Monthly Archives: July 2011

I love Boating!

It’s been hot as hell in our house lately. Our air conditioner hasn’t worked since it was installed this past January and the repairman on Friday said that it would be another few days until someone else could come and fix the leaky valve. Urrr!

It was a beautiful day outside on Saturday, too hot to spend boiling alive inside, so we went to my parents for a boating excursion. My parents moved to the boonies and bought a boat last autumn, so this was our first time on their new boat out on the water.

It was Selena’s first time on a boat period and I was worried that she would spaz out like she does with practically everything else. But nope she was a trooper. She took to the water like a..well..like a spaniel to water. Silly me! I needn’t have worried! Here she is while we were putting the boat into the water:

And here she is soon after takeoff. She loves to be up front where the action is.  My mom and I were quite relaxed in the front, it was so nice having the river spray in your face.

Here’s another one of Selena with the wind in her..ears. She reminds me of Falcor:

The river was pretty busy with boaters, water skiiers and even some crazy bastards who were jumping off a highway bridge into the water below. Smart. (not!) I took some photos of some of the boats rushing by:

Eventually we stopped somewhere quiet and swam outside. After hours of no air conditioning, it felt so frickin’ awesome! And then it was at this point that I lost my shirt. Literally. I took it off to go swimming in my bathing suit and it just disappeared. Weird.

Despite that minor set back, it was lots of fun. Maybe next time I’ll try water skiing. (Lets hope I don’t lose any more clothing then!)

BOLO

Last night after work, Hubby picked me up and we went to one of my fav Ottawa restaurants-Pub Italia-followed by the Blog Out Loud event at Prescott.  It was the night of the “small world” cliché, as we ran into one of my cousins at Pub Italia, learned that Tamara sitting next to us has a friend who works at the exact same law firm as Hubby and Alison is good friend with someone who I’ve been friends with for awhile now. (This friend is a non-blogger)

The event was held in the basement of The Prescott and fit the huge blogging community much better than previous venues. My main beef was the fact that we were right next to the A/C. Hubby asked them to turn it off, but it just went from blowing out of one vent to another vent. But I didn’t get too hung up on it. Being the perma-cold that I am, I brought my jacket. There were dozens of new faces, some of whom were reading and only a handful that I recognized from last year’s BOLO.

But I still managed to squeeze across the room and chat up Dani, Alison, Nat, Maven, Famethrowa, Lynn and Laura and squeaked a few words to strangers. Striking up conversation-With acquaintances/friends or strangers- can be tough for me though because I’m kinda nervous/shy and I always worry before, during and after that I’m going to blurt out something without thinking or say something and intend it a certain way and it be interpreted in a completely different way. (Both have happened more than once!)  My sense of humor tends to also be pretty dry/dark and deadpan, so people think I’m being serious when I’m not. When I see familiar bloggers, I also never know whether to hug them or not. For instance, I had wanted to hug Maven but with all that she’s been through physically, I was a bit reluctant, because I didn’t want to risk hurting her. (In addition to social awkwardness, I am also a bit of a klutz. :P)

Anyways, insecure self-consciousness aside, it was a good night. The theme of the readings appeared to be “Mommyhood” which is something I’m unfamiliar with, but I found the readings entertaining, honest, heartfelt and refreshing.  There were also lots of photographers last night, buzzing around the room with nice cameras.  Mine was having “technical difficulties” last night and I couldn’t get the focus to work, so the photos are a bit fuzzy. But here are some shots anyways:

Some audience members listening to the posts:

Photography was on display on a projector:

Jesse Hildebrand photographing me photographing him. He had a sweet lookin’ camera and probably knows a heck a lot more than me about them, so I’m thinking his shot of me turned out better. Here’s hoping!

Sara McConnell reading her post: “If Wishes were Horses

Unfortunately we had to leave around 9pm, Hubby was tired after a long day at the office and our dog had been holding it in all day. I’ll read the remaining posts though. It’s not the same as hearing it from the author’s mouth, but it will have to do.

Thanks Lynn and the readers and photographers for another great BOLO!

Events post-Vacation

A few things have happened since I got back from vacation.  Hubby graduated from the title Student-at-Law to official Lawyer and we went to his Call to the Bar ceremony. The ceremony, like the earlier grad, was at the NAC again. The convocation was a good length and the speeches, given by a Regional Senior Judge  of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario and the Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, were witty, honest and entertaining. Hubby is now a full fledged Lawyer and I am so happy for him! It’s been a long stretch!

Apart from that, I spent most of this past Canada Day weekend in a two-day Adobe Photoshop course. It was decent, although by the second day, I was feeling really restless and wanted to run away and frolick outside! Our instructor made it clear that she also wanted to salvage as much of her free time as possible, so she let us leave half an hour early. The downside to this, however, was that she ripped through the material really fast. Too fast!

She didn’t really save all that much time though, because people kept asking her to show them what she just did, so she had to go to each person’s desk and help them. At times, it got to be pretty frustrating. The good thing, however, is that she put most of the material on a blank cd, so I’ll be going over some of the stuff at home.

I’m going to be taking Illustrator next and possibly Web Design in the farther future. I’ve been formulating alternate plans for my career and both will come in handy. Watercolour is another class that I’m interested in. It can be a tricky medium but I do love it! I’m going to try and pace my education though.Working all day and then going to class afterwards can be a juggle, so I don’t want too many balls in the air at once.

Plus-Everyone needs some time to decompress/sleep/watch sexy HBO shows.

Other than those two things-I’ve been busy with my artwork, some of which is posted on my art site and learning some of the aforementioned programs on my own. I’ve downloaded the free trial of the Adobe Creative Suite, so I figure why not give myself a crash course before taking any official college courses. Hubby also bought me a Wacom Bamboo tablet which comes with Corel Painter, so I’ve been playing around with that as well.

This Thursday is Blog out Loud and I’m looking forward to it! I won’t be reading this year, but it sounds like Lynn has a good lineup planned. I hope to see some of you guys there!