Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Me Being a Geek

They announced today that not only is Jonathan Frakes coming to comic expo in June, William Shatner is coming too! SO EXCITING!

I ordered tickets today, and I think I'm going to spring for the extra cost of the photo op with Shatner - you see, just a few weeks ago I ordered a red Star Trek mini-dress from, and what better use for it?!

Think Geek has some awesome stuff by the way - if you're shopping for any kind of a geek, you'll find something there - Star Wars, Star Trek, science, computers, bacon, Princess Bride, Monty Python...they've got something for everyone!

And check out this cute ornament that I got in an email...

Friday, November 26, 2010


I'm not totally sure about the authenticity of the BBC being involved in this, but it seemed like a fun challenge...

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this. Bold those books you've read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.

Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses...

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegge
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total: 28!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Movie Reviews Part 2

Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig as James Bond – he’s good, but since Pierce Brosnan was Bond when I first started watching, he’ll always be Bond to me! But Quantum of Solace rocked. I didn’t really enjoy Casino Royale – it was too tragic for me! It’s the ONLY movie I’ve ever seen where I had to leave the theatre because it was too icky. Quantum of Solace on the other hand (besides having an awesome title) was really enjoyable. The plot was great! Again with the sex and the violence I’d give it an R, but I would have given Casino Royale an RRR!

Dracula - Dead and Loving It
Totally campy Mel Brooks vampire movie – lots and lots and lots of fake blood everywhere! It was pretty funny, and I always enjoy Mel Brooks, but I’m not a fan of vampires at all, so I was pretty creeped out! They make my skin crawl. :P But if you’re a fan of vampires, you’ll probably like it, and besides the one scene with all the fake blood it wasn’t too violent. Mel Brooks is the master of innuendo, which is highly entertaining, but this isn’t a movie for a younger crowd!

Toy Story 3
I actually found this movie to be more then a little disturbing! I can’t tell you exactly why without giving away too much of the plot, but it was almost part homage to horror movies. And I also have waaaay too much imagination when it comes to how my stuffed animals might feel about something (the Velveteen Rabbit was an early influence!) so the movie made me a bit uncomfortable. The Spanish Buzz Lightyear was pretty funny though! All in all, I’d say Toy Story 2 was my favourite of the franchise, and the ride at Universal Studios was one of my favourites at Disney World.

Letters to Juliet
This was a really feel-good chick flick. This American girl vacationing in Italy meets a bunch of ladies who answer letters that are written to Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet). She ends up going on a road trip all over Italy trying to help this older woman find the “Romeo” she lost when she was young. The Italian scenery alone makes this movie worth seeing! I’d give it a PG-13 – it’s aimed at an older audience, but there’s no violence and not much sexual content. It’s been a while since I saw it, but I don’t remember there being much in the way of swearing, either. It left me smiling!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Movie Reviews Part 1

I've seen a bunch of movies in the last few months, and many of them were really enjoyable, so I'm going to tell you about them! Stay tuned for more....

Easy A
This movie was a lot of fun. It posed some good questions and had a great sense of humour. The lead actress was really great – Emma Stone – I hope to see her in more movies in the future. It’s definitely not for a young audience though – I’d give it a 14A at minimum! My biggest complaint is how they portrayed Christians – either as hypocritical or totally unaware. We’re not all like that that, I promise!

Despicable Me
SO CUTE! Definitely on my to-buy list! My favourite line: “HE’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE!” I loved everything about this movie – it was just a happy cartoon with a great message about the importance of family, and some awesome humour. Is it just me, or does the ‘bad’ guy remind you of Bill Gates?

Nanny McPhee Returns
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Nanny McPhee movie, even though it had Colin Firth in it. But I wanted to see a movie, and this was the best thing playing! I liked it a lot more then I liked the first one – there was only one scene that was so cheesy that I actually squirmed. It’s set during WWII, and has a star-studded cast – I counted four Harry Potter stars in it! The plot line was pretty good, and Maggie Gyllenhaal was brilliant as the over-worked mum.

