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  • movember challenge continues

    November 6th, 2009 she Posted in Lighter Side, Popularity Contests, Random Burbling   1 Comment »  

    After a day off to re-think my fundraising strategy – I’m back. I’ve decided that my personal goal is to try and reach $880 before anyone else on the team. In order to get there I’m going to need every one of you, my loyal blog readers (that’s at least 5 people, right?), to donate a few shekels to the cause. I’d ask my “Facebook friends” but apparently they’re already sick of my daily #movember status updates and not as friendly as they make out to be.

    I’m also silly enough to agree to wear a fake moustache at work at the end of the month (or perhaps even while at a convention in LA in a few weeks) if I surpass the goal.

    There might even be pictures.

    Highlights of today’s begging post:

    1. My goal is to raise $880 (more is always welcome) for Movember before the end of the month.
    2. If I raise the $880 before any other member of my team, I’ll get a fake moustache and wear it to work.
    3. If I raise the $880 before Nov. 20, I’ll wear the fake moustache at a convention in LA where friends and strangers will have ample opportunity to heckle me.
    4. If you haven’t already please donate to the cause. Help in the battle to wipe out prostate cancer.

    I’m going to pretend the glass is half-full today and assume I can make the goal. Cause I know y’all love me and support my charity works. That said, anyone know where I can get a fake moustache in Edmonton?

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    Movember – Day II

    November 4th, 2009 she Posted in Lighter Side, Popularity Contests, Random Burbling   No Comments »  

    Today marks day two of my involvement with the Movember challenge. My “friends” are offering suggestions for obtaining a moustache. Drawing seems to be the most popular. Followed, oddly enough, with the advice to skip the moustache bit and just let the leg hair grow to show support *shudder*
    Get involved. Grow (or draw) moustaches. And don’t forget to donate to the cause.
    Also, I think I need to set a fundraising goal. Any suggestions?
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    November 3rd, 2009 she Posted in Lighter Side, Popularity Contests, Random Burbling   No Comments »  

    Some would say I’ve yet to meet a charity I didn’t like. While that may not be 100% accurate, I do seem to be getting involved in fundraising and volunteer work more often these days.

    This month my efforts will be focused on Movember. What’s Movember you ask?

    Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues – specifically prostate cancer.

    The money raised in Canada goes directly to Prostate Cancer Canada. Prostate Cancer Canada will use the money raised by Movember for the development of programs related to awareness, public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.

    - Blatently stolen from the Movember website at http://ca.movember.com/about/

    Like most women, I have no desire to grow a moustache. We pay good money to get rid of even the suggestion of a moustache. And, like my follicle challenged team leader, Landon, my husband is equally unable to grow a decent moustache. Not for lack of trying on his part. I believe the end result of his most recent attempt was nicknamed the “70′s porn ‘stache” for good reason.


    You can donate to moi or my Movember team using your Credit Card or Paypal account. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Let the men wear their moustaches with pride and send me all your cashy money ;)

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    February 6th, 2009 she Posted in Popularity Contests, Random Burbling   4 Comments »  

    I’ve been a big fan of Twitter for a while now. It provides me with an easy way to keep in touch with new and old friends; near and far. I can follow some of the most interesting people in the fields of training and education, web cartoonists, authors, musicians, actors, and browncoats all in one location.

    Want to know what Wil Wheaton (@wilw), PJ Haarsma (@TheSoftwire), Scott Sigler (@scottsigler) or Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) have been writing about?  Curious as to where in the world Stephen Fry (@StephenFry) is now? Follow them on Twitter.  Want to find out when Marian Call‘s (@mariancall) next performance is? She’s on Twitter too.  Fan of The Guild (@theguild), Dr. Horrible (@drhorrible) or Legend of Neil (@legendofneil)?  Felicia Day (@feliciaday), Sandeep (@sandeepparikh) and many other stars, writers and staff of The Guild and Legend of Neil are posting away to their hearts content.  Joel (@hijinksensue), one of my favourite comic artists in recent months, drew my Twitter avatar. What to know what’s going on in Edmonton?  You have to follow Mack D. Male (@mastermaq).

    Yeah, I’m a Twitter junkie.

    Twitter’s not just for following the cool kids – it’s also for gathering together and offering a helping hand to those in need.  One of my favourite Twitter events this past year was tweetsgiving organized by StaceyMonk (@StaceyMonk) [my take: here, here and here].

    If you’re in Edmonton (or anywhere else in the world) and spend time connecting with people near and far on Twitter, consider attending Twestival 2009. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like throwing myself to the wolves and meeting people face-to-face. Something about the whole I’m a freak introversion thing makes me really nervous in social situations. So I’m dragging my friend Loxley, who I also dragged kicking and screaming into the world of Twitter, with me into the fray.

    Support the cause.  Buy your ticket and join the fun. Make an appearance and get to know some of the most interesting locals in the area.

