Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Be on Guard an Lock Your Doors"

I'm complacent.

I sit on my back deck at midnight talking to the neighborhood cats. I go for long walks alone. I don't lock the doors or windows quite consistently enough for my husband.

I live in a rural village, where nothing really exciting happens.

Well... there's this fugitive on the loose. He's randomly killed three people. One bartender and a sweet pair of Great-Grandparents. He's on a spree, I guess. Who knows what makes people snap. Maybe it's the heat. He steals his victims cars and has been tooling around the country, but I never really paid too much attention.

Until today.

Turns out that last night, while I'm sitting on my back deck at midnight talking to the neighborhood cats (I know, Crazy-Cat-Lady-in-training), a murderer at large abandonned his stolen vehicle 45 minutes from here. He's armed and dangerous, as they say. Probably looking for another vehicle. Or camping out in the woods. Scary crap!


Good Grief. George puts Matt and Brad to shame.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Must Have One

I lost my library card after misplacing it at least ten times a week. No, I don't keep my library card in my wallet. I keep it in my "library bag" which is a kick-butt Lands' End bag.

If you don't have one of these, RUN, don't walk and get yourself one. These are the best bags in the world. If you monogram it for your cute self, even better.

If you don't have a Lands' End Tote, GET ONE. I can't stress this enough. Really. Sincerely. Fabulous.

But I digress. Back to the lost library card saga. I need to have my library card on a lanyard or something. So I don't lose it. I went to Etsy and found these gorgeous wristlets.

I need help deciding which one to get for my library card (seriously, I lose it once a week)...


This one is pretty, an Amy Butler (love her) fabric...
Or this one (2)
Or this one (3)
Or this one (4)

Decisions, decisions...

Our Summer Vacation...

Fly to Seattle for five days.Take a ferry north through the San Juans / Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island.
Seven days on Vancouver Island / Salt Spring / British Columbia

Any recommendations for things to see and do?

If I like the West Coast of B.C. half as much as I did California, I am in big, big trouble.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

What is this THING?

I won't sleep tonight!

This *thing* was photographed in England skulking about near a party of schoolchildren on a field trip. Yikes!
They're calling it the "Beast of Dartmoor".
Here I was thinking that Britain was the only place safe for hiking.

In Canada we have bears and cougars and wolves and all sorts here just waiting to attack a hapless hiker such as myself. It's why I never hike in the wilderness. You could get eaten by a bear or something. Laugh all you want! It happens all the time.

The Royal Hotness is fading...

Somehow, the Windsor genes seem to be playing a more dominant role as Wills heads into his third decade.

The Queen's grandson to marry Canadian girlfriend

One of my fellow countrywomen has paved the way for me! Now I just have to choose *my* royal grandson to marry...

Peter Phillips, the 29-year-old son of the queen's daughter Princess Anne, will marry his girlfriend, Autumn Kelly, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Hmmm... he's a bit of alright, isn't he?

Oh, Andrew, do Behave!

Prince Andrew earns his nickname "Randy Andy" this past weekend.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Turns out it's just tap water

Pepsico has been forced to change the labes on all Aquafina water bottles telling consumers that it's tap water. Watch for labels that state water is "PWS" or "public water source".

I think I spent $1.70 for a bottle of water at the gas station today. For tap water. Oops. Well, I never buy water, so I guess it is okay. Damned marketing machine. IMAGINE the profit. Pure profit.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Have people lost their minds?

Not sure what to think of this one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Animals across Europe falling asleep due to heat wave

Animals at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo in Austria are so exhausted from the high climates that they're falling asleep all over the place.

Lifted from

Milla has a sense of humour

She'd have to, right? Here she pretends to have a stab at Chuck.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Herd Instinct

Horses are extremely social animals. Having grown up with horses, I can tell you that their desire to be with the herd is extremely strong.

This is the Criterium Internationale 2001:
Isn't he GORGEOUS?

He could've won if he only he had memorized the race route.

Monday, July 16, 2007

worry not

Online Videos by Veoh.com

Friday, July 13, 2007

Don't wanna meet this whippet in a dark alley...

No steroids and not used for racing. This is a female whippet who has a rare genetic disorder which means she is "double muscled" and thus much bulkier than your average whippet. Egad.

muscled whippet

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Liz stomps off in a hissy fit

Annie Liebovitz, American photographer asked Lizzie to remove her crown during a photo shoot, stating that it was "too dressy".

One was not amused! Coarse colonial types! How dare they! The Queen's surprised face is caught on film during the request.

She then stomps off with her entourage quickly following behind.

Harrummmph! Bloody Americans.

The BBC is trying hard to spin the story, but I'm not buying it. Stuffy old bird!

Hissy Fit Liz

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Charles, Charles, Charles. Tsk.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

276 lbs worth of dog.

Gate's unlatched, too.

Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus features a trunk big enough to accommodate a run-away wrecking ball.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Public Service Announcement

I have posted a couple more pics of Dr. Bachelor Triathlete Andy Whats-His-Face, all in the name of public service.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, feel free to ask this man for assistance. He IS a medical doctor, after all, as Jen pointed out.

A good samaritan's work is never done.

Triathlete Bachelor

Here's the Bachelor-guy at an athletic event. I love the look the ladies are giving him. I am much more impressed with the fact that he is a triathlete than the fact that he is a Doctor. Is that wrong?

Becoming a doctor is just finishing a big bunch of courses (don't get me started) but becoming a triathlete, I believe that is a major accomplishment.

Sometimes England scares me.

When I go to visit my in-laws in England, I am always shocked at how many really violent, anti-social crimes get committed in the course of a week or two (not by my in-laws, silly, by the residents of their town).

For example, over Christmas a couple of years ago, there were three acts of violence that really shocked and sickened me. Swans were shot dead in the local park. A pensioner was stabbed in his bungalow. And to top it all off, a little old lady had her hair set on fire on the train. One week. One town.

Now I want to explain something. My country is not perfect. By any means. I am not picking on England.

Canada has 30 million. The UK has approximately 50 million. Perhaps there is more widespread coverage of the news in England. Perhaps Canada really does have as much crime, as much animal cruelty, etc. That being said, in the UK, they were mutilating ponies in their fields and shooting swans in the park. I have NEVER heard of such things here. Never. Not even close. Certainly not over the course of a week.

It disturbs me. England seems socially restless. Problematic. Troubled. Angry. What is with the delinquincy of the youth? Social canary in the mine? The degree of yobbish crimes, vandalism, violence and ASBOs (anti-social behavioural orders) seems over the top. Or does Canada just cover up her crime better?

I wonder if England is what made my husband so obsessively paranoid about personal safety. I really do. It would make sense. I would be paranoid, too, if I grew up with news stories such as those that I read that Christmas.

Now there is this story coming out of the England: Three people locked an epileptic man in their shed for four months, during which time they fed him potato peelings and beat him on a daily basis. He died.

The captives videotaped their prisoner. No violence follows, but it is an extremely disturbing interview with a clearly confused, emaciated man.

never laughed so hard. never.

Okay. I have a bit of a twisted sense of humour / humor, so I find THIS incredibly, incredibly funny. I can't believe this is free. Too funny.

You can also access this radio station (Radio Prank) on iTunes under "Radio". Funny!!!!


Saturday, July 07, 2007

No Contest!

The camera doesn't lie!

Come on, Jon Stewart is much hotter than Stephen Colbert? Anybody?

How can Colbert be voted sexier than Jon Stewart?

I mean, just look at Jon; he's gorgeous. Gorgeous. Those blue eyes, the grey at the temples.The sophisticated suit and tie. Sigh.

Now look at... err... the other guy...

(Katieo, hope you have a good sense of humour / humor!) ;-)

Friday, July 06, 2007

Stephen Colbert... Surely, Not Hot?

This one is for Katieo.

Ewww! I don't understand it, but I guess Katieo, you're not alone!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

ode to graphic design

Love these prints. Think about design sometimes. Then it passes. Still love to look.

when did you last use one of THESE?

Phone booth in Somerset, England.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Kate Middleton's Style

Love, love, love it. Is it too conservative? I love those ballet flats, much nicer than the pointy flats she wears in next pic.

I guess I am on a royal "kick" latelty. I hope she and the prince are back together.

Kate Middleton

I love Kate Middleton's style. Always. She's pretty conservative but has a killer body. I'm kind of pissed at her body, actually. It depresses me. Perhaps she is a tad too skinny? I'm digging the ballet flats, but not pointed toe ballet flats. Thoughts?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Another Mouth for the Taxpayers to Feed

Prince Edward and his woman, the Countess of Wessex, aka Sophie, are popping out another sprog. I'm happy for her, she looks like good fun. He looks a bit grim, though, doesn't he?

Do they have Crest Whitestrips in the U.K.? I'm sensing an untapped market.

Husband tells me there is "no such place as Wessex" any more, so Sophie's title, "the Countess of Wessex" is BOGUS. Hmmm. Wonder if she knows this?

a million bucks in the UK

There is outrage in the UK today because this holiday property listed for approximately one million Canadian dollars. This property is essentially a trailer...

However, I would rather live in this property than I would the skanky pink and blue carpeted granny house (see post below) in my city, also asking a million dollars.

Not to mention my city is a twenty hour drive from anything resembling the sea...



a million bucks doesn't go far these days

People, people, for a million bucks, I don't expect to see granny-blue carpeting in the living room.


The pink crown molding isn't doing a whole lot for me, either...

Guess a million doesn't buy what it used to? At least throw the buyer one measly stick of hardwood. Sheesh.