The Other Guys
“I’m a peacock – you gotta let me fly!” The fact that Mark Whalberg could deliver that horrible line TWICE in one movie nearly killed me! I laughed intermittently for a couple of days about that. He and Will Ferall play a couple of inept cops and they are hysterical. Trevor and I were both really entertained by this movie. But for violence, language and sexuality, I’d definitely give it an R!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Books to Read!

One of my favourite authors, Diana Gabaldon, had a guest blogger today who talked about an interesting book series I've never heard of, and I always like finding new authors! It was a fun post because the author, KC Dyer, blogged as if the books' main character was writing. I'm going to add A Walk Through a Window, and Facing Fire to my 'to read' list...

Saturday, September 25, 2010


This site has some really neat photos of urban decay, a subject I find fascinating.

The photo of all those book mouldering away in this old library really irks me though - what a WASTE of books! I'd love to give them a good home... :( I wonder how they came to be left there?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Kid's Books

Books and reading are my hobby. I've never counted my book collection, although I do have it catalogued, but I imagine that I own hundreds. My profile has 4,374 books on it - and almost 2,000 of those are books I've read! (The others are on my 'to read' list.) I started reading when I was something like 4 , with Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland, and I haven't stopped since.

I've recently started following the very entertaining Cake Wrecks blog, and I discovered this older post that just made me smile...cake tributes to children's books! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is great!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thoughts on Turning 30 - Pearls Before Swine

In my case at least my dreams of romance came true! And I've done a bit of travelling, although no where near as much as I'd like to. And I often do spend time on the weekend at Rona...and new windows this year made me very excited.
Any tips on how to rediscover my inner adventurer?! I'm thinking about going to you think 30 is too old? I think I just might get more out of it now then I would have if I'd been in a position to attend university at 18!
This comic is especially poignant because Rat is usually the sarcastic one given to picking on others more then genuine introspection. I love Pearls Before Swine - it usually makes me smile, and occasionally has made me laugh out loud. I highly recommend following it daily...especially if you love a good pun!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Book Trailer - The Exile by Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is a fabulous author who's books I have enjoyed for about 11 or 12 years now. They're detailed historical fiction and the writing just sucks you into another time and place.

WARNING: Parts of the stories are graphic, both violence-wise and sexually. I would call them R rated and not let me kids read them until they were out of high school, if then... :P

This is a trailer for her new 'graphic' novel (haha!) which looks very exciting....

Friday, September 17, 2010

Book Recomendation

There are many authors I like, and quite a few who's blogs I follow. One of my favourites is Maria V. Snyder. She writes mostly fantasy, and she's got a new book that just came out - the third installment of a trilogy. This trilogy is a spin-off of a previous trilogy, so there are 6 books to explore the fantasy world she's created.

You can check out an interview with her here:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

News from Hippos

As some of you know, I went to Israel on an archaeology dig in the summer of 2008, and totally left a bit of my heart behind. It was the most incredible experience of my life, and I keep up on the news from the new dig teams at "my" site every summer. This year they found something really cool, and the news articles about it came out today. I WISH I had been there!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


So, as per usual, I got a bit behind! July was a busy month, what with going to Edmonton for the youth gathering, Trevor working tons of overtime, and then going to the Okanagan for an extended weekend.

The youth gathering was lots of fun, but pretty stressful for me. It's the first time I've ever been in charge of youth and nothing but (no event coordinating responsibilities) and it kept me hopping. We had 13 youth, and head counting filled up a lot of my time! I roomed with a friend I don't see often, so that was fun, and there were good speakers and good music. AND there was a Tim Horton's right in the same building as the dorms - bonus!

At the end of July Trevor and I went to the Okangan for a few days, and we left in the middle of the week. We spent a night at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, and went to the hot springs. We got eaten ALIVE by mosquitoes - they were huge and everywhere - I was itching for weeks after!

The Okangan was beautiful as always, and we got to visit with lots of people, eat lots of good food, and hang out at the beach, so it was exactly what I was looking for in a holiday.