    More than 100 cities around the world are hosting Twestivals on February 12th to raise money and awareness for charity: water. When I heard about the idea, I knew that Edmonton had to participate. After all, we’re known for our support of community and charitable causes, and the Twitter community here is second-to-none! It’s going to be an evening of great fun for a great cause!

    Here are the details:

    WHO: You and your friends!

    WHAT: Edmonton Twestival 2009

    WHEN: Thursday, February 12th at 6:30pm

    WHERE: Vintage Lounge, 10124 124th Street – map

    WHY: To have some fun while supporting a great cause!

    COST: We’re asking for a $20 donation which will go entirely to charity: water.

    Take a few hours out of your busy day – and $20 out of your wallet – and support this great cause.

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    January 5th, 2009 she Posted in Popularity Contests   No Comments »  

    The Best Canadian Blog category is open on the Bloggies [2008 weblog awards].  I’ve already voted but it was a hard choice. I read three of the nominees frequently – Dust My Broom [home of MOT & Friday night blues and beer], The Torch [home of the Canadian Heroes blogroll], and Redneck Mommy [home of a hilarious and heartwarming woman].

    I can’t tell you who to vote for but if it wasn’t one of these three, may terrify’n space monkeys attack you and all your loved ones.  For safety reasons I’m not divulging where my vote went.  I highly recommend you click the pretty link and go vote!

    Now, outside of the Cdn blogger category I have no problems telling you who to vote for -

    • Best Celebrity blogger is hands down Wil Wheaton.  His blog is at times hilarious, heartwarming, and always a good source of geekery.  Read. Follow.  Now.
    • Best Comic Strip = xkcd but only because the magnificent home of the Fancy Bastards, HijiNKS Ensue wasn’t on the final list of nominees.
    • Since The Torch didn’t make it as a finalist in this category, the Best Military blog award should go to Blackfive. Michael Yon deserves an honourable mention for his coverage of his time in Afghanistan. I’m uncertain if he really fits in this category because his writing covers so much more than just military matters.

    There are a tonne of other categories to explore and vote in. I have no opinion on most of them because either 1) the blogs I read in those categories weren’t on the list to vote for (i.e. Education), 2) I don’t read blogs in those categories, or 3) I couldn’t make up my mind (i.e. Technology).

    Polls close Tuesday January 13, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is 5:00 p.m. (EST) and 2:00 p.m. (PST).

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    vote for DMB – round two

    November 30th, 2008 she Posted in Popularity Contests   5 Comments »  


    I can’t believe it’s true, but The Broom didn’t make it to round two of the best podcaster/vlogger in the Canadian Blog Awards . How can this be? Are Blues and beer not the  source of all things well and good in the world?

    Equally disheartening is that the screaming pages didn’t make round two in the Personal Blog category. On the bright side, neither did Matt Good’s blog so my work here is done.

    You’ll note that this post is cleverly titled “vote for us – round two”. DMB made it into round two in the Best Group Blog category. So go vote.  Now.  I’m waiting. Don’t worry, we’ll still be here when you get back.

    X-posted at: Dust My Broom and the screaming pages

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    Abject Begging: vote for your favourite angst filled student

    November 27th, 2008 she Posted in Popularity Contests   1 Comment »  

    The Canadian Blog Awards are back and I’m up for Best Personal Blog. Keep me motivated; go and vote. I’ll have this post as the top post on my blog until voting is over. Cause I’m all egotistical like that…

    Round 1 goes from today to November 29th. Polls close during the middle of November 29th.

    You get one vote in the week, per category.

    While you’re voting for me, don’t forget to vote for Darcey and the rest of the crew over at Dust My Broom.  They’re up for Best Podcast and Best Group Blog.

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    Memory… all alone in the moonlight

    September 2nd, 2008 she Posted in Popularity Contests   1 Comment »  

    I’d like to say I shamelessly stole then when I was visiting Joy over at a Spot of T. However, it’s really hard to steal something when you’re being encouraged to play the “game”.

    Before we get on to the good stuff I must remember to buy tickets to Cats and STOMP soon. Otherwise I’ll be stuck up in the second balcony behind someone with a beehive hairdo.  Perhaps my loverly husband who is still working his way through my honey-do list would like to attend?  I know he’d love STOMP but I just can’t picture him engrossed in Cats.  Then again, he did love the Lion King

    Who am I kidding?  Before I even look at tickets for Cats and STOMP I need to check out the schedule for the 2008/2009 Opera season and run the numbers to see if we can afford both season tickets and for me to go to school…  I miss having season tickets to the Opera.  The winter seems duller and harsher without fantastic musical nights out to experience.

    Where was I?  Oh yes.  Playing Joy’s game. The rules are simple:

    1. As a comment on this post, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn’t matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember. And if we’ve never met in real life, leave me a comment of your favorite post I wrote and why it was your favorite.
    2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It’s actually quite funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I’ll assume you’re playing the game and I’ll come to your blog and leave one about you.
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    Thursday Thirteen: Things I’d rather be doing

    July 10th, 2008 she Posted in Popularity Contests   5 Comments »  

    Welcome to the 35th edition of the screaming pages Thursday Thirteen.

    I work at a college and many of my co-workers are off for the summer.  Others are splitting their vacation time between summer and winter months.  Unfortunately for me, summer is my busy season at work and it doesn’t tend to calm down around here for me until later in the fall and mid-spring.  So, while all my co-workers are busy bouncing around Mexico, California and Europe or lounging around at the lake or cottage, I’m stuck in my office.  But there’s other things I’d rather be doing…

    Thirteen things I’d rather be doing today…

    1. Camping in the mountains.  I miss the days – before the monstrous gas prices and crazy summer work schedule – when we would load up the RV and drive off to the Rocky mountains for a week or two.
    2. Fishing at Pelican Pouch in Lake-of-the-Woods.  I always catch the most fish there.
    3. Backpacking through Europe.
    4. Re-organizing my office/library.  I need to comb through the area to make sure I have room for next semester’s books.
    5. Finish the front yard work.  The ugly ass half-dead hedge has been torn out but we still need to plant new (smaller and nicer, juniper most likely) bushes and install the decorative rock.  After that, we need to tackle the severely diseased tree in the yard.  I think the previous home owners had the same shade of green thumb that I have – black!
    6. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I’d rather be reading my course textbooks and working on my papers (2) that are due soon.
    7. Sit on my deck in the backyard with some lemonade, my textbooks and my laptop.
    8. Grocery shopping.  The cupboards are pretty depleted and I would like to eat this week.
    9. Determine what I’m getting Loxley for her birthday next week.  She wants something home-made (like Christmas) but I’m not sure I can top that.  Well, that and I don’t have that many free hours to spend working on her present – see #’s 6 and 7 re: pending papers and upcoming due dates.
    10. Groom the dogs and cats.
    11. Go for a walk through the river valley.
    12. SLEEP!  I’m exhausted today. Not really sure why.
    13. Cooking.  I used to cook frequently but got thrown out of the kitchen by a cooking fiend (the hubby) and was never really interested in going back.  Every once in a while I get into a mood to cook.  If I wait long enough, it usually passes *grin*.  Today, I wouldn’t mind spending a day in the kitchen cooking.  Mostly, I just want to make food to freeze so that we have a tonne of ready made meals available for the times when I don’t want to cook.

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    Thursday Thirteen: To Do List

    July 3rd, 2008 she Posted in Popularity Contests   3 Comments »  

    Wow!  It’s been a long time since I’ve completed a T13.  In fact, about a year has passed since I posted my last one.  So much has changed in such a short time.  Then again, much has also remained the same.  Continuing on from before the year-long break makes this the 34th edition of the screaming pages Thursday Thirteen.

    Thirteen things I need to do today…

    1. Zee hubby is off work this week so I need to wake him up and convince him to drive me to work so he can fix the tail pipe on my truck, get the dogs’ nails trimmed, replace the weather stripping around the doors, etc.  I’d feel guilty except I know he’ll drive strait home from dropping me off and go right back to sleep.  We’ll see how much of his Honey Do list is completed by the time he picks me up at 4…
    2. Stock my work fridge with healthy snacks – individual servings of cheese, yogurt, fruit, etc. so when I have a giant mid-morning snack attack I’m at least eating something good for me.
    3. Call the dentist and book an appointment.  Apparently they called to schedule one last week.  It’s the first time I’ve missed one of their messages but that’s likely due to the fact that they left the message on my cell phone rather than my home phone.  My cell hasn’t been on much lately.
    4. Meet with the new project manager to discuss project status and install the database front end on her system.  She’s going to give me a new list of fields she needs tracked so I’ve a feeling I’ll be redesigning the database again soon.
    5. Replicate course sites.  Add users and await feedback and change requests.  Revise AA course code.
    6. Register for final exams for my Enviro Chem and Psych classes.
    7. Register for the courses I’ll be taking next semester.  I’m not amused that the bookstore isn’t listing a single fall course in their textbook search yet.  With my luck I’ll be registering myself for another multi-book 300+ $$ extravaganza.
    8. Email W and let her know I have gotten the book “15 days” back from R and can lend it to her. Email also needs to include arrangements for chanter practice.  Drew and I have been way too lax of late and need to get back into the swing of things.  Besides, I miss seeing P & W.
    9. Confirm date and location of dinner with Boo next week.
    10. Confirm which of the July 19th BBQ’s we’ll be attending.  We’ve been invited to a dinner and 2 BBQ’s – and it’s Drew’s birthday – and apparently staying home isn’t an option.  Drew picked which one we’ll be attending. I’m just the messenger.
    11. Chase after my source of frustration admin to ensure she’s actually doing the work she’s been assigned.
    12. Attempt to define my job so I can go into my review meeting with an accurate picture of what I actually do.
    13. Invite my neighbours to a Candle Light party a friend is holding on Sunday.

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