it’s possible to be funny and entertaining without swearing, but sometimes there is just nothing like a well-placed F-bomb. Anyway, I highly recommend checking out Thug Kitchen. Incredibly informative and hilarious.

And that concludes sh-t I wish I thought of. I’ll probably have a second edition some point when I stumble across more genius blogs that I never thought of.

Any other amazing blogs out there you wish you thought of?

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All the Paula Fun

As I mentioned previously, after the Harry Potter adventure Evan and I drove over to Paula‘s for a fun night out with her and her husband Fabian.

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As I have said to Paula many times, I love their love.

Paula and I have been following each other’s blogs for about two years, and we are Facebook friends (so obviously that means we are real friends), but we had never met in person. I have been telling Paula for at least a year that whenever I make it out to Florida I would be hitting her up for a fun time, so as soon as I found out I was going for sure I made a point to squeeze that sensual minx into our plans.

It was very trusting of Paula and Fabian to let us sleep over since we had never met before (especially Fabian, since to him I was a complete stranger), but I promised Paula we wouldn’t rob them and she relayed this news to Fabian and he said A-okay.

I was so excited to finally meet her, and of course her ridiculously cute one-eared bunny (who I also follow on Facebook), Georgina Bunnypants. Or just Pants.

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As soon as I entered her house I was all “Where is PANTS?!” and made a beeline over to her cage.

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Paula let  me give her a little treat to warm her up for a snugglefest, since she doesn’t usually like being held. I was excited that she let me pick her up.

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I told her to relax and just enjoy it, but she kept that ear slicked back in protest. It was a satisfactory first snuggle though. Such a little muffin. Our first meeting went just how I envisioned.

I can’t remember the names of all the places Paula and Fabian took us, but we went to all of Paula’s favourite hotspots in downtown Orlando. No more Hungry Howie’s! Paula took us to excellent local places. Our first stop was Mucho, a kind of Mexican pub, and I only know the name because Paula blogged about it.

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Paula made me order her favourite drink, Eola 101 (I kept wanting to call it Ebola), which included tequila and champagne and pure deliciousness. I liked it so much I had two more. And then our group had a tequila shot in celebration of…I don’t know, being awesome I guess. So I was feeling pretty good. So good I was in the mood for kissing roosters.

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We went to a couple of other bars with names I don’t remember, and drank several more drinks that I don’t remember. I will tell you a little secret about Paula. That girl can DRINK. Fun, fun times. And I brought a little gift for Paula, straight from Canada.

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Yes, the glasses. Paula now has her own pair. As you probably know, the glasses make a frequent appearance around here and Paula has commented about them before so I knew she liked them. It was time to pass them down, as they were passed down to me from my good friend Dawn.

Use them wisely Paula, they are hard to find even here! I expect to see them all over your blog, and you should probably wear them when you run your next race.

Fabian liked them also.

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And I gave Paula an example of how they are to properly be used. Here was the target:

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He liked it. I like his muscles.

I had a really, really fun night. I cannot picture it being more fun. Paula and I had so much to talk about and we felt like we knew each other for years. Evan also had a good time bonding with Fabian while Paula and I discussed boring blog stuff.

In fact, we had such a good time that on Saturday night Paula came out to Bradenton to see us!

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It’s over a two hour drive, so you know this means she liked me also. Bradenton is also coincidentally Paula’s hometown, so she showed us all the good places to go downtown, including a local bar the Lost Kangaroo.

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We be sunburnt.

It was the first time Evan and I went out in the downtown area, and I doubt we would have gone out like this ourselves. I was grateful she showed us such a good time.

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She showed us all the good food in Bradenton also. Our next stop included the most amazing garlic knots.

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And the most AMAZING pizza.

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We ate the entire thing. Not a slice left behind.

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Infinitely better than Hungry Howie’s.

And that is all the Paula fun. You can also read her recaps of our adventures here and here. And if you don’t already read her blog, what is wrong with you?! She has been one of my faves for a long time, and our hangouts just solidified this. She is so much fun, and I wish she lived closer to me! Oh well, it gives me an excuse to come back to Florida…

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Random Search Term Time

Well, I’m not sure what to talk about today. Truthfully I’m not even sure what my blog is about anymore. Probably not healthy-living, as that has just been sporadic lately (although I do feel like I am getting back on the healthy-living train, it is not quite up to speed just yet). And I can’t draw cartoons all the time, because they take me a million years.

Anyway, what do I usually do when I am not sure what to write about? Random search terms! Let’s review the interesting things people have Googled lately to somehow end up on my blog.

strange bug in the bathroom that has lots of legs

It was this thing, wasn’t it?

