February 21, 2005
I've been blogcrastinating
I guess you know the novelty has worn off when you spend days putting off making a blog post.
So what's new? Well, Korin is in for the WIP challenge. As is my non-knitting friend Elyse/Merouda, who has many, many unfinished projects languishing in her house (and I will get to see them all when I crash at her place later this week as part of my visit to the University of Wisconsin!).
I got my Knitty submission done, and photographed. I took the damned thing with me everywhere this week, class and work of course, but also to dinner on Thursday when we went over to Troy Michigan to hang out with our dear friends Kerri and PJ from Atlanta, who were in Detroit for a conference this weekend. I finished it in the bowling alley on Saturday, just in the nick of time; so we got to do a photo shoot with bowling shoes. My piece looks pretty good, and I definitely bowled better while wearing it (it also helped my bowling a lot when the others called me Rizzo).
Today I got a surprise in the mail: my 2005 Year of the Smartass date book from Disgruntled Housewife arrived, along with a couple of free towels. Go and check out her website, it's a riot (even if she doesn't update her blog enough for my liking).
Here's a pic of the calendar and towels:
I'm very excited to finally have this, as I can't really function without a calendar to carry around. Since the new year started I've been using the free calendar that came in the mail from our Member of Parliament, and it's just not good enough:
But look, my new one has colouring book pages, and stickers!
I'm a huge geek to be this excited about the book, eh?
So while we were at Kerri and PJ's hotel waiting for them to be finished working so we could go out for supper, Peter and I watched some Fox news (we don't have a tv, remember?) and I have to confess that it made me cry. Because they are such assholes, and their attempts to manipulate the public are so obvious and so filled with contempt. And I'm not sure that I'm ready to go and live in that country. Yes, I have a lot of American friends that I love, and Pete says that more people watch the Daily Show than watch Fox news, but still. Wal-Mart. Snacking cakes in every aisle of the grocery store. The whole Bush family. No universal health care, no Cancon regulations. It just scares the crap out of me.
I might be blowing it all out of proportion though; I'll be gone three years and when I get home Canada will be the same as the States. Last night on the way back into Windsor I saw a brand new Chuck E. Cheese's. In Canada. Oy.
Posted by jodi at February 21, 2005 01:45 PM | categories: self-absorbtion
Oh Jodi, just think - what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
P.S. Can't wait to see your Knitty "piece"!
Posted by: Tara at February 21, 2005 02:01 PM
Ah, yes. Fox News. It scares the crap out of me, and I live in the US. Although each time I watch it it makes me want to pack up and leave, never to return.
Which is why I don't watch most news -- it's all Wal-Mart, Bush, Iraq and now Iran. I get most of my news from NPR or PRI, which would make my journalism teachers cringe knowing that 5 years out of college I don't read newspapers. What they don't know won't hurt them right?
And I was excited about the planner I got too! Kitty stickers, free pencil and notepad. Office supplies and planners make me almost as happy as yarn and needles.
Posted by: Heather at February 21, 2005 03:15 PM
What do you have against snack cakes?
Posted by: Christiane at February 21, 2005 03:29 PM
Speaking as a Canadian living in the States right now, it's certainly interesting. How better to change the system than from within the belly of the beast?
It *is* nice to buy beer at the 7-11 though.
Posted by: carolyn at February 21, 2005 03:54 PM
Yes... fox news is a freaking nightmare... makes me glad I don't have cable.
Yeah, there are a lot of scary things about this country - o - mine.. but still.. we've got some good stuff too.
1. John Stewart... Funny, smart... and oh so sexy!
2. Liberals! they're everywhere, and they're mad as hell!
3. In n out burger. We don't have them here in Oregon.. but there is nothing better than a juicy burger from In n out.
4. Me. I'm here. and I fucking rock.
Oh.. I finished another something. :) Go me.
Posted by: korin at February 21, 2005 04:21 PM
isn't chuck e. cheese canadian? that's what i always thought...I had many a birthday party there when i was little.
Posted by: laura at February 21, 2005 05:45 PM
Thought to comfort you: CBC radio online.
Fox news, CNN... my dad has satellite and watches CNN all the bloody time. It pisses (am I allowed to say "piss" here?) me off to no end. I'm constantly at him to stop this Americanization of his viewing habits. Argh!!!!!!
Still crossing fingers in hopes of Cdn school for you.
Posted by: Stephanie VW at February 22, 2005 12:19 PM