On Cookies and Sex

"The crumbs of love that you offer me, they're the crumbs I've left behind" -- Leonard Cohen (Avalanche). Ladies, let's talk about dating and all the oh-so helpful advice out there for us. During most of my 20s and 30s, I'd been single. And I have gone on a lot of dates. It probably hasn't been quite that many, but I feel like I've been on at least 100 lame first dates (plus about 5 awesome ones)! Yeah, I'm bored and I'm tired. … [Read more...]

Best Boxing [Day] Movies

Well, it looks like you've all survived xmas -- congratulations! I had a lovely relaxing time that involved exactly zero shopping, so hurray for me. Today is Boxing Day. That name always has perplexed me; it has something to do with boxes... Empty boxes that used to hold presents? Full boxes because we're putting away xmas stuff? I'm not too sure. But, of course, it also reminds me of that other boxing, the one where people punch one another for others' entertainment and profit.  … [Read more...]

10 Tips For Not Hating Xmas

At the risk of seeming Grinchy, I'm just going to come right out and say it: I DON'T LIKE CHRISTMAS. I don't like the insane shopping pressure, I don't like the non-stop social invitations, I don't like the expectation that I'm going to pay peak prices for the privilege of battling the elements and/or chaotic airports in order to go spend 48 rushed hours with my family, I hate tacky decorations, and most of all, I absolutely despise xmas music. … [Read more...]

Book Club, 3rd ed: Color Me Beautiful

Let's get one thing out of the way, I would normally spell color the Canadian way (colour!) and I will, except when referring to the title of this book and its philosophy: Color Me Beautiful. Back in the bad old days, specifically the 1980s, women would go get their "colours done". In those days, Color Me Beautiful was an empire. Today, not so much. In fact, I was surprised to see that they still exist. But even though we don't hear about Color Me Beautiful very much, its influence still lingers! … [Read more...]

Hot Lips: a 10 step program

Gah! It happens each year and every time I'm not mentally equipped to handle it. WINTER. It seems to be setting in yet again. Last week, there were a couple of days in Ottawa with a -20 Celsius windchill factor (Wordpress is telling me “windchill” is not a word; Wordpress does not know my pain).  For you imperial system holders-on, -20 is -4 Fahrenheit. I wake up in the dark at 6:30 AM and, by the time I leave work at 5 PM, it's already dark again. All around me are sad grey faces wrapped in sad grey coats walking down sad grey streets bordered by sad grey leafless trees. I curse my ancestors for colonising this frozen land! … [Read more...]