I also saw "Despicable Me" during July - such a cute movie - I highly recommend it!

If you're a Star Wars fan, I also highly recommend this website:
I haven't bought anything yet because I'm trying to restrain myself and not buy one of everything, but I definitely will be getting something soon! 2010 seems to have been my Year of the Geek, what with all the concerts and whatnot I've gotten to go to, so finally spending some money on some fan gear seems like a good way to top off the year!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Star Wars in Concert

A few weeks ago we went to Star Wars in Concert at the Saddledome.

There were costumes

There were big screens

There was an orchestra

And there was great movie footage!
I heart Star Wars...
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Final Days in Florida

After doing the Disney thing for a few days, and on the Friday morning of the Memorial Day Long Weekend, we checked out of our resort and headed for a few days on the coast. My perfect idea of a totally relaxing holiday involves sitting on a beach, and since they're in short supply in Calgary, I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to go to one!
We went to Sanibel, which is a tiny island just off Florida's Gulf Coast, near the city of Fort Meyers. It's uniquely located in the currents, and is known for being an excellent place for sea shell collectors due to this. And it's beautiful!

Lots of shells on the bottom - had to wear shoes or end up with cut feet!

I spent a lot of time doing this, and came back with lots of shells.

We went on a sunset boat cruise, and the first mate got this fluke shot of us, the sunset and a flock of pelicans. Lovely!
We left Sanibel early Monday morning and booked it back to Orlando to catch our flight back to Calgary. Our trip home was a gong show due to a cancelled flight out of Toronto, but we made it! I'd definitely go back to Florida again - it's warm, humid, sunny and surrounded by ocean, which makes it pretty much perfect in my books! :)
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Florida Days 6 and 7

May 26 (Trevor's birthday) was our first day at Epcot.

We had lunch in France - so yummy!

We stayed late in the park for the fireworks, and all the buildings around the lake were lit up. This is the Canada pavilion.

Our second day at Epcot we mostly visited the Land pavilion and the Sea pavilion.

The Sea pavilion was my fave! :)
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Florida Days 4 and 5

Day 4 in Florida (the Monday of the Canadian long weekend) was spent sleeping, resting, eating and shopping.
Yummy lemon filled Krispy Kreme

Day 5 was spent at the Magic Kingdom - hence the Captain Jack impersonator! He was really spot-on.

The Swiss Family Treehouse - one of my first and favourite movies of all time

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Florida Day 3

Our third day in Florida was spent at Disney's Hollywood Studios for Star Wars weekend. Totally awesome.

Nothing says "good morning" like a display of Imperial might

Pretty much the best ride ever. They're re-doing it this summer, for the first time since the original series came out. I'm glad I saw it before it went all Clone Wars.

It's Indiana Jones! Actually, his stunt double, but he's got the hat so it's ok.

Queen Susan, me, High King Peter. The lighting was too bad and the camera nearly dead, so I didn't get a picture of Prince Caspian's armor, but it was there. *swoon* :)

I would have uploaded a picture of the Toy Story ride, which was my absolute favourite, but I was having too much fun to take a picture!

And if you ever happend to find yourself at Holywood Studios, I highly reccomend the buffet at Hollywood and Vine - SO good!
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Florida - the first two days

We had a great time in Florida...this is the first of a series of posts with a few photo highlights...check out my webalbum for more!
We arrived in Orlando on a Friday afternoon, and after checking into our resort (thanks to my in laws and their timeshare!) we headed to Downtown Disney for sightseeing and dinner. On Saturday we drove to the coast and spent most of the day touring Kennedy. We went to church at a Lutheran church in Viera, and finished up the day with dinner at Coco beach. Much fun!

Ogopogo made it all the way from Kelowna to Downtown Disney! With a little help from the Lego store...

The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Centre

Sunset at Coco Beach
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Friday, June 04, 2010

Catching Up

I can't believe last time I posted was the end of April! Is anyone even still reading this thing? :P

One of the highlights of the past few months was getting brand new windows and outdoor in all the townhouses in our complex. They look really nice and will hopefully be excellent for our resale value. They really perk the place up.