I’ve seen it too. That thing is so crazy disgusting that I don’t even have any words to describe it. I hope to never see one again. And to the person who Googled this, I hope it didn’t touch you. Blechhhh.

typical grocery store layout

This is hard to find! I was googling this relentlessly myself when I did my Familiar Grocery Store vs. Unfamiliar Grocery Store post. I couldn’t find anything! So I drew one.

You may use it. Just, you know, credit me or something.

where to buy just vinegar and just oil for salads

Hmm…good question. I don’t know, maybe a GROCERY STORE? See above if you are unfamiliar.

i love cookies

Me too. Ohhh me too me too me too.

People used to bring literally a pile of cookies and put them on my desk at work and say “I brought these for you!!!!!”.

An entire pile of cookies, just for me. No lie, it’s documented.

So I ate them. This has stopped happening, thankfully, or I would be obese. I cannot resist the cookies!

never got a power wheels jeep for christmas

Oh sad, sad day. Me neither. And ohhhh how I wanted the Barbie one.

I would have looked so cool driving around my neighbourhood in that. I am still bitter. There were quite a few awesome presents that I wanted and never received

My brother Eric sure did get a jeep though.

So I feel your pain.

how to host a bucket party

Oh it is very, very easy. You buy some buckets, invite people over, have them decorate their buckets, and then you pour booze in them.

And then you drink out of them. Seriously, if you are ever wondering how to get a party started, just hand your guests a bucket of alcohol. Guaranteed good time.

good card from nana

I love Nana cards! My Nana gives me the best cards about my dreams coming true! With stickers!

She also has been known to regift cards that children have made for her, white-out their name, and add her own, as you know

Such a beautiful card Nana, did you make this?

Nope. Noo she did not. She gets serious points for her scrappiness though. And I will cherish this card forever and ever. That is the BEST card from Nana.

Speaking of nana’s, this leads me to my next search term:

nana with glasses

Heeeeere ya go:

I love my Nana.

funny birthday twin pictures

Well I think it depends on who your birthday twin is. If your birthday twin happens to be Justin Bieber, as mine is…

It’s pretty easy to create a funny birthday twin picture…

how to give someone heavy a piggyback

Uhh, I am not sure I’m the best person to come to for advice about this. We all know how well that turned out…

Bad news. So I think my advice would be…don’t. Or do! You’ll have a good story!

will my daughter have fun at a princess birthday party

Probably. I sure did.

They even let me wear the princess sash. I was honoured.

why cat shows are better than dog shows

Because cats are awesome?! And also because apparently at cat shows the kitties are judged on their friskiness.

I had the best time with Hannah at the cat show we went to!

how to stop bed wetting

Don’t. Just blame it on the apple juice.

If, however, you really must stop the bed-wetting, I do have a handy pamphlet you may borrow…

Well, it’s actually my friend Emily’s. But I’m sure she’d let you have it as I am confident she has mastered the art of not wetting the bed.

activities for a bachelorette party ottawa

Drag show, drag show, DRAG SHOW!

And bring a saxophone!

And that is all for today my cheeky Googling friends. Have a good day!

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Sneaky Photo Stealers

So the other day my friend Paula over at Eat, Watch, Run (and yes, I am calling her my friend because we are now Facebook friends purely because we read each other’s blogs and feel like we know each other), posted a link on Facebook of a post from another blog about photo stealing.

Here is the link to her post, but I will summarize for you. Basically the blogger was sued for using a photo that was not hers on her blog, even though she credited the photo and linked to the original source.

The internet really seems like a free-for-all these days, and I am totally guilty of using photos that are not mine on my blog. I truly thought that as long as you credited the source (or the official photographer if that was the case), it was fine, and you are all good. I am not sure why I thought this, but I think only because everybody else was doing it.

So be warned. That is not the case. If you are using another photographer’s photo and you do not actually have their permission, you can be sued. Even if you link to and credit the original source. So, lesson learned from me, I will now be careful.

But I was intrigued by this. And there is a little trick on Google images where you can check photos by the source of the URL to see if they have been put on another website.

So just out of curiosity, I pasted the link from a couple of my own images that I thought might be popular.

Those two. I drew them. And they took me a while.

Most of the stuff I draw is really relevant to the story I am telling and would not be worth stealing, in my opinion. But those two photos in particular I thought might work with several other articles.

When I went into Google images, I discovered I was not wrong. I found them both used on a bunch of other blogs and websites (seriously, the treadmill one was on at least 10), with no credit to me.

Obviously I am not looking for any sort of financial compensation. I don’t even know how I would sue anyone, and I feel like that would just be a lot of drama. But it did bother me.

It bothered me because, out of all the blogs and websites that are using my images, only one even mentioned me. Blisstree. They did credit me (which I appreciated), however, they did not actually link to me.

But no one else even mentioned that they got those drawings from somewhere else. For other sites to just take them, not credit me, and pass it off as their own drawing, or even some random drawing that they found on the internet…that is annoying.

