April 29, 2011

It’s my birthday, I can cry if I want to…

Filed under: Day-to-Day — Chantelle @ 3:11 pm

Today has been such a weird day.

I slept in. I had a hard time getting dressed because Guen was incessently attacking my feet. The city decided to be idiots and put a bus stop right in the middle of the Clarence/College traffic clog. I got stuck behind a street sweeper. I got stuck behind a beginner semi driver. I cried when I saw Liberal supporters touting their signs…

Wait. What?

I have two stress signs. 1) I start crying at absolutely nothing. 2) I get really sick.

While I am coughing a bit, I am not very sick so I am considering myself to be within the first stress sign. And why shouldn’t I be? I have been insanely busy at work and at home.

But yesterday was good. While the workday was nuts, Darla gave me a Timmy’s gift card as a thank-you gift, and Gilles and I had our first dance class. And this morning wasn’t that bad – I got to work only a couple minutes late, I got to wear jeans to work today… and the day got better from there – Darla got me a picture frame (and a funny card) for my birthday, and I won the VIP Parking spot for the month of May.

Tonight my mom and sister are getting up to the city, and joining Gilles and I as well as thirteen other friends at Tusq tonight! I have a groupon where I paid $30 for $60 of food and drinks that I will use, and plan to have a grand old time of it! Then tomorrow I am shopping with Mom and Kelsey – I am hoping to go to the non-mall stores. Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Reitmans, Walmart, Giant Tiger, and Zellers specifically. The more I can stretch the money I get the better!

This is Tusq, the restaurant/bar we are going to tonight. It’s classy for a change! (Not that Tusq isn’t always classy… the places we go just usually aren’t).


April 21, 2011


Filed under: My cat — Chantelle @ 10:15 am

It’s pronounced ‘gwen-i-var’. And I love him 🙂 We call him Guen (gwen) for short.

Anyway, Guen had his first vet appointment on Tuesday, and he did really well. He didn’t like riding in the cat carrier very much on his way to the appointment, although he did calm down when my arm was hanging in the cat carrier for him to look at.

At the vet office he did really well… I had a hard time getting him to sit on my lap in the waiting room (he is so energetic at that time of day!) but luckily I had noticed that he was eating when we left the house, so I had tossed some kitten food into the little dish in the carrier. I held this little dish of food in front of him on my lap, and he sat there and ate until his appointment. Yay! In his appointment of course, he was a playful little brat. He kept sitting on the vet’s paper and trying to eat her pen while she wrote down his information. He is already 0.98kg!

A (very uncomfortable) shot later, and a long-winded attempt to take his picture for the website (I finally got a picture when he climbed on my shoulder after they left the room for a couple minutes. It isn’t up yet, but once it is, he will join the parade of animals here.

His ride back home was uneventful – he was too distracted playing with his toy mouse to even notice that we were moving. (Catnip does that to you I guess!)

Yesterday I gave him his first deworming pill, and he was a champion about it – ate it right up.

It is certainly an adventure to have the little one in the house! This morning Gilles awoke to Guen attacking his head…

Here are some more pictures for you 🙂

April 13, 2011

The new little addition to our family

Filed under: My cat — Chantelle @ 11:01 am

Welcome, Guenhwyvar. I can guarantee that you will see a lot of him in the future.

April 5, 2011

For the love of blog!

Filed under: Cartoon,Day-to-Day — Chantelle @ 4:36 pm

I love blogs.

While I may not have been blogging long, (I am approaching my one-year anniversary though – wow!) I have definitely been reading blogs for a long time. This has made me somewhat of a subjective blog reader. Unfortunately, I don’t pass many of my blog reading habits on to improve my own blog. For instance – If the blog post contains no pictures and lots of words, I will read roughly the first third in depth and skim through the rest. (With exception to a few blogs, or exceptionally interesting posts). I blame this habit on university, and getting a thousand emails a day at work.

I have a few blogs that I read religiously. The moment I see a new entry fall into my blog reader, I am opening it up to see what the writer has to say. Some of these blogs are great to read, some are embarrassing to admit that I read. My ‘must-read-now’ list includes:

Crow Seer’s Blog – This is the blog of a good friend of mine. She is just getting into the blogging world and doesn’t post very often, but when she does, she takes time to think about what she needs to get out into the universe.

The Splines – This is one of those ones that you hate to admit to loving reading. But, it is like reading a fiction novel – it isn’t real peoples’ lives, and it is a story all the same… and I love me some Sims.

Advertising/Design Goodness – This one shows the industry that I work in. This blog is always full of great ads, perfect for getting the creative juices flowing.

HELLOmynameisHeather – While not frequently posted in, and related to an actual company, this blog frequently has things that inspire me creatively for my arts and crafts.

Lucy Knisley – A comic artist whose posts are (almost) always roll off your chair funny, and inspiring. Her latest comic encompasses the entire first four books of the Harry Potter series.

Live out Loud – Once upon a time I went to see a play called The Full Monty. I was very impressed by the lead actor’s performance, and subsequently ‘googled’ his name to see what other plays he was in. I was disappointed not to find anything at the time, but did find this blog, belonging to his wife, also an actress. (Wow, that’s a lot of commas). Subsequent commenting on each others’ posts has now blossomed into a friendship, for which I am grateful.

PostSecret – While its growth from a niche website to a large company that publishes books and has tours has somewhat devalued postsecret for me, I still enjoy looking at the post cards that are sent in.

In addition to my ‘must reads’, I also have many other blogs that I follow. I read them daily, all of them good. As soon as I get tired of a blog, or find that I like it but it posts so much that I feel unundated, I simply ‘unfollow’ it. I am not going to read a blog that I feel is too imposing upon me. Basically, if a blog posts more than once a day, I will not read it – with a couple exceptions. I have to really love the blog to read that much. But this is for good reason – according to my reader, I am currently I am following 147 blogs! I’m not doing so bad if I say so myself… my ‘must-reads’ are all read, and I only have 795 posts currently unread in my reader (The oldest dating March 24, 2011). I try to get it down to 500 by the end of each day, but that won’t be happening today as it accumulated more than usual over the weekend.

How many blogs do you read? Do you use a reader to keep track of them?

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