In early May I went to a Jeans and Classics Abba tribute at the Calgary Philharmonic. It was fabulous - Dad said they really sounded and acted like the real thing. That was before my time so I can't comment on that, but it was a lot of fun. I can't recommend the Philharmonic enough! They have a really exciting line up for the next season that I'm looking forward to. You should check it out!

I also went to Stars on Ice, which was a good show. I totally forgot to take a camera, which was disappointing. Virtue and Moir skated, and so did Joannie Rochette. I haven't been to Stars on Ice in about 10 years, so this was a good time to go and cheer for our Canadian Olympic medalists!

Stay tuned - hopefully in the next couple of days I'll write a post about our epic trip to Florida - it was so much fun! If you're dying for a sneak peek, check out my web album for some photos and a few pithy comments. :)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Expo Photos

"That's ok, I let the droids get away too."

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Calgary Comic Expo

Data - Brent Spiner

Dr. Carson Beckett - Paul McGillion

Lando Calrissian - Billy Dee Williams

Spock - Leonard Nimoy (and Mayor Dave Bronconnier, but we can ignore him!)

Last weekend we went to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. If I could sum it up in just one word, it would be 'zoo'! I spent most of the weekend in lineups, which was a frustrating waste of time, but the people watching was great. :) I was so overwhelmed though, I forgot to take pictures of all the interesting stuff going on. I mean, it's not every day you see a stormtrooper taking the escalator!

Gallery: Calgary Comic Expo (Calgary Herald website)

Apparently 'Spock' is retiring from movies and tv, to focus on his photography....and I hope I'm half that spry when I'm 79! Wow!

Brent Spiner is really funny, and said that he's thinking of retiring too. And then he had this whole conversation with himself where he talked himself into not retiring. He was REALLY entertaining.

And Paul McGillion was super funny too - he had lots of good stories, and switched back and forth between Scottish and Canadian accents all the time. He was born in Scotland but his family moved here when he was a baby, so he's a Canadian citizen, as well as being an Atlantian.

Billy Dee Williams was really disappointing...he didn't have any good stories, and the people asking him questions had a really hard time getting him to talk.

One of the most fun things about the weekend was all the costumes - watching Captain Kirk pose with Stormtroopers was very entertaining. I saw a couple of girls who were dressed as wounded red shirts, complete with fake blood. There were a few Jedi, a couple of Boba Fetts and Darth Vaders, and one Han Solo. There were a few Princess Leias, one 7 of 9, and far too many women wearing not nearly enough in the way of clothing...sci fi really has quite the niche on objectifying women! I didn't see a single Captain Janeway, sadly! She's the best Star Trek Captain ever.

It's funny - I'm enjoying my memories of the expo much more now then I enjoyed the actual experience. I guess I have some perspective on the crowds and lines, and remember the good over the annoying. Most people were polite and patient, but I encountered a couple pushy people who made me really cross. I left on Sunday thinking that I wouldn't go back again, but now I'm remembering all the good stuff, and I probably will go again next year.

Apparently I'm a bit more of a crazed sci fi fan then I thought I was, because I actually SQUEALED when I got a glimpse of Leonard Nimoy sitting at a table signing autographs. Oh, and I almost touched Paul McGillion...actually, I almost walked right into him as I walked out of the bathroom without looking both ways first...I may have geeked out just a little bit at that. :)

I'm going to post a few pictures of fun costumes I found on the Comic Expo Facebook group, since I don't have any of my own to post, sadly. Maybe next year I'll be there in a costume of my own! :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Did you know...?

You should read this blog post...I've been following this lady's blog for a while now, and it's been very interesting - her life is so different from mine.

Today's post was really something else...

I'm more then a little creeped out! I know that the meat industry wasn't so good, but actually seeing deformed baby chickens...well, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. Maybe it's time to try more organic meat from the farmer's market...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Heather and I at Star Trek

Matt Maher at Break Forth

Youth at Grotto Canyon
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