It’s not clipart. That took time for me to draw. I drew it to make what I was writing about more funny, and share it with you guys.

And of all the sites to take my drawing and post it as theirs with no credit, I am going to say the worst offender was Yahoo. That is a legit website. I can forgive naive bloggers, because I am one, but Yahoo? I think they should know the rules. I was really surprised when I saw that (and fine, a little bit flattered too).

I’m not popular like Hyperbole and a Half. People wouldn’t just see my drawings and recognize them as mine, and ideally I’d like them to actually read the story. This picture stealing hurts my livelihood (and my feelings). I would appreciate at least a link.

So how to counteract this? I could put a watermark on every drawing I do so that people would know I created it, but that would not only be annoying for me, I feel like it would take away from the drawing.

It clearly states on the bottom of my blog that if you copy my stuff I will unleash my hunger monster on you…

Which I think is a pretty scary threat, but apparently not.

I don’t really know where I’m going with this, except to warn you bloggers that a) if you use an official photographer’s photo without permission you could get sued, and b) your own pictures may be on other websites without crediting you as the source. So you may want to check that out.

And if you steal my pictures without linking to me I WILL unleash my hunger monster on you. No empty threats here. You better look out, Yahoo.

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What’s Up, Wednesday?

Hello there cheeky minxes.

There are a few things that are up with me that I’d like to talk about, so let’s just get right to it!

Thing 1

Remember last week I was raving on about how I’m exactly where I want to be right now? Well, I have kind of a weird coincidence about that. I have been running a few mornings a week in the cemetery that is near my new apartment. Maybe that sounds creepy… I thought I was going to be creeped out at first, but it is honestly beautiful and peaceful and just so perfect for a morning run. It’s also huge, and has kilometres of paths. I’ve really been enjoying it.

I have also really been enjoying not having to get up at 5:30am to give myself enough time to run in the morning. I can get up at 6:45, squeeze in a half hour run, and still make it to work for 8:30. It’s fab.

Anyway, I told my mom about my morning runs in the cemetery and she informed me that our entire family is buried in there. I had no idea. I honestly thought they were buried in the town my mom grew up in. But my grandparents, my mom’s aunts and uncles, cousins…all buried there. This is such a crazy coincidence to me. It’s a popular cemetery for sure…but for them all to be there, and I move a block away from it and start running in it? That’s weird.

I don’t know exactly where in the cemetery they are, but now I feel like I have a mission when I’m running. I want to find them. I’ll probably have to go back when they are actually open and ask a staff member for a map or something.

Thing 2

I did it again.

I went to Yogurty’s last night with my friends Hannah and Lisa, and I overdid it on the toppings. I even said before I started loading up that I was NOT going to go crazy like last time because I truly prefer my froyo to be more smooth and plain.

But then I saw all the toppings…

And I couldn’t help myself. I loaded them on, just because I could.

It was still delicious. Those cookie dough and brownie chunks are not unlike the ones I used to sneak into the freezer and eat when I used to work at Dairy Queen. But next time I am making myself hold back!

Thing 3

I am obsessed with this song right now.

The video has a huge intro, but the actual song makes me tingly and excited for summer!

And I can’t get enough of this song either:

But I’m pretty sure every girl on the planet probably can’t get enough of that song, so…no originality here.

Thing 4

My good friend Dawn from high school started her own blog!

(that would be us in college)

You guys may already know her as she has popped up in a ton of my posts, and actually wrote a couple guest posts for me last year. Her blog is called The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prof (as we have a close-knit group of high school friends, she travels, and she is a prof…it makes sense). I’m excited to read about her adventures, though I think a lot of them I will be participating in. Anyway, I think you guys should all go over and check her out.

And another one of my work friends, Gord, has started his own blog as well. His bloggity is called Gord Thain Reports, and is definitely more of a…I don’t know, boy blog? Which frankly I don’t read enough of. He writes well and is an interesting duck, so definitely also worth checking out.

Thing 5

I leave for a 10-day long adventure to BC and Alberta on Friday, and I could not be more excited. My cousin is getting married on an island just off Vancouver Island, so most of the family on my dad’s side will be there, and I will also get to see my mom and brother, who live in BC, and my Bestie Lisa and friend Crystal, who live in Calgary. Coincidentally, Dawn is going to be in Calgary the same time I am, so we all have some shenanigans planned. I am PUMPED. It’s hard to concentrate on anything else. I am so excited I’m practically vibrating.

And that’s all I got. In the words of Cher Horowitz, I’m outtie!

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I Love Your Blog, Dawg.

I need to clear something up, as many of you asked in my last post. Poutine is fries covered with cheese curds and gravy. Apparently it is only a Canadian thing (and possibly a New Orleans thing?) which I don’t understand at all, as it isn’t exactly difficult to come up with. It’s fries. With cheese and gravy. I don’t know why this is such a foreign concept.

If you have never tried it, you’re missing out. It’s amazing. Just so delicious. And absolutely terrible for you, so I only have it a couple times a year. You can make it with shredded cheese too, but cheese curds are better, in my opinion. The cheese gets all melty and perfectly stringy.

Anyway, glad that’s out of the way…

Not much is new over here. My Wonderland and prom adventures are basically all I’ve been up to this week besides work stuff. And sometimes my work is exciting, but not so much right now. Right now it’s just busy. I have been glued to my computer for the past few days working on my organization’s magazine, which is a time consuming little sucker. But I do love it when it’s done and all glossy and fab looking!

So not really doing anything = I don’t have much to talk about. But thankfully a couple of my fellow bloggers tagged me in an award! This means I have things to talk about AND I don’t have to do a lot of thinking. Win-win.

It was two different awards actually, but they are basically the same thing: talk about your favourite blogs. There are a few other rules, but I am choosing to ignore them. I read a lot of blogs (usually, I have been slacking lately), so I just want to tell you about the illustrated blogs I have been loving lately, and maybe you will love them too.

Here they are:

Touch of Embellishment

I don’t remember how I discovered Erica’s blog, probably from Stephanie (who I will get to in a moment), as I seem to discover all my new blog lovers from her. But the first post I read was called Dirty Fruit Man, and it lured me in immediately.

She is a story-teller like moi, and she beautifully illustrates her posts. The facial expressions of her characters really make me laugh, and her stories remind me of my own! We have a kindred spirit for sure. Weird things definitely happen to us both (my friend Beth always tells me that she thinks weird things happen to me because I can take it, and Erica, I think you can take it too!)

Erica herself reminds me a lot of my friend Catherine (who also has a blog, Kitten The Cat), so I immediately sent Catherine the link to the dirty fruit man post and we laughed about a similar story we have from when we used to work together at Dairy Queen (I will illustrate it one day, so I can’t tell you about it just yet).

Upon discovering Erica’s blog, I read through the entire thing. I couldn’t stop. She just kills me! I talked to Catherine about it later, and she mentioned she did the same, went back and read every post. So yeah, I think Erica is awesome, and I can’t get enough of her stories. Go read her blog. Or at least this post.

Clay Baboons

I love Stephanie. I followed along with her first blog, Love Life Project, and I loved her then. I really liked that she called herself a happy-living blog, because I think I am kind of a happy-living blog as well, so I could relate. And then she started her new blog, Clay Baboons, and I cannot rave about her enough. She is ridiculously creative with all her clay figurines, and she puts so much effort into her posts.

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She also may be one of the nicest people I know (and yes I do feel like I know her, it’s funny how blogging works that way. Plus, we are Facebook friends, so of course that means we are real-life friends). And she makes me laugh. That is very important.

Blunder Construction

I will be honest, I just discovered Hailey’s blog two days ago. She sent me an insanely awesome tweet about how she thought that I was funny, and then she instantly became my favourite.

Just so you are all aware, if you tell me I am funny, I will love you for life. It’s my favourite compliment. It’s even better if the person who tells you that you are funny is also funny, because it makes your funniness more legit since they are funny, and funny people should be able to recognize funniness when they see it. It is a cycle of funniness. So I went over to Blunder Construction to see if Hailey was funny so I could fully bask in the glow of her funny compliment, and oh man. She is funny.

First of all, she has an awesome cat, so we share that in common…

(That is her cat, Jelly)

She has an entire page devoted to Jelly (and she loves him so much she recently made him a cat birthday cake, and I’m probably going to copy that recipe), she has probably the best bio I’ve ever seen (and I’m probably going to copy that also), and then there is the Blank the Kitty section.

Effing genius. May also copy.

Thank you for tweeting to me Hailey, and saying that I’m funny! I’m excited that I found you.

Creative Devolution

Violet just kills me with hilariousity. I don’t even know what else to say about her. I laugh out loud every time I read her (but not LOL, I don’t do that). She is so funny and her illustrations are awesome.

This is another blog I read almost in entirety when I discovered it. And I am so impressed with how often she posts, because I know how long those drawings take! She’s amazing. And I am just in awe of her creativity. I’d like to kidnap her brain.

And I really need to give a shout-out to the beautiful Eden from Eden Eats Everything.

Her blog is not illustrated, but I love her, and she always makes me laugh. She is going through an extremely difficult time right now, as her father has a fatal brain tumour and things are just not good there… But even in the midst of dealing with that, she still makes me laugh! It has really put my own life and problems in perspective, and makes me never want to complain about anything again. If she can still find a way to be positive despite all the crappiness (understatement and a half) in her life, so can I. For sure.

So please send Eden some love. I am sure she could use all of our positive thoughts.

And I hope you enjoy the rest of these amazing bloggers as well!

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