Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Why I'm a Terrible Blogger

There are a lot of reasons why I just shouldn't have a blog. I have compiled the top five reasons, but they are certainly not limited to just these:

1) I don't blog

This is a fairly crucial element to having a blog. Providing content on a somewhat regular basis. I have lots of excuses though. Some of them even good excuses. The fact is I only bother when I get bored or the just happen to feel like writing something over doing something that day. I'm a unblogger I guess. Just when you think I've given it up, I post something.

2) I have nothing to talk about

That's not entirely true. I have lots to talk about; sometimes. Unfortunately I only think of these things while doing something else. The frown on texting and driving, try blogging and driving! That's when my mind wonders enough to actually have a moment to think. Or maybe it's because the kids are finally quiet and I can actually hear myself think. Hmmm. Either way, there's never a computer around when I need one. By the time I sit myself down inspiration has lost me!

3) I'm not "plugged in"

Just that term should peg me for the Luddite that I am. "Plugged in"?? What is this, the 90s?? My point is that most people, certainly bloggers, at least own a way of up loading photos and other content on the go. I have a cell phone. Sometimes it's even charged. I normally use it to look up the time. I don't even wear a watch. If you're a serious blogger, and even if you aren't, you have more than one social media platform that you make use of. Twitter, pintrest, tumblr ect. Nope, not me. I have more than just my blog, but unless I have my laptop or iPad with me, I don't add a whole lot of content to them. Which totally defeats the whole point of having them in the first place. So I'll say it again: I'll trade one red paperclip for an iPod Touch or iPhone.

4) I don't read other blogs

For the most part I don't read other blogs. A number of friends have blogs and I DO read those, but on the whole I don't read that many. I read those mainly to keep in touch with people that, because of our busy lives, I don't get to see or talk to on a regular basis. There are a small number of blogs that I do read. The Bloggess is one of my favorites. She's just about the coolest person EVER! I also read from time to time BackpackingDad and The Nerdist. Every now and again another blogger will post an interesting article I'll see in my twitter feed and I'll check it out.

5) I can't think of another reason why. Maybe this a form of writers block. Or maybe I just don't have the attention span to come up with a number five. Oh wait, is that something shiny...

Friday, September 23, 2011


According to Klout I'm influential in sharks. For those of you unfamiliar with what Klout is here is a definition I ripped off the interweb:

"Klout measures influence online. When you create content or engage, you impact others. Klout analyzes that impact to find your Klout Score, influential topics, and your influencers."1

If you'd like to learn more about this ask Karen Wilson at The Media Mesh. She's a social media guru; whereas I know very little and border on being a ludite.

In fact, according to Klout, I'm also influential in coffee and zombies. Variety is the spice of life I guess. I've never actually mentioned anything about sharks, so that just goes to show how well Klout must really know me. I didn't even know I knew anything about sharks myself! I must have watched Shark Week at some point and subconsciously remembered something important about it. I now feel pretty confident to impart all my worldly shark knowledge to the world at large. I wouldn't want to disappoint anyone.

1) Sharks don't swim backwards. Unless they have been altered genetically and are now super-intelligent killing machines. As opposed to the regular old fashion killing machines I suppose.

2) Sharks are very vindictive and can really hold a grudge. If you tangle with a shark and live, you better make darn sure you finish him off for good. If not, he'll come after you and everyone you care about.

3)Sharks are extremely fast swimmers. In fact they can swim faster than a plane can fly! So, as mentioned above, you better make sure you finish that shark off! There is no where you or your family can hide.

4)Sharks can grow to the size of their environment. Yeah, I know. They live in the OCEAN, so they can get pretty enormous. They have been known to tangle with giant crocodiles and octopuses and win.

5)Shark heads are ergonomically incompatible with laser mounts. (double sided tape DOES NOT WORK)

6)Sharks are totally badass.

Monday, September 5, 2011


My parents were gracious enough to set us up in a nice hotel in Ottawa for our anniversary. We very rarely take time to do this sort of thing for ourselves; which is probably why they did it for us. It was wonderful! No matter where you are currently living I strongly encourage you to get to know your own home town. We saw and learned more in that short weekend than ever before. (our view from the Westin Hotel)

We started out touring the Byward Market. We stumbled upon a lovely little courtyard that was as pretty as a picture. After a short amount of window shopping we returned. What we really wanted was to people watch with a refreshing beverage (re:beer) on a patio. It was perfect! A bi-plane flew over us a couple of times, we saw a bride looking elegant in her wedding dress, toddlers staring down from the second floor of a restaurant above us, and in short, just a perfect venue to peek into the lives of other people.

Later we enjoyed a delicious seafood dinner at The Shore Club. It could not have tasted better and the service was the best I've ever experienced. It was nice on such a special occasion to feel that little bit extra special. After dinner (and slightly tipsy from champagne and wine) we went on the Haunted Walk. It was a 90 minute tour through the back allies and twists and turns of Ottawa. There was so much we had never seen in our own home before that we saw that night. The stories were, um, well not very spooky as such, but exploring the city in the dark was exciting.

The next morning we had a lovely breakfast overlooking the canal. There was some sort of scavenger hunt/foot race going on. Many of the teams were dressed as pirates or other matching garb. Afterwards we walked around downtown exploring out of the way shops. Scott found one that sold hundreds of cigars and was in heaven! I walked away with one that he very much enjoyed at the end of the day.

I, always on the look out for a nice place for a cupa', tried out a local tea house. It seemed intriguing enough, however I think I could have breathed much needed life back into it! I would love to have a lovely tea house of my own one day. And a comic book shop. Are these mutually exclusive? I'm sure I can make it work somehow.

It was a wonderful long weekend! I highly recommend spending some time exploring your neck of the woods. I'm sure you won't